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

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

2017 Pink Tie Affair Recap – From the Eyes of Our CEO, Michelle Z. Cilip

2017 Pink Tie Affair Recap – From the Eyes of Our CEO, Michelle Z. Cilip

2017 Pink Tie Affair Recap

From the eyes of our CEO, Michelle Z. Cilip

The Pink Tie Affair committee could not have asked for a more beautiful day on the day of the event hosted by the Twin Tiers Region affiliate of Susan G. Komen, on September 22, 2017, at the National Soaring Museum in Elmira, NY. They set out to raise $50,000, after raising an astounding $48,000 last year.

As the “Pink Tie Guys” arrived at the 2017 Pink Tie Affair, Michelle Z. Cilip, CEO of AgeLess SPA, couldn’t help but be proud to be apart of such a spectacular event. She helped a wonderful group of ladies with planning and set up, and when the time came, she got ready for the evening by getting her makeup done by Jen at AgeLess SPA, where she typically gets her makeup done before any special occasion she attends. This year for the event, she wore a subtle, but elegant, flapper-inspired dress with pink heels, giving her just the right amount of a pop of color for the Komen cocktail party.

Credit: Chris Waters Photography

She returned to the event with her husband, Dr. Michael Cilip, who is a “Pink Tie Guy” from the class of 2014. As a member of the committee, she took part in greeting and checking in the gentlemen and their guests. This also included gentlemen from previous Pink Tie Affair events who still attend this event because once a “Pink Tie Guy,” always a “Pink Tie Guy.”

Upon being checked in, the “Pink Tie Guys” of the class of 2017, received their signature pink ties, donated by H. Strauss Clothier in Elmira, NY. There was even the opportunity for glider rides, socializing with other attendees, touring the museum, and enjoying the food catered by Serendipity, located in Ithaca, NY.

Credit: Chris Walters Photography

Once all the gentlemen apart of the 2017 “Pink Tie Guys” class arrived, they gathered for a group photo, taken by the talented Chris Walters photography. Shortly after the photo opportunity, the event began where they recognized all of the “Pink Tie Guys,” whom of which are a group of well-respected corporate, healthcare and civic leaders from our region.  

“I told Michael, it’s overwhelming how grateful the Pink Tie gentlemen are to be apart of the event,” Michelle said, “It’s truly moving to see their dedication and support,” with so much passion in her eyes.

In addition to recognizing the “Pink Tie Guys,” an auction was held, where many businesses and artists generously donated spectacular items to support this great event. One person took home AgeLess SPA’s donation, which included three SPA services valued at $500.

Credit: Chris Walters Photography

“It’s an event that’s short and sweet, and that’s what I believe people like about it,” Michelle said, “It starts around 5 p.m. and goes until about 8:30 p.m.,” “Everyone can come in work attire after work or get all dressed up and raise money for a great cause together.”

Credit: Chris Walters Photography

Michelle first attended the Pink Tie Affair when Dr. Cilip was invited to be a “Pink Tie Guy,” three years ago. After, she knew she very much wanted to get involved with this spectacular organization. This is her second year on the committee and she without a doubt will be returning for many more.

When asked what draws her to this event and the Susan G. Komen foundation, she said,

“The main source is credibility and faith – I believe this foundation goes above and beyond to show the data of how funds are being donated. The ultimate goal is finding a cure, and I have faith they’re going to find it, but it takes people like all of us to keep that mission moving along, and it takes good, hard-working, and passionate people to keep it alive. There are so many people affected by breast cancer, even within the AgeLess SPA organization, so I want to be apart of something where I can make a difference.”

Credit: Chris Walters Photography

It’s easy to get on the committee, and they welcome everyone. There are about ten people on the committee, and many have been affected by breast cancer one way or another. It’s a way to be involved within the community in making tremendous strides in raising awareness about breast health and breast cancer, as well as raise funds for breast cancer screenings, treatments, and education.

 

-Rebecca Howe, Marketing Assistant

Our Favorite Fall Products

Our Favorite Fall Products

Our Favorite Fall Products

With the weather shifting from warmer to cooler, we know it can surely have an impact on your skin. We’re always getting questions about what products to use with each season, so we knew we had to do something to help you keep your skin at its best all season long. The only problem we faced when making this list was we literally love everything Image Skincare and bareMinerals offers, so choosing four products/collections was a little hard, but we put our heads together and created a short and sweet list of our favorite go-to fall products just for you!

IMAGE Skincare’s Vital C Collection

When transitioning into a fall skincare regimen, we always come back to the Vital C collection by Image Skincare, no matter the season, simply because of the hydration it offers. It keeps our skin hydrated, it’s perfect for morning and evening regimens, a little bit goes a long way, and it’s great for all skin types. The shift in the weather is going to dry out your skin, but with Vital C, you’ll worry less about it and get to enjoy more of everything fall offers. 

bareMinerals Foundation

We can’t live without our bareMinerals foundations! We love to opt for a natural look most days while keeping our skin healthy. From mineral to liquid, there’s something for everyone. bareMinerals offers a serum foundation, not liquid, while the Complexion Rescue has a mousse like feel and is perfect for a natural weekend look or the girl on-the-go!

IMAGE Skincare’s Ormedic Sheer Pink Lip Enhancement

We were obsessed when Image Skincare introduced this earlier in the year, and we’re still obsessed now! With a light pink tint, it goes perfectly with an everyday natural look while helping our dehydrated lips.

IMAGE Skincare’s I Beauty Brow and Lash Enhancement Serum

This serum got an upgrade from being used on just lashes to lashes AND brows! We couldn’t believe the results we saw in such a short amount of time. It’s designed to create fuller, longer, and healthier lashes.

 

For more information on these products, please visit an AgeLess SPA location near you to consult with a highly trained professional esthetician to achieve best results for your skin type.

Do you have any fall favorites that we may have left out? Let us know in the comments below!