Dash Through the Daze, Recoup Through Spa Mariana

Spa Mariana partners with Troy Youth Assistance by sponsoring RunnerDash through the Daze community run/walk event. Proceeds assist in helping reduce the number of youth in Oakland County who are being referred to juvenile court. Troy Youth Assistance goal is to protect youth rather than prosecute.

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Baked Brie with Strawberry Glaze – Spa Recipe


1 (13 to 16-ounce) whole Brie cheese with rind left on
3 tablespoons strawberry preserves
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 1/2 tablespoons toasted hazelnuts or sliced toasted almonds
Toasted Bread Hearts and Crackers


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the Brie on a baking sheet or baking dish. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the Brie is semi-soft and warm.
  2. While the brie is baking, combine the preserves and balsamic vinegar in a saucepan and heat until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat.
  3. Remove the Brie from the oven and place on a festive serving dish. Arrange the strawberries on top and drizzle with the heated preserves.  Sprinkle with the nuts. Serve with crackers or toasted bread hearts.

Makes 8 servings.



DetoxLists of foods you can eat

Fresh Fruits – Limit to eating Berries of any type and Apples of any type. Make sure they are organic. They are lowest in sugars to raise the glycemic level.

Fresh Vegetables – all fresh vegetables except for corn. The best detox veggies are broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli sprouts, onions, garlic, artichokes, beets, red and green vegetables like green beans, asparagus, peppers, eggplant, kale and other lettuce greens that are not iceburg.

Rice – brown or basmati rice, rice cakes, rice crackers and rice pasta.

Other Grains – quinoa, amaranth, millet, can be used instead of rice if you prefer and you can find quinoa and rice spaghetti in many stores.

Beans – kidney beans, pinto beans, mung beans, chickpeas and adzuki beans, black beans and peas.

Nuts and Seeds – unsalted nuts, seeds and nut butters, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews and walnuts. No Peanuts or Peanut Butter.

Fish – you can eat poached, broiled or steamed fish in moderation. Avoid Farm Raised fish of any type and also avoid Tilapia. Canned tuna is OK if its Light and not White Tuna as it carries less mercury. Limit tuna to once per week even if its Sushi due to mercury levels.

Oil – extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil and walnut oil

Condiments – vegetable salt, sea salt (that reads unprocessed), Pink Himalyan Salt Crystals, vinegar, naturally fermented soy sauce (you can use , all kinds of herbs or spices you have at hand in the kitchen, small amounts of honey (especially locally bottled honey).

Beverages – herbal teas with no caffeine, Green Tea, water, lemon water, natural fruit and vegetable juices, rice milk.

Chicken and Beef – Limit to Organic only. Pick one and eat only 2x weekly.

You may have Balsamic Vinegar or Red Vinegar and Oil on your vegetables and salads.

Portions on proteins like chicken, fish or beef is to the size of the palm of your hand and about 1-l/2 inches thick. Portions on nuts is one cupped handful. Portion of pasta and rice is the size of a baseball.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Can Do All This

By: Linda Wolschlager, Certified Nutrition Counselor/Wellness Coach

  • apple-cider-vinegarIf you are feeling exhausted after a workout, add a couple of tablespoons of this vinegar to a glass of water.  It contains potassium and enzymes and the amino acids can act as an antidote to the buildup of lactic acid in your system.
  • To whiten your teeth: Gargle in the morning with apple cider vinegar.  It will help to remove stains and whiten your teeth as well as kill the bacteria in your mouth.
  • For an upset stomach:  Sip a few tablespoons of it with water.  If your problem is from a bacteria, the antibiotics in the vinegar will help.
  • A Teaspoon of apple cider vinegar can stop your hiccups immediately.
  • Before eating foods that you know could upset your stomach later, add 1 teaspoon of it with 1 teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm water and drink it about l/2 hour before you eat.
  • For leg cramps that wake you up at night:  add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a little honey to a glass of warm water before bed.
  • Drinking one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water can help to drain your sinuses when stuffy.
  • If you start to feel a sore throat coming on: gargle with l/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and l/4 cup of warm water every hour.  The acidic environment it creates will kill most germs.
  • If you have heartburn:  mix 1 tablespoon vinegar in 4-5 oz. of water and drink.  It will neutrilize your stomach acid levels to bring back the right acid balance you need to digest properly.
  • If you are eating a lot of carbs at one meal like a pasta meal or a lot of bread, mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 4 oz. of water after the meal and it will help the sugar absorption of the carbs so as not to spike your insulin levels as much.
  • I recommend you buy organic apple cider vinegar at any health market.

