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By kathy.sparrow / December 6, 2018

Planning the Perfect Retreat

  When it comes to facilitating a retreat, there are a lot of factors to consider.Planning a retreat requires we think about what we want first. If you’re not happy and content, then it’s likely the participants of your retreat will not be either.     Location, Location, Location     Your first consideration should be the location. If you’re drawn to the beach, you might not want to head to the mountains. And if you abhor the city, then a quieter abode for your retreat should be top on your list.   Nestled at the base of Pikes Peak in the eclectic mountain town of Manitou Springs, the atmosphere of SunMountain has been intentionally created to be warm and welcoming.   (more…)

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By kathy.sparrow / November 26, 2018

Transitioning with the Seasons

When the weather turns colder and drier(qualities associated with vata) and we move out of the fire of pitta energy in the summer, we need to treat our body with more love and kindness so our transition from one season to the next is smooth and healthy.

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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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