Let's celebrate Global Wellness Day Everyday

I bet that if you’re like me when you think of wellness and what you need to do to be “well” you think, “I need to eat better” followed by “I need to go the gym” followed by massive feelings of guilt because you are doing neither of those things.

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As the 3rd Annual Global Wellness Day (June 11) approaches I started to think what does wellness really mean?

I think when we think wellness, our mind immediately goes to the physical, and I mean the superficial physical. It’s all about being thin if you’re a woman, or buff if you’re a man. Sure we want to be healthy and free of disease, but most of us are more concerned about how we’re going to look at the beach this summer. If we look great in our suit, we must be well. Right?

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Wrong.

Wellness is about so much more than how we look. In fact, wellness is so much more than the physical. I can be a size four and able to run a 10K and to the outside world, I am the poster child for wellness, but if I’m a stress ball, sleep four hours a night, rely on coffee to power through my day and am dealing with a turbulent marriage, am I really well?

Hmmm, maybe I’m not as healthy as I think.

I realized that there is a difference between looking good and being well, and also a difference between fitness and wellness.

Looking good, being fit, eating well and feeling centeredand balanced are all components that make up wellness. To be well, you need to have them all. Ugh, now it’s about even more than just getting my butt to the gym and choosing a salad with light dressing for lunch!

Because wellness is composed of so many things, it’s hard to find only at a gym, or only at a spa, that is why a wellness retreat is so beneficial.

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At a wellness retreat, like those offered by my company Wild Wellness Travel and our partner Retreats Unlimited, programming is offered to address all the different aspects of wellness. There are yoga classes that work the body while calming the mind, fitness classes and hiking to get your heart rate up and torch calories, meditations to bring balance, spa treatments to soothe sore muscles and healthy food to fuel your body and your moods. While Wild Wellness Travel retreats are usually focused on a theme, they all offer elements for every component of wellness. And most importantly, they provide tools for you to take home so you can continue the wellness journey.

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As we celebrate Global Wellness Day, I invite you to think about what wellness really is and if you’re as well as you want to be. And if you want to use Global Wellness Day as the day you commit to becoming well, I invite you to check out the special early booking discounts Wild Wellness Travel and Retreats Unlimited has on all of their retreats.

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What is a Wellness Retreat?

In perusing travel blogs, I often read about participants concerned about the weight gained on cruises and all-inclusive vacations.  They arrive home feeling bloated and exhausted.  It occurs to me that the time we take away from our professional life should be an opportunity to release; let go of the everyday stressors and re-connect with our inner selves.

What better way than to take a “wellness” retreat! A retreat offers a place in which one can rest and relax.  They are usually for small, intimate groups that offer nurturing and healing; a place to connect and learn. They create an opportunity to escape and spend a few days unfettered by the demands of daily life. There are as many reasons to attend as there are variations on the theme, with retreats ranging from offering spiritual enlightenment to demanding intensive physical participation.

My focus is to create wellness retreats that fit somewhere in the middle, the perfect composite experience to strengthen but also relax both your body and mind.   Our retreats offer a daily Yoga practice, meditation workshops, and delicious, well-balanced healthy meals specially created by our own culinary expert.  We share our knowledge of health and nutrition and strive to create a rejuvenating adventure that you will want to repeat!

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Our participants come for their health, their hearts, and their happiness. To detox, to relax, to learn, or to simply share the experience among kindred spirits. To practice yoga with a renowned practitioner and to eat delicious food cooked with care by a transcendent nutritionist.  They come to jump start a new regime at home and they come to be inspired. They leave with fresh vision and goals, new friends, and a renewed appreciation for the world around them.

