Summer Sun, Steamy Wonder and The Sonic Scrubber @ ESSpa Kozmetika

I want you to understand how much I LOVE the sun (although I’m not too crazy about the heat and humidity). Few things can calm me down as fast as lying in the sun. And THERE’s the problem, because as soon as I step outside – that beautiful, warm, inviting sun is causing terrible lifelong, cummulative damage to my skin.

NOW what do I do? I am too lazy to always remember to apply a sunscreen yet I still would like to have healthy skin that looks good.

Good Looking, Healthy skin. This is our passion at ESSpa Kozmetika and that is why I bought 2 new systems and created several new therapies designed to fight sun-damage and help repair tired, dull, lifeless skin.

The first is The Steamy Wonder System. This amazing piece of therapeutic equipment is essentially a personalized steam room that can be placed over a guest without the guest ever having to get off of the massage table. I have designed several specific treatments to help alleviate sun-damage and other skin ailments such as dry skin, congestion, cellulite and more. The great thing about this Personalized Steam System is that your head is completely uncovered during the entire treatment session. Have you ever been in a steam room and just can’t take breathing the hot, humid air for an extended period? With our Steamy Wonder, this is never a problem. It even allows your therapist to continue working on you (Head and Neck Massage or an Ayurvedic Treatment anyone) while your body receives the benefits of the steam session. It is perhaps the most intensive skin conditioning system available. While you comfortably relax, your therapist will massage our intense hydrating cream all over your body. You are then covered with the patented Steam Cocoon which opens your pores and helps balance your body while thoroughly hydrating your skin. We even have designed a special “Tropical Mint Cooling Treatment” to help allievate sunburns and dry skin.

MicroSonic Facial Rejuvenation. This treatment is amazing – both for how non-invasive it is and for the results you will see. It invloves a two-step process. First your esthetican will clean your face better than it has ever been cleansed before via an ultrasonic exfoliation process that uses high speed (24,000 Hz) oscillations of a sterilized, stainless-steel applicator that “supercharges” our organic cleansing milk. This prepares fresh “new” cells to receive Step 2: Ultrasonic Massage combined with Microcurrent (+200Ua to +400Ua) to forceably “push” into the stratum a specially designed serum full of highly concentrated vitamins, trace minerals and other nutrients essential for your skin to grow new cells that function properly.

All in all, both of these treatments combine the latest in technology combined with my Traditional Organic Hungarian Skincare methods to deliver the most effective, non-invasive results possible. And of course, at the end of each of these great Treatments, we will apply a fresh dusting of our organic Sun Defense 100% Mineral Sunscreen (spf30) to help protect your new radiance. I invite you to call or stop by to learn more and to schedule your The Steamy Skin Rejuvenation Treatment or MicroSonic Facial Rejuvenation Treatment today.

Sincerely,
Eva Kerschbaumer
ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare
17 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 782-3888
http://www.esspa.com

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Live Longer, Live Better – Get a Massage

As I was just looking over some guest visit statistics at ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare to see what treatments are popular and with whom, the results made me think of an article I just read in LiveSpa Magazine – some details of which I am more than happy to share with you (see below). You see, while we remain very busy (I and my team of professional therapists see an average of 60-80 appointments per day, 7 days a week) I believe that there are too many individuals out there that still refuse to think of a spa treatment as “preventative health insurance”. We all know these people, they think it takes to much time or that a spa treatment is too much of a “luxury” or that going to a spa is “too girly”. Regardless of the reason, these folks are just plain wrong and the result of their incorrect opinions can actually shorten their life. “According to the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, people who had a single (read one-time only) deep-tissue sports massage showed an average 7-point reduction in the systolic and diastolic blood pressures. Over time, these lower blood pressure numbers could add as many as 6 years to a person’s life.”

Now, if that is not a reason enough to pick up the phone and schedule an spa appointment I don’t know what is (you don’t even have to come to ESSpa Kozmetika, I just want you to try it and experience what you have been missing so shop around and if you find another spa that you like better – I encourage you to go there.) Not to mention a few extra years will help you keep shooting for a lower golf handicap or improve your tennis backhand or take an extra lap around the track or in the pool.

Spa you Soon,
Eva Kerschbaumer
ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare
Named the “3rd Best Spa in America” in 2008
17 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 782-3888
www.ESSpa.com

A Video Tour of ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare, Pittsburgh’s Best Spa

You are cordially invited to enjoy our new ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare and Spa Video Travelogue featuring Founder & CEO, Eva Kerschbaumer, and a host of others.

