2018 Valentine’s Day Ideas

There are many different opinions about Valentine’s Day. Some people see it as a day to pamper your significant other, others are just waiting until the day after for a sweet sale on candies and chocolates. Some argue that Valentine’s Day is tacky. They say the pink and the red and the roses do nothing more than make them roll their eyes. But when it comes down to it, Valentine’s Day is a time to show your loved ones how much you really appreciate them. In this day and age, it is so easy to get caught up in the daily grind and it is nice to be reminded that you truly are loved and you do matter to others. No matter how you choose to show your love, here are some great ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Make Valentine’s Day a “You” day

  • Valentine’s Day may seem like “Lonely Singles’ Day” if you are currently without a significant other. But it doesn’t have to be! Valentine’s is a time for love and maybe this year that can mean love for yourself! Self-care is so, so important. Take a day to pamper yourself any day: take yourself out to your favorite restaurant, go for a walk on the beach, set aside time to do a yoga class, have a spa day for yourself (Purely You Spa is offering many specials and packages this month. Come in for a day of ultimate relaxation!)

Celebrate GALentine’s Day!

  • Have you heard of GALentine’s Day? This is also a good time to remember that love doesn’t just have to be romantic. Spend the day to truly just show an appreciation for all the other strong, beautiful women in your life. Get together and celebrate to show them that no matter what happens, you will always have each other.

Have an “Alternative” Valentine’s Day

  • Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all hearts and roses. If you and your significant other both have a good sense of humor, consider doing a Valentine’s Day with quirky replacements for traditions. Ideas: give a bouquet of broccoli, go on a date and try to make each other laugh (the one who loses and laughs first has to pay), give a box of chocolates that is actually full of carrots. Do little things that you two enjoy. Not everyone enjoys a candle-lit dinner. Maybe you two can just share a smoothie and go for a walk through your neighborhood. The goal is to spend time with each other without judgement and without feeling the need to go over-the-top.

Buy Experiences, not Things

  • Men and women have different ideas when it comes to showing appreciation for each other. Sometimes buying nice jewelry, cologne, purses, or clothing isn’t what the other person had in mind. The thought and the love is there but at the end of the day, it’s just stuff. We are sure it is a possibility that many couples have this problem. Material things are nice, but they are a bit like a sugar-high: they don’t last very long and usually are not as good as something a little more wholesome. A new idea would be to give the gift of an experience together rather than a material item. You could spend time together for a day at Disney, have a painting class together, or take a tour of a winery… all things that have no material value, but will last a lifetime in your memories and in your heart. Your love doesn’t have to be shown in the form of a ring or a necklace or even a bouquet of flowers. It can be shown simply by just being with each other.

Volunteers Day

  • Love can be shown in so many different ways. This Valentine’s Day, show your love by giving back to your community. Visit the Humane Society, donate to your local woman’s shelter, pick a day and help out with Habitat for Humanity. There are so many different opportunities for you to feel the real, authentic happiness that comes with giving back. Spend time with those who need a little extra love this month.

 

The team here at Purely You Spa wants to assist you in planning an amazing experience for you and your loved one. We have so many options to customize the perfect experience. Take a look at some ideas in our Valentine’s flyer. Schedule one of our monthly specials like the Love Birds Getaway for Two which features a luxurious ninety-minute couples massage, aromatherapy, chocolate, and organic fruit and wine. Other options are our Be My Valentine Pure Escape package which features a massage, body scrub, aromatherapy, Organic Facial, and more.

Make this Valentine’s Day one that you and your loved ones will remember for years to come. The number one thing to remember is to do the holiday your way. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate. Just spread the love and feel the love!

Bring on the HEAT!

Purely You Spa is proud to be adding a new healing component to our already extraordinary organic massage services – the Bio Mat!

 

Bio Mats provide the body instant access to the healing properties of Far Infrared Rays (FIR) – a form of light energy that comes from the sun but can’t be seen by human eyes due to longer wavelengths.

 

FDA approved, FIR is absorbed through the skin where is transforms from light energy into heat energy. This thermal effect deep within our tissues gives you an immediate (15-30 minutes) sense of wellbeing, but also provides many more significant healing properties.

