This time of year I get very stressed out. Part of the reason is that I detest shopping for gifts. I would rather give cash but it seems so impersonal. (Of course no one complains about getting money and they never try to return it but.....) So I try to discover unique ways to not only help myself but also find ways to spread the joy and mellowness around. So I found a great place to chill and relax and it also offers gift certificates! Spring Thyme NY is a spa and wellness center in lower Manhattan that has soup to nuts services to ease any restive soul. Here is their spiel -
Spring Thyme is a colorful and welcoming oasis of calm in the Financial District. The extensive menu of spa services features facials, soothing massages, body treatments, and waxing. But Spring Thyme isn't just another day spa-it's also a center for healing, where experts in Eastern medicine offer acupuncture and customized herbal remedies. You can also get gift certificates (.... hint hint.)
Apparantly you can find out a great deal of information about a person by examining their feet. An interesting little article in Philadelphia's City Paper talks about a man who gives foot massages and foot readings to women in a local bar. He says that "Symmetrical toes are a sign of intelligence. A good arch, which is shown to advantage in every pair of truly sexy heels, is a subtle yet exquisite part of a woman’s body." Maybe it's a come-on, maybe it has some truth. You decide. Read the full article here.
I stumbled on this article while googling for information on "toe cleavage" which I find hysterical. Fashionistas think that the foot looks sexier in shoes that show "toe cleavage" which is where the toes meet the foot. Hmmm. Have a look and decide for yourself.
And please send in your own toe cleavage - ladies AND gentlemen!
If you want a relaxing experience try reflexology. Reflexology uses pressure on various points on the feet to help relieve stress and to improve general well being. Or, as the Blatman clinic puts it: "A form of massage in which pressure is applied to certain parts of the feet and hands in order to promote relaxation and healing elsewhere in the body.... based on the belief that each part of the body is interconnected through the nervous system to the hands and feet. Stimulating specific reflex points in the feet can bring needed nutrients to poorly functioning areas of the body. This can help restore balance throughout the body."
I found it so relaxing the first time I went that I went home and slept for five hours afterwards.
There is a wonderful reflexology spa in New York City called Angel Feet. It is located in Greenwich Village on Perry Street in a tiny storefront that can only handle two clients at a time. The atmosphere is wonderfully calm. A session not only makes your tootsies feel great, it can also help work out the kinks in any area of your body that is tense and stressed. Treat yourself ... or a friend!
(and thanks to MJ for the photo!)