Posted on October 7th, 2015

​Happy fall everyone! Now that the whirlwind of summer in Toronto has finished, vacations are over, kids have adjusted to being back at school, and everyone is settling back into routine, it’s time to think of the importance of taking care of your body, mind, and skin with the change in season.

While monthly facials may seem ambitious due to time and expense to the majority of us, we strongly believe in the importance of facials with the change of seasons. Many of us do a “refresh” and prepare ourselves for the next few months at the beginning of a new season by reorganizing, cleaning, and resetting our goals. In the same way we need to refresh in other aspects of life, our skin needs the same attention. After the summer, months of dirt, pollution, sun, and sweat have wreaked havoc on our skin over the summer. Dead skin needs to be sloughed away, pores need a deep cleaning, dry skin needs to be hydrated, and skin needs a chance to breathe and get its glow back.

Facials are an excellent way to give your skin the TLC it deserves. Whether your main concern is clearing clogged pores, anti-aging, detoxification, calming irritation, or deep moisturization, a facial can help solve the problem. Treating your skin to a facial even a few times a year gives the skin on your face a chance to start with a “clean slate” for the next few months.
Before the fall and winter months when the cold weather often leaves skin dry, flaky, and irritated, a facial allows for freshly cleaned pores to absorb moisturizers and calming facial products more efficiently, and better combat the environmental stress of the winter months. On top of that, at this time of year, it’s an hour to relax and recoup after the stress of September has finished. Really, we believe it is a win-win situation all around!

Posted on November 22nd, 2014

I meditate so I can quiet my mind and the world around enough to hear me – to hear what I’m saying, to hear what I really feel or need, to hear what I need to know. For so long I felt stuck in life but when I tried to use logic to get out of it, nothing got any better.  I started meditating 7 years ago in a yoga class and we would meditate for one minute – that’s it one minute – and I couldn’t do it.  Even in that minute my mind would go crazy about everything it was thinking.  But I kept with it and eventually that one minute became five and eventually into my practice now.  When I was quiet enough to hear what I needed, then amazingly enough I started to get unstuck.  I am more present in my life, I’m less anxious, I’m content.
I often hear people say “I don’t know what to do about…” and I ask back - did you try asking yourself?  It is so powerful if you do.  Ask – and then be quiet enough to listen.  Your mind is not you – it is telling you logic and reason and things you were taught or what you’re supposed to think or feel.  But the real you – your soul or essence - is beneath that.
For those who that doesn’t resonate that’s ok.  The benefits of meditation at a physical level are endless – calmer, lower blood pressure, less anxiety, better sleep and the list goes on!  Meditation is not easy – it is a practice that you must cultivate.   Some days will be easier than others and some days it will be harder to quiet your mind.  But giving yourself the time and space is worth it.  There are so many ways to meditate or be mindful – it can be guided or on your own, music or silent, mantras, breathing, candles or just you.  Whatever works for you – at Alma we offer just one of many ways to meditate try it and see if it is for you.

Marda is an amazing inspiration and guide!  I hope you can join to start meditating with us on Mondays.  If you already have a practice, this is a good opportunity to change the venue and enhance it with the energy of other like-minded people.  If you’re new, this is a great way to give yourself the discipline to start.  Marda will be joining Alma to offer some of her healing therapies in the near future so get to know her today with the meditation group.  Click here to sign up.


Posted on June 5th, 2014

Long gone is the erroneous perception that meditation is a mindful waste of time, frequently undertaken by Hippies and religious fanatics.
If that perception is not gone, then it really ought to have disappeared, because Science has determined bona fide benefits of meditation and meditational breathing techniques.  Meditation can be practically done by anyone and in very secular circumstances.

Posted on April 13th, 2014

Our skin is the largest organ we have, especially when it comes to the roles of absorbtion and elimination.  Our skin on our body gets clogged and when it is not exfoliated regularly, it cannot properly eliminate waste and toxins. We tend to take excellent care of the skin on our faces, however forget about the rest of our body.  Dry skin brushing on a daily basis can provide numerous benefits, such as improved circulation, stimulating lymph drainage, stimulating hormones, and firming the skin.


Posted on April 6th, 2014

At Alma Natural Spa we exclusively carry loose leaf teas from Steeped and Infused.  Our tea of the month for April is the delicious Rooibos Chocolate Mint so we thought we would ask the founder of Steeped and Infused, Jennifer Best, to share some of her knowledge on the benefits of Rooibos.