The 6 Dimensions of Wellness

The 6 Dimensions of Wellness

Fall in love with taking care of yourself.

Everyday wellness. One thing we can all probably agree on is that everyone wants to be well. After all, being well means that life is in full color, and anything is possible, right?

The challenge is how to achieve your optimal well SELF.  At times, this concept can seem overwhelming because we let ourselves, perhaps unintentionally, get overwhelmed. It can become a vicious cycle leaving you depleted, questioning your own self-worth, lapsing into bad habits and definitely not feeling your best.  Do you struggle with how to break this cycle? Or wonder, how can it be done easily and quickly so you can happily get on with your life? Before we can answer these questions, let’s look at what wellness actually means.

The definition of wellness, long used by the National Wellness Institute, is consistent with the following tenets which encompass a shared agreement among health and wellness leaders around the world:

  • Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential;
  • Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment;
  • Wellness is positive and affirming.

Therefore, NWI states: Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.

The 6 Dimensions of Wellness, NWI

In fact, Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, is credited for developing the interdependent holistic model, The Six Dimensions of Wellness, and when applied “a person becomes aware of the interconnectedness of each dimension and how they contribute to healthy living.”

This holistic model explains:

  • How a person contributes to their environment and community, and how to build better living spaces and social networks;
  • The enrichment of life through work, and its interconnectedness to living and playing;
  • The development of belief systems, values, and creating a world-view;
  • The benefits of regular physical activity, healthy eating habits, strength and vitality as well as personal responsibility, self-care and when to seek medical attention;
  • Self-esteem, self-control, and determination as a sense of direction;
  • Creative and stimulating mental activities, and sharing your gifts with others.

I found this model to be helpful as a way for me to look at and understand my own wellness journey. But even more profound, it’s even more clarifying for me in terms of our mission for Salty Bath. At the core of this mission is a passion to help people have what they need to practice self-care and live to their full-potential. It developed out of my own life experiences and learning first-hand how to break the cycle of feeling depleted and overwhelmed. I needed to stop getting in my own way — but I also wanted something that didn’t eat up a lot of time and money.

Self-care became my secret weapon for winning at life… and through that journey came a discovery of not only my optimal wellness, but a much deeper connection with myself and a “successful existence” — something I had never experienced before. The word existence is key here and it’s dimensional. This process, as we can see, is all about the choices we make toward a holistic awareness around healthy living. It’s so much more than diet and exercise, and financial success or well-being. But you open yourself up to experience more abundance and joy in every aspect of your life when you are operating with this type of awareness and connectedness – that is for sure.

So here is something to think about. By being more intentional, you get out of any rut you find yourself in.  You can actually harness your own energy in a more positive way as it relates to any aspect of your life.

This was a profound discovery for me, and it happened with the simple act of Intentional Bathing.  My showers were transactional and based on good hygiene. But my baths were intentional mindful moments with myself.  Often, I went into the tub feeling stressed, anxious, tired, tense and sore. So I started concocting a transition ritual for myself, one that took me out of my head and into stillness.  It was a full sensory experience: the hot water with mineral salts (touch); essential oils (smell), candles and healing crystals (sight); meditative music (sound/hearing); and warm tea (taste). I also put my hands over my heart and felt my own heartbeat. I focused on the beats as I breathed deeply and slowly. After these 20 minute sessions with myself, I was a different person from the one who entered the tub. I was calmer. The stress and tension were gone. My body had softened, and I was relaxed without pain. My energy was more grounded, and my head was clear. I imagine it’s the closest thing to feeling like a marshmallow!

Being connected to myself this way enabled me to be of much better service to everyone around me, but it also made me realize that it just takes the smallest of actions to effect change for the better. One that has a rippling effect, sending higher, positive vibrations out into the world. It inspired to me to figure out how to help more people this way.

With holistic wellness as our brand’s North Star, the role the Salty Bath self-care experience can play in a person’s life is brought more sharply into focus as we aim to help anyone achieve optimal well-being. By creating a ritual that regularly allows you to deeply connect to yourself and the world around you, you are taking charge of your own everyday wellness. 

Let’s break that down, in terms of the behind-the-scenes work we do, and the impact we can make together to change the world, one Salty Bath experience at a time.

The big idea is actually a simple one: 

Love for our planet and our bodies goes hand in hand.

