Ena and her husband came to Rabun county over 10 years ago. It was a stopping point on their travels between Florida where Ena was working to train athletes and her husband’s business property inPittsburg, PA. They often stopped at the Dillard House and both were attracted by the beauty and people of Rabun County. When they settled in Rabun County Ena worked as a freelance coach to young athletes. But her vision was to open her own spa. Two years ago Mind and Body Haven was born. The first time she stopped at the rustic building which overlooks Tiger Creek she fell in love with the tranquil location. She deemed it healing.
Ena Weinstein came running to theUnited Statesin the early 1980’s. Born inLimaPeru, she was the pioneer of women’s marathon running in her country. Ena ran her first competitive marathon in 1981, an 18th-place finish in the New York City Marathon. She participated in the 1984 Olympics inLos Angeles as a member of Peru’s Women’s Marathon Team – she finished 25th in the Games. Her best showing was a 10th place finish at Bostonin 1987. And, when she was six months pregnant she finished in fifth place in the ’87 Pan Am Games at Indianapolis. Her last Olympics was in Barcelonain 1992.
Along with her dedication to training and physical fitness Ena acquired a double B.S. in Exercise Physiology and Occupational Therapy. She is still running, but now her focus is on helping individuals and families improve their health, fitness and appearance. She believes that therapy and high performance training work hand in hand to help athletes’ perform at even higher levels.
Ena and her husband came to Rabun county over 10 years ago. It was a stopping point on their travels between Florida where Ena was working to train athletes and her husband’s business property inPittsburg,PA. They often stopped at the Dillard House and both were attracted by the beauty and people of Rabun County. When they settled in Rabun County Ena worked as a freelance coach to young athletes. But her vision was to open her own spa. Two years ago Mind and Body Haven was born. The first time she stopped at the rustic building which overlooks Tiger Creek she fell in love with the tranquil location. She deemed it healing.
Ena continues to work as a freelance coach for for some very disciplined young athletes around the world that compete in high performance sports. So how do you do that fromLakemont,Georgia? She pointed out that even when she was competing her coaches could not come to every event. Now we have many more tools such as cell phones, Skype and long distance monitoring. She uses these tools to talk to her students and manage their personal training, heart rates, calorie intake etc.
As you can imagine based on Ena’s experience and training Mind and Body Haven is not your ordinary spa. It offers a wonderful holistic approach to improve your health. Ena’s Dad told her “never stop learning” so now she is studying to be an Esthetician. She points out that skin is our largest organ and we need to take better care of our skin. With this in mind she uses only organic all natural skin products.
Mind and Body Haven offers a number of personlyzed services including: facials, waxing, personal training, yoga, pilates, diet advice, stress reduction and several different types of massage including medical, Reki and Lyposage. After talking to Ena I have high confidence in her abilities. During our time together I could clearly sense both her intensity and dedication.
The Spa is handsomely designed and outfitted. It is located in the Center of the art village of Lakemont, Georgia. When you enter you are welcomed by a subtle aroma of sandlewood, pine and spices and you hear the gentle harmonies of nature. One feels immediately relaxed. The serenity and privacy make it a haven for pushing cares and responsibilities to the back burner and surrendering to a pampered hour of renewal. The massage I received sent me to heaven. Pour me back into my street shoes Ena and I’ll return next week.
I got the works, facial, nails and a one-hour massage. The massage was a personal workout. Not only did I feel relaxed but I also felt like I had completed a marathon myself. Giving a massage has to be a personal workout in itself so II asked Ena how many massages can she offer in a day? She said she has done as many as 8 in one day. But she runs and bicycles daily to keep in top shape. She also has a staff of other therapists that she has personally trained, so if you prefer a male maseusse she can oblige your preference. She has enough trained assistants that she can handle corporate retreats, bridal parties and family gatherings. She also makes house calls.
In the future she plans to gradually add more space and programs, including more health, fitness and beauty services. Oh, did I tell you she is also an actress. She had a starring role in a soap opera inMexico. Since coming to the United States she has performed in commercials, been in a number of small movie roles, and served as a sports commentator. And, be very careful, she has a Black Belt in Karate! She also volunteers as a physical therapist for the U.S. Olympics Track and Field Team. I addition to all this she is also a Mom.
For my birthday my husband David gave me a second session with Ena at Mind and Body Haven. I am looking forward to taking the time away from the Beechwood Inn so I can be molded, pounded, buttered and relaxed.
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By Gayle M. Darugh, Owner/Innkeeper, Beechwood Inn, Clayton Georgia – Georgia’s Premier Wine Country Inn, www.beechwoodinn.ws