By Melissa Freitas: English Professor, Yoga Instructor, and TropiGal
Much like Shakespeare’s course of true love, the transition from winter to spring in New England n’er did run smooth; however, if you’re feeling a little more run down than usual, there’s a good reason for it! The record breaking amount of snow and single digit temperatures we’ve experienced this winter have conspired to undermine your health in a number of ways! Having to spend all that time shoveling and scraping all that ice and snow has left our bodies sore and tired; spending so much time inside with the heat turned way up means we’ve spent more time inhaling stale air from heating systems and breathing in whatever germs our friends, families, and co-workers have been exposed to, and if you’re looking to add a little insult to injury, all of this has probably left you feeling stressed out, which means that your immune system isn’t functioning as well as it could be.
There’s no doubt about it: this winter has been hard at work derailing your well being. The good news is that spring is just around the corner and with that comes the second installment of the Chifferobe Wellness Salon! As always, our aim is to provide salon guests with paths to better health and fitness that emphasize natural options and celebrating the body instead of punishing it, and in recognition of the coming season and the sense of renewal that comes with it, the Spring Wellness Salon will offer guests a much deserved chance to restore and renew both body and mind; read on to learn more about how our offerings will support your health and happiness as we make the transition to sunnier days!
Massage with Shannon Sexton Potter, LMT
Massage is a popular form of bodily maintenance because it can relieve pain, lower stress levels and it just feels good, but did you know that it can also support your ability to fight off illness? Studies have shown that after receiving a massage, participants’ lab results indicated an increase in the number of leukocytes (white blood cells), which play a key role in your body’s health by attacking unwelcome invaders like viruses and bacteria, and producing antibodies which will help you fight off future illnesses. Massage also supports your health by stimulating the production of cytokines, which help reduce inflammation, and also regulates the endocrine system which is in charge of your hormones. Long story short: massage is one of the most enjoyable ways you can take care of your body and kick illness to the curb!
Restorative Yoga with Melissa Freitas, KYT-200
That blissed out feeling you experience after a great yoga practice is good for more than just helping your brain cope with the stresses of daily life; it’s good for your body too, because it can help regulate your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone your body produces when confronted with a stressful situation. In the short term, it’s exactly what you body need to get through a flight or fight moment, but prolonged stress means a persistently elevated level of cortisol, which can lead to a host of problems which include a suppressed immune system, gastrointestinal conditions, and cardiovascular disease. Through the use of supportive props and gentle postures combined with soothing breathing exercises, restorative yoga provides an opportunity for our guests to press the reset button on their bodies while feeling relaxed and indulged.
Reiki and Ayurveda with Abby Backlund, Reiki Master and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Therapist
The healing arts of reiki and ayurveda offer recipients many benefits that support immune response and overall wellness, whether you’re looking to kickstart a healthier lifestyle or expand an existing wellness routine! Reiki is a form of therapeutic touch which aims to channel and stimulate the life force energy that flows through all living things; when ki levels are high, the mind feels calm, focused and positive and thus the body feels more energetic and strong, and thus it is better equipped to fight off illnesses.
Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga. According to ayurvedic principles, the forces which govern nature (ether, air, water, fire, and earth) also affect the health of human beings, and the various imbalances which may occur due to a number of internal and external factors set the stage for illness. After determining the elemental makeup of an individual, ayurvedic practitioners employ a variety of techniques including diet modifications, oil massage, netti, meditation, and herbal supplements with the aim of achieving a better energetic balance between the elements that comprise our makeup.
After a brief presentation on both of these practices, salon guests will have an opportunity to enjoy one of these natural healing arts by selecting either a brief reiki session or an ayurvedic consultation
Come to the Chifferobe Atelier’s Spring Wellness Salon to enjoy all of the services listed above and renew your commitment to your well being! The salon opens its doors on March 23rd, and runs from 5:45 – 8:00 p.m. The cost of attendance is $30, and includes access to all of the services listed above, as well as goody bags for all guests, as well as tasty treats and refreshing mocktails! Advance reservations are recommended as our last event was a sell out! Reserve your place by clicking here.