What’s My Workplace Wellness Program?

Posted by Maria on October 16, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Aromatherapy, Creating Wellness ebook, Energy Healing, Fashion, Fitness, Life Coaching, Meditation, Mobile Spa, Nutrition, Self-Care, Sleep, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness, Yoga | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

I’ve been encouraging people to start their own workplace wellness programs for years and I truly believe that being proactive about your health and wellness is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.

So, as a self-employed wellness professional with a mobile spa and a wellness coaching business, I practice what I preach and I have my own workplace wellness program that I follow.

we in wellness.

On top of practicing daily self-care by going on wellness walks, using aromatherapy, eating good quality foods, meditating, and going to bed at a reasonable hour to get my beauty sleep, :) I also go to other holistic practitioners for their services.

1) Group Personal Training with Jeanette

Once a week on Tuesdays, I go to a group personal training session with my favourite personal trainer, Jeanette, and four other women. One week we all showed up wearing similar workout clothes and the colour choices of teal, navy, and violet were like a variation on a theme and it was like we were there for a fitness magazine photo shoot!

The workouts are really intense and the hour just flies by! Jeanette comes up with new activities every week and no two workouts are ever the same. We use weights, medicine balls, TRX ropes, and all kinds of other pieces of equipment, and there’s also a healthy dose of cardio and stretching. Joining a small fitness group makes working out more affordable and fun and if you’re interested in working with Jeanette, please visit her website, Fit in Motion and tell her I sent you!

2) Group Acupuncture with Melissa

I’ve also just recently added Acupuncture treatments to my workplace wellness program. I heard about this place called Hemma from two different people who don’t know each other as far as I know and I thought that was a sign for me to try it out. Hemma offers community acupuncture which means you share the space with others during your treatment, making the process more affordable and efficient.

I have a long laundry list of symptoms I’m working on but mostly they’re all stress related. I have noticed that I’m carrying less tension in my shoulders today. It’s amazing how our bodies are wired and how one point is connected to another area of the body and likewise, when one person receives a healing treatment, other people around them benefit also just by association. It’s really amazing to make that connection!

I think for me, joining small groups is the best approach and I highly recommend finding wellness businesses in your city that may offer similar services to what I’m doing. We’re social creatures after all and we’re not meant to do everything in isolation by ourselves all the time. It’s way more fun to share experiences with other people!

And come to think of it, that’s why we offer spa parties at Homespunspa Mobile Spa. We’re the spa party specialists in Victoria, BC!

In Homespunspa Mobile Spa Parties, our estheticians and spa therapists come to your homes, hotels, and offices all over the Greater Victoria area and we have a Mini Spa Menu that has been designed especially for Spa Parties and groups. We offer mini mani’s, mini pedi’s, mini facials, mini massages and more. Each service lasts around 30 minutes so everyone can have a turn and you can mix and match the spa treatments however you like.

So even if you’re self-employed like I am or work on a small team, there are still lots of ways to create or boost your workplace wellness program. What do you have in place? Let me know in the comments.

And if you’re looking to add mobile spa services or chair massage or wellness coaching to your workplace wellness program, please contact me, Maria, and let’s talk. Let’s create a customized workplace wellness solution that works best for you!

Maria Koropecky is a spa therapist and writer who specializes in helping people relax and manage stress. To make a mobile spa appointment, please visit www.Homespunspa.com.

Healing Powers of Beeswax Candles

Posted by Maria on October 9, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Creating Wellness ebook, Cruising into Wellness store, Energy Healing, Ingredients, Mobile Spa, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

If you want to brighten and enhance your home spa day, light some beeswax candles!

Colourful Beeswax candles.

Did you know the Ancient Romans generally get the credit for inventing candles with wicks? In order to light their homes, light their path at night, and light their spirits in religious ceremonies, the crafty Romans rolled papyrus into a scroll and then dipped it repeatedly in melted tallow or beeswax and thus created the first candles!

As it turns out, our Roman ancestors were on to something amazing because even today, thousands of years later, we still appreciate the beauty of beeswax candles and continue to use them for their healing properties.

It’s Wise to Choose 100% Pure Beeswax Candles

You may think a candle is a candle is a candle and it doesn’t matter whether it’s made from soy, gel, paraffin, or beeswax — as long as it’s cheap and smells nice, right? But 100% Pure Beeswax candles are the best and healthiest choice.

Beeswax candles are created by bees and

  • they’re environmentally-friendly,
  • 100% natural,
  • chemically-free,
  • non-toxic,
  • hypo-allergenic, and
  • clean-burning.

