Years ago, someone predicted that the people of the future, with their dishwashers, microwave ovens, remote controls and computers, would have more leisure time than ever before. And yet all those conveniences seem to have opened up more time for us to work longer hours at higher stress jobs. What free time we do have is often filled with commitments that range from community volunteering to driving kids from team sports to lessons to the mall.
If this is your life – or even if it isn’t – I recommend this week’s resolution for 2011: Pamper yourself.
“People always make resolutions to do more and work harder, and find that they burn out early into the year,” Aura Beauty spa owner Lindsay Goertzen observes. “Getting these resolutions to stick is much easier if you take care of yourself, get pampered, and forget about daily stress. Instead of making a resolution to work harder, why not make one to pamper yourself more? Certainly productivity and overall happiness will improve!”
Lindsay is a former paramedic who started her own spa less than a year ago after a bout of illness caused her to reanalyze her life. You can read more about her story here.
Aura Beauty, which she started with her brother Jeffrey Bunn, is unique because it comes to you. Lindsay’s team of licensed aestheticians have offered their services – everything from facials to foot massages and manicures – in homes, hotel rooms, poolside and in coffee shops.
“This is a core principle we have at Aura Beauty: Life is about living – not about working 80 hours a week with constant stress! It is about living life in balance. We have seen in our own lives how much more productive we become when we take time to relax and recharge our body and minds. We feel that pampering ourselves is mandatory to living a happier life while increasing work productivity,” Lindsay said.
In addition to a little spa pampering now and then, Lindsay said she makes an effort to regularly unwind by enjoying an Epsom salt soak in the tub, or a simple peppermint foot soak. “It’s an easy, relaxing, do-it-yourself at-home pampering experience,” she said. When she wants to indulge a little more, she’ll go for a relaxing facial and deep massage.
Feeling good, mentally and physically – what could be a better way to start the year?
To help one of our readers kick start a year of pampering, Lindsay and Aura Beauty are offering a pampering basket, with SpaBinge Organics Body Scrub and SpaBinge Organics Lotion, both in rare white grapefruit scent, a glass nail file and a $25 gift certificate towards a spa party.
To enter, leave a comment below. Extra entries can be earned by Facebooking, tweeting or blogging about the contest (remember to tell us you’ve done so in a comment, below). Good luck, and happy pampering!
The winner will be announced Monday morning, 17 January.
– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier