Lymphatic Drainage Massage

 

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage: 101

Guest Blogger: Tiffany Davidson

 

 

 

 

 

 

History of Lymphatic Drainage

 

Lymphatic Draining is a gentle, non-invasive technique that has a powerful effect on the body. However this technique hasn’t been around forever, in fact the Lyphatic System was first discovered in 1622 by the medical. Later, an Italian physician Hazleton Asselli noticed milky veins in a dog after it was given food.  The term, Lymphatic Drainage was later coined by an Osteopathic Doctor from Toronto named, Frederic Maillard.

 

In 1932, Danish Massage Practitioner, Emil Vodder developed a hands-on technique for lymph drainage called, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, which is a type of gentle massage that encourages the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart.

 

 

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How the Lymphatic System Works for the Body

 

The Lymphatic System moves fluids through your body and returns it to the Circulatory System. It is the body’s way of disposing of waste, bacteria, excess water, proteins, and more. These are cleared away from the connective tissue and returned to the blood stream for removal by the kidneys. The Lymphatic System collects proteins and molecules that are too large to return to the blood. The proteins of molecules are transported and filter through the lymph nodes and then rejoin the blood by the Subclavian and Jugular veins.

 

Lymphatic Drainage Massage requires that the skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that are proven to encourage lymph flow.

 

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How Can Lymphatic Drainage Help You?

 

Lymphatic Drainage massage is a gentle moving massage and it increases lymphatic circulation it helps to remove the toxins from the body and assists load lymph nodes. Lymphatic drainage cleanses and regenerates tissue and therefore promotes homeostasis in the body.

 

The internal movements that this massage stimulates, encourages the formation of lymphocytes which in turn produces antibodies which helped the body’s resistance to infection. Lymphatic Drainage also encourages and improves lymph drainage in the healthy lymph vessels, which helps keep fluid away from swollen areas.

 

 

 

Essential Oils and Massage

 

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Essential Oils and Massage

Guest Blogger: Amy Vrouhas

 

 

 

When you walk into a spa and smell all the incredible scents, such as lavender, peppermint, lemon, ylang ylang, etc., what’s your first thought? You think about how amazing it smells! What if I told you that those smells benefit both your mind, and your body?

 

The scientific aspect of aromatherapy comes from knowing the subtle differences in essential oils that are attributable to thousands of aroma chemicals, and how these chemical elements affect the human body. The aromatic properties of natural essential oils are a catalyst for change in the human mind and body.

 

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Essential oil aromas stimulate the part of the brain that affects emotion. The shape of an essential oil molecule is like a key that opens lock-like structure in the olfactory nerve receptors in our nostrils. The impression of the aroma is sent directly and immediately to the limbic system. This is where memories are stored as well as where pleasure and emotions are perceived. When stimulated, the limbic system releases chemicals that affect the central nervous system. Serotonin counteracts anxiety; endorphins reduce pain. Inhaling essential oils can help attain a pleasurable emotional balance. A balanced emotional state in turn can have a therapeutic effect on physical problems.

 

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Essential oils have positive effects on every level of your being. Their unique properties enhance the mind, body and spirit. Aromatherapy is the creative and scientific application of essential oils to create beneficial changes in our lives on aesthetic, therapeutic and mystical levels.

 

Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Sweet Orange, and Sage are just a few of my personal favorites! Each have their own properties and benefits, but probably one of the most popular oils that I use during an aromatherapy massage is Lavender. Lavender is good for calming and relaxing as well as skin health, and restoring.

 

Overall, essential oils are a great enhancement and bring more benefits to your massage!

Magnesium Oil

Pure Prehistoric Magnesium Oil

Article by: Suzanne Olsen

 

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Fountains is always looking for the newest and most effective products and treatments in the alternative health field, and out latest discovery is, Prehistoric Magnesium Oil (cold filtered for purity).  Though not an oil, it has a oil-like consistency, it can also be applied topically or taken orally.

