Celebrate National Stress Awareness Month! –

4. Enjoy a long weekend. Schedule a Friday off and head out of town for the weekend with your bestie for a mini vacation to recharge your batteries. Find a B&B and schedule a wine-tasting tour at a local winery.  You’ll be relaxed and ready to take on the world!

5. Reach for Aromatherapy. Calm your nerves quickly by utilizing essential oils. Bergamot, lavender or peppermint oils are sure to eliminate your stress in no time. Make a cup of herbal tea, light some scented candles with essential oils, and relax your cares away.  Stop by the spa to pick up your favorite scents so you can get rid of all that stress today!
6. Lend a helping hand.  Helping others can take the focus off of your own challenges for a while.  Not only that, but doing the right thing by being nice to others is a great self-esteem booster and helps to put your own worries in perspective.  It’s a win-win for all!
7. Get a massage!  Nothing is more relaxing than experiencing a much-needed massage to rid your body and mind of tension.  In fact, go ahead and make a day of it!  You’ll feel rejuvenated and stress-free!
Managing stress is all about taking charge of your daily activities and thought processes. You can reduce stress in your life by valuing yourself. It’s important to make time for fun and relaxation so you can be in a better position to deal with life’s stressors.

Celebrate National Stress Awareness Month! (Part 1 of 2)

stress_awareness7 ways to reduce stress so you can be healthier and happier

Everyone experiences stress from time to time.  If left unchecked, stress can lead to health problems such as anxiety, depression, and heart attacks among other ailments.  In celebration of National Stress Awareness Month, take steps this month to reduce stress so you can feel your best!

  1. Decide to get healthy.  Taking control of your health can impact the level of stress you experience. Improve your food choices and add an exercise routine to your day.  Even 30 minutes of brisk walking each day combined with a healthier diet will make you feel so much better!
  2. Laugh!!  Laughter truly is good for you.  In fact, laughter has been known to lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, and increase alertness and creativity.  So, laugh away!  It really is the best medicine!
  3. Write it down. No matter what obstacles you face each day, do your best to put a positive spin on them.  At the end of the day, take a few minutes to list 2 or 3 things about that specific day that made you happy.  Keep the lists in a journal so you can go back and read them.  Reflecting on positive moments in your life are sure to reduce stress and bring a smile to your face!

Part 2 coming soon

Neck and Décolleté Neglect

neck_neglectAre you paying attention to these special areas?

 

Spring is here, which means we finally get to pack away the sweaters and flaunt the tank tops and sundresses! But, many of us still try to cover up during this hot, humid time of year to hide unsightly brown spots and wrinkles on the neck and chest area, causing us to be uncomfortable and insecure.  It doesn’t have to be that way this year!  Read on to learn how to get your delicate neck and décolleté areas ready for some outdoor fun!

 

The neck and décolleté areas are the most neglected areas when it comes to skincare, yet they are extremely vulnerable to wrinkles and require special care. These sensitive areas must be cared for just like your face and body if you want beautiful skin all over.

 

While acne and other skincare issues are not prominent in these areas, the lack of care is eventually revealed through dark, dry, flaky skin, dark spots, and deep wrinkles.   Your esthetician can create a program to help restore soft, vibrant skin.  Call today to reserve your consultation.

 

To reveal glowing, healthy skin in the neck and décolleté areas between spa visits, follow these tips:

 

  • Moisturize!! Be sure to include the neck and chest areas when completing your daily face and body moisturizing regimen.
  • Use a thicker night cream before bed to restore firmness and softness.
  • Be sure to exfoliate weekly at home between spa visits to keep skin soft and supple.
  • Most importantly, ALWAYS use sunscreen with a high SPF when outdoors to avoid the sun’s damaging rays.

 

For best results and to keep your skin looking healthy and young, be as consistent as possible with your skincare routine while following your esthetician’s recommendations.

 

Here’s to healthy, vibrant skin all season long!

