There is nothing I like more than getting pampered. If I was a millionaire, I’d be one of those people with a standing appointment at the most luxurious spa around on a monthly (oh, who are we kidding, weekly) basis. But let’s face it, even if most of us did have a bank account that ended with a long string of zeros, finding the time to get yourself to a spa to enjoy a service isn’t always easy. There’s the drive to get there, the time spent changing in the locker room, waiting in line to pay, etc… (Not to mention the fact that in L.A., the second you get back on the road and find yourself in bumper to bumper traffic, any relaxing effects from your treatment are instantly wiped away). So when I heard about Yada Yada Yoga, a company that offers a mobile approach to both fitness and relaxation services, I jumped at the chance to have an experienced technician come to my home and pamper me.
Yada Yada Yoga has a large range of services designed to make your life easier, ranging from yoga (including Ashtanga, meditation, Iyengar, Hatha, and several others) to mat Pilates, kickboxing, fitness training, self-defense, nutritionists, physical therapists, organic personal chefs, and Emmy-winning hair-styling and makeup artists. Whatever service you choose, you can schedule the session for a time and place most convenient to you and they’ll be there. (Their clients include busy professionals who have them come to their offices, people in the entertainment industry who meet them on set, and large groups at special events and conventions). When I heard that they also offered a wide variety of massage services (including relaxation, sports, hot rock, Swedish, and deep tissue, among others) I knew that I couldn’t pass that option up. (I was very tempted to try an at home yoga session, but my inner laziness won out).
I scheduled the session for an early evening during the week, figuring that as nice as it would be to get pampered on a Saturday or Sunday, it would probably feel even better after a long day of work. (I was totally right). My masseuse, Jen, showed up right on time, bringing all the necessary equipment with her. (Massage table, headrest, blanket, fantastic smelling aromatherapy lotion… even a portable MP3 player so I could enjoy some relaxing music during my massage). Just like at a spa, Jen excused herself into another room while I took off my clothes and got under the blanket, then she came back and began the treatment. I booked a relaxation massage, so Jen and I discussed how much pressure I liked and what areas of my body I wanted her to pay the most attention to (my neck and shoulders). I felt really comfortable with her – I think it makes a big difference when you have a few minutes to chat with the person before they start working on you, and that’s something you don’t get at a spa. As we went along, she checked on me a few times to make sure I was getting everything that I wanted out of the treatment and other than that, it was up to me to decide whether or not I wanted to chat or if I just wanted to enjoy it in silence. (I was having a good time talking to her since we were gossiping about dating and celebrities, so I just kept chatting away!) Before I knew it, my hour was up and the massage was over. (Aren’t massages like, the faster hour ever? I swear, if I was stuck on the 405 or at work, that 60 minutes would be endless, but put me on a massage table and the time just flies by). When Jen was finished, my body was so loose and chilled out, I could have floated away. Jen packed up her stuff and left, and I took a long, hot shower, wrapped myself in my big, comfy robe, made a cup of English Breakfast tea, and read magazines in bed until I drifted off to sleep, totally relaxed. It’s such a nice treat, being able to have someone come to your own home and pamper you, and the price was comparable to having the same service at a spa. I would definitely do it again for myself, but I also think it would be a great gift for a stressed-out friend or family member. Or even better – how fun would it be to get a bunch of girlfriends together and make a day of it, with yoga, massages, and a session with a nutritionist or a makeup artist? Doesn’t that sound like a fantastic way to spend time with your friends?
Yada Yada Yoga is based in Los Angeles and has recently expanded to New York City, too. To book a service for yourself, contact Jessica Gordon at (310) 274-2665 or JessicaGordon@yadayoga.com.