The Benefits of Pregnancy Massages for You and Baby

Massage is certainly one of the best ways you can indulge yourself, but did you know that massage is especially helpful for pregnant women?

 

During pregnancy, mothers-to-be experience dramatic changes that can cause discomfort and exhaustion. Think about it. You are carrying a baby inside you for several months. This alone creates tension on your back, neck and shoulders. Add to this the sore ankles. And not to mention the mental fatigue!

 

Preparing for motherhood is truly life-changing, but it doesn’t have to be hard all the time.

 

Pregnancy massage is one easy way to relieve you of physical and mental stress. It’s a therapeutic technique designed to ease muscles and joints, improve circulation and help expectant women feel good about their changing bodies.

 

It’s not so different from other types of therapeutic massage, in that both are for relaxation. But for pregnancy massage, it’s all about customizing massage strokes and techniques to suit pregnant women’s needs.

 

Pregnancy Massage: Amazing Benefits

 

Massage therapy has been proven to bring a lot of benefits during pregnancy. Such benefits include:

 

  • Relieves muscle and joint pains

 

In a 2010 study, it was found that pregnant women who received massage therapy for about 20 minutes per week for 5 weeks experienced relief from upper and lower back pains, leg cramps and hip joint pains that are commonly experienced during pregnancy.

 

  • Boosts immunity for mother and baby

 

Massage improves blood circulation, which enables oxygen and nutrients to be distributed throughout the body, while toxins are flushed away.

 

For pregnant women, this means both mother and fetus receive nutrients needed for health, while the immune system is strengthened.

 

  • Helps maintain good posture

 

During pregnancy, your body changes alignment. Whether it’s a small or a huge baby bump, the extra weight from the baby changes your centre of gravity.

 

Regular massage increases muscle flexibility, which can enhance your posture and overall ability to carry that additional weight while keeping your legs and back strong.

 

  • Improves relaxation and sleeping habits

 

You know one of those ‘happy hormones’, endorphins? During pregnancy massage, the body releases endorphins that help the mother stay relaxed and at ease.

 

This is also linked to better sleep quality, which is important for both mum and baby.

 

  • Lowers likelihood of prematurity

 

Stress is a big no-no for pregnant women, because when the stress hormone cortisol is released, it could give a signal to birth the baby even when it’s not yet full term.

 

Studies have found that pregnancy massage is effective in lowering anxiety and depression in expectant women, lowering the risk of premature birth.

 

  • Lessens labour pains

 

In one study, women who were already in labour were massaged on their back and legs during the first 15 minutes of their labour phases. The result was astounding: those who were massaged experienced less pain during the first two phases of labour.

 

What’s more, their labours were 3 hours shorter compared to women who were not massaged.

 

Is Pregnancy Massage Safe?

 

Specialists and massage therapists alike recommend that pregnancy massage shouldn’t be started until after the first trimester. Why? Because during the first trimester, there’s a much higher risk for miscarriage.

 

While pregnancy massage has never been proven to cause a miscarriage, the likelihood of miscarrying is always bigger during the first few months of pregnancy.

 

So, just to be safe and avoid any risks, doctors and therapists counsel against first trimester massage for pregnant women.

 

Most massage therapists want clearance from your doctor before providing any treatment anyway, so it’s best to consult with your obstetrician or midwife first before getting a pregnancy massage. They may also be able to recommend a practitioner for you.

 

Pregnancy Massage: How Do I Lie Down?

 

When it comes to pregnancy massage, body positioning is a bit different. Your baby bump is in the way, so you won’t be comfortable lying facedown. But lying on your back is also not recommended, especially after the first trimester, as it strains your back and legs.

 

The best position for pregnancy massage is to lie on your side while propped by cushions. You can also be massaged while in a sitting position, supported by an upright massage bed.

 

Therapists have a range of foam cut-outs and pillows to support your belly and ease any muscular strain.

 

In case you feel unstable on the massage table, tell your therapist right away so that the two of you can decide on a comfortable position for the massage.

 

Pregnancy Massage Techniques

 

Pregnancy massage experts generally use light and slow strokes that encourage blood circulation and body relaxation.

 

These are based on Swedish massage techniques that involve stroking, gliding, rubbing and tapping, pregnancy massage has particular benefits in reducing muscle stress and improving blood flow.

 

Hard pressure massage is not ideal for pregnant women. Hence, techniques like deep tissue, shiatsu, deep acupressure and the like are avoided during this time.

 

Tips for Getting the Right Pregnancy Massage

 

  • Ask your doctor or midwife if you are OK to get pregnancy massage.
  • Inform your therapist where on your body you feel discomfort or pain, and what activities you think worsen the pain. Be specific. It’s better if you can vividly describe the pain, e.g., does it feel like a dull ache when you walk, or a stabbing pain?
  • Don’t forget to tell your massage therapist how far along you are and when your due date is.
  • Talk to your therapist about your positioning during massage and what type of massage they will provide. Keep in mind that Swedish massage is usually ideal for expectant women.

 

Ready To Try Pregnancy Massage?

 

We at Ministry Of Beauty have started offering pregnancy massages 🙂

 

Take a look at our massages page for more info or call us at 0117 973 33 64 for more info!

This Amazing Facial Fights Wrinkles and Other Effects of Aging

However small, however big –it goes without saying that we all have to go through the motions of aging on our skin at some point of our lives. Whether or not it’s through fine lines, age spots, wrinkles, sun damage or hyperpigmentation; aging is known to take its merciless toll on our skin.

 

But the question remains; to what extent can we reverse these effects?

 

If you’re reading this, there is a high possibility you’ve been put through countless creams, exfoliators and maybe even some procedures to combat the signs of aging –and it has most likely done little to nothing in getting rid of the effects.

 

But what if we let you in on a little secret; the key to not only combating these signs of aging, but to erase acne scars, minimize pores and strip those blackheads right out with ease?

 

It’s a facial called Diamond Microdermabrasion! Don’t let it fancy schmancy name fool you into thinking you’d have to sell any organs to afford it, the diamond microdermabrasion comes as a budget friendly and non-invasive procedure that uses a manual exfoliation technique that gently removes the outer layer of the skin to reveal rejuvenated and fresher skin beneath –in little to no time at all.

