Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Awareness and education are keys to proper skin and beauty products 

Have you ever tried to figure out the difference between beauty products you can purchase at places like Walgreen’s, Sephora, Macy’s, Avon, Mary Kay or Merle Norman, the product lines you would find at a spa or wellness center and what a doctor might prescribe?

Here at The Healing Station, we often explain the differences between over-the-counter (OTC) products, cosmeceuticals and pharmaceuticals so that our clients know what they are using from the moment they (or we) apply something to the largest organ on their bodies – their skin. 

OTC beauty and skin products are those found at supermarkets, drug stores, department stores, brick-and-mortar cosmetics outlets and through multi-level marketing companies.  Many of these product lines are owned by parent companies whose focus may be food or cleaning supplies – not necessarily specializing in what’s best for your skin.

With anything you buy OTC no prescription is necessary, no training is required by the sales personnel (well, perhaps a department store clerk may have had some training on the “glories-only” of a particular manufacturer’s product…), so if there were any possible drug interactions or allergies that could occur, you would not be told.  OTC is definitely a “buyers beware” proposition, since product manufacturers are not required to disclose all the ingredients contained within them – just the major ones. In the end, you can check out this website from the State of California for a list to make sure they do not contain any of the eight hundred potentially harmful ingredients.

Cosmeceuticals are those product lines predominantly dispensed by licensed estheticians and cosmetologists, often experienced for the first time while having a facial or another spa-type procedure performed.  These products are much more concentrated in nature, meaning less quantity is required to make a difference to your skin.  Even here, however, it’s wise to ask questions. Again, American standards do not require disclosure of every ingredient. For products developed and sold worldwide, the labeling requirements are much more robust.  Most European and all Australian product lines list every ingredient (even traces) on its packaging. So if you were allergic to, say, peanuts or fragrances, you would know precisely what products to avoid.

You’ll want to beware of buying cosmeceuticals online as well.  Some of the best Internet deals you get may not reveal that the products are either counterfeit or already expired, meaning that if you bought last year’s sunscreen and relied on it for this year’s sun, you would be putting yourself at risk.  And because these products are so concentrated, without a licensed practitioner guiding you on the proper use and quantities after evaluating whether the product is appropriate for your skin type, you may be risking the unknown. California estheticians, who have completed a minimum of 600 hours of instruction, will have determined the appropriate products by having evaluated your eating habits, talked to you about your allergies or having learned about potential hormonal imbalances.

Dermatologists and other physicians also dispense corrective skin and anti-aging pharmaceuticals, which are even stronger than the two we've just discussed.  And even though the medical community usually has its patients best interests at heart, they may spend little time counseling you.

A personal story:  I can remember having taken my son to a dermatologist for an acne condition. As the doctor entered the examination room, he stopped dead in his tracks just inside the door, looked at Josh, then looked at me.

“Are you his mom?” he asked.  I acknowledged that I was. “All I can do is prescribe Accutane,” he said. And with that, he left the room without even examining my son’s condition. 

Then a nurse came in gave me something to sign.  I began looking it over.  “Where is the booklet it talks about here?” I asked her.  “Oh, I gave it to your son. Why haven’t you signed?”  Duh. I told her the form said I was to read it and understand it before signing. She looked a little exasperated.

Once I had the booklet in my hands, my eyes fell upon an intimidating list of possible side effects of this powerful drug. Females were advised to be on birth control because of the possibility of birth defects of future offspring. Blood tests were required every 30 days to check for liver damage, and the list went on and on.  In retrospect, back in those days they hadn't yet determined that the drug could also cause depression and even lead to thoughts of suicide.  I grabbed my son and left in a hurry.

This is not to say that physicians can’t be trusted for many kinds of skin problems.  But with the Internet at your fingertips, there is no reason not to perform due diligence on the drugs being prescribed and discuss them in detail with your physician.

