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reconnect with your physical self

February 19, 2018

In this day and age, connectivity is a funny subject. In a way, we’re more connected than ever. From FaceTime to Facebook, we’ve been provided with countless accessible tools to keep us in touch. The catch? Sometimes we forget to stop and reconnect with ourselves — our own physical being.

We spoke with licensed Massage Therapist and milk + honey Product Representative, Shannon Perry, to discuss ways to reconnect with your physical self.

 

On the importance of stretching:

“If you work at a computer screen all day, there’s good chance you’re not getting up enough. Email after email piles up and meetings can make your day so busy that you feel rushed and anxious about the smallest things. It is vital to our mental and physical well-being to take time for deep breaths, get up and walk around, or do a little stretch to increase circulation. Deep breaths allow us to take a moment from our crazy schedules and reconnect with our body. Deep breathing can decrease the feeling of stress and lower your blood pressure. When in my breaths, I like to take a moment to pay attention to where I may feel muscle soreness or tension and make those areas my focus for the day.”

 

How does Sports Massage fit into personal physical connectivity?

“Sports massage aids in preventing injuries and helps recovery time. It incorporates stretching, which we are all guilty of not making enough time for with our busy schedules. Heavily exercised muscles tend to become fatigued and can have trouble relaxing. Sports massage increases circulation and helps keep the muscles loose to prevent injuries from occurring. This is a great modality to keep an athlete going.”

Learn more and schedule Sports Massage.

 

What are the benefits of RAD Tools?

“I love these tools. I am on the go and don’t always have time for a massage. I can throw a ball in my bag and self massage in the car in traffic, while sitting at the desk on the computer, or after an intense workout relieve tension and increase my range of motion. The balls have a little bit of cushion/give so it’s not too painful to apply a little pressure against the wall or the back of a chair. I suggest using the tools at home on the floor after long day of sitting or standing to ensure you have a good range of motion in to your shoulders. I use the smallest ball on my hands after working on clients or typing all day to relax my hands as well. They offer items in different sizes and firmness so there’s something for everyone.” [Available at milk + honey locations]

 

Tips and tricks:

  • Drink plenty of water. The more you drink, the more you have to get up to use the restroom and refill your glass, forcing you to move!
  • Set an alarm on your calendar to “STRETCH!” or “DRINK WATER!” so you don’t forget to get up from the screen or deadline you’re working on.
  • Foam roll! Lay down for 15 minutes with the roller along the spine. Stretch your arms out to your side and allow gravity to do the work.

 

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Body, Skin, Skin Care

how to: exfoliating face + body

January 8, 2018

 

Out with the old and in with the new.  Exfoliating removes dead skin cells to reveal renewed skin and allows your moisturizers and skincare products to do their job. The catch? Exfoliation strategies differ when it comes to the skin on your face and the skin on your body. Today, two milk + honey experts are sharing their insight on the topic of exfoliation.

 

Your most delicate skin is found on your face, so it’s important to incorporate the safest and most effective routine. We recommend starting with your skin type to determine your exfoliant regimen.

Choose a method

Two common types of at-home exfoliants are chemical and mechanical.

Chemical exfoliants use either acid or enzyme-based products to naturally begin the shedding process of your skin. That means it reveals newer, brighter skin for your best glow. These are used like serums or masks — you apply atop clean skin. Depending on the acid or enzyme, it will be removed with warm water or left overnight.

Mechanical (also known as physical) exfoliants are scrubs containing beads or other abrasive-style substances. This type of exfoliant refers to your everyday scrub that buffs away dead skin cells as you apply and rinse. Both methods can produce great results, but some mechanical exfoliants are too harsh and can create micro-tears. Ingredients like salt, sugar, and jojoba seed are small enough to get the job done without harming your skin. On the other hand, ground nuts or apricot kernels are too large and abrasive. A good rule of thumb? If a mechanical exfoliant feels too harsh on the back of your hand, it’s likely too harsh for your face.

Don’t go overboard

Exfoliation has many benefits, but it can be taken too far. “People are over exfoliating.” says milk + honey esthetician, Hollee, “They think that it will remove all of their blemishes, but in reality it is hurting their skin — causing the skin to over produce oil in an effort to rescue itself.” She recommends exfoliating two to three times a week for normal, combination, or acne-prone skin. Those with sensitive skin should only exfoliate once a week.

