The Mary Experience

It’s hard to know how to introduce someone whose presence is so enormous, and whose personality so casually evades description, but I’ll give it my best shot. Mary is a woman whose energy can only be described as a mighty wind. She never just walks into a room, she always bursts in, eyes wide with wonder, somehow yelling and whispering at the same time. She projects a very active peace, so the air around her hums with a subtle calming, electricity. Being around Mary can feel overwhelming at first, but I would say that’s because many of us are not accustomed to being around people who consider vitality to be a lifestyle. She arrives with her clients in this spirit, so buckle up and enjoy it. All is well, and so it is.

All the technicians at Sacred give and receive services all the time, and after becoming an old pro at the spa it’s unusual to get a facial or massage that is remarkably different. So when Tabitha texted me late last week that I “needed” to get a facial from Mary “just to experience it,” I knew I was being set up for a spiritual petit fours. A Reiki Lift facial combines skincare with energy work, lifting and toning the skin through an extended facial massage and guiding concentrated healing energy into the body through our crown, third eye, and throat chakras. Mary’s reiki is strong, but her facial massage is something you won’t find anywhere else in Cleveland, and it gives *immediate* results. I wish I had a video of what her fingers were doing to my face, but it felt like fluttering bird wings were massaging my face at a rate I had up until now thought would necessitate a power drill. I could feel the connective tissue in my face reorganizing: tingles back by the corner of my jaw and above my ear, all kinds of jaw twitches, and increased circulation my skin hasn’t enjoyed since high school. I did not realize how much I had started to droop until I looked in the mirror after and saw that Mary had reversed it. I’ve gotten plenty of facials from other estheticians so to some degree I knew what to expect, but I still cannot replicate her amazing technique so it remains a mystery. What I can confirm is that it’s nothing short of exhilarating.

-Colleen-Sacred Hour Massage Therapist-Staff Writer