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November 15, 2016
I’m Virginia Louise (Johnson) Shetler, a massage therapist for the JCMG Laser & Vein Med Spa. I’m also named after both my maternal and paternal grandmothers, and lessons I learned from each of them I still get to use quite often in my work with massage guests.
My mom’s mom, Virginia (“GG” to my sisters and myself), was a natural beauty and lived to be 91. She shared many things with me, including her recipe for Au Gratin Potatoes, and they are truly delicious. When I complained that she must have left out a “secret” ingredient because mine didn’t exactly taste like the ones she made, she told me, “Food prepared for you by someone who loves you always tastes better than food you make for yourself.” Now I prepare them when I know I can share them with my family – just one of the incredible lessons she patiently shared with me.
GG was also great about using natural “cures”, like tobacco rubbed in bee stings, aloe on a burn – actual aloe, she cut from an actual plant, that she actually grew – and the many benefits of Epsom salts, from bath soaks to reducing toothache pain.
I recommend Epsom salt soaks regularly to our massage guests who have deep joint pain or recent muscle strains. Epsom salts are made of magnesium sulfate, which forms in crystals that look a lot like large crystal or flake-style table salt.
Epsom salts can be applied locally to a sprain/strain by soaking towels or wraps in Epsom salt solution and applying those to the affected area, or a bath can be prepared by dissolving Epsom salts in warm water for a full body soak.
My dad’s mom, Louise, passed at a much younger age; she was 77 and I was only 11 years old. But she and my grandfather Johnson were avid gardeners and beekeepers. Grandma Louise was also an incredible baker, and regularly used their honey – that they collected from bees they actually kept and cared for – in her recipes.
Imagine my delight in discovering that the Med Spa not only carries a local honey variety in the store, but that I also got to design one of our body treatments around this local honey and the benefits it offers to skin! Honey is naturally antibacterial so it's a great skin purifier. Honey is full of antioxidants, which help slow the aging process. Honey is extremely moisturizing and soothing, giving skin a warm glow.
Come see us at the JCMG Laser & Vein Med Spa – we have the perfect combination of traditional treatments and the latest technologies to offer every level of relaxation and beauty enhancements to our guests.
October 30, 2016
“If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.” – Unknown
Change has been happening a lot in my life lately. Some changes small, others a little bigger! In July we welcomed our daughter Blake Rylee into our lives. She is absolutely perfect and she completed the last piece of our family puzzle. We are truly blessed to have her, but adding another baby came with change! We are adapting, and big brother loves her and loves his new role as big brother! I was fortunate enough to be able to spend nine weeks home with her, and that time flew by! I love my babies and loved being home with them, but I also like being a working woman!
I had a few butterflies floating around before I came back, and to say a few might be an understatement. I worried about balance! As working women we have a lot to balance on a daily basis. But with all the worry, I was still very ready and excited to come back to work!
I was most excited about being able to come back and be a full time esthetic nurse! I have had the pleasure of working in Dr. Prasad’s esthetic clinic for several years now, but now I get to focus all my time here and I am SO excited about that! The change is going to be so great; I never imagined I would be doing this in my nursing career! But that is what is so great about nursing… you can do whatever you want.
I am about four weeks into coming back, and so far so good; lots of learning is taking place and I love being back and seeing everyone! It’s a hard balance, but totally worth it and doable, so kudos to all the working mommas out there! We all deserve a pat on the back or a massage or a pedicure or a facial…! So when all you hard-working mommas need a break from this ever-changing, busy world, come in and let us pamper you!
I hope that everyone is ready for the change of season! Fall is my favorite season. I love all things fall: the leaves changing, the cooler air, hayrides, pumpkin everything, and wine! When the leaves start turning to their beautiful colors, stop and take a moment to enjoy the season of your life that you are in… because in a blink of an eye it will change, too!
October 28, 2016
When I first became a cosmetologist over five years ago, I fell in love with all aspects of the beauty industry because there are no limits to creativity. Personally, Halloween is my favorite holiday. Every year I try to find new ways to be creative with hair and makeup. Special effects makeup has become a favorite of mine, not only because it’s cool, but because it is a challenge. You get to be resourceful and creative at the same time. Almost any look is possible with a little practice and an open mind!
In the Halloween look I created here, I used torn paper towels and liquid latex to create a skin peeling effect. Purple, brown and red shadows mixed together create a perfect bruise, and some fake blood helps add a little gore.
One of my favorite things about this look is that I totally winged it! It only took about 20 minutes to complete! As someone who is usually a perfectionist, being able to relax and just have fun with a look is the best thing ever. These looks are never going to look exactly like an inspiration picture, but it doesn’t have to! Everyone’s artistic ability and face shape are different. And when it comes to these kinds of looks, the messier the better.
Removing the liquid latex from the skin can be a little tricky. Usually any kind of oil (coconut oil is my favorite) will make the removal process much easier. I like to apply coconut oil and then lay a warm and wet towel over the latex area. Let it sit for about ten minutes, then gently scrub off the latex from the skin!
