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EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK Frankie Says Relax Finding calm in the storm of the holiday season can be tough but not impossible. How do you relax? Someone recently asked me this question and I was flummoxed on how to respond: “I don’t know. Bad reality television and a glass of red wine?” The truth is I didn’t have a good answer because I didn’t know how to, well, relax. While the life of a beauty editor is definitely fun, it’s also fast-paced, often requiring me to travel, stay abreast of the latest trends, work on multiple stories at a time and, of course, make deadlines. With the holidays approaching, relaxation was not on my agenda. That is, until a friend of mine sat me down and insisted I try the latest treatment at Los Angeles’ famed Ona Spa. “It’s called Ona Radiance,” she informed, “and it combines acupuncture with massage while specially targeting your wellness concerns.” Though I wasn’t convinced that I could truly relax with needles pressed into me, I decided to give acupuncture a try, and booked an appointment. Once at Ona, I sat down with acupuncturist Sherrie Matthews for a customized assessment of what I hoped our session would accomplish. After explaining that I was really just looking to de-stress, Matthews took my pulse and examined my tongue to further understand my “internal deficiencies.” Ever the skeptic, I wondered where this was going, but the next thing I knew I was laying on the treatment bed ready to brave those all-intimidating needles. While I prepared myself for what I was sure would be a less-than-pleasant feeling, a funny thing happened—I felt nothing. Sure, I knew something was happening, but there wasn’t the least bit of pain or discomfort. In fact, I became so relaxed that I could feel my legs turn to Jell-O and my head sink deeply into the soft mattress. It was as if all of the stress and tension I had Where the magic happens: Ona Spa’s treatment been carrying was suddenly melting away. My room (Los Angeles) session concluded with a full body massage that was downright heavenly, and I left the spa in a dizzy haze of rejuvenated calm. It was truly the best I had felt in months, and it only took a couple hours out of my day. So if you’re gearing up to hit the holidays head-on, make sure you take a little time out for yourself. Expand your horizons and open your mind. You might just find your place of Zen. —Jillian Gordon Jillian Gordon, Managing Editor 26 11.11 Jillian: Armando Sanchez; treatment room: courtesy of Ona Spa

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of LaunchPad - November 2011

LaunchPad - November 2011
Editor’s Notebook
In Touch
Runway Report
Star Struck
Backstage Pass
First Look
Inside Story
Brand New
Green Piece
Color Lab
Male Order
Tool Talk
My Way
Salon of the Month
First Person
Free Launch
Beauty 911
Saving Face
Quick Tips
Only Hue
Hollywood for the Holidays
Puppet Show
Advertiser Index

LaunchPad - November 2011