From our Director

From our Director

SELF CARE IN THE WINTER

SELF CARE MELBOURNE DAY SPA

There's plenty of things to love about Winter -- cozying up by the heater or fire, roasted goods (potatoes, marshmallows and everything in between), listening to the calming sound of the rain and channelling your inner-Russian spy with luxe long coats and boots.

Grey, cold, wet and dark days can also be trying at times. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition of having less energy and motivation, sleeping more, eating more (especially carbs..) and ultimately feeling depressed each year during the same season, affects 6% of the population, while another 14% of people experience a milder form of SAD, the “winter blues.” Even if you don’t fall into those categories, right about this time of year most of us can’t wait for Spring to arrive as we deal with colds and just feeling, well, cold.

So, how do we navigate this terrain? Eating a packet of Timtams or binging on online shopping might make you feel better in the moment, but can result in a deeper mood-slump later.

Winter is a season for solitude, hibernating, self-care, rest, healing and hot chocolate. How do we nurture ourselves to prepare for change? How do we prepare ourselves to welcome the new? These are the spiritual questions of winter. ‘Getting ready’ is Winter’s work. I’ve found that embracing a slower, sleepier pace can reveal and rejuvenate in ways we might not expect. Give yourself some grace, and permission to do less. Take time to take notes and prepare. Instead of chastising yourself for not getting everything done on your list, be kind to yourself. What you’re experiencing is normal and understandable for the season. In fact, it's essential.

This is where self-care comes in. I've found that treating myself kindly tends to get better results in the long run, rather than trying to work against nature by keeping up my normal pace. I made a list of ways to be kinder to myself in Winter, so if you struggle with this like I do, I hope you’ll find at least a few things that you can partake in:

  1. Pour a cup of tea, get cozy, and sip it in silence. Put your phone on airplane mode, and just be still.

  2. Make a Vision Board. Start to dream up what your best life looks like for you and create a visual reminder to keep you on track and in an inspired, positive frame of mind.

  3. Read a book. Put aside the laptop and turn off the TV, and just unplug with a good old fashioned book of your choice, whether thats a romance novel, or sci-fi. What did you enjoy reading as a kid? Read that.

  4. Make art or a craft project. Painting, drawing, knitting (yes, its cool again, but even if it wasn't, who cares!), sewing, or any type of DIY project for a few hours is so refreshing for your creativity and state of mind.

  5. Take a nap. This is one of my favorite ways to recharge :)

  6. Get your nails done. New nails make me feel like a new woman. A bright, springy colour might inspire, but I like to luxuriate in the dark greens, blues, plums and reds of Winter.

  7. Take a bubble bath. It always feels like a lot of effort, and yet I always love it when I do.

  8. Watch a movie by yourself. "The Last Unicorn" is a childhood fave that my partner wont watch with me, and even though I’ve seen it so many times it never gets old. I love the documentaries on gaia.com too for something more spiritual. Don't forget the popcorn.

  9. Go for a walk. If the weather isn’t too wild, some fresh air will do wonders for your mood.

  10. Clean, or de-clutter something small. Outer order equals inner calm. Tackle a shelf or a drawer, and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment afterwards. This really works.

  11. Light Therapy. I love our LightStim LED treatment as it mimics the sun's rays indoors (with no UV). We even have handheld versions you can purchase for home!

  12. Have a Play date. Some human interaction will boost your mood, and lift both of your spirits. Perhaps do something active together like trampolining or a salsa class. Whaaat? Yes!

  13. Get some fresh flowers or a plant. Adding some greenery and life to your environment in the winter will do wonders.

  14. Dance. Put on some music and groove yourself to a new mood.

I encourage you to embrace the Winter and be your own healer during this special time of the year. What are your favorite ways to give yourself some care during these Winter days? Share your ideas with us in the comments below

With love,

Victoria Fox

From our Director

BE GENTLE ON YOUR SELF

Not many people know how I got started in beauty, and how I came to open MISS FOX. In fact, it was complete disenchantment with the the beauty industry that set in motion my journey to create a “better kind of beauty therapy”.

If you were with me 10 years ago, you would have found me working in corporate Melbourne, pausing the daily grind only for the occasional manicure, post-work bubbles or to fuel my increasingly-concerning shoe shopping addiction.

Fast forward a year from there, and a low moment of intense body criticism (we’ve all been there) saw me book in for a semi-invasive, semi-disastrous treatment to “slim and tone my body in just one session”. Having booked with the “best” clinic in town, I wasn’t expecting the extreme side effects and pain from these “natural injections”, but more so the lack of care or concern when things went horribly pear-shaped (which they literally did, and trust me, this was not the desired shape).

Although the event was scarring — both emotionally and physically — in that time I made a decision: that I would make it my mission to offer beauty therapy that was, first and foremost safe, and backed by excellence in customer care. That’s why our treatments at MISS FOX run with the strictest quality and safety measures, are completely non-invasive, and are supported with a 5-star level of customer service. One of my very favourite treatments now are our radio-frequency body contouring treatments (Venus Legacy) because not only did they help repair some of the damage from the invasive procedure, it is a smarter and completely non-invasive way to look and feel better.

Since we opened 8 years ago, MISS FOX has also evolved to a offer a more holistic, no-trauma approach to beauty therapy. Current science is showing that the more aggressive the treatment, the more thinning and inflammation — and the more the skin prematurely ages. That is why we have turned the industry on its head and said no to invasive and aggressive skin treatments such as laser resurfacing, skin needling, microdermabrasion (aka skin sandpapering), injections, glycolic, salicylic and retinoic acids, and even gritty manual exfoliants. 

Instead, we offer treatments and products that partner with the body, to build skin and internal health and stimulate change gently and naturally, using some of the world’s most intelligent ingredients and technologies. Explore our non-acid peels, non-invasive skin tools, LED light rejuvenation, holistic skin analysis, and even internal supplementation and nutrition for gut health. We’ve also partnered with experts in their field to offer you special events and services to assist you on an emotional level in life, love and career - we call it the mind-beauty connection.

All in all, MISS FOX wouldn’t be what it is today without some great challenges, obstacles and lessons. So remember, the crappy thing that happens today could be paving the way for the good things coming tomorrow. Trust the process. Be patient with yourself. Be kind to your self …and for goodness sake, be gentle on your skin.

— Victoria Fox, Founder/Director, MISS FOX Melbourne

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