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New Year Spa Breaks

Are you still recovering from the Christmas and New Year festivities? Why not kick off 2019 with a relaxing, indulgent spa break?

A timeout could be just the ticket to make sure you get 2019 off with the right start. Whether it’s pampering massages or rejuvenating spa packages check out these spa break resorts.

  1. Magalies Park

A peaceful retreat nestled alongside the tranquil Magalies River; Magalies Park is situated on 120 hectares of scenic parklands. This prime destination is set on the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains and combines the best of nature with the best of leisure activities and accommodation. If you’re looking for a great new place to spend time with the family whilst surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of nature, look no further than Magalies Park. For the sheer number of facilities and experiences on offer, Magalies Park is considered one of the most desirable resorts in the North West Province.

      2. Gethlane Lodge

Nestled amongst 172 hectares of bird-rich indigenous forest, in a well-stocked game farm, the village-style layout at Gethlane Lodge and architecture of the chalets lends a colonial feel to this unpretentious resort. Gethlane Game Lodge is within striking distance of all the Lowveld action with nature reserves and natural sights within a few hours’ drive. Volleyball, table tennis and a walking trail at the resort provide plenty of entertainment onsite and the bird life is nothing short of spectacular in this part of the world. Sublime relaxation beside one of the five swimming pools, or in the Jacuzzi and sauna, are also on offer here, along with crazy golf or outdoor chess for the more energetic.

    3. Selborne Golf Estate Hotel & Spa

A sophisticated haven of relaxation, nestled in the heart of the lush and tranquil South Coast. Beautifully restored Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa now offers a championship golf course, fine dining, world-class spa, conferencing and premium accommodation. Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa are proudly managed by First Group. Our 18-hole world-class golf course offers challenging play through the stunning coastal forest.
Enjoy pure indulgence at our spa, with more than 30 luxurious therapies available – from classic to contemporary massages, facial therapies and nail treatments.
At Selborne Hotel we offer a range of delightful dining options, from The Lord Selborne Restaurant, to light meals on The Terrace, and the convivial atmosphere of Barker’s Bar.
Selborne is the perfect location for an unforgettable wedding celebration, with a quaint chapel, delightful accommodation, excellent catering and four elegant reception venues.

    4. La Montagne

Situated along the Dolphin Coast, just 15km from King Shaka Airport, 120 luxury terraced apartments with breathtaking sea views await you at La Montagne Resort Hotel and Spa. With restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisine and room service, a great in-house Wellness Retreat, a live supper theatre club, squash courts, swimming pool, magnificent seaside sun deck and a daily entertainment programme for the whole family, La Montagne is guaranteed to fulfil your holiday dreams. The resort also boasts superb wedding and conferencing facilities with a full banqueting function, themed evenings and special activities.

    5. Bushmans Nek

Bushman’s Nek Berg and Trout Resort, situated in the picture-perfect foothills of the Southern Drakensberg, offers a selection of luxury hotel rooms, self-catering apartments and rustic log cabins. With a restaurant serving delectable cuisine, a wellness spa, horse riding, paintball, conference & wedding facilities and loads of entertainment for the whole family, Bushman’s Nek is bound to captivate your imagination and quench your thirst for outdoor adventure.

 

Top 3 Benefits of Couples Massage

With the festive season here for some of us this is the only time we have to strengthen our relationships or simply look for something fun and exciting to do with our significant other.

Couples Body Massages have proven to bring people closer and to relax and reconnect with the one they love the most.  Massages release oxytocin – also called ‘the love hormone’. In addition, a Couples Massages allows couples to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and to focus on enjoying the moment and relaxing with each other.

Here are my top 3 reasons why you should book a Couples Massage

  1. Bonding

Massages relieve tension from your muscles, but they also release natural chemicals like oxytocin in the body. When you and your partner receive oxytocin — also called the ‘love hormone’ — you will experience increased happiness, calmness, and pleasure both during the massage and after.

  1. Relieve Stress

Just like oxytocin, the body also releases serotonin and dopamine during a massage. These chemicals increase feelings of affection, wellbeing, and calmness. Not only can a massage improve your mood, but it can also help reduce stress and encourage thoughtful conversations with your significant other.

