Declare Your Wellness Resolution—Last Chance!

It’s your last chance to declare your #MyWellnessResolution on Instagram for your chance to win an exotic retreat with Dashama!

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As the end of January fast approaches, we wanted to take the time to say how honored and appreciative we are for those of you who have shared so many inspirational and motivational #MyWellnessResolutions with us on Instagram. Your dedication to making 2015 the happiest, healthiest and most wellness-obsessed year ever certainly shows, and we’ve loved joining you on your journey every step of the way.

It’s never to late to declare your commitment to your own personal wellness, and there are still a few days left for your to share your #MyWellnessResolution with Spa Week and Dashama on Instagram. So whether you’re well on your way to achieving your wellness goals, or need a little encouragement to kick-start your healthy resolution, we wanted to share some of our favorite wellness resolutions with you.

Browse the beautiful inspiration below, and don’t forget when you share your #MyWellnessResolution, you could win your choice of an exotic retreat with yoga guru and joyologist, Dashama. Find out more about how to enter here.

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Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

Declare Your Wellness Resolution

New year, new you! Share your 2015 wellness resolution on Instagram for your chance to win a world-class wellness retreat on us!

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Just in time for the New Year, myWellness Rewards has teamed up with famed yogi and mind-body guru, Dashama, to help you make 2015 your best year ever. And since it’s much easier to make healthy lifestyle changes and choices with the support of like-minded individuals, we’re inviting you to get inspired on Instagram!

During the month of January, declare your wellness resolution and share your progress by using #myWellnessResolution and tagging @SpaWeek and @dashamalove. The more photos you snap of your favorite green juice, the view from your post-work walk, and everything in between, the more chances you have to win a world-class wellness retreat. Here’s what’s at stake:

  • A week-long stay in the location of your choice: Mexico, Bali, Costa Rica, Hawaii or Spain
  • Daily activities including yoga, meditation, massage and more
  • All food and beverages
  • Private chef and detox diet meals

What are you waiting for? Start sharing your #myWellnessResolution on Instagram for your chance to take your wellness routine to the next level. Click here for entry.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

Delicious Vegan Chocolate Recipe

Happy Spa Week, my Spa Sweethearts!

I hope you are enjoying your sweet, sweet week, full of sugar scrubs and chocolate facials, no doubt! In honor of this healthy, irresistible week of spa, I wanted to share with you an equally healthy and irresistible recipe I learned from Dashama. Remember in this video she promised to show us? Dashama has an easy-breezy cooking style: all her recipes are healthy, organic, full of superfoods, and take no longer than 20 minutes. Score! Also, forget exact amounts and precise ingredients; Dashama encourages you follow your taste buds and intuition! However, you’ve got to start somewhere. Use this framework to yield some absolutely delicious vegan, organic dark chocolate in mere minutes. (And don’t forget to enter to win 7 nights in Bali with her this summer, she’ll be sure to personally show you many healthy tricks up her sleeve!)

DASHAMA’S HOMEMADE VEGAN ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE in 20 MINUTES

homemade dark chocolate recipe

Ingredients:

  • Raw organic coconut oil – 1 cup
  • Raw cacao powder – 1/4 cup
  • Chocolate vegan protein powder (optional) – 1/4 cup
  • Stevia liquid (or to taste) – 1 tsp
  • A pinch of pink sea salt
  • Optional: almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut flakes or other goodies to add texture, taste and nutrients. 

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Freeze for 10-20 minutes. You can make it in any container: a flat square plate for a chocolate bar effect, a bowl for a rounded aesthetic like you see here, or use a rubber ice cube tray to make various fun shapes.

After it hardens in the freezer, pop your chocolate treat out easily. Clean, smooth, no problemo.

And the best part: Enjoy! And don’t forget to save some for your friends… they will be very impressed.

Dashama and her homemade superhero vegan chocolate!

Care for your chocolate in the form of spa? While you’re noshing on your delicious bits of healthy dark homemade goodness, this Spa Week, a whole box of chocolate covered $50 treatments await. You can still book these and quench your craving, but hurry before the moment passes!

