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SEP 2017

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EASTERN ELEMENT: DRY BRUSHING Many ancient cultures practiced dry brushing, but the tools they preferred (or had available) differed. Corncobs have been used to brush the skin, as have dried loofah sponges. More recently, natural bristle brushes are the tool of choice. Dry brushing is well-known, but hasn't really seemed to catch on as a mainstream practice. This is unfortunate, since the benefits are numerous. As the largest organ in our body, the skin needs some TLC. Proper care improves circulation, aids in the removal of waste, and keeps glands clean and clear. Dry brushing exfoliates the skin, removing dead cells that clog glands and make the skin appear listless and gray. This practice is also said to soften skin, reduce cellulite, break up fat deposits, and stimulate the lymphatic system, clearing toxins from the body. On top of that, dry brushing can be hypnotic and soothing, turning any nail service into a luxury experience. Salon: The Face & Body Spa, Yardley, Pa. Service: Dry brushing add-on for any service As the owner of The Face & Body Spa, Heather Dempsey integrates holistic methods into her salon services. "I live by a philosophy that is more Eastern and energy based," says Dempsey. "I prefer to find natural rather than medical ways to treat and care for the body." Dempsey says she dry brushes her full body every day and has experienced wonderful benefits to her skin and overall wellness. It made sense to her to offer it as an add-on to all of her spa services. "I think people don't understand the value of dry brushing, so they pick familiar add-ons, such as a scrub or extended massage," she says. "But dry brushing really brings your skin to life. It not only provides a wonderful sensation, it detoxifies, helps us shed dead skin cells, and allows the products we use during the pedicure to absorb into our skin better." Demspey says brushing is performed first at the start of the manicure or pedicure while the skin is dry, and it is also incorporated into the massage step of the service. EASTERN ELEMENT: HIMALAYAN SALT Mined from the Himalayan salt mines in the Punjab region of Pakistan, Himalayan salt contains trace amounts of several essential minerals, including calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. The salt is believed to be untouched and pure, without contamination from modern toxins and pollutants. Himalayan sea salt has healing properties that help regulate sleep, prevent muscle cramps, improve blood pressure, and support a healthy libido. Salon: The Face & Body Spa, Yardley, Pa. Service: The Himalayan Salt Stone Pedicure The Himalayan Salt Stone Pedicure at The Face & Body Spa is a twist on the hot stone massage. "We use a salt stone rather than a smooth river rock to give clients the added benefits of the minerals," explains Dempsey. The salt stone can be heated or used at room temperature, depending on the client's preference. The skin absorbs the salt during the treatment, providing clients with beneficial minerals as well as a relaxing massage. Salon owners can offer clients the benefits of Himalayan salt services in ways other than a salt rock. Alternatives include a Himalayan Brine Bath as the soak portion of the pedicure and a Himalayan Salt Scrub to exfoliate. Both provide the healing properties of the salt without extending the time of the pedicure service. ISTOCK.COM/GRAFVISION >>>

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