Give Him a Lift: 6 Haven Services Perfect for Men

A gift certificate to Haven Spa makes a great, uplifting gift for any guy — it’s quick, easy and available 24/7 in our online gift shop. After all, men deserve a haven, too!  So here are our most popular services for the fellas:

1. CBD Wellness Massage — We combine calming, all-natural CBD oil with massage to restore natural movement, reduce inflammation, ease pain and stress, relieve muscle tension, and improve your state of mind. A blend of cannabidiol (CBD) from local provider Woods & Meadow and Haven’s soothing massage creams will safely transport you to a heightened state of relaxation without any mind-altering effects. Available in various pressures to suit his needs.

2. Traditional Deep Tissue Massage — Like a Swedish massage, but with much deeper pressure that many men appreciate. Not only is it beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension and relieving pain, it can lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormone levels, and boost mood by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.

3. Men’s Deep Cleanse — Our aestheticians customize this facial to men’s specific needs (their skin is thicker, tougher, more oily and hairier). After a thorough skin analysis, intensive cleansing with the Clarisonic brush, extractions, a customized mask, and a personalized skin cream, he’ll look and feel years younger.

4. Signature Manicure & Pedicure — Do men shake hands and walk barefoot on the beach? Of course they do! So their extremities need extra care just like women’s. A polish-free treatment for hands and feet will treat calluses, neaten nails, and soften rough skin.

5. Sea Salt Body Scrub — Men don’t exfoliate as often as they should. Our invigorating sea salt scrub effectively removes dry, itchy skin cells and increases overall circulation.

6. Laser Hair Removal — Women aren’t the only ones with unwanted hair. Many a man have back hair they’d prefer gone. While Haven always offers professional waxing, our Medi-Spa Laser Therapy also offers exceptionally effective, long-lasting hair removal that your man might really appreciate. Just in time for beach season!

Our online gift certificates, available instantaneously 24/7, can be emailed directly to your recipient, emailed to you so you can give in person, or we can snail mail them in a Haven sleeve with your gift note!

5 Tenets of the Natural Beauty Manifesto

At Haven, our mission is Natural Beauty. Natural Beauty is not just taking good care of your skin or being thoughtful about diet and exercise — though those things can certainly be a part of it. Natural Beauty is also a lifestyle, a holistic philosophy that encompasses all the healthful things we do to be our best selves and live our best lives. It’s going back to basics. It’s living with purpose. When our daily decisions are aligned with our personal values, then we can access the natural beauty within ourselves, our environment and our lives. Here are some of the tenets we can live by when making a commitment to The Natural Beauty Manifesto.

Stop

We can be busy all day long. Sometimes we are so tired we just want to do something mindless after which we go back to being busy. This is modern life. We all need a gentle reminder to find a way to stop. Stopping, the first tenet of our Natural Beauty Manifesto, is perhaps the most important. It means taking a conscious break from the doing, the random progression of thoughts, the worry, the neverending checklist. It’s setting aside time in which we pay full attention to the present moment. Resting our minds and bodies, sitting with ourselves, breathing in and out, releasing our tensions and preoccupations. We can then become more concentrated, more self-aware, more solid — all of which builds a foundation for well-being and happiness.  

Embrace the Quiet

Be still. Do it every day. Embracing the quiet is a wonderful touchstone in The Natural Beauty Manifesto. Stillness can be meditation or mindfulness practice and is the very foundation of awareness. What can awareness do for you? When we create a quiet space, we come back to ourselves, live in the here-and-now, are able to observe and learn what we enjoy and then, cherish it. Embracing the quiet puts us in touch with what is positive and healing. That’s when we tap into something quite important. Quiet lets us find out that what we need is within; we are the chief architects of our own happiness.

Breathe

Take a breath. Whether you meditate or simply enjoy sitting with yourself, a quick and easy method to stop and get quiet is to take a few deep breaths, even if only for a minute or two. When we speak about Natural Beauty there is nothing more beautiful, and life-affirming, than deep, mindful breathing. When we focus on our breath it brings our mind and body back together; think of the breath as a bridge to relaxation. Breath work has ancient roots: Pranayama, long practiced in India, is now proven by science to reduce anxiety levels and improve cardiac health and increase our overall sense of well-being. Mindful breathing can also be quite spiritual, when done in front of an altar or a vase of fresh flowers. Deep breathing can induce feelings of the sacred and exalted, connecting you to a deeper you and to the universe.

