What You Need to Know About Microdermabrasion

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Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that rejuvenates the skin by encouraging faster turn over of the skin cells.

As we age, this cell turnover slows down. Normally, our skin renews itself every 28 days, but when things slow down, skin can look dry and dull, and the skin tone can look uneven. This is when it might be worth mentioning microdermabrasion to your clients.

How does microdermabrasion work?

Microdermabrasion causes very slight trauma to the skin, and when skin experiences any sort of damage or trauma, its natural healing mechanism kicks in, and it speeds up the renewal of the skin cells.

What does it involve?

A microdermabrasion machine sprays a fine mist of exfoliating grains on to the client’s skin. As well as exfoliating, the machine also has a sucking action, which can help to improve the skin’s circulation and work on skin health in the deeper levels of the skin too.

During the treatment

The therapist gently moves a wand over the skin, which sprays the client’s face with fine grains. The wand then sucks away any particles and debris.

The treatment is not invasive, and it will be painless for your client. Many people say they feel as if they are being massaged with a strong facial scrub when they are getting the treatment.

After the treatment

Your client may notice that their skin appears flushed or pink, and it may become dry or flaky a few days after the treatment, but this is normal, and it settles down. This is just the skin renewing itself.

Clients should notice that the skin looks softer and smoother even after one treatment, and after a course of treatments, fine lines will be less noticeable, skin tone will be more even, and sun spots or age spots will fade. This is a big selling point for this treatment and an excellent way of encouraging clients to return for further treatments.

What can microdermabrasion be used for?

  • People who want to combat the first signs of ageing
  • Dull, dry skin with uneven tone and texture
  • Acne scarring
  • Hyperpigmentation and melasma
  • Keratosis Pilaris

A word about Acne

Reducing acne scarring might take a course of treatment over a longer period of time and the treatment won’t get rid of serious acne scars. If your clients want to use it to treat acne, it’s best for people who have mild breakouts, or whiteheads and blackheads. Microdermabrasion can clear the pores and reduce breakouts, but it won’t treat moderate or severe acne. This requires targeted medical treatments.

If your client’s acne is inflamed, you should advise them that microdermabrasion isn’t suitable for them as it can further irritate the skin.

Who is microdermabrasion not suitable for?

Microdermabrasion has quite a strong effect on the skin, so if your client has sensitive skin, or any of the following, it won’t be suitable:

  • Acne with lesions
  • Skin lesions
  • Rosacea
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Fragile capillaries

We’re introducing microdermabrasion at the academy soon, why not train with us?

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.

 

Why You Should Offer Facials as Part of Your Services

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The chances are, you won’t need to convince your clients to have a facial as a treat, but they offer so much more than an hour of pampering. Facials are seen as an indulgence, but you should be encouraging clients to have them regularly; it won’t just benefit their skin, the repeat business won’t do you any harm either.

Why You Should Offer Facials as Part of Your Services

You’ll help your clients get the most from their skincare

If your clients invest in the best skincare products, they just won’t work as well if their pores are clogged. Facials will help to keep your clients’ pores clean and their skin smooth, so products can do their job better.

Your clients will have healthier skin and fewer breakouts

Blackhead and pimple extraction is done as part of some facials. Regularly giving the pores a good clear out results in healthier skin and less breakouts.

Facials can help skin adjust between seasons

What the skin needs changes with the seasons. In the winter, a hydrating facial will help to restore moisture that’s been lost because of cold weather and central heating, and a summer facial can calm and freshen sun damaged, oilier skin, for example.

They can instantly boost radiance

A good facial can show immediately in the skin. Whether it’s a radiant glow or some plumping they want, a facial can give your client just what they’re looking for.

Facial massage boosts circulation

Many facials include a face, décolletage, or scalp massage, which is not only super relaxing, but it helps to get rid of toxins and fluid retention, and it also boosts circulation which will make skin glow.

They give the skin a deeper cleanse

A facial makes up for any lazy cleansing habits by thoroughly removing grime and oil build-up, which will make the skin look so much healthier.

