As we prepare for a brand new year, keep in mind the Timeless Truths of Spa. Reflect on them as you create your own healthy New Year’s resolutions. These are bits of wisdom to help guide you, gleaned from the experts.
A part of nature not apart from nature, we find solace, soul, and sustenance here. Reconnect on a daily basis with sky, sun, leaves.—Anne Bramham, Founder, American Spa Therapy and Education Council
The most powerful spiritual and physical practice is a 10-minute walk. Why? Research shows the walk is the most reliable way to improve mood and boost energy, making problems appear smaller. A brief walk is a lever that can move the world.—Stephen Kiesling, author, Olympic athlete, and Editor at Large, Spirituality & Health
“Get more sleep. Do more dreaming: Live life—deeply, fully, and well.”—Professor Jonathan Paul de Vierville
Drinking water, playing with water, healing with water—be with water in all ways, always.—TAG Galyean, owner, TAG Studio
Consider self-transformation, for sake of community transformation.—Eric Somerville, Vice President of Corporate and Civic Engagement, The Y in Central Maryland
You truly nourish when you cook with love.—Scott Uehlein, Former Corporate Chef, Canyon Ranch
Find a quiet hobby. We have become so numb to noise pollution that we have lost the value of silence. So, when all is quiet around us, we tend to become hauntingly uncomfortable and fill the void with unwanted and wasteful thoughts or chatter. We must learn to deflect this tendency and to explore our own soul in these precious moments.—Kate Mearns, Director of Spa and Wellness, LIVunLtd
Get more sleep. Do more dreaming: Live life—deeply, fully, and well.—Professor Jonathan Paul de Vierville, Professor Emeritus of The Humanities, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies at The Alamo Colleges, and owner of the Alamo Plaza Spa
May your holidays be joyous and peaceful.
Mary Bemis is Founder & Editorial Director of InsidersGuidetoSpas.com. She is a pioneering spa journalist, most recently honored as one of the "Top 30 Influential Voices Transforming Wellness." She is an inaugural recipient of Folio's Top Women in Media Award, and was honored by ISPA with its distinguished ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. In 1997, she launched American Spa magazine, and in 2007, Mary co-founded Organic Spa magazine. A pioneer in the sustainable spa and beauty worlds, Mary is co-curator of Cosmoprof North America's Discover Green Pavilion. She is a Global Wellness Day Advisor, and a co-founder of the Washington Spa Alliance.
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