Find Your Vibration

Raising our vibration is the fourth tenet of The Natural Beauty Manifesto. When we view every level of our lives in the context of living at a high vibration, beauty radiates from our being. It’s about the energy. Our vibration can be brought down by modern life when we stray from basic principles and what is most essential. We must understand how fundamentally our overall state of being is made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies. For example, when your energy is high you have that beautiful sense of living in the flow and everything “feels right.” You might even notice people are drawn to you, that’s because like energy attracts energy. How to keep your energy high? Become conscious of your thoughts. Everything you think becomes reality. Think of it as your own personal manifest destiny. Keeping your thoughts positive means your reality will also become positive.   

Honor Mother Nature

The Natural Beauty Manifesto would be nothing without Mother Nature. Now that the warm weather is here, we are able to get outside every day and fully enjoy the beauty to be found outdoors. Putting bare feet to earth is a powerful way to reconnect with our environment and ourselves. Live by the sun. Love by the moon. Connecting to nature lets us embrace the beauty and feel the energy that flows from the sacred realm of Demeter. Let the cornucopia of the wild kingdom inform your choices and guide your self-care. Meditate in a meadow, do your sun salutations in the sunshine, buy food from a farm stand. On every level, let Mother Nature’s bounty nourish you inside and out.

Stay Beautiful.

 

Haven’s 2019 Spring Gift Guide

Whether you’re looking for the perfect hostess gift, a nice thank you for your child’s teacher at the end of the school year, a congratulations present for a recent college grad, or a thoughtful little something for your best friend on their birthday, Haven’s Spa Boutique features some of the most luxurious and unique treats available, all hand-selected by our style mavens. Here are just a few — stop by the Boutique to see even more!


BLUMA PROJECT EARRINGS
Made by artisans in Guatemala, these Antibes earrings, in a variety of colors, pair delicate beading with a tiny gold hoop post. The fringe gives them a little extra sparkle!


SHIRALEAH MARINA ROUNDIE SHOPPER

The perfect bag for summer! This round shopper is made of jute and cotton and has double handles.


LENNY & EVA BRACELETS
Mix, match, and stack these stand-out beaded bracelets to create a personalized look. Wearers can use the power of natural gemstones to set their intention for each day. Presented on Lenny & Eva’s signature story card, the specific properties of the stone are highlighted. This makes for a perfect gift-giving experience.



Q&A A DAY FOR MOMS – 5 YEAR JOURNAL

A mother and child share so much together — countless milestones, simple joys, unexpected challenges, and all the little surprising moments in between. This five-year journal will help her capture it all — she can simply turn to today’s date and take a few moments to answer the question at the top of the page. As the journal fills, it will become a loving record and cherished family keepsake.


NEST CANDLES & DIFFUSERS

Transport your giftee to balmy beaches and sparkling shoreside sunsets with this new tropical-inspired Summer ‘Scape Collection. The essence of a chill getaway, this collection features brightly decorated ceramic vessels in unique hexagonal shapes, bringing vacation vibes to your everyday. These beautiful vessels feature original artwork inspired by indigenous designs. We carry the rich scents “Hibiscus & Dragonfruit” and “Pineapple & Driftwood.”


STYLISH DECORATIVE TRAY

This ceramic tray celebrating motherhood features gold foil and comes packaged in a lovely gift box. A perfect — and affordable — gift for the kids to give Mommy on Mother’s Day, her birthday, or just because.


OKA-B SANDALS
Cute works only if it is also comfortable. That’s why OKA-B handcrafts “Shoes That Love You in their Georgia factory where inspiration comes from near and far. We carry a selection of their sandals in different colors and styles that will keep any wearer comfortable with breezy straps and a cushioned foot bed.


BAREFOOT DREAMS HOODIE
This Cozychic Baja hoodie takes its cue from Baja California where ease of style and coastal life come together. This unisex style features a generous hood, pockets and stylish wrist stripes. Any recipient will thank you for what feels like a soft, cozy hug.