Add it into your routine

We recommend exfoliating after toner and before serum. Your routine should look something like cleanser, toner, exfoliant, serum, and finally, moisturizer.

 

The rest of your skin is less delicate than your face, but there are still best practices when it comes to body exfoliation. We’re tackling the buzzy topic of body brushing and at-home mechanical exfoliants.

 

Choose a method

We have two principle recommendations when it comes to at-home body exfoliation: dry brushing and mechanical.

If you’re an avid beauty or wellness fan, odds are you’ve heard of dry brushing (or body brushing — the terms are interchangeable.) Your skin, the largest organ in the human body, is an organ of elimination. One third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin. LaLa, a licensed milk + honey massage therapist believes body brushing is a crucial piece to a balanced wellness routine, “your lymph system is made of tiny valves and the act of dry brushing manually flushes the lymph fluid through your valves, eliminating all the toxins and free floating radicals faster,” she says.

Similar to facial exfoliation, mechanical exfoliation plays a key role. Scrubs come in handy for body exfoliation, especially on tougher spots like elbows and knees. Exfoliating with harsher scrubs (i.e. aforementioned ground nuts) is a-ok for these spots with thicker, dryer skin. milk + honey Body Polish combines organic sugar and sea salt with coconut and jojoba oil to gently remove dry or dull skin.

Technique

“Always dry-brush extremities first towards the heart” says LaLa.”Start with your feet and work up the legs and glutes toward the heart. Next, brush from your hands up the arms, and toward the heart. Then, cover your abdomen and back (as well as you can.) Finally, wrap up with your chest.”

Scrubs and body exfoliants aren’t all made equal, so the recommended techniques may differ. Generally, we’d recommend massaging scrubs into warm, damp skin and rinsing thoroughly. Follow up with a moisturizer and get ready to glow.

Add it into your routine

Ideally, we recommend dry brushing daily. Regular usage can boast benefits like exfoliation, lymphatic drainage, circulation, and prevention of cellulite. For most dynamic results and longevity of your brush, we recommend only using the brush dry — before applying any products or water to your skin.

For exfoliating body scrubs, we recommend a goal of two to three times a week. Pay extra attention to your elbows, knees, and heels. Feel free to add a loofah or natural sea sponge into the mix to take your exfoliation game to the next level.

 

To get started, follow the simple steps below:

 

 

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Body

Squeaky Clean Hands

November 13, 2017

Dirty hands are no match for milk + honey Hand Soap No. 35. This gentle hand soap not only cleanses your hands effectively but also leaves them feeling soft and hydrated.

What Makes milk + honey Hand Soap No. 35 Different?

Many liquid hand soaps on the market contain sulfates, parabens, and harsh detergents. These ingredients can strip the oils from your skin, leaving it cracked and dry. milk + honey Hand Soap cleanses and moisturizes your skin with plant-based ingredients and a citrusy blend of organic blood orange, ginger, and lemongrass essential oils. Blood orange and lemongrass have natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties that keep your hands clean. Ginger oil has natural stimulating properties that soothe inflammation and leave your hands healthy and moisturized.

milk + honey Hand Soap No. 35 is gentle enough for the whole family to use — even those with sensitive skin.

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Body

How Do You Moisturize?

November 13, 2017

Consider milk + honey Bath & Body Oils your new beauty cure-all. These luxurious and nourishing oils will condition and protect your skin, leaving it smooth, soft, and supple.

All About Our Bath & Body Oils

Organic sunflower, avocado, and jojoba essential oils create the foundation of our Bath & Body Oils. Sunflower oil quickly absorbs into the deepest layer of your skin, while avocado oil — rich in proteins and vitamins — soothes skin irritation. Jojoba oil creates a protective layer on your skin that seals in water, nutrients, and vitamins from the other essential oils to keep it moisturized all day long.

Each of our Bath & Body Oils is formulated with chia seed extract and organic sea buckthorn berry fruit extract to restore dry, damaged skin. Vitamin E softens and revives dull skin. Organic pomegranate seed extract, which is packed with lipids and natural free-radical fighters, helps to prevent wrinkles.

