Spring is generally associated with new beginnings and fresh starts. While new beginnings in nature, such as flowers emerging through the soil, happen with ease, when it comes to human behavior, fresh starts sometimes require more effort and attention. One area where it is worth cultivating new perspectives is health and wellness.
Cathy Windland, owner of Inner Spa, in Newtown, was recently voted “Best Holistic Health Practitioner” in the Bucks County Courier Times annual “Best of Bucks” campaign.
Windland has been practicing colon hydrotherapy at Inner Spa since 2011, when she received her foundation level certification from the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT). Since then, she has expanded her knowledge base, continued her education and is now a National Board Certified Colon Hydrotherapist. In addition to providing colonics, Windland is dedicated to teaching others the practice of colon hydrotherapy. In 2015, she became an I-ACT certified colon hydrotherapy instructor.
Passionate about digestive health and supporting her clients in their quest for wellness, Windland says she never dreamed of being called to her current vocation. With a background in the business world, Windland says she is grateful that life led her to the holistic health profession and is honored to receive this recognition from the community.
Inner Spa is an organic wellness spa that focuses on cleansing services and internal wellness. It is one of the few centers in the area certified by I-ACT to offer colon hydrotherapy.
Newtown’s Inner Spa will be hosting a free Wellness Toolkit Workshop Series in the community throughout the month of May. The series is designed to provide healthy tools to use in the quest for wellness and offer opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals striving to cultivate health and vitality.
Topics to be discussed include Kick the Sugar Habit; C’mon! Get Happy Hour; Healthy Digestion Basics; Mental Detox: Moving Beyond Affirmations; and Medicine Cabinet Makeover. Owner Cathy Windland enthusiastically describes each of the five topics to be presented.
by Cathy Windland
Toxins are all around and hard to avoid. They are in the air (fumes, chemical cleaners), food (pesticides) and some personal care products (chemical fragrances, preservatives). They enter the body through the skin, lungs and mouth, and if they do not exit the body, toxic overload could lead to headaches, constipation, fatigue, skin issues and an overall general malaise.
Detoxification is a natural and essential way to help promote health and prevent disease. In simple terms, detoxification involves awakening and releasing toxins from the body. It takes time and effort to truly rid the body of a toxic overload.
by Carrie Jackson
Since 2004, Newtown’s Inner Spa has been the Philadelphia suburban area’s preeminent center for colon hydrotherapy and detoxification counseling. The Newtown establishment also offers mineral body wraps and mud baths, massage, reflexology, organic facials and other alternative healing treatments. Owner Cathy Windland is a national board certified colon hydrotherapist, wellness advocate and detoxification specialist. She and her staff work with clients to help them achieve their personal wellness goals, starting with detoxification and colon health.
“We take a holistic approach to detoxification, with all of our services aimed at helping to reduce the toxic burden,” explains Windland. “We encounter toxins every day through what we eat, drink, put on our skin or interact with in the environment. Sometimes the natural detoxification channels—through the skin and the colon—need help. If the colon is out of balance, it can potentially compromise the function of other systems in the body, including the immune system. Using holistic techniques to help cleanse the body allows us to restore balance and support overall wellness.”
Inner Spa announces the launch of brand new body cleanse programs, designed to support the elimination of toxic overload in the body. Each program includes products and services to enhance the body’s natural cleansing process. The programs are gentle, easy to follow and facilitated by professional therapists specialized in detoxification. A variety of package options match the needs of those with varying cleansing goals and experience.
- Day of Detox: Four consecutive services in 3.5 hours to jump-start any cleanse.
- Fresh Start 7-day Cleanse: Six services in seven days to give the body a fresh start. Good for those with any level of cleansing experience.
- Time to Renew 14-day Cleanse: Ten services in 14 days. A concentrated way to cleanse for renewal and internal rebalancing. Great for those experienced in cleansing.
- New You 21-day Cleanse: Sixteen services in 21 days. Great for those committed to making cleansing a part of their wellness lifestyle.
The specific services in each program vary, but may include colon hydrotherapy, far infrared sauna, ion detox foot bath, detoxifying mud bath, massage and/or mineral clay body wrap. Inner Spa will provide a complementary consultation to help individuals determine the appropriate program.
Inner Spa is a holistic, wellness day spa specializing in services that support cleansing and internal wellness. They are one of the few colon hydrotherapy centers in the region certified by the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy.
Location: 4 Terry Dr., Ste. 12, Newtown. For more information, call 215-968-9000 or visit InnerSpa.org.
by Christine Tentilucci
The term “mind-body connection” can evoke a multitude of subjective definitions. One interpretation is the relationship between mental stress and physical health. Research illustrates that stress that affects the mind directly relates to the health of the body. Therefore, mind-body awareness — remaining aware of how our mental and emotional state correlates to experiences within the body — can be a valuable tool in managing the stress response.
