Less Stress Now with Regina Close, LMT, Owner of Washington Green Spa & Wellness
I get so frustrated when I feel like I'm always running behind. Sometimes, it seems like I can't keep up no matter how hard I try. Every time I get one thing accomplished, I turn around to find a mountain of things just waiting for me to conquer. You've been there too, haven't you?
I don't know about you, but for me this causes stress. When it goes on for long periods of time, it causes chronic stress. Chronic stress puts your health at risk. It can wreak havoc on your mind and body. With chronic stress you have an increased risk of anxiety, depression, digestive issues, heart disease, sleep problems, weakened immune system, weight gain, memory & concentration impairments and more.
Before we talk about some simple ways to reduce stress in your every day life, let's first understand our bodies' natural stress response as told from the MayoClinic:
Understanding the Natural Stress Response
My biggest hurtle when it comes to finding stress relief is realizing I'm not being selfish. YOU are not being selfish by taking care of yourself first. You can better care for others when you take care of yourself. Realize your health and well-being is not indulgence,
it's respect for yourself.
"Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit- the realization that everything we do, think, feel and believe has an effect on our state of well-being." -Greg Anderson
So now the question:
How can we lessen the amount of stress in our daily lives so we can be
healthier and happier?
I've been a massage therapist since 2007, I've seen what chronic stress can do to a person. I'm going to share some ideas with you that I have personally implemented into my life as well as a few things I have noticed that have tremendously helped clients and friends of mine. Everyone reacts differently to stressors, in that same regard, some of these tips may be more useful to you than others. If you have any additional tips that have helped you, I would love for you to comment below.
To help me conquer the frustrations of always feeling like I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I have started planning more diligently. These two things have made a tremendous difference in our stress levels due to daily activities.
We first have a Weekly Planning Board that is made from a collage style picture frame and a dry erase marker.
My husbands' schedule is ever changing. My schedule isn't much more constant. Then, throw the activities of our children into the mix.... We sit down on Sundays and fill out our board for the week ahead. We are able to see who will be where, what days we need additional child care, and hopefully, what day we can do something fun together. It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. A simple system is key here.
In addition to our Weekly Planning Board, we do a Weekly Menu. Our menu board has been a life saver, not only for our sanity but our budget, as well. I don't know how many times I had come home from work at 5 or 6pm, the boys are starving, I'm scrambling around in the kitchen trying to create a healthy meal with random ingredients in under 10 minutes. Stressful. While we are filling out our Weekly Planner we fill out the menu according to our schedules, then grocery shop according to the list. The menu has reduced stress in the evenings and allowed us to have a more balanced diet.
This board is also just a picture frame with fun paper and a dry erase marker.
Diet & Exercise is something we could spend hours talking about, but let's just touch on it for a minute. Exercising is a fabulous stress reliever! I'm not saying you need to become a marathon runner, but scheduling small things, like a 30 minute walk in the evening, will help you lower your stress level. Diet can play a key role in stress as well. Eliminating processed foods and making healthy choices will give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to fight stress and boost your immune system. If you don't exercise on a regular basis or eat healthy then start by taking baby steps. If you keep up with it, you will soon have a new habit which turns into a lifestyle.
I have been focusing on Minimalist Living a lot lately. It's amazing how getting rid of clutter in your house and life can seem to free up space in your mind. Do you really need 32 bath towels in your linen closet for a family of 4? I sure didn't. My boys loved donating many of them to the local animal shelter and I loved a less cluttered closet. I even de-cluttered my email. I unsubscribed to about 90% of my daily email subscriptions. I was receiving over 200+ emails a day and only opening about 5. It was way out of hand. For some reason, when that little email notification number rises, so does my blood pressure.
Say "No" to negativity. You may not even notice how much negativity is around you every day. When I made a conscious effort to avoid it, when possible, I started to realize I had a lot more negativity in my life than I had originally thought. I stopped following negative people on social media. For me, this also included the news. I look for things to inspire me and make me laugh. I found that my mind doesn't wander into the most horrific situation possible as often any more.
I had a handful of friends who pretty much only talked about negative things or made negative comments all of the time. I want to be around people who support me and inspire me to be a better person. I want to be that person to my friends, too. Healthy friendships are vital to your health. Healthy friendships provide you with a trusted source for 'talk therapy'. Sometimes, just saying something out loud can get it of your chest.
Laughter is a great stress reliever! Sometimes, you just need to let go and laugh at little things. I'm easily entertained, so for me something as simple as autocorrect fails or videos like this. Like I said, I'm easily entertained. We also keep a 'Jolly Journal' and write anything funny our kids say or do. I love looking through it when I'm having a rough day.
