Choosing the Spa Therapy that’s Right for You

Luxury homes in Tagaytay Highlands are well known for their comfort and beauty. This, combined with the environment’s natural artistry, refreshing atmosphere, and leisure amenities make it an ideal relaxation spot.

The Spa and Lodge is one of the best places to do so in the property. It is a central point of tranquility in the community, offering the ultimate in relaxation therapy with a wide variety of spa treatments available for you to choose from.

Selecting the right therapy may be a challenge at times, so it will be good to know the benefits of these treatments to better select what will be beneficial for you.

 

Aromatherapy Massage

Stress Relief: Aromatherapy has a lot of health benefits, but its most dominant positive effect is its ability to relieve stress and other ill feelings through the power of scent. It uses fragrant essential oils from different herbs, flowers, and fruits in order to supplement the healing effects of massage.

Digestion: Digestive conditions like bloating, constipation, and indigestion can be treated through aromatherapy, especially by applying essential oils like orange, lemon, chamomile, and lavender.

Foot Massage and Reflexology

Circulation: Blood circulation and oxygen distribution can be significantly improved through reflexology. This, in turn, will allow the body to heal damaged cells, go through functions quicker, and speed up its metabolism.

Toxin Removal: Reflexology is also known for helping the bladder function more efficiently. An increase in its performance will lead to a faster removal of toxins and other debris, which in turn will prevent the development of illnesses such as urinary tract issues.

Shiatsu Massage

Muscle Pain and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Shiatsu massage, also known as acupressure, can help significantly when it comes to reducing the symptoms of arthritis as well as the general fitness of all affected muscles in the body. This is a great way to ease any muscle pain after a workout or any other physically demanding activity.

Skin: Acupressure can aid the circulation of the capillaries that are found in the soft tissues in your skin. This massage can also be done to stimulate the excretion of sebaceous glands that will keep your skin smooth and moist. That also has the added effect of reducing wrinkling.

Ventosa

Relief for Several Health Conditions: Ventosa, also known as cupping, has a lot of health benefits as it can stimulate the movement of blood throughout your body, as well as remove toxins from within. This is especially useful for those who suffer from the fevers, coughs, or colds.

Spiritual Healing: Retreat Houses in Tagaytay

People nowadays lead very busy lives. Work can pile up, leading us to neglect the fact that we need to take some time off as well. With so many things going on, we can forget to relax and return our focus to what really matters in life. This is why people go on a retreat every now and then—and luxury homes in Tagaytay can provide you with the relaxation you need.

Why are retreats important?

Retreat comes from the Latin verb to “pull back”. Going on a retreat can help you unwind from your established routine as well as connect with nature. When you go on a retreat, time is a different concept. There is no need for you to rush and you will be able to have more “alone” moments. You will get the chance to clear your mental space and feel inspired especially if you are in a retreat house with a breathtaking landscape.

Speaking of landscapes, Tagaytay is considered as one of the top retreat-worthy places in the Philippines. Thanks to its cool and clean climate and lush greenery, Tagaytay became a popular place to have a retreat in. Here are some of the popular retreat houses in Tagaytay where you can get your precious peace and quiet:

Pink Sisters Monastery

There is a reason why the Pink Sisters Monastery has become the official “Kanlungan” of the later President Cory Aquino. Also known as the Convent of Divine Mercy, this church simply spells serenity in the air. It is one of the most visited Catholic monasteries in Tagaytay. Here, you will see the nuns dressed in pink, kneeling in front of the altar during mass or silently reading churchgoers’ petitions 24/7. This place is very solemn as visitors are requested to remain silent especially inside the church. Picture taking is allowed as long as there is no flash and it will not disturb the people who are praying.

Mary Ridge Zen Retreat House

With their beautiful Zen mini-gardens, Mary Ridge Zen Retreat House will bring you to a whole new level of peace and quiet. Although the place looks like a Buddhist monastery, it is in fact a Catholic one to the very core. Be amazed at the iconic statues and saints and how tranquility has been valued at this house of introspection. With its Zen-inspired designs, it is a little difficult to believe that the place is run by the Good Shepherd Community. However, after your stay here, you will definitely feel nothing but an endless stream of bliss.

Tagaste Retreat House

If you are looking for a place to reconnect with the Supreme Being, then Tagaste Retreat House is perfect for you. With their spacious garden, well-ventilated rooms, chapel and prayer room, this retreat house will definitely renew your faith and beliefs. You will be able to experience a spring well of spiritual life in Tagaste Retreat House.

