An article about Shizuka and The Geisha Facial® appear in MSN Japan!
The article titled, Japanese originated ‘Nightingale Dropping ‘ Facial available at Hilton in England Now. Despite its scent writers praised its effect after giving it a try talks about The Geisha Facial’s “flight” overseas to spas in England and highlights the origin of The Geisha Facial®.
Even before “Bird Poop Facial” was introduced in England for the first time, Shizuka Bernstein, a Tokyo-born master aesthetician, has been offering The Geisha Facial® that includes a customized nightingale dropping exfoliate at her own spa in New York.
Her mother once told her that geishas would use the nightingale droppings to keep their skin clear and blemish-free, and that story inspired Shizuka to create this facial.
Even leading make-up artists insist on facial massages before applying make up to stimulate collagen production and wake up facial muscles to lift and firm skin. See what Style.com writes about Shizuka Bernstein’s The Lifting Facial:
The Service: The Lifting Facial
The Pain Is Worth the Gain: “This treatment gently stimulates and tones muscles while oxygenating the skin for a more rejuvenated appearance,” says Shizuka Bernstein. “And in addition to manual massage, we use a microcurrent machine to further stimulate the facial muscles. Its ionization helps products to penetrate farther into the skin. We use ingredients like algae and a collagen fiber mask with green tea. Pore extraction and light massage complete the treatment.”
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Spring is all about renewal and re-invigoration like with spring cleaning and updating your wardrobe. But why stop there? Give your senses their own spring overhaul! Renew your senses for spring with energizing aromatherapy scents to boost energy levels and relieve stress.
Energizing Aromatherapy Scents for Spring
Orange- citrus fruits like orange and lemon uplifts the spirit and sharpens the mind with its bright and optimistic scent. The clean aroma is a mood enhancer and promotes concentration.
Ginger- Ginger has been revered for thousands of years in Asia for its healing properties. Its spicy aroma quickly enlivens and heats the senses. Use it especially if you have a cold or flu to help combat infections.
Peppermint- to increase performance accuracy and alertness peppermint works as an energy booster and sharpens the mind. The menthol opens up the sinus passageways making it not only easier to breathe but also smells invigorating.
Jasmine- Jasmine is a rich floral with a fruity undertone. it relaxes nerves while stimulating the brain for improved mental performance. It also improves quality of sleep and lessens anxiety.
Rosemary- Rosemary’s refreshing and savory scent improves long-term memory. It’s also used in certain bath salts to ease muscle pain and relieve congestion.
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We all know that slow deep breathing relieves stress, promotes more restful sleep, and enhances the mood– but did you know that when we practice deep breathing for healthy skin, we are actually slowing down the skin’s aging process? The next time you practice deep breathing, you’ll also be rejuvenating your skin from the inside out.
Practice deep breathing for healthy skin
Slow, rhythmic breathing will help regulate the flow of oxygen and CO2 in your blood stream, ease anxiety by slowing the heart rate, and ensure your circulation is carrying the optimum amount of nutrients around the body.
Providing your skin with the proper pH balance helps keep your complexion even and skin smooth. Practicing deep breathing also lowers cortisol and lactate levels, which the body produces when stressed. These chemicals lower the skin’s defenses to toxins and free radicals. By “just breathing”, you are actually balancing out the body’s alkalinity and increasing oxygenated blood flow throughout the body. As oxygenated blood flows, the body cleanses itself of toxins, reducing the amount of free radicals, and thereby slows down the aging process.
Just another reason to take a breather every now and then!
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A Spa Massage is One of the Best Natural Jet Lag Treatments Around
After a long flight the body can get swollen or stiff from sitting for long hours. To reset your body clock and ease stiff and sore muscles, skip the sleeping pills and caffeine and opt instead for a spa massage.
A soothing massage, especially one with essential oils, will help relax your nervous system and recover the body’s internal balance.
Reducing fatigue and stimulating circulation will allow your body’s internal clock to naturally adjust to its new time zone.
To cure jet lag, try one of these two recovery spa massages: reflexology or a aromaScape massage. Reflexology targets the central nervous system and pineal gland which produces the melatonin needed for healthy sleep-wake cycles.
