Essentials oils are becoming more and more popular because of their ability to reduce stress, energize, calm, and even relieve symptoms of illness. It is relaxing to go the spa and get a massage with essential oils, but essentials oils are also something you can use every day in your own home.

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Diffusers

There are several different types of diffusers. The basic function is the same. A diffuser disperses the oil into the air in your home. Then, you can easily inhale the oil as you go about your day, benefiting from its scent. In addition to experiencing the benefits of a particular oil, your home will also smell lovely.

Topical Applications

Some essential oils can be applied directly to the skin. These oils can often act as a disinfectant for injuries, relieve dry or irritated skin, relieve headaches, or simply provide a calming effect. Be careful because many oils are so potent that they act as skin irritants in high concentrations. These oils must be diluted in a carrier oil. Almond oil and even olive oil can work as excellent carrier oils. Many essential oil retailers sell roll on style bottles to mix up essentials oils with carrier oils to keep on hand. The University of Minnesota suggest three drops of oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil for small areas of topical application. For massage purposes, the oils should be diluted even more.

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A bath on its own is a great way to relax, but add a few essential oils and it becomes a spa treatment in your own home. You can use a bath to help induce sleep, relieve anxiety, and combat stress. Some great oils to use in a bath are lavender, sandalwood, neroli, and jasmine. Jolene Hart of Beauty is Wellness suggests adding a few drops of oils to olive oil or whole milk and then pouring it in the bath. That will prevent the essential oils from evaporating as soon as they are dropped into the hot water. In addition to restoring your mood, essential oils in your bath can also rejuvenate your skin.

Breathing Steam

One or two drops of oils can be added to a steaming bowl of water. Place your head over the bowl and inhale the steam deeply. Eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemon used with this method can be especially effective for relieving symptoms related to common colds.

Find a Guide

There is an impressive variety of essential oils and blends available. All of them have different properties, uses, outcomes, and sometimes risks. Check a thorough guide to find the essential oil that is appropriate for your needs. You should also be aware of any allergies or sensitivities you may have and don’t use oils that are related to those plants. There are many guides available online. Many essential oil retailers also offer guides. Consult the guides so that you can get optimal results from your essentials oils.

Date posted: November 7, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on How to Use Essential Oils in the Home

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You may not always have time to get into the spa, and you just need a little relief between massages. These five techniques can help you relax at home or at work. They can relieve stress and tension and keep you feeling loose and comfortable every day.

1) Face

Daily stress is often carried in the face. When you are worried, concentrating intensely, or just thinking, you may have a tendency to tighten your jaw, or squint your eyes. Too much of this tension in your face can cause headaches. A few quick strokes can relieve this tension and help you relax a bit. Goodnet suggest making circular motions along the jaw line. You can do this with your thumbs or middle fingers.

2) Forearms and Hands

Working at a computer all day can cause fatigue in your your forearms and hands. Give your arms and hands a quick wake-up with this technique suggested in an article by Today. Lay your forearm face up on the table. Use the palm of your other hand to press along your forearm all the way to the tips of your fingers, then do it again gliding over your thumb. After you have done this several times on one arm, switch to the other arm.

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3) Scalp

Another way to relieve headaches or tension in the head and face is a scalp massage. Simply place your fingertips at the base of your scalp. Work your way up your head with your fingers making gentle circular motions. Once you have reached the top, work your way back down.

4) Feet

You don’t need any fancy equipment to do your own massage at home. A simple tennis ball can add the pressure you need for an effective massage. If your feet are feeling tired and worn out, simply step on a tennis ball, rolling it under your foot. Premier Health and Chiropractic Wellness suggests applying additional pressure where necessary by stepping a little harder in those areas.

5) Neck

When you are bent over work or stressed about a particular project, you can carry tension in your neck. Use your index and middle finger to apply pressure in a circular motion. Start at the base of your neck and work up to where your scalp meets your neck. Work up and down as much as you need to release knots and loosen the muscles.

