At Christmas you have heard me say that giving an “Experience” rather than “stuff” has become what more and more people are wanting. Giving the gift of a Spa Experience gives them a memory and a health benefit.

Taking my own advice, instead of giving my grandkids “toys and stuff” I would take them on a trip. I decided when each of my grandkids turn 11 years old I would take them to Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Florida. This past week was our first trip with my oldest granddaughter, Charley and my daughter, Stephanie. We had a fantastic time. To quote Charley on our return “This trip was a life experience, I am so glad that this could all happen with you! Love you so much!”

It was all worth it to see those words in her text. We created a memory that we will always have.


Do you suffer from cramps in your legs in the night? I have the solution for you.

I came across a product that I highly recommend for leg cramps, stiffness in joints and joint pain. Recently I had a problem of waking in the night with cramps in my lower legs. Plus when I woke in the morning my lower leg would be sore.

One of our product lines is CryoDerm which the RMT’s recommend for muscle pain. CryoDerm has now come out with “Magnesium Calming Cream”. The ingredients are Dead Sea Salts & Minerals, MSM, Arnica, Boswellia, & Ilex. Magnesium is derived from Pure Dead Sea Salts and delivers 80% of elemental Magnesium through the skin, unlike Magnesium supplements where only 4% of the Magnesium may be absorbed by the body.

I first started using the Magnesium Calming Cream for my broken ankle when it would swell or stiffen which worked fantastic. After a few nights with the leg cramps, I gave the Magnesium Calming Cream a try. It was amazing, stopped the pain of the cramp and no pain in the morning. Plus I’m not getting cramps as often.

We just received more stock so drop in and pick up a bottle. Price is $38 for a 4oz bottle


I’m reading the book “Grain Brian” which is about the effects of Gluten on your brain. I was surprised to read that Gluten is used in other things other than food, such as Medications, beauty products and vitamins. Gluten in beauty product is what caught my eye.

Over 8 years ago I was diagnosed with gluten sensitivity after being tested for food allergies for the crippling fatigue I was suffering from. Once on a gluten free diet other things changed, my heart burn went away, bloating went away and the fatigue was a thing of the past.

The thought that gluten is in my beauty products was scary and I went directly to my suppler to find out if our [comfort zone] and Jane Iredale is gluten free. This was their response:

“Of course!   Yes, [comfort zone] is gluten free, paraben free and chemical free.  What sets [comfort zone] apart from other “natural” skincare brands we believe is the science and research behind it.   Many “natural” brands are just that, natural ingredients in a face cream, but are they working together to provide results?  Also, as you know, the products and treatments are developed to work for your mind, body and soul.  From the Tranquillity welcome and massage techniques, so it is a wellness experience that will also give great results!”

Jane Iredale is also gluten free, paraben free and chemical free as well.”

You can rest assured our products and treatments are healthy for your skin, even from gluten.



Welcome to summer, a time for vacation, sun, golf, cottage fun and a lot more time outside.

Sunscreen has become so important to protecting our skin during the summer weather. When I was at the hairdresser last week I heard another client describing how her sunscreen was running into her eyes when she was sweating and how much it hurt.

That is always a big problem with liquid or even spray Sunscreen. Golfers always complain about this.

The sunscreen I recommend and love is the Jane Iredale “Powder-Me SPF”.   It’s a dry sunscreen SPF 30. It doesn’t run into your eyes or come off when you sweat. Plus Dry Sunscreen is so much easier to put on.

This summer Jane Iredale has come out with a new shade of the Powder-Me SPF called NUDE. It has now become my favourite shade and is completely invisible on my skin.

Jane Iredale foundations and BB creams all have an SPF of 25. This provides protection to your face on a daily bases. Jane was a pioneer in making sure SPF was in her makeup.

Enjoy your summer and remember to protect you skin.


I love you and I’m listening.”

This is the title of one of the meditations that I listen to on the app “Insight Timer” by Sarah Blondin. This meditation was a game changer for me. Sarah is my favorite contributor to Insight Timer and when I first listened to her “I love you and I am listening” I felt that she was speaking to me.

