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It’s Super Bowl Spa-Day

Not in the mood to watch the big game this year? Escape from football fever and relax with us. Come by yourself or bring a group of girls to celebrate Super Bowl weekend the way you really want to — floating in a lounge pool, sipping on a bloody mary, and pampering yourself.

February 6th – 7th, pre-book our Football Escape Package for $155 and enjoy:

  • Taking the Waters Admission
  • 50-minute treatment (your choice of a Massage, Facial or Body Treatment, regularly $100)
  • Grotto Body Treatment

Package must be pre-booked by 4:00pm the day before visit.

Find The Joy in Fitness Again

 

We can all agree that moving our bodies more is one of the best things we can do for our wellness, right? But oftentimes, that’s as far as our consensus goes. While some people love to exercise and find it easy and enjoyable to carve out gym time in their day, many of us feel just the opposite. To this subset, exercise feels hard, painful and let’s be honest—b.o.r.i.n.g!

Not so at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Our JoyFitness program is all about adding the joy back into exercise. When movement feels good, we are more likely to look forward to doing it, and water provides the perfect medium for getting back into the exercise groove. Our signature aqua classes, including Aqua Fit, Aqua Yoga, and PiYoH20, combine the supportive environment of the water with fun and energizing formats suitable for all fitness levels.

The same is true for our land based wellness programming. Each day we offer a variety of fitness and mind body classes such as Morning Core Stretch, HoopFit, Tai Chi, Hatha and Kundalini Yoga classes, and Gong Meditation. Classes are held on our beautiful activities deck overlooking the labyrinth, providing the perfect peaceful setting for reconnecting with what is truly important to you about your health and wellness.

The healing waters of the hot springs have been the main attraction for wellness seekers for over 155 years (oh, and the nachos too!). But now, our JoyFitness program gives you another reason to step out of your busy life and head to the hot springs for a feel good fitness experience. Visit the activities calendar on our website when you’re planning your next visit, and be sure to arrive early for check in. While loose, breathable clothing will make your fitness experience more comfortable, it is not mandatory. JoyFitness is all about come as you are, move in a way that feels good, and just enJOY the life affirming gift of movement.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON WELLNESS WITH COLOR AND MUSIC

The selection of activities at Glen Ivy Hot Springs serve as your resource to health, fitness, relaxation and renewal, and every month, we add and develop dynamic programming for guests to enjoy, designed to achieve a toned body and peace of mind. This month, we are proud to offer a special JoyFitness class, “The Magic of Color and Sound,” taught by Debbie Nuccio Durrough.

Based on the principal that a color or song can make you feel a certain way, the class draws from the concept that when you learn to associate color and music together you can learn a deeper sense of your feelings and be able to bring a sense of peace to your heart, body and mind. In “The Magic of Color and Sound” class, Debbie will give each student a blank canvas and water color palette, then share the meaning behind colors, working her way through the spectrum. Then a song will then be played that matches the color and its mood. The design will start to flow from your paint brush as the music is played. Whatever you are feeling will display on your canvas. As the music changes, you progress through all the colors. It is an enjoyable, emotional experience that will help you to open your heart, mind and body to be able to interpret the language and magic of color and sound.

Debbie is a Heartbeat of Reiki Drumming Master Teacher, Color and Sound Therapy Practitioner/Teacher; a trained HealthRYTHMS Facilitator; a Numerologist; and Feng Shui Consultant whose passion is “with teaching and facilitating a variety of holistic alternatives that support self-empowerment, personal growth and the new interpretation of “wellness.”

For more activities, times, and special events check out our calendar, here!

Take In The Waters, And A Yoga Class Too!

While Glen Ivy might be known for our luxurious spa, and famed hot springs, we also offer an array of activities for your day. From Hatha Yoga to AquaFit, our fitness classes will help you achieve a toned body and peace of mind. We are also excited to be offering a series of wellness activities including ThetaHealing®. In a safe, meditative environment, Master ThetaHealer Anke will guide you through the experiences of forgiveness, acceptance, respect, and trust as you let go of feelings that no longer serve you. ThetaHealing® can release the root cause of physical, emotional, and mental pain and struggle, allowing the true essence of unconditional love, beauty and purity to come out in this powerfully healing experience. To plan out your ideal day, take a look at our full activity calendar, found here.

