NEW! Spa Party Theme Packages at Homespunspa

Posted by Maria on April 6, 2015 under Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Mobile Spa, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa Party, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Homespunspa's Saturna Island Spa Party.

Homespunspa's Saturna Island Spa Party theme package. Please share this infographic with attribution to www.homespunspa.com.

At Homespunspa Mobile Spa, we specialize in spa parties. Spa parties are great for staggettes, bachelorette parties, milestone birthdays, girls’ night in, holidays, bridal showers, baby showers, staycations etc., etc., etc., and we absolutely love providing revitalizing spa treatments to help people celebrate joyous occasions all over Victoria, BC and beyond.

Since 2011, Homespunspa has been offering a wide range of mobile spa services including mini massages, mini mani’s, mini pedi’s, and mini facials which have all been especially designed for groups. Our mini spa menu makes it easy for everyone to enjoy some spa time and still be part of the festivities.

People have really been enjoying our spa parties and now we’re ready to take things up to the next level of spa glamour.

We’re super excited to introduce Spa Party Theme Packages to our mobile spa menu. Over the next several months, we’ll be rolling out different, pre-bundled spa party packages for you to try. Having a pre-set menu will make party-planning for the hosts even easier and we’re hoping people will enjoy our ideas.

So, our first spa party theme is called “Saturna Island” and it’s awesome! We’ve teamed up with Spray Tan Artist, Anna, and Palm Reader, Susan, to bring you an over-the-top spa day that will leave everyone feeling relaxed, energized, and beautiful.

NEW! Saturna Island Spa Party Theme!

Our Saturna Island Spa Party is great for bridal parties, staggettes, milstone birthdays, and grads. By the end of the spa party, everyone will feel more beautiful and more confident, and you’ll create some fun-filled memories along the way.

This theme package is includes 3, 20-minute services for a total of 1 hour of spa services for each guest and each guest can choose whichever options they’d like, depending on their needs.

Appointment 1 of 3. Exfoliation Treatment OR Facial Cleanse OR Mini Chair Massage (*depending on guests)

  • Option A: Exfoliation Treatment — Improve your skin’s texture and appearance and prepare your skin for the spray tan to follow. Choose this option if you have not yet exfoliated your skin.
  • Option B: Facial Cleanse — Have your make-up removed and face cleansed to prepare your skin for the spray tan to follow. Choose this option if you are just getting a spray tan on your face.
  • Option C: Chair Massage — Relax as you receive a massage on your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands while sitting in a specially-designed chair. Choose this option if you have already exfoliated your skin the day before.

Appointment 2 of 3. Palm Reading with Susan OR Numerology Reading with Maria (*depending on date of spa party and availability of our palm reader).

  • Option A: Palm Reading —  Look into your future through the lines on your hands. If our Palm Reader is not available, we’ll offer Numerology Readings instead.
  • Option B: Numerology Reading — Learn your Core numbers from your name and birthday and how they are influencing your life.

Appointment 3 of 3. Spray Tan with Anna OR Mini Chair Massage (*depending on guests)

  • Option A: Spray Tan — Get the appearance of a suntan without stepping outside into the sun! Please read the blog post, “My interview with Spray Tan Artist, Anna” for more information on the beauty of spray tans.
  • Option B: Chair Massage — Relax as you receive a massage on your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands while sitting in a specially-designed chair. Choose this option if you will not be receiving a spray tan during the spa party.
  • 9 spa party guests…$99 per person
  • 3 to 8 spa party guests…$119 per person

* Note: We need at least 2 weeks’ notice to plan the Saturna Island Spa Party.

* Note: The Spray Tan, Palm Reading, Exfoliation Treatment, and Facial Cleanse are exclusive to the Saturna Island Spa Party theme package and are not available on our a-la-carte mobile spa menu.

We’re heading into another busy season so email Maria today to reserve your preferred date and book your Saturna Island spa party today.

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My Interview with Spray Tan Artist, Anna

Posted by Maria on March 27, 2015 under Esthetics School, Guest Bloggers, Home spa, Ingredients, Mobile Spa, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa Party, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Uncategorized | 6 Comments to Read

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

We have a new member on our team at Homespunspa Mobile Spa! Let me introduce you to Anna Pretto, a professional Airbrush Spray Tan Artist who is certified in Spray Tanning, Lash Extensions, and Hair Threading.

Anna will be offering spray tanning as part of our new Saturna Island Spa Party Package. Because you may have some questions about spray tanning, I thought it would be a nice idea to interview Anna to find out more about this fun spa service.

Hi Anna, I’m so excited that you have joined the Homespunspa Mobile Spa team and you will be giving spray tans as part of our new Saturna Island spa party package. Welcome!

I’d like to ask you some questions on behalf of our customers to introduce you to everyone and to show how spray tanning works.

1. What’s your favourite part of being a airbrush spray tan artist?

Seeing the immediate, great results that clients receive from a spray tan.

Spray Tan Artist, Anna

2. What lead you to become a professional airbrush spray tan artist?

Because of my love of all things esthetics, I wanted to add another service to my menu. I chose spray tanning because it is a healthy and safe alternative to traditional tanning methods and I feel proud that I can offer that to my clients.

3. Do you have any memories of tanning when you were growing up?

Yes! Being of Greek descent, every year that summer would come around I remember from even when I was a child that my olive skin would radiate when I started to tan.

4. What is a spray tan?

Sunless spray tanning is the spray/mist application of sunless tanning solution to desired areas of your body. When applied, DHA (the active ingredient in sunless tanning solution) reacts with the proteins in the skin’s superficial layer to form a golden brown colour. Your skin begins to darken 2 to 3 hours after application and reaches its peak colour within 24 hours. The colour will gradually fade through natural exfoliation, just like a tan from the sun.

