5 Ways to Incorporate Daily Care into Your Shower Routine

By: Mari Perez-Lewis
1. Steamy Stretch: Use the heat and warmth of your shower to increase the effectiveness of stretching! Doing neck stretches in the shower is a great way to add some much needed muscle lengthening to your daily routine. Take your time and make sure you are balanced. Only stretch in the shower if you can do so safely! At your next massage session, ask your therapist for  stretching tips to take home and take care.
2. Aromatherapy:  Put a few drops of Eucalyptus or Tea Tree oil in your hands and inhale while letting the warm water hit your chest. This can help with congestion, inflammation, sore throats, colds, flus and even laryngitis. Want a bright pick me up for the start of your day? Anything citrus – Lemongrass, Orange or Grapefruit – will do the trick. Taking a bath to calm down for the night? Try Lavender, Chamomile or Ylang Ylang. A great resource for great, therapeutic grade oils can be found here.
3. Scalp, Head, Face and Ear Massage: Take a little longer with that shampoo lathering to loosen up your scalp and the base of the skull where all those tense neck muscles attach. Tug on your ears to loosen up that fascia that might be triggering your TMJ. Find all those yummy acupressure face points that help with headaches or sinus issues and give yourself some relief. (Ask your therapist to show you where these are!)
4. Soak it Up: A massage therapist’s best kept secret – Add some epsom salt to your bath and let your whole body unwind in it’s grain sized mega magic. In the warmer months, add some Peppermint Oil to draw the heat out of your hard working body.
5. Use a Scrub: Yes, sugar or salt scrubs exfoliate the superficial layer of the skin, making a brighter new you, but the actual act of rubbing the scrub all over is massage! So go to town, massage yourself to de-stress while you clean up!
Hope you enjoy these 5 simple steps to making sure you take time to take care of yourself!

50 (healthy) Shades of Color

By Maria Kelly

The last glimpse of your once perfectly polished pedicure (OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia, to be exact) confirms its true: summer is coming to an end. We trade in our sandals for boots, shorts for leggings. The fall is the perfect time of year to strengthen your strands and reinvent your look with rich color. We have a few ways you can do just that at the Spa.

The harmful UV rays can take a toll on the health of our hair. Repair sun-damaged hair with Aveda’s Damage Remedy™ line, available from our Spa Boutique. Schedule an appointment today and experience the Damage Remedy Hair Renewal, an intensive conditioning treatment that moisturizes and repairs damage to your hair. You’ll leave with stronger, healthier, and softer hair that shines.

Spending time in the sun also naturally lightens hair. This time of year, our clients are asking for rich, vibrant shades of chestnut brown or auburn. What I love about Aveda color is that the natural ingredients are designed to protect hair during a coloring process, which is unlike any other color line available. Aveda’s full spectrum™ permanent hair color is up to 96% naturally derived with signature blends of organic conditioning oils. 

If you are looking to transform your look, make an appointment with a stylist today. Ask for a little bit of extra time when scheduling for a color consultation if you are unsure what would look best for you and your style. Features like eye color, natural hair color, and skin undertones are important to consider when choosing a new hue. We’re here to help! Hope to see you in soon.