Staying Happy, Healthy & Grounded Throughout the Holidays

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The holidays are a time for celebration and happiness with family and friends. And yet, between the shopping, decorating, hosting and attending of parties, it can take a hectic turn, having an impact on both our emotional and physical health.
A few tips for taking care of yourself and enjoying the holiday season:

Plan Ahead.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. But by planning ahead and creating time frames for tasks and events, you’ll be more likely to enjoy the season. This mental preparation avoids you being overwhelmed and allows you to approach a sometimes-hectic time with a sense of calmness.


Make rest and relaxation a priority.
It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do for your mood, frame of mind and overall health. Proper sleep promotes a strong immune system that will help you fend off the common cold or flu during the holiday season. It also alleviates stress, which often times accompanies this time of year.

In addition to sleep, take time to relax. After a long day of holiday prep, relax with your favorite scented bath bomb, spend a few minutes of meditating or watch a classic holiday movie with the family.


Take time for yourself.
The holiday spirit is about caring for family and friends around you. But at times during the festivities, you spend so much time thinking of others, you can forget to take care of yourself. This can lead to added stress during a time that is supposed to be joyful.

Throughout these busy months, allow yourself to maintain your regular routine. Whether it involves yoga, meditation, book clubs or spin class, give yourself this down time to destress. When you’ve completed the day’s holiday to-dos, take an hour or two for a manicure, facial or massage.

Start putting these tips in place now to enjoy a happier, lower-stress holiday season.

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The Health and Wellness Tip We are Forgetting

Over the years, an endless number of trends in health and wellness have come and gone. From juicing and detoxing to sheet face masques, we’ve seen it all. However, one of the most basic fundamentals seems to be falling off our radar: human touch.

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We all live in the same digital world. We sit at a desk all day on a computer. We sometimes choose to text over a phone call. Work follows us home via email. It can seem endless.

So much of our time is spent on these online connections that it becomes easy to lose track of cultivating relationships that involve human interaction. It seems now, more than ever, it’s an ongoing challenge to spend any of our time “disconnected.”

We have forgotten that human touch, one of the most basic human senses, is an important and fundamental part of our existence. Human touch is something that can’t be emulated or replaced. (Have you tried a massage chair lately? Sadly, it can’t compete.) Not only can touch make you feel better, it can have a real impact on your overall health, including feelings of trust and safety, as well as emotional and physical health benefits.

It has the ability to:

– Strengthen the immune system

– Reduce anxiety and lower the production of stress hormones

– Lower heart rate and blood pressure

– Increase oxytocin levels for calming effects

The reminder that we are wired to connect with humans on a basic, physical level is important. With all the benefits associated with human touch, we’re proud to offer some of the best massages and facials in the area to keep you both physically and mentally healthy. Our massage therapists and estheticians have ongoing training and experience to provide the very best services that enhance the quality of life of our clients.

6 Healthy Habits for the Mind and Body this Fall

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While it’s a little early to be feeling fall in the air, we’re just a few short weeks away from the change in season. There’s no better time to start thinking about changes you can make in your daily routine that will have an impact on both your mind and body. Soon we’ll see changes in temperature, the transition to indoor heating, and cooler, drier weather — all of which has a direct effect on your skin.

The change in season is also an opportunity to pause, reflecting on our overall health. Take a breath before fall arrives to create rituals that can improve how you feel from the inside out. Give yourself the chance to slow down and establish a sense of peace so you can stay healthy and grounded during the long fall and winter months ahead.

6 ways you can make an impact on your mental and physical health:

  1. Use your nightly skin routine as mini-meditation session. Take time each evening to center yourself, using the time you wash your face and apply skincare products as a reset button before getting ready for bed.
  2. Curl up with a good book (a real book!). Try turning your phone on silent and spend an hour away from technology. You’ll feel recharged (no pun intended) and more able to concentrate on the things that are most important to you.
  3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Nothing new here. Just because summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean we can take focus off hydration. It’s important to not only drink plenty of water into the fall months, but to adequately hydrate and moisturize skin. Try using a heavier moisturizer during fall and winter months.
  4. Get your beauty sleep. If you’re not already getting between seven and nine hours sleep, this is a great time to adjust your sleep schedule. The sun goes down earlier and rises later, giving you more time to sleep in total darkness. Both your mind and body (and your skin!) will thank you for this one.
  5. Take your breakfast up a notch. Plan ahead so you can have healthy and fulfilling breakfasts all week long (not just on the weekends). This will fuel your mind until lunch time and will also save you from grabbing something less than nutritious, or indulging at the coffee shop. Try overnight oats and spice them up with fruit, nuts, chia seeds or honey. To make overnight oats: soak whole oats in skim, soy or almond milk overnight. Eat them cold or heat them up in the morning, then add any preferred topping. For a fall favorite, try adding pureed pumpkin and cinnamon.
  6. Massage. Wouldn’t we all like a little more massage in our lives? Aside from the relaxation it brings, massage is also a great stress reliever, can reduce anxiety and can even enhance sleep. Try to schedule a massage on a regular basis for best results—no special occasion necessary. Click here to see massage services offered at The Spa.

 

While adding a new habit to your routine can be a challenge, it’s worth the effort to make overall wellness a priority in your life. Be in the moment and take time for yourself this fall. Visit us at The Spa ~ Los Gatos to see how our services can impact the health of both your mind and body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical staycation? Yes, please.

Summer is a time to relax and spend time with family and friends. But plan-filled weekends make the time fly by, and if we’re being honest, most of us could use a vacation to recoup. You don’t have to go to a tropical resort to feel that level of relaxation. This summer, you can plan a staycation within your own four walls (or at least close by).

