This week's post is a reminder of the importance of self-care - that's you students and clients! From our very own Euro grad (yes, we're extremely proud!), Becky Kuehn, her Oncology Skincare Certification Course is part of the Euro student curriculum and is available online at our website or at Oncology Spa Solutions. Becky is a regular contributor to several publications including Dermascope, Skin Inc., and NCEA magazine.
Mind, body, and soul – are these three separate entities or all parts of one being? Can we separate the different parts that make up a human being, treat only one part, and expect a holistic “fix,” peace, or good self-care? I don’t think so. If you are like me, you probably said a resounding no, as well. But what if we do a really great job on self-care for the body? Would we be good to go? Or do we also need to add in self-care for the mind and soul? Science, anecdotal reports, and experience all show that we need to pay attention, focus on, and care for each individual part if we want the best outcome for our life. Here are some fun and easy self-care tips to try.
Exercise: It doesn’t matter what you do, just find something that you enjoy – it will help you stay with it. And you don’t need to spend a lot of money or a lot of time. On a budget, you can go for a walk, a jog, ride a bike, play tennis or pickleball, basketball, throw a baseball, or dance to your favorite song. If you want to and are able, join a gym and add in some strength training (good for muscles and bones), spinning or cycling, Zumba, or yoga. Again, just find something that you enjoy and schedule it in every day.
Massage: After you exercise, a helpful treat would be to gift yourself regular a massage at least once a month (or more). Massage increases blood flow, oxygen, and healing and relaxes sore muscles. It decreases stress, which can help strengthen the immune system, detoxifies the body, and helps improve sleep. And it feels great, too.
Facials: First, I know you already know the benefits of caring for our largest organ, the skin, but I also know that most of you are not practicing what you preach by having regular facials or body treatments. I ask for a raise of hands in each class for those that get regular facials and, usually, only one or two out of 10 are getting them once a month. It is a super important part of self-care for the body and needs to be done once a month professionally and then maintained daily. The benefits of facials include clean, healthy, soft, and comfortable skin and facial massage can destress and promote better blood circulation, giving you healthy, glowing skin that will make you feel beautiful and increase self-confidence. Facial massage also destresses by activating the sympathetic nervous system, which also reduces wrinkles. And, again, it feels great.
Infrared Sauna: This is a wonderful way to detoxify the body, relax muscle pain, aid weight loss, increase metabolism, and boost the immune system.