Serious, Scientific Skincare for Amazing Results

By: Harmony Healing

We are a culture obsessed with skincare products. Whether they tout new technology or ancient formulas, it’s always tempting to follow, hope and chase trends – then we quickly toss them aside when we don’t see the promised results.

Maybe it’s time to get serious – and scientific – about your skin care.

PCA SKIN® uses clinically-backed research to develop safe and effective products using ingredients found naturally in the body to ensure optimal results without unnecessary side effects.

Unlike the hot trends that sweep the beauty scene, PCA SKIN® products take years of research and testing to perfect. (However, PCA SKIN® does not perform or condone animal testing.)

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What is PCA SKIN®?

PCA SKIN® develops innovative and highly researched formulations that are available exclusively through doctors and licensed skin care professionals.

Twenty years ago, PCA SKIN® was the first cosmeceutical company to apply years of scientific research to the development of products for professionals and consumers. They are recognized in medical textbooks as the originator of advanced blended chemical peel formulations.

What skin issues can PCA SKIN® treat?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Discoloration

  • Acne

  • Sensitive skin

  • Enlarged pores

  • Dry skin

  • Sun damage

  • Rosacea

What should I expect during my PCA SKIN® professional treatment?

Professional-grade peel solutions exfoliate dead skin cells and bring healthy skin cells to the surface, revealing deeper layers of fresh, flawless skin. Monthly treatments even skin tone, clear acne, reduce wrinkles, improve the appearance of aging skin and make dull complexions glow.

PCA chemical peels slough your skin off slowly, over time, leaving you with hydrated, clear and radiant looking skin. PCA methodology is a low dose approach, which means that you slowly penetrate the outer most layer of the skin with repeated treatment over an extended period of time.

Before your peel, you'll be advised about using PCA SKIN®'s six-step daily care product routine to prep your skin, improving results and reducing the risk of rare complications.

We’ll help you determine the best professional and daily treatment regimen for your skin type, concerns and goals.

What steps should I take after my PCA SKIN® peel?

Post-treatment products are designed to minimize the potential for rare side effects. At your consultation, we’ll evaluate your skin type and create the most effective aftercare and daily care plans for you.

Optimum results are generally seen with a series of treatments are performed every three weeks to start, then once a month to maintain, but that schedule can vary from person to person.

How should I care for my skin at home to maintain my results?

A complete daily care regimen helps you achieve your skincare goals. Every day is an opportunity to improve your skin!

The basics for a PCA SKIN® daily care regimen include:

  • Cleanse - Removes makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities ensuring corrective products are absorbed into the skin.

  • Tone - Offers additional nutrients and exfoliation to the skin.

  • Correct - Features specific products that address individual skin concerns such as aging, acne, discolorations and sensitive skin.

  • Hydrate - Hydrating morning and night will help maintain your results and create younger-looking skin.

  • Protect - Apply broad spectrum sunscreen every morning at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Sun damage causes fine lines, discoloration, inflammation and can eventually lead to skin cancer.

  • Mask - Weekly use provides deep exfoliation for glowing skin.

PCA SKIN® is always researching new ingredients and developing new formulations to improve both its professional treatments and its daily care lines. Are you ready to step up your routine and get serious about skincare?

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The Importance of Lymphatic Drainage Massage Post Surgery

By: Precision MD

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The lymph system is the body’s natural cleansing mechanism, ridding our cells of toxic fluids. Without a functional lymphatic system, the body swells and aches, and we feel sluggish and even sick. Lymphatic drainage massage can help the lymphatic system flush these fluids, and jump-start the cleansing process when the body has built up too much swelling.

What Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage, also called manual lymph drainage or lymphatic drainage was originally developed in Germany. It was intended to treat lymphedema, swelling caused by accumulated fluid that happens after the surgical removal of lymph nodes, which happens most frequently during mastectomy surgeries. Primary lymphedema can also occur although its cause is unknown; when it does, it typically happens throughout life and can affect many parts of the body. Various other conditions cause lymphedema as a secondary symptom, so a range of patients are looking for solutions to this kind of swelling and the pain it causes.

The Vodder Method

Manual lymphatic drainage or MLD massage was developed in the 1930’s by Emil and Estrid Vodder and is widely prescribed by physicians in Europe and in the United States and Canada.

The Benefits of the Vodder Method

Removes metabolic waste, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules and foreign substances from the tissues.

MLD, through its gentle rhythmical precise hand movements, alleviates pain by greatly reducing the pain signals sent to the brain.

MLD relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, thus helping to relieve stress.

MLD supports and enhances the action of the immune system.

MLD helps the body to heal more quickly from surgical trauma.

MLD helps to minimize scar formation.

Why Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage Important?

A working lymphatic system is essential to the body’s ability to regenerate tissues, drain fluids, filter out foreign substances and toxins, detoxify, and maintain a healthy immune system. The lymphatic system is complex and made up mostly of nodes and lymph vessels working together to achieve these aims. The lymph itself carries fatty acids, hormone cells, immune cells, proteins, and toxins to be processed by the lymph nodes. When the body is under stress, fatigued, experiencing infections, fighting a disease process, or—in certain cases—recovering from surgery, the process may be slowed down.

Lymphatic drainage massage benefits include enhanced quality of the skin, particularly in the face. Skin looks more youthful and alive when its cells are bathed in fluid, as when the lymph is flowing. That puffiness you might experience beneath your eyes after a hard night or a long cry? It’s lymphatic drainage that solves these kinds of problems. For all of these reasons, lymphatic drainage massage can be very important for those who need it.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage After Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgeries all produce swelling to some extent because it is part of the body’s normal healing process. Some cosmetic surgeries, such as liposuction procedures and tummy tucks, disrupt the natural pathways taken by the lymphatic system because of the location of the surgery. Other regions of the body, such as the nose after rhinoplasty, produce swelling that can last for a long time—even up to one year. Other cosmetic procedures that impact the face can also produce months of swelling. However, because of the extensive areas of disruption, tummy tucks and liposuction procedures are usually the cosmetic surgeries with the greatest amount of lymphatic swelling.

When the lymph drifts out into surrounding tissue after a surgical procedure disrupts the normal lymphatic pathways, swelling is the result, but there are ways to combat this problem.

Post-Surgery Garments to Assist Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Compression garments help the entire process. They prevent the buildup of too many toxin-carrying fluids in any one area of the body and help the body keep excess fluids from sticking around where they don’t belong. They also make lymphatic drainage massage more effective, keeping the body more receptive and ready for the process. It’s easy to find the right kinds of compression garments for after your procedure, and your cosmetic surgeon will be able to recommend the right garments for you.

If you have questions about lymphatic drainage massage after cosmetic surgery or what to expect after a cosmetic procedure you’re considering, the best thing you can do is have a conversation with your surgeon. Clearly, lymphatic drainage massage is helpful in the prevention of excessive swelling and pain which will make your overall healing from cosmetic surgery much faster and more comfortable.

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Vodder Method Lymphatic Drainage

By: Spot Spa Urban Wellness

What is the Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) method?

Developed by Dr. Emil Vodder in France in the 1930’s, this precise method is a light-touch therapy that supports the body to heal itself. The wave-like massage technique activates and recirculates the flow within the lymph vessels ensuring all toxins, accumulated cellular waste and excess fluids are removed more efficiently allowing a faster transfer of skin sustaining vital nutrients, minerals and oxygen for cell renewal.