Always remember to seek professional counseling if you feel you cannot deal with the stress. They are there to help. If you need a recommendation, don't hesitate to ask. There is absolutely no shame in seeking professional help.
Lastly, you need to find something you absolutely love and make sure you schedule time to do it every week. Yes, schedule it- make it a priority. It could be anything from painting, reading a book, going for a walk, meeting a friend for coffee, sitting on the deck with your spouse, meditation, baking, getting a massage- whatever you would consider "me time." Remember, you need to relax, renew & rejuvenate- you cannot pour from an empty cup.
Now take a step back and look at your daily life. We cannot eliminate all stressors, but find one thing that causes you stress on a regular basis. Work on that this week.
35 Days Of Less Stress
Need some ideas of something easy to implement into your life to help reduce tension and stress?
Click the calendar to download and print your copy.
Make sure to highlight the things you've tried that have made you feel the best. When you get to the end of the calendar, reflect on those highlighted items and add them to your calendar for next month.
Make it intentional.
One last thing, schedule a little self-care time at the spa. It's been said that a 60 minute session at the spa is like 8 hours of rest for your body. Who couldn't use 8 hours or rest?
On-Location Chair Massage
We want to let you know we’ve got your back.
Chair Massage is a great way to take a needed break while helping alleviate some of the aches, pains and stressors that come with sitting at your desk for countless hours during tax season.
How it works:
1. Contact us at 636-283-5105 to schedule the date & time.
Please have the number office staff and desired length of massage per person*
2. We bring all supplies needed
3. When we arrive, you tell us which quiet corner of your office works best for us to set up and we are on our way to helping you boost office morale and increase productivity
*We recommend 15 or 20-minute chair massage sessions per person and
we require a minimum of 90 minutes per office visit.
Benefits of Massage
Increase focus, energy & mental clarity
Decreases pain from carpel tunnel and tendonitis
Increases immune function
Lowers blood pressure
Relieve muscle tension and pain
Price starts at $85 per hour, per therapist.
Travel outside of the Washington area will incur an additional travel fee.
To schedule your In-Office Chair Massages call us at 636-283-5105 or email CustomerService@WashingtonGreenSpa.com or complete this form
*On-Location Chair Massage is also perfect for customer appreciation events, as a stress buster for bridal parties, as a Thank You for teachers and more!
We look forward to bringing your much-needed stress relief in the near future!
A trip to Washington Green Spa will certainly leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Our peaceful environment will soothe frayed nerves while invigorating your senses.
Sounds great, right?!
But, what if you’ve never had a massage or facial before? We are guessing you might have some questions about what your spa trip might look like.
This is totally normal. Doing something new is always a bit nerve-wracking.
We want to make your experience as pleasurable as possible - even before you walk through our doors. So let’s take a look at what you can expect from a trip to Washington Green Spa.
As you enter, you will be greeted by a friendly, smiling face at our front desk. One of our lovely receptionists will help you get checked in and ready for your service.
We ask that all clients fill out a short intake form. The information we gather from these forms will guide the massage therapist or esthetician in helping you to reach your goals. It also allows us to be sensitive to any allergies or areas of the body that need special attention during your appointment.
When you schedule an appointment, a confirmation email will be sent to your inbox. In this email you will find a link to fill out the intake information online. This helps us in our mission to be a ‘Green Spa’.
(Click here to learn what makes us a ‘Green Spa.’)
But, if you are unable to fill this out online, the receptionist will have the paperwork ready for you when you arrive. Arriving at the spa about 10 minutes early is plenty of time to fill this form out.
Once your intake form is complete, the receptionist will let the massage therapist or esthetician know you have arrived. While you are waiting, here are a few things you might want to do:
When the massage therapist or esthetician is ready, they will introduce themselves to you in the waiting area before guiding you back to their room.
Your Customized Service
Each of our services is tailored to fit your needs. The massage therapist or esthetician will ask a few questions to get an idea of what you are wanting to work on during your service.
Let the massage therapist know if you have any particular area you’d like them to target.
Some common areas clients ask us to focus on include:
Your goal might also to be to experience total body relaxation. If so, you can simply ask to have a full-body massage. This will work best with 60 minute (or longer) appointments.
The massage therapist will leave you in the room to undress to your level of comfort. You will also want to remove any larger piece of jewelry that might be in the way.
Get cozy under the blankets. The massage therapist will knock before entering again.
It’s time to relax and enjoy your massage. Throughout the massage, be sure to let the therapist know if their pressure is too much or not enough, or if you are experiencing any unpleasant sensations in a particular area.
