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Body Sense Day Spa

By: Abby Penning
Posted: December 31, 2009, from the January 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Housed in a cozy Nantucket bungalow, Body Sense Day Spa welcomes clients with its friendly, relaxing atmosphere.

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Body Sense’s team members always work to fully soothe and renew each client coming through the door. “When clients come in, someone is always there to smile, welcome them and offer them a spatini,” says Body Sense esthetician, Diane McGuire. “The spatinis are served in martini cocktail glasses on a tray, and they are made with seaweed and magnesium supplements mixed with water.”

Clients are then escorted to the appropriate treatment area and receive their preferred service from one of the spa’s well-trained therapists. “We have really unique treatments, such as our facials and the special bamboo massage we just began offering with a massage therapist from Brazil,” White explains. “Our treatments are meant to be incredibly relaxing, and the client comes out feeling like a new person.

“The whole thing is fun,” she continues. “We all enjoy our work here, and honestly, I can’t even call it work. We just really enjoy what we do.” It’s that kind of attitude which keeps White and Body Sense going, even during these rocky economic times. “We’re located in a seasonal tourist area, and we definitely feel it. But to counteract that, I just launched a marketing campaign in a local newspaper and on a local Web site to reach out to the community,” she explains.

And this kind of effort isn’t anything new. The spa regularly interacts with the locals, sending its estheticians and therapists out to network and offer workshops and facial demonstrations at everything from charity events to senior citizen centers to hotels. These efforts coincide nicely with the spa’s feel, as well. McGuire notes, “We’re all here because we love nurturing people. I get up every morning and get to think of how many people I’m going to make happy that day.”

The spa’s work also has led to industry recognition—with Body Sense being named the 2009 Spa de Beauté Day Spa of the Year by Repêchage—as well as the desire to keep growing. “That award was so big for us, so exciting, we don’t want to stop any time soon,” enthuses White, who plans to eventually offer hairstyling services in a neighboring building. The spa’s team also isn’t forgetting the dedication to clients and treatments that were recognized this time around, and plans to stay on top for a long time to come. “I want to be named the Day Spa of the Year from now to infinity,” White says.