Hyatt Exhale Partners with Amazon for Wellness Launch – Hyatt and Amazon have partnered to help guests and the general public increased their health and overall wellness.

The Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced a partnership with Hyatt’s Exhale On Demand and Amazon Halo.

Amazon Halo is a health and wellness membership that uses technology to provide users with wellness insights and ways to improve their overall health. The membership is powered by an app and a wristband device that measures body composition, activity, sleep and tone of voice. The device combines science-backed tools and Hyatt Exhale On Demand video streaming platform, to help users cultivate healthier life habits.

“Exhale reinforces Hyatt’s commitment to well-being by providing meaningful wellness experiences that support total mind and body through boutique fitness classes, spa therapies and original streaming content,” said Julia Sutton, chief operating officer, Exhale. “We are thrilled to team up with Amazon Halo and provide even more people with the opportunity to easily access fitness- and well-being-focused programs. Exhale On Demand allows people to maintain their well-being routines when they want, where they want and the collaboration with Amazon Halo adds a new element of measurement to help people better understand personal health and well-being and create a more connected, informed approach to their everyday well-being routines.”

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First-Time Visitors: How to Buy Marijuana From a Dispensary

Dispensaries are a new experience for a lot of people. Whether you’ve been consuming weed illegally in the past (no judgment, a lot of us have been there) or you want to give weed a try for the first time since it’s now legal, you might be unfamiliar with how marijuana dispensaries function.

This guide is designed to help people new to the concept of dispensaries and help them feel comfortable when purchasing marijuana-related products. We’re going to go through everything you need to know so you don’t feel uncomfortable as a customer, whether you are visiting a downtown Los Angeles marijuana dispensary or anywhere else.

General protocols and etiquette

Dispensaries are not some shady shops that sell weed under the counter. They are legitimate, tax-paying businesses with their way of doing things. This means that there are some rules that customers should know about before they visit the shop. Let’s take a look at the essential rules you should be aware of.

The Essentials:

First things first, you’ll need to have enough money on you, your ID, and any relevant paperwork that shows the shop workers you are legally allowed to purchase marijuana at a dispensary. If any of these are not on your person, you can’t expect them to sell you anything as this can put them in legal trouble and cause them to lose their jobs.

Bad manners:

Now, on to the things that are considered to be in poor taste. Snapping photos with your phone is usually not allowed as it conflicts with confidentiality measures most dispensaries take pride in. Using the products you buy in a dispensary is also not allowed as it is a shop but not a “coffee shop” if you get our drift. Take your stuff home and enjoy it in the privacy of your home. Last but not least, have at least a general idea what you want to get from your marijuana product – why are you using it, what consumption method seems most appealing to you, how many people you intend to share it with, all this kind of stuff so you can get what you need from the staff and not waste half their shift.

Good manners:

Finally, let’s talk about what the dispensary employees expect from experienced customers. They are more than ready to discuss what would work best for your particular needs and tastes. The chances are that a dispensary employee has tried almost every product they hold in stock, and they can tell you what’s what from personal experience. Furthermore, if they spend a lot of time helping you find what you need, make sure to tip them. This is not required, but they’ve spent a lot of time helping you, and through that, ensured that you have the best experience possible. It would be best if you give something back.

What choices will I need to make in a dispensary?

Well, dispensaries are very well equipped, and if you are not aware of this, entering this kind of shop can be overwhelming.

Most of them hold more than a dozen different cannabis strains, and each of them has its own particular blend of properties.

The next decision is the form of the plant you want to take home. Do you like raw buds you can use to smoke or make edibles from? Maybe you want edibles to begin with? Are vaping oils more up your alley? Maybe balms or tinctures? Even pre-rolled joints are an option if you don’t have experience with making your own.

Most dispensaries have an online shop or a website that outlines their offer, and if choosing the spot gives you anxiety, you can choose before you even get there. In the end, you should be aware that anything you get in a dispensary has gone through tests and trials. This means that everything you get is safe for consumption and hasn’t been tampered with to give it flavor or potency. With street stuff, you never know what you’re getting, who made it, where and how, and most importantly, was it treated with something that can harm your health.


Well, that’s about all you should know about dispensaries before you visit one. Being that dispensaries are now legal in many places, find the one nearest to you and browse for your cannabis. Remember to be respectful and try not to take away too much of the employees’ time by being indecisive. In many cases, people new to weed tend to go to a shop without their mind being properly made up, making them uncomfortable, and the dispensary workers annoyed. Make sure you want this before you go there, and you’ll do fine!

What a change of environment can do for your body.

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Hi everyone, many of you know that Kathy and I move from both Minnesota and California to Arizona. We love it here!

