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By admin / January 31, 2018

12 Ways to Achieve Your Wellness Goals in 2018

We’re all too familiar of the feeling of slacking on our New Year’s resolution and goals. We tell ourselves we are going to exercise more, quit our unhealthy habits or try something new. We commit to it for about a month but then, many of us tend to fall back into our same, unhealthy routines a month later. We justify our actions by saying, “This one time won’t hurt,” or “I’ll start next back up again week.” These are our famous last words. Don’t let them be! We make these types of decisions due to a lack of understanding of what it really means to achieve wellness goals. Take ownership of your goals and health this year. Don’t doubt your ability to achieve wellness, it is important! Here are 12 ways in which you can stick to, and carry out your wellness goals in 2018.

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By Mackenzie Winebold / May 4, 2017

Mindful Living with Meditation

A prime tool for achieving a less stressful, more centered and happy life. By: Kat Tudor Rooted in cultures and civilizations thousands of years old, meditation is “in” again. According to Forbes, businesses such as Google, Aetna and the Goldman Sachs Group offer mindful living programs for employees. Scientists have found that as little as 12 minutes a day of meditation over a two-month period can change the physical structure of the brain, and help you process information more efficiently, as well as reduce insomnia, manage anxiety and lead to a happier, more fulfilled life. At the SunWater Spa and the new SunMountain Center, in Manitou Springs, Colorado, developing mindful living is at our core; meditation is a prime tool for achieving a less stressful, more centered life. If you aren’t in our neighborhood, here are tips to help you start an at-home practice. A key: allow yourself to breathe. Begin with a 5-minute session. Gradually work up to 15-20 minutes. Relax before you begin. Yoga and a gentle neck self-massage can put you in the mood; comfortable clothing also helps. Set your timer before you begin. You don’t want to interrupt the “zone” by glancing at your clock. Find a distraction-free...

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By Mackenzie Winebold / March 29, 2017

Homemade Facials

In need of a refreshing facial? It's as easy as raiding your refrigerator. By: Kat Tudor Spring is the time of rebirth and revival, and nothing communicates health and wellness like vibrant and luminous skin. A facial is a wonderful way to help you look and feel better. If you don’t have the energy or time to make an appointment with an aesthetician, take a tour of your kitchen and refrigerator for inspiration! Be it acne, dark bags under your eyes, uneven skin tone or a dry and dull complexion, refrigerator facials are a quick fix until you can get to the spa. As delicious as they are effective, some of the best recipes require only one ingredient from the grocery store. Try to use fresh and organic ingredients so that you aren’t putting unnecessary toxins onto your exposed skin. Here are some of my favorite options. ANTIOXIDANT OATMEAL AND CHOCOLATE FACIAL This combination helps unclog pores and smooths the skin. Ingredients: 1 ounce uncooked oatmeal ¼ cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons chocolate (raw if you can find it) 1 tablespoon organic honey Mix all ingredients together and apply to your face using upward movements. Leave on for 10 minutes. Delicious! SALSA FACIAL Brighten and decongest...

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By Mackenzie Winebold / February 22, 2017

Sleep Better Naturally

Having Trouble Sleeping? Add these techniques to your daily routine. By: Kat Tudor   Does clearing the mind and counting sheep as we fall asleep actually help us get those recommended seven hours of nightly Z’s? According to the CDC, more than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. If you have tossed and turned the night away, Kat Tudor, co-founder and creative director of Manitou Springs’ Sun Water Spa, believes that clearing the mind of everyday stress and worries through meditation, is the perfect way to end the day, and a natural way to promote sleep. Just 20 minutes of peaceful meditation and silence takes you into the stillness of yourself, setting the stage for a good nights’ sleep. Finding a quiet place in your home, free from electronics and boisterous family members, where you can close your eyes and visualize calm is essential. Hectic day? Nothing de-stresses like the healing hands of a masseuse. “Sun Water’s ‘Breath of Life’ is a favorite of mine,” says Tudor. “Drawing on the healing properties of laurel leaf, eucalyptus and lemon, the masseuse takes you to a place of deep relaxation as your whole body enjoys...

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