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August 17, 2015
Are your hands a tell-tale sign of your age? Age spots, loss of fat, prominent veins, texture and contour changes all contribute to the hands looking older. Fortunately, there is a non-invasive solution to reverse the negative effects of sun, wind and other environmental factors on the skin. Even better, it only requires a trip to the spa and not a doctor’s office!
A paraffin treatment can be conveniently added-on to any spa/salon service, giving tired hands a well-needed pick-me-up. Paraffin has a beneficial, restorative effect on the skin. Our exclusive Nourishment+ formula protects the skin against free radicals while promoting cellular renewal, helping to reduce the signs of natural aging. The unique properties of Swiss Apple Stem provide a powerful anti-aging boost to the skin. A quick ten minute treatment will give you instant gratification, providing noticeable improvement in skin texture and elasticity with just one treatment.
Is it time you showed your hands a little TLC?
July 27, 2015
Hot stone massage therapy is a popular treatment for promoting deeper muscle relaxation, improving circulation, managing stress, and allowing for better sleep. The premise behind hot stone massage is that the direct heat of the stones allows the therapist to penetrate deeper into muscle layers, release tension, ease sore muscles, and promote relaxation.
Self-heating hot stones, which take approximately 8-10 minutes to warm up, are used to employ a customized massage versus placement therapy, customary with traditional basalt hot stones. The use of hot stones will offer enhanced benefits to both the client and therapist. For clients that suffer from the ailments of fibromyalgia, arthritis, and carpal tunnel, hot stone therapy can be a useful treatment in decreasing pain and muscle spasms, curbing chronic stress and tension, and allowing for better mobility.
Therapists will also reap the benefits of hot stones. The heat will help make muscles pliable, ultimately allowing for deeper manipulation. The therapist is able to use the stone as an extension of their hand, giving their own hands and wrists a well needed rest.
Pre-treating muscles with self-heating hot stones is an ideal way to take your client from stressed to relaxed in a matter of only minutes!
July 15, 2015
In an industry where we are always “hands-on,” sanitation is vital to the health of both the therapist and client. Properly cleaning and sanitizing hot stones, as well as their heating unit, is a crucial, and sometimes laborious, component of offering Hot Stone massage treatments.
Traditional hot stones are porous and will absorb oils and bacteria. In between clients, these stones must be scrubbed with hot, soapy water, specifically an antibacterial cleanser, and thoroughly dried. The drying step is crucial to keeping the stones sanitary as the heating unit is a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses to grow. This occurs when stones are stored wet or oily from a previous treatment. In addition, the water in the heating unit should be changed after each use. Massage Magazine has some great tips for cleaning hot stones here.
Keeping in mind the set-up/clean up time involved with offering hot stone massage, therapists can charge more for this specialized massage service. If your biggest complaint is not having enough time in between clients to clean the stones, there are solutions. One option is to have a second set of stones/heating unit available if performing back-to-back stone massage treatments.
A more cost effective approach is switching to self-heating stones that do not require a heater. Porcelain self-heating stones are heated using all natural minerals activated by a saline solution. The porcelain material is non-porous and does not absorb oils or bacteria. They can also be quickly sanitized using an anti-bacterial cleaner. This significantly reduces the clean-up time associated with offering this type of massage.
Whichever method you choose, proper sanitation should be just as important as the services you provide.
June 27, 2015
Okay, you’ve mastered the hot stone massage modality, now what? Reimaging how you manage your massage stone practice can quickly, and easily, free up the amount of time spent preparing and cleaning the hot stones, ultimately improving your bottom line.
When costing out a hot stone service, it is necessary to account for the labor costs of setting up the stone heater, placing the stones in the heater, adding water, adjusting the heat to achieve the correct temperature, not to mention another 30 minutes or so for cleanup.
Keeping these issues in mind, while also keeping sanitation a primary goal, we reimagined the self-heating technology used for the PerfectSense Paraffin system to create a self-heating massage implement. We truly wanted to “leave the stone age behind” and develop a product that would allow therapists the ability to incorporate heat into their treatments, whether mobile or in a spa setting, without needing electricity or batteries. Self-heating stones allow for many freedoms…the elimination of a heater, the reduction of long clean times with porous stones, as well as the need for many stones to perform a single service.
Almost universally, massage is the most popular spa service. Creating upgrades, and especially making them easy to add-on “in treatment”, is one way to increase your spa’s profitability. With an activation time of only 8-10 minutes for a self-heating stone to get warm, a hot stone upgrade can now be incremental revenue for your spa, with much less hassle.
June 15, 2015
“You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” – Jim Rohn
How do we improve the spa massage experience? It’s a question definitely worth asking in an effort to retain current clients and expand. Whether it’s adding a new spa service, or making some simple changes to an existing service, narrowing the gap between customer’s expectations and the service they receive is the ultimate goal.
Finding an innovative way to enhance your client’s massage experience is a worth-while approach. Enter hot stone massage. Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), report that more than 83% of their 81,000 massage and bodywork members list hot stone massage as an important treatment of their professional practices. Continuing to gain popularity, hot stones do not replace human touch, but are an effective modality for deeper relaxation. So, how can we make it better?
Increasing your “hands-on” time with the client is an obvious solution. Traditional basalt hot stones require a massage stone heater and cool quickly during the massage. If offering a dedicated 60-minute hot stone massage service, the stones must be continuously swamped out. Each time this happens, the therapist/client experience is hindered.
A simple switch from “heater bound” stones to self-heating hot stones will increase your hands-on time with the client… while also eliminating the need for electricity (mobile hot stone massage, anyone?!) In addition, self-heating stones are non-porous, making sanitation quick and easy. Self-heating stones will stay warm for up to 45-minutes, which means less time spent searching for the right sized stone at the bottom of the heater. In an industry where every minute counts, a continuous, uninterrupted massage service may make all the difference between you and your competitor.
July 29, 2014
Hi! I am excited to write my first blog for Spa Revolutions. If we haven’t had the pleasure of corresponding with each other, I am the person behind our Facebook posts and have been with the company for almost four years now. I feel like I know so many of you through our phone conversations, emails, “tweets” and “likes.” Through this blog, I hope that you get to know me a little better and learn more about the “behind-the-scenes” action at Spa Rev.
Hopefully, between Vicky Karr’s insightful blog on massage techniques and tips, you will find a nice balance of spa industry trends and protocol tips to better use our PerfectSense Paraffin and Lava Shell products. We have lots planned for the rest of 2014 and I can’t wait to share it all with you.
And, if there is anything you ever want to share with us, feel free to do so! We love connecting with our amazing clients…or should I say friends?!
P.S. If you can’t tell by the photo, I love French macarons and all things sweet.
Talk Soon –
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