Twas the Night before December

Twas the night before December
and all through the spa
the employees were working
to make the customers say “ah”

The retail was ready
and the services were happening
the gift certificates were available
and ready for wrapping

To start off the month
the KR team wants to know
what brings you joy during the holidays
and keeps you from getting low

So write us on Facebook
and Instagram too
what makes you happy
and you could win a whirl from us to you

We will be picking a random winner from all Facebook and Instagram entries 4 times during the month of December (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) to win a Young Living Joy Aromatherapy Bath.  All you have to do is tell us what brings you joy during the holidays.  Please direct the post or photo @kneadedreliefdayspa and hashtag #joytothewhirl

We look forward to all the positive messages coming our way.  For additional information please see our Facebook page or find us on Instagram @kneadedreliefdayspa

Happy Holidays and Joy to the Whirl

Young Living Joy Oil: Joy Essential Oil

The aroma of Joy™ invites a sense of romance, bliss, and warmth when diffused. When worn as a fragrance, it invites togetherness.

 

Ingredients
Citrus aurantium bergamia† (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin-free), Cananga odorata† (Ylang ylang) flower oil, Pelargonium graveolens† (Geranium) flower oil, Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil, Coriandrum sativum† (Coriander) seed oil, Citrus reticulata† (Tangerine) peel oil, Jasminum officinale* (Jasmine) oil, Anthemis nobilis† (Roman chamomile) flower oil, Cymbopogon martini† (Palmarosa) oil, Rosa damascena† (Rose) flower oil

†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil

*100% pure absolute

Exfoliation – Chemical & Physical

As the winter weather looms in the near future (very near future), the thought of dry, cracked skin becomes a daily concern for some of us.  Regular exfoliation can be the answer to this daily concern.  Exfoliation is a necessity for healthy skin.  Dead skin cells build up on the surface of our skin (your skin turns over every 4 weeks) giving your appearance a dull look.  Throw in winter weather, old make-up, dirt and oil and you have a combo that will only create a lackluster appearance.  To combat it, practice a simple 1-2 times per week exfoliation process.

There are two main types of exfoliation available – Chemical and Physical.  Either way will improve the appearance of your skin and maybe even shave off a few years of aging.  Who doesn’t want to look 25 again?  So what is the difference between chemical and physical exfoliation?

Chemical exfoliation uses a variety of chemicals.  Most commonly used are several types of enzymes, including fruit enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids like lactic or glycolic, and beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid.  Though the thought of chemical exfoliation might sound scary, it really isn’t.  Think of your skin like bricks and mortar.  Chemical exfoliators break down the mortar between the bricks which then allows the bricks (dead skin) to be whisked away.

Physical exfoliation on the other hand is a product that contains a rough material (sugar, salt, ground nuts, oats, etc.) that by being rubbed on the skin manually removes the dead skin cells.  Either option could potentially work for you and most of the time it ends up being a personal preference.  The important thing to do is to partake in the exfoliation process at least 1-2 times per week.  And this process should take place wherever you have skin, so not just the face.  I don’t know about you, but the lower half of my legs in the winter take on the appearance of an albino snake.  I did include here a before and after of my left hand.  This is a before and then after using Trillium Organic Body Polish.  You can see how much better color I have after a few minutes of exfoliation as well as a softer appearance of the skin.

Hand before Physical Exfoliation
Hand before Physical Exfoliation
Hand after Physical Exfoliation
Hand after Physical Exfoliation

Save your skin this winter and start an exfoliation process today.  It is a great habit and will only benefit you if you stick with it (even when it isn’t freezing cold outside).

Here is a list of Chemical and Physical Exfoliators that we use and recommend at Kneaded Relief.

Chemical:

  1. Bioelements Quick Refiner and Quick Refiner for Eyes
  2. Bioelements Kerafole
  3. PCA Body Therapy Lotion
  4. PCA Dry Skin Relief Bar
  5. PCA BPO 5% Cleanser
  6. Farmhouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze
  7. Tend Skin

Physical:

  1. Trillium Organic Body Polish
  2. Bioelements Pumice Peel
  3. Bioelements Measured Micrograins
  4. Bioelements Cactus Cloth
  5. Bioelements Face Brush
  6. Farmhouse Fresh Body Scrub

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Exfoliator Extraordinaire

Should I get Naked?

