The Benefits of Restorative Yoga

The Benefits of Restorative Yoga

by Chrys Muszka and Donna Wilding, Guest Bloggers Due to everyday stresses, high-pressure responsibilities and busy schedules, we spend most our time in the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS). It’s within this system that our “fight or flight” response resides, causing anxiety and over stimulation. In the past, when our fight or flight system was responsible …

Preparing Your Body & Mind For A Better Night’s Sleep

Preparing Your Body & Mind For A Better Night’s Sleep

by Geraldine O’Keefe, Guest Blogger Like the 71 million Americans who suffer from various sleep issues like insomnia, hot flashes, nervousness, and anxiety, I have found myself wide awake in the middle of the night on many occasions. Here are some tips that have worked for me and may help you get a better peaceful …

Have you ever Spa’d at Sea? Part 2

Have you ever Spa’d at Sea? Part 2

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner As you may recall from my blog post, “Have you ever Spa’d at Sea? Part 1,” I went on a cruise to Alaska with my mom in June of 2012. It was a wonderful experience and a dream come true for me. Here is the much anticipated, “Have you ever …

Have you ever Spa’d at Sea? Part 1

Have you ever Spa’d at Sea? Part 1

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner “Have you ever been to sea, Billy?” “No, Captain, Highliner.” “Well, sometimes the waves get so high, you can’t eat your dinner…” Does anyone remember that commercial for Highliner Fish and Chips from the late 1970’s? (Go ahead and YouTube it, it still holds up). Somehow and for some odd …

17 Easy Ways to Relax & Manage Stress

17 Easy Ways to Relax & Manage Stress

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner For my first blog post of 2012, I thought I’d take Homespunspa to the streets, as they say, and see how my friends would respond to this question: “How do you relax and manage stress?” I was looking for some wholesome ideas that anybody can do on a regular basis …

Let your Sense of Smell Guide you Home for Christmas

Let your Sense of Smell Guide you Home for Christmas

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner My friend, neighbour and high school classmate used to joke with me about the smell in my house. She said that if she was blindfolded and taken all over the world on a wild goose chase and then dropped back into my house on Trombone Court in Vienna, Virginia, she’d …

10 Ways to View Water as a Metaphor for Wellness

10 Ways to View Water as a Metaphor for Wellness

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Recently, while attending a fashion show fundraiser, I came across a wellness poster that really spoke to me and I thought it would fit in easily with my blog. I don’t know who the original artist of the poster is, otherwise I would give her credit. I think the artwork …

Cheers to the Chi Machine

Cheers to the Chi Machine

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner On Thursday night, I went to my first Spa Warming Party. What a treat. My classmate, Mariko, just started working at Nurture Thyself Day Spa here in Victoria. She calls this her “dream job” and I can see why she loves this spa so much. As part of the festivities, …

Take your iPod to the Spa

Take your iPod to the Spa

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner I love my iPod. Admittedly, when I found out my new car had an iPod jack on the dash, I was sold. I have access to 14.2 days of music and a playlist for every mood. According to Spa Finder, the Global Spa & Wellness Directory, “high tech” is one …