 

Here are the 6 most targeted benefits of diamond microdermabrasion:

 

1. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

 

Perhaps the most famous reason for getting a microdermabrasion would be to reverse the effects of aging, such as fine lines around the eyes and cheeks as well as deeper wrinkles that appear inevitably over time –due to a decrease in collagen production.

 

The diamond microdermabrasion works to give that a little boost, working to manually exfoliate dead skin cells off the face and then to suck it right off with a diamond-tipped vacuum like machine.

 

The end product is an increased blood flow throughout the face, which promotes nutrients and oxygen flow that eventually will kick start a faster rate of collagen renewal and elasticity of the face, giving you radiant and younger looking skin after each session.

 

2. Extracts blackheads and whiteheads

 

Whilst blackheads are formed when enlarged pores are clogged with sebum, whiteheads come into play when parts of your skin are filled with bacteria.

 

Let’s be honest though, both aren’t great when its allowed to reign rampant on your nose, cheeks or forehead. With diamond microdermabrasion, the appearances of both blackheads and whiteheads are significantly reduced, and almost magically. How?

 

The suction feature of this procedure can be thanked for that as it helps to remove impurities and the buildup of bacteria and sebum that lead to blackheads and whiteheads in the first place.

 

Exfoliation also comes into play here, followed by the diamond-tipped suction that is gently moved across the skin to vacuum the hardened oil.

 

If you need another plus point of this low-risk and gentle procedure, it also eventually reduces your pore size after the matter is sucked right up into the vacuum. Score, score and score!

 

3. Clears up acne

 

Acne is caused by a number of factors –stress, hormones, oily skin, diet are all factors, but a more prevalent one of the above is definitely bacteria and pollution.

 

Unless you’re up for living the rest of your days in a bubble, your skin is constantly exposed to large amounts of smoke, UV rays, bacteria from your phone screen and many more other outlets that is simply impossible to avoid in this day and age.

 

Through diamond microdermabrasion however, acne issues can also be reduced by cleaning out clogged pores and inflammation.

 

This also relates back to the facial’s ability to suck out all that gunk and oil from your pores that eventually would lead to breakouts!

 

4. Minimizes acne scars and hyper pigmentation

 

Just when you think the worst of an inflamed pustule is over, a nasty red/brown scar follows suit.

 

Acne scarring and hyperpigmentation is just another by-product of acne, but with frequent facials of our very own diamond microdermabrasion, you can count on it being reduced over time.

 

An increased blood flow from the exfoliating and suction process is done to promote an increased blood flow and higher cell turnover rate; which in turn allows your skin to regenerate over multiple sessions of the facial.

 

5. Combats stretch marks

 

Much like acne scars and hyperpigmentation, the diamond microdermabrasion works in the same way –to decrease the appearance of stretch marks as well as to reduce the chances of formation in the future.

 

It’s important to note however, that stretch marks are a little harder to treat than superficial scars and other mild skin issues. This is why it’s important to go through frequent sessions (once to twice in a month) to see a difference.

 

6. Higher product efficacy

 

Although not technically a direct benefit from the facial, a diamond microdermabrasion is proven to increase your skin’s reaction and absorption to other products by almost 50%!

 

This works best to increase the the efficacy of serums, oils, moisturizers and other skincare products to really allow your skin to soak up all that goodness.

 

In Conclusion…

 

Be this as it may, the diamond microdermabrasion is a gentle, low-risk and relatively safe procedure to go through with little to no downtime at all!

 

Be sure to check out the Ministry of Beauty diamond microdermabrasion for an experience curated just for you.

Free Checklist To Get Your Feet In Perfect Summer Condition

It’s here! The much-awaited summer – the season of breezy sundresses, being outdoors and soaking up the sunshine.

 

But with great power, comes great responsibility. With days after days of stepping outdoors, it’s our feet that bear the brunt of the sun and the elements.

 

From cracked heels, discoloured nails, sweaty toes and more, summer can be quite unforgiving to our feet.

 

Thankfully, following a simple care routine can ensure soft, pampered and beautiful feet even in the scorching summer.

 

From simple daily care like wearing sunscreen, soaking, moisturizing, exfoliating to showing your feet some love with our rejuvenating pedicures, here’s a free checklist for you on how to keep your feet looking and feeling fabulous, all summer long!

 

#1 – Don’t forget the sunscreen 

 

The old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ is an oldie but a goody!

 

Always make sure you include your feet in your sunscreen routine, since we often tend to skip them and only focus on the more visible areas of our body.

 

Wearing a sunscreen with an SPF appropriate for your skin type (SPF 30 at the minimum) will protect your feet from sunburn and your nails from drying and discolouration.

 

#2 – Moisturize

 

Our feet, especially the heels, are prone to cracking from dryness and overuse, especially in summer.

 

Moisturising with foot creams, which are more viscous than regular lotions, is a great idea as they penetrate the thick skin layer around the heels.

 

For best results, moisturise right before going to bed, giving your feet hours to soak in the hydrating goodness.

 

#3 – Pedicure Pampering

 

In addition to following a feet-friendly daily care routine, getting a professional pedicure regularly is a great way to not only pamper yourself, but to boost the health, appearance and suppleness of your feet from the inside out!

 

A good pedicure takes care of all aspects of your feet – from exfoliation, hydration, moisturization to massaging.

 

Last but not the least, your nails are professionally filed, shaped and painted, leaving your feet feeling not only feeling, but looking fabulous as well.

 

Take your pick from Ministry of Beauty’s range of mini, classic and luxury pedicures and sit back and watch us work our rejuvenating magic on your feet!

 

#4 – Let ‘em breathe

 

Let your pretty feet breathe by wearing breathable, moisture absorbing socks with your sneakers to avoid sweaty feet.

 

Avoid nylon socks like the plague. If not walking for long distances, wear open toed shoes and sandals also helps keep your feet dry.

 

Foot sprays also work well in preventing perspiration.

 

#5 – Foot Soak

 

A whole day of running around in the hot weather can inflame and aggravate our feet, leaving them swollen and tender.

 

Solution? Slightly heat water and add some shower gel or shampoo in it, and soak your feet for twenty to thirty minutes.

 

This reduces any swelling in the feet and softens the hardened skin around the heels, making it easy to slough it off later.

 

#6 – Exfoliate

 

Strip away the dead skin and dirt on your feet that inevitably builds up with regular exfoliation – doing so makes your moisturising routine more effective too.

