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The Magic of Lavender

Lavender holds its beauty not only in its deep purple hues but also its natural medicinal healing properties. As popularity grows for the use of essential oils, lavender is favored amongst health minded individuals because of its versatility and pleasant, calming aroma.

The applications for lavender are endless, from baking to DIY household cleaners. But the true benefits are in the healing properties for the mind and body.


Lift Your Spirits

Lavender’s scent alone can lift depression and ease stress and anxiety. The oil sends a calming message to the brain making it a natural sedative and relaxant. By mixing water with a few drops of lavender in a spray bottle you can spritz yourself throughout the day to increase beta power and feel an overall sense of positivity and calmness.


Ease the Mind

Lavender has a soothing aroma that makes for an excellent nerve tonic that helps aid in alleviating pain. Many people who struggle with migraines can benefit from massaging lavender oil onto their temples and at the nape of their neck. A mixture of the scent and its medicinal powers can lift the migraine and produce a meditative state.


Heal Naturally

Commonly known for its anti-inflammatory properties, lavender makes for an excellent solution for healing cuts, burns, eczema and even dandruff. Mix a quarter size amount of coconut oil with a few drops of lavender and apply it to the problem area. Lavender is a natural antiseptic and will speed up the healing process and prevent scarring.


Melt Away Aches and Pains

Lavender has been used for decades as a calming and relaxing herb for sore muscles and  joint pain. Lavender will not only soothe the muscles by calming the aroma nerves, but it will increase circulation and stimulation on the applied area. Adding a few drops onto a warm weighted neck pillow will bring instant relief from tense shoulders and stiff neck pains.

Treat yourself to an in home spa experience by practicing one of the methods above or by mixing a few drops of lavender oil into an epsom salt bath. Not only will you feel deeply relaxed and soothe ailments, but you will smell amazing as well.

Take Some Me Time

As the holiday season approaches, life starts to get busier. It’s a wonderful time of year to celebrate everyone and everything around us. Just make sure to carve out some Me Time, check in with yourself and do what makes you feel centered. When you feel balanced inside, you can affect the world more positively.


The more we learn about what threatens our health, the more we hear about stress. Our bodies instinctively go into fight or flight mode when we feel overwhelmed or threatened. The more often we face these feelings, the more likely stress is to cause chronic ailments – like insomnia or anxiety. Stress is our number one enemy and it’s imperative to take time to check in with yourself and decompress. Try some techniques to offset stress like simply breathing. Knowing how to control your breath is essential for balancing the body and mind.


Has your massage therapist ever asked you to smell various scented oils before your massage service? When stimulated for a beneficial purpose, the sense of smell is a powerful ally to realign the mind and body, to ready you for a relaxing and rebalancing experience. Aromatherapy uses the natural power of scent to resolve concerns of all different natures, from physical, to skin imperfections, muscular pain or even your mood. Carving out some valuable me time to receive an aromatheraputic massage service regularly is ideal. But you can also benefit from the power of scent at home by incorporating aromatic products into your daily routine. Using a nourishing bath and body system containing a blend of essential oils can help you relax, manage stress and rediscover a sense of profound tranquility and well being.

With “me time” in mind, [ comfort zone ] the Italian science-brand skincare line used at top spas across the world, created TRANQUILLITY – a bath and body system to help you manage (and escape!) day-to-day stressors. The unique science based formulas of [ comfort zone ] can be experienced during Glen Ivy’s spa treatments such as massages, facials, nail care, and are also available for purchase in the Glen Ivy store.

Allow yourself some Me time every week to nourish your mind, spirit, and your skin.


Exclusive Treatments at Glen Ivy

Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, now offers [ comfort zone ], a science-brand skincare line conceived and based in Italy that is used at top spas all over the world. The launch is in tandem with the spa’s rejuvenated wellness upgrades to the property and treatment menu. The
[ comfort zone ] ethos is perfectly paired with Glen Ivy’s commitment to green beauty and wellness. This makeover will continue to provide guests’ with an exceptional wellness experience that can’t be paralleled. [ comfort zone’s ] unique science-brand formula can be experienced during Glen Ivy’s relaxing spa treatments such as massages, facials, nail care, and more. All the [ comfort zone ] products do not contain parabens, or mineral oil, and most importantly are silicone-free. Silicones have been substituted with oils and butters for a “real active beauty.” A selection of the new treatments can be found below:


The Longevity Solution
This revolutionary treatment rejuvenates and revitalizes your skin utilizing a gentle lactic acid peel along with specialized deep and focused massage techniques. Your skin will feel vibrant, energized and lifted.
50 min / $115
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The Sublime Skin Solution
Treat yourself to this luxurious and indulgent facial which includes a deep exfoliation to clarify the skin and minimize pores. This deluxe facial continues with a collagen boosting mask followed by a signature facial massage which will leave your skin visibly lifted and firmed.
80 min / $160
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The Quick Lift Solution
The Quick Lift Facial delivers instant firming and anti-aging results utilizing a low level micro-current that mimics the body’s natural bio-rhythms. This treatment delivers a mini facelift without the downtime or sky high price.
50 or 80 min / $130 or $175
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Tranquillity™ Pro-Sleep Massage
This massage alleviates stress inducing a profound sense of Tranquility™ and calm. The immersive treatment experience gently embraces the senses with light touch utilizing warm nourishing oil, promoting better sleep and jet lag recovery.
50 min / $115
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Summer Skin Protection

Summer means the sun is stronger so taking protective measures to beat the heat is incredibly important!

Here are some insider tips and tricks to keep your skin glowing and healthy:

“Working around your clothes will make you more likely to miss a spot,” says dermatologist Jeannette Graf. On your body, slather on a shot glass’s worth of a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30. For your face, you’ll need another teaspoon.

Another reason why it’s good to apply sunscreen before you get dressed: SPF needs a good 20 minutes to sink in before your skin is completely protected from UV rays, Graf says. If you wait, you might as well be wearing no sunblock at all for that first half-hour you’re outdoors.

We all have that leftover bottle of sunscreen lurking in the medicine cabinet, but it’s critical to start fresh each summer. “The active ingredients in sunscreens can lose their potency, so check the expiration date,” says dermatologist David Bank.

People often forget to protect their scalp—and end up with a burn in their hair part. When in doubt, wear a hat.

Forgot the sunscreen at home?
No problem, we have COOLA Suncare products for purchase in the Spa Lifestyle Store! Additionally, we formulate with Plant Protection®, which allows us to achieve clinically tested, broad spectrum and antioxidant-rich protection while using fewer traditional actives. Better for your skin, better for the environment.

Additional Tips for Visiting Glen Ivy:
Drink plenty of water, especially if you have any treatments booked. Massages tend to be dehydrating. We have umbrellas located throughout the property, which are the perfect spot to relax in the shade.

If you notice any signs of heat-related illness, notify a staff member immediately who will assist you.

Diet and Nutrition Tips

Summer is coming, which means using a lot of energy on outdoor activities! Stay healthy and glowing this season with the help of superfoods! Glen Ivy has a few favorites that extend beyond your everyday kale. See below for ideas on how to easily amp up your nutrition factor every day.

  • Add healthy fats to your diet. Good fats can lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, and contribute to glowing skin and shiny hair. Our favorites are:
    • Avocado
    • Salmon
    • Flaxseed
    • Chia Seeds
  • Drink your veggies! Juicing your vegetables allows you to pack a lot of nutrition into a small bottle. Add lemon and ginger to your blend for a detox kick.
  • Hydrate with coconut water! Coconut water contains electrolytes which will keep your body hydrated all day long. The liquid inside the coconut contains approximately 46 calories per cup, 10 grams of natural sugar. It contains multiple vitamins, minerals, and phytochemcials.


Glen Ivy Options?

Our GOCO Café is your one-stop-shop to healthy and delicious choices. From savory wraps and nutritious sandwiches to indulgent treats, the café will provide freshly prepared items from both our in-house chef and local artisanal bakers. A tempting selection of gluten-free and low-glycemic to-go snacks are also available. Glen Ivy has a variety of treatments, activities and food to help you be well this summer. Relax by the pool, enjoy a healing treatment, and eat nourishing, healthy and delicious food.

Glen Ivy Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Glen Ivy will be decorated with Pink Ribbons! Throughout the month of October, as an additional step to your wellness and health, you can find breast cancer self-examination cards in showers.

Join us in honoring those who have had or have breast cancer on Breast Cancer Awareness Day, October 16th! On this day, Glen Ivy will give free admission to survivors or those currently battling breast cancer when they book an oncology treatment. Certain massages and treatments will be geared towards breast cancer survivors and patients, such as the oncology massage which you can find more information below:

Oncology Massage Benefits

Our Oncology Massage provides an in-depth consultation with an Oncology Certified Therapist, as well as a massage or skincare treatment customized to the individual needs of the oncology patient to accommodate any position, pressure or treatment site considerations. Our therapists have been extensively trained on clinically established guidelines to provide safe and effective techniques to accommodate the changing needs of any past or present oncology patient.  50 minutes $100.

What is an Oncology Massage?
A massage that is modified to the signs, symptoms and complications of cancer.

