How To Achieve A Great Physical And Mental Balance

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How To Achieve A Great Physical And Mental Balance

Achieving physical and mental wellness is something most of us work on throughout the year, but with the pressures of daily life and the stress they can bring, it’s not always possible to feel good everyday. It’s important to try, however, as it can boost your mood, your positivity, and your overall wellbeing.

One of the best ways to achieve wellness is to exercise everyday, but it can be hard for many people to find the time. Working long hours, making sure the kids are taken care of, and keeping up with household demands all require energy and time, making it difficult to find either when it comes to working out. However, there are some simple ways you can work in some time for yourself, which can boost both your physical and your mental health.

Here are a few of the best ways to find balance and feel better.

Practice yoga

Yoga is one of the best ways to find personal balance between physical and mental health because it combines physical activity with mindfulness, which allows you to focus on the present moment. Yoga is about breathing, stretching, and paying attention to your body’s cues, all of which can help you in daily life. Also, it’s something you can either do alone or with a friend, depending on your mood. Consider taking it a step further and adding meditation to your yoga ritual. Meditation and yoga go hand in hand as a way to practice mindfulness and stress reduction. Try setting up a specific space in your home free from distractions. A spare bedroom can be the perfect spot for a home gym where you can practice yoga.

Get some good sleep

The amount of sleep you get every night can really affect your mood, energy level, and overall well-being, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting adequate rest. Get into a bedtime routine that relaxes you, such as taking a hot shower, using lavender lotion, or turning off all screens an hour before you’re ready to go to sleep. Try to go to bed at the same time every night, and silence your phone so the notifications won’t wake you.

However, while exercising and following a proper sleep schedule can help you get plenty of quality rest, they can only do so much. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, sleep will elude you, and it’s probably the result of a poor mattress. If it’s been at least five years since you purchased one, it might be time to consider investing in a new mattress. When you decide it’s finally time to take the plunge, ensure you’re getting a mattress that supports proper spine alignment, which can help feel rested and energized when it’s time to rise in the morning.

Reduce your stress

Stress can leave you feeling tired, overwhelmed, and anxious and can take away from your job performance or enjoyment of the things you once loved. Making an effort to reduce your stress can help you stay positive and feel better. Some ways you can do this include practicing a hobby you enjoy, spending time with your loved ones, getting organized to make daily life easier, and eliminating clutter in your home (which can take a toll on your mental health).

Eat right

Eating well-balanced meals and mixing fresh fruits and veggies into your routine can help you feel better in just about every way. Not only will you get the benefit of the vitamins from all those great foods, you’ll also stay fit and have more energy to tackle anything that will come your way. If you find yourself running to the vending machine on your break at work, start bringing resealable baggies full of whole-grain pretzels, carrot sticks, nuts, and dried fruit to keep in your desk.

Get social

Getting social can help boost your self-esteem and keep you active, so consider joining a club or group where you can spend time with others while doing something you enjoy. Or, start your own group in your community, such as a running club that meets once a week.

Achieving physical and mental balance may not be overly easy, but it doesn’t need to be stressful, either. Take your time finding things you enjoy and learning new routines. Don’t be hard on yourself if you backslide a bit, especially in the beginning; try to be patient and lean on your friends and family for support.

 

 

Better Sleep Habits Can Mean Better Health for Your Mind

Better Sleep Habits Can Mean Better Health for Your Mind

Did you know your mental health hinges on how well you slumber? Believe it or not, your mind’s wellness and your sleep habits go hand in hand. If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, try these important tips to improve your mental health and quality of life.

 

How much is enough? A number of factors weigh into how much sleep you need in order to stay healthy. Your lifestyle, genetics and age can impact your requirements, but according to VeryWellFit, if you are an average, healthy adult, it’s safe to say you need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. If you’re staying up late to catch the news and getting up early to catch a ride to work, chances are you’re not getting enough sleep. Some experts suggest most of us don’t recognize our sleep deprivation, but your body is probably sending you signals you could use more shuteye, such as grogginess during the day or an inability to perform well without caffeine.

 

Damage from too little sleep. Getting insufficient sleep is bad for your mental health. Newsweek cites studies showing we become moody without enough sleep, losing the ability to properly regulate our emotions and tending toward negative thought patterns. Living on too little sleep increases the risk for anxiety and depression, and can trigger more dramatic negative mood swings in those with mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder. Some experts feel lack of sleep negatively impacts our ability to think clearly, to drive safely, and to remember new information.

