Our Services
We offer a variety of techniques and services and can customize your sessions to meet your needs. Prices are listed on the booking site for each service. We do not charge extra for different types of massage.

First visit is 20% off
Packages of 4 or more are 20% off
Military is 10% off (You may not combine discounts).

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Massage Services
 
Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy is the use oils and hydrosols that are extracted from grasses, leaves, flowers, fruits, bark, wood, bushes, needles, twigs, roots, resins, and shrubs from all over the world and are used for the overall enhancement of our physical and emotional well-being. Modern research has confirmed the therapeutic and medicinal qualities of essential oils as being anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-venomous, anti-depressive, anti-neuralgic, stimulant, nervine, digestive, diuretic and more.

This ancient art and science is a wonderful compliment to massage, reflexology, and body treatments and can be included with your service at no additional charge. Please let us know in advance if you are sensitive to certain oils or smells. Blends are custom made after consultation and suited to your individual needs. Michelle is currently enrolled in Clinical Aromatherapy Level 2 through the Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy. She offers Floracopeia essential oils available for purchase in her O'Fallon, IL office location.
 
 
 
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy®
Therapist: Michelle Kingston
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® is a type of massage in which the therapist gives all or most of the massage treatment with his/her feet and uses overhead bars to hold onto for balance. This specialized massage was developed by Ruthie Hardee in the United States in 1999. Barefoot massage has been practiced for thousands of years by Buddhist monks and is a part of ancient history in many eastern cultures.

Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® is a westernized version of barefoot massage and is very much like Swedish massage with flowing and relaxing strokes, yet the pressure is very heavy on the body like deep tissue massage. The technique is ideal for larger bodied clients that like a deep massage, however modifications can be made for different body types. Michelle is certified in Advanced Ashiatsu techniques through Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® workshops. She trained with certified instructors Mary Claire Fredette in Cincinnati, and Cindy Iwlew in the Chicago area

michelles ashiatsu massage video 43012 from Michelle's Massage on Vimeo

 
 
 
Bamboo Massage
Warm, smooth bamboo sticks are used by the therapist as a tool to massage the body. Bamboo massage can be easily integrated into most massage sessions upon request.

michelles bamboo massage video 43012 from Michelle's Massage on Vimeo.

 
 
 
Couples Massage
Enjoy a massage or body treatment with a spouse, friend, or loved one in the same room. Please let us know when booking if you have any special requests. When booking online, select "couples massage" and we will send you an e-mail confirmation if an additional therapist is available and your appointment is accepted.

Please note: Massages booked on or around New Year's Day and Valentine's Day require a 50% deposit, or payment in full at the time of booking the appointment. This will be refunded if you need to cancel within 24-hours notice.
 
 
 
Cupping Massage
Massage Cupping is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned at the area to be treated and, depending on the type of cups being used; a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.

The intended suction can range from light to heavy. This, along with the movements performed and areas treated by the therapist will produce stimulating (toning) or sedating (draining) effects. It is very important that therapists be able to effectively assess the condition (physical, mental and emotional) of their clients, before the procedure, so they employ the proper application of the cups to produce the desired outcome.

Cupping should not be applied on clients with cases of severe diseases, i.e. cardiac failure, renal failure, ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis and severe edema, as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic pupura, hemophilia and leukemia, and clients with dermatosis, destruction of skin, or allergic dermatitis. Cupping should not be applied to clients where hernia exists or has occurred in the past.