Dangers of Splenda and Artificial Sweeteners Are Real

SplendaSucralose is an unnatural substance derived from sugar, but made by a  property  from a chemist, using three chlorine atoms.  This synthetic process makes the new molecule a sweet tasting, but toxic substance that has never been proven to be safe at any dose or with chronic use, and yet the FDA approved it!  There is nothing natural about Splenda and there are many neurological and hormone inhibiting factors from these chemicals. Chlorocarbon molecules, including sucralose, do not have calories; which is why they claim it to have “0”calories”. It affects human cellular metabolism because it is toxic to many enzyme systems and the body’s cells structure. [Read more…]

Are You Ready For Your…?

bathing-suitThe days are longer and warmer, and you know what that means!

Summer is right around the corner, and so is bathing suit season!

If you are like most people who have added on a couple of extra pounds over the winter, the advent of spring has made weight loss a priority.

Losing weight is never easy, but it is easier with some planning and discipline.

The most successful weight loss programs are those that combine both diet and behavior modifications.

There’s no doubt about it. The amount you eat has a direct bearing on how much you weigh. If you want to lose weight, the first thing you should do is look at your diet.

Your diet should consist mainly of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and grains.

While calories are important, most everyone can lose weight simply by cutting out foods that are high in sugar, processed foods, and white foods.

For example, substitute whole grain bread for white bread, or brown rice for white rice. Instead of having a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast, try a cheese omelet with a side of fresh fruit.

Next, get moving!

Try to get at least 30 minutes of heart-pumping exercise a day, and do some sort of weight-bearing exercise three times per week.

Having trouble sticking to your exercise plan? Remember to prioritize and plan your exercise just like you would anything else on your schedule, and don’t reschedule unless there’s an emergency.

You’ll be much more likely to stick with your exercise plan if you like what you’re doing, so make sure you choose something you truly enjoy.

Losing weight is certainly challenging. If you would like to lose weight, but aren’t quite sure where to begin, make an appointment to see us.

We can help you develop a diet and exercise plan that works for you, and help you take the first step forward on the path to optimal health.

Gardening Risk!

gardeningWhen you think of gardening, you most likely think of quietly digging in the dirt and peacefully communing with nature.

Would you believe that gardening accidents are the result of numerous visits to emergency rooms throughout the United States every year?

You can ensure that your gardening experience is a safe, productive one by following a few simple rules:

Wear the right clothing.

You’ll be exposing yourself to gardening chemicals, equipment, sun, and insects.

Always wear gloves to protect your hands from cuts and lacerations, and protect yourself from insects and the sun by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants.

Lower your risk for sunburn and skin cancer by slathering on a protective coating of sunblock. \

Finally, protect your eyes with goggles when using equipment.

Beware of the heat.

Many garden-related accidents are the result of exposure to excessive heat.

Be sure to drink plenty of water, and reduce or eliminate your intake of alcohol or sugary beverages.

Be sure to seek out the shade regularly for breaks.

Finally, if you feel dizzy, nauseous, or confused, or experience breathlessness or rapid heartbeat, remove yourself from the sun immediately and seek medical attention.

Know your limits.

Gardening is exercise!

To that end, start out gradually and build your stamina every day.

If you feel fatigued or your muscles are tired, call it a day.

Get regular massage.

A lot of exercise can cause tightening of the hip muscles, but gardeners are particularly susceptible because of the positions that gardening requires.

Coming to see us on a regular basis will ensure that your muscles are flexible and funcionting at an optimal level.

And that means lots more gardening for you!

The Easy Way To Lose Weight

walkIf you are exiting winter a little heavier than you entered it, welcome to the club!

There are many things that contribute to winter weight gain: holiday parties, shorter and darker days, less time spent outdoors, and hectic schedules.

Chances are, as you shed your winter clothes you’ll also want to shed some winter pounds.

Just about anyone can walk off excess weight.

Walking is easy, doesn’t require any skill or special equipment, and can be done just about anywhere!

Here’s what you need to do to get your walking program underway:

See your doctor.

Before you begin any exercise program, make sure that your doctor assesses your health and approves the activity.

Buy a good pair of walking shoes.

There are shoes made specifically for walking.

Try shoes on before buying, and make sure they fit well and are comfortable.

If your shoes aren’t comfy, you won’t stick to your program!

