The pursuit of peace of mind and reconnection to oneself isn’t limited to the realm of meditation, healthy sleep habits, and a budding yoga practice (to name a few). It’s just as important and effective to carve out quiet time within our already-established daily rituals — specifically by taking a closer look at the ways in which we can silence the mental chatter at the start and close of our days. Today, we turn our focus to the art of the bath.
Connection is what makes us tick. It is the invisible thread that links us to one another, our ideas, our passions, and our pursuits. Connection lays the groundwork for empathy, understanding, authentic communication, and meaningful interaction. And in an age where screen time is prioritized over face time — unless it’s FaceTime, natch — and entire conversations can take place with nary a word being spoken, we’re going the extra mile this month to put our phones down, observe our surroundings, and connect with the people and things that truly inspire us to lead healthier, happier lives. Whether it be carving out time to sit quietly with our thoughts, drawing a bath to unwind and regroup, reserving a much-needed massage, or catching up with a friend in-person (no phones in sight), our goal is to reconnect with ourselves and with each other. Join us.
February • Food • for • Thought
What connections do you value most in your life? Why?
How do you take time to connect to your mind, body, and soul on a daily basis?
In our fast-paced lives, managing to pencil in the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep can feel like a tall order. And even though we’ve made the time for some shut-eye, there are days when we wake up feeling groggy and unrested. That’s because we often skip steps to optimize our beauty sleep. There are a lot of strategies on ways to achieve your best rest, so we’re here to simplify. Here are our top four tips to unlock your most peaceful slumber.
It’s high time the great outdoors are recognized as a luxurious break from our busy day-to-day lives. According to WGSN, hiking will replace yoga as the “it” fitness tool, allowing us to disconnect from the hustle and reconnect with ourselves. Boasting benefits like increased creativity and a lowered risk of depression, this nature-forward activity is increasingly becoming a necessity for balance in our fast-paced, screen-dominated world.
If you’ve ever read the beauty routines of models and celebrities, surely you’ve been sung the praises of drinking enough water. Still, quenching that thirst is incredibly important for your overall wellness — it’s not just a beauty hack. It seems everyone has a lot to say about said topic, but our resident milk + honey experts are sharing hydration perspectives on two fronts: skincare and the wellness of your body.
We know what you’re thinking. What could possibly make a massage even better? We have the answer: a massage with enhancements. Each enhancement will take your massage to the next level by addressing a specific intention.
If you’re on the go:
Our back scrub or foot scrub doesn’t add much time to your reservation, but it makes the experience extra special. Fun fact: our scrubs are made in house and change seasonally. Currently, our in-house scrub is Pumpkin Spice.
If you’re feeling adventurous:
We recommend giving Body Brushing a try. It feels interesting and invigorating. The process helps to prevent cellulite, stimulate circulation, and lymphatic drainage. The best part? You keep the brush and take it home with you. Dry brushing at home can become a simulating ritual, similar to drinking a cup of coffee in the morning.
If you’re trying to beat the cold, winter months:
Our Warm Oil Scalp and Neck massage is the perfect wintertime treat. This enhancement adds an extra 15 minutes to your experience, as your therapist drizzles warm oil down your head and neck before performing a scalp massage. Make sure you have time to enjoy the steam shower after this enhancement. This icing on the cake with this enhancement: the oils are incredibly hydrating for your hair.
If you want the ultimate “treat yourself” experience:
The Ultimate Massage package includes full body brushing, a 90-minute massage, as well as the Warm Oil Scalp and Neck massage. It’s just as luxurious as it sounds–we promise.
Still curious about our enhancements?
As we enter National Massage Week, we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of a revolution. From wellness blogs to countless Instagram experts, we’re being encouraged to prioritize ourselves more than ever. Without a doubt, massage is one key piece to a well-rounded wellness puzzle. In fact, massage has many lesser known benefits. Scroll on to learn a handful of massage benefits.
It’s no secret that massages are a stress reliever, but there’s actual science to prove it. In fact, studies show that massage boosts your serotonin by as much as 30 percent. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that reduces depression and regulates anxiety.
Emotional balance, check. Physical balance, also check. Massage can help improve stability and balance — especially for older folks. A study suggests massage may produce physiological changes that contribute to improved balance.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Yep, seriously. Lowered blood pressure results have been reported lasting up to 72 hours after massage therapy. This particular test was conducted using Swedish style massage.
Okay, yes — it’s common for some to fall asleep on the massage table. But even outside of the spa, there is research that indicates massage improves sleep for adults.
Keeps You Active
Sports Massages are wonderful for increasing range of motion and speeding recovery in athletic-related injuries.
Ready for your next massage?
We’re big fans of honey bees at milk + honey. Case in point: to bring awareness to the decline in the honey bee population and do our part to help save them, we created an urban apiary called BEES by milk + honey in 2015. Today, we have more than a dozen thriving hives in Austin, TX, all of which utilize organic, sustainable beekeeping practices.