Clams with Smoky Bacon and Tomatoes

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Clams with Smoky Bacon and Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 6 slices apple wood-smoked bacon, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-wide strips
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped drained roasted red bell peppers from jar
  • 6 pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Directions

  • Heat large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add bacon and onion.
  • Sauté until bacon is crisp around edges and onion starts to brown, stirring, about 8 minutes.
  • Add garlic. Stir 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes with juice and peppers. Bring to boil, scraping up browned bits.
  • Add clams, cover, and boil until clams open, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes (discard any clams that do not open).
  • Stir in 1/4 cup parsley.
  • Divide among shallow bowls. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons parsley.

Serve with buttered (low-fat and heart-healthy, of course!) wheat linguine and side salad for a unique and tasty meal.

Spring into Action! (Part 2 of 2)

Family walking on beach

  • Get your Zzzz’s.  We are all guilty of not getting enough sleep from time to time.  But did you know that poor sleep habits affect many, if not all, areas of your life?  When we don’t get enough sleep, we simply aren’t running at full capacity.  We’re not giving our best to our jobs, families, or even to ourselves.  Turn off the television at night and head to bed.  Isn’t it worth it if it makes you better in every aspect of your life?
  • Reveal radiant skin!  The winter months wreak havoc on our skin. We are exposed to freezing temperatures when we are outdoors followed by dry heat when we step inside.  This is a recipe for dry, scaly, itchy skin.  As the weather is warming up, take this opportunity to get your skin in shape.  You must exfoliate and moisturize to reveal youthful, dewy skin.  Your esthetician can create a skin care regimen for you and recommend the appropriate home care products to keep your skin glowing this spring.
  • Don’t forget about your lips. Your lips suffer from the harsh winter weather just like the rest of your body does. Again, exfoliating and moisturizing are key to revealing smooth, moist lips.  Visit the spa so we can show you what products are best for you.

Spring is a time of renewal.  It’s time to get rid of the winter blues and breathe in fresh, clean air.  Make this season your time of personal regeneration. Go ahead and try these tips for a month.  We are confident you will experience an extra spring in your step!!

Spring into Action! (Part 1 of 2)

Reveal your vibrant, healthy side this spring!

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and it’s warming up outside.  Finally, spring is here!! What a perfect time to jump start a complete tune-up of your body, mind, and soul as you prepare for the carefree months ahead! Read on for tips to get healthy…inside and out. 

  •  Eliminate bad habits. We all have those annoying little habits that need to be addressed.  Do you procrastinate?  Do you overspend when you hit the mall? Have you been sliding into work a few minutes late?  Take this opportunity to recognize your areas of weakness and make the necessary adjustments to rid yourself of these pesky behaviors. Achieving self- discipline is a great way to boost your self-esteem.
  • Give your diet a complete overhaul.  Eating well is not just about losing weight.  It’s about being healthy. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats is essential for good health.  It’s a lifestyle, not a weight-loss fad.  When we put healthy food inside of us, we feel better and we look better.  Go ahead and commit to being healthy!
  • Make fitness fun!  Shed winter weight gain.  It’s a fact, most people gain at least a pound, if not more, during winter.  If you choose an activity you enjoy doing, you are more likely to stick to it.  Involve the whole family or perhaps a friend.  Go bike riding together or take a walk together a few times a week.  Get together for a game of touch football or basketball.  You don’t have to go to a gym to be fit.  Gather family members or friends and get moving!

Part 2 coming soon

Happy Valentine’s Day from Spa Mariana

Out with the Old, In with the New!

Out with the old, In with the newEvery person wants to look and feel their best. The culmination of one year and the beginning of another is the perfect time to get rid of dull, dry skin and expose new, smooth, flawless skin.  Get your skin in shape from head to toe for the New Year!

