5 Simple Steps To A More Balanced Body

The Chinese New year came shortly after ours which in my estimate has made our winter seem all the shorter and by far less severe.  Nevertheless it is still winter and so many of you have the notion of getting back into exercising when it gets warmer out. With that thought in mind I encourage you all to jump start our exercise routines, and give our mind and body a boost. This can be accomplished first thing in the morning in bed before your feet even touch the floor, and it will take you less than 10 minutes. It is amazing how going the extra mile and doing something for yourself really helps your physic.

Full Body Stretch

Always start your day once you are fully awake by fully expanding your lungs and taking deep breaths. This can be done while you are still lying down. Take three deep breaths first then still lying flat on your back raise your arms up over your head as far as you can reach them stretching arms up and extending your feet down, feel your spine extend, hold this stretch and breathe deeply three times.

Upward Stretch

Next still on the bed, bring yourself to the sitting position with knees bent, raise your arms high above your head with palms facing upwards fingers interlocked.  Feel your rib cage expand and the spine awaken as you stretch, elongating your spine, filling your lungs with air.  Hold this stretch to the count of 10.  Exhale and as doing so lean slightly to the right, still holding the stretch, then back to center, then repeat the stretch on the left side, than return to center.  Repeat 2 more times.

Neck and Shoulder Stretch

Still sitting on the bed, inhale deeply, filling your lungs with air, this helps to relax tense muscles.  With arms by your side for support gently stretch your head to the right (keeping shoulders level).  Hold for a count of 5 as you inhale in, exhale and return to center. Repeat this stretch on the left side. These movements should be repeated three times each side.

Spine Twist

Lying flat on your back, bring your knees up so they are bent.  Turn your head to the right and at the same time turn your knees to the left, this really helps to stretch your lower-back. Remember to breathe slowly and deeply, hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the opposite side 3 times each side.

Stretching Hamstrings (waking up the legs)

Lying flat on your back, raise right leg straight up (so your right leg is at a 90 degree angle from your left leg) pull gently towards your body, until you feel the stretch.  Hold this position while rotating ankle, then release, repeat this stretch with left leg.

These simple stretches only take a few minutes of your time and are invaluable to you both physically and mentally. Starting your day with an abundance of oxygen give’s you a new lease on life and the courage to accomplish all the daily tasks that you’re facing that day. This is a simple gift to you that’s well worth the time.

Review of Different Types of Hair Removal Techniques

Over the past century, hair removal has been an ongoing battle for both men and women. Today’s Fashion trends are to be practically hair free all over the body, leaving the skin smooth and soft. Depending on the method of hair removal used it can be time consuming costly and painful.
For those who are not sure which method to use, and before I explain the different applications I wish to point out that now is the time to act no matter which method you use. In the winter months the legs are covered up and if needed you can allow the hair to grow without being seen.

WAXING

This method is very popular as an in-spa treatment, the results last longer than shaving as the hair is extracted from the root, giving it a longer journey to appear on the skin’s surface. The more you wax the softerfiner the hair grows until it gives up. These results are more common on the legs bikini areas, the face and eye brows respond much slower. If waxing the legs is started in the late AutumnWinter, by the time summer comes the growth pattern has slowed down considerably. For best results the earlier you start to wax the faster you will see desired results.

PROS:
You get long lasting results, with large areas being able to be treated at one time, and can be used on all areas of the body.

CONS:
It can be painful, some areas more so than others (upper lip, and bikini area). The pain however can be treated before waxing with a numbing cream, such as “No Scream Cream”. After waxing, the skin can be sensitive and a little red for a mall period of time (this varies depending on the person). It is also important that the hair be a certain length (at least a quarter of an inch) in order for the waxing to be successful.

ELECTROLYSIS

Mostly used on the face lip and chin area. It is the only permanent treatment for hair removal approved by the FDA.
A very fine needle is passed into the opening of the follicle and a small amount current is emitted to destroy the root of the hair. Each hair is treated individually so permanent results can take a while, as it is a one hair at a time process.

PROS:
It is the only permanent hair treatment, and can be used by anyone, there are no restrictions on skin or hair color, as there are with laser treatments.

CONS:
The skin can react temporally after treatment (swellingred). It can be time consuming, depending on the area being treated.

LASER

Laser hair removal has come a long way since it was introduced in the 90’s. Both the laser and light based technology are safe and effective and can be used on many types of skins. Caution is highly recommended when treating any person with a darker complexion as the laser is attracted to color and would burn the surface of the skin, and not remove the hair.

