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Evening Moisturizers

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Products, Skin Care | Comments Off

Now you know how to cleanse, tone, scrub and mask your skin. You know the value of serums. Now its time for the finishing touch – the moisturizer.

Let’s begin with the evening moisturizer. You’ve cleansed, toned and applied the appropriate serum(s) now you want to seal in all that good treatment while adding hydration. Enter the evening moisturizer.

Evening moisturizers are generally heavier than those for day wear. While sleeping the skin temperature is cooler, skin cells are recovering and renewing themselves. All this activity makes the skin more receptive to richer more emollient products. The evening moisturizer is there to feed and hydrate the skin while in the recovery mode.

In addition to humectants the evening moisturizer should contain antioxidants.

I carry 6 evening moisturizers so that all skin conditions can be addressed from dryness, to a need for plumping and collagen building, to lighter moisturizers for oily skin or skin that needs healing and, of course, there are evening products for mature skin or skin that is exposed to harsh or cold climates.

Remember it only takes a little bit, but the results over time can be impressive.

As a side note: scientific study published in 2001 Journal of Investigative Dermatology* shows that sleep deprivation disrupts skin barrier function homeostasis making the skin vulnerable to premature aging and some skin diseases.

Eat Right To Look Beautiful

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in General, Health, Skin Care | Comments Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next time you find yourself staring mindlessly into the fridge, why not let your skin, rather than your stomach, inspire your snacking decision. Celeste Naude, researcher and dietician at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, suggests you pay as much attention to your overall nutrition as you do to stocking up on beauty products. “Beauty isn’t all about going to a beauty clinic or getting a facial. It has a more holistic approach-the treatment needs to be from the outside as well as the inside,” adds Mumbai-based dermatologist, Dr Rohini Wadhwani.

However, “There are no specific foods that result in healthy, glowing skin,” says Naude. “It’s better to look at nutrient intake as part of your total diet. By focussing on single nutrients, you’re ignoring the complexity of the role of food.” Nutrients, she explains, work in unison and are often dependent on one another to function effectively-so for you to reap the real benefits you need to bag the full monty.

Some important nutrients for skin health: Vitamins A, B2, B3, B6, C and E, zinc and selenium. Deficiencies in these have been shown to cause skin problems, but we can get enough of them in a varied diet. So we’ve dished up a pantry full of suggestions to help solve all your skin worries.

Breakouts
Acne is one of those skin issues that often accompanies you beyond high school and can haunt you well into your 30s. And when it pops up, it often raises some questions about how balanced your diet really is. A healthy diet is vital for your skin to function at its best. However, it’s more likely to be your hormones that are producing excess androgen (the breakout culprits), not just the food you eat.

Your mantra: Watch your hormones and your diet.
While chocolates and sugary foods have a bad rep, they alone don’t cause breakouts. That doesn’t mean something else you’re snacking on isn’t to blame. If you have recurrent breakouts, keep a food diary to try and pinpoint what might be triggering the problem and share this with your dermatologist. “Dairy products, more than any other food, are linked to acne. But any food, which is high in glycaemic index like sugary treats, fats and carbohydrates can also potentially trigger acne,” says Dr Rashmi Shetty, founder of RA Skin and Aesthetics, Mumbai. So, what about the added hormones in the food we consume? “Growth hormones and oestrogen can affect the skin’s condition. It’s speculated that these additives contribute to the development of acne caused by hormonal imbalances,” says Dr Dagmar Whitaker, a Cape Town dermatologist. Where possible, eat freerange and organic food and research on your butcher’s meat source.

Fatigue
Dullness and tired looking skin often go hand in hand, but it’s dark circles, puffy bags and bloodshot eyes that really make you want to call a duvet day. And maybe that’s just what you need. “Research has shown that an overload of stress can affect our skin’s health leading to an uneven skin tone, dark circles and accelerated ageing,” says Dr Jamuna Pai, a Mumbai-based cosmetologist.

