Exploring daily practices that will support us in making desired changes in order to live more nourished, balanced, and satisfied lives is what we do at Green Mountain at Fox Run. We offer opportunities to explore how practicing small changes on a consistent basis can really have a considerable impact on sustaining our hard-won behavior changes. Based on over 40 years of experience helping women make small, impactful changes in their lives, here are 10 tips to help you on your journey of making healthy, positive changes each day.
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There are endless methods out there for losing weight. However, they are not all created equal; some are much more effective than others. Perhaps the most successful method is staying at a weight loss camp for adults. Some people may think that “fat camps” are only for children, but these facilities are remarkably effective at promoting lasting weight loss. If you’re wondering whether or not a weight loss camp is right for you, look at some of the most common benefits of attending. (more…)
Before those winter blues get you down prepare for this common mood monster and develop a strategy to beat the cold weather doldrums. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures get lower, some simple shifts in your behavior can help you avoid seeking comfort in food read more
There are many artificial sweeteners on the market. Do they promote weight loss? Or weight gain? Are they healthy? Safe? Get answers, and what (if any) brands are recommended by the physicians and registered dietitians at Pritikin Health Resort. read more
Whether you were searching for a stop smoking spa, retreat, local smoking cessation program, or a luxury stop smoking vacation, we’ll help you find the best destinations to choose from. read more
Are you overloaded with information on what to do to lose or maintain a healthy weight? Here are 7 simple strategies for weight loss for the New Year. read more
You’ve decided to enroll in a residential weight loss program at a destination spa or weight loss retreat — that’s taking action. Deciding which program is best for you can be challenging. read more
Many of us are our own worst enemies when it comes to our perception around what we have or have not achieved, as well as how we look. As women who live in a society that values body perfection, this "not enough" talk may manifest in the form of body loathing. read more
Many moms and daughters make visiting The Oaks an annual tradition — the perfect mother-daughter vacation. Save 40% when booking in January 2017. read more
The most popular methods of brow shaping are threading, waxing and tweezing. So which is the best and the most effective method? There are pros and cons to these methods depending on personal preference and skin health.
Joanna Vargas is recognized as a skin care guru relied upon by celebrities and news-makers for her results-oriented facials in her Midtown NYC Salon. She shares her 5 tips for Winter Skin Care, including remedies you can make at home in your kitchen. Read more about her Skin Care Spa right here on Spa Index.
These are the 5 Best Teas to Help You Rest. Tired People -- Disconnect all electronics and let hot tea come to the rescue. read more
Structure House, a residential weight loss program in Durham, North Carolina, shares these 5 tips to help us break free of mindless eating, get off auto-pilot, and put yourself back in control. read more
Browse our directory of the best Salt Spas, Salt Caves and Halotherapy Centers, from simple family-friendly studios to luxury sea salt rooms ideal for a quiet mini refuge. read more
Learn about halotherapy and how a salt spa helps you breathe easier and rest deeply in salt rooms, salt caves, and halotherapy clinics. read more
How couples handle a health and wellness crisis could make or break even the most loving relationship. Tips from Sheila Cluff of the Oaks of Ojai will help you find your way. read more
Because smoking is oral in nature, it’s common to turn to various oral replacements such as chewing gum or snacking as a way to make up for the loss of oral satisfaction smoking may provide. While gum or snacks can be the lesser of evils when it comes to quitting a potentially lethal habit, even these substitutes can quickly become a new unhealthy habit. read more
That means beach time, bathing suit season, outdoor activities and get-togethers are in full swing. Vita Vie Fitness Retreat in Delray Beach, Florida has a few tips to help you determine what Good Nutrition actually means and how you can use it to reach your Summer fitn read more
Our summer has seen quite a few triple digit days. It not only sends our utility bills soaring by running those air conditioners, it affects our daily fitness routine — and it should. What you can do on a par course or your favorite running trail in 70 degrees read more
Welcome to SpaIndex.com: Guide to Day Spas and Stay Spas. We spotlight the best day spas, spa resorts, spa vacations, health and weight loss retreats, destination spas, and more. Sign up for our Spa Lifestyle Digest to get periodic features by email, and you’ll immediately receive a free welcome gift — our collection of 21 of our popular recipes for spa cuisine and DIY treatments.(more…)
A therapeutic “mud bath” experience is a unique spa treatment you’ll certainly want to try. But what is it exactly, and why should you try it? In Calistoga, where the Roman Spa specializes in mud baths and massage, the “mud” is actually a mix of volcanic ash, natural peat and warm geothermal mineral water from the spa’s own spring. A deep soak tub is filled with lofty, aerated mixture, and your body is submerged up to your neck, but you don’t feel weighed down or trapped (a common fear). It’s more like the sensation of being in surrounded by thick, warm blanket. Here are 11 reasons to try this unique experience.
