Detoxifying Soak…ahhh…

Sego Lily’s website states: Our Bath Rituals will provide a precious refuge from life’s daily stressors. Relax and rejuvenate mind, body and spirit in gentle, healing waters.

Whoever wrote that, obviously tried one of these soaks.  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went in for my Detoxifying Soak at the Midvale location.  It was only to last 20 minutes and so I was a bit skeptical how a mere 20 minutes was going to do much good to rejuvenate or even really relax me.  But let’s just say in that environment, five minutes would have been enough!   The surroundings are just so peaceful and relaxing even without any hot water involved, but add that to the mix and there is no escaping an escape.

Maybe it had something to do with my visit to the steam room first.   As I have mentioned before, there really is nothing like it to put you at the mercy of the relaxing fairies.  Even though I was only in there for a short time, it worked it’s magic on me and my engines were starting to slow down.

img_6210And of course the beautiful mediation/waiting room cranks the relaxing measuring stick up a notch as well.  As I entered, I made myself right at home (it’s really impossible not too) and indulged myself with some of their dried fruit mix (the bananas and kiwis are the best!) and of course a brownie bite.  Gotta have the chocolate going in order to feel like I have really been taken away from the cares of my world.

img_6209I also tried another flavor of their Pure Inventions Antioxidants. All of the flavors  (Green Tea Extracts, Antioxidant Fruit Extracts, Pure Antioxidant Cocoa) are scrumptious. The best part is they have no calories, no caffeine, no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives or alcohol and are gluten- free. You just add a squirt to your water and receive high antioxidant hydration in a quick way.  I like mine in hot water because it seems much more soothing that way.

img_6211Just as I was beginning to mentally de-tox, Corinne appeared to escort me to a beautiful room that had the ambiance of a blissful escape.  The first thing I noticed when I entered was the scent of  the ocean.  That scent immediately makes my entire body and soul feel happy.  I love the ocean.  It speaks paradise to me like nothing else.  I couldn’t help but let out a sigh with a long “Ahhh….” to follow it.   The second thing I noticed was how beautiful the bathtub was and the fact that it had royal PURPLE towels. Yes purple! Happy in abundance here!  Those who know me are thinking that I really should be de-toxing from my obsession with that color!

Corinne told me the reason the room was ocean scented was because of the freeze dried seaweed product that I was about to experience.  We walked closer to the tub and when I looked inside I saw deep green water.  It was actually very pretty.  She had already prepared everything for me.  There was a glass of ice water, lit candles, and very dim lights.  Sego Lily does everything very high class and this was no exception.  The entire room drooled…R-E-L-A-X! I was ready.  She explained to me that after she left, I was free to add more water and adjust the temperature to my liking.

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I was feeling very pampered and that was before I even started soaking!  Earlier when I was told over the phone I was going to receive the Detoxifying Soak and that it would be 20 minutes, I thought, (as I said before) that 20 minutes is just not going to be long enough for me.  All of my visions of my cares and worries escaping from my soul as I soaked in a hot luxurious bath would surely take at least 30!  Once I stepped inside that very warm ocean scented bath and began to feel the hot water penetrate in to my epidermis as I released the world (and de-tox no less), I thought it would go too fast and I would not be ready to be done when my time was up.  But, 20 minutes was actually the perfect time.  Sure, I could have forced myself to soak a little longer, but surprisingly I was ready to get out, rinse off, and cool down some.

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Corinne explained that with this product it is a good thing to sweat while soaking.  I did.  I’m not sure if it was due to the product or the fact that I had the temperature of water cranked up so high.  I like my baths hot.  Either way, I was ready for a bit of cooling down in the shower.

Corinne knocked on the door as my signal to get out and rinse off.  I sat there for a minute more, just enjoying the beautiful clean room wondering to myself why someone would actually pay to go take a bath instead of just doing it at home?  And the answer immediately came to me in the thought, Look at this place!” It is so calming, so peaceful, so clean, so beautiful.   No phone, no laundry starring me in the face, no one ringing the doorbell, no toilet in the same room screaming out to me to clean it, no clutter, no kids begging me to get out of the tub so I can taxi them somewhere.  Nope…none of that.  Just total serenity.  Total peace.  Away in my own little haven far from any and all stress.  Who wouldn’t pay for that!

And I must say one of the best parts of the whole experience was the fact that I didn’t have to clean the bathtub after!   That fact alone made my relax-o- meter burst through the atmosphere.

But all that is beside the fact that this particular bath uses a product called Alguomer that boasts it activates the natural process of fat elimination, removal of toxins and impurities, and provides a sense of relaxation and well-being. It is recommended for clients on a slimming or body contouring program.  Corinne also explained it helps purify from the inside out, drains excess fluid from tissues, accelerates cellulite reduction, improves circulation, energizes, and boosts metabolism.  Hmm… sounds good to me!  All I know is it de-toxed me from my stress for a while.  And that is worth every penny and the minimal time involved.img_6215

There are a lot of things we need to de-tox from that aren’t just physical.  I believe de-toxing our minds is as important (if not more so) than de-toxing our bodies.  And this short little treatment will do that for you as it did for me.  Yes, I would recommend this treatment for anyone in need of some serene time away from it all.  As well as for anyone that just needs to let go of the world and life for a brief time to rejuvenate their spirit and reclaim some peace.

Thank you Sego Lily for once again taking me away.

♥Jodi♥

Rocky Mountain Stone Massage! It Rocks!

I’ve just been stoned (Rocky Mountain style!) and I’m ready to do it again!

I have been anticipating my Rocky Mountain Stone Massage for months!  I was more than excited to experience a FULL 90 minute HOT stone massage!   I was given a taste of it when I had the Sego Lily Sampler a couple of months ago.  It was by far my favorite part of the sampler and I knew that I was in for some intense pampering!  That little taste seriously whet my appetite!  I was scheduled to have this one done at the Midvale Spa.  Since I didn’t get time to experience the Steam Room and Sauna the last time I went to Midvale, I arrived extra early so I could soak up these two luxuries!  The drive to Midvale would have been worth just the steam room experience alone, without anything else on the menu.  It was AMAZING! I want my husband to build me one in our house!

