Mind, body, and soul – are these three separate entities or all parts of one being? Can we separate the different parts that make up a human being, treat only one part, and expect a holistic “fix,” peace, or good self care? I don’t think so. If you are like me, you probably said a resounding no, as well. But, what if we do a…
In the ever-changing beauty industry, there are endless ways individuals attempt to defy the aging process, whether through facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microneedling, dermaplaning, microcurrent, LED and infrared light, laser resurfacing, injectables, radio frequency, or Fraxel. While clients are constantly searching for the next great thing to elongate their life or help them appear ageless, the evolution of beauty trends will keep them on their…
As modern society embraces this new day and age, cultural encouragement to engage in wellness as a lifestyle is at an all-time high. Clients, guests, and patrons alike are fully able to receive a multitude of services in a myriad of spas while perpetuating an industry of exceedingly innovative and talented professionals. What a time to be alive. A worthwhile treatment at any spa is…
What comes to mind when hearing the word hydrotherapy? Many tend to visualize something specific. There are so many ways to benefit from hydrotherapy that it is time to become familiar ourselves with these amazing treatments. DEFINITION “Hydro” comes from the Greek origin meaning “water” and “therapy” is a treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder. Hydrotherapy is also referred to as the “water…
The topic of facial exercising has been well researched, along with the many ways individuals use their facial muscles throughout the day and what impact that has on their face as they age. Recently I watched an Instagram video on face yoga, a discipline touted by Hollywood A- listers like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow. One of the exercises was crossing one’s eyes together while…
Is there a connection between lack of self-care and potential burnout? Let me set the stage and see if you can identify with any part of this scenario. You set the alarm, but after tossing and turning most of the night, you get up before it goes off because you have so much to do (always). But, you are type-A, (maybe a little ADD like…
Self-care is a word that’s thrown around a lot these days. We can’t go far without seeing something about it on social media, magazines, or television. Is it a new concept? No, the truth is, it has been around for a long time. It’s part of being human and it should have come with our owner’s manual. You know, the one we all got when…
We’re now in an era where, more than ever before, we’re hearing phrases like “provider and staff burnout,” “I’m just too busy for that,” and “self-care.” From yoga studios to juice bars, everywhere we turn, businesses are riding the #selfcare train to cash in on the need for busy people to slow down. While there may be some merit to it, let’s take a look…
Self-care. What a word. It says so much just by itself, but I have found that no two people will define it the same way. I will be doing a series on self-care and so I will start with the basic understading of what it is and why we need to know about it. As I began the research journey, I was at our first…

Get Your Beauty Sleep

Written by Annette Hanson
Yes, you really do need your beauty sleep. This isn’t just a silly catch-phrase. Lack of sleep takes a toll on the skin’s health and physical appearance. Skin gets stressed out, too. If you spent the whole night tossing and turning, or you crawled into bed three hours before your alarm was set to go off, you can expect to wake up to breakouts, puffiness,…

Surrendering to Self Care

Written by Catherine Atzen, L.E., MBA, founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic Skin Care
An aesthetician’s work can be tiring and emotionally draining. Working in a spa is not as relaxing as visiting a spa as a client. Demands are numerous, clients’ expectations are high, and schedules change a lot. Days are long. Sometimes, aestheticians do not allow themselves to receive as much care as they give their clients. Nurturing and caring for self is essential for an aesthetician’s…

The Foundations of Nutritional Health and their Relationship to Skin

Written by Cassandra Lanning, LME, NTP, The Renegade Esthetician
Internal skin care, like topical skin care, should be addressed methodically, not haphazardly. Everything that happens, happens for a reason, and skin care professionals need to find the reason that these things are happening. They have to think logically and linearly, rather than randomly, to get to the root cause of dysfunction. Internal health, like topical health, has dysfunctions that have a root cause in…
This time of year, with the longer, darker days and cooler temperatures of fall and winter, true emotional and physiological changes occur within the body and mind. It takes more energy to get up and go when the body wants to stay in and rest. Seasonally apparent, these moods feel like a case of the blues, indecision, apathy, fatigue, and irritability. Aptly referred to as…
Sound healing has been used for thousands of years in varying modalities and techniques to promote healing. Our physical bodies hold a vibration, a frequency, which is unique to each person. Every organ in the body, as well as each chakra in the human energy system, holds its own unique frequency. When our body and energy system encounter desirable vibrational frequencies, it can cause several…
Whether the scenery is a bustling street in the downtown of New York City, the white rapids in Georgia’s Chattooga River, the serene, rolling hills in Montana, or the active volcanoes within the Pacific Ocean, Earth is created by wavelengths of energy. Everything is organically designed by these wavelengths, which produce vibrations. Some of the vibrations may be still and some may move so rapidly…
The most valuable tool skin care professionals have to perform their job is their hands and that is what makes a difference when helping clients to relax, relieve, and restore their energy. However, hands, wrists, and fingers (especially thumbs) often end up taking the most burden, which is why it’s important to use proper massage techniques to help prevent injuries. On the other hand, good…
ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response is a feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck, as experienced by some people in response to a specific gentle stimulus, often a particular sound. This feeling can also be accompanied by touch. These sensations can be triggered by whispers, massage, and other types of gentle stimuli. ASMR is…
The vitamins and nutrients obtained from foods represent the quintessential components for sustaining health and, ultimately, helping to contribute to healthy skin. There are many instances where elements of faulty digestion and environmental factors impact both the quality and quantity of nutrients obtained from foods. Vitamin supplements are a means of aiding in the support of imbalanced nutrients; however, they should never be substituted for…
We are approaching that time of year when we all start scrambling to prepare for the busiest season of the year. You’re probably already implementing the marketing tools you invested in to promote your business. However, do you offer products and services that are an extension of your beauty philosophy? Do they speak to who you are at your core? As skin therapists, we are…

Just Breathe: Using Breath to Reduce Stress

Written by Robert Sachs, L.M.T., co-founder of Diamond Way Ayurveda
As a spa professional, whether in massage or aesthetics, when you are at your best, clients feel the intelligence of your touch and the goodness of heart with which they are received on the treatment table or chair. This is what makes what is offered memorable to clients. And, yet, hectic schedules, home, and other demands leave you distracted at best and overwrought at worst,…
Forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, has recently stepped into the spotlight within the wellness community as this Japanese practice now finds itself at the forefront of wellness and spa retreats. Forest bathing melds nature with mindfulness to not only improve health, but also boost immunity and mood. With help from a trained guide, wellness seekers can indulge in the beauty of nature while releasing their mind.…
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