The bottom line? Whether you opt for OTC, cosmeceuticals or pharmaceuticals, you won’t regret being the sticky wicket, doing your homework and asking lots of questions. After all, the products you apply to your skin are just as important as the drug you take orally!   For more information about this topic, give The Healing Station a call at (916) 294-9980.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Folsom Skin Care Specialist Earns Oncology Esthetics Certification
Folsom, California (November 8, 2012) – Connie M. Chan, a licensed esthetician and specialist in massage in Folsom, CA, recently earned a certificate in Oncology Esthetics® (COE).  Now a certified oncology esthetician, Chan expands her practice to serve individuals with, or recovering from, cancer.
The certification, earned through Oncology Esthetics®, training facilitated by Touch For Cancer, prepares professional estheticians to provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals with health-challenged skin.
Through Oncology Esthetics®, Chan underwent extensive training in understanding how cancer and therapy treatments affect the body at the dermal and lymphatic level.  The program explored the side effects of cancer therapies, how those are further compounded by various medications, and the importance of proper sanitation to support weakened immune systems.  Certification also required Chan to learn how to perform gentle yet effective protocols using compatible skin ingredients.
“Beyond keeping my practice on the cutting-edge, this certification will allow me to safely serve a new, and very deserving, base of individuals with health-challenged skin,” Chan said.  “My goal is that through the power of the esthetic touch, I can provide a soothing escape for individuals battling cancer.”
“Estheticians work with the largest organ of the human body—skin,” said Morag Currin, founder of Touch For Cancer.  “Understanding how to safely and effectively treat the skin, particularly when it is challenged by cancer, is paramount to the psychological and physical care of the client.”
Chan a certified Massage therapist and specialist in skin care in Folsom, CA offers the specialized treatments at The Healing Station, located at 530 Plaza Drive, Suite 130.  The treatments will use the Tecniche product line which incorporates the most effective, iconic ingredients into the gentlest Cosmeceutical skin care—formulated specifically for individuals with compromised skin.
About The Healing Station
The Healing Station is a Folsom-based alternative health and wellness spa that offers a wide range of skin and body care services.  These include reviving massages, pampering facials and peels, elegant eyelash extension, soothing body treatments, manicures, pedicures, and waxing.   For more information, visit


Friday, November 2, 2012

The Healing Station Pampers Attendees at Elegant Spa Event 

Written by Dena Kouremetis
The Healing Station Pampers Attendees at Elegant Spa Event
Beauty, fortune and adornment. That’s what was in store for attendees of The Healing Station’s recent “Fall into Healing” event held at their wellness center in Folsom located at 530 Plaza Drive.
On hand with dinner-worthy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and desserts, owners Connie and Marc Chan and their guest vendors treated an unexpectedly large crowd of 45 attendees to chair massages, skin analyses, makeup application techniques, tarot card readings and jewelry-wearing demonstrations as guests found refuge from the rain in the elegant spa facilities.“The food was great and I loved my first ever massage. I was so relaxed I had to leave!” said attendee Barbara Hockensmith of LakeNatoma Printing and Design.
The first event of its kind held by The Healing Station, Connie Chan was heartened by the gracious response.  “Even with playoff games and presidential debates going on, people turned out to enjoy themselves,” she says. “Some of the ladies even had their husbands along!”
Guest vendors included Premier Jewelry Design’s Kelley Testa, local artist Joyce Auteri, and Tarot card reader Deanna Frank of Tarot Intuitive. The evening also included a raffle for attendees to win donated items from the center’s premier product line Cosmedix and services by the different therapists, valued over $1,000, the proceeds of which go to treat skin damage created by cancer therapies. “We believe in giving back to those brave people who have faced some scary prospects in life,” says Chan. “Helping to heal them on the outside is a gratifying part of the process for us.” To learn more about this worthy cause, contact Chan at 916-294-9980
The Healing Station offers a full range of beauty and wellness services, including reviving massage, pampering facials and peels, elegant eyelash extensions, soothing body treatments, manicures, pedicures, and waxing.  It is the ideal location to celebrate life with special programs for groups and couples. Visit their web site at for more information.

·        Dena Kouremetis
Using a word processor as her canvas and words as her brush, author and columnist Dena Kouremetis creates unique content and writes freelance copy, newsletters and blogs for business owners of all varieties -- with special emphasis on the real estate and construction industries, where her background lends her decades of experience.

