Are Facials Really Good for Your Skin?

In recent years, facials have become extremely popular. There seems to be a facial for every type of skin, problem, and budget. There are even facials with random bases, like mud, gold, and even magnets. But, what if I told you facials aren’t as beneficial as everyone makes them out to be?

  1. Not as Custom as You Think

Nowadays, spas are promoting custom facial programs that enable people to tailor their facial to their specific preferences. For example, you could easily go into a spa and request a facial that targets sensitive dry skin prone to redness and acne, and your friend could go into the same spa and request a facial that targets oily skin prone to small blackheads. If this spa really offered customizable facials you would expect you and your friend to have different facials, right? Well, the chance of you and your friend receiving different facials is actually minimal.

The sad truth is most facials are made with the same simple ingredients. This is largely due to the fact most aestheticians don’t have the necessary education or time to create a truly customized facial for each of their clients. This doesn’t mean every spa that promotes customizable facials are lying. It just means there is a slim chance you will truly have a customized facial.

  1. Temporary Benefits

Facials are only temporary solutions unless you have the money and time to get a facial at least once a week. After all, do you really believe getting a facial once a month is going to get rid of your acne long-term? While most facials make skin glow for a few days and feel refreshed, that appearance and feeling won’t last forever. It’s kind of like eating healthy and losing weight. Drinking your daily water intake and eating clean for a few days isn’t going to solve all of your health or weight loss problems. It will only make you feel better for a few days.

  1. Dermatologists are Better

Overall, nothing comes close to the effectiveness that professional medical treatment has. If you have any serious skin concerns, you should schedule a dermatologist appointment. This means that you should only get a facial when you want your skin to glow for a few days or you want to relax.


4 Reasons to Get a Massage at Least Once a Month

Some people get a massage once a year or every few months. But, experts recommend getting a massage at least once a month. I know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t that spoiling yourself too much? Do you really need a massage at least once a month?” Yes, you really do need a massage at least once a month. While getting a massage is a form of pampering yourself, it also gives you a ton of health benefits, such as the ones explained below:

1.) Helps Stress Management

Who would have thought that getting a massage is relaxing? Of course everyone knows that getting a massage is one of the easiest ways to relax. But, many people aren’t aware of why and how a massage is relaxing.

Two hormones known as adrenaline and cortisol, which are used in our fight vs. flight responses, are released during stress. Sometimes, our body releases too much of these hormones, which results in a prolonged reaction. In other words, we remain stressed for a long period of time, and this often weighs heavily on our mental and physical help.

But, a massage promotes the release of two hormones that combat adrenaline and cortisol: serotonin and dopamine. The more your body becomes accustomed to releasing serotonin and dopamine during a massage, the more it will begin to release it on its own. Therefore, you will be able to manage stress better.

2.) Manages Pain

Massages have been proven to reduce pain. Similarly to managing stress, massages target specific hormones and responses that are involved with causing pain. Research has shown that massages can even reduce your need to use painkillers for pain management by over 30%. And with prescription painkillers being one of the leading causes for drug overdoses in America, it’s better to opt for a massage to manage your pain.

3.) Enhances Exercise Performance

If you look closely before and after sport games, you often see professional athletes getting a quick massage. This is because massages enhance exercise performance and recovery time. Your massage therapist can teach you tips and tricks on how you can massage your arms and legs before working out to promote flexibility and limit the risk of injuring your muscles. Make sure to get a professional massage at least once a month to target any muscle strains that have developed over time.

4.) Improves Circulation

A healthy blood flow benefits your skin and lymphatic system. While plastic surgery prevents your skin from aging, regular massages can slow down the aging process and give you a radiant glow. In addition to improving the appearance of your skin, a healthy blood flow will ensure your lymphatic system is working properly to deliver important nutrients to your body and get rid of any toxins. Ultimately, a healthy lymphatic system will minimize fatigue and maximize energy.

