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seven ways to stay grounded

February 26, 2018

Staying grounded is easier said than done. From small, daily stressors to bigger, fast-paced events, it’s necessary to be mindful of staying grounded. This month, we focused a great deal on reconnecting — in relationships, with yourself, and with the space around you. Now, let’s wrap it up with seven milk + honey recommended ways to keep your cool.

 

Call a friend or family member

It’s easy to have a false sense of closeness these days. After all, we use Facebook updates to represent life events and Instagram Stories to share our day-to-day. What could we be missing? Pick up the phone and call a long-distance pal, and you’ll find out. While social media does a lot to connect us, our online lives are curated and incomplete. There’s nothing like hearing the sound of your BFF’s voice as they tell you the good, bad, and the ugly. Just hearing a familiar voice can be extremely grounding and flat-out comforting.

 

Turn off your phone

While phones are great for say, calling an old friend (nudge, nudge), it’s nice to schedule intentional time apart from technology. We all know how it feels to be sucked into the world of eternal scrolling and it can be extremely draining — for both your time and your mood. Try to block off time first thing when you awake and right before bedtime to leave your phone face down and out of sight. Use this as your time to recharge and reconnect.

 

Incorporate CBD Oil

Ahhh, CBD oil. Before we go any further, let’s be clear — the hemp-derived oil is non-psychoactive and provides relaxation without intoxication. In some cases, CBD oil is ingested (try it in your next smoothie) or it can be used topically.

We love Mary’s Nutritionals patches and gel pen to provide topical relief for pain management. As of this month, both are carried at milk + honey locations.

 

Revisit an old favorite

What’s your favorite book? Movie? Vinyl album? Revisit that. Comfort can arise from familiarity and you may even get a dose of sweet nostalgia along with it. Our old favorites are still our favorites for a reason: they make us feel something.

 

Reserve a massage

Massages are an essential strategy to reconnect with yourself and improve your mood. You may think we’re biased, but there’s actual science to back it up. Studies have shown stress hormones lowering as much as 31% while dopamine and serotonin rose about 30% post-massage.

Explore milk + honey massages.

 

Make your sleep habitat a haven

Sleeping is such an important part of reconnecting with your best self. So, why not optimize your sleeping situation? Stacy Davenport, milk + honey’s go-to Feng Shui expert and energy catalyst recommends investing in hibernation. As she says, “Let your master bedroom be luscious.”

Some of our favorite additions:

  • New sheets and bedding
  • Blackout curtains
  • Silk pillowcases
  • Silk sleeping masks
  • Sound machines
  • Sunrise simulating alarm clocks (so much nicer than your iPhone alarm)

 

Take a bath

It’s no secret that we’re proponents of #TheArtOfTheBath at milk + honey. Whether it’s a quick, 20-minute dip or a lengthier, more indulgent escape, the bath can serve as a tool for reconnection.

Unless your phone has a waterproof case, the simple act of being in the bath takes technology out of the picture. It’s the perfect time to open that book you’ve been meaning to finish. Bathtime is also a great excuse to catch up on your favorite podcast or new music. Try to think of #TheArtOfTheBath as a five-sensory experience. You can indulge with essential scents, relaxing sounds, healing ingredients, a great book, and a glass of wine — if you insist. (I totally do.)

 

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Living, Wellness

what is your #AMandPM?

February 21, 2018

When manifesting positivity for the day, we believe the small things can set you up for success. Whether you’re enjoying your favorite cup of tea in the AM or a unwinding in a PM salt bath, these tiny moments of mindfulness can change the course of your day and affect how you impact others.

 

Next month, we are launching #AMandPM, a blog series and collection of Instagram takeovers featuring a mix of milk + honey experts and influencers. Today, we’re giving you a sneak peek into what you can expect. Read on for milk + honey massage therapist, Lala’s #AMandPM.

 

AM RITUALS

 

Stretch | While still in bed, I like to do a morning stretch with deep breaths. I raise my hands over my head and make my body as long as I can reaching from side to side. If I’m feeling fancy, I make a Figure 4 with my legs and stretch across my side body with cactus arms. I’ll curl to the fetal position and breathe for a moment before planting my feet down and starting the day. Deep breathing and gentle stretching helps the circulatory and pulmonary systems wake up gradually without shocking the system awake.

 

Lemon Water | I juice one full lemon into a cup of warm water and drink it down to chase an apple cider vinegar shot & probiotic pills I take in the morning. The lemon water gets your gut moving and wakes up your digestive system along with providing antioxidants and immunity strengtheners. If I don’t press snooze two extra times, I’ll even make a smoothie with greens, frozen fruit, coconut milk, and whatever else may be hanging out in the fridge.

 

Affirmations | Here’s where I may lose ya. I like to dry brush in the morning and then apply coconut oil to my skin while telling myself nice things. Dry brushing is fantastic for exfoliation, circulation, cellulite prevention and all kinds of magic. Coconut oil is great for my skin type and smells fantastic. I find saying affirmations can be cheesy… though when I do them in a power stance in the mirror while listening to Beyoncé, I feel amazing AF.

