Spas — 24 October 2018

Get pampered in Shenandoah County, Virginia.

By Hope S. Philbrick

“We’re gifting you a facial on your way out of the valley,” my friends said on the morning I was scheduled to drive back home from Shenandoah County, Virginia.

I hadn’t told them that I have such sensitive skin that I tend to avoid facials ever since one left my whole face scabbed-over for a week. I was a little nervous.

No need to worry about Spa 122 & Salon.

The esthetician greeted me at the door. “Have you ever been here before?” she asked. After learning this was my first visit she explained that it’s also a dental office. Imagine that! After getting a crown you could get a massage!

I filled out the paperwork detailing my sensitivities, allergies and concerns. I was then escorted to a private room that was decked out like a luxury bathroom with lockers, stashed my belongings and put on a robe and slippers, and then headed down the hall to the treatment room.

In that quiet sanctuary, I slipped between satiny sheets onto an ergonomic heated table and tried not to fall asleep.

The esthetician got to work on my skin.

She massaged a series of cleansers and moisturizers onto my face, all of which smelled like a garden since they’re all plant-based and natural. All were safe for even my skin.

Normally, if anyone touches my eyelids it seems all kinds of wrong, but this esthetician was so gentle it felt like butterfly kisses and was surprisingly soothing. To remove some ointments before applying others in the long series of potions, she used a towel that was so soft its nap felt like a dance of a thousand feathers. A battery-powered scrub brush was so soft it felt like getting nuzzled by kittens. Another sonic tool felt like a shaver (yet it would remove no hair, I was warned, good to know before it skidded across my eyebrows). When the esthetician massaged my face muscles with her fingers it felt like marbles doing ballet. It was heavenly, pampering.

By the time the facial was complete I felt like every wrinkle I ever had must have been massaged away. It was a very relaxing, enjoyable experience. I’d certainly return.

“The carrot oil was really good for you,” the esthetician said. I can’t say that I looked in the mirror after this facial and appeared to be ten years younger. But I can say that later that day when I checked into a hotel in North Carolina the lady behind the reception desk said that I didn’t look old enough for an AARP discount.

I’m going to have to tell my dentist that he needs to up his game!

More Information…

Spa 122 & Salon
9626 South Congress Street-Suite A
New Market VA 22844
540.740.3211

Visit Shenandoah County

– Photo courtesy Hibiscus Spa at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes

Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion. Thanks to Visit Shenandoah County for hosting my visit.

HSP15Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive—researching a spa may be her ideal work day. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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