Thursday, February 26, 2009

March MUDness Contest

It’s time for some fun in the mud!

This month Glen Ivy is on the hunt to find the best CLUB MUD PHOTO! Get yourself REDy and meet me in the mud Monday through Friday between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to show me what you’ve got! I am not looking for any ordinary photo; I am looking for unique, creative and fun!

Photographs will be e-mailed to contestants to share with family and friends and posted here on the Glen Ivy blog the same day they are taken. At the end of each week, we will award a “March MUDness” winner with a $150 Glen Ivy gift card! Once we have the four weekly winners at the end of March, it will be up to you to vote on the blog to select a grand prize winner! The grand prize winner will be rewarded with an additional $150 Glen Ivy gift card to give to someone special for a returning trip to paradise.

Grab your suits and your smiles and meet me in the mud!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Whatsa Watsu RECAP

As you all know, I made plans to partake in a Watsu massage here at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa (see previous post) so I could fully describe first hand what a Watsu experience is really like. So, here's my experience...

When I got in the pool, I jumped a bit expecting the pool to be cooler rather than the warm water that it was. Janelle Muse, Glen Ivy's amazing Watsu therapist, went over what to expect and asked me if I had any issues that she should be aware of during the session. After we got that out of the way, she put the floats on my legs and then we began.

It took me about one minute (literally) to get comfortable and almost instantly after that, I fell into a different level of consciousness. It is one of the hardest things to explain. I felt like I was sleeping but I know I wasn’t. I was so at ease and relaxed; nothing concerned me at that moment in time. I was floated while Janelle used various massage techniques during the 50 minutes of my service including stretching of the muscles with long strokes, reflexology and my favorite: a head, neck and shoulder massage. It was an incredible feeling!

Janelle sure was right about Watsu being an enhanced sensory experience. After the service, I felt just as peaceful and rested as a traditional massage, which pleasantly surprised me. I wouldn’t say that I had doubts, but I really wasn’t sure how I would feel afterwards compared to a traditional massage. I had heard how incredible and spiritual a Watsu massage is but experiencing it was one of the most unbelievable feelings ever.

Long story short, I sure am glad I was WATSU-fied! I felt like a new person afterwards - I was rejuvenated, relaxed and felt amazing all around. I thoroughly enjoy trying new things so getting the chance to experience something that I have heard such great things about was a joy. I am very, very excited that Watsu is now offered at Glen Ivy!

Our wonderful Community Relations Coordinator, Elizabeth, took some video footage of my Watsu adventure. Check it out!

If you are interested in experiencing Watsu yourself, call 1-888-GLEN IVY for more information or to book an appointment.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wedding Expo Recap

As you all know, Elizabeth and Jennifer set up at the Wedding Expo which took place at the Corona Public Library on Thursday, February 12th, 2009. I stopped by to say HI to guests and to see if the rumors were true- AND THEY WERE, there were cake samples!

Here are a few photographs of the event:

While we were there, we collected spa goer forms from guests to raffle off two admission passes to the Hot Springs Spa. Best wishes to our winner, Gwen!! We look forward to seeing you at the spa real soon!

Cabanas were a hot topic at the wedding expo! Not only are they great for bridal parties, but also for birthdays, anniversaries or just because you deserve it!!

Congratulations to all the brides (and grooms of course) - we wish you the best for peaceful planning and a beautiful wedding!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Whatsa Watsu

Most people that have experienced Watsu massage find it to be “blissfully relaxing,” but for those who haven’t had the pleasure yet, I sat down with Janelle Muse, our Watsu therapist here at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa, to get a better understanding of this new, unique massage that we now offer here at the Hot Springs.

K: Can you give us a better idea of what Watsu is?

J: Well, it’s hard to put into words - experiencing it is the best! But at its simplest level, it’s a floating, liquid massage. The aquatic practitioner supports you comfortably in warm, body temperature water, usually ranging from 96-98ºF. Your muscles are then massaged, your joints mobilized, tissues stretched, energy pathways opened, and your whole body is glided gently through the water.

K: That sounds amazing (as I am watching another guest experiencing Watsu in the pool beside me). Why would Watsu be beneficial for someone compared to a traditional massage on a table?

J: Traditional massages are great, but with Watsu guests have an enhanced sensory experience. Watsu can touch people on many different levels. It can be peaceful, relaxing, therapeutic, spiritual and playful! I guess multi-dimensional is the word I am looking for. Watsu touches on the release of energy and the spine is really able to open up during Watsu, which is incredibly beneficial for guests. Watsu is used for treating stress, chronic back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and a host of other conditions. It is a profoundly moving and relaxing form of passive aquatic therapy.

K: Watsu sounds wonderful, Janelle! I better let you go; I know you have some guests waiting for their Watsu massage!

And she’s off … off to the pool to start her next appointment for the day!

Watsu is something that needs to be experienced in order to fully understand and that is why I will be suiting up next week to get the full experience! Details still to come! Stay tuned …

Here are some photos I took of a wonderful guest experiencing Watsu:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

And the nominees are ...

The votes are in and Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa has been nominated as one of Riverside’s best businesses on FOX11’s MyFoxLA HOTLIST- Orange County edition. We are all so excited about this nomination and of course Glen Ivy would not be where it is today without the support of all of you!

Log onto MyFoxLA and vote for Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa in the Best Day Spa Category! Voting ends March 21st. Thank you again for your support!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wedding Expo at Corona Public Library

Tomorrow Elizabeth and I will be at the Corona Public Library Wedding Expo from 5 to 8 p.m. This will be our second wedding-related event of the year and I'm really looking forward to it since the first one was so much fun. (my fingers are crossed for delicious appetizers and cake samples again!!)

There are going to be tons of fantastic vendors at the library so be sure to stop by the Glen Ivy booth, say hi and enter for a chance to win spa admission passes to Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa!

We'll be sure to post pictures next week.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Achieving excellence

The Corona Chamber of Commerce recently announced the five businesses that have earned their prestigious Award of Excellence. Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa is proud to be recognized by the Chamber as the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Service!

It is our goal every day at Glen Ivy to exceed our guests’ expectations in all aspects of their visit to the spa and this award is a tribute to the outstanding people that work here and make this an extraordinary place for guests to visit and employees to work.

Here's a photo of some of the staff at Glen Ivy after hearing the great news:

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”
--Vince Lombardi, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach