"Detox / Wellness"
The importance of our health and wellness has certainly come to the forefront of health topics in the last decade. With the baby boomer generation nearing their senior years increased cancer rates, strained health and medical services, and the realization of the limitations of medical science, society has developed an increasingly prominent attitude of responsibility towards one's own health and wellness.
No longer are people solely relying on doctors or hospitals to make them better if they get sick. Instead, the approach has changed to one of illness prevention - to maintain or improve the state of health that already exists.
Increased attention to health and wellness is reflected by the fact that diets, weight loss programs, exercise programs and equipment, fitness facilities, spas, nutritional supplements and activity/leisure groups of all sorts are now commonplace in our everyday lives. Some of these changes are driven by expensive and long waits for treatment in the health care system, the desire of the working generation for a more active lifestyle after retirement, with the hope of being fit and well enough to participate in their chosen activities, or having experienced the loss of a loved one as a result of cancer or disease.
It is more important now than ever to maintain wellness - and it starts with DETOX. Toxins affect the body's ability to remain healthy and strong. They make it more difficult to stave off disease or infection, cause fatigue and reduce mental alertness.
MicroSpa recognizes the importance of keeping well, and has several treatments for detox and to enhance wellness.
- iSLIM Infrared Fat Burning and Detox Treatment
- VibraNano Wellness Plate
- Therasage FAR Infrared Massage
- The iSLIM Infrared Fat Burning and Detox Treatment is MicroSpa's newest treatment. This treatment was brought in after the request of many of our clients for a treatment that would assist in maintaining their overall wellness. There to two benefits of this treatment - Fat Loss and Detox. You may or may not need fat loss, the detox benefit is something that EVERYONE needs. (For more information on the incredible fat loss benefits of the treatment, please visit the "weight/fat/cellulite" page on this site.)
Every day, our bodies are bombarded with toxins from the food we eat, the air we breathe, chlorine in our shower, grooming products, and even the water we drink! Toxins are everywhere and although we do our best to avoid them - by eating organic foods, or staying away from artificial ingredients - they are simply unavoidable.
It's no coincidence that people are getting more sick, as toxins, hormones and artificial ingredients continue to get used in all products we use in our daily lives. We are more toxic than ever before - and it is more important now than ever to help our bodies remove those toxins on a regular basis to keep our bodies healthy and functioning in pristine condition - the way nature intended them to function.
MicroSpa's iSLIM is a unique, two-part solution for getting rid of toxins in your body AND unwanted pounds, in less than a hour. The treatment allows your body to neutralize and safely eliminate harmful chemicals within the body, and is designed to enhance the body's natural ability to handle toxins by simultaneously stimulating your immune system. While it is unrealistic to eliminate our exposure to toxins completely, the body can be supported in its natural function of detoxification so that it is better able to cope with the daily exposure to toxins and stresses of modern life. In addition, for those with chronic illness, detoxification with our iSLIM has a beneficial effect on almost all systems of the body: cardiovascular, nervous, immune, respiratory, reproductive, gastrointestinal, urinary, skin, musculoskeletal and endocrine. Toxins in our body cause a myriad of health problems, such as weight gain, chronic digestive problems, impaired liver function due to alcohol, poor eating habits, high stress, chemical exposure in the workplace, and hepatitis, chronic headaches, chronic skin conditions (including acne), stiff, aching joints and muscles, susceptibility to infections, respiratory difficulties, allergies, low energy and fatigue, depression and moodiness, and poor quality sleep and insomnia. If you are experiencing any of these problems, you need to detox asap.
Our treatment also blankets you in infrared heat, which provides numerous benefits to the body. An amazing advantage of this deep penetrating heat is its ability to detoxify the body. The heat pulls out toxins deep under the skin and expels them through the skin. Toxins like mercury, lead, car emissions, tobacco, mold, alcohol and hundreds of other pollutants our bodies are bombarded with on a daily basis. Infrared heat is actively used in the Far East for medical treatments by Doctors, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists for arthritis, joint pain, stiff muscles, injuries to tendons and ligaments to promote a faster self-body healing effect. Some Doctors in the United States are starting to do the same, and are also recommending infrared heat for many other ailments, such as inflammation, weight loss, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
By detoxifying the body of these pollutants we are able to stop them from accumulating in our system and in doing so we can strengthen our immune system and prevent possible disease and premature aging of our skin, body and mind.
Jeff D. - Longwood, FL
Vidalia A. - Registered Nurse - Apopka, FL
- Used by Professional Athletes and Hollywood Celebrities, this technology reduces stress and provides wellness by decreasing cortisol levels and increasing levels of serotonin - all while standing in a relaxed position for 10 minutes! It also increases circulation and oxygenates blood flow, and stimulates the lymphatic system, which leads to more efficient removal of built-up toxins and reduction in appearance of cellulite. With regular use, it also prevents age-related muscle loss and bone density loss, and increases flexibility and range of motion while stimulating the production of collagen - creating tighter, more beautiful skin from head to toe.