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Part of the Midvale Steam Room

The steam room resembles a gargantuan shower, only without shower heads.  It has a tile bench inside that wraps around the entire room so there is plenty of room to sit or lay.  Sego Lily provides plenty of towels so you can not only wrap up in one, but wrap your hair up in one (if steam is it’s enemy like mine), and use one to sit on.  I was lucky enough to be inside all by little ol’ self!  That was incredible! I had a very stressful week and was carrying a load of burdens with me as I entered the spa.  I had a hard time letting them go even once inside the steam room.  It took me about ten minutes to just relax and let loose.  It was almost impossible not to with that hot steam saturating me from head to toe.  It felt like it was penetrating deep into my soul.  It was one of the most relaxing feelings I have ever experienced. The only sound I could hear was the steam coming from the pipe.  That in and of itself was very calming!

Once I did finally loosen up, I rolled up an extra towel to use as a pillow and laid down on the bench and just absorbed the healing penetrating steam.  img_5877I was able to control the amount of steam I desired.  I really cranked it up (one of the good things about being alone in there!) and had it blasting full force.  I had that steam so thick I couldn’t see my hand in front of me!  I started to get just a wee bit claustrophobic and so I turned it down a bit.  I REALLY enjoyed it!  The feeling of being engulfed in a thick, heavy, warm, wet fog was very soothing.  I would compare it to being wrapped up in a snuggly warm blanket with the one you love. ♥  Only in the steam room, you don’t even need your loved one to feel all warm and fuzzy.  It inspired the feeling that all is well.  I honestly believed it did heal my soul because I felt so peaceful when I exited the room.  The only thing I would do different is to go in after I have my massage so I could just zone out completely without worrying about the time.

img_5881I did reserve some time so I could also test out the sauna. I have always loved the smell of saunas.  They’ve always been complete with their own aromatherapy even before aromatherapy was invented.  I was able to lay inside and close my eyes while closing out the world and just letting go of it all. After the steam shower and the sauna, I could have just got dressed and gone home a new woman!  BUT…there was NO way I was going to fore-go my stone therapy!

img_5883After the sauna I went in the waiting/meditation room.  It was there I met Corinne who was to be my therapist for the day.  As we walked in the room I saw a big pot of smooth black rocks being heated up.  I couldn’t wait for those babies to be rubbed across my sore back muscles!

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Before Corinne got started she asked me what scent of aromatherapy I preferred for the oil.  I had the choice of  lemongrass, peppermint, lavender, or the specially made Sego Lily blend.  Corinne thoroughly explained to me what each one would help with.  I had a hard time choosing between the Sego Lily one and lavender.  The peppermint and lemongrass seemed way too energetic for a relaxing massage.  I finally decided upon lavender…and no, NOT just because it’s purple either!  When she told me lavender promotes restful sleep, eases stress, depression, and tension, lessens pain including headaches, I was sold.  I am sure I made the right choice because the scent was so calming.

Stone therapy is an ancient healing art used for physical and spiritual balancing.  Those ancients were pretty smart!  The warm stones help relax the body at its deepest level using various massage techniques .  It is claimed to be effective at dissolving stress and creating a positive energy flow while promoting a sense of balance, energy, and peace.  In addition, hot stone massage can also help release chronic muscle tension and pain, reduce mental and physical fatigue, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and reduce blood pressure.  Quite the resume for a little rock!   Those things are all great, but just that incredible heat penetrating deeply into my pores as the stones are massaged on my body is enough for me!

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Corinne was careful to make sure the temperature of the rocks were just right for me.  Just having those smooth, heated stones placed on my skin felt incredible, but once she started to massage them deeply into my muscles, I was so relaxed, I was almost stoned!  This massage is the ultimate for someone like me who is a lover of heat AND massages.  The combination of the two is amazing.

The ancient dude that came up with this treatment was a genius! I am not sure I will ever be able to enjoy a regular “stone-less” massage again.  But, I promise I will give it a try!

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One of the best parts of the whole treatment was being wrapped up so warmly and tightly while the heat from the rocks still penetrated through the blankets.  Corinne took great care to make sure I was experiencing the ultimate in comfort with my neck pillow and wonderful lavender scented eye pillow.  I was nearly out like a rock!

At one point Corinne placed hot wash cloths on my face and wrapped my feet in them.  That felt sooooooooooo gosego-lily-spaod!  I was so relaxed at this point that if a fire alarm had sounded, I would have been totally oblivious and told them to just leave me be.  Moving me would be like moving a rock.  I wasn’t going anywhere for anyone or anything!  This was probably the most relaxed I have been so far for any of the massages I have had.  I was so sad to see the end of this one come.  As Corinne was stepping out she told me to be sure and get up very slowly.  Trust me, there was no other speed at this point!   I was in slow-mo for the entire rest of the day!   Talk about feeling a little stoney.

Ahh……..

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Me with Corinne standing by the water wall. I'm still looking a little stoned!

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Corinne and me standing in the gorgeous hall at the Midvale location. It is so beautiful!

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Checking out the various aromatherpies.

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Decisions! Decisions!

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I need one that will ENERGIZE after being “stoned” Rocky Mountain style!
Be sure and take advantage of this month’s special on the Rocky Mountain Stone Massage! During October Sego Lily will be offering the 60 minute massage for just $73 (regularly $85) and the 90 minute version for $94 (regularly $110)!!!  Trust me, (at least for a stone’s throw) this will be worth every penny and then some!
The Rocky Mountain Stone Massage rocks!!!
♥Jodi♥

Photofacial and Laser Hair Removal ~ (bring out the big guns!)

This was my first experience with both the Photofacial and Laser Hair Removal.   I have to admit I was a little nervous for both, but very happy my esthetician was Kirsten again.  If you recall I dubbed her my new BFF in my Microdermabrasion post because of the great results from that treatment.  After experiencing these however, I am now re-thinking that!  Let me put it this way…being zapped with intense light and a laser gun are not the most relaxing OR stress relieving things on the planet and definitely not something your BFF would inflict on you. In fact, I cannot lie.  It was painful!  I don’t know about you, but when I enter a “spa”, my mind-set is on being pampered, not tortured! This time around, there were no peaceful relaxing moments to bask in while all my worries and cares faded away into oblivion.  Nope.  It was more like me laying there all tensed up, kind of like I am in the dentists chair, anticipating the next zap from the big guns! Okay, I admit, I’ve been spoiled by all the other amazing tranquil induced treatments Sego Lily has showered (literally) on me!  So, I guess in order for me to keep it all in perspective I will try to remember that there IS a cost to beauty and that cost isn’t always pleasant.  And the important thing is to focus on the results, not the process. Right?  Um… right!

