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The best $25 a busy mom could spend — One Moore Thing

spa world W2At the risk of exposing my new found and most favorite secret, I have to tell you about one of the greatest places that I have ever been. A Korean spa.

I went to Spa World in Centreville, Va., just one hour from Annapolis, and for me, it was nothing short of life changing. And here are the five magical words that every mother longs to here — there’s a Groupon for it.

This Valentine’s Day was the first in 17 years that I have been single, so I decided to practice some self-care. This shouldn’t be a “momma who is single” life requirement, this should be an “all the mommas deserve to think and breathe” life requirement.

We feel we have to explain and justify doing anything for ourselves instead of realizing that we are better mothers for it. So at 11 p.m. on Feb. 13, I bought myself the best gift — the gift of time. And the icing on the cake? I found a promo code for my Groupon.

A little disclaimer about Korean spas: you are naked. But only in the spa/sauna area that are separated by gender. There are common areas, other rooms, a fitness center and a restaurant as well, and everyone is wearing clothing in those spaces.

The spa area is surprisingly comfortable, relaxing, legal and professional. It is also liberating. If you are uncomfortable being nude in front of other members of the same sex, this might not be the spa for you. You may also worry that you will enter a room full of supermodels. I can assure you that is not the case. All bodies are more than welcome here.

Here is a rundown of the things that I wish that I knew when I walked into Spa World:

  1. Sign in at the desk. You will be assigned an “Orange is the New Black” inspired outfit as well as a locker number and key that will open both your shoe locker and your regular locker. The number is printed on the key that you wear around your wrist which is brilliant because I would have forgotten that number before I found the locker.
  2. Head to the women’s sauna (unless you are, of course, a man). The saunas are separated by gender. There is a totally separate spa area for men and women.
  3. Go to the bathroom now before you are wet and naked. Trust me.
  4. Find your locker and get completely undressed. You really don’t want to put on your prison wear unless you want to go on a tour or something. If you are going to the spa, which is what you need to do in your life, just get naked.
  5. Everyone is naked. You’ll get used to it.
  6. Enter the spa and head right to the showers. Hair, body — get everything clean. This is the key stop before you can take part in anything else, and you will be happy knowing that everyone you are swimming with is clean along with you.
  7. If you have long hair, pull it back. Nothing ruins a spa experience like bathing with a giant hairball.
  8. The towels are about as big as your hands so don’t reach for one to cover up or you will look like you are trying to perform a magic trick.
  9. Let any self-conscious thoughts about yourself and your body go. This experience renewed my sense of how beautiful the human body is. Every shape and every shade is powerful.
  10. Enjoy. There’s a dry sauna, a steam sauna, a rest area, a chill pool and various hot tubs at various temperatures. A large Bade pool in the center allows you float along and experience all different jets that massage every part of you. As far as I could tell, there is no wrong or right way to do this, which just might mean that I was doing it wrong. But I loved it, so that has to count for something.

Above all, embrace it. There is something so profound about shedding our layers. No makeup, no phones, no titles, no clothing, just showing up at our bare minimum and letting everything else go.

To be unplugged and weightless and to only hear the sound of flowing water was a tranquil escape from a consuming and overly busy world. To get away, no matter how briefly, should be the homework of motherhood.

I hope that you will try it too. You deserve it.

For details visit the Spa World website, spaworldusa.com
There is also an Asian Spa in Baltimore called Seoul Spa, seoulspausa.com

To read more blogs by Katie Moore click here.

MooreFam SKatie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, yoga instructor and momma of four. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled “Dream a Bigger Dream” and the children’s books “You Are a Warrior” and “We are Family” and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks at The Naked Momma and on Facebook.

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