Spa Industry in the News

I have recently gone back to school to take up small business so that I may be of better service to my existing and future clients. I would like to share with you what I discovered in the news this…

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Spa Industry in the News

I have recently gone back to school to take up small business so that I may be of better service to my existing and future clients. I would like to share with you what I discovered in the news this week and how it affects my goals for Touch Of Serenity and it’s future….

Every week we have an assignment to see what happened this week that will affect our business. This question intimidates me a bit as the spa industry does not surface in the news since most news of late is about either politics or weather.. This week however I ran across an article on NPR about how Doctors are coming across new findings that pills not only do not help with chronic back pain but can actually cause damage.

“In contrast to other types of pain, Damle says acute back pain usually goes away on its own. “The body will adjust, the inflammation will go down,” he says. It may take a few days or even a week, but eventually you’ll be back to normal.”

I could not agree more with this quote. I have suffered with chronic back issues since age 15 and on top of that watched my mother suffer. She herself was on pills for over 3 decades and had 3 back surgeries.  Side effects of these pain relieving medications can include gastritis, stomach upset and a rise in blood pressure. I think her suffering with chronic back pain has been what inspired me in the back round to go into this profession. They eventually took her off the pills but I feel that if you need to take drugs for that long of a period of time it is quite possible there are other issues that need to be  addressed such as simple things like diet and exercise.

Instead, the new guidelines suggest techniques to speed up the healing process, including heat wraps, massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation which can “relax the muscles, joints, and tendons so people can be relieved of their low back pain sooner, rather than later.”

This is my favorite quote in the news thus far in this on going assignment and I could not agree more! As I stated I also have suffered from back issues for most of my life. It was not until I had a lifestyle change and began to eat differently and move my body more that I felt relief. My entire quality of life has changed for the better. I attribute this to the healthier food choices I make on top of just constantly reminding myself to move my body and take deep breaths. It has been said that in order to make a change in your outlook sometimes all you need are four deep and conscious breaths to initiate a shift in yourself.

Taking time out for myself to receive body work and stretching as much as I can remember has been a life saver for me and I could not be happier that the general public is realising this valuable  information. In turn this helps my business because I provide the healing massage that can not only ease your pain but create a shift in your mind to a more relaxed state. In a more relaxed state the world can seem friendlier and we can often accomplish more with the flight or fight state of being in a somewhat neutralized state. Interactions with other can be more full of pleasantries and exchanges of information when we are not feeling threatened.

Now to point out an even more fantastic article I ran across. This article was on Managing the health of older dogs

It is no secret that I am expanding my business to our furry four legged  companions. This article refers to the difficulty in watching your best friend get older. With struggles of pain, memory loss, and even worse health declining conditions. It speaks on how often pet owners will make the dog’s comfort secondary to their need for them to be around. It is so important that we make sure these sweet beasts have their own quality of life.

   “Studies now suggest Pain tops the list of common health concerns for older dogs, with causes ranging from the routine, such as arthritis, to the more serious, such as cancer. As in humans, pain management can be complicated by other conditions. A dog with weak kidneys, for instance, may not be able to take canine-specific pain medicine.”

             “Karas looks beyond drugs to treat pain, sometimes recommending massage, therapeutic ultrasound and rehabilitation. The benefits of a good rehabilitation program can be far-reaching. Older dogs may not make it outside for long walks, says Karas, but with rehabilitation, “three times a week the dog gets out and sees people who pet and love him.”

FANTASTIC! It is amazing seeing your mission backed up online by a news source. I look forward to sharing this article on my social media business page in hopes others will see the value in what I will be offering in the upcoming months. Here is to your health and the health of your fur children my friends!




Custom Comfort

So I currently have a client/friend who asked if he could bring his own music. I thought it was a great idea! I was in luck because he made a song list full of one of my favorite artists, Mr Trent Reznor. I feel like every massage I give is completely catered to the individual. What better way to make a massage all about you than listening to the music that really pulls on your heartstrings. Next month we are doing a tribute to David Bowie who has recently past. I really enjoy assisting with the healing process that we all need to keep our mind, body, and spirit healthy.

What is Reiki?


Reiki is better understood when it is experienced. I often still struggle today with describing the amazing sensations and benefits of this ancient form of medicine.  I have many clients who describe feeling a state of calmness and clarity, an over all zen feeling.

Here is how it is described at The International Center for Reiki Training :

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.Reiki_Benefits_wChakra_Symbols_32175814_std.356173215_std

Serenity Scrubs

Touch of serenity Salt Scrubs are available to order! I am currently working on a batch of Citrus Bliss! This blend will not only leave your skin soft and glowing, it also uplifts your mood.  Therapeutic grade essential oils are used in this fusion with benefits that extend beyond elevating mood and reducing stress, Citrus Bliss has natural, potent compounds with cleansing properties.

These Serene Scrubs are also reiki infused with unconditional love. If you would like a special intention for your scrub or a custom flavor you may do so for $5 more.

All pre-made jar’s are $30.00 each. For a more personal approach $35.00 each
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