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Get grounded in Abundance with Aveda & The Day Spa at Folawns

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When was the last time your name hit #1 on your to-do list? There are definitely apps for that, but let’s get more personal: the app you were born in, your body, is the best reminder of prioritizing self-care. How? Pain and chronic stress, the duo which leaves you feeling run down and not-so abundant. Oh and the well-intended New Year’s resolution? It fell into a slump after Valentine’s Day. Getting grounded is not easy in today’s world of fast-paced, technologically forward, land of instant gratification, but it IS possible, especially through the five senses.
At Folawn’s living Ayurveda through Aveda means following the Earth’s five elements (Ether/Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth) through the year’s seasons. Grounding yourself through the elements and senses from Winter into Spring requires activating your sense of smell. Our sense of smell is associated with creating some of our earliest memories. Please accept this invitation to create a new memory at Folawn’s as you rejuvenate, relax and energize yourself with the following solutions:

• Got 5 minutes? Take a sensory journey with our heritage aroma families: Rosemary Mint, Shampure or Cherry Almond. Add any heritage aroma to our Hand Relief and/or Foot Relief and enjoy moisturizing bliss, even if only for a few moments.
• 15 minutes left on lunch? Come in for a 15-minute chair massage. Take Folawn’s with you in a personalized Pure-fume aromatherapy essence for just $20.
• Only have 30 minutes? Instead of cancelling your 90-minute massage, choose a different date for massage and come in for a foot reflexology treatment.
• Need to exfoliate and rehydrate? Schedule our exfoliating and intensive hydrating body treatments* once every 8 weeks.
• Got cold and flu or allergy symptoms? Massage achy body parts at home with our Stress Fix, Rosemary Mint and Cooling composition oils. Recipe: In 1 oz. of carrier oil or lotion, put 10-20 drops of each essential oil. Do not put essential oils directly onto the skin. Please use a carrier oil/lotion.

*Service times vary by treatment
Instead of flirting with dis-ease and disaster, dial it down a notch (or five) and take 5 slow, deep, abundant breaths. Your body and mind need and want abundant, conscious attention. Your breath is the map, just follow it at a slow, relaxed pace. Prioritize yourself and make it your to-“be” list. In fact, just like on my massage table, your only job is to breathe: just do it with full awareness for at least 2 minutes. How abundant the rest of your day is will be up to you.

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By Ja’Net Shawnee, LMT, PTP

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Double Cleansing

 

Double Cleansing: You need to do this, twice!

Every relationship goes through it’s chapters and reaches it’s most meaningful milestones. First dates, first kiss, meeting the parents, first true argument about how, “Oh I don’t care,” is actually not a restaurant. But to this day, I remember the first time my beau ventured into the bathroom of my apartment searching for q-tips. {It might have also been dental floss or tissues. I might not remember this as clearly as I thought. But the humor is still here I promise.} I knew the moment he opened up those upper cabinet doors, searching earnestly for his needs and seeing for the first time my arsenal of beauty products and tools I utilize in my efforts to age gracefully. Now for me, I can practically hear a choir of angels sing every time I open those doors. Glycolic Cleansers, Retinol Crèmes, and oh the lipid soluble vitamin C serums. It’s beautiful. For him, bewildered, confusion, questioning life decisions he made in the third grade. In this moment, he let out the most innocent of, “Whoa,” that would have made a circa 1989 Keanu Reaves very proud. And with a giggle he said that he thought washing his face was just soap and water. Oh he was so mistaken, but he was also so very correct in the simplicity of our skins needs.

As a whole, the beauty industry today is in this amazing era where the education about the importance of a good skin care routine is pivotal. We know that our skin is the largest organ our body has, and it works very hard every day to protect us from harmful environmental factors. The better we take care of our skin, this beautiful organ can do its job longer and more efficiently. With this knowledge, our industry has blossomed with an array of products and tools that aide in our skin care routines. Clarisonic brushes, charcoal masks and jade rollers are everyday tools, while our cabinets are lined with toners and serums for every need. But in reality, we often overlook the fact that a good face cleanse, specifically a double cleanse, is the most important step we can take. Double cleansing is a method of washing your face twice. Yep, that simple. But without proper cleansing, every other step in your skin care routine is absolutely pointless.

