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In the “new normal,” you’re aware that this Mother’s Day is unlike potentially any you’ve experienced. While you’re either sheltering in place or starting to reemerge slowly into society, now’s the perfect time to lock down some Mother’s Day activities to do with your mom (or recruit your kids for) while your favorite restaurants and fitness studios may be closed.
We put together a list of ideas—our favorite virtual workout classes that can turn a potentially solitary Mother’s Day into one filled with love, laughter, connection, and, probably, sweat.
If you’ve ever taken a dance fitness class, you know it feels a lot more like fun than exercise. If you’re sheltering in place and don’t have any big plans this Mother’s Day, a dance fitness class is a great way to get active and just let loose! Not convinced? Check out this clip from our Instagram Live with TRILLFIT (in case you don’t believe us on the whole “fun” part).
The thing we all love about bootcamp-style classes is accountability, which can be a little more difficult in a virtual setting. If you want to break a serious sweat before that Mother’s Day brunch, HIIT is the way to go. And doing it with your mom gives you no room for last-minute excuses. Push your coffee table to the side and make room—it’s going to get intense (literally).
Book your bootcamp
Okay, so high intensity isn’t really your thing. Maybe you want to break a sweat this Mother’s Day without the intensity of a bootcamp. Or maybe you just don’t have the room for circuits in your small apartment living room (I feel that). Meet Pilates. Pilates definitely isn’t easy, and a good Pilates routine will get your core working and muscles burning in no time. All you need is space for two mats—one for you and one for mom. Need to convince mom/kid to join? Check out why now is the perfect time to try Pilates.
Plan your Pilates
If you’re pregnant during this pandemic, this might be your first Mother’s Day to enjoy as a mom. That means, you should celebrate yourself today! And what better way to do that than with a virtual prenatal yoga class? The best part about virtual is you can get connected with other moms-to-be all over the world. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even leave class with a new friend.
Find your flow
Or, if you already have little ones running around, you may want to find an activity you can all do together to celebrate Mom’s Day and kill some time at home (because we know how hard it can be to WFH with kids). On Mindbody, you can find tons of kids yoga classes to choose from for kids of all ages. Plus, I heard Savasana sometimes leads to naps!
Calm your kiddos
If none of these options float your boat, that’s fine, too. You can do virtually any workout—and any workout, virtually—with your mom! Browse Mindbody to explore thousands of online fitness classes around the globe, and then buy your mom flowers—she deserves them. Plus, when the studios DO open, remember, you can still get your in-person workouts in at these studios that offer childcare!
To the moms!
Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut.
Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes.
Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:
As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions.
On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.
In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.
In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest.
After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.
Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.
All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.
Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.
Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.