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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”
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“Confessions of a Spa Bunny” – Confessions from Costa Rica: Terra Spa at Gaia Hotel & Reserve

During my visit to Costa Rica, I was able to discover the gem that is Terra Spa, located in the lush Gaia Hotel & Reserve complex in Manuel Antonio.  Nestled on top of a rainforest lined path, the only way to the top was via a golf cart ride provided once you arrive at the reserve.    The scenic ride was just a teasing preview of what was in store at the spa!

Check out my “confessions” video for a sneak peek inside Terra Spa:

Ensuring I indulged as much as possible on my last full day in paradise, my day of treatments consisted of a:
  • Costa Rican Ginger & Honey Scrub with Vichy Shower -hand crafted with fresh ginger, honey, and cane sugar, a truly invigorating and refreshing mix provided a light exfoliation, hydration, and anti-inflammatory effects.  Combined with the warm pulsating pressure-point massage of the 5 head vichy rain shower, I felt renewed and relaxed.  
  • Hair Hydrating Mask – a mixture of rosemary, lavender, cedar, and ylang ylang, my therapist, Milton, applied the mask during my vichy treatment.  I was surprisingly impressed with the care and patience that was exhibited as my hair was gently washed, marinated, and detangled, in addition to a scrumptious scalp massage.
  • Rainforest Hot Stone Therapy – Costa Rican river stones and essential oils relieved the remaining remnants of my week of zip lining and hiking adventures in the rainforest.
  • Arco Iris Facial- an organic experience with a cleansing coffee/vanilla scrub, volcanic clay mask, and aroma soothing facial massage.  I emerged with a glow as radiant as a Costa Rican sunrise highlighting the ocean.
I wrapped up my visit to Gaia with lunch and panoramic views of the Pacific ocean and surrounding rainforest at the reserve’s La Luna Restaurant. I was whisked away the same way I arrived, and started feeling sad as the beauty of the rainforest, the spa, and everything I was leaving behind got further and further from my reach as I sat on the back of the golf cart and prepared for my return home the next day.

 

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“Confessions of a Spa Bunny” – Confessions from Costa Rica: Holis Wellness Center

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My second encounter with Spa Holis happened a few days following my in-villa spa birthday party.  I got the opportunity to visit their tranquil sanctuary with state-of-the-art yoga studio, and meet the founder, Evelina Bolognini.

The entrance was at the rear of what appeared to be a fairly new building. After climbing a full flight of steps, and pausing at the top to observe the ocean view, I entered the quaint and welcoming lobby, which housed a vibrant spiral staircase that led to the yoga studio.

My day consisted of an Aerial Yoga session with Adi Dela Rosa, a traveling yoga teacher, who ironically, was teaching her last day at Spa Holis before setting off on the next adventure. Followed by a D.E.I Holistic Kinesiology Therapy session ( a spa bunny first) with the owner Evelina.

Check out my “confessions” video below to get more spa bunny highlights from my visit to the Holis Wellness Center in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

 

 

“Confessions of a Spa Bunny” – Confessions from Costa Rica: In-Villa Services with Spa Holis

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Pure Vida!   That’s the most appropriate beginning to start of my first spa bunny “confessions” from Costa Rica.   My weeklong escape to this country left me awe-struck and inspired by its natural beauty.    I wanted to immerse myself in nature and take in all the rainforest had to offer.  Not only did I find solace, serenity, and nourishment for my soul amongst the sights and sounds of the trees, animals, and ocean, but somehow the beach waves, lush greenery, and refreshing vibes also resided within the Manuel Antonio spa scene as well.

I had plans, plans for a”spa bunny” spa birthday party as I celebrated another year of life in a setting that felt so alive.   I engaged in dialogue with the dedicated staff at Spa Holis, aka Holis Wellness Center, well before my arrival to seek their assistance in executing my vision.

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With a menu of services that covered your basics and beyond, I confess I was committed to fitting in more than one experience with Spa Holis during my visit.   The first encounter, they were the ones who visited.  Offering in-villa spa services, the two lovely ladies, Dilana and Ambar, arrived promptly and with a professional ensemble of massage tables, and freshly blended botanicals for the holistic treatments me and my party guests were scheduled to partake in.

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After a morning of zip lining, waterfall rappelling, and other rainforest adventures, I was really looking forward to my treatment line-up for the afternoon: a Muddy Buddy Body Treatment, 2-hour Total Body Awareness Massage and Essenthya Deluxe Facial .   Me and one of my guests sipped tea and chatted as we awaited our turn. The two therapists had already started the Totally Unplugged four-handed massage for another friend, on the villa’s open-air deck.