PROS:
The results are much quicker then with electrolysis, and larger areas can be treated at one time, with little side effects.

CONS:
If the proper precautions are not taken hyper pigmentation can occur, and white or light hair cannot be treated. Also as said before, laser is not for all skin types. It is ideal for people with a lighter complexion and darker hair.

CHEMICAL DEPILATORIES

Mostly used at home, these are easy to use, by applying a gel or a cream to the skin where the growth of hair is present and leaving it on the skin for about 10-15 minutes. They work by weakening the hair on the surface of the skin which can be wiped off with a cloth after the allotted time. They can be used on most areas of the body though not really recommended for the more sensitive areas, such as the lips or bikini area.

PROS:
Easy to use at home if you’re looking for a quick-fix.

CONS:
The chemicals used in these products can have a drying effect to the skin and cause irritation; also they have an unpleasant odor which can linger long after the application is over.

THE BENEFITS OF A SEAWEED WRAP

Seaweed (or kelp) from the sea has been harvested for thousands of years. It is one of the richest foods found on this planet, improving health as well as boosting the immune system. It is packed with minerals and vitamins, and considered by many to be the key to good health as well as beauty and rejuvenation.

Seaweed therapies were first used to treat arthritis rheumatism and joint pain. Over the years those who have been faithful followers of this therapy have noticed a marked improvement in the overall condition and elasticity of the skin’s surface. This has brought about a great interest in spas introducing seaweed wraps into their menus. No plant can compare to seaweed when it comes to the list of active, beneficial ingredients.

Traditionally the benefits relate to detoxifying the body. When the seaweed mask is applied all over the body, this is where the process of osmosis (movement across a semi-permeable membrane , in this case skin) occurs, pulling out metal and toxins while also stimulating the metabolism, which can aid in weight loss. Seaweed also aids skin regeneration, increasing firmness through collagen production and aids in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

A seaweed body wrap treatment is considered one of the most beneficial treatments we provide at Fountains Day Spa. The colder winter months are a great time to get a seaweed wrap, as it is a treatment that encompasses removing dead cells from the body, since dead skin can accumulate more during this time of year. The dead skin is removed first with micro buffing beads. Then the warm mud is applied, after that the body is wrapped up to maintain body heat and enable the mud to work it’s powerful magic delivering copper, magnesium and zinc minerals to name a few. Seaweed is also rich in an array of antioxidants, protecting skin against pollutants such as cigarette smoke and UV rays.

While the body is being bathed in warm seaweed, experience further relaxation with either head or foot therapy, your body is simply being pampered from head to toe. After showering the body is bathed with warm rich emollients, hydrating the surface and protecting the newly delivered plant extracts.

This treatment dates back to ancient times a therapy tested and true. A beneficial 80 minutes of your time spent on delivering a greater sense of well-being to you!

Fountains Gift Guide 2011

We have a gift for everyone on your list.  Take a look at our suggestions below, and get your shopping done with ahead of time.  Happy Holidays!

Host Gift Ideas/Stocking Stuffers

Sweet Petula Seasonal Soaps

Looking for a perfect gift for the host of your Christmas party? They are sure to impress even the pickiest nose with aromas which will enchant everyone!

Joyeux Noel: A seasonal blend of crisp sparkling champagne top notes blended with juniper berries & fresh spruce & pine. Good for both men & women.

Sugared Plum & Fig: A sweet, slightly floral blend, with a touch of tart fig.  The scent is exotic and mysterious while maintaining just the right mix of ripeness and zest.

Fir & Red Berries: Smells just like Christmas! Spruce essential oil gives the blend a fresh tree fragrance and the Balsam adds a nice warm vanilla/amber depth.

Balsam Fir: Fresh green fir essential oil blended with a deep amber fragrance, and then add in a pinch of real balsam. Very “clean” smelling, but the amber and balsam add a bit of a vanilla like depth.

Winter Essential Oil and Tea Candle Diffuser

Oil Options: Peppermint, Lavender, Lemongrass, Geranium Egyptian, Ylang Ylang, and Tea Tree

White Lion White Ambrosia Tea

Rare white tea leaves are laced with sweet toasted coconut and juicy pineapple. It’s like having a vacation in a cup!


Co-Worker Gift Ideas

Yoga-To-Go (remedies for real girls)

The perfect gift for that friend who loves to work out!