Your mantra: Drink more water, eat less salt and avoid smoking.
Get enough rest (at least 7-8 hours of sound sleep every day) to help prevent puffy and/or bloodshot eyes, dark circles and a pale, drab complexion. Snoozing aside, something as benign as salt could be the culprit here. It’s time to retrain your taste buds. “Avoid too much salt in your diet and keep your body well-hydrated by drinking enough water regularly. This maintains the balanced hydration needed for efficient removal of waste products-a process that will also help prevent puffiness,” says Naude. “Don’t deprive the skin of vital nutrients and oxygen making it dull and lifeless by smoking. Smoking releases harmful free radicals that weaken the collagen and elastin fibres of the skin structure leading to premature wrinkles,” warns Pai.

Redness
If you’re looking a little rosier and more sensitive than usual, take stock of your last meal and alcohol intake. “Rosacea, is a form of skin sensitivity that causes a persistent redness on the face, can be worsened by certain foods like caffeine, prawns, sweeteners, preservatives, food colouring, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and foods high in histamine which trigger an inflammatory response like tomatoes, sauerkraut, tofu, Parmesan cheese, egg plant, champagne and beer,” explains Dr Rekha Sheth, the founder of Cosmetic Dermatology Society of India.

Your mantra: Listen to your body; lose the additives.
So, apart from the obvious flushing of your skin, what are the other symptoms to watch for? “An itching sensation in the mouth and difficulty swallowing and breathing are other sure-fire clues that you have a particular food allergy,” says Dr Anushka Reddy, owner of Medi-Sculpt Clinic, Johannesburg. Other symptoms of allergies and intolerances include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Food preservatives, colouring, MSG and some sweeteners increase skin sensitivity for those already battling with rosacea. “Some sugar replacement products can cause noticeable flushing in 30 per cent of people who suffer from rosacea,” says Reddy.

Dullness
A lacklustre complexion has the same effect as dressing like your mother-it makes you look a lot older than you really are. Unfortunately, as we mature, that youthful glow inevitably begins to fade. To brighten up, Naudé recommends you enlist the help of nutrient-dense and wholefoods. Nutrient-dense foods are those that provide us with significant amounts of vitamins and minerals and relatively fewer calories, such as fruits and vegetables or low-fat and fat-free dairy. Vegetables and fruits are also super sources of anti-oxidants that have been proven to help protect and repair our skin.

Your mantra: Eat more real food, pop fewer pills.
If your skin is as dull as (The Curious Case of) Benjamin Button, it’s clear you need to spend more time in the fresh-produce aisle. “Anti-oxidants are substances in food which prevent free radical destruction of cells and the oxidative damage that promotes ageing,” says Wadhwani. So, what should you add to your shopping list? Look out for pomegranates, prunes, blueberries, blackberries, purple cabbage, kale, sprouts, kiwi fruit, asparagus, spinach, oranges, apples and watercress that have anti-oxidants. Naude also recommends you derive anti-oxidants from natural food sources, rather than in supplement form. “Studies have found that certain supplements may actually have a negative impact on health. Supplemental beta-carotene, Vitamin A and E may increase mortality, while the potential roles of Vitamin C and selenium on mortality need further study.”

Parched skin

That dry, crepe-like feeling is a common cause of premature ageing. To turn back the clock you need to tackle it on two levels: make sure you’re drinking enough water and take a careful look at your diet. “Eating healthy and drinking fluids frequently, even if you aren’t particularly thirsty. It is the most effective way to promote skin health and prevent pre-mature ageing,” says Sheth.

Your mantra: More good fluids, less bad booze.
Green with envy over Deepika Padukone’s porcelain complexion? The odds are that she listens to the beauty experts’ number one rule and hits the H2O often.

Fluids promote optimal cell renewal for a dewy look and help to clear the body of waste products. “Aim for at least eight glasses of plain water every day and then top up with more water or other fluids and hydrating foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.” says Naude. If you struggle to get glasses of plain water down, try sipping unsweetened herbal tea or add orange, lemon, sliced berries or fresh mint to your water to add the flavour. And before you start celebrating your new skin strategy with a bottle of bubbly, remember that too much alcohol will further cause dehydrated skin. You’d rather replenish it.

