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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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“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.

 

 

H.I.S Incorporated’s “Sex and the City: The Co-Ed Edition” Trades in the City for the Simple Life!

Once the holidays and football season is over, the remnants of a busy winter lingers, but….spring approaches, and so does H.I.S Incorporated’s highly anticipated “Sex and the City:  The Co-Ed Edition” retreat.

A concept made popular by H.I.S Incorporated’s exclusive Ladies Day Out series (Volumes I thru III), this time the guys are invited to come out and participate in the first “Co-Ed Edition” of this popular event!   The invitation-only list includes a mix of singles, couples, married folk, and all those in between.  This ultimate spring retreat will be filled with good times, great people, lavish surroundings, activities, pampering, & the infamous after-hours “crucial conversations” segment!

With previous host locations in Tysons Corner, VA, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD; this time around, I’m taking the Sex out the City and moving it to the country!

“I wanted to do something different, and slow down the pace as compared to previous events. We are enveloped in the hustle and bustle of city life on a daily basis. There is no time for stopping and smelling the roses, unless your buying them from Whole Foods!”

Don’t be mistaken though, in no way has this selection of country simplicity sacrificed the H.I.S Incorporated’s luxury Grade A+ standard!  In fact, it’s quite the opposite, as this may very well be the most luxurious of the “Sex and the City” retreats to date!

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With the historic 18th century village of Middleburg as our backdrop, horse and wine country at our backdoor, and Salamander Resort and Spa as our sanctuary, it doesn’t get much better than that in the Virginia countryside.   Salamander’s 380-acre estate boasts its own equestrian center, award-winning wine bar, and a breathtaking 23,000 sq. foot world-class spa.

“I’ve had the pleasure of staying at Salamander Resort twice last year, and have indulged in the pampering at the spa on several occasions.   The surroundings, the service level, and the special touches from both the staff, and sprinkled throughout the property itself, makes you feel like you are meant to be right where you are in that moment in time.  Speaking of time….each moment is timeless…your lobby is a library, the guestroom is a picturesque masterpiece, and your nearest neighbors are horses!”

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In addition to the carefully selected venue, activities, and hand-picked guest list that makes these retreats so memorable, I’m always searching for just the right “and much more” to synchronize perfectly with the overall theme envisioned. In this case, I was on the hunt for a natural, holistic product to include in my attendees’ swag bags.  Something new and refreshing that would embrace the earthiness and beauty of the country, but easily provide a balanced escape once we returned to the city.

Nothing seemed more ideal than finding a “simply simple” product sponsor to enhance the organic experience I was creating for my guests. And just like a leprechaun chasing a rainbow, I found my pot of gold with Little Barn Apothecary!  The name alone raised an eyebrow and planted a smirk on my lips.  But would they meet my Grade A+ standards? Let’s see:

  • New and refreshing:   Recently founded in 2014 by Joshua Morgan and Brad Scoggins.  Partners who turned their passion for natural things into an uncomplicated, organic, apothecary product. Not only sharing their passion with the world, but giving back 2% of each sale to help homeless animals find loving homes!
  • Embrace the earthiness and beauty of the country: With a philosophy inspired from the earth, each Little Barn Apothecary product is created by hand, using raw, pure, all natural ingredients, free of fillers and toxic chemicals, with a design that embraces the “simple beauty of life”.
  • Provide balance and escape once we returned to the city:  The simple collection product line brings simplicity to your self-care regime and includes a luxurious offering of soaks, scrubs, oils, balms, face products, and a home and lifestyle collection you can easily integrate into your daily pampering routine.

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Little Barn Apothecary seems to put the same care and intention into creating their products as I do when planning my events.  In addition, I love the fact that the product packaging has a unisex appeal to it, perfect for “The Co-Ed Edition” clientele.

Needless to say, with Salamander Resort & Spa (www.salamanderresort.com), along with Little Barn Apothecary (www.littlebarnapothecary.com) being two shining stars in my simple life constellation, it seems H.I.S Incorporated’s “The Co-Ed Edition” (www.hisincorporated.com) won’t be that simple after all.

