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loving-mantrasLet this month be the Love Month where we honour ourselves by making choices that support self-love, self-care and self-worth! Notice how you feel when you carve out Me-Time as a act of self-love and self-appreciation.

What are you doing to celebrate?

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rose2Where in your life are the doors opening and where are you too busy knocking on the closed doors?

Last year, I started to notice how I was trying to create something with another that just wasn’t transpiring how I would have liked.. I was knocking on a door that just wasn’t opening very easily. It didn’t matter how much I desired it to be, I realized I was trying to force something that just wasn’t in alignment with me. Yes, I realized where I was trying to go was in a different resonance than with the other. I wasn’t resonating with this other person so we could not come together so easily.

As I came to terms with what was occurring, rather than trying to push my way or moving out of my alignment to meet the other, I stopped. I chose to sit with myself and surrender to what is; after I released my disappointment and attachment, I allowed it to do its course – acknowledging myself and truth and the truth of the other. I noticed that this acceptance of what is, gave me peace and I felt no need to place blame on the other or myself. I could look at them with eyes of love, knowing they were doing their best and so was I, we were both being authentic. It was a big revelation for me because so many times in the past, I held onto disappointments and stayed attached to what I desired leaving me feeling deep disappointment and frustration. It felt so wonderful to let go!

Days went by and I decided to notice which doors open easily in my life; who is energetically calling me and saying come on in, where do I feel ease, resonance and joy and which door were calling me to explore. Where could I fully show up and feel another or a situation moving with me, feel a mutual understanding. In the following days, I started to look at all areas of my life and truly take notice of which doors were not opening easily and choosing to move on to another path where the sun is shining, people are smiling and the door is wide open saying welcome.

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breatheOver the years, I have learned it is exciting to attend all the festivities happening around the holidays, but one must know oneself and how much is too much. The extroverts can be social every evening and love every moment of it. It energizes them. For the introverts like myself, I love people and connecting, but I know I have to space it out. Too much socializing and I feel overwhelmed. It has taken years for me to accept this part of myself and to listen to the inner voice that says “that’s enough; time to be quiet, regroup and replenish.” I try to listen and reel myself in before I completely exhaust myself. Wisdom has taught me to book a few festivities and leave room for spontaneity to rest or play!

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always-thankfulIt’s a busy time of celebrating, gathering, baking, shopping and giving of ourselves, but as I have learned this year, it is also important to give to ourselves during the holiday season. For me this reminder became very clear during some recent crises at the Spa.

First my washer and dryer broke down and I needed help moving them both, so I reached out to some male friends who were very happy to help and I am very appreciative of them answering my call of distress. Another day, my water tank burst and my lovely mom came over at 11 pm to help with the water disaster. I was so grateful for her support. In both cases, reaching out for support helped immensely. I usually tend to tackle everything on my own, but I’ve realized it’s important to reach out sometimes!

I was reminded of this yet again when I asked my good friend Sandra for help to decorate the Spa for the holiday season. I usually do it on my own and I do enjoy it, but this year, it was fun to have another person to share the experience with. Another reminder of the nourishing power of sharing with others came when my dear friend of 25 years, who is like a sister to me, invited me over for dinner with her family. I felt so nurtured after spending time with her and her family relaxing and enjoying good food and a Christmas movie. It really helped me unwind from a busy and stressful week.

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My favourite bath product – the essential oils are deeply nourishing after a long day.

On the day to day, I’ve tried to be mindful of taking time for self-care. Spending time in the kitchen, making homemade soup and food for the week… Taking a moment in my busy day to have a cup of tea, breathe and just be… Ending a busy day with a hot bath… Waking up and massaging my feet with essential oils and setting a positive intention for my day… all these are ways I have incorporated self-care into my routine recently.

Christmastime can feel so busy and chaotic at times, so it’s even more important to include self-care rituals that nourish your soul and uplift your spirit. Some days even I forget! But I always realize that it just takes one moment to get back into a good self-care routine, so remember to be kind and gentle with yourself during the holidays – take time for yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it!

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fall-cleansing

Cleansing is not always easy but always worthwhile!

I enjoy cleansing, clearing and letting go with the rhythm of the seasons and autumn is a great time for it! I decided to go on a 12 week Candida Cleanse this fall to cleanse and let go of the eating habits and patterns that no longer serve me. During the first week I became emotional, irritable and exhausted. I was not feeling very blissful and definitely off my center.

The truth is that sometimes I fall off my center and life doesn’t always feel blissful. Sometimes I forget my own truth and get stuck in the muck. The beginning of this Cleanse was one of those times. Last time I did the Cleanse, 10 years ago, I felt amazing after the first couple of weeks of no sugar, no coffee, no chocolate, no dairy, no wheat etc. and the results were great! I had more energy, my digestion improved, my mental clarity increased and I woke up happy every day for no reason. I said to myself “I am going to do this once a year!” Well I never did and despite trying many times, I caved; I missed the caffeine and chocolate too much. So here I am 10 years later, trying again!

