Showing posts with label massage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label massage. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Get Salty! Salt Stone Massages

Getting a hot stone massage makes many instantly think relaxing thoughts, with the occasional “oooh” or “aaah” while they’re thinking. Why not take the massage to the next level with salt stones?

Salt crystals from an ancient primal sea beneath the Himalayan Mountains are hand-carved into massage stones that gently soothe away an accumulation of stress, tension and pollutants.Salt therapy in general is still trending, with more and more businesses adding in various treatments, salt beds or tables, add on services and even retailing salt lamps for home use.

The salt stones are easy to use, portable and pay for themselves in no time at all!

For inquiring minds who have questions, here are a few quick tips:

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do you heat the stones?
A: Any dry heat source, heating pad, toaster oven, skillet, light bulb, and of course our aesthetically pleasing, air purifying salt stone warmer lamp, or salt bowl lamp. We do not recommend heating in the microwave.

Q: How do you clean the stones?
A: Ultimately salt is antimicrobial, and should not require any disinfecting. Since we cannot guarantee this, we recommend cleaning the stones this way: After each use you can take a spray bottle and make a solution of thyme and tea tree oil and spray the stones and dry them immediately. At the end of the day, you can take a bottle of warm or hot water and put a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar in it with 10 drops of tea tree oil. You then dip the stone and swish it around. You can leave it in a few seconds, but any length of time will cause the stone to disintegrate. Dry the stone immediately, put it back on it's heat source to dry better and further sanitize.

Q: How long do they last?
A: The stones last indefinitely, as long as they are kept dry. When exposed to moisture they will pit and sometimes dissolve depending on how much moisture. When they get rough you can sand them with sand paper to smooth them. When used with water for salt scrub and lymphatic drainage, they will need to be replaced from time to time.

Q: Can you use them with lotion or oil?
A: We do not recommend using with oil. It is difficult to clean and clogs the salt. We recommend using Jojoba or Coconut oil. These two oils do not get rancid or degrade the salt. Depending on the skin you can use the stones dry as well.

Q: Do you have to heat the stones?
A: The stones have a therapeutic effect warm or cold. When warmed, the negative ion potential of the stone is ignited.




Saturday, July 7, 2018

Sore From Too Much Summer Fun In The Sun?

From weekend warriors to extra long beach walks, your clients may be experiencing an increase in muscle soreness. After a massage, continue the clients relief by retailing the Kneipp Bath Oil - Joint & Muscle - Arnica. 

It's no secret that arnica is a popular option for relieving muscle and joint aches and pains. The Kneipp bath oil blend contains beneficial blend features revitalizing arnica extract, cabreuva, rosemary, and pine essential oils. Dermatologist tested and recommended! Kneipp products contain plant-based functional ingredients. No paraffin, silicone, mineral oils, or animal testing.

Clients can relax in a warm bath while continuing to soften sore muscles! An amazing way to end the day - a relaxing massage followed by a relaxing bath!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Summer Scalp Treatment!

Many people tend to forget about their scalp/top of the head when it comes to summer sun care. Here is a great treatment for clients who may be dealing with dry, itchy scalps to help provide some cooling relief:

In a rubber mixing bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon fine dead sea salt, 1 tablespoon wheatgerm oil, 5 drops peppermint essential oil and 4 drops of tea tree essential oil. Place the bowl in a mud warmer or hot towel cabinet to keep warm until ready to use.

Shampoo and rinse, give a light towel dry and apply the warmed mixture to the scalp. Gently massage the scalp for about 10 minutes. Remove with a light shampoo and rinse - that's it!

Simple, effective and cooling!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Catch The Charcoal Craze!

Charcoal has been a buzz word the last few years from face masks to foot soaks. The detoxifying power of charcoal has made it an easy addition to many great spa and salon menus.

The Gena Spa Pedicure Starter Kit is just the thing to tap into the charcoal craze. Included in the kit are 4 oz each of Gena Pedicure Soak, Foot Scrub, Pedicure Mask & Foot Massage Cream. Clients can expect skin that is left smooth and polished. Refined charcoal works effectively to remove dry, callused skin and reveals feet that are restored and nourished. Clients get flawless pedicures they'll keep coming back for!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Spa Treatment Tables Defined by Elegance - The NEW Silhouet-Tone Nevada Treatment Table

Next to your own hands, what is your most important piece of equipment for your business? Most would easily reply your treatment table - it needs to be functional for you, and comfortable for your clients. 

