What Is Reiki?

What Is Reiki?

What is Reiki

Reiki is an alternative therapeutic modality that promotes healing, stress reduction and relaxation. The focus of Reiki is on clearing and cleansing toxic energies of the body and bringing the body to a neutral or positive state.

The Reiki practitioner is trained to clear energies and “attuned” to the universal life force energy, believed to be found in everything on earth, (people, plants, inanimate objects, etc), and able to send it directly to the recipient. This practice can be done one on one, in a group, in person, or from a distance. Here are some basics of how your Reiki session will go:

What Happens In A Reiki Session:

During the Reiki session, you’ll lay facing up or facing down (fully clothed) while the practitioner may guide you through some visualization and meditation. Concurrently, the practitioner lays their hands above the recipient and focuses on clearing the negative energy and channeling the life force energy. Some practitioners use tuning forks or crystals throughout the session.

Energy Based Alternative Therapy

Humans have an ever-changing energetic field. You can sense it and feel it almost as if it were a tangible thing. When you walk into a room of celebration, you feel joy. When you pass someone on the street who is angry you may feel that and later on be angry yourself. Emotions are fueled by energy and are shared as our own energetic field comes into contact with others. This is one of the ways our energies can become off balance, and where a Reiki session can be beneficial.  

Chakras

Human energetic fields are based on “chakra points” located throughout the body. There are seven Main chakras, each associated to a color and personified by the below:

  1. Crown chakra – violet – connection to the divine
  2. Third eye chakra – indigo – vision creativity
  3. Throat chakra – light blue – expression of personal truth,
  4. Heart chakra – Green – expression of love to self and others,
  5. Solar plexus chakra – yellow – relationships with self,
  6. Sacral chakra – Orange – relationship with others,
  7. Root chakra – red – health security safety.

Each chakra should spin or “rotate energy” as it is sometimes referred.  If one chakra is blocked this can affect the other chakras below. A lack of rotation or blockage in one of the chakras may present itself in a physical pain or an ailment within the body. A healthy flow of energy between chakras creates balance.

When the chakras are out of balance a Reiki practitioner can use their skills to help realign the chakras, remove negative energies and restore balance to the body. Reiki has no negative side effects. During a session, the client may feel calm and relaxed, may feel warmth from the practitioners’ hands hovering over a certain area or they might feel a coolness or tingling sensation. Reiki is not religious and will not interfere with present religious beliefs, however it does require an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a successful Reiki session. Feeling out of balance, contact us today to book a Reiki or Reiki Plus session.  

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Is It Time For Your Pregnancy Massage?

Is It Time For Your Pregnancy Massage?

Therapeutic massage is used all over the world to improve overall health, reduce stress and relieve muscle tension. Pregnancy can be a very stressful time, especially for new moms. Studies have shown that massage during pregnancy increases relaxation and decreases muscular discomfort. Every pregnancy is personal. Check with your doctor to confirm receiving massage is a healthy choice for you and your baby.
 
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

  • boosts the immune system
  • improves muscle tone
  • reduces fatigue
  • relieves strain
  • increases circulation and red cell count
  • removes toxins
  • reduces stress and tension
  • promotes relaxation
  • provides emotional and physical support
  • develops sensory awareness of the body
  • gives the mother the experience of loving so she may in turn, touch her baby with love
  • And it feels good!

 All of the above benefits help prepare the body for an easier delivery and help the body towards a speedier recovery.  Remember to always consult a doctor before getting a massage, especially if you’ve experienced any complications throughout the pregnancy. After you get the green light, give us a call to schedule your massage and we’ll get ready to shower you with relaxation and rejuvenation.


Brighter, Healthier Skin

A professional-grade at-home peel that helps reveal brighter, healthier skin in just minutes a week! With a unique complex of phytoactive AHA extracts, Lactic Acid, and fermented plant enzymes, this maximum-strength exfoliant is safe throughout pregnancy and delivers powerful results to help reveal new, firmer skin.

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Training for a 5K?

Training for a 5K?

We’re in the full swing of summer of now and there are all kinds of posts about 5k runs, Triathlons, 100-mile Bike Races and Tough Mudders. A question that always comes up surrounding these types of sporting events… “is massage therapy better for me before or after my race?” The short answer … BOTH! Massage therapy is beneficial before and after events for different reasons.
 
Massage Therapy During Training (Months Leading Up to Event)

  • Improve muscle recovery
  • Maintain/improve flexibility
  • Maintain/improve range of motion
  • Reduce injury recovery time 
  • Enhance strengthening

 
Pre-Event Massage (typically within 2 days of event)

  • Increase blood supply
  • Facilitate join mobility
  • Stretches tissue/supplements and complements warm up
  • Body maintenance
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Facilitate injury healing

 
Post Event Massage (typically 2-3 days after event)

  • Promotes recovery
  • Reduces muscle soreness
  • Flushes out lactic acid buildup
  • Re-establish range of motion
  • Facilitates blood flow to tight muscles

 
Often athletes training for an event are following a strict training guideline which incorporates regular massage sessions. If you are training for an event, consult with a doctor and personal trainer and check reliable sport specific magazines and websites for recommendations. Regular massage sessions should be part of your training plan, however, frequency of massage sessions will depend on several factors: level of fitness, event type, and athlete’s injury & recovery history.
 
Here is our typical recommendation: a one-hour massage, at a minimum, every 3-4 weeks is a good rule of thumb. Athletes can increase massages to as frequently as once per week throughout training. Within 48 hours of the event, make sure to avoid any deep tissue massages. If you are planning on setting up a massage after your event, make sure to schedule within 2-3 days for optimum recovery. And most important of all, listen to your body and give it the rest and care it needs! Have any questions? Send us an email and we’ll be happy to explain more on the importance of massage during athletic events. Good luck and happy training!

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Time to Celebrate Mom

It’s that time again. Time to show the special mothers in your life how much you appreciate them. Time to thank them for their endless sacrifice, hard work and love. And time for Mom to schedule some much needed TLC.

Give the gift of rejuvenation this year and let Mom freshen up with a relaxing facial from InBalance Wellness Spa. Revitalize tired and damaged skin and let Mom look and feel her best this Mother’s Day.

Specials For Mom – Savings For You

Deluxe Massage – includes a skin treatment to the back and neck, followed by a full body massage. 75 minutes of pampering and letting go!          Only $100!
 
BioActive Peel – Best results come from a series of treatments.  
3 Series – $300      6 Series – $525     Available in single sessions too!
 
All facial gift certificates include a complimentary Dermalogica skin care gift valued at $25. See the website for more details! Call us today to take advantage of these great specials! 215-490-2900.

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Join Us for Free Massages!

Are you hurting but not sure what to do? Join InBalance Wellness Spa at North Penn Physical Therapy on Thursday, April 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Come join us and speak with Dianne Wright, MS, PT of North Penn Physical Therapy. Dianne has 20 years experience in successfully treating various diagnoses from orthopedic to vestibular concerns. Alice Campbell and Crystal Malantonio of InBalance Wellness Spa will be offering complimentary chair massage and hand massages. We are working together to help you be the best you that you can be!

Light snacks and beverages will be served.

All who attend are eligible to win a complimentary 1 hour massage!

North Penn Physical Therapy
227 S Broad St
Lansdale, PA 19446

Thursday April 5, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 

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I have some special people that I’d like you to meet!

I have some special people that I’d like you to meet!


“If you are feeling better at the end of our session, I feel better too.”

Sandi has been a Massage Therapist for more than 20 years. Her passion is to improve quality of life utilizing massage therapy. Through conversations with her clients and trusting her intuition she has mastered many techniques that help her clients’ bodies work to heal themselves. “Nothing I do is magical. With massage, I just give the body a push in the right direction.” When not massaging, Sandi enjoys spending time gardening, reading and playing with her grandson.

Crystal is a graduate of the Lansdale School of Business Massage Therapy Program. Her 15 years of experience in healthcare have ranged from hospital and nursing care settings to home care and hospice. Each step of her career has led her to a more holistic approach now practicing massage therapy, reflexology and reiki.

During her massage training, Crystal found a passion for many modalities of massage including Swedish Massage, Pre/Post Natal Massage, Reflexology, Trigger Point Therapy and Hot Stone Therapy. She has attained licensure through Pennsylvania and is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Through her continued training she has become a Level II Reiki practitioner.

With a calm, friendly demeanor Crystal provides an effective treatment integrating modalities while the client benefits from total relaxation that massage therapy offers. It is Crystals goal to soothe the mind and spirit while ridding the body of pain and tension allowing the body to heal itself.

Precleanse Balm


You already love PreCleanse, now introducing PreCleanse Balm. This refreshing, water activated, balm to oil formula melts away impurities for a deeper clean than cleanser alone. Natural lightweight oils inside deconstruct the residue on top of your skin, allowing you to wash it away more easily.

