"Finding a spa or fitness center in this area is easy, but it’s not so easy to find a community-centered, all-day spa that offers beauty, health and fitness," explains Stephanie Lightfoot owner of The Face Place day spa in Columbia, MD and Face Place Good Life holistic center at the Savage Mill in Savage, MD.
Her experience in the U.S. Peace Corps, combined with being a community organizer in Baltimore, has allowed her to successfully facilitate both businesses.
Lightfoot’s career began as a massage therapist, combining Reiki energy work, which merged her love for health and wellness with her love for community.
Health and wellness centers nationwide have rapidly increased since 10 years ago, when mainly the wealthy were getting massages, and business for spas often grew through word of mouth.
"Massage is now proven to be a healthy, natural way to not only relax and pamper you, but to also give you longevity and to get rid of pain," Lightfoot explained during a recent PWN radio interview.
Massage, increases your dopamine, and people who have depression often receive relief from their symptoms.
"I also find that it’s mothers, nurses and teachers; those three are the groups that kind of get brought in here and they kind of feel guilty about it," Lightfoot notes.
She discovered during client conversations that these groups are taking care of everybody, but themselves.
When a person gives to the point of emptiness, it begins to wear them down physically.
"The only way you can take care of somebody else is if you have enough energy in yourself, and that’s where you see people break down. It’s those people who are giving more than they actually have," warns Lightfoot.
At The Face Place Day Spa pampering begins as soon as a client walks through the door. They take their shoes off, get comfortable, get in a robe, and The Face Place staff literally takes care of them from head to toe.
Facials and waxing, body treatments, natural nail care, acupuncture, and nutritional coaching are the spa services offered at the Face Place spa.
"I just think when you then nurture yourself, you walk out of the door and you’ve got this new burst of energy, this new desire to continue to help people. You’ve got enough energy to give," says Lightfoot.