Ever wonder about pressure points?  What they can do for you?  How you can benefit from them?  We are here not only to answer some of your questions but also tell you how to apply acupressure on yourself, particularly on the face.

Acupressure has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of ailments. From headaches to stimulating contractions during pregnancy.  The points we discuss today are especially rejuvenating for the skin.  Acupressure stimulates and increases energy flow. Benefits of regularly practicing facial pressure points include:

  • Increase in blood circulation
  • Restoring healthy gland function
  • Healthy complexion
  • Promoting skin elasticity
  • Reducing overall mental and physical tension by relieving tense facial muscles

Some of these benefits are instant, such as tension release, and other will begin to become apparent over time, such as healthy complexion and skin elasticity.  And to gain there benefits you can perform pressure points on yourself. Here’s how.

Before you start, here are a few pointers on how to find the exact pressure point you are looking for, which can often be tricky.  What to look for:

  • A slight indent or protrusion
  • Tenderness
  • A pulse

Facial Pressure Points you should focus on:

between brows

Between Eyebrows

corner of eyes

Side of the face, corner of the eyes

nostrils

Outer angle, flare of nostril.

 

 

above brows

On the forehead – ½ inch above the center of each brow

under lips

Between lower lip and chin – in mid line of face.

under eyes

On cheekbone ½ inch below pupil or each eye

 

It is good to do Acupressure with your middle finger since that finger does not have a pulse and allows for clearer distinction.  You can activate your pressure points in the following ways:

  • Move counter clockwise until you have found the point.  Pause.
  • Move clockwise. Pause.
  • Keep still until you feel release of tension

The point will be easier to find once you have practiced and activated them.  Remember to stay in a relaxed state of mind and be mindful of breathing.  Greater benefit comes from truly staying present and focused on each point when doing acupressure.  Your mind and skin will thank you.

Whether it is bright red, copper, or auburn, nothing says powerful woman like a great redhead.  And as Uncle Ben from Spiderman would tell you “with great power comes great responsibility.”  And by great, we really mean not that much.

image (3)

Erica’s work of art

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Anyone who has colored their hair red will tell you, red fades, and it fades fast.  But there are ways of holding on to that brightness you so desire.  Just follow a couple different rules and you will see the difference.

Rule # 1 – Go as long as you can without washing your hair –This is a very important step that many people choose to ignore because often times it is associated with uncleanliness.  But your scalp is not like the rest of your skin.  It produces healthy oils that your hair needs.

And for all of those still reading this with a resigned inability (“I know I should but my hair just gets TOO greasy”), take heed.  Your scalp will actually begin to produce less  oils as it gets used to being washed less.  Many stylists at the salon proudly go four days without washing their hair (and still manage to look fabulous, might I add), and because their hair is not used to being stripped so often, it does not produce as much oil.

There are also other options for decreasing grease on non- shampoo days:

image (2)

Dry Shampoo – A must for non-shampoo days. Shanti Carries Redken PowderRefresh which works wonders.

Hats – An oldie but a goodie

Putting your hair up – Even putting up half your hair will make a huge difference. And don’t forget about accessorizing!

When it comes to not washing your hair everyday, start small by skipping just one day.  And as you and your hair get used to less washes, you can think about increasing the number of days in between washes.

More about Redken PowerRefresh.

Rule #2 – Using the right shampoo – So many of our clients are mistaken in thinking, that natural solves all problems.  But just because a shampoo is all natural does not mean it will not strip the color right out of your hair.  Using a department store shampoo is probably not going to work for your red hair.  A gentle, color conserving shampoo is the way you want to go.  For redheads, especially, the kind of shampoo you use will make a significant difference.

And if you want to take your red hair to another level, Aveda’s Madder Root Shampoo actually goes one step further and adds red pigment back into your hair.  Not only does is prevent fading, it also adding more color every time you wash your hair.

image 3

Feel free to go into the fall with a great head of red hair with confidence that your hair will embody the strength you feel inside.  The steps are incredibly simple and will make a noticeable difference.  And now that you have your hair under control, you can go show the world the immensity of your power.

