“Living well is practically the entire world’s shared dream.”

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Global Wellness Day, an initiative introduced in 2012 in Turkey, originated after founder Belgin Aksoy came to the realization that the desire to live well is dominant internationally and is a dream embraced by virtually the whole world.

Hence on Saturday, June 11, wellness in all its forms will be celebrated in over 32 countries. Heaven on Earth Wellness will be joining this worldwide movement and supporting the event at a brand level, offering activities and health advice throughout the week.

The fundamental purpose of the day is to encourage healthy living. The meaning behind it isn’t to celebrate living a high-cost life; it’s to bring attention to living a life of balance and well-being. Ultimately, it is meant as a journey of self-discovery where people find that they can change their whole lives and are given the tools to do so through exercise, healthy eating, and spiritual teachings combined. This message aligns perfectly with Heaven on Earth’s philosophy, which aims at putting guests in touch with their wellness.

GWD has created “7 Steps Manifesto” for healthy living that will bring a positive impact on your life.

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Heaven on Earth invites all spa goers and wellness minded enthusiasts to experience Global Wellness Day June 11, at any Heaven on Earth Spas. Each spa looks forward to welcoming guests and sharing life-changing tips to live well and feel happier and enduring our mission to help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.
Whether you already live well, all year round, or you’re just getting started along a healthier and happier path, let this amazing day be the One day that can change your whole life.”

Heaven on Earth supports Global Wellness Day!We say yes to Wellness! Do you?
For additional details, please visit www.HoEWellness.com

 

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Year Ending!

Yes.. Yes.. It’s been 3 months since we are in 2016 and we all have already been caught up in the daily rut and monotony of life. All those resolutions have almost faded away. Some new fitness trial classes were joined an discontinued. “I will do one new thing everyday” has become last year’s story.

But hey, there is always the ending of “the financial year”. This is that time of the year when all organisations and employees pledge for the #health #wellness and #goodFitness of their companies and their people. Everyone is talking about revenues, numbers, targets, budgets, increments etc.

Let’s try and do more than this… #Motivate all our people to start living a healthier lifestyle. When people live healthier, they stay happy, when they are happy they work better, if your people work better, the organisation grows faster and looks healthier!

A few things that you can bring in to your organisational life ti improve the wellness quotient of your people:

  • Send out motivational emails, quotes, videos to all
  • Have a wellness board in your office where people post their activities
  • Share your wellness tips / activities with colleagues
  • Have a bring a #HealthyMeal to office day
  • Break out of your chairs and do a quick 10 minute workout
  • Organise Friday sessions: Zumba, Yoga, Spa, Aerobics in office
  • Play music in office and much more…

These are just a few things, we can suggest. So, get going and this year end, let’s pledge to live a healthier and happier corporate life! 🙂

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Top 10 Health And Wellness Goals For 2016!

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Every New Year we look forward to re-think our priorities in life and take a day of soul searching, achievements for this new year and what lessons of the past year you can carry forward. Try not to look at last year’s list and let your  to-do’s  be fresh and reflect your current desired health & wellness goals.
Here are top 10 health and wellness goals to be thoroughly followed in this 2016 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION : 
          
1.Think positive thoughts -About self and others; think positively about  goals. Smile often. Listen to the whole universe for more peaceful directions.
2.Get enough sleep-So that you can re-charge your internal ‘batteries’. Getting enough sleep can have a dramatic impact on a healthy well functioning body and brain. Also know that in deep sleep the brain can release growth hormones.
3.Move and exercise –Of course, exercise, running, biking, hiking, swimming, gym work out, weights, dancing and walking are to be on your list. And: don’t forget to stretch!!!!   
4.Eat fresh organic vegetables and fruits-About 3-5 servings per day, so that the body gets the nutrients it needs and so that the intestines get the fiber necessary to have a healthy digestion.
5.Take vitamins and minerals-Take a class on nutrition, read a book, use common sense.