Find a buddy to walk with.

When you work out with someone else, you are accountable to him or her as well as to yourself.

Chatting while you walk also makes the time go by more quickly.

Set some goals.

Walk for a specific time each day, or for a specific distance.

Give us a call to enjoy your massage therapy.

We can make sure that your body is in the best shape possible to take on its new walking routine, and also have the knowledge to counsel you on weight loss.

Ready For A Spring Tune-Up?

tuneupSpring is right around the corner!

That means it’s time to leave the winter blues behind.

One way to greet the warmer weather with your best foot forward is to give yourself a spring tune-up.

Greet the new season healthier and happier by following these five steps:

Take a mini-vacation.

Getting into the same old dull routine contributes to the winter doldrums.

Celebrate the new season by changing up your routine for a day or two.

You don’t need to go far, and if your funds and/or time are limited try a “staycation”—visit a museum or tourist attraction in the area, schedule a day and night doing things with family or friends, or simply turn off your ringer for two days and curl up with a pile of books and movies.

Make two positive changes to your health.

Are you doing everything you can to promote good health?

If you let your health slide a bit during the busy months of winter, you’re not alone.

Take a look at your current habits and make positive changes to two.

If you’ve been loading up on comfort food it might be time to introduce healthier meals.

If your gym time has fallen off it might be time to increase—or change up—your exercise routine.

Do something nice for yourself.

Spring is a time of renewal!

Get your hair cut, buy yourself a spring outfit, or spend an hour at the spa. Indulge!

You’ll feel better!

Schedule annual appointments.

It’s easy to let annual appointments such as yearly physicals and dental appointments slide.

Take some time to make sure you’ve made all regular appointments, and schedule those that have slipped through the cracks.

Remember that preventative medicine is always the best medicine.

Give us a call and make an appointment your massage therapy.

Massage is a great way to help ensure your body is working as well as it possibly can, and will keep your mind and body in optimal shape.

It doesn’t take long to experience the benefits of massage, but it will make a world of difference to your health and happiness.

Feel free to call us anytime with any questions you may have about massage therapy, or to schedule an appointment.

We’re here to help you maintain your health and wellness… and feel your best!

Don’t Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine

While massage may have developed a reputation as a decadent treat for people who love pampering, new studies are showing it has a wide variety of tangible health benefits.
Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Giving massages to the littlest patients, premature babies, helped in the crucial task of gaining weight.

massageThe benefits go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness that people may recognize after a massage. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society now include massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain, according to guidelines published in 2007.

New research is also starting to reveal just what happens in the body after a massage. While there have long been theories about how massage works—from releasing toxins to improving circulation—those have been fairly nebulous, with little hard evidence. Now, one study, for example, found that a single, 45-minute massage led to a small reduction in the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the blood, a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions, and a boost in white blood cells that fight infection.

There’s been a surge of scientific interest in massage. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, is currently spending $2.7 million on massage research, up from $1.5 million in 2002. The Massage Therapy Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds massage research, held its first scientific conference in 2005. The third conference will be in Boston next year.

The research is being driven, in part, by massage therapy’s popularity. About 8.3% of American adults used massage in 2007, up from 5% in 2002, according to a National Health Statistics report that surveyed 23,393 adults in 2007 and 31,044 adults in 2002, the latest such data available. Massage was expected to be a $10 billion to $11 billion industry in 2011 in the U.S., according to estimates by the American Massage Therapy Association, a nonprofit professional organization.

“There is emerging evidence that [massage] can make contributions in treating things like pain, where conventional medicine doesn’t have all the answers,” said Jack Killen, NCCAM’s deputy director.

The massage therapy field hopes that the growing body of research will lead to greater insurance coverage for its treatments. Washington is the only state that requires insurers to cover massage therapy.

Elsewhere, private insurers generally provide very limited coverage for massage. WellPoint, WLP -0.78% for example, doesn’t include massage as a standard benefit in most of its plans, but employers can purchase alternative medicine coverage as an add on, said spokeswoman Kristin E. Binns. Aetna AET +0.48% doesn’t cover massage therapy as a standard benefit but offers members discounts on massage visits with practitioners who are part of an affiliated network of alternative medicine providers. Providers such as chiropractors or physical therapists, whose visits are often covered, sometimes use massage as part of their treatment.

Massage therapists charge an average of about $59 for a one-hour session, according to the American Massage Therapy Association. Treatments at posh urban spas, however, can easily cost at least three times that amount.