Category Archives: Health & Beauty

Juillet Spa

juilletOn the corner of Broadway and Arbutus in Kitsilano spa goers can find one of Vancouver’s largest spas, Juillet Spa. They pride themselves as the perfect place for a spa party or pre-wedding prep, and they most certainly are. However you don’t need a group or any special occasion other than the need to treat yourself to visit this spa. SocialShopper has an excellent $88 package right now click here to purchase.

The spa has multiple treatment rooms all geared for privacy as well as a large central room where you can relax prior or post treatment, or receive a mani or pedi. All this while watching your choice of movies that are kindly played at a very low volume with subtitles so not to ruin the mood.

In the private rooms the spa offers everything from acupuncture to cellulite smoothing treatments, along with facials, massages, aromatherapy, make up application, hair styling, waxing and spray tans.

I chose the 100-Minute Rejuvenation package which includes a massage, Organic Eminence Facial, Reflexology, and a Collagen Anti-Aging Eye Treatment.  It is usually $290 but SocialShopper is currently offering it for $88 – PURCHASE THE DEAL HERE.

After changing in a private room into a comfy robe, I was guided down the hallway to my private room where a warm water bed awaited me.  The spa professional began with a soothing massage concentrating on my difficult zones, back and shoulders, and was so relaxing I fell asleep. The facial uses the Eminence products and the specific cleanser and moisturizer is chosen for you once your skin condition is determined.  Mine included the blueberry soy exfoliating cleanser and the pumpkin latte hydration masque which left my skin a bit red after as I had some sensitivity to something in the product. However, the technician took the time to apply a cooling mask, at no extra charge, which remedied this and I left with glowing skin.

After the treatment I relaxed in the lounge with some herbal tea and fruit before dressing and heading back to the real world feeling energized and refreshed

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Juillet Spa and Wedding
Company Website
2525 Arbutus St.
Vancouver, BC
V6J 4S2
604.736.2111

#GLVSprucesUp Checking In

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Last week I announced that I was going to run the Sea Wheeze half marathon in August and I managed to sign up today for the event before it was full. I had been walking a lot in the fall so I only have to transition over to running to make this happen.

I jumped on the scale last Monday, vowed to eat better, drink less and add a km to my walking routine this week, meaning one walk would be 5 km with 1 km full on run for 3 of my walking sessions and the other days long walks of 8ish km.

As you may or may not know I write about food, wine and beer, so I’ve got a little bit of challenge when it comes to food choices, that being I have far too many temptations in front of me. I figured I can still do some of my eating if I curb the eating on other days and upped my exercise and still loose weight.

frogWell maybe it was the Chinese New Year’s dinner, the Granville Island food event, the indulgent afternoon tea, the slab of sour dough bread that I smothered in butter and accidentally ate late one night, the rich Sunday brunch or the Friday and Saturday night drinks, but this week I did not loose the weight I expected – what a surprise.

After all I had a whole day juice cleanse, ate a lot of salad, and did cut back my alcohol. I actually thought before I typed the list of above weekly indulgences that I had done pretty well! Proof that you can’t really fool yourself or your body, you actually have to put in the work.

Before I throw myself into traffic I am going to try to do something I don’t usually and instead of feeling guilty I will focus on the positive and what I learned this week. Firstly I have to congratulate myself on beginning running and sticking to a juice cleanse for a whole day (don’t laugh, baby steps), eating more veggie-based meals and drinking less. Then I have to remind myself that I really am going to have to drastically change my habits if I am going to get to where I want at a speed slower than a crawl.

Getting_back_on_track_eat_clean_fitness.jpgFocus for this week is to track my eating daily and really focus on far more healthy meals with more nutrition and less calories on the plate.  Unfortunately I already had to have a chicken wrap today that I thought wouldn’t be quite that greasy and I accidentally finished it (research) and will have to try some dessert later (I promised to write about it) so today’s goal can only be fit a salad in and only have one small bite of the ten desserts I have been sent to try; seriously. I’ll report back next week. After all being aware is the first step.

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Sabai Thai Coal Harbour

sabathaiDEAL ALERT  Sabai Thai Serenity Package reg $300 on for $99

In Thai “Sabai” means harmony, and when you enter either one of the three locations of Sabai Thai Spa, you will certainly understand why they’ve chosen their name.This boutique spa specializes in traditional Thai treatments and has three locations in North Vancouver, Coal Harbour, and the most recent location, West Vancouver,  opened in May 2011.

The owner, Neata Goutier, grew up in Thailand and was taught the art of Thai massage from one of the oldest healers in Thailand, at the young age of twelve. She is also trained in Thai yoga. Her sister Nisita Auttapoung joined her in Canada to run the West Vancouver location and has gone through similar intense training.

