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Love Potion #9
For more than 5,000 years, lovers from all cultures have searched the natural world and beyond for a food, potion or spell that would heighten sexual pleasure. Aphrodisiacs, named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty, are defined as “arousing or intensifying sexual desire; something, such as a drug or food having such an effect.”

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “the reputed sexual effects of so-called aphrodisiacs are based on folklore, not fact.” Don’t let those killjoys get you down. The ecstatic fact is, studies published in medical journals indicate that certain herbs, nutritional supplements, and scents may help promote female sexual arousal. More heartening news: Over 2,000 years of Chinese herbal tradition suggest that various botanical substances boost the libido.

Happy Valentine’s Day, indeed!

You give me fever….
“Give me the power to create a fever, and I shall cure any disease,” proclaimed Hippocrates more than 2,000 years ago. The father of modern medicine was hardly the first person—and certainly not the last—to extol the virtues of heat therapy. From the elaborate baths of ancient Rome and similar soaking rituals in Japan to Turkish hammams, Native American sweat lodges, and the near-ubiquitous Finnish sauna, many cultures have traditionally turned up the heat to cure a variety of ills as well as maintain general well-being.

Heat is a proven therapy,” says Dr. Edward J. Bernacki, director of the division of occupational medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In the case of illness, heat therapy duplicates the effects of a fever, the body’s natural defense against viruses and bacteria. Not all invading organisms are killed off by heat, but the ones that survive are eventually dispatched by the immune system, which is strengthened during the therapy through the increased production of antibodies.

Sweat is another positive result of heat. A natural process that cools the body through evaporation, perspiration has an impact on both health and beauty—it releases toxins and cleanses skin of impurities.

Key to the heat experience is proper hydration—before and after—as it’s possible to lose up to one liter of sweat during a 15-minute sauna. Without replenishing those fluids (or having enough of them to eliminate in the first place), the benefits are lost and dehydration and heat exhaustion are likely results.

Heat also strengthens the cardiovascular system. When the outside temperature warms up, capillaries dilate, increasing blood flow to the skin. To keep up with the additional demand, the heart rate quickens much like during cardio exercise. A recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that using a dry sauna for 15 minutes a day, three to five times a week, can improve the function of the heart and blood vessels.

Therapies like saunas and steam baths are not recommended for pregnant women and anyone with high blood pressure or a heart condition is encouraged to check with a physician.

This is a good month to turn up the heat, don’t you think?

What do you say…Let’s Get Healthy and Stay That Way!

Even with day spas opening on every corner, the get-healthy spa experience has felt hopelessly out of reach for many people for reasons of time, economics, or both. While no one is giving their services away, there is a new breed of places dedicated to making wellness a true lifestyle, and at a pace real women might even have time for.

Long weekends, couples getaways and even fast, rejuvenating ayurvedic immersions are coming onto the scene in record numbers. This unparalleled diversity guarantees a fit for every lifestyle. What we all need to have in common is being a place of knowledge and guidance in achieving our own best health, through diet, exercise, reflection and the power of touch.


Testing your readiness and suitability for exercise.You will know whether your relationship with that elusive partner, fitness, has been a fleeting one, a tempestuous one with many partings and reconciliation, or a long-lasting and trusting one .Answer the following questions truthfully.
  1. Over the last two years, approximately how many times have you been to the gym? Once a week: give yourself 1 mark. Twice a week: give yourself 2 marks. Three time plus a week: give yourself 3 marks
  2. Only answer this question if you attended a gym two or more times a week on average. Otherwise go on to question 3
    Have these workouts predominantly combined cardiovascular (CV) work with resistance based exercise?
    If they have, give yourself 3 marks.CV predominantly (include aerobics and sports such as football and workout classes): give yourself 2 marks. Resistance predominately: give yourself 2 marks
  3. Again, only answer this question if you worked out on average, two or more times a week.
    Over the last year, on average, have your workouts involved:15 minutes or less continuous exercise:
    give yourself 1 mark.15-30 min continuous exercise: give yourself 2 marks.30-45 min: give yourself 3 marks.45 min plus: give yourself 4 marks. Continuous exercise is deemed to be a workout in which your exertion level never drops back down to pre-exercise commencement levels no matter how slightly (or strenuously!) you’re exerting yourself – breathing above normal levels, experiencing muscular fatigue or sweating more than normal.
  4. Injury problems
    This is a test of your body’s readiness for an exercise program.No current injury problems: 3 points Some pain in activity but not limited by the injury: 2 points Activity limited by the injury: 1 point Unable to do much strenuous training: 0 points.
  5. Age
    In general; the younger you are, the less time you will have had to slip out of condition. However, we’ve given these question two categories – for non active versus active people regardless of age. See below for definitions of active/non active and answer only one part of the question, part a or b. A) Non active person – defined for our purposes as scoring 6 or less points on the first four questions above .Under 20: 4 marks21-29: 3 marks30-39: 2 marks40 plus: 1 mark .B) Active person regardless of age – defined for our purposes by scoring more than 5 points on questions 1-4. Give yourself 4 points.

Conclusions Adding up your scores will allow you to ascertain a measure of your personal fitness history and suitability to undertake your home gym workout.

Score between 3 and 6
Ready for a low (beginners) level program.
Score between 7 and 11
Ready for a moderate (intermediate) program.
Score of 12 and above
Ready for an intensive (advanced) program.
If you’ve scored less than 3 points, it’s advisable that you consult your doctor. Don’t be dismayed; once you’ve been given the go-ahead you’ll also be on your way.

Travel for February 2003

The Woods Resort & Spa
Killington, Vt 05751

  • 2 night stay at The Woods Resort
  • 1 hr. Swedish Massage for Her
  • 1 hr. Deep Tissue Massage for Him
  • Facial for Her
  • 1hr. Reflexology for Him
  • Complimentary Fruit & Cheese Platter in Unit
Rate: $1599 Grand total
Valid From: 02/04/2003 Valid Until: 03/16/2003

Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa
U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Includes All Meals, Snacks, Drinks, Recreation, Entertainment, and Tips & Taxes
  • Non-Motorized water sports, Complimentary snorkeling gear
  • Unlimited Tennis, Use of Fitness Center
  • 3 nights include the above plus two Journey's Spa signature experiences
  • 5 nights include all the above plus two Caribbean Hydrotherapy treatments
  • 7 nights include all the above plus two services from either Caribbean hydrotherapy treatments or a journey's Beach Stone Massage
  • Deluxe accommodations
  • Minimum Stay 3 nights

Rate: Starts from $2208 for 3 nights
Valid through: 1/1/03 to 12/20/03

Lausanne Palace & Spa

  • 6 nights in a deluxe room
  • Daily buffet breakfast in the restaurant Cote Jar din
  • Daily lunch and dinner in the Parisian-style brasserie or the healthy restaurant Cote Jar din
  • Medical check-up on arrival and departure
  • 18 Spa treatments during stay
  • Unlimited use of the fitness and sport facilities, including indoor swimming pool, Moroccan hammock, Jacuzzi and sauna
  • 1 day of outdoor activities
  • VAT and services included
  • Exclusive of daily local tax Chf 2.60 per person per night

Rate: Deluxe room Double occupancy Chf. 5,005 per person
Valid From: 01/31/2003 Valid Until: 12/31/2003

We wish you all a very prospers New Year and look forward to assisting you with your travel needs.

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