We Spa-Napped a Reader! Watch the Video.

In honor of The Month of Moms, I reached out on Facebook last week to learn some tried and true mom wisdom, and with that, I put the call out for a mom who was long overdue for a day at the spa. Two days later, the spa-napping went down. Watch what happened when winner Jenny Gill got a little taste of her own medicine…

“His mind is in motion and his body is in motion,” New York mom Jenny told me of her 2 year old son, Jack, as we sipped rose at Estancia 460, a restaurant on the cobblestone street next to TriBeCa Spa of Tranquility. “He’s crazy smart and physically advanced. He constantly wants to play a sport, sing the ABC song and tell you about his day. To get him to slow down and understand that you have to sleep, is a big struggle. The just kid doesn’t have time for sleep in his life.”

Although, what Jenny likely didn’t realize in speaking about her son’s misunderstanding of sleep, she was painting a pretty clear picture of her own misunderstanding of relaxation: Jenny has not been to the spa since before Jack was born. Yikes!

Jenny, who happens to be a member of Spa Week’s Hot Mom Spa Squad, clearly knows the importance of recharging your mind and body—so it’s time to give her a taste of her own medicine. How many moms out there dole out wisdom but neglect to follow it themselves? I could say: “To get Jenny to slow down and understand that you have to spa, is a big struggle. The girl jut doesn’t have time for spa in her life.”


When Spa Week reached out to TriBeCa Spa of Tranquility about this great public service for the sake of mom, the acclaimed wellness facility and celebrity hotspot offered up two massages for the cause.

JENNY GILL, You’ve Been Spa-Napped!!!

Wellness Is Better With A Friend Like Foo Foo

What do cake, vacations and life have in common?

They’re all amazing on your own, but even better sharing with a friend.

Same goes for spas. It’s amazing to have a ME-day, but there’s nothing quite like being able to share in the wellness lifestyle with someone you love. That’s where our MyWellness Rewards program comes in! This free program lets you earn points to redeem on spa services and goodies, and now through April 30th, we’re encouraging you to sign up with a friend. ONE MyWellness Rewards member will be selected at random to win 1000 bonus points, plus a spa day for two! So if you signed up already, send your friends here to sign up. Still not a member? Hurry and join now! Keep reading on for a little more inspiration on why this is so important.

Watching a friend go through a positive transformation is quite astounding, especially when you’re one of the catalysts. A trip to the spa can kickstart a spiritual awakening or introduce someone to a new healing method. Or even simpler… spa-ing with a friend creates a memory that will last forever.

When my old friend Foo Foo starting getting down in the dumps, I knew there was only one thing to do…

Foo Foo the spa bear

Hide Yer Kids! A Miami Spa Kidnapping

Michelle Joni and Dashama Spa at Shula's

This is officially a spa kidnapping.

I believe one of my duties – not just as Spa Week’s editor-at-large – but as a human being on this earth, is to share the benefits of the spa lifestyle with as many people as possible. If I can get one billion people to go to the spa or have a transformative wellness experience in their lifetime, I will die a happy woman. My life calling is clear: Indulge, and make it attainable for others to do the same. (Thank God for Spring Spa Week – don’t wait another minute to book!)

While I was staying down in Miami with Dashama, one of our spa stops was the Spa at Shula’s in Miami Lakes. In the middle of Shula’s circle, a quiet and unassuming neighborhood of condos and various business, we were pleasantly surprised to discover this gem, longtime members of Spa Week.

the spa at shula's

We slipped into soft white monogrammed robes and spa shoes, locked our things away in the very nicely equipped changing room, and settled into a quiet relaxation area. We hadn’t eaten much and were quite hungry, so we were thrilled to find a variety of teas, a big plate of fresh strawberries and grapes, an assortment of grainy crackers available to us while we waited on cushy leather recliners.

