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As these two massage are typically the popular choices to choose from, there is quite a difference between the two. Swedish massage promotes relaxation while a deep tissue massage unknots the deeper stressed muscles. Swedish massage is executed in slow, circular movements with even pressure to enhance the circulatory system. Deep tissue massage, on the other hand, is more focused on specific parts of the body which experiences pain.

Swedish Massage

The Swedish massage is a form of massage done by long circular strokes. The Swedish massage is primarily used to induce relaxation for stressed and overly active muscles. The purpose of the Swedish massage aside from relaxation is to enhance the circulation of blood all over the body to increase the functions of the nervous system.

One of the biggest benefits of the Swedish massage is that it can boost your mood significantly. Studies have shown that massage can increase serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin, which all help to elevate your mood and general well-being.

The Swedish massage also helps to reduce stress and anxiety. With that being said, it can also improve your sleep. There has been a study that found that massage therapy improved the quality of sleep in breast cancer patients. Better sleep, in turn, reduces stress and anxiety levels.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage is used to relieve stressed muscles, especially in the neck, arm, leg and thigh areas. This type of massage is aimed at the tissues that normal massages could not reach and the muscles that are usually stressed than the others. A hard pressure needs to be applied in order to obtain results with deep tissue massage. A deeper pressure should be expected with this massage, however, if you experience any pain, please consult your therapist.

This massage helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduce tension in muscle and tissue. It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.

Unlike the Swedish massage that focuses on relaxation, deep tissue massage helps to treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. But it can still help to you unwind mentally, too. Some people have reported that the deep tissues massage helps in:

*Sports injuries

*Fibromylagia

*Plantar Fasciitis

*High blood pressure

*Sciatica

*Tennis elbow

Key Differences Between Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue

*Intended use: Deep tissue massage is primarily used to treat chronic pain and muscle and sports-related injuries. Swedish massage is mainly used to promote relaxation and reduce muscle tension caused by everyday activities, such as sitting at a computer.

*Pressure: The Swedish massage is a gentler massage compared to the deep tissue, which provides firm pressure. Both types involve use of the palms and fingers to knead and manipulate your tissues, but the elbows and forearms may also be used to apply increased pressure during a deep tissue massage.

*Area of focus:  Deep tissue massage targets the inner layers of your muscles. It’s used to treat muscle and tendon injuries, pain, and stiffness in your major muscle groups and joints. Swedish massage targets the superficial layers of muscle and focuses on the parts of your body that tend to hold the most tension, such as your neck, shoulders, and back.

Overall:

Our massage therapists at Elements Salon and Wellness Spa are here to provide expert care on any concerns with your body. If you are still having a hard time deciding between the two massages, your therapist will consult with you on what the best massage is. Hopefully by reading this article, you are now an expert on Swedish and deep tissue massages!

Microblading eyebrows and permanent makeup may sound like the same thing, but they really are different in a few ways. Both are forms of cosmetic tattoo, a practice that has been around for many years and uses tattoo or pigmentation of the epidermis to produce makeup like results. This article will help you determine the real difference between microblading and permanent makeup.

There are three main differences between the two procedures:

*Although permanent makeup is not “forever” permanent, it is more permanent than microblading, which can last up to 3 years, depending on the person.

*Permanent makeup can be done on the eyes, lips, and brows. Microblading is only for the eyebrows.

*Permanent makeup is done using an electrically powered machine very similar to those regular tattoo artists use. Microblading uses a tool similar to an exacto knife that does not require batteries or electricity.

Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup is a form of cosmetic tattoo that uses needles and artistic tattoo machinery to implant dyes or pigments into the skin. It is most common on the eyebrows, lips and eyeliner. Women are by far the most common consumers of permanent makeup, however, men can also do it.

Permanent makeup can be done in many styles and shapes. Some artists will use stencils to determine the shape of the brow, which is not usually done by most experts because its stencils are not customized to the client’s face.

Many people are afraid of permanent makeup because they immediately think of cringe-worthy eyebrows that look like they were drawn on with a sharpie. Of course, no one wants to have that!