HAVEN GIFT CERTIFICATE

Finally, you can never go wrong with a Haven Gift Card which can be applied to the service of your gift recipient’s choice. Available immediately, 24/7, in any amount — nothing could be easier! Visit: havenrhinebeck.com/gifts

All of the above are available in our Spa Boutique — call or stop by soon before they’re all scooped up!

 

Let’s Hear It for Mom! 5 Simple Ways to Honor Her This Mother’s Day

Mother’s rock! Celebrating motherhood is a tradition that dates back to ancient Greece. In 1914, Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. It’s an extra-special day to honor the hard work mothers do every day. No one becomes a mother for the glamour — though moms often wax eloquent about the rewards of parenthood being countless, unimaginable, and uniquely joyful. Still, if we are being honest, we all know we’re responsible for one or two of mom’s gray hairs and perhaps a few of her worry lines, too. To help you thank the woman who does it all while claiming she wouldn’t change a thing, we offer some of the sweetest ways you can express your gratitude to Mom.

Breakfast in Bed

When it comes to showing your appreciation for one of the most important women in your life, one of the loveliest and most mindful gestures on Mother’s Day are for other members of the household to do the usual ‘chores.’ Fathers and children can start with a special breakfast made with an abundance of love; heart-shaped pancakes, eggs, the way she likes them, a bowl of fresh fruit along with her favorite cup of coffee. This presented on a tray with a single bloom of her favorite flower is always a happy way to start the day. Mothers really appreciate the effort, and the additional time in bed.

Spending Time

Setting aside some extra time with your mother on Mother’s Day is a great way to express your appreciation. Perhaps a slow, meandering walk together in nature or the park, brunch at her favorite restaurant, a formal afternoon tea with all the trappings, or a simple visit from you. Time spent with mom is the perfect way to let her know she is valued for all the little, and big, things she does daily. During your ‘mommy and me’ time, you can let her know how very much she means to you. Trust us, she’ll be thrilled!

Write It Down

What better way to show mom than with words that the sacrifices she makes for you every day haven’t gone unnoticed. Simply writing a handwritten note on beautiful paper, inscribing something heartfelt on a specially selected card, or even composing a gratitude-inspired poem will touch mother’s heart deeply. You can be guaranteed, whatever you say, your mom will be rushing to the fridge or foyer table to proudly display your words of gratitude no matter what your age and she’ll feel cherished for the thoughtful effort.

Say It in a Bouquet

In the process of raising children, mothers rarely ask for a thank you, so on Mother’s Day, go to a local florist, a farmer’s market, or even your supermarket and design a unique bouquet, one that has a few of your mother’s favorite flowers and a few new ones that represent your appreciation and love. Putting them together in a creative, customized-by-you bunch will tell her how you feel. Flowers are always the perfect way to say “I love you!”

Hug Your Mother

Mothers are the true definition of a best friend. When it comes to all the people in the world most deserving of a hug, moms come in first place! On Mother’s Day, a hug can express your love and add significant meaning to your words of gratitude. Science certainly agrees; hugs boost positive emotions by increasing oxytocin levels, also known as the “love drug.” Hugs are associated with happiness and for the many beautiful ways, your mom has brought you life-long comfort and joy is, after all, the very best reason to wrap your arms around mom and give her the biggest “thank you for being my mother” squeeze!  

Happy Mother’s Day!

Stay Beautiful.

 

Top 5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Skin

A new season is upon us! As we say goodbye to winter and welcome the sunshine of spring, it’s time to talk about prepping our skin for the change in weather. Just as your home demands a springtime scrub down, your skin also benefits from a serious spring-cleaning. To look your very best this season, it’s important to make adjustments to your skin care, especially if you live in a climate where the difference in temperature and humidity are significant. Retire those heavy face creams and let us usher you into a new beauty routine that embraces the vernal equinox.

