7 Expert Tips to Keep Your Legs Healthy
Your legs go through a lot in an average day. Climbing stairs, pounding out miles on the treadmill, squatting, playing sports, walking along uneven pavements, taking knocks and bruises from those tiny accidents you barely even notice … it’s easy to overlook just how resilient your legs are.
But as you get older, your legs may start to show signs of poor health, which can affect your mobility and — as a result — your overall quality of life.
That’s why you have to do whatever you can to keep your legs healthy. And here are 7 expert tips to help you do just that.
There are plenty of reasons to stop smoking right now, and your leg health is just one of them.
Smoking makes your blood vessels thinner and harder, contributing to bad circulation. One condition affecting smokers is Buerger’s disease, which causes clots in your arm- and leg-veins, posing a danger of tissue damage or gangrene.
Eat a Healthier Diet
Make an effort to reduce the amount of salt and saturated fats you consume on a daily basis, as this can lower your risk of forming varicose veins.
Try to get more fruits, vegetables, nuts, cayenne pepper, dark chocolate and green tea into your diet as well. All of these help improve circulation.
Put your Feet Up
Sitting or standing for hours and hours every day can leave your legs feeling sore or heavy (possibly even swollen). As gravity leads blood down toward your feet, elevating them helps encourage better circulation.
Consider wearing compression socks if you’re going to be driving or sitting down for hours without being able to move around.
Get More Exercise
Exercise however and whenever you can, whether that’s a brisk walk around the block, a half hour on a treadmill or playing volleyball with friends.
You’ll get your blood flowing and be toning muscles in your legs, boosting your stamina and strength. Exercise can be helpful if you have varicose veins too, though avoid high-impact activities like running as this can put extra pressure on affected veins.
Manage your Weight
Overweight people are more likely to develop varicose veins, due to the additional pressure caused by the excess weight.
Being heavier than you should be puts extra strain on your knees and hips, disrupting your mobility in the long term. If you live a sedentary lifestyle and have put weight on, adopt a healthier diet and try to exercise more to avoid placing undue pressure on your legs.
Take a Cool Shower
A cool shower or bath will increase your heart rate and your circulation, clearing blocked arteries and helping your blood flow stay strong after you’ve dried off.
Consider Compression Therapy
Wearing compression socks or stockings may be recommended for long flights or drives, but they can actually benefit your legs health in everyday life too.
Compression therapy help ease varicose veins by encouraging better blood flow and reducing discomfort. Stockings and socks apply pressure at the ankles and feet, giving your circulation a strong push.
Astra Medi Spa’s Physiotherapy treatments include compression garment fitting, for varicose veins, lymphedema and other venous conditions.
Want to book an appointment or talk to a member of our friendly team? Just get in touchwith Astra Medi Spa today.
What Benefits Do Hot Water Treatments Offer?
Soaking in a hot bath is a wonderful way to relax and unwind after a long day — but can immersing yourself in heated water do more for you than you realize?
According to researchconducted in the UK, the answer is yes!
But what benefits does a dip in hot water actually offer?
Reduce Blood Sugar Levels
The British study revealed that enjoying an hour-long bath in hot water every day for two weeks led to a reduction in blood sugar levels following sleep (or other fasting periods).
Controlling blood sugar levels is essential for people with diabetes to stay healthy and avoid complications (kidney issues, heart problems etc.). Insulin levels were improved too: insulin helps prevent your blood sugar rising too high or low, and is extremely important to a healthy body.
The study discovered that taking hot baths has the power to regulate the body’s inflammatory response, by increasing the production of nitric oxide and IL-6 levels (this is a blood protein associated with inflammation).
Again, this may be beneficial for people living with diabetes.
Boosting Your Metabolism
Taking a hot bath daily was shown to help boost the participants’ metabolism and make weight loss a little easier.
Of course, bear in mind that immersing yourself in heated water is no shortcut to your dream body — it could be an aid to shedding pounds, but only in conjunction with other healthy-lifestyle choices.
For example, combine daily hot baths with dietary changes to include more fruit and vegetables, take exercise however you can and quit nasty habits like smoking.
The Practicalities of the Research
Still, who can find one hour in their schedule for a relaxing soak every day of the week?
Perhaps you’re a busy mom with children to care for, a job to do and not enough free time for yourself. Maybe you work long shifts and feel inundated with chores, simply unable to carve a slot out of your day for a bath.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that immersing your body (or just specific parts of it) in heated water or special fluids for minutes at a time offers real benefits.