If You Are What You Eat… What Are You?

The key to your health is not exercise or how many relaxing getaways you go on. Sure, those things are important but the source of your health comes from your gut. It is true that true beauty is not something that is external but rather something that is internal so it is too for your health.

You can be a workout junky but if you eat like crap your inside will be chunky. Seriously, it is called visceral fat and it can surround your organs. So, this means you can be skinny and still be what is called skinny fat. If you are not filling your body with food that it was designed to take in your health is sure to suffer and no amount of exercise will change it.

In this day and age it is getting more and more difficult and confusing to eat healthy, or is it? Sure, the way our food infrastructure is setup it can definitely lead to confusion but there is no need to over complicate things. There is a way to break it down and make it very simple but that does not mean it is going to be easy.

Rule #1 is to think natural. This is growing increasingly difficult in the days of genetically modified organisms. Your body was designed to eat all natural food that has not been sprayed by chemicals. Before the industrialization of our food production this was simple just called FOOD. Now, we have to look for labels such as organic and non GMO which, also means unnecessary food cost increases.

Understanding what your food is naturally suppose to eat is also imperative in eating healthy. For example… even though most beef on the market is grain fed cows are actually naturally suppose to eat grass. Eating grain actually causes the cows to be sick which leads to lower quality and less healthy meat.

After you have an understanding of what natural food actually is the easiest way to start eating healthy is to think whole foods. This means when you think meals think protein, fruit and vegetables. Keep in mind what other materials you use for cooking as well. Sure, chips come from potatoes but the kind of oil they are cooked in matters. Look for chips fried in either coconut oil or avocado oil.

Lastly, be aware of certain foods your body was not designed to take it. Believe it or not just because you have the ability to eat it does not make it food. This includes all types of processed foods but also certain animals as well. Some animals are what we call garbage animals and eat things that are toxic making their flesh toxic as well.

To get a better understanding of which animals were created as food and which ones were not you can look into biblically clean and unclean foods. Believe or not… modern science is proving that the foods in the bible listed as unclean are highly toxic and bad for your health. Unfortunately, this means no bacon but do not get down in the dumps just yet, beef bacon is a thing and in my opinion it is better than regular bacon.

Keep a look out for our next article where we will discuss more healthy substitutes for your favorite comfort foods.

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Tips to Live a Longer and Healthier Life

As good as contemporary medical modern technology is, it could never save you from the problems brought on by a lifestyle that is unhealthy. Instead of obtaining a modern-day clinical fix for each issue, it is much better to live in such a manner in which you will seldom fall ill.

An ounce of avoidance is absolutely better than a pound of remedy. Right here are seven tips on the best ways to live a healthy and lengthy life. Additionally, the same life style that helps you to avoid disease likewise aids you in losing weight.

1. Get a Sufficient Workout

Today someone might wake up, go to function in an car, then sit down, get up to go home, and sit down once again for the remainder of the day. In such a life there is no physical labor.

2. Go to sleep when you really feel sleepy.

This may sound easy, however numerous individuals are up late even when their body is telling them that it is time to rest. Yoga exercise and also Ayurvedic medical professionals likewise state that it is much better to sleep in the night as well as be active throughout the day. Others create the habit of continuing to be active at evening and sleeping throughout the day.

3. Consume food when you feel hungry.

If you eat out of routine or due to social pressure at particular times of the day, or when you have no genuine hunger, you will certainly not absorb your food appropriately. Having cravings is really an indicator of great health and wellness, but if you have no appetite you must wait a little bit to eat.

4. Fast regularly.

If you would ask any person to function 365 days annually without any rest, they would complain as well as claim that they have to have some rest, otherwise they would collapse! We have actually never bothered to question our digestive organs which we urge to function day after day without rest. They can not object the way an individual would to his manager, however they do give us signals that they could not function continuously. When we overlook those signals as well as still oblige them to function, those organs malfunction. That is why routine fasting is necessary. Refrain from consuming for one full day. This aids in the removal of wastes from your body. Routine fasting enables an individual to gain extra time for spiritual or intellectual searches. Fasting is not just for hermits in a cavern, but is a sensible technique that anybody can exercise.

