The Glamour of a Day Spa

What man or woman wouldn’t love to take a day off and go to your local day spa to be pampered and spoiled? The services they provide these days are so fabulous. There is something for everyone and for every budget.

You can go to spend a lunch hour to just have a neck massage or maybe a manicure. Or you can go for a few hours or a full day and have a massage, manicure and pedicure. You can even go for a weekend and spend it in a beautiful country Inn where you are pampered to the max. Although, that would be a several day spa!

These packages also make an amazing gift for someone special. Last year, I purchased an Ultimate Glamour Package for my mother at a local spa. She had the whole kit and caboodle and was extremely grateful. First, they had her change into a soft, cozy robe and slippers. She had a facial which included a facial steam to open the pores, followed by exfoliation of the face and neck. Treatment concluded with a therapeutic mask and hydrating moisturizer. The also did a complete make-up application but not until she was done with the other services. The other pampering included a very relaxing Swedish body massage followed by the application of hot stones, while they played very calming music in the background. She was then led to a room where they served her an Organic Strawberry and Almond Salad and a glass of Champagne. By the time they set her up to do a manicure and pedicure, she said it felt like she was in heaven.

There is not a city in the world that does not have a Spa within 15 miles. You can spend a day there for your own pleasure or you can get a gift certificate for any occasion to give to a loved one. I also know of girlfriends that have spent a day having themselves all primped for weddings or proms. The services can include; all hair services from a cut to extensions applied, permanent makeup applications, eyelash extensions, every massage imaginable, airbrush tanning or tanning booths. This is all in addition to the many usual services you will find at a spa such as the numerous facials, massages and nail packages.

I don’t care what budget you are on or what luxury you are looking for, a day at a local spa is a fabulous way to spoil anyone. You can go online and find one near you or anywhere you are traveling. Just remember to leave all your troubles and worries at the door step and enjoy your day…you deserve it!

Don’t Think About Your Health The Way Cowboy Fans Think About Their Team

I was a bit of a Dallas Cowboy fan when I was a kid. My main team was the New Orleans Saints, but I honestly enjoyed the Aikman, Smith and Irvin era in Dallas. The intrigue with the Cowboys vanished when the “Big 3” dispersed and throughout the years I started to notice how insufferable Cowboy fans were.

It’s now 2016 and the NFL Draft is in the books. I watch ESPN like most average Joes and I’m just annoyed by all the hype and headlines the Cowboys receive because of a rookie running back who is (undeniably) the missing piece to the Cowboys winning the Super Bowl. It’s in the books, the season is over, why watch the games, they have “the best offensive line in the league”, “Tony Romo is moving around better than ever at camp”. It’s really amazing the amount media coverage we see for a team that has just two playoff wins in the last 19 years.

But I digress…

OK now that I got all of that out I can get to my real point. The way we think about healthcare is very similar to how Cowboy fans think about their Cowboys. Let me explain.

We’ve believed the hype with our healthcare system the way Cowboy Fans believe the hype about their team.

If you do the research, American medicine has a horrible track record. Over the years we have built huge hospitals and medical districts that are top of the line and state of the art (just like Jerry Jones’ Billion Dollar playpen) and our healthcare system is one of the worst among developed countries while also being the most expensive.

Americans are some the sickest people on Earth, despite spending the most on healthcare and consuming 75% of the World’s prescription medications. That should resonate with everyone. We see the glitz and the glamour and are attracted to it because it looks nice and sparkly, like twinkling giant stars, but the product and results are horrendous or mediocre at best.

The media blitz in Medicine is similar to the unending Cowboy promotion machine

The ads, media, and airtime that our medical system uses seems to promote “major advances” and “new medicines” that continue to sell a false hope to the majority of the American people. Yes there are areas where allopathic medicine and even the Cowboys get it right, but the overall track record is not impressive.

You can’t always believe the media blitz. You should not be asking your doctor if “XYZ” medication is right for you. Instead, try asking “What can I do to make sure I never need that kind of medication?”

Blindly believing the Cowboys or the Medical System can make the improvements they need without major changes to their philosophy won’t work.

Whether trying to solve our health issues with more drugs and surgery or hearing about “America’s team”, many people (including myself) are tired of the false hope and misinformation that persists. We have to take an active role in our own health.

I know they’re trying to make a difference…

To take a step back, I’m sure the creators of these medical products have the people at heart and they are just trying to make a difference, but the reason this system is flawed is because the main agenda is not your health, but about treating disease and generating profits.

All of these super huge hospitals have to be filled with patients in order to stay running and the newer and better the hospital, the more expensive it is to get treated. AT&T Stadium (where the Cowboys play) is a huge and magnificent facility, and yes I toured it the first opportunity I got, but there are a lot of seats and they are not cheap. All of the hoopla that this team creates is simply to fill that stadium to capacity despite the bad product.

America is great because we have a choice.

Professional sports are just fun and games and I like to poke fun at Cowboy fans but our health a serious matter. Stop being sucked into a system that is advertising and selling blind hope and mediocrity. We have no chance of becoming a healthy nation without getting off the train of more and more prescriptions and taking a passive role in our health.