These are five easy places that you can reach, where you can perform massage on yourself. These massages can be done anywhere with only a few minutes of time. Prevent headaches and stress by relieving tension throughout the day. If you have a friend or partner at home, you can work out even more tension by trading full back massages. Massage shower heads or jacuzzi tubs are another great way to release tension. Don’t let tension build up when you can’t get into the spa for a massage. Instead, perform these simple massage techniques so that you can stay calm and relaxed.

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Skiing uses different muscles than most everyday activities. In addition, it isn’t something that you do during the off season, so those muscles can quickly become out of shape. To be able to get out on the slopes and have a great time without feeling sore, you will want to do exercises that keep your skiing muscles toned and ready. The good news is that you can do most of these exercises with a few minutes a day and minimal equipment. These exercises work your legs and core, essential muscles for maintaining control on the slopes.

Leg Blasters

These easy to do exercises are recommended by skier and trainer Crystal Wright for Outside Online. They are reps of several different leg exercises. Start with holding squats for 20 seconds, then holding lunges for 20 seconds. After that, perform jumping lunges switching back and forth between the legs, then end with jumping squats. Do 10-20 reps of each exercise, work through the rotation, rest for 15 seconds and then repeat the entire set. Work up to repeating the whole set six times. These exercises will keep your legs from feeling weak and shaky the first day out on the slopes.

Russian Twist

Mountain Athlete, in a video for backcountry.com suggests the Russian Twist to strengthen core muscles. For this exercise you can sit on the floor with your knees bent. Elevate your feet slightly. Then, holding a 15 pound hand weight or kettlebell in front of you, rotate your body and touch the weight to the floor, come back to center, then rotate it the other way. Repeat this doing 10-20 reps per set. This will help your body stay ready for the tight muscle control that is required for turns.

Windshield Wipers

This is the perfect exercise to lay back, relax, and build your core and leg strength. Pro skier, Paula Moltzen, demonstrates this exercise for Shape Magazine. Lay on your back with your arms straight out on either side. Lift your legs directly into the air. Keeping your legs together, slowly rotate them towards the floor on the right, bring them back to the middle and then lower them to the left. Repeat this motion for several reps. You will feel your core being stretched and strengthened.

Stay Ready

Any exercise that works your core can help you feel confident while skiing. You don’t have to spend hours at the gym or buy fancy equipment to be ready for ski season. Hand weights or kettlebells and a few minutes of time to do a few reps are all you need to stay in shape. When you head back out onto the slopes for the first time of the season, you may also want to schedule a mountain recovery massage to keep your muscles loose, improve recovery time, and help prevent injury. Don’t fall behind during the off season and be ready to get back on your skis with these simple exercises.

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The days after the leaves drop in mid-September and before the snow starts to accumulate on the slopes are considered the off season in Breckenridge. While things slow down just a bit, there are still a lot of fun things to do and this mountain town is alluring no matter what the weather. To make it even more attractive lodging and dining can be discounted during October and November. It can be a great time to explore the town without all of the crowds. Here are some of the best deals around town during the off season.

The Dining Passport

The best way to access some great deals is with the Dining Passport. You can purchase the Dining Passport for $10 at participating restaurants and at the Breckenridge Welcome Center, once it comes out for the season. Most of Breckenridge’s premier restaurants offer deals that you can’t find anywhere else. In addition, the $10 goes to local scholarship funds and other local organizations. You get to support a community you enjoy and take advantage of great dining deals.

Free Mug

If you are in town before opening day, there is a secret the locals know. According to GoBreck.org you can stop by any local coffee shop and get a free mug of coffee and you get to keep the mug as a memento. It is sponsored by Breckenridge Ski Resort. Here’s the catch; it’s hard to plan around. Typically, the resort opens the second weekend in November, but that is always subject to weather conditions. A lot of early snow may mean an early start, but if the snow trickles in slowly, the resort won’t be able to open until later. If you are lucky enough to catch it just right, you can score some preseason deals and take a few turns on the slopes.