 

Mix sugar and olive oil in a bowl, making your very own homemade exfoliation scrub, or buy a ready made scrub from the store.

 

We’d suggest a sugar based scrub over salt, since salt could get dehydrating for the skin.

 

#7 – Nail the summer nail look

 

Keeping your toenails constantly painted could lead to yellowing or discolouration, so it’s a good practice to let your nails breathe by leaving them polish-free for a week every month.

 

Also, avoid press-on nails, gels and fast-drying nail paints, as they contain toxic chemicals that can damage your nails.

 

The Checklist

 

We promised you a check list, and we are giving you one! Here’s a handy guide to keep in mind to keep your feet summer-perfect!

 

Checklist

What’s in it for the feet?

Sunscreen

Protects from sunburn and nail discolouration

Moisturising

Hydrates and restores suppleness

Exfoliation

Removes dead skin cells and dirt

Foot Soak

Reduces swelling and inflammation

Pedicure

All-round intensive care, recommended at least once a month

Breathable Footwear

Wear breathable socks and sneakers, or open toed sandals

Summer Nails

Leave them paint free every now and then, and avoid fast drying paints gels and press on nails – they contain toxic chemicals.

 

What’s summer care home routine for your feet? We’d love to hear from you – let us know!

Read This Before Going for LPG Endermologie

Cellulite is yet another issue the beauty-conscious modern woman is worried about. You can have it irrespective of your weight and build.

 

Cellulite is so common, studies reveal around 80 to 90 percent of women have it.

 

If you are looking for ways to get rid of cellulite, sagging skin, and other such issues, you must have come across LPG Endermologie as one of the most popular methods for smooth skin. This French technology is around for decades and is popular even with many celebrities for good reason.

 

But, you may have a few worries regarding the treatment. Does it really work? Is it worth it?

 

We’ll talk about these and other doubts that you may have about LPG Endermologie. Read through them for more clarity before you book your first lipo-massage appointment.

 

Am I a good Candidate for Lipo-massage?

 

Lipo-massage is a non-invasive and natural procedure. It uses rollers for a deep and pleasant body massage. So, the treatment can be said to be relaxing and is suitable for almost everyone.

 

You are a perfect candidate for LPG Endermologie in the following cases:

 

You want to get rid of cellulite in hard-to-slim areas of your body

 

While any amount of diet and exercise might seem to be of no use to give any result, muffin tops, saddlebags, and other unwanted shapes can easily be treated with lipo-massage.

 

You want to bring back a youthful look to your skin that is now affected by age

 

Lipo-massage can help you tone your skin and get rid of sagging and thinning skin. Many celebrities have used lipo-massage to maintain the radiance of their skin.

 

You have undergone childbirth and want to get back your pre-pregnancy body

 

The treatment works to address the issues of the post-pregnancy body including localized fat, cellulite, bloating, and sagging skin.

 

You want your bloating and water retention to vanish

 

LPG addresses these common issues.

 

Will it work?

 

Your body is unique; everybody reacts to treatments differently.

 

So, although results cannot be guaranteed, statistics say that ninety percent of people have found positive results from the treatment.

 

Is it safe?

 

LPG Endermologie is an FDA-approved treatment. It is the first anti-cellulite treatment that the FDA has approved (in 1998).

 

Its approval as a Class 1 Medical Device implies that it has the least possible probability to cause harm to the user.

 

Our experienced estheticians will take care that you are comfortable during the treatment.

 

Will it help me lose weight?

 

Not much. Lipo-massage is aimed at reduction of cellulite and sagging skin. So, you will get a toned look to your skin. But, it does not help a lot in losing weight.

 

If you are already in a weight-loss program, LPG treatment can help by reducing the appearance of sagging skin because of rapid weight loss, if it is done regularly during the weight loss program.

 

If weight-loss is your main concern, you can combine this massage with a healthy weight -loss program to tone your skin while you lose weight with a combination of healthy diet and exercise.

 

The treatment can cause a slight reduction in the circumferential measurements of your body and thus, make you feel good about your achievements.

 

How do I prepare for the treatment?

 

Drink lots of water. This will help your body to get rid of the fat and toxins released from the cells during the massage through urination.

 

Also – exercise before and after for best results. While lipo-massage can work even if you do not do anything, you can see faster and better results if you lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Even light to moderate activity can make a difference.

 

Are there any side-effects?

 

LPG Endermologie boasts of 0 side effects. It is quite a gentle procedure. Most people describe the feeling as a relaxing massage. You may feel the vibration of the rollers.

 

The first couple of sessions may be a tad painful depending on how sensitive you are and how much cellulite an area has. Bumpier regions of the skin may be a little uncomfortable.

 

If your skin is sensitive, you may find slight bruising of the skin due to the deep massage. This should subside soon after the session.

 

How Many Sessions Do I need?

 

This again varies from person to person. Ideally, 10 to 20 sessions are recommended at the rate of 1 to 3 sessions of 35 to 50 minutes per week.

 

Thereafter, a session a month is recommended to maintain the results.

 

Are the results permanent?

 

No cellulite treatment has been found to be permanent yet. Results from LPG Endermologie last quite long though.

 

They last for up to 6 months for most people. They will last better if you follow a healthy lifestyle with moderate regular exercise.

 

Follow-up treatments once a month after the initial treatment help to maintain the toned skin.

 

It’s Expensive!

 

With such a high rate of success, LPG Endermologie is totally worth it for a smooth skin and for boosting your confidence.

 

Also, most beauty salons offer packages that reduce the overall price of the treatment. For example, at Ministry of Beauty, we offer a course of 10 30-minute sessions for £400 and a course of 10 60-minute sessions for £600.

 

Ready for it?

 

We hope we have provided answers to most of your queries regarding LPG Endermologie. Do talk to us if you want to know anything more about lipo-massage.

 

Whenever you are ready, book an appointment with us for session recommendations for your specific skin condition.  

4 Massages to Try at Your Summer Vacation

Summer vacations are all about fun and the outdoors. But just because this is the perfect chance to party does not mean that there’s no room for a little peace and calm. A massage is just what you need to ease into that summer vacation with absolute relaxation in mind.

 

Here are four massages you cannot miss out on during your summer vacation.

 

Back, Neck, and Shoulders Massage

 

What You Need to Know

 

The back, neck, and shoulders massage lets you experience ultimate relaxation for a good 30 minutes. This massage mainly focuses on the tension points on your back and shoulders, and is topped off with a gentle head massage.

