Heat can be a therapy option when looking to improve body aches and pains. When heat is applied to the skin, it actually reduces the sensation of pain. Thermo-receptors which block your body’s pain transmitters from sending pain signals to your brain are stimulated by heat. An old fashion version of heat therapy was utilizing a heating pad. You would plug it in and apply it to the area of pain. This type of heat therapy is known as a dry heat. When the heating pad is placed on the body it is removing moisture by drying out the skin. It is a better option than not doing anything, but I am here to explain a better alternative to dry heat therapy and that is wet heat.
So why wet heat?
Water transfers heat more quickly than air, and it improves the expansion of the blood capillaries (vessels) to allow more blood flow. The primary objective of heat therapy is to expand the blood capillaries so that blood flow is increased and the area of pain can heal quicker. Moist heat is more effective than dry heat in providing deeper penetration of the tissue at the same temperatures.
Wet heat options
When looking for a superficial heating unit, look for one that says something like “moist heat”. Kneaded Relief does provide a “moist heat” option. Our Sonoma Lavender Wraps pictured here can be heated up in the microwave and then placed on the body. These wraps create sweat which then transfers the heat quicker. They are also equipped with Lavender which is an essential oil that provides a calming presence.
It has been over 9 years now since I was introduced to Bach Rescue Remedy. Honestly when I was first made aware of this product I really thought, “this is a bunch of bologna and it is clearly if anything a placebo effect.”. Well that was at least my thought until this past fall.
What is Bach?
Bach Flower Remedies Limited utilizes flower essences to create products to help with a number of different emotional states. Bach Rescue Remedy is a natural stress relief spray. It provides a gentle, non habit forming stress relief by simply being sprayed in the mouth. The product is homeopathic, vegan and gluten free.
Well as I was saying, I was introduced to Bach over 9 years ago and I purposefully had not used it. I recommended it to guests and to my friends and family because I wanted to believe it would work, but I felt honestly that there was no way a spray was going to do anything for my mental health.
It was September of this past year when I was heading back to work after my maternity leave with my daughter and my son, who had just turned 2, was now going to go to daycare full time vs. part time. I had convinced myself that he would be fine. He would not be upset that he didn’t get to spend part of his week with his grandparents and he would totally understand why his mom had to go to work…you probably all know where this story is going. Instead of having a well adjusted 2 year old I had a sobbing, clinging, frazzled, massively emotional 2 year old who I literally had to yank off my leg when I left him at school. It was horrible. Day after day he sobbed and I sobbed in the car on the ride to work because I felt like the worst human being alive. I had no idea what to do. He was 2 and emotional and I was a breastfeeding, mother-of-two, hormonal roller coaster myself. There was no magic pill for this situation, but then as I was sitting at my desk I looked over to our retail shelves and saw Bach Rescue Remedy. It was then I thought, “I have nothing to lose.”
Now on the bottle it did say that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding to consult a doctor and it also said that it should be not directed at children under 12, so I went to my doctor and told her what I knew and what this was. Her personal advice was that it would be fine for me and for my kiddo to use (please advise your own physician when considering taking Bach). So the next day I purchased some, and the day after that I tried the spray on my son. His immediate reaction was, “that is spicy mama”, and he wanted nothing to do with it. I went to Pam our Massage Department Manager and asked if there was any other way to apply it. She suggested spraying some into my hand and then rubbing it on the back of his neck, so that was what I tried next. It had been just over a week of using Bach and then it happened. I asked my son when he got to school if he wanted “his spray”, he said yes and I applied it to the back of his neck. He then took my hand, walked calmly into the classroom, gave me a hug and a kiss goodbye and said, “bye mom”. I LEFT STUNNED!
Once in the car with my jaw picked off my chest, I realized that this spray might have done the trick. Driving to work that day was incredible. I was happy and my stomach didn’t feel in knots. Ever since I have been using Bach Rescue Remedy and telling everyone about it. Not only that but I started to use it too. I don’t use it everyday but I use it when I start to get stressed or I worry. Having kids, a full time job and a busy husband there are a number of things that cause stress, so each time I feel that feeling coming on I just spray some Bach Rescue Remedy and I instantly start to calm down. I became more rational, clear-headed and I worry A LOT LESS.
I was a non believer and I became a believer. If this is just a placebo effect, well I don’t care. It gives me a homeopathic option to help my kids not cry, and for me to worry less. I will take that option any day. http://www.bachflower.com/
Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Mom of two
It is a balmy 2 degrees outside today in Fitchburg, WI. Typical weather for this time of year. It is also typical of me to question why I chose to live in Wisconsin every year at this time. With a polar vortex in full swing, you can imagine that no one leaves their home without full body coverage (hats, scarves, jackets, gloves, long sleeves, long pants, thick socks and boots). So when a guest comes in to receive a manicure, I slightly cringe because there is a specific dance that has to happen in order for the guest to put back on all of their layers, especially gloves after a fresh coat of nail polish has been applied. Well that cringing is all in the past now due to a product called Shellac.