 

 

Blog

Your skin, the largest organ of the body plays an important role in your overall health.  As an organ of elimination, your skin turns over dead surface cells and helps move deeper toxins out of the tissues. Up to a pound of waste per day may be eliminated at your skin’s surface!  Dry brushing is a full-body exfoliating technique offered at Shanti by both estheticians and massage practitioners. Dry brushing originated as part of centuries-old Finish health regimen performed before a detoxifying sauna.  Today dry brushing has found favor as a modern health care routine with the following benefits:

  •  Increasing the circulation to the skin may reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It can also help with ingrown hairs.
  • Improves vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively.
  • Rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
  • Helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.

And, it just feels good!  Come in and schedule a dry brushing session at Shanti to see how it’s done, and enjoy the benefits at home when you learn to do it yourself.

 

You are sitting at the beach. Maybe far away in the Caribbean or, at the even more glamorous Alki Beach.   And your hair seems to take on the personality it never wants to have at home.  It is like your misbehaved child that becomes the little angel you always knew he was… deep, deep down inside.  But as soon as you go home, he is back to his normal, misbehaved self.  And you tell everyone around you, “But, I swear he was so good at the beach! No, really!”

Well, we may not have a remedy for your misbehaved child, but for beach blown hair, we got you covered.   All you need to do is bring the beach to you.

Most people’s hair reacts well to the sea salt that is in the air and in the water at the beach. The salt provides texture and volume that gives your hair that infamous, beautiful beach wave.  Many retailers are selling sea salt spray to achieve the beach blown look but luckily, we are going to tell you how to make it right at home.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. of warm water
  • 4 or 5 drops of the essential oil of your choosing (coconut has a great beach-y scent)
  • 2 teaspoons of coarse sea salt or Epsom salt
  • 1 teaspoon of hair gel (Example: Aveda’s Confixer)
  • Spray bottle (add all the above together and shake!)

 

Then just spray on towel-dried hair and scrunch with your hands. Voilà!

And now that you have your hair where you want it, you can give you full attention to that misbehaved child of yours.  And if you happen to find the ingredients for that particular problem, be sure to share.

imagesCAYO3U20

Most people know the importance of protecting their skin from the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.  Especially during these summer months, it’s vital that we protect our skin from overexposure to this sometimes harsh radiation.  We all want to avoid those painful sunburns, and the long-term effects of the sun can include wrinkles, discoloration and even skin cancer.  Even on cloudy days, like we often experience here in Seattle, UV rays can still cause harm.  And we all know that wearing the proper sunblock and clothing can often help decrease the risk of sun exposure problems later on.

But did you know that your hair can also be damaged by the sun?  Too much sun can cause even the healthiest hair to become dry, brittle and cracked, and color-treated hair is especially susceptible to damage from UV rays.  The scalp can also become sunburned and dry from overexposure.  Just like our skin needs sunblock, our hair and scalp can benefit from added protection as well.

A great product to help protect hair is Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil.  This hair veil is a water-resistant, UV-defense mist that creates an invisible layer of protection and shine that lasts up to 16 hours.  It will also minimize color fading in color-treated hair, and protect the scalp.d_201203_sun_care

Enjoy swimming during the warm summer months?  Aveda’s Hair and Body Cleanser removes chlorine and salt from hair and skin.  And the After-Sun Hair Masque adds moisture to sun exposed hair and protects all hair types from free-radical damage.  If you’ve found you spent just a little too much time in the sun, the Intensive Hydrating Masque adds moisture and provides relief for the face.  It’s especially soothing if kept cold in the refrigerator!

Taking steps to help protect your skin and hair will make the summer months even more healthy and enjoyable!

 

 

lavender

Bergamot: A small orange-like fruit from Italy. Bergamot helps fight cold sores, boils, and is anti-viral. It reduces oil and acne and is anti-bacterial. Can be put in face and body lotions.

Eucalyptus: Comes from an Australian blue gum tree. Eucalyptus helps relieve insect bites and scratched skin. It also provides relief of cold symptoms and sinus congestion along with headaches when used as aromatherapy. Can be used topically for muscle aches. Mix with body lotions or use in steam.

Lavender: Helps reduce acne when used topically in a mask or face cream. It is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory on the skin. Can be used on burns and fungal infections including athlete’s foot and ringworm. It is also great for hydrating dry skin.

Patchouli: Great for relieving dry skin. Is used as an anti-depressant with aromatherapy. Patchouli is antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory, treats eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and helps to fade old scars and promotes growth of new cells. Can be put in almost any skincare product.

Peppermint: Reduces various skin irritations including insect bites. Great for reducing headaches during aromatherapy. Peppermint helps tone skin by getting rid of red blotches and awakening dull skin. It has many vitamins and nutrients for the skin including, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, and Omega 3. These helps counteract the effects of sun exposure and heal damaged skin. Vitamin A helps get rid of wrinkles and reduces acne. It can be added to hydrating and cooling masks.944649_635570603138442_1422922793_n

Rose: Very hydrating for the skin. Great for sensitive skin and has cooling and soothing effects. Can be used as an anti-depressant. Rose is very firming and tightening for the face. Helps to combat the appearance of wrinkles. Rose has very high levels of vitamin C and adds brightness to dull skin. Put rose in cleansers and face and body lotions and can also be made into a toner.

Sandalwood: Has been used for years to soothe irritated skin for centuries especially in ayurveda. Treats acne, sunburns, rashes etc. It is anti-inflammatory and used as an antiseptic. Great for soothing dry irritated skin. Can be used in any skincare product and used directly on skin as well.

Tangerine: Helps treat muscle cramps and stiff painful joints when applied topically. Not recommended on the face because of photo toxicity. Tangerine helps reduce stress and anxiety and has been known to reduce fevers. Great when ingested with water. Helps calm heartburn and indigestion.

Tea Tree: Has amazing healing powers. It is anti-viral and anti-fungal. Tea Tree benefits these skin conditions: Ringworm, athlete’s foot, softens corns, warts, acne, and dandruff. Tea tree is just as effective has benzyl peroxide and it helps prevented infection. Also known to treat lice. It is your all around beneficial essential oil.

Vanilla: Is an anti-oxidant, aphrodisiac, anti depressant, a light sedative and has many benefits on the skin. Helps heal dry skin and can be used in all lotions and face creams. Helps relieve redness and is anti-inflammatory.

Jasmine: Beneficial for the skin. Has been used throughout history for romance, attraction and for balancing the feminine energy of the body. Helps improve skin elasticity and tones all types of skin. Very balancing and anti-aging for the skin.

Chamomile: Great for sensitive skin, treating PMS symptoms and other menstrual issues. Can be applied in abdomen area for best result and can be very useful with aromatherapy. Great for toning and calming the skin and also helps with de-puffing under eye area. Chamomile tea bags work wonders for under the eyes.

Frankincense: Helps heal wounds, age spots, blemishes and scars. Frankincense may tighten skin that loosens and sags with age. Reduces inflammation and soothes sores, boils and scars. Can be added to lotions and toners.

Cinnamon Bark and Clove: Rich in anti-oxidants, Anti-bacterial and antifungal for the skin. Massaged into the skin it helps increase circulation, which benefits the amount of nutrients your skin can receive. Great to add in a lip-gloss to help the plumping effect.

 

Women aren’t the only ones getting ready for the summer; guys need a little help to! Body hair can be annoying and uncomfortable, especially in the hot summer months.  Whatever the reason, if your body hair is preventing you from fully enjoying the summer, fret no longer, we’ve got you covered! Any guy can feel confident and comfortable when they take their shirt off this summer in Seattle!

Some men shave to get rid of unsightly hair, the problem with this is that it grows back so fast and it can be itchy! Waxing, on the other hand, is fast, easy, and tends to grow back slower!