 

FIR is not new – in fact, you enjoy it regularly when you head out into some sunshine! Additionally, research shows it’s the same energy used in ancient modalities such as Reiki and Chi Gong.

 

Beyond helping you feel good, the FIR in the Bio Mat:

  • Expands capillaries, increasing blood flow/circulation, regeneration and oxygenation which also helps with breathing issues and congestion
  • Provides full-body detoxification as increased circulation helps elimination of fats, chemicals and toxins from the blood, including heavy metals, free fatty acids, excess sodium, uric acid – the very things that cause illness, disease, pain and aging
  • Stimulates enzyme activity helping the body rid itself of damaged and diseased tissues
  • Boots metabolism providing a lymphatic cleansing, cleaning the body of even more toxins
  • Allows the body to remove toxins through the skin verses the delicate kidneys
  • Enhances the body’s ability to rebuild injured tissues – FIR increases growth of cell, DNA syntheses and protein synthesis, reducing scar tissue, healing burns and acne, reducing wrinkles
  • Increases the production of white blood cells by bone marrow and killer T-cells by the thymus, strengthening our immune system
  • Relieves tension, maximizing the body’s own healing abilities; reduces nerve and muscle soreness, muscle spasms, swelling and inflammation
  • Increases heart rate and cardiac output while decreasing diastolic blood pressure – all good for our hearts!
  • Aids in the destruction of cancer cells which can’t survive if their temperature raises above 107.6F
  • Helps kill various pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites
  • Improves the body’s functions and relieves stress and tiredness, thus improving sleep

 

Other medical issues helped by time on a Bio Mat include: depression and insomnia; Diabetes; Fibromyalgia; Allergic Rhinitis; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Anorexia Nervosa; reproductive concerns; Reynaud’s Disease and Scleroderma.

 

We are truly excited about the healing properties of FIR and look forward to introducing you to this new component of healing. For more information and to add time on the Bio Mat to your massage, call 239.331.8266, or email info@PurelyYouSpa.com

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Reflexology

 

Reflexology is the science of applying firm pressure to specific points on the feet, hands and ears that are known to correspond to every gland and organ in the body.

 

The Egyptians were using Reflexology as early as 2330 BC and its cultural importance is displayed for all to see in the illustrations of its use on the wall of the Physicians Tomb, Ankhmahor, at Saqqara in Egypt. Ankhmahor was so revered that he was second only to the King in power!

 

As the Egyptians learned early on by studying the brain and body, stimulating reflex points in the hands, feet and ears in the appropriate way can help alleviate many medical problems, as well as prevent issues from developing.

 

Research shows that Reflexology helps with stress reduction by inducing relaxation, allowing the body’s immune system to balance and energy to flow.

 

It also improves circulation, helping the blood carry oxygen and vital nutrients to the cells, while also helping to carry toxins out of the cells.

 

Those suffering from nerve pain can benefit from Reflexology as well since it stimulates more than 7,000 nerves in the feet, opening and clearing neural pathways, interrupting pain pathways to help reduce pain.

 

Along with stimulating circulation of blood, Reflexology also stimulates the lymphatic system. This not only helps reduce the risk of infection, but cleanse additional toxins from the body. It also releases endorphins, the body’s natural “high” inducing chemicals.

 

All of this leads to enhanced immune function and a very relaxed, refreshed and detoxified body. Specifically, Reflexology has been shown to help with:

 

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back Problems
  • Blood Pressure
  • Bowel Disorders
  • Constipation
  • Eczema
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Gynecological Disorders
  • Hay Fever
  • Insomnia
  • Knee Problems
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Tension
  • Neck Problems
  • PMS/Hormonal Problems
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Sinusitis
  • Stress Disorders
  • Thyroid Imbalance

As with other massage-related services, we highly recommend you drink plenty of purified water afterwards to help the body rehydrate and clear toxins.

 

To learn more and schedule your Reflexology massage today, please call 239.331.8266, or visit us online at www.PurelyYouSpa.com

 

Valentine’s Day SELF LOVE!

