It’s Spa day! We headed to York for the afternoon for a Swedish head, neck & shoulder massage. I booked this ages ago because I wanted it for our anniversary (we’re not married, we got together in September) but the place I wanted was booked for weeks in advance so this was the earliest time available.
I’d never had a Swedish massage before. The girl we were supposed to be booked in with was called Emily so I’m guessed she wasn’t Swedish.
I’d been to a spa before and it was really nice. Plunge pool, ice and hot towels, sauna and steam room etc. We didn’t have any treatments like massage or those hot stone things but we were just happy to slob about in dressing gown and slippers all day and relax.
I wasn’t sure how long we’d be there today but hopefully it’d just be a chance to unwind for a few hours and eat nice food.
Initially when we arrived we were greeted by a lady on the front desk who asked us to fill out a health form and then offered us a bag with a bathrobe, towel and flip flops to use while were there. £16 a pop with £10 refund when you hand it back at the end.
I anticipated this and also expected everything to be too small and I was right. Extra large flip flops and my heels were hanging over the edge, and the bathrobe I had looked like I’d nicked my girlfriend’s robe and squeezed into it. One size definitely doesn’t fit all. Not when your shoulders are massive and you have size 12 feet. 🙈 Realistically we’d just paid £6 for a cloth shopping bag. Ah well it may come in handy I suppose.
Up we went to the spa area after much faffing about because my swimming shorts that I ALWAYS keep in my bag were now missing……of course! £20 for a new pair of rather tight stretchy shorts from the front desk and they didn’t leave much to the imagination. Think budgie smugglers but knee length! At least I had a bathrobe to cover them up…oh hang on no it doesn’t!
We had a short stay in the ‘relaxation suite’ which was quite nice. Stone tiled and heated loungers to lie on we while waited for our therapist to call us in. We weren’t waiting long so didn’t fall asleep and were shown into a quiet room with 2 comfortable looking massage benches.
As I was being asked various questions about how I’d like my massage (if I’d thought quick enough I may have been tempted to say “medium rare please”) I became aware that something was wrong on Liz’s side. She was being told that she couldn’t have the shoulder and neck massage because of her recent cancer operation and treatment as it could damage the removed lymph node area and cause complications. Gutted! She did her best to stay composed despite how upsetting it was to get yet another reminder of how her life has been affected by that bastard of a disease and instead accepted a facial therapy. The therapist was very professional and even though it was disappointing that Liz couldn’t have a massage we were impressed that the therapist knew the dangers and limitations and acted accordingly, offering an alternative instead.
After treatment we headed back down to the pool for a quick sit in the sauna, followed by a few laps in the pool and a sit in the poolside jacuzzi before getting changed out of our rented attire and back to the cafe for food. We’d not had anything since breakfast and it was after 3pm so went for an all day breakfast. Apparently it was 800 calories but we both reckoned it was less. The only really calorific thing on the plate was the single sausage and the white toast but the rest was poached egg, beans and bacon. It filled a space but awoke my hunger monster so I was still a little hungry after. 😂
All in all though a nice experience at Bannatynes in York although next time we go for a spa experience I’ll be trying to save for a stopover at Titanic Spa in Huddersfield. I’ve been there twice, it’s really nice and it’s more of a dedicated spa instead of a gym with a spa section.
Since then it’s been back home, dodging awful Sunday drivers (oh god they were bad both there and back) and then chill out on the bed with Liz and the dog while she bought Christmas presents online and I watched another S&C video, writing notes furiously into my A5 notepad.
Yesterday we did Liz’s movement analysis for my case study and the girl is actually pretty damn flexible. Good start there. I also had a first meeting with a new client starting in January. A young 18yr old rugby player called Jack who’s looking to get some muscle, strength and power going as he’s just moved up from junior to senior rugby. He gone from being one of the biggest to one of the smallest in the squad so we have some work to do. That’s what I call good timing, just as I’ve started my S&C course. Excellent! 😁💪