Launching her writing career back in 1997 writing a housing column for the Sacramento Bee, Kouremetis’ articles have been featured in newspapers, magazines and websites from California to New York. She is author, co-author and/or consultant for four books and writes three national columns for “just for fun.”  Other areas she loves to write about are law, fitness and health, dentistry and insurance but she will consider taking on any non-high-tech industry or specialty.

For more information on how the Folsom-based writer can help you express and highlight your particular expertise online or in print, give her a call at (916) 984.1049.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

With so many spas to choose from, what makes The Healing Station so different?

Let’s face it: you have a number of establishments from which to choose when selecting a spa home – that place you look forward to going to be soothed, pampered, and walk out relaxed and refreshed.  Aside from The Healing Station being a small, tucked-away piece of heaven in a whisper-quiet business park, though, why do our clients make us a regular part of their beauty and wellness routines?  We’ll name just a few reasons…
We’re here for YOU! 
Have you ever entered a spa where the practitioners value one another just as much as the clients they serve?  The Healing Station is one of those unique places.  For us, serving you isn't just a job  -- it’s a passion that makes us thrive, making all of us look forward to your visit.  Offering the highest quality care by using our finely-tuned skills, we treat each and every one of you like a treasured family member, making no single session a one-size-fits all proposition.   Just as you’d want to be respected, listened to, and treated with the best possible care by your physician, we continuously looks for ways to make you feel valued. That’s why our therapists are willing to work collaboratively to offer you the best treatments or combination of treatments, ultimately customizing your sessions.  In other words, our therapists work with -- instead of on -- their clients.
No back-of-the-room sales pitches …
Ever experience therapists trying to sell you something at the end of your session? Not here.  We care more about how you feel after your treatment, hoping we’ve turned you into a raving fan rather than hitting you in the face with a product you may or may not need.  The only thing we will ask you is how you feel after your visit with us.
No disappearing acts …
Do you ever wonder where, at other spas, your therapist vanished to in the middle of a session?  Our therapists are committed to being fully present for the entire session, bringing their full-hearted, meditative presence to the table.
Going the extra mile …
Do you have a skin condition, a particularly bothersome shoulder, or a concern about some other body or beauty issue?  The Healing Station therapists are adept at evaluating your needs and offering suggestions that may help in between sessions -- suggestions such as encouraging a greater water intake, isolated stretching for a particular muscle, yoga to help loosen connective tissues, foam rollers to break down sore muscles and regimes you can use at home for corrective skin care.   You see, we know you budget your health and beauty dollars in order to visit our facility and we want you to get the most you possible can out of your Healing Station experience.
Folsom’s The Healing Station believes living life to its fullest is just as much about feeling good and looking great along the way.
With a long history of sales and customer service in a number of industries, owner Connie Chan carries with her a penchant to go above and beyond in serving her Healing Station clients.  Her massage practice combines her study of Feng Shui, crystals, and aromatherapy to provide her patrons a tranquil environment in which to reawaken their bodies’ ability to heal. Modalities include a variety of stone therapies, cranial sacral, reflexology, Swedish, acupressure, Asian foot treatments, deep tissue, polarity, sacred belly and Reiki.
Chan now offers a menu of amazing facials, and also offers makeup applications, body wraps and scrubs.   She is passionate about offering her clients the finest in skin care technology using natural treatments and non-invasive techniques. Her delicate touch, excellent extraction skills and extensive skin care knowledge enable her to deliver an unequalled spa experience. All treatments are customized to the needs of each client, explaining Chan’s loyal following.    “I make people feel comfortable and I gear my treatments to each client’s stress levels,” says Chan, who sees her efforts rewarded by being able to claim a loyal clientele.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Now is the time to Drink Up!

Boost your Immune System with a Drink of Water

What is your percentage of water? The average adult contains 10 to 13 gallons of water. Blood is 83 percent water, muscles 75 percent, brain 75 percent, heart 75 percent, bones 22 percent, lungs 86 percent, kidneys 83 percent, and eyes 95 percent.