Anti-oxidant 101
Need inspiration to up your anti-oxidant intake? Add these ingredient swaps to your shopping list.

Fruits
If you love: red berries such as strawberries and raspberries Switch to: cherries, plums and blackcurrants

Dried fruits
If you love: apricots Switch to: dates and prunes

Veggies
If you love: red peppers and beetroot Switch to: artichokes, red cabbage and ginger

Nuts & seeds
If you love: peanuts and walnuts Switch to: pecans, pistachios and sunflower seeds

Spices
If you love: cinnamon Switch to: cloves and oregano

Thanks to WonderWoman.in for the original posting of this article, we really loved it!

 

You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Corrective Treatments, Facials, Products, Services | 0 comments

Results in 2 weeks with in studio treatment and at home products

* Results in 2 weeks with in studio treatment and at home products

 

Visible signs of aging can show up around the eyes with wrinkles, sagging, puffiness and dehydration. An aged eye area can make a person look much older than they truly are, making it an area many are looking to correct.

Correcting the  visible signs of aging in the eye area requires addressing multiple conditions at once. Including:

wrinkling
laxity
dark circles
puffiness
sagging upper eyelids

Most products address only one or two of these concerns. However, I offer in studio multifaceted treatments that when coupled with at home care products from my product bar will deliver excellent visible results.

*article excerpted from PCA Skin

how diet affects the skin

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in General, Health | Comments Off

What you put in your body is just as important as the creams, cleansers and corrective products you apply to it. You can invest in luxurious ointments and miracle creams, but if your diet is lacking, your skin will be, too. So what should you be eating to achieve peak skin performance? Read on and find nutrient- and antioxidant-packed superfoods that will make your body’s biggest organ look radiant and healthy.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com.

Eat Your Vegetables 

Eating vegetables throughout the day is an essential part of achieving glowing skin. For starters, the water content in vegetables ensures your complexion stays hydrated. Additionally, vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals that help protect, repair and soothe skin, including the following.

Carrots

Carrots are a great source of beta carotene,  an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A. Retinol, a treatment often utilized by dermatologists in several forms (tretinoin is the prescribed form, while retinol is over-the-counter), is simply a high-dosage version of vitamin A that treats acne, wrinkles and many other skin conditions. Get your vitamin A naturally by making carrots a part of your weekly diet.

Broccoli

High in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, broccoli is truly a skincare superfood. Vitamin E protects your skin cell membranes and guards against unwanted UV radiation. Furthermore, the nutrients in broccoli help to produce collagen, which keeps skin youthful and prevents wrinkles. If those benefits don’t convince you, broccoli is also high in fiber, so you’ll stay full and be less likely to binge on less nutritious alternatives.

Tomatoes

Lycopene – the red carotene pigment that gives tomatoes their color–fights sun damage and free radicals. Cooked tomatoes boast the most benefit, as antioxidants are released during this process.

Other Commonsense Skincare Tips

As previously mentioned, water is essential to a healthy body and healthy skin. Staying hydrated helps your organs function properly, flushes out toxins and plumps your skin, giving you a youthful appearance. If you find drinking eight glasses of water a day to be boring, you can swap out a few cups for green tea, also hydrating and rich in antioxidants as well, such as epigallocatechin gallate.

Too much sugar can spike insulin and cause inflammation, which can lead to breakouts and more noticeable wrinkles. If you love fruit, try to consume it in the morning or early afternoon in order to give your body plenty of time to process the sugar before bedtime.

Remember alcohol contains a ton of sugar, too! Drink responsibly and in moderation.

 

*This article is courtesy of PCA Skin and Smart Skin Solutions

About Japanese Hot Stone Facials

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Facials, Holistic Services | Comments Off

A Japanese Hot Stone Facial is one of the most soothing and effective treatments around. These unique techniques are easy to learn and can be gracefully integrated into other facial treatments. Japanese Hot Stone Facial Massage also rapidly stimulates the nervous system to increase blood and lymph circulation, which helps to restore damaged cells and improve appearance.

