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Mind, Body & Spirit Network with Sphakita Spa NYC

3 Jul

Sphakita SpaNeed a break, you think when?  It happens when the Founder, Sallie Fraenkel of Mind Body & Spirit Network plans an event at the renown Sphatika Spa in NYC; with an invite to you…YOU GO!

I graciously accepted and upon arrival to Manhattan; surprisingly I’d quickly found a parking spot on Madison Ave @ 70th Street!  The honking of car horns, people rushing to go home hustle and construction bangs in the background is clearly at its best; even if its only 6PM.  Choosing to ignore it all; I walked quickly to 69th Street looking for 818!  I felt like I discovered a hidden door; opening to a beautiful Art Déco designed building.

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3 flights up and upon ringing the bell; the door opens to be greeted by a smiling staff and Sallie Fraenkel just thrilled to see you.  The aroma of lavender in the air sets the mood with instruction to remove your high heels and change to bedazzling slippers.

Janet League-Katzin, Founder & Director of Sphakita Spa NYC

The highlight of the evening was meeting the Founder and Director, Janet League-Katzin and hearing the inspiration of how Sphakita Spa was born.

A beautiful and soft spoken woman; with such a regal presence.  Janet League -Katzin shared how she met Sallie Fraenkel and how their friendship is so special.

 

Janet League-Katzin and Sallie Fraenkel, Founder of MBSN

Janet League-Katzin and Sallie Fraenkel, Founder of MBSN

She expressed how important it is to take the time to relax and allow the body to recharge.  Being run down interrupts the body in reproducing its cells; by simply changing your approach can increase your wellness.  Crystals were also talked about and could be found all throughout the spa.  Their energy can help balance the body and could definitely  be felt; everyone easily unwind.  Sphatika Spa is the place to come to; where Janet’s overall goal is to treat each client special.

The treat was to have a 15 minute facial, access to organic, gluten-free munchies, Sphatika superfoods and a selection of delightful beverages and healthy coconut ice cream sodas to take your pick.  All the women were so thrilled!

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The lively conversations were found in all the rooms, each guest anxiously awaiting their turn to have a Sphakita Spa facial.  When called, I was so excited!!!!  The 15 minute facial was divine; ending with a rose oil massage with hints of crystals.  My face was soft and had a radiant glow!

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As the evening was ending, we received a heartfelt “Thank You” where we were presented with a Sphakita Spa gift bag and no return of the bedazzled slippers provided when our lovely evening started.  “Are we going to see you again?” asks Janet.   My reply, Yes; because I deserve it!

Whether or not you can attend Sphakita Spa; the suggestion is to take the time at least once a month to take a break and allow your body to relax and recharge.  You deserve it!

My Sphakita Spa Gift Bag

My Sphakita Spa Gift Bag

 

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IMG_2330Janet League-Katzin an award-winning actress; best known for The Guilding Light, Another World and The Spook Who Sat By The Door.  

The treatments of the Royal Sphatika Spa and the Sphatika 100 % Natural Skincare Line were created to provide what she found to be missing in the course of her search.  The result is an extraordinary holistic treatment methodology and product line that delivers the next level in the evolving spa experience.  Sphatika Spa is located at 818 Madison Ave NYC.

Photos by Mind Body & Spirit Network® and Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®

 

 

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Be Inspired! Essential Oil Benefits!

25 Jan

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As you know at the beginning of a new year, you set goals and thinking about making some changes here and there!  One of my changes was to up the ante on taking the time to relax!  Recently; I ‘ve been taking the time to enjoy massage oils, which is helping my aching muscles and giving me the best sleep EVER!!!  Often you would pick up a massage oil or lotion; smell and think of relaxation!  However, there are so many different oils; which can be beneficial!

There is some importance of having pure oils in your bathroom or kitchen cabinet.

There’s a reason these thicker liquids have been used since ancient times from head to toe.  If you wanted to know some more about many different oils, listed below is a guide!  You will be surprised of the benefits of each oil; as well as how to mix them properly for your next “I did it myself” beauty recipes.

First, base or carrier oils should make up the majority of your recipe because they have intensive hydrating properties. Then top that off with a treatment oil that targets specific ailments (like dry skin and swelling).  My treatment oil was Arnica for swelling; while another was Lavender for relaxation.

Finally add the kicker — a few drops of an essential oil that’s high in fragrance and potent in beauty benefits. If you’re mixing these recipes at home, always make sure to discuss with your doctor and do a test patch first to avoid any adverse reactions.  In one quick trip to the health-food store, you could be well on your way to smoother skin and shinier hair.  At the very least, you’ll know which claims to believe when walking down the beauty aisle.

By all means, also do not forget to plan to treat yourself to a massage by a professional if you can!  When going you will be so proud of yourself on how knowledgeable you are and can request the type of oils you prefer!

BASE OIL BEAUTY BENEFITS

Argan This oil is packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it a great moisturizer for hair, skin, and nails. In its natural state, it has a warm, nutty scent that complements any “I did it myself”  hair recipe.

Avocado Rubbing down in avocado oil can give you the same omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that you get when you eat the delicious fruit.

Coconut Naturally coconuts are packed with protein, vitamin E, and fatty acids that can be absorbed into the skin easily. It also has antibacterial properties. The oil is solid at room temperature, making it easy for travel and a good base for your “I did it myself”  lotion recipes.

Grape seed For women with acne-prone skin, grape-seed oil is one of the best picks because of its astringent properties. It naturally contains linoleic acid, which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s quickly absorbed into the skin (and hair) and delivers antioxidants deep into the cell tissue.

Jojoba Jojoba is naturally similar to human sebum. Therefore women with oily skin and scalp can benefit the most from a moisturizer with jojoba to help regulate the epidermis’s natural production of oil.

Olive Antioxidant-rich olive oil is the ideal “I did it myself” -recipe ingredient for women with dry skin and eczema. This heartier liquid is also a good choice for women with aging skin because of the vitamins A and E.

Sesame Bacteria doesn’t stand a chance against sesame oil. For centuries, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to counteract high cholesterol and viruses. This should be your go-to base oil to remedy skin irritation like wind and sunburn.

Sweet almond Almond oil is a natural way to clear dead skin cells. You can apply the elixir to get a more even skin tone and remedy dark spots. However, take note that almond oil should not be used by those with nut allergies.

TREATMENT OIL BEAUTY BENEFITS

Aloe Vera We know you’ve heard of aloe vera gel and juice, but the plant also comes in oil form. This thick formula can be used topically to remedy dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis along with other types of skin irritation.

Arnica If you frequent the gym, arnica should be in your workout bag. The fragrant oil will help improve circulation and take down swelling, bruising, and pain. It’s a natural relaxant for sore muscles.

Carrot Seed The beta-carotene and vitamin A in carrot seed oil help stimulate cell growth and detox the skin. You can also slather it on to protect your skin from environmental damage (UV rays, pollution) as well as to keep moisture in.

Castor Jamaican black castor oil is celebrated for its hair-growth abilities. This specific type has an ash included that gives it a dark brown color. The oil is very thick and can be used to seal in moisture for coarser hair types.

Evening Primrose Eczema sufferers have probably heard of the moisturizing effects of evening primrose. The fatty acids found naturally in this liquid are proven to help soothe itch and inflammation.

Rose Hip Expectant mothers, this one’s for you! Rose hip has vitamin C and lycopene to gently rejuvenate skin and help maintain elasticity, making it a great remedy for stretch marks.

Tea Tree In recent years, tea-tree oil has become popular for its infection-fighting power. Acne, nail fungus, dandruff, lice, and insect bites can all be alleviated by a tea-tree poultice because it naturally kills bacteria.

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ESSENTIAL OIL BEAUTY BENEFITS

Calendula Acne-prone skin can benefit from a mix made with Calendula oil. It can reduce redness and swelling, in addition to being an anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighter. You can also use it to minimize under-eye bags.

Chamomile Azulene is the main component in chamomile that helps calm the skin. It’s a key ingredient to soothe irritated areas like psoriasis, spider veins, acne scars, eczema, and sunburns.

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus is a healing herb that has been used in Australia for centuries in wound care. The fragrant oil can also be handy as an all-natural insect repellent.

