Reiki can change you by Casey Warner

I remember my first experience with Reiki.  I read about it in a book when I was a teen and couldn't wait to try it out.  I went to visit my grandfather in the nursing home and somehow convinced my mom and sisters to join me in trying this strange energy work out on my grandpa who was suffering with dementia.  We kind of giggled and gave it our best.  Focussed our energy, our hands hovering above him.  A warm, tingling energy came over us and before you know it, My Pop sprung to life and asked for a cigarette.  It scared us all to death!  I was sold.  I went to massage school when I was 25 and studied Reiki under a fantastic British woman.  I went and had my first professional treatment form her. She surrounded me with crystals, put crystals in my hands, asked me some questions and next thing you know, I was sound asleep. She was very nice and sent me on my way without much info on what had happened or what it meant.  I wondered if it worked at all.  I noticed a difference though.  My anxiety was better and I felt more confidence for about a week.

 I went on to get my Reiki I and II certification form a eccentric woman in Charlotte NC.  She ran a Bed and Breakfast and was a dog breeder.  A litter of puppies was born, while I was there. She was fantastic and I felt an energy I had never experienced.  She attuned us to a vibration that allows us to receive and transfer the healing energy easier.  3 days of Reiki Reiki Reiki.  I was really starting to connect with the idea but still feeling insecure in that "I" could do this.  Suddenly her husband rushed into the room, frantic, with a brand new, hour old, puppy who was lifeless and not breathing.  Teacher was calm, and continued the class while her hands were gently folded around the sagging pup.  I found this kinda weird and morbid but I'm not one to judge. After about an hour, she paused her lesson and opened her palms to reveal a weak but wiggling puppy.  We were all in shock.  She called her husband up, he walked in and began to cry.  We all jumped to attention then.  We wanted to learn!

After my certification, I tried Reiki on anyone who would let me.  I did distant Reiki on friends that lived in other states, any chance I could get,  but still I struggled knowing if I really felt anything substantial...if I was really doing anything.  During this time, I was single, raising a child, working 2 jobs, going back to school, opening a business.  I was stretched so thin, I didn't know who I was anymore. I was lost.  So I did something that I never really tried much before.  I did Reiki on myself.  It seemed to help but I still felt off, I needed proof, something visible.  I did a little research and found that many people use crystals and even pendulums to assist with Reiki.  I went on Amazon and ordered a well reviewed, Rose Quarts pendulum.  I began to work with the crystal and built a trusting communication with it.  Then I began balancing my chakras, one by one, every day.  I found patterns with my emotions and body pains and what the pendulum would tell me about my chakras.  I learned so much.  I eventually found my way back to myself.  I restored  peace, faced darkness and moved forward in ways I never imagined. My body healed. I began to share my practice with trusted clients and they seemed to really enjoy the feedback.  I always inform my clients on what I find and where they can research the info.  It is a very personal thing for each person.  Only they can really know what the result may mean to them.  I fell in love with Reiki.

Then my father got sick, with terminal cancer.  I did't know how to comfort this man, whom I loved so much.  This quiet, conservative man that was my closest male figure but also a stranger in some ways. I'm the baby of the family and didn't know my place in all of this.  I gave what I could.... Massages, lots of home cooked meals and swinging crystals over my heads head as often as possible.  At first he found it weird..but he was use to that with me.  Eventually he would ask me to do it.  "Make sure you bring your weird hippie crystals" he'd say.  We became the best of friends during that time and made some of the BEST memories of my life.  We still talk every day though it's been almost a year since he passed over.  I do most of the talking these days.  It helped him.. I'm not sure how or why but it did.  

Then the aftermath. the ones left behind, the care taker.  My mom.  3 years of care taking, doctor visit, chemo recovery,  praying, crying, hiding behind smiles.  After it was all said and done she was down to 90 lbs and developed crippling pain in her hip and back. She wouldn't stretch, she wouldn't got to the doctor, she wouldn't eat.  All she could do was complain about the pain. She was the pain.  I massaged her, stretched her, nagged at her, fed her, anything I could do. Finally I busted out my crystals and said "Just try it".   She thought it was ridiculous but agreed. I began reading her chakras and it made sense to me.  Her heart chakra was waaayyyy off and the Root was destroyed.  The Root chakra is at the base of the spine, known for causing low back pain.  The Root also holds the emotions around our foundation of life, our home and family.  Dad was our foundation... her everything for almost 50 years.  She was broken. I began to work, with her permission, every day. I would check and balance her chakras every morning when I got out of bed doing distance Reiki.  Mom was beyond belief.  She tried to explain it away but would call and ask me to do distance Reiki when she felt a twinge coming back.  She is pain free, eating well, traveling and making the best of every day.  I cannot take credit for her massive, endless strength but I know I helped and I am so very grateful I could in some way, give back to her.