No two facials are alike. Everyone’s skin is different. That is why our estheticians take a client-centered approach to each and every appointment.
That being said, here are some common skin complaints that our clients express:
Let the esthetician know what skin problems you are experiencing. Often clients have a combination of skin concerns, which is why each person will receive a completely unique treatment of cleansers, masques, toners, serums, peels, and more.
Once the esthetician leaves the room, you can undress to your level of comfort. Ideally, you will want to remove any articles of clothing above the waist to prevent oils or products to stain your clothing. You will be given wrap to wear under your arms like you would a towel when you get out of the shower.
Once you are cozy laying face-up under the covers, you are all set to begin soaking up all the relaxing goodness of your first facial!
Ending Your Visit
As your service comes to a close, the massage therapist or esthetician will leave you to redress. You will find a couple of hand towels in your room to be used to wipe off any oils you don’t want to get on your clothes. Take your time as you get up and prepare for the rest of your day.
Once you are dressed, grab your belongings and you can head to the front desk.
The massage therapist or esthetician will meet you at there with a boxed water or hot tea. They may have recommendations on how soon you should return in order to reach your goals or products that would be beneficial for at-home use. If relaxation is your goal, we suggest clients schedule an appointment every 3-4 weeks.
If you have questions about any of our services or specials, the receptionist would be happy to answer those questions. Feel free to browse around our collection of chemical-free makeup and plant-based body care products. (Get a sneak peak at the products we have to offer at our online marketplace!)
When you are all ready to leave you can pay for your service at the front desk with the receptionist. This is a great time to schedule your next appointment to keep yourself on track in reaching your goals. Feel free to bring a calendar or planner with you, and the receptionist will help you schedule your next appointment.
See You Soon!
It is truly our mission to help you feel relaxed and renewed as you walk out our door. Regular self-care is a huge piece in the health and wellness puzzle. We are pleased to be a part of your journey, and hope that you will look forward to coming back again and again.
Now that you’ve walked through what you can expect from a visit to Washington Green Spa, we hope you feel at ease about trying something new and we cannot wait for you to experience our services in person!
As the holiday season approaches, many are looking for the perfect gift. Not only the perfect gift, a gift that will be memorable.
With many complaints of "too much stuff", we've created Gift Pack Options that focus on an experience with us at the spa and a few of our most popular items to further that experience in home. Experience based gifts are what many people are looking for this year as we find our houses accumulating more and more things we just don't use.
Sounds like a great idea, but you don't want to try to figure out what to put together?Don't worry, we've made it super simple for you! All you have to do is pick which option is best for your gift recipient and we will put it together and even wrap it for you! Simple!
We are sure they will love it!
To view all Holiday Gift Pack Options and start crossing people off your list click here.
"A Four Hour Massage?!"
That's the most common reaction when clients find out we offer this 'Four Hour Therapists Choice' gem of a service.
The three and four hour Massage Therapists' Choice massage options were inspired by one of our fantastic clients. She loved coming in for her two hour sessions and telling me to do whatever I felt she needed that day. Sometimes we would throw in cupping, sometimes a body wrap, maybe a new service I was thinking about offering; it was never the same. Then we would occasionally bump it to a three or four hour session when she was celebrating hitting a goal or for her birthday. She was the one that encouraged us to offer it to the public.
Why is it the Therapists Choice as to which modalities are used and not the clients'?
For the Four Hour Massage Therapists' Choice Massage I did recently, we included a list of fantastic treatments: (please note: this is an example of a recent service, not two services are a like)
After leaving a session like that your body feels like jello. Pure jello, without a care in the world.
So what do you say? Does it sound like heaven? Are you ready to give it a try?
If you said, "yes! Sign me up!" you can schedule here: Online Specialty Massage Scheduling
We've learned so much about skin protection, but there is an alarming amount of people who go without apply sunblock on a daily basis. Ultraviolet radiation is linked to the vast majority of skin cancers, premature skin aging and even eye damage.
We wouldn't want you to regret not having worn sunscreen when you look at your skin compared to friends and family who have worn daily sunscreen 20 years from now.
Top 5 reasons everyone should wear sunscreen according to Dr. Roberts, a dermatopathologist:
1. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays
2. Skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer
3. It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations
4. It helps reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness
5. It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin
With our skincare line, Eminence, you can easily add SPF to your morning routine with your moisturizer. With three options, you're bound to fall in love with at least one!
Bright Skin Moisturizer with SPF 30
Lighten the appearance of dark spots while protecting against future damage with the built-in broad spectrum SPF. It is a great option for combination to normal skin types. A best seller!