5. Wash with clean water prior to going to sleep.

As discussed above, appropriate sleep is essential for the maintenance of health. If you wash your vital electric motor and sensory organs (hands, arms, eyes, legs, mouth, genital areas) before sleep making use of clean water, this will certainly relax you and also prepare you for deep rest.

6. Carry out meditation regularly.

Stress and anxiety take their toll on our physical wellness. Meditation is a mental exercise, which, amongst various other things, permits you to detach on your own from the worries of life.

7. Get up early each day.

Once again the old saying, “Early to bed, early to rise makes an person healthy, affluent and wise.” I’m not sure if it will make you rich, but it will certainly make you healthy and balanced. Your body needs just the right amount of sleep, not way too much and also not too little.

Follow these tips for healthier living, and you can’t go wrong.

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Happy Thanksgiving from South Lake Tahoe Spa!

We just wanted to take a quick post to say Happy Thanksgiving from the South Lake Tahoe Spa team! We will miss you tomorrow and Friday as our offices will be closed, but we hope you enjoy stuffing your bellies with lots of turkey, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie! Stay tuned for an email on Black Friday that will reveal an extra-special discount just for our current and past clients that you’ll be able to redeem in the new year.

Also, we thought you’d enjoy these fun facts about Thanksgiving. (Never hurts to have a lil’ history lesson around this time, right?)

#1. You can thank the holiday for TV dinners! (See what we did there? We always love a good pun.) TV dinners were born in 1953, when turkey-maker Swanson miscalculated the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that year. They had to do something with the leftovers, so they cut up the meat and packaged it with a few turkey-day sides. Voila. Happy watching … and eating. 🙂

#2. It’s not just an American holiday. Apparently Canadians celebrate it too, only not on the same day. They do it about 6 weeks earlier, on the second Monday of October. Tomorrow you can tell all your Canadian friends “happy belated Thanksgiving,” and they’ll be uber impressed that you knew about the timing of their holiday.

#3. Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers. Bet you didn’t guess that amid all the Walmart and Best Buy people-trampling, did ya? It makes sense though. Somebody’s got to clean up after all your over-gorged guests. (Looking at you, Uncle Eddy… heheheh)

#4. Turkeys are actually named for Turkish merchants. It’s a long story, so we won’t go into it here, but if you’re interested, you can check out this page to learn more.

#5. Turkeys have heart attacks. Poor birds. The Air Force accidentally discovered this when conducting test runs that broke sound barriers and entire fields of Turkeys suddenly died.

#6. Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1941 … nearly 200 years after the First Thanksgiving celebration in the fall of 1621. (There were no forks back then—only knives and spoons.) Wow, that’s late … Some of you reading this may have actually just been born around that time. Makes you feel even older, doesn’t it? 😉

#7. 91% of Americans eat Turkey at their Thanksgiving Day dinners. Not sure what the other 9% are eating. Not sure we want to know, however …

#8. It’s probably green bean casserole. About 40 million of those are served alongside turkey on Thanksgiving Day. And 20% of cranberries also get eaten. That’s probably the only day each year that cranberries ever get eaten…

#9. The heaviest dressed turkey ever recorded was 86 lbs. Don’t believe us? Check out the Guinness Book of World Records. The competition was held in London in 1989.

#10. The first Thanksgiving was supposed to be a fast. The original settlers had planned to celebrate their first harvest by abstaining from food and giving thanks. Good thing the Wampanoag Indians showed up and turned it into a 3-day feast!


