Don’t Let Jet Lag Keep You Grounded

Posted by Maria on August 16, 2016 under Aromatherapy, Creating Wellness ebook, Energy Healing, Fitness, Gemstones & Crystals, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, Ingredients, Life Coaching, Massages, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Wellness, Yoga | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

I’ve got travel on my mind!

First, with the Summer Olympics being a big draw, the International Olympic Committee has predicted that 480,000+ tourists and sports fans will travel from all corners of the earth to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in August, 2016. That’s a lot of zig-zagging across the planet!

Also, many of my friends are currently travelling for their summer vacations, getting one last trip in before school starts, to all kinds of wonderful places all over the world, and I love hearing about their adventures.

As for me, I’m in the process of planning a Transformation is Possible Cruise to Alaska in August, 2017, which will be all about coaching and wellness, which I’ll tell you more about in the coming months, because you’re invited to join me!

Anyway, with all of this talk of travel, I thought it would be nice to write a blog post on how to minimize Jet Lag so everyone can enjoy their trips more fully.

don't let jet lag keep you grounded.

I don’t want Jet Lag to keep anyone grounded.

The formal name for Jet lag is “desynchronosis” which is a fancy way of saying, “out of sync” which makes sense. It’s also called “flight fatigue.”

Jet Lag is not fun. Thank goodness it’s only temporary! This sleep disorder happens when our body’s natural circadian rhythms aren’t matching up with the local time and the delay can feel quite debilitating.

Symptoms of Jet Lag include:

  1. fatigue
  2. digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhea, and nausea,
  3. dehydration,
  4. anxiety,
  5. disorientation, confusion, and inability to concentrate,
  6. dizziness & grogginess,
  7. headache,
  8. irritability,
  9. sweating,
  10. general malaise,
  11. mild depression, and
  12. insomnia, disrupted sleep, and irregular sleep patterns.

Depending on whether you’re heading West or East and the time of day you’re travelling, it takes about one day for each time zone you’ve crossed to realign your body clock to your new (or regular) time zone.

Although some Jet Lag is unavoidable while traveling great distances by airplane, it’s still possible to keep disruption to a minimum and get the circadian rhythms humming again sooner rather than later.

9 Tips to Minimize Jet Lag

1. Stay hydrated:

Cabin air can be very dehydrating and being dehydrated is already uncomfortable. Symptoms from dehydration overlap with symptoms of Jet Lag and you don’t want to amplify your Jet Lag by starting off as weak and dehydrated. So, even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink at least one glass of water for every hour you’re in the air. Also, avoid drinking too much caffeine or alcohol during your flight.

2. Use ginger:

Ginger is good for nausea and headaches so if you can, bring some ginger essential oil with you (perhaps in a pump spray bottle), or drink ginger ale or ginger tea, or eat some Sushi with pickled ginger before your flight at the airport.

3. Consider melatonin:

To ease your transition to the new time zone and to reset your body clock, consider taking melatonin, either as a nonprescription drug or from a food source like cherries. Please see my blog post, “Top of your day with a cherry”

4. Try Reflexology:

Speaking of melatonin, you can also use Reflexology to stimulate the production of this sleep-regulating hormone by applying pressure to the Pineal gland points on your hands, feet, or ears. To work this reflexology point on the feet, use your index finger and press in and down on the outside edge (or medial side) of your big toe, just above the midway bump at the base of the nail.

5. Get some pre-flight life coaching:

If you’re feeling anxious about flying and are a nervous traveller, book a session with a life coach like me before your trip. A coach can be very calming and reassuring. On top of that, voicing your concerns and imagining a smooth flight without any complications, including Jet Lag, ahead of time, will also work wonders.

6. Wear gemstone jewellery:

Travellers have been carrying healing crystals for their protective and healing properties on their journeys for thousands of years. Wearing gemstone and crystal jewellery is an excellent and easy way to ensure a safe and pleasant voyage. Crystal jewellery also looks nice and makes a great conversation starter. I recommend Turquoise to safeguard your possessions and to facilitate communication, Yellow Jasper to calm nausea or motion sickness, and silvery-black Hematite to help get rid of Jet Lag. Of course, there’s also the perfectly-named Jet stone which offers protection, helps clear negativity, and brings good luck.

7. Get up and stretch:

Every few hours, take about 15 minutes to stretch your muscles from head to toe. Roll your neck, shoulders, wrists, and ankles and twist at your waist from side to side. All the better if you practice yoga. You can stretch while seated of course, but it’s even better when you get up mid flight and walk up and down the aisle a few times to get your circulation going and stretch while standing up.

8. Go outside when you can:

Once you arrive, spend time outside in nature and then you’ll receive natural cues from the environment that will help your body reset itself to your new surroundings. Also, if you happen to catch some rays, you’ll also get some Vitamin D which will help boost your immunity. Please read my blog post, “It’s Vitamin D Day”.

9. Get a massage:

As a massage practitioner, I recommend getting a massage to minimize the amount of time it takes to recover from Jet Lag. Nowadays, you can get a chair massage at the airport or you can book a more extravagant massage at a spa at your destination. Either way, a massage will help you release tension and sleep better at night.

I hope these 9 tips will help you reduce and even avoid Jet Lag on your next trip. And if you have any tips to share, feel free to add your comments about minimizing Jet Lag below. Thanks!

Here’s a Calendar of Wellness & Health Awareness Days in 2016

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by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Here’s a calendar of Wellness and Health Awareness Days, Weeks, and Months for Canadians in 2016. Hopefully, these health promotion days will inspire you to practice self-care throughout the seasons. (For a deeper look at why self-care is so important, please read my blog post “Is Self-Care Selfish?”

On occasion, I’ve also included links to blog posts I’ve written about practicing on-going self-care that tie into these events and to my Homespunspa Mobile Spa and wellness coaching services. I’ve just realized how much writing I’ve been doing over the last few years! :)

As I’m compiling this list, I’m counting my blessings and I’m really grateful for my good health. With these special days and holidays as door openers, there are literally hundreds of ways we can all reach out to the people around us and celebrate life together.

Please visit Health Canada for active links to the websites of the health-related organizations. Also, if any of these organizations resonate strongly with you, consider volunteering, donating money, or participating in their events. As you can see, there are lots of needs to fill in this world, so help where you can (especially if you’re looking for your life’s purpose) to make the world a better place for all of us.

P.S. #1: As you read this list, you might find yourself saying, “There’s a day for that?” more than once. To answer your question, yes, yes, there is. Thank you to all of the creative and caring people out there who have worked so hard to make these dates official on local, national, and international calendars.

P.S. #2: I’d really love it if you’d share these blog posts via social media with your friends, family, co-workers, and clients. Thank you in advance.

