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Scrub Away Winter with a Chocolate Petal Pedicure

February 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Indulge with our seasonal Chocolate Petal Pedicure now through April 15 at Cooper Spa Dallas.

Looking for the perfect winter escape? Make an appointment at Cooper Spa for the Chocolate Petal Pedicure. It’s nice to get away when time allows, but you don’t have to travel far to experience a nourishing soak with petals, vanilla scrub and a rich chocolate mask. Cooper Spa’s Seasonal Service is the perfect cure for those winter blues. Take a moment to indulge…

The tranquil lighting and plush furniture will help you unwind before your appointment. The hour-long treatment begins with a relaxing footbath to allow your feet to soak with soothing rose and lavender petals. The manicurists will awaken your senses with the vanilla sugar scrub to slough away any winter dryness and treat you to the hydrating chocolate mask. Your skin has time to absorb the mask while your feet are wrapped in warm towels. The warm marshmallow butter melt will moisturize chapped, winter skin and soften feet leaving an immediate glow. Top it off with the perfect polish (Cooper Spa has many to choose from).

Want to try it for yourself? The service is available for $65 until April 15. From now through Feb. 14, for each $300 gift card purchase, receive a luxury Cooper Spa light-weight robe, while supplies last. If you’re in the Dallas area, head to cooperspa.com/Dallas to book an appointment or call 972.392.7729. Otherwise, you can always shop the Beautiful Fit products and have them shipped to your door.

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

Host a Stress-Free Holiday Party

December 12, 2014 Leave a comment

With the holiday season comes the joy of entertaining and the stress of planning the perfect holiday party. The Cooper Hotel Event Team offers useful advice on how to throw a stress-free party this year.

Be of good cheer. Avoid financial woes and stress  by developing a budget. Set a specific dollar amount for how much you are going to spend throughout the holiday season. Remember, your financial situation may be different than your peers, so plan accordingly on how much you can spend on everything from food to your party outfit.

Make your guest list and check it twice. Before you begin to plan the party elements, sit down and take time to make your guest list. As you are deciding on a specific number of people to invite, consider the following questions:

  • How will the number of guests impact my budget?
  • Will my party space fit this many people?
  • Will I need to order additional seating, food or favors?
  • Are children invited to attend?

Once you answer these questions, you should have a better understanding on how many guests to invite.

Deck the hall with boughs of holly. You can create a pleasant ambience by hosting a themed-party or by using holiday décor throughout your house. Follow these trustworthy event planning tips at your next party:

  • Lighting and music are essential elements to set the mood at your party. For a more formal look, you can use lights and candles to light the room. You can also play holiday music to help set the tone.
  • Set up tables in separate rooms of your house. This will allow for your guests to move around and have more space in each area.
  • If you are looking to create your own holiday decorations, try placing the head of your favorite holiday flower in a bowl of water. You can also use websites like Pinterest to find fun, cost-effective decor ideas.

From casual wear to black-tie, give your guests an idea of the appropriate attire for the event. As a courtesy, you should include this information on your party invitation.

Don’t be dashing through your home! While you are planning all of the party festivities, it’s easy to forget the little things  you need at the party. As you begin to plan, write down all of the items and to-dos on one list, so you can confirm you have everything you need ahead of the party.

If children are attending the party, make sure you “kid-proof” your house to avoid any accidents. Remove breakable items that people can easily knock over or run into. You can also purchase a kid-friendly movie or game to keep the kids occupied. This can help make the party more enjoyable for your other guests.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That includes for tasty, holiday food! As you invite your guests, it’s important to note if any of your guests have food allergies. From gluten intolerance to nut allergies, make sure you plan your menu accordingly, so everyone can enjoy the party and the food.

  • If your party is informal and you are preparing the food, ask guests to bring their favorite holiday dishes to alleviate the burden of cooking all of the dishes by yourself. Give your guests ideas on what they can bring upfront so there are a variety of dishes at the party.
  • In the event of leftovers, you can box up festive to-go boxes for your guests. This is a nice gesture and also saves you the temptation of eating extra calories after the party.

