For Christmas this year I wanted to do something a little different for my team.
The pandemic has made this a challenging year for all. As a business owner I had to learn ways to operate my business during COVID, and as employees they had to change the way that they work and make adjustments to the treatments that they provided, in order to keep our guests and themselves safe. Although we are still experiencing the ups and downs, spikes in cases, and all fun cancelled this year, we have been able to safely remain open. This is good news for our supporting clients and even greater news for our team that we don't have to close again due to anymore shut-downs.
This has been a stressful year full of unknowns and new norms. I know this year has been especially stressful and hard on my team. I really wanted to treat them and have them feel just how they make all of you feel every time you come see us at Bodyworks. So we ventured into Pensacola and had a Spa Day together. We each had a massage and facial followed by lunch together. There's just something about fancy robes and mimosas that make you forget the craziness of this year.
I'm so grateful to have such a wonderful team. We all worked through this year together and here we are only 11 days away from a New Year. We made it!
I started doing some research when I noticed I was breaking out only in the general area of where my mask covers. Sure enough, I found many articles just about this subject. I also learned a new term...Maskne. It's a fun word to say but not so fun when you experience it. Our skin care line, Eminence Organics also wrote a great skin care & beauty article regarding this one question. Can our face masks be causing acne?
It’s bad enough that hormonal changes, stress, excess skin oil and bacteria can trigger acne, even for someone well into their 40’s…I’m not giving away my age. My daughter thought I was 28 until I had a surprise 40th Birthday party a couple years ago and my “Straight outta my 30’s” T-shirt my sister got me gave it away LOL. Maskne does not discriminate against age by any means!
Face masks have become the norm and although they offer us protection, they are not helping our skin with mask-induced acne and irritation. Masks impose heat, friction and occlusion on the skin and when combined with a moist environment from breathing, talking or sweating, this is a recipe for maskne. So why do face masks make you breakout and what can you do?
WASH YOUR FACE AND MASK PLEASE!!!!
Reusable face masks do require extra care. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages “regular” washing of reusable masks. It’s best to wash them after each use if possible. Masks that are reused can harbor oils and bacteria. They also trap heat and moisture against the skin, allowing bacteria to thrive, which can cause acne and irritation. Being in the spa biz laundry is one of my least favorite chores at the office or home so I have stocked up on several different face masks. I really love our breathable Onzie face masks that we have at the studio. They are reusable, washable, moisture wicking and in cute prints! Did you ever think we would be discussing how cute a face mask could be?
TAKE MASK BREAKS
Get outside and take a break from wearing your mask. Get some fresh air and give your face a clean flow of oxygen.
International Eminence Trainer, Katie Rattray says the two most effective way to keep mask-induced breakouts at bay are to:
Mask seem to suck up and draw out any moisture from the skin. Facial oils during the day will assist sealing in moisture and additionally creates a physical barrier from the mask. It’s always better to prevent breakouts than to wait until they need treatment.
Keep up with your morning and evening skin care routine. WASH YOUR FACE! Daily facial cleansing removes every last trace of dirt, excess oil, pollution and unwanted skin cells off of your face. DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT head straight to bed and skip cleansing your face. Cleansing your face twice daily will benefit the health, youth, and radiance of your skin.
If you find yourself having mask-induced breakouts, our Licensed Estheticians are here to help you with ways to treat breakouts and irritations. Sometimes all that is needed is a little adjusting to your skin care routine and products used. For example, if you typically use a cleanser with exfoliating beads and harsh foaming agents, switching to a gentler cleanser that won’t compromise your skin and increase irritation may be helpful.
DIY on-the-go cleansing pads!
How it works: Apply Stone Crop Cleansing Gel or one of your favorite Eminence exfoliating peels onto a clean cotton round. Seal it in a small bag or air-tight container and take it with you. Use it in the middle of the day to remove residue and cleanse where the mask has been in contact with and rather than scrubbing, gently glide the pad over the skin with minimal pressure.
Remember the 3 Ws of Maskne
We always want to provide you the best massage in Perdido Key and believe that starts with good communication and listening to our clients. We're always here to listen and answer any questions about massage. We love what we do and LOVE talking about massage and anatomy...just not during your massage of course.
