I'm thrilled to recently discover the pain that my face and ear had been experiencing can be controlled by the way that I sleep at night!!! I am a cozy side sleeper by nature, but my ear and face had been hurting me the moment I woke for some weeks. I have been diagnosed with TMJ, but that doesn't mean I will keep that forever. I choose to let it go from my being and not own it.
In my research to relieve this, I discovered and experimented with becoming a back sleeper. I had to mindful and consciously change this. I am happy to report that I do not experience the severity or am even nearly as bothered as I had been since.
Here's how I achieved and am continuing to master this habit as my new auto-pilot sleep position.
Here's to you changing your habits, even while you sleep!
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Anxeity is defined as, "a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome." In psychiatry, "Anxiety is defined as a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks."
Anxiety is not new and is definitely something more people are recognizing within their own being. If you've ever experienced anxiety or an anxiety attack it is not a fun feeling at all. I recall, when my sister, Jane, died that I felt like I was having a heart attack. My arm became numb and I just remember thinking that my parents cannot have two of their children die within a week. Luckily, I am schooled in the symptoms and knew that it was an overwhelm of fear, anxious, worry, panicky thoughts. I was able to slow my breathing and talk myself to a more normal state of mindfulness.
Because it can happen to anyone the ideal situation is to keep your mind and body in an abundance of relaxation state. In other words, before you experience a traumatic experience or even a nightmare you want to pre-treat yourself with the following tips:
1) Receive Reiki-Reiki is an energy healing practice that is usually done by placing the hands in a series of positions over or slightly above the body. Reiki promotes healing by activating the relaxation response and helping the body to balance itself from a very deep level. Schedule your session @ either La Palmera Spa location 337-451-5864 or 337-740-7422
2) Neck stretches-look down with chin to chest, take 2 deep breaths then slowly roll your neck from right to left until you did a full circle.
3) Strike a Pose-Just stand in a warrior pose and stretch as far as you can go
4) Journal-let your thoughts flow. The hand to paper ritual releases tension and allows you to slow your thoughts.
5) Get Organized-start small and take on 1 project at a time.
Stopping anxiety is a process. Give yourself the time, attention, and love by being patient with yourself and happy that you are taking control of your being.
Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins. Jim Rohn
You may not know this, thought about it, or could care about it (lol), but I was not the best student in the classroom and I really just wanted to be there for the socializing aspect. I was not a terrible student, but just did not enjoy the journey of learning as I do today. Maybe my teachers then thought "ahhhh, she will probably just get by, barely getting by the skin of her teeth". Some classes seemed easy to me, some teaching styles just resonated with me more than others, some grades were great reflections of my feelings ;) I just wonder if a teacher takes it personal when one student misbehaves in their class and a parent says I don't know why in your class you are having these problems, or other things that can make the human side come out.
As school is pretty much in full swing around here I think it's important for me to tell you teachers, past and present, please, please do not it take personal when students don't seem to be enjoying your class. Please do not take it personal when they are cutting up and being the class clown. Please do not take it personal and feel that you are failing your students or student when they can't get the lesson and are failing in the class.
I think that everyone of my teachers made an impact with regards to my ability to learn, the enjoyment that I have in the process of learning now, and the passion that I get to teach others in an unconventional way. I think that in the moment, while we are in the fire, and when results do not come out the way that we believe they should have (stupid geometry) it is hard to see just how much we will be positively impacted from the class. What I'm trying to say is that the older we get, the more fun learning seems to be because we started in your classroom in the searching phase....that is where the miracles began. Thank you for dedicating and serving children who grow up to be adults that love learning. Truthfully I am constantly reading, researching, and loving all of the knowledge that I gain. I would not be able to do this if it was not for each teacher that I had along my journey of education (formal and informal). Thank You Teacher!
Have a Blessed School Year.
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Oxford dictionary defines "Beauty as the combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or for, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight."
We used to be warned about "Keeping up with the Jones'". Dave Ramsey warns us of this when we are focused on debt free, but who really warns us about keeping up with the beauty trends? There are beauty boxes with samples so you can try them out before becoming brand loyal.
