Take a Spa Break to Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body and Spirit

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MONTPELLIER, Montpellier is known as one of the most attractive and fashionable areas of Cheltenham. Its distinctive architecture and many café’s and bars has gained Montpellier the reputation of having continental flavour. In the 18th and 19th centuries the name of French spa town of Montpellier had been a byword for a pleasant healthy place – and that name was chosen in 1809 by Henry Thompson for his newly established spa.
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It was laid out in the early 18th century with attractive villas and terraces surrounding spacious ornamental gardens, now known as Montpellier Gardens. In the 1830s and 1840s specialist shops were built and Montpellier developed as a specialist shopping area, the character of which it still retains today. Most picturesque is Montpellier Walk, where shops are fronted by 32 caryatids.

Montpellier is home to famous Cheltenham Ladies’ College, which was established in the mid-19th century for the daughters of Cheltenham’s gentlemen.

Since prehistoric times, man has known about the therapeutic benefits of going to a spa. Early Celtic kings have been credited with discovering the hot springs in Bath, England and archeologists found Bronze Age weaponry and oblations near the hot springs in France. Believed to provide physical healing and spiritual purification, people would travel for miles to soak in a sacred body of water.

Today, spas have evolved into wellness centers that provide an assortment of hair, facial and body treatments that promote beauty, health and wellbeing. But with so many spa options available, it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for you.

One way to narrow things down is to figure out if you need a spa break or a spa holiday. A spa break is a brief hiatus from the stress of everyday life. Ranging from half a day to an entire weekend, spa breaks can be taken at a day spa or hotel spa and are usually limited to treatments that pamper you such as massages and facials.

A spa holiday, on the other hand, can last anywhere from one week to several months and are for those times when you need more than just a break from life. Facilities that specialize in spa holidays fall into one of the following categories:

Destination Spa

The focus of a destination spa is to help you live a healthier life. Exercise programs, healthy cuisine, therapeutic treatments (such as massage) and educational lectures are provided as a means to help you turn your bad habits into healthy ones.

Thermal Spa

A thermal, or mineral springs, spa uses the water from a local hot spring for baths and showers as well as in beauty and hydrotherapy treatments to help you relax and relieve general aches or pains.

Ayurveda Spa

As the oldest known health care system in the world, Ayurveda is an ancient system of disease prevention, care and healing that focuses on balancing the different energies in the body. Spas that specialize in Ayurveda treatments use massage, hydrotherapy, yoga and meditation in conjunction with herbs to detoxify and reduce the symptoms of disease.

Thalassotherapy Spa

These spas use the products of the ocean to help clients relax and detoxify. Algae, seaweed, alluvial mud and saltwater are all used in beauty and body treatments to provide relief from insomnia, cellulite and general aches or pains.

Medical Spa

Medical Spas specialize in providing medical treatments such as laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, Botox injections, chemical peels and skin tightening. These spas have a more clinical atmosphere than traditional spas but some also offer consultations with naturopathic doctors.

Cruise Spa

Cruise spas combine the excitement of traveling on the water with invigorating and healing spa treatments. Most offer the basic pampering services such as massages and facials. However some take advantage of the sea water and also offer seaweed wraps and Thalassotherapy.

Choosing the best spa for you will also depend on what you want to achieve. Do you just want a break from the hustle of life? Then a manicure and facial at a day spa may be the thing for you. Are you trying to make a complete lifestyle change? Then a week or two at a destination spa will get you off to a good start.

So whether you just need an hour or two to catch your breath or spend a month detoxing at an Ayurveda spa, taking time to rejuvenate is a guilty pleasure that is 100% good for you.

Sally Burns loves to take spa breaks and likes to visit a spa resort a couple of times a year.

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Benefits of Going to a Cosmetic and Medical Spa

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There are skin problems that can actually affect the way you think and feel about yourself. These can include burns, scarring, blemishes, pimples and even physical deformations. The way your skin looks can affect your level of self-confidence and self-esteem. If you think that you are not very comfortable with the way you look, if you care much about your physical appearance, then you may want to consider the benefits of going to a cosmetic and medical spa. Medical spas and cosmetics can increase your confidence, improve your sense of wellness, and help in treating certain illnesses.

Medical spas use a combination of the comforts of a traditional day spa with the luxury of cosmetic procedures. You get everything you can get at a traditional spa, plus cosmetic services; you can benefit from facials, sauna, massage and body treatment. Besides the relaxation, offered by medical spas, patients can also benefit from cosmetic treatments such as restylane injections, hair restoration, laser acne treatments photo facials, hair removal, and microdermabrasions. Medical spas use top-notch technology to treat skin problems effectively, allowing patients to experience minimal or no pain. Some of the equipment used in medical spas will include fierce pulsed light and lasers.