 

Smart strategies. In our busy, on-the-go world, sleep may sound like a luxury, but it’s clear your mind is healthier with better sleep. You can improve your slumber with a handful of smart strategies. Start by scheduling regular times for going to bed at night and getting up in the morning. Stick with your schedule, even on weekends, to ensure higher sleep quality. Also perform a routine each evening in preparation for falling asleep. It tells your mind and body sleep is coming and can help you fall asleep more quickly. One suggestion is to plan some soothing rituals, such as sipping an herbal tea and meditating.

 

Set your environment. A proper sleeping environment is a key to getting more shuteye. Keep your bedroom free of distractions, especially lights and electronic devices. Also consider your bed and whether you awaken sore or groggy in the mornings. Do you have a comfortable mattress suited for your body and sleep type? If you don’t, it’s time to invest in your mental health by buying a new mattress. Do your research and read reviews of the best mattresses on the market today. Whether you have back pain, sleep on your stomach or side, are a hot sleeper, or have another bedtime quirk, there’s a mattress that’s best suited for you.

 

Change up your day. What you do during the daytime can impact your ability to sleep at night. Healthline explains if we aren’t getting sufficient sunlight or exposure to a similar bright environment, the end result can be insomnia. Along those same lines, blue lighting from electronics, such as phones, televisions and computer screens late in the day can trigger an unhealthy pattern. Avoid using gadgets at night, and spend time in the sun during the day for the best results. Getting more exercise can help you sleep better, too, although you should avoid physical activity late in the day when your body needs to unwind. And even if you’re tired, taking a nap during the day can actually make it harder for you to sleep well at night.

 

Better sleep, better mind. Your mind’s health is linked with your sleep habits. Set a routine, create a sleep-friendly environment, and avoid activities that inhibit good sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep can help you be your best.

 

We recommend Shirodhara  or Massage   or Indian Head Massage combined with our Infrared Sauna at Creative Chakra Spa

Cold-Weather Workout Tips

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Cold-Weather Workout Tips: How To Stay Fit Indoors

 

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Cold-weather workouts can be a pain, and if you live in certain areas of the country, they can be dangerous or nearly impossible. When winter rolls in and brings wind chill factors and snow, there are few among us who feel like going for a run. If you don’t have the extra money to sign up for a costly gym membership, what do you do?

There are several options and they can all be done from the warmth and safety of your home. The key is to think outside the box a little and turn various activities into a chance to get your heart rate up. Change things up so that you won’t get bored and involve your dog or your children in order to stay motivated. It’s important to include some fun into the workout.

Daily exercise is important for everyone, and when you can’t get outside, getting creative at home will help you build a routine you can do at any time.

 

Get active with your dog

Dogs love activity, and since winter weather affects them, too, it’s a good idea to get them involved in your workout. Think of some ways you can get up and get moving with your pup. For instance, you might create an “obstacle course” throughout your home and run it with your pet, or you can play a spirited game of tug-of-war. Turning a workout into playtime benefits both you and your pet, and it’s something you can do everyday that won’t leave you bored to death.

 

Create your own exercise class

 Find an area of your home that will give you some space to move around and create your own workout class. Set a goal to see how many reps you can do each of jumping jacks, push-ups, pull-ups, squat thrusts and sit-ups and push yourself a little further each time to up the number. You might be surprised at how many you can do.

 

Make a garage gym

You can develop your own garage gym with a few simple tools, such as a stability ball, a yoga mat, resistance bands and some free weights or kettlebells. Think about the items that would be ideal for your workout routines. Having your own gym will allow you to stay on track with your workouts and help keep you motivated.

 

Use chores to your advantage

Cleaning and performing other household chores can be a huge advantage when you need a quick workout. Vacuuming, running up and down the stairs, and mopping are great ways to get your heart rate up and take care of things around the house at the same time.

 

Shake it

Love to dance? Push back the coffee table, put on some music you love and get to shakin’! This is a great way to get your heart rate up in a way that doesn’t feel like exercise at all. Dancing can involve your entire body and all the major muscle groups, so don’t be shy.

 

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your home workouts. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it gets your heart rate up for at least 20-30 minutes per day. Combined with a well-balanced diet and adequate rest, these workouts will help you feel better and maybe even lose a bit of weight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Outdoor Summer Spa Calendar

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Creative Chakra Spa is located on a pristine, three-mile stretch of beach, just two short blocks from the world famous Venice Pier and the Boardwalk begins on Catamaran, our street.

