Feel Better With SMELL?

Essential oils seem to be all the rage lately.  You can buy them almost anywhere, use them for almost every malady or mood, and be as casual or passionate of a user as you want.  This all is with good reason-essential oils are a relatively low-risk, fairly inexpensive, and a thoroughly pleasant remedy.  It does get tricky though.  There are SO. MANY. OILS.  Seriously, there are millions (that number may be slightly exaggerated) of companies that sell millions (that number is not exaggerated) of different options.  For example, a universal favorite, lavender.  On my favorite supplier’s wholesale list, there are eight different types, not counting two different kinds of lavandin (a hybrid species of lavender).  How does the average person determine the best oil for their needs?

When Innovative Aesthetics decided to start carrying essential oils, we knew that with our signature commitment to the highest quality, we would need to be extra diligent in finding the perfect brand.  We found it in Amrita, a small company run out of Fairfield, IA.  Dr. Christoph Streicher, the founder and owner, has a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and a Ph.D.  in Physiology, which he puts into use by ensuring that the oils haven’t been diluted, industrially processed or chemically manipulated, thus keeping their authenticity and therapeutic value.  Using their own gas chromatograph, they are able to make sure that the oils (mostly sourced from small, organic farms) have the necessary chemical profile to ensure its therapeutic usefulness.

It’s incredible to think that a little oil, diluted in a carrier (oil, lotion, or water), or diffused (we don’t recommend ingesting essential oils) can offer such great health benefits, but it can be confusing to know where to start.  Here, at our spa, we have a modest selection of our best-selling and most commonly asked about oils.  We have roll-on blends that are all set to apply topically (and fit perfectly in a purse, carry on, or diaper bag, just saying), and single note bottles of essential oil that you can  customize.  I’m going to list our favorites, along with the uses.  Keep in mind that these are basic descriptions.  There are usually more uses than what they can be known for!  Another basic rule of thumb with essential oils is that just because it’s a natural treatment doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone.  It’s definitely a low risk option to try, but adverse reactions can pop up anywhere in nature!  Always ask about or research any contraindications before using.

1.) Lavender!  A perfect oil for beginners and experts alike, lavender harmonizes your nervous system, and is healing, rejuvenating, and cleansing for the skin. I have put it on small burns before (think curling iron burn!), and here at Innovative, we have applied to the skin after waxing.

2.) Peppermint.  Produces clear thinking and the ability to focus.  It’s great for headaches and neck pain, and also can help with dizziness or general weakness.

3.) Eucalyptus.  This is helpful in soothing sore throats and breathing passages.  It’s also antiseptic, not only on surfaces, but for airborn germs as well.  Try it as an insect repellant!

4.) Lemon.  A delicious, spirit-uplifting fragrance that is an immune booster, digestion aid, and disinfectant for the home.

5.) Headache Relief Roll On.  This is a pleasant-smelling way to relieve pain from migraines, and tension and sinus headaches.  Simply roll it onto the temples, forehead, and any other pulse points that you wish.  This combination of Peppermint, Yellow Birch, and Sweet Lavendin will be your new headache go to!

6.) Muscle Tension Roll On.  I use this one all the time in my massages.  It is a blend of Birch, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Lemongrass, and it is wonderful for an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever for sore muscles.

I could go on, and continue listing our entire stock of essential oils, but we do have a word space limit.  Are there any oils that you love, and wish we would carry?  Any questions about benefits of other oils, or questions about Amrita?  Let us know, and we’ll do our best to answer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who’s Ready for IA Open House?

Is it Spring already?  Well, judging by our weather…maybe you should ask someone else.  But according to our calendar, it IS now May, and you know what that means!  No, not flowers following April showers (this time).  It’s Innovative Aesthetics Spring Open House, and it’s right around the corner on May 18th.

 

In case you can’t tell, our staff likes to have fun.  Even better for you, we like to share our fun, and make it a big spa/clientele party.  Twice a year, in the winter and spring, we open our doors, decorate, put out food, drawings, and best of all, super-special pricing that you can’t get at any other time (and chances are, any other place).  Anyone who  has ever been to even one of our open houses leaves vowing to return to future events.