P.S. #3: If you know of a special health- and wellness-related day, week, or month that I haven’t mentioned, please leave a comment and let us know about it and I’ll update the list.

P.S. #4: If you have a wellness blog like mine, here’s a editorial calendar with tons of ideas of what you can write about over the course of the year. You’re welcome!

Wellness Oasis12 Months of Wellness and Health Awareness Days

In January, we have…

  • Alzheimer Awareness Month
  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Carnation, Snowdrop
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Emerald, Garnet, Rose Quartz
  • Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
  • Hot Tea Month (Tea Association of Canada) — Please see my blog post, “Less Caffeine is a Sleeper’s Dream.”
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Month
  • National Bath Safety Month (U.S.)
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Hobby Month (U.S.)
  • National Oatmeal Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Orange, Coconut & Cinnamon Cookie Recipe”
  • National Soup Month (U.S.)
  • National Train Your Dog Month (U.S.)
  • Walk Your Pet Month — Please read my blog post, “Highlights from my dog-sitting retreat to White Rock.”
  • New Year’s Day on January 1st — Please read my blog post, “Happy New Rear!”
  • Polar Bear Swim on January 1st
  • World Hypnotism Day on January 4th — Please read my blog post, “What is a Holistic Practioner?”
  • Clean Off Your Desk Day on January 11th
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th
  • National Rubber Ducky Day (U.S.) on January 13th
  • National Dress Up Your Pet Day (U.S.) on January 14th
  • SHE Day (600 Women talk business and leadership in Winnipeg, MB) on January 15th
  • Colour Days!!! Rainbow Day (let these colours inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on January 17th
  • Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day on January 17th — Please read my blog post, “Remember Your New Year’s Resolutions?”
  • National Non-Smoking Week from January 17th to January 23rd — Please see my blog post, “Is 2016 Your Year to Quit Smoking?”
  • National Popcorn Day (U.S.) on January 19th
  • Weedless Wednesday on January 20th
  • National Hugging Day on January 21st
  • National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day (U.S.) on January 22nd
  • Change a Pet’s Life Day on January 24th
  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day on January 25th
  • Family Literacy Day on January 27th — Please buy my Creating Wellness ebook on Amazon and read my blog post, “Sharing a Tip from my Creating Wellness Ebook on how to Sleep Better.”
  • International Lego Day on January 28th
  • Women’s Right to Vote in Canada 100th Anniversary on January 28th.

In February, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Primrose, Violet
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Onyx — Please read my blog post, “Cheers to the Chi Machine.”
  • Heart Health Month
  • National Cherry Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Top off your day with a cherry.”
  • Psychology Month — Please read my blog post, “How to feel a sense of wholeness within.”
  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 1st to February 7th
  • Groundhog Day on February 2nd
  • Winter Walk Day on February 3rd — Please read my blog post, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
  • World Cancer Day on February 4th
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6th
  • White Cane Week (for the blind and vision-impaired community) from February 7th to February 13th
  • Chinese New Year Day of the Red Monkey Year on February 8th
  • Family Day in BC on February 8th
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day on February 12th
  • Valentine’s Day on February 14th — Please read my blog post, “Tips for Lips.”
  • International Flirting Week from February 14th to February 20th
  • Family Day in AB, SK, ON on February 15th
  • Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show on February 15th and February 16th — Please read my blog post, “Highlights from my dog-sitting retreat to White Rock.”
  • Colour Days!!! Pink Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on February 17th
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th
  • Love your Pet Day on February 20th
  • Walking the Dog Day on February 22nd
  • Tennis Day on February 23rd
  • Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying movement) on February 24th
  • Oscar Sunday on February 28th — Please see my blog post, “SPARTY! So Glamourous!”
  • Floral Design Day on February 28th
  • National Science Day on February 28th
  • Leap Day on February 29th

In March, we have…

In April, we have…

In May, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Hawthorne, Lily of the Valley
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Agate, Beryl, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Saffier
  • Celiac Awareness Month — Please read my blog post, “How to get rid of rash under breasts.”
  • Cystic Fibrosis Month
  • Food Allergy Awareness Month — Please see my blog post, “Can’t Have your Dairy and Yogurt Too?”
  • Foot Health Awareness Month — Please read my blog post, “It’s Footbath Friday.”
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month
  • MedicAlert Month
  • Multiple Sclerosis Month
  • National Hemochromatosis Awareness Month (Iron Overload)
  • National Pet Month (U.S.)
  • National Physiotherapy Month
  • National Skin Cancer Awareness Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Mountains or Molehills?”
  • Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
  • Vision Health Month
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups from March 1st to July 31st — Please read my blog post, “Clean Up Crew Heads to Gonzales Bay Beach.”
  • Executive Coaching Day on May 1st
  • Lyme Disease Awareness Day on May 1st
  • National Hospice Palliative Care Week from May 1st to May 7th
  • National Pet Week (U.S.) from May 1st to May 7th
  • Olympic Torch Relay for the Rio 2016 Games begins in Brasilia on May 3rd — Please see my blog post, “Olympics Day 1 and Homespunspa Was There!”
  • Walk So Kids Can Talk (event for Kids Help Phone) on May 3rd
  • World Asthma Day on May 3rd
  • World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd — Please read my blog post, “Homespunspa is Featured in Spa Life Magazine.”
  • May the Fourth Be With You Day (National Star Wars Day) on May 4th
  • Melanoma Monday on May 4th — Please read my blog post, “Mountains or Molehills?”
  • National Orange Juice Day on May 4th — Please read my blog post, “Put your feet up — home spa masque recipe for your good ol’ feet.”
  • Cinco de Mayo on May 5th
  • National Day of Prayer (U.S.) on May 5th
  • Save Lives: Clean Your Hands (WHO’s global annual call to action for health workers) on May 5th — Please read my blog post, “Washing Dishes — Good Clean Fun.”
  • World Pulmonary Hypertension Day on May 5th — Please read my blog post, “Do you have Insomnia?”
  • International No Diet Day on May 6th
  • National Tourist Appreciation Day (U.S.) on May 6th
  • Space Day on May 6th
  • HerbDay on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “Sage: A Scent for the Season.”
  • Join Hands Day (dedicated to bringing a union between the older & younger generations) on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “We Love Referrals! :)
  • National Babysitters’ Day (U.S.) on May 7th
  • World Labyrinth Day on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “Find Peace of Mind As You Walk a Labyrinth.”
  • Mental Health Week from May 2nd to May 8th — Please read my blog post, “There’s no crying in baseball.”
  • Mother’s Day on May 8th — Please read my blog post, “Give the Gift of Homespunspa Mobile Spa this Mother’s Day.”
  • White Lotus Day (encouraging meditation) on May 8th
  • World Red Cross Day on May 8th
  • Naturopathic Medicine Week from May 9th to May 15th — Please read my blog post, “I’m going on a Wellness Tour.”
  • National Nursing Week from May 9th to May 16th
  • Sun Awareness Week (U.K.) from May 9th to May 16th — Please read my blog post, “Ask Maria about Aveda.”
  • International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity on May 12th
  • International Nursing Day on May 12th
  • International Hummus Day on May 13th
  • Friday the 13th on May 13th, 2016 — Please see my blog post, “Are you a Superstitious Sleeper?”
  • International Migratory Bird Day on May 14th
  • International Coaching Week (ICW) (International Coaching Federation) from May 16th to May 22nd — Please read my blog post, “How to use the Acceptance Factor to Shift Subconscious Beliefs.”
  • Colour Days!!! Turquoise/Teal Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on May 17th
  • International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th
  • World Hypertension Day on May 17th
  • International Museum Day on May 18th
  • World Autoimmune Arthritis Day on May 20th
  • National Learn to Swim Day on May 21st
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21st
  • Paramedic Services Week from May 22nd to May 28th
  • Victoria Day on May 23rd — Please read my blog post, “Victoria is the Fashion Capital of Canada.”
  • Sunscreen Day on May 27th
  • Amnesty International Day on May 28th
  • International Jazz Day on May 28th
  • National Multiple Births Awareness Day on May 28th
  • World No-Tobacco Day on May 31st
  • Bike to Work Week BC from May 30th to June 5th

