Stay Healthy

Stay Healthy

Healthy foods that will boost your mood

When you are stuck at home, feeling miz and dying for some fun, it can be tempting to turn to food to lift your spirits, but sugary or high calorie treats that may be super appealing in the moment will have negative consequences in the long run.  Here are five healthy foods you can indulge in as proven mood boosters.
·        Dark chocolate: is rich in mood boosting compounds
·        Bananas: help synthesize feel-good hormones in the brain
·        Berries: fruit and vegetables are linked to lower rates of depression
·        Nuts and seeds: help to produces mood-boosting serotonin
·        Coffee: increases the release of mood-boosting dopamine
It’s also important to feed your skin well. Origin Spa’s Honeybush Hydrating & Rejuvenating facial will nourish and hydrate your skin, leaving it visibly brighter and revitalised.

DIY therapeutic herbal tea from the pantry

One of the best ways to calm a sore throat is regularly drinking the right home-made herbal tea. Ginger is a miracle ingredient that is loaded with anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking ginger & honey tea in the morning can help to soothe your sore throat.
Method:  Add a 1 cm piece of ginger, finely grated, to a cup of freshly boiled water. Let the grated ginger steep in the hot water for five minutes. This will help the water to draw all the nutritional properties from the ginger. If you prefer sweet tea, add some honey with its beneficial anti-bacterial properties.

Mentally adjusting to a new normal

Human beings are creatures of habit.  We feel most secure when things go as planned and we are in control. However, the whole world has just been through many unprecedented weeks where we’ve had no idea what lies ahead and when life will return to normal – and we have not yet come through the uncertainty of it all. Here are five ways to help you mentally adjust to uncertainty:
·        Be kind to yourself and others:  Everyone has a different level of tolerance for uncertainty
·        Reflect on past successes:  You have come though stressful times before and survived
·        Avoid dwelling on things you can’t control:  Get out on the habit of focusing on negative events
·        Control what you can:  Focus on things you can control even if this is keeping up your daily routine
·        Seek support from those you trust:  Social support is important so reach out to family and friends.

Don’t stop washing your hands

As the weather begins to cool down we believe continuing to wash our hands regularly is our best defence against the common viruses and bacteria that can make us sick in winter, but it is important to keep our hands from becoming dry and cracked – and nails can become dry, just like the skin on your hands.
Follow our three hand health tips for happy, healthy hands as we head toward winter
·        After you wash your hands keep them moist by using a hand cream containing moisture protection ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil or glycerine.
·        Keep a small travel-size tube of your favourite hand cream in your handbag, at your desk and in your bathroom for easy access.
·        Wear gloves when you wash the dishes.
Health & Hygiene

Health & Hygiene

We are temporarily closing the spa with immediate effect but we still have an awesome offer and some great “at home” tips. We wish you all well and we will stay in touch with you on our social media platforms.

Buy a Voucher before end April to get the Massage Special

Since we are all on lock down for our own safety, we are offering you the chance to pre-book our massage special. Everyone will need some pampering and relaxation once the restrictions are lifted. ⠀
Buy a voucher for R349 before end of April, and you can use that towards a massage to the value of R560 (37.5% discount- R211) from 1 May until end of December. ⠀

Terms of the Special:
– The massage special will be upheld until end of December in exchange for a voucher purchased from 24 March to 31 May 2020.

At Origin hygiene is a top priority

At Origin Wellness Spa we have always made it a priority to follow exceptional spa hygiene and good housekeeping practices so that our clients’ and therapists’ health is not put at risk.
 
Follow our recommended hand cleansing routine during the lockdown
– Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before you leave home to go food shopping. Cleanse at your destination and again as soon as you get home.
– Wipe the exterior packaging of your groceries down with a food-safe disinfectant before putting them away. 
– Transfer food like dried beans and cereal to clean containers to avoid retouching packaging.
– Regularly sanitise your house keys and car keys.
– Disinfect all door and cupboard door handles, light switches, and any metal surfaces.

Protect your mental wellness

For many people, going through an extended period of social distancing, apart from loved ones and friends, is stressful and depressing.  Here are five positive practices that will protect your positive mental wellbeing while you self-isolate.
 
