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By kathy.sparrow / October 15, 2018

  Downward Dog for Down Syndrome Fundraiser

    On Thursday, October 18, SunWater Spa will host a special yoga class, designed to benefit the Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association. Ros Prado, a SunWater Spa yoga teacher, will lead this one-hour donation-based yoga class, which begins at 5:45 p.m.   Inspired by her brother, Cairo, who was born with Down syndrome, Prado hopes that the event will spread awareness, advocacy, and inclusion of individuals with the chromosomal disorder. This is the third year that she has spearheaded the event at SunWater, and the fifth in total; earlier events were held in the Miami, Florida, area. A Passion to Serve With the success of these events, Prado has expanded her service to those with Down syndrome. In part, she was inspired by two individuals with the disorder, both adults, who attended last year’s Downward Dog for Down Syndrome benefit. “I was blown away with their abilities,” Prado explains. “It inspired me to question how we could we teach them professional skills so they could do more than bag groceries.” From there, Prado created a curriculum for a three-month internship which she pitched to SunWater Spa Founders Kat Tudor and Don Goede, who whole-heartedly supported her endeavor. Synchronicity Takes the...

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By kathy.sparrow / September 25, 2018

CBD-Infused Massage––A Natural Alternative to Pain Relief

Massage has long been used for pain and stress relief. Recently, with the addition of CBD - Deep Tissue Salve, the effects can be even greater. SunWater Spa now offers this add-on to its traditional, specialty, and side-by-side massages, with the exception of Mountain Mother. This is a way to safely treat muscle tension and soreness, chronic pain, and inflammation.   Backed by Research Gabriela Silva, Spa Services Manager, says, “CBD has quickly become a buzz word in the health and wellness industry. More and more research is being conducted to further demonstrate the potential therapeutic value of cannabidiol (CBD) which is the specific phytonutrient extracted from the cannabis plant, sourced from either hemp or marijuana, which unlike THC, produces no psychoactive effect on the human body.”   “CBD stands out because it is both non-intoxicating and displays a broad range of medicinal applications, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-anxiety, and analgesic (pain relief) properties," says Dr. Blake Pearson, founder of Greenly Medical Consulting and practicing medical doctor in Ontario, Canada, specializing in cannabinoid medicine.   Silva explains that “After months of studying the science behind CBD as well as exploring the growing industry around it, SunWater Spa is excited to now offer...

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By admin / August 22, 2018

Breathing to the Beat

  By: Kat Tudor as originally seen on Live Naturally. Why (and how) Music Matters to yoga.   Back in the day, yoga purists practiced in silence. Flash forward to 2018, and rare is the class that doesn’t feature a playlist of specially curated music, from gongs and drums to classical, pop and rap downloads created specifically for yoga. According to a study in the journal of Sports Medicine Open, listening to music increases the likelihood of sticking with your exercise program by 70 percent. The music industry has taken notice with two dozen albums inspired by bhakti yoga included on the first 58th Grammy’s Ballot list. Even the pop group Maroon 5, led by the yoga-loving Adam Levine, has created a playlist. Both yoga and music are known for their ability to de-stress and make us feel better about ourselves. Recent studies have also shown that music can allow a person to enter a “flow state,” which, according to renowned psychologist and author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is an “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.” At SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs, Colorado, we offer a range of yoga classes from Sivananda (traditional hatha yoga)...

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By admin / July 17, 2018

Beat the Heat with SunWater Spa

Summer is full swing, and the temperatures are on the rise. With 90+ degree days already here, and more on the horizon, many of us are searching for ways to simply keep cool and survive the summer. Beat the heat this summer with SunWater Spa--- here’s how! What to Wear It can be tough to decide what to wear, especially in Colorado in the summer, where cool morning temperatures clash with the intense sunlight and heat of the afternoon. Generally speaking, the clothing that will keep you as cool as possible will be made of 100% cotton, fit loosely, and incorporate lighter colors. Clothing which is made of 100% cotton and fits loosely allows for airflow near the body, aiding in regulating one’s body temperature. Lighter colored clothing, by nature, tends to absorb less light, and therefore, less heat, keeping you cool during the hot summer months. Essential Oils Peppermint Peppermint essential oil contains a significant amount of menthol. Menthol is known to aid in easing tension headaches and various other aches and pains, as well as providing a cooling, tingling sensation when applied to the skin.  However, please be aware that peppermint oil is quite stimulating and could potentially...

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