Disclosure: I visited TLC on behalf of Spaweek.com in order to facilitate this review. All opinions and knotted neck muscles prior to treatment are my own.
As I walked out the door to get a massage at the TLC Health Spa in Costa Mesa, I got a text from my daughter. She’d lost my bank card.
My car was making a funny noise. My AC had just pooped out (right in time for the biggest heat wave in years) and I was trying to plan how I was going to be at two back to school nights at once, in different cities. According to my GPS, traffic was backed up on the 405 and I was worried I’d be late. I could feel the muscles in my neck and back contracting as I sat in the driveway, text arguing with my daughter about where the card might be.
Suffice to say, I really needed a massage.
Spa services are a small luxury that I don’t indulge in nearly often enough. Yet every time I do, I wonder why I waited so long. It’s amazing how something so simple as a massage can help you reframe reality. So when Spa Week asked me to review TLC spa’s hour long aromatherapy massage, even though I was looking at a packed week (when is it ever not packed?) I made time for it. I made time for me.
TLC is a small spa, tucked into a strip mall in Costa Mesa, off Newport Avenue. I might not have known it was there, though I’ve passed it a dozen times. The spa has been there for over a decade, but was recently remodeled and now boasts an infrared sauna and Vichy shower. The spa offers a unique membership program – for just $49/ mo (no long term commitment, you can go month to month) members enjoy a signature service. 12 consecutive months of service nets you a free massage or Vichy scrub.
I do love a good Vichy shower, but my favorite spa service is still a good massage, and that is what I got at TLC. I selected “Clear Mind” as my aromatherapy choice. It was woody, with notes of lavender and eucalyptus. Just the thing for clearing my busy mind and relaxing.
My masseuse was neither too gentle or too harsh. She got in there and really worked the kinks out of my neck and back and made me forget all my troubles for a time. The hour flew by.
Heated towels and weighted eye masks, clean soft sheets and blankets and a great selection of essential oils made my massage experience extra comfy and relaxing.
After the massage, my bank card turned up at Starbucks (where my daughter had left it). My car stopped making the funny noise and although my AC isn’t back up and running yet, it’s a lot cooler out so I’m sweating less. I still can’t clone myself or be everywhere at once, but for now my shoulders aren’t located at the same height as my ears anymore. I’m reminded that I should make massage a more regular part of my life. If TLC was a little closer to home, I’d definitely consider that membership plan!
If you are in the OC, check out TLC where you can try out the same hour long aromatherapy massage as the one I tried, for $50 during Spa Week October 14-20th.