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Your wedding is approaching fast. Your venue awaits on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, your flowers are ordered and hair and nails booked. Yet, there’s one more thing to consider: your skin. Yes, your skin is one of the most important things to consider on your wedding day.

Everyone should look glowingly gorgeous for memories and photos, and this means starting to prep a couple of weeks before. We know how overwhelming weddings tend to be, but when it comes to your skin, don’t worry about a thing- here at Koru, we’re here to help you and your party prepare for a perfect skin day.

Here are some tips to get your skin into wedding day shape, even if you’re not the bride.
Cleanse your skin twice daily.
It’s always important to wash your face morning and night with the proper cleanser for your skin type.

Hydrate.
Hydration creates luminous skin because when we drink water, it increases our blood flow, aids in flushing out toxins, and makes fine lines and enlarged pores look less visible. We recommend drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
Fill up on vibrant, healthy foods and whole vitamins.
Broccoli, almonds, turmeric, cucumber and celery area all amazing foods for reducing skin inflammation.

Exfoliate 1-3 times per week.
Exfoliation is key to dissolving dead skin cells and brightening the skin.

Always moisturize.
Moisturizers that contain rich emollients, and reactants will help the skin retain its natural moisture and draw water to the top layer so skin feels and looks softer.

Don’t forget your beauty sleep.
When you’ve skimped on sleep it will generally show in your face. Tired skin results in dark circles, skin sags, and an overall lack of luster. Your skin repairs itself while you sleep, so be sure you’re getting at least 6-8 hours a night.

Wear sunscreen daily.
It’s crucial to wear sunscreen daily to protect it from premature aging and cancerous cells. Here at Koru we carry a chemical free organic line called Block Island Organics that is safe and effective in every possible way.

Have a facial or two.
We are offering a wedding facial for $70 to prime the face for your big day and makeup application using our beautiful natural skincare line Juice Organics, and their calming, pore reducing, moisturizing products.

Don’t let your skin add additional stress to your important day. Come see us at Koru Eco Spa, Block Island, RI and we’ll have you looking beautiful and in love with not only your significant other, but also your skin.  www.koruecospa.com
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Meet Koru’s All-Star Massage Team!

Koru’s massage staff this year is the best of the best! We are ecstatic to have three of our best massage therapists ever returning back to Koru this summer: Gina, Leidi, & Ellen!

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     Recognize the faces?
Gina has been leading our massage team for multiple years now and ensures everyone    is giving massage and body treatments on par with any spa in the country. Gina is our powerhouse and great at treating athletes with sore muscles.

Leidi first arrived at Koru last year and quickly became an in demand therapist with her natural understanding of touch and the body. Her touch is naturally therapeutic and soothing.

Ellen started at Koru our second season and worked thru our 4th season. She has been living and massaging in Hawaii since then; however, she is back at Koru thru Labor Day weekend! Her style is long slow and deep work.

All three therapists specialize in deep tissue work and customizing your massage to the pressure level and needs you prefer.

Stay cool and summer on!
~The Koru Crew!

 

 

Fantastic poster highlighting some common toxins in bath and beauty products.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: Gina Lepore
AKA: G
From: Boston

Favorite Island Eatery: Froozies
Spa Education: Asheville School of Massage and Yoga
Position at Spa: Massage Therapist
Favorite Spa T-Shirt: White and Tangerine
Favorite Essential Oils: Grapefruit and Lavender

What drew you to the massage industry?
I was interested in holistic health and was inspired by the atmosphere at the Ayurvedic Clinic I worked at. I like working with my hands and wanted to help people heal their bodies. I enjoy the spiritual and physicality of it.
Where do you want to take your career?
I would like to eventually have my own massage and yoga studio.
What brought you to Block Island?
I was in Costa Rica volunteering and saw an ad for employment on Block Island.  I had been here once for a family friends celebration and thought it would be a good place to be.
What do you like most about Island life?
The nature, the beaches, water activities and biking around the Island.
What do you like most about the Spa?
I love the rustic feel. I like that all of our products are Earth friendly and that we are an eco-conscious Spa. I love that people come here to feel good.
What are some of your must visit/see/do spots on Block Island?
The Labrynth, Pond & Beyond Kayaks, Elevation Studio (where she teaches Friday evenings but was too humble to mention in the interview) and Paddleboarding with Diamond Blue.
Where can you be found in your downtime?
Joking around with the crew at the Poor Peoples Pub

 

One of our favorite BI articles from the N.Y. Times:

THE sights of an East Coast summer — body surfers careering toward the beach, children licking fudge ripple off sticky knuckles, bicycles casting shadows on hot pavement — vanish after Labor Day, when pool closings and school openings signal the beginning of a more somber season. But on this island, 13 miles offshore, the summer idyll slides far into fall.

“September and October are the two most beautiful months on the island,” said Kim Gaffett, a naturalist who grew up here and is now first warden, the chief elected official on the island (technically the Town of New Shoreham, population about 1,000).

