• VisionPassionFaith

Updated: Aug 20

With Nancy Thielman – Spa, Fitness, Wellness Director at Koquina Sand Spa at Esplanade Golf and Country Club, Lakewood Ranch, Florida My second interview in my "Wellness for Real" series, is with Nancy Thielman, who is the Spa, Fitness, Wellness Director at Koquina Sand Spa at Esplanade Golf and County Club in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. It was such a joy to share ideas, perspectives, as well as practical tools, as we can all embrace fully "wellness for real" in our own lives. Hope you enjoy! Me: Do you have your own definition of "wellness" that you'd like to share? Nancy: Well, this is a tricky question. Wellness is not just going to the gym. That is just one aspect of wellness. Fitness; nutrition; self care; as well as the social aspect of wellness (which can be tough right now, since many are not doing the "social" things that they would "normally" be doing); and also the spiritual aspect – all go into my "definition" of wellness. My takeaway: Love chatting with those individuals especially, that understand that "wellness" is not just about exercise and nutrition. The other aspects of wellness are also key components in our overall wellness. #wellnessforreal Me: So, you touched on the "social" aspects of wellness. I think even though people are not doing what they would "normally" be doing to nurture this aspect; I do think this is a time, when many are not only creating, but maintaining, deeper connections that may end up being more "beneficial" to our overall health.I also think that many are looking at other "connections" they may have, and not "relating" as much on a deep level, and those relationships may not be as nurturing and fulfilling. Thoughts? Nancy: I think we now have more time to be even more introspective. Those who are using this time to become more self aware, are getting in touch with feelings and emotions they are experiencing, and may be more willing to talk about these feelings and emotions with others who are providing a safe space, and doing much of the same. Some of those people who I may just send a text to, I am now picking up the phone, and having a conversation with them. Skype and zoom also are great ways to connect. My takeaway: These are great points Nancy shares. The more we are using this time to become more introspective, self aware, be more in tune with our feelings and emotions, and take the time to communicate with others who are doing the same, the opportunity to connect on deeper levels is enhanced. #selfawareness #emotionalwellness Me: So this brings me to the question - how are you dealing with those who are focused on fear, anxiety, and worry. I am seeing that those who are experiencing some of these - are "dumping" or "projecting" onto others, which is really not fair. I call it "projectile" vomit on another person. LOL. Thoughts? Nancy: I have developed for myself a shield of protection, so I try not to absorb the negative. My takeaway: Developing tools that work, to deal with those who are in fear, anxiety, and worry is a great thing to have. Ultimately, we need to be aware of our own energy and thoughts. Keeping our own energy clear, balanced, and centered is where we find peace, calm, joy, gratitude, and authentic power. #gratitude #balancedenergy #clearenergy #authenticpower Me: With so many in the Spa/ Hospitality industry that are now at home, or spending more hours at home-what types of things are you implementing into your weekly routine, if anything? Any "spa-type"rituals that you do at home? Nancy: I am lucky enough to have the resources to do my own facials at home. I take time each week to practice "self care" – this includes facials, going on walks. as well as I meditate daily. This is my way of bringing the "Spa to Self." My takeaway: Great stuff! Bringing the "Spa to Self" is a great intention and practice! #spatoself #selfcare Me: Do you have some daily rituals? Nancy: Yes, I do a daily ritual after I shower in the morning with moon water. The moon water is infused with gem stones, some essential oils, and it is bathed in each full moon. I set an intention in the morning, whatever comes to me, and that is my intention for the day. My takeaway: So how cool is this! I am a huge believer in the power of thoughts, as well as intentions. Since I have studied astrology for many years, I am also fascinated with how Nancy makes her moon water that she uses daily. Talk about a daily ritual! The daily rituals we incorporate into our lives are crucial, I believe, as to how our day unfolds. Daily rituals are not a "one size fits all" approach, but we can share with others what works for us, and if it works for others terrific, and if not, then possibly they can come up with their own daily rituals that work well for them. I love Nancy's daily ritual, as it is not only creative, but energetically grounding. #dailyrituals #powerofthought #powerofintention Me: So tell me more about this moon water. Is this something you came up with yourself? Nancy: So, I now make this moon water myself. I used to buy it from Bodhi Basics in St Pete, Florida, but they do not always have this in stock, so I started making my own. This is where I got the idea. So each full moon, I place the gem stone that is associated with the planets for the moon and sun cycle during the full moon. I then use the essential oils that are associated with these astrological signs, and infuse into the water, and set it out in the full moon each month. My takeaway: What a fun, creative, and nurturing thing to do the day of each full moon! I am sure that Nancy's sharing of this, will inspire others to think about incorporating this, or incorporating other "rituals" that include those things that may resonate with one's own desire for daily, weekly, monthly rituals that can be embraced to create joy and intention. #dailyrituals #powerofintention #joy Me: So when your Spa is open, what types of workshops do you like to have, if any? Nancy: Our clientele is more on the "conservative" side, so we do have workshops on things such as the benefits of massage, etc...Most of the workshops that we have are vendor based; i.e. make up/ skin care. In the past we had a jewelry- malla making seminar, which was very popular. We will be adding more workshops on meditation and "Spa at Home." My takeaway: Workshops, as well as seminars, are always a great way to teach, share experiences, network with guests and the community. Joining with others can be extremely beneficial for all involved. #community Me: I have mentioned to you before, that you have such an amazing team there at Koquina Sand Spa . Right away, one can sense the amazing synergy of your team. It is a special energy, and it is clear everyone likes their job, and likes working there. As a leader, you definitely "walk your talk", so i do think that reflects on those around you. How do you keep your team so aligned, and genuinely happy to work there? Nancy: We do have regular staff meetings to go over what is working, and what is not, and share feedback. I find the daily, on the spot training, to be most effective I also have an open door policy, if team members want to chat about anything, they know where to find me. My takeaway: Nancy's leadership speaks for itself, just by observing and interacting with her team. Energy does not lie, and the energy and synergy of her team is evident. #wellnessatwork #workplacewellness #teamsynergy #Koquina Sand Spa Me: So, in wrapping up, let's talk about all your amazing experience within the Spa industry- working at Longboat Key Club, Safety Harbour; as well as your going to school for political science. What is it that you love about the Spa industry and how did you evolve into Spa from your pursuing a political science education? Nancy: So that I do not give you an answer that probably all people will give, I will just give you a "Nancy Story." I studied political science, as I wanted to be "political" and "save the world." At some point, I understood that for me, this was not the route to go, so I then went into fitness to help people. Helping individuals one at a time and empower them. This then broadened into wellness. I have been in the Fitness/ Spa industry 24 years, and before that just fitness. So, it has been an evolution for me, grasping total wellness. I understand that the best way to create common consciousness is one person at a time. My takeaway: I think people who are in "wellness" fields, tend to have a common core intention to help people and make the world better. I am a big proponent to the idea that "no one heals alone". We all "need" one another. Not in a "needy " way, but in a way that allows others to authentically be the best they can be, and reach their unique potential. Mastering oneself, and healing at the core, one can then be present for others who are doing the same on their journey into "wellness for real". Healing and wellness is a "process" and the more we are around others who embrace their own process and are authentic, the more we can shift our culture into a better "wellness" model. #wellness #healing #itsaprocess I want to thank Nancy so much for this interview. A true leader, and inspiration of someone who "walks her talk." If you'd like to learn more about Koquina Sand Spa at Esplanade Golf and Country Club, please check out: http://www.koquinasandspa.com

