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Your Lavender Escape Awaits

Lavender spa products with dried lavender flowers on a wooden table.

Melt your stress away with one of Cooper Spa’s new Harmonic Lavender services. The soft ambient music, exceptionally clean workstations and complimentary robe and slippers provide a relaxing atmosphere you won’t want to leave. With spa professionals expertly trained and guiding you through every step of the process, nothing unwanted goes on your skin or nails. You’ll leave your service with a relaxed mind and body and nails in the best condition they’ve ever been.

Harmonic Lavender Pedicure

Sit back, relax and prop your feet up in an oversized massage chair. A dry, warm towel with drops of lavender essential oil is gently placed around your neck when you begin your service. The sweet, floral lavender scent instantly brings comfort and clarity; you can’t help but drift into a peaceful state of mind during this Harmonic Lavender Pedicure. Your stress will instantly melt away the second you slip your feet into the warm lavender fresh soak.

After a relaxing soak, your nails are cut and filed before the lavender sugar scrub is massaged into your skin. After the exfoliating mask is rinsed off, your legs feel soft and buttery smooth. The calming effects of the lavender essential oils brings increased clarity to your mind as you relax.

Next, your cuticles are trimmed, nails buffed and cuticle oil rubbed in. A lavender moisture mask is generously applied to the feet and calves, instantly hydrating your tired feet. Close your eyes and relax for five minutes as the cooling mask soaks into the skin, leaving the lavender scent lingering on your body the rest of the day.

Finally, a luxurious lavender lotion and massage is given, releasing tension, aches and pains from your legs. Select the polish of your choice to finish off this relaxing pedicure and walk away feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your day.

Harmonic Lavender Manicure

Pedicures not your thing? Try a relaxing and therapeutic Harmonic Lavender Manicure to de-stress this summer! Start with a lavender fresh soak to soften cuticles and cleanse the nails. Your nail beds are thoroughly cleaned—nails clipped, filed and shaped to your liking—before a lavender sugar scrub is applied to the forearms and hands. This special blend of natural lavender essential oil and sugar mix exfoliates your rough, dry skin leaving it soft and glowing. Fresh, warm towels wrapped around the arms and hands add to the calming experience. Oh, how soothing; but the pampering doesn’t end here.

Your cuticles are cleaned up next. Cuticles are trimmed, nails are buffed to shine and cuticle oil is rubbed in to protect the nails. Indulge in the heavenly lavender scented moisture mask applied next to hydrate the skin. Arms and hands are wrapped in another set of warm, wet towels, allowing your skin to fully soak up the calming effects of the treatment. Sink into the seat as the warmth takes over your whole body. Once removed, the moisture mask leaves your skin dewy and silky smooth.

This manicure ends with the subtle yet comforting luxurious lavender scented lotion and massage so relaxing, you’ll want to fall asleep. Feel the tension leave your body as the lotion is massaged into your arms, hands and fingers. No manicure is complete without the finishing touch of the polish of your choice. Choose a neutral color to compliment your everyday look or spice it up with something fun for the summer—whatever you choose, you’re sure to leave with beautifully-refreshed, polished nails.

Have time to spare? After your service, enjoy the sauna, whirlpool and steam room located inside Cooper Fitness Center to further your relaxation. Complimentary use of the locker room facilities are available for use during the day of treatment. For your convenience and peace of mind, we provide complimentary childcare for children ages 2 months to 12 years at Cooperized Kids based on length of time and availability.

Experience the relaxing and calming effects of lavender yourself with one of Cooper Spa’s new services. Choose from the Harmonic Lavender Manicure, Pedicure or Sugar Scrub body treatment. For a complete day of relaxation, try our Harmonic Lavender Escape package which includes all three.

Make an appointment with one of our skilled spa professionals. Call 972.392.7729 to schedule your Harmonic Lavender service. For Cooper Spa’s complete menu of services, visit cooperspa.com.

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.

Mask

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!

Massage

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.

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
, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

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
, MS, RD, LD, CDE

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.