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Why is spending time in nature so good for you?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The idea that spending time in nature is good for your health is not as far fetched as it sounds. Originating in the 1980s in Japan, the idea is known as "shinrin-yoku" (森林浴), which translates into english as "forest bathing". Here, we might just call it going for a walk, a hike or just spending time outdoors. The general philosophy can be broken down into simple terms: if a person spends time in a natural area; walking, meditating, or thinking, there are many restoring benefits that can be reaped. Read more

Learn More About our Wellness Classes

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Here at Ste. Anne’s Spa we are well known for many things: our breathtaking gardens, our delectable cuisine, our luxurious accommodations and our incredible spa treatments, to name a few. But did you know that we also offer a full schedule of wellness classes that run 7 days a week? Our staff of well-trained yoga and meditation teachers are here to ensure that every guest has a positive and fulfilling experience when they join in on one of our many class offerings. Read more

Becoming Your Best Self

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Written by Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

A word that we hear quite often these days is wellness. This idea of being your best self and not just free from disease involves a conscious effort to make choices that support a healthy and fulfilling life. Read more

Top 5 Natural Relaxation Tips

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Written by Nana Jokura, ND

Do you experience any of these stress symptoms: muscle tension, poor digestion, sleep problems, irritability or feeling low? Read more

5 Steps to Your Healthiest Self

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Written by Jenn Hall - Wellness Coordinator

Motion is Lotion


You’ve heard the saying, “Move it or Lose it”? It certainly stands true in terms of keeping our bodies fit, functional and mobile. Make it your goal to get at least 30 minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise at least 5 times a week. Make exercise fun by joining a class, grabbing a walking buddy or hiring a trainer to show you the ropes safely. Regular exercise helps maintain a healthy body weight, combats many health conditions and diseases, elevates your mood by releasing endorphins, boosts energy, improves sleep, makes everyday tasks easier, and can be a social opportunity! Read more

For the Working Woman

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Put your hand up if you are a strong, intelligent, successful, motivated, independent, powerful woman. Say “Heck ya!” if you are a mother; a working girl; a business owner; a homeowner; a daughter to an aging parent. Pat yourself on the back if you exercise regularly, watch what you eat, pay your bills on time, walk your dog daily, answer your emails and taxi your children wherever they need to go. So looking at that list, you do realize how incredibly amazing you are, right? You do acknowledge that you work your buns off and you deserve to treat yourself with respect, self-love and some pampering, yes? The easy part is recognizing that you are worth it; the hard part is making it a priority! Read more

Meditation in the Workplace

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

For many of us, we work to live, rather than live to work. It is one of the challenges that we face as Westerners existing in a world that asks us to put in 10-hour workdays, to sit in front of computers for hours on end, and to be perpetually and seemingly inescapably connected to one another by our mobile devices and through our ever-increasing dependency on technology. Read more

Why You Should Be Using Day Cream

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In case you didn't know, day creams are meant to protect your skin from harmful factors such as pollution or even neglect of your skin. Day creams are generally lighter and meant to nourish the skin; it is advisable to adhere to a good skincare regime to keep your skin healthy. Read more

Shiatsu: The Japanese Finger Pressure Treatment

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shiatsu is a healing therapy from Japan that is based on ancient Chinese medical practices. The word "shiatsu" translates as "finger-pressure". In a session, the therapist uses fingers, palms, elbows or knees to apply comfortable, sustained pressure to the body. You wear loose clothing for the session and oils are not used. Shiatsu is a natural therapy which can help to relieve pain and stress, strengthen the body and normalize its functions.  Read more

Taking the Time To Just BE

Friday, June 13, 2014

In the words of the epic Ferris Bueller, "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." Wiser words could not be spoken in our crazy western world. Our contemporary lives are so overfilled with commitments and responsibilities that most of us often find ourselves existing in a constant state of exhaustion, frustration and desperation; trying to keep up to the demands that we impose upon ourselves as we do our best to maintain the overwhelmingly fast pace of our day-to-day lives. Read more