 

PM RITUALS

 

Foam Roll | My clients never hear the end of me asking if they foam roll. Rolling out the stagnant blood and adhered tissues of your body will make you feel better! After a long day of doing massage or working out, or both, I have a love/hate relationship with my foam roller. Roll out your back, legs, IT band, PSOAS, and hamstrings. If I’m feeling frisky, I’ll grab a lacrosse ball and roll around — targeting my upper back or glutes to release the tighter muscles. (m+h has an amazing product called the RAD roller, which I use on my break at work.)

 

Hot Tea | As a tradition from my childhood, my grandmother and mom both used tea as a form of stress relief. Tea was a cure-all. So you can find me curled up on the couch with my cats and favorite blanket. Yogi Teas are my favorite because they have special messages on the bag for you to feel inspired. (Some fave blends are: Detox, Bedtime, Stomach Ease, and Kava Stress Relief.)

 

Epsom Salt Bath | For sore, tired muscles, energetically draining, or treat yo’self days, Epsom salt is straight wizard level. It calms inflammation, flushes toxins, softens skin, reduces pain, and relieves stress from the magnesium in the salt.

 

Keep an eye out for our #AMandPM Stories — launching in March.

What is your #AMandPM?

Body, Massage, Wellness

reconnect with your physical self

February 19, 2018

In this day and age, connectivity is a funny subject. In a way, we’re more connected than ever. From FaceTime to Facebook, we’ve been provided with countless accessible tools to keep us in touch. The catch? Sometimes we forget to stop and reconnect with ourselves — our own physical being.

We spoke with licensed Massage Therapist and milk + honey Product Representative, Shannon Perry, to discuss ways to reconnect with your physical self.

 

On the importance of stretching:

“If you work at a computer screen all day, there’s good chance you’re not getting up enough. Email after email piles up and meetings can make your day so busy that you feel rushed and anxious about the smallest things. It is vital to our mental and physical well-being to take time for deep breaths, get up and walk around, or do a little stretch to increase circulation. Deep breaths allow us to take a moment from our crazy schedules and reconnect with our body. Deep breathing can decrease the feeling of stress and lower your blood pressure. When in my breaths, I like to take a moment to pay attention to where I may feel muscle soreness or tension and make those areas my focus for the day.”

 

How does Sports Massage fit into personal physical connectivity?

“Sports massage aids in preventing injuries and helps recovery time. It incorporates stretching, which we are all guilty of not making enough time for with our busy schedules. Heavily exercised muscles tend to become fatigued and can have trouble relaxing. Sports massage increases circulation and helps keep the muscles loose to prevent injuries from occurring. This is a great modality to keep an athlete going.”

Learn more and schedule Sports Massage.

 

What are the benefits of RAD Tools?

“I love these tools. I am on the go and don’t always have time for a massage. I can throw a ball in my bag and self massage in the car in traffic, while sitting at the desk on the computer, or after an intense workout relieve tension and increase my range of motion. The balls have a little bit of cushion/give so it’s not too painful to apply a little pressure against the wall or the back of a chair. I suggest using the tools at home on the floor after long day of sitting or standing to ensure you have a good range of motion in to your shoulders. I use the smallest ball on my hands after working on clients or typing all day to relax my hands as well. They offer items in different sizes and firmness so there’s something for everyone.” [Available at milk + honey locations]

 

Tips and tricks:

  • Drink plenty of water. The more you drink, the more you have to get up to use the restroom and refill your glass, forcing you to move!
  • Set an alarm on your calendar to “STRETCH!” or “DRINK WATER!” so you don’t forget to get up from the screen or deadline you’re working on.
  • Foam roll! Lay down for 15 minutes with the roller along the spine. Stretch your arms out to your side and allow gravity to do the work.

 

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Living, Wellness

this will make you a bath person.

February 16, 2018

Disclaimer: If you have a bathtub and rarely use it, let this post serve as “what are you waiting for?” nudge in the right direction. If you have a bathtub and are a bathtime enthusiast, continue reading for your new must-have essential.

The milk + honey Milk Bath No. 05 is — hands down — the most indulgent way to unwind and we highly recommend it. Here’s why:

  1. Bathe like royalty.
    We were inspired by Cleopatra’s legendary beauty routine, which included daily milk and honey baths meant to restore and preserve healthy, glowing skin.
  2. Let it nourish and hydrate your winter skin.
    With nourishing and organic dehydrated coconut milk, your skin is in for a moisturizing treat. Pro tip: exfoliate with the Body Polish, then soothe your skin with the Milk Bath.
  3. It is pure bathtime indulgence.
    The sweet blend of vanilla and lemon peel oil provides a deliciously aromatic atmosphere — we encourage deep, relaxing breaths and lingering in the bath a little longer.

Pro tip: Less is more with this Milk Bath. You only need to add two to four tablespoons under warm running water to create the most luxurious, soothing bath. Enjoy.