Follow these tips to help ensure you have a successful, stress-free party.  Enjoy those around you and remember the true meaning of the season.

Do you have out-of-town guests who need a place to stay?  Call 972.386.0306 today to book their stay at Cooper Hotel!

Preparing for Pampering

November 17, 2014 Leave a comment

With all-natural ingredients like lemon, Madagascar cinnamon and coffee, enjoy this detoxifying and firming treatment leaving skin firm and bright. Espresso Limon Cellulite Reducing Cocoon available until Nov 30.

If it’s your first spa treatment or not, it’s always a good reminder to prepare your body before receiving a spa treatment. To get the most value out of your service and to help manage your stress during the busy holiday season, Cooper Spa shares pre-massage tips with you!

  1. Use the sauna or steam room prior to treatment, if current health isn’t a restriction. The time that a massage therapist will typically spend warming up your body will be better utilized to work on any particular issues you’d like addressed. The heat also increases blood flow and will aide in the recovery from a deep tissue or fitness massage.
  2. Drink plenty of water, before and after treatment. A hydrated body is a healthy body, particularly for a massage.  You can imagine how much fluid is moved around with the various massage techniques and drinking water is the best way to expel any waste that results from that movement.
  3. Speak up. This is your service and your massage therapist is there to cater to your needs. Don’t be shy if you want less pressure, or more.  And make sure your licensed massage therapist knows about any health matters–it makes  a difference in keeping you comfortable and safe.
  4. Take your time. We certainly want our guests to use our beautifully-renovated locker rooms in Cooper Fitness Center as part of the treatment process. Plan ahead and arrive 20-30 minutes early to take advantage of this unique facility offering.  If you are having 2 or more services or would like information about a guest pass to use the fitness equipment or outdoor track, please ask a teammate (employee) of Cooper Spa.
  5. Go slow after a massage. You won’t want to rush around as your body is in a more relaxed state. Feel free to have a seat with us and don’t feel like you have to leave right away. We enjoy your company.

This holiday season, enjoy seasonal services at Cooper Spa Dallas. For fall, try the Honey Graham Cracker Pedicure or the Espresso Limón Cellulite Reduce Cocoon through Nov. 30. Need a gift for the holiday season? Starting today through December 24, purchase a $300 Cooper Spa gift card and receive a $40 voucher. Look for new seasonal services on Dec. 1!

To book your appointment, call 972.392.7729 or complete the online appointment request.

Eating Well in College

Eating healthfully at college may seem like an impossible task but with the right knowledge and resources it can be done. Often times, students don’t focus on their diet with all the excitement that goes with leaving home for college and gaining new independence.

One of the things you can avoid is the dreaded “Freshman 15.” It’s pretty common for students to pack on pounds, especially that first year. Like a kid in a candy store, you are introduced to large amounts of ready-to-eat food available 24 hours a day. To avoid weight gain, try these tips:

  1. Put yourself on a schedule. Eating every 3-5 hours during the day makes it easier to avoid the out-of-control eating when hunger hits.
  2. Watch the grazing. Be sure to eat your balanced meals and planned snacks so the calories are better controlled.
  3. Include breakfast daily. Eat within an hour of waking to boost your metabolism and help control indulging late in the day. (Note: Breakfast recipes from Cooper Clinic)
  4. Be aware of non-hunger cues that make you want to eat. Food can be a great comfort for emotions and used for: coping, celebrating, relaxing, procrastinating and a part of socializing. Make sure you sit down and focus on eating rather than eating while doing other tasks. Mindless eating can lead to extra calories.
  5. Pay attention to the calories in alcohol which can lead to weight gain. It’s not only the empty calories from alcohol but also the munchies that often accompany drinking contribute to weight gain. Never drink on an empty stomach alternate each caloric beverage with water or seltzer and dilute the drink with water. Don’t forget, it’s always acceptable to decline a drink.

You can learn more about nutrition to make smarter choices to fuel your body for your college experience. Before you leave home, visit a nutrition expert at Cooper Clinic to learn the nutrition basics. Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists can arm you with tools to balance your meals and snacks, choose appropriate portions, navigate social eating situations and make it easy to enjoy a healthy lifestyle during college and for years to come.