Double cleansing really started to receive attention when the layered steps of the Korean skincare routines gained popularity. The art of double cleansing is that you first wash your face with an oil based cleanser. For most of us the mental alarms are already going off at the idea of washing our face with an oil, surely this will make me more oily and further my breakouts? But oil attracts oil, and in this case it’s really attracted to the fat deep in your subcutaneous tissue. The oil cleanse will get down deep in those pores to melt sebum and break down makeup, dirt and pollutants that have accumulated. Often times a deep cleansing will leave the skin dry and raw, but because the oil based cleanser doesn’t mess with the lipids and ceramides between the skin cells, your skin will be balanced, clean and hydrated. The second phase of the double cleanse is the use of a water based foaming cleanser. While the oil based products worked to break down all the crud in our skin, one to two pumps out of this foaming bottle of wonderful is going to swoop in to wash away all of that surface residue. You will be clean. You will be purified. And you will be ready for serums.

Now if you know me at all, you know I am a lazy girl at heart. I often joke that if I can’t put on my makeup at two red lights, well then I just don’t need that kind of pressure in my life. I promise you my skin care routine is not anymore taxing. Following the double cleansing method should -maybe- add one to two more minutes in front of your bathroom mirror at night. That’s it. But from acne to ageing, this two step routine may be your skin’s saving grace.

Just Remember:

Step One: Apply an oil based cleanser to neck and face. Moving in upward and outward circles to massage the cleanser in. You’ll look like a raccoon who forgot their umbrella. This is good, this means the oil is melting everything down. Remove with warm water and cloths.

Step Two: One to Two pumps of your water based foaming cleanser. Work into neck, jaw and entire face with your finger tips for about one minute. Rinse thoroughly.

Your skin will be completely ready now for any toners, serums and bottled glow your favorite Esthetician has recommended for you. Try to do this every night, or most nights if were being honest gals. Until next time readers.

Blogger: Katie

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Motivational Wellness: Founder’s Example of Finding Flow

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Do you remember the first thought or thing you did when you woke up this morning? Be honest…you probably don’t and that’s okay. We typically shoot ourselves out of canons, a million thoughts about to-do lists and other thoughts connected to obligations which start with the words “should”, “have to” and “can’t” or “don’t” attached. No shame, but honestly, between the thoughts and the doing, we forget how to just BE. How do we do that? Just breathe consciously. In the simplest form of the word, inspiration = breath.

“It’s important to let go, calm down, and get grounded. We need to listen to ourselves. When one becomes aware that our present-moment thoughts are not productive, one should simply let them go. Change a negative thought to a positive one.” ~Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher (1941-2014)

I didn’t have the gift of knowing Horst Rechelbacher personally, yet his passion for plants and care of the environment has always been phenomenal to me. An immigrant son of an Austrian herbalist and shoemaker, his love of nature became a vocation to teach and transform the beauty industry’s impenetrable, impersonal facade from the inside out: as a hairstylist, yoga and meditation student, environmentalist, entrepreneur and genius philosopher in my humble opinion, his impact reached far and wide.

Horst walked his walk and did not let a near fatal car accident in his 20’s alter the course of his vision. He had to heal physically and be patient within a healing timeline not in his control and it had everything to do with an abundant mindset as illustrated above. Decades before “sustainability” became trendy, every breath he took was in a foundation of deeply passionate self-love and respect for himself, others and the planet. Horst’s loving integrity and an uncompromising vision reminds us that laser-sharp thought process is what your self-love demands of you in each moment of your day: that what you think, how you feel about it, how you talk about it and how you act upon it can transform your world from negative to positive. Just BE, just flow for now, one moment at a time.

