Thursday, 19 April 2012

Air Brush Makeup

A Flawless Idea

Beauty and the Spa now offer Air Brush make Up by Air Base. 

Airbase Airbrush Make-Up was formulated by Oscar Nominated make-up artist Anni Buchanan to mould the durability of film make-up with the practicability of everyday make-up and following demonstrations and regular wear, make-up artists, salon owners, brides and everyday consumers are left amazed at the results. Silicone based, it is long-lasting and requires no touch ups - whatever the weather conditions!

Airbase Make-Up promises:
  • Flawless Finish
  • Weightless Application
  • Long Lasting
  • Allows Skin to Breathe
  • No ‘touch-ups’ Required
  • Silicone Based
  • Smooth and Natural Finish 

What is it made from?

Airbase combines a unique mix of ingredients with silicone at the heart of it's formulation. Feeling beautiful and luxurious on the skin, the silicone chosen does not clog your pores,  allowing your skin to breathe. It is this that helps give Airbase Make-Up unrivalled durability. 
Silicone: Silicone is heat-resistant, non-stick and plyable. That means that your Airbase Make-Up application lasts all day and can be 'moved' for a few minutes unlike water based foundations. Any errors are therefore easy to correct after application.
Vitamins A and E: Airbase contains Vitamin A, an ingredient that is proven to improve elasticity of the skin and therefore reduce fine lines. It also contains Vitamin E. This is an anti-oxidant that moisturises and repairs helping to deactivate the free radicals that age the skin.

Why airbrushing?

When you spray using an airbrush it atomises the product making the particles of make-up tiny. This is why airbrush make-up is used in HD TV and film. The particles in the make-up become much smaller than when it is conventionally applied and therefore less visible. HD TV picks up absolutely every imperfection! There are also hygiene benefits to spraying. When we use a conventional brush or our fingers there is potential to spread bacteria and germs across the face. By spraying Airbase make-up onto the face we can avoid this.

Why silicone?

Silicone feels beautiful and luxurious on the skin; it does not clog your pores, allows your skin to breathe and when combined with our special polymer gives Airbase Make-Up amazing durability.
In particular it is the heat resistance that makes silicone make-ups so popular in the world of TV and film as they stand up to the intense heat of the lights.
Due to the formulation of Airbase, this professional make-up is as perfect for TV as it is for special occasions such as weddings, not to mention the ease of the flawless look which can be enjoyed all day - everyday!
Airbase Air brushing is a favourite of celebrities, make up artists, film TV and Stage due to its amazing, durable results. 

So if you have any important photos coming up for just want to look flawless whatever the occasion be sure to try Air Brush Makeup at Beauty and the Spa.

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Latte Anyone?

 Milk and Cognitive Function

An interesting article in the FHT magazine (april 2012) hightlights that a cross sectional analysis of 972 adults revealed that those with higher intakes of milk and other dairy products performed better in memory and brain-functioning tests. Participants who consumed milk and dairy products, including cheese and yoghurt at least once a day had significantly higher scores in cognitive functioning tests than those who never or rarely consumed dairy.

Latte anyone?

source - Crichton GE et al (2012). Relation between dairy food intak and cognitive function: The maine-syracuse longitudinal study, internaton diary journal 22(1):15-23 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

World Skills (UK) Success

In the words of Julius Caesar - 'I came, I saw, I Conquered'

Today Beauty and the Spa are finding space for yet another scroll (certificate) of success - Melanie Duncanson has achieved GOLD in the Aromatherapy Body Massage heats for World Skills (UK) 2012. 

Mel competed against other therapists to win Gold - she had to set up her 'therapy area', complete a full consultation with her client, mix and blend her chosen oils with full understanding of Latin names, give a full body aromatherapy massage, and complete her aftercare and home care as well as answering questions from the judges and being monitored throughout!

All the hard work paid off and she is now awaiting confirmation of her place in the finals! super exciting achievement.

Beauty and the Spa are never one to back down to competition that's now 3 world skills heats certificates and 3 world skills finals certificates and awards!!! 

We will be celebrating to many more achievements in the future.

A little competition is healthy amongst the Beauty ad the Spa owners :-)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Treatment Poll

Here at Beauty and the Spa we thought we would start a small poll on our facebook page (check us out!) it includes a small selection of treatments and we are asking you all to vote for your favourite. 

Please cast your vote and as a thank you we will put a special offer on the winning treatment next month! (incentive!)  Thats on top of all our other fab offers (have we mentioned HALF PRICE TUESDAYS!!!!)  :-)

So whether you love a relaxing massage, revitalising reflexology, incredible indian head massage, deep cleansing facial, or perfect manicure and pedicure let us know.