It’s February which means it’s almost St. Valentine’s Day!  For many, this is a terrific time of year – celebrating our special love! For others, it’s a reminder that we’ve been “unlucky in love.” Whether you fall into one of these two categories or somewhere in between, we all need to nurture at least one relationship in our lives first and foremost…the relationship we have with ourselves. The truth is that there is really only one person you spend every moment of every day with – YOU! So, the question becomes “How are you nurturing your relationship with yourself?”I’m fond of saying “you can’t give what you don’t have” which means that you have to make sure your love account is full before you start withdrawing from it to give to others. I know there are voices in your head saying things like: “Yeah, yeah, yeah…I’ll get on that after I do the 10 loads of laundry, drop the kids off at school, take grandma to the bank, complete that project… I don’t have time.” To many of us, the idea of self-care is foreign. But, it’s critically important and something we need to do as it truly does add to the quality of your life and, therefore, the quality of your relationships with others. What this means is not just taking care of yourself by getting rest when you are tired or going to the doctor/holistic practitioner when ill, but eating well, exercising regularly and scheduling time for whatever your version of “play” is. If you’re daunted by the prospect, here are some ideas for you:

  1. ·Color with your children or take an art class
  2.   Take yourself (and your dog) for a walk
  3. Dance while vacuuming OR if you truly want to dance cha cha cha yourself over to this website www.naplesballroom.com. It has a lot of useful information on the places you can go to in Southwest FL to learn how to dance!
  4. Sing in the shower – everyone can be Pavarotti or Katy Perry in their own shower
  5. Use cookie cutters to give shape to your sandwiches
  6. Pamper yourself regularly – taking care of your body on the outside (i.e., spa treatments) helps heal your body on the inside
  7. Reserve some solo time to deal with emotions – lean into the good, bad and ugly and learn whatever lessons you can
  8. Watch movies in bed on a rainy/snowy afternoon
  9. Read a book or magazine for fun or to enrich your body/mind/spirit
  10. Meet with friends regularly to catch up, share and support each other
  11. Reserve 10 minutes every morning or night to give thanks for all your blessings – start with one and you’ll soon discover several more
  12. Take a long bubble bath
  13. Go cheer your favorite sports team (i.e., the USA at the Winter Olympics)

One of the best things you can learn to do is to be fully present in each moment. This means that when you’re at work, you dive in and get the job done. When you’re at the dinner table, you really listen to your family and enjoy their company while you nourish your body. If you’re out with friends, put down the phone (after taking pictures, of course) and relish the love, support and laughter you are sharing. In this way, your making deposit after deposit into your personal love account so that the next time you need to make a withdrawal, you have more than enough in reserves to keep things in balance, naturally! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Forget Resolutions, Start 2014 in Action!

Many people start the New Year with resolutions. In this sense, a resolution is “a decision to do something.” So, a resolution is pretty good. But, what’s even better than a decision is an ACTION!

At Purely You Spa, we want you to make the best decisions for a balanced life. Just as importantly, we want to provide you the tools to make it happen!

Through our Lifestyle Planning services, our professional staff provides you the skills, tips and services to not only make healthy decisions, but implement simple changes in your daily life that can literally transform your body, mind and spirit. In doing so, your health, relationships and life becomes richer.

Programs such as our “New Year…New You!” class, set for Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon, help ensure your success by not only helping you to create long term goals for health and wellness, but providing you information on the small steps you can take throughout the day to create lasting change.

We offer similar courses throughout the year, as well as individuals and couples sessions. Moreover, we’re happy to “come to you” – providing educational and enlightening programs to your clubs, civic organizations and social circles – where we delve into:

 

  • Making organic choices
  • Shopping strategies for a healthy lifestyle
  • Staying fit for life
  • Using essential oils
  • Nutrition for optimal wellness
  • Nurturing and self-care
  • Creating balance
  • Food as medicine

If you haven’t realized it yet, going “all out all the time” isn’t the most productive way for us to lead our lives. As you will see, even a few moments a day to take care of yourself can have a monumental impact.

So whether you start by granting yourself permission to read a book “for fun,” booking a spa treatment, choosing to go organic or joining our “New Year…New You!” course, it’s time for one small ACTION today!

For more information on programs and services, call Purely You Spa at 239.331.8266, or visit www.PurelyYouSpa.com

 

 

A Relaxed Approach to Holiday Stress Relief

At this time of year, it’s far too easy to get caught-up in decking the halls, planning amazing holiday meals and finding the perfect gift for your loved ones.