Aside from many of the daily changes that you would be aware of such as car insurance, health insurance, new home issues, meeting neighbors, there is a large and overriding issue that many people ignore; how does your body feel?

If you have ever been to Minnesota between the months of June and October there is practically no place on the planet that is more beautiful. It is green, has lovely weather, swaying oak trees, includes afternoons swimming in the lakes, and I could not finish the list without saying…mosquitoes, LOL.

I noticed when we were spending Winters in California that one of the things my body accepted extremely well was the very low humidity of being in the desert near Palm Springs. The aches and pains in my shoulders and periodically in my knees and wrists seemed to evaporate the moment we would get off the airplane or out of the car after a 2000 mile drive from Minnesota. On the rare days that it rained, I would feel that slight achiness come back. Oh yeah, it is a real thing so when people tell you they are moving south for drier weather I have found it to be absolutely true.

This summer in Arizona set a record for total number of days over a hundred and ten degrees and total number of days over a hundred degrees and frankly we agreed that if we could make it through summer we can make it all season here with no problem. I might be part lizard or some other desert animal, but I absolutely love the hot dry heat.  I commented to my wife the other day that I have had no arthritic pain in my shoulders or in my wrist since being here, it is truly amazing. I believe you have to do all the other things correct for your body which include eating right, drinking in moderation, exercising daily and taking good supplements (and going to the Spa). Now that we have been here for four months I am firmly convinced that warm dry weather is a key ingredient to feeling good both mentally and physically. 

There are many ex-Midwestern people that we have met in our neighborhood who have moved down here who corroborate exactly what I am describing… Find your way South when your bones start aching! 

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5 Safety Tips For Taking Sleeping Pills For Insomnia

With today’s fast-paced lifestyles & hectic work from home routines, sleeplessness has become a common problem. It’s normal to have some nights of inadequate rest, but when it happens on a regular basis, you might want to try over the counter sleeping aids.

A sleeping pill is not a lasting solution to sleep; precautions are necessary while consuming them. We share valuable tips to follow while taking a sleeping pill.

Guidelines to Follow While Taking Sleeping Pills

Here are 5 instructional tips for taking over-the-counter pills for insomnia:

1.   Seek a doctor’s consultation:   

A sleeping pill is not an ordinary pill for fever or headache. It is a prescription drug to treat sleep disorders. Habitual intake can reduce the response value of a sleeping drug.

Discuss your insomnia problems with your doctor before starting on a sleeping pill. A doctor’s diagnosis will help get to the root of the problem. Know a follow-up plan to reduce intake if you have been taking sleeping pills for more than a week. A doctor’s visit aims to help reduce dependence on drugs like sleeping pills. Moreover, sometimes rather than traditional sleeping pills, doctors may prescribe herbal sleeping tablets that are as effective as these pills but are not habit-forming.

2.   Take a sleeping pill only before bedtime:

Some people believe that a sleeping pill is apt for the daytime. Now, this is a cardinal mistake one could make. Taking a sleeping pill reduces the awareness and agility of all that’s happening around the concerned person and can have dangerous fallout.

Complete all your tasks for the day and evening. When it’s time to doze off for a full night’s sleep, then take the sleeping pill. Avoid taking short-acting sleeping pills to get up in the middle of the night.

3.   Avoid alcohol while taking pills for insomnia:

Refrain from mixing sedatives with alcohol. Alcohol increases the sedative properties of the pills. Sipping a small alcohol peg with sleeping pills can cause dizziness and a fainting spell which may cause several implications like shallow breathing, sleepwalking & memory loss.

Apart from that, it could lead to hallucinations and impaired motor control and in worst cases, lead to CNS suppression and ultimately leading to death.

4.   Watch out for side effects:

The after-effects of sleeping pills may harm health. Side-effects can always happen after taking insomnia drugs. Age and the extent of sleeping pill intake can ring alarm bells.

Immediately report side effects to your family doctor. If you feel dizzy during the day, talk to your doctor. Avoid taking a sleeping pill if you have an emergency meeting or an urgent task coming up the next day.    

5.   Quit sleeping pills after medical consultation:

Although treating short term insomnia with sleeping pills is what people look for, sometimes you may become dependent on these pills for your sleep. Deciding when to quit taking sleeping pills is not an individual decision. Call or meet your doctor to know when to stop the dosage. Read the directions on the product label for supplementary guidance. 

Remember discontinuing the sleeping pills upon completion of the required dosage can bring back sleeplessness for a few days. Discuss it with your physician.      

