How to Maximize your Spa Time

relaxationroomIn order to benefit from the relaxing atmosphere of a spa and to enjoy your treatment to the fullest, it is important to “relax your soul” too.

Whether you’re in the relaxation room or on the treatment table, allow yourself to move into a quiet space and leave behind the distractions of life that create so much tension. Consciously breathe deeply and slowly. Listen to your breath and feel it moving and fueling the energy in your body. Listen to the quiet that lies under all the sounds around us. Concentrate not on the music, the rustling of the therapist or the guests in the chairs next to you, but on the stillness under all that sound. Rather than be distracted by the presence of everything around you, touch it, feel it and acknowledge it and then feel the quiet that is within everything and you will draw into your being a peace that will bring you to the ultimate state of relaxation.

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Fragrance & Travel

By Myrna Beardshear
Director of Spa & Wellness

MyrnaBeardshearJet lag and other problems encountered while traveling and changing time zones can leave you feeling bad for days and missing out on enjoying your precious vacation days. Some of the problems that traveling can present are sleeping difficulties, being alert and focused in meetings and digestive problems. Nasal congestion and headaches are also common for travelers.

An aromatherapy treatment is known to help with these problems. A genuine aromatherapy treatment consisting of pressure point massage working over the autonomic nervous system helps to regulate the body systems and having an aromatherapy treatment before and after a trip is a great way to help your body adjust.

There are several aromatherapy treatments that you can do at home or in the comfort of your hotel room.

To help you sleep: Relax in a warm bath after adding a few drops of vetivert and chamomile essential oils. Soak and inhale the aroma.

Circulation and swollen ankles: Remember to drink lots of water on your flight, walk whenever possible, avoid caffeine and alcohol and exercise your feet and ankles while you are sitting. When you reach your destination blend some essential oils of citrus with juniper oil (a good diuretic) into a vegetable oil. Massage your feet and legs and lie down with your feet raised.

Headaches: Traveling with a small bottle of lavender essential oil is a wonderful way to treat headaches. I always travel with a small washcloth and when I have a headache a soak it in cold water and sprinkle a few drops of Lavender on it. Place on the forehead or the back of the neck and relax.

Nasal Congestion: Sprinkle a few drops of Eucalyptus oil on a tissue and inhale. The bonus is that Eucalyptus is an antibacterial agent and using it will probably help to fight off some of those awful bugs present in recirculated airplane air.

When you need to wake up and focus try a shower or bath with essential oils of rosemary before going to your meeting.

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Aging Well

By Myrna Beardshear,
Director of Spa & Wellness

MyrnaBeardshearIt is so easy to get caught up in the anti-aging game and lose sight of what is really important. That is, who we are and how the sum of all our experiences has brought us to where we are and what we can be in the future. Newspaper executive, Katharine Graham said, “No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else.”

When reflecting on the past it is all too easy to get caught up in remembering misfortunes, mistakes and regrets. It is better to reflect on the lessons learned, the strength gained and the wisdom earned from what has been and live with the serenity of knowing the strength you have gained from the sum of your experiences.

We, in the spa industry, are aware of the importance of the baby boomer generation and the desire that people have to look younger and feel fit and healthy. We research every new product and through the marvels of modern science and technology we are able to offer facials and body treatments that will make us look younger. We study anti-aging nutrition and the importance of being aware the importance what we put into our body. We educate our guests on the importance of regular exercise and how crucial it is to overall health and offer fitness regimes to keep the boomers agile and trim.

At Red Mountain Resort we go further by offering Life Coaching for those who find themselves at a point in their life where their goals are not as clear and who need a new direction in order to remain vibrant and productive.

Energy Therapy is offered to clear negative emotions on a mental, emotional and physical level in an easy, non-invasive way. It can release stress of any kind whether from years of abuse or daily things that tends to overwhelm our emotional circuitry. By changing energy patterns as well as subconscious beliefs, this helps people heal from past or current traumas without having to re-traumatize them or spend years coming to terms with their painful and challenging past

Meditation workshops help guests understand the benefits of meditation, the process of meditation, types of meditation and how to meditate. Tai Chi shows us how we can move gracefully and slowly with physical and mental strength.

I love the lessons that can be learned from butterflies. The butterfly is symbolic of change and transformation in people’s lives. The butterfly is a reminder to stay present in life, to be in the moment. Many have learned to look for the butterfly in their life, to live life to the fullest, to appreciate each moment and express gratitude freely.

Most butterflies live very short lives, only a week or two, except for the Angel Wing and Monarch live about six months. It is at maturity that the butterfly is the most beautiful. The short life span and beauty of the butterfly is symbolic of early spiritual growth. Lessons of life will be shown during sometimes difficult formative years and come to light as the butterfly spirit begins to fly. They hold the gift of transformation and soul evolution. Butterflies remind us not to take life so seriously. They represent the element of air, quickly changing and ever moving, so gracefully. Butterflies are messengers of the moment. They are especially sensitive to the harmony of earth and we can learn from them to stop disturbing the natural design of life and to flow with events in a gentler, natural way.

When we learn not to have resentments and regrets but rather to rejoice in the life we have had and then to look to the future and resolve to do whatever we can to life a rich life and to make a positive difference in the lives of all that we touch, we will truly have learned to age well.

Ref: The Lessons of the Butterfly
Spahvelous, 2008

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Shaving Made Easy

By Myrna Beardshear,
Director of Spa & Wellness

MyrnaBeardshearHave a warm shower or bath and allow your skin to soften from the moisture. Shaving dry skin will inevitably result in cuts.

