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Hospital Spoils

I have been admitted into hospital over 100 times – easily.  The first year of my diagnosis saw me spending more time in hospital than I did at home.  I have had over 20 operations (I can’t remember the exact number & to be honest can’t even remember all the operations – I try to block these from my memory once they are over).  This means a LOT of time spent lying in a hospital bed.  It means sore muscles, hairy legs, uncomfortable beds, greasy hair, being run-down & generally just feeling rotten.

It means long days of doing nothing, & not wanting to actually watch one more TV show that is on repeat.  I often beg my husband to just rub my feet as I crave human touch & my feet ACHE from not being used.  So when I saw a new business here in Joburg North being advertised, I was super excited.

Hospital Spoils is a relatively new business that will come to you in hospital, or whilst you are recovering at home.  In fact, they even came to my office in Broadacres to pamper me there.

They reached out to me to offer me a treatment of my choice (of course I went for a shoulder, neck & head massage!) & I knew that my fellow rare warrior friends & hospital frequent-ers would be super excited about this idea.


Your name:  Dr Claire Mitchell – Specialist General Surgeon and CEO & Sarah Saffy – Managing Director

Business name:  Hospital Spoils

Social media handles:  WebsiteFacebookInstagram

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Tell me a bit more about your business:  Hospital Spoils is a specialised mobile spa with medically trained therapists that offer manicures, pedicures, massages and hair wash and blow – dry’s right at your bedside. Started by a Specialist Surgeon, servicing hospitals, clinics, retirement and private homes in the north of JHB and surrounding areas. Perfect for people in hospital or at home – new mom’s, post op, elderly, unwell and those who are house bound.

Where did the idea for this come from:

 

What area do you work in:  Hospitals, retirement villages, old age homes, rehab facilities and private homes in Joburg North.

How can people book you to come to them:  Call or WhatsApp 083 778 4741

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Are your therapists trained beauty therapists:  Yes and hair stylists!

See full pricelist here:  HS Digital Leaflet Insert 2

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I was so impressed with the level of hygiene & care that was taken throughout my treatment.  And you can tell that the therapists really care about what they are doing – it is so much more than a job for them.  They really want to help you feel better about yourself, & take away some of the stress that you have been experiencing.

My favourite part was that I was constantly kept informed via Whatsapp on what was on offer, who my therapist would be, confirmation of my appointment, an invoice, & then I was sent a message following my treatment to rate how it went & if they can improve in any way.  Customer service is of the utmost importance – especially in this area & when you are dealing with people who are either sick or recovering from some downtime.

I can absolutely say, without any hesitation, that I recommend Hospital Spoils for anyone & everyone.  And I know who my first call during my next hospital admission will be to!

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Reverie Beauty Studio

When I first started this blog, I reached out to small businesses that I was really interested in, & one of them was Bella Boneca.  Megan was so kind to me & we have stayed in contact ever since.

Recently she took over the salon Reverie Beauty  Studio in Illovo, JHB & she invited me to go there to have a pamper afternoon.  I was so excited as there is nothing better than being made to feel beautiful, having some time just for myself, & simply being spoilt rotten.  I finally got some time last week to go through to the salon in Post Office Centre & sat back ready to be pampered.


I walked into the exquisite salon, & was immediately attracted to the classy decor & feel-good vibes that were being extended my way.  With stunning black & white wallpaper, & silver accents throughout, you could tell that this salon is all about high class & exclusivity.  The therapists are friendly, & I was greeted with a great big smile by Pearl, the salon manager.

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Pearl has been doing beauty therapy for over 20 years, & boy does she know her stuff!  Her clients are of the utmost importance to her, & she really cares about you.  She pours love & attention over you from the moment you walk through the doors & makes you feel like her number one priority.  Pearl is a MACHINE when it comes to waxing – I had a half leg, underarm & Hollywood wax done by her in only 20 minutes.  I had to check my watch about 4 times to see if that was real as I have never ever had such a quick wax!  She told me a little about her life, & you can tell how much she loves her family & how she does everything to ensure that her children have the best life possible.

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From here I went on to Joyce, who told me she would be doing a manicure on me.  My toenails still haven’t grown back from the chemo, & so I keep my feet hidden for now!  Joyce told me her favourite treatment is a pedicure, so I will definitely go back when my feet are not so sensitive & I actually have some nails to paint!

