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Hello Spring.

Hello Spring: gina anne

Hello Spring.

Spring is here. The birds are singing. Wildlife is active. Flowers are peaking through the desolate winter’s earth. The sunshine is stretching his rays through this chilly Wisconsin morning. I start my day with a mile walk with our pup, Winston. He is not really a puppy any more. He is one year & 2 months. Exactly, a year ago Andy and I picked up this sweet boy. Our walk is brisk, with a slight chill, normal for Wisconsin March. Winston’s snout notices the spring ground, sniffing for scraps. Spring is in his step. Robins are everywhere searching for breakfast. Squirrels recovering fall’s hidden treasures. The earth is muddy and brown, regrowth is happening.

“Spring, is nature’s way of saying…Let’s Party!” -Robin Williams

Spring, where the days become longer. A positive hope for warmer weather ahead. We spring clean, spring detox. Make life lighter, shedding our winter coat. Finding our own regrowth. Our inner spring step.

What do you do when spring is in the air?

I usually have plans to clean, detox, set some regrowth myself, on life ahead. Spring came all too fast for me. I still have yet to do a deep cleaning, hopefully soon. I do have four months of spring, right? To de-clutter, detox and cleanse the air. I enjoy clearing my closet every spring, storing my winter clothes…a fickle Wisconsin spring is quite hard to let go of those cozy sweaters though. What are your spring goals?

here are some of mine:

  • do a thorough deep cleaning, get rid of the old
  • organize my closet (my goal is to have a capsule closet) this has been my goal for 3 years now…still a work in progress. Very challenging. Very funny.
  • be more creative
  • do a 3 day juice cleanse
  • more evening walks
  • oh, and have I mentioned triathlon training? Eeeek!

Can’t wait to hear what is in your spring step. Happy spring to everyone. Let me know your spring rituals. Add some advice on how you spring clean your home, your body, & your soul. Enjoy!

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne

Spring Spa Favorites:

Perfectly Posh’s Body Butter: Indigo Girl

Perfectly Posh’s Chunk: Easy Peasy Lemon-Mint Chunk

 

 

The Vitamin C – Craze

Oranges: gina anne

The Vitamin C – Craze, What’s it all About?

I always imagine lots of oranges when I hear the word vitamin C. Drinking a big glass of freshly squeezed oranges is how I imagine intaking a healthy dose of this lovely vitamin.

First off, what is vitamin C and where does it come from. Vitamin C is a nutrient which is good for our health and well being. Vitamin C comes from the land of fruits. Some fruits and vegetables have higher vitamin C content than the citrus family. Peppers, dark leafy greens, strawberries, kiwis, brussel sprouts and papayas to name a few.

Second, why is vitamin C good for my skin. Vitamin C repairs tissues. When applied to the face vitamin C acts as an antioxidant which fights free radicals. Vitamin C repairs and regenerates the skin. It can reduce the appearance of dark spots. Also, helping with collagen synthesis.

“Mimosas are a good source of vitamin C” -unknown

Third, how can you add vitamin C to your day. Vitamin C can be added into the diet. Make daily smoothies, drink hand squeezed juices, eat more salads. Be creative with your diet, have fun. Smile. Breathe Sweet. Yum!

Lastly, vitamin C is very popular in skin care products. When I first became an esthetician products with vitamin C became the craze. Everyone seemed to use it. Vitamin C is probably one of the most popular questions I get in the spa, during my facial treatments.

A lot of products contain vitamin C. The best way to see results in the face would be to use a serum with vitamin C. Serums penetrate a little deeper into the skin than a moisturizer will. But, your diet is going to be the BEST way to gain the benefits of receiving vitamin C. So go grab yourself an orange, take a deep breath, breathe sweet & enjoy!

Be you. Be kind. Breathe Sweet.

-gina anne

Favorite products with Vitamin C: Yon-ka pamplemousse (grapefruit), Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, Kerstin Florian Correcting Serum C+ Infusion.

Favorite Vitamin C Smoothie: 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 kiwi, handful of strawberries, 3 peeled cuties, some spinach, and 1/2 cup grapefruit juice from a fresh grapefruit. Blend in blender. Pour in a fun glass, cheers!

 

Why I Love Body Butter!

Body Butter: gina anne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I love body butter!

NOOO, not that kind of butter, body butter! I remember way back in junior high using my first body butter from The Body Shop. I loved going there rummaging through all the testers, smelling the yummy goodness. I bought strawberry and lathered it on every day until it ran out. I was young, my skin was young, my body was well hydrated. I probably put too much on because I remember feeling creamy, the butter slipping off my skin in the sun. I loved it. This was my very first introduction to ‘good’ ingredients and non-animal testing. My heart swooned. I tried every butter from here, loving the girls dressed in black asking me, “Have you tried this one, yet?”

Jump ahead some years and yep, still a sucker for body butters. I apply butter on my skin every day before I get dressed. Body butters are thicker and creamier than a lotion. Like frosting. Usually containing Shea, coconuts, or olives. In the past I collected an assortment of flavors. Now, I’m trying to do this minimalist thing, and only buy what I need (at times). So, one butter instead of say, three…unless there’s a special. 😉 wink!

“Butter my butt, and call me a biscuit.” -southern phrase

I used L’Bri’s Mandarin Fig Body Butter for a long time…Amazing. I ran out. Conveniently, my girlfriend was having a Perfectly Posh party. I pondered to try something new. I tried my aunt’s Posh butter, then went home sifted through the website. Deciding on Snuggle Buddy Skin Joy from my friend’s party…I LOVE IT!!! I love the aroma. I lust the name. I love the kitties on the label. AND… it’s pure joy…skin joy. Snuggle Buddy Skin Joy

Body butters make my skin feel as if I drank a carafe of water. I feel young, flirty, and happy when I lather on my butter. I massage the butter from my ankles to my neck, thighs, arms, belly, bosom, and buttocks. YES! This morning or evening ritual wakes me up, lifts me up, and puts a smile on my face. I especially use extra butter in the winter and dryer times. Or after a long sun-kissed day. So, hurry up grab yourself a body butter and find the love I have for butters. Enjoy!

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

-gina anne

 

Ujjayi Breath

Ujjayi: gina anne

Ujjayi, WHAT?

Ocean waves, see-saw effect, soft whisper, hissing, Darth Vader breath…giggles vibrate the yoga studio. What is an ujjayi breath? New to yoga, ujjayi is quite the foreign word. It is Sanskrit meaning “victorious breath.” Mastering the breath. Staying in the moment with breathing. The breath, the respiratory system, the lungs flowing of oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide, is the only autonomic system we can control.

What is an ujjayi breath? Ujjayi breathing is a slow, rhythmic breath used in most yoga classes. The breath is done in and out of the nostrils. The inhale is victorious, full and vibrant. The exhale is cleansing, and audible from air tickling the vocal cords. A gentle breath which brings awareness to our inhalations and exhalations. A conscious breath to allow mindfulness, self care, and hyper awareness to the body, the outside environment. Traffic jams, chaos, tension… when and wherever life needs to slow down and breathe sweet. Ujjayi breathing slows the heart rate, calms the mind, decreases blood pressure, releases cortisol (stress hormone) and brings heat to the body.

“Tread softly, breathe peacefully, laugh hysterically.” -Nelson Mandela

Why do we do this Darth Vader breathing in yoga classes? Not only to release stress, but from my experience when I concentrate on my ujjayi breath it helps me to focus and experience peace. I am able to stay in a balance pose. Be strong in a warrior pose. Relax in a restorative pose. Be present in my body & relax the anxiety in my mind. Most of all bringing attention and awareness to my own yoga practice and my own yoga teaching.

Sit back relax. Take a DEEEEP belly breathe in through the nose. Hold 1-2-3… and out through the nose saying the word haaaaaa…fogging up a mirror, hold 1-2-3! Do this 3 or 4 times and see how you feel more victorious. Then allow the breath to go back on autopilot, enjoying your day.

Be you. Be kind. Breathe Sweet.

-ginaanne

The Beauty of Massage

Hibiscus Oil: gina anne

MASSAGE IS BEAUTIFUL!

The beauty of massage is just that…beautiful. Massage is very important and extremely beneficial to our health & wellness. In this busy, crazy, over polluted, over processed, over stimulated world massage can calm us from a go – go – go mentality. Put on the brakes, stop, TAKE A DEEP BREATH, and breathe sweet. Ahhhh, better. Through massage we can learn to relax, calm down, and take away the stress from this busy life.

The beauty of massage brings the stress levels down, and the calm levels up. As soon as you swing through the spa doors the relaxation starts. The whole experience starts with the ambiance. The calming aroma of a honey lavender candle may hit your nose, some warm tea is offered to relax you further. Then, the gentle voice of the massage therapist will greet you putting your nerves at ease. The lights are low, the music is serene. Already, before the body is even on the warm table your nervous system is relaxing, letting go, calming down.

“Every body, deserves a massage.” -anonymous

During the massage, the hand to skin contact feels amazing increasing feel good endorphins & radiating warmth to the skin. The muscles start to melt like chocolate. The circulatory system increases…out with the old blood, in with the new. The lymphatic systems begins to release toxins and healthy nutrients start to travel throughout the body. TAKE A DEEP RELAXING BREATH. Ahhhh, the lungs thank you. Along with all the physical benefits, the mind soaks in the beauty of massage as well… the mind lets go of chaos and expands in creativity.

The beauty of massage lasts well beyond the treatment service as well. So, let’s celebrate in beauty and book a massage as soon as possible. Celebrate your body and get a massage. Enjoy!

Be you. Be kind. Breathe Sweet.

-gina anne

If you live in the Wisconsin area here are some of my favorite spas.

Salon Mode & Daydreams Spa / Evensong Spa at Heidel House Resort / Agea Spa

Here are some awesome muscle relieving massage products I love.

Kerstin Florian’s Mineral Wellness Soaks, use 1/4 cup in warm bath.

Aveda’s Cooling Balancing Oil. Brand new product. Great for tension in neck.

Perfectly Posh’s Muscle Stick. Awesome for on the go, at the desk, & before workouts. Hot Pepper Sha-Bang