 

Magnesium Chloride is a natural mineral used all over the world in homeopathic medicines, naturopathic medicines, as well as in emergency rooms. It is one of nature’s best kept secrets, and should be in every home in the United States, as it is one of the most necessary nutritional minerals which is incredibly fast-acting, safe, and very effective.

 

 

Who benefits from Prehistoric Magnesium application?

 

Magnesium deficits in the human body, have been tied to allergies, asthma, and even attention deficit disorder (ADD,) musculoskeletal conditions, such as fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, muscle cramps and chronic neck and back pain, as well as, anxiety and heart disease.

 

Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common nutritional problems in the world today, and there is no substitute for Magnesium; it is as close as necessary to our bodies as air is! It also balances DHEA, (dehydroepiandrosterone) which tends to be on the low side when the body is ill.

 

 

How do I take it?

 

Internally:

 

Drinking 3-5 sprays of Magnesium Oil in a glass of pure water is a good way to ingest magnesium internally. It assists digestion, counteracts excess acidity in the stomach, and delivers magnesium quickly into the bloodstream for distribution to all the cells in the body. The taste is not so pleasant in water and could be mixed in a pure fruit juice as an alternative. I also would recommend swirling it around in your mouth if you have any gum or mouth concerns.

 

Externally:

 

This is the quickest and most convenient way to transmit Magnesium Chloride into the cells and tissues. It can be used as an effective and safe deodorant spray for under the armpits. While it does not stop you from perspiring, it does balance out the body’s natural odor while effectively transporting Magnesium swiftly through the thin skin into the glands lymphatic channels and blood stream, for equal distribution throughout the body.

 

Magnesium Oil can also be sprayed onto the soles of the feet before bedtime to ensure continuous absorption. Finally a massage therapist can incorporate it into a massage treatment for added pain relief.

 

 

My personal experience with Prehistoric Magnesium Oil

 

I was introduced to Magnesium Oil six months ago by my Acupuncturist, as I was experiencing severe muscle cramps in my calf muscles, mostly at night and sometimes numbness in some toes in the day time. The cramps were so severe I would be unable to walk or stretch the muscles out. Needless to say, I was becoming sleep deprived, and we all know how awful that feels! It took just one application.

 

I applied the oil directly to the calf muscles the first time I used it, and I received instant relief from the most severe pain. With continuous use, I do not have the nightly pain attacks and have noticed my back is much less stiff in the morning upon rising, and of course – sleep has been so much better! My plan is to take it orally in the morning and to apply to the soles of my feet at night on a regular basis. I also plan on applying the Magnesium Oil to any areas that I experience cramping, as needed, although since starting to use the oil they have not occurred as often or have felt nearly as severe.

 

 

Use With Caution

 

Avoid contact with the eyes, do not use on your legs if you have recently shaved or have an open cut or bug bite; you will experience a stinging sensation. I recommend diluting the area with water first.

Please consult with your healthcare practitioner before using Prehistoric Magnesium Oil, if you are pregnant and\or suffering from a serious medical condition or are taking medication.

 

 

Cost of Oil

 

You can add on Magnesium Oil to any massage treatment to aid with treating sore muscles.

 

Cost: $14

 

 

The Reiki Experience

 

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The Reiki Experience

Guest Blogger: Ashe Abbott

 

 

 

 

The soft flickering of candlelight is almost hypnotic as you shift and then settle on the table, allowing your muscles to begin to let go. Taking a deep breath, you experience the therapeutic aromas that fill the air, and realize this is the first deep breath you’ve taken in hours. As you take your second deep breath, you feel my hands press gently into your shoulders, stretching them lightly, before taking up residence beneath your head. It’s a little strange at first — you think perhaps you should feel awkward, lying on a massage table with a stranger’s hands cradling your head with the care one would bestow upon a child.

 

 

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As we linger here, with slow, deep breaths, you are surprised to find a very different feeling blossoming inside you — comfort. This warm, glowing feeling of comfort expands to fill your whole body, and something shifts. You feel a deep release. Your muscles let go just a little more. Your thoughts begin to quiet. You melt into the warmth of the table, and you feel a greater sense of peace than you’ve felt in ages. These feelings continue to expand as we move through our Reiki session, and you spend the rest of our time together drifting peacefully somewhere between sleep and wakefulness, allowing your body the opportunity for deep relaxation and restoration.