Japan is an island formed by rapid volcanic activity. Thousands of Japanese hot springs filled with rich minerals have been known as healing places since ancient times. Many traditional Asian healing arts were born and practiced around these healing springs, such as acupuncture, moxabustion, massage and hydrotherapy. Each spring is filled with a variety of valuable minerals, which are traditionally known to heal many illnesses.

The therapeutic water that bubbles in these springs is quite hot, often just below the boiling point. Small streams seep into and mix with the springs lowering the water temperature. However, it is still very hot by western standards (about 110-120?XF). Those who soak in the springs often place cold towels over their foreheads to prevent heat-induced fainting. The springs also contain basalt and other volcanic stones, which readily absorb the heat from the water. Traditionally, smaller stones have been used to massage the neck, shoulders, and other tense areas. The art of Japanese Hot Stone evolved from these ancient hot spring traditions and was developed to introduce the same therapeutic value into contemporary therapy environments.

The Japanese Hot Stone Facial was created and designed by Shogo Mochizuki, one of Japan’s leading educators of Shiatsu and Japanese Massage. This treatment uses traditional Asian stones known in Japan as yen stones. (Known in China as Pi stones). Yen means, ’rounded disk shape with a hole.’ Traditionally many Japanese forms of currency were made in this shape. This is why these stones share the name yen with the modern day currency.

In traditional folklore the donut shape of these disks is known as the symbol for heaven. (According to ancient custom when you anticipate upcoming problems in your life, rubbing these stones or massaging with them will prevent the problems from manifesting). Due to this ideology these stones became a favored object and have been formed from many materials into jewelry and decorations for thousands of years. Yen stones have been carried as good luck charms and used for massage since the beginning of Asian culture.

For the past 1500 years, practitioners of Zen Buddhism have often referred to these stones as a symbol for Karma and the perfect state of balance. This shape represents the natural tendency of the universe to reflect an individual’s energy back upon themselves and serves as a reminder of the old idiom ‘what goes around comes around.’ Therefore, if one is kind and generous good things will come to them and if they are mean-spirited and self-centered, ill fortune is the likely result. Many Shinto practitioners have adopted to the symbolic concept of this shape, and it is a common belief among them that these stones bring good fortune to their bearers.

We highly discourage the use of basalt stones on the face. The surface of basalt stones is far too coarse and will cause micro-scratches on the delicate facial tissues. Another drawback to using basalt stones on the face is that they are difficult to sanitize. The small pockets in their surface can collect excess facial product and bacteria, potentially causing bacteria to spread.

Why ‘Heaven’ Stones

1. Versatile Shape
During the creation of Japanese Hot Stone Facial Massage, Shogo experimented with many types of stones with varying shapes and sizes to determine which work best. After much testing, he determined that ”heaven” stones would be the superior choice. The main reason is because of the hole in their center. This central hole becomes extremely important and essential for a smooth application of facial massage. Rather than gripping the stones edge, which creates unnecessary tension and a rigid application, you can place the tip of one finger into the hole. This technique allows very precise, nearly effortless control and extremely fluid gliding. Guiding heaven stones in this manner insures that you automatically conform to the natural contours of the client’s face.

2. Nothing but Stone
”Heaven” stones are made from real gemstones, which retain heat well and are believed to have healing properties. A ‘heaven’ stone’s central hole also allows you to give an entire hot stone facial massage without touching the client’s face with anything but the stone itself. If you grip the edge of the stone, you are likely to contact the client’s face with your fingertips. Performing a hot stone facial massage

with nothing but the warm smooth stone greatly increases the subtlety, smoothness, and relaxing quality of the treatment.

3. One of a Kind Techniques
The heaven disk shape allows you to lightly grasp the stone between your thumb and index finger to administer rolling, wobbling, and percussion techniques not possible with any other stones. Turning the stones on their side to make use of the rounded edge is an important component of a hot stone facial. Being able to apply many types of stimulation and create different sensations greatly enhances your treatment. Rolling wobbling and percussion are excellent ways of stimulating the nerves increasing circulation and reducing muscle tension.

