By admin / October 23, 2019

DIY Fall Spa Treatments

THESE FALL FAVORITES USE PUMPKIN AND SPICE TO REFRESH YOUR FACE. BY SHARON W. HOUSE AND THE SUNWELLNESS TEAM Days are shorter, the weather is crisp and fall is officially upon us. Nothing says autumn like the scent of pumpkin pie and cinnamon spice. No longer confined to the kitchen, estheticians are discovering pumpkin as a rich source of antioxidants and enzymes that helps promote smother, younger-looking skin.   SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs, Colorado is offering a special fall combination: a 60-minute Pumpkin Mask Facial + Peppermint Foot Massage, October through December 2019 for $85. Pumpkin can help increase the rate of cell renewal, and peppermint can aid in alleviating headaches, increasing energy and improving sleep.   According to spa director Gabriela Silva, “Pumpkin contains a variety of nutrients that are beneficial to our skin. In addition to enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that increase cell renewal and brighten skin, pumpkin is rich in vitamins A and C, which help smooth and soften skin while boosting collagen production to decrease fine lines. Pumpkin also contains zinc, which can ameliorate acne symptoms.”   If you don’t have time to visit SunWater Spa, here are some DIY facial and hair...

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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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