Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Queen for a day.....

So...at long last, I made it to King Spa in Niles, IL.  (www.kingspa.com)
I invited a girlfriend to join me to check out this Korean wellness spa, which came highly recommended from several people.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect, even though I visited their website beforehand (see above). One of the things that intrigued me was the fact that they're open 24/7....really? Also, there was a menu of sauna rooms from which to choose...the Amethyst Room, the Charcoal Room, the Salt Room, the Pyramid Room...9 in all! Each promised to heal and detoxify in their own way.  There were spa treatments, a food court, even a movie theatre....why would you ever leave?

So we set off on a bright sunny day and made the trip to Niles. The Spa is located in a strip mall (!) next to a large Korean grocery store. Once we checked in, we were directed to the ladies locker room. I have to admit, we were a bit confused and overwhelmed by the place, kind of reminded me of a Chinese restaurant in an SNL skit! The ladies were friendly and offered suggestions re: the treatments: we decided on the Queen package (of course!), which included a 90 minute body scrub and massage. We changed into the "uniform" ( pink t shirt and shorts) we were given and set out to explore the sauna rooms before our scheduled appointments.
We tried the Charcoal Room (so so), the Base Rock Room (TOO hot) and my favorite, the Pyramid Room. 
Then it was time for the scrub!
We returned to the locker room, showered and were directed to the ladies who would be giving us the treatments. If you're self conscious, this may not be your cup of tea...no fluffy robes at this joint! Everyone except the employees are nude. There are no fancy frills, just the basics. But the scrub was divine! I joked that I wanted to have 5 pounds of that dry skin that had been plaguing me all winter scrubbed off....and that very well may have happened! The scrub lasted about 60 minutes, the massage about half an hour. I was giddy when I got off that table!

Total cost: $90, tip included! ( A separate admission fee is paid when you check in...we used a Groupon for a reduced rate.)

If you're in the Chicago area (they also have a location in Dallas, according to their site), treat yourself to a day at this spa. While it may not have all the frills of the Four Seasons, you get a great spa experience for a reasonable price!
I will definitely be back!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A new day.....

It's been a few weeks....life has been a bit...hectic. Life does that sometimes.....
If you're anything like me, at times like that, it's hard to find bliss in your daily life.....unless you remember to look for it!

What I have learned is that bliss can always be found, if only in the smallest detail....I know when I operate from a place of gratitude, I find a lot to be grateful for....I recognize the abundance in my life rather than focusing on what I perceive to be lacking.

Therefore, on this 1st day of April, I will recommit to living from a place of gratitude.
I hope you'll join me!

I had a pretty amazing weekend...

I was reminded (once again) of how blessed I am to have such an incredible group of friends. My peeps ROCK!

I did a little retail therapy at RR #1...(www.rr1chicago.com...mentioned previously here)
and checked out a fabulous new grocery store, Mariano's (www.marianosfreshmarket.com).
Yes, I am a grocery shopping geek...I LOVE a good grocery store. Mariano's is everything you could ever want in a grocery store....amazing produce, prepared food, bakery, deli....fresh, fresh, fresh and reasonably priced...PLUS happy, helpful employees!

Later in the evening, I went to an AMAZING  3 hour yoga workshop at Moksha...this monthly workshop is taught by Amber Cook...Vinyasa, breath work, meditation, and live music...
I will definitely be going back to this one!

So, I will leave you with this quote....a favorite from Joseph Campbell:

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.” 
 Joseph Campbell