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HEALTHY HAPPENINGS December 2013

'Tis the Season for YOU!

Spa MoabThe holidays are upon us. This time of year tends to bring with it lots of socializing and gatherings with friends, family and co-workers. And, of course, lots and lots of delicious holiday treats! With all the excitement comes a certain amount of stress. Even if you enjoy and manage the holidays well the mere fact of having your time stretched thin and being out and about with so much hustle and bustle can lead to tension and stress. With tension and stress comes lower immunity. It's easy to get sick or feel overwhelmed. And, keeping our moods in check can be quite a challenge!

Massage can help the average person tackle daily life with greater vitality and ease .... especially during the holidays. Massage works on many levels. Medical research has proven that it helps fight off disease and depression. It can boost immunity, relieve pain, improve sleep quality, increase alertness and improve athletic performance. Spa services are more than a luxury. They are a kind of preventive care that relieves and helps control our tensions and our edgy moments. In a word, they can re-charge us!

Spa treatments will not only help you to step out of your crazy go, go, go mind and into a place of relaxation, but it will also help with eliminating toxins, and help to loosen those knots in your shoulders. Spa Moab works with licensed, certified massage and skin therapists, who are trained to provide a variety of therapeutic massage and facial treatments that are customized to address the individual needs of each and every guest. The best present you can give your family and friends this year is YOU as relaxed, loving and attentive as possible.

Gift Certificates can also be the solution to your gift giving stress. Give the gift of a massage, a facial or pedicure this year. Spa Moab offers a variety of massage services to fit everyone’s needs. Including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Hot Stone Massage, Prenatal and Foot treatments. Spa Moab's specialized facials include Anti-Aging, Sun Damaged, Sensitive and Acne skin.

So grab your calendar and start a new tradition this year. Give yourself the gift of self care this Holiday Season. Set up a time to come in, relax and re-charge yourself.

Visit us in person at 79 North Main Street or on-line at www.spamoab.com for a complete list of services and monthly specials.

December Specials

The Solstice Re-Charge
The Winter Solstice is an excellent time for rest and reflection. This powerful treatment begins with a foot bath while writing down your intentions or resolutions for the coming year, followed by a full body and scalp massage to stimulate mental function and release tension.
30 minutes $45 ~*warm foot bath and journal only
80 minutes $120

Berry Refined Facial
As the seasons change we welcome the crisp days of winter with our exciting Berry Refined Facial. High in powerful antioxidants, vitamins, phytochemicals and nutrients, cranberries and pomegranates help to heal skin from our long summer. Includes a deeply relaxing neck, shoulder and scalp massage.
30 minutes $45
50 minutes $75

Peppermint Pedicure
Enjoy a total state of bliss as warm stones and rich shea butter are massaged from heel to knee. Cooling essential oils of mint and a stimulating scrub are the perfect refresher for tired feet and legs. Finish with nail work and polish of choice.
50 minutes $65

 

South Town Gym Presents 3rd Annual Weight Loss Challenge
Biggest LoserThe Biggest Loser informational meeting will be held at South Town Gym on Thursday January 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM. From the past year’s experience we know this to be an informational and highly motivational approach to weight loss and overall good health. We have a lot of surprises going into this year’s challenge so please come out and enjoy the program with family and friends.

Last year South Town Gym hosted 65 participants for the 12 week program which included daily prescribed exercise routines in our facility and weekly educational experiences about nutrition and overall health. Session this year will include classes from experts in nutrition, wellness and healthy lifestyles. The program will also include last year’s favorite activities such as; sand hill climb, Canyonlands 5 mile run, weekly “last chance workouts,” and excursions and adventures to local outdoor attractions.

The major focus of the program is to encourage participants to establish a healthy lifestyle through exercise and proper food choices and foster camaraderie while encouraging weight loss. Last year as a group we lost a total of over 1200 pounds in a 12 week period. Participants challenged and encouraged each other to work hard, exercise regularly and eat sensibly. The monetary rewards of the program while substantial were not the most beneficial aspects of The Biggest Loser program at South Town Gym. All programs will be overseen by our licensed Athletic Trainer and programs will be led by experienced exercise personnel.

Last year participants expressed a high level of satisfaction with the program and many went on to better exercise habits and a healthier life routine. We look forward to working with another group of Moab citizens striving to reach personal wellness goals and a healthier lifestyle. We are confident that this program will help them attain that goal. The gym encourages all those who participated last year to join us and extend the experience and also invite anyone interested in better health and wellness to participate with us.

South Town Gym is now in its 4th year serving the San Juan and Grand County community's needs for fitness training with a professional and friendly environment. As we approach our 4th season we are mindful of the many friends and associations we have made over the past year. Many people have discovered the benefits of a lifestyle which includes fitness programs which are available at the South Town Gym. Our programs have encouraged and motivated many of you to opt for a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

We would love for the community to come in and tour our facilities, meet the staff, and familiarize yourself with our programs. We are located at 1070 S. Highway 191 Moab, UT 84532. Office hours are Mon-Fri 8-5:30. We are on the web at: www.moabgym.com.

