How to spend a winter day

Wellness saturday

This early spring,  I lived in a hotel for almost 2 months. My daily working rhythm was challenging, and the hotel has a lovely spa and pool. So I added spa rituals into my routine and used to finish a day with a sauna and spa. I have tried to squeeze my rituals into my daily schedule as it gave me so much strength and restoration.
In the morning, I was waking up with asana and breathing. Then, I added some restorative sessions in the evening with a sauna and pool, ideally.
That’s how the idea for Wellness Saturday was born. 
The spa is best when cold and grey outside, so our first edition happened just before Christmas. We all wonder how to stay healthy and happy during holidays.

how to stay healthy and happy during holidays

The spa is best when it is cold and grey outside, so our first edition happened just before Christmas. We all wonder how to stay healthy and happy during holidays.

The intention behind this is to mingle, learn and relax together. We structured our gathering around a yoga session followed by a nutritious, healthy breakfast. We talked about nutrition led by Integrative Nutrition Coach. How to better close our day with deep relaxation in a warm and cosy spa?

Ivana from  @nereidayoga presented Yogilates to ladies, combining the best Pilates exercises to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles with yoga practices for flexibility and balance. Slowing our movement with mindfulness increase the efficiency of our workout. You don’t need to aim for highly demanding postures to feel like working out. However, sometimes slowing down your movement might be more challenging. 

HEALTHY Breakfast

After the practice, we gather for a nutritious breakfast that offered vegan, gluten-free and various veggie options.
Being week for a bakery, I headed to the table with delicious banana cake and vegan porridge and some fruit salad.

During our breakfast, Cyndie had her talk about usual issues and problems during holiday days. We all have similar issues, family duties and maybe too many social minglings with food overload. We meet and party more often what means lots of drinking and snacking. All this results in exaggerating as expected, but then we are not happy later on. What could be the strategy to cope with the pressure to eat and drink too much? How to defend ourselves from encounters with dear friends offering more and more food and drink? Cyndie says it is always good to prepare yourself before the holidays; clearly define what you want and how much you really want to consume, and stick with it.

We must be aware that food has a significant social glue function. Participation in food rituals connects us even more. And we feel that by refusing someone’s meal, we might offend them. The more traditional society is, the more visible this phenomenon is. Food is never only something we eat to survive, especially on special moments.

NUTRition talk

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNT

Effective strategies and tips that empower us to make better choices so we can:

  • Look and feel better in your holiday clothes
  • Eat at parties without feeling bloated, stuffed, or sluggish
  • Maintain balanced energy throughout the day without reaching for sugar or caffeine
  • Balance your alcohol intake and limit liquid calories
  • Achieve clarity about your choices so you’re in control

SPA SESSION

Suppose we know that spa visit is beneficial for our health, but what are the reasons and what happens to our body in SPA.

  • The possibility of completely disconnecting

Having a Spa session facilitate relaxation and detachment from your problems and thoughts

  • Increase your blood circulation

Spa time increases blood circulation and nutrients and oxygen flow throughout the system to the body’s cells, boosting your sense of well-being.

  • Stimulation of the lymphatic system

When you receive a message, your lymphatic system is stimulated, allowing the body to eliminate toxins that cause tiredness and releasing Serotonin that helps you feel good.

  • Exfoliation for the skin

Being in a sauna is a great way to exfoliate the skin, promoting the regeneration of skin cells while refining pores to make them look and feel better.

  • Pain Relief

Warm water and steam relieve pain associated with various conditions, including arthritis, muscle spasms, ligament injuries, or neurological complaints. A massage is ideal for releasing trapped nerves and relaxing tense and painful muscles. Hydrotherapy is one of the best spa treatments for complete relaxation while restoring body balance by submerging in the water.

  • Physical and mental relaxation

Spa treatments offer the possibility to completely relax, both physically and mentally. Sitting in a hot tub, for example, can boost your mood and relieve tension in the body. At the same time, it will make you feel fully invigorated.

CONNECT TO YOUR HIGHER SELF

The practices of yoga and meditation can help us know our higher self a bit better. Taking time to retreat helps us profoundly understand ourselves so we can have the life we dream of.

Our dreams can manifest from imagination into reality.
I invite you to bravely stand up to the parts of you that hold you back and go to that Retreat.

Your soul will thank you.

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