Why does it work?  I really have no idea  How does it work? ummm....there are lots of books about it but honestly...no clue.

I know that I now have a gift for it and I love doing it.  I do it daily on myself and it SAVES me. 

Emotional pain causes Physical pain and Reiki can help.

www.chakraenergy.com is a great website to learn more

Thanks for reading

Casey

Waxing can be a life saver in the summer by Casey Warner

Drift offers affordable waxing services.  Leg waxing, bikini waxing and underarm waxing can be a lifesaver in the summer months.  Long weekend trips and spontaneous trips to the pool call for constant shaving which can lead ravor burn or annoying, prickly hairs.  Consistent waxing on a 4-6 week schedule can gradually reduce hair growth permanently.  Schedule an appointment today and stop thinking about when you will have time to shave.

 

 

Protect and treat your skin in the summer by Casey Warner

Facials are especially important in the summer months.  Long days at the lake, fun beach weekends take a toll on our skin.  Be sure to wear sunscreen and reapply as needed throughout the day. Regular exfoliation such as peels or microdermabrasion sessions will keep your skin bright and youthful after all the damage of the summer days.  It is important to plan at least two days of downtime after a professional exfoliation.  Avoid long term sun exposer during these days.

 

Here is a great article about the benefits of chemical peels.  Try our Saving face Facial!

https://www.allure.com/story/chemical-peel-benefits

New Local Art by Casey Warner

In an effort to support our wonderful community, Drift Wellness has featured works of local artists for over a year. The latest installment is now up for viewing and we couldn't be more excited!

We are so very honored to have local artist Nate Carlson grace our studio walls with his amazing artwork! The pieces we chose bring even more inspiration into our tranquil space.  Nate's impressive bio and website are below. We hope you enjoy his artwork as much as we do when you come in for your next massage and/or facial appointment!

 

Nate Carlson was born and raised in Athens, Georgia, and received his BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Georgia (2013). His work captures the transitional nature of the Southern landscape. Frenetic mark-making and veiled narrative encapsulate the tension of a region whose identity is steeped in conflicting themes of oppression and resistance, tradition and innovation, small town ideals and booming metropolitan growth.

Nate will have work on display in the upcoming 43rd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Lyndon House. He has recently shown in the Valdosta National and the Decatur Arts Festival, where he sold a painting to the City of Decatur. Nate currently lives and works in Athens, Georgia.

natecarlsonart.com

Benefits of Microdermabrasion by Casey Warner

Microdermabrasion sloughs off the dead and dull surface layers of the skin, stimulating an increase in collagen production and rejuvenation. Many patients see dramatic improvements in the tone, texture, and color of treated areas after just one treatment. This treatment also helps with multiple issuses incuding ;

- Fine Lines

-Clogged pores

-Oily or dull skin

-Enlarged pores

-Age spots and hyperpigmentation

 

Microdermabrasion is appropriate for cosmetic problems associated with aging skin, such as sun damage, age spots and other types of discoloration and fine lines that occur early in the aging process. Microdermabrasion also benefits those with oily skin, reducing minor acne scarring. A single treatment is appropriate when you have a special occasion on the calendar and want your skin to look healthy and refreshed.

Treatments should be every 6-8 weeks but can done as soon as every 2 weeks. This non invasive process tackles flaws at the surface level, treating only the outermost layer of skin. The skin is not wounded or abraded past the epidermis.Your skin may be pink after microdermabrasion, but these side effects typically last only a day. Limiting both sun and wind exposure for 24-48 hours after treaments is also suggested.

