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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

PCA vs. Cetaphil

PCA Retinols and Pigment Gels
PCA Retinols and Pigment Gels

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).

PCA Brightening Retinol
PCA Brightening Retinol

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

Team Based System – The Kneaded Relief Difference

Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness is a Team Based System Company. So what does that mean for our team and for you the guest? All employees of Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness are paid an hourly wage. We do not pay commission, not on service sales and not on product sales.

What this means for our team members:
Regardless if the therapist is working with a guest or not, they are being compensated.
There is no competition between therapists.
Therapists don’t feel the need to hold on to their guests because guests don’t equal income.
Team members can make recommendations based on what the guest needs, not on what is the most expensive.
Team members help each other in a variety of ways. Our team is encouraged to mentor, coach and build strong relationships with one another. They support one another for the well-being of the individuals and the company.
TBS provides a steady stream of income and allows for Kneaded Relief to provide benefits such as insurance, Simple IRA’s, and vacation time. It also helps team members when making large purchases such as a home or car.

What this means for our guests:
Unlike other spas, we practice the highest form of team service.
The specialized skills of our entire team are available to you on each and every visit.
We don’t lock you into one service provider…because not every service provider is a master of all skills. We actually encourage our guests to try someone else.
Recommendations received are based on what is truly the best product or service for you.
If your favorite service provider is busy we will give a recommendation on another therapist to see in the interim so that you can stay on your wellness schedule.

So next time you step into Kneaded Relief see if you can feel the difference. Team Based System gives our team the ability to learn and grow and to focus on what is most important; which is YOU our guest.

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

Young Living Thieves Essential Oil

Keeping your kids healthy and yourself healthy can be a task, especially when your kids are in school and the number of germs they come in contact with multiples before your eyes.  Recently the FDA banned 19 ingredients commonly found in antibacterial soaps and washes including two suspected endocrine disruptors linked to reproductive and developmental harm.  With the new ruling combined with the back to school season, Kneaded Relief wanted to provide you with an alternative way to protect yourself and kids without using the antibacterial soaps out there.

Young Living Thieves Essential Oil is a combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary essential oils.  The name was inspired by the legend of four 15th century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary and other botanicals to use to protect themselves from disease while robbing the dead and dying.  Thieves oil can be used in a variety of ways to help protect your family’s health and it also keeps all of the harsh chemicals out of the body as well.

Young Living Thieves Oil
Young Living Thieves Oil

How to Use:

Topical: Dilute 1 drop with 4 drops of olive oil.  Test on small area of skin on underside of arm.  Apply to desired area as needed.

Aromatic: Diffuse up to 10 minutes 3 times daily to help create a fresh environment


  • Refresh musty carpets by adding 5 drops of Thieves to a cup of baking soda; combine well and let sit overnight until the oil is absorbed.  Sprinkle over carpets and vacuum thoroughly.
  • Put a few drops in your dishwater or dishwasher to thoroughly clean dishes and eliminate odor.
  • Put a few drops of Thieves in a capsule and swallow with water to support your immune system.

When using Thieves oil with children Young Living gives the following information:

We suggest consulting a health care provider to determine what is right for your children. We recommend referring to the individual label directions for any age restrictions as well. Essential oils should be diluted for use on children. We suggest using a patch test procedure prior to ensure the oil is properly diluted for the child. To perform a patch test, apply 1-2 drops of essential oil to a patch of skin such as the forearm.

To safeguard the health of your children, the essential oils should not be diffused in their immediate proximity or for long periods of time without the prior consent of a pediatric physician. We also suggest diffusing a small amount of essential oil for short periods of time until you have determined if your children have any sensitivity to diffusing.

Every child is different and may react differently. Typically, sensitivity to diffusing essential oils is demonstrated by irritated or itchy eyes, nose and/or throat. The child may cough, have a runny nose or rub their eyes and nose frequently. Your child’s pediatrician may be able to offer you specific advice for their needs.


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.

SPF Unknowns

Every time Summer rolls around SPF becomes a topic of conversation, and it is quite possible that you are over hearing about it, but Kneaded Relief wanted to inform you on a few things that you might not have thought about that will only be of a benefit for you this Summer season.

