Happy #MotivationMonday, Chic’ers! Today, we’re inspired by Nick Izzi, who signed up to do Rappel for a Reason in honor of Gracie! Gracie has a brain tumor(s) but was able to keep it at bay until she was two years old when it grew aggressively. After a year of chemo, she had multiple side effects so her doctors switched her to a clinical trial for two years with minimal side effects, leaving her family with hefty medical bills. DONATE NOW to help Nick reach his $1,000 goal for Gracie! http://ow.ly/3EMU30j3U8l To learn more about Rappel for a Reason on July 14, visit http://www.rappelforareason.com.
Our 2018 Women’s Health Expo is coming up May 12 and you won’t want to miss it! It all takes place this year at the Cincinnati Marriott North in West Chester! Enjoy complimentary swag bags, healthy treats, interactive demonstrations, shop local vendors, and watch a fab fashion show! Plus, this year we’re bringing you on-site childcare through Juggle so all the mamas attending can enjoy the event, knowing their kiddos are well-entertained and cared for! (click here to see my review of using Juggle with my kiddos — spoiler alert — LOVED IT!) To learn more about the event and sign up for your childcare reservation, click here: https://2018whe.eventbrite.com.
I read the recent story we did in Cincy Chic about Zeel, an on-demand massage service now available in Cincinnati through a free app, so I decided to check it out for myself.
Here’s a little excerpt from the article that sums it up well: “Zeel is the leading and largest on-demand massage provider with over 10,000 licensed massage therapists serving over 80 US cities, explains Zeel.com Public Relations Director Jillian Sanders. “With best-in-class security protocols, Zeel offers on-demand, at-home massage in as little as an hour, 365 days a year, with start times as early as 8 am and as late at 10:30 pm.”
At 9 months pregnant, everything hurts right now, so a massage sounds amazing. But with two kids and a husband with a weird schedule (he has to be at work really early so he goes to bed at 6pm and gets up at 1am), getting out of the house for a massage at a spa is getting increasingly more difficult.
Knowing I was going to have a long day at work the other day, I decided to download the Zeel app and see if I could get a massage therapist to come on my lunch break. It was super easy — you just put in some basic info about yourself, and then select the day, time, location (office, home, friend’s house, etc), type of massage (deep tissue, prenatal, couples, etc) and gender preference for your massage therapist and then you confirm it. It took about 15 minutes and then I got a notification that a massage therapist had been booked, gave me her name, and some details to prepare my space for the massage. Easy peasy.
A few minutes later, I got a text from my massage therapist introducing herself and giving me her contact info in case I needed to reach her for anything prior to the massage, and also letting me know when she’d be there to start setting up the room for my massage.
Come lunchtime, my therapist arrived, I got an amazing massage and felt like a new woman for the rest of the day. It was seriously awesome. Plus, I really liked that the tip and everything is included in the original booking price that you pay through the app, so there’s no trying to awkwardly find cash at the end of your massage.
I actually just ordered another Zeel massage a couple nights ago to my house — after the hubby went to sleep and I got the girls down for bed, my massage therapist arrived and I got another amazing massage. I feel like I’ve cracked some mom code where I figured out how to get my beloved (and much-needed) spa days back! haha!
Highly recommended! To learn more about Zeel Massage, visit https://www.zeel.com or you can download the app in your phone’s App Store. You can also use code CINCINNATI for $20 off your first massage.
Located in the heart of Mariemont, WORTHY Yoga is a faith based practice. It’s a light bright, open, simple and welcoming space.
The owner – Brenda Westfall, who also teaches some of the classes, says it’s part of an International Training Program called Holy Yoga, where she completed both her 200 hr and 300 hr Master’s level training. Many of their other instructors have been trained through Holy Yoga, too.
It’s a brand that fuses physical postures and breath work, to strengthen and make the body more flexible, with a type of yoga that emphasizes the opening of the heart to divine love, to strengthen your faith and devotion to Christ.
What they do a bit differently at WORTHY, versus your traditional yoga studio, is open with prayer and set an intention or theme for the practice based on a passage from scripture. They welcome, and respect, all faiths and denominations.
Then, from there, it’s 100% yoga. They offer a variety of classes all throughout the week and weekend from gentle, slow flow and a more meditation-focused class, to a Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow or even a Barre class.
There are no mirrors in the entire space by design… they want you to feel the pose, not see the pose, and not to feel any competition – just a lot of grace. Love that.
You can check out their full class schedule, get location info, introductory offer/class pass and pricing details, and learn more about what makes WORTHY unique and awesome at worthyyoga.com
Last year, just a few months after having my second daughter, I made a resolution to get in shape again. Yes, I know, join the club, right? Well, I took it a step further and signed up for a full marathon (the Columbus Marathon) in October 2017!
Things were going great as I got ramped up. Started with walking and elliptical, eased my way into running a few minutes with some walking breaks, and then got to running several miles non-stop. But once I got into some serious mileage (15-20 miles a week), I started to have some really serious pain in my knees. I was worried that it was going to put my whole marathon on hold, so I immediately did research on what could help.
After digging through LOTS of potions and products online with mixed or dismal reviews, I found that people — especially runners — were raving about these itBandz. They looked easy to use and weren’t expensive (about $20), so I decided to try it out.
