I just got back a few weeks ago from my first national speaking engagement in awhile. My core business keeps me pretty busy, but when I get the chance to speak on social media and marketing ... I try and say, "yes" as often as I can. So I found myself in Boston, right in the midst of a flurry of U-Haul's taking bright-eyed kids to their new college homes.
After two days of 3-hour long days on my feet talkin' social media, engagement funnels and internet marketing ... I was tired. And my flight seemed to have sucked the life right out of my skin. Like Elle Woods before me, I was in search of a little pampering. Enter, exhale spa in Back Bay. This couldn't have been more perfect. It was located right across the street from the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and right next door to where I was meeting a friend for dinner. Lovely.
Located on the corner, there was a lively group fitness class taking place right behind the front desk. Images of a zen experience flew out of my head. I guess the receptionist must have caught that because she quickly informed me that the spa was downstairs, and it would be much quieter.
As I descended in the elevator, the doors parted to the quiet pampering I was so desperately seeking. Tanya met me at the downstairs reception area and ushered me into the changing room where the fluffy white robe signaled the pampering to come. Here is how their website describes the facial I received:
EXHALE POWER FACIAL
Perfectly customizable for powerful results. This facial therapy adapts to fit your every concern — from acne to aging to sun damage — while you experience complete tranquility. It begins with a specially selected exfoliating mask to prepare your skin for extraction and detoxification, and concludes with either our Cool Beam or Ultrasonic therapies based on your desired result. Skin is invigorated, hydrated, and smooth.
My custom facial addressed the dryness she could see in my face. After flying, and quite frankly drinking more Diet Coke than water, my little cells were definitely in need of hydration. My exfoliating mask was based on pineapple enzymes, which smelled yummy and left me with tropical images entering my lucid dream state. And then my favorite part (be prepared, I kind of like a little pain with my pampering) the extractions! My skin was definitely congested and in need of some serious work. Tanya asked me how well I tolerated extractions. I explained that I was a bit of a masochist and knew that a little pain would mean clearer skin. After clearing out those clogged pores of mine, she slathered on a very cooling mask and gave me a hand massage that completely relaxed me.
Afterward, my skin was so clear and glowing that I actually went to dinner without makeup! Well, maybe just a little mascara. I am after all, still a Hollywood girl.