For an Aveda experience at Folawn’s to really do that, you have to surrender and trust yourself, which is the foundation of self-love. Our founder’s example set the tone: It’s never just a haircut, a nail appointment, a facial, or a massage. Try thinking about your aches, pains and negative experiences as a little kid that needs your immediate attention. The reality is our best selves show up when we pay attention to our challenges, thinking and feeling positive and allowing our friends to help us. Paying attention to ourselves and feeling loved is the true transformational currency of abundance. Please allow Folawn’s and Aveda to help you find the abundance you may have overlooked. February’s flow of self-love can be found in transforming the negative lead into positive gold. It really CAN be that simple.

Blogger: Ja’Net Shawnee, Licensed Massage Therapist, Polarity Therapy Practitioner

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Microcurrent: The Natural Facelift

The day I turned thirty, I woke up excited in my hotel room with the promise of a French 75 and the cajun breakfast that was awaiting me as I was celebrating my most illustrious birthday in the Big Easy. Favorite cleanser in hand I gazed into the fluorescent lit bathroom mirror ready to primp myself for the day’s festivities. And then I saw it, like a sci fi monster creeping out of the depths, it was smile lines. Those starkly defined and painfully dreaded wrinkles that were etched around my nose and mouth.

  1. Was. Devastated.

Had I smiled to much in my thirty years? Surely I drank enough water. Exfoliation? It had to be exfoliation. Time to scrub my face like I never had before.

But the simple fact is, the human face is constructed of 45 muscles, 36 of which are used for expression alone. And unlike anywhere else on the body, those muscles directly relate to the appearance of our skin. Right at the tender age of 30, our muscle function begins to atrophy. As this deterioration begins to occur, we simultaneously lose collagen and elastin in our skin.  Science calls this, “Sarcopenia.” I call it, “Gravity is making my face melt and it’s not fair.” I refused to let my cheeks go down without a fight, so what’s a girl to do? Microcurrent my darling.

Microcurrent is a rejuvenating, low-level electrotherapy facial. Two prongs are used by an Esthetician to strategically strengthen the facial muscles, reeducating them into a sculpted and visibly tighter position. It’s Pilates for your face. During the facial, you’ll experience the tingling sensation of small electrical impulses. These impulses mimic those naturally occurring in our body. Aside from the improvement in muscle tone, microcurrent therapy triggers a boost in the body’s production of collagen and elastin. Those precious youthful proteins.

Immediately after the facial, the results are visible. The face is lifted, firm and beautifully hydrated. Treatment is typically done over several sessions, comparable to our gym routines for the rest of our body. Microcurrent is completely safe and FDA approved, however for some clients it’s not the best option.  I wouldn’t recommend this treatment for any of my pregnant guest, people with heart conditions or epilepsy.

Blogger: Katie Leigh

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A change is in the Air!

It’s a cold day, nearing the end of January in good old San Antonio Texas. I grab my purse and my warm elixir of life, coffee, and jump into my car feeling the cold leather against my thighs and back. Instantly I reach for the seat warmer and adjust my air settings. Those of you living in San Antonio know we experience 39 and 70 degrees in one day and I had my A/C blasting from the ride home from work yesterday.

I feel the warm air hitting my shoulders and face feeling my hairs stand up on end as I shiver with relief. Coming to my first stop light, I look up into my rear-view mirror and see my reflection staring back at me. After the initial shock, of seeing the hair standing up clinging to the roof of my car because of static, I noticed the dry chapped lips, tight crêpey skin, and my hands looked like the crypt keeper grasping my steering wheel.

Time to look at my beauty regime and adjust to the season.

In this cooler season we need to protect, our first layer of defense our skin. We need to intake more water to compensate for the cooler fronts causing dry air outside and forced hot air heating inside causing moisture to evaporate from the surface of the skin. Here are some of my tips that I incorporate to negate the dehydration and dryness in my skin and hair in our cooler months.

Because its cooler I tend to drink more coffee and tea. These come with a price, more dehydration. I generally stick to the rule of thumb to take in two eight-ounce glasses of water to every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage I consume as both are diuretics and will make you dehydrate more quickly.