Water and oxygen are the things that our bodies cannot work without. Water provides the method for nutrients to travel to all your organs, acts as a lubricant and cushion around joints. Water also serves as a shock absorber inside the eyes and spinal cord, aids in the body’s temperature regulation, helps maintain blood volume and carries waste products and toxins from the body. Your body will look healthier and feel better with the right amount of water at regular times.

When your body runs low on water:
When your body is not getting enough water you can have chronic pains in joints and muscles, low back pain, headaches, constipation, fatigue and lack of concentration.

Signs of dehydration:
Thirst is an obvious sign of dehydration, and in fact, you need water long before you feel thirsty.  Other symptoms of dehydration are a flushed face, dry, warm skin, lightheadedness or dizziness - made worse when you stand, weakness, cramping in the arms and legs, having few or no tears, headache, lack of energy, dry mouth and tongue, inability to concentrate and confusion.

Dehydration is now a large problem because caffeinated beverages are so popular and widely available. When you decide to stop off at your favorite coffee shop remember that you need to replace the amount of liquid you drink with the save amount of water and add the daily cups of water your body needs to keep hydrated. While you feel like your thirst is being quenched when you drink a can of soda or coffee, the caffeine is actually acting as a diuretic to flush water out of your system.

Benefits of water:
Water can offer your body many benefits including a stronger defense against stress. If you are dehydrated, your body can't rally its energy in the cause of stress management because it is too busy trying to compensate for its lack of water.

You might not be feeling the natural sensations of hunger and be mistaking thirst for hunger if you are dehydrated. Over eating when all we really need is a tall cool glass of H20. A glass of water before each meal and whenever hunger pangs strike between meals should satisfy your body's need for water and help to curb excessive eating.

Water protects your overall health:
If you do not get enough fluid, you will not feel healthy, energetic or well. You can live without food for a month, but only a week without water. A common cause of daytime fatigue is inadequate fluid intake.

Drinking more water is one of the easiest changes you can make to help manage your stress, health and wellbeing. With a well-hydrated body, you'll feel better, alive, energized and your skin will look better.

So, drink up!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lots to celebrate! New blog! New services!

As many of you know, for years I have been making people feel better by administering massage therapy to help them re-center their physical being and soothe their aches and pains.  But health and wellness can also extend to how you feel about yourself and how you appear to the outside world. So it is with great enthusiasm that I announce not only the launch of this blog, but also the addition of a great number of services to my menu as your practitioner. 

Having studied for and procured my California aesthetician’s license means I now offer cutting edge knowledge and application techniques for facials, body treatments and body waxing in addition to my massage expertise.   Why did I want so badly to include these services in my repertoire at The Healing Station?  Because now I can address the rest of the story – the part of you that feels great when you like what you see in the mirror!

Those of you who already know me know that I am passionate about what I do.  Your sense of well-being is my first priority.  But did you know facials aren’t just about beauty? Facials have all kinds of benefits you may never have even considered – benefits like increased circulation, the reduction of blood pressure caused by stress, and even increased lymphatic drainage to help reduce minor congestion.  For extra congestion relief, you may want to consider aromatherapy treatments that use eucalyptus or peppermint essential oils. 
The calming atmosphere of the spa room, a soothing facial treatment, and just taking a few minutes to relax are a great way to decompress and put yourself first for a change.  I look forward to pampering you and showing you all the great things I can now offer with the expansion of my services.  

Don’t forget that I offer a customized massage menu as well, stone therapies (hot, cold, and crystals), Craniosacral bodywork, reflexology, Swedish, acupressure, Asian foot massages, deep tissue techniques, polarity, sacred belly and Reiki.   All of these are designed to provide you with a tranquil platform from which to reawaken your body’s own ability to heal itself.
Give me a call today at 916.294.9980 to see how I can customize a regimen that makes your whole body feel better and helps enable you to face life head-on.   For more information about our wide array of services, go to In the meantime, I wish you sunny summer days, fun times with those you love and great health to be able to enjoy them.