They also emit a lovely, comforting, honey and floral aroma.

With their high melting point, beeswax candles burn significantly longer and brighter than other types of candles and the golden light that comes from beeswax is the same light spectrum that comes from the sun!

As an added bonus, in Sacred Geometry, the hexagonal shape of the honeycomb is also significant because the six sides are equal to each other and they represent the qualities of nurturing, responsibility, unconditional love, balance, harmony, home, family, service to others, selflessness, integrity, and grace.

On top of all that, you can breathe easier with beeswax candles because they actually purify the air! They’re a natural ionizer and are the only candles that emit negative ions that improve air quality!

Thank you, Bees!

Healing with Beeswax Candles

The next time you have a home spa day, go ahead and light some beeswax candles to create a healing space and to add some candle therapy to your spa treatments.

In my online store Cruising into Wellness, I sell 100% pure Beeswax Candles for $9.99 CAD for 2 tapers.

Using candles as therapy has been around for thousands of years and has been practiced by nearly every religion. Candle Therapy can be used to unite the powers of the mind, body, and spirit.

Candle Therapy Ritual

  1. First set aside some time when you won’t be interrupted. Prepare your space for your healing time by clearing clutter and surrounding yourself with special things that you like. Also be mindful that you are using fire so don’t leave your candles burning unattended and don’t place the candles too close to anything else.
  2. Take a moment to centre yourself.
  3. Choose a candle colour that touches on the themes you want to heal today.
  4. Tuning into our ancient ancestors, light your candles with intention and when you light your candles, imagine that you are creating light where there was no light before.
  5. When the candle is lit, the colour and vibration are released and amplified together with your thoughts. Burning a beeswax candle brings light, colour, and energy to you for any situation you wish to heal.
  6. Sit in a comfortable position and place the candle within a few feet of you. Gaze at the candle’s flame. Continue breathing slowly and focus on the flame. Watch the flame dance.
  7. Start thinking about the attributes of the colour’s energy and what you wish to create. See if you can see the flame in your mind’s eye with your eyes closed.
  8. Continue to concentrate on the flame for 10-15 minutes or until you feel ready to close your session.

What the Candle Colours Mean

  • RED candles symbolize life, physical health, and attainment of emotions such as passion and vigour. Use the Red candle to help manifest a physical goal or strengthen a business or personal relationship.
  • ORANGE candles reflect joy and creativity. Stare into the Orange candle’s flames and envision your life filled with unlimited potential and happiness.
  • YELLOW is the colour of fire and is connected to learning to fulfill our ideals and desires. Also focus on the Yellow candle to increase your mind power and memory abilities.
  • GREEN candles are for growth as well as balance. Use the Green candle when you need to amplify health, wealth, harmony, prosperity, or abundance.
  • BLUE candles symbolize the power of life and greater faith. The intent of the Blue candle is to connect you to your inner truth and knowledge – the universe’s wisdom.
  • INDIGO candles represent mastery of our sixth sense. Concentrate on the Indigo candle when you want to enhance your intuition and psychic abilities.
  • VIOLET symbolizes spirituality and awakens success. The Violet candle will help when you need to be inspired and connected to “spirit.”

I hope this blog post about the healing powers of beeswax candles inspires you to use them more often. Let me know in the comments which colours are your favourite!

Why Buy Colour Energy 100% Pure Beeswax Candles from Cruising into Wellness

If you’d like to buy some 100% Pure Beeswax Candles from a reputable store, our candles are 100% pure natural beeswax and the wick is lead-free. The aroma of beeswax emits a beautiful honey fragrance, which cannot be duplicated with paraffin-made candles. Also beeswax burns longer and brighter than paraffin wax. Pure beeswax is a natural wax that does not contain chemicals. Beeswax is also ecologically safer for the earth as it is not made from petroleum.

To place your order for beeswax candles, please email me, Maria today!

Maria Koropecky is a spa therapist and writer who specializes in helping people relax and manage stress. To make a mobile spa appointment, please visit www.Homespunspa.com.

How to Turn Your Bathroom into a Home Spa Retreat

Posted by Maria on September 11, 2018 under Aromatherapy, Books, Magazines, Music, Gemstones & Crystals, Green Living, Home spa, Seasonal, Self-Care, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

Spas have a certain aesthetic. Whenever you walk into a spa, you probably exhale and say to yourself something like, “I feel more relaxed already.” What is it about the design of a spa that helps us feel better upon entering and can we re-create those spa touches in our own home bathrooms?

