Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
The reason we love Ste. Anne’s
‘Tis because it fits into our plans,
For a healthy retreat, where we rest and we EAT
And be welcomed by the Ste. Anne’s clans.
You are greeted with a very big smile
And handed your info on a file.
If everything’s fine, you sign on the line
Then be shown to your room (in a while).
The staff is the nicest you’ll find,
They are all just one of a kind.
They’re there just to show, to where you must go
When later it’s time to be dined.
In the room there’s no need to groan,
Since there is no TV or phone.
This concept is best, since you’re there for a rest.
But you’ll never be anywhere alone.
There’s one thing we must not forget,
The white robe that you will all get.
You can wear it all day, In the spa or at play.
Or when dining, before and after you’ve ate!
To the spa for some treatment you must go,
No matter whether there’s rain, sun or snow.
There’s great meditation, which is real medication.
You’ll come out really feeling aglow.
There is fitness, a steam room and pool
A hot tub or cold tub where you’ll
Perspire or will freeze, with relaxing ease.
But emerge from them feeling real cool!
The name of the game is – Relax
No cell phone, no ipod, no fax.
You will enjoy, the rest with no toy,
In the garden, in white robe or slacks.
The worst time is, will you believe,
When you have to get clothed to leave.
But memories stay, for very many a day,
So go back – then you won’t have to grieve!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
We were entertained by Canada's own Primadonna, Mary Lou Fallis, who lead us through a live to air, fun selection of holiday songs, including a lively rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Ste. Anne's has been a supporter of CFMX since it's humble beginnings in a small studio right here in Cobourg. Back then, there were quite a few sceptics who weren't sure an all classical radio station would survive for very long. Well, if you put any stock in what Moses thinks, this classical music fad isn't going anywhere soon. Tune in to relax, and listen for our current ads taken from our 2006 Testimonial Contest; Real People Talking About Ste. Anne's Spa. By the way, if you happen to be in the CFMX neighbourhood at Queen and River, you have to stop and enjoy a meal at one of my all time favourite little Italian restaurants - Fusilli, on the south east corner - tell Josepi that Jim sent you.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Donna tries to co-ordinate her visit to Ste. Anne's with her best friend's trip to the groomer. Donna is a non-stop whirling dirvy - she makes the energizer bunny look like a slow poke. A member of the Winnipeg National Ballet from 1962 to 1970, she still works out with a group of friends for 2 hours every morning. She fills her days running Donna's Country Garden out of her beautiful home overlooking the Trent River in Frankford. If you think the afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel is something special, you haven't been to Donna's place for tea and a tour of her gardens!
Last night Donna had about 100 of her best non-canine friends, customers, and supporters to her house to celebrate the addition of a new sun room to her home, a place where she can serve tea to her guests on rainy days. You see, Donna celebrates every moment in life. The picture shows Donna glowingly surrounded by some of her fans from her Ste. Anne's extended family: starting on the right, my 78 year old mother, who still comes to work at the spa everyday touching up the floral arrangements, checking on the rooms, adding those little touches that make it a home away from home for our guests, Donna, David, a very popular part of our family and friend to many, many guests, (regular long term spa guests rarely leave without asking for him), Rebecca Ryan who ran the spa for 10 years and now operates one of the most creative, warm and loving day spas you will ever experience (just north of Trenton) called Lolly Lodge, and her loving husband Dan. Peeking in from the back between Becky and Dan is my sister-in-law Nancy, our effervescent innkeeper and wife to my youngest brother John. Nancy spreads sunshine through out the spa, and has become a tireless champion of the book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle", offering hope to people suffering from maladies like colitis, I.B.S., and autism, written by another amazing woman, the late Elaine Gottschall.
These are but a few of the men, and mostly women who have in some way become associated with the Ste. Anne's story over the past 16 years. I could name others, politicians, movie stars, musicians, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, literally thousands of people. I salute all of them for their enduring energy and enthusiasm, zest for life and stamina. No matter what life throws at them they all stand tall and like Donna keep reaching out to those around them with genuine love and affection. Thank you God for yanking that rib out of Adam, and thank you Adam for the rib!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
It's all in the hands . . .
If I had a nickel for every time I've heard someone say "my husband refuses to have a massage with a man", or in some cases "What do you mean my treatment is with a man!", I'd be a very rich man. I must tell you, having been in the spa business for 16 years, I see this issue a little differently than some. The very first massage I ever had was with a man working at a hotel in Vancouver. He told me that he had been Bob Hope's personal "masseuse", and that Mr. Hope had a massage every day. It came as no surprise when Bob outlived all of his friends! I also have fond memories of the ritual at the centuries old "baths" in Budapest - no room for modesty here. You were given a little 6" X 6" apron to cover up your privates, as a big burly man slapped you around on the massage table. So, my advice to those people who are concerned about the gender of the person giving you your massage (or other spa treatment):
1. Look at their hands - they will be doing most of the work;
2. Consider their qualifications;
3. Relax and enjoy the good intentions of your therapist; spa practitioners in Ontario are the most regulated, trained and professional in the world.
At Ste. Anne's Spa we employ both male and female therapists from a variety of racial and religious backgrounds.
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