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November 14, 2011

Lifting your spirits with a massage at Balance Spa New Orleans

Filed under: Services — Balance Spa @ 4:24 pm

massage New OrleansStress can really impact our spirits for the worse, not to mention our bodies. We all have our particular stressors and probably a variety of ways of dealing with them, some healthy and some not. Massage is a very healthy way of modulating the ups and downs of modern living, and is an ideal location. The pay off of a great massage treatment is more than relaxed muscles, but whole-body relaxation and receptivity to the world around us. And there really is no downside.

When our bodies are relaxed and feel good, our spirits rise naturally. – Balance

However, getting to that point of relaxation and ease is not like switching on a light bulb. Wouldn’t it be great if that unpleasant conversation we had with someone that stubbornly lingers in our mind could be removed so that we could focus on present concerns? Often we distract ourselves with more work or another conversation, some food or a drink, but it may reappear and compete for our attention still. Such internal communications can be exhausting and dampen if not ruin our spirits.

A positive approach is to deliberately encourage persistent negative emotions and mental chatter to move on by releasing tension from the body. A massage will relax the muscles and mind, bring you to an awareness of your body and have a positive impact on stress. With the help of a good massage practitioner from Balance Spa New Orleans, you can alleviate unwelcome tension from your body and welcome greater emotional wellbeing. This could be just what you need to focus on what’s in front of you, lift your spirits, and leave the past where it belongs. Your exhausted mind will thank you.

To learn about our new client specials visit our Balance Spa New Orleans specials page.

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June 24, 2011

Healthy Snacks: 10 Ideas for More Wholesome Eating – Balance Spa in New Orleans

Filed under: Health,Nutrition — Balance Spa @ 7:25 pm

 

Visiting in is a huge step in the healthy lifestyle we are all seeking. After all, our focus in New Orleans is on revitalizing the body and soul; offering an extensive menu of to accopmplish both.

Most have heard by now that we should all eat every 3 hours. It makes our digestive system happy, our energy level even, and our body, mind and soul engaged throughout the day. However, at Balance Spa in New Orleans we also see the fast paced lifestyle that today's world seems to demand. Here are some excellent snack suggestions from ZenHabits.com to keep your diet intact and nourish the whole you:

Healthy Snacks: 10 Ideas for More Wholesome Eating

roast chickpeas

Reading Get Started: From Overweight to Healthy recently on Zen Habits, I couldn’t agree more with Leo’s advice.

Eat move veggies, drink more water, move more and get rid of the junk. All great ideas.

It also got me thinking. For me at least, the most difficult part of healthy eating is when it comes to snacks.

It would be nice to think we’re all going to start reaching for a raw carrot or celery stick when hunger strikes between meals. But it can be difficult to go from junk to super healthy in one step.

So here are a few ideas to help you snack more healthfully.

As with all things, remember that even healthy snacks aren’t going to be good for you in large quantities, so moderation is key.

10 Healthy Snack Ideas

1. nori sheets
Head to your local Japanese or Asian grocery store and grab some nori. Yes, the seaweed stuff used in sushi rolls is delicious fresh from the pack. Although it is quite drying so you will need some water with it.

2. nuts
My go-to snack, especially when I’m traveling. Almonds, brazil nuts, macadamias, pistachios: there’s so much variety to explore. Nuts are portable, delicious and packed with minerals. Look for dry roasted, preferably unsalted. And remember nuts like almonds with their skins on have more fiber than those without.

3. kale chips
There are a heap of different commercial kale chips on the market these days. While delicious, they tend to be expensive, so you could have a go at making your own. Just toss some kale (or other leafy greens) in a little oil, layer on a baking sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes until crisp.

4. salsa
Based mostly on tomato and chilli, a good salsa can be a great way to boost your veggie intake.

5. nut butters
Look for unsweetened nut butters such as almond or cashew butter at your local health food store, or try making your own. Pop a handful of nuts in your food processor and whizz until it forms a nut butter, adding a little oil to help if it looks too dry.