 

This may be shorter than a full-body massage, but it gives you an amazing stress-relieving experience just the same. The pressure applied by the massage therapist will most likely range from a light to medium touch, but if you want something with more pressure, your therapist will be flexible enough to adapt to the amount of pressure that best suits your personal preference.

 

Your therapist will start off by applying exfoliating scrub on your back and arms to get rid of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. This is also a great way to stimulate lymph circulation, which will, in turn, make the body’s natural detoxifying process easier.

 

After that, your massage therapist will proceed to massaging your stiff lower back and try to loosen any muscular knots, which are commonly found between the tops of the shoulders and the shoulder blades.

 

Other benefits

 

  • Eases muscular tension in the back area
  • Clarifies the back skin
  • Hydrates and nourishes dry skin because of aromatherapy oils
  • Improves blood circulation and tones the muscles
  • A great alternative to full-body massage when you are short on time

 

Hot Stone Back Massage

 

What You Need to Know

 

The Hot Stone back massage is deeply soothing. It blends hot basalt stones and a pleasant mix of aromatherapy oils, which helps relax stiff muscles, soothe tension, and bring about a relaxing state of mind for 30 minutes.

 

This massage involves smooth black basalt stones, which are drawn from lava. These stones of different sizes are heated between 120 to 150 degrees and are placed on the energy points on your upper body. This practice is known to be effective in easing muscular tension.

 

From there, the therapist applies warm aromatherapy oils and uses both hands to move the stones smoothly along your skin, with more pressure on your back muscles.

 

Aside from black basalt stones, cool marble stones are also sometimes used in this type of massage. These stones have anti-inflammatory, energy-balancing, and blood capillary-constricting effects.

 

The cooling sensation that these cool marble stones give are also proven to be very effective in facial treatments where it is not advisable to use heat. These cool stones are beneficial and effective in reducing puffiness around the eyes.

 

Other benefits

 

  • Aids in faster muscle relaxation during cold months
  • Relieves deep muscular pain
  • Releases stagnant negative energy
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Improves poor blood circulation and tones muscles
  • Ideal for people with insomnia and rheumatic and arthritic pain

 

Indian Head Massage

 

What You Need to Know

 

The Indian Head massage is a spa treatment intended to release tension, stress, and headache. Unlike the other types of massage, this one is done while you are seated on a comfortable chair. This procedure usually lasts for 30 minutes.

 

This massage originated in India thousands of years ago. Traditionally, Indian mothers would massage their daughter’s hair using different essential oils to stimulate the scalp. This practice is said to result in the long and shiny hair that women in India are known for.

 

This type of head massage works perfectly on different areas that might have been affected by emotional and mental stress, and is known to bring immediate relief.

 

Aside from that, it is also proven to promote better blood circulation in the head. It also boosts the senses, increases memory, and stimulates clear thinking.

 

This massage is beneficial to individuals who are suffering from migraines, vertigo, and insomnia. Another huge benefit of this massage is that it is also able to address the several detrimental effects of cellphone radiation.

 

Other benefits

 

  • Enhances the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid
  • Raises the glucose and oxygen supply to the brain
  • Drives away accumulated toxins around the head
  • Suitable for the sinuses
  • Improves concentration and vision
  • Stimulates lustrous hair growth
  • Increases the energy level of the brain
  • Reduces premature balding and greying of the hair

 

Full Body Aromatherapy Massage

 

What You Need to Know

 

The full-body aromatherapy massage is a firm yet relaxing body massage perfect for those who have stiff, painful, and tired muscles. This type of massage normally lasts for an hour and uses your preferred essential oils to promote better relaxation.

 

This massage treats very area of the body that is prone to tension, like the neck, shoulders, back, legs, hands, and arms. Depending on your health concerns, your massage therapist will choose a blend of essential oils that offer therapeutic effects.

 

When the right blend is selected, your massage therapist will ask you to lie facing down before the massage begins.

 

Other benefits

 

  • Delivers a revitalizing and soothing experience
  • Relieves the different symptoms of tired and stiff joints
  • Aids in better digestion
  • Improves poor blood circulation
  • Improves sleep
  • Releases tension and stress

 

The Importance of Getting a Massage

 

Whatever your need is – whether it is to reduce muscular tension, to be relieved of pain, or to have a relaxing moment while you are on vacation, getting a therapeutic massage will certainly improve your sense of physical and emotional health.

 

Massage therapy is famous for a reason as it has always been known to affect one’s overall health in a positive way.

 

So to neutralize all the sitting that you do at work, get that well-deserved massage. It’s just the thing that can make your summer vacation even more relaxing.

Hard Wax: A Closer Look at The Hot New Salon Trend

You’ve overheard it at salons, read it online, and the term seems to be catching on everywhere..but what exactly is hard waxing? Is it better, or any different from regular soft waxing? When should you choose it?

 

Well, read on to know all you need to on the new waxing trend that’s been doing the rounds lately!

 

What is Hard Wax (or Hot Wax)?

 

Hard Wax, also known as hot wax, is a substance used for hair removal that is an alternative to soft waxing (also known as strip waxing). It is also sometimes called stripless wax, since it doesn’t need any cloth strips for its removal.

 

While it’s been around in use in salons for a while now, it has recently come into the spotlight, thanks to new hard wax brands promoting their products and the procedure online.

 

This type of wax comes in the form of circular pellets, also known as hot wax beans, which have to be heated before application to make it spreadable, and is applied thickly over the skin, much thicker than soft wax.

 

The wax then hardens within minutes as it cools, gripping the hair follicles in the process.  This hardened wax is then easily removed by the aesthetician without needing any cloth or paper for it.

 

One cool thing about hard wax is that as it cools, it also shrinks in size, literally acting like a shrink wrap around your hair. This makes sure that even the shorter or finer hair come into its grip and can be removed easily.

 

What are hot wax beans made of?

 

You might’ve seen photos of colourful, button-like hard wax pellets on the beauty pages of instagram – they’re so eye-catching, after all ! These are known as hot wax beans, and come in a variety of colours and fragrances.

 

Chiefly made up of Rosin, which is a distilled form of resin found in pine trees, it is a natural substance and is solid at room temperature. This is why hard wax has to be heated before application, to make it viscous and spreadable.

