Which Type of Spa is for You?

Posted by Maria on August 20, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Mobile Spa, Seasonal, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness, Yoga | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

spa robe.

Are you planning a trip to a spa in the near future?

With thousands of different spas all around the world to choose from, each with their own signature spa treatments and philosophies, how do you choose which type of spa experience is best for you?

First, I’d like to clarify what I mean by “spa.”

  • A Spa is a commercial establishment that provides health and wellness treatments;
  • Spa Philosophy is about the fundamental beliefs that an individual or business holds about health, wellness, and beauty;
  • Spa Therapy is a general term for a wide range of treatment methods or techniques, used by various professionals in different settings, to support health and wellness; and
  • Spa Treatment is a general term for a treatment that uses water (wherever possible), specialized products, and various techniques to bring about relaxation or to support overall health and wellness.

With that said, before giving a spa your credit card number to book your reservation, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What’s my own spa philosophy?
  2. What would I like to address or focus on while I’m at the spa? (This includes: weight loss, relaxation, spiritual growth, enhance beauty, etc.)
  3. Is there a specific spa treatment that I’ve heard about and would like to try? If so, who offers it?
  4. Do I want to leave town to go to a spa?
  5. How long am I planning to stay? (just for one treatment, half day, full day, overnight, a few days, as long as it takes, etc.)
  6. Do I want to combine this spa visit with an event, tour, or vacation?
  7. Can I also focus on my favourite fitness activities while I’m there? (like golf, nature hikes, swimming, etc.)
  8. Who am I travelling with?
  9. Do I have a place in mind that has been on my bucket list for years?
  10. What’s my budget?

Answering these above questions will give you a better idea of what you’re looking for from a spa.

You can also choose a spa based on its category.

Day Spas: are a good place to get your feet wet before taking the plunge into a more exotic spa experience. At a Day Spa, you can choose your spa services from an a la carte menu or you can choose a package of treatments and spend a half-day or full day there. Treatments may include: facials, skin care treatments, relaxation massages, body wraps, waxing, make-up application, manicures, pedicures, reflexology, acupressure, yoga, hair styling, healthy lunch, a dip in the pool, etc.

Destination Spas: are located in a beautiful location with mountain or ocean views. It’s like walking into a postcard. Like a destination wedding, the location itself is part of the reason for travelling there and you’ll likely spend a week or more at the spa without going anywhere else nearby. Destination Spas offer programs that encourage healthy lifestyle changes and may include: spa treatments that have a local ingredient or theme, fitness activities and classes, educational wellness talks, and healthy restaurant meals.

Resort Spas: Similar to Destination Spas, Resort Spas are an all-inclusive experience in a spectacular location. Between spa visits, you can also enjoy the resort’s recreational and leisure bonuses. With Resort Spas, there’s something for everyone and you can start your day with meditation, yoga, a hike in the mountains, healthy meals, a wellness coaching session, a couples’ massage, and squeeze in a mud wrap. Or you can just sit by the pool all day and drink your cocktails. It’s up to you.

Cruise Ship Spas: Most people don’t go on a cruise just for the spas they have onboard, and for the longest time, spas were just an afterthought. But nowadays, you can book a wellness-themed cruise and stay in a special part of the ship, have a daily spa treatment, sit in on wellness seminars, enjoy meals from a special menu, attend fitness classes, go on exclusive excursions, and meet like-minded travellers.

Hot Spring Spas or Thermal Spas or Mineral Spas: People have been visiting mineral-rich Hot Springs for their healing powers since pre-historic times. There’s something therapeutic about following in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors and sitting in a naturally-heated pool of water. Spas located near mineral pools will design their facials and body wraps to reflect the natural healing and purifying features of the water source and many people will travel to Hot Spring Spas for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Medical Spas or Medi-Spas: These spas provide medical spa services for aesthetic and cosmetic purposes in a calming, relaxing, and luxurious setting. In a Medi-Spa, you can find skin treatments like Botox or Collagen injections, chemical skin peels, liposuction, and plastic surgery coupled with a massage to support a quicker recovery time. You can also find alternative medicine practices such as Ayurveda, Chinese Traditional Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Chiropractic, and Acupuncture. Dental Spas are also becoming popular. You can also go to a Medical Spa to get a whole bunch of tests and assessments done, such as blood tests, to customize a treatment plan for your particular concerns such as weight loss, diabetes, chronic headaches, chronic stress, or insomnia, etc.

Mobile Spas or Travelling Spas: is a business like Homespunspa Mobile Spa that offers health, wellness, and spa treatments to people in their homes, hotel rooms, offices, or wherever you can think of. Although Mobile Spas can accommodate individual appointments, often people hire Mobile Spas for spa parties. Treatments include: manicures, pedicures, facials, relaxation massages, chair massages, and more. You’d be surprised at what level of service a mobile spa can provide.