No time to get away? No worries. Here’s how you can make the most of your time at home—no plane ticket necessary.

  • Set an out of office email so you can’t be bothered (even if you’re really sitting in your backyard with a fruity drink).
  • Light tropical-scented candles around the house, like coconut, pineapple or mango.
  • Stop looking at the time. Hide watches and clocks in a drawer so you can spend your time freely.
  • Do what you would normally do on vacation—read a book or magazine cover to cover.
  • Get dressed up for dinner and eat out. Try that new Brazilian restaurant you’ve been eyeing to get the full vacation effect.
  • Send the kids to the in-laws’ house so you can have uninterrupted time to yourself.
  • Create your own aromatherapy spa in your bathroom. Get essential oils, try a soothing bath scrub and draw a nice, candle-lit bath.
  • Lounge in a robe around the house, just like you would at a nice tropical resort.

Tropical Getaway at The Spa ~ Los Gatos 

If you want to take your staycation a step further, come visit us at The Spa. During the month of August, we’re featuring tropical scents in some services, including facials and massages. To complete your mini retreat, we’re offering Hawaiian Plumeria Tropical scents as one of our steam shower and massage oil choices. Some great tropical options are:

The Vitamin C and Papaya Enzyme Facial

Summer heat can take a huge toll on your skin, making it a good idea to give skin a much needed break. What better way to relax than with a tropical getaway? Try our Vitamin C and Papaya Enzyme Facial. It’s the perfect way to revitalize skin from the sun’s damaging rays. We use the latest in medically-based skin resurfacing technologies to lift and exfoliate skin, revealing skin that looks and feels replenished.

The Lomi-Lomi Massage

This service will give you the ultimate in relaxation. Fittingly, this massage originated in Hawaii and is well known for its soothing island techniques. In August, we’re adding Hawaiian Plumeria massage oil to create a truly tropical ambiance. The massage uses broad, smooth, rhythmic strokes and light stretching techniques, restoring and calming the body. You’ll leave feeling like you’ve just returned from a mini vacation.

To learn more about services offered at The Spa, visit us at www.thespalosgatos.com.

Take Care of Your Skin! Yes, Gentlemen, we’re talking to you.

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Facials are definitely not exclusively for women. In today’s stress-filled world, juggling a career, personal commitments, and fitness all while looking your best and staying healthy is no easy task.

Over time, sun exposure and daily routines, like shaving, can lead to early aging and skin damage. This can cause redness, which may fade, but the underlying problems aren’t addressed. Additionally, men have courser skin and larger pores, which increases risk of skin damage. To prevent these issues, you’re going to need more than the face wash in the shower.

Enter facial treatments for men.

It’s important to have a facial that is not only designed for men, but also customized for individual skin types. At The Spa ~ Los Gatos, we provide customized facials with a broad selection of treatment options that deliver results.

Our skincare products use scientifically-based methods of exfoliation and skin resurfacing to reinvigorate and hydrate skin, minimizing both fine lines and wrinkles. Above and beyond common mechanical exfoliation (scrubs and dermabrasions), we often use a unique protein enzyme that stimulates cell metabolism, which triggers the skin’s repair system to lift, tighten and firm.

All Gentleman’s Relaxing Facials include a calming cleanse, invigorating exfoliation, masquing and massage techniques. To top it off, each facial includes a therapeutic neck, shoulder, face and scalp massage. The treatment is created to be both effective and deeply relaxing!

After your service sunscreen is applied, it’s one of the most important steps to keeping skin healthy and slow the signs of aging. Your esthetician will then recommend a home care system that will support your individual skincare needs while being affordable and not time consuming.

To learn more about the services we offer for men, please visit http://thespaoflosgatos.com/formen.html

Beware! Buying Skincare Products Online; You Might Not be Getting What You Pay For

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With today’s accessibility of multiple online buying options, saving money on your favorite skin care and hair products seems to be a quick online search away. Please be aware that often-times what you’re are getting when you purchase from unauthorized sellers are fakes, diluted and expired items.

Some top-level skincare companies have taken the time and expense to purchase and test the products being sold online, and the numbers of imposters and expired products found were actually shocking.

We all love a good deal, but when it comes to your health and your skin, the best place to buy a professional or premium brand skincare product is from a spa, hair salon or doctor’s office. In doing so you are getting real products and qualified advice on how to correctly use them.

Here at The Spa, we research products before we offer them to you, and then have our staff get in-depth training from company representatives on how to use them. Our purpose is to provide you with effective products and the knowledge of how, and when to use them. Skincare and haircare systems can get confusing. We’re here not only to sell you the product best suited for your needs, but to coach you on how to use it most effectively. That way, you’re getting the ultimate best results at a reasonable cost.

As an added benefit, you are also supporting your local merchants and community.  Dollars spent locally, in turn, are dollars that stay local.

Update: Continuing to Create a True Spa Experience

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Visit our Facebook page and look under our photo albums for more photos of the updates.

Along with the structural and setting updates that have recently been completed at The Spa (new carpet, updated upholstery, refreshed decor and updates to steam showers) you’ll now find we’ve added a full line-up of snacks and liquid refreshments for you while you relax in the library. 

We strive to make your time at The Spa not “just” a service time, but an experience – an escape, a sanctuary, time to reflect or revive. To support that, we continue to provide things like cold lavender compresses, warm neck pillows and the fluffiest robes while always thinking about, and adding, other items that will enhance your time here.

We hope you like what you find. A lot of thought and care was put into our selections!