It’s no secret that the winter season can have a negative impact on our moods and energy level. The “winter blues” have been extremely well-documented by countless experts over the years. If you are suffering from something that seems a bit like seasonal gloominess, you should know that you are definitely not the only one. Fortunately, we live in a place that is intent on keeping its community happy and well. Below, we’ve listed our top picks for pampering yourself in Boulder. Take these suggestions, and get back to your usual vibrant, energetic, and cheerful self in no time.
Spa at St Julien
For the ultimate in serenity and elegance, Spa at St Julien is it. Although the spa is reserved for those 18 years or older, St Julien does offer a full menu of salon and skin care services that will keep the kids busy while you spoil yourself. It’s a win for everyone.
They ask that you book your visit at least two weeks in advance, but if they have any availability, they’ll be happy to squeeze you in for a last minute pick-me-up. Book online or give them a call at 1-877-303-0900.
The Dragontree offers everything you need to achieve optimal peace and wellness. Services include massage, body scrubs, skin care, Ayurvedic treatments, acupuncture, and more. You can also gather a few of your favorite people end enjoy one of The Dragontree’s group treatments.
Beyond spa services, The Dragontree’s mission is to help everyone experience truly vibrant energy, a clear and calm mind, and of course, a healthy body. They work toward this goal in a number of ways. A few of my favorites include the Rituals for Living movement (including a Dreambook + Planner), the How to Eat course, and just about anything you find in the apothecary. Visit www.TheDragontree.com to learn more.
Leah Nickie Advanced Aesthetics
The team at Leah Nickie Advanced Aesthetics has changed my life, and they will change yours, too. I can promise you that Leah Nickie is one of the best and most attentive aestheticians out there, and she has two of Boulder’s most stellar doctors on her team, to boot. They will have that dull winter skin looking fresh and brand new in no time.
There is a full menu of services. check it out and pick what is best for you, or ask one of the ladies in the office for a recommendation. You should also keep an eye out for current specials and promo offers, which are listed on the clinic’s website and updated monthly.
Element 6 is Boulder’s premier acupuncture, massage, and bodywork studio. The team takes a multifaceted approach to keeping both body and mind in peak condition, and it is the perfect way to shake off that gloomy winter feeling. You will leave feeling wholly supported and empowered.
The list of applications for acupuncture is seemingly endless, but in this case, stop by the studio and ask Sky about acupuncture for anxiety, depression, fatigue, and performance enhancement.
One of the most effective ways you can pamper yourself is by fueling your body with top-notch nutrition, and Blooming Beets is the perfect place to find it. On the menu, you will find responsibly-prepared, locally-sourced foods that will please any palate, and all of that is complemented by some of the friendliest service in Boulder.
Blooming Beets is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm. Make your reservations by giving them a call at 303.443.3479.
Fresh Thymes Eatery
The culinary team at Fresh Thymes Eatery is committed to bringing you the absolute best in healthy, gluten-free nourishment. The menu is fully customizable, so whether you are a meat-seeking paleo enthusiast or staunchly vegan, Fresh Thymes has something that will accommodate your dietary needs.
For a long-term commitment to treating your body well, check out their Food Perks membership. Because Fresh Thymes is a “community-supported restaurant” (CSR), you’ll love what membership means for yourself and for our community.
Zeal is another versatile foodie paradise, with a little something for everyone on its seasonally-adjusted menu. This casual eatery is the perfect addition to your mission for wellness. You will never find anything besides clean, organic ingredients in the food prepared by this incredibly mindful team.
For your winter blues, our friends at Zeal have created a one-day or three-day cleanse package. It’s a smart and convenient choice for even the busiest Boulderite.
Be sure to stop by Wonder Press – they offer a selection of house-made, cold-pressed juices and blended smoothies that pack a major punch. By that, I mean that you will enjoy all the same benefits from these organic, unpasteurized concoctions that you would get from an entire shopping cart worth of produce. Their tonic shots and all-natural nut milks are also a must for anyone who is interested in a total body reboot.
Also in the realm of high-quality, mindful nutrition, Conscious Cleanse is exactly what you need to rid your body of that dull, heavy feeling. Your participation in this program will give you the fresh start you are looking for, and it makes the process of developing healthier habits so much easier.
Live cleanse sessions are held a few times per year, and the next one is coming up in April (just in time for spring rejuvenation!). You can register HERE.
If that doesn’t work for you, there are other ways of incorporating the Conscious Cleanse philosophy into your daily living. Check out their countless recipes, join their mailing list, or consider purchasing a membership to the year-round program, The 80:20 Plan.
If winter has left you feeling less than your best, a bit of Boulder-style pampering should have you feeling good as new before you know it. Treat yourself well, inside and out, and welcome spring with a fresh new perspective.