Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a local wellness retreat, and it was a phenomenal experience. You all know that I don’t write about experiences or services unless I truly think they are worth your time (and mine, of course). The Still Point at Haven on the Lake was definitely worth every single second of my time. So much so, I am coordinating with a friend to visit again soon. We both need to destress and I think a massage, followed by a mani and pedi, could really do us some good.

The Still Point Mani & Pedi

I’ve been to a few spas in my time. Some experiences have been okay–nothing to write home about, but good enough. I think I have only had one experience that was crappy. And, I have had a few great experiences at a spa I would frequent when I lived in New Jersey. But my experience at The Still Point at Haven on the Lake was truly incredible. While there I had a chance to consult with an acupuncturist, get my eyebrows cleaned up, have some of my stress relieved with a lovely (but too short) massage, and even take a Barre class that had me sore for about fours days (in a good way… I think).

Working it out

Working it out

And although I was impressed with every detail, from the artwork to the staff to the tiniest details in decor, I was most impressed with the story about how this place came to be. I had a chance to chat a little bit with one of the co-owners, Marla Peoples, and the goodness of her spirit is evident. Sometimes you meet the force behind a business, and you realize why the business is so awesome. This was definitely one of those times. Marla, along with her co-owner, Tori Paide, are truly committed to holistic wellness, and their commitment shows in how they’ve come together to create an experience for their clients that allows for an opportunity to heal the mind, body, and spirit. I firmly believe in the importance of being still in order to be well. The Still Point gives you a place to do just that: still your mind.

The Still Point at Haven on the Lake also offers services in holistic medicine and nutrition coaching,  In addition to these services and a wide variety of treatments, such as massages and acupuncture, they also offers manicures, pedicures, waxing, and mind body movement classes, which includes yoga and barre. I have never take a barre class, so I was a bit nervous, but I am so glad I did it. That class woke up muscles I haven’t used in years. It definitely served as a reminder of what my body is capable of if I focus and give it my all.

The look on my face after that barre class

The look on my face after that barre class

And did I mention that if you go for a spa treatment, they let you just hang out, relax,  and enjoy the other fabulous amenities at Haven on the Lake, like their hot stub, steam bath, and Crystal Salt Room just to name a few. I know it sounds too good to be true but I kid you not. This place is real. Check out this video to learn more.

My stress level has been through the roof lately, so visiting a place that offers so much to help people heal and truly live a better quality of life is incredibly timely. And although I can’t visit The Still Point weekly, I want to (to be honest, I want to visit the place daily). For now, I am going to visit when I can, with the hopes of getting to a point in my life and career where frequent visits are a possibility.

Pilates Room

Pilates Room

 

Heated Pool

Heated Pool

And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, doesn’t a spa treatment sound like a great idea? I think so, and so does Haven on the Lake. Throughout the month of February they are offering a special on their Chocolate Sweetheart Facial and Couples Massage. I suspect both will leave you feeling happy and loved.

With locations also in Takoma Park and Clarksville, Maryland, this Columbia, Maryland location of The Still Point is definitely now my go-to location for wellness treatments. Surely, I can’t hustle hard to reach my dreams without taking the time to show myself some love, right? I left The Still Point last week feeling grateful for two women who felt the need to provide opportunities for members of their community to become the best version of themselves by making their wellness a priority. You gotta love that.

What do you plan to do this week to make your wellness a priority?