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Self-Care in the Age of COVID

  • Posted on September 24, 2020 at 10:13 pm

Just because COVID-19 has descended upon us, this is no time to skimp on self-care. In fact, it might be more important than ever. Now that people are more isolated, lonely, and uncertain about the future, we need all we can to make ourselves feel better. Self-care is a big part of that. No massage? No worries! I’ve got you…

My Ayurvedic Massage Experience

  • Posted on November 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

When I had my first Ayurvedic massage, which was at the Chopra Center in California, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that Ayurveda was an Indian tradition that based treatments on your dosha, or body/mind constitution. But after experiencing six straight days of Ayurvedic massage during Chopra’s Perfect Health program, I had a clear understanding of how this…

What I Think about during a Massage

  • Posted on August 4, 2018 at 7:47 pm

I’ve always known that I’m an outlier. Whatever the norm is in any situation, I will be the odd 1 percent. Medical conditions? I don’t have the typical symptoms. TV shows everyone loves? Nope, not me. Common reactions to a medication, a book, a trend? Mine aren’t common. The same goes for what I think about during a massage. In…

Scenes from the Face Cradle

  • Posted on July 4, 2017 at 9:50 pm

What do you think about when you’re in the face cradle staring at the floor or your massage therapist’s painted toenails? If you’re like me, a million thoughts run through your head during those 60 minutes. Even with eyes shut, lights dimmed, and body warmed, an array of odd and ridiculous things cross my mind. My first instinct is to…

Sheet Masks

  • Posted on February 15, 2017 at 3:12 am

One of the hottest and newest trends in skincare is sheet masks, and I can’t get enough of them. Not to be confused with face masks, sheet masks are thin, single-use gel- or cloth-soaked films placed on the faced for 20­–30 minutes. These moistened facial sheets are infused with hydrating, firming, brightening, or anti-aging serums such as hyaluronic acid, peptides,…

Holiday Spa Gifts (A Few of My Favorite Things!)

  • Posted on December 12, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Need a holiday spa gift? Of course you do. Think: mom, sister, cousin, co-worker, friend, or you! Since it’s that time of year, I thought I’d share with you some of my spa faves. Most of you know I try hundreds of products every year, and it’s hard to choose the best spa gifts, but here’s a sampling: SOAP –…

Coffee Spa Treatments & Products = Yes!

  • Posted on January 14, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Happy New Year, everyone! I decided to try something different this year. Instead of writing my own resolutions, I’ve come up with a few for you, my readers! First resolution (repeat along with me): I will try to get to that spa I’ve had my eye on. (Day spas count.) Two: I will try at least one new skincare or…

Makes Scents Pumpkin Spa Line Giveaway!

  • Posted on October 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line and Val The Spa Gal have teamed up for a scrumptious pumpkin spa line giveaway! The lucky winner will receive either a Pumpkin Sorbet Body Scrub (7.8 oz.; $25); a Pumpkin Mousse Body Butter (7 oz.; $20); or the newly released Pumpkin Spice Eco Soy Candle (10 oz.; $25). I sampled the body scrub and…

Kid and Teen Spa Treatments Are in Vogue

  • Posted on September 20, 2013 at 2:51 am

It’s back to school. A new year. Maybe even a new grade. Unfamiliar faces. Homework. Stress. No worries! Kid and teen spa treatments are here to help. Spas are getting hip to the idea that teens might want to experience the benefits of spa treatments. They might be going through a period of acne and could use a facial to…

The Spa at Camelback: Hospitality at its Finest

  • Posted on August 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I arrived at the Spa at Camelback on a sweltering day in mid-July. Did I mention that it’s in Phoenix? The temperature throughout the week hovered in the low 100’s. But the price was so irresistible that it was worth every melting penny in my pocket. The Camelback Inn Resort & Spa set the tone for their outstanding customer service…