Lower Your Stress to Enjoy Your Life
September offers an excellent time of year to take stock of where you are in your life. The rhythm of life starts to have a certain cadence with school starting back up and the summer activities slowing down. As we fall in step with this changing rhythm, it’s the perfect opportunity to make sure we are heading in the right direction!
Stress is a big factor for many people. Much of how deeply it affects our health and happiness is, surprisingly, decided by us. One of the goals we have here at The Spa is to help our clients realize that they have a good amount of control over how much stress hits them. While we admit there are things that are indeed out of our control, how much energy we spend worrying creates more stress.
How do you perceive where you are in your life right now? Are you pleased with the efforts you make and the results they bring? Do you allow yourself the time to relax and take care of yourself so that you don’t keep spiraling to being more stressed instead of less? If you really look at where you stand right now, most likely you’re pretty ok. Allow yourself to realize that and remember to try to be in the moment of where you are – not worrying about what is coming or what has already happened.
This September take a step back before the holiday season hits. Are you respecting and nurturing yourself in the big and small ways? If the answer is “I don’t think so”, make a plan to start. Do the little things first, make sure you dedicate yourself to them, and soon you’ll find that you have stopped walking the path of stress and started in the direction of wellbeing!
Most people consider Valentine’s Day to be an exclusively romantic holiday. One dedicated to lovers, intimate dinners and decadent gifts. We don’t fault that point of view; there is a lot to celebrate in regards to such things! (We even offer some whimsical and fun gift choices for those particular kinds of evenings this time of year.) But, don’t you feel that we should expand on the definition, especially for a day set aside to pause and take time to let those who you care about know how you feel, to encompass other forms of love other than only those of a romantic nature?
Perhaps we should also look at love of family, friends and ourselves, too. As an establishment focused on the wellness and happiness of our clients, we’d like to invite you to think about Valentine’s Day in a different light this year. Oh sure, take all the romance you can get! But, ALSO take a moment to reflect on what kind of love brings you the most joy in your life and celebrate that as well. And, please, don’t forget yourself!!! Far too many of us dote on others and give a tiny, if not nonexistent, amount of devotion to ourselves.
Taking care of and respecting yourself is not a selfish thing. It allows us to be the most whole and feeling being we can be. And, do it in a loving and nurturing way for this particular day. Avoid the “I will eat better and exercise more” thought line; celebrate you for who you are at this very moment in your life. Write down what’s great about you. Buy yourself a special gift. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but make it personal. A beautiful cup to enjoy your tea or coffee, an elegant candle that gives you peace of mind when you relax with it, or any special something that reminds you to reflect on the positive, and be happy for a bit.
Whatever way you choose to celebrate, we hope this February brings you some of whatever kind of love you desire most. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Thank you to Los Gatos Magazine for publishing a wonderful article this past month that talks about The Spa ~ Los Gatos and the developing program it has with Cancer CAREpoint to support clients who are dealing with cancer.
Though day spas are often thought of as places for pampering and beauty, The Spa ~ Los Gatos takes on a much bigger role than that; one that also includes wellness and education for its clients.
The article published talks about how owner Patti Rice and the staff at The Spa resolve to educate themselves on clients who have special needs and considerations. Those who are dealing with cancer and older clients are two valid examples. Both enjoy the benefits of the services a spa provides, but if paired with providers that don’t understand the nuances of their situations and they might not get the full benefit, or even worse, a negative experience. Partnering with experts such as those at Cancer CAREpoint, a nonprofit affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos, CA, ensures the education the staff at The Spa receive is from bonafide experts and, the word also gets out that The Spa can be another block in their support structure.
If you’re interested in learning more, please visit the link above for full article.
By Patti Rice
Time to take down the decorations, enjoy the presents that were “just right” and carefully arrange to return the gifts which were the incorrect size, wrong color or duplicates of what you already have. The parties are over and the oh-so-many gifts of sweets consumed or given away . . . thank goodness! Now it’s time to start a brand new, fresh year.
One of the things I like to do is clean out the clutter in my work area. My desk gets a good going through and this year I cleaned out my vanity. Half empty tubes and jars that have been hanging around for years . . . well, it seems like years anyway! When I look at them all, it makes me realize that the trendy, fad products just don’t do the work of the professional products recommended by qualified skincare professionals. These are the products I end up using regularly because they are the ones that clearly have the best results.
I encourage you to de-clutter your vanity area – be aware of expiration dates and product color and consistency. Any question at all – throw it out. Resolve to save yourself money by staying away from fads, celebrity trends and stick with professional products purchased from reputable retailers.
Visible anti-aging results in as little as 5 minutes? We were skeptical. We at The Spa ~ Los Gatos have a “prove it to us” attitude when it comes to products and non-invasive procedures that claim to have “instant” result that are impressive and readily apparent. We carry the most well-researched and respected brands because we want them to produce results, not empty promises.
So, when the NuFace representative was given some time to show us their Trinity Pro model, which is a device that uses microcurrent technology to lift and tighten the muscles of the face while deeply infusing the skin with nutrients, we were excited and exceedingly pleased with the results. They were quite impressive after only 5 minutes!
We found using the Trinity Pro is not uncomfortable at all, the device is affordable, well made, simple to use and the results are surprising. And, much like the results you see when working out at a gym; with constant use at home the resulting benefits remain longer and look even better.
We have adopted this great little device. (If you have an event that you want to look particularly well put together for in the evening, a morning spa service including microcurrent in the hands of one of our well-trained estheticians WILL make a difference.) And, we’re very excited to offer the same version we use in the treatment room for you to take-home. (The Trinity Pro device that we are offering you as a retail purchase and using in our services is a bit different than the models you can find online. For the same price as the regular Trinity model, the Trinity Pro has more amperage and offers a longer warranty.)
The NuFace website has some detailed pages, with videos, on how it works and how to use it. Take a moment to see how simple it is for yourself by visiting https://www.mynuface.com/blogs/how-to-use/17252688-the-5-minute-facial-lift.
Or, better yet, ask one of our estheticians to explain and show it to you. We think you’ll fall in love with it just as we did!
Changing not just because spring is here, but because you’re ready and the time is right. Ready to start treating yourself better, ready to ignite a passion that has been just below the surface, ready to take on the challenges you have been carefully eying from that “safe” spot in your life.
We support you and cheer you on! Whether you are hunting down a new career, becoming a more positive person or simply want to create a more simple and organized life, we’re with you.
As a day spa, we are often thought of as merely a place to go when one wants to be pampered. And while we don’t deny that our focus is on you and making you happy, there really is so much more to what we strive to be. We think a better word is sanctuary. A place separate from home where you can go to step back while being refreshed, or healed, or inspired. Our staff is here to make sure your questions, wellness, beauty and self-care needs are taken care of in a manner that builds self-esteem and creates a positive experience for you. We think that makes us a good place to support change.
Once you have made that change, be sure you create the importance around it that leads to continued success. Devise rituals that support it, be uplifting in your thoughts and take good care to replenish body, mind and spirit. You CAN do it! You are a whole wonderful being and whatever path you choose, be sure to have the people and places around you that provide structure you thrive in. We hope that no matter the circumstances, you find the beauty in the world around you and let it lift you and send you on your way, as only spring can.