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6.Take care of your body- Take a Spa Day, get a massage and/or Foot Reflexology , Body Scrubs or Hair care twice a month, acupuncture if needed. A massage helps blood flow,clears blockages, revives skin, heals pressure points etc. Get into a routine that fits your body, schedule and wallet.
Remember that your body is the most precious asset you have.
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7.Meditate –Every morning before the day starts and sweeps away. This is not supposed to be an arduous task but rather refreshing for the mind and soul. Take 10 – 20 minutes at the start of the day, before you do anything else! Even a 10 minutes meditation is a great start and makes a difference to have a grounded calming day, to be much more in control with a meditation routine.
8.Nurture social relations.-To communicate with friends, family and co-workers is very important. Nurturing those relationships will help you grow as a person. Social interactions also affects our brain health!
9.Detoxify  the body regularly –With Hydrotherapy at a spa with Sauna or Steam Room, by taking hot baths at home or by internal detoxification with fresh fruit juice fasts or other programs. Body Scrubs can helps do same as well. Toxins have a negative impact on our health and brain. It is possible to reduce toxins by filtering our drinking water, by drinking enough water every day and by simply eating fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Think ‘ABC’ as in apple-beets-carrots for a delicious detoxifying fresh juice drink.
10.Clean up the eating habits-We all want to get rid of our undesirable eating habits are. Plan ahead for the week on Sundays; prepare a couple of healthy meals that can be frozen and ready when needed.Also, prepare healthy snacks before work every morning. It keeps from snacking on chips and cookies when hungry. Healthy snacks often consist of an apple and a protein bar. It’s that simple!
Off to a new start into a productive, healthy and inspiring 2016!

Powerful Benefits of Jojoba Oils

Massage oil is an oil that is suitable for body massage. Now, massage can be done for various reasons and it is of many types. Different oils are suitable for different kinds of massage. Here we explore the “massage worthy” nature of carrier oils and even some essential oils. Massage has immense therapeutic value. To obtain the maximum benefits from a massage, the most suitable oil should be chosen for that purpose.

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Jojoba, called “the gold of the desert” is a plant that grows in arid areas and has been used since ancient times for its special effects. Today, jojoba oil is one of the most used ingredients in cosmetics. The special properties of jojoba oil make it useful in daily care, being rich in antioxidants and vitamins, especially vitamin E. The jojoba oil is the only oil recommended for oily skin and has properties similar to human sebum, which gives an exceptional tolerance from our skin.

Following are the best benefits of Jojoba Oil:

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Known as Nature’s Multi-Tasker, Jojoba Oil is ideal for healthily hydrating skin and hair & highly used for massages & sores because it mimics the natural oils our bodies produce, but purely natural moisture is only the beginning…

Choosing The Best Spa Services Guide

A few years ago, getting spa treatment was considered something that only rich people did. Today, however, many spa services available are quite affordable. Many spa centers have opened across the country and people are taking advantage of the reasonable prices they charge. The most popular spa treatment is a massage, and this is something that has been around for centuries and has been credited for its health benefits.sommer_buddha

Other popular treatments provided in the spa services include facials, foot reflexology, body wraps and hair & nail treatments. Most spas also offer hair styling services, and the level of treatment available will depend on the type of spa. Some specialize in different types of massage such as reflexology, Thai massage, hot stone massage and other treatments. Whatever beauty treatment you need, you can find a spa that provides the service.

People go to the spa to feel pampered and the atmosphere is one that is relaxing. Many of the up-market spas will have best of facilities. The treatment sessions have different durations depending on the service.

Some hotels offer spa services that last for days, for those looking for a weekend of being pampered. Spas are located at various national & international airports for special Jet Lag. Spas are more popular with women than men are, but now-a-days due to high stress levels & deep awareness for health & wellness, more men are also involving themselves in spa luxury treatments

When looking for the ideal spa, one of the factors you should consider is the ambiance. The environment of the spa should put you in a relaxed mood the moment you walk through the doors. There should be no noise or distractions and the air should smell nice and clean. The amenities available are another important consideration. A spa that is well equipped will offer a wider range of services.

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Make sure that the facilities are clean and all the linen provided is freshly laundered and folded neatly. These are small signs that show that the business cares about the clients. The services offered should be consistent, with well-trained staff. Being a masseur requires training and a good spa will make sure that they employ well-trained staff who have good customer care qualities. When you go to the spa, you should expect to be treated in a courteous manner at all times.

Most spas require clients to make reservations for the service. This is important because the facilities usually get fully booked especially over the weekend. A good spa will have a good reservation system, which respects all the clients. The spas that get fully booked are those that offer quality services.

Spas have wide ranging services and in many cases, the costs vary widely. Some exclusive resorts will have very expensive services that target specific clientele. Those looking for a full range of personalized services can end up paying thousands of dollars for it. There are, however, affordable services that are of very good quality. If you are simply looking for a good relaxing afternoon at the spa, there are many options to consider and you can find something that suits your budget.

What #FeelsLikeHeavenOnEarth?

