Simply put, the HydraFacial provides the fastest and most effective results on the dermatology marketplace. While the HydraFacial is doctor recommended, you can access this incredible skin technology right here at our urban day spa.
We are thrilled with the results we see every day from HydraFacial treatments. We see how it improves your skins appearance and health from the very first treatment. We also see that monthly treatments give our clients lasting and rewarding results. Skin becomes healthier, firmer, and better hydrated. The HydraFacial is an ideal part of your wellness and beauty routine.
With this blog and vlog, we want to show you how the HydraFacial works and break down the 3 simple steps that make it so effective (and fast!) While we offer longer, more robust HydraFacial treatments with all the extras, our basic service only takes 30 minutes and the results are stunning!
In the first step, your Esthetician will use the HydraFacial vacuum to loosen up dead skin, clogged pores, and cleanse the surface level of your face. The Active-4 serum used in this step will remove dead skin cells to reveal healthy skin. The Glysal, a mixture of glycolic and salicylic acids, will go deeper into the pores and prepare them for the next step.
Now comes the Beta HD serum and intensified suction, which provides extractions and cleansing at a much deeper level. Essentially this part of the process will clean up your T-zone, remove blackheads, and leave your pores clean! At the end of your treatment you will be able to see all the impurities and dead skin that was removed during your treatment. Your skin will get a personalized, targeted boost of nutrients at this point that will aid in hydration and balance.
This is where we pump your skin full of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid, combined in the HydraFacial's signature Vortex Serum. Now that your skin has been cleaned and exfoliated at the deepest levels, it is ready for the nutrients that will aid in improving your skin's vitality, glow, and retaining lasting results! This process leaves your skin protected and vibrant. To ramp up the results, we highly recommend getting a treatment once a month for a series of 6 and then every couple months to maintain your results.
You can see how powerful this dermatology technology is! Our clients loves how the Express HydraFacial lasts only 30 minutes.
The HydraFacial delivers instant and long-lasting results that you can see and feel. With ongoing treatments, you’ll notice intensely improved hydration, minimized dark spots and dramatically reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also highly effective for acne.
Few things feel more luxurious than getting massaged with hot stones! Hot stones, which are actually warmed to somewhere between 110 to 130 degrees F are used as healing tools during a hot stone massage. The benefits of adding hot stones can really amp up the therapeutic value of a massage. They provide intense relaxation while allowing the therapist to provide a deep and targeted massage. Additionally, the positive effects of a hot stone massage take place during the massage and can last hours and days beyond the massage.
Basalt, which is cooled volcanic lava, is the best rock for hot stone massage. These volcanic stones are highly regarded due to their smooth texture and unparalleled iron content. They hold their heat the longest and slowly release their therapeutic energy. Basalt stones originate in the mountains and are river rocks, which makes them smooth and feel amazing. The benefits of hot basalt stones are expanded by their energetic properties which are both calming and energizing.
Hot stones photographed with bamboo, orchids or candles have become a common image of spa tranquility in recent years. Don't let this commercial look fool you though, hot stone therapy dates back to early civilization. In China they were used to improve internal function of organs and blood flow while the ancient Romans used them in bath houses and saunas. The use of hot stones for both bodywork and ceremonial reasons can be traced to North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India.
The techniques that are used in most hot stone massage practices are similar to those from Chinese acupuncture techniques, Hawaiian healing practices, and Native American ritual uses.
In 1993 massage therapist Mary Nelson, who was suffering from chronic shoulder and wrist pain rediscovered this ancient practice. As the story goes, she was in a sauna prior to receiving a massage and through connection to her Native spirit guides she was "called" to use the stones in her massage. She chose some of the smoother stones from the sauna and brought them to be used in the massage. It felt great for her AND her therapist! From there she developed LaStone Therapy which ignited the modern use of hot stones across the US and world.
Here at Zama we use the heated basalt stones as extensions of the therapists hands. We love bringing these therapeutic stones into our treatments because they increase the benefits of the massage. The heat from the stones opens the door for therapists to work even deeper on trigger points in really tight muscles.
The heat from the stones penetrate deep into the muscles and fascia. The therapist is then able to access deep layers of muscles and fascia, which in turn increases circulation and release and renewal in hard to reach areas. The heat from the smooth stones warms, calms and invigorates the client.