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MLD initializes a deep relaxation response which is the only time the body can truly repair, allowing the rebuilding of fibroblasts and collagen tissue which expands and lengthens the life of our cells, benefiting our skin in powerful restorative effects.

Vodder MLD is internationally recognized by aesthetic, clinical wellness and medical communities as the benchmark for attaining a harmonious free-flowing lymphatic system and is the perfect bridge between esthetics and therapy – a modality which delivers optimal cellular nutrition regeneration, rejuvenation, detoxifying, skin healing and long lasting results.  

What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is our body’s biological filter and most vital component of our immune system. It is a vast network of vessels lying directly beneath the skin in the soft connective tissue and functions to regulate fluid- balance, filter and carry excess proteins build-up of cells pathogens and toxic-wastes from the tissues back to the bloodstream; thereby protecting our bodies from disease.

Unlike the circulatory system which uses the heart to pump and circulate blood flow, the lymph relies upon hundreds of tiny muscular lymphangia’s contracting throughout the body which need movement to be stimulated. This process can be impaired due to fatigue, stress, infections, inflammation, chemicals, lack of physical activity or age. When lymph circulation is stagnant, it is like a clogged drain. Fluids and toxins accumulate causing cellular function to be significantly compromised which slows the healing process, opens the way to skin disorders and hastens the aging process.

Lymphatic Drainage Facial Massage Benefits

A series of 6 weekly one hour sessions will most support and speed up desired results. Follow up this series with monthly visits to maintain your enhanced lymph flow and healthy skin glow.

  • Creates a radiant healthy glow, leaves skin feeling beautifully soft and silky smooth

  • Eliminates breakouts and toxic build-up

  • Revitalizes lackluster skin

  • Rehydrates – restores fluid balance

  • Encourages faster cell renewal to nourish and rejuvenate

  • Heals overworked skin

  • Reduces fluid retention and inflammation

  • Enhances skin tone; skin is fresh, clean and clear

  • Calming, promotes deep relaxation, de-stresses overly tired skin

  • Gentle, soothing and noninvasive, suitable for all skin types and ages

  • Perfect for the bride to be!

  • 100 % organic, maximizing your own body’s natural resources

  • No irritating side effects

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Pricing: 60 Minute $90, 75 Minute $110, 90 Minute $130

What Does a Facial Do? (And How to Prepare for Your First One)

By: Sara Romero

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Facials are ah-mazing. If you want a clear, well-hydrated complexion and more youthful appearance, a facial may be a nice addition to your skin care routine. Millions of people enjoy the relaxing, skin-improving features of a facial on a regular basis. According to a recent study, more than 15 million Americans had multiple facial treatments in 2016, approximately 66 percent more than those who selected massage.

So, they’re definitely popular, but what do facials do? And what do you need to know before booking one? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about facial treatments.

What does a facial do?

A professional facial is designed not just to help you relax, but to help improve your skin. “Facials are customized treatments for the face, neck and décolleté that can help prevent and treat common problems,” says Christine Walsh, esthetician at Dermstore Spa & Salon. Having a smooth, glowing complexion is only part of the allure; facials can also:

  • Boost collagen production

  • Remove dead skin cells

  • Improve the appearance of fine lines and blemishes

  • Clear your pores

  • Moisturize and hydrate

The end result? Healthier, younger-looking skin.

Where would you go to get a facial?

You can book a facial with an esthetician at your dermatologist’s office or a day spa. Ultimately, the decision of where to book depends on what’s most comfortable and convenient for you.

What are some of the different types of facials?

“Many brands offer their ‘signature facials’ targeting many skin concerns,” says Walsh. However, she notes that there are tons of different facials, each designed for a specific type of skin or concern. These are: “deep cleansing facials, acne prevention facials, rejuvenating facials, anti-aging facials, brightening facials, light therapy facials, enzyme facials, oxygen facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion facials, fruit acid facials, cold globes or gem facials, gold facials, vampire facials, acupuncture facials, organic facials, electric current facials and lymphatic drainage facials.”

Most popular, especially during the summer months, says Walsh, are brightening facials, rejuvenating facials and oxygen facials.

How should you prepare for a facial?

“Know what products you are currently using and what your main skin concerns are,” says Walsh. This is your best way to ensure the results you want and avoid irritating your skin during or after the treatment. “Avoid using harsh exfoliating products about four days prior to your treatment,” Walsh continues. “Men should not shave the morning of their facial. It’s not ideal to come into the treatment with a sunburn; however, there are still calming treatments that could be performed.”

Preparing for a wedding or special event? Don’t schedule a facial for the night before. Walsh notes that it’s best to book a facial at least a few days before the event so your skin looks its best. Want to ensure full relaxation during your facial? Walsh recommends turning off your cell phone during your appointment and enjoying the moment. She also suggests avoiding wearing jewelry to your appointment, as “most facials come with a massage while you are masking.”

How do you care for your skin after a facial?

Post-treatment breakouts and irritation are possible if the products used were too harsh for your skin or if your pores weren’t cleared and cleansed properly. To minimize redness and blemishes following a facial, you should always follow any specific instructions your esthetician gives you and cleanse your skin with a gentle, non-comedogenic cream or foam. Also, It’s best to skip toner for the first few washes after your facial; your freshly cleaned skin doesn’t need it. Because your skin may feel sensitive following a facial, avoid harsh cleansers and vigorous scrubbing for 48–72 hours following your treatment.

What can you expect during your first facial?

Facials last an average of 60 minutes; however, what to expect largely depends on your skin. Your experience will depend upon the type of facial you want and your skin type. For example, some facials are designed to help improve certain skin concerns, like acne, and may include extraction (of blackheads/whiteheads) or chemical exfoliation. Others might just hydrate and nourish the skin through a series of steps.

Depending on the type of facial, Walsh explains that “some tools may be used on your complexion such as the woods lamp, high frequency, microdermabrasion and microcurrent” to help enhance your results. She also adds that your esthetician may provide “knowledge on your skin type and how to maintain a proper home care regime.”

Best of all? “You will leave the spa with a smoother texture, proper hydration, glowing complexion, fewer breakouts and firmer skin,” says Walsh.

When should you avoid a facial?

As with any treatment, it’s best to check with your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have any specific health concerns before scheduling any facial treatment.

During the summertime, it’s best to skip chemical peel and more intense resurfacing treatments—as these actually remove the top layer of skin, making it extra sensitive and susceptible to sunburn and UV damage.

If you have extremely sensitive or acne-prone skin, you may want to ask your dermatologist for specific recommendations, as some types of facials and peels can irritate your skin even further.

Your face is one of the most exposed parts of your body—and, therefore, one of the first areas to start showing signs of aging or environmental stress—so treat it with care (and a little pampering, if you so choose). Not ready to visit a professional just yet? You can give yourself a gentle at-home facial using one of the products featured below.

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Our facial experience will leave your skin soft and smooth!

