Monday, October 10, 2011


Can I approach the spa I go to and ask for a discount? I am tightening my budget and really don't want to give up my monthly visits because it is the only time where I am doing something just for me.

Everyone is anxious about money. It's difficult to indulge with a clear conscience and without a nervous twitch. While we agree it is a good idea to take a good long look at your personal finances, a trip to your spa is an investment in your overall health. Massages, facials, and other treatments help take the edge off these most stressful times. The good news? Spas are listening to the heartbeat of the economy and many are offering some great deals in a sincere effort to keep your business and patronage.

USA Today reported . . . "You can still go and have a spa experience without spending a ton of money," says Veronica Cole of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, Calif. "Many spas, like ours, offer use of our facilities with one treatment, so you can come spend hours relaxing." Jaime Huffman of the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, N.C., said more 50-minute massages have been made available recently instead of more expensive 80-minute massages. Booking midweek is usually cheaper than weekend trips, and spa owners suggest asking about specials like a mother-daughter discount or a family discount. Most spas have them but don't necessarily talk them up. So, don't be shy. Ask what promotions are currently running since the economy has turned and where you can stretch your dollar.