You can give your clients skincare advice

You can give your clients the benefit of your skincare knowledge. After assessing their skin, you can advise them on what kind of products they should be using and what they definitely shouldn’t use. Once they see the improvement in their skin, you’ll have their trust and they’ll always come back to you.

Facials relieve stress

Many of your clients will have busy lives, so they might not often get the chance to do something relaxing, just for themselves. Spending a relaxing hour getting a treatment is great for the mind too.

You can help your clients achieve younger looking skin

Wanting to reduce the first signs of ageing is a common goal that many clients have when they come for treatments. Regular facials promote cell renewal, boost collagen, and keep the skin healthy and balanced, all of which have an antiaging effect on the skin.

Train with us!

If you would love to be able to offer relaxing and skin restoring facials to your clients, why not train with us? Our facial training will give you all the skills you need to do amazing facials for clients, and you’ll even get to learn our signature facial massage technique; exclusively used by us and our learners!

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.

 

What is Hopi Ear Candling?

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Ear candling is a holistic therapy that helps to improve symptoms of problems associated with the ear, nose, and throat. The treatment involves placing a hollow cone-shaped candle made of cotton that has been soaked in beeswax, honey, and herbs into the ear canal to remove excess wax and treat other problems. Ear candling can bring about a sense of deep relaxation and it can leave your clients feeling de-stressed and energised.

The history of ear candling

It is believed that the Ancient Greeks were the first to perform ear candling as part of cleansing and healing rituals. Then the Egyptians, Mayan, and Inca people adopted the practice. The ear candling technique we know today was first used by a Native American tribe called the Hopis, and this is where the name comes from.

The Hopis used ear candling in healing rituals, and the ingredients they used in their candles, cotton, beeswax, honey, sage, and chamomile, are still used today.

What happens during a treatment?

Before you carry out a treatment, you should discuss your client’s medical history and ask about any symptoms they are currently experiencing to determine whether ear candling is appropriate for them.

You should then place your client in a comfortable position on their side with their head supported by a pillow. Their hair should usually be covered with a small towel. The candle is then gently inserted into the ear and it’s allowed to burn for around 10 minutes.

When the candle is lit, the warm air rises and creates a vacuum, which stimulates the ear to get rid of wax and other blockages gently. Removing the wax and blockages clears the inner ear and the sinuses which should relieve any feelings of pressure.

Explain to your client that they may hear a crackling sound and feel a warm sensation as the candle burns.

The candle should then be removed gently from the ear and extinguished in water. The treatment is then repeated on the other ear, and the session finishes with a massage around the ears, face, and neck to promote lymphatic drainage and to boost the effects of the candling.

Allow your client to lie still for around 15 minutes after the treatment and give them a drink of water.

What are the benefits?

Hopi ear candling does not claim to be able to treat any ailments, though it can be used to relieve the symptoms of:

  • excessive ear wax, blocked sinuses
  • ear irritation
  • colds
  • flu
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • hay fever
  • anxiety and stress
  • asthma
  • vertigo

When should the candles not be used?

Hopi ear candling is a natural holistic treatment, though there are some risks. Care should always be taken when handling the lit candle and inserting it into a client’s ear.

Ear candling is not appropriate if:

  • The ear drum is perforated
  • Your client has an ear or sinus infection
  • Your client is allergic to any of the candle ingredients
  • Your client has high blood pressure

Train with us!

If you would love to be able to offer this relaxing and soothing treatment to your clients, why not train with us?

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.

 

 

How to Choose a Beauty Therapy Training Provider

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How to Choose a Beauty Therapy Training Provider

So you want to do some beauty therapy training. You know what type of course you want to do, and depending on the course, you might have saved up for it for a long time. But how do you know which training provider you can trust to give you high quality training, value for money, and a great experience?

All beauty courses are not equal. Standards and prices can vary, and some courses won’t prepare you very well for working in the industry at all.

We want to take the headache out of deciding where to do your training, by giving you some tips on how to choose a beauty therapy training provider.

Choosing a training provider; what you need to know

What experience does the training provider have?

How long have they been providing training and what relevant industry experience do they have?

How much is the training going to cost?

