Skin Care FAQ

Skin Care Frequently Asked Questions

New Clients often wonder what to expect when they arrive. Before your appointment begins you will be asked to fill out a few pieces of paperwork including a brief intake form asking about the condition of your skin, concerns, and any health conditions which may prohibit certain treatments (Skin care products currently used, allergies, ect)


What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure used to renew overall skin tone and texture. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skin-related concerns and conditions. 


What should I expect after a Microdermabrasion Facial?

You can expect your skin to be pink or red for a few hours or a day after your treatment. Some people liken it to a mild sunburn. The sensitivity will resolve after a day or two. Because of the nature of this service, most people are photosensitive, and everyone should avoid direct sun exposure after. Be sure to use sunscreen if you plan on being out doors. 


What is the recommended after care for a Microdermabrasion Facial?

The first 24 hours after your treatment are the most important for ensuring amazing results. This crucial time is about keeping your skin cool and calm. Avoid activities that will heat up or flush the skin of the face such as hot showers, saunas, Jacuzzi's, steam rooms or exercise for the first 24 hours. You should follow all product treatment guidelines as recommended by your Esthetician such as discontinuing the use of certain products in your skin care regimen if required and introduce appropriate after care products. Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water is one of the best ways to ensure that your skin keeps its hydrated and plumped texture for the days and weeks to come. You should avoid direct sunlight for several days while your outer layer of skin is regenerating. Too much sun exposure after your treatment could result in damage or hyper pigmentation. 


What are the benefits of Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a wonderful treatment for evening out skin tone and minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while softening and toning the skin for a fresh, hydrated complexion. 


What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a procedure using a single disposable surgical blade that is dragged across the skin to remove vellus hairs and dead skin cells to reveal new healthy vibrant skin.


What should I expect durring a Dermaplaning Facial?

Dermaplaning is more than just "shaving" the face. Dermaplaing removes the outer most layer of dead skin cells and vellus hairs (peach fuzz) of the face. Because this is a deep exfoliating treatment you should discontinue the use of exfoliants 3-7 days before your treatment and discontinue the use of any retinol products 7-14 days in advance. Please note that it is possible to get small nicks and cuts during this procedure that are superficial and will heal within a few days. 


What is the recommended after care for a Dermaplaning Facial?


What are the benefits of Dermaplaining?


What is Micro Current?

What should I expect after a Microcurrnet Facial?

What is the recommended aftercare for a Microcurrent Facial 

What are the benefits of Microcurrent? 


What can estheticians do for my skin that I can not?

What products will you be using on my face?

I have gluten sensitivities. Do you have products that are gluten free?

Are your products Vegan or Cruelty Free?





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Massage FAQ's

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Where will my massage or bodywork session take place? 

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed? 

Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session. Please note that the state of Washington takes its massage rules and regulations seriously for the protection of the public. You have the RIGHT to say no to any area of your body that you are uncomfortable being touched. Our skilled therapists will do all they can to help you feel comfortable, safe, and confident in your body and your privacy. 


Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.


Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

 When you arrive at the Spa, your therapist will review your treatment record or your intake form to gather your history and preferences. Before you session begins your therapist will speak to you about what your feeling and will asses, create a treatment plan for the session and answer any questions you may have.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?

A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
Be Well Massage Skin Care Spa seeks out Massage Therapists with special skills and advanced techniques. Each therapist has been selected for their unique healing gifts. While all of our therapist are experts in Swedish and deep tissue, they also have a variety of special skills above and beyond the traditional massage experience. If you are looking for Reiki, Cranial Sacral, Cupping, Rolfing, Aromatherapy, or energy work, we can match you with a therapist that will be just right for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.


What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required. 

Infrared Sauna FAQ

Additional Information

 

Is it ok to use the sauna while breastfeeding?

Please consult with your physician, as this answer is usually yes, but may be no depending upon you specific circumstances.


What should I wear in the sauna? Can I go nude?

You can go nude if you would like, but be sure to put down a towel to absorb your sweat. If you are uncomfortable going in the nude, we provide sauna wraps for all shapes and sizes for your modesty and comfort.

