Acupressure Explained, by Guest Blogger Jamee Williams, LMT

Jamee Williams, LMT, demonstrates Acupressure on her colleague.

Jamee Williams, LMT, demonstrates Acupressure on her colleague.

Our licensed massage therapist, Jamee, has been incorporating more acupressure techniques into her massage in recent months and her clients are enjoying excellent results.  I’ve had the privilege of experiencing firsthand the great work she can do with acupressure and am thrilled she agreed to share more with our readers.

The info contained below is by our expert, Jamee. Enjoy! ~Cassie

Acupressure Explained:

According to Chinese Medicine, qi is the vital life force of the body, which, when flowing freely nurtures, sustains, and heals. The qi is directed throughout the body by 12 channels called meridians. Each of these meridians then direct the qi to their corresponding organ points, and it is at these points that blockage (usually due to trauma of a physical, emotional, or mental nature) or stagnation occurs. It is stated that pain is the manifestation of stagnant or sluggish qi.  Acupressure is the practice of tonifying or depleting excess energy at these points as needed, thus creating a harmonious balance between mind and body, yin and yang.

Acupressure v. Acupuncture:

The practice of acupuncture is 5000 years old and the first needles were made out of stone. Acupressure predates acupuncture and even massage by many generations as one of the first forms of medicine. While acupuncture is derived from acupressure, employing the same points and meridians, acupuncture uses various needling techniques requiring a more extensive clinical education. Acupressure relies solely on finger pressure and is non invasive.  I have over 100 hours of training in acupressure and have spent the last two years adapting my massage technique to best relieve blockages and stimulate the inherent self healing capabilities of each client I work with.

EastVillageSpaAcupressure4What is an acupressure session like?

While acupressure points are potent and can be used singly, there are many possible sequences to choose from so I can personalize your treatment to specific needs. During a treatment, you will remain fully clothed, face up on the massage table, while I perform a sequence connecting different points and meridians along the right and left sides of the body.  I will check in about pressure and encourage you to speak up if you experience any discomfort.

Pressure points are generally tender, but should not cause actual pain. A quiet, relaxed mind and body is essential for the work.  It is just as important for the conscious mind to take a break as it is for me to focus on the work.  My clients report a state of deep relaxation, well-being, and even lucid dreaming.

While I use acupressure in each massage, I am very excited to offer it as a stand alone treatment as the effects of a deeper, more focused application are much more pronounced and treatment possibilities much broader.  Even so, acupressure is much like any other bodywork/self care regimen in that you get out of it what you put into it.  Most imbalances take time to build up, so therefor cannot be permanently eliminated in one session.  As acupressure is cumulative, you can expect relief after the first session, but depending on the nature and severity of the problem being addressed, it may take up to 3-5 treatments to achieve lasting results. At the end of each session, we will work together to develop a self care plan for you, and it is important to carry through on that for optimal results.

EastVillageSpaAcupressureMassage6What can acupressure help?

As acupressure focuses on restoring and maintaining the homeostasis throughout the body and mind, any number of conditions will benefit including, but by no means limited to:

  • swollen joints/arthritis/rheumatism
  • joint and muscle pain
  • tendonitis/bursitis
  • depression and anxiety
  • lethargy/adrenal fatigue
  • insomnia
  • Sexual disorders
  • headaches/chronic migraines
  • chronic conditions that may not be responding to traditional forms of treatment
  • many more!

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Thank you for taking time to learn more about Acupressure! Jamee Williams, LMT

Sign me up!

If you wish to schedule an acupressure appointment with Jamee, book a 75 minute Wellness Massage and request Jamee.  In the booking notes online or over the phone, let the receptionist know you wish to have an acupressure session so she can be prepared.  You will want to wear comfortable clothing (like gym or yoga clothes) as you will remain fully clothed.  Jamee is currently our only massage therapist offering this service.

Click here to schedule online (request Jamee from the drop down menu and make a booking note in your 75 minutes Wellness massage that you want acupressure) or call (515) 309-2904 and request acupressure with Jamee

 

Get to know Cori

Cori HuginsCori Hugins, licensed cosmetologist, joined our team in July 2016 to provide safe and relaxing manicures and pedicures.  We’re excited for you to get to know her and are confident you’ll enjoy her as much as we do!  As a fun bonus, Cori has also attended massage school so the hand and foot massages she gives in her nail sessions are amazing!

Why did you go into this field?

To heal people and make others feel like their better selves. It’s a very rewarding career when you are able to have fun and help people at work!

What is your favorite service to give?

I enjoy pedicures and making your toes look beautiful!

What is your favorite spa service to receive?

I absolutely love facials! They’re relaxing, yet I know my face is being cleaned, and cleaned right!

What is your favorite way to reduce stress?

Yoga! I feel at least 10-15 minutes of yoga a day can reduce stress and tension in your back, shoulders, and wherever else you may be feeling uncomfortable. Breathing is a big one for me.  Take the time to just stop, relax, and breathe.

Do you have a favorite relaxation quotation?

