October 2nd, 2013 • Posted by Agua Azul Oasis • Permalink
Sure, scheduling a massage sounds like a luxury, something
you do when you're flush with cash. Did you know, though, that massage offers a
bevy of medical benefits? According to Mayo Clinic, massage is classified as
"complementary" or "alternative" medicine. Increasingly, physicians suggest
that patients add massage to their overall healthcare routine. Various forms of massage have been practiced for thousands of years, leaving us
with over 80 styles of message therapy to choose from. There's a massage for
whatever may be ailing you.
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Tender Muscles, Circulation Problems, Nerve Compression, and Posture Issues:
Look into neuromuscular massage for these issues. Neuromuscular therapy
addresses trigger points and manipulates soft tissue in order to treat chronic
Fatigue, Lack of Energy, and Tension: Swedish massage marries long, kneading
strokes with light, rhythmic strokes on the top layers of muscle. The soft
movements ease away stress and tapping strokes work tired muscles, leaving you
rested and energized.
Back Sprain and Muscle Injuries: Although some people don't enjoy the pressure
involved in a deep tissue massage, the slow, deliberate strokes are a great way
to work sore muscles, tendons, and joints. If you suffer from chronic pain,
talk to your masseuse about the benefits of deep tissue therapy.
Overall Sense of Wellbeing: Shiatsu means "finger pressure" in Japanese. The
therapist will use varied, rhythmic pressure on precise points of your body
that are believed to be vital to the flow of body energy (called chi). If you
just really want to chill out, consider shiatsu.
Sports Injury: As the name implies, a sports massage is designed to work muscles
used when you're getting your game on. It helps muscle strain, promotes
flexibility, and aids healing.
Pregnancy: A pregnancy massage can help reduce stress, decrease arm and leg
swelling, and reduce joint pain. It may also be particularly helpful for lower
back pain. Using specially designed massage pillows, our therapist will get
you into a comfortable position prior to working on your specific issues.
If you're not quite sure what kind of massage is best for your particular
condition, talk to our therapists. They will be able to recommend something that
has worked well for their other clients. You might as well put that experience to
September 17th, 2013 • Posted by Agua Azul Oasis • Permalink
As the lazy days of summer wane away and the crisp, cooler air of fall prevails, skin may look a bit drab from all the abuse of summer. Too much sun, loss of moisture and even clogged pores from sunscreen can leave your face screaming for a good exfoliation and rehydration.
The best way to remember to schedule a fall facial is to imagine the dry, falling leaves that drift to the ground in the autumn. Remember how they crunch when you jump in them or walk through them? Is your skin as dry as those dead, lifeless leaves? The changing colors of the leaves are your sign that it is time to remove dry dead skin, de-stress and get skin ready for the busy, but joyous holiday season.
Facials offer many benefits that will brighten your skin, help you feel invigorated and give your skin that youthful glow again. We start your treatment with a good cleaning followed by an exfoliating scrub to slough off dry, dead skin. It is gentle but offers enough abrasiveness to get rid of dry patches and dull color. It is estimated that skin rejuvenates every 28 days, so as you move from one season to the next, it is especially important to remove old skin and reveal new, fresh skin.
The exfoliation treatment is typically followed by a gentle massage. The massage will help restore circulation to your face and can even help reduce puffiness. Plus, it just feels glorious and eases away the stresses of back-to-school and end-of summer busyness. Most facials also include a massage of the neck area and possibly even arms and shoulders.
One of the more important parts of the facial is the application of products meant to nourish your skin and add important nutrients and moisture. Our skincare specialist will choose the best products for you based on your skins’ problem areas and will create a balance that restores health to your skin. The restoration portion of the facial may include a mask, toner, lotions and oils. It may be a one-step application or involve several stages of applying various products. Since facials are often customized to the client, each person’s facial experience is likely to be just a bit different.
A professional facial will go a step further than simply removing the drab buildup of damaged summer skin. Our skincare specialist will nourish and moisturize the fresh skin under all that old skin in preparation for the coming winter, when furnaces come on and air is naturally dryer and equally as hard on skin as it is during the summer months. By adding back the perfect balance of nutrients for your skin type, they will take you from end of summer drab to fall fresh fab . It will be the best hour or so that you spend this fall on your beauty routine.
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September 2nd, 2013 • Posted by Agua Azul Oasis • Permalink
When the temps are in the 80s and 90s and daylight stretches into
the evening hours, the last thing you may be considering is the cooler
weather. But just as winter gave way to spring and then summer, now fall
is on its way and it's time to start preparing. Donít worry,
you donít have to give up your sun dresses and flip flops just yet.
In fact, many of the treatments that prep your skin for fall
will enhance your look now, too.
youíve picked up at least some additional color, no matter what your
natural skin tone may be. If you want to hang on to your color a bit
longer, go for a custom-mixed spray tan. Youíll almost
certainly need (and receive) a microdermabrasion
treatment beforehand, so youíll receive a double benefit of
retaining your sun-kissed color a bit longer -- and a treatment to
smooth away dry, patchy skin.
While youíre at it, why not
schedule a day spa appointment for head-to-toe pampering?
Microdermabrasion or a chemical peel can even skin tone and clear
impurities from your pores. Finish with a facial to smooth and tone
the skin on your face.
Follow up your appointment by
beginning a regular routine of head-to-toe exfoliation with every
shower. Duplicate your spa facial experience with an at-home routine
beginning with lukewarm water, then a mask suited for your skin
type, then gentle but thorough rinsing with cool water. Finish with a
light layer of moisturizer.
You may already be scheduling
regular mani-pedi treatments that allow you to show off your feet
in strappy sandals. If so, you probably wonít need to schedule
appointments as often as fall approaches, but donít give up on
them, either. If you donít usually indulge in manicures or
pedicures, splurge at least once to prepare your hands and feet for
the change in season.
By taking action now, you'll be getting a head start
on your cooler-weather skin routine. By the time the
leaves start turning colors and falling from the trees, your routine
will be an established habit. Your glowing skin and shiny, healthy
locks will thank you!
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