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Less Fear, More Fun: That’s Donnalyn Giegerich’s recipe for beating adversity, surviving cancer, and rebuilding through setbacks.  The entrepreneur and community service leader, cancer survivor and advocate, triathlete, and mid-life pageant winner – aka Mrs. Red Bank US, presents a series of empowering workshops on bouncing back in style May 21- 23, 2010 at Deerfield Spa.  Deerfield is now taking reservations at 800-852-4494 for this expert-in-residence weekend with Donnlyn

In addition to Donnalyn’s workshops, the weekend also includes fitness, hiking, spa cuisine, and pampering in a casual, country setting dedicated to relaxation, wellness, and fun.  Rates are all inclusive and there is no additional charge to participate in Donnalyn’s value-added workshops.  Deerfield is the affordable spa for girlfriends getaways, stress management, weight loss, and spa weekends close to New York and Philadelphia.

Donnalyn Giegerich is co-owner of Heritage Benefits Group, a producing partner for Couch Braunsdorf Insurance in Red Bank, NJ, an avid athlete and dynamic motivational speaker.  Her hectic life was changed — but not interrupted — when she was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer in 2007. After a complex, 10-hour kidney auto-transplant surgery, general radiation, cyber-knife radiation, and six months of chemotherapy, she is Cancer Free! Throughout her recovery process, Donnalyn continued with business and daily life while maintaining a regimen of exercise including running, cycling and swimming.

As an inspirational speaker, Donnalyn encourages others to incorporate business, fitness, family, lifestyle skills, friends – and FUN — to navigate and excel through challenges with grace and style.

Frommer’s: Deerfield Spa is Affordable Place to Prep for Warm-Weather Fun

Cool! Frommer’s – the travel gurus, recognize Deerfield Spa as an affordable, intimate place to prep for warm-weather fun.  Check it out!

Deerfield in the news

Check out the eHow article on inexpensive spa getaways including Deerfield Spa!  Did you know Deerfield Spa the most affordable destination spa in the Northeast. U.S.

A Healthier Wellness Jump-Start

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Deerfield Spa’s 2010 season! Yes, opening day was Friday, and what a beautiful opening day we had.  The rain stopped just for us.  We custom ordered it, of course!

You know, all the rain we had this March got me thinking about the notion of “too much of a good thing.”  How many times have we heard, “everything in moderation?”  Of course we need rain for a healthy planet, but in excess it can wreck havoc.

Moderation is a concept with particular relevance in our world – the spa world: from fitness, beauty, and nutrition, to stress management, pampering, and time for ourselves.  We all know exercise is critical to health of body, mind, and spirit, but overdoing it can be detrimental in many ways.  When it comes to nutrition, maintaining a balance of good fats and good carbs, with the right amount of fiber and protein is the Holy Grail.  We’re all painfully aware that over-indulgence is unhealthy, but we often overlook the fact that over-restricting can be harmful as well.  Even when it comes to caring for our body’s biggest organ – our skin – too much of a good thing can be bad.  Over cleansing and over exfoliating, for example, can lead to inflammation and injury, and a vicious cycle of damage and repair.

So as we embark on another glorious season at Deerfield Spa, dedicated to well being, relaxation, pampering, fun, and friendship, we remember not to jump too hard, too far, or too fast at first into our fitness or weight management jump starts.  Easy does it.  Staying conscious of how your body reacts and acclimating to new lifestyle choices is infinitely more sustainable and healthier overall than extremes in any one direction.  And as always, there’s no substitute for having great support in your efforts, finding ways to make the process of change fun, and laughing all along the way!

Whatever your goals this season, we are honored and delighted to support you in them, to make the process fun, and to keep you laughing all the while.  Come and see us soon.  We’ll be waiting with open arms.

In Good Health,

Joan Wolff

Tweet This To Win Two Nights At Deerfield Spa

Enter to win 2-night Deerfield Spa giveaway. Here’s how: Follow @deerfieldspa on Twitter and tweet this: @deerfieldspa 2-night giveaway Enter by 3/17/10. We’ll announce winner 3/19/10.

Your spa getaway includes two-night mid-week stay, accommodations, all meals and snacks, unlimited fitness, lifestyle education, evening activities, Deerfield’s celebrated hiking program, and 24-hour use of all facilities including outdoor heated pool, gazebo-enclosed hot tub, gyms, sauna, lounges, grounds, and more.

Do Tell – Take Our Survey

Take our online survey and tell us what you want Expert-in-Residence DonnaLyn Giegerich to work on with you when she’s here May 21-23.

DonnaLyn is a motivational expert on empowering women.  Her credentials include successful business owner, community leader, cancer survivor and advocate, triathlete, author, college professor, spokesmodel, and mid-life pageant winner!