At Salty Bath, we are very particular about the quality of everything we do, and at the center of it all is quality of care. In fact, we work with an innovative and leading lab in Oregon, known for formulating the finest natural & organic skincare since 1983; setting and maintaining the utmost quality formulations as well as best practices in sustainability and responsible manufacturing throughout the personal care industry. As our production partner, our Salty Bath and (soon to launch) TAMBRA: Sea + Botanicals products are the highest quality combined with product stability and efficacy, meaning:

  • No Animal Testing
  • FDA Registered
  • GMP compliant
  • In-House Quality Control Systems
  • In-House Shelf Life Testing
  • Kosher Certified Materials
  • Vegan Formulas
  • Sustainable Raw Materials
  • Sustainable Practices
  • Recycled packaging, shipping, and marketing materials
  • Biodegradable Products
  • Women Owned and Operated
  • Powered with 100% Renewable Wind Energy

Our Salty Bath Wellness Community is built around a shared sensibility, or manifesto:

  • Be kind to our planet.
  • Be kind to our bodies.
  • Use products that are non-toxic with only sustainably sourced, high integrity ingredients; manufactured in small-batches with love and care.
  • Value the time we take for our own well-being because it benefits all beings.

But, as amazing as our products are, it’s really about the role we can help play in helping people achieve the healthy living standard set in place by the National Wellness Institute.  Being aware of this multi-dimensional interconnectedness is ultimately what can help you in your own wellness journey, and whatever that means for you.  Salty Bath is a place to start — a tool in your wellness toolkit that is simple, safe, incredibly enjoyable, and taking little time. Yet, it’s transformational, with important and vital benefits to your health: body, mind and spirit.

If you are ready to take simple steps to taking control of your everyday wellness, check out our site, and sign up to receive our monthly self-care packages.  Each box comes with a complete bath ritual designed to help you quiet your mind, relax your body, and renew your spirit.  Being still and tuning in often leads to discoveries about your true self. We’d love to have you in our wellness community! And for taking that important first step, use discount code 20OFFSTART at checkout, and receive 20% off your first delivery. 

3 TIPS FOR CREATING A SPA DAY (OR NIGHT) AT HOME

3 TIPS FOR CREATING A SPA DAY (OR NIGHT) AT HOME

Who doesn’t love going to a spa? It’s relaxing, rejuvenating and helps us recharge from our typically busy and responsibility-filled lives. Everything about a spa visit is designed to help you unplug from the real world – time spent enjoying pampering treatments such as a massage or a facial, and even long hot soaks or other therapeutic sessions to help you decompress. Unfortunately, a spa isn’t always the most affordable luxury. For many of us, we only get to go a handful of times in our lives, even though most of us could really use it on the regular! While the price it costs to go to the spa isn’t going to change any time soon, the good news is that you can recreate your own version of a spa day at home. With a little bit of time set aside and a few essential spa products of your own, you can be well on your way to some much needed, low cost relaxation.

Do a mask: Facial masks are one of the best skincare products to have on hand for times when you need an excuse to relax and recharge. You can even do a mask while you multitask around your house, but if you can, we recommend trying to really give yourself a break- even if it’s only twenty minutes. If you have sensitive skin try a calming mask with ingredients like cucumber and aloe. If you want to get a little exfoliating action going then an enzyme mask is right up your alley.

In our July Salty Bath box, we are introducing an incredible Blueberry Cranberry Oxygen Mask. This berry-filled formulation will hyper-oxygenate your skin cells with its antioxidant load of berries. Blueberries bring to your skin an arsenal of anti-aging benefits. Cranberries add to the blend with active bioflavonoids as well as much needed vitamins. A gentle exfoliation utilizing fresh fruit pulp, and a deeper cell renewal and collagen production with Glycolic and Alpha Lipoic acids, make this an amazing restorative treatment that you can do right at home.

Take a bath: Baths are so relaxing, and often referred to as “nature’s medicine. Newsweek magazine even featured an article with the latest research on “why taking a hot bath may be as good for your health as exercise.” Our custom-formulated, small-batch bath soaks cannot be found anywhere else and are loaded with magnesium + nutrient-rich ingredients that help the muscles to relax, balances your pH level, reduces stress, and much more. Our salts are sourced straight from the Dead Sea where we blend them with magnesium sulfate and therapeutic grade essential oils for the ultimate soak experience. Put on a face mask, play some of your favorite tunes, add in our bath salts, dim the lights, light the candle (also part of your self-care box we send you), arrange crystals (we provide these too!) or flowers around the tub for more powerful energy and soak in your very own, custom made relaxation space. Having a warm cup of herbal tea or a glass of vino also adds a touch of indulgence that makes the experience even more spa-like.