VIDA Fitness Grand Opening Party at The Yards

Dancers, jugglers, mermaids, music, light shows, sky spotlights.  Big top at the circus you may ask?  Nope.  It was the grand opening party for VIDA Fitness at The Yards in Southwest Washington, DC, the fourth location in the VIDA line-up..  With my fashionably late arrival, the line was wrapped around the block on this chilly Saturday night in the city.   This truly “red carpet” affair brought out an array of fashionistas, from casual chic to Academy Award ready!   This four-level event led you on a self-guided tour of this new facility as you made your way to the spa, food stations, open bars, and a rooftop pool.   Who knew fitness looked quite like this?!!

EXCITING NEWS: H.I.S Incorporated Expands Travel Services

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I am very excited to announce that India K. Robinson, H.I.S Incorporated is now an independently contracted Travel Agent with Colesville Travel. Colesville Travel is a full-service travel company with a reputation for excellence in providing the ultimate in value and personal attention for over 15 years. Impressed with my passion for travel and events, combined with my years of experience and dedicated clients, Colesville Travel extended me an opportunity to be a part of their elite team of agents.

What does this mean?
In addition to the already “Grade A+ experiences” the H.I.S Incorporated brand is known for, this business arrangement gives me access to expanded resources, networks, and partnerships within the travel & leisure industry, that will allow me to truly provide that “and much more” to my clients and take H.I.S Incorporated to the next level.

The H.I.S Incorporated standards of quality and service have not changed. As an “independent” travel agent, I still have the freedom to design travel packages and events with the creative vision you have grown to love. From “Great Escapes” to “Ladies Day Out” rest assured that all H.I.S Incorporated sponsored events will provide you with those same memorable experiences to last a lifetime.

If you’ve missed out in the past on various H.I.S Incorporated sponsored events, perhaps due to scheduling, budget, etc., you no longer have to wait for me to plan the “next big thing”. Subsequently, I will also advertise and be your main point of contact for various trips and getaways hosted by Colesville Travel which I feel may be of interest to my client base. These expanded travel services may include NYC bus trips, music festivals, cruises, and international destinations. This allows for more trips and getaways to be offered throughout the year, and more opportunities for you to find one that fits your schedule and budget!

What other services do you provide?
From island beach getaways, all-inclusive resorts, luxury destinations, spa retreats, winter wonderlands, exotic international locations, family trips, girlfriend’s getaways, group travel, couples retreats, escorted and guided tours, adventurous activities, etc., be sure to contact India K. Robinson, H.I.S Incorporated for all your travel arrangements. I’ll work with you to plan an amazing vacation to fit your needs.

How can I contact you?
Please email any travel inquiries to: travel@hisincorporated.com

To stay “in the know” for future trips, local travel, event photos, travel and product reviews, etc., be sure to LIKE my page on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/hisincorporated. FOLLOW me on Twitter/Instagram: @hisincorporated. SUBSCRIBE to India K. Robinson on YouTube.

I’m also in the process of redesigning my http://www.hisincorporated.com website, so be on the lookout for a website re-launch!

Anything else?
A special “THANK YOU” to all of those that have supported H.I.S Incorporated in the past, and those who continue to support my events and trips. I am excited to enter into this new era and take this passion in what I do to the next level!! I invite you all to come take the journey with me!

Best Regards,
India K. Robinson, H.I.S Incorporated

H.I.S Incorporated and Digital Crane Photography Partner to Create a “Ladies Day Out” Masterpiece!

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For “Sex and the City – Ladies Day Out Volume III”, H.I.S Incorporated is stepping things up a notch.  With an already artistic, timeless, and historic setting with the events Charm City – Baltimore, MD location, and with the “Charm School Prep” and “Animal Print” style themes that will outline our fashion footprint, it only made sense to collaborate with another creative mind to manifest a masterpiece event.