5. What are the benefits of getting a spray tan?

There are lots of benefits with getting a spray tan:
An even, streak-free tan — the fine mist allows an even application all over, with no patchiness, and without going orange;
• Improved appearance — a spray tan helps you to look good year round, look thinner and healthier instantly, and it boosts self confidence;
• Even skin tone — A spray tan evens out skin tone and hides blemishes and imperfections, including stretch marks and varicose veins;
• Fast application — It’s fast: in just 15 minutes you can go from being pale and white to having a deep bronzed tan.

6. Is spray tanning safe?

Yes! DHA is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. It’s made from sugar and is also used in the food industry. Spray tanning with DHA as the active tanning agent is approved and recommended by all the major medical associations and skin cancer associations around the world.

7. What spray tan product do you use and why did you choose this brand?

I use Aviva Natural Spray Tanning Solutions which is organic and is even used by celebrities. Here are the following reasons why we use only the safest of solutions:
1. Doctor formulated.
2. Natural-looking and long lasting.
3. Even-fading.
4. Oil-free.
5. Fragrance-free.
6. Alcohol-free.
7. Erythrulose-free.
8. Only made with FDA approved Ingredients.
9. All natural.
10. Composed of the highest quality, premium grade DHA.
11. Water-based.
12. Fast-drying.
13. Vegan.
14. Not tested on Animals.
15. Free of harsh dyes and chemicals.
16. Nut-free and allergen-free.
17. Non-comedogenic
18. Hypoallergenic.

8. That’s quite a list! Does the spray tanning solution give off an odour?

Aviva spray tan solution doesn’t give off any odour at all.

9. Can you customize the tints? Can I (the guest) choose how tanned I want to be?

Yes, I’ll evaluate your skin type to help you achieve your best sunless colour possible and I’ll consult with you to find what kind of colour you are looking to achieve.

10. Do the spa party guests have to remove all of their clothes to get their spray tan and how do you maintain privacy?

You can wear a swimsuit, undergarments or no clothes at all, whatever you’re comfortable with!

Also, here’s a photo of the spray tent –>. To maintain privacy and for those guests who are feeling modest, the tent can be placed in a more private area of the spa party venue.

11. Can the spray tan stain furniture and if so, is there anything you do to prevent that?

The spray tent keeps the spray inside the tent. For whatever reason, should there be any overspray on furniture, for example, it’s easily washed off with a wet cloth as it’s all organic. For the spa parties, we have some cloths on hand and would just clean things up right away.

12. How much space is required for you to set up your spray tanning tent?

Luckily, spray tanning doesn’t require much space at all! My mobile spray tanning tent can be set up virtually anywhere while protecting anything outside of it from spray.

13. What’s the difference between Air Brush Tanning and Spray Booths?

Booth – whatever your body size or height, a spray booth will spray you with the exact same motion and amount of spray.

Airbrush – The amount of spray can be adjusted and tailored to your body type and for your needs.
• Airbrush tanning is much more accurate than booth sprays;
• Airbrushing can be done in the comfort of your home;
• What a booth does in 30-60 seconds, airbrushing takes between 10-15 minutes;
• Airbrush tanning allows for a precise application of the solution evenly across your body, ensuring the best results;
• Airbrush tanning is also cleaner than booth sprays;
• Airbrushing tends to last longer;
• Barrier creams are not necessary;
• No head caps or booties are needed.

14. Is there anything the spa party guests have to do before getting their spray tan?

• Wax or shave 24 hours before your spray tan as this will allow the pores to close before your tan;
• Do not apply deodorants, moisturizers or perfumes the day of your appointment or spa party as these can prevent proper absorption of the tanning solution.
• Exfoliate 24 hours before to remove any dead skin cells.

15. What if the spa party guests don’t have a chance to exfoliate their skin before the spa party?

If by chance the skin hasn’t been exfoliated 24 hours prior to the tan, we have the option to exfoliate at the time of the tan at the spa party; however, I cannot guarantee that the results would be as good, as the skin hasn’t had a chance to recover.

Yes, we have an exfoliation treatment option and make-up removal option built into the spa party theme (instead of getting the chair massage) in case someone needs to take those steps before getting their spray tan at the spa party.

16. Are there any contraindications (like eczema or some sort of skin rash, burn, scar or health condition) that will prevent you from applying the spray tan to someone?

No. In an organic spray tan such as this one, wrinkles, dry skin, irritation, rashes and other skin problems are diminished. The spray binds the moisture in the skin and repairs skin cells that have been damaged by harsh sun rays. It eliminates the formation of dried-out skin which normally occurs after traditional spray tanning.

17. How long will the spray tan last?

Your body is always shedding dead skin cells. This is why even a natural sun tans fade over a few days. Spray tanning affects only the outer skin layer, so just like a natural sun tan the spray tan fades as your skin cells are shed. Your spray tan will usually last between 5 to 10 days.

18. Do you have any tips on making the spray tan last longer?

1. Bring loose, baggy clothing to wear after your appointment. Tight clothing will rub against your skin and may cause patches.
2. To avoid strap marks, I recommend you do not wear your bra after you appointment, until your tan has fully developed and you have washed it off.
3. Bring flip-flops to wear after your appointment, as shoes/socks will cause the tan to rub off/leave patches.
4. Wait at least 8 hours before showering after your spray tan.
5. Moisturize with an oil free moisturizer.

19. Wow! We’ve covered a lot of territory in this interview, Anna. Of course, people may still have more questions and if so, how can they reach you?

For more information about Anna and spray tans, please visit Lash and Glow or call 250-857-7837 and be sure to say, “I’m looking forward to hosting a Saturna Island spa party!”

And if you’re ready to book your Saturna Island Spa Party theme package right away, please call Maria at Homespunspa Mobile Spa at 250-812-3487 or email at homespunspa@shaw.ca.

Thank you, Anna, I’m sure spa lovers from Sooke to Sidney will enjoy our Saturna Island Spa Party Theme Package. I think adding spray tanning to the Homespunspa mobile spa menu is a great idea and the spa parties are going to be a blast!