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10 Things About...Waxing

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By: Lydia Jordane

Waxing dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who removed unwanted body hair by formulating a wax made with beeswax. Although beeswax is still an important part of quality depilatory waxes, a quality wax relies on more than just beeswax to be suitable and effective in removing hair. Today, premium waxes are typically made from beeswax, quality resins, and aromatherapy oils.

With a quality waxing experience, spa and salon clients will be the professional's advocates and the demand for waxing services will grow, thus creating a steady revenue stream.

1. Hair removal waxes fall into two categories: hard and soft wax. Soft wax, also known as strip wax, is applied thinly to the skin and then removed using a fabric waxing strip. Hard wax, or hot wax, is applied thickly, allowed to set, and then removed on its own. Hard wax is often also referred to as stripless wax. Hard waxes are best for the face, eyebrows, lip area, nose, underarms, and the bikini area, while soft waxes are best for larger areas, such as the legs, arms, chest, and back.

2. In 1987, the Padilha sisters – from Brazil – opened a salon in the heart of Manhattan that grew to popularize the Brazilian wax in the United States. The sisters have stated that waxing is a part of their culture because bikinis are often extremely small in Brazil. The service later exploded in popularity and is still one of the most popular waxing services provided.

3. According to a 2014 Gallup study of men's grooming appliances and tools, 39 percent of all men manscape, with the majority being in their 20s and 30s. The most common area for hair removal in men is the groin, followed by the chest and underarms; underarms have emerged as the newest trend in male hair removal services. When adding male waxing services to the spa menu, it is important to invest in proper staff training and a wax formulated especially for men's strong hair growth and sensitive skin.

4. Ensure that the client is familiar with the various waxing services available. For example, explain the difference between a Hollywood and a Brazilian wax. This explanation time can also be used to upsell services. four

5. Premium waxes can remove stubborn hairs as short as one millimeter. In general, hair growth should be / inch for body hair and / inch for eyebrows. Hard wax will grip the hairs more effectively than soft wax and is best for sensitive areas. Utilizing a premium wax will allow professionals to get short, stubborn hairs more easily and provide a smooth waxing experience for the client.

6. To achieve the best results with waxing, it is extremely important to use appropriate pre- and post-waxing lotions. One dependable waxing method is to use a light skin cleanser that is particularly designed for waxing before treatment to remove perspiration, pollution, and cream residue. If a hard wax is being used, follow the cleansing with a light application of a pre-waxing oil, which will pre-soothe the skin and form a protective barrier so that the wax does not stick to the skin. After waxing, use the skin cleanser to close the hair follicle and follow with a hydrating lotion or an ingrown hair treatment.

7. Double dipping occurs when the same waxing spatula is repeatedly put back into the wax pot during a treatment. Professionals should absolutely refrain from double dipping because it introduces bacteria into the pot, increasing the risk of infection to the client. The temperature of the wax pot is not hot enough to kill all of the bacteria. Therefore, a brand new spatula should be used for each application of wax to the skin.seven

8. It is important to educate clients on how to take care of their skin in between waxing treatments. It is also important to recommend that they regularly exfoliate and moisturize because it will help reduce the risk of ingrown hairs and breakouts. Furthermore, advise clients to avoid sun exposure for at least 24 hours before and after waxing. Professionals should recommend and promote homecare products not only because they are qualified to do so, but also because it is a great way to increase sales.

9. Waxing is a high-profit treatment because it has low overhead. Compared to facial services, waxing can bring in more dollars in less time. It can also provide steady revenue, as clients often perceive waxing as a necessity service, rather than a luxury. Using a high-quality wax will enable the spa to provide a more pleasant waxing experience for their clients and sales.

10. Have the client complete a questionnaire prior to their service in order to better understand any potential health concerns, such as allergies or skin sensitivities. Although very rare, clients can have adverse reactions to the wax.

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Our waxing experience will leave your skin soft and smooth!

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Waxing 101

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By: Associated Skin Care Professionals

Waxing

Waxing is the most common method of hair removal in spas today. Hair on any part of the body or face can be waxed. Warm wax is applied to the area and then removed, bringing the hair with it. There are two types of wax: hard and soft. Hard wax, which is easier on delicate skin, is often used on the face, underarms, and bikini area. Soft wax is used on the legs, arms, back, and chest.

Waxing reduces hair growth when performed at regular 30-day intervals. Because waxing pulls the hair out by the root, it grows back softer, finer, and thinner. The more you wax, the less hair grows back.

Waxing should not be performed if you have particularly sensitive skin, because it pulls off a couple of layers of skin cells along with the hair. Waxing can cause tenderness and swelling. In addition, some medications will cause the skin to react badly to waxing. Don’t wax if you’re taking Retin-A, Accutane, or any type of acne prescription.

Preparing for treatment

Let the hair grow out to about a half-inch above the skin. If hairs are too short, the wax won’t adhere strongly enough to pull them out. Refrain from taking a shower or bath before the treatment. Soaking the hair will soften it, allowing it to break more easily and making waxing less effective. Do not apply lotion to the skin before your waxing session.

What to expect

An antiseptic lotion may be applied to cleanse the area first. Some estheticians apply a light dusting of baby powder to be sure the skin is dry before applying the wax.

If soft wax is being used, the warm wax will be spread on the hairs in a thin layer. A cloth strip (muslin or pellon) is then applied to the wax, and rubbed in the direction of hair growth. The strip is then pulled quickly in the opposite direction of hair growth while the skin is held taut with the other hand.

If hard wax is being used, a thicker amount of warm wax is applied and allowed to dry. No cloth strip is applied. The wax is flicked to allow the esthetician to grip it, then pulled off quickly in the opposite direction of hair growth. Hard wax doesn’t adhere to the skin as much as soft wax, and is therefore used on more delicate areas such as the bikini area, underarms and face.

How much does it hurt?

Most people tolerate it well, and get used to the sensation after a few treatments. The amount of discomfort depends on the area being waxed and your level of pain tolerance in general. If you still find waxing very uncomfortable after several treatments, many estheticians offer numbing crèmes that can be applied 45 minutes prior to the service. Clients are also recommended to take two ibuprofen tablets prior to their appointment, to reduce discomfort and decrease post-treatment inflammation in the waxed area. For women, it is generally best not to schedule waxing services just prior to or during your period, as you are more sensitive to pain at this time and will experience more discomfort.

Home care after waxing

It’s important to care for the waxed area properly after treatment to prevent ingrown hairs, breakouts, or other reactions. Exfoliation, using a pumice stone or exfoliating gloves with a bath gel, will help keep the skin clear. Avoid using a bar soap because it leaves a film on the body that could cause ingrown hairs. For the face, back, and chest, use a more gentle exfoliant and an anti-breakout lotion (ask your waxer about recommended products). Directly after waxing, avoid direct sunlight and tanning booths, especially while the skin is still red from treatment. For 24 hours after waxing, avoid exercise, hot tubs, and products with harsh chemicals, perfumes, or dyes. Apply a gentle moisturizer 24 hours after treatment.

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Our waxing experience will leave your skin soft and smooth!

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By: Vidasleek

Why You Should Consider Male Waxing

More men than ever are waxing, blow drying and manicuring their nails.

The likes of David Beckham has proven just how good you can look when you take a bit of pride in your appearance.

That’s why we’re taking a look at why you should consider male waxing.

