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August Is the Best Time to Practice Wellness—Here’s Why

ou deserve a break—and August’s Wellness Month is the perfect time to indulge in some hard-earned self-care.

Started by Lisa Michaelis, founder and CEO of Santa Ana, California’s Live Love Spa, the monthlong initiative encourages wellness-seekers to try something new.

“Think of it like a restaurant week for wellness,” says Michaelis. “Grab a bestie and get out there and try new things, whether it’s a fitness class or a spa treatment or trying a new product, and explore different options for wellness.”

Even better? The inaugural Wellness Month is kicking off with a number of deals from wellbeing-boosting businesses across the nation.

Read on for a Q&A with Michaelis to learn more about the initiative and to find out how she’s planning to spend Wellness Month.

What’s the story behind Wellness Month?

We created Wellness Month as a way to celebrate wellness and, in a way, kind of show people how they can take care of themselves in kind of a fun way. I think a lot of people think wellness or spa is a little mysterious. I still have so many people that say that they’ve never tried having a massage or a facial or things like that. We wanted to create something that was fun that would make people want to go try something new and kind of inspire them to try something new that would really make them feel good.

What do you hope people get out of this initiative?

I hope that people try something new that will help them live a better life in some way or live their best life in that month. Small, daily acts of self care can lead to better habits, and I think a month of trying different things—like that aerial yoga down the street, maybe try it a couple of times through the month of August and maybe that’s a new habit. Definitely trying new things, taking the mystery out of wellness, in general, hopefully leading to some new good habits.

How widespread is Wellness Month going to be?

It is going to be nationwide. We have hit mostly all of the major markets from L.A. to New York, Dallas, Chicago, Orlando and Miami.

Is wellness something you’ve always been interested in?

Yes, I’ve been in the spa and wellness industry probably for about the last 10 or 12 years. Even the best in the industry have something to learn because there’s so many cool, new things coming up. When I hear about something new, like cryotherapy or float therapy, I’m like, “Oh my gosh, those sound amazing. I want to try those things, too!” There’s just a lot of things that seem mysterious and I think, for us, if we can kind of raise awareness and make people understand the benefit and inspire them to try something new, these are all great things that will benefit people and in a fun way.

What does wellness mean to you?

I think wellness means keeping a good balance as much as possible with your mind, body and spirit. A lot of times it’s as simple as spending time with my family and friends, which I love.

What are some of your favorite ways to practice wellness?

I’m a spa girl, all the way, 100 percent. I think because I’m a Type A personality and I can get into the throes of working so hard all the time, I find that being able to get away and go to the spa and getting a massage or a facial and just kind of treating myself—even if it’s just for an hour, I feel so much more refreshed and balanced and kind of ready to hit it again.

How are you going to spend your Wellness Month?

So we’ve already got some fun things planned. To kick off Wellness Month, we’re inviting Zeel to come and do massages at our workplace, so all of our team is going to be getting some massages. We also have scheduled another spa excursion out to Glen Ivy and we also are having a fitness instructor come in our office. We have some fun things going on!

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