Last week my back was feeling worse than it has ever felt before. I feel a little bad complaining about it since Andy’s back feels like this on the regular, but as someone that wasn’t used to that gnawing pain, at some point it felt unbearable!
This wasn’t a planned part of my “Countdown to Jamaica Wedding” series, I paid for the services at Juvenex out of pocket, but I thought I should paint a complete picture of what planning a destination wedding has been like for me. Maybe it is the fact that our bed seems to have gotten a little too soft, maybe I just was consistently sleeping on my neck wrong, or maybe it is because I sit at my desk with my feet up and my neck down, but honestly I think my back pain stemmed mostly from being caught between stress at work and the stress being so deep into wedding planning.
Point-being – I needed a massage. I’m not going to complain about it too much, because at the end of the day I ended up in a spa and that’s not something to be too annoyed about.
Last Friday, I had attended a conference for work and my back reached a boiling point. I went home and immediately started looking up massage therapists and spas. After a good hour I ended up booking at, the-tried-and-true Juvenex.
I’ve gone to Juvenex several times since I moved to New York. The main draw for me has always been their wet spa facilities. Our apartment doesn’t have a tub, just a shower, so their soaking tubs and saunas have been just what I need sometimes. They also have this amazing Korean scrub where you skin is sloughed away. The treatment is intense, but worth it! Last year I took my friends from home there and they loved it too. In fact, although I had never gotten a massage there, one of them had added it on after our scrubs and thought it was lovely.
I booked a 60 minute hot stone massage for 8AM the next day, right before my facial up at Silver Mirror. I ended up walking down to Juvenex at about 7AM (Ubers were weirdly expensive and there was no good subway route) when I got there I was immediately escorted to the locker room to change and be taken upstairs for my massage.
Now, admittedly I don’t have much to compare to, I’ve had a handful of massages before but never hot stone, but this was a life changing experience. Life changing in the sense that my back felt noticeably better when I walked out of the spa to head to my facial. I have just about two weeks before we leave for Jamaica, and that time is going to be jam packed with long days at work, so having my health is invaluable to me.
At the beginning of the massage I was a little nervous that the massage therapist might have forgotten that I had gotten a hot stone massage, not just a Swedish or deep tissue. But after a good five minutes of rubbing me down, she started with the stones. It was a sigh of relief. The stones were hot, but not so uncomfortable. She used deep and long strokes up my back and I could feel my muscles start to un-clench. It is kind of funny that you don’t even realize your shoulders are almost up to your ears until the therapist starts loosening them downwards. The massage was full body so my legs and arms also got worked with the stones.
I will say that the one thing that kind of disturbed my experience was the construction noise. It was a tad bit distracting, even after the masseuse turned up the mood music. Do I think I would have been able to relax a little bit more if the massage had been on their main floor for the duration? Yes. However, at the end of the day my massage was effective, and that’s all I really need. Also, I ended up getting a good 75-80ish minutes when I paid for 60, so I guess it all evens out.
After we wrapped up I went down to the wet spa area back on the main floor and floated between their warm pool and jade sauna. Unfortunately the hot and cold pools weren’t filled up while I was there, but my two favorites were working and I didn’t have a ton of time anyway.
I’m really glad I did this before my facial. I went to Silver Mirror being fully relaxed and able to move my neck! Now that it has been a few days I can confirm that the massage definitely helped. My back isn’t at 100% but it is eons closer and that makes a big difference.