Monday, February 09, 2009

"You should do something you've never done before." - Keith, manager at Sperry's

At the Hermitage Saturday night



Another great week/weekend with family and Friends! Thursday night I met great friends and women from the Williamson County Republican party for dinner at Sperry's. Friday night, Josh and I ate dinner with his parents at Sperry's. Saturday night, we had a wedding and the reception was at the Hermitage like ours. It was so much less stressful not being the bride this time! Then on Sunday, we had a Girl's Night Out to the movies, then dinner at yes, Sperry's. We went and saw He's Just Not that Into You and I thought it was HILARIOUS!! We've all been "that girl" before and it was just funny to see it played out on screen. And I am soooo thankful I don't have to date anymore!


Another interesting event: Thursday afternoon, before dinner with the GOP women, I had a facial and what is called a gua sha massage. I had so many knots in my back and neck that just weren't getting better and it was really painful. My massage lady suggested gua sha and I had read in magazines about Gweneth Paltrow being a fan of "cupping" which is pretty much the same concept. So I figured if it was good enough for Gwen, I'd give it a shot too. :)


Gua sha is basically repeated pressured strokes over skin with a smooth edge - a spoon in my case. The spoon is pressed down firmly, and then moved down the muscles. This creates bruises once the toxins from the muscles rise to the surface. I must have had lots of toxins in my muscles because this is what I looked like when I got home Thursday night. But I promise, I felt almost immediate relief from the pain I had been having after the massage! I did have to wear a shaw to the wedding Saturday night so people didn't think Josh was beating me! :)


I also found the neatest new product at the spa (I go to Serendipity in downtown Franklin). They have these 3 in 1 candles that are perfect for the winter months (Amy, if you read this, Surprise! - you've got one for your birthday!) They are called Suntouched 3-1 candles and are candles, massage oil and body moisturizers all in one. So you light them while you are in the bath, then when you get out, you have the warm liquid at the bottom of the wick that you use as lotion. It smells terrific and feels so good on cold nights! I highly recommend!


And finally, to explain the title of this posting...
As you can probably tell, Josh and I eat out quite a bit. And not sure why, but Sperry's in Cool Springs receives the majority of our business. So Sunday night, I'm there with my girlfriends and the manager comes up to chat and check on us and mentions Valentine's Day and how busy it will be for them that night. I told him I wasn't even sure what Josh and I were going to do for Valentine's but since we were already at Sperry's so often, I doubted we'd have our Valentine's dinner there. To which he replied, "I don't blame you. You should do something different you've never done before...like maybe cook."

Ah yes...cook. Talk about making a new wife feel guilty. But I am taking him up on his challenge! I think it will be fun to stay in and eat at home for once. I have cooked a bit for Josh but mostly just spaghetti, chili and even Hamburger Helper. :) But I want to do something special for Valentine's and so now I need something new to make. So if anyone has any good recipes or ideas, send them my way!

11 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Wow! Your neck and back look so bad! Does it hurt? I've been sitting on a gift certificate for a massage for months. This is the exact reason I will continue sitting on it! Hilarious you went to Sperry's that much! Good luck cooking!

The Roper's said...

I can not believe the bruises...you do look like you have been beaten!!! I always look on food.com plenty of recipes to choose from :)

The Hardin Family said...

HOLY CRAP! I can't believe all the bruises. Crazy!

The Claunch Family said...

I can't believed how bruised you are! You'll have to let us all know what you end up cooking!

Jill Robinson said...

If you let me know what you want to cook, I can guarantee I have a recipe for it...easy or difficult! You know I LOVE to cook and since I don't have use of my kitchen right now, I can live vicariously through you (although I'll pass on the bruises!)

Haro said...

Hey!! I love the new photo at the top! So cute! And, I was just going to leave you a message on your facebook but there were no other messages on your wall! I felt too much pressure to make it a good one! What is the Josh job thing?! I don't know anything! Fill me in!! Try to call you soon! Later gator!!

caroline G said...

OUCH!!!! Bruises look painful, but there is nothing better that a good deep massage. If I could fit it into the budget I would do it weekly!

sinequanon.massagetherapy said...

Hi, I am glad that your pain was relieved from this massage. I have to say though as a Licensed massage therapist, bruising is never a necessary result of a treatment. Toxins don't leave the body by bruising, they are excreted through the skin and through other body systems. Should you go back, I would suggest that the therapist preps your muscles for deep work so that this damage doesn't result.
That said, I am glad you feel well.
Christine

Anonymous said...

Gua sha is bruising tissue; it becomes red not from "toxins rising" but because capillaries are broken and bleeding into the skin.

It stopped hurting because trigger points were released by the unnecessarily brutal work. A skilled trigger point specialist can release the painful trigger points without hurting you--and without bruising.

Please, everyone, don't take this young lady's experience as an example of massage therapy.
Mary Kate, on behalf of all licensed massage therapists, I apologize.

Pat W said...

I am an LMT and you do not need to be brusied to get relief from tight muscles. If you are brusied during a massage session, they are causing further damage to your tissues than is necessary for relief to occur, the bottom line is they are not very creative and their technique is bad. A skilled licensed therapist will not cause this kind of brusising on the body, if they do run far, far away!

Anonymous said...

As a Massage therapist also I will say Mary Kate doesn't seem to have any problem with her bruises and seems very happy with her results. Why is everyone apologizing. Let he make her own decision. Human bodies bruise its part of the healing process sometimes. Why are we so afraid of visible marks after body work? She feels better and is happy with the results lets leave it at that.