6. antipasto
The Italians know a thing or two about healthy snacking. Olives, marinated veg like eggplant, artichokes or peppers all make wonderful quick snacks. You can even throw in a little proscuitto (but don’t tell Leo).

7. mezze
Similar to antipasto, these Lebanese small plates are a great thing to have in the fridge. Hummus is probably the most famous but there’s also babaganoush, tatziki and beetroot drips to make your carrot and celery sticks more appealing.

8. boiled eggs
While not for the vegans, eggs are a wonderful source of protein. Boil up a whole batch at once then keep them in the fridge to peel and eat with a little salt and pepper as needed.

9. roast chickpeas
I just adore chickpeas (garbanzo beans) in all their forms. And have recently started roasting them and tossing with a little spice to serve as a snack. So. Good. [recipe below]

10. dark chocolate
When only something sweet will do, dark chocolate is your best bet. At least you’ll also be getting some antioxidants. Look for good quality brands that tell you the % cocoa solids. The higher the cocoa, the less sugar.

 

roasted chickpeas
makes about 1 1/4 cups

By all means cook the chickpeas from scratch if you prefer, but I find canned chickpeas work really well, without the effort.

Feel free to play around with the spicing. If you can’t find smoked paprika, a little cayenne pepper or chilli powder would be lovely. Or keep it simple with just some sea salt and black pepper.

If you have any leftovers, allow them to cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Will keep for a week or so but I like them best while they’re still warm.

 

1 can chickpeas (14oz / 400g), well drained
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika, optional

1. Preheat your oven to 400F (200C).

2. Place chickpeas in a roasting pan or oven proof dish, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 10 minutes.

3. Stir the chickpeas and sprinkle over the paprika. Bake for another few minutes until the chickpeas are golden and crisp on the outside.

4. Season generously with pepper and sea salt and serve warm or at room temperature.

 

 

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June 13, 2011

Social Gatherings that Won’t Go To Your Waist – Balance Spa, New Orleans

Filed under: Fitness,Health — Balance Spa @ 7:00 pm

, – Socializing is known to play a huge part in a healthy life style. , New Orleans we know that social events allow us an opportunity to bond with others. It reduces stress and aids in achieving a healthy outlook on life. Unfortunately, many of the traditional venues and activities used in many cultures as social events can have negative consequences on our physical health. From activities that are mainly stationary to events that involve unhealthy food and drink, many of these can be damaging to our body. Balance Spa, New Orleans is happy to share with you this idea-filled article from Organic Spa Magazine to get you thinking about new ways to socialize that won't show on your wasteline.

At Play with Gal Pal Friday

Many folks planning to celebrate traditional weddings or parties this season also aim to curb their budgets and try something unique. We asked Sophia Paliov in Los Angeles, an “active party planner” to show us how to shape up our own festivities
this season:

Game Night. Instead of hosting a typical game night with static board games, try one of the hyper Wii games for fun. “For kids’ parties and bar mitzvahs, I suggest the Just Dance, Sports Resorts, Wipe Out or Minute to Win It WII games,” says Paliov.

Bachelor(ette) Revelry. Morph your celebration into something healthy with golf getaways, badminton tournaments, tennis lessons for the wedding party or sushi-making dinners. “You can always do the spa afterwards,” says Paliov.

Summer BBQ. A poolside cookout is perfect! “Competitive games between all your guests, like water polo is ideal. “Everyone works up an appetite for the main course,” she says. “The invitation should remind your guests to bring swimsuits and sunscreen.”

Gal’s Night. These wild eves usually involve cocktails and fatty food, so turn it into a “Girl’s Workout Night” instead, and invite chicks over for a new DVD workout (try Pilates or belly dancing!). “It’s the best way to girl-bond, giggle, and get in shape,” says Paliov. Afterwards serve a low-cal meal you create together, such as salmon salads with wine spritzers…fun!

Park Picnics. Plan ahead when you pack. Family gatherings should include calorie-smoking volleyball games, a Hackey Sack or Frisbee, and balls for basketball or soccer. For more playful party ideas, log onto galpalfriday.com.

Nicole Dorsey Straff is Organic Spa Magazine’s Contributing Editor of Play and Adventure.

