Experience Health & Wellness

Health and wellness as a focus have bloomed during the first half of 2021, one of the very few upsides to the pandemic.  Though it shouldn’t take a health disaster to bring the idea of good self-care to mind, it’s something we must find time for daily to ensure that we are in top form in body, mind, and soul.  This is for the benefit of ourselves and for those we love.

In a recent New York Times interview, Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, noted that “the idea that one can’t invest in things that are good for them because it’s taking away from their ability to be a good parent, a good partner or do what they need to do at work.”

Making the time for good self-care is not selfish; it is indeed vital to our successful existence.  It’s the reason that the message on airplanes is, “in case of emergency, put your oxygen mask on first.”  If you can’t breathe, you can’t be of service to others.

Regular bodywork by experts is something nobody should be without. The feet contain the nerve centers and connections to all body areas, and a great foot massage can revitalize and energize you. Stop by Golden Foot Massage & Spa and let them do the work while you relax.  Your feet and body will thank you for it.  If you want a full-body option, Massage Envy has a menu of options from light touch to a deep tissue massage.

For a different take on the chiropractor, try SnapCrack for alignment, vitamin therapy, and more.  They have a “no-wait policy” in a casual and comforting environment – who could ask for anything more?

Movement, whether aerobic or just enough to elevate your heart rate, will improve your mood, your sleep cycle, and your overall health. Stretching and toning are good for the soul, great for your overall wellbeing, and helps one age gracefully.  Check out Pilates Strong Studio or Club Pilates Coral Gables; state-of-the-art equipment, including the iconic Reformer, will challenge you and make you feel inches taller when you finish a class.

Some people need to sweat and get the heart rate up to maximum warp speed, and a class at the Rukus Cycling Studios will do just that and more.  Enjoy the music, the instructors, and the comradery of those cycling in place beside you.  If you enjoy the outdoors, then a bike ride through the tree-lined streets of Coral Gables is just what your health practitioner had in mind.  Need a tune-up for your bicycle or looking to acquire a new ride? Visit No Boundaries Sport.

Your eyes, as they say, are the windows to the soul.  Check-ups and the right glasses or contact lenses are not a luxury but a necessity.  Though a necessity can be beautiful when you visit Italian Eyewear for your frames.  Annual eye exams at the Coral Gables Eyecare Center should be a part of your routine. Your eyesight is so precious and deserves the best care.

“Everybody understands that relaxation and rest are important,” said Dr. McGonigal, whose latest book is “The Joy of Movement.” “So there are aspects of self-care related to sleep — everyone should take a bath, light candles. There’s this idea that we need to calm down. But what can you experience today that will fill you with the positive emotions you need to do the most important things in your life? It’s about refueling yourself in order to engage with life.”

Shopping for candles, bath products, and all the tiny touches that make your home your castle are super easy in Coral Gables. Relax the Back has everything you need to sit well and rest easy.  Luminaire has lighting and lamps that will make reading a pleasure, all your daily ablutions in the bathroom a cinch to see.  Mia Cucinaand Veneta Cucine bring joy to everything in your kitchen and beyond.  And make your outdoor space superbly inviting for friends and family with a visit to Patio ‘n Things.

Join us here throughout August as we discover all the ways to experience health and wellness in Coral Gables, from food to beauty and beyond.