The Gift of Peace

by Shannon McNeney · 0 comments

Ah, the holidays. Why don’t they ever seem to feel like a holiday?

Chances are that the days leading up to Christmas are a bit of a zoo - working during the week and then racing around shopping up a storm in your “downtime” trying to prepare for the big day.

The stress, sleep deprivation and overindulging that occur this time of year cause a lot of wear and tear on our bodies and immune systems, so when all is said and done you will probably feel like you’ve been hit by a Mack truck. Awesome.  Not!

Surely there must be some kind of reprieve from this madness?

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, said recently via Twitter (I know, seriously, the Dalai Lama tweets? It’s a verified account with millions of followers, so I guess so.) “The creation of a more peaceful and happier society has to begin from the level of the individual.”

So how do we begin to find this peace? How about starting by taking some time for yourself. It might make you feel guilty, but you will probably find that you have more to give to others when you pause and take proper care of yourself. No cell phone, no hustle, no bustle – just some time to reflect on what is important.

This is often not as easy to accomplish as one might presume, but everyone needs a little downtime and tlc once in a while. It keeps us feeling healthy and well.

I met recently with Nicole Neufeld, Lead Esthetician at the Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency, and she was able to suggest several ways to relax and recharge your body and soul. With 9 years of experience, 2 at the Stillwater, this gal knows how to help you beat the winter blahs.

Even just a walk through the serene spa with the lovely scents of their seasonal treatments lingering in the air took me down a notch. Cranberry, gingerbread and peppermint. Mmmmm.

Here are some suggestions for the most common complaints this time of year….

Sore feet from walking around the malls all day?

A certified Reflexologist can help them feel better and unlock the body’s natural healing abilities by using different pressure points on your feet. And a pedicure is always an excellent way to pamper tender tootsies.

They have a great collection of colours by butter LONDON, famous for their non-toxic polishes and catchy names like, “Tramp Stamp.” A tarnished, metallic olive gold named Wallis, “in honour of the Saucy Yank who ran away with the king’s heart,” is a hot pick this season.

Stiff muscles from carrying heavy bags or traveling home in cramped up cars & planes?

It might be high time for a massage! Many extended health plans will cover you for sessions with a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) these days. Choose from warm rocks, deep tissue, aromatherapy and many other soothing options.

Chapped, tender skin from dry air and cold winter winds?

Our body’s largest organ is often the most neglected. Treat your poor dehydrated skin to a special gift. Whether it’s your hands, feet, face or the whole body, there are a number of treatments built to hydrate.

The H20 Activation is “a Vichy treatment for those who love the water.” A loofah and salt scrub will prepare your skin to receive intense moisture from a unique massaging shower with several different heads. One of my coworkers had this done and said it was amazing.

Whether you’re treating yourself, or a loved one, the Stillwater will do their best to ensure you feel nourished and reenergized so that you can give your all this winter and enjoy a season of peace, love and joy.

Related Posts

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: