We hydrate, we eat well, we run, walk, swim, do yoga, exercise machines, weights, moisturize, exfoliate… the list can be exhaustive of all the things we do to take care of our bodies and skin … but how about regular treatments? By and large, we consider massages and facials to be a “treat” (it’s in the name “treatments” for goodness sake) but it’s time to consider them as crucial to our wellness.
In our midst at IO is a chocolatier. And not just any chocolate. This is some of the most beautiful, hand-crafted chocolate we’ve ever enjoyed: the highest quality, fair-trade cacao blended exquisitely with hand-crafted Ghee. Our blog this month is the result of our discussions with Ryan, the creator and co-founder of Night of the Sun. We discuss his journey from spreadsheets to chocolate, his inspirations, working with friends, and what might be next. And it wouldn’t be the IO blog without singing its wellness praises!
Get your travel FLOW on with Kelly! This month at IO, we focus on your travel wellness. In this second part, IO massage therapist Kelly shares her favorite strategies for keeping the body awake and refreshed on long trips.
As you heed the call to the mountains and pack your favorite gear and snacks, are you taking the time to consider how you prepare your body and skin for the adventures? Sunny hikes and high-altitude ski runs may give you unparalleled peace of mind; but the sun, wind and strenuous activity can take an unexpected toll on your skin and body.
Our bodies respond to cycles of seasonality like all living things. In the Chinese medicine model, Fall is associated with the element of Metal, which is responsible for developing ritual and engaged in the search for meaning and inspiration. The organs associated with this element are the lungs and the colon, so techniques for self-care orient to these areas.
“Give me a place to stand, and I will move the world.” Though not intended to be a philosophical remark, Greek mathematician Archimedes tapped into a deep spiritual truth: where there is stillness, there is power.
We spend a lot of time talking about skin. It’s our largest organ, after all. But beauty is more than skin deep. Our skin’s radiance is a good measure of our internal health, and the beauty we seek is achieved not only through products, but also through lifestyle.
We’re not really into new year's resolutions around here. They feel a bit too much like punishment. But we are into powerful intention setting, and January is a terrific month to reflect and declare your intentions for the year ahead.