Ame Blog

Introducing our New Stylist, Nellie!

Nellie is our newest stylist.
Please enjoy learning more about her!

 

About: I’m beyond thankful to be completely obsessed with my career, I get to do what I am passionate about every day.

Fun Fact: I love meeting new people and engaging in conversations.

Favorite Product: My favorite product is Kevin Murphy Bedroom Hair: Texture + Movement + Softness with the best aroma!

DIY Self-care Tip: Blow-dry against your part to create volume.

If you haven’t received a service with Nellie, now is the time! For the remainder of November and all of December, receive a deep conditioning treatment and blow out for only $25.

*Must be scheduled with Nellie
*Must mention this offer when scheduling
*May not be combined with any other offers
*December 2018

Sunlighten Infrared Sauna is Here!

We are excited to now offer Sunlighten Infrared Sauna to our clients. Sunlighten is recommended by countless experts including Dr. Mark Hyman, Kris Carr, and Jordan Rubin.

What is Infrared?

Infrared light (experienced as heat) is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum with the ability to penetrate human tissue, giving a soothing, natural warmth. It is naturally occurring from the sun and is the basis for SunlightenTM sauna therapy.

Sunlighten’s Solocarbon infrared technology is therapeutic because it is 95-99% efficient at heating the body directly rather than simply heating the air. It works to raise the core body temperature to produce a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level where the majority of toxins reside.

How Safe is Infrared?

Infrared heat is completely safe and healthy for all living things. You can be exposed to infrared light for hours without the risk of burning. Infrared is a naturally occurring output of the sun, but does not contain the harmful UV rays associated with unprotected sunlight. In fact, infrared heat is so safe, it is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.

Infrared Saunas vs. Traditional

Sunlighten saunas use infrared heat instead of hot rocks or steam used in traditional saunas. Traditional saunas heat the air at extremely high temperatures which can make the experience unbearably hot and difficult to breathe. Because infrared heats the body directly instead of simply heating the air, infrared saunas are seven times more effective for detoxification. In a Sunlighten sauna, you will experience the deepest, most detoxifying sweat of your life.

Health Benefits

Detoxification: A Sunlighten sauna generates a sweat 7x more detoxifying than a traditional sauna. Researchers have long known that toxic substances, including heavy metals, are eliminated from the body through sweat. Therefore, the more you can safely sweat (while maintaining proper hydration), the greater quantity of toxins will be released from your body. Infrared sauna usage is one of the most effective methods of inducing a detoxifying sweat.

Relaxation: Experience the purest form of relaxation and stress-reduction

Weight Loss: Studies have shown a 30 minute infrared sauna session can burn up to 600 calories

Heart Health: Sunlighten Solocarbon® heaters have been clinically shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure

Pain Relief: One of the most compelling reasons to use an infrared sauna is the natural pain relief associated with its use. Sunlighten saunas work by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding oxygen flow. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally. For years, doctors have recommended Sunlighten saunas because of proven relief from sports injury, constant fatigue, fibromyalgia, joint pain/stiffness and other chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and Lyme disease with continuous use of infrared heat therapy

Anti-Aging: The skin’s appearance improves as pores open from the deeper sweat induced by infrared therapy

Cell Health/Immunity: Stay healthy with the natural preventative properties of exclusive LED near infrared heating technology, which aids in cell health, muscle recovery, and overall immunity defense

Wound Healing: Aadvanced LED near infrared technology has the unique ability to heal wounds faster and minimalize scarring

Now through August 31, 2018 we are offering a 20 minute sauna session at no additional charge to all clients who receive a 75 minute or longer massage!*
*Must mention this offer when scheduling
*Only available w/75 and 90 minute Massages
*Please review our Sauna Waiver to make sure this treatment is safe for you

Introducing our New Esthetician, Kassandra!

Kassandra is our newest esthetician.
Please enjoy learning more about her!

About: I have been a Licensed Esthetician since January 2016 and have been dedicated to the field since graduating from Metro Beauty Academy. I have a passion for growing, continuing education as an Associated Skin Care Professional member and frequent student at the International Dermal Institute. I do all that I can to learn about the skin and to tackle different skin issues as well as new facial techniques so I can better accommodate each and every person who comes to me for any treatment. My passion is connecting with others and making everyone not only look good, but feel good in the process.

Fun Fact: I originally come from an art background, which explains my love for doing makeup (and also expressing myself creatively through my sense of style). Growing up, I was more into arts and literature and although I’m still very keen on both subjects, I’ve found a love for running, yoga, and weightlifting that started in my early twenties.

Another fun fact about me: I’m currently engaged to my boyfriend of 10 years and we have two “furbabies” (cats) named Desi and Daniel.

Favorite Products: Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster because it’s SO versatile and great for almost all skin types. It’s key ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid, helps to bind moisture to the skin and aids in plumping up the skin along with a blend of Evening Primrose Oil, Coconut Juice, and Watermelon extract. The booster is perfect for any moisturizer, foundation, or concealer. I use it in my makeup routine by adding a few droplets to my concealer to avoid creasing and to avoid looking cakey.

DIY Self-care Tip: Always, always, always cleanse your skin at night. Makeup wipes are not enough. If you’re concerned about damaging your skin and/or aging your skin, it’s so important that you take the time to properly wash away any makeup, excess oil, or environmental pollutants on your face and neck. Find a good pH-balanced cleanser designed for your skin type to really avoid disrupting your skin’s barrier function. If you are unsure of what to use, schedule a facial appointment and ask your Esthetician for recommendations.

If you haven’t received a facial with Kassandra, now is the time! During the month of July and August, receive an Ame Touch Facial for only $69 with Kassandra.

*Facial must be scheduled with Kassandra
*Must mention this offer when scheduling
*Ame Touch Facial only
*May not be combined with any other offers
*July & August 2018

Cupping Therapy Now at Ame!

Cupping Therapy Now at Ame

We are excited to now offer cupping therapy to our clients. So far, our clients have been loving the results of cupping and many are coming back for regular sessions.

What is cupping? Cupping, also referred to as “reverse massage” involves placing plastic cups on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup, bringing blood to the surface and improving circulation. You will usually feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup, often this sensation is relaxing and soothing but sometimes slightly painful. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner’s assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day. One very common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas, too — particularly on fleshy sections of the body.

Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful. Once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.

Cupping benefits the lungs, treats coughs and asthma, and combats pain in multiple areas of the body. This service often provides significant relief for those suffering from back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, allergies, and migraines.

Expect some painless discoloration on the skin.

Read More about Cupping in this Article: I Tried Cupping Therapy and Here’s What Happened

View Cupping Release form and Contraindications

Now through July 31, 2018 we are offering a 20 minute cupping session at no additional charge to all clients during their 75 minute or longer Deep Tissue or Sports Massage!*
*Must mention this offer when scheduling
*Only available w/75 and 90 minute Deep Tissue & Sports Massage
*20 minute cupping session performed during massage time

Introducing our New Massage Therapist, Allison!

Allison is one of our newest massage therapists.
Please enjoy learning more about her!

About: Allison Rathburn has been a licensed massage therapist for 6 years. She specializes in prenatal, deep tissue, and Mu-Xing massages. Allison originally started in nursing school but switched paths when she realized how beneficial massage is to overall health and well-being.

Fun Fact: Allison is a “Dog Lady”! She has three dogs; Isabelle, Eli, and Gracie.

Favorite Products: Biofreeze spray because it relieves pain from tight muscles instantly.

DIY Self-care Tip: Fill up your bath with warm water, add a heaping amount of Epsom salts, and sit in the tub for 15-20 minutes for complete relaxation and to relieve muscle soreness.

If you haven’t received a massage with Allison, now is the time! During the month of May, receive $30 off your sixty minutes or longer Good Chi or Deep Chi massage with Allison.

*Massage must be scheduled with Allison
*Must mention this offer when scheduling
*60 minute or longer Good Chi or Deep Chi massage only
*May not be combined with any other offers
*May 2018

Introducing our Massage Therapist, Nina!

Nina has been a part of our team for a little while now but is one of our newest massage therapists.
Please enjoy learning more about Nina!

About: Kristina (Nina) Balogh has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since the Spring of 2016. After graduating with her Bachelors’ degree in English she decided to pursue her life long interest in sports and fitness by studying the art of bodywork and massage. An avid runner and triathlete, Nina loves to work with everyone on varying levels of fitness: from the weekend warriors to serious athletes helping with everyday muscle aches to rehabbing injured muscles. She understands the importance of self-care in everyone’s lives and wants to be able to assist anyone and everyone to achieve optimum health and relaxation. Nina is skilled in many different modalities with special interest and certifications in Soft Tissue Mobilization (Grastin technique), Myofascial Release Techniques, Prenatal massage as well as Sports Massage and Cupping. Always looking to expand on her knowledge, Nina will continue taking classes on the modalities she specializes in as well as others, including Active Isolated Stretching and Lymphatic Drainage. She is looking forward to continue working with her Ame family.

Fun Facts: Nina just completed her first Half Ironman Triathlon this past September. Nina and her fiancé, Justin are high school sweethearts and have three “fur children” whose names are: Bowie, Samson, and Delilah.

Favorite Products: Nina loves foam rollers because they are great for recovery and maintenance in between massages. They help relieve muscle tension and break up adhesions you may get from working out and other strenuous activities. She also loves Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Moisturizer. It leaves your skin glowing and super hydrated.

DIY Self-care Tip: Nina’s go-to DIY for self-care is lavender scented epsom salt baths for sore muscles and all over relaxation.

If you haven’t received a massage with Nina, now is the time! During the month of April, receive $30 off your sixty minute or longer Good Chi or Deep Chi massage with Nina.

*Massage must be scheduled with Nina
*Must mention this offer when scheduling
*60 minute or longer Good Chi or Deep Chi massage only
*May not be combined with any other offers
*April 2018

Detox Pedicure

Ame’s Detox Pedicure

Pedicures are about more than just pretty polish – although we do love our polish! There are many reasons to continue to care for your feet even when it’s not flip-flop weather. Like many of us, our feet tend to be cooped up during the winter and in need of some TLC. Pedicures not only help you relax and feel good but they can improve your circulation and keep hard skin and calluses at bay. When you opt for our detox pedicure which includes reflexology, you can receive the added benefits of improved sleep, nervous system stimulation, pain relief and more. During our Detox Pedi, your feet will soak in a unique blend of herbal extracts and purifying magnesium sulfate crystals to provide a soothing, cleansing experience, soften and hydrate calluses, and relieve stress while elevating your mood.

New Service! Keratin Complex Personalized Blow Out

Ame Salon and Spa is now offering the
Keratin Complex Personalized Blow Out
*customizable same day treatment*

YOUR HAIR. YOUR WAY.
Go straight or curly (and everything in between)

WHY SHOULD YOU GET THIS SERVICE?

  • Powered by K-Pure Juice™, a proprietary juice blend of keratin, botanicals and amino acids
  • Customizable treatment has the ability to smooth or straighten the hair or define curl
  • Reduces frizz
  • Preserves the hair fibers’ mechanical strength
  • Increases manageability
  • Retains moisture & delivers a radiant shine
  • Zero downtime
  • Perfect for all hair types
  • Cumulative results
  • Results last up to 3 months
  • Formaldehyde and aldehyde free

4 STYLE FINISHES

Maximum Straightness: Perfect for someone who wants to blow their hair out smooth and straight as possible.
Ultimate Smoothness: Perfect for someone who wants to wear their hair smooth with a slight bend on the ends.
Frizz Control: Perfect for someone who wants body in their hair and sometimes wears it wavy. Great for fine, frizzy hair.
Natural Curly: Perfect for someone who prefers to wear their hair naturally curly.

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PICTURE PERFECT MASQUE

Recommended at-home maintenance product for anyone that has received the Personalized Blow Out Same Day Keratin Treatment.

  • A deep conditioning bond-sealing masque
  • Powered by the PhytoFruit blend, a combination of strengthening actives, botanicals and moisturizing butters to help preserve the hair fibers’ mechanical strength.
  • For all hair types, especially anyone who needs to treat damaged or over-processed hair.

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Meet our Newest Massage Therapist, Kayla

Ame is Excited to Introduce our New Massage Therapist, Kayla!

Kaylkayla_massage therapista recently moved to Pennsylvania from Oregon. She is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute of Massage and Bodywork in King of Prussia where she studied massage therapy.

Kayla loves being a massage therapist and how it gives her the opportunity to help people on a one-on-one basis. She loves helping someone relax, find relief from muscle pain or anything in between.

A favorite technique of Kayla’s is Trigger Point Therapy because it allows her to locate the cause of any soreness and pain and then compress it away. She finds this technique helpful for releasing built up tension in the muscles.

When Kayla is not working, you can find her hanging out with Peanut, her kitten who acts more like a dog than a cat or spending time outdoors doing anything from hiking to swimming at the beach.
For a relaxing and therapeutic experience, schedule your next massage with Kayla!