YOUR PARTNER MIGHT LIKE IT

You shouldn’t embark with male waxing just because your partner prefers it.

Yet, it could help to convince you that it’s time to say goodbye to a hairy body.

Ask your partner if she would prefer you to have a wax. You could always surprise your mate with a smooth, hair-free body to see what they think.

You might be surprised by your partner’s reaction.

YOU MIGHT LIKE IT

While your partner’s preference will be important, it’s your body so it’s your choice.

If you want to wax your body, you should. In today’s modern world, there’s no reason to feel embarrassed about male waxing.

You might be a little afraid of the pain, but your body will soon adapt to it.

Plus, you might feel happier with your hair-free body – so it will be worth it.

IT’S MORE HYGIENIC

You might not realize it, but your body hair could be storing various smells and moisture.

As you will know, most men produce more sweat than women. During intense temperatures, body hair will not be your friend when it comes to hygiene and odor.

Even if you have recently enjoyed a shower or used an anti-bacterial wash, it won’t take long for it to build up again.

If the hair isn’t there, it’s not possible to store the odor.

So, if you want to enjoy a clean, fresh body, it might be time to bite the bullet and wax your body.

You’ll feel cleaner for it.

THE PAIN WILL EASE

It’s not uncommon for most men to be afraid of the pain of male waxing.

Yet, the more times you wax, the less pain you will feel in the future.

So, stop putting off a waxing treatment. The sooner you start, the easier the process will be – and the better you will feel in your own skin.

REDUCE HAIR GROWTH

If you are unhappy with your hairy body, you may wish there was something you could do to prevent hair growth.

Well, there is. Regular male waxing can help hair to grow back both softer and finer.

After many waxing treatments, you may notice the hair growth diminishes. Eventually, it might struggle to grow back at all.

This is because regular waxing can weaken a man’s hair follicles.

IMPROVE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

If you’re a swimmer or athlete, you should consider a full body wax.

Male waxing can help athletes improve their performance. For instance, swimmers will be able to improve their reactions to water.

As a result, it can aid their performance and shave seconds off their time.

Not only that, but it will be easier to dry off after a swim.

Triathletes also wax, as smoother legs will result in slippery contact with the ground if they come off their bike.

If you’re an athlete, invest in high-quality waxing strips to use before each performance.

REMOVE DEAD SKIN CELLS

Do you want your skin to look and feel its best?

Of course you do. Male waxing can remove dead skin cells from your body, so you can enjoy youthful-looking skin.

Many waxing strips will also contain a moisturizer to soften your skin before you wax.

Once it is applied, the wax strips can pull off the excess hair from your body.

Your body will look smoother, as a wax will remove hair down from its roots. This means you can say goodbye to stubble and you won’t have to worry about any ingrown hairs, either.

SHOW OFF YOUR MUSCLE DEFINITION

Waxing body hair can help you show off your physique.

Instead of hiding away your defined muscles, you will be able to show off all your hard work in a tank top or when topless.

A lack of hair will also reduce any friction on your body when exercising – and you won’t store up too many odors during a workout.

BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE

A University of South Florida study found that 63.8% of 118 men stated they trimmed or removed their body hair.

The reason? To become more hygienic and attractive.

If your body hair is affecting your confidence, you should consider male waxing.

Many men often feel embarrassed to wax, but there is no reason to be.

Many men experience male waxing treatments. Some beauty therapists also perform treatments on men with more or less body hair than you.

You can also perform your own waxing treatment in the comfort of your own home if you prefer.

Don’t spend your days allowing your body hair to reduce your self-esteem and remove the hair once and for all.

You’ll wonder why you hadn’t done it sooner.

HOW LONG WILL A WAX LAST?

A professional or at-home wax can last anything between 4 to 8 weeks, as it will remove the hair from the root.

You can enjoy longer-lasting results in comparison to shaving – and you can also enjoy silky-smooth skin.

Click here to find out how to make your waxing treatment last longer.

AT-HOME WAXING TREATMENTS

If you’re a little embarrassed to book an appointment, you might be tempted to wax your own body.

If so, you should invest in our high-quality hair removal wax strips.

Our strips are formulated with Chlorophyll, creating a natural anti-inflammatory formula.

As a result, the plant-based strips will help to sooth and calm the skin during a wax. You can enjoy a smooth body for up to 8 weeks – without having to book a waxing appointment.

THE TRUTH ABOUT MALE WAXING

There is nothing wrong with a big of manscaping if it makes you feel more confident.

If you want to boost your self-esteem, improve hygiene or improve athletic performance, waxing can be a great solution.

As long as you’re happy to enjoy a hair-free body, nothing should stop you from booking an appointment.

If you are considering male waxing, consider our at-home hair removal kits.

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Our waxing experience will leave your skin soft and smooth!

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LOOKING FOR A FACELIFT? HERE’S ALL THE KNOW ON MICROCURRENT FACIALS

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Who wants to tighten and tone their face? With all life’s stresses and worries, who wouldn’t?

The beauty industry is buzzing over products from creams to face rollers to take years off our faces. Technology and skin care have finally combined to bring us a new anti-aging treatment, microcurrent facials. This trendy service is said to be the next best thing to a facelift.

If you’re interested in our latest treatment here at Longevity Wellness, here is what you need to know.

WHAT IS A MICROCURRENT FACIAL?

A microcurrent facial is exactly what it sounds like, tiny zaps on your face. Low-grade electrical currents are used to train your facial muscles to appear more lifted, tightened, and firm as well as reduce wrinkles.

In other words, it is a non-invasive facelift!

So, how do the low-level electrical currents work?

The bolt of low-grade electricity helps your skin repair itself and boosts the production of collagen and elastin, all of which help your skin maintain its elasticity and look beautiful and youthful.

Collagen is a major component of the connective tissue that makes up your skin. It is vital for providing your skin with structure. Elastin is another important protein in your skin that allows the skin to resume its shape after being stretched or contracted.

The microcurrent facial is like a workout at the gym for your face. The low-grade electrical currents sculpt, lift, and tone your facial muscles, leaving you with more defined features than before!

HOW IS A MICROCURRENT FACIAL DONE?

A licensed esthetician will clean your skin prior to applying a conducting gel. After your skin is prepped with gel, they will use electric prongs that slide along the surface of your skin while omitting the low-level electrical currents. This not only stimulates the muscles on your face but also gives your face a surge of collagen.

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Although you may feel a slight tingling feeling, this treatment is painless. Therefore, if you’re looking to relax during your facial, this service is for you!

WHY DOES IT WORK?

You know it actually works because is not new! Microcurrent technology has been approved by the FDA and used medically since the 1980s to treat nerve and muscle disorders. The electrical currents have been proven to help people with facial paralysis, bell’s palsy, and much more. After microcurrent technology gained recognition for the improvement in these patients, it was acquired as an anti-aging treatment.

QUESTIONS AND BOOKING

This treatment will leave you feeling youthful and lifted immediately!

For questions on pricing, visit Our Services. To schedule an appointment, call us at (843) 647-1112 or Book Here.

A Perfect Day for Two: The Benefits of a Couple’s Massage

By: Hailee Clifton

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The summer season is upon us and it’s time for spending long sunny days with loved ones relaxing, having fun, and staying healthy. Are you and a loved one looking for something bonding, healthy, and relaxing to do?