AromaScape massage uses essential oils with a flowing Swedish massage to soothe and strengthen the mind and body. Inhaling essential oils effects the limbic system which in turn regulates heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, digestion, and immune system.
In addition to getting a spa massage, be sure to stay well hydrated and you’ll be back to normal in no time.
Green tea and chocolate for smoother softer skin
We all know green tea is great for the skin, but chocolate too?
Green tea and chocolate contain flavonoids, an antioxidant that protects skin against free radicals. Free radicals build up due to environmental hazards like pollution and sunlight and prematurely age and damage the skin.
Ingesting flavonoids is a great way to target free radicals and potentially ward off cancer and inflammation as well.
Green tea also contains a high concentration of polyphenols, chemicals with potent antioxidant properties that also fight off free radicals!
You can also use green tea bags topically to:
- soothe sunburns
– soothe bug bites
– reduce puffy eyes and dark under eye circles
– calms skin after shaving
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What’s wabi sabi?
Many people have tried to explain the meaning of the Japanese term wabi sabi but with great difficulty. In the same way that we can’t “catch” or hold onto time, neither can words hold onto wabi sabi’s meaning. Wabi sabi relates to an understanding of natural beauty that dates all the way back to ancient Japanese tea ceremony practices.
The initial idea of wabi sabi stems from the ancient rituals of Japanese tea ceremony where the purity and simplicity of an objects’ natural beauty were honored. Revering the beauty of a handmade tea cup for its uneven glazing and cracks is a basic example of wabi sabi.
In modern times, wabi sabi relates to all aspects of life from relationships to design to beauty. Since all life is constantly changing, honoring life’s impermanence while revering the imperfections in any given situation or item is also considered wabi sabi. A common misconception of wabi sabi is that it connotes carelessness or frivolity, while in fact wabi sabi is revealed and understood only when putting the utmost care and attention into embracing imperfections and change.
Wabi Sabi Aesthetic
Just like tea ceremony masters take impeccable care of their cracked and imperfect tea cups, wabi sabi aesthetic is about embracing the aging process while maintaining impeccable self care and pampering.
When extending the concept of wabi sabi into beauty, wabi sabi honors imperfections such as freckles and laugh lines over perfectly spotless and smooth skin. Wabi sabi natural beauty acknowledges that while skin care is a constant affirmation of self care, obsessing over changing the way we look isn’t.
Wabi sabi aesthetic encompasses self care and pampering alongside the three realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
Try adding a little more wabi sabi aesthetic into your self care ritual with a pampering skin care treatment like The Geisha Facial®.
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A recent article in InTouch Weekly claims The Biggest Loser winner, Rachel Frederickson, enlisted the use of a far infrared sauna to melt off those prized pounds before the finale’s final weigh in.
The way this works is the far infrared sauna raises the body’s core temperature which in turn raises the heartbeat and burns calories. Dr. Oz is a big proponent of the infrared sauna heat for weight loss. He explains the weight loss benefits of the far infrared sauna on the Oprah Show.
While our clients use our NYC Far Infrared Sauna for weight loss, they also use it for detox and relaxation as well.
Health benefits of Far Infrared Sauna Heat:
– Speeds up metabolism
– Increases detoxification
– Improves cardiovascular system
– Relieves pain (great for achy muscles, joints)
– Aids in weight loss and removal of cellulite
– Benefits skin (great for acne, eczema, psoriasis, rough skin)
– Strengthens immune system
How Does Far Infrared Sauna Heat Work?
The sauna’s infrared radiation utilizes the same electromagnetic spectrum that’s emitted from the the sun without the UV component. The sauna’s infrared radiation penetrates the skin from 1.5 to 3.5 inches heating blood vessels and capillaries to help release toxins through sweat.
The electromagnetic heat emitted from the far infrared sauna directly heats the user so the sauna’s temperature usually doesn’t rise above 130°F. Reportedly, because infrared radiation therapy heats the body from the inside, 17% more toxins are released into the blood stream than when using a traditional sauna.
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India’s newspaper, The Business Standard, reports on the efficacy of Anti-Aging Facials and touts Shizuka new york’s The Geisha Facial® in their article titled: Anti-Aging Facials can Save you from Losing that Youthful Appearance.