1. Say Goodbye to Winter Skin

At Haven, we believe deeply in the power of exfoliation! In fact, exfoliation is key in springtime skin rejuvenation. After a long winter, you will want to strip off the flakes and dryness caused by cold, damaging air. Spring is a great time for exfoliating treatments, as skin tends to be less sensitive as humidity rises. Adding a light scrub or exfoliating peel will gently yet effectively brighten the appearance of your skin and help remove the buildup of dead skin cells from winter. Your skin will breathe a sigh of relief and thank you with a dewy, glowing complexion!

2. Add Vitamin C

Vitamin C is not just for winter. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help to promote collagen, giving your skin a more youthful appearance. But that’s not all! Some studies have shown that vitamin C may also help to prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)–induced photo damage. Vitamin C helps to remove hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone, to reveal brighter, youthful new skin. According to our senior esthetician, Lydia Ronkese, one of the best serums is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, which contains 15% pure vitamin C. “It’s vitamins for the skin and packs quite a punch while brightening the complexion. I feel it just polishes the skin,” Lydia affirms, “so you look radiant and glowy.”

3. Go Lighter

The transition from winter to spring can be rough on your skin. In the cold, dry months our skin gets parched and requires a layered approach of serums, face oils, and heavy moisturizer. In the spring as the humidity rises, our skin’s natural oil production increases and as a result, our skin tends to stay more hydrated. This means switching from a heavy moisturizer to a lighter lotion appropriate for warmer weather.

4. Daily SPF Is a Must

With shorter days and little sunlight in winter, we forget to pay attention to sunscreen. With more sunshine in spring comes more responsibility. As we salute the sun, don’t forget to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB light throughout the day. After all, applying sunscreen in spring is also good practice for summer!

5. Spring Clean Your Skin with a Professional Facial

We’ve established that winter-dulled and fatigued skin needs a major refresh! We also know facials are ah-mazing. A professional facial is not just designed to help you relax; they are wonderful for the mind and soul, perfect for any self-care ritual. As Lydia expertly reminds us, springtime is the best time for a professional facial to effectively “slough off those layers of dead skin cells” that simply can’t be done at home with scrubs. An esthetician will safely strip away your winter damage, leaving you radiant and glowing for the new season. The same goes for deep cleansing, hydrating, detoxifying and thoroughly cleaning out the pores, using ingredients only estheticians are certified to use.

At Haven, our facials are customized treatments for the skin. As we gear up for spring, we recommend Jurlique’s new Revitalizing Antioxidant Facial that produces an immediate hydrated and healthy glow. This all-natural treatment uses potent plant-based antioxidants to revive winter-dry skin. It begins with a beautiful grounding ritual in which you inhale a calming blend of essential oils; a luscious lavender spray follows, creating and encouraging total relaxation. A revitalizing mask then thoroughly cleanses and exfoliates; it’s a powerful triple-phase vitamin C treatment in which you can literally feel the forces of nature at work on your skin, leaving you looking refreshed, hydrated, and beautifully luminous. By the time you’ve experienced this luxurious facial’s closing ritual delightfully finished off with Rose Love Balm, you will have not only been transported spiritually but your skin will be gloriously set for spring!

Stay Beautiful.

5 Simple Ways to Feel the Love Throughout February & Beyond

Aaah February, the wonderful month where we get a day to celebrate love. It’s the perfect time to highlight the mighty muse, after all, in the words of an 18th century English poet, “it’s love that makes the world go round.” Today, regardless of relationship status, Valentine’s Day provides us with a holiday to show love not only to that special someone, but to our family, and to ourselves. It lets us demonstrate our appreciation for the love that is all around us, thereby letting us experience love’s special sweetness.

So why not try to make that last beyond Valentine’s Day?

Throughout this month and beyond (not just on the 14th), let’s celebrate and spread the love. Here’s a quick guide with 5 simple steps to claiming the whole month of February as your ‘Month of Love.” With some practice, it’s a habit that could last the whole year!

Show Gratitude

Gratitude is a recurring theme for good reason; it comes up in self-care, in spirituality, and quite frankly in the everyday if one is mindful. It stands to reason when talking about love that gratitude follows. Everyone loves to be loved. So why not express your gratitude to your partner, your loved ones, and even to yourself? When you do, you create the fertile ground from which the flowers of love can grow.