Paraffin Foot Treatment
Paraffin foot treatments are an excellent way to improve your circulation and soothe aching joints.
Your feet are submerged in a heated blend of paraffin and mineral oil, which helps to soften areas of rough skin too. This is a great option if you feel stiff or uncomfortable, and is a popular way to pamper your feet ahead of a luxurious pedicure.
Paraffin Hand Treatments
This is just as the above — but for your hands!
Again, it’s a nice treatment to enjoy before a pedicure. Your hands will look and feel better than ever.
Want to try these treatments for yourself?
Astra Medi Spa’s expert therapists are here to help! Our team has the best training, experience and skills to leave you feeling rejuvenated — and you’ll look amazing too.
Just get in touch with us now to learn more about our paraffin foot and hand treatments, or to book your appointment!
Decolletage Treatments: New Options for Sun-Damaged and Aging Skin
The decolletage tends to be one of the most visible parts of the female body, and plenty of us wear low-cut tops, dresses and beautiful jewelry to accentuate it.
But as you expose the decolletage to the elements, it’s just as prone to signs of aging and sun damage as your face, hands and arms.
If your decolletage is causing self-confidence issues or stopping you wearing the clothes you really want to, different treatments can rejuvenate your skin with impressive, lasting results.
At Astra Medi Spa, we’re dedicated to boosting your self-esteem and pampering you with cutting-edge treatments, and have helped countless women just like you achieve the decolletage they really want.
This not only makes them look younger — they feel younger too.
So, how can we help?
AlumierMD Skin-Care Treatments
Astra Medi Spa’s team knows a thing or two about good skin-care — and AlumierMD is one specialist brand you really need to know about.
We’ll arrange a professional consultation for you: discover the different products available, learn how they benefit your personal skin type and how to apply them. We’ll discuss how using multiple AlumierMD products can help to rejuvenate the skin on your decolletage, especially the Neck and Decollete Firming Cream.
This is formulated to prevent formation of new wrinkles / fine lines and improve the appearance of those you already have. This helps to promote production of collagen and elsatin, as well as to exfoliate dead skin cells for a smoother look. AlumierMD has designed this cream to suit all skin types.
Want to reduce the visibility of sun damage? AlumierMD’s line includes high-SPF sunscreens, but unlike most they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins to really care for your skin.
Wearing these whenever you want to show off your decolletage may boost your skin’s resilience against UV damage and add a healthy shine.
Astra Body Scrub
The Astra Body Scrub is an all-over treatment that exfoliates and nourishes your skin. We’ll help to remove toxins and create smoother-looking skin, even on the decolletage!
Our therapists have the right training, experience and equipment to achieve the results you want.
Slimming Detox Wrap
As with the Astra Body Scrub, the Slimming Detox Wrap is designed to leave your skin glowing with health, vitality and beauty.
We’ll exfoliate your skin to get rid of the dead surface layer, helping the skin to breathe and remove toxins. A refreshing, hydrating lotion will be massaged in gently, so you’ll look and feel fantastic.
Scrub, Mask and Thermal Body Wrap
This treatment targets the entire body, and can increase the suppleness of your skin for a smoother, healthier-looking decolletage.
We finish the process by wrapping you in warm thermal bandages that tighten and tone your skin, an ideal choice if the skin on your decolletage looks a little more lax than you prefer.
As you can see, you have multiple options to try for a younger-, healthier-looking decolletage with Astra Medi Spa!
Want to know more about any of the treatments covered above? Like to book a consultation for AlumierMD products?
Please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly teamby phone, email or book an appointment online.
What are CryoProbes and How do they Work?
At Astra Medi Spa, our specialists work with cutting-edge equipment for the most effective results — including the innovative CryoProbe.
This fantastic device has the power to target and destroy abnormal tissue quickly, safely and precisely. It’s far faster than traditional surgery and can help you enjoy smoother skin free of unsightly blemishes or growths.
Sounds impressive? It is. But how does the CryoProbe work?
What is a CryoProbe?
The CryoProbe is a small handheld tool resembling a pen. It might look simple, but it’s actually an incredible feat of compact design.
It utilizes disposable cartridges filled with nitrous oxide, which administer fast treatment on the specific target (whatever that may be). Freezing the tissue takes just seconds and is safe, as the CryoProbe is simple to control with the right training.
