LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE, COULD HITTING THE BRAKES AND TAKING A MOMENT HELP YOU?

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What is slow living?

An ideology spurred from the slow food movements in Italy in the 80’s and 90’s, slow living places an emphasis on taking a pause from the rapid and sometimes dizzying pace of urban life and instead taking a more reflective and methodical approach to living. It is purposeful and fulfilling, nourishing and savouring the moments instead of running off to the next. It’s about pacing, steadiness, consistency and considering the long-term surrounding yourself and nature. 
Slow living has its roots in living consciously, with intent and mindfulness — allowing yourself to live more deeply.

There are no hard rules with slow living, it’s a freeform ideology that allows for us to take a breath and slow down; to appreciate where are now. It can be so hard, especially for us driven and goal chasing women, to let go from our busy schedules and really be present in the moment. To be able to comfortably pause between projects, errands and purchases to reflect on and enjoy what we experience in the clutches of the present.

Slow living is about life. The living part, specifically. It’s about paying attention to it and spending time in the noticing. The holding of hands, the sunrises and unknowns. The love and the anger and the joy and the envy. I often find, whilst in the middle of three deadlines, that I’m stressing out now about a position I dreamt about 5 years ago. We so often get distracted by our new goals and ambitions that we forget to appreciate what we’ve already achieved. This doesn’t mean quitting all our projects or taking weeks off at a time, it’s just about considering a pace that allows us to work more deeply and with purpose

This is not a quick fix. I’ve been making changes for years and I’m not there yet. Because there is no there. This isn’t a race with a start and a finish line. This is slow, imperfect, intentional and evolving.


resources:

https://collectivehub.com/2017/10/why-the-slow-living-movement-is-everything-right-now/

https://www.sloww.co/slow-living-301/

FULL MOON IN LIBRA

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LUNAR INSIGHTS BY OUR DEAR ASTROLOGER FRIEND NATTA JAIN.

This month’s Libra Full Moon on March 21st resets balance after the purifying Virgo energy of the last moon.

It’s a time to positively address life’s cosmic scales — much like the ancient Egyptian Goddess Maat, who weighed peoples hearts against a feather before entering the afterlife. 

The luminous, golden heart-shaped key to this month’s Full Moon is to restore harmony and equilibrium across the board — but particularly in our relationships. 

Libra is ruled by the feminine planet Venus, which connects Libra to love, beauty, harmonious relationships, commitment, equality, peacefulness and synergy. 

To flourish in self-mastery, periods of quiet reflective solitude are of great importance. However, it is then the integration and sharing of illuminations learned through personal meditation, that give rise to the true gift of spiritual alchemy, which is experienced via synergetic union.

Venus is opposite to Aries, who is ruled by masculine Mars. This polarity is activated during the Libra Full Moon, connecting us to the psychological principles of what Jung calls the "Anima & the Animus”. These are complementary archetypes of the internal feminine and masculine energies, that require balancing and integrating as part of our own spiritual development and that of raising the higher consciousness of the greater collective.

Deep, heartfelt, honest connections are what Libra is about. Her scales rule the principles of balance, trust, truth and karma. By setting a tone of high integrity and love, we bask in her glory, our relationships thrive and in turn we experience a deep inner glow like nothing else. 

To connect to the heart of another requires us to hold space, honour the other person’s truth and be present. Most challenging of all though, it requires us to move beyond the barriers our shadow puts up — it requires us to trust the person in front of us, to trust ourselves, and ultimately trust the universe, so that we surrender and open our hearts 💗

Libra is ruled by the element of Air — this governs the breath and connects us to the lungs and olfactory  nerve. When in mediation, oxygen consumption decreases significantly — the deep state of relaxation it helps to create is the perfect environment for doing the profound inner healing work of Libra. Working in ritual mediation with different essential oils, aromatic woods and resins based on their relating magickal astrological correspondences can greatly benefit this further, concentrating the positive healing benefits to where it is needed most. Another way is a through humming and chanting certain sounds and tones related to different astrological sequences. 


If you would like to learn more about your own astrology and how to make the most of the upcoming planetary transits connecting to your personal chart, or you are interested in learning more about astrological healing, you welcome to DM me to book in for a private one-on-one or Skype Astrology/Tarot reading.  

Much Luna Love, Natta Jain @nattajain xxx 

WHAT IS KETOSIS?


Ketosis – The fat breakdown

Ketogenic diets have become a rapidly-growing nutritional tool to get back in control of your body, health and confidence. With so many different diets available on the market, Ketogenic living stands out as a versatile and holistic lifestyle choice. Rather than starving and filling you up with laxatives (looking at you diet teas) ketogenic foods allow for a wide variety of fresh and energising foods. 

Ketogenic lifestyles involve eating minimal carbohydrates, moderate proteins and high amounts of healthy fats to achieve ‘nutritional ketosis.’

This occurs when carbohydrates are restricted for a period of time (usually starting after two or three days), causing your body to increase its ketone levels. Ketones are three water-soluble molecules that are produced by the liver from fats. Intense periods of exercises can also help to create ketones. Once your body starts producing these fat-blasting molecules, you’re considered to be in a state of nutritional ketosis! If sustained your body will keep using fat as fuel and help promote healthier living and on-going healthy weight loss.  