 
 

 What Is Reiki:

Reiki is an energy-based healing practice developed in Japan in the early 1900s by a Buddhist monk named Mikao Usui. Based on elements found in many traditional healing practices, Reiki utilizes the laying on of hands to manipulate the basic life force energy of the universe — perhaps most popularly known as chi in Western culture — in order to elicit a deep relaxation response, and help restore the overall balance and flow of the subtle energies within the body.

 

 

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As an attuned Reiki practitioner, during a Reiki session, I channel this healing energy, allowing it to flow into my body and out through my hands, essentially funneling it into you. Once this energy enters your body, it works to remove energetic blockages, restoring optimal flow to your body’s energy system, and encouraging your body to shift from a place of anxiety and stress to one of greater balance and wellness.

 
 

How Will Reiki Effect You:

 

The improved internal balance that Reiki offers affects people differently. While the state of deep relaxation is very common — even those who find themselves reluctant to ascribe to a belief in the body’s energy system tend to feel the deeply relaxing effects of a Reiki session — further healing effects tend to be a little different for everyone. Reiki can reduce stress and anxiety, increase energy, improve mental clarity, increase self-confidence, improve sleep, relieve pain, aid in detox, support the immune system, and much more.

 

 

The only way to know just how Reiki will benefit you is to experience it yourself. You can book a Reiki session with me at Fountains Day Spa — just call the spa and they’ll get you set up with an appointment. If you would prefer a to incorporate Reiki into massage session, you can book a Harmony massage with me. I always recommend we devote at least 20 minutes to Reiki if we are also doing massage. Whether we’re doing a Reiki session or a Harmony massage, remember that the more Reiki you receive, the stronger the effects will be. I hope I’ll see you soon for some Reiki — you’ll just love it!

 

 

 

Bridal Waxing Timeline

 

 

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Bridal Waxing Timeline

 

Guest Blogger: Erin Bunty

 

 

 

 

 

As an Esthetician, I get to work with many brides, and help them prepare for their big day! This summer it was my turn! Of course I know how important it was to plan out my facials and home care, to make sure my skin was perfect. One thing that I wish I would have been better at was planning my waxing timeline so that I was silky smooth for all the events leading up to my wedding, as well as making it through the whole honeymoon without having to worry about pesky hairs.

 

 

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My (Failed) Waxing Story

 

My Bachelorette weekend was at the beach and was only 3 weeks before my wedding day. Since I didn’t have a waxing timeline I planned it all wrong! I waxed right before the beach weekend so when it was a week before my wedding day, my hair growth was not long enough, even though I could see all the tiny hairs that were coming through the surface! I contemplated waxing at the very last minute (the day before my wedding), so that my hair might be long enough, but I realized I had other appointments to think about. I had scheduled a spray tan a couple days before the wedding, so that it would look natural by my actual wedding day. I could not wax after the spray tan or all the color would have been taken away with the wax. Needless to say my waxing timeline was not properly planned out and I had to spend my honeymoon shaving, tweezing and obsessing of little hairs when if I had planned it better I would have spent that extra time with my new hubby! Hence I have created this wedding waxing timeline so save all you lovely brides-to-be from having the same stubbly experience.

 

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How To Prepare

 

My suggestion to any bride looking for smooth skin for her wedding and honeymoon would be to start waxing early. Whether you plan on waxing your brows, underarms, legs or bikini area, it always helps to know how the skin reacts, as well as your own hair’s growth pattern. Another great thing about starting early is that you begin to thin out the hair itself. Continuous waxing will eventually damage the hair follicle and the hair growth will become more sparse. If you begin waxing a year or so before, you will be a great shape come the big day!

