Posts tagged #wellness

Relax-- It's Summer!

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The sun is out, the birds are chirping-- Summer has arrived in Oregon!  To me, here feels like a manic time when everyone feels obligated to be outside as much as humanly possible before the rain clouds return. Here at the spa we were just talking about how summer absolutely flies by. In the blink of an eye, June becomes September. If you have kids, summer can be an extra busy-crazy-stressful time of year with all the activities.  This means setting time aside to unwind and de-stress is crucial even in the summer. In the summer, vacations and fun can overtake self care’s importance. With that being said, we still want to see all our loyal, wonderful clients over the summer!  Here are some ways to customize your Pearl Day Spa experience to honor the summertime.

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Spend time in our Garden.  Did you know that we have a tranquil garden space?  When you arrive for your appointment, check in at the front desk, order a beverage, and head out the back door.  You’ll find a quiet patio with comfy couches lined by lush green plants. You can spend time out here before or after your appointment, whichever you choose.

(Pro Tip: Let the front desk know if you are heading there before your appointment, so we can let your practitioner know where to find you!)

Sip a Little Somethin’ We offer a selection of local wines and beers for you to enjoy either before, after, or inbetween your appointments. This is an awesome choice for those after-work appointments-- kick back, sip, and relax.

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Try a pedicure. Pedicures are a great way to relax and can be customized so much.  Choose one of our four scent profiles and get cozy in our plush armchairs while your feet soak.  Not only do you get to unwind, but your feet and legs will feel so luxurious. Pedicures are perfect for pre-vacations, and can be done in as little as 45 minutes.

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Finally-- Remember the SPF. If you just absolutely cannot come in for an appointment, at least remember this one thing.  Your aesthetician will thank you when you come back in the winter without sun damage.

Enjoy your summer, and remember to take some time to yourself.

Posted on June 20, 2019 and filed under Self-care, Skincare & Beauty.

Ways to Save Money on Your Appointments

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We all know that a self-care regimen can do wonders for your physical, mental, and emotional body. Research has shown that massage can relieve issues associated with a myriad of ailments, from stress and anxiety to fibromyalgia and even cancer. Facials can help alleviate skin conditions or reduce the signs of aging. But, for all its benefits and awesomeness, there can be a drawback; self care can sometimes get pricey. Here at the Pearl Day Spa, we believe that spa services and self-care routines should be accessible and affordable. Did you know we have several cost-saving methods to help make self-care easier on the pocketbook (those are thing people still use, right?).

If you have health insurance, some plans will help cover the cost of massage and other bodywork. This can mean a huge savings for you, as most insurance clients only pay a small percentage of the cost for their copay.  Insurance plans can vary greatly, so the best way to find out if your plan covers massage is to either call your provider directly, or submit your insurance information on our website. Our insurance coordinators will find out if you are covered, and contact you to set up appointments.  This is a great way to maximize your insurance benefits and get the care that you deserve. If you’re paying for it, why not take advantage of it?

Another way of saving money is to take advantage of our Loyalty Program.  Our loyalty program rewards you for doing various things around the spa, such as booking online, receiving one service a month for 6 months, and much more. Since our loyalty program is tied into our booking system, you are automatically enrolled in this program and start accruing points right away!  Once you hit 1000 points, you can starting redeeming them for money off your appointments, or even to purchase retail products. Who doesn’t love discounts on services?

(For more detailed information, please go to our loyalty program page)

Finally, our newest way to save money on your appointments is our revamped Referral Program. This program gives you a unique link to share with whomever you choose via text, email, or social media. You do have to opt in, so be sure to go to our website’s loyalty page to set   When a friend uses that link to book an appointment, not only do they receive $15 off, but you do too. So, if you get 4 friends to book, that’s a FREE PEDICURE. 6 Friends? Bam, free massage! I don’t know about you, but that little bit of work is definitely worth it in the long term.


