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We’ve all heard this before; you can’t take care of others if you haven’t taken care of yourself.

Heidi Manzo

“If cabin pressure should change, panels above your seat will open revealing oxygen masks; reach up and pull a mask towards you. Place it over your nose and mouth, and secure with the elastic band that can be adjusted to ensure a snug fit. The plastic bag will not fully inflate although oxygen is flowing. Secure your own mask first before helping others.”

When I start to think about the holidays and specifically the last few weeks leading up to Christmas and New Years I tend to think of it as a journey.  One that can be exciting and filled with anticipation but also one that can bring a lot of pressure and stress.  It seems for many of us,  especially us women (no offense guys, but admit it – your idea of holiday preparations is running out on Christmas Eve to any store that may still be open to buy up the few things they have left on the shelf. You know who you are!) but, I digress…

Anyway, we can get so caught up in shopping for others – planning meals, cooking, decorating, cleaning – that we forget to take a few minutes to take care of ourselves.

This is where the airlines come in – reminding us to “secure our own masks before helping others.” We’ve all heard this before; you can’t take care of others if you haven’t taken care of yourself.  Or perhaps you’ve heard it stated that “if mom’s not happy, no one’s happy.”   Either way, the message is the same.  So do yourself and those around you a favor and make yourself happy!  And let Incentives Organic Spa and Salon lead the way. Here’s our easy 6 step guide to a successful holiday season:

Step 1:  Skin


About two weeks before your holiday events kick off, make an appointment with one of our expert skin care professionals, and let them guide you through a treatment that is just right for you. Whether it’s our signature spa facial, a Skin Tyte treatment, or chemical peel, you will leave feeling like you have a whole new face!  Your skin will be renewed, glowing and ready for the weeks to come.

Step 2:  Hair

Approximately one to two weeks before the fun really begins, get your hair in shape with a good cut and color.  Incentives carries a variety of color and conditioning products (including many fully organic products) and can help you whip your hair into party-celebration mode. Our amazing staff is available six days a week, and they will leave you raving about your hair – guaranteed! If you want to look extra special for the holiday parties you will be attending, stop in for a professional wash and blow out on your way, and you’ll show up looking absolutely stunning!

Step 3:  Nails

OK, it’s getting closer… It’s less than a week away from your office holiday party, Christmas Dinner or your New Year’s Eve celebration – you can’t show up with chipped nails and overgrown cuticles!  No problem, Niki, and Debbie to the rescue.  Make an appointment for a manicure/pedicure. Want your polish to last from Christmas to after the New Year?  Try our Gel Polish Manicure that lasts up to two weeks or more!

Step 4: Air Brush Tanning

And closer… Ok, your event is a day or two away, you’re wearing black, and your summer tan is LONG gone.  Let Jackie or Niki bring back a little color to your complexion with an all natural spray tan.

Step 5:  D-Day

The celebration starts in a few hours, and you’d really like to make a statement when you arrive.  Semi-permanent lashes and a professional make up application will certainly do the trick!

Step 6:  Oh No!

Spent so much time on yourself you forgot that you need a last minute gift – no worries, we’ve got your back.  Come in any time, and our staff can assist you in selecting just the right gift. Even if you can’t get back into the spa, shop from the convenience of your own home/office/man cave – just log onto to purchase and print an instant gift card on the spot! They can even be delivered on Christmas day – talk about last minute! So whether it’s a massage, a facial, an assortment of amazing health and beauty products, or a gift card, a gift from Incentives is most welcome under anyone’s tree.

Whew… kind of makes you tired just thinking about all that. But we promise you won’t be tired when we get done with you. Instead, you will be relaxed, feeling great about yourself and ready to face all the family, friends, co-workers and even your in-laws!  And don’t forget, for those of you with small children that you need to take care of too – we have FREE childcare, right on site!

Happy Holidays from Incentives!

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About the Author


Kathy Roccogrande

Heidi Manzo is the Manager of Incentives Organic Spa & Salon

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