Training is a big financial investment usually, and while more expensive training is not necessarily better quality, neither is going cheap. It’s difficult, but before you part with any cash, try thinking about the benefits that the course is going to give you in the medium to long term.

Ask if the course cost involves materials and equipment or not, and factor in how much travelling to and from the course is going to cost too.

What facilities does the training provider give you access to?

Is there adequate space for delivery of the training, and is there ample car parking? Is all equipment you’ll be using safe and in good working order?

How is the training delivered?

Are training dates flexible and do you know exactly what will be required of you? For some courses, you might need to do written coursework for example.

Is the course accredited?

Check that your chosen course is accredited. This means that by passing it, you have been assessed to be of a certain standard. Employers will always ask for industry standard courses.

Do you get support after your course?

Will your tutor be accessible after the course so you can ask questions and get some guidance?

Do they have good feedback from learners?

This is a really good test of how good a training provider is. Have people left good reviews about the training they received or are the reviews not so good?

Why choose Essential Beauty Academy for your training?

Our director, Steph, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry, and she’s worked everywhere from salons, to cruise ships, in schools, and now she’s the lead tutor in her own business.

Steph moved into teaching because she wanted to share her knowledge, skills, and experience with others, and to teach them how to do the job she loves.

She strives to provide learners with a friendly and supportive learning environment, because she understands that students can lose their confidence if they feel like they can’t quite get the hang of something. Doing your training with someone who really cares makes all the difference.

Steph teaches almost every course and classes are kept small, which makes for a relaxed learning environment.

When you leave the academy, you’ll not only leave with the skills to do treatments, you’ll leave with the confidence to be a very successful therapist.

Choose Essential Beauty Academy for a great learning experience.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342

 

 

The Benefits of Massage

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Massage is a technique that involves pressing, rubbing, and manipulating the skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. There are many different types of massage, and it is often considered as a type of complementary or alternative medicine. It is commonly being used alongside other treatments for different health conditions as its benefits become more well-known.

The benefits of massage

Several studies of the benefits of massage have found that it can be effective for reducing stress, pain, and tension in the muscles. More research is needed into what the wider benefits are, but there is evidence to suggest that it might also be helpful for:

Anxiety

Digestive problems

Fibromyalgia

Headaches and migraine

Stress-related sleeping problems

Are there any risks involved with massage?

Most people will benefit from a massage, however, getting a massage might not be appropriate for you if:

  • You have a bleeding disorder or you take blood-thinning medication
  • You have burns or other skin wounds
  • You have a fracture or severe osteoporosis

People who have cancer, or pregnant women, should discuss massage therapy with their doctor.

What to expect during a massage

Before your massage, your therapist will ask about any health conditions you may have. They will then leave the room so you can get undressed. You will only need to undress to the point where you feel comfortable, and you will be asked to lie on the massage table and cover yourself with a towel or sheet that is provided.

A massage session can last up to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage you have. Don’t be afraid to tell your therapist if you prefer less or more pressure. Sometimes, if you have a knot that needs working out, it can feel uncomfortable, but if anything feels too uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to say so.

The different types of massage

There are many different types of massage you can get but let’s look at a few of the most common types that clients love;

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is one of the most well-known types of massage and it forms the basis of other types of massage that you’re probably familiar with, including deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.

If you are new to massage, or you don’t get one that often, a Swedish massage is a good place to start.

What to expect 

When you have a Swedish massage, the therapist will use oil and perform different types of massage strokes to warm up the muscle tissues, release any tension and work out any knots. The therapist will usually start working on your arms, move to the front of your legs, then the back of your legs, and finish with your back.

Swedish massage should generally be very relaxing, but remember to tell your therapist if you would prefer lighter or stronger pressure.

Hot stone massage

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Hot stone massage is a special massage, where the therapist places smooth, heated stones on the body. The heat is very relaxing and it also helps to warm up the tissues so the therapist can give you a deeper massage.

What to expect

The stones will have been heated before you arrive. You will usually lie on the massage table face down, then the therapist will start working on your back. The therapist will warm up the tissues with a Swedish massage, then they will massage you while holding a heated stone. As the original stone cools down, it is replaced with another. Larger stones are used on bigger muscle groups, while smaller stones are used on smaller muscle groups.

