Hiking in Breckenridge is a favorite summer activity for visitors and locals alike. You can see wildflowers, encounter wildlife, enjoy captivating vistas, and simply take in the quiet of the wilderness. Breckenridge offers a wealth of trails that are easy to access either from town or within a short driving distance. Here are a few of our favorites.

Favorite Trails Hiking In Breck CO

Mohawk Lakes

This trail is a moderate trail that starts out easy, but has a fairly steep climb toward the end. It is an out and back trail that covers about 5 miles total. Access the trail from Spruce Creek Road off of Highway 9 in Blue River. You can start at the Spruce Creek Trailhead, or if you have a four-wheel drive vehicle you can continue on the road to the Mohawk Lakes Trailhead. This trail passes through stunning meadows of wildflowers, past historic cabins and other mining remnants, and ends at two pristine alpine lakes. This day hike will allow you to see everything Colorado wilderness has to offer in a few short miles. For more information about the hike, visit the Hiking Project.

Sallie Barber Mine

Mining was an essential part of Breckenridge’s beginnings. The Sallie Barber Mine operated from 1880-1911, with a brief reopening to extract zinc during WWI. In 2.9 miles you can get to the Sallie Barber Mine site and back to the trailhead. The trail continues past the mine if you want a longer hike. Start at the French Gulch Trailhead at the end of French Gulch Road. This trail is an easy and fun hike to start with if you are acclimating to the altitude or hiking with kids. ProTrails.com offers detailed information about the hike.

Quandary Peak

One of Colorado’s most thrilling hiking experiences is to summit a 14er. You don’t have to be an expert hiker to summit Quandary Peak. This trail is easily accessible and the hike does not require any extra mountaineering equipment to reach the summit. The trailhead is located off of Highway 9, south of Breckenridge, before reaching Hoosier Pass. You will see a large parking lot near the trailhead. The roundtrip hike is 6.75 miles and has a total elevation gain 3450 ft. If you are visiting Breckenridge, you will want to work up to this hike, with hikes that have a lower elevation gain. Be sure to get started early in the morning so that you can avoid being caught above treeline during an afternoon thunderstorm.

Can’t Miss Hiking In Breckenridge CO

Be Prepared

As you head out on your hikes it is important to know a few things about hiking in the high country. Weather can change in a matter of minutes. Dress in layers, and bring a rain jacket. If you start early in the morning you may even want to have a hat and gloves with you. At 9,000 ft. or higher the sun is intense. Whether it is cloudy or not, put on plenty of sunscreen; wear a hat that protects your face, ears and neck; and wear sunglasses. Bring along plenty of water. As you gain elevation, you need to stay hydrated. Bring a granola bar or other energy packed snack. Even a short hike can stir up hunger, and a wrong turn or emergency situation can lead to a long day. Try not to go out alone, but if you do, tell someone your planned route and when you think you will return. Hiking in Breckenridge is an excellent way to get off the beaten path and experience the mountains more intimately. For more information about trails, stop into the White River National Forest ranger station in Dillon, or the Visitor Center in Breckenridge.

Hiking Photo by Liam Doran, Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office

Date posted: June 26, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Our Favorite Trails for Hiking in Breckenridge

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Life tends to show itself on our faces, usually in the form of laugh lines and crow’s feet. While no one has found the fountain of youth to prevent aging, we can hold back the clock a little bit and age with grace and beauty. Here are a few ways you can age gracefully.

Prevention

Throughout our lives different forces work on our skin and can cause the aging process to progress quickly. UV rays from the sun are a powerful force that wreaks havoc on our skin. Being repeatedly sunburnt or even just mild exposure to sun over time damages our skin. It can result in discoloration (sun spots), wrinkles, and even cancer as we age. To avoid this damage wear an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen daily. Always wear a hat outdoors, and use sunglasses to protect the sensitive areas around your eyes. The more you protect yourself from the sun now, the fewer visible effects you will see on your skin as you age.

HydrateAging gracefully facials Breck spa CO

Lack of moisture stresses the skin. These stresses become more visible as we age. At altitudes over 9,000 feet, which we experience in Breckenridge, the air around us is incredibly dry. It is so important to drink plenty of water to keep your skin full and supple. In addition, use moisturizers daily to prevent further loss of moisture through the skin. Giving your skin this extra attention can hold the visible signs of aging at bay.

