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