Category Archives: Health

Countdown to V-day: Massage at The Garage

I’m doing a “Countdown to V-day” series of daily blogs to give you gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. And this idea comes from The Garage. No, not the one you park your car in. I’m talking about the one that’s located in Madeira and specializes in massage and body work.

My husband has rheumatoid arthritis, so his joints are always achy and painful, which causes his muscles to tense up into knots. So, I like to give him massage gift certificates every now and then to help him relax. For special occasions, I’ll buy a couple’s massage so I can get in on the pampering too.

So, for our two year anniversary in September, I got a couples massage gift certificate for him at this new place called The Garage. I liked that it wasn’t a “fru-fru” girlie smelling/looking/feeling place… it’s more masculine than any spa I’ve been in … so it makes a guy feel very comfortable there.

What I liked about it is that you could customize the scent and music you wanted during your massage. I love lavender, and I know it helps with relaxation, so I picked that as our scent. And I also chose “The Fray” as our music because “I’ll look after you” by The Fray was the song of our first dance at our reception. When it started playing my husband looked over at me and tears welled up in his eyes. That was a really special experience, and I thank The Garage for making it possible!

I highly recommend getting a massage here, especially if you’ll be bringing your guy with you. He’ll feel very comfortable there. And you’ll love it because of all the customizations. Ask for the owner, Onalda, if you call (513.235.0566), she’ll take care of you.

They have this promo going for Feb: Book 60 Minutes at reg rate and get 30 minutes free-Valid through Feb. 28th. And for Valentine’s Day they have a couples massage for $175 (see below for what all is included) if you book before Feb. 14.

Countdown to V-day: yogahOMe Yoga Studios

Valentine’s Day is four short days away. If you’re like me, you wait until the last minute to purchase the perfect gift. So, I’m doing a “Countdown to V-day” series of daily blogs to give you gift ideas.

Today’s feature is on yogahOMe yoga studios, where you earn a free class to use at any yogahOMe studio any time you bring a friend to class with you! This is good all Valentine’s Week! They have a few different locations too, which is nice: Oakley, Mariemont, Bellevue, and Symmes. Click here to learn all the deets about the special.

I found out about this special by asking on our Cincy Chic facebook page if any local businesses were having V-day specials and someone from yogahOMe responded. It’s funny because Julie over at Wine Me Dine Me and I were just talking about yogahOMe. She goes there and loves it!

My husband and I recently re-upped our YMCA gym membership and have been going together a lot lately. Even though it sounds like the least romantic thing you could ever do with your special someone, it’s actually a great bonding/flirting experience. He’ll be lifting weights and flex his muscles at me. I’ll be running on the treadmill and give him a wink as he walks by. Then you’re all hyped up on endorphins after the work-out, which gives you lots of energy for other “more romantic” activities! : ) haha!

Check out the great “About Us” video below that yogahOMe just posted to their site! I think it does a good job of giving you a sneak peek into their studios, clients and instructors.


Lady in Red Feb. 4

Lady in Red

A fashionable fundraiser for the American Heart Association on National Wear Red Day

When: Friday, Feb. 4, 9 p.m.-midnight
Where: Tonic on Fourth 125 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati OH 45202

What: Swag bags for first 150 RSVPs, freeze modeling of the latest fashion trends, music by Storm Bennett, specialty red cocktails and a spectacular silent auction – 100% of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association!

Dress: Cocktail chic… red attire preferred!

Tickets: Pre-registration tickets are $10 per person. Swag bags will be given to the first 150 RSVPs! Click here to RSVP and get more information. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets early!

Presenting Sponsor: Krombholz Jewelers
Healthcare Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Supporting Sponsors: Lexus Rivercenter and Performance Lexus
Hair/Makeup Sponsor:
Me Salon
Fashion Platform Sponsors:
Paris J Boutique, Corwyn Apparel, Serket Jewelry
Swag Bag Sponsor: Adventure Boot Camp for Women
In-Kind Sponsors:
Yelp, Cincy Sweets by Liz, Walk on Site
Media Sponsors: Star64 WSTR and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the network

Be a Holiday Hottie

You probably see a lot of friends and family during the holidays who you usually don’t see much of throughout the year. So, when you do see them, you want to look your best, right? Well, I just found out about a fun promo that Keep It Tight Fitness is doing to help us ladies get motivated before the holidays hit… and to help one lucky lady look fab for New Year’s with a $500 gift certificate to Soho Boutique. Oh, speaking of New Year’s, that just reminded me that my husband and I are taking a trip to the beach for NYE. Hmm… bikini… yeah, perfect timing for this promo! : )

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27yo Breast Cancer Survivor Benefit Event Tonight!

The “Big C” never hits at a good time. But 27 years old is way, way too young.

I’m 27, so this one hits extremely close to home. Makes me realize you’re never immune, you’re never safe, from the grips of breast cancer.

Lauren Carr (who I’ve have the pleasure of meeting when shopping at Sara Benjamins) was recently diagnosed with breast cancer at the mere age of 27. Her friends, family and co-workers are holding a benefit event for her tonight. See below.

From what I understand, the treatments (and being out of work to recover) have taken a financial toll on Lauren. And money is the last thing this girl needs to worry about during her battle against cancer. Hope to see you there.

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Bras with Flair Recap

Our third annual Bras with Flair on the Square campaign took place last Wednesday and it was a huge success! We had so much fun and it was for a wonderful cause. It looks like Cincy Chic is going to be able to donate $1,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure this year from our event! Yay!

100509MAKEOVERAn absolute highlight of the event was being able to award a pamper package to a special breast cancer survivor. We haven’t done this in year’s past, but with the help of Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, we held an open nomination contest for breast cancer survivors to share their stories. The finalists were voted on by the public and Heather Ray, a 40-year-old Symmes Township resident, won a pamper package valued at $3,000 with donated products and services from Tuscany Spa.Salon, Lexus RiverCenter, La Silhouette Lingerie, Playhouse in the Park, Fusion Studio, Soho Boutique, Pure Romance and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse.

After losing her leg to a rare cancer at the age of 13, Heather has battled three breast cancer recurrences. Just last week, she was given a bill of health! Heather has – as an individual – raised $32,000 for Race for the Cure this year, and hopes to get a prosthetic leg to compete in triathlons in the future.

Hearing her story – and all the other breast cancer survivor stories I learned about through the process of hosting Bras with Flair – I am truly inspired and humbled. Any problem, any worry, any obstacle I thought I had has been completely put into perspective. These survivors went toe to toe with a deadly disease and won, and battle every day to continue to win. All because they love life so much and they don’t want anything to take them away from the things they love doing and family they love being around.

Click here to learn more about Heather, and enjoy the video below for a sneak peak into the life of a woman who seems to have battled it all but still considers herself lucky.

Photos courtesy of The Cincinnati Enquirer (left photo photgrapher: Gary Landers; right photo photographer: Ernest Coleman)