4 All – Natural Gift Ideas For Dad This Father’s Day

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4  All – Natural Gift Ideas For Dad This Father’s Day

  1. Gift of a Healthy Meal
  • Whip up an organic breakfast for dad on Sunday for breakfast in bed
  • Go out to his favorite place for a healthy breakfast

They say the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Why not try preparing Dad a heart-healthy meal that you and your family can all enjoy together!

  1. Gift of Movement
  • A bike ride
  • A walk around your neighborhood
  • One on one basketball game, or tossing a football back and forth

These may all seem like small gestures but those are the things that make Dads feel young at heart. Getting his heart pumping and his body moving in honor of his special day will be sure to put a smile on his face.

  1. Gift of Relaxation
  • Set him up for a special spa day where he can get some of that peace and quiet he deserves, A massage, gentleman’s facial, or a foot treatment
  • A spa day with family members is a great way to spend time and relax together as a couples massage, father and son/daughter massages

Many fathers work hard all year both mentally and physically. If this sounds like your Dad, this could be just what your father needs to unwind, relax, and feel truly appreciated.

  1. Gift of Time
  • Movie night with his favorite film
  • Play a game of cards together
  • Sit and catch up over a cup of coffee

Just spending time with someone one on one is sometimes the best gift of all. These are the moments that connect you with family and loved ones.

 

Enjoy this Father’s Day and Spend Time with Family and loved ones. Be sure to give Dad a “Thank you” for everything he does! On behalf of Purely You Spa, we wish you and your families a wonderful Father’s Day.

 

 

Blue Zones Project- Southwest Florida

BLUE ZONE LOGOWhat is the Blue Zones Project?

The Blue Zone Project started with a research study to conclude where the highest concentrations of centenarians living full and healthy lives reside across the globe. They dove into these cultures to find the 9 commonalities amongst these places varying from the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica to Sardinia, Italy. They call these the power 9 and they are simple and easy keys to living a longer and healthier life. The Blue Zones Project has taken this information learned from these cultures and found ways to implement change into our communities so we might make the best out of the place we live and the time we have here.

The Power 9

  1. Move Naturally– The people they have found to live the longest are not running marathons and exercising rigorously. They live in environments that encourage more natural movement and less unnecessary machines doing the work for them. This one is simple, in a sedentary world find a way to move!
  2. Purpose- You can look at this one as ‘Why I wake up in the morning.’ In these cultures there is no such thing as ‘retirement,’ they live so long because they get out of bed each day with a reason to do so. It can be something as simple as walking the kids to school or going out each day to catch dinner for the family, either way they find purpose to their days rather than watching them fly by.
  3. Down Shift- We experience more stress than ever before in our fast paced world and we often forget to take a moment and stop to appreciate all we have already. Some cultures pray, some nap, and others drink, the main idea is to take the time to do something for you and reflect.
  4. 80% Rule– This rule is one that our society needs a PSA on, ‘YOU DO NOT HAVE TO EAT EVERYTHING ON YOUR PLATE.’ It takes 30 minutes for your stomach to send the signal to your brain that you are full, so only eat to 80% and you’ll save yourself the stomach pain and the leftovers for later.
  5. Plant Slant- The majority of centenarians get their protein from plants, now this isn’t to say they do not eat meat. They do, however, only consume meat products about 5 times a month on average and their serving sizes are about half that of ours. There has been further research done on this because of their low instances of heart disease and cancer rates (THE CHINA STUDY).
  6. Wine @ 5– With the exception of the seventh day Adventists in Loma Linda, California all of these cultures drink moderately and regularly. They say 1-2 drinks with friends and family a day keeps the doctor away. See Power #8 these people are also the ones unknowingly helping you live longer!
  7. Belong- Regardless of the denomination, 258/263 of the centenarians they interviewed in their research belonged to some kind of faith organization. The hope for something more and feeling connected to and apart of this world is an essential part of living a full life. Join a group or organization that has similar interests as you to make you feel connected.
  8. Loved Ones First– The research showed that these cultures had their loved ones nearby throughout their lives, grandparents in the home with their grandchildren and even great-great grandchildren have purpose and the young ones have the benefit of great caregivers. They also found that having a life partner can add up to 3 years on to your life.
  9. Right Tribe- In Okinawa they call them “moais.” This is considered your tribe. These people you get together with and spend time with that have similar interests as you. Each month gather together with your Moai and choose an activity to do. Whether it’s going for a walk or the gym together, the idea is to spend time focusing on each other getting healthy together, being accountable to one another, and growing together.

How is Purely You Spa getting involved?