She’s offered to tailor her Deerfield program to the interests of our guests, so use this survey to tell us what you’d like to work on when she’s here.  Just click the link below to access the email survey.

Here are some of our choices:

4 Ways to Stay Vibrant No Matter What

Beat Adversity with Less Fear and More Fun

5 Characteristics of Resilient Women

3 Keys to Unlocking Stress – Mind, Body, and Soul

Building a Better Life Model at Every Age

Bouncing Back From the Unexpected

All Skin Care is Not Created Equal

All Skin Care is Not Created Equal

So you go for a facial and you want to come out glowing.  Of course you expect your therapist to be properly trained and certified, and to use the best techniques for your skin condition and goals, but what about the products they’ll use on your skin? Are all hydrating serums alike? All deep cleansing masques the same?  The answer is no.  The type of active ingredients, the percentage or concentration of those ingredients, and even the inactive ingredients can make your skin care preparations more or less effective.

Say you’re having a glycolic peel. You certainly want the percentage of glycolic acid to be high enough to produce the results best for you.  But just to know that the product being used on you has a “high percentage” of glycolic acid, say 75% for argument’s sake, doesn’t always mean you’re getting the benefit of 75% glycolic acid.  The pH of the product can buffer the effective level of the acid to less than half its original strength.  Even the fillers used in a product can change its efficacy.

Virtually every product has at least SOME fillers, for example something to make it lather, or to keep the active ingredients dispersed throughout the mixture.  But exactly what type of ingredient is used to accomplish these results can also change how well the product works.  Parabens, for example, are commonly used, but are far from ideal since they are petroleum-based, synthetically produced, and have been linked to certain health issues.

The Prana line of skinceuticals we use at Deerfield, on the other hand, use the all natural, botanically-based yucca extract as a surfactant to enhance lathering, silkiness, and spreadability.  To boot, yucca extract strengthens skin cells, so the ingredient multiplies the benefits of a given product.

The key to getting what you need is to ask questions.  Talk to your skin care therapist.  Find out about the active ingredients in the products they use – whatever your goals, from anti-aging, deep cleansing, or hydrating, to calming acne and rosacea.  Find out what kind of training, certifications – and continuing education – your therapist brings.   You don’t have to be an expert, yourself, but make sure you’re confident in your therapist’s expertise.

When you can fully put your trust in your esthetician, then you can really lie back and simply enjoy.

Go Red Tonight!

National Wear Red Day

Today is National Wear Red Day for Heart Health Awareness. So when you go out on the town tonight, you can really paint the town red by donning your scarlet best.  If you’re staying in tonight, you may want to check your waist/hip ratio to assess your heart disease risk level. Here’s how:

1.    Measure your waist (at your bellybutton)

2.    Meaure your hips (at the widest part)

3.    Divide your waist measurement (in inches) by your hip measurement (also in inches)

If the measurement is 0.80 or below, your risk level is low.

If the measurement is 0.81 to 0.85, your risk level is moderate

If the measurement is 0.85 or higher, your at high risk

Remember, your health is also affected by other factors, such as remembering to keep your weight at a healthy level, eating nutritiously, exercising, not smoking, managing stress, and maintaining other healthy lifestyle habits – like enjoying yourself, so how about that red dress!

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FEBRUARY 12th – 14th for overnight guests

FEBRUARY 11th – 14th for day spa guests


Learn to love and honor your heart, embrace heart-healthy living, and put the kind of love you want in your life — love for self, love for family, love for your work, love for your community, and love for your planet.

Valentines weekend isn’t just about champagne and chocolates. Come to Deerfield — with friends, family, your special someone, or on your own and meet up with other friendly spag-goers to enjoy a weekend of warmth, health, pampering, and fun.

Call to reserve now. Space is Limited.  800-852-4494 or 570-223-0160.

Day Spa Guests, join us Thursday night for an exciting “mocktail” mixer and special discounts on the unique products in our Spa Lifestyle Boutique!


