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.

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

spa robe.

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

27 Ways to Use Floral Waters

Posted by Maria on August 17, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Aromatherapy, Bath and Body, Cruising into Wellness store, Dear Homespunspa, Esthetics School, Face, Facials, Feet, Gift Ideas, Green Living, Hair, Home spa, Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Ingredients, Mobile Spa, Nutrition, Pedicures, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

9 floral waters.One of my mobile spa clients recently asked me if I knew of any good ways to stay cool this summer and I immediately suggested spraying floral water directly on the skin like a perfume!
Floral waters are popular in esthetics and spa treatments and are a safe and effective way to use aromatherapy!
They’re also a great way to beat the summer heat! But that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

What are Floral Waters?

Floral waters, also known as Hydrosols, are produced alongside essential oils during the steam distillation process. Floral waters possess both the qualities of the essential oil as well as the water-soluble components of the plant.
While Hydrosols are produced as a by-product of essential oils, these aromatic waters are much less concentrated than their essential oil counterparts. Floral waters are naturally very mild, so they’re safe to use on children, the elderly, and those with chronic afflictions.
Floral waters can be used daily and directly on the skin. Floral waters are gentler than essential oils and can be substituted for essential oils, if essential oils cause irritation.
Floral waters are used as astringents, toners, and healing sprays. They can be used in home spa recipes like cleansers, toners, masques, lotions, crèmes, or foot sprays.
Similar to essential oils, floral waters may be blended together to create synergies, or they can be added to blends containing essential oils. Not only do they heighten the effect of the blend, they also add subtle components of the plant to create a more complex bouquet.

Here are 27 Ways to use Floral Waters and the Best Ones for the Job

1. Signature Perfume (Blend two or more fragrances together) – Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange Blossom, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
2. Face Toner after Cleansing or Masque – Chamomile, Rose, Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang
3. Skin Care (for hydrating dry skin and cooling hot or sensitive skin) – Lavender, Orange Blossom, Rose
4. Make-Up Remover – Orange Blossom, Rose
5. Rejuvenating Body Mist – Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
6. Sunburn Soother – Lavender, Orange Blossom, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary
7. Hair Rinse – Lavender, Roman Chamomile
8. Add to Shampoo antabusealco & Conditioner (to help condition & add shine to hair) – Lemongrass, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary
9. Add to Liquid Hand Soap, Body Wash, & Bath Water – Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
10. Remedy for Puffy, Dark Circles Under the Eyes (Just soak two cotton pads with the floral water and cover each eye for 10 minutes for an immediate and dramatic reduction in puffiness and dark circles). – Roman Chamomile
11. Foot Spray and Foot Soak – Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Spearmint, Tea Tree
12. Room Spray to Freshen Air – Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
13. Car Spray for Long Road Trips – Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang
14. Sleep Aid –Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood
15. Anti-Depressant – Orange Blossom
16. Hot Flash Buster – Lavender
17. Cold Compress – Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Peppermint, Spearmint
18. Hot Compress – Ylang Ylang, Rose, Sandalwood
19. Linen Spray while Ironing – Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Ylang Ylang.
20. Add To The Final Rinse Water In Your Laundry Washing Cycle – Orange Blossom, Rose
21. Immune Booster – Eucalyptus, Tea Tree
22. Anti-Inflammatory (skin conditions) – Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Rose
23. Memory Enhancer – Rosemary
24. Digestive Support – Lemongrass, Rosemary
25. Safe-for-Children Wet Wipe (A few squirts on a tissue makes a great natural wet-wipe) –  Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Ravensara, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
26. Add to Bathwater to Calm a Restless Baby – Lavender, Roman Chamomile
27. To Sanitize Hands, Toilet Seats, Tables, Utensils, etc. – Lavender, Ravensara, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Tea Tree

As you can see, the applications are endless!

What are your favourite ways to use floral waters? Let us know in the comments.

And if you’d like to buy a bottle of your favourite floral water, I carry all of the above mentioned floral waters including: Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, & Ylang Ylang in my online store, www.CruisingIntoWellness.com.