Sabai Thai uses all natural products including Eminence OrganicsSpa RitualMacadamia Natural Oil and Langley’s own Tuscan Farm Gardens creations in all their treatments, leaving your skin irritation free.

This spa specializing in Thai massage, an ancient form of massage where the client lays on a floor mat and the instructor gently stretches joints and muscles and uses pressure points to loosen up the body. They also offer herb compress massage, white clay body wraps and a variety of other packages.  I wrote about their signature facial here.

I tried the 90-minute  Sabai Thai Pure Serenity Package with massage, a mini facial and reflexology which is on special from Social Shopper (purchase here) for $99 (it is regularly $292). 

This included an excellent 40-minute full body deep pressure anti-stress massage that I highly needed as my shoulder and back have been acting up, and a 30-minute customized 100% organic facial of your choice with Organic Eminence products.  Afterwards the technician performs a bright eyes treatment that hydrates the eyes and reduces wrinkles and a hydrating lip plump treatment to soften the lips. Usually included is a Thai foot massage that uses Thai healing art and deep pressure points  but we focused more on the first massage instead and as my back needed all the work and felt much better for it. It was nice to have this customized for me.

I truly didn’t expect the treatment to be so thorough and relaxing and I left with brighter skin, a looser back and a much less scattered mind. If I could just to this weekly I’d be set.

The deal is at SocialShopper (purchase here) for $99 (it is regularly $292). 

 

SABAI THAI COAL HARBOUR

Sabai Thai Spa in Coal Habour is the perfect fit in downtown Vancouver, nestled between the busy shopping district, Coal Harbour Marina and the sea wall walk leading through Stanley Park.

The Spa offers 8 treatment areas, 6 multi-purpose massage and esthetic rooms, one signature Thai Massage room, a nail lounge with 3 state of the art thrones, as well as a cozy tea lounge.

Services range from 60 minutes to 2 hours, but guests are welcome to stay longer and enjoy a warm fresh cup of ginger tea after their treatment.

Parking is available in the building’s underground car park, and is free to guests during their treatment time. Just bring in your parking ticket for validation.

For more information or to book an appointment, please contact us at 604-568-6227 or by email atch@thaispa.ca

lululemon athletica’s SeaWheeze™ half marathon and Sunset Festival registration opens Thursday

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This  Annual event expected to sell out within one week!  

I was just told about this event and was thought to myself I sure wish I was still running.  I have a million excuses  why I am not, among them being too heavy, not having the right sports bra (seriously) and running gear (who knows what Chip would have to say about me in his yoga pants!), having a lack of good iTunes, it being to cold outside, etc.  BUT I am going commit to running, walking/running or even just walking this event.  I’ve done heaps of halves before and have recently walked at least 21 km in a day. I’ve completed two sub-4 hour marathons as well so there has to be some muscle memory there (last was 9 years ago, yikes). Have I convinced myself ?  Yes I have!

I am working on a training schedule and perhaps I will see you on the trails and at this run/walk!  Sounds like a great weekend so register SOON or miss out!  Stay tuned on GLV for progress and whining.

Registration opens at 10:00am PST on February 3, 2014 at seawheeze.com. Entry fee is $128, inclusive of taxes and processing fees.Entering its third sweaty and colourful year, lululemon’s SeaWheeze half marathon and Sunset Festival is returning to Vancouver’s seawall August 23, 2014. Last year the 10,014 running spots sold out within the first month of registration. This year, organizers predict the 10,015 spots will be snapped up within one week.

In addition to 21.1 km of pavement-pounding fun, SeaWheeze weekend includes the official SeaWheeze Showcase Store, where runners can kit themselves out pre-race with limited edition clothing and accessories, as well as the post-race Sunset Festival at Brockton Oval, where both runners and the general public celebrate with a 10,000+ person yoga class, live concert and beer and wine garden in one of Vancouver’s premium outdoor concert venues.

Past headliners have included Fun! and Passenger. Sunset Festival tickets are $25 for the general public and are included in registration for runners.

Full event details are available at www.seawheeze.com. For a peek into the experience, check out the 2013 SeaWheeze experience here.

About SeaWheeze

The SeaWheeze half marathon and Sunset Festival is lululemon’s way of celebrating and sharing its hometown of Vancouver, BC with the global running community.  In just its third year, the sell-out event is redefining the half marathon experience, and becoming a destination run and the perfect weekend for Vancouver to celebrate summer in the city.

