Archive for September 1st, 2010
The Spa Pantry Treatment Rituals Cookbook, distributed by Universal Companies, features 100 recipes designed to help create unique ritual treatments. The book also comes with a disk filled with 60 spa images to help market rituals, an ingredient reference guide, and more than 300 ideas and tips to create the perfect ritual experience. Recipes include five core treatments, four seasonal treatments, a romantic treatment, and Eastern-inspired treatments.
For the past few years, I have been dealing with major sleep issues, meaning, I don’t really sleep. This is not by choice. For some reason, my body refuses to let me sleep for more than 3 consecutive hours (on a good night). I realize that lack of sleep takes it toll mentally and physically (not to mention how frustrating it is), so I am definitely in the market for suggestions on how to remedy the situation. It seems I’m not alone. In fact, the Spa at Four Seasons Westlake Village (CA) has introduced the Sleep Well program for guests just like me. Partnering with wellness experts at California Health & Longevity Institute, the spa offers several in-room or in-spa services that are recommended to promote rest and relaxation. Complementary sleep therapies, such as acupuncture, clinical hypnotherapy, meditation, and guided imagery are also available. And although I can’t make it to California by tonight, luckily the experts offer the following tips for promoting sleep at home:
• Create a sleep environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool.
• Try not to eat less than two hours before bedtime, If you can’t eat early, a bedtime snack that is high in carbohydrates stimulates serotonin, which aids in sleep.
• Avoid caffeine after 2 P.M.
• Try not to watch television or use your computer at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
• Establish a bedtime routine, such as drinking a cup of herbal tea, taking a hot bath, reading, or listening to soothing music.
• Don’t stress if you think you aren’t getting enough sleep. Try not to look at the clock throughout the night.
• Refrain from strenuous exercise two hours prior to bedtime. Instead, try relaxing stretches or yoga moves.
• If you lie awake for more than 20 minutes, get out of bed and engage in a relaxing activity, such as reading. Return to bed when you feel tired again.
I plan on trying all of these tips tonight. Wish me luck!
“As Virgos are health-oriented and always looking to better themselves, a trip to the spa may be one of their favorite activities. Spas are a refuge where they can relax, which is important for Virgos, who tend to carry around worry and anxiety when life seems a bit chaotic and out of order. The bounty of nature is in sync with Virgo’s sensibilities, because it is an earth sign and the one associated with the harvest. Therefore, treatments that incorporate natural ingredients—herbs, flowers, and foods—may find special favor with them.”—Stephanie Gailing
Stephanie Gailing, MS, CN, is a professional astrologer and nutritionist with more than 16 years of experience. The author of Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness (Crossing Press, 2009), Gailing writes “Signing Off,” a monthly column for American Spa that gives guidance on using the stars to cater to clientele. To check out Gailing’s blog, click www.planetaryapothecary.com. For further insights on Virgos, turn to page 128 of American Spa’s September issue or click here.