For more information about nutrition consultations at Cooper Clinic, click here or call 972-560-2655.

Post provided by Colleen Loveland, MS, RDN, LD, CDE

What to Eat for Better Sleep

Research shows that sleep deprivation slows the metabolism, makes weight loss difficult and is an additional stressor on the body.

Research shows that sleep deprivation slows the metabolism, makes weight loss difficult and is an additional stressor on the body.

Did you know that what you eat can affect your sleep? There are certain foods that can improve your sleep and others that can disrupt your sleep. Let’s look at how to eat better to get a good night’s rest.

Research has shown that people who reported sleeping less than five hours a night consume more calories than those who slept more than seven hours. Other studies have suggested that sleep deprivation interferes with the hunger and satiety signals. People who don’t get enough sleep may have an imbalance of these hormones, putting them at greater risk for health problems including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and depression. Getting your z’s really does impact your health!

Foods that Improve Sleep

  • Foods with tryptophan. Tryptophan is a sleep-promoting amino acid substance. You may have heard that turkey makes us drowsy because of the tryptophan, however this may not be the case. Mostly carbohydrate foods with tryptophan cause sleepiness (turkey and animal-based proteins do not contain carbohydrates). Good sources of tryptophan include dairy, nuts and seeds, bananas and honey.
  • Combining carbohydrates with dairy. Pair dairy sources with carbohydrate-rich foods to increase blood levels of tryptophan. Try yogurt and whole grain crackers, a small bowl of fiber-rich cereal and fat free milk, or a slice of whole wheat bread and low-fat cheese.
  • Light bedtime snack. This may contradict the unwritten “rule” of not eating before bedtime, however if you have trouble sleeping, there’s truth in eating a light bite to help you fall asleep. Remember to keep it small and light. A heavy snack will make your digestive system run on overtime, hindering sleep.
  • Herbal teas. These can have a sedative affect. Pour yourself a warm cup of chamomile, passion flower tea or valerian as a calming routine at night.

Foods that Hinder Sleep

  • Heavy dinner meal. Overeating at night causes a lot of strain on your digestive system that interferes with sleep. Eating late may also cause you to have heartburn. Try to finish your meal at least three hours before bedtime.
  • Alcohol. Although a few drinks may help you fall asleep, too much will disrupt the important REM “restorative” sleep cycle. Alcohol can cause your blood sugar to drop and wake you up in the middle of the night.
  • High tyramine foods. Avoid pork, chocolate and wine before bedtime because they contain the amino acid tyramine. Tyramine converts to noradrenaline, a brain stimulant.
  • Excess protein. Protein-rich foods that are also high in fat are harder to digest than carbohydrates and can make it more difficult to sleep.
  • High-fat foods and spicy foods. A high-fat meal and spicy foods can disrupt your sleep so skip the fried, rich and spicy foods, especially at night.
  • Hidden caffeine. Even moderate amounts of caffeine can disrupt sleep. Don’t forget less obvious sources in chocolate, soda and even decaf coffee. Cut the caffeine at least four to six hours prior to bedtime. Beware of some over-the-counter headache and cold medicines that may contain caffeine, too.
  • Excess water. Cut off drinking water and other fluids a few hours before bedtime. Drinking too much late at night may interrupt your sleep if it causes you to get up and use the restroom often.

Better sleep “hygiene” is possible with a few tweaks to your diet routine. Test them out and see if you can get a better night’s sleep!

For more information on Nutrition consultations at Cooper Clinic for you and your family click here or call 972.560.2655.

50 Fittest Companies

April 28, 2014 2 comments

Congratulations to National Instruments, Chick-fil-A and Devon Energy for making it in the 50 Fittest Companies by The Active Times. Why is it that we are so proud of these three? As clients of Cooper Wellness Strategies, we help implement their worksite wellness programs by managing their fitness centers. The Active Times created this list to recognize companies that offer their employees ‘the biggest and best opportunities to embrace fitness and health.’ This list covers many industries, environments and areas of the country. See what The Active Times wrote about our top three.