This May, our retreat is being held in Tulum, Mexico. We are blessed to be hosting the experience at the Shambala Petite Hotel, an exclusive group of casitas nestled on a Caribbean beach. We have partnered with yoga master Maria Filippone and culinary expert Mikaela Reuben.  Check out the adventure and wander into your wild at tulum.wildwellnesatravel.com

Yoga at Tulum Re:Align Retreat with Maria Filippone

Wild Wellness Travel is very excited to welcome Maria Filippone to the team presenting at our upcoming Tulum retreat, May 21-28th.  Maria has a multi-disciplinary training and her teaching spans over twenty years and has taken her around the globe, shaping her gifts into a synergistic blend of Vinyasa yoga, Pilates, Thai masssage, and Sanskrit chant.

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Her classes have been described as a journey where time slows down, where music and breath carry the mind and body into an experience of deep alignment. Maria invites her students to be curious about their practice, and to find the courage to move beyond limitations; her meticulous hands-on adjustments and precise verbal cues invite students to access the grace, ease and power that lies within. Maria's appreciation and love for all of her teachers, her students, community and her beautiful daughter's, expands her heart and grounds her as a teacher.

Maria believes that wellness Vacations allow us to unplug, de-stress & recharge our bodies and minds.  Taking time from our busy schedules at home allows for us to focus on our own well-being while being inspired by the beauty and sound of the surrounding nature.   For Maria, wellness vacations are meaningful experiences with long-lasting positive effects as well as guiding us to simply make better lifestyle choices upon our return home.   

With seven days of retreat at Tulum we have the opportunity to focus our practice and truly benefit from a life-changing event.  We will be focusing on detoxification and re-energizing.  Maria has shared with us five of her top poses for detox and energy.

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“To promote detoxification one must first establish healthy breathing patterns (Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing). Yogic Breathing helps to clear out the carbon dioxide from the lung tissue.  The abdominal organs are massaged with every cycle of breath when the diaphragm is moving freely and naturally.   The practice of keeping the mind focused on deep breathing, rather than on the constant chatter of the mind, results in a natural detox of the mind.  You can start your detox with these powerful postures:

1)  Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svansana) - A partial inversion where the head is below the heart. This aids in circulation of blood and lymph. 

2)  Chair Pose with Twist (Parivrtta Utkatasana) - Squeezing & toning the abdominal organs while stimulating liver, spleen & the systems of digestion and elimination. 

3)  Legs Up The Wall (Viparita Karani) - Encourages stimulation of blood and lymph from the feet and legs and is soothing to the nervous system. 

4)  Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana) - An inversion posture that helps drain accumulated fluid from the legs & upper body. 

5)  Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) - Improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system by reducing the strain on the heart.  Promotes internal heat while increasing the digestive fire.  Headstands also help to increase the functioning of the endocrine system; pineal and pituitary glands. 

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To enhance your flow of energy, practice these five poses:

 

 1)  Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) - A wonderful way to awaken the body and encourage the smooth powerful flow of Prana throughout the body.  

2)  Camel Pose (Ustransana) - A heart opening posture that stretches open the front side of the body and encourages the lung to expand. 

3)  Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2) - Leg strengthening & invigorating posture that awakens the Warrior within. 

4)  Side Plank (Vasisthasana) - A whole body strengthening pose that requires tremendous focus of the mind reducing mental stress and increasing our energy levels. 

5)  Chair Pose or Thunderbolt Pose (Utkatasana) - Also known as “Powerful Pose“ engaging the large muscles of the legs and glutes creating fresh new energy in the body while also awakening the spine.”

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Join us in Tulum at the Shambala Petite Hotel for an life-changing retreat with our amazing instructor, Maria Fillippone, May 21-28th.  For more information, check out this link

 tulum.wildwellnesstravel.com 

 

 

 

 

Balancing Act

Life is about balance. That old saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, has true merit in today’s world.  It often seems as if the world is spinning by and we are just trying to hang on!  Somehow, we have come to see ourselves as super-people.  We have to be good at everything; from our families to our careers, our social life, our fitness – all of it.  If we don’t at excel at something, it feels as if we are falling behind. 