Being in a state of nutritional ketosis can also have a variety of  other positive effects on the body such as:

  •  maintaining a healthy blood sugar level,

  • an increased level of clarity and focus, 

  • promoting lean muscle growth,

  • supporting hormone production,

  • quality of skin, 

  • improved liver and gallbladder function 

  • feeling healthier, energised and balanced.

    How Ultra Lite can help manage your ketosis

    Any change as big on the body as entering a state of nutritional ketosis can be difficult to do without the right guidance and support throughout the process. At MISS FOX we believe beauty and wellness is a holistic journey, and one which requires the careful learned knowledge of a professional practitioner. With this spirit in mind, we offer nutritional guidance and ongoing lifestyle support in the form of our Ultra Lite program. With Ultra Kite having its roots in transforming and empowering lives for the past 20+ years you’re truly in the hands of both a qualified practitioner and a huge support network

    Whilst it’s effects are immediate (losing up to 10kg in 5 weeks) Ultra Lite is strongly grounded in providing you the right tools to keep the weight off. You’ll receive education about food groups, personal portion sizes and metabolism stimulation that make maintaining your goal weight even easier.

    To inspire your wellness journey we’re offering a $100 credit towards your 5 week Ultra Lite weight loss and detox program to help you achieve the healthiest and happiest version of you there is. 

    We truly believe you are what you eat, it’s time to make those resolutions a reality! Call us for more information or to book in your consultation!



FACIAL FACTORS


Here at MISS FOX we understand that every face is unique. Like fingerprints, our own special signatures are woven into the tapestry of our visage and no two people have the exact same needs and because of this unique chemistry, we ensure all our facials are custom crafted to what your skin alone is seeking. All sessions require a holistic skin consultation with our incredible VISIA Skin Analysis system before being prescribed a tailored, clinical-strength facial treatment to actually create real change to the structure of your skin, whilst being completely non-invasive and comfortable from start to finish!

What is VISIA?

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VISIA® is a medical aesthetic device that uses IntelliFlash®, cross-polarization and UV lighting to record and measure surface and subsurface skin conditions as well as determining true skin age, allowing your therapist to see under the mantle to the cause and scope of any concerns you may have.  

Our MISS FOX Skin Analysis takes a holistic approach to beautiful skin, taking into account medical history, lifestyle, diet, emotional wellbeing and gut health. From this, your therapist will discuss what you need, analyse your skin’s wellbeing and create a program to help you put your best face forward!

From here, there are three different types of MediFacials you can implement:

1. Prescription Medifacial (30mins or 45 mins)

Created according to your individual needs the Prescription Medifacial consist of a customised combination of botanically active ingredients, to cleanse, balance, gently exfoliate, repair, nourish and hydrate your skin, brightening the complexion and leaving you dewy-soft.

Potent, colour-correcting and tightening masks with a personalised selection of highly effective actives will be utilised to hone in on what your skin specifically requires. The Medifacial should be repeated every 4 weeks for continued improvement. A course of at least 6 sessions are recommended.


A quick and effective facial for those upcoming events, this facial is perfect for those wanting excellent results in minimum time!


2. Infusion Medifacial

Using no nasties and 99% natural ingredients, our Osmosis clinical products are non-damaging, non-inflammatory and create the ideal environment to foster permanent change and overall radiance to skin and body. The best anti-aging ingredient we can offer our skin is Vitamin A and Osmosis utilise the most active, least irritating and non-acid form: Retinaldehyde.

Our Osmosis Infusion blend contains potent 2.5% Retinaldehyde, 1,3 Beta Glucan, Niacinimide, Chorella Vulgaris and Willow Herb to infuse the dermis with fibroblast stimulators, immune boosters, antioxidants, pigment lighteners, and calming anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredients. 

A supercharged facial experience, our Infusion Medifacial takes your treatment to the next level. Perfect for those committed to creating lasting powerful improvement their visage without skipping any steps!

3. Osmosis Revitapen Infusion 

The holy grail of facials.

The incredible RevitaPen MediFacial provides immediate and long term results with a non-invasive device that gently creates micro-channels in the skin, allowing Osmosis high-dose active ingredients to be deeply absorbed for optimal skin restoration.

It instantly softens fine lines and wrinkles, reduces pigmentation, lessens scarring, enhances collagen production, improves hydration, increase circulation, controls breakouts and works to firm and lift the face. Unlike microdermabrasion or skin needling, this non-inflammatory treatment is relaxing and rejuvenating without wounding the skin or causing unnecessary discomfort. The system is so gentle and safe that it can be used around the eyes and directly on the lips, and with a light mineral makeup application you can even go back to work afterwards!

What to expect after the Revitapen Infusion Medifacial:

Days 0 to 2 - An instant reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, the skin will be tighter, firmer and plumper and for the following 48 hours, the skin will look radiant younger. During this time, you may experience redness and tingling.

Days 3 to 5 - The skin may feel dry as the top most layer of epidermis experiences a gentle delayed micro peel, as a new layer of stratum corneum forms below.

