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Having a Full Body Aromatherapy Massage when Plus Size | Plus Size Travel

November 4, 2018

Having a Full Body Aromatherapy Massage when Plus Size | Plus Size Travel

November 4, 2018

I don’t know how I have managed to go my entire life without having a massage, but here I am at 25 – losing my massage virginity. 

Whilst on a recent press trip to Bath I was given the chance to visit the incredible Thermae Spa – one of the only spas to still use the hot springs the Romans would have used all those years ago.

Not only was I given access to the spa, but I was booked into one of their aromatherapy massages. 

Having never had a massage before I was incredibly nervous. I’m not as confident as people think when it comes to stripping off in front of people and as I had absolutely no idea what to expect, I was feeling a little anxious. How naked would I be? Would the therapist see me naked? Would they be uncomfortable massaging me? What if I’m too heavy for the table? I had a million questions. 

When I arrived at the spa I was given a form to fill out. I had no idea the treatment would be so tailored to me personally, so I nervously filled in all the options that applied to me.

I can’t remember exactly everything I ticked, but a few of them included: 

  • Lack of sleep (I’d been awake most of the night)
  • Nervous/Anxious
  • Self-conscious and confidence boost
  • In need of positivity
  • Stressed and overworked
  • Immune system support

Shortly after I was introduced to my massage therapist, Peyton. I was so worried I would end up getting someone I didn’t like, but immediately I knew I’d feel much more comfortable with her. We briefly spoke about how nervous I was and she reassured me that it was going to be an incredible experience.

After we talked about the ‘feelings’ I ticked on my form Peyton asked me to smell three different aromatherapy oils that she’d picked out based on my needs. According to my answers, these were the oils that my body needed, but the one I was drawn to most would be the one my body wanted. I was most drawn to the ‘Inner Strength’ oil which was a blend of sage, frankincense and cardamom – designed to focus on the mind and calm thoughts. I guess as I was nervous this was definitely needed! 

Once I’d picked my oils it was time to strip down and get on the massage table. I was super nervous about this bit but as Peyton left the room it wasn’t as awkward as I thought. I decided to keep my own underwear on as I felt more comfortable than using the ones they supplied. After I’d stripped down I got on the massage table face down and covered myself up. Nowhere near as bad as I thought…

Peyton knocked to see if she could come back in, then as soon as she arrived the turned the lights down, started some very relaxing music and set the aromatherapy oils off (which smelt amazing). 

I’m not going to lie and say that the massage experience was easy as I was trying to relax, but it was hard when I didn’t know exactly what was coming next. Although I did feel much more relaxed than I normally am, I was on edge a lot of the time because I had no idea what was going on. Peyton noticed this and spoke to me afterwards saying next time it wouldn’t be so bad as I’d know what to expect.

I had a full body massage, however, the therapist asked me beforehand if there was anything I didn’t feel comfortable having massaged, so instead of a stomach massage I had extra focus on my arms. Maybe next time I’d say yes to this, but I felt more exposed when I was lying on my front. 

One thing I was really thankful for was that at no point did I feel extremely exposed. For some reason, I had pictured a small hand towel sized towel covering my underwear, but instead, a massive towel that covered my body was used. This meant that whenever a piece of my body wasn’t being massaged, it was covered. I felt slightly uncomfortable when I was lying on my front as the only bits that were covered were my boobs, but other than that I was reasonably okay. 

Around halfway through the massage, I did have to move from my back to the front which worried me. I didn’t know if I’d have to do it in front of Peyton or if she’d leave, so up until that point, I was constantly thinking about what will happen. I wish I’d have asked at the start as I’d have felt much more at ease for the first half of the massage.

It was in fact, much more simple than I thought. When it was time to turn Peyton held the towel up so that it covered her entire vision of me, I turned, and she put it back down. It was incredibly dignified and respectful. 

After my massage had finished Peyton left the room and let me sit up and get ready in my own time. I felt so relaxed I could have stayed there for hours, but obviously, the room was needed and my treatment was over…

The whole experience was incredible and I felt so so relaxed afterwards. It was nowhere near as scary as l has imagined and I would 100% do it again (and again and again….). 

Once the massage was over and I had got dressed, Peyton talked me through everything and let me know where I hold most of my tension – my back, neck and shoulders. We talked through some home care I could be doing and I was given a little booklet with all the details of my treatment in.

To finish I was taken into a relaxation room where I could sit and enjoy a herbal tea – the perfect end to my first ever massage experience. 

Although I know it’s hard to stop worrying, being plus size did not affect my experience in any way and I’d hate for size to put anyone off experiencing something so incredible. 

Kirsty Leanne

Xoxo

I'M KIRSTY LEANNE

My mission is simple. I want to help change the way travel looks, showing both brands and society that plus size people really do travel too. In a community where plus size travellers are made to feel unwelcome, I want to inspire and advise people like me on how they can make the most out of their own incredible travel experiences.Join me as I share my own personal experiences, my best tips and tricks and all of the challenges I face along the way. It won’t always be an easy ride, but it sure as hell will be a fun one.