Silhouet-Tone has released the NEW Nevada Premium Treatment Tables, and they are AMAZING! 

Elegance and Refinement

Featuring a new Polylac base, the 4-column base is incredibly stable, making this table perfect for facial and body treatments, hair removal, massage, and more! There is storage space under the bed, which is ideal for holding your hot towel cabi, bed linens, or other products and supplies, and the foot pedal allows for quick and easy adjustments while maintaining client contact throughout your treatment. 

Don't forget, Pure Spa Direct also offers financing for furniture and equipment orders, so you can quickly and easily upgrade your treatment room while making low monthly payments!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

June is national migraine and headache awareness month and a great opportunity for nearly any business!

Many clients are on the lookout for natural products, treatments and solutions putting you in a great position to offer an alternative to over the counter headache medicine. Something as simple as offering scalp massage or an essential oil designed for headaches, can be the alternative your client hadn't yet thought of! Booking time in a relaxation room as a 'headache blaster packages" where clients can choose from various services (or just ala carte add ons to make their own quiet time perfect!) in a comfortable relaxation chair. From low lights, optional soft music, personalized aroma scalp massages, ice or heat therapy- so many possibilities to make it your own!

Take it even further with headache retail packages! From essential oils and diffusers to magic globes (amazing for sinus pressure!) and relaxing eye masks - talk to your clients and see what causes their headaches and recommend an easy at home treatment - the moment they feel relief, they may be hooked!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Product Of The Week: ULTRA-COMFORT Electric Spa Table by Equipro

If client comfort is a concern or if you aim to go above and beyond in every aspect for your clients, when was the last time you laid on your treatment table? Is it just as comfortable as it was when you first got it? Is the upholstery crack free and the foam nice and thick? If you have to think about the answer, it may be time to think about upgrading.

The ULTRA-COMFORT Electric Spa Table by Equipro is an excellent choice for comfort, functionality and is currently on sale! This bed is fully adjustable with an easy-use foot control and is  ideal for everything from waxing, facials, injectables, massage, pedicures and body treatments! One of my favorite features is that it lowers all the way down to 19" making it awesome for any clients who have reduced mobility.

With various options for color, width, armrests and remotes, you can customize this to fit your style. It also comes with a 2 year manufacturer warranty - double the standard industry warranty!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dry Overworked Hair? Butter It Up!

Looking for something new to offer for scalp or hair massages? Clients coming in looking to get their hair and body hydrated and looking fabulous for summer? Butter them up with this quick, easy and effective recipe!

In a rubber mixing bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of shea butter with 1/2 teaspoon of borage oil and 3 drops of lemongrass essential oil. Place the bowl in a mud warmer or hot towel cabinet so it's warm when applied.

Shampoo as usual and lightly towel dry before applying. Be sure to start at the ends of the hair and work up towards the scalp. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and remove with a light shampoo or rinse. It's as easy as that!
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Cupping Treatment

Are you looking to add a new treatments to your repertoire to help your active clients get back in the game with less down time? Cupping is an inexpensive treatment that many people belief speeds the recovery process of muscle tissues by stimulating an immune system response in areas suffering from overuse, inflammation, and pain. This is a great add on treatment for massage therapists, chiropractors, and more:



Longevity 14 Piece Glass Cupping Set
Set includes 14 lightweight, strong glass cups that come in a wide choice of sizes ranging in diameter from 1 inch to 2 3/8 inch. Smooth edges provide maximum comfort for your clients. Vaseline or simply warm water may be applied to edges to enhance suction. Cups can be sterilized by autoclave or with alcohol.

Components:
Pistol-grip hand pump
Carrying case.
(8) 2 3/8" dia
(2) 2" dia
(2) 1 5/8" dia
(1) 1 ½" dia
(1) 1" dia



MMT Professional 17 Piece Cupping Set with Pump Gun
Cupping Therapy is used to decompress and release adhesions, scar tissue, relax muscles in spasm, decrease trigger point pain, lymphatic drainage, decrease tissue changes and inflammation. BPA FREE. Available in a set of 17.

Includes:
17 cups
1 pump
Plastic suitcase




Acucups® Silicone Cupping / Set of 4
Extremely pliable, clear silicone allows visibility to monitor the skin while cupping. Can be heated and used with any lotion or oil. May be used in the shower as well. Very durable.