Exercise

The benefits of regular exercise are endless. It can improve mood, relieve stress, stave off long term health problems, and according to The American Academy of Dermatology can help your skin look more youthful. Improved circulation throughout the body due to exercise keeps skin looking young and healthy, with a bright luster. In addition to great looking skin, exercise will give you the dexterity and muscle strength you need to grow old gracefully.

Healthy, Well Balanced Diet

WebMD points out that the food we eat also impacts our skin. The article suggests eating foods that are high in nutrients, such as Vitamin C and Vitamin A, to care for your skin. Incorporate citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables in your daily diet. Not only will these fruits and veggies help you look well, they will help you feel well also.

Breck Colorado spa anti-aging facials

Facials

Pamper your skin occasionally with an anti-aging facial. Anti-aging facials will remove dry and dead patches and rejuvenate your skin. You skin will feel lustrous and youthful after you treat yourself to a facial. Regular facials will help you maintain healthy skin.

Develop Habits

Aging gracefully involves developing healthy habits and making wise life choices. The things that are good for your body, such as a healthy diet and exercise, are also good for your skin. There are is no magic potion to prevent aging, but if you take care of your body and your skin, you can feel and look great as you age.

Date posted: June 12, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Aging Gracefully: Is it possible?

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Our lives are filled with products. We use products for our hair, hands, feet, face, wrinkles, and so much more. However, not all cleansers, creams, oils, and scrubs are created equal. Some include harmful toxins that do more damage than good, others simply can’t live up to the myriad of the claims they make. That is why we very carefully choose the products we use at The Spa at Breckenridge. We research each one extensively to ensure that our products are safe for you, safe for the environment, and meet our expectations for results.

Aromatherapy Associates Body Oil

This body oil is crafted with the finest blends of essential oils and natural plant oils. It is blended so that it is safe to put directly on the skin, unlike many pure essential oils. The blends are carefully crafted to either energize or relax. These oils can be applied to the skin to help relieve stress all day long. There are even blends that are viable for people with the most sensitive skin. The Support Supersensitive Body Oil is ideal for calming irritated and dry skin. It is even safe for children, and pregnant or breast feeding women. If you have trouble finding a product that leaves your skin feeling healthy and vibrant without causing irritation, consider this soothing body oil.

Breckenridge All Natural Spa Products

L’occitane En Provence

At over 9,000 ft, we live in an extremely dry environment. The sun, wind, and dry weather takes a significant toll on skin. Skin can become dry and itchy regularly. This is why we love L’Occitane En Provence. They have many skin products that exfoliate tired dead skin, and moisturize and rejuvenate skin, helping it feel hydrated and supple even our mountain environment. Products such as AQUA RÉOTIER ULTRA THIRST-QUENCHING GEL, work to restore and moisturize. It also protects the hydration barrier preventing your skin from drying out throughout the day.

Trillium Organics

Trillium Organics is committed to providing beauty and personal care products that are made entirely of certified organic ingredients. These ingredients are safe for your body inside and out. Because your skin absorbs the products you use, it is important to ensure that even topical products are free from toxins and harmful ingredients. Trillium Organics sources ingredients that not only help you look great, but feel well too. The body polish is crafted with crystalline salt to exfoliate without scratching and irritation. Safflower oil absorbs quickly and easily rinses clean. It comes in scents such as Clarifying Geranium Grapefruit and Comforting Vanilla Cardamom. For those sensitive to fragrances, it is even available fragrance free.

Organic Products Breckenridge Spa

Pamper Yourself

We carefully curate our products so that you always leave our spa feeling radiant. The highest quality products help you feel well, without having to worry about any negative effects. Pamper yourself with the best when you make an appointment for a massage, facial, or body treatment at The Spa at Breckenridge.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wander and marvel through lights and sounds after dark in Breckenridge during the captivating event, WAVE: Light + Water + Sound. Throughout this four-night event artists from all over the globe showcase their installations. These installations, both large and small, and often interactive, incorporate the use of either light, water, sound, or all three. Starting on May 31st, head out to Main Street Breckenridge after sunset and revel in the whimsy of these singular works of art.

