Benefits of Foot Reflexology

Does Foot Reflexology Really Work

Woman receiving a foot reflexology massage at Emerge Medical

Foot reflexology is the stimulation of your feet to relax your body, enhance your central nervous system, reduce pain, and decrease your stress levels. You may have heard some people refer to this form of treatment as new age or false, but does it really work? Can you actually feel less pain, suffer from less stress, and enhance your nervous, endocrine, circulatory, and respiratory systems by allowing someone to walk their fingers up and down the soles of your feet?

First: The Basics of Foot Reflexology

Your skin and internal organs are linked neurologically, and internal stimulus transmits externally and vise versa. Research on this dates back to the late 19th century. The theory of foot reflexology builds off of this by postulating that certain stimulating movements on and with the foot can transmit neurologically to your internal system. This can help you relax and even help your different internal organs function better.

Reduce Depression & Anxiety

Two recent studies indicate that foot reflexology played a role in reducing anxiety levels and depression in participants. Participants of reflexology in one study reported that they felt less anxious going into a surgery than the participants who went to the same surgery without reflexology treatment. The treatment also helped reduce the risk of depression in postmenopausal women.

Pain Relief

Foot reflexology has also been known to reduce pain and not only in your feet. Studies in which cancer patients saw a professional for reflexology saw that participants reported reduced pain. Other studies found participants attesting to higher concentration levels, lower counts of intestinal concerns (both diarrhea and constipation), higher energy, and a reduced fear of or stress about the future. The treatments affected people in uniquely positive ways.

Type 2 Diabetes

Though both more research is needed, two different studies found a correlation between reflexology (in these cases, self-administered) and glycemic control and nerve conductivity.

Dementia

Reflexology has been known to improve help people with dementia feel more relaxed and at ease. It will not “cure” them or “treat” them of their dementia, but it can help them find moments of peace in their illness.

Get Your Reflexology on at Emerge Medical & Well Spa

At Emerge Medical & Well Spa, we do so much more than just offer you foot reflexology. We give prenatal massages, hormone replacement therapy, and deep tissue massage. If you find yourself a bit out of sorts, give us a call. Our team at Emerge Medical & Well Spa will help you out.

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3 Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Health Benefits of a Prenatal Massage

Young blonde woman getting a prenatal massage

Pregnancy can be an exciting and hopeful time. If we are being honest, however, we can admit it is just as often a time of physical discomfort, emotional strain, and hormonal havoc. Luckily, the medical community has made huge leaps and bounds in addressing these difficulties of pregnancy.

With doctors now providing a regiment of prenatal vitamins and offering natural and other birthing options, we have come a long way from the dark ages when women were induced into “twilight sleep” before giving birth. Prenatal massage is just another step in the chain that focuses on mothers as more than just vehicles for their children but as people with needs that need to be met. Let’s take a look at the health benefits of a prenatal massage at Emerge Medical & Well Spa.

Relaxed Muscle Tension

Like all other forms of massage, prenatal massage relaxes your muscles. When you are pregnant, this does even more good than that easing-into-your-bones sensation we all love. Reduction of muscle tension frees up blood flow and can make it easier for you to carry the extra weight.

Decreases the Likelihood of Depression

Though most research focuses on postpartum depression, many women suffer from prenatal depression as well. We often want to tell our significant others to try putting on 30 pounds in 9 months while having something kick their organs around! Much of this stress comes from physical discomfort, yes, but much of it also comes from hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy.

A massage can help reduce stress and actually increase certain positive hormones. In studies focusing on prenatal massages, researchers found that mothers’ cortisol and norepinephrine levels decreased while their dopamine and serotonin levels increased. Serotonin, as a mood stabilizer, will help keep you even-keeled. Dopamine, on the other hand, is related to your reward center, and it can flood you with those feel-good feelings after a massage. Cortisol and norepinephrine, however, relate to stress, and their reduction can only mean a good thing.

Reduced Chance of Complications During Labor

Giving birth is never easy, but some of us do have it easier than others. All prenatal care is about balancing your health with the health of your child. Typically these things go hand in hand, and that’s true with prenatal massages. The change in hormone levels has been known to decrease the chance of complications during labor, helping protect both you and your child.

Get a Prenatal Massage at Emerge Medical & Well Spa

At Emerge Medical & Well Spa, we have highly trained and experienced massage therapists who know exactly how to help you relax. Contact Emerge Medical & Well Spa today to get the massage you deserve.

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Why is it important to detox?

Beauty starts from within! Unless you live in a bubble you’re exposed to toxins everyday. Whether it’s from environmental pollutants, the food we eat or the products we use these toxins make their way into our systems and can wreak havoc on our bodies & our skin. It’s important to rid ourselves of these harmful toxins to ward off potential disease, including cancer. So if you’ve been feeling sluggish or bloated, it may be time for a cleanse. Detoxing can boost your energy, aid in weight loss and promote healthy skin! 

