Mourning the Past You – Your Spiritual Spa Journey

21 11 2009

GRIEF AND SPIRITUALITY? NOT YOUR TYPICAL SPA POST

I follow many tops spa blogs, and have collaborated with the talented and motivated authors of several of them.  Which is why I was pleased to find an unexpected post and link from A Girls Gotta Spa. Not necessarily related to spas as we think of them, but transformation and mourning.  ( in a sense)While we often seek spiritual connection and more self awareness, many don’t place the connection of the real grieving process, and true mourning that goes into creating a true YOU.  Letting go of the past to discover the future.

As we go through transitions in our life, whether expected or not, whether our choice or seemingly thrown upon us, like a ton of bricks……it is important to mourn the past.  Just as you would a death, because ultimatley the same emotions will arise.

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Guilt
  5. Depression
  6. Acceptance

The past year for me has been a down and dirty, true grit, in your face, life changing transformation just like that. I’ve grieved, and I’ve found some eye opening changes. I found some of my own words of late from an interview of Lady Gaga, in one of my fav beauty blogs. Famous singer/song writer Lady Gaga’s talks about becoming her

In her new album “Fame Monster” she says she “wrote about fear”, and that she is “holding onto my solitude, and wrestling with my thoughts”. Her words, pose a pretty candid look into who she was and who she is. Well said for her own experiences, it is something we should all be delving into.

She also mentions, interestingly enough, something I’ve thought much about this past year, for myself and others. “MASKS”. We all wear them, and peoples’  image control can make us believe they are something they are not, and make us believe we are the masks we wear ourselves. Only exposing what’s behind the mask, can take you deeper.

UNCOMPLICATED SIMPLICITY?

For me, I’ve recognized that the struggle against certain changes, were actually an opportunity to recognize more of myself, and pursue my true talents even more. When I finally ceased to resist, more rapid transformations came that lead to  more opportunity.

Transformation is not easy or uncomplicated. Grieving, is even less so. Your beliefs will be disrupted, relationships affected, emotions erupt, doors closed, others opened, and on and on. If you’re expecting otherwise, and not willing to do the real work, you will be sorely disappointed.

Changes may not always come in the ways we want or expect, but if we trust ourselves, and keep a keen eye out for new angles, we will be able to enhance our personal development.

These words about fear and masks, grieving and transformation, have been said by many in their own ways, Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and coutless others…..but solidfying it in YOUR words is what matters.

While this post is not all about Lady Gaga, or myself, it is about an opportunity. More spas are connecting with individuals spirtuality, and creating workshops and programs that allows people to do transformational work. This is something we know well in the spa and wellness industry.

Thanks Lady Gaga, thanks Girls Gotta Spa, and thanks to you!  If you feel the new you is just not in the cards, take another look. Just when you want to give up, it will be there.

If you’d like to find more on retreats for spiritual spa journeys, you can check out;

Spiritual Spa Collection

Day Spa for the Mind

On the Joy Path

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Christmas Made Easy – And Comes Early!

19 11 2009

We’re not quite in December yet, but I’m sure many of you see the signs and sounds of it on the horizon. That’s why we’ve included “Christmas Made Easy”. Make it 12 days of christmas, spa style. Enjoy!

December is such a hectic month, there are Christmas cards to write, presents to buy, parties to go to and a desperate need to catch up with or make contact with everyone in your address book.

 It’s the time of year when we spend most of our time thinking about other people. We have to schedule in time for writing copious amount of Christmas cards to people we haven’t seen for years, we ponder what we can get friends and family for Christmas and there is an urgent need to schedule dates to get together with friends you haven’t seen for ages and it all has to be done within a few already hectic weeks. Do you ever wonder why there is so much urgency, and why year after year we continue to stress ourselves out over what is essentially a church service and a roast dinner?

 Instead of running around like a headless chicken, wouldn’t the whole festive season be much more relaxing and enjoyable if we spent less time thinking about what we need to do for everyone else and think a little more about nurturing ourselves?

 You can still involve family and friends in your plans, but make your plans more about you – and believe me they will love it too!