 

Many brands also add soothing ingredients such as shea butter and aloe vera into their formulation to make it gentle on your skin.

 

How is hard wax applied?

 

Now that we have given you an idea of what hard wax is, let us give you a glimpse of how a hard wax procedure happens in a salon:

 

Step 1:  Pre epilation oil/powder is applied over the skin. This makes sure the skin is free of sweat/dust and prepped for waxing.

Step 2:  The hot wax beans are warmed to the desired consistency in the wax heating machine. This liquifies the beans, making them viscous and spreadable over the skin.

Step 3: The aesthetician then thickly spread the wax with a spatula over the area, in the direction of your hair. Unlike soft wax, the hard wax is applied as a thick layer, so it doesn’t harden and break as it cools!

Step 4: The wax is allowed to dry and harden over the skin (shouldn’t taken more than a minute or so)

Step 5: Once the wax is firm to the touch, the aesthetician then grips a corner end of the wax, and pulls the wax in the opposite direction to your hair.

Step 6: A post-epilation oil is applied to soothe the skin, and remove any wax residue that might’ve been left behind.

 

What makes it different from soft wax?

 

While there are many points that make it different from soft (strip) wax, if we had to tell you the biggest difference between the two, it is that while soft wax needs a piece of cloth or paper to be placed over it before it is stripped off the skin, hard wax doesn’t need that – it hardens over the skin and can be removed by hand, without needing any other material.

 

But aside from this quality, hard wax has a lot of other characteristics that makes it different. Glimpse this easy to refer table below to see what makes these techniques different, at a glance!

 

Soft Wax

Hard Wax

Needs a piece of cloth/paper over it for removal

Dries and hardens, removable without cloth

Can be applied at room temperature

Must be heated before application

Key ingredients include Sugar (For Sugar wax), Paraffin (for ready-to-use cold strip wax)

Key ingredient includes Rosin (Treated Resin distilled from Pine Trees)

Thin/ liquidy in consistency

Solid at room temperature. Thick, viscous in consistency after heating

Adheres to the skin surface, removing more dead skin during procedure

Adheres more to hair follicles than the skin surface, exfoliation is lesser than that with soft wax

Can be applied over large areas at a time due to thin, liquid consistency

Can be applied to smaller areas at a time, as it might dry and break in the process if applied over large areas

Ideal for larger, less sensitive areas like thighs, legs

Ideal for sensitive areas – eg. bikini line, facial hair, underarms

 

Benefits of Hard Wax

 

Hard wax has its share of benefits in comparison to soft (strip) waxing, which makes it an ideal choice for many situations where soft wax may not necessarily work. Read on to find out more:

 

No messy strips:

 

No strips, no mess! Since hard wax is removed by hand without needing cloth/paper strips, it saves a lot of mess and wastage of material.

 

Grips shorter/coarser hair better:

 

Since it grips the hair follicles more than the skin surface, it removes shorter hair more effectively.

 

Ideal for sensitive areas:

 

When compared to soft wax, hard waxing is less painful and better at removing hair in one go, making it ideal for waxing sensitive areas like the face, underarms and the bikini line. So ladies with sensitive skin, this is the way to go!

 

Leaves no sticky residue:

 

As it hardens and dries up over the skin, hard wax doesn’t leave any sticky residue over the skin after removal.

 

Conclusion

 

It is always good to know all options available when it comes to personal care routines such as waxing, to find what works best for you, and we hope we helped clear your doubts/questions you might’ve had about hard waxing! In case you have any more questions, do feel free to comment below or ask in our salon, and we will be happy to answer them for you!

 

Also if you want to try the hot wax, you can do so in our salon – all our current customers love it 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncovering Deep Tissue Massage: How It Works as a Neck and Back Pain Reliever

We use the expression ‘a pain in the neck’ when we’re annoyed with someone. But if you’re like most people in the UK (8 out of 10, in fact), you’ve literally experienced what the idiom means in the physical sense. Indeed, about one-third of adults already suffer chronic pains, the most commonly affected areas being the neck and back.

 

The bad news? That pain in the neck (and shoulders and back) will only increase as we continue to spend time on our computers and smartphones and engage in sedentary lifestyles that require less and less physical effort. But who doesn’t use gadgets these days?

 

Unless you’re living under a rock, surely you’ve enjoyed the merits of technology, despite its effect on your physical well being.

 

 

Causes of Neck and Back Pain

 

What causes neck and back pain? You may not notice it, but the neck has a pretty tough job of supporting the head. The bones at the neck, shoulders and top of the spine work together to hold up around 11 pounds – the weight of a bowling ball – all day long.

 

Sure, the neck and spine are strong. But they’re quite delicate at the same time. Having poor posture, carrying a heavy purse, or even just sleeping in the wrong position can throw off the balance between bones, muscles and connective tissues which could then result in limited range of motion and the dreaded neck and back pain.

 

Fortunately, our Greek and Egyptian predecessors thought of ways to relieve these nasty aches and pains and developed the art of massage. The rhythmic kneading, rubbing and stroking motions in massage stimulate blood circulation and eliminate toxins, helping to soothe stiff muscles.

 

Deep Tissue Massage

 

While massages are typically designed to relax and rejuvenate the body, the deep tissue massage is a technique that can actually repair muscles and tissues. Sounds intense, right? Well, it is.

 

From the name itself, deep tissue massage is focused on the deeper layers of connective tissue like fascia to soothe and heal muscles, tissues and joints. Since the massage targets the tension in the connective tissues, it will feel a whole lot more intense than, say, a traditional Swedish or Thai massage.

 

Strokes are quite firm with varying degrees of pressure, depending on the tightness of the muscles. Patients, professional athletes and massage enthusiasts who want to feel kneaded (pun intended!) swear by its benefits, so much so that the massage has become a popular part of recovery regimens.  

 

What to Expect

 

If you’re a first-timer, the level of discomfort the massage brings may surprise you, and you may be wary to even try it. Bear in mind, though, that deep tissue massage is meant primarily for healing and rehabilitation, not relaxation. The heightened pressure is intended to penetrate through the layers of muscles and tissues to straighten them out. Discomfort is normal and will definitely be felt if there are tight, knotted muscles.

 

That is not to say that deep tissue massage is supposed to be painful. Pain is different from discomfort because pain is wholly uncomfortable while discomfort may be described as a ‘good hurt’, a minor twinge that feels good at the same time.  