When reacting to stressors, the body releases cortisol, known as the “stress hormone”. If the mind is in a continual state of stress, the cortisol level remains constantly elevated, wreaking havoc on a number of the body’s functions. Chronic stress has been linked to digestive disorders, suppressed immune function, internal inflammation and even cancer.
Women’s health is significantly tied to the body’s delicate balance of hormones, which includes cortisol. This is why decreasing the stress response, and conversely increasing the relaxation response, is a key component of women’s health. These are just a few ways increased stress can affect women’s health:
Periodic Periods. Considering cortisol is part of the hormonal system, it’s no wonder that stress may cause irregular periods.
Bouts of Blemishes. Ever wonder why pimples often pop up during times of stress? Raised cortisol levels can cause excess oil production, contributing to acne breakouts.
Tummy Trouble. Prolonged stress can increase stomach acid, causing indigestion, discomfort and the potential development of IBS or ulcers.
Distressed Sleep. Mental stress and the accompanying mind chatter can be a sleep-interrupter. Plus, a common side effect of increased cortisol is a pattern of waking up during the night. Lack of sleep can lead to fogginess, irritability and low energy, causing more stress and continuing the cycle. The body’s functions rest and reset during the sleep cycle, making healthy sleep a n important part of lowering the stress response.
Weight Woes. Research has linked heightened levels of cortisol to weight gain and belly fat. In addition, stress may trigger emotional eating and increased cravings. To add insult to injury, cortisol-related weight gain can be difficult to reverse, making weight loss a more challenging task.
Seeking advice from a trusted healthcare provider is important for any woman that thinks stress and cortisol may be affecting her health, but mind-body awareness should also remain integral to her day. Take time to stop, breathe deeply and be aware, and then explore ways to turn down the volume on stress.
Christine Tentilucci is the marketing manager for Inner Spa, a fully organic, holistic, eco-friendly wellness spa in Newtown. For more information, call 215-968-9000, email Christine@InnerSpa.org, or visit InnerSpa.org and InnerVitalitySpa.com.
May 2016 Issue
Inner Spa will offer a series of free workshops at 6:30 p.m. on alternating Monday evenings throughout the spring.
The Wellness Toolkit Workshops begin April 11 and will feature a variety of topics to help attendees develop new practices and perspectives that will enhance full-bodied wellness as the seasons change. The series kicks off with C’mon! Get Happy Hour, where attendees can learn practical tips to blend relaxation and joy into everyday living. The series continues every other Monday with such topics as Detoxification 101; Transitioning from SAD; Get Your Fiber Fill; Healthy Tummy, Healthy Body; and Natural Tools and Techniques.
Inner Spa owner and colon hydrotherapist Cathy Windland shares, “Learning is good for the soul and your overall wellness. We look forward to coming together as a community and having fun as we improve our health.”
Free refreshments will be served.
Inner Spa is located at 4 Terry Dr., Ste. 12, Newtown. Workshop locations TBD. Reservations are requested. For more information, call 219-968-9000 or visit InnerSpa.org. See ad, page 26
by Christine Tentilucci
Relationships take work. Carve out time for socializing with friends. Schedule a date night. How many times have we heard these phrases, and dozens of others like them, as advice about how to cultivate strong relationships? They certainly are valuable suggestions that contribute to fulfilling our social needs and our needs for intimate connections, but they all leave out one common denominator: taking care of ourselves. Perhaps a precursor to these suggestions would be, Take care of yourself so you can bring your best self to your relationships.
A recent House bill, Penn HB 516, is threatening the practice of colon hydrotherapy in Pennsylvania and its availability to the public. Created as a bill to provide licensure to naturopathic physicians, it specifically outlines colon hydrotherapy as included in the scope of practice of a licensed naturopath. If this bill is passed without modification, Pennsylvanians will lose their right to retain their current service providers. Requiring residents to seek out a licensed naturopath for colon hydrotherapy will: (1) limit access to the therapy, and (2) have a huge impact on small businesses that currently provide the service.
by Christine Tentilucci
One of the great things about summer is the availability of fresh, in-season produce. There is nothing like locally grown berries, tomatoes and corn on the cob, enjoyed just days—and sometimes hours—after being picked. We are fortunate to live in a region so ripe with farms, food stands and farmers’ markets. It makes it easy to eat clean and support local farmers in the process.
Inner Spa, a fully organic, holistic day spa in Newtown, is offering a new weight management program called The Skinny Gut, which is based on Brenda Watson’s book, The Skinny Gut Diet. The program focuses on balancing the digestive system for permanent weight loss.