Biodroga Skin Care Incentive Tour 2014

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Once again (my 5th time I believe) I had the honour, along with one of my senior aestheticians, of going to Baden-Baden Germany for 5 days, all expenses paid, as guests of Biodroga Systems.

For those of you who are new to Rosewater Spas, Biodroga Skin Care, one of our principle skin care lines is a brand name that stands for exclusive biological beauty skin care, headquartered in the charming German SPA town of Baden-Baden.

Just back a week ago, I am so excited to share with you some of the highlights of this incredible experience. You wouldn’t believe what we did in just 5 days!

  • hands on training with their International Trainer
  • guided tour of the Biodroga facilities with their head chemist
  • open discussions with other spa owners on skin care trends
  • power walks in the foothills of the Black Forest in the am before class every day
  • day trip to Strasbourg, France…ooh la la with an unplanned stop at a winery for a dégustation of local Reislings, Gewurztraminers and Kirsch.

BadenBadenI just have to go in to more detail here about the true highlight for me personally.

One of the greatest treasures of Baden-Baden undoubtedly is Friedrichsbad, an amazing Roman-Irish bathhouse built in 1869 over the ruins of the original Roman baths, where bathing and wallowing in the thermal waters is as much a tradition today as it was two thousand years ago.

A flight from Toronto to Frankfurt over night, a 3 hour bus ride and a 5 minute walk from our hotel led me to begin my journey of partaking of the curative waters. Talk about a detox & anti-jet lag! Prepare to abandon modesty (and clothing) as this 2 hour experience takes you through a maze of rooms opulently appointed with marble floors, painted tiles, cupolas, colonnades and frescoed walls.

The experience of Friederichsbad resembles a unique treasure hunt. You follow a sequence that is inscribed on the wall in each room, specifying how much time you should spend there. It begins with a leisurely shower followed by a warm-air bath, then a hot-air bath that makes the perspiration flow in healthy torrents, releasing toxins.

After anPicMonkey Collage2other shower to cool off you are given an invigorating soap-and-brush massage…you know it’s over with a slap on the derrière. You then enter the inhalation steam bath where you can rest & breathe deeply, and then on to a series of thermal pools of varying temperatures where you can either rest in the water or swim gently and enjoy the solitude, disturbed only by the resounding echo of footsteps and occasional whispers.

Then the treasure: a round, tepid pool under an enormous dome, flooded with natural light and decorated with the finest marble and statutes. If you tear yourself away from this lovely pool the following phase is a hot bath with bubbling jets, terminating in a quick dip into a shocking 18 degree Celsius pool (I chickened out on this last station I must confess). Then you enter a tranquil rotunda with small beds where you are wrapped up in warm Then you enter a tranquil rotunda with small beds where you are wrapped up in warm blankets and left to rest or nap.

Bliss personified…adieu jet lag.

Posted by Liz Belford June 2014

10 Reasons to Book an Exfoliating Body Treatment at Rosewater Spa

Why exfoliate your body? We, in North America, think of skin care as of from the neck upwards and more often than not neglect from the décolté downwards. Given that the skin is the largest organ of our bodies one must experience a body treatment at a bare minimum of every to season to nourish and revitalize from head to toe.

Vichy Shower Body Treatment at Rosewater Spas

Vichy Shower at Rosewater Spas

  1. Say Sayonara to Dead Skin Cells.  Whether the exfoliating agent is sea salts, sugar or certified organic fucus rockweed, it will remove the dead skin cells sitting on the surface. Your skin will be left soft as a baby’s bottom.
  2. Skin Tone.  Your actual skin tone will appear more even and your pores appear smaller. Regular treatments will also help keep back acne in check too.
  3. Skin Glow. One of the biggest benefits during warmer weather is the natural, healthy and radiant glow your skin is left with. You’ll be happy to slip on that bathing suit or favourite pair of shorts!
  4. Anti-Aging. Wakes up the body’s natural ability to increase collagen production and elasticity.
  5. Improved Blood Circulation. We exercise our bodies and our minds, but when did you last exercise your skin?
  6. Dry Skin Remedy. Because your skin is softer, your moisturizer will actually effectively penetrate instead of just sitting there. How great is that? You will also notice that you need less.
  7. Relaxation. You’re spending quality time alone. These deeply relaxing treatments are shown to decrease stress, thereby lowering blood pressure.
  8. Escape. Make the Rosewater Spa your runaway or go to place for your next stay-cation. We are the only spa in Oakville and Burlington to have a Vichy shower.
  9. Detoxify. To really get those toxins flushed out book a massage first followed by the body treatment of your choice… amazing experience.
  10. …because you deserve it!

