Pamper Yourself with a Day at the Spa
By Juliana Day
The first thing I noticed when I entered
the Spa was a picture of Hallie Barry on
the wall. It read, "Thank you for the
glorious day." I knew I had come to
the right place. Spa Utopia is a full-service
salon and day spa in Langley City, B.C.
It was there that I had an experience that
every woman should have at least once in
her lifetime - a day at the spa!
Before this body-pampering experience,
I often wondered how one could keep occupied
for a full eight hours doing, well, basically
things that young girls do at slumber parties.
You know what I mean - the face masks, the
nail painting, the make-up and hair-dos
- all while wearing your favorite pair of
flannel PJ's. Perhaps the day spa is the
graduation from the slumber party.
If you are looking for a way to reward,
perk up or pamper yourself, the day spa
is the way to go.
8:30 a.m. - I arrived at the Spa. Mmmm
so nice to have nothing more to do in the
morning than roll out of bed and put on
my sweats. I am ushered into the spa where
I fill out a questionnaire, choose a lunch
and receive my uniform: a fluffy white robe
and bubble-bottom sandals. The spa is opulent
with columns and fountains, art and yes,
this month's edition of Vogue.
9 a.m. - A decadent Swedish massage. The
room was cool, but the warm heating pads
under my body made the experience decadent
just the same.
10 a.m. - A luxurious facial. I had to
laugh because when I went in the Esthetician
asked if I had any skin concerns. "Not
really", I answered. Well, after a
few moments under the giant magnifying glass,
I was ready to buy out the entire Clinique
11 a.m. - A fun pedicure with a talkative
esthetician. I went with a dark grape color
on my toes
after all, as my pedicurist
said, "You want people to know you
had a pedicure". True enough!
12 p.m. - A yummy lunch. It was definitely
restaurant quality. I chose a grilled chicken
breast on foccacia sandwich and a delicious
spinach, bacon and mushroom salad.
1 p.m. - A much-needed manicure. Why are
your nails always the first thing to go?
It was so nice to have them "clipped"
back into shape.
2 p.m. - A new hairstyle! Don't you love
your hair in the hands of a great stylist?
I came out with loads of layers and actually
3:30 - A new face! - Well, freshly made
up anyway. I was no dowdy mommy walking
I would never have done my makeup
that way, and that's what made it so fun!
And there it was - a spectacular day at
the spa. In Hallie Barry's words "glorious".
Despite having a wonderful time, there
were a few things that I wish I had known
beforehand. Here are a few tips to help
you get the most out of your day at the
material. Although the reading material
at my spa was current, you never can
be sure. You don't want a 1995 Glamour
mag convincing you that backcombing
||Bring a friend.
The biggest mistake I made was not bringing
someone along to enjoy the day with.
There were mother and daughters, husbands
and wives and friends all excitedly
giggling or talking animatedly between
intermissions. Plus, it's fun to have
someone to eat lunch with.
||Put your underwear
back on! Sorry, I know this is explicit,
but it must be mentioned. After my massage,
I should have re-robed under the robe.
I was totally self-conscious that I
was showing off more than my recently
||Pick a style before
you go. Part of the fun working up to
"the day" is going for a certain
look. Throughout the day you will be
asked what shape of nail, what color
of polish, what hairstyle, what makeup.
It helps if you can provide these estheticians
with an idea of how you would like to
look walking out; there are so many
things they can do for your look. It
was easy for me; I just pointed to Hallie
Barry and said, "Make me look like
her". (I think this is easier said
||Plan ahead! If
you want to go to a great place, you
must schedule well in advance. Utopia
books sometimes up to six months ahead
of time. The best part about this is
it gives you something to look forward
If a day at the spa is out of your price
range, try a home day spa with someone you
love to spend time with. Treat yourself
every once in a while - go ahead, you deserve