Brisbane Wellness

Your Last Minute Christmas Shopping Sorted!

Christmas can be a tricky time of year where relationships are tested. Not because of stress, but because of what present you give to those you know and love! One false step can leave you with an unimpressed mother in law, disappointed girlfriend, or family who wonder if you ever know them. We are here to help! Here are some Christmas gift ideas, broken down by the kind of person you are shopping for. 

**Christmas isn't really about what you buy, it's about the thought behind it. We're just kidding! :)

For the Stress Head

Float Therapy with City Cave

Christmas can exasperate stress and can leave a lot of people feeling low and overwhelmed. Flota Therapy is a proven method for reducing stress and inhibiting the stress receptors in the body, allowing you to relax and shut off. Get them a float voucher, redeemable at either centre and make a difference to their mental health this year.  

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For the Avid Floater

City Cave Flauna or Floatage

For someone who has already discovered the wonder that is float therapy, why not add on some extras for their next session and give them some serious pampering? There is nothing quite like gifting an experience. 

Flauna package: 1 x 45 min Infrared Sauna session + 1 x 60 min Float session

Floatage package: 1 x 45 min massage + 1 x 60 min Float session 

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For the Mother In Law

Diffusers 

Diffusers are the modern day candle; Scent without the fire and hassle. Fill with water, choose your scent, plug it in, away you go! We even have them gift wrapped and ready to go for you. Pop in to pick one up for $69.99 and grab some oils while you're at it! 

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The Wellbeing Warrior

City Cave Voucher

These ones are tough as they have high expectations for their health and they always put this first. That's why a City Cave voucher is the best way to go to make sure that they can not only choose what they want, but they can come and experience complete serenity. 

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For the Athlete

MG Life Magnesium Oil and City Cave Epsom Salts

You know the type; always active, constantly pushing the boundaries, climbing mountains, hiking and trains often, so naturally, always having some kind of ache or pain. Give the gift of faster recovery so they can continue to go go go!

Our Epsom salt mix is the same that we use in our float pools, imported from Germany and only $9.95 a bag. Great for helping with aching muscles to use in your bath at home. 

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MG Life oil is a 100% organic Magnesium oil that is not tested on animals, vegan friendly and made here in Australia. It comes in 3 sizes:

40ml - $19  125ml - $29  250ml - $39

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For the Health Nut

Pono Probiotics

Pono Probiotics is a local Brisbane Business run my Daina and Dan who was searching for products she could use and give to her family. Pono Probiotics offer great testing health supplements with very trendy packaging. Not only are you gifting the gift of gut health, but you are supporting a local business. Win win!  

Pop into one of our centres and our helpful staff will be able to point you in the right direction for all of your Christmas Shopping needs, or getting you a physical gift voucher for your loved ones. 

Tune in or Tune out? That is the question.

Float therapy is one of those things that progress with time. You get better and better at it and allows you to listen to your body and what it needs. We sat down with seasoned Floater and Co-Founder of City Cave Jeremy Hassell, to find out a bit about his experiences with floating. 


Part one. Tune in.

As a Co-founder of City Cave I have floated my fair share of hours. Every time is different and I learn something new every time I float, but something is to be said for a person that floats who owns a float centre. So here are some thoughts and realisations in the mind of an owner of a quite unique experience.

Firstly, what we all do as owners of a business, we critique everything. The first 10 minutes of every float the checklist goes through the head. How is the music? What is the light in the room like? How is the temperature? What was the cleanliness like? What do I need to change? Who do I need to tell? What's the urgency?...deep breath....ahhhhh
As I mentioned before every float is different and they generally consist of two mind frames; Tune in or tune out. Dependant on the lead-up, how life is or what's going on physically determines how it will go. Your mind and body will decide this on its own, you just need to accept what you actually need from this session. A common mistake is to fight what's happening.

Today I tuned in. What to expect from this mind frame? Initially, thoughts will be loud. As you progress through your float a thought process might come to you or a feeling in the body. Whatever it is will become clear and you may need to focus on an injury you have or ponder on a decision. This is all about tuning in. At some points in your world you need to listen to what your mind and body are saying to help maintain balance and control over your circumstance; Reducing a reactive mindset and helping you think laterally over your situations.

This float was in the morning before I started my day so I half expected it to be a tune in session. I felt amazing and ready to attack my day, cleared up any things that I was carrying mentally from the week prior and gave my body a good rest. I developed a scope over some niggling pains and discomforts in the body and created a plan for the week in my training to work to strengthen and avoid injury.

The benefits of the tune in float to a working week or stressful time are amazing. Giving clarity to decisions, productivity to the workspace and checking in with the needs and feeling of the body.

I feel grateful for these floats.

Take time for yourself and let your body and mind guide your next session.

- Jeremy Hassell

Stay tuned to for Part two, Tune Out next week. 