Sincerely,
Eva Kerschbaumer
ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare
17 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 782-3888
http://www.esspa.com

PennDot, Prices & Promotions….Oh My! @ ESSpa Kozmetika

With today’s post, I would like to touch on several issues that seem to cause some consternation every now and then. Hopefully, my comments will help foster some goodwill and understanding surrounding these very important topics and how they relate to ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare.

PennDot. Like Haley’s Comet (except more frequent and a lot closer), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation cannot help itself but to cause motorists in and around Greater Pittsburgh as much grief, stress and anxiety as possible when it comes to efficiently navigating area roads during the summer months (or as we like to affectionately call it “road construction hell”). As anyone who has traveled the Pennsylvania Turnpike knows, the WPA did not disband after FDR’s New Deal – it was rechristened PennDot and relegated to the constant work on our state’s highways. Usually this does not directly affect ESSpa Kozmetika as the WPA…oh sorry, PennDot most often is content to endlessly work on I-79, I-76 or other road that are far enough away from our little borough of Aspinwall. This year that came to a screeching halt as PennDot has turned its sights fully on Route 28. Yes Irene, the complete closing and reconstruction of a bridge that it seems like they just closed and reconstructed not too long ago is at hand and it is causing incredible delays, detours and distractions for anyone trying to efficiently drive to ESSpa Kozmetika from Downtown Pittsburgh. According to PennDot, they suggest that everyone (something like 40-50,000 cars per day) drive down a ramp, go across a bridge onto a single lane road (Butler Street) festooned with traffic lights (and the Zoo) and onto another bridge as the fastest detour around the construction zone.

I am here to tell you that there is a much easier and quicker way to get from Downtown (and the South Hills) to Aspinwall and ESSpa Kozmetika. HERE IT IS. Take Bigelow Boulevard (this is accessed via the same ramp / interchange for I-279 North right near Mellon Arena above the USX Tower) east towards Oakland (passing the Bloomfield Bridge) until you come to Baum Boulevard. Turn left onto Baum Boulevard and travel on Baum until you get to Negley Avenue. Turn left onto Negley and continue as it turns into North Negley Avenue. After 20 blocks, bear right as Negley turns into Mellon Terrace and then bear left onto One Wild Place (there will be a big Apartment Building on your right). Follow One Wild Place around the LEFT-hand hairpin turn and go past the Pittsburgh Zoo and down the hill. At the bottom of the hill turn right and stay right onto the Highland Park Bridge. On the bridge stay in the right-hand lane and take the Aspinwall Exit at the end of the bridge. The ramp will take you onto Freeport Road. Go straight to the 3rd traffic light and turn left onto Brilliant Avenue. ESSpa Kozmetika is located at 17 Brilliant (big red brick building on your left). From Downtown, this detour should take about 15-25 minutes (even at the busiest rush-hour).

Prices, prices, prices. One of the hardest things to discuss and figure out in any business is how to price accordingly. This is even more difficult during a time of economic upheaval such as we are currently in. And additionally more difficult in a business that is commonly considered to be a “disposable income” type of service. Allow me to say that in a perfect world, I would spend all of my waking hours giving my guests the longest, best service they could find anywhere at any price for little or no charge (ask around, it is my nature and it is what makes me happy). Unfortunately, I have a husband, a son and 30 some employees who rely on me for a livelihood so I have to find a balance and charge a fair-price. Many of my most loyal guests have noticed a recent price-increase in a few of our services and they have commented to me how much more they are than services at other salons. I must first say that most of these comments are because I did not price my services correctly in the past and allowed people to compare our ESSpa Kozmetika “apples” to other salons “oranges”. This is to say, the prices are not out of whack because people are not comparing the same services. Guests need to understand that our “standard” Hungarian Spa Manicures and Pedicures INCLUDES all of the EXTRAS that other salons charge additional fees for. Our standard nail services INCLUDE a paraffin foot dip. Our standard nail services INCLUDE an invigorating massage. Our standard nail serivces INCLUDE a thorough callus and cuticle removal. And our standard nail services take about 15-20 minutes longer than those at other salons. As for our other “spa” services, there really is no way to compare our ESSpa Facial Treatments to other spas as what we deliver is light-years more involved and effective and longer than anything offered at most other spas (anywhere, not just in Pittsburgh). We use more expensive products, we include more steps, we include more features (like a hand and foot massage) and you are on the table longer. And our massages are the same. When you schedule a 1 Hour Massage at ESSpa Kozmetika you must understand that your will be on the table for 60 minutes (not 50 or 55 minutes like almost every other spa int he world). And your Massage will include hot towels, warm blankets and proper attention to your feet, hands, head, neck, shoulders, arms, back, whatever requires the attention of one of our Nationally Certified and Licensed Therapists. In closing, when it comes to prices, I understand that every dollar counts but please note that I refuse to comprimise on providing my guests with the absolute best possible treatments and products and therapists and the only way to continue doing this is to charge a reasonable and fair price.