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There is something about the eye of an artist, a true artist, that inspires and motivates through their works of art. In the age of high-tech mobile gadgets, quick flick uploads, digital filters, and on-demand imagery, I’m not quickly or easily impressed by “professional” postings.   But, I must admit, my mindset changed once I viewed the work of Digital Crane Photography, whose still images took me to a place far away from the superficial world we live in today and made me feel like I was observing living authentic art in motion.

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Digital Crane Photography (aka Dizzy Crane) speaks to you and connects you to the subject and environment in a way that typically I have not experienced when viewing the works of other photographers.  My imagination and visions began running wild, my decision was made. I knew this was something destined from the universe;  to place my Grade A+ experience under Dizzy Crane’s lens……OH THE POSSIBILITIES!!

Originally from the DMV area, Dizzy currently works as a professional photographer in New York City.  Dizzy says his philosophy is: ” to create unique and vibrant images that capture the essence of my subject.  My work is dedicated to art, beauty, creativity, and innovation”. Despite initially picking up photography as a hobby, his talent and experience is clearly reflected in the passion he puts into his work.

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Dizzy Crane’s images ignites feelings of self-confidence, independence, sisterhood, joyfulness, invincibility, sophistication, and love.   In each and every image I’ve viewed, his photography captures the essence of women in a classy yet sexy way that explores and successfully reflects all facets of the mind, body, and soul.  This simplistic yet effective approach blends perfectly with the “Sex & the City:  Ladies Day Out” theme, and will uniquely highlight the dynamics of this multi-generational group of ladies, each very unique in their personality and style.

Though we’ve been able to capture some great pictures and videos from previous LDO events, this raises the bar.  I’m confident this collaboration will result in the creation of epic masterpieces that will freeze the sands of time, and generate beautiful visual images of  emotions and memories typically only held and cherished within the depths of your mind.

H.I.S Incorporated…Ladies Day Out… Digital Crane Photography….A Masterpiece in the Making!

 

View Digital Crane Photography’s amazing work at:  http://digitalcranephotography.tumblr.com/

Follow on Instagram at:  @dizzycrane

For Inquires or Bookings:  DigitalCrane@gmail.com (tell him India from H.I.S Incorporated sent you)

 

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For Inquiries or Bookings:  hisincorporated@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For H.I.S Incorporated “Happiness is the Truth”

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I love creating experiences that make people feel good. By identifying the appropriate environment, applying fun themes, engaging laughter, and listening to happy music!! So when presented with the opportunity to host an event at Howl at the Moon in Baltimore, MD, I knew it was time to put on my thinking cap (literally)!

In a world surrounded by so many unhappy, unhealthy, unmotivated, and uninspired people, you have to find a way to shield yourself from the negativity that constantly tries to permeate your soul.   Gathering friends, meeting new people, taking care of yourself, and finding inner peace requires a conscious effort in such an unconscious world. Sometimes you just need a little help in providing that outlet of opportunity. My goal, was to shine the light of happiness down on the masses (whatever mass that may be).

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Considering the event was going to be during “happy hour”, which if you think about it, most people that go to happy hours don’t look very happy, at least when they first arrive. Whether drowning out their sorrows, de-stressing from a rough day at the office, or just trying to forget whatever unhappy thing is bothering them, it usually takes more than an hour to fix these problems.   That was NOT the type of happy hour I wanted to have!

Inspired by Pharrell’s “Because I’m Happy” music revolution, I envisioned singing happy people, wearing crazy happy hats, and having a happy good time!   Yeah, I know, a bit of happy overload…..but is it really? I didn’t thinks so, and hence the “I’m So Happy” Hour was born! Guests were invited to come happy, with hats, and to bring other happy people with them.   In the weeks leading up to the event, I posted inspirational quotes and pictures, as motivation for people to embark on their own quest for happiness.

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The scene was set, I put on my happy face and replica of Pharrell’s happy hat, and waited. So did it work? Were the people happy?

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Happiness isn’t tangible. It can’t be measured, quantified, or surveyed, BUT you can see it, feel it, want it, and choose it.   Each guests walked through the door embracing a “happiness is the truth” mindset, and because of that we all saw, felt, wanted, and chose to do just that…………HAPPY!

