What is your favorite part of Summer? by Casey Warner

As the heat and humidity kicks into full gear, I have to take a moment to remind myself of what I do like about summer. Longer days, more time with my children, vacations, grilling, tubing down the river, afternoon storms, a cold glass of lemonade and the relaxing sounds of cicadas making summer night music. We wish you the best this summer and remember to enjoy the little things.

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Daily Meditation by Casey Warner

A couple years ago, my best friend of 15 years was going through a difficult time. She was stressed, very negative and suffering with terrible knee pain that left her in such a state of mind, she had become unrecognizable to me. This girl was always my guru and I was shocked when I went for my yearly visit and saw her like this. A few months later she called sounding so refreshed. She started acupuncture and daily meditation on some phone app. She changed some big things in her career and transformed her over stressed lifestyle. She started painting more than ever and showing at big galleries in NYC. The knee pain was gone and she was better than ever. She told me about daily mediation and how much it helped but I’v never enjoyed meditating. I’m a go go go kind of gal but after going trough my own issues with postpartum depression and anxiety I decided ok fine, I’ll try the app she told me about. Its called “calm”. They have a free 7 day trail. I’m on day 5 and WOW. I never thought it would do do much for me. It’s REALLY hard for me to sit and do nothing for 10 minutes, especially with a 1 year old running about but I did it and I’m never going back. I think this is what I’ve been needing for a long time. You can choose different goals to work on. SO for any of you out there in need of change. Try it! You never know unless you do.

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Casey

May~Skin Cancer Awareness Month by Casey Warner

Bob Marley died due to melanoma. He was only 36 years old.  His melanoma started under his big toenail in 1977.  The first doctor that he consulted thought that it was a soccer injury.  After it began to look worse, Marley consulted another doctor who biopsied the spot and discovered that it was melanoma.  The recommendation was to amputate his toe, but Marley chose to have excision surgery instead, during which the surgeon removed the nail and surrounding tissue.  Marley had no further treatment and did well until he collapsed in New York City in 1980.  He was rushed to the hospital and tests revealed that the melanoma had spread to his brain, lungs and stomach.  He refused his doctor's treatment plan and went to Germany to try alternative treatments including exercise, ozone injections and vitamins.  Marley's condition continued to worsen and he decided to charter a plane in order to return to Jamaica.  While in flight, Marley's condition became critical and the plane did an emergency landing in Miami where he passed away.  He never made it back to his beloved Jamaica.  Marley was reportedly only 82 pounds when he passed away.  We share Marley's story every time we teach about melanoma because his story demonstrates that even people with darker skin can get melanoma.  In addition, in those with dark skin melanoma often develops in places that do not get a lot of sun exposure like in the mouth, on the tongue, under finger nails and toenails and on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.  RIP Bob Marley.  Just like your music, your melanoma story lives on to educate people about the dangers.


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Don't Forget Mom by Casey Warner

Mother's Day is just around the corner. Giving the gift of relaxation is the perfect way to tell her just how much you care. We offer a wide variety of options to pamper her on this special day. Facials, relaxation massages, hot stone massages and aromatherapy are just a few ideas. We offer gift certificates in the studio as well as online printable gift certificates, for those last minute gift givers. Show her just how much you appreciate everything she has done with the gift of relaxation!

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Powder Sunscreen by Casey Warner

I get asked constantly how should you go about reapply sunscreen through out the average day, especially with those who wear makeup. When you think of sunscreen, your mind probably jumps to a thick, goopy lotion that smells way too strong and feels overly sticky.  Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Sunscreen comes in various applications from primers, foundations, light weight sprays and my current favorite, powder sunscreen.

Powder Sunscreen helps protect your skin, absorb excess oil, and even out your complexion without feeling heavy. Powder sunscreens are perfect for reapplying over makeup thought the day. They work great for oily skin or just taking away shine as well. I prefer a translucent SPF powder but they come in various shades. 

The current favorite Eminence, Organic Sun Defense Minerals SPF 30. It comes with a built in brush making it super easy on the go.