Benefits to the Recipient
  • Deep tissue work and release without discomfort
  • Moves stagnation and drains fluids
  • Relieves inflammation
  • Nervous system sedation
  • Stretches muscle and connective tissues
  • Loosens adhesions
  • Pulls blood supply to the skin
  • Facilitates the movement of Qi and blood systemically and locally
  • Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid
  • Treats excess heat conditions, fever, stress, depression and anxiety
  • Cleans the blood and lymph and helps to balance PH levels
  • The suction created by cupping pulls stagnant fluids to the surface, removes toxic pathogens and promotes fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich blood & lymp
Conditions Responding to Cupping
  • Colds & Influenza
  • Headaches
  • Abscesses
  • Arthritis
  • Intercostal Neuralgia
  • Intestinal disorders
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sciatica
  • Rheumatism
  • High blood pressure, stroke and arteriosclerosis
  • Bronchial asthma & congestion
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Kidney disorders (including frequent/urgent urination)
  • Dispels colds and respiratory infections
  • Relieves gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Liver disorders
  • Gallbladder disorders
  • Dermatological disorders
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Anxiety & insomnia
  • Post-injury trauma
  • Post-surgery adhesions
  • Cellulite
  • Musculo-skeletal problems: pain, spasms, cramps, tightness, numbness, stiffness of the back and neck
  • Chronic gastric pain
  • Vertigo
  • Menopausal discomforts
  • Activates the skin, clears stretch marks and wrinkles and improves varicose veins
 
 
 
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage simply refers to massage techniques that are designed to go to the deeper layers of muscle tissue to break up chronic adhesions ( or "knots"), relax muscle tension, relieve pain, and induce relaxation. Some examples of deep tissue massage which may be integrated into your session are NeuroMuscular Therapy™ and Ashiastu Oriental Bar Therapy®.

If you experience chronic pain and tension please don't be discouraged if you still have tension after one deep tissue massage. We may ask you to come back again within a few days or a week so that you can get the full benefit. (It is also a good idea to plan ahead a monthly visit). If you are unable to come back again soon, it is recommended to use a heating pad, take hot bath epson salt bath, or use cold packs at home to lessen tension or pain. Sometimes after a deep tissue massage you may feel some soreness the next day. Please drink plenty of water after your massage to rehydrate your body and lessen the possibility of soreness. Also limit alcohol and caffeine intake, or anything that causes dehydration, and do not sit for long periods (such as in a car or on a plane) right after your massage.

michelles deep tissue massage video 43012 from Michelle's Massage on Vimeo.

 
 
 
Hot Sea Shell Massage
Warm or hot sea shells are integrated into your massage session soothing aching muscles and lightly exfoliating skin. Simply select a customized massage and enter "sea shells" in the notes or let us know during your booking. Sea shell massage is available with Michelle or Carla.

 
 
 
Hot Stone Massage
Smooth, warm or hot stones of various sizes are used to massage and relax muscles following hands-on techniques. They can be used in a soothing, creative, and rhythmic motion for massage and laid on the body as well. Michelle began using hot stones during an elective course in 2001. She feels she has mastered their use and enjoys incorporating them into massage sessions upon request.

michelles hot stones massage video 43012 from Michelle's Massage on Vimeo.



 
 
 
Infant and Pediatric Massage
Therapist: Michelle Kingston
Infant massage is a gentle massage tailored for babies. Infant massage has been shown to:

  • Help premature babies gain weight
  • Increase circulation
  • Relieve gas, constipation, and symptoms of colic
  • Relieve stress
  • Create a special bond with the parent/s and caregiver/s


Michelle received training in infant and children's massage from Ivy Tech State College of Indiana in 2001. She has conducted workshops and helped many parents learn to massage their babies and children. She has massaged her own children since birth. If you would like an infant or child massage, please request Michelle for 30 minutes. She will show you how to massage your baby or child during the session. Flexiblity is okay with baby and child appointments. We understand and can reschedule when needed if your baby is too tired, hungry, fussy, etc.

Pediatric massage refers to massage specifically tailored to the needs of children and adolescents. Pediatric massage can be beneficial for helping to relieve stress, anxiety, and symptoms of ADHD, among others. Stress is not just an adult problem. Children can have physical and emotional stress just like adults. They may experience this from school, while traveling, through divorce, from sports, and from other strenuous activities. Massage is beneficial for growth and building the immune system as well. These are all reasons that parents may seek to provide massage therapy for their children. I modify techniques and use very modest draping, or recommend that children and adolescents leave their clothing on for their comfort level. Parental permission is required for those under 18. Reflexology is also a wonderful way to help children relax and get relief from tension in the body.

