Following is an interview article created for Spa Le La in Los Angeles. Interviews are my specialty – I love asking creative questions and getting to the core of someone’s business.
Trina Belton, owner of Los Angeles’ hip new Spa Lé La, knows what moms need, and it isn’t more coffee, or another parenting class. Her message is astoundingly simple, yet deeply profound: in order to take care of your kids, you need to take good care of yourself. It isn’t a new idea. Last summer’s film Bad Moms, a satirical take on the lives of overworked, overstressed moms desperately in need of a break, grossed $72 million at the box office and for good reason – American moms can relate!
While no longer subject to the crushing expectations associated with the archetypal “1950’s housewife,” the pressure to perform – to stay productive, maintain a thriving social life, bake organic snacks and present well-behaved, high-achieving kids – still dominates our culture. Today’s moms feel overwhelming pressure to be and do it all for their kids, despite the fact that it leaves little (if any) time for themselves, their closest relationships and the activities they most enjoy.
A mother herself, Belton knows this pressure all too well. She laughingly recalls the early days of motherhood, driving her newborn around the busy L.A. suburbs in an effort to lull her to sleep. Belton recalls yearning for just 30 minutes of rest for herself. “I remember wishing so badly that I could just hand my daughter to someone for half an hour so that I could lie down, but I felt guilty if I tried to sleep, take a bath, or even take a quick shower. It is ridiculous that we [moms] can’t take care of ourselves, and I wanted to fix that.”
Determined, Belton began polling her mom friends and acquaintances, exploring the idea of piecing together a restful, rejuvenating experience designed with them in mind. An esthetician and owner of L.A’s in-demand Facial Bungalow, Belton saw firsthand the powerful mental and physical healing brought about by a relaxing facial, or massage, but every single mom she knew had one major excuse: they couldn’t justify leaving their children and hiring a babysitter in order to indulge themselves.
But Spa Lé La isn’t just about frivolous indulging – it’s about regrouping, regaining your sanity and reconnecting with community. Building on the concept of her Facial Bungalow, Belton crafted an ideal setup for busy, overtired moms. Services range from $20 to $200, assuring top-notch relaxation to suit every budget, and with built-in childcare and hands-on learning programs provided by the most qualified nannies, you can safely leave your mom guilt at the door. “Those times in the day when you’re at your wit’s end and about to explode, that’s when you get in the car and head to Spa Lé La,” says Belton.
For those moms itching for human interaction and connection, Spa Lé La is the perfect community space. “If you have time to drive to the coffee shop, or to the park for a mommy play date (where you barely have a moment to talk to each other in between wiping noses and refereeing fights), why not have a mommy play date at the spa? For just $20 you can have some tea and talk to each other while we take great care of your kids!”
The best part? There’s absolutely no rush. Each service or treatment includes a half hour of extra childcare so that mommy can lounge, enjoy a complimentary beverage and get the most out of her visit. “Stay for as little as 25 minutes, or as long as 2 hours,” invites Belton, because the spirit behind Spa Lé La isn’t to provide a brief service and send you on your way – it’s about revolutionizing the way we do motherhood.
Belton believes that becoming a mom is the most important time in a woman’s life, and she is adamant about moms caring for themselves in order to best fill (and enjoy!) their crucial roles. She believes in her mission so strongly, in fact, that despite being a busy business owner, wife and mom, she makes sure to practice what she preaches. Her top five tips for making it work?
- Just DO it. Make yourself and your mental health a priority, so you can be the mom you want to be.
- Schedule time. Even if you have to change it, at least you have something down in the books to remind you that you deserve quality time, too.
- Make a routine. Take 30 minutes at least twice each week to focus on YOU.
- Bedtime is “me” time. When your kids go to sleep, you are off the clock, so stop working and relax!
- Baby friendly businesses are key. Look for businesses that build in childcare to your experience, like IKEA, certain gyms and Au Fudge.
And, of course, Spa Lé La! Whether your idea of relaxation is a facial or massage, hair removal, nail services, a simple relaxing bath, or a visit to the infrared sauna or quiet room, Spa Lé La offers a soothing space to revitalize. “Being a mom is exciting, but it’s also overwhelming, frustrating and your hormones are all over the place,” says Belton, so she invites mothers with kids of all ages to “take advantage of this space we’ve created that’s free of judgment, guilt, or stress, where you will always be greeted with a smile.”
Now that sounds revolutionary.
Add relaxation to your regular routine with Spa Lé La’s VIP Membership and book a private “Evening Soiree” of pampering to help your friends do the same! For more information on Spa Lé La’s suite of personal and childcare services, to book a treatment, or to join the mailing list for up-to-date deals and specials, visit www.SpaLeLa.com. Call 747-227-4338, or visit the spa at 4338 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City, California. Follow “Spa Lé La” on Facebook and @SpaLéLaLosAngeles on Instagram for inspirational tips on self-care during the very special time of life that is motherhood.