    1. SPF products expire:  You are probably saying to yourself right now, “I know that”, but did you know that some SPF products do not carry an expiration date on them?  If there is no date, the food and drug administration mandates that the SPF product retain its full strength for 3 years.  So if you purchase an SPF with no expiration date on it write the date of purchase on the bottle, or if you have a SPF product currently in your cabinet with no date, and you can’t remember when it was purchased, our suggestion would be to throw it out and start with something fresh.
    2. Your bottle should state, “Broad Spectrum”:  There are many SPF products out there but not all are created equal.  You might have an SPF of 50 sunscreen but if it does not list the term “Broad Spectrum” on it then it is not protecting you from both UVA and UVB rays.  Most products today are Broad Spectrum, but be careful when it comes to moisturizers and make-up that includes SPF.  The 3 SPF face products that Kneaded Relief currently carries through Bioelements are all Broad Spectrum (Sun Diffusing Protector SPF 15, RayDefense SPF 30, and SPF 50 Facescreen).

      Bioelements SPF Products
      Bioelements SPF Products
    3. You don’t need direct sunlight to cause skin damage:  Do you drive a distance to work everyday?  Does your office have a large window in it?   If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might be exposing your skin to the sun and damaging it without even knowing.  UV rays can be transmitted through the glass, so though you are inside you might be exposing your skin to UV rays all day long.
    4. Summer should not be the only time you wear sunscreen:  Again this is probably something you are familiar with, but unfortunately we tend to only start throwing on the sunscreen when the weather gets warm.  To truly protect your skin, a sunscreen should be worn year round, and it should be applied to all exposed areas (lips, ears, back of neck, face, hands, etc).

Hopefully this information helps you make some informed decisions regarding your at-home SPF wear. For more information on sunscreens and a personal recommendation, we suggest you sign up for a Complimentary Skin Consultation with one of our Estheticians.

Baby Posture

A lot of things can affect your posture.  If you work on computers, you might find yourself slouched forward on occasion.  If you work in construction, you might find that you have your arms over your head most of the time and your head tilted back.  Maybe you are working in your garden this summer and you are on all fours with a rounded back.  Keeping good posture is difficult and it only becomes more difficult when you put children into the mix (children that need to be held that is).  Here are a few posture tips to take into consideration when you have a new addition to your family.  There is already a lot to think about when you have a new baby, but if you can check your posture once and a while you will save your body from additional pain.

  1. When holding your baby, try to not arch your back.  Taking on the additional weight of a baby naturally drives you to tip back so that the baby can rest more on the front of your body.  Instead of arching to compensate for the weight, spread your feet apart to shoulder width, pull your shoulders down and hold your baby facing out at your waist.  Place one hand under the child’s bottom and one underneath their arms.  Baby’s head will then naturally rest on your chest.  This will put baby’s weight more in your arms and less on the back.

    Correct posture when holding a baby
    Correct posture when holding a baby
  2. Try not to carry your baby or baby’s car seat on your hip.  When doing this your hip pops out, leaving your back to not be in alignment.  You will then find that your body learns to compensate for this in a variety of ways and it can cause pain in not only your hips, but your back, neck, shoulders and legs.  Instead carry baby as noted in #1 or in the car seat in front of the body.
  3. If breastfeeding, make sure that you have a supported feeding position.  Bring baby up to you/breast and then have adequate pillow support under your arm at the height of your breast.
  4. Lastly, if carrying a baby using a sling or carrier, make sure to have baby’s weight evenly distributed on the body.  Slings and carriers are amazing when it comes to giving mom’s arms a much needed break, but if the sling or carrier is not the right size or is not correctly adjusted to mom, then you will find yourself feeling discomfort.  Make sure to read the instructions provided with your product of choice and that if there are size variations, you pick the size suited for you.

If you find yourself experiencing pain or discomfort after participating in numbers 1-4 above and are unable to find relief, schedule an appointment with a licensed Massage Therapist.  They can then evaluate your overall posture and help you find additional methods to lessen the aches.

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

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