April 1, 2014
Be Well / health & wellness / Health and Wellness Coaching

Wellness Coaching at The Spa of Essex


Yes, The Spa of Essex offers all manner of scraping, kneading and polish, but I was here to meet with their new Health Management and Wellness Coach, Dr. Holly Read. It’s a fact: when I’m feeling good on the inside, I look better on the outside. So in my quest to restore beauty after a rough winter, I started here. My problems are standard issue: stress management, that overwhelming to-do list, and a looming biggie: empty nest syndrome. We started with a personality profile, which, while yielding few surprises (extrovert? who me?) provided a glimpse of how I relate to others. We talked about effective problem solving based on my personality profile and how to move my “extremes” (highly scheduled, routinized neat freak?) more to middle ground. My daughter, husband and I were heading off for a weekend getaway that Friday and my norm is to schedule every leisure minute: i.e. work out, breakfast, beach walk, lunch, cooking class, reading, dinner reservations. Dr. Read suggested I try to just go with the flow, effectively putting the kabosh on the to-do list for a more relaxing weekend — for everyone.  Easy enough, right? Not so much. I had to stop myself from hassling my daughter for being 10 minutes late for dinner and try to keep from proffering up afternoon options like the 2pm cooking class (I couldn’t, we went). I made a few strides over the weekend, and I could see the end result was a happier husband, a slightly incredulous daughter and a very relaxed me. I’m heading back to Dr. Read for more tips and I know my family and I will be the better for it. Now just wondering how to trick my husband into going, too! Introductory rate is $165 for a 75 minute coaching session.

The Spa of Essex is offering a series of wellness seminars with Dr. Read,  covering topics like Stress Management and Understanding the Relationships in Your Life. The sessions are just $20 and are held at The Spa on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30. Find the schedule here and call The Spa to reserve your spot 860.767.7796.



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The Spa of Essex

63 South Main Street
Essex, Connecticut 06426


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Boutique Day Spa offering relaxation, renewal and results. Exceptional facials, make-up, massage, wet and dry room body treatments, nail and waxing services.

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