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.

 

 

 

Facials: 101

 

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Facials: 101

Guest Blogger: Mina Fatemi

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a facial?

 

A facial is one of the best ways to take care of your skin, especially when it’s given by an experienced, knowledgeable Esthetician. Facials clean, exfoliate and nourish the skin, promoting a clear, hydrated complexion, and can help improve and maintain a youthful appearance.

 

A facial will provide the best results when it is a part of an on-going skincare program, including regular facial treatments as well as at-home care. Facial treatments can include a variety of actions, including cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, facial masks, peels and massage.

 

 

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Why do people need facials?

 

  • Facials can actually clear your pores. A professional treatment will cleanse your skin in a way that you simply cannot achieve at home.
  • If your skin is behaving badly, you’ll find out why. Your skin can and will change over time, this can vary depending on age, weather and even hormones. It is always a good idea to have a licensed Esthetician help you to address those changes, identify the potential reason and to educate you on how to treat those concerns. If you have great skin now, don’t trust that it will last forever. For example, many people suffer from eczema in the winter and will simply blame dryness. Not treating a serious condition such as this can lead to long-term damage!
  • You can get extractions done the right way. Don’t lie, we know you do it, but every time you squeeze a pimple you are risking acne scarring and dark marks. Extractions done regularly by an Esthetician will help keep your skin to stay clear. It will also help prevent long-term damage that you might be causing by doing it yourself at home. You may even find that receiving regular facials will eliminate any reason to pop or pick at any blemishes. Facial are an essential step to preventing imperfections.
  • Facials are better than a visit to the beauty counter. You know when you go to a department store and someone tells you what to buy based on looking at your skin under fluorescent lights? This is not how you should be purchasing your skincare items. A knowledgeable, licensed Esthetician will provide you with personalized skin recommendations and a regimen that will address your individual concerns. The best way for anyone to make suitable recommendations for your skin is to examine your bare skin after it has been cleansed. Once you’re on the appropriate regimen, your Esthetician should update it seasonally as your skin changes. It’s like having your own skin concierge!
  • You’ll find your happy place. Facials are so much more relaxing than any DIY project you try on your skin at home. At Fountains many facials include a mix of high frequency, massage and hot towels, all to maximize the pampering experience. Stress can highly contribute to skin issues; therefore a facial can improve not only breakouts, but it can also give you a reason to take a few deep, cleansing breaths, and relax.

 

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How often should people get facials?

 

The frequency in which a person receives facials depends on several factors, your skin type, condition, skincare goals, age, even where you live. On average, getting a facial by a professional once a month is ideal for someone who wants to maintain healthy looking skin.

 

It’s important to remember that the skin is a living organ, and because of that it goes through a type of shedding process. It takes about 30 days for skin cells to move up from the dermis (deeper layers of skin) to the epidermis (surface skin). Once the cells reach the surface, they flatten out, die, and stay right there on the surface of your skin. A facial simulates the exfoliation process, keeping the skin more toned and youthful looking. At a minimum a person should try to have a facial at least four times a year, as the season changes.

 

 

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!

Age Summum

 

Guinot has recently launched a new anti-aging facial called, Age Summum. The facial includes 4 phases and is specifically designed to target signs of aging, with the use of pure Vitamin C and powerful Pro-Collagen to help restore the skin.

 

This facial also includes an anti-aging massage, which allows the ingredients to deeply penetrate the skin, leaving your skin feeling regenerated and radiant. This treatment is ideal for anyone who wishes to appear younger.

 

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WHAT MAKES AGE SUMMUM DIFFERENT

 

An exclusive skincare treatment that erases signs of aging.

 

Dermabrasion Exfoliating Cream: Rejuvenates the skin’s appearance by eliminating dead cells and stimulating the production of young cells.

 

Regenerating Anti-Aging Serum: A genuine concentration of 56 Biological active ingredients from Cellular Life Complex and vitamin C, which encourages cell regeneration.

 

Age Summum Facial Massage: An anti-aging massage technique that helps the precious active ingredients from the hyaluoronic acid and DNA-enriched serum penetrate deep down into the skin.  The skin appears firmer and facial features rejuvenated.

 

Age Summum Face Mask: Specific anti-aging mask, enriched in pro-collagen that adds youthful radiance to the skin.

 

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ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

 

During the treatment, the precious anti-aging active ingredients directly act on signs of aging :

 

Pure Vitamin C: stimulates the synthesis of collagen and provides antioxidant action for exceptional radiance.

 

Hyaluronic Acid Filler Spheres: smooth away wrinkles.

 

Pro-Collagen: stimulates the synthesis of collagen and fights against cutaneous slackening.

 

 

HOW TO MAKE THE AGE SUMMUM RESULTS LAST

 

A client can receive a single session of the AgeSummum Treatment or for more advanced results on a weekly basis to not only  immediately correct signs of aging but to achieve lasting results.