Toss in more traffic, last minute projects at work and time with frazzled family and friends and you’ve got a recipe for stress. Keep that going long enough and you’ll be like that over-baked bunch of gingerbread folks I tossed out for the birds to enjoy (burnt out).

While it’s wise to spend time each day reflecting on what this time of year is truly about – friends, family members and other blessings – I also think we need to commit to taking care of ourselves this holiday season.

Yes, this can be a radical concept for some of us who are used to putting our own needs at the bottom of the wish list. But, taking a few moments each day to nourish your body, mind and spirit will allow you to have a more enjoyable holiday. Your good cheer is sure to spread among family, friends and coworkers, as well as help you deal with any of those Grinch-like folks milling about this season.

This doesn’t have to be terribly complicated. Most of us are aware a good diet and a supplement can help. On top of that, the things I’m suggesting may be as simple as joining a friend for shopping and coffee/tea to catch-up (what an amazing gift that would be); reading a bedtime story to your children; enjoying a glass of wine while reading a magazine or book.

Here are some additional stress-less activities to help you enjoy this holiday season :

  • BREATHE! This seems obvious, but so few of us do this well when we’re stressed. Typically, we chest/shallow breathe. Here, I’m suggesting some deep breathing to really clear the body, mind and spirit. Breathe in for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of six and release to a count of eight. Do this a few times and you’ll realize you feel lighter and brighter.
  • Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Don’t laugh, it’s what experts agree is best. Of course, they probably aren’t living with your dog, snoring spouse or fussy infant. Just do the best you can!
  • Wake-up 5 to 15 minutes earlier each morning and to the edge off the morning rush. You’ll relax a bit knowing you’ve got those extra moments to enjoy a cup of tea, comb your hair or pack a healthy lunch.
  • Aim for 8 glasses of water a day, filtered if possible. We often mistake dehydration for hunger so always have a glass of water first. Then, wait a few minutes before enjoying that cutout cookie. Dehydration can also leave you feeling tired and irritable.
  • Add some greens and high quality protein to your diet. I know that Santa supposedly lives off of cookies, but outside of the North Pole, this just isn’t the best idea. To ensure a healthy immune system and to stave off those energy/mood swings, aim for 4-5 small, balanced meals a day. That way you won’t feel compelled to binge on chocolate truffles, or need more caffeine to get through the afternoon.
  • Take a nature break. Research has proven that we get a natural lift from being outdoors. So, when you’re feeling stressed, talk a walk. Even five-minutes of time in nature has been proven to boost our immune system and enhance our mood.
  • Play! Whether or not you have kids, the holidays are a perfect time to express the child inside us all. For some, this can be baking and decorating cookies, for others it may be sledding or a trip to the beach. I enjoy relaxing with a dark chocolate coco to a classic holiday movie!
  • Enjoy your favorite music. Do this in the car, while cleaning the house, wrapping holiday gifts,  and cooking/baking. Music can help soothe even the grinchiest of Grinches. So, turn up the tunes and have some fun (see Play).
  • Take at least 5 minutes each day to reflect on the true meaning of the holidays. It’s so easy to get caught up in the gift-giving-game that we forget that this is season is truly about sharing time with loved ones. While you may enjoy a great gift, you will treasure all those memory-making moments of laughter and love.
  • End each day by counting your blessings. What we think about multiples. So, end each day by giving thanks for 5 people, places, events or things that you experienced in the day. As Bing Crosby crooned in the classic movie White Christmas, “When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep and I fall asleep counting my blessings.”

Organic Living!

Learn What Going ORGANIC Really Means to YOU – And Look & Feel Great Doing It!

For those of us dedicated to making healthy choices, and making the lovely leap into an organic lifestyle, it’s tough out there! With an overload of (most often inaccurate) information, and those oh-so crafty advertising folks, it is hard to determine what is truly an organic choice. And with a tunnel-vision focus on weight loss at times, especially in the media, it is even harder to understand the long-term benefits of a lifestyle change.

With a tendency to lump all that is “healthy” into one category, consumers are beginning to associate murky words like “natural”,  “green”, “free-range”, “local”, “pro-biotic”, “clean” and even ingredient-driven phrases like “gluten-free” or “sugar free” with organic products. While these terms are certainly not mutually exclusive, they do not in most cases mean the same thing.