 
 
 
Lymphatic Drainage
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage:

The massage is, on the whole, a very light technique. This is because the practitioner is trying to influence vessels that are situated in the skin layers. The aim of the therapist is to restore equilibrium in the tissues. If the body is not in this state of equilibrium, and there is too much fluid in the tissues, they become soft and 'boggy' to the touch. If excess fluid is present it can interfere with cell nutrition – oxygen and nutrients will take longer to pass through the tissues and get from the bloodstream to the cells through the interstitial fluid. This will also mean that waste products from cell metabolism will take longer to move from cells to the transport system, which will remove them from the body. If the lymphatic system is functioning well, we feel well. There are many reasons for the Lymphatic system to be sluggish and not functioning well, leaving fluid static in the tissues. Pollution, toxins, poor nutrition, mucous formation, overload from previous viral or bacterial infections etc – these are all things that can give rise to cellular stagnation.

 
 
 
Myofascial Release
Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles. Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Fascia supports and protects these structures. Osteopathic theory proposes that this soft tissue can become restricted due to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Although fascia and its corresponding muscle are the main targets of myofascial release, other tissue may be addressed as well, including other connective tissue.

 
 
 
Neuromuscular Therapy American Version™
Neuromuscular Therapy--American Version™ (NMT) has been developed and taught by Judith Delany, LMT since 1984. It is a thorough program of recovery from acute and chronic pain that uses specific protocols of massage therapy, stretching, and home care for treating areas of muscle pain, spasms, and tension. This scientific aproach to muscular pain relief will help to bring balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement) and it releases endorphins--the body's own natural pain killers. It can be part of a comprehensive program, complementing all other health care modalities. *NMT examines six physiological factors that may create or intensify pain patterns.

Michelle received certification in NeuroMuscular Therapy--American Version™ (NMT) in 2011 through The Body Therapy Center and School of Massage in Swansea, IL (in collaboration with Southwestern Illinois College) and was trained by certified instructor Holly Pinto, LMT, NCTMB.

"NMT is one of my favorite and most useful techniques that I have learned! I integrate NMT protocols in nearly all massages to help clients with specific complaints of muscle pain and tension." Michelle

*NMT examines:
  • Ischemia (inadequate blood supply to an area)
  • Trigger Points (a sensitive area of the body, that when stimulated causes pain in the area or has an effect in another area)
  • Nerve Entrapment/Compression
  • Postural Distortions
  • Nutrition
  • Emotional Wellbeing
 
 
 
On-Site Massage
We can bring our tables or chairs and supplies to your office, home, or event within a reasonable driving distance.*

*Sorry, no hotel rooms. All appointments are by request and not guaranteed. Some requests may not be honored until you are an established client in our office. Please call Michelle directly at 618-975-6840 to request an on-site massage.

Rates for on-site services: $70 per hour, per therapist + $25 outcall fee per therapist for chair or table massages.

Example 1): Couples massage at your home=$190 (2 therapists set up two tables)
Example 2): One therapist for 3 hours giving timed massages to your guests=$235.
Example 3): Two therapists for 2 hours giving timed massages to your guests=$190

On-site massage is a great idea for:
  • people that are homebound
  • workplace incentive programs
  • wedding parties
  • spa parties
  • pool parties
  • sporting events
  • couples massage
 
 
 
Prenatal (Pregnancy) Massage
Prenatal or pregnancy massage is specifically tailored for a pregnant woman's needs. Extra pillows and cushions are used for comfort and proper positioning. Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the extremities, and relieve muscle and joint aches and pains. The massage can be comforting for mom and baby. One option for prenatal massage that may be offered is with the bodyCushion™ which is a cushioning system that can allow a pregnant woman (or anyone with a large midsection or breasts) to lay with her head in a face cradle and belly and breasts positioned in the cut-out portion of the bodyCushion™. The other option for prental massage is in the traditional side-lying position in which body and wedge pillows can be used for support. Your therapist may decide what is best depending on how many weeks along and the therapists' training. We prefer to see you after 13 weeks. If you have any special concerns, a doctor's note may be required. Please check with your therapist when booking if you are unsure.

