How to relax: Yaya Foot Spa

Yaya LoversHope you all had an amazing weekend! Mine was wonderful and we had gorgeous Southern California-esque weather. Saturday evening was lovely; I had dinner and caught up with three of my very best girlfriends. The four of us have been friends for over a decade now; we’ve visited other states and foreign countries, chased hockey players, watched the Sex and the City finale and both movies together (ladies you know how important this is!), cried many tears and shared a plethora of other wonderful memories. In fact, not that this qualifies as a “wonderful memory“, but all three were in my (first) wedding. I expect they’ll play a part in the second (and last!) as well.

The times all four of us can get together collectively are few and far between. So when we do we make it count. Usually it’s some sort of beauty treatment (facials, mani/pedis, etc.) and a yummy dinner. This time around we checked out Yaya Foot Spa on West Lovers Lane (across from Inwood Village). It’s EXACTLY what it sounds like, a spa just for your feet. No pedicures, just an hour-long, extremely intense reflexology foot massage. For only $36 + tip (please, always tip appropriately). And it’s EXACTLY as amazing as it sounds. If you’re a runner, if you wear heels often (for my industry friends, imagine this after a week at CinemaCon) or if you just love to be pampered…you have to try this out! I won’t lie, there’s nothing fancy about this location and it’s quite small. I was told the Duncanville location is more spacious. Either way, be sure to make reservations in advance because they’re quite popular. The aesthetics are those of your average nail salon, but the chairs are heavenly and they work some magic on your footsies. And given what my feet have been through the past two years (the right ankle busted, the left pulling double duty) I didn’t even realize how bad I needed some attention. Who knew you could get knots in your feet?! In addition, spending money on something so self-indulgent has not been on my agenda for months now. It was quite a treat and extra appreciated. Perfect if you need to get away for an hour and/or need an alternative pick-me-up. Here is the lowdown from their website:

YaYa Foot Spa is the longtime dream of Oak Cliff resident Nicole Isenberg. Nicole was born and raised in Northern China and emigrated to the US after marrying the love of her life.  Nicole is passionate about the long-held tradition of reflexology, and is dedicated to providing her patrons a relaxing environment with a high dedication to quality service at affordable prices.

Reflexology-FOOT1The Yaya website, along with other various sites I skimmed about reflexology, state that its many benefits include increased energy and balance; improved circulation and immunity (it is cold and flu season, after all); nerve stimulation and stress relief. For those of you expecting, it apparently aids in pregnancy and delivery relief.

And of course NOW I learn it helps postoperative recovery! I personally do not plan on breaking another bone, but should you happen to do so…crutch or wheel your way to Yaya, y’all. I know me and my healed and healthy bones will all be back.

Should you wish to follow in our footsteps (pun intended?) have dinner afterward at Fernando’s. We hit up the Midway location, which is rather family oriented, but I know the Travis location is quite a hot spot. Their salsa trio is amazing and if you’re staying healthy, they have a killer skinny margarita (that I couldn’t have this time around since I am diligently on my 24-Day Challenge) and the Ensalada de la Casa is very diet friendly (sub salsa for the dressing!)

Xo, Nikki