Contact us at 850-356-6311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or ask us at your next appointment.
After doing massage for over 15 years I’ve heard every genre of massage music. Relaxation, new age, harps, flutes, nature sounds, chanting, and white noise.
I went through my Enya phase for about 7 years. I still love playing her throughout the spa.
I’ve had some wonderful request from clients for certain music during session. Everything from Prince, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffet, Wide Spread Panic, and Hank Williams Jr. Somedays we like to have a more mellow vibe with Jack Johnson. We change up the music sometimes depending on the weather, mood, and the clients we know we’ll be seeing.
There have been somedays the music is so in tune with our work and there are days 20 minutes of drums come on with some crazy opera. It’s always interesting.
I think music plays a big part of your relaxation experience. Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies. A slower tempo can quiet your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the stress of the day. Music is effective for relaxation and stress management.
I recently read an article from the University of Nevada, Reno about releasing stress through the power of music.
It states that Native American, Celtic, Indian stringed-instruments, drums, and flutes are very effective at relaxing the mind even when played moderately loud. Sounds of rain, thunder, and nature sounds may also be relaxing particularly when mixed with other music, such as light jazz, classical, and easy listening music.
I don’t believe we can group each person into the same category of musical taste. Over the years what has been relaxing for one has not been relaxing for the next. We all have music that we gravitate towards when we feel happy, sad, stressed, angry, or when we feel inspired and motivated. What it comes down to is you must like the music in order for it to be relaxing to you. Personally when I get a massage if I hear anything with birds I instantly get annoyed and reminded of my Aunt Yolanda’s parrot, Pretty Boy. He would wake me in the mornings by yelling at me and throwing bird seed at me when I would go visit her in NYC. He would literally run on his little bird stick and toss bird seed at me. He once flew clear across her apartment to land on my stomach and run up my chest and bite me and fly away. I’ve never cared for birds since. My aunt loved that bird…he has since passed. RIP Pretty Boy even if you did give me a slight fear of birds. Forcing yourself to listen to relaxation music that irritates you can create tension, not reduce it. Not all relaxing music is created equal.
If you ever aren’t feeling the music playing at Bodyworks just let us know and we’ll try something new for you. We would hate for you to have flashbacks of being attacked by a parrot during your massage or facial :)
Comment on our blog and let us know what music relaxes you and makes you feel joyful and also the music that makes you want to change the station immediately.
I’ve included a few links below with some great ways to use music for stress relief and to improve your mood.
Since March we have been adapting to new ways of doing business. We appreciate all the support and trust our community has shown Bodyworks. During our shut down in the spring we diligently worked on ways to keep our environment a safe, healthy, and clean space for our clients and employees.
It took a bit for everyone to get used to the new way of operating but I have to say everyone has rolled with it and has been very appreciative of the measures we have taken and continue to take to ensure we do our part to limit exposure for both our clients and employees.
Gauging the risk
When deciding whether to attend appointments like massage or skin care services, individuals must assess their own risk and benefit of receiving a service with us.
We all need to give each other the freedom to choose what's right for them.
If you choose to wait until a later time to come back to us, know we support you! We’re always here for you and are available to help you with any at home care for self massage, stretching, or skin care home routines. We think of our clients as extended family and want to keep you well in our time apart.
If you choose to come in for services know we are doing all we can to make your experience with us safe and although there may be a few extra steps for you before getting on the treatment table we promise to still provide you a relaxing, therapeutic experience with us.
How we are doing our part to protect you
How to protect yourself for and during your appointment
One last request
Please keep my team and business in mind when deciding to come in for an appointment. We enjoy our work and want to continue the good work we do. If you have any doubts about coming in or were possibly exposed to the virus. Please reschedule. If you don’t want to wear a mask. Please reschedule.
Please be sure you are taking the proper precautions personally to ensure the safety of your massage therapist, esthetician, and our other clients.
Please be kind to my team as they are working through all of this the best they can. Ok that was a few request...lol
We’re living through incredibly stressful times, and for many people, that stress and anxiety is manifesting itself into physical tension — we will continue to provide services that support receiving as safe a treatment as you can to help manage that pain and stress.