Who really defines, starts, and ends beauty trends though? One of the first places to take chances and end up on the screen is "Hollywood", but now there's "Instagram". The beauty scene and trends may change out faster than the newest iphone or apps. Kim Kardashian is not shy of the trends that she starts and ends. I mean there is a show entitled, "Keeping up with the Kardashians". First she inflated her bootay and now she wants to flatten it. From the various hair colors to the fashion lines for the entire Kardashian family they are usually on top of the trends. However, if you try to keep up with them then you might be exhausted by the end of the week.
Truthfully though, I do not think that many people want to keep up, but do want to look and feel our best. When we look back at pictures of ourselves we often say, "what was I thinking with that hair style or clothing". That's the beauty of beauty it can never be labeled as boring or stagnant. It can also be so overwhelming and stressful to keep up with the trends or enhancement procedures so many folks say, "why bother" and sort of adopt a don't care, don't have time, classic way of life.
To help you StressLess with the Beauty buzz we offer these 5 tips:
1) Try before you buy bulk (look around for samples, smaller sizes, or talk to your beauty professional about a product or trend before diving in). Our team does extensive research before going with the flow and will be happy to give you our findings.
2) Consider the risks or what your past photos will look like in 20 years from now. The fashion and beauty models are paid to promote trends or products. Most of us share and promote for free if it is a product or service that we love and helped us look and feel more beautiful. Just because it's the only thing that worked for so and so doesn't mean that it's the only thing that is out there. It just means that you must give the thing time, persistence, and belief before deciding yay or nay.
3) Focus on your strengths, rather than your weaknesses. We are all individually beautiful, designed originals, and most of us tend to look in the mirror and say what we hate about ourselves rather than what makes us strong, courageous, or brave. Talk to your beauty expert about simple solutions to accentuating your favorite features to start small.
4) Try stepping out of your comfort zone just a bit. If you find yourself going for the signature shades then step out of your comfort zone and see how you feel before taking on the new procedure or trend.
5) Most trends aren't too permanent so any change that you make can be changed again. Do not overthink your desire or wish to try. Sometimes just doing it leads to other positive changes in your life. Fear and critics will always talk you out of your desired destination. Often times the fear and critics reside in your own mind and body.
Bonus Tip: The beauty trend for 2018 is skincare, hair-care, and makeup. Pick one for your focus and book your appointment @ La Palmera Spa to start your own beauty trend. Email us @ email@example.com for questions about beauty trends that you've been eyeing.
I don't know about you, but I can always tell when it's about to rain from the pressure of my head and neck-ache. The pain promises me that rain is coming. When the rain comes and is done I begin to feel better. There is much promise in pain. It will pass.
It is a good reminder and one that I want to share with you. The amount of pain that you have right now is going to change. Regardless if the relief is temporary or permanent you will not be the same as you are right now in this red hot minute. We are constantly changing. Think about this for a minute. Change is constant, pain is a promise. The promise is up to you. You can get excited that the sun is coming out, you can move to another place with a different environment, you can get a massage, you can go the chiropractor, you can take a nap, or you can focus on prayer. Whatever your choice is to change your present pain I challenge you to dig deep if you must to find a purpose and a promise to the pain.
Personally, I've been putting an essential oil blend on my neck which is working to relieve it in the moment. The root cause is that I have waited too long to get my massage and now I get to go through kick start phase again (which requires more time and attention) then to maintenance again. Maintenance is the place where I must consciously remind myself that the pain served a purpose and it was to put my needs on the calendar and on a massage table. I will choose to either go through the pain again or believe that I can shift my focus to something more productive. I am going to add it to my regular anchoring, just as I added reiki to my routine because I choose to feel lighter, happier, freer. Whatever I choose it will be because my desire to feel better has to be more powerful than the "too busy" to get the appointment in.
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Do you sometimes look around and wonder, how in the world am I making it with all of the things that seem to be coming down on me? Do you ever have thoughts like there is just never enough time, never enough money, I don't know how I'm going to meet all of the demands this day, week, or month, year, or something is just taking way longer than I thought and I am running out of patience with the process or what seems to be laid back, non-caring, "not doing their job", couldn't give 2 hoots about me receiving whatever it is that I am waiting for ? Why can't people just do their jobs and the world would go smoother type of thoughts?
It may be a season that you are going through, a pop-quiz, or something else. Whatever it is, it definitely serves a purpose. One of the purposes is that you may need endurance during the test of patience. Perhaps you have gained some knowledge about a common theme in your life or you are ready to shift to a new way of doing things. You will likely need to call in support to change the old habits.