Includes:
(1) X-Large
(1) Large
(1) Medium
(1) Small
(1) Meridian chart with most common acu-points

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tired Of Boring Treatment Beds?

You've put your blood, sweat, tears and invested your life and savings into your business, why not have the ultimate in comfort and functionality when it comes to your treatment bed? One look at the Century City Dual-Pedestal Low-Range Spa Treatment Table by Living Earth Crafts and I wanted to come out of retirement!

Featuring the industry's lowest "true measure" height range with an ADA edition height range of 19.5" - 35.5". An excellent benefit for anyone who may have difficulties getting on and off tables, what a way to stand out from your competition with ease!  It offers electric height adjustment, a fully electric salon top, and well-situated tilt-out storage spaces for extra storage and convenience. My favorite option is the super soft  Strata GT™ SpaMattress™. A perfect balance between softness and response, add in the embedded heated top and clients may be begging for longer treatment sessions!


Key Features:

  • Strata™ 4" memory foam system
  • Infrared hand-held remote control: wireless operation for control of the table
  • Digital warming drawer with variable heat and timing settings for towels, stones or dry linens
  • LED color-changing chromatherapy lighting system
  • Wireless hand control and foot pedal
  • 4 tilt-out cabinets for ample discreet storage
Optional Features:
  • ADA edition height range: 19.5" - 35.5" (50 cm - 90 cm)
  • GT SpaMattress™ height range: 22" - 38" (56 cm - 97 cm)
  • Strata GT™ SpaMattress™ system with GelTech™ technology
  • Adjustable, Pivot-Perfect armrests
  • Integrated table top warmer for guest comfort
  • Zenvi™ sound cushion with flat panel speakers for audio players
  • Caress or Flex-Rest platform with Strata FacePillow™
  • 110V / 220V available
  • International plug options
  • ETL listed
  • CE mark

If you want to have the largest height range to a
accommodate all clients with ease or a treatment bed clients will melt into, this is sure to impress!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Massage Flame Candle

Separate your massages from the crowd with different and interesting techniques such as with these great hot oil massage products. Massage Flame has a great line of therapeutic massage oils that provide an excellent degree of moisture and warmth with every candle!


Massage Flame Candle - Bliss / The World's Finest All Natural Body Massage Candle
A truly unique hot oil massage! The Massage Flame treatment provides an unforgettable massage experience that’s customized and orchestrated by your clients’ individual needs and moods. Each oil is therapeutically infused with beneficial essential oils and luxurious emollients, leaving skin silky smooth and irresistibly scented. Plus, unlike any other spa treatment, you send your guests home with their very own Massage Flame in a beautiful gift box.

Massage Flame Candle - Bliss:
Raspberry Grapefruit - A Fun, Euphoric Blend Of Raspberry & Grapefruit Bolsters Confidence, Increases Circulation, Stimulates Lymphatic System, & Eases Muscle Fatigue & Stiffness. (Anti-Oxidant)

Use Directions:
Light the candle, and let it burn for approx. 10 minutes or until a full melt pool has formed. Extinguish flame, gently drizzle a small amount of warm massage oil into your hands and then massage into the skin for a wonderful massage experience.

Ingredients:

100% Natural Ingredients Of Palm Kernel Oil, Soy Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils and/or Natural And Organic Aromas.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Product Of The Week: Earthlite Massage Oil

Why wouldn't one of the leading manufacturers of massage table and accessories have an equally lovable massage oil?

Earthlite's Massage Oil is a lovely mixture of sunflower, grapeseed and sweet almond oil along with vitamins A, E and C to repair, nourish and moisturize the skin.What also sets this oil apart, it is water dispersible, meaning it washes off easily! Also of note, this was voted the Professionals Choice Awards 2018 in the Body & Favorite New Launch category in Day Spa magazine. Take a look here.

Tired of stained sheets? May be time to give this a try!


Friday, March 23, 2018

Room Dividers

You don't necessarily need a huge space full of rooms to offer your clients a comfortable and flexible environment. Accents like room dividers are an inexpensive way to make your space more flexible by providing client privacy, directing traffic flow, and sectioning in the absence of additional rooms or hallways.