 

Just be clear with your massage therapist about your comfort level and pain tolerance – before, during and after the massage. Why? Because if you’re not used to the intense pressure, then the therapist can simply arrange for several sessions to gradually introduce the deeper strokes on the neck and back. Some key benefits of this massage include:

 

  • Eases stress and tension

 

Deep tissue massage provides a release of muscular tension through targeting connective tissues directly. Not only that, it releases a hormone called oxytocin – the hormone responsible for creating positive emotions (in case you needed proof that there is joy after pain). Deep tissue massage eases tension both physically and emotionally which could help you recharge and take on everyday activities with more ease.

 

  • Rubs away neck and back pain

 

One of the main reasons people crave massages is chronic pain. Clinical evidence shows that deep tissue massage alleviates this type of pain, as pointed pressure on those persistently contracted areas of the neck, shoulders and back can rehabilitate the wear and tear within these muscle groups.

 

  • Improves body’s range of motion

 

Deep tissue massage has been known to improve range of motion and the overall function of the joints. For instance, studies on arthritis suggest that this massage greatly complements medically prescribed treatments.

 

  • Reduces heart rate and lowers blood pressure

 

A significant benefit of deep tissue massage is that it lowers blood pressure, which could happen when blood circulation is stimulated through the pressured strokes. Research suggests that patients suffering from moderate to severe muscle strain experience lower blood pressure ratings after an hour’s worth of massage. This shows that deep tissue massage could be a part of a holistic approach to treating hypertension.

 

Ready To Try It?

 

We offer a full body deep tissue massage which lasts 1 hour and will make you feel like you have been given a new body 🙂

 

Read more about our deep tissue massage and other massages here.

 

Some Precautions

 

Due to its rehabilitative nature, deep tissue massage may not be suitable for everyone. Remember that if you have health issues, steer clear of massages in the meantime or get your doctor’s approval first before getting a massage. Some health precautions would include the following: diagnosis of blood clots, bone conditions like osteoporosis, inflamed skin or wounds, and if you have had recent surgeries or chemotherapy.

 

Deep tissue massage is a proven technique to stimulate and rehabilitate muscles and tissue layers, and it would be a shame not to take advantage of its known benefits. Be prepared for the intensity, but also look forward to that good hurt. Your neck and back will thank you for it. Now keep calm and book a deep tissue massage!

Can You Get Rid Of Cellulite With Exercise?

There are countless creams, oral prescriptions, skinny teas and coffee scrubs out there marketed to target cellulite, – but with little to no results at all – it can prove frustrating to the 90% of women everywhere who suffer through having cellulite.

 

Even though being the road less traveled, can frequent exercise really be the solution to getting rid of cellulite once and for all?

 

Understand The Cause First

 

To understand if exercise alone is the answer, it’s important to first understand what might be causing the accumulation of cellulite in your body.

 

As a matter of fact, it could be any reason from an unbalanced diet and genes to factors of aging and wearing too-tight underwear. Truth be told, there’s hardly a way to micro manage all of the above, which is exactly why getting rid of cellulite is never an overnight process.

 

Whilst there are a lot of exercises who make the miraculous claim of being “cellulite targeting workouts”, experts understand that there is so much more needed – such as diet and external treatments – to not only lose cellulite, but to stop it from coming back as well.

 

It’s also important to note that more permanent factors such as hormones and genetics also mean that some people are destined to suffer with more severe cases of cellulite compared to others.

 

The More Comprehensive And Effective Way Of Getting Rid Of Cellulite

 

Step 1. Exercise smartly – not excessively.

Yes, frequent exercise is always beneficial; but not if you’re doing it all wrong! When taking into account the condition of cellulite, it’s rewarding to focus less on cardio and instead shift your attention to other strength and muscle-building workouts. Strength training workouts are a plus as these will help firm the muscles underneath your skin to smoothen out fine lines and –you guessed it! – cellulite. Compound and isolation exercises that are focused on your glutes and thighs are also a superb way to tone your legs, which will in effect positively reduce the appearance of cellulite. Do these 2 exercise each day to smoothen out your cellulite;

 

     Plyometric squats 

          1) Place your feet shoulder-with apart.

          2) Get in a crouching position with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle.

          3) Jump up and land in the same squat position. Remember to focus on using both your legs and glutes to jump as high as possible before landing back down!

 

     Alternating lunges 

          1) Stand with both your feet placed hip-width apart.

          2) Lunge forward with your right leg whilst straightening your left. Your left knee should be about an inch or less from the ground whilst your right knee bent.

          3) Repeat this on one leg for 30 – 45 seconds before switching sides. Feel free to add a medicine ball or pick up a pair of dumbbells to jazz this workout up!

 

Step 2. Your diet is more important than you’ll ever know

 

It’s been disapproved that cellulite is caused by certain “toxins” in your body, but a large reason to the appearance of dimples in your body can be attributed to an intake of too much carbohydrates, salt and fats in the body.

 

When too much of these get converted into fat eventually, it can become a nuisance to get rid of –so why not nip it at the bud? Consuming a diet that’s heavy with sugar, processed foods and alcohol can take a toll on your health in general, so switch things up and stack up on your lean meats and veggies!

 

Foods that are lower on the glycemic index scale such as whole grains, nuts and green leaf vegetables are also great in helping with weight loss, so run to your nearest grocery store and snag those NOW.

 

Step 3. Sometimes, treatment really is the answer

 

Now, we don’t mean you have to necessarily spend hundreds of pounds on physical treatments at the first sight of a dimple.

 

However, cellulite removal treatment should not just be shelved under the “last resort” option, – it can actually be painless and even in some cases, hinder the future formation of cellulite altogether!

 

A more famous procedure would include the LPG Endermologie, a French-inspired treatment that has been the go-to for any woman suffering from cellulite!

 

The LPG Endermologie is a natural and non-invasive treatment that works to mechanically stimulate the skin and promote faster cellular metabolism. It also works to:

 

     Boost the slimming process

The LPG Endermologie works its magic through techniques such as a deep massage and suction which allows for more blood and oxygen circulation to be brought to the surface of the skin. The water from these cells will be removed from the body through urination; which eventually leaves the skin looking firmer and smoother.