But, permanent makeup is meant to look natural, and it is not as permanent as you would think. As always, it will vary from person to person, but it is likely that a client will need a few touch ups a few years after his or her procedure.

Microblading

Microblading has become really popular within the last few years, and for good reason! Like permanent makeup, microblading is a cosmetic procedure meant to enhance your eyebrows.

The reason microblading has been getting so much attention is because it is semi-permanent, not permanent. This means the procedure can last up to three years and then fade away, that’s if you don’t get touch-ups every eight months to a year. The reason it lasts less than permanent makeup is the hand tool that is used.

Where permanent makeup artists use an electrical machine similar to the ones regular tattoo artist use, microblading is just a hand tool with a fancy blade. The hand tool allows the artist to make highly accurate superficial scrapes to the brow that follow the direction of the eyebrow hair.

After getting the initial first “full brow” appointment done, it is important to follow up four weeks later to get a “touch-up”. The touch-up is meant for the color of the hair strokes to last longer and stay in place. Also, it is needed just in case some hair strokes did not take on your eyebrow. After getting that touch-up, depending on your skin, it is best to get touch-ups every eight months to a year to keep the color intact.

Conclusion

A good piece of advice: If it’s your first time getting a cosmetic tattoo, maybe you should start by getting eyebrow microblading. That way, you get a glimpse of what having perfect eyebrows 24/7 is like and you are not making a permanent commitment if it turns out you are not 100% pleased with the results.

Overall, it is your preference if you are looking for semi-permanent or permanent. At Elements Salon and Wellness Spa, we have our very own microblading artist, Diane, who is a perfectionist when it comes to microblading eyebrows. She will consult with you first on what the perfect shape is for your eyebrows and go from there!

If you are interested in going blonde, it is important to take a look at the different types of blonde to choose from. Ranging from lily white to darker, almost brown hues, blonde hair has the versatility to cater to all skin types. When it comes to bleaching your hair blonde, it needs to be kept in mind that the shade that is chosen doesn’t wash you out. Here are the six most popular shades of blonde described.

Platinum Blonde Hair

Platinum blonde is the lightest shade of blonde you can do. Platinum blonde can come in different hues as well, ranging from completely white to yellow/golden. This shade goes best with pale to medium toned skin and is really great with bright brown or blue eyes.

Baby Blonde Hair

Otherwise known as ‘natural blonde hair’, this blonde coloring looks very natural in terms of the highlights and lowlights that are used to achieve this look. Baby blonde can either be on the lighter or darker side in terms of shades. Of course, if you’re darker then you should use darker shades of blonde, and vice versa if you’re very light/pale. This will make sure that your end result comes out looking as natural as possible.

Strawberry Blonde Hair

This shade of blonde features a faint reddish appearance, giving it that strawberry blonde look. Depending on the amount of red put into the hair, it is easily mistaken for being called ‘redhead’. Strawberry blonde tends to look great on all skin types depending on the shades used.

Golden Blonde Hair

On the darker side of the blonde spectrum, golden blonde hair is the healthiest looking shade of blonde. The key to achieving a successful golden blonde hair color is by choosing a color that won’t come out brassy and by adding dimension through high and low lights within the same color.

Ash Blonde Hair

If you’ve ever seen hair with a subtle gray appearance, then it was more than likely an ash blonde color. This color is a great option for women who are looking for a softer look, as opposed to being boldly blonde. The gray tint gives it a more mature look, so this color is great for women who are starting to actually go gray. Ash blonde tends to looks best on pale to medium skin tone.

Honey Blonde Hair

Honey blonde features brown lowlights which make it the perfect blonde for women with darker skin tones. This color tends to work great on medium-dark skin tones since it’s not as light and won’t be too harsh for the skin. If you’re on the pale side, you may want to lighten this color up with some highlights around the face so that it doesn’t wash you out.

Overall

If you are tired of the basic hair color and want that gorgeous blonde to make your hair brighter, you can try full highlights or even balayage that can blend different shades into your natural look.

So, which one is your favorite shade of blonde?

What is Dry Tattooing?