The unique properties of basalt stones are infused thermal energy and grounding power into the body. A hot stone massage will relax you at the deepest level while charging up your energy body. Energetic pathways, ie: meridians and/or chakras, are stimulated with the hot stones which connects the mind to the body. This gives you a deep sense of renewal, grounding and connection.
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Additionally, you can add hot stones to any massage treatment!
Ashiatsu is tremendously relaxing and an oh-so-deep kind of therapeutic massage. Literally a Japanese word meaning "foot pressure," Ashiatsu has grown dramatically in the West over the past 20 years since it's introduction by Ruthie Hardee. This extremely deep tissue massage is performed with the therapist’s feet while using overhead bars to provide support and balance. The therapist will go very deep, using their feet to apply with long broad strokes.
Simply put, you get the benefits of a very deep tissue massage without the discomfort often associated with trigger point therapy. Deep strokes from elbows and hands, while effective, can hurt due to all the pressure that is focused on a small area. With Ashiatsu, your therapist uses their core strength while they adjust their weighted pressure using the bars to apply wonderfully deep, broad strokes.
Because your therapist is using the weight of their body, with the assistance of the bars, they are able to give you the greatest benefits of deep tissue massage. Your therapist continually regulates the pressure of your massage using the overhead bars, while they are able to target many more angles of your muscles with this technique. This gravity-fueled approach enables Ashiatsu therapists to deliver up to 3x deeper pressure than with traditional hands-on treatments. With this incredible access to your musculature and fascia there are many added benefits!
Ashiatsu strokes help elongate the spine by lengthening muscles that have become shortened and compressed. This aids in effective pain relief. Additionally, these long targeted strokes stimulate the lymphatic system which stimulates detoxification and circulation. Overall, we see a big improvement in posture and and range of movement. Drinking water after each treatment will help aid the process.
Deep tissue massage has extensive benefits to most conditions that cause pain. Ashiatsu takes what regular deep massage does for pain to the next level. The increasing circulation that results frees up space for the nerves while pumping lots of oxygen through the blood stream assisting the treated area.
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We specialize in our ability to provide Ashiatsu massage, it is one of our most popular services! We have several talented therapists available 7 days a week from 9am-9pm here at our day spa! Learn more here and book 60-90-or 120 minute Ashiatsu treatments here!
We are often asked, why get a couples massage? How does it work? And is it only for romantic partners?
Spending time together with a loved one can be filled with stressful day-to-day worries. Getting a massage together gives you an opportunity to unwind, quiet the noise of daily life, and make time to simply BE together. Kick off date night or partake in a mid-day retreat with a couples massage!
It stimulates the release of many feel-good hormones, while promoting cellular circulation and a sense of renewal. After a massage we feel physically alive and emotionally open. We ride a natural high from the release of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. Put two people together that just had the same great experience, they are compelled to connect in a myriad of positive ways.
Esther Boykin, a licensed marriage and family therapist states that "during a massage session, people are almost instinctually driven to let go of the past and the future and turn their attention to the present moment. This practice of being fully engaged in an activity together can help couples reconnect, and with a little effort, they can bring that same level of mindful awareness to their time outside of the massage.”
Couples massage can help partners let go of anxieties that prevent them from connecting. Massage increases feelings of affection and intimacy, helping couples feel bonded and happy both during the massage session and after.
Family members and bonded friends can take advantage of paired massage, as well. It is common for people who have tight bonds take advantage of the many benefits of receiving a massage together.
In a couples massage, each person has their own therapist and receives a personalized treatment. One partner may just need relaxation while the other receives treatment on a specific problem spot.
Our strongest bonds are the ones that are healthy. Massage promotes preventative and holistic health. Sharing this experience will likely guide each couple to plan more opportunities to be healthy together.
All you need to do is simply choose the experience you are wanting for the two of you. When you come in, each of you will fill out your own intake paperwork. This will let your therapists know exactly what you each need. You'll then be guided to your therapy room and given the specific experience you desire. Oh and don't forget to add an enhancement from our menu at check in!
Whether you simply want a foot soak together or a full spa package, we got you covered! Like the sound of Couples Warm Cocoa Butter Medley or the Couples Escape Package? We've got lots more! Check out our couples offerings here.