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A Summertime Treat[ment] You Can’t Live Without

The summer season is finally upon us, which calls for long days, hot weather and relaxing by the pool–but are your feet ready? If the answer is no, “what in the world?” or anything in-between, Cooper Spa Dallas is a must stop for you this summer. The seasonal Lemongrass Ginger Pedicure is designed to rejuvenate your feet, leaving them with the ideal summer glow throughout sandal season!

As this summer’s marketing intern at Cooper Aerobics, I jumped at the chance to experience and write about Cooper Spa’s seasonal pedicure. I assumed I would get a run-of-the-mill pedicure instead, I received a relaxing full-body experience that left me ready to soak up the summer sun–and treat myself to some new sandals (but don’t tell my parents).

Containing healthy properties for the skin, lemongrass is a natural toner and is known to soothe irritation and strengthen your skin tissue. These properties combined with the refreshing Qtica products used by Cooper Spa causes a lemongrass ginger scent to fill the air in the salon area–cleansing your senses and leaving them revitalized and ready to beat the summer heat.

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Marcia, my nail technician, began soaking my feet in a warm lemongrass ginger triple fresh soak. She applied a gentle sugar scrub, exfoliating my legs and feet, after removing my previous polish, which has been there for an embarrassing length of time. The clean scent cleared my senses, and relaxed me from head to toe.

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The callus remover and pedi file came next, which is normally torture for my sensitive and ticklish feet but ended up being a therapeutic break from the bustling week of my brother’s wedding and back-to-back graduations I had endured at the beginning of the summer. The cuticle work came next–cuticle remover and oil–followed by a lemongrass moisture mask.

I know what you must be thinking, “a mask for your feet?” Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I thought the same thing. My doubts ended when Marcia covered my entire right leg up to my knee then my left, wrapped them in warm towels and let the mask do its work. When the towels were removed and the mask was wiped away, my legs and feet never looked so hydrated and healthy!

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A wave of relaxation hit me as Marcia removed the mask and replaced it with lotion accompanied by a soothing massage. The light yet intentional pressure released more tension. As the leg and foot massage ended, Marcia applied the Zoya nail polish named Joey, a light pink shade of polish I had chosen at the beginning of my treatment. I was immediately drawn to this shade because it was the perfect color to compliment my summer glow.

At the end of the treatment ended, my toenails perfect for sandal season and I felt ready to take on the summer. You too can be the envy at every summer pool party when you treat yourself to a 60-minute lemongrass ginger pedicure to achieve healthy, hydrated and glowing feet.

I can only hope my senior year at the University of Oklahoma will be as relaxing as the summer seasonal pedicure, but I have a feeling that football season will be a bit more stressful.

Enroll in Spa Rewards and start earning perks today—rewards can be used toward spa services, exclusive offers and more! Learn more at cooperspa.com/Rewards.

Blog provided by Afton Guedea, Cooper Aerobics Marketing intern and student at the University of Oklahoma.

Smoother Skin for Spring with Cooper Spa Dallas

Is your skin looking a bit tired and dull? If so, a body treatment may be the solution. Cooper Spa shares tips for selecting the best body treatment for your body’s needs.

Body treatments are a great way to revitalize your skin and give you a healthy glow. The treatment dates back to Roman times. The focus of a body treatment is buffing away dryness on particularly rough parts of your body, such as elbows, knees, ankles and heels.  However, along with soothing the skin, body treatments have many added benefits.

Body scrubs are made up of salt, sugar, and yes, even dried fruit. So, how do you know which scrub is best for your needs?

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Salt based scrubs: Salt based scrubs are known for their healing properties and can be beneficial for those suffering from arthritis or sore muscles. The chemicals in salt are absorbed by the skin to help reduce inflammation. Those same chemicals also re-mineralize the skin and give it a healthy glow. If healing properties are what you’re looking for, try Cooper Spa’s Detoxification Body Wrap or Fit Body Scrub  to stimulate your body and leave you with a more youthful appearance. The detoxification wrap is also great for those who are jet-lagged, starting a weight loss or smoking cessation program, or who are looking for an overall body cleanse.

 

Sugar based scrubs: Sugar is a natural antiseptic, which is why sugar based scrubs are another great choice for healing. Sugar is also a humectant, which means it draws in moisture from the environment, locking it into your skin for added hydration. The scrub contains glycolic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid, which helps exfoliate dead skin. The enticing aroma of Cooper Spa’s Harmonic Lavender treatment is 80 minutes of pure bliss, and will leave your skin looking and feeling refreshed.

