Back to School … Back to Spa

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Back and shoulder massage

August in Texas means 2 things to me → SO MUCH HEAT!! And Back to School! While there isn’t much to do about the heat (except escape it by staying indoors as much as possible or jump in the nearest pool) there is plenty to do to prepare for back to school … like have some back to spa time!!

Whether you’re a parent like me and have been running around all summer focused on which camp your kids are going to or figuring out the next vacation/staycation plans
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You’re a teacher (or superhero, as I like to a call you!) and have spent the summer either enjoying some classroom free days or tied up in yet another in-service or summer school,
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You’re a student about to return to the grind of classes and homework … please take this moment NOW and plan some spa time. Think of it as a little self-care escape to tend to your needs![...]   READ MORE >

Focus on Flexibility: 4 Reasons Your Body Will Thank You for Stretching

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Sometimes we are lucky enough to cram in a workout during lunch hour, but stretching often gets pushed to the side when we’re crunched for time. When you really think about it, this seems so silly because stretching provides an almost instantaneous moment of bliss as the body gets a rush of blood and a feeling of stress and tension leaving the body. We believe stretching is almost as important in holistic wellness as mediation, good nutrition and sleep. Here are four reasons why it’s time to start incorporating stretching into your daily routine.[...]   READ MORE >

Relaxation Tips for the Extra Stressed

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“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” ~ World Health Organization

Mental health usually takes a back seat to everything else in our busy lives. In an age where everyone is always connected and always moving, mental health issues fade into the background. We tend to focus much more on our physical and social health, and we don’t take a minute to think about our mental health. We are surrounded by stigmas about therapy and mental illnesses that make it even harder to acknowledge that sometimes we need to take a step back and focus on our mental state.

There are numerous events and situations that can take a toll on your psychological well-being, from stress at work to a traumatic event such as Hurricane Harvey. Although these are two very different situations, there are tactics you can use to ease psychological trauma and focus on your mental health in either case.[...]   READ MORE >

4 Hot Reasons to Love an Infusion Tub

Hydrotherapy Infusion Yub at Sanctuary Spa Houston

At Sanctuary Spa, our holistic approach to wellness is incorporated in all spa services, including our Infusion Tubs. Our Infusion Tubs are great for detox, stress, low immunity and general wellness. Your tub water is infused with nourishing seaweed, Dead Sea salts, and aromatic essential oils for your overall health.

Depending on what your body needs, you may choose from any one of our four specialized tubs. We hope this 25-minute service leaves you feeling luxurious and revitalized. Each tub variation has special settings that change the water flow and jets – designed specifically to best reap the benefits of each tub, as well as for where the therapy focus is. Your therapist will cater to you during your treatment, providing an icy compress for your forehead to ensure a refreshing and relaxing experience. This healing water tub provides a relaxing, floating sensation – your perfect escape.[...]   READ MORE >

The Incredible Benefits of Akasuri Scrub

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Feeling a little “meh” lately? Nothing refreshes the body, mind and spirit like a nice scrub down. If you’re in need of new start, or even just a little pick-me-up, our invigorating Akasuri Scrub is your ticket.

Origin

Although the word “Akasuri” is Japanese in origin, this style of body scrub originated on the Korean peninsula. In Korean culture, bathing represents the purification of the soul, and Akasuri Scrub is the cornerstone of the Korean approach to holistic health and wellness.

Massage & Vichy Shower

Traditionally, the treatment begins with a visit to either a hot shower, bath, steam room or sauna. At Sanctuary Spa, we begin with a light massage, and move on to washing the body with an exfoliating glove. After this preparation, you will be given a relaxing, warm Vichy shower. The Vichy shower helps to increase circulation through the body, oxygenate the blood, decrease joint pain, relieve muscle pain, reduce muscle spasms and cramps, and reduce nervous stress and promotes relaxation, rest and recovery. It also helps soften the skin, preparing it for the scrub.[...]   READ MORE >

What to Do Before & After a Massage

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Make sure to stretch before and after massages

We often discuss the many wonderful benefits a massage can have on the body. From relaxed muscles to an overall reduction in stress and anxiety, the effects massage can have are truly incredible.

Part of ensuring that you get the most out of your massage and that you’re properly caring for your body, is taking the appropriate steps before and after your treatment. Here are some pointers on how to fully reap the benefits of your massage experience.

Before

Prepping prior to your massage is key. If you’re planning any rigorous workouts the day of your massage, we recommend doing them before your session. Massage helps to lengthen and loosen up the muscular system. Attempting to perform high-intensity activities immediately following a massage may increase your risk of injury. The ideal time to get a massage would be after a workout, to help soothe tired muscles.[...]   READ MORE >

7 Meaningful Ways to Take Care of Your Body After Travel

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Traveling comes with much excitement – staying up into the wee early hours to see a new city, experiencing new cultures, lifestyles, time zones, foods and fun. During our travels, we often push ourselves to the limit in our quest to experience and take in everything we can for the little time we are there. By the end of the trip, your body probably feels a bit drained. Help refuel and remedy your fatigued, post travel body with these holistic practices.

Hydrate

During and after travel, our body’s energy is used to the max, and we often come home feeling depleted. To combat the loss of energy, it’s important replenish fluids that were lost while traveling. Immediately upon return, it’s a good idea to drink lots of water to rehydrate and make your body feel better equipped for your transition back home.[...]   READ MORE >

How Often Should You Really Get a Massage?

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Ease Aches & Pains with a Massage at Sanctuary Spa Houston

While many save trips to the spa for special occasions, your overall health can benefit significantly from incorporating massage therapy into your health and wellness routine. From soothing chronic aches and pains, to speeding athletic recovery, the benefits of regular massage are plentiful. How often you should get a massage for optimal results depends on your lifestyle, as well as what you would like to accomplish through massage therapy.

Regular massage can help:

  • Reduce stress
  • Soothe chronic pain
  • Elevate athletic performance
  • Speed recovery time post injury/surgery

Stress Reduction

If you find that your stress levels are relatively low to mid-level, treating yourself to a massage once or twice a month should be sufficient for you to reap the benefits. Not only does massage calm the nervous system, but it helps increase blood and lymphatic circulation, improving your overall health. Those with physically taxing jobs or who work in high-stress environments should consider weekly massage sessions to help reduce stress.[...]   READ MORE >

6 Great Gift Ideas for the Spa-loving Mom

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Happy Mother's Day from Sanctuary Spa Houston

It's that time of year again. That time when you rack your brain to find something special and unique for Mother's Day. On top of that, you need a gift for your mom, your grandmother, maybe your wife, maybe even your mother-in-law. It can be a challenge. We understand. Well, maybe we can help a little. Here's a list of spa service and product ideas to make your search a little easier... READ MORE >>

7 Reasons Why You Should Experience Sanctuary Spa

Feeling tense and in much need of some revitalization? Well, Sanctuary Spa is the perfect destination for you. We design our nourishing spa practices with the goal that you leave rejuvenated and revived in mind, body, and spirit with our aromatherapeutic and holistic health approach.

Our Skilled TechniciansLuxurious Facials at Sanctuary Spa Houston

Each technician at Sanctuary Spa is licensed and certified according to industry standard and trained above and beyond industry norms. We evaluate your health history, challenges and lifestyle to ensure we provide the ultimate service that is right for you. Technicians are matched to your requested pressure level and esthetic needs.[...]   READ MORE >