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Top Three at The SPA on King

I love keeping things simple, organic and lovely around here.  Here is a breakdown of my top three + why they are a local fave.

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1 The Volcanic Ash Wrap

This seriously delicious wrap actually smoothes, firms and rehydrates your skin.  Great for head to toe relaxation, the volcanic oils smell heavenly…and the facial it comes with is the perfect pick-me-up when you are feeling depleted.  Leave energized.  Includes a free Axiatonal Alignment therapy.

2. The Essential Pedi

My pedis are favourited around here.  Luxurious leg and foot massage, with cuticle/callous/nail care is topped off with organic sugar scrubs and perfectly applied polish.

3. The Organic Facial

Why settle for someone sticking needles in your face when you can relax during a facial, knowing the ingredients used on your face are safe enough to eat? Why mess with Mother Nature’s beautiful work? YOU are a work of art.  A goddess.  A divine creature.  Life expressing itself.  Don’t mess up that divinity with chemicals you can’t pronounce and peels that burn.  Ask me how to maintain your results at home for happy, healthy skin.  Age the beautiful way.  By being beautifully you!

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Life expresses itself through you.

Observe your own body. It breathes. You breathe when you are asleep, when you are no longer conscious of your own ideas of self-identity. Who, then, is breathing? The collection of information that you mistakenly think it’s you is not the main protagonist in this drama called the breath. In fact, you are not breathing; breath is naturally happening to you. You can purposely end your own life, but you cannot purposely keep your own life going. The expression, “My life” is actually an oxymoron, a result of ignorance and mistaken assumption. You don’t posses life; life expresses itself through you. Your body is a flower that life let bloom, a phenomenon created by life.”
― Ilchi Leebreathe

 

You are a flower.  Forgetting to breathe? Forgetting to breathe d e e p l y? Well stop that! Nothing is more important than your breath.  Nothing.

It is a gift, and life itself flows through you when you do it correctly.  Breathe deep, breathe often.  Inhale as much as you possibly can.  Get out into nature.  Breathe in the nature.  You will see a difference in your mind, and body.  And your skin.  Skin deprived of oxygen from smoking, shallow breathing, poor sleep etc reflects such.  Treat your breath as if it were your best friend, and sink into knowingness. Sink into all that you are, the Infinite.

 

G xo

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Green Juice For Healthy Skin And High Energy

green-juiceFirst I would like to say, if you aren’t juicing, what are you waiting for!?

Second I would like to say to the naysayers, and there are always a few, who state “…but you should EAT your veggies and fruits to get the much needed fiber!” I agree! I completely agree.  But juicing is something to do in addition to eating those fruits and veggies.  Cold pressed fresh juice packs a ton of nutrients. When you add more veggies to fruits in the mix, you don’t spike your blood sugars like regular juice can.

I’m sharing this recipe with you for interest’s sake.  Take it and run with it or bypass it, it’s up to you.  Either way, this is something that I do every day and wanted to share with all of you!

Organic Green Juice For A Damn Sexy Glow And High Energy

Ingredients:

One bunch of celery, washed and chopped into small sticks

Two cups of baby spinach

Five green apples, chopped (you can put the whole apple in)

One lemon (save the seeds to plant later, makes a lovely little green plant)

Ginormous chunk of ginger (not from China, the organic one from Peru)

Two enormous field cucumbers, seeds and all (do not peel, just wash)

 

How To:

Wash and soak all your organic produce to remove any handling germs.

Chop as stated and put to one side.

Haul out your juicer, and go to town.

Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.  You can stretch this to 48 hours but your juice will not pack as much nutritional punch as it does in the first hours.  This combo yields about 2 quarts of juice but since we live in Canada to you that is….around one and a half liters or so.

Guzzle it down a few times a day when you get tired of your water.  It will fuel you like no other. Hope you enjoy this amazing juice!

 

Gillian :)

xo

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Oxygenate Yourself

I recently went to the BIG CITY for a class in breathwork. What a mind blower that was! It was ritualistic, ceremonial, and the woman leading was skilled in shamanic work and yoga…you name it, she’s accredited in it.  I was impressed by how during two hours of delibrate breathing, I could cleanse, detox and reset my entire system.  I was on a high for days after. Who knew that by simply breathing intentionally and in a focused way you could bring yourself so much healing and peace? I never knew!  I still employ the breathing technique she taught us, it helps to ground me and calm me when I feel any kind of overwhelm.  What does this have to do with anything? Well it got me thinking how important oxygen is to all life.  We need oxygen to breathe obviously, but we also need oxygenation to our skin tissues for optimal skin health.

