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4 Skin Care Resolutions to Make in the New Year

If your New Year’s resolution is to be healthier in 2017, don’t forget to include your skin! Don’t worry about overhauling your entire skincare routine all at once — make small changes along the way to avoid becoming overwhelmed and giving up. With that in mind, we compiled a list of minimal alterations to help you maintain a healthy complexion throughout the year.

Drink Water
This is probably on your list of resolutions already, but drinking more water is vital for healthier skin (don’t forget, our bodies are made up of about 70 percent water!). Stick to the 8×8 rule; eight ounces of water, eight times a day. There are apps you can download on your phone that will remind you to keep drinking that H20.

Stick to a Routine
Once you find your ideal skincare routine, write it down on a piece of paper and stick it on your bathroom mirror. This will remind you to take care your face before you go to bed and when you wake up. Soon enough, it will become second nature.

Change Pillowcase
Your pillowcase can collect tons of bacteria fairly quickly, so you should aim to change your pillowcase at least twice a week. If you were lucky enough to score some cash over the holidays, you should also consider purchasing pillowcases made with natural fabrics, as they are known to be extremely gentle on skin.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Even though the holidays are over, the harsh cold weather is here to stay for a few more months, especially in Chicago. When you apply lotion or oil to your skin it locks in hydration, preventing dry, cracked skin. The long-term benefits of moisturizing, like anti-aging and even skin tone, are another reason you should moisturize every day.

Sticking to New Year’s resolutions can be hard, but if you start by making small changes, you will eventually reap the rewards. If you want to start the new year on the right track, consider treating yourself to a skin peel!

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Deep Tissue Massage 101: Everything You Should Know

A deep tissue massage is similar to a Swedish massage but is aimed to relieve chronic muscle tension through increased pressure. Deep tissue and Swedish massages utilize similar strokes, but deep tissue massage uses slower movements, deeper pressure and is concentrated on specific areas of tension. This is so that the massage therapist is able to reach the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles).

Technique
In order to get into the deeper layers of the muscles, the massage therapist will prime the body with Swedish massage strokes. Once the muscles have loosened up, the therapist will go deeper into the tissue using stronger and slower movements. During certain parts of the massage, people will find some discomfort or pain. It is important for the client to let their therapist know when something hurts or is outside of their comfort range. There may be some soreness after the massage, but it usually subsides within a day.

Benefits
Deep tissue massage is recommended for any with chronic muscle pain. This bodywork can assist in reducing muscle tension, increasing range of motion and improving posture. There are many muscular conditions that can be treated through deep tissue massage, such as, osteoarthritis, sciatica or fibromyalgia.

If you have some kind of condition related to your muscles or joints, a deep tissue massage can be extremely beneficial in relieving that pain. We would be happy to discuss more about the benefits of this type of massage and determine if it’s a right fit for your needs.

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Hot Stone Massage 101: Everything You Should Know

The word “hot” in hot stone massage can scare people away, but it’s probably one of the more soothing types of massages offered at a spa. If you have never had a hot stone massage but want to try it, here is everything you should know about this type of bodywork.

Equipment
Stones come in many shapes and sizes for hot stone massages. Depending on your body type, the massage therapist will determine which stones will be the most effective: bigger stones are used for the back and legs; smaller stones are used for the face and feet; and pointed stones are used to get deeper into muscles. The stones are heated in a pot with hot water. When the therapist is ready to use one, they will spoon out a stone, place it in a towel for a few seconds to cool it off.

Technique
Before using the stones, the therapist will gently massage the body for a few minutes using oil to warm up the tissues and loosen muscles. The therapist will then remove the stones from the pot and cool them down to a tolerable temperature for the client. Similar to getting into a hot tub, the initial feeling may be alarming since your body is not used to such warm temperatures, but you will adapt quickly. If you feel it is too hot, let your therapist know and she will give the stones extra time to cool off.

The therapist will begin by placing one of the larger stones, wrapped in a towel, near the end of the spine. This is a very delicate part of the back which is why a sedentary hot stone is used. The therapist will use a stone in each hand to gently glide them up and down the back to spread the tissue and release muscle tension. These stones should act as extension of the therapist’s hands. As we mentioned before, the therapist will sometimes use longer, pointed stones in order to get deeper into muscles, such as the scapula or the base of the back.

Benefits
The primary benefit of a hot stone massage is deep muscle relaxation. These treatments are more effective than other massages when it comes to getting deeper into the tissue. If you have overly stiff or tight muscles, you will get more out of a hot stone massage than any other type of bodywork. Additionally, as the heat from the stones infiltrates your body, this opens up blood vessels, allowing improved circulation.

