May is for Mothers

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - April, 29th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, holiday, Mother's Day, promotion, Skin Care

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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!

                                                                                                   HappyMother's Day

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Digestive Health

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - April, 1st, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, Skin Care, Wellness

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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!
13175_10153185272142232_726498959947918178_n Our Healthy Spring Living Facebook wellness group started today. Email me to join: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

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

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What’s the Deal with Coconut Oil?

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - March, 25th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Health Coaching, Wellness

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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:

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:

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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!

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Valentine’s Day at AME!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - February, 10th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, holiday, Massage, promotion, Valentine's Day, Wellness

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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:

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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Your Best Face Forward

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - December, 10th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, holiday, recipes, Skin Care, Wellness

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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:

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:

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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Healthy Holidays

Author: admin - November, 19th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, Wellness

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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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Quench Your Body with Citrus Treatments!

Author: admin - July, 11th, 2012 | Category: Blog Posts, Massage, Skin Care, Uncategorized, Wellness

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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!

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Peel and Reveal

Author: admin - May, 23rd, 2012 | Category: Blog Posts, Skin Care

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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.

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