In June, we have…

In July, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Delphinium, Larkspur, Water Lily
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Carnelian, Ruby
  • National Blueberry Month (U.S.)
  • Personal Health Month — Please see my blog post, “Stay Cool as a Cucumber this Summer.”
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups from March 1st to July 31st — Please read my blog post, “Clean Up Crew Heads to Gonzales Bay Beach.”
  • Canada Day on July 1st — Please read my blog post, “My Pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada (2014)”
  • Independence Day (U.S.) on July 4th
  • International Kissing Day on July 6th
  • World Chocolate Day on July 7th
  • World Population Day on July 11th
  • National Nude Day on July 14th
  • Colour Days!!! Blue Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on July 17th
  • Cousins Day on July 24th
  • International Self-Care Day (ISF) on July 24th — Please read my blog post, “Is Self-Care Selfish?”
  • Parents Day on July 24th
  • Aunt and Uncle Day on July 26th
  • World Hepatitis Day on July 28th
  • Color Me Rad 5K Run (Vancouver) on July 30th
  • International Day of Friendship on July 30th — Please see my blog post, “Checklist for a Successful Spa Party.”

In August, we have…

In September, we have…

In October, we have…

In November, we have…

In December, we have…

75 Ways to say “Thank You”

Posted by Maria on October 9, 2015 under Energy Healing, Gift Ideas, Life Coaching, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

“Thank you” is a very powerful thing to say in any language.

thank you!As Canadian Thanksgiving approaches, I thought it would be a good time to talk about the power of saying “thank you.” No matter what language(s) you speak, expressing your thanks and gratitude is transformational for everyone.

On top of being spiritual in nature, research shows that saying “thank you” can also lower stress. According to the Institute of HeartMath, expressing genuine thanks also strengthens the heartbeat and improves the heart’s rhythm. It’s an energetic shift! When you are grateful, you veer away from the stress response and you activate the relaxation response (which I wrote about in my ebook, Creating Wellness) which promotes healing.

If your Thanksgiving weekend with your family starts to get stressful and you’d like to create a better connection with them, make a point of telling each person present, “thank you,” or I’m grateful to you for “_________”, or I appreciate this about you: “_________”, and see how that goes. You’ll start to notice the good in people more than what annoys you. Also, it just might cut the tension and boost everyone’s mood and make this the best Thanksgiving yet!

Knowing how to say “thank you” in several languages is a handy communication tool and I bet it’s one of the top five words or expressions you’ll learn when you travel to a foreign country and that’s why I’ve compiled this list of how to say thank you in 75 languages.

How to say Thank You in 75 languages:

1. AFRIKAANS (South Africa) – dankie – dahn-kee

2. ALBANIAN (Albania) – faleminderit

3. AMERICAN SLANG (USA) – cheers, kthx, kthxbye, much grass, pat on the back, shout-out, thx, TY.

4. ARABIC (Middle East, North Africa) – shukran – shoe-krahn

5. ARMENIAN (Armenia)– Շնորհակալություն / chnorakaloutioun – Shnorhakalut’yun

6. AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH (Australia) – ta (informal)

7. BELARUSIAN (Belarus) – dziakuju

8. BENGALI (India, Bangledesh) – Dhannyabad

9. BOSNIAN (Bosnia, Herzegovina) – hvala – HVAH-lah

10. BULGARIAN (Bulgaria) – благодаря – blagodaria

11. CANTONESE (China) – Mh’gōi – m-ghoh-ee

12. CANTONESE (China) – do jeh – daw-dyeh or tou yeh

13. CATALAN (Andorra, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Valencia) – gràcies – GRAH-syuhs

14. CROATIAN (Croatia) – hvala – HVAH-lah

15. CZECH (Czech Republic) – děkuji – deh-ku-yih

16. DANISH (Denmark) – tak – tahg

17. DUTCH (Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname) – dank u

18. ENGLISH (Canada, UK, USA, etc.,) – thank you, thanks (informal)

19. ESPERANTO – Dankon

20. ESTONIAN (Estonia) – tänan – TA-nahn

21. FIJIAN (Fiji) – Vinaka

22. FINNISH (Finland) – kiitos – kee-toas

23. FRENCH (France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg) – merci – mehr-see

24. GERMAN (Germany, Austria. Switzerland) – danke – dahn-kah, danke schoen (literally: nicely thank you)

25. GREEK (Greece) – ευχαριστώ – efharisto – ef-har-rih-stowe

26. HAWAIIAN (Hawaii) – mahalo – ma-HA-lo

27. HEBREW – .תודה / toda – toh-dah

28. HINDI (India) – dhanyavād

29. HINDI, HINDUSTANI (India) – sukria – shoo-kree-a

30. HUNGARIAN (Hungary) – köszönöm – KØ-sø-nøm

31. ICELANDIC (Iceland) – takk – tahk

32. INDONESIAN (Indonesia) – terima kasih – t’ree-ma kas-she

33. IRISH (Ireland) – Go raibh mile maith agat – Go-Rev-Meela-Mah-Agut (literally, may you have a thousand good things)

34. ITALIAN (Italy, Malta, San Marino, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia) – grazie – GRAHT-tsyeh

35. JAPANESE (Japan) – arigato – ahree-gah-tow

36. KINYARWANDA (Rwanda) – murakoze

37. KOREAN (Korea) – 감사합니다 – kamsa hamnida – kahm-sah-ham-nee-da

38. KURDISH (Kurdistan) – supas (thank you); zor supas (thank you very much)

39. KURDISH (Turkey, Iraq, Iran & Syria) – spas – *this one’s my favourite! :)

40. LAO (Laos) – khob chai

41. LATVIAN (Latvia) – paldies – PUHL-dyehs

42. LEBANESE (Labanon) – choukrane

43. LITHUANIAN (Lithuania)– ačiū – AH-choo

44. MACEDONIAN (FYROM, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) – Благодарам / blagodaram – blah-GOH-dah-rahm

