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What Women Should Know about Hair Loss

What Women Should Know about Hair Loss

By on Mar 8, 2017 in Blog |

When you comb, or brush your hair, are you losing more hair than you would like? While hair loss might seem like a bigger problem with men, it is also common in women. And it can be just as demoralizing. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair a day. However, hair loss is different than just normal hair shedding. Hair loss happens when something stops your hair from growing. Common Causes of Hair Loss You can experience hair loss for a variety of reasons, including: Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is the best-known cause of hair loss – on your scalp and all over your body. Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely to cause hair loss than others. Cytostatic drugs cause hair loss by destroying the cells in your hair follicles that make your hair grow. What you can do: If you’re going to start chemotherapy, talk to your doctor about the various chemotherapy drugs and if you can expect hair loss. Found out what your doctor recommends. Sometimes just knowing ahead of time if you’re going to experience hair loss can make it less scary. Other medications. Some medications that can trigger hair loss include blood thinners, beta-blockers for blood pressure, methotrexate for rheumatic conditions, lithium for bipolar disorder, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and some antidepressants. What you can do: If you’re taking one of these medications and you suspect it may be causing hair loss, talk to your doctor about lowering your dose or switching to another medication. Heredity. Androgenic or androgenetic alopecia is a heredity condition of female-pattern hair loss. If the women in your family started losing their hair at a certain age, you may be more likely to lose your hair, too. What you can do: Talk to your doctor about medications like minoxidil (Rogaine) that can help you grow hair, or maintain the hair you have. Certain medical conditions. Thyroid disease, lupus, and diabetes are just some of the more than 30 diseases that can cause hair loss. When you have hypothyroidism, your thyroid gland isn’t producing enough hormones to promote hair growth. Lupus is an autoimmune disease which causes antibodies that attack and destroy your...

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Everything You Need to Know about Migraines

Everything You Need to Know about Migraines

By on Feb 9, 2017 in Blog, Massage |

Everyone gets headaches; however, a migraine is more than just a bad headache. A migraine is an intense, throbbing headache that makes it difficult to perform daily tasks. The causes of migraines aren’t completely understood. However, several factors can trigger the onset of a migraine. Treatments are available to help relieve migraine pain. What Is a Migraine? A migraine is a moderate to severe headache that typically affects only one side of the head. The pain can be intense, throbbing and incapacitating. Unlike a normal headache, a migraine is usually accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms: Nausea Pain in the temples Pain behind one eye or ear Vomiting Dizziness Extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and/or smell Visual disturbances like seeing flashing lights or zig zag lines, or temporary vision loss Tingling or numbness in the face or extremities Migraine attacks can last between 4 and 72 hours. What Causes a Migraine? Migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem and its interaction with the trigeminal nerve, which is a major pain pathway. Additionally, chemical imbalances of serotonin may be involved. What Can Trigger a Migraine? Migraine triggers are unique to each person. Some individuals may have several migraine triggers. Some of the most common migraine triggers include: Hormonal changes in women. Some women may have migraines immediately before or during their periods. Other women may develop migraines during pregnancy or menopause. Foods containing tyramine (red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish and processed foods), monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates (bacon, hot dogs and salami), caffeine (coffee, soft drinks, tea), and/or artificial sweeteners (aspartame) may produce migraines. Constant mental stress. Sensory stimulation. Migraines can be set off from unusually bright lights (sun glare, flashlights), loud noises, or strong smells (perfume, paint thinner, cigarette smoke). Fasting or skipping meals. Sleep cycle changes. Not getting enough or getting too much sleep can prompt migraines. Physical exercise or exertion. Weather or barometric pressure changes. Oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapies, and vasodilators, such as nitroglycerin, can cause migraines. What Treatments Are Available for Migraines? Talk to your doctor if you’re having migraines. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes (such as stress reduction, regular physical exercise, or dietary restrictions), medications, Botox injections,...

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5 Benefits of Facials

5 Benefits of Facials

By on Jan 19, 2017 in Blog, Skincare |

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and your face is one of your more noticeable body features. Like it or not, your facial appearance plays an important role in helping you to find a life mate, build friendships, get a job, and boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. Therefore, you need to take care of your skin to keep it looking healthy and at its best. Facials performed by a licensed skin care professional at Euphoria Spa & Wellness Center can enhance your appearance, protect your skin, and prevent more serious skin issues from occurring. What are some benefits of facials? When you add monthly facials to your overall skin care program, you can gain several rewards. These include: Enhanced appearance. A facial helps to deep clean your skin by removing grease and dirt while unclogging pores. Exfoliation helps eliminate dead skin cells to reveal healthier, more radiant skin. It also helps to tighten and firm your skin for a more youthful appearance. Exfoliation also enable moisturizers or serums to penetrate your skin more effectively to quench dry skin. Increased circulation. Facials often involve some massage which improves and restores circulation to your skin. Massage helps to increase blood flow, which brings vital nutrients, water and oxygen, to your skin cells. Enhanced blood flow decreases puffiness and helps create and maintain new skin cells which plump your skin and give it a healthy glow. Slowed skin aging. While there’s no way to stop the aging process, facials can help slow its affects. Facials can increase collagen and enhance the elasticity and tone of your skin to reduce sagging and minimize wrinkles. Moisturizers and serums nourish your skin, giving it a smoother appearance. Dead skin removal helps reduce the impact of sun exposure, smoking and other environmental factors, which are signs of aging. Reduced tension. Stress can cause the muscles in your face to tense up, making your skin more likely to wrinkle. Facial massage can relieve stress and encourage peace of mind which helps slow premature aging. Prevention of serious skin issues. Stress can trigger rosacea and aggravate acne and other skin inflammations. Regular facials can alleviate stress and reduce your risk of having these conditions. Additionally, an esthetician...