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Beauty and the Spa - Half Price Tuesdays

Beauty and the Spa have just launched our Half Price Tuesdays offer.

50% off ANY Treatment at Beauty and the Spa on Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6SE.

Tuesdays have just got a whole lot more exciting! The weekend is over let the treating commence!

We love a good offer and knew we would have to think of something good to offer our clients, and we thought 10, 20, 30, 40% was just not good enough therefore we are taking 50% off all treatment on tuesdays.

Make a note in your diary - 'Treatment Tuesday' and book yours today!

We also do monthly offers (currently a Swedish Body Massage for only £30 in April), Package offers, Special event offers (example - ladies day) so it is always worth heading to the special offer section of our site to see what offers we have running.

Look Good and Feel Good  for less - now smile and treat yourself!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Stone Therapy

Not just a load of old rocks

Stone therapy may conjure up images of rough stones been used to massage your skin however this is not the case at all. A good way to describe it would be to imagine a warm stream of water gliding accross your back, that is the effect of the warm , smooth stones used in today therapies.

Stone therapy is a very relaxing treatment, rooted in ancient therapy practices and used to create balance within the body. Hot basalt and cold marble stones are used by the therapist, with the positioning and temperature of the stones tailored to the individual client. A stone therapy treatment provides a deep massage to the whole body as well as concentrated areas.

Geothermal Therapy

Stone therapy is based upon geothermal therapy, which is the application of either heated or chilled stone to the body for the purpose of changing physiological responses.

The Treatment

A therapist will apply warm, oiled stones in several ways during the treatment. Stones will be placed on the body, delivering heat to concentrated areas and your therapist will massage other areas of the body with more heated stones in comfortable strokes. Cold stones are also useful for muscle injuries as they have a soothing effect.

You can add hot stones to any of our massage treatments to enhance the luxury of the massage. 

We would strongly recommend trying a hot stones treatments, even if you just opt for the add on, which would consist of your regular massage with hot stones added to gain dual benefit.

As with all treatments, a full consultation will be completed with your therapist to ensure that stone therapy is right for you.

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Indian Head Massage

A Relaxed Mind is a Creative Mind

Indian Head Massage has been used in Asia for over 5,000 years and works specifically on the area surrounding the head, scalp, face, neck, shoulders and upper back. It comes from Ayurveda, an ancient method involving natural therapies, which takes into account mind, body and spirit.

Indian Head Massage is deeply relaxing massage and helps to remove tension leaving you soothed and relaxed. Concentrating on pressure points in the face to ease tension particularly around the eyes. 

Benefits can include:
  • Promotes Circulation
  • Releases toxins from tense knotted muscles
  • Increases blood flow
  • Increases supply of oxygen and glucose to brain and muscle tissue
  • Improves mobility in neck and shoulders
  • Improves lymphatic drainage
  • Conditions Hair
  • Improves alertness and concentration
  • Releases anxiety
  • Gives relief for mental and emotional tiredness
  • Revitalises
  • Gives feeling of well being 
As with all treatments, a full consultation will be completed with your therapist to ensure that Indian head massage is right for you.

Have you ever had an Indian head massage? If you have not we would suggest you book an appointment and feel the benefits. As always if you have any questions regarding any of our treatments, drop us an email or let us know your thoughts.

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Paraben Free

One word, 8 letters - Parabens

There is a lot of debate regarding parabens and the danger surrounding the use of them in products.

Beauty and the Spa is going to break it down in this post and simply explain what they are and why we should avoid them. 

What are Parabens?

Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives, and that’s why they are found in so many products. They are used to fight bacteria and fungus, are widely available, and cost very little to manufacture and use. Nearly all of the parabens used as preservatives are man-made and not naturally occurring. 

What products use Parabens?

Parabens can be found in moisturisers, shampoos, shaving gels, pharmaceuticals, toothpaste, spray tans, and many more while they are also used as food additives. A large proportion of the products we buy contain some form of paraben therefore avoiding them completely can be difficult. 

Why Are Parabens dangerous? 

There has been lots of research into parabens and whether they are bad or safe. However some research has indicated that parabens are potentially dangerous and have linked parabens to cancer, therefore Beauty and the Spa have chosen to not use products containing them where possible. 

Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. Researchers have found parabens in breast tumors and believe there is a relationship between parabens and tumors. And in the July 2002 issue of the Archives of Toxicology, Dr. S. Oishi of the Department of Toxicology, Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health reported that exposure of newborn male mammals to butylparaben “adversely affects the secretion of testosterone and the function of the male reproductive system.” 

It is worth reading and researching yourself on Parabens and the potential danger from using them and where possible shop for paraben free products and foods. 