Impulse 2018 Wave: Light + Water + Sound event

Impulse is an installation by Lateral Office and CS Design. Luminous see-saws invite onlookers to participate in creating art through play. As people move the see-saws up and down the light and sound changes so that everyone’s experience of the installation is entirely unique. You won’t be able to resist gliding up and down on these light filled see-saws.

Place/d

This brilliant installation is visible all along the Blue River. Towering clusters of brilliantly colored umbrellas lit from within, will float on the water. This installation is intended to celebrate the diverse group of people that have gathered in Breckenridge from far and wide. Place/d is designed by Stephanie Imbeau, an internationally recognized artist.

Elantica

This stunning work that is crafted with solar panels and recycled pieces of technology will be available for viewing June 1st. The artist, Tom Dekyvere, explores the places where nature and technology, human and artificial intersect. Lights and form work together to create this captivating and thought-provoking work.

In addition to art installations, WAVE also includes, concerts, talks, workshops and kids activities. Here are some of the events you don’t want to miss throughout the weekend.

Solar Ovens with Keystone Science School

The event takes place on Sat. June 2nd from 1:30-3:00. Kids will learn about energy and they will craft their own solar oven. This event is for kids over six and they must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration will ensure a spot for your child at this hands-on science workshop.

Colorplay: A Mobile Workshop

Led by nationally celebrated artist Julie Hughs, this workshop teaches how to make delicate mobiles from hand painted plastic. Hughs’ installation is included in the WAVE celebration, learn from her expertise to create your own, light-capturing work of art. The workshop is on June 3rd, 3:00-4:00 pm.

What to do in Breckenridge arts district

LightCycles

Kick off the weekend on May 31st with a glowing bike parade. LightCycles is a one of a kind opportunity to ride with other glowing bikers after dark. Bikers should gather at 7:00 at Breck Bike Guides on Main Street to decorate their bikes with free glow swag. Bikers will then join together at 8:00 for the parade.

A Full Schedule

There are many more concerts, workshops, installations, and events throughout the weekend. For a full schedule of events between May 31st and June 3rd, go to BreckCreate.org. Plan your weekend so that you can enjoy everything this event has to offer.

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WAVE2018 placed02 by Stephanie Inbeau, Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office

WAVE2018-Impulse by CREOS 02, Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office

Date posted: May 15, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Breckenridge’s WAVE: Light + Water + Sound event

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When stress is weighing you down and you feel pushed to your limits, it is time to decompress! Our spa, located in downtown Breckenridge, can help! The everyday busyness of life can make anyone feel weighed down, lethargic, and even cause physical pain, such as back or neck aches. Try a spa day to work out the kinks and relieve stress so that you can get back to enjoying life.

Enjoy a stress relieving spa day in our Breckenridge Spa

Body Treatment

During a spa day at our gorgeous Breckenridge spa, you can indulge in a body treatment. Be revived by exotic scents and oils that stimulate the senses. Treat your skin to a refreshing wrap or scrub that will leave you feeling radiant. Relax into a foot or head massage. At the Spa at Breckenridge, we have a whole menu of body treatments to choose from, including detoxifying, energizing, or calming treatments. Or, you can work with one of our professional aestheticians to design a body treatment that is ideal for your needs.

Massage

A massage may be just what you need to melt away anxiety and relieve stress. These gentle and thorough treatments can help you feel fresh and new. Forbes suggests massage to professionals because it increases productivity and creativity, and relieves stress. The article sites studies that found massage actually lowers cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that triggers stress responses in the body. Treating yourself to a long massage can bring about real, physical changes that will help you decompress.

Enjoy a relaxing spa day in our Breckenridge Spa

Soaking Pools with a View

In addition to specific spa treatments, you can relax in our heated soaking pools. The soaking pools are available for use for all of our guests. Take in a stunning view of the mountains while you are enveloped with warm, comforting water.

Winning Combination

The combination of massage, aromatherapy, warm water, and a calm atmosphere will do wonders for your mind and body. Indulge in a spa day so that you can perform your best whether at work, home, or even on vacation. Feel like yourself again when you melt away stress and anxiety with a relaxing spa day.