I recently had a client who recognized that she had been "committing financial infidelity" majority of her life. Before you gasp and finger point let me shed a little light on this scenario. This is something that was ingrained in her and that's how she knew to handle money and the relationships of those she loves. Her symptoms did not show up shopping and secretly hiding the clothes, the credit card statements, etc. This was not her thing (in fact she did not shop but a couple of times per year), but that is another sign and symptom of financial infidelity. It's just that she never told anyone about the current state of financial affairs because her belief that she carried the worry for the family was what she needed to do. Long before that she didn't look at the financial data because all of the ends were being met. If she missed a payment here and there it was because she "forgot" and then would react to the trigger of the phone call about it being late.
Now that she is aware of this we have identified a couple of action steps to change the belief that she is the sole person carrying the burden, identified action steps to change the situation, and systems to measure progress and establish healthy boundaries with herself and her loved ones. It's not easy, but step by step she is making progress and feels less stressed.
We tend to either do the things that our parents taught us or completely opposite. You are either an apple or orange. You choose which tree your fruit will bare and neither one is right or wrong, but everyone has some room for improving the underlying operating system. If you are the orange you are operating out of fear of being like your parents or parental figures. If you are like the apple then you are likely operating from a depression, recession, or some other era.
Times have changed and we have more opportunity than ever with the use of technology and new inventions, innovations, but our brains have not been rewired to keep up so we must take an active role in the rewriting of the scripts that are played. Slow down and listen to the anxiety, the anger, the stress. They have a very important message and it could just be your next, best breakthrough that releases the shackles.
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MindBodyBeauty Blog by La Palmera Spa is intended to provide you with resources that will help you StressLess while becoming productive, taking control of your schedule, skin, pain, and so much more. We believe that beauty does not have to mean pain and pain does not have to be the reason not to have guilt when taking care of you. Today's world is filled with demands, attention grabbers, and so many other stressors that can lead to many illnesses, struggles, and sorrows.
We believe that your family, friends, and loved ones need the best version of you. Sometimes that comes with beautiful lashes, reducing toxins, massages**, bronzed color, a person to talk to, and so much more. We are here to teach you the secrets to MindBodyBeauty with less stress and more bang for your bucks. So how about you stop ignoring your pain, your beauty, your stains, and love you? Self-love is the most important ingredient in a journey filled with bliss.
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Chronic stress wreaks havoc on many people, places, and things. Your skin happens to be one of those things that will tell you and others the title of your book. Most people can attribute weight challenges to stress, but what about your dry skin?
It's true and here are the 5 signs to look for: 1) Dryness 2) Fine Lines 3) Redness, 4) Acne, & 5) Tired Eyes
I have to admit to you that I (the Stress Expert) do experience stress which is why I became an Expert in this field. What I recently discovered is that my breakouts are because my skin is dry. I didn't think it was, but after a facial and dermaplaning session with Randi it was discovered that the underlying result was the dry skin lead to breakouts. The title of my book should have been called, "You're Hairy & Dry...Go Do Something".
"Chronic stress increases the hormone cortisol, which damages skin's ability to hold on to water," says Peter Elias, MD, a professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. The resulting moisture loss also diminishes luminosity, explains David Goldberg, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology and director of laser research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. www.prevention.com/beauty/skin-care/how-stress-affects-your-skin
As mundane as this sounds, physical exercise truly does help release some of this stress overload and sometimes "Solitude is good for the soul". Physical exercise can be as simple as starting to walk outdoors for 10-15 minutes. Whatever you do...make one small change to your busy day and your skin will be so grateful. Share your title of your book with us and let us know your one small action step toward change.
Recently I heard someone refer to their "cellulite" as "jiggly bits". Well, maybe she wasn't referring to cellulite as that, but that's what I thought of when she said it, so for the purpose of this Hammock Read we'll call them "Jiggly Bits" too. It was cute and funny, but my guess is none of us really think of cellulite as cute or funny when it comes to our bodies. Thankfully there are such services as BodyWraps to help minimize the appearance and begin to break down these "jiggly bits". So in this post I'll tell you what BodyWraps are and some of our most frequently asked questions. As with all of our services @ La Palmera Spa...Relaxing is one of the ways to describe what you'll experience.