  1. Spending Quality Time Together

We know the average couple today has far too many things written into their diaries to feel like they can fit in a Couples Massage. But luckily, La Vita Spa offers a 50 minute Couples Massage leaving you without an excuse to avoid spending time with your partner.

I hope after reading my blog that this is reason enough to convince you to book a Couples Massage – “you and your partner deserve a little relaxation”.

Share the Gift off Relaxation This Festive Season

Are you like me feeling the pressure of finding the perfect Christmas present for friends and loved ones? I have this problem every year. I can’t find the perfect Christmas gift which totally stresses me out.

This year it’s going to be very different and I have stopped looking. I have decided to gift spa vouchers. Who does not need some rest, relaxation and revitalization? La Vita Spas has a whole list of Spa Treatments and Packages that you can purchase vouchers online (www.lavitaspas.com) for your friends and family:

Gel/Acrylic Overlays

Spoil your loved one with semi-permanent gel or acrylic overlays, and let them enjoy beautiful long lasting natural look for up to six weeks. They can choose between a colour or French manicure. Both gel and acrylic systems may be applied over natural nails. It is completely safe to use and offers glamorous nails in 50 mins.

Spa Paraffin Manicure

This 80 min Manicure includes exfoliating, hydrating and a refreshing mask, removal of callouses and corns. The paraffin wax dip is followed by a soothing hand massage, finishing with nail varnish of your choice.

Spa Paraffin Pedicure

This 80min pedicure includes deep extensive exfoliation, a hydrating mask and removal of callouses and dead skin. The paraffin wax dip is followed by a soothing foot massage, finishing with nail varnish of your choice.

Massage

La Vita Spas has a whole range of massages you can choose from. Buy a voucher for a traditional Massage, Swedish or Hot Stone Massage.

 

Spa Packages

If you want to give something more unique this Christmas, then book a Spa Package from the list below. These include:

  • Couples Paradise Spa Day (3,5 hrs)
  • Sunset Top to Toe Package (3hr 20min)
  • The Ultimate Indulgence Package (5hrs 50 mins)
  • Sicilian Body Shot Massage Package (2hr 20 min)

 

So this Christmas gift a spa voucher …….. no more stress

Natural Home Remedies for Bright Eyes

Honey and almond oil mask

Mix one tsp of honey with ½ tsp of almond oil and apply it on your eye contour region. After 15 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Apply castor oil to strengthen lashes

Cold-pressed castor oil is packed with vitamin-E and will work wonders for your lashes. Just apply a thin coat on the baseline before bed-time for best results.

Use cooled tea bags

Apply cooled green and black tea bags on your eyes as they will help soothe skin and reduce the puffiness. Keep them on 15 minutes and follow this treatment regularly for best results.

Use rose water for hydration

Rose water can instantly brighten your eyes and is also one of the easiest cures for dark circles. Appling cotton balls soaked in rose water on closed eyes for 15 minutes will do the trick.

Use cold cucumber slices for tired eyes

If you have been staring at a computer screen for too long, take two slices of cucumber and place it on your eyes for 15 minutes. In addition to cooling properties, cucumber will also help lighten dark circles if any.

Detoxify Your Body!

Are you feeling tired and sluggish? Are you struggling with digestive problems and skin problems? Can’t seem to lose weight? Then it’s time for you to detox your body.

Detoxification basically means cleaning the blood. This is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected.

Detoxification, when done right, can provide many health benefits, including:

  1. Resting the organs through fasting;
  2. Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body;
  3. Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin;
  4. Improving circulation of the blood; and
  5. Refueling the body with healthy nutrients.

There are many ways that you can detoxify, I prefer having healthy drinks. Here are 2 of my favorite recipes that I follow when I detox my body.

1. Lemon Detox Drink

This is an easy recipe. All you need is lemon and water in a glass (this can either be cold or warm), just squeeze a lemon and drink every day before you consume anything and before you go to bed.

This lemon detox drink can make your skin beautiful and more elastic, while clearing acne.

