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Thai Massage, the Push and Pull of Pain Management

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Why The benefits of yoga — increased flexibility, blood circulation and energy flow; removal of toxins; reduction of stress and pain — without having to attend a class. Cassandra Pickard lived with chronic back and shoulder pain for 10 years before trying Thai massage. One treatment changed her life. “I felt like dancing,” she says. Convinced of its healing effects, she became a licensed holistic practitioner and founded Embrace Metta, which means to “embrace loving kindness,” out of her home at Yonge and York Mills.
What to expect Traditional Thai massage is a totally different experience from Western deep-tissue massage. You’re fully clothed (Pickard prefers clients wear cotton), and no oils are used. After discussing health history and concerns, such as computer-posture angst and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, wrists and hands — sound familiar? — you lie on your back, limp on a mat on the floor, and let Pickard do all the work. “Some people fall asleep,” she says. “They’re snoring away while I try to turn them over without waking them.”

Pickard, once a competitive gymnast, is strong and focused with a warmth that puts me completely at ease. That’s important so that you can really let go and not worry about how awkward or chubby you may look in some of the poses.

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Spa Merge at Hilton Club Offers Anti-aging Facial

Friday, October 29th, 2010

New York Spas: Spas around the country are constantly on the search for the next innovative, results-driven treatment. With major plastic surgery on the wane, women have begun looking for less invasive ways to fight the signs of aging. Aestheticians are now incorporating lasers and other devices into treatments to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. One of the spas leading the innovation is New York City’s Spa Merge at the Hilton Club, a Hilton Grand Vacations property.

The spa blends science and nature, utilizing the science-centric Skin Ceuticals line as well as the holistic Naturopathica brand. Spa Merge offers a wealth of services from bathing rituals to scalp treatments to glycolic body peels to organic massages. But it’s the facials that standout, particularly the 75-minute Hydrotone facial.

The facial offers a natural face lift, utilizing hands as well as micro-current technology to lift sagging jowls and skin that’s lost collagen. The face is cleansed, exfoliated and hydrated, per a typical facial. Then a collagen mask is applied to the skin and an LED machine called the Signature is used to plump skin, reduce the appearance of acne and scars and help the collagen penetrate the epidermis.

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Blind massage therapist and employer receive honors

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Tim Herold knew that massage would come naturally to him. He had been doing it within his family circle since he was 11. He’d rub his mother’s shoulders and his cousins’ backs. It made them feel better, and Herold felt he was helping them.

He didn’t let the fact he’d been legally blind since birth deter him.

Herold and his employer, Rosalyn Coggins of Beauti Central Salon and Day Spa, have received state honors for their work.

A rehabilitation counselor for Arkansas Services for the Blind nominated Herold for Consumer of the Year for outstanding achievement in his career, and Coggins for Employer of the Year for an eight-county area. The statewide winner will be announced in December.

Herold says he now has his “dream job” and couldn’t be happier. The styles of massage he offers include reflexology on the feet, deep tissue massage and Swedish massage. The salon and day spa is equipped for Herold to give brief chair massages of the head, back and shoulders, too.

Coggins says she wasn’t hiring when Herold first contacted her about a job, but he asked for a meeting anyway and his professional way of presenting himself convinced her to give him a chance.

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