So, that’s how I would go about choosing my next trip to a spa. Let me know in the comments if you’ve found this helpful. Enjoy your spa day! Maria

NEW! Spa Party Theme Packages at Homespunspa

Posted by Maria on April 6, 2015 under Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Mobile Spa, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa Party, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Homespunspa's Saturna Island Spa Party.

Homespunspa's Saturna Island Spa Party theme package. Please share this infographic with attribution to www.homespunspa.com.

At Homespunspa Mobile Spa, we specialize in spa parties. Spa parties are great for staggettes, bachelorette parties, milestone birthdays, girls’ night in, holidays, bridal showers, baby showers, staycations etc., etc., etc., and we absolutely love providing revitalizing spa treatments to help people celebrate joyous occasions all over Victoria, BC and beyond.

Since 2011, Homespunspa has been offering a wide range of mobile spa services including mini massages, mini mani’s, mini pedi’s, and mini facials which have all been especially designed for groups. Our mini spa menu makes it easy for everyone to enjoy some spa time and still be part of the festivities.

People have really been enjoying our spa parties and now we’re ready to take things up to the next level of spa glamour.

We’re super excited to introduce Spa Party Theme Packages to our mobile spa menu. Over the next several months, we’ll be rolling out different, pre-bundled spa party packages for you to try. Having a pre-set menu will make party-planning for the hosts even easier and we’re hoping people will enjoy our ideas.

So, our first spa party theme is called “Saturna Island” and it’s awesome! We’ve teamed up with Spray Tan Artist, Anna, and Palm Reader, Susan, to bring you an over-the-top spa day that will leave everyone feeling relaxed, energized, and beautiful.

NEW! Saturna Island Spa Party Theme!

Our Saturna Island Spa Party is great for bridal parties, staggettes, milstone birthdays, and grads. By the end of the spa party, everyone will feel more beautiful and more confident, and you’ll create some fun-filled memories along the way.

This theme package is includes 3, 20-minute services for a total of 1 hour of spa services for each guest and each guest can choose whichever options they’d like, depending on their needs.

Appointment 1 of 3. Exfoliation Treatment OR Facial Cleanse OR Mini Chair Massage (*depending on guests)

  • Option A: Exfoliation Treatment — Improve your skin’s texture and appearance and prepare your skin for the spray tan to follow. Choose this option if you have not yet exfoliated your skin.
  • Option B: Facial Cleanse — Have your make-up removed and face cleansed to prepare your skin for the spray tan to follow. Choose this option if you are just getting a spray tan on your face.
  • Option C: Chair Massage — Relax as you receive a massage on your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands while sitting in a specially-designed chair. Choose this option if you have already exfoliated your skin the day before.

Appointment 2 of 3. Palm Reading with Susan OR Numerology Reading with Maria (*depending on date of spa party and availability of our palm reader).

  • Option A: Palm Reading —  Look into your future through the lines on your hands. If our Palm Reader is not available, we’ll offer Numerology Readings instead.
  • Option B: Numerology Reading — Learn your Core numbers from your name and birthday and how they are influencing your life.

Appointment 3 of 3. Spray Tan with Anna OR Mini Chair Massage (*depending on guests)

  • Option A: Spray Tan — Get the appearance of a suntan without stepping outside into the sun! Please read the blog post, “My interview with Spray Tan Artist, Anna” for more information on the beauty of spray tans.
  • Option B: Chair Massage — Relax as you receive a massage on your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands while sitting in a specially-designed chair. Choose this option if you will not be receiving a spray tan during the spa party.
  • 9 spa party guests…$99 per person
  • 3 to 8 spa party guests…$119 per person

* Note: We need at least 2 weeks’ notice to plan the Saturna Island Spa Party.

* Note: The Spray Tan, Palm Reading, Exfoliation Treatment, and Facial Cleanse are exclusive to the Saturna Island Spa Party theme package and are not available on our a-la-carte mobile spa menu.

We’re heading into another busy season so email Maria today to reserve your preferred date and book your Saturna Island spa party today.

New: Facial Steam With Ozone on the Mobile Spa Menu

Posted by Maria on March 21, 2014 under Esthetics School, Facials, Guest Bloggers, Humour, Mobile Spa, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Uncategorized | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

I recently acquired a new portable mini facial steamer for Homespunspa Mobile Spa and I just wanted to let you know how excited I am about it.

See the steam against the purple towel. Photo by Maria Koropecky

It’s an F-100 Mini Facial Steamer made by Silver Fox and it works like a charm.

As many of you know, I’m an English major and writer and I’m always curious to see how words play out in translation. Obviously, the people behind my mini steamer aren’t native English speakers and with no disrespect intended, I want to share with you some of their words about their product.