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Life, Living, Wellness

how we connect + communicate

February 14, 2018

At the start of February, we talked about the power of connection and the crucial role it plays in our daily lives. Whether they be romantic, platonic, or familial, the relationships we nurture and maintain are essential to our personal growth and happiness. So much so, that we’re taking today — Valentine’s Day — to pay homage to these many meaningful connections.

How? By taking a closer look at the love languages that serve us — and by understanding them, we can continue to improve how we best communicate and connect with one another.

What’s Your Love Language?

The five love languages, as outlined by Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, refer to the way in which we best express and experience love. We’d say that the concept of a “love language” certainly extends itself to more than just romantic relationships; often, we connect to our friends and family members in similar/modified iterations.

Here are the five love languages:

  • Words of Affirmation: You are fulfilled by compliments or words of encouragement and by that token, you also show your love through words of encouragement.
  • Quality Time: You enjoy your partner’s undivided attention and this could overflow into other relationships, where attention is given and received is imperative.
  • Giving and Receiving Gifts: You are sustained by symbols of love, like flowers or chocolates — this also applies to the feeling you get when you give gifts to others.
  • Acts of Service: Setting the table, walking the dog, or doing other small jobs make you happy. On a larger scale, volunteering and getting involved in community initiatives are fulfilling elements of your love language.
  • Physical Touch: Outward affection, such as holding hands, hugging, kissing, and having sex, is your romantic love language. When it comes to friends and family, you show your love through affection.

After reading all five, is there one or two that resonate with you most? Chapman asserts that most people have a primary and secondary love language. Perhaps, you thrive off of affection (physical touch) and verbal support (words of affirmation)? If that’s the case, you know that your best and healthiest connections reciprocate and/or bring out these elements in you.

While this is just one “school” of thought when it comes to how we strengthen and maintain our relationships, we think it’s an interesting one. Thoughts?

Life, Living, Wellness

gratitude is good for you

February 9, 2018

We talk a lot about gratitude at milk + honey — not just because it is in the very fabric (er, walls of our spas) of our ethos but because there is, at any given time, something to be thankful for.

If you’ve ever visited one of our spas, you may have noticed our gratitude jars. We welcome any and all #beegrateful thoughts during your milk + honey visit. To practice gratitude is to intentionally think of the things that make you uniquely happy and thankful. We couldn’t think of a better mental exercise than that.

Today, I’m practicing what we preach:

I moved to Austin in June 2013 with no job (yet), very few friends (yet), no dog (yet), no baby (yet), and only a sweet fiancé (now husband) to hang with as I carved a place for myself in this new city. After enduring my first Texas summer, I admittedly felt more at ease, but I still craved a routine and job to round out my new life in Austin.

Enter milk + honey. I don’t remember how I came across that fateful job posting but I do remember everything that followed. Many interviews and one presentation later, I was offered the marketing position. It felt right. It felt like I was not only gaining employment, but I was also gaining entry into the fold of the Austin community. What I gathered then — and know now — is that milk + honey is a beacon of relaxation, renewal, and comfort for so many in Austin. It is a safe space for people to visit, a place where they can unwind and reconnect without judgment. I’m thankful to be associated with something that has a positive impact on people’s lives.

Four years later, whenever people ask me what it was like to move from NYC and adjust to Austin (almost) sight unseen, I tell them that milk + honey was my turning point. It was the moment I felt grounded here. And that feeling of gratitude — to do something that fulfills me, to work alongside the founder and owners, Alissa and Shon Bayer, and a plethora of incredible individuals, to be a part of this company’s growth, and to contribute to the overarching goal of making people feel good — hasn’t subsided.

This is my #beegrateful moment.

What’s yours?

Life, Wellness

the pursuit of peace of mind {bath edition}

February 8, 2018

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.

Giving yourself the time to luxuriate in the bath is a direct act of self-love — and we think there’s a true art to it. If done right, it provides you the space and pause to reconnect with a quieter state of mind and being. Herein find four simple (see! no extra stress necessary) steps to master the art of the bath.

  1. Set the Mood. Our plant-based, pure Essential Oil Candles create a warm, calm space for a relaxing bath.
  2. Draw the Bath. There’s nothing like slipping into a warm bath, infused with one of our organic Bath Soaks. All three blends nourish the skin, promote relaxation, and bring peace to a busy mind.
  3. Luxuriate and Exfoliate. Unwind as our sugar-and-sea salt Body Polishes gently exfoliate to reveal soft, healthy skin. Let yourself revel in the cleansing and the newness — the whole point here is to find indulgence in slowing down.
  4. Amplify the Effects. Reap the mood-enhancing aromatherapeutic benefits by adding a few droppers of our Bath & Body Oils. Or, apply a small amount to your skin for an ultra-hydrating post-bath glow.

Food • for • Thought

How do you carve out time for yourself?

Do you treat bath time as a “sacred” time for reflection, quiet, and a mental reset?

What other self-care moments are important to you?

What does your perfect bath time entail? 

Life, Wellness

setting intentions for february

February 1, 2018

 

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?

Weekly basis?

Monthly basis?

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