 Here are some great tips on how to indulge yourself whilst others think you’re thinking about them:-

Tip 1

 1. Instead of organising your office Christmas party in a local restaurant or night club, book a relaxing spa day in a luxury spa venue. I can guarantee it will provide welcome stress relief to all. How much better would you feel the morning after if you went to bed after a day of relaxation and pampering? A soothing full body massage, a healthy spa lunch and just the right amount of time dipping in and out of the pool. Nothing too strenuous….. and so much better than getting drunk, having a fumble in the stationery cupboard with the boy from accounts and waking up with a very sore head!

Tip 2

 2. My second “top tip” is to avoid the shops altogether! How easy could you make Christmas shopping if it was all done on-line? No more trawling up and down the high street spending ridiculous amounts of money on “stuff” that no one really wants and will never use. Far better to buy your mum, dad, sister, brother, best friend (in fact any one on your Christmas gift list) a spa gift voucher for a luxurious spa day or spa break? In fact why not really spoil yourself and take advantage of some of the great deals on-line on spa days for two and get your loved one to take you along for a spa of pampering too?

Tip 3

 3. My third tip is to stop rushing around trying to cram everything in before Christmas and kick-start your new year, new you regime in a top spa hotel. Luxury Hotels are traditionally a bit quieter in January and February and therefore offer some superb spa deals, which if you knew about them would be very difficult to resist. So why not get together with the group of friends you really wanted to make contact with on the run up to Christmas and book yourselves a special offer spa break at a spa hotel convenient to you all.

 The best advice I can offer for a relaxing Christmas and New Year is to contact a reputable spa agent who will be able to source you the best deals and take care of all your requirements, whether you’re booking a Christmas “Sparty” (spa party) for work, buying spa gift vouchers for friends and family or getting together with friends in the new year – a good spa agent will save you money, time and give you the opportunity to indulgence yourself too. Perfect.

 





Industry News – Brand Development

1 11 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2009 – Spa development with key brands continues to grow even in economical challenges, and they look for key people to help in that growth. Lotus Effects Spa Advisory founder, Liz Galloway joins  with wellbeing group, Fuenso, for the growing Spanish Spa brand, Bodyna Natural Care, in brand awareness and international sales development.

The Bodyna spa portfolio includes 10 properties filled with mystique throughout Spain and the Baleric Islands of the Mediterranean.  Cocconed in structures filled with history, the 5 star intimate settings, give you the close boutique feeling but with much more. Ten very good reasons to visit Spain.

With over 10 years of spa development experience, Galloway brings a creative passion to the complete wellbeing group, and a strong focus on additional avenues of the brand  concept diversification.  New projects include specialty seminars, Bodyna spa product distribution with key partners, advantages in the virtual world, emotional branded partner events, training developments and more.

“I come with my love of movement, health, wellness, and public relations, ready to go full speed ahead.” Says Galloway of living in Barcelona and diversifying the brand.  “If a brand utilizes its flexibility,  adaptability, and trend –watching, it can continue to grow in innovative ways. That’s exciting.”

She brings experience from projects in the U.S., Costa Rica, India, and training worldwide to the group. As a freelance writer for several industry publications, an experienced expo speaker, and creative thinker, she joins a wonderful team of professionals at Bodyna Natural Care.

The Bodyna spa concept looks to customize it’s treatments within locations worldwide. A full replicable layout and support team can manage your hotel or resort property wellness areas. Clients are able to enjoy Bodyna branded spas, and it’s Pure Sleep, Pure Energy concept, while hospitality brands continue to look for key management companies like this one to take on new wellness projects. The brands growth plan includes large wellness investments entering Beirut and Syria, with eyes on other Middle East locations, Europe and the U.S.. Market analysis and collaboration with key partners continues to make this brand one to keep your eyes on.

Liz Galloway comments “Creating influential experiences that uphold healthy lifestyles and a philanthropic brand, while getting our message to the right people, is my focus”

Bodyna Natural Care. www.bodyna.com  Liz Galloway is an internationally known trainer, and spa and leisure consultant for Lotus Effects Advisory and works in Marketing  for Bodyna luxury spa brand in the Mediterranean. Over 10 years in the industry, and living internationally, she currently lives in Barcelona, continues to work with international clients, and write for several industry publications. Find out more at www.SpaImageConsultant.com or contact her direct at liz@thelotuseffects.com