Inhale The Good, Exhale The Bad

Inhale The Good, Exhale The Bad

Please note: This post is from the archives of Samantha Schamel’s newsletter from 2016 and was edited slightly for AgeLess SPA.

It almost feels as though it should be a holiday to do something good for yourself, right? So go for it! Maybe it’s that skinny latte or massage you’ve been meaning to get.

Onward to our organ system!

This article is all about the lungs or the metal element. In Chinese medicine it is said that the lung ‘open’ to the nose (hello, sinuses and bronchitis), the health of your lungs is reflected in your skin, grief/sadness is the emotion, and white is the color. If there is phlegm -due to poor diet or too much dairy- in the body the lungs are the receptical. Two diseases of the lungs that are most common are dryness and phlegm.

Lung Dryness due to yin (substance) deficiency: dry chronic cough to the point of coughing up blood, shortness of breath, sore throat, dry skin, hot palms and soles, frequent thirst, flushed cheeks, periodic fever and could be due to chronic infection or inflammation of the lungs.

Foods to nourish the lungs: PEARS 🍐! Particularly steamed Asian pears with a little honey. This works so well with anyone who has a dry cough! Also, oranges, peaches, tofu, tempeh, flaxseed, butter and other dairy, eggs, oysters, clams and pork.

Phlegm in the lungs (typically a repletion that is possibly due to a deficiency: I mean think phlegm, thick or thin, productive to unproductive coughs, wheezing, asthma, shortness of breath if you have thick greasy tongue coating – you got phlegm!

Food to help transform phlegm: fennel, fenugreek, cayenne, watercress, horseradish, garlic, fresh ginger, radish, and herb base the mullein leaf. Typically avoiding foods such as dairy, meats, tofu, tempeh, soy and all sweeteners.

Another fun fact is the lungs and the large intestine are closely connected. So the next time you are bound up, try giving your nose a blow and see what happens!

Peace, love and a bear hug,
Samantha

Acupuncture, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Everything!

Acupuncture, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Everything!

Please note: This post is from the archives of Samantha Schamel’s newsletter from 2016 and was edited slightly for AgeLess SPA.

Hey y’all! I am officially done with school and fully excited about the next big journey before me. I can finally say I am an acupuncturist and a herbalist. I have been practicing part-time with AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa in Horseheads and have been overwhelmed by the response in the community and so excited to be growing into a full-time gig.

However, I am here to tell you the wonderful things about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where acupuncture and herbal medicine are only two parts to this 5 part health system. Yes, acupuncture can treat a lot, from digestive issues to your everyday aches and pains, the acute situations to the chronic, common colds, flu, headaches, arthritis, dermatology (i.e. eczema, psoriasis, acne), labor preparation to anxiety and stress. Herbal medicine is great for all those things too and does a better job of nourishing and strengthening the body as well as battling some evils you have going on inside. Also, as a TCM practitioner, we also deal with diets, Qi Gong (I prefer my yoga), and bodywork.

TCM was originally developed to be a preventative medicine and in the classics, they say a person with no disease should have acupuncture four times a year when the seasons change so your body can remain healthy. Typically patients come to see me for pain or when a disease has set in the body and then my job is to create balance within the disharmony – and at times that is challenging depending on how long the patient has suffered with it.

If you have never tried acupuncture or afraid of looking like a porcupine, I promise it’s not bad at all! Many of my patients fall asleep on the warm bed and don’t even realize the needles are in. So if you have been curious or wanting to give it a shot, give the medical side of AgeLess SPA a call (607.846.3962).

As always, peace, love and a giant bear hug,
Samantha

Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites Recipe from the Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine at AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa

Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites Recipe from the Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine at AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa

Ever hit the middle of the afternoon with a hankering for something sweet, but yet will satisfy you until dinner?

These energy bites have the sweetness and the natural source of protein to fill you up. Cinnamon and ginger will help regulate blood sugar so you don’t feel the crash you typically do after a candy bar or baked good.

These little energy bites are also great from a Traditional Chinese Medical perspective as well and particularly going into the winter season.

Dates are neutral and sweet. They help to nourish our bodies by strengthening our blood, helps with coughs, diarrhea, night sweats, weak digestion, and overall weakness. Black dates are also slightly warming which is great during the long winter months. Moderation is important because they can also create too much mucus in the body.

Almonds/almond butter are neutral and sweet. They help to relieve a cough, transform phlegm and lubricate the intestines. Almonds with the dates are a great combination to make sure the dates do not create congestion in the body.

