Licensed Massage Therapist



By Juliet, Jun 3 2016 06:40PM

Yesterday after work, I decided I deserve a treat: Filled a bathtub with water, added sea salt, Epsom salt and baking soda. Made a face mask (1tsp of honey and 2tsp of lemon juice). Thought that I should have a glass of Champagne, but opted for a cup of Tulsi Cleanse Tea. Lit a candle, put some music on and spend an hour in the tub. It was blissful! It's possible to create a spa experience at home using simplest ingredients! Afterwards I slept like a baby, and woke up in the morning refreshed and rejuvenated. Hope you'll follow my example and give yourself a treat this weekend :)

By Juliet, Jan 27 2016 08:49PM

My clients often comment on how youthful I look. It's not only the effects of Natural Facelift Massage, there are other things I do that are quite simple, joyful and naturally anti-aging. I've decided to share them with you. The first one is taking baths. Showers are invigorating; baths on the other hand, are relaxing. Nothing is more comforting then taking a bath at the end of the working day. And by adding a couple of simple ingredients to the water you will have "a day at the spa" experience. Besides bringing comfort and joy, baths are healthy in many ways. Bathing helps the body to detoxify: hot water draws toxins to the surface of the skin, then, as the water gradually cools down, the toxins are pulled out of the body via the principle of osmosis. Hot water also increases circulation, making blood bring fresh nutrients to the skin and tissues. It also relaxes muscles and helps to relieve stress.

In my bathroom I keep a "Bath Menu" with different ingredients to add to the bath.

Salt Bath

There are many different salts: Sea salt, Himalayan salt, Dead Sea salt, Epsom salt and all of them have clearing and detoxifying properties. Epsom or English Salt is very relaxing, detoxifying, it lifts depression and slows skin aging. Himalayan and Dead Sea salt is very rich in minerals. They help nourish and treat the skin in a variety of ways, restoring balance and rejuvenating the outer and inner layers, making us appear younger and healthier. In my experience, a bath with salt water does not dry the skin, on the contrary, skin feels soft and clean. Usually 1 cup of salt for a full tub is recommended.

Oatmeal Bath

Oat baths were used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. They are excellent for relieving dryness of the skin. Some components in oat also effect collagen deposition making skin looking younger. Put half a cup in a muslin bag and start filling the tub with very hot water first.

Chocolate Bath

This is the most luxurious and feeling good bath ever! And it has health benefits as well. It is rich in polyphenol antioxidants that protect cells from premature oxidation or destruction and that can keep skin looking and feeling younger. Skin feels silky and toned afterwards. Just add 1 cup of cocoa to the bathtub and run hot water. (It will stain the bathtub, but cleaning is easy and it is totally worth it.)

Apple Cider Vinegar

There are B-vitamins, Vitamin C and trace minerals in the cider which makes it nourishing to skin. It is acidic, so it helps restore balance to the skin’s pH which should be slightly acidic. Just add 1-2 cups to the bath.

Essential Oils

An aromatherapy bath is at once a soothing and reviving treatment for the skin. Different oils will have different effects. Buy only organic oils and add a couple of drops to the bath water. It is fun to mix a couple of different oils.

Baking Soda

Baking soda bath is detoxing and alkalizing. After the bath, the skin feels clean and silky. 1/2 of a cup of baking soda per bath.

Tea bath

Tea, especially green tea, has powerful antioxidants polyphenols. Tea helps reduce or even prevent free radical damage, slows down signs of aging and increases the body’s overall antioxidant activity. This bath makes tones the skin. Add 2 bags of tea to a bath.

Milk bath

This bath is very soothing and comforting. Milk has vitamins A, D, and E that are great for skin. The fat and protein in milk bath help moisturize the skin. The lactic acid in milk may help remove dead skin cells, leaving the skin smooth. It also may reduce brown spots. 1-2 cups per bath. You might also add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil and a couple of tablespoons of honey to make this bath even more comforting.

Print out the picture and place it in your bathroom, so you know which ingredients to add.

By Juliet, Dec 28 2015 07:56PM

Article that I wrote for "Holistic Resource" magazine in which I talk about Natural Facelift Massage, Botox and how wrinkles form.