Use to:

* Gently dissolve and remove built up residue and make up.
* Smooth, condition and nourish skin without clogging pores.
* Enable your cleanser and other skin care products to work even better.

THERE’S NOTHING PRECLEANSE BALM CANT REMOVE!!

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Massage…Part of Your Healthy Lifestyle!

“Massage surprised me.  I thought it was just a pampering that some women budgeted for themselves.  I, however, was told by a co-worker that it might help my stiff neck and shoulders caused by repeated actions performed in my job.  From my very first massage, I knew it would become part of my “team” that kept me well.

I learned through my massage therapist where I held the tension in my body, and where my body was unbalanced causing tension and strain on my muscles.  As the massage therapist worked on my body, it was like she was reading the muscles inside me and taking away all the damage I had done to them. 

After many years of getting massages, I still feel like it is the most important wellness appointment I make for myself.  In learning more about the inside muscular map of my body, through my massage therapist, I am aware of, and change, stressful actions I do to my body. By caring for my body through massage, I truly feel it is keeping me more active.  I also feel that with less tense muscles pulling on joints, I am able to be a healthier active person.”

-Linda R., Hatfield

Above is feedback from a long time InBalance client who reaps the benefits of regular massage, having incorporated it into her healthy lifestyle.

What do you think of when you think about massage? A relaxation treat while on vacation? A tool to work out the aches and pains or lower your stress level? All of the above are examples of what makes massage an essential part of your healthy lifestyle. While we know massage is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension did you know regular massage can also:

  • Improve and increase circulation
  • Soothe anxiety and depression
  • Encourage restful sleep
  • Decrease frequency and severity of tension headaches as well as stress related high blood pressure therefore reducing the need for medication
  • Improve concentration & memory
  • Improve joint range of motion & flexibility
  • Enhance immune system functioning by stimulating lymph flow (your body’s defense system)

I know – at this point – you’re telling me to say no more! Sign me up! It’s a health tool that we almost can’t live without! If you’re ready to take on any of the above health benefits – call us and book your massage today. 215-490-2900. 

Nightly Lip Treatment

Dermalogica’s latest innovative skin treatment addresses the signs of aging in the lips.  The Nightly Lip Treatment responds to the lips unique needs by firming and hydrating to reduce the appearance of lip aging. The mouth is one of the first to reveal signs of aging.  Nightly Lip Treatment is an anti-aging lip and perioral (around the mouth) treatment that smooths the appearance of laugh and feather lines while you sleep.  This treatment will help restore skin volume on and around the lips as well as hydrate to improve skin elasticity and restore barrier function against visible signs of aging.  Get started minimizing laugh lines, marionette lines and feather lines around the mouth or better yet, prevent them before they start. 

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To Apply Sunscreen or Not to Apply? Yes is the Answer!

When should I wear sunscreen? Do I need it when it’s not sunny? What strength should I use? How often should I reapply?

There can be a lot to figure out when it comes to sunscreen. We’re here to assure proper use of this skin-saving and potentially life-saving product.

When should I use sunscreen?
If it’s daylight, you should be wearing sunscreen, so that means everyday! Cloudy day? Yep. In the winter? You bet. While many of us love the warmth of sunshine on our skin, those UV rays age us and are harmful to skin health.

With so many sunscreen options, how do I choose?
The first thing to know is that sunscreens are formulated either physically or chemically.

Physical sunscreens contain the active mineral ingredients titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, and are less likely to irritate sensitive skin. Physical sunscreens work by deflecting or scattering UV rays away from the skin. They offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and are therefore naturally broad spectrum. Physical sunscreens are also less likely to be pore clogging, making it ideal for blemish prone skin types. Physical sunscreens are recommended over chemical sunscreens during pregnancy.

The active ingredients in chemical sunscreens are avobenzone, oxybenzone, octinoxate, and octisalate. This combination creates a chemical reaction and works by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing the heat from the skin. Many moisturizers that contain SPF tend to be chemical, as the ingredients mix better with the active ingredients of the moisturizer.

Dermalogica offers 15 sunscreen options including moisturizers with SPF, tinted moisturizers w/SPF, primers w/SPF, full body hydrating sunscreens and an eye treatment. Let our Professional Skin Therapists guide you towards your most effective product for your particular need.

Call today for a complimentary Face Mapping!