Carob powder is warm and sweet. This is an excellent substitute for chocolate. Carob is naturally caffeine free and is great for soothing and calming the mind.

Cinnamon is hot, pungent and sweet. This spice is great for strengthening the stomach, warms any coldness internally, and helps stop pain. Cinnamon helps with the common cold, cold abdomen, and low back pain. Use in moderation when pregnant.

Ginger is warm and pungent. Ginger is excellent for the lungs and stomach and great for expelling common colds and coughs with clear mucus. Also, ginger is a great remedy for nausea and vomiting.

See how all these ingredients below can come together to make the ultimate energy bite!

Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites

Ingredients
1 cup pitted dates
½ cup almonds
¾ cup almond butter
2 Tbsp of carob powder or cacao powder
1 Tbsp of cinnamon
1 Tbsp of ginger

Directions
Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender
Blend until ingredients stick together
Energy bites can be formed into bite-size balls or spread onto a nonstick pan to make bars
Place in fridge or enjoy immediately!

If you want to make your energy bites anti-inflammatory try adding 1 Tbsp of Turmeric powder and ½ Tbsp of cayenne pepper instead of the cinnamon or ginger.

Want to learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine or Acupuncture? Set up an appointment by requesting an appointment HERE.

– Samantha Schamel, Practitioner of Chinese Medicine

Exclusive Holiday Gift Guide

Exclusive Holiday Gift Guide

There’s so many gift ideas for the makeup, skincare, and wellness gurus in your life that it can be a bit overwhelming, especially when this is suppose to be the most wonderful time of the year. But, have no fear! Our Exclusive Gift Card Guide makes AgeLess SPA your one-stop shop for everyone on your list to bring comfort and joy into their lives this holiday season.

bareMinerals Holiday Kits

This year’s bareMinerals’ Holiday Kits are our most favorite holiday collection bareMinerals has released thus far. From the beautiful packaging to being reasonably priced, starting at $12, these amazing kits make great stocking suffers for those makeup lovers. But don’t wait too long to purchase your kits because they’re only available during the holiday season!

Image Skincare

We know there’s a lot of options when it comes to Image Skincare, but there are three Image Skincare products that are always our go-to. First, we can’t live without the Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser, not only for it’s citrusy smell, but it can be used all year long. Second, the AgeLess Overnight Retinol Masque works wonders! It’s perfect for the busy person in your life because they just have to put it on before bed and wash it off in the morning. Last but not least, we love the Ormedic Lip Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex. This lip enhancement keeps lips hydrated, especially during those harsh winter months.

MantraBand

MantraBand is gaining popularity and with good reason. This brand embraces positivity, mindfulness, and optimism, while bringing a daily dose of inspiration into one’s life with a mantra. There are dozens of mantras to choose from, such as, “You are my sunshine”, “Hakuna Matata”, and more on bracelets and necklaces, available in silver, gold and even rose gold!

Herbal Concepts

If the person you’re buying for always has sore muscles or back, we highly suggest Herbal Concepts wraps. These herbal wraps can be microwaved or even placed in your freezer. And with a variety of styles to choose from, depending on the person’s neck or back pain, you can’t go wrong giving this to the person who needs a little muscle soothing in their life.

Hair Removal Packages

So many of us suffer from unwanted hair, and at AgeLess SPA in Horseheads, NY, but we can help! Our Laser Hair Removal Packages are designed to help provide the results you’re looking with special package pricing. By giving a Hair Removal Package, it takes the worry out of shaving and saves the person so much time getting ready! From Laser Hair Removal Packages to Waxing Packages, we offer a wide variety to give the gift of saving time in the mornings.

Mini Spa Treatment

Our Mini Spa Treatment includes a 30 minute Integrated Massage followed by a 30 Minute Signature Facial, which is perfect for the busy person in your life that needs an hour of spa time.

Please note: This treatment is known as The Small Blind at our AgeLess SPA at Tioga Downs Casino & Resort location. Prices vary by location.

Full Spa Treatment

If you want to “WOW” them with the ultimate gift, we suggest giving them our Full Spa Treatment in our Corning, NY location. This package starts with a One Hour Integrated Massage, followed by a One Hour Signature Facial. After these two services, a lunch is provided in our Serenity Room to enjoy until the last two services of the day, which is a Basic Manicure and Pedicure Polish Change.