- For years, therapists and physicians have recommended the combination of heat and massage to ease chronic back pain, speed recovery from injuries, improve rest, concentration, and promote a general sense of well-being. Our massage bed employs patented deep penetrating heat strips that line the inside of the bed. The deep penetrating infrared heat emitted from these strips will penetrate up to 3” into your muscles creating uniform warmth that can be felt for up to one hour after use. The bed uses customized jade rollers to deliver a thorough head-to-toe massage. The deep penetrating heat also gets absorbed into the jade rollers delivering a penetrating, contact-heat to the parts of your body being massaged. Infrared heat is a safe light energy that cannot be seen by the human eye and simulates the heat given off by the sun. Once you lay down and choose your massage program you will begin to feel heat travel throughout your entire body while the jade rollers begin to kneed out all of your built up tension and pain. As you enjoy the feeling of warmth, comfort and tranquility, the infrared heat raises your inner body temperature, inducing an “artificial fever”. Fever is the body's natural mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, as seen in the case of infection. This enhanced immune system increases your overall health and resistance to disease, while also increasing blood circulation and the lymphatic system - stimulating the sweat glands, and encouraging the release of built-up toxins and waste.
Click to Read: "The Benefits of Infrared Heat"
Far-infrared heat stimulates vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels, bringing oxygen to joints and extremities, speeding the healing of sprains and strains, thus relieving pain and reducing the time it takes the human body to recover from an injury.
Reduces Stress and Fatigue
Far Infrared heat reduces stress by loosening the muscles and relaxing the body. The gentle warmth gives you an overall massaging effect, soothing jagged nerves and knotted muscles. You'll feel rejuvenated and renewed, restored in both body and mind.
Improves Blood Circulation
Far-infrared heat is absorbed by cells, causing a physical phenomenon called "resonance". Thus the cellular activities are instantly invigorated, resulting in a better blood circulation and an overall improved metabolism. The increased blood circulation stimulates the tiny blood vessels in the skin to expand accommodating the increased blood flow. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops; in which improves overall cardiovascular fitness.
Removes Harmful Toxins
When toxins are present, blood circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired. The body's immune system is inhibited, which makes it difficult to fight disease. When far-infrared heat is applied, the large water molecules in our bodies that contain toxic gases like sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, lead, mercury and chlorine vibrate and are broken down. The encapsulated toxic materials and gases are then purged from the body through the skin, during perspiration. FAR Infrared Heat also increases blood circulation and the lymphatic flow stimulating the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins and waste.
Improves Immune System
The infrared heat raises your inner body temperature, inducing an “artificial fever”. Fever is the body's natural mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, as seen in the case of infection. This enhanced immune system, combined with improved elimination of toxins and wastes, increases your overall health and resistance to disease
Click to Read: "Living in Wellness...and Stress Free"
Living in Wellness...and Stress Free
Living in wellness includes living in a state of optimal well-being. The opposite is living with toxins and chronic stress. And living a lifestyle that nurtures wellness helps prevent disease and distress (or negative stress). MicroSpa can help you with removing toxins, and basic stress relief with our relaxing treatments. But managing stress requires a conscious effort to maintain a balanced lifestyle of relaxation, using good coping strategies, gaining skills for effective communication, and altering behaviors to have a happier and healthier life. Learning to relax is an important part of wellness and stress management, and this is one of the main reasons MicroSpa was created...to provide an environment to de-stress for long term health and overall wellbeing.
What is Stress?...
There are two types of instinctive stress response that are important to how we understand stress and stress management: the short-term "Fight or Flight" response and the long-term "General Adaptation Syndrome." The first is a basic survival instinct, while the second is a long-term effect of exposure to stress.
A third mechanism comes from the way that we think and interpret the situations in which we find ourselves.
Actually, these three mechanisms can be part of the same stress response – we will initially look at them separately, and then show how they can fit together.
Some of the early work on stress (conducted by Walter Cannon in 1932) established the existence of the well-known fight-or-flight response. His work showed that when an animal experiences a shock or perceives a threat, it quickly releases hormones that help it to survive.
These hormones help us to run faster and fight harder. They increase heart rate and blood pressure, delivering more oxygen and blood sugar to power important muscles. They increase sweating in an effort to cool these muscles, and help them stay efficient. They divert blood away from the skin to the core of our bodies, reducing blood loss if we are damaged. And as well as this, these hormones focus our attention on the threat, to the exclusion of everything else. All of this significantly improves our ability to survive life-threatening events.
Power, but little control...