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Energy Alignment: Balancing Outer Action With Inner Receptivity

Posted by Maria on March 19, 2015 under Books, Magazines, Music, Energy Healing, Guest Bloggers, Life Coaching, Meditation, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Self-Care, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | 3 Comments to Read

by Christy Whitman, Guest Blogger

Anyone who knows me knows that I love my spa days! – but not many people know exactly why, or how much I receive from the time I invest in recharging myself in this way.

For me, a spa day is not just about releasing stress, looking better and feeling good (although these are all much-appreciated benefits!).  The energy I give to myself when I take a “me” day is literally what gives me the ability to give my energy to all the relationships and activities I’m involved in, including running an international coaching academy, being a wife to my husband Frederic, a mother to two young boys, writing books, leading retreats and coaching courses, taking great vacations and generally enjoying my life.

That I am able to extract across-the-board value from an act as simple as spending a day at a spa goes back to a principle I was lucky enough to learn years ago from Jack Canfield, one of my earliest mentors.  This principle that has since been cited by numerous other metaphysical teachers and tested by quantum physicists – and I’m sharing it with you here because if you apply it, it will serve you in virtually all aspects of your life.

One hour of “inner” work (and by “inner” work, Jack was referring to the internal practice of intending, visualizing, and aligning our energy) is worth seven hours of “outer” work.

Now, doing “inner” work does not necessarily mean sitting in meditation for an hour each day. What it does mean is that before we take any outer action, we first take a moment to clarify the intention behind that action.  Said another way, we deliberately decide how we want to feel, and get into that state of being before we do anything.  If there is a “secret” to my being able to accomplish so much in so many different aspects of my life, it’s that I practice bringing my internal energy into alignment with the essence of what I want to get out of that activity or situation before I take any external action.

So, when I’m doing something that nurtures my body – like getting a massage, a facial, or visiting the acupuncturist – I begin by connecting with my intention to fill myself with whatever energy I perceive will most serve me at that moment – whether it’s vitality, stamina, sexuality, relaxation, increased immunity, or all of the above.  The end result of this practice is that I receive much more value out of the time I spend engaged in that activity, because I’ve aligned my energy with the outcome I desire and have opened myself up to receiving it.

So many women I’ve worked with and coached have fallen into what I call the “dark side” of multi-tasking.  Sometimes we can be so focused on other things that we take ourselves out of the present moment – even when that moment offers the deep relaxation and nurturing we’re craving!

So to you fellow spa-goers, I pass along the same advice that Jack gave to me: Take a few minutes to align your energy with whatever outcome you want to create before you engage in the activity.   If it’s a spa day you’re creating – whether a full day at home or just a quick one-hour massage, prepare yourself ahead of time to ensure you’re in a state to receive the full benefits that the experience makes available.

Aligning your energy with the activity at hand makes all the difference in the world – kind of like using an electronic device that is running on battery power versus one that is plugged in and being fully charged by a live electrical current.  Action that is infused with energy and intention produces results that are astonishing compared to what can be accomplished with action alone.  Try it for yourself and see!

Christy Whitman is a New York Times bestselling author, transformational leader, and author of the forthcoming book The Art of Having It All. She has appeared on The Today Show and The Morning Show, and her work has been featured in People Magazine, Seventeen, Woman’s Day, Hollywood Life, and Teen Vogue, among others. As the CEO and founder of the Quantum Success Coaching Academy, a 12-month Law of Attraction coaching certification program. Christy has helped thousands of people worldwide to achieve their goals through her empowerment seminars, speeches, and coaching sessions and products. Christy’s life-changing message reaches over 125,000 people a month, and her work has been promoted by and featured with esteemed authors and luminaries such as Marianne Williamson, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marci Shimoff, Brian Tracy, Neale Donald Walsch, Abraham-Hicks, and Louise Hay. She currently lives in Montreal with her husband, Frederic, and their two boys, Alexander and Maxim.

Meet her at www.ChristyWhitman.com and www.TheArtofHavingItAll.com

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I’ve Just Published My “Creating Wellness” Ebook!

Posted by Maria on January 28, 2015 under Aromatherapy, Books, Magazines, Music, Energy Healing, Fitness, Gift Ideas, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Life Coaching, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Sleep, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Alexandra Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

"Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make That Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, and Uncreative" ebook by Maria Alexandra Koropecky.

I’m super excited to announce that I’ve just published my “Creating Wellness” ebook!

“Creating Wellness” is the short title; the full title is actually, “Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make That Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, and Uncreative.”

My interest in health and wellness started in childhood. Unbeknownst to everyone else, I was always on some sort of health kick – like the time I used some sort of orange pully device that attached to a door handle and I’d move my arms and legs up and down and side to side every day  – thinking I was exercising – until I broke the darn thing with my rigorous routines and enthusiasm. :)

Every now and then I’d try to lose weight on my own but at the same time, I loved eating and wanted to be a famous chef when I grew up.

Fast forward 30 odd years.

After many twists and turns in life and not always making the best choices for my health, I’m back on the road to wellness and as the owner of Homespunspa Mobile spa, I’ve made it my life’s work to encourage people to make health and wellness a priority in their life.

I specifically wrote this ebook for foodies who want to be healthier AND tap into their creativity and I’ll tell you why:

“Don’t die with the music still in you.” ~ Wayne W. Dyer

The above quote makes me think of my father and I’ve dedicated this ebook to him. When I was in my late twenties, I gave my father a book to help him write his memoirs. The book was written and compiled by Patricia A. Williams and is called Once Upon a Lifetime and it invites you to “Take time to record the stories of your life” by answering 1001 questions. My father and I both shared a love of words and communication and he always said how much he wanted to write about his family and his life and I was hoping this book would get his creative juices flowing.