 

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April 25, 2011

Discover the Benefits of a Full-Body New Orleans Massage – Part 2

Filed under: Health,Services — Balance Spa @ 1:22 pm

Why is massage so effective? (Discover the Benefits of a Full-Body Massage – Part 1)

New Orleans Massage – A New Orleans massage from New Orleans, involves the direct manipulation of the physical body. A New Orleans Massage works so well on a host of conditions because massage encourages the body to relax. When the body is in a relaxed state, heart beat and breathing slow down, blood pressure decreases, and stress hormones go down as serotonin, the feel-good hormone rises. As a result, the many risks associateNew Orleans Massaged with stress – cardiovascular disease, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue to name just a few – are significantly reduced.

New Orleans Massage – In addition, the manipulation of soft tissue and muscle results in improved blood and lymph circulation, as well as reduced tension in the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and associated nerves. This allows for a more effective release of toxins from the body, improving health at the cellular level.

Here are some additional reasons why you owe it to yourself to get a full-body New Orleans massage New Orleans. 

A full-body New Orleans massage will help:

•    Reduce pain by releasing hormones known as endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killer.
•    Increase the flexibility of hip, shoulder, knee and other joints.
•    Stretch and loosen tight and/or weak muscles
•    Improve the quality and length of sleep
•    Improve respiration
•    Decrease water retention and cramping that occur during the menstrual cycle
•    Improve mental clarity and concentration
•    … and much, much more.

New Orleans Massage – With all of these benefits available, there’s really no reason for you not to schedule an appointment at Balance Spa New Orleans. Call us today at 504-595-5333 and let one of our licensed massage therapists help you select the that’s right for you.

Experience the benefits of receiving the full-body New Orleans massage from Balance Spa New Orleans today!

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April 18, 2011

Discover the Benefits of a Full-Body New Orleans Massage – Part 1

Filed under: Health,Services — Balance Spa @ 11:48 am

New Orleans massageEnjoy a Massage!

A New Orleans massage from , is one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences that we have to offer. You owe it to yourself to experience a full body massage.

A centuries old technique, the application of massage for therapeutic purposes dates back over 3,000 years. It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Hindus, Persians and Greeks and continues to be used today to treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including tension caused by chronic stress, auto-immune conditions such as arthritis; diabetes, high blood pressure, and other debilitating diseases; as well as anxiety and depression.

Our goal for your New Orleans massage, New Orleans, is to evaluate your needs and provide the proper treatment.

New Orleans Massage – What Is Massage?

New Orleans massage – While our local provide hundreds of different New Orleans massage therapies, most involve some form of manipulation of the body’s soft tissue and muscles by means of pressure, stroking, kneading, tapping, rocking, vibration, and/or friction. Many massage therapies also include the application of oils and other substances to reduce the amount of friction caused by the stroking and kneading.

Why is a New Orleans massage so effective?

A New Orleans Massage that involves the direct manipulation of the physical body works well on a host of conditions because it encourages the body to relax. When the body is in a relaxed state, heart beat and breathing slow down, blood pressure decreases, and stress hormones go down as serotonin, the feel-good hormone rises. As a result, the many risks associated with stress – cardiovascular disease, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue to name just a few – are significantly reduced.

Schedule your New Orleans massage, at Balance Spa New Orleans now to begin enjoying the benefits of a full body massage.

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April 11, 2011

Benefits of a Facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA

Filed under: Health,Services,Why Balance Spa New Orleans — Balance Spa @ 1:05 pm

Balance LA FacialsSpa New Orleans LA

Not sure about getting a facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA? Many of us believe that getting a facial is a luxury we simply can’t afford, an activity engaged in only by the rich and famous, or simply unnecessary since most of us wash our faces every day. However, treating yourself to a spa facial from New Orleans LA on a regular basis has many benefits you really shouldn’t deprive yourself of.