A wrap is a nourishing cocoon designed to slim and tone your body, hydrate, cleanse or heal your skin, or relax and soothe your muscles. (checkout more @ https://goodspaguide.co.uk/features/wraps)
The BodyWrap at La Palmera Spa is either a 60 or 90 Minute session of relaxation to detox and tone your body. We suggest you bring a bikini that you might not care much about. First, your body is exfoliated and a blend of products are applied to the skin and wrapped(you may feel mummy-like, but wait it gets better). For relaxation, you are wrapped into warm blankets (yes you are so snuggly right about now). For detoxing and weight loss, the solution is applied and you are placed into our portable sauna. It's still relaxing, but you know there's not much about weight loss that doesn't take some work, so yes you have to sit upright.
Now here are some of the benefits: it does improve the texture and appearance of your skin, it rids excess fluids and toxins, boost your lymphatic system and metabolism, and TEMPORARY Weight Loss!. We do recommend getting on a consistent plan for lasting results and as with everything...consistency is key. So why not give it a try today. Just call us @ 337-740-7422 or send us a message on our facebook page www.facebook.com/LaPalmeraSpa/. Kiss the "Jiggly Bits" Good-Bye.
Owner/Stress Management Life Coach
Teaching Women secrets to prioritizing their busy days so that stress, overwhelm, and guilt are a thing of the past.
This week, Jessica interviewed our Massage Team: Courtney, Crystal, & Charmaine. No, we didn't do it on purpose (Massage Therapist interviewed all start with the letter, "C"), our team just happens to have Massage Therapists that start with letter, C.
Mayo Clinic says that "Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. ... Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve."
1st we will go over what Courtney has to say about it.
Courtney wants to know if you've done any heavy lifting or strenuous work lately, especially if it's out of the ordinary work. Sometimes when you move in a way that your body is not used to it can cause the nerve to become impinged, pinched, and in shock. The sensation can be from your buttock to the back of your legs to your toes. Courtney said that massage therapy and certain stretches can help relieve this pain. One of the stretches she suggest is to place your right ankle against your left knee, hold the position for a minute before changing legs and repeat by switching side. A Top Tip from Courtney is to avoid driving or sitting down for an extended period of time(get up and walk around every hour). Also make sure your wallet is not in your back pocket. This puts pressure on your sciatica nerve.
Crystal wants to know what is your occupation and your daily activities? She said sitting at a desk and not lifting properly can cause you to have sciatica stress. Have you had any previous injuries or accidents to your back? If you have had car accidents (like me) or surgery then that can cause stress to your lower back and the glutes area. This could pinch the sciatica nerve causing pain from lower back on down. Crystal's top TIP is stretching and ice packs. Lift with your legs (NOT YOUR BACK), stretch one time per hour, take 20 minute Salt Baths(we love Himalayan Sea Salt). Crystal said when she is able to massage your glutes and really focus on the piriformis muscle you should experience relief.
Charmaine kept it short and sweet and she said that even though we are all different and unique most people will find relief within 2-3 massages and it depends upon the severity of it. The most common ages it is seen is from ages 30-70 and men are effected 3 times more than women!!! Go figure! A tip Charmaine would like you to know is to where comfortable, supportive shoes, and back support aides(look for a desk chair with a sturdy support).
If you've been experiencing "Sciatica Pain" we encourage you to schedule your massage here, today.
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Get that pain relief in today by scheduling yourself a massage therapy session and don't forget about the tips.
Relax & Let Go
Owner/Stress Management Life Coach
There is no question that our mind and the thoughts that go through it are linked to the sensations in our body. Often times if you actually took a moment to scan your body you would likely feel tension, pain, twinges, tightness, and so much more. Maybe you wouldn't even feel those things at all. What if you would actually sit still and feel how wonderful your body did feel? It's possible, but the sad truth is, "When the body is stressed, muscles tense up. Muscle tension is almost a reflex reaction to stress — the body's way of guarding against injury and pain." .