Boost your confidence by putting your best face forward! Diminish fine lines, tighten, brighten and smooth your skin to reveal the beautiful face within!  Your esthetician can start with a chemical peel to slough off dry, dead skin followed by a hydrating mask to moisturize and calm stressed skin.  Next, lavish yourself with a hydrating facial to enhance your results.  Don’t forget to incorporate the proper home care products into your daily regimen to keep your face glowing and vibrant between spa visits.

 Radiant skin isn’t just for your face.  Your body needs tender loving care, as well! Reserve your body makeover so you can look and feel your very best in 2014.  Just like with your face, you want to remove dry, dead skin.  Revitalize your skin tone and texture, and hydrate and renew your skin’s moisture balance with a body scrub.  Then, reduce cellulite and lose inches while you remove unwanted waste and toxins with a hydrating body contour wrap. Finally, relax with a deep, therapeutic massage to further remove toxins and relieve sore muscles. You’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated.  And, of course….moisturize!!  Your massage therapist can recommend a perfect at-home moisturizer to keep your skin smooth and supple.

Here’s another important reminder. Water is vital to detoxifying. And detoxifying is crucial for healthy, vibrant skin. Water transports nutrients to the cells and assists in eliminating wastes and toxins. You’ve heard this so many times… drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of water each day. Staying hydrated inside and out is the key to a healthy body and beautiful skin. Your body needs water. Drink up!

Make a commitment to be healthy this year inside and out!

Click here to reserve your transformation!

Stick to your New Year’s Resolutions in 2014! (Part 2 of 2)

You may also want to add antioxidants to your diet to help fight cancer, inflammation and heart disease.  Potatoes, beans, cherries, apples, plums, and even chocolate contain antioxidants. Yum!

Toss out the white bread and pasta and switch to whole grain breads, pasta, rice and cereals. Along with assisting with weight management, whole grains help reduce the risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, and high blood pressure as well as other health issues.

And, of course, increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables provide us with all those necessary vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function and look their best.

 

ALWAYS wear sunscreen.  Over time, the sun’s harmful rays cause wrinkles, blotchiness, brown spots, and yes, skin cancer.  Do yourself a favor and commit to wearing sunscreen every time you step outdoors.  Your soft, supple, blemish-free skin will thank you!

Reserve some ME time.  We are constantly on the go with work and family.  Our lives are so busy.  It’s easy to become overwhelmed and exhausted.  Your most important New Year’s Resolution must be to take care of yourself.  Go ahead and reserve some time to relax and unwind at the spa.  Commit to treating yourself the way you deserve to be treated.

You don’t have to dread making New Year’s Resolutions in 2014.  Commit to these sensible, realistic resolutions and enjoy a safe, healthy, prosperous New Year!

 

P.S.  You can always consult with a wellness coach to help you create a wellness program just for you! (Insert if your spa offers wellness)

Stick to your New Year’s Resolutions in 2014! (Part 1 of 2)

Time for something newYou’ve probably made numerous New Year’s resolutions in the past that have gone unfulfilled.  Haven’t we all?  For some reason, at the beginning of each year, we make these unrealistic resolutions to better ourselves only to end up disappointed and depressed when we aren’t successful.  Don’t do that in 2014.  Don’t resolve to lose ridiculous amounts of weight in an unhealthy attempt for perfection.  Instead, seek more realistic goals that lead to a healthier, more peaceful life.  Try these New Year’s resolutions for a healthier, happier you!

Get Moving.  Incorporate activities into your day that keep you in motion. Strive for 30 minutes of activity each day.  You can take a walk, ride your bike, or even join in a game of softball in the backyard with the family.  Take the stairs and avoid the elevator.  Park in that one space at work no one else wants—the one farthest from the front door.  Mix it up and keep it fun!  You’ll feel great doing it and it won’t be long before you notice the results.

Tweak your diet.  Make small, yet meaningful changes to your diet.  Reduce sodium intake by opting for low or no-sodium foods. Sodium contributes to high blood pressure and causes that familiar, uncomfortable bloating we have all experienced.

Part 2 Coming Soon