 

 

When planning out your waxing timeline, there are a few things you should consider. Most likely there will be a few events leading up to your wedding day, Bridal showers, Bachelorette parties and engagement pictures. These are all things that you would most likely need some kind of waxing done beforehand. It’s good for you to know that hair grows in three different stages and each follicle is growing at a different speed. The hair shaft needs to be at least ¼ of an inch long for the wax to pull it out. I recommend to all my clients that they wait until the shortest hair is at ¼ of an inch so they get a much cleaner wax and they don’t have tiny hairs popping up in the next few days. I know letting the hair grow at first can be a pain, but trust me, it will all be worth it in the end. Typically you can plan to wax every 4-6 weeks. This is where I went all wrong!

 

 

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Yes, it seems tedious, but if you can plan it correctly it is so worth it! Your wax will last a lot longer than shaving and can also cut down on the unsightly ingrown hairs. Waxing timelines can also help you get the perfect wax for another big event or vacation. Feel free to book an appointment and we can help you go over your timeline!

 

 

Meet Ashe – Massage Therapist

 

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Therapist Spotlight: Ashe Abbott

Guest Blogger: Ashe Abbott

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe your body hurts. Maybe your heart hurts. Maybe you’re stressed and anxious. Maybe you need help letting go and shifting the ick out of your body, so you can move forward in a positive way, with the greatest ease possible. I’m Ashe Abbott, a Certified Massage Therapist and intuitive healer serving clients at Fountains Day Spa. Whether your needs are physical, emotional or energetic — or a combination of all three — I’m your modern-day medicine woman, and I’m here to help.

 

 

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My massage style is unique, and delivers relief from muscular pain and tension very effectively. My session offerings run the full gamut, from the most relaxing Swedish techniques to the deepest therapeutic work — though many clients prefer an intuitive combination of these within their sessions. Many of my sessions include passive stretching techniques that enhance the release you feel in your body, and all of them are infused with healing Reiki energy.

 

 

I’ve known for most of my life that my purpose is to help people shift into healthier, more authentic states of being. I’ve explored a number of different paths, but I always come back to this. It’s just what I do. It’s as much a part of me as breathing, and I’m always exploring ways to go deeper and be more effective in my work.

 

 

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I’m a Certified Massage Therapist who is licensed to practice in Virginia. I’m also a third generation psychic medium, an empath, an intuitive healer, and a second degree Reiki practitioner with fourth degree lineage to Dr. Mikao Usui, who founded the Reiki tradition. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I completed my massage therapy studies at the COMTA-accredited Body Therapy Institute in Silk Hope, North Carolina. BTI teaches an “integrative approach to massage therapy based in mindfulness, compassion and somatic awareness.” This exceptional program has served as the foundation on which I have built my intuitive healing practice.

 

 

I am very grateful for my gifts, and my passion is to use them to help others be more joyful, peaceful, abundant, compassionate, and connected to the oneness of the Universe. In other words, I always want to leave you feeling inspired and empowered. I’m honored to be of service to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Brandy – Massage Therapist

 

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Therapist Spotlight: Brandy Noonan

Ideal Client: Anyone

Guest Blogger: Brandy Noonan

 

 

 

 

Hi there!!  I’m Brandy and I’m the newest Massage Therapist here at Fountains Day Spa.  I’m  a transplant to the area from Western New York… (cue pity remarks for being a Buffalo Bills/Sabres fan here).  I love where I’m from, everyone pulls together to help each other out. However my love for traveling has taken me all around the country and dropped me off at the Nation’s capital, and I have to say I’m loving it here!

 

 

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Throughout my travels I have worn many hats, and worked many jobs, but my heart has always gone back to Massage Therapy, as it is my passion. I love being able to use my hands to help people, as well as enabling them to relax at the same time. Getting to know each of my clients, and finding out what their specific issues, and requirements are, is my specialty. I am not a one-trick-pony, I believe in customizing my routine to suit their specific needs.

 

 

With eleven years of experience and almost 1500 hours of training, I am sure to be able to customize any clients’ treatment to their liking.  I am so excited to be starting this adventure at Fountains and to provide my clientele with the best possible treatment every time.  I look forward to meeting you!!