#2 National Instruments

National Instruments (NI) has been putting tools in the hands of scientists, engineers and innovators since 1976. They’ve found the secret to success lies within the health and well-being of their employees. To help their employees stay fit, NI has a professionally managed on-site fitness center [managed by Cooper Wellness Strategies]. The gym is staffed with a physician, a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and support staff. It is open 24 hours, seven days a week and stocked with equipment. In addition to the fitness center, NI offers wellness programs and a great benefits package, but they had us at the 24-hour fitness center.

#22 Chick-fil-A

Fast food and fitness don’t normally go hand in hand, but with a wooded 73-acre, Atlanta-based corporate campus complete with an on-site wellness center [managed by Cooper Wellness Strategies] (featuring everything from free weights to cardio machines and even a volleyball court), a cafeteria with a salad bar that’s free to all employees every day, and flexible schedules that allow for exercise breaks (like a run through one of the campus’ scenic trails) during the workday, including Chick-fil-A on our list was basically a no-brainer.

#41 Devon Energy

Devon Energy, an oil and gas producing company, keeps employees refreshed in an unconventional way. They offer employees a flexible work schedule that would give them every other Friday off if they opt to work an extra hour each day. Devon employees also benefit from on-site fitness centers [managed by Cooper Wellness Strategies].

To calculate this list, The Active Times complied data about the best places to work in the U.S. from expert lists including CNN Money, Business Insider, Glass Door and Forbes. Great job to National Instruments, Chick-fil-A and Devon Energy!

Learn more about the companies we work with and the services we provide through Cooper Wellness Strategies.

Expecting the Best at Cooper Spa

In just a few days, my due date will be here and I’m truly Expecting the Best with our second child—a girl! As the Director of Cooper Spa, Dallas, I thought it was the perfect time to experience our Expecting the Best package. I must say that if you are pregnant or know someone who is, this is a real treat. Carrying such a precious gift is truly a miracle, but it sure can tweak some muscles and cause some discomfort.

Happy Easter from the Carrolls!

Massage
With this pregnancy, I’ve had some upper back issues so the 50-Minute Pregancy Massage was just what I needed. The massage therapist worked her magic! I felt some relief immediately after the massage. Enough to know that I had waited too long for that healing touch.

Our Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage relieves stress through the use of massage, specialty contoured body pillows, soft music and aromatherapy. Improved circulation and diminished back and hip pain are benefits of this unique therapy for pregnant women. Postpartum massage can help tone and restore a new mother’s body to its prepregnancy condition and alleviate muscle strain and soreness.

Facial
Next up, my facial. The Eminence® Organic Customized Facial at Cooper Spa is one of my favorite services, regardless of being pregnant or not. The sensory experience is as enjoyable as the focused touch to my skin—lemon, strawberry, pineapple, hydrating stone crop… amazing! A little secret, I would bathe in SkinCeuticals® products if I could. And since my favorite SkinCeuticals Retinol product isn’t pregnancy-friendly, my skin has been ho-hum since day one of finding out ‘Little Miss’ was on her way. After adding in an eye brow wax, because who doesn’t want well-shaped brows in the delivery room, my skin was glowing! There is nothing like having a sense of circulation back in my face.

Pedicure
Finally after really having a wonderful time, I dipped my exhausted feet into that warm, soothing, cleansing pedicure bath. A little scrub here (and a very light rub there), then one of Cooper Spa’s skilled technicians added a pretty pink polish. These tired girls were suddenly feeling the love they were asking for. I suddenly wished I had been better about taking advantage of these services sooner.

But now that I have, I hope you’ll come try them soon or send your loved ones this way—we can take care of their every need! If you’re pregnant, it is always best to consult your physician prior to having spa services.

And remember Mother’s Day is May 11. Now through May 11, purchase a $250 gift card and receive a full-size gym bag complete with a 3-day Cooper Fitness Center guest pass*. As an added bonus, our Spa clients always enjoy complimentary childcare during any spa treatment.

Purchase a gift card or book an appointment today!

*Promotion available only for in-store purchases. Bag color will vary and while supplies last.