Ask Mary: Your Resident Spa Expert

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Monthly Massages are the Solution to your New Year’s Resolution

Getting monthly massages is a great catalyst for your New Year’s resolution. Whether your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more, to eat healthier, to be more productive or present – massage can help you reach your goals and maintain them throughout the year.


The Nose Knows

Studies show that aromatherapy provides relief of several conditions and ailments. Additionally, certain scents can increase production and functionality.


Top 5 reasons to Schedule You Time

You’ve heard of a vacation and a staycation. Have you heard of a Youcation? Probably not, because I just made up the phrase. However, the benefits of scheduling time just for you are many and are well documented.


Six Fast Facts On Why You Need A Fall Facial

1. Cleans blocked pores. All summer long you faced the elements, applied sunscreen and perspired. Plain and simple, your pores are clogged. Open them up. Read More

Hot Stone Massage | Massage Retreat and Spa

Cold Weather. Hot Stones.

You may have experienced a therapeutic or relaxation massage, but nothing warms your muscles and soul like a hot stone massage. Read More


Waxing and Hair Removal

Let’s face it!  Shaving is no fun, and razor blades are not cheap.  Not too mention, the lovely nicks, dings and razor burn associated with shaving. If you’re tired of spending countless hours a month shaving your legs, underarms, bikini area, back, chest, and more, why not consider waxing as your hair removal option?  At… Read More


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Cinco de Drinko: How Alcohol Consumption Ruins Your Skin

Cinco de Drinko: How Alcohol Consumption Ruins Your Skin

Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo a.k.a. “Cinco de Drinko”. A common reason for social gathering, how does consuming mass quantities of alcohol affect your skin? Answer: It ruins it. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, which as we know will result in a multitude of common skin complaints including: Dryness Flakiness Darker under eye circles Reduced collagen production… Read More

How to Choose the Best Massage Therapist

“Mary, I’m thinking about coming to Massage Retreat & Spa for the first time this weekend. I’ve had massages before, but I want to make sure I get the best massage therapist. Who do you recommend?” I can testify that every single one of our Skin and Massage Therapists are top-notch at Massage Retreat &… Read More

Become a Trigger Point PRO

Become a Trigger Point PRO

“Hi Mary, I noticed Massage Retreat & Spa started selling these black tools. They kind of look like hooks? Could you tell me what they are and what they are for? Thanks!” Of course I can! Those “hooks” you’re referring to are called Trigger Point Pros. The Trigger Point Pro is a self-massage tool that… Read More

The Deal with Dermaplaning

“Hi Mary! I have a question about Dermaplaning. I have very dry skin. Would Dermaplaning cause my face to become even more dry? What would be the benefits of Dermaplaning as opposed to using a facial exfoliator? Also, I read somewhere that usually Dermaplaning can be done every three weeks… but that seems like such… Read More

Anti-Aging Products: What to Use and When to Use Them

“I’m 24 years old, and I’m already starting to see signs of aging. Am I too young to start using anti-aging products? When is the right age? What should I use?” – Stacey G. Hi Stacey, It is never too early to start preventing the signs of aging. Massage Retreat & Spa’s Area Skin Expert, Kristi… Read More