We have one of the worst medical systems in the world and it’s because we continue fall into the same traps. The choice we need to start making is to prevent disease instead of just being treated for it. Health-care instead of sick-care. 80% of disease and health issues are lifestyle related, which means they can be prevented.

If we can prevent these health issues, why don’t we?

Our approach is wrong. Patients wait until they have a symptom before they take action. Waiting for your first heart attack to start exercising is not an effective strategy. Waiting until your back pain gets so bad that the bottles of ibuprofen no longer keep it away is ignoring the signs that you need to make a change.

Many of the countries with the top healthcare systems focus on and implement preventative care such as proper nutrition, active exercising, chiropractic, acupuncture, and health screenings.

Don’t wait until your health (or football team) is in such disarray that you’re forced to rebuild.

I’m a chiropractor and I help people with pain on a daily basis, but my preferred patients are people who are not in pain and are here to prevent the many issues that can occur by waiting until disease forces them into my office.

I can guarantee it’s cheaper and less time consuming to be proactive in taking care of your health. Let’s live in reality, stop committing to a system that has not worked and start looking and listening for healthcare options that makes sense and does more good than harm. And oh yeah, WHO DAT! (Dr. Cordova Note: Ahem, that should read Go Texans!)

Reveal the More Glamorous You – 5-Step Easy to Follow Glamour Guide

As a young girl, I discovered the power of well placed details. My creative touch could magically turn ordinary into extraordinary. I remember, as early as age four, color coordinating my outfits for school from my barrettes down to my socks. By age eight, I was tracking what I wore when and began never wearing the same thing twice. I did wear pieces of my wardrobe more than once, but never in the same combination. Fashion magazines were a constant source of inspiration for me. In second grade, I read an article about the importance of having a signature scent. Loving the idea, I found the right combination and began layering two fragrances at once. My signature scent is still with me and a day rarely passes without someone complimenting me on it. Today, everything I touch sparkles with glamour and I am thrilled to share my knowledge and to reveal the more glamorous you

Get Your Mind Right

Getting glamorous must be fun for you. It is important to be excited about the glamorous road ahead of you. Getting in the right frame of mind is the first step. Are you having fun? Are you bored? Have fun doing everything you do or stop doing it. Your transformation will not happen overnight, but with enthusiasm you will progress quickly. Get into the habit of deciding whether you are having fun or bored. Continue fun things and stop anything boring. Your life will be more enjoyable.

Check Your Foundation

Get ready to go shopping, feel slimmer and look sleek. Get more glamorous with step two and start shopping for properly fitting undergarments. A functional bra wardrobe is a must. Most women wear uncomfortable bras that ride up, leave marks, and lack support. This interferes with circulation causing health issues. The remedy is a proper bra fitting. Take the time to get measured at a specialty store or follow online instructions for measuring. Start with two bras that fit perfectly. Demand comfortable support and a flattering shape. I recently added a well structured wire-free push-up bra to my bra wardrobe.

Look at yourself in fitted pants and a fitted skirt. If you are not sleek and free of lines take action. Line-free underwear is readily available in many styles, cuts and fabrics. Try a body-shaper if you need more support. The right foundations make your existing wardrobe seem new and give you an instant life without working out or dieting.

Stand In Line

Step three will get you out of your slump and keep you in line. Wearing your newly purchased foundations, look at your glamorous self in a full length mirror. Examine your posture. Think long and lean, lift your head, chin down, extend your neck, shoulders down, back, and relaxed, lift your chest, tuck your tailbone under and tighten your stomach. Remember to breathe, relax, and try to look natural. Your back should be straight not swayed. Practice your perfect posture standing and sitting.

Liberate Your Locks

Change your hairstyle. Be bold. Do something different like go from long to short or try a new color. See your regular stylist or get a salon recommendation from a friend you trust with hair you like. Choose your new look with careful consideration. Part of being glamorous is using the element of surprise. The reveal is the most exciting part of any makeover. Use step four as an opportunity to have fun and be a little mysterious. Plan to reveal your new look at an upcoming social event. Make sure that the majority of the guests will be surprised by your lovely new locks. With a new look, if it is dramatic, everyone you know and strangers too will react differently to you. This will do wonders for your glamorized mindset. Encouraging words build enthusiasm.

Face The Facts

The three F’s of glamour are figure, fashion, and face. One should not outshine the other for maximum impact. Anyone can just wear a marvelous dress or lovely lip gloss. Delivering a total package of overall beauty is an art form. You do not need to overdo it. On the contrary, be thoughtful, consider the details of your look, and do not be afraid to try new things. Experiment now with step five. Fall in love with one new cosmetic that inspires the more glamorous you. Buy it and try it. Have fun enhancing one of your natural charms.

Put it all together. While you get glamorous listen to sexy music! The glamorous you needs a theme song. You will know it when you hear it. This song will send you into glamour overdrive! Now, glamorize your mindset, step into those lovely foundations, appreciate your curves, stand up straight, style your fabulous hair, and use the latest cosmetic you love. Take a long look at the more glamorous you. Soak in how lovely look and how good you feel right now. Dress in your most stylish ensemble and reveal the more glamorous you to the world!