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Friday, 8 April 2011

I'm Going To Get Pampered *shudders*

Last year I won a £400 voucher for Experience Mad by sharing my birth story in a competition.  I nominated QWERTY Mum as my hero for being there when my daughter decided to make an unexpectedly  impromptu appearance (almost in a coffee shop full of people having lunch!)   She was a brilliant birth partner and I was so glad to have won the prize so I could treat her to a luxurious spa day.

I've read through a whole list of pampering experiences and I have just booked us a Spa Day at Fairlawns Spa which includes a Massage and a Bathing Ritual Treatment in addition to all the other saunas, hydrotherapy pools and whatnot!  I'm not going to lie to you...the all day grazing bar was very influential in my final decision of venue.  I doubt though that it will live up to my imagination.  I'm thinking a Willy Wonka Smorgasbord, but the reality is probably more akin to a rabbit's stable diet.  It is a health spa after all.

Whereas most people would be delighted at the prospect of being pampered, rubbed and bathed...I'm actually in panic mode.  I have a bit of a "being touched" phobia.  Now don't get me wrong, certain touching gets a big thumbs up from me...for example cuddling my babies, hugging friends and anything involving my husband. But having strangers touch my skin brings me out in a cold sweat!  I feel the same about hairdressers which is why my hair has been the same for my entire life.  My unimaginatively styled, drab, long locks are not here by chance!

Doctors and dentists are not a problem for me.  It is something about the beauty industry that terrifies me.  I'm  just so uncomfortable with it.  I'll endure half an hour with a hygienist, but I quake at the thought of a pedicure. I did though have a fabulous spa date with my husband at Centre Parcs a few years back.  It generally involved misbehaving ourselves in various steam rooms and swimming pools and culminated in us rubbing various colours of mud all over ourselves in a private room.  That I can cope with.  But add a stranger in a smart beauty therapist's uniform and all the fun is gone.  It becomes serious.  This is where it all changes for me.  The panic sets in!  I'm cringing just thinking about someone having to touch me...ewww!  Why would anyone want to touch strangers for a living.  I just don't get it.

So while other people flock to hand over their hard earned cash to the multi-million pound industry...I'd rather nip off to the supermarket to do the weekly shop or sit on my laptop writing blog posts about how much I don't like being pampered!

However I am willing to give it a go in the name of research.  I'll take a deep breath and grin and bear it....that or I'll have a full on panic attack mid massage!!
DIY Pampering is as close as I get!

14 comments:

  1. I am the complete opposite! I would let anyone touch me if it meant getting a massage lol! Have a lovely time. x

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  2. I am also the complete opposite, LOVE a good old pamper and some me time!!

    Embrace it, you'll love it (erm, or maybe not!)

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  4. I can't stand anyone touching my feet - eeuugghhh but pretty ok about the rest - give it a whirl you never know.... x

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  5. I'm in complete agreement about the beauty industry. I suppose I'm even more extreme in that I'm not fond of going to hairdressers either.

    If it is the Fairlawns that is in Aldridge, however, it is close to where I live and I have heard only praise of it from people who do like spas. I hope you have a great time.

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  6. I'm the same!
    I won a family photoshoot with full on pampering and makeover and it was my idea of hell!!!
    I did however have a honeymoon massage with hubby in the Maldives which was lovely!
    You never know until you try I suppose, Im sure you will love it! x

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  7. I'm glad there is someone else like me! When everyone talks about going for a body massage they look at me a bit strange when I say that I couldn't think of anything worse!
    My OH booked me a lovely Pre-natal massage when I was 7 months pregnant - I cried & made him get a refund!
    I hope you have a lovely time anyway
    x

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  8. Have you booked me in for the Colonic Irrigation !!
    Can't wait for our Spa Day and don't worry, I won't let the scary beauticians do anything you are not happy with xxx

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  9. It's going to be an amazing day mum. Just relax and embrace it- you never know- you might love it (: I think it sounds awesome :D xxx

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  10. Hope it is fun, I have to say I do love Spa treatments myself, and wish I had time to have more of them more often!

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  11. Ooooh I'm SO jealous....sounds divine. See, I'm all for a bit of pampering. If Paula takes ill or anything I'll gladly be a stand in :)

    xxx

    p.s. Sorry for crawling your blog - I'm just on catch up!

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  12. I'm in complete agreement about the beauty industry. I suppose I'm even more extreme in that I'm not fond of going to hairdressers either.

    If it is the Fairlawns that is in Aldridge, however, it is close to where I live and I have heard only praise of it from people who do like spas. I hope you have a great time.

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  13. I can't stand anyone touching my feet - eeuugghhh but pretty ok about the rest - give it a whirl you never know.... x

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  14. I am also the complete opposite, LOVE a good old pamper and some me time!!

    Embrace it, you'll love it (erm, or maybe not!)

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