22 September 2008

Natural Beauty Through Modern Science

As human beings, our aging bodies, as well as our spirits, naturally require maintenance due to the daily stresses we must endure.
Z Med Spa offers clinically advanced treatments designed to maintain, restore and optimize your natural beauty as well as recharge your spirit.

We offer medical treatments such as botox, laser hair removal, ultrasonic cellulite reduction, acne photoClearance and tooth whitening as well as spa treatments such as premium quality facials, relaxing massage therapy, rejuvenating body treatments, manicure, pedicure and body waxing. We provide our guests with the elegant and serene ambiance you would only expect at a day spa - however, you'll see that the effectiveness and attention to detail of Z Med Spa treatments far surpasses what is commonly available at a spa or salon.

Our philosophy is simple...provide an oasis in the city of Pasadena, where our guests can enjoy state of the art, soothing rejuvenation treatments in a relaxing and beautiful atmosphere, while experiencing the absolute highest caliber of hospitality and client service.

Med-Spa Clinic

Med-Spa Clinic, Tunbridge Wells provides all aspects of medical aesthetic skin care and beauty treatments. From non-surgical facelifts and skin laxity treatment, cosmetic dermatology and anti-ageing procedures to Botox, Restylane and all of the Q-Med range of anti-ageing products and other dermal fillers.

Our unsurpassed range of medical Lasers & IPL devices provide extremly effective treatments for unwanted hair, unsightly thread and larger reticular veins, wrinkles, skin lesions, pigmentation, acne, rosacea, cellulite and tattoos.

Dr. Nina Sheffield, Dr. Paul Myers and the Med-Spa team of nurses and therapists have assisted many of our clients to simply recreated themselves achiving results that have amazed and delight our patients.

Younger patients who have been afflicted with Acne or Acne Scarring are now free of this or have it under control. Older patients have seen years roll away from their appearance.

From your first consultation to final after care, your consultant doctor, nurse, or therapist is there to ensure you find the right treatments for you and then to make them both beneficial and enjoyable.

Med-Spa is also a centre of excellence for Colon Hydrotherapy Treatment from our fully qualified staff.

Our unique fully integrated services are listed on the Treatments page.

Our skin experts will use the latests computerised and photographic technology to assess your skin's needs and advise you of the best course of treatment to improve the appearance and health of your skin and deal with your specific and personal issues.

Call us now on 01892 535577 or e-mail on enquiries@med-spa.co.ukThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you wish to ask Dr. Sheffield a personal question or for advice please e-mail drninasheffield@med-spa.co.ukThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (It may take a little time to answer due to the large demand for this service but every mail is answered).

Med-Spa Clinic is owned and run by Dr Nina Sheffield who, with her team of specialist doctors, nurses and skin therapists are able to provide for all of your needs.

Expand your Medical Practice with a Medical Spa

Credit the growing baby boomer population with their unquenchable appetite to stop aging and look great. It is really their demands which have spawned the medical spa industry.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, non-surgical procedures in 2006 increased 50 percent from 2003. The big winners are procedures perfect for Medical Spas: Laser skin resurfacing (up 352%), Hylaform/Restylane fillers (up 1,271%), and laser hair removal (up 60%).

This is a very lucrative business, with the potential for impressive cash flow. It is also a business that is capital intensive, and the best way to manage the high startup costs is to utilize the flexible financing available. The MediSpa industry, perhaps more than any other, is one where you must control your capital costs in order to maximize your monthly cash flow.

"The success of a Medical Spa is ultimately determined by your ability to both create and hang onto cash" Jeff Russell, President & CEO MedSpa Financing

MedSpa Financing is the only finance company that specializes in financing Medical Spas and aesthetic medicine practices for physicians. We have financed Medical Spas from California to New York, and everywhere in between. Not only do we understand the industry, we also have detailed knowledge of medical and aesthetic equipment. From SBA loans to working capital to equipment leasing - we have the resources to help you successfully launch a Medical Spa!

09 September 2008

What Is Sensual Massage?

Sensual massage is another way of saying that the massage will include sexual contact. Don’t expect to get a sensual massage at a spa. The massage therapists who work at spas are trained in therapeutic massage, which is based on Swedish massage techniques.

It is a breach of spa etiquette to ask for sex as part of a therapeutic massage. If you do, the massage therapist will explain that is not the purpose of this massage and continue working. If you persist, they will end the massage.

Massage therapists tell me that men usually ask for sex in an indirect fashion by directing them "work higher" when they get to their thighs or "work lower" when they massage their chest. They also ask the therapist to remove the sheet or ask if the therapist does "extras." None of this is appropriate -- or legal -- in a spa setting.

At home, you can incorporate massage techniques into your lovemaking. A very good book for learning massage techniques at home is "The Joy of Sensual Massage," by Jack Hofer. This is a fully illustrated book that teaches you how to give a massage to someone at home. Hofer points out, however, that the main purpose of massage is to relax the body, whereas sex excites it. It's best if you approach massage as an end in itself, not merely as a prelude to lovemaking.