Take Back Your Life!

Wellness is a journey. It is a day-by-day process that some of us often forget about or put aside. Sometimes, our own wellness is overshadowed by others. Not intentionally or unwillingly but just because life happens. Our time is filled with things that we love, and things that just need to get done, but what about you? When is it your time to make your own wellness a priority?

The first step on your wellness journey is that you are taking time for yourself by enjoying a relaxing day at Glen Ivy! When you choose to soothe your mind, body and spirit you have made yourself number one! Great start! Now, you may ask yourself, how can I take this feeling of wellness with me everywhere?

That’s where our Resident Wellness Expert, Meg Root comes in. In her hour long fun and interactive workshop she will help you to drop the struggle and negativity around your health and well-being and learn that “Wellness Feels Good!” You will identify what you want in your life and what your personal wellness goals are. Meg will show you how you can fill your “wellness tank” up and also help you to determine what factors in your life may be responsible for emptying it. Being able to identify these “wellness drains” you can then start to take actions against them and change your wellness dreams into reality.

All of these factors add up to create wellness for your, mind, body and life. Start with simple acts of wellness each day which can bring you to your ultimate wellness goal.

Meg Root

Take back your life – Wellness feels good with Meg Root is offered every Tuesday in the month of January. Check out our Activities to see all of our JoyFitness classes being offered.

Yoga that Fits!

This September, Glen Ivy Hot Springs is supporting and joining in the festivities of National Yoga Month. Yoga and the Hot Springs seem to be a natural pairing; both have been resources for wellness of body, mind and spirit for centuries gone by, and both pair health and well being with a good measure of fun. Each also carries an air of mystery to those who haven’t taken the time to experience them.  I can recall as a child growing up in the early 1970’s my first exposure to yoga.  My mother used to watch and practice hatha yoga with Lillias on PBS.  At that time, yoga was new to the western world; very few had heard of an asana or been introduced to a form of exercise that focused on the mind as much as the body.  We have come a long way since that time, and it is rare to hear of any yoga class classified under the general term “hatha yoga.”  Hatha practice actually refers to the physical practice of yoga, as yoga can also be practiced through breath work, meditation or various spiritual practices. As yoga practice has grown in popularity throughout the world, we have discovered the many different styles and approaches that fall under the umbrella of hatha yoga.  If you are new to yoga or if you are a long-time student looking to change or deepen your practice, the vast number of class choices can be quite intimidating and confusing.  The following guide will help you to find the style of yoga that fits your lifestyle and goals.

This article was contributed by Seraphina Ashe, Guest Experience Programming Director at Glen Ivy Hot Springs 

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Ananda:  Emphasis on Meditation
A gentle practice that combines awareness of the breath with affirmations.  As the student moves through the yoga postures, the focus moves from body awareness to a meditative inner awareness.  The use of affirmations with yoga postures is unique to Ananda yoga.

Anahata:  Connect
This practice combines physical practice with breathing exercise and meditation to help students connect with and expand their heart.

Anusara:  Heart Centered
A relatively new style of yoga started in 1997 by American John Friend.  While alignment is stressed, the main focus is honoring each individual student’s abilities and limitations.  While asanas, (poses), focus on opening the heart area by properly aligning the shoulders, this practice also stresses compassion and respect for all individuals.

Astanga:  Power
A fast-paced, physically demanding series of sequential poses beginning with sun salutation.  The continual flow of movement is linked with the breath.  The focus of this practice is to build physical strength, stamina and flexibility.  Not for beginners.

Bikram:  Sweat, sweat, sweat!
The founder of this style of yoga, Bikram Choudhury, holds the patent on a specific sequence of yoga poses practiced in a room heated from 85 to 100 degrees.  The flow of the same 26 poses in combination with heat is said to facilitate deep detoxification.  Not for beginners.