The muscle tension can live on for days, weeks, months. You may not even notice it because it has become your way of life for so long that it may be your "normal". What if you could start to reduce those warning signals and even be more flexible or energized? Recently in my private client sessions I started having them do a mini body scan. The purpose of this is to pay attention to where their symptoms of stress are trying to tell us something. When we are always on the go, too busy to get a massage, constantly multi-tasking, and our memory is weakening I want you to know you have a lot of signs that you may have no clue about. For this moment, I will challenge you to do a 4 Minute "Mindful Body Scan" and please comment with your results(it might help someone else).
Here's to Your "Relax and Let Go"
Stress Management Life Coach/Owner
La Palmera Spa
Last week we shared with you about waxing and hair care. Today, we are sharing with a Luxury sort of service that we offer by our Licensed Esthetician and Certified Dermaplaner, Randi. When we first heard the word dermaplane I almost couldn't help, but to stop and think about Fantasy Island and Tatoo calling in Da Plane, Da Plane. Quickly I realized that Derma means skin so it had to do with that, but What is Dermaplaning? Jessica interviewed Randi for more information to share with you about the real Dermaplane details and not what I initially thought it was too.
Randi told Jessica that it is a nonabrasive form of exfoliation. The Derma layer (top skin layer) and Vellus hair (aka peach fuzz) is removed. This is recommended about once per month. Your hair will not grow back darker and thicker because there are two(2) types of hair on the body:
1) Vellus Hair– fine translucent hair on cheeks, jaw & neck often referred to as peach fuzz. When Vellus hair is cut the structure of the hair is not changed or damaged.
2) Terminal Hair- thicker colored, coarse hair that grows on legs, arms etc.
So why would we want to do this? Well, I did it and it was amazing! I looked like I had gotten a face lift under my chin! Besides looks some of the other benefits are: smoother skin, awesome exfoliation, your makeup goes on better, and your at home skin care works better.
Facing our Fears:
Does it hurt? No it does not
How long does it take? About 1 Hour
What do I need to do after? Relax, No sweating, steam, avoid direct sunlight for 24 hours. Wear moisturizer & SPF
Can you wear makeup? It is best to wait 24 hours, but we get it(it's not always possible to wait that long and it's not harmful to the process if you must do it sooner).
Do you recommend for acne skin? No but we do offer Acne Facial & a light chemical peel for exfoliation
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Here's what one of Randi's Clients had to say about her skin after her Dermaplaning Session:
"Its so smooth, I have a glow, I cannot wait to put my makeup on, Amazing! -L. Campbell
If you want skin that has never felt so soft before, to stop having to wax your face, makeup to go on much better, and more even toned skin then schedule your session with Randi today. Call Guest Services @ 337-740-7422 or just click here.
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Relax & Let Go
La Palmera Spa Team Expert, Nicky Stansbury (Owner & Stress Management Life Coach), weighs in on the topic of "Does Your Hair Have a Mind of It's Own?"
When we think of hair, we usually think on top of our heads.
"I'm so stressed out right now. even the hair on my head hurts.-b.b.k.truth
What if I told you that your facial hair, body hair, and lashes are also places that your hair has a mind of it's own? It's true!
Sure you may notice your hair falling, getting more grey or a few greys showing up, a receding line, a "bald spot", but did you know that the average person loses about 100 hairs per day and most people don't even notice. Stress of any type does lead to additional loss, but the actual cause of the shedding isn't always easy. To determine the cause, you should look back at what was happening three, six, or even nine months before the hair loss began.
Now what about your lashes, facial hair, body hair, and here a hair, there a hair, everywhere a hair, hair?
Let's start with Your Prize Possession:
1) Lashes-Stress will either cause you to pull your lashes out or they will fall.
2) Facial Hair- You win some and you lose some. In this case, stress causes unwanted facial hair. In response to stress your adrenal glands pump out "stress hormones". "Excessive hair (key word here is excessive) on the face, especially around the chin, upper lip, breasts or chests, or basically hair on a woman that matches a male hair pattern on a female body is known as hirsutism. Men can have hirsutism when their hair is truly excessive in hormonally dependent areas. A diabetic woman with a full male pattern beard would be said to have hirsutism."
3) Body Hair: "The body areas to look first for androgen sensitivity are the places where terminal hair usually grows on women. Here they are in descending order of sensitivity: pubic area * underarms * perianal area * sideburns * upper lip * periareolar (around the nipple) areas * the chin and “beard” region * arms and legs * between the breasts *shoulders * buttocks * back * abdomen.