Those flowers can take the literal form of a dozen roses, but can also be as simple as taking the time to think about the special people in your life and what you love about them the most. Make a list of the things you are grateful for. Give it to them in a beautifully handwritten note or simply read it to them aloud. Either way, gratitude will imbue your life with a loving and lovable attitude — not just on Valentine’s Day but every day.

Be Passionate

When it comes to love there isn’t a moment to waste. Love — be it passionate, parental, platonic — is best when shown fully and given freely. Even science is discovering the medicinal and healing nature of love. So, if you are going to love, you might as well do it intensely. Allow that love to resonate, give it as much energy as you can, then let it radiate into and from you so that you can truly live your love well.

Love Selfless

Love, in its perfect form, endures and continues to shine, regardless of return. Love is an eternal light that shines through the darkest of nights and times. Shine the light of your selfless love, without expectations or prerequisites. It’s easier to find contentment knowing that you are in control of your individual perspective, and that you choose to love.

Find Love Everywhere

Love between people only represents a small part of the total love that’s available in the world. It’s wonderful to love significant others, but there is so much more that exists if only we take a look. When you see with the eyes of love, you see love everywhere — in the feelings you have toward a place you love visiting, in a type of food you love eating, in a film you love watching, in a moment you love, like a sunrise or a sunset.

Be awash in love by finding a heart-opening crystal that “speaks to you,” keep it on hand. A rose quartz, for example, can be your official stone of your “Month of Love.” Add a loving mantra to your meditation practice; wake up (in all of February) and raise the energy of your love. Begin by closing your eyes, relax your muscles, and after taking a few deep breaths, repeat the phrase, “May I be surrounded by love.” Then direct this wish to someone you love before offering it up to the universe.

Let those feelings spark your senses, let them resonate, let them move you, and feel the overflowing of love that emanates from your environment. Love is all around.

Find Love Within

No matter how much we love others, no matter where we look to find the love in the world around us, the greatest love of all lies within. Self love is arguably the most important love that there is, and you don’t need to wait — you can love yourself today, on Valentine’s Day, and every day. Be in LOVE.

Stay Beautiful

 

7 Ways to Get Ready for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to do something a little different, to go the extra mile, to put in a bit of effort — for your partner and for yourself. Remember when you first started dating: the excitement, the surprises? You would both spend time primping and prepping before a date to be sure you were looking good, smelling sweet, and feeling great! Recapture some of that magic by treating this February 14th like you did when you first got together…


1. Rose-ify Yourself from Head to Toe
Our limited-time, February-only Rose Retreat Package will give you a full-body revamp with three luxurious services. First, enjoy a Softening Rose Body Treatment (you get to keep the dry body brush!), followed by a Hydrating Rose Facial with premium Jurlique products, and finishing with Rose-Infused Pedicure!


2. Make Mist Magic

For daily use, Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist can help balance pH and control excess oil. Rosewater has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial powers, too. Mist can be used as a makeup booster or a simple hydrating refresher throughout the day. It will give new life to dull, dry skin — just in time for Valentine’s Day.


3. Revitalize Your Lashes
Revitalash is an original, one-of-a-kind, ophthalmologist-developed lash conditioner that enhances the look of lashes and protects against breakage, while improving health, flexibility and strength, for lashes that thrive, naturally.


4. Kiss Dry Lips Goodbye

Patchology FlashPatch Hydrating Lip Gels go beyond traditional lip balms and treatments to hydrate, smooth and revitalize in just minutes. You can either quickly moisturize dry lips, or prep your pout for that favorite lip product with these weightless hydrogels. Each 5-minute biodegradable lip mask provides essential hydration and delivers ingredients like Peptides to improve elasticity, Green Tea to soothe, and Niacinamide to prevent skin from losing water.  You’re left with perfectly prepped lips for any Valentine’s Day kisses.


5. Update Your Makeup Bag
If you’ve been wearing the same lip color for the past decade, it’s time to try something new and fresh, like “Candied Rose” or “Pink Lady” — both are Puregloss lip glosses by Jane Iredale, available in our boutique. Or brighten up your cheeks and give them some definition with her Contour Kits.


