Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Massage - A Look At the Benefits

A professional massage can do wonders to help your aching body. While not everyone's cup of tea, it is an ancient art that has been perfected with advances in the understanding of the human body. Today's therapists are more knowledgeable than ever before and they bring that knowledge to the table in an effort to make you feel as good as possible. But these sessions aren't just about letting out some stress or feeling good in the moment. Science has shown a host of short and long-term benefits to the practice.

Condition-Specific Benefits

Many people have their first experience with professional massage as the result of a specific condition they believe could be improved with the treatment. Often, they couldn't be more right in their assumption and this first foray into the practice leads to a lifetime love affair with the art. Some of the conditions that can benefit from a session or two include lower back pain, sore and tight muscles, workout recovery, lack of flexibility, and limited circulation. Of course, this only covers the physical realm. Some believe the benefits go beyond muscles and ligaments, extending to depression, anxiety, and even the immune system.


Most people think of stress as a fluctuating thing. You have a tough morning, thus you feel a lot of "stress." This is a layman's way of thinking about it, however. In reality, chronic stress is something that builds up in the body and it never really goes away. It is there when you are working against a tight deadline just as it is when you are trying to go to sleep at night. It is there when juggling fifteen different tasks and it is there when you are relaxing on the beach. It is important to eliminate as much of it as you can and massage has been shown to help. As it dissipates, you'll begin to notice better sleep patterns, more energy, and improved concentration.

Physiological Change

The physiological and chemical changes that occur in the body due to massage cannot be overstated. Because of these changes, studies have shown that participants experience a number of benefits. Some of these include seeing arthritis sufferers complain of fewer pains than before, improved breathing in asthmatic children, and lower blood pressure for those who have searched high and low for ways to bring it down. This barely scratches the surface of the benefits massage can bring to the body, but more research is coming in all the time. Studies or no studies, however, the only way to really know is to try it yourself.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

BeautiControl's BC Spa Bright

Instantly brighten your skin for a healthy glow and more youthful appearance. Even out your skin tone, reduce the appearance of age spots, and help erase sun damage, acne marks and discoloration. Thanks to oxygen infusion along with specially formulated brightening ingredients like Encapsulated Resveratrol, Symwhite, Chromabright, white mulberry and licorice extracts, your skin will appear brighter and healthier leaving you feeling confident with amazing looking skin.

BC Bright Daily Illuminating Serum is a silky, fast acting serum that evens skin tone and boosts skin brightness. This unique brightening complex leaves your skin looking healthier and younger -- with a radiant glow -- by reducing the appearance of age spots, acne marks, sun damage and discoloration. Gentle formula is suitable for all skin types and ethnicities.

BC Spa Bright Oxygen Infusion Radiance Masque is an intensive treatment that delivers essential oxygen to skin cells for visibly brighter, radiant-looking skin and an immediate rosy glow. Effective skin brighteners help reduce the appearance of age spots, acne marks, sun damage and discoloration leaving your skin looking younger and radiant. Perfect to use every week and right before any special event. Gentle formula is suitable for all skin types and ethnicities.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hot Stone Massage - A Great Massage Technique

Hot Stone Massage Therapy, once thought of as a spa treatment, is becoming more and more popular in a clinical, therapeutic settings. The basics of the treatment remain the same. Lava stones are heated to a comfortable temperature and used throughout the massage to provide heat and relaxation to further loosen up tight muscles. The difference I find, lies in the techniques used. In most spa treatments I have experienced, the stones are placed on the body to heat up specific areas and then removed when the massage begins. Very rarely have I noticed the stones being used in correlation with the massage techniques themselves.

Massage Therapists are trained to use the heated stones along with massage techniques, alternating between the stone and their hands. Using the heat along with massage loosens the muscles quicker and provides a sense of fluidity in the treatment. Although hot stone massage can be beneficial all year-round, I personally enjoy it most during the cooler months.

Just like regular massage, each individual has a preferred pressure as well as temperature. Even though the stones are quickly dipped in water to cool them off, they can still be a little too hot. Make sure you communicate with your therapist if you are uncomfortable in any way. Communication is key in any treatment you are receiving. I also find that with the heat, clients can be a little more tender a day or two after. I always advise them to have a nice soak in the tub after any massage and make sure you drink lots of water, especially after a hot stone massage.

There are some contraindications to hot stone massage:

* Hot stones are not indicated in any trimester of pregnancy and especially within the first. Increasing the moms temperature will also increase the baby's and this could be dangerous to both.

* Anyone with a heart condition, increased blood pressure or heart disease. The heat increases blood pressure and can cause further damage in those with heart conditions

* Any acute injury that has indication of swelling. Heat increases swelling which in turn causes pain.

If you are unsure whether hot stone massage is right for you please check with you doctor first

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

BeautiControl's BC Spa for Baby Collection

The greatest miracle in life... in the tiniest of packages. The smallest wonder, with the greatest bond. It's where the truest of love begins—with your baby.

Now begins a new generation with BC Spa for Baby Collection—an array of nurturing specialties with soothing scents of chamomile and lavender to enjoy the most intimate bonding times with your little angel. Capture amazing moments with the most loving touch—yours.

During bath time, nurture and preserve the delicateness of your little one's skin in the soothing, easy-rinsing, tear-free formula of BC Spa for Baby Gentle Hair & Body Wash. Enhanced with vitamins A, E and B5, and chamomile and lavender extracts, your angel's skin will be enriched and healthy like never before.

Moisturizing skin becomes a tender moment between mother and baby when using this Gentle Baby Creme. After a playful bath, soothe and calm your baby as you massage in this rich, creamy formula with vitamins A and E, with hints of lavender and chamomile. Quick absorption by the skin softens and nourishes your little one just in time for a gentle lullaby.

Be the mom-on-the-go that's ready for the next sticky spot or spill at a moment's notice with this travel-ready No-Rinse Wash. Your little one is clean and fresh anytime, anywhere with this no-rinse, self-foaming application formulated with vitamins A and E for baby's skin. Fresh scents of lavender and chamomile are the perfect solution and the reason you never have to cry over spilled milk!

The soothing scents of chamomile and lavender will have both you and your baby loving this BC Spa for Baby Cologne. Refresh your baby in this gentle, alcohol-free formula that's perfect for a play date with Mommy or for an extra clean scent after nighttime baths. Freshness is for any age with this final touch!

To learn more please visit my BeautiControl page!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Spa Day Gift Certificates Make Great Christmas Presents!

Don't know what to get that special someone for Christmas? Try a gift certificate for 36 Oaks Country Retreat! We have individual spa treatments or spa packages to choose from. Everyone loves to be pampered.....this is the perfect gift for everyone on your list! It's convenient too, you can purchase them directly from our website

Friday, November 9, 2012

Holiday Boutique Items

Our Holiday Boutique items are here!  Come check them out for shopping ideas for yourself or gifts.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NEW! BeautiControl Products


Our BeautiControl products are so well received, I now have a link to my BeautiPage for your shopping convenience.  Just click here
(With any purchase from my Beautipage, you will receive a nice coupon for your next spa treatment!!) 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

NEW To The Boutique This Week For Chocolate Lovers

You hear about dark chocolate being healthy for you- but this is a TREAT that goes to the next level. This chocolate is Organic - Vegan - Fair Trade - Soy-Free -Gluten-Free.  

Herbs, spices and flower essences are added to the chocolate to support healthy body and mind.  Wei of Chocolate.  Dark Chocolate for the body, Flower Essences for the mind.  ('Wei' means trans-formative action), which is exactly what happens when you let our chocolate melt in your mouth