Longevity Wellness offers one of the most relaxing and intimate spa services available; a couple’s massage. While a solo massage is great, there are many other benefits of a couple’s massage.

What are the benefits of a couple’s massage?

A Shared Experience

A couple’s massage means you and a friend, significant other, parent or sibling get to enjoy personalized massages side-by-side with two therapists for each of you! It’s a time where you and a loved one can chat, get caught up with each other, and simply enjoy a relaxing experience with one another.

Intimacy

Intimate couples experience feelings of affection due to the release of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine throughout the massage.

Health

If you’re someone who is looking to celebrate or spend time with friends without breaking your diet or sipping on some wine, this is the perfect outing for you! Massages have great health benefits from improving physical pain to reducing mental pain like stress. A couple’s massage is an excellent way to reap health benefits while spending time with loved ones.

Pricing: 60 Minute $170, 75 Minute $210, 90 Minute $250

Meet Hailee, Our Newest Team Member!

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Hey everyone! My name is Hailee Clifton and I am Longevity Wellness’ newest marketing coordinator and receptionist. I am writing to tell you a little about myself, as I hope to get to know you as you visit Longevity Wellness for your appointments and services!

I moved to Charleston in June 2018 from New Jersey, right outside of New York City. Having been charmed by the south’s beauty, politeness, and grace, I decided to leave New Jersey and pursue my career in teaching here in Charleston. Although I’ve loved acting as a role model for my students and being a source of happiness in their lives, my true passion is health and wellness.

I am currently enrolled at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition acquiring my International Health and Nutrition coach certification. Similar to Longevity Wellness’ mission to stand beside your medical providers as valued members of your healthcare team, I aspire to help my future clients achieve optimal wellness by actively listening, inspiring, motivating, and educating them on all areas of their lives.

Working at Longevity Wellness has taught me so much about what it is like to be in such a genuine and caring industry. From Longevity Wellness’ owner, Alana Long, to our talented massage therapists, and to our incredibly friendly and positive clients, it is such a blessing to be here starting my health and wellness journey.

I look forward to meeting and getting to know more of you and helping you have the best massage and bodywork experience here at Longevity Wellness!

Best Wishes,

Hailee Clifton

What Is Neurokinetic Therapy?

By Dr. Emily Kiberd

We ask you to breathe out and meet the resistance as we gently push on your leg. For the first half second, the muscles your body remembers how to use meet our light touch. It may seem weird at first but we only ask your body to respond in ways it knows how. As you lay there with your heels pressing down on the table, we check just one of your deep core muscles, yet you may feel all the muscles in your neck begin to fire. This tells us your neck muscles are overworking because your core isn’t firing as efficiently as it should. This may be due to hunching at your desk all day, jutting your chin, and using your accessory neck muscles to breathe instead of your diaphragm. Whatever the reason, we’re not trying to find weaknesses to make you feel down about yourself, but rather to find compensations, retrain them, and get your body firing in all the right places. These compensations can lay dormant for years and raise their ugly head as they transform into chronic pain brought on by an injury, trauma, or overuse. The body moves in patterns and we use these muscle tests to tell us where to look for the root cause of pain.

What is Neurokinetic Therapy?

Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), is an advanced therapeutic system that can help your body heal by teaching it to unlearn movements and muscle functions it’s become attached to. Created by massage therapist David Weinstock, this muscle test uses touch and pressure to retrain movement patterns and muscle memory stored in the brain.

What it’s not: Magic. Although sometimes it feels that way since it works amazingly well.

What it is: A system of precise muscle tests to help us identify where in a movement pattern the root cause of pain is located. It can reveal faulty muscle and movement memories your brain has stored away in the Motor Control Center (MCC) of your cerebellum. The MCC coordinates all the movement patterns in your body. And just like we humans, it learns through failure.

In plain English: NKT can reprogram your brain. And more often than not, when other treatments have failed and your pain is “mysterious,” NKT is the missing link. Not convinced?

How does it work?

NKT Neurokinetic Therapy is based on the following premise: when an injury occurs, certain muscles shut down or weaken, forcing other muscles to overwork and overcompensate, causing pain and tightness.

A practitioner will apply light pressure and ask you to resist, in order to evaluate the strength or weakness of each muscle, see where an injury comes from, and retrain your body to get rid of out-dated patterns. When a muscle is weak, the MCC understands this as failure and opens up to new learning. The question is: will what it learns heal you or cause you more pain? Think about it: after an injury, your MCC chooses the path of least resistance (your most successful repeat attempts at optimal movement). The most effective learning-by-repetition happens when you fail. Like a baby trying to learn how to walk but falling down over and over, so the MCC learns and adapts to your compensation pattern and holds it in its memory forever and ever—unless it can be convinced to change. Design flaw? Maybe.

The great news is this: old dogs can learn new tricks. This “failure” is the perfect opportunity for the NKT protocol to reprogram you at the neural level. Correcting these dysfunctional patterns is fundamental to successful healing.

Neurokinetic Therapy is used as both an assessment and rehab technique for:

Jen Cathey, Longevity Wellness’ certified Neurokinetic Therapist, is now accepting clients. Book a session with her today!

Jen Cathey, Longevity Wellness’ certified Neurokinetic Therapist, is now accepting clients. Book a session with her today!

• low back pain

• neck pain

• carpal tunnel syndrome

• running injuries

• joint dysfunction

• old scars

• chronic or unresolved pain

• tight muscles

• anyone who exerts a lot of energy regularly (whether you’re a pro-athlete, a yogi, or a dancer)

NKT Neurokinetic Therapy is foundational to our holistic Urban Wellness Clinic philosophy!

Neurokinetic Therapy is all about hands-on muscle testing, which allows us to quickly diagnose the causes of your overcompensations. We test your body’s reactions to different movements, stances, and pressure. We review your present and past injuries, delve deep into your movement patterns, discover the weak points knocking you off-balance, and reveal the real causes of your pain. Expect a set of integrative exercises personalized to your unique needs.

And—because stretching and massaging gets all the glamour while essential strengthening and stabilizing is often neglected, we take it to the next level, fully integrating your treatment with practical functional movements (a deadlift can do wonders, friends)!

Tried everything but old injuries still nagging? Get assessed! We’re here to help.

Book Now: 60 Minute $105, 90 Minute $155

Why Facial Skin Detox Is Important

by Krista Peterson, Marketing Outreach Coordinator, Longevity Wellness

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First of all, what actually is skin detoxification? Well, it can technically encompass a broad scope of things including diet, exercise, and so on, but here, we’re specifically talking about the physical act of using tools and techniques to get the skin looking and feeling as radiant as it can be by ridding the body of toxins, decreasing fluid retention, and improving skin elasticity.

A common technique used in skin detoxification is the use of a jade roller. Jade rollers work to help de-puff and firm the skin, increase circulation, and decrease inflammation. Jade works especially well as it is a gemstone that is able to maintain a cooler temperature when it meets with warmer skin. A recent prevention.com article lines out some of the major ways this skin rejuvenation tool works:

“First, a quick primer on your lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. Lymph fluid—a colorless fluid that contains infection-fighting white blood cells—makes its way to tissues all over your body, including your face. From there, a network of lymph vessels (connected to your lymph nodes, which attack toxins like bacteria and damaged cells) transports and drains the fluid into your blood.