She started off by exfoliating my hands, & then shaped my nails & pushed back my cuticles.  I wasn’t having tips put on this time, so luckily my natural nails weren’t too bad!

They have a wide variety of colours & brands to choose from, & I think that’s what took me the longest!  Joyce helped me choose complementary colours & got to work with making me feel like a new woman.  She told me about her husband, & how he recently fought through his second cancer diagnosis & still recently graduated – despite being so sick & having to take time off for chemo.  Talking to her you could tell how much she loves what she does, & her heart is so pure.  I felt like I was spending the afternoon with a friend, & loved having proper girly time!  Plus having soft hands, & the most fantastic hand massage was just what I needed to actually relax & take my mind off everything else that has been going on.

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Thank you so much Megan, Pearl & Joyce for spoiling me so much & helping me feel like a new person.  I had such a great time & loved the whole vibe of the salon.  I think you can always tell a lot about a salon by how happy the therapists are, & these ladies had only positive things to say about their place of work & their passion for their job.  Their clients are all treated with respect & love; which is really the way all humans should be treated.

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If you are in the area, I would really recommend you giving them a go!

Meet these special ladies, pamper yourself & allow true relaxation to set in.

Believe me, you will love your time here…


 

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Lois’s Beauty Studio

When I left school I studied for 3 years to become first a beauty therapist, & then a spa therapist.  I learnt all the basics such as manicures, pedicures, massage & facials; & then moved on to sports massage, reiki & more specialised treatments.  I absolutely loved doing this & meeting all the interesting people that I came into contact with.  Unfortunately when my health took a drastic decline, I could do longer cope with the manual side of things & often could not even speak to my clients. This left me embarrassed  & oftentimes uncomfortable when I couldn’t give of my best.

Coming from this background means that I am quite fussy about who I go to for some pampering, & I had always gone to the same lady in my home town who was a friend of mine too.  I couldn’t bare the thought of going to someone else, & when I did the one time I was horrified at their technique & found I couldn’t properly relax as I could sense that there was no passion behind what they were doing.

When I moved to JHB I had no idea who to try – must I go for the salons based across the company, or should I rather try a smaller home salon?  Do I ask for recommendations on my local Facebook group, or do I see who is closest to me?  And them, I met the wonderful Lois.  Lois has a salon at her house in Fourways & has quite recently brought on 2 more wonderful ladies to assist her out.  She is bubbly, friendly & I always leave with a huge smile on my face.  She truly cares about all of her clients & her treatments are all of the highest quality.


Your name:  Lois

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Business name:  Lois’s Beauty Studio
What do you do:  I am a skin and healthcare professional as well as a make up artist and nail technician and salon owner.
How long have you been doing this for:  10 years.

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What did you do before you opened your salon:  I worked on a luxury cruise liner, Royal Caribbean, for 2 contracts then came home and worked in a 5 star spa followed by becoming a Skin and Healthcare lecturer and then product trainer.
Why do you love what you do:  Who can say that they get to socialize with clients (who become your friends) all day!! Clients are always thanking you for making them feel and look beautiful. It’s the most rewarding job anyone could ever ask for!
Can people book in for couples treatments:  Absolutely! It’s so much for fun doing something you love with someone you love.
What are your most popular treatments:  Nails with nail art!!


Do you often have special offers:  Yes, every month we have something different.
Where are you based:  Jukskei Park, Randburg.
How can people get hold of you:  WhatsApp is the best form of communication for me as I’m always busy with clients during the day.  My number is 072 224 5720.
Social media handles:  Facebook and Instagram
Quote you live by:  God will never give you anything you cannot handle


I absolutely love my time at Lois’s Beauty Studio, & I will always recommend her salon to everyone I can in JHB.  I used to travel over half an hour to get to her, but luckily now we have moved just down the road!  I have had massages, manicures, pedicures, waxing & all sorts of treatments from Lois, Winnie & Rashy; & it is such a treat being spoilt & made to feel special.

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Lois has 2 beautiful girls & a loving husband that mean the world to her.  She will always make a plan to try accomodate people & you can hear her laugh as you step foot on their property.

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Lois, Winnie & Rashy – thank you for always making me feel so welcome & for adding so much joy to my life.  I appreciate all of you!


 

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