Dick and I just got back from vacation and I intended to write this great post about how lovely it is to take time out for yourself to relax and recharge. However, when I got home I discovered that my basement had been leaking while I was gone and had flooded the treatment area of the spa. I realized that its not just nice to take time off and recharge, but it imperative that we do so. It can be the difference between just crying over a leak in the basement and having a complete and total meltdown. I am pretty sure if this had happened before we went of vacation, I would have a hard time bending to this reality and would have been like a dry old stick, ready to break.We went to the White Mountains on vacation and did lots of lovely things like hiking and kayaking and just getting some well-deserved rest. But, what really seemed to make a huge difference for me was the time we spent at the spa at Mount Washington Hotel. I don’t have any photos of the spa, but I will insert some of the hotel, which was also breathtaking. The spa is 25,000 sq ft with lounge areas for both men and women, and then a coed lounge area where you can chat and get food and drinks. There was also a private outdoor whirlpool hot tub with sunbathing areas. It was pretty awesome. The best parts were the treatments. We each had a “Sticks and Stones” massage, and I had a signature facial. The massage used heated bamboo sticks and hot stones all over your body. I felt like a wet noodle afterward. I don’t always take the time to pamper myself. I feel like it is the old story of the cobbler’s children having no shoes. But, this trip really made me realize that it is a necessity. It was a truly lovely day, and I realized I had not been that relaxed in more time than I could remember. I could just feel my whole body letting go and releasing any stress or tension that I had been building up.

The day after we got back was when I found the leak. Sadly, it seems like each day the situation gets worse. As of now, we are looking at a week of drying out the basement, then they will have to pull the flooring up in the treatment room, remove a few feet of drywall in the treatment room, bathroom, and around the hair washing sink, and then they need to put it all back together. I will be making some calls today to those of you who already have appointments booked to discuss options and talk to you about what you can realistically expect during this transition. But, realistically it could be 3 weeks to a month before everything is back to normal.

I am so grateful to all of you for supporting me over the years, and I apologize that there will be a disruption in the quality of services that I like to offer. But, I have a large house and we will just have to move things around to accommodate the reconstruction. We are working on turning my lab upstairs into the temporary treatment room, so I can still do facials, waxing and body treatments. The hairstyling area will be left mostly untouched, there just might be some plastic hanging to reduce the dust.

I will do some updates as we get more information. Right now we are waiting on the Mold Mitigation team to come in and start doing demolition and to deal with any possible mold. Luckily, they have developed some wonderful non-toxic mold removal techniques. So, I don’t have to worry about the good old days of painting everything with Killz.

Thank you again for being such wonderful clients and friends. It has helped me deal with the stress of the situation knowing that you all have always been so supportive and flexible when I have had problems with the space in the past. But, I will still do my best to offer the most relaxing and rejuvenating treatments I can manage given the space I have to work with.

I hope you all have a most beautiful and relaxing day!