The therapist might also place some heated stones on certain points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your stomach, or even between your toes, which is believed to improve the flow of energy in your body.

Always tell the therapist if the stones feel too warm or the pressure is too much.

When to avoid a hot stone massage

A hot stone massage is not appropriate for you if you are pregnant, you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or if you are on blood thinning medication.

Indian head massage

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An Indian head massage is a relaxing treatment that uses acupressure massage on the head, face, neck, and shoulders. This type of massage has been practised in India since ancient times, and it’s geared towards encouraging balance and healing throughout your entire body.

As well as this, the massage can relieve aches, pains, and tension in your neck, back and shoulders, relieve stress and help you sleep better.

What to expect

The massage can be quite firm but you’ll feel so relaxed afterwards.

The day you get an Indian head massage is not the day to have your best hair do. You will most likely have oils massaged into your scalp so your hair might look like an oil slick! Just plan to do nothing but relax afterwards.

Tell your therapist if:

You are, or you think you might be, pregnant

You have any medical conditions, or you are on medication

You have any skin allergies

Why not train with us?

Who doesn’t love a massage? Why not join one of our massage courses and make your clients feel like they’re walking on air? A relaxed client is a happy client!

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342

 

 

What is Reflexology?

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Here at the academy, we teach students how to do treatments that will help a client to look and feel amazing. But feeling amazing comes from not just looking good on the outside, but feeling good from the inside out.

That is one of the reasons why we teach holistic therapies, such as reflexology, which is not only relaxing, it’s great for your general wellbeing.

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a form of complementary therapy which involves using massage and applying pressure to reflex areas in either the hands or feet.

How does it work?

There are points on the hands and feet which are connected to certain organs and parts of the body, through energy channels.

By applying pressure to these areas, any energy blockages can be removed which can then bring about health benefits. The right foot is related to the right side of the body and the left foot corresponds to the left side. The whole body can be treated through the feet.

Here are some examples of reflex areas and their corresponding body parts:

  • The tips of the toes are related to the head
  • The ball of the foot is related to the heart and chest
  • The arch of the foot is related to the liver, pancreas, and kidneys
  • The area towards the heel is related to the lower back and the intestines

Why might someone get reflexology?

People might get reflexology for a range of conditions including:

Stress

Tension headaches and migraines

Digestive problems like constipation

Arthritis

Insomnia

Hormone imbalances

Sports injuries

PMS

Back pain

The research behind reflexology

Surveys carried out by The British Reflexology Association found that people who had conditions like stress, insomnia and IBS benefitted from having treatment.

A review published in 2015 in the Integrative Cancer Therapies journal found that reflexology was effective for relieving cancer pain, especially post-operative pain.

What is a reflexology session like?

A typical treatment is 30 to 60 minutes long. The therapist will ask you to fill in a form about your health and lifestyle, and this information is used to personalise your treatment.

You will then be asked to remove your shoes and socks and get yourself comfortable on the massage table.

The therapist will assess your feet and apply pressure to certain points to find any areas which might be tender. Massage might be used to warm the feet, then finger and thumb pressure is then used to carry out the reflexology techniques. The sensitivity of people’s feet varies from person to person and the therapist will understand how to apply the correct pressure. The massage should not feel uncomfortable even if you have sensitive feet, and don’t worry about being ticklish; the therapist uses firm pressure.

How will I feel afterwards?

Most people will feel calm and relaxed after a reflexology session. You might notice that you feel sleepier than usual.

How safe is reflexology?

Reflexology is generally safe but as with any treatment, it’s not suitable for everyone. Make sure you give the therapist an accurate picture of your health, and if you aren’t sure about whether the treatment is suitable for you, it might be a good idea to ask your doctor before trying it.

If you have foot ulcers, a recent injury, any foot or ankle wounds, gout, diabetes, osteoarthritis in your foot or ankle, or a heart problem, reflexology might not be appropriate for you.

Reflexology is usually safe in pregnancy, after the first trimester. If in doubt, see your GP for advice.