Weekly Specials

A lot of the restaurants around town offer daily or weekly specials. Be sure to check out all you can eat rib night at Kenosha Steakhouse on Monday nights. And Fatty’s Pizzeria offers a lot more than pizza. Don’t miss their awesome, homestyle comfort foods. Fish and chips are their Friday lunch special. As the season changes and crowds ebb and flow, restaurants are likely to change up their specials and deals. Check out Summit This Week to keep track of special and deals around the county.

Call Ahead

The trickiest part about the off season is unpredictability. Many restaurants use this time to close down for a deep clean, reduce their hours, or try out a new menu. It is always a good idea to call before your go to double check hours and deals. You don’t want an unpleasant surprise when you arrive. On the plus side, lines and waits are shorter, and you are likely to pay less for food and lodging than during peak season. Breckenridge is beautiful any time of year, why not take advantage of the quieter season?

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Date posted: September 25, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Off Season Food and Drink Specials in Breck

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Essential oils are concentrated plant based oils that can be used to address a variety of ailments. They are most commonly used to either calm and relieve stress or uplift and energize. Some are also used to relieve congestion and cold symptoms and other medical ailments. Essential oils can be sprayed into the air with a diffuser or rubbed directly on the skin. Many of the oils are so concentrated that direct contact may cause irritation. Most essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil, like almond oil.

Essential Oils

Aromatherapy massage combines massage with the use of essential oils. These oils are absorbed through the skin as the massage is applied, as well as inhaled as you relax into the massage. With aromatherapy massage, the oils have a dual effect. Oils such as peppermint can clarify and energize, while chamomile and lavender calm and relax. Studies have found that lavender can physically reduce anxiety and improve sleep. Eucalyptus is often used to relieve respiratory problems, it is also used to eliminate headaches and muscle aches. The number and combinations of essential oils are boundless and many ailments can be treated using these amazing natural tools.

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Massage

Swedish massage is most often used along with aromatherapy. Swedish massage uses a combination of strokes to relieve tension in the neck and back. While Swedish is the most common type of massage, aromatherapy can be combined with most types of massage. Talk with your massage therapist about what type of massage is right for your body.

Our Breckenridge Spa

At the Spa at Breckenridge, our professional massage therapists will work with you to tailor a massage that will best meet your emotional and physical needs. An aroma test is then performed to find the ideal oils for your aromatherapy massage. We offer a choice of twelve essential oils from Aromatherapy Associates so that you are sure to find the right oil for your needs.

Stress Relief

Massage and essential oils work together to relieve your stress and anxiety. Being enveloped in scent can help you relax and clear an overactive mind. The essential oils can also work physically to relieve tension or pain. This combination of oil and massage is sure to leave you feeling radiant and well and confident to take on your day.
Consider working with one of our professional aromatherapy massage therapists in Breckenridge to curate an exquisite aromatherapy massage experience.

Sources

“Most Popular Essential Oils” aromatherapy.com
“Aromatherapy Massage Benefits” AVeryWellMind

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What better way to enjoy peak leaf season than with a glass of the finest wine? The Breckenridge Wine Classic is scheduled for the weekend of September 13th-16th, right as the aspen leaves will be in their full golden glory. The event includes dinner pairings, outdoor events, and educational seminars. It culminates with the grand tasting on Saturday evening.

The Grand Tasting

The grand tasting is scheduled for Saturday from 3:00-6:00 at the Riverwalk Center in downtown Breckenridge. This is a ticketed event with a VIP option. It will feature samples of fine foods from local restaurants and wines.

Friday Night Dinners

Friday night several restaurants throughout Breckenridge will be offering multiple course dinners and wine pairings carefully selected by sommeliers. These restaurants include Beaver Run Resort, Sauce on the Maggie, Carboy Winery, and Legends Steak and Italian.
If you would prefer to sample from multiple restaurants rather than sit down for a meal, check out the walk about tasting on Main Street. This event includes multiple sites throughout downtown Breckenridge.

