An Anti-Aging Facial that’s also an Immunity Booster

 

Have you wondered why spa facials leave you feeling better afterwards? Aside from giving you a youthful complexion, a spa facial actually enhances your body’s wellness by increasing immune system functioning. There are a few components of an anti-aging facial that will actually help relieve allergy symptoms like nasal congestion and drain toxins from the face and body.

SNY’s award winning Lifting facial was voted best facial by NY Magazine and most recently awarded Best Facial Massage hot spot by Style.com. The popular anti-aging facial uses microcurrent technology to stimulate and tone facial muscles. Shizuka comments on the correlation between the technology and allergy relief:  “We don’t guarantee that the Lifting Facial’s microcurrent technology will clear sinuses, but it can definitely be a side effect as the microcurrents work to rejuvenate tissues in the face.

While medication can bring instant relief, try complimenting your allergy relief routine with this award winning anti-aging facial which includes these three additional sinusitis relieving components:

Facial Massage

A spa facial will almost always include a facial massage which stimulates muscles to promote collagen production which simultaneously drains fluids from the face to decrease puffiness. A facial massage generally includes applying gentle pressure to the areas around the nose, forehead, and cheeks to ease muscle strain and provide significant relief from nasal congestion. For sinusitis sufferers, a facial massage breaks up the mucus that collects in nasal cavities thereby increasing blood circulation and allowing for headache relief from pressure build up.  This also opens up passageways and is very relaxing and all-natural.

Related blog post>> Facial Massage for Stress-Busting Rejuvenation

Steam

Steam can be a powerful aid in allergy relief.  During the Lifting Facial a steam machine in placed near the face to open pores to prepare them for extraction.  Slowly inhaling the steam opens up passageways allowing fluids to drain from sinuses naturally.

Lymph drainage

The Lifting Facial provides lymph drainage which allows the release of any toxin buildup in the lymph nodes that have collected over time. The lymph system drains the body of excess fluids but sometimes these fluids pick up allergens that don’t respond well to the immune system. Draining lymph nodes manually boosts immune system functioning by stimulating the flow of lymphatic fluid and draining out harmful toxins.

The dual nature of the Lifting Facial as an anti-aging treatment and an immune booster will leave you looking and feeling your best! Check out what this award-winning facial can do for you!

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Best Natural Jet Lag Cure? A Spa Massage!

A Spa Massage is One of the Best Natural Jet Lag Cures 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.

Natural Jet Lag Recovery Massage

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.

 

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Which Massage is Best

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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Winter Detox Cleanse Treatments to Warm Your Body and Soul

Warming Winter Spa Treatments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Facial Massage for Stress-Busting Rejuvenation

The holidays can bring with it unwonted stress, causing you to look tired even if you’re not!

This happens because facial muscles store tension much like muscles in the body do, so a tired expression can actually start to feel “normal” for your face.

The next time you’re feeling zapped of energy or just need to revive a tired face, try this spa technique (offered in all Shizuka New York Spa Facials) to wake up tired facial muscles and go from Grinch to jolly St. Nick in no time!

At Shizuka New York, a facial massage is incorporated into each facial treatment to help stimulate collagen production and new cell regeneration. It also “wakes up” tired facial muscles making you look more awake by increasing blood flow and bringing oxygen to the skin.

A facial massage works wonders to relax overactive muscles and softens the expression so you APPEAR AND FEEL refreshed.

How to give yourself a Stress-Busting Facial Massage:

Start by applying a moisturizer, cream, or essential oil such as lavender to your face…

1.     Begin at the cheeks. Use your fingers or knuckles to draw big circles around your cheeks, be sure to always push the skin upward.

2.     Using upward strokes, firmly rub the skin from the mid jaw to the cheekbone. Apply pressure to the cheekbones for a few seconds.

3.     Massage smile lines by starting from the corners of the mouth and ending at the corners of the nose.

4.     Using your fingertips, apply pressure to the brow bones to lift and open the eyes. Apply light pressure around the eye sockets and out to the temples and up to the forehead.

5.     To plump lips, use forefinger and thumb to pinch upper and lower lips to stimulate blood flow.

6.     To end, drain lymphatic fluid from the face to the collarbone. Place fingertips under the eyes on either side of the bridge of your nose. Gently apply pressure in a long flowing motion across the under eye area to the temples, down the side of face (along sideburns), and down the neck to the collarbone.

 

 

 

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Date Night Ideas: Night at the Spa

You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to indulge in a relaxing couples massage or couples spa treatment. Instead, schedule your next date night at the spa!

Bring your date to the spa for a fun and relaxing activity to enjoy before or after dinner!

Popular Couples Spa Treatments include:

Couples Swedish Massage

Couples AromaScape Massage

Couples Shiatsu Massage

Spa Pedicure (Basic, Bamboo Scrub, Sakura)

Start your date night side by side with a relaxing couples massage in our serenely decorated treatment room. Whether it’s with the long flowing movements of the Swedish massage, soothing scents of the AromaScape massage, or the healing pressure of the Shiatsu massage, you’re both sure to relax and feel pampered together.

 

After your treatment, decompress in the Tranquility Lounge or head over to our NYC Nail Spa for a deluxe pedicure of your choosing. Sit side by side while sipping Japanese green tea or houjicha, and breathe easy knowing you’ve achieved date night glory!

 

 

 

What other tried and true date night activities have you discovered?

 

 

 

 

 

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Make Holiday Shopping Easy with NYC Spa Gift Certificates

NYC Spa Gift Certificates make the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.

Our Shizuka New York Day Spa online gift certificates are available for any of our popular NYC Day Spa services or dollar value. Browse our new holiday designs to find the best fit for your recipient!

