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Don’t Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine

While massage may have developed a reputation as a decadent treat for people who love pampering, new studies are showing it has a wide variety of tangible health benefits.
Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Giving massages to the littlest patients, premature babies, helped in the crucial task of gaining weight.

massageThe benefits go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness that people may recognize after a massage. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society now include massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain, according to guidelines published in 2007.

New research is also starting to reveal just what happens in the body after a massage. While there have long been theories about how massage works—from releasing toxins to improving circulation—those have been fairly nebulous, with little hard evidence. Now, one study, for example, found that a single, 45-minute massage led to a small reduction in the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the blood, a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions, and a boost in white blood cells that fight infection.

There’s been a surge of scientific interest in massage. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, is currently spending $2.7 million on massage research, up from $1.5 million in 2002. The Massage Therapy Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds massage research, held its first scientific conference in 2005. The third conference will be in Boston next year.

The research is being driven, in part, by massage therapy’s popularity. About 8.3% of American adults used massage in 2007, up from 5% in 2002, according to a National Health Statistics report that surveyed 23,393 adults in 2007 and 31,044 adults in 2002, the latest such data available. Massage was expected to be a $10 billion to $11 billion industry in 2011 in the U.S., according to estimates by the American Massage Therapy Association, a nonprofit professional organization.

“There is emerging evidence that [massage] can make contributions in treating things like pain, where conventional medicine doesn’t have all the answers,” said Jack Killen, NCCAM’s deputy director.

The massage therapy field hopes that the growing body of research will lead to greater insurance coverage for its treatments. Washington is the only state that requires insurers to cover massage therapy.

Elsewhere, private insurers generally provide very limited coverage for massage. WellPoint, WLP -0.78% for example, doesn’t include massage as a standard benefit in most of its plans, but employers can purchase alternative medicine coverage as an add on, said spokeswoman Kristin E. Binns. Aetna AET +0.48% doesn’t cover massage therapy as a standard benefit but offers members discounts on massage visits with practitioners who are part of an affiliated network of alternative medicine providers. Providers such as chiropractors or physical therapists, whose visits are often covered, sometimes use massage as part of their treatment.

Massage therapists charge an average of about $59 for a one-hour session, according to the American Massage Therapy Association. Treatments at posh urban spas, however, can easily cost at least three times that amount.

Epsom Salt for the Body, Mind & Soul

Epson Salt

At Spa Mariana, founder Maciek Lyco recommends an Epsom salt bath after every massage and at least once a week for maintenance. You are probably thinking, “WHY”?

Almost everyone has heard of the term “Epsom Salt”, many of us dismissing it as an ancient remedy that is only still used by old ladies. But as it turns out, this pure mineral compound discovered over 400 years ago in Epsom, England is still one of the most beneficial natural remedies available.  Epsom salt is almost entirely comprised of magnesium and sulfate.  Magnesium is the second highest element in human cells regulating over 325 enzymes and organizing many bodily functions such as muscle control, energy production, and the elimination of harmful toxins. Sulfates also detoxify the body in addition to playing an important role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins, and digestive tract proteins.

THE BAD NEWS:  Most people are highly deficient in magnesium. In fact, due to changes in agriculture and diet, our magnesium levels are a mere 50% of what they were a century ago.  Unfortunately, this deficiency helps cause many ailments in America today including heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis, digestive problems, stress and fatigue. And unlike other important nutrients like calcium and iron, magnesium is not easily absorbed in the digestive tract making vitamins an ineffective method of boosting magnesium levels.

THE GOOD NEWS:  Magnesium and sulfate are readily absorbed through the skin, making an Epsom salt bath the easiest (and most relaxing!) way to gain the amazing health benefits.  There is even an Epsom Salt Industry Council that was formed in 1993 to help spread the word about the importance of both magnesium and sulfates to the human body. According to this council, Epsom salt offers countless benefits for your health, beauty and garden! In addition to the benefits already mentioned, Epsom salt can reduce irregular heart beats and blood clots, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, prevent hardening of the arteries, improve insulin efficiency reducing the incidence of diabetes, relax the nervous system, improve oxygen utilization, prevent or ease migraine headaches and much more. That’s right. A bath can be a natural remedy for easing stress, curing skin problems, soothing back and limb pain, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body.

Epsom salt can be found in most drugstores and since the chemical make-up of this compound doesn’t change, brand names are irrelevant. There are dozens  of recipes for the various uses available on the internet, but the most simple version is to add two cups of Epsom salt to the bath and soak for at least 12 minutes, three times a week – and you should be well on your way to a healthier YOU!

The Appearance Of Cellulite With Dry Brushing

Shed Dead Skin, Eliminate Toxins And Reduce The Appearance Of Cellulite With Dry Brushing!