     

      Get rids of stubborn fats

Whether you’d like it or not, there are some dimples and cellulite textures that cannot be worked off –no matter how many hours of workouts you put your thighs into. This procedure works to gently massage the area affected to increase blood circulation, allowing a faster fat burning process, which also improves the skin’s elasticity by far –for more youthful and rejuvenated skin in the long run!

 

In Conclusion

 

Cellulite is no walk in the park to deal with –and although exercise is a great way to tone up; factors such as diet and other physical treatments are definitely due to stop cellulite from being a recurring problem.

 

It also matters a whole lot the type of exercise you do as well, so remember to stock up on those weights and focus on isolation workouts!

 

Take extra care to to stay away from saturated fats and unhealthy carbs and remember to check out just why LPG Endermologie is all about the hype to treat cellulite.

 

Adopting all of these factors are surely a push in the right direction to combating all those trouble areas –so get started on step one today!

How To Care For Your Skin When Summer Strikes

Summer is here!

 

It’s the most awaited time of the year again – time for long holidays, beach-visits, ice-creams, and loads and loads of fun. Like it or not, summer is also the time for a lot of dust, sweat, and sunburn.

 

So, while you are eager to show off your trained, toned, and nicely waxed legs and well-prepped skin, you might well be dealing with doubts about the proper way to take care of your skin.

 

Worry not! We are here with some useful habits for your skin-care regime that can help you take good care of your skin in the face of summer.

 

Slop on some Sunscreen

 

A tube of sunscreen is perhaps one of your first buys just before the Sun conquers the sky.

 

The American Academy of Dermatology, however, has a different story to report in a study – that most of us grown-ups, fail to use enough sunscreen.

 

Inadequate protection from harmful UV rays of the sun is linked to a higher risk of skin cancer. So, do not ever forget to apply enough sunscreen on all the exposed areas of your skin.

 

But wait! Don’t dig out the 2-year old sunscreen tube from the back of your shelf! It’s probably not as effective now – check for its use by date or by a symbol.

 

How Much – How Often?

 

The average adult would need an ounce (about a shot glass full) of sunscreen for the whole body.

 

Cover all exposed areas of your body with sunscreen – ears, face, feet, legs, arms, and every little region of your skin that you intend to expose. And, reapply every couple of hours.

 

Which type of Sunscreen?

 

Here are some features of sunscreen that you might look out for:

     -Broad-spectrum or ability to protect against both UVA and UVB rays

     -Water-resistant

     -SPF of at least 30

     -Mineral sunscreen if you have sensitive skin

     -Non-comedogenic or oil-free sunscreen for skin prone to acne

     -Moisturizing sunscreen lotion for dry skin

Keep Away from the Sun

 

Combine the use of sunscreen with other forms of sun protection.

 

Try to minimize the exposure of your skin to a lot of sun, especially, the harsh mid-day sun, say, from 10 AM to 2 PM. If you are outdoors, try finding some shade. Put on a sun-hat.

 

Use sunglasses to protect the sensitive skin around your eyes. Be very careful around reflective surfaces like snow, sand, and the sea.

 

Clothe yourself as much as possible to avoid excessive exposure to the sun. Use lightweight breathable fabrics and reflective colors like white to keep yourself comfortable and cool.

 

Exfoliate

 

Exfoliation is one of the most important tasks of your skin-care routine. It removes the dead skin cells that your skin sheds every day and reveals glowing skin. The process also improves the effectiveness of moisturizers on your skin.

 

Did you know that makeup stays longer on exfoliated and prepped skin? That’s a big motivator for grabbing that scrub, isn’t it?

 

Rub a body scrub in gentle circular motion while you are in the shower. Exfoliate 2 – 3 times a week.

 

For your face, choose a gentle facial exfoliator. Choose one that is suited for your skin type. The Environ Sebuwash cleanser (available at our salon), for example, makes use of the mild exfoliating properties of salicylic acid.  It also absorbs oil, and thus, is perfect for use in the summer.

 

Always hydrate your skin with a moisturizer, preferably with an SPF, after exfoliation.

 

Cleanse-Tone-Moisturize

 

Summer skin is more prone to oils, dust, sweat, and pollutants. So, it is crucial to follow a daily routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing to maintain it.

 

Use a good foaming cleanser like the Environ Sebuwash or a cream cleanser like the Environ AVST cleansing lotion to keep up the natural moisture levels of your skin.

 

Dab on a toner to prepare your skin and even it out before massaging with a moisturizer.

 

It’s time to replace your heavy winter moisturizers with light ones suited for summer. Go as light as you can to keep the glow intact while not giving in to a greasy and sweaty feel on your skin.  Look for something like a light gel moisturizer with SPF.

 

Try our Environ AVST1 (available at our salon) that uses the power of Vitamins A and C and antioxidants to rejuvenate the skin and even out discolorations caused by sun damage and ageing.

 

Go for a Facial this Summer

 

Pamper your skin with a rejuvenating facial this summer, perhaps after a sweaty day out.

 

During this time of the year, a facial should aim at repairing skin fallen prey to one of the problems common in summer.  A summertime facial also works to protect your skin from sun damage and other issues.

 

After a facial, be cautious for a couple of days and try to avoid excessive exposure to the sun.

 

We offer signature facials specially tailored for your skin. Check them out!

 

Our Almond Peel Facial, a gentle facial for repairing skin, that even allows exposure to the sun. Our Diamond Microdermabrasion is another pain-free facial that repairs and evens out sun damaged skin – a great one to feel rejuvenated after a long summer trip in the outdoors.

 

Minimize Make-up

 

Natural looks are best when under the bright sun. They are gentle on your skin and refreshing to look at.

 

If you must apply foundation, go for light ones with SPF like the non-comedogenic Jane Iredale Glow Time BB mineral foundation, which offers a broad spectrum sun protection and water-resistance.

 

Tend to Damaged Skin, Soon

 

If, by any chance, you end up with a sunburn, attend to it as soon as possible. Go for a cold shower to cool your skin down. Hydrate your skin inside out – moisturize and drink more water. Apply cooling balms and gels to repair the damaged skin.

 

To Sum Up

 

Cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and prepare your skin, so that you can happily enjoy the summer months while keeping your skin refreshed all the time. Apart from this, include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to prevent breakouts on the skin. And, of course, drink loads of water.

 

And, to remind you of another important facet of summer – sunscreen – don’t forget to apply it – in the right way!