In honor of National Honey Bee Appreciation Day, we’re sharing the top 10 reasons honey is good for you.
10 Reasons Why Honey is Good For You
- Antioxidant-rich. Honey contains phenols, enzymes, flavonoids, and organic acids — all of which play a crucial role in honey’s laundry list of health-positive benefits.
- Reduces the risk of heart-related ailments. Thanks to its antioxidant-rich properties, honey reduces the risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. But that’s not all! It also works overtime to regulate blood sugar levels and promote eye health. A better question might be: is there anything honey can’t do?
- Improves cholesterol levels. In addition to honey’s happy-heart ways, it also has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol and blood triglycerides. Win-win.
- Acts as a natural cough suppressant. For children one year and older, honey is a great alternative to traditional cough medicine. It acts as a natural and safe cough suppressant that is as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan.
- Moisturizing and nourishing. You can use honey in your homemade face scrubs and washes. It emulsifies easily with water (surprisingly, no stickiness!) and can help to moisturize and further nourish dry skin.
- Reduces allergies. Not only is honey anti-inflammatory, it also contains small amounts of pollen, which can actually help your immune system stave off local allergies.
- Promotes burn and wound healing. Honey is packed with antibacterial and antifungal properties. When it comes to applying a natural salve to minor wounds, cuts, and burns, honey is your go-to.
- Consider it “brain food.” Honey can naturally assist the brain to prevent metabolic stress, which in turn, helps one to achieve truly restful sleep. And you know what happens after a good night’s sleep? Our cognitive and memory enhancement is on point.
- Helps with an itchy scalp and dandruff. When diffused with water and applied to an itchy, dry scalp, honey’s natural humectant properties help to heal and moisturize.
- Increases athletic performance. Honey maintains glycogen levels and improves recovery time post-workout. In a nutshell? Athletes shouldn’t skip a daily spoonful of honey!
From rising temperatures to prolonged exposure to the sun, summer can throw your beauty routine out of whack. Now’s the perfect time to go through your beauty bag and toss out those traditional summertime staples in favor of these 11 clean-beauty alternatives.
There’s no time like the present to address some hard-wired morning habits we all are guilty of — reaching for our phones to check email/Instagram/more email/SportsCenter/you get the picture the moment our eyes open, grabbing the first caffeinated thing we can get our hands on, and never giving the day ahead a “big-picture review” before jumping into our 9 a.m. meeting. To avoid the proverbial, waking up on the wrong side of the bed, we must take matters into our own hands (and minds!). And that’s exactly what were doing right here.
1. Lemon Water Is Your New Favorite Drink. More specifically, a cup of warm purified water infused with fresh lemon is the perfect AM wake-up call. Drink it first thing — yes, before breakfast (which you should also be eating – it is the most important meal of the day after all!) — and reap the benefits of a natural miracle worker. Seriously. Warm lemon water helps to flush out toxins, purges the body of unwanted substances, helps to boost your immune system, aids in digestion, and improves your mood. Like we said, miracle. worker.
2. Avoid Your Phone (and Get Your Head in the Game). If you’re one of those people (guilty as charged) that reaches for their phone as soon as you’ve reentered waking life, try avoiding the home screen — at least, for the first 10 to 15 minutes of your morning. Instead, take these initial moments to review the day ahead. Mentally align your priorities, assign goals for both the short term and long term, and give yourself breathing room. If avoiding your phone isn’t in the cards, then we say, “embrace it and open the Headspace app instead.” This app acts like a personal trainer for meditation, with exercises ranging from 10 minutes a day to lengthier sessions. Cellular clarity, if you will.
3. Make Stretching a Priority. Stretch before you even get out of bed. It feels so good and the actual health benefits are numerous. Let us count the ways. Stretching helps increase the blood flow to the muscles, which in turn, helps you to feel more energized and refreshed. It also helps to prevent future injury from muscle stiffness.
4. Get Movin’ and Sweat It Out. Stretching is one thing — and it’s important — but really getting your body into motion is equally important. Yes, this means you should probably invest in an earlier wake-up time, but it also means that you should create a time and space for something as simple as 10 minutes of mat yoga, a 25-minute jog around your neighborhood, or a 30-minute at-home barre workout. Many people find that working out in the morning jumpstarts their day (and metabolism), regulates their appetite, and provides a built-in rhythm and routine to the work week.
5. Nourish Your Body. There are so many ways to do this, but we’ll give you two excellent tips to set you on the right path for the day. First, in a more literal sense, try dry body brushing before showering. You’ll need a dry loofah or brush. With it, you’ll brush your body in circular motions toward your heart, working your way outward in. This action not only sloughs off dead skin cells, it also promotes better circulation and reduces cellulite. Second, make yourself a green smoothie. Remember to incorporate superfood ingredients like kale, spinach, and chard, but mix it with more palatable (but also nutritious) items like apple, ginger, mint, pineapple, mango, blueberries, and lemon. Need more smoothie inspiration? Go here.