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.

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

 

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

Lic. # MM 24637

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

 

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!