Plain and simple, true organic foods and products are fully grown and sold without the use of pesticides, and they need to be certified through a rigorous testing process from the USDA. Not worthy of their stamp of approval? Not worth your time.  Without the seal seen here, the product is likely “FAUXganic” at best.

If you think going organic is all about fluff, fancy words, and Facebook posts to your friends about your awesome new garden, then let’s get serious for a second. Pesticides can cause birth defects, cancer, nerve damage, and other extremely serious health issues. They can be washed off certain types of produce, but even trace amounts of this treacherous treatment are extremely dangerous.

However, positivity prevails! Modern research has led to a proven collection of health benefits from this lifestyle. Just as a handful of almonds is enough for you to get a nutritious and delicious snack, a handful of benefits, seen below, should be enough to get you out the door and to the store (or Farmer’s Market!) immediately:

Nutrients + Taste = Winning Choices for All! Organic foods have shown in studies to contain a higher level of antioxidants than those produced from conventional or harmful methods. They have also been consistently found to taste better through consumer research.

“Extras” For Long Term Health! Some organic produce, like milk and meat especially, have a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – both heart-healthy elements that can balance out the right types of cholesterol in your system.

Immune System Strength! Foods with chemicals and pesticides leave you more susceptible to illness and even some forms of cancer.  You can boost your body’s ability to fight back with the right choices.

Help For YOUR Healthy Weight! While not the most important reason to go organic, some agricultural chemicals can mess with your hormone level and cause weight retention or gain. Help stay at YOUR healthy weight with organic meal choices.

GMO Rhymes With “I Don’t Know”! Since the full harmful effects of Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s) are still not comprehensively known, the fact that organic products are not genetically tested make them the easy choice.

All of these benefits go hand-in-hand with a dedicated change in lifestyle, not just by what goes in our mouths, but also with the products we use and the daily choices we make. To obtain the long-lasting effects from making the change, always take the time to think outside the box. Stumped on other areas in life to go organic? Not a problem – take a look at how easy (and rewarding) it is to get creative in taking care of yourself, your family, and your environment:

Choose – or make! – organic cleaning products.

  • Select organic paints for your home and office – amazing color choices!
  • Seek out cool and custom organically made children’s toys.
  • Pamper yourself with luxurious feeling organic bed linens and pillows (even mattresses!).
  • Purchase organically made and sourced jewelry as gifts.
  • Set style trends with organic clothing; you won’t believe the coolness of comfy organic cotton.
  • Donate to organizations dedicated towards the proper certification of organic products or organic farming co-ops.

Notice something missing from the list that is near and dear to Purely You Spa’s holistic hearts? That’s right – organic health and beauty products! To get the most out of your skin, and look and feel your best, you need to use what is from the earth, and from the earth only. Most of the products we use at Purely You Spa are even natural enough to EAT outside of being truly 100% organic.

Our full line of Organic Products, and our status as the only CERTIFIED Organic spa in Naples are the basis of our vision, and our success as well – our clients see results, love the way they feel, and are proud to know they are supporting organic missions. For those looking for long-term results, we also offer Organic Lifestyle Planning customized to your individual needs, and Anti-Aging Seminars with an organic focus (October 28th!).

If you still aren’t 100% convinced on what an organic lifestyle can mean for YOU, consider this. Most of the modern material written focuses on why it is good for YOU, but we also need to understand, as a global community, why it is good for the environment. If we expect our planet to produce agricultural gems for our own energy, we must in turn make educated choices to give right back. Here are just a few of the ways going organic can lead to a healthier planet:

Sustainability: Organic farmers focus on the big picture, using their land and resources responsibly without focusing on short-term yields.

Soil Building: Organic farming practices like cover crops, special fertilizers, and rotation lead to increased soil quality. This ensures longer production and even a more robust abundance of vitamins and minerals in what is produced.

 

Biodiversity: When they rely on plants that adapt to their environment and weather without using unnatural pesticides, organic farmers increase the strength of certain produce to survive in the long run. No pesticides also mean a healthier ecosystem in surrounding areas for other plants and wildlife.