Call us to book your Body Treat-ment today.
Rosewater Spa of Oakville – 905.338.7724
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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Photo from 8-Nov-11As this very special day is almost upon us, it is also a time for me personally to reflect on past Mother’s Days in my life with my own ‘now grown up’ daughters and also thoughts of my own Mom who passed away in 2007 at the age of 88 and what she meant to me.

What I remember the most about my Mom was that she was there for me. My Mom believed in me and was always available to listen. She had time for me.

Fast forward to 2014 and present day Mother’s Day and if there is one single thing that I can share with you about this special day that I have learned over the years is that gift giving for your own mother should be something experiential and not material.

Plan a picnic as my children have done for me. Take her to live theatre. Go for a walk in the forest. Create a playlist of her favourite songs. You know her taste. Make a home cooked meal or a hand made card. Take her to the spa.  Need I say which one?!!  It’s the gift of time you are sharing with her.  It doesn’t get better than that.  We all have ‘some’ disposable income but we never seem to have enough time. This truly is what is lacking for so many of us in our families today.

Give your Mom the gift of time with you. Happy Mother’s Day!

Honouring the Best of the Best at Rosewater Spa

amandaandMove over Hollywood! You weren’t the only ones celebrating!

Rosewater Spas honoured the ‘best of the best’ too at our Annual Awards Dinner on February 25th just a few days ahead of the Academy Awards.

The celebration began upstairs at Jonathan’s Restaurant in a very intimate setting and I have to say this is an event I look forward to each and every year. It is with such great pride and pleasure for me to bring the Team together and honour those individuals who are so committed to making the spa experience the best that it can be.

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We recognize employees in both the aesthetics and massage departments of the business. Awards are given out for Rookie of the Year, Employee Most Improved of the Year, Employee of the Year as well as acknowledging outstanding performance in both services and retail. These are the individuals who inspire me to be the best that I can be and make it so worthwhile to come to work every day.

Rahua Hair Care at Rosewater Spa… beauty is power

Rahua harahuair care products are sulfate free, synthetic paraben and fragrance free, propylene glycol free, dimethicone free and free from questionable ingredients.

100% natural, organic and vegan. Authentic Rainforest grown oils are star ingredients for Rahua Collection.

A percentage of each Rahua sale goes to preserving and protecting the Amazon Rainforest and its inhabitants!

Reflexology with Sandra at Rosewater Spa of Oakville

Reflexology Foot ChartDid you know? Reflexology is based on the belief that there are reflex areas on the feet corresponding to all parts of the body. Applying gentle pressure to specific areas can affect internal organs and body systems, and therefore promote good health.

Meet Sandra, Certified Reflexologist at Rosewater Spa of Oakville. She’s amazing!

Book your Reflexology appointment with Sandra today! Your body will thank you!

Ask an Aesthetician…

product photoQuestion: How many products does the “average” woman use in a day?Answer: 29

Now think about those products. Are they the best products (that you can afford, of course) for your skin? Talk to your Rosewater Spa Aesthetician about your wellness and beauty regime today.

Street Smarts: Oakville, the Town born from Timbers

Suzanne Winthrob, Special to National Post  Apr 27, 2012
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Liz Belford, Rosewater Spa
Liz Belford, owner of the Rosewater Spa in Oakville: “I just don’t think there’s a better place to live.”

Toronto has a love affair with the condo, with 28,466 new-build units purchased in 2011. Thousands more are planned. Suite size, price, amenities and architecture are important, but more and more, a building’s neighbourhood is being considered the ultimate draw. The 12th part of a lengthy series examining the GTA’s new condo ’hoods.

It’s a cool but sunny weekday morning and Oakville’s picturesque downtown is quiet. Only a handful of people are out walking, most with dogs. With little traffic, delivery men stop their trucks in the turning lanes and unload their wares from there. For a midtown 416er venturing to one of Canada’s wealthiest neighbourhoods for the very first time, the silence and tranquility is almost eerie.
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The season is changing… The world is changing.

We’re living in tumultuous times. Liz Belford, Rosewater Spa

Closer to home, our hopes and dreams are being fulfilled and we are indeed grateful! Rosewater Spa of Oakville celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year; we recently gathered to recognize our incredibly talented staff; we won the 2011 spAWARD as one of Canada’s Top 50 Spas; and we are introducing our involvement with the New Oakville Hospital through Project Honeycomb.

On a personal note, I’m going to be a grandmother for the second time, later this year. Wonderful news. As we continue watching world events, and preparing for the long awaited arrival of spring, let’s celebrate hope for new beginnings.

May all your hopes and dreams come true…
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