Happy New Year everyone! As we gear up for a wonderful New Year's Eve celebration here in Tucson, we wanted to give a shout out to our entire Miraval community around the country and the globe. 2013 has been a wonderful year for us here at Miraval and we hope it has been a memorable one for all of you as well! As we look forward to 2014, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on the last year of wellness tips shared on our blog. Here's our Top 10 - but as you know, this barely scratches the surface of all the wonderful tidbits, recipes, and tips you can find in our blog archive.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and mindful 2014. We hope to see you at Miraval!
Tips for a Better Night's Sleep
What do you get for the people who seem to have everything? Here are some of our mindful gift ideas for this year to inspire you...
Make a Donation
If you make a donation to a cause or organization that is meaningful to that person, you will be showing how much you respect and care for them. This is such a lovely idea for someone who says "Seriously, don't get me a present this year!"
Purchase unique gifts that support international fair trade practices
Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Ten Thousand Villages accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.
The kids are back in school so there's no better time to getaway to Miraval. We've hand-picked these spa treatments and activities especially for moms to find balance and recharge. Being a mom is known as "the hardest job in the world" and we know you deserve some quality "me time" to return home as the super mom you are!
For a limited time, book your Mom's Miraval Getaway for a September stay and if we have it available, receive a complimentary one-category room upgrade when you mention: MIRAVALMOMS
Nurture your mind and body with Miraval's most complete body renewal ritual. In this six part ritual, the skin is gently brushed with warm loofah mitts, followed by a powerful exfoliation of bioactive white peat enzymes, sea minerals and ripe anti-oxidant berries; to polish, enhance skim elasticity and reduce toxins. The lymphatic system is then stimulated with the application of a soothing mushroom and phyto-nutrient masque; enveloping the body to facilitate cellular turnover. After showering with an organic purifying cleanser, your skin will be replenished with an omega rich and anti-oxidant fresh berry-oil serum. A full body massage of Artic berry milk cream will encourage skin regeneration, hydration and restore elasticity. Skin is replenished, protected and supple.
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(Designed for a 3-4 guests)
Our Executive Chef will lead you into a night of degustation in the center of the Miraval kitchen. Tiered tasting courses of spa and traditional cuisines offered amidst the busting dinner service. All courses include wine selections based on flavor profiles. The menu for this experience changes weekly to incorporate the most available fresh and organic ingredients -- no allergy accommodations please.
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Although Miraval has been awarded a Top 10 destination for traveling solo or for girlfriend getaways, Miraval is also an amazing place to come with a partner or loved one. Our relaxed, supportive environment is an ideal setting for you to reconnect with a loved one, reflect on your relationship, or just have fun together! In honor of Valentine's Day, we have chosen a few of our favorite activities for couples to experience together!
Take Home Thai Massage
Get to know each other in an entirely new way and discover the benefits of giving and receiving Thai massage. Take Home Thai consists of private instruction on how to massage your partner while focusing on their individual needs. Reap the benefits of Thai massage such as increased range of motion, release of tension, and increased energy flow, while learning how to communicate non-vebally and gaining trust.
By: Anne Parker, Miraval's Wellness Counselor
Love is being present.
That is how Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and writer on mindfulness, defines love. A simple yet powerful sentiment.
The way to connect to those you love is by being present – with the other person as well as yourself. Being present means fully engaging in what is being shared between you in that moment – truly paying attention to the thoughts, feelings, and actions you are sharing now. This may sound obvious and straightforward, and it is. However, think about how you and your beloved interact during the course of a typical day. How much are you truly present with each other? How often is your communication “on the fly” or happening while “multitasking”? How often, while listening to the other speak, are you interpreting what they are saying into what you think they really mean? And then, when you respond, you are responding to what you’ve decided they meant instead of what they said?