Beauty and the Spa Spray Tan - paraben free

In the beauty industry there are many different tanning formulas to choose from and Beauty and the Spa are proud to say that we use LA Tan which not only gives our clients a perfect tan but are paraben FREE!

The best Tans in life are Paraben Free!

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Deep Tissue Massage - Feel the knead

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue also called connective tissue. It aims to release the persistent patterns of tension in the body through specific massage technique either going across or following the fibres of the muscles, fascia and tendons. If you are stressed muscles are tense, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to possible inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. Deep tissue massages assist muscle tissue release, get blood and oxygen circulating properly and also “liberates” the knots. 

Deep tissue massage and its benefits are known to greatly improve the condition of many different body parts. 

Benefits can include:
  • reduced pain
  • improved sleep
  • improved mobility;
  • increased range of motion (ROM);
  • restored ease of movement
  • reduced muscle hyper tonicity, tension and spasm
  • reduced scar tissue and other fascial adhesions, which can improve  both circulatory and nerve function .
  • promote circulation (of both blood and lymph)
  • Increased Blood flow - boosts the oxygen supply to all of the tissues in your body. With more oxygen circulating in the blood, toxins such as lactic acid are removed from your muscles at a higher rate.
  • Stress Relief -  The forceful and firm pressure forces the body to relax and ultimately relieve tension. Not only do deep tissue massages help rid the muscles of toxins thanks to the increased blood flow, but flushing out toxins also helps to put the body and the mind in a more relaxed state. This can more easily lead to physical relaxation of stiff muscles.
  • Reduced Chronic Pain - If you are someone who suffers from chronic discomfort such as arthritis, muscle inflammation, or even a bad back, a deep tissue massage can help alleviate some of the pain.

Beauty and the Spa love Deep Tissue Massage especially after a long day at work, it is just what the therapist ordered!

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Aromatherapy - Makes SENSE

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage is a deeply relaxing form of massage using a medium of aromatic essential oils diluted in carrier oil. As a part of nature, aromatic essential oils are tools of healing and combined with the soothing power of massage have enormous therapeutic benefits to the body. By their fragrance and absorption through the skin, essential oils can also have subtle effects on the mind and emotions, helping to give feelings of relaxation, balance and harmony, a truly holistic therapy.

The Aromatherapist will perform a consultation and agree with you the conditions you want to be taken into account when selecting essential oils. The chosen blend will then be massaged into the body, so that the essential oils can be absorbed to do their work.

Benefits of aromatherapy, (list not exhaustive)
  • ·         introduce a state of relaxation and rejuvenation
  • ·         Relaxes tight and tense muscles
  • ·         Aids natural quality sleep
  • ·         Stimulates blood and lymph circulation
  • ·         Reduces tension
  • ·         Relieves pain, both specific and general
  • ·         improves oxygen flow in the circulation
  • ·         Helps rid the muscle cells of toxins and improves lymphatic drainage
  • ·         Helps induce a psychological 'feel good factor'
  • ·         Stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable
  • ·         Stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time
  • ·         Reduces Stress

The therapeutic effects of essential oils vary. Some oils are stimulating, whilst others are relaxing. Many oils are antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal such as Tea Tree and help to enhance the protective function of the skin. Certain oils can calm and soothe the skin and others such as Lavender help the skin cells to regenerate.
It is a deeply therapeutic experience, promoting both deep relaxation and the therapeutic effects of the essential oils

As with all treatments, a full consultation will completed with your therapist to ensure that aromatherapy is right for you.

Well we think aroma oils make sense so why not book a treatment today and feel the benefit!

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Sports Massage - A Winning Massage

Sports Massage os recorded as one of the earliest forms of physical therapy and was used over 3000 years ago in China, India and Greece. 

What is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage and includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise may enchance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.

What are the benefits of Sports Massage?  
  • Improve circulation & lymphatic flow
  • Assist in the removal of metabolic waste
  • Sedate or stimulate nerve endings
  • Increase or decrease muscle tone
  • Increase or decrease muscle length
  • Remodel scar tissue when required
  • Assist in mental preparation for sporting participation  

If you are a sports performer, of any level, a sports specific massage can be beneficial at various stages of participation. For example:
  • The conditioning / training phase
  • Pre competition
  • Inter competition
  • Post competition
  • Post travel
  • Injury prevention
  • Injury recovery
Do you have to be a sports person to benefit from sports massage?

To benefit from a sports massage you do not need to be a sports performer.  The benefits above can also help relieve many day to day problems that everyone experiences. We ensure that you will recieve  an individually tailored, sports massage. 

So regardless of your experiences in sport or exercise whether you exercise socially or compete to an international level - sports massage may have something to offer you.

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