Ah promotions. No in the country spa offers more than ESSpa Kozmetika . No spa in the country gets as creative as ESSpa Kozmetika. No spa in the country tries to make spa treatments as accessible to as many people by offering insane offers as ESSpa Kozmetika. Yet sometimes, people still find reason to complain. While I understand that there is a common human desire to always want and look for something for free, I hope that everyone understands that at the end of the day, ESSpa Kozmetika is a business, with bills, and loans, and employees and rent and everything else that comes with operating a successful business. That being said, I really hope that everyone understands that in order for us to continue to offer such wonderful and ridiculously low-cost promotions (like today’s Facial for $39) I have to place some kind of restrictions on their redemption. I just want everyone to know that whatever restrictions there are – any conditions of use are solely placed on the promotions themselves AND NOT on our regularly purchased ESSpa Kozmetika Gift Cards. If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to contact me immediately at promotions@esspa.com.

I hope that this post answers several questions that people might have about some of the more important issues of the day. In closing, I would like to encourage everyone to stay-tuned as I am going to making some huge announcements in the next few months. And as always, everyone is invited to share your thoughts and comments with me about these or any other topics that you wish to discuss…..because without you, ESSpa Kozmetika would not be the wonderful place that it is and will continue to be.

Sincerely,
Eva Kerschbaumer
ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare
Named Pittsburgh’s “Best Green Spa” in 2009
Named the “3rd Best Spa in America” in 2008
17 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 782-3888
http://www.esspa.com

Real Men Love to be Pampered

Admit it guys, which of you would not like someone to rub your feet for an hour after a long day at work (or the golf course, or the tennis court or whatever)……… who among you would not like someone to gently wash your face (and I mean really wash it, which includes getting all the build up and other junk out of those huge pores that you have tried to ignore all of your life)………… which of you would pass on 90 minutes of pure, stress-free pain relief via an incredible massage at the hands of a CERTIFIED, internationally-trained Therapist? I mean, really – we all want to look great and feel better, right?

So why do soooo many gentlemen (and many women too) discard the healthy, organic, effective spa treatments at ESSpa Kozmetika as nothing more than an uncessary indulgence? I am here to help you understand that my mission is all-consuming and after 7 years has just begun. In my native Hungary, EVERYONE goes to a spa for treatments – from little boys and girls to grandpa and grandma. And they all go to the spa ALL THE TIME – at least once a month or so. Why? The simple answer is Tradition (I feel like Tevye) but the real answer is – Hungary doesn’t have a doctor, supermarket, pharmacy, or other store selling “quick-fix” pills, potions or otherwise on every corner. In Hungary, the spa is their individual health maintainance organization. In Hungary, the esthetician and the massage therapist are the primary caregivers and the manicurist and the hair removal professional are the specialists. In Hungary, people go to the spa all the time because these visits MAKE them look and feel better. And they do this WITHOUT all kinds of pills, drugs or expensive doctor visits.

Most of us would like to live a long and healthy life, yes? If this is true, why do you spend so much time running around as fast as you can as if you are going to not make it past lunch? A healthy, long, fufilling life can only be achieved by slowing down (at least a little bit). You have to take care of yourself, you have to get some sleep, you have to eat better (smaller portions more often – that you chew, a lot – of real, unprocessed foods), you need a sunscreen (every day) and you just altogether need to think about yourself long-term. Plan ahead.

My staff and I can help. My staff and I are constantly learning how to blend new ideas and technology into the organic healthy traditions that I brought with me from Hungary. And these incredible treatments are equally applicable (and effective) for men and boys as well as for the ladies. And there is nothing more gratifying than when a young gentleman client comes in who is now in college and they tell me that the best thing they ever did was let their parents bring them to my spa for an acne cure facial when they were 14 years-old, after years of taking accutane and retin-a that didn’t work and made them feel worse.

