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November 2013

Katie Wallis, Spa and Athletic Services Director


It’s been a big year for me. I welcomed my first baby into the world on New Year’s Day, and I got married to the love of my life.

As all parents know, having your first child—and fulfilling all the glorious duties that come along with daycare appointments, doctors’ visits and diaper duties—is a juggling act. On top of everything else, I also found myself managing all of our wedding plans and accompanying festivities.

 With an agenda like that, getting motivated and staying focused on a healthy and active lifestyle could have been pretty tough. Luckily, being active has been second nature to me.

I started dancing when I was three years old and continued dancing for 16 years. I also competed in figure/fitness competitions for two years while I was in college. Once I found out that I was pregnant, sustaining my fitness and my health became even more important.

As I did before my pregnancy, I pushed myself to take Barre classes four to five days a week. Pregnancy often leaves women feeling less energetic, but I found that regular exercising helped me feel more refreshed and energized throughout the day. Plus, it helped me sleep through the night with ease. 

I also added a new regimen of receiving monthly prenatal massages with our wonderful massage therapists at The Spa. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. All of this was true for me.

All in all, giving my body that healthy and healing stimulation of staying active and treating it well helped me easily transition into my pregnancy and allowed me to quickly bounce back after my daughter was born.

As I mentioned earlier, in addition to having a new baby, I recently got married! With that being said, I wanted to make sure that I looked and felt my best for the big day. I started incorporating The Spa’s Organic Blueberry Slimming Body Wrap into my routine about a month before the wedding, and the services definitely helped me shed those last few pounds of baby weight.

The amazing life changes that I experienced this year helped me fully understand why it’s so important to make time for yourself and practice self-care. Incorporating monthly massage into my active lifestyle has allowed me to keep up with my little one, pain free.

Besides, treating yourself well (and getting spoiled every once in a while) is part of a balanced lifestyle. I hope you’ll remember that as we go into the hectic holiday season.

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