Clients with neck and shoulder issues often have their pain return before their next massage appointment. Work, play, children, and current events all make demands on the body. A dull ache can quickly turn into a burning pain especially while folding laundry, doing yard work, playing on the computer or any of the other million things you do.
What can you do between your professional massage appointments to take the edge off neck and shoulder pain? Here are some ideas.
Take a Break
Take short breaks as often as you can if you sit at a computer all day. Move your shoulders around and s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Ideally you can get up and move around a bit. But even if you're chained to the desk, you can rock out a little deskercise to stay loose.
Get the kids into it
Have a short yoga break together! There are plenty of videos made especially for kids, and the moves are just as beneficial for adults. Bonus: got a little one averse to naptime? Try the lying-down postures here and maybe you'll get a short break.
Just 10-15 minutes of heat on your shoulders can make a huge difference in how your tissue moves and feels. You don't need a fancy heating pad, you can DIY that.
Try it, you might be surprised how much it helps! It's not complicated, just grab a tennis ball or a red rubber ball. Here are a few ideas for self-massage.
Choose the right pillow
You spend about a third of your time in bed, be sure it's cozy for your neck. Side-sleepers have different needs than belly-sleepers. The right pillow at night can help you all day.
A few minutes of self care every day, little changes, can make a huge difference in how you feel. Call us at 850-356-6311 or schedule online.
We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy
Nobody spreads Christmas cheer quite like Buddy the Elf. This holiday season we want to help you spread as much happiness and joy to all around you.
We are offering a Buy $100, Get $100 holiday promotion!
When you purchase a $100 gift certificate you will receive 5 - $20 vouchers that can be used for yourself or they can be gifted to friends, family, and coworkers.
We’re only selling limited quantities and anticipate they will go fast this season.
In-house Gift Certificates only. Vouchers are not available online.
It's November and we are thankful for each of you. We will be offering special deals throughout the month in appreciation. Check our Facebook, Instagram, and website often to see what specials we have for you.
So don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins, start spreading some peace and calming vibes and holiday cheer this season.
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I have received many facials and recently I experienced our Autumn Glow Peel and let me tell you…every few minutes I was saying how wonderful everything smelled.
The Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque smelled like something you could eat. I love Eminence Organic Skin Care because they only use natural ingredients, maximizing full effectiveness and potency. Ingredients are hand-picked and hand-mixed while fresh to create products that contain potent healing and beautifying properties.
The Yam & Pumpkin Pro Enzyme Peel 20% was warming and gave a slight tingling sensation. The yam pulp is high in beta-carotene and vitamins to fight the signs of aging. The pumpkin pulp puree is rich in enzymes, beta-carotene, amino acids, and antioxidants to fight the signs of aging.
The other key ingredients include:
What I love about all the above ingredients is how pure they are. YOU CAN PRONOUNCE THEM ALL!
Many common store bought brand labels use many of the following ingredients.
GLYCERIN, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, NIACINAMIDE, ACETYL GLUCOSAMINE, ISOPROPYL LAUROYL SARCOSINATE, PANTHENOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONOL, TRIETHANOLAMINE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, CARBOMER, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, LAURETH-7, CETYL ALCOHOL, PEG-100 STEARATE, METHYLPARABEN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PROPYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, PEG-4 LAURATE, PEG-4 DILAURATE, IODOPROPYNYL
Some of these ingredients are known to be TOXIC, DRYING, and some are PROHIBITED to use in Europe and Japan due to their link to cancer, allergies, and irritations to the skin, eyes, and lungs.
We don’t promote instant results, However, we do promote a full, effective organic skin care regimen using professional products picked by you and your esthetician, tailored specifically to your individual needs. Professional products can last up to a year and if used properly will improve the condition and health of the skin. Using products actually improves the skin instead of artificially and temporarily plumping up an area. It’s never too early or too late to start using quality skin care products.
If you’re unsure where to begin, please give us a call and set up a complimentary skin care analysis with one of our experienced Licensed Estheticians.
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