I think my father always had the intention of writing his books but somehow never got around to it. He had an illustrious career, a happy marriage, a knack for gardening and fishing, and a full life and then, suddenly, at 61, he became ill. He visited his doctor and the doctor said he had to check himself into the hospital that day. I didn’t know this until later, but he brought the Once upon a Lifetime book with him to pass the time in the hospital. Inside the book, he wrote, “For my daughter Maria” and that was that. That’s all he wrote in that book. He died 10 days later. His books were never written.

I don’t want this to happen to you or anyone else. I don’t want you to “die with the music still in you” and that’s why I’ve combined all of my work experience, education, talents, skills, and interests, and my entire heart and soul, to write this ebook, “Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make that Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, And Uncreative.”

If you have something you’d like to do in your life, a song in your heart that you want to sing out loud, whether it’s write a book, or fall in love, or travel to a distant land, or operate a food truck, whatever it is, I’d like to help you live your dreams. I’d like to help you get your dreams out of your head and into your life.

The solution starts with reading my ebook, “Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make that Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, And Uncreative.”

Foodies are my people

I’ve written this ebook especially for foodies because:

1.    I come from a long line of foodies and good cooks and all of my family’s celebrations have revolved around food. We enjoy talking about food, trying new foods, going to restaurants, watching cooking shows on TV, and sharing meals at dinner parties.

2.    I’m also a pretty good cook myself and I love how cooking lets me be creative.

3.    I’ve also written a cookbook of sorts called, How to Throw a Home Spa Pajama Party the Homespunspa Way that is chalk full of recipes for homemade spa treatments that I’ve developed myself.

4.    Also, I’ve worked as a breakfast cook, a deli clerk, a banquet server, and waitress, and I know how stressful the food and hospitality industries can be. Working in a professional kitchen with all of the hot stoves, cold freezers, sharp knives, late hours, odd ingredients, and demanding bosses, co-workers, and customers, in a small space with lots of noisy activity, can be very stressful and hard on the system. I’ve noticed many professional foodies turn to food, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, gambling, etc., for relief because they are having trouble coping in their high stress environments.

5.    Also, I’m an emotional eater and have been struggling with my weight most of my life.

6.    Also, I know that many foodies have dreams of writing their own cookbooks, and/or winning competitions, and/or opening their own restaurants some day.

7.    And as a foodie myself, I can relate.

I hope this ebook, “Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make that Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, And Uncreative,” will give you some insight and will help you climb the ladder of success to new heights!

By the end of this ebook, you’ll know the three best ways to relax, feel better, and heal your life so you can ultimately live the life of your dreams.

  1. You’ll learn the “S-Word” that is killing your health and how to remedy this immediately;
  2. You’ll learn the secret yet powerful habit that all successful foodies practice; and
  3. You’ll learn the most advantageous investment you can ever make that will pay off big time for the rest of your life.

Download My Ebook For Free

And here’s your chance to download my ebook for free!

As my gift to you for subscribing to the Homespunspa mailing list, you will receive a copy of my ebook, “Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make That Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, and Uncreative” for free.

So please subscribe to my mailing list and download the 32-page ebook today. I’ve made sure to include lots of photos!

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I’m really excited about my ebook! I hope it makes a positive difference in your life.

I’d like to leave you with one quote by Anne Lamott – maybe it resonates with you, too.

“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen. Repent just means to change direction — and NOT to be said by someone who is waggling their forefinger at you. Repentance is a blessing. Pick a new direction, one you wouldn’t mind ending up at, and aim for that. Shoot the moon.” ~ Anne Lamott

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Help, I’m Losing My Hair!

Posted by Maria on January 10, 2015 under Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Fitness, Green Living, Home spa, Ingredients, Life Coaching, Massages, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness, Yoga | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Alexandra Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Help! I'm losing my hair.Linda gathered some of her shoulder-length, strawberry-blonde hair, ran her fingers through it, and pulled out several strands to show us. “Look,” she said. “But this is nothing compared to what normally happens when I brush my hair and check the brush.”

My friend Linda was recently talking about her significant hair loss and as someone in the business of helping people manage stress with Homespunspa Mobile Spa, my ears perked up.

Linda is a new mom in her early 30’s. She also works outside the home as a manager in a stressful office job. She’s a smoker and is overweight but exercises a couple of times a week.

Losing hair can be quite traumatic for many people and my friend’s rapidly thinning hair was really bothering her. She figured it had something to do with a recent stressful event in her life.

I thought I’d do some research on female hair loss to help her out and yes, sometimes hair loss can stem from stress.

Telogen effluvium is considered to be the most common type of stress-related hair loss. In this case, a stressful event may pre-maturely send hair follicles into the resting phase of the growth cycle which stops the hair from growing any further. The hair will start to fall out after a few months and the time lapse makes it difficult to tie the hair loss back to a specific event and to know the root cause that triggered the stress symptoms in the first place.

The stressful event that triggers the hair loss a few months down the road can be physiological and/or emotional in nature — something like a car accident, illness, surgery, a move, a job loss, or giving birth. The good news is, often times, the hair will start to grow back once the body has had enough time to recover from the trauma.

5 Ways to Encourage Healthy Hair Growth

There are certain things you can do starting today that can stimulate hair growth including Managing Stress, Getting Enough Sleep, Fueling your Body with Nutritious Foods, Moving your Body, and Taking Care of Your Hair.

1. Manage Stress

In my opinion, managing stress is the key to living a healthy life and getting regular massages is a great way to alleviate stress. The benefits of massage include:

  • reduced muscular tension and stiffness;
  • chronic pain management;
  • relief from tension headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome;
  • reduced fatigue, anxiety and depression;
  • boost of endorphins (the feel-good hormone);
  • increased circulation;
  • detoxification;
  • better posture to name a few.

If you’ve never had a professional massage before, you’re in for a real treat. But if you’re unsure about whether or not you’d enjoy a massage, I recommend looking into chair massages to start. All you have to do is sit in a special kind of chair and you don’t even have to disrobe at all and that’s what I recommended for Linda.