Heaven on Earth is a feeling, is an experience, is an emotion… Most if not all of us, experience the feeling of #HeavenOnEarth; it might cause of anything:

  • Graduation
  • First job
  • First salary
  • Family holiday
  • Favourite song
  • Favourite spot in the whole wide world
  • Fitting into your college jeans after 20 years
  • Reaching the top of a peak to see the best view ever
  • Listening to your favourite band
  • Dancing in the rain
  • Playing in a waterfall
  • Spending time with your loved ones
  • The first time your child holds your hand
  • Your early morning run
  • Your glass of milk
  • Your mother’s good night kiss 🙂

I can list another 100 things like these where every one of us will feel like this is Heaven on Earth. There are a few of us, who love to pamper ourselves and wait for that one Sunday, where we can spend luxurious time with only ourselves, the lovely aroma of lemongrass oils, the high pressure of the knuckles, the relaxing instrumental music, all of this and more that mesmerises us and takes us into a parallel universe. Where there is no chaos, no noise, no movement, just the sweet sound of relaxation.

Yes, we are #SpaLovers! We need that break away from the world and dive into the peace of spa therapies and feel #Zen.

So what is that one thing for you that #FeelsLikeHeavenOnEarth? 🙂

Benefits of Foot Reflexology @ HeavenOnEarthSpa

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Foot Reflexology massage can be a deeply relaxing and therapeutic remedy for those suffering from Body aches & Sores, ankle injuries or even tiredness from everyday work and play. Many massage techniques to the foot, calf and upper leg,will not only help relieve toe pain, ankle pain and common forms of arthritis, but can also decrease stress and anxiety in the entire body. In addition, a variety of stretches can be beneficial. With pain and sensitivity in the foot, heel and calf areas, be sure to communicate your pain levels with your massage therapist during your treatment. It is also a good idea to rest after receiving the reflexology massage.

If you enjoy the therapeutic benefits of foot Reflexology massage, you should know that the benefits are compounded when utilized as a frequent therapy. The more you go, the healthier you feel. With a Massage at Heaven on Earth spa, you can enjoy these benefits as often as you’d like­­. To make things even easier, we are at many of locations nationwide. So you can relax, rejuvenate, and continue to grow healthier wherever you go.Foot-Reflexology2

Go Green: 6 Surprising Health Benefits Of Green Tea, the Miracle drink..

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Green tea, native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally.  The green miracle drink made its way long ago into the mugs all across the world for its touted health benefits. From a weight loss aid to targeting pancreatic cancer, green tea has evolved into a medicinal drink that caters to a myriad of illnesses. The reality is there are surprising benefits to reap from this magical drink in just one cup.

Green tea can invite more positive changes when it comes to your health. Unlike green tea, black tea is processed in a way that allows for fermentation, which depletes the amount of antioxidants and polyphenols found in tea. Black tea also contains less catechins than green tea, which minimizes the benefits of the hot beverage.

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Here are surprising health reasons why you should go green and let it be your cup of tea:

Green tea is made from un-oxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea (with white tea the least) and therefore contains one of the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols.

Green tea was used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds, aid digestion, improve heart and mental health and regulate body temperature. Recent studies have shown green tea can potentially have positive effects on everything from weight loss to liver disorders to type 2 diabetes.

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Possible health benefits of green tea

Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, the polyphenols in tea have been shown to decrease tumor growth in laboratory and animal studies and may protect against damage caused by ultraviolet UVB radiation.

In countries where green tea consumption is high cancer rates tend to be lower, but it is impossible to know for sure whether it is the green tea that prevents cancer in these specific populations or other lifestyle factors.

One large-scale clinical study compared green tea drinkers with non-drinkers and found that those who drank the most tea were less likely to develop pancreatic cancer, particularly women, who were 50% less likely to develop the disease.

Studies have also shown the positive impacts of green tea on breast, bladder, ovarian, colorectal, esophageal, lung, prostate, skin and stomach cancer.

Researchers believe that it is the high level of polyphenols in tea that help kill cancerous cells and stop them from growing, however the exact mechanisms by which tea interacts with cancerous cells is unknown.

Other studies have shown a lack of preventative effects of tea on cancer. The amount of tea required for cancer-preventive effects has also varied widely in studies – from 2- 10 cups per day.

In 2005, the FDA stated that “there is no credible evidence to support qualified health claims for green tea consumption and a reduced risk of gastric, lung, colon/rectal, esophageal, pancreatic, ovarian, and combined cancers.”

Heart Disease

A 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that green tea consumption is associated with reduced mortality due to all causes, including cardiovascular disease.