On the box it says:

“Portable Mini Facial Steamer”

“…Deeply clean the skin, effectively exterminate the skin germ and make the skin moister…”

“Supernatural Function”

  • “Deeply clean the skin
  • Replenish the moisture of the cell
  • Promote the blood-cycle
  • Effectively exterminate the skin germ”

“Six warm colours for choices”

  • “Orange
  • Green
  • Purple
  • White
  • Yellow
  • White-Blue

(I have the white one in case you were wondering).

And in the brochure, it says:

“FUNCTIONS:”

  1. “Open up the skin pores for deep cleaning the dirt inside.
  2. When the vapor penetrates through the skin pores, it may soften and clean the grease, black head, make-up remnants and dirt.
  3. The ozonizer which sending out ozone will effectively kill the skin bacteria, keep the skin healthy, soften the necrotic cell of skin surface necrotic.
  4. Help the skin pores release toxin.
  5. Activiate the blood circulation, stimulate the metabolism of cells, better improve the wrinkle.”

“INSTALLATION:”

  1. “Base seat stands on the desk.
  2. Check if the machine body is tightly twisted with water container.
  3. Slightly twist the combination of nozzle pipe and insert them into the round circle on top of the body.
  4. Move the nozzle to the using direction.”

“INSTRUCTION:”

  1. “Supply some clean water until the water comes up to the upper limit from filler on the top of the machine body.
  2. Plug the power switch.
  3. Press the “steamer” or “power” key. The light turns on and the machine starts to heat. In about 6 minutes, the vapor will spray out from the nozzle, and then the ozonizer can be operated as needed.
  4. Press the “ozone” key. The light turns on and the ozonizer operates when the power turns on. There is obvious atomization and flavor together with the vapor distinctly.
  5. During the operation, the water level will decline when the vapor sprays out constantly. In case the water level approaches the lower limit, firstly turn off the atomizing key and cut off the power supply. About 3-4 minutes later, supply some clean water (between upper limit and lower limit) from filler on the top of the machine body, and then plug the power switch to resume the operation.”

“MAINTENANCE:”

  1. “Clean the scale out of the water container and heater in time. Cleaning method: using a soft metal brush or marinate in the vinegar for 5-7 minutes, then clean the heater or water container with clear water.
  2. Keep alert on the water level during operation.”

“CAUTION:”

  1. “Water level: when working, water level should be keep between the upper limit.
  2. Current leakage: when supplying water, don’t spill water in the power switch, so as to avoid current leakage.
  3. Control time: though the ozone may kill the bacteria but it’s not well using for long time. The period of time used should be according to the skin types:”

“Skin types (remedy suits case)”

  • “reasy skin, poor blood circulation, 30-35 cm, 15 min
  • Neutral & mixture skin, 30-35 cm, 10 min
  • Dry skin, 30-35 cm, 5 min
  • Sensitive skin, 35 cm, 5 min
  • Stained skin, 30-35 cm, 10 min”

Sign me up and send one over!

I recently had a chance to try out my new facial steamer on my best customer, Linda. She asked me if I could extract a white head from her cheak. For this appointment, I used products that have stronger exfoliating properties and I was hoping to soften the skin with the facial steamer during the first masque treatment.

Unfortunately, I forgot to pack the wand but decided to go ahead and use the steamer anyway. The white head proved too stubborn and I wasn’t able to extract it on the spot but the next day, here is the message that Linda left on my voicemail:

“Hi Maria, I just wanted to let you know that whatever you did yesterday with working on that little spot on my face, I just ran my thumbnail over that little white, oil knob there and it came right off this morning so it looks like whatever you did there worked fine and you didn’t have to squeeze too hard. I just wanted to let you know that it worked fine.” ~ Linda

In the end, with or without the nozzle wand, I think the facial steamer helped.

Again, I wasn’t trying to be mean by writing out the “user-maintenance instructions.” I just love languages and hearing how other people use words. And I really love my new F-100 Mini Facial Steamer. Having a Facial Steamer With Ozone on the Mobile Spa Menu will really help me give even better facials and back treatments from now on.

If you’d like to make an appointment for a facial or a back treatment and see the F-100 live and in person, please contact me, Maria, and I’d be happy to bring it to your appointment. And if you mention this blog post, I’ll waive the $10 fee for this extra service.

Homespunspa Mobile Spa is going full steam ahead! :)

Checklist for a Successful Spa Party

Posted by Maria on October 11, 2012 under Aromatherapy, Books, Magazines, Music, Facials, Gift Ideas, Green Living, Home spa, Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Ingredients, Manicures, Massages, Mobile Spa, Nutrition, Pedicures, Pets, Recipes, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa Party, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness, Yoga | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Are you planning to celebrate a special occasion soon, like a birthday party, bridal shower, wedding, anniversary or seasonal holiday and would like to do something fun and unique for your bff’s?