Integral:  Relaxation, breath, healing
The developer of this style of yoga taught crowds at the original Woodstock to chant “om” for peace.  Integral yoga focuses on pranayama, or breathing techniques, and meditation as much as it does physical postures.  Dr. Dean Ornish utilizes Integral yoga as part of his groundbreaking treatment to reverse heart disease.

Iyengar:  Alignment
The use of props, straps, blocks and blankets help each student achieve proper alignment and symmetry in each asana or pose.  In an Iyengar class, students can expect to hold each pose a little longer than in other classes.  A very good class to learn the proper way to do each asana or pose.  Because props and other tools are utilized to achieve proper alignment, this is a good class for any level.

Jivamukti:  Balance
Jivamukti balances an active, vigorous practice with an emphasis on meditation and chanting.

Kundalini:  Awakening Energy
This type of yoga focuses on releasing kundalini energy, which is stored at the base of the spine.  Although this yoga emphasizes chants and breathing along with physical postures, the focus on releasing the spine is key for those with back pain or stiffness.  Make sure your Kundalini instructor is properly trained in the practice.

Laughter Yoga:  Goodbye Stress!
Combines unconditional laughter with pranayama (breathing exercises).

Power Yoga:  Challenging
A derivative of Ashtanga Yoga, this is a physically demanding, vigorous practice that focuses on building muscle and stamina.  Not for beginners.

Viniyoga:  Gentle Flow
A gentle form of flow yoga that coordinates breath with movement.  The pace of the flow sequence is slower and performed to the level of the student.  Very good for beginners.

Yin Yoga:  Deep Stretch
Yin Yoga allows the student to move deeply in to each stretch by passively holding each pose for several minutes.  Props, blocks and blankets may be used to assist in the passive stretch.

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Wellness with Color and Music

Have you ever noticed that a certain color or song can make you feel a certain way? When you think of the word “Happy” what color comes to mind?  Yellow, perhaps? The color yellow can typically be associated as being a cheerful and lively color; it also can be used as an attention getter.  Notice how a lot of fast food restaurants use the color yellow in their logo? Is there a song that you associate being happy with? Something that is typically fun, upbeat and danceable or maybe even catchy? When you learn to associate color and music together you can learn a deeper sense of your feelings and be able to bring a sense of peace to your heart, body and mind.

One of the many JoyFitness classes that is offered at the Hot Springs is “The Magic of Color and Sound,” taught by Debbie Nuccio Durrough. Debbie has an extensive bio, as she is a Heartbeat of Reiki Drumming Master Teacher, Color and Sound Therapy Practitioner/Teacher, a trained HealthRYTHMS Facilitator, Numerologist and Feng Shui Consultant to name a few.  Debbie’s passion is “with teaching and facilitating a variety of holistic alternatives that support self-empowerment, personal growth and the new interpretation of “wellness.”

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In the class each student is given a blank canvas and a water color pallet that includes a range of color options from all spectrums of the rainbow. You may look at your blank canvas and think about what you could possibly paint? You do not need to have any artistic skills at all to attend this class or paint on your blank canvas. All you need is to listen; to the instructor, yourself and the music.

You start by listening to Debbie discuss the class and the way that it works. She will explain each color and its meaning as you go along. Starting with Red and working your way through the color spectrum up to Purple. After the meaning of the color is explained, a song will then be played that matches the color and the mood of the color. As you begin to paint you will begin to listen to the song and the design will start to flow from your paint brush. Whatever you are feeling will display on your canvas and will unfold into a story of your inner feelings and emotions. When the music stops, you will stop painting and move on to the next color. After you have gone through all of the colors you will then listen to one more song and be given a chance to “free style paint” and use whatever color you would like, giving you a chance to add any final touches to your painting. When the class is done painting and the music is silenced, Debbie will then go around the class and share everyone’s paintings. You will learn a little about yourself and what your painting means as well as get to know a little bit about your fellow classmates. It is an enjoyable, emotional experience that will help you to open your heart, mind and body to be able to interpret the language and magic of color and sound.

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For more information about Debbie and the classes that she offers please visit her website
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For a listing of this class at the Hot Springs please visit our website
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