 

Cleaner Water Tables: Since they ditch chemicals to the curb, organic farmers keep nearby water sources clean; certainly a win-win for everyone, no matter if you have 2 legs, 4 legs, wings, or gills!

So, the reasons behind any of us going organic will be of course subjective – we might be searching for more balance, a better diet, a solution to world conservation, or a way to protect wildlife. But keep in mind, after we are truly educated on what the lifestyle is all about, the benefits we receive and the standards we need to hold our choices to are universal.

For ANY questions you may have about an organic lifestyle, email us via info@purelyyouspa.com, or leave your queries on Facebook! To book an appointment and experience our amazing organic products, call our Spa Concierge today at 239-331-8266.

 

 

 

Reflexo-WHAT? Enlightening Information You Haven’t Heard About One Of Our Most Popular Treatments

If you are looking to heal, to balance, or to achieve positive physical change, and you want to do it in an alternative, holistic way, then introductions are necessary. Reader, meet Reflexology, a centuries-old treatment based on the notion of inner-body connections. Passed along through different cultural generations, “maps” of specific pressure points on the body that correspond to different glands and organs within our system allow healers and Therapists to generate better health, positive emotions, and well-being through touch.

 

Also known as “Zone Therapy”, the premise is pretty simple – by applying pressure to different areas of the body based on 10 different zones (the body is split into side-by-side areas), therapists work with their thumbs and fingers to unblock our “life forces”, or “Qi” that assist with a clearer mind and healthier body. No oil or lotion is used, and the treatment is often combined with other types of massage or aromatherapy for a full experience.

 

Traditional Reflexology focuses on points in the feet, while Egyptian methods take the whole body into consideration, adding the hands and ears as well.

 

The alternative explanation for the benefits received is also easy to visualize. Pressure relieved in the feet or other areas sends signals to the nervous system or releases chemical endorphins to reduce overall stress and pain. Connection is key.

In complement to other treatments, Therapists worldwide use Reflexology as a tool to fight the aches and pains of ailments like kidney problems, headaches, asthma, anxiety, cardiovascular issues, pre-menstrual syndrome, and even sinus problems!

Sound like something YOU want to try? The expert Therapists at Purely You Spa offer traditional or Egyptian style Reflexology in 25, 35, or 50-minute sessions, all in the comfort of our relaxing atmosphere and client-focused environment.  Our sessions are specifically designed to aid relaxation, release tension, improve circulation, and promote natural detoxification.

We have also developed a way for you to enjoy 30-minute Reflexology treatment twice a month at spectacular savings, or combine it with another stress-relieving service. Our Business Membership is the perfect way to make sure you are living the best (and balanced) savvy lifestyle possible.

If you are looking for top tier of Naples’ therapeutic talent, Renee Walsh, Licensed Massage Therapist at Purely You Spa, is wholly dedicated to harnessing natural energy, and connecting with clients on a higher, holistic level.

 According to Renee Walsh, “Reflexology, on the surface, works out toxins, knotted muscles, tension and circulates CHI throughout the body, also increasing blood flow to all the organs and muscles of the body.  On a deeper level, the feet represent our ancestors and karma, so by working with the feet, we actually heal karmic lineages of our ancestry.  Working with mother/daughter and father/son pairs increases the potency of this medicine as we clear the ancestry of both generations.  I love doing Reflexology because of the great feedback from our guests and the effectiveness of the treatments!  Its an ancient modality that’s been time tested and proven effective.  You can effect the entire body through the feet.”

To learn more about Renee, visit our Professionals Page. You can also book her directly with our easy online appointment tool! Click HERE to reserve your Reflexology escape with Renee – she also provides Massage, Body Treatments, and All Natural Airbrush Tanning!

In the Purely You Spa Blog, we often focus on balance, but also want to convey the importance of connection for a centered life. Just as perhaps a certain point on the outside arch of your foot can be related to aches and pains in your shoulder joints, so too is your sense of selflessness, your level of confidence, and your display of compassion. True health focuses on on the body, but relies on the heart, and depends on the mind.

Take care of YOUR total self with extensive escapes at Purely You Spa – book your appointment to create connection and beautiful balance by calling our Spa Concierge at 239-331-8266, emailing info@purelyyouspa.com, or visiting www.purelyyouspa.com

Teen Skin Care Education – Clear Skin is Beautiful!