Seasons Change-- Shouldn't Your Skincare?

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If you’re like me, you are sick and tired of all this RAIN!  Where is the sun? Surely the real spring season has to start sometime soon…. Right? Despite how it may seem, the weather is warming up, the days are getting longer and longer, and the cold winter season is behind us. You might even notice some differences in your skin. So, as the seasons change, why shouldn’t your skincare routine?

Over the winter months the dry and cold weather, coupled with heaters running indoors almost constantly, can leave your skin needing some extra TLC.  In winter, our aestheticians recommend using products that focus more on long-lasting moisture. We recommend using a milk cleanser like the Yon-Ka Lait Nettoyant, which doesn’t strip the oils from your skin, giving your skin more of a defense against the drying winter air.

But now that the sun has returned, and the heaters are mostly turned off, these products may not be the best for your skin’s current needs. There tends to be more atmospheric humidity, which your skin responds to. Have you noticed your skin feeling a little greasy? This can be greatly exacerbated by continuing to use those heavy winter moisturizers. Instead, switch to a lighter cleanser and moisturizer that protects against environmental damages, like the Yon-Ka Vital Defense Creme. This prevents the signs of aging caused by exposure to pollution, which increases as you spend more time outside.  

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How about the rest of your body? I find my legs get really dry and irritated during this time of the year.  It could be from shaving more often, but dry dead skin is definitely a struggle. Using a product like a sugar or salt scrub can help to loosen and get rid of dead skin. It also promotes blood circulation to the area, which kickstarts skin cell production. Follow up with a high quality lotion-- our Pearl brand lotions and scrubs are the perfect way to combat dry flaky skin. Or, for a truly luxurious experience, schedule a body treatment. With several options to choose from, you can choose exactly what your skin needs.

Finally, as the weather warms and we all head outside, remember to wear a good SPF sunscreen.  Have questions about your routine? Want an expert opinion? Schedule a Consultation or a Facial today!

Wishing you the happiest spring!

Posted on April 23, 2019 and filed under Skincare & Beauty.

Stressed About Your First Visit to the Spa? Don't Be!

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Starting your self-care regimen (or even just taking the opportunity to try something new) can be a little overwhelming, especially if you have never been to a spa. At the Pearl, we welcome all, whether you come every week or have never had a massage. For those who are entirely new to the spa scene, or just have some weird questions you’ve always wondered about, we are here to shed some light on the spa experience.

You have scheduled an appointment, and the day approaches.  Leading up to your appointment, notice some of these questions:

  • Where in your body are you sore, stiff, or holding tension?

  • What issues would you like addressed (during your massage/facial/nails/etc. appointment)

  • What is your goal for your appointment?

  • What are your preferences for your service? Do you like to chat, or would you rather have complete silence?

Keep these in your mind or-- better yet-- write them down to discuss with your provider.  This will help you maximize what you get from your appointment.

People often ask, “Should I wear anything in particular to my appointment?” My recommendation is to wear something you are comfortable in to maximize your relaxing experience. Most of our appointments will have you dress down so it’s not necessary to wear anything specific, but it does help to undress and dress quickly before and after. Remember, the spa is a place of relaxation, so anything that might cause you distraction or stress should be left at home or tucked out of sight. We request that cell phones be placed on silent out of respect for other patrons.  Upon arrival, you’ll check in at the Front Desk to fill out any necessary information prior to your appointment.

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Finally, it’s time for your appointment!  Your therapist, aesthetician, or nail tech will ask you some questions. Now is the time to bring up those points from earlier. Holding tension in your neck?  Speak up and let them know! Communication during your entire appointment is paramount-- after all, we aren’t mind readers. If the pressure is too light, too firm, the bed is too hot, your therapist talks way too much, don’t be afraid to speak up and make requests. We won’t be offended. In fact, we enjoy hearing from our clients so we can make their experience truly exceptional.