6 Most Common Questions On Brazilian Wax, Answered.

Of all the myriad beauty and personal care treatments us women go through, Brazilian wax is one that is often shrouded in a veil of mystery, and it’s easy to see why.

 

This is one treatment that is focused on an area of your body that is private and sensitive – and while the process is a quick and hassle-free one in the hands of an experienced esthetician (skin care specialist), it naturally gives rise to a lot of questions in the minds of first-timers before they give it a try.

 

Based on our extensive experience with customers, we have put together a list of answers to the most common questions that spring up in most people’s minds when they think of Brazilian waxing and have got our amazing expert estheticians answer them for you. So, read on and let us demystify this treatment for you!

 

1.What exactly is Brazilian waxing?

 

Let’s get cracking on the basics – most of us have a vague idea of what a bikini wax is, but we are not so sure what exactly is covered (or rather, uncovered!) in a Brazilian wax. While a bikini wax removes the hair to make sure the skin along the sides of your bikini is hair free (the V area along the sides that can be seen if you wear a bikini bottom), Brazilian wax goes a step further and removes the hair on the front of your pubic area (the fleshy area above your labia), your vaginal lips, and (if you want to) the hair in between your hip cheeks.

 

Some people choose to go completely bare and remove all hair from front  to back (termed ‘Hollywood’), while others prefer to keep a small vertical strip (termed ‘landing strip’), or a small triangular patch (termed ‘desert island’) , on their mons pubis – you can choose how much hair to keep or remove completely depending on your own preferences – just make sure you openly discuss this with your esthetician before you begin the procedure.

 

 2.Does it hurt?

 

This is the most common question we get asked, and we understand your anxiety! If you have ever got hair waxing done in any area of your body, you know that the process causes some discomfort at first, but with the right preparation and with an experienced esthetician, the process becomes increasingly less painful and hassle free after the very first sitting. The pain you feel in your session depends on several factors that vary from person to person. Good news is that you can control many of them to minimize the pain to a great degree (we will talk about how you can do this later in the article).

 

3.Is the procedure safe? How do I make sure that it is?

 

Another important concern we see amongst women is regarding the safety of such a procedure, which is a fair question to ask, given the focus area in question. Brazilian wax is a safe and hygienic procedure in the hands of an experienced esthetician, however it is very important to do a thorough check of the salon you go to, and check up on the hygiene measures they follow to make sure that the treatment remains absolutely safe for you.

 

Some important things to keep in mind:

 

1.Ensure that the esthetician you go to is a licensed professional and operates in a sanitary environment. Check the reviews of the salon or ask your friends for recommendations.

 

2.Make sure beforehand that the salon follows a no double-dipping policy. The spatula is to be dipped in the wax only and only once. Dipping the same spatula in the wax pot can lead to transmission of bacteria and infection. The one dip rule is an important one, ladies!

 

3.Make sure your esthetician wears gloves during the procedureIt is a necessary hygiene measure.

 

4.Ask them if they use hard wax. It is gentler on the skin and ideal for sensitive areas, in comparison to strip wax.

 

5.Wax should be a comfortable temperature – not too hotKeep an open communication with your esthetician to make sure you let her know if the wax begins to feel hotter than normal.

 

4.What are the benefits?

 

No guts, no glory, right? It is important to know the benefits you reap for going through this treatment, and here they are:

 

Hair free skin for 4-7 weeks

 

Unlike shaving, the Brazilian waxing removes from the roots, keeping the area hair free for much longer – you won’t have to worry about your next visit for up to 4-7 weeks!

 

Smoother skin, no black stubble

 

While shaving or using depilatory creams can lead to your pubic skin becoming rough and the appearance of a black stubble in the area, waxing keeps the area smooth and exfoliated, minimizing the possibility of ingrown hair.

 

Hair grows back softer, sparser, thinner

 

One great thing about Brazilian waxing is that after the procedure, the hair that grow back are softer, finer and progressively sparser, making the pubic area naturally less hairy, and making future waxing sessions easier to handle.

 

5.How do I make it less painful?

 

 

Here is our holy grail of commandments to keep in mind to make sure your Brazilian waxing session causes you the least discomfort:

 

Timing

 

It is best to not schedule your waxing appointment between 5 days before, during, or till 3 days after your period. Your skin is quite sensitive during this time, so it is a good idea to wait it out and schedule your session out of these intervals.

 

Hair at least ¼ inches long

 

Another thing to keep in mind is that you must let your pubic hair grow back to at least 1/4th inch before your waxing session – this will make the procedure much quicker and less painful, as the longer hair are easier to remove than short ones.

 

Come dry and showered

 

While your salon will have wipes and talc handy to make sure you are not sweaty during the procedure (which can lead to wax becoming difficult to remove) it is a good idea to reach the salon showered and not after an intense exercise.

 

A good waxing solution 

 

Use a good solution or product to avoid an ingrowing hair problem – ask your therapist for a recommendation.

 

 

6.Can I get some aftercare tips?

 

 

Now that you’re done with your waxing session, here are some great post-treatment tips you should keep in mind to make sure your skin is well cared for :

 

1.Don’t rush off to a workout afterwards: It is a good idea to avoid exercising and any activity that will case abrasion on your skin for up to 24 hours after your waxing session, to make sure that the skin gets time to recover and heal.

 

2.Avoid hot water/steams: It is best to avoid hot water baths and showers at least for 24 hours after a waxing session, as your skin is sensitive and vulnerable to irritation during this time.

 

3.Wear loose, natural clothes and fabrics: Avoid wearing synthetic materials and jeans, tight underwear, abrasive clothing for a few days after your waxing session. Allow your skin to breathe and heal.

 

4.Avoid regular soaps/shower gels: The chemicals in the soaps, shower gels and perfumes can be quite harsh on your pubic skin after waxing, so avoid using these for up to 24 hours after your session.

 

Extra question – how often should I have Brazilian Wax?

 

We recommend 4-6 week gaps between the treatments. That is the optimal time to keep the area maintained, and the treatment is way more bearable due to the length of the grown hair!

 

Conclusion.

 

With the right precautions and preparation, Brazilian waxing can be a quick, effective and hassle-free addition to your hair removal routine.

 

Would you like to give it a try? Check out our waxing page.

 

Got any more questions? Don’t hesitate to drop in a comment and call us, we will be happy to help!