For Ms. Gaffett, fall’s enchantment lies in the reduced humidity, the optimal stargazing, the flocks of birds heading south for the winter and the surprisingly warm ocean. The deeper waters off Block Island help retain the summer’s warm temperatures into the fall; the shallower waters along the mainland cool more quickly. “But I think it’s also relative to the outside temperature” — the hotter the weather, the colder the water feels. “Some of the magic may be in people’s brains.” (more…)

Hair Services

Koru builds relationships with stylists from around the country to bring you top rate hair services.

Let our stylists from New York and California give you that look you’ve been wanting to try… whether it be Block Island natural, NYC chic, or sun-kissed California.  Please call the spa for prices.

Couple’s Escape

Sometimes you NEED a vacation from vacation. Whatever the reason, run away to our spa for a 2 hour couple’s retreat. Start with a couple’s 80 minute massage. Finish with champagne, chocolates, and some private R & R time away from the world to relax in our spa lounge.  $475

Weddings

From the toes to the makeup and hair or whether it’s the bride, the whole bridal party, or the groom we have a full array of wedding services available.  Book your wedding services with us and relax knowing you’re in professional, responsible, and experienced hands.  Email weddings@koruecospa.com to inquire about pricing, confirm availability of your wedding date, book a trial, or ask any assortment of questions!

All Massages Are Either 50 Minutes/$130 or 80 Minutes/$175 unless otherwise specified.

Swedish: Long gliding strokes make this the ultimate massage for relaxation  Less intense than a deep tissue.

Deep Tissue: A knot busting massage.  Therapists work deeper into your muscles focusing on releasing trigger points.

Eastern: A combination of shiatsu, thai, stretching and more alternative eastern techniques.

Pedisage: Treat your feet to a little R&R, a massage just for the them.  Note this is a 25 minute massage.  25 minutes/$70  (This massage can be added to any 50 or 80 minute massage as well).

Prenatal: A side lying massage with body pillows to help relieve the particular stresses of pregnancy.

Sports: Deep and therapeutic like a deep tissue massage but with focus on sports or any nagging injuries.  Great for pre and post competition!

Block Island Sacred Stone: Based on both ayurvedic and western philosophies, large heated BI stones, chosen for their grounding properties, are placed on key energy centers of the body while the therapists provide a full body massage.  It’s anything but a traditional hot stone massage. (50 min $135/ 80 min $175)

**Aromatherapy: Add aromoatherapy to any massage.  Choose from one of our custom blends below or request your own scent.  $15.

-rejuvenating (lemon, peppermint, & rosemary)
-soothing (lavender & ylang ylang)
-balancing (geranium & vetiver)

**Hot Stones: Turn any massage (except prenatal) into a hot stone massage.  Different from our sacred stone massage, this is a more traditional use of massaging with smaller basalt stones. $15

**Cucumber Eye Mask: Fresh cucumber is pureed, formed into an eye mask, and placed over your eyes throughout your service.  $10.

Our 50 Minute & 80 Minute Body Treatment Menu

Scotch Beach: Reap the blood stimulating, anti-oxidant, and firming benefits of coffee and finish with a detoxifying African clay mask. 80 min/$170

Mansion Beach: Start with a coffee scrub to stimulate blood circulation and fatty tissue breakdown.  Finish with a detoxifying and debloating French seaweed wrap as you de-stress.  80 min/$170

Crescent Beach: With your choice of either a sugar, sea salt, or coffee scrub this treatment is the perfect summer exfoliant guaranteed to leave your skin glowing.  50 min/$120

Vail Beach: Too many days baring all under the sun? Rehydrate your parched skin with our soothing aloe, fresh cucumber, oatmeal, and local Block Island honey wrap. 50 min/$120

*All body treatments are done by massage therapists and incorporate a shortened full body massage.

We Use A Variety of Organic & Vegan Hard & Soft Waxes

eyebrows $20

lip/chin $15

underarm $25

chest $20

full arm/half arm $45/$35

full leg/half leg $75/$40

full back/half back $60/$40

stomach $25

bikini $35

betweeni $50

brazilian $70

All Facials Use Only 100% Organic & Certified Good For You Products & Ingredients

Too Much Fun: This is our base line facial.  It’s a check up for your skin.  Our estheticians will examine your skin, address the main concerns, determine the products appropriate for your skin and get you started on or update your current skin care regimen.  50 minutes/$125

Lean Mean & Clean: This is the all out clean for congested skin.  Extra emphasis is placed on a deep cleanse, exfoliation, and extractions.  An Indonesian rose & willowbark mask refines pores, combats blemishes, and completes your service.  80 minutes/$160

My First Facial: This facial is for teens or anyone who is newer to the world of skincare.  Let our estheticians examine your skin, explain how to care for the particularities of your skin, and answer any questions you have about skin health.  Products used depend on your skin needs.  50 min/$125

Forever Young: Anti-aging is about hydration, nourishment, anti-oxidants, and sun protection.  A non-drying mud mask with tumeric infuses brightening and age defying anti-oxidants.  We finish this facial with an SPF from our own line, Block Island Organics.  80 min/$160

Backial: Don’t forget the back! After a winter of wool sweaters and harsh weather, treat your back to an invigorating cleaning and massage. 50 min/$120

(All facials are customized to skin type.  They include a skin analysis and a scalp, neck, face, upper back, and shoulder massage.)