120ml bottles from $11.99 CAD. Also available in 15ml/.5oz (travel) sizes.

To place an order, please email me at homespunspa.

Time for Medieval Thymes!

Posted by Maria on September 13, 2017 under Aromatherapy, Cruising into Wellness store, Gift Ideas, Green Living, Photo gallery, Recipes, Seasonal, Self-Care, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky

As many of you know, I’m passionate about wellness and I love helping people be proactive about their health. To further support my clients with their health and wellness, I’ve opened an online store called Cruising into Wellness.

Please tell your friends about cruisingintowellness.com and if you’d like, make a purchase and I can bring your order to you at your next mobile spa appointment.

Also, for the month of September, 2017, the entire Medieval Thymes collection is on sale and here’s the story behind this unique collection.

As the urban legend goes, during the time of the plague in the 1300’s, four thieves created a secret recipe to protect themselves. Also known as Thieves Remedy, the essential oils used have many benefits.

Medieval Thymes collection

Medieval Thymes collection

Although their motives weren’t at all altruistic, (because they were pillaging), the thieves still managed to do some good for the world by creating a recipe that would be passed down from generation to generation, helping countless people with their health and wellness along the way.

I often wonder how the medieval thieves came up with this concoction in the first place back in the 14th century. I can just picture them cooking up the herbs and spices by day and then going around town stealing by night.

Apparently, when they were finally caught, the court gave them leniency if they gave up their recipe that was keeping them from catching the Plague even though they were constantly exposed to it. It looks like they “borrowed” the practice of wearing this aromatic perfume, so to speak, from the physicians of the day, who were doing something similar.

Anyway, the essential oils in this legendary recipe include Clove Bud, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Thyme, and Myrrh, and together they have a comforting, medicinal aroma.

Personally, with or without this colourful history, I think it’s a good idea to stock up on our Medieval Thymes products, especially since we’re starting a new school year and are heading into the winter months.

And…right now…

the entire Medieval ThymesTM collection is on SALE! Save 15% on Medieval Thymes until September 30, 2017.

Visit www.cruisingintowellness.com and place your order today!

We have 4 products in our Medieval Thymes collection:

1. MEDIEVAL THYMES PURE MIX: Add 5-6 drops of Medieval Thymes Pure Mix to a diffuser. Ideal for inhalation or diffusion.

Medieval Thymes Pure Mix Essential Oil blend

Medieval Thymes Pure Mix Essential Oil blend

2. MEDIEVAL THYMES BLEND DROPPER: Massage a generous layer of Medieval Thymes Remedy Blend to the nape of the neck, bottoms of feet, on wrists, or distressed areas daily.

Medieval Thymes blend dropper

Medieval Thymes blend dropper

3. MEDIEVAL THYMES BLEND ROLL-ON: Roll-on Medieval Thymes Remedy Blend to the nape of the neck, bottoms of feet, on wrists, or to distressed areas daily.

Medieval Thymes blend roll-on

Medieval Thymes blend roll-on

4. MEDIEVAL THYMES SPRAYS: Use daily. Spray above head while breathing deeply. Spray on hands, chest, and on bottoms of feet. Use as a room deodorizer.

Medieval Thymes spray

Medieval Thymes spray

This is the perfect time for Medieval Thymes! Contact me if you have any questions or would like to make a purchase. And let me know what you think about my new store, cruisingintowellness! Be Well, Maria

Happy Garlic Day!

Posted by Maria on April 19, 2017 under Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Bath and Body, Esthetics School, Face, Feet, Hair, Hands and Nails, Home spa, Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Ingredients, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

When you think of a spa, you probably don’t think about garlic at the same time, but did you know that garlic is actually a supernatural spa ingredient?

In honour of National Garlic Day on April 19th, here’s a quick snapshot about how garlic is used in cosmetics and how it can be used in the home spa.