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Planning a wedding is stressful. You’ve got to get the invitations out, schedule the vendors, plan the seating chart, to name a few. All of these planning details have been pressing down on you, and can leave you feeling tense and anxiety ridden.

But don’t let all of the planning and deadlines that have led up to the wedding day ruin the day itself. Your wedding day should be free of stress and anxiety so you can enjoy each and every once-in-a-lifetime moment. Here are some tips for staying stress free on your wedding day.

A pre-wedding massage for a stress free day

Hand Over the Details

Make sure you have a wedding coordinator or amazingly capable personal attendant. This person should be in charge of all the details. Once the day is rolling and the festivities have begun, starting with makeup and hair, you shouldn’t know about any snafus. Your coordinator, attendant, and/or bridal party can take care of it. It can be helpful if you make make a book full of bridal party phone numbers, vendor phone numbers, and any other VIPs that may need to be reached on the wedding day. Then anyone can make the necessary contacts without bothering you for information. It will be your job to stay blissfully unaware of any potential problems.

A massage for the bride will ensure a stress free wedding daySchedule a Massage

If you want quality time with your bridal party consider scheduling a spa day together. You can relax in soaking pools and get massages so you all feel ready for the big day. You should also consider whether or not you need some time alone to gear up for a big day full of people. Don’t feel guilty if your inner introvert needs a massage alone. There will be an endless stream of people wanting to congratulate you on your wedding day. If the thought of that makes the hives start to break out, take some time alone and relax with a massage a day or two before the wedding. A massage will help melt away any tension or anxiety that may have settled in your body in the days and months leading up to the wedding day.

Your Special Day

The wedding day is your special day. Of course you want to please everyone involved, but ultimately it is your special memory. Only spend time worrying about the details that matter most to you. The more you have planned and taken care of in advance, the less you will have to worry about on the wedding day. Take a moment to sit back, enjoy and savor every special moment. Don’t sweat the small stuff, anything that might go wrong is likely just to make the memories sweeter.

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Our mountain environment can be harsh on the body. Long, cold Breckenridge winters dry out the skin. In addition, our bodies can be exposed to toxins through pollution and foods. As a result, our overall wellbeing can suffer. The body wraps at our Breckenridge Spa can restore your skin, melt away stress and anxiety, and eliminate toxins. Take care of yourself by trying out some of these body wraps.

Our favorite body wraps in Breckenridge CO

Detoxifying Body Wrap

Draw out toxins and restore your skin with this hydrating body wrap and treatment. A combination of warm clays, heat therapy, oils, and dry brushing, will leave your skin feeling healthy and radiant. A scalp and foot massage will help relieve stress. At the end of this body wrap you will feel like you have brand new skin. Feel revived and well with this detoxifying body wrap.

 

Intense Nourishment

When your skin is feeling dry, itchy, and tight, the Intense Nourishment treatment is for you. A coffee and salt body exfoliation will remove dead, dry skin, as well as stimulate circulation, bringing life to the surface of your skin. After a marine algae wrap is applied to moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. An article published in the journal Mar Drugs outlines the numerous benefits of marine algae. Studies have shown that marine algae provides many bioactive compounds that hydrate the skin. In addition, algae can combat aging and damage to skin due to UV exposure. Algae can help your skin feel supple and youthful instead of tight and dry. Overworked areas on the hands and feet are given a mud mask to soften tough skin. The treatment is complemented with revitalizing scents of ylang-ylang, tuberose, and vanilla. It is completed with a relaxing head message, for the ultimate in stress relief.

Body Wraps Spa in BreckDetox and Revive

When you are feeling sluggish, try the Detox and Revive treatment. First, exfoliation removes dry and dead skin cells. Then the skin is pampered with gels and oils to refresh and restore it. Scents of grapefruit, juniper, and rosemary bring energy and strength. A foot reflex pressure message will help eliminate toxins from your body. When you need more energy and power to tackle what life throws at you, take time for this invigorating detox treatment.

