Embrace Your Beauty
Normally, my newsletter this month would have a back-to-school flair, but this year I don’t even know what that would be. Are your kids back at school? Will they stay there? Or are things as normal with some minor tweaks? As my quote says, I think for the near future we should just count on the fact that the new normal is that there really is not one.
So, what does that mean for all of us? For me I think it means we must be more adaptable, ready to make changes on the fly and not get too settled or count too much on routine. Probably all good traits to have, but it certainly can be stress inducing.
What we can do, however, is control our own personal habits. This gives us the best chance of navigating all the stressors we currently face. Check out our promotions this month. They are designed to enhance your health and well-being and give you the extra energy you need to face the challenges of the day. Or join our wellness challenge and get some extra motivation. Who knows, maybe you’ll feel a little of the excitement you used to feel during your own back-to-school days.
You know that feeling of being fully warmed by the glow of the sun on the first nice day after a long winter? When the birds are singing, and you're just outside without a ton of clothes on, and you can feel the sun on your bare skin, and it's basically the best day of the last 6 months of your life? Did you know you can get that feeling anytime, any day? It's at Genesis Medspa, and it's called an infrared sauna.
Infrared saunas are a hugely untapped fountain of health and happiness – they feel seriously amazing and are even better for our health. By using different types of infrared light, they heat our bodies from the inside out by heating our core first. Don't be alarmed if you don't sweat for the first or even multiple sessions – the more active you are and the more often your core is heated, the more quickly this happens, so you'll be more likely to get a good sweat.
Most infrared saunas that you run across only have one type of light, most commonly the far light. At Genesis we have Sunlighten Infrared Saunas, which have all three types of light. This is important because they each do different things for our body:
Near: stays on the outside of our body, assisting in the healing of wounds, scars and skin conditions.
Mid: goes a little deeper, into our muscles and joints, so it works well for pain relief and relaxation.
Far: penetrates the deepest parts of our body, including into our organs, so it releases those deep toxins and helps with weight loss.
There are preprogrammed sessions such as relaxation and detox, and we can also create custom sessions.
We could literally use an infrared sauna 7 days a week (staying properly hydrated, of course) and that would be GOOD for us. Sadly, Genesis is only open 6 days a week. We have two saunas, however, that you can schedule Monday through Saturday. Pricing is by the sauna, so you can even bring a friend or significant other along to join you in your session.
Through September, if you have never tried our infrared sauna, it is only $5! So grab some water, come relax, and feel like the first day of spring!
We all know that with aging comes unwanted things, right? Well for me aging and 3 kids really did me in down there! I started to struggle with stress urinary incontinence after my second baby. I will never forget my first outing after having her. We were on a hayride and I jumped off the trailer and peed my pants!! I peed my pants so much that we had to leave because my pants were soaked – I was mortified. After that I knew I had to rectify the problem. Being an RN at Genesis Medspa, and having helped other women with this same issue, I knew we offered just the treatments to help me with my issue. After a consultation with Dr. Ferris I began my treatment plan.
I started initially with vaginal rejuvenation using radio frequency. This treatment is called Vitalia. It is done in a series of 3 treatments, 1 month apart. The treatment is very comfortable to have done. It is performed by having a small probe inserted into the vagina, and the probe is then moved back and forth. The total time for this treatment is about 45 minutes. After the treatment you have no downtime at all. You may feel some fullness for a day, but after that it's business as usual. After my third treatment I could tell a difference in my incontinence and it was so great! I could jump on the trampoline with my son and could exercise while not having to worry about peeing my pants. For the next 2 years I did a maintenance treatment every 6 months just to maintain my results. This treatment can also help ladies who struggle with vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, decrease in sensation, and vaginal laxity.
Well fast forward a couple of years and I had another baby! From the get-go that was my hardest pregnancy... guess it was preparing me for my crazy life that was to come. (On a side note... 3 kids... holy moly, they keep me on my toes and keep me hopping, which means I don’t have time to be worrying about peeing my pants.) During that pregnancy, my stress incontinence reared its ugly head again. Obviously I didn’t do any treatments during pregnancy, but afterward I knew I had to start back on treatments again. Like I said earlier, 3rd pregnancy and 3rd kid did me in. I didn’t really start working out again until probably 10 months after delivery. That is when I really noticed how bad my incontinence was again.
I started back on treatments and this time I started with a different treatment. I had the O-Shot. If you don’t know what the O-Shot is, it is where we draw your own blood, spin it down, and then extract off the top portion, which is called PRP (platelet rich plasma). Dr. Ferris then takes the PRP and injects it into the vaginal area. The purpose of this treatment is to cause your body to repair itself. Pretty cool, right... repair your body with your own goods! This treatment is done in the office, you are here for about an hour, but the injection time is less than 5 minutes! We use numbing cream to help with the needle stick and I will have to say, I never felt a one. The really great thing about this treatment is that there is no downtime either.
About a month after this treatment I decided to start another series of Vitalia as well. I am currently about 2 months out from my last Vitalia treatment and I am happy to report that I have a HUGE difference in my stress incontinence. I went from having to wear a jumbo pad while working out to just a light day panty liner on some days, not every day. I highly recommend this treatment, and I think every woman should invest in herself a little... because no one deserves to have to pee their pants.
