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Behind the brand “Method”

Welcome to Method Aesthetics & Wellness’ blog! We are so excited to re-start this blog. Please let me start with a short introduction, history and our goals.

Method Aesthetics & Wellness is a Spa located in Wexford, Pa. We are not your typical spa and our name “Method” says it all. There is history behind that word: We chose Method because it conveys the message that there is significance to every step of our processes and procedures. Our treatments are specifically customized to each client’s individual needs and desired outcomes, therefore creating the “Method”. We also utilize the significance of the butterfly koi fish which is closely associated with that of water; the bringer of life and abundance, and one that, in Chinese medicine and feng shui, is often associated with “absorbing negative energy” from its environment; thereby improving the environment and life of those in its proximity.

Observation of fish in aquariums has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower heart rate. For that reason, the Method office was designed around a 100-gallon aquarium that takes center stage in its reception and waiting area.

Three reasons you haven’t reached your health goals…

Three reasons you haven’t reached your health goals June 10, 2014 By Lisa Petty belly buttonI love serendipity! As I was sitting to write this week’s love note to you, a study landed in my inbox showing that 68% of respondents to a survey done in January of this year indicated that they would be focusing on their health and well-being in 2014. If you were asked the same question in January, would you have answered the same way? Well, 2014 is half over. How are things going for you? If you’re on track, I’m sending you the biggest virtual hug and cheering madly. If you’re not, I’m still sending you the biggest virtual hug, and stepping in as your cheer leader. First of all, please stop beating yourself up if that’s your current style. Change can be difficult. In fact, research in the Journal of Psychology shows that only 8 percent of January resolution-makers achieve their goals. Does that mean that goal-setting is a waste of precious energy? On the contrary, studies show that people who “explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.” In other words, it’s hard to reach a goal unless you set one. (So keep setting those goals!) But why is success so difficult? There are lots of really individual, personal factors that can impact our progress, but I’ve found three common themes among the thousands of women I have had the privilege to work with over the years. #1 – It looks like apathy, but really – it’s exhaustion. Learning new skills...

Nourish

Hello, beautiful! I have irises in full bloom at the front of my home, and I tell you, their scent is heavenly. Probably one of my favourite parts of summer is the wafts of fragrance I get to enjoy as I go about my day. Lilacs rule as far as I’m concerned, and the blooms in my back garden still have a few days of beauty left to share! A few weeks ago, I sent out a survey to learn how I might better serve you. I got some feedback that you may not be really sure what one-on-one coaching is. Very briefly, my programs always begin with an in-depth online assessment that helps you to focus in on the symptoms you experience on a daily basis. This is key, because although you might believe that weight loss is your number one concern, for example, your assessment might show that your primary focus needs to be elsewhere first (or you likely won’t have success with your perceived goal!) Next, I help you create and implement an individualized nutrition and lifestyle plan just for you. Ongoing sessions offer guidance and accountability so you can stay on track. The number of sessions you will need depends on your goal and your starting point. Make sense? All sessions are conducted via the phone or skype, so it doesn’t matter where you live – I can help you create vibrant health. If you would like to learn more about which program would best suit your needs, connect with me via Lisa@LisaPetty.ca to schedule a free 30 minute introductory call. This week I’ve got...

Dyes, perms linked to concerning compounds in hairdressers

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:54am EDT (Reuters Health) – In a new study, hairdressers who often used light colored hair dyes or hair-waving products on clients had more potentially cancer-causing compounds in their blood than hairdressers who used the chemicals less frequently. The study included hairdressers as well as women who used hair dyes on themselves and some who had never used them at all, and none of the women had actually been diagnosed with cancer. The World Health Organization considers hairdressing work probably carcinogenic, since hairdressers tend to be at higher risk for bladder cancer. The new results could help narrow down specifically where the cancer-causing agents are coming from. Researchers studied nearly 300 hairdressers, 32 personal dye users and 60 non-dye users for comparison. The participants, all non-smoking women, had their blood tested for several potentially carcinogenic compounds called aromatic amines. Overall, hairdressers did not have more of these compounds in their blood than either of the other groups. But within the group of hairdressers, certain compounds were more common among those who gave hair-waving treatments weekly or several times per week compared with those who used the products less often. Specifically, toluidine compounds in the blood increased with exposure to perm chemicals and permanent light hair dyes. “The measured levels of o-toluidine in blood among hairdressers were in general low, however, exposure to o-toluidine should be kept as low as possible since it is a carcinogenic compound,” said Gabriella M. Johansson. Johansson worked on the study at Lund University in Sweden. Toluidines were long used as the basis for many dyes...

Do you value your health? What is it worth?

If I ask you the question ‘What’s your health worth?’ I’m guessing you have some kind of pat answer ready. Like: ‘A lot.’ But if I were to push you on it, to get you to really explore the question, what would you come up with? Here’s my Coach’s request for you: Get a sheet of paper and write down all the things your health allows you to do. Then price it out. For example: every day that you are healthy, you get to earn x amount of dollars from your job or work. This one may be the easiest to calculate. Now write down the other things that make your life worth living, like ‘enjoy your hobbies, play with your kids, grandkids or pets, be intimate with your partner, get dressed by yourself, make your own meals, etc.’ What are those things worth to you? Don’t be surprised if many items your health allows you to do are way more valuable than what you earn from your pay-cheque. In fact, it may be very difficult to put a price tag on many of the items on your list. Some of them might even be priceless. So, if your health is such an important commodity, why, then, do you not value it? And by ‘value it,’ I mean honour it; by ‘value it’ I mean DO something to take care of it. Why do you think things like: I can’t afford to eat healthy food. (Bunk.) I can’t afford to join a gym. (That is NOT the only venue for exercise.) I can’t afford to work with someone who...

Fish Compound Hooks Better Sleep

An ever-expanding library of data suggests a variety of potential health-improving benefits of omega-3 fatty acids – compounds found abundantly in “fatty fish” such as salmon, herring, and sardines. Previous studies have suggested links between poor sleep and low blood levels of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, among infants and in children and adults with behavior or learning difficulties. Paul Montgomery, from Oxford University (United Kingdom), and colleagues assessed eep in 362 healthy 7-9 year old UK school children in relation to the levels of omega-3 and omega-6 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) found in fingerstick blood samples. The children who took part in the study were not selected for sleep problems, but were all struggling readers at a mainstream primary school. At the outset, the parents filled in a child sleep questionnaire, which revealed that four in ten of the children in the study suffered from regular sleep disturbances. Of the children rated as having poor sleep, the researchers fitted wrist sensors to 43 of them to monitor their movements in bed over five nights. This exploratory pilot study showed that the children on a course of daily supplements of omega-3 had nearly one hour (58 minutes) more sleep and seven fewer waking episodes per night compared with the children taking the corn or soybean placebo. Writing that: “Cautiously, we conclude that higher blood levels of docosahexaenoic acid may relate to better child sleep, as rated by parents,” the study authors submit that: “objective evidence from actigraphy suggests that docosahexaenoic acid supplementation may improve children’s...

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