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

New skin care line by Casey Warner

I am so happy to announce that I will be offering a new skincare line here at Drift. .."Ester".  The best part about it, is that it's my products.  I have been working on a natural and highly effective line that would be very versatile. Our skin changes throughout the day, month and year due to climate, environment, hormones and aging.  Ester is formulated to balance and nourish all skin types all the time.

My products are infused with the highest quality, natural ingredients available. They are specifically formulated to be perfect for all skin types 100% of the time. These products are versatile and will evolve with your ever changing skin, ensuring dramatic and lasting results.  Ester is 100% Natural and Organic ingredients are used whenever possible. Vegan, Cruelty free, Sulfate free, Paraben free and packaged in dark, glass bottles to keep the active ingredients potent and keep harmful chemicals from plastic out. 

The line will be launching March 21st ( my birthday)  but will be available at Drift a few weeks before.

I have been working on this project for a long time and I can't wait to share these beautiful products with all of you.  

I will still be offering PHYT's facials but will be highlighting a new "Ester" Facial.  Creating my own products gives me much more control and I'm able to truly customize to every client.  

best,

 

Casey  Brown

 

 

Go to bed by Casey Warner

Here I am at 11pm writing a blog about sleep.  I will be fast asleep within 20 minutes of writing this, but I wanted to share some info before I head off.  A lot of important things happen while we sleep.  I know it's hard to put the books down or cut yourself off of a long binge of Netflix,  but the effects are definitely worth the sacrifice.   Most of us live in such a stressed state. Easy access to computers and mobile devices makes "quiting time" near impossible.  Our brains never rest...well unless you meditate.  I manage about 5-10 minutes a day. Thats not nearly enough.  We need a good night rest more than ever.  I never get less than 7 hours.  Unless I have wild night out.  Which happens about 2x a year :)  Having a 5 year old slows things down...and I like that. 

Check out this article.  It might motivate you to be less motivated and GO TO BED

Oh! Don't worry ...I can help.  Try our Deep Sleep Massage .  It's amazing

 

Goodnight,

Casey Brown

Bikram Yoga by Casey Warner

I've done yoga on and off for years. Mostly home practice or before/after exercise but recently I've started going to the Bikram studio here in Athens.  I cannot begin to tell you the improvements I have felt in my body.  Massage is a very rewarding but strenuous job and we must take great care of our bodies.  I get regular exercise, massage and eat well.  Bikram was a new step in my personal wellness.  I highly recommend trying it. Especially if you have chronic pain issues.  The poses are simple and always the same.  The room is heated..it's hot!  You will sweat but it's worth the discomfort in the end.  The heat allows for better mobility in the joints and ligaments.   The peace and clarity I experience after has amazed me. Read more about it and give it a shot.

 

click here for more info

 

 

Casey Brown

Verdae Peppermint Sugar Scrub by Casey Warner

Happy Holidays!

We have added a wonderful peppermint scrub, made by Suzanne @ Verdae Skin Therapy, to selected services this season.

The peppermint scrub has many benefits...

*Exfoliating during the winter is important since our skin gets dry quicker from the cold weather. The exfoliation removes the dry, dead skin uncovering the new softer skin.

*The ultra moisturizing shea butter in the scrub immediately provides a nourishing protective layer to the new skin, shielding it from the dry cold air.

*The light peppermint scent is the perfect amount of aromatherapy. Invigorating just enough to get the day going, but mild enough that relaxation continues.

*Lastly, but certainly not least, Verdae uses local, eco-friendly ingredients which supports our community. They also donate a portion of their sales to local outreach agencies.

 

Getting a Peppermint Sugar Scrub Package would be a perfect last minute gift for anyone, including yourself!

 

Best Wishes for the Season,

Jennifer

Japanese Restorative Therapy by Casey Warner

We are offering a new service! JRT (Japanese Restorative Therapy) has been used for more than 5000 years with origins in Jujitsu schools.  Its a full body treatment used to balance the systems of the body and to release damaged soft tissues.  The deep, rocking motions and use of the crux of the elbow give JRT a distinctive feel.  We will be offering this massage as a 60 min stand alone or 75 min with various stretches. 

 

Check out his article to learn more and book online to try it out for yourself.

 

 

 

Casey Brown

Winter Skin by Casey Warner

WInter time is great for cuddling up by the fire and spending time indoors with the ones you love, but it is also a time of distress for those with dry, winter skin.  During these cold months switch to a cream cleanser, avoid hot water, stay hydrated, keep a humidifier running while you're indoors, don't forget the sunscreen and above all moisturize!!  

 

Check out this article for more helpful tips

Winter Skin

Casey

Massage for the Elderly by Kim Kirby

As we have an increasingly larger elderly population and people living longer, it is important to not overlook care for ourselves and our loved ones.  Pain management for the elderly is usually treated with pharmaceuticals.  As an alternative or complementary treatment for seniors, massage is a great way to manage pain, but there are also many more benefits associated with massage and the elderly population:

  • According to the Touch Research Institute, elderly massage is very useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients. It has shown to facilitate relaxation and communication.
  • It can greatly assist in arthritic pain management.
  • Massage for elderly citizens helps to increase their range of motion.
  • Also promotes natural joint lubrication, which is extremely important for arthritis sufferers.
  • Helps to increase strength and muscle coordination.
  • Boosts natural energy levels and mental awareness.
  • Can also greatly improve posture by reducing muscle tension. This has the added benefit of assisting seniors with a higher quality of rest, and helps them to sleep deeper and longer which can have a significant effect on their general health and well- being.
  • Can also have a profound calming effect which in turn helps them to deal with medical interventions they may need to experience in dealing with various conditions.

