15 years ago today, I opened the doors to Indulgences Day Spa for the first time. I can honestly say the experience of owning and running a business has been nothing like I expected it to be. Over the years, I have had moments that brought me great joy and others that brought me to my knees. I have had the privilege of meeting and getting to know some truly wonderful people and some that I wish I could have avoided. This business changed everything about me and I cannot imagine my life today without it. I hope that it has been as much of a blessing to others as it has been to me and that we can continue to bring value and purpose to the lives of our clients, our employees and to our community. It is with a humble and grateful heart that I say thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years and helped to make my dream a reality.
One of the new amenities we now offer is our fabulous steam room. Including a steam room in our design was a big ticket item to our budget, but the benefits it offers made it completely worth the investment. The origins of the steam room can be traced to the ancient Romans and Greeks; a ritual that was a part of the Roman baths. These baths were an essential and important element of the community, used for enjoyment, spirituality, pleasure, fulfillment, nature, and routine. No matter which socio-economic class you were in, you could or would participate in this social norm, as everyone in the Roman Empire used the public baths. Steam is still an important part of many cultures and religions, from the famed Turkish baths to Native American sweat lodges.
The cold weekend weather was a reminder that winter is right around the corner! And for many of us, along with winter comes problems with dry, itchy skin. We see a lot of dry skin here at the spa and are frequently asked what can be done about it. If you find dry skin to be a problem, here are some tips that will help relieve your discomfort
Occasionally, when people call to schedule a massage, they tell us that they only want to see a female therapist. Whenever someone informs us of this, we do our utmost to accommodate their preference, as we have both male and female massage therapists on our staff. We understand that some people just feel uncomfortable with a male massage therapist, but I would like to take a moment to maybe clarify the intention of any good therapist, male or female, and hopefully, address some of the reluctance to schedule with a male practitioner
On an episode of The Simpsons, Homer once described massage therapists as “the half-doctors, half-hookers who solve everything.” While a funny line, it caused me to wonder when and how massage became associated with sex. Perhaps it was the advent of “massage parlors” in the 70’s and 80’s that gave the massage industry the aura of sexuality. My father-in-law spent his entire career working for the YMCA. And back in the days of the 50’s and 60’s, a majority of massage therapists were male. As a boy, my husband remembers his father getting a massage every Friday at the Y; no one thought anything about the fact that the therapist was usually a man.
A good therapist is looking at your body as muscles, tendons, joints and attachments. Have you ever seen a medical or a science textbook that has the clear overlays that show the skeletal system, the nerve system, the muscular system? Well, when a therapist looks at your body, they aren’t looking at you the way you would look at yourself in the mirror. They’re more focused on what’s going on under your skin rather than what’s on the surface. Even if Angelina and Brad showed up for a massage, we really would be more interested in their insides than their outsides.
Every therapist that works at Indulgences has been vetted both personally and professionally to assure you that nothing untoward will ever occur when you are in our treatment room. So next time you need a massage and you are given the option of a male therapist, we hope you will give him a try; there is a good chance that you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find.
So, it happened to me the other day. A vacation trip on the horizon and boom, not one, but three big pimples burst out on my face. Lucky for me, I work at the spa and knew exactly what to do, but I thought it might be helpful to share with you our insider tips for how to deal with a pesky breakout.
The other day a friend of mine asked me why we always tell her to drink lots of water after she gets a massage. I was surprised by her question, especially since this friend is well versed in physical fitness and physiology. So I gave her the standard answer; the one I learned in massage school twenty years ago “Massage releases toxins from the muscles and water helps flush out the toxins from the body”. But there was something about this question that compelled me to take another look at it. And much to my surprise, I learned that perhaps I had been misinformed.