After your appointment, be sure to drink plenty of water!  Massages can loosen up soft-tissue metabolites and other substances within the body, so drinking more water than normal will help to flush these out of the system. Remember to check in again at the front desk, re-book another appointment, and enjoy the effects of your service!



Posted on April 23, 2019 and filed under Self-care, Massage & Bodywork, Skincare & Beauty.

Vision and Positive Change

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I am a big proponent of challenge and growth. Like a video game, I sit down, focus, and make an attack plan to make it to the next level. Inevitably, I level up—which feels amazing, but once I feel comfortable on that level I can sometimes feel lost. How could I work so hard and so focused to only end up lost?

Well, It turns out I wasn't as focused as I thought. Ouch, ego blow! I guess I am just going to have to dust myself off,  and come up with a better action plan! So, what is this woman talking about? Valid question...

Have A Clear Vision: I think this is where a lot of us can begin to get lost. It's easy to say, "I want things to be better!" "I want to make more money." "I want to be a faster runner." But in what way specifically do you want things to improve? A dear friend of mine always asks, "What are the measurables?" You may be asking," What the heck does that mean?!" But it's quite obvious. What can be measured. What data/information is present? What do you want to see change?  For example; Say, "I want to increase my monthly income to $X dollars a month... or... I want to increase my client retention X% this quarter...or I want to decrease my mile time when running." The fun with visualization is you get to make the rules. It's your vision. Go nuts! Dream Big! Why not? And write it down...somewhere you can go back and find it. That's key. It feels really good to go back and see what you wrote down and see how far you have come.

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Support The Vision: Spend time daily. Even if it's 1 minute or 10 minutes. Call it meditation, or prayer, or write it down, or have mantra you say out loud. It sound weird, but it's important. Tell the  people in your circle; friends, family, coworkers.  This creates accountability, which may feel like pressure. But to make a diamond of coal we need pressure. Pressure can also be called motivation. This feeling of pressure is in your mind. Which can be challenging in it's own right. Then, like your Vision, you remember, "Hey, this is mine! I am manifesting change and it feels hard. And that's OK!  Much of what is worth doing is not easy. It takes determination. You will not regret working hard. You will not regret staying focused. You will not regret being loyal to your vision. Conversely, walking away from your vision (because it feels difficult) may create a path of regret or self defeat. Good news though, it is completely natural to loose focus, and the gift with energy and thought is it's never to late to star all over again!

Open your your heart and mind for the change:  Open yourself up to the notion that you could be experiencing greater success. Yes, this may be sounding a bit "self-helpy/cheesy",  but it's a necessary step. It's difficult because it's not an A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 situation. It's not cut and dry. I can admit this part was challenging for me since I'm a  Type A person who prefers consistency and clear cut path.  But once I decided I was all in with my vision I rolled up my sleeves and asked myself, "OK, what can I do differently today?" One of my recent vision goals was to increase my retention percentage in a recent quarter. I'm going to be real honest here; it was a bit of an ego blow to acknowledge that I needed to improve in this department. You see, I fancy myself quite talented in my trade and thought, "Hmpff! Me need to improve?! But I was killing it! Right?!?" Oops! Looks like I had allowed myself to get a little too comfortable. Ouch! Again, it is not easy to admit this to you. I have spiritual practice and part of it revolves around the letting go of the ego. Well, the joke was on me.  (Insert Laughing at self! Hahaha!) And in the spirit being really honest, I was not initially laughing. I was irritated!  But, I looked myself square in face (literally and metaphorically) and  asked myself why I had this resistance? Why was I limiting myself...Oh Boy! Eureka! That was it! I realized I was placing limitations on my potential. Upon seeing this I was then open to acknowledge that I was a little scared. That's all...just a bit of fear.

