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The Art Of Self-Care: Why ‘Wellness Days’ Are Vital

Modern women are busier than ever before; it’s not unusual for a busy, working mother to have to juggle a multitude of vital roles such as domestic goddess, kiddie wrangler, peacekeeper, chef, sock finder and husband wrangler – all before she hits her desk for a full day’s work at 9am.

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And so burn-out can be swift; as women, we spend so much time looking after everyone else, we can so easily neglect our own self-care and well-being. When was the last time you took a mental-health day or “wellness day” for yourself?

Brisbane wellness advocate and hatha yoga instructor Heather Sartain, 55, (pictured) who’s just opened unisex boutique spa sanctuary, One Wybelenna, says as chief carers of the family, as is usually the case, women must regularly take time out for themselves. Heather’s interest in health and well-being extends back to her training as a registered nurse.

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One Wybelenna, based at Brookfield in Brisbane’s inner-west, offers the most extensive selection of Ayurveda Aromatherapy products in Queensland. Set amid landscaped gardens, it’s an urban oasis just 12km from the CBD.

“It is so important to take care of ourselves so that we will have the energy and resources to care for others,” Heather says. “This self-care takes different forms for individual personalities and body types. Maybe it’s a gentle yoga class to help to clear the mind for some, while others would prefer to run, or play tennis with a group of friends, read a book or walk in nature.

“Whatever is your ‘timeout’ activity of choice, it is important to do something for yourself, no matter how small, each day. We must also eat healthy, wholesome foods to nourish our bodies. Eat live food; lots of plant foods and fresh foods, not dead, packaged and preservative laden foods.

“We must breathe, mindfully, deeply and frequently, not just the short shallow breaths that become so much a part of a busy life. And we must sleep well. Our bodies need rest to restore and rebalance. At One Wybelenna, we offer the perfect environment and treatments to assist our guests to relax and rejuvenate complementing their lifestyle choices.”

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Heather, who practises yoga and meditation daily, says beauty treatments are also a great way for women (and men) to gain calm and zen in today’s crazy busy world.

“At One Wybelenna, our rituals incorporate the maintenance treatments in a serene environment, making the whole experience a sensory journey,” Heather says. “Massage should be acknowledged as being very important to our general well-being rather than an indulgence. The sense of touch is vital to life and helps reduce the levels of stress that build up physically and emotionally.”

Her favourite treatment is a 90 minute Custom Facial, which begins with a skin assessment and includes a back and neck massage. She also highly recommends a Subtle Energies Ayurveda Aromatherapy package of Blissful Marma Massage combined with the Mukha Chikitsa facial or the Germaine de Capuccini Crystal and Pearl Elixir. “Both of these rituals combine bodywork with facials and induce the deepest sense of wellbeing and rejuvenation,” Heather says.

And blokes aren’t forgotten – they can also treat themselves to the Amor for Men Facial. This treatment starts with a back, shoulder and neck massage and includes a 24-step Shiatsu Zen facial massage and detoxifying mask. One Wybelenna’s professional therapists also use Germaine de Capuccini skin care products.

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The spa is open for bookings Tuesday-Saturday. Visit www.onewybelenna.com.

August 20, 2015

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Pamper Package

Calling all busy mums! Was the last time you actually had time to yourself when you took a five-minute toilet break? You gotta get yourself pampered in time for Mother’s Day, girlfriend.

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I was recently fortunate enough to be able to drop off my two toddlers to their nanna’s and hotfoot it to one of my nearest true luxury day spas: the award-winning Harbour Day Spa at picturesque Raby Bay, Cleveland, located on the western shores of Moreton Bay, about 25km, or a 40 minute drive east-south-east of the Brisbane CBD.

If you’re planning a trip to the “sunshine state”, lock this one in, Eddie! For Harbour Day Spa, which is famed for its excellence in these parts, provides amazing, head-to-toe beauty services for your hair, face and body.

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What’s more, it was a prime time to visit it, given Mother’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday, May 10 and the salon is celebrating its 11th birthday. If you’re stressed out, never underestimate the power of touch and the amazing healing and rejuvenation that comes from a great day spa treatment or two.

Harbour Day Spa is an opulent, Thai-inspired retreat aimed at providing the ultimate relaxation experience. It offers multiple indulgent treatment rooms, spacious relaxation areas, and a hair salon and make-up artistry. It also prides itself on its “cosmedical” approach to diagnose, treat and solve serious skin concerns and conditions without compromising on relaxation and indulgence.