People suffering from addictions such as alcoholism and smoking can benefit from some programs offered by medical spas. There are week long programs that are designed to help patients meet their rehab requirements. Medical spas can be used to treat skin diseases, including acne, dark spots, and scars. This kind of treatment can improve the patient’s overall physical love, highlighting the most attractive features on the face and other areas of the body. Medical spa combines traditional relaxation therapy with laser treatment to offer health benefits that can be lasting. This treatment is not only designed for women who want to improve their looks, but also for men who want to experience a general feeling of wellness. With the competitive nature of this service, it is very easy to find great deals with promos and specials.

Medical spas can help you feel and look younger, and with the emergence of rejuvenating technologies, people would rather go to the medical spa than undergo the painful plastic surgery treatments. Medical spas has a nutritional element that helps boosts youthfulness. Pregnant women can also have a lot of benefits, including training on giving birth and breastfeeding. Pregnant women can also work with a nutritionist to develop a suitable and healthy pregnancy diet plan. One of the best benefits of medical spa is the level of comfort it offers to clients who are going through a medical procedure that can otherwise be painful. You’ll take away your stress and depression with the services of medical spas. With massage therapy, clients can actually relax while having laser hair removal treatment. Medical spas are equipped to offer both natural and medical cosmetic solutions, which give clients many options.

The benefits of going to a cosmetic and medical spa are outstanding, but the confidence it gives patients about their looks can be a very important factor when it comes to developing a great personality. The moment you start feeling and looking good, you start doing things differently as well. Whether you just want to handle a skin or facial problem, or you want to improve your wellness, then you should consider medical spas. The specialists offering this service will advice if you need to see your doctor if you have a condition that cannot be addressed with this treatment.

George Grant enjoys blogging about many topics, including Cosmetic & Medical Spas in Richmond Hill Canada. Looking for information about Weight Loss or Medical SPA Check out Madison Med-Spa.