Purely You Spa is trying to help the Blue Zones Project here in Southwest Florida by getting the word out. The project is works with individuals, organizations, and businesses in the area to make our community safer, healthier, and happier. All of our employees here at Purely You have done their part to sign the personal pledge and we will be hosting Ladies Night events coming up in the near future as well as a “Blue Zone Special” to keep spreading the word, make sure you keep an eye out for it!

How can I get involved?

There are so many great ways to get involved with this project! They have ambassador trainings for anyone that would like more information to bring back to their place of work or any other organization that might be able to support the project. There are purpose workshops that use a deck of cards to pinpoint your best purpose in the community if you are looking for the right way to give back. The simplest way is by simply visiting their website and signing the personal pledge!

 

Visit their website to find out more… https://southwestflorida.bluezonesproject.com/ !

By: Kaytee G.

Purely You: Finding Your Best Self

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The best thing you can do for yourself is to find the best version of you, and be that every day. In order to magnetize the things you want most never stop working on expanding your mind, improving your body and allowing your soul to grow. Invest in yourself and allow yourself to feel good.

Follow these steps for becoming Purely You.

Prioritize “Me” Time

          Take time for yourself each and every day, treat yourself. Work it out at the gym,practice meditation, or get your glow on at the spa. Making time for you is the key to a relaxed mind and happy spirit.

Opt for Outside

          Bring Mother Nature with you on your next day off. She loves sun bathing at the beach, hiking along a nature trail, and gardening in the backyard. Spending time outside is the best pick me up, and always good for the soul.

Stay the Course

          When set-backs happen (and they ALWAYS do), don’t let it distract you from your personal goals.

Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat

          Organic, green, whole, natural, these words are what you should be thinking before your next meal. Focus on eating foods that are alive, and that will give you energy; eat the foods that will heal you, not harm you. Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.

Love Yourself Enough To Embrace a Balanced, Pure Lifestyle

By: Alison W.

Core Strengthening Yoga Group Class

Purely You Spa, Naples’ only all-organic spa, is offering yoga classes focused specifically on core strengthening and alleviating back pain on Saturday, August 29 at 8:30 a.m. and Friday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
“As we age, the core muscles naturally weaken which puts extra weight on the spinal vertebrae and the muscles in the back.  The result of this weakening may induce lower back pain and degenerate discs. Strengthening our core muscles helps create greater structural balance and prevents back pain.” Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi, Purely You Spa Director, said.
Purely You Spa, Laura Grabinski, Expert Yoga Instructor will lead the group through a series of postures to strengthen the core and back, improve posture and balance, and calm the mind. All attendees will be able to enjoy complimentary aromatherapy and will receive a $50.00 gift certificate towards their 1st “private” yoga session at PYS.
The fee for each summer “group” class is $18 and includes antioxidant green tea and organic fruit. The class is free for Purely You Spa Members. Purely You Spa is located at 3066 Tamiami Trail N. Suite 302 in Naples.
To register or for more information contact info@purelyyouspa.com or 239-331-8266. To learn more about the spa’s organic anti-aging facial treatments, massage, airbrush tanning, or body treatments visit www.purelyyouspa.com.

Go Green For Saint Patrick’s Day!

We’re edging our way into Spring and everything seems to be coming up green – the plants are beginning to bloom, St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and it’s National Nutrition Month!

Spring is about casting off the heaviness of winter and embracing the new waiting to emerge within and around us. You can maximize these seasonal changes by shedding the old and planting something new in your life:

  • Go through your closets and donate items that no longer fit, are out of style or you just haven’t worn in 6 or more months.
  • Sort through your cupboards/refrigerator and toss out expired items and junk food. Start Spring fresh with seasonal fruits and veggies and feel your body lighten up naturally.
  • Add some green both to your plate and home. Greens detox the body and provide power-house nutrients to recharge cells. Kale, spinach, cabbage (in keeping with St. Patty’sKale Day), brussel sprouts and collards are few to ease into your diet through soups and salads. For the home, select plants that not only are beautiful, but help filter the toxins in the air – Areca Palm, Bamboo Palm, Boston Fern, Dracaena Janet Graig, Dwarf Date Palm, English Ivy, Ficus Alii, Lady Palm, Peace Lily and, the “fav” among researchers, the Rubber Plant.
  • Get moving! Go outside and enjoy the lovely weather while you can – walk the dog, jog with a neighbor, ride bikes with your kids. Even 20 minutes a day starts a habit that will benefit your mind, body and spirit!
  • Schedule some “me time.” Whether that’s sitting on the patio reading a book, luxuriating in the tub, or pampering yourself with a massage or facial – these precious moments will help rejuvenate your body and refresh your mind.
  • Green Tea:  Instead of reaching for green beer this Saint Patrick’s Day, nourish your body with green tea! Green tea has multiple health benefits that can make you look and feel fantastic. greenteasGreen tea has been thought to promote longevity, aid in heart problems, support healthier metabolism and immune systems, promote younger looking and healthier skin, increase blood flow, and increase energy. While green tea itself may not help you lose weight, its use as a substitute for higher-calorie drinks will have your body thanking you! At Purely You Spa, we have fallen in love with PURE Inventions Antioxidant Green Tea which contains no sugar, calories, caffeine, sodium, gluten, stimulants, artificial colors, or artificial sweeteners. Consider swapping your next sugary beverage (or St. Patty’s Day beer) for green tea that your body will crave.