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My divine treatment of choice? The Ultimate Mums Time Out Mother’s Day Package, valued at $250. This saw me enjoy a heavenly tea on arrival (pictured) then 2.5 hours of ultimate bliss, pampering and luxury. In fact, I was so relaxed during the divine treatment, I dozed off several times.

My treatment included:

  • A lemon and juniper berry detox foot soak.
  • A back cleanse with a green tea and Turkish rose cleanser.
  • A back neck and shoulder massage incorporating hot stones (40 minutes).
  • A rejuvenating facial (40 minutes).
  • A relaxing, warm fig and guava oil scalp massage.

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I had a wondrous time – so much so, I didn’t want it to end! And my beauty therapist, who had 15 years experience, was one of the best I’ve ever had. Both knowledgeable and personable, she was also a damn good masseuse.

Luckily for me, there was still some added extras to enjoy: a luxury signature shampoo and blow dry, Curtis Collection make-up touch up and Devonshire tea or glass of bubbles with nibbles. Naturally, I opted for the bubbles and took the opportunity to take in the amazing balcony view at Harbour Day Spa (pictured). Ah, the serenity.

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For more information on Mother’s Day packages visit harbourdayspa.com.au.

Images via Trip Advisor and True Local

April 20, 2015

Beauty Therapist Crimes Against Humanity

In an ideal world, if you ever get the time and opportunity to treat yourself at a day spa it will be a soothing, rejuvenating and healing experience (see main pic, for inspiration).

Sadly, this is not always the case, and you may find yourself more stressed coming out of a “luxury” day spa than when you first went in.
Let’s take a look at some common day spa beauty therapist crimes against humanity and how to combat them.

The crime: Your beauty therapist talks too much

This is a tricky one that will require some UN-esque diplomacy on your part, for you don’t want to offend the very lass who’s in charge of your relaxation. Now, ideally you’d love nothing more than to hear your beauty therapist’s life story, but you’ve got limited time to unwind, so try to kerb it at the outset by saying something like: “You’re so lovely, but I’m so stressed I can barely speak, is it OK if you massage me/do my facial in some quiet? I just really need to switch off.” This should do the trick.

The crime: Hot wax burns on your delicate parts

This is a more serious beauty felony which will require some guts on your part, for I don’t think you should ever have to pay if any of your pink bits or otherwise are damaged during a beauty “treatment”. You went in to have your eyebrows reshaped or your lady garden prettied up – not to endure additional pain on top of the waxing discomfort. This has actually happened to me more than once, most recently when my lovely, but stressed-out regular eyebrow lady burnt my delicate eye area under my eyebrows because she was so busy talking about her infertility (see above beauty crime) that she forgot I had skin. I didn’t pay for that “service” and nor should you – even a credit note will suffice. Take extra care with your pink bits – choose a waxer wisely.

The crime: A pedicure turns into a nasty toe infection

There’s nothing relaxing about going in to have your footsies attended to, only to have a beauty therapist use dirty tools so that you quickly develop a toe infection soon after. Yep, this beauty offence happened to me once too, not long after I had my first baby. It was the last thing I needed – I just wanted pretty toes! – and instead I ended up at a GP crying like a banshee due to the pain. I think it pays to shop around for a good beauty therapist – I’d rather pay more for a pedi at a reputable salon than ever experience this agony  by “shopping local” again. And it was only at my husband’s gentle urgings that I rang and told this beauty therapist (and I use the term loosely) off after the event. I’d already paid her, unfortunately, but I have loudly warned off everyone I know from using her services ever since.

The crime: Your masseuse likes to see people in pain

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Have you ever had a massage that was so shockingly painful, it took your breath away? Did you wonder if your beauty therapist was a not-so-secret sadist? It pays to speak up loudly prior to your massage about any tender body parts and/or your expectations. If you’re going in for a relaxation massage, you don’t expect to be pummelled!? However, if it’s a remedial sports massage, then you can anticipate it will hurt, in a good kind of healing way. Again, shop around. And red card your masseuse the minute you experience any undue pain or discomfort.

What beauty crimes against humanity have you experienced?

Images via www.pixabay.com

September 11, 2014