You can contact us at mstg@frontier.com or 435-259-5775.
Flu Season Advice from Moonflower Community Coop

Winter is coming! As the days start shortening it is time that we start to prepare ourselves for cold and flu season. As the colder temperatures drive us inside, our immune systems can also suffer as our bodies tries to cope with the changing climate. That’s why this is a great time of the year to make extra sure that you are eating healthy and taking good care of your body. And Moonflower is here to help!

A few weeks ago Moonflower’s own Emily and Travis had their first Moonflower Health Hour on KZMU (the next shows will be on Monday Nov. 11th and Dec. 2nd at 5pm) to talk about what the immune system is, how it works, and how to stay healthy this winter. It was a great show, but if you missed it, fear not! Below are many of the things that they mentioned that can help you make sure that this year’s cold and flu season doesn’t get the best of you!

What is the immune system?
The immune system is the most complex system that the human body has. From a western perspective it has 3 levels: physical barriers, the innate immune system, and the adaptive immune system.

Physical barriers are body parts like your skin, which keep bacteria and viruses from entering you body. White blood cells and other non-specific defenses against invaders are your body’s innate immune system. Most multi-celled organisms have an innate immune system. By contrast the adaptive immune system exists only in jawed vertebrates, including humans, and is composed of lymphocytes, antibodies, and other responses that are specifically tailored to the bacteria or virus that your body is fighting.

The traditional and holistic view of the immune system views sickness as a disequilibrium in the body, caused by an imbalance of ‘hot’ and ‘cold.’ The changing seasons cause an elemental shift in the body, which can dampen the immune system. Recovering from an illness is about balancing the elements, and elemental manifestations, within the body.

What keeps an immune system strong?

The key to staying healthy for most of us is simple; a combination of exercising, getting enough sleep, and eating right.
Though any kind of exercise is beneficial, low-impact, low intensity activities like yoga and soft martial arts, are particularly beneficial for the immune system. Muscles are the pumps that move lymph fluid -a crucial component of the human immune system- through the body, so the long, slow muscle contractions of these exercises are ideal for boosting the immune system.

Sleep is when much of your body’s internal maintenance takes place. Many studies have shown a lack of sleep depresses the body’s natural ability to fight off infections. Healthy, fitful sleep is also important in brain function and dealing with stress.

When the cold weather comes around it’s easy to give into your body’s cravings for comfort foods. Resist those urges! Rather than giving in and eating buttery mashed potatoes and sausages, transform the craving into nutritious, digestible foods that are both building and nourishing. Food like curries, kitchari, and bone broth soups will sooth those cravings and give your immune system the fuel it needs to stay in tiptop shape.

Supplements are also a great way to make sure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals that you need. Good vitamins and supplements are key because many of the foods that we eat and the soils they are grown in do not contain all the nutrients that our bodies need.

Clearing waste from your body is also crucial to maintaining health, so be sure to stay hydrated and eat plenty of fiber.

What do you do once you’re sick?
Though much of what keeps the immune system healthy is also what helps it once you are sick, there are also a number of things that you can do to help your body recover from sickness.

Rest and hydration are probably the two most important things. You need to make sure your immune system has all the energy it needs, so avoid strenuous exercise when sick. As your body fights the infection it needs a way to get rid of the all that junk. Drinking plenty of water, tea, and juice helps ensure your body can evacuate waste as it needs.

Making sure that your body has all the nutrients it needs when you are sick is key. In most cases supplements are the best way of ensuring this. Along with well-known immune boosters like Vitamin C and Zinc, there are a huge number of herbs (like adaptogens) and supplements for specific ailments that support lymphatic action. Garlic, especially raw, is also a fantastic immune booster that has a whole host of benefits. Keeping the good bacteria in your body healthy is also important to maintaining a healthy immune system, so be sure to eat and drink plenty of probiotics like yogurt, beet kvass, and kombucha.

Products, food, and supplements that do all these things and so much more can be found at Moonflower. When you come in, ask any of our helpful staff and they will be happy to help you find whatever you need, or make recommendations if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for.

Everyone gets sick
Even if you do everything right you will get sick from time to time. It is a healthy part of being human, and it is in getting sick that the most advanced part of your immune system, the adaptive immune system, learns to identify harmful bacteria and viruses and create specialized defenses against them.

That said, most people can be doing far more then they are to stay healthy. This cold and flu season try changing your normal routine. Start exercising more. Start meditating or doing yoga. Start eating better. Start taking supplements. Even little steps can make a big difference.

 
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