Shellac is a nail polish designed by Creative Nail to have zero dry time. It is a 14 day high shine, high performance wear product that has fast removal and by the end of your service is completely DRY. Let me say that again because I feel like this is so amazing. At the end of your service your nails are completely dry. No worries about grabbing your credit card out of your wallet, no worries about how you are going to put your jacket on, no worries about bumping a nail anywhere and no worries about wearing warm gloves in the middle of a polar vortex.
Shellac is a professional product and should only be applied and removed by a professional; otherwise, damage to the nails is possible. At Kneaded Relief we offer a Shellac manicure and removal. There are a variety of colors to choose from and the service only takes about 45 minutes. To learn more about the Shellac product check out CND’s website https://cnd.com/. There are F.A.Q.’s that you can read about or you can see a video on the process.
Just because it is freezing here (and that might be an understatement), does not mean that you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a manicure and have beautiful nails. I promise you that once you try it you will be hooked.
The simple answer to the question, “does waxing hurt?” is YES.
Waxing is an amazing service. In a few swift pulls the entire hair is removed leaving the area smooth as a baby’s butt, and the likelihood of hair coming back becomes less and less if you stick with a consistent waxing routine. The uncomfortable feeling though associated with hair being removed can make the experience not that enjoyable and so here is some information on how to reduce the pain or to at least help you understand why you might experience more pain then someone else.
Let us start first about talking about why you might be experiencing pain.
Someone besides a professional is waxing you. A professional should be the only person you trust providing you with a waxing treatment. A professional looks at a variety of different things that perhaps your sister might not. An Esthetician takes in to consideration, the direction the hair grows, the length of hair, where hair has already been removed, the heat of the wax and of course the type of wax that is used.
The type of Wax being used. At Kneaded Relief we use Nufree which is a safe organic liquid hair removal that completely uproots the bulb and entire hair shaft. It never dries and will not stick to the skin, therefore there is less pain and no tearing of the skin.
Coarse hair or hair that grows in multiple directions. If you have very coarse hair or hair that grows in multiple directions, it is possible you will experience more pain than someone with very fine hair that grows in one direction.
Ingrowns (hair that is trapped under the skin and causing irriation).
Length of hair. Trying to wax hair shorter than 1/4″ or longer than 1/2″ makes waxing more difficult and that can hurt more.
A topical product. Clients who are using Retin-A, Renova or other AHA’s need to discontinue use for at least 48 hours prior to receiving waxing treatments because they make the skin additionally sensitive and can cause the skin to tear.
Taking Accutane. If you take Accutane you cannot at Kneaded Relief receive a waxing service because Accutane thins the skin and again can cause tearing.
Sensitivity. Some people are just more sensitive then others, or perhaps the area you are waxing is more sensitive than another area.
Now let us discuss things you can do to help the pain.
Don’t apply any lotion or deodorant prior to waxing. Though the therapist will wipe the area before waxing, lotion or deodorant will still be on the skin and make it difficult to grab the hair.
Shower with a mild scrub daily starting a few days prior to the treatment. By using a mild scrub you are opening up the pores allowing for an easier pull.
If you have ingrowns, use a product to help rid the skin of these uncomfortable bumps. This is the same as using a mild scrub. The more open the pores are the easier and less painful it is to receive a wax. We recommend Tend Skin to use between waxes.
1/4″-1/2″ hair (length of a grain of rice). If hair is in the “sweet spot” of length the therapist has the easiest time pulling it. Either wait until hair is this grown out or trim it back before your service.
A pain reliever can’t hurt. Taking Ibuprofen 45 minutes before the service can help lessen the pain overall. Also taking Tums 20 minutes prior to the service can decrease the level of acid in the body and this too is said to help with the pain.
Use a cold pack following the service. Waxing can heat up the skin, so using a cold pack on the area takes down the heat and the pain. Kneaded Relief can apply cold packs following your service. We also use a product called Finipil (it is also available for retail) that has a cooling agent in it. This cooling agent calms the skin the same way a cold pack would.
I hope that I was able to shine a little light on how to make your next waxing experience an even more positive one. Though the saying goes, “Beauty is Pain”, at Kneaded Relief we don’t think it needs to be.
Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Hoping to make waxing not hurt.
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:
The aroma of Joy™ invites a sense of romance, bliss, and warmth when diffused. When worn as a fragrance, it invites togetherness.
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.
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.