According to a new Pew Research Center study, more than half of working parents find it hard to balance work and family, and women are struggling more than men.  As we are usually the mainstay of the home, it falls on us to create meal plans, organize the social events, schedule the comings and goings of all family members, etc. When do we find the time four ourselves?

It isn’t just carving out an hour several times a day to go to the gym; it is the time it takes to make meal plans, organize a pantry, shop, and create healthy recipes that every family member will enjoy.  I get exhausted just thinking about it!  Today’s mother is a super-hero!

This is where I come in! The search for that balance has been one of the many reasons that clients come to me.  They are looking for help in creating balance in their lives.  How do you find the time to research all the variables in creating a healthy life path? You don’t have to; I have already done it for you. With some guidance and support, you can create balance in your world, feel less stressed, and enjoy the ride you’ve embarked on!  Check out the programs we have available for you at http://www.wildwellnesstravel.com/one-on-one-coaching/  We can’t wait to get started!

 

 

 

Holly-Day Detox – 1-Day Cleanse for Holiday Indulgence

Holly-Day Detox – 1-Day Cleanse for Holiday Indulgence

We all tend to overindulge during the holidays. That's why I put together a list for my Holly-Day Detox! It's my 1-day detox plan to get rid of toxins, clear out the bad stuff and bring in the good stuff. If you've celebrated a little too much this month, click here to get a quick detox plan to rejuvenate and get your energy back.

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How to feel brighter and more energised this winter

Getting the winter blues is just one side effect of the colder months. Heavy layers and heating dries out your skin, extreme temperatures and dehydration causes headaches, heavy food clogs up your digestion and a lack of sunshine and fresh food depletes your energy leaving you feeling stifled and heavy.

Instead of waiting it out and wishing for summertime, there are ways to feel fresh and energised to help you enjoy yourself this winter. One of these ways is an effective seven day detox.

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Eating for energy

You know you get your energy from the food you eat, but in winter we often crave heavy, carb-loaded meals with low nutrition content. Eating these meals leave you feeling guilty, heavy and carrying around extra pounds as the winter draws to a close. It’s not all about weight though, your body absorbs toxins when you eat crappy food, which can develop into illness and even affect the growth of your cells.

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This winter, optimise your energy with the Wild Wellness Travel 7-Day Winter Detox Program . You’ll discover winter salads don’t have to leave your stomach rumbling, you’ll enjoy nutrition-heavy smoothie recipes and you’ll help your body cleanse without absorbing toxins from processed, stodgy food.

Recipes make winter cooking simples

It’s hard to find healthy winter comfort foods, so the Winter Detox Program does all the work for you by providing nutritious recipes.

The Nourish Recipe Guide Includes the Following:

  • 3 Elixirs
  • 11 Smoothie Recipes
  • 9 Juice Recipes
  • 9 Nourishing Entrees
  • 8 Medicinal Soup Recipes
  • 9 Entree Winter Salads
  • 2 Dressings
  • 4 Dips
  • 10 Nourishing Snacks
  • 8 Desserts
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Detoxing is easy

The Nourish, Balance and Thrive Detox program makes winter wellness easy and enjoyable. With recipes, nutritional guides, shopping lists and an introduction to supplements, your body will thank you for it in the long and short term.

7 Days makes a huge difference

You can help your body cleanse while resetting your health and digestion all in just seven days. Just one week can really mean a lot to your health, and just seven days will leave you with:

  • Shiny Hair + Glowing Skin
  • Reduced cravings
  • More Energy
  • No mood swings
  • Let go of old patterns
  • Cleansed all the unwanted toxins
  • Reset your metabolism
  • Lost unwanted weight

Sound good? Feel brighter and more energised this winter by booking your one-week detox now!

One-day Wellness Retreat to enhance your energy for Fall - October 3rd

Come and join us for a fun day of pure relaxation where you'll learn handy skills to help you become your happiest, healthiest self.

