Your Ideal Unwind: Escapes for Every Personality

Let’s play a game of would you rather. Would you rather jog on the beach or hike through pine-crested mountains? Get a luxurious massage or learn how to prepare a gourmet meal? Escape to quaint New England or buzzing Las Vegas?

Have your answers? Good. Now make it all happen with the help of Canyon Ranch® – a 35-year-strong health and wellness pioneer. Here’s your guide.

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March 11, 2014

Have a Minute? Here’s How to De-Stress in 60 Seconds

Life. Gets. Crazy. That’s a simple fact. But calm is attainable – even on the busiest of days. All you have to do is breathe.

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According the experts at Canyon Ranch®, controlled, purposeful breathing is a powerful tool you can call upon anytime, anywhere. When your chest tightens. When you lose focus. When those deadlines start creeping up, and the emails keep piling in. You know, like… today.

Here’s how to start the unwind. (Feel free to try it right at your desk.)

  1. Sit down. Make sure you’re comfortable, then rest your hands on your stomach.
  2. Inhale deeply, inflating your abdomen to its full capacity. Release your breath slowly.
  3. On the next inhale, fill your abdomen again. Then move that breath into your ribs.
  4. Breathe out. First release the air in your ribs, then your abdomen.
  5. Inhale one more time, again moving your breath into your abdomen, then your ribs, then finally into your chest.
  6. Release your breath in reverse order and repeat.

 
Want to take the calm a step further? Our Canyon Ranch® Boutique opens Tuesday, October 15, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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October 15, 2013

Inhale, Exhale: The Lowdown on Mindful Breathing

Fact: Breathing is one of the most natural, subconscious things our bodies do. But when it comes to meditation, focusing on every inhale and exhale can be a powerful technique – one that keeps you from getting distracted by nagging thoughts and the stress, anxiety, and frustration that accompany them.

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To find out just how mindful breathing works, we asked the wellness experts at Canyon Ranch® to give us a few tips.

Find a Comfortable Spot
“It doesn’t matter if you are in a chair, on the couch, or on the floor. Sit wherever you feel the most comfortable. Aim to keep your back as straight as possible; it’s not necessary to sit frozen like a statue, but try not to slouch either. Keep your shoulders relaxed and your neck long and straight.”

Narrow Your Focus
“Mindful breathing is less about altering breath pattern and more about tuning into each inhalation and exhalation as it happens naturally. Once you’re in a comfortable position, close your eyes and inhale. Notice how the oxygen flows into your nose, down your windpipe, and into your lungs, expanding your belly. Observe the slight pause your body takes when you’ve breathed in as much air as you can. Next, focus on your exhale. Notice the warm air as it slowly leaves your lungs through your mouth, and feel your body relax and your abdomen deflate.”

Allow Your Thoughts to Drift Past You
“One of the most difficult parts of meditation is sitting still – both in the body and mind. Distractions are a normal part of the process. When you feel your mind start to wander, refocus attention on breathing. Acknowledge the distraction and then make a conscious effort to let the thought drift away. Visualize stray thoughts as clouds in the sky – you can watch them slowly float by, but don’t reach out and grab them. They are simply there for you to observe.”

Stick with It
“When you first begin a mindfulness meditation practice, try it for short periods of time – between three to five minutes a few times a day. Once you begin to feel more comfortable with the practice, you can adjust the time and frequency to whatever feels right to you.”

Our Canyon Ranch Boutique opens Wednesday, March 6, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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March 6, 2013

A Resolution’s Best Friend: Canyon Ranch

 

Canyon Ranch, A New Year's Resolution's Best Friend

The New Year is here – and I, for one, plan to make good on all my resolutions. And to make sure I get off on the right foot, a weeklong stay at this award-winning health resort is on my list. With food and fitness experts, acclaimed classes, and plenty of pampering, there will be no slacking off for this girl (which may have happened last year…).

Try Something New
Cross-country skiing? Cooking classes? I’m jump-starting a year filled with learning – resulting in a better, more experienced me.

Get Fit
And I’m talking mind, body, and soul. From gentle stretching and rigorous workouts to soul journeys and spiritual dialogues, all ends of the living-well spectrum are covered.

Relax
Sitting by the fire. Putting my feet up. The holidays are over – and after a crazy season like that, I’m pretty sure I deserve it.

Our Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA: Resolve to Renew Boutique opens Thursday, January 3, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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January 3, 2013

The Crib Sheet: How to Stick to New Year’s Resolutions

CANYON RANCH GIVES HEALTHY LIVING TIPS TO TAKE INTO THE NEW YEAR

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It’s that time of year again. We’re making resolutions to kickstart the New Year. If you’re anything like us, you get bogged down throughout the year (ok, by the end of the month) and those pledges get left by the wayside. But this year, we’re turning to the wellness experts at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts to help find ways to stick to them.

1. Find an exercise routine that you actually enjoy.
Don’t fret if running is not for you. Anything that elevates your heartbeat for a sustained period is a good cardio workout – the best exercise for you is the one you enjoy most, because you’ll keep doing it. Try classes that look like fun - indoor cycling, boxing, or high-energy dance classes like Zumba®. If you enjoy competitive sports, get your heart going with racquetball or basketball. If you prefer a solo activity, try swimming, cycling, or walking (mile for mile, walking and running yield about equal benefits). If you like to be social, go out dancing, hiking, or kayaking with friends – even a snowball fight works. Your body doesn’t know the difference between exercise and play, it just loves to be active.
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December 31, 2010

The Crib Sheet: 10 Tips for Eating Healthier This Spring

BY SCOTT UEHLEIN, CANYON RANCH CORPORATE CHEF

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Eating healthy is easier than you think. If you start with the freshest ingredients and use all the right tools, you’re well on your way to a better body for spring. Maybe I’ll cook for you during a Canyon Ranch stay (Boutique opens March 29). In the meantime, here are some easy-to-follow-tips from my kitchen at Canyon Ranch to yours.  

1. Buy local. At Canyon Ranch, we strive to purchase as much local product as we can. Shop your farmer’s market where you can focus on seasonal ingredients. Local produce is picked when it’s ripe, so it has more flavor and nutritional value. It’s a great opportunity to meet the farmer and “know the source” of your produce.
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March 29, 2010