Re-educate your facial muscles


“Skin cells go dormant as we age (it begins at age 30), and facial muscles start to lose their memory. The result: skin laxity, drooping eyelids and jowls. But thanks to new technology you can make your facial muscles smarter. Microcurrent treatments are now becoming available (check with your aesthetician) which helps to reeducate facial muscles. This treatment was first used in physical therapy but
has now been applied to aesthetics. Within about 15 minutes you can get a noticeable eye lift or painless facelift—the results only last about 3 days though (long enough for a special occasion). For best results you’ll need to have the process repeated about 6 times.”

Dr. Zein Obagi MD

Breathe


I recently had a client on my table who had a very difficult time releasing. He was “like stone” (as we therapists love to say) and no matter how much force I applied, very little change was occurring to his musculature. I quickly realized the problem: this client was NOT BREATHING. One of my favorite guilty pleasure musicians, Alanis Morisette, was interviewed about a tattoo on her wrist which reads, simply: BREATHE. She said self-deprecatingly, “What kind of person needs to be reminded to breathe?” Well, apparently a vast majority of us do, Alanis. You are not alone.

I work with clients to realize the importance of deep, conscious breathing while they are receiving massage. This simple act can transform a deeply contracted area into one that has healthy circulation and a higher functionality and connectedness to the rest of the body. This simple technique of conscious breathing is especially important when receiving deeper work.

While on the table, gently concentrate on slowing down your breath. To start simply: take a nice slow inhalation, hold the breath comfortably for a second and then exhale slowly. With time, as those of you who practice yoga already know, your inhalation will slow down. This allows your body to metabolize a greater percentage of the oxygen you are taking in. Then you can begin to hold the space between inhalation and exhalation. This is partly mental discipline but also, I believe, helps to increase your own awareness of your body. Finally, a slow exhalation allows your body to expel more noxious gases from the body. This entire process done slowly and with awareness can do wonders to: lower levels of stress chemicals like cortisol, (as I’ve said) heighten awareness of your body, stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for the relaxation response/ “rest and digest”), and can act to distract you as a client from any discomfort that deeper more directed pressures from a massage therapist may cause.

More esoterically, yogis and meditative masters have long understood the power of the breath to move prana/chi/life force in, around and through the body. They know that the breath moves many of your bodily, mental and (if you will) spiritual functions to a greater place of balance and efficiency. I have seen this simple practice of coming back to the breath, coming back to the moment transform my experience of myself, help clients with severe and chronic pain and turn a massage treatment into a total experience outside of the fast and sometimes vapid daily routine.

I will leave you with one last practice that you can add to your simple breathing exercises. This comes from the Vietnamese Zen Master and all around cool dude, Thich Nhat Hanh. While you are breathing consciously, you can practice these thoughts to yourself, or come up with whatever will help you achieve calm awareness best: Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out. “Breathing in, I feel calm. Breathing out, I feel at ease.” I am not struggling anymore. Calm/ease.” And then, “Breathing in, I smile. Breathing out, I release all my worries and anxieties. Smile/release.”

Be well, beautiful readers!

Massage Therapist,
Andrew Marsh

Sweet Freedom at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa

For those of you who have stuck to your new year’s resolutions without rewarding yourself, the time has come to indulge! Sweet Freedom bakery will be sharing their delicious vegan and gluten-free treats at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa during the last two Saturdays in January. Go ahead… schedule a service, detox in the steam room, relax with a cup of tea and indulge in a delicious baked good from Sweet Freedom. Enjoy the low-guilt, healthier alternative to all of those Christmas cookies you’ve finally worked off. After all, you deserve it.

New Year Resolution Tips

Beautiful skin is a long term commitment.  I encourage women to stick to the basics, not to over-commit at the beginning. Simplify your beauty routine, but don’t skip it.

  • Make sure you cleanse well.  I recommend the Clarisonic Pro brush especially if your skin is oily and you have large pores.
  • After cleansing use a mild lactic acid based product like Lotion P50 to exfoliate gently.
  • Since it’s winter I like to use a serum like Fluide VIP O2 in the morning followed by a moisturizer with an SPF.
  • At night it’s time for repair.  Cleanse, tone, and use products full of antioxidants, peptides, retinols and Vitamin C.  My favorite is Environ’s AVST or Valmont Factor III, they both contain all of the above.
  • Always use eye cream.
  • Don’t forget to include your neck & decollete.
  • Apply a moisturizer with an SPF on the back of your hands.