Guided Hike

On Saturday morning you can enjoy a two mile hike on the Burro Trail starting out from Peak 9. The hike concludes with a special wine paired lunch. The lunch will feature single vineyard Pinot Noirs selected by Alex Wright, of Hahn Family Winery. Savor fresh air and stunning views, then relax with excellent food and learn about the Pinot Noir family.

There are more dinners and seminars throughout the weekend, ranging from women in wine to a fat biking event. More detailed information and tickets can be found at the website for the Breckenridge Wine Classic.

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All events associated with the Breckenridge Wine Classic are 21 and over. You will be asked to present an ID when you get your tickets. This includes infants and children. Strollers or backpacks will not be admitted into any events. There are several excellent babysitting services available including At Your Breck and Call and Resort Sitters. You can enjoy an adult day or evening out without the kids.

Beneficiaries

A percentage of the proceeds from some of the events and the proceeds from a silent auction will go to the National Reparatory Orchestra. This orchestra provides unique opportunities for kids to gain experience to learn their instruments and perform. Many students from the NRO go on to play in professional orchestras and symphonies.

Schedule a Spa Day

After relaxing with fine wine and superior dining, complete your luxury experience with a spa day. Schedule a body treatment, facial, or massage at the Spa in Breckenridge. When you are done, you can take in the leaves and endless blue sky from one of our warm soaking pools.

Take the weekend to get away and enjoy some of the best that Breckenridge has to offer.

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Date posted: August 31, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Breckenridge Wine Classic

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When you pamper yourself with massage, you can choose from a variety of types of massage. Swedish massage therapy is what typically comes to mind when people think of massage. Many clients choose this type of message and it is appropriate for a broad range of people. However, if you have specific needs or hopes for your massage, Swedish may not be the best massage for you. Listed below are some of the different types of massages so that you can make the best choice for your needs.

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is generalized and ideal for relieving stress and tension. It employs a combination of strokes, such as kneading, circular strokes, tapping and stretching. All of these techniques work together to relieve muscle tension, promote circulation, and alleviate stress. When you need to relax and loosen up, a Swedish massage is ideal for you.

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Sports Massage Therapy

If you have been at Breckenridge skiing all weekend and have overworked muscles that are sore, a sports massage is your best choice. Sports massage can reduce recovery time and improve range of motion. Over time, taking care of your body with sports massage may even improve your overall performance. It can help you maintain healthy and flexible muscles, reducing risk of injury.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is for those who experience chronic back pain or are involved in consistent physical activity that impacts the back or neck. Deep tissue massage moves beyond the surface tissues of the muscle and uses point specific pressure to relieve chronic tension. If you have medical concerns, discuss them with your massage therapist before your start deep tissue massage. You should also discuss the level of discomfort you should feel. Intense pressure is common, but your massage should not be painful.

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When you are in need of deep relaxation, use hot stone therapy to melt stress away. Hot stone therapy is an ancient Native American practice that incorporates warm and cool stones along with massage to help release tension and stress. This massage is one of the most relaxing and is a perfect way to recover from a major stressful event.

Prenatal Massage Therapy

Pregnancy is hard on your body and brings all kind of aches and pains with it. Prenatal massage is designed to cater specifically to the unique needs of an expectant mother. It is safe for both baby and mom and can help relieve stress and tension, as well as pain associated with pregnancy. This massage is specifically for pregnant women beyond their first trimester of pregnancy.

Talk with your massage therapist about your lifestyle, as well as the goals you have for your massage. They can help you choose the right type of massage for your individual needs.

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Inflammation is a natural immune response, it fights foreign substances in our body that are not good for us. However, sometimes our bodies can go into overdrive and constantly react to a variety outside factors. This is referred to as chronic inflammation and chronic inflammation can cause a host of long term health problems. According to Harvard Health, the best way to fight chronic inflammation is with a healthy diet. Foods that are high in antioxidants and polyphenols are effective at reducing inflammation.