“We do know that fluid tends to accumulate in the soft tissue of the face and around the eyes, which can worsen with allergies, rosacea, high blood pressure, and hormonal changes, and it can start to change the texture of the skin on the face if left there for prolonged periods of time,” Dr. Ilyas explains. “Aside from medications, the use of a jade roller to gently work this excess fluid back into the lymphatic system can help control the effects of this swelling.”

We are excited to announce the addition of a new service to our menu! The DETOX session focuses on skin rejuvenation and leaves you feeling and looking radiant. Using a jade roller and advanced techniques, we work to rid the body of harmful toxins, decrease fluid retention, and improve skin elasticity...It’s like a non-surgical facelift!

***FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY*** Book a 60 minute DETOX session and receive a FREE Infrared Sauna Session or Facial Cupping add-on, your choice! 

Pricing: 60 minutes $90.00, 45 minutes $70, $30 minutes $50

The Benefits of Using Essential Oils

by Elise Morgan

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Essential oils may seem like the unicorn of the medical world. The essential oil industry’s list of

assets is vast, intriguing, and honestly – pretty confusing, leaving many of us asking, “Are these

plant extracts actually effective?” The answer that has repeatedly been proven through science

and research is “yes”.

Although the use of essential oils may sound new to us, they have actually been used for

thousands of years by our ancestors to enhance physical and mental well-being throughout

their daily lives. So how, exactly, can essential oils help you?

Here’s how:

1. Fight off sickness

Some essential oils like cinnamon and eucalyptus are known to help the body stimulate

the growth of white blood cells. This results in a boosted immune system and a healthier

psyche overall.

As an added bonus – if you’re already feeling sick, using a diffuser can increase the

needed humidity in the air to relieve your cough and sinus pressure.

2. Sleep better

Getting a good night’s rest is an essential part to our body’s health and wellness, but

sometimes a good night’s sleep is hard to come by. In fact, the CDC has reported that 1

in 3 Americans are not getting enough sleep at night, leading to researchers and other

professionals to turn to essential oils for support.

At the very basis of their usages, essential oils have relaxing properties that can help

almost any night owl get a good night’s sleep. Chamomile and lavender are the most

well-known for assisting us in our sleep, helping our mind and body start to relax and

wind-down for bed.

3. Safer than candles

If you love candles for the aromas that they give off but are worried about an open

flame in your home, essential oils may be a more suitable option for you.

With an essential oil diffuser, you can continue your aromatherapy practices while you

sleep without having your mind constantly worry about the potentially hazardous

situations that candles bring, such as burns, wax spills, or even having your pet knock it

over.

4. Increase Your Energy

When we don’t wake up feeling refreshed, we often turn to (multiple) cups of coffee to

combat our lethargies. Oftentimes, this may not be the healthiest option for us, as

coffee can sometimes lead to headaches, a rise in blood pressure, and in some cases, an

increased risk of heart attacks.

To completely eliminate these effects from coffee, consider using essential oils that will

increase vitality and reduce fatigue. Some great essential oils for boosting energy are

peppermint, grapefruit and lemongrass.

If you haven’t yet hopped on the essential oil train, it’s not too late – the market size in the US

is valued at $3.36 billion and is only growing, with an expected growth rate of 9% from 2016 to

2024. If you’re looking for a technique that will leave you sleeping better, feeling more

energized, and is all-around safer than traditional methods, essential oils might just be the right

option for you.

The Powers of CBD Oil

by Krista Peterson, Marketing Outreach Coordinator, Longevity Wellness

In case you haven’t already seen our latest posts, Longevity Wellness is going GREEN FOR SPRING! We are dedicating all of April to our beloved CBD OIL!

So, with all of this buzz, what actually is the science of CBD oil and why is it so powerful?

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Our friends at Coastal CBD broke down some important info for us:

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating compound known as a cannabinoid, found predominantly in the cannabis plant.

All mammals have receptors throughout their brains and bodies that process the cannabinoids we make ourselves, and the ones we consume from plants as well. Consuming CBD helps your endocannabinoid system of receptors restore internal balance to your body and mind, and can potentially provide an amazing number of health benefits including relief of chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and a whole lot more.

As CBD is being discovered by more and more people and its popularity continues to grow, many studies have begun regarding the specifics of its effectiveness. Although research is somewhat limited We are so excited to see the what the results are finding in the next few years! In the meantime, we continue to hear so many positive stories about how CBD has been enhancing lives.

The Agriculture Act of 2018 (aka The 2018 Farm Bill) legalized all cannabis extracts containing less than .3% THC.

When buying your CBD, it’s important to remember to check how reputable the company you’re buying from is. Remember to ALWAYS make sure that it provides lab testing results to ensure you’re getting the amount you’re being sold!

That’s why we love getting our CBD from Coastal CBD--it is the brand Green Roads, who has a scannable code on each label so you can see the lab results of the exact batch you’re buying!

All of our CBD products are 10% off through the entire month of April, so come on in and go green with us!

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Calling All Bridge Runners! Benefits of Pre-and Post- Race Massage

by Krista Peterson, Marketing Outreach Coordinator, Longevity Wellness

Who’s excited for this year’s Cooper River Bridge Run?! We’re so happy to see so many runners zooming by our office, surely prepping for the big day!

How are you preparing for the race (aside from running by us, of course!) and what plans do you have for your post-race recovery? Massage therapy, (specifically focused sports massage and recovery massage), as well as stretching (kind of a no-brainer there!), have profound benefits both before and after racing. Check out these important facts below about just how beneficial adding massage to your running routine can be.

Pre-race massage, especially if you’re coming off a hard week of training, helps you to re-energize, relax, and prep your muscles for the ability to run fast and score your best times ever. Usually a lighter massage paired with stretching is best, to relieve stress and muscle tension without any soreness before your upcoming race.

Regarding post-race massage, according to Jason Fitzgerald on strengthrunning.com:

Artwork by local artist D. Scott Stevenson. (Source: CRBR)

Artwork by local artist D. Scott Stevenson. (Source: CRBR)

“The major benefit of [post-run massage] is that it relaxes tense muscles and removes adhesions or minor scar tissue between muscles and fascia, a fancy word for the sheath or casing that surrounds your muscles. Unneeded tension and adhesions can restrict movement and impair your range of motion, potentially leading to abnormal movement patterns that can cause overuse injuries.” Additionally, “massage can reduce pain and the intensity of muscle soreness after a grueling workout or marathon. Some studies indicate that massage can reduce inflammation, improve immune function, and reduce stress hormones like cortisol.” 

With that being said, you’re in luck--all of our therapists here at Longevity Wellness are trained in sports massage (as well as stretch therapy) and have worked on many different types of athletes. So, since we want you all to crush your numbers and feel as great as ever for the race and after, we are offering 10% off massages and stretch sessions two days before and two days after race weekend (April 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th)!

If you want to enhance your pre- or post-run results even further, make sure to check out our massage add-ons including cupping therapy, stretch therapy, and fire and ice!

