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A Spa Owner's Ayurvedic Focus

By: Abby Penning
Posted: January 29, 2010, from the February 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Savarese now had the chance to get involved in esthetics just the way she wanted—and that meant more training in ayurvedic and wellness principles. She expanded into vibrational therapy, aromatherapy and reflexology while also offerings services such as facials, body treatments and massage with modern twists, including LED and facial peel options. “I like to support my clients and their skin with a healthy regimen,” Savarese explains. “I try to cover everything from the body to the spirit, because that’s when a person is truly balanced.”

Getting involved with each of her clients, Savarese loves the educational aspect of esthetics. “I enjoy educating people about being better caretakers of their bodies and their skin. Lifestyle is such a big part of skin care; what you do with your skin every day is what makes the biggest difference. But instead of preaching at people, I try to lead by example, and my clients have truly become more than just clients—we’ve developed relationships,” she says.

To help serve her clients better, Savarese moved her business to Studio Yoga in Tempe in November 2009, and also offers mobile services and treatment parties. Savarese’s daughter, who is training to become a massage therapist, often joins her to observe how the business end of personal care works. “It helps her so she has a skill to take with her after high school,” Savarese explains.

She also is aiming to keep expanding her wellness efforts. “In the future, I’d love to open a small wellness center, combine strengths with a great chef and massage therapist and other wellness providers, and be able to offer people wellness weekend getaways,” she says, and she isn’t slacking on her own education either, continuing to take classes and even planning to take a trip to India in a few years to learn more about ayurveda.

Savarese also isn’t forgetting what makes her and her spa so special. “When I was learning, I wanted to learn everything at once, like everyone does. But sometimes I think estheticians are so eager to please that we gloss over what makes us special. Sometimes you need to take a moment and find what your focus is going to be. My ayurvedic training is what has brought me my strength and uniqueness, and it’s what helps me stand apart.” And that, combined with her passion for esthetics and education, has Savarese positioned to be making her own way for years to come.