Since September is Self-Care Awareness Month and since we’re heading into the cooler months of autumn, I thought it would be a nice idea to show how to add spa elements to a bathroom and turn any space into more of a home spa retreat.

I’m taking my inspiration from the Shaw room bathroom at the Beacon Inn, a Bed & Breakfast property, in Sidney by the Sea, BC, a place I’m very familiar with.


Spa Features of this Bathroom

  • Calming Lavender paint colour
  • Lights on a dimmer switch
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Fancy mirror
  • Plush towels
  • Spa robes and a place to hang them
  • Live plants
  • Hardwood floor
  • Selection of body care products (not shown) like soaps, spa salts, moisturizers, shampoos, mouthwash etc.
  • A window with a third story view of the street below and optional blinds
  • Clean and clear of clutter
  • Housekeeper to clean up afterwards :)

Spa Features I’d Add if I Could

  • Heated floors
  • Massaging shower head
  • Jetted whirlpool tub
  • Towel warmer
  • More counter space around the sink
  • Essential oil diffuser with a selection of synergistic blends
  • Portable waterproof music speaker that plays an assortment of spa music, waves on the beach, rain, and white noise
  • A folding table next to the tub to hold things like candles, drinking glasses, spa salts, clay masques, sugar scrubs, books, etc.
  • A place to drape your clothes
  • Slippers
  • Artwork
  • Rocks, crystals, and sea shells

I hope this list inspires you to add some spa touches to your own bathroom, whether you live in a big house or a tiny apartment or even an RV. I also hope that you take some time out for yourself, at least an hour every week, to relax and practice self-care, in your newish, lovely, spa bathroom.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Are there any ideas that you like? Please leave a comment below. Thanks!

Maria Koropecky is a Spa Therapist and Writer who specializes in relaxation and wellness. Maria is currently accepting wellness blogging opportunities so contact Maria today to make arrangements for your blog.

Taking Care of Sensitive Skin

Posted by Maria on August 25, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Aromatherapy, Mobile Spa, Nutrition, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Sensitive skin is increasingly common. Perhaps you can relate to Holly’s story.

Holly’s Challenge: Allergies and Sensitivities to Scents and Fragrances

Home spa day.Holly liked the idea of going to the spa a few times a year, but she found that her allergies and sensitivities to fragrances acted up whenever she spent time in a spa environment. Maybe it was the nail polish remover that was wafting over from the treatment room next door that bothered her or maybe one of the staff members was wearing perfume.

It’s hard to know sometimes what may trigger sensitive skin to react. We’re constantly bombarded by all kinds of junk in our environment and while our immune systems do their best to keep possible threats at bay, we still might have skin issues and conditions.

Sensitive skin is both a genetic skin type and a skin condition and is characterized by fragile, thin skin and redness. When aggravated, sensitive skin might also show up as inflammation, rashes, spots, bumps, acne breakouts, or a burning or itching sensation.

Sensitive skin sunburns easily and has a tendency for sun damage, hyperpigmentation (spots and uneven skin tone), and is prone to Rosacea. Sensitive skin needs to be treated with gentle care.

Sensitive skin can be easily irritated by:

  • Exposure to heat, sun, or smog,
  • Skin care products,
  • Synthetic fragrances (like from laundry soap),
  • Spicy foods,
  • Preservatives,
  • Stress,
  • Age, and
  • Medications.

To care for your Sensitive Skin (including Rosacea)

  • Focus on calming and cooling the skin.
  • Use skin care products that have calming and cooling ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and liquorice extracts.
  • Stay hydrated and drink lots of cucumber water, coconut water, and peppermint tea.
  • Avoid irritating products in general (whether you’re applying them on your skin or using other household products).
  • Resist the temptation to touch your face.
  • Wear daily moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher for Sensitive Skin.
  • Make sure you gently wash your face before bed and apply an unscented moisturizer. In other words, don’t sleep with make-up on!
  • Keep your make-up brushes clean and discard expired cosmetics.
  • Avoid aggressive spa treatments and procedures, like excessive rubbing, applying heat, or using abrasive or granular exfoliants.
  • Make an appointment for a facial with Homespunspa Mobile Spa.

Mobile Spas Might Be The Ideal Solution

The good news for Holly and others with Sensitive Skin is, with a mobile spa service that comes to your house, you don’t have to worry about being exposed to synthetic fragrances in your own home because you have more control over your own environment.

You also don’t have to compete with appointments that might be happening concurrently in the spa. Just remember, when you make your appointments with Homespunspa Mobile Spa, remind us to bring our unscented skin care products (like cleansers and massage oil), not to bring our essential oils, and not to wear any products that contain fragrances (like hairspray and deodorant).

