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Signing Off: Cancer

“Cancer (June 22-July 22) is one of the most emotional and feeling-generated signs of the zodiac, even if it’s sometimes hard to recognize, given the protective shell that they don. Their sensitive and maternal nature makes those in their presence feel cared for and nurtured. What they offer others is also what they seek—a sense of deep-rooted comfort and connectedness. A water sign, Cancerians find this elixir to be very healing.”—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 Cancers, turn to page 100 of AmericanSpa’s July issue or click here.

Signing Off: Gemini

By Guest Blogger | Jun 2, 2010

“Geminis (May 21-June 21), the butterflies of the zodiac. graciously flit through life seeking the facts, figures, and details that can help them collect and share knowledge. With a deep curiosity and wide attention span, adaptable Geminis are generalists rather than specialists. They appreciate a smorgasbord of stimuli—focusing in on one area for too long leads to boredom, which is the bane of their existence.”—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 Geminis, turn to page 96 of American Spa’s June issue or click here.

Signing Off: Taurus

By Guest Blogger | May 7, 2010

“It doesn’t take much convincing to interest Taureans (March 21-April 19) in a spa treatment. After all, as the most sensually oriented sign, they derive pleasure from experiences that stimulate their sense of touch, smell, and sound. Lovers of all things natural, the Bull will gravitate toward treatments that feature food ingredients: moisturizing treatments with chocolate body scrubs with pomegranates, and wraps using seaweeds are among the therapies that can be music to the ears of the epicurean-aligned Bull. Because routines provide security and change instigates stress, Taureans may feel comfortable having a small repertoire of treatments and spa therapists that they rely upon again and again.”—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 Taurean insights, turn to page 100 of American Spa’s May issue.

Golden Door Makes it Easy to Enjoy Spa Cuisine
at Home

Swimsuit season is just around the corner and its time to shape up and get healthy. If you don’t have time (or the $$) to head to the famed Golden Door in Escondido, CA, for a week of relaxation and rejuvenation, you can bring the spa home to you. Well, you can at least sample some of the indulgent spa cuisine served at the spa thanks to Golden Door’s very own Chef Dean Rucker and Golden Door Cooks at Home: Favorite Recipes from the Celebrated Spa (2009). This James Beard-nominated cookbook serves up tasty and trim recipes that focus on lean proteins, whole grains, fresh vegetables, and other wholesome foods. Tantalize your taste buds with savory dishes such as Spiny Lobster and Mango Gazpacho Shooters and Adobo-Marinated Grass-Fed Flank Steak with Spinach Salad and Roasted Poblano Dressing. Delicious desserts, such as Blackberry Nectarine Crisp, won’t add to your waistline. And, if you’re a foodie like me, you’ll appreciate the mere design of this beautiful book and enjoy the photos, which are as indulgent as the recipes.

Signing Off: Aries

By Guest Blogger | Apr 9, 2010

“Pioneering Rams (March 21-April 19) will likely be attracted to services that they haven’t heard of or tried before, as this satisfies their desire to have a multitude of different experiences. Additionally, as the now-or-never Rams appreciate instant gratification, they will appreciate spa therapies that provide them with noticeable differences in mind and/or body after just one session. Fiery spirited, they’ll usually gravitate toward treatments that are active rather than passive. Remember that Aries clients are straightforward and tell it like it is and appreciate when others do the same.”—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 Aries insights, turn to page 128 of American Spa’s April issue.

BPC Founders Offer New Book For Cleansing at Home

I have been a big fan of Blueprint Cleanse (BPC) for years, but because purchasing the juices can get a little pricey, I can only afford to do the detoxification program about every six months. So I was thrilled to learn about a new book that is coming out later this week written by Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss, the founders of BPC. The 3-Day Cleanse offers readers step-by-step instructions on how to successfully complete a 1-day, 3-day, or 14-day cleanse and make their own juices at home. There is also raw and partially-raw food recipes; advice on how to not cheat; and sidebars, tips, and tricks from those who have completed the cleanse in the past. To order your copy, click here. And as an added bonus, you’ll receive 15 percent off of your next cleanse purchase it in advance.

Holly Doss Helps Brides Become Wedding Belles

While I think it is very sweet that my fiancé sends me a wedding countdown every day through text message, each message is a daily reminder that there isn’t much time left to start that diet, fitness plan, and skincare regimen I hoped to be far along with by now but haven’t even started thinking about yet! That is why I was extremely excited to come across LA-based makeup artist Holly Doss’ new Blushing Bride: A Bride’s Guide to Looking Her Most Radiant book. This beauty bible provides brides-to-be with a wealth of information and her proven step-by-step process to becoming a radiant bride, including a skincare diet and regimen for every skin type, a fitness plan to tighten and tone within a few weeks, tips on disaster-proofing the “look”, products made for grooming and controlling mishaps, and creating makeup looks based on the bride’s wedding type. With only 36 days to go, according to today’s text message, I better start reading!

Learn How to Live the Zen Life from Daniel Levin

Last week, I was having a particularly rough day. Nothing seemed to be going my way, and I was getting really down on myself. I began cleaning my office at work to try and take my mind off of my problems for a bit, and that’s when I came across a book I had received in the mail a few months ago. Written by Daniel Levin, Zen Life: An Open-At-Random Book of Guidance (St. Lynn’s Press, 2009) offers 108 thoughts and stories of wisdom that have touched the author deeply and helped him gain a new perspective. Some of the thoughts are derived from the author’s own experiences, while others are from renowned teachers.

In an attempt to turn my mood around, I opened the book to a random passage, which read, “All of us want the same thing, to find happiness and avoid suffering. The way to do this is to find contentment in where life has placed you. Suffering comes from wanting things to be different than they are. Happiness comes from accepting what is.”

As I sat quietly at my desk for a few minutes rereading that passage several times, a moment of calming insight came over me, just as Levin had intended when writing the book. Just like that, my outlook changed to one of positivity.

If you could use some insight of your own or would like to share with your clients, click here for your own copy of this inspirational book.

Signing Off: Pisces

By Guest Blogger | Mar 1, 2010

“Pisceans (February 19-March 20) like to seek refuge in tranquil environments, making a spa  the perfect destination for Fish. Because they are usually giving much of their compassionate energy to others, taking the time to relax and pamper themselves can be restorative and rejuvenating for Pisceans. With a natural affinity for water, treatments such as hydrotherapy or Watsu, a form of aquatic bodywork, can be especially beneficial for these sensitive souls. And, because they also have sensitive soles, they can derive much pleasure from therapies that treat their feet, making reflexology and pedicures swimmingly great service offerings.”—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 Piscean insights, turn to page 112 of American Spa’s March issue.

Signing Off: Aquarians

By Guest Blogger | Feb 1, 2010

planetary-book“A spa retreat will allow Aquarians (January 21-February 18), usually connected to information and technology, to unplug. Avant garde and open minded, they’re the ones signing up for the latest spa treatments, even those that others consider too “New-Agey.” Global citizens, Aquarians also appreciate therapies that feature the wise healing ways of other cultures. The Water Bearer also does well with energy-based treatments.”—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 Aquarius insights, turn to page 96 of American Spa’s February issue.

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