"You can evaluate your hair growth first with a scoring tool known as the Ferriman–Gallwey score. This test measures the degree of hairiness or hirsutism a woman is experiencing. You can look at the images and gauge where your hair growth ranks from 0 (no terminal growth) to 4 (maximal growth)."
The good news is because stress and hair are related you can change your present situation. Here are 5 quick ways to reduce the levels of stress in your body. Remember what happens now may not bring visible results for another 3, 6, or 9 months so keep track and focused.
1) Do Not Forget to Breath- (Take at least 3 deeps breaths in and out (blow out longer than you inhale.)
2) Get to know You on a more Intuitive Level (Take quizzes on personalities, journal your likes/dislikes about your day, read those entries at a later date.)
3) Stop Putting it Off!™- (Start to take one small step on each item that you keep putting off (if this is a chronic problem then seek support and accountability.)
4) Pay Attention to What You Eat/Drink and Your Responses to Those- (Sometimes we have a sensitivity or allergy that we are unaware of.)
5) Take a Step Back Before Responding- (Our controlled response is far more powerful than a reaction that you later regret.)
Bonus tip: Schedule your Relaxation @ La Palmera Spa today by calling 337-740-7422 and let us help you escape today.
Our blog next Thursday will be on the Body of Hair. Until then, share with us your hair problems that you believe are a result of Stress. Don't forget to give us a thumbs up if you enjoyed the "Mind" of Hair..MindBodyLuxury
Are you an all or nothing kind of person? Does the idea of starting something overwhelm you and you don't start at all? I'd like to share a quick tip to shift from the "all or nothing mindset" which leads to success in "MindBodyStressLess".
This works for me, as well as my clients. I learned this from my Coach when looking for results to action steps. I have adopted this strategy and implemented in each area of life and when picking a goal or new habit I choose a good number, then a better number, then a best number. For example: I am going to lose @ least 40 pounds. One step to achieving this is that I am going to go to the gym. I measure my success by GOOD=@ least 2 days per week, BETTER=@ least 3 days per week, and BEST=@ least 4 days per week. This allows me to be realistic because not every week I will be able to go as many as 4 days, but it's still good! I have successfully completed 4 weeks, taken an anniversary/birthday trip, and are seeing positive results in most areas of life and business.
What's one way that you can start implementing "good, better, best" in your days?
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As November(one of my favorite months) is hours away and I reflect on the past year I see lots of challenges that we have had to overcome. One being the economic situation of the oil and gas industry and another being the Great Flood 2016. Both of these are still evident today and is no big surprise, however, one that is not so evident and has been a long standing challenge is...You. Actually not You, you, but more like Self. The idea of self-care being a luxury instead of a necessity has been a challenge to overcome.
We got into this industry not because there were millions of dollars up for grabs, but because I was attached to an EKG machine in my mid-30s for lack of caring of myself and giving more than I had in the workforce. It was shortly after my realization that I could die if I didn't begin to understand and change my ways of stress and the pressures that I allowed myself to be under sooner rather than later. Boy, did I ever begin to understand it. I became a Stress Management Life Coach and La Palmera Spa became an extension of this understanding.
I have worked and continue working with my own Coach to make myself a priority. In fact, not only do I walk nearly 4 miles most days I just joined a local crossfit family, called CrossFit Cayenne. I've realized much of my value and without me, I cannot do what I am called to do and that is to be the International Stress Management Life Coach and Owner of La Palmera Spa. Our team all believe in what we do and regularly get massages, facials, use the essential oils, and so much more. So the message that I have for you is truly that Self-Care is not a Luxury.
Don't just take my word for it. In a recent article of Skin, Inc. this holds true in New York as well, "One of the biggest challenges skin care professionals have is convincing clients that skin care is a priority, not a luxury. Regularly getting them back in the treatment room can be a battle."
For my birthday (this is why November is one of my favorite months:) I wish that you take this month to take care of you. You are not a Luxury, you are a priority.
Here's to you and shining bright like that diamond that you are.
The soap scum line is likely what’s on my face???? WHATT?????
In a recent conversation during training it was brought up that soap tends to be the go-to for face cleaner for many people and there are no visible problems so why stop. I used to and sometimes am that person who just washes her face with soap and moves on. Then a comment was made that it’s likely that the soap scum left in the tub is what our facial skin looks like under the surface. Ummmm gross!