A dry tattoo is a tattoo without the ink or pigment being injected into your skin. It is a procedure that can be done by a tattoo artist or aesthetician. Going to a professional for this procedure will land you the best results.

Dry tattooing is used for the appearance of stretch marks or any types of scars on your skin. Fortunately, dry tattooing can be done on any skin type!

How it is Done

Dry tattooing is based on the scientific observation that the basal layer of the skin can be stimulated to produce collagen that can fill in scars and stretch marks from the inside out. And dry tattooing around raised scars can stimulate the growth of skin that pulls the skin and flattens the area of scarring.

Dry tattooing is something you should never try at home. Especially if you have more than one scar, stimulating the growth of skin in ways that are helpful on one part of your body may be detrimental to the appearance of another part of your body. Leave the procedure to a professional who has seen many cases and knows how to prevent problems. But you don’t have to get the procedure from a doctor.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

When making your appointment at Elements Salon and Wellness Spa, our professional artist, Diane, will make sure she understands your health needs first. Diane will also make sure that you are able to give informed consent, that you have made arrangements to stay indoors for a few days while your skin heals, and that you understand what she is about to do.

Diane will first put a topical anesthetic on the skin to dull the pain of tattooing. The needles used in dry tattooing are bulkier and go in deeper than the needles most American acupuncturists use for acupuncture.

Diane then choose sites that need extra collagen to make scars less visible. A needle is stuck 1 to 2 mm (about 1/20 of an inch to about 1/10 of an inch) into the skin at a 45-degree angle. With this procedure, there is usually no bleeding at all, or if there is bleeding, it is usually very slight and only momentarily.

The process follows the outline of the scar being treated. The skin’s healing processes kick in and create just enough collagen at the right places.

Conclusion

Dry tattooing is often used when other procedures, such as microdermabrasion or facial peels are not affective on your skin. Other procedures for removing scars or stretch marks require down time of 1 to 2 weeks. Dry tattooing usually requires 2 or 3 days.

Diane will be able to achieve a natural look, simply restoring the appearance of normal skin contours and even coloration. Diane will set up a consultation first to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the procedure.

Are you looking for smoother, straighter hair? Maybe a way to tame the frizz in your hair? Well, the keratin complex treatment could be the perfect solution for you.

What is Keratin?

Keratin is a protein that is naturally in your hair. It is the key structural material for making up hair. Keratin is extremely insoluble in water and organic solvents. Keratin monomers assemble into bundles to form filaments, which are tough and form a strong bond for your hair.

How does it work?

The hairstylist will apply a keratin hair-straightening product to your hair and then uses the heat of a flat iron to seal it in. The process takes about 90 minutes or longer, depending on the length of your hair. The entire process will straighten out your hair texture and completely eliminate frizz for up to three months.

Time Saving

Once getting the treatment, it will shorten your blow-dry time by 40%-60%.

Keratin treatments every three months can be healthier for your hair than daily heat styling.

While the high heat (450 degrees) of the flatiron used to set the treatment is not the easiest on your hair, it’s still probably better than heat styling yourself day in and day out.  If having a treatment allows you to set aside your iron, the single dose of high heat may be well worth it.

What to Know After the Treatment

You can forget about frizzy hair! You can walk out in moist or light rain and your hair will not change.

You shouldn’t wash your hair for three to four days after getting the treatment. That is because the solution takes time to work, and showering before three days can ruin the treatment.

After getting the keratin complex treatment, and after the don’t wash period, you should use a Keratin Complex shampoo and conditioner to care for your new treatment. The shampoo and conditioner gently cleanses and helps restore strength and shine to your hair.

The Keratin Treatment will not make your hair break. Keratin is a restorative treatment. Even if you have good hair strength now, it still strengthens the hair shaft and makes your hair more resilient.

Takeaway

By applying keratin to your hair cuticle and sealing it in with heat, your hair takes on a glossier appearance. Your hair will be smoother and easier to manage on the daily. The effects vary greatly depending on whether your hair is healthy to begin with and what the natural thickness of your hair is.

Keratin works by smoothing down the cells that overlap to form your hair strands. The layers of cells, called the hair cuticle, absorb the keratin, resulting in hair that looks full and shiny. Keratin also makes curly hair less frizzy, easier to style, and straighter in appearance.