Oxygenation has to do with breathing and blood flow.  On the skin, as for other tissues in the body, oxygen is essential to the health and maintenance of the cells.  Young skin gets a lot of oxygen from the environment because it works efficiently enough to process what’s on offer.  With age, skin loses it’s ability to keep and use oxygen for normal metabolic processes.  Repair and regeneration of collagen and elastin tissue that provide the skin’s structural integrity are two of these processes.

What an oxygenating facial treatment does is enhance the available oxygen to the skin, boosting circulation, stimulating cell turnover, and leaving the complexion hydrated, plumped up and rejuvenated.  In oxygen-rich environments bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections do not thrive.  Do not confuse oxygenation with oxidation, oxidation is related to tissue decay. The metabolic break down of oxygen (essential, needed) results in 1 to 2% of those cells going radical.  As in free radical! So anti-oxidants are designed to link up with and stabilize the free radical. So oxygenation is our friend.  And makes us feel younger, healthier and as a result, happier.

December will see me introducing an Oxygenation Facial, focused on serums and massage designed to bring the best oxygenation to your face.  You will love this new treatment! And remember, just…breathe

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Put Your Feet Up

young-couple-enjoying-romantic-moments-in-nature-picjumbo-comLife is unfolding before us at a phenomenal pace.  We need to take some of the moments afforded us and put our feet up to see how that feels for a bit.  We  need to stop striving and trying so hard and just BE.  Being is half of what we are, human beings.  So let us put into practice what we are named for. Let’s try BEing for once.

Nothing is in our control, and this is actually a good thing.  It means you can relax! We need to remember this as life picks up the pace, gets a little too hectic and out of whack.  We are at peace when we sit in silence, or drink a tea, or take the time to meditate.  Read a chapter. Enjoy a cookie.  Do your nails.  Nap for a half hour.

BE for once.  Tis so good for the soul xo G

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Beet Juice For Glowy Skin

beetA recipe I love as of late is one I adapted from Oh She Glows! by Angela Liddon.

It is a simple beet juice recipe, full of the antioxidants and nutrients your skin needs to glow that healthy glow!

For two servings:

3 medium sized beets*

2 cucumbers

2 green apples

2 carrots

1 lemon

 

Scrub and quarter your beets, leave the greens if they are attached, and the root.  You want all this plant nutrition in your juice!

Peel and chop the carrots.

Slice apples into chunks, lose the core, keep the skin.

Remove the rind from the lemon, cut into quarters.

Cut cucumbers but leave skin on, and make sure the pieces fit down the juice chute! LOL

 

Juice your ingredients and serve it chilled for best taste.  I love this one! Beets are flourishing now at farmers markets and grocery stores…so go crazy and make some beet juice for your own great health.

*beets may need to be lightly steamed if they are too large to cut

I am almost back to my regular schedule.  Wednesday September 7th I will be full time again.  Thank you for your patience during these summer hours, it has been nice to be home with my kids.

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Proudly serving Yogi Tea for your relaxation and well being.

I believe that a cup of tea can soothe anxiety, ground you in the present moment, and nourish your skin from the inside out.  It’s a total wellness beverage, that cannot be beat. Over the years I’ve tried different brands of tea, some worked out, some did not.  I can’t say enough wonderful things about Yogi Tea.  First of all, the philosophy behind Yogi Tea is one I personally align with, and second of all and most importantly, they taste delicious.  There are health and wellness benefits associated with the different blends too, next time you are in for a treatment, choose from a vast selection depending on your needs/mood. Read more about the Yogi Tea story:

“When Yogi Bhajan, an inspired and inspiring teacher of holistic living, started teaching yoga in the West. He shared with his students the wisdom and knowledge of healthy living and the beneficial properties of herbs that he had mastered in India, all while serving a comforting and aromatic spiced tea they affectionately named “Yogi Tea.” yogi-bhajan_Updated_NoBrooch

Included in the recipe were five traditional Ayurvedic spices: cardamom seed, cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger root and black pepper. When blended and brewed, these delicious and aromatic spices leave you feeling vibrant and alive, while supporting overall well-being. Intrigued by the complex flavor and inherent health benefits of this unique combination of spices, it wasn’t long before several of the yogi’s students were inspired to brew their own “Yogi Tea.”