Remember good grooming is always in style.  A perfectly prepped face saves mirror time in the morning so get facials regularly and make sure your eyebrows are shaped well.

The balance between body and mind can affect the appearance of the skin.  Exercise, meditate, drink plenty of water, eat healthy.  Smile and be happy, that’s the best cosmetic!

Beauty Aficionado Founder & Aesthetician,

Danuta Mieloch

 

Lit-From-Within Facial

“Lit-From-Within-Facial” Featured in Town & Country Weddings: Spring/Summer 2011

PHILADELPHIA: Rescue Rittenhouse Spa, Danuta MielochBio-Lift Facial, $200.

The words “glowing” and “bride” go hand in hand.  But by the time the big day arrives, most women feel about as radiant as a dim bulb.  While heavy exfoliation and blackhead extractions aren’t going out of style anytime soon, microcurrent treatments that use electrical currents to target facial muscles have brides signing in droves.  Microcurent facials have the benefit of being completely noninvasive.  Plus, the treatments have immediate (if not incredibly long-lasting) benefits.  The microcurrent works by “exercising” and toning the facial muscles.  It’s basically a low-level electric stimulation that helps contract the muscles all over the face to give a lifted appearance.  There’s no downtime and it’s painless.  The treatment works best when done in a series, with the last one performed close to D-day.  If it’s a slightly older bride in her mid-thirties or forties, you could even do the last treatment the day before the wedding.  It hides the effects of stress on the face.  People do come out with a real twinkle in their eyes and that glow from the inside.

If you’re thinking surgery… think eMatrix at Rescue first.

As the new year begins it is always great to have a fresh start.  I want to make sure that I exercise, eat right, feel good, and look my best.  As a 45 year old woman in the beauty industry, I too am a consumer and admitted “beauty junkie”.  I am constantly on the quest for new treatments, the latest beauty products, and the most advanced non-invasive procedures that will help me look just as good as I feel. So when I found eMatrix I was stunned at how great the results were from the treatment.  My skin looked refreshed, clearer, firmer, and I got tons of compliments!

The technology is brilliant. Unlike other treatments that work from the outside in, eMatrix works from the inside out by providing sublative rejuvenation (a fractionated bi-polar radio frequency energy delivering bulk dermal heating beneath the skin to maximize collagen production while keeping the top layer of skin intact).  This means that eMatrix targets collagen production (one can never have enough!), and the results from just one treatment are so wonderfully visible.

eMatrix is especially suited for

  • those considering cosmetic surgery
  • wrinkles and irregularities
  • acne scars
  • pigmentation and sun damage
  • sagging skin

It is the only sublative rejuvenation that can be done on any skin type and color.  The treatment takes 45 minutes, you experience a warm prickly sensation, and you might need to wear makeup for a few days, as there is a little bit of downtime involved. But hey no pain, no gain!

If you’re thinking surgery or have a persistent skin characteristic that hasn’t responded to conventional skin care treatments, then think eMatrix at Rescue first.  Call and schedule a free consultation (215) 772-2766 or email us at info@rescuerittenhousespa.com

Beauty Aficionado Founder & Aesthetician,

Danuta Mieloch

danuta mieloch

 

A New Year, A New Body!

A New Year, A New Body!  Integrate VelaShape as part of your wellness regime to achieve better, faster results.  VelaShape technology utilizes a combination of infrared light, radio frequency and mechanical manipulation to reshape, recontour and redefine your figure.  Vacuum and mechanical manipulation improves circulation, activates the production of new collagen and sends heat to the fat cells causing them to expel triglycerides and water.  That then causes circumferential reduction and an overall improvement of texture and tone of problem areas.  Whether you’ve resolved to fit into those old jeans or slink into your bikini by Memorial Day, VelaShape will help you achieve the results your working so hard for.

Aesthetician,

Kelly Cronin