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.

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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.

The Meaning of “Love”

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!

Girls Night Out – Spa Style!

It’s not very often, being that we are a Spa, we get the change to throw a big, fun, outdoor party. Mostly our daily goal is to relax and sooth our clients while we help them with their wellness and beauty goals. So, when we do have a chance to step up the energy level a notch, we like to do it big!

To that end, we are hosting a “Girls Night Out” the evening of Thursday, August, 6 at the amazing Regale Winery and Vineyards. (Those of you who were able to attend our anniversary party last year know how very special this location is, and how much fun we have there.) It’s going to be an evening that celebrates wine, women and spa – a chance to have an exceptional time with your friends while being entertained with wine, food, makeup, jewelry, fashion shows, mini spa and hair style services, as well as hair and skin evaluations and guidance by some of the top pros in the business. And, for those who need a little retail therapy, you’ll be happy to find that some boutiques will have offerings available for sale.

The evening is structured to be lighthearted and laid back. We’re limiting ticket numbers to avoid crowding and each tickets includes your first glass of wine and a choice of food entree provided by Talula Bay Catering (yes, delicious.) There will be plenty of complimentary food trays sprinkled throughout the areas as well, because we know food and fun always go better together. Oh, and raffles, everybody loves the products we give away and it is such a thrill for us to hand over a basket full of spa goodies to some lucky attendee, we won’t forget the raffle baskets!

So, a big “cheers” to summertime, laughter and friends. After all, they’re some of the best stress relieving therapies of all!

(For event details and tickets go to: http://thespaoflosgatos.com/Girls_night_out_spa.html)

A special thanks to the businesses taking part in creating this special event:

  • Talula Bay Catering
  • NuFace
  • Jan Marini Skin Research
  • Jane Iredale Makeup
  • Kismet Boutique
  • Time Out Clothing
  • Lauratas Jewelry
  • Kerastase Paris
  • AQUA Hair Salon
  • Regale Winery and Vineyards
  • Rendezvous Wine Bar

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Spa, It’s a Guy Thing….

People are often surprised to learn that about 40% of our clientele is made up of men. Surgeons, carpenters, athletes (both the weekend type and professionals) and those who spend hours at the computer or traveling count on us to keep them feeling healthy, energized and refreshed so they can be at the top of their game.

More men than you think come to us to make sure they are getting the best care they can for their skin, too. Men’s skin is different in many ways than women’s, but proper care is just as important. Sun damage here in California is a cross-gender culprit of many skin and health issues and savvy men stay aware of it. They know that protection as well as proper cleansing and moisturizing is not only the best way to prevent premature aging, but can be a life saving combination when it comes to skin cancers. Here at The Spa ~ Los Gatos, we have designed a facial specifically to address the needs of men.

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

Day Spas: An Oasis of Wellness, Beauty and Vitality

Life in the Bay Area offers many delights, but the demanding schedule so many people undertake can be extremely stressful. Often times the best way to diffuse that stress is to find a calm in the storm, even if just for a bit of time. As your body tires and your mind races, a day spa can be an excellent resource to offer relief and nurturing needed to set things right again. The Spa ~ Los Gatos was founded with the idea that they will be the “reset” for clients who have become frazzled and need a place they can count on to provide a top-notch environment and staff.

Day spas are not just a luxury as many might think. Spas like The Spa ~ Los Gatos provide a foundation for wellness, too. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. Finding a place that not only allows you to mentally relax but also provides key physical stress relief offers a bounty of health benefits.

 The Environment

A stress-free environment is key and you should never feel uncomfortable or rushed in your spa of choice. The Spa ~ Los Gatos recommends you arrive early for your appointment so that you can take full advantage of the beautiful environment they have created and not just the services you have scheduled. Men’s and women’s lounges have lockers, changing areas and a large area to ready yourself before and after services. Long, cozy robes and sandals are provided for when you are ready to relax in the library before or after your service. The energy surrounding you is quiet and respectful. It’s Step One to relieving stress so that you may benefit even more from the treatments provided.

 The Services

 Massage: So Much More than Just Me-Time

The positive affects (there is a very long list of them) of massage therapy can last long after you leave the day spa. There are both physical and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session, and the longer the session the more amplified the benefit.

Some of the key physical benefits are:

  • Relieves Stress
  • Improves Posture
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Relaxes and Realigns Muscles
  • Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion
  • Relieves Headaches
  • Promotes Deeper Breathing
  • Improves Rehabilitation after injury

While it would be idealistic to say that massage will melt all your worries away, it definitely does manage stress levels. Study after study shows this leads to:

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Reduced fatigue

Making sure you get regular massage sessions can do even more. This manner of self-care impacts how healthy you’ll be and youthful you’ll feel year after year and should be considered an important part of your over-all health and life quality investment. Talk to your practitioner about what they would recommend for the type of massage and frequency that would best suite your individual needs. It is only after they have met you and evaluated both your physical and mental status that they can best suggest what will be of the most benefit to you.

Skin Care Treatments: Wellness Meets Beauty

As a full-service day spa, the Spa ~ Los Gatos offers an amazing number of skin care treatments. We all know there is no way to completely stop the aging process, but skin care treatments at day spas are designed to slow the skin-aging process and help your skin look more youthful.

Facial services offered are designed to smooth the skin’s surface, deeply cleanse and remove toxins, even out skin tone, encourage healing and increase hydration — all of which are essential for a youthful and healthy appearance. What sets The Spa ~ Los Gatos apart from other day spas is the estheticians degree of knowledge, customization and style of services and the products used.

The products used are chosen only after they have been evaluated for:

  • Proven effectiveness
  • Quality of ingredients
  • Ease of use in the home care line
  • Company ethics

And, The Spa ~ Los Gatos does not believe that a facial treatment should lack for stress relief either. While many day spas leave the client in the room alone while they masque, a facial at The Spa will often include hand, should scalp and foot massage during the times that products are being allowed to work. Those who have never experienced a facial at The Spa ~ Los Gatos are missing out on some amazing relaxation while at the same time enjoying an expertly delivered facial. It all goes back to The Spa’s belief that their role is to provide the very best day spa experience while providing expert wellness and beauty care. Therefore, a person coming in for a facial should feel relaxed and cared for as well as loving the way their skin looks and feels.

Body Treatments such as salt scrubs, baths, vichy showers and body wraps encourage the same benefits as the facials except, of course, for the skin of the body. Two exquisitely designed body rooms provide the stage for these types of services.  Our skin takes a pounding when it comes to defending our bodies from pollutants, free radicals and the sun. These treatments are designed to support the skin and reinvigorate it while deeply relaxing you.

These are just some of the many benefits that a day spa offers. With such a variety of types of day spas in the area, it is best to try a few to find which works best for you. But whichever one you choose, be sure that you take care of the physical and emotional needs that support a healthy, beautiful and vibrant life!