 
 
 
Reflexology
One of Michelle's favorite healing modalities, reflexology, is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the glands, organs, and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas. It is used to relax tension, improve blood supply, promote the unblocking of nerve impulses, and to help nature achieve homeostasis. Reflexology is also refered to as "zone therapy" and its origin dates back to ancient Egypt as evidenced by inscriptions found in a physician's tomb (mastaba). It may also be related to Oriental Pressure Therapy or simply "Chinese reflexology" which also includes pressing on reflexes in the ears.

Michelle first learned reflexology at Ivy Tech State College of Indiana in 2004 as an elective. She has also completed phases l and ll of training in The Ingham Method® of reflexology through the International Institute of Reflexology® (IIR) with certified instructors David Covalt and Ted Stansbury and the president of IIR, Dwight Byers. Michelle combines this method of thumb and finger "walking" pressure along with aromatherapy massage of the feet and/or hands for all reflexology treatments and also integrates these treatments with most massage therapy sessions.

 
 
 
Sports Massage
Sports massage is suited for individuals involved in regular physical activity or those beginning a work out regimen. The massage can be modified for pre or post events. I can integrate various techniques into a sports massage such as compressions, deep tissue, stretching, shaking/vibrations, NeuroMuscular Therapy™, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® and Swedish style massage and focus attention on the areas of the body that are aggravated by specific sports or weight lifting/training.

 
 
 
Swedish Massage
Swedish massage (or classic massage) is a massage in which the therapist uses effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (squeezing or kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), shaking/vibration, and cross-fiber friction to relieve tension, improve circulation, and promote relaxation of the body and mind.

michelles swedish massage video 43012 from Michelle's Massage on Vimeo.



 
 
 
Tandem Massage
Prepare to feel like a king or queen with this "spoiling" session! Michelle's favorite! A tandem massage is when two therapists work on you at once in an hour session. You will feel like you had a two hour massage after this one. This makes an excellent gift as well.

 
 
 
The "Royal Treatment"
The "Royal Treatment" is Michelle's signature treatment which includes an exfoliating salt or sugar scrub, a body mud masque, reflexology, and aromatherapy facial massage, a combination of massage techniques such as Swedish massage, deep tissue/therapeutic massage, and hot stone massage. Session time is aproximately 2 1/2 hours.

 
 
 
The "Works"
The "Works" is a 2-hour customized session which may include any or all of the following: Swedish massage, deep tissue/therapeutic massage, reflexology, hot stone massage, aromatherapy, and a salt or sugar scrub for the hands and feet. You may also select a 2-hour massage and customize your session.

 
 
 
Trigger Point Therapy
Therapist: Elizabeth Adams
Trigger points refer to patterns of sensation such as sharp pain, dull ache, tingling, pins and needles, or hot or cold. They can create symptoms such as nausea, ear ache, equilibrium disturbance, or blurred vision. These small, hyperirritable sites in the muscle tissue sometimes refer pain to other locations attributing to headaches or sciatica. Trigger points usually occur up and down your body along the length of the muscle. They are most common in the axial muscles (muscles that control the movement of the body from side to side), especially those used to maintain posture, but can be found throughout the body.

Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.

Elizabeth Adams provides trigger point massage therapy. She studied trigger point therapy with Amber Davies in Lexington, KY.

Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy
  • increased circulation and nutrition to muscles
  • assists in moving lymphatic fluid and lactic acid
  • realign deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue
  • relieve chronically tense and contracted areas of the body
  • relieve muscle tension or injury
  • breakdown adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  • reduced soft tissue inflammation
  • increase range of motion
  • improved posture
Contraindications for Trigger Point Therapy
  • severe high blood pressure (not medically controlled)
  • extreme dialated vericose veins
  • skin conditions; shingles/herpes, extreme dermatitis such as eczema, acne, psoriasis
  • open wounds, sores, bruises or rashes
  • peripheral vascular disease
  • pregnancy
 
 
 
Other Services
 
Auriculotherapy
Therapist: Thea Flock
Auriculotherapy is similar to ear acupuncture, but uses no needles. A microcurrent stimulator is placed on reflex points on the outside ear. Patients may feel a tingling sensation, but the therapy does not hurt. These reflex points then send a message to the brain based on the location of the reflex point being treated. The production of natural pain relieving endorphins and enkephalins are stimulated, resulting in a better sense of well-being and relaxation.

