January 2010

From Head to Toe: New Year New You!

Author: Local Businesses

HEALTH & BEAUTY

As the new year gets off to another fresh start, these local professionals give you some health and beauty tips to start you off on the right track.

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FOR THE SMILE
(Is yours less than perfect?)

Loss of natural teeth, whether in an accident or as part of the natural aging process, can be traumatic and affect your outlook on life. With the help of a Prosthodontist, there are many options if you have lost some or all of your teeth.

Prosthodontists are experts in the restoration and replacement of teeth. They make smiles look beautiful and function the way they should. After completing four years of dental school, Prosthodontists receive an extra three years of specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate program. Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the ADA.

Crowns, bridges and full or partial dentures are just some of the procedures that can help you regain your smile, and improve your appearance and self confidence. Another option is dental implants, a more permanent solution that has improved greatly over the last twenty years. Whether you need to replace one tooth or many, a Prosthodontist will work with you through every step of dental implant treatment, from initial consultation through follow up care.

Cosmetic Dentistry is obviously a big part of dentistry today, and patients should research their options for cosmetic or reconstructive dental work before making a decision. Prosthodontists provide patients with a range of services including: Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implant restorations, bridges, veneers, crowns, veneers, complete and removable partial dentures, TMJ or jaw joint problems, teeth whitening, cleft palate care, oral cancer reconstruction, snoring and sleep disorders.

Brought to you by Dr. Davis of Distinctive Dental Services.
For more information the web address is www.distinctdentalservices.com

FOR THE SKIN
(the body’s largest organ!)

Body treatments are essentially a facial for your whole body. It is just as important to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate the skin on your body as it is the skin of your face. The most popular body treatment is a body scrub. A body scrub will actually help to remove all the dead skin off your body and expose a supple layer of younger skin, making you feel fresh and rejuvenated.

The general steps of a body scrub are:
• Dry brush to prepare the skin by removing dead skin cells and
stimulating circulation.
• Scrub the body with the body scrub of your choice. Most body
scrubs have these three ingredients 1. An Exfoliant: This is the abrasive material like salt, sugar, rice bran, etc. that rubs away the dead skin cells on the surface, revealing the softer, younger cells just below. 2. Oil: This holds the mixture together so it can be applied to the skin. 3. Fragrance: Ideally, the fragrance comes from high-quality essential oils.
• Lotion to hydrate the skin and keep it fresh and supple.

You want to be careful not to perform a body scrub too often because frequent scrubbing can damage the young skin layer once the dead skin is off the body surface. Once every other week to once a month is sufficient.

(This tip brought to you courtesy Cheryl Izworski of Spa Soleil)
Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa
Phone (843) 686-8420

TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEART
(You only have one.)

A major study shows that over 50% of people with “normal cholesterol” still develop heart attacks.

Why?

When we hear cholesterol, we think, “total cholesterol”, LDL, and HDL. Most of us know that the LDL is “bad”, the “HDL” is good and the total cholesterol should be under 200. Then why are those 50% of patients still having heart disease and heart attacks?

The current measurement of cholesterol, although revealing, may not be the most decisive and in depth measurement available today. There is a test available called the NMR Lipoprofile, that provides a more definitive measurement of your cardiac risk. How? It actually measures the size of the cholesterol carrier.

LDL and HDL are lipoproteins, (HDL – high density lipoprotein and LDL – low density lipoprotein) Lipoproteins, not cholesterol, cause heart disease. Lipoproteins are the carriers that transport cholesterol through the blood. Some lipoproteins cause cholesterol to penetrate the artery wall more easily, causing the artery to clog. These lipoprotein plaques become inflamed and rupture, causing a heart attack. Lipoproteins come in different sizes. Since 1996, studies have shown that the “larger” the lipoprotein, the safer it is.

HDL particles, especially large ones, help clean out the artery wall, reverse the blockages and carry cholesterol back to the liver. Large HDL particles are your arteries vacuum cleaner. If you have small HDL particles, it is a sign that your “vacuum cleaner” is not working and your artery continues to build up plaque and becomes more diseased.

LDL particles deliver cholesterol to your cells. Your cells need cholesterol to make cell membrane. If LDL particles are small, they penetrate the artery wall more readily, causing damaging plaque. If the LDL particles are large, they cannot penetrate the artery wall and cause damaging plaque. Also, the smaller the LDL particle, the more you need to carry your cholesterol. The more LDL particles, the higher the risk of heart disease.

The size of the particle can be reversed with diet, exercise and certain cholesterol lowering medicines. It has been available for 10 years and is covered by Medicare and other health insurances. Most doctors may know it is available, but may not know the extensive research that supports the reasoning behind using it and therefore may not recommend it to their patients.

If you have a history or risk of heart disease, it is worth it to you to have this test.

A Lesson in Lipoproteins from the Hickey Center

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FOR THE MUSCLES…AND THE SOUL!

We all know that massage therapy helps you relax, realign and rejuvenate.

But what you may NOT know, is that massage can help you feel better if you are plagued with migraines or arthritis…read on!

Migraines:
Message therapy is a great way to reduce stress and relieve tension – two of the main causes of migraines. Research at The Touch Institute in Miami School of Medicine found that massage therapy decreased the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms while increasing serotonin levels in adults with migraine headaches.

Prenatal:
Massage can relieve the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as back aches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, joint pain, and edema.

Arthritis:
In 2006, researchers from Yale Prevention Research Center held a 16-week clinical trial involving 64 individuals with arthritis. This trial showed that massage therapy improved flexibility, lessened pain and improved range of motion in the participants. This is the first clinical trial of its kind in this country and it validates what many massage therapists have experienced anecdotally. Researcher Adam Perlman, MD says that,” Ultimately, massage may be shown to lessen a patient’s reliance on medications and decrease health care costs”.

Geriatric:
Massage is also a beneficial tool in fighting many of the symptoms of aging as it increases blood circulation, combats depression, improves balance and flexibility, reduces pain, increases joint mobility, and improves posture.

Sports Injuries:
Sports massage can accelerate the healing process, increase range of motion, reduce adhesions, and reduce swelling, bruising and pain. Areas of stress in other muscles, created through compensating for an injury, can be eased with a regular massage regimen. Sports massage can partially compensate for the lack of exercise during inactivity while recovering from injury. It’s also used to relieve muscular spasms and fatigue-related injuries.

Here’s The Beauty Of Massage:
Not only does each session feel great, but the therapeutic benefits are compounded when massage is utilized as a frequent therapy. The more you go, the healthier you feel.

Compliments Crystal Hodge of Massage Envy

GREEN HAIR?

Everyone knows “green” is good for the planet, but when it comes to hair care, it may not be a bad thing for you either. Chris Spado and Kim Piedmonte, co-owners of Total Exposure, switched to the organic product line Onesta about six months ago. “We knew that it would be better for our clientele as well as our environment. It’s one of the Greenest and Cleanest products that we found through our research,” said Kim.

It would stand to reason, when you think or what actually goes into most shampoos, conditioners and styling aids. Take the following ingredients, for instance :

SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE/SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE:
Also used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Is your hair really THAT dirty?

PARABENS (MENTHYL, PROPYL, BUTYL, AND ETHYL):
Preservatives which extend shelf life. Exposure to which has been linked to breast cancer.

SYNTHETIC COLORS AND DYES:
Also known as FD&C Red No. 6 or D&C Green No. 6. Animal studies have shown almost all synthetic dyes and colors to be carcinogenic. (noun. any substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer).

So the next time you buy that shampoo, take a look at the back first. Just think to yourself, do I really need to wash my hair with the same product I was my car with?

For more information go to www.onestahaircare.com

PILATES

Are you ready for 2010? Did you reach all of your fitness goals for 2009? Well here it is, time again to make those resolutions and write down your good intentions for getting into shape this year. As we leap into a decade, try taking a different approach to fitness that won’t have you burned out by week three. Take a cue from the popular workout method, Pilates, which focuses on core strength, a healthy spine, and flexibility. In as few as 15 sessions, Pilates can transform your body dramatically – and quickly – improving the way our body looks. feels and performs.

Pilates movements builds long and lean muscles without creating excess bulk, while simultaneously improving body awareness, good posture, better balance and stability. Pilates – by design – prevents “workout burnout” by focusing on an integrated approach to fitness. It emphasizes the mind-body connection and integrates breath, focus and fluid movements and targets multiple muscle groups at once. With more than 3000 different moves, exercise boredom is not an option.

Start your New Year with some simple, regular Pilates moves. Increase strength and flexibility, reduce muscle tension and stress, improve balance, coordination and circulation, lose weight, drop a dress size and enjoy higher energy levels! Take a look at these beginner Pilates exercises and stretches and experience the benefits. No matter your age or fitness level, Pilates never met a body it didn’t like.

Moves:
1. Stand with feet wider than your hips with your arms extended to the side. Make sure your belly button is pulling into your spine and your shoulders are relaxed away from your ears.
2. Twist your torso to the left and reach your right hand down to the outside of your left foot.
3. Stand up and repeat to the other side.
4. Do 5 repetitions to each side.
This is a fantastic stretch for golfers and will really improve their rotation and
flexibility in the back.

1. Sit with legs extended out in front of you about shoulder width apart. Bend your knees slightly if your hamstrings are too tight and prevent you from sitting up straight and tall.
2. Round your spine from the top of your head all the way down to your tailbone and reach your arms forward as far as they will go comfortably. Make sure your belly button is pulling in to your spine to engage your abs.

Compliments of Core Pilates.