Having Sensitive Skin doesn’t have to slow you down. Just be mindful about what you’re doing and how your skin is responding. Take special notice of how you’ve been feeling lately (have you been angry, irritable, aggressive, frustrated, impatient, or stressed lately?) and if your moods connect with a flare up in your skin. Keep track of your observations in a journal, and once you find what’s working for you, stick with it!

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Spa Therapist and Writer who specializes in relaxation and wellness. Maria is currently accepting wellness blogging opportunities so contact Maria today to make arrangements for your blog.

Numbers on the Bathroom Scale Don’t Tell the Full Story

Posted by Maria on August 23, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Creating Wellness ebook, Fitness, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Weight Management | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner
vintage sunbeam bathroom scale.

See, this scale isn't even accurate to begin with!

It’s time to rethink our relationship with bathroom scales. They may not be so useful after all.

Take for example, this photo of this vintage Sunbeam bathroom scale — it doesn’t even start at zero!

Some people use bathroom scales for motivation to lose weight or gain weight but often times, the numbers are discouraging and they just make us feel bad about ourselves. Sounds like more frustration than motivation to me.

I recently started working out again with my favourite personal trainer, Jeanette. I’ve worked with her 10 years ago and she helped me lose several inches and about 40 pounds. I went from a size 16 to a size 10. This time, however, she didn’t weigh me — she just took my measurements.

Personally, it was a bit of a relief to not have to step on that dreaded scale again. She said I could if I wanted to, though. No thanks! :)

Health experts are now recommending minimal weight checks, perhaps stepping on the scale as infrequently as once a week.

If you Constantly Weigh Yourself…

Living by what the scale says on any given day is a slippery slope. Weighing yourself every day and being overly concerned with your body weight can lead to:

  • obsessing about food,
  • eating disorders,
  • poor body image,
  • binge eating,
  • starvation,
  • dehydration,
  • poor nutrition,
  • low self esteem,
  • unnecessary stress,
  • passing on the limiting beliefs to your children,
  • too many clothes in your closet that you don’t wear, and
  • missing out on social occasions because you don’t want to be tempted to overindulge.

I don’t think it’s worth it.

Numbers on the Bathroom Scale Don’t Tell the Full Story

A few years ago, I was weighing myself everyday on a digital scale. I noticed that my weight would be lower in the mornings than in the late afternoons. Also, if I didn’t like the number, all I had to do was press a few buttons and fiddle zanaflexhome with the settings on my scale and my weight would fluctuate up to 3 pounds within a few minutes. I’d often take the best out of three measurements that were all over the map.

One time, I did an experiment and I weighed myself before my shower and again just after my shower. Guess if my weight changed at all. To my surprise, I actually lost weight after my shower! So much for being water-logged. It just goes to show that the numbers on the scale don’t really mean that much.

How to Measure your Progress without a Bathroom Scale

First of all, Congratulations for being more proactive about your health!

Just remember that you are not a number, and you’re not a hair colour, and you are not your marital status, and you’re not any other label you can think of. You are a real human being with all kinds of wonderful qualities to celebrate!

Judging yourself isn’t helpful. Instead be kind to yourself and practice self-compassion. Focus on what you want to create for yourself and be grateful for everything you can think of!

Also, your efforts to improve your health may be showing up in other ways — maybe your clothes are fitting better, maybe you have more energy, maybe you’re sleeping better, maybe you have stronger muscles, maybe someone gave you a compliment, maybe you’re getting along with your friends, family, and co-workers better these days.

See, the numbers on the bathroom scale don’t tell the full story by far! Don’t let a few pounds or kilos here and there ruin your day or your new lifestyle!

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Spa Therapist and Writer who specializes in relaxation and wellness. Maria is currently accepting wellness blogging opportunities so contact Maria today to make arrangements for your blog.

How to Blend Essential Oils for Synergy

Posted by Maria on August 22, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Aromatherapy, Ingredients, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Did you know there’s a job title out there called, “The Nose?”

Noses are Master Perfumers who work in the billion dollar fragrance industry. Not only do Noses have exceptional olfactory discernment, they’re also artists and chemists and they create aromas and fragrances that the rest of us will resonate with on a very deep, emotional level.

Let me give you an example of how perfumery works.

I had my first brush with the science behind the perfume back in the early 1980’s from a Bloomingdale’s Perfume Spritzer. Calvin Klein’s Obsession perfume had just been launched and the Sales Lady described the perfume as having four distinct “scent stories” to its life when sprayed and worn on the body.

