Friday, May 31, 2019

Hoshall's Spa Day

What could beat a day at the spa?  All my blogger dreams came true the day that Hoshall's Salon & Spa invited me to try their services.  They invited me the week before Mother's Day for a relaxing spa experience to get me ready for Mother's Day.  I could not be more excited!

I received free services in exchange for a social media post.  This blog post was not required and I'm writing it because I truly loved my experience and think that it would be one of the best gifts you could give someone.  

All photos are courtesy of the amazing Christina Best Photography.

Hoshall's is in Folsom, CA near the Rainbow Bridge.  They were founded over 40 years ago and in 2016 Hoshall's became an all women owned business.  I got to meet owners Kathy Fennessy and Mary Brigham and not only were they absolutely lovely people but you could tell they took a lot of care in every single detail they put into their place.

Confession: I have never been to a real full service spa before.  I have been to a salon/spa and a chain massage place to get massages and I've been to a small salon to have a facial but not this kind of spa. It was so fun to change into a robe and slippers (lockers are provided for your belongings) to lounge around the spa!  I think being in the robe puts you in a different mindset.  PS the robe had pockets so I kept my phone with me the whole time so I could take selfies, not sorry.

One of the things that surprised me most about Hoshall's is their giant beautiful patio which looks out onto a beautiful nature landscape.  I've been in the same parking lot various times and had no idea that the view in the back was so stunning!  They offer the patio for rent for private events such as birthdays, baby showers, or even a couple's day.  You can even bring your own food and an attendant will set it up for you at no extra charge.  Or you can have a spa lunch ordered and there is wine available for purchase.  I would highly recommend spending some time on this patio!  It was the perfect place to have lunch and just feel like you've escaped from the whole world.  You feel like you're in a relaxing oasis instead of a few miles from home.

My first service was a petite facial with Luda.  It was such a lovely and relaxing session.  I had exfoliation and a mask.  There was steaming and massaging.  Luda, the esthetician, also talked to be about my skin and gave me some advice on dealing with some problems I've been having.  It was a lovely session and the perfect way to start my spa day.

In between services, you can hang out on the patio or there's a waiting area with tea, water, and light snacks.  I opted for some spa water on the patio since it was such a lovely day.  I was able to chat with my friends for a few minutes before heading off to the next service.

Next, I had a massage with masseuse Elizabeth.  Is there anything in life more relaxing than a massage?  They have these amazing rooms with shower heads over the bed where you can get rinsed off right in the room.  It's so neat!  I was in one of these rooms but I didn't try to rinse.  The lights are dim and there's calming music.  Elizabeth asked me how much pressure I liked and what my problem areas were.  It was a WONDERFUL massage and I wish I could go back right this second.

After the massage, the masseuse asked me if I wanted to try the Turkish Showers to rinse off.  I figured I was already there so I should try it.  She got it started for me and walked me over there which I found so thoughtful!  The Turkish Showers have steam as well as the traditional shower head.  The steam at Hoshall's had aroma therapy too.  I steamed for as long as I could manage, which isn't long for me since I run really warm, then I turned on the cold water and rinsed off to close up all my pores as suggested by Elizabeth.  They also have a Desert Dry Sauna that people are welcome to use between services or  you can use just the sauna and shower for a small fee.

My last treatment for the day was a blow out.  I have never gone to a salon for a blow out before.  They wash and dry your hair and they will style it for you.  My cute hairstyle Katie had these lovely beach waves and a braid in her hair that day and I asked her to make my hair look just like hers.  She did an amazing job and it was sooooooo luxurious to have someone style my hair.  I felt so pretty leaving the salon!

I highly recommend booking a spa day at Hoshall's!  It's the perfect gift for someone important in your life.  What's a better gift than spending the day relaxing and being pampered?  It's perfect for a busy mom or a bride to relax before her big day or anyone who loves being treated like a queen!  I know what I'll be putting on my holiday wishlist!

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