To start off Kirsten put some protective glasses on me and gooped up my face with gel in preparation for the Photofacial. I have a picture of me in this mode, but my husband told me it was very unflattering of me and to re-think posting it!  Gee thanks hon!  Obviously I listened.  So you will just have to picture in your mind my hair all wrapped up in a towel, zero make-up, tons of goop smothering my entire face, and white goggles sucking my eyes into my head.  Actually maybe the real picture would be less scary than the one I just put in your mind!

The Photofacial procedure is fairly simple actually.  Kirsten just aimed her gun at me and pulled the trigger as she went around my face and neck. As she pulled the trigger, a fairly powerful zap of light was ejected into my skin.  Did I feel it?  Yep.  I wouldn’t say it was horribly painful, but it wasn’t pleasant either.  It felt like someone was snapping my face with a rubber-band over and over each time she zapped me.  It was a different sensation when she zapped around my mouth however.  She said dental fillings tends to make it a little more intense.   Umm…yep, intense would be the correct word!  Nothing unbearable but definitely not the same experience as a relaxing massage.  I should have scheduled one of those for immediately after!

For those of you like me, that are unfamiliar with exactly what a Photofacial is, let me explain.  Photofacial is a new advanced non-laser Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technology that delivers precise amounts of light energy through the skin’s surface to stimulate the production of collagen.  And as we all know, collagen is a good thing.  As new collagen forms, fine lines and wrinkles are softened and redness is reduced.  Photofacial treatments help restore a more youthful appearance, improve skin texture and increase moisture to the skin.  It is also effective for rosacea – reducing overall redness and dilated capillaries. The best part of it is there is no downtime, unlike some other facial treatments.  You can leave the spa with really no evidence you had anything done.  Kirsten did tell me in a few days that some parts of my skin may have some dark flecks on it that resemble coffee grounds.  I did experience that, but it was so minute no one could tell but me.  And the good thing is, after only one treatment (three or four are recommended for best results) I noticed a difference.  It was worth every unpleasant little zap after all.  I predict Photofacials are going to become even more popular than they are right now because results are quickly evident with a minimal amount of time involved and of course having no downtime is a real bonus!  This is something I definitely want to do again.

After Kirsten finished the Photofacial it was time for me to experience hair removal, laser style.  My underarms were the lucky winner.  When she pointed that gun at me,  I immediately put my hands up (er… arms), yet she still pulled the trigger!  Ouch!  Now what kind of a BFF would do that?  I had talked to several people that had laser hair removal done and so I thought I knew what to expect.  Most of them said my arm would feel like I hit my funny bone over and over during the procedure (they were very right about that!), but as far as pain, most claimed it wasn’t too bad.  I would agree with that for the most part, but there was about a five second time span right at the end, that really hurt!  The whole process was very quick with each arm taking only about a minute or two.  Kirsten knew what she as doing and saved the worst zaps for last thankfully.   To describe the sensation for this I would say it felt like 100 tiny needles were being injected into my skin with each zap.  I felt like I had no control over the nerves in my arm, kind of like when a doctor hits your patella to test your reflexes and your leg  just does its thing without asking you first if it’s okay.  Overall the laser was definitely more painful than the Photofacial.  In fact, while laying there having it done, I began wondering why so many people choose to do this on their own free will!  In order to see results, one treatment isn’t enough.  Most people need at least three of four to really see results with laser hair removal depending on their own hair and skin type.  When Kirsten said I would need to have it repeated a few more times,  I remember thinking to myself, “No way am I willingly doing that again!”  But now that some time has passed, I can see that the minimal amount of discomfort is definitely worth the end result of never having to shave!

As far as after pain, I didn’t really experience any.  I was concerned because I was running a 10K race the next morning and was afraid the friction of rubbing my arms back and forth as I ran would cause some real discomfort, but it didn’t.  The time involved for both the Photofacial and Laser Hair Removal is very short, but the results are long lasting.  And anything that is long lasting is worth any discomfort that may be involved to get there.  Uh huh.  Yep.  Of course.  I am glad I was able to experience both of these treatments and hope to be able to again. If you are thinking about either one of these treatments, go for it!  You’ll be glad you did.  Maybe not DURING the procedure, but most definitely AFTER! But… if I were you, I’d schedule a long and relaxing massage immediately after!

I’ve even decided that Kirsten will remain my new BFF because after all, a real friend would help you do what you need to do in order to look your best even if there is a little pain involved!!!   Thanks Kirsten and Sego Lily for making the world a more beautiful place just one zap at a time!

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Kirsten in her protective shades with the BIG GUNS!

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Me and Kirsten relaxing in the meditation room. THIS was the ONLY time I was relaxed during this entire visit!!!

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We decided we earned some serenity...after all we are at a SPA!

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Best part of the entire treatment!

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We're really living it up! I deserve it after all that zapping! In fact, I think I need a massage too!

♥Jodi♥

“Ultimate Body Cure” aka “Died and Gone to Heaven!”

“Oooooooh my!”, “You’ve got to be kiddin’ me!”,  Somewhere, sometime, I must have done something right!”, “I think I’ll take up permanent residence here!”,  “Pina Colada please”, “Holy cucumber!”,Ahh…ahhhhh….ahhhhhhhh!”, “Pinch me, I think I’ve just died and gone to heaven!”, Whoever came up with this deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for restoring peace to my soul!”, “Zzz…zzzzz…zzzzzz”.

These were just a few of the thoughts floating around in my head while I was receiving my Ultimate Body Cure at the Layton Sego Lily Spa. I originally thought the name of the treatment was Ultimate Body Care – not Cure. But that last word is of utmost importance because it really defines what happens!  So far, this has been my favorite treatment I’ve had at Sego Lily to date….well okay, with the exception of when I was crowned as the winner!  NOTHING can really top that because it meant I would get to experience this and more!

I was really looking forward to this treatment even though I wasn’t sure what to expect when I entered the spa that morning.  I knew this one was going to rank right up there at the top however, because every therapist and aesthician I ‘ve had so far asked me if I’ve had the vichy shower/massage yet.  When I reply no, they all told me I was going to love it.  Now I know why!

