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What came first, the headache or the neck pain? October 11, 2010

Filed under: Massage — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 4:42 am

Remember the saying about the chicken and the egg? Nowhere is this more true than in the human body. Our bones, muscles, nerves and organs are all connected down to the smallest cell. Sometimes your pain and discomfort can get to a level so extreme, you don’t remember what came first, the pain in your neck or the throbbing in your head. This is why it is so important to address aches and pains no matter how small at the early stages.

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That foot pain that’s been causing you to have a small limp can eventually turn into un-even hips, causing lower and upper back pain, miss-aligning the spine and pinching a nerve in your neck which sends shooting pain and numbness down your arms and don’t forget the splitting headache that will accompany all of this pleasure. While this is an unlikely exaggeration of events, it’s not outside the realm of possibility. Too many people walk around every day putting up with small discomforts thinking they are not big enough to cause any real problems and wait to consult a Doctor or a Massage Therapist until they are in excruciating pain.

While a massage treatment can’t solve every problem that ails you (I haven’t performed any knee or hip replacements in my practice), it can help ease the symptoms and side effects caused by the initial ailment keeping small aches and pains from becoming big ones. If there is something that’s been bothering you, make an appointment with your Doctor and then make an appointment with your Massage Therapist. Don’t wait so long that you can no longer remember what came first.

Massage to your health – Kristin Malone

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Could bacteria be lurking in your makeup bag?

Filed under: Facials — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 4:02 am

When you apply your makeup, you probably don’t expect to be applying bacteria too. Cosmetics such as foundation, eye shadow, blush and mascara can easily become contaminated with bacteria transferred to the containers through contact with your skin. While it can be impossible to keep all bacteria out,  there are things you can do to keep these products in good condition.

Always wash your hands before applying makeup, this is good to preserve the lifespan of the products as well as prevent contamination of the skin. Never apply makeup to dirty skin and wash brushes and sponges often, at least once a week. Don’t share your makeup with anyone, another persons germs can be harmful to you. Never add water or saliva to dried out products, this will definitely cause bacterial contamination. Replace your makeup products often. As a general rule, products should be replaced after the following amount of time.

Mascara 2-4 months

Eye Shadow 1 year

Liquid Foundation and Blush 18 months

Lipstick, Gloss, Powders and Powdered Blush 2 years

Lip and Eye Pencils 2 years as long as you regularly sharpen them to create a new tip.

Here’s to beautiful skin – Kristin Malone

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Do you need a massage?

Filed under: Massage — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 3:30 am

Yes! Everyone does. In the fast pace world we live in, our nervous systems go haywire since the flight or fight response never really gets a chance to turn off resulting in stress. When our bodies are under constant stress the muscles contract and over time, this constant contraction causes the muscles to shorten which is what we call tension. The cause of your stress can be mental (worry about work, bills, your kids, etc.) or physical (overexerting your muscles or causing repetitive stress injury by using one muscle group in the same way over and over.) A massage can soften and lengthen the muscles and calm the mind creating a relaxation response in the body. Even if you feel like you don’t have much pain or stress in your life, a massage can help to prevent small muscle tensions from becoming big problems. Don’t wait until you’re in pain. Relax, enjoy the hour you receive to free yourself from everyday routines and mental over-stimulation.

A good tip is to book a standing appointment at regular intervals, be it weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Not only will this make you more likely to take the time out for yourself, but most Therapists will be willing to negotiate the price of treatments for a regularly scheduled client. A lot of Therapists also sell packages (multiple treatments at a reduced price) also.

Just Breathe…Go schedule a massage now-Kristin Malone

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How often should you have a facial? October 1, 2010

Filed under: Facials — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 5:46 pm

I would recommend for most people to have a facial once a month. Skin cells are continuously turning over creating dead skin cell build up on the surface and this build up can cause the skin to look dull and possibly flaky. Without proper professional exfoliation those skin cells will also form a barrier on the surface of the skin that will not allow for proper detoxification leading to congestion in the pores. A monthly facial treatment is like a deep cleaning to keep the skin and its pores functioning properly leaving you with smooth, healthy looking skin.

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Those who have a specific issue such as active congested skin in need of a lot of extractions or mature sluggish skin with wrinkles, will benefit from a weekly or bi-weekly facial treatments for up to six weeks. Some conditions require a more aggressive approach and this will allow the Aesthetician to monitor the skin and keep it on the right track toward monthly facial maintenance.

It’s important to use the proper products when you are at home. Your Aesthetician will recommend good products to make part of your home care routine. A facial will only go so far without proper home maintenance.

Here’s to healthy skin-Kristin Malone

 

WELCOME TO MY BLOG! September 16, 2010

Filed under: Facials,General Health,Massage,Waxing — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 4:44 am

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The purpose of this blog is to educate people in spa therapy.  Massage, Facials, General Health, Body Treatments and Waxing.  I am very excited to cover all these topics with helpful hints, suggestions, tips and more!  Please feel free to comment and send any suggestions for topics or discussions.   This is just the beginning!

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