When Spring marches into Summer, you need protect your skin so it doesn’t pay the price for the brunt of the heat this season. These skin care tips will help keep your skin fresh and dewy, even when the mercury climbs high, and help you enjoy your summer! read more
Guests of Movara Fitness Resort and similar destination spas are served a nutritious breakfast, but what about when you are traveling and staying in hotels which are increasingly offering a Free Continental Breakfast?
Pritikin's comprehensive program of physician consults and testing will evaluate where you’re standing from a health standpoint, where you should be, and how to get there. You’ll leave Pritikin armed with the tools you need to get- and stay- in tip top shape. read more
A maze is meant to get you lost. A labyrinth is meant to get you found. May 7 is World Labyrinth Day. Welcome to the magical world of labyrinths, the universal symbol of transformation. The labyrinth was created in ancient times to represent humankind’s search for th read more
How do I know which of the day spa staff personnel to tip, and how much do I tip each of them? Salon and spa treatments are a luxury I must budget for myself; I don’t want to go home with an empty wallet, but I don’t want to embarrass myself by slighting anyone, either. read more
Did you know there are easy ways to enjoy healthy family getaways without sacrificing fun? Here are 10 tips to help make your vacation more active and healthy, courtesy of Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat in British Columbia, Canada. School’s out for the summer and many of read more
Spring is finally here, and as the weather grows warmer, it’s time to shine the light on yourself and make YOU the priority. Green Mountain’s new #LivetoLikeYou campaign is all about embracing and supporting yourself through self-care. This spring is the perfect t read more
The team at Pritikin Longevity Center, an award-winning weight loss spa and resort in Miami, Florida, tells us “Counting calories is often the wrong way to lose weight. That’s because counting calories leaves many of feeling hungry and deprived most of the time.” “We need to free ourselves from chronic hunger,” counsels Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, Director of Nutrition at Pritikin. “Long-term success at losing weight means being able to fill up. It means enjoying satisfying amounts of food throughout the day.” In this article, Pritikin describes it calorie counting solution.
Yoga has a wonderful range of benefits that tie in really well with a vacation. Some of the benefits are actually quite similar to the benefits we get from going on any kind of vacation – for example, the relaxation and health benefits, so why not supercharge that va read more
Why Eating With Mindfulness Ignites Weight Loss (and makes food taste better) Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts – New York How many times have you been driving in your car, but your mind was thinking of something else? Then you come back to the present moment and t read more
It’s a new year, and like many of our readers, we too are setting goals for increased fitness and wellness habits. While just about everyone is gung-ho with motivation and discipline soon after making resolutions or setting goals, the customary period for breaking those resolutions or stumbling with new goals is now — almost a month in. We just need a little bit of help to stay the course.
If there’s one thing that seems to plague many of us, it’s the munchies leading to overeating at night. Even after eating dinner, many of us find ourselves peering into the refrigerator each night, searching for something to satisfy. Is it physical hunger that’s calling? Or emotional soothing that food is sometimes so good at providing? read more
Did you know there are 7 common types of eaters? Naturally some of the dietary habits that dictate a “type” overlap a bit, but many of us have a predominate type. Do you know which of these 7 types of eaters you are?
Hot Springs and Mineral Springs Spas offer an on-site source of natural mineral, thermal or seawater used in hydrotherapy treatments. The resulting benefits are the backbone of “balneotherapy”, defined as “the branch of medical science concerned with the therapeutic va read more
I was pleased to be a part of a Twitter party on the website Mompreneurs Online. The party was all about the holidays — shopping, crafts, even make-up tips from Avon. I was there to provide advice about making it through the holidays without gaining a lot of weight. A topic that’s on the minds of too many of us. (more…)
Besides getting older and cold weather, too much holiday food and drink can wreak havoc on the skin. Here are five tips and product recommendations for a glowing complexion this holiday season. read more
Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas — the holidays where we tend to snack on candy, toast with cocktails and punch and eat bountiful snacks and meals is upon us. Temptations will be plentiful this time of year: dinner parties, goodie trays, bountiful buffets—how do we enjoy ourselves yet keep our caloric intake at a reasonable and healthy level? In this post, Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director at Lake Austin Spa in Texas, shares some helpful hints and tips.