Teen skin care – it’s a topic we visit every year because, hey, we’ve all been there!

Blemishes, blackheads, bleak skin, and the “blah” feeling that goes along with them. The discomfort is bad enough, but for tweens, teens, and young adults, having to deal with it while they juggle school, sports, friends, and everything else makes it even harder! Don’t worry, as always, Purely You Spa has you covered with this year’s fresh look and easy-to-follow natural tips towards feeling fabulous for fall and forever.

Let’s start simple (sorry, we know that word rhymes with “pimple”) – when you look at the leading causes of acne, it’s no wonder teens struggle the most with skin care! Some of the top culprits include stress, not having time to wash your face, hormones, dairy or sugar consumption, medications, and using new or harmful skin care products – basically we just described every teenager’s life on the whole planet!

But, have no fear – your skin can be clear! Here are a variety of easy-to-do changes you can make into helpful categories to see drastic improvement in less than a month. Read on!

Stress Management
•    Figure out what’s causing you to feel stressed.
•    Take time to understand how you react to that stress.
•    Find effective ways to deal with stress before it builds up and causes a breakout.
•    Try a great product like Natural Calm (call us for details, 239-331-8266 – this stuff is amazing!)
•    Try yoga, exercise (see below!), meditation, massage, aromatherapy, fun time with friends and family, or anything else that works for YOU.
•    Remember to drink plenty of water!

Exercise
•    Work out regularly (3-5x/week) to reduce anxiety and boost blood flow.
•    Keep your hair off your face during a workout.
•    Always shower or bathe right after exercise.
•    Avoid clothing or exercise equipment that rubs on the skin or causes irritation.
•    Try to limit exposure to hats, goggles, or helmets that cause you to sweat excessively, irritate skin, and increase bacteria.
•    Make sure to wash all your exercise clothing in between workouts.
•    Stay protected from the sun as it can cause inflammation and redness. Look for a non-acnegenic sunscreen to decrease the chance of new pimples.

Diet & Supplements
•    Take your weight and divide by 2 for the number of ounces of water you should drink per day.
•    Within reason and with a healthy diet, stay away from dairy, sugar, wheat, and gluten.
Kale•    Eat as many GREENS as possible, and reduce caffeine intake.
•    Feed your skin with Vitamin A and beta-carotene (delicious foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, apricots, kale, and spinach!).
•    Fiber is also extremely important.
•    Take the “Clear Skin” Eminence Organic Skin Care VitaSkin Vitamin 1x per day (call 239-331-8266 for details) to help what’s on the inside clear up what’s on the outside! Probiotics or digestive enzymes can be helpful as well.

Hygiene
•    Don’t. Touch. Your. Face. Ever (Unless you are washing your face!). Picking or popping can increases sebum production and cause more breakouts.
•    Wash hands frequently and carry antibacterial hand sanitizer.
•    Wash your pillow case every 2 days as it absorbs oils and dirt from your skin.
•    Clean your glasses and sunglasses to prevent clogged pores around your eyes and nose.
•    Cleanse your skin morning and night – don’t wash too frequently or use harsh cleansers.
•    Use an antibacterial toner that doesn’t have alcohol.
•    Do not scrub or use any sort of rough cloth, use gentle disposal cloths or Kleenex wipes. fav-brushes
•    Sanitize make-up brushes daily with non-harsh products.
•    Use natural make-up and skin care products that do not clog your pores (ask us about GLO Minerals!)

Specialized Treatments at Purely You Spa
•    Custom Skin Analysis
•    Teen Clean Facial
•    Extreme Clean Extractions
•    Back Facial
•    LEDLED blue light
•    Acne Clay Masque
•    Custom Booster
•    Turbo Enzyme Peel

So, even though “simple” rhymes with “pimple”, natural acne prevention and care really is a breeze – IF you take the time to take care of your skin the natural and healthy way!

Purely You Spa is here to provide you with whatever resources you need to fight skin issues and take care of your well-being. If you or someone you care about is suffering from acne, Estheticians Jennifer Alvarez and Amber Stuntz will be providing complimentary Skin Care Analysis to help develop custom plans for clear skin.

