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.

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.

Freedom Tips, and more!

Sometimes it’s the simple things we need to remember, but often forget, during the various holidays. Case in point, the Fourth of July. While most of us are aware we’re celebrating the nation’s freedom from the British, many of us overlook the basic rights inherent in being an American. For example, you have the ability to choose many, many things. You can choose a religion, a political stance, the type of music you listen to, who your friends are, even what you eat, where and when. At Purely You Spa, we have chosen to be an organic day spa because of the freedoms this affords our staff and clientele – freedom from toxic chemicals, freedom to de-stress and relax, naturally. I don’t want to get too carried away here, after all, July 4th is also about the parties, parades and fireworks. But, for a moment, let’s look at some of the ways we can liberate ourselves from the toxic people, places and things in our lives:

• Reduce, reuse and recycle – you know the adage…if you haven’t worn it, used it or looked at it in 6 months, it’s time to go. Also, recycle your cans, plastics and the like. We only have as much freedom as we do space to enjoy it!

• Go green – skip on the toxic hand sanitizers, bleach and other harsh chemicals that harm you, your children, pets and the environment. doTerra essential oils (and other companies) offer much healthier and safer alternatives.

• Go organic – whenever possible choose organic. It isn’t always easy to do because of costs, but the reality is that by selecting organic whenever possible, you reduce your toxic load, improve your health and wellbeing and reduce medical costs over time. Start with meat/poultry and dairy. The Environmental Working Group’s website (www.ewg.org) can help you identify the safest products and know which fruits and veggies are in the you should purchase organic.

• Liberate yourself from the toxic people in your life – I know, you can’t get rid of family and have to work for a living. That being said, you can lessen the impact of “Debbie Downers,” “Negative Nates” and the others who drain you in body, mind and spirit. Limit your time with “energy vampires” and spend more time with those people that lift your spirits.

• Spend time in nature – this is a great way to offset the impact of draining work and people, as well as help you relish in the nature beauty of our country. Hit the beach, or a trail…take time out to celebrate Mother Nature and all her wonder.

• Exercise – not everyone enjoys the freedom of a body that is able to express through movement so if you can, please do! Dancing, laughing, playing and exercise actually helps detoxify your body by increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage… it does a body and mind good!

• Do nothing – the ultimate freedom…the freedom to do absolutely nothing and enjoy it without guilt or shame! Embrace some solitude and relax; get a massage or manicure, whatever allows your mind and body to completely relax and let go. Celebrate your independence this July 4th by taking care of yourself and the planet, naturally. For more tips and information, Like us on Facebook at Purely You Spa Services (https://www.facebook.com/purelyyouspa), or visit www.PurelyYouSpa.com

Happy Fourth of July!!!

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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