I couldn’t believe it. This little band, worn right under my patella (knee cap), took my pain from a solid 9 to a mere 2 or 3. It works by stabilizing the knee, and it’s made with a moisture-wicking, stay-in-place material so there’s no rubbing or chafing, even on the longest runs. I can honestly say it single-handedly helped me to continue my marathon training as planned!
Turns out, there’s a reason my knees were suddenly hurting, aside from more mileage. I found out this summer that I’m pregnant and hormones are loosening my ligaments in preparation for baby #3!
So, now, even after my marathon, I’ve continued to wear my itBandz because of these crazy hormones and loose tendons. Definitely helps to ease joint pain and keep me moving, which is a MUST keeping after two kiddos and preparing for one on the way! (Due April 1!)
Just thought I’d share my story because I know a lot of people are making resolutions this time of year to get back in the saddle and get active again. But that often comes with new aches and pains that can sideline us if we can’t find relief. If this is you, I definitely recommend trying out itBandz!
Visit https://www.itbandz.com to learn more!
Aside from skin care treatments and weight loss programs, Victory Wellness & Medspa also offers a different type of treament – ThermiVa®.
According to Dr. Kerschner, ThermiVa® is a radiofrequency treatment that came out about two years ago. It aims to improve vaginal and pelvic fitness by gently heating tissue in the pelvis and vaginal areas to heal tissue.
Oftentimes, Dr. Kerschner says, women will visit Victory Wellness & Medspa with issues of incontinence, especially after having several children or when they are post-menopausal. With these cases, ThermiVa® will go in and restore muscle function around the urethra to help improve the issue.
Helping with incontinence isn’t the only benefit of receiving ThermiVa® treatments. The procedure can also aid in restoring vaginal tightness. Women who have gone through multiple childbirths find that they’re feeling a bit “looser” than they once did, but ThermiVa® an help tighten the muscle around the vagina and restore it back to its youthfulness.
ThermiVa® treatments can also help to increase sensitivity and sexual pleasure, Dr. Kerschner says.
Each ThermiVa® treatment is 45 minutes, and Dr. Kerschner says that you’ll need three sessions up front. And then, depending on the severity of the damage, you’ll need a maintenance treatment every 6 months to 1 year.
This non-invasive procedure also allows you to avoid surgery, which can keep you out of work and life for a while, as it as no downtime.
Dr. Kerschner adds that ThermiVa® treatments have a 98 percent satisfaction rate nationwide, and 100 percent of her clients are satisfied with their results.
Learn more about ThermiVa® and whether the procedure is right for you by visiting victorywellness.com or by calling 513-936-3065.
I told you about my friend Gina Johnson who introduced me to NYR Organic a few months ago, and I’ve been loving their products (their foaming bath and body oil are so dreamy!) I’ve been looking into possibly switching over some of my lotions and cosmetics to NYR, but I was confused when I started comparing. Some of my lotions say they’re “all natural” or even “organic” … what’s that mean? Which is better? I just want to know that what I’m putting on myself and my family is safe.
That’s why I love that NYR Organic just recently stepped it up a notch and got a third party involved to verify the safety and purity of some of their products. Currently, five of the NYR Organic products are now “Made Safe” certified with more products undergoing the certification process as we speak. I know that definitely helped me when I was comparing to know that a third party was fact checking the ingredients and putting their “Made Safe” stamp on things!
If you haven’t checked out NYR Organic, definitely go online and learn more about them and look through their online store. They’ve been leading the way in organic since 1981… before organic was even “cool”! ?? It’s actually the #1 selling skincare in the UK and Japan! Like I mentioned, I love their foaming bath and body oil, and I’m about to start trying out their baby line because it’s winning all kinds of awards! I’ll check back in with you in a couple months to let you know how it is! In the meantime, feel free to call or email (her contact info is at the top of this page) my friend Gina if you have any questions or want to try anything out!
The FREE Visia Facial Analysis from Victory Wellness & Medspa can teach you a lot about your skin’s health and appearance! Watch our review to learn more and visit www.victorywellness.com.
This Saturday is going to be a GREAT day! Not only because it’s my birthday (woohoo!) but it’s also when the Harmony of Hope Foundation is hosting its Hair4Harmony 5k Run/Walk!
The event will start June 10 at 9:00 AM and benefit the Harmony of Hope Foundation, Inc., a Non-Profit 501 c(3) organization that raises awareness of children suffering from hair loss caused by cancer, alopecia, chemotherapy, and other serious illnesses. They also strive to encourage, empower and support families and loved ones thru this time in their life by providing free wigs, hats, wig care and support FREE of charge up to the age of 21. They are the only Non-Profit in the US that supports all hair loss and can support up to the age of 24 if the child is a full-time student!
When you sign up for the race, 100% of your Registration fee will be donated to this non-profit organization! Not many races can say that!
I’ve attended several Harmony of Hope events, and met many of the people — of all ages — who have been positively affected by this unique organization, so I always love supporting what they do.
The walk/run will be held at Armco Park in Lebanon. Early registration fees are $25 and $30 after June 6 (eek! That’s tomorrow, so hurry!!) Click here to RSVP!