After months of cold, gray weather, the remaining few weeks of winter are the perfect time to pamper yourself in Buffalo Niagara. From salons and spas, to fun fitness events and nutrition services, there are so many different ways to cultivate a healthy body and mind in the run-up to Spring.

by Meg Bennett

The run-up to Spring is the perfect time to pamper yourself in Buffalo Niagara
The closer we get to spring, the more it seems like winter is dragging its feet. We long for sunny skies and fresh blooms. Those strolls through outdoor festivals with an ice cream cone in hand feel so far away. As our breath fogs up the window pane, the cabin fever sinks in. With the holidays long gone and the winter bucket list crossed off, what’s left to do?

Worry not! I’ve got it all figured out. Now is the perfect time to work on self-care! Here are five excellent ways to beat the wintertime blues:

Pain relief at Acupuncture Buffalo

When modern medicine falls short and you want a more natural remedy for pain, try acupuncture! There are many scientific benefits: increased blood flow, better distribution of oxygen and nutrients, muscle relaxation, the production of pain-relieving hormones, and more. People seek acupuncture for a wide range of reasons, from immune system issues and digestive health to fertility issues. The wellness team at Acupuncture Buffalo provides more than just acupuncture services; they also educate clients on adequate nutrition, rest, exercise, and other foundations of good health. Don’t wait until spring to start caring for your health – it’s time to start living your best life NOW!

Located at 1109 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. For more information, please visit or call 716-941-HEAL(4325).


Massage at Excuria Salon & Spa

No matter what kind of professional you are: a tax preparer hunched over a keyboard all day long, a manual laborer constantly throwing heavy materials around, or a stay-at-home mom toting a baby on one hip and a laundry basket on the other – your muscles work hard and they deserve some TLC! Excuria Salon & Spa offers a wide range of massages: hot stone, deep tissue, reflexology, sports, Swedish with aromatherapy, maternity, and anti-stress scalp. If you want to make an entire day out of your salon trip, consider adding body treatments (like sugar body polish or spray tanning), hairstyling, a HydraFacial session, waxing, makeup, manicure services and/or pedicure services. Get ready to glow – no sunshine required!

Located at 5725 Main Street in Williamsville. Hours are Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 716-839-3106.

At Aquarium of Niagara Yoga Nites, instructor Amanda Mallwitz leads participants through Vinyasa yoga — an active, breathing, mediation; linking your movement with your breath. All levels are welcome

Yoga at the Aquarium of Niagara

On March 11th, yoga enthusiasts of all levels are invited to gather together at our beloved Aquarium of Niagara and channel the fluid movements of aquatic life at their Yoga Nite event. This peaceful environment offers the perfect vibes for meditation and intentional practice of Vinyasa yoga. Instructor Amanda Mallwitz will guide participants in the proper techniques of connecting movement with breathing. Come and reactivate muscles you haven’t used in a while, and detox your body and mind of harmful stress chemicals at Yoga Nite. This is what spring feels like!

Located at 701 Whirlpool Street in Niagara Falls. This course will take place on March 11th from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mat setup will take place at 5:30. The instructor will teach from 6 to 7. Then from 7 to 8, participants are invited to tour the aquarium. For more information and to register online, please visit


New book from Talking Leaves…Books

Have you been to Talking Leaves…Books, Buffalo’s oldest independent bookstore yet? Founded in 1971, this business has survived decades of tremendous change in the world of literature. Here you will find books from the past, present and future, as well as recognition of local authors and their literary treasures. If you are interested in unusual books, ones that you won’t easily find on the shelves of a chain bookstore, Talking Leaves…Books is worth an afternoon visit. We might not be able to smell flowers in the breeze just yet, but the scent of pages in a good book is just as sweet!

Start eating healthier: Built Without Guilt is meal prep done right

Healthy food program from Built Without Guilt

Let’s be real, eating healthy takes a lot of work! First there’s the meal planning, and then there’s the grocery shopping, and then there’s the food prepping, and then there’s the cooking…not to mention the pile of dishes left in the wake of every meal! How does a busy person manage to find the time and energy to balance health with so many other responsibilities? With a little help from Built Without Guilt, of course! Whether you are looking to lose weight, gain muscle, or simply eat cleaner for better quality of life, chef and exercise coach Shana has made it her mission to simplify meal times for her clients by providing them with personalized, already-prepped meals. Simply place your order, pick it up, and enjoy the extra time to crush all of your other goals. Keeping up your New Year’s resolution just got a whole lot easier!

The Home Stretch

Well, there you have it. These remaining weeks are the perfect time to start investing in yourself. Thankfully, we have plenty of opportunities for self-care in Buffalo Niagara! From salons and spas to fun fitness events and nutrition services, there are so many different ways to cultivate a healthy body and mind this season. Where will you begin your journey to a better you? Keep smiling – spring is almost here!


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