The Feel Good Facial

Today we live in a fast paced world where we want instant results, especially when it comes to our skin. Often times we go with the most active product, or the most intense treatment, in hopes that we will reach our skin care goals as quickly as possible. Many want to be in and out of our facial treatment, on our way back to work, with our face still sizzling after our chemical peel. But we can overlook that we need a little bit of relaxation in our lives, and that facials are a great way to get them.


We tend to look at holistic or “fluff” facials as just that, relaxing but not provide us anything more, all fluff and no action. But that is far from the truth, we can see great results when we stop looking at our skin as the outer shell that covers our muscles and internal organs, and think of it like another organ. Much like building muscle is a process over time. If you put too much weight on a bar all at once you are going to injure yourself.  The same is true of your skin.  Too much active product too quickly and you can do real damage to your skin. The correct timing of your skin care regime is the real secret to long term success.    

Relaxation is important for the skin. Facial massage evens and brightens the complexion, relieves tension, and tones the skin minimizing lines and wrinkles. You can see a transformation and a rejuvenation that is truly remarkable at times. Women release oxytocin in safe, nurturing environments and that one hormone alone can improve her life in a myriad of ways.



When released oxytocin can


  • relax the muscles in the body,
  • reduces levels of cortisol in the body and lowers blood pressure,

  • improves gut motility and decreases intestinal inflammation

  • decreases the level of stress hormones

  • Stimulates the healing factor in the skin



Treating the skin topically can be effective, but that is only one piece of the puzzle. We need to approach the healing process from different angles to maximize long term success. When we are receiving a “feel good” facial, not only are we working to harmonize the skin, increasing blood circulation with massage, tightening and toning the skin with face manipulation, and helping to release oxytocin, we are also more often than not, working on the lymphatic system.



The lymphatic system it is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. When flow is obstructed or too slow, lymphatic fluid (lymph) accumulates in the tissue resulting in swelling in the affected area. When fluid builds up in the surrounding tissue it can cause discomfort, puffiness and a dull complexion. Facials help clear these blockages and allow the lymphatic system to drain naturally resulting in:


  • A beautiful glow to the skin

  • Smooth away stress and fatigue

  • Less puffiness

  • Less congestion

Beyond a radiant complexion, lymphatic drainage facials act as a face workout: The massage strengthens your facial muscles, boosts oxygen flow, and releases endorphins. This offsets negative effects of adrenaline, like stress.


When we are stressed, a hormone called cortisol is released, causing many things to occur in our bodies, including accumulating fat, as well as make your skin very dry, oily, wrinkled, or full of acne.Now is the time to address our stress and do something for ourselves. Something to relax us both physically and mentally so that we can diminish our stress in a healthy manner.  Facials are one of my favorite ways to take time for myself while achieving the results I want. Bottom line, no two facials are alike, but we shouldn’t assume that just because a relaxing facial is calming to the mind and body, that it isn’t doing something for our skin, and pointing us in the right direction for reaching our skin care goals. An amazing facial, with an amazing esthetician will give your skin new life, and you new energy.


Essential Oils for a Good Night’s Sleep

Having a fully restful night’s sleep vitally important for your body and mind. Limiting your sleep, can damage your body and cause it to lose energy rapidly. Stress levels rise with improper sleep, which makes dealing with the day’s activities very difficult. Using essential oils aka aromatherapy can help relax, sleep better and enjoy a refreshing morning.

A busy day, whether you’re an employee or the business owner will have youvbuilding up stress! Stress can seriously inhibit a good night’s sleep. The unsettled sleep will increase stress even more and can even effect your immune system making you susceptible to illnesses. Essential oils can help you relax and sleep more soundly throughout the night.

Some people think that quantity of sleep is very important. However, it isn’t the amount of sleep that you get, but the quality sleep that is most important. Getting six to seven hours of sleep is usually enough for your body to replenish its energy levels.

Essential oils can help you fully relax and fall into a deep sleep. You will notice the difference the next morning when you wake up and feel revitalized from the previous day. Not only will you feel replenished on the outside, your mind and body will feel healthier from a quality night’s sleep.

There are several essential oils that can help you have a good night’s sleep. Bergamot, Lavender, and Sandalwood, are great oils for relaxation. Although each has beneficial effects separately, combining all three has the best effect on your mind and body.


Bergamot is a peel from a fruit that smells like citrus. The potent citrus smell can refresh and calm the mind.


Lavender is a must-have oil to keep on hand due to its versatile uses, including calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension.


Sandalwood essential oil is very soothing. It can help you relax and calm your emotions, so that you can sleep throughout the night.

Simple Sleep Blend

Lavender – 1 drop
Bergamot – 1 drop

Place these on a tissue and place between your pillow case and pillow. Nighty night!

How to Relax and Reduce Stress for Better Head-to-Toe Health


When it comes to improving your overall mental and physical health, one of the most important things you can do is to just relax.

Photo by Poike/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by Poike/iStock / Getty Images


Just look at some of the issues where stress is a known factor: high blood pressure, heartburn, gastrointestinal issues, joint pain, muscle fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and lowered immune response. If you don’t find ways to relax and reduce the stress in your life, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Your mind and body need a break. Here are some tips for achieving that oh-so-necessary relaxation state.


Learn how to spot the stress response


Before you learn specific methods of controlling and reducing stress, you need to know what stress feels like. Stress may begin in the brain, but it manifests itself in the body. If you learn how to feel stress overtake your body, physically, you’ll be better-equipped to manage it in the moment.


“As you learn relaxation techniques, you'll become more aware of muscle tension and other physical sensations of stress. Once you know what the stress response feels like, you can make a conscious effort to practice a relaxation technique the moment you start to feel stress symptoms. This can prevent stress from spiraling out of control,” says the Mayo Clinic.


Take some time for mindfulness


The best way to deal with stress is to remove the stressor from your life. Of course, common stressors are work, family, or friend-related, so just removing the stress from your life is impossible. Instead, you must learn how to control your stress through mindfulness practices.


Whether you’re at work, at home, or stuck in a traffic jam, you can take a few minutes to practice a relaxation exercise. These include, but are not limited to meditation, yoga, focused slow breathing, and prayer. All of these activities will reduce heart rate, improve blood flow to the brain, and relax muscle groups.


Learn how to relax when you only have a minute


So you’re busy? You can still take time to relax, even if that time is just one or two minutes. Anything helps. Harvard Health suggests a wonderful one-minute relaxation strategy:


“Place your hand just beneath your navel so you can feel the gentle rise and fall of your belly as you breathe. Breathe in. Pause for a count of three. Breathe out. Pause for a count of three. Continue to breathe deeply for one minute, pausing for a count of three after each inhalation and exhalation.Or alternatively, while sitting comfortably, take a few slow deep breaths and quietly repeat to yourself "I am" as you breathe in and "at peace" as you breathe out. Repeat slowly two or three times. Then feel your entire body relax into the support of your chair.”


You can simply close your eyes and count if you only have a few minutes to spare. Anything that focuses your mind on a relaxing, simple task and away from the complicated stressors of your life is recommended.


Seek help if your stress becomes too much


Certain life stressors, like addiction, require more help that simple breathing techniques. If the source of your stress is a serious alcohol dependency, drug addiction, or severe medical problem, you should seek professional help. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance in dealing with your stress. Sometimes we all get in over our head and need someone to help show us the way out.


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Author: Steve Johnso