Please note: this treatment is only offered at AgeLess SPA at Radisson Hotel Corning. However a similar treatment is also offered at AgeLess SPA at Tioga Downs Casino & Resort and is known as The Big Blind, but does not include lunch. Prices vary by location.

AgeLess SPA Gift Card

With so many options to choose from, we understand that it can be overwhelming to pick for another person. In that case, the AgeLess SPA Gift Card is the perfect gift! Allowing your loved one to choose the service they’re in most need of, and enjoying some much needed “me time”.

Whichever gift you decide to give, we hope that it brings your loved one comfort and joy!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season and new year!

-Rebecca Howe, Marketing Assistant

What To Do With Your AgeLess SPA Gift Cards

What To Do With Your AgeLess SPA Gift Cards

We got to wondering if you are using your gift cards to it’s fullest potential. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to your usual massage, facial, or nail services, but what about trying something new for a change?

We put together the perfect list for you for if you don’t know what to use your gift card on, are still using it for the same service and want to try something new, or are looking to expand your spa-going horizons. We hope this helps you decide what to use your gift cards on before you stock up on more around the holidays (because, we know how you and your loved ones like to take advantage of our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and surprise gift card specials ;))

Laser Hair Removal and Other Laser Services
A great service to use your gift cards on is our laser services. Not only do we offer Laser Hair Removal to eliminate the “Did I remember to shave today?” question, but we also offer laser services for cherry angiomas, skin tightening, pigmentation, and veins to make you feel more confident and excited to show a little more skin.

Lash Extensions

If you’re craving a few more zzz’s in the mornings, then you might want to consider using your gift card on our Eyelash Extensions service offered at our Horseheads location. During your first application, our NovaLash Certified team will place individual lashes in with your own lashes, to give you a natural, but fuller look. And with weekly to biweekly fills, you can say goodbye to mascara and hello more sleep!

HydraFacial

One of our favorite services offered at the Horseheads location and something we highly suggest trying whether you have a gift card or not. This service cools, soothes, refreshes and renews in just one treatment to restore hydration and beauty to your skin. It’s a non-invasive skin rejuvenation, painless extraction, shows immediate results, and no discomfort. It’s the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously. See how quickly this service works HERE.

Oxygenating Facial

The Oxygenating Facial is a great service offered at all locations to use your gift card on and get hooked on. We like to think of this facial as having a bubbly-like feeling, which means the more bubbly-like feeling you feel, the more congested your skin is. We love this luxurious treatment because it infuses oxygen, plant-derived stem-cells, peptides, and a high concentration of enzymatic botanicals into the the skin, leaving it luminous, refreshed, and rejuvenated after just one treatment.

Airbrush Tanning

If you haven’t visited our Horseheads location before, you may be missing out on our Airbrush Tanning services. Regardless to the season, you can keep your skin looking sun-kissed without the harmful effects of UVA/UVB rays. There’s just something about a good glow to boost your mood and confidence.

bareMinerals

Let’s face it, buying new makeup isn’t always a “need”, but a want that we always seem to somehow justify. However, using a gift card always helps prevent the inevitable guilt trip that we give ourselves (makeup lovers, you know what we’re saying…). So no need to worry, dear friend! You can use your AgeLess SPA gift cards for boutique items, too! Our Horseheads’ boutique offers a collection of bareMinerals products from skincare and foundations, to lipsticks and mascara. We have everything you need to start fresh with a new and natural look, add a pop of color to your everyday style, or purchase a little something on your “fun makeup” list!

Herbal Concepts

With the change in weather, comes the aches and pains in our bodies. Whether it’s from working out or just those “getting older” aches and pains. There’s nothing like an Herbal Concept wrap to help alleviate inflammation and soothe your body back to life. Our Corning and Horseheads locations offer Herbal Concepts warming and cooling wraps. With a variety of styles to choose from, you or your loved one will surely love how cozy these feel!

Image Skincare

About four years ago, we became skincare junkies for Image Skincare and we haven’t looked back! Their “Age Later” philosophy doesn’t limit them to combining new age technology with price-friendly budgets. That being said, they offer products that have multiple remedies for a “2-in-1” idea, which is perfect to use your gift card on. For example, their Vital C Hydrating Cleanser doesn’t only remove impurities and makeup from your skin, but uses its concentration of Vitamin C to hydrate and keep your skin feeling nourished! Our estheticians can also help you find the right product(s) to design the perfect daily skin care regimen for your skin type or concerns.

Whatever you decide you use your gift card on, we hope you enjoy!

-Rebecca Howe, Marketing Assistant