Preparing our Bodies & Minds for Winter Guest Blog Post from Camille Malcolm at Spa on the Plaza
Traditionally fall is a busy time. Schools reopen and the holidays are rushing in. Even the gusts of wind and falling leaves create a sense of urgency.
Preparing our Bodies
I have always found wisdom in the Ayurvedic teachings. Interestingly, Ayurvedic medicine addresses the change in seasons through diet and exercise. It seems that what is good for us to eat is what nature is currently ripening on the vine. Squash, pumpkins, nuts, carrots, and apples just to name a few. Root vegetables are cooked with spicy seasonings designed to improve digestion and ground us emotionally. Squash Stew is a personal favorite of mine.
Preparing our Minds
We take care of our bodies by choosing healthy foods and the next step is to pair a healthy diet with exercise. Choose something that works for you and goal to make it a daily routine. My favorite is Veterans Park in Monterey. The trail starts with a 184 step ascent and includes beautiful vistas of the ocean framed by Monterey Pine trees. The steep hills burn calories and clear my mind. As we move our bodies the lymphatic system starts pumping and our breathing becomes more rhythmic and within a short time the body and mind become integrated. We enter a state of mind open to creative solutions that can dramatically change the way we view our problems. I do not ever remember this technique failing me.
Preparing our Skin
Self-care also includes lotions and potions! The fall wind and sudden change in weather often cause dry skin and wind-chapped lips. The spa’s popular Lip Balm by Image Skincare gives your lips instant and lasting relief with a soothing hydrating gel. The fragile skin around our eyes also suffers with this traditionally dry season. Suddenly when we look in the mirror we see an array of new fine lines! The best eye balm for fine lines is from SkinCeuticals. Just a minuscule amount of this lush creamy balm will reduce wrinkles and leave your eyes protected and hydrated. Ask one of our estheticians what is best suited for you and find out why we have been consistently voted Best Skincare in Monterey County.
Autumn at Spa on the Plaza
Self-care at Spa on the Plaza
Of course one of the best things you can do for yourself is to book a massage at the spa. I recommend going slowly by coming early and taking advantage of a private steam and our Wellness Room. We offer a Spa Premiere Package which includes champagne, truffles and more. Make your visit to the spa not just a massage, but a mini-vacation.
Relax and enjoy the season and the festivities ahead and don’t forget to check out our amazing Autumn Specials!