Every single part of the experience was incredible.  Starting with my therapist Amanda.  She was so darling and sweet.  She made it all very relaxing, yet fun.  She’s the kind of person that even though you just met them, you feel like you have been friends for years.

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Amanda walked me to the room and as we entered we were enveloped by a warm and misty vapor of steam.  I was already enjoying this!  She explained the treatment procedure and asked if I had any questions.  After she stepped out of the room I laid face down on the incredibly comfortable AND heated table! Wow, I really love these heated tables!  I placed the  huge towel over me and when Amanda came back in she was wearing a large water proof apron.  She informed me we were both going to be drowned rats by the end.  Bring on the drowning!  By this time I was so excited I could hardly wait for the cure!

Once I got comfortable on my stomach, Amanda had me approve of the water temperature and then cranked on the vichy shower heads.  Yes, that was heads, not head.  Seven to be exact! Seven different sized and shaped shower heads shooting out very hot and healing water at different pressure levels while moving very slowly back and forth across my entire towel covered body – with the exception of my head (or I really would have been a drowned rat, not that I would have minded at that point however!)  Oh my!  Now, there is bliss and then there is heavenly bliss.  I don’t even have to tell you which this was.  I felt like I had escaped to a far away paradisaical island where I was lying on a sandy beach, completely relaxed during a downpour of very warm rain! I would have been absolutely content if this part lasted the entire 90 minutes!   But there was much more pampering in store!

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Amanda with her Cuke Soup

The first part of the cure was to exfoliate. As we all know, the cure for many ailments requires some kind of healing soup.   No exception here.  The exfoliation remedy consisted of a big bowl of cucumber soup.  Besides cukes, it was also comprised of honey, milk, and oil.  It smelled good enough to eat!  Good thing I had my Wheaties that morning.  Amanda used a loofah with the cuke soup to scrub my dry skin cells away.  It felt invigorating!  Then once again the shower heads slowly streamed back and forth across my body pulsating down their very hot and soothing water while rinsing away the cuke soup and warming me outside and in!  I felt like a car in a car wash being rinsed as the jet spray circles around and around.

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Today's menu items

The second part of the cure was to cleanse.  This was done with a fabulous sweet grass scented soap.  It was the most wonderful feeling as she held the smooth and slippery soap in her hand as she massaged it into me.   And then once again it was shower time!  Oh, how I loved that part!  There is something very tranquilizing about the sound of water.  It was unbelievably relaxing.  Showers are relaxing anyway, but having one while laying down on a heated table with your eyes closed while being massaged is something you have to experience to appreciate!   I was already feeling cured of most of my stress.

The next step of the cure was the massage. Amanda used a creamy apple pear souffle for this part.  Yum!  A word of advice:  Be sure to come with a full stomach or it will be growling from all these delicious aromas!  Now, we all know that massages are great, but when coupled with hot steamy water from a vichy shower, it’s really impossible to out do that!  Talk about total relaxation. In the future when someone tells me to go to my happy place…this will be it!

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Next in line was my face. I turned over onto my back and then Amanda cleansed my face and neck with a very aromatic lemon cleanser.  Another wonderful scent! After that she applied cucumbers on my face and let them do their thing while she gave me another amazing massage on that side of my body.  I couldn’t quit thinking (and saying aloud a few times) that I had seriously died and gone to heaven.  It really just doesn’t get any better than this.  Amanda then placed then cucumbers on my hands.  I was so relaxed at this point that I don’t think they stayed on too well!

The last part of the cure was the hair and scalp treatment.  My hair was washed with a lemon verbena shampoo and my scalp was very happy when it got it’s own private massage.  What a great feeling to have someone wash your hair for you and then help release all your stored up tension through a scalp massage.  Ooooooh…  But sadly, it was then time for my final rinse.  I was not ready for it to end.  However, I was now feeling totally and completely cured, not only in body, but in mind and spirit as well.  It’s amazing what a little soup and a hot shower massage can do!

I’m no doctor, but I do have the prescription for healing your mind, body, and soul.   Sego Lily’s Ultimate Body Cure. Take two asprins and call them in the morning!

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Ultimately cured and ready to take on the world again!

♥Jodi♥

Microdermabrasion ~ the Good News!

I have bad news and good news.   To begin with, it is important to state that no treatment can halt the aging process.  =(   That would be the bad news… (lets hope you figured that part out on your own!)  I, myself,  have been experiencing a drought at the fountain of youth for quite some time now.  Time waits for no man, woman or wrinkle. Wrinkles are like bad pennies and old movie stars: always making a comeback.  But, even though those sentiments are the depressing facts, there are ways to slow down the process.  Enter Microdermabrasion.  Yes, that would be the GOOD news!

Kirsten, one of Sego Lily’s top aestheticians, is my new best friend!  Yes, I love her!  I mainly love what she did for my face.  I have to admit, being the spa rookie that I am, I was a little apprehensive (not to mention considerably nervous) about having my first treatment of microdermabrasion.  I had heard before that it can be painful and expect to not be seen in public for several days after due to a red and peeling face.  Well, I was wrong!   It wasn’t painful, though it wasn’t exactly pleasant either.  Not exactly one of those “spa”  treatments where you are as relaxed as a wet noodle and transported to another planet.  No…but, the after effects make it all worth it!

Kirsten was very informative and explained every little detail of the treatment before she proceeded.  I learned that microdermabrasion rejuvenates and revitalizes the skin. Who wouldn’t want a little rejuvenating of anything? It is a highly effective treatment for fine lines, acne, scarring, hyper-pigmentation, stretch marks, sun damage and more.  Wow!  Why didn’t I discover this sooner?!  Maybe there’s hope for that drought to become a fountain again!  It’s main purpose is to clean pores, stimulate collagen to improve skin texture (trust me, at my age my collagen needs all the stimulation it can get!),  promote the production of new cells in the deepest layer of the dermis (that would be your skin – the body’s largest organ that really likes to wrinkle us up for some unknown reason…grrrr!)  Why can’t there be a wrinkle drought instead?

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Kirsten performing her miracles on me.