4. Smooth Flowing Heat and Easy to Clean
Unlike basalt stones, ‘heaven’ stones are highly polished to insure a smooth application and create the sensation of flowing heat. Other stones can be difficult to clean as they often absorb oil or other products. ‘Heaven’ stones are non-absorptive so they help conserve facial product and make clean up quick and easy.

How to Heat Stones

The best way to heat the stones is with an electric heating pad, layered with towels. The stones take approximately 10-15 minutes to heat. If you are doing an outcall, your stones should have ample time to heat while you massage the client’s neck at the beginning of the treatment.

You should not use hot water or a crock-pot to heat these stones for several reasons. First, this is an unsanitary method of heating. The combination of water and warmth facilitate the multiplication and spread of bacteria. This can be especially problematic when clients have acne or facial dermatitis. Second, wet stones repel oil and facial product. It is an unnecessary hassle to dry the stones and your hands each time you change stones. This creates undesirable interruption in the continuity of your treatment. Furthermore, ‘heaven’ facial disk stones are fragile and are likely to break if dropped. A common mistake when water is used is dropping the stones into the water and chipping or breaking them. Finally, the use of hot water increases the risk of accidental burns.

Likewise, never use a microwave to heat your stones as they will become brittle over time and break. Microwaving stones is one of the quickest ways to destroy them.

Some therapists purport that using a heating pad is undesirable because a heating pad causes electromagnetic interference. However, the amount of energy emitted by a heating pad is less than that required to heat water in a crock-pot. Furthermore, unlike basalt stones, which have been shown to retain some electromagnetic residue, the ‘heaven’ disk facial stones are extremely unlikely to hold much electromagnetic residue from the heating element because of their polish and makeup.

Adjusting Temperature Changing/ Stones

At the start of the treatment, be sure that the stone temperature is correct before contacting the client’s face. Remember that stones, which feel lukewarm in your hands, may feel too hot on the face. Practice by testing the temperature of the stones either on your forearm or your own face to determine how to proceed with your clients. With practice, you will develop a better sense of what temperature is safe and effective. Heat retention will vary depending upon the size of the stones, but each stone will generally hold heat for approximately two minutes.

The Importance of Practice

Practice each technique until you feel completely comfortable and can apply it with ease. Once you master each individual technique, you can create combinations for a soothing, seamless treatment. While performing one technique, you may think about the next, based upon the client’s needs and the goals of the session. As you become more experienced, your skill and confidence will steadily increase, offering wonderful sessions for you and your client.

It is important that you develop your own technique and style. In this way, Japanese Hot Stone Facial Massage will always retain its creative and inspirational element.

Ancient wisdom

Shogo Mochizuki introduces Japanese Hot Stone Facial Massage to the Western world not only as a form of massage, but as traditional art and ancient wisdom. It is one of the most powerful and therapeutic facial treatments available today. Modern students who study this art and respectfully preserve tradition will follow in the path of many past generations and will contribute to the knowledge and well-being of many generations yet to come.

About Shogo Mochizuki

Shogo Mochizuki is the grandson of one of Japan’s most legendary practitioners of Japanese medicine. The Mochizuki family has been practicing traditional medicine for over 250 years. Shogo is one of the leading educators of Shiatsu, traditional Japanese massage and esthetics. He is the author of many books and videos, including Anma: The Art of Japanese Massage, Kobido: Japanese Facial Massage and Hand Maintenance Guide for Massage Therapists.

How You Can Help a Friend Get Through The Loss of Their Home

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Helping One Another | Comments Off

While this may be off topic as to what I do, it really isn’t. What I really do is help people or facilitate them helping themselves. Thus, this blog is how you can help a friend who has lost to a fire.

The morning of October 27, 1993, I left my little cottage in Laguna Beach for a business meeting in Los Angeles. While at that meeting my home and all that it contained burned to the ground. What I wore and was driving was all that remained.

The loss of the physical structure was traumatic; the loss of all the things that defined me and had memories was devastating. The sorrow reached beyond me to my family and friends. Everyone wanted to help but weren’t sure how.