Restore

Body treatments are a great way to restore your mind and body. The combination of aromatherapy, massage, and wraps for revitalizing the skin will help you feel fresh and new. Your skin is your largest organ and it plays an essential role in keeping your body healthy. How often do you take time to care for it? Your skin will be delighted with the extra attention, and stress and anxiety will melt away with gentle massages and calming scents. Make an appointment at The Spa at Breckenridge and take time to care for your skin.

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A week of skiing can be hard on your body if you aren’t used to that level of activity. But don’t stress, a sports massage can get you back out on the hill faster! Sports Massage is a great way to relieve post workout pain and muscular strain.

Once in Awhile Exertion

Sports massage can be especially ideal when your workout uses new muscles or strains old injuries. A ski vacation often involves intensely using muscles in ways they aren’t used for everyday activities. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can experience muscle soreness and even injury. A sports massage can keep you up and running so that you can hit this slopes again quickly. You don’t want to use up too many vacation days on rest or recovery.

Regular Routine

If you include workouts as part of your everyday health regimen, you should consider including sports massage in your regular routine as well. A regular sports massage will improve range of motion, keeping you limber and preventing injury. It can also boost your recovery time so that you can keep working out and push your limits further.

See a Doctor for Injury

Runners World reminds sports enthusiasts that massage therapists are not doctors. If you have a sports injury, you should see you doctor first for a diagnosis. Once you have a diagnosis, you can work with your massage therapist to discover methods for relieving pain and starting on the road to recovery.

Breck Sports Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

Sports Massage differs from Swedish Massage or other massage therapies that focus on relieving stress and tension. Sports Massage focuses on specific muscles and target areas. It often includes deep tissue massage and myofascial release massage. It will require intense pressure and may involve a bit of discomfort. Keep in mind however, you should not experience significant pain. If you are in pain during the massage, your body will tighten up and make your massage less effective. Tell your massage therapist when you are experiencing pain and discuss your comfort level with extreme pressure. It is important to communicate with your massage therapist so that you can accomplish your specific goals during your massage.

Stay Healthy

If you are an active person, incorporating sports massage into your workout routine can help you workout more efficiently and help you avoid time off due to injury or recovery. Stay in action when you use sports massage to take care of your body.

The Spa at Breckenridge offers a “Mountain Recovery” massage that will help you recover from all of your mountain adventures, whether it is skiing, hiking, or biking. Include this sports massage in your vacation so you can go home feeling great.

Date posted: March 18, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Sports Massage for a Fast Workout Recovery

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Breck Pride Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the amazing community that makes up Breckenridge. Whether you call Breckenridge your home or your home away from home, there is a lot to be proud of; it is a community that engages with the arts, environment, recreation, and its diverse population. The Breckenridge Resort website states, “Breck Pride is for everyone – LGBTQ, straight, skiers, snowboarders, beginners, experts, supporters – come one, come all! Come as you are.”

Get Your Badge

It is free to register for Breck Pride Week. You can pick up your badge at the beginning of the week that will get you into free events, and give you access to discounts and freebies from local businesses throughout the week. You can register online at the Breckenridge Resort Website. A reception will be held on March 7th at the resort to kick off the week. It is the perfect opportunity to mingle and make new connections.

First TracksBreck Pride Week 2018

Don’t miss the rare chance to be the first skier on freshly groomed snow. On March 9th, the Quicksilver Chair will open at 7:30. It takes you to the Mercury Chair that you can use until the rest of the resort opens. Enjoy the magic of the first light of day on the mountain. You will need to register online for this event. It is $25 and requires both a Breck Pride badge and a lift ticket.

Color Run

Close down the hill on Saturday, March 9th with the Color Run. Participants will meet at the Overlook and a DJ will get the party started. Come in your best colorful costume! At 3:30 participants will parade down the runs and convene at the Maggie, where the Pride Festival will be underway on the Village Plaza. This event is available for all ages, but skiers must be comfortable on intermediate, blue runs. A lift ticket is also required to participate in this event. Show off your pride during this exhilarating parade on skis.

Ski Meet Up

If you came to Pride Week on your own, or just need to find a ski buddy that is at the same skill level, you can meet up at 9:00 am at the Quicksilver Chair. Don’t set out by yourself when there is a great opportunity to meet new ski buddies.

