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Spa Review: Deep Tissue Massage @ Como Shambhala Urban Retreat Perth.

Stepping into my first ever treatment at the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape in Perth, I took a deep breath – I had been dreaming of this moment for some time now. Located inside of the beautiful Como The Treasury building, the spa is tucked away behind the main reception area, just past the beautiful arched hallways.

Browsing through the deluxe spa treatment menu, I decided to opt for the Deep Tissue Massage as I’ve been hitting the gym hard in the last month and my neck has been stiff and joints aching… the things we do for fitness!

The description on the menu sounded perfect – ‘a prolonged state of reduced muscular tension’ and I knew it was going to do just the trick for my body.

Walking through from the stunning reception area which was kitted out with luxe Sodashi products – I immediately forgot where I was. Right smack bang in the middle of the Perth CBD? It felt like I could have been overseas in an exotic location. Marie, my masseuse, escorted me to the Balinese style treatment room, and from the moment I sat down on the lounge I was transported to a state of happiness. Marie kindly asked me which areas of my body I wanted to focus on and she left me to get changed before returning.

Each movement of the massage was purposeful and soothing. Marie was very mindful to ask me if the pressure was ok. First, focusing on the area that I needed most, my neck and upper back, then from my toes to my head, it felt amazing. I felt amazing. Finishing with a head massage and hot towels on my neck and toes, I couldn’t have asked for more. The 75 minutes always goes so quickly but I try to revel in every moment, and I did.

I decided to use the facilities to wash my hair afterwards, so I jumped into the warm rain shower in the treatment room. I felt calm and I was in a state of total bliss.

Waiting for me outside was a hot cup of home-made ginger, lime and honey tea and a beautiful signature Como Shambhala cookie (the recipe is available in the cookbook pictured above!). Gluten free and coated in honey, with nuts and seeds. Energy for my next adventure of the day!

I opted for the valet parking, which was very convenient for me on an unusually rainy Perth morning in the midst of summer. The staff are highly attentive and will literally have your car brought up to you at the front door once you have said your goodbyes.

If you’re thinking of a treat for yourself, I highly recommend going to the Como Shambhala for a very nurturing and unique spa experience.

The nitty gritty:

♥ 75 minute Deep Tissue Massage at Como Shambhala will cost you $165

♥ Valet Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday & only $30 for 4 hours on weekdays. Make the most of the valet for a weekend treatment & book in early!

♥ There are breakfast and lunch options at Post or Petition if you are feeling peckish before or after your treatment.

Have you been to Como Shambhala Urban Retreat? Share your experiences below, or if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment! 🙂

Review by the glorious Kelly-Anne <3

Be well,

xoxo

Perth Health & Wellness Workshops & Events – February 2018 ✨

Good morning! While January coming to a close and February sneaking up fast (how did that happen?!), I wanted to start our new blog series dedicated to sharing all the best health & wellbeing events that are popping up all around Perth each month. Shoot me an email if you’d like to suggest another event! Hope you enjoy xo

End of January!

Sunday 28th January

Journey into the Heart with Stuart Watkins & Sounds of Samadhi – $70

Wednesday 31st January

Let That Sh*t Go: Full Moon Event @ Friday’s Studio – 6:30pm-8:30pm – $57

Friday 2nd February

Beyonce Routines Workshop @ Shemoves Dance Studio – 7pm-9pm – $55

Saturday 3rd February

Beginners Yoga Workshop @ Bloom Yoga Perth – 1:30pm-4:00pm – $49

Reset & Realign with Mandy & Mel @ Twisting Peacock Yoga – 12:30pm-2:30pm – $40

Sunday 4th February

Soul Sparkle Day Retreat – 9am-4pm – $190.10

The Perth Wellness Festival @ Friday’s Studio – 10:30am-5pm – $101

Wednesday 7th February

Transform Your Life Through Movement Workshop @ The Little Shop of Plenty – 6:30pm-8:00pm – $10

Friday 9th February

Yoga, Meditation & Nature Weekend Retreat @ Kookaburra Yoga – Friday to Sunday – starting from $450

Saturday 10th February

Mindset Reset @ The Little Shop of Plenty – 9:30am-11:30am – $49 (includes workbook)

Schweattt Sessions @ City Beach – 8am-12:30pm – from $26.50

Love Yourself Festival @ Perth City Farm – 9am-3pm – FREE entry, small fee for workshops