That one comment has made me take 5 minutes per day to actually wash, cleanse, moisturize, and tone my face. This morning I noticed the glow and how easily my makeup was to put on. Can the soap scum really be what was on my face. I don’t know, but it definitely grosses me out at the thought so adios one, two, skip a few steps for self care.
What’s one step that you tend to shortcut? Why do we shortcut our own self-care anyway? Isn't it funny that we make changes based upon something that we fear or want so badly (most of the time it's fear, but hey the other works too).
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Abbeville, LA 70510
The Flood of 2016 has taught me a few things. One of those is that cats/dogs can make a point to play this game of chase, hiss, slap, run some more, tag you're it, and hiss again. When they are tired, the game is over and they go back to their spots of comfort. From a human's perspective it would appear that the cat cannot stand the dog and the dog continues to harass her no matter how annoyed she is. Honestly, it's just a game. They seem to enjoy it and we get a laugh for the night. It was even observed that the cat seems to be less stressed when the humans try to get a rise out of her too.
So you see, the Flood of 2016 may have put us all in situations which we are unfamiliar with, but you can be a calmer state (even with more stress) if you allow yourself to play a game, get it out of your system, and go about your business. The problem with us humans is that we tend to let the game keep playing, don't hiss and take control, and we don't allow our own beings to find comfort that we need in a time of unfamiliarity.
Play the game of cat/dog if you need or just laugh at the cat/dog if playing isn't your thing these days, but whatever you do take a break and enjoy the uncomfortable of your present.
Owner/Stress Management Life Coach
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La Palmera Spa
121 N. State St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
The images represent randomness that occurred in my life. The beautiful butterfly landed on the limestone drive during my daily walk and I waited until it opened it's wings to see it in all of it's beauty. The sun images were discovered when I took 1 of our 2 dogs, Jane Alexander, out and looked to the left and realized that just around the back of our home the sun was so bright that I couldn't even look too long. It was amazingly bright and put me in a state of awee.
Both of these are random landings in my life and that's how I feel about a lot of things. The reminders of when we worry and how we never know when a random landing is set to arrive. What if our worry takes up so much space that we miss the random landing? What if we miss out telling someone that we love them? What if we miss the random landing of another person in our life because we are so caught up in the hustle and bustle of each day? What if we miss the random landing of our own being and miss the intentions that are supposed to be taking? What if we miss the random landing of our own health and positive energy because we never stop long enough to take care of ourselves?
Today, I ask you to share a random landing moment in your own life. Just comment below with a picture or a word or two to share the random landing that you noticed because you sat still long enough to hear it, see it, and do something about it.
La Palmera Spa
121 N. State St. Abbeville, LA 70510
I consider Buddha a very wise man. He said "To keep the body in Good Health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind STRONG and CLEAR." From personal experience, I consider this to be truth. When I first opened La Palmera Spa I was so caught up in the day to day going ons, the behind the scene challenges, and the what seemed to be never-ending "band-aids" that I put my duty of achieving good health aside. Growing up I was very active and competitive in several sports and then life as an adult happened. I grew a garden of family, job, financial stress, etc. and then something clicked. I began signing-up for 5Ks, walking/running nearly daily, and from that moment the clarity shows up daily. Granted there was a time period that I took about a month or 6 weeks off of this routine, but got back to it. This has been one of the best things that I have done. I feel the strength and clarity that my Mind gains daily. The MindBody Connection is real and both depend on eaach other.
Recently I've witnessed a great deal of people walking by La Palmera Sap and are doing so for exercise, "wow" a few of us thought, "there are so many people who suddenly taken their health seriously" and then we realized...Pokemon is on the loose. It's quite funny how one little "make believe character" can get us moving. If you don't download Pokemon then create a make-believe character to chase after too. Your good health is your duty and your mind is strong and clear because of it.
Want to go beyond looking for Pokemon or just can't join in because? Search our menu of services www.lapalmeraspa.com/services.html and see what grabs your "MindBodyLuxury".