Rest on Water Treatment and Ame Spotlight on Erika

Rest on Water Experience

Our Soft-Pack Flotation (AKA Rest on Water) treatment is pretty Ame-zing. This treatment was developed 40 years ago by Paul Haslauer along with a medical team of rheumatologists. The benefits of this treatment on your musculoskeletal system are astounding making it a favorite for those suffering from arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Other people who especially love this treatment consist of athletes who participate in high-impact sports, those who suffer from disordered sleep, and those who really need some relaxation. Being a runner, I absolutely love the soft-packThere are few things this soothing on the muscles and joints. I always tell my clients, it’s pretty impossible to not relax and drift off when you are in the soft-pack.

Despite being called rest on water, you never come in contact with water during your float – leaving you dry. The idea is similar to a water-bed but better!

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Clients have the option of receiving a “solo float” where you remain in one of our robes for the duration of your float or the full Rest on Water treatment. Clients who wish to experience the full treatment will start off with a full body polish and then rinse in our swiss shower before being nestled and wrapped in hot mud, green tea, or body butter. They are then lowered into the soft-pack – your very own heated flotation bed – pure bliss. The gentle water pressure combined with the heat of the water, enhance your skin’s absorption of the body wrap product. This treatment allows your body to be just about weightless as you rest on water and let go, basically leaving you feeling like a new person when you are done. For pure relaxation, follow your Rest on Water treatment with a massage or facial.

May is the perfect month to try our Rest on Water Solo Float experience. When you schedule a 60 minute or longer massage or our Longevity Facial during May, you will receive a complimentary Rest on Water experience*. Find more details here

*This promotion is for the Rest on Water Float ONLY and does not include any body polish or wrap

Ame SPOTLIGHT

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May’s Spotlight is on Ame Designer, Erika Kapeghian

About Erika: I have been a stylist at Ame for nine years and I am also one of teachers in our associate training program. What gets me most excited about doing hair is the science behind it. I love working on test swatches and experimenting with unique and custom color combinations so that we are not just following trends – we are setting them.

Favorite Product: My current obsession is Doo Over by Kevin Murphy. It gives the lived in look that is super sexy right now. It can make a straight blow out look effortless and can make a wavy style look beachy and care-free.

DIY Styling Secret: I’m all about spending as little time as possible in the morning on my hair. So an easy trick my clients love is sleeping with a braid or two and then in the morning, take it out and hit a few pieces with a curling iron for perfect bohemian waves.
Summer rompers, gladiator sandals, and beach hair…. What’s not to love?!!!!

To schedule an appointment with Erika, call Ame: 610-995-2631

Main Line Fashion and Spa Week!

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It’s Main Line Fashion Week and all of us at Ame are really excited about it!

Grace Winery is hosting all events. If you haven’t made it to one yet, you should definitely make time tonight or tomorrow. Grace Winery is an amazing place on its own and then when you add all of the ML Fashion Week excitement, you can’t go wrong! Find more info and tickets here: http://www.mlfashionweek.com

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Here are some sneak peaks of what we’ve been up to:

Ame Designers, Brett and Erika had a blast at Main Line Fashion Week Monday night demonstrating quick, easy, DIY ways to style your hair. Pictured Below is Designer Brett.

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OK. I’m obsessed! Ame Designer, Sarah gave this model a flawless, edgy updo. Photo Credit: Main Line Fashion Week

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Ame Designers, Sarah and Stefanie getting the models runway ready! Photo Credit: Main Line Fashion Week

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Main Line Fashion Week Ticket and Information

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Spa Week is Coming!!! Spring Spa Week starts April 11 and continues through April 17.

Select services are 50 minutes and only $50! Choose from one or all (!!!) of the following services:

  • Good Chi Massage: Enjoy a relaxing Swedish style massage.
  • Ame Touch Facial: This facial caters to all and is excellent for hydration.
  • Full Body Dry Brush Exfoliation with Wine Down Bodywrap: Receive a dry brush scrub and then a bodywrap using our antioxidant wine down serum – great for reducing environmental stressors to your body. Also included is a relaxing scalp massage

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Please note: Spa week books up FAST! To reserve your preferred day and time, we recommend scheduling right away. Spa Week services are only available with select service providers. Call Ame for details.

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April’s Spotlight is on Ame Massage Therapist, Nicole Hansell!

About Nicole: I became a licensed massage therapist in 2010 and have been happily employed at Ame Salon and Spa for almost four years. I have been fortunate to work with chiropractors who have helped me gain a greater understanding of the body and the cause and effect of different modalities. At Ame I offer an array of massages, some simply for relaxation, others to address areas of concern, benefitting in freedom from aches and pains that have built up over time. Many of my clients see me on a regular basis for deep tissue treatment to manage overall wellbeing. Book an appointment today so you can experience this first hand!

Favorite Product: My favorite product is the dry brush! This is a service I offer at Ame and it is also a product that we sell so you can continue care at home each day. A third of the body’s toxins are excreted through the skin.  Making this part of your daily routine will feel great, make your skin softer, and increase your energy and blood flow. You will be amazed at the positive effect this has on your life!

Best Kept Tip: After the dry brushing and a hot shower, apply a moisturizer for your skin. I love using the FarmHouse Fresh agave nectar, also sold at Ame. This oil is made with a special blend of extracts tested and proven to reduce the rate of your skin’s water loss, which helps maintain skin elasticity.

To schedule an appointment with Nicole, call Ame: 610-995-2631

Stop and Smell the Roses!

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Our seasonal massage this month is rose oil and I couldn’t be happier about it! I absolutely LOVE the smell of roses and find it to be pretty nostalgic. Even better – rose oil isn’t just a pretty smell, you can also find tons of benefits in it! The scent of rose is so uplifting and has been used to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression for many years. Some other ways rose oil has been known to help:

  • Ease inflammation
  • Soothe headaches (with proper dosage)
  • Regulate hormone production
  • Protect against viral infections
  • Ease digestive troubles
  • Improve skin quality; diminish appearance of scars, stretch marks, wounds
  • Boost libido
  • Ease symptoms of menopause; cramps, fatigue, pain, nausea
  • Topically treat acne

*Because Rose oil has an affect on hormones, it should not be used during pregnancy.

*Ame uses certified organic essential rose oil for our rose oil massage

 

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March’s Spotlight is on Ame Spa Technician, Janice Stein!

About Janice: I have been a Spa Technician (facials, massage, nails, waxing – I do it all!) at Ame Salon and Spa for over five years. I am a tri-athlete and most recently I participated in the Iron Girl Triathlon. My husband and I have a great passion for travel. We just went to Thailand this past September and it was an amazing journey; one of our most favorite vacations this far. During our down time, we love spending time with our pug, Zeus – aka our baby.

Favorite Product: I love Vinylux polish – it dries quickly and lasts longer than most polishes!

Best Kept Tip: Anytime my muscles are sore and always after a long run, I soak in my tub with epsom salts. It speeds up recovery, soothes my muscles, and feels great!

To schedule an appointment with Janice, call Ame: 610-995-2631

12 Day Detox is Back!

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Happy New Year!!!

Holiday food, festivities, and fun have you feeling a bit sluggish? Ready to detox from all of it? Our 12 Day Detox is starting January 18! If you are looking for a great way to kickoff your healthy habits, consider joining our online 12-Day Natural Detox! Here’s a tiny preview of what you will learn when you participate in the 12 Day:

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Fantastic pHacts

Alkaline and Acid in the Body

Do you understand the importance of alkaline and acid in the body? The most important thing to know is that illness is caused by acid. Acid and alkaline balance is extremely important to your health.

The Facts:

  • Illness is caused by Acidification
  • Alkaline -acid balance is one of the big keys to health. Once you master this in your diet, you will thrive. You will be surprised by all the diseases and ailments that are caused by acidity in the diet…and then in the body. Acidity causes disturbance in your enzymes, demineralization, and seriously harmful acid activity.If you are too acidic you may suffer from the following; No energy, Depression, Nervousness and agitation, Low stress threshold, Tooth and gum disease, Conjunctivitis, Cracking at the corners of your lips, Acidic diarrhea, Mineral and calcium depletion of bones, Osteoporosis, Inflamed intestines, Burning in the bladder, Runny nose and chills, dry skin, thin nails, dull, dry hair, leg cramping, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Sciatica, Tendinitis, Migrant joint pains

Understanding pH Balance:

The pH scale goes from 0 to 14
the numbers below 7 are acidic (low on oxygen) the numbers above 7 are alkaline

THIS IS IMPORTANT…

  • blood, lymph and cerebral spinal fluid in the human body are designed to be slightly alkaline at a pH of 7.4.
  • At a pH slightly above 7.4 cancer cells become dormant
  • at pH 8.5 cancer cells will die while healthy cells will live.

    WHAT TO DO TO BE OPTIMALLY HEALTHY…

  • 60-80% of the diet should be alkaline
  • 20-40% should be acidic for an optimum result.

Acidic Diets Eat Up Your Minerals – Alkalizing Diets Replenish Your Minerals

So, what is acidic? Fried foods, animal products ….you get it. Alkaline is the good green stuff. When you eat acidic food, your body works like crazy to bring it back to an alkaline state…that is how you get sick…it robs your mineral stores to overcompensate…this is where the trouble comes in.

The standard American diet (sad) is acidic, burgers, cheese, coffee….all the stuff that gets eaten every day is eating up all the good things in your body. You need your minerals. Your body does not replenish its minerals. Once you use them, they are gone. If you want more you need to eat them.

Minerals help your body to build essentials to its health; proteins, enzymes, hormones, etc. Foods that are high in minerals are alkaline.

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12 Day Detox starts January 18th!

If you are looking for a great way to kickoff your healthy habits, consider joining our online 12-Day Natural Detox! Don’t worry, no pills, potions, shakes, etc. just good, clean eating. As your health coach, I will provide you with delicious recipes, nutritional information, self-care tips, and more. You will have my full support over the 12 Days. Limited spaces available.
To learn more about the 12-Day Detox visit our website or REGISTER HERE. Feel free to be in touch with any questions: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

Ame SPOTLIGHT

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January’s Spotlight is on Ame Senior Designer, Meaghan Madormo Cianci!

About Meaghan:  I’ve been in the hair industry for about 20 years. I first started out at the ripe young age of 9, as a guinea pig for my older sister when she decided at an early age she would become a hairstylist and I would be her first victim. I continued being a guinea pig until I became my sisters “associate” by applying her roots every 5 weeks. I had a passion for art in highschool and was always the one doing everyone’s hair for dances! So I figured why not combine the two?! After high school I went to beauty school and then started at Ame and have been here for a solid 10 years and going strong. Let’s just say I was basically born to do this.

Favorite Product:  I don’t care if your hair is limp and fine, coarse and curly, short or long. BLOWN AWAY is probably the best thing Redken ever came out with. It has a gritty texture to it, a lot like a dry shampoo minus the white, matte powdery finish we’ve all become accustomed too. This little can of heaven will keep your blow outs for DAYS. It gives your blow outs a sexy texture with a volume that lasts, kind of like that “I-woke-up-like-this” sexy hair. So don’t be alarmed when you see can after can lined up at my station or in my vanity!! (It’s that good!)

Hair Trend I am loving:  It’s all about the color!!!!!! It doesn’t matter what hair length you have anymore, it’s all about the balayage highlights for more of a “lived-in” look, the baby lights, the ombré’s, the sombré’s, the ecallie (aka tortoise shell), the Brondes! I’m loving the Brondes!!! You brunette beauty’s who think you can’t pull off being light, oh but you can. I’m loving it all! Freshen up your locks with any of these trends and you’re golden (no pun intended). There’s no better way to change up your hair than with a little bit of color that’s only going to make you shine and enhance your awesome skin tones.

Best Kept Styling Secret:  Woke up late and in a rush? Nothing classier and sexier than a girl with a top knot! And honestly? The messier the sexier! Flip your head upside down, and put your hair in a pony tail. Split your pony into two sections and tease each section. Then just wrap the two sections around each other and secure with bobby pins all the way around. Pull some pieces loose around your face, by your temple and your ears, pair with some killer studs or some fabulous hoops and you’re ready to take on the day!

To schedule an appointment with Meaghan, call Ame: 610-995-2631

Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival Guide

The holidays can be crazy but they don’t have to be. Here are 8 tips to help you find your peace this holiday season:

1. HYDRATE! When the weather starts to cool down, we start to forget we are thirsty. It is so very important to remember to drink your water. I always recommend drinking about half your body weight in ounces per day. i.e. if you weigh 130 lbs, you would drink 65 oz. per day. WHY is it so important to stay hydrated? Our body’s organs will not function to the best of their ability if we are not hydrated. Water allows the body to function properly and work to the best of its ability. Remember, our body is made up of roughly 70% water. Water also helps to keep our skin hydrated and prevent drying out in the cold weather.

Tip: Carry a water bottle with you at all times. I don’t go anywhere without either my hydroflask or lifefactory bottle.

