Beat the Winter Blues and Pamper Yourself
By Theresa Russell

Beat the Winter Blues and Pamper Yourself

It’s the new year so it’s time to relieve the stress of the holidays and maybe even create a new look for yourself. Whether you are traveling to a new spot or want to take a relaxing day in your own town, you have plenty of options in Ohio.

Willow Tree Spa in Newark offers several great packages.  I choose a personalized package based on one of the several offered and started with a relaxing pedicure by the amazing Veronica.  After sloughing, soaking and getting a calf and foot massage, I received a nice paint job for my tootsies.



Seemingly floating on air, I left my first treatment and went to have a hydro-facial, perfect for beating the dryness caused by the winter weather and dry air in my low-humidity home. Natalie started with a head and shoulder massage, which put me in another chilled state of mine. I fell asleep during the masque and woke up with glowing and radiant skin.

One very calming aspect of the spa is the privacy that is offered in the individual treatment rooms. Even the hair styling station is in a comfortable space, allowing privacy to the client. The decor of the spa is soothes the soul. Finally, already feeling renewed, I moved to another room for a massage that drained any remaining stress away from my body. This is definitely the ultimate way to remove the tension that may have accumulated from the hectic holiday season. Grab a bunch of friends and use their community room and treat yourself to a day of pampering.

Designed Just for You
Before you start on those resolutions, remember to get yourself in the right frame of mind with a new look. Located in the Short North Arts District in Columbus, Mukha Spa focuses on custom cosmetics and skin treatments.


Vivacious Tim Maurer developed his own skin care and line that is 100% mineral based. An internationally recognized make-up artist, he uses his skills, including his keen eye for color to custom blend a make-up that includes components like concealer and sunscreen. With just the swoop of a finger, Tim transformed my ruddy skin into a neutral palette that quite resembled airbrushing. With just a few products he added contour, slimmed my nose, firmed my jawline and made me look several years younger. He personally designed the mix just for my skin type and keeps records of the formula for future visits. His easy-to-understand tips and tricks make application simple, rather than a chore. Best of all, Tim makes you feel like one of his regular movie star clients.


Whether you need relief from a business trip or vacation, or just want to experience something new, take advantage of your small town or big city spa. Or maybe even escape to a place in nature like the Spa at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills. Enjoy a new you and a new year.


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