Canyon Ranch Kitchen Staff Cathy Garrard and Canyon Ranch Reviewer Lisa L. Powell, M.S., R.D.N. tell us to make sure our diet contains these Top 10 Body Cleansing Foods — nutritional superstars — to maximize your body’s natural detoxification abilities.(more…)
While smoothies were once popular only among the health conscious community, they have now turned into a mainstream staple and are even available at fast-food joints and Starbucks. Aside from being delicious and refreshing, there are many reasons why people consume smoothies. Many people looking to lose weight start to drink smoothies in the morning, adding in fruits, veggies, and superfoods. While we at Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts don’t promote all-smoothie diets, we do encourage you to start incorporating smoothies into your life to reap some of their many benefits. (more…)
“It’s easy to find thousands of weight loss tips online, including trends and fads, tips from amateur exercise enthusiasts, fitness professionals, and medical experts” says Katie Papo, Fitness Coach and Yoga Instructor for Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts. “It can seem impossible to differentiate, or even to figure out which types of advice are best for you.” In this article, Katie shares with us the best morning exercise routine for weight loss, even beginners to fitness.
Dry skin brushing, also known as body brushing, is a great way to slough off dead skin cells and promote circulation. read more
What exactly are toxins? Toxins are substances that have harmful effects on the body. They come from food, water, air, from chemicals used to grow and process food, coffee, sugar, pre-packaged foods and junk foods. Normally, a person can process these toxins in the liver, kidneys and other organs and eliminate them in the feces, urine, and perspiration.
Insomnia is one of the top health problems in the US. One third of Americans report that they get less than 6 hours of sleep a night and 51% of adults say they have trouble sleeping at least a few nights per week. Sleep is essential, not only for cognitive performance, but also for optimal weight!
Salamander Resort & Spa offers the refined sophistication of a luxurious country estate in the exclusive Washington. D.C. horse and wine country. The resort is home to a posh destination spa, culinary studio, a farm-to-table restaurant and wine bar on-site, and varied wellness and fitness activities, including yoga, aquarobics, zip-lining tours and horseback riding lessons. Other amenities include 3 pools, including the infinity edge spa pool, a putting green and bicycle rentals.
Life has a way of getting the best of us some days. Whether it’s working too many hours, being tethered to too many digital devices that never seem to let you “turn off”, shuffling your children all over town for their activities, taking care of your household, or dealing with personal or family matters, stress can take its toll on you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. There are simple steps you can take to combat stress, starting with the foods you eat. (more…)
There are no magic formulas to lose weight and get fit, says wellness expert Charles Platkin, Ph.D, but there are five simple pieces of Tried and True Advice which together make for weight loss strategies of merit for everyone.
The Alkaline Way – pHact or pHiction?
Madeleine Marentette, Grail Springs, Canada
With all the debate going on about detoxing and the benefits of adopting a pH balanced diet, healthy minded individuals are at a crossroads as to what to believe and what regime to follow in their quest for optimum health. So let’s look at some facts with a trip to the biology lab of our high school years and a little lesson in Acid-Alkaline 101. (more…)
If you want to lose weight, have more energy, look and feel great — if you want to escape from your addiction to sugar without giving up sweets – try this 3 Day Guide to Kick the Sugar Habit and Personal Trainer and Nutrition Health Coach Betsy Carter will teach you how. (more…)
Most people are aware that acupuncture can treat pain. But did you know that acupuncture can also treat emotional disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological problems, obstetrical concerns, and immunity problems?
The phrase “you are what you eat” has both religious and dietary origins, dating back to as early as biblical times — Roman Catholics believe that the bread and wine of the Eucharist are changed into the body and blood of Jesus — or the 1800s when Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French lawyer, politician, epicure and gastronome, wrote “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are].
The common use of the phrase today holds that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good food.
For the benefit of our visitors who are considering a spa treatment which calls for ingredients in a mask or wrap which are unfamiliar, “read below before you go.” This Guide to Essential Oils provides some basic information, but it’s also helpful for selecting a new or different combination of oils based on a profile that piques your interest.
