This week I scored a 7 day trial pass to the South Austin Life Time Fitness center. Itâ€™s working out really well. They have two 25 meter pools (or at least I hope theyâ€™re 25 meters, â€˜cause otherwise Iâ€™m swimming really slow), and some other stuff I donâ€™t use. Actually, I was all prepared for a negative rant and rave due to a bad experience with the massage studio, Life Spa, but I held off a day, and LTF made it all better.
I got a massage on Wednesday when they had a $60 for an hour special. It was advertized as a â€œsports massageâ€ and I asked for someone who would know how to work out really tight muscles (post-race soreness can be debilitating). I spent the hour asking the therapist to go harder and receiving a glorified back rub. They had a fancy bed and smelly oils and a bunch of stuff that I donâ€™t care about, and a therapist that wouldnâ€™t respond to my needs, even when asked. Afterwards she asked me how it was and I grunted that it was â€œrelaxingâ€, then wasnâ€™t quite sure what to say to the front desk when asked to pay. I went home and tried to find a massage studio, but Courtenay told me I was being a bad patron by not telling the management that I was unsatisfied. She told me I should have just walked out, but that since I didnâ€™t I should at least write an email to Life Spa. I did, and this morning they told me I could come back in for another massage on them.
My second massage at the Life Spa was with a girl named Nicole, who is in school learning to be a Physical Therapy Assistant. Sheâ€™s a small girl, but she packs a punch. It was exactly what I needed. She got in deep and broke up plenty of knots. I didnâ€™t moan, or grab the table, like I do with Jenny (my therapist in Seattle), but I was definitely at my pain threshold â€“ which is what a â€œsports massageâ€ should be â€“ a little pain for an hour, and then days of improved training.
Thanks Life Time Fitness!