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2. MOVE it. The benefits of exercise are endless. Some of the top benefits include: increased energy, combat health conditions/disease, improved self-confidence and mood, and many, many more! If you are already working out regularly – keep it up! Do not let the holidays stop you. If you are not regularly working out, now is a great time to start. For newbies, consider adding in walks or some light cardio on the treadmill or elliptical. A yoga or Pilates class is another great option- I always recommend Bikram (suitable for beginners). You can gradually work your way up to more vigorous workouts.

Tip: I highly recommend scheduling your “workout appointments”.  Write your workouts in your daily planner and respect these appointments as you would any other. Your health is top priority. A workout buddy is another great way to help you stick to your workouts as long as they are dedicated and reliable, otherwise – they will help you make excuses!

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3. EMBRACE it all. I absolutely love the holidays and I believe it’s because I embrace (almost) everything about them. I love the commotion and excitement. Lights, decorations, hustle & bustle. It’s a warm and fuzzy time of year. I have a very hard time letting such a good thing stress me out. Take deep breaths, embrace the craziness, and remember the true meanings of the holidays.

Tip: Think of a holiday tradition you can do every year to get you in the holiday spirit!

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4. FUEL with Intention. Eating habits can become a vicious cycle around the holidays. Don’t let this happen. If you get derailed, remember that everyday is a fresh start. Unfortunately, flu season coincides with the holiday season so it is extra important to execute healthy eating habits. Doing this will keep your immune system strong and ready to fight off illness. Healthy eating will help you have more energy so you are able to more productive and you will feel better. Proceed with caution at all social gatherings. One of the worst ideas, in my opinion (and I have been guilty of this) is not eating much during the day in an attempt to “save yourself” for a gathering. More than likely, you will be starving by the time you get there and make not so great choices once there and/or end up overeating.

Tip: I LOVE my crock pot this time of year. I usually make something healthy on my day off that I can have throughout the week in order to prevent any last-minute, not-so-healthy-choices due to lack of time. Meal planning is HUGE. I try to eat extra veggies and greens the day of a party. By making better food choices the day of a gathering, you can crowd out the not so great choices. 

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5. ALCOHOL with caution. Alcohol is very capable of being your biggest saboteur. We all know this. Commit to setting limits for your consumption. If I want to have a glass or two when I am out, I will skip having a glass at home during the week. I also find it helpful to decide before I go to a party whether I want to have a glass or two of wine OR dessert, then stick to it. The key is not having more than a glass or two otherwise, it is likely that my inhibitions will be lowered and I will end up having alcohol AND dessert. If that happens at every gathering -> NOT GOOD! To help me stick to my plan, I think about the hard work that went into my workouts leading up to now, the progress I have made, and the workout I want to get in the next day. If I feel like crap the next day, I will likely not feel like working out. It is not worth it to let the alcohol negate all of my hard work.

Tip: I often like to commit to being the DD when we go to parties (My fiancé lovingly supports this decision) because then drinking is not even an option, allowing me to feast mindfully and avoid the empty, liquid calories.

6. Keep it simple and BUDGET. Make a list and check it twice. It can be tempting to go overboard with gifts but it’s unnecessary. I like to make a list of every person I want to buy for and then write down about 3-5 ideas for each person of things they can really use. I also set a total holiday budget and then a budget for each individual on my list. The list helps prevent impulse buys and having three to five ideas allows for flexibility while I am out shopping.

Tip: Really consider what the person you are buying for needs, not what you want them to want. I always appreciate getting gifts that I can use rather than something I could take or leave that ends up creating clutter or I have to return. 

I love The Center for a New American Dream, Simplify the Holidays resources. This site has so many resources to help you really appreciate the true meaning of the season and enjoy the holidays. I love their holiday calendar and  alternative gift tracker. They also have a free, downloadable booklet filled with practical tips for more joy, less stress.

7. DONATE. It is not the holiday season if you haven’t helped someone in need. Clothes, food, toys, shoes, books, your time, *SOCKS. The possibilities are endless. Choose a child/family to “adopt” for the holiday. It’s so much fun. You get the child’s/children’s ages, wish list, etc. It feels really good to be able to help people in need have a merrier holiday. Every year I am thankful I am in a place to be able to help those in need. Wegman’s sets up a donation box for new toys. Many books stores, gyms, hospitals, churches, and others do the same. Veterinary offices and animal shelters usually collect food/toys for shelter animals. Also, consider donating after the holidays. If you have kids who tend to get tons from relatives, encourage them to donate some of their “excess” to kids in need.

Tip: Make this your holiday tradition.

*Socks are one of the most needed items that are rarely donated. Read more here.

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8. ME TIME. Give this to yourself. This will keep you going merrily. You deserve it and don’t convince yourself otherwise. Enjoy a massage, facial, pedicure, etc. Take a nice bubble bath and just relax or read in there. Curl up with a blanket and a book. Watch your favorite Christmas movie while drinking hot chocolate. Make cookies (if you find that therapeutic). Meditate.

Tip: LOSE THE PHONE (and other electronics) for your me time. I’m serious. Give this time to yourself. Put your phone on silent and leave it in another room or stash it in a drawer. If you are having a spa service, leave it in the car.

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Ame SPOTLIGHT

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December’s Spotlight is on Ame Nail Technician, Brittani DiPietro!

About Brittani: I am a licensed cosmetologist and I have been in the industry for 10 years. Nail care is my specialty and my passion.

When I am not working at the spa, my hands are usually covered in stain or paint! My hobby is repurposing furniture – nothing like bringing an old antique piece back to life.

I also enjoy spending time with my husband and 4-legged son Vice!

Favorite Product: I am obsessed with CND VINYLUX! Who doesn’t love a 7-day wear nail polish? With 100 colors to choose from, you are sure to find your next favorite shade.

Best Kept Tip: The Wet Brush! With having long hair I get so many tangles after I wash my hair. The Wet Brush allows me to brush through my hair pain and damage free.

To schedule an appointment with Brittani, call Ame: 610-995-2631

12 Days of Christmas facebook Contest

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Our 12 Days of Christmas facebook Contest is back! Starting December 13th, we will be giving away one gift each day until Christmas. The day after Christmas, all those who entered throughout the 12 days, will be entered to win a
$50 Ame Gift Card! Contest will take place on our facebook page so be sure to like us and follow to play!

Pick Me Up, Peppermint.

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Not only does peppermint smell wonderful (the scent alone is a pick me up), taste fabulous, and remind us of the holidays – it also has tons of health benefits! People have used peppermint for its medicinal uses for many, many years now. The most common medicinal use for peppermint has been as a digestive aid; typically treating symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Some other ways peppermint has been known to help:

  • Ease headaches and migraines
  • Relieve muscle aches and pains
  • Treat stomach discomfort (aka gas)
  • Ease stomach cramps
  • Ease nausea
  • Mood enhancer
  • Fight colds and congestion
  • Topically treat rashes, hives, other skin irritations

How to use it? How you use peppermint depends on what you are using it for. If you are suffering from a headache or a migraine, cold or congestion, as well as stomach cramps, hot peppermint tea is a great option. Another option for headaches and migraines is to apply a small dab of organic, peppermint essential oil on your temples and massage it in using circular motions or just breathe in the smell of the oil. For muscle aches and pains as well as rashes and skin irritations, you can use a topical peppermint ointment or balm – just be sure to read the product directions prior to applying as some peppermint ointments are not meant to be applied to certain skin conditions.

You can find peppermint in tea form, ointments, essential oil, essential oil capsules, throat lozenges, or fresh leaves.

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If you like hearing about the benefits of peppermint and other foods, you will love our Holiday facebook group! I will host this 6-week, free of charge, wellness group starting November 23. We will focus on nutrition, exercise, gratitude, and giving. This group is not an intense fitness or dieting group. The purpose of this group is to enhance your holiday season by providing accountability and support in order to keep this season a healthy one. For more information and to sign-up, email: alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

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Start reaping the benefits of peppermint now! Our holiday specials are here and they’re fabulous! Learn more about our peppermint hot chocolate pedicure, peppermint massage, and peppermint mocha body polish here!

Notes: Peppermint should not be given to children under three years. Do not apply peppermint oil to the face of children under 5 years, as it may inhibit breathing. Do not use peppermint if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or if you have a hiatal hernia. (Johnson & Foster, Dog & Kiefer, 2014)

Reference:

Rebecca L. Johnson, Steven Foster, Tieraona Low Dog, David Kiefer, MD. (2014). Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World’s Most Effective Healing Plants. National Geographic, 37, 170-173.

Ame SPOTLIGHT

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November’s Spotlight is on Ame Designer Director, Theresa Surprenant! HaPpY BiRtHdAy, Theresa!

About Theresa: I love doing colors and cuts that add the “WOW” factor to my client’s style!

I have been in the hair industry for 38 years and with Ame for a total of 25 years. I worked for the salon in its original location in King of Prussia and have worked at this location since its start.

Favorite Hair Product: I absolutely love Redken Fashion Work. It adds great shine and the right amount of a workable hold. It’s a great product to use while blow-drying.

Best Kept Styling Secret: The Blow-dry set with a round brush and hair clips. This method adds body and movement without damaging the hair.

To schedule an appointment with Theresa, call Ame: 610-995-2631

How Healthy is Your Hair?

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As Ame’s Health Coach, I think it’s pretty obvious health is a top concern for me. When Designer Director, Beth Forte came to me to talk about how our overall health affects the health of our hair, I couldn’t have been more excited. I’m a ponytail wearing kind of girl so I sometimes forget to check in on the health of my hair. This was a great reminder. Here’s what Beth had to say:

Fall has officially arrived at Ame Salon! We have been in full swing using the latest methods in cutting and coloring on our fabulous guests. However, babylights, ombré, and the Lob will only look as good as the health of your hair. Healthy hair is shiny, manageable, and nourished. Brunette’s and Red’s will appear richer, Blondes will be brighter, and haircuts will flow better if hair is in good health.

Here are four tips to get your hair in the best condition:

  1. Be healthy and it’ll show in your hair. When your body is not being cared for by poor nutrition and dehydration, your hair suffers too. Your body will give your major organs what it needs first.  Dr. Mark Hyman states, “Your entire body and all the core systems in it interact as a single sophisticated symphony.” To strengthen and moisturize your hair follicle you need to eat foods rich in biotin, vitamin B, healthy fats, and beta carotene. Almonds, eggs, avocados, salmon, chicken, dark leafy greens, chia seeds, sweet potatoes, carrots, and mangoes are full of those vitamins and minerals. To dig further into this topic, I would suggest meeting with our health coach, Alyssa.
  2. Get trims regularly. Every 6-8 weeks or however long your stylist recommends. It’ll prevent split ends from splitting further up your hair shaft and prevent breakage.
  3. Limit heat styling tools. Too much heat can damage the cuticle. Kevin Murphy’s ‘Damage Manager’ is an instant heat shielding spray used before heated appliances. KM’s ‘Fresh Hair’ spray can be used to stretch out blow-drys. It removes odors and oil and gives body and texture.
  4. Olaplex in salon and take home Treatment. Olaplex links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before. The results are amazing!

Focusing on your overall wellness and nutrition, seeing your stylist for trims, blow-drying less, and using good quality products will guarantee beautiful, shiny, healthy hair!

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October’s Spotlight is on Kimberly Stark! Kimberly is a massage therapist and has been with Ame since February.

About Kimberly: I’m a history nerd, animal lover, and massage therapist with a passion for holistic healing and wellness.

Favorite Product: I LOVE Sombra pain relieving gel! Everyone has aches and pains and it eases my mind knowing there’s a product with all natural ingredients I can use on and recommend to my clients to help with those pains.

Best Kept Self-Care Secret: I’m a coconut oil enthusiast. That’s why I love that our massage oil for our clients is coconut oil. I use it as an overnight conditioner, makeup remover, mouthwash, and as a moisturizer.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Kimberly or Beth, call Ame: 610-995-2631

 

Spotlight on Sarah & Trends You’ll Fall For

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September’s Spotlight is on Sarah Bowden! Sarah was recently promoted to Senior Designer and we couldn’t be happier for her!

About Sarah: I have worked at Ame for 6 years! My passion for hair really stems from my background in art. I tend to treat every client like a blank canvas waiting for me to paint my next masterpiece.

I was given the opportunity to complete my training right here at Ame where I learned from some of the most talented hair stylists.

The hair industry is constantly changing, thus I am always learning and attending continuing education classes in order to stay on the cutting edge. Helping my clients achieve the look they want is what makes me excited to come to work everyday!

Favorite Hair Product: I have always loved the Keratin Treatments. Keratin makes getting ready in the morning a breeze. Thanks to keratin, the humidity is no longer a struggle. Glotion Potion is one of my favorite products in the keratin line. It smells great and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth.

Hair Trend You are Loving: I am loving middle parts and “curtain bangs” that frame the face so nicely.

DIY Styling Secret: I can’t live without my dry shampoo. It helps my blow out last for days – even after hitting the gym! Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair is my favorite and it smells great! *I am right with Sarah on this one. I’m not even going to admit to how often I swap out suds for dry shampoo. P.S. I feel like the bottle of Fresh Hair lasts FOR-EVER, it never ends!