Do I go Naked?
Do I go Naked?

It has happened!  You walk in for your spa appointment and the woman at the Guest Service Desk asks, “Would you care to change into a robe today?”.  You immediately think, “um, well what does that mean?.”  The Guest Service Rep then explains that you can change into a robe or change in and out of your clothes within the treatment room when the therapist has stepped out.  You end up choosing the robe and head to the locker room and then panic sets in.  You think to yourself, “Am I suppose to get naked?”, “Should I leave on my bra, underwear?”, “What about my socks?”.  You think about the message keeping or taking off your clothes will send to the therapist.  You think about whether you shaved your armpits, legs, toes (yes sometimes people worry about their toes).  You think about laying on a table NAKED!  Well I am here to help you make a decision that feels appropriate for you and to provide you with some much needed information on the services and the providers to help ease your thoughts.

First and foremost, during any service you receive at Kneaded Relief, our professional staff is trained to properly drape you.  Nothing will show that shouldn’t be shown.  Your privacy is well respected at all times.

Secondly, regardless of the service (except for waxing), the therapist is paying no attention to whether or not an armpit, leg, toe or anything else has been shaved or waxed.  With or without hair the therapist is able to perform the service.

Third, if you are requesting in a massage service for an area to be worked on, the therapist can and will work around a clothing item; however without it there the therapist does not have to make the adjustment for the clothing being on the body.  So if you feel comfier having it on, keep it on, but if you take it off then the therapist will be able to work a bit more seamlessly without it.

Next, because we always appropriately drape the body, the therapist does not care if you leave on or take off your underwear.  They aren’t judging your style of undergarments or lack there of.  They are there to provide a service that helps your wellness.

When it comes to hydrotherapy services, all of our hydrotherapy units are private.  Swimsuits are then a personal option but not a necessity.  Also, all of our hydrotherapy units are cleaned and sterilized between each use.

Finally, as a client, you should feel comfortable during a service and not thinking the entire time about whether or not you should be wearing your undergarments.  So do whatever will allow you to relax the most.  There is nothing worse then spending your hard earned money on a service and instead of focusing in on the experience you find your mind circulating on the fact that you kept your socks on.

My hope now is for every guest who walks through our door to field the robe question with much more confidence.  And if you still are unsure, ask your therapist or a guest service member what is the main focus areas in that type of service you are receiving (i.e. back and shoulders in a 30 minute massage, or face and neck in a facial) and they can let you know what will most likely be exposed and then you can make a quick shift if necessary.

Detox for the Season

During seasonal transitions clients are always interested in ways to “manage” the changes that coincide with a changing of the season.  Being a born and bred Wisconsin girl, I know that with the season change comes a number of factors to consider:

  1. What to wear
  2. Time to leave the house to get anywhere due to construction, snow, ice, rain, etc.
  3. What products I should be using to either bring moisture to my skin, or to give myself a tan or to protect myself from the sun, etc.
  4. Illnesses – prevention and/or dealing with an illness
  5. And the list could go on and on

One suggestion that I always hear my team members make to deal with the number of things above is to schedule a detoxing service at the beginning of each new season. By having a detox service, the body is able to better handle the large amount of changes that a new season brings. It essentially is a way to start fresh, clean slate and prepare your body and mind for the new things to come.

If you are someone who has a difficult time dealing with change then this is especially for you, but really a detox service can be even helpful for those who flow smoothly from one thing to the next.  One detox service that I highly recommend is our Cleansing Mud Steam Shower.  It is focused not just around physical detox but mental detox.

Cleansing Mud Steam Shower
While enjoying an Aura Cacia Inspiration infused essential oil steam, you will partake in a self-guided mud application.  You will be given Sedona Clay infused with Vitamin E., Grape seed, Bladderwrack, Irish Moss, and Sage Essential oils.  Begin your treatment by applying this magnesium and vitamin-rich mud blend to your body, then relax in the wet heat of the steam, and lastly remove the mud with the available shower.  When completed your skin will be left glowing and your mind will feel encouraged to be creative.