 

 

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Multi Tasking Micro by Casey Warner

Microdermabrasion benefits people with uneven pigmentation, fine lines and clogged pores can benefit from a series treatments. Although after just one session you will notice improvement, we suggest having regular treatments based on your skin type/skin issue.

Skin type/issue does play a major factor in determining how often you should be treated. Oily, clogged or pigmentation issues skin can receive a micro as often as ever 2 weeks. Dry, aging, dull skin should be a consistent monthly routine.

Microdermabrasion stimulates blood flow, which increases the nutrition delivered to skin cells. This improves cell production, which improves skin's elasticity and texture.

Every session not only improves pigmentation and unclogs pores, it also has great anti aging benefits. Making microdermabrasion great multi tasker!

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Lindsey Rift 

Combating Cellulite by Casey Warner

Cellulite is considered normal and very common. Cellulite is actually caused by fibrous tethers that run through your fat and pull on the fascia that lies underneath your skin resulting in lumpy, bumpy thighs and buttocks. It effects up to 90 percent of women and approximately 10 percent of men. Getting rid of those pesky dimples takes a dedicated routine. Ideally dry brushing and caffeine based scrub should be done 3 to 5 times per week to smooth the appearance of cellulite.

Dry brushing is good for glowing skin, manual lymphatic drainage and also helps to remove cellulite from the body by boosting oxygen into the blood. 

There is a right way to dry brush. Make sure to research the proper techniques and always brush towards the heart. Dry brushing helps to remove cellulite from the body by boosting oxygen into the blood. Dry brushing is not recommended for the face!

Realistically, most people will not be able to do a full body dry brushing 5-10 minutes 3-5 times a week. I suggest targeting the buttocks, thighs and belly for 30 seconds each directly before bathing.

Once you are done with your regular bathing routine, apply a coffee based body scrub.  It is important to do the scrub last before ending bathing. The oils in this scrub do make the tub/shower slippery, so take caution.  Caffeine tightens and provides antioxidants when applied to skin topically. This will leave your skin soft, glowy and moisturized.Here is a wonderful DYI scrub recipe.

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Here at Drift Wellness Studio we provide a dry brushing service. It is an add service to any massage or facial. We get to those hard to reach areas and let's face it, it feels good. Come in a relax and refresh today. 

Lindsey Rift  

Yearly Skin Inspection by Casey Warner

I truly felt that I had made a connection with a client, we just clicked. When she no longer showed up for regular facials,  I asked myself what did I do wrong? It feels strange on a professional side to inquire about why she was no longer coming in.

Over one year later, she walks in with an ear to ear smile and a slight tear in her eye.

She explained that when I expressed numerous times to please, please go see a Dermatologist about a spot on her face that I was concerned about, she began to worry.

She took my advice, went to the Dermatologist and they confirmed my suspicion. It was indeed, melanoma.

Her situation was dire. Immediate removal and Mohs surgery was required.  6 stitches the first test removal and over 25 internal stitches during Mohs.

Let's just say there was a lot of tears, hugs and long conversations about how much I missed her and her smile.

Knowing that I truly made an impact on someone's life is a life changing moment for both of us.

So on this note, please take the time to get a yearly full body check at a Dermatologist. 

Best wishes for the New Year and Health!

Lindsey Rift

Winter and Your Skin by Casey Warner

Going into the winter month's, it is important to protect your skin. The combination of lowered humidity from heaters, wind and cold, our skin begins to feel the weather. We have just the facial treatment to combat winter skin. The Winter Repair Facial is a full 90 minute treatment designed specifically to rehydrate dry winterized skin. We start off with a skin analysis to ensure that every treatment is fully customized to each individual's needs. Next a deep cleansing followed by a full face microdermabrasion treatment, a customized masque and hand and a foot massage. The masque is removed by a warm steamed towel, a vitamin packed serum is applied and then a complete facial massage including; face, shoulders, neck and scalp. This makes a wonderful gift for those hard to buy for people. Come in out of the cold. We have the bed warmer on just for you.

Lindsey Rift

 

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Holiday Gift Certificates by Casey Warner

What to give that hard to buy person this Holiday Season? A Gift Certificate to Drift Wellness of course! Hands up if you don't like massages and facials.....Not seeing many hands out there because they are awesome!

