5 Tips for Choosing a Day Spa

“So you’re new to town, and you’re wondering where to go for some soothing relaxation and beauty treatment. You’re looking for a day spa, but not just any day spa, you’re looking for quality. There are a 5 tips you should keep in mind whilst on your search.” – Botanica Day Spa, Owner/Aesthetician, Gen Obolensky

Gen shares her 5 tips on how to choose a spa that is right for you:

1. Don’t choose a salon or spa based on price. Many people have a misconception when it comes to prices at spas. Don’t choose a spa just because it’s cheap, you’re most likely not going to get the customer service or quality of service you are expecting. Then again, don’t choose a spa just because it’s expensive. You may have your expectations very high for a place like that, and you may be getting overcharged. You’re looking for a place where you are getting quality service, customer satisfaction, while paying a reasonable price in exchange for what you are getting. Choosing a spa for yourself shouldn’t depend solely on what you would be paying.

2. Look, don’t just listen. There is nothing wrong with asking around about a good spa or checking for online reviews, but remember to look for yourself as well. Somebody may tell you that they recently got a brow wax at a local spa, and that they loved it or they hated it. Make sure you actually look at their brows to see how the spa did. You might hear that a certain place is awful and to avoid, but ask yourself if this person’s critique is truly a well-rounded review. In other words, try not to make a decision based solely on what you hear. One of the best advertisements for a spa is the actual product created; the quality of the brow wax, manicure, pedicure, etc., will show for itself.

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3. Look for good customer service. Customer service is a huge element of your spa experience. Let’s say you go to two different places for a pedicure. Both of the spas give the same great pedicure, but at one of the spas the technician is interested in making sure you are comfortable, is interested in talking to you and is generally kind and considerate towards you. You are going to enjoy yourself much more at a spa like that. People who have had a great spa experience will often rave about it. Keep your ears out for these kinds of reviews on your search!

4. Make sure they offer the kind of services you want. Visit the spa’s website or call in and speak to someone directly (also a great way to gauge the spa’s friendliness and customer service) to check out what services they have to offer. Spas usually have a “menu” listing their services and prices. Some smaller day spas may not have a service that you’re interested in, so you may want to check and see if they have what you’re looking for. A full-service day spa or med spa is more likely to offer facial treatments, body wraps, sauna, laser, botox and therapeutic massages but the cost may be higher.

5. Make sure it’s clean. One of the main things you want to be sure about regarding choosing a day spa is cleanliness! This is very important. Spas often have many clients back to back, one right after the other. If the sheets are not changed after every client massage/facial or if the tools are not cleaned after every pedicure/manicure, germs and bacteria can spread rather easily. A good spa is a clean spa.

Do you currently have a spa you’re loyal to? We’d love to be YOUR new spa! Come check out our two locations – SkinCatering in Springfield and D.Hotel Spa in Holyoke.

Love,

Leanne & Kim

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Summer Wellness Tips

summerwellnessIn the summer I am out and about much more than I am in the cold winter. The season starts with graduation parties, progresses to birthday parties, cookouts, pool parties, and ends with labor day parties. In between all that we are going to the beach, and planning summer activities with our family to make the most of the summer months. There are times in the midst of all these activities and parties that I sit down and realize I have been going non-stop for days and then I realize, it is time for a self-care day. We all need to make time for them, no matter how many things we have planned in our calendar, taking time out for yourself is vital. Since we are smack in the middle of summer, I thought I would give a few tips for self-care that you can always make time for.

Hydrate yourself. I know I talk about hydration in almost all my posts, but I keep it up because it is so important. Water is essential to keep our bodies running, so staying hydrated is something we should stay conscious about. How much water should we drink each day? The old adage is 8 cups of water per day to stay hydrated, while a good general rule of thumb you may need more than this when you are spending more time outside in the heat or exercising. If you have a hard time remembering to drink water water-glass-heat-drink-161425through the day or maybe water just doesn’t suit your fancy, there are ways to remind yourself or make your water more palatable. These are all to personal preference but you could add it into your daily planner or journal, get an app that reminds you to drink water through the day, keep a big water bottle with you at all times. To make your water more fun or interesting, there are so many ways to infuse water with fruit to help you enjoy it more, of course, the one that comes to mind is lemon water because it is so common, but if you go onto Pinterest and search fruit water, you will get more ideas than you ever imagined!

Wear your sunscreen every day. Even if you feel as though you won’t be outside (unless you are actually staying in all day) you will likely be exposed to the sun on your commute or getting from A to B. Even just wearing a good broad spectrum mineral based sunblock-1461397_1920sunscreen on your face and decolletage will help guard you from the suns rays, that over time can break down collagen and elastin and increase your risk of health issues related to sun damage. If you will be out at the beach, or in the sun more than from home to work, find a good sunscreen that will help protect you while enjoying the summer weather.

