As we bounce back from this worldwide pandemic, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of being proactive in being and STAYING healthy. Massage for wellness is no longer considered a luxury, but rather a necessity. Now more than ever, it is time to recognize that a single massage for health and wellness can deliver immeasurable benefits.
Many health benefits of massage therapy are well known, including increasing range of motion, improving coordination, and reducing stress and anxiety. But many people don't know that massage for wellness also serves as an important immune system booster. People who undergo treatment can experience measurable changes in their immune and endocrine response, making massage a great promoter of wellness and immune health.
Jeff Smoot, 2015 president of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), says:
“Researchers working with patients with compromised immune systems have found massage therapy can improve how the immune system functions. Those same benefits can translate to people seeking to fight off the common cold, flu and other illnesses.”
The immune benefits
People receiving a minimum 45 minutes of Swedish massage experience significant increase in lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that plays a large role defending the body from disease. White blood cells help fight off viruses. Swedish massage also causes a large decrease in Arginine Vasopressin, a hormone believed to play a role in aggressive behavior. Massage decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can contribute to stress reduction and management.
Massage has also been shown to improve immune function in HIV positive adolescents. The therapy has also shown to improve immunity among women with stage 1 and 2 breast cancer.
Other health perks include:
Decompression Massage (Gliding/movement cupping)
This season, I introduced cupping to my list of modalities in all my massage services. By draining your lymphatic system with toxin-busting decompression/cupping massage for just a few minutes, you will keep stimulating and alerting your white blood cells which is your body’s “clean-up crew” for any viral or bacterial intruders, thereby boosting your immune system.
When your blood and energy flow is healthy and active, your body can respond better to a fast-spreading bacteria and viruses. Cupping Therapy improves this by getting rid of blockages in your airways and by getting rid of toxins that are keeping your immune system too busy to fight off unwanted quests in your body. Getting rid of the toxic blocks will have you feeling more energized, which will make it a lot easier to fight illness.
I hope you all are staying safe at home, practicing social distancing and making healthy choices. Most of all I am looking forward to seeing you all in the spa WELLNESS studio soon! Be sure to take advantage of the SAVE NOW/ENJOY LATER offer and get 50% off your next visit.
Microblading with Pri
From the World Wide Web:
“Manual microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattooing that involves using tiny, fine-point needles (instead of a tattoo gun) that make up a small disposable blade and handle (think: a very small rat-tail comb- looking tool) that helps scratch and deposit pigment simultaneously under your skin.”
If you are curious about microblading and wonder if it is for you, the above description is pretty accurate. Usually when people ask me what exactly happens I tell them that it’s like getting your brows scraped with a scalpel, it will not feel very good, despite being numbed, but IT IS SO WORTH IT.
So I recently had the pleasure of having my brows worked on at Eyebrow Microblading by Pri This is a new business here in VB, but Pri is no stranger to realistic, detailed artistry.
Pre-is an international watercolor and acrylic who brings a passion for aesthetics and symmetry to her work to create beautifully enhanced natural brows.
I have had my brows done before, but it had been sometime and I had neglected them, so they were overdue for a touch up by the time I met up with Pri. Anyways.. here are some pictures for you:
Merry Blissmas to All!
Peppermint is an aromatic plant, created from the blending of wintermint and spearmint and is certainly one of the most recognizable and popular scents of Christmas time.
The sweet smell of citrus is a personal holiday favorite of mine. I find citrus oils super uplifting, clean and fresh.Having town up in the North East, it was always a delightful treat to pick up a small box of mandarins or clementines to enjoy along with all the other holiday goodies. I just love the visual of a bowl or vase filled with citrus and peppermint candies!
Another favorite of mine, especially this time of year, is Balsam fir...think sweet, fresh Christmas trees! Can you just imagine yourself taking in a deep breath of cool, cleansing air that refreshes the mind, body and soul transporting you to a state of peaceful bliss....
