Saturday, December 6, 2008
From yesterday's Chronicle: A new study shows that happiness is contagious.
"One person's happiness can affect another's for up to a year, the researchers found, and while unhappiness can also spread from person to person, the "infectiousness" of that emotion appears to be far weaker."
Read the full article here.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
New Clients Get $20 Off. This discount is good for those who are new to Apotheca and for those of you we haven't seen for over six months. You may apply this discount to any session of 60 minutes or longer, with David, Eri, Kim, Miles or Tess. To register as a client and book a session, visit our online scheduler and enter discount code NEW.
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Student and Unemployed Discounts are back. All week, every week, any time, for full-time students and currently unemployed folks. For sessions of 60 minutes and longer only. Enter discount code STUDENT when you book your appointment and your discount will be applied at the time of your appointment.
Alas, discounts cannot be combined.
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Book a bikini or Brazilian waxing service any time in December or January and get a free gift from Sweet Spot Labs. To book your appointment, visit our online scheduler and enter discount code SWEETSPOT. One per customer.
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Give something, get something: Buy a gift package (for yourself or someone else) and receive a gift certificate for one of my favorite organizations, kiva.org. The gift will be in your name to give to a friend or keep for yourself. After you arrange your package just drop me a line (at firstname.lastname@example.org) to let me know who you'd like your Kiva gift sent to and I will arrange it straight away. This promotion is good through December and makes an awesome holiday gift.
All good reasons to start a daily dry brushing practice. Here's how to do it:
Get yourself a natural bristle brush or a loofah mitt or loofah "sponge." Stand dry and naked on the bathroom floor. Start with the soles of your feet and move upward in circular strokes toward your heart. Go gently. The lymphatic system is just under the skin so there is no need for great pressure. plus, you want this to feel good, don't you? When you get to your belly, brush in nice circular strokes in a counter-clockwise direction. Counter-clockwise because that's the direction your digestive organs go, and we want to work with them, not against them. Keep brushing the back, the chest, the fronts and backs of your arms. When you get to your neck, move gently downward, again toward the heart.
No need to dry brush your face (too scratchy!) or your head (though a short fingertip massage would be nice to wake up the scalp).
Dry brushing in combination with a lovely oil treatment is a simple and luxurious way to keep your skin feeling and looking beautiful as it staves off the dread winter flakes.
When you've finished dry brushing, apply a thin layer of coconut oil from the soles of your feet to the top of your chest. Avoid coconut oil on the face and neck, as it can be comedogenic for some people. Those of you with very oily or acneic skin will want to avoid the oil on your chest and back as well. But for most people, coconut oil (especially a raw, unprocessed, organic brand) is beautiful for the skin, conveying softening, nourishing and antibacterial properties. Let the oil stay on your body for a few minutes, then head to a nice, warm shower to rinse off. (Not hot, as hot water dehydrates the skin and compromises firmness by weakening collagen. )
Shower as usual but be careful not to slip!
15 minutes from start to finish, and with this daily routine you will notice smoother and softer skin within two weeks. Plus, you'll start your morning smelling a little like Hawaii. And who wouldn't want that?
Thursday, September 4, 2008
If you join our lending team, we can work together to alleviate poverty. Once you're a part of the team, you can choose to have a future loan on Kiva "count" towards our team's impact. The loan is still yours, and repayments still come to you - but you can also choose to have the loan show up in our team's collective portfolio, so our team's overall impact will grow!
See you on Kiva!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
A great question, yet the answer is unfortunately so often misunderstood. More often than we'd like, we've had clients come in complaining about massages they have endured before finding us. These "deep tissue" massages left them feeling bruised, battered and more stressed than when they came in. They want to know: Is this what deep tissue massage is all about? Does massage have to hurt to be effective? The answer to both questions is NO and NO. Apotheca's deep tissue therapists, who are properly trained in this work, know that deep tissue massage doesn't just mean working "harder" on the muscles. Deep tissue methods are concerned with working the fascia, a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our body. By slowly and methodically working this connective matrix--which goes from a gel state to a liquid state when warmed-- a qualified therapist can release chronic patterns of tension and pain. This work can be painful when it is attempted by someone who only knows how to manipulate the muscles themselves. Specific moves, stretches and hand placement can free and mobilize places that regular muscle massage may not be able to get to. The bottom line: Please don't let anybody tell you that deep tissue work simply must hurt to be effective. It is true that in many cases, deep tissue work can be intense. But it should never leave you feeling bruised or abused.
What should I realistically expect from my massage?
Many people ask for more and more pressure, even as they curl their toes and wince in discomfort. They are under the mistaken impression that if their therapist just pushes hard enough, she or he can get rid of all their knots in one session. Alas, they are wrong. Not only will your knots not go away if you approach bodywork from this macho perspective, but you will likely end up with new knots on top of the old. The fact is that undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime takes time and work. Regular massage is an integral part of a well-rounded wellness tool kit, but it is just one piece in that proverbial "balanced diet" that includes exercise, work on your posture, stress management, plenty of water, a good diet, lots of sleep, and finding (and making time for) the things that make you truly happy.
Friday, August 22, 2008
For those of you reading who can't attend, there is information about buying raffle tickets in the post linked below.
Come Raise the Woof for Rocket Dog Rescue at Mighty in SF!
- When: Thursday, August 28 2008, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
- Where: MIGHTY
Thursday, August 14, 2008
At long last, our new packages are available now. We have four great options to choose from: two massage packages, a skincare series, and a sampling of some of our favorite treatments, all at a nicely discounted rate.
Packages make it easy and affordable to get on schedule with the monthly treatments you've been planning!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
TiZo 40 spf: this sunscreen is the bomb!
