Every Mother’s Day, we are gifted the opportunity to show our mama’s just how much we appreciate them. From their strength, kindness, and loving nature to all of the wisdom they’ve so graciously shared with us, we are all incredibly lucky to have women as sweet as our moms in our lives. This year, ditch the candles and feel-good cards she’ll burn through and forget about in a month, and give mama meaningful self-care, and healing gifts where she can form deeper connections with you and herself. We all love gifts that keep on giving: Give mama the gift of shared experiences with you. In need of inspiration? Check it out:

 

Journal

Give mom a place to record her innermost thoughts, feelings, and memories. Include a few pens in her favorite colors for added inspiration.
Wanting to add a more personal touch? Fill in the first few pages with artwork, inspiring quotes, images, and your favorite things about her.  

 

Photo Album

If you’re able to, pull together some of your family’s old photos of fun memories with your sweet mama—remember that vacation you took in third grade that you never forgot? What about that time mom surprised your on your birthday with the present you really wanted, but were certain you wouldn’t receive? These special moments define not only your life, but her life as well. Put them all together in a keepsake book that mom will treasure for years.

 

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz, the stone of the heart chakra. Rose Quartz is associated with feelings of unconditional love, like that between a mother and a child. Rose Quartz aligns with the heart chakra, providing feelings of comfort and love while dispelling feelings of fear and anxiety. This sacred gemstone contains feminine energy which balances and aligns the heart chakra with the third eye and crown chakras, bringing about the spirit of Mother Earth—the most sacred mother of all. Keeping this crystal within her home, mom will feel more aligned, more surrounded by love, and more balanced and connected in her day-to-day life.

 

 

Gaia Flow: Watsu with Mom

Watsu is a form of shiatsu that takes place in near body temperature or warmer water which combines elements of massage, shiatsu, muscle stretching, and water dancing. The receiver is continuously supported by their therapist while allowing their body to be floated, stretched, and cradled. At SunWater Spa, our watsu treatments take place in a body temperature, saline floating pool which grants the body added ability to float, making Watsu a truly weightless experience. Without the added weight of the body, the spine, joints, and muscles of the receiver can be manipulated and freed in a way which is unique to water work. This Mother’s Day, share this healing and nurturing experience with mom and book a side-by-side watsu for two, or simply give her the gift of nurturing with a single-person watsu appointment.

 

Mountain Mother Massage

Let’s not forget about the wonderful mommy’s-to-be in our lives! SunWater Spa’s Mountain Mother Massage is a soothing experience for mama, allowing her and baby the opportunity to relax and find refuge from the symptoms of pregnancy. Making use of the nourishing (and pregnancy safe!) oils of sunflower, sweet almond, jojoba, avocado, wheat germ, vitamin e, sweet orange, rosewood, tangerine, lemon peel, rose maroc, sandalwood and ylang ylang, she’s certain to leave feeling refreshed, renewed, and fully relaxed.

 

A Hike at Garden of the Gods and a Soak at SunWater Spa

Garden of the Gods has over 15 miles of space for you and your mom to explore. Get outside, breathe in the fresh air, and spend some quality time with one another. The Siamese Twins trail, in particular, holds desert beauty and stunning views of Pikes Peak.
After you’ve worn yourselves out at Garden of the Gods, swing on into Manitou for a healing soak at SunWater Spa. Allow the healing waters of the historic 7 Minute Spring to repair your tired, sore muscles while you relax and reconnect with your mom. Whether you choose a 2-hour soak or a full-day pass, you will both have access to our indoor saline pools, hot and cold plunge pools, and our infrared sauna. With all of these options, you and your mama will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and closer to one another when the day is up.

 

 

Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found within various parts of plants which can be used to treat various ailments, lift spirits, and be used as an all-natural, aromatic perfume. To extract these oils, plants undergo a process of distillation by steam or water. After distillation, a highly concentrated essential oils is left behind, containing not only the aromatic essence of the plant, but also the plant’s healing properties. These oils aid in protecting plants against predators and disease, why not let them do the same for mom? Here are four examples of essential oils that are perfect for moms everywhere.