To schedule an appointment with Sarah, call Ame: 610-995-2631

Fall Trends

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Beautiful “Bronde” By Senior Designer, Loreta

Contributing authors and Ame Designers Liz Corl, Meaghan Cianci, and Beth Forte are so excited about Fall Trends….and so am I! These ladies got together to discuss the newest fall trends and when I asked them what their favorites were, here’s what they came up with:

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FALL COLOR

This fall season is all about the color; keeping it soft, tone-on-tone, and natural. Summer hair gets faded out so the inclination for our guests is to refresh their color; get it rich and looking healthy again. There is a big mix in color choices in the fall. The color varies between a preference of blonde or brunette. Around the end of September when people’s tans start to fade and they begin to transition to fall clothes, many tend to go darker with their color. Richer pigments are always requested more in the fall. The hot color trend for this fall is Bronde. A blonde can transition to shades of brown or a brunette will transition to shades of blonde. Blake Lively’s current color is a perfect example of Bronde. Other big fall colors are rich, deep browns and dimensional reds. Hair painting, baby lights, balayage, and sombre color techniques are here to stay for a while.

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Slate Hair Color and “Lob” By Future Designer, Emily

FALL STYLES

Like the hippie movement in the early 70’s, we feel a change happening in our culture and within ourselves. Styles are shifting from the conformity of the last few seasons. There’s a strong influence of 1970’s, anything goes, free love feel.  We are craving this freedom and embracing our own individuality. The styles for the fall are undone. The grunge style is making a comeback. Hairstyles are on the messier side and high textured is in.  Medium length lobs are still in. Women are growing out their short layers, angles and bangs and wearing the lob. The lob is moving from wavy to more straight or textured with an easy breezy feel to it. Women who need more edge are cutting shags and the timeless layered bobs are sticking around.

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Cuts are mid-length. Lots of our clients are cutting their waist length hair for shorter lengths. For men, Beatlemania is back-at least for the hair style. Men are opting for the medium length Mop Top hair style as well as growing their hair long, putting it in a bun, and sporting beards.

 Looking to update your look for the Fall without a drastic change? Try out some of these tips:

  • The simplest way to refresh your look is to change your part; the opposite side part or a middle part. It is amazing what a difference this can make. By changing your part, you can add volume and lift.
  • Definitely face framing hilites! It’s quick, inexpensive and brightens and wakes up your face.
  • Create lots of big waves using a hot tool with a large or jumbo barrel.
  • Sport your own natural texture.
  • Wear Braids, twists, and headbands.
  • Schedule a hair restorative treatment like Olaplaex or a deep conditioning treatment.
  • You can create different textures by using your favorite hot tools. Style straight hair curly. Style curly to straight.
  • Put your hair in a cute, messy top knot. Make it look like you just rolled out of bed. No sock buns! The messier the better. Use loose pieces to frame and soften the face. Effortless (for some ;).

*If you’re anything like me, you are useless when it comes to styling your hair and even “easy” styles are hard to make happen. I rely on the help of Ame Designers to show me how to do these. Next time you are in, feel free to ask your Designer to teach you how to make these tips happen for you.

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Our Premium Hair Package will help repair and refresh your locks. Save $10 on this service in September and October.

Ame offers a quick and easy customized chemistry system. It’s only 5 min at the bowl and customized to your hair needs. Try an ends refresher for shine and to add some tone properties to get rid of those faded, thirsty locks. Learn more about our treatments and other promotions here and call us to schedule your treatment!

NEW PRODUCT ALERT! Killer.Curls is a leave-in, anti-frizz curl defining crème. It’s paraben free, hydrating, strengthening, weightless, and has lasting results. Get it now through October 31, 2015 for 20%OFF!

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Ame Stylist Spotlight on Brett Smith

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This month, our Stylist Spotlight is on Brett Smith!

About Brett: Call me silver. I have been a stylist at Ame for twenty-five years now and I am extremely passionate about education and my craft. I would call my style classic with a deconstructed edgy element. I love the relationships I have with my guests. Being able to service them and bring them current trends really rocks my world. Continuing education classes and being inspired as well as educating others and mentoring the new hair associates is very important to me. I am grateful everyday for my career.

Favorite Hair Product:  Right now I am most impressed with Olaplex. Both the take home product and the in-salon treatment are fabulous. Olaplex is a reconstructive treatment that re-bonds the bisulfite bonds that hold the hair polymers together. It is not a conditioner or a protein treatment. We compromise our hair bonds everyday with hair coloring, styling, sun, and other elements. Fortunately, Olaplex is instant and permanent until we break more bonds. It is an in-salon service with a take home booster. I love it done in conjunction with a keratin blow out or smoothing treatment.

Hair trend you are loving: The Biggest trends I’m seeing for fall are headbands, modern French twist, messy chignon, center parts with bedhead hair, and deep side parts slicked over. In addition, I am loving the lob (long bob) and mid lengths. These styles can be smooth, textured, or curled and they graze the shoulders or fall just below.

DIY Styling Secret: Don’t forget about your cold air switch on your blow dryer. When you are creating your curls, waves, or bed head looks, don’t forget to hit the area you just styled with cold air. This will set it before you release it from your brush or styling tool.

*To schedule an appointment with Brett, call Ame: 610-995-2631

Salon Education with Roger Molina

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Ame’s stylists are headed into July with some new techniques! Last week, Ame hosted an in-salon educational class. Redken Educator, Roger Molina spent the day with our stylists teaching them new techniques for styling and cutting hair as well as some product knowledge. Ame owner, Lori Pastore is committed to ensuring her stylists stay up-to-date on the latest trends, techniques, and products. Roger will be visiting Ame again to focus on barbering techniques.

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Marie, Ame Stylist talked with me about some of the great techniques the stylists learned from Roger:

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Roger showed us some really creative ways to style hair using a needle and string as well as some exceptional techniques for cutting a “Lob” (AKA long bob). Roger used string to weave through the hair in order to pull it up instead of using lots of pins.

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We learned how to do a tight fade for women and men. A tight fade is a short haircut that starts extremely close to the hairline and gets longer as it goes up the head. Some women are sporting this style but on a longer scale than men.

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As stylists, we love using our knowledge to think outside the box and create personalized looks for our clients. It’s such a great feeling being able to give our clients the exact look they want that best fits them so that they can look and feel their very best.

Feel free to ask your stylist if you would like to learn more about any of these techniques. They can’t wait to work with you! Be sure to check out our fabulous promotions for July and August!

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When scheduling, please keep our holiday hours in mind:

Thursday, July 2nd: 9am-9pm (Regular Hours)
Friday, July 3rd: CLOSED
Saturday, July 4th: CLOSED
Sunday, July 5th: CLOSED
Monday, July 6th: 12pm-9pm (Regular Hours)

The Importance of Proper Hydration

It is HOT out! Are you drinking enough water?

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Our body is roughly 70% water and our brain is roughly 85% water! Pretty fascinating, right?!?

WHY is it so important to stay hydrated? Being that our body is roughly 70% water, our body’s organs will not function to the best of their ability if we are not hydrated. Water allows the body to function properly and work to the best of its ability.

Water helps:

  • Keep our skin hydrated
  • Regulate body temperature
  • Flush waste
  • Prevent constipation
  • Muscle performance
  • Prevent fatigue
  • Prevent illness
  • Kidney function

There are a lot of differing opinions on how much water to consume. Everyone is different and has different needs. Listen to your body. Most people don’t drink enough, few drink too much – it is possible to drink too much water and doing so can lead to our sodium levels dropping too low (endurance athletes tend to be at higher risk of this). Generally, I follow the rule of drinking half of my body weight in ounces per day. i.e. if you weigh 130 lbs, you would drink 65 oz. per day.

If you are on a raw food diet, you will likely need less water than someone who does not eat hydrating foods. If you work outside in the sun all day long, you will certainly need more water than someone who works in an office. Common sense should reign.

Your urine is a great indicator of whether you are needing more water, clear is good, cloudy or dark means you need more water.

Soda, coffee, tea, Kool-Aid and other powdered drink mixes are NOT water.  By adding something to the water we are taking away the hydrating quality, so don’t count that can of soda or tea as one part of your water intake, it may actually increase your need for water.

Tap water
Comes out of the faucets and has been treated, processed and disinfected. It is purified with chlorine and often has added fluoride.

Distilled water
Vaporized and collected, all of the minerals are taken out of distilled water.

Bottled water*
Not as clean as they advertise and most lack minerals. These companies are not regulated like our municipal water. They don’t have to disclose their water source nor are they required to provide water quality reports stating treatment methods and purity testing. In addition, plastic bottles can be toxic, especially when hot or frozen.

Reverse osmosis
Forced through filters that remove larger particles, pollutants and minerals. Most water is alkaline, reverse osmosis is not.

Deionized water
Ionized impurities and minerals removed, bacteria or pathogens remain.

Spring water
Clean, natural and pure, it has minerals, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

“Almost all-municipal water is of high quality and very drinkable. The best source of specific information about the water quality in your area is your local water supplier. Water suppliers are required to send their customer an annual water quality report. Contact your water supplier to get a copy or see if your report is posted on-line. “ Dr. Batmanghelidj of The Water Cure

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It would be very difficult to obtain all of our minerals from water. We just can’t drink that much in a day so while we should definitely be drinking water with these nutrients in it, our primary source should be our food. It is also important to keep in mind that during warmer weather and/or long workout sessions, your body needs more than just plain water. Your body will be sweating out sodium and electrolytes and it is important to replenish those. Coconut water is a fabulous option as well as adding a little sprinkle of sugar and salt to your water. During marathon training, I really up my coconut water intake and in the week or two prior to race day, I drink at least one coconut water per day. Just make sure the coconut water you are drinking does not have added sugars. I look for raw, organic. Harmless Harvest and Harvest Bay (organic, unflavored variety) are my go-to brands. I try to avoid Zico, Vita-Coco, O.N.E., and Naked coconut water. I love drinking coconut water on its own or adding it to my smoothies.

Although bottled water is very handy, there is a lot of concern about BPA’s and other chemicals in the bottles, especially in bottles that have been in the heat or have been frozen. Never drink from your plastic water bottle after it’s heated up (in your car, etc) or been frozen. It is also important not to reuse plastic water bottles. I think it’s perfectly OK to drink out of a plastic bottle once in a long while (at times, this might be your only option) but plastic water bottles should not be our primary way of consuming water and certainly shouldn’t be an everyday habit. Your body and Mother Earth will thank you for limiting your plastic water bottle use.

*Check out this video: The Story of Bottled Water

While there is debate on what is and isn’t the best water to drink, it is undeniable that water is a necessity of life and we should be drinking plenty of it. Tip: Carry a water bottle with you at all times. I don’t go anywhere without either my hydroflask or lifefactory bottle. If you find yourself getting bored with water, try switching it up. One of my favorite ways to drink water is with lots of lemon and some cucumber slices. I also enjoy throwing sprigs of fresh mint in my water bottle. Some people like to put cut strawberries in, slices of orange, cinnamon sticks. Play around to find what you enjoy. Be sure to check out this awesome Popsugar post for some delicious concoctions: 10 Ways to DIY the Best Fruit Water Ever

To learn more about Health Coaching with me, visit our website or email me: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

Best in health,

Alyssa

May is for Mothers

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Ame has all of your gift giving needs for Mother’s Day! We have put together some of our favorites to make your gift giving easier:

Brittani, one of our lovely nail techs-recommends one of our newest nail products; CND Nail Rescue. This is a great option for those who often receive shellac polish. CND Nail Rescue repairs damaged nails with the power of Keratin protein and moisturizing jojoba oil.

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Jackie is a fabulous estetician here at Ame. Jackie recommends trying our Ferulic acid and retinol brightening solution as well as the Ferulic & Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Dr. Dennis Gross. This solution feels so great on your skin and helps prevent and treat sun damage and wrinkles. The moisturizer helps to counteract the visible signs of aging, increase its natural moisture barrier, and restore elasticity to sagging skin. Jackie also recommends the Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel pads- one of my favorites. These pads are like wiping a magic wand over your face. Especially suited for stubborn skin conditions that have not responded favorably to other anti-aging treatments, this peel improves the appearance of fine lines, reduces pores, and treats breakouts. Regular use can visibly improve dark spots and skin tone.

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A few of my favorite things…

I absolutely LOVE the Farmhouse Fresh product line. One of my very favorites is the Nectar Bath Soak. This is a powder you add to your bath water that smells wonderful and leaves your skin silky smooth. Encourage mom to relax with a nice tub soak this Mother’s Day.

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Library of Flowers is a new fragrance line for us and I am loving it. My favorite scent is Honeycomb. These scents are all clean, light, and refreshing. Library of Flowers has lotions, cremes, bath milk, bath oil, shower gel, perfume, and candles as well as gift sets. Not to mention, the packaging is beautiful making this line perfect for gift giving. I am loving the coco butter handcreme in the Honeycomb scent and it comes in a cute, little tin. If you’re not sure which scent to try, we have sampler tins that include 3 different roll-on scents. Now through the end of May 2015, Library of Flowers products are 20% off!