Dried fruit based scrub: Using dried fruit for a body treatment may seem a bit odd, but a dried fruit based scrub can actually help refine the texture of your skin. The natural occurring enzymes and antioxidants not only buff away dead skin, but have brightening and anti-aging benefits. A client favorite, Cooper Spa’s Ultimate Hydration Ritual,  is an orange peel based scrub that sloughs away dead skin, while the honey in the blend seals in the moisture. This body treatment will leave your skin noticeably smoother and hydrated.

  • Looking to amp up your skin before pool season? Every Cooper Spa exfoliating Body Treatment begins with an all over body scrub focusing on elbows, knees, ankles and shoulders. The exfoliation treatment is followed by a 50-minute massage to re-moisturize and revitalize your skin. These soothing treatments not only enhance the look and feel of your skin, they also leave you feeling relaxed and renewed.

Cooper Spa’s highly trained massage therapists recommend a body scrub once a month or at the start of a new season. With spring right around the corner, we say, your time is now!

Visit Cooper Spa Dallas to learn more about the body treatments offered or to book your appointment.

Treat Your Feet to a Watermelon Basil Pedicure at Cooper Spa

A relaxing and rejuvenating pedicure is waiting for you at Cooper Spa Dallas. Sandal season is still in full swing, which makes it the perfect time to treat your feet to our seasonal Watermelon Basil Pedicure. This Cooper Spa Dallas Seasonal Special is an ideal way to beat the heat and indulge in our summer time service.

The Watermelon Basil Pedicure begins by soaking the feet in a soothing powder bath. A watermelon basil scrub is then applied to the feet and legs; a wonderful savory fragrance fills the room. Marcia, my nail technician, does an amazing job gently rubbing the feet and legs to massage and exfoliate with the scrub. As the scrub is lightly rinsed and the aroma of watermelon and basil still lingers, the cuticles are treated, then the final step includes nails are buffed and coated with oil.

Once the cuticle and nail work is complete, the honey heel glaze is applied to the feet and ankles. It smells so good you might be tempted to sneak a taste! While the honey heel glaze moisturizes the feet are gently wrapped in hot towels and left to further absorb the conditioning serum for an additional five minutes. After the glaze is rinsed, a Whoopie Shea Butter cream is used to massage the tip of the toes to below the knees. Applying the Whoopie Shea Butter cream leaves the legs and feet deeply moisturized and smelling delightful for hours. This foot massage leaves you feeling tranquil and recharged. Marcia completes the treatment by perfectly applying your choice of a bright and summery polish.

If the seasonal Watermelon Basil Pedicure sounds like the perfect summer treatment, make your way to Cooper Spa Dallas for 60 minutes of pampering bliss. This treatment is available now through August 31. Come in, call us at 972.392.7729 or book an appointment online. Visit Cooper Spa Dallas for select services in August and receive a complimentary upgrade. Throughout the month of August, Summer Complements offers clients:

  • A free brow wax with the purchase of a Beautiful Fit or Skinceutical facial
  • A free restorative cuticle oil treatment for the hands with the purchase of any 60-minute pedicure
  • A free hydrating hair treatment with the purchase of any body scrub or wrap

Enroll in Spa Rewards and start earning perks today – rewards can be used towards spa services, exclusive offers and more! Learn more at cooperspa.com/Rewards.

10 Reasons Why Female Focus Benefits Women’s Health

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Since 2006, hundreds of women each year have participated in more than 3,000 Female Focus classes, a science-based small group training program designed to help women exercise to gain strength as they manage diseases such as osteoporosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The women who have participated in Female Focus throughout the past 10 years listed the top 10 reasons why the program has benefitted both their physical and mental health:

  1. A sense of accountability to health and fitness and provides motivation to work harder both in and outside of class
  2. Camaraderie and support of women going through similar challenges and life experiences
  3. Personal attention from Colette Cole, the director of the program, and other trainers – staff expertise and experience is unmatched
  4. Improved overall strength, posture, balance, mobility, endurance, functional movement and daily activity movement
  5. Weight loss and maintenance
  6. Enjoyment from a variety of fun workouts
  7. Reduction of injury risk and attention to detail regarding training for specific injuries
  8. Sessions are personalized for both exercise and nutrition
  9. Focus on specific women’s health issues, including improvement of bone density
  10. Stress reduction

The program is based on materials and research from Women’s Health and Fitness Guide written by Michele Kettles, MD, MSPH, Chief Medical Officer of Cooper Clinic, and Colette Cole, MS, Cooper Fitness Center Female Focus Director and Professional Fitness Trainer. Under Colette’s guidance, participants learn how to overcome physical and mental challenges that are often a side effect of health issues.

In addition to learning and growing stronger physically, many of the women are drawn to the program because of the bonds they form with each other. Many are going through similar life changes, such as kids going off to college or becoming caretakers of aging parents. They also face similar challenges and are working toward similar goals – to be healthier and happier.

Dr. Jill Ombrello has participated in Female Focus for the past three years. She joined the program because she wanted the accountability of a scheduled and customized workout. However, she had no idea how many additional benefits she would receive as a result.

“Not only did I gain accountability, but I also joined a community of women looking to improve their health in the same ways as me. We are not equally strong or flexible, but Collette creates a different, unique and interesting workout for us every time we attend. In a society where many women are often competing with one another, Colette has created a unique environment where we all feel supported and pushed to achieve greatness.”

For more information about the Female Focus program, visit cooperfitfemale.com.

Spring Skincare Tips from Cooper Spa Dallas

March 21, 2016 1 comment

Spring is here! As the seasons change, so should your skincare routine. Cooper Spa Dallas Manager Lisa Boyle shares skincare recommendations to implement for healthy, radiant skin this spring.Facial_CooperSpa_SDIL8670-Edit

Year-round exfoliation is ideal, but spring is a great time for a chemical facial peel. Spring peels can help shed dry winter skin caused by cold temperatures and brighten complexions for spring.

What is a chemical facial peel? A chemical facial peel is an exfoliating agent that typically contains alpha hydroxy acids and/or beta hydroxy acids. Acids break down the bond between healthy and dead skin cells, allowing the dead cells to shed.

Today’s chemical exfoliators are used in a controlled manner and provide a safe method for revealing healthy and renewed skin. Chemical peels (which typically do not have “down time” if received in a spa setting) can make skin smoother, help fade brown spots and improve uneven skin tone from sun damage. Overall, peels enhance the surface of the skin, allowing it to look brighter and younger. Having regular peels every 6-8 weeks will lead to collagen stimulation, healthy skin cell turnover and improve the appearance of wrinkles. Cooper Spa’s Glycolic Peel by SkinCeuticals will complement any Cooper Spa facial and can accommodate all skin types.

Is it preventive? Yes. Removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin can help the skin continue renewing itself regularly, thus keeping its barrier function strong. A strong barrier function helps to defend against environmental stressors. Daily use of sunscreen is a must when using chemical exfoliators. As we know, the UV rays from the sun can cause premature aging and skin cancer.

How often should you do a chemical peel? A six-week series of glycolic peels is ideal to reach desired results with regular at-home maintenance as recommended by your Cooper Spa Dallas esthetician. Medical grade chemical peels are available at Cooper Clinic Dermatology, where one of our four board certified dermatologists will customize a treatment plan.  A medium-depth chemical peel is often recommended to improve overall texture and skin glow, in addition to treating pre-cancers and reversing photo damage. A chemical peel is a popular revitalizing treatment to regain a fresher, healthier and younger-looking complexion.

For daily skincare, follow these simple steps:

  • Cleanse – Clean skin daily twice daily (morning and night) to keep skin clear and remove debris, oil and makeup.
  • Exfoliate – Use a scrub or daily at-home peel to remove dead skin cells for healthy skin cell turnover. Over the counter exfoliators are not as strong as those given in the professional setting but are needed for maintenance.
  • Tone – Restore the pH balance of skin and remove residue from cleanser.
  • Moisturize (sunscreen) – Keep skin moist and always, always use SPF during the day! It’s a good idea to find a combination moisturizer with sunscreen of at least 30 SPF.

Visit Cooper Spa Dallas to learn more about skincare and what is best for you. Book an appointment with an esthetician for a consultation, facial and an introduction to our recommended product lines: SkinCeuticals, Dermalogica and Éminence Organic Skin Care.

Indulge in Cooper Spa’s Seasonal Special – Hot Chocolate Pedicure

December 22, 2015 Leave a comment

An indulgent winter pedicure is in store for you at Cooper Spa Dallas.  Even though it may be cold outside, you still want to keep your feet looking and feeling their best – whether it’s for holiday parties, sitting by the fire or to rejuvenate your feet to get you through that last-minute gift shopping! This luxurious seasonal Hot Chocolate Pedicure is designed to relieve muscle tension, improve circulation and hydrate and nourish the skin.