Fathers’ Day is this weekend. How many of our Dads refuse to take care of themselves. They work too hard, they play too hard, they always seem tired, they never rest……. and God Bless them, most Dads never complain. Maybe that is the problem, if they don’t complain to you, then perhaps they forget to complain to themselves. Your Dad might just be ignoring his own body’s “cry for help”. Don’t let him do this. Call me and bring your Dad to ESSpa Kozmetika down to the spa for a visit to see what we are all about, to see that this is NOT a flowery, fru-fru “girls only” place. Bring Dad down for a beer or a scotch and a complimentary consultation where we can discuss what he wants and how we can help him look great and feel better.

And when you do call (412) 782-3888, if you mention this post and schedule an appointment for yourself, I will give your Dad a spa treatment absolutely free of charge (there are a few restrictions so please call for details). I really hope the True Gentlemen of Pittsburgh (and the rest of the US) will understand the healthy importance of visiting ESSpa Kozmetika and how a frequent, relaxing, spa treatment can make a big difference in Dad’s quality of life. Call or email me for more details and/or comments.

Sincerely,
Eva Kerschbaumer
Founder & CEO
ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare
17 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 782-3888
www.esspa.com

Healthy Clean

Hello everyone. I wanted to take a moment to talk to you about something that has always been one of my most important priorities – cleanliness.

If you are like me, I just feel better when my surroundings are clean. I am emotionally happier, less stressed out, more comfortable and just plain relaxed. That being said, it is very easy to ‘let things go’ and watch things get out-of-control dirty all too quickly. I share this because I was recently at two different establishments (no names please) and was appalled at how dirty one of them was – while quite pleased at how impeccably clean the other was (was I more impressed with #2 because of the dirt at #1? Probably, but #2 was really spotless.)

After seeing this, I began to think about all of the extra hours I spend keeping my spa clean. Did you know that I have two full-time team-members whose only duty is to ensure that ESSpa Kozmetika is as clean as possible. It is a tall order not only because we are located in a hundred-year-old building that shares space with other unrelated businesses but also because ESSpa Kozmetika is the only dayspa in the area that is opened every day. We are not a big corporation nor are we a hotel with a giant housekeeping staff. But seeing an average of 70+ appointments per day, every day – I demand that each guest have the same quality of service as that which you would expect from the most luxurious of boutique resorts.

And the cleaning doesn’t stop after removing dust bunnies. It continues throughout each and every spa treatment. Look at our nail department. Some guests ask why we insist on using hand-hammered copper soaking vessels for our pedicures instead of the typical ‘pedicure throne’ chairs. The answer is two-fold, 1) no matter how hard you try, it is next to impossible to keep a built-in pedicure whirlpool bath clean in a busy spa, there are just too many nooks and crannies and tubes where bacteria can hide, grow and spread whereas our copper vessels have no such nooks where germs can hide; 2) I enjoy the ritual and experience of placing a vessel in front of a guest for her (or his) personal experience and pouring warm, fresh, clean water over the feet to initial a wonderful pedicure service.

Also unqiue to our nail services, every single guest receives a brand-new, indiviudally sealed nail file that will be used in her / his service and then is disposed of after each use. All of our stainless-steel impliments are thoroughly sterilized in a hospital grade disinfectant before each and every use. And just to get things going the right way – before each treatment, both the staff-member and the guest thoroughly wash their hands with our special antibacterial cleanser. We also have jewelry cleansers to put the sparkle back in your rings and bracelets while you enjoy your nail service.

In the rest of our departments, we are just as diligent. Staff-members are required to wash their hands before applying any products to your face or body and each and every impliment and/or piece of equipment is completely and thoroughly disinfected. And if you are having a MicroDermabrasion treatment, rest assured that each guest is provided with a brand-new, unused applciation tip, while our system uses a factory-sealed, HEPA-filtered supply and waste dual container layout.

Our attention to detail continues with our laundry. All of our ample soiled linens are washed on-site which does several things. 1) We are a Green Spa and that means we attempt to hold true to Green standards whenever possible – in our laundry this means we use earth-friendly detergents and we also use high-efficency equipment. The simple fact of doing our laundry on-site also reduces our environmental impact bu not requiring an off-site, linen delivery service to clean our linens (with harsh, industrial chemical detergents).

In short, I demand that my guests are presented with the cleanest, safest, healthiest, most guest-centric environment possible. ESSpa Kozmetika is more than a spa or a corner salon. It is a place that is dedicated to enhancing the overall health and wellness of each and every person who walks in my door. And THAT is what I hope you keep in mind whenever you make your next appointment – even if you make it at another spa.

I invite you to call me for more details and thank you for reading.

Best,
Eva Sztupka
ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare
17 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 782-3888
http://www.esspa.com

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