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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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!