Walking boosts creativity

Inspire Salon & Day Spa | Meridian, ID

Ever noticed that some of your most creative thinking is done while  you’re walking – weather it be to work or to a friend’s house or even to your car? Well, research shows it’s not all in your head.

It doesn’t matter if you’re walking on a treadmill or along the beach, it’s the simple act of walking that helps boost creativity, according to a 2014 study from Stanford University. They conducted four experiments, testing participants on things like coming up with alternate uses for everyday items. In each case, individuals who were walking came up with ideas that were more “novel and appropriate” than participants who were seated. “The creative output increased by an average of 60% when the person was walking,” according to the study.

The good news is you don’t have to go for hours to reap the creative benefits of walking. In the study, the walkers were only on the move for 5 to 16 minutes, and they enjoyed the creative spike even after they’d stopped. It is not clear exactly why walking got the creative juices flowing, but the researchers say that this is just another reason why getting up and moving is such a vital exercise.

Is Wildfire Smoke Damaging Your Skin?

Inspire Salon & Day Spa | Meridian, ID

With wildfires burning rampant, and soot on every corner, many people have been asking us, can all this smoke damage my skin? Unfortunately, the answer is a loud, “Yes!”, it absolutely can, it will and honestly, it probably already has. It does not take long for soot, ash, and smoke (especially in high levels like we have been seeing) to noticeably damage your skin.

But there is no damage it could cause that can’t be prevented, or at least, treated. Of course, the first means of prevention is avoidance. It is advised that you stay out of direct, prolonged contact with fire and smoke to the best of your ability. However, as we’ve seen lately, there are definitely situations where this is not possible. And on those days where you just can’t get away from it, the smoke will clog your pores, filing them with soot and ash particles. This is sure to lead to acne, blackheads, and potentially, full-on breakouts. But why lay down and accept this, when it is so easy to treat yourself, and your skin, to a relaxing spa treatment that will make your pores clean, your face bright, and your smile big? And that is why, today, we are here to help you!

One of the many ways you may notice skin damage from the smoke, is by damaged collagen. Collagen is the protein that keeps your skin strong and firm, lifted and tight. Therefore when collagen is damaged, your skin naturally begins to form deep wrinkles. And while there are at home remedies you can use to help heal the damaged collagen as well as create new collagen, the best way to tackle this issue is by a microdermabrasion or similar treatment. Of course, there are kits to do this yourself at home, but the American Academy of Dermatologists highly recommend getting the treatment by a professional at a salon, due to their causing skin irritation and sensitivity if done improperly.

Microderms have diamond tipped wands to exfoliate the skin.

If you have been around smoke a lot recently, you have also probably noticed your skin feeling rather dry, despite your usual efforts and skin care regimen to keep hydrated. This happens because your skin is having to work overtime to replenish the new skin cells on the epidermis that the smoke is quickly drying out. The results can even be as severe as to cause redness, rashes, or cracked and peeling skin.

Again, there are tons of at home methods of resolving skin dryness, but with the complexity and severity of the dirt and damage that smoke can bring into the skin, it is recommended that you seek professional care, where you can get fixed up with a professional grade exfoliant, a hydrating mask, and a facial massage to help the blood flow bring nutrients to the top layer of your skin.

And as always, be sure to drink plenty of water, keep up with your at home skin care, and join us soon for a satisfying facial that will leave you feeling fresh and at home in your own skin.

5 Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

Inspire Salon & Day Spa | Meridian, ID

Environmental pollution and lack of physical activity, all add up to make you vulnerable to diseases. It becomes imperative to unwind and rejuvenate for better health and happiness. Hot Stone Massage is a therapy used extensively to provide deep relaxation to the body. Read on to know how it works.

What is a Hot Stone Massage Therapy?

No doubt, any massage works wonders to relax your body, but the hot stone therapy has a deep relaxing effect. Natural stones made of basalt are used for the therapy in which the stones are first heated in water. Since the high iron content present in basalt has the capability to hold heat for longer, it gets slowly transferred to the body. Therefore, the technique combines the benefits of massage along with thermotherapy for a deep action.

Hot Stone Massage Therapy Benefits

#1 Relieves Stress
A deep massage is not only helpful in relaxing the body but also calming the mind. The hot stones have a sedative action. When placed on the triggers points over the body, it helps the mind to relax, thereby reducing stress. You can feel the inner tranquillity in every session. A regular massage using hot stones may increase focus and boost decision making.

#2 Reduces Pain
Since the heat from the natural stones is slowly transferred to the body, it helps in relaxing the muscles. It reduces soreness and provides instant relief from pain. It is one of the best natural ways to reduce body pain effectively without any medications. An experienced massage therapist has the ability to manipulate deep tissues by transferring the heat and reduce deep muscular pains.

An Experienced massage therapist can manipulate deep tissues by transferring the heat to reduce muscular pains.

#3 Increases Flexibility
Although any kind of massage may help in increasing flexibility of joints, a massage using hot stones is more profound. People with arthritis and chronic pain in joints have seen great results with the therapy. It aids movement and eases mobility by increasing the flexibility around the joints

#4 Improves Circulation
Poor circulation may lead to built up of lactic acid in the muscles, which may cause fatigue. The hot stones when placed on the trigger points, penetrates deep into the body stimulating the blood vessels for a better circulation. The real message thereafter facilitates the flow of blood increasing circulation. 

#5 Promotes overall health
A Hot Stone therapy promotes overall health by rejuvenating the body and directing the flow of energy in the right way. It helps in reducing pain and stress related to chronic diseases and fibromyalgia. It also helps in preventing sleep disorders as it induces sleep and relaxation. It is also helpful for patients dealing with anxiety, depression and other mental illness. Apart from this, a relaxing Hot Stone Massage also helps in releasing toxins from the tissues and aid better health. 

Always consult with a professional about your health and pain issues.

A word of Caution
Since the therapy requires placing the hot stones at special trigger points in the body, you must not try it at home. Consult a licensed massage therapist before taking any therapy and know about its suitability to your body. Take a tour of Inspire Salon and Day Spa and speak with one of our experienced massage therapist with any questions.

Phillip Wilson Gives a Private Training Class at Inspire

Inspire Salon & Day Spa | Meridian, ID

Monday, May 12th 2014.

What a wonderful experience at Inspire Salon and Day Spa as Phillip Wilson, Creative Director of ColorProof Evolved Color Care, and Global Hairdresser of the Year, treated our hair stylists to a personal cutting workshop right in our salon.

Wilson’s extraordinary talent and passion combined with his wealth of knowledge inspired our stylist to become the best hair artists of the Treasure Valley. Inspire Salon is one of the first salons in the United States to be trained for the Firefly Design and we are excited to perfect the intricate style just for you.

We will keep you updated with our progress on our blog and Facebook and can hardly wait to share it with the Valley.

Everyone had so much fun with the lively Wilson at Inspire Salon and Day Spa