 

Now, our lips are sealed when it comes to specifics on special gifts, discount offers, and raffle info, but I can give you a little general information.  With a time frame of noon to 7, there is plenty of time for the busiest of the busy to stop in and peruse.  Some people run over on their lunch breaks, get some treats, make their purchases, and leave.  Others come and take this opportunity to not only socialize with friends, but also get answers and advice from our professional staff.  It’s a great time to ask about new products and services, and we’re all happy to share information.  It’s the perfect time to try something new.  Best part?  If you can’t make it at all, and still want to take advantage of our deals, you have until midnight on the 18th to call or email us with your orders.  Don’t worry if you don’t get an answer back right away-we see your time stamp and know to give you the special pricing!

 

There’s still time to RSVP, so call or email us to get on the list.  We’d love to see you!

 

 

This Blog is Up and Running Again

A few years ago, Innovative Aesthetics decided to venture into the blogosphere.  We had a good start, but we then experienced a surge of growth and activity, and this got pushed to the side.  Enter me.  I’m Rennie, one of our licensed massage therapists.  You may have seen me around the spa, or occasionally filling in at the front desk (and making you desperately grateful for our usual office administrators).  While I have never had a blog before, I truly enjoy (and have missed) writing, and jumped at the chance to combine my love of words with my amazing job.  In my posts, I will be covering various topics, such as services and products available at our spa, my own insights on body and mind care, and whatever pops into my head as it pertains to our work here.

 

If you have never been to Innovative Aesthetics, or haven’t been for a while, this is the perfect time to come!  While we have always prided ourselves on having the latest in medical cosmetic technology, we have really been growing in our offerings.  In addition to our injection based fillers and wrinkle treatments, laser facial care and hair removal, facial treatments, and massage, we now also offer Microblading, Micro Needling, Laser Tattoo Removal, Cupping, the “O” shot, HydraFacial…you know, this isn’t a full list.  You may need to make an appointment for a free consultation, and learn about all the rest!  We also still have our diet program, Ideal Protein, which is constantly being honed to the best that it can be for our clients who need a lifestyle change.  Oh, and our most exciting news?  We’re expecting a “baby”-Innovative Weight Loss Center: Protein and Coffee Bar!  It will be across from Linn-Mar High School, and in addition to our regular coaching and Ideal Protein products, will offer coffee and other IP-approved beverages, and ready to go IP-approved single serve meals by Kristeena’s Catering.  Construction is under way, and we can’t wait!

 

We are always on the lookout on new ways to care for our clients.  We are confident in our offering the most current and quality medical training, professionals, and products.  However, we consider our most valuable resource for feedback and our service menu to be you.  We want to hear what you think!  Tell us what you enjoy about our spa.  If you’ve heard about an awesome new treatment that you think would be a great fit here, we want to know-some of our most utilized treatments have been brought here by “popular demand” from our clientele.  Do you want to share your experience at Innovative Aesthetics?  Not only can you write a review on Demand Force (emailed to you after each appointment), but you can always comment here, through email (info@iamedicalspa.com) or on Facebook.  We are always ready to listen, and work with you.

 

Have a great week, and don’t forget to sign up by May 15th for our Open House coming up on May 18th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Protections Tips You Should Know

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ImageI came across this great article for Sun Protection Tips and guess what?! Just in time for Skin Cancer Awareness Month. So while you may not have time to reach out to other sources looking for all of these handy tips, it’s our job to bring them to you. Here are some of our favorites:

– Coat Yourself Before You Put Your Clothes- We offer so many amazing products in our spa, from NIA24 to Dermesse, but half of the benefit of the product comes from using it correctly.

“Working around your clothes will make you more likely to miss a spot,” says dermatologist Jeannette Graf. On your body, slather on a shot glass’s worth of a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30. For your face, you’ll need another teaspoon.”

Sadly, it seems that we see more and more clients with skin issues. Think back 10 years to the articles you used to see in beauty magazines- swimsuits, tanning oil, fruity beverages, beach towels, and a brief mention about sunscreen. With the change of our environment, our priorities are shifting to both preventing and repairing. Please take a moment to read through all of these tips to make sure you are protected. While we do our best to provide you with service to repair your skin and give you a fresh, renewed face, it’s crucial that you take steps to protect what we repair.

Hello world!

We, at Innovative Aesthetics, are very excited to be joining the blogging world! With years of experience in this industry, we have A LOT of information to share and frankly, this is the best way to reach all of our clients. We will share articles, products, services and advice straight from our professional staff to ensure we are providing you with a truly “full-service” medical spa.

Happy blogging!