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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Why A Spa is Better Than Any Home Care

Why A Spa is Better Than Any Home CareMany people think going to the spa is a superficial luxury. They think that pricey treatments aren’t worth their value. They think going to a spa isn’t worth the money. But the spa isn’t just some place to get groomed and receive superficial cosmetic treatments. There are certainly treatments for beauty, but spas have incredible benefits for your physical and mental well being including detoxification, stress management, increased confidence, anti-aging, pain alleviation and improved circulation. Professional spa treatments improve your mood. Budgeting regular spa treatments a valuable way to improve your health and wellness routine.

Home Spa Kits Vs. Professional Facial

Home spa kits have recently become quite popular. These kits include things like creams, body scrubs and eye masks. But unfortunately many of the benefits of spa treatments require the expertise of a professional. A homemade facial treatment, for example, may be cheap and easy to make, but rarely creates a visible difference. Creating a mask at home from bananas and oatmeal does not compare to a personalized facial. In fact, the products found in your home spa kit may irritate your skin and cause breakouts.

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Massages Make You Feel Great. Did You Know They Can Also Make You Healthier?

massage for healthWhen you first look for your certified massage therapist in Philadelphia, you may just be seeking a little time for relaxation. But, did you know a massage can also make you healthier? There are many mental and physical benefits of massage.

Stress relief. Seek out a Philadelphia spa massage therapist to help you relax your muscles and your mind. A common massage used to reduce stress and lower anxiety is called the Swedish massage. This is one of the most popular styles of massage in Philadelphia and around the country. It is a gentle massage that involves long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping. Your certified massage therapist will use this style to help relax and energize you.

Strengthens immune system. This is in part because massages relieve stress, which improves your immune system, and because clinical studies have indicated massage can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity. Simply put, massage increases the activity level of the body’s natural “killer” cells, which fight off sickness. So, getting a massage is very useful, especially during the months when everyone seems to be sick.

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10 Health Reasons to Start 2014 with a Massage

Massage Therapy Philadelphai PAAs the holidays come to an end and your routine become more normalized, its time to think about you and your health. More than an indulgence, massage therapy can help you sleep better, reduce aches and pains, and boost your immune system.

While massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine, it is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Research into the many health benefits of massage will help you put aside any thoughts that massage is only an indulgence.

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