Thinking About a Facial ?

Spa facial restorationAre you thinking about having a facial at Body Restoration Spa? If you’ve had facials before, please note that we take the Skin Care Profile very seriously. It means that you would need to complete this client consultation form which is two sided. We recommend you ask for this facial form and take it home and complete it. It asks questions like, “What time of day do you see an oily shine come out on your skin?” Or, “how much plain water do you drink a day?” There are lifestyle questions, exfoliation questions, allergies, etc.

Complete the form when you are comfortable and not rushed so that your answers are as accurate as can be. Bring the form with you to your appointment. It beats coming for a facial and having to sit and rush through the form in order to start the service on time. These questions are taken into account when deciding what skin type you have, what skin condition you may have, special challenges on your skin that you would like us to address, how much steam is appropriate, any prescriptions you are using that may affect your skin, etc. Make the most of your facial appointment by completing the form ahead of time. You can print it from our web site by clicking here.

Spring is the perfect time of year to renew your skin with a spa facial. Put your best foot forward with a relaxing professional exfoliation and prepare for the warm weather to come. Depending on your skin profile, we will create a facial experience that will rejuvenate and soothe your skin. Contact us today by phone or through our website to schedule your appointment.

Treat Your Skin With A Facial This Winter Season

Cleaning face with cotton padsA facial can soften and hydrate, replenish and protect against the Winter weather. It’s not uncommon to feel lips chapping or wind burn on the face during these colder months. But with a creamy cleanser, light exfoliation, and a heavier moisturizer, your skin can be conditioned to withstand the cold, dry air felt all through Winter.

First we would have you complete the Skin Care Client Profile and look at questions like how much water you drink a day. We would ask about dryness, flakiness and tightness felt on your skin. We ask how much caffeine you have each day as caffeine can dehydrate the skin.

Then we would select the products based on your skin type. This is determined by what time of day you notice an oily shine coming out on your skin, if at all.

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How Are the Basalt Stones Used in Stone Massage Sanitized?

CaraMassage_3We perform Stone Massage during October through April, or the Fall and Winter months.  We use a clean set of stones for each client. The stones are heated, oiled and used as an extension of the hands as they are effleuraged up and down the arms and legs, for example. Effleurage is a Swedish massage stroke where an open handed stroked is meant to warm the surface of skin and the muscles beneath. The stones can be turned on their sides and used to friction areas where adhesions have formed. This happens in the lower back due to long periods of sitting and not enough time to rest or stretch. The fascia (or the under-lying tissue) become bunched making certain movements like walking easier to maneuver on one side versus the other. One of the hips may be feel tired and stuck and it all has to do with everything being connected.

When we are finished a Stone Massage session, we place the stones in the dishwasher. They are washed and run through the full cycle. Then they are placed in a container until they are needed. We only have so many stones, so we may only be able to do so many Stone Massages in a day. The stone heater, that was modeled after an 18 quart turkey roaster, has an insert pan. This pan in also taken out and washed between treatments.

Pregnancy Pillow

bestof_prenatalWe just received a nod from Philadelphia Magazine for Best of Philly 2015 in Prenatal Massage. Being pregnant is a joyous time but it can also be an uncomfortable time. Callers will ask if we perform the massage session with the client lying on her side? This is also known as side-lying position. We can or we can position the pregnancy pillow known as the Body Cushion in place. This way a pregnant women in can lie safely on her stomach and receive a massage or even a back facial. We accept pregnant clients in their second or third trimester.

Why Do We Use Two Different Waxes?

Ever wonder why we not only use the Blue Wax (hard wax) which hardens and is removed by hand, but also a soft wax that relies on strips to remove it? The Blue Wax is formulated for coarse hair. It grabs thicker hair better than the soft wax, and it is reserved for areas where there is coarse hair like the bikini line on the under arms. It can also be used on the chin and on the upper lip especially in the corners of the mouth where hairs can be short and difficult to remove.

The soft wax is reserved for larger areas of the body like waxing a man’s back, or full legs or full arms. It is applied in a thin coat and a non-woven strip is placed over it to remove it. It is formulated for fine hair or thinner hairs that the Blue Wax will not grab. The soft wax adheres better to fine hairs that need something stickier to remove them.

If you’ve had Brazilian waxes and the hair on the bikini line has become so fine that the Blue Wax will not grab some of them, we can switch and use the soft wax on the area. We would attempt the whole area with the Blue Wax and then follow up with soft wax if needed. It saves a lot of time that would be spent tweezing if the hairs had thinned out so much that the Blue Wax wasn’t removing them. Using the soft wax for follow-up pulls will not hurt at this point in the service because 95% of the hair is gone. We are just making one more pull with a stickier wax to grab those last few hairs.

The New Date Night: Couples Massage, then Dinner

Couples massage is a nice outing together and has often replaced the old stand-by of “dinner and a movie.” Most couples massage clients come for the massage first and head to dinner afterwards. If you are someone who falls asleep during movies, go ahead and nod off during your massage. You’ll feel refreshed with a feeling of clarity when it’s complete.

Couples massage in session before dinner is a better ordering of the two, if you will.
Couples massage before dinner is a better ordering of the two, if you will.

Contemplating a Back Wax?

Follow these Prep Steps and a back wax shouldn’t be that bad.

If you’ve had someone shave your back for you, please let it grow at least two to three weeks prior to your back wax appointment.