Take Room Divider - Walnut / 75"W x 76"H
This simple, sophisticated room divider is equally suited to the spas, salons, home or office. Constructed primarily from woven bamboo slats and mounted in a spruce frame with a rich walnut finish, it combines natural, traditional materials into a sleek, contemporary design. Perfect for dividing a space without obstructing light or air, this divider will make a functional and stylish impact on your decor.

Details:
Stands on its own - no need for folding
Diffuses light - does not provide complete privacy
Hand-woven of tobacco with bamboo slats
Frame is finished in a rich walnut color
Some assembly required
                                                                   Legs are 18"W, frame is 1.75"D
                                                                   Dimensions: 75"W x 76"H



6 ft. Tall Window Pane Room Divider with Shelves - Natural, Honey, Rosewood or Black / 4 Panels
A modern twist on an ancient design, this room divider combines the grass and sophistication of a traditional shoji screen with the use and versatility of a shelving unit. Set against the simple geometric lines of the shoji screen, your objects d'art stand out beautifully on these shelves. Set it up in a wall or corner as a display, or set it in the middle of a room to partition a space or direct floor traffic. The possibilities are endless!

Details:
Crafted from durable, lightweight Scandinavian spruce
Fiber-reinforced shoji paper diffuses light and provides privacy
Simple to assemble
Shelves on both sides
Choose from four beautiful finishes


6 ft. Tall Cherry Blossom Shoji Screen - Rosewood / 3 Panels - Size - 42"W x 71"H (folded, as shown)
This handsome room divider is constructed from Scandinavian spruce and shoji rice paper adorned with a blossoming cherry tree, the age-old symbol of Japan. Renowned for its translucent glow in the sunlight, Shoji paper has been a beloved part of Japan's remarkable architecture for over a thousand years. This elegant folding screen is designed for the modern home, and is a perfect way to partition a space, add privacy, or bring a decorative accent to a room.

Details:
Shoji rice paper provides privacy without blocking light
Beautiful spruce frame available in a rich rosewood finish
                                                                  Cherry blossom print and wooden lattice on front
                                                                  Brass hinges fold panels in both directions

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Flu Facials?

It's no secret the flu has been rampant this year, along with some strong flu like illnesses going around. I've seen a few spas start to incorporate "Flu Facials" the last few weeks to help ease any lingering suffering.

If you have never had the flu, I commend your immune system! If you have had the flu, you know the muscle ache and facial pain from congestion. Once your client is on the road to recovery and back out in the world, a relaxing and clearing facial may sound heavenly!

Using products that are calming, cooling or refreshing starting with your cleanser, paying extra attention to facial pressure points. June Jacobs has a range of health driven products that would be perfect!

Warm facial towels or just a warm towel over the eyes can make a world of difference! A gentle face or scalp massage with a clearing essential oil like eucalyptus, peppermint or lemongrass makes an excellent add on service!

Making sure your towels, linens and blankets are soft and cozy along with optional herbal packs and teas can be just the thing your post flu clients are desperately needing!


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Try Something new - Like Bamboo Stick Massage!

Are you interested in entering the exciting world of bamboo stick massage? Check out these great natural tools sure to elevate your massage repertoire to the next level!:

Warm Bamboo Stick Set with DVD by Bamboo Fusion
Go Green with 100% solid bamboo massage tools. Learn a new, luxurious massage modality using bamboo of various shapes and sizes. This set is designed to be warmed and used directly on the skin in conjunction with your favorite massage lotion, crème or oil. Easy on your hands and wrists. Ideal for all treatment modalities including deep tissue and full body. For best results, warm your Bamboo Fusion Warm Bamboo Sticks with 14" x 27" Moist Heating Pads. Set includes 8 piece stick set, 2 tapotement wraps, carry bag, and Table Version DVD. 60 day warranty.


Chair Bamboo Stick Set by Bamboo Fusion
Learn a new, unique and easy way to deliver seated chair massage. By using these bamboo tools, you will be able to market new services while offering an effective treatment that doesn’t feel like you’re using tools. Sticks glide easily over all fabrics and can be chilled for spot treatments or used at room temperature. Set includes 8 piece stick set, 2 tapotement wraps, and carry bag.





Facial Bamboo Stick Set by Bamboo Fusion
Allows massage therapists and estheticians to learn a new and exotic way to perform facial massage. This massage can be offered as a standalone treatment or as a perfect finishing touch to a full-body massage. A delicate stick set of 8 bamboo sticks especially designed for the face is used for this treatment. 60 day warranty.

