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July Spa Newsletter

A Note From Jackie

jackieHappy July, Everyone! Summer is in full swing so it's time to dive in and have some fun!  I hope everyone is enjoying themselves!  Have you made your vacation plans yet?  Check out the article "Plan a Perfect Getaway" for some helpful planning tips for the perfect summer retreat!

July 4th is Independence Day, a time to celebrate with barbeques, the beach, and fireworks!  Stop by the spa for a spray tan so you can show off that summer glow at your special celebration!

July is also UV Safety Month.  Find out how to keep your skin safe in the featured article.  We have some wonderful sunscreens to protect you from the sun while keeping your skin hydrated.  So lather up, throw on a hat, and hit the beach!

Here's a little summer trivia for you!  Did you know that John Hancock, 1776, President of the Second Continental Congress, was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence?  This merchant by trade did so in an entirely blank space, making it the largest and most famous signature - hence the term John Hancock, which is still used today as a synonym for signature. Interesting, huh?

If you didn't have the chance to "Spacation" in June, don't worry! We're extending it through July! These are specially selected summer treatments perfect for any plans you have!

We invite you to stop in and visit us in July.

Stay safe and enjoy your summer!

- Jackie

Featured Article

Fun in the Sun...the Cancer-Free Way!

getawayJuly is UV Safety Month...a perfect opportunity to freshen up on the importance of UV safety.  Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body?  It protects against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Though we all love to be out in the sun, the harm it causes is vast.  The sun causes wrinkles, blotchy skin as well as skin cancer, the most common type of cancer.  How can you protect yourself and your loved ones?

First, it's important to understand the different types of skin cancers that can develop from the sun's harmful rays.   Basal cell is the most common but least dangerous skin cancer. Squamous cell is less common but more likely to spread, and may become fatal if not treated. Melanoma is the least common, but most aggressive, most likely to spread, and may become fatal if not treated. All three of these types of skin cancer require painful, costly removal methods. 

The Skin Cancer Foundation actively promotes the use of sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher when outdoors for any length of time. Here are some additional guidelines they recommend for keeping your skin safe this summer:

- Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM. This is when the sun's rays are the harshest.
- Do not burn.  Every sunburn increases your chance of melanoma.
seek shade- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Clothing can be your most effective form of sun protection, so make the most of it
- Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.  Look for any changes in your skin.
- See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.  Regular total-body checkups are the best way to make sure your skin is healthy.

Most people like to frolic in the sun during the summer months.   But, it's important to enjoy the sun responsibly by protecting your skin and that of your family members. So, enjoy the outdoors this summer.  Just don't forget these important tips for keeping you and your family cancer-free! 

Be sure to stop by the spa to pick up your sunscreen along with additional tips for keeping your skin vibrant and healthy while playing outdoors!

 

Spa Promotions

Spacation has been so popular, we're doing it again!

Take a Spacation!
The Spacation menu features summer's most popular treatments...some that help you prepare for bathing suit weather and some to help you repair from all the sun! 

Choose one treatment from group A and one from group B.  It's your choice! Pay only $150 for any combination!

Spacation Menu

coconut beachSpacation Group A
1Coconut Beach Scrub & Tan 
Enjoy a full body "coconut beach" scrub and steam shower, followed by an airbrush tan - you'll feel whisper light and be beach ready!

2Endermology Slimming and Contouring Body Treatment & 1/2 Leg Wax
 Minimize cellulite and smooth the contour of your body, then gently remove unwanted hair.  Lasts much longer than shaving!

3) 50 minute Photo Bio Stimulating Treatment
You will love the results! Stimulates cell repair, production of collagen & elastin, increases oxygen flow, decreases bacteria and improves skin texture and tone.

 4Revitalizing Peel Treatment with Anti-Aging Facial Massage & Lash Tint
Enjoy a custom "layered" facial peel, rejuvenating anti-aging facial massage, and cooling, toning facial mask. Then, we'll tint your eyelashes so you can forget the mascara for a while!

Call now to reserve! 410-535-6059

bahama mamaSpacation Group B
1)  Bahama Mama  or Watermelon Vodkatini Pedicure
Choose from 2 of summer's  best pedicures featuring the Farm House Fresh line of body care products

2)  Bikini and brow package
Remove unwanted hair along the bikini line (does not include Brazilian bikini).  Then, we will reshape your eyebrows to make them more beautiful and contoured

3) Shellac Manicure
Polish that lasts 2 weeks! Instantly dries. No worries about "dinging" your manicure after you've left the spa!

4) Classic Manicure with French Polish and Brow re-shape
A complete natural nail manicure finishing with the classic "French polish."  Beautiful and long-lasting! Then, have your eyebrows re-shaped to perfection!

Call now to reserve! 410-535-6059

Plan a Perfect Getaway

getawaySummer is here so it's time to make those plans for your perfect getaway! Whether you're planning a trip to sunny Florida, taking an exotic cruise to the Caribbean, or treating yourself to a spa weekend it's sure to be a whirlwind of excitement!  Effectively preparing for your vacation is essential for a stress-free experience.  The key to a relaxing vacation is PLANNING AHEAD!! Here are a few tips to assist you in organizing the perfect escape.

