What could be more relaxing and rejuvenating than soaking in the hot mineral waters and getting a massage - all for just $64? Join this trip to Mercey Hot Springs.
Cost: This is an over night trip, $64 includes camping and workshop fees.
Amazing drive especially in the Spring when booming wild flowers cover the hills.
Outdoor individual tubs.
Mercey Hot Springs is an oasis where people go to shed the stress of city life. Just 3 hours drive from the Bay Area, the property is on 160 acres of lovely rolling pasture-land and hills. It is $35/person/night to camp here with full use of the facilities: the hot springs tubs, pool, bath house and sauna. Cabins are also available. This place is charming vintage looking, everything is clean and tidy.
You will be relaxed in the individual tubs, avoiding the awkwardness of a public pool. The upper tubs are clothing optional, all other areas are clothing (swimsuit) required. Private indoor tubs are available for $7 an hour, great for those who desire more privacy.
This place is quiet and slow, there is a strict policy of being quiet after 8pm. Stargazing is amazing. Nighttime skies are bursting with stars, pour yourself a glass of wine, soak in your own hot tub; it is resoundingly relaxing and peaceful. Owls and doves make the most noise here.
Spring is the best time to travel there; the rolling hills are covered with booming wildflowers and the weather is neither hot nor cold perfect for a soak!
What do you do when you go to a hot springs? Massages!
Massage workshop, beginner level for couples and singles
This workshop is for those wishing to use it with family and friends. Participants will partner up and practice on each other. You will learn a sequence of moves as well as the fundamentals of massage so you can develop your own style.
You will learn and practice the following massages:
- Neck and Shoulder
- Full Back
- Hand and arms
- Legs and feet
The massage techniques are based mainly on Thai massage with some Chinese massage techniques and western anatomy and physiology. Massage is done with clothes on, no oil is needed; there will be plenty of stretches to help you loosen up.
When muscles are overused they become stiff, resulting in restricted movement, tightness and pain. Muscular problems are mostly work related; an expensive therapeutic massage once a while will not be good enough. The best way to relieve muscle tension is daily massages, even for just 5 minutes a day. Giving massage with proper techniques is more like exercise than work. It is fun as well; my longest massage exchange was six “happy” hours long.
Massage benefits more than just muscles, it also brings people closer. For couples, a 10 minutes massage exchange daily has a positive effect on your happiness and relationship. For singles, massage skill is a good dating tool. When movie is not a good option, give each other a massage.
This massage workshop will provide instant benefit:
- Muscles are being warmed, stretched and relaxed
- Promote the flow of blood and energy
- Gain a greater degree of flexibility through stretching
- Deep relaxation when combined with the use of hot tub or sauna
- A deep and profound feeling of well being
Sat: 2pm – 4pm
Sun: 10am – 11am
This workshop is a good introduction to massage. Although at the end of the trip you will not massage like a professional, you will have learned a useful skill. We are going to explore California together, why not help each other with massages. There will be more workshops in the future for further training. I intend to provide massage workshops whenever possible to make the weekend trips truly relaxing.
I was certified and licensed in SF in 1999; I studied Thai massage in Thailand for 3 months in 2010. With a decade long experience in this healing art, I am ready to teach beginner classes. The workshop is $25 per person and refundable. You have nothing to lose, give it a try.
Total is $64, pay $15 today to secure your spot and pay $49 on the day of the event (03/17/12). The $25 workshop fee is refundable on or before 03/19/12.
Yelp review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/mercey-hot-springs-firebaugh
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