Make your own at home, for a post-meditation or post-yoga treat.

Yogi Bhajan’s Original Yogi Tea Recipe

Ingredients
  • 10 ounces of water (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 4 whole green cracked cardamom pods
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 slices fresh ginger root
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon black tea
  • ½ cup milk or milk substitute
Cooking Instructions

Using a large pot, bring water to boiling and carefully add spices. Cover and boil 15 to 20 minutes, then add black tea. Let sit for 3-5 minutes, then add the milk and return to a boil. Upon reaching a boil, carefully remove from heat and strain. If desired, add honey for sweetness.

Makes one 8 ounce serving.

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It’s about you. Not anyone else.

 

 

 

blog spa“To be nobody but
yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night to make you like
everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”

– E.E. Cummings

This was a status update by a friend this morning.  It hit me in the core, right in the gut.  In the feels.  I believe this for all of us.  We need to stop trying to be everything to everyone.  I am no exception – I have been true to myself for years and sometimes it’s caused me a bit of strife, to say the least. And at times it’s been a battle.  This fight is worth it though.  Because there is only one me.  Let me introduce myself:

I, Gillian, am an Esthetician who will use wonderful, organic products on your skin, and will not promise you that your lines or scars will disappear after the series of six treatments.  I will not try to even sell you six packs of treatments.  Or products for that matter.  (Anyone telling you to switch products or buy their lines with pushy sales tactics or shaming…well they just took your money and ADDED to your stress level.)  I won’t do that. It’s here for you, if you wish to look at it, buy it – lovely.  If not, I’d rather see you back here when you need to relax again.  That is more important to me. I will massage the knots out.  Eleven years of massage experience have taught me a thing or two – and I pride myself on my ability to relax you.  I am in the relationship business after all, I’m here to look after you.

I will not compete on price. This setting, with these products, with my undivided attention to you – are worth every penny.  It’s your time and your dime…you decide if you want to spend it here.  When you do make that choice I go out of my way to welcome you – to nourish your mind + your tired feet.  You will be offered tea.  Or coffee. Or spring water.  I will take great care of you in other words.  In this private setting.  You and I. We all need to take a break every now and then, and maybe the strip-mall salon just doesn’t cut it for you.

If The Spa On King calls to you, then I am your girl. No random people walking by looking at your feet.  No chemical smells, only natural aromatherapy scents in the air here. Book your appointment if you wish to meet up for some stress busting, quiet YOU time.  For those times when you feel the pressures that people put on you to be someone you are not, come see me. I’ll remind you of who you are.

xx G

 

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Dawn Of A New Me (And maybe you too)

There have been some women in my life who inspire me to no end. I cherish each of them in their own unique, beautiful way.  Lately one of those beautiful friends inspired me to slow my life down, to really get what it is all about.  That included spending more balanced, quality time at home with my family and children.  This advice has served me well, and the timing of it quite perfect. I’m annoying my kids chasing them around with SPF 30! It’s great!

During the summer months I am flat out busy at work, so this altered schedule which involved me ditching a few precious work days and condensing them  down into two days a week – was a huge leap of faith.  I had to choose, the financial security or the happy factor? The choice was abundantly clear.  Happy.

Don’t get me wrong, I have not won the lottery yet, so this change requires some creativity.  But let me tell you this – what a joy it has been to find my spark again!  My diet, my fitness routine, my spiritual life and my family have all reaped the benefits of this change.  It will all go back to normal in September, when I resume my five day work week.  But for now, my batteries are recharging, I’m spending time with loved ones in nature and that is worth all the tea in China to me.  As far as saving money goes, have you checked out the FLIPP app on your smart phone? Now that I have time to actually make shopping lists instead of just flying into the store and winging it – it is an invaluable tool for me to formulate and plan weekly meals.  And it let’s you clip deals from all your favourite stores in order to price match. Leaving me more money for things like pedicures, massages, facials…

xo Gillian

 

 

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