Thursday February 11th, 2010
· 7p.m. – 9 p.m.
Introductory Event with Workshop Module on relationships
(exclusively for Day Spa Guests)

Friday February 12th, 2010
· Overnight weekend guest check-in
· 7p.m.
Workshop Module on attitude

Saturday February 13th, 2010
· 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Workshop Module on physical well being
· 7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Workshop Module on relationships
(overnight weekend guests only)

Sunday February 14th, 2010
· 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Workshop Module on motivation & setting a powerful intention
·11:30 a.m.
Valentine’s Day Brunch

Day Spa Package

$350 per person includes:
· All Workshops for Day Spa Guests.
· Use of spa amenities including use of facilities, exercise              classes, hiking and sauna.
· Welcome reception with “mocktails” and special spa
boutique discounts
· Lunch on Saturday and Brunch on Sunday

Overnight Weekend Package

$545 (per person, shared accommodations)
$595 (per person, single accommodations) includes:
· Weekend acommodations in Deerfiled Spa’s tranquil setting
· Use of spa amenities including use of facilities, exercise              classes, hiking and sauna.
· All Workshops for Weekend Guests
· All meals Friday lunch through Sunday brunch

Relax Your Way to A Healthy Heart

February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month.  According to the American Heart Association, nearly 2,400 Americans die every day from cardiovascular disease. Yes, EVERY DAY. But the vast majority of these deaths can be prevented.

Though too many people are unwilling to commit to the steps necessary for heart disease prevention – things like losing weight, exercising, cutting out junk food, even flossing your teeth, one preventative measure takes little time and effort, and really feels good! What is it? Relaxing.

Studies have shown a link between heart health and the stress-related hormone, cortisol. So now you have one more great reason to de-stress and decompress.

Ever since Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School conducted landmark studies in the 1970s, showing the ravages of stress and the physiological health benefits of  “the relaxation response,” countless experts have agreed – and additional studies have concurred — that relaxation can have immense physical benefits, from lowering blood pressure to reducing heart disease.  It is estimated that 60% to 90% of doctors’ office visits are in the mind-body, stress-related realm.

The relaxation response, according to Dr. Benson, who is still a professor with Harvard Medical School and now lectures all over the world, is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress. It is the opposite of the fight or flight response.

But on top of all the science citing the whys and wherefores of stress and relaxation, Dr. Benson also found through research exactly how to elicit the relaxation response.  This is all documented, and easily accessible to anyone, in his book entitled, not surprisingly, The Relaxation Response.  The book, originally published in 1975, is still the gold standard for healthcare professionals and just plain folk who want to learn how to stem the negative effects of stress and improve health through relaxation.

In today’s hurried world, what with email, voice mail, cell phones and smart phones, text messages, laptops, and myriad social media networks, we carry our ever-growing to-do lists with us every moment of every day. Multitasking has become a part of everyday life. At any given time, most of us are actively working on, or overseeing, a handful of projects and problems all at once, making it nearly impossible to slow down and relax.

The Relaxation Response explains how anyone can learn relaxation techniques to manage stress.  Practicing these techniques once or twice a day for just ten minutes at a time, can effectively lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, improve oxygen absorption, and improve feelings of peace and contentment, which can not only make you healthier, but often make you more successful both in the workplace and at home.

Dr. Benson’s 6-step technique centers on repetition of a word, sound, prayer, or phrase, and includes passive disregard of other thoughts.  In short:

1.    Sit quietly in a comfortable position.

2.    Close your eyes.

3.    Deeply relax all of your muscles, beginning at your feet and progressing up to your face. Keep your muscles relaxed.

4.    Breathe through your nose. Become aware of your breathing. As you breathe out (exhale), say your chosen word or sound, for example, “ONE,” silently to yourself. Breathe IN then OUT, say “ONE”; breathe IN then OUT, say “ONE”, etc. Breathe easily and naturally.  Choose any soothing, smooth sound, preferably with no meaning or association, to avoid stimulation of unnecessary thoughts.

5.    Continue for 10 to 20 minutes (depending on your schedule). You may open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm. When you finish, sit quietly for several minutes, at first with your eyes closed, then with your eyes opened. Do not stand up for a few minutes.

6.    Do not worry about whether you are successful in achieving a deep level of relaxation. Maintain a passive attitude and permit relaxation to occur at its own pace. When distracting thoughts occur, try to ignore them by not dwelling upon them and return to repeating your word or “ONE.” With practice, the response should come with little effort. Practice the technique once or twice daily, but not within two hours after any meal, since the digestive processes seem to interfere with the elicitation of the Relaxation Response.

Besides relying on this technique for stress management, some people regularly use it to get to sleep at night, especially after a long, hard day or before a tough next day.

It’s simple to do, at a minimum of 10 minutes and a maximum of 20, as little as once a day. If you do it once a day, try shortly after waking, before breakfast.  If you want to try twice a day, adding a second session before dinnertime is also very effective.  Whether you start with one or two times a day, start.  It’s easy to fit into almost anyone’s schedule, and most importantly, it works in many ways, not the least is in helping lower your heart disease risks.

So in celebration of February’s National Heart Disease Awareness Month – and your own commitment to well being, take some time to explore this and other positive choices to enjoy a healthier, happier life.