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Put The Vision To Work: Make that dream do some heavy lifting. Treat it like a science experiment. This is the fun part. What I loved about this process was I could just pick one thing at a time, and simply try it. Then sit back and see what happens. I looked at my daily work practice and tore it apart. I consulted with others in my field, asked questions and tried new things. For example, as a massage therapist we do a lot of listening. I made a specific goal to ask more open ended questions and listened better. I followed through with clear questions about the clients' expectation for the massage. And when the appointment was over I asked direct questions about  the issues originally brought into the room and if they felt like they were addressed. This helped! Of coarse I was already doing this with clients, but my process was not as distilled and focused as it could have been. Another thing I tried was writing directly to my clients, going the extra mile as they say. I wrote to them about difficult things they were facing in their lives, about progress we had been making together in their treatment, or simply to say 'Hello' and thank them for their loyalty. Every day I thought about my clear vision. I spent a small amount of time "manifesting it" through meditation (again, call it what you like to match you). Then I opened my mind to the idea that it would work. And at work, I took to making small and significant changes. All said it was simple, but not always easy! I also suggest giving yourself grace when taking on new challenges. Growth isn't always linear. There are ups and downs. There is quiet a bit of two steps forward and one step back...but you are moving forward. Be grateful to yourself for growing.

I'm Happy to report that my retention vision Goal was reached.  Yay! It feels amazing to see the hard numbers in front of me (though I still have room to improve and I plan on it) Honestly, it's a little spooky and wild and beautiful! Now I know this really works. One of the many gifts of self growth and challenge is that it never ends. One may feel annoyed by this, but choose to feel excited about it!  And now I'm armed with this wonderful 'How To' for visualizing and making positive growth and change in my life. Will it be hard work?  Yes. Am I stoked to see where this wacky adventure takes me, Absolutely!

I'm excited for you and for me! Cheers on the road to success!

May You Be Well,

Lily Lunnemann

Posted on March 4, 2019 and filed under Self-care, Mental Wellness.

The Highest Quality Makes the Biggest Difference

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Here at the Pearl, we pride ourselves on the quality of products used during all our services. Supporting local businesses who create natural products is an integral part of our mission and vision.  What sets our nail services apart? Customized, organic, locally crafted products created exclusively the Pearl.

From start to finish, only the best is used to leave your hands and feet feeling amazing. Our salt soaks, sugar scrubs, and lotions are crafted by Keven, a locally-owned herbal apothecary that creates unique blends from the highest quality raw ingredients. These products are made exclusively for the Pearl Day Spa in micro-batches of no more than 15 at a time.  This means that we are able to provide you with a unique experience from the time you sit down in our pedicure chairs to the time you walk down our red brick stairs. Each of our 4 scents-- Wood, Spice, Bright, and Simply Herbal-- come with three products, which are not necessarily the same ingredients, but rather complementary scent profiles. As these are used throughout your nail service, you’ll notice how each scent layers, while your hands and feet are left feel smooth and hydrated.

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Our longer nail services also include a Bee Smooth Hydration restorative treatment, which is applied to the hands and feet. This warm oil penetrates deep into the skin, leaving it nourished and softer than ever before. Featuring beeswax and a blend of 9 oils, you can take care of dry and cracked skin without the worry of any artificial preservatives. Made here in Oregon from the highest ingredients, Bee Smooth also donates a portion of their profits to the OSU Agricultural program to support their ongoing efforts to save bees and their environments.

Finally, our lacquer nail polishes are all OPI brand, which is the industry standard for salons and spas alike. With a vast array of colors and finishes, you can expect an even and lasting coverage. Our gel polishes are from CND Shellac, the global leader in nail care products.  This gel polish stays on longer and comes off easily without causing lasting damage to nails.

High quality and sustainability are two key factors in deciding what products we use and sell here at the Pearl.  Whether you’re getting a pedicure, a massage, or spending a whole day with us, you can relax knowing that the products we use are of the highest standards.

Posted on February 14, 2019 and filed under Skincare & Beauty, Self-care.