Getting Naked and Finding Joy in Your Body
In partnership with our friends at Maple Hill, Nyssa, PUMA, and Westman Atelier
For our third virtual In goop Health summit, we wanted to explore meaningful ways to deepen the connection to our body. Over the course of four weeks, we learned how to get back into our bodies through workouts, with restorative practices, and by listening to the advice of some of our favorite experts and editors. By the end of the program, in classic goop form, we were already plotting a new In goop Health adventure—stay tuned for an announcement very soon. But for now, these were our takeaways for the body.
Get tactile in the kitchen
Our food director, Caitlin O’Malley, showed us how to engage our senses in the kitchen with a tutorial on making fresh pasta. And we’ve been applying her intentional wisdom to other areas of the kitchen. Coffee is a good place to start.
To make the best cup of coffee at home, you’ll want great beans. Ours come from an award-winning, third-generation Colombian farmer. The scent alone will wake you up instantly—the beans smells incredible out of the bag, as they’re being ground, and while they’re brewing.goop FAIR TRADE SPECIALTY COFFEE goop, $28SHOP NOW
Delicious coffee is easy to achieve with a French press. Add your coarsely ground coffee beans to the pot, cover with water, and let the coffee grounds bloom for sixty seconds. The key here is patience. Blooming allows the grounds to release carbon dioxide, and it results in a richer flavor. Stir, top it off with more water, and let it steep for a few more minutes. (We’ve been known to let our grounds steep for a while longer, then pour over ice.)Fellow CLARA FRENCH PRESS goop, $99SHOP NOW
A splash of your favorite milk takes a solid cup of coffee to the next level. We like Maple Hill’s zero-sugar organic milk. The filtering process skims out the lactose and sugar from the milk, so it doesn’t add any extra sweetness to your cup of joe. (We prefer ours on the strong side.)Maple Hill Zero Sugar Organic Milk Maple HillSHOP NOW
If you’re feeling stuck in your body, get moving. It doesn’t have to be for a long time, but it can be a good time with the right outfit. We created our goop x PUMA collection with the intention of getting you where you need and want to go, whether it’s to a sweaty, all-out dance-cardio routine, an energy-shifting somatic movement session, or a simple walk around the block to boost your mood.
Listen to—and explore—yourself
As Katie Sturino, the founder of Megababe and author of Body Talk, told us: Notice what your inner voice says about you. Is it negative? Pay attention to how you feel and how you perceive yourself. Body acceptance, says Sturino, is for people of all sizes. It’s about changing the way we talk about our bodies, which starts with getting to know ourselves.
If you’ve never examined your vulva, let us introduce you to our favorite device for doing so. One brilliant part of this hands-free mirror: the LED light.Nyssa nyssa VieVision Between Legs Mirror Nyssa, $64SHOP NOW
Designed by a former Olympic gymnastics coach, the Pelvic Clock will engage deep core muscles that you might have forgotten about or abandon daily while slouch-sitting. The trick is to let your body intuitively rock back and forth on the device and tune in to the positions where you feel the most tightness and tension, says creator Yana Blinova.Pelvic Clock PELVIC CLOCK EXERCISE DEVICE goop, $84SHOP NOW
Get to know your body by exploring what gives you pleasure. Our double-sided vibrator is for the curious and the playful. There are eight pulsating patterns on each end with varying intensities to try (that’s sixty-four settings to play with).goop Wellness DOUBLE-SIDED WAND VIBRATOR goop, $95SHOP NOW
Awaken your body
Beauty director Jean Godfrey-June told us about a piece of wisdom she’s been taking in: Get naked with yourself. That advice came from Erica Chidi, cohost of The goop Podcast and cofounder of LOOM. “Not in a sexual way, but in an I-am-here-in-my-body way,” Godfrey-June writes. Add a brisk dry brush, then follow it up by lathering on body oil or cream. “Your skin feels good, your body feels good, and you can’t help but realize how great your body is and how lucky you are to have it,” says Godfrey-June. For the final touch, we love the natural look of Westman Atelier’s foundation stick. (To find your shade, try the brand’s virtual shade-matching service.)
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