6. Add Some Spring to Winter

Skida neckwarmers keep everything from your neck to your nose toasty and warm on frigid February days (we carry hats too!). Poly-blend outer fabric wicks away moisture, leaving the Polartec® micro-fleece lining dry and soft against your face. Best of all, the brightly colored prints add a pop of joy to any mid-winter’s day or Valentine’s night.


7. Try a New Scent
Our sense of smell is incredibly powerful, evoking positive emotions and fond memories. New fragrances are also an easy way to introduce novelty into long-term relationships. So why not try Nest candles and diffusers for your bedroom, in clean Linen or sensual Ocean Mist.

All of the above are available in our Spa Boutique and we still have a few spots left for appointments over Valentine’s Weekend, so call or stop by soon before they’re all scooped up!

Love,
Haven Spa

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Look no further than our luxury spa boutique for the perfect present for February 14th.


1. Nest Candles & Diffusers
NEST Fragrances candles are made with a premium, highly refined, cosmetic-grade soft wax formulation that was developed over many years to optimize burn and fragrance diffusion. The ingredients used are the highest grade of wax materials and the finest fragrance oils available — perfect for creating nice mood lighting and scent for Valentine’s Day.

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2. Champagne Spa Pedicure
Your honey will sip champagne while they soak in a detoxifying salt bath. Then we’ll treat their feet to a hydrating masque, a foot-&-leg massage, a nourishing Eco-Fin paraffin wrap, shimmery lotion, and their pick of polish. A truly relaxing treat.

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3. Clarisonic
Clarisonic is the #1 facial cleansing device recommended by U.S. dermatologists. Any woman who doesn’t have wants one.  It’s the ultimate beauty indulgence that helps reveal healthy, younger-looking skin.

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4. Julie Vos Jewelry

Treat someone you love to some “wearable luxury” with Julie Vos’s classically inspired pieces, guaranteed to glam up any outfit for a Valentine’s Day dinner out.


5. Rewined 

This candle company’s Barrel Aged Collection — hand-poured in Charleston, South Carolina with all natural soy wax — is inspired by the age old process of barrel aged wine. Each fragrance is inspired by a varietal, such as Pinot Noir and Bordeaux Blanc. It’s the perfect gift to pair with an actual bottle of wine!


6. Sugarfina Treats
Add a little sweetness to your Valentine’s Day with these fine candies. Sweet and sour treats in mouthwatering flavors of grapefruit, champagne and peach bellini will make your honey pucker up. Named “the perfect party favor” by Cosmopolitan magazine, these grown-up gummies are the finest treats in all of candy land, and make a great alternative to chocolates this February 14th.


7. Barefoot Dreams Pillows & Throws

The Barefoot Dreams collection features a variety of soft and luxurious blankets and throws, which are featured in 5 star resorts around the world. They’re the perfect excuse to cuddle up and get cozy with your Valentine on a cold winter’s night.

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8. Haven Gift Certificate
You can’t go wrong with a Haven Gift Certificate, which your sweetheart can put toward any product or service their heart desires.  And should you run out of time and are in need of a last-minute gift, there’s nothing better or more convenient than a Haven Gift Certificate you can print out within minutes! Go to havenrhinebeck.com/gifts!

Remember, all of the above are available in our Spa Boutique in the run up to Valentine’s Day. Stop by and pick up something special for someone special.

4 Great Reasons to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!

You may be busy. It may feel like a corporate holiday. And you two may have been together for ages. But celebrating February 14th is still important. Here are four big reasons why:

1. A chance to honor your partner.
Putting in a little effort to express your love and appreciation for your partner will never be wasted. Everyone wants to feel seen and admired. Whether it’s a gift certificate for a treatment you know they enjoy or a love note with a little high-end chocolate, give something thoughtful to let them know they’re always on your mind.

2. A chance to celebrate your relationship.
You are a team, a unified force — it’s you two against the world! Valentine’s Day gives you as a couple a reason to reflect on your romantic past and dream about your future together.

3. An opportunity to do something new & novel.
Valentine’s Day encourages you to step out of old habits and try on something new. Studies show doing so together can reignite old sparks. Whether it’s a ballroom dancing lesson, a canvases-&-cocktails class, getting massages together, or just a new restaurant in town, shake up the routine.