45. MALAY (Malaysia) – terima kasih – TREE-muh KAH-seh

46. MANDARIN (China, Hong Kong) – xie-xie – syeh-syeh or shieh shieh

46. MICMAC, ALGONQUIAN (Canada & United States) – welalin

48. MONGOLIAN (Mongolia)– Баярлалаа – bayarlalaa

49. MYANMAR (Burma) – Jae Zu Din Pa De

50. NEPALI (Nepal) dhanyabad – Dhan-ya-vaad

51. NORWEGIAN (Norway)– takk – tahk

52. PERSIAN/FARSI (Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) – Mam’noon or Mo’teshake’ram

53. POLISH (Poland) – dziękuję – dsyen-koo-yeh

54. PORTUGUESE (Portugal) – obrigado [masculine] – oh-bree-GAH-doh and obrigada [feminine] – oh-bree-GAH-dah

55. RUSSIAN (Russia) – спасибо – spasibo – spah-see-boh

56. SIGN LANGUAGE – Flat hand starts with fingertips on chin (palm facing in) then hand moves down and away from the signer.

57. SAMOAN (Samoa) – Fa’afetai – fah-ah-feh-ta-e

58. SCOTTISH GAELIC (Scotland) – Tapadh Leat – tah-puh let (Informal)

59. SINHAK (Sri Lanka) – istutiy – isst-too-tee

60. SLOVAK (Slovakia) – Ďakujem – JAH-koo-yehm

61. SPANISH (Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America) – gracias – gra-see-us

62. SWAHILI (Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) – asante – ah-sahn-the

63. SWEDISH (Sweden) – tack – tahkk

64. TAGALOG (Philippines) – salamat – sah-lah-maht

65. TAHITIAN (Tahiti) – Maururu

66. TAJIK (Tajikistan & Uzbekistan); TATAR (Russia, Central Asia, Ukraine, Poland, China, Finland & Turkey); UYGHUR (Xinjiang Uyghur, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan); UZBEK (Uzbekistan) – rahmat

67. TAMIL (India , Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia) – nandri – nun-dry

68. THAI (Thailand) – kop khun

69. TURKISH (Turkey) – teşekkür ederim – teh shek uer eh der eem

70. UKRAINIAN (*my mother tongue) (Ukraine) – Дякую – DYAH-koo-yoo

71. VIETNAMESE (Vietnam) – Kam ouen

72. WELSH (Wales/Cymru) – diolch – DEE-ol’ch

73. WEST INDIAN CREOLE (Carribean) – mèsi

74. YIDDISH (Israel, Germany, Eastern Europe) – a dank

75. ZULU (South Africa) – ngiyabonga

I hope you have a chance to practice many of these thank-you’s around your family’s Thanksgiving table this year! Thank you for your interest.

Dry Shampoo Recipe for Camping

Posted by Maria on June 3, 2015 under Aromatherapy, Dear Homespunspa, Green Living, Hair, Home spa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Ingredients, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Recipes, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Canadians love to go camping in the summertime, (although some of us would prefer “glamping” but that’s a post for another time. :) )

To kick off the camping season, I thought I’d share a dry shampoo recipe that you can take with you on your camping trips anywhere across this beautiful country of ours.

Dry shampoos are good to use in the great outdoors because:

  • dry shampoo recipe from Homespunspa.the powder is lightweight and easy to pack;
  • the natural ingredients will not harm the environment;
  • homemade dry shampoo recipes don’t contain industrial chemicals like commercially-made shampoos;
  • homemade dry shampoo recipes aren’t over-packaged;
  • the powder does not generate extra garbage;
  • the recipes work for men, women and kids;
  • will cleanse greasy or oily hair without stripping the hair;
  • there’s no water required.

Dry shampoos are not just good for camping and of course, you can always use your dry shampoo at home anytime of year. I keep some on hand in case I need to go out and look presentable but don’t have time to take a shower and wash and dry my hair. And sometimes, if I’m planning to workout later in the day and don’t want to take two showers in a day, I’ll apply some dry shampoo in the morning to refresh my hair. Dry shampoo is a great alternative to wearing hats or pony tails.

Dry Shampoo Recipe by Maria Koropecky

Ingredients:

  • 1 TB Bentonite Clay — a natural clay that absorbs oils and is good for skin and hair.
  • 1 tsp cornstarch — this absorbant powder lends a silky feel to home spa recipes.
  • 1 tsp baking soda — soothes itchy skin and clears blemishes.
  • 1 tsp orrisroot powder — has a slight violet aroma and is used to fix other scents in the recipe.
  • 1/4 tsp myrrh gum powder — is good for dry skin and the exotic aroma warms the senses.

optional ingredients:

  • You can substitute myrrh essential oil for the myrrh gum powder or not use either.
  • If you have dark hair, you can add 1 TB unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • If you have auburn hair, you can add 1 tsp of cinnamon.
  • If you have grey or white hair, you can use white China clay instead of Bentonite clay.

Method:

Measure and combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and store in a sterilized jar like a salt shaker. You can also put the recipe in a plastic, ziplock, baggy while camping. The shelf life is indefinite as most, if not all of these ingredients, contain some natural preservative properties.

Manner:

This can get a little messy so it’s best to do this outside. I don’t recommend applying this clay powder over a sink because eventually it will clog your drains.

If you’re keeping your dry shampoo in a salt shaker, bend at the waist and simply shake some powder on your head near the roots. Let it sit for a minute and then brush it out.

If you’re keeping your dry shampoo in another container, scoop some out with a spoon, bend at the waist, sprinkle over your head, wait a minute or two, and then brush everything out.

Apply more dry shampoo as needed and brush your hair thoroughly. Once you notice a difference and feel your hair is clean, remove any excess powder that may have landed on your neck and shoulders during application.

Voila! Your hair is clean and you’re good to go. I hope you enjoy the myrrh and orrisroot fragrance.

Let me know what you think of this dry shampoo recipe and I’d love to hear about your camping trip, too!