The human face represents who we are – our beauty, health and overall sense of well-being, and the face we present to the world influences our personal and professional lives. While everyone’s face eventually shows effects of the natural aging process, it is perfectly normal to want to look more attractive and healthy.

The “stay young” industry is a multi-million dollar enterprise that rakes in profits from both women and men who have become prey to the hype of a “quick fix.” However, with inspiration from both Eastern and Western forms of massage, practitioners have been able to expand the anatomical and physiological knowledge of the face and develop a completely natural and safe alternative to more radical procedures with the potential for risks and complications.

My own introduction to facial rejuvenation was a happy accident. In choosing a continuing education class required by my practice, I was intrigued by the course in “Natural Facelift Massage.” Quite honestly, I entered the class as a skeptic. Like most of us, I had come to believe that the effects of aging could only be treated by expensive cosmetic products, chemical injections, or invasive surgeries. I was in for a pleasant surprise on the first day of instruction. Our teacher used the technique on one side of a student’s face for 30 minutes, with specially-designed massage moves and without oils or lotions. Comparing the results of his work with the untreated side, the student’s skin was brighter, the puffiness under her eye was gone, the jaw was tighter and appearance of wrinkles greatly diminished. We learned that a series of these massages could help tone and tighten skin and visibly reduce wrinkles, sagging skin, crow’s feet and laugh lines.

In my studies I had already learned that full body massage produces anti-aging results. A recent study measured the effect of healing touch on the properties of pH, oxidation-reduction balance, and electric resistance in body fluids. These factors were linked to biological age. Before a treatment, the mathematically determined age of the touch treated group was 62; after treatment it was 49.

I decided to make Natural Facelift Massage the center of my practice, and I now understand from experience why it is so effective. This holistic treatment is a combination of massage, accupressure, lymphatic drainage and energy balancing. First of all, the skin is effected during the treatment. Since no oils or creams are used, the traction movements create gentle, natural exfoliation. Dead skin cells are removed, pores open, and even sun spots are decreased.

The face is supported and animated by more than sixteen different muscles, and the signs of aging arise partially as a result of the laxity of tissues that lose their elasticity. The skin is like a “blanket” that covers muscles and connective tissue. Cosmetic products only affect the skin, but for good tone and preventing the wrinkles it is necessary to work deeper as well. We usually go to a gym to exercise the muscles of our body, neglecting the muscles of the face. Massage provides needed exercise and stimulation. The stress of modern life may affect facial muscles, creating tension. In this case, the vital supply of nutrients to the skin is reduced, and the removal of waste products slows down. During the massage, muscular tension is reduced, improving the flow of blood and nutrients. As an added benefit, Natural Facelift Massage reduces stress, leaving you feeling peaceful and relaxed.

We all are familiar with skin and muscles, but little is known about connective tissue. This tissue wraps around every muscle fiber and fills spaces in between the muscles. It consists of collagen and elastin fibers as well as gel-like ground substance. Many believe that wrinkles are formed because of movements of the muscles, but that's not actually true. Over time, connective tissue fibers can become “glued” together because of lack of stimulation. Specific movements of Natural Facelift Massage free the fibers and restore it suppleness. Connective tissue regains its freedom and elasticity contributing to healthy and younger-looking skin and thus erasing wrinkles. Another layer, the lymphatic system, is responsible for removing toxins. The sweeping and acupressure techniques encourage better lymphatic drainage which reduces puffiness. Skin is left hydrated and glowing.

Subtle energies are effected during the session as well. Acupressure points on the face are stimulated, and energy blockages are released which generate a fresh supply of innate healing energy.

Aging is inevitable, and it is only natural to be concerned about your appearance, but going down the path of Botox injections or plastic surgery has serious risks and side effects.