Try a  Cleansing Steam Shower
Try a
Cleansing Steam Shower

By partaking in a detox service such as our Cleansing Mud Steam Shower, you hit your internal reset button. If spa services don’t work for you, think about increasing your water intake and/or taking a hot yoga class. Just find something that can push out the old and allow for the new to come in.

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Seasonal Detox-er

Natural Psoriasis Treatment

Now available at Kneaded Relief is our Unscented Dead Sea Salts.  Available in an 8oz bag ($6.96) and a 2lb ($19.00) container these salts are known for their ability to help with Psoriasis, and can provide relief for a number of other things that the body has going on because of their detoxing quality.  Below is some information about the salts along with some treatments for Psoriasis.  Enjoy!

Dead Sea Salt  Natural Psoriasis Treatment
Dead Sea Salt
Natural Psoriasis Treatment

Natural, unprocessed Dead Sea Salts differ from regular sea salts because they contain a very high percentage of beneficial minerals that can be absorbed through the skin. Just to give you an idea of how they differ from common seal salts, salts from the Pacific Ocean typically consist of 98 – 99% sodium chloride, Dead Sea Salt contains only 5% sodium chloride, the rest of the salt is made up of beneficial minerals such as magnesium & potassium. When Dead Sea Salts are added to bath water, or used in other treatments such as wraps, these minerals can be absorbed through the skin. The minerals work in a variety of ways to improve skin health, speed healing, relieve itching and reduce redness.

Several studies have been conducted to test the effectiveness of Dead Sea Salt in treating Psoriasis. These studies have shown that a high percentage of psoriasis sufferers benefit from a regular treatment program using Dead Sea Salt.
It is very important to consider mineral content when purchasing Dead Sea salt. Many of the Dead Sea salts on the market today have been processed, mineral depleted, or blended with another salt to produce a product that is low in mineral content. Minera® brand Dead Sea Salts are imported directly from the southern region of the Dead Sea where purity and mineral content is at its highest. Mineral content is continually tested to ensure you only receive salt with the highest mineral values.

Knowing this information regarding the Dead Sea Salts here are a few treatments for psoriasis that we recommend.

In the Bath Tub – Use for widespread symptoms
Phase 1: Wash body and hair with preferred products before bathing. Simply add 2 – 3lbs (6-8 cups) of salt to a warm running bath, when the salt has dissolved slip in and relax for approximately 20 minutes. Take 3 baths per week for 2 – 4 weeks. Rinse or shower with fresh water after bathing.
Phase 2: After symptoms subside, reduce to a maintenance level. This is different for everyone – try 1 bath per week using the same process as phase 1.

Foot Bath/arm bath – Use for symptoms on the extremities
Phase 1: Use a foot spa, bowl or anything clean and watertight. Fill the bath with warm water. Use approximately 8oz (1.5 cups) of salt per 5 gallons of water. Ensure the salt has dissolved then submerge the affected area in the water for approx. 20mins. Take 3 baths per week for 2 – 4 weeks. Rinse or shower with fresh water after bathing.
Phase 2: After symptoms subside, reduce to a maintenance level. This is different for everyone – try 1 bath per week using the same process as phase 1.

Body Wrap – Use for localized symptoms
Phase 1: Dissolve 8oz of salt in 2 – 3 gallons of warm water, when the salt has fully dissolved saturate a small to medium sized towel with the salted water. Cover the affected area of skin with the towel for 20mins. Repeat 3 times per week for 2 – 4 weeks. Rinse or shower with fresh water after use.
Phase 2: After symptoms subside, reduce to a maintenance level. This is different for everyone – try 1 wrap per week using the same process as phase 1.

Healing Properties: The following list details some healing properties of the minerals found in Dead Sea Salt

Magnesium: Aids sleep and relaxation promotes quick healing of skin tissue and provides the skin’s surface with anti-allergic elements, essential for cell metabolism.