Shula’s wanted us to experience their seasonal treatments, as this AVEDA spa is constantly coming up with new dynamic spa experiences to try each month. Dashama went first for the Warm Wintergreen Stone Massage & Body Scrub, a 45 minute warm stone massage followed by a 15 minute Wintergreen full body scrub. I went in to snap some photos of her treatment (like all normal spa-goers do… or not…), and vicariously felt the stones gliding up and down her oiled body.

hot stone massage dashama
hot stone massage

My turn was next. I was taken to another dark and quiet room for Shula’s other seasonal offering: The Mandara Treatment. It included a deep cleansing facial, a warm neck and scalp massage, a grapefruit paraffin hand & foot treatment, a dead sea salt body exfoliation and a full body hydration. It started with the scrub, after which I was escorted to a nice strong shower to rinse off the salt, and told to use as many towels as my heart desired. My hands slivered all over my silky smooth body – I love that feeling! Before going back to the room I took a detour in the bathroom and was elated to find a full-blown tushy spa, AKA a heated toilet sea with a multi-speed bidet. Ah, the simple joys.

I returned my treatment bed, which was wrapped in fresh towels and blankets, and waiting for me was a small snack. How did she know I was still hungry? Or rather… how did she know I’m always hungry?

spa snack

After I enjoyed my tea party for one, I couldn’t really tell you what came next, because I slipped into a state of deep spa slumber. I vaguely recall a mix of the softest, gentlest hands imaginable running up and down my body, complete immobilization by way of warm paraffin solidifying around my extremities, and a parade of delicate, delicious-smelling substances applied to my sleeping face.

Needless to say, I did not get any photos. We will both just have to imagine that The Mandara Treatment was ninety minutes of complete and wholly therapeutic bliss.

After a post-treatment visit to the tushy spa, I slowly changed back into my clothes. I went outside to find a private outdoor relaxation area, and Dashama relaxing in it. We both agreed: It’s far from South Beach but well worth the trip. The Spa at Shula’s is a Miami Lakes must-try!

Dashama Shula's

On the way out, we couldn’t resist a little AVEDA shopping spree. I mean, look at this place! We both took home a few new hair products and a vibrant sense of season spa healing.

spa at shula's

As we walked to the car Dashama said to me “Thank you for taking me here. I’m always so busy but this really reminded me that I need to treat myself more. I need more spa in my life. This was amazing.”

Spa kidnapping… SUCCESS!


Are We Dreaming or Spa-ing?

Dashama and Michelle Joni Dream Hotel

What a day for a daydream! On my first day in Miami, after a delicious breakfast buffet of flavored fish oil, I took Dashama to The Dream Hotel in South Beach, home of the brand new Shala Spa. We ordered a light lunch and a few cocktails in our cozy cabana, then drifted into a dreamlike state with two truly incredible spa treatments. If you love poolside treatments, body scrubs with a dose of massage, and organic spices and essential oils, you must get your spa booty down to south beach and experience Shala Spa’s Beauty Bar. Another reason to visit is the facial line they use: Shankara, named by Spa Magazine “the most deserving skincare line to bring to the attention of spa goers.” It was one of the best facials of both mine and Dashama’s collective lives. As the hours passed, we couldn’t tell if we were awake or dreaming… until we realized we got this video. A perfect poolside spa day like this does, indeed, exist:

We spa’d, we swam… but no day is complete without stretching!

Dashama Dream Hotel

michelle joni legs

Dashama yoga

Michelle Joni Stretching

Dream Hotel South Beach

Girl’s Guide To Taking Yourself On A Hot Date

Take Yourself on a Date Michelle Joni

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” –Oscar Wilde

Too often we forget. We forget what incredible company we can be for ourselves. We forget to carve out time in our days to nurture that most intimate relationship.

A day, even an hour at the spa is the official, incomparable Spa Week way to give yourself the gift of self-indulgent ME-time. A ninety minute massage, a paraffin pedicure, a hydrating facial… but what if it didn’t stop there? What if you carried that sensational gust of introspection down the street to your favorite restaurant? What if you took that solo relaxation out dancing on a Saturday night? It’s time to find romance, and it’s time to find it with the person that matters most: YOU.

I had to try it. I took myself out on a hot date last Saturday night… and it was one of the most fun and empowering nights of my entire life! I encourage everyone to try it. Push past the unease of requesting a table for one. Stay confident twirling into a bar where you know nobody. The best thing I learned was how amazed people are to learn you are out by yourself, treating yourself, bonding with yourself, and how instantly they think you’re the coolest person they’ve ever met.

“To date oneself is the beginning of a lifelong party.” –Michelle Joni 

Enter… Spa, Eat, Party, Repeat – East Village, NYC Edition:

 Block out your calendar for the next Saturday night you have free… and get ready to fall madly in love.

Roses and chocolate cake