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Note: this photo was published in a Jun 26, 2009 blog titled "The Art of Unselfconscious Exercise." It was also published in a Jul 15, 2009 blog titled "Behavior Change and Brain Disease: Lessons from History." And it was published in an Aug 4, 2009 blog titled "Sencillos cambios para aplicar cuando corres." It was also published in an Aug 21, 2009 blog titled "Diferentes formas de comprobar los efectos del ejercicio." And it was published in Sep 1, 2009 blog titled " Take a Jog: The Best Kept Running Routes in San Diego." It was also published in a Sep 9, 2009 Spa Magazine blog titled "comotivate to reach personal goals." It was also published in an undated (Dec 2009) Jog4Life blog titled "Beginner Week One Marathon Training."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 7, 2010 blog titled "How to Lose Weight With Aerobic Exercises." And it was published in a Mar 22, 2010 Hurraki blog titled "Bild: jogging," as well as a Mar 22, 2010 blog titled "12 Tips for a Physically and Mentally Balanced Life." It was also published in a Mar 31, 2010 blog titled "EUROBAROMETRAS: SPORTAS PER TV VIS DAR LAIMI PRIEŠ MANKŠTĄ 1." And it was published in Jun 16, 2010 blog titled "La corsa “…for dummies” – 8 – Iniziamo a correre: il terzo mese! " It was also published in a Jul 7, 2010 blog titled " Sport hilft gegen schlechte Stimmung." And it was published in a Sep 13, 2010 blog titled "Krafttraining für Läufer nur zu empfehlen." It was also published in a Sep 23, 2010 blog titled "Are You Exercising At the Right Intensity? Do the Talk Test" And it was published in an Oct 8, 2010 Unpluggd blog titled "4 Wrap Around Headphones For Working Out."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in an undated (late Jan 2011) blog titled "Ask The Trainer: Losing Weight." It was also published in an Feb 6, 2011 blog titled "An unexpected benefit of doing the Postaday2011 Challenge!" And it was published in a Feb 15, 2011 blog titled "Why Side Aches Are Such a Pain in the Abs." It was also published in an undated (late Feb 2011) "San Ramon Patch" blog titled "10 Questions." And it was published in a Mar 10, 2011 blog titled "Start running the right way," as well as a Mar 11, 2011 blog titled "Sport per bruciare calorie. Il quiz." It was also published in a Mar 30, 2011 blog titled "Report Highlights Georgia Health Divide." And it was published in a May 10, 2011 LifeHacker blog titled "Get Rid of That Stitch in Your Side with This Three Minute Fix." And it was published in a May 24, 2011 Finnish blog titled "Lenkille kirjaston kautta." It was also published in a Jun 23, 2011 blog titled Thousands RSVP for Global Group Run on Meetup," as well as a Jul 12, 2011 blog titled "40歳目前にして初めて10km走れたメタボジョギングの話." And it was published in an Aug 15, 2011 blog titled "休日の過ごし方を提案してみました ." It was also published in an Aug 19, 2011 blog titled "How to Stop Working and Go Home At Night." And it was published in an Aug 20, 2011 Mashable blog titled "3 New Startup Tools For Shopping, Selling and Running," as well as an Aug 25, 2011 blog titled "Ejercicios para adelgazar | correr o bicicleta." It was also published in an undated (early Oct 2011) blog titled "5 questions to ask yourself before you get married." It was also published in an Oct 28, 2011 blog titled "25 Exceptional Photos of Runners, Races & Marathons." And it was published in an Oct 30, 2011 blog titled "iPhone4Sは3GSに比べてGPSの精度が高い ." It was also published in an undated (early Dec 2011) blog titled "Healthy and Fit in Bellingham."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 3,2012 blog titled "More flexibility at work equals better health, new study confirms." It was also published in a Jan 9, 2012 blog titled "Adelgazar después de Navidades." And it was published in a Jan 12,2012 blog titled "Why Your Stress Problem is Everyone’s Problem." It was also published in a Mar 13, 2012 blog titled "Pierda peso y manténgase en forma con estas aplicaciones." and a cropped, horizontally reversed version of the photo was published in a Mar 26, 2012 blog titled "Migrän oct Nyheter." A cropped version of the photo was also published in a Mar 30, 2012 Toronto Life newspaper blog, titled "Dear Urban Diplomat: should I jog with my manager if it helps get me a promotion?" It was also published in an Apr 5, 2012 blog titled "Cómo cuidar la estética del corridor." And it was published in a May 24, 2012 blog titled "The 4 Pillars of Great Bootcamp Planning." It was also published in a Jul 4, 2012 blog titled "5 Ways to Save on a Fitness Trainer (in Singapore)," as well as a Jul 5, 2012 blog titled "Sport: evita i rischi durante l’estate." It was also published in a Jul 9, 2012 blog titled "Study: Gym-Goers and Organic Shoppers Give in to Fast Food Temptations." And it was published in a Jul 18, 2012 blog titled "What Can Ruin Your Health More Than Smoking?" It was also published in a Jul 25, 2012 blog titled "Corsa: allenamento e consigli per principianti," as well as an Aug 30, 2012 blog titled "Para adelgazar: mejor correr 30 minutos dos veces que una hora continua." It was also published in a Sep 3, 2012 blog titled "Ponte en forma después del Verano con estas aplicaciones para tu iPhone." And it was published in an undated (early Oct 2012) blog titled "Five Signs of a Healthy Heart." It was also published in an Oct 18, 2012 blog titled "The Right Type of Exercise Is Critical to get the Full Health Benefit." And it was published in a Nov 16, 2012 blog titled "How Much Exercise Do You Need in A Day?" and a Nov 16, 2012 blog titled "Pledge #10: Sharing Shelter," as well as an undated (mid-Nov 2012) blog titled "Consejos a la hora de empezar a correr."

An oddly-cropped version of the photo (showing just the joggers’ legs, from the knees down) was published in a Nov 19, 2012 blog titled "RUNNERS COMPLETE GOSPORT HALF MARATHON 2012." It was also published in a Dec 2, 2012 blog titled "What Are You Waiting For? When Is Your Next Workout?" It was also published in a Dec 12, 2012 blog titled "Con la tabella del benessere scopri con quanti Km di corsa migliora la salute." And it was published in a Dec 21, 2012 blog titled "Mit weniger Gewicht auf den Hanteln mehr Pfunde abnehmen."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 7, 2013 blog titled "ランニングマシーンで下半身シェイプアップ!" And it was published in a Jan 31, 2013 blog titled "Our Pilgrimage is Not a Race." It was also published in a Feb 2, 2013 blog titled "Why Exercise is Good For Mental Health?" And it was published in a Mar 4, 2013 blog titled "IT Band and Patellofemoral Syndrome: how did your knee pain turn into a ‘syndrome’?" A cropped version of the photo, in which only the woman is visible, was also published in a Mar 25, 2013 blog titled "Why Music Helps You Work Out." It was also published in a Jun 28, 2013 blog titled "Sign Up for the Greater Downtown Council, YMCA Sidewalk Shuffle 5K; Today’s is the Last Day to Register at the Discounted Price."

