Deep Tissue/Sports Massage Continued…

Posted on September 20th, 2011 - Written by: Bellus Academy

Guest Blogger: Joseph Barbalaco, Director of Massage Programs

For the second section of Deep Tissue/Sports Massage, I would like to express the benefits.

These specialized massages will help with:

1. Faster recovery from micro damage and trauma due to workouts.

2. Increasing range of motion keeping the overused joint mobile and free from joint structures binding together.

3. Rejuvenating fatigued muscles from repetitive overuse.

4. Preventing muscle strain by maintaining new resting lengths for muscles that are shortening due to weight overloads.

Scar Tissue is the problem:

Scar tissue is denser than normal tissue and because of this density; blood supply is limited to these areas.  (A good blood supply is necessary for growth and repair of damaged tissue.)  The function of scar tissue is to replace damaged tissue.  Unfortunately scar tissue is limited in functions that include movement, circulation, and sensation.  The problem with scar tissue is that it will never be as strong as the tissue it replaces.

Any person who has had past injury has formed scar tissue in those areas.  Those areas are considered weak spots which can cause further damage in the future.

Solution: A trained Massage Therapist will see the imbalances of the body such as the skeletal and muscular systems.  They will also know the difference between healthy tissues from scar tissue.  A skilled Massage Therapist will create a plan to reduce scar tissue.

A PLAN could involve:

1. RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation).  This may limit scar tissue to overused areas of the body.

2. Deep Tissue methods that will involve lots of friction and cross fiber fiction creating the scar to be flexible and pliable.

3. Neuromuscular Therapies to help create new resting lengths of shortened muscles affected by scar tissue.

4. Provide the client with home exercise to keep their body strong yet flexible.  This may help with preventing future injury and scar tissue build up.

Thank you for reading my BLOG about Deep Tissue massage.  Remember that Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention is something we all can do to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

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Master Esthetics FAQ

Posted on September 15th, 2011 - Written by: Amy Masini

Guest Blogger Holly Judd, Master Esthetics Instructor at Bellus Academy |  Poway

What is master esthetics? Master esthetics course is designed to give you experience and knowledge with the advanced treatments and medical terminology of the esthetic world.

What are the benefits of taking master esthetics? When you graduate from a 600hr esthetic program you are equipped with just the tip of the ice berg of treatments, terminology, diseases and disorders, advanced protocols, chemical peels and other exfoliation and body treatments.  When you graduate from Bellus masters program you experience and our taught advanced medical treatments, advanced chemical peels and other exfoliation, medical terminology, and get the experience of what you will experience working for a med spa, dermatologist, plastic surgeon, etc.  You will also be given the opportunity to take the Utah NIC exam and receive your master esthetician license from Utah.

Why does it benefit me to have dual licensure? On any resume the more education, experience, time, and dedication all say a lot about the passion and commitment to an employer.  Dual licensure shows you have worked very hard and above and beyond what you needed to.

How is it different than regular esthetics? The master esthetics course dives right into medical terminology, advanced mechanical exfoliation treatments, cellulite treatments, advanced spa treatments, importance of pre-conditioning and chemical peels just to name a few.

What treatments do I get to learn in master esthetics?
Microderm-diamond tip & crystals, silk peel, hydra-facial, TCA peels, jessner peels, glycolic, lactic, salicylic peels, retinol peels,  layering peels, multiple professional product lines, vichy shower, innlight, spray tanning, Vela shape, teeth whitening, and hydrobath.

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A Student’s Perspective: Esthetics, Master Esthetics and Bellus Academy

Posted on September 13th, 2011 - Written by: Amy Masini

Guest Blogger Danielle Gandy, Esthetics and Master Esthetics

My experience with Bellus Academy has been absolutely wonderful and probably one of the best decisions I could have made at this point in my life. The esthetics program has so much to offer with its spa atmosphere and  its “hands on approach”.  Bellus Academy has enabled me to not only become confident, but now seeing myself as a professional, with the guidance of  instructors, the integrated materials, and the professional tools we’ve learned how to operate. The opportunities in the esthetics program that were made available to me made me realize I could pursue my passion in changing peoples lives.

When I arrived at Bellus, I was looking for a career that would be instrumental in helping me gain financial freedom as well as transforming peoples lives. My goals initially were to open an organic spa and wellness center and knew I had to start with the basics. After interviewing a few other schools, I chose to attend Bellus because of the warmth and genuine caring the staff conveyed to me and (in my opinion) their relaxed state-of-the art spa.