The study followed over 40,000 Japanese participants between the ages of 40 and 79 for 11 years, starting in 1994.

The participants who drank at least 5 cups of green tea per day had a significantly lower risk of dying (especially from cardiovascular disease) than those who drank less than one cup of tea per day.

Another study found that consuming 10 cups of green tea per day can lower total cholesterol, however, consuming 4 cups or less had no effect on cholesterol levels.

Type 2 Diabetes

Studies concerning the relationship between green tea and diabetes have been inconsistent. Some have shown a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes for green tea drinkers than for those who consumed no tea, while other studies have found no association between tea consumption and diabetes at all.

Weight Loss

Green tea may promote a small, non-significant weight loss in overweight and obese adults; however, since the weight lost in the studies were so minimal, it is unlikely that green tea is clinically important for weight loss.

Other studies have found that green tea is helpful in preventing dental cavities, stress, chronic fatigue, treating skin conditions and improving arthritis by reducing inflammation.

A cup of green tea a day, may actually keep the doctor away.

Sunscreen Facts You Need to Know!!

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There is a lot of buzz about toxic ingredients in sunscreen, and rightly so. Everyone should consider their skin to be sensitive and focus on sensitive skin sunscreen. Most people use sunscreen to allow them to stay in the sun longer without worry of skin damage. Some studies have reported there could be health concerns with the ingredients in sunscreen, outweighing the benefits of their skin protection. Many sunscreens include highly irritating ingredients. Of course, there are many types of sunscreen to choose from, with most people focusing on the higher number SPF to maximize sun exposure. However, there is more to it than just the SPF number when it comes to choosing the best sunscreen for you and your family.

What is Sun Protection Factor (SPF)?
The SPF indicates the amount of protection a sunscreen offers against UVB, which is the ultraviolet radiation that causes sunburn. According to the American Cancer Society, sunscreen is recommended in order to prevent skin cancer, specifically squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma. The problem is that many sunscreens do not block the harmful rays of the sun known as UVA radiation. UVA may not cause sunburn but can harm the skin cells and increase the risk of skin cancer.

You can use higher sunscreen with high sun protection factors, but it still may not block these harmful rays. Many sun worshippers believe if they normally get sunburn in two hours, an SPF 20 sunscreen will help prevent sunburn for an extra 20 hours, or 20 times longer exposure.

Sunscreen with UVA versus UVB
Most people see UVA and UVB on labels, but what are UVA and UVB and what is the difference between UVA vs. UVB? The UVA (ultraviolet A) penetrates the skin, causing wrinkles and other skin damage, while UVB (ultraviolet B) causes sunburns. Scientists used to report damage only with UVB and cancer, but now suspect UVA as well. UVA has also been called the aging rays, while UVB rays are the sun’s burning rays. The SPF (sun protection factor) number let you know how much protection you’ll get. For example, if you would normally get sunburn in 10 minutes, an SPF 15 extends that by 15 times. So you could last 150 minutes without burning. From recent studies, more than SPF 30 is not needed.

Most sunscreen either absorb ultraviolet light with a specific chemical or they block, reflect, scatter and absorb UV light. Rather than focusing only on the SPF to measure the effectiveness of the sunscreen for your skin, other factors should be considered.

  • How sensitive your skin is — As mentioned above, you’re better off always choosing safe sensitive skin sunscreen, no matter what your skin type. Usually, these types of sunscreen contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are two very important ingredients in sunblock. FDA has rated these two sunscreen ingredients as safe and effective towards sun block.
  • How often you apply it — If you apply the sunscreen in the morning and do not apply it after swimming or sweating, the protection is lost. Even if the product lists it as waterproof, it’s important to re-apply it.
  • Active ingredients used — Certain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunscreen are the healthy sunscreen active ingredients, while some others may be of concern. For example, PABA was found to increase DNA defects. Padimate O, oxybenzone, dioxybenzone and others have not been tested for safety. Zinc oxide has been shown to protect against skin tumors in mice.

In 2009, a study by Center for Disease Control found the common UVA blocker oxybenzone in the urine of 2,500 people who regularly used sunscreens. Oxybenzone has been reported to have hormone-like activity and is not recommended by EWG. After testing 1,000 brands of sunscreen, EWG found many with potentially toxic ingredients, including oxybenzone.

FDA Label Regulations for Sunscreen
The final FDA rules established in 2012 bans “waterproof” claims, instead products can claim water resistant up to 80 minutes of exposure. Also claims of protection over 2 hours are not allowed without specific approval.

