Do you have a ‘Wellness Strategy’?

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Do YOU have a ‘Wellness Strategy’ for 2017?

What is a ‘Wellness Strategy’? A wellness strategy is a plan of action to achieve personal wellness goals. For example; say your goal is to relax more, ask yourself “How could I accomplish that? What does ‘relax’ mean to me?”

A Wellness Strategy’s purpose is strictly to make accomplishing your goals attainable and less intimidating. To create a Wellness Strategy one must first decide what their wellness goal is. The next step would be to break that goal down into separate parts by asking yourself key questions.

  • “What does this goal mean for me or to me? Does this goal immediately affect my every day life or is it long term?”
  • “What could I do to accomplish this goal? What steps can I take to start?”
After asking yourself key questions such as these, one must then determine whether or not the goal is attainable and sustainable in their life. If your current lifestyle doesn’t allow the desired goal to be attained, how can you adjust your goal or your plan of action? How could you adjust your lifestyle to help make your goal attainable?
EXAMPLE: If your goal is to eat healthier
1st Ask yourself “What does that mean for me and my every day life?” Does this mean making more homemade meals with raw ingredients? Drinking shakes? Eating at home 3 nights a week?
2nd Ask yourself are these steps attainable and sustainable with your lifestyle. Does your work schedule allow time to shop for raw ingredients? Do you have time in the morning to prepare your day’s shakes? Are you home 3 nights a week to eat a meal?
3rd If your answer is no, your current lifestyle doesn’t allow for this to be attainable, then you must ask what you can adjust to make it attainable. Can you order your groceries online to be delivered to your home? Can you make your shakes the night before and store them in the fridge for the next day? Can you prep meals to freeze if you won’t have time to prepare them? If you can’t be home 3 nights a week, is there a vegan or all natural local restaurant you can eat at those nights?
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No matter what your wellness goal is, your Wellness Strategy will help keep you on track to attaining and sustaining your goal.
Of course, SkinCatering® is here to support you with any of your wellness goals relating to treating yourself more kindly, reducing stress, and honoring what your body needs in order to maintain it’s healthy balance.
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 Monthly spa memberships are available in three different options to fit your time & financial budget. We’d love to hear what your goals are and how can we help. Share your goals & strategies in the comments!
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Think About This; What Sugar does to Your Skin

Glycation is this year’s buzzword according to an article by Nicole Altavilla in American Spa Magazine.

Glycation is the process in which a sugar molecule (fructose or glucose) bonds to a protein or lipid molecule. This bond forms a HARMFUL new molecule called Advanced Glycation End Products or AGEs.

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As AGEs accumulate they cause permanent damage to other surrounding proteins. The more sugar we ingest, the more AGEs develop. AGEs don’t just cause damage to the protein in your blood stream though, they also cause damage and inflammation of collagen and elastin in your skin.

Elliot Milstein, president and CEO of Biopelle, was quoted in the article stating, “Some new skincare products actually now include sugar in the list of ingredients. Nothing could be worse for the skin.”

That is why many skincare brands are jumping on the anti-sugar bandwagon and focusing on ingredients that help to reverse the damage caused by Glycation and AGEs. According to the American Spa Magazine article, some of these reversing ingredients include kombucha black tea ferment, omega-6 essential fatty acids, peptides, and tumeric.

Anti-glycation services are still hard to find on treatment menus as it is a growing area of research. SkinCatering’s esthetics expert, Kimberly, offers an all-natural White Willow Bark Facial treatment which is excellent in combating and reversing the effects of AGEs. You can find more information on this specific service here.

To request an immediate appointment for this service click here.

Teen with Severe Gluten Allergy uses THIS for Pain Relief

For 15 year old Mary-Kate, her Gluten allergy prevents her from being able to use pain relievers such as Ibuprofen when she experiences pain and cramps from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Looking for a Gluten free product safe for her to use to relieve her cramps and other symptoms, Mary-Kate turned to SkinCatering’s all-natural SkinCare product, ‘Iron Maiden‘.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, more than 3 Million people in the United States alone are told they have a Gluten allergy each year. This is an allergy that is not curable and can last a life-time. You really don’t realize how many things you consume or use each and every day that contain Gluten until you can no longer consume it. There are also substances that may make symptoms of Gluten intolerance worse, such as anti-inflammatories and pain relievers.