This is the perfect time of year to try our Ageless Beauty Facial – a highly relaxing, anti-aging facial for all skin types that is customized for your skin. Mild and tranquil exfoliating reveals timeless, radiant skin!

And, be sure to celebrate all life’s joys, naturally – including St. Patrick’s Day!

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.

May the rain fall softly upon your fields. And the sun shine warm upon your face.

Couples Yoga

At Purely You Spa, we don’t just offer traditional spa services. While we do specialize in classic treatments, our team is dedicated to all around well-being.

We are happy to be offerLaura Yoga Instructoring couples yoga classes! Our yoga instructor, Laura, specializes in Hatha yoga, Vinyasa flow, relaxation meditation, gentle yoga, and power class. Yoga is a wonderful way to spend time with your loved one in a complete mind and body experience.

All of our classes are customized specifically for your needs. Typically in her 50-minute sessions, Laura reserves the last 10 minutes for relaxing meditation.  Laura is committed to making sure each session fulfills your personal goals in a warm, relaxed, and safe environment.

For the month of February, our couple’s yoga classes are offered at $140 (normally $190 value). This makes a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Laura is offering customized classes on Thursday, February 12th at 12pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm. We would love to book your customized class today!

Spa Concierge: 239-331-8266

A Valentine’s Day Recipe Just For YOU!

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At Purely You Spa, all-round wellness is important to us. We don’t only want you to experience the most exhilarating organic spa treatments you’ve ever had, but to practice wellness in your everyday lives.

For this Valentine’s Day, we’ve adapted a recipe from www.lovefoodandthought.com just for you! Now you can experience chocolate’s health benefits at home with this delicious “fudge” AND with our chocolate lavender massage! There’s nothing better than an organic, gluten-free, vegan chocolate dessert after your special Valentine’s Day spa treatments!

Serves 2-4

1 organic avocado

7 pitted organic dates

3 tablespoons organic coconut oil

2 tablespoons organic maple syrup

¾ cup organic bittersweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled

Organic fresh berries, for garnish

 

1. Combine avocadodatescoconut oilmaple syrup, and chocolate together in a food processor. Blend until smooth, about 4 minutes.

2. Spoon this mixture into individual ramekins and refrigerate for 1 hour.

3. Garnish with fresh berries and enjoy.

 

We would love to hear from you! Comment below when you try our recipe or experience our spa treatments!

Also, don’t forget you can always review us on Trip Advisor or Yelp. Thank you in advance for including details and your therapist’s name when reviewing.

 

Being mindful for your wellbeing

There’s a lot of buzz about being mindful and the importance of meditation for our overall health and wellbeing. Despite the numerous benefits, so many of us are afraid to dip our toes in that pool of tranquility for numerous reasons, including not having the time and believing we won’t ‘succeed’ at stillness.

Beyond creating a general sense of wellbeing that makes life more enjoyable, there are some very specific ways mindfulness benefits us:

  • Relieves stress
  • Treats heart disease
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Improves sleep
  • Alleviates gastrointestinal difficulties
  • Eases depression
  • Improves ability to communicate
  • Improves ability to handle conflict
  • Enhances self-esteem
  • Improves satisfaction with life
  • Creates greater capacity to deal with stressful life events
  • Reduces worry and regrets
  • Enhances connections with other people
  • Helps with addressing mental health issues, including substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder

Here in the USA, we’re just catching up to what most of the world knows: mindfulness works by helping us to accept our life experiences – good, bad and ugly – instead of merely reacting to avoid them.

This “practice” helps us deal with life – the odd situations we encounter, the conditions often placed on us that are less than ideal, the amazing blessings we encounter and, of course, our personal and professional relationships.