Multiple types of CryoProbe have been created to help treat various skin issues, including:
This is just a selection of the different types of conditions and growths CryoProbes are designed to handle. Each model is used by professionals in multiple disciplines, from doctors and veterinarians to beauty therapists tackling a wealth of cosmetic issues.
Each CryoProbe has its own capabilities for maximum-flow times (such as 120 or 240 seconds), according to the size of the cartridge used.
How accurate is a CryoProbe?
The portable nature of CryoProbes means our specialists can be incredibly accurate during treatment, removing warts, skin tags and lesions across the body. Various applicators come supplied with CryoProbes too, which lets us choose the right tip for the problem at hand.
CryoProbe procedures are one of the most convenient ways to treat certain skin conditions and blemishes, without the physical trauma or recovery times associated with traditional surgery. You can visit Astra Medi Spa, undergo the treatment and be on your way faster than you may expect.
For example, freezing a wart takes from five to 45 seconds, depending on its size and shape. The majority of lesions usually take up to 30 seconds to freeze, but again, this may vary.
What does the CryoProbe process involve?
We’ll invite you to an in-depth consultation beforehand. You can ask any questions you might have or address concerns before we treat you, for your peace of mind. You’ll be told how the procedure works and what results you can expect.
Though the targeted tissue is frozen and destroyed, a CryoProbe causes little discomfort. Changing the cartridges is simple and our team is well trained to get the best performance out of these amazing tools.
As you can see, the CryoProbe is a powerful piece of equipment delivering a hassle-free solution. You can have skin tags, lesions and warts of all sizes removed quickly and easily.
Astra Medi Spa’s expert team is always here to answer your questions and book you in for a complimentary consultation at a time that suits you. If you want to talk about your options and make an appointment to learn more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
How to Relax and Unwind Before your Wedding
It’s natural to feel a little stressed and anxious ahead of your wedding. Getting hitched is a major step you’ve planned for months (if not years), and you want everything to be perfect.
We’ve worked with countless brides-to-be over the years, helping them to indulge in relaxing, luxurious spa treatments. In that time, we’ve learned a few things about unwinding in the run up to your nuptials.
Here are four terrific ideas for any bride-to-be!
Meditate your way to calmness
Never tried meditation before? You don’t have to sit on a mountain top or put aside several hours to reap its benefits. It’s much more accessible than you might imagine.
All you need is a quiet place without distractions and at least 10 - 15 minutes to spare.
You can find a wealth of meditation apps out there to guide you, or look for local meditation classes in your area. Just a few sessions ahead of your wedding (and on the day itself) can help you stay calm and unwind.
Find time to be pampered
Spa treatments are ideal for de-stressing and can help you feel at your best before (or on) your wedding day.
Take a friend or two along, or go solo, and treat yourself. A manicure and pedicure, facial and massage or detox wrap will all work wonders.
A session in the hands of an expert therapist leaves you in a blissful state of relaxation, even if the ceremony is just a few hours away!
Make time for romance
Things can get a little crazy in the pre-wedding period. You and your partner might get so caught up in speaking to the planner, organizing the meal, finding the right cake, finalizing outfits and everything else, you actually lose touch with them for a while.
Before you know it, you can end up simply passing each other as you rush from one place to another.
Slow down. Take a breath. Carve a little time out of your respective days to enjoy each other’s company.
Go out for dinner, watch a movie together, play a board game or two. Remind each other why you’re actually going through all these preparations: so you can get married and celebrate your love with the people who matter.
Sweat it out
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to combat stress, even if it’s not exactly your favourite way to spend time.
This doesn’t mean you have to sign up with a gym, though. Just put your running shoes on and go for a jog around your neighbourhood. Get a resistance band and get to work in your living room, kitchen or wherever you have space.
You’ll feel more relaxed when those endorphins start working their magic, and you’ll have more confidence too. A quick workout on the wedding day itself can even ease some of those last-minute jitters.
At Astra Medi Spa, our superior bridal services are just what you need to relax and look fabulous, either before or on your wedding day! Our luxury treatments include massages, facials and even hair styling.
Want to talk about creating your own bespoke bridal package? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Everything you need to know about Brazilian Waxing
People have different stands when it comes to hair on their bodies. Things like “No Shave November” arethere for those who love facial hair. However, some people get irritated by any hair that grows below their eyes.
