The Best Mother’s Day Gift in Pennsylvania: Professional Massage Therapy

The Best Mother’s Day Gift: A Professional Massage

 

My family and I recently moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I had been suffering of lower back pain for a while. Therefore, I went to the doctor and had an X-ray. I had developed osteoarthritis in my spine. Well, at least now I knew the cause of the pain.

A couple of months later, my son surprised me with one of the best gifts ever on Mother’s Day. He took me to a popular, local Spa to get one of their famous therapeutic massages.

The atmosphere was relaxing, cozy, and friendly. The owners and their staff greeted us very cordially. Afterwards, they took me to a private room and did a short interview to find out about my health history (allergies, ailments, pain) and needs. They informed me that all of their masseuses were highly trained, certified, and permanent staff members. Then, they proceeded to tell me about the various types of massages available to me, each designed to address different goals.

First, they told me about their Hungarian Honey massage. This type of massage has amazing effects in the body. It helps eliminate toxins, moisturizes, nourishes, and cleans the skin, improves blood circulation, relaxes the nervous system, boosts the metabolism, reduces cellulite, enhances the immune system, and relieves chronic exhaustion.

Then, they introduced me to the Swedish massage, which is done all over your body to ease tension, increase circulation, and relax you.

They offer many other types for different purposes such as hot stone, reflexology, trigger point, maternity, head, neck, and shoulder, and deep tissue sport massages. They all sounded divine to me. That is where things became a bit difficult for me because after learning about their variety and purposes, I wanted to have them all! Yet, I had to choose one.

I decided to have the Hungarian honey massage. The masseuse took me to her room and, after giving me the time to undress and wrap a soft towel around; she began to rub my body gently with honey focusing on my lower back. I immediately began to feel the effects and relief.

There is no doubt that this massage at ESSpa in Pittsburg was the best Mother’s Day gift I have had in years. Schedule a Mother’s Day massage treatment at Esspa Kozmetika Organic Skincare for your mother today. Just use their convenient online form at www.esspa.net . She’ll love it!

 

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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

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

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