Every person loves to pamper themselves every once and a while, especially with a good manicure. Getting your nails done is a form of relaxation as well as good proper care for your nails. There are many different manicure options to choose from, including gel polish and regular nail polish. With the breakdown of the pros and cons of both, you will realize which is best for you with your next manicure.

Gel Nail Polish

Gel polish is originally referred to nail extensions made by using a soft gel product that is cured under an ultraviolet or L.E.D light. Gel polish is relatively new in the polish world and is known as a soak-off polish.

UV and LED curing is a chemical process where a chain reaction creates heat and the gel begins to set. When the gels sets, it leaves a residual sticky layer on top that’s removed with a lint free cloth.

Pros of Gel Polish

*Long lasting: Gel manicures are known for lasting a lot longer than regular nail polish. A gel manicure can last up to two weeks if properly taken care of.

*Zero drying time: No drying time! When curing the gel polish under UV or LED light, the light sets the polish in place in a matter of minutes.

*Perfect nails: No chipping or smudges of the nail. Because the gel polish dries so quickly, you don’t have to worry about messing up your nails with any activity.

Cons of Gel Polish

*Rough removal: The removal process can be rough. Using nail polish remover and a cotton ball to wipe off the polish will not work. You must soak your nails and file off whatever is left on the nail.

*Costly: Gel manicures do cost more than regular polish.

*Can be damaging: Gel manicures are known to damage your real nails in the long run. They are known to weaken the nail and can cause them to become brittle over time.

Regular Nail Polish

Everyone knows the good olé fashion regular nail polish, or also known as normal nail polish. It was the most common and most fashionable nail polish for nails until 2010, when gel polish came to the market.

To put it simply, normal nail polish is a lacquer where the ingredients been refined over the years to protect nails against drying out and cracking. When receiving a manicure with regular air dry polish, a professional will lay down a base coat, three polish coats and a top coat. A regular manicure only lasts up to a week and can chip quite easily.

Pros of Regular Polish

*Changeable: It is easy to change the color if you do not like it. You can also experiment with nail art and wipe off if you don’t like it.

*Affordable: Regular nail polish manicures are more affordable than gel polish manicures.

*Regular polish is safer: They are safer than gel polish. You are not exposing your skin to any harmful lights during the process. Also, your nails will not become weakened or brittle with regular polish.

Cons of Regular Polish

*Hours of drying time: Regular nail polish takes forever to dry! Sometimes nail polish can take up to an hour or more to fully dry.

*Chips easily: Regular polish manicures have a reputation of chipping more easily.

*Multiple coats of polish: It can take multiple coats to get the shade you want. Because regular nail polish is a lot lighter, it can take a while to get your nails to match the color of the polish bottle.

With these two types of polishes becoming the most popular in the nail industry, it is important to know what is best for your nails. I hope by reading this article, that it helped you make a good decision of what is best for your nails. Now, go ahead a pick out your favorite color and go get your nails done!

The ultrasonic cavitation treatment is a non-surgical, fat reduction procedure. The treatment makes use of low frequency ultrasound to target fat cell membranes with a strong ray of pressure. The structure of the fat cells cannot tolerate the pressure of the rays, therefore, they disintegrate into liquid form. So, how does this treatment really work?

How it Works

During the cavitation treatment process, membranes that are required for the survival of fat cells are disrupted. Fat cells are compromised of triglycerides. When exposed to a strong pressure wave, they form into liquid and travel to the liver through the lymphatic and vascular systems as part of the natural metabolic process.

Benefits of the Cavitation Treatment

*It is versatile: this procedure can be applied on almost any body part where there is excess fat. The most common spots include the abdomen, thighs, back, and buttocks.

*It is non-invasive: the cavitation treatment does not require a surgical performance. The procedure strongly relies on frequency waves and does not cause physical trauma.

*It is painless: during this procedure, you do not experience any pain or discomfort, even after the procedure is done. There are no risks involved in this procedure.