Take some time out of your busy schedule to relax. Book a one hour massage or custom facial. There are more benefits to massage and facials than you may realize. Yes, they are wonderful to wind down and relax, but here are some massage benefits you may not have known. Our facials at SkinCatering are more than just relaxing, we customize our wellness-285590_1920facial to your skin type and your greatest concerns so that we can work together to help provide you with relaxation and results. Our Esthetician Holly is also a Certified Reiki Practitioner and offers Headache Relief Massage Reiki sessions and Custom Facials with Reiki which is the ultimate in self-care! We offer massage and facial services in Springfield and Holyoke, and Holly offers Reiki services in our Holyoke location.

pexels-photo-68468.jpegMy last tip, take a breath and enjoy life. Sometimes when we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of life we forget to take a minute to stop and breathe. Whatever it takes for you to take a moment for yourself is up to you. Some prefer to meditate, some just like to sit and relax by the pool, while others may want to join in on a yoga class. When it comes to self-care, even just taking a few minutes a day to clear our mind and relax can yield significant outcomes in our well-being.

 

5 Reasons You Should Get a Massage

benefitsmassageMost of us know that massages can be a nice relaxing way to pamper ourselves, or others when life gets a little hectic but did you know that there is much more to massage than just indulging yourself for an hour or two? The benefits of massage go far beyond that, read on to see the five reasons you should make an appointment for a massage today!

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Headaches – Massage may help relieve chronic tension headaches in less than 24 hours. In a study where chronic tension headache sufferers were given massage in the neck and shoulders, they saw reduced symptoms and frequency during the treatments and continued to see a reduction of symptoms during the study. If you are suffering headaches, you may want to stop into SkinCatering for a 15 or 30-minute Headache Relief Massage today.

 

Digestive Disorders – The reduction of stress and use of some aromatherapy can help relieve symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). In addition to that, the physical manipulation of massage may also help alleviate IBS symptoms by relaxing abdominal tense muscles causing pain and constipation. If IBS is something you are dealing with, it is best to find a professionally trained and licensed therapist and start with a consultation, letting your therapist know your history and current symptoms. Your massage therapist will be the expert on best methods of treatment as some massage methods could exacerbate symptoms.

StockSnap_46BMYP2BDJInsomnia – If you suffer from insomnia you are likely no stranger to anxiety and sleepless nights. Massage can greatly help us relax, relieving anxiety, but can also help us holistically treat insomnia. According to Nicole Cutler L.A.c., “The chemistry of sleep is relevant to massage therapists because massage can directly influence the body’s production of serotonin.” This connection calls for additional research of the direct impact massage has on serotonin and sleep. Meanwhile, the current research is enough to recommend consistent massage if you are suffering from insomnia.

Sports injuries – If you are an athlete I am sure you are no stranger to pain and injury. Massage helps to relax muscles and relieve tension and is a great therapy to help with sports related pain. Although you may not immediately feel the effects of massage, you should feel it within a day or two. Sports massage can help improve circulation, which can also aid your metabolism, can improve range of motion, shorten recovery times, prevent overtraining, and may even be able to help prevent and help injuries. SkinCatering offers Sports Massage at both their Springfield and the Holyoke locations.

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Soft tissue strain – Strains and sprains can be a real pain, even long after you think they may be healed. Another benefit of therapeutic sports massage can be to aid in preventing further injury. When a soft muscle injury is healed, it is usually replaced by scar tissue which will mean the loss of flexibility and will be much more likely to become reinjured. Consistent sports massage could help to reduce or remove the scar tissue in the affected area.

No matter the reason you are coming for massage, always make sure to let your therapist know if you have had any injuries or changes since the last time you saw them, and let them know your biggest concern so they will be able to help you best by focusing on those areas.

Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1447303/
http://www.ibs-symptoms.ie/?q=advicecenter/stress-anxiety/massage-therapy
http://www.integrativehealthcare.org/mt/archives/2005/08/insomnia_seroto.html
http://www.massagetoday.com/mpacms/mt/article.php?id=13434
http://stretchcoach.com/articles/sports-massage
https://www.amtamassage.org/approved_position_statements/Massage-Therapy-for-Those-Who-Exercise.html

Sunday Funday: Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds Style

It’s the last morning of the weekend and sunshine is filtering through the curtain onto your pillow. Rolling over, you’re greeted with a nuzzling kiss. Sunday Funday has arrived and you’ve got one thing on your mind – Brunch! And what’s the perfect romantic pairing with a mimosa-filled breakfast? Spa Sundays at SkinCatering, of course!

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Now open 9am to 1pm, SkinCatering has a special offer just for couples. Magically designed for you and your significant other to enjoy a much-needed relaxing time together, choose from our signature Couples Massage OR our new Spa Treat for Couples!

Our Couples Massage is a one hour massage in the same room. A blend of relaxation and pressure for therapeutic relief of body aches. This massage calms the nervous system, enhances muscle functions and helps center the mind & reduce stress. $125 on Sundays for a limited time (reg $130)

Spa Treat for Couples is a Sauna-Maintenance-Tips1.jpgspecial, same room 45 minute body treatment for two, focusing on the back, shoulders, neck and feet. Soothing aromatherapy oils are used to to hydrate your body, a heated foot treatment warms your feet on a cold day, and an invigorating clay mask is applied to your back. After, a 15 minute private infrared sauna session awaits. $99 on Sundays for a limited time (reg $120)

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Book your Sunday Spa Day ReTreat now, limited spots available!

Cheers!

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