Want to chat with Jeremy more about his or your floating experience? Contact him directly on jeremy@citycave.com.au

 

Pumpkin and Halloumi Pasties

We love seeing the amazing creations that our Dietician Andrea whips up each week. This week she has opted for a savoury pasty filled with Pumpkin and Halloumi cheese.. you had me at cheese! *drools slightly*

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Ingredients

  • 500 g pumpkin

  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • Pinch of salt

  • Olive oil spray

  • 250 g halloumi

  • 1 red onion

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan

  • 3 sheets puff pastry

  • 1 egg

  • Sesame seeds for sprinkling

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. On a baking tray lined with paper, place pumpkin cubes. Toss lightly with oil and salt and bake for 30 minutes, until soft and caramelised around the edges. Remove tray from the oven, but keep the oven on.

2. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over a medium heat. Spray lightly with oil. Cook halloumi until soft and crispy. Remove from heat.

3. Using a little more spray oil, sauté red onion until caramelised. In a bowl, combine cooked pumpkin, halloumi, onion, pumpkin seeds and parmesan. Stir to combine.

4. Slice puff pastry squares into four smaller squares. Divide mixture into two squares, pull all four corners together and twist. Fold each side in so the filling is enclosed inside the pastry. Brush each pastie with egg, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

5. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until crunchy and golden on the outside.

For more amazing recipe ideas that you can try at home, book in with Andrea and get yourself a personalised meal plan. 

Coconut Chia Pudding with Cacao Banana Ice Cream

Our amazing dietician Andrea has delivered another drool-worthy recipe for us this week, with this Coconut Chia Pudding with Cacao Banana Ice Cream. Check out the details below for how you can make this clean treat for your loved ones.. or all for yourself. No judgement from us! 

Ingredients

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp desiccated coconut

1.5 tsp Natvia Natural sweetener

½ cup coconut milk

2 bananas, chopped and frozen

3 tsp cacao powder

1 tbsp coconut milk

Coconut chips to serve

Method

1. In a bowl, combine chia seeds, coconut, sweetener and coconut milk and stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes until chia seeds have soaked up liquid and pudding has formed.

2. In a blender or food processor, place chopped frozen banana. Blitz bananas until they become a smooth, ice cream-like consistency. This can take 5-10 minutes depending on the powder of your blender. Bananas become a crumb first before becoming smooth.

3. Add in one tablespoon of coconut milk and 3 teaspoons of cacao powder and pulse to combine all ingredients. Scoop ice cream into a bowl and place in the freezer for 10-20 minutes until it has firmed up.

4. To serve, divide chia pudding into two bowls or cups and top with cacao banana ice cream. Sprinkle chia seeds and coconut chips on top.

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For more delicious recipes from Andrea, check out her website, or book in with Andrea here. 

How to Nourish Your Hair Post Float

Float therapy consists of immersing yourself in a body of water that contains between 350-400kg of Epsom salts, also known as Magnesium Sulphate. Although this is a mineral that we all need and most of us are deficient in, it can be quite dehydrating for your hair if you don't look after it. So although floating is in no way bad for your hair, you can follow some simple steps to avoid additional stress on it. 

Your hair is like a sponge so make sure you thoroughly wet your hair when you have your first shower before your float in our onsite showers, making it less capable of absorbing the salt water. When you are floating, try to tie your hair up so that the salt water has less contact with your scalp, and majority of your hair. 

We stock Nak 'Nourishing' Shampoo and Conditioner  (which is Sulphate and Paraben free) in all of our float rooms to ensure that you are leaving your session feeling and smelling great. We chose these because they have added Marine collagen, panthenol (Vitamin B5) and Vitamin E, which assist in repairing hair by improving tensile strength and replenishing moisture. This can increase elasticity and protects colour fading. 

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You can also use a leave-in treatment in your hair after your session to add some extra nourishment to your ends, like the Repl.ends Leave In Treatment, Structure Complex Bond Enhancer, or as the name suggests, the Ultimate Treatment which contains Argan Oil and Silk Amino Acids. These will give your hair some TLC no matter what condition it's in, so your hair is left feeling protected, nourished, and have less fly-aways. 

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We also have various Nak and Aromas styling products for men and women at our Beauty and Grooming stations, as well as hair dryers, so you can freshen up before leaving. From Shine Mists, High Volume Spray and Thermal Shields, to Pomades and Styling Clays, we have got you covered. 

These products can also be purchased at City Cave so you can treat your hair to some rehydration and quality styling at home. This includes a large array of mens grooming supplies, like Beard Elixir and Shaving cream. Stocks varies between centres.

 

We were on TV with Zoe Marshall! #madeit

We had Zoe Marshall and the House of Wellness Australia crew come down and visit us at the Paddington centre to find out all about the benefits of Epsom salt baths and float therapy. Check out the segment below that screened on 7Two and find out how Epsom salts have found their way back into fashion in the wellness scene as people re-discover how amazing they are for your body.