Bromide: Soothes skin, relaxes body muscles, and calms nerves.

Iodine: Important for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland and aids in the body’s metabolic exchanges.

Sulfur: A natural disinfectant (constituent of certain vitamins). Known as a powerful detoxifying agent, as it works closely with the liver to rid the body of toxins.

Potassium: Helps balance moisture in the skin and body, aiding in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells. Potassium also regulates the nervous system.

Calcium: An essential mineral, known to strengthen bones and teeth. Also strengthens cell membranes and cleanses pores.

Sodium: Relieves stiffness and muscle cramps. Sodium is also a powerful detoxifying agent, helping cells retain nourishment and expel waste.

Zinc: When applied topically zinc is known to boost the immune system. Internally, it is a key factor in enzymatic regulation of cell proliferation.

Secrets of Honey

As I glanced over my calendar for this month I noticed, albeit a bit late, that September is National Honey Month. An ingredient we generally associate with food and a hungry Pooh-bear from our childhood stories, honey harbors many secret uses. It is an interesting substance; one that doesn’t go bad, it has probiotic, antibacterial, and hydrating properties, in addition to being incredibly healing. This makes it an ideal overall health booster, and this blog post discusses some lesser-known uses of this incredible substance!
My sister and brother-in-law raise bees on 40-acres in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin. Their bees are “free-range”, meaning the bees have pick of whatever type of flower they choose. Whether the honeysuckle, buckwheat or lavender is in bloom they are welcome to drink their fill of nectar from the blossoms. Bee’s return to their hives with a tummy-full of nectar and store it in honeycomb for later consumption. Whatever type of nectar the bee consumes influences the color, taste, aroma and properties of the honey stored. Once extracted from the comb for human consumption, honey will either be pasteurized, similar to the process used on conventional milk, or marketed as ‘raw’ honey. Raw honey sometimes has a crystallized look, and has many benefits to the body, internal and external. Raw honey retains potent healing properties that processed honey will lack. I highly recommend using raw, local, and organic honey all the time, but especially when it is being used for its healing properties.
I love body products. I always have. Whether bought at the corner store or the farmer’s market, I can’t get enough. Working at Kneaded Relief has encouraged me to delve deeper into this interest. As I realized it was National Honey Month, I remembered my sister telling me that she uses their honey for just about everything—including skin care! Honey has antibacterial properties which make it a gentle treatment for acne, whether using it on challenging areas or as a whole face cleanser. The nourishing properties of honey help to encourage skin regeneration and plump up aging skin. It is also a humectant, meaning that it absorbs moisture from the air and encourages skin to soak it up. Hydrating our bodies, inside and out, is hugely important to our overall health.
Here at Kneaded Relief, we recently added Farmhouse Fresh Products. Farmhouse Fresh focuses on using natural, sustainably harvested ingredients. We feature a product of theirs called Honey Heel Glaze, which they describe as a “honey-based moisture serum [that] seals in moisture and brings rich color back to tired feet.” Using a brush to apply it, the Honey Heel Glaze sinks into your feet and heals cracked, dry skin. So far it has been hugely popular at Kneaded Relief with both clients and staff!

Farmhouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze
Farmhouse Fresh
Honey Heel Glaze

Try experimenting with honey. Below I’ve included two different masks that include honey, but be creative and remember honey on its own nourishes and heals. It is a cost effective, healthy, and edible (!) ingredient that supports healthy skin. Whether you are battling dry or acne prone skin, or simply want to glow try adding honey into your skin care routine. Yum!
Acne Prone/Spot Treatment-
This mask is great to use once weekly on acne prone skin, or as a spot treatment. However, cinnamon can be strong so I recommend trying a bit on the back of your hand before using on sensitive facial skin.
Mix 3 teaspoons raw honey and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Apply to face, let rest 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. For a real spa experience, microwave a damp towel for 90 seconds and let sit over face. Inhale the delicious fumes and enjoy before rinsing with warm water.
Calming Sensitive Skin Mask-
Use this mask anytime to help reduce redness and dry skin.
Mix 2 teaspoons raw honey and 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel. Smooth over face and enjoy the cool calmness! Rinse with warm water.