Have you watched our video of our new "Portable Sauna"?www.facebook.com/LaPalmeraSpa/videos/vb.513178175410719/1094952353899962/?type=2&theater
La Palmera Spa
121 N. State St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
Audrey Hepburn said, "To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow". Each and everyday we plant seeds that we believe are going to grow. The challenges come in when weeds pop up and steal those nutrients from our plants. We pull, we spray, we fertilize, we do it again day after day.
The same is true when the garden of La Palmera Spa was planted. Each and every day we water it, we fertilize it, we love it, and we believe in tomorrow. We have experienced loss of clients, loss of vital parts of our team, belief in our garden gets tested, challenged, and weeds show up. Once they get to be too strong we pull them out or they eventually wither on their own by taking on a new garden. We remain resilient, we remain faithful, and we remain creative and innovative with you in mind.
To be completely honest with you, we have had many challenges regarding staff to the extreme(death and 2 broken feet) or a little less extreme, but still classified as major loss, such as resignations, not working out for one reason or another , disappointments, etc which has temporarily limited our services that we want to provide. We strive to be more and do more for each of you. We know of the many challenges our area faces, but none of this destroys the belief in our garden, it only empowers us to keep planting and keep weeding.
Speaking of weeding, we are seeing quite a few folks who are injuring themselves in their own gardens or who went Red Snapper Fishing and found themselves injured or sore. As well the recent tornadic activity had lots of trees and debris around and quite a bit of people jumped right in to clean up the mess. All of these activities have led to back pain, neck problems, sciatic issues, etc. Gardening, yard work, and fishing are intense forms of exercise and we are reminding you of proper stretching and regular fitness programs. Because many of our clients are high achievers who work (a lot) and are the DIY type of guy or gal we are just reminding you that a little stretching goes a long way. You can also call us @ 337-740-7422 or drop in (121 N. State St., Abbeville) to ask one of our therapists to give you some stretches specific for the areas or activities that you love.
Your La Palmera Spa Family
Stress Management Life Coach/Owner
Have you ever tried a massage or had a bad experience with one and vowed to yourself to never go through that again? Well rumor has it that many people have never had a massage before.
Here are a couple of tips for you to think about if you have secretly wanted one, but don't like people touching you, had a bad one, heard horror stories or whatever has held you back from trying it out.
1) wear as little or as much clothing as you prefer, such as, tank tops, loose shorts, undergarments, nothing, it's all up to you.
2) tell your therapist what type of music you relax best to
3) let your therapist know if you want to talk or just be silent during session
4) tell your therapist what is bothering you most, if the pressure is too hard or too light, and most importantly what you need out of the session most.
The benefits of massage outweigh the fear of being uncomfortable because you are in control of your session.
Stress Management Life Coach
La Palmera Spa
121 N. State Street
What scares you the most about eyelash extensions? Is it that you will be a horror story? Your eyelashes fell out? You had a severe reaction to the glue?
For me, it's that I always had beautiful eyelashes and never really considered or wished for longer...until now. I am a bit afraid that my natural ones stop growing, but that's false. Eyelashes grow continuously and I am really excited to get mine done. Let us know what your fears are and we will answer them a.s.a.p to help you make a more informed decision or relay the information on to others.
Spring is near! At least according to the clocks that are going to get changed. Is it really that simple to modify and adjust to a new season? For me, I do focus on the amount of time that I get to spend outdoors instead of that one hour of sleep that I won't ever get back until the next time change.
How do you adjust to these seasons?
As winter comes and goes, then comes back, bringing lots of snow to some and just cold to others. Otis Redding said it best..."Sitting with the doc' on the bay Watching the waves roll our away I'm just sitting with the doc' on the bay Passin the time...".
Don't we wish for this dock and the beauty of of an Island far away from the anxiety, stress, and worry. Worry-free from a typical focus on bank accounts, past due fees, or relationship problems? Whatever your day to day routine is there is no better way than to drift away with the image of a wave or the still of the water.
Water sounds are a great escape and way to minimize the feelings of anxiety. No beach handy? Put on some music, watch a meditation video, or play a favorite old song that will get you in the groove. Seasonal Affective Disorder does exist, but taking care of yourself both mind and body can help you speed up the endorphines for the "feel good feeling" to kick into high gear before our upcoming season. Here's to you "Rising with the Morning sun"
NIcky Stansbury is the Founder of La Palmera Spa and StressLessSecrets. She is passionate about inspiring others to respond instead of reacting to life's plot twists.