Pride Week 2018 at Breckenridge

In-Town Events

Throughout the week there will also be après ski events including dance parties, cocktail hours and a two-night pride festival. In addition to events offered by the resort, local businesses are also offering special events and deals throughout the week. Catch Drag Bingo on Thursday at Kenosha Steak House or Gay Trivia at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub. Breckenridge Distillery is offering a dinner and pairing, so that you can sample some of the finest local spirits. On Friday, loosen up with après ski yoga and catch a screening of “Call Me By Your Name” at the Speakeasy Theater. Check out Breckenridge Brewery with a chance to see the inner workings and meet the brew master. For a complete listing of all Pride Week events go to GoBreck.com. Mark off March 7th-11th on your calendar to come to Breck and celebrate Pride!

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Joseph Large/Breckenridge Tourism Office
Breckenridge Tourism Office

Date posted: February 26, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Breck Pride Week

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Winter Works of Art in Breckenridge

Snow sculptors from around the world gathered the last week in January to compete for the glory of a gold medal. Each year, for the last twenty-eight years, teams of talented artists have transformed a block of snow into a masterpiece during the International Snow Sculpture Competition.

Breckenridge Snow Sculptures 2018

The Medium and Tools

The artists start with a twelve foot block of snow, weighing 50,000 pounds. These blocks are created in Breckenridge by a brigade of volunteers in the days approaching the competition. Artists are allowed to shave, sculpt, and mold the snow into a sculpture using only hand tools. Included in their arsenal are saws, chisels, chains, chicken wire, and even vegetable peelers. Over the course of a week the sculptors add intricate detail to larger than life sculptures for a magical effect. Internal support, power tools and colorants are all prohibited from the competition.

The Competitors and WinnersBreckenridge Snow Sculptures 2018

According to the Summit Daily, 250 invitations are sent to artists requesting submissions for sculpture designs. From the submissions, sixteen teams are chosen to compete in this prestigious event. Eleven countries were represented in all, and included teams from the United States, Italy, Estonia, Mongolia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Argentina, Turkey, India, and Mexico. The results are sixteen breathtaking sculptures crafted from one of the mountain’s most significant resources, snow.

This year the gold medal winner was team Mongolia Erdene with their sculpture “Secrets.” The sculpture depicted a woman with intricate flowing hair and gown, holding a key, presumably to her secrets. Team China was awarded the silver medal for “The Thinker, ” a gorilla deep in thought over an apple. The bronze was give to team USA Wisconsin for “Dance Devine.” In this sculpture leaves appeared as though they were moving in a delicate dance. In addition to the judged awards, people’s choice went to “Secrets” and kid’s choice went to “The Thinker.”

Plan for 2019

If you have never encountered the snow sculptures, put them on your calendar for next year. You can watch artists carve and create throughout the week. Then, you can enjoy the finished product. The sculptures are especially magnificent at night, when colored lights dance and play on the sculptures. Plan to include this event in your ski trip or take a day trip to enjoy the mountains and the sculptures. You won’t be disappointed.

Date posted: February 20, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Breckenridge Snow Sculptures: 2018 Recap

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We all know the holidays can be stressful. While the hustle and bustle of wrapping gifts, preparing meals, and traveling or welcoming guests is over, you could still be carrying around a lot of stress. Use these tips to relieve stress and prevent future stress.

Massage for Stress Relief

Exercise

When you are stressed it can be tempting to zone out in front of the TV or browse social media. However, a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association found that while many people reported this activity as a method for relieving stress, only 29% claimed that it was effective. In contrast, 69% of people who used exercise for relieving stress reported it effective. Exercise is an excellent stress reducer. It also keeps your body more physically healthy, which in turn, relieves stress. When you are busy, don’t neglect exercise. Exercise will give you the mental and physical energy you need to accomplish all of your goals.

Take Time Out

Reserve some time for yourself. Carve out time to pursue a hobby, get outside, enjoy a massage or a facial or get coffee with friends. Whatever it is that makes you feel happy and healthy, make time for it. Don’t neglect yourself. When you are feeling well and cared for, you will excel at accomplishing work goals, family goals, and community goals without feeling bitter or tired.