Initially, you get a really strong and bright blast of everything. Then, as the citrus layers (or top notes) fade and float away in the early minutes, a slightly deeper floral scent emerges. The floral tones (or middle notes) then give way into a more exotic layer of fragrance (more middle notes) and then after a few hours of prominence, the exotic notes give way to a more subtle, deeper, and woodsier scent. In other words, at the end of the day, you’re left with mostly base notes.

The next time you smell a really complex fragrance, think about the Nose who composed it because all along, they were thinking about you!

Perhaps you’d like to do the same. Does telling stories with aromas sound like a career for you?

Essential oils in a lavender field.

If you’d like to see if you have a knack for aromatherapy and try your hand at being a Nose, start with creating your own essential oil blends. The goal of blending essential oils is to create an aroma which becomes greater than the sum of its individual parts, and this fusion is called, “Synergy.”

Synergy is wow! Synergy brings all of the healing properties of each essential oil to a whole new level. It’s off the charts!

In my online store, cruisingintowellness.com, I sell many different, high quality essential oils that you can play with. But which ones do you start with first?

As a spa professional who has been using therapeutic essential oils for almost 20 years, I recommend starting your collection of essential oils with familiar scents. Think about your favourite flowers, or soaps, or the flavour combinations that you like when eating certain family recipes. What you already like will give you clues.

Also, each essential oil belongs to a scent family. Once you have a few ideas, consider essential oils that may be related. I personally like to group essential oils by whether they warm me up or cool me down.

Warming Scent Families

  • Citrus: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Petigrain, Tangerine.
  • Spicy: Bay, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Juniper Berry, Nutmeg.
  • Tropical, Exotic: Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Lemongrass, Line, Mandarin, Myrrh, Orange, Palmarosa, Tangerine, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang.
  • Floral, Rose: Clary Sage, Coriander, Geranium, Jasmine, Neroli, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang.
  • Sweet, Mellow: Benzoin, Cardamom, Mandarin, Myrrh, Spearmint, Ylang Ylang.

Cooling Scent Families

  • Minty: Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Peppermint, Spearmint
  • Mediterranean, Herb: Basil, Chamomile, Dill, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme
  • Woodsy: Cedarwood, Cypress, Fir, Juniper Berry, Peppermint, Pine, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Thyme
  • Earthy, Nutty: Benzoin, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Tea Tree, Vetiver
  • Fresh, Aquatic: Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint.
  • Liquorice: Anise, Basil, Fennel, Star Anise

Top Notes, Middle Notes, and Base Notes

When reading my story about Obsession, you may have noticed my references to Top Notes, Middle Notes, and Base Notes. Knowing which essential oil is considered a Top Note, Middle Note or Base Note is another way to blend essential oils for optimum potency.

Blending perfume is like composing harmonious chords in music and you can learn to tune your nose (like a Nose!) and like you would your ears and hearing to recognize sharps, flats, perfect pitch, and harmony.

To further the musical analogy, a well-tuned (or balanced) perfume usually includes a Top, Middle, and Base note in its recipe. Notes are categories that loosely reflect the endurance and evaporation rates of essential oils.

The science of how this works is inexact though because each essential oil is made up of many compounds which evaporate (or try to escape) at different rates, so a single oil like Jasmine, can spread across the board into all “note” categories, depending on how it’s used. Plus, the behaviour of the essential oil will also be influenced by its shelf age, weather conditions during the growing season, production quality, how it’s combined with other ingredients, and even your own mood.

Arguably, you’ll never smell the exact same scent twice. Still, it’s useful to know how to build fragrance blends while keeping notes in mind.

  1. Top Notes are the light, bright, fresh, stimulating, and immediately-noticed aromas. Scent vanishes within hours and has low endurance. Try Basil, Bay, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Spearmint, or Tangerine.
  2. Middle Notes are the heart, the body, the dominant character of the blend. Scent lasts 24-60 hours. Try Black Pepper, Cardamon, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme, or Ylang Ylang.
  3. Base Notes are the sedative and calming anchor notes used to fix (set or preserve) the blend. Scent lasts from 60 hours to 6 to 7 days and has high endurance. Try Benzoin, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Ginger, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Vanilla, or Vetiver.

Paper Test

To get an idea of how certain essential oils will perform together, do a paper strip test.