Here are some of the things that helped:

Shopping

Shopping for new things, even with the generous discounts offered by all the stores, was overwhelming. Many times I would wander through a store just to get the basics and walk out unable to decide or overwhelmed by the cost and just not liking to have to explain my situation once more. After several days of seeing me in the same cloths a girl friend went shopping with me. She helped mellow out my craziness, keeping quantities small, purchases appropriate and served as a buffer. She also could find the car after we were done.

Making Lists

One of the immediate requirements is to remember what you had and write it down. This is another painful and overwhelming process. Friends had me over to their home. Big yellow writing tablets were in every room. We began in the kitchen standing in a familiar room that would be equipped similarly helped me to remember things that I had like spices. Being with friends allowed me to be wacky or cry or both. As a team project, it’s not so overwhelming.

Throw a Shower

My elderly aunts gathered up family and friends, and gave me a shower. After everyone was settled my aunts asked me to tell the story – that way, I only had to tell it once. The story was over and we moved on to opening gifts for my new life. I still have many of those household items each time I see them they warm my heart.

Honor the Person

I was active in a business group. The president of the group called to say that they were holding a luncheon in my honor. Everyone showed up. Again, I was asked to tell the story – once to 40 people. Then, over lunch, each person stood and gave a short talk about what they liked about me and how I had unknowingly added to their life. The message was, even though my stuff was gone, I wasn’t and I have some value to a lot of people. It was a beautiful gift.

Have a Memorial

After a week or so, a group of fire friends got together at each one’s place. Some wrote poetry, some sang, some had things to say, some just attended. We talked about the place. The person who lived there talked about what they liked about the place, what brought them there, what they miss and what they didn’t miss, memories and things. We placed flowers, cried, hugged and when it was done had a picnic.

Support Groups

Encourage your person to get with a support group as soon as possible. These groups not only understand but there is a world of information that can be shared from insurance to rebuilding to health.

Gather Photos

Search your photo albums, encourage family members to search theirs, gather up photos, reproduce them and put them in an album. Be happy to go through the photos and all those memories.

 

Change the Topic

Sometimes you get stuck discussing the traumatic event. Gently change the topic. Perhaps some harmless gossip or a small joke.

“I Love You”

If appropriate, it’s a lovely thing to hear in a time of crises.

 

Reiki

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Holistic Services, Reiki | Comments Off

Currently, I am a certified Reiki practitioner in the Usui line and am working toward my master’s designation with my Sensei. I plan to tell you some things about this practice. But, for those who are unfamiliar, some education is in order.

Reiki pronounced “Ray´-Key” is healing and balancing energy transmitted through the hands that lifts your spirits and allows one to come into balance. When one is balanced one is less stressed. So, Reiki is relaxing.

Reiki, developed in the mid-1800’s by Dr. Usui in Kyoto Japan, is the art and science of activating and directing universal life force energy to promote wellness and balance with a sense of peace and connection that resonates from within.

The Japanese characters represent the concept of “universal life force energy” Rei, meaning universal and Ki, meaning life force energy. Combine the two and you have a very powerful balancing and healing potential.

Reiki energy is whole. It is safe to use any time – any place. When in balance we have access to authentic self expression on all levels of body, mind and spirit. Our life path unfolds before us as we live true to ourselves.

Benefits of Reiki:

  • Helps lift the spirits and bring balance.
  • Benefits the receiver and the giver.
  • Safe to use at any time on anyone.
  • Works to heal the cause to eliminate the effect of imbalances.
  • Not a religion and will not conflict with religious beliefs.
  • Reiki may be combined with other therapeutic and healing techniques.
  • Reiki does not conflict with medical procedures or medication.
  • May be used on pets, plants and spaces.
  • Beyond relaxation, Reiki brings a sense of peace and being centered.
  • Used regularly, Reiki helps to lessen the affects of daily stressors.
  • Once you are attuned to Reiki, you are attuned for life.
  • Reiki is a simple, easy and safe way to help yourself and others.

Next time I’ll write about the levels of Reiki then about Reiki sessions.

