Deep Tissue Massage: What is it?



Deep Tissue Massage is applied in a systematic way, concentrating on the deeper layers of the body’s soft tissues. It aims to release chronic patterns of tension in the body, through slow strokes and deep pressure on the contracted area(s). Deep tissue massage therapy is therapeutic as well as corrective, and done properly should cause neither excessive pain for the client nor strain for the therapist. Working deeply does not equate with working harder or with more effort, but is the result of specific deep tissue massage techniques combined with knowledge of the different layers of the body’s soft tissues.

What Is Deep Tissue Massage Therapy?


The is a term often used by therapists to indicate that they use strong pressure, and won’t just be stroking oil onto the skin. However deep tissue work is not just about the amount of pressure used; it’s true intention is to work on all the layers of the body’s soft tissues and particularly the structure which covers and encases them – the fascia. Injury, illness or prolonged immobility can cause fascia to become stiff, hardened or stuck to adjacent structures. This in turn causes pain, reduced mobility and impaired function. Portions of a treatment can be uncomfortable at times with the possibility of pain, however, a good massage therapist should always respect your pain tolerance levels, and will work with you to find a level of pressure that is comfortable for you.


Massage techniques for include the use of knuckles, fists, elbows, and forearms.

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Massage Therapist using their elbow to go deeper into muscle

The pace of a deep tissue massage session is usually slower than that of other massage work, to enable the therapist to pick up information from the client’s tissues, assess the best way to address the tension and contractions found, and apply careful and sensitive pressure in order to achieve a comfortable and lasting release.


How Does it Work?

Pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints can be caused by long-term muscle tension, postural imbalance, overuse and injury. All these things can cause muscle fibers to become shortened, tiny pockets of scar tissue to form (fibrosis), and larger areas of scar tissue will get laid down as an injury heals. Shortened muscle fibers also result in reduced blood flow to the area, and inefficient removal of metabolic waste products by the lymphatic system. The net result of this is areas of the soft tissues that become stiff, hardened, and “glued together” in contracted bands adhesion. Normal movement becomes impossible, and stiffness and pain set in. Deep tissue massage works by gently Vancouver_Washington_Cascade_day_spa_Massage_deep_tissue_therapy4but firmly working across these bands to separate the tissues again, to lengthen shortened and contracted soft tissue structures, and to encourage efficient circulation to and from the affected area.



Who Benefits From Deep Tissue Massage Therapy?


This type of massage is highly beneficial for people who suffer from consistent muscle pain, especially in the muscles around the neck, lower back and shoulders. This can be caused by work related postural problems, leisure activities such as gardening, sports and exercise related injuries, and can also be the end-result of long-term emotional stress and tension.

The benefits of Deep Tissue Massage include:

  • release of tension and stiffness from muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and fascia
  • pain relief
  • pain management
  • increased flexibility and suppleness
  • breaks down old scar tissue and adhesion
  • improved mobility, posture and physical performance
  • faster, more efficient recovery from injury and surgery


What to Expect During and After a Session:


The technique usually focuses on specific areas. It can be offered in combination with other styles of massage, as a whole-body treatment or concentrated in one area, for example the lower back or shoulders. Your therapist will work with you to find a comfortable level of pressure, and will work with your breathing to help minimize

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discomfort and get the best possible release from the tissues. When a deep tissue massage is done correctly, the benefits are experienced within the next few days. You may feel rejuvenated, or a bit sore, depending on the particular therapy session. Any stiffness or pain experienced after a deep tissue massage is a completely normal reaction and should subside within 24-72 hours.


It is advisable to rest and relax as much as possible after your deep tissue massage treatment, take a warm bath, and drink lots of water and/or herbal teas in order to help the body eliminate any waste products that have been released from the soft tissues. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol is also to be recommended, for the same reasons.


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The Clear Skin Diet: Can Foods Cause Acne?


By Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

The torment of acne has become a rite of passage for teens. But, as it turns out, acne is not a condition limited to adolescents. Today, over 40% of American adults age 25 and over deal with clinical, facial acne. That includes 12% of people who are considered middle-aged! What’s most startling is that this condition is not a global phenomenon. Young adults in other, non-western societies do not appear to share in the experience of acne.

Hormones impact the amount of oil in your skin, and acne occurs when those hormones shift and cause more oil to be produced. The oil causes dead skin and dirt to get trapped in the pores, leading to the bacterial growth and infection we refer to as acne. What could cause some to be immune to the trials of acne that affect so many? Many signs point to genetics, stress, and environmental toxins as contributing factors. But there’s something more; new findings suggest that food may play a huge role.

A Closer Look at Diet and Acne

Researchers recently succeeded in positively identifying the correlation between diet and acne. A study of 43 men between 15 and 25 years of age showed that changing to a diet centered on protein and low-glycemic carbs helped clear acne within 12 weeks. And, in addition to improved complexion, the men also experienced a better insulin response and body weight.

