Mind Body and Soul


Watch YOURSELF Soar Like An Eagle!

When most people think about going to a spa, they think of going for the mere opportunity to rest, relax and escape from the daily routine of their lives. Sometimes when we go to a spa we may find that we received more than we set out for.

It is almost like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, each of the characters was looking for something a brain, a heart, courage, or the way home. Today, it can almost be compared to your mind, your body and your soul. So when you go to a spa, looking for rest and relaxation, you may find that as they work on your body – it triggers your mind – and puts you in touch with your soul. The true essence of who you are.

Mind Body and Soul, Oh My!

Let’s start with the mind. Our mind has so much power and authority over all of us. It controls our entire being. It doesn’t matter how small or how large we are. Our minds are influenced by our perceptions of how our mind perceived the life we lived to date. Our mind then sets up ceilings for what we feel we can accomplish. It establishes the limitations we will then live by.

I first heard of this when I was in a college psychology class where I learned of a study with fleas. Now, fleas have to jump very high in order to get onto their host to survive. They may have to jump afoot to get onto a cat, a dog or other animals. However, in this study, the minute the flea was born it was placed in a matchbox no higher than an inch to live. That flea following its natural instincts would try to jump high. However, it would hit its body on the roof, of the one-inch matchbox, and quickly fall to the ground. After a short time period of doing this over and over and over, the flea in its little mind learned that it should never jump more than an inch. After the conditioning, the flea was removed from the matchbox. Now, the fleas could jump as high as he would like to. Unfortunately, this flea would never jump more than an inch. The flea’s body had not changed. He still had the capacity to jump high. However, his mind limited what his body would do.

Now, this just doesn’t happen in lower level insects. It also happens with elephants. Elephants, born in captivity will have a chain and a metal spike immediately attached to their leg. This prevents the elephant from roaming when they are little and not yet strong enough to pull the stake out of the ground. Now, as they grow older these elephants still feel and believe that a rope and a wooden stake will prevent them from moving. They do not even challenge the stake or try to pull away. These mighty elephants believe they cannot move so they don’t. Now, we all know that these elephants have great strength and can easily pull the wooden peg from the ground and have their freedom, but they don’t. These elephants have become captive due to their own mind.

Perception Isn’t Reality!

Much like the flea and the elephant, people place limitations on themselves. People’s perceptions of a reality formed during their childhood create limitations in their lives as adults. People allow weaknesses, fear, rejection and other events from their childhood to leave them powerless when it comes to choosing peace, love, happiness, success, self-worth and the ability to know that they can live the life they choose. Just like Dorothy, many spas around the nation are teaching us that to find our heart, our brain, our courage and our way home, we only need to go within, let ourselves go, and allow change and balance to happen. We hold the key to the infinite possibilities we can live. We only need to believe in ourselves.


Miraval Life in Balance®, Catalina, AZ

miravalOur Life in Balance Spa was designed with the utmost respect and appreciation for the natural splendor of the Sonoran desert. Our menu of services offers our guests the most innovative, life-enhancing treatments in the world. Our therapists have studied in all corners of the globe and their expertise shines through our vast array of spa treatments that are unique to Miraval.

Canyon Ranch

canyon ranch spaCanyon Ranch is more than a place – it’s a state of mind and a way of life. Since 1979, Canyon Ranch has set the gold standard among destination resorts and spas, empowering people to live healthier, longer, more joyful lives through fitness, nutrition, stress management, and integrative wellness. Whether you’re interested in pure relaxation, life-changing health, and wellness programs or in an area such as weight loss or spirituality, you’ll enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the world’s leader among luxury spas.

Day Spas are Special Too!

Sometimes you do not have to go very far to have a healing moment. You can discover them in your own backyard. Take the time to learn about the Day Spas in your own neighborhood. You may find that there are many who offer unique treatments, have books and CDs for self-development, and have special people working there who reflect the things you need to learn in life. Check our Spa Locator Directory, locate a spa near you and connect to their web page to find out more about their unique services. Get a feel for which one you are most drawn to and then make a call to book an appointment. The time to connect is now!

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