We are running a Gift Certificate Special. Buy 3 or more 1 hour services and get $5 off of each. We can schedule a time for you to pick up a gift certificate or we can send and online version for all those last minute shoppers out there. What a great way to say you care. Give the gift of relaxation this Season. 

From our families to yours, Happy Holidays! 

Lindsey Rift

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Lash and Brow Tinting by Casey Warner

If you are frustrated with light eyelashes or eyebrows, tinting is just the solution for you. Our semi-permanent tinting products are designed to nourish the hairs as it tints. The tint also pigments those tiny blonde hairs that you dont see until they are tinted, resulting in a fuller thicker appearance. Imagine not having to worry about mascara or filling in your brows for 4-6 weeks! So come on in out of the cold. We are here making life easier one tint at a time. 

Lindsey Rift

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Dry Brushing by Casey Warner

Dry brushing has so many health and skin benefits, but how does it work?

Skin is the largest organ in the human body, it is also an organ of elimination. Naturally, body toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing helps unclog pores and helps release those toxins that are trapped. So what do we gain out of this? The benefits are numerous:

Exfoliation: This is what most will notice immediately, softer and much smoother skin! The process of running a firm brush on dry skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, thus naturally exfoliating skin.

Clean Pores: When you dry brush you are exfoliating, that also means that you are clearing your pores of oil, dirt and impurities. 

Lymphatic System: When you dry brush it will kick start you lymphatic system, which eliminates toxins. The stiffer the brush (bristles) the better the stimulation.

Cellulite: What, cellulite? Yes, it helps reduce cellulite. Cellulite is really toxic materials that have accumulated in your body’s fat cells and are stuck and unable to be eliminated from the body. Dry brushing helps break down those trapped toxins from within and helps eliminate them naturally.

In-grown Hair: When dry brushing you are exfoliating, that means you are removing a thin layer or dead skin build-up. If you suffer from ingrown hair, particularly from shaving, when this layer is removed it allows the hair to grow in its natural direction and avoid infection.

Lindsey Rift

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Winter Back Treatment by Casey Warner

Going into the winter months, we all have dry skin.  We can reach most of those places on our own but not our back.  Do you know anyone that could benefit from a skin treatment for that hard to scratch place? What a perfect gift for that someone who is hard to buy for! This treatment includes a deep cleaning, aromatic steaming, exfoliation (scrub off all that dead skin), extractions (if needed), warm towels and a moisturizering masque that is designed to leave your skin Ugly Sweater ready.

Lindsey Rift

 

 

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"Me" Time by Casey Warner

We all need a break from the hustle of everyday life. Self care helps us stay healthy physically, mentally and spiritually. Come visit us today for a massage, facial or energy work to get you back out in the world at your best. "Me" time allows us to de-stress, unwind and rejuvenate. Taking time for yourself allows you to renew, heal, and create reserves of energy and peace. Take the time to ensure your wellness, you deserve it!

 

Lindsey  Rift  

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Aromatherapy by Casey Warner

Ive always had a passion for aromatherapy. As a teen, I experimented with oil blends and my fair share of patchouli. My teacher in massage school was a highly skilled aromatherapist from England and she taught us in depth blending techniques beyond what is typically taught. Ive been working with essential oils for my skincare products for years now but have recently dove into the therapeutic benefits for the mind and spirit. I enjoy doing energy work and the aromatherapy works in harmony with that type of healing. Using specific essential oils during my reiki and massage treatments allows me to enhance the relaxation and bring a deeper healing to my clients. I’m now offering customized aromatherapy blends. We can schedule an online consultation and I will create a blend specifically for your issues and goals.  I will send you home with a 1oz oil blend to use on yourself or to bring in to be used during massages or facials.  Are you stressed? Can’t sleep? Dealing with grief? Bad breakup? Insecurity issues? Need help studying? Depression? Nervous energy? Aromatherapy can help with all of this. Contact us today and we can get started. 

