20 Jan29 Comments
SPA WELLNESS IS FOR EVERYONE … REALLY
The older I get (almost 40, gah!), the more I realize that if I take care of myself, I am much better at taking care of my kids Charlie, Eve, Alice, and even my husband Chris.
Items I used to view as extras, such as time by myself to exercise, are now daily necessities.
Experiences I used to regard as extreme luxuries, like wellness treatments, are now simply extras. I work to carve out the time and budget for the extras a few times a year.
A facial with the changing of the seasons, I have learned, in the end costs a lot less than a bathroom drawer packed with pricey creams and serums.
A massage when stressed, sore, or feeling fragile can uplift the spirit and improve mental and physical health more effectively than a nice out with tequila shots (*shiver*) ever accomplished.
I am not the kind of woman who has Canyon Ranch on speed dial. My childcare consists of neighborhood teenagers. My family budget is tracked on Mint.com, not by a cadre of attorneys and hedge fund managers. I get excited about kids eat free deals and spending my $5 ExtraCare bucks.
But yoga classes each week? Massages and facials every quarter? Acupuncture for physical and mental ails? They are worth it.
THE STILL POINT’S HAVEN ON THE LAKE IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND
Sometimes I have the chance to review spa services and classes for my blog. But usually I am handing over the over-used credit card in exchange for my inner work and outer improvement. Several years ago I reviewed The Still Point Takoma Park for my blog, and I also provided some light social media services for the owners.
But what I gained, beyond review services and contract work, was a commitment to listening to my body, and learning to take better care of it.
I became a client of both The Still Point Takoma Park and Clarksville locations, popping in when I could afford for acupuncture, facials, massage, yoga and natural facial care products from their exclusive Toma Skin Therapies line. My body, mind, health and life are the better for it.
So to say that I was excited to review The Still Point’s newest and grandest vision for wellness, Haven on the Lake, is a massive understatement. On its opening day I was bouncing through the door to experience the heavenly Revive Half Day Spa Package (aka a mother’s ultimate Saturday alone.)
MIND BODY MOVEMENT
I started with a truly reviving 75 minute intermediate yoga class in the Mind Body Movement Center. It was calming and energetic. It was different than my usual Vinyasa flow classes, which was invigorating. The instructor’s energy was positive and the class was not overbooked. We moved in the beautiful room pictured above, and I felt transported far from my daily hectic life.
There are so many movement classes offered at Haven on the Lake, from the traditional yoga, pilates (both mat and reformer) and tai chi, to cutting edge yoga wall, barre and aqua classes in the therapy pools. Check out the class schedule. You can purchase single classes, packages, enroll as a regular in a class series or become a Haven on the Lake member. See memberships and pricing. If, like me, you are seeking some quiet weekend days here and there to recharge your batteries, you can schedule a single class and receive access to the healing environments for a flat fee of $50.
The various healing environments offer escape and peace. Co-ed (bring your swimsuit), you can experience centuries old therapies either alone or with your partner or friends that will make you feel great. There is a massive hot bath with a waterfall, a salt therapy room, tropical shower, steam room, dry sauna, large pool for water therapy classes and movement, and my favorite, the polar plunge.
I had a fabulous experience trying out almost all of the healing environments. (The salt therapy room was booked for a guided meditation.) After warming my body and loosening my muscles in the hot tub, therapy pool, tropical shower and steam room, I then dove into the bracingly cold polar plunge pool. After the initial shock of this quick dip, I felt amazing when I hopped out!
Your children can receive loving care and have fun while you experience Haven on the Lake. KidSpace, located right next door, provides childcare for all ages of children. KidSpace operates Monday through Friday from 9AM to 9PM. On Saturdays and Sundays, KidSpace is open from 8:30AM to 4PM. For $8 per child, you can utilize KidSpace’s child care services for two hours. Just note that they cannot change diapers or feed your child, so this service is best used while you take a class or have a spa service, rather than for all-day pampering.
I popped into the KidSpace facility and I was impressed. The teachers were patient, the area fun and stimulating for all ages infant through elementary. They were playing games, doing crafts and had movies too for kids that need that screen distraction to separate for an hour or so from their parent. (Sorry I could not take pictures with so many minors on-site.)
If you live near Columbia, check out KidSpace’s camps, classes and more, too!
WELLNESS SPA SERVICES
Lucky, lucky me, I was invited to also partake of spa services at Haven on the Lake, namely the half day spa package. With this package you can choose two of the following services: 50 minute custom massage, warm salt glow, renew facial, renew manicure and pedicure. I chose my all-time favorite ways to be pampered, massage and facial.
The massage therapist personally addressed my needs and goals from the treatment. She worked with my sore areas, sensing my many hours logged at a desk, typing at a computer and carrying children on hips. She also helped me become more calm and centered, and beat the winter blues that have been batting at me in all this cold and dark. I felt pampered during and lighter afterward.
Then after an herbal tea and water chugging break, I was led to my next spa service, the facial. I received my already-beloved The Still Point facial, the Restore. This facial combines both Sonic Dermabrasion (or a peel, depending on your personal skin situation) to thoroughly exfoliate and reveal fresher, brighter skin. Your face, arms, hands and feet also receive a stimulating massage while a replenishing enzyme mask hydrates and nourishes your skin. I love the immediate results of this facial. It improves my skin so much without overwhelming or irritating my sensitive, combination, acne-prone but aging (gah!) skin.
Valentine’s Day Special Packages
Chocolate Sweetheart Facial $55/30min
Chocolate not only tastes good, but it also has the ability to soothe and heal your skin. Healthy fats from cocoa butter help to nourish, moisturize and soothe inflammation, while the cocoa bean contains polyphenols and flavonoids— a source of antioxidants, which protect cells from free radical damage. A gentle cleanse is followed by a thorough exfoliation using sonic dermabrasion. It’s followed by TOMA’s #14 Hydrating Antioxidant Mask, which contains rose flower and white tea extract, sea buckhorn, and shea butter, and is custom blended with cocoa and local honey. Finally, 10 minutes of blissful massage over shoulders, neck, arms, and hands will leave you feeling relaxed and your skin nourished, soothed and hydrated. Suitable for all skin types.
Couples Massage $218/50min, $290/80min – Prices includes 2 people
Guests can relax side-by-side with this customized massage for two. Our comfortable couple’s room features two heated massage tables and radiant heat flooring. Each massage is personalized to address the individual’s specific needs, whether relaxation or relief is your goal. Share the experience with someone you love.
Add a (+$140/25 Minutes) Hydrating Cocoa Sugar Polish to any couples’ massage for an added indulgence. This full body exfoliation softens the skin, removing impurities and leaving skin deeply hydrated.
Valid during the month of February 2015.
The healing environments are complimentary to spa guests booking services of $55 and above.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPERIENCE HAVEN ON THE LAKE, TOO?
Enter the form below and one fortunate reader will be randomly chosen to receive an AMAZING day! You will choose two spa services, take a class and get to enjoy the healing environments.
Disclosure: I received services for review as detailed above; no additional compensation received. Opinions are mine.
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