Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Merry, Merry Quite Contrary - - -

I just realized that it is December 2nd and I haven't written my December newsletter blog. In four weeks we will be entering into a new year - - - already. Sheesh! How did THAT happen? I know, because I'm too busy. We are all too busy - stressed and busy. Too tired and busy. Too disconnected - or too wired - or too what ever . . . and busy. Time. To. Breathe. And THAT, my friends, is the topic of this newsletter blog and why I KNOW I can help.

People have often sought out beauty and spa professionals as a sort of "Therapy" forever! Everyone knows that a massage or facial is way cheaper than a professional therapy session. There is absolutely NO OTHER PLACE where you can relax, unplug and be treated and touched in a safe, nurturing and non-threatening/non-sexual way than your favorite spa.

Touch. Let's talk about it . . . or actually that lack of it. Technology has almost all but replaced our skin-to-skin human contact. Just think about it. Facebook, Instagram and Skype is the most likely way we engage with one another - even with our own family members. What has happened to hugs, pats on the back, and even those annoying old lady cheek pinches? We are isolated even though we may be in a crowded group. Stop what you are doing and think about it. In meetings, in restaurants, and even on our own couches we are tap, tap, taping away on our devices. This isn't new news. A trip to the spa may actually be last place we can go to experience the human touch - really physically connect with others and re-connect with our own true self. You're still in there. You're really a pretty awesome human. It's time you for you to be re-introduced.

December Offers (must book during the month - no extensions):
Body, Meet your Soul 90 Minute Massage (3-Rivers Hot River Rock) will be the same price as our regularly priced 60 minute. That is our Christmas Gift to you - a $25 savings.
Would you love and appreciate a TWO-FOR-ONE Microdermabrasion offer? Have one in December and another one in January.
Get your mani/pedi on afterwork all during December and get a gift of 10% off all EVENING - hour nail services.
Finally, since December is party time and we know you are swamped with invites, let our precious Kandace get your face dolled up for all those events. I'm delighted to have you meet and experience her amazing makeup skills. Face Time at the Makeup Bar with Kandace is $55, available after December 10th.

How to have a stress-free Christmas, including avoiding family arguments and sharing the workload. (Shared from: http://www.nhs.uk/)

Christmas is a time for merry-making and family get-togethers, but it can have its pressures too.

The family is stuck in the house, the kids are overexcited, there’s the tree to decorate, presents to buy and wrap, and food to cook.
It’s no wonder the festive feeling can fizzle out. There is evidence that Christmas puts a strain on families. Statistics show that January is the busiest month for divorce lawyers.
Make sure this Christmas doesn’t become a day to remember for all the wrong reasons. Follow these tips from Relate counsellor Christine Northam:
•If there have been any family rows during the year, resolve them. Tell the people you argued with that you're looking forward to seeing them. Ask if you can get together before Christmas to talk about whatever problem you had.
•Plan the day and share out the jobs that need to be done. Don't slave away for hours on your own and feel like people have taken advantage of you.
•Discuss your plans with others, including any children who will be there, so that you can listen to their ideas and wishes for the day. Then you can come up with a celebration which includes things that please everyone.
•Have a timetable for Christmas Day so that you don’t all sit around for hours doing nothing. Try to make sure you won't be spending a lot of time with a difficult person or someone you don’t get along with.
•Don’t drink too much. Drinking excessively is never a good idea. Find out more on safer drinking.
•Children can get overexcited, so plan a lovely long walk for a change of scene and some fresh air. Everybody will feel better and pleasantly tired instead of irritably tired.

Essential Oil Tip of the Month

Ylang Ylang
Sweet Melissa (yes, there really is a delightful EO named, Melissa)

I'm not going to give you a recipe for a relaxing essential oil formula because you can add, delete any of those above to make your own personalized relaxation formula. I have a friend that detests Lavender. I, personally, adore it. Some might find Melissa or Ylang Ylang unappealing. You may use any or all of these in the combination that you love. Here's how: mix together in a dark container. Add 10 drops into your bath water, soak and breathe in the relaxing aroma. You may add to a carrier oil (I prefer jojoba or coconut) and massage into your skin - or get up close and personal with your significant other with a lovely massage - see? Here's that touch thing again. You may also find some relaxation by applying directly to the bottoms of your feet at bedtime.

Lastly, let me remind you that a gift certificate from Spa 131 is always appreciated. Buy a $100 gift certificate during December and you'll get an additional gift certificate for a 30 minute massage - FREE. You can keep it for yourself or gift it to someone you know will appreciate the gift of touch. Come into the spa to buy, or, for your convenience, you may choose to make your Spa 131 gift purchase directly online and print at your own computer.

Merry Christmas to you all and I pray you'll take a minute to reflect on the true meaning. Show love to those you care about and not just with a wrapped gift with a bow. Give the gift of your time, the gift of your affection. We thank you for gift of yourself to us all year long. What we appreciate from you is when you share a referral to us to others. It's how we stay in business. Thank you, my friends.

See you soon? http://www.spa131.com 803-251-9400

Marci Delaney
Amy Belle Isle
Monique Moss
Byron Kidder

Your SPA 131 Team
131 State Street * West Vista

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