  1. First, have some coffee beans nearby so you can clear your nasal palette between aromas.
  2. Have several (10-12) testing steps pre-cut from sheets of paper about the width of your finger and the length of your hand.
  3. Carefully, place a drop of your essential oil on one end of one strip and write down the name of the essential oil on the paper.
  4. Repeat with more essential oils on separate strips.
  5. Then, arrange the strips into a fan and wave them in front of your nose. This works much better than sniffing from bottles.
  6. If you like the combination, go ahead and make a full-sized version.

Keep Track

Also, get into the habit of keeping a journal to record your recipes and impressions. When you sniff your new essential oil blends, make a note of what comes to mind.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What is the scent like?
  2. Is the scent sweet, floral, citrus, woodsy? or
  3. Is the scent earthy, mossy, smoky, herbaceous, minty? or
  4. Is the scent free, medicinal, dry, heavy, light, exotic?
  5. Do you like the essence?
  6. What memories do these scents conjure up?
  7. What else can you observe?
  8. What would you change next time?

and write down your thoughts. You’ll love looking through your old notes as you make progress in your knowledge!

So that’s a peak into the world of perfumery and creating your own synergistic essential oil blends!

I originally wrote this information in my book, How to Throw a Home Spa Pajama Party the Homespunspa Way in 2006. If you’d like some home spa recipes and get a copy of my book, please email me and place your order.

Also, let me know if you’d like to buy some essential oils from my online store, cruisingintowellness.com.

Let your creative imagination soar! I’d love to hear about your synergistic blends in the comments!

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Spa Therapist and Writer who specializes in relaxation and wellness. Maria is currently accepting wellness blogging opportunities so contact Maria today to make arrangements for your blog.

Back to School Facial, Anyone?

Posted by Maria on August 21, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Esthetics School, Facials, Gift Ideas, Homespunspa, Mobile Spa, Seasonal, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

“The most beautiful face is always the face of the peaceful mind!” — Mehmet Muratildan

Spa Collection Skin Care Line.August is a great month to have a Facial!

We’re thrilled to be using a new skin care line called, Spa Collection, in our facial treatments. Spa Collection is Clean, Natural, Pure… Beauty the Way Mother Nature Intended.

Book your customizable Spa Collection Facial with Homespunspa Mobile Spa by August 31, 2018 — just in time before school starts again — and receive a FREE Rainbow Meditation recording as a bonus. Contact Maria today!

A facial treatment is a professional service designed to improve and rejuvenate the skin on the face, neck, shoulders, and décolleté. Getting regular facials will definitely slow down signs of pre-mature aging and will help you manage stress.

This Spa Collection skin care line is customizable to any skin type, whether your skin is dry, normal, oily, acneic, combination, sensitive, or mature.

But if you’re looking for an Anti-Aging Facial in particular, that’s where the Spa Collection skin care products really shine! Your skin will be nourished and hydrated and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will be reduced. And you’ll also have a natural glow!

Regardless of your age or skin concern, the Spa Collection Facial will highlight your skin’s natural radiance and will help you look and feel fantastic!

We love Spa Collection. The All Natural Skin Care Products are:

  1. Safe for all skin types
  2. Hypoallergenic
  3. Parabens-free
  4. Sulfates-free and
  5. are not tested on animals.

Choose how long you’d like your facial to be:

  1. 30 Minutes… $55
  2. 60 Minutes…$100
  3. 90 Minutes…$145

The beauty of a mobile spa is… we come to you… so you don’t have to worry about undoing all of that relaxation the minute the facial appointment is over!

You’ll also get to try the Spa Collection skin care products for yourself and…

If you like any of our products, including:

  1. Purifying Foaming Cleanser 50ml $8.99
  2. Refreshing Facial Toner 150ml $15.99
  3. Glacial Clay Masque 150g $19.99
  4. Rejuvenating Serum 30ml $59.99
  5. Luminous Moisture Lotion 120ml $24.99

You can purchase them from Maria’s Cruisingintowellness.com online store, to use as part of your daily skin care routine at home.

Our clients especially love the smooth and creamy Glacial Clay Masque!

And, remember, if you book your facial appointment before the end of August, 2018, you’ll also get a free Rainbow Meditation recording as your special gift!

We’re looking forward to seeing your smiling faces!

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a spa therapist and blogger specializing in relaxation and wellness.

Which Type of Spa is for You?

Posted by Maria on August 20, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Mobile Spa, Seasonal, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness, Yoga | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

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Are you planning a trip to a spa in the near future?

With thousands of different spas all around the world to choose from, each with their own signature spa treatments and philosophies, how do you choose which type of spa experience is best for you?

First, I’d like to clarify what I mean by “spa.”

