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.

 

 

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.

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!

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.”

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!

ESOTERIC HEALING ENHANCES TREATMENTS AT PURELY YOU SPA

NAPLES, FL (June 14, 2012) — Purely You Spa has introduced a new massage treatment that in fact, does not involve traditional kneading of muscles and touching of skin. Fully clothed, lying comfortably on a massage table, guests can experience the Esoteric Healing Body Treatment, a process of healing through energy.
Owner of Purely You Spa Jennifer Alvarez says this new treatment goes beyond the physical to include a more subtle energy impacting our emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being, a philosophy she has espoused since opening her organic, certified spa in Naples three years ago. The Esoteric Healing Body Treatment utilizes spiritual healing principles and works by channeling the flow of energy to allow healing to occur.
The treatment lasts 45 minutes to an hour and usually requires more than one session. It may take multiple treatments to achieve the full effect, as the work continues to take place even after the session is over. Spa guests are asked to bring a list of at least three things they have struggled with in the past that continue to concern them.

“This is called setting the intention and will act as a guide for me in the healing session. We will begin by grounding the client, and balancing the chakras so they are ready to receive the work,” says Purely You Licensed Massage Therapist and Spa Coordinator Renee Walsh, who has been instrumental in developing this unique treatment program for the spa.

“I take notes throughout the session to share what I felt and sensed during the work. At the end, I will speak with the guest about it.” The guest has an opportunity to talk about the experience or they may simply relax and just absorb the work and allow it to continue. “We recommend that over the coming days and weeks, guests arrange for some quiet time to reflect on any changing thoughts, feelings and actions and keep a journal.” Walsh describes the process of esoteric healing as “all living beings are made of energy, and thus channel source energy through our major energy points, commonly known as the Chakra system and minor energy points (commonly used in acupuncture) called Nadis. It is through these energy vortices that we vitalize our nervous system, endocrine system, blood and organs. All thoughts, emotions and spiritual aspirations have a vibration that emanates around the physical body, commonly called the Aura. When we are out of harmony with nature or our highest self, we create negative thought forms and/or emotions, thus blocking the energy flow.”

For more information about the Esoteric Healing Body Treatment, appointments for spa treatments or gift certificates, contact Purely You Spa at 3066 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 302, Naples, FL 34103. Call 239-331-8266 or visit the website at www.purelyyouspa.com
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Teens “Kick Acne”

Imagine you are 15 years old and you are a Freshman in high school. You are new and have problematic skin. How does this make you feel? At this age it is imparative that teens feel confident and secure with themself so that they make the appropriate choices that will affect them for the rest of their life.

NAPLES, FL (April 10, 2012) – Purely You Spa announces a 90-day “Kick Acne” Bootcamp for teens, promising clearer skin within three months. Purely You Spa’s “Kick Acne” program includes a seven-day detoxification, nutrition education, skin care analysis and a personalized plan for daily and weekly maintenance, depending on skin type. Participants keep a daily diary and follow a routine for 90 days that promises to boost confidence, improve skin, decrease scarring, stimulate circulation, and increase their overall physical fitness. Teens will experience spa treatments such as Extreme Clean Extractions, Teen Clean Facial, LED Light Therapy, and an Acne Clay Masque.

Before and after pictures will be taken to be reviewed upon graduation and every participant receives a t-shirt. Parental support and oversight is encouraged to ensure long-term success beyond Purely You Spa’s 90 day program. Teens can also log onto a website for tips, nutrition reminders and at home treatments when the program ends.
Purely You Spa is located on the third floor at 3066 Tamiami Trail North.

Go to www.purelyyouspa.com for information about other educational seminars about anti-aging and skin care, nutrition, time management, and choosing organic. Gift certificates are also available for purchase through the website or call 239- 331-8266.

About Purely You Spa
Purely You Spa (License # MM 24637) is an organic spa, offering a wide selection of customized spa treatments that include: facial services, body treatments, waxing services, and Eastern and Western massage services for men and women. Other services include, but are not limited to nails, airbrush make-up services, airbrush tanning, holistic health and yoga. Primarily certified organic products are used or other natural, botanical, or Chinese herbs depending on client’s needs and preferences.

Located in beautiful Naples, Florida, the spa caters to discriminating clients and offers seasonal or year round spa memberships. Purely You Spa is a member of Spa Finders International and is the official provider for the Florida Everblades hockey team.

For more information about appointments, spa memberships, or gift certificates, visit http://www.purelyyouspa.com/

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Acne is NO fun!

Whether you are a teen or an adult who likes pimples and blackheads?! NO ONE does! When someone looks at you you want them to look at YOU and not at what is going on with your skin.  There are some simple tips that you can do at home that will help decrease your breakhouts.

1) Wash your hands frequently

2) Don’t touch your face

3) Use make-up and skin care products that do not clog your pores

4) Cleanse your skin morning and night

5) Use an antibacterial toner that doesn’t have alcohol

6) Wash your pillow case frequently (3’s a week)

7) Stay away from dairy, sugar, wheat, gluten (as much as possible).  Eat as many GREENS as possible

8) Exercise regularly (3-5 x’s a week at least)

9)  Take your weight and divide by 2 for the number of ounces of water you should drink per day.

10) Take the “Clear Skin” Eminence Organic Skin Care Vitaskin Vitamin 1x per day

The above is what your can do at home. Sometimes professional help is needed and this is the first step of what we recommend.  Get a DEEP cleaning facial and add LED Light therapy to kill bacteria on a cellular level.  LED Light Therapy helps stimulate oxygen and circulation and this is imparative to controlling Acne and occasional breakouts.  Should you choose to go for a healthy alternative to antibiotics we recommend a Signature Organic Facial plus LED Light Therapy and possibly an Extreme Clean Extraction session.  The Esthetician will spend some time with you giving you a complete plan of what to do and where to start! The first step for you is to pick up the phone and set up you FREE skin analysis or go ahead and schedule your Signature Facial and LED Light Therapy session online! www.purelyyouspa.com.