How many North Shore mamas find time for basic self-care like eating healthy meals, showering as often as you did before kids, and exercising a few times a week? Those tasks can certainly prove challenging with little ones around the house….and that means it’s VERY hard to fit in (or pay for) the “luxuries” that could really re-charge and re-fresh mamas and make us more relaxed parents…things like massage therapy!
A few months ago I had the unexpected opportunity to have 24 hours alone (hubby took both kids away overnight), and once they drove away I stared at the door for 20 minutes expecting them to return right away. When that didn’t happen, I started scrolling through the endless to-do list in my head, imagining how much I could accomplish with 24 hours alone…….THEN I stopped. I recalled that this break was for me to re-charge….NOT check more things off my usual do-to list. I was supposed to take care of ME. So I thought back to my favourite pre-kid luxuries, and massage therapy certainly topped the list. Knowing that I’d need an RMT (so that extended medical would cover a portion of the cost), I started calling spas all over the North Shore. Every single one said “our first opening is next week”. Clearly nobody understood the plight of a mama with a small window of 24 hours to make things happen!!!
Then I discovered Edgemont Massage Therapy. I called the front desk and was initially told “our first opening is next week”…..but when I broke down and begged for a massage and explained my 24-hour “free mama” window, the amazing Shawna Gnutel on the other end of the line agreed to squeeze me in for a 1/2 hour massage during one of her breaks. I was so happy I almost cried! Then when I arrived, I discovered that the person after me had cancelled and I could have full hour massage! Amazing.
Best. Massage. Ever. Shawna (and all of the therapists at Edgemont Massage Therapy) are Registered Massage Therapists, and I can’t recommend them highly enough for busy, tired mamas who need a little re-charge. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, and I especially love their online booking system that allows you to see which therapists are available at what time each day and book without a phone call. I’ve been back to see Shawna twice now, and she’s my new go-to gal for mama self-care when I can squeeze it in!
Shawna is offering a special Mother’s Day giveaway to one of our lucky readers….a one-hour relaxation massage at Edgemont Massage Therapy ($100 value!) to use whenever you can find the time!
Enter to win through the Rafflecopter widget below (contest ends Wednesday, May 14th at midnight).
Good luck mamas!