Sunday 11th February

Couples Tantric Connection Workshop by Soul Sparkle – 10am-12:30pm – $245 per couple

Heart Your Body Retreat @ Friday’s Studio – 10am-2pm – $97

Saturday 17th February

Intro to Plant Based Eating @ The Raw Kitchen – 12:30pm-3:00pm – $125

Food As Medicine Masterclass @ The Raw Kitchen – 4:15pm-6:15pm – $125

Sunday 18th February

Sangha Yoga Festial @ Spanda Yoga School – 8am-6pm – $40

Friday 23rd February

Yallingup Retreat by The Reset: Wellness Retreats – 3 days – from $945

Saturday 24th February

Pranayama + Meditate Workshop @ Blue Lotus Yoga – 10:30am-12:30pm – $45

Sunday 25th February

1-day Silent Yoga & Meditation Retreat @ Spanda Yoga School – 9:30am-3:30pm – $165

Gettin’ Sweaty: A Month of Infrared Sauna Treatments at Kardia Skin & Body (Tuart Hill, Perth)

When I was little, I absolutely LOVED Winter. Give me cloudy, chilly, rainy weather any day and I was happy as a lamb. These days I’m basically cold-blooded and love Summer, sunshine, heaters on at all times, 6 blankets on the bed and 4+ cups of hot tea a day. Bliss.

If this sounds like you, you’re going to love what I share with you next. What if there was a way that you could get ridiculously glowing skin, a little bit of sweaty cardio, a little bit of detox and a lot of delicious toasty warm heat that is doing a tonne of other good things for your body at the same time?

You can! And this is where an Infrared Sauna comes in. For a really quick rundown – an Infrared Sauna is said to heat you up from the body’s core, rather than heat the air around you like a traditional sauna. That’s why the air feels totally different in your Infrared box – it actually feels really gentle and cosy rather than the super intense heat of your gym’s sauna.

A friend introduced me to the owner of a new beauty & skincare clinic in Tuart Hill, Natasha from Kardia Skin & Body, who uses an Infrared Sauna daily and offers sessions in her clinic. Natasha is absolutely stunning & if she says a sauna helps her get that way, then sign me up!

I decided to book in for a month’s worth of sauna treatments, approximately 3-4 per week, and cross my fingers that my skin could look as glowing as Natasha’s after that amount of time. What follows is my week by week account of my road to glow.

Week 1:

I’m sooo excited to be starting my detox, relax & glow program at Kardia tonight! I personally receive SO many benefits from just one session – ultra glowing skin, a deep sense of relaxation & a positive and joyful mindset are my top results! Hoping to multiply these results with ongoing sessions, stay tuned! 💦💕✨

This home salon/wellness studio has to be seen to be believed – absolutely stunning & you feel peaceful as soon as you step inside the doors. There’s soft towels, flowers, Doterra oils, and an amazing filtered & alkalising water machine to keep you hydrated pre & post sauna – loving this!

Week 2:

My body is feeling great after all the sauna sessions so far, another positive benefit is that I’m recovering quicker from my workouts which is a bonus. I can really see how including an infrared sauna as part of my wellness routine could create optimal results.

I accidentally ate some icecream and had a mega breakout – NOOOO! I’m back in the sauna trying to sweat out my sins. Natasha gives me a sample vial of a product that she uses in her facials that should help “dissolve” the zit, I give it a go that night and it definitely helps.

Week 3:

I’ve been busy at work and come down with a cold, I’ve also just been offered a three day juice cleanse with Pure Glow Cleanse. It’s actually the perfect time for this as I don’t feel like eating and hopefully it will enhance the benefits of my saunas! There’s an activated charcoal juice and this is my favourite to drink while sweating it out. It’s so good!

My favourite part of being in the infrared box is after about 10 minutes of relaxing in there, when the sweat starts to kick in and my skin is tinged with a sweaty glow. Love it.

Week 4:

Even my elbow is sweating today.

While this wasn’t something I was looking for, I’ve lost 2 kilos from a combination of travelling recently (Sri Lanka!), saunas, juice cleanse & maybe my cold. I’m looking forward to keeping it off as my stomach is looking pretty flat right now and I feel great.

One of my biggest tips is to keep SUPER hydrated before and after the sauna so you can 1) sweat it out with ease, if you’re not hydrated enough the body will try harder to hold onto the water, 2) replenish the h20 that you lose during the session.