How about hosting a spa party?

If a spa party sounds like a great idea to you, here’s a checklist that will help make the job easier:

  1. Pick a date & time: Choose a date that works for most, if not all of your guests. Spa parties usually last no more than 3 hours, so if you have plans before or after your spa party, (like dinner at a restaurant or a golf game or a night on the town) pick a time that gives you some wiggle room. There’s no point in adding stress to your special spa day by rushing to the next event.
  2. Pick a venue: Spa parties can be held virtually anywhere like a hotel room or office but oftentimes your home is best. Just make sure you have enough open space to accommodate your party guests and anyone else you may have hired (like caterers, massage therapists, yoga instructors) to help you with your party.
  3. Decide on a party budget: I know, “budget” and “party” don’t sound good together but it’s a good idea to know what you want to spend ahead of time and stay in that ballpark. Overspending on impulse purchases will dampen your fun in the long run and having a budget will keep you on track.
  4. Send invitations: Nowadays, you can either send your invitations electronically like through email or you can create an event on Facebook or you can hand deliver your invitations door to door. It’s up to you. On your invitations, make sure you ask your guests which types of spa services they’d prefer and let your guests know to bring things like: flip flops, if they’re getting a pedicure; pj’s; bathrobes; a bathing suit for the hot tub; a potluck item to share or cash, if you want them to pay for their own spa services and tip.
  5. Get a head count: Now that you have your guest list and everyone has said “Yes, I’ll be there with bells on,” know how many guests will be attending your spa party.
  6. Hire a local mobile spa company like Homespunspa: Mobile spa companies are popping up all over the place and I’m sure there’s a good one in your city. And if you happen to live in Victoria, BC, then please call or email Homespunspa Mobile Spa. We’d be thrilled to help make your spa party extra special and stress-free.
  7. Choose spa services to offer at your party: Mobile spas can deliver all kinds of spa services like manicures, pedicures, facials and massages to your guests. At Homespunspa, we have designed a mini menu of 30-minute spa treatments for spa parties which lets guests get pampered and still participate in the party.
  8. Prepare spa snacks and beverages: Of course, what’s a spa party without food and drinks? I recommend serving crispy kale chips and refreshing cucumber water.
  9. Create your spa music playlist: I’ve been collecting spa music for over 20 years, long before I became a lover of all things spa and an esthetician, and I love, love, love the Homespunspa playlist. Regardless of whether you want something quiet and relaxing or something more pop and upbeat in the background, having music will add whole nother :) dimension to your spa party.
  10. Design your spa space: It’s time to create a spa environment. First move your furniture and make room for the different spa stations. You want to create a space that allows for people to move around freely. You might also like to create some private areas for the quieter spa treatments. And don’t forget to vapourize some essential oils into the air to enhance the spa mood.
  11. Decorate your space: If you can swing it, try adding some spa-chic elements, like a water feature, a low-burning fire in the fire place, smooth stones with inspiring words painted on them, lit candles of all sizes, throw pillows, plushy white towels folded just so, waffle bathrobes with slippers, and leafy tropical plants with big flowers to your décor.
  12. What about pets and other family members? I love family pets, especially cats, but sometimes they may not be the ideal guests at your spa party. Figure out what to do with your pets ahead of time so they don’t cause a distraction. And if there are family members or roommates that will not be participating in the spa party, (like husbands during a bridal shower) give them lots of notice so they can make alternate plans.
  13. Decide if there will be games and/or craft activities during the party: Some people like to play spa games while others like to encourage everyone to do a short craft project during their parties. If you want to do some spa-themed crafts and use essential oils, find some home spa recipes and try making your own perfumes, massage oil blends or bath salts. These activities are completely optional but if people are up for it, they might add some fun to the spa party.
  14. Collect and package party favours: Once the spa party starts winding down and everyone has received their pampering spa treatments, you might want to send your guests home with some party favours (or a loot bag, as I like to say). You can keep it simple, like a bottle of nail polish, or go all out with travel-sized shampoos, conditioners, lotions, lip balms, eye shadows, soaps, candles, assorted tea bags, packets of chocolate covered almonds, costume jewellery…whatever you want. You can always ask your mobile spa ahead of time if they’d also like to contribute some free product samples or coupons to the party favour bags.
  15. Clean up: Your spa party was a success and you can rest assured your friends had a good time. Once the mobile spa leaves and takes all of their equipment and supplies with them, clean up will be a snap. You may even like the furniture the way it is and not feel the need to move it back. :)

I hope this checklist for a successful spa party helps you plan the best spa party ever. And I hope you include Homespunspa in your next spa party. Please leave a comment if you have anything to add and please share this with your friends if you have a spa party in the works right now.

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