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Gentle enough for babies and adults with sensitive skin, Bath & Body Oil No. 14‘s calming lavender aroma will lull you to sleep.

Arnica-infused Bath & Body Oil No. 18 calms dry skin and heals aches, pains, and bruises.

Hydrate your body from head-to-toe with the blend of ylang ylang, rose geranium, and petitgrain essential oils in Bath & Body Oil No. 22.

Body, Massage, Uncategorized, Wellness

4 Steps to a Top-Notch Massage

October 26, 2017

We know what you’re thinking. What could possibly make a massage even better? We have the answer: a massage with enhancements. Each enhancement will take your massage to the next level by addressing a specific intention.

 

If you’re on the go:

Our back scrub or foot scrub doesn’t add much time to your reservation, but it makes the experience extra special. Fun fact: our scrubs are made in house and change seasonally. Currently, our in-house scrub is Pumpkin Spice.

If you’re feeling adventurous:

We recommend giving Body Brushing a try. It feels interesting and invigorating. The process helps to prevent cellulite, stimulate circulation, and lymphatic drainage. The best part? You keep the brush and take it home with you. Dry brushing at home can become a simulating ritual, similar to drinking a cup of coffee in the morning.

If you’re trying to beat the cold, winter months:

Our Warm Oil Scalp and Neck massage is the perfect wintertime treat. This enhancement adds an extra 15 minutes to your experience, as your therapist drizzles warm oil down your head and neck before performing a scalp massage.  Make sure you have time to enjoy the steam shower after this enhancement. This icing on the cake with this enhancement: the oils are incredibly hydrating for your hair.

If you want the ultimate “treat yourself” experience:

The Ultimate Massage package includes full body brushing, a 90-minute massage, as well as the Warm Oil Scalp and Neck massage. It’s just as luxurious as it sounds–we promise.

 

Still curious about our enhancements?

Check out the full list here.

 

Body, Uncategorized

Style Guide: 5 Styles Explained

October 25, 2017

Our team of licensed massage therapists is incredibly talented and well-rounded. We always recommend asking your therapist what they specialize in–you never know what interesting skills they bring to the table. When it comes to massage styles, it can be intimidating to know where to start. That’s why we’re starting with the basics. Read on for five common styles explained, debunked, and broken down.

 

Swedish

Let’s start with the basics. Swedish massages are relaxation-based and focus on tension relief. Think flowy, longer stokes. This style will also be customized to your pressure preferences. The goal of Swedish massage is to set your body to homeostasis a.k.a. your body’s center, home base.

 

Deep Tissue

For more focused, therapeutic work, ask your therapist about Deep Tissue. You might benefit from this style if you have concentrated, specific issues you’d like to remedy. A common misconception about Deep Tissue is that the style must be very firm and intense. In fact, our therapists can use the therapeutic benefits of Deep Tissue without using hard or firm pressure.

 

Reiki

Have you ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed? Ever walk away from a situation just feeling kinda bleh?  Do you ever feel an ominous weirdness you just can’t shake? That’s how you know it’s time to try Reiki. It’s a type of subtle therapy using light touch that can help with insomnia, anxiety, digestive issues, relaxation, and even PTSD. It activates your chakras (or energy centers) to help calibrate your energetic field. Science has shown we all have electromagnetic fields around us, and a Reiki therapist can help realign your said field.

At milk + honey, there is still massage incorporated – its partially Signature Massage and partially Reiki. You can even customize the ratio to your preference.

 

Pre-Natal

At milk + honey, we only offer Pre-Natal Massage after your first trimester. We offer a unique bolstering system that can be adjusted to your baby bump to allow the prone position (lying on your stomach.) Of course, you can always lie on your side if that better suits your comfort level. We offer a cold pack during the massage and touching of the abdomen is optional.

Sports Massage

Ready to stretch? Sports Massages lengthen tissues and change fascia. They’re great for pre or post-workout, of course. If you’re active, training for a marathon or 5k, or working through a sports injury, this is your go-to. Don’t be fooled, though — this massage is really for anyone looking to increase flexibility. If you sit at a desk all day, this style would also be helpful for you.