Everyone wants that healthy summer glow, but sun bathing is timely and can damage your skin. Now, you can get a healthy, bronze glow without the sun damage! Our new Organic Airbrush Tanning is quick and damage free! An added plus, the Organic Airbrush Tanning comes in different levels so you can choose how dark you want to go! It’s perfect for those who are planning a vacation and don’t want to be the tourist with body hair and pale skin!

sandy B&A

In less than 90 minutes Anna can give you a back, chest, stomach, upper arm and brow wax as well as an organic airbrushed tan to complete you’re new look!

Vietnamese Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp and Pork Recipe by the Vietnamese Food Team!

 

Who doesn’t love tasty salads, especially during the hot summer months!? This is one of Vincent’s favorite salad recipes that we know you’re going to love!

Vietnamese-Green-Papaya-Salad-with-Shrimp-and-Pork-Step_4

Ingredients: 


- 200gr Shrimp
- 200gr Pork (We usually use ear pork in this dish)
- 1 Green papaya
- 1 Carrot
- Laksa leaves
- Basil
- Crushed roasted peanut
- Lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- Fish Sauce
- Chopped chilli

Process:


Step 1: 
The green papaya should be peeled, seeded, and julienned. Then, soak the julienned papaya into water with lemon juice and salt. Wait about five minutes and bring it out. This is an important step to create the Vietnamese Salad Recipe. Next, thinly slice carrot.

Step 2: Clean and soak ear pork in salt water for about 30 minutes. Then, boil the shrimp and pork until cooked. Next, slice shrimp into two equal parts. Thinly slice pork.

Step 3: Mix chopped chilli, minced garlic, sugar, and lemon juice with fish sauce to create dipping sauce. Season to suit your flavor (a little sour, a little sweet, a little salt are perfect for dipping sauce).

Vietnamese-Green-Papaya-Salad-with-Shrimp-and-Pork-Step_3

Step 4: Mix julienned papaya and sliced carrot. Add this mixture into the bowl. Organize sliced ear pork and shrimp on the top. After that, add crushed roasted peanut, basil, laksa leaves and hot sauce. Now it’s ready to serve!

 

photo2

Nail art lets your own unique personal style shine through. Summer is the perfect time to have fun with your nails, so why not get creative! Jan has done a verity of different designs, such as:  floral, animal prints, sparkles, and geometrics (just to name a few). Jan is always up for a challenge and loves trying new things, so don’t be afraid to ask her for something new!

photo6

photo10

photo11

I have recently discovered Chia seeds and I can’t say enough great things about them! They are healthy, delicious and easy to prepare! You can add them to your everyday foods, such as yogurt and oatmeal, you can make smoothies and puddings, and they can even be used as egg substitutes for baking!  The possibilities are endless!chia

One of the most beneficial aspects to Chia seeds is that they help to remove toxins from your body, such as heavy metals like mercury. Mercury enters your body mainly from metal fillings in your teeth and eating seafood. Your liver tries to get rid of toxins by dumping the toxins into bile salts. These salts travel down your gastrointestinal track as your body tries to dispose of them. However, most of these toxins are reabsorbed in your small intestine. Chia seeds produce gelatinous fibers which bind to these toxins preventing them from getting reabsorbed and allowing them to be removed.  images25

They are an amazing source of fiber and protein, containing about 20% protein. As if that wasn’t enough they are also filled with antioxidants, containing more antioxidants than fresh blueberries! They are low in calories, but because they contain so much fiber they will fill you up while giving your body an abundance of nutrients.

Here are two of my favorite Chia Seed pudding recipes. They are quick and easy to make!

 

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding by Weeliciouspudding

2 cups of your favorite milk

1/4 cup honey, maple syrup or agave

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup chia seeds

 

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding by Kiersten

1/3 cup chis seeds

1 cup unsweetened almond (or other non-dairy) milk

2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Pinch of cayenne

 

Instructions:

Simply combined all ingredients together and place them in the fridge for at least 8 hours. (I usually let it sit overnight.) Then place it in a blender and blend until smooth. If it is too thick for you just add a little more milk. Enjoy!