by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Hello Mo Bros and Mo Sistas! Cheers to you for making Movember 2011 a huge success! As of today, the last day of “the month of the moustache” (November), 2011, 850,739 people worldwide have signed up to participate in Movember and have raised over $95 million dollars! That’s amazing! And who knew my fellow Canadian countrymen would be such enthusiastic moustache growers and would top the charts at $34,585,372. — roughly about one third of the worldwide total?
What is Movember?
What is Movember you ask? In case you haven’t heard about it through the grapevine yet, Movember is a moustache-growing event that takes place each November. The word “Movember” comes from “mo,” — the slang version of “moustache — plus the month of November. Men, known as “Mo bros,” grow moustaches for the entire month to get people talking about men’s health.
Although the idea of growing moustaches may appear cheaky, the cause of reminding men to be more proactive with their health is much more serious. Men are known to be reluctant to go to the doctor for a check up because they think their symptoms might lead to a trip to the hospital, or they’re too embarrassed to talk about what’s going on or they just don’t have the time to schedule an appointment. These are all handy excuses but the truth is, it’s better to know than not know. And if it is serious, dealing with it sooner rather than later, can often make a big difference in recovery.
Men can significantly increase the quality and length of their life by having annual physicals, not smoking, being physically active, exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, knowing their family health history, having good relationships and getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.
Based on the information I’ve learned while writing this blog, I have just decided to have a few conversations with some men in my family right now.
December 1st — International Man-Scaping Day
As an esthetician, this whole global movement of Movember has gotten me thinking. If Movember is all about growing wild moustaches for a good cause, than why not make December 1st, “International Man-Scaping Day” and give everyone the green light to go to their barber or esthetician for some well-deserved, modern “man-scaping.”
It’s time to take out the shaving kit or have one of those old-fashioned shaves done by a professional barber. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the service. And if you’re interested in trying out some man-scaping, make an appointment for an eyebrow cleanup and a facial. Spas are not just for women anymore.
Some of my favourite customers, while in school, were men. I always smile when I think of Chris who was training for the Iron Man and liked to have his legs waxed. There was also a bartender at the Empress who came in for a manicure and pedicure on his one day off. And there was another guy, originally from London Ontario, who was about to get married later that day.
And I don’t know if any of those men knew this — but I’m telling you now — your income will increase exponentially for every 20 minutes you spend on grooming every day. Something to think about.
Homespunspa Mobile Offer
While I don’t currently offer waxing services, (I just don’t want to travel around town with a hot wax pot), I would like to extend an offer to anyone — Mo Bros and Mo Sistas — who participated in Movember to 10% off any Homespunspa service until January 6th, 2012. This offer includes massages, facials and pedicures which will all take place in the comfort of your home or office. Please contact Maria and make an appointment during the festive holiday season.