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Featuring Carita Paris at Four Seasons Washington

The Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC carries the luxurious Carita skincare line, a leader in anti-aging skin care products . Founded by the Carita sisters, well known hairdressers in Paris, they created a brand that symbolizes luxury and beauty that’s proven itself for over 60 years!

This brief  “60 seconds or less” Confessions of a Spa Bunny video highlights my introduction to Carita and exhibits a style reflective of the history and luxury feel behind the brand.

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The “Language of SPA” – It’s Poetic!

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Before I knew and experienced the world of travel and spas, I would immerse my passion, feelings, and thoughts into words. Pencil to paper,  I had a passion for poetry and have realized it’s been quite some time since I’ve tapped into my treasured gift .

The last few years, I’ve been on a mission, a journey to combine all my passion and purpose into my business, and live a healthy and fulfilling life doing what I love!    With all the stimuli the external world fills our minds with, it’s easy to loose yourself in the whirlwind of negativity, conditioning, and information that takes you away from your own sense of self.

My motto is it’s important to “take the time to take a time-out”, and through  my travels and spa experiences, SPA has become more than something to do or somewhere to go for relaxation.  SPA has afforded me a place, a community, a family, and an opportunity to connect more deeply with my mind, body, and soul.

With “The New Language of Spa” being this year’s theme for next week’s Washington Spa Alliance Symposium, I felt inspired, and wanted to share with you, through these words, what the Language of SPA means to me.

The Language of SPA

The language of SPA has no barrier
It’s as pure as essential oil without a carrier
It whispers through water in a thermal spring
And raises my vibration when the Tibetan bowl sings

As if the clouds heard my cry and came rushing to ease my pain
Vichy and aromatherapy drip down my back like summer rain
It’s calm in the chaos, an umbrella in a storm
It flows through your senses and becomes your lifestyle norm

Gender, race, and social status, the language of SPA rises above
Because the only thing that matters, is how it wraps you up in a blanket of love
It carries no age, and wears no face
The language of SPA transcends time and travels at its own energetic pace

The language of SPA reminds you to recognize and value your self-worth
As it reconnects you to the healing benefits naturally provided by the earth
It fills my breath like salt from a Himalayan cave
And caresses my fears like the tides from an ocean wave

But yet, the language of SPA, some fail to hear
Though the mind, body, spirit dialect sounds oh so clear
You may have misconceptions, and associate its history with luxury, indulgence, and wealth
But when properly translated, you’ll find roots in self-care, mindfulness, and better health

You can only understand it if you’re willing and able
It may come to you in the sauna, during meditation, or on the massage table
The language of SPA  is spoken around the globe
With a universal outfit..you know.. the spa robe

The language of SPA makes no promises, it’s no magical fountain of youth
Instead it opens up your mind and encourages you to seek your own truth
Delivering unique messages in the silence that only you can see
Your “Soul’s Purpose Aligned” is what the language of SPA says to me

The language of SPAHH, YES, you can speak it too
Just close your eyes, now listen….what does SPA say to YOU?

 By: India K. Robinson
 “Confessions of a Spa Bunny”
Copyright©2016 The H.I.S Agency, LLC

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My Funny Valentine: Kicking Cupid to the Curb

Don’t get too excited.  This is NOT a love story.  But it is a story about love.

So it’s February the 14th… “Valentine’s Day”.  Somehow it has become a holiday of sorts, lumped into the likes of Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Halloween.   A day of love they say, yet every year it rolls around, there are so many people out there who are not feeling very loved at all.   I know, I used to be one of them.  I despised Valentine’s Day.  I’d imagine myself taking one of cupid’s arrows and shooting him right in his cubby little…. well.. let’s not go there.  Each year was different, but pretty much the same.  Whether staying hopeful and still being gravely disappointed by the end of the day, or starting the day with a grudge on your shoulders and a frown on your face, so that nobody dare not wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day, to pretending the very day did not even exists.   Yup, I’ve done them all, but each year V-Day came back and I had to face Cupid and all his antics yet again.