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Another fabulous gift that is sure to please is the gift of choice: an Ame Gift Card! Let the mothers in your lives come on in for the salon and spa services of their choice! We also offer packages for facials, massages, and pedicures at a discounted price.

*Free gift with every gift card purchase of $200 or more. While supplies last!

Ame would like to wish all Mothers the happiest and most joyous Mother’s Day!

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Holy Cacao!

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“There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.” – Linda Grayson

Cacao has often been referred to as a superfood. It is delicious and has many health benefits. Cacao is beneficial in managing PMS symptoms, metabolizing glucose, keeping the heart healthy, guarding against toxins, easing depression, and it also helps act as a delivery agent for many other superfoods like mushrooms, goji berries, and spirulina not to mention, it is high in minerals. The idea that chocolate is good for us comes from the health benefits of raw cacao. Unfortunately, once we heat the cacao and turn it into your average, traditional chocolate, many of the health benefits referred to have been lost. Consuming raw cacao is a great way to satisfy  your sweet tooth as well as reap some healthy benefits.

What is cacao? Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume. In it’s most natural form cacao is a seed. Everything chocolate comes from this seed known as cocoa beans.  Chocolate does not have sugar or dairy until it is added in.

What is in cacao (and how it’s beneficial to our health)?

Magnesium
heart, brain, muscle cramping, elimination, alkaline, bone strength

Iron
blood

Chromium
balances blood sugar

Copper
blood, immunity

Manganese
blood

Vitamin C
Zinc
immunity, liver, pancreas, skin

Omega-6 Fatty Acids
healthy unless chocolate is cooked and then it is a trans fat

Phenylethlamine
focus, alertness, appetite suppressant

Anandamide
endorphin (same as what is released after exercising)

Tryptophan
mood enhancing

Seratonin
stress defense

Fiber
elimination

Methylxantines
antibacterial, cardiovascular

Oxalic Acid
when cooked is bad for the kidneys

There are many reasons to eat chocolate only when pure and raw.  The oxalic acid and omega 6 fatty acids become problematic (trans fat and oxalates).  There are a lot of delicious ways to use raw cacao.  You can buy nibs, powder, and cacao butter. Blue Mountain Organics carries many great cacao products. One of the special qualities cacao has is that it hides the flavor of foods that might not taste so great to you (or your kids!).  You can eat spirulina with cacao and never even taste it.

One of my favorite recipes with raw cacao is super easy, healthy, and delicious! This protein immunity pudding can be modified according to your tastes and it is really hard to mess it up so feel free to add or subtract ingredients. I’m not a fan of mushrooms so I skip those and I like to add in maca powder.

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Chocolate Protein Immunity Pudding

Ingredients Needed:

1/2 cup coconut milk
1 little chunk of cocoa butter
1 tsp coconut oil
3 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 tsp reishi mushroom
1 tsp chaga mushrooms
1 Tbsp spirulina
1 handful of spinach
1 handful frozen strawberries
1 handful goji berries
a very small pinch of raw vanilla

Preparation:

Soak the chia seeds in the coconut milk for 30 minutes. Then place chia seeds and milk in a mixer along with all other ingredients and blend. Sprinkle with cacao nibs if you like. IT IS YUMMY and healthy.

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz.

There are so many raw goodies you can make with cacao that are really healthy. One of my favorite treats is cacao covered raisins.

Brendan Brazier put out a maca bar recipe for Mother’s day. Those are another one of my favorites!  Raw cacao, maca, maple syrup, macadamia nuts, coconut….yummmmm.  They make a delicious and good for you treat!

Another good use for cacao is to make protein bars with raw cacao, hemp protein, coconut oil and a few other wonderful ingredients of your choice.

I also make smoothies with cacao, coconut milk*, banana, and spinach. It is healthy as can be and it tastes delicious!

*It is important to use a non-dairy milk when making recipes with cacao as research has shown that dairy inhibits the antioxidant absorption in raw cacao

How do you cacao? Please share any good recipes!

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SPA WEEK IS HERE!!!

Have you scheduled your spa week appointment? If not, call Ame today! Spa week ends this Sunday, April 19th.

For more details on Spa Week services, please visit our website!

  • 50 min Amezing Body Refresher 
  • 60 min Good CHI Massage with Stone Sinus Remedy
  • 60 min Detoxifying Dual Action Infrared Heat FIT Bodywrap

Disclaimer: Please note: Spa Week services are only available with select providers. Spa Week services are only available during the promotion period April 13 – April 19, 2015. May not be combined with any other promotions and/or offers. Call Ame for details.

She’s Got the Looks

I was talking with one of Ame’s senior stylists, Meaghan and she is super excited for some new Spring looks! I had a blast hearing about these Spring hair trends.

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 Here’s what Meaghan had to say:
Ombré is still going strong, and that’s great because it’s SOOO low maintenance! It requires very little touch-ups and looks fabulous as it grows out!
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 Another really popular look is face framing highlights, which I like to call “Baby-Lights”. This is our strongest attempt at recreating that color we all had when we were little. Beautiful and seamless! Now, if only there were a way to make our life and responsibilities as care-free as well.

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Lastly, we have balayage which means “to sweep” on the color free-hand using no foils. This is a subtle way to add some color and brightness without going over the top!
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Don’t worry, guys – I didn’t forget about you. The fades are still really strong this season with options from keeping it very professional all the way to super hipster.
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 I can’t wait to get your hair Spring fresh! Whatever the look you’re going for, your stylist is here to help! Be sure to schedule a consultation/appointment!
Continue to follow Ame on the FB and Meaghan for the latest and greatest hair trends as well as see the work of our stylists!

Digestive Health

Do you experience constipation, gas, bloating, diarrhea or heartburn? Not only are digestive concerns burdensome and embarrassing but they can often interfere with your everyday life.

If you answered yes to any of the above mentioned troubles there are some simple ways to start changing how you are feeling. Digestive health can often be changed with simple lifestyle adjustments.

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Simple Changes 

  1. More fruit and vegetables, less red meat.
  2. More whole foods, less processed foods.
  3. Drink freshly squeezed lemons in your water. This is alkalizing and helps to clean the stomach of any residual debris.
  4. Do not ignore the urge to have a bowel movement. Listen to your body.
  5. Eat more fiber (#1). Be sure to eat the skins (when applicable) especially when eating high glycemic foods such as potatoes since the skin contains fiber. Fiber helps to slow the sugar absorption in your body (this is good!).
  6. Skip the NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs).  Regular use of these drugs can cause peptic ulcers in the digestive tract.
  7. Be careful of use and overuse of other drugs that create digestive problems. Too many antibiotics can strip your gut of good bacteria and this can lead to further health concerns.
  8. Don’t overeat. This one can be difficult especially around the holidays and at social gatherings. Aim to be satisfied not painfully full.
  9. Use herbs for digestion. Some of the most common herbs used for digestion include: ginger, senna leaf, peppermint, dandelion root, burdock root, Turmeric, and milk thistle.
  10. Drink your liquids before and after meals, not during.
  11. Take your time and really chew-chew-chew.  Your body can use energy for other things if you chew your food instead of relying on acid and enzymes to do the job.
  12. Eat slower so you do not swallow a lot of air while you eat.
  13. Do all of the above and skip the laxatives, as your body becomes reliant on them and they are habit-forming.
  14. Smoking and drinking can cause ulcers and heartburn.
  15. Exercise! Just getting up and moving can really help your digestive system. If exercising in public a concern, start off by using workout DVD’s or online workouts. You could also try jumping rope, jumping jacks, and running up and down your stairs if you don’t have a treadmill.  Check out this video from Popsugar Fitness.
  16. Evaluate your relationship with dairy. Dairy is often a culprit when it comes to digestive concerns. Pay attention to how your body responds when you consume dairy products. A food journal is a great tool for doing this.
  17. Probiotics are made up of helpful bacterial and are often very useful when addressing digestive issues. For this reason, consider incorporating a high quality probiotic into your diet.
  18. Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a specialist (gastroenterologist and health coach). Depending on the severity and how long you have been experiencing these concerns seeking the help of a professional might be your next step. You may want to get a referral from a friend or relative. Remember that they are there to diagnose and treat, prevention lies in your hands.

adapted from 2013 ©The Health Coach Group. All Rights Reserved.

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Ame is super excited to offer our Micro-Surge treatment. Dillon, an Ame esthetician and educator describes micro-surge:

This is your ultimate “quickie” that will leave you with refreshed, smooth and deeply hydrated skin. In a cool 20 minutes we will cleanse, exfoliate with microderm, apply a gentle peel appropriate for all skin types and neutralize and hydrate with an anti-aging peptide milk. Your skin will be bright, supple and glowing and surging moisture for days! Perfect for a night out, to cure your winter blues or maybe just take your first step towards a higher performance skincare routine. Consultation required for clients who have not previously had microdermabrasion. Our micro-surge peel is also available in both our Physician’s RX and Mega Peel Facials.

For more information or to book your Micro-Surge appointment, please contact us!
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SOURCES:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/peptic-ulcer/ds00242/dsection=causes

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2010/June/clostridium-difficile-an-intestinal-infection-on-the-rise

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation/#what

What’s the Deal with Coconut Oil?

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Ahhh, Coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used for a whole lot of things and the benefits are astounding!

Coconut oil is great in raw food recipes:

  • Use 2 tsp of coconut oil daily in your morning smoothie.  It gives it such a nice texture and it is so good for you.
  • Coconut oil is great in raw protein bars. It gives them a lovely texture and flavor and holds them together nicely.
  • Treats, i.e. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to your chia pudding to add a smooth creaminess.
  • Add a little to your hot tea. For a special treat, add a pinch of raw cacao as well.
  • Blend coconut oil with stevia and soaked cashews to make a delicious frosting.
  • Blend coconut oil with soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, and other ingredients of your choosing for a delicious cheese alternative

I also enjoy cooking with coconut oil. I love to add some to my veggies before roasting them. It gives them such a great flavor.

Coconut oil is also great in showers since it can be used as a cleanser as well as a moisturizer for your whole body, some people use it on their faces.
It’s not a bad idea to keep it on your nightstand to remind yourself to moisturize with it – especially this time of year when our skin has been
left dry from the cold weather.  Coconut oil is great to massage into your scalp.  It is so beneficial for your hair and skin. There is a lot
to be said for anything that is chemical free that we can use on our bodies.  When it comes to using products on my body, I always figure
if you can eat it, that’s a great thing.

There are a lot of ways to use coconut oil and there are even more reasons why you should.

Coconut oil has lauric acid, caprylic acid, capric acid.  These acids give it antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant
abilities.  It is mostly saturated fat, 92% with a small percentage being mono unsaturated and poly unsaturated.  Coconut oil is
one of those healthy fats!

Some of the benefits that are attributed to coconut oil include (but not limited to) help with:

  • Heart disease
  • Immunity
  • Healing and infections
  • Digestion
  • Candida
  • Kidney stones
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Bone loss
  • Tooth decay
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Hormone regulation
  • Blood sugar regulation

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“Coconut oil has fewer calories than any other fat source. Unlike the high-calorie, cholesterol-soaked, long-chain,
saturated animal fats found in meat and dairy products, coconut cream and coconut oil are made of raw saturated fats
containing mostly medium-chain fatty acids that the body can metabolize efficiently and convert to energy quickly.” (Wolfe, 2009)

In the 1940’s, coconut oil was used by some farmers to help fatten up their cows however; the opposite happened-the
cows actually became leaner.

Coconut oil is useful for bone and dental health because it improves calcium and magnesium absorption. This is good for
dental health.  It is especially beneficial to women who are at the age to develop osteoporosis.

When you go to order or purchase your coconut oil this is what you should look for: organic-raw-extra virgin-cold pressed. I love Blue Mountain Organics.

There is also coconut water (yum!), shredded coconut, and coconut butter! Just make sure the products you are
buying do not have added sugars. I love drinking coconut water on its own or adding it to my
smoothies. Coconut water is loaded with potassium and it helps replace fluids and salts lost during exercise.
When I am training for a marathon, I try to drink coconut water every day. I look for raw, organic. I love
Harmless Harvest and Harvest Bay (organic, unflavored variety) brands. I try to avoid Zico, Vita-Coco, O.N.E., and Naked coconut water.

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If you don’t already, start adding coconut oil into life, you will not be sorry!

adapted from 2013 ©The Health Coach Group. All Rights Reserved.

*Be sure to join our next Ame Wellness group hosted by me on Facebook to
learn more great health tips and info. such as this. Our next group starts April 1st. For more information and to sign-up,
email me: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Have You Heard About Olaplex?

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Spring has sprung and it’s time to rid yourself of your winter locks and visit your stylist to create your new Spring look.

I was talking with one of our fabulous stylists, Kelly and she had some wonderful suggestions for refreshing your look. I loved hearing about the new, restorative hair protector – Olaplex. Olaplex has been featured in various press as an award-winning, beauty breakthrough treatment.

