Spas for Moms: Total Bliss
On her special day, treat Mom to a relaxing spa or beauty treatment.
Between running a household, maintaining a career, and taking care of everyone else, being a mom is hard work. Luckily, on Sunday, May 13th, Orlando mothers have a day just for themselves. While you can’t go wrong with a champagne brunch or a bouquet of roses, the best way to spoil Mom is with an indulgent spa treatment or a day at the salon.
“By giving your mom a spa day, you’re gifting her time to relax and put her self-care first,” says Alissa Perez, director of public relations at The Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. “A spa day helps her replenish those reserves that allow her to care so much for everyone in the family.” Not only will booking a massage, facial, hair treatment or manicure make Mom feel her very best, it will also help her mentally unwind and hit the reset button. Since everyone has a different idea of relaxation, we’ve found some great local beauty treatments to fit every personality and make a memorable Mother’s Day present.
For the mom who wants some quiet time to herself: Float Therapy at East Coast Floats
Do nothing—literally—in a sensory deprivation tank. The float pods in Baldwin Park’s East Coast Floats are filled with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts, so you’ll feel completely weightless. Once inside, you can choose to float in complete darkness or with the interior lights turned on. Then, simply soak in total peace and quiet for an hour. Beyond giving you a break from a hectic day, floating has mental and physical health benefits. Mentally, it’s a good way practice mindfulness—you’re able to connect with your thoughts and feelings since you’re in an environment without any distractions. Physically, it relieves aches and pains while also calming the body, so anxiety and stress levels are reduced and your sleep improves. $69 for a one-hour session; packages and specials also are available. eastcoastfloats.com
For the mom who wants to look good from her hands to her toes: a mani/pedi at Tipsy SalonBar
There are few things more satisfying than a fabulous manicure/pedicure—especially if you can’t even find time to touch up your own nails. Step into one of Tipsy Salonbar’s cozy spa chairs for one of their signature pedicures (they offer a range of services from aromatherapy to hot stone massage to reflexology). For your fingernails, choose between a Shellac (gel), Dip It polish, or regular manicure. Their trained nail artists can decorate your nails by adding designs, studs and gemstones to your tips. And the best part: Free wine to sip throughout your service—to ensure you are truly un-wine-d. $28 and up depending on the service. facebook.com/tipsysalonbarwinterpark
For the mom who wants the latest trend: a vampire facial at Orchid Spa & Wellness
A vampire facial or PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) facial is a beauty treatment designed for the most adventurous skincare enthusiasts. Designed to firm and rejuvenate the skin, the procedure begins by extracting a small amount of blood from your body. After red and white blood cells have been extracted from the sample, what’s left behind is platelet-rich plasma. It is then applied topically to the face following a micro-needling treatment. The platelets are able to penetrate the skin, triggering collagen production and regeneration, which then creates a firmer, tighter and smoother complexion. Be warned: If you get queasy at the sight of blood, consider another one of Orchid Spa & Wellness’s skin treatments, like their Fresh Glow or Micro-current facial. $600, vampire facial.
For the mom who loves to get glam: a blowout and makeup session at Marilyn Monroe Spas
Give mom an excuse to get dolled up by treating her to hair and makeup services at one of Marilyn Monroe Spas’ four Orlando-area locations. While you can’t go wrong with a classic blowout, the salon also offers additional styling services like braids and updos. If you’re looking for a complete mane makeover, book a cut, color touch-up, gloss treatment, or even hair extensions. In terms of makeup, set up an appointment with one of the spa’s professional makeup artists. They’ll show you how to play up your best features and give you a look based on your personal taste. Some of their signature looks include the Norma Jeane Natural, the Golden Glam, and the Bombshell Blonde. For added drama, trade your mascara for eyelash extensions. Pricing depends on services selected. marilynmonroespas.com
For the mom who needs to relax: the Grande Hammock experience at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
This treatment combines two of the best ways to unwind: hammocks and massages. Performed on the Ritz-Carlton’s open-air rooftop garden, you are gently rocked on a zero-gravity hammock while a therapist massages away any tension and stress. A foot soak is also included in the 70-minute session. “Longer services allow for a truer sense of relaxation since it provides more time for the person to let go of her concerns,” explains Alissa Perez, the resort’s director of public relations. “Plus, more and more studies are showing the benefits of regular massage. On the physical level, massage can help to reduce cortisol levels and blood pressure, resulting in better sleep, decreased inflammation and a better sense of well-being.” $230. ritzcarlton.com
For the mom who is expecting: the Mother-To-Be Massage at Rosen Shingle Creek
From swollen feet to morning sickness, pregnant moms-to-be are especially in need of some TLC before welcoming their new baby. This prenatal massage, designed for those in their second or third trimester, helps soothe any aches and pains. The therapist uses specific pregnancy massage techniques and maternity pillows to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the 50-minute treatment. Beyond its relaxation benefits, studies have shown that a massage during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve pain, and improve newborn health. For locals looking to indulge, check out the I Love Rosen card where you can receive 25 percent off spa treatments, dining, golf and overnight stays. Planning a babymoon has never been easier. $145 for 50 minutes. rosenshinglecreek.com