– Have a positive daily routine and stick to it as much as you can: Eat, sleep, exercise, maintain contact with friends and family, catch up on non-fake news – and do something fun every day.
Maintain community and social connection:  Voice-to-voice communication is much better than texting. Pick up the phone and speak to, or video-call, your friends and family.
Get outside into the sunshine and fresh air for a few minutes:  Step into your garden, onto your balcony or even onto your doorstep to feel the sun on your face.
Use the time to de-clutter your home:  Take the opportunity to de-clutter, clean and reorganise your home for a feeling of accomplishment.
Practice gratitude:  This is not an easy to do in this tough time, but practicing gratitude for the things you have has been proven over and again to be incredibly beneficial to mental wellbeing.

DIY exfoliating face mask from the pantry

​Keen to have a facial while stuck at home? There are everyday foods that can double as ingredients for an exfoliating DIY facial mask.  This mask can be made by blending coffee grounds, brown sugar and coconut oil in a small bowl:

Ingredients:
• One tablespoon of fresh coffee grinds
• One tablespoon brown sugar
• One tablespoon organic coconut oil
 
Apply the mask to a clean face, avoiding the eye area.  Leave the mask on for 15 minutes then rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat dry. Finish off with your usual toner and moisturizer. The coffee and sugar act as natural exfoliants to remove dead skin cells and brighten the skin tone. Coffee contains antioxidants to protect against harmful free radicals and the coconut oil will help to keep your skin hydrated.

How to boost your immune system

​Eating and sleeping well, and getting regular exercise, are well-known to help to boost one’s immune system. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin well-known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system, but your body cannot make vitamin C, so it must come from supplements and the foods you eat.  As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights free radicals in the body which may help prevent or delay certain cancers and heart disease, and promote healthy aging.

 
Vitamin C is good for the body inside and out. Origin Wellness Spa’s Baobab Tree Vitamin C facial works wonders for visibly firming, tightening and brightening the skin and refining enlarged pores. It is excellent for refining skin texture, reducing pigmentation and rejuvenating aged skin.

At Origin, hygiene has always been a priority

​We believe it is vital that all of our salon surfaces, equipment and linens are thoroughly cleaned and sterilised between every single usage, and at Origin there are no shortcuts to this procedure.

 
Follow our recommended home hygiene tips to combat coronavirus
– Disinfect high-touch areas in your home like door handles, light switches, table tops and kitchen counters at least once a day.
– Wash your hands after loading dirty laundry into the washing machine.
– If you can, hang your washing outside in the sunlight or at an open window – the sun’s UV rays are a natural disinfectant.
New You

New You

Every 28 days you are a ‘new you’

 

Every 28 days our skin renews itself, but the older we get, the more our natural exfoliation process slows down, leaving us with fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin texture. Exfoliating treatments stimulate new cell growth by removing the cells your body is no longer effectively shedding.  It is important to rid your skin’s surface of these dead skin cells to help prevent the build up of bacteria, and from sweat and dirt getting stuck underneath the skin’s surface. During a spa deep cleanse facial, the exfoliation, extraction, steam, and mask application will help refresh and renew your skin on a level you just can’t achieve at home. 

Use plant power on the inside and outside of your body

 

More and more people are practicing clean eating and want to extend this philosophy to their skin care routine. Today, state-of-the-art skin products are made of ingredients that are known to be organic and naturally based – and scientifically proven – including fruits, vegetables and herbs, dairy and whole grains.  
 
You may think of Vitamin C as an essential defence against the common cold, but this nutrient aids in collagen synthesis, which is essential to maintain your skin’s firmness and smoothness – plus it lightens dark spots.

Did you know that your brain cells can regenerate?

 

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The process is called neurogenesis – and you can help by eating healthily.  Certain nutrients actually have regenerative properties:
·        Omega-3 essential fatty acids: found in found mainly in cold-water, fatty fish – or you can take a fish oil supplement – promote the production of new neurons.  
·        Flavonoids: found in blueberries, cocoa, and green tea – are highly potent antioxidants that are particularly effective at stimulating the formation of new brain cells.
·        Curcumin: the main bioactive component in the spice turmeric is scientifically proven to provide many brain benefits.
·        Resveratrol: a potent antioxidant found the skin of grapes, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries – and in peanuts – is known to promote brain cell renewal.

