Monday December 2, 2013
Starting today through Dec. 6, 2013, guests can book an all-inclusive 3-night Miraval stay for two and receive an extra $500 dollars in resort credits ($250 extra per person per stay).
This means instead of receiving the usual $450 per person credits towards spa treatments, consultations and other services, you receive $700 per person. Activities like Quantum Leap (photo) and Equine Experience, are included in this famous all-inclusive destination spa. (It's Oprah's favorite.) This offer is based on availability and for stay dates through April 30, 2014. Call 800-815-3949 to book your stay.
Saturday November 30, 2013
I received a lot of warm and loving comments from my story, A Spa Writer Cleans Up Her Act. Marion wrote, "Keep exercising and try to make healthy food choices but do not 'crucify' yourself. You need the comfort right now. And you are entitled to it."
I can report that I am taking better care of myself. I stopped drinking altogether some months ago (even two glasses was too much). I'm exercising a little every day, even if I'm not back up to my old routine. And I'm making headway with healthy eating, even if plateful of chocolate chip cookies turned my head recently.
Losing weight will be a challenge over the holidays, but I didn't gain five pounds on Thanksgiving Day. There was one slip. After a week of not smoking I bought another pack of American Spirit cigarettes. So I have a way to go until I'm back into my spa lifestyle.
But I was so touched by the understanding I found from my readers. Susie Ellis, CEO of Global Spa and Wellness Summit, wrote, "Thank you so much for sharing your personal struggle...it resonated with me. The loss of your brother is so horrendous and unique that I am sure few of us can relate to that tragedy specifically, however I am sure most of us can relate to emotional eating, drinking, cigarettes or any number of other habits that help us cope with challenges.
"Those of us in the spa world deal with people who struggle with temptations all the time. I have often thought how refreshing and perhaps healing it would be for us to share where we are vulnerable as it seems like admitting a problem is a step in the right direction. Don't they say 'a burden shared is half a burden'? So thank you for getting the conversation started.
"My Achilles heel is things that are sweet. In particular vanilla Haagen Daz ice cream which I love so much, I can actually eat an entire pint by myself. I have banned it
Saturday November 30, 2013
Ready to shop for the holidays? About.com readers can get 15%-off a Spa & Wellness gift card. A $100 card costs you just $85, a $50 card just $42.50. These are valid year-round at more than 7,500 spas and never expire, so buy as many as you want -- four $50 cards are just $170. You can also have them emailed to you, so there's no shipping charge and you have them instantly. Read more about buying spa gift certificates.
Friday November 29, 2013
I have heard about the benefits of gratitude journals for years, and even tried to keep them. But somehow my gratitude journals lacked freshness and conviction. I would say the same things over and over, and my efforts would quickly fizzle out.
But I just received a beautiful email from Hillary Thing, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who practices in Accord, New York, near where I live in the Hudson Valley. She has a fresh take on gratitude that I find appealing. First, there's no mention of a journal. "Gratitude is an expression of love," she writes, "and gratitude that is not tied to conditions or expectations is most powerful," she writes.
Nothing is too small to be thankful for -- what you have, the beauty around you, the food you eat, and restorative sleep. There are many, many ways we can cultivate gratitude in our lives and become happier people.
But Hillary addresses the reality that our lives are often filled with pain. "Gratitude and forgiveness are two of the most powerful ways to respond to almost anything seemingly negative that might come up Read More...