What type of Massage does your body need?

We get massages for many different reasons. Relaxation, stress relief, pain relief/management, or to simply take time for yourself. Massage has been proven to help release harmful toxins that build up in the body, reduce stress and help relieve pain in the body, lower blood pressure and increase circulation. There are several different types of massages offered out there. So what type will be most beneficial for your needs and wants? Let’s discuss the different types and the benefits of each. The most common massages offered are Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, and Thai Massage.

Swedish Massage- Is the most common massage performed. This specific technique allows for whole body relaxation with long gentle strokes from your therapist. Swedish Massage is beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension. If you are in need of relaxation and slight tension relief this technique would best suit your needs.

Deep Tissue- Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. Some people say Deep Tissue is painful..but in a good way! You may experience some soreness a day or two after your massage. This is why drinking plenty of water and doing light stretches are very important after getting this type of treatment.

Hot Stone- Using hot stones during a massage are absolutely wonderful. The heat from the stones give immediate release of tension in the muscles. Therapist will use hot stones as an added benefit to either Swedish or Deep Tissue massage techniques. The localized placement of heat on a particular area increases circulation of fluids, and can assist in alleviating organ congestion and may even dissolve masses.

Thai Massage- Thai massage is a somewhat different approach to body relaxation and healing from other types. This massage is performed on a thick mat placed on the floor. The therapist will manipulate your body into light to moderate yoga like poses. Thai massage helps to reduce the individual’s stress levels and improve their overall circulation. This is accomplished by the gradual movement of the yoga-like positions. This will enhance the persons’ flexibility allowing for a greater range of motion.


Secrets of Shellac

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Let me start by saying I am a huge fan of CND Shellac power polish! No it’s NOT a gel. It is simply a formulation that works with UV rays to cure the polish. Allowing it to last up to 14 days without chipping. The best part is the polish is completely dry when you are finished!

All “Shellac” polishes are NOT created equal! There are some brands that do use a small amount of gel, which is heavy and makes the polish more difficult to remove. This can cause damage to the nail bed.

Shellac Myths/Facts

  • “The UV light causes cancer”- Ok so yes there is a very small amount of UV rays put off by the light…36 watts to be exact. However this is such a small amount that is not anymore UV rays than you would get while driving in your car. A good compromise is put a little SPF on the tops of your hands before you have your manicure!
  • “The polish damages your nails”- Remember I said all brands are not created equal….well this is why.  CND Shellac does not have any actual gel in the product. Making it a breeze to remove! The removal process can damage your nails if not done properly.
    • 1. DO NOT peel the polish from your nails
    • 2. Make sure your nail tech uses CND Shellac Nourishing Remover (acetone tends to be too drying)
    • 3. Make sure to not over buff your nails….this can cause unnecessary thinning of the nail.

Did you know…..

  • You should use a good cuticle oil every night before you go to bed. The oil will penetrate deeper than any cream will and will keep your natural nail nice and hydrated.
  • You can layer different colors of Shellac to make your own personalized color! For instance you could layer Satin Pajamas with Gold VIP over it. This makes a beautiful natural color with just a hint of shimmer! Ask your nail technician for other layering ideas.

Shellac is a wonderful product to hit the nail spa industry and has taken manicures to a whole new level. There is zero need to have heavy acrylics anymore. If you take care of your nails in between visits your nails will be in the best shape ever. Enjoy!

***Never had a Shellac Manicure? We offer our Essential Shellac Mani for $40 and our Express Shellac Mani for $30! Mention you saw this post and get the Shellac polish complimentary…a $15 value!