On October 3rd, we’re hosting an empowering one-day retreat full of yoga, nourishing foods and enlightening workshops at Sleeping Dog Farm on Vancouver Island. The perfect way to get your wellness fix, this special day is a journey into your mind and body where you’ll have the opportunity to learn handy skills to help you feel lighter, brighter and ready to take on the world.

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Throughout the day you’ll learn detox and yoga tips from leading wellness experts. Whether you’re brand new to yoga or it’s your favourite way to unwind, you’ll love learning from passionate yoga instructor Maria Fillipone. She’ll teach you how to slow your breath and still your mind during calming flow Asanas, plus engage your core thanks to her impressive Pilates background.

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After a healthy, cleansing lunch, you’ll learn life-changing tips about detoxing your body to optimise your energy levels. Cait Fraser’s Nourish, Balance, Thrive workshop will empower you to make smarter food choices to enhance your energy levels and help you absorb more nutrients from your food. After the workshop, you’ll enjoy a 30 minute individual consultation with Cait where all your nutritional and detox questions will be answered.

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Starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm, your day is filled with exciting and enlightening experiences:

  • Juice upon arrival
  • 90 minute flow class
  • Cleansing lunch
  • Detox workshop - Nourish, Balance, Thrive
  • Yoga workshop - Posture mechanics of basic foundational flow asanas

What you also receive:

  • 11 day step-by-step guide on How to Detox for Energy valued at ($120)
  • Unlimited email access to Cait during your detox
  • 30 minute free coaching session after completion of your detox valued at ($50)

October 3rd doesn’t have to be just another day - it can be the day you make the choice to live a healthier, energised life. Come with us and learn how to optimise your mind & body with a fun group of people in a stunning location. Spots are selling out fast, so contact Wild Wellness Travel today to secure your place.

Plus! You'll love sipping on a 100% organic cold-pressed juice by Jusu Juice Bar when you arrive at 10am. These yummy juices are the perfect way to kick-start your detox.

Nicaragua magic

 

 

Hello beautiful souls. If you are looking for an amazing surf and yoga retreat this winter look no further.  

 

My my talented dear friends at Papaya Wellness based in stunning Nicaragua host some bad ass retreats.  

For a sneak peak of what to expect check out this awesome video! 

Here are all the details. Email info@wildwellnesstravel.com for booking information. 

 

LUXURY SURF & YOGA RETREAT

HACIENDA IGUANA, NICARAGUA

UPCOMING DATES:

FEB 27TH – MARCH 5TH, 2016

MARCH 12TH – MARCH 19TH, 2016

SINGLE OCCUPANCY PRIVATE ROOM (AC)  /  $2,500 USD/PERSON

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY(AC)  /  $2,100 USD/PERSON

BOOK RETREAT

8 DAY LUXURY SURF & YOGA RETREAT AT 
MARK & DAVE'S, HACIENDA IGUANA, NICARAGUA

This is a 7 night/8 day All Inclusive Luxury Yoga and Surf Retreat at Mark and Dave`s a luxurious beach front surf lodge in the sea-side community of Hacienda Iguana. Relax in the ocean front pool between surf sessions at Panga Drops, and watch the un-ridden waves roll by. Practice yoga and pilates twice daily from the ocean side platform. Learn to surf in a fun and supportive atmosphere with other beginners at the mellow learning wave Los Perros. Indulge without guilt in healthy, fresh and nourishing vegetarian and seafood fare. Explore the surrounding communities and get to know Nicaraguan culture, let go and unwind with a relaxation massage, take some time for yourself, connect to yourself, get inspired, and take a week to just ‘be’.

A highlight video of the resort, surrounding areas and the variety of activities outside of surfing in Nicaragua...

