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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.

Can Hibiscus Oust Hypertension?

May 30, 2013 1 comment

TeaPut on the kettle! Yes, recent studies show that hibiscus tea can help to lower blood pressure. Published in the Journal of Nutrition (2010), one study showed that those who drank three cups of hibiscus tea had a 7.2 drop in systolic blood pressure. Experts think this might be due to the flavonoids, which can help dilate blood vessels. These results show that it could help to treat those with problems like hypertension.

“About one-third of the weight of a tea leaf is flavonoids, which is high, especially when  you consider that they are accompanied by virtually no calories,” Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Antioxidants Research Laboratory and chair of the Fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health, explains.

To get the most flavonoids from tea, steep in hot water. Cold-brewed tea and powdered mixes generally don’t achieve the same flavonoid levels.

“Although the evidence toward these benefits is promising, more research is needed to determine what dose to take,” Meridan Zerner, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, Registered Dietitian at Cooper Clinic explains. “Medical professionals already know that hibiscus can react with certain drugs and that it isn’t good for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have high blood pressure, check with your doctor prior to taking hibiscus.”

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 67 million American adults (31 percent) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 American adults.

“If we were able to reduce blood pressure just slightly and shift the entire population to a lower blood pressure, that would have a significant impact in terms of reduced numbers of people with hypertension and its consequences for cardiovascular disease,” Blumberg says. “Small, modest, long-term benefits on blood pressure can be very important from the public-health point of view.”

This tasty Hibiscus leaf can often found in many floral tea blends such as Red Zinger. If you need more flavor, add lemon or citrus juice. For more health tips from dietitians at Cooper Clinic, visit our website.

Stay Hydrated This Summer

My Get Cooperized Water Bottle

Summer is officially here. High heat indexes, longer days and hot weather.  Which means it’s extra important to keep your body hydrated and drink water!

Last week I spoke with our Cooper Fit Wellness Coordinator (Cooper Fit is our internal wellness program for Cooper Aerobics teammates) about why water is absolutely essential to the human body’s survival. Here’s a few interesting facts about water:

  • Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation. You’d be surprised how much water affects the way your blood circulates; 8-12 ounces can make an impact within a matter of seconds!
  • Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.
  • Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite. I know I am guilty of thinking I’m hungry, but instead of grabbing a snack I have a glass of water and I am completely satisfied.
  • Most people do not like to fast without food for too long (I tend to snack every 3-4 hours), but a person can actually live for about a month without food. However, you can only make it about a week without water (Warning: Do not test this theory at home!).
  • By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost more than one percent of its total water amount.
  • Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.
  • The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration. Feel free to chug that water come 2 p.m.!
  • Water can lead to increased energy levels.

The daily recommended amount of water a person should consume is eight glasses (eight ounces each) per day, but not all of this water must be consumed in the liquid form. Nearly every food or drink item provides some water to the body. While soft drinks, coffee and tea are almost entirely made up of water, they also contain caffeine, which can act as a mild diuretic, preventing water from traveling to necessary locations in the body.

In my mind, water is one of the most underrated things we have access to. Not only does it benefit our body, it is calorie free, too!

Pick a day this week and count how many glasses of water you drink. If you are reaching your eight glasses, great! If not, try keeping a glass at an arm’s reach and see if that helps.