by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Picture it…Honolulu…1981. “Private Benjamin” (read original bootcamp) was the 5th most popular tv show; Olivia Newton John, while sporting a headband, was singing her hit song, “Let’s Get Physical,” on the radio; American fitness personality, Richard Simmons (wearing his trademark candy-striped Dolfin shorts and Swarovski-crystal studded tank tops), was “Sweating to the Oldies” and promoting weight loss. And last but not least, a young school girl receives a pair of roller skates for her birthday. Fitness was alive and well in the early ’80’s!
The young pre-teen took the roller skates for a spin right away and she loved them. When she wasn’t roller skating, she was drawing posters about roller skating which hung in her bedroom. One of the posters said, “Roller skating is the best.” Did I mention that her birthday cake was also in the shape of a roller skate that year?
Meanwhile her brother was an avid skateboarder in those days and her father built him a 6-foot ramp made of plywood. The ramp sat on the end of the driveway under the plumaria tree and blue sky (because that’s where the smooth cement of the carport ended) and all of the kids in the neighbourhood would start from the kitchen door and take turns booting it through the open gate and down a step and then they’d go full speed up the ramp. She can still hear the clap of the skateboards as they crested the edge and landed on the flip side. She wasn’t quite so adventuresome as the skateboarders were and only went to the bend, but it was still fun.
That little 6th grader was me and now after 30 years, it’s time for those beloved roller skates to change hands and get on to some new feet.
Would you like to buy a pair of vintage roller skates?
Vintage Roller skates for Sale.
Health Benefits of Roller skating:
You can roller skate for recreation or sport. You can even dance with them or join a roller derby team. And roller skating is also a great, green mode of transportation. If you were to roller skate for one hour, travelling at a rate of 6 miles (or 9.6 kilometres) per hour, you’d burn 350 calories and would get a complete aerobic workout. If you were to increase the speed to 10 miles (or 16.1 kms) per hour, you’d burn 600 calories and you’d look great doing it!
Roller skating is a fun workout and although you think you’re just gliding down hills while the wheels do all of the work, most of your body’s muscle groups, including your core, glutes, legs and even arms, get engaged by this exercise. It’s like riding a bike or jogging in cardio terms and is low-impact to boot.
Roller skating down the street on a sunny day while breathing in the fresh air will lift your spirits for sure. Roller skating will also help build your physical strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination and will sculpt your body into shape.
If you want to spice up your fitness routine and throw something new into the mix, try roller skating, old school style.
Roller Skate Details:
- Style: Low-Cut Boot, Quad, Outdoor.
- Size: Girls’ size 7. Note: I have an 8 1/2 to 9 to 9 1/2 shoe size, depending on the type of shoe, and they still fit me.
- Colours: Grey (synthetic) suede with blue and white striping, blue wheels.
- Year: circa 1980 (30 years old) (vintage).
- Condition: Used but Excellent.
- Price: bidding starts at $35 CAD, plus shipping.
- Status: SOLD
P.S. If you mention which ’80’s tv show character started her stories off with “Picture it…” — I’ll gladly take 10% off your next mobile spa treatment (but this offer can’t be combined with any other promotional discount).
Happy roller skating and thanks for rolling down memory lane with me.
by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Once the socks get stuffed in the drawers and the closed-toed shoes and boots get tossed to the back of the closet, and the bare feet, sandals and strappy stilettos come out for some fun in the sun, most people opt for pedicures at the spa instead of going for a facial. I’d like to suggest that getting a customized facial in the summer is definitely worth the investment also.
Our complexion changes with the seasons and it’s important to adjust your skincare routine to reflect the current environmental conditions. Your skin may have been dry and dehydrated this past winter because of low temperatures and cold winds mixed with heat from furnaces. But now, with the extra sun exposure and heat and increased activity, your skin may be turning more oily, or sensitive or may have more breakouts than usual.
How is a person supposed to keep up with all of these fluctuations and variations? The answer — having a facial. A facial with a professional esthetician will help clear up any outstanding issues you may be having with your skin this summer.
What is a Facial?
A facial treatment is a professional service designed to improve and rejuvenate the skin on the face, neck, shoulders and decolleté. Getting regular facials will definitely and noticeably improve your skin’s appearance and texture.
The Benefits of Getting a Facial
There are many benefits associated with getting a facial and they all come back to managing stress. Stress itself isn’t the bad guy — it’s the amount of stress and the way you deal with it that makes a difference in your life. For example, stress is one of the aggravating factors of acne but if you learn how to reduce the stress in your life with healthy habits such as getting regular facials and eating nutritious food and exercising daily, you will significantly improve the tone of your skin. And you’ll feel so much better.
Getting a facial also gives you a chance to try out a particular skin care product line to see how it behaves on your skin, before you purchase it. I think that’s a wise approach. Ask me which skincare line I use in my Homespunspa facials and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
The benefits of a Facial include:
- Maintaining healthy skin and having radiant-looking skin;
- Correcting certain skin conditions such as overexposure to Ultraviolet Rays from the sun;
- Treating conditions such as dryness, oiliness or redness;
- Deep cleansing and releasing environmental pollution like smog that may be trapped in your pores;
- Exfoliation and Refinement which makes your skin feel smoother and softer;
- Increasing circulation;
- Relaxation of the body and mind through massage and aromatherapy;
- Stimulation of metabolism;
- Looking younger and more beautiful;
- Slowing down premature aging and softening lines and wrinkles;
- Helping clear up blemishes and minor acne;
- Reducing stress;
- Sleeping better at night.
What to expect from a Facial
When you come to a spa for a facial, you’ll be asked to fill out a confidential questionnaire and change into a gown and remove your jewellery and socks and shoes. You may also get a foot soak. Then you’ll lie down on a facial bed. You and your esthetician will talk about your needs and concerns and then both of you will determine the best course of action for your skin.
Steps in a Facial
- Make up removal and Cleansing;
- Skin Analysis;
- Refinement Masque (Exfoliation);
- Skin Balancing;
- Hand, Foot, Neck, Shoulder and Facial Massages;
- Treatment Masque & Serums; and
- Moisturization and Sun Protection.
You may also receive extra services like: detoxification massage, pressure point massage, attention around your eyes, extractions, or make up application, etc. On top of all of that, you’ll also learn a lot about your own skin and how to take care of it and which products and services will benefit you the most.
Homespunspa July, August and September Special on Facials
I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but our summer in the Pacific Northwest has been slow in coming this year. Regardless, if you’re at all curious about how a facial works, Homespunspa is offering a 25% discount on all facials if you book your appointment before the autumnal equinox (September 23, 2011) and if you mention the code “summer” at the time of booking. Feel free to visit www.homespunspa.com and the mobile services menu page for a full list of services and prices. To make an appointment, follow the links on the reservations page.
I love giving facials because I like to help people relax and feel good about themselves. I also love seeing the “after” smiles my customers make when they first look at themselves in the mirror after they experience a 60 or 90 minute facial with me. I really think you’ll be pleased with your results, too.
Have a fun summer!
P.S. Remember to apply your sun protection often.