 

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Stretching Therapy by Casey Warner

Have you stretched lately? Chances are you haven’t.  Many of us don’t have a regular stretching routine and we forget (possibly ignore) how vital it is to our overall health. Granted who has time to stretch when there is dinner to make, dogs to walk, laundry, yoga class and the list goes on and on. Did I say “yoga class”? Yes, even those who do yoga on a regular basis could benefit from additional stretching, and here’s why. If you practice yoga daily, you’re probably set, but if you are a once or twice a weeker you still have 5 days a week you need to stretch. Focus on areas like chest, abdomen, hips and neck.  Optimal times are before bed and upon waking, post workout or pretty much any free time you can squeeze.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, just taking a few minutes to get on the floor and stretch what feels good is a start.   Here are a few videos to help get you started.

Ultrasonic Facial by Casey Warner

Ultrasonic Facial is a gentle, non-invasive treatment that is safe for all skin types and conditions, from acne or rosacea to mature skin. Even the most sensitive skin will benefit from this treatment. The application of ultrasonic frequency is used to increase cellular turnover, plump up and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, improve acne, tighten enlarged pores, relieve puffy eyes, or fade dark eye circles. The sound waves penetrate into the skin but they do not cause any discomfort or adverse side effects, making the process highly effective, with no downtime, redness or pain. 

 The sound wave technology is used to penetrate below the surface of the skin, ultrasound energy is absorbed which results in a slight rise in temperature in the surrounding tissue. This promotes cellular renewal and repair, increases blood circulation, encourages lymphatic drainage, combats puffiness and swelling. Sound vibrations also have the power to push nutrient-rich serums deeper into the skin, increasing active ingredient in products.

Lindsey Rift  

 

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Athens GA by Casey Warner

I’m excited to announce Drift Wellness is now offering Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Athens GA. MLD is used to help with various conditions as well as detoxing the body and helping it heal form surgery and injury. This can be done in a 45 minute session or in a 90 minute session when combined with regular massage. This is used to treat a variety of ailments, including lymphedema, joint pain, autoimmune disorders such as MS and Crohn’s, menstrual problems, skin disorders such as acne and rosacea, migraines and vertigo…to name a few. The lymphatic system is made up of organs, ducts, nodes and vessels and is considered a vital part of the circulatory system. The clear fluid called lymph is made up of white blood cells including lymphocytes which help the body’s immune system defend against harmful bacteria and cancer cells. Lymph nodes which are found in the neck, abdomen, groin and armpit. The session will use light rhythmic massage to move the lymph system 10x faster and clear toxins from the body at an accelerated rate. You should drink a minimum of 16 oz of water before the treatment and avoid sugar and alcohol 24 hours after session if possible. Stay close to a toilet because it makes things MOVE!

for more info check out this website below and schedule a Massage with Manual Lymphatic Drainage

http://www.mldinstitute.com/mld-history.html

Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Athens GA

Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Athens GA

Finally Fall by Casey Warner

Today was the first day I truly felt like Fall has arrived in Athens. I woke up to a cool crisp morning and in immediately wanted something pumpkin spiced. With the season changing, it might be time to add an oil to your skin care routine. When you turn on the heat or start up that fireplace, the humidity in your home/work/car decreases. Low humidity equals dry skin. We have the just the solution for you. Drift Wellness Studio's very own skin care line Ester, created by Casey Gunter, has an amazing Age Defying Night Treatment Oil. This oil is packed with the perfect combination of therapeutic organic essential oils and carrier oils, designed to prevent fine lines and age spots. This versatile product can also be used as a makeup remover and oil cleanser. This is hands down our #1 selling product and we have a new batch coming in just in time for Fall!

*tip~ Use on the back of the hands to prevent premature aging as well.  

Lindsey Rift

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Benefits of a Facial Routine by Casey Warner

Facials can help with obvious issues such as acne, dehydration and dullness but the long term benefits go much deeper. The initial effect of a facial helps the skin look and feel brighter, smoother and refreshed. The long term benefits to regular facials prevent aging,  reversal of hyperpigmention and scarring and stress reduction. Take time to take care of your skin as well as your mind. Wether you want to relax and de-stress or have an active conversation about your skin and life, we are here for you!

Lindsey Rift

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