TAP Tested: Moms’ Night Out at Refresh

. January 6, 2015.

Tester’s Take: As a stay-at-home mom of an almost 2-year-old, my adult interactions are limited. I find myself randomly chatting up strangers at the grocery store just to communicate in full sentences. So when my friend Andrea invited me to join other moms for a spa night, I quickly acquiesced.

Goal: A relaxing night for moms to engage in adult conversation with other moms while receiving optional spa services.

Services Available: Mini facials, mini massages, dermaplan, pumpkin enzyme treatment, makeup, waxing, organic spray tans, lash/brow services, botox.

Cost: Prices vary depending on the service, but mini facials and massages were $30 for 30 minutes.

Time: 6-9pm, but times can likely be adjusted as needed.

Things to consider: Jamie Keblesh organized the event as she is friends with the owner of Refresh, Julia Smirnov, and she asked the moms to commit to a session time in advance, which helped things run smoothly. She also suggested that everyone bring an appetizer and something to drink, and as many moms were coming straight from work, there was enough food for a meal (and enough wine for a couple of events!). We all forgot plates, napkins, and cups though, so learn from our rookie mistake.

Additional benefits: Moms get a chance to get out of the house, to have a break from the kids, and to engage in adult conversation. Many of the available services also have physical benefits. Massages, for instance, can help alleviate stress (and insomnia), detox the body, minimize pain/soreness, and aid in digestion.

What It’s Like: We spent the first part of the night chatting and snacking, getting to know one another, and then we started splitting off for our individual sessions. I received an incredibly relaxing facial from Mary, and I swear my skin looks younger and cleaner even 24 hours later. When I returned to the group, the ladies were having a riveting conversation about parenthood. Topics ranged from the stubbornness of young children to the trials of being a single mom to the logistics of 8-year-old transgendered friends.

Refresh Center for Wellness & Cosmetic Therapy, 4026 Secor Rd., Toledo. 419.474.6400. www.refreshcentertol.com