Sunday, April 16, 2006
Several weeks ago, to celebrate my Mother's 90th birthday, the family reserved a townhouse at a well known spa in Stowe, Vermont. Little did I realise then how fortunate the timing would be! It was the perfect place to be this past weekend when all around us life seemed to be gloom and doom. The swims, the massages, the meals, the everything worked together to produce a wonderful calming effect in all of us. It will help us get through the days ahead.
During our stay, I recalled one massage I'd had a few years ago when Maligiaq paddled in the La Traversee kayak race from Forestville to Ste Luce, crossing the St Lawrence River. He was one sore boy when he finished and the sports therapy people at the finish line were fabulous. I didn't paddle in the race, but enjoyed some of the benefits! I don't think Maligiaq would have been able to sleep that night had he not had a massage to relax his aching muscles.
I had a long conversation with the masseur about kayaking and the benefits of regularly having a massage to relax our muscles, especially after a strenuous day on the water. There's nothing like it. We should all train ourselves to give massages when on kayaking trips. Not only would it help to relax our muscles, but would build partnerships and togetherness in the wilderness. I'm sure there are some of you out there who know of which I speak!