Have you fallen into post-spa depression? Spa Week Spring 2012 may be over but the memories and benefits will last a lifetime! (And there are always amazing Spa Deals to be had.) Last week we asked you for your Spa Week stories in exchange for more spa in the form of $50 Spa & Wellness Gift Cards for five of you. Meet Winner #4, whose new pup lead them not only to the doggy park – but to a romantic spa day.

By Justine McCarthy

Where to begin….

Well, I guess should start by announcing that I’m a proud new Mom of a 38 pound boy! His name is Cyrus and he came into mine and my boyfriend’s life unexpectedly this past January.

Being a mother to a 2-year-old adopted lab-retriever beagle mix from Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is great, but it comes with its stressors. Additionally, I’m an event coordinator (the 6th most stressful job according to CareerCast). So it comes as no surprise that my stress levels had been higher than usual these past few months. My stress shows its selfishness in knotted muscles and crankiness.

My boyfriend, Dan, is a very kind, generous and observant man. So when Dan saw that I was reaching a breaking point he did some research on how I could relax and get pampered. He came across SpaWeekBlog.com and learned about couples massages at Supple Spa – a Spa Week participant who was offering a great deal! $50 each meant $100 for both of us. Dan jumped on the opportunity and booked a romantic day of pampering for the two of us.

Now, being an event coordinator, I like things done a certain way. All right, fine, I’m a control freak! So when Dan surprised me one Saturday morning with chocolate chip pancakes in bed and told me we were going for a massage together I was pleasantly surprised…. ‘What’s this?’ I thought to myself, ‘someone else is making the schedule for the day?’ But something told me to just let go and go with it – and it’s best decision I’ve made in months.

We arrived at Supple Spa, a kitschy 2nd floor Asian spa, and were greeted with fresh lemon water. I was surprised at how calm I immediately felt. The spa has dim red lighting and the staff speaks in a low and calming tone. Before I realized, my phone was turned off–something I never do! And then the massage began… It was one hour of pampering that was so relaxing I fell asleep holding Dan’s hand. When the massage finished Dan and I arose and turned to smile at one another, no barking to be heard.

We went on to enjoy a fun filled day of lounging and QT, and when we got home, even Cyrus knew we were better people now.