Extra Tips before Taking Sleeping Pills

Some additional tips for insomnia patients before taking sleeping pills:

  • Adhere to the dosage instructions on the product label/prescription slip, so you know how and when to take the pill and the potential side effects.
  • Over-the-counter sleeping drugs may interact with other medications for health problems, like a heart ailment or a kidney disease. Go by the doctor’s advice. Skip self-medication.
  • Explore natural alternatives likeHerbal Sleeping Tablets. Chamomile tea and melatonin are other dietary supplements for sleep enhancement.
  • Limit your Sleeping pill usage for two to four weeks only.If you need help for a long time,ensure to consult your doctor.
  • Share your previous prescription of insomnia and behavioural changes you faced with your doctor for medication ahead.      
  • Long-term patients of insomnia should consider behavioural therapy for treatment.
  • Dont stop taking sleeping pills suddenly as it can rebound insomnia
  • Never resort to driving after taking a sleeping pill.
  • Report immediately to your physician when facing any problems with insomnia medication. 
  • Convoluted changes in sleep such as sleepwalking, can happen with a sleeping pill. Read the FDA instructions to know more about the safety risks.
  • Always consult your doctor for help, if you find nagging problems of sleeplessness even after pursuing medication.


Sound sleep is a challenge affecting most people. Talk to your health provider if you are lying awake for consistent nights. Medication is available, but it comes with side effects. Pursue an active lifestyle so you can sleep on your own with no medical intervention.




Miami, Fla. (October 20, 2020). Liliana Dominguez-Grajales and Alena Stavnjak, founders of the Southeast Spa Wellness Association (SESPAA), are pleased to announce a successful launch of three pillars for education, spas, and vendors. The pillars will connect and unite spa and wellness professionals in the Southeastern U.S. region, including Florida, which has one on the largest concentration of spas, along with smaller spa markets in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Arkansas, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas, Puerto Rico and USVI. The SESPAA Executive Board includes Penny Kriel, Director of Spa at Salamander Hotels & Resorts as President of Spa Operations; and Christi Cano, Principal of Innovative Spa Production as Director of Vendor Relations, and Tammy Pahel, VP of Spa & Wellness at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort as President of Education.

Dominguez-Grajales and Stavnjak leveraged their decades of combined experience as former luxury spa directors and suppliers, to launch Spa Wellness Events, producing hosted buyer and networking events in the US and Caribbean. After the pandemic crisis left spa directors searching for solutions in the “new normal,” they quickly launched SESPAA to provide resources and support at a critical time.

“It was important for us to bring together all our experiences and knowledge and offer these as a resource for our industry. We wanted to build a foundation for growth in a wellness centric environment. The SESPAA Pillars are designed to be inclusive and support all levels of experience in our ever-evolving industry,” said Grajales.

“Our mission was to challenge ourselves to bring new and innovative ways of thinking by providing resources that can be customized to the situation of each individual business. We offer education, mentorship, marketing, wellbeing, wellness, and operational support in a platform that is inviting to our spa, vendor, educators, wellness experts, and independent members,” said Stavnjak.

The Spa Operations Pillar establishes and develops strategic departmental goals that are critical elements to day-to- day job functions. Resources include Best Practices, SOP’s, Luxury Standards, Opening Manual, SARS (Covid-19) Re-Opening Manual, Daily Checklists, Job Descriptions and more.

The Vendor Relations Pillar nurtures vendor relationships to support their growth, development, healthy margins, and service levels. Partnerships are built on achieving mutual benefits with goals, operational efficiencies, ongoing relationships, and strategic alliances. 

The Education Pillar collaborates with top industry educators to provide our members with new skills, Classes, CEU Facilitated Sessions, virtual tutorials and vendor platforms to support growth and knowledge. Due to demand across the US, SESPAA educational offerings will be open to all spa professionals, not only members.

“I’m so excited to be spearheading SESPAA’s Education Pillar. Education is the one of the most important investments a company can make in its people and future. Supporting Liliana and Alena’s vision was easy choice because of their proven exceptional leadership skills and dedication to our industry,” said Tammy Pahel. Educational Resources include the SESPAA Virtual Spa Operations and Management Courses, Continuing Education Courses for Massage Therapists & Estheticians, and specialty courses such as How to Elevate Your Spa Experience Through Medical Wellness.”

To register for SESPAA membership and download the Covid-19 Reopening Guide, visit

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Southeast Spa Wellness Association (SESPAA) is the largest U.S. regional spa wellness association encompassing the following territory: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and U.S.V.I. Adapting to the current evolution of how business is conducted, the was created out of consistent demand for more from the current member programs for spa and wellness communities.

Knowledge passed down, born from years of exceeding customer expectations, is a common bond we share. This is just one exceptional reason for our existence.

General Contact:

Liliana Dominguez-Grajales, Co-Founder

Southeast Spa Wellness Association

COL +57 (313) 603-2358

Media Contact:

Nancy Griffin, Principal

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