Spa Week – An Affordable Mini Vacation for Mamas

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Nearly 1,000 spas across the U.S. are celebrating this year’s Spa Week April 11-17. Tired mamas can take a mini vacation from the dishes piled in the sink, mounds of laundry, and never-ending to-do lists with a spa service for just $50. These treatments normally cost anywhere from $75-$500. Each location will offer two to three of their most popular spa services at the discounted Spa Week price. I was lucky to preview a service from EnviouSkin, a participating spa in San Diego. What a wonderful and affordable way to indulge in some much needed me-time!

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Photo courtesy of Spa Week

Options & Locations Galore

Choose from treatments like a 60-minute Intensive Hydrating Facial at Visible Difference Day Spa in Lexington, MA or a 60-min Pain Killer Massage at Elixir Mind Body Massage in Denver, CO.

Childcare Available

Need a babysitter? That’s no excuse! Eighty-two LifeSpa locations are offering FREE child care while you get pampered during Spa Week.

EnviouSkin spa San Diego

EnviouSkin treatment room

EnviouSkin Review

I was invited by San Diego’s EnviouSkin spa to check out one of their Spa Week offerings firsthand. I received a thoroughly relaxing 50-minute Selenite Crystal Massage (normally $145 for 90 minutes). Located in the eclectic University Heights neighborhood of San Diego, where bookstores, independently owned coffee shops, and unique cafes abound – EnviouSkin specializes in skin care, massage, and waxing.

First my massage therapist, Orlando Ramos, offered me a choice of which scented lotion I preferred: Kukui nut, lavender, or orange blossom. After sniffing each, I selected the Kukui nut, an alluring scent reminiscent of coconut oil and a warm day at the beach. The Selenite Crystal Massage uses traditional massage techniques blended with soothing strokes using heated smooth Selenite crystals to help ease away tensions. Orlando said, “I’m a huge believer in the healing power of crystals and the healing power of touch. This combines both.”

Selenite Crystal Massage EnviouSkin spa

Selenite crystals at EnviouSkin

The spa’s youthful owner, Kim Schweizer, hails from Frankfurt, Germany where she attended school to become an esthetician for three years. The same schooling takes just six months in the United States. Kim said she wants to bring the European experience to her clients, adding, “Nothing is more rewarding than making people feel good.”

Well, my trip to EnviouSkin during Spa Week certainly made this mama feel great!


Book Your Spa Week Treatment

You deserve some me-time too! Browse the $50 Spa Week directory now and book your treatment ASAP because spas will book up before you know it.

What is your favorite spa or spa treatment? Please share in the comments!

A Note from The Travel Mama: I received a complimentary treatment at EnviouSkin as part of this Spa Week promotion.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Thanks for the article Colleen! I will definitely be checking out the link and finding a spa near me. I’m ALWAYS in for a little pampering. 🙂

  2. This sounds fabulous! I usually check out Spa Week and forgot about it this time around– thanks for the reminder and inspiration!

  3. Free childcare? Sign me up!

  4. $50 is a bargain and the free childcare is worth even more!

  5. Erin Cole says

    Now that I know they offer free childcare at some locations, I may check this out. That is a super deal!

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