A hot stone massage can also result in mental benefits as well as physical. Many clients find that the relaxation acquired through a hot stone massage can help ease and stress or tension in the mind. While massage therapy is not a substitute for traditional medical care, it should be an integral part of your well being.
If you’re considering scheduling a hot stone massage at Spavia, we welcome the opportunity to show you the many therapeutic advantages we have to offer.

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Sports Massage 101: Everything You Should Know

It’s common to think that a sports massage is only suitable for Olympians or professional athletes, but it’s time to debunk that misconception. Even if you consider yourself an amateur runner or hit the gym every so often, a sports massage is ideal for you, too. Any type of physical activity puts an enormous amount of strain on our muscles, and it is critical to treat injuries as well as take preventive measures. Here is what you should know about sports massages:

Definition
“Sports massage is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries. Sports massage has three basic forms: pre-event massage, post-event massage, and maintenance massage.” (Encyclopedia.com)

Technique
A sports massage will not be the same for all clients. Depending on what type of activity you do, the massage therapist will focus on muscles that have seen large amounts of stress or strain. These are muscles that go through repetitive and aggressive movements as a part of the sport or activity. As stated before, there are three basic forms of a sports massage: pre-event massage, post-event massage and maintenance massage. Here is what each technique entails:

  • Pre-event Massage
    Consists mainly of brisk effleurage (light stroking using the palms or thumbs) to warm the muscles and petrissage (two-handed kneading) to help muscles move easily and reduce muscle tension. The therapist will increase pressure during the massage so that the muscles begin to contract and flex. The part of the body being massaged varies from sport to sport, although leg and back muscles are common targets for this type of massage.
  • Post-event Massage
    For maximum benefit, a post-event massage is usually given 1 to 2 hours after the competition is over giving a chance for dilated blood vessels to return to normal. It conisists of light and gentle strokes in order not to damage stressed muscles. The goal is to recovery time and alleviate strains and soreness.
  • Maintenance Massage
    Maintenance massage is performed at least once a week while the athlete is in training. The back and legs are common targets. Deep effleurage and petrissage are used to relax and tone tight muscles.

Benefits
Here are some of the many benefits that a sports massage can provide: stimulates the flow of blood and nutrients to the muscles, reduces muscle tension, keeps the tissues loose allowing the muscles to easily slide over each other, alleviates strains and soreness, reduces the development of scar tissue, increases flexibility and range of motion.

Anyone who does some type of physical activity on a regular basis should consider adding a sports massage into their monthly routine. If you would like to speak further if sports massage therapy is right for you, we would be happy to assist.

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Swedish Massage 101: Everything You Should Know

When you think of massage, Swedish massage is what typically comes to mind. While there are other forms of therapeutic treatments, the Swedish massage is the foundation for many. Despite the commonality, the Swedish massage has a very distinct method and certain benefits that other types of massages don’t provide. Here is what you should know about this type of bodywork:

Technique
The Swedish massage uses a series of five strokes developed by Swedish doctor Per Henrik Ling:

Effleurage – It’s a French term that means to glide. This is usually the first one performed because it helps the client relax before getting deeper into the tissue. It’s essentially gliding strokes on either side of the spine.

Petrissage – Another French term that means to knead or lift. The therapist will use thumbs and hands to get deeper into the tissue. This also increases circulation while making the tissue pliable.

Tapotement or Rhythmic Tapping – Using the sides of their hands, the therapist will create a firm tapping motion, increasing the tissue surface circulation. This allows the muscles to loosen up while also energizing them.

Friction – This involves compression with circular movements across the muscle fibers, causing the muscles to rub up and down. The palm or forearm is used to create a circular motion, which helps spread the tissue and release muscle tension.

Vibration or Shaking – The fingers are used to create a vibrating motion to wake up the nerves and tissues, as well as increase blood flow to any targeted area.

Benefits
Most people request a Swedish massage to release physical tensions. While it definitely improves the body’s physical functionality, a Swedish massage can also relieve a lot of emotional stress that we endure on a daily basis. By increasing blood flow and improving digestion and muscle movement, Swedish massages are starting to be accepted as a medical necessity, not just for one’s recreation.

If you’ve never had a massage but plan to schedule one soon, a Swedish massage is the best place to start. At Spavia, we welcome the opportunity to show you the many therapeutic advantages massages have to offer.

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