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What to Look For in Sensitive Skin Sunscreen
The two main ingredients to look for are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These offer broad-spectrum protection without potential harmful and irritating side effects. No matter what your skin type, choose a safe sensitive skin sunscreen that includes these two ingredients, but is free of parabens and other irritating ingredients. In other words, sunscreen should also be hypoallergenic, should not clog pores (noncomedogenic) and be considered as broad-spectrum, which means it protects against UVA and UVB radiation.

Natural Sunblock and Safe Sunscreen Ingredients

The best recommended ingredients for sun protection are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These two ingredients protect against both UVA and UVB. They are also the two important ingredients in natural sunblock.

Sunscreen is more transparent when applied. Unless it lists zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as ingredients, it will not act as a sunblock.

How to Protect Yourself in Summer or Winter

  • Keep sunscreen and lip balm with you at all time, in your car and purse.
  • Use a natural sunscreen preferably zinc oxide sunscreen.
  • Keep a broad-rimmed hat in your car and wear it during sun exposure, especially between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM, when ultraviolet rays are strongest.
  • Lotion sunscreens are not waterproof, but may be water resistant. Re-apply since they do wear off.
  • Children have sensitive, delicate skin and should especially be protected with proper clothing to cover sun exposed areas. Baby sunscreen brands are available.
  • Wear sunglasses to help prevent damage like cataracts or vision loss at older age.
  • Your lips also need sun cream. Protect your lips with natural lip balm with shea butter.
  • Apply sunscreen approximately 30 minutes before exposure.
  • Make sure to apply to face, hands, neck, ears, hands and arms.

FDA Allowable Ingredients in Sunscreens, and Results for Safety

  • Padimate O — not supported by European Union (EU), may be delisted by FDA
  • p-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA) — shown to increase DNA defects
  • Cinoxate — not tested for safety
  • Dioxybenzone — not tested for safety
  • Oxybenzone — not tested for safety
  • Homosalate — not tested for safety
  • Menthyl Anthranilate — not tested for safety
  • Octocrylene — increases reactive oxygen in skin, advancing aging
  • Octyl Salicylate — not tested for safety
  • Trolamine Salicylate — not tested for safety
  • Zinc Oxide — protects skin against tumors in mice

Difference between spa and ayurvedic treatment

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There is belief from a very long time ago in history that the minerals of water carry a healing power. Spa is a term that is related to treatment using water or other mineral containing fluids. This kind of therapy is also known as “balneotherapy” and believed to have its origin in Belgium. Later on it became popular in countries like England and Rome and with time the benefits of water soaking or bathing in medicinal water started to be appreciated all over the world.

Many treatment centers were opened which offered the services of medicinal treatment of fluids like herbal oils and mineral and herb treated water, and a people in huge numbers started to avail the benefits of the same. In modern times also, spas are very popular and offer a range of services for well being, tranquility and healing of various kinds of ailments.
There are a variety of spas based on the place where the treatment is done and the type of equipments or stuff used.

Day spa is a kind of spa which is more like a salon where beauty treatments are made.

“Destination” is another kind of spa which is visited more as a holiday destination and that involves intensive personal care.

“Town spa” is generally a place which is known to have natural resources like fountains etc which have medicinal qualities to heal certain ailments.

Mineral water spa, Foot spa, Fountain ( of soda) spa are some other types of spa classified by the use of materials in treatment.

Ayurveda Treatment

Ayurveda is an ancient form of treatment procedure which is rooted to India and makes use of natural herbs, exercise and meditation to treat the root cause of the condition. It is different from the conventional form of medication and believes in the treatment of a condition by balancing the energies (Vatta , Pitta and Kapha) of human body. Ayurveda is a more holistic approach of treatment, where it does not aim on subduing the problem , but treats the cause in a natural way so that the chances of re occurrences are greatly reduced. Though Ayurvedic treatment and spa treatments sound same but there are major differences as outlined below:

  1. Ayurvedic treatment is a science which studies the energy imbalances in a human body and works toward balancing them properly which leads to good health. Spa treatments do not follow a science and can be considered artistic.
  2. Ayurveda has proved to be useful in treating serious health conditions. Spa treatment cannot do that, they are meant mostly for relaxation and rejuvenation.
  3. Spa treatments are based on application of fluids , massages etc. only. Ayurveda is a complete form of treatment including exercises and medicines to be taken orally. There is normally a course associated with an Ayurvedic treatment that may span from a few days to a few months or year, which is not the same with spa treatment.
  4. Spa treatments are usually very costly unlike Ayurvedic medication.