Find Peace of Mind As You Walk A Labyrinth

Posted by Maria on August 14, 2014 under Books, Magazines, Music, Energy Healing, Green Living, Meditation, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Alexandra Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

“To travel a circle is to journey over the same ground time and time again. To travel a circle wisely is to journey over the same ground for the first time. In this way, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the circle, a path to where you wish to be. And when you notice at last that the path has circled back into itself, you realize that where you wish to be is where you have already been … and always were.” ~ Neal Donald Walsch

If you’re looking to solve a problem using your intuition, or expand your spiritual horizons, and/or find peace of mind, try walking a Labyrinth.

Walking a Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice that can work wonders for your soul.

Recently, I literally stumbled upon a Labyrinth that I previously didn’t know about. I was attending a friend’s funeral at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in North Saanich, BC, a lovely historic church that was consecrated in 1885, and I just happened to notice the markings of a Labyrinth in the church parking lot. I made a mental note to come back at a later date.

I first heard of Labyrinth walking after reading Daniel Pink’s book, “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future” several years ago and have kept my eye out for them ever since. I didn’t think Labyrinths could possibly exist in Victoria but as it turns out, there’s more than one. There’s also one in a park in James Bay behind the Legislature, too.

Contrary to popular beliefs, Labyrinths are not mazes. A maze is a complicated and confusing network of paths with many forks and options. Maybe you have walked through a life-sized maze with high hedges in a garden park before and had a difficult time finding your way out.

Labyrinths, on the other hand, are not designed to bewilder or puzzle. Labyrinths are not difficult to navigate and have a single path that leads to the center. There’s only one way in and one way out and all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and follow the yellow-brick road, so to speak.

It didn’t take long for me to make my way back to my newly discovered Labyrinth. I dusted off my copy of “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron and decided that the Labyrinth would be my first “Artist Date.” I picked a sunny and hot Saturday afternoon and headed off to North Saanich near the airport. When I got there, I made a point to visit my friend’s grave in the Church’s cemetary first.

The classical Labyrinth pattern of seven inter-linking circuits has appeared on Cretan coins since 430 BC and Labyrinth symbols can be found in many cultures.

I made an effort to walk the Labyrinth because I’ve had a lot on my mind lately and I’m trying to quiet my mind and tap into my intuition. To me, walking the Labyrinth is a kind of mini pilgrimage to a sacred place. To me, just following the meandering path helps me lose track of the outside world and get into a contemplative and meditative state and from there I get ideas and end up feeling better.

I decided to go through the Labyrinth twice that day. When I got back into my car, I decided to take the scenic road home. Out of the corner of my eye, across the street from the church, I noticed a beach. I quickly parked the car again and thought I’d explore a little further. I walked down the stone steps to sea level. The beach was covered with an abundance stones and rocks and pebbles and seashells. I thought to myself, “She sells seashells by the seashore” and then I thought “Sand Dollar.” I hopped from rock to rock, trying not to step on any seashells but that was not easy. There were just so many of them.

And then, there it was. Just sitting there plain as day. A Sand Dollar. The first one I’ve found in my life — ever. It made me smile and I thought, maybe this gift was something to do with the Labyrinth path I’d just walked minutes before. I like to think it is and although I can’t guarantee that you’ll find some kind of treasure after walking a Labyrinth, I invite you to try and to at least keep your eyes and ears open. Who knows what you’ll discover!

If you’d like to find a Labyrinth in your own city or in a city you’re planning to visit anywhere in the world, check out the Labyrinth’s Society’s web page. They have a world-wide Labyrinth locater tool that just may point you in the right direction.

Splash Some Spa Time into Your Staycation this Summer

Posted by Maria on July 7, 2014 under Gift Ideas, Green Living, Home spa, Homespunspa, Humour, Mobile Spa, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, TV Shows & Movies, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Now that summer is officially in full swing — yay! — you might be looking for fun things to do. Have you considered planning a staycation?

Victoria, British Columbia is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places on earth and as locals, we should enjoy and appreciate our city more. We live on an island in the Pacific Ocean for goodness’ sakes! Our city has so much to offer and sometimes it can be fun to stay home and explore the local scene with the fresh eyes of a tourist.

Staycation

Sprinkler in Beacon Hill Park.

Sprinkler in Beacon Hill Park.

“Staycation” is a newly-coined term (as of 2005) by Canadian comedian, Brent Butt, from the tv show “Corner Gas.” The term refers to taking time off from work by choosing to stay home rather than going away, somewhere else, on vacation. Common activities of a staycation include pitching a tent and camping outside within a stone’s throw from your backdoor and swimming in the backyard pool.

Tips for a Successful Staycation

1. Make it official: Treat your staycation as a regular vacation. Pick your dates, whether it’s a day, a weekend, a long-weekend, a whole week, or longer :) and stick to them — no excuses — as if you’ve paid your deposit on a hotel room and have already booked your flights. Also, tell your friends so they know what you’re up to.

2. Take care of housekeeping: On the day before your staycation begins, clean your house from top to bottom. Make it as “hotel chic” as you can. As a treat, hire a professional service to do it for you! You might also consider turning off your newspaper subscription and holding your mail to not remind yourself of your regular daily routine. Don’t forget to display mini toiletries in your bathroom!

3. Plan your itinerary: Staycations give people a chance to act like a tourist in their own town and visit local restaurants, parks, beaches, museums, festivals and events. Have an idea of what you’d like to see and do around town ahead of time. If there’s a restaurant you’d like to try, make a reservation. If there’s an outdoor festival in your community, buy your tickets in advance. Or maybe you’d like to go on a winery tour or catch a ferry to a nearby island. Think of all of the things you wish you had time to do but never get around to and then do them!

4. Pack your suitcase: It’s time to get your suitcase out. This may confuse your pets but that’s OK. :) Make sure to pack clothes that you’d wear on your vacation if you were leaving town. Then on your first day of your staycation, grab your suitcase, leave your house, go around the block, and then re-enter your house as if you’re checking into a hotel. If you skip this step, you may be tempted to not go ahead with your staycation plans and on top of that, it really ups the fun quotient.

5. Hire a mobile spa: Splashing some spa time into your staycation will really kick things up a notch. And you don’t have to go out to a chi chi day spa if you don’t want to. You can invite a mobile spa, like Homespunspa, to come to you. All of a sudden, your home will be transformed into a spa resort and you will reap the benefits of the relaxing spa treatments exponentially. There’s no added stress with mobile spa appointments because getting spa services in your home means you don’t have to worry about driving in traffic, finding a parking spot, running into other spa guests, and messing up your nail polish.  Homespunspa Mobile Spa offers a wide range of spa services including massages, manicures, pedicures and facials. If you’d like to make the most of your staycation, we can easily bring the spa to you! Please call or email to make your appointment.