The procedure is relatively quick and simple. It is basically done with a tool that  moves across your face and neck shooting out a fine jet of crystals to gently and painlessly exfoliate your skin while a vacuum suction removes the crystals along with the dead and damaged skin cells in order to bring the healthy and vibrant ones to the surface, leaving you with new, softer skin and even skin texture.  The best way to describe the sensation is to compare it to a cat’s rough tongue licking your face.  If you’ve ever experienced that, then you know what it feels like.  If not, go find a cat and rub some tuna water on your face and then you will get a little preview of what to expect!

After Kirsten finished the procedure, my face felt like it had a slight wind or sunburn.  But not for long!  Enter the O2.  Yes, oxygen!  She used an oxygen machine with another little tool that released an extremely cool (actually very cold!) oxygen serum mist enriched with anti-aging vitamins that felt so relieving.  The temperature was a bit shocking to my skin at first, but as she proceeded, that cool mist felt oh so soothing and healing.  Besides the cooling factor, the O2 also helps protect the new, vibrant layer of skin just uncovered by the microdermabrasion treatment, as well as eliminating most of the redness and irritation.  After the oxygen procedure, Kirsten then applied some heavy duty Rhonda Allison (my favorite!) moisturizers, sunscreen, and other products that felt (and smelled!) so wonderful!

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Though my eyes were covered and closed at this point, the ceiling in the room was incredible! I meant to take a photo of it so you could see what I was looking at while on my back but I was a little too preoccupied. Now I guess you will just have to go and see it for yourself!

One of the greatest advantages to microdermabrasion is the fact that it requires no down time, no real discomfort, no side effects and no recovery time. My skin felt vibrant and healthy and I noticed an immediate difference in my much softer and much smoother skin. I was still not sold however until she handed me a mirror and I saw the results for myself.

I was freaking glowing!!!

Avoiding direct sun exposure and using sun screen is highly recommended after the treatment.  Of course as luck would have it, I had a full day ahead which required sitting in the sun at my son’s football game (thank heavens for good sunscreen, hats, and umbrellas.)  Also applying full make-up, like foundation, isn’t recommended for about 24 hours after the treatment. But eye make-up and lipstick may be applied immediately after.  Thankfully Kirsten applied a special foundation so I could be presentable in public and then applied a bronzer that was seriously incredible!  She did inform me that I would still feel some of the crystals on my face for a while, which I did, because the suction isn’t able to get every one of them and some redness is expected after the treatment, however, this is not likely to persist for more than a few hours. My face was very dry and did peel quite a bit in certain spots for about three days.  But nothing that couldn’t be hid with make-up.

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The afterglow

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Applying the incredible bronzer!

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My new BFF!

We might not be able to halt those nasty wrinkles, but at least we can go to war against them with those powerful crystal blasters and slow them down some.  Yea for microdermabrasion!  If you have even been thinking about doing it, I would highly recommend you go for it!  Gosh, why do all these spa treatments have to have such amazing results that they become so addicting?!!  Thanks Kirsten for revitalizing not only my skin, but me too!!!

♥Jodi♥

Another SPA-cial Delivery!

I could not have been more excited to receive my very first professional facial!  It was with great anticipation that I left my house to head to the Midvale Sego Lily Day Spa.  I had never been to the Midvale location, but had heard many great things about it.  Even though it was a much longer drive for me, I was okay with it because I knew it would be every bit as luxurious as the Layton spa.

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I’m just a wee bit excited for my very first facial!
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Waterfall wall in Midvale Spa entry way

My expectations were not only met, but surpassed.   Once I saw the waterfall wall upon my entrance, I was hooked!  There is something about the sound and sight of water trickling down in a beautiful setting that is just so relaxing and comforting.  I would have been rejuvenated just by soaking that in all by itself.  But who wants to do THAT?  After all, I had a facial on the menu today!

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Meditation room in Midvale Spa

This place was absolutely gorgeous and so beautifully decorated specifically to make you feel completely at home.  And as we all know, being at home is where we relax the best!  There were so many big comfy chairs and pillows and couches and places to sit, that there was no excuse to not find the spot that felt “just right”…ahh.  I tried out several different seats and my only regret is that I didn’t have more time to just sit and let the thoughts seep out as I lounged and meditated.  And to top it all off there was another wall of water!  Loved that!  The peaceful sounds of that wall took me away into a wonderful place with a tropical stream or a creek flowing peacefully down the mountain.  Serenity at it’s best!

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Waterfall wall in meditation room and PURPLE robe!

Now I know I am being a little prejudiced here, but I have to say the very best part of the Midvale location is the fact that they have PURPLE ROBES!!! Yes, purple!  Once I put that regal color on, I truly felt like royalty…like the pampered princess I was so hoping to be when I first entered this contest. That purple robe totally sealed the deal for me!  img_5400

I was liking this!

But wait! It gets even better! Inside the waiting/meditation room there was a table spread with a lot of very tempting (and healthy) treats! Fresh fruit, dried fruit mix, and even brownie bites!!! I am all for escaping reality, but I am sure glad there was chocolate in this dream! It wouldn’t really be an escape without chocolate.  And YES my friends…chocolate IS healthy. Did you know that dark chocolate has now been proven to erase fine lines and wrinkles?!  True story! And those scientists are not talking about rubbing it on the outside of your face like some cocoa scrub. Oh no, they are talking about ingesting it internally! What could be better?  Not only do you get the benefits of reducing wrinkles, but you also get to enjoy the taste while doing it!  Okay my spa peeps, there will no longer be any guilt allowed when indulging in nature’s most perfect food! Unless, of course you like wrinkles because it’s also been scientifically proven that guilt causes them!

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Indulging in healthy chocolate (calorie free!) flavored syrup for my water!

I also found this great little station that has a selection of healthy syrup to flavor your water. And guess what one of the flavors was? I’ll give you a hint. It’s healthy and has been proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Yep!  Chocolate again! Can you feel that guilt just evaporating away?!

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Really, what more do I need?

Wow, could there be anything wrong with this picture?  Well, I’ll let you do the math.  Let’s see.  Waterfall walls, luxurious chairs, two huge fireplaces, soothing background music, healthy snacks (including chocolate brownie bites), chocolate flavored water, AND purple robes!!!  I was enjoying it all so much, I almost forgot I actually came to get a facial!

The facial I was to receive was called the Signature Facial.  Ashley, my aesthetician, came and got me from the waiting area and took me in to a room with dimmed lighting that smelled so glorious and had the most calming music playing softly in the background.  I immediately felt like I was on a vacation at some luxurious tropical resort. Before we even got started Ashley explained to me exactly what she would be doing and asked if I had any questions or concerns.  I did not and was good to go!