It has a silky matte finish with an incredibly slight tint that helps you know where you have covered and what spots you've missed. It is very water-resistant, which means that those of you who tend to feel slimy and sweaty with traditional sunscreens will feel none of that.
This is the only sunscreen I have ever tried that I can honestly say feels like nothing on my face.
Best of all, TiZo is formulated using only mineral sunblock ingredients (titanium, iron and zinc oxides, hence "TIZO").
It has no chemical agents, no oil, no PABA, no parabens and no fragrance. So it is perfect for even the most sensitive skins. I have long had all of my rosacea and sensitive clients on it and I'm glad to be able to offer it in our office now.
I am thrilled to have discovered this product and can't wait to introduce you to it. . . just in time for Indian Summer!
Available in our office and by mail to our registered clients.
read more here
Saturday, August 9, 2008
For those of you who like to buy handcrafted niche products, and who value a marketplace filled with diverse and local, sustainable beauty products such as the line Apotheca has spent many long months in formulation: this legislation will make near-impossible your ability to find natural, small scale products.
Instead, it favors the multinational cosmetics houses who spend their enormous budgets on packaging and advertising, and whose products sadly suffer with the addition of cheap, unhealthy synthetic ingredients.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I got this in my in-box today. I added to my loan and hope those of you out there in blogland will consider helping too.
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Dear Kirsten Quint Fairbanks,
You have loaned to Ema Laufiso's Group, a loan which has been fundraising for 25 days, and has raised $500 of $2,125.
Kiva currently expires loans that have been fundraising for more than 30 days. This means that the loan for Ema Laufiso's Group will expire in 5 days.
What can you do?
Tell your friends! And forward them this link:
If the loan cannot raise $1,625.00 in the next 5 days, it will expire, and no funds will be sent to the entrepreneur. Raised funds will instead be refunded as Kiva Credit into the lender's account.
- The Kiva Team
Monday, June 9, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Loans can be as little as $25 or as much as you like, and funds go directly to helping a business person of your choosing build a better life. What's not to love?
Fruits & Vegetables, Azerbaijan
Loan amount: $100
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Establish a History When receiving a service from your esthetician, be sure to explain the details of your skin history. Your esthetician will be better able to provide you with the proper products and services if she knows the following: What are your skin care goals? What percentage of time do you spend indoors versus outdoors? What is your diet like? Water intake? By giving your esthetician the background and context of life in your skin, literally, the two of you will together create a foundation for moving forward with treatments.
Rely on Expertise Because labeling in the United States is subject only to Food and Drug Administration regulation, labels can be misleading, as well as hard to interpret. Your skin care professional knows how to read a label and can explain the benefits, drawbacks, and purpose of the ingredients listed on the label. Because of her/his training and expertise, your esthetician is vastly more knowledgeable than a clerk selling cosmetics in a retail store. Consequently, you can trust that the information you're receiving is valid, that your esthetician can recognize effective ingredients versus fillers, and that the professional products you are considering have been well developed and researched.
Customized Service Contrary to what OTC brands would lead consumers to believe, our skin and bodies are unique. OTC products rely on the trial-and-error, one-size-fits-all approach. On the other hand, your esthetician is in the business of providing personalized skin care solutions. The use of professional diagnostic tools like skin scanners, woods lamps, and imaging devices can help specifically identify your skin type, aiding in the development of a plan to achieve your desired result. It is a huge advantage to work directly with your esthetician to assess the situation, document it, develop a treatment plan, and track effectiveness. Complementing professional products with specified services will produce the ultimate result.
Convenience? It may be convenient to buy skin care products at the drugstore, where one also can pick up other personal care goods and some motor oil. Heck, while you're at it, you can also buy a case of soda and some dog food. But buying decisions shouldn't always be based on convenience. Just because there is a garage nearby, doesn't mean you automatically take our car there. You want to be sure you trust the mechanic and that he is experienced with the kind of car you drive. Another example: if you have a special occasion, you might prefer to choose from the wine selection at a specialty store instead of a drugstore. And many people drive long distances to get their hair done by someone they trust and with whom they have built a relationship.
This heightened interest in finding just the right professional applies to skin care as well. And when you're talking about something as important as your face, professional expertise far outweighs convenience. Your esthetician will help you establish a proper skin care regimen and continually assess the changing needs of your complexion, ensuring you're getting the right products and services at the right time.
Price and Value Mass-market strategists spend millions on advertising under the assumption they will make it back on sales volume. To maximize profits, producers cut back on production costs, often resulting in cheaper, less effective ingredients and no cutting-edge research and development. You may be paying for the label and not what's inside the bottle.
Furthermore, while professional skin care products do carry a higher price than OTC products, professional lines are more valuable. Here's why: The brand lines your esthetician has available are often more concentrated than OTC products, although they may seem more expensive, in the long run, the price difference between the two is not as great as it appears. Professional skin care products are more exclusive because in almost every case, they are better: they have been well researched, they contain higher quality ingredients, and they are ultimately more effective. Choosing professional products will help you achieve your skin care goals more quickly and effectively.
The Bottom Line The return on your investment in professional skin care products is much greater than with OTC lines. Generally, professional products are more effective, are made of higher quality ingredients, and have been well developed and researched.
In addition, because your esthetician knows you, and because she/he has expertise in product ingredients--and your skin specifically--you can be confident that you're getting a customized treatment plan designed to achieve your skin care goals.
Investing in quality skin care cosmetics will quickly pay off, helping you achieve the complexion you desire. Professional products and services are worth it, because you're worth it.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Thank you, everyone, for sharing your positive experiences at Apotheca on Yelp, Citysearch, wherever. We truly appreciate your vote of confidence.