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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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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.

Keep Calm & Care For You

While stress in day-to-day life looks different for everyone, it can manifest itself in similar ways, taking emotional, mental and physical tolls on our bodies. Cooper Spa General Manager Lisa Boyle delves into her favorite indulgent spa services and products to help relieve and manage stress on all levels. spa massage

Specifically for helping with stress management and relaxation, Boyle recommends an 80-minute Swedish massage with the primary focus to relax the entire body by using long, gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. The Swedish massage technique decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as the hormone which triggers cortisol level spikes, arginine vasopressin.

A multitude of spa services address emotional, mental and physical ways that stress takes its toll on the body. While some treatments are more effective for stress reduction, the overall feeling of being cared for, nurtured and pampered is the key to relaxation, promoting feelings of whole body wellness. “Receiving any type of spa service helps create both mental and physical health benefits,” says Boyle. “Physical contact is necessary to our well-being, one component that all spa treatments offer.” Studies have shown that spa services such as massages, facials and skincare treatments increase sleep quality and help boost the immune system. Additional health benefits these services provide include stimulating the lymphatic system to rid the body of toxins, helping the body to release serotonin, relieving chronic pain, promoting cell regeneration and improving circulation and posture.

Cooper Spa offers a variety of retail products which incorporate aromatherapy and muscle tension relief to help manage stress in the comfort and convenience of home. On days when you can’t seem to fit a trip to the spa into your busy schedule, Boyle recommends the Sonoma Lavender Neck Pillows and Heat Wraps. “These products help to soothe achy muscles with calming scents of lavender and other essential oils. Heating them in the microwave and placing them wherever you are most tense helps relax and revive the muscles.” Another personal favorite product of Boyle’s is the RAD Roller massage tools line, designed to release muscular pain, flush out toxins, relieve trigger points and help mobilize joints.

No matter what kind of stress you find yourself dealing with, self-care is the first step in the right direction to help you manage stress and feel your best.

For more information or to book a service at Cooper Spa, visit cooperaerobics.com/Cooper-Spa-Dallas or call 972.392.7729.

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.

Tis the Season for Spa Specials

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Red and green. White lights and silver bells. The holidays! They are just around the corner, can you believe it? I absolutely cannot.  What makes it even harder are the 80 degree days we’re having in Dallas… bring on the snow!!

I don’t know about you, but to me the holidays bring a great amount of joy and stress.  The lists have been started, but they never seem to stop.  Who to shop for (even that crazy uncle), where to go (that doesn’t have lines) and what to buy (that won’t end up returned).  Once everything has been delivered and exchanged, I always can give a huge sigh of relief.  Then comes the immense joy having close friends and family enjoying time together, eating yummy food and having a relaxing time.  That’s the best.

Luckily, we are offering some fabulous seasonal services at Cooper Spa Dallas for your loved ones. Until January 15, the trained hands of our therapists will revitalize your senses and refresh your skin.

When it comes to body scrubs, our lead therapist Erika Bazan recommends that you have one done at the change of every season. It will slough away dead skin allowing your fresh self to reveal a brighter, more energetic look all over.  This season, we selected a skin-tingling Cinnamon-Vanilla scrub that will have you baking cookies the minute you are home!

For a radiant face at your holiday parties, our Winter Wonderland Facial is a must! This facial is like a walk through the berry garden. The combination of products used is directed towards the type of skin you have, but it is sure to give you that glowing skin.  Eminence makes their products so amazingly rich, healthy and delicious.

And because pedicures are also a necessity, even if you are wearing boots or a pair of cute new slipper shoes, the Sugar-Soaked Apple Cider Pedicure will have your head spinning. Our team loves creating these services our wonderful, new Farm House Fresh collection. Once you’ve had the apple cider pedicure, you’ll wish we carried it year-round.

Click here to learn more about Cooper Spa seasonal specials or call 972.392.7729 to book a service with one of our Spa Coordinators. Don’t miss out on these specials – January will be here before you know it!