Let’s Celebrate!

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

 “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”  – Ben Carson

 Welcome to December and the season of celebrations! Though the hustle and bustle of the season can sometimes be downright exhausting, take a moment to think about all the things that are worthy of your celebration. You, your family, friends, pets, moments in time, the whisper of the breeze, a kind thought, a child-like wish – there really is a lot in life that we should pause and pay tribute to. They are meaningful in many different ways and are what our lives are built from.

 Let the joy of giving become your reason for the gift. Pause to reflects on the meaning of the gift, not the gift itself: a candle to warm a heart, a beautiful notebook to capture thoughts or, a simple hug to show you care. It doesn’t have to be grand, just thoughtful. Your spirit will be content and your heart full when you know you have given a gift that has a wish from you to the recipient attached. That is the meaning of giving.

 Our wish to you is that the magic of moments, and the things and people you cherish, bring you to a place of happiness and peace!

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New to Spa Treatments? Here are some answers to those tricky questions and concerns…

By Patti Rice

First-timers at a day spa can be downright scared by the unknown of what is going to happen to them. New environments and experiences, especially those that involve personal space, make people justifiably uneasy. So, in this article I thought I would put some minds at ease and go over common questions and concerns.

How much should I undress?

Massage therapists are professionals and are trained on draping techniques that cover you in a discreet way while allowing them to work your muscles in the direction and length of stroke that gives you the most benefit. For them to be able to do this, it is best that you are completely undressed. If that just sounds like too much for the first time, tell your therapist that you are somewhat uncomfortable with the nudity as it is your first time, and leave your underpants on. I think after you find out how well covered you really are, you’ll feel at ease without them on your next visit. Bras really get in the way and your breast will never be exposed during a massage, so go ahead and leave your bra in your locker. Many spas offer a thick, plush robe to lounge in between service times, so you are fully covered before and after. Just remember robes can gape, so be sure to sit like a lady in the common areas. Men, the gaping robe can also happen to you, so please keep those legs together!

 For a facial, you can certainly leave underwear on, but since many facials incorporate a neck and shoulder massage, and often times a light foot massage, you don’t want that hampered by bra straps or socks.

I don’t want anyone to see my icky body!

Again, therapists are professionals!  They are not there to judge you; they are focused on pain and stress relief, not how much cellulite you have on your thighs or how long it’s been since you last shaved. You’re fine just the way you are.

I feel uncomfortable speaking up if I want different pressure or style of massage.  I don’t want to offend them.

Remember this is YOUR time and nobody knows your preferences better than you.  The therapist is there to make you feel better, and they truly want to make the experience the best it can be. Therapists are grateful for your feedback and will never be offended at that type of request.

What if I snore?

Snoring is the biggest compliment possible to a therapist!  It means you have relaxed and are feeling safe and comfortable.

How much should I talk?

Talk only enough to make you comfortable.  Telling your massage therapist or esthetician about any concerns, pressure preferences, etc. is perfectly normal.  Do not feel compelled to carry on a conversation.  Take a deep breath, relax and be okay with the time being all about YOU instead of you catering to others. 

These are just a few of the most common concerns we see.  Should you have any other questions you would like to see answered, e-mail me at patti@thespalosgatos.com

Wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons and a New Year filled with joy, health, happiness and success in all your endeavors!