I just returned from a wonderful vacation. Of course, I had to visit the hotel's spa (for research purposes, naturally). It was lovely and serene, as one would expect. I had the "Rose Facial" - a very nice experience. I chose rose because my skin was feeling the battering of the sun and sea, and was starting to become overly dehydrated, and rose is excellent for dry, sensitive skin. However, I was more than a little shocked by their prices: an 80 minute treatment for $230.00! Additionally, it is their policy to add an 18% gratuity for a grand total of over $270 dollars (gulp) for a treatment totaling less than 90-minutes. I know this is ridiculous. But apparently no one else seemed to mind. While we were waiting for our services to begin I watched as SIX people came out of the treatment area. They all looked relatively spa savvy and sounded knowledgeable about the treatments they'd just had. As a spa owner, I wonder if these same people frequent their local neighborhood spas with the same enthusiasm?
As I compare this spa experience to a Vanities Spa experience, I have MUCH appreciation for Vanities. Like them, my space is serene, and totally private and relaxing. I, too, have a steam room (no jacuzzi, but I never saw anyone utilizing theirs). My90-minute Vantastic Facial is $125. Even with an upgrade to a Light-Therapy Facial, it's only $150 and typically can last as long as 2-hours. Could I charge $300 for a facial? Sure, I could. I have the experience, expertise, and international educational background to support it. But I wouldn't. I take pride in offering my clients world-class treatments at a very reasonable price. Moreover, I would never presume to tip myself. How these places get away with charging for what is supposed to be an optional gift is beyond me - both legally and with the tax man.
Back to the Rose Facial experience. When I arrived in the treatment room the therapist asked if I knew what I was getting. "I think so." Then she began to explain that it isn't an 80-minute facial, but rather a series of aromatherapy techniques that end with a facial. "Sounds good so far." She started with an aromatherapy back massage. "Lovely." Then something strange happened. I thought to myself, "I know these movements. This is the Eve Taylor Aromatherapy Massage that I've studied!" I would imagine that no one reading this would know who Eve Taylor is, but she was awarded an OBE by the Queen of England! She is the Grandmother of modern Clinical Aromatherapy. I became aware of her via my association with the International Dermal Institute ... way back in the 1990's. What I found so amazing is that the product line this therapist was using on me wasn't Eve Taylor's, it was a different line.
We then turned me over and she started a face and scalp massage --- something I typically incorporate into my treatments --- then came the start of my Rose facial. It was nice, lots of massage and lovely rose fragrances. She cleansed, did a light exfoliation, and ended with a mask. It was short, but sweet.
Afterwards, my skin felt good and I was nicely relaxed. But you know what, as soon as I got back to Lexington I gave myself a Vantastic Facial and began the repair process with my SAM Light Therapy machine and began daily use of my Youth Serum! :-)
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If you've never experienced one of my facials, you must. Each of my Vantastic Facials are customized for what you and your skin needs that day. Vantastic Facials are stress-relieving, and highly beneficial for your entire being. They successfully treat normal skin, oily skin, skin with breakouts, overly-dry, sensitive, and mature skin ~ from acne to anti-aging. You will receive the finest, most advanced treatments, and nurturing personalized service.
If you've never experienced a Vantastic Facial yourself, please do. You deserve it!
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