*It is easy: to get the best benefits from the cavitation treatment, you need to drink lots of water, eat healthy, and maintain a good exercise program. Regular visits develop the best results.

*It is effective: when you are having a hard time losing weight with exercise and diet, the cavitation treatment may provide the most effective results for you. This procedure can be used to reshape your body, eliminate cellulite, and get the figure you always dreamed of.

Who Should Not Try the Cavitation Treatment

Since it is not known if the treatment affects the fetus or not, pregnant women should not have the treatment done. According to certain studies, the sound waves could affect the unborn child’s hearing and immune system. Women going through infertility treatment should also avoid this procedure.

People with the following conditions should NOT proceed with this procedure:

*Heart disease

*Hypertension

*Diabetes

*Kidney or liver problems

*High cholesterol levels

*Epilepsy

*Osteoporosis

Before and After Cavitation Treatment

Before considering the cavitation treatment, you should be living a moderately active lifestyle and have a healthy diet. Before getting the treatment done, it is recommended to drink at least eight cups of water every day. These fluids are important because they process the extra triglycerides and fat in your body so it can be released with the treatment.

It is best to avoid alcohol consumption, as it may affect your liver’s functionality that is going to play a significant role in releasing those substances. Also, avoid getting tanned, as it may increase your skins sensitivity to the ultrasonic waves used during the treatment. After the cavitation treatment, you should continue to drink plenty of water and exercise regularly to process the substances released during the treatment.

Is the Cavitation Treatment Worth It?

The cavitation treatment can be worth it as it is an effective weight loss treatment and shapes your body to your liking. If you eat healthy and live a moderately active lifestyle, then this is the treatment for you. If you have fatty areas that will not go away with diet and exercise, then this treatment may be the way to go for you. This treatment will help you with fat loss reduction and get you on your way to the figure you have always dreamed of.

Have you ever wondered the exact difference between balayage and full highlights? Well, there really is a difference between the two. After reading this blog, you will be up to date on telling your hairstylist exactly what you want.

Full Highlights

A common mistake when it comes to describing full highlights is that they are streaks of blonde hair that run through a brown base color. That’s not exactly the case here! Highlights are small sections of your hair that are lighter than your base color.

So, someone with a dark brown base color could get light brown highlights while golden blonde highlights would complement deep honey blonde hair.

When it comes to applying full highlights, they are done with the help of aluminum foils. The dye is applied from the roots to the tips and covered with foils to trap in the heat and lighten your hair more drastically.

The size, placement, and tone of the highlights can be planned according to the hairstyle that you are going for. Just make sure to tell your hairstylist your plan!

Now, What is Balayage?

Balayage is a French word that means “to sweep”.

When applying, the dye is swept on or painted onto sections of your hair in a freehand manner. Normally, the dye starts from the middle of your hair to the ends. First, the dye is applied to the bottom section of your head, which is the neck on down. Then, it is worked up to the midsection of your head. Finally, the top of your head will be colored at the end.

Balayage ends up looking like thick highlights that are just a few shades lighter than your base color. Balayage highlights add a ton of depth and dimension to your hair. The color adds a perfect sunkissed look to your hair!

Down to the Nitty Gritty, What is the Real Difference?

Highlights follow a more structured pattern and are more carefully placed than balayage. Balayage is more hand-painted on into larger sections of your hair. So, balayage blends more seaminglessly into your hair than highlights.

If your want more intensely lightened highlights, then you should go for the full highlight look as they use aluminum foils to saturate the color. Balayage is just a few shades lighter than your base color and adds a softer, more blended look to your hair.

First of all – why not? Customized color is created just for you! You’re special and worth it!  The answer is simple. Do you want healthy, beautiful vibrant hair? Professionals have practiced their skills to be the best at what they do.  Think about it, most Professionals color at least  4 – 5 clients in a day.

 All Over Color Versus Retouch! What’s the difference?

All over color and retouch are completely different!

Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to explain. Getting “all over color” differs from a “retouch” because it is all over your hair. It’s a root to ends application. A “retouch” is used when there is a line of demarcation. It goes from your roots to that line where the color was applied.