Plan a special day with your loved one now.  Book one of our indulgent couples massage packages, share the sunset –  we are steps from the sand, enjoy quiet exclusive time to relax & heal.

Romantic & relaxing, intimate, enjoy private showers, holistic eco friendly products, ocean breezes

Plan your spa journey around the many events happening in Marina del Rey this summer!

2017 Summer Events

Spa in the Day and then off to First Fridays on Abbott Kinney –  

First Friday of every month 5pm-11pm

First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Blvd is a fun, food truck focused event with select shops open late, happy hours at select restaurants and special events in popup locations that vary each month.

Spa in the day and then have a Bonfire on Dockweiler Beach

Dockweiler State Beach has one thing no other Los Angeles area beach can offer; bonfire pits.  Load up some firewood and bring family and friends out for an afternoon in the sun followed by a cozy campfire under the stars.

MARINA DEL REY CONCERTS AT BURTON CHASE PARK ON THE WATER

CATCH A WATER-BUS $1 FROM CCSPA

OR JOIN US ON A BIKE RIDE IN THE MARINA TO THE CONCERT)

2017 Summer Concert Series

This popular series of FREE 90 minute outdoor concerts is held each summer in one of the most spectacular waterfront settings in Los Angeles, Burton Chace Park. Thursday evening symphonic concerts feature world class artists appearing with the Marina del Rey Symphony, conducted by its Musical Director Frank Fetta. On alternate Saturdays, the concerts bring to the Marina stellar artists from the worlds of pop and jazz.

Symphonic Thursdays – Starts at 7:00 PM

Marina del Rey Summer Symphony
Frank Fetta, Musical Director and Conductor

8/03: Matthew Morrison

8/17: Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida (fully staged opera production)

Pop Saturdays – Starts at 7:00 PM

8/12: Yo La Tengo (Indie)

8/26: Arturo Sandoval (Jazz)

Festival of the Chariots – August 6th – 10-4pm
In this colorful Hindu parade and festival, participants carry three four-story chariots from the Santa Monica Civic to Venice Beach, where at noon the Hari Krishna throw a festival with free food and entertainment.
Venice Beach Music Fest – August 26th – 11-7:30pm
Immerse yourself in live music, dancing and participatory art in the spirit of keeping Venice eclectic and vibrant.  Free event.
Abbott Kinney Festival – September 24th – 10am-6pm
Now in its 33rd year, the Festival takes place along a mile-long stretch of the world-famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, California, arguably the “coolest block in America”. The Boulevard’s eclectic boutiques, artisan eateries and influential art galleries infuse the festival with a local flavor that makes this event unique and not to be missed.
Marina del Rey Film Festival – October 7th-13th
Fosters up and coming filmmakers by providing a positive and festive environment to showcase their films and artistic endeavors in the film market.  Sponsored by Creative Chakra Spa and Beach Dancer Films.
DISCOVER MARINA DEL REY     Sunday October 8th   11am-4pm
Traditionally the first Sunday in October, Burton W. Chace Park is the site for a celebration of Marina del Rey, known as Discover Marina del Rey Day.
This free, family-oriented festival will offer educational information on health, safety, and the environment; as well as live music and many activities, including water events, inflatables, games, puppets, and arts and crafts. Admission is free and a $5 wristband gives you access to activities. Event parking is available for $8 in county lots #77 and #4, located at 13560 and 13500 Mindanao Way. For updates, please call 310-305-9545 or visit the web site at Beaches.LACounty.gov for more information.
HARVEST DAYS & HAUNTED NIGHTS     Saturday, October 28th – All day event
Experience the only haunted pirate ships in Los Angeles this Halloween! Expect kid-friendly fun by day and spooky entertainment by night (recommended for ages 13+). Admission is FREE, and food is available for purchase. Parking is available for $8 in County Lots 4 and 77; pay stations take credit cards and cash. Waivers need to be signed in order to participate in activities, so minors should have a parent present to sign
Culver City Film Festival   December 4-11th
The Culver City Film Festival brings together a diverse group of filmmakers to share recent work and recognize local talent in a city celebrated for it’s cinematic history and cultural depth.  Featuring both up-an-coming and experienced filmmakers, this festival provides a venue for independent films to gain exposure. Sponsored by Creative Chakra Spa and Beach Dancer Films.

