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Maintenance for Adults

We are all negligent in one way or the other, and yes, this article is for the men too! Some of us it’s our feet, others … our face or overall body. All over the world, while fast food outlets are opening up “a dozen a minute,” there has also been a shift…a greater focus on health and well being. Many people are opting for an organic way of life; and so are a number of corporate giants like in the soft drink industry where bottled water has become the craze. In the fried chicken industry, fish and sweet potato fries have been introduced.

Most of us however, lead a lifestyle where we work long hours, in some cases, study and after all this, still have to find time for the significant other and/or children. This routine often enough takes up the majority of a functional day, and leaves little or no time for cooking and exercising. So, a number of persons aren’t eating properly and then not getting the time to walk or burn off the extra calories.

Roll call…if you have a foot spa, hair dryer, treadmill, exercise bike or any other type of equipment of a similar nature, it’s time to pull it out. For some of you, it’s that gift certificate you got for some occasion and it hasn’t been used yet because you’re ‘sooo busy.’ As we often remind our clients, you have to carve out ME time . . . Use your certificate before it expires; because someone considered YOU, and spent their money to make YOU, feel special! But there are also some of you who, whether due to laziness or just prefer being pampered, do go to have your hair, face, hands, feet and body done to maintain yourselves…keeping your body intact. Kudos to you…

Hair

It’s one of the first things someone notices if it isn’t well groomed; and while some of us are less concerned about this area, it does make a difference in the overall look. Whether like me you have a ras/dreadlocks, other natural style, relaxed/curled, short or long, or some other type of processed hair, trying to maintain a neat appearance is important.

Facials

Regardless of your age or gender, if you want your skin to look and be at its best, you have to take care of it. A facial does for your skin what a month of exercise and good nutrition does for your body; noticeably improve its look and feel. Through exfoliation, extraction of clogged pores, dealing with ingrown facial hair for men, deep-cleansing of the pores, and stimulating circulation, with the use of the appropriate products, your aesthetician can make a lot of progress towards improving your skin in a single session. Like a personal trainer, she has experience, techniques, products and equip­ment that cannot be replicated at home, although home care is equally important. It is also an ideal way to end a long, stressful week. Generally, it is recommended that facials be done monthly, unless you have problematic skin and a particular regime needs to be set up.

Eyebrows

Well arched eyebrows make a whole difference.

Manicures/Pedicures

It’s the perfect way to combine a relaxing pampering experience with a healthy treat. Taking care of your hands and feet is essential to overall well being. Whether you do it yourself or prefer to pay to pamper yourself, your feet and hands will benefit from having the spotlight. Manicure and pedicure services are not just for women; men benefit from this service as well. Manicures and pedicures should be done regularly for good foot and nail health.

Massages

Massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing basis; and with the busy lives we lead, we can all benefit from a little stress-management. An experienced therapist could assess the issues existing, and customise your massage treatment to address your needs.

There are so many healthy benefits to receiving therapeutic massage therapy on a regular basis, which include: relieving stress, encouraging relaxation, improving posture/ circulation, lowering blood pressure, helping with pain management, relaxing the muscles, reducing swelling, improving flexibility and range of motion, relieving tension headaches, enhancing post-operative rehabilitation, and improving rehabilitation after injuries and strokes.

Diet/Wellness

What do people do? Start one of the first quick diets they can put their hands on and work hard to lose the weight, not realising that just as easily it would come back on. Changing your lifestyle and some food types and portions is the key. There are NO lasting quick fixes!

While a month at the gym/walking can achieve great results, if you stop exercising and eating well, your body will start heading back to its previous condition. You’d still be better off than you would have been without that month of conditioning; but if you keep up the regime, you will continue to improve your appearance and your health.

Body Aches and Pains

Whether due to accident, injury, ailment/disease, and or the natural aging process, we do get aches and pains. Checking out the source/cause is the first step, followed by having the necessary treatment options executed to ensure speedy relief.

Many of us take our bodies for granted. Whether it’s the tip of our head or the sole of our feet, each body part has its role, which is vital. Treat it right and ensure that you follow the instructions of your health/footcare provider and or beauty/therapeutic therapist. Some taking yourself for granted . . . appreciate self, and understand the importance of taking care of your body. It pays dividends as we mature.

Last week’s article focused on ‘Maintenance for Children,’ however, it was published in the Tuesday paper instead of Monday. For those who missed it and would like a copy, please e-mail me. Our website is up, and the e-mail address changed to match the modified name of the Clinic, so please check for it below.

 Your feet mirror your general health . . . cherish them!

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