Give the gift of a pampering spa day or a deluxe salon treatment like our Eyelash Perm. Check out our Spa Gift Certificate page for more popular treatment suggestions such as The Geisha Facial® and Spa Package deals such as the Total Spa Package.

Spread some holiday cheer with everyone on your list with a Shizuka New York Gift Certificate!

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4 Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

 

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It’s Monday morning, you walk into work, and already the stress starts to build just thinking about  the week ahead. Glamour.com shares 4 ways to reduce stress at work, so you can feel on top of your game and a bit more relaxed throughout the work day.

 

 

Cross off an item from your to-do list. Do you ever look at your list of must-get-dones–which grows exponentially by the minute, it seems–and freak? Yeah, me too. But being able to physically take a pen to paper and scratch something off can make a big difference in your levels of stress–so tackling the rest of the to-dos doesn’t seem quite so impossible.

Chew a piece of gum. Research has shown that, not only do gum-chewers feel less anxiety (and are possibly even in better moods), they may also have increased blood flow to their brains–meaning they’re more alert. (Which, hello, can always be helpful on a Monday morning.)

Find one thing that makes you feel grateful at work, every day. No, it’s not always easy to find, but there’s always at least one reason to feel grateful at work–even if it’s small! Maybe it’s that you have a nice view of the blue sky, or the supply closet is always stocked with your favorite kind of pens, or you have a coworker who’s especially good at making you smile. Research has shown that gratitude can actually help your physical wellbeing.

Play a game online. I mean, wait until it’s OK to do this (like during your lunch break). But doing an online puzzle, like solitaire or sudoku, can actually decrease stress and improve your mood, according to research from East Carolina University. It’s a distraction that helps get your brain thinking about another task–and lets your nervous system take a break.

 

 

 

 

Related blog post>> Tips for Instant Neck and Shoulder Relief

 

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At Home Pumpkin Enzyme Facial

It’s that time of year when we see pumpkins popping up everywhere as festive decor, in desserts, even as seasonal ale! Why not apply pumpkins’ sweet hearty goodness to your skin too?

Naturopathica’s Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel utilizes pumpkins’ powerful carotenoid antioxidant qualities to slough away dead skin cells for a clean, clear and radiant complexion. This peel also includes antiseptic herbs such as cinnamon bark, oregano and rosemary extract that help clean and soften skin. It smells so good, you’ll want to eat it (PLEASE DON’T)!

We use this peel in some of our Shizuka NY facials and also offer it as an add-on treatment.

Use this peel on normal to oily skin and give yourself a mini-facial at home 2-3 times a week. Here’s how:

  1. Apply 1 tsp of Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel to clean skin and hold face near a stream of hot water (can be done in the shower) to allow steam to activate the enzymes. Massage with fingertips and leave on for 3-5 minutes, rinse and towel dry.
  2. Rebalance skin with Shizuka NY’s Skin Freshener to help close pores and remove excess oil.
  3. Finish by applying Shizuka NY’s Oil Free Moisturizer to hydrate and restore normal barrier function without clogging pores.

 

 

 

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Maintaining Healthy Hair and Scalp

Sometimes we forget that the skin on our scalp needs our love and attention just as much as the skin on our face and bodies — in fact, a healthy scalp means healthy hair!
Skin Inc. Magazine Jan 2012

A scalp massage with nutrient rich scalp serum will nourish your scalp evenly and fully. It may even prove a great way to wind down and relax.
Scalp Massage Shizuka NY

At SHIZUKA NY we incorporate head and scalp massages into most of our facials including: Signature Micro Facial, Classic Facial, Geisha Facial®, Lifting Facial, Lightening Facial, Microcurrent Facial, Ionizing Facial, and Omedeta Maternity Facial.

Request a facial appointment with head and scalp massage here >>

Check out the WebMD Slide show about hair health here >>

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Aromatherapy Tuesday anyone?

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday and all the days from now til the new year, there’s bound to be some hullabaloo in store for all. We figure there’s always ying and yang right? To temper your holiday excitement, try relaxing your nerves with some aromatherapy. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy says, “Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.” Some holistic health specialists claim that aromatherapy can help transform anxiety or even depression.

At Shizuka NY we offer an aromatherapy treatment called AromaScape Massage, with three themed options to choose from: Center, Glow and Inspire. Our massage therapists create a wholly calming and intricately crafted experience, combined with massage, to take you away on a journey through your senses. You can also create your own aromatherapy experience wherever you are. Use your favorite essential oils in a diffuser, in the bath, or even throughout the day as perfume.

Here’s a quick list of some more popular scents and their uses (from Oprah.com’s Dr.Oz):

 

Lemon
Uplifting and relaxing, it can be used as a purification agent in skin cleansing, taken internally to soothe indigestion or as a home deodorizer.

Clary Sage
For pain and insomnia relief, and it can be helpful for balancing hormones. Should be used topically on the skin.

Roman Chamomile
Relaxing, soothing to muscle aches. People often drink chamomile tea for the same reason, but you can drop this essential oil in a cup of hot water or apply it topically to your skin.

Rosemary
Stimulating and uplifting. Taken internally, it helps to promote good digestion and immune health.

Myrrh
Used as an antiseptic, this is my family’s secret weapon against canker sores. Simply swill a mouthful of water plus a drop or two of myrrh in your mouth for 30 seconds twice daily and watch them disappear!

 

Read more of Dr. Oz’s article on Aromatherapy here >>

Find out more about aromatherapy including safety tips from the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy here >>

Check out our other aromatic products, like our Maddison Avenue soy candles or Alora Ambiance 8 oz. Reed Diffusers (diffusers not sold online) here >>

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