Health

The Beginner’s Guide to Ayurveda

Spa Sophia is proud to be one of the few places in Los Angeles to offer Ayurvedic treatments. On top of the Ayurveda Massage, our resident massage therapist and Ayurvedic practitioner Megan Darwin offers treatments such as Nasya, Abyhanga, Therapeutic Steam and an Ayurvedic Detox Program . Want to know what exactly Ayurveda is, and why it’s so good for you? Read our little Beginner’s Guide to Ayurveda… […]

How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

Oh, the holidays. We look forward to them all year, but they can also stress us out. And we’re not just talking about the stress of organizing. The abundance of unhealthy food and overeating can be a source of anxiety. Most people gain 1 to 3 pounds over the holidays. Not a big drama on its own, except that many people never lose those extra pounds. How do we make the holidays a little healthier, so we can enjoy it guilt-free. Here are 7 tips… […]

5 Easy, Healthy Breakfast Recipes That Keep You Full

Mornings can be chaotic and rushed, and breakfast may be turned into a quick bagel with cream cheese, a coffee, or even nothing it all. But  remember what your parents said? Something along the lines of “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Don’t want to listen to your folks? Then listen to us! Or, well, science. Because studies have shown that people who eat their biggest meal at breakfast have a smaller chance of gaining weight, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease, and are less likely to regain lost weight. Eating a good breakfast prevents you from splurging later on, and gets your metabolism going. So no matter what your nutritional goals are, it’s very important to get a healthy breakfast.  A healthy breakfast consists of proteins, fiber and vitamins, and is calorie conscious. Here are five of our favorite easy, healthy breakfast recipes that keep you full… […]

Sleep Tips: 5 Natural Ways to Improve Your Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things when it comes to staying healthy, both mentally and physically. During sleep our bodies and brains recover. Sleep helps with processing memories, growth, and restoring the immune system. Making sure you get an adequate amount of sleep every night is therefore very important. Modern life can make this challenging sometimes though. Many people therefore opt for sleeping pills, but sleeping pills come with dangerous side effects, plus the risk of developing a dependency.  Luckily there are also many natural ways to improve your sleeping habits. Spa Sophia selected the five best sleep tips… […]

Ten Best Foods For Beautiful Skin

While facials and good skin care products can help your skin tremendously, beauty starts from the inside. Unhealthy habits can undo many of the benefits facials and external skin care create, particularly smoking and a bad diet. That’s why Spa Sophia recommends a healthy, balanced diet for clients who are serious about skin care and want to create long term effects. Want to know which foods are the best for your skin? Read our list of  the 10 best skin foods… […]

How To Pick Healthy Carbs: The Glycemic Index

Following a healthy, nutritious diet can sometimes seem like a day job. Proteins, sugars, carbs, gluten, fat, omega-3, mercury: There are so many things to pay attention to. Especially sugar and carbs have gotten a lot of attention. While we used to look at just the amount of sugar in food,  it later became carbs as a whole. Then it was the amount of simple carbs versus complex carbs, and recently it became all about the Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load and Insulin Index. What are these things, what do they teach you about food, and what should you pay attention to? Spa Sophia explains.

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Ten Tips For De-Stressing

Stress is not only unpleasant, it’s also very unhealthy. Stress breaks down your immune system and can lead to depression, digestive problems, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain, and memory and concentration impairment. On top of that stress can make your skin thinner and less capable of restoring itself.

At Spa Sophia we therefore place a lot of emphasis on making our facials and waxes completely stress free, and we also offer a variety of healing and relaxing massages. To help you continue to feel stress free at home and at work, here are ten tips for de-stressing… […]

7 Health Benefits of Massages

Did you know massages have been proven by science have a wide range of health benefits? Not that you needed any additional reasons, the benefits of a massage are quite clear when you’re on the massage table, completely Zen. But if you want to know what other benefits there are to massages, here are the seven health benefits of massages… […]