Spe­cial Spa Ser­vices

Lo­cal spas go be­yond mas­sage with pop­u­lar treat­ments that re­ju­ve­nate and leave you glow­ing

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS - Mandy Carter is a lo­cal mom with a pas­sion for fam­ily travel, a pop­u­lar travel blog­ger in­clud­ing her own fam­ily blog at acup­ful.com, and the man­ag­ing edi­tor for TOTI Me­dia.

Mas­sages are time­less in both their ben­e­fits and their pop­u­lar­ity. In fact, many Amer­i­cans view mas­sage ther­apy as a vi­tal part of stay­ing healthy. One of its most es­sen­tial as­pects is the hu­man touch, which is known to re­lease oxy­tocin—a hor­mone that fights stress. Touch also causes the body to nat­u­rally re­lease the chem­i­cals dopamine and sero­tonin that ac­ti­vate the plea­sure cen­ter of your brain where your mood is reg­u­lated.

Day spas, how­ever, are now of­fer­ing ser­vices that can do so much more for you than the stan­dard Swedish mas­sage and tra­di­tional fa­cial. Here are four treat­ments, de­signed to re­ju­ve­nate your body in a num­ber of ways, that just might make you feel bet­ter and more con­fi­dent, plus give you a great sense of to­tal well­ness.

HOT STONE THER­APY

This warm treat­ment uses heat to take you into a deeper form of phys­i­cal re­lax­ation and well-be­ing by plac­ing hot stones at key points on the body. Hot stone ther­apy aims to melt away ten­sion, ease mus­cle stiff­ness and in­crease cir­cu­la­tion. Ad­di­tion­ally, lava shells and steamed tow­els are other ways to use heat in a mas­sage.

PER­MA­NENT MAKEUP

This pro­ce­dure is also known as mi­cro-pig­men­ta­tion or cos­metic tat­too­ing. The col­ored pig­ments are de­posited into the der­mal layer of the skin with a ster­ile nee­dle to help nat­u­rally en­hance the eyes, eye­brows and lips. Per­ma­nent makeup is the ideal way to lower makeup ap­pli­ca­tion time, and many peo­ple love the con­ve­nience of it, mak­ing morn­ing rou­tines sim­pler and less stress­ful.

DERMAPLANING

A phys­i­cal ex­fo­li­a­tion pro­ce­dure, dermaplaning is sim­ple and safe. It con­sists of us­ing a scalpel to very gen­tly scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells. By re­mov­ing ex­cess vel­lus hair, which can hold dirt and oils, your skin takes on a health­ier look with­out the worry of the hair grow­ing back heav­ier and darker.

RE­FLEX­OL­OGY

Re­flex­ol­ogy is a type of mas­sage that fo­cuses pri­mar­ily on the feet and hands to tar­get and heal the en­tire body. This fo­cused mas­sage can be ben­e­fi­cial in treat­ing a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions such as back pain, sci­at­ica, di­ges­tive prob­lems, mi­graine, asthma, pso­ri­a­sis and chronic fa­tigue. It can also be used to main­tain health and re­lieve daily stress.

Hot stone ther­apy aims to melt away ten­sion, ease mus­cle stiff­ness and in­crease cir­cu­la­tion.

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