This time, I realized some of the emotion and exhaustion was about my mindset and thought patterns that no longer serve me – both things I could change. While I was in the muck, I came across a friend who said to me, “I only do what makes me happy and every day I am happy!” I needed to hear that and it was the medicine I needed to help me move forward. I realized happiness is a choice and it is my choice and responsibility to create it for myself. I sat in reflection and appreciation to cross paths with my friend and her wisdom. In reflection, I looked at how I can get stressed and overwhelmed with all the things I love to do and I realized that each day I have a choice to choose to do what matches my energy.

A couple of days later, I chatted with my daughter who is living in London, England. During our conversation, she expressed to me how happy she feels every day and how she feels so much gratitude and loves everything she is doing in her life. She was overflowing with joy and it was definitely music to my ears and medicine for me on my journey. After we chatted, I took care of myself, moving at a rhythm that suited me and did not overbook my day… I could feel my joy was returning! I went to bed early and awoke feeling energized.

It was so wonderful to cross paths with my daughter and my friend last week during a time when I was feeling most vulnerable. It gave me insight and strength to really commit to my joy and bring joy to everything I do, even paperwork, housework and of course, my Cleanse!

I am very committed this time and am already into my second week and feeling strong and enjoying making food and eliminating the other foods. The trick is to be organized with the food prep and remember that we have a choice – we can choose happiness and joy every day!

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Daughter, Mom and Me :)

Daughter, Mom and Me 🙂

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I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to be a mom and have a daughter in my life, also to have a mom and dad who always cared about my well-being and who were always there for us.

As a single mom, my parents always offered to help in any way they could. My mom drove my daughter to sports, took care of her when she was sick so I could work and would make her dinner in the evenings when I needed to work. My mom supported me every step of the way! My dad was always there offering to help me every move I did with my business and when I bought a home, he was there to help with small repairs and renos. He was always happy to help and make my life easier in any way he could. Thank you mom and dad for being there for us!

I am also very grateful for my wonderful daughter who gave me so much richness and purpose.

Sharing life with family is the definition of joy and I am inspired by my parents and daughter every day. This Thanksgiving, I celebrate family and friendship and am grateful for having such amazing connections in life.

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Package of the season

The gift of self-care

I highly recommend trying the Indian Head Massage after a stressful day or week. I arrived after a stressful day my mind was full of busyness and I felt exhausted, after my Indian Head massage treatment I felt relaxed and revitalized, my mind also felt calm, clear and peaceful, it was like my stress just melted away, I will definitely be back for this treatment.

Cheryl Turner

After many treatments and time with Lisa over the past 25 years, I have come to appreciate her spirit, her warmth, and to trust her and her spa as a safe and inspiring center. Recently Lisa helped me see that a facial was nourishment for the skin and also a relaxing massage treatment for healthy radiant glowing skin.

Margaret Litch

I have been a client of Lisa’s since I was 12 years old. I feel very comfortable at her spa and trust her with my skincare spa services. Being a University student and on a budget I tend to use drug store products on my skin. I decided to invest in Goddess Bliss skincare; it’s been 3 months now. I have noticed many changes and benefits such as my skin feels more balanced, healthy, my dryness has diminished, my skin’s tone is more even I wear less make-up because my skin feels radiant. I now see the value of investing in quality skin care; I am committed to my new regime and love it.  Thank you Lisa for your expertise and creating such an awesome skincare line!

Katie Davidson

Coming to Lisa for the past 8 years is an important part of my self-care, I look forward to seeing Lisa monthly as her waxing is the most gentle I have experienced. This is more than getting a service it’s become a friendship, someone I trust to share on a personal level.  Her passion for personal growth has also inspired me to be part of her Sacred Circles for women.  I’ve enjoyed this aspect of self-discovery and taking it to a deeper level in a safe setting with other likeminded women. I love taking time to awaken and acknowledge my inner Goddess strengths.

Hannah Ruller

Being in my 50’s I noticed my skin starting to sag so it was now or never to get on this. I contacted Lisa ready to take better care of my skin and also make time for just me to receive some nurturing. Within a week after having my facial treatment and using Goddess Bliss skincare, I noticed big changes. It has been almost a year now, my skin lines have softened my tonicity has improved, my skin feels radiant and alive. Regular monthly massage and facial treatments are a big part of my self-care now, I feel fantastic, I am worth it!  Thank you Lisa!

Shari Molchan

I love Lisa's monthly circle so much that it has become an essential part of my life - it is a ritual of sensual experience that encompasses aroma, words, song, meditation, movement, and self-expression. Lisa creates an atmosphere of magical beauty and peace that permeates her home; walking into her space is like stepping into a different dimension that we long for in our everyday lives. The sharing and connectedness amongst the group grows deeper with each circle and I leave feeling renewed and refreshed with a sense of joy and peace that filters into all aspects of my being. It grounds me back to my self and the core of goddess magic that resides within all of us but is forgotten in the daily stresses of living. I'm so grateful that I have this unique and beautiful experience to look forward to every month!

Louise Whyte