People vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains to relax, and what could be more relaxing than a massage? Yes, an in-cabin massage could be just what you need to kick off your vacation in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Besides relieving stress and reducing muscle soreness, massages on your vacation are a great way to pass the time!
There are seemingly endless types of things to do in the Smoky Mountains! A simple search on the internet feeds you lists of boundless and wonderful entertainment and attraction options in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Choosing which attractions you would like to visit can be stressful in and of itself, especially if you are planning a family vacation where you have multiple opinions to consider.
There is a running joke that most people need a vacation to recover from their vacation, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Vacations in the Great Smoky Mountains can be laid back, fun, and peaceful retreats that can leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
You can always check out a spa, but at Cabins for YOU, we have something even more relaxing. When booking with one of our vacation planners, you can add on an in-cabin massage, giving you the relaxing experience without even leaving the cabin. What a special treat for a Mother’s Day trip, a honeymoon, a romantic weekend, a hikers’ escape, or a girls’ getaway!
Massages have many benefits and can leave you feeling like a whole new person. The list could go on forever, so here are just a few of the great things a massage can do for you and your well-being...
- Enhances sleep quality
- Improves energy
- Reduces fatigue
- Alleviates stress
- Relieves sore and tight muscles
- Decreases anxiety
- Releases endorphins
- Improves circulation
Massages are wonderful for men and women, young and old alike. You don’t even have to have any muscle complaints to enjoy a massage – many indulge weekly as a part of their health care regimen! Massages can be therapeutic and pampering – a treat you should certainly indulge in on your Smoky Mountain vacation.
There are a few things you should keep in mind to get the most out of your massage. Believe it or not, you do have an active role in your massage, and how well you prepare is directly related to how many benefits you reap! Take advantage of our tips below to get the most out of your experience.
- Be present – don’t let your mind wander onto other activities – enjoy the current moment.
- Check with your doctor to ensure you have no conflicting health concerns before booking a massage.
- Hydrate! Drink plenty of water both before and after your massage for maximum benefit.
- Communicate – know which areas will need a little more attention, and let your masseur know.
- Don’t eat in the hour or two leading up to your massage.
- Know your allergies – are you allergic to any essential oils or lotions?
- Be on time – arriving in a rushed state will only counteract the effects of the massage. Be ready and relaxed for the massage.
Many of our guests enjoy “working up an appetite” (or so to speak) for their massage – luckily, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place to flex and use your muscles before their much-deserved massage! A strenuous hike up Mount LeConte or Charlies Bunion will leave your muscles tired and ready for a rub down. Consider packing a picnic to eat at the mountain summit – you will work off the grub and be ready for your massage by the time you return to your Gatlinburg cabin rental!
After your massage, draw a bath in your cabin rental’s indoor jetted tub to relieve any residual muscle tension. Adding Epsom salt to your bath can help reduce any next-day soreness and will continue to draw toxins out of your body after the massage. A 15-minute soak following your massage is a soothing and wonderful experience that can make a world of difference! The heat from the bath may dehydrate your body, so if you take this next step, ensure that you continue to consume ample amounts of water.
You may feel the need to take a little nap after your massage – that’s okay, too! You may finish your massage feeling sleepy, happy, or energetic. All of these reactions are normal and should be welcomed! Listen to your body and make time to allow the body to rebalance itself. Make time to care for yourself after your soothing massage experience.
Adding an in-cabin massage to your cabin reservation is simple and quick. Just give us a call and we will set up the appointment for you. A massage and the fresh mountain air are just what the doctor ordered for a rejuvenating Gatlinburg vacation.
Pampering Yourself on Vacation
If you’re looking to pamper yourself beyond a massage, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have plenty of other options. Book one of our luxury cabins, which boast high-end amenities like private indoor pools, movie rooms, rec rooms loaded with games, and beautiful bedrooms with fireplaces and jetted tubs. Do some shopping at the great pottery shops in Gatlinburg, where you’ll get handmade, high-end pieces that are perfect touches for a beautiful home. And beyond pottery, there are tons of local shops and outlet stores in Pigeon Forge for an entire weekend of shopping.
Not one for shopping? Head downtown for a fun dinner show, a night on the town, or a day on the golf course. You can also go fishing, tour a local winery on the Rocky Top Wine Trail (and grab a bottle to take home), take a scenic helicopter tour over the city and the mountains, ride the trolley to explore the city, have a picnic in the most visited national park in the U.S. – the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – or just spend the day in your cabin.
Whatever you love to do, whatever relaxes you, you’re likely to find it here in the two charming and inviting mountains town of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! So take advantage of that hard-earned vacation and pamper yourself with some R&R in the scenic Great Smoky Mountains.