Talking to a professional therapist or coach is another great way to minimize stress. I guarantee that if you get whatever you’ve been thinking and worrying about off your chest, you will feel better. It’s just a matter of finding someone who will actively listen without judgment in a safe and sacred space.

If you’re looking to work with a coach, I’m offering a zero cost, GET THINGS OFF YOUR CHEST, 30-minute introductory coaching session to people who are feeling stressed out, so please check out the coaching page on www.homespunspa.com and contact me, if you’re interested.

2. Get Enough Sleep

Lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your health and your hair. No matter what day of the week it is, try to keep a regular sleep schedule from night to night and aim for seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

3. Fuel Your Body with Nutritious Foods

A poor diet will show up in your hair one way or another and eating healthy foods each and every day goes a long way toward looking and feeling your best.

Starting with breakfast, eat at least three meals a day that are well-balanced and include lean protein and fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed foods, sugary foods, and foods that are high in trans fats.

Also, consider taking vitamin and mineral supplements, especially:

  • B complex vitamins (which are good for stress);
  • vitamins C and E, (which are good for skin and hair);
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, and Selenium, (which are good for skin and hair); and
  • Magnesium and Zinc (which are also good for stress).

Also re-evaluate your medications. Sometimes, hair loss can be a side-effect of certain meds and if you suspect your prescriptions are contributing to your hair loss, talk to your doctor to see about making some adjustments.

4. Move your body

Our bodies are built to move and exercising is a great way to release stress. There are thousands of different activities to try like stretching, walking, running, swimming, and dancing so do something that you enjoy several times a week.

The benefits of regular exercise include:

  • better balance and coordination;
  • healthy body weight;
  • better mood;
  • healthier heart;
  • lower blood pressure;
  • increased energy; and
  • improved appearance to name a few.

5. Take care of your hair

A visit to a hair salon every couple of months not only keeps your hair looking good, but getting that massage during the shampoo time will increase circulation in the scalp which promotes hair growth. And chatting with your hair stylist can do wonders for your mood, too.

Also, don’t add any unnecessary stress or tension to your hair, especially if you’re going through a period of hair loss. For the time being, avoid harsh chemical treatments or using styling instruments that involve heat (like blow-dryers and flat irons), and try not to constantly wear your hair in a pony tail all day either.

Use Hair Care Products with these Ingredients

Look for shampoos and conditioners with the following ingredients on their labels to stimulate hair growth. If you can’t find suitable hair care products in any stores, make your own customized recipes for your hair type:

  • Amla, Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Basil, Basil Essential Oil, Bay Laurel Essential Oil, Bayberry Root Bark, Catnip, Cedarwood Essential Oil, Chamomile, Chamomile Essential Oil, Gotu Kola, Hibiscus, Honeysuckle, Juniper Berry Essential Oil, Melissa (Lemon Balm) Essential Oil, Nettles, Passionfruit Seed Oil, Quinine, Rosemary, Rosemary Essential Oil, Sage, Sea Buckthorn, Sorrel, Southernwood, Soy Milk, Soybeans, Spanish Sage Essential Oil, Spearmint, Spearmint Essential Oil, Stevia, Thyme, Thyme Essential Oil, Tonic Water, Walnut Oil, Yarrow, Yarrow Essential Oil, and Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.

Our hair gives us clues about our health and if you are noticing changes in your hair, like hair loss (more than 50 to 100 strands a day) or dandruff, or too many bad hair days in a row, then evaluate what’s going on and take steps to remedy your situation as soon as you can.

Hair loss doesn’t have to be permanent and there are many ways you can encourage your hair to grow again naturally.

Unravel the Mysteries of Female Hair Loss: I’ve come across this really great ebook (affiliate product) if you’re interested in learning tips for successful hair regrowth. Click Here!

Have you ever experienced significant hair loss? If yes, what did you do about it? Please leave your comments. Thanks and I hope my blog post, “Help, I’m losing my hair” was helpful.

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RIP, Merle Barwis, Supercentarian

Posted by Maria on December 2, 2014 under Fitness, Green Living, Life Coaching, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Pop-Psychology, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Uncategorized, Wellness | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

When I heard the news that Merle Barwis, Canada’s oldest person, died on November 22, 2014, at the age of 113, yes 113!, I marvelled at her longevity. Her 80’s were 30 years ago!

Merle was born on December 23, 1900 in Iowa. She is a “supercentarian” because she lived past the age of 110 years. At that age, they start counting the days after each birthday, on top of the years, so more precisely, she lived 113 years and 334 days. I bet if all of us took the time to count our days of life, we’d appreciate them more. On that note, I’ve just figured out that I’ve lived more that 16,000 days so far!

I was also struck by the fact that Merle lived in a care home in the Greater Victoria area — in Langford for goodness’ sake — and I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to meet her through my work as a mobile esthetician. I have a number of clients in their 90’s and I’m learning a lot from that generation and it would have been neat to spend time with someone in their 100’s, too.

I sometimes wonder if centarians have “reach 100 years” as a life goal like George Burns did and if they had longevity in mind throughout their life or not. I’ve been asking people if they have aspirations to reach 100 and they sort of twinkle at the idea for a second but don’t take it too seriously.

“Is it possible for me?” they might be thinking. Or maybe they’re asking themselves if they would even want to be 100 years old in the first place.

Personally, I’d like to reach my 101th birthday but only under the following conditions:

  1. I have my memory and mental health;
  2. I have physical mobility and physical health;
  3. I have joyful relationships with upbeat people;
  4. I have more than enough money for the cost of living and have a roof over my head and good food to eat;
  5. Our infrastructure is in tact (like roads, banks, peace treaties, etc.);
  6. Nature is still beautiful and the environment is still hospitable.
  7. I’m not bored out of my tree.