A wonderful treatment by itself or the perfect finishing touch to complete a full body massage. Ths exotic "French facial massage" will increase the flow of oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the facial area leaving the client's skin soft and supple.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

SOAP And You

When I was in massage school, our teachers instilled in us the importance of keeping detailed client records or, SOAP notes. At the time, many thought of it as a way to simply to track progress and as a refresher to jog our memories. It wasn't until we actually got out into the world to practice, to really understand the impact of SOAP notes.

For those unfamiliar with the term, SOAP notes stand for the following:

Subjective
Objective
Assessment
Plan


While keeping detailed client notes is an excellent way of charting progress and change, it is vital in business to protect yourself. If, for some reason, a situation arose where your services were questioned (medical reasons, insurance, legal etc), having detailed accounts of each client is imperative. It is much easier and more reliable to refer to documented information than that of "let me think for a second" and try to remember. It is also important to remember to document what the client tells you, from medications to likes/dislikes - you'd be surprised how these seemingly small pieces of information can have a huge impact!

It also gives your clients the confidence that you're paying attention to them, their body and their needs. Confident clients are loyal clients!


Friday, January 5, 2018

Product Of The Week: Keyano Champagne & Rose Scrub

Happy Friday and Happy New Year!

With the end of the year/new year holidays behind us, next up on everyone's mind is Valentines Day.

One of my personal favorite smelling lines and a great way to break up the chocolate monotony, is the Keyano Champagne and Rose.

The champagne and rose scrub is an amazing choice to use in Valentines services, and offer in a retail size! You can even retail the whole champagne and rose line which includes massage oil, scrub and a butter cream - all smell bright, fresh and delicious!

This oil free exfoliating treatment can be used for everything from manicure/pedicures and body exfoliating treatments. It's even compatible with whirlpool pedicure units!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Be Memorable!

Do your clients refer to you for one specific reason aside from, "the place I get my facials"?

Do they refer to you as "XYZ, they have this amazing Caviar Facial that is unlike any other!?

Big difference there. Do you have a signature? If you do, what sets it apart from anything they can get down the block, or next town over?

Be the place that smells like warm vanilla when you walk in, that offers a signature Cinnamon & Clove scrub in the winter, that is to die for!

Be the massage therapist who not only gives a phenomenal massage, but offers a delicious smelling butter rum hand and foot treatment during the winter!

You can have a year round signature, seasonal or whatever works best for your style - just don't forget to see what's new, and how your competition is evolving.


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Body Workers: Clients With Chronic Pain

If you're a body worker, is the bread and butter of your business clients with chronic pain or injury? If so, do you offer massage add ons or a variety of techniques to choose from?

Tiered services other than hot stone and/or aromatherapy seem to be something seasoned body workers shy away from. While making your hour long service a better value than the half hour one, what other ways are you maximizing your profit potential? 

For clients with chronic pain, not only can the variety keep them coming back, the value of choice and additional relief may gain their loyalty.

So what to offer? If you like to test the water before jumping in, start small. A small investment with solid returns sounds like a good place to start right? Check out Eco Fin. This all natural hydrating treatment is an alternative to paraffin. Many people with chronic pain have had, or are at least familiar with paraffin (especially clients who went through physical therapy for an injury), making it an easy conversation. The starter kit is all you need to test the waters. At $1.60 per treatment cost, if you only offered the service for $10.00, you don't need a calculator to see how profitable it is! 

For those who run full speed and cannon ball in, how about cupping? Phenomenal for chronic pain, professional and Olympic athletes go for treatments regularly to improve and recover. Cupping has been shown to help release adhesions, scar tissue, relax muscles in spasm, decrease trigger point pain, lymphatic drainage, decrease tissue changes and inflammation. 

Give us a call, send an email (christine@purespadirect.com to reach me directly), or come find us on live chat for more ideas and ways to ease your clients pain and maximize profit potential!


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Got Tape?

Kinesiology tape is a phenomenal, and often under used tool to help relieve client pain, and as a self care tool for therapists.

The widespread use of kinesiology tape on professional athletes and physical therapy offices has made it much easier to talk to clients about. Aside from physical therapists, many massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and wellness workers have successfully incorporated it into their treatment plans to help alleviate pain, improve posture and stability.

It is also valuable as a self care tool to help with everything from hip and back pain to De Quervain's thumb!