SkinWe all want to have healthy, beautiful skin on the outside, but did you know that proper care of the skin can also significantly improve the overall health of our entire bodies on the inside?  Not only is the skin the largest organ in the body, but it also eliminates two pounds of waste daily making it responsible for ¼ of the body’s detoxification each day.  In fact, after the kidneys and liver, the skin is considered to be the most important waste management organ in the body. Dry skin brushing helps clean the lymphatic system of toxins by improving surface circulation to the skin, unclogging pores, and encouraging the discharge of metabolic wastes – all while shedding dead skin cells and promoting cell renewal for healthier, silkier skin!

Dry brushing has also been known to reduce the appearance of cellulite.  When dry skin is brushed, the body responds by sending a fresh blood supply to the areas being brushed.  Similar to the body’s natural healing process, the increase in the flow of blood in turn increases the circulation to the skin – thereby tightening the skin and distributing fat deposits more evenly.  In doing so, the appearance of cellulite can be greatly reduced.

Other benefits of dry brushing include improved muscle tone and digestion, a strengthened immune system, and stimulation of the lymph glands which ultimately helps all body systems to perform at peak efficiency.

Healthy skin needs to breathe.  Dry brushing will rejuvenate and invigorate your skin, while improving your overall health.  Book your Dry Brush appointment at Spa Mariana today – for healthy skin AND a healthy body!

Types Of Skin Care Therapies

Skin Care Therapy

Chemical Peel—An exfoliation process usually used to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Exfoliation—Removal of dead skin cells, manually or using chemical peels.

Extraction—Proper pore cleansing, the removal of blackheads, whiteheads, and blocked pores.

Facials—After analysis, cleansing, and preparation, a mask is applied to the face. Therapeutic ingredients vary based on skin type.

Microdermabrasion—A technique utilizing a machine to exfoliate the uppermost layers of the skin. Used to treat hyperpigmentation and uneven
surface texture. Some states require that estheticians who perform microdermabrasion meet certain requirements, be supervised by a physician, or that the technique is performed only by a physician.

Waxing—Hair-removal technique. Warm wax is
applied to the skin, allowed to cool, then removed.

What About Home Care?

Home Care

In addition to providing face and body treatments for personal use, skin care professionals educate clients on proper cleansing, exfoliating,
hydrating, and stimulating regimens for homecare support between visits. Estheticians may also supply you with information on lifestyle choices,
such as nutrition and exercise, to further support your skin health.

What Can I Expect?

What to Expect

During your first appointment, your skin care professional will discuss your skin care issues and goals. Once the practitioner has evaluated your
skin, the two of you will work together to determine a course of action to achieve those goals. This plan will likely include treatments, home care, and follow-up appointments.

Would I Benefit from Seeing A Skin Care Professional?

Skin Care

Skin care professionals are experts trained in skin wellness, helping their clients balance oil and moisture content and achieve a healthy, youthful complexion. A variety of treatments and products are used to protect skin from environmental hazards and combat fine lines,
wrinkles, and a dull, uneven skin tone. Estheticians are also skilled in managing conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and dry skin, to name just a few.

Through specialized therapies and remedies, a skin care professional can help ease the burdens such conditions can cause. Furthermore, skin care treatments are wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating. If smooth, healthy skin is your aim, a skin care professional can benefit you.

What Is Esthetics?

Esthetics

Esthetics is the application of various treatments to the skin’s epidermal layer. In other words, esthetics is all about healthy skin. Some of the techniques used by estheticians—or skin care professionals—include facial steaming, wrapping, exfoliation, waxing, pore cleansing, extraction, and chemical peels.

Professionals give personal guidance on the latest in skin care maintenance and excel at helping clients apply makeup skillfully to conceal scars and imperfections. Central to this specialty is the use of creams, lotions, wraps, clay or gel masks, and salt scrubs. Some technicians may also utilize machines to help deliver high-tech services.

Esthetic practice is different from dermatology in that it specifically excludes diagnosis, prescription, or any other service, procedure, or therapy that requires a medical license. If you’re being treated by a dermatologist,
your esthetician will provide complementary and support therapies. In addition, estheticians are trained and licensed to recognize early signs of
many medical conditions, including skin cancer, and will refer you to a dermatologist in such a case.

How Do I Find A Qualified Practitioner?

Find PracticionerYour skin care treatments should be provided by a properly trained professional. Don’t hesitate to ask practitioners about their background, training, and experience. Members of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) have met stringent requirements regarding training and must adhere to a strict code of ethics in order to maintain membership. ABMP offers a referral service to the public and will provide you with a list of skin care professionals in your area. For a referral, visit massagetherapy.com, or call 800-458-2267.