Sarah wrote this meditation from her own journals. You can tell she has come to these heart felt words from experience.

In this meditation you are talking to your higher self, the self we forget to take care of.

This meditation has been helpful for me when dealing with panic and anxiety for self-talk to relieve the “fight or flight” symptoms and tell my body that I’m safe.

Remember, we need to care for ourselves first before we can care for others. Take time to meditate and connect with the self you have forgotten to take care of. You deserve it.

Happy Father’s Day to the wonderful men who make a difference in our lives.

May is for Mothers and Sisters

Every year in May I have always spotlighted Mothers, including Mother-in-laws. I have been blessed to have had both that have enriched my life.

In this newsletter I would like to focus on Sisters. In my young life I was not raised with my two sisters as I was still a baby when they left home to start work. It was only when we got older that my sisters and I became close.

Now that my Mom is gone my sisters have become so important in my life. A few weeks ago my sister Joan and I went to our sister Beverly who lives in Buffalo for the weekend. We spent time together laughing, shopping and telling old stories. Sisterly love!

So this Mother’s Day you may be feeling sad because you don’t have your Mom to spend the day with. But maybe you have a Sister, Aunt or friend that has been like a Mom to you. These women have enhanced your life, celebrate them.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful women that have impacted our lives.

Creating my Zen Room

Men have their “Man Cave” what do women have? Every woman should have her own place that is just for her.  

In 2016 I found that I really needed my own space to practice meditation, read and just have a place to run away too. Our spare bedroom was going to become my “Zen Room”. I spent time looking through images of Zen type rooms for decorating ideas. Decorating included my favourite things; pictures of palm trees, birds, soft turquois colours, whites, creams and candles. A comfortable chair for reading, a new comforter, de-cluttered the room, new lamps and padded head board.

This is my space and I love this room. It’s my space to be in the present. It also gives me that space when you just need to get away from everyone and become grounded. The Zen Room has also come in handy when I broke my ankle and needed to sleep with my leg elevated.

Decorate just for you and no one else. This is your space and you deserve it!

PS – the other funny names for this space are She Shed, Women Cave and Vagina Closet. The last made me laugh.

The Power of Meditation

Do you know the power of meditation? We often hear about the power of meditation and how good it is for us. Some of the benefits are: reduces blood pressure, relaxes us, helps us sleep better, reduces stress, controls anxiety, improves learning, memory and self-awareness just to name a few.

During my recovery from a broken ankle I had a lot of time sitting around communicating with people from around the world that had a broken ankle (Facebook group). One of the people on the site recommended an App called “Insight Timer”. It is a guided meditation App and has over 15000 meditations. It gives a list of different purposes for the meditation i.e. sleep, love, mindfulness, anxiety, pain, happiness and a lot more. The good thing about the App is that it’s free. I now meditate at night and in the morning with this App and it has been a wonderful tool.

Meditation is one way to reduce stress but don’t forget that massage and human touch works as well. We have you covered for that.

Happy Valentine’s Day


Luzern Oxygen Facial is back!!!

You and our staff have requested that we bring back the Luzern Oxygen Facial and we heard you.

Cultivated at the highest elevations in the Swiss Aps, Luzern sources the world’s most powerful organic actives and transforms them into ultra-pure, high-performance skincare.

Powerful ingredients with the ability to visibly transform the appearance of the skin, standardized to ensure the potency of each and every Luzern formulation.



Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas everyone.

This is always our busy time of year at the spa. It starts on November 12th when the decorations go up. The joys of being in retail, but not quite as bad as Costco who have theirs out in August. Then on December 6th we have our Christmas open house/Client Appreciation including the Christmas Treat Table. That means baking for me, shortbread cookies, maple fudge and a few new Christmas cookies. Over the years I have gotten to know your other favorites like Turtles, Toffifays and chocolate covered Almonds.

Like you and your family’s Christmas traditions, we have ours with you. We look forward every year to sharing with you the joy of this festive season.

Season Greetings


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