Society nowadays expects people to have more than two roles in life: a mother, father, sister, husband, wife, brother, friend, and lover. When you go on a retreat, you will be able to drop all your roles and remember who you are. You can be just you for the first time in a long while, and be reminded that you are a human being with limits. If you are in need for a retreat, check out these places and allow yourself to experience inner peace you will never forget!

Seasonal Flowers Great for Any Outdoor Tagaytay Wedding

Luxury homes in Tagaytay are some of the best in the Philippines. A combination of the refreshing climate, the clean environment, and the vibrant surroundings make for a very pleasant spot for living indeed. On the other hand, it also makes for a great venue for all kinds of events, especially outdoor weddings where nature is expected to provide the venue itself.

When decorating for an outdoor wedding, flowers an absolute must. Consider the following types of flora should you find yourself undecided on which one to pick:

Sunflower

 Available: May – November.

Colors: Deep gold, orange, or pale lemon.

As one of the most recognizable flowers out there, the Sunflower is classic choice for those who are looking to add a bit of bright flair to their decorations. It signifies the sun, a bold symbol that can strongly contrast the natural greens and browns of nature, as well as loyalty and adoration – perfect for those about to be wed. It is sure to make any wedding lively and happy.

Carnation

 Available: All year-round.

Colors: Bicolors and spotted designs; also available in pink, red, burgundy, yellow, or white.

Despite being a niche pick for wedding decorations, Carnations also do well to accentuate the environment of any wedding. Delicately beautiful and relatively inexpensive, this flower is capable of bringing any wedding to life. Adding to that are its symbolisms according to its color – light red carnations stand for admiration, while their dark counterparts represent pure love and good luck.

 Amaryllis

 Available: November – April,

Colors: Red, burgundy, yellow, green, pink, and white.

The name of the flower was derived from Greek, meaning “splendor” or “sparkling” and at the same time “prideful.” Amaryllis was given to worthy women who had a strong persona in the early years. Getting this type of flower for your wedding may indicate that the bride is one impressive woman. Just take not that these are rare, costly, and cause drama with just the stems, but all else, they are long-lasting, just like the love the couple will go through.

With its unique name derived from Greek terms that translate to “splendor”, “sparkling”, and “prideful”, the Amaryllis used to be a symbol of power. Years ago, it used to be given to women who had considerable strength in their personalities. They make for amazing picks in the decoration department as they are long-lasting and rather rare, making the mere sight of them an enjoyable experience.

 Dutch Tulip

Available: November – May.

Colors: Purple, red, pink, orange, white, and yellow.

Dutch tulips are world famous for their bright hues and strong colors, making them a strong choice for vibrant wedding decorations. A combination of different colors in patterns are sure to draw all attendee’s eyes, making the even a dynamic one. For example, a combo of red tulips – which stand for true love – and purple tulips – which are normally associated with royalty – are a great way to communicate a vibe through the flora.

 Hydrangea

 Available: July – November.

Colors: Blue, pink, purple, white, and green.

Hydrangeas make for one of the best decorations for weddings. They’re big, bright, and visibly vibrant. They are available in abundance and are best used in accordance with other flowers as well.

 Rose

 Available: All year-round

Colors: Orange, red, pink, cream, yellow, and lavender.

Arguably the most popular flower when it comes to wedding decorations, the Rose is a simple classic that will never go out of style. Signifying love, acceptance, honesty, purity, and beauty, roses are an amazing choice for any kind of wedding.

Weddings are happy events that should be remembered for all time by all attendees, so make sure that the setting is just as memorable. On the other hand, those who live in their luxury homes in Tagaytay are sure to have no problems cultivating flowers of their own, seeing as the lush environment already does so itself. Either way, flowers are a wonderful way to brighten up any setting.

5 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Spending a weekend in your Tagaytay luxury home sometimes means whipping up a simple, hearty breakfast for the family. While Tagaytay Highlands is rife with places to get luxurious foods from, sometimes throwing together your own meal can do the job.

 

So here are 5 quick and easy breakfast ideas anyone can try to start the day!

 

 

  1. Mushroom and egg white omelet

Now this is something simple. It’s even up to you if you want to use the yolks instead of going with the egg whites. To prepare this, you’re going to need olive oil, sliced button mushrooms, sliced spring onions, egg whites (or eggs if you want the yolk), salt and pepper, and shredded cheese. Throw everything that aren’t the eggs in a pan, season with salt and pepper, and sauté. Remove that from the pan and beat the eggs seasoned with salt and pepper. Cook until they begin to set, and top with the vegetables and cheddar. Fold the egg over and enjoy your omelet!