I’ve found my time in the sauna to be, at times, deeply reflective. With nothing but your sweat to keep you company, each new drop seems to bring with it a fresh contemplation: Is “glamping” something I should consider doing? How many frogs live within a 1km radius of my house? How can I figure out and achieve my deepest goals in life? The thoughts are coming thick and fast, with no rhyme or reason to many of them. I let them come and go as they please.

End result?

Toxins begone, glow be mine 😅💦😘 I really saw the compounded benefits after my 4 weeks of session at Kardia, especially when I added on the 3-day cleanse in the middle. I haven’t had any breakouts, my skin is noticeably clearer and glowier despite being sick and I’m feeling FANTASTIC. I would recommend this to anyone.

How many times a week should you go? It really depends on you and your schedule. Basically, the more the merrier and the quicker you’ll get your glowy results. But if all you can squeeze in is once a week or fortnight then you’ll see more gradual benefits.

Lets chat about infrared saunas, have you had one before? Would you like to try it? Leave a comment below!

Sessions provided by Kardia Skin & Body for review consideration. All views are honest & my own.

Be well,

xoxo

Taline Gabrielian’s Secret to Seriously Glowing Skin.

If you haven’t heard of Taline Gabrielian yet, you’re in for a real treat. This gorgeous babe has one of the prettiest Instagram’s I’ve EVER seen, and the best part is it’s all super-healthy food related. Win. From rainbow superfood toasts, star studded rice paper rolls & smoothie bowls to make your mouth water, Taline has got it goin ON. And she’s just released her first recipe book so that us mere food mortals can get in on the brightly coloured superhealth action.

Here are three of Taline’s top tips for looking & feeling your very best – enjoy!

♥ Instagram: @talinegabriel

1. What is your top smoothie recipe for glowing skin?

My fave green smoothie has all that you need for glory skin – lime, avocado, ginger, cucumber and leafy greens. Nourishing, tasty and beauty boosting – the right combination.

♥ Instagram: @talinegabriel

2. You have a SUPER busy day ahead, what meals/morning practices do you make sure to squeeze in so that you can make the most out of your day?

Organisation is key. I will often start with a power smoothie in the morning (my blueberry smoothie is a powerhouse!) to give me energy to get through my day. I pack myself snacks like nuts and fruit or a carrot muffin if I have one on hand. And I often prep ingredients for dinner in the morning so that when I’m home after work, it simply involves a throw together of pre-cut veg. Pre-cooking quinoa or pasta is also really handy.

♥ Instagram: @talinegabrielian

3. How do you wind down after a long day?

I’m all about grazing with my family or besties to wind down and sometimes that will involve some sparkly drinks, olives and my snack platter – which includes some super tasty flax crackers I make (recipe in my new book!) and a variety of colourful dips. Other times, when I want some quiet me-time, it’s a candlelit bath, some loungy tunes and a warming spicy chai latte. My favourite ritual!

Thanks Taline! If you want to find out more you can follow her on Instagram, or check out Hippie Lane – The Cookbook and you’ll be whipping up beautiful and incredibly healthy food in no time!

Be well,

xoxo

Giveaway: Get Glowing Skin With QSilica – 2 x Naturally Clear Skincare Kits Valued at $59.95 Each!

One of my latest skincare obsessions has been the Qsilica Naturally Clear Skin Cleanser, which I’ve been using for about 2 months now. Why do I love it so much? WELL…

♥ It feels really, really good on the skin
♥ It’s non-drying
♥ Leaves skin dewy, hydrated & clear
♥ Smells good
♥ Contains silica, vitamin e & jojoba oil. All skin-loving natural ingredients.

So that you can have the chance to be as in love with this cleanser as me, Wellness WA + Qsilica are giving you the chance to win one of two Naturally Clear Skincare Kits, valued at $59.95 each!!!

These packs contain the Naturally Clear Skin Cleanser, Naturally Clear Skin Support Tablets (vegan!) and the Naturally Clear Spot Gel. Your next breakout wont know what hit it, if you even get one. This is a powerful trio and you’ll be well on your way to your Best. Skin. Ever.

To be in the running all you have to do is leave a comment below with your email address, letting me know why you NEED to try these Qsilica products (and trust me, you do!).

Winners will be announced on Monday the 17th of April. Good luck!

Be well,

Annette

xoxo