Help for your jet-lagged bod

August 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM 2 comments

Nothing prepared me for getting hit with jet lag on my trip last fall to Hong Kong and Singapore. I’ve managed a six-hour and nine-hour time difference on other trips no problem, but the 12-hour difference in Asia hit me like a ton of bricks. Which is a shame as I feel like I stumbled through the two cities in a comatose state because of it. I only vaguely remember this market in the photo above in Hong Kong.

And when I got my jet-lagged self back to Toronto, it took me well over a week to feel myself again.

Next time I get home from a far-away trip, I know where I’ll be heading: 889 at the Thompson Hotel. I had the chance to try out their signature Jet-Lagged Massage a couple of weeks ago. Each section of the 75-minute massage begins with the therapist applying pressure using steamed compresses filled with ginger, lemongrass, lime, tumeric and plia (all chosen as they help to promote muscle health) and then the oil used in the massage is a relaxing and sleep-restoring blend of lavender, sandalwood and peppermint. At first, I was bit anxious as I’m not a fan of heat, but the temperature is comfortably warm, not hot (think giant tea bags that have cooled a bit after  steeping in hot water). Although I was not jet lagged (haven’t been on a plane since June — fixing that this September, though!), I did go into the appointment feeling a bit stressed and tired (work and life can do that to you sometimes, not just jet lag) and when I left, I felt like I was floating.

Sayonara, jet lag!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Leila  |  August 30, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    This sounds heavenly! The stress and tiredness that inevitably hits us all definitely results in some life-lag. Some relaxation and rejuvenation is always welcome, jet or not.

    • 2. healthandswellness  |  August 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      “Life-lag” — love it (well, not it itself, but the term!).


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