Here are 10 ideas, from spa treatments to painting courses, for some of that much-needed me-time that allows us to recalibrate and rebalance.
Breathe in. And ... breathe out. Now repeat to yourself: “Because I am worth it.” Yes, just like in the ad. Because in the crazy, hectic, erratic routine of a parent, we must sometimes stop and breathe, and reconnect with ourselves in order to find renewed energy and perspective to keep going. As one wise fellow Amsterdam Mama said: "Happy mama, happy family."
Van Breestraat 72-hs, Zuid
This massage studio provides services from the popular Deep Tissue Massage, which helps eliminate the toxins produced by stress, to Hot Stone Massage, very recommended during the windy days in Amsterdam. Try a Shiatsu massage with a healing effect on the body and mind. You will probably be so relaxed to the point of falling asleep during your massage.
Open Tuesday to Friday and Sunday 10.00-22.00, Monday 10.00-17.00, Saturday 10.00-18.00.
Koenenkade 8, Amstelveen
Situated on the edge of the Amsterdamse Bos, this is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day enjoying one of seven types of saunas, massages, or baths, like the Hammam Date Scrub or the Aroma Bath. A peaceful retreat inside the city.
Open Daily 9.00-22.30, last admission 21:00
Please Note: Tues/Thurs swimwear mandatory, all other days swimwear prohibited.
Van Baerlestraat 122, Zuid, Spuistraat 281, Centrum, Dam Square in the Bijenkorf, Centrum
With three locations around the city, SOAP Treatment Store presents you with professional beauty services: facials, peelings, manicures, pedicures, waxing, and more. Botox & fillers and peeling treatments are performed under the handling of medical professionals.
Open most days from 9.00-21.00, check individual locations for hours.
New year, new wardrobe? Fellow AM Jenni Ryynänen might be your lady. This style coach can provide you with the guidance to dress for success. A strong believer of the messages we give with our style, she offers image consulting, wardrobe analysis, and personal shopping.
Contact for appointments.
Cornelis Krusemanstraat 25, near the Vondelpark
If you are a devotee of fragrances and exclusive scents are on your wish list, then the Annindriya Perfume Lounge is your place to enroll in a fragrance workshop. Or if you haven’t found the scent that matches your personality, style, and taste, a personal perfume profiling is also available.
Open Tuesdays to Fridays 11.00-18.00, Saturdays 12.00-17.00, Mondays by appointment, Sundays for special events.
Nieuwe Looierstraat 21A, Centrum
This Pilates and movement studio specializes in reconnecting body and mind with a safe, time-effective, goal-oriented approach. All trainers are highly skilled, with relevant backgrounds for a great understanding of the human body. Pilates, cardio, dance classes, physiotherapy, and more in one location. A partner of Amsterdam Mamas, there are sometimes special offers if you mention AM.
Check online for class schedules.
Group classes held at Café Kiebêrt, Marathonweg 2, Zuid
Maybe now is the time to tick the bucket list and learn that language you wished to know when on vacation at age 17. This AM partner provides courses in Dutch (expat mamas out there) and several other languages such as Spanish, German, Italian, French, Russian, and Chinese, all given by native teachers.
Check the online agenda for group classes and individualized learning possibilities.
Various lovely locations in Centrum and the Jordaan
Reaching the epicentre of art is the main goal of this team of professional artists. Inspired by great masters such as Van Gogh and Vermeer, with their magnificent use of colour and expression of passion, these experts will help you explore your inner self by creating your own works of art. The perfect chance to present the hidden artist in you, but most of all, to get in touch with your feelings.
Contact for available workshop times.
Oosterdokskade 143, a few minutes walk from Central Station
OBA stands for Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam or the Amsterdam Public Library System. The Centrale OBA is the main branch. Cultural options for some me-time there include enjoying a good read at the reading café in the library, attending one of their jazz sessions, or checking out the latest exhibitions.
Open Daily from 10.00-22.00.
And finally, if the cold windy days in Amsterdam leave your hair begging for some caring attention, in this link you can find the finest selection of hairdressers around the city, compiled by the AM community. Enjoy!
Ana Rial is a once rigorously-organised scientist from Spain turned into an all-over-the-place mum of two very busy half-Greek boys. She has been living for the past four years in Almere with her husband and kids and dreams about mastering the Dutch language, travelling, and having a personal chef.