We are the girls with anxiety disorders, filled appointment books, five-year plans. We take ourselves very, very seriously. We are the peacemakers, the do-gooders, the givers, the savers. We are on time, overly prepared, well read, and witty, intellectually curious, always moving…We pride ourselves on getting as little sleep as possible and thrive on self-deprivation. We drink coffee, a lot of it. We are on birth control, Prozac, and multivitamins…
– — Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters – Courtney E. Martin
Relaxation is hard to come by when you fit the profile of the aforementioned female. Being a young professional, and a female one at that, means one thing: I’m stressed out. I also don’t have enough money to spend on pampering myself as often as I’d like. God knows I’d love to be one of those women with the weekly spa appointment: doing my nails one week, my toes the next, then hair, then full body massage and so on and so on. Yeah…that would be awesome. But unfortunately I don’t exist in a world where that’s possible so…no.
Naturally I jumped at the chance to review a treatment with Sinnamon Skin Klinic & Rejuvenation Centre. I hastily requested a massage as my service of choice and waited patiently til Friday afternoon to properly check out this space I’d only ever observed en route to the Trinidad Lookbook office.
Sinnamon Skin smells AMAZING. That’s the first thing you notice upon entering the reception area. It is exactly what you’d expect from a spa: the sound of running water, divine scents, piped music, and tea or coffee on offer. I also noticed a self-serve snack/drink area, but I didn’t indulge since I’m pretending to get fit for Carnival.
I met up with Dana at the front desk where I was asked to fill out a lengthy but necessary form regarding my health/fitness/skincare/body concerns/etc. I surmise this is for your file in the event you want to get more in-depth treatments like their facials and microdermabrasion. I remember while filling out the form I had the distinct feeling that this spa & salon was much more concerned with holistic body and skin care than any other I’ve ever experienced locally. Needless to say I’ve never been given any form to fill out at a spa before.
On to the good part! The massage! I wasn’t even sure what to expect since I’d let my friend Mel determine the treatment I would get. There were a lot of firsts: first time I’ve had the soles of my feet covered with a hot towel prior to and at the end of a massage; first time I’ve had a therapist ask me how much pressure I’d like her to exert; first time I’ve had a hot stone (or what I think was a hot stone) rubbed along my back to help work out knots. I was amazed to find out at the end of the massage that I’d received an aromatherapy massage (I’ve never had such an intense or elaborate aromatherapy massage before and that’s usually what I get, the odd time I manage to treat myself).
This particular massage will set you back $380. Not bad for 50 minutes of intense relaxation. Haha. To be fair though, it wasn’t all ‘relaxing’, the point of the exercise is to get rid of those balled up knots of stress in your back/shoulders/legs (Yes, I had knots in my legs from what I could tell, haha, maybe I was imagining things). That requires some tough love, and frankly, a bit of pain; but Dana warned me I might be a little sore the next day and advised I drank a lot of water.
I’m eager to go back to Sinnamon Skin and experience another treatment. I’m curious to see how their service differs in the realm of pedicures or brazilian waxing (eepz!). I’ve long wanted to pledge allegiance to a spa and be able to say to reception ‘I’ll have the usual’ every time I go in. Lol. Television has ruined us all.
Either way I say you’re pretty safe trying Sinnamon Skin out. I might even ask for a Sinnamon Skin gift card for Christmas 😀
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