Tara Coberly-Horrall – Guest Service Representative and Honey Enthusiast

Streamline Your Week on Sunday

Sunday is one of my favorite days, sleeping in (well as late as you can with two kids), football and football snacks, family dinner and of course prep work.  I use Sunday to make my week much more efficient.  With a commute of an hour to and from work, my mornings have to start pretty early to get the kids ready and out the door and my nights are shorter to get on dinner and actually hang out with my family before it is time for baths, books and bed.  To maximize my available time and to reduce my stress level, I do a few things on Sunday and it makes a world of difference.  Here is my Sunday Prep list.  Some things might work for you and some may not, but regardless whether you do 1 or all of the items your week will be a little less busy and a whole lot more streamlined.

    1. Plan out your dinners for the week and go grocery shopping for all the items needed to make them.  I am a habitual Pinterest pinner so now on Sundays I go through all my “Food” pins and pick 5 I want to make for dinner.  This allows me to start dinner right when I get home or put it in the crockpot the morning of and it saves me from having to hit up the grocery store during the week multiple times.  It also helps me clear out all the pins I have and feel like I am actually doing something with them.
    2. Pull out your vitamins for the week and put into a weekly container.  This is a small one but it makes a big difference.  I just grab my vitamin container throw it in my car and then I am set.
    3. Pay Bills and write out checks.  I do most of my banking online so on Sundays I sit down with my mail pile and I enter in all my bills that need to be paid.  I also write out all of the checks that need to be sent including my check for daycare.  By keeping up on it weekly it saves you time and money (no late fees)!
    4. Prepare food items that will last all week for quick grab-and-go options either for breakfast or lunch.  Examples would be Overnight Oats (see recipe below for one of my favorites), hard boiled eggs, baked chicken, etc.  It is so nice to just have things on hand that I can grab quick that are “better” for me than a bag of chips and a lean cuisine.
    5. Pick out your outfits for work (and if you get really ambitious, pick out your kids’ clothes as well).  I just look at the weather forecast ahead of time and then pick out 6-7 outfits.  The reason for 6-7 vs. 5 for the 5 days I work is so that if something just doesn’t feel right or maybe the weather shifted a bit I have another option.
    6. Purse/Bag dump.  Every Sunday I take my purse and any bags out of my car and clean them out and replenish them.  My two kids are 2 and 4 months so diaper bags constantly need to be cleaned out and refreshed with items.  Also my purse gathers multiple receipts and other items, and it feels so good to clean it out and prepare it for the week to come.
    7. Wash your bed sheets.  This one might seem a little crazy but there is nothing better than starting your work week off with good smelling, feel good sheets.

Overnight Oats Recipe 

Overnight Oats - Sunday Prep
Overnight Oats – One way to streamline your morning
    • 18oz Fage Vanilla Fruyo Greek Yogurt
    • 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
    • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
    • 1 1/2 tsps. Vanilla Extract
    • 1 1/2 tsps. Almond Extract

Mix all items together and put in individual glass mason jars (I use 4-5 of the 4oz mason jars).  Put in fridge and grab one out each day of the week.  When I go to eat mine I add some Raw Honey and Sliced Almonds for crunch.

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Mother of 2

Do you actively listen to your body?

The term “active listening” has become quite popular in the world of business. It challenges team members, managers, and owners when entering into a conversation, to listen to the other person in a way that they are then able to reflect back to the employee the essence of their words and emotions. When engaging in active listening, the participant is laser focused on what is being said, the body gestures and the energy surrounding the conversation. What we want to know is whether or not you are actively listening to your body? Do you take the time to focus in on what your body is saying, the language of your posture and the energy that you are giving off?
Your body talks to you in a variety of ways, but unfortunately it becomes practice to ignore the signs that are being presented so as to continue on with whatever task or life moment that is happening. Sometimes we are scared to listen to our bodies. They might be telling us that we need to go slower, or change in some way. They might be telling us to stop something all together and we might just not want to do that. A person should not be scared though to listen to their bodies. By hearing the signals you are then able to make an informed choice about what to do next. It gives you the power to make the call that is right for you.