*Discounts will be taken upon checkout

Allergy Relief Via Massage Therapy

by Krista Peterson, Marketing Outreach Coordinator, Longevity Wellness

Did you know that massage therapy can be a powerful tool in reducing those miserable allergy symptoms you experience every spring during the dreaded pollen season?

I’m sure lots of you here in Charleston and the Lowcountry area know all too well what I’m talking about. The struggle is real. Like, really real.

“But how is that possible, Longevity Wellness?” You may ask. Well, here’s the scoop. We’ll take you through a few different forms of therapy that can make a total difference in your overall well-being (and life) during this stuffy time of the year when everything is covered in a layer of yellow.

Facial cupping:

Facial cupping uses gentle suction of the skin to open pathways within the tissue and remove harmful toxins from your system (think, all of that icky stuff in your face causing pressure moving right on out). It works to relieve all sorts of conditions including: asthma, congestion, phlegm, sinus issues, excessive coughing and sneezing, and headaches. As an added bonus, it also regenerates cells providing youthful looking skin, minimizing wrinkles and uneven skin structure.

Fun fact: According to WebMD, cupping therapy “dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.”

Body brushing:

To be honest, I didn’t know what body brushing was before I started working for Longevity Wellness. Boy, am I glad I found out. Body brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, which is responsible for keeping your cells healthy and strong. It boosts immunity, assists in detoxing, exfoliates the skin, increases energy, tones the skin, and reduces the appearance of cellulite. We’ll definitely be posting more blogs about it in the future because there is just so much to cover on how body brushing is seriously the best.

P.S. We sell body brushes, too!

Body cupping:

Cupping works to break up tough adhesions by pulling out toxins and scar tissue and bringing blood and lymph to the area that is being focused on. Benefits include increased mobility and range of motion, decreased pain, enhanced circulation, reduced inflammation, and lowered blood pressure. All of these benefits directly contribute to rinsing your body of allergies, moving the toxins out. Remember those big red circles on Michael Phelp’s back during the Olympics? Obviously, cupping is no joke and Olympic athletes know its power.

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Personally, I can vouch that cupping is life-changing. My first experience with cupping was with my aunt, who is an amazing physical therapist and swears by it for her patients. I had been living with a crazy pressure point in my shoulder that caused so much exhaustion and pain for years. After an hour of her working on it with cupping, it was gone. After that, maintenance is key. I haven’t had the issue since, thanks to her and my team of therapists here in Mt. Pleasant at Longevity Wellness.

Here’s a picture of me right after I got my first cupping on my shoulder and my life was changed.

Here’s a picture of me right after I got my first cupping on my shoulder and my life was changed.

So, to review, if you are struggling with allergies, adding facial cupping, body brushing, and body cupping to your life can have profound benefits. Make sure to book your appointment with us at Longevity Wellness in Mt. Pleasant to elevate the experience of your usual massage. Plus, don’t forget to add some aromatherapy to your appointment for even MORE of a judo chop to those allergies. Say hello to wellness!

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What Is a Couples Massage & What to Expect

BY: Editors | Jul 17, 2018

If you’ve never had a couple’s massage, you’re missing out on one of the most relaxing and intimate spa services available. Let Monica Jaso, a licensed massage therapist and director of spa operations for Swissôtel Chicago's Spa 42, answer your questions about this memorable experience.

What is a couples massage?

The answer is simpler than you think. A couple’s massage is when you and a friend each enjoy a massage side-by-side with two therapists that work at the same time. Depending on the spa, a  couple’s massage may include soothing music, aromatherapy, candle lighting, and other relaxing amenities.

How much does a couples massage cost?

For a 60-minute massage, you can expect to pay anywhere between about $80–$150. For a longer session, you'll end up paying a little more, but you might be happy you did once you're experiencing it.

Can I eat before the massage?

"Eating beforehand is OK, but do it at least an hour before so you're not lying on a full belly," Monica says. "And don't have a massage at 6 o'clock and then make a dinner reservation for 7:30, because then you're rushing to get there and you're not going to enjoy that nice, relaxing massage you just had."

I've heard that if I come early (or stay late), there might be extras?

Many spas include complimentary access to saunas, pools, fitness centers, and other amenities with treatment reservations.

"By all means, make use of that," Monica says. "A lot of people [don't] take advantage of those facilities." If it's a hotel spa, there may even be an onsite restaurant.

If your spa doesn't have those extras, you should still show up a little early. "If you come too close to the appointment time, you might be rushing around, the therapists might be rushing around, and ... you can feel that rushed energy." Monica suggests arriving 15–20 minutes before your appointment time.

Do we each have to get the same treatment?

Nope! As with a solo session, couples massages should still include personalized consultations with the massage therapists.

"Usually people have individual wants and needs for their own bodies," Monica says. "Someone might have shoulder tension; someone else might have just had ankle surgery and want attention on their legs."

And it's not just about focus areas, either. Couples should feel free to ask for different modalities. If one person just wants to relax, Swedish is probably enough for them. If the other person wants a more therapeutic treatment, "then by all means, get the deep tissue, get the sports massage. Don't limit yourself."

Can l include add-ons?

It's very likely the spa will have no problem with this.

Has your partner had an especially stressful time at work lately? Then ask about aromatherapy, as scented essential oils can help calm the mind better than massage alone. Is it a particularly cold day? Add hot stones!

Can I talk during the massage?

Yes...but it's not recommended.

"One time, this married couple came in," Monica begins. "And 20 or 30 minutes into the [couples] massage, they're nice and relaxed, and it's nice and quiet, and all of a sudden you hear her call out, 'Honey? Honey, how are ya feelin'?'

"And you can see his shoulders raise up a little bit, and she's like, 'How ya feelin' over there? Are you relaxed?' And he just chuckled and was like, 'Well, I was until you opened your big mouth!'"

Monica chuckles at the memory of the interaction. Luckily, the husband in her story wasn't bothered much, but not every spouse is as patient. The takeaway: if you're giving your partner a couples massage, you should probably have a chat before your appointment about, well, chatting.

Will there be champagne?

Possibly.

A lot of spas offer champagne with couples massages, but watch your intake before andafter the treatment. "If you do drink afterward, it can hit you a lot faster because your circulatory system is going a lot quicker," Monica says. A little alcohol is OK, but make sure you drink plenty of water, too.

Do I have to bring a significant other?

Not at all.

Sure, couples massages make great romantic gifts for women and men. But Monica says plenty of platonic pairs come through Spa 42's couples room—siblings, friends, mothers and daughters. "There's been more than I would have expected." The most important thing is just choosing someone you can really relax and enjoy the experience with.

Making Massage a New Year's Resolution

By Kathryn Feather

We all know the drill. For some, it's become a tradition. Before the ball is finished descending in Times Square and the confetti has yet to hit the floor, most of us already have made our New Year's resolutions and possibly broken them.

But, let's give ourselves the benefit of the doubt. Every December, as we indulge in various holiday treats, we promise ourselves that once the New Year arrives, we will take better care of our bodies, minds and spirits.

The reasons behind these resolutions vary from person to person, but invariably, they are a reaction to the differing stresses that play such a major part in our daily lives. Job stress, family issues and a host of other outside factors provide the motivation to get in shape and learn to cope. And according to a recent study, many Americans are making massage one of their top New Year's resolutions.