Gluten allergy or sensitivity is similar to Celiac disease with the main difference being that Gluten sensitivity does not permanently damage your intestines. However, Gluten sensitivity does enflame your intestines and cause irritation. When you take an anti-inflammatory or pain reliever it “increases intestinal permeability allowing for [food particles] to access the immune system…” If you already have intestinal irritation stemmed from a Gluten sensitivity, taking anti-inflammatories and pain relievers such as ibuprofen will only worsen your symptoms.

Mary-Kate talked about her Gluten allergy and Dairy allergy in her testimonial video.

      “… I can’t use Ibuprofen or anything like that… I’ve used Iron Maiden… and it actually does help with everything. It’s very calming and just helps with the cramps [from PMS] because I can’t use the alternative.”

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Have you found yourself in the same situation as Mary-Kate and are still searching for alternative relief? You can find ‘Iron Maiden’ here. SkinCatering SkinCare ships internationally so don’t fret if you aren’t in the United States! Everyone can have access to our amazing SkinCare alternatives!

 

 

Giving the Gift of Wellness

Recently I read a blog post on the Huffington Post by Christella Morris about giving experiences as presents, instead of things.

Many retailers, and small business like my own, rely on gift giving during the holiday season to pay their employees (and their bills) during the slower months.  But I get what Christella is saying, and luckily I am in the spa industry where our services ARE magical experiences you can give.

When purchasing a gift certificate, you can choose a specific service experience, or you can simply do a dollar amount so your loved one can choose what they need to make them feel better.

This season, consider our new 6 week wellness program as a gift! 

The gift of better health is a win-win because in the end, everyone is happy.

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Have a magical day, every day,

not just this holiday season!

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Women In Wellness

While doing some research on spa industry information, I stumbled across one of the first Wellness Programs started the USA.  

I was excited to learn the program was started by a nurse at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the early 1970’s.  Mary Fleishauer attended a workshop by Dr. John W. Travis at the Wellness Resource Center, inspiring her to start the first university-based campus wellness center.  Influential in the spread of the wellness movement across the United States, Campus wellness programs became popular and spread throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Of course, one cannot read an excerpt like that without wondering what other interesting things women have accomplished in the Health & Wellness field – so with that thought, I got lost in hours of Google searches and link-surfing to bring you a few fun facts about women in medicine.

It’s exactly what happens to me when I go into the Target store for 1 or 2 items and come out $175 later!

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Here’s What I Learned In A Distracting 2 Hours:

  • Merit Ptah (2700 BC), earliest cited women physician in Egypt
  • Agamede, pre-Trojan War healer
  • Agnodike, the first female physician to practice legally in 4th century BC Athens.
  • Trotula of Salerno, 11th century physician who is supposed to have held a chair at the Medical School of Salerno.
  • Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179) is considered Germany’s first female physician.

In the 17th century wives could not own property, but three qualified widows, Susan Lyon, Anne Crosse, and the Widow Wyncke, were allowed to run early pharmacies called apothecary shops after their husbands passed.

  • James Miranda Barry (179?-1865), a renowned woman doctor who passed as a man to gain a medical education and practice medicine.
  • Amalia Assur (1803–1889), first woman dentist in Sweden and possibly Europe.
  • Ann Preston (1813–1872), first female dean of any medical school.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell (1821–1910), first woman to graduate from medical school in the US; MD 1849, Geneva College, New York.

Dr. Blackwell’s acceptance was a near-accident. The dean and faculty, usually responsible for evaluating an applicant for matriculation, were not able to make a decision due to the special nature of her case. They put the issue up to vote by the 150 male students of the class with the stipulation that if one student objected, she would be turned away. The young men thought this request was so ludicrous that they believed it to be a joke, and responding accordingly, voted unanimously to accept her.

It warms my heart to know she got the last laugh!

  • Rebecca Lee Crumpler, (1831 – 1895), first African American woman physician in the United States.
  • Lucy Hobbs Taylor (1833–1910), the first woman dentist in the United States.
  • Kadambini Ganguly (1861–1923), the first Indian woman to obtain a medical degree in India having graduated from the Calcutta Medical College in 1886.

AS YOU CAN IMAGINE – THE LIST GOES ON AND ON

So I encourage you to meander through it on your own if you find it interesting!  One thing I know I will be forever grateful for is the change in OB/GYM affairs!

In 1972 the University of Iowa Medical School instituted a new training program for pelvic and breast examinations.  Female students would act both as the doctor and the patient, allowing each student to understand the procedure, and create a more gentle, respectful, examination. This method was much different than the previous practice in which doctors were taught to assert their power over patients.

By 1980 over 75 schools had adopted this new method.

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