All over color initially costs more because you are changing your hair color. To maintain this new color, you will need to be on a schedule to return for a retouch. This is typically in 4 to 8 weeks and depends on what color you choose and your natural hair color.

A retouch is an application of color that is only intended to last for 3 or 4 weeks. You will need to return to the salon to maintain the color. When to return will depend on the color that has been chosen and the re-growth line of demarcation.

It does not necessarily benefit you to wait to come in for a retouch. If you return in 8 weeks you still will have a line of demarcation that should have been retouched 3 or 4 weeks prior. So that means that there is now more hair to cover (from the line of demarcation to your roots). That means that more color product has to be used, and it will take longer for your stylist to do this correctly – hence the cost will be higher than a normal retouch.

Benefits of using a professional hair colorist

We all have a choice about where to go for hair color.
Here are some reasons to use a Professional Hair Colorist:

  • First – the color looks professional! It’s not haphazard!
  • Professional hair colorists are trained in choosing the correct palettes.
  • The color tones that professionals have access to are ricer and more vibrant.
  • Confidence that your color has been customized just for you.
  • Less fading when used in conjunction with your take home care package! This helps with the care necessary to maintain your beautiful color.
  • The texture type of your hair influences how the color goes on your hair. Some textures are more resistant to color. This is all taken into consideration when a professional colors your hair.
  • Maintenance guesswork is eliminated. You will know when to have your next treatment so that your color can be properly maintained.
  • Professional hair stylists have a wide range of colors to choose from. This makes for true custom hair colors.
  • The color a professional creates for you will be much closer to what you had in mind than color from a box will be.
  • You get specific recommendations for products that will work with your hair color and texture type. It is not hit or miss – the recommendations are based in knowledge and experience.

How often should you get your hair colored?

A professional hair colorist takes into consideration many factors when creating the perfect color formula for your hair. This includes the texture of your hair, the amount of gray in your hair, and the length of your hair.

A consultation prior to any coloring or cuts, is vital to determining what your goals are for your hair.

Once both you and your colorist know what you are trying to achieve, then a plan can be formulated. The plan takes into account realistic times frames for maintenance, budget considerations, and of course, your customized hair style.

After a recent cold I was left with what felt like water in my right ear. It was that congested feeling you get after swimming and you have to jump on one leg trying to get the water out.  But I didn’t go swimming. It didn’t help that I also have constant ringing in that same ear. A quick check confirmed that it wasn’t an ear infection, so no antibiotics. I took some over the counter allergy medicine that did nothing to relieve the congestion. I started thinking that my Eustachian tube might be inflamed or congested. The Eustachian tube is a canal that connects the middle ear to the upper throat and the back of the nasal cavity.

 The Eustachian tube’s job is to:

  • balance pressure in the middle ear, keeping it equal with air pressure outside the body;
  • protect the inner ear from nasal secretions;
  • drain middle ear secretions into the area between the nasal cavity and upper throat.

When I experienced the congestion, the typical medical approach was to treat symptoms (e.g., with antibiotics, decongestants). No to the antibiotics, but yes to the decongestants. The holistic approach includes natural medicines and Eustachian Tube Massage (ETM), which can alleviate congestion and the discomfort it causes by stretching the soft tissue that lines the tube. This helps reduce pressure and promotes release of fluid from the tube. You can perform ETM on yourself.

How to perform Eustachian Tube Massage:

  1. After washing your hands, use your index or middle finger to feel behind the ear lobe for a bony bump. With firm, steady pressure slide your finger down until it slips into a groove between the ear lobe and the jaw.
  2. Follow that groove down the neck with your finger, sliding down (with same steady pressure) until you reach the collar bone.
  3. For a child or small adult, it may help to tilt your head to the shoulder opposite the ear that you are massaging. (Ex: If massaging right side, tilt head to left shoulder)
  4. Repeat three to four times per side, about three times a day.

You can also schedule a massage with one of our skilled massage therapists.  The 30 minute Scalp, Neck and Shoulder Massage would be a great massage to address congested Eustachian tubes. Always consult your medical professional before seeking out alternative treatments. You would be surprised how many medical professionals also seek out massage services!

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