Red Currant Protective Moisturizer with SPF 30
Experience a refreshingly cool sensation from sustained release tea tree oil which helps reduce the visible signs of breakouts, while hydrating and invigorating your skin's appearance.
Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32
Infused with zinc, this cream uses hydrating shea butter and the fragrant aroma of vanilla to care for your skin with the defenses of natural SPF
Whatever you decide, just make sure you use it on a daily basis for best results. You're skin will thank you!
We’ve been asked, “What makes you ‘Green’?” and “What can I do to become more green?”
General benefits of ‘Going Green’ include some of these factors: reduced health risks, improved public safety, improved thermal and acoustic environment, strengthened infrastructure, improved air and water quality, reduced solid waste, reduced dependence and use of fossil fuels, and promotes Alternative Energy Sources. To sum it up: it’s just the responsible thing to do.
Here are a few things Washington Green Spa and Wellness does to be a Green Spa:
In the future, we would love to say we have solar panels (or even a wind turbine because it sure is windy up on this hill) and charging stations for electric cars...
We are always looking for ways to become more Green and keep our list growing!
I hope you were able to grab a tip or two to implement in your own office, home and life. Feel free to share any tips you may have for us.
It's time to make your skin beautiful again so you can stop hiding!
We love a good skincare routine. Maintaining the condition of your skin is much easier when you have a good, daily routine in place. Sometimes, though, we run into skin issues we cannot address at home and we need to turn to an expert for treatments. Incorporating professional skincare into your regular skincare routine can help you achieve dramatic results. Listed below are five of the many benefits of receiving professional facials:
â1. Even Skin Toneâ: If your skin has redness, sun spots, or scarring, professional facials can greatly improve the pigmentation of your skin and even our coloring.
â2. Treat Acne and Acne Marks: Professional peels are used to reduce acne and even skin tone, which means scarring is less visible. You can also expect your skin's texture to improve as well.
3. Visible Wrinkle Reduction: Many professional products and techniques will help wrinkles to seem less prominent and can aid in boosting collagen to further defend against wrinkles.
4. Sooth Sensitive Skin: Specialized products will help calm and sooth sensitive skin from conditions like rosacea or overly treated skin. These products help to restore the epidermal barrier of your skin.
5. Pampering: We are not ones to turn down a little pampering time. Studies show that facials are calming and help reduce anxiety, stress and negative moods.
Are you ready to see how regular skincare with the right products can improve your skin? Schedule an appointment with our expert Esthetician, Renee. With each appointment she will do a skin analysis, teach you why she has chosen the specific products that she is using during your facial for you and how to care for your skin at home.
To schedule your appointment call us at 636-283-5105 or schedule online:
We do the work, you take all the credit and earn big brownie points with her! With one phone call to us, you book a massage package with exclusive Valentine's Day Cookies and Flowers delivered right to the massage room.
*Please Schedule at least 48 hours in advance due to custom cookie and flower order fulfillment.
Fireside Couples Massage Packages
To Book An Appointment:
Call us at 636-283-5105
Or Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not extremely busy in today's society, you are the exception. We are all in high gear; we overextend, overachieve, and overstress ourselves to the point of breaking. This can have a lasting negative effect on our health! Here are a few tips to break the cycle:
It's so easy to be upset when things do not go our way. From the moment we spill our coffee, lock our keys in the car, and forget our lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set us off into a tailspin of negativity. We can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or we can be grateful for the other things in our lives even if they are not present in front of us right now.
Did you ever notice that when something nice happens, we tend to smile for a moment and then move on? However, when something goes wrong, we feel the need to tell everyone and anyone that will listen. It is in those exact moments that we need to focus on what we are grateful for, and that is how we can instantly change our perspective and attitude.
Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places and even things that make you grateful, gives your mind a break from stress.
Everyone has a busy schedule; that's a fact. We all tend to create schedules that are overflowing and then complain that we do not have time for ourselves! Take a good hard look at your schedule and see what you can delete and what you can delegate. If you are going to have a healthy mind, you need to take care of it just as you would your body, and that means giving it some rest.
One tip for quieting your mind is to put it on your schedule. Put it in beg red pen on your calendar, text yourself a reminder, and place it on your list of things to do this week. Take time for you.
3. Stay in the Moment
Being in the moment has become cliché; however, if you really take the time to focus on what it means, you can start to practice quietening your mind. Focus on what you are doing at the exact moment you are doing it. If you are washing a dish focus on the water, the soap bubbles and the dish is in your hand. When you take time to do this, you will be in the moment and not two days from now when something big is scheduled.
Washington Green Spa & Wellness
1713 Madison Ave. Suite 110
Washington, MO 63090