In particular, Brazilian Waxing is the removal of hair (mostly around the pubic area) with special wax which ensures that no hair is left behind. After a Brazilian Waxing session you will be bald as a newborn baby. Or rather like a plucked chicken. But it’s all good, who wants hair on her most intimate part anyway?
Brazilian waxing is mostly famous among women than men. But this doesn’t mean that men should shy off from getting waxed. Nothing can go wrong with a smooth and silky skin.
Basic things you need to know about Brazilian waxing:
It gets better with time
Waxing is all about plucking hair from its hair follicles. Well, whoever said that beauty is pain, there was a high chance he/she was about to get a bikini wax. The procedure is painful but all for a worthy course and, it gets better with time. If you get a bikini wax regularly your hair follicle becomesweak and this means that it won’t hurt that much when the hair is plucked. It is recommended that you get a bikini wax at least once every 3 weeks.
Have it grow to the right size
For your hair to be waxed effectively it has to be no less than ¼ of an inch and no more than ½ of an inch. If yourhair is then than ¼ of an inch you will be asked to go back home and have the hair grow to the right size. To most people especially if it is the first time it can get pretty awkward. I mean, you will have to get naked spread out your legs good to have the area around the labia waxed as well as the butt cheeks. As weird and awkward as it might get, always have in mind that the person attending to you is a professional and most probably have seen way a lot more.
Take a shower
This is obvious but worth being reminded of anyway. Before going for a bikini wax see to it that you take a shower. For reasons known best by all of us on this particular day thoroughly clean the area to be waxed.
Avoid sex or any workout
The skin around the waxed area gets very sensitive after the procedure. For this reason,it is recommended that one should abstain from sex for at least 36 hours to allow time for the skin to heal. You should also not engage in any vigorous activities that will make you sweaty down there. Also,wear loose clothes a skirt will do the trick and some not so tight underwear.
The time of the monthmatters
Don’t book an appointment for a bikini wax when you are just a week to your periods. During this time the skin is very sensitive and will make the whole procedure uncomfortable and very painful.
Why Astra MediSpa is the best place to get a Brazilian Wax?
At Astra MediSpawe are the best at Brazilian Waxing. Our staffs have years of experience and we find pride in giving our clients what they want. Book an appointment with us and you won’t be disappointed.
Why you should get a massage
People view getting a massage as a luxury. What most people don’t know is that massagehas numerous health benefits and it is medically recommended that you should get a massage once in a while.
How often should you get a massage? People have massages for various reasons. There are those who get a massagefor medical reasons whereas there are those who get it for relaxation and general wellness.
If it is for chronic reasons it is recommended that you should get a massage once every two weeks. For relaxation and general wellness,you should get massaged at least once or twice every month. However, every daywould be nice but in realsense,this is not practical.
Benefits of getting a body massage
Reduces stress and anxiety
In the current generation,it is impossible not to get stressed out. There are over a dozen reasons that make people get stressed out. Some reasons can be managed whereas others are simply beyond our reach. But, did you know that getting a massage reduces anxiety and stress? Body massage stimulates the secretion of serotonin, a hormone that secreted when we are happy. This, in turn, reduces stress and anxiety levels.
Reduces lower back pain
Lower back pain is a major concern to most people. If you are tired of taking painkillers to reduce back pain then it is high time you try out something else. A deep tissue massage will help relieve the pain. Research has it that over 78% of people who get a massage at least once every two weeks rarely experience lower back pain.
Helps athletes recover fast
After strenuous exercise, lactic acid builds up in the muscles causing disturbing pain. The easiest and fastest way to recover from this would be getting a massage. Basically, a massage improves the blood circulation in the muscles, making you feel relaxed and fresh.
Fends off a headache
Getting a massage fends off a headache. The kind of massage that will fend off a headacheis neck massage but this has to be done by professionals. And, at Astra MediSpa our staffs are professionals who have over 20 years of experience.
It is so unfair that pregnant women have to go through a lot of discomfort in the course of the nine months of pregnancy. This makes getting a massage when pregnant crucial since massage helps regulate and balance the hormone levels, as a result, reducing discomfort. Well, that’s not all. Getting a massage also reduces the chances of developing stretch marks after giving birth.
Massage improves blood circulation in the body. With efficient blood circulation,this means that you will have some good night sleep one that is nightmare free.