“Manhattan’s Shizuka New York Day Spa specializes in the Nightingale facial in which bird droppings, which removes dead cells, are slathered onto a client’s face to give a youthful appearance.”
With a wide range of facials and treatments available to choose from, Shizuka Bernstein advises on the best time to receive an anti-aging facial:
“Basically, anti-aging facials are unnecessary before the age of 25. These treatments are most effective once the skin begins to age, which is generally in someone’s 30’s (depending on their lifestyle, genetics, etc.). With that said, it’s never too late to begin an anti-aging regimen.”
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The Limoneira Company recognized Shizuka as a Beauty Opinion Leader in their February 2014 newsletter. Shizuka has been offering her expert advice on skin care and beauty for 20 years.
Limoneira’s February Newsletter focuses on ways to promote natural beauty with lemons through their UNLEASH THE NATURAL POWER OF LEMONS CAMPAIGN. Check out Shizuka’s tips for hydrating skin naturally using a lemon juice face mask.
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From the report titled, Trends-In-Sight: U.S. Spa Market Activity :
In the beauty and spa industry, R&D specialists and marketers
alike look to nature for product inspiration. The newest spa treat-
ments are inspired by birds, mollusks and insects! The Shizuka Spa
in New York City offers “The Geisha Facial,” also known as a “Bird
Poop Facial,” which is a Japanese treatment made with Asian Night-
ingale excrement and rice bran. It is believed that the bird waste
contains a natural enzyme from its seed diet and this enzyme is
said to smooth and soften the skin.
Click here for more information about The Geisha Facial®
Regular massage therapy treatments can help overcome stress and tension, however, not all massages are created equal. Each massage modality targets something different, so it’s no surprise if you’re left wondering: which massage is best?
Whether you need superficial relief, have chronic back pain, or just need to relax your mind and body, chances are there’s a massage therapy more appropriate over another. We came up with some tips to wipe out the guesswork so you can easily choose the best massage for your needs.
Which Massage is Best
If your back is very tense and feels hard and stiff like concrete..we suggest: Reflexology, Hot Stone, or AromaScape Massage.
Since massage works best the body is already relaxed, excessive pounding may do more harm than good when the body is overly stressed and tense. These gentle treatments will help ease the nervous system to help the body relax.
– Reflexology is gentle treatment applied to the feet and legs to restore balance to the body, mind, and spirit.
– Hot Stone Massage incorporates heated cobble stones to induce deep relaxation. The stones are glided over the body and placed at certain points to literally melt away stress and tension. The heat has a calming effect on the nervous system.
– AromaScape Massage combines aromatherapy with massage therapy to relax and calm the nervous system and entire body. Healing essential oils of your choosing are inhaled through vapors.
If you play sports regularly and have specific problem areas…we suggest: Deep Tissue Massage.
Deep Tissue Massage works to release chronic tension with deep palpating and kneading slow strokes and deep finger pressure across the grain of the muscle to rework stiff tissues that lead to chronic stiffness and tension. It’s corrective and therapeutic treatment.
If you work at a computer all day and your shoulders, neck and upper back are chronically sore…we suggest: Swedish Massage.
Swedish Massage uses gentle long flowing movements in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart, thereby increasing blood circulation. Additionally, Swedish Massage increases oxygen flow in the blood, releases various toxins from the muscles, stretches ligaments and tendons, and stimulates and soothes the nervous system. We highly recommend this massage for stress management.
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Open the look of your eye with Revitalash/ Nouriche Eyelash Conditioner. Lashes will grow longer and lusher for naturally gorgeous eyes!
Give the gift of roses. Naturopathica’s uplifting Rose Geranium Soothing Mist keeps skin dewy soft and refreshed.
For sweet kissably soft lips, treat them with these honey-based hydrating lip balms.
Set the mood: Fill your space with these soothing fragrances to stimulate and uplift the senses.
Alora Fragrances are available in 8oz. and 16oz.
BEST SELLER: Due – Jasmine, cucumber, basil and ylang ylang.
Bimbi – Lavender, chamomile, bergamot and rose.
Caldo – Amber, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver.
Rosa – Rose
Give the gift of pampering and relaxation!