Namaste

More on Serums

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Products, Skin Care | Comments Off

Header_products-150x79Serums are intensive treatment products that are applied, in small amounts, after cleansing and toning, to the entire face and neck twice daily. Serums should be followed with the appropriate sunscreen moisturizer in the daytime and nourishing moisturizer in the evening. Serums can also be applied before a mask.

In addition to serums that are just darn good for the skin there are specialty serums. That is, serums that treat specific issues such as hyperpigmentation (discoloration), antioxidant protection, skin strengthening, sun damage, fine lines, redness and acne.

By now, most of us know that vitamin C, when taken internally is a strong antioxidant and may help in the prevention of colds. Vitamin C applied topically in serum form offers antioxidant protection to the skin while helping to repair visible sun damage, minimize fine lines and strengthen the skin.

What may be generally unknown is that vitamin C is extremely unstable meaning that it can quickly lose its effectiveness especially when exposed to the air. Because stabilizing vitamin C is an expensive and scientifically challenging process not all vitamin C products are created equal.

The vitamin C topicals that I carry are all stabilized. If these products are used by their expiration date they will be as effective from first drop to last.

So now you know a little more about serums. Let’s find out which are best for you.

The Reiki Session

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Holistic Services, Reiki | Comments Off

Reiki is an ancient, totally non-invasive therapy that helps the body heal itself by working on mind, body and spirit. Even if you are in good health, Reiki offers a pleasant way to relax, relieve stress and to increase energy and vitality. A natural therapy, Reiki can be given even if you are already on conventional medication.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A REIKI SESSION?

Traditionally Reiki is carried out on a therapy couch. However, a treatment can easily be adapted for a seated recipient. There is no need for the recipient to remove any clothing. To be comfortable, you should wear something loose and comfortable.

Before the treatment I ask questions regarding how you’re feeling or if there are any specific concerns. It’s just a friendly conversation where I gather information so that I may serve you where needed.

The treatment usually begins with the client on their back. The practitioner will either start the treatment at the head or the feet. I usually start my treatments with an essential oil or two to calm and soothe or perhaps address a given situation. I work mainly with the recipient on their back, however, at some point, I may ask the recipient to turn over depending on where I feel that the energy needs to go.

Reiki is a powerful healing technique that will continue to work long after the treatment is over.

HOW LONG DOES A SESSION TAKE?

A ‘full’ session lasts 60 – 90 minutes. If time is limited or we’re being very specific, a modified session could be 30 minutes. Just so you know one session is not going to set you totally right. I recommend a series of six sessions twice a week then maintenance sessions.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO FEEL?

You may feel heat, coolness or tingling from my hands or within your own body or you may feel nothing at all! Whatever you do or do not feel, you will receive exactly what you need.

REIKI DURING A FACIAL OR WITH A REFLEXOLOGY TREATMENT

There is no reason that these services cannot be combined. In fact, adding the Reiki will enhance these treatments by calming muscles and easing tension. Your entire body will glow as the Reiki goes where it is most needed!

Assisting An Elderly Family Member

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Health, Helping One Another | Comments Off

IMG_0356My friend who is an administrator at a local senior care center sent me this list of things that you can do to help an elderly family member during a visit to their home:

  1. Look in the refrigerator… is there outdated food in it?
  2. Drive their car… check the state of the tires, oil, and antifreeze.
  3. Take a peek at the mail… keep an eye out for any unpaid bills.
  4. Investigate the bathroom…check for cleanliness.
  5. Take a note of how the pets are doing.
  6. Talk to the neighbors… a bonus is establishing a relationship with the neighbors and also someone to keep an eye on their home and them, even if just from the outside.
  7. Identify some benchmarks… consider marked declines from the previous year.
  8. Go to the source… This is probably the most important ‘next’ step. Take the time to sit down with your parent, listen to their concerns, worries and perceptions. Ask what you can do to help. As when dealing with any of life’s difficult situations, oftentimes an individual (young or old) needs time to process a conversation, suggestions, etc. Give your loved one time to let your conversation sink in. Then, after the holiday, you can (as a family and ‘team’) engage in devising a plan for solutions that meet your parent’s needs.


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