6. Schedule a VIP spa day: VIP spa days take the spa experience to a whole new level because now you’re on a retreat. At Homespunspa, we’ve just introduced a Stress Relief VIP Spa Day to our mobile spa menu and it’s so wonderful and awesome! Our Face-to-Face Stress Relief VIP Spa Day is a full day, intensive, one-to-one spa appointment. I’ll bring the spa experience to you in 5 different sessions over the course of one day. The Face-to-Face Stress Relief VIP Spa Day includes a guided meditation, a 30-minute energy healing massage, a 60-minute skin balancing facial with eye zone treatment, paraffin hand and foot treatments, a hike in a nearby park and a healthy lunch at an upscale restaurant. It’s perfect for a staycation! If you’re interested, please contact me by email or phone.

Staycations are a great idea and you can get really creative with your time off. Staycations do not have the stress associated with travelling, such as making your connecting flights or buying travellor’s cheques from the bank, and are a good way to save money.

If you’d like help planning your staycation this summer, please contact me, Maria. I have tons of ideas and I’d love to hear from you. Cheers to summer!

My Pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada (2014)

Posted by Maria on July 1, 2014 under Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Facials, Home spa, Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Ingredients, Manicures, Massages, Nutrition, Pedicures, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Happy Canada Day!

You may be surprised by my pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada in 2014.

I’m going to go out on a limb and not pick something obvious. I’ve decided to go with Holly Oil (Ilex aquifolium) this year.

Yes, I realize Holly is an invasive species and the berries are poisonous for humans to eat and it’s more associated with December 25th than with July 1st, but Holly berries are the same lively red as our Canadian flag and Holly oil is a great Canadian spa product.

Since 1993, Holly oil has been manufactured in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada by All Deep Neuromuscular Massage as a massage oil.

Pressed from Holly leaves and branches, Holly Oil makes an excellent massage oil because it’s a clear, lightweight, non-scented, and non-staining massage oil that travels well over skin. And it will not cause allergic reactions because it’s not a nut-based oil. And it will not clog pores or leave an oily residue on skin. Holly oil is also easily absorbed by the skin and has an unlimited shelf life.

Chances are, when you get a massage at a spa, the massage therapist is using Holly oil.

Holly Oil Profile:

Here are some applications for Holly oil.

Home spa recipes: massage oils, aromatherapy blends, creams, lotions, soaps.

Role in cosmetic formulation: skin conditioning.

Face: Add to facials to moisturize skin, relax facial expression, de-stress.

Skin Types: Use especially on NORMAL or OILY skin.

Massage Oil: Add to massage oil and body care products to nourish, condition, heal and soothe the skin, rub sore muscles, preserve blend, carry ingredients.

Hands & Feet: Add to manicure or pedicure to cleanse, moisturize, condition skin, for massage, to treat nails.

Soap: Add to soap recipes.

Balances: Kapha Dosha and Water/Earth Elemental Natures and Root Chakra.

Region: Canada

Find: online and in spas.

So that’s Holly oil in a nutshell.  Let me know if you agree or disagree with my 2014 pick for the #1 spa ingredient native to Canada.

Win a Guest Spot on My New Show on VoiceAmerica

Posted by Maria on June 22, 2014 under Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Books, Magazines, Music, Energy Healing, Esthetics School, Fitness, Gift Ideas, Home spa, Homespunspa, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, Meditation, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Sponsors, Stress Management and Relaxation, Supernatural Spa on VoiceAmerica, TV Shows & Movies, Travel, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness, Yoga | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

I’m about to live a dream I’ve had for most of my life.

Let me take you back to the mid-80’s when I was 15 or 16 years old. One summer, I went to a tennis camp in upstate New York and one of the girls I met there, Raisa, was from Chicago and she told me that she once saw this woman called, “Oprah Winfrey,” in the airport and that was the most famous person she had ever seen. I hadn’t heard of Oprah at that point but for some reason I made a mental note. Raisa said, “keep an eye out for her because some day she’ll be a household name.”

Wow, did she ever call that one!

A few months later, Oprah’s talk show went national and my mom and I watched her show at 4pm in the afternoons. The Oprah Show, among other talk shows of the era, inspired me and my friends to pretend we had our own talk show and we would interview each other and sing songs and laugh at our own goofiness. I think we also recorded our shenanigans on the technological marvel of the time, VHS!

I didn’t mention Oprah because I’m about to meet her – that’s not the dream I’m talking about – though fingers crossed, maybe I’ll meet her some day :) .

I mentioned Oprah because to me, she’s a great communicator and she has been one of the touchstones of my life. Someday, I’d like to thank her in person for paving the way for people like me and for showing the world how important good communication is in the grand scheme of things.

Back to my story. Also while I was in high school, I went on a weekend retreat. At some point, everybody had to go to the front of the room and speak to the group and share their story. That was a turning point moment for me because when I stood at the podium and spoke to everyone and made them laugh, I discovered that I actually like public speaking!

I think my dream of being a professional speaker was born in my teens but as my life continued, the dream somehow never got off the ground in spite of my many attempts.

Fast forward a few years to the early ‘90’s – this was before the Internet! I was in University studying English. One weekend, I dragged my friends to a Psychic Fair and I sat down with a man called, “Ravenhawk.” He told me that he saw me having my own radio show one day. Before he could finish his thought, I interrupted him, which ticks me off to this day, but those words have always stuck with me.

The following year, I took a speech course at University and it was by far my favourite class of my entire degree.

A few years later, I almost went to Broadcasting school, which I should have done in hindsight, but that didn’t work out.

I’ve also been a member of Toastmasters and may return soon.

So that’s basically my history with public speaking. I like to joke that I’m taking the extended milk run toward my dream.

I think Ravenhawk said the radio show won’t happen till my early 40’s and I wish he had said something like “have patience” and “don’t try to force it” because the timing won’t be right sooner.

Well, I’ve just turned 45 and things are coming together for me. The pieces of the puzzle are taking shape.

Suddenly my dream of speaking to an audience is within reach because a few months ago, out of the blue, I got an email with the subject line, “Speak up, the World is Listening!”

Those words struck me like a lightening bolt.

And now I’m ready to make my announcement.

This is brand new information and you are among the first to know.

I have a new radio show called, “Supernatural Spa” on VoiceAmerica starting in the autumn! I’m so excited, I can hardly contain myself!

I’m going to be talking about how spas are designed to stimulate the senses and elicit the relaxation response. I’m going to interview all kinds of holistic practitioners for tips on how to manage stress and lead a healthier life.

But wait, there’s more…

To get the ball rolling for my show and to introduce myself to more people, my executive producer and I have come up with a really fun and unique idea! I’ve combined my education and all of my life experience, work experience, talents, skills and interests and my entire heart and soul to create a Stress Relief VIP Spa Day!

You're invited to a stress relief VIP spa day.