GARLIC (Allium sativum):

  • Home spa recipes: extracts, baths, lotions. Garlic among the roses.
  • Role in cosmetic formulation: skin conditioning, masking.
  • Baths: Add whole cloves with their peel to bathwater for antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, and to treat ACNE scars.
  • Body: Add extract to a lotion to rub Rheumatic pain and to disinfect insect bites.
  • Feet: Apply to feet to heal corns and bunyans.
  • Food: Eat for flavour and nutrition and to help with colds, flu, asthma, bronchitis, fatigue, digestive problems, viagragen high blood pressure, vericose veins, Rheumatism, and to support healthy cholesterol levels.
  • Balances: Root (1st) and Third Eye (6th) chakras plus reduces Vata (Infinity/Air), Increases Pitta (Fire), Reduces Kapha (Water/Earth).
  • Find in: Healthfood stores, grocery stores, markets, wellness centres, pharmacies, cosmetics, food products, medications/supplements, gardens.
  • Caution: Garlic’s odour may be overpowering to the people around you.

Here’s a quote that talks about the aromatherapy side of garlic:

“I could smell garlic, butter, and wine – the world’s most delicious flavor combination. It made me feel warm, like the first few sips of wine always do,”
~ Sarah Jio, The Violets of March

So as you can see, even though it’s known as the “smelly rose,” garlic is still loved by millions around the world and has been regarded as both a food and a remedy since ancient times.

Survey Says 48% Have Missed Work Because Of Stress-Related Illness

Posted by Maria on April 5, 2017 under Creating Wellness ebook, Life Coaching, Meditation, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Self-Care, Sleep, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

I have a Workplace Wellness Survey on Survey Monkey where I’m asking people about stress.

Because April is National Stress Awareness Month, I thought I’d analyze the results of my survey, which has been active since 2013, though I haven’t managed to collect that many responses. Although I don’t claim that this is a scientifically-accurate survey, I still think it has some merit.

Most people report that they are experiencing varying degrees of the following symptoms of stress:

  1. Headaches / Migraines
  2. Muscle Tightness/ Back Ache/ Stiff Neck
  3. Insomnia or Sleeping Too Much
  4. Sleep is Disturbed or Unrefreshing / Nightmares
  5. Lack of Concentration / Fatigue / Lethargy
  6. Proneness to Errors
  7. Acne Breakouts
  8. Nail Biting / Hair Chewing
  9. Significant Hair Loss
  10. Depression / Anxiety
  11. Anger / Resentment
  12. On the Verge of Crying / Can’t Stop Crying
  13. Confusion / Memory Loss
  14. Desire to “Run Away”
  15. Chain Cigarette Smoking
  16. Drinking too much Alcohol / Drinking Alone / Abusing Drugs
  17. Poor Judgement
  18. Menstrual Irregularities
  19. Overeating / Under-eating
  20. Diarrhea / Constipation / Nausea
  21. Rapid Weight Gain / Weight Loss
  22. Swearing / Irritability / Impatience
  23. Feeling Overwhelmed
  24. No Sense of Enjoyment / No Sense of Humour
  25. Problems in Relationships
  26. Over-Indulging
  27. Reckless Behaviour
  28. Often Get a Cold / the Flu / Allergies
  29. Accident Proneness / Clumsiness

Not surprising.

By the way, the symptom of Muscle Tightness, Back Ache, and Stiff Neck appears to be the most common for this group.

I’m noticing that most people, including me, tolerate their stress symptoms and keep going as if “not feeling great” is normal. It’s like we’re used to our headaches and sleepless nights and allergies and tense relationships and irritability and however else stress shows up for us. It’s just the same old, same old stress everyday.

I understand that kind of stress, but for some people, their stress has escalated into more serious circumstances. Let me direct you to question #4.

Q4: Have you suffered from a stress-related illness within the last 1 to 2 years and have missed work as a result?

Have you suffered from a stress-related illness within the last 1 to 2 years and have missed work as a result?