 

How long is a typical session? And how often can I take a session?

Most people partake in a 30-45 minute session, 3 -4 times a week, but it is safe to use every day and at whatever heat suits you best.


What are the health benefits of the sauna?

Sweating is good for you. It is the body’s safe and natural way to heal and stay healthy. Sunlighten far infrared sauna detoxification happens by heating the body directly, causing a rise in core temperature. This results in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.

“Detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system and helps the body’s biochemical processes function efficiently so that we are better able to digest the nutrients in our foods. Detoxification has also been shown to be helpful with colitis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, immune deficiency states, autism, ADD and ADHD.”  -Dr. Rachel West


Can the Sauna help me loose weight?

 Sunlighten saunas have been proven to aid in weight loss by heating your core temperature to induce sweating. Increases in blood flow and heart rate are a result, which, much like moderate exercise, has shown to help you lose weight. Saunas also help you lose weight by easing aches and pains associated with weight training, helping you get back into the gym the next day.


 How much weight can I lose in a sauna?
There’s a lot that goes into weight loss, including your current weight, and eating and exercise habits. Just as there’s no one diet for every person, there’s no one number of pounds lost using an infrared sauna. Sessions have been shown to burn as much as 600 calories, which may be similar to an hour long jog on a treadmill.


How do I use a sauna to lose weight?
The most popular way to lose weight in an infrared sauna is to sit back and enjoy your session! But there are many more ways to enhance your session and subsequent weight loss. Like performing hot yoga while in your Sunlighten sauna. This could not only improve weight loss, but offers a host of other health benefits like flexibility and better sleep. If hot yoga sounds too strenuous, consider adding mild stretching to your sauna session. This low-impact workout is not only relaxing but it helps raise your core temperature a bit more – effectively aiding in weight loss while in the sauna. For the best weight loss results, use the 3-in-1 weight loss program that uses a combination of far and mid infrared at a high intensity to to stimulate the cardiovascular system.


What is the difference in steam sauna and infrared sauna for weight loss?
A traditional sauna uses wet or dry heat to warm the air around you, which induces sweating. This can aid in weight loss, but it has shown that the weight loss is mainly due to loss of water – or heavy sweating. An infrared sauna heats your body from the inside out, which allows you to stay in the sauna longer and increases your heart rate. Infrared sauna use results in more calories burned in a shorter period of time. Furthermore, Solocarbon infrared heat allows for most of the far infrared wavelength to be near 9.4 microns, which is the level at which the human body absorbs infrared energy. This is also the frequency at which a water molecule resonates or vibrates. This vibration causes a release of cellular toxins. This optimal micron output also allows for deeper penetration of far infrared heat, which improves weight loss efforts.



                                                                                         Infrared Sauna for Pain Relief 

 

A 2013 study conducted at the Auburn University at Montgomery compared stretching in a Sunlighten mPulse 3-in-1 sauna compared to a typical training room environment. Participants completed a series of hamstring stretches in random order with 48 hours separating the sessions. Results showed that acute flexibility increased up to 3x in the mPulse sauna than without! Benefits to the increased range of motion include joint mobility, less friction in the joints, enabling of joint function to diminish stiffness and joint relaxation. 

A recent Japanese study published in the journal, Internal Medicine, showed that chronic pain patients experienced a significant reduction in pain levels (nearly 70%) after the first session of infrared sauna therapy. Pain scores also decreased significantly and remained low throughout the observation period. Researchers concluded that infrared heat therapy is effective for chronic pain treatment.¹

Additionally, in a NASA study done by Dr. Whelan with near-infrared heat, determined that LED technology allows for deep penetration of tissue and increased cell growth from the inside.² Sunlighten’s mPulse series–with its patented Solocarbon 3-in-1® heating technology–is the only sauna on the market that offers LED-based near infrared heat at this proven level.

