Keep Your Senses About You

Literally, In These Transitional Times

Keep Your Senses About You

The way we live, work, play and rejuvenate is adapting. With so much negative news on the airwaves, it's about time we began seeing a major shift in how we process global happenings vs. what affects our daily lives.

Issues like where our food comes from is no longer on the back burner. Most of us have learned that things like electricity and fresh air aren't to be taken for granted. Likewise, it's the "little things" that those of us in tune with the simplicity of what we need to live are learning to utilize in order to stay positive.

This shift of consciousness has taken many to new levels of self-care, whether it's starting a recycling program for your family or gardening. Many are beginning to nurture their spirit and senses, knowing that health may be our most valuable commodity.

Removing any stress and finding ways to rejuvenate our own sense of well-being will give us the emotional strength to tackle the big issues of today. Simple solutions like putting a few drops of lavender essential oil in an evening bath to getting the family together for moonlight strolls on the beach can really help to reconnect with what's important in life.

For those of you already incorporating these simple (albeit effective) solutions in to your routines, here are a few ideas for something new to try in the New Year.

One of the more extravagant "disconnects" out there is the regular spa treatment or massage. It's an excellent way to not only stimulate "movement" inside you, but it's an excellent way to stay in touch with the intricacies of your body. Those who regularly partake know what I speak of. And, when a new type of massage rears its head, we like to take a look.

The newly completed Spa at Black Rock at the Sheraton Maui is offering Pu'u Keka Stone massage that incorporates banana and shea wraps—now there's something to melt away a slipping economy!
On O'ahu, the Royal Hawaiian, during their extensive renovations, have taken over 4 floors in the Sheraton Waikiki and opened the Abhasa Spa. The stylish, boutique spa takes up a massive 6,000 square feet of space, solely dedicated to helping you "let go". Their couples massage is definitely something to get the year off on the right foot.

For those who seek a little more activity with their therapy, The Westin Maui Resort's Heavenly Spa is offering the wildly successful "Moonlight Yoga" every month, during the full moon. Guests gather on the beach just after sunset, light candles and lanterns, and stretch out their tension as the moon rises over the West Maui Mountains. Sounds like paradise.

Similarly, the Spa at Black Rock is also offering beachfront "Yogaloha" classes—an inspiring combination of yoga and hula.

However you decide to beat the negative news and lift your spirits, be it a luxury spa treatment or peaceful walk with your loved one, find time to make space for what's important: You!

"The delights of self-discovery are always available." – Gail Sheehy

"Removing any stress and finding ways to rejuvenate our own sense of well-being will give us the emotional strength to tackle the big issues of today."

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