About lululemon athletica inc.

lululemon athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company that creates components for people to live long, healthy and fun lives. By producing products that help keep people active and stress free, lululemon believes that the world will be a better place. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback. For more information, visit www.lululemon.com.

 

Canadiana Facial at Skoah

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It’s time to put your best face forward for all your holiday parties and for us that starts with a pre-party season facial.  Right now Skoah is offering a “Canadiana Facial” on until December 24, 2013. The treatment includes a hard and arm treatment with their holiday  products for $70.  With locations throughout Vancouver and in North Vancouver and Burnaby (as well as Calgary, Seattle and Boston) this Vancouver-based company makes getting your glow on easy.

Into the private treatment room you’ll go and the service begins with a scalp massage, then a cleansing and toning followed by a exfoliant mask.  While the mask does it’s magic you will be treated to a hand and arm scrub and wrap and a massage with the holiday cream.  After the mask is gently removed the technician performs a skin analysis and perhaps some extraction if necessary and then applies another mask.  While that mask settles in you receive a neck and shoulder massage, then a facial massage and after the final mask is removed toner, eye cream and moisturiser is applied.  The final step is a scalp massage and a gift of a lip moisturiser to take with you.

The technician also has some suggestions to keep your skin in tip top shape and you may even be able to cross a few gifts of your list for those in need of some self-care or pick up a gift card so they can enjoy this treatment themselves.

nitty gritty: Cannot be combined with any other promotions including and not limited to rebooking rewards, birthday certificates, or any other promotional certificates. Members may use their membership dollars towards the service for $70. Facial is valid at all skoah locations between November 28th and December 24th 2013.

Enter to win a complete wardrobe overhaul and $10,000-worth of home décor

img01OAKRIDGE TO STAGE FIRST EVER ‘STYLE HEIST’ THIS FALL

This fall, Oakridge Centre wants to know what’s on your style wish list, as it hosts its first ever Style Heist, starting October 1st and running though November 8th, 2013. Shoppers are invited to share why they are most deserving of an Oakridge-inspired style overhaul for a chance to win a complete transformation of their wardrobe and a room in their home.

But here’s the catch – the winner must hand over complete control of their makeover to celebrity fashion and home décor designers.

Whether you’re in need of a complete fashion overhaul, looking for some fall-friendly accessories to update your summer collection, or desperate for some chic space-savers to add that extra oomph to a tired room, Oakridge has everything you need to style your life.

HOW TO ENTER:

From October 1st to 14th, shoppers are asked to visit OakridgeCentre.com and curate an ‘Oakridge Style Heist’ Pinterest board. The Pinterest board will showcases their favourite Oakridge fashions and home décor items plus a photo of the room they would like to have ‘heisted’.

Five finalists will then be selected at random, and shoppers will have the chance to vote in-mall from October 19th to 22nd for the finalist they find most deserving of a style heist. The lucky Grand Prize Winner will be announced on October 23rd and will receive the ultimate lifestyle makeover from style guru Susie Wall, who will totally transform the winner’s wardrobe with $5,000 worth of fall fashions from Oakridge Centre. The winner will also have a room in their home revamped by Kelly Deck with $10,000 worth of Crate&Barrel home furnishings and décor.

Not the Grand Prize Winner? Not to worry – the four remaining finalists will each receive a $250 gift certificate to Oakridge Centre to indulge in all their style must-haves. Plus, you are also invited to visit Oakridge from October 31st until November 5th and share with us what item would give you a fall refresh – for your chance to win it!

For more information about Oakridge Centre, please visit www.oakridgecentre.com.

#GLVSprucesUP Checking in

Work LOL CatIt’s been a couple weeks since I made a commitment to make some lifestyle changes.  I was off to a great start.  I had some great body healing sessions with massage therapist Dr. Vita Narbutiene  and left feeling like a million bucks.  She is a true healer.  I did some sound therapy and reflexology with Coko Mayuko Nakashima another session were I left feeling stronger and more centred.  I was facing some resistance and needed some help setting reasonable goals and met with therapist Rebekkan Stainton who was a fantastic sounding board and gave me some great targets and suggestions.  I also met with nutritionist Patti Smyth who set some great goals for me without drastically changing the way I eat.

On the fitness end I went out for long walks and started training at Steve Nash Fitness World with Agnes Kim at the Kitsilano location along with my pal Heidi.  I even lost a few pounds. All was going well and I even when I went away to Ottawa I managed to keep up my fitness program and made the best food choices when possible while travelling.  Then BAM! I got totally sick.  Not just a cold but the kind of flu that knocks you out and keeps you home for days.  Went to the doctor and got antibiotics and I am still fighting this bug almost two weeks later.  I did rest as much as possible, but I have commitments and things I just can’t stay home from even when I am not even back to 100%.  I had committed to travelling to Penticton and went there for 3 days, but just wasn’t totally there physically and would have probably been better to have stayed home and rest, but my life does go on.

