Welcome to August! Leaving July and entering August means one thing for most of us—Back to School. Yes, this has been one quick summer. I remember when August was all yours as a kid, the last month of freedom before Labor Day which was the signal that school was beginning. Now, kids are out of school before Memorial Day and back in weeks ahead of Labor Day, thus seeming to shorten the time spent away from the books. For parents, a return to school means many things. First, and an obvious foremost, kids will be doing their own thing during the day, away from you and your home. Perhaps this makes your heart twang in a sad way as the uncertainty of a new routine awaits. Or, if you’re a seasoned parental unit, maybe you are counting down the days until you have your freedom and sanity back. It’s o.k., we’ve all been there.
A second undeniable attribute of “back to school” is how much it is going to cost you to get your kids on that magical yellow bus. Backpacks, ridiculously overpriced sneakers, t-shirts, and lunch boxes will disintegrate your paycheck. And that’s before digging into their school supply lists.
Once you get busy with school, homework, sports, and the ramming and jamming that accompanies all of that, it’s important to build time into your day to relax and slow down. Whether it’s a cup of coffee or a chat with a friend, you need to rejuvenate to keep your family’s schedules running smoothly. Though constantly nurturing their family’s down time and extolling the need for rest, parents often neglect their own basic relaxation requirements. How do you relax and take care of your inner peace and tranquility when your family is running in opposite directions as the school year resumes? Do you plan a night out with friends, sans kids or spouses? Have a favorite beach spot where you sit and meditate? Does everybody know your name at a local watering hole that feels like home? If you’re in need of a place to unwind that’s healthy and different, a local Sarasota venue is making it their business to help you relax.
Salt of the Earth, located at 4037 Clark Road in Sarasota, is becoming a popular health and relaxation destination. With salt therapy, guests can get relief from a variety of ailments including depression, sinus issues, joint pain, and psoriasis. Pink Himalayan salt with 84 trace minerals the body is normally deficient in serves as a drug-free, noninvasive, and all-natural treatment for overall wellness. Guests have the option of lounging in salt rooms with calming background music lulling them into a light slumber or spending time in individualized booths. An hour on a salt bed is supposed to be the equivalent to a two-hour massage. Not to leave the kiddos out, a children’s salt room is also available. The main salt room is available to rent for bridal showers, private parties, birthday gatherings, etc. so it is a unique option to shake up get-together routines. Salt of the Earth is currently running a $35 first visit offer. For information and pricing on all services, please visit their website.
We would love to hear where you go when you need to relax and take a few minutes for yourself. Please leave comments below! Here’s to a wonderful August. We hope you enjoy these remaining days before school begins. Sleep in, spend long hours with your kids doing absolutely nothing before the rush and rigor begins. Once school is in session and you plan your family’s busy calendar, remember to set aside a block of time for relaxation and rejuvenation just for you.
Photos courtesy of Salt of the Earth Facebook page.