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Airport shuttles 

  •  7 Nights accommodation in a luxury beach front. All rooms with air conditioning,  private bathrooms and showers, and two full size pillow top beds

  •  3 Nutritionally balanced and inspired vegetarian and seafood meals daily

  • 1 Surf lesson and excursion with lunch included

  • Wireless internet

  • Fresh fruit smoothies, juices, local fair trade coffee and filtered water
     
  •  2 Daily yoga / pilates lead by an experienced instructor

  •  1 Complimentary massage and pedicure
     
  •  3 Surf lessons at wave out front `Los Perros, includes board hire

  • Complementary wine, beer and delicious sunset cocktails
  • Karma Yoga day. Get involved with the local community, have fun through cultural exchange-  local cooking class, community surf lessons, beach clean up etc!  (Activity will depend on what is happening in the community at that time)

  • IPod Hook up (Rooms and The Hacienda area)

  • Bicycles, Stand up Paddle Boards, Horseshoes, Volleyball net, snorkeling gear, fishing lines

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

 Tipping for on site staff and services ( a standard tip is 10%)

Additional spa services (available upon request)

For Hire:

Motorbikes, Taxi vans, Short board rentals (a full selection of “Firewire, Channel Islands, Rusty, and various other”  Short and longboards)

A PERCENTAGE FROM YOUR RETREAT PACKAGE IS DONATED DIRECTLY TO SUPPORTING COMMUNITY HEALTH IN PLAYA GIGANTE VIA THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER!

SINGLE OCCUPANCY PRIVATE ROOM (AC)  /  $2,500 USD/PERSON

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY(AC)   /   $2,100 USD/PERSON

BOOK RETREAT

**Inquire about group pricing. If you reserve before July, 2015 we will offer you a $200 discount! 

 

Enjoy!  

 

Cait

The Ranch at Live Oak - This is the real deal!

This is the Real Deal! If you are looking for the motivation and support to make lasting life changes then becoming a “Graduate” of the Ranch at Live Oak/Malibu is the place for you!

Don’t forget to check out the exceptional testimonials at the bottom for even more motivation.

This is an exclusive program and it truly delivers results. If you have any further questions it would be my pleasure to answer them for you.

The following is information on the type of programs offered at this facility. Also, stay tuned for our next post… The Ranch has another program for those that cannot quite commit to a full week away.

 

The Ranch at Live Oak / Malibu is a results oriented fitness and wellness program dedicated to attaining and sustaining a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. The Ranch supports guests through outdoor hiking and physical activity, exercise sessions, and a structured nutritional diet of homegrown, fresh organic vegetarian fare. In as little as one week, guests will shed unwanted pounds, tone up and detoxify their body in a healthy and sustainable way and gain physical endurance, all while “getting off the grid” and back to nature.

Set on the original silent movie actor Hopalong Cassidy’s historic working ranch, with a heartfelt place in Southern California history, The Ranch at Live Oak / Malibu spans 120 acres of native grounds, hiking trails, picturesque views and authentic splendor. The Ranch is located in Malibu, California three miles above the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Monica Mountains. It is 1:15 hours from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and 45 minutes from Santa Monica. Transfers to and from The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica are included and return to LAX.


With a “no- options” philosophy, the highly effective program includes 8- 10 hours of exercise daily, with challenging physical activities that prove rewarding and fun. A dedicated and experienced staff tends to your every need. While at The Ranch, guest’s time will be spent in low impact constant activity, rather than short bursts of intense, injury- prone activity. Each morning, guests awaken at 5:30 a.m. for morning stretches, followed by a four-  to five- hour group hike winding through the Santa Monica Mountain terrain. With 200- plus trails varying in levels of difficulty, guests are treated to varying hikes each day.

After lunch, guests are delighted to nap before an active afternoon filled with core and ab work, weight training sessions, water classes, daily massage, and group yoga and stretching. Many of the activities allow guests to connect with nature’s healing elements, taking place outdoors, or within the property’s open- air pavilion.