  1. French Toast with maple syrup

Nothing says breakfast more than some toast, but why not spice it up and make some French toast? You’re going to need cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract for the egg mixture. Combine all of that in a bowl and dip your bread slices in the mixture. Fry until golden and flip to cook the other side. Serve with butter and maple syrup and enjoy!

  1. Morning Pizza

Having a slice of last night’s leftover pizza for breakfast sounds good, but having freshly made pizza sounds even better. All you need is a few slices of any kind of crusty bread, some ricotta cheese, and top with sliced cherry tomatoes, and finish with a drizzle of olive oil, and season with some salt and pepper. You can pop it in the oven to warm it up if you want!

  1. Poached Eggs on Toast

There are so many things you can put on the toast together with the poached egg. You can choose from something classic like cream cheese, smoked salmon, and capers; simple like sliced tomato and cream cheese; or light like sautéed spinach and garlic. How about make your own? Use ham or bacon with asparagus and parmesan, or pesto, ricotta cheese with olive oil. There are tons of toppings you can put on a thick slice of toast.

  1. Herb Breakfast Frittata

The difference between an omelet and a frittata is that unlike omelets, frittata filings are mixed with the eggs in the pan and baked, rather than folded. To make this breakfast frittata, you will need olive oil, thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced potato, eggs, fresh or crushed rosemary and thyme, salt, red pepper flakes, pepper, and shredded cheese. Sauté the onion until tender, set aside and layer potato on the skillet. Combine eggs, seasonings, and onion, and pour over potatoes. Cover and cook until nearly set. Uncover the skillet and broil until completely set. Sprinkle cheese and cool slightly before serving.

These breakfast ideas aren’t just quick and easy, they’re healthy! Your options are endless, so why not have them any time of the day? Don’t limit these dishes to breakfast. You can even put your own twist in these recipes to satisfy your palate.

Fore! Golfing Health Benefits

One of the perks of having Tagaytay luxury homes in Tagaytay Highlands is access to its world class golf courses designed by well renowned golf course architect Richard Bigler. You can go for either the Highlands golf course, which opened on April 16, 1994 or the Midlands golf course, which opened on April 15, 2000. Since it is summer, you won’t have to worry about rain ruining your game. There are also several health benefits which we have listed below.

Get Better Sleep

In a study conducted by the Philips Index for Health and Well Being, an alarming 35% of people across 23 countries are not getting enough sleep. This may be due to their profession, physical or mental health. If you do not wish to be part of this statistic, play golf. After a round of golf, your body will be quite exhausted, allowing you to quickly fall asleep once you hit the sheets. You’ll also go into deep sleep faster, therefore allowing your systems to repair any damage. In addition, you’ll also be more focused therefore improving your game.

Lower Injury Risk

Some seniors can have a hard time looking for a sport that won’t risk their bones and at the same time still engage their muscles. The perfect sport is golf. You’ll still get the workout you need without worrying if you’ll tear a tendon or tip a muscle.

Strengthen The Bladder

One might be wondering how in the world can a sport that primarily uses the arms and legs strengthen the bladder. When playing, you cannot help but gulp down water to avoid dehydration; the problem is, you will need to flush out those fluids and without a restroom nearby, you will need to hold it. Doing so can strengthen your bladder’s capacity, especially for lady golfers as it’s a great way to strengthen the quads.

Cardiovascular Workout

If your cardiologist tells you to exercise more, maybe it’s time consider giving golf a try. All that walking from the first hole to the last can really get the blood flowing, making the heart pump more which in turn, can lower your risk for heart problems. It can also lower your bad cholesterol levels.

Relieve Stress

No matter what industry you are working in, stress will always be there. There are several ways to get rid of it and one of the most efficient ways to do so is by golfing. According to the Huffington Post, golf can release endorphins, a ‘happy hormone’ that can boost your mood and help you relax. Plus, if you’ve always wanted to just hit something while stress, now’s your chance to do it— and win a game or two.

Boost Your Brain

As mentioned earlier, golfing can increase your blood flow due to the amount of exercise you’ll be doing. This increased blood flow is also beneficial to your brain as it can help create new brain cells, and send more oxygen to the brain. This can also prevent the onset of mental illnesses such as Alzheimer’s due to the nerve connections formed. Your mind will not be idle as it will be forced to think of strategies for you to win the game.

Prolong Your Life

Did you know playing golf can make your life longer? Research by the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine shows golfers have a 40% lower mortality rate than the rest. With all that exercise, your body is sure to be in better shape than non-golfers, hence adding a few years to your life.

 

Despite its popularity, the health benefits to this sport are underrated. Hopefully with these benefits, you’ll be encouraged to play the sport more in the elite Tagaytay Highlands Golf and Country Club.