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Day Spas: Good Enough Stuff
By Erin Garner
My two-year-old daughter's diaper leaked in the middle of the night and I forgot to put the waterproof pad on her bed last time I made it, so the sheets and the mattress were soaked. Then this morning, I asked if my daughter if she wanted to take a shower (something she usually loves) and she said, "NO." So I put her in the playpen with some toys and hopped in the shower. Then as soon as I started shampooing, she started screaming, "I want to take a shower, I want to take a shower." The screaming continued as I frantically tried to finish my shower hoping she wouldn't wake up the baby in the meantime. Then this afternoon while playing with the neighbor girls my daughter sat in dog poo. Sometimes it's crazy being a mom and I need a break. Fortunately, I know just the place for some well-deserved pampering! Here are my favorite spa spots:
Spalon Montage is one of my favorite places for spa outings. They provide plush robes, heated rice sacks (for your aching shoulders), and a relaxing waiting room with comfy chairs for down time before and after your appointment. They do everything from body scrubs to pedicures. And with three locations - one east (Woodbury), one west (Chanhassen) and one central (Edina) - they are very convenient. All you need to do is find someone to watch the kids! Visit www.spalon.com for more information.
The Marsh goes beyond spa services. They provide acupuncture, yoga and other fitness classes, they have a restaurant and of course many spa treatments including a soothing leg treatment and even a back facial (maybe your husband could use this?). The Marsh is located on a scenic marsh with views from many parts of the building, including the spa waiting area. This place epitomizes relaxation, although the prices may stress you out. But it's worth the price when you really really need a treat. Visit www.themarsh.com for more information.
My friends who live in St. Paul love the Estetica Salon and Spa. This spa, which is located in the historic Blair Arcade on Cathedral Hill, gets especially high reviews for their facials. They offer pre- and postnatal massage, foot reflexology (one of my favorite treatments), and a "Euphoric Pedicure" in addition to many other treatments. Visit www.esteticastpaul.com for more information.
If you desperately need a break, but can't fork over the dough for some of these more expensive salons, visit the Aveda Institute and try a massage or other spa service by one of their students. You will need to be flexible because the appointment may take longer than at a non-training spa, but you won't need to spend nearly as much money. I've had great haircuts here for about a ¼ of what I typically pay in the salon. So why not update that mommy do at the same time? Call the Aveda Institute at 612-331-1400 to set up an appointment.
Erin Erickson Garner is a writer and a specialist in maternal and child health. She currently is home with her two young children except for Saturdays, when she and her mom co-host the Good Enough MomsTM radio show on WFMP-Radio, FM107.1 in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
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