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With a scenic set-up in the villa’s Master’s suite, even the monkeys wanted to get in on the birthday fun.   Using Thermal Mud sourced from the base of Costa Rica’s Arenal volcano, I was covered in the warm clay-like mineral and gently wrapped to allow the detoxifying benefits to marinate.  A series of organic cleansers, masks, and moisturizers were painted and soothingly massaged on my face, releasing that lingering frown of tension from my brow.  After a shower rinsed off the mud, and revealed newly nourished skin, my treatments concluded with a carefully crafted massage that combined Deep Tissue Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Reflexology, Thai Massage, and Acupressure.

 

Needless to say, if you haven’t figured it out by now, the party was a great success.  The therapists disappeared as quietly as they came, and we continued the night in a state of relaxed bliss over conversation and reflection at the dinner table.

My next encounter with Spa Holis happened a few days thereafter, when I got the opportunity to meet the founder, Evelina Bolognini, and visit their tranquil sanctuary and state-of-the-art yoga studio.

Click here to learn more about my experience at the Holis Wellness Center in the next Confessions of a Spa Bunny “confessions” segment from Costa Rica!

Toma’s Botanical Bug-Off: A “Confessions of a Spa Bunny” Summer Documentary

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I am what one would call a mosquito magnet, and to make matters worse, I feel that my backyard is as mosquito infested as it gets. Some days it’s so bad, I’ve actually considered offering bats a place of refuge in return for their pest control services.  When the warm weather hits, and normal people go outside to enjoy the change in seasons, I normally have to cover up in long sleeves and pants or ruin my whole summer outfit by covering it with the smells of toxic bug repellent.

In late Spring, during one of my visits to The Still Point Spa in Columbia, MD, I did my typical browsing of the spa boutique items and noticed a new addition to the Toma product line-up: “botanical bug-off”.  After reading the ingredients, and giving it a sniff, I decided “why not”, for only $9 it was worth giving it a shot.

This short video tells you a little bit about my latest find and what happened after 15 minutes in my backyard.

IMG_3998Since that initial “test”, I have toted the botanical bug-off around with me this summer to cookouts, waterfront dining, ballparks, pig roasts, outdoor movies, or anywhere that would require me to be outside and subject to the typical feeding frenzy mosquitoes choose to inflict upon me. Since the bottle comes with either a spray or lotion bottle top, I’ve also lathered the easy to glide-on and rub in solution on other willing participants who have been captivated by the smell of lemongrass, lavender, patchouli, and cedarwood.

I must say, I have thus far been pleased with the results, and have definitely noticed the days I do get bitten, are the days I have forgotten to put on this bug-off.   Though it doesn’t seem to deter gnats or flies from being a nuisance, I haven’t had to deal with the mosquito bite hives that usually sting, swell, and break-out on my body after I have been attacked by these often invisible creatures, and the days of uncomfortable scratching and itching that follow.   “Maybe the mosquitoes just aren’t out the days you use it”, is what I’ve often told myself, as it was hard to believe something that smelled so pleasant was really keeping one of my worst enemies at bay.  However, I knew this couldn’t be the case, as on more than one occasion, I’ve worn my gladiator sandals, and though I put the bug-off on my legs and arms, I didn’t bother to put it on my feet since I already had my shoes on.   Well, wouldn’t you know it, that on all those occasions, Mr. Mosquito decided to take advantage of my vulnerability and take a bite out of whatever uncovered skin he could get to between that sandal!!

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So far the spa bunny is in love with the Toma Botanical Bug-Off!  With proper and frequent usage, I think I can get through the summer with minimal mosquito and other bug bites, while utilizing what the label calls a “natural alternative to toxic bug repellents”.  I almost hate to brag too much about the product, as I don’t want it to sell out or be unavailable when I need to restock!  However, I bring you this “confession” as a way to help others who are looking for a natural bug-off solution that actually works so that you too can enjoy your summer bug bite free.

*The Still Point Spa has 3 locations in Maryland and Toma products are available online at:  http://tomaskintherapies.com/

“Confessions of a Spa Bunny” – Spa Room Makeover

A few months ago, I took on a project and began working on a “Confessions of a Spa Bunny” – Spa Room Makeover for a client. Well here is a video summary of the phases and the final result! My client, a massage therapist, was thrilled with the outcome and has since been able to utilize the new sanctuary to generate a supplemental income! I love it when a plan comes together.

Check out the video here:

Interested in your own spa room makeover or in-home spa sanctuary? Contact me at spabunny@hisincorporated.com.

“Confessions of a Spa Bunny” Now Offering Spa Concierge Services

Confessions-of-a-Spa-Bunny---Spa-Concierge-Services-ORGI am super excited to kick-off the “Confessions of a Spa Bunny” Spa Concierge Service just in time for Father’s Day!  I love introducing people to a life of self-care, wellness, relaxation, and natural healing.  Part of the Confessions of a Spa Bunny’s mission is to educate individuals on the many benefits of how integrating a spa routine into your lifestyle can reduce stress, detoxify your body, improve your quality of life, and enhance overall well-being.