If you're heading to Barbados, Fiji, or another tropical destination, it's important to allot enough time to obtain passports for everyone going on the trip. Check the "U.S. Department of State Travel" page months in advance to determine current process times for passports so you can get all your documents in order.

Knowing what to pack is the next big thing when planning a vacation.  You want to keep it simple, but still include all of the essentials.  Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Make a List.  Make your list weeks in advance of every item you expect to take with you. This is the best way to guarantee you don't forget anything.  Those last minute runs to the store while on vacation can be costly.  Plan ahead so you can relax on your trip.  Keep this list in a Word Document and you will be able to use it every time you travel.

2. Pack Basic Colors.  Black, white, and khaki shorts or skirts are ideal clothing items for vacation.  These are basic colors that can be worn with just about anything. perfect getawayAnd you can recycle by wearing them more than once. This will limit the bulk in your suitcase and make packing an easy task. White shorts with a breezy tank top and flip-flops are the perfect outfit for a stroll on the beach.

3.Use Packing Aids. Vacuum-packed compression bags are great for minimizing your clothes and fitting them into your suitcase. Check Bed, Bath and Beyond, Amazon, or eBay for a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate you.

4. Go Travel-sized.  Using travel-sized face cream, lotions, sunblock, etc., makes going through security a breeze and it's a great way to reduce the bulk in your accessories bag.  Stop by the spa to stock up on all of your travel-sized personal items to make your vacation more enjoyable.

5. Planning your Pet's Vacation.  Where will your pet stay while you are on your vacation?  Don't wait for the last minute to find a pet sitter or pet motel.

Your summer vacation will be great with just a little planning.  So, pull out those travel brochures and start dreaming.  Your journey is about to begin!

 

Favorite Things

Favorite Things from Candice Levendosky

karen hollandMy favorite thing is the Colorescience Skin Brightening Primer with SPF. I love this product because I can't stress enough how important both a primer and SPF are, and this is the best of both worlds. This primer holds make-up on all day without giving you that "melted" look, and the SPF is perfect for protecting your skin while still looking fabulous!

Call 410-535-6059 for more info.

Spa Cuisine

Red, White and Blue Pita Pockets Recipe

Ingredients
recipe-pic- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 4 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound beef top sirloin steak, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
- 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 4 whole wheat pita pocket halves
- 2 cups torn red leaf lettuce
- 1/2 cup roasted sweet red peppers, drained and cut into strips
- 1/4 cup sliced red onion

Directions
1. In a large re-sealable plastic bag, combine the vinegar, oil and garlic; add the beef. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
2. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and blue cheese; set aside. Drain and discard marinade.
3. In a large nonstick skillet or wok coated with cooking spray, stir-fry beef for 2-3 minutes or until no longer pink. Line pita halves with lettuce, red peppers and onion; fill each with 1/3 cup beef. Serve with sour cream mixture. Makes 4 servings.

 

Ask a Therapist

Q: How often should you receive a massage?

heather rightnourA:  Without fail, this is one of the most common questions I receive as a massage therapist.  My first response is usually, "If a person had the time and the means to get a massage every day, it wouldn't be too often."  The truth is, though, how often you should get a massage treatment varies by the individual and doesn't follow a set formula. There are several factors to take into consideration.  Are you coming in for a specific "issue" or is this mainly for relaxation?  If it is to help de-stress, or what I like to refer to as "health maintenance," a minimum of a monthly massage appointment would be your best bet.  If there are issues, such as chronic pain or tightness, or after sustaining an injury (after you've been cleared for massage from your doctor) I would recommend coming in more frequently for a few weeks. If you are not feeling improvement after a few weeks of frequent massage, talk with your therapist about other options.

Receiving massage on a regular basis will help promote a healthy circulatory system, along with good posture. Massage also releases tension and pain in the muscles, allowing them to move more freely. People who receive massage frequently tend to be more flexible and comfortable in their bodies, since they are maintaining a higher level of general health.

Receiving a massage at least once a month will result in cumulative health benefits for clients, but an even greater frequency will be much more effective. Ultimately, the decision of how often you receive massage is based on input from your body, your massage therapist, and, in some cases, a doctor.

The frequency of your massage sessions is a personal choice.  Most clients seem to settle on a 2-4 week cycle. Throughout the years, my observation has been that a 7-8 week interval is too long to sustain the benefits that massage contributes, especially with chronic issues. 

To make the most out of your massage sessions, there are things you can do at home to help extend post massage benefits:
- Hydrate - in general but specifically after a massage treatment.  Think water, water, water.
- Stretch - to maintain joint mobility; I often suggest stretches specific to your needs after a session.
- Exercise - If you're ready to move, do it! 
- Body Awareness - Tune in to how your body feels; if it wants to rest, do so. Get enough sleep. Be aware of the effects the massage has had on your body.  Discuss it with your therapist when you come in for your next session.

Make self-care a part of your health regimen by scheduling regular massage sessions. It plays a huge part in sustaining a healthy, active lifestyle, which, in turn, promotes a general sense of well-being and graceful agingInvest in your health and reap the cumulative returns from regular massage therapy.

Answer from Shelby Rice

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