With the exception of the fragrance, all over-the-counter shaving creams are formulated the same. If you want an extra luxurious experience, invest in creams from the Whish collection. Not only to the smell and feel good but they are vitamin fortified and moisturize and condition your skin while you shave. (They sell wonderful ladies shaving brushes with their collection, making your shaving experience fun and luxurious!)

Make sure you are using a good razor with multi blades and that you change cartridges on a regular basis. A dull blade will lead to cuts and nicks.

Exfoliate your skin before shaving. Getting ride of the dead skin before shavings helps to prevent your razor from clogging and you get a closer shave.

Finish with one of the Whish after shave products, especially formulated for women. They take care of preventing those after shave bumps and prevent ingrown hairs

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De-Frizz Your Hair: Spa at Home

Does the dry, winter air make your hair a frizzy mess? The natural recipe below from Healing Lifestyles is sure to give you beautiful locks.

1 ripe banana, peeled
1 Tbsp. sunflower oil
1/2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice


  • Mash banana very well with a fork or spoon. Add sunflower oil and lime juice. Mix until well-blended.
  • Thirty minutes before your shower, massage the mixture into dry hair and scalp and comb through to distribute it evenly.
  • After a half hour, shampoo out the mixture using a mild shampoo, rinse thoroughly, then enjoy your hair's healthy sheen.
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Salt of the Sea – Mimicking the Human Body

By Myrna Beardshear,
Director of Spa & Wellness

MyrnaBeardshearAll of us have our origins in marine species. The first living cells were born in the sea, and we have kept a close relationship with that birthplace: blood plasma and sea water share a very similar composition. The ocean contains all of the elements (104 trace elements, minerals, and vitamins) essential for healthy skin and balance within the body.

Even though trace elements are found in the human body, the body does not manufacture these vital nutrients and they must be derived from external sources. Trace minerals occur naturally in the earth’s soils. However, the more our soils are tilled and exposed to weather the more these minerals are leached out.

Sea Salt has been used for hundreds of years to cure all kinds of ailments. Thanks to these advanced procedures of extracting the salt from seawater with through freeze drying the valuable minerals are not lost in the process. With this method, Phytomer – the products used at Red Mountain Resort — have been able to extract the salts from the seawater along the Brittany Coast off France while keeping the structure and composition of the salt intact.

When used as an exfoliant, salts cause the top layer of skin to break up smoothly. The epidermis, is then receptive to the minerals within the salt.

At Sagestone Spa at Red Mountain we also use this very pure salt from Phytomer together with Lavender grown along the coast of Brittany in the form of a bolus. This bolus is heated with steam and it used for a massage, releasing all the minerals from the salt with the pressure by the therapist.

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Sweet Moments and Soothing Soaks – Honey Recipes from the Beehive State

By Myrna Beardshear,
Director of Spa & Wellness

MyrnaBeardshearWater has been used as a healing aid for centuries. We continue to use water and water therapy in spas today as one of our most powerful natural elements to effect mood and lift the spirit. A twenty minute soak in the tub relaxes, cleanses, hydrates and uplifts us both mentally and physically.

Honey is a perfect addition to warm bath water. Not only is it soothing to the skin, honey is also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Add a few drops of aromatherapy to a honey bath, to relax or stimulate the nervous system depending on the chosen scent.

Morning Milk and Honey Soak
For a stimulating bath add a cup of dry milk, 1/2 cup of honey and the zest of 1 orange.

Bedtime Chamomile and Honey Bath
Relax in the tub with 3 chamomile tea bags, 1/2 cup of honey and a few drops of essential oil of ylang ylang (optional).

Hydrating Milk and Honey
Bring back the days of Cleopatra and the land of milk and honey when you soak in a tub of warm water to which you have added a gallon of milk and half a cup of honey. For quick dissolving, heat the honey with 2 cups of milk, stirring until honey is melted and then add to bath water.

Non-Stop Shopper’s Foot Soak
To relieve tired, achy feet, steep two peppermint tea bags in hot water for 10 minutes. Mix a gallon of warm water, and the peppermint tea in a large bowl or foot spa. Soak feet for 20 minutes.

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Hydrating Hand & Foot Treatment

By Myrna Beardshear,
Director of Spa & Wellness

MyrnaBeardshearTake time to nurture your hands and feet this month with a hydrating home spa treatment. Follow the simple steps below to create a relaxing spa experience at home anytime.

Step 1: Exfoliate.
Mix 1/4 cup honey with 1/4 cup (select one or combine) brown, white or raw sugar. For added exfoliation, add 1 tsp. finely minced almonds or oatmeal.

Apply mixture to dry hands and feet in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water.

Step 2: Apply Treatment.
Mix 1 cup dry milk, 1/4 cup water, and 1/4 cup plain yogurt, with 1 tsp. of fresh ingredient(s) of your choice. Select soft, ripe fruit (mango, berries, etc.), fresh herbs (mint, rosemary, etc.) or even fresh rose petals. A few drops of essential oil (lavender, orange, peppermint, tea tree, etc.) may be added as desired. Blend well. Mixture should be a thick liquid.

Apply a thin layer of the treatment to each foot. Cover with a plastic bag. Wrap with a thick towel or wear warm sox. Repeat for hands. Relax for 20 minutes. Remove towels/sox, plastic bags and rinse with warm water.

Step 3: Hydrate.
Generously apply your favorite lotion. Enjoy silky, soft hands and feet.

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