Geranium Geranium is a powerful anti-aging oil. It has astringent properties, which can tighten loose skin. It also has antioxidants that help encourage cell turnover, meaning you’ll have fewer wrinkles to begin with.

Jasmine Your skin will benefit from jasmine’s ability to improve elasticity. It’s definitely one to include in brightening skin concoctions and can be used to fade stretch marks and acne scars.

Lavender One of the most recognizable essential oils, lavender can do much more than help you sleep. Massaging an oil tincture including lavender into the scalp can curb hair loss and help with headaches, too.

Peppermint Pack a bottle of peppermint oil on your next camping trip to soothe the itch of poison ivy or other allergic reactions. You can also apply a few drops of the oil to the face (mixed with a carrier oil) to clear the sinuses or soothe a tension headache.

Rosemary In aromatherapy, rosemary is used as an energizing scent to clear the mind. When used on your skin, it can stimulate blood circulation to soothe aching muscles and ease the joint pain of arthritis.

Thyme Studies show that thyme can be an effective natural solution for acne. Its antibacterial properties stop pimples before they can fester into a larger breakout. Mix a few drops into a bottle of witch hazel for an oil-clearing toner.

Ylang-Ylang Ylang-ylang has been used for decades to protect strands against salty ocean water, and it can also promote hair growth and thickness. The oil also a stress-relieving scent that works well in any “I did it myself” massage oil recipe.

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You Can’t Say…Without Your Kids?

10 Nov

This has nothing to do with decorating, or getting the next best thing !  It’s about the question, I received from Tamara (name changed) this evening! 

“How do I tell my friends not to bring their children,  I want to have a dinner party the day before Thanksgiving?  I never get the chance to enjoy my friends; without disruptions and to see what’s going on.  I want to have them over, to relax and have a great time…without their kids”

Well my left eyebrow rose; <this is not a formal affair> while reading the question and immediately my first thought was that, she doesn’t like kids, but she does have children!  Here’s my reply to Tamara, after reading her entire e-mail fully:

Tamara,  it sounds like you may be needing the break more so than your friends, I may be wrong.  However, if you are looking for a dinner with your friends, with NO interruptions, your planning could not ever be so wrong. <Wrong!

The day before Thanksgiving is the wrong time, wrong month, wrong everything!.   What you are looking for is to engage with your friends in a setting which is relaxing for you and for them.  This sounds like a spa day, a luncheon or perhaps fun outing with just friends.

Everyone is on the go and trying to make everything happen yesterday and if you have children… you just sometimes can’t go out without them.   I have a girlfriend who has two small children.  Between the softball games, piano practices, karate classes, play dates, library visits and making sure the family pet is fed; there’s no time to have a dinner away from home for 2 hours, let alone feel comfortable in leaving tasks undone while she’s out having “fun”. 

So I do understand that not having the children around, is not an option for her at this time; but I always give my support when I can and do see her with them (which is usually in McDonald’s or during mall errands).

So, I suggest you contact your friends and start a conversation with “I need a break, don’t you need a break?”.  From there you can suggest perhaps you all plan to spend a whole day together; giving them a heads up that babysitters will be needed, a look at their schedules and allow them to plan, plan, plan! 

Once you have gotten a consensus, you can start looking at events in town or spas, as I mentioned early, but do it locally!  Just in case, only 1 -2 hours is all that can be spared.

You will have fun planning, but it definitely should be after the  holidays, perhaps in early February.  The months are moving fast and be sure to look at specials.  If you see one, book it with an early deposit.  You know what to do, you will feel happy doing it, because it’s not the regular day-to-day stuff.  You never know, it might become a monthly tradition. 

I do a similar get together, every 2 months or so with my friends; which is wonderful.   So, please never say to someone, “don’t bring your kids”; they will be very, very offended.   What you mean to say is let’s have a break together!  🙂  

I am so glad you contacted me; your friends would have talked about YOU; your intentions to you may have been good, but for them it may not have come across to well, you would  have left them really wondering about you!   

Now,  if you are still going to have a dinner, the day before Thanksgiving; do Enjoy!  It’s a time to spend time with family, friends <who have children>and be full off of all the great food!  Enjoy!!!!!!!!

Be well – Letia

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