 

Annual Gift Certificate Special by Casey Warner

Our Annual Gift Certificate Special is going on through December 23rd. This Special only happens once a year, so take advantage of it if you can. Purchase 3 or more 60min or 90min services with your Massage Therapist or Esthetician and receive $10 off each service. The office will be open on Saturday the 16th and Saturday the 23rd from 10am - 4pm for anyone to stop in or call ahead and we'll have it waiting for you to pick up. This offer cannot be combined between providers.

Giving Thanks by Casey Warner

As the Holiday Season nears I want to say how thankful I am that Casey, Jennifer and Lindsey have come into my life this year. It's a wonderful feeling to truly enjoy your work and those that you work with. I would also like to say how thankful I am for all of the wonderful people I get to meet at Drift. From the homebound elderly client, whom I have to make special trips to see, to the local-yocal that makes the Athens area a thriving community, to the unexpected professional athlete in town for a short visit,  they are all special blessings. 

Casey's maternity leave by Casey Warner

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Hello everyone!  I wanted to let you know, I will be taking maternity leave November 5th- January 7th.  I'm so thankful to be able to bring another life into this world and to have such an amazing career with the BEST clients.  I will miss you all but Jennifer, Claire and Lindsey will be here to take care of all of you.  I will be spending my time deepening my connection to all the beauty in my life and will be back next year with a new, revived energy that I can't wait to share.  I am pursuing my Usui Reiki Master training and look forward to offering more energy work services soon. I am also looking into more advanced facial peels for my clients looking for deeper exfoliations.  I won't be able to work evenings like I had in the past but I will be working every other Sunday in order to accommodate clients that can't come during the week days.  Thank you all for your support.

Casey

 

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Making Self Care a Priority by Casey Warner

Self Care is figuring out what you need in the moment and giving that to yourself for the overall betterment of your physical, emotional, mental or spiritual health and well-being.  At first making it a priority might be difficult, but taking small steps to incorporate self care into your routine can reduce stress levels but also validate and honor your own worth as well as enhance your confidence and self esteem.  Carving out time to rest, engaging in a favorite hobby, meditating, or getting a massage or facial are just a few ways to get started with making self care a priority.

In case you need reminding............YES! You deserve to take care of yourself!

https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?=1657

https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/massage-therapy/how-can-massage-help-my-health-and-wellbeing

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743

Waxing Athens GA by Casey Warner

We take pride in our waxing services and provide a relaxing alternative to the typical wax.  Taking the time to consult with our clients on desired results, we help you achieve your ideal brow wax.  Facial and body waxing can help so much with self esteem.  No one likes to worry about unwanted hair and especially the ones you can's see yourself unless you are in your car with no tweezers!!!  We can help.  Schedule a brow wax, lip wax, leg wax and much more with casey or Lindsey.  We also offer brow and lash tinting.

New Massage Therapist by Casey Warner

We are happy to welcome Claire Stripling to our team.  We have really needed another therapist and took our time finding the right fit.  Claire has enjoyed working in the massage and bodywork field since 1998. She has a variety of experience ranging from soft tissue injury to chronic illness and specializes in Neuromuscular Therapy and Fascial Stretch Therapy.  We are very excited to have her and yes, she will be working weekends!!!  

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Prevent and Reverse Sun Damage — Drift Wellness Studio by Casey Warner

About 80 percent of the average person's lifetime sun exposure occurs during daily activities. Age spots are more likely on the left side of the body (face, hands, arms and knees) due to sun exposure will driving.

When you soak up the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, it speeds up the aging of your skin and raises your risk of skin cancer.

Prevention

Sunscreen

To prevent damage, use a "broad spectrum" sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher. "Broad spectrum" must block both UVA and UVB rays.

UVA=Aging, UVB=Burning

Products

The Cosmetic Industry has helping make it easier to protect skin by adding protection into makeups, primers, moisturizers and even bug sprays.

By choosing products that contain sunscreen that would normally use daily, sun damage is even easier to prevent.

Reversal

As much as we try to prevent sun damage, there are ways to help reduce and reverse damaged skin.

As a rule of thumb, you should have a facial atleast 4 times a year. Proper skin care can reduce fine lines, age spots and reduce pre-mature aging. Microdermabrasion can do wonders to instantly smooth the texture of skin. With multiple sessions, microdermabrasion can help reverse damage caused by the sun.

To maximize results, a monthly facial by a professional will help maintain healthy skin.