Face Yoga August 9th

Come learn face yoga as natural alternative to botox or plastic surgery! Like your body, face has many muscles that start sagging with age. In fact, only 20% of the entire facial muscles are actively used by regular facial expression. So the idea of face yoga is to wake up the sleeping muscles for anti-sagging. You will also learn how to train and stretch your facial muscles, which is the key for elasticity. You might see some immediate difference so bring your phone to take before-after selfies! Bonus: As facial muscles are close to brain, face yoga stimulates brain functions as well.

 

 

Dec 17th 6pm Venice Art Crawl & Creative Chakra Spa Holiday Party

Creative Chakra Healing Retreat

This is the second art show this 2015 featuring Creative Chakra Spa owner original art work.  The whole Venice Art Crawl is located at Washington Square just 1 min walk from Creative Chakra Spa, do the rounds and wind up at Creative Chakra Spa for a holiday celebration while exploring the art work of Sandie West, Creative

Chakra Spa owner.IMG_0293The winners of the 12 days of xmas will receive there prizes and there may be a screening of Phishing for Love short film directed and produced by Sandie West.  A romantic comedy that won the audience award at the MDR Film Fest

Massage Aids Disabled/July 25th LRO They Will Skate Again – Venice Skate Pk

Creative Chakra Spa Massage supports LRO
They will skate again will be at The Venice Skate Saturday July 25th 10-3pm. This will change your life and bring the biggest smile to your face for days after!

Approximately 250,000 people in this country currently live with permanent spinal cord injuries. Treatment for SCI survivors is targeted at providing clients with the skills to live as fully as possible. Physical and occupational therapists as well as massage therapists are helping these patients gain the skills they need to function. Ultimately about 90% of all SCI patients are able to live independently with these new skills. Life Rolls On empowers the spirit, the body and the mind. They will Skate Again sessions in our town of Venice this summer which also the local home town area of founder Jesse Billauer this Saturday July 25th 9-4pm 2015. Check their website for all events.

About Spinal Cord Injuries and Massage. Creative Chakra Spa bodyworkers specialize in energy and light-touch work with their SCI clients including therapeutic touch, reiki, craniosacral therapy, and any number of other modalities, can be especially powerful. As SCI clients’ muscle tone changes, our clients are likely to experience postural distortions that can be quite painful. Massage can help to limit this process and reduce the pain associated with it. Massage can be a powerful tool in keeping these changes at bay and SCI clients have to cope with chronic tendinitis and overuse syndromes in their hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders. In these cases it’s not only appropriate, but essential to receive bodywork that can help to restore function as quickly as possible. In addition, addressing the mechanical challenges of being confined to a wheelchair. The spasticity that SCI patients live with is a chronically progressive situation. This progress can be slowed or even halted with a carefully applied program of exercise and stretching-massage.

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a situation in which some or all of the fibers in the spinal cord are damaged. If the spinal cord is intact, some motor or sensory function may remain in the affected tissues. This factor will determine what kind of recovery a person can expect to achieve. Obviously, the higher the damage, the more of the body is affected. Injuries to the anterior part of the cord affect motor function, while damage to the posterior aspect affects the senses of touch, proprioception, and vibration. Damage to the lateral parts of the cord interrupts sensations of pain and temperature. An injury that affects the lower abdomen and extremities, but leaves the chest and arms intact, is called paraplegia. An injury that impacts the body from the neck down is called tetraplegia or quadriplegia. Among the SCI patients alive today, quadriplegics slightly outnumber paraplegics.

Spinal Cord Injury Complications
• Decubitus ulcers.
• Heterotopic ossification.
• Deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism.
• Respiratory infection.
• Urinary tract infection.
• Autonomic hyperreflexia.
• Cardiovascular disease.
• Numbness.
• Chronic pain.
• Spasticity, contractures.

Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Options
New treatment options for SCI patients are being developed daily. Some SCI patients may have electrodes implanted in muscles that are controlled from an external computer. These implants can provide pinching and gripping capabilities for people who otherwise would not have the use of their hands. Surgical transfer of healthy tendons can also be helpful. For some people, the triceps muscle may be paralyzed, while the deltoid is not. Surgically extending the posterior deltoid tendon and attaching it to the olecranon can provide these people with the power it takes to use a wheelchair. Support LRO in the work they do to empower and research all the possibilities to enrich the lives of those who have a spinal cord injury. These people can range from a family member at 60yrs old, a mountain biking athlete or a 17 yr old professional surfer, such as founder of LRO, Jesse Billauer. All pro-surfers know the risk, but it rarely happens and as Jesse proves, surfing is freedom of the spirit and he still surfs the biggest waves all over the world, wheelchair or not! An inspiration to us all.