A flawless complexion is lying just beneath the surface of your skin

 

More people are choosing to have regular skin peel treatments today for a fraction of the price of more expensive laser treatment options.  Skin peels are a rapid form of exfoliation that address many concerns, smoothing and evening the skin by removing damaged surface cells.  Skins peel treatments can:
·        reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth;
·        treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging;
·        improve the appearance of mild scars;
·        treat certain types of acne;
·        reduce age spots, freckles and dark patches that occur due to pregnancy; and
·        improve the look and feel of skin.

You can boost your hair’s ability to grow

 

When it comes to maintaining a magnificent head of hair, good circulation is an important element in the natural hair growth journey.

Scalp massages are an enjoyable way to relax and boost your hair’s ability to grow and renew itself, helping stimulate blood circulation. What’s more, a clinical study has found that people who suffer from ongoing migraines experience a dramatic reduction in headaches with regular head, neck and shoulder massage, while it also known to renew energy levels and reduces stress.

Drinking water is the key to beautiful skin

 

Healthy skin starts from the inside out. Drinking more water is extremely beneficial for boosting skin renewal. The average adult human body is made up of roughly 60 percent water and proper hydration is necessary to maintain a healthy balance of body fluids and so improve the appearance of skin.  Make it a habit to drink six to eight glasses of water a day to keep your skin well hydrated and boost its natural glow.

The benefits of stretching after a massage

Stretching after you exercise is a way of preserving the benefits of the activity – preventing your muscles from seizing up, and retaining the strength and elasticity within.  The same principle applies to stretching after a massage.   Here are four benefits to stretching after your massage:
·        Improved circulation as stretched tissue leaves more room for blood vessels to expand and enter the body, increasing the flow of oxygen to the body and removing and waste products.
·        Renewed flexibility as stretching also improves flexibility and aids motion to the joints.
·        Increases your range of motion as stretching helps balance and increases the range of motions your body can make.
·        Reduces lower back pain as stretching strengthens your muscles and makes them more resilient to strain and injury.

Did you know that you can “sleep your skin younger”?

Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself. During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and your skins rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots. Increased levels of the sleep hormone (melatonin) acts like an antioxidant which fights age spots, fine lines and even skin cancer.  Here are six tips for getting good sleep and better skin health:
·        Don’t eat a big meal too late in the day.
·        Drink plenty of water throughout the day, but not late at night.
·        Sleep under a warm blanket in a cool, dark, quiet room.
·        Keep electronics out of the bedroom.
·        Use breathable cotton sheets and wash them regularly, so they don’t collect dust mites and bacteria.
·        Use laundry detergents that don’t have strong fragrances, which can be irritating to skin.

Make time for friends—they’ll keep you young and healthy

Having strong friendships can help you live longer, be healthier, and feel more youthful. Here are five great ways to make more time for friends when your schedule gets busy:
·        Do your friends work near you? If so, use your lunch break as a chance to catch up over a snack and see what your friend has been up to.
·        See your friends straight after work.  Rather than being tempted to flop onto your couch in front of the TV, make plans with friends right after work since you’re already out and about. 
·        Keep it low key. Instead of thinking you need to meet up your friends for a night out, keep your socialising low pressure and just invite them over to just hang out. 
·        Weave your friends into your “me time”. When it’s time to get some exercise invite a friend to join you on a walk or bike ride – or to a gym or yoga class. 
·        Send them a “thinking of you” gift. Spas are becoming popular as a way for friends to spend time together. Treat your friend to an Original Spa voucher to let them know you’re thinking of them – or even better have a spa treatment together.
Celebrating Love – Valentines

Celebrating Love – Valentines

Get ready for Valentine’s Week

 

There is a whole week in February dedicated to love! Valentine’s Week starts on 7th February with Rose Day where couples in love, or friends, exchange a rose – a red rose for love or a yellow rose for friendship. Get ready for romance as we prepare you to sweep your other half off their feet in our beauty-inspired lead up to V-Day.   
 
Firstly, don’t wait until the night before to start your beauty prep.  Start now to make a habit of getting enough beauty sleep to look younger and healthier.  And we recommend you book a 60-minute Hydrating Facial about a week before Valentine’s Day for beautiful, glowing skin.

Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine’s Day treat

 

Massage can boost feel good neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotoninendorphins and oxytocin – the same hormones that are released when you fall in love. So, share the love and treat your sweetheart to the gift of a massage treatment at Origin Spa – it’s even better than chocolate!

Valentine’s Week is the perfect time to get down on one knee

 

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If you have been holding back for just the right moment to pop the question, Propose Day on the 8th February was created to give you the perfect opportunity to ask for your loved one’s hand in marriage – and in a leap year anything goes!
 
Our second beauty tip in the lead up to a hot Valentine’s Day celebratory date is to make sure your hands and nails look stunning for the moment when your darling takes your hand in theirs.  Book a 60-minute spa manicure and choose your favourite red polish to complete the Valentine look.

Is there anything more romantic than love and chocolate?

 

The third day in Valentine’s Week is 9th February, or Chocolate Day, when people who are in love give each other the gift of chocolate.  We say, why stop there when you can also give choccies to your friends and family, too? 
 
Our third beauty preparation tip to make sure you look stunning on your Valentine’s Day date is to spend the night in, giving yourself a coconut oil and honey hair mask. Using two to four tablespoons of coconut oil blended with a tablespoon of honey, massage this fragrant mixture onto clean, towel-dried hair and then cover with a shower cap for 30 to 60 minutes.  Shampoo it out and condition your hair as usual.

Day four of Valentine’s Week is Teddy Day

 

Ask any girl, teddies bring back memories of childhood and being tucked up in bed.  Valentine’s teddies represent love and security.  Gift your beloved a cute teddy bear or teddy bear card on this special day and make them smile.
 
Our fourth beauty tip as you prepare for an epic Valentine’s Day is to indulge in an Origin Spa Aromatherapy Massage – where light pressured massage therapy with highly concentrated plant oils promotes relaxation, decongestion and healing.

Valentine’s Week would not be complete without Hug Day

 

Every year, in Valentine’s Week, 12th February is Hug Day.  A hug can be casual or intimate – it depends who you share it with. A long hug can stimulate oxytocin in the body – this promotes bonding between people and can truly bring you closer together.
 
Our fifth beauty tip in the lead up to a fabulous Valentine’s Day date is to make sure you have your favourite fragrance on hand.  Perfume often has a positive association with the wearer – and smelling great is known to enhance our mood and boost our confidence.

Face the new decade being an inspiration to others

It is a gift to help others to realise their dreams.   The fact is that our greatest successes in life often come through helping others to succeed – and when you focus on helping others succeed your eventual reward will always be far greater than what it cost you. Our eighth tip for making your dreams a reality in 2020 is:
 
Tip#8:  Be an inspiration to others
There is evidence that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and wellbeing. We believe that in helping others to reach their dream, you will reach your own.

Embrace the new decade full of renewed energy

Low energy levels can make it challenging to effectively accomplish our daily goals – a daunting thought at the start of a new year.  Massage therapy can help to reduce fatigue and to increase energy by aiding the blood flow that delivers oxygen to all the cells in our bodies. 
 
Tip#9:  Manage your energy
We recommend regular massage therapy to assist in maintaining overall health and wellbeing – freeing you to face “the twenties” head-on and make your dreams a reality.

Embrace a new decade of work-life balance

Looking for new-found balance in life and work?  Try breaking up your workday by working in short bursts.  Settle on an achievable goal in the time allotted and get the task done.  When you’ve completed it, give yourself time to do something fun – like take a walk or have a quick coffee with friend.  Or you could treat yourself to a 20-minute ‘mini-mani’ to shape and polish your nails.
 
Tip#10:  Work in short bursts
Working in focused time blocks help your mind to stay fresh.  It is a great way to be productive in completing many short tasks or to break a big task down into bite-size chunks.

Embrace a new decade of wellbeing

Your wellbeing has physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual elements to it.  We believe that each week we all should give ourselves a different self-care task – one that promotes different aspects of our wellbeing.  Some of them may be luxurious and other could be considered as ‘routine maintenance’ but all of them should prioritise our own health and happiness.
 
Tip11:  Develop a self-care plan
Your self-care tasks could be to take a lunch break every day or make time to relax.  It could be to develop supportive friendships or start a yoga class. We recommend taking good care of yourself physically to relieve stress and boost confidence.
 
