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.

Prenatal Massage & Aromatherapy

Beyond “feeling good,” research shows that prenatal massage is good for the body, mind and spirit of both mother and child!

 

According to the American Pregnancy Association, professional massage can:

 

  • Improve labor outcomes
  • Improve newborn health
  • Reduce the mother’s anxiety and depression
  • Relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy

 

So, why aren’t more moms-to-be (and babies) enjoying the mind, body, spirit benefits of massage? They don’t know the facts.

 

Most prenatal massages, including the Mother-to-Be Massage we offer at Purely You Spa, are adapted versions of Swedish Massage. This gentle massage technique involves applying light pressure to muscle groups resulting in improved lymphatic and blood circulation, relaxation and a reduction in the aches and pains caused by shifting hormones.

 

In fact, research reveals that women who received bi-weekly pre-natal massages for only five weeks saw a reduction in the “stress hormones” norepinephrine and cortisol, as well as an increase in “feel good” hormones dopamine and serotonin. These changes led to fewer complications during the birth process and fewer complications for newborns themselves.

 

Since massage improves circulation of the blood and lymph, it reduces edema – the swelling in hands and feet that so often occurs during pregnancy. Getting your fluids flowing again not only reduces pain and swelling, but helps remove waste carried by the body’s lymph system – a win for you and your baby.

 

Additionally, regular massage can address the sciatic pain that many women experience as the baby grows and its weight presses into the muscles of the lower back, spreading tension to the legs and putting pressure on nerves. Massage eases tension on the muscles, reducing nerve swelling which helps alleviate pain.

 

Motherhood massages can also ease back pain, joint discomfort, tension headaches, as well as help promote better sleep and improve oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles.

 

Clearly, adding massage therapy to your prenatal routine provides benefits you and your baby!

 

However, just like what you eat, it’s critically important you are aware of what you are putting ON your body, especially during pregnancy as everything filters through to the life you are growing inside of you.

 

This is why Purely You Spa uses only organic products during our Mother-To-Be Massage. It’s also why we are cautious with what essential oils we use with our pregnant clients.

 

As with massage, aromatherapy during pregnancy can help relax or uplift you, depending on your need, but should be approached with a healthy respect.

 

It’s critical that you use the highest quality natural essential oils, not those manufactured from harsh chemicals.

 

Whatever treatments you schedule, be sure to let the spa staff know you are pregnant and how far along you are in the pregnancy. This will help them select the correct oils for aromatherapy, as well as be prepared with appropriate support pillows for your massage.

 

At home, oils can be diffused or applied to the skin, but only after a few drops are mixed with a “carrier” such as coconut oil to dilute it. Mixing essential oils with coconut oil and massaging into the feet is a wonderful way to experience their benefits.

 

Diffusing oils is a wonderful way to use them during pregnancy because you are inhaling them verses applying them onto your body. For best results, look for a heat-free diffuser so that the essential oils aren’t being altered.

 

The general rule-of-thumb is that the following oils are safe during pregnancy:

 

  • Bergamot – calming aroma and relieves anxiety, stress and depression
  • Coriander – calming and yet gently uplifting
  • Frankincense – mood uplifting and stress relief; calming
  • Geranium – uplifting and gently inspiring; evokes a sense of calm and tranquility
  • Grapefruit – induces positive feelings of hope; relieves depression, anxiety and stress
  • Lavender – assists the body in adapting to stress/imbalances; relaxing and winding down before bedtime; balancing properties to boost stamina and energy
  • Lemon – uplifting to the body and mind; improves concentration
  • Sandalwood – deep relaxation of the nervous system; natural sleep remedy; improves concentration and eliminates brain fog
  • Wild Orange – happiness and warmth
  • Ylang Ylang – fights depression; relaxes body and soul; drives away anxiety, sadness and chronic stress; induces feelings of joy and hope

 

While I don’t want to scare you, it is critical that you AVOID the following essential oils during pregnancy and lactation for your safety and that of your child – please note that we are asking you to avoid these items in their essential oil form, not as a spice, or food product:

 

  • Almond – bitter
  • Basil
  • Black pepper
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Fennel
  • Horseradish
  • Jasmine
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Mustard
  • Myrrh
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Stinging nettle
  • Thyme

 

 

 

Whether you’re a mom-to-be interested in learning more about our Mother-To-Be Massage and the use of essential oils during pregnancy and lactation, or a loved one looking to create the perfect Gift Bag or Spa experience for an expecting mother, Purely You Spa staff are happy to help!

 

In fact, we provide a complimentary Gift Bag for all our mothers-to-be! For more information and to schedule your spa experience, email us at info@PurelyYouSpa.com, call 239.331.8266, or visit us online at www.PurelyYouSpa.com

 

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