Auriculotherapy is also known as auricular medicine. It's beginnings date back to early Chinese medicine and became popular in western medicine in 1950. It is used by practitioners all over the world with excellent results. It is used widely for pain control, addictions of all kinds, internal disorders, emotional issues, and a host of other problems. Chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, and dentists routinely see excellent results from properly applied auricular treatments.

Auriculotherapy is often effective when other treatments have failed. Best of all, it is safe, non-invasive and has no known side effects.

Auriculotherapy is contraindicated for pregnant mothers, pacemakers or other electrical implanted devices.

Dr. Flock has been trained and practiced Auriculotherapy for over 20 years.

 
 
 
Chemical Peel
Therapist: Liz Johnston
Chemical Peels use chemical ingredients to safely exfoliate the outer layers of skin. Peels help a variety of skin concerns including, dry and dull, hyperpigmentation, acne, and fine lines and wrinkles. Peels are added into facials and the peel is determined during consultation and skin analysis.

Lactic- smooths, hydrates, and brightens. Great for a first time peeler

Salicylic- an antiseptic exfoliant that deeply cleanses pores. Great for clients with acne

Glycolic- improves the appearance of aging skin and uneven skin tone and texture

 
 
 
Chiropractic
Therapist: Thea Flock
For questions regarding chiropractic services, please contact Dr. Thea Flock, D.C. at 618-641-9595
 
 
 
Cranial Sacral Therapy
Therapist: David King
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics. Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams (about the weight of a nickel) practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
 
 
 
Epilfree-Permanent Hair Reduction
Coming soon...Epilfree is the new generation of lasting hair reduction that combines simplicity of use with extraordinary results. It is a natural solution for the unwanted hair that is effective for almost anyone, any hair color or skin type, anywhere on the body. The treatment is done in 3 easy steps:

1. Wax unwanted hair from area.

2. Activator is applied to open the follicle more than the normal size to let Epilfree Toner absorb.

3. Epilfree Toner gel is applied and massaged into the skin until it is fully absorbed. The active, plant-based ingredients in Epilfree fuse the root hair cells and prevent them from re-growing a new hair, permanently.

 
 
 
Eyelash and Brow Tinting
Therapist: Liz Johnston
Eyebrow Tinting-Customized for your eyebrows, eye brow tinting creates greater definition and also lessens the need for products such as eyebrow mascara and eyebrow pencil. This is a quick service that can be added to your eyebrow wax appointment easily.

Eye Lash Tinting- Tinting the eyelashes is a quick and easy solution for those who depend on mascara to darken lightly-colored lashes. This treatment is perfect for clients with blonde, reddish or light brown hair that want more clearly defined features. Whether you want to wake up in the morning with your “eyes on” or forget about waterproof mascara during the summer time, you’ll be happy with the results of eyelash tinting.

 
 
 
Facials
Relaxing Spa Facial--60 minutes

This facial sets the standard for creating and maintaining healthier, younger-looking skin. The facial includes consultation, cleansing, an exfoliation mask with steam, facial, neck, and shoulder massage, moisturizing treatment masque, and a relaxing massage for the arms, hands, and feet during your facial treatment.

Classic Spa Facial--45 minutes

This facial gives you the classic essentials for creating and maintaining healthy skin. It includes skin consultation, cleansing, an exfoliating masque with steam, and moisturizing treatment masque. This session also includes a relaxing massage for the arms and hands.

Express Spa Facial--30 minutes

This facial is great as a touch up between regular facials, to freshen up skin before an evening out, or as an add-on to another service. It includes skin consultation, cleansing, an exfoliating masque with steam, and a relaxing massage for the arms and hands.

To book online with Licensed Esthetician and Cosmotologist, Liz Johnston, click here. Liz offers more advanced peels, masques, and facials and may customize your sessions according your skin care needs.

 
 
 
Infrared
Therapist: Thea Flock
For questions regarding chiropractic services, please contact Dr. Thea Flock, D.C. at 618-641-9595.
 
 
 
Kinesio Taping
Therapist: Brad Lemons
The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.

Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio® Tex Tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the Kinesio® Tex Tape application and other possible treatments or modalities. With the utilization of single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X”, “Y” or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application, Kinesio® Tex Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimize performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.

 
 
 
Microdermabrasion
Therapist: Liz Johnston
Microdermabrasion is a simple and effective form of exfoliation. It is considered a mechanical or physical exfoliation using Diamonds to remove the outer layer of dead or damaged skin cells revealing a more youthful skin. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment designed to improve the overall texture, tone and clarity of the skin while restoring the skin’s elasticity.

How does it work?

This type of exfoliation is performed by gently exfoliating the skin with a diamond tip wand designed to remove the outer most layers of the epidermis(stratum corneum) followed with a vacuum suction action that removes the excess exfoliated skin. While the diamonds are performing the exfoliation, the vacuum suction action taking place is equally important because it is stimulating the lower layers of the skin combining skin exfoliation with regenerating suction, this unique system stimulates subdermal activities that "renew" the anti-aging mechanisms of the skin that slow with age. Microdermabrasion is recommended in a series, the results are cumulative and improve with each treatment.

How many treatments are needed?

Microdemabrasion is a progressive treatment, not aggressive. Although one microdermabrasion will yield a fresher, smoother looking skin, generally results are realized after the forth, fifth or sixth treatment. Average treatment protocol is 4-12 treatments. How many treatments might be necessary will depend on the condition of the skin and the needs of the client. Initially treatments can be performed every 7-10 days or 10-14 days apart. Once the series of treatments is completed it is recommended that monthly maintenance continue in order to maintain the desired result.

What type of skin can benefit from it?

All skin types and skin colors can benefit from microdermabrasion treatments. Aging, congested, flaky, dry, devitalized, thickened, blemished, dull and sun damaged skin will be rejuvenated and refreshed. Blotchiness, uneven skin tones and texture will be improved. Microdermabrasion will reduce the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, chicken pox scars, brown/age spots, fine-lined wrinkles (rhytides), hyperkeratosis (overgrowth of the hornylayer), large pores, and other skin imperfections. 5 {features} no down time non-invasive immediate results suitable for most skin types/skin colors minimal risk/side effects {benefits} smooth out the surface of the skin stimulates collagen and elastin aids in producing more normal cell production stimulates lymph and blood cells move more evenly toward the epidermis, shed more evenly {areas treated} face, neck and decollete shoulders and back hands elbows and knees {treatable skin conditions} dehydrated/dull skin fine lines/aging skin acne/acne scarring photo-aged skin/hyperpigmentation PIH - post inflammatory hyperpigmentation6 {client consultation} very thorough profile and history.

What Skin types should NOT get microdermabrasion?

Active acne accutane users (should be off for minimum of 6 months), sunburn, rosacea-advanced stages cancer/skin cancer, untreated diabetes, vitiligo, raised moles, warts, skin tags, keloid, scarring, and/or eczema/psorasis.

 
 
 
Mud Masque
Soothe, heal and cleanse the body and mind! The natural healing properties of Dead Sea Mud and selected clays are blended with essential oils which are rich in anti-inflammatory, desensitizing and healing properties. The mud is applied to the body after an exfoliating salt or sugar scrub as part of a body treatment combo or as part of the "Royal Treatment." You may receive foot reflexology and an aromatherapy facial massage while you are wrapped in the masque. The mud is removed with hot, moist towels so you never have to leave the warm table to take a shower! After the treatment you will receive a hydrating massage with the oil or body butter of your choice! The body treatment combo lasts 90 minutes and includes a salt or sugar scrub and rehydrating massage. The "Royal Treatment" lasts 2 and 1/2 hours and includes most services.

 
 
 
Paraffin
Therapist: Thea Flock
Paraffin wax has a very high heat capacity, meaning it is able to absorb and retain a great amount of heat. A paraffin wax spa takes advantage of paraffin's heat-retaining capacity in a simple process called heat transfer. In technical terms, heat is transferred to the core of the affected area as paraffin goes through a phase change. As it melts, the paraffin becomes a liquid and is able to retain more heat. Then, when a hand, foot, or other area is dipped into the heated bath, the phase of the paraffin that surrounds the dipped area quickly changes into a solid. The heat that is given off is called the heat of fusion.

