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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. 

float therapy benefits

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 Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior 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.