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  • VisionPassionFaith

Updated: Aug 20

With Robert Seibel, Spa Director Omni Las Palmas

I have been working with Resorts/ Boutique Hotels for over 15 years, and there is more and more talk about "wellness" than ever before. What is "wellness" really? For me, it is feeling vibrant; full of energy; passion for my life and my work; thriving in my environment; having healthy, nurturing, and authentic relationships; as well as being unconditionally loved for who I am. Yes, there are benefits for many who choose to do yoga, follow a Keto diet, follow an Atkins diets, follow a Paleo diet; as well as for those who meditate. Obviously there are benefits to eating healthy, exercising, as well as mediation. But, there is so much more to wellness at the core...

This is the first interview in my "Wellness for Real" series, where I am interviewing some amazing people within the Spa/ Wellness industry, as well as some others who offer some great perspectives worth thinking about and sharing, on the topics of wellness, oral health, connection, providing safe environments for others to authentically be themselves, and much more!! Hope you enjoy!

Me: So, Robert, I have known you for many years, and you are one of the people I wanted to interview for this series, since you have a very holistic approach to wellness. Within your Spa, you place a focus on the areas of mindfulness, intention, the" experience" of a Spa Treatment, as well as understanding emotional health. How are you so good at looking at your guests as individuals – understanding that each guest is looking for something unique for where they are in their own lives?

Robert: So yes, while exercise is indeed good at releasing tension in the body, we want each of our guest's Spa Experience, when they come to our spa, to be geared towards what this client may desire at the time they come in. What treatment will help create more wholeness and what type of self help work can our guests then do at home? We want our Spa Experience to really be a "healing" experience, where a guest can then go home, and take something "with them."

Me: You and I talk a lot about intentions, as well as thoughts and words. I believe words are either uplifting and supportive, or harmful and detrimental. I also think the thoughts we think about ourselves can be encouraging and nurturing, or destructive and toxic. Those who are brought up in environments with a lot of emotional abuse, bullying, constant criticism; have to be quite "intentional" on breaking these type of "programming." Thoughts on this?

