Red Door - No More!
by Cathy Whitcomb-McDiarmid, Tofino
Can you remember the days when the place for women to pamper themselves
was Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Salon?
(ok, so I'm showing my age). I can't remember the name
of the department store it was affiliated with but there was one in
every major city. And now that I think about it maybe it's a
us thing. Nevertheless, my point is this. Facials, I am here to tell
you have a come a long way from the days of being a treat for the "blue
I was the recipient of a gift certificate during the holidays that
had me scheduled for 1 1/2 hours of bliss. As I was lying in the "spa
den" of the Sacred Stone Wellness Studio, receiving what, in
my book, went far beyond the facials I have known, many thoughts passed
through my relaxed head. One was how many friends I would give this
to as a gift in the future and another was that I don't think
I know any men who have ever had a facial. Based on what I am feeling
at this moment, I can only imagine what a treat it could be.
I don't think I know any men who have ever had a facial.'
So I decided to test it out on a friend who was visiting over New
Years. He is a frequent world traveler and a big fan of massage to
alleviate jet lag and such. He had never had a facial and actually
looked at me rather funny when I suggested it. He was pleasantly surprised
with the experience and had a few things to say.
Before my journey began we discussed diet and exercise to determine
the best oils and lotions that would enhance what turned out the be
the best massage therapy session I have ever had. After working every
inch of my face and head, down to the tips of my hair she worked on
relieving the tension in my neck, shoulders and arms with strong but
sensitive hands. She displayed a control over her breathing which I
found enhanced the whole experience as she tried to become invisible
to the surroundings allowing me to fully enjoy the soft lighting, soothing
music and fragrant smells.
The smells were amazing, as they were the scents that I picked out
with my eyes closed, out of several choices placed in front of my nose.
It makes the overall experience so personal. When she was finished,
I was allowed to take my time getting up to re-enter the real world.
I will be back for more on my next visit to the "end of the road".
We have entered an age where we all need to take time for our health
and well being more so than ever. Even in our little world in Tofino
our pace is so fast and we all work so hard that we are lucky to have
many fine massage therapists, spa facilities, and wellness professionals.
There is something for everyone.
In this New Year, take time out for yourself!
Cathy Whitcomb-McDiarmid is a project manager with 'Serves
You Right', a Tofino event planning firm.