Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spread "it"

I know - that's a really unusual title. Spread it? What? Spread what?

Well, friends, I have made a personal commitment to be a JOY SPREADER. Some might want to accuse me of being a Pollyanna (look it up, Young'ens), and maybe I am. But, you know what? Spreading goodness isn't a new idea - just look to the Golden Rule - "Treat others like you want others to treat you." I have found it very time consuming to keep my Face Book page a positive place, but I'm working hard to delete negative posts as I see them. Whew . . . full time job with that.

There is so much ugliness in the world and we invite it into our homes and into our head every day - with television, movies, news broadcasts, radio, Face Book, - the list is never ending. Some time ago I stopped my constant "news" watching and don't regret that at all. I still know what's going on, but I just don't have it pounded into my brain on a continual basis. I have all but quit watching TV and haven't missed a single thing. I began to find it so sensational on every show. Do we really need to see all the blood and gore, on-screen sex and promiscuity? I choose NOT to invite that in my home during primetime, or anytime - I just think it is not necessary to tell a story.

So, off the soapbox. I'm about spreading happiness. Perhaps that is one reason why I am so in love with my J-O-B. Owning and working in a spa is all about giving and sharing. Spa Professionals are innately "givers." To provide the services that we do, if we are really committed, we give so much of ourselves in every treatment. We have a mutual "exchange" of energy with our clients. I give to you and you (Mr or Ms Spa Guest) give to me - we spread comfort and peace to one another.

With August already here, Spa 131 is still spreading happiness with our FREE TRAVEL VOUCHER Give-Away. Every Saturday we have a drawing from the names of every single guest in the Spa receiving a hour (or more) service during that week. So far we have given a voucher to April Treadwell, Nancy Evans, Debbi Estes, and Amber Schneider. We can't wait to hear about their trips and see the pix. If you want in on this fun and very happy promotion, come see us in August. I don't think we'll be able to extend this into the next month.  

Unwind during August with a refreshing Mint Iced Tea Facial - our August Special Facial. Your summer skin will be cleansed, exfoliated, and nourished with a fresh medley of Raspberry, Peaches, Strawberries, Green Tea and Mint. The environmental stresses of summer will be melted away as this antioxidant rich facial restores your skin's softness and vibrancy. Special price is just $75. You are invited to spread an invitation to your friends to enjoy this summer time treat, while supplies last.  

I want to spread the reach of our newsletter/blog with sharing a local business with you - something that we will continue to do every month. Our first recommendation is where to look for financial planning. We recommend Michael Oana Retirement Planning Specialist/Personal Financial Advisor 4408 Forest Drive – Suite 2001 Columbia, SC 29206 P: 803-798989 Michael and his wife Heather are lovely people and have been a wonderful supporter of what we have to offer at Spa 131. Consider Michael for your future financial needs.

Please spread the news about Spa 131 and what all deliciousness we have to offer. Amy Lock is still offering her summer time Margarita and Mojito Pedicures and our Island Colors by Zoya and Vinylux are sure to make your tootsies and digits happy. Derek and Amy Belle are still offering their Massage Sampler Package (3 months of hour massages) for $165. Our Norvell Airbrush Spray tans provide gorgeous just-off-the-beach color at $30 each or 4 for $100. We really, really, really appreciate your helping to spread the word.

Now here let's talk about what NOT to spread: Hyperpigmentation or Brown Spots.

Pigment spots are the result of repeated and unprotected sun exposure, but they can also be caused by a genetic predisposition, hormonal imbalance, pregnancy or by taking birth-control pills. The skin can also become pigmented due to inflammation after sustaining an injury or after prolonged exposure to UV rays.

It is possible to prevent the appearance of brown, pigmented spots by following a few simple rules - the MOST IMPORTANT rule is liberal and frequent use of broad-spectrum sunscreen. In addition, since some perfumes containing alcohol can be photosensitizing, limit their use during sun exposure. I would bet most of you are not aware of this little bit of info.

In the case that the pigment spots are already present, several options are available to you. For example, 5 to 10 microdermabrasion sessions can be an effective way to reduce the appearance of pigment spots. During a microdermabrasion treatment, your Licensed Esthetician performs a deep exfoliation that evens the skin tone. Pigment spots can also be lightened with Chemical peels. Peels can range from mild AHA to deeper Jessner Peel and TCA peels. Sometimes a combination of both Microderm AND peels are recommended. Lasers are also very effective.  We love giving exciting first week offers, so for the first week of August - the  Tuesday the 4th through Saturday, August 8 we are happy to offer a 2 for 1 Microdermabrasion.  That means one in August and your 2nd in September (no extension!!!!)  Go online to schedule and write Aug 2-4-1 in the memo/notes section.  Again, we ask that you share this news with your friends.

So that's it for this month.  I ask that if you see me, can we share a smile?  This heat is ridiculous and we are seemingly a wee bit testy because of it . . . but maybe that's all the more reason for spreading some joy with one another.  Remember, you never know what the other person has on their plate and your smile may be the only one they see.  


Marci Delaney and team
Amy Belle, Amy Lock, Derek Brasington, & Kandace Wilson

Spa 131
131 State Street
West Columbia, SC  29169
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