Together we’ll motivate behavior change, discover tips and tricks, and get everybody ready to start the school year looking and feeling their best!

Unwind The Right Way; The Natural Way with Purely You Spa

We’ve told you before, and in celebration of Labor Day, we’ll tell you again – workplace issues are the leading cause of stress for all Americans, no matter if you are a dog walker, a tight-rope walker, or a professional athlete power walker!  The American Institute of Stress warns that side effects can range from poor health in general, to serious medical situations like heart attack and hypertension. In addition, it takes a toll on our sleep patterns, our skin, and the way we act towards those we love – not a pretty picture.

So many times society can lead people to handle stress the wrong way!  You could probably imagine what we are talking about.

So, the way we all deal with stress is very important.  A healthy natural way is recommended!  We will discuss more.

The easiest ways to relieve stress are often just as unhealthy as the burden of the feeling itself – poor eating habits (Did you know that “Stressed” is “Desserts” spelled backwards?), sedentary lifestyle, overindulgent drinking, being complacent with feeling depressed and anxious – no good!

Yes, everyone needs to de-stress in different ways, but we can ALL approach the methods that work best for us in a healthy, holistic, and healing way. The icing on the cake is the simple fact that all of the avenues provided by Purely You Spa feel great, treat the soul, and soothe the mind. Here are just a few of the stress-relieving treatments that we would recommend:

MASSAGE:

The possibilities to relax and de-stress through massage are virtually endless when you select Purely You Spa as your partner towards perfect escapes. Try our Swedish Relaxation Massage, the Pure Deep Tissue experience, an Upper Body Tension Relief session, or the out-of-this-world Rainforest Hot Stone treatment. If you REALLY feel like the ultimate in a therapeutic escape, try the Four Hands Experience (2 Therapists just for YOU!). Or, a fantastic choice is always our signature Intuitive Massage, where your Specialist takes a thorough assessment of your immediate needs and then delivers an exceptionally customized 60 or 90 minute treatment.

YOGA & MEDITATION:

Take a traditional Yoga or Meditation experience one step further with Purely You Spa – because as our name implies, everything we do is customized to YOUR needs, likes, wishes, and health requirements. No experience necessary to get your emotions centered and your blood flowing with this excellent choice in reducing workplace stress.

COUPLES EXPERIENCES:

A practical and proven way to reduce our stress levels (and maybe to help make up for any times you’ve snapped a bit towards a friend or partner due to stress!) is to spend time with those that we love. In addition to our Couples Massage offerings, Purely You Spa can create a custom escape for you and your partner. You want a facial and they want a massage? No problem! So take an hour (or 2, 3, or 4) to relax side-by-side with someone who melts your stress away, and let us take care of all the details.

BODY TREATMENTS:

Reward yourself, reduce tension, and re-awaken natural beauty with our amazing array of Body Treatments. Exfoliate with our Irresistible Body Polish, De-Tox with our Cell-U-Less Slimming Wrap, oxygenate the soul (and the skin!) with a Hungarian Mud Treatment, and scrub away the cares of the day with our Seasonal Organic Body Scrubs. Or, literally strip away stress with our all natural waxing experts – even our Brow Wax includes a mini-massage! Renee Walsh, one of our talented Specialists, always provides the best Body Treatments in town, reserve her now online!

 

For those of us that crave structure (and love to save), Purely You Spa also offers a Business Membership Program designed to make sure you take time twice a month to conquer stress and create a clear mind. With flexible scheduling, shorter sessions, and relaxation-focused treatments, this is a perfect way to ensure you are taking the right path towards reducing workplace stress. With the Business Membership you can:

Inhale relaxation and exhale stress with our Aromatherapy Stress Relief

  • Make up for lost time at the beach by experiencing our All Natural Air Brush Tan
  • Help balance your inner health with your outer relaxation through Egyptian Reflexology
  • Rejuvenate lackluster skin as you enjoy our Hungarian Facelift Massage

So whether you’ve gone cubicle-crazy, have had it up to here with clients, or perform physical labor that’s left you with aches and pains, make sure you de-stress in ways that actually make you a better total being. In celebration of Labor Day, we’ve created some AMAZING specials this month to assist you in making the right choice. Visit our Specials Page for more info or check your Purely You Spa E-Newsletter for details!