 

  • Lemon to enhance mom’s feelings of joy, provide immune support, and cleanse or purify the body.
  • Citrus oil to feel invigorated,provide an instant boost in energy, and similarly to lemon oil, boost her immune system.
  • Lavender to help mom relax, unwind, and to improve blood circulation.
  • Eucalyptus for stress relief, pain relief, and relief of cold symptoms!

 

Credit: Mariana Ziegler Photography

A Stay at SunMountain Center

Spring has sprung in Manitou Springs! Give mom the gift of experiencing a true (and beautiful!) Colorado spring with a stay at SunMountain Center. The days are longer and warmer, the flowers are blooming, and SunMountain Center is bursting with life and love. She’ll spend time perusing our gardens, exploring acres of property and winding meditation trails, and deepen her connection with herself and those around her.

Water often provides a healing environment for many of us. In particular, mothers-to-be may find aquatic therapies, such as Watsu and Aqua Cranial, particularly beneficial for relaxation and relief from the burden of gravity-induced discomfort as well as the mental or emotional strains associated with pregnancy.

 

Watsu is a gentle and supportive form of bodywork combining elements of joint mobilization, shiatsu, stretching, and dance.  During the aquatic session, the body, spine, joints, and muscles can be manipulated and freed in a way that is unique to the water.

 

Aqua Cranial is a gentle, nurturing, non-invasive therapy that supports the body’s nervous system and alignment, by enhancing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This treatment restores the natural balance of the body and is particularly powerful after accidents or trauma.

 

“We are all formed in an environment surrounded and supported by warm water. When we are softly held in that environment again, such as in the SunWater Spa pool, in an Aqua Cranial or Watsu treatment, we go back to that initial womb experience – mentally, emotionally, physically – which likely was deeply relaxing for most of us,” says Kathleen Morrow, SunWater Aqua Cranial therapist.

 

“As relaxation occurs, both mother and baby release the pleasure hormones called ‘endorphins.’” she adds.  “This is the reason births in the water, such as are being encouraged by our hospitals, are very successful.”

 

Mitzi Pasternak, Watsu practitioner at SunWater says, “When the mother feels safe in a practitioner’s arms, she can relax her body, and let it be moved, and stretched, allowing for physical and emotional releases. The baby also benefits by the increased blood flow and may become more active.”

 

Releasing Our Birth Traumas

While most Watsu or Aqua Cranial practitioners are not counselors, they are trained to be very present. “By holding the mother in the water or simply listening,” says Pasternak. “Sometimes greater awareness or a fresh perspective can arise when we’re relaxed and receptive.”

 

Additionally, Morrow, acknowledges some of us have had our own trauma in birth, such as the cord tangled, parental tension, mom in fear, or some diagnosed physical barrier to baby’s passage.  “This is a primary reason to start regular treatments in the water early in the pregnancy, with a therapist experienced in holding ‘presence’ with trauma,” she says. “Then the nervous systems of baby and mom will have an opportunity to process and release any patterns being held in the body.”

 

Timing is Everything

Watsu or Aqua Cranial treatments are good just about any time. Most experience stress release and sleep better after a treatment.

 

“These treatments are primary stress release tools. They help to rebalance us mentally, emotionally, and physically from the daily stresses of life,” says Morrow.

 

Aquatherapy treatments are not advised if the client has open sores or an infectious disease.  “Then I suggest they wait until they heal,” explains Pasternak. “Chronic ear infections and vertigo are also reasons to reschedule.”

 

Pasternak adds, “During the second and third trimesters, the mom has more weight to carry around, and because of this, they will experience even greater benefits from these water therapies.”

 

When Two or More are Gathered

“We always encourage birth partners and close family members to join the client in the water––with her permission.  Together, we support the mom, and the treatment is even more deeply healing and bonding for all,” says Morrow.

 

To book your Watsu or Aqua Cranial treatment, contact SunWater Spa 719-695-7007 or online at https://www.sunwellness.net/sunwater/spa/book/