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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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Why I Love Waking Up In The Morning

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I work five days a week in my little yet transformative, powerful, blissed out space I call The SPA on King. It is a haven for good smells, steamy hot towels, basalt rocks slick with essential oils, and more.

I belong here.

I thrive in this environment of volcanic ash masks, collagen gels, Balinese oils and warm blankets.

It is my Mecca.

It is my happy place.

I know this may sound strange, but I really believe I was born to encourage soul work and relaxation in people.  Not a day goes by in my life where I don’t strive to improve myself, and I am continually crossing paths with like-minded women who become loyal clients and friends.  My hope is that you will see yourself differently after an encounter with me at my spa.  You will leave my company with a little more knowledge about yourself than you had when you first walked in the door.  There are magical little nuggets of inner wisdom always on the cusp of the surface, and with some tweaking, shoulder massage, some conversation and some time to think quietly too – you will discover them easily and they will make your soul sparkle with joy! Relaxation is transformative.  It is key to breaking blocks in the mind and body.  It is essential for your beauty – your outer glow.  You will leave elevated, on path, and feeling serenely peaceful.  I warn you, it’s contagious.  So please rebook at the time of your appointment so you don’t miss any more regular opportunities to bliss out with me in the sweet turquoise spa.  I work with just one client at a time, to maximize your relaxation experience and provide undivided individual attention to you.  And I’m super excited to see you soon.

 

Gillian xo

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Skin Care Menu – Acneic Skin

Skin is SKIN. Banner-products-skin-is-skinFor those of us with acneic skin, or skin that tends to be both sensitive AND breakout – here is the recommended line up for home care that will keep your skin glowing and blemish-free between facials.

Acne Skin Type Recommendations

Products-icones-acnose_cleanser1. Acnose Cleanser for oily skin types.

This is your first step to clear, glowing skin. You will want to be sure to use lukewarm water, never hot – to safely cleanse without spreading infection.  Two things bacteria LOVE…hot water to proliferate and spread out over your whole face and agressive cleansing with drying products.  If you are doing this then stop!

Cleanse gently and effectively with a non-foaming gel cleanser.  Use fresh, clean towels with every face wash.  Never re-use towels…they harbour bacteria.

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2. AHA Scrub

A gentle yet highly effective (and necessary step) exfoliant to coax those dead skin cells off your skin.  This is done after cleansing. Twice a  week is all you need.  Don’t over exfoliate! This leads to dryness lines and can cause more breakouts.  Physical exfoliants (those that contain grains, shells, or beads) can tear at acneic skin worsening your situation. AHA Scrub is designed to work enzymatically, the ingredients feed on your dead skin cells and leave the healthy, living tissue alone.

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3. Cucumber & Avocado Mask

This third step is a once a week, critical step to nourishing your skin! See why:

  • Calming properties from cucumber ideal for inflammation
  • Emollient properties from avocado ideal for dehydration
  • Soothes skin irritation for sensitive skin
  • Delivers moisturizing nutrients to the epidermis
  • Enriched with vitamins and antioxidants
  • Softens skin and brightens complexion

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4. Collagen Gel & Elastin Gelproducts-icones-elastin-bigopenjarThis next-to-last step is what will repair your beautiful skin, bring it back to the best hydration levels you can possibly achieve.

  • Restores skin hydration and suppleness
  • Delays formation of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Revitalizes and normalizes the production of collagen
  • Reduces signs of premature aging and photo-damage
  • Improves skin’s appearance and texture.
  • Improves skin conditions of rosacea, couperose, broken capillaries and:
    • Normalizes oily skin and tightens pores
    • Revitalizes and normalizes the production of collagen
    • Excellent for calming and reducing redness
    • Delivers essential moisture and balance to the skin.

    The LAST STEP…a surface moisturizer.

Products-big-acnose_ultraAcnose Creme…will do the following when applied after cleansing, exfoliating, masking and in-depth moisturizing:

  • Provides surface hydration to imbalanced skin conditions
  • Helps restore moisture levels within the top layers of the skin
  • Non-occlusive ingredients deliver weightless hydration
  • Provides matte finish for oily skin texture.
  • Non pore-clogging and quick-absorption formulation
  • Gently soothes irritated and inflamed skin
  • Helps control shine with matte finish

 The daily routine for this menu is as follows:

Every day1.Cleanse 2.Collagen/Elastin 3.Acnose Creme both morning and night.

Twice Weekly 1.Cleanse 2.Exfoliate 3.Collagen/Elastin 4.Acnose Creme in the morning.

1.Cleanse 2.Collagen/Elastin at night.

Once Weekly1.Cleanse 2.After exfoliation use Cucumber & Avocado mask 3.Collagen/Elastin 4.Acnose Creme in the morning.

1. Cleanse 2.Collagen/Elastin at night. We’ll skip moisture one night a week to allow your skin to breathe and repair on it’s own.

So beautiful, now you know what products I recommend for acneic skin.

Remember; no reusing towels, use lukewarm water only, cleanse morning and night, and sleep well…because stress is a huge contributing factor to acne breakouts! You will glow in no time, let me know how it goes. ]

Peace & Glowing Skin,

Gillian

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