Canyon Falls Spa & Salon, Scottsdale, Arizona: 50 Min Custom Blend Facial with Custom Chocolate Mask

Evian Salon & Day Spa, La Jolla, California, 60 Min Plaisir D’Aromes Yonka Facial and Chocolate Mask

WELL Spa at the Platinum Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada: 50 Min Chocolate Ice Cream Pedicure and Manicure

Solace Day Spa & Salon, Old Bridge, New Jersey: 90 Min Chocolate Covered Strawberry Manicure and Pedicure

Terrace Retreat Salon & Day Spa, Southlake, Texas: 50 Min Chocolate Body Scrub

Hide Yer Kids! A Miami Spa Kidnapping

Michelle Joni and Dashama Spa at Shula's

This is officially a spa kidnapping.

I believe one of my duties – not just as Spa Week’s editor-at-large – but as a human being on this earth, is to share the benefits of the spa lifestyle with as many people as possible. If I can get one billion people to go to the spa or have a transformative wellness experience in their lifetime, I will die a happy woman. My life calling is clear: Indulge, and make it attainable for others to do the same. (Thank God for Spring Spa Week – don’t wait another minute to book!)

While I was staying down in Miami with Dashama, one of our spa stops was the Spa at Shula’s in Miami Lakes. In the middle of Shula’s circle, a quiet and unassuming neighborhood of condos and various business, we were pleasantly surprised to discover this gem, longtime members of Spa Week.

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We slipped into soft white monogrammed robes and spa shoes, locked our things away in the very nicely equipped changing room, and settled into a quiet relaxation area. We hadn’t eaten much and were quite hungry, so we were thrilled to find a variety of teas, a big plate of fresh strawberries and grapes, an assortment of grainy crackers available to us while we waited on cushy leather recliners.

Shula’s wanted us to experience their seasonal treatments, as this AVEDA spa is constantly coming up with new dynamic spa experiences to try each month. Dashama went first for the Warm Wintergreen Stone Massage & Body Scrub, a 45 minute warm stone massage followed by a 15 minute Wintergreen full body scrub. I went in to snap some photos of her treatment (like all normal spa-goers do… or not…), and vicariously felt the stones gliding up and down her oiled body.

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hot stone massage

My turn was next. I was taken to another dark and quiet room for Shula’s other seasonal offering: The Mandara Treatment. It included a deep cleansing facial, a warm neck and scalp massage, a grapefruit paraffin hand & foot treatment, a dead sea salt body exfoliation and a full body hydration. It started with the scrub, after which I was escorted to a nice strong shower to rinse off the salt, and told to use as many towels as my heart desired. My hands slivered all over my silky smooth body – I love that feeling! Before going back to the room I took a detour in the bathroom and was elated to find a full-blown tushy spa, AKA a heated toilet sea with a multi-speed bidet. Ah, the simple joys.

I returned my treatment bed, which was wrapped in fresh towels and blankets, and waiting for me was a small snack. How did she know I was still hungry? Or rather… how did she know I’m always hungry?

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After I enjoyed my tea party for one, I couldn’t really tell you what came next, because I slipped into a state of deep spa slumber. I vaguely recall a mix of the softest, gentlest hands imaginable running up and down my body, complete immobilization by way of warm paraffin solidifying around my extremities, and a parade of delicate, delicious-smelling substances applied to my sleeping face.

Needless to say, I did not get any photos. We will both just have to imagine that The Mandara Treatment was ninety minutes of complete and wholly therapeutic bliss.

After a post-treatment visit to the tushy spa, I slowly changed back into my clothes. I went outside to find a private outdoor relaxation area, and Dashama relaxing in it. We both agreed: It’s far from South Beach but well worth the trip. The Spa at Shula’s is a Miami Lakes must-try!

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On the way out, we couldn’t resist a little AVEDA shopping spree. I mean, look at this place! We both took home a few new hair products and a vibrant sense of season spa healing.

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As we walked to the car Dashama said to me “Thank you for taking me here. I’m always so busy but this really reminded me that I need to treat myself more. I need more spa in my life. This was amazing.”

Spa kidnapping… SUCCESS!

 

Win a One Week Retreat to Bali

Since Spa Week is in full swing, we couldn’t think of a better way to amplify all of the healthy, happy wellness going on than to send one lucky reader and a friend to Bali!

You and a friend will join our yoga guru Dashama as she leads a small group retreat in a stunning tropical setting. You’ll live in an oceanfront villa at Bloo Lagoon, enjoy daily yoga, massage, and other healthy activities, while detoxing your diet thanks to the private chef-designed meals. DID YOU ENTER YET? Because we can’t imagine many prizes better than a wellness retreat in Bali…

Enter on Facebook or SpaWeek.com now, because you can’t be selected as our lucky winner if you don’t!