 

To further prolong the treatment benefits, your beauty therapist will prescribe products suited to your skin and beauty objectives.

 

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RESULTS

 

In one treatment:

  • The skin’s surface looks more youthful.
  • Wrinkles and fine lines are filled in and immediately smoothed away.
  • Skin texture is refined and the skin recovers a youthful radiant glow.

 

Scientific test results* :

 

After 3 treatments :

  •  a 49.4% average decrease in wrinkle depth is noted
  •  a 42.6% average increase in skin firmness is noted
  •  a 87.7% average increase in elasticity is noted

 

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DURATION & COST

 

50 minutes of treatment

Cost per treatment: $133

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

 

 

Guinot’s New Double Ionisation Hydradermie

 

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Guinot’s New Double Ionisation Hydradermie

Blog Author: Suzanne Olsen

 

 

 

 

Finally we are ready to introduce Guinot’s brand new Double Ionisation Hydradermie Facial to Fountains’ clients. For those of you who love the results with the original Hydradermie, get ready to be blown away with the new treatment. We are one of the first Spas in the USA to receive our Double Ionisation Hydradermie Machine. We are now offering two levels for all of our Hydradermie Facials. We will still offer the Original, Super and Ultra Hydradermie, however if you would like to enhance any of these facials, you can do so by requesting Double Ionisation.

 

 

 

The Standard Hydradermie

 

The Hydradermie is a facial that has been around for decades and our clients love it. A key factor of this facial is that it uses direct and indirect galvanic current. During the facial, your beauty therapist hands you the negative metal rod as they pass positively-charged rollers over your skin. The negative metal rod in your hand actually attracts and pulls the positive ions from the rollers deeper into your skin as they glide over the face. This process allows the active ingredients contained in the Guinot Gels to nourish and hydrate the dermis and epidermis (outer layer) at the same time relaxing the tiny muscle that holds the pore closed enabling the therapist to perform extractions with ease. Once the skin has been deep cleansed the second and very important part of the facial begins.

 

With the skin clean and the pores open we bathe the skin in oxygen, giving life to the cells. This part is so important no matter the age or skin type. A relaxing facial massage is given before the final step, the individual face mask chosen for your skin type.

 

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The Double Ionisation Hydradermie

 

With Double Ionisation the effect of the current is dispersed directly on the surface of the skin, sending the super food gels (rich in calcium potassium and algae minerals) deeper into the skin, providing you with greater longer lasting results. The Double Ionisation Hydradermie will take the same amount of time as the Hydradermie, however there is no longer a need to hold the negative metal rod. Instead of the client holding it, in the new treatment the Esthetician holds both the positive and negative currents in their hand and use them both simultaneously directly on the skin. By having both the negative and positive electrodes pass over the skin at the same time (Double Ionisation) the client is receiving double the benefits, compared to the standard Hydradermie. The positive current helps the nutrients of the treatment gels to go further into the skin, while the negative current is pulling impurities out.

 

The treatment gels that are used during the facial are formulated to deliver deeper nutrients to the core cells, thus increasing the lifespan of that cell while also aiding the negative current to pull out impurities at the same time, making pore cleansing more effective. Compared to the results or the original Hydradermie, the Double Ionization provides more visible and longer lasting results.

 

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To Sum It Up

 

The Double Ionisation reaches deeper, enabling the gels to perform more effectively than ever before. Bringing your skin instant radiance as well as hydration. Since the gels are penetrating deeper into the skin, the core cell’s life span and productivity are increased, in other words, you skin cell will live longer and become stronger. I really am excited to have you experience the new double ionization hydradermie and see for yourself what a difference just one treatment makes.

 

Cost

 

Double Ionisation Enhancement $22 (In addition to any Hydradermie Treatment)

 

 

 

 

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: Pregnancy Massage

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Pregnancy Massage

Ideal Client: Pregnant Women

Guest Blogger: Amy Vrouhas

 

 

 

Dealing with stress, and back pain? Are you caring for two human beings at the same time? If so, I understand that things can become overwhelming during this time, as well as uncomfortable! When you’re a mother to be, you want to take care of yourself and the baby as much as possible. Pregnancy massage is one natural ways to make sure that you’re caring for your baby, by taking care of yourself!

 

During many pregnancies, pain occurs in areas that you probably haven’t felt before. I hear from many clients about their back pain is unlike anything they’ve experienced before. Pregnancy Massage incorporates Swedish massage techniques with some modified positions, to help keep the Mother to be comfortable. Pregnancy Massage will aid in relieving back pain, leg cramps, as well as headaches. Pregnancy Massage can also help enhance sleep, reduce Edema (swelling), balance out hormone levels, and it can even encourage child labor, towards the end of pregnancy.

 

Ultimately, if you are pregnant and haven’t received a pregnancy massage — you should do so, and begin to feel the relief!

 

Please Note: Fountains Day Spa will preform Pregnancy Massages on women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters only.