“I'd like to grow old with my face moving,” said actress Kate Winslet, who has avoided the Botox injections popular among many other celebrities. A type of nerve poison, Botox is made from a neurotoxin called botulinum, used to paralyze muscles in the face and thus restrict muscle movement. The toxin is injected into specific facial regions thereby disrupting nerve communication and leaving the muscles unable to contract to produce frown lines, and wrinkles. The result is a “frozen face.” Botox can cause drooping eyelids, problems swallowing, speaking or breathing, plus symptoms of botulism, including muscle weakness, according to the company website. And wrinkles return when the drug wears off. But knowing anatomy there is an understanding that Botox can make you age more rapidly. The injection “freezes” muscles and that prevents natural process of elimination of toxins. If muscles are not moving, connective tissue is no moving as well and the fibers get "glued" together.

A surgical facelift removes excess facial skin to make the face appear younger. Last year, more than 600,000 facial surgery procedures were performed in the United States. Complications have included hematoma, nerve injuries, infection, skin flap necrosis, hypertrophic scarring, and alopecia and hairline/earlobe deformities. “If anybody says their face-lift doesn’t hurt they’re lying,” said Sharon Osbourne. “It was like I’d spent the night with an ax murderer. It took about two weeks for me to function properly.”

Having “work” done is one way to turn back the clock. But with Natural Facelift Massage, you can soften the effects of time on your face with a noninvasive and safe way to restore your skin’s youthfulness and vibrancy. There are no side effects, only benefits. Face massage enhances the supply of nutrients to skin cells, refines pores, improves elimination of toxins, promotes better blood and lymphatic circulation, reduces under-eye bags and puffiness, and tones and firms facial muscles. Aside from the visible benefits, it balances the body's subtle energies and encourages innate beauty, confidence and radiance. Clients report feeling calm and de-stressed, able to sleep more soundly and cope better with daily life.

More and more massage therapists and estheticians are being trained in Natural Facelift Massage, but if you cannot find one of these certified practitioners near you, do not be discouraged. Support your body with regular full-body massage, eliminating toxins and restoring connective tissue to its natural state. A practitioner’s routine will likely include work on the face. You can also do "homework" on your face, a 5-minute routine of daily self-massage, incorporated into your routine each morning. First press very lightly for lymphatic drainage, then a bit deeper effecting muscles and connective tissue. Massage in circular motion on your forehead, temples, cheeks, and jaws (always moving in a upward movement). And finally, drink lots of water to promote detoxification. Enjoy the feeling of putting your best face forward throughout your day.

By Juliet, Apr 1 2015 06:11PM

A couple of weeks ago I bought Dr. Hauschka Rose Cream Light, used it and loved because my skin felt like a petal. But, after about a week, I noticed that my pores are clogged! Looked at the ingredients and learned that the oils that were used in this cream are considered comedogenic. (Comedogenic is a term used to describe a substance that tends to cause blackheads by blocking the pores of the skin.) What a disappointment! I think these days it is almost impossible to find a cream with all non-comedogenic ingredients, so I found a Comedogenic Ratiings chart and I'm thinking of making my own face cream -- which should be lots of fun.

By Juliet, Mar 18 2015 07:16PM

In spring our bodies are ready for renewal. One of the ways to support this process is to drink lemon water. In the morning, 15 minutes before breakfast, squeeze a quarter of a lemon in a half glass of warm water. This simple drink has many benefits, especially for the skin. It helps the liver flush out toxins that can lead to cleaner skin. It also contains Vitamin C which is needed for collagen production for smooth, healthy, wrinkle-free skin.

By Juliet, Sep 25 2014 07:40PM

Green tea is my favorite drink. A couple of years ago, when I participated in a tea ceremony, I was served a bright green, tasty beverage, and this changed my opinion about green tea. Before that I tried using a green tea bag and the tea tasted very plain. Matcha, which is powdered green tea, is totally different. It is rich, velvety and very very healthy.

Green tea is considered one of the world's healthiest drinks; it contains the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea. This tea is made from un-oxidized leaves and is the least processed type of tea and therefore contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols. Polyphenols in tea are thought to provide its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. To receive these benefits you need to drink a lot, about 10 cups a day. But....there's the Matcha option. The health benefits of Matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink Matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of Matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content.

To prepare tea properly, place the desired amount of Matcha in a cup. Boil water and fill a separate cup. Then pour the water from from the separate cup in your cup with the tea powder. Mix well. This process makes the tea at just the right temperature, and creates the perfect drink.

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