When I think of getting a facial, I think of only my face getting spoiled.  Not at Sego Lily.  My face wasn’t the only thing getting pampered.  My hands, feet, legs, neck, arms, and back got the royal treatment as well.   I have to say the hand massage is now on the top of my list for one of my new favorite things.  Ashley had the perfect touch as she rubbed some wonderful scented lotions on me and then massaged them deep into the pores of my hands.  I was astonished how wonderful a little hand massage can be.   The rest was just as fabulous but I left wanting even more of the hand massage.  I’ve tried doing it to myself at home since,  but it just isn’t the same as having a professional do it that knows exactly what pressure points to touch and how to knead the tension out.

The facial was beyond marvelous.  This was my first ever professional facial and I can tell you right now, it will NOT be my last.  Can we say addicted?  It was pampering at it’s finest.  Ashley used products on me that contained vitamins, anti-oxidants, plant driven proteins, and firming botanicals.  The smells were absolutely euphoric.  She gave me a play by play as she went along and made sure I understood each step along  the way.  My face was thoroughly cleaned then exfoliated.  She used a machine that produced hot steam to open my pores and release harmful chemicals in my skin.  The hot steam was actually very enjoyable.  I also loved the hot washcloths being placed on my face at various times that penetrated the heat into my pores.  But nothing compared to having the pressure points rubbed and kneaded on my face, neck, and shoulders with the spa’s scrumptiously scented lotions.  Ahh… complete bliss.  We took some photos of the treatment along the way, but they didn’t turn out unfortunately.  Ashley said my face looked really good and I didn’t need any extractions done.  Whew…  Or maybe that’s not good because now I’ll really be eating all that chocolate without guilt!

Once the facial was over I was feeling completely and totally relaxed.  My face felt absolutely amazing and softer than a baby’s tush!  The lotions hadn’t completely absorbed all the way and when Ashley handed me the mirror I could see a glow that would have lit up the midnight sky! As I lay on the table, I was soaking in the peaceful environment while letting my mind drift.  I knew the real world would be knocking on my door soon enough and so I was enjoying the tranquility while I could.

As I walked in the dressing room I took a look at the incredible Sauna and Steam room they offer at the Midvale Spa.  I was disappointed that I was pressed for time and so I was unable to enjoy either luxury!  Next time I will be sure and allow for plenty of time to try out both!  In the dressing room they also provide curling irons, flat irons, blow dryers, combs, brushes, make-up remover, hair spray, deodorant….pretty much anything you might need to look presentable once again.  As I got dressed and re-applied my make-up, I was still reeling in the aftermath of the whole experience.  So much so that I grabbed what I thought was hair spray and sprayed it throughout my hair.  It wasn’t until I noticed that it didn’t seem to be holding my hair in place, that I realized I had sprayed aerosol deodorant all over my hair!!!  Baby powder scent no less.  At least it went well with my baby soft skin!  I’m just glad I didn’t use the hair spray as deodorant!

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Sego Lily has everything you will need to re-groom yourself. Just be sure and use the right product for the right need!

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DUMMIES NOTE: Read the labels of the products BEFORE you use them!

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I was feeling like one pampered princess!  What a great way to start the day, week, MONTH!  Ashley talked to me about the products she used on me during the treatment.  I fell in love with many of them.  Thankfully they sell them right there at Sego Lily. I was really sold on the Rhonda Allison line of anti-aging sunscreen and moisturizer.  The sunscreen has an SPF of 30 and the moisturizer also has sunscreen in it.  As one who spends a lot of time outdoors in the sun, I was excited to find a sunscreen that I can wear under my make-up without it feeling like it’s sweating off as soon as I put on my foundation.  I have been using it daily since the facial and I am very happy with both it and the moisturizer.

I was not thrilled however, with the idea that once I stepped out that door, reality would be waiting for me once again.  I know, I know…poor little pampered princess has to face the real world.  But, I was most grateful for the incredible temporary escape knowing that it would sustain my sanity for many days after!  Once again, Sego Lily saved the day, week, MONTH!  I realize now why they named it Sego Lily.  The Sego Lily roots kept the pioneers alive during a trying time.  And it’s keeping me alive (at least sane!) too with each and every treatment I receive!  I have no doubt it will do the same for you too!

Slow Down, You’re Going to Fast!

menu-body2I was so excited to have my first treatment as the Sego Lily Blogger that I fear I probably broke a few speeding laws to get there because I just couldn’t wait! I tried to envision myself getting pulled over for speeding and then asking the officer if he could please pose for a photo for my blog because it would add so much to the post. If that ever does happen, you can be rest assured that I will do that.

As I arrived (thankfully citation free), I rushed in the door at my usual rapid pace. But once inside the spa I felt like I had entered another realm and every part of me immediately soaked in the relaxing ambiance I was surrounded by. The peaceful atmosphere was like a magnet drawing all the hastening and hurrying out off my system. It was almost as if time stood still and I felt my mind and body slow down. I experienced an ahhh… moment. And that was even BEFORE the massage! Ahhhhhhhhh…

My body, mind, and soul were waiting with anticipation for some heavy duty pampering. On the menu for my first treatment was the Sego Lily Sampler 90 minute massage. It consists of a classic Swedish massage and my choice of reflexology, cranial sacral, or a rocky mountain stone massage. Now that sounded like a slice of heaven, or better yet, a slice of chocolate cake, (well… technically I guess that IS a slice of heaven, at least in my world). Surprisingly enough, I didn’t even think of chocolate once the whole time I was there. Now that is blog worthy… Who needs chocolate when you are getting something even better? Did I really say that?

Jeff was my massage therapist. I was told he has a reputation for getting many requests at the Layton spa where he works. I was ready to put him up to the test and see if he really deserved that reputation. I can honestly say, he more than passed the test. His experience and skill worked out so many kinks from my sore and knotimg_5324ted muscles (some I didn’t even know were muscles.) He searched and rescued them. No knot or kink escaped alive. He was so great to answer my questions and explain things to me. The massage was incredible! I was completely relaxed and not wanting it to ever end. The soothing and calming music in the background and the wonderful aromas of the lotions and oils took me away by themselves.