4. Everyone else is doing it!
Of course that doesn’t always make something right. But in this case, why be the party pooper? Put another way: Your partner will never fault you for doing something nice for them on Valentine’s Day, but they might fault you for never doing anything.

Haven Spa has everything to make this Valentine’s Day special!

From luxury spa packages to on-trend jewelry to little luxury treats. Give us a call or stop by our boutique — we’ll help you find the perfect something for the one you love.

6 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Now that the holidays and all that partying are past us, we are making time for the things that help us to reflect and to focus. A new year means a new start: a reset before the reminders, notifications and alarms go off. Then it’s off we go — consumed by sending messages, hooked on browsing the internet, keeping up with social media, absorbing the 24 hour news cycle. All of this might happen before and/or after juggling the demands of work and family. Welcome to modern life.

A recent study has found we are spending too much time on our devices. No one need tell us that we are hyperconnected. We all feel that sense of constant urgency of the 24/7 lives we lead. We do a lot but at what price? With the ever-increasing speed of daily life we forget to disengage, take the time in our day for a little quiet to replenish the well, so to speak. Self-care is a large part of what’s missing in the lives of people who are very busy and stressed.

There’s been a lot of talk about the benefits of self-care. What is it? In essence, self-care is the mindful taking of time to pay attention to you — not in a narcissistic way, but in a way that’s protective of your own well-being. What does self-care look like? Here are six simple ways to put self-care into practice on a daily, or at the least, a weekly basis that goes a long way to managing stress and, most importantly, to living your best life.

Know Thyself

Since ancient times philosophers understood the importance of “knowing thyself.” Today that means not only getting to know who you are, but also knowing your limitations. Why? So that you can recognize the moment you are doing too much. Knowing when to slow down is imperative when we are so often running full steam. To figure out your limits is a welcome shift as it helps to shed patterns that don’t serve you and allows you to concentrate on positive, healthy choices. Clearing the way for good habits creates clarity in mind and body, elevating you to a higher, more peaceful state.

Decompress

Morning meditation or a bedtime ritual are wonderful tools for self-care. But decompressing is not just for the beginning and end of day. Don’t wait. Throughout your day, every day, take the time to catch your breath, reset your mind. Be still. The mind needs to rest and have periods of calm. Putting this into practice is not always easy, but the art of disconnecting is essential for living a more mindful life. Taking the time to integrate small/mini breaks helps to refresh your mind and your body, too. Take a brief walk, make a cup of tea, breathe deeply, and/or visualize loved ones, a special memory, a favorite place… These are the pauses the brain and the spirit need.

Find Your Pleasure

Identify what you enjoy to do. Figure out what’s fun for you and integrate it into your day or at least your week. Make it a habit to do or plan something that gives you pleasure that you look forward to. It can be as simple as buying weekly flowers on a Friday as a reward for a week well lived and enjoying their presence in your home. Consistency matters. What we do every day counts more than what we do only once in a while. Make sure to carve out some “happy” space in your life.

Feed Your Spirit

Self-care means finding out what feeds your spiritual self. The good news: there’s no wrong answer! It is whatever feels right and inspires you. Stand in the sunlight, sit like Buddha, honor the rhythms of Mother Nature. Whether it’s meditation or prayer, making spirituality a priority, no matter how busy you are, awakens inner vibrations and peacefulness. It lets you discover wisdom and compassion; it’ll focus your mind, open your heart and sometimes surprise you with insight. Making space in your life for your own personal spirituality beautifully imbues the day-to-day with the sacred and profound.

Gratitude

A great consequence of feeding one’s spirit is the inevitable direction the spiritual path takes towards giving thanks. When we give thanks for all we have, we open the floodgates of connection to ourselves, and to others. The practice of gratitude every single day teaches us to love what we already have. And when we do that, something magical happens: we find that there’s more to come and then some.

Love

All you need is love. In the end, self-care means taking the time out of daily life to love yourself because there is only one person who knows you well enough to do that, and that is YOU! Be love!

Stay Beautiful.