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1) Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate is the health food that everyone loves to love! It can satisfy your cravings and improve your health. Eat This, Not That cites a Louisiana State University study that found, “gut microbes in our stomach ferment chocolate into heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory compounds that shut down genes linked to insulin resistance and inflammation.” For the most beneficial effects, choose a chocolate that is 70% cacao or more and has relatively low amounts of sugar.

2) Blueberries

Blueberries are well known for their high levels of antioxidants, but they also contain potassium and vitamin C. WebMD suggests that not only do blueberries reduce inflammation, but they reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. WebMD suggests eating a ½ cup serving of blueberries every day.

lower internal inflammation3) Extra Virgin Olive Oil

When you cook, replace margarine or butter with extra virgin olive oil. This healthy fat makes food taste great and helps reduce inflammation. HealthLine cited a study that found inflammation markers decreased in subjects that consume 1.7 ounces of olive oil every day. Mix it with a little vinegar to put on your salad, toss it with some roasted vegetables, or dip your whole wheat bread in it, to include some in your everyday diet.

4) Coffee

Coffee has been linked with a long list of health benefits. A recent study at Stanford, cited by the Verge, has some ideas about why. Scientist think that caffeine blocks adenosine in our brain, which is what keeps us from feeling sleepy when we drink it. The new study, because of a corollary effect, presumes that coffee also blocks adenine and adenosine in our immune cells, preventing an overactive immune response, thereby, preventing inflammation. While this study still needs more confirmation, many health studies have found coffee to be beneficial. So if you already enjoy it, savor a a daily cup or two without any guilt. Its good for you!

Making Healthy Choices

If you can reduce inflammation in your body, you can combat chronic diseases that plague so many people. Heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes are all potentially linked to inflammation. Make healthy choices with your diet and indulge in the foods that can keep you healthy and well.

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In Breckenridge, we are reminded daily of the stunning beauty of the natural world around us, as well as its incredible fragility. High alpine eco-systems struggle to survive in harsh conditions, and our way of life depends on rhythms of rain, snow, and sunshine at the right moments. In Breckenridge, we cherish the world around us in a special way, which is why we strive to offer our services at The Spa in Breckenridge in an eco-friendly manner. Spa days are one of the best ways to relax and restore your inner self, as well as rejuvenate and care for your physical self. You can care for yourself and the environment at the same time with an eco-friendly spa day.

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Our Products

All our massages, facials, and other services use only all natural eco-friendly ingredients, that work in harmony with nature and your body.

One of our main product lines, Trillium Organics, uses all non-GMO, natural organic ingredients for their spa products. For your peace of mind, not only are these products safe for your body, but they are also raised in a way that is safe and sustainable for the earth. By using organic ingredients, pesticides and herbicides that harm other parts for the natural world, such as important pollinators and soil quality, are eliminated from the process of production. Organic production works with the natural environment rather than against it.

Sharing Resources

When you come to our facility you are sharing resources, rather than using your individual resources. We have warming pools for relaxing and soaking. Using these pools not only offers a stunning view of the mountains while you relax, it also uses less resources than if you were to use your own, individual tub or hot tub. Filling a tub for personal use requires plenty water. According to the Water Footprint Calculator an average bath can use up to 50 gallons of water! When you use our soaking pools instead of relaxing warm tub, you are sharing resources with other spa goers.

Public Transit

Even getting to your spa day can be a way to be eco-friendly. Breckenridge has an amazing public transit system. We are on the mountain and accessible by the public transportation system. In addition, we are located so that you can ski in and ski out. You can come in when you are already out doing the things you love. You don’t have to use your car to get to your spa day.

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We strive to offer an environment that is peaceful, relaxing, and uplifting. We care about your personal health, as well as the health of the world around us. We will work with you so that you can have a rejuvenating, and eco-friendly spa day.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Photo Credits:

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.

Date posted: April 24, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on The Ultimate Decompression – A Spa Day!

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