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Published Monday Mar 11, 2019 by Jacki Carr

3 Ways to Recover After a Snowshoe Excursion in the Rockies

Fitness
Beauty
Skincare
Acupuncture

Forecast in the Colorado skies says snow and the inches keep growing hour after hour. You check WAZE and traffic is intensely frightening on 70 to get to any ski lift any time soon. However, in the corner of your closet awaits a lightweight pair of straps-meets-waffles ready to rock any winter storm. 

Set the GPS to Evergreen and take the quick 37-minute ride to Three Sisters Trailhead. Hey there Rocky Mountain snowshoeing! With ample amounts of loops—insider tip, I love the second parking lot next to Alderfer’s Instagrammable barn—it’s time to turn your phone on airplane mode and prepare for a full-on winter wonderland nature immersion.  

Trekking in the snow is a killer workout, so may I suggest a full-on pancake free fall into the snow— or perhaps a snow angel—to start off, followed by a break and a granola bar at the halfway point to rest and refuel. 

Post-snowshoe excursion, you’re probably ready for a little *extra* recovery and rejuvenation. Upon returning to Denver, here’s my wellness hit list (and tips) to help you reset after that adrenaline rush you just conquered. It’s called balance and it is so necessary when it comes to the winter thrills we all seek living out here in the Mile High! 

 

Sore no more.

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Trekking uphill through the snow with the paddle magic that is snowshoes is a major workout for your entire body. Hello legs, hello core, hello heart cardio! And you will feel it the next day. Planning for recovery post-snowshoe is essential and I’m all about the holistic healing practices of Denver’s Harmony Healing. Specifically, cupping and acupuncture to balance my body after an epic adventure.

Newbie to cupping? Cupping uses glass cups and heat to increase circulation, release toxins and create suction on your skin to help with issues like inflammation, muscle tension, and blood flow. Adding on an acupuncture treatment enhances immunity, emotional health and has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. It is a double down type of treatment in which you work from the inside out and relax while the cups and needles work their magic.

 

Submerge. 

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A hard day on the trails puts major stress on your muscles, which calls for a space to get quiet, release any tension and literally float when you get back to the city. The benefits of float are endless, including increased oxygen flow (especially after getting in higher numbers on a hike!), neutralization of the spine, reduction of stress symptoms and removal of lactic acid. 

A new studio opened in the heart of Cherry Creek, VIVE Float : A Rest and Recovery Wellness Center, and I went for a float. Picture this: you enter the spa space and immediately switch from your hiking boots to spa sandals. The staff welcomes you, and gives you the tour, which includes a Quiet Room—featuring a fire pit, tea, and the comfiest chairs—to rest before or after treatment. Your private float room awaits with a body temperature pool of salt water mixed with magnesium to float any stress right away. You get to choose from any color of the rainbow you desire your float to be and different options of music. Or you can go Pure Float style, which is no music, no light, all you. Fun fact: one hour of sleep in the soak tank equals four hours of sleep IRL. You read that right, FOUR HOURS. 

 

Skin love. 

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It is no secret that we have to level up our skincare game living in the Rocky Mountains. The harsh winter air takes a toll on our pores and that wood burning fireplace is a recipe for dry skin and dehydrated muscles. Enter the magic of the Triple Threat Facial-Ultimate Glow Facial at I {Heart} Skin. As you lay down on the heated bed, founder Jenny Leazer-Ragolia clicks the steamer on your face to open your pores. From there, it’s time to zen out with an oxygenating treatment, LED Red Light Therapy and a long-format sculpting facial massage. Plus, Jenny’s facial roller game is impressive—I got the Rose Quartz roller to wake up the collagen in my face and smooth fine lines.
Pro tip from Jenny: If you’re looking to save your skin before you head out for a snowy adventure, put on a hydrating serum and good SPF. Once you get home, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and nourish your skin with a facial oil and moisturizer. While your skin might feel dry, this is not the time for harsh toners or a detox max, all about the replenishment. 

Not into spending a day snowshoeing to reap all these amazing benefits? Up your self-care practice and love your mind and body all year long with these amazing Denver wellness treatments on the MINDBODY app

Jacki Carr
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Jacki Carr
Rock Your Bliss Co-Founder | Writer
About the author
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, and yoga teacher with a real, honest style that helps connect people to their most powerful self. Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, you can find Jacki in Evergreen, Colorado drinking another bulletproof coffee on her front porch with her husband, two daughters, and their pups.
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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

Expert Advice
Wellness
Self-care

Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.