The description for this massage claims that long flowing strokes and kneading techniques will relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, and reduce stress. I would say this description is only fairly accurate. Only fairly because they left off the part that it will also make you completely oblivious to whiny children, spilled milk, piles of laundry, dirty dishes, and kid’s punching wars (at leasmassaget for several hours after), relieve your worry of what’s for dinner (that’s why they have carryout pizza), reduce your tendency to over react to the sound of firecrackers exploding in the backyard as you pull in the driveway, and improve your ability to tune out, “There’s nothing to eat around here”. After you just spent $200 at the grocery store. I think that would make it a bit more accurate.

After Jeff’s intensely wonderful massage, I was able to experience one of my new favorite luxuries. The Rocky Mountain Stone massage. Two words: It rocks! I have never felt anything so relaxing and so healing. I am a big fan of heat and the heat of those rocks penetrating deeply into my sore muscles was the most luxurious indescribable feeling. Oh wow! I wouldn’t have minded that part of the massage taking the full 90 minutes. It was the most comforting sensation….the silky smooth rocks, with the deep heat, all while working my tired muscles. Not a better combination to be found anywhere.

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Next on the list was the Cranial Sacral. It sounds like something a witch doctor would prescribe, but do not be fooled.  It did have it’s own sense of magic however.  The tension and stress magically disappeared. Technically I was only supposed to get one of the three side choices, but Jeff wanted me to be able to experience a little taste of all three and so he shortened each one so I could. The cranial sacral was amazing! I had a headache as I arrived at the spa earlier, but after this awesome head and neck massage, it was no where to be found. I felt all the tension and stress just slowly slip away.

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Last but not least, was the Reflexology massage. This is an Asian technique that applies pressure to the feet to stimulate reflex points that correspond to specific energy zones and organs of the body in order to restore balance and health. The feet! Oh yes! I am a huge fan of foot rubs. I will even pay my boys to give them to me because I love them so much (meaning the foot-rubs ~ I love my boys too, but they think I am torturing them when I ask for a foot rub!) They used to give them to me for free when they were younger and not as wise. Now, I have to take out a 2nd mortgage to get them to do it for me. Well, this one made up for it all. This was more than just a foot rub. It was more like a foot rub on steroids. I must have said, “Ahh…” more than 10 times during it. The wonderful aromas of the lotions once again made it all that much more enjoyable. I wanted it to last forever.

The entire experience was incredible.

There was one part of it that I was not particularly fond of however. That was when it was OVER and I had to return to REALITY. But even after that, I was welcome to stay and sit in the meditation room for as long as I wanted. Or take my time with a hot and steamy shower. Every single cell, nerve, and muscle in my body was in such slow motion by then, that if I had become any more relaxed, I’m afraid Sego Lily would’ve had to bury me.

I had finally slowed down.

My body, mind, and soul were thanking me for it and all three would be doing back handsprings if they weren’t so relaxed. Not even reality would be able to speed me back up to my normal pace. At least not immediately. I was so calm and serene, that there was no chance I was going to get pulled over for speeding on the way home. Possibly for going too slow… Okay, that’s never going to happen either. But, at least I was going the speed limit!

Thank you Sego Lily for slowing me down and pampering me up!

♥ Thank you! ♥

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In a kingdom not too far away, there once was a girl…(okay a little older than a girl, but she was female!)

This girl had a blog.
Also in this kingdom there was a luxurious spa named Sego Lily Day Spa where the utmost in royal pampering treatments were given. A royal decree was heard throughout all the land that this spa was having a contest to select a royal blogger for their spa. The winner would become the most pampered princess in all of the kingdom!
The girl blogger was encouraged by her dear aunt to enter Sego Lily’s contest. The girl thought, “Why not? To be or not to be, that is the question.  And to be (the winner!)  is the answer!”
So the girl did enter the contest. The girl nearly tossed her royal cookies when the announcement came throughout the land that she was selected as one of the top five Sego Lily bloggers. This thrilled the girl! The girl worked wearily petitioning her fellow bloggers and friends to vote for her to become the new royal Sego Lily blogger. Her fellow bloggers and friends grew weary of the girl’s constant outcries begging for support. At times they wanted to toss her into the mote. But they never complained or let her down once. They supported her throughout the long and intense ordeal.
The girl knew the odds of her becoming the royal winner were slim because the other four damsels were some of the best bloggers in the land. But she still kept her hopes high. The girl was in constant wonderment about the big day when the royal winner would be announced.
Finally, one day the girl was asked to meet at the royal Sego Lily Day Spa for the much anticipated announcement of the lucky winner. She was told to brinblog-winner-63-17g her family and friends along as well. The girl was beyond excited to finally learn who would become the most pampered princess of all the kingdom. How she was hoping it would be her!
They all gathered at the royal Sego Lily palace with intense anticipation!

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The girl’s family and friends were all escorted into the back of the Sego Lily palace while she waited in the luxurious parlor to meet and talk with the fair damsel Jackie, who was to tell the girl which blogger was chosen as the winner. The girl was a bit surprised when no announcement was made and the beautiful damsel Jackie asked the girl to come hither to the back of the palace with her.
The girl curiously followed her to the back and as she opened a door to enter she was greeted very loudly with party horns, confetti flying, and excited screams of Congratulations!” by her royal family and frieimg_5038nds and the entire spa family!  A crown was placed upon her head and she was given the most beautiful bouquet of flowers she had ever seen! A scrumptious royal feast was also spread for all to enjoy.  There was much merriment in the palace.
She had won! She was to become the most pampered princess in all of the kingdom!
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The girl was in royal shock! 
And continues to be to this day.  The only thing that will bring her out of it is a few massages and a lot of pampering.
Sego Lily to the rescue, once again, of a damsel in distress!
There you have it.  That’s the story…
Oh…and of course, she lived happily ever after!!!  Or at least happily for  ONE full year and 24 treatments after!
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Can someone pinch me! Or better yet, massage me! I still can’t believe this is happening! Is it really true???
What an honor! A true honor. I feel so humbled.  I must say each one of the other four finalists deserved this every bit as much as I did. If there was a way to share it, I gladly would! I am grateful we were able to do the TV segment in the beginning so I could meet them. Angie with her bright and warm smile. Amanda’s wit and clever poster. Heather who is just as sweet as she can be. Unfortunately Robin was unable to make it and so I didn’t get to meet her, but I love her blog. Each one is so gifted and talented, that I feel honored to just be in the top five with them. Thank you to each, for being so kind and gracious. You really are all amazing women.
Thank you to my incredible family and friends for your undying support!  I am so blessed to have such an amazing support system in my life!  I was blown away by how many of you went the extra mile to help me out.  You were there when I needed you most.  You were there when things were smooth sailing and more importantly when the seas got a little rough.  How can I ever re-pay you?  I know, I know, by taking you with me for each treatment!  Oh, how I wish I could!  Thank you all from the deepest part of my heart!  ♥
And a huge thank you to Sego Lily for your generosity and for how wonderful and memorable you made the celebration for me and my family and friends. Everything was done with such class and style, just like your spa. I was, and continue to be, overwhelmed by your generosity and support. I look forward to working with you and getting to know you all much better. I can’t thank you enough! But I will continue to try.
I hear the music playing… but one last THANK YOU TO ALL who helped me in any way!
Here are a few more photos from the INCREDIBLE DAY!
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Thanks again to Sego Lily and to all my friends and family and even the many strangers who supported me!  You royally rock!!!

