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By Danielle Fix,  Lead Therapist - Gainey

Simply stated, massage is the manual manipulation of muscles, tendons and connective tissues,helping to improve flexibility, circulation and accelerate recovery from injury or strenuous activity. Additionally, massage instigates the release of serotonin and oxytocin – the “happy hormones” that reduce psychological stress and can lower blood pressure, among other benefits.

Our Social Media Manager, Libby, took the jump into clinical skincare with a PCA Skin peel this week. Read on about her experience (and the results!) below.

As the Social Media Manager at The Village, I've had the opportunity to learn everything you'd want to know about fitness, from Aquatics to Zumba (and all of the parties in between!), capturing the latest in all things Village to share with you. In a recent visit to The Spa at Gainey Village with Rochelle Kosanonich to tame my brows, I mentioned I was frustrated by my skin recently, and that I had developed some hormonal acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. She took a closer look at my skin and suggested we try a peel series from the new Spa Bar Menu, and with a few clicks of the computer, we were set to start the next day! This month, The Spa at Gainey Village is offering a Pick Two treatment package with Dermaplane and Peel for $150 (usually $195) - it's a great first step into the world of peels!

Mothers, grandmothers, mothers-to-be and anyone else looking to thank the special woman in their lives can create a customized spa day at a special rate at The Village this month! Cheers to mom this Mother's Day with a customized spa package that sparkles as much as she does and pamper mom with spa packages ranging from one to four treatments with the Ginger Champagne Breeze package plus complimentary lunch and champagne at The Spa at The Village.

I recently had the opportunity to view a demonstration for a product that is offered through the Village Spas. The product is called Clarisonic, and it is a facial cleansing device that uses sonic micro-massage to loosen and remove dirt, oil, and makeup from pores. Many users say it is the first step in any healthy skin care ritual.

To begin, you take the Clarisonic device and gently glide it across the entire surface with the cleansing product of your choice. The result will leave your skin feeling clean, radiant, and beautiful. Plus the benefits are unbeatable:

  • Leaves skin feeling and looking healthier
  • 6X better makeup removal than cleansing with hands alone
  • Helps skin care products absorb better
  • Pores appear smaller
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
  • Gentle enough for use twice a day
  • Soft, non-abrasive for different skin types
  • Sonic cleansing is the essential first step in a healthy skin care ritual. Gently gliding across skin while cleansing thoroughly, the sonic micro-massage loosens and removes dirt, oil, and makeup from pores.

It’s here! The time to wear skirts and shorts, sleeveless and short sleeved tops. Time when we are baring much more skin than we did during the winter. This sudden skin exposure can be a little ‘jarring’ – with white legs blaring out from under those skirts, and dry skin needing a re-birth of its own after being subjected to the indoor winter dry air. With summer here, we want to have skin that is glowing, fresh and smooth. To achieve this there are a few skin care steps we can do immediately to shed dead skin. Jackie Washington, licensed esthetician at DC Ranch Village Spa gave us a few quick-fix tips to get our skin looking fantastic and ready for a summer of putting our best face forward!

Since we live in the Sonoran Desert where our gams and arms are exposed 8 months out of the year, it’s important to pay attention to these areas as well as our face. Jackie recommended two quick fixes for these areas;

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