Finally, a 2003 study conducted by the Department of Dermatology and Institute of Medical Research showed that use of near-infrared heat therapy helped the production of white blood cells to alleviate inflammation and reduce swelling, two key factors in easing bodily pain.³ Again, only mPulse’s heating technology is scientifically proven to deliver these types and levels of therapeutic near-infrared wavelengths.



 Infrared saunas have resulted in effective in pain management therapy for many different ailments. Here are just some of the conditions in which infrared sauna therapy has been successfully used for pain relief. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Those who suffer from PAD can experience severe leg pain caused by reduced blood flow and oxygen to the lower legs, which can get worse with walking. But Japanese researchers found that infrared sauna sessions of just 15 minutes a day significantly lowered pain, and patients were able to walk twice as far without pain.  Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis Those who suffer from autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis often struggle with pain management that comes with hefty side effects. But with sauna therapy, pain relief can be found without negative outcomes. A study has shown that while in the sauna, all patients with these conditions felt significantly better, and at the end of the study, those with rheumatoid arthritis showed improvements in pain and fatigue while not in the sauna.  Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia causes pain throughout the entire body, with particular areas of sensitivity. Studies have shown that not only does infrared sauna use help with natural pain relief during treatment, but even months after ending sauna treatment the pain was still significantly lower. Emotional Pain Physical pain is often given much more credit in our society than pain caused by emotion. But medical doctors have begun to understand the real physiological impact of psychological issues. Infrared sauna therapy works for the pain that can’t be seen, too. In the same study of chronic pain patients, researchers also found that patients had a statistically lower anger level compared to 

those not in the sauna group. 


Infared Sauna for Blood Pressure Reduction

Only Sunlighten saunas are backed by clinical research that shows a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Both are key factors in maintaining a healthy heart.

Sunlighten infrared saunas induce a deep sweat to make the heart pump faster, which in turn increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and helps circulation. Scientific evidence shows the infrared sauna benefits using a Sunlighten infrared sauna a couple times a week lowers blood pressure.


Infared Sauna Skin Purification

As part of a sauna skin therapy program, Sunlighten infrared saunas help restore skin to a youthful appearance. Our saunas are designed so that the skin on your entire body – from face to feet – will benefit from a sauna therapy session.

The near infrared wavelengths are the most effective wavelengths for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Near infrared treatments stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone. Far infrared wavelengths target deeper down, removing toxins that can have a negative impact on your skin.


Infared Sauna for Wound Healing

Our advanced Solocarbon Full Spectrum infrared heating technology has the unique ability to heal wounds faster and minimize scarring through the use of near infrared LEDs. No other sauna can offer these health benefits.

Scientific research has concluded that near infrared therapy greatly enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting faster cell regeneration and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increases to repair wounds and prevent infection.




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Dr. Angel & Eastern Medicine

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What king of treatment does Eastern Medicine Offer?

Eastern Medicine will often utilize Laser Acupuncture and and Electro Therapies applied to the Muscle Meridians and Nervous System to reduce inflammation, eliminate pain and restore function. Frequently the use of ultrasound (sonopuncture) and electro therapies are applied to trigger points (asho) to heal an injured area in combination with other medicine treatment  modalities to return the electrical and magnetic flow (qi) to a region or area out of balance. Truly the best of care. 

I have acupuncture and physical medicine coverage on my health insurance. Will my insurance cover treatment?

We are frequently asked this question. A staff member will receive your insurance information and ID to have in network and out of network benefits checked for you. Acupuncture is one of many medical procedures covered by the Be Well Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Team.

What should I bring with me to my first appointment?

Your smile, your valid ID and insurance card with any relevant health information you would like to ave added to your Medical Chard as we utilize the most advanced electronic charting system to better serve you. 

What king of nutrition/vitamin injections does the Team offer?

B12, B complex, Vit C, Gluthathione, Weight Loss Injections, Stress Reducing Eastern Medicine PIT and a hot of homeopathic injections to reduce pain and promote a youthful you. Our list of options is tailored to individual needs and health concerns. 

Are there any contraindications that would exclude me from Acupuncture and Eastern Physical Medicine Care?

A great question that requires an in person review- such as active pace makers and some chronic bleeding disorders.