|Finding time to play|
Unfortunately, so many of my peers who have put in their time, experience and service as Spa Operators while assisting their corporate worlds develop their spa culture, are still entrenched in it. Why do I say unfortunate? Because this generation of Directors who in the last decade were instrumental in keeping the spa culture alive while Corporate America was still in the learning curve, have given too much of their personal time and wellness to creating memorable experiences for guests while driving revenue and crunching numbers. So many of these same directors are the complete antithesis of what wellness means.
|Hope for the new generation|
|The Industry's Future.|
|Happy w/new directions|
Why am I sharing this? Because like me, so many of my spa colleagues are going through the same battles. Those still in the trenches, work weeks at a time before they can even take proper time off. Some are refused time off even when they ask for it. And sadly, there are those who have been physically pushed to the limit, that their health conditions have warranted medical intervention.
|Speeps enjoying a well-deserved Carribean break|
And all I can say is 'It's not worth it'. We work so hard to keep ourselves at a certain position & level of income but we spend a lot of that on defensive health maintenance. Last year alone, I spent $10k of my own money on lab tests that the insurance would not cover but I needed. Those lab tests were my wake up call and I am still playing catch up with refueling my body with all the essentials it needs.
|My wise mentor|
So I am calling on all my Speeps (Spa Peeps) to walk the talk and resolve to create that balance in your life. Because in the end, you are responsible for your health and if it fails you, no amount of accomplishments and work will save you. My wise spa mentor once said to me, 'it doesn't matter how much revenue and profits you bring to the table, once you're gone, those accomplishments will be a distant memory'.