The editor of Irvine Herald is taking a manic Monday to pattern the delicacies on the North Gailes Leisure Membership
Monday is usually a mess for me.
The deadline is getting closer, the first day of the work week means head down and hard work.
Until I was offered the opportunity to spend a day at the North Gailes Leisure Club and Spa in Irvine.
New owners Malcolm and Karen Simpson of SimpsInns shaped the club, which is under development, and will eventually be added to the hotel next door for the ultimate spa break for guests.
After two minutes of deliberation, I signed up for four hours of relaxation, fitness, and lunch.
I felt slightly guilty for my co-workers, facing an even bigger than usual workload, when I swam away with no phone or laptop in sight.
First stop was a one-on-one golf lesson from North Gailes coach and former pro golfer Eddie Thomson.
And boy, it was harder than it looked to hit that ball on the tee. I had hoped my late father as a golfer would have given me a talent for it, unfortunately no.
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But patient Eddie made me hit the ball in less than five minutes.
Eddie has had an impressive career and is now focused on developing the club’s junior golf program.
Women are also encouraged to pick up their clubs and play the game.
Eddie also coaches the Strathclyde University golf team.
After feeling like Tiger Woods, it was time to hit the gym and face a fitness test and workout from supervisor Ryan Johnson.
The gym was filled with fitness fans sweating on the latest high-tech equipment.
In the studio next door, the trainer Sandra Hay led a kettle bell class, one of 40 sessions that ranged from Zumba to Step, Metafit, Insanity and Cardio40.
I had the induction, my fitness, my lung capacity, my blood pressure (of course it was high) and my body mass index to be measured.
Then we went to the gym floor for core workouts and a workout with an exercise bike and a kettlebell. I liked the fact that I wasn’t on every machine, instead my needs and fitness requirements were met by the team.
Harsh words and yes, I’m still two stones overweight, but the team can come up with a plan to move it off. One-to-one tuition is offered to each member and it helps to achieve their goals.
After all the sweat, it was time to head over to the Gailes Hotel for lunch.
I’ve always dreamed about this lifestyle, no deadlines, no press releases, no phone calls, just lunch with a friend and delicious food.
The scallops couldn’t be resisted as I always dreamed of trying them and wasn’t brave enough to cook them at home.
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Wow, they were out of this world and my usual cold meat and fruit lunch at my desk seemed like a distant memory.
Then it went to the spa.
I am a girl who never undergoes beauty therapy or takes time off. I’ll admit I’m a workaholic who regularly has late nights and weekends to submit stories and edit pages.
Maybe I should apologize for that, but I suspect every journalist is the same, this is not a nine-for-five job.
Having to sit down and relax was the part of the day that I feared the most.
But the spa therapist Laura Jamieson immediately made me calm and serene.
Five minutes in the huge hydro pool with the bubbles and I felt like a new woman, relaxed, satisfied and about to get a hot stone full body massage.
I don’t think life could be more pleasant.
It was hard to imagine that I was in Irvine stepping into North Gailes and you were taken to a club of fitness, pampering and relaxation.
I used to mock women who went out on spa days, but now I can see the appeal. Taking time off is something we should all be doing.
And not having such a manic Monday was wonderful, a big thank you to the North Gailes team for my day of escape from real life. I can recommend it to everyone.
North Gailes is hosting an open weekend on Saturday October 11th and Sunday October 12th from 10am to 4pm.