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If you’re thinking of getting a facial this weekend at your nearby day spa in Tampa Bay, you may want to consider getting a European facial. This kind of facial will help you achieve and maintain a more youthful complexion through deep and thorough cleansing. It will also improve the appearance of your pores, remove your blemishes and soften your skin.
The European facial is the most basic cleansing treatment you can get for your face. It is considered by most as an “introductory facial”, as it only uses basic techniques to give you glowing and radiant skin. The first thing that the esthetician will do before the facial process is to analyze your skin type. This will help them choose which products to use on your face, as each skin type requires different products. Since this facial is beneficial for all skin types, it is a good facial to try out if you are interested in the experience for the first time.
The European facial usually follows the pattern of cleansing, steaming, and then exfoliating. The initial cleansing is done to remove any makeup or other dirt in the face. What follows is the exfoliation of dead skin cells to allow cell turnover. They will then examine your face with a magnifying glass as they remove the impurities to make sure they miss nothing. Afterwards comes the steaming process, usually applied with warm towels or with a steam generator. This will help release the dirt and oils embedded deep in the pores.
Some facials also include a light massage on the face and neck, as well as a facial mask to end the session. The facial mask is to be kept on for ten to fifteen minutes. This will be followed by the application of moisturizer and toner to prevent excessive skin drying. You may also choose to request an extraction to remove blackheads or other blemishes, but be forewarned that an extraction can be painful. Most estheticians are usually happy to comply with any requests of the customer.
By the end of the whole facial, your skin will be completely detoxified and refreshed. This kind of facial is effective for any kind of skin and you will emerge from the spa with a glowing face. A European facial session usually lasts one hour at the day spa. A spa is the best place to get a facial; it might be slightly more expensive than home facials but it will be more thorough. They will also be able to recommend you which skincare products will help keep your skin healthy and clean.
There are numerous benefits to getting a European facial. You will be able to enjoy an even skin tone for days, even weeks if properly maintained. Your acne and fine lines will be visibly reduced. Blemishes such as pimples and blackheads will be removed. It will also get rid of any impurities and dirt clogging up your pores. Finally, it will also improve the blood circulation in your face, giving you a rosy glow that not even blush can give.
Hot stone massage involves the use of smooth stones that are heated and then glided slowly over your skin. Warm massage oil or gel is also used for a deep and relaxing massage treatment. The heated stones are used as an extension of the therapist’s hands or are placed on specific body locations while the therapist is massaging the other parts of your body.
The heat from the stone relaxes the body and warms tight muscles so the therapist can provide a deeper massage quickly.
1. A Brief History
The Native Americans have long been using stones heated by fire to treat aching muscles. Although, the modern hot stone use in massage is credited to Mary Nelson of Tucson, Arizona. LaStone therapy is trademarked style of hot stone massage therapy.
This type of massage can be very relaxing but it depends on the sensitivity of the therapist and how well the therapist was trained. The use of quality stones and proper massage techniques are among the secrets to a successful massage therapy session.
1. How Does It Work
Before the session starts, the stones are sanitized by bathing them in 120 to 150 degrees hot water. The stones used are black volcanic rocks (basalt) that are great when it comes to absorbing and retaining heat. These black stones were smoothed through time by natural forces in the sea or river.
The session starts with your face down while the therapist works on your back. Your body will then be warmed up by a Swedish massage as the therapist works on your back using the heated stone. The therapist will then replace the stone as it cools. Stones of various shapes and sizes are used.
The heated stones might also be placed on specific trigger points on your spine, on your palms, your belly and between your toes for a more improved energy flow through your body. The heat from the stones causes the body to relax thus allowing for deeper pressure to be applied if you desire. The warmth produced by the heated stones allows the nervous system to calm and improves circulation.
1. Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
The warmth from the heated stones also provides the body with comfort and relaxation. This kind of massage is also great if you get cold feet and tend to get chilly. It is also good for various health conditions such as: back aches and back pains, poor circulation, pain due to arthritis, osteoarthritis, anxiety, tension and stress as well as insomnia and depression.
1. How much Does a Hot Stone Massage Costs
If you are having your massage at major cities, this type of massage typically starts at around $90 up to $130 depending on the type of spa that you go to (day spa, resort spa, destination spa).
If you are in Tampa, you can get quality and affordable massage for only $64.95 per hour, $94.95 for 1 hour and a half and $129.95 for two hours. Enjoy the relaxing and rejuvenating benefits of hot stone massage at a very reasonable price.