Moving into 2015, the photo was published in a May 1, 2015 LifeHacker blog titled "lHow to Stop Working and Go Home At Night."


I’ve strolled through Riverside Park on several previous occasions (click here to see a collection of approximately seven other Flickr albums of my Riverside Park photos) — but even though the sign at the 96th Street entrance is always the same, and the pathway is always the same, the people and the individual vignettes are always different.

Sometimes it’s simply a function of the weather: people dress differently, act differently, and are engaged in different activities in early spring than they do in summer or late fall. But much of it simply has to do with the incredible variety of people who take advantage of the opportunity to relax, read a book, jog, or picnic with their families.

So … this just happens to be what it looked like in Riverside Park on the last day of May, in 2009.

The spa and massage are on ever-increasing demand nowadays. Because of the health maintenance and health prospect people are now getting interested in having spa or massages. People are now not in favour of getting spa or massage for getting pampered. They now want a healthy living, fitness, personal growth, pain relief naturally, eco friendly atmosphere, weight loosing naturally, skin care in an organic way etc. Nowadays even people give priority to superior quality equipment, trained professional service providers with the highest credentials, and also a wonderful spa location with comfortable and pleasing atmosphere. Therefore a spa today can be regarded as synonymous to therapeutic healing and health maintenance also. The Spa is a renowned spa which provides female to male massage in Bhubaneswar as well as spa in Bhubaneswar. It is based at Bapujinagar, 1st Lane, Bhubaneswar, Orissa-751009. To experience a relaxing spa in Bhubaneswar or a female to male massage in Bhubaneswar, you can call us at 7894307000 or you can visit: www.thespa.co.in
There are so many classifications of spa such as: Day spa, Mobile spa, Destination spa, Eco spa, Mineral health spa, Resort/Hotel spa, Club Spa. It depends upon spa goers’ choice whether he or she wants to pamper his or her senses, or wants an authentic massage therapy, needs holistic healing or activity, or simply wants a deluxe treatment. So, it is really important to choose right spa for you. Previously massage lost its value and importance with an unsavory image that is created by “massage parlours”. But this image has been faded now as people now understood the benefits or advantages of massage and how it protects us from the diseases. Massage is now used in intensive care units, for children, elderly people, babies in incubators, and patients with cancer, AIDS, heart attacks, or strokes. Massage therapies are now provided in health centers, drug treatment clinics, and pain clinics.
Professional massage therapists are specialized in almost 80 or more than 80 types of massage techniques, named modalities. Some examples of massage therapies are: Swedish massage, Thai Massage, Body Work, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Acupressure, Deep-tissue massage, Heated Stone massage, Sports massage, Reiki, Neuromuscular massage, Acupuncture etc. Massage therapy is the practice of using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue and muscles of the body. It is performed for a variety of reasons, including treating painful ailments, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries, and promoting general health. Clients often seek massage for its medical benefit and for relaxation purposes, and there is a wide range of massage treatments available.
Visit The Spa (www.thespa.co.in) and get refreshed and relaxed all the day!

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How to Make Do it Yourself Spa Treatments

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Return to Beauty by aesthetician Narine Nikogosian offers time-tested, healthy and inexpensive skin care regimens that readers can make at home. In this vook, Narine shares the secrets that have made her one of Hollywood’s top skin care specialists. Her advice is based upon information passed down from generations of gracefully aging women from her native Armenia, as well as her own experiences from twenty years of creating skin care programs for the Hollywood elite.

Readers can follow along with Narine’s recipes in their kitchen while reading the vook on a desktop/laptop, or purchase and take the mobile vook to the store to help them figure out what ingredients they need to buy to make their skin look younger and healthier. With Narine demonstrating, vookers will be able to see that her techniques really work, all while they’re learning the best way to prepare each recipe for maximum effectiveness.

If your beauty kit is full of the same products you have been using for ages, it is time to turn around and have a change. A do it yourself spa treatment is healthy and easy to make. Replace your beauty products with healthy DIY spa treatment. You can make sweet smelling lotions, lip-gloss, hair conditioner and many other products.

When buying yogurt, make sure you buy enough to make do it yourself spa treatments as well as eat of course. It works wonders on your skin. To make good DIY beauty treatments, blend the yogurt with honey and cucumber for a rejuvenating facemask. Old make up cases may be used to store the DIY spa treatment. Wash it well and fill it with a combination of cinnamon, sugar and sweet smelling natural oils. You may use it as blush.