Fancy giving it a go and really making a difference to the wellbeing of your clients? Do your reflexology training with us! Check out our full range of holistic courses here.

 

Following My Dream: My Beauty Therapy Career

Following My Dream: My Beauty Therapy Career

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So many people come to do their beauty therapy training with me, and they lack confidence. They really want to be a skilled beauty therapist, but for whatever reason, they don’t believe that they can do it. Well I’m here to tell you that you can!

I wanted to write this blog to share the story of how I put aside all the knock-backs and started following my dream, to have a career in beauty therapy.

Humble beginnings

I remember knowing that I wanted to be a beauty therapist way back when I was just 12 years old. A teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and without hesitation, I replied ‘a beautician’ (even though it turns out that I now hate this name!) I also added that I wanted to work on cruise liners.

This was ambitious to say the least, for the little girl who grew up in Ashington. I don’t even recall my parents having a car, so how I was going to work my way up to a cruise liner, I have no idea!

Computer says no

When I started high school, I still knew I wanted to do beauty therapy. Back in 1995, I was 15 years old, and I remember visiting the school careers advisor, who asked me questions like ‘are you confident with people?’ I replied no; I mean, how many people are at that age?

As he fed my responses into the computer and handed me a printout stating I wasn’t cut out for that career, based on my answers, I was crushed.

But I decided that I wouldn’t let what the computer said put me off. I enrolled at college, and I couldn’t wait to start my beauty therapy career. The tutor who conducted my enrolment interview warned me that it could involve long hours and very little pay, but it didn’t put me off. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I just couldn’t wait to start doing beauty treatments on clients!

From zero confidence to student of the year!

Before I knew it, my school days were gone, I was at college, and living the beauty therapy dream…or not. I hated it! I hated it because I had zero confidence in what I was doing and I felt like I lacked the skills to do manicures, pedicures, waxing, and makeup. I was struggling.

Looking back, I realised that it was the tutors that make the difference to how you learn and how you feel about what you’re learning. They either instil you with confidence or they don’t. I wanted to be the best that I could be, but my inner critic was telling me that I just wasn’t good enough.

I struggled my way through my first year of training, but I felt more confident and at ease in my second year. I trained in Electrolysis, and I took extra time to complete this as I lacked confidence that I was doing it right. It took me 3 years to finish my beauty training.

But you know what? I stuck at it, and my grit and determination led to me being named as Student of the Year! I was delighted and so proud.

Work experience

Steiner came to my college to interview beauty therapists who would potentially be working on their cruise liners. This was my big chance of getting my dream job, and I passed the interview with flying colours. But I didn’t accept the job. Why, you might ask? Well, I was in a relationship at the time, and didn’t want to leave. Young love never did make any sense!

In 1999, I went on to work at Linden Hall Hotel and Spa and I absolutely loved it. I remember thinking that there’s nothing better than getting paid for what you love doing. I spent my days using my skills, pampering clients with massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures, and my confidence grew. Training can only teach you so much, everyone develops their own ways of working when they start working with clients.

I left my job at Linden Hall as I couldn’t drive, and relying on lifts wasn’t the ideal way to get to work. So, I went on to work in a salon. I worked there for 3 years, and I gained so much experience during that time. I had a really inspirational boss; little did I know that this would set me up for self-employment in the future!

Following my dream

After a long-term relationship ended, I felt like it was the time to think about working on cruise ships like I had always wanted. A good friend I had worked with at Linden Hall gave me the details of a contact at Judith Jackson Sea Spas. This was my chance! I got the job and travelled all over the world to some dream locations; the Caribbean, America, Canada, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Mexico, and Jamaica to name but a few! The dream I had from when I was 12 years old had come true!

 

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Anything is possible!

I will continue my career saga soon, but the reason I wrote this blog is that I want to get the message across that if you have dreams, and you’re willing to show commitment, and persevere, even when the going gets tough, you will find that anything is possible!

Choose the right place to do your training, the right tutor, and believe in yourself, and the world is your oyster! Watch this space for the next instalment…

Love

Steph xx