The Hot Chocolate Pedicure experience begins with a rich Dove Hot Chocolate beverage to sweeten your relaxation while your feet soak in a warm milk foot bath. A sweet cream fine body sugar scrub is applied to gently exfoliate for smooth and radiant skin. Marcia has the perfect touch with the pedicure file – there was no tickling at all!

After some cuticle work, buffing of the nails and cuticle oil, it’s time for the indulgent chocolate mask, which is applied all over the feet and legs up to the knees to soften the skin. This chocolate mask looks and smells good enough to eat! Legs and feet are gently wrapped in warm towels for five minutes for skin to absorb the benefits of this therapeutic facial for the lower legs.

Legs and feet are rinsed clean after soaking up the revitalizing effects of the chocolate mask. A soothing massage with Sweet Cream Body Milk lotion follows. Marcia finished the extravagant treatment with the perfect application of polish in Christmas red, of course.

If you want to experience the Hot Chocolate Pedicure for yourself, this 60 minute pampering treatment is available at Cooper Spa Dallas for $68 through February 29, 2016. Additionally, Cooper Spa is offering a seasonal special for a Frozen Berry Facial by Eminence, a 75-minute service that will rejuvenate your complexion by exfoliation and activation of the skin’s renewal process with active ingredients found in the Eminence Arctic Berry system.

There’s still time to purchase a Cooper Spa gift card for that special someone for the holidays. Through December 24, you will receive a $40 voucher for each $300 Cooper Spa gift card purchased at our Dallas location. Come in, call us at 972.392.7729 or visit cooperspa.com/Holiday to purchase your gift card today.

Enroll in Spa Rewards and start earning perks today—rewards can be used toward spa services, exclusive offers and more! Learn more at cooperspa.com/Rewards.

Stress Less Before the Holiday Season

October 20, 2015 Leave a comment

BlogStressFinalAs one of the busiest times of the year quickly approaches, many people begin to feel the effects of both personal and professional pressures. These causes of stress can be harmful to your health if not managed properly. Acute stress is short and intense in duration and impacts the central nervous system. Chronic stress lasts longer than 20 minutes and impacts the endocrine (hormonal) system. The human body is only designed to respond to acute stress – this is your “fight or flight” response. The body is not programmed to combat chronic stress, which is why those experiencing chronic stress often present health issues. Did you know…

  • 1/3 of people in the U.S. report experiencing extreme levels of stress
  • 1/5 report that they are experiencing high levels of stress 15 or more days per month
  • Stress keeps more than 40 percent of adults lying awake at night, according to American Psychological Association’s 2012 Stress in America™ survey

“Stress is part of life,” says Kenneth Cooper, MD, MPH, Founder and Chairman of Cooper Aerobics. Stress can increase your chance of suffering a heart attack and pose a serious threat to your health. But, “it’s not stress that kills, it’s the way you handle it,” Dr. Cooper notes.

Managing stress effectively can take many forms. It has been proven that a single session of 25-60 minutes of aerobic exercise increases positive mood feelings while also decreasing negative mood feelings. Additionally, eating healthy and nutritious foods can boost serotonin (the “happiness hormone”), folic acid and vitamins D and C. Taking time to breathe deeply, enjoy nature and go on vacation are other ways to combat the negative effects of stress.

Think you’ve got stress management down pat? Take our stress management quiz to find out!

  1. Can you identify the term referencing the science of laughter?
    a. Gelotology
    b. Laughotology
    c. Humorology
    d. Comedicology
  1. How can laughter and humor be beneficial to your health?
    a.They can decrease stress
    b. Laughter has some similarities to a brief workout (called “internal jogging”)
    c. Humor can help put your problems into a different perspective
    d. All of the above
  1. How can frequent or over-reactive anger be harmful to your health?
    a. “Anger-in” (internalized anger) can increase blood pressure and heart rate
    b. “Anger-out” (externalized anger) can damage relationships and social support, which are important stress buffers
    c. Both A and B
    d. Over-reactive anger can make you paranoid and anxious
  1. True or False? Being married is an important stress buffer.
  1. What is the term used when you experience too much stress?
    a. Overworked
    b. Distress
    c. Struggling
    d. Eustress

Answers: 1. A; 2. D; 3. C; 4. False: Not necessarily! A happy marriage is a great stress buffer, but being single is healthier than a bad marriage, which can increase unhealthy stress.; 5. B