My routine is all Aveda and so I just adjust accordingly.

First changing out my cleanser. Instead of using the Botanical Kinetics Gel Cleanser, I would use our Botanical Kinetics Crème Cleanser, which is gentler, cleansing the skin with plant derived oils leaving the skin soft and smooth and not stripped.

My usual moisturizer is Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion, which I would change up for the thicker, and more moisturizing Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Rich Crème or Soft Crème if I needed a lighter version. This would add a barrier layer protecting my skin from the elements and helping the water in my skin from evaporating which in turn would leave it dehydrated.

I also change up my shampoo routine. While still using my Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo, I would swap out my conditioner to the Aveda Dry Remedy Conditioner. This helps add and maintain moisture balance in the hair, relieving you of the static with the Buriti Oil and the gentle aroma of organic lavender, bergamot and ginger lily and other pure flower and plant essences

Finally, I will pull from my purse, because I always carry it with me, my Hand Relief Lotion. It is full of anti-oxidants vitamins A and E, lactic acid which exfoliates and licorice root for lightning and brightening, which is a must for aging skin. Our hands and neck show our age first ladies!

Until we get back our regular eight months of 85 to 100 this will be my winter and spring routine.

Join me in changing it up and come visit us at The Day Spa @ Folawns for some pampering. YOU deserve it!

Signing out, till the next time yours in Service

Blogger: Angie Hunt

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Abundance with Aveda & The Day Spa @ Folawns

Category: Motivational wellness

How can we create and maintain abundance and motivational wellness with massage in 2019?

Let’s face it: we often mistake abundance for the money-making career aspects of our lives and consider ourselves healthy and well only if we see no illness in our bodies. The holiday season can leave you feeling mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted and not so focused on those New Year’s resolutions of abundance or wellness. Pain and discomfort are great motivators for wellness, showing you how you didn’t remember to “pay yourself first”. The solution? A small change in perspective: everything in nature happens in its own time, at a much slower pace. If “time is money”, it makes sense to slow down and spend time and money on yourself, through your five senses, as you are meant to experience life. Every moment of wellness can motivate you to build a lifetime of abundance with small changes.

Creating and maintaining abundance and motivational wellness the Folawns way keeps it simple: experiencing yourself through your five senses helps achieve abundant health and wellness using natural aromatic oils to enhance massage sessions. After all, Aveda’s founder, Horst Rechelbacher, once said, “Plants are the best chemists.” As the son of an herbalist and his time spent as an aromatherapist (among many other hats and titles), Rechelbacher understood the gateway between mind and body is the air we breathe and the way to soothe mind and body is via aromatic oils made from Aveda’s pure plant essences. When the mind and body reconnect, you are better able to recognize abundance from the inside out. Each deep, full breath into the body’s tight areas can help you face life’s challenges with effective solutions.

A Folawns massage experience meets all 5 senses depending on which massage style and/or add-on you book:

  1. Chakra Balance massage: for those who are curious about the 7 main chakras*, guided meditations, and love the lighter touch of Swedish massage + any of the 7 chakra blends. *Chakras come from Aveda’s deep roots in Ayurveda, India’s philosophy of preventive health and mind-body wellness.
  2. Hot Stone Fusion massage: for those who just love hot stones**, stones may be placed or actively moved to coax muscles back into their original, relaxed form. **Stones are cooled down to a guest-friendly temperature of their choosing.
  3. Stress Fix massage: for deep tissue warriors who need a focus on back, neck and shoulders and love medium to firm pressure. Lavender lovers will enjoy the Stress Fix blend of lavender, lavandin and clary sage.
  4. Add-ons/session enhancement(s): Cupping therapy, hydrating therapy for body and feet, invigorating scalp treatment, reflexology foot massage.
  5. What to expect: soothing visual space, relaxing spa music, a cup of Aveda’s Comforting Tea or another beverage of your choice, and aromatherapy in addition to your chosen style of touch therapy as listed above.

