Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I apologize for making you wait!

I dropped the ball and I'm sorry.   With the Holidays, I simply failed to get around to writing.   What???  You didn't miss me???  Hahaha.  I know that you were crazy busy, too.   So . . . having said that, don't you think it's time for a little self love and appreciation?  Let's talk about that.  



Would you believe that two out of every five women say that they are struggling to be in better health?   Women tend to take on the caregiver role.   They are twice as likely to provide support for other family members, most likely to do the housework after a long day at work, to take on volunteer roles and more, than their male counterparts.   That leads to neglect of their own health in the process. 

Ladies, we are all attempting to be the superwoman and say we just don't have the time to take care of ourselves.   This is crazy talk!  If we don't take care of ourselves, we won't be able to take care of our spouse, our kids, or even maintain our busy lifestyles.   

Men, this also applies to you.   Some of you reading this are trying to be Supermen, as well.   While, Spa 131 does have a higher percentage of female to male guests, We do see a lot of guys in our practice. I do know some of our guests are single dads, trying to do it all.  JUST STOP!   Take care of yourselves, before you crash and burn! 

Regular visits to the spa are proven stress relievers and show scientific health benefits!  This is not new news to anyone.  Spa treatments date as far back as our history will take us. Archeologists have unearthed caveman massage tools.  Nah.  I just made that up, but the Ancient Romans were known for building hammams, bathhouses, saunas, and other spa facilities 

In our Modern Age, Spas have developed in different ways from that time.  While originated as a place for communal bathing (none to little plumbing available),  today's spa goers receive the benefits of many different modalities of massage, skincare and other treatments.   

So what is the benefit?  Thanks to modern science, we know regular visits to your favorite spa (We hope Spa 131 is one of them!) are extremely helpful to your over health and well-being.  Not only in stress reduction, reducing blood pressure but to your muscles, blood-flow, oxygenation, healthy skin and glowing complexions, and so, so, so much more. 

A spa treat involving a little use of some particular essential oils, while providing delicious aroma, is amazingly beneficial. Just a brief exposure can do more than calm your jangling nerves. A study done in Taiwan in 2012, found that given certain oils in treatment for an hour, your heart will benefit.  100 healthy young people were exposed to vaporized essential oils (often bergamot and lavender) for a period of an hour.  Their heart rate and blood pressure was reduced across the board.   Ask for the addition of essential oils in your next spa treat for this health benefit.  Also, think about the immunity boost during cold and flu season.  It's science, people!

Spa 131 is so happy to have such awesome Massage Therapists.   Amy is the Relaxation Guru.  Her touch is so soothing that most of her guests come out of her treatment room in a sleep induced haze.   Did you know that we can add of additional time just for you to have a little extra shut eye.  We can add 15-30 minutes just for additional nap time.

Bailey is our Therapeutic Queen.  She is certified in Cupping, Mu-Xing (hot bamboo and rosewood), as well as Thai Floor Massage.  Her touch gets right to the heart of what ails you.  Both of these therapists are excellent and knowledgeable with Essential Oils.  In your pre-therapy consultation, just talk about what issues are bothering you and they will assist in choosing the right Essential Oils for you.

We are delighted to be partnering with the Massage Program at Midlands Technical College and will be mentoring some of their massage students.  This is a great opportunity to come visit us and see what Spa 131 is all about, while giving a student some hands-on, supervised experience.   Call for details.

News in the Esthetics Suites is that we are fully staffed with appointments available right now.  Brittany is the lash and brow expert.  
She has developed a Brow Rehab program for those that know they have over plucked, waxed, sugared or whatever. You know who you are.  Your brows are dinky and sparse.  Brittany, with her precision brow design and rehab program will have your brows back in shape in no time.  Her other gift is with Lash Lift (and tint, if necessary).   This procedure last 2-3 months and many find they don't even need mascara. 

Kat, along with Brittany specialize in troubled skin - adult and teenage acne - in addition to your regular cleansing/hydrating skin care. They are the intimate wax providers, as well.  Marci is the antiaging specialist and works to keep up with the skincare advances for mature skin.   

What about makeup?  What about Brides?  Bridal Parties, Birthday Parties, Couples Treats, Book clubs, or Business Retreats/off-sites?  Yep!   We do that. Whatever the need may be, every team member has customer service top of mind - exceeding every guest's expectation - every time!

Valentine's Day is early February and Spa 131 has
already been selling gift certificates like crazy.   Don't let it sneak up on you. February 14 rolls around every year.
Our gift certificate make a beautiful presentation in it's little organza bag, however if you can't get by in person, you can purchase online from our website and print directly to your computer or have it sent via email.  But, we sure would love to see you stop in.

I think that's about all to share in this newsletter except to tell you about all our new babies.  Kat delivered first and we adore seeing little Jack.  He is changing so quickly and just the cutest, sweetest little lovebug. Our Amy brought little Shep into the world about two weeks later.   What an alert little man.  I just wanted to snuggle him up, but no! This guy wanted to turn around and watch everything going on around him.  So darn cute but growing way too fast!  I feel we are surrounded by cuteness and sugar - especially when I get to have my little Grand-Darling around, too.  Can't believe that she is nearly a year old already!

Final Reminder:  Don't think for a minute that Columbia will be missing any winter weather - February is always cold.  Perfect weather for our warm wraps and hot treatments.  Be sure and take a look at our February specials on the website.   Mmmm . .  hot stones, hot towels, warm wraps and more . . .choices, choices, choices.

Thanks for reading and let us know how we can help you feel your best!

Marci Delaney, Owner




Amy, Bailey, Brittany and Kat
131 State Street
West Columbia,  SC  29169
803-251-9400