2. Kale Detox Drink

This kale drink is good for you if you like green vegetables. It comes with vitamins A, C, B6 and K, along with copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, and other minerals. For this simple recipe, all you need is the following ingredients:

A handful of kale leaves

Half an apple

One cup of coconut water

Once the ingredients are ready, simply remove the hard ribs found on the leaves of kale. Then, add the leaves to your blender along with the apple and coconut water. As with other drinks, all you need to do is blend the ingredients together until they are completely mixed. Drink cold or consume right away.

 

Try out my easy recipes that can make you healthier inside and out.

Essential oils for Stress and Anxiety

We lead such busy lives and there is nothing more powerful to help us deal with our stress than to spend time relaxing and gathering ourselves in a state of calm.

Essential oils have been used for many thousands of years to bring about emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing. When used correctly, inhaling or applying essential oils to the skin can bring about a sense of calmness and improve emotional well-being.

It is beneficial to breathe in certain essential oils known for their relaxing, therapeutic effects when we feel stressed.

Each oil has a unique chemical composition that supports a different system of the body. When we inhale a scent through our nose, receptor cells in the olfactory organ receive the aroma and send a message to the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.”

When using essential oils always dilute with a carrier oil before it’s applied to the skin. This reduces your risk of irritation. Some popular carrier oils are almond, grapefruit, coconut, and jojoba.

Essential oils should never be ingested, there’s not enough research on anyone essential oil to prove it’s safe to swallow. Each essential oil is very different, and some are toxic.

I personally find the essential oils that I have listed below effective at relieving stress and associated side effects, such as depression, insomnia, tension, and anxiety.

 

Basil – This warming oil is beneficial in relieving intellectual fatigue and nervous exhaustion, bringing strength and clarity to the mind. It works quickly to bring relaxation in the moment and assists with digestive issues due to stress.

Chamomile, Roman – Chamomile is a wonderfully sweet and soothing oil to smell. It has a noticeable effect on the nervous system by calming and easing depression. It is very effective for stress, anxiety and insomnia.

Clary Sage – This beautiful plant and flower has a noticeable euphoric action on the body. It can be used to help with anxiety, stress, nervous tension and depression. It works as a tonic for nervous fatigue and mental exhaustion. The scent is loved by most but some may find it too strong.

Grapefruit – This cooling and uplifting oil is a must go-to for stress, burnout and depression. It is like sunshine in a bottle. Very useful for those who are affected by ‘winter depression’ due to the decrease of light in the winter.

Jasmine – Handpicked in the early light of the morning, jasmine is one of the most effective oils for the nervous system. Supportive for anxiety, depression and emotional dilemmas. It works quickly to change our mood towards optimism.

Lavender –  My favorite essential oilOtherwise known as ‘true lavender’, this is one of those oils that does it all. Lavender is very calming and relaxing and has a harmonizing effect on the nervous system without being sedative. Wonderful for insomnia, mental stress and anxiety. It is also helpful for migraines and headaches.

Lemon – One smell of lemon essential oil and you can’t help but feel better. Lemon oil can lift the spirits and helps one to overcome mental fatigue and burnout. It can be used to help the brain with decision making in a calming matter.

Sweet Marjoram – Calming and nutritive to the nervous system, Sweet Marjoram can be used to help with stress, anxiety and insomnia.  It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and lowers the sympathetic function. Wonderful for sleep issues caused by stress.

Neroli – is a powerful sedative and antidepressant. Useful for insomnia, anxiety and depression. This oil is one of the most beautiful oils that you can smell. Distilled from the flowers of the blooming orange, Neroli makes you feel better within minutes of smelling it.

Sweet Orange – Sweet Orange is a cheerful oil that helps to life one’s spirits. It is also wonderful for sleep and immune system blends for children. Mildly sedative and antidepressant. Wonderful for anxiety, insomnia and nervousness.

Rose – Uplifting to the spirit and mind, rose is a wonderful essential oil for stress, anxiety and depression.

Sandalwood – Sandalwood is a calming and grounding oil. It has a wonderful smell that brings about a special moment when it is smelled.