The Stress Relief VIP Spa Day is a full day, intensive, one-to-one spa appointment and as the owner of Homespunspa Mobile Spa, I’ll bring the spa experience to you in five different sessions over the course of one day.

You can choose either the Face-to-Face VIP Spa Day or the Virtual VIP Spa Day.

But wait, there’s more!

And when you sign up for the Stress Relief VIP Spa Day in the next three days – this is where things get really special – as a bonus, you will be entered in a draw to win one of four guest spots and be interviewed by yours truly, Maria Koropecky, about your success story, on my show, on VoiceAmerica’s Health and Wellness Channel. I know! Isn’t that amazing!

Win a Guest Spot on my new show on VoiceAmerica

To find out more about me, Maria, and the Stress Relief VIP Spa Day, I’d love for you to watch my short video series on my YouTube channel, “Homespunspa.” The links are also at the top of the “VIP Spa Day” page on homespunspa.com.

To register right now for the Stress Relief VIP Spa Day and get the amazing chance to win a guest spot on my Radio Show, call me, text me, or email me and leave a message saying, “Yes, Maria, I’m interested in hearing more about your Stress Relief VIP Spa Day.

I will promptly return your call to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your interest in my story. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life and I hope you join the conversation.

My Interview with Helen Hodgson of Serve the Goddess Mobile Spa

Posted by Maria on August 24, 2013 under Aromatherapy, Books, Magazines, Music, Fitness, Homespunspa, Ingredients, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Pets, Photo gallery, Recipes, Self-Care, Spa Party, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, TV Shows & Movies, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

I first met Helen Hodgson thanks to a “mobile spa Google alert” I received in my inbox in 2011. She had been interviewed by the “Massage Nerd” and was promoting her 5-week teleclass on “How to Create your own Mobile Spa Business” and I was compelled to click on the link. I’m so glad I did! We arranged to talk on Skype and soon I signed up for her teleclass which was to start in early 2012.

I count meeting Helen as one of the bigger blessings in my life because I dare say, Homespunspa Mobile Spa wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for her guidance. She was the first person to show me the beauty of mobile spas and spa parties and has introduced me to many like-minded mobile spa professionals across North America that I keep in touch with on a regular basis through our forum.

Helen is a licensed massage therapist in the state of California and a member of the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Helen is a certified trainer and the California state coordinator of the Emergency Response Massage International Team which is responsible for sending out massage therapists to provide massage therapy to First Responders at disaster sites. Helen was also elected to the position of Vice President of The Mobile Spa Network which unites mobile spa professionals worldwide.

Helen was voted one of the best massage therapists by Allure magazine and her TV and radio appearances include NBC, E Channel, Discovery Channel, MTV and Sirius Satellite Radio, among others.

Helen and her team of 50 massage therapists, estheticians and nail technicians, provide massage and spa services in homes, offices and at special events for individuals, couples and groups.

I’m happy to introduce my mobile spa mentor and friend, Helen Hodgson.

Helen Hodgson (far right) with her Serve the Goddess Mobile Spa Team.

Maria: Hello Helen. Do you have any memories of spas when you were growing up?

HELEN: Yes, I do! I am originally from England and grew up in a Victorian spa town — Harrogate, North Yorkshire. My friends and I would spend the day down in the Royal Baths and enjoy the Turkish Baths, steam, sauna and a “loafer and hose down” from one of the attendants on hand. I can still remember how clean my skin felt and I’d be so relaxed.

Maria: That sounds amazing, Helen. What’s a “loafer and a hose down?” :)

HELEN: The attendant (in a white coat) would exfoliate with a loofah mitt and hose us down with warm water from a water pipe. It sounds kind of crude, I know, but it was part of the experience.

Maria: That sounds like a great question and answer for a Spa Trivia quiz! As a frontrunner in the mobile spa world, what year did you create your Serve the Goddess Mobile Spa?

HELEN: The year, 2000.

Serve the Goddess Mobile Spa was established in 2000. Photo courtesy of Helen Hodgson.

Maria: Do you still have any customers from those early days?

HELEN: Funny thing is, yes. My longest standing clients are from 18 years ago and I see them still every two weeks. I’ve been to their sons’ bar mitzvahs and they came to my wedding. They are like family.

Maria: What lead you to open Serve the Goddess Mobile Spa in the first place?

HELEN: I’d hear time and time again from groups of women coming in for a spa day together that they’d be in separate rooms. They wanted to be together as they were usually celebrating a special occasion. This lead me to create my mobile spa so they could all be in the same room receiving spa services.

Friends enjoying spa time together is what Serve the Goddess Mobile Spa is all about. Photo courtesy of Helen Hodgson.

Maria: What is the best part about your work?

HELEN: Knowing my team and I had made a positive difference in the client’s day and being part of the client’s special memories.

Everyone is enjoying spa treatments of their choice at the same time. Photo courtesy of Helen Hodgson.

Maria: What is your favourite spa treatment on your spa menu to give? And what is your favourite spa treatment on your spa menu to receive?

HELEN: I was hoping you’d ask. It’s the Aphrodite’s Delight — which is a bridal favourite — and it’s a soothing aromatherapy massage using oils of tangerine, clary sage, black pepper, nutmeg, patchouli, ylang ylang, myrrh and vetiver. It’s followed by Pedicure and Foot Rejuvenating Treatment.

These women are enjoying foot and hand treatments outside at a Serve the Goddess Mobile Spa Party. Photo courtesy of Helen Hodgson.

Maria: I love those essential oils and am curious to know how they smell as a blend. Do you like spa music and do you have any favourite spa songs on your playlist?

HELEN: I do and I’ve discovered I relax best to sounds of water. One of my favourite albums is Healing Waters by Dean Evenson and another is Ocean Dreams.

What colour of nail polish will I pick today? Photo Courtesy of Helen Hodgson.

Maria: I’m going to have to check those out in iTunes and then add them to my ever-growing Homespunspa playlist. If you were to host your own spa party (and I hope you do from time to time :) ), what spa snacks would you serve and can we have a recipe?

HELEN: I hosted my very own Bridal shower spa party for my family when I got married three years ago. I served fruit and cheese plates, chopped vegetables and humus and to drink, I served glasses of Strawberry Kiwi Watermelon Fusion Spa Water.

Helen's recipe for Strawberry-Kiwi-Watermelon Fusion Spa Water

Maria: Running your own business can be stressful at times: What are some of the self-care rituals that you do for yourself everyday to keep yourself healthy?

HELEN: I have an exercise trainer two times a week and I take hour-long walks down at the beach three times a week. I love the feel of the ocean breezes on my skin and hearing the waves. In fact, as caregivers, we need to practice what we preach to our clients and make time for regular down time. And I do get a sports style massage once a month and a monthly pedicure. If I am doing a lot of massage, I have to keep my nails short, so I don’t usually get manicures. And I am sure he won’t mind me telling you, but my hubby has filed my fingernails before — lol.

