To celebrate making it through a semester of Nursing School we took the team from I.M. Spa to Dallas to explore Raw Food Restaurants and spend some time at King Spa, a Korean Jimjilbang. Seriously though, the only way to get Jessica Crass to relax is to extract her from her environment and stick her in a spa where there is no other choice. Some of us are just driven.
It costs $30 to get into King Spa and you can stay for 24 hours. Any services cost extra. At the reception they gave us some towels, uniforms, and a locker key. We took off our shoes and entered the locker room.
We locked up all of our belongings (and yes I mean all of them), showered, and those who wanted to steam room, hot tub, and cool plunge stayed in the shower areas. Everybody else put on their T-shirt and shorts uniform and headed out to the 9 dry sauna rooms in the co-ed area.
In the shower area is where they do the full body scrubs, and we do mean full body. I thought I was going to brave up and do one, but after everything I learned about my microbiome and resident bacteria in my skin and how much they protect me from other pathogenic bacteria I decided to keep my microbiome intact. The women who work in the full body scrub area come to work in a bra and panties. And while this might seem off putting to us Westerners, the comfort that they have in their bodies makes the locker room nudity a nonissue. It helps, if you are not comfortable with locker room nudity, that there are all body types in the shower areas. Every body is different and every body is perfect, just the way it is. It’s just a body.
I don’t think the girls thought we could possibly spend 9 hours lounging at the spa, but that is exactly what we did and it was lovely. Of course I ended up taking a Pathophysiology class this summer so I spent half of my time at the spa studying and taking an online quiz. And I’m so grateful to Jessica for driving down there so I could study in the car.
Yes. I know. I’m a downer on road trip. I’m a very focused person.
Since we had all gotten ‘foot massages’ earlier in the day at Shuang Feng in Frisco, none of the girls got services at King Spa, but they do offer amazing foot massages (not the full body ‘foot massages’ you get at some Chinese massage places), full body scrubs that people rave about, acupressure massage, and vaginal steams (for the health of your lady parts).
I love that it’s a family oriented health spa and whole families come in together and will lounge together. Women brush their teeth and scrub their own bodies from head to toe in the showers. It’s a very comfortable and relaxed environment for families. There is even a Korean restaurant inside the spa.
Oh, and I almost forgot. King Spa just opened up a Water Park that is attached to the spa. It has a swim up bar (where Katie and Julie felt right at home), slides, and waterfalls with access to the outdoors as well.
Jessica and I made a point of doing the alternating hot tub and cool pool for the health of it. Alternating hot and cold is great for the circulatory system, the immune system, and has been used over the ages for the health benefits. Besides, it’s a shocking good time!
Lots of our clients said that they would like to caravan out with us next time we survive a semester. You are welcome to join us!
We were thinking Colorado, but Kansas City, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and New Mexico are options too. Any suggestions?
Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student. She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.