On our work retreat Spa Girl Travel escape to Dallas, we set out to 1. Spend many hours at a spa lounging, 2. Explore Raw, Vegetarian, or Vegan restaurants, and 3. Spend time with each other, not passing each other in the hallway on the way to our next treatment at work (we work at I.M. Spa).
We really have a great crew.
Jennie is our quilting queen who flies the front desk and makes sure all of our appointments come together as planned. She writes the newsletter for the quilter’s organization in Northwest Arkansas in her downtime. And she’s a joy to everyone she meets. She loves this picture she took outside of the Cosmic Cafe Vegetarian restaurant in Dallas when we were there.
Julie is our sports massage gal from Iowa. She just got married, lord help her. Hope is in the air. It’s a beautiful thing. She loves to upcycle old decrepit furniture and make it beautiful again, especially if she can do it with her family members. She’s like the stealth bomber. We never really know when she arrives at work because she’s so stealthy. And she has an amazing smile.
Katie is our certified skin nerd. She loves skincare, body waxing, skincare products, and anything to do with skin. She spends her downtime traveling to awesome concerts across the country, even as far as Boston. We have songs on our playlist in the treatment rooms at I.M. Spa that Katie and I have to control ourselves to keep from just outright dancing during a session. So yes, while your eyes are closed during your facial or massage appointment, we might just be dancing while we work.
Lisa is our professional people poker. (Acupuncturist or Doctor of Oriental Medicine if you prefer). She is so zen that sometimes I just sit next to her to catch the vibe. She’s a no drama mama of 2 from New York who had a miraculous recovery with acupuncture, couldn’t believe that people didn’t know about it, and decided that that was what she wanted to do with her life. Pretty cool.
Jessica Crass is our powerhouse farmgirl from Missouri who traveled the world, got an education in social work, went to massage school in New Mexico, and settled in to Northwest Arkansas to have a family farm, raise a family, and build community. When people ask me if the therapists at I.M. Spa give a deep enough massage I tell them that Jessica drives a tractor for crying out loud. Yep. And she’s a Doula to boot. Hard and soft all at the same time.
Jessica Patterson, Nora, and Andrea couldn’t make it with us on the trip to Dallas. Nora, who’s been with me since 2006, just had her second son, so she’s tied down for a while in attachment parenting land. Nora is solid and steady as a rock. She’s a ‘can do’ woman who loves gardening and making tinctures, crafting, and projects (like re-upholstering a chair).
Andrea, our gymnast, Ultimate playing, massage therapist trained in Oregon is similarly tied down with her sweet one year old son. And these days we only see her intermittently.
And Patterson, our multi-talented esthetician/massage therapist is still adapting to her move to Fayettevelle from East Arkansas and needs to put down a few more roots before any travel plans can be made. Maybe they’ll make it with us on the next trip.
These are the amazing women who make I.M. Spa tick. They are funny, grounded, community serving, hard, soft, loving, determined, creative, flexible, beautiful, and excellent at their jobs. They are integral threads in the fabric of our community, and I’m honored to be able to work with them and have them in my life on a daily basis.
Fayetteville is a better place because of these women.
Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student. She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.