Is your body talking?
Is your body talking?

The body can talk in a variety of ways, but here are just a few to get you started on your active listening journey.
1. Skin feels dry and tight = your body could be saying that you are dehydrated and need to drink some more water.
2. Your calf cramps at night = you are in need of potassium. Eating a banana could help.
3. You have a sharp pain in your low back = you might be suffering from a pulled muscle or strain due to a recent or continuous activity. Assess what you have been doing lately and then get checked out by a doctor.
4. You get a stomach ache before you go to work = maybe your job is causing undo stress.
5. A headache comes on when you are outside = are you wearing sunglasses? Perhaps you are squinting and causing your head to hurt.
Whatever your body is saying it is important to actively listen to it and not ignore it. By listening you will become more engaged and aware of yourself and in turn you will live a happier and healthier life.

No Bake Energy Bites

Recently I gave birth to my daughter Collette (June 11, 2016).  Being now a mom of 2 kids under 2 I realized quickly that my time to eat, let alone cook, was being cut short.  So like any parent nowadays, I went to Pinterest to help me find a recipe that did not require any baking, but was still healthy, and I found these no bake energy bites.  Well after making them up (barely took any time), I thought I should share the recipe with the Kneaded Relief Family.

As a side note, my husband and my son (22 months), loved them…

No Bake Energy Bites (just throw it all into a bowl and mix with hands.  Then, form into balls a little smaller than the size of a golf ball.)

No Bake Energy Bites
No Bake Energy Bites

1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1/3 cup Raw Honey
1/2 cup Peanut Butter (Smooth)
1/2 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
2/3 cup shredded coconut (toast it in the microwave for additional flavor)
1/2 cup ground flax seed

Depending upon the size of the bites that you make, you should get at least 12-15 bites from this recipe.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Dana Neal – Spa Manager and Group Fitness Instructor

 

So How Much Water Do I Need to Drink?

At the beginning of 2016 it is my assumption that a lot of our clientele set a New Year Resolution to be healthier.  This may include working out more, eating better, taking time for oneself, etc.  Well one of the questions I run across the most at this time of year is how much water should I be drinking daily?  Drinking additional water is usually part of “healthier” lifestyles, and it is a common recommendation that we give our guests.  The problem is that guests usually go by the standard “drink 8 glasses a day” rule and in reality it might not be a necessity for them OR they might need more then that.  So I decided to break it down for everyone….hopefully this will help sort out the water conundrum.

The adult human body is approximately 55 – 75 percent water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs. Without water the average adult could only survive 3 days. So how is water lost? Water is lost through perspiration (through the skin), daily bodily functions and air travel. Also, drinking coffee, tea, soda and alcohol will have a dehydrating effect and will decrease the amount of water in your system. With all that said, how much water does your body need daily to keep itself at optimum performance?

Water is Important
Water is Important

The amount of water your body needs depends on age, sex and lean body mass. As a rule of thumb, a person should consume about 4 cups of water for every 1,000 calories they eat. To get an even more accurate amount for how much water one should drink, try this calculation: .75 x (weight in pounds) = ounces of water per day. Example: .75 x 150lbs = 112.50 oz. To get the number of cups per day, take your number of ounces (112.50) and divide it by 8. This should equal how many cups per day you should be drinking. Make sure to increase the amount of water you drink during the heat of summer and winter, and do not forget to drink more during work outs or when you have had coffee, tea, soda or alcohol. Try to drink an additional 15 ounces of water for every half hour you are out in the sun or working out or for every coffee, tea, soda or alcoholic drink you consume.
If water just is not that appealing to you try to add some lemon or lime to your water. This will not only make water more appealing but it will also help with digestion. Keep bottled water readily available and remember: Don’t wait for thirst to be an indicator. With these few guidelines, your daily water intake will increase and you will be able to live a healthier life.

~ Dana Neal: Spa Manager and Group Fitness Instructor