Known for its purity, versatility and mineral content, Himalayan crystal salt offers overall wellness for the body. As it can be heated or frozen, it is great for aches and pains.
Mined from the Himalayan mountains in Pakistan, 100% pure pink Himalayan salt contains naturally occurring minerals and salts. It is certified organic, antimicrobial and antibacterial.
A few ways Himalayan salt benefits the body:
- Stimulates circulation
- Relaxes the body
- Exfoliates the skin
- Soothes sore muscles
- Removes toxins from the body
- Reduces inflammation
- And there are many more benefits to reap from the salt stones!
Three of my favorite ways to use the salt stones:
For massage: Holding more tension in your body than you would like? Schedule a massage treatment and add stones to the neck, back and shoulder area OR get a full body stone massage with the Himalayan salt stones.
As a deodorant: A natural alternative to traditional deodorants and antiperspirants, Himalayan salt provides a protective barrier against odor-causing bacteria.
For warming or cooling sensations: These stones are versatile in their ability to be heated or cooled. Warm stones soothe the body, while cooled stones provide relief for aches and pains.
We’ve all heard about all the fat-reduction treatments that are available and wondered if they work. Well, I can personally answer that question for at least one of those treatment options!
CoolSculpting is our choice for getting rid of those stubborn areas, and it’s very simple and noninvasive. It involves sitting in a comfy chair for a little bit of time while 1-2 applicators are applied to the area(s) you choose. You feel a cooling sensation for 20-40 minutes, and then there is a 2 minute massage to the treatment area. That’s it! Super simple. I literally sat there and watched Netflix.
Just to go a little deeper into this process, what’s happening here is the device is freezing those fat cells. The massage brings heat back to the treated area. There’s a little discomfort, no pain. It’s just like when you make snowmen, and you come back inside and your hands are FREEZING, and they kind of tingle when they start to warm back up. And just like that, then your lymph system starts the process of detoxing those dead fat cells out of your body! Using our infrared sauna can help this process, along with dry brushing, which stimulates the lymph system.
A few additional details to know:
- Having the possibility of 2 applicators being used at the same time is SPECIAL. A lot of facilities only have one machine, meaning to do each flank would take at least two applications. Here we can dual sculpt, which cuts your time in half! We lead busy lives – who doesn’t want to save time?!
- Also, as is true with most realistic treatments that actually work, results are not immediate. You’ll be numb in that area for awhile (my specific scenario was 2-3 weeks of numbness). Around the 3rd week is when a lot of people start to see change.
- This isn’t a numbers treatment – don’t look to be losing 50 pounds or anything – my weight only fluctuated by maybe a few pounds? The fit of my clothing is where I saw the biggest change, which is what I wanted!
- Most people need 2 rounds of treatment. Full results come 3 months after the 2nd round is completed.
- Pricing is totally customized – all bodies are different! We all need and want different things.
- Genesis offers free consultations for this treatment! Come make a plan to look and feel your best.
Summer is usually the season of vacationing, whether it be fun family road trips or romantic tropical getaways. This year has been a bit different, especially when it comes to our travel plans. I was looking forward to a family vacation to Cancun that had to be postponed. Even though we might not be able to travel to far off destinations, we can still look on the bright side because Missouri has a lot to offer when it comes to wonderful staycations!
If you’re looking for a small day trip, Hermann is only an hour drive from Jefferson City and has so much to offer during the summer months. Hermann is well known for its wineries, but it is also host to many outdoor live music festivities. Hermann's Wine and Jazz Fest features artists from all over Missouri. Local vendors set up for food and drinks in the outdoor amphitheater with plenty of space to be socially distant while relaxing with the family and listening to fun music.
Hermann's downtown area is full of beautiful stores, perfect for window shopping while taking a stroll around the town square. Make sure to stop off at Ricky’s Chocolate Box, Hermann’s delicious candy store, for some sweet treats for the ride home.
Staycation-ing in Missouri can also mean getting out into nature and away from the hustle and bustle. Echo Bluff State Park is located in Eminence and is one of my favorite places. The park sits right along the Current River which is part of the historic Osage Waterways. Echo Bluff offers amenities for any type of camper. From tent camping sites to beautiful cabins and lodges, anyone can create a little home away from home here. Around the park you will find playgrounds, river access for kayaking, swimming or fishing, gorgeous trails for hiking or biking, and even a restaurant in case you're too tired from all your daily activities to cook. Echo Bluff is really a place where you are able to take in all the beauty Missouri has to offer.
Maybe life has got you a little too busy right now for a day or weekend trip. Genesis can help with that! From June to July we are offering our very own Staycation Spa Package. This four hour experience includes a Himalayan Salt Glow Body Treatment, Hot Stone Massage, and our Signature Manicure and Pedicure. All of these services are infused with our Laminaria oil to create the most luxurious experience possible. With all the added stress that the past few months has brought, this treatment was designed for ultimate relaxation. We might not be able to bring you to the beach, but we will do our best to have you so relaxed and refreshed that you feel like you just went on that tropical vacation.
However you decide to spend your summer, I hope that you take time for the small things and look for the fun in the unexpected and the unplanned. Hope to see you soon!