Whole Life Magazine Article

by Scott on July 11, 2014

cover_junjul14There is a great article on the spa in this months issue of Whole Life Magazine.  It lists the Top 5 holistic spas in Los Angeles and we’re very excited to be recognized for the progress we’ve made over the last few months.  While we’ve added a number of new treatments, we’re certainly not done yet.  Right now we’re developing a seasonal menu that takes into account the natural changes that happen in our environment throughout the year and provides exactly the right treatment your body needs at that time.  Very exciting stuff!

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Summer Solstice Sustenance: Eating for Nourishment

by Briana Leon on June 21, 2014

Sunlit grapes

Today is the summer solstice, marking the middle of another year by celebrating Earth’s fertility. It’s a turning point in our calendars, encouraging a good harvest of what we’ve laid down for ourselves so far this year. What better way to honor this day than with a physical recalibration? Yes, exercise sustains mental and cardiovascular health, but it overshadows another equally important part of our physical fitness: diet. Bear with me, this isn’t just another “fad diet” piece because there is more to a healthy diet than just abstaining from all things delicious. Put aside those draconian rules every fashion magazine suggests and think about your diet holistically. What is in the food you eat? And can your body actually process it?

There is a lot of debate over the integrity of genetically modified organisms, but there are more toxic food products out there such as pesticides, preservatives, colorings and flavorings that comprise most of what we eat. As human beings, it’s our duty to stay educated on what they are and how they affect our health. You would be stunned to know that there are ingredients in our groceries that are banned in other countries because they are deemed unsafe for human consumption. But we still eat them! Food colorings, potassium bromate (found in rolls, wraps, bread crumbs), and diphenylamine (a preservative found in apples and other fruits), are all chemicals that, when broken down, turn into carcinogens in our bodies. And these are just some of many.

It’s almost impossible to avoid every unhealthy chemical in our diet, like it’s impossible to avoid air pollution and traffic, but it’s worth looking into. Think about where your physical and mental energy levels would be if you fed yourself the food your body knows how to break down easily and contains the nutrients it needs to function. Don’t worry too much about fat and carbs, but instead eat with the intention of balance and nourishment. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it. Eat seasonally, so you eat produce that won’t have as heavy doses of preservatives as others.

Throughout history the summer solstice has honored and celebrated Earth’s fruitfulness. Let’s honor our own fertility by staying aware of the kinds of ingredients we consume. Our bodies will thank us.



A Meditation for All This Saga Dawa

June 11, 2014

The holiest holiday in Buddhism, the Saga Dawa celebrates the month in which Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and passed onto final enlightenment through his death. During this time, Buddhists all over the world practice mindfulness through good deeds, prayer, and meditation. Meditation is the most difficult form of mindfulness to practice in our busy Western world, but it’s the [ read more → ]

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A Juggling Act: Motherhood and Fitness

May 16, 2014

A mom’s schedule can be just as rigorous as an Olympic runner’s training regiment, but whereas an athlete’s routine is always consistent, a mother’s routine is usually thrown out the window. She is mentally and emotionally devoted to the whims of her children, and as well as physically, whether it’s changing, feeding and carrying newborns, driving to rehearsal and practice, [ read more → ]

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Meet Tina Figueroa, the New CEO of Le Petite Retreat Day Spa

May 7, 2014

As an HR executive for a series of global Fortune 500 companies, Tina Figueroa has devoted her career to supporting, motivating and nurturing people. She now brings that focus to Le Petite Retreat Day Spa with a mission to create an urban temple where clients can experience relaxation and transformation—finding complete mental, physical and spiritual rejuvenation. Tina’s work took her [ read more → ]

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Everyday Moms

April 30, 2014

  Scrolling through the web as Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself reading about utterly courageous mothers overcoming severe adversity and horrific atrocities in order to give their children a better life. While these heart-wrenching stories are truly admirable, I can’t help thinking that for every extreme case, there are countless everyday mothers in the world whose stories are not [ read more → ]

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Buddhist Art Exhibit

April 8, 2014

Fantastic exhibit at the Norton Simon Museum on Buddhist art of the Himalayas this summer.  Only $10 to see amazing examples of sculpture and art from Nepal and Tibet.  More infomration: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-buddhist-art-review-20140408,0,4405813.story#axzz2yKad8bE8 Hope to see you there! [ read more → ]

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Spring is here!

March 7, 2014

For the rest of the country still struggling under a foot of snow, it’s hard to believe the first day of Spring is almost here.  For Angelino’s March means baseball Opening Day, the LA Marathon, and March Madness.  If sports don’t drive your calendar then you can look forward to opening night at the Hollywood Bowl, poppies blooming in the [ read more → ]

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Relax and Enjoy

February 25, 2014

Those who are older and wiser tell us and we typically ignore, relax and enjoy your life.  Life really is too short.  It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day busyness and craziness of all of our responsibilities.  For this reason, we get into a routine and a mode of just get it done, another [ read more → ]

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It’s Not Too Late

February 9, 2014

It is not too late to give the best present ever for Valentine’s Day this year.  In fact, getting the greatest gift is as easy as a click away. Lock it in this year! Buying a gift certificate online can be the way to go this year, especially if it is for a spa treatment which is meant to share relaxation and [ read more → ]

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