I can’t say where this story takes a turn.  I can’t even say at which point in my life I had a change of heart. But somewhere along my journey while embracing my own spirituality I realized something profound.  I found that LOVE was all around me, and that I was LOVE, and that if you live a life of LOVE, you don’t need one day to show it or prove it or even celebrate it.  I didn’t find love in another person, or a materialistic item.  I found it inside of me!  It was warm and radiant and when I let it work its magic, I could see how it affected everything around me. I didn’t need Cupid, I was Cupid in my own divine way!

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I know what some of you may be thinking… a bunch of warm and fuzzy mumbo jumbo.  And who knows, you may be right, but when I woke up this morning it saddened me to see so many people being consumed by this day.  I felt a need to write this story tonight, a sudden dose of inspiration as I sit alone on this cold, snowy and windy Valentine’s night.  I wanted to deliver a message.  A message to the single folks waiting, searching, or just about given up on love.  A message to those who feel lonely, unappreciated, or overlooked this time every year.  And a message to the “lucky” ones who get adorned and are adored with love and admiration on this day.

My message is this:   Don’t let one day define your relevance in this world.  Celebrate YOU everyday even if nobody else does.  You are worthy in more ways than you could ever imagine, and the behavior or actions of others does not reflect your self-worth.  If nothing else, since we are creatures of habit and ritual, use this day for self-reflection, self-love, and self-care.  Don’t jump on the pity train to nowhere, when you can ride first-class to somewhere.

There are happy endings out there, but it’s up to you to make them happen. As for me, I’m still writing and creating my story, filling the pages with love, adventure, and happiness along the way.  Join me, it’s going to be one hell of a ride!

6 Essential Oil Blends to Help You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

With the Halloween season upon us, you sometimes start thinking about the strangest things. I know I want to be prepared for any scenario, so in my emergency bag, there are certain “essentials” I would need in order to survive a zombie apocalypse.   By essentials, I’m literally referring to the essential oil blends I would include in my arsenal.

21 Drops essential oil therapy offers “21 Blends. 21 Solutions. From Headache to Heartache”.  Zombie Apocalypse? YUP! There’s a Drop for that! Here are my top six recommended 21 Drops essential oil blends you should have on hand to help survive a zombie apocalypse.

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De-Stress – As soon as the news breaks, your blood pressure is sure to shoot up and your anxiety level is likely going to rise as the situation escalates. #11 De-Stress is blended from frankincense resin oil, lavender flower oil, ylang ylang, and german chamomile to help relieve tension, steady the nerves, and stay cool under fire.

Will Power – Once you’ve realized this is not some media hoax or isolated event, you’re going to need to put together a survival plan of action.   This is not the time to sit around and wait for a miracle.   The cedarwood wood oil, ginger rhizome oil, and geranium leaf oil in #19 Will Power helps restore your motivation and provides you with a dose of determination and drive. Take control of the situation and master your own destiny!

Immunity – Pretty self-explanatory in my opinion.   The more resistance you build up to common ailments, the better off you will be in fighting infection. You’ll need to be in your healthiest state in order to face the difficulties that lie ahead. And who knows, since it’s never been tested, we really don’t know whether or not the anti-microbial properties of #14 Immunity blend will keep you “immune” from a zombie’s attack.   But one thing’s for sure, I’d rather have it with me than not, just in case it does!!

Strength – Bottom line. Unless you find a really good hiding place and plan on staying there the whole time until the apocalypse is over, you are going to have to FIGHT!   #03 Strength helps give you the confidence to overpower your obstacles. Fused with cedarwood wood oil, rosemary leaf oil, and rose flower oil to bolster your endurance and courage.