 

Take it home:

Looking to relieve and relax your muscles, but can’t make it into the spa? Here are two at-home steps you can take. First, try our Muscle Soak, formulated with Eucalyptus, Arnica, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram to soothe aches and pains. Next, follow up with a small amount of our powerful Arnica Balm to soothe targeted muscles and joints. Not as good as a massage, but a close second best.

Shop Muscle Soak

Shop Arnica Balm

 

Still unsure? That’s okay. 

“milk + honey is unique because the consultation process allows us to identify what the you need. Book the time and know that your therapist is going to guide you.”

-LaLa, Licensed Massage Therapist, milk + honey 2nd Street District

 

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Body, News

Warm Up With Our New Seasonal Scrub: Pumpkin Spice

September 22, 2017

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Pumpkins, brown leaves, and crisp cool air are all signs that fall is officially here (even if we won’t feel that crisp air here in Texas any time soon!). Starting today, we’re offering our new seasonal scrub, Pumpkin Spice. Filled with warm, earthy notes of pumpkin seed, nutmeg, and ginger, this invigorating blend will nourish your body and calm the senses. The scrub is made with organic raw sugar, which gently buffs away dry, dead cells to reveal fresh, soft new skin. Ground cinnamon, clove, and ginger work together to plump your skin, improve evenness and elasticity, and provide antioxidant protection against harmful free-radicals. Lastly, ground pumpkin seed, which is packed with vitamins A and E, promotes cell rejuvenation, providing a barrier against skin-damaging external pollutants.

What treatments feature our Pumpkin Spice Scrub?

Pumpkin Spice Scrub + Steam + Massage

Renew and refresh your skin with this invigorating treatment. First, our seasonal scrub gently exfoliates dead skin cells to give brighter, softer, and more nourished skin. A relaxing steam, followed by a 45-minute Signature Massage, completes this treatment and leaves your mind and body feeling soothed.

Pumpkin Spice Scrub + Manicure and Pedicure

The scrub purifies the skin while nutmeg and clove oil provide anti-aging antioxidants. This treatment includes the same care as our Lux Combo.

 

Photo Credit: Food Network

Body, Massage

Which Massage Style Is Right For You?

July 11, 2017

Today, 2nd Street District massage therapist, Monique, gives us the 411 on the differences between three individual massage techniques.

Massage therapy is a vast field with a variety of different techniques and treatments. If you’re not a massage therapist, it can be a bit difficult choosing what type of technique is best for you. Well, take a deep breath. I’m going to break down the differences between the Big Three: Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage. 

To start, Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage are all massage modalities.  Within each of these modalities, I’ll use different massage techniques to help you achieve your individual goals. I like to tell my clients to think of massage as a blank canvas. The primary colors are the basic techniques of Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Sports, which provide the foundation for any session. By mixing these colors, or techniques, you get different variations and modalities. All of these different massage techniques can be incorporated into your session so that it caters to your unique and individual needs.

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Body, News, Specials, Treatments

Now Serving: Mint Mojito Scrub For Summer 2017

June 21, 2017

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Starting now, you can cool off with our summer seasonal Mint Mojito scrub, which features refreshing notes of spearmint and lime. Made with organic sugar, this invigorating scrub gently buffs away dull, dry skin. The calming aroma of organic spearmint essential oil not only puts your mind and body at ease, but it also soothes muscle and joint pain. The organic lime essential oil is packed with rich antioxidants and nutrients to combat and protect your skin from damaging free-radicals elements.

What treatments feature our seasonal Mint Mojito scrub?

Mint Mojito Scrub + Steam + Massage

This treatment infuses organic spearmint and lime essential oil to help purify the skin and relieve stiff joints and muscle pain. Coupled with a full body steam and a 45-minute Signature Massage, this treatment will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Mint Mojito Manicure + Pedicure

Our mint mojito scrub polishes your skin while organic spearmint and lime essential oils re-energize you. This treatment includes the same care as our Lux Combo.

 

Photo credit: Wallpaper PC Mobile

Body, Products

Sale’s On! Arnica Balm to the Rescue.

August 13, 2015

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Whether you’re an athlete, dealing with everyday aches and pains, or simply live by the “work hard, play hard” mantra, our Arnica Balm will help you recover. This powerful Arnica-infused balm stimulates the senses as it zeroes in on tired muscles and joints. The icing on the proverbial cake? It’s on sale through August 31, 2015.

Shop it right here.


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