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF MASSAGE

Raindrop Massage Therapy is a sequence of anointing the body with oils combined with massage work to the back, feet and spine that brings greater structural and electrical alignment in a relaxing and invigorating manner through the power of therapeutic grade essential oils. The oils used in Raindrop Massage Therapy must be of high quality and therapeutic grade in order to receive the desired therapeutic results. Raindrop Massage Therapy is a combination of various aspects of conventional bodywork, adaptations of Oriental acupressure & reflexology, native American healing techniques and aromatherapy using a variety of therapeutic grade essential oils. The purpose of Raindrop Massage Therapy is to stimulate every organ, muscle and bone of the body at a cellular level through the oils, boosting the immune system, bringing the body into structural and electrical balance, and cleansing bodily toxins including those impurities lodged in the mind and emotions.

Raindrop Massage Therapy uses a sequence of highly antimicrobial essential oils synergistically combined to simultaneously kill viral and bacterial agents as well as reduce inflammation. The principle single oils used include Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Cypress, Wintergreen, Marjoram, and Peppermint. The oils are dispensed like little drops of rain from a height of about six inches above the back and gently massaged along the vertebrae and back muscles. The session culminates with a heavenly hot towel compress, encouraging the essential oils to reach deeply into the tissues and fluids of the body for thorough therapeutic saturation and ultimate relaxation. Although the entire process takes only about 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete, the oils will continue to work in the body for up to one week following treatment, with continued re-alignment taking place during this time.

Raindrop Massage Therapy is available at Golden Touch Massage Therapy in
Shelter Cove by appointment only with Carla Golden, LMT by calling 816.6179
or visiting GoldenLMT.com.

SICK OF FRIZZY HAIR IN THIS HUMIDITY?
La-Brasiliana Zero Keratin treatment with collagen is a revolutionary process that transforms the hair. The treatment is keratin based. Keratin is the primary protein of the hair, skin, and nails. This natural substance gives hair the ability to return to its original healthy, shiny, smooth state while collagen improves the elasticity of the hair.

Unlike other products available on the market, such as crème relaxers or the Japanese straightened system, La-Brasiliana Zero Keratin treatment with Collagen replenishes the condition of the hair without damage or change to the molecular structure. The treatment can be used on all hair types such as chemically treated hair, colored, permed, relaxed, straightened, highlighted, and bleached.

The application process takes anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours depending on the length and thickness of the hair. After application of the product, it is infused with a 450 degree flat iron, which seals in moisture, hydrates the hair, and creates a glossy finish. Results are visible immediately after treatment is completed. Clients will be amazed to say the least. Hair looks shiny and beautiful resembling the hair of a young child.

Management of hair after La-Brasiliana Zero Keratin Treatment with Collagen is effortless. The amount of time required to style hair will decrease dramatically. This treatment restores hair resiliency. Humidity, rain, or perspiration will no longer affect the hairstyle. No more frizzy hair!

The results last two to four months; the treatment dissipates gradually as hair is shampooed. As clients repeat the treatment every two to four months, they will be able to observe a continuous improvement of their hair.

Brought to you by Dawn of Fifth Avenue Salon.

A FEW WORDS ON COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY

Cosmetic dermatology treatments surpass traditional spa techniques because of their longer-lasting, highly targeted results. And while the number of cosmetic procedures performed in spas has risen dramatically in the past several years, patients may be forgoing safety for convenience and price. The American Academy of Dermatology urges patients to select a board-certified physician for cosmetic procedures. The medical training these doctors receive makes them uniquely qualified to evaluate the skin and determine which cosmetic procedures can safely and effectively diminish your signs of aging.

Cosmetic dermatology treatments include laser treatments, fillers, vein treatment, laser hair removal and cosmetic surgery. They all share a common goal – to make you look and feel better.

Fraxel, as seen on The Today Show and Oprah, offers smoother, fresher, younger looking skin, improved tone and texture, reduced wrinkles around the eyes, improved appearance of acne, surgical scars, and sun damage. For most people, good results are realized in 3 treatments with Fraxel Re:store, and 1 treatment with Fraxel Re:pair. Fraxel Re:store and Fraxel Re:pair differ in the amount of downtime.

FILLERS: Botox can erase years from the face or neck by reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles – specifically targeting crow’s feet, forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows and neck bands. The injections are quick, side effects are minimal. Sculptra is a synthetic and biocompatible material that is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss. It provides a gradual and significant increase in skin thickness, improving the appearance of folds and sunken areas. Restylane is composed of Hyaluronic Acid, which is found naturally in your skin and other tissues. It gives volume to the skin, shape to the eyes and elasticity to the joints – correcting wrinkles, lifting facial contours, and enhancing lips. Juvederm is used to smooth out wrinkles, plump lips, remove lip lines, and correct nasolabial folds (“smile lines” or “parentheses”) and acne scars. It is a hyaluronic acid gel that is injected into these areas of the face. Radiesse is a dermal filler that immediately adds volume to safely contour, correct, and beautify facial features for a soft, natural look.

The more information you know will help you make a better-informed decision about the dermatology procedure you are considering.

This tip brought to you by Oswald L. Mikell, M.D. Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry.

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