The learning experience I have had at Bellus has been overall just amazing! Starting with basic  facials, to full body waxing, and now specialized techniques with high tech machines, it has given me extensive exposure in my training. Taking on case studies to fix problem skin has to be one of the most challenging but rewarding projects I have done here at Bellus. I look forward to each new client that comes into the school for services as it offers a new opportunity to challenge myself  in helping others every time and everyday. I might be giving a body wrap, spray tan, doing a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, oxygen infusion or treating cellulite, but each client is special to me because I have the opportunity to help make someone’s life a bit better.

I have a good feeling that all the skills I have been taught  in this program will impact my future positively along with the drive and motivation that is within me. My plans have changed since the beginning of the program as my eyes have opened to new ideas and passions, but my goals are still set for future plans in opening my own business. I have a new love for treating acneic skin and I just love the microcurrent machine (specifically Nu Face) but my biggest passion now is prescribing home-care products and I know I have that spark to light the candle. Where do I see myself in ten years? I’m not sure exactly, but do know I wouldn’t have the knowledge or information that I do now if it weren’t for Bellus Academy. I relish the opportunities and advancements that lie ahead for me and am confident I’m on the right path.

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Get rid of hyperpigmentation safely at Bellus Academy Medi-Spa

Posted on September 6th, 2011 - Written by: Amy Masini

Guest Blogger Olga Filatova, Spa Director

What is Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation?
Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or PIH, is the medical term given to discoloration of the skin that follows an inflammatory wound. It is the skin’s natural response to inflammation. PIH presents itself as a flat area of discoloration on the skin ranging from pink to red, purple, brown or black, depending on your skin tone and depth of the discoloration.

PIH develops when a wound, rash, pimple, or other stimuli causes skin inflammation, which triggers the skin to produce too much melanin. Melanin is the protein in the skin that gives the skin its color. The excess melanin darkens and discolors the wounded area. This discoloration remains even after the wound or rash has healed. PIH is very common among acne sufferers. It can occur in all skin types, although it is more common in darker skin tones. It affects both men and women equally. Luckily, PIH is not a true scar.

PIH and Acne
A post inflammatory hyperpigmentation macule often is the remnant of an inflamed acne lesion. PIH macules can follow relatively minor pimples and papules, in addition to more serious lesions. However, the more inflamed a breakout, the larger and darker the PIH macule tends to be.
You can identify post inflammatory hyperpigmentation by carefully examining the skin. PIH macules can be a range of colors,  however, the skin will not be pitted or depressed. It may look like a discolored freckle on the skin, or it may present as a larger, dark discoloration of the skin. PIH macules may look shiny, or like “new skin.”

Treating PIH
Most acne sufferers are relieved to learn that post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is not scarring. PIH will fade away over time, even without treatment. It can take three to 24 months for PIH to fully fade, although in some cases it may take longer. The length of time it takes for PIH to fade depends on how dark the PIH macule is compared to your skin tone. The bigger the contrast between the macule and your natural skin tone, the longer it will take to fade.
There are treatment options available to help fade post inflammatory hyperpigmentation more quickly. However, your acne should be under control before beginning any treatment for PIH. Otherwise, each new pimple could cause another PIH macule, reducing the effectiveness of treatment.

Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone is a widely used treatment for post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.  Hydroquinone works by blocking the enzyme responsible for melanin production, thereby lightening the skin.
Hydroquinone creams often contain additional lightening ingredients, such as kojic acid, glycolic acid, tretinoin and other retinoids, or vitamin C. These combination creams can give you better results than using hydroquinone alone.

Topical Retinoids
Retinoids help clear acne by speeding up cell turnover rates. It is this rapid exfoliation that can also help clear PIH. The fact that they lessen post inflammatory hyperpigmentation as they treat acne breakouts is an added benefit for many people.

Obvious results may not be apparent for several weeks to several months after beginning treatment. Topical retinoids may cause excessive dryness, redness, and/or irritation, which may in turn increase hyperpigmentation

Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid found in many skin care products. It effectively exfoliates the skin, helping to lighten post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Available in cleansers, creams, and gels, glycolic acid not only helps improve post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, but also leaves your skin smooth and soft.

Azelaic Acid
Azelaic acid is used to treat acne as well as PIH. Available by prescription only, azelaic acid works by decreasing inflammation and speeding up cell turnover rates. Some studies have shown azelaic acid to be as effective as hydroquinone at treating hyperpigmentation. It is a good alternative for those who may be unable to use hydroquinone.