There are several ways to detox, and the M’lis Total Body Cleanse  is one that takes the guess work out of it for you! Start living a healthier life with this easy to use program! 

Cheers to 2018 & a healthier you!

 

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Let’s Get Busy

Let’s Get Busy

DETOXING: Let’s get busy resetting our systems. Beauty happens from the inside out. Follow us on social media this month as we share tips for detoxing and showcasing products we carry that can help you along the way.

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GLOWING: Let’s get busy stepping up our skincare & get that glow you’ve been longing for. Are you ready to see some real changes in your skin? No time like the present! Bring in your old/expired/empty products & we’ll give you 10% off your purchase of it’s replacement. Valid at both our locations. Sale ends Jan 31.

RELAXING: Let’s get busy taking time for ourselves for once. Make yourself a priority this year. “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Elenor Brownn

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Let’s make this the best year yet!

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Shape Up Your Neck

Written By: Belinda Stewart

What’s with the neck!  OMGeeeee!  We have gotten so good at making the face ageless, but how about the neck?  It is no fun when our neck shows our age.  In the last couple of years, this has become a great focus for so many companies.  Enter us, and let’s make some magic happen.  There is now Kybella to permanently rid the neck of fat while creating some retraction as well.  There is off-label Botox to treat the bands, those pesky unwanted necklace lines.  Let’s not forget filler for the lines too.  Amongst all these treatments, we can combine laser tightening to create an outstanding performance.  Necks are not a one size fits all and can be tricky.  With the increasing options, finding the one that works best for you can sometimes be a challenge.  Just know that each day we get closer and closer to making the neck great again. 

Not to be a product junky, but for me I have found a dynamic duo for my neck.  I have seen amazing results with SkinMedica’s Total Defense and Repair Sunscreen and the Recovery Complex.  They even have scientifically proven results!  It along with Kybella has given me the confidence to show my neck again.  Throw away the turtle neck, enter in the v-neck.  Yes, baby!!

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What to Expect from Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal procedures and expectations

Getting a tattoo is a bigger decision than some people might realize. A tattoo is something that you’ll potentially carry with you for life, but some people will make the mistake of getting one on a whim only to regret it later. You might have heard of laser tattoo removal, you might even have already booked your session and are starting to feel nervous.

Laser tattoo removal can certainly sound intimidating, but knowing what to expect can do a lot to relieve potential anxiety. In the Emerge Medical & Well Spa blog, we like to educate our patients about some of our procedures work, to help you relax before you even arrive.

Does It Hurt?

Unfortunately, the answer to what is probably your first question is yes, getting a tattoo removed does hurt. However, it typically is much less painful that people undergoing treatment tend to expect. A lot of those who have undergone tattoo removal have compared the laser sensation as similar to having the tattoo applied. Depending on how you felt getting your tattoo applied, you can set your expectations for its removal.

How Long Does It Take?

How long it takes for complete tattoo removal depends on a lot of different factors. The first – and most obvious – factor is how big and detailed your tattoo is. On average, most patients will need somewhere between five to eight sessions, although it has the potential to be more or less.

Another factor in the number and length of sessions is your own body. Your skin will need time to heal, and your immune system plays a part in getting rid of the ink too. While it’s hard to guarantee a specific time frame, discuss it with your laser treatment professional before you start.

Are There Side Effects?

Most patients will experience some side effects. The severity will depend on your own body, skin condition, and immune system. A lot of the side effects of laser tattoo removal are actually an important part of the healing process.

Swelling, blisters, scabs, bruises and a general tenderness of the treatment area are among the normal side effects and are usually temporary. Scarring or permanent skin pigmentation issues are less common, severe side effects, but can be avoided by taking proper care of the area being treated.

Make Sure You Keep the Area Clean

Taking proper care of the treatment area is one of the major factors you need to be prepared for. Improper care is going to make scarring much more likely, so avoid picking scabs or popping any blisters in order to give them the chance to do their job. Keep the area clean, and let your clinic know if you experience anything outside of the normal side effects immediately.

Contact Us About Tattoo Removal

If you’re looking for professional tattoo removal at a clinic where you know you can relax and trust that it’ll be done right, contact us about laser treatments today. Your comfort and relaxation is our priority, and we do everything we can to make sure you’re comfortable. Find out more about the other services we can offer on our website, and check back on our blog for more info soon.

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Sublative Laser

Have we talked about the Sublative Laser yet?  Well, let’s do this.  Sublative Rejuvenation with eMatrix is an amazing procedure using radio frequency to deliver an effective but controlled ablative and non-ablative fractional treatment for wrinkles, scars, large pores and better texture of the skin.