The Ranch’s highly knowledgeable staff supports and nurtures its guests, while guiding them toward achieving the personal program goals they each set upon arrival. The Ranch is all about stimulating mind and body through sustainable exercise which will enhance metabolism, cleanse and detoxify the body, allow for a healthy loss of fat, and offer a heightened sense of mental clarity and serenity. Guests desiring to lose weight, routinely shed unwanted pounds during the program while visibly losing inches, emanating a vibrant, healthy glow, and getting a dramatic head start on maintaining a path of healthy living.

 

The Ranch encompasses the ranch house for gathering and meals, an organic farm, open- air kitchen, outdoor pool and spa, yoga room and exercise pavilion (Romper Room). Following an invigorating day, The Ranch’s cottage- style guest rooms offer an inviting and calm respite. Interiors are rustic yet refined, designed in soothing, earthy tones inspired by the Santa Monica Mountain backdrop

 

A 1,500- caloric daily diet consists of gourmet farm- to- table fare with French and American influences. Flavorful and healthy, cuisine emphasizes fresh, organic ingredients designed to sustain and detoxify. No alcohol, caffeine, or processed sugars are served, and special diets and food allergies are accommodated.

Dining at The Ranch is communal. Weather permitting, meals are often served outdoors in the Malibu countryside or at the beach. Chef Rob Dalzell welcomes guests to observe cooking preparations and is available to answer nutrition and food questions throughout the week. In Friday’s cooking class, he spends time instructing the guests how to make nutritious meals at home.

 

The program begins Sunday at 1:00PM through Saturday at 10:00AM and includes all meals; daily hikes; fitness classes; daily massage (Mon- Fri); cooking and nutrition classes; transportation as required throughout guests stay; garden and farm tour; complimentary water throughout the week; and transportation to and from The Fairmont Miramar to The Ranch. Upon departure, guests can also be dropped off at LAX.

The Ranch has an all- inclusive weekly rate, excluding gratuities, which are discretionary. Some guests may choose to stay for multiple weeks depending upon their individual goals. The Ranch accommodates up to 17 guests weekly, ensuring personalized attention. A 30- day Pre- arrival itinerary of exercise, diet, and wellness tasks is sent to guests and is recommended by The Ranch for most effective results.  The Ranch also supports and accommodates takeover group weeks and specially tailored corporate retreats. For rates, please contact Cait at Wild Wellness Travel.

TESTIMONIALS

I’ve grown in so many areas in the past ten years but did not feel my body reflected my soul. I needed a breakthrough! The Ranch exceeded ALL my expectations. It did exactly what I wanted. They pushed my limits in a beautifully nurturing way. I learned so much and leave feeling aligned, supported, loved and with a new sense of purpose. Alex, Sue and the great staff have created something very special.

Mathew Upchurch –  Founder/CEO Virtuoso, Ltd.

It’s not just about the week one spends at The Ranch, it’s the effect it has when you leave. I have continued to lose weight WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING AT ALL. It is almost as though it has changed my set- point. It’s like it resets your metabolism. I was so sure, having hit 50, that those few extra pounds were something I had to accept. Not so, not so at all. The joy at not feeling lumpy over Christmas is a priceless one. Thank you again, guys.

C.S. – London, England

Just back from the incredible new Ranch at Live Oak “boot camp” in Malibu 10 pounds and 9 inches lighter! I started preparing 4 months ahead and in total have lost 30 pounds and almost 20 inches.  It is amazing! I need a whole new wardrobe.  The best part is that my body is still in burn mode and I am losing more weight. It is really incredible!!! This is perfect for anyone who wants to get in shape or spend a week focusing on themselves, challenging their limits and growing their physical and emotional fitness level.

J.E. – New York, New York

It has been over 6 months that I visited the Ranch, which changed my lifestyle and indeed gave me the techniques and discipline to keep my weight down. I have now lost 32 lbs and received all high marks at my recent annual physical exam. A million thanks and my regards to all.
C.C. – Hong Kong

Feeling fit and gaining traction for a fresh start is invaluable. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t need that. You have created an incredible place providing life- changes for people. Now I just need to book my next visit.

J.S. – Los Angeles, California