I spend a lot of time thinking about how I struggle to take care of myself. How did I get here? So here’s the thing: I show up this morning at my all time favorite salon The Alchemist. A friend had recommended it a few years back. She didn’t tell me anything about it, just that, “It’s great!”
I walk into this oasis. Where I am asked if I want herbal tea or water. Jamie, my stylist takes the time to find out what I want and is not afraid to make suggestions. “Do you mind if I give you a head massage?”
“No.” I respond thinking what kind of question is that? Who in their right mind would refuse!
Minutes go by. I close my eyes and begin to relax. A half hour later I think, Could these foil squares be used to wrap sandwiches? Those are the thoughts that tend to rumble on the conveyer belt in my mind. I am the mother of multiple teenaged boys, what can I say? My head is covered with foil neatly folded here and there. This is my time.
“Do you mind, if I give you a hand massage after I clean up at bit?”
I feel the smoothness of her hands press against mine. “Jamie, take me, I’m yours. I’ll do anything you want.” I am nearly drooling, I am SO relaxed.
My neck always hold painful memories of washing my hair. The sink that cradles my head must harmonize with the height of the chair. Jamie adjusts it perfectly. The water temperature is well not to be redundant, but perfect as well. Then more massaging. My head is covered in foamy suds. I think back to my mother. Washcloth on my eyes blinking away the sting, my head titled back at an angle, it was never suppose to be. Then the SCRUB. Oh, Jamie, I think, this is such an improvement!
At Jamie’s station, my back is to the mirror. I chat. She cuts, blow-dries and cuts some more. She’s almost done. Jamie applies a little cheek color and lip color spinning my chair around for the unveiling. Looking in the mirror I well up. I don’t feel vain, but I feel beautiful. I blink back tears.
-Photo courtesy of Jamie at The Alchemist
Sometimes I don’t see my beauty-inner or outer. Allowing others to help me discover me-that is part of self-care, isn’t it?
(If you are a neighbor, I cannot say enough about the girls at The Alchemist in Ellsworth, Maine. They are compassionate woman who truly care. Of course, a special thank you to Jamie. I always look forward to seeing you!)