Drink. Move. Pamper – Stephanies® Tips for Health and Wellness

Blink, and you might miss one – fitness fads and lifestyle trends are everywhere! It seems like everywhere we look there is a new quick-fix diet, or phenomenal fitness craze guaranteed to change your life. So we decided to set the record straight, banish the fads, and share Stephanies® favourite health and wellness trends – they’ll be sure to leave you feeling rebalanced, revitalised and ready for spring!   


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Tea Detox

Packed with an array of rich vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, herbal teas are the perfect go-to for a spring detox. Endorsed by the likes of Kylie Jenner and Vanessa Hudgens, the herbal tea trend is growing in strength and popularity, providing a healthy alternative to regular tea and coffee.

The history of herbal tea dates back thousands of years, with reports of monks utilising the power of green tea to help stay focused and alert during prolonged meditation rituals. The therapeutic brews possess a range of health-boosting qualities; they are detoxifying, anti-ageing, immune boosting, fat-burning, mood boosting, and bone strengthening.

Whether you are wanting to curb your coffee cravings, or treat your body to a full detox, herbal tea is the way to go! There are a variety of herbal brews available, from the humble green tea, to exotic jasmine blends – it’s all about finding the perfect fit for your taste buds!

Inspired by the astonishing healing power of herbal tea, Stephanies® has crafted a range of french-inspired La Vie Elixir flower tea infusions. Four sophisticated, sumptuous blends are available to take home from Bulimba, Sofitel, and Cleveland spas.

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Red Delicious

INGREDIENTS: Pyrus Mali Fructus (Apple Pieces), Ascorbic Acid

& Natural Acerola (Vitamin C), Citric Acid (Natural Preservative),

Natural Sweet Apple Flavour.

Just like eating a red delicious apple, this smooth tasting

tea is the perfect sugar craving antidote. Great to drink

at any time while providing a great boost of vitamin C.

Makes a delicious apple ice tea, just add mint.

 

Soul Soothe

INGREDIENTS: Lemongrass, Passionflower, Skullcap,

Lemon Balm & Lavender.

A soothing herbal beverage for the mind and soul.

An ideal accompaniment to our modern lifestyle,

especially during and after a long day as a part of your

home spa ritual.

 

French Tea Party

INGREDIENTS: Black Tea, Lavender, Rose Petals, Mallow Flowers,

Mango & Oil of Bergamot Flavour.

This is a beautiful, sophisticated tea bouquet that

embodies true romance and style. It is great

to drink any time of the day.

An ideal Spa High Tea Party delight.

 

Spa-Mint

INGREDIENTS: Spearmint, Alfalfa & Calendula.

Spa Mint Tea relaxes, restores and aids digestion.

Refreshes the breath naturally and is delicious as a cold

drink. Perfect tea blend to enjoy after

any spa experience, good as an after dinner mint

refreshment too.

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Large is retailing at $24.95, and small $16.95.

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Meditation

In this chaotic world that we live in everyone is time-poor, and it’s often hard to find the time to reflect and rebalance. With schedules, timelines and one-hundred-and-one other things running through our heads, many of us have lost the ability to simply stop… and escape into a moment of nothingness.

Born in the heart ancient India, the art of meditation is a skill that has been practiced for thousand of years. There is an ancient zen adage – “you should sit in meditation every day for twenty minutes, unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” Even if you can spare five minutes a day, it’s important to take time to de-stress and re-group – the results will astound you.

Research shows regular meditation has the ability to reduce stress levels, relieve anxiety, reduce blood pressure, improve mood and behaviour, increase energy levels and improve clarity and peace-of-mind – something i’m sure most of us could use more of!  

For more meditation tips take a look at Vogue’s How To Meditate 2.0.

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Mineral Makeup

The cake face is out, and mineral makeup is IN! New trends have seen women abandoning traditional heavy foundations, and replacing them with lighter mineral blends. The all natural alternative to regular foundation has an array of skin benefits. The absence of harmful filters such as talc, binders, chemical preservatives and chemical dyes means skin is treated to an all natural coverage that won’t block pores or damage the skin. Mineral makeups also help with redness, dryness, and blemishes, and allows the skin to breathe throughout the day – and they actually have a longer shelf life too!

Beauty Tips

At Stephanies® we use the beautiful mineral makeup collection by Jane Iredale. “Her mineral powders are a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one…every product in the line is multi-functional” (Jane Iredale). Her stunning collection is “created in various formulations to suit your needs, and in shades to flatter a wide range of skin tones, it’s like therapy for your skin” (Jane Iredale).  

 

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Spa Treatments

Now that you have detoxed, rebalanced and nourished, it’s time to pamper! In order to achieve holistic wellness, it is important to treat your body to regular rest and revitalisation – and what better way escape the stresses of everyday life, than with a trip to a luxury spa retreat. The health benefits of spa treatments aren’t just skin deep, but have lasting effects on your overall health and wellness. Research shows a trip to the day spa can help relieve muscle pains, improve joint health, improve sleeping patterns, reduce stress levels, increase blood circulation, and detoxify the body.


Driven by a desire to combine beauty therapies with peaceful places of harmony and balance, Stephanies® Luxury Spas has created a range of indulgent spa menus designed to relax, rejuvenate and rebalance. From decedent world-class treatments to the simple pleasures of the monthly maintenance manicure, Stephanies® is committed to offering indulgent, personalised spa experiences, providing guests with a treasured escape from reality.

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The art of meditation

meditationin this chaotic world filled with work, friends and family it can be difficult to find the time tune in to nothingness and let go but the health benefits of meditation are well documented. Research has shown that even a few minutes of meditation daily can alleviate depression and anxiety, reduce blood pressure and stroke risk and reduce pain. Meditation helps to reduce the activity of part of the brain called the amygdala, which governs feelings of stress.
Here are some tips to master the art of meditation…

Commit to quiet

Even if it’s only for a few minutes, try to dedicate time every day for meditation. Force yourself and before long it’ll become a pleasant interlude to your crazy busy day.

Set the mood

Try to ensure you meditate in a peaceful environment free of noise and distractions. Light a stick of sandalwood incense and use a candle as your point of focus. The flickering flame can be a powerful point of focus for a beginner.

Experiment

Sitting cross legged in a yogi pose might not be for you. Try lying down, sitting in a comfy chair. Experiment with your eyes open and closed. You’ll soon find the right position for you.

Time yourself

If you set a gentle alarm you won’t spend your whole session fretting about how much time has passed. Try to select a relaxing tone so you  don’t undo all your relaxation.

Learn to breathe

Breathing deeply slows the heart rate, relaxes the muscles and focuses the mind. Start with a few slow, deep breaths – inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. As your breathing becomes deeper and slower, focus your attention on every breath. If your mind wanders, bring your attention back to your breath. Try to make your exhalations longer than your inhalations.

Don’t give up

It’s perfectly normal to experience “mind clutter” while meditating.  In any one thirty-minute session of meditation we may have upward of three hundred thoughts.  The advice – if you can’t clear your mind, don’t sweat it.