We’ll see what happens — I’m not even halfway there yet — but I certainly don’t have any plans to take myself out of the game pre-maturely. I’m just too curious to see what will happen next. In 50+ years, in the 2060’s and 2070’s, what will the fashion look like, what will the music sound like, will I still be able to read this blog post on the internet?

Does that interest you, too?

Do you have aspirations to be a centarian?

From what I gather, these will help increase your chances to live to be 100 and beyond:

  1. Good genes;
  2. Joie de vivre;
  3. A moderately healthy lifestyle.

I’ve also noticed that spry seniors are often lifelong dancers and avid walkers and tend to be very likeable extroverts.

Then again, life’s a crap shoot. There have been curmudgeons who have lived past 99 (but I certainly wouldn’t recommend a poor attitude as a way to go because 100 years of misery misses the point). There have also been people in history who have survived terrible advercities and still manage to live a long life. And there have been people who have been heavy smokers and drinkers who somehow manage to beat the odds and live well beyond life expectancy.

The trick is to find a balance between taking huge, unecessary risks and not playing it too safe either.

We don’t know when our number will come up but I think you can stack the deck in your favour to live a long and healthy life if you have a positive attitude and if you take care of yourself along the way. I figure, if you respect your health now, in your younger years, you’ll have any easier time later. After all, old age isn’t for sissies, wimps, or wusses and you’ve got to buckle up for the ride!

Taking care of yourself and having fun is what Homespunspa is all about and I like helping people improve the quality of their life.

Please leave a comment and let me know if you’re interested in becoming a centarian yourself and if you’d like some health and wellness coaching to get you on track. I’d be happy to chat with you about becoming an centarian because it’s one of my favourite topics and because I’d love to meet you again when we get there. No matter how long your journey is, I hope it’s a good one.

Once again, RIP, Merle Barwis, Supercentarian; you have inspired me.

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November 11, 1918 was a very Auspicious Day in History

Posted by Maria on November 10, 2014 under Life Coaching, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Seasonal, Spirituality, Uncategorized | Read the First Comment

By Maria Alexandra Koropecky, Homespunspa owner & Numerologist

World War I ends at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, 1918.

As a Canadian, I deeply appreciate the freedoms I enjoy today. I’d just like to take a moment and say: To all who have served in the military and who have sacrificed their lives for future generations, thank you for your service.

Today, I’d like to talk about the significance 11/11/1918 from a Numerology point of view.

As a Numerologist, 11/11/1918 is very fascinating to me. November 11 is a very auspicious day and WWI didn’t end on that day just randomly, out of the blue.

Now, I don’t know if the Diplomats and the Politicians and the Generals were aware of the powerful energy associated with the number 11, maybe they were, but I personally think that there was something else going on behind the scenes in the Universe that was influencing the course of human history on that particular day.

And we can use Numerology as a tool to give us a glimpse behind the curtain.

If you were to reduce 11/11/1918 to a single digit by adding 11+11+1+9+1+8 which equals 41 and then add 4+1, as we do in Numerology, you would get a “5” and 5 represents Freedom. Freedom! Isn’t that cool?

What do the numbers mean?

The number 11 is a Master Number which means you don’t add 1+1 and then reduce it to a 2 as we would with most other numbers. Master numbers are very potent and have great potential. If you add 11+11 you’ll get 22 which is the other Master Number.

The number 11 represents “Illumination” as in “Enlightenment.” Sometimes 11 energy can have “head in the clouds, dreamer” tendencies in the negative end of the spectrum and it’s just huge potential that never goes anywhere. On the positive side of the spectrum, however, 11 can be highly motivational and thankfully that was the attribute in play on 11/11/1918.

Eleven is an odd number and therefore it has abstract and idealistic properties, unlike even numbers which have their own strengths.

You may be wondering if 11/11 is so auspicious, why couldn’t WWI end a year sooner in 1917? The answers lies in the Universal Year. Each year has it’s own energy and everyone on the planet feels it’s influence, no matter what their personal numbers are. If you add up 1+9+1+7, you get a 9 (which is about “Selflessness”) and if you add 11+11+9, you would get a 4 (which is about “Limitation”). So 1917 has different energy altogether, but was a necessary step on the path to Enlightenment.

By the way, 2014 is a Universal Year of 7 (“Spiritual Analysis”) and 2015 is a Universal Year of 8 (“Material Satisfaction”) so get ready for a really big prosperous year ahead for all of us in 2015! :)

When you add up 1918, you get a 19 and then you add 1+9 and you get a 10, and then you add 1+0 and you get a 1. Guess what the Universal Year of 1 represents? Independence! Yes Independence. So November 11, 1918, the day the treaties were signed to end World War 1, is all about Freedom and Independence! Isn’t that amazing!

If all of that hadn’t happened that way it did almost 100 years ago, then our world would be very different today. Whew!

And now you can see why I said, “November 11, 1918 was a very auspicious day in history” because if you look up “auspicious” in the dictionary, you will find “auspicious” is synonymous with words like, “promising success,” “propitious,” “opportune,” “favourable,” “favoured by fortune,” “prosperous,” and “fortunate.”

So if Numerology fascinates you as much as it does me and you’d like to have your own personal Numerology reading, please contact me, Maria Alexandra, by email and we can set up an appointment.

And right now, I’m offering gift certificates for a complimentary 30-minute Numerology reading (valued at $30) to all who are interested.

Free numerology reading

All I need is the correct spelling of your full name and your birth date and I’ll reveal things about yourself that are jaw-droppingly interesting.

By the end of your 30-minute complimentary Numerology reading, you’ll know your Core numbers including Life Path, Expression and Soul Urge and how these numbers are influencing your life.

Please claim you free Numerology reading by emailing me, Maria Alexandra, today.

At the very least you’ll be more aware of your hidden talents and abilities and you’ll discover some hidden gems in your life.