The following are just a few of the benefits you can expect when you get a facial New Orleans LA:

•    Evaluation of your skin type: Before the facial begins, the skin care specialist or esthetician from Balance Spa New Orleans LA will evaluate your skin type to determine the correct skin care products to use and the appropriate procedures to apply.  Many estheticians will encourage you to bring in the products you use at home in order to determine if they are the ones you should be using and recommend products that match your skin type.

•    Deep cleanse. You may think you’re giving your face an adequate cleanse at home, but a facial from Balance Spa New Orleans LA is designed to penetrate deeply into the pores to unclog them and remove blackheads, as well as ground-in dirt and bacteria that a regular washing often misses.  The skin is also exfoliated to remove dead cells that have accumulated, leaving your skin soft, smooth, and glowing. This exfoliation and deep cleansing boosts cell metabolism, improves circulation, and prevents premature aging of the skin.

•    Stress reduction.  Getting a facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA is quite a relaxing experience, especially when done in a serene spa setting. In addition to cleansing your face, the esthetician will massage your face, neck, and shoulders in order to loosen tense muscles, a leading cause of tension headaches.

Getting a facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA is not only a vital component of good skin hygiene but an excellent way to give yourself the pampering you deserve. Both men and women can benefit from Balance Spa New Orleans LA ‘s facials, and they are an excellent means of teaching young people all about skin care.

Call to schedule your facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA!

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March 28, 2011

Join The Look Good For Your Age Movement with Balance Spa New Orleans

Filed under: News — Balance Spa @ 10:00 am

– For centuries women have struggled to find their beauty philosophy.Should they resign themselves to grow old naturally and accept natures’ natural course as it is played out on their body, or fight it tooth-and-nail, often going to extremes as far as their budgets will allow to reverse the process with sometimes unreal results? Balance Spa New Orleanse has seen signs and is happy to support followers of a new philosophy outlined by More Magazine:

The Look Good For Your Age Movement

by Emily Listfield

SPA LOCATIONYears ago, I had a friend whose husband gave her money for a face-lift as a 50th-birthday present. (Before you rail against him, let me clarify: She convinced him it was the only gift she truly wanted.) As she prepped for surgery, she began to talk to the other women waiting to go under the knife. Each of them was on the verge of turning 50. The face-lift, it seemed, was a rite of passage for a certain type of woman at a certain time.

That time is gone. Women have moved away from wanting to look as young as possible in favor of wanting to look as good as possible for their age. “In the past, women could go into a doctor’s office and end up looking ‘younger,’ but it was rarely a natural look,” says Jon Turk, MD, a New York plastic surgeon. “We’d rely on pulling and tightening. There’s nothing graceful about a face-lift pulled behind the ears. Now women prefer to maintain a more subtle, natural beauty. It’s not necessarily about looking younger. If someone looks good for her age, it implies that she has a healthy lifestyle, that she is happy.”

read more here.

New Orleans our goal is to help our customers look fantastic for their age.  Stop by our location at:300 Poydras St # 8, New Orleans, LA 70130 (in the Leows Hotel) for a full menu of our look-young services. Or visit our website:  Balance Spa New Orleans.

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February 28, 2011

Easing Osteoarthritis with Massage Therapy

Filed under: Health,News,Services — Balance Spa @ 3:00 am

MASSAGE – Once you’ve experienced an amazing massage from Balance Spa, New Orleans, there is no denying the many benefits of massage.  Studies have shown massage to benefit everything from muscle tension, to stress relief, to mental processing.  But did you know that receiving a massage regularly can also help relieve osteoarthritis?  Read the following article for more information.

Helps Osteoarthritis – Balance Spa New Orleans

Massage therapy might be a good prescription for people with osteoarthritis, a new study suggests.

The cartilage that cushions the joints is constantly wearing away due to everyday activities and being replaced through healthy repair mechanisms. But as we age, the repair process slows down and the joint cushion thins. The result is osteoarthritis, marked by joint pain, stiffness, and physical disability.

As many as 21 million people in the United States suffer from osteoarthritis, the most commonly reported chronic condition in elderly people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that osteoarthritis causes more physical disability than lung disease, heart disease, and diabetes, and annual costs associated with osteoarthritis are estimated at $60 billion.

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