Unfortunately, this mobilization of the body for survival also has negative consequences. In this state, we are excitable, anxious, jumpy and irritable. This reduces our ability to work effectively with other people. With trembling and a pounding heart, we can find it difficult to execute precise, controlled skills. And the intensity of our focus on survival interferes with our ability to make fine judgments based on drawing information from many sources. We find ourselves more accident-prone and less able to make good decisions. It is easy to think that this fight-or-flight, or adrenaline, response is only triggered by obviously life-threatening danger. On the contrary, recent research shows that we experience the fight-or-flight response when simply encountering something unexpected.
The situation does not have to be dramatic: People experience this response when frustrated or interrupted, or when they experience a situation that is new or in some way challenging. This hormonal, fight-or-flight response is a normal part of everyday life and a part of everyday stress, although often with an intensity that is so low that we do not notice it.
There are very few situations in modern working life where this response is useful. Most situations benefit from a calm, rational, controlled and socially sensitive approach.
The General Adaptation Syndrome and Burnout
Starting with the observation that different diseases and injuries to the body seemed to cause the same symptoms in patients, he identified a general response (the “General Adaptation Syndrome”) with which the body reacts to a major stimulus. While the Fight-or-Flight response works in the very short term, the General Adaptation Syndrome operates in response to longer-term exposure to causes of stress.
Selye identified that when pushed to extremes, animals reacted in three stages:
- First, in the Alarm Phase, they reacted to the stressor.
- Next, in the Resistance Phase, the resistance to the stressor increased as the animal adapted to, and coped with, it. This phase lasted for as long as the animal could support this heightened resistance.
- Finally, once resistance was exhausted, the animal entered the Exhaustion Phase, and resistance declined substantially.
Selye established this with many hundreds of experiments performed on laboratory rats. However, he also quoted research during World War II with bomber pilots. Once they had completed a few missions over enemy territory, these pilots usually settled down and performed well. After many missions, however, pilot fatigue would set in as they began to show “neurotic manifestations”.
In the business environment, this exhaustion is seen in "burnout." The classic example comes from the Wall Street trading floor: by most people’s standards, life on a trading floor is stressful. Traders learn to adapt to the daily stressors of making big financial decisions, and of winning and losing large sums of money. In many cases, however, these stresses increase and fatigue starts to set in.
Stress and the way we think
Particularly in normal working life, much of our stress is subtle and occurs without obvious threat to survival. Most comes from things like work overload, conflicting priorities, inconsistent values, over-challenging deadlines, conflict with co-workers, unpleasant environments and so on. Not only do these reduce our performance as we divert mental effort into handling them, they can also cause a great deal of unhappiness.
The most common currently accepted definition of stress is something that is experienced when a person perceives that “demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.”
Stress, a matter of judgment
In becoming stressed, people must therefore make two main judgments: firstly they must feel threatened by the situation, and secondly they must doubt that their capabilities and resources are sufficient to meet the threat.
How stressed someone feels depends on how much damage they think the situation can do them, and how closely their resources meet the demands of the situation. This sense of threat is rarely physical. It may, for example, involve perceived threats to our social standing, to other people’s opinions of us, to our career prospects or to our own deeply held values.
Just as with real threats to our survival, these perceived threats trigger the hormonal fight-or-flight response, with all of its negative consequences.
Stress and Your Health
The effects of an over-stressed lifestyle are easy to explain. When under pressure, some people are more likely to drink heavily or smoke, as a way of getting immediate chemical relief from stress. Others may have so much work to do that they do not exercise or eat properly. They may cut down on sleep, or may worry so much that they sleep badly. They may get so carried away with work and meeting daily pressures that they do not take time to see the doctor or dentist when they need to. All of these are likely to harm health. The direct physiological effects of excessive stress are more complex. In some areas they are well understood, while in other areas, they are still subject to debate and further research.
Stress and heart disease
The link between stress and heart disease is well-established. If stress is intense, and stress hormones are not ‘used up’ by physical activity, our raised heart rate and high blood pressure put tension on arteries and cause damage to them. As the body heals this damage, artery walls scar and thicken, which can reduce the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.
This is where a fight-or-flight response can become lethal: Stress hormones accelerate the heart to increase the blood supply to muscles; however, blood vessels in the heart may have become so narrow that not enough blood reaches the heart to meet these demands. This can cause a heart attack.
Other effects of stress
Stress has been also been found to damage the immune system, which explains why we catch more colds when we are stressed. It may intensify symptoms in diseases that have an autoimmune component, such as rheumatoid arthritis. It also seems to affect headaches and irritable bowel syndrome, and there are now suggestions of links between stress and cancer.
Stress is also associated with mental health problems and, in particular, anxiety and depression. Here the relationship is fairly clear: the negative thinking that is associated with stress also contributes to these.
The direct effects of stress in other areas of health are still under debate. In some areas (for example in the formation of stomach ulcers) diseases traditionally associated with stress are now attributed to other causes.
Regular exercise can reduce your physiological reaction to stress. It also strengthens your heart and increases the blood supply to it, directly affecting your vulnerability to heart disease.