ISM Spa Team Members Reveal Tried & True Wellness Routines
August is National Wellness Month, which means now is the perfect time to focus on taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Whether that means setting a new skincare routine, trying out morning meditation, or signing up for a new group fitness class, it’s important to make time for yourself.
In this month’s blog, we are pulling back the hospitality curtain to reveal two of our ISM Spa team member’s wellness routines.
Meet Felicia D., our team’s newest leader, managing the Poseidon Spa at Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook. Felicia makes time for wellness in both her morning and evening routines. When Felicia first developed her facial routine, she did it to combat her Eczema. Eczema (also called atopic dermatitis) is a condition that causes your skin to become dry, red, itchy and bumpy and eczema affects approximately 7.3% of adults.
With daily skincare habits in place, she has been able to reduce dry spots, while evening out her skin tone. Felicia states, she “loves the way her skin feels and the natural glow that follows her routine regimen” and that it “has brought about a new found confidence in both [her] skin and overall persona.”
Felicia’s Skincare Routine:
Felicia begins by cleaning her face and neck then goes in using her AHA/BHA Rosewater toner. Once she has allowed her face to dry, she adds a few drops of Vitamin C serum in circular upward motions. She then finished up with her CocoShea Revitalizing Cream.
Meet Tiana G., a Licensed Massage Therapist at Mountain Brook Poseidon Spa. Tiana’s wellness routine centers around her mental health. Her wellness routine consists of a few different activities, all focused on mindfulness practices.
For starters, Tiana is a firm believer in having someone to confide in. Talking through difficult stressors has been a huge help in her wellness journey, allowing her to release anxieties while staying grounded. Applying this mindset professionally, Tiana believes massage therapy provides her clients with an outlet when they need it.
In addition to talk therapy, Tiana enjoys journaling on a daily basis. The benefits of journaling are endless for mental health. It helps reduce stress, improve immune function, keeps memory sharp, boosts your mood, and strengthens emotional functions. Tiana journals to remember important things from the day or new mantras to keep her positive.
While down time is a strategy to Tiana’s self-care routine, staying active is a wellness routine she participates in weekly. Tiana states, “the physical strength allotted when working out allows [her] to push through when [she] does not feel at her best,” providing an outlet to increase her overall mental strength.
The final wellness practice Tiana leverages is providing wellness services through her career as a Massage Therapist. She finds massage therapy not only lowers her stress levels, but also decreases anxiety for both her and her clients. Serving as a licensed massage therapist can help decrease your own stress and anxiety by knowing you are helping others. As an added benefit, it allows you to release muscle tension as well.
Tiana declares, “developing a wellness routine has really helped [her] stay grounded in her daily life and encourages others to seek out their self-care journey this month as well.
If you do not already have a wellness routine in place, we hope this insight into our ISM Spa team’s wellness routines have encouraged you to take a deep look at your daily practices. Here at ISM Spa, we believe taking care of yourself allows you to show up not only in your career, but in your commitment to continuous improvement.