After massage services, guests typically experience feeling more rejuvenated, centered and renewed through improved circulation and range of motion and nights of enhanced sleep. To see which type of massage can be customized to your wellness needs, please call the Day Spa @ Folawns at 210-408-0101. We look forward to helping you find and maintain the experience of a more abundant you!

Blogger: Ja’Net M. Shawnee, LMT, PTP

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Get Rid of That UNHEALTHY Belly Fat!

I draw mostly from personal experiences and this is currently where im focusing my energy.. get fit and fab girls! Not just to look good, but to feel healthy, energized, and refreshed! Happy workouts!….

Belly fat has been shown to be just about the most harmful form of surplus fat that exists. Medical professionals all over the world are not really sure exactly why, but this type of fat has been linked to a variety of adverse health conditions.

It is no wonder then why so many of us are so keen to get rid of our belly fat. If you think that you have recently grown a little thick around the middle and would like to ust do something about it, here are three types of great routines to help you. If your need some motivation to help you realize that you need to start, know that reducing your belly fat also reduces the health threats associated with heart problems.

Here are the three (3) types of workout regimens:

· Cardio

· Core Strength, and

· Yoga

Cardio:Cardiovascular exercises will allow you to shed weight throughout the whole body. This is great since, to get rid of the fat around the belly, you need to get rid of it from just about everywhere. Generally, our bodies have a tendency to store excess fat in particular areas, largely because of our genetic makeup. Cardio routines would help reduce your body to fat percentage, which would surely help you become far healthier as well as provide you with the toned tummy that you have always desired.

The most effective cardio exercises are simply the ones that you are going to follow until you achieve the desired results. You can choose a handful of diverse routines that you take pleasure in performing, and strive to perform them for a minimum of a few hours every week.

You don’t necessarily have to be “professional” about doing these exercises, though. Some simply, everyday responsibilities can be utilized to achieve your goals. For example:

· If you happen to be interested in do-it-yourself activities, you could occupy yourself with some garage and yard projects.

· If you are fortunate to be a parent or guardian, have fun with your children in the playground, or even carry them for leisurely strolls along nature’s hiking trails.

· For those who have a dog, carry it for walks or to play “go fetch” to achieve a good workout.

· Should you favor a more sociable setting, you could become a member of some sort of group training class at your neighborhood health club, or even at an entertainment center.

Core Strength:
 

 

Different versions of these types of workouts will allow you to trim your waistline quicker. For instance, instead of performing the typical crunches, you could do up and down crunches. These are generally done resting on your back with each of your legs kept at about a 45 degree angle off the floor.

Performing leg lifts, as well as crunches, with the aid of an exercise ball will significantly improve your core strength. With exercise balls you need to be able to maintain your balance. This will usually encourage each of your primary muscle groups to become active. You would do well to remember though, when performing these routines, to engage the back muscle groups also so that some muscle proportion could be achieved.

Yoga:
 

 

As far as effective stress management and core strength development is concerned, it’s tough to outdo yoga in terms of results. It is effective in reducing the manufacture of stress hormones, as well as in the toning of your stomach muscles. This makes it an exceptional routine to help get rid of belly fat.

As long as our body system is stressed, it will react by trying to protect itself. This tenseness is usually caused by mental or emotional anxiety, sickness, trauma, or even the abuse of stimulant drugs. Yoga offers breathing as well as stretching routines which reduce muscle stress. It also concentrates on calm, flowing movements, thus helping to soothe the mind, reduce the heart rate, and, ultimately, reduce hypertension.

Several yoga positions are extremely effective for firming the stomach. What’s great about these postures is that they come in a variety of supine, sitting and standing up positions that encourage you to stretch your legs as well as preserve stability.

All in all, by using a consistent program involving cardio, core strengthening, and yoga, you can expect to remove significant amounts of inches from your midsection. This ultimately will result in improved overall health with the added bonus of general peacefulness.

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Blogger: Jackie Rodriguez