Helen Hodgson (left) at a SpaFinder event. Photo courtesy of Helen Hodgson.

Maria: That’s sweet. What makes you smile?

HELEN: The simple things in life really… singing, catching a sunset, when my cat climbs into my lap and waking up with my hubby on a cozy Sunday morning.

Maria: My cat makes me smile, too. How do you see mobile spas, massages, and wellness in 5 years (2018)?

Mobile spa parties are a great way to catch up with old friends. Photo courtesy of Helen Hodgson.

HELEN: What I’ve realized is more and more people are offering spa services these days. All of the hotels didn’t use to offer spa services and they didn’t have a spa, but once they realized how popular spas are, they started to think, ‘oh my goodness, we have to offer a spa.’ The future is: you have to be offering some sort of spa services to people.

Maria: So, spas — including mobile spas — are not some sort of passing trend?

HELEN: Absolutely not. Mobile spas are a convenient way to offer spa services to people in hospitals; to people who are travelling and are staying in high-end villas; to people attending charity events and product launches [to name a few]. Spa services are always perceived as high value, especially for people who wouldn’t normally treat themselves.

This courtyard is the perfect backdrop for a Serve the Goddess Mobile Spa party. Photo courtesy of Helen Hodgson.

Maria: Yes, I often find that people make appointments with me on behalf of someone else.

HELEN: Another group of people who appreciate mobile spas are the elderly because they’re living [independently] in their homes longer. We do house calls which is like going back to a time when that was the norm. Everything is more personal and you get to develop relationships with people and give them more personalized care and attention.

Maria: I love that — we do house calls!

Let's not forget how much the teens and pre-teens enjoy spa services and how their enthusiasm will influence the future of spas and wellness. Photo courtesy of Helen Hodgson.

HELEN: My hope is that alternative medicine is available to more people. Even though I’ve been providing mobile services for over 13 years, I am still amazed that people aren’t aware that the service can be delivered to them for their convenience.

Maria: What are you most excited about in your life right now?

HELEN: Last year, I started teaching other massage and spa professionals how to start their own mobile spa business and I wrote an eBook. And I am expanding Serve The Goddess to provide day-long retreats. Maybe we’ll have to do another interview so I can tell you all about that.

Maria: Yes, I’d love to learn more about your retreats. Keep us posted! If someone wants to contact you for a mobile spa service in L.A. with Serve the Goddess or U Knead Massage or if they’d like more information on how they can create their own mobile spa business, how can they reach you?

Helen Hodgson

Maria Koropecky

HELEN: Here are the websites:

and I welcome your calls.

Maria: Thank you very much for your time, Helen, and for sharing some fun photos. I really enjoyed our conversation and I look forward to meeting you in person some day soon.

Laverbread: A Tasty Seaweed Surprise!

Posted by Maria on July 30, 2013 under Green Living, Guest Bloggers, Home spa, Ingredients, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Recipes, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Travel, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Annie Waterman, Guest Blogger

Whenever I think of seaweed, I think of Laver. Laver is a type of edible seaweed and it’s very good for you. It’s famous for its dark purple colour and has a high content of minerals such as Iodine and Iron, so it’s great for your dietary system. Why am I telling you all this? Well, my grandmother grew up in Wales, where Laver is commonly found in abundance. This means that Laverbread made regular appearances on the dinner table when I was growing up. Laverbread is a traditional Welsh delicacy and despite its name, it actually has none of the properties of normal bread! To make Laverbread, you boil the seaweed (or Laver) for several hours until you have a jelly-like paste which you shape into blocks and then leave to cool. This paste is then rolled in oatmeal (creating a kind of cake-like patty) and fried like bacon and sausages, but nowhere near as tasty. It is, however, considerably better for you.

Richard Burton famously once referred to Laverbread as “Welshman’s Caviar.” I have to say, I disagree! When I was growing up, I absolutely hated this slimy monstrosity, which was served up with breakfast at least once a month. Now though, whenever I eat it, (which is much less often than I did when I was a child, I must admit) I think fondly of my grandmother. And I even enjoy the taste of laverbread now — I think it’s because I appreciate the nutritional properties of it, as well as because of nostalgia. And occasionally I insist that my own children try it too — for it’s healthy properties and because it’s a part of their cultural heritage. For something that’s so good for you, it tastes better than you would expect!

According to Eco Store USA, the dietary possibilities of seaweed are endless. They state that seaweed is brimming with valuable nutritional goodness and it is a massively versatile super food. You can add it to salads, pasta and dessert — they even recommend a recipe that incorporates seaweed into a Christmas Pudding! I’m sure my grandma would be delighted to know now that modern science has proven she was right — eating all that seaweed in my Laverbread really was good for me!

Other Uses For Seaweed

seaweed on the beach

Seaweed is a highly nutritious ingredient for all of your home spa recipes. Grab a fork and dig in!

Of course when you think of seaweed, your first thought definitely isn’t of eating it. When you ask most people what they associate with seaweed, they are likely to say having a seaweed wrap at their local spa. A seaweed wrap is a spa treatment that uses concentrated sea water and seaweed to create a paste that is covered all over the body. Once the paste is applied, the body is wrapped in warm towels and you are left for up to an hour to relax. A seaweed wrap is such a popular spa treatment because it really works — once you rinse off the seaweed paste, you see the effects of it almost immediately! Your skin is clean and nourished and left feeling smooth and supple. The nutrients in the seaweed help to remove any toxins from your skin. Some beauty specialists believe that having a seaweed wrap can help with weight loss and can also help to reduce the visibility of cellulite, too.

Seaweed Body Wrap Recipe

If you don’t like visiting spas, don’t worry, you can actually make your own seaweed body wrap at home. You can use powdered seaweed (which can be found at your local health food store) to create the wrap. Simply mix the seaweed powder with enough water to create a thick paste. I would recommend starting with a small amount of water and just adding more as needed (because it’s easier to add extra water than it is to take any excess away). Then add three spoonful’s of olive oil, and three spoonful’s of an essential oil. I would recommend lavender essential oil because it makes the paste smell so lovely. Apply the mixture to your body and cover yourself in a sheet. Then after 30 minutes, simply rinse away the paste and marvel at the incredible results! Just remember to keep a glass of water to hand when you apply your wrap, to ensure you replace any fluids lost as you’re flushing the toxins from your body and you’re ready to go. I can’t imagine what my grandma would say if she knew I’d started wearing seaweed in the bath, as well as willingly eating it!

Annie Waterman combines being a freelance writer with being a full-time writer. She enjoys learning about new recipes and also how to make the planet greener. When not writing, she enjoys being taken for walks by her English setters.

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