A Note From Mary

Mary ChauNo matter how long the winter, a beautiful spring is sure to follow! March 20 marks the first day of spring and it can’t come soon enough! We’re always open to warmer weather…it’s the perfect time of year to indulge in some much-needed rejuvenation both inside and out. This month’s issue is all about marching back to health!

March is recognized as National Nutrition Month so it’s time to whip up all those healthy recipes you’ve been storing away on Pinterest!

Whatever you may have planned for the next few weeks, we hope it’s something that keeps your passion blooming each and every day.

Take a look at the specials that will help you march into health!

We’ll see you soon at M.C. Spa & Nail Bar!

~Mary Chau


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Almost all of us could benefit by incorporating some fitness hacks into our days which would improve our odds of living a longer, healthier and more satisfying life.

But what about those of us who aren’t cut out to jog or work out at a gym? Are you a bit intimidated at the thought of starting an exercise program?

There are many ways to make small, easy changes to your habits that can make a real difference in your fitness. Start with some of these fitness hacks:

Fitness1. Ride the bus to work? Get off a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way.
2. Schedule walking meetings at work.
3. Climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Start slowly if you want. Work on the 10th floor? Ride to the 8th floor and walk from there. After awhile, get off at the 7th floor. And so on.
4. Stop fighting for the very closest parking space. Park further away instead of right next to the store and enjoy the walk.
5. Pick up the pace and power walk, instead of strolling. It burns more calories.
6. Walk while you talk on the phone. Maybe you talk to your mom every Saturday – make it part of your routine to take an hour-long walk while you chat. Maybe she will walk on her end of the phone, too.
7. Walk your dog a little further every afternoon. Or take the route that goes up a slight incline. Don’t have a dog? Offer to walk the elderly neighbor’s dog regularly – everyone will be happy.
8. Invite friends and go for a hike somewhere beautiful.
9. Do yoga at home, maybe with this 20-minute, very accessible yoga video for complete beginners.
10. Set a daily goal of sit-ups or pushups, and remember you don’t have to do them all at once. It’s okay if you’re starting from the very beginning. You can only do three sit-ups? Do that three times throughout the day and it will strengthen your abdominal muscles. Pretty soon you’ll be able to do more. Repeat.
11. Keep a calendar where you mark down your movement each day. “Walked 60 minutes.” “Did 15 sit-ups.” As you start seeing the numbers mounting, you may be motivated to keep going.
12. Sit all day at work? Look into a treadmill desk or FitDesk, which is a computer desk atop a stationery bicycle. Ride on and off throughout your day and you’ll have a good workout while getting your work done.
13. Clean your house. Changing the beds, mopping the floor – it all counts. Feel good about getting in some movement while getting your house in order.
14. Wash your own car instead of driving through the car wash.
15. Mow your lawn with a push mower.
16. Plant a vegetable garden and tend it regularly.
17. Get a ping pong table and challenge the kids, your spouse and your friends.
18. Do some stretches while watching TV.
19. Standing in line somewhere? Do 20 reps of calf raises.
20. Get a pedometer and use it (or use a fitness app on your smart phone). At least one study shows people increase their physical activity when they keep track of their steps.

Some of these ideas may work for you and some may not. Adding in physical activity to your day doesn’t mean you have to have a gym membership or invest in a treadmill. Keep in mind that anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin healthy and vibrant! Be sure to stop by M.C. Spa & Nail Bar and let a spa professional help you select the products and treatments that will help boost beautiful skin all year round!


Shamrock Shake Green Smoothie

Have that St. Patrick’s Day favorite milkshake the healthy way, with all the mint flavor and creamy texture, but none of the guilt with my Shamrock Shake Green Smoothie!


• 1 frozen, really ripe banana
• 1 cup milk of choice
• ½ cup plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese
• ½ cup baby spinach, kale or other dark, leafy green of your choice)
• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
• ¼ teaspoon mint extract
• ice cubes – I used 4 regular-sized ones. This was probably about ¾ cup. Adjust accordingly based on the size of your ice cubes and how icy you want it.
• Optional – you can add a bit of sugar, honey, stevia, etc., if needed, depending on how ripe and sweet your banana is


• Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.
• Pour into a glass to serve. Enjoy!


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