“Smile and the world will smile back.” Whenever I”m feeling down or stressed, I think of this and live by it.  It makes me feel better knowing I may be impacting someone’s day, no matter how small, in a positive way.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I’m a HUGE astrology nerd!

Why should clients visit YOU?

I’m caring, a great listener, and will give you an excellent service.  I will make sure to give you the nail service that is exactly what you are looking for.

To schedule a relaxing manicure or pedicure with Cori, click here to book online!

The value of professional skincare

acneLet’s say you are experiencing some skin break outs. Your first instinct might be to try the drugstore products you used in high school when you had teen acne, or to buy a full line of products at a home-party that is specifically labeled for acne. The problem with this approach is that breakouts, like many skin concerns, can’t be treated with a “one size fits all” approach. Without knowing the cause (stress, diet, hormones, bacteria, medications, etc…), breakouts are hard to treat and prevent.  A licensed esthetician can help you get to the root of the problem, whether acne, hyperpigmentation, dry skin, etc… to address it with a customized approach.

Licensed estheticians are professional skin care experts.  In Iowa, an esthetician is required to have a minimum of 600 hours of training in skin health, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, ingredients, and hands-on treatment techniques before they can sit for a licensing exam that allows them to provide facials, skin education, waxing, and powerful “professional only” treatments like chemical peels.  Once licensed, they must continue their education regularly.

With an abundance of professional skincare lines and more advanced ingredients at their disposal, Estheticians have the ability to mix and match products to provide the most customized treatments for ideal results. Many estheticians invest much time and training to select the best professional line for their clients, paying close attention to ingredients, effectiveness, ease-of-use, cost, and complementary services like chemical peels to help maximize benefits.

A few of the benefits customers might expect with a professional use line:

  • Greater ability to customize products for desired results.
  • May need LESS product due to higher level of active ingredients
  • More pure ingredients for more potent results
  • Similar price points to mass-marketed or direct sales lines due to less money spent advertising to mass-markets. The savings are passed on to you!
  • Advice from a professional who has had extensive training in product chemistry
  • The ability to combine home care with professional treatments like facials or peels for more intensive results

At East Village Spa, another benefit of using a professional skin care line is a professional BEHIND the line.  Not only will you have access to our estheticians for advice via e-mail, phone, or in-person, but our estheticians have direct access to those who formulate their products and thousands of their licensed peers for advice on particularly difficult skin care situations.  We have even been able to submit (with client permission!) skin histories and photos to product educators to “crowd source” a perfect solution for unique cases from advanced professionals.

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Too good to be true?

We’ll be honest: Professional skincare takes work.  Your skin won’t likely become perfect overnight and your skin’s needs are always changing, but your esthetician will help guide you as your needs change, from pregnancies, life stress, new medications, seasonal changes and aging.  Like exercise, you have to stick with it and be diligent to create change.  You can’t go to the gym once and expect to your biceps to swell overnight!

Ready to learn more? 

Set up an appointment for a facial with any of our licensed estheticians who are happy to help you learn more about professional skin care and offer you a service that is not only super relaxing, but really informative.  Click here to schedule or e-mail EVSpaDesk@gmail.com if you aren’t sure which facial is right for you.

 

Farmhouse Fresh has NEW gift sets and soaps!

fhftextThe other day, I ran home to walk my pups and came back inside to a string of *slightly enthusiastic* texts from our desk manager Kelly telling me that Farmhouse Fresh had released new products and new gift sets!  Farmhouse Fresh rarely gives us teasers before releasing new goodies, we usually stumble upon them on their order form first so it is as exciting as finding a Pokemon when you least expect to! (Did I get the analogy right?)

 

Gift Sets:

farmhouse fresh travel setsSweeping Softness:  Travel sizes of the Sweet Cream scrub, Whoopie Cream shea butter lotion, and Agave Nector body oil

Quick Recovery: Travel size mask trio including Guac Star, Pudding Apeel, and Splendid Dirt

Skin Saviors: Travel sizes of Whoopie Cream, Rainbow Road, and Fluffy Bunny shea butters

Shea Butter Soaps:

Farmhouse Fresh Soap

New scents: Citrine Beach and Coconut Cream.  Citrine beach also has a matching body milk lotion and Coconut Beach complements the popular Coconut Beach shea butter scrub. We are now carrying the Front Porch Punch shea butter soap again as well!

Pro tip: When you unwrap your soap, put the pretty paper in your linen closet to lightly scent towels!

Coming Soon: Farmhouse Fresh Lip Balms

Farmhouse Fresh Lip BalmsWhile we don’t yet have these awesome looking lip balms, we promise we’ll have them SOON!

Sale Items:

Farmhouse Fresh Sale.Because we’re making room for so many Farmhouse Fresh goodies, we’ll be marking a few items 25% off including all in-stock Magnificent Milk and Bright Eyed and Bushy-Tailed Farmhouse Fresh travel facial skin care sets and the Pink Moon scented shea butters.

For more information about East Village Spa’s services and to book online (consider booking a service if you’re coming to check out our new arrivals) visit our website!