Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Well, it’s January and I’m still in Ontario. It’s snowing right now and there’s about 4 to 5 inches of snow on the ground already but I’m not letting that stop me from taking daily walks through my neighbourhood. Over Christmas vacation, I walked for almost an hour every day …

Throw Your Stress Into The Sea

Throw Your Stress Into The Sea

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner I’ve come up with a genius (if I do say so myself) idea on how to manage stress and I really want to share it with as many people as I can. I call it “stone throwing on the beach” and I highly recommend it to anyone who is feeling …

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 …

Highlights From My Dog-Sitting Retreat to White Rock

Highlights From My Dog-Sitting Retreat to White Rock

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner I’ve just come back home from a 3-day, dog-sitting retreat to White Rock. It was a great mini-vacation and exactly what I needed after a long (for west coast standards) winter. I really needed a change of scene and dog-sitting for Topaz, the high-energy Weimaraner, did the trick. I took …

It’s Footbath Friday

It’s Footbath Friday

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Have you ever had a job that wasn’t working out and you knew your days were numbered? I’ve been in that situation many, many times and the last time was back in 2009 when I was working for the provincial government. It was a good job in some respects but …

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 …

Are you a walking coat hanger? (part 2)

Are you a walking coat hanger? (part 2)

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner “What a pain in the neck!” I’ve never thought about that expression literally before until I started writing these posts about muscle tension in the neck and shoulders. As you may recall from “Are you a walking coat hanger, (part 1),” I decided to write this post to help my …

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, …

Happy New Rear!

Happy New Rear!

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner It’s already day four of the new year — how are your new year’s resolutions coming along? In 2009, I managed to reach some substantial personal fitness goals and I would like to share what I’ve learned so far in case getting in shape is one of your new year’s …