  • A Spa is a commercial establishment that provides health and wellness treatments;
  • Spa Philosophy is about the fundamental beliefs that an individual or business holds about health, wellness, and beauty;
  • Spa Therapy is a general term for a wide range of treatment methods or techniques, used by various professionals in different settings, to support health and wellness; and
  • Spa Treatment is a general term for a treatment that uses water (wherever possible), specialized products, and various techniques to bring about relaxation or to support overall health and wellness.

With that said, before giving a spa your credit card number to book your reservation, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What’s my own spa philosophy?
  2. What would I like to address or focus on while I’m at the spa? (This includes: weight loss, relaxation, spiritual growth, enhance beauty, etc.)
  3. Is there a specific spa treatment that I’ve heard about and would like to try? If so, who offers it?
  4. Do I want to leave town to go to a spa?
  5. How long am I planning to stay? (just for one treatment, half day, full day, overnight, a few days, as long as it takes, etc.)
  6. Do I want to combine this spa visit with an event, tour, or vacation?
  7. Can I also focus on my favourite fitness activities while I’m there? (like golf, nature hikes, swimming, etc.)
  8. Who am I travelling with?
  9. Do I have a place in mind that has been on my bucket list for years?
  10. What’s my budget?

Answering these above questions will give you a better idea of what you’re looking for from a spa.

You can also choose a spa based on its category.

Day Spas: are a good place to get your feet wet before taking the plunge into a more exotic spa experience. At a Day Spa, you can choose your spa services from an a la carte menu or you can choose a package of treatments and spend a half-day or full day there. Treatments may include: facials, skin care treatments, relaxation massages, body wraps, waxing, make-up application, manicures, pedicures, reflexology, acupressure, yoga, hair styling, healthy lunch, a dip in the pool, etc.

Destination Spas: are located in a beautiful location with mountain or ocean views. It’s like walking into a postcard. Like a destination wedding, the location itself is part of the reason for travelling there and you’ll likely spend a week or more at the spa without going anywhere else nearby. Destination Spas offer programs that encourage healthy lifestyle changes and may include: spa treatments that have a local ingredient or theme, fitness activities and classes, educational wellness talks, and healthy restaurant meals.

Resort Spas: Similar to Destination Spas, Resort Spas are an all-inclusive experience in a spectacular location. Between spa visits, you can also enjoy the resort’s recreational and leisure bonuses. With Resort Spas, there’s something for everyone and you can start your day with meditation, yoga, a hike in the mountains, healthy meals, a wellness coaching session, a couples’ massage, and squeeze in a mud wrap. Or you can just sit by the pool all day and drink your cocktails. It’s up to you.

Cruise Ship Spas: Most people don’t go on a cruise just for the spas they have onboard, and for the longest time, spas were just an afterthought. But nowadays, you can book a wellness-themed cruise and stay in a special part of the ship, have a daily spa treatment, sit in on wellness seminars, enjoy meals from a special menu, attend fitness classes, go on exclusive excursions, and meet like-minded travellers.

Hot Spring Spas or Thermal Spas or Mineral Spas: People have been visiting mineral-rich Hot Springs for their healing powers since pre-historic times. There’s something therapeutic about following in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors and sitting in a naturally-heated pool of water. Spas located near mineral pools will design their facials and body wraps to reflect the natural healing and purifying features of the water source and many people will travel to Hot Spring Spas for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Medical Spas or Medi-Spas: These spas provide medical spa services for aesthetic and cosmetic purposes in a calming, relaxing, and luxurious setting. In a Medi-Spa, you can find skin treatments like Botox or Collagen injections, chemical skin peels, liposuction, and plastic surgery coupled with a massage to support a quicker recovery time. You can also find alternative medicine practices such as Ayurveda, Chinese Traditional Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Chiropractic, and Acupuncture. Dental Spas are also becoming popular. You can also go to a Medical Spa to get a whole bunch of tests and assessments done, such as blood tests, to customize a treatment plan for your particular concerns such as weight loss, diabetes, chronic headaches, chronic stress, or insomnia, etc.

Mobile Spas or Travelling Spas: is a business like Homespunspa Mobile Spa that offers health, wellness, and spa treatments to people in their homes, hotel rooms, offices, or wherever you can think of. Although Mobile Spas can accommodate individual appointments, often people hire Mobile Spas for spa parties. Treatments include: manicures, pedicures, facials, relaxation massages, chair massages, and more. You’d be surprised at what level of service a mobile spa can provide.