Sleep

Sleep is often overlooked, but when you are not sleeping you are not operating at 100%. Being too tired can impact your focus and productivity. You will accomplish tasks slower and possibly with more mistakes when you are not well rested, adding to your already overwhelming stress load. Prioritize your time so that you can get 6-8 hours of sleep at night. You may find your stress melting away as you feel more alert and productive during waking hours.

(Read more about how massage can help you sleep better!)

Healthy Eating

Tips to Reduce Stress in Your lifeStress eating is often a result of overworking, crunched time schedules, and a generally hectic life. You may have to turn to fast food to have time to eat, or sugary sweets in an attempt to have energy. Emotional stress causes many people to consume rich, comfort foods. Some stress eating is ok, but when it becomes a habit it can contribute to a raise in stress.

Choose healthy snacks as an alternative. Keep your desk or car stocked with apples or oranges instead of candy. Carrots offer a nice crunchy snack that can take the edge off your hunger. Tortilla chips and guacamole with give you fuel and brain power. Nuts that are rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids satisfy a salty craving in a healthy way. Coffee and tea are great drinks to give you a caffeine boost, but skip the cream and sugar. When you establish healthy habits and eat foods that are good for your body, you will feel better instead of worse, which will help reduce stress.

Counterintuitive

Our intuitive methods for dealing with stress- hunkering down, watching TV, staying up late to get things done, and eating on the run- can all be major contributors to stress. Instead, get exercise, take time for an activity you love, and plan to eat well. You will begin to feel the stress lift off, and it will give you the freedom to enjoy being productive.

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Date posted: January 22, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Tips for Reducing Stress in Our Lives

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Before you hit the ski hill, or for a nice midday lift, stop in at one of Breckenridge’s coffee shops to rest and relax. These coffee shops offer astonishingly good coffee, excellent baked treats, and breakfast menus. Stop in and enjoy a warm and welcoming atmosphere, which is especially inviting on a cold Breckenridge day.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace is located in a historic home, which gives off a cozy and welcoming vibe. They offer delicious baked goods and healthy options for breakfast, including gluten free, vegetarian and health conscious options. Settle in with a cup of coffee for nice morning of relaxation. Head in early though, because Amazing Grace closes at 3:00, before the slopes do.

Best Coffee shops in Breckenridge CO

Cuppa Joe

When you crave an excellent cup of coffee, head to Cuppa Joe. Slightly off the beaten path on Ridge St., the extra effort to get there is well worth it. A local favorite, this coffee shop was voted Best Coffee Shop in Summit County by the Summit Daily News. Relax and enjoy a finely crafted latte or pour over coffee. You can come in early, before you set out on your adventures; the shop opens at 6:00 in the morning. You’ll need to get there before 3:00 if you need an afternoon pick-me-up.

The Crown

Step in after a day of skiing to refresh and rejuvenate at this conveniently located coffee shop on Main Street. You can get a great cup of coffee at The Crown, or a cocktail and appetizer if you prefer. A warm atmosphere with wooden accents and a fireplace makes The Crown the perfect place to linger. They also have a charming patio with views of the ski runs. It is open until 6:00 in the evening on weeknights and 8:00 on the weekends, so head in for a quick energy boost after the slopes, so you can take on the night. Or, relax a little longer over breakfast or lunch.

Best Coffee shops in Breckenridge CO

Cool River Coffee

For a sweet treat try the Chocolate Cherry Mocha at Cool River Coffee. On a warm day, cool off with the Dream Orange milkshake. Cool River Coffee has a lunch and breakfast menu, and offers sweet baked treats. They even have gluten free and vegan options. This coffee shop is located on the south end of Main St., behind Swiss Haven. Relax and enjoy a decadent treat or drink at this inviting coffee shop.

Experience Breckenridge

Aside from skiing and boarding, one of the best parts about Breckenridge is the people. At these coffee shops, you will encounter warm welcomes and passionate people. Relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, and the spirit of Breckenridge, in these charming coffee shops.

