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By Alyssa Karpa / September 6, 2019

Cati Perret

Cati Perret, a Colorado native, is one of our massage therapists. She integrates her lifelong journey of learning bodywork into each session. Cati is excited to work with you and your body in order to help you feel more alive and healthy!   1. How long have you been a bodywork practitioner and what was the path that led you into it? Technically, I have been a massage therapist for the past seven years, but I honestly feel my entire life has been about bodywork. Gymnastics was my base and the start of the path that led me to bodywork, but my soul led me to massage therapy.   2. What is your favorite part of giving massage? Everyone looks forward to a massage, whether they want it, need it, or it just surprised them. A massage is always welcomed. I love helping people feel like they can live and feel again. I also enjoy helping people understand how important our bodies are in allowing us to live life to the fullest, especially when we provide our bodies with nourishment. It is fun to watch people become intrigued by their own bodies.Many justify the aches and discomfort they ignore about...

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By Alyssa Karpa / July 22, 2019

10 Hiking Tips For Adventuring Around Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs is not just a quaint mountain town. It is also a serene and gorgeous hiking destination! Whether you are just looking to stretch your legs and see some Rocky Mountain views or challenge yourself to an intense summit, our ten hiking tips will help you begin your journey.   Plan your hike. Manitou has so many beautiful trails so do your research to learn about what options are out there. Also be sure to do your research on what to bring, like adequate shoes, a map, and the rest of the ten essentials. Some of our favorite local hikes are the Intemann Trail and the various trails that meander through Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Know your limits. Choose a trail that is the right difficulty level to you. Manitou has easy and advanced trails, so work your way up to the harder hikes if you are not ready for them yet! Hydrate! Bring more water than you think you need. If you have a fur friend accompanying you, carry enough water for them, too! In our dry climate, you sweat more than you realize because it evaporates so quickly. The more you drink, the better you will...

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By admin / July 15, 2019

Enrich Your Summer Wellness Regime with These Tips

as originally seen on Live Naturally.   WITH LONGER DAYS, WARMER TEMPS AND A BOUNTY OF FRESH FOOD, THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO MIX UP YOUR HEALTHY SELF ROUTINE. BY SHARON W. HOUSE AND THE SUNWELLNESS TEAM     It’s summertime and for many, the living is easy. It’s also the perfect time to take advantage of balmy weather and bountiful harvests by making a few tweaks to your wellness regime.   Watermelon, Yes, Please! Nothing says summer like a juicy watermelon. Its surging popularity goes beyond the fruit’s delicious taste, too. Scientists are touting the health and wellness benefits of this WebMD “fruit of the month,” especially its wealth of lycopene, an antioxidant that may help curb your risk for cancer and diabetes. A watermelon frappe of watermelon chunks garnished with fresh mint can be whipped up in a blender in seconds. Or, splurge at one of the many summer SunMountain Center wellness retreats in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Each residential retreat includes a gourmet, organic breakfast that spotlights fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, including watermelon.    Walking Workouts Walking briskly for one mile, about 3.5 miles per hour, burns almost as many calories as running, according to fitness experts.  And there...

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By Alyssa Karpa / June 3, 2019

Sue Buell, Watsu Practitioner

Sue Buell is a Watsu practitioner with a massage therapy and yoga teaching background. Her creative sessions bring these forms of healing together while adding the element of water. Sue loves to customize each therapy for her clients, depending on their needs.   1. How long have you been a Watsu practitioner? What was the path that led you into this practice? I have been a practitioner of Watsu for three years. I started learning it in 2006 as part of an advanced massage therapy program called Phenomenal Touch Massage. The feeling of being the wave to initiate the client's movement on land is more intensely felt in the water, so it was the perfect training for me. I knew in 1984, when I experienced my first Watsu treatment, that one day I would be giving the treatment. It was an immediate hook-up deep within! And here I am, thanks to SunWater Spa!   2. What gift does your work offer your guests? What do you want your guests to walk away feeling and thinking? Timelessness and spaciousness are the gifts of my treatments. To be supported and held in ways that create trust to facilitate release of this time/space...

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