Take the time to take a “time-out”. Let the spa bunny be your spa buddy, and customize a personalized spa day just for you. Spa bunny concierge services are currently available in select areas within the Washington, DC Metropolitan area (DC, MD, VA).  If any local spas are interested in strategically partnering with me as a featured/preferred spa for client bookings, I’d love to hear from you!

Click on the link below to check out the full announcement and for more details.

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“Confessions of a Spa Bunny” – Mother’s Day Spa Deal Round-Up

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Guess what I’ve worked on just for you? The spa bunny’s hand-picked round-up of some of the best “spa bunny approved” deals and specials for Mother’s Day in the DC Metro area, all in one handy list!  From spa days, spa getaways, and spa products, there’s surely something to please everyone!

Treat that special lady in your life: your mom, wife, sister, aunts, grandma, or book a pamper day for yourself!  Don’t worry if you haven’t picked up that special Mother’s Day gift yet, “Confessions of a Spa Bunny” is here to help.

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Salamander Resort & Spa – Middleburg, VA

Pamper mom with a Salamander Experience!  By far my favorite resort to retreat to in the area, is offering a Mother’s Day Weekend Getaway package—starting at just $425/night—includes a free spa gift and $200 credit* to spend how you like around the resort. It may be hard to choose with so many activities and events happening all weekend—from brunch to afternoon tea, mini-makeovers to Mother-Daughter yoga and spa specials to pasta making.

http://www.salamanderresort.com/experiences/seasonal-happenings/all-about-moms#mothers-day-getaway

Four Seasons Georgetown – Washington, DC

With a great offer from The Capitol Deal, that special lady can pick a day to enjoy a massage or facial with a glass of Louis Roederer Champagne, and access to the spa amenities, including the sauna, whirlpool, steam room, and relaxation areas, plus complimentary three-hour parking with prices starting at $119.  Details at: http://us2.nmb.ly/1f8ayy

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Fountains Day Spa – Alexandria, VA

Starting as low as $215, a variety of Mother’s Day Specials include a Sweet Beginnings package for expecting mom’s, a Day of Lavender package with includes a lavender body polish, mini massage, and facial.  Or go all out with the 4.5 hour Mother’s Day Retreat package which includes a mud wrap, combination massage, Ultra Hydradermie facial, and a catered lunch for a special price of $399Mother’s Day Gifts Certificates for these specials can be purchased anytime from now until May 17, 2015 at: http://fountainsdayspa.com/index.php/mothers-day-gifts/

Lorien Spa – Alexandria, VA

Located inside of the Lorien Hotel and Spa, for $219 enjoy an 80 min Cavier Dreams Facial, 50 min Lava Shell Massage with hot stone therapy, and access to the fitness center and complimentary valet parking. Details at: http://us2.nmb.ly/1f40xd

Spa Minerale at Lansdowne Resort – Leesburg, VA

A variety of spa specials and packages are being offered during the entire month of May for services Monday – Friday.  Highlights include an Antioxidant Manicure and Pedicure (105 Minutes for $100), a Luxury Spa Day Retreat which includes a Swedish Massage, Facial, Mani/Pedi, and Glass of Champagne (190 Minutes for $249).  More packages listed at: http://www.lansdowneresort.com/vacations/virginia-day-spa-packages

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Boutiques and Spa Products

Maybe she’s not into spa treatments, but loves those body creams, bath soaks, essential oils, teas, warm neck wraps, and other luxury spa products.   You can find a great selection of “pamper me” products at most spa boutiques and can freely browse and shop without having to book services. Some of my favorite locations, which have a wide variety of unique items to tickle anybody’s shopping preferences, include The Pearl Spa in Maple Lawn, MD (http://www.thepearlspa.com), tuanh boutique in Old Town Alexandria, VA (http://www.tu-anhboutique.com), The Still Point at Haven on the Lake (http://www.havenonthelake.org) in Columbia, MD, and Progressions Salon Spa Store (http://progressions.com) in Rockville, MD, and to my most recent discovery, local Marshall’s and TJ Maxx stores have a great selection of high-end discounted beauty and bath products!

Gift Certificates

Not sure which treatments that special lady will like best?  You can never go wrong with a spa gift certificate which will give allow them to pick their own treatments, and most gift certificates can also be utilized for spa boutique purchases so she can continue to reap the benefits of her spa benefit at home!

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Connect with the Spa Bunny

Rather have the “spa bunny” provide specialized concierge and spa buddy services for your mom or the next girl’s (or guys) spa day or getaway? No need trying to figure it out yourself,  get the most out of your spa adventures and email me at:  spabunny@hisincorporated.com for more details.

For more recommendations and information on spa gift ideas, spa education, spa getaways, and all things spa-related, connect with Confessions of a Spa Bunny on Facebook www.facebook.com/confessionsofaspabunny and Twitter @confessspabunny.  Also, be sure to check out and subscribe to the spa bunny “confessions” which include “Confession 101: Losing Your Virginity”, “Confession 102: Butt Naked or Nah”, and much more at: www.confessionsofaspabunny.com.