Sunlighten Infrared Sauna is Here!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - August, 6th, 2018 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Massage, promotion, services, Wellness

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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
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Cupping Therapy Now at AME!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - June, 18th, 2018 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Massage, promotion, services, Wellness

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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
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Rest on Water Treatment and AME Spotlight on Erika

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - April, 28th, 2016 | Category: Blog Posts, hair health, Hair Styling, Happenings at AME, spotlight, stylist spotlight, Wellness

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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

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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

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Stop and Smell the Roses!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - March, 2nd, 2016 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Massage, promotion, rose, spotlight

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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:

*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

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12 Day Detox is Back!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - January, 6th, 2016 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, stylist spotlight

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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@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

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Pick Me Up, Peppermint.

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - November, 4th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, holiday, Massage, peppermint, promotion, services, stylist spotlight, Wellness

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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:

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@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

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Spotlight on Sarah & Trends You’ll Fall For

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - September, 16th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Hair Styling, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, promotion, redken, services, stylist spotlight

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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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Clean “Lob” Haircut
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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:

*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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Holy Cacao!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - April, 15th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, promotion, recipes

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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!

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.

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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@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@amesalonandspa.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Just a Spoonful of Turmeric

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - March, 11th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Health Coaching, recipes, Wellness

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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:

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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

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.

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Keepin the Beat Healthy

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - February, 18th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, Wellness

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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?

*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@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@amesalonandspa.com

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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@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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AME’s Holiday Gift Guide!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - December, 19th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, holiday, Wellness

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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

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - December, 17th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts, Health Coaching, holiday, recipes, Wellness

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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@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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