Tip#9:  Manage your energy
We recommend regular massage therapy to assist in maintaining overall health and wellbeing – freeing you to face “the twenties” head-on and make your dreams a reality.
Facials – Face the New Year with Origin

Facials – Face the New Year with Origin

A Positive Outlook

 

Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  Some of your dreams may be big and bold, and some may even seem impossible to achieve on the face of it. We believe that reaching your dreams starts when you re-imagine today.  Here is the first is our series of nine tips for making your dreams a reality in 2020:
 
Tip#1 – Be Positive
The more positive you are, the more you will be open to exciting opportunities and success.  Happy New Year!

Be Confident

 

To succeed you need to believe in yourself. Self-confidence can help you to take on the world with more energy, and result in better relationships and a feeling of being connected with your surroundings.   Here is the second in our series of five tips for making your dreams a reality in 2020:
 
Tip#2: Be confident
Both men and women feel confident when they look good – and looking good starts with healthy glowing skin.
Face the New Year with confidence. Book a rejuvenating 30-minute Esse Express Facial.

A Sense of Fun

 

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Many of us know this profound truth:  Through hard work anything is possible.  But, in order to benefit from work-life balance it is as important to also know that people who truly reach their dreams in the most profound way, have fun along the way. Here is tip three for making your dreams a reality in 2020:

Tip#3: Make every step fun
Face the New Year with a sense of fun and creating your dreams will become easier as you are inspired to take each new step.
Book a relaxing Spa Manicure and have fun rocking glamorous summer nails.

Loving support

 

It is said that we are the sum of the people we hang out with, so surround yourself with positive friends and role models who believe in themselves – and you to reach your dreams.  Here is tip number four in making your dreams a reality in 2020:
 
 
Tip#4: Surround yourself with supportive people
Spend time, regularly, in the company of good friend. We think spending a morning at Origin Wellness Spa is a great way to indulge in quality time with someone special.
Book yourselves a revitalising 60-minute Baobab Tree Vitamin C treatment. 

Focus forward

 

Your dreams may not materialise overnight, so it is important to ‘focus forward’ by visualising awesome future opportunities.  Have you ever slept on a problem and then woken to the answer?  When you visualise your dream before it happens, your sub-conscious responds, bringing to the fore what needs to be done. Tip number five for making your dreams a reality in 2020 is:
 
Tip#5: Focus forward
Focusing forward takes quality thinking time. Treat yourself to regular, quality ‘me time’ at Origin Wellness Spa – perfect for visualising your dreams.
Treat yourself to some quality ‘me time’ and book a 60-minute Honeybush Hydrating & Rejuvenating Facial.

Good Health

 

healthy mind and body affects every area of our life.  Fitting in exercise and healthy eating into a busy schedule is not easy, but if you’re looking for the extra confidence and motivation to achieve your dreams, it is one of the most vital things you can choose to do.  Tip six in making your dreams a reality is:
 
 
Tip#6:  Pursue good health
Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health. Studies demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, anxiety, pain and muscle tension. 
Book a relaxing 60-minute Swedish Massage to work away tension and relieve stress.

Sense of Adventure

Life is an exciting journey.  When pursuing your dreams don’t follow a path made by someone else, rather blaze a trail of your own for others to follow. Tip number eight for working towards reaching your dream is:
 
 
Tip#7:  See life as an adventure
 An adventure will involve challenging oneself and trying out new things – and every adventurer needs a tranquil oasis like Origin Wellness Spa at which to relax and recharge.
Book a 60-minute Kigelia African Firming, Healing & Brightening Facial.

Face the year being an inspiration to others

It is a gift to help others to realise their dreams. The fact is that our greatest successes in life often come through helping others to succeed – and when you focus on helping others succeed your eventual reward will always be far greater than what it cost you. Our seventh tip for making your dreams a reality is:

Tip#8: Be an inspiration to others

There is evidence that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and wellbeing. We believe that in helping others to reach their dream, you will reach your own.

Treat your feet before you go out on the town

It’s New Year’s Eve and time to head out to dance the night away before welcoming in the New Year.  Before you do, why not treat your feet?  Book a foot massage and scrub before letting us give you a gorgeous Spa Pedicure, so you can confidently put your best foot forward on the dance floor tonight.  Happy New Year!