 

 

Mantra: Each day truly is a gift. Be thankful

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Treatment Spotlight: Reflexology

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Reflexology

Ideal Client: Anyone

Blogger: Suzanne Olsen

 

 

 

I was recently asked by someone, what my most favorite treatment to give (and receive) was.  It took me no time to reply with the answer, reflexology.

 

 

When reflexology is preformed correctly, it not only balances the physical body, giving a great sense of well being, and total relaxation, but it also can help your emotional state as well. This transformation is achieved by stimulating the reflexes found on the bottom of the feet, which transfer electrical impulses of energy (also referred to as Meridians), to different parts of the body.  For instance if you are suffering with a migraine headache, it may not be possible to massage the head, as it may be too sensitive to touch, however by applying pressure to the big toe (the head meridian) the pressure that you are feeling in you head, will begin to subdue.

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Anyone can receive Reflexology, though extra care is given to pregnant women. It is a wonderful treatment to help the body heal itself, and the frequency depends on the condition you are working on erasing.  I find many of our facial clients at Fountains add it onto a facial service to give themselves the added benefits of well being and relaxation.

 

At Fountains, we give 25 or 55  minute reflexology sessions. If you have back aches or other stubborn pain issues, then I would recommend the longer treatment. Come in and try a little bit of heaven, and judge for yourself.

 

 

 

 

Treatment Spotlight: Combination Massage

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Combination Massage

Ideal Client: Anyone

Guest Blogger: Tiffany Davidson

 

 

 

 

I would like to share my favorite service to give to my clients, a combination massage. I find this massage can benefits most people coming in for massage.  I generally prefer to do deeper massages as opposed to lighter ones, and the massage gives me the green light to move past the light Swedish pressure. The combination massage is beneficial because it allows me to warm the soft tissue with Swedish techniques and then gradually increase to a deeper pressure, if needed.

 

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I recommend that a person receive a combination massage every three to four weeks,  this will keep your body and muscles on a healthy regimen, so that you don’t find yourself in agony. Regular massages are extremely important for certain people, for instance dentists, who are constantly stuck in the same position all day, with their head looking down over their patients. If you have a job that has your body under pressure from doing repetitive movements, or in the other case restricting movements, than I would  recommend receiving a Massage twice a week for a few months, switching to once a month after that, as the pain and tension begin to dissipate.

 

When I am giving a Combination Massage, I try to incorporate some stretching into it. Depending on the client, the stretching can vary from a very involved table Thai technique to stretching the hamstring group, or something as minor as a pectoralis stretch. I commonly hear from my clients after receiving a Combination Massage that they feel balanced and even taller.

 

Lastly, because the Combination Massage gradually moves from Swedish to a deep massage, people enjoy it the  because they do not feel too sore afterwards.

 

 

Treatment Spotlight: Acti-Sea Body Wrap

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Acti-Sea Body Wrap

Ideal Client: Anyone

Guest Blogger: Sha Sumbatyan

 

 

 

I think that this service is one of the most beneficial services that we offer at Fountains Day Spa, because it just makes you feel good, and the results are immediate.

 

This wrap contains a potent mix of five French seaweeds including, Laminaria, Fucus, Ulva Lactuca, Spirulina and Sea Rocket submerging the body in pure marine actives to stimulate, firm and moisturize the skin of the body. The mud contains ingredients which offer vitamins, iron, iodine, amino acids, lecithin, essential fatty acids, and mucilage, aiding in the overall detoxification. These ingredients work to stimulate the thyroid, promote decongestion and waste elimination, improving skin smoothness, re-balanced, restores proper hydration, and prevents future skin damage by fighting free radicals.

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After having this treatment your joints and skin feel dramatically different. The seaweed removes toxins from your body, which leaves you feeling rejuvenated and your skin looking amazing! I recommend having this on a regular basis if you are looking to begin a healthy routine. I personally have this service done once a month, and I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in my energy level.  Others may need to have this treatment done more frequently depending on activity level and personal goals.

 

I see many of my clients who have recognized the benefits of this treatment, and continually come back to have it done. I also see clients getting this wrap before going on a vacation, before military weight ins, and after a rigorous workout routine that has left them feeling achy and sore.