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For centuries, geishas’ beauty has been likened to their mysteriously flawless skin. Geisha beauty secrets reveal that simple ingredients native to Japan like rice bran, camellia oil, and green tea work together to protect, nourish, and brighten skin. These and other ingredients create the cornerstone of time-honored geisha beauty.
Geisha Beauty Secrets
Many describe geisha’s skin as mochi-hada or baby skin because it resembles skin so soft and flawless like a baby’s. The secret to their flawless skin attributes back to their skincare routine that’s been passed down for centuries.
At one time, the heavy makeup worn by geishas contained harsh chemicals like lead and zinc which led to severe skin problems. Eventually, they discovered nightingale droppings as a natural way to not only remove the makeup but to retexturize and strengthen the bonds of the skin at a cellular level.
Traditional Skincare: Simple Ingredients
After Shizuka learned that geishas used simple ingredients easily sourced throughout Japan to care for their skin, she carefully studied the effects of these ingredients along with her husband, the dermatologist, Dr. Robert Bernstein. From their findings, Shizuka created The Geisha Facial® , which incorporates simple Japanese ingredients like rice bran, camellia oil, green tea, and uguisi no fun or nightingale droppings.
Deep Cleansing Facial
Since ancient times the enzymes from nightingale droppings proved to deeply cleanse and lift away harsh chemicals from the skin leaving it renewed and dewy each time. (Think of it like an enzyme peel). By mixing the droppings proportionally with powdery rice bran, Shizuka created a fine enzyme exfoliate that’s been lauded the world over.
Valentine’s Day Nails
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your Valentine’s Day nails! Are you looking for something simple and feminine like a solid pale pink or rose color? Do you crave hearts or L-O-V-E lettering?
Whatever you fancy, we’ve got loads of Valentine’s Day inspired nail art on our Pinterest Nail Spa Board.
Check it out and if you find something you like, let our skilled nail technicians recreate it just for you!
Best way to shrink pores fast for flawless skin
Pores become enlarged when they become clogged. Those with oily complexions are more prone to enlarged pores, but no one’s immune! During a spa facial, a trained esthetician will carefully unclog and refine pores through a process of deep cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction.
But facials aren’t the only avenue to pore refinement. Regular cleansing and exfoliation is the best way to keep pores small. Choose the right product for your skin type and apply a chemical or enzyme peel at least once a month to slough away dead skin cells.
To shrink pores fast, Shizuka recommends DCL’s AHA Oily & Acne Solution and Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel. These concentrated products clear skin of micro-toxins that can lead to acne, shrinks pores, and keeps skin clear of build up.
Pore Shrinking TIP: Facial treatments that include scrubs and brush cleansing (think Clarisonic) are meant to open up pores for deep cleansing. Finish with a cold water wash to close pores, and immediately follow with a moisturizer.
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NY Weekly Japion featured Shizuka Bernstein, owner of SHIZUKA new york Day Spa, in their January 10th, 2014 issue.
In the article, Shizuka offers DIY skincare tips to hydrate dry skin naturally and effectively at home for plump skin throughout the winter months.
Follow these steps to nourish and hydrate dry skin naturally:
1. After washing your face, warm a wet towel in the microwave and wrap it around the face. This will open pores and will feel very relaxing.
2. Next, massage the face with jojoba oil, almond oil, and 1-2 drops of essential oil. Use upward circular movements whenever performing a facial massage to help lift and rejuvenate the skin.
3. Make a face mask by mixing together lemon juice, honey, and a small amount of grated apple. Shizuka says, “the acid from the apple will help slough away dead skin”. Leave on for 3-5 minutes before washing away.
4. Wrap the face with another hot towel to wipe away any excess from the mask and warm the skin.
5. Finish by applying a moisturizer that’s been chilled in the refrigerator. This tightens pores while sealing in moisture.
Additionally, Shizuka suggests taking daily measures to ensure skin stays hydrated such as using a humidifier and drinking water after consuming alcohol.
For a related spa treatment, SHIZUKA New York Day Spa offers the Plant Stem Cell Facial ($ 160). This facial combines Naturopathica’s powerful anti-ager, Plant Stem Cell Serum, with ultrasonic and microcurrent technologies for a deeply hydrating facial–this facial is perfect for hydrating dry winter skin!