Robert: Thoughts are words. And words are powerful. Also, energetically, thoughts and words can indeed be detrimental to one's health and wellness. In general, what one is thinking, is what one is projecting. If one is not conscious as to what they are thinking, and saying, this can be something for them to ponder and reflect more deeply upon. I try and instill in others that words can indeed help to guide others, and for our staff of therapists, they can also guide guests towards increased wellbeing in this manner. Sometimes a guest has to release a lot of pent up emotions, anxiety, etc... and it is quite powerful when our therapists are truly listening to clients. At the end of a treatment, the question will always be "did we actually help our guests who need some direction and support?"

Me: Your team of therapists really look to you for guidance. You have mentioned to me, how they also at times need to be reminded of their "why." Why they became a therapist in the first place. I think this is powerful for all of us, to reflect upon our whys regularly. Can you speak more to this?

Robert: Sure, sometimes I think we all forget why we are here, and why we chose the professions we have. I make it a point for my staff to be more aware of their own wellness. To ground, balance, and protect and nurture their own energy.

Me: It seems like there has been a widespread occurrence of "adrenal fatigue" with a lot of the population. This term was first mentioned in 1998 by a naturopath, James Wilson. In my opinion, I think the reason people are getting burnt out is the 24/7 availability of "constant connection". I am very good at shutting my phone off, and also good at turning my computer off at the end of my work day. We are not all emergency room doctors that need to be "on call" 24/ 7. Living this way, causes illness for many- always "on call" and at the affect of other's needs, wants and demands. What are your thoughts on this?

Robert: I think it is extremely important to have time off from work and cell phones. I also think it is beneficial to be able to get good sleep, relax, and calm the mind, as well as get out in the sun. Many of our guests are looking for guidance, and look to people to assist them. We want to be that for them. Helping others to relax, calm the mind, and maybe try to get them to understand what truly causes someone to not sleep? What is the root cause? We want our guests to experience a "recharge" with us.

Me: You and I have spoken a lot about some of your Spa Offerings. many of them, have much thought and intention behind them. Can you share a bit more about the importance of the entire "Spa Experience" at your Spa?

Robert: Sure, we want our guests to feel that something was given to them, and that they also receive something additional. It is not just about a "massage." Also it is not just about the hands. There are other techniques that can be used. There are also tools within a treatment (i.e stones, wands, etc..) We strive to provide our therapists with quality products for them to offer guests amazing treatments.

Me: Finally, let's chat a little bit about the sun. One of my favorite topics, since so many tell us to avoid the sun. You and I are similar in our perspectives on vitamin D, and the sun. Want to share some of your thoughts?

Robert: Sure. The sun is beneficial in helping to replenish the body, as well as helping to replenish the mind. Fifteen minutes a day in the sun, is great to relax, and not ponder "on problems."

My Takeaways:

As many know, I usually do a "My Take Away" Section," after each of my interview questions, as an added perspective, with important points gained from all the amazing dialogues I have with interviewees. For this series, I am just doing one at the end to keep things "short and sweet". Instead of "bullet points" we can call them "touch points." First, I want to thank Robert for all this time and sharing his perspectives. For anyone who is blessed to know Robert, he is a fantastic individual with lots of real life experience, and deep wisdom.

My Takeaways:

- These days, people all want to feel like they are valued and treated as a unique individual . Most are dealing with "something," and many are searching and seeking for those who can help them guide and navigate their own journey to total wholeness and towards a higher level of awareness. I talk a lot about 'Energy ROI", and if one is taking the time to go to a Spa and "invest" in their own wellness and healing; it is great that Robert is providing a place where guests can go to have a healing "experience" of a Spa Treatment, as well as understanding emotional health. We live in a culture, where more and more are being pushed to be "robot-like," so having a place to go, where one can feel like a genuine person, is hopefully where we are headed in terms of wellness.

- Very few are getting on board with the idea that we need to take time away from the phone, internet, computers, and take time to recharge, get some sun, breathe... While some only talk about it, we need to be true examples for others, that this is good and beneficial. Robert reflects someone who indeed walks his own talk.

- It is always beneficial to regularly ask ourselves what is our why? True leaders like Robert, assist others in getting to the core and essence of why they are in their chosen professions, and why they do what they do.

- Thoughts are indeed words, and words are indeed powerful. For those who were "programmed" at an early age, that their gifts don't matter; that their ideas and passions do not matter; that they are not "good enough;" that they are not "valued" for who they are; please be gentle with yourself. It takes a while to "unlearn" deeply instilled patterns . Whether from society, teachers, parents, relatives, etc... it does not matter where these "programs" came from. It is each and every person's responsibility to relearn new supportive and life giving patterns, unlearn old destructive and toxic patterns. Finding others who can support us in this, can be extremely beneficial. No man/ woman is an island. We do "need" others who can support us in our own wellness journey, and others "need " us as well, for support in theirs.

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41000 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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