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Kelly recommends considering lighter shades for your highlights and color as well as adding layers to your haircut for your Spring look. Ok, now for the exciting part. I had no clue what Olaplex was and being a blonde, I need to know about it and my hair needs to have it. Here is what Kelly had to say about this beauty game-changer:

Olaplex is a great reconstructive treatment that rebuilds the bonds in the hair which can become damaged or even broken during coloring and styling. Olaplex maintains the integrity of the hair leaving it shinier, stronger, and healthier. Olaplex will also make your color last longer.

Since the bonds in your hair break during coloring, Olaplex should be used every time you receive a color treatment. It can also be used before a Keratin treatment or on its own as a separate treatment. Olaplex is also available as a take-home treatment to use once a week!

Treatment plans will vary for each guest so be sure to talk to your stylist for more information.

During the rest of March 2015, you can Save $5 on Olaplex. Book Now!

Check out Allure’s Beauty Breakthroughs 2014 (slide #11) for an in-depth explanation on how Olaplex works.

“Olaplex is a breakthrough in the color department because this is the first time we have even been able to repair the bonds within the hair and actually restore it while also coloring and lightening the hair so that it can be pushed farther than ever before. It’s not a band-aid treatment at all—it permanently restores hair,” says Riawna Capri, co-owner of Nine Zero One salon in West Hollywood, CA.

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Online Group Wellness

JOIN US! Ame Salon and Spa is offering FREE online Group Wellness Sessions in a private FaceBook group. As your Health Coach, I will provide nutritional facts and recommendations, recipes, answer your questions and more in a private, non-judgmental environment.

Our next session is April, 1, 2015. Email: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com to join.

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Just a Spoonful of Turmeric

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Turmeric is best known for being one of the main spices in curry. I am not a huge fan of curry dishes so I incorporate turmeric in my diet in other ways. Fresh pressed juices, teas, and smoothie recipes are my top choices for getting my turmeric in. I also love to add it to my tofu when I make tofu scramble and sprinkle it on my sautéed veggies.

Turmeric is a relative of ginger and they look very similar with the exception of turmeric being orange on the inside. Keep that in mind when shopping for your turmeric – although, you can’t go wrong with ginger but that’s for another day. Fresh turmeric is best but if that’s not available to you, go for a high quality powder form.

WHY eat turmeric?

Turmeric has countless benefits. These are my favorite benefits but my list is certainly not exhaustive:

  • Antioxidant. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant so it aids in cell damage prevention and disease prevention, cancer in particular.
  • Anti-inflammatory. Turmeric is high in anti-inflammatory properties making it great for those suffering from arthritis as well as other conditions that cause chronic inflammation. Inflammation contributes to most chronic diseases.
  • Iron. There are 5.2 milligrams of iron in just one tablespoon of turmeric making it a great source of iron.
  • Antibacterial and Antimicrobial. The antimicrobial and antibacterial properties in turmeric make it great for fighting off illness.
  • Skin. Turmeric is great for the skin! In addition to consuming it, you can use it topically. For a face mask, you can mix turmeric powder with coconut milk (or raw milk) and honey. Turmeric helps remediate acne, brighten the skin, reduce oil production, minimize scars and inflammation, lighten stretch marks, heal burns, minimize appearance of dark under eye circles, and more.

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HOW should I eat turmeric?

Turmeric is fat soluble meaning you should eat it with a fat in order to absorb it more effectively. When adding turmeric to my sautéed veggies, I make sure to sauté them in coconut oil. When adding to a smoothie, I make sure to add coconut or almond milk. Avocado is another great fat to pair turmeric with and can be incorporated in a variety of ways: smoothies, rice and veggie dishes, sandwiches.

Eating turmeric with black pepper is ideal because the black pepper increases the bioavailability of turmeric. Bioavailability essentially refers to the efficiency of which a substance is absorbed and made available for the body to use. When possible, add black pepper to your turmeric – I do not do this with my smoothies!

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Green Turmeric Smoothie

  • 1-2 cups greens (swiss chard, kale, spinach) depending on your palate
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 pear or green apple (skin on)
  • 1/2 – 1 inch turmeric (scrub the skin or peel) again, depending on your palate*
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • dash of cinnamon

Add all ingredients to the blender. I like to add some ice for the consistency. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

*If using turmeric powder, use 1/2-1 teaspoon **If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add more fruit.

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As always, if you are taking medications or have certain health conditions, check to make sure turmeric is beneficial and safe for you. Keep in mind, certain quantities of turmeric may lower blood sugar levels, blood pressure, thin the blood.

Keepin the Beat Healthy

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February is Heart Health Month!

You may have heard, heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States and has been for quite some time. This is truly heartbreaking (no pun intended) because there are so many actions we can take in order to help prevent heart disease.

High blood pressure and smoking are two of the top risk factors for heart disease. In addition; lack of physical exercise, poor diet, being overweight, diabetes, and excessive alcohol consumption all increase your risk for heart disease.

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What can we do to help prevent heart disease?

  • Quit smokingI know, easier said than done. There are many resources to help you quit smoking, it’s just a matter of finding what works for you. It is also helpful to tell a supportive and encouraging friend/family member your plans to quit so they can help you along the way.
  • Exercise! 30-60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week is so beneficial. In addition to heart disease, this will help prevent a number of other unwanted health conditions. Check out Popsugar Fitness for some great online workout videos and workout tips.
  • Quality Sleep. It is so important to get adequate sleep at night. This affects our whole day as well as our overall health. The number of hours we require varies from person to person. A good indicator that you are getting the right amount of sleep for you is waking up feeling refreshed. In contrast, if you are constantly hitting the snooze button and feeling exhausted – hit the hay earlier!
  • Whole Food, Plant-based Diet. Focus on eating your fruits and vegetables. Diets high in sodium, saturated fats, sugar, and LDL cholesterol can increase your risk for heart disease. Make an effort to switch up your fruits and veggies so you are getting a nice variety. This will help you get all of the different nutrients you need. Cooking meals at home allows you to achieve this much easier than going out to eat.

*The above mentioned are all topics I would love to help you achieve as your health coach. The added accountability, recommendations, and outside perspective truly help people achieve and maintain their health goals. Having a health coach is often the final step people need to achieve balance and optimum health. Please contact me for more information about Health Coaching or contact Ame today to set up a consultation! Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

Check out some of these fabulous tips from PopSugar Fitness on How To Be Healthier. The only tip I do not recommend trying is #18: The 80/20 rule. I really don’t like this eating principle and I find this typically does not work well for people. It is hard to keep understand what 20% of our food intake is and if you take indulging too far, you are likely to negate all of your hard work and dedication. I prefer to just focus on practicing healthy eating most of the time.

Ame is currently hosting an online wellness group focusing on heart health and self-care. This group will continue to run until February 28th. We would love to have you! Please let me know if you would like to join us. Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

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Valentine’s Day at Ame!

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We LOVE Valentine’s Day here at Ame and for that reason, we have a lot of exciting happenings taking place!

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I absolutely love the Farmhouse Fresh products we are using for our Valentine’s promotions. Your skin will thank you over and over again after these treatments and if you’re like me – you’ll be hooked on Farmhouse Fresh! Our V-Day promotions are available from February 12 – February 15, 2015 so be sure to visit our website ASAP for more information and call to reserve your appointment TODAY!

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Our Valentine’s gift to YOU! In recognition of Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, Ame will be hosting a complimentary, online wellness group focusing on Vitamin L (yup, you guessed it – LOVE). This group will run from February 15 – February 28, 2015. This wellness group will be different from our previous wellness groups in that we will focus more on primary food and self-care. Contact me if you would like to join, I look forward to hearing from you! Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

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I recently attended Kris Carr and Gabrielle Bernstein‘s Crazy, Sexy, Miracles lecture in NYC with Lori, Ame’s founder. If you are not familiar with them, definitely check them out. Kris Carr is the author of Crazy, Sexy, Diet and Gabrielle Bernstein wrote May Cause Miracles. These ladies are full of valuable information and advice. A few key insights from their lecture that I wanted to share with you:

  • Forget what you think you need and pray for the highest good
  • Even the most well-intentioned people will go down the wrong path. The key is to recognize when this happens
  • Pay attention! When you ask for signs, listen
  • Learn to hand it over to the Universe, whatever IT may be. And understand that surrendering it to the Universe does not mean that you sit back inactive. Continue to work hard for your dreams but allow what’s meant to happen, happen

The last one is my favorite and one that I most needed to hear. It made me think about one of my favorite quotes: “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” Arthur Ashe

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Ame’s Holiday Gift Guide!

Still searching for the perfect gifts for your loved ones? Dillon, one of Ame’s talented estheticians just made your gift-giving a little easier. Enjoy Dillon’s gift recommendations that will make the rest of your holiday shopping a whole lot merrier. The best part – you can find all of Dillon’s picks right here at Ame Salon and Spa!

Give, Give, Give:
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Back by popular demand we have our Nirvanna Designs scarves, hats, gloves, and other accessories perfect for the colder weather! I get asked all the time about my knit gloves and matching hat that I got right here at Ame.

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Like a warm hug, our Dreamtime neck wrap or sinus soother are perfect for aches, pains and headaches as well as cold nights!  Come summertime they can also be used cold!

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As always, we have an array of beautiful holiday candles, body scrubs and brushes* as well as hair care gift packs and plenty of other fun stocking stuffers including our no-crease hair ties!

Not sure what to choose? An Ame gift card is sure to please-and don’t forget! Ame offers discounted packages for facials, massages, and pedicures as well as holiday gift card packages. Need help deciding? Our spa coordinators are always happy to assist you.

 I hope you all have a Merry and Bright holiday season with friends and loved ones. We hope to see you all soon!!!

 Cheers,

Dillon

*Some dry brushing benefits and how-to.
Be sure to shower right after brushing and don’t forget to moisturize after your shower!
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Give the Gift of Health

Still looking for the perfect gift for someone or maybe even for yourself? Why not give a gift that counts? Your health is the most important thing you have.

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People are always asking me what exactly a Health Coach does. I respond that as a health coach, I help people find balance and learn to live their best life possible. Health coaches help you understand your lifestyle habits and then work with you to address those habits and improve on them. One of the best things about Health Coaching is that it is customized to fit each individual’s needs and goals. Since every one of us is different, there is no one size fits all approach to health coaching. Health coaching sessions can cover everything from stress reduction to weight loss/gain, healthy eating and learning how to grocery shop efficiently to healthy relationships as well as everything in between. The majority of people can benefit from health coaching as long as they are committed and ready for change.

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There are many reasons people seek the help of a Health Coach, accountability being one of the most important. More often than not, it is very hard to make lifestyle changes and stick to them long-term. Checking in with someone on a routine basis holds you accountable and keeps you honest with yourself. Health coaches help you find the motivation and resources needed to keep on going in the direction of your goals as well as give you support every step of the way.

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What are some of the reasons people have a health coach? There are numerous reasons to have a health coach, the following are some of the more common reasons:

  • Feeling constantly stressed out
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Being ready to make lifestyle changes (i.e. working out regularly, healthy cooking) but unsure how to start
  • Tired of being overweight or you recently gained weight and have been unsuccessful in losing it
  • You want to prepare more of your own meals and avoid processed foods
  • Tired of going on and off diets and ready to make healthy living your lifestyle
  • Constant cravings
  • You feel bad more often than good
  • You are confused about all of the food lingo i.e. GMO’s, organic, all natural, erythritol, gluten-free, etc.

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To learn more about the concepts discussed and what is included with your health coaching sessions, click here. Ame offers different options depending on your health coaching needs, to find out more, click here and/or send me an email: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com or call Ame today to schedule a Words of Wellness session. What are you waiting for? You deserve this. I’m looking forward to talking with you!

Recipe Time!

I found this recipe for Rosemary and Thyme Loaf on Food Matters and it was delicious. I’m not gluten-free but this recipe is! Next time I make it, I plan on adding some pecans.

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Your Best Face Forward

One of our fabulous estheticians, Debbie has some great holiday skin care advice for you:

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“It’s all About that Face, no Trouble!

In light of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, shipping and schlepping, the holidays truly are the most wonderful time of year. Generosity abounds, goodwill towards mankind seems effortless. However as important as finding the perfect gift, so is allowing yourself the much needed time to refresh your skin and to give your face the attention it deserves!

Dehydration, dark circles, and tired stress lines are in part due to the hectic pace we keep. Constant indoor/outdoor temperature fluctuation wreaks havoc on your complexion. For your skin to look its best be sure to schedule the time for a professional facial. As your esthetician, we will assess your immediate needs and provide your FACIAL fix as well as help you with your long-term aging remedies. Be sure to drink more water during the winter months because the body works harder to stay warm and uses up its moisture reservoir. Also, consider a humidifier* in your bedroom as this will make a huge improvement on your skin’s moisture retention. Above all, be sure to use a high quality night cream… it’s the most important time for your skin to replenish and restore lost nutrients preparing for yet another day of holiday havoc! 🙂 “

*I use this humidifier and I love it. I definitely notice a difference since using it. Just make sure to clean your humidifier on a regular basis.