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I don’t know why, but when I found out I was going to Garorock Festival I decided that if I was going to wear a playsuit, now would be the perfect opportunity. It was going to be 41 degrees and if anything, I could pass it off as festival fashion if it didn’t look right. I ordered two, one from @missguided and one from Boohoo 🙌🏻
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As you can see it DOES suit me (I think) and the chub rub? NON-EXISTENT. I’m definitely a playsuit convert and now wondering what other clothes I have written off without even giving them a chance! Co-ords? Dungarees? Bodycon Dresses? What should I try next?! 😏👇🏻
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❤️ Playsuit gifted by @missguided
❤️ Bag gifted by @boohoo
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Highlights include reliving my childhood by seeing @sum41, dancing to @djsnake on day 3, discovering the amazing @christineandthequeens, listening to @twodoorcinemaclub and realising I know way more songs than I thought and the INCREDIBLE headline that was @macklemore. I’ve still got no voice because I sang and screamed so much 😂🙊
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As far as festivals go, Garorock was a great first choice. It was INCREDIBLY clean (look at the lack of rubbish in my photo) and it was all pretty contained and easy to get to. Not only that, but the crowd were amazing. I’m a little worried I may have been spoilt and I’ll have a bit of a shock at my next festival, but there’s only one way to find out, right? 😂🙌🏻
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❤️ Bikini bought from @prettylittlething who I have worked with in the past #bikini #plussizebikini #bikiniseason #bikinilovers #plussizebikinis
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If you saw my stories a couple of weeks ago, you will have seen that I launched the #bepitchperfect eBook - the ultimate guide to pitching products, payments and press trip. The guide goes into detail about all of the preparation you need to do before a pitch, ways to overcome your fears, a five-step strategy that works for me almost every time and how to stay on top of all the people you’re pitching. I also tell you how to personalise each pitch depending on what you’re pitching. It really is that detailed! 🙊💫
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At just £10, it’s honestly an absolute bargain for those looking to take their blog to the next level. It’s been launched less than a month so far and I’ve already had people message to tell me some of the amazing collaborations they’ve secured thanks to my guide! 🎉
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I’m so sorry that this post may have come across a little salesy, but as you can tell I’m incredibly passionate about pitching and how it can help your blog grow. If you’re interested in purchasing the eBook, there’s a link to buy in my profile bio. If you think you know someone who may be interested, please feel free to tag them below! 🥰🥰
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❤️ Jacket gifted from @fashionworlduk
❤️ Skirt gifted from @primark
❤️ Lace body gifted from @missguided
❤️ T-Shirt bought from @levis #plussize #plussizeootd #plussizefashion #psbloggers #plussizebloggers
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✨ Traveling to new places and experiencing incredible new adventures inspires me to create new content, as well as to face my fears.
✨ My friends and family inspire me on a daily basis - whether it’s to do the best I can or to appreciate what I have. Seeing them do incredible things makes me want to do incredible things too.
✨ My boyfriend inspires me to achieve everything I’ve ever wanted to, as he’s always cheering me on and telling me I can do anything if I work hard enough.
✨ YOU! Each and everyone one of you inspire me to do the best I can when it comes to Plus Size Travel Too and travel marketing.
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What inspires you? 👇🏻
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❤️ My trip with @trekamerica was Discounted in return for content
❤️ Dress is bought from @boohoo however I have worked with them previously #whatliftsyounashville #whatliftsyoumural #nashvilletennessee #nashvillemurals #nashville_tn #visitnashville #visittennessee  #nashvillegulch

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My name is Kirsty Leanne (@kirstyleanneuk) and I’m a plus size travel blogger from the UK! I have loved travelling for as long as I can remember and have been blogging about travel for just over two years (and specifically plus size travel for officially 6 months). I like cats, peanut butter and programmes about serial killers. 
As I started to become more confident with posting photos of myself of my social media channels, it became more and more obvious that I didn’t have a place in the travel industry. Nobody wanted to feature a fat girl on their platforms or in their press trips. As time went on and it started to get to me more and more, the idea for Plus Size Travel Too started. Not only is this a community for plus size travellers to get advice from people just like them, but it’s a way to show brands that plus size people do actually travel too. In the long run, I want PSTT to help brands see that they should be showing plus size travellers in their marketing materials, as well as advising them on how they can make adjustments that can make travel a lot more comfortable for plus size people. 
I want to inspire plus size travellers, just like me, to travel and have the best adventures they can. Often people let the fact they’re plus size they can’t travel and hopefully, Plus Size Travel Too will help show people that that’s just not true. 
I can’t do it alone, so I am thankful for each and every one of you helping me along the way ❤️💫
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