So, that’s how I would go about choosing my next trip to a spa. Let me know in the comments if you’ve found this helpful. Enjoy your spa day! Maria

Celebrate Labour Day with a Spa Party

Posted by Maria on August 19, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Creating Wellness ebook, Cruising into Wellness store, Gift Ideas, Mobile Spa, Seasonal, Spa Party, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

I love my job mug.In Canada, Labour Day was first introduced in 1872 to give workers the chance to campaign for better working conditions and pay.

We’ve made a lot of progress in 146 years!

But even in 2018, the workplace can be a very stressful environment for many people.

While there’s no such thing as stress-free living, stress doesn’t have to rear it’s ugly head all day, everyday — especially in the workplace — and it can be managed and minimized.

Enter Homespunspa Mobile Spa. When you hire our team of spa therapists for your workplace wellness program or special events or holiday parties, not only will you show your staff your appreciation for their hard work, (which already goes a long way), your employees will also experience:

  • lower levels of the stress hormone, “cortisol;”
  • less stress and fatigue;
  • increased mental alertness;
  • improved creative problem solving skills; and
  • fewer sick days

…which translates into increased productivity and higher profits for your organization.

It’s win-win.

So, if you’re a business owner, how about taking Labour Day one step further than previous years.

This Labour Day long weekend, encourage your employees, customers, suppliers, friends, and family members to relax and put their feet up and reward your team with a bonus Homespunspa Mobile Spa Gift Certificate or Spa Party.

Did you say you do table and chair massages too?Chair massages, manicures, pedicures, and facials make unique and healthy gifts. They’re like a breath of fresh air and are well-received by everyone.

Contact me, Maria at Homespunspa, to plan your office spa party or to purchase your gift certificates.

Also, while you’re here, if you’re interested in updating your workplace wellness program, ask me about my online store, www.CruisingIntoWellness.com where I have an assortment of fun, unique, and healthy wellness products that can be wonderful incentive gifts for your employees and customers.

Happy Labour Day and on behalf of your staff, thanks for being a thoughtful employer.

Last Minute Summer Spa Reading List

Posted by Maria on August 18, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Books, Magazines, Music, Gift Ideas, Humour, Seasonal, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Even though the lazy days of summer are starting to wind down, there’s still time to squeeze in one more good book!

But out of all of the juicy books out there, which one would be the best choice?

May I suggest a good novel that you can get lost in? How about a book that includes a spa?

Well, I’ve taken the time to search out spa-themed books on Amazon for you.

Curiously enough, most of the spa novels are murder mysteries. I don’t know why people think a spa would be a good place for a murder, but nevertheless, it seems to be a thing these days.

Anyway, here are 8 suggestions for fiction books with a spa theme:

1. The Spa by Fay Weldon

Ten high-achieving ladies are gathered at the expensive Castle Spa, seeking to rejuvenate themselves with Botox, aromatherapy, and all-around pampering. They lounge around in the Jacuzzi, sipping champagne, and telling each other the stories of their lives.

2. Massage & Murder (A Cozy Spa Mystery Book 1) by Jenn Cowan

When a client ends up dead on her massage table, the Massage Therapist becomes the number one suspect.

3. Reflexology & Revenge (A Cozy Spa Mystery Book 3) by Jenn Cowan

A Massage Therapist turns Detective when her friend Eddie asks for her help in solving his mother’s murder.

4. Nancy Drew – Secret of the Spa by Carolyn Keene

“Something stinks in this spa, and if I can’t sniff it out, my name’s not Nancy….”

5. The Spa Day: The perfect winter read by Nicola Yeager

A hard-working nurse has given herself an early Christmas gift – three days at Willows, a posh health farm in Surrey. She’s looking forward to skin treatments, dips in the hot tub, and relaxing sessions with the handsome masseurs. But not everything is perfect.

6. The Spa at Winter Beach: A Seaside Novella by Julie Carobini

Can a week by the sea challenge everything Juliana Moss believes about love, romance … and herself?

7. Spa by Olivia De Grove

Seeking rejuvenation and rest, six very different people converge at a lush Caribbean spa on the island of St. Christoph and find more than they had bargained for: mystery, intrigue, and romance.

8. The Road to Wellville by T.C. Boyle

In this wickedly comic look at turn-of-the-century fanatics in search of the magic pill to prolong their lives, Will and Eleanor Lightbody journey to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s infamous Battle Creek Spa in 1907.

Well that’s the spa reading list for now. I hope there’s something here that catches your eye. Let me know your first choice in the comments.

And if you do end up buying a book from one of these links, thanks!

Happy reading, Maria

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