Debbie’s top choices for night time care:

  • SKIN REGIMEN NIGHT RENEWER by Comfort Zone
  • RENIGHT by Comfort Zone
  • HYDRA PURE INTENSE MOISTURE CREAM by Dr. Dennis Gross

Click HERE to view our many facials and then call us to schedule your facial with Debbie or any of our other talented estheticians. I can tell you from experience, you will not be disappointed! My personal favorite is the Mega Peel Facial but your esthetician will help you decide which facial best fits your needs.

I would also recommend the Clarisonic (we carry a variety of colors). I LOVE it! My mom gave me the Clarisonic for Christmas one year and it is by far one of my most favorite gifts. I use it everyday and I love how much it has improved my skin. Feel free to ask Debbie or any of our other estheticians if you would like to learn more about the clarisonic or any of our other skin care products.

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I made these really yummy cookies for Thanksgiving and more since then just to enjoy at home. I can’t say they were a huge hit with my T-Day crowd (I think the pies and other sweets upstaged them) but I love them. They’re not terribly sweet which I like. You can make them plain or dipped in chocolate. The chocolate adds the perfect amount of sweetness. The ingredients are so great, I’ll enjoy a plain one (or chocolate dipped depending on my mood) with breakfast.

Recipe: Easy Dark Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Cookies by Elizabeth Rider

Notes:

  • This recipe really doesn’t make a lot. I doubled it
  • Typically, I try to reduce the sugar in recipes. For a double batch, I used 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • I had a LOT of chocolate left from 12 oz. chocolate for a double batch. I was able to use the leftover chocolate for the 2nd round of these cookies and still had some leftover. Next time, I will get 6oz. chocolate and that should be more than enough

Who’s making cookies? What kinds? Please let me know if you have a recipe I should try.

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Speaking of sweets, if you missed the post on our FB page about sneaky sugar, check it out here. Yet another reason showing you how important it is to read your food labels carefully. Helping you navigate these sneaky encounters is one of the many benefits of having a Health Coach. As always, feel free to contact me with any sugar, label reading, or other health and wellness questions you might have. I enjoy hearing from you! Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

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Holiday Survival 101

Holiday Survival 101

The holidays can be crazy but they don’t have to be-seriously. Here are 8 tips to help you find your peace this holiday season. Please feel free to share some of your tips!

1. HYDRATE! When the weather starts to cool down, we start to forget we are thirsty. It is so very important to remember to drink your water. It is recommended we drink half of our body weight in ounces per day. i.e. if you weigh 130 lbs, you would drink 65 oz. per day. WHY is it so important to stay hydrated? Our body’s organs will not function to the best of their ability if we are not hydrated. Water allows the body to function properly and work to the best of its ability. Remember, our body is made up of roughly 70% water. Water also helps to keep our skin hydrated and prevent drying out in the cold weather. Tip: Carry a water bottle with you at all times. I don’t go anywhere without either my hydroflask or lifefactory bottle.

2. I like to MOVE it. The benefits of exercise are endless. Some of the top benefits include: increased energy, combats health conditions/disease, improved self-confidence and mood, and many, many more! If you are already working out regularly – keep it up! Do not let the holidays stop you. If you are not regularly working out, now is a great time to start. For newbies, consider adding in walks or some light cardio on the treadmill or elliptical. A yoga or Pilates class is another great option- I always recommend Bikram (suitable for beginners-no lie). You can gradually work your way up to more vigorous workouts. Tip: I highly recommend scheduling your “workout appointments”.  Write your workouts in your daily planner and respect these appointments as you would any other. Your health should be your top priority. A workout buddy is another great way to help you stick to your workouts as long as they are dedicated and reliable, otherwise – they will help you make excuses!

3. EMBRACE it all. I absolutely love the holidays and I believe it’s because I embrace (almost) everything about them. I love the commotion and excitement. Lights, decorations, hustle & bustle. It’s a warm and fuzzy time of year. I have a very hard time letting such a good thing stress me out. Take deep breaths, embrace the craziness, and remember the true meanings of the holidays. Tip: Think of a holiday tradition you can do every year to get you in the holiday spirit!

4. FUEL with Intention. Eating habits can become a vicious cycle around the holidays. Don’t let this happen. If you get derailed, remember that everyday is a fresh start. Unfortunately, flu season coincides with the holiday season so it is extra important to execute healthy eating habits. Doing this will keep your immune system strong and ready to fight off illness. Healthy eating will help you have more energy so you are able to more productive and you will feel better. Proceed with caution at all social gatherings. One of the worst ideas, in my opinion (and I have been guilty of this) is not eating much during the day in an attempt to “save yourself” for a gathering. More than likely, you will be starving by the time you get there and make not so great choices once there and/or end up overeating. Tip: I LOVE my crock pot this time of year. I usually make something healthy on my day off that I can have throughout the week in order to prevent any last-minute, not-so-healthy-choices due to lack of time. Meal planning is HUGE. I try to eat extra veggies and greens the day of a party. By making better food choices the day of a gathering, you can crowd out the not so great choices. 

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5. ALCOHOL with caution. Do not hate me but this has to be said. Alcohol is very capable of being your biggest saboteur. We all know this. Commit to setting limits for your consumption. If I want to have a glass or two when I am out, I will skip having a glass at home during the week. I also find it helpful to decide before I go to a party whether I want to have a glass or two of wine OR dessert, then stick to it. The key is not having more than a glass or two otherwise, it is likely that my inhibitions will be lowered and I will end up having alcohol AND many desserts. If that happens at every gathering -> NOT GOOD! To help me stick to my plan, I think about the hard work that went into my workouts leading up to now, the progress I have made, and the workout I want to get in the next day. If I feel like crap the next day, I will likely not feel like working out. It is not worth it to let the alcohol negate all of my hard work. Tip: I often like to commit to being the DD when we go to parties (Danny always lovingly supports this decision 😉 ) because then drinking is not even an option allowing me to feast mindfully and avoid the empty, liquid calories.

6. Keep it simple and BUDGET. Make a list and check it twice. In my opinion, people go way overboard and it’s unnecessary. I like to make a list of every person I want to buy for and then write down about 3-5 ideas for each person of things they can really use. I also set a total holiday budget and then a budget for each individual on my list. The list helps prevent impulse buys and having three to five ideas allows for flexibility while I am out shopping. Tip: Really consider what the person you are buying for needs, not what you want them to want. I always appreciate getting gifts that I can use rather than something I could take or leave that ends up creating clutter or I have to return. 

With our Simplify the Holidays campaign, New Dream is here to help you get started. We hope our tips and resources will help you reduce stress and increase personal fulfillment during this holiday season. Simplify the holidays calendar.

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7. DONATE. Period. It is not the holiday season if you have not helped someone in need. Clothes, food, toys, shoes, books, your time, *SOCKS. The possibilities are endless. You can choose a child/family to “adopt” for the holiday. This is what I do every year and it is so much fun. You get the child’s/children’s ages, wish list, etc. It feels really good to be able to help people in need have a merrier holiday. The first year I “adopted” a family, I learned they had never had a Christmas tree – they had an 8-year-old and a newborn. This was also the first year I broke my rule against artificial trees-this way they would have a tree every year. Every year I am happy I am in a place to be able to help and so appreciative for all I have. Every year, the kids I get ask for socks, coats, gloves something warm. Some people have asked me “What kind of kid wants socks for Christmas?” I always respond with, “The kind of kid who doesn’t have any.” Wegman’s sets up a donation box for new toys. Many books stores, gyms, hospitals, churches, and others do the same. Veterinary offices and animal shelters usually collect food/toys for shelter animals. Check out my favorites page for some of the charities I love. Also, consider donating after the holidays. If you have kids who tend to get spoiled by relatives, encourage them to donate some of their “excess” to kids in need. Tip: Make this your holiday tradition.

*Socks are one of the most needed items that are rarely donated. Read more here.

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8. ME TIME. Give this to yourself. This will keep you going and merrily. You deserve it and don’t convince yourself otherwise. Enjoy a massage, facial, pedicure, etc. Take a nice bubble bath and just relax or (carefully) read in there. Curl up with a blanket and a book. Watch your favorite Christmas movie while drinking hot chocolate. Make cookies (if you find that therapeutic). MeditateTip: LOSE THE PHONE (and other electronics) for your me time. I’m serious. Give this time to yourself. Put your phone on silent and plug it in to charge in another room or stash it in a drawer. If you are having a spa service, leave it in the car.

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Food and Feet

Thanksgiving is almost here! I love Thanksgiving: Family, Food, Fun! If anyone is still putting together their T-Day menu or searching for a recipe to bring, I found some that sound delicious! I haven’t made any of these recipes yet (it’s on today’s list) so please let me know if you do and how they turn out!

If you’re hosting this year, remind yourself to breathe, embrace the holiday craziness, and remember the meaning of Thanksgiving.

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One of our very talented nail technicians, Brittani read your minds and wants to tell you why it is so very important to keep up with your pedicures throughout the winter:

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“As we put away our summer sandals and dust off our snow boots, many clients think that pedicure season is over when in fact – it is just as important during the winter.

Are you wondering why?

  • During the winter months many people suffer from dry skin. Harsh weather and forced heat can cause our skin to become scaly and cracked. Having a pedicure regularly will reduce dry skin and break down the barrier to your “new” skin and absorb the lotion.
  • Healthy toes nails – Face it – it’s tough to cut your own toe nails without getting them lopsided! Improper trimming and filing can lead to ingrown toe nails which are painful and can lead to infection. Regular trimming and filing will prevent this and leave you with strong, healthy nails.
  • Relieve stress – Foot massage has been practiced for hundreds of years. Massage feels good but also helps to ease tight muscles, reduce swelling, and aids in improved joint mobility. The increased blood flow brings oxygen to the tissue in the feet and legs.

Lets Go Naked…I mean on your toes. You love getting a pedicure but it’s snowing out. Giving your nail beds a break from polish is a GREAT idea! We will buff, shine and add some SolarOil to those thirsty nail beds.

So the next time you look at those feet that carry you about your busy day – why not schedule a break for you and for them?

Schedule a pedicure today!”

Brittani recommends trying our Hot Paraffin Pedicure this season. The hot paraffin is very therapeutic and feels amazing. If you have dry, aching feet, this one’s calling your name!

Check out Janice and Britt on the FB for more fun nail advice and please feel free to post your fresh nails to Ame’s FB page so we can see how they look after your Ame nail lovin.

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The Philly Marathon was on Sunday. It was fabulous. I don’t want to bore anyone with all the details BUT if you are interested in a full race recap, feel free to check out my fitness blog. After the race, I indulged in a little post race recovery with some of my favorite products. I throw the Rica bathtub tea and soaking stones in my bath water for the ultimate recovery. The tea comes with a reusable, muslin bag that you just fill with the herbs and soak in your tub. The  herbs are aromatic and soften your skin! The soaking stones are bath salts that smell amazing and help relieve muscle tension. I turned the jets on and I was set. After my bath, I hydrated with Jack Black’s body hydrator. This has to be one of my favorite moisturizers of all time and I have tried a TON.

Reasons I love it:

  • Softest. Skin. Ever. That’s enough for me right there!
  • Fabulous smell. It’s a light, non offensive scent-great for an everyday go-to lotion
  • Lightweight, absorbs quickly
  • No: phthalates, parabens, sulfates
  • I am very generous with this lotion on my thighs and back side. Here’s why: Green tea and coffee seed oil. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-> fight free radicals. Both have been said to help minimize/prevent cellulite. Giddy-up!

Meet Gracie, our sweet foster hog. She LOVES the tub. I ended up having to kick her out of the bathroom because she kept trying to jump in with me. Can you blame her? She is searching for her forever home and we would love to find her one for the holidays. Contact me if you would like to meet her!

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to YOU! Ame is so grateful for all of our clients. We always look forward to seeing you and getting to know you. Thank you for brightening our days! Enjoy your holidays – I’m off to get my nails did!


Do tell:

  • What are you cooking this year?
  • Who’s hosting?
  • What are some of your favorite Ame pedicures? Nail colors?
  • Who is running a Turkey Trot this year? Which one?
  • Favorite bath products?
  • Did you run Philly Marathon? Favorite sign?

Healthy Holidays

Hi Everyone!

The holiday season is officially here (don’t shoot the messenger)! I LOVE this time of year and for that reason, I try to make it last as long as possible. I have been known to keep my trees up well into February. I don’t see anything wrong with that. I picked this little guy up (it’s real and it’s spectacular) from Wegman’s to hold me over until we get our living room Christmas tree. Our whole downstairs now smells like Christmas. It just feels so right. Who else has started their holiday decorating?

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We have a lot of holiday cheer happening in the Salon and Spa. If you are not already on our mailing list, do yourself a favor and sign up here by filling out the contact form! You can also follow us on the FB. That’s where you can hear about our fabulous promotions like these:

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Wine Down serum is a super antioxidant serum packed with resveratrol made from a Texas winery grapes and fruit and vegetable compounds…Super moisturizing & refreshing! Services are available in November and December, 2014. For these promos we are using FarmHouse Fresh products. I am obsessed with this line. If you have any questions about the FHF products we retail at Ame, feel free to ask me because chances are – I have tried them. The FHF packaging is super cute too so that’s an added bonus, it also makes for a great gift! Let me know if you try one of these products/promos and how you like it!