Bioelements Quick Refiner and Quick Refiner for Eyes
PCA Body Therapy Lotion
PCA Dry Skin Relief Bar
PCA BPO 5% Cleanser
Farmhouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze
Trillium Organic Body Polish
Bioelements Pumice Peel
Bioelements Measured Micrograins
Bioelements Cactus Cloth
Bioelements Face Brush
Farmhouse Fresh Body Scrub
Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Exfoliator Extraordinaire
Happy National Healthy Skin Month! Who doesn’t want amazing looking skin? Most everyone knows that our skin is our largest organ, but when you think about it how well do you take care of that very large organ? It might be the largest but it can also be one of the most neglected. I have recently been introduced to the world of Retinols and it is something I wanted to share with everyone. During Healthy Skin Month I ask that each of you evaluate just how much love your skin gets and then consider adding some Retinol superpower to your regimen. The below information has been provided by PCA Skin.
What is retinol?: The superhero ingredient of skincare
Retinol gets a lot of attention for its skin health benefits, including the increase in your skin’s natural cell turnover rate, removal of dead skin cells that clog pores and an increase in collagen production. With all of these amazing skin benefits, what is retinol exactly?
Retinol is a member of the vitamin A family called retinoids, which your body requires for healthy bone growth and a strong immune system. While our bodies don’t naturally produce vitamin A, foods including sweet potatoes, carrots and dark leafy greens contain high amounts of vitamin A to help your body meet its minimum requirements.
However, your skin is the last organ to get the vitamins you consume, so relying solely on diet won’t provide many vitamin A benefits to the skin. Topical application is the best way to reap the many anti-aging and healthy skin benefits that vitamin A has to offer.
There are many different forms of vitamin A, all part of the retinoid family. These include retinol, retinaldehyde, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, and the active form, retinoic acid. When applied to the skin, vitamin A goes through a conversion process, eventually turning into retinoic acid that interacts with your skin directly. PCA SKIN® chooses to formulate with retinol because it is more stable than many other forms and has a shorter conversion in the skin than some other over-the-counter vitamin A options. The shorter conversion means that more of the retinol applied actually gets converted to retinoic acid, delivering the power of the ingredient. Longer conversion times reduce the amount of retinoic acid eventually created, resulting in less dramatic changes in the skin.
Now that you know what it is, here are 3 products at Kneaded Relief that contain Retinol
Intensive Brightening Treatment:
Lifts and improves discolorations
Brightens skin tone for a healthy, luminous glow
Unique pairing of retinol and resveratrol for increased brilliance
Intensive Clarity Treatment:
Clear acne breakouts
Support a clear complexion and strengthen skin
Strengthen and protect skin with retinopeptide and plant stem cell extract technology
Intensive Age Refining Treatment:
Strengthen skin with minimal irritation
Reduce age-related skin yellowing and redness
Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and firm the skin with retinopeptide and stem cell extract technology
If you have any further questions regarding your skin care regimen, please consider booking a complimentary skin consultation with one of our knowledgeable Estheticians.
Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and new PCA user
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!
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.
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!
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
This past Monday I was lucky enough to be part of an educational class on PCA. PCA is a clinical esthetic line that we have included in our facial treatments and retail lines at Kneaded Relief. Going into it I was thrilled to be learning about all of the amazing attributes of PCA, and in fact that is exactly what I got out of it. PCA is a clinical esthetic line with rigorous research and science behind it. PCA develops safe, highly effective products that deliver healthy, beautiful skin, and they do this while maintaining a deep respect for human health and the environment. Their products are free of synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, lanolin, petrolatum, phthalates and parabens, One thing though that I was not expecting to get from the class was this crazy fact, “5 out of 8 of Cetaphil’s ingredients are known to be potentially toxic. With 3 of the ingredients on the dirty dozen list.”. WHAT??
Cetaphil is a commonly used facial product found in your local drug store. The reason it became a topic of conversation at our class was because most clients when listing what they use at home say Cetaphil as one of the products. Cetaphil is recommended due to its non-irritating nature and with just 8 ingredients it would seem that it would be harmless, especially when looking at all of the available products on the shelves these days. If you are like me I was very surprised that something so simple could be potentially harmful. What I am taking from this information is that Estheticians have been trained on what works for your skin and that when they recommend products (though they might be pricier), I should hear their recommendations and consider that purchase vs. going to my local drug store. Now back to PCA…
PCA is formulated with ingredients found naturally in the skin and body for maximum biocompatibility. These ingredients are used in conjunction with best-in-class support and delivery vehicles to ensure optimum results. Also, their broad spectrum SPF products are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation (and they feel amazing, if I do say so myself – nothing like other SPF’s out there).
My challenge then for you as the consumer is to call us and schedule a FREE Skin Consultation with one of our talented Estheticians. Let them know specifically what you would like to see improvement in (Aging, Hyperpigmentation, Acne, Sensitivity), and they will recommend products that are directed to these things in particular, along with a facial schedule that will give you maximum results combined with at-home care.
Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor, Surprised Consumer