We’re at the point in our lives where there aren’t a lot of birthday gift options. Due to an avalanche of gratefully received material items and unwilling to add to the mountain of stuff for my husband’s birthday, I had a new idea. I created and emailed a coupon for an at-home birthday back rub along with a contribution to his fav charity.
I’ll probably buy a gift certificate from Massage Envy for the real thing when the world comes back. But I have time for once. Having had massages on vacation, I figured I could improvise with an online tutorial. I educated myself with this massage technique video: and apparently I learned surprisingly well. Side note: I had a good time finding fun graphics for the e-card.
When he requested, I sprayed lavender scented essential oil around the room to create a relaxed atmosphere. According to the internet, lavender is supposed to be good for treating anxiety, stress and insomnia. Who knows? I just like the smell. If you happen to be looking for an at-home birthday back rub, lavender massage oil (and other scents) are available at Gladwyne Pharmacy, Mom’s Organic Market in Bryn Mawr and Whole Foods.
Then I dug a few tea candles out of a drawer in the den, lit and placed them around the room. I switched off the lights. It took about a half hour for my arm muscles to give out. But I learned from my internet research to have a towel available to keep his newly massaged muscles warm when done.
I can state without reservation that this gift idea was a hit. As a bonus, it was great exercise for my arms and my husband and I both felt calm and centered. Apparently, nothing says happy birthday like a massage. Well – almost nothing – but a back rub at home is a good start.