Some conditions apply regarding these Gift Certificates:

  1. One per customer
  2. For 1st time customers only
  3. Can be upgraded to a 1-hour Numerology Reading for only $30
  4. No cash value
  5. Limited time offer

Please call or email Maria Alexandra to book your Numerology Reading appointment.

I hope you take a moment on Remembrance Day, November 11, each year to honour the people in history who have contributed to the freedom we are experiencing today. It is your duty to them to live your best life now and not waste their sacrifices or your opportunities to make this world a better place. Your own Numerology reading can point you in the right direction.

I look forward to hearing from you soon, Maria Alexandra.

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Feeling Stuck in the Mud? Try the Kneeling, Standing, & Sitting Method

Posted by Maria on October 13, 2014 under Energy Healing, Green Living, Ingredients, Life Coaching, Meditation, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, TV Shows & Movies, Uncategorized, Wellness, Yoga | 4 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

My mother likes me to go to church with her on Sundays. Sometimes I’d rather watch Super Soul Sundays on tv instead but I’ve been going to church more often these days.

When I’m at church, I mostly sit in contemplation. Last Sunday, I was reminded of a conversation I had when I was 6 with my 9 year-old neighbour, Patty. We were comparing notes about our churches — I’m Ukrainian and she’s Irish — and I was saying something like, “We do a lot of kneeling, standing, and sitting — stand, sit, kneel, stand, kneel, sit, stand, sit, stand, sit, kneel, stand, sit… oh brother,” rolling my eyes — “and if it was up to me, I like to sit.”

These days, I still prefer to sit. After a long sermon, hauling myself out of my pew to stand for what feels like hours without relief, seems like a lot of effort. And getting back up from kneeling is a different ballgame altogether when you’re in your 40’s. :) .

So while I was thinking about this, it occurred to me that there’s actually a rhyme and reason behind these postures.

And since it’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, I’m going to use a metaphor of a farmer couple, Fred and Frida, to illustrate my theory.

Kneeling

It all starts with a prayer. Prayer lets you get centered. It’s the “asking” side of the equation. Basically, you’re just having a conversation with yourself and with God (if you’re so inclined) to get clear about what you want. Praying helps strengthen your faith that whatever it is you’re asking for, you will eventually have, even if you haven’t noticed any physical evidence yet.

Farmers Fred & Frida

Our farmers, Fred and Frida, have just acquired a plot of land in a community garden. They want to start growing vegetables for their growing family and maybe sell the surplus at markets. First, they have to figure out what sorts of vegetables they’d like to plant and they have lots of options to choose from. They figure it wouldn’t hurt to pray about it so in their own way, they each take a few moments to gather their thoughts and ask for ideas, good weather (like enough sunshine and enough rain) for the crops, good health for themselves so they can do the labour, and the knowledge to solve any challenges that will come up, etc. etc. They’re also able to visualize what their garden looks like in full bloom and how they’re feeling as they share their bounty with friends, family, and neighbours.

Meanwhile, the land and the seeds of the plants represent pure potential. Prayer is what’s inside the acorn (the code inside the seed) before it cracks open and becomes the grande oak tree.

But it doesn’t stop there. Praying by itself isn’t enough. If you want results, you also need to take action — thoughtful, consistent, and repeated action.

Standing

There’s an African proverb that says, “When you pray, move your feet.” Everybody knows that you can’t get anywhere without taking some sort of action steps along the way. Getting up on your feet is about taking a stand for what you believe in, showing others that you mean business, declaring out loud what you want, and taking action. Also, a lot of times, action is about reaching out, giving, and being of service.

Farmers Fred & Frida

By now, Fred and Frida have procured their seeds and have designed the layout of their garden. They’ve come to the community garden prepared and are wearing the proper clothes for the job and have brought all of the equipment they’ll need for planting. The kale will go here, the zucchini will go there, the tomatoes over there near the basil. They’ve rolled up their sleeves and are working hard all day.

They come back to their garden rain or shine, day after day, week after week, and make sure the plants are getting enough nourishment and care. At first, the soil looks pretty much the same as it did in the beginning, but all of a sudden, there’s colour and little green leaves are starting to break through. Fred and Frida are excited about their progress and they’re motivated to keep going.

Eventually, after all of their hard work, the vegetables are awesome and the garden is ready to be harvested. The growing part may be over but there’s still a lot of work to do so that these vegetables and all of that effort don’t go to waste.

Sitting

After kneeling (praying) and standing (taking action), the next step is sitting (receiving). Sitting is deceptively simple, but some people skip this step. Sitting is about relaxing, resting, and receiving. You can’t just give, give, give all of the time. You also have to be able to receive the gifts that others are trying to give you.

Farmers Fred & Frida

Fred and Frida are grateful that they have had a good growing season. They have plenty of healthy vegetables for their family meals and like to share the best veggies and recipes with their friends. They’ve also opened a stand at the local farmers’ market and are receiving compliments and cash for their quality produce and they plan to expand their plots next year.

I think, all in all, Fred and Frida are successful because they prayed, worked hard, and accepted the blessings that came to them.

So, if you’re feeling stuck in the mud of life and are ready for a positive change, try the kneeling, standing, and sitting method.

Thanksgiving

But you may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t know how to pray,” or “I can’t remember the last time I prayed and I don’t know what to say.”

Well here’s a good place to start: “There’s nothing greater that you can say to God than thank you, thank you,” ~ Maya Angelou.

And then you’ll be able to know which steps you’ll need to take that will yield the best results.

So, I’d like to take this moment and say “thank you” for all of the blessings of my life, and for all of the Homespunspa customers I’ve met over the years, and all of the readers of my blog. That’s what I’m most grateful for.

Happy Thanksgiving. Now have a seat at the table and pass the turkey and the stuffing, and the mashed potatoes, and the gravy, and the the brussels sprouts, and the cranberry sauce, and the pumpkin pie, and ENJOY the fruits of your labours with your loved ones.

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Happy World Coconut Day!