I am truly surprised that out of the 27 responses to this question so far, 13 people said “Yes,” they have missed work in the last 1 to 2 years because of a stress-related illness, while 14 said  ”No.”

Let me repeat that:

Survey Says 48% Have Missed Work Because Of Stress-Related Illness.

That’s right, almost half of the people surveyed have missed work because of an illness that resulted from chronic stress. I think that’s significant.

It sounds to me that going on stress leave is fairly common.

How would you answer that question? You’re welcome to add your two cents and fill out the 10-question,  Workplace Wellness Survey on Survey Monkey any time.

In the survey, I also ask, “In your opinion, in the last 5 years, has stress in the workplace decreased, stayed the same, increased, or you haven’t noticed one way or the other.” In this case, 50% of the respondents feel or perceive that stress has increased in the workplace over the last five years.

It seems to me that stress is running rampant in the workplace. What does that say about our culture, about our economy? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

In the meantime, if you’re noticing how stress is affecting your own health and/or your bottom line and you want to do something about it, please contact me, Maria. I might be able to help you.

As a coach, healer, and author, I show people who are struggling with stress, how to relax and have peace of mind and I’d be happy to assist with your Workplace Wellness Program. We have options!

Option 1: Chair Massages

Remember how I mentioned that Muscle Tightness, Back Ache, and Stiff Neck were on the top of the list of symptoms associated with stress? When you hire our team of massage therapists for your workplace wellness program or special events, not only will you show your thoughtful appreciation for your staff’s hard work, your employees will experience:
  • relief from muscle tension;
  • 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.

Option 2: Have an Office Spa Party

As a mobile spa, Homespunspa can provide mini spa services in the workplace. 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 services however you like. Although the spa treatments are very relaxing, our clients say they go back to work feeling more refreshed and energized. Happy and relaxed employees are productive employees.

Option 3: Read my Creating Wellness Ebook

In 2015, I wrote an ebook called, Creating Wellness.

I wrote Creating Wellness because I believe many illnesses are preventable and it all comes down to a person’s ability to relax. I’ve observed that high levels of stress are lurking behind the scenes of many illnesses and managing stress is a big piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle.

Creating Wellness is a quick read, has lots of cheery photos, and contains some practical tips on how to relax and manage stress, including Mindfulness and Wellness Coaching.

I can certainly create a talk or program around my Creating Wellness ebook and we can use the ebook as a supporting document and bonus for participating in your Workplace Wellness Program.

By offering the Creating Wellness ebook as a gift to your staff, the ebook can be a tangible take-away for the participants in your Workplace Wellness Program that they can refer to for life. Amazon has a handy feature called “Give as a Gift” which you can use to send someone a Kindle ebook via email, which will include a redemption code.

Option 4: Hire a Wellness Coach for your Staff

Coaching allows us to become the best version of ourselves and gives each member of the team, the power to make the best decisions for themselves and the people they work for. It’s also a safe place for people to express themselves which is highly restorative.

With my thoughtful questions and active listening skills, I’ll help staff members, either in a group or one to one,

  • get clarity about where they’re heading,
  • uncover what matters most to them so they focus more on their goals and not distractions,
  • clear out the blocks that may be in the way,
  • get to a place of acceptance,
  • become more self-aware,
  • trust their intuition, and
  • take action steps,
  • so they feel OK, safe, enough, and above all, empowered to move forward.

Ultimately, I will deliver results including fewer requests for stress leave.

Let me know by email at homespunspa at shaw dot ca if you think your staff and clients might find the topic of stress management and self-care interesting and I’d be happy to give a talk, bring my crew to provide mobile spa services, and offer my wellness coaching services. And even if you don’t live in Victoria, BC, that’s OK, we’re mobile, we travel!

I’m open to hearing your ideas and to design a program that will be of value to you and your staff. Let’s work together to take stress and drudgery out of the workplace.