Congratulations to Jodi!

Jodi is the new Sego Lily Blogger!  Thanks so much for everyone that participated in blogging and voting and submitting entries.  Please watch for Jodi’s post about the party we threw at the Layton Sego Lily Spa for her and her closest friends to surprise her with the news!  We hope you’ll subscribe to our blog (using the link on the right) to keep an eye on all the fabulous treatments Jodi will be experiencing and blogging about throughout the year!

I want to especially thank and congratulate our other finalists, the choosing was difficult and the smiles you put on hundreds of people’s faces (including mine) with ALL your posts really made my day!  Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us!

Everything’s Better with Butter…

Life can be stressful.


Actually, let me rephrase that:  Life IS stressful.  Of course, I don’t need to tell you this, right?

Without making this a personal sob story, I can sum up life’s stress in a few words: work, work, errands, computers, commuting, cars, money, work… LIFE.  On top of that, throw in buying a house, and you get the picture.  But for those of you who are visuals learners, here is a picture that says at least a thousand words on the matter:


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(I'm scary... I know.)

Yes, my friends, life is stressful.

So how do you combat these difficult times?  Before you can conquer anything, you need to know what enemy you are dealing with.  Luckily, I have a fairly solid understanding on the nature of stress, being the un-scientifically-minded-albeit-lover-of-all-things-made-up-to-sound-scientific person that I am.

You see, very few people realize that stress is a tiny monster-like organism, known in the scientific world as the species Stressiculonimbus Ickyonoid, that seeps into our body to attack both the nervous and muscular system.

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In other words, stress is a dual-layer of “ickiness” (totally a word).  It is this ickiness that makes us want to stay in bed and continue our dreams of hooking up with Hollywood heartthrobs.  It is this ickiness that forces us to eat the entire carton of ice cream.  Indeed, it is this ickiness that makes us believe that walking around make-up-less all day in our sweats will somehow (magically) make the stress go away.  But none of those things will destroy this ferocious monster.

Sad, huh?

Because of this complex enemy, stress must be addressed through a whole body and mind mission.  Luckily, there is a solution.  And it’s a deliciously wonderful solution at that.

Enter: Sego Lily Mind Body Spa.

If you’ve never been to a Sego Lily spa, you’ve probably considered stress a monster that cannot be tamed.  I know because that was me until just recently.  Upon finding out that I was one of the five finalists for the Sego Lily Blogger Contest (hooray!) I was given a power I was unfamiliar with:

The power of “… aaaahhhh”.

As I walked into the Midvale Sego Lily location, I was immediately taken back by the welcoming air of rejuvenation, calmness, and relaxation. This was the place to regain my presence of body and mind.  I was in awe, inspired even, by the treat-you-like-royalty changing rooms (featuring steam room, showers, and the softest robe ever) and the peaceful meditation room with dazzling water walls, a soul-warming fire place, and extra little touches (water, nuts, fruit, lotions).  This place made me feel like one in a million.


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The meditation room--perfect for reading, napping, or contemplating the meaning of life.

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Just a small glance at the spacious changing room.

My mind and body were able to let go of my never-ending to-do list and simply be.  Just be.

Within that joyous state of simply “being” I sensed a most welcome fear.  Not my fear, of course.  No.  It was the fear of the monster inside of me.  My stress monster (let’s call him George, okay?) was shaking in his little monster boots.  George knew he was toast.

This is the story of how George died.

Today’s weapon of choice:

The Body Butter Drench.

Who doesn’t like butter?  I mean, let’s be honest, butter makes everything better.  Period.  And there’s no doubt that the Sego Lily Body Butter Drench was the exact solution I needed to take down my final stress monster.

It went something like this:

I was sitting in an engulfing arm chair (can you say “comfy?”), sipping some water, when Courtney came in.  Courtney = greatness.  She led me to a quiet room where I received the best massage of my life.  She was knowledgeable, intuitive, and friendly.


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The massage: It really is as good as it looks!!!

And then there was the body butter.  It’s an amazing, thick, moisturizer (that smells awesome) with the consistency of butter that is smothered onto my tired muscles.  After the massage, I was wrapped in warm blankets where the butter literally seeped into my pores, killing poor little George (goodbye stress monster!), and giving new life to my whole being.

I left feeling soft, supple, free, and happy.   (aaaahhhhh…)

The staff was amazing.  Their personal attention made me feel like their only customer.  You could not erase the smile on my face.

The worse part of the whole experience is that it had to end.  A few days later I tried to recreate the experience, with no luck (but a whole lot of mess).

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Kids, don't try this at home.

Clearly, I am not the expert here.  Luckily, the folks at Sego Lily know what they are doing.  When was the last time you spoiled yourself?  I say, it is time to do so now!

And now for the begging:

I’m on my hands on knees here.  I dream of a future with many more Sego Lily experiences, and hope that you (yes, YOU, my dear reader!) can help me live this joy for the next year.  All you need to do is leave a comment with an affirmative nod my way.  A vote for Robin is a vote against stress monsters.  In other words: a vote for Robin is a vote to save the world.  Sounds pretty good to me, don’t you think?

Thank you, Sego Lily!!!!