I am not sitting home stuffing my face with ice cream and oreos, nor am I guzzling vodka straight from the bottle, but I am tired and I just don’t seem to have the energy to make that smoothie, make the best decisions, or get all the writing done that I need.  I just had to go back to bed and nap again this morning as I am so very tired.  I am also coughing a lot so I am not able to go out for a very long walk.  So here I am writing this just to let you know I am not giving up, and I will be back!  I will be heading out for another short walk today and have set the goal to get back to the trainer on Saturday so let’s hope that I get better soon.

I suppose the fact that it is taking me so long to get better is indicative of the state my body is in and the fact it needs to heal and get stronger.  The other item I must take away from this is that I can’t do everything and must respect my body more.  I didn’t get enough sleep in Ottawa and set early morning appointments since I forgot the 3 hour time difference.  I didn’t take my vitamins and pushed my body hard physically on a very long bike ride and walk.  So I am looking at my schedule in the coming weeks and factoring more rest and less busyness in.

Talk to you shortly with a more positive tone.  I will be back.

#GLVSpruces Up – My Get Healthy Campaign

Keep-Calm-and-Get-HealthyI’m going to dish a little here about myself and deter from my usual posts on all the great food I eat.  I’ve embarked on a journey of self-improvement  and as an added motivator I am going to commit to checking in here to ensure I’m accountable.  I’ve judged myself enough so I hope you’ll go lightly on me.

Work What You Got

It had been a fantastic summer, one filled with fabulous food, stellar cocktails, and new experiences with Vancouver’s ever growing craft beers and BC wine.  Along the way attempts at balancing these indulgences were made with some long walks and bike rides.  As a writer focused heavily on food and one with a nasty habit of excessive boozing it was more than just one indulgent summer that had taken its toll on a body that was once fine-tuned and considered on the slim side.  Ah the time had come to take an inventory and start to make some lifestyle choices that would ensure that the remainder of my years weren’t spent dealing with health issues.  Another kicker was that I’d also been diagnosed with a fatty liver and advised to adjust my behaviour.

Growing up I suffered from eating disorders, depression and body image issues.  I’d never really been that fond of physical self even when I’d been fit enough to run a sub four hour marathon and a lot of this self-loathing still lingered.  I’m not one who likes to look in the mirror, and had begun to hate shopping since a size large was sometimes still not large enough.  I’d lost twenty pounds by upping my walking mileage last year, but ten had crept back at last count.

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A number of timely events pushed me to set out on the journey I have no chosen which I like to call “Good Life Vancouver Spruces Up” and my new friend Heidi refers to as “Project Cassandra”.  First there was an email about a book by Mandy Ingber that landed and an offer to try a class she was teaching at Semperviva was offered, and second was Heidi Henderson, the owner of Vital Medical Health invited me down for some treatments, beginning with a set of eyelash extensions.

Eyelashes b4 and after @vital_kitsilano #glvsprucesup

The clinic is based on holistic health, which encompasses a medical drop in clinic, counselling, massage, acupuncture, nutritional consulting, reflexology and also a few key beauty services such as the eyelashes and nails.  A one stop shop for a body tune up!

As I was invited to the Deighton Cup, the fashion event of the year, I had to take what I had and work with it to put my best foot forward,  In Yogalosophy Mandy Ingber’s mantra is “the body you want starts with the body you have“.  Another quote that was inspiring was from a life coach I’d found randomly through google and, Tara Caffelle of Big Life Coaching, who likes to say “it’s not the size of your ass,it’s what you do with it that matters.”    So I accepted the invite and did my best to prepare.

As mentioned my eyelash extensions were one of the first sprucing up steps.  As I child I had pulled them all out, a sign of childhood depression, so I’d always needed an extra coat of mascara.  I still have to be careful not to fall back into strange but common habit.  Now I just comb and go, they aren’t cheap but they only need filling every 3 weeks and they’re so worth it as I felt prettier already.  I was also treated right at Poppy Salon to a blow-out, pedicure, manicure and make up application.  Trish McLean has an excellent  Aveda salon at 2686 West 4th  where the incredible team of Karianne, Liz and Holly did an excellent job on my hair, make-up pedicure and manicure.  Great space and lovely ladies who really made all the difference in making me feel much better.