Date posted: January 18, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Best Coffee Shops to Rest and Relax in Breck

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It’s the season of gift giving and it can be hard to find that perfect item that’s easy to give while you are traveling. Instead of giving a thing, try giving an experience. The gift of a massage gives the opportunity for your significant other to relax and rejuvenate. Here are five massage gifts you should consider giving this year:

1) Massage

Give the gift of relaxation! A massage can rejuvenate the muscles as well as the spirit and gifting a massage can be a great way to support your loved one. Purchase a gift card here.

2) Body Treatment

A full body treatment is a luxurious gift that will pamper your friend or significant other. Massage combined with aromatherapy and skin treatments will help your loved one look and feel radiant. A body treatment will help combat the dry winter weather and restore moisture to the skin.

3) Hot Stone Therapy

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This ancient Native American practice is still incredibly useful for relieving stress and tension. A treatment that uses hot and cool stones combined with massage will leave your SO feeling loose and deeply relaxed. This calming and restorative massage is exactly what the doctor ordered to eliminate post holiday stress and tension.

4) Mountain Recovery

Do you love to ski with your significant other? Have you been hitting the slopes hard everyday of your Christmas vacation? Your bodies’ may be paying the price of reveling in fresh powder and mountain air. A mountain recovery massage can help combat the wear and tear on muscles that comes with skiing or boarding. Relieve aches and pains and prevent injury with this massage that focuses on restoring over-worked muscles. Your SO will thank you and be ready to get back on the lift after this revitalizing massage.

5) Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy combines massage with essential oils to treat specific ailments or emotional needs. Aromatherapy can relieve pain, restore energy, or eliminate tension. Your SO will work with a massage therapist to discover the ideal oils for their specific needs and these oils will be incorporated with the massage.

For an extra special gift, tack on a head, foot, or hand massage. Your significant other will be grateful for this thoughtful and generous gift. At Spa at Breckenridge, you can purchase gift cards online. Your SO can use our ski-in/ski-out location conveniently while you enjoying your vacation, and you won’t have to find room in your luggage for gifts.

Date posted: December 26, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Give the Gift of Massage: 5 Gifts Your SO will Love

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Here at the Spa at Breckenridge, we believe your massage should be relaxing, relieve pain and release tension. Not all massage is equal, and to experience the best massage, you need a great professional massage therapist. Here are a few of the qualities and qualifications we believe are important when choosing your massage therapist.
Choosing a Massage Therapist for your Breck Massage

Personal Goals

First you need to determine what your goals are for your massage. Do you just want to relax and relieve tensions? Or, do you have a specific region of pain that is bothering you? Once you have your goals in mind, you have a better idea of what type of massage you need and how to approach your massage therapist.

Where to Start

A great place to start finding a massage therapist is to check out reviews on the internet. Yelp and TripAdvisor offer many reviews. Look for a well-reviewed spa or massage therapist that offers the amenities you a looking for. Once you have discovered a few good ideas it is time to make some phone calls and talk directly with massage therapists.

A Phone Call

The receptionist will answer any preliminary questions you might have. Some questions you may choose to ask include:

  • What are your certifications or qualifications?
  • Do you specialize in a particular style of massage?
  • Do you have experience working with …injury, arthritis, pregnancy, neck pain, or other particular circumstance…?
  • What should I expect during a massage?

A massage therapist should be willing to talk with you about your concerns and desires. If a massage therapist is unwilling to listen, they may be unreceptive to your wants and needs during the massage. A massage therapist should encourage you to communicate during your session. They should be willing to hear what feels good or what might be painful so they can adjust accordingly.

Everyone is Different

Every massage therapist is different. Even very qualified massage therapists are not always the right fit for your particular needs. One of the best ways to know whether or not a particular massage therapist is a good fit is to try a session with them.

Many spas specialize in less expensive, generic massage and give the same massage to every patient. We believe that to get the best experience, your massage should be unique to you and be tailored to your unique needs.

Ultimately, you should look for a well-qualified, professional massage therapist that has experience with your particular needs, and has a willingness to communicate openly. You should feel comfortable and relaxed around your massage therapist rather than nervous or tense. Put some time into find the ideal massage therapist for you so that you can feel relaxed and restored after a massage session.

Date posted: November 30, 2017 | Author: |

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