Our office is conveniently located on the Eastside of Athens and equipped with handicap parking, a ramp for easy access, and happy, well-trained and willing therapists to help with the wellness of everyone. 

Best,

Lacy Parish

For references and more information:

http://eldercareabcblog.com/benefits-of-therapeutic-massage-for-elderly-people/ 

Microdermabrasion Athens GA by Kim Kirby

I will be offering diamond tip microdermabrasion starting in February. This is a safe and effective way to remove the surface level of dead skin cells, smooth imperfections, and reveal glowing skin. The diamond tip method is much safer than the traditional crystal microderm, allowing a more controlled and detailed treatment around the eyes and mouth, without fear of inhalation or eye damage.  This service will be offered on it's own as a 30 minute mini treatment or as the exfoliation portion of your regular facial at an additional cost.  This service is not for everyone and a skin analysis is recomended before booking.  I look forward to helping you with your skin care goals.

 

best,

Casey Brown

 

Basic Yoga and Your Health by Kim Kirby

Practicing basic yoga increases flexibility, range of motion, balance and muscular strength.  Flexibility and increased range of motion help with balance, which helps insure fewer injuries and falls.  Not only does yoga have a positive benefit to the body, but it is also great for mental health.  Practicing basic yoga may improve sleep, help manage stress, and help manage depression and anxiety.  Attached are thirteen basic yoga poses for beginners and older adults.  As always, please do not push to the point of pain or injury and remember to breathe through the poses.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Casey, Jenn, or myself. 

http://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-01-2011/yoga_poses.html

Best,

Lacy Parish

Benefits of Massage by Kim Kirby

Most of you know the basic benefits of massage, such as relaxation and increased circulation.  Here are some other not so well known benefits:

Massage can help manage anxiety and depression by reducing the levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Massage can improve sleep by the affect that it has on delta waves

Massage can ease pain, but can also help with stiffness and better range of motion

Massage can boost immunity by increasing disease-fighting white blood cells and by decreasing stress

Massage can help with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), by helping with bloating, aches and pains, and mood swings

Massage can help raise your alertness

Massage can help curb headaches, such as migraines or tension headaches

Massage can help ease cancer treatment by reducing the fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression and nausea that cancer patients endure (Note:  consult your doctor to ensure massage therapy is safe with your cancer treatment).

We are always available if you have questions and/or would like to schedule a session to get started toward better health and a better you. 

Best,

Lacy Parish

 

Massage and Diabetes by Kim Kirby

As most of you know, I am a Type 1 Diabetic and I truly believe in massage as a part of my healthcare regimen.  One of the best benefits of massage is that it increases blood circulation and for those fighting the disease or those caring for someone with the disease, we all know how important this aspect is.  Other benefits of massage for diabetes include:  Relaxation, better sleep, loosening of muscles and fascia, and massage tends to lower blood glucose levels.  Please note that massage therapy should not be seen as sole treatment for diabetes, but rather complimentary to eating a healthy diet, regular exercise routines, keeping regular appointments with your doctor, checking your blood glucose levels frequently, and drinking plenty of water.  I found this wonderful article by a massage therapist explaining the basics of diabetes and the benefits.  Please feel free to e-mail or call with any questions and as always you can book appointments at:  www.driftwellnessstudio.com

Article by Kathleen Rose

http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/96/Diabetes

Best,

Lacy

Massage and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) by Kim Kirby

Seasonal Affective Disorder or the “winter blues” may cause some to sleep too much, too little, to feel depressed or to have little energy.  Often weight gain or cravings for sweets or carbohydrates as well as fatigue, irritability or anti-social behaviors are experienced.  Massage is a great way to help with depression, stress, anxiety, circulation, energy levels, and sleep disturbances that occur with SAD.  Along with regular massage, a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, regular exercise, along with getting plenty of sunshine can help prevent and also help treat SAD.  In most cases, the effects of massage can be felt immediately, but in order to receive the full benefits, massage on a regular basis during the fall and winter seasons is recommended.   Schedule today and let us help you to better health during the fall and winter seasons. 

Japanese Zen Facial Massage by Kim Kirby

I just finished a Japanese Zen Facial massage class by Wolfgang Luckman.  We learned a holistic approach to treating the skin..from the inside...out, starting with our "life force" or "Qi".  This services begins at the feet and works upward. Balancing Qi and clearing out meridians is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  By combining these acupressure techniques with specific essential oils we can bring the body, spirit, mind into the present moment and away from worry, grief, stress, fear and anger....which can cause premature aging and break outs. Using Japanese massage strokes we can reduce fine lines, clear up blemishes, and tighten skin. You can enjoy this 30 min service on it's own or combine it with a PHYT's facial for a 75 min session. Which ever you choose..you will leave feeling balanced and beautiful!

 

best,

Casey Brown