Have regular massages designed to stimulate the lymphatic system, this gentle massage, with essential oils, does wonders all through the power of touch and smell. Some of the plant oils used at La Vita, like Lavender and Jasmine have been proven to help with a number of stress-related conditions, like anxiety and insomnia. Massages can create balance within the body.

Breast Awareness

The pink ribbon is the most prominent symbol of breast cancer awareness, and in many countries the month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women, and the second main cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.

What causes breast cancer?

Breast cancer is thought to be caused by a combination of our genes, lifestyle choices and surrounding environment.

There are many things, or factors, that can increase or decrease the risk of developing breast cancer. One of the biggest risk factors is increasing age. At least four out of five breast cancers occur in women over 50.

In a small number of cases, breast cancer runs in the family. Most women with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease or the faulty genes linked to breast cancer.

You can lower your risk of developing breast cancer by making changes such as drinking less alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight and being regularly physically active.

How to be breast aware

Being breast aware simply means knowing what your breasts look and feel like normally, being on the lookout for any unusual changes and getting them checked out by your doctor.
No one knows your body better than you and everyone will have their own way of touching and looking for changes – there’s no special technique and you don’t need any training.

 

Research suggests that other factors such as smoking, being exposed to chemicals that can cause cancer, and changes in other hormones due to night shift working also may increase breast cancer risk.

Prepare Your Skin for Waxing!

I like keeping my skin smooth and hairless for weeks at a time, waxing is the only way to go for me! It’s a perfect solution for all my hairier spots.

La Vita Spas (www.lavitaspas.com) have a range of waxing treatments you can choose from that will suit your needs. When visiting the Spa a little skin care preparation can go a long way in making your waxing appointment less painless, and most importantly effective. Here are a few tips on how to prepare yourself in advance for a waxing skin treatment.

Check Your Skin

Always examine your skin before your appointment. Broken or inflamed dermis will need time to heal before it’s waxed.

Next, check that your hair is the right length. It should be just long enough for the wax to grip. Any longer or shorter can be painful.

Exfoliate Lightly

Exfoliating loosens away dead skin and prevents ingrown hairs. Skip harsh scrubs a few days before you go to the spa for a wax.

Moisturize Your Skin

Be sure to moisturize in the days leading up to the appointment. It will allow the skin to more easily relax. Never do it on the day of your appointment, because it can coat the hair and interfere with the wax’s grip, rendering your waxing service painful and useless.

Keep Your Skin Clean

Especially for sensitive areas, like the bikini wax, keep your skin as clean as possible. Waxing opens the skin up to infection, particularly in areas normally warm or damp. Take special care to keep these areas squeaky clean before waxing.

What is your Spring Skin Care Routine?

I always remember that my winter clothes need to be packed away after the cold season and to take out all my flowery lighter Spring clothes but I always forget to change my skin care routine. How many of you do this? Do you also remember to change your skin care routine?

So as the weather warms up, try some of these tips to up your spring skin care routine.

Let your Skin Glow

Try using a lighter foundation in Spring to prevent your pores from being clogged or skip using a foundation and go natural. As the days warm up, we tend to sweat a lot and makeup can lead to clogged pores and acne.

Have a bath more Often

Shower/bath more than once a day. Moisturize your damp skin to lock in moisture, and only use soap for one shower a day. On your next shower/bath just rinse off with water.

Exfoliate for a glowing skin?

Gentle exfoliation once a week helps moisturizers to absorb into skin, evens skin texture. By exfoliating you will get rid of dry, dead skin cells after the winter months and restore the skin.

Swap Moisturizer for Lighter Lotion

For spring skin care, swap your heavy moisturizer for a lighter lotion if your skin is normal, or skip it altogether if you have oily, acne-prone skin. However, if you have very dry skin or eczema you may need a heavier, creamy moisturizer all year round.

Use Sun Screen and monitor your time in the sun.

It is important to wear sun screen all year round, but during spring and summer you should use SPF30 and over. Try and use a waterproof, broad – spectrum sunscreen.  and re-apply throughout the day. A light mist or gel sunscreen can feel lighter and prevent clogged pores. Remember to avoid excess sun exposure and wear hats, clothing, and sunscreen for added protection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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