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Shining a light on skin brightening
Recently, there have been some very exciting advances in skin care science, particularly targeting hyperpigmentation, and it is important for beauty brands to understand how hyperpigmentation occurs, what ingredients to avoid and what technology is available to successfully treat it.
6 bizarre health treatments from around the world (and where to get them)
Health treatments from around the globe vary from the mundane to the extreme, as different cultures look at health and well-being from very different angles. While an American might think it's strange that someone in Malaysia would stick their head in a fish aquarium so the fish could nibble off dead skin, a Malaysian might think it odd that Americans take 10 nondescript white pills a day in order to stay healthy. Here are six of the most bizarre health treatments around the world.
After Hurricane Sandy, massage therapists reach out
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, massage therapists are already beginning to offer healing touch to disaster workers and others in need. Massage therapists have, over the past decade, developed teams and procedures for deploying to disaster-stricken areas. In the wake of floods, storms, fires, earthquakes and other events, therapists can be found providing massage to disaster-aid workers, including firefighters, police officers, search-and-rescue teams and others.
Watsu: Massage therapy in the water?
Watsu massage is not necessarily one of the more well-known massage modalities, like Reiki or hot stone massage, but it is finding popularity due to its combined use of shiatsu techniques, muscle stretching, joint mobilization, dance and other gentle massage strokes all while the therapist and the client are submerged in water.
Q&A on aromatherapy, healing gift of nature
Aromatherapy uses essential oils or the pure essence of plants to promote good health in a person through the sense of smell. For therapeutic value, it is important that synthetic chemicals or artificial ingredients are not used to bring about the aroma. Aromatherapist Blossom Kochhar, founder of Aroma Magic range of products, speaks to MedIndia on the benefits of aromatherapy.
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How to overcome your fears and move your business forward
Tom Bandy knows all about the fears of the entrepreneur. Having built two companies from the ground up, he has experienced the fear of spending investors' money and the fear of making payroll. Worse, he has known the dread of having to fire an employee. But he also knows he's not alone. "Every entrepreneur talks about waking up at 3 o'clock in the morning with the thing that scares him to death," he says.
9 daily habits that will make you happier
Happiness is the only true measure of personal success. Making other people happy is the highest expression of success, but it's almost impossible to make others happy if you're not happy yourself. With that in mind, here are nine small changes that you can make to your daily routine that, if you're like most people, will immediately increase the amount of happiness in your life.
4 steps to creating buzz on a shoestring budget
A lot of business owners ask Jeff Lamb from Young Entrepreneur about effective marketing, in terms of cost and result. He often get the sense that they want him to offer a one-size-fits-all formula. Unfortunately, it's just not that simple. When figuring out your marketing plan, you shouldn't just find a list of tips and employ all of them, or blindly try what worked for someone else. Here, he outlines a four-step process for discovering what will work best for your business.
Spa branding: The crucial defining element
Hotel Business Review
Simply put, a spa brand that is remarkable and relevant to the hotel/resort's market and clearly executed in operations will attract the hotel's guests, add to their pleasure and build repeat and expanded business for the property. Your spa's brand is the conversation you have with your guests that sparks their interest and sets expectations.
Should student effort count?
We've all had conversations with students who want effort counted in their grade, but the question is, should effort count? Less commonly asked, however, is whether it should count in both directions. Students want effort to count when they try hard but their performance doesn't show it. But what about when an excellent performance results without much effort? Should this lack of effort lower the grade? Using survey research, a faculty team explored these questions.
How will classrooms change with the use of computers?
By now, most would agree that technology has the potential to be a useful tool for learning. Many schools have invested in some form of technology, whether it's in computer labs, tablets or a laptop for every student, depending on their budget. But for many schools, finding a way to integrate the use of tech in a traditional setting is proving to be a challenge.
Effectiveness of sports massage for recovery of skeletal muscle from strenuous exercise
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine via PubMed
Sport massage, a manual therapy for muscle and soft tissue pain and weakness, is a popular and widely used modality for recovery after intense exercise. Our objective is to determine the effectiveness of sport massage for improving recovery after strenuous exercise.
Study inclusion criteria required that subjects (1) were humans, (2) performed strenuous exercise, (3) received massage, and (4) were assessed for muscle recovery and performance. Ultimately, 27 studies met inclusion criteria.
Data from 17 case series revealed inconsistent results. Most studies evaluating post-exercise function suggest that massage is not effective, whereas studies that also evaluated the symptoms of DOMS did show some benefit. Data from 10 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) do, however, provide moderate evidence for the efficacy of massage therapy. The search identified no trend between type and timing of massage and any specific outcome measures investigated.
Case series provide little support for the use of massage to aid muscle recovery or performance after intense exercise. In contrast, RCTs provide moderate data supporting its use to facilitate recovery from repetitive muscular contractions. Further investigation using standardized protocols measuring similar outcome variables is necessary to more conclusively determine the efficacy of sport massage and the optimal strategy for its implementation to enhance recovery following intense exercise.
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Preparing yourself to teach advanced classes
Presented by Judy Culp
This presentation will you give you the confidence to teach your students about aromatherapy and its applications in the treatment room. At the conclusion of this class you will be able discuss how professional essential oils are made and how to compare and contrast singled notes vs. blended oils.
At the conclusion of the presentation the teacher will be able to:
Identify the origins of essential oils and recognize individuals who made significant contributions in the field of aromatherapy
Apply the use of essential oils in their practice
Discuss how essential oils are produced, and explain purity and chemical variations
Differentiate methods of application in the treatment room and be able to select the correct choice for the best outcome
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Esthetician Job Task — 600 Hours
It is NCEA's position that an esthetician upon completion of a 600 hour program should be able to perform and/or know the following job tasks.
Disinfection and Infection Control
Human Physiology and Anatomy
Skin Diseases and Disorders
Hair and its Growth Cycle
Factors that Affect the Skin
Skin Analysis and Procedures related to Consultation, Documentation and Treatment
Towel Steaming Procedures
Safe and Proper Methods of Extractions
Massage Movements and their Effects
Contraindications for Massage
Electricity and Use of Electrical Equipment
Methods of Hair Removal
Color Theory and Makeup Application
Scope of Practice/Regulatory Rules
Disclaimer: The NCEA recommends that estheticians abide by federal, state and local regulations.
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