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The Washington Spa Alliance Kicks Off 2017 at MGM National Harbor

They didn’t gather for the casino, upscale lounges, or signature restaurants.  No, this intimate gathering was all about spa, as the Washington Spa Alliance (WSPA) held its first member event of 2017 this past Wednesday at the new MGM National Harbor hotel.  Tucked within the fitness center, and past a hall of sheer white drapes, the yoga studio served host to this gathering of the wellness minded.  As the mix of spa professionals and resource partners convened, they gleamed with excitement in their conversations about new endeavors, partnerships, and the year ahead.

The new WSPA Board of Directors was announced by Chair, Penny Kriel, as well as the date and venue for the 7th Annual WSPA Symposium, which will move from being held previous years at the National Press Club to the newly renovated Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC on March 20, 2017.  The Watergate’s Argentta Spa launch party, led by Spa Director Stephanie Rest, will also coincide with the March WSPA Symposium.

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In between the hugs, hors d’oeuvres, and happy people, attendees had an opportunity to tour the MGM Spa & Salon.  Greeted by a waterfall backdrop, this modern 2-level oasis comes complete with a co-ed lounge housing sleek chaise lounges draped with blankets, a spacious couple’s suite with in-room soaking tub, full salon with hair, nail and make-up stations, and a dedicated man-cave of sorts, complete with barber chairs, a library of literature, and flat-screen tv for the gentlemen to indulge in grooming services tailored to them.

Though there was no official afterparty, many of the night’s attendees ended up at MGM’s restaurant Marcus to continue the positive vibes and end the night over dinner and cocktails.

The DC-MD-VA (DMV) luxury spa scene is on the rise, and with recent spa openings across the area, a new enthusiastic WSPA board, and Confessions of a Spa Bunny ready to cover it all, 2017 is sure to be an exciting year!

Sight, Sound, Touch: ISPA East Coast Media Event

I invite you to immerse yourself in the sensory experience afforded to invited media at the 2016 International Spa Association‘s East Coast Media Event at Gotham Hall in NYC. An evening of stunning visuals, high touch, and healing sounds.  Confessions of a Spa Bunny was there, and this video highlights the event through my eyes, these are my “confessions”…

Video and photography collaboration presented by: The H.I.S Agency, LLC & EyeConic Photo

“True Colors” Spa Happy Hour at The Pearl

I love spa happy hours, and though there aren’t as many as I would like, I always look forward to the events and happy hours hosted by The Pearl Spa in Fulton, MD.   Last week, I attended their “members only” happy hour event, invited a few VIP guests to join me, and we had a good ole time enjoying Lotus Wei flower reading, Wei of Chocolate meditations, artistic moments with the Buddha Board, herbal tea shots from Tea Forte, aromatic candle scents and body products from Red Flower, 21 Drops essential oil samples, homeopathic oral sprays from Sprayology, sangria, salad in a cup, and much more!

Their spa boutique is filled with many of my favorite brands and products, and you can find some great gift ideas for Mother’s Day!

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” 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

“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.

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.