Gifts to soothe the body and mind

Published: December 10, 2013, 2:30 pm

by Stephanie Earls -

The gift of health is something only we can give ourselves, true. But a host of wellness-themed presents, including excursions, services and products, can encourage the ones we love to relax or provide a vital kick-start to a healthier lifestyle.

So consider our gift suggestions, in good health.

Dream on gift


- Inada Songo DreamWave Massage Chair.

If you’ve ever had a really good massage, you know the worst part about the experience is that it must eventually end. The mechanical fingers of this chair don’t tire like human ones, and so long as you keep your ownership of this sleek, top-of-the-line massage chair on the down-low, its schedule should never book up.

With 13 motors, 101 active air massage cells and a “shiatsu point locator,” the Songo – named after the Italian word for “dream” – will transport the user “through a massage experience that can only be described as transcendent,” according to the company’s website.

It’s no idle boast, said Rick Wizi, a massage therapist and sales associate at Relax The Back in Colorado Springs, which sells the high-end chair.

“It’s five-star across the board. Say ‘Show me the No. 1 massage chair on the planet’ and this is what will come up,” Wizi said. “You have to sit in it to believe it.”

Since manufacturing the first massage chair in 1962, the Japan-based company has received numerous design awards and rave reviews from customers. The Songo offers as close to a full-body massage as can be found in mechanized chair form, with features that include a full massage of the arms, thighs, calves and feet. The chair can be adjusted for desired pressure intensity and for a range of heights up to 6 feet 5 inches.

Cost: $7,999.99

Buy: Relax The Back, 1234 E. Woodmen Road, Suite 130, Colorado Springs; www.

Hope hope gifts


- Women’s Wellness Retreat at The Broadmoor. Treat two of the ladies in your life to the “complete mind-body experience” – a weekend of physical activities, health evaluations and presentations by nationally renowned speakers and experts on May 2 and 3, at The Broadmoor resort. Programs address physical and metabolic fitness, quality of diet, sleep and life, and stress levels.

Cost: $1,150 for two women, two nights in a double-occupancy classic room


- Polar FT7 Men’s Heart Rate Monitor. This top-rated fitness wrist device contains a high-efficiency computer that lets a user monitor not just heart rate but the number of calories burned and overall effectiveness of a workout. Users also can keep track of performance over a period of time as well as progress and pinpoint areas that need improvement. Oh – it tells time, too.

Cost: $109 suggested retail (but we found it on sale for $81.97 at Amazon)


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- Wellbasket healthy gift basket. From gluten- and dairy-free options to collections filled with low-carb or heart-healthy gourmet treats, Wellbasket assembles and delivers collections sure to meet the needs of loved ones on restricted diets.

Cost: $65 for Gluten Free Gourmet Gift Basket


- Yogaglo subscription. With a catalog of primers about yoga, online classes and other themed features, Yogaglo offers a virtual yoga experience.

Cost: $18 for a one-month online subscription


- ChapStick Ultra Lip Balm with SPF 30. Encourage a healthy kisser with this perfect stocking stuffer, for an area often overlooked when it comes to sun protection.

Cost: $1.99



Contact Stephanie Earls: 636-0364