Astara Marine Peel by Casey Warner

We are very excited about our new organic, peel coming in the next couple of weeks! Powerful exfoliation coupled with profound nourishment, the Gentle Marine Peel features a synergistic blend of AHAs and marine extracts to exfoliate and purify the skin. A soothing cocktail of botanical actives improves skin function and stimulates moisture retention, promoting instant rejuvenation without irritation.  This peel is designed for all skin types and conditions.  It's a 1.9ph so you will feel it but it's still gentle enough for sensitive skin.  Astara skin care is a fantastic, organic skincare line that I highly recommend.  Check them out online,  

http://astaraskincare.com

 

Casey

 

Microderm and Blueberry Peel by Casey Warner

Many of my clients have been coming to me for a long time and want to kick up the exfoliation process.  I have fallen in love with the Microderm/ Blueberry peel combination.  I wouldn't recommend it for a first timer or someone who has never had microdermabrasion but if your skin is experienced, this service will do wonders.  The diamond tip microdermabrasion will manually rid your skin of any dead skin cells that have built up.  Dead cells make the skin appear dull, flaky and stagnant.  Then I'll add an organic blueberry and lactic acid peel that will wake up and tighten the skin.  The deep clean is great for acne and the stimulation will lift and tighten aging skin.  You will be a bit pink for about 30 minutes after treatment and will need to avoid the sun for the rest of the day.  Sunscreen will be very important, especially for the next few day.  I highly recommend this facial.  Call or email for more info...or book online by selecting the Blueberry Facial and add on Microderm.  

 

A series of 3, 2 weeks apart is recommended for dramatic results

 

Casey Warner

A morning wellness ritual for healthy elimination! by Casey Warner

My Early Morning Potion for Motion (if ya know what I mean ;-) 
Healthy Start by Teddy Noel

 

3/4 cup warm water
Juice of 1 lemon wedge
1tsp of organic, NON-GMO Turmeric
1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
a dash of cinnamon, a dash of ginger
and 1 tablespoon of local honey
(adjust all measurements to taste) 
Mix all the above ingredients together

Drink this first thing in AM, wait 30 minutes before eating and drinking (water is fine) This will keep your immune system strong, help prevent allergies, activate and nurture your digestive system, fight inflammation and it is delicious! 

Spring is springing and so is the heat! by Casey Warner

Northern Georgia spring weather is like a roller-coaster!

It's A/C by day and heat by night and if you are like me you forget to make the switch and wake up to shivering children and immediately crank up the thermostat.  By 5 pm you realize you are sweating and return to the thermostat to crank it down to a liveable temperature! If you are from Georgia then you know what true Georgia summers are like and it is best to be prepared for high heat!

The following infographic will help you identify the symptoms of more serious heat conditions. 

At Drift we truly believe in a Holistic approach to health.   Lifestyle, diet and spiritual health are all part of the bigger picture! Massage can help encourage proper elimination, which includes sweating.  Our bodies must sweat in order to detox and keep our body temperature at an ideal degree.

 So stay active, practice healthy self-care, stay hydrated and stay happy! 

Drift Welcomes a new esthetician, Lindsey, to our team by Casey Warner

We are so happy to announce the addition of Lindsey to our team.  She is a graduate of Athens Technical College and is passionate about bringing new energy to Drift.  She is going to be adding more waxing services to the menu as well as various new add ons to the facial services.  Evening appointments will be available for all you hard working clients!!!  She starts this week and will be adding days until she is full-time in November.  Lindsey looks forward to meeting all of you.

 

Casey

Renovations and additions at Drift by Casey Warner

We are so excited about the many changes at Drift.  We Renovated our space and now have 3 treatment rooms instead of 2.  This is allowing us to bring in new therapists so we can finally have more availability!  Rebecca Billings is joining us in January and she is a fantastic person.  I met her as a client 4  years ago and then we worked together as artistic collaborators.  Now I get to work with her professionally and I am so excited.  She has been a local therapist here for many years and she will be a great addition to our team.  Rebecca will only be working Fridays and Saturdays so make sure you get in and get a much needed massage.  We will be adding one more full time therapist to our team.  I am not rushing this process because we want the perfect person.  I have a someone in mind and I'm in the process of "wooing" her right now!  If she joins us, we will be so very lucky.  I'll keep you up to date.

 

best

 

Casey