5 Tips to Reduce Stress At Home and Work

Many of our guests complain of pain in their shoulders and upper back, especially those who come in for massage therapy treatments. We’ve found, that often times, this is due to unnecessary stress, which hampers their posture and adds strain to their upper back muscles. Here’s a fun statistic for you: 85% of our clients are people who work office jobs. That means they’re sitting at a desk for most of their day and using a computer to do their work. Naturally, this results in poor posture, and if they have a stressful, demanding job, and are not living a healthy lifestyle that incorporates daily exercise, it’s even worse…

Side note: we actually recommend regular massage treatments if you work in an office. At least once a month, if not once a week.

If you’re someone who is dealing with chronic pain in your neck, shoulders, and upper back muscles, a few simple stress-reducing lifestyle changes might do the trick. Here are our 5 top tips for reducing stress at home and work.

#1. Go to bed and wake up earlier. We’re all busy, and there are only so many hours in a day. If you find that you’re struggling to check off everything on your to-do list, it may be because you’re not maximizing efficient use of your time. Going to bed and waking up earlier can help to remedy this situation. In fact, some of the wealthiest, most successful people in the world wake up at 5 a.m. every day. Working in the week hours of the morning enables you to accomplish a larger amount of tasks in a time period when most of the rest of the world is still snoozing.

#2. Spend more time outside. The sun is your best source of Vitamin D3, which is necessary for a strong immune system. There’s also much to be said for the feeling you get when you experience a little fresh air. Most Americans are Vitamin D3 deficient and often experience fatigue and brain fog as a result. When you’re feeling foggy, go outdoors and walk around for a while to clear your mind.

#3. Take more breaks. As humans, our attention span is short. We need consistent, short breaks in order to be more productive. When you start to experience your morning or afternoon slump (frequently following a coffee crash), take it as a sign that you should probably get up, stretch, clear your mind, and maybe even take a walk outside.

#4. Get a massage. You probably knew we would put this in here somewhere. And for good reason. Massage therapy is a wonderful stress-reliever. Get on a regular schedule at your local spa, and your muscles are sure to stay pain-free.

#5. Keep your home and office clean. If you don’t have time to clean yourself, hire a professional cleaning service! Research has proven that a clutter-free environment reduces stress dramatically. (My good friend Jennifer Hall owns a cleaning company in South Carolina, and she can attest to this first-hand!)

What other tips do you have to relieve or reduce stress in your life?

3 Ways a Visit to the Spa Can Improve Your Health

Visiting a spa is about much more than being pampered. Though it’s great to have the occasional pampering experience—perhaps when you’re on vacation or celebrating a special occasion— it’s actually even more beneficial for your health to visit a spa and receive treatments on a regular basis.

You might be wondering how going to the spa can make you healthier. Here are a few reasons to book a spa appointment a least once a month as part of your health regimen.

#1. Spa treatments reduce stress. Stress is the leading cause of disease and illness in individuals. Most of us spend at least eight hours a day at work and sit in a position that is less-than-optimal for our posture. Through interactions with coworkers, combined with at-home stressors, it doesn’t take long for stress to take a toll on your body. Before you know it, you’re feeling sick and fatigued, and with each recurring illness, it becomes harder and harder to bounce back.

A visit to the spa can help eliminate all of that. Take a dip in the sauna to detoxify your body, and receive a one-hour massage from a trained massage therapist, and you’re sure to notice a difference right away!

#2. A spa treatment can improve your skin. Whether you sit in the sauna for 30 minutes, get a facial or a makeover, or you’re just coming in to purchase a few new skincare products, a quick visit to the spa can do wonders for your complexion. We offer a variety of treatments to target your skin problems, including anti-aging, aesthetic & beauty, and even laser treatments. Our staff is highly-qualified and knowledgable when it comes to skincare. Don’t let tired or stressed skin get you down! A visit to South Lake Tahoe Spa can revive your skin and your spirits! Speaking of spirits…

#3. A spa treatment is great for boosting your mood! And it’s well known that happiness makes you healthier. Your mental health has a profound impact on your physical health. How you think will greatly affect how you feel, and visiting the spa, whether it’s to get away for a few hours, or to receive treatment for a specific problem, is guaranteed to make you feel better.