Right about now, you’re thinking “That’s all lovely, but I don’t have TIME to meditate and I wouldn’t be good at it anyway.”

Fortunately, you can reap the benefits of mindfulness without spending hours a day meditating. The key is becoming more present, or aware, in your daily moments. You can start process this by accepting where you are at in any given situation. Maybe it’s walking the dog, or doing the dishes…

 

  • Be present. Take a deep breath and really try to dive into your mundane tasks, giving them your full attention. Maybe you actually take time to feel the heat of the water while doing the dishes; look at the trees or play with your dog while walking him.
  • Try gratitude. Consider for just a brief moment how fortunate you are to experience the unconditional love of your dog, or that you can afford food to eat and clean water to wash your dishes. Take it a step further – recognize and give thanks that you are physically able to wash dishes or walk your dog. Be thankful for the smallest of blessings because they often times are great treasures we simply take for granted. (Ask anyone with a broken arm or using crutches about the challenges of the daily activities we all simply “do” without thought).
  • Keep it simple. When your mind starts to wander, and it will, just keep coming back to the basics. Feel the soapy water or the sensation of your feet hitting the pavement. Take a deep breath and notice the aroma of the meal you just enjoyed, or the scent of night jasmine starting to fill the air as you walk.
  • Expand it. Keep practicing mindfulness in little moments throughout your day and then start applying these principles to the larger situations or experiences in your life. Savor that cup of coffee and then really participate in the conversation that you are having with a coworker.

What you’ll find over time is that you start approach things with a slightly different “eye.” While waiting in traffic you might get frustrated, take a deep breath, look out the window and start to truly enjoy the sunshine, or relax into the song on the radio.

When your boss calls upset, you somehow manage to “step back” and realize that you can respond by listening instead of reacting, realizing he needs to “vent” before you speak and provide a suitable resolution to the problem.

You might even find yourself sitting quietly in a chair just enjoying the sounds of the house around you and, before you know it, discover that you want to carve-out time each day to enjoy the stillness as you let your thoughts drift on by.

For more information on healthy living or to set up an organic lifestyle consultation contact Purely You Spa at 239-331-8266.

 

 

Benefits of Green Tea

While there is some good research as to the benefits of drinking coffee, there is another choice out there that is a truly stellar alternative for your morning brew – green tea!

Research shows a plethora of reasons you should be adding three to four cups of this elixir to your daily routine, including the following:

  • Helps reduce your risk of cancer. In fact, the antioxidant in green tea is 24 times more effective than vitamin E and 100 times better than vitamin C at protecting your cells from damage.
  • Contains polyphenols which guard against free radicals, reducing signs of aging, including wrinkles, and promotes overall longevity.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety due to levels of the amino acid L-theanine.
  • Boosts immune system with high content of polyphenols and flavonoids. Combined with high concentrations of Vitamin C, green tea can help prevent colds and flus.
  • Helps prevent stroke and heart disease by lowering “bad” cholesterol levels while raising “good” cholesterol levels. It also enhances recovery if you’ve had a heart attack.
  • Prevents high blood pressure by repressing angiotensin.
  • Improves lipid and glucose metabolism, preventing spikes in blood sugar levels helping prevent or address diabetes.
  • Boosts your metabolism and stops the movement of glucose in fat cells – helps burn fat and reduce obesity. In fact, it burns up to 70 calories a day (that’s 7 pounds a year).
  • Boosts memory and may slow the reduction of acetylcholine in the brain – the cause of Alzheimer’s – and slows the progression of Parkinson’s Disease by preventing cell damage in the brain.
  • Kills the bacteria that cause food poisoning, as well as the pesky toxins produced by the bacteria.
  • Relaxes muscles supporting the bronchial tubes, improving asthma.
  • Reduces/prevents the risk of rheumatoid arthritis by blocking an enzyme that destroys cartilage.
  • Relieves allergies due to the high levels of EGCG in the tea.

 

With all these health benefits, it’s really wise to incorporate it into your daily routine. However, if drinking four or more cups of green tea a day seems a bit daunting, we understand. You can enjoy all the wellness of up to 10 cups of green tea in just one serving of Pure Inventions’ antioxidant green tea “supplement.” Just add a dropper full of Pure to a cup of warm or cold water and enjoy.

 

As a bonus, Pure is FREE from sugar, calories, caffeine, sodium, gluten, stimulants, artificial colors and sweeteners. Plus, it comes in several great tasting flavors and requires no “brewing” – original green tea, raspberry, peace, tropical, vanilla crème and pineapple coconut.

 

For more information, please call 239.331.8266, or visit www.PurelyYouSpa.com.greenteas