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Winter inevitably brings with it the much dreaded cold season.
One physical symptom of the cold that gives away you’re sick (besides a red nose!) is dry dehydrated skin. While we all know it takes time for a cold to subside, there are few things you can do to keep your skin hydrated and healthy while your immune system recovers.
Winter Skin Care Tips for When you Have a Cold
- Cool down: Even though a long hot shower can feel heavenly while the steamy water opens up sinuses and soothes body aches, the hot water can actually strip skin of moisture and dry it out.
- Gently cleanse: Instead of using harsh soaps, instead stick with mild cleansers for sensitive skin. These are usually fragrance-free and gentle on the skin, helping it hold onto its natural oils.
- Act fast: Moisturize skin often, especially after showering. Be sure to moisturize within 5 minutes after showering. Pores are most open at this time making them ready to receive and lock in moisture.
- Protect yourself: Always wear protective clothing to shield exposed skin from the windy dry elements. If skin is left unprotected, flaky itchy skin can develop.
- Regulate the air: Use a humidifier indoors to keep air moist. This will help regulate your skin and sinuses when you come in from the dry air outside.
Need a little recovery time from holiday eating and drinking? Spa treatments designed to warm you up and give you a winter detox cleanse may be just what you and your skin craves post-holidays.
Holiday treats like sugar cookies, heaping cups of hot cocoa, and cocktails combined with late nights can actually dry out your skin leaving it fatigued and craving some serious recovery time. Make haste and rest easy knowing these relaxing –and warming–full body detox spa treatments not only relieve you of that winter chill, but also revive and rejuvenate lackluster skin giving you back your healthy glow.
Far Infrared Sauna – Bask in the warmth of a Far Infrared Sauna while your body heats up from the inside out. Meditate, read a magazine, or just imagine yourself reaping the benefits of hot yoga without the yoga.
Coffee Break Mud Wrap – Let the earthy & energizing aromas of black silt clay and coffee arabica awaken your senses as you cozy up in a heated body wrap that exfoliates while drawing out impurities.
Hot Stone Massage – Stones are heated up and rubbed along the body to melt away any and all tension. Combine a Hot Stone Massage with an Infrared Sauna session and a Coffee Break Mud Wrap for the ultimate NYC winter spa treatment package.
AromaScape Massage – Healing essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Juniper berries, Geranium, and Lavender are used together with warmed stones to take your body and mind on a relaxing journey through the senses.
For split or cracked nails, cut tiny strips from a tea bag. This will act as a band aid while your nail grows out. Cover the nail with a clear polish or top coat, place the strip on the crack and cover with another layer of polish. This will seal the crack, allowing you to add a layer or two of your favorite polish over it.
Nails, hair, and skin are primarily made up of the protein keratin. When a diet lack lacks protein and proper vitamins weak or brittle nails can develop. To strengthen nails take B vitamin supplements daily and be sure to include healthy sources of protein into your diet. Expect to see results in three to six months (the time it takes for a new nail to grow).
To prevent already weakened nails from incurring additional damage, opt for an LED Gel manicure or pedicure instead of regular polish. LED gel firmly adheres to the nail’s surface, shielding it from incurring further damage from the environment.
Further prevent your manicure from prematurely chipping by wearing gloves when washing dishes and gardening. Also, moisturize hands and feet daily to keep skin and cuticles supple and soft.
In Japan, New Year’s Day is considered more festive than Christmas. It’s a time when families gather together to eat, determine new beginnings, and pay respect to a religious shrine or temple.
Osechi ryori, or traditional New Year’s foods, are served and traditional décor are displayed and enjoyed. Combining the two is the Kagami mochi–it’s both a food and a decoration. This New Year’s staple consists of two differently sized round rice cakes placed on top of the other, with the smaller cake on top. The stack is then topped with a small bitter orange. Like most things in Japanese culture, there’s meaning to the Kagami mochi display. The larger cake represents the past, the smaller one the future and the orange on top symbolizes the continuity of the generations and long life.
Kagami mochi is displayed for a couple weeks after New Year’s Day and then is broken apart and enjoyed together with loved ones.