For more information on future H.I.S Incorporated events, be sure to LIKE the  H.I.S Incorporated Facebook  page and follow me on Twitter and Instagram @hisincorporated.

Sex and the City – Ladies Day Out Volume III – Savory Selections: Wit & Wisdom

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In the words of Virginia Woolf, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”. Each “Sex and the City: Ladies Day Out” (LDO) dining experience, whether breakfast, dinner, or brunch, is intended to stimulate and delight each of your five senses in an environment intriguing in sight, with socializing sounds, and scrumptous scents, which evoke a culinary temptation to touch and tantalize your tongue.

This LDO restaurant selection has a name most fitting for the diverse and multi-generational group of women attending.  For a group like ours, dining at a spot named “Wit & Wisdom” seems to perfectly blend in with the life experiences and personal stories of these lovely ladies. Called a tavern, though it looks nothing of the sort, this modern American restaurant exudes a uniquely elegant ambiance most fitting for the luxury hotel it resides in.

Named in Baltimore magazine’s “50 Best Restaurants” issue as a Gold Medal winner, this Four Seasons charmer boasts large windows overlooking the harbor, gorgeous waterfront views, and streams of natural light to the dining area.  The chic lobby, breathtaking bar, and classy décor provides the perfect backdrop for rounding out this LDO weekend. Created by award-winning chef Michael Mina, Wit & Wisdom serves “comfort food with a contemporary Eastern Seaboard twist”.

The weekend brunch menu is filled with both buffet and a la carte selections ranging from Brioche French Toast, Farmer’s Market Frittata, and a Smoked Salmon Bar.  The ladies are set to enjoy a picture-perfect Sunday cuisine before indulging in an afternoon of pampering and relaxation at the Four Seasons Spa, located only an elevator ride away!

With a visually stunning layout, intimate settings, and satisfying savory selections, Wit & Wisdom receives H.I.S Incorporated’s Grade A+ rating as a designated dining venue for the upcoming LDO event. For more information on this Harbor East Baltimore restaurant, visit the restaurants website at:  http://www.witandwisdombaltimore.com/

H.I.S Incorporated presents: “Operation Tactical Airsoft”

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I love for my events to go beyond anything “normal” that one may have encountered.  I like to create experiences that people never forget, experiences that perhaps no one has or will ever experience again.  To do that, as hostess, I myself must create that experience by making it real, by playing the part, and getting into the character for whatever role I need to take on at that time.   This time it was for my event, “Operation Tactical Airsoft”.

It all began by setting the scene and putting out the call:
Calling All Agents!  Are you ready to embark on a unique adventure that tests your tactical skills in close quarters combat??   Ready to strategize with your team members in order to meet the mission objectives and defeat the enemy? Join H.I.S Incorporated for this private agent-ready adventure…let’s get “locked and …loaded”!
If that doesn’t stir up some interest, then this was not the event for you, however, I had 14 brave agents step up to the plate to embark on this new and different adventure.  What is airsoft you may ask?   Airsoft is a military simulation sport, somewhat similar in nature to paintball, where players participate in mock combat with authentic military-style weapons and tactics.   On our journey, we played out our mission at an indoor tactical airsoft arena, which provided close quarters combat using airsoft replicas in a safe and controlled environment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We arrived, signed our waivers, received our gear and equipment, and it was off to battle!   Friend against friend, husbands against wives, parents against sons/daughters.  Everyone had to choose a side, and fight the good fight!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I’m sure to some the thought of being shot by high-velocity BBs does not sound like your idea of a good time, but in our case, the pain, hollering, and battle wounds we endured made the experience “realistic” and added to the fun memories that were made.  So after games of capturing the flag, team domination, and kill confirmed, all agents walked away victorious in some way.  We all lived to see another day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           To see some of the action, check out the six part video series on “Operation Tactical Airsoft” by subscribing on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/nV5CvbrXpyA