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Massage Can Alleviate Symptoms of Depression

Massage Can Alleviate Symptoms of Depression

By on Dec 13, 2016 in Blog |

Tis the season! This hectic time of year, compounded with cold, dreary days and lack of sunshine is when those struggling see an increase in symptoms of depression. Massage is a safe, non-invasive way to alleviate these symptoms. Depression effects people of all ages including children, teens, young adults, midlife and the elderly. Let’s explore how common symptoms are manifested in different ages and how massage can alleviate the symptoms of depression. Children Depression in younger children tends to present itself physically through feeling of sadness, irritability, worry, aches and pains and weight problems. Sometimes depression can also be associated with ADHD. Massage provides benefits to children without the side effect of prescription medication. It is not clear whether antidepressants are safe and effective for children and adolescents. Recent meta-analyses have cast doubt on the clinical significance of antidepressant efficacy and raised concerns about increased suicidal behaviors. An Australian study on alternative treatments for depression in children concluded, “Massage has an immediate effect on emotional state…:” Long term, sustained benefits are still being studied. Teen and Young Adults In addition to the symptoms discussed in young children, teens may also experience feelings of being misunderstood and extreme sensitivity, use of drugs and alcohol, self harm and an avoidance of social activity. The benefits of massage to alleviate symptoms of depression in teens may need special consideration. Because antidepressant drugs function by affecting the central nervous system the long term effects are difficult to determine. This can be particularly worrisome in young people who brains are still developing.  The use of massage to alleviate symptoms of depression may be most beneficial in this age group. Massage is a safe, noninvasive alternative or compliment to modern day treatment methods. Midlife Also known as “the sandwich generation” and is a time of great transition. People in this age group often become overwhelmed and feel pulled in all directions. Juggling work and home life, relationships, caring for growing children and perhaps aging parents pose a set of stressors that can lead to symptoms of depression in this age group.  Some ways massage can alleviate symptoms of depression may include; relaxation and improvement in sleep patterns.  Many seek to avoid the use of prescription medication...

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Massage Therapy Techniques

Massage Therapy Techniques

By on Nov 3, 2016 in Blog |

Massage Therapy Techniques have made many advances in recent years. Not only is it beneficial for relaxation, massage therapy is now often used to compliment tradition medical treatments. There are various kinds of massage therapy techniques offered for a variety of needs. Let’s look at some of the benefits of different types of massage. Prenatal Massage Prenatal massage technique has been shown to have many benefits. Including; reduce back pain, reduced joint pain, improve circulation, reduced swelling, relieve muscle tension and headaches, aid in better sleep, reduced stress and anxiety, regulate hormones as well as improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles. Although most massage training institutions teach massage therapy techniques for women who are pregnant, it is best to find a massage therapist who is certified in prenatal massage. Aromatherapy Massage Many massage techniques are enhanced by the use of essential oils. Essential oils are inhaled and also believed to be absorbed through the skin. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted through the nostrils to the limbic system, which affects heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. The choice of oils can range from relaxing to energizing. Hot Stone Massage Heated stones send penetrating warth to help ease away muscular tension & stress. The stones can be used for their heat alone, or as massage tools used in combination with essential oils used in aromatherapy. Basalt rocks are generally used because of their heat retention properties, and are usually heated to around 125-150 degrees using hot water. The smooth, rounded stones are then placed along various points on the body to open up energy channels and promote circulation. Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). These techniques can be a matter of personal preference. Although, due to some health conditions the lighter touch of Swedish massage may be recommended over deep tissue. Discuss this with your therapist prior to your massage....

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Healing Hands of Massage Therapy

Healing Hands of Massage Therapy

By on Oct 3, 2016 in Blog |

We live in a world where stress, illness, and disease are taking increasing tolls on our bodies, leaving us anxious, exhausted, and unwell. Instead of taking the time to rejuvenate ourselves and tend to our physical and emotional needs, we push the importance of our well-being aside in order to keep up with work, school, family, kids, etc. Haven’t we learned from experience that we have breaking points? Unless we start taking care of ourselves, we can’t achieve our full potentials in life. The healing hands of massage therapy can reduce stress, prevent illness, and relieve depression and anxiety. Stress Massages can reduce stress by a number of different techniques. Overall, the physiological benefits to your body positively impact your emotions as well. After a massage, you feel relaxed because your heart rate and blood pressure have been reduced. You feel rejuvenated because your blood circulation has increased. Your mood has significantly improved, because endorphins have been released. Illness Because massage improves the functions of the body, getting sick won’t be as much of an issue. When you’re stressed, your immune and digestive systems don’t work as well because your body suppresses them. Massage causes you to relax naturally, effectively “turning on” those systems again. As a result, your immune system begins to function normally, doing its job by fighting off colds, flues, and immune diseases. Depression & Anxiety A 60 minute massage lowers cortisol (a stress induced hormone), and in response, increases serotonin levels. By raising serotonin levels, you’re boosting your body’s ability to fight off pain, anxiety and feelings of sadness. For people struggling with depression and anxiety, massage leaves them with a sense of self-worth and confidence. Let your body and mind free with massage therapy. Allow the healing hands of your masseuse to massage away stress, illness, and depression and anxiety so you can connect back with the YOU that was lost in the hustle and bustle of life. Reach your full potential while feeling restored and...

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