Massage oil is an essential part of your home massage toolkit, but you don't have to spend a lot of money on some special "sensual massage oil." A nice, inexpensive choice is sweet almond oil, which costs just $7 - $8 for sixteen ounces.

What Is Watsu?

Watsu is a very soothing type of massage that takes place in warm, waist-deep water. Its name comes from a combination of the words “water” and “shiatsu.” It was developed by Harold Dull back in 1980, when he started applying Zen Shiatsu stretches to students floating in the warm pool at Harbin Hot Springs in California.

What Happens During a Watsu Treatment?

A spa has to have a special Watsu pool heated to the exact same temperature as your body. It should be private and quiet, like any other treatment room. Some spas have outdoors Watsu pools surrounded by walls, with cloth panels overhead to create a combination of sunlight and shade.

You and the massage therapist both wear bathing suits. You enter the water and while you sit on a step, she puts floats around your ankles. This helps your buoyancy. During Watsu the therapist literally cradles your body, with one arm supporting your knees, the other your back. One of your arms is wrapped around the therapist’s back, the other floats free.

She then twirls you through in the water, first one way then another, taking your body through a series of passive stretches and twists. Being held in the warm water is deeply relaxing.

What Are the Benefits of Watsu?

Watsu’s gentle stretches have a therapeutic effect on the body. The buoyancy and support of the water allow the spinal column to be moved in ways that aren't possible on land. Many people also find it works on an emotional level as well, promoting trust and connection.

Some people find that the first session is all about learning to trust the fact that someone is there to support you. Others are trying to overcome a fear of water. (If this is you, be sure to tell your therapist.) Others are able to fully relax and find it deeply soothing from the very first session.

Where Can I Get Watsu?

Because of the special pool, it’s still a relatively unusual service. It is easiest to find in California and at resort spas. Here’s a list of major places to get a Watsu treatment.

Watsu in California: Spas in California that offer Watsu include Miramonte Resort Spa in Palm Springs; Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa in Desert Hot Springs; Sea Spa at Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa in Coronado; and Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa and Raindance Spa at The Lodge at Sonoma, both in Sonoma.

Watsu in Arizona:Spas in Arizona that offer Watsu include Canyon Ranch Tucson, Mii Amo at Enchantment Resort in Sedona; Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort in Carefree; The Sanctuary Spa at Camelback Mountain and Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, both in Phoenix.

Watsu in New Mexico:: In New Mexico, you can get Watsu at SháNah Spa and Wellness Center at Bishops Lodge Resort & Spa in Santa Fe.

Watsu in Florida: Spas in Florida that offer Watsu include Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa on Marco Island, Florida; The Ritz-Carlton in Naples; and Amelia Island Plantation Spa in Amelia Island, Florida.

Watsu in Texas: Spas in Texas that offer Watsu include The Crossings in Austin and the Greenhouse in Arlington.

Watsu in Las Vegas: Spas in Las Vegas that offer Watsu include Aquae Sulis Spa at JW Marriott Las Vegas; Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian Hotel; and Spa Bellagio at The Bellagio.

Watsu in New York City: New York City recently got its first Watsu facility at the Cornelia Day Resort in Manhattan.

Watsu in Scotland: One Spa and Health Club at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh, Scotland, offers Watsu.

What Is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a treatment where the therapist works primarily on your feet. The theory behind reflexology is that there are "reflex points" in the feet, hands and ears that relate to specific organs and glands in the body. Practitioners believe that stimulating those reflex points promotes health in that organ via the body's energetic pathways.

When done by a skilled practitioner, reflexology is deeply relaxing treatment with benefits that can be felt throughout the body. (If they're less skilled, you'll just feel like you've had a very long foot massage.) Reflexology can be a good treatment choice for people who want to keep their clothes on during a massage. It is also a good choice if you are pressed for time and don't want to get oil on your body or in your hair.

Reflexology was first developed in the United States in the early 20th century, and was called "zonal therapy"in its earliest incarnations. It is based on the theory that the body is divided into ten zones running longitudinally from head to toe -- five on each side of the body. Practitioners believe that pressure on reflex points on the foot or hand will affect body organs in the same zone.

In recent years, reflexologists have begun to incorporate the acupressure techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.) into their work. Although reflexology is based on the theory of "zones" instead of T.C.M.'s theory of "meridians" or energy pathways, both treatments are based on the principle that working on specific points can bring about a therapeutic effect in other parts of the body.

What Is Trigger Point Therapy?

trigger point is a hyperirritable spot that is painful. It is called a trigger point because it "triggers" a painful response.

But a trigger point is more than a tender nodule. It affects not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes "referred pain" in tissues supplied by nerves.

Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscles fibers. The trigger point is the most tender point in the band. The therapist will locate and deactivate them using finger pressure. One technique is to pick up the muscle fibers in a pincer grip.

What You Should Know About Trigger Point Therapy

It is used to treat painful trigger points that cause referred pain.

It took a while to get the muscle in that condition, and it will likely take more than one massage to get rid of it.

These points are often areas of chronic "holding" and you need to learn how to move in different ways to keep them from recurring.

It will probably be uncomfortable