The "New Year, New You" study, a telephone survey of 1,000 U.S. adults sponsored by Brookstone, found that a majority of Americans said they experienced more stress in 2005 than the previous year (56 percent), and that they are seeking new methods to deal with that increased stress methods such as massage therapy.

Three out of four Americans (75 percent) claim their New Year's resolution is to focus on taking better care of themselves and achieving a more complete work/life balance. The study found that a majority of Americans believe massage is an effective way to relieve stress and a great way to relax as compared to other methods such as drinking a glass of wine or another alcoholic beverage or even exercising.

The study revealed that 76 percent of respondents believe relaxation is very important to health and wellness, with 73 percent of respondents rating massage as either extremely relaxing or very relaxing, compared to 51 percent who said exercise was extremely relaxing and 29 percent who opted for a glass of wine or a cocktail to relax. Sixty-nine percent of respondents agreed that regular massage therapy is an important part of overall physical health and well-being, and 52 percent said they would like to receive a massage product or service as a gift.

With 11 more months in 2006 and the New Year's hype already dying down, are Americans sticking to their resolutions? Many employers are helping to make sure their employees keep to these health and fitness goals by instituting incentives, offering nutritional seminars and discounted or free memberships to local gyms and fitness clubs. And as the study shows, many Americans are embracing the concept of massage therapy as a means of improving their health.

"Massage is no longer viewed as an indulgence, but as a significant component to achieving overall health and wellness and relaxation," said Roger Padgett, a spokesperson for Brookstone. "People are beginning to recognize that massage helps to improve circulation, alleviate tension and contribute to a more comfortable and stress-free lifestyle."

So, when the ball drops in Times Square at the end of 2006, will Americans have something to show for their health and wellness efforts? If the results of the Brookstone study hold true, the answer is a resounding "yes." Will massage become the popular choice for people looking for ways to relax and reduce stress? Massage therapists certainly hope so.

The benefits of massage therapy are well-known, and are enjoyed by millions of Americans each year. If the research from the Brookstone study proves correct, the massage therapy profession can look forward to having an even more successful year, with therapists' appointment books filled by countless new clients, not only in 2006, but well into 2007 and beyond.

6 Benefits Of Infrared Sauna Therapy

By Amy Myers, M.D.

As you might know, sweating is a great way to burn calories and rid your body of unwanted toxins. But how do you sweat when you’re injured, or unable to exercise?

I like to sweat in an infrared sauna. Infrared saunas help your body release a number of toxins, including heavy metals like mercury and lead, and environmental chemicals. The benefits don’t stop there. With infrared sauna technology, you can also lose weight, relax, relieve unwanted pain, increase your circulation, and purify the skin.

6 Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

1. Detoxification

Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. When compared to traditional Swedish saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about seven times more toxins.

2. Relaxation

Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.

3. Pain Relief

If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles.

4. Weight Loss

The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. An article, titled Effect of Sweating in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories.

5. Improved Circulation

As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise.

6. Skin Purification

Infrared sauna technology can help purify your skin by eliminating toxins from your pores and increasing circulation, resulting in clearer, softer, and healthier-looking skin.

Infrared Levels

Infrared sauna treatments may be available at different levels: near, middle, and far.

These different levels represent the different sizes in infrared wavelengths and refer to the intensity of the treatment. Most people find that:

  • near-infrared levels are best for wound healing and increased immune function

  • middle-infrared levels are ideal for increasing circulation and promoting muscle relaxation

  • far-infrared levels are used primarily for detoxification purposes

My Recommendations

If you’re new to infrared saunas, I would recommend starting out with 4-minute sessions at 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit and slowly working your way up to 15- to 30-minute sessions.

If an infrared sauna is not available, but you have access to a regular sauna, you can still achieve some degree of detoxification with 10- to 20-minute sessions at 180-190 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Complete Guide to Spa Gift Cards

Where to Buy Them, What to Get, and Tips You Need to Know

BY ANITRA BROWN

Updated 05/05/18

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Spa gift certificates are an appreciated and easy gift, especially for the last-minute shopper. They work for birthdays, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, Mother's Day, graduations, baby showers, and as a show of appreciation for people you work with. They're good for people who love spas and people who haven't ever tried one.  And as more men get into spas, they work for guys, too.  

Spa gift cards are an easy solution to the "I don't know what to get them" quandary, but there are still a few choices you need to make along the way. Is it the last minute?  Do you have a special spa in mind? Do you want to add a few spa-themed gifts in a bag to make it more personal? How much should you give? (The choices range from $25 to the ultimate spa gift:  a long stay at the Golden Door that costs big bucks. Here's how to deal with a few different scenarios.

It's the Last Minute

One easy solution when you are short of time is to buy a spa gift card online from a company whose card is accepted by lots of different spas. You can have it mailed it in a pretty gift box for a few dollars extra, or if it's really last-minute, print it out (try to use nice paper, please) or email it. Problem solved.  SpaFinder Wellness 365 gift cards are the most widely accepted and a good all-around choice.  If you have a specific spa in mind, search by city, state, or ZIP code and look for the "Accepts Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Cards" icon near the name of the location.

 That's an important step if you live somewhere without a lot of spas. 

You've Chosen the Spa 

If you know which spa you want your gift card from, you most likely will be able to get one easily. Most spas have their own spa gift card programs, and all you have to do is call to put it into motion. If you want to make the gift a little more personal, you can pick out a wonderful spa product (or two) like a body oil, a robe, or a candle and put it into a gift bag.  Or if it's to a spa where you enjoy going, write down the name of your favorite massage therapist or esthetician on the spa's business card for your recipient.

You're Not Sure How Much to Give

The minimum is as low as $25 on SpaFinder Gift Cards, but that won't get you very far.  Most people give $100 to $150 to make sure the recipient gets at least one substantial spa treatment like a massage or facial. Larger amounts like $300 to $500 will let the recipient get multiple services.  But SpaFinder cards can only be used once, so whatever goes unused has to be issued as a credit from the spa. In that case, get the spa gift cards in smaller denominations, like three to five $100 cards, so the recipient has the maximum flexibility about when and where to use them.

You're a Big Spender

You can give as much as you want for an overnight stay at a destination or resort spa.  If you can't spring for a full stay at Golden Door, Canyon Ranch offers beautiful boxed gift cards of $1,000 or more to be used for a stay.  If you have a special place in mind, it can help you make it happen. 

What Buys What

Prices on spa treatments vary depending on the spa and where you live, but this is typical of day spas:

  • $50 to $75: spa manicure, pedicure, or waxing

  • $100 to $150: massage, facial, or body treatment

  • $125 to $150: Specialty massage like a hot stone massage

  • $200 to  $350: Two or more services at most spas

  • $350 and up: Half- and full-day packages

Resort and wellness spas are more expensive, and luxury urban hotel spas are much more expensive.

Keep in Mind

Besides the basics of costs and where to find spa gift cards, it's good to be aware of these tips:

  • Ask about expiration dates. SpaFinder gift cards don't expire, but some individual spas have a one-year expiration date.

  • Typically tips and tax aren't included in gift cards.

  • Just as with any other gift card, losing it is like losing cash. And if the spa goes out of business, you're out of luck. So encourage the recipient to use it quickly.

  • It's more fun if you go along on the spa day.

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