Archive for July 7th, 2010
I’m a person who wears flip-flops nearly every day of the summer, so a recent press release from New York City podiatrist, Oliver Zong, M.D., of NYC Footcare, served as a very good reminder about my daily sunscreen application practices. According to Dr. Zong, it’s important to remember that skin cancer can affect any part of the body, including the feet. Unfortunately, people often forget their feet when protecting their skin from the sun. Even fewer think to check their feet for suspicious moles or markings. He points out that malignant melanoma of the lower extremities usually occurs on the soles of the feet, in the spaces between the toes, in the areas around the nails, and even under the nails. Take this as a reminder to be thorough in your daily sunscreen application—and don’t forget your feet! It is also equally important to do self-examinations, and if you detect any changes to a mole or skin lesion, Dr. Zong recommends visiting with your dermatologist as soon as possible. We all love a little summer sun, but as we enter the hottest months of the year with the most dangerous sun exposure risk, take a moment to slather on some sunscreen and be sweet to your feet!
A day at the spa normally means taking in some peace and quiet. While enjoying the sound of silence is very necessary, shaking this idea up a bit and making some noise is sometimes very beneficial. During a recent trip to Los Cabos, I was lucky enough to visit One&Only Palmilla where I partook in Musical Therapy with the small group of writers and editors I was traveling with. As we made our way through the stunning grounds of the resort, we came across a palapa that is situated on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Cortez that was set up for a major jam session. There were different types of drums, rattles, flutes, rainsticks and we were going to be playing all of them. Our musical stylings were brought out and directed by our patient leader, Mexican-born contemporary musician Antonio Zepeda. There was a touch of intimidation mixed with skepticism when the group first laid eyes on the scene. Zepeda’s soothing voice and calm demeanor talked us through a very rusty beginning as we “played” our instruments and he successfully guided the group into a definite groove. The more confident we got while playing, the more relaxing and fun it was for us, and, dare I say, we were making music. The combination of the breathtaking setting of the palapa with the steady beat we were producing seemed to create a lulling affect that allowed us to get lost in another world—sixty minutes just flew by and I was feeling rejuvenated by the end of it.
This Musical Therapy is part of a Three-Day Joyful Journey Package offered at One&Only Palmilla. Priced at $650 per person, this package (not including accommodations) focuses on mind-body wellness by bringing together activities that are scientifically proven to reduce stress, such as meditation, painting, massage, and laughter. For more on this package—and for what’s hot on the Cabo spa scene—check out the July issue of American Spa.