“At FarmHouse Fresh, we dream, develop and hand assemble exquisite gifts that bring delight with every use. Whimsical. Nostalgic. Giftable to even your finickiest friends.
Each product is made with up to 99.6% natural and naturally-derived ingredients. Everything we make is Paraben & Sulfate FREE and our fragrances are all natural or phthalate free. Many of our products are also Vegan and Gluten Free.”

imagesHealthy Holiday Challenge! As Ame’s Health Coach, I am really excited to be hosting Ame’s complimentary Commit to Stay Fit group. This group will focus on maintaining your weight as well as your sanity throughout the holidays. This will be an online group on the FB and will run from November 24 – January 4. We will focus on fitness, healthy cooking, wellness tips, stress reduction, and much more to keep you on track. This group will be flexible to allow you to fit it into the craziest of schedules. Registration is required and the group will be limited to 10-15 participants. Please leave a comment or email me: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com with any questions.

I promise the tips will be better than this:

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Please enjoy this tip:

Dr. Joanna Carmichael recommends adding ginger to your hot, lemon water. Read more from Joanna here. Who else likes to start their day this way? Do you add anything else to your lemon water?

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Please wish me luck in tackling this beast on Sunday and continue to follow the Ame blog for recipes, wellness tips, and much more!

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Ame is very happy to be offering the following packages:

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Staycation at Ame July 5th and 6th 2014

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Staycation at Ame July 5 – 6th, 2014

Celebrate Independence Day week-end at Ame Salon and Spa

MASSAGE
  • 60 min Good CHI Massage for $75 (save $20)
  • 90 min Good CHI Massage and Body Scrub for $135 (save $75 Best Deal!)
  • Upgrade to a Deep Tissue Massage add $30 
NAILS
  • Specialty Manicure and Pedicure $87 (save $10)
 
FACIALS
  • Book any regular facial and receive a complimentary enhancement (value $35)
    • Choice of: Stone sinus remedy, Neck lift collagen masque, Lip & eye rescue duo
HAIR
  • Book the Kevin Murphy Experience and a Blow Dry Style and receive a KEVIN.MURPHY Treatment Product 50% off
    • Choice of:
      • Born Again Essential Treatment
      • Born Again Masque
      • Staying Alive Leave-in Conditioner
RETAIL
  • 20% off Storewide Sale – ALL RETAIL

Learn more about Ame’s Wellness Department

 

Be Well Philly heath and wellness expo focused on living a health, happy and inspired life.

Be Well Philly heath and wellness expo focused on living a health, happy and inspired life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#BeWellBootCamp

Learn more about Ame Salon and Spa and our Wellness Department at the Be Well Philly Boot Camp – a health and wellness expo focused on living a healthy, happy and inspired life – this Saturday, June 7th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Drexel Recreation Center.

Information about the event can be found here:
http://www.phillymag.com/bewellbootcamp/

Hope to see you there!

Ayurveda Tip #3 Yoga

Yoga Practice

I hear it all the time, “I ‘m not flexible. I can’t do yoga.”  The truth is, you’re inflexible because you don’t do yoga.

I hear it all the time, “I ‘m not flexible. I can’t do yoga.”
The truth is, you’re inflexible because you don’t do yoga.

I hear it all the time, “I ‘m not flexible. I can’t do yoga.”

The truth is, you’re inflexible because you don’t do yoga. (this applies to the mind as well, by the way).  Yoga is literally for every body. Because the essence of yoga is union ~ of body, mind, heart and spirit, the practice of it, no matter how quiet or rigorous, is about bringing more awareness to every aspect of your Being.  It’s not important that you can twist your body into a pretzel – most people can’t – even yoga teachers. What’s important is that you spend some time each day on your mat to be present with your body, mind, and spirit. That is, really feeling your body & the messages it is sending you, the state of your mind and emotions, and connecting to your soul – that aspect of you that is perfect just as it is.

Commit to at least 10-15 minutes of gentle stretching and breathing each day and feel the difference it will make in your strength, flexibility, and balance. This translates to strength, flexibility, balance in your life.  Commit to trying it for a month – take a class, buy a book, watch a video, or Google “gentle yoga”. There are many resources out there to help you learn, even classes online.  Yoga is a practice that can always take you deeper so you do not need to learn everything at once.  See if you don’t notice a difference in yourself after several weeks. So relax, stretch and breathe! You’ll find yourself craving it and noticing even more when you don’t do it.

Enjoy!

For more information visit our website www.amesalonandspa.comor www.drjoannacarmichael.com

 

Ayurveda Tip #2 Meditation

Tip # 2 ~ Meditation

The practice of meditation is a wonderful tool for cultivating inner peace, balance, harmony and health in all areas of your life. 

If you are new to the practice, begin with 5 minutes (you have 5 minutes) in the morning just after you get up.  Just begin to breathe deeply, expanding the belly and the chest, and allow your attention and awareness to be on the breath.  As thoughts come (and they most definitely will), simply and gently, with effortless ease, guide your attention back to your breath.  Beginning a meditation practice, is not going to automatically clear your mind. It takes practice and discipline which is the most important part. Within very little time, you will begin to see the effects in your life, which will be your incentive to continue.

Meditate to cultivate inner peace, balance, harmony and health

Meditate to cultivate inner peace, balance, harmony and health

If you are an experienced meditator, take your practice up a notch to 20-30 minutes twice a day; ideally, first thing in the morning and between the end of work and dinner. Meditation is a beautiful way to transition into the evening hours of Kapha time when we should be winding down in preparation for sleep.

Most importantly, relax and enjoy your practice. The time you meditate will expand automatically as long as you are gentle and patient with yourself.

Now… take a deep breath and Enjoy…. !

Ayurveda Tip #1 – Hot Lemon/Ginger Water

Ayurveda is about the wisdom of life.

Ayurveda is about the wisdom of life.

Ayurveda is about the wisdom of life. By knowing and understanding our own unique nature we can easily and naturally make lifestyle choices that are harmonious rather than in conflict with who we are. To better know and understand your individual constitution (or Dosha in Sanskrit), do the Dosha quiz here.

These suggestions are designed to help you make small modifications in your lifestyle that will add up quickly over time. Breaking down big health goals into smaller ones that are easier to “digest” and implement can be the key to lasting and significant change. We tend to want change fast, so we look for that magic bullet that is going to correct every imbalance overnight. What we need to remember is that imbalance was not created in our body/mind overnight, and it’s not going to be reversed or corrected overnight. But change can begin to happen immediately and being simple and realistic is important. Commit to one small change. A few days, a week, a month, even a year go by fast and before you know it the effects of small changes have added up to something wonderful & a life you can love. Give yourself a gift and commit the week to each simple suggestion and watch your health, energy, wellbeing and vitality soar.

Commit to Perfect Health instead of weight loss. Weight loss (or gain, if needed) will happen automatically as a byproduct rather than a goal in itself. As you feel better and better, notice how the suggestions build upon each other and that change and commitment to your health goals becomes effortless. It is from that inspired place inside of you that it is easier to create lasting change without the drudgery of doing something you really don’t want to do or feeling deprived from something you really like.

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Did you know that drinking a hot cup of lemon-ginger water first thing in the morning is a great way to perpetually cleanse and detoxify the body on an ongoing basis? How many of us start the day with a big cup of coffee first thing in the morning? Do you think that a big hit of caffeine is just what your stomach and adrenal glands really desire first thing in the morning before you eat? Coffee stimulates the adrenals to produce more adrenaline (like in the fight/flight or stress response), and is a diuretic so it doesn’t really count as hydration. Do you find that you need even more coffee to keep you going during the day? Do the highs and lows leave you feeling jittery for a few hours and then subsequently exhausted? Sometimes coffee can contribute to anxiety and insomnia even when ingested in the morning. Being a coffee lover myself, I never thought I would be able to give it up, but what I have found is that when I start my day with this healthy and soothing drink, my desire for coffee literally diminishes and sometimes disappears.

Try it!

Recipe

1 c. boiling water

1 tsp fresh grated or sliced ginger*

¼ – ½ fresh squeezed lemon (or lime)

* or ½ tsp dry ginger if you don’t have fresh, but fresh is always better

Experiment with the amount of lemon & ginger and add a touch of honey or Stevia if you desire a little sweetness. Mix together & let the ingredients steep for a few minutes. Drink as hot as you can tolerate comfortably.

  • Lemon is cleansing to the liver, stimulates digestive juices, is alkalizing to the body  and freshens breath.
  • Ginger is the universal herb in Ayurvedic Medicine. It is cleansing and detoxifying to the body, enhances digestion, kindles the appetite & digestive fire, and increases the metabolism if you want to lose weight.
  • Facilitates morning elimination in a very natural way.
  • Gentle yet stimulating to the physiology.
  • Provides energy.
  • Hydrates the body after a night of fasting.
  • When you have overindulged, (sugar, alcohol, caffeine, etc.) this is a great way to detoxify, hydrate, and clear any residual after effects gently and immediately.

Summer look…Beach Wavy Hair

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Sizzling summer beach waves are still flowing strong! If you are one of the lucky ladies (and i do mean lucky!) to have those waves naturally, try playing them up with great supportive wave products like Kevin.Murphy Hair.Resort.

This comes in a lotion or spray that gives your hair an awesome beachy texture and smells like a heavenly beach! Now for those of us who are not quit as lucky, have no fear. There are great ways to achieve this look, depending on your styling desires. Irons, hot rollers, and even creative wet-sets work very well on most hair.

Think you still need more help? Then a “Beach Wave” perm may be just what you need to give you long lasting support. This is a unconventional  perm that creates a wavy to lose curl. This service can be booked after a consultation so we can decide together if this is the option for you.

So what are you waiting for? Get those summer beach waves rolling!

~Stefanie

Quench Your Body with Citrus Treatments!

QUENCH your body and your complexion with our Summertime citrus bliss!

Citrus acts as an anti-aging and anti-inflammatory element not only internally but externally. The scent is uplifting to the spirit but more importantly, the flavonoids in citrus protect the skin from extrinsic aging. Try our citrus wraps and body scrubs to experience first hand the amazing benefits of the vitamin C. Our spa therapists are the best in the biz while our estheticians can provide your skin with vitamin C face treatments as well. QUENCH your body and your complexion with our Summertime citrus bliss!

Peel and Reveal

Want a quick yet profound fix for tired looking skin? Our recommendation is for Microdermabrasion for resurfacing

 or Alpha-Beta Acid Peel for the best anti-aging “reveal”. 

Seek one of our Ame Estheticians for your fix.

Spa Finder Wellness Week at Ame March 19 – 25

Our 4 Essential Elements of Well-Being

50% off or $50 in the month of March for these select services

1 – Simply Balanced Wellness at Ame – Harmonize your health and well being this month with health coaching and yoga. Meet with Alyssa Rodgers, Certified Health Coach for a consultation of food and lifestyle choices. Linda, a Certified Yoga Instructor will then lead you in a private yoga lesson. This package is regularly $150. Experience the package 50% off. Service length is two (2) hours. Bring your own mat. This is a one time discount per client.
Recommended Retail: Spa Comforts Hot Water Bottle 20% off

2 – Intro OM Organic Facial  – Get to know the OM Organic Facial with this abbreviated version. 45 minutes. $50
Recommended Retail: VIP Package 5-Step Skin Care Program 20% off

3 – Body Wrap Session – Detox with the Heated Marine Mud Wrap or get silky with the China Green Tea Wrap $50
Recommended Retail: Rain Green Tea Lotion 20% off

4 – Ame Pedicure – Prepare for sandal season $50
Recommended Retail: Lippman Steppin’ Out 20% off

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Health, Yoga and You

Most people have experienced body massage and know how an Ame massage greatly benefits the whole body. Have you ever wondered how yoga could improve your overall physical wellness, flexibility and state of mind? You can now experience yoga here at Ame!

Beginning 2012, as part of our ever growing ‘wellness’ department, you can pair up Yoga with Massage for the total experience! No class, no group…pure individualized sessions right here as you see fit, with Linda ——Ame’s certified Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist. Get on track for a healthier, happier you. Call for details and available appointments.

In addition, Ame’s own Massage Therapist and certified Health Coach, Alyssa Rodgers will begin offering health assessment consultations that can be paired with body massage! Don’t wait any longer to feel as good as possible. Appointments are required so we encourage you to call.

Kudos to BioEnergy Chiropractor, Dr. Jen Furcht of Whole You Wellness at Ame. Her training consists of the most current techniques that utilize the physics of energy science, structure alignment, cleansing, nutrition and emotional re-patterning. Appointments are available for you Thursdays 12 – 9.

As promised to you, Ame will continue to grow our wellness department in an ongoing effort towards health and well being for you and your loved ones.