Posted by Maria on September 2, 2014 under Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Gift Ideas, Green Living, Guest Bloggers, Home spa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Recipes, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sponsors, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

By Maria Alexandra Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
& Laura Benvenuto, guest blogger

Did you know that September 2nd is World Coconut day?

Coconuts (Cocos nucifera) are one of the world’s most nourishing, versatile and popular foods and to celebrate World Coconut Day, I’ve teamed up with Laura Benvenuto of Truth be Told New York and Nutiva in this blog post to showcase the many wonderful health benefits of coconuts.

From my research, I’ve found many fun facts and interesting applications for coconuts.

First of all, the word “coconut” comes from “cocos,” a 16th century Portuguese & Spanish word that means “grinning face.”

COCONUTS AND COCONUT WATER, JUICE, MILK

  • Home spa recipes: cleansers, refiners, creams, lotions, moisturizers, soaps, spa snacks.
  • Role in cosmetic formulation: abrasive, skin conditioning, emollient, hair conditioning, humectant, masking.
  • Face: Add to facials to soften, exfoliate, protect skin, strengthen elasticity, promote healing, fade age spots, and minimize acne scars.
  • Skin Types: Use especially on AGING skin.
  • Food: Eat for nutrition and to quench thirst.
  • Balances: Sacral (2nd) Chakra. Calms Vata (Infinity/Air), calms Pitta (Fire), and increases Kapha (Water/Earth) Doshas.
  • Native Region: Tropical and sub-tropical countries worldwide.
  • Find: grocery stores, health food stores.

COCONUT OIL

Emollient Coconut oil is moisturizing to the skin and the scent can whisk your imagination off to a tropical beach. It’s also considered one of the “super foods.”

  • Home spa recipes: cleansers, make up removers, creams, suntanning lotions, moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, massage oils, soaps.
  • Role in cosmetic formulation: emollient, skin conditioning, hair conditioning, masking, solvent.
  • Face: Add to facials to cleanse pores, remove make-up, moisturize, soften, protect, and heal skin, to reduce the signs of aging skin, relax facial expression, de-stress, for fragrance.
  • Skin Type: Use especially on DRY & SENSITIVE skin types.
  • Massage Oil: Add to massage oil to relax, to condition, soften and cool skin, for sun protection, for anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties, to carry ingredients and for scent.
  • Body: Use in body care products to moisturize and cleanse skin and as suntanning lotion.
  • Hair: Apply to hair as lathering agent to revitalize hair, curb dandruff, cleanse hair, condition normal, dry or damaged hair, and inhibit static.
  • Soap: Add to soap recipes for lather.
  • Food: Use as a delicious and nutritious cooking oil as it contains Lauric Acid, one of the good fats.
  • Balances: Sacral (2nd) Chakra. Calms Vata (Infinity/Air), calms Pitta (Fire), and increases Kapha (Water/Earth) Doshas.
  • Native Region: Tropical and sub-tropical countries worldwide.
  • Find: grocery stores, health food stores, online.
  • Caution: 1) Solidifies and melts according to room temperature. 2) Can irritate skin for some. 3) May be drying to skin. 4) Do not confuse with hydrogenated coconut oil.

Nutiva’s products (including Coconut Oil, Coconut Manna, O’Coconut, and Coconut Sugar) can be used to enhance a favourite recipe or make a DIY beauty product. All of Nutiva’s products are non-GMO and organic and certain products are vegan-friendly or have low-cholesterol.

Below are two of Nutiva’s most popular DIY summer beauty recipes.

Home Spa Recipe #1: Ocean Hair Spray

Use this ocean-in-a-bottle spray for gorgeous beach hair. Salt water provides texture and coconut oil provides moisture and nourishment for dry hair.

Ingredients

  • 3 tsp Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
  • 4oz Purified Water, warm
  • 3 tsp Sea Salt
  • 4 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

Directions

  1. Put coconut oil in an 8 oz canning jar and place in a pan filled with several inches of water. Melt the coconut oil over low heat.
  2. Meanwhile, fill an 8 oz spray bottle about ¾ full with warm, purified water and add the sea salt. Stir until the sea salt is dissolved in the water.
  3. Use a funnel to add the coconut oil and essential oil to the spray bottle.
  4. Shake the bottle to blend, then fill to the top with purified water.

Yields 8 oz. Sometimes the oil solidifies. If this happens, run the bottle under hot water to melt. Shake the product and it’s ready to use.

To use: Shake the bottle and spray 2 to 5 pumps on damp hair. Try different amounts to see what works best for your hair.

Home Spa Recipe #2: After-Sun Calming Balm

A soothing blend of coconut oil, shea butter, calendula, aloe and lavender to calm the skin after spending time in the sun. Shea Butter is available at most natural foods stores.

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Shea Butter
  • 1/4 cup Aloe
  • 2 Tbsp Calendula Oil
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
  • 25-60 drops *Lavender Essential Oil

*Note: Lavender is well known for its skin healing properties and is especially soothing for burns. Be sure to use lavender and not lavendin, which can actually cause more inflammation.

Directions

  1. In a double boiler over low heat, gently warm the coconut oil and shea butter. Be careful not to melt the oil and butter — heat just enough to blend easily. Once incorporated, transfer the oil and butter mixture to a bowl.
  2. Using an electric mixer, blend the coconut oil and shea butter mixture on low to medium speed until well incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and avoid having clumps in the final product.
  3. Add calendula, aloe vera and vitamin E oil. Blend for 3 to 5 minutes until thick and creamy.
  4. Add essential oil and blend to incorporate.

Yields 8oz. Transfer to a container like a wide-mouth canning jar for easy scooping. Keep out of direct sun as the oils and butter will separate if melted.

Thank you, Laura, for sharing these lovely home spa recipes that include coconut oil.

Please let us know in the comments how these recipes have worked out for you or if you have any other ideas on how to celebrate World Coconut Day.

Happy World Coconut Day!

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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.

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