Holly trying not to look shocked at the state of my feet @poppyhair she is an angle hence the halo #glvsprucesup

The horror before the pedi! Note the halo over Holly as she is an angel!

And they did what they could with my toes @poppyhair #miracles #beauty #glvsprucesup

Much better after!  Please excuse my wrinkly toes!

Pro make up @poppyhair lashes @vita_kitsilano @deightoncup ready #glvsprucesup @goodlifevan

Make up (didn’t get the best pic – I look somewhat medicated)

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Day One Make-up and Hair.  Clothes by my closet as we can’t buy new outfits everyday!

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Day 2 sparkling nails!

Day one hair and lashes #glvsprucesup @poppyhair @vital_kitsilano

Day two Hair by Poppy Salon  again!  Love it.

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Next up was an outfit and thanks to Cherry Velvet Plus my dress was one that I felt proud to wear.  Jewels came from the fantastically sparkly Elsa Corsi and a fascinator from Hive Mind Millinery.  We are blessed to have such great local talent in Vancouver.  With their help I was literally off to the races and while I didn’t, and certainly never intended to, win the most stylish (let’s take little steps here!) I certainly felt adequate and rather pleased with myself.  Perhaps not loving the body I had, but at least knowing I’d done my best that day.

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The outfit above left won a well-deserved best dressed!

There is more of this journey ahead, as next week I weigh in, start with a trainer, counseller and check in with a nutritionist.  Step one GLV Spruces Up complete and onward we go to better health.

 

 

Sabai Thai Spa

In Thai “Sabai” means harmony, and when you enter either one of the three locations of Sabai Thai Spa, you will certainly understand why they’ve chosen their name.

This boutique spa specializes in traditional Thai treatments and has three locations in North Vancouver, Coal Harbour, and the most recent location, West Vancouver,  opened in May 2011.

 

The owner, Neata Goutier, grew up in Thailand and was taught the art of Thai massage from one of the oldest healers in Thailand, at the young age of twelve.  She is also trained in Thai yoga. Her sister Nisita Auttapoung joined her in Canada to run the West Vancouver location and has gone through similar intense training.

Sabai Thai uses all natural products including Eminence OrganicsSpa RitualMacadamia Natural Oil and Langley’s own Tuscan Farm Gardens creations in all their treatments, leaving your skin irritation free.

This spa specializing in Thai massage, an ancient form of massage where the client lays on a floor mat and the instructor gently stretches joints and muscles and uses pressure points to loosen up the body. They also offer herb compress massage, white clay body wraps and the Sabai Thai Signature Facial that I recently had the pleasure of receiving.

Sabai Thai Signature Facial

“Detoxifying Thai white clay and organic herbs and honey are combined in a steamed herbal compress and applied with a deep, rhythmic motion to the face, neck and shoulders to increase circulation, soften the complexion, and minimize signs of fatigue, dehydration, and aging.” Pricing is 60 minutes – $119; 90 minutes – $149

From the moment I walked into the spa I felt a sense of calm.  The Thai-styled room filled with statues and art, pleasant herbal aromas, soft music and attentive service all contributed to this sensation.

After disrobing, slipping under the blanket and settling comfortably into my treatment bed, Ms. Auttapong entered the room and described the steps we would go through.

Clean – deep clean and anti bacteria treatment – coconut scent
Exfoliate – removing dirt oil and skin
Apply Mask – for repair and anti-aging
Massage – lymphatic draining
Application of the Herbal Ball filled with tumeric, ginger, cumin, plai and lemongrass and steamed for detox and revitalization
Nourishing moisturizer

The most unique and relaxing sensation was that of the Herbal Ball application.  As the ball touches various parts of your face and shoulders, you inhale the aromas and feel a general sense of cleansing, both mentally and physically.

After the treatment I was instructed to drink a lot of water for the day to flush out the toxins and was serves a pot of herbal tea from a traditional Thai tea set while I slowly awakened and emerged back into the real world.

If you go, make sure to take some time out to enjoy the after affects. I recommend going for a healthy lunch or taking the afternoon off for a long walk or yoga session to fully absorb the healing powers.

I left vowing to return when time permitted for the full Thai Massage.

Locations:

Coal Harbour
Sabai Thai Spa Downtown Vancouver (604) 568-6227
571 Cardero St. Vancouver, BC V6G 3L2

North Vancouver
Sabai Thai Spa North Vancouver (604) 985-8896
987 Marine Drive. North Vancouver, BC V7P 1S4

West Vancouver
Sabai Thai Spa North Vancouver (604) 925-1074
1867 Marine Drive. West Vancouver, BC V7V 1J7

 http://thaispa.ca/