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Published Monday Mar 11, 2019 by Jacki Carr

3 Ways to Recover After a Snowshoe Excursion in the Rockies

Fitness
Beauty
Skincare
Acupuncture

Forecast in the Colorado skies says snow and the inches keep growing hour after hour. You check WAZE and traffic is intensely frightening on 70 to get to any ski lift any time soon. However, in the corner of your closet awaits a lightweight pair of straps-meets-waffles ready to rock any winter storm. 

Set the GPS to Evergreen and take the quick 37-minute ride to Three Sisters Trailhead. Hey there Rocky Mountain snowshoeing! With ample amounts of loops—insider tip, I love the second parking lot next to Alderfer’s Instagrammable barn—it’s time to turn your phone on airplane mode and prepare for a full-on winter wonderland nature immersion.  

Trekking in the snow is a killer workout, so may I suggest a full-on pancake free fall into the snow— or perhaps a snow angel—to start off, followed by a break and a granola bar at the halfway point to rest and refuel. 

Post-snowshoe excursion, you’re probably ready for a little *extra* recovery and rejuvenation. Upon returning to Denver, here’s my wellness hit list (and tips) to help you reset after that adrenaline rush you just conquered. It’s called balance and it is so necessary when it comes to the winter thrills we all seek living out here in the Mile High! 

 

Sore no more.

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Trekking uphill through the snow with the paddle magic that is snowshoes is a major workout for your entire body. Hello legs, hello core, hello heart cardio! And you will feel it the next day. Planning for recovery post-snowshoe is essential and I’m all about the holistic healing practices of Denver’s Harmony Healing. Specifically, cupping and acupuncture to balance my body after an epic adventure.

Newbie to cupping? Cupping uses glass cups and heat to increase circulation, release toxins and create suction on your skin to help with issues like inflammation, muscle tension, and blood flow. Adding on an acupuncture treatment enhances immunity, emotional health and has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. It is a double down type of treatment in which you work from the inside out and relax while the cups and needles work their magic.

 

Submerge. 

float therapy benefits

A hard day on the trails puts major stress on your muscles, which calls for a space to get quiet, release any tension and literally float when you get back to the city. The benefits of float are endless, including increased oxygen flow (especially after getting in higher numbers on a hike!), neutralization of the spine, reduction of stress symptoms and removal of lactic acid. 

A new studio opened in the heart of Cherry Creek, VIVE Float : A Rest and Recovery Wellness Center, and I went for a float. Picture this: you enter the spa space and immediately switch from your hiking boots to spa sandals. The staff welcomes you, and gives you the tour, which includes a Quiet Room—featuring a fire pit, tea, and the comfiest chairs—to rest before or after treatment. Your private float room awaits with a body temperature pool of salt water mixed with magnesium to float any stress right away. You get to choose from any color of the rainbow you desire your float to be and different options of music. Or you can go Pure Float style, which is no music, no light, all you. Fun fact: one hour of sleep in the soak tank equals four hours of sleep IRL. You read that right, FOUR HOURS. 

 

Skin love. 

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It is no secret that we have to level up our skincare game living in the Rocky Mountains. The harsh winter air takes a toll on our pores and that wood burning fireplace is a recipe for dry skin and dehydrated muscles. Enter the magic of the Triple Threat Facial-Ultimate Glow Facial at I {Heart} Skin. As you lay down on the heated bed, founder Jenny Leazer-Ragolia clicks the steamer on your face to open your pores. From there, it’s time to zen out with an oxygenating treatment, LED Red Light Therapy and a long-format sculpting facial massage. Plus, Jenny’s facial roller game is impressive—I got the Rose Quartz roller to wake up the collagen in my face and smooth fine lines.
Pro tip from Jenny: If you’re looking to save your skin before you head out for a snowy adventure, put on a hydrating serum and good SPF. Once you get home, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and nourish your skin with a facial oil and moisturizer. While your skin might feel dry, this is not the time for harsh toners or a detox max, all about the replenishment. 

Not into spending a day snowshoeing to reap all these amazing benefits? Up your self-care practice and love your mind and body all year long with these amazing Denver wellness treatments on the MINDBODY app

Jacki Carr
Written by
Jacki Carr
Rock Your Bliss Co-Founder | Writer
About the author
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, and yoga teacher with a real, honest style that helps connect people to their most powerful self. Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, you can find Jacki in Evergreen, Colorado drinking another bulletproof coffee on her front porch with her husband, two daughters, and their pups.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.