This is just the beginning of the possibilities that can be created with this makeup technique. I look forward to sharing more makeup tips and tricks with you in the future!
October 19, 2016
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Hello everybody!! I am so excited about my massage blog adventure! My name is Jayme Meyer and I have been a licensed massage therapist for five years. I went to the Arizona School of Massage Therapy, and from day one of classes I knew I had found my passion. I love the fact that I am able to go in to my job every day with the tools and knowledge that can greatly impact someone’s overall health and wellness.
Post graduation I found myself on another adventure that led me to discover a second passion: fitness. I embarked on my lifestyle change a few months after I graduated from massage school, and have since changed my life completely. Being a massage therapist and gym junkie, I am able to combine the skills I have picked up and apply them to every aspect of my life and my clients’ lives.
When most people think of massage, they oftentimes associate it with being an EXTRA thing, or a bonus after everything else is taken care of, and not something that can greatly impact day-to-day life. In the fitness world, athletes push their bodies to the extreme in order to meet certain goals and expectations. What these athletes are starting to realize is how truly beneficial massage can be in terms of performance, goals, etc. Massage is starting to be looked at as one of the NECESSARY items that one needs to be their best self.
Over the next several months, I am going to break down the benefits of massage in the fitness world, stretching and focus work after a specific workout, massage and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), the emotional/spiritual connection that comes from fitness and massage combined, and I am going to shine light on how truly incredible massage therapy is.
October 18, 2016
EVERYONE needs moisture! Yes, EVEN your oily skin types. Your skin is your largest organ! It is made of 30% water and lipids. Its function is to protect its lower layers. Once your skin is compromised it can let bacteria in and create oily skin, which is a symptom of dehydrated skin. Knowing the difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin is very important. These two are often confused and can be treated incorrectly.
Dehydrated skin lacks water and therefore needs hydration. Dry skin lacks oil and needs to be moisturized. Both skin types need hydration and moisturizer because the two products serve a different purpose for the skin. Dehydrated skin can be moisturized and still feel tight, whereas dry skin can be hydrated but not have enough oil, leading to flaky skin. While moisturizers are formulated to seal moisture into the skin, hydrating products are designed to increase the water content of the skin.
We offer the following hydrating and moisturizing products to address both issues:
- HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator: Promotes epidermal health by supporting the skin’s natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural "water loving" substance that has the ability to absorb water from its surroundings to keep skin hydrated throughout the day. HA5 also provides immediate smoothing of the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles.
- Hydrating Complex: Enhances the benefits of a daily moisturizer and helps replenish your skin's moisture reservoir.
- Dermal Repair: Ultra-rich moisturizer reduces transepidermal water loss by forming a barrier over the skin’s surface. By forming this protective seal on the skin’s surface, Dermal Repair reduces the risk of evaporation of existing moisture throughout the day and improves the skin's smoothness.
- Rejuvenative: For normal to dry skin. Helps to moisturize and rejuvenate the skin.
- Ultra Sheer: For normal to oily skin. Lightweight noncomedogenic moisturizer.
HOW TO APPLY
- Remember to apply hydrating products first and a moisturizer second. This way you are adding hydration and ensuring it stays put throughout the day.
- Using an excessive amount of product doesn’t provide more moisture. It can clog pores and possibly cause breakouts.
- Less is more when using physician grade products, which saves money in the end.
October 6, 2016
This year I am celebrating my eight year anniversary with JCMG Laser & Vein Center! Wow, right!? A lot has changed over these years, personally and professionally. I am very thankful for every moment, definitely continue to learn something new every day, and am always excited to share that knowledge with you.
Our one facility is now two beautiful businesses, JCMG Laser & Vein Center and JCMG Medspa. The best of both worlds right here in Jefferson City!
The new facility, JCMG Medspa, is for all ages and YOU choose your "experience". Are you a teen that suffers from acne, is curious about simple makeup tips, or just wants to start a skin care routine? Maybe your 20's are bringing thoughts of what you can do now to keep wrinkles and brown spots from forming.
Are you in your 30's or 40's? You're probably spending time taking care of others – kids, jobs, your spouse – and you're probably not getting enough sleep. Collagen loss really starts to manifest during our 40's, and we also begin noticing other things that have slowly started showing up: uneven skin tone, wrinkles and texture changes.
And then there's the phase that I'm in...50 and menopause! Dry skin, laxity, s l o w e r rate of skin cell turnover, which means dead skin cells are collecting on the surface, making lines look deeper, brown spots darker, and the skin's overall appearance duller, less plump and less youthful. For those of you 60+, focus on skin hydration and continuing to reverse the signs of aging.
So, where do you fit in to this scenario? Are you ready for your JCMG Medspa experience? Whether it’s a makeup lesson, skin care advice, massage, mani/pedis, Sunlighten Infrared sauna, skin rejuvenation, lasers, injectables, body contouring, hair removal... the wonderful list goes on. Let us educate you on the many options available to you at our Medspa.
Isn't it time for your extraordinary JCMG experience!!?? Still not sure? Join us October 27 for our annual open house event, and come see for yourself what a difference our services can make!