9 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays

Posted by Maria on December 9, 2016 under Aromatherapy, Facials, Fashion, Gemstones & Crystals, Gift Ideas, Home spa, Homespunspa, Life Coaching, Manicures, Massages, Meditation, Mobile Spa, Nutrition, Pedicures, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Seasonal, Self-Care, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
The holidays are just around the corner and for many of us, the winter season means extra food and drinks and finding the time for decorating, shopping, gift wrapping, office parties, travelling, and getting together with friends and family.

Although the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” getting caught up in the spirit of the holiday season can also be very stressful, especially if you add snow storms and winter driving to the list.

Many of my clients ask me, ‘is there a way to enjoy the holiday season without feeling stressed, tired, and overwhelmed?’

The answer is ‘yes.’ Yes, it is possible to maintain your health and well-being and not get stressed out during the festive holiday season.

So, if you have concerns like:

• How can I better manage my stress during this busy time of year?

• How can I stick to my eating plan when everywhere I look, I see cookies and chocolates and all kinds of delicious treats? and

• How do I get along better with my extended family and enjoy our visits?…

Read on.

Here are 9 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays

1. Get some wellness coaching

With a few sessions with a wellness coach, you will reduce stress, stay on top of your to-do list, make a plan to eat well, and have better relationships with your friends, co-workers, and family members. It’s about navigating the waters rather than getting caught up in the current. Working with a wellness coach will help you glide through the holidays with finesse and start the new year off on the right foot.

2. Drink lots of water, hot lemon water, coconut water, and clear herbal tea

Staying hydrated will help you:

  • maintain your energy and not become fatigued,
  • stay warmer on those chilly days,
  • boost your immune system and reduce the chance of catching a cold or flu,
  • control your appetite,
  • avoid gaining some extra pounds,
  • and better digest those rich foods you’ll find at holiday parties.

So, instead of drinking too much caffeine or alcohol during this festive season, drink a glass of coconut water or a mug of hot lemon water or herbal tea, whenever you can.

3. Sniff away your stress with aromatherapy

My favourite scent during this time of year is Cinnamon & Clove essential oil. It’s like holiday baking without the calories and lends a homey, comforting, and warming note to any room.

4. Give yourself a Reflexology foot massage

Often, stress shows up in our neck and shoulders. One day, I realized that the words “should” and “shoulders” are related and many of us carry our shoulds on our shoulders, like painful burdens. With Reflexology, you can work your own shoulders by massaging the acupressure points on the area just under the baby toes on the soles of your feet.

5. Wear gemstone jewellery

December is a great time of year to wear your best gemstone jewellery! I love gemstones because they’re so pretty! I love having them in my energy field and for the festive season, I recommend silvery-black hematite for stress and dark red garnet for love and joy.

6. Take a moment to breathe and be grateful

Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed or just need a little break from the hustle and bustle of your day, take a few deep breaths through your nose and out through your mouth to ground yourself. As you’re breathing slowly, think of things you’re grateful for. This will help you switch your focus to more positive thoughts.

7. Spend some time outside

Go outside and get some fresh air. It’s invigorating and will help clear your mind.

8. Lend a helping hand

Earlier this morning, I shoveled my driveway after a big snowfall (see #7) and after I was finished, I helped my next door neighbours with theirs. It felt really good to pitch in and help someone out.

9. Call Homespunspa Mobile Spa

I know it seems counter-intuitive to book yet another appointment during this busy time of year, especially for something like a massage where you can’t multi-task. However, it’s important to continue practicing your self-care and take the time to top up your own tank so that you can keep up with the demands on your time and energy. There’s also nothing more healing than therapeutic touch. Luckily, as a mobile spa, we come to you and will give you relaxing spa services in your very own home. We offer massages, manicures, pedicures, and facials to help people relax, look better, and feel better.

To schedule an appointment for mobile spa services and wellness coaching, please call Maria @ 250-812-3487 or email: homespunspa@shaw.ca.

I hope these 9 tips will help you reduce and even avoid stress over the holidays. If you have any tips to share, feel free to add your comments about minimizing stress below. Thanks!

Happy holidays!

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