Sun Tea Eye Bags

Sun Tea is a specially blended, vitamin E rich, Japanese green tea. Green tea is highly astringent, and is known to be one of the world’s most powerful anti-oxidants. This tea will help soothe sore irritated eyes by adding natural moisturizing agents and will reduce puffiness with its astringency.

Eve Taylor Cleansing Brush

This brush is always in high demand because it cleanses and even massages and tones your skin without dragging the skin! The best part is that it is ideal for all skin types!


Bath Lover Gift Ideas

Bath Salts (Lavender and Jasmine Scents)

The neat, extremely popular packaging is just the right size for gifting. The nostalgic label was based on an actual vintage perfume label from Belgium.

“Cold & Sinus” or “Go To Sleep” Bath Cubes

Wouldn’t you love to give a gift to help your loved one not only relax but help relieve symptoms of a cold during the winter season or get to sleep a little faster!

 

Winter Vacationer Gift Ideas

NO-SCREAM CREAM

Don’t get waxed without it!  Some people still think the benefits of waxing are not worth the pain. But with NO-SCREAM CREAM, you can ease waxing discomfort by approximately 50 percent!

“I Will Reflect” Sun Safety Bracelet

These bracelets change color in the sun when exposed to harmful UV rays. Once the bracelets turn from white to purple, you know that it’s time to reapply your SPF or seek some shade.

Longue Vie Levres

This creamy lip treatment will is great for anyone spending time in the sun.  However it’s also great for the dry winter months when chapped lips become a problem. It nourishes and rejuvenates the lips for a more youthful appearance repairing damage from the wind and UV radiation. It’s compact in size to slide into your purse with ease.


The “On-The Go” Gift Ideas

One Step Cleansing Water

3-in-1 cleansing water is extremely effective. Makes cleaning your face easy and fast.

Dermawand

The DermaWand stimulates and rejuvenates by sending out a gentle stream of low level micro-current impulses up to 168,000 cycles per second, imitating hundreds of tiny fingers that massage you skin – and massage helps improve circulation, bringing oxygen and vital nutrients to your skin’s surface.


Skin Care Fanatic Gift Ideas

Eve Taylor Cleansing Brush

This brush is always in high demand because it cleanses and even massages and tones your skin without dragging the skin! The best part is that it is ideal for all skin types!

Mask Essential Nutrition Confort

The greatest pick me up mask ever.  It contains an essential oil complex that instantly brightens and increases radiance while hydrating and soothing irritated skin. Do not leave home with-out it.

Age Nutritive Moisturizer

This is a must have for dry skin 50+, as it delivers nutrition to the cellular level,  strengthening elasticity and plumping up lines and wrinkles. A definite youthful appearance occurs in days.

Gommage Biologique Exfoliant

Active ingredients of gentle fruit acid, AHA and green tea extracts remove dead cells through its biological action. Gentle fruit acids exfoliate, regenerate and soften the skin. So gentle it can be used on the lips or around the eyes.

888 Anti-Rides Night Cream

This is a cream “I will not run out of, and has been a big favorite of mine over the years because of its instant anti-wrinkle action. It encourages cell renewal, leaving a more youthful appearance.” – Suzanne Olsen

Instant Eye Mask

This is a great value of product for money it cost, as it is a 2-in-1 treatment. It is a refreshing gel for an instant effect, while soothing the eye contour.  It also reduces puffiness, for dramatic results.  Apply overnight and/or under make-up. Ideal for any age.

Hydra Cellulaire Serum

This is an ideal serum for all types of skin as it deeply moisturizes and revitalizes skin that lacks water, and restores a healthy glow. It is can be used under any Guinot cream.


Men Gift Ideas

Mr. Mustachio

Mr. Mustachio is perfect for the man on your gift list! Works great for women too!  This soap is made of rich moisturizing Shea butter for a rich clean shave.

Guinot Men’s Facial kit

Get him a gift that his skin will love you for!  This kit includes a Men’s Facial Exfoliating Gel & Men’s Express Anti-Fatigue Eye

Bay Rum Sweet Petula

This soap was featured on “Oprah” due to its delicious smell and a moisturizing effect! Wow your loved one with their NEW favorite handmade soap.  Scent blend is spicy and manly, but women tend to like it as well. This moisturizing soap replenishes the skin while it cleanses and produces a comforting and refreshing fragrance.