What does this mean in “laser lingo”?  Most lasers use light laser for an effective approach whereas this one used radio frequency. Meaning…. Safe for all skin types, all year long. This laser does not focus on the pigment of the skin.

Each pulse delivers the radio frequency energy via a matrix of spots, inducing a skin injury maximized in these tiny, targeted areas. This injury signals the activation of Fibroblasts within the “zones” signaling collagen to regenerate and remodel.  Thus yielding improved skin tone and texture overall. Meanwhile, the surrounding “untreated” tissue, outside these little spots, helps to support and accelerate the healing process in the skin.  I have seen some amazing improvements with acne scars, large pores, and let’s not forget about STRETCH MARKS!  UGH!!  Combine this treatment with a FotoFacial and Wa-Bam, amazing.

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Black Friday Sale

This year is our 2nd Annual Black Friday Online Sale. Don’t miss out on these great deals!

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Sale starts November 23 at 9pm

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Why You Should Book a Deep Tissue Massage Today

Receiving a Deep Tissue Massage from Emerge Medical & Well Spa

4 Health Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage

A deep tissue massage has a multitude of benefits for the body and mind. At Emerge Medical & Well Spa we have licensed massage therapists on staff and have learned many of the benefits in person. Today we want to share with you some of the many benefits you can get from receiving a deep tissue massage at Emerge Medical & Well Spa. Read on to learn five health benefits of a deep tissue massage.

#1 – Reduce High Blood Pressure

As deep tissue massage was created to work on deeper layers of the body, it impacts your body’s blood flow as well. A study of 263 volunteers with an average age of 48.5 were treated with deep tissue massages between 45 and 60 minutes in duration. Results of the participants of the study demonstrated on average patients who received the massage showed a drop in systolic, diastolic, and arterial pressure. Who would have thought that a deep tissue massage can improve your heart health as well!

#2 – Stress Relief

Experienced massage therapists will concentrate on massaging various trigger points on the body that are known to hold the most stress. Working the underlying tissue in these areas helps to relax key muscle groups and provide an overall feeling of relaxation to the body. In addition, the lower blood pressure mentioned above helps to reduce the physical toll that stress places on your health. If you are someone who experiences a lot of stress, getting massages regularly can be key in lowering your stress levels.

#3 – Improved Blood Flow

New research done into deep tissue massages show that rubbing deep muscles helps to improve circulation. This has a multitude of health benefits, including pain relief, more energy, and reduction in muscle soreness. Thanks to the increased oxygen supply in the tissues of the body, toxins such as lactic acid are also removed from muscles at a higher rate.

#4 – Reduced Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain such as arthritis or lower back pain, a deep tissue massage can be the solution for you. By reducing muscle tightness, reducing inflammation, and increasing blood flow helps to ease the pain in problem areas. Many of our clients opt for regular deep tissue massages in lieu of pain medication.

Contact Emerge Medical & Well Spa for a Deep Tissue Massage

If you are interested in receiving a deep tissue massage from one of our expert massage therapists contact one of our friendly concierges to book an appointment. We have a friendly, professionally trained staff ready to serve your health needs. Call us at 918-392-8606 to schedule an appointment today!

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Laser hair removal…does it hurt?

One of the most common questions we get asked at Emerge Medical & Well Spa about laser hair removal is, does it hurt? The short answer is…yes BUT it is a tolerable pain that is over with quickly. 

Here are some points to remember when considering the pain of laser hair removal.

We offer a topical anesthetic. You’ll be happy to know that a lot of our clients don’t request a topical anesthetic for a simple laser hair removal session, but if you’re having more anxiety than you’d like, we can numb the skin to put your mind at ease.

Some areas are more sensitive than others. I’ve pretty much been lasered from head to toe, so based on my personal experience (and never using a numbing cream) I can tell you that some areas are little bit more sensitive than others. For instance, my underarms didn’t hurt as much as my ankles. OUCH And my chin didn’t hurt near as bad as my bikini. This could be due to the next 2 topics. 

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different. Any time you’re using a laser to penetrate deep into the skin targeting certain areas, there will always be a little bit of pain involved, but your pain level and experience may be completely different than your friends.  

How much hair do you have? The more hair you have per area, the more you’ll likely feel more pain. The pain is coming from the laser zapping and killing active hair follicles, so when you treat an area that have virtually no hair, wouldn’t it make sense that a hairy area would cause more pain? LOL

Lastly, get your mind right. We’ve all heard those terrifying laser hair removal stories but don’t let that scare you! The anticipation of the pain can be worse than the pain itself! 

Consider how painful other means of hair removal are. Have you ever used Nair? Been waxed? And even if you’re just shaving, you can cut yourself or get painful ingrown hairs or razor burn, so you see, any form of hair removal isn’t completely pain free. Wouldn’t you rather endure a little bit of pain in short amount of time and be done forever with all the other methods? For me, it was worth the pain.

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