Spa offers soothing relief to women who were victims of domestic violence.
Winner of the 2003 Distinguished Day Spa Award from The Day Spa Association, Preston Wynne Spa is one of the most relaxing places in the Silicon Valley. Guests of the award-winning day spa escape the stress and anxiety of the “real world” with nurturing body treatments, massage therapy, and expert skin care. Lights are dim, soothing music plays, and wonderful aromas fill the air. It’s about as far removed from the painful reality of domestic violence as one could get.
“Which is exactly why we’ve started the Healing Touch Project,” says Peggy Wynne Borgman, founder and director of the 19-year-old Saratoga Village spa. Healing Touch was conceived as a way to ease stress, raise morale, and improve self-esteem for domestic violence survivors served by Next Door, a Santa Clara non-profit group that provides critical services and shelter for victims of domestic violence. Customers of the spa (or any interested party) can “sponsor” a guest from Next Door’s program, who are then able to come to Preston Wynne and enjoy a treatment of her choice. The basic sponsorship is just $25. Preston Wynne then donates the rest of the cost for its services, which normally runs $85-$90 for an hour session. The spa also receives additional donations to Next Door’s general fund from enthusiastic customers.
“Spa treatments can help victims of domestic violence on several levels,” says Borgman. “First, they’re treated with great respect. They’re welcomed by warm, friendly people to a peaceful sanctuary. Then they enjoy the healing benefits of spa treatments. During their spa treatment, they experience therapeutic touch in a deeply positive way. This can help them re-connect with their bodies after trauma.”