After summer, your feet can be left dry, rough and cracked. DIY spa treatments allow you to make a foot scrub using pumpkins. This is a gentle spa treatment and after repeating the wellness routine severally your feet become soft and supple. Using do it yourself spa treatments you can make a shaving cream that takes care of your skin. The DIY spa beauty cream can be used on the face, armpits or legs. It is made from sunflower oil and glycerin. It does not have any synthetic chemicals.

You can save on money and time if you use DIY hair conditioner and products. You are able to clean your hair fast and with no hustles. DIY spa beauty treatments allow you to use mayonnaise and egg white on your hair. Due to high cost do it yourself spa has become very common because it is economical and healthy.

Unhealthy dry hair can be made to look beautiful and healthy using natural ingredients. You can condition your hair during a do it yourself spa treatments using avocado hair mask. Avocado has healthy oil and high protein content. You only need to use a small size of an avocado fruit to enjoy remarkable results. Blend an avocado with a mixture of egg and a tablespoon of olive oil and blend the mixture. Apply it on your hair and cover with a shower cap for 20 minutes. Do this at least twice a week, to ensure your hair remains strong and breaks less frequently.

By making your own beauty products at home, you can control the substances contained in the treatment. Do it yourself spa treatments allow you to care for your skin without exposing it to harmful artificial products. The best types of ingredients to use are organic fruits, herbs and oils.

You can create do it yourself spa treatments on your own in a single weekend or in the company of your friends and family. In addition, do it yourself spa treatments allow you to discover a lot and be creative. When having a girl’s night in, you can collect ingredients and make many interesting do it yourself spa treatments.

The best thing about a do it yourself spa treatments is that you can improvise the equipments that you have at home. For example, you can turn your bathtub into a mini sauna area. Simply clear your bathtub to eradicate any smug before filling it up with hot water. Add a few drops of essential oil into the water; you can choose any essential oil including lavender and rose if you are looking for a sweet fragrance. Be sure to light up some scented candles and play some background music.

Fill the bathtub with warm water and add some natural oil. The oil helps to prevent dehydration of your skin. You may turn on a music player as you enjoy a hot bath. Make this your wellness routine.

There are different types of recipes that you can create for a do it yourself spa treatment. The basic ingredients are available in local stores. In addition, you can even make a Finnish sauna in your house with the materials you already have.

Whether you are making foot scrubs, face masks or hair conditioners do it yourself spa treatments give you an upper hand to begin your own home spa treatment. Making beauty products can be fun and inexpensive because you shop for the ingredients you like and do all the work for yourself. It is time to begin having do it yourself spa treatments.

This is an article by Sue Robinson who writes more about spa treatments at her website.

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Side Effects Free Exclusive Zen Spa Treatment In Mississauga And Malton

It has been seen in a recent few years that spa treatments are quite high in demand by the people across the various nations in the world. Earlier it was believed that spa treatments are only focused upon looking beautiful only. However, it has been proved that all the spa treatments not only make your skin good looking but also impart it an inner strength. Spa treatment makes you feel rejuvenated from inside and you will definitely see the difference in your skin after getting a spa treatment. An overall grooming is very important to make your personality attractive these days. People are also spending a lot of money to attain a beautiful skin which is healthy too. Therefore, spa treatment and wellness industry have swiftly grown up in the past few decades.

Mississauga is one of the densely populated areas situated in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. Mississauga spa packages are quite popular among Canadian folks. There are so many day spas as well as full time spas one can easily find over the streets of this beautiful location in Greater Toronto Area. One of the prominent names in offering the best spa treatments is of Zen Spa. This spa is a well known name in the entire spa industry in Canada. Various types of spa treatments such as massages, manicure, pedicure, esthetics, para-medical services etc. are offered to the clients over here. The treatments are offered at very genuine price.

All those people who have experienced Zen Spa services are very much satisfied with the staff’s services of the spa. You can easily make your bookings online over the internet. You are just required to fill up a form and submit it online. After submission of your form, the administration will send you a confirmation regarding your booking and then you can directly come to your spa according to your already booked schedule. Like Mississauga, another Zen Spa which is located in Malton, another important area in Greater Toronto Area is also very popular for its spa services.

Zen Spa Malton offers time to time unique spa packages to its customers. You can take advantage of these exclusive offers along with your dear ones too. All the treatments are purely natural and totally side effects free. In fact, many dermatologists and skin care experts prescribe their patients who are suffering from health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, cervical pains, any orthopedic pain, etc. to go for spa care treatments. Zen Spa treatments are found to be highly beneficial for the treatment of these diseases.

Zen Spa is one of the most popular spa care centers in the entire Greater Toronto Area, Canada. Mississauga spa packages are quite popular among Canadian folks. One can enjoy exclusive Zen Spa package offers along with his or her dear ones too.