Our favorite zen spaces exude calm and rest for the mind body and spirit. These are a collection of our favorite spaces, created by spas, landscape designers, businesses, home owners, and Mother Nature.
Massage is now applied in different ways and forms for different purposes. Here is a list of the top rated massage techniques. Read on for one of them might be the right option for you.
Admit it. You’ve attended enough bridal shower parties with corny games and cheesy prizes to last a life time. You secretly wilt at the thought of one more interminable afternoon slumped back in lumpy furniture watching the guest of honor open her gifts of tea towels, cake stands, and storage containers. You despair at the thought ingesting one more spoonful of the omnipresent marshmallow and mandarin orange gelatin salad or something with the name “Trash” in the name, followed by the “fruit punch” chaser, which looks alarmingly nuclear in origin and consists of a rapidly melting brick of pastel colored sherbet floating in ginger ale.
Fortunately for everyone involved, it’s your turn to host this gig and no one is eating Warehouse Store salads on your watch. You vow to plan something creative, fresh, tasty, and FUN, and we are here to help you do just that. (more…)
This article is adapted from and courtesy of Sylvia Riley, and explores the world’s Top 6 Superfoods for ultimate age-defying beauty. (more…)
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are based on the concept of Yin and Yang, two forces that must be balanced in the body. The concept resembles the western notion of homeostasis. Yin is associated with coolness in the body, and Yang is responsible for warmth. During menopause, Yin declines and so there is a relative excess of Yang in the body. This manifests as hot flashes and night sweats, two complaints frequently reported by menopausal women.
Aren’t these mason jar lanterns beautiful? Retro reproduction mason jars in a lovely shade of blue are filled with liquid citronella. A hole in punched in the flat cap of a 2 part lid, cotton string is threaded through, and ignited to make a natural and beautiful bug-free light for your garden spa party.
Meditation Labyrinths provide a meditative experience thought to reduces stress, renew energy levels and create inner balance within the walker. Unlike a maze, which is intended to confuse, block, and misdirect the walker, a labyrinth is meant to relax by giving the walker time to meditate, think, or muse as he or she follows a “leisurely path to center.”
This ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique targets specific pressure points (usually on the feet, but also on the hands and ears) which are massaged in order to re-establish the flow of energy throughout the body. For many enthusiasts, it relieves stress and releases energy and pressure throughout the body.
This post is a reprint of one of our most heavily read and shared SpaCast blog posts, dated February 4, 2008. The issue of whether ionic detox foot baths (and now, detox foot patches) offer any real benefit was one of the most hotly debated subjects ever printed on our spa lifestyle network.
Q: My boyfriend and I went to a day spa to enjoy a package which included a 30 minute hot tub soak, and a side by side European massage. This was a couples package. We tipped the massage therapist for two massages. Were we suppose to tip for the hot tub? No one performed anything while we were in there, they just opened the door and set a timer. What would be the appropriate manner of tipping in such a situation? Thanks. — Pei H.
“I am 22 and having trouble deciding on what kind of a facial treatment — my first — to get from a Day Spa on my vacation. I have read the brochures and talked to my friends, and when I read and hear about an aromatherapy facial, that’s what I want. Then I read about a mud mask and then that’s what I want. Then I read about a vitamin facial, and that sounds good too. My skin is pretty normal most of the time, but at other times has pretty bad acne breakouts. Help!!!” — Angel R.
Acupuncture or Acupressure?
Acupuncture uses needles and Acupressure does not. Both are ancient forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Acupuncture is a system of healing based on inserting small needles into energy points throughout the body. This dissolves obstructions in the flow of energy and correct imbalances. The needle are extremely fine and thin and the insertion is painless. Many patients fall asleep during the procedure.
Acupressure is healing based on apply finger pressure and massage to energy points which releases muscle tension. An Acupressure Facial uses finger massage to acupressure points in the facial area, to obtain deep relaxation and prevent stress wrinkles.
photo credit: Megan Mallen
“Hi, I am looking for a thalassotherapy facility in the US. Could you help me to find? Thank you.” G.B.
Some “Thalassotherapy Spas” — mostly in the United States, describe thalassotherapy simply as “the use of sea products to detoxify, exfoliate, balance the skin’s pH, and hydrate.” That should give you pause because true thalassotherapy is an ancient form of wellbeing; using sea water and marine based products for health and beauty.