Call us today to book an appointment and get your body and your mind in better health. We promise you won’t regret a single dime spent at South Lake Tahoe Spa!

How to take the most out of your spa experience

A spa experience can be a very memorable experience for you. People visit spas for many reasons. The experience of a spa can be life changing, but spas are expensive. So, you should get the most out of your experience. Here are some tips.

1. Plan and research


Before going to a spa, take the time to do some research. Find a good spa in your locality that provides good service at an affordable cost. Plan your spa visit ahead. It is recommended that you arrive at least an hour before the actual treatment. You should know what type of spa treatment you are going to take.

2. Treatment planning


The staff working at the spa will guide you and make sure that you get what you need. Still, you should ask yourself and find out your reason for visiting a spa. For example, is it because you want to reduce stress, or improve your sleep? You should check out the spa menu to make sure that they have the treatment you are looking for.

3. Arrival


When you go to the spa, ask the spa staff to show you around the facility. You will feel more relaxed if you tour around the facility before taking the actual treatment. Find out where the waiting room is and where you will find your towels and robes.

4. Sauna experience


Find out if the spa has separate wet areas for sauna or a common one. For example, if you would like to spend hours in the pool and sauna then you must look for spas that have common wet areas for both men and women.

5. Drink water


During your stay at the spa, you should drink lots of water. The spa facilities usually have higher temperatures and are more humid. Some massage treatments may be detoxifying and get rid of excess water from your body. So, you need to drink water to restore the water balance.

Before leaving the spa, make sure you visit the spa shop. You will find many interesting things there that you can bring back home; for example, a scented candle, body balm, etc. These tips will help you to have a more enjoyable experience during your next spa visit.

4 reasons why you need to visit a chiropractor

If you are experiencing frequent back pain, fatigue, allergies, or headache that doesn’t get cured even with the prescribed medicines then you need to visit a chiropractor. A chiropractor is a doctor who has a degree in chiropractic techniques and alternative care in diagnosing, treating and preventing disorders related to locomotors treatments. Here are four major reasons why you need to visit a chiropractor.

1. To ease pain

Chiropractors focus on relieving pain from bone, joint, muscle, ligaments, etc. They use alternative intervention and therapeutic care. The underlying reasons are pain disorders, back pain and headaches are found and the source is treated.

2. To reduce stress

Chiropractors can reduce your level of stress by promoting regular exercise and active lifestyle. This lets the body becomes balanced and helps in avoiding anxiety and stress.

3. To reduce dependency on medication

Too much medication can have adverse effects on your body. By going to a chiropractor, you can reduce your intake of medicines. Long term intake of pain killers can have harmful effects on your gastrointestinal system. Chiropractors can alleviate your pain disorder and so lower your intake of medicines.

Our Charlotte NC chiropractor has helped hundreds of her patients completely stop using medications! She is a well-respected colleague in the healthcare industry who provides treatment to both athletes and children alike.

4. To improve sleep conditions

Sleeplessness is caused by depression or pain that affects your quality of life. Chiropractic techniques can promote a better quality of sleep. Better sleep can improve your immune system, thus providing your body the ability to fight various diseases.

Techniques used by chiropractors include counseling and exercises. They do not use any medication or surgery. The practice is based on the correct alignment of the skeletal system’s structure. This allows natural healing of the body instead of depending on medication. Chiropractors use safe practices and so it’s worth visiting them for your pain problems.

If you live in the South Lake Tahoe area and are considering chiropractic care, I highly recommend it! Though we don’t offer chiropractic care here in our office, occasionally, we have a guest D.C. come out to adjust our visitors as an add-on to the services they are receiving. To find out when our next guest chiropractic visit is, and to schedule an appointment, give us a call or send an email to !

Reasons To Go See a Chiropractor

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