Azelaic acid is available in cream and gel form, and is sometimes used in conjunction with glycolic acid or tretinoin.

Procedural Treatments

More persistent cases of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation can be treated professionally at Bellus Medi-Spa.  Procedural  treatments include various chemical peels and microdermabrasion . A series of treatments is needed to adequately fade PIH.  Your aesthetician can help determine which of these treatments, if any, would be right for you.

Get rid of hyperpigmentation safely at Bellus Medi-Spa

What is Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation?

Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or PIH, is the medical term given to discoloration of the skin that follows an inflammatory wound. It is the skin’s natural response to inflammation. PIH presents itself as a flat area of discoloration on the skin ranging from pink to red, purple, brown or black, depending on your skin tone and depth of the discoloration.

PIH develops when a wound, rash, pimple, or other stimuli causes skin inflammation, which triggers the skin to produce too much melanin. Melanin is the protein in the skin that gives the skin its color. The excess melanin darkens and discolors the wounded area. This discoloration remains even after the wound or rash has healed. PIH is very common among acne sufferers. It can occur in all skin types, although it is more common in darker skin tones. It affects both men and women equally. Luckily, PIH is not a true scar.

PIH and Acne

A post inflammatory hyperpigmentation macule often is the remnant of an inflamed acne lesion. PIH macules can follow relatively minor pimples and papules, in addition to more serious lesions. However, the more inflamed a breakout, the larger and darker the PIH macule tends to be.

You can identify post inflammatory hyperpigmentation by carefully examining the skin. PIH macules can be a range of colors, however, the skin will not be pitted or depressed. It may look like a discolored freckle on the skin, or it may present as a larger, dark discoloration of the skin. PIH macules may look shiny, or like “new skin.”

Treating PIH

Most acne sufferers are relieved to learn that post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is not scarring. PIH will fade away over time, even without treatment. It can take three to 24 months for PIH to fully fade, although in some cases it may take longer. The length of time it takes for PIH to fade depends on how dark the PIH macule is compared to your skin tone. The bigger the contrast between the macule and your natural skin tone, the longer it will take to fade.

There are treatment options available to help fade post inflammatory hyperpigmentation more quickly. However, your acne should be under control before beginning any treatment for PIH. Otherwise, each new pimple could cause another PIH macule, reducing the effectiveness of treatment.

Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone is a widely used treatment for post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Hydroquinone works by blocking the enzyme responsible for melanin production, thereby lightening the skin.

Hydroquinone creams often contain additional lightening ingredients, such as kojic acid, glycolic acid, tretinoin and other retinoids, or vitamin C. These combination creams can give you better results than using hydroquinone alone.

Topical Retinoids
Retinoids help clear acne by speeding up cell turnover rates. It is this rapid exfoliation that can also help clear PIH. The fact that they lessen post inflammatory hyperpigmentation as they treat acne breakouts is an added benefit for many people.

Obvious results may not be apparent for several weeks to several months after beginning treatment. Topical retinoids may cause excessive dryness, redness, and/or irritation, which may in turn increase hyperpigmentation

Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid found in many skin care products. It effectively exfoliates the skin, helping to lighten post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Available in cleansers, creams, and gels, glycolic acid not only helps improve post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, but also leaves your skin smooth and soft.

Azelaic Acid
Azelaic acid is used to treat acne as well as PIH. Available by prescription only, azelaic acid works by decreasing inflammation and speeding up cell turnover rates. Some studies have shown azelaic acid to be as effective as hydroquinone at treating hyperpigmentation. It is a good alternative for those who may be unable to use hydroquinone.

Azelaic acid is available in cream and gel form, and is sometimes used in conjunction with glycolic acid or tretinoin.

Procedural Treatments

More persistent cases of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation can be treated professionally at Bellus Medi-Spa. Procedural treatments include various chemical peels and microdermabrasion . A series of treatments is needed to adequately fade PIH. Your aesthetician can help determine which of these treatments, if any, would be right for you.

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"I enrolled at Bellus Academy in 2009. I enrolled in the make-up course with Ms. Judy and the Esthetics Program with Miss Larissa and Miss Olga. Since day one the teachers and staff have been amazing. I could not have asked for more out of a school and teaching staff. I feel very fortunate and happy that this school is available and can accommodate such fantastic services."

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