“I’m just warning you, I may be a bit rusty!”
Rose, the bubbly woman with a smile so bright it shines through her mask, is a flurry of activity as she prepares for my treatment.
“I told my husband this morning, ‘I hope I haven’t lost my touch,’” she reveals. “It’s been a long time since I’ve done this!”
After eighteen long, hard months of Covid restrictions, lockdowns, and stay-at-home orders, that sounds like the understatement of the century. But now that personal care services have finally been allowed to resume, I, along with Rose’s ever-growing band of loyal customers, am practically running back into the Lavender Rose Day Spa.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done this, too. Being able to visit a spa may sound like a needless frivolity, but as I sink into the cushioned bed and feel Rose’s warm hands on my face, I begin to relax in a way that I haven’t been able to in well over a year.
“It was so hard during the pandemic,” Rose confides. “I felt like a part of me was dying. I missed the hands-on. And I came very close to selling this place.”
An astonishing fact, given the journey she’s taken to get here.
Ever since her love of skin care first manifested itself at the ripe old age of six, Rose has been hooked on the idea of pursuing esthetics as a career.
“I was always playing with my mom’s skin creams,” she beams, eyes twinkling at the recollection.
“I even put nail polish on my boy cousins. One of them got sent home from school for it!”
But because she’s a first generation Canadian, Rose’s parents had other plans in mind for their daughter.
“Like most immigrants, my parents wanted me to become a doctor or a lawyer, something that required a university degree. So I did.”
It doesn’t escape my notice that those last few words sound slow and hollow as they leave her lips, making a sluggish exit instead of bounding out in her usual joyful fashion.
“I went to school, got a full-time job in the corporate world, and gave up on esthetics.”
But Rose was given a second chance to pursue her dream job when the company she was working for suddenly declared bankruptcy.
“I had a friend who was working at a spa at the time,” Rose explains. “And she asked if I would like to help out since I wasn’t working, so it really took off from there.”
Four years and one part-time degree later, and Rose was finally able to begin her dream job, working as an esthetician.
“I started a mobile spa,” she begins. “And that worked really well.”
“Eventually I got a location and grew the business, but after a while, I decided to streamline my life, because I discovered that more isn’t always better.”
That realization prompted Rose to look for a location further away from the city, which is how she wound up at her current building back in 2008. Since then, she’s built up a base of loyal clients that frequent the spa as much for its friendly patron as for its exceptional service.
“For me, it’s not just that I’m offering a service,” she affirms. “It’s more of a healing. Either calming someone down or making someone feel good after a stressful day…”
“It’s not that I’m a healer,” Rose stops, catching herself mid-speech. “But I have that intention to make people feel good and help them with whatever concerns they may have.”
That intention manifests itself clearly not only through her wide range of treatment options but also throughout her space, which is open, inviting, and punctuated with artistic signs conveying to her customers how beautiful they are.
“I just want to remind people,” Rose grins as I point out her choice of décor. “We can hear so much negativity. I want to counter that.”
Such a desire doesn’t surprise me at all, because while Rose’s maternal nature certainly finds its fullest expression in esthetics, the love which inspires her efforts isn’t grounded in her work but in her clients.
“I love people. And I think I’ve got that motherly energy. I just want to take care of people.”
As our session comes to its inevitable end, leaving me refreshed, relaxed, and renewed, I can’t help but feel as though she’s done just that.
Involuntary hiatus or not, Rose hasn’t lost her touch. Not by a long shot.
Want to visit Rose in person?
Contact her through her website to make an appointment.