Get a massage at Astra MediSpa
For the best massage services visit Astra MediSpa. We offer the following types of massages:
Everything you need to know about Facial Acne
Facial acnecan bevery annoying and always have a tendency of popping out when you have to be at your very best. You will get facial acnejust before the big date, graduation or any other big day in your events calendar.
It is so unfortunate that we live in a generation where people will judge you based on how you look. If you have acnethere is a high chance that people will judge you wrongly.
What are acne?
Acne is a skin condition that develops when hair follicles plug with oil and dead skin cells.
Facial acnecan lower someone’s self-esteem. This shouldn’t be the case. Over 80% of people around the globe have had skin acneat some point in their lives. What makesthe difference are the measures you take in attempts to get rid of the acne.
If you want these annoying pimples you should seekthe services of professionals. At Astra MediSpa we have professional dermatologists who will see to it that you have a smooth and soft skin once again.
Types of acne
Causes of facial acne
It is clear that most people don’t know what causes facial acne. Well,worry no more. The following is a list of the major cause facial acne.
Dead skin- dead skin is the major cause of facial acnein adults. If the dead skin isn’t shed off in time it might pile up and as a result blocksthe pores.
Allergens- some people have a sensitive skin that reactswhen exposed to minor allergens.
Bacteria- this mainly happens if you don’t observe hygiene. This will cause bacteria to pile up in pores as leading to painful facial acne
Hormones- this mainly occurs inteenagers and women. Some hormones trigger the secretion of excess oil. The oil ends up blocking the poles leading to acne.
Purifying acne facial at Astra MediSpa
At Astra MediSpa we will help you get back your smooth and soft skin. We will deep cleanse your face bringing the impurities to the skin surface for easy and gentle removal. Give us a callor visit our contact pageto book an appointment.
What are the Benefits of Botox Injections?
You've probably heard that Botox can get rid of wrinkles. But did you know that it can also help you get rid of migraines? What about using Botox to deal with excessive sweating?
Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. In fact, over 4 million patients receive Botox injections worldwide.
This popularity is thanks to its multiple uses, fast-acting results, and minimal side effects.
There are many amazing benefits associated with Botox. Not sure if it's for you? Read this article to discover the benefits of Botox injections.
There are many benefits of Botox injections. But the most well-known benefit is that it can help people deal with wrinkles.
Botox works to block signals between the brain and muscles. This makes muscles stand still when they would usually move.
Wrinkles, crow's feet, and a drooping brow are a result of frequent muscle movement. Botox will erase some of these wrinkles for long periods of time.
Injections can reverse the effects of aging and leave you looking and feeling great. Not satisfied with your treatment? You can always return for touch-ups until you're happy with the results.
Migraines are a painful and common condition in Canada. In fact, about 2.3 million Canadians regularly suffer from migraines.
Anti-migraine drugs may help you deal with your pain. But they don't help with the crux of your problem.
Drugs don't stop migraines from occurring. They temporarily reduce symptoms.
Because migraines are unpredictable and difficult to treat, many people turn to Botox to deal with migraines. Botox is still new, so researchers are still unsure as to why Botox helps treat migraines. One theory is that the injections block sensory nerves from getting to pain receptors.
Botox injections alleviate pain and reduce the frequency of migraines. One of the benefits of Botox is the lack of side effects.
Temporary bruising is the only frequent side effect for patients using Botox to treat migraines. Not a bad price to pay for eliminating painful headaches.
Are you someone who always seems to be sweating? You might want to consider Botox injections.
Botox is effective in treating excessive sweating. Patients who are unable to stop sweating with antiperspirants may use Botox to deal with their problem.
You can safely inject Botox under your armpits to deal with excess sweat. This will hinder sweat glands from producing additional sweat for an extended period of time.
Stop Eye Twitching
Eye twitches may be common, but that doesn't make them any less annoying.
You can stop pesky eye twitches by getting Botox injections.
Botox hinders nerve impulses that cause twitching. Injections relax the muscles around the eye. They can help reduce muscle spasms, blurry vision, and even pain.
You should notice immediate results after getting your injection.
More Benefits of Botox
Botox injections do more than get rid of wrinkles. They are also a safe and effective way to deal with muscle spasms, eye twitching, sweat, and migraines.
Do you have more questions about Botox? We can help.
Book an assessment to learn more about Botox. We will let you know what you need to look and feel great.
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