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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” 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.

Confessions of a Spa Bunny – Spa Concierge Services

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.

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!

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!

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