Can massage spread cancer?
Metastasis is a complex, biochemical process that is orchestrated by genetic mutations. Generally, the changes are the result of mutations in the cells’ DNA.  It is not a mechanical process increased by exercise or massage.  Cancer cells spread by DNA repeat code error.

Who needs Oncology Massage?
Anyone in, or with a history of, cancer treatment.

Oncology Massage absolute contraindications.

  • No deep tissue massage.
  • No massage over site of tumor
  • Essential Oils will not be used during the massage

Can a guest receive an Oncology Massage if they have damaged lymph nodes or if their lymph nodes have been removed?
A guest can receive an Oncology Massage in those cases. The guest should discuss it with their service provider to ensure their comfort and safety during their service.

Can a guest receive an Oncology Massage if they have lymphedema?
A guest can receive an Oncology Massage in this case. The guest should discuss it with their service provider to ensure their comfort and safety during their service.


Wellness Classes

Another component to Breast Cancer Awareness Month that focuses on wellness of the body is Qigong, which will be on Thursdays and Saturdays of this month at 1PM. Qigong is similar to Tai Chi and helps balance the body, emotions and mind by oxygenating the blood, promoting relaxation & increasing energy. Kiyomi Kajiyama will be teaching “Qigong and Sound Healing for Women’s Health” this month. This class will be led with moves that support hormone, reproductive organs and breast health.


Dessert and Drink Deal

Watch out for our special deal of the month! We will be selling a glass of wine with 2 chocolate-covered strawberries for only $10! A donation of $2 will be made for every order of this special.

Make Memorial Day Weekend Memorable

Whether you want to celebrate with friends or family, we have everything to make your Memorial Day Weekend one to remember.

Explore our 19 pools and spas or embark on a personal wellness journey by participating in one (or all) of our many activities we are offering throughout the weekend. Kick off the weekend with Aqua Zumba on Friday. Aqua Zumba® is a high-energy, low-impact aquatic exercise class that blends Zumba® philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, and for a workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning and most of all, fun!


From 12-3pm on Saturday think Club Mud with a twist! We invite you to join us for Sudsy Mud in Club Mud! Slather yourself in Glen Ivy’s therapeutic red clay mud, then prepare yourself for a fantastic foam blast of Dr. Bronner’s all organic, fair trade castile soap. A one of a kind experience in the one and only Club Mud.


On Sunday uncork the wine and tune into your inner artist! What better way to relax during the long weekend than a glass of wine and painting? Grab a glass of wine and some paint brushes! Experience how easy it is to create an abstract expressionistic painting, while enjoying a delicious glass of wine.   The process you’ll learn is easy and designed to help you learn how to let go and ENJOY the moment. Includes all materials, music and wine. Everyone takes home a painting!

Memorial Day is the perfect time to get in touch with your inner yogi and take our Vinyasa Flow Yoga class. This class is a challenging combination of strength, balance, and flexibility. You will be engaging every muscle as you flow through demanding sequences. Be prepared to deepen your practice and center your mind.  You will have the opportunity to learn more challenging postures. With these classes and more, you’re sure to enjoy your wellness journey at Glen Ivy throughout Memorial Day Weekend!

Meet Kylan Fischer – Glen Ivy’s Newest Yoga Instructor

At Glen Ivy, we focus on total wellness of the mind, body, and soul, that’s why we only have the best and brightest yoga teachers in the industry teaching the most innovative and relaxing classes for our guests.  Meet Kylan Fisher –  our newest Yoga instructor! With several years as a certified Yoga Teacher, she will bring a restorative teaching selection of unique yoga classes designed to relax and renew, creating what is known as “The Glen Ivy Wellness Experience”.

Starting this April, Kylan will be teaching Vinyasa Flow, a challenging combination of strength, balance, and flexibility. You will be engaging every muscle as you flow through demanding sequences designed to help deepen your practice and center your mind.  You will have the opportunity to learn more challenging postures.

Check out our daily activity calendar and make the most of your day!



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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Kundalini Yoga

Yoga has become a popular form of physical, mental and spiritual exercise practiced all over the world. It is also one of the most popular JoyFitness classes that we offer at the Hot Springs. There are different forms of yoga which focus on particular movements and aspects of mental and spiritual well-being. One type of yoga that we offer is known as Kundalini Yoga.

Kundalini Yoga focuses on opening and releasing the spine and the muscles of the back. Each class concludes with a Gong Meditation to complete your descent into joy. So after you have lounged in the sun, warmed up in the mineral bath and lathered up in Club Mud, take time out to enjoy this unique form of exercise that will leave you feeling energized yet, deeply calm and centered.





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