Posts Tagged ‘Relaxation’

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.

Spa Pedi 1

Triple Soak

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.


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!


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.

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

The Gift of Relaxation and Rejuvenation

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment
Spoil those closest to you this holiday! A Cooper Spa gift card makes a great gift.

Spoil those closest to you this holiday! A Cooper Spa gift card makes the perfect gift.

‘Tis the season to SHOP!

I’m not sure about you, but I have been doing plenty of online shopping this year.  Between wonderfully busy days at work, fun times at home with my kiddo and all of the tedious tasks like laundry, my watch hits 10:00 p.m. way too fast!

I have run across a few family members on my list that should be on a published list of “World’s Hardest to Shop For.”  For those loved ones, I’ve stocked up on gift cards.  Who doesn’t love to be gifted with money to spend somewhere special?  Especially from Cooper Spa.

Thank goodness I can make a quick stop into the Spa and purchase the gift of relaxation and rejuvenation!  Give us a call, go online or swing by so that we can beautifully package your presents for you!  And the best news yet – this year we are giving you an extra voucher for a service or a Beautiful Fit product so that you can spoil yourself, too! We make it easy for you, so you don’t have to think about it twice.

What are you waiting for? Buy your gift card online or call Cooper Spa at 972.392.7729.

Recharging Your Phone

You might be wondering how recharging your cell phone has anything to do with wellness. How long does your phone last off of one charge? 10 hours, one day, a day and a half, two days? Oftentimes it depends on how much you are using it to talk, text or browse the Internet. I know I am guilty of constantly having my nose in my phone. I’m always checking email or scanning through my social media feeds, which requires me to charge my phone at least once a day.

This week I heard something interesting from our Cooper Fit Wellness Coordinator (Cooper Fit is our internal wellness program for Cooper Aerobics teammates). She said to think of our bodies like a cell phone – if we do not properly recharge ourselves we will run out of power! If we only recharge ourselves to the bare minimum then we are not at our fullest potential for the day.

Recharging can come in many forms and fashions and at any time throughout the day. It can come from sleeping, eating well, exercising, allocating some time for yourself, social interaction…the list goes on. It’s all about finding what works best for you and your body. And the way you recharge can vary day-to-day or week-to-week, so long as you actually are recharging.

Coming off of a three-day weekend, I’m sure we could all use a little recharging. So take a moment to think – how are you recharging today?

My Relaxing Afternoon of Aromatherapy

May 10, 2012 1 comment

Cooper Spa Dallas’ Wendy Ruggiero is the expert on aromatherapy with the use of essential oils to help combat stress. She knows how to make your afternoon calm and relaxing.

When it comes to inhalation, Wendy noted that everyone has a different scent preference. She enjoys the earthier, more citrus scents. For both inhalation and skin application, you can also blend favorite scents to find your perfect match.

Here are a few of Wendy’s favorite scents and their therapeutic benefits:

Lavender – Lavender is very versatile and blends well with a variety of other oils. It does well with citrus or floral blends alike. The name Lavender comes from the Latin word, lavare, meaning “to wash.” In ancient times, this was the oil of choice in cleansing wounds and to disinfect and purify the air.

The use of Lavender helps to relive migraines and headaches, nervous tension, insomnia and hypertension. It has a soothing, sedating and balancing effect. Try using Lavender in a bath or with a full-body massage. To help relieve stress, blend Lavendar with Bergamot (more about this scent below).

Chamomile – This oil was not cultivated until the 16th century and probably arrived from Britain. Hieroglyphic records show that Chamomile was used cosmetically for at least 2,000 years.

Chamomile helps to manage allergies, depression symptoms, digestive trouble and high fevers among others. Blend it with Clary Sage, Lavendar and Majoram to enhance sleep or try it in a bath.

Bergamot – Bergamot originates from South East Asia, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. This oil acts as a pain reliever, anxiety reducer, antiseptic and more. It’s thought to be emotionally encouraging and uplifting bringing balance to the spirit.

Peppermint – Peppermint is strongly used as a stimulating, digestive rememdy. It’s also used to lower fevers and to relieve pain.

Clary Sage – This oil is believed to be euphoric and calming. People use it as an antidepressant, antiseptic, deodorant and sedative.

Marjoram – Marjoram is a warming and calming oil that is known to relieve anxiety and stress. It’s also great for muscle aches and pains as well as digestive issues and stomach cramps.

Wendy offers aromatherapy massage courses and is able to educate anyone on the popular practice. If that isn’t enough greatness, Cooper Spa Dallas offers massages and aromatherapy blends for topical and aromatic needs.

Tips From Our Experts: Sleep Well This Holiday Season

The holiday season is here! Festive decorations, sparkling lights and baked goodies, the holidays are time of joy and excitement. But it may come at a price: your sleep. Around this time of year busier days and longer “to do” lists can keep our bodies and minds going non-stop, often making it difficult to relax and fall asleep. We asked some of our resident experts at Cooper Aerobics for their tips on how to keep your holiday nights full of zzz’s.

Carolyn Terry, MD
Internal and Preventive Medicine Physician, Cooper Clinic
1. Avoid eating a big meal too close to bedtime. This may trigger acid reflux and heartburn symptoms and that will keep you up for hours.
2. Keep exercising through the holidays! Everyone is busy running around trying to complete their holiday shopping, participating in holiday activities, etc. and it can be easy to excuse yourself from your usual fitness routine. Don’t! Consistent exercise is one of the best natural remedies to insomnia and sleep disturbances.

Meridan Zerner

Registered Dietitian, Cooper Clinic Nutrition Department
1. My favorite mantra is “Take a walk, take a breath, take a break” – all three things lend themselves to better sleep by relaxing the body and the brain.
2. Be mindful of the timing of your caffeine. It has a 12 hour half life, so that espresso in the afternoon will make it really hard to get a good, restorative night of sleep.

Carla Sottovia, PhD
CooperPT Mentorship Developer and Director
Director of Fitness and Personal Training Education, Cooper Fitness Center 
1. Meditate before going to bed. Sit Indian style, close your eyes, relax your hands and perform five minutes of diaphragmatic breathing (take in air through your nose, letting your diaphragm expand, and exhale through your mouth). Let your mind travel through your favorite places.
2. Stretch before going to bed. Lie down on your back, bring your knees to chest, hug knees and hold position for 60 seconds. Take deep breaths in and out at a slow pace.

Colleen Loveland

Registered Dietitian, Cooper Clinic Nutrition Department
1. Try not to go to bed either hungry or stuffed, as discomfort will keep you awake.
2. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine is a stimulant and can disrupt quality sleep.  Alcohol may make you drowsy and tired at first, but usually ends up interrupting good sleep.

Mary Edwards
Director of Fitness, Professional Fitness Trainer, Cooper Fitness Center 
Find activities that are calming, not stimulating, to engage in an hour or two before going to sleep. Turn off the cell phone, computer and TV! Instead, try taking a hot bath or reading a good book.

Wendy Ruggerio
Massage Therapist, Cooper Spa 
Aromatherapy is my go to answer – it works quickly and it’s natural. Most stress related sleeping issues respond well to aromatherapy. Lavender has sedative-like qualities and is calming, soothing and balancing. Use a few drops in bath water (no more than 30 drops), spray on your pillow or on a cotton ball/pad and place in pillow case. I have found it lengthens my sleep time, I feel I reach a deeper sleep and I wake up feeling refreshed.