Avoid caffeine before your wax visit.

If you are taking an oral acne medication prescribed by the dermatologist, you cannot be waxed at all.

It is strongly recommended that you refrain from shaving your back going forward. Shaving toughens the hair making the wax more painful. The goal is to only wax the back so it will soften the hair and allow the hair growth to become sparser.

Please let us know if you’ve had a back wax before and whether or not you had any issues, i.e. break-outs on the back. This will allow us to determine which after products we will use to treat your back once the service is completed.

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Prolonging the Effects of Your Massage

• After your massage, drink plenty of water through the next two to three days

• Eat light foods and try to rest after the treatment

• Do not engage in any stressful activity if possible. If working out at the gym, it is not recommended to lift weights after a deep tissue massage

• Enjoy the application of oils from the treatment as they continue to moisturize your skin

• Moist heat (i.e. hot water packs) and ice can be used alternately for 10 minutes on areas of soreness to heal the areas where deeper massage work was performed

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Epsom Salts

• Soak in a hot bath with Epsom salts (pictured). Epsom Salts help relieve pain and soreness, and helps draw toxins from the body

• It is not uncommon to feel soreness after a massage. The health spa massage therapist has uncovered an area where there is a lot of tension. Alternating hot and cold compresses on the area of soreness will help, as well

 

Seven Tips for Buying a Spa Gift Certificate She’ll Actually Use

Advice for Male Shoppers Looking for Spa Services as Gifts.

  • Find out the name of the spa she likes to visit.
  • Purchase the gift certificate for a dollar amount.
  • Your attempts to piece together her day of relaxation should really be left to her decision.
  • If you’ve waited until the last minute, call the spa and ask if the spa gift certificate can be purchased online so the gift certificate comes to you instantly via email.
  • Surprising her with a trip to the spa and dinner later may complicate matters. She needs to bring make-up, toiletries, and a fresh change of clothes, to feel her best for a night on the town.
  • Pressing for a same day appointment or begging the spa to squeeze her in on the actual day of her birthday will make the event more stressful for you and her.
  • Guys, we all know you’re well-intentioned in your efforts to surprise the woman you love. When calling a spa in a panic, make it easier on yourselves and present a spa gift certificate to your lady. Trust me; she can handle everything from there.

    Restoration Facial at Body Restoration Spa
    Restoration Facial at Body Restoration Spa

If I Were JFK’s Massage Therapist

November 22, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. There have been several shows discussing the Kennedy White House years on television as the anniversary nears. One piece I saw discussed how much pain he was in from day to day. From the brace he wore under his clothes to the pill popping cocktail he ingested every day, I am convinced that massaging John F. Kennedy would be a massage therapist’s dream:

Just take off that back brace, John, and let me try some connective tissue work on it in a very light manner. With proper bolstering, we can ease the pain in your fifth lumbar vertebra where two operations had already been performed. You can even employ some of these bolstering techniques while you sleep instead of relying on a piece of plywood that was wedged under your mattress for support. The post-op exercises and physical therapy introduced to you by the orthopedic surgeon is what has helped you recover this far. Why not continue with these alternative methods and make a 90-minute massage session a part of your regular weekly routine?

Senator John F. Kennedy wears a back brace as he sits on the patio in Palm Beach, Florida.
Senator John F. Kennedy wears a back brace as he sits on the patio in Palm Beach, Florida.

Using Swedish massage strokes will induce hyperemia on the skin which turns it pink from blood flow being brought to the area. It will bring about better mobility than you ever thought possible. Simple tasks like reaching across your desk or removing your socks and shoes may not require any assistance in the months to come. Releasing endorphins through each massage session may control some of the symptoms felt from the Addison’s disease and it will actually allow you to feel good. An elbow placed over top of the sheet and into your gluteal muscle along with rotation of the limb will loosen and unkink any adhesions in those tissues. It will increase your range of motion, improve posture, and you will look forward to this massage technique more than the steroid shots you receive in that same area.

You will get way more mileage from compression work as the heels of the hands are placed on your muscle bellies to shift and unblock energy and thumb pressure on source points along specific energy paths that correspond to the body’s organs. By dispersing trapped or blocked energy along the body’s energy paths, your organs will function better. The digestive problems you’ve been having may seem like they are less of an obstacle because organs like the lung, large intestine, stomach and spleen have been nourished with healing energy, stretching, and finger pressure.

Consider this a sports massage session to help with those old sports injuries from playing football with your family. Plain water in-take after each massage session will release a lot of the toxins in your body. As much plain water in-take as possible will rid your body of the toxins created from the arsenal of medications you take every day. You may find that they only complicate your health issues and it may be best to try and reduce the number of medications. Take it day by day.

You’ve shown incredible strength in your ability to conceal your pain and take the country in the right direction. The grogginess, depression and occasional mood swing brought about from the side effects of your medication hasn’t made the journey easier. Migraines seem to be a part of the struggle to stay strong and remain focused. A scalp massage and pressure point work on the face will address tension headaches, migraine headaches, and sinus problems keeping them at bay for a longer period of time. The serotonin released in your brain during regular massage sessions can lift depression and clear away haziness in the brain.

“The issues are in the tissues,” is a phrase I have come to know and understand as a body worker. We hold emotions in our tissues and look towards a massage session that will relieve tension and promote better health. The goal is to improve your well-being, making you less dependent on medications and the need for your back brace. -CLS