More simply, the heat that goes into melting the paraffin comes out when it solidifies into a comforting paraffin coating, thus transferring the heat into the affected limb. Another way to look at it is the paraffin is the medium that transfers heat from the Therabath to the painful area.

At the same time, the heat from the paraffin opens pores and increases circulation in the skin. This is why paraffin is so beneficial to skin, leaving skin softened and more radiant. See more information on paraffin treatment hygiene.

Are Therabath Paraffin Treatments Sanitary?

Yes, Therabath paraffin treatments are sanitary even when multiple people dip in the same bath. Here is why:

WR Medical Electronics has sold paraffin units and refill paraffin since 1962 and paraffin therapy has been used in hospitals and clinics for over 90 years. In the 90+ years that traditionally performed paraffin therapy treatments have been administered in hospitals, clinics, spas, and salons worldwide, no complaints of cross-contamination have been logged with the FDA.

Therabath paraffin contains no water, no oxygen, and is maintained at 130 degrees (54 degrees C). High temperature and lack of oxygen and water make a hostile environment for survival of pathogens. A 1996 study by Oregon State University where Therabath paraffin was inoculated with bacteria and fungi concluded “it appears that bacteria and fungi do not survive a long time in paraffin baths”.

When a hand or foot is immersed into melted paraffin, it is instantaneously coated with a layer of solidified paraffin, so what is on the skin stays on the skin. This instant barrier is formed because human skin is 22 degrees cooler than the melting point of the paraffin, and is maintained at or near that temperature by circulated blood, so the paraffin congeals as soon as it touches the skin. Because the barrier forms immediately, germs and dirt on the skin are instantly encapsulated and unable to contaminate the remaining paraffin in the bath during the initial or subsequent immersions, as confirmed by a 2007 lab study performed by R-Tech Laboratories. Additionally, R-Tech performed a “worst case scenario” study where used paraffin was returned to the bath. The results of the “worst case scenario” test support the results of a 1986 University of Minnesota study. For best results, always follow instructions for use that state used paraffin should be discarded.

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Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment
Therapist: Thea Flock
Peripheral Neuropathy refers to a disease that results when your nerves, the ones that connect to your brain and spinal cord, are damaged and diseased.

These symptoms are related to the type of nerve affected and can be seen over a period of weeks, or even years. Muscle weakness is the most common symptom of nerve damage. Other symptoms may include: painful cramps and uncontrolled muscle twitching visible under the skin, muscle loss, bone degeneration, and changes in the skin, hair, and nails. These more general degenerative changes can result from nerve fiber loss.

It can be cause by diabetes, cancer therapy drugs, statin drugs, back problems like stenosis, degenerative disc disease and arthritis, even a severe trauma or injury, just to name a few.

 
 
 
Salt or Sugar Scrub
Dead sea salts are a used as wonderful scrub to increase circulation, move the lymphatic system, exfoliate the skin, and to ease ischemic muscles. They also have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The salts can be used together with carrier oil and aromatherapy oils. Hot, moist towels are used to remove the salt while you on are the warm massage table. After the salt is removed you will receive a massage with the oil or shea body butter of your choice. Your skin will feel amazingly soft, and smooth and will have a very appealing natural glow! Sugar scrub and cream based scrub have many of the same benefits and are available for those that prefer something more gentle. Dead sea salt and sugar scrubs are also perfect to have before a mud masque.

Not for use on the face, on cuts, abrasions, or areas of the body that were just shaved within the last 8 hours. (A less abrasive exfoliant can be substituted for areas that were recently shaved).

 
 
 
Waxing
Brow shaping-$12 Lip-$9 Chin-$9 Full face-$40 Leg-1/2-$30 Leg-Full-$55 Arm-1/2-$20 Arm-Full-$35 Underarms-$20 Bikini-$30 Modified Bikini-$50 Brazilian-$60 (females only) Back-$45 Chest-$45 See Liz for Brazilian and Bikini
 
 
 
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