Pain Relief – There will be bumps and bruises along the way, aches and pains. Whether a backache from hiding crouched down in that cellar all day, or a pulled muscle in your leg from that Chuck Norris roundhouse kick you attempted on a zombie. Use #08 Pain Relief, blended from myrrh resin oil, juniper fruit oil, ginger rhizome oil, and helichrysum flower oil to reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness.

Carry On – Let’s face it. Everyone is not going to survive. There will be loved ones and friends who just won’t make it, or have joined the ranks of the walking dead. But for your own sanity and perseverance, you have to pick yourself up and keep moving along.   The oils in #13 Carry On helps guide you through those rough emotional traumas of loss, heartbreak, and grief.

Though we are not currently in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, I still utilize 21 Drops essential oil blends on a daily basis. They allow me to easily integrate the benefits of essential oil therapy into my daily routine.   So best believe, wherever I am when the zombie apocalypse strikes… I’m sure to have a few 21 Drops blends nearby. Will you?

Check out the 21 Blends at www.21drops.com.  Use coupon code “hisinc” to receive 15% off your first order at checkout. Which 21 Drops will you carry in your survival kit?   #21DropsSurvival

Pen, Paper, Tablet: Finding My Creative Soul in a Digital World

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As I walked around the spa boutique, restocking on favorite products, looking for current sales, and eyeballing newly featured items, I stumbled upon a simple hardbound book.  There was nothing fancy about it, in fact the cover reminded me of a brown paper bag.  But an orange thought bubble graced the cover with the words “THE NEXT BIG THING.” floating inside of it.   Curious, I opened the cover only to find endless blank unruled pages on the inside.   One could imagine it to be a mystical book, like those in the fairy tales and movies where the book once contained pages of lost sacred text, secret memoirs, or magic spells that suddenly vanish or become invisible until the truth-seeker finds a way to decode the mysteries that lie within.  As I looked beyond the canvas of white, I noticed each right-sided page contained a vertical quote in the far right margin. I guessed it must be of some famous philosopher, artist, or great mind, to inspire or motivate you as you filled the pages with “the next big thing”.    I closed the cover back and assured myself I didn’t need a book of blank pages.  After all, with the latest and greatest technology that’s out there, and my own recent purchase of a hybrid laptop/tablet machine, I could just swype, type, touch, and digitize all my thoughts into this virtual notebook…. right?   With the right software and a digitizer pen, I could simulate pen to paper, have unlimited blank pages, an organized virtual notebook of thoughts, and immediate access to the internet for research, and social media for thought sharing, all at the same time….right?   

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I opened the book again, and instantly a wave of creative thoughts filled my mind on things I wanted to write on those pages.   Ideas that could never catch a virus, accidently get erased, or be the victim of a hacker or unwanted advertisements.  Blank pages that would always be there for me… faster than your fastest upload, data connection, or any other technical specification.   This book and these pages would stay fully charged indefinitely…using only the power emitting from my own being to remain alive.      

The book spoke to me, no it didn’t talk, it didn’t have to say a word, but my creative soul heard the inaudible whispers and understood perfectly.  Don’t get me wrong, I love technology as much as the next person. and actually consider myself fairly “tech-savvy”, but in less than 2 minutes, standing in a spa boutique, I reflected on the origins of all my poetry, unique ideas, aha-moments, reflections, goals, plans, and manifestations that have graced countless once blank pages throughout my lifetime.  My creative soul has shined on the back of napkins, colored post-it notes, inside spiral notebooks, or within the margins of recycled printer paper.  My creative soul speaks through the pen to the paper.  Like a foreign or alien language, incoherent and incomprehensible to one who gazes upon it, yet a crystal clear translation to the intended receiver.   It was my medium, my tool, my safe and unfailing place to serve as my landing pad before launching into a full-scale digital execution.   It needed me and I needed it.

I picked up the book, carefully tucked it under my arm as I repositioned the other products I was holding in my hand, and headed to the register.   My creative soul was ready for the NEXT BIG THING.

 

India K. Robinson