DIY this easy foot treatment: Everyone who’s tried a foot soak knows just how relaxing it can be after a long day spent on your feet. Make a relaxing foot bath by diluting 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of sea salt, and 1 cup of Epsom salt in water as hot as you can tolerate. You can also add essential oils such as lavender to level up its soothing power, and peppermint oil to make it super refreshing. Apple cider vinegar is a favorite holistic remedy for all kinds of issues and has many benefits to heal and nourish your skin and body.

I like to time my spa-at-home experience to night.  That way, my commitments for the day are done, and I can wash away all the energy I collected, slip into something cozy afterwards, and really unwind.  Or even better, drift off to a great night’s sleep!

Want to learn more about our Salty Bath monthly deliveries that bring the spa to your doorstep? Visit us at www.SaltyBath.com. Each month brings a new theme and a box packed with all-natural bath, body and mindful products to help you relax, restore, and renew! Our July box, themed TRANSFORMATION, ships around July 24th. Sign up before July 19th to receive yours. 

 

Not Your Typical Bubble Bath

Not Your Typical Bubble Bath


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Not all bath products are created equal. In fact, your bubble bath may be causing more harm than good.  That’s because many products on the shelf today contain artificial ingredients that can have side effects, and contribute to a “chemical build-up” in your system.  For example, several personal care products can contain something called “phthalates.”  Not only can you not pronounce it — these phthalates have adverse, hormone-disrupting effects on the body. That Holiday Cookie or Blueberry Bubble Bath may smell great (if you want to smell like a holiday cookie or a fruit tart) but chances are it’s toxic. Yuck, no thanks!

Salty Bath was created to provide the ultimate, all-natural bath experience – one where you can enjoy a relaxing soak that is also packed with healthy benefits.  Think about it — our bodies take in a lot of toxins regardless of how healthy we are. That’s because your skin is your body’s largest organ and it plays a critical role in detoxification. Just how much? It’s responsible for eliminating 25% of your body’s toxins. Your skin also absorbs up to 60% of whatever is applied to it – which is why it is super important to use natural, non-toxic skincare products.

That’s where we come in. We take all the guesswork out of finding the purest products that are good for you, from the outside in. Each soak pulls out the toxins from your body, and replenishes it with good minerals that naturally aid in detoxification, boost your immune system, and support your overall health.

We make a variety of small-batch bath soaks that contain Dead Sea salts, sourced straight from the Dead Sea in Israel, and magnesium sulfate. Just these 2 ingredients alone pack over 80 essential minerals that flush out toxins and also promote relaxation, improve oxygen use, balance pH levels, help muscles and nerves function properly, and improve the absorption of nutrients. But we don’t stop there, we then infuse these mineral salts with therapeutic grade essential oils which add even more health benefits to your bath experience.  These include relieving anxiety, promoting better sleep, aiding in digestion, boosting mental clarity, uplifting mood, or calming you down.

We are known for providing simple, pure luxury: no perfumes, no dyes, or harsh chemicals – only all-natural and organic ingredients without any nasty side effects. Plus, everything smells awesome because of the high-integrity essential oils we use. And, everything dissolves beautifully in the tub without leaving a residue.

Some people tend to avoid any “me-time” or down time because it doesn’t feel “productive.” If that sounds familiar to you, then you can feel extremely good about the fact that by taking a detox bath like this, it’s not only productive but critical to your body in order to achieve optimal health. The irony is, by relaxing and detoxing body and mind, your spirit is also rejuvenated, and you are far more productive living this way, then operating on depleted reserves of energy.

All you need is a 20-minute Salty Bath soak to experience all the healthy benefits from the salts and the oils. As always, do not detox in this way if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and always consult your healthcare provider if you have any medical conditions.  Finally, it is important to hydrate after any kind of detox soak, so drink plenty of water!

So, rather than figuring out how and when to book that next spa visit, perhaps you would do better having a luxury spa experience right in the convenience of your own home? If you are curious about how Salty Bath works, check out www.SaltyBath.com to learn more.

We are always creating new bath soak recipes, and adding to our all-natural bath and body product line. Our monthly subscribers enjoy amazing products at discounted prices, and discover new artisanal bath experiences as a result. Many have told us it’s become a joyful ritual that they look forward to.  How awesome is that?

What do you like to use in your bath?