And there you have it.. the inspiration for my Merry Blissmas Bundle.
I hope you will take the time during this busy holiday season to be still and be well so you can be there for those you love.
Your Merry Blissmas Bundle:
Peppermint Citrus Blissmas Body Polish is applied on vigorously and then removed with steamy hot towels and exfoliating mitts to reveal silky smooth, invigorated skin. Warm Blissmas oils are drizzled on and a rich and creamy body butter massages in to keep you feeling soft to the touch.
Be Merry and Bright with the Iluma Lightening Peel Facial that will give your face the radiance that will turn heads this season.
Enjoy a Better Not Pout exfoliating lip treatment with hydrating collagen lip mask and softening lip balm that will leave you with lips that will not disappoint under the mistletoe!
BONUS: You also get a surprise take home gift!
So....Have Yourself a Merry Little Blissmas NOW!
Well, well, well...
Well, I was looking at my calendar realizing I roughly have about six weeks before my grand summer vacation: Scandinavian cruise with a side trip to London for two weeks. (Yes, my office will be closed May 30 to June 15). And upon realizing how quickly this trip is coming up, I decided I needed to start a six weeks challenge to get myself in some kind of shape. So I quickly texted my core group of girlfriends to start a 6 week challenge to get healthier.
This got me thinking about other things I needed to do to not only be healthy but also be happy and beautiful. So I am challenging anyone who is taking the time to read this to the Get Glowing Challenge. Beauty, health, and happiness radiates from within and the things I’m going to challenge myself and you to do is a list of habits for body, mind and soul. Some of them are just common sense healthy tips, some of them are positive self talk, some of them are beauty tips. I think of you incorporate as many of these items into your life on a regular basis as you can, you’ll notice not only beautiful radiant skin, but also that inner glow that draws attention and encourages others.
There’s quite a few things on this list so bear with me.
Why do Skin Care and Spa enthusiasts love a good mask? There is a wonderful stigma that once we get a mask on our face we have hit the pinnacle of great skin and ultimate “Me Time” relaxation. I personally LOVE a good mask, whether it be a stiff clay mask, pulling out every toxin and pollutant from my body, to a Serum filled sheet mask achieving the ultimate in Korean Skin Care perfection to a creamy overnight mask that sends us off dreaming of awakening to a bright and hydrated beautiful face in the morning.
Did you know, that according to recent research, the sheet mask market alone is expected to reach over $336 million by 2024. *(source: Transparency Market Research)
But is it just a frivolous and fun girls-night-in thing to do? I mean, the Koreans seem to have gotten it right! 😉 Facial masks offer serious skin benefits With targeted delivery systems and concentrated ingredients. All skin types can thrive with the right mask regimen. A detoxifying mask will clarify and purify the skin, while hydrating options replenish hydration and nourishment to leave skin soft, smooth and glow-y.
This month in the Spa Studio, I want to focus on a specific kind of mask: oxygen mask.
Let’s talk about the power of oxygen. Well first of all, uhm...we need it...it’s vital for life! So, of course, our skin loves it. It encourages clear, youthful-looking skin. Oxygen helps to brighten dull skin and promote the look of clarity. There’s nothing like this effervescent mask, that invigorates and purifies the skin. Upon application, the mask bubbles on the skin, thanks to oxygenating foam burst technology. In the new O2Plus Facial I have added the new Firming Transformation Mask from Image Skincare. This shimmery blue mask is packed with a rare pepper berry extract, it improves the appearance stressed-out skin, leaving it happy, healthy and glowing. Other oxygen facial benefits include the boosting of collagen production, detoxification, increased cell turnover rate, heals acne, moisturizes skin... all with speedy recovery with no painful side effects!
The new O2Plus Facial is truly the perfect spring facial to breathe new life into dull skin! What are you waiting for? It’s time to GET GLOWING!
PS: Image has come out with several new masks...which I will be writing about soon!