What do all of those SPF numbers actually mean?
No sunscreen completely blocks all UV rays, but here’s a few guidelines on what those SPF numbers on the bottle really mean:

    • SPF 15 blocks 93% of UV rays
    • SPF 30 blocks 97% of UV rays
    • SPF 50 blocks 98% of UV rays

On a sunny day you should use at least SPF30 and reapply consistently, especially if swimming or sweating. Lower SPF’s like 15-20 are adequate for a day of running around, but not necessarily time in the sun. Whichever SPF you choose, always opt for broad spectrum sunscreens, which offer protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Spray or Lotion?
While sunscreen sprays do the job, creams or lotions are better, as application tends to more complete.

How much should I use?
Always use 1 oz. (a shot glass size) of sunscreen on your body, and 1 tsp. on your face and neck. Reapply often!

Follow these simple guidelines, and you’ll enjoy your time outdoors in every season, all while protecting your skin’s appearance and health!

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Chill Out, Dad!

Chill Out, Dad!

Giving the gift of relaxation for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and when it comes to gifts, that often means one thing: dad’s tie collection is about to welcome a new addition.

While the emphasis for Mother’s Day is on giving mom a (well-deserved!) relaxing experience—flowers, breakfast in bed, maybe a day at the spa—gifts for dad don’t always have the same focus on relaxation. But if stress relief, calming sore muscles, and reducing tension sound like things the special guy in your life would appreciate, then a massage is the way to go.

Think for a second about your own husband or dad. Maybe he spent all week at a desk, in front of a computer screen. Maybe he spent all weekend putting together that swing set for the kids, or carrying boxes to move your oldest home from college for the summer. Maybe it was gardening, or even golf. Whatever it was, chances are it resulted in some muscle tension. In addition to feeling great, massage is a surefire way to soothe those muscles and support overall health.

This Father’s Day, give us a call at 215-490-2900, and give dad the gift of a relaxing massage—he’s earned it (and you can always save the tie for his birthday)!

 

Featured Product: Shave Line


Dad wants healthy skin and a close, comfortable shave! There’s no doubt about it: shaving impacts skin health. Ingrown hairs, irritation and redness are just some of the visible signs of trauma that the skin undergoes when you take a razor to it. While all Dermalogica products are appropriate for men or women the Shave line is specific to a mans skin needs/health. From beard lifting exfoliating cleansers, soothing shave creams or daily defense moisturizers that soothes post-shave irritation AND has an SPF, Dads skin conditions are covered! Questions on how to get your hands on this before Father’s Day?! Give us a call and we’ll get you what you need.

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How are You Taking Care of Yourself?

How Are You Taking Care of Yourself?

Self-care is about feeling better physically, mentally and emotionally. So many of us are moving non stop everyday, our lives are filled to to the brim with obligations and to do’s. To make it all happen with ease, grace and joy it is helpful for body, mind, and spirit to be in balance. We need to make sure every part of us is nourished and cared for before we can care for others. Think of the analogy of the flight attendant telling us to apply our own oxygen mask first before helping the next person. We have to fill ourselves up before we can give to others, physically and emotionally.

Massage, as a form of self-care, incorporates body, mind and spirit. Physically, the soft tissue/muscle is manipulated. Mindfully, massage gives you a chance to shut your brain off and soak in the relaxation time. Emotionally, along with the physical bodywork, there is an endorphin release (those feel good hormones that are known to reduce pain and promote happiness).

Try incorporating this healthy form of self care into your busy life. You’ll experience an increased feeling of well being, decreased stress and increased relaxation. You’ll feel great and relaxed and you’ll be better able to handle your responsibilities and more easily open to giving and receiving love.

You deserve a break! Take some time for yourself or think of Mom this Mother’s Day and get a massage.

Featured Product: Stress Positive Eye Lift


Stress Positive Eye Lift is a high-performance eye treatment and masque that energizes the skin to reduce visible signs of stress. As a plant based, natural product this cooling cream-gel treatment and masque visibly lifts and energizes the eye area while brightening and de-puffing circles under the eyes. Here are some benefits from the main ingredients:

  • Wild Indigo Seed actives help reduce the appearance of dark circles.
  • Fermented Yeast helps firm skin and generate a lifting effect.
  • Sea Water Extract and Arctic Algae counter the look of puffiness.   Let Stress Positive Eye Lift minimize the visible signs of stress! Use as needed for a quick boost, or daily, to address signs of chronic eye fatigue.

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All Mother’s Day Gift Certificates

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