Days 5 to 7 - You may experience a tighter, more evenly skin toned and textured layer of stratum corneum come to the surface. (Note: many longer term improvements develop over time and after a series of the Revitapen Infusion Medifacials, especially when used in conjunction with home care products).

Are you ready to jump into summer with glowy radiant skin? Book your facial and fall in love again this sunny season, with the most important person there is — you!

WHAT DOES WELLNESS MEAN TO YOU?

I was offered the wonderful privilege of sharing my (very passionate) thoughts on wellness with some of my peers in this month’s issue of Spa + Clinic Magazine.

For me, “wellness" is a feeling created through self care. It means experiencing life from a place of health and abundance, able to give to yourself and others from the overflow of goodness within.

Self care is how you cultivate wellness — it’s how you fill your “well”. By prioritising your needs and aligning your life with what you truly value, you increase the flow of energy to you, and stop draining it. Wellness is our birth right — take care of yourself so that you can access and enjoy it every day.

To read more on how others personify wellness, see the spread below.

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How do you define wellness? Let me know!

From our Director

CULTIVATING PRESENCE AND RITUAL FOR SELF CARE

At this week’s Mystic Women’s Circle, we spoke of the Virgo Full Moon calling us to enhance the rituals and the routines we have, and the idea of being in meditation, grounded and present in our activities.


Presence is that rare and remarkable feeling of being simultaneously relaxed and aware — being totally ‘in the moment’. Some people call it flow, and it’s the kind of high-performance state that is needed to achieve mastery — of tasks, and of your self. Being present is being “attuned” and “mindful” to what is being experienced by yourself and others, with acceptance and non-judgment — letting things come and go with compassion and understanding. It’s like an eyes-open meditation.

We can cultivate presence in our daily lives by engaging in activities that promote moment-to-moment awareness, such as art, creativity, music, meditation, breath work, yoga, or being in nature, which help to release the natural presence within. 

“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love — even the most simple action.” –Eckhart Tolle

Rituals have been used since the beginning of humankind, from self care routines to major life ceremonies. Differing from “habits”, rituals involve the execution of conscious and deliberate actions. They are mindful acts, generally with repeatable sequences, with focused energy, intention, and full attention.

The power of ritual is that it allow us to shut off the endless chatter around and within us, and be here now, so we can access a state of presence and fully enjoy life. Ritual turns an everyday or ordinary practice into something sacred. It is through intention that an act becomes a ritual — when you add reverence, elegance, sanctity and meaning, you elevate it to a moment of devotion, and divine connection to something greater, within and without.

“A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life. I think ritual is terribly important.” – Joseph Campbell

There is no better way to cultivate a relationship with yourself than through ritual. The power of self care and grooming is that it becomes a ritual offering to yourself. Whether you choose to have your nails manicured, your brows shaped, or you feet massaged — by you or someone else — you are making an offering of time, energy and space to yourself. It’s like putting fruits and precious gold on the altar or your soul, but perhaps more relevant for todays’ modern world.

Ritual can be created in all parts of your life, from the way you start your day, to the way prepare food, to the way you put yourself to bed. Every time you choose to honour yourself and the present moment, you show the world how much you believe in your worth and value. Think of all the time that you might be wasting in worrying about the future, following other people’s lives, or unconsciously rushing through tasks and routines. Imagine how life might be different if you changed the way you used your time, and the intention behind your activities.

Presence and ritual allow us to fully immerse and enjoy the beauty of our human experience, as well as the unexplainable, and remind us that we have a choice with how, when, where and why we expend and dedicate our precious energy.

Here are my top tips for cultivating presence and ritual:

  • Pausing and Slowing Down : Slowing down to create space around an experience. Noticing more of the subtle aspects of each experience . 

  • Walking Slowly: Helping you to be open to what is present inside of you and to notice what is present in your environment. 

  • Breathing deeply into the moment: Taking deep and slow breaths to create a calmer, healthier environment in the body, for a more alert and attuned state of being in each moment.

  • Setting an Intention for presence: Prime the brain by setting an intention to be present upon waking in the morning, or before an act eg. inhale and say “I arrive into the present moment” and on the exhale say “I let go of the busy-ness”

  • Pay attention to thoughts: Instead of worrying about the future or dwelling on the past, focus on the present moment. Instead of focusing on what isn’t, have gratitude for what is. Instead of seeing the negative, be optimistic and ready to see the good.

  • Love your work: Find something that you appreciate about your current career, your industry, the current task at hand, the person in front of you. Cultivate a loving connection with every action.

  • Listen: Pay attention to what is happening around you. Listen to the sounds, and observe the people. Really listen to what people are saying, and respond with authenticity and love. Avoid small talk, embrace conversation.

  • Give yourself the best you can: Honour yourself by giving yourself the best choice you can. Do not scrimp, do not shortchange yourself, give yourself the very best.

  • Make the ordinary extraordinary: Find a way to add specialness to the things you do. It might be using a beautiful cup, adding flowers to your space or lighting a candle. Start small, it all counts,

  • Smile: Appreciate the beauty of life. 

RITUAL