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It’s spring! The perfect time to take a cue from nature to refresh and renew. And, not just focusing on your body alone — your mind and spirit deserve equal time. Here are several ideas to get you started.


Nourish yourself inside and out

From the perspective of the team at Alchemy Total Wellness, “Wellness is more of a lifestyle than a goal. It’s the art of living. At Alchemy Total Wellness, we consider all of the moving parts that contribute to a state of overall well-being: fitness, mindset, nutrition, relationships, career, health, spirituality, community, purpose, habits, and routines. For our clients, extraordinary results are the byproduct of consistent improvement in those areas. Many of your goals come to fruition when you are living well.  Personal transformation, then, is not a milestone, but a journey…perhaps, the most fulfilling journey there is.” 



Rejuvenate and refresh

The Bear Mountain Inn recommends treating yourself (and your friends) to a women¹s mid-week getaway and well-deserved me-time at the Inn. The Rejuvenate in Balance weekend will have you relaxed in no time! It all starts with a get-together and dinner on Wednesday night when you¹ll review the activities for the two days ahead and enjoy a roundtable discussion of whatever¹s on your mind. Wake up to a yoga class on Thursday morning, followed by an energy-boosting breakfast. Spend the afternoon in an uplifting activity of your choice — hiking or a lecture, for example. Or head to the spa for a massage, facial treatment, or mani/pedi. Wind down for the day with a cocktail social hour and banquet theme dinner (did anyone say, “Mardi Gras”?). Rise and shine on Sunday with a meditation yoga session as you wrap-up the perfect antidote to the stress in your life. 


Give yourself a virtual hug

At Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, in those cool to cold months, wellness and relaxation can be found with a cozy room or cottage, a fireplace, and a country breakfast. Encouraged by Buttermilk Spa’s sauna, pool, steam room, myriad treatments, and maybe even a delicious, healthful Spa Lunch delivered poolside, guests experience the ultimate detox, as the hectic pace of everyday life evaporates. The simple pleasures of an afternoon tea service or a table at Henry’s at the Farm Restaurant, will reconnect a guest to pure locally-sourced foods, including fresh eggs and honey from our own Millstone Farm, to be savored at leisure. And, there’s still time to take advantage of Buttermilk Falls’ Winter Welcome package that runs through March 31.


From feeling good to looking great

When you feel good inside, it shows. As Carolina Villalón, of Sempiternal Cosmetics, notes, “If you dream of waking up with beautiful eyebrows that won’t wipe or smudge off when it matters most, then Microblading is your solution. This convenient, non-surgical, semi-permanent cosmetic service saves time in your daily routine by eliminating the need for makeup. Microblading positively enhances existing eyebrows, or creates a custom pair tailored by the natural features of your face.” A Hudson Valley native, Villalón is a Board-Certified Dermatechnician and Licensed Cosmetic Tattoo Artist who offers Microblading at The Revenant Gallery, a clean, sterile, and friendly tattoo shop in Dutchess County.



Make self-care a priority

Many women notoriously put self-care low on their priority list. According to Dr. Umangi Patel, Medical Director, Oncology Services at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, “As women, our own health often becomes secondary while caring for others. The importance of routine, preventative care cannot be stressed enough. More than 13,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually. While the number of diagnoses has dropped significantly, the death rate has not. Cervical cancer can often be treated successfully and cured when found early. Screenings can locate abnormal cells that can be treated before cancer develops. Screening should begin at age 21, and from ages 30 to 65, a combination of Pap and HPV tests are recommended.”


Keeping hearing healthy

Audiologist Dr. Lori Biasotti, of the Family Hearing Center, emphasizes the importance of maintaining hearing as part of comprehensive self-care. “Hearing health is an important part of woman’s overall health and well-being,” she explains. “A woman’s hearing may change during pregnancy or menopause. Baseline testing is recommended at age 60 years, or sooner if hearing loss is suspected. Talk with your physician about a referral to an audiologist for a complete hearing evaluation. Untreated hearing loss can cause frustration, isolation, and even depression. When hearing loss is treated with hearing aids, when appropriate, improvements will be often be observed in mood as well as in communication abilities. Research has shown that women are more likely to seek treatment and wear their hearing aids more consistently than their male counterparts.”   




Alchemy Total Wellness

516 Broadway, Suite 1


Bear Mountain Inn

3020 Seven Lakes Dr
Bear Mountain


Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa

220 North Rd


Family Hearing Center

18 Westage Business Center Dr


St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
A Member of the Montefiore Health System

70 Dubois Street


Sempiternal Cosmetics

816 NY-82
Hopewell Junction

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