Most carbohydrates cause blood sugar to rise and make your body produce more insulin. This is worth mentioning because studies have shown that people with blood sugar spikes and high insulin are more likely to experience acne. Conversely, a low glycemic diet encourages a better complexion.

The impact of food on a person’s blood sugar is quantified and measured using the Glycemic Index. High glycemic foods cause blood sugar spikes and insulin resistance. On the other hand, low glycemic foods are digested more slowly and have less effect on blood sugar. In recent years, researchers have noted that high glycemic diets increase the chance of type II diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic disorders.]

Milk may be another stressor, as research suggests a possible link between drinking milk and an increased risk of breakouts. Reduced fat and skim milk do have a higher glycemic load than whole or raw milk, but in order to be certain of the exact impact milk has on acne, more research is needed.

Some have said that the oft-repeated warning about candy causing acne was just an old wives’ tale, but with all the negative effects from sugar, it seems that the warning may be well founded.

Foods That Cause Acne

To avoid acne, start by avoiding high-glycemic foods. This includes fried foods, processed foods, and any food that contains refined or added sugars. Start with the following:

  • White bread
  • Bagels
  • Cornflakes
  • Puffed rice
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Short-grain white rice
  • Rice pasta
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Baguette
  • Baked russet potato
  • Pretzels
  • Rice cakes
  • Popcorn
  • Saltine crackers
  • Pizza
  • Soda


Can Food Allergies Cause Acne?

Anecdotally speaking, people who suffer from food allergies seem to be more prone to acne. But, food allergies affect different people differently. For many, the immune system responds to food allergens like they’re invading germs. The reaction can be incredibly serious, sometimes even fatal.

Of course, not every allergic reaction is deadly. Some actually work so slowly that a person may not even know they’re happening. For example, some foods may cause inflammation in certain people. Symptoms may not actually appear until days after the food was eaten, making it tough to pinpoint as a cause. Acne can be one of those delayed symptoms.


Foods for Healthy Skin

For smooth, healthy skin, it’s best to eat natural, organic, fruits and vegetables. Lean proteins like beans, nuts, and fish also support skin health. Big meals lead to blood sugar spikes. Eat smaller, more frequentVancouver_Washington_Day_Spa_Flaxseed_healthy_food_fruits_veggies meals to get the nutrition you need and help keep your blood sugar balanced.

Aim for foods high in skin-supporting vitamins A, C and E. For vitamin A, eat plenty of sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, and fish. Your best sources of vitamin C include acerola cherries, lemons, and cantaloupe. Tasty sources of vitamin E include sunflower seeds, almonds, and spinach. Many of these foods also protect against heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.


Vancouver_Washington_Day_Spa_Flaxseed_healthy_food_nuts_seedsChickpeas are a great source of all of these vitamins, plus protein. Hummus is a great snack with veggies like carrots or broccoli. You can make your own or buy it from the store. Remember to look for organic and avoid options with added sugar.

Most importantly — drink water. Most people simply don’t get enough water.



Additional Acne Considerations

Nutrition and diet are an important approach to your skin’s appearance but environmental factors may also play a role in the incidence of acne. A consistent, natural skin care routine can help achieve healthy looking skin, depending on your skin type. Be mindful of products used to cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and moisturize as they may contain harmful ingredients such as endocrine disruptors that can aggravate acne or absorb into the skin. Chemicals to watch out for include parabens, phthalate-based fragrances, and petroleum based PEG compounds.

Acne takes time to heal; the residual markings and acne scars may take weeks to fade. Natural moisturizers such as coconut oil, aloe vera plant, and olive oil an assist the body’s self-healing mechanisms by supporting cellular function with nutrients and hydration. Again, make sure you are staying hydrated and drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Sleep is also important for cellular regeneration, make sure you are getting enough.


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We here at Cascade Day Spa recommend using, for your daily routine


 Step 1:

Refreshing Foaming Gel

This gel cleanser gently lifts away impurities and traces of makeup without the irritation often associated with bar soaps and foaming cleansers.(Vegan)


  • Purifies and refines
  • Rebalances the hydrolipidic film
  • Normalizes sebaceous secretions
  • Helps maintain a healthy, smooth complexion

How to use:

Dispense a small amount into your hand, mix with a little water, and work into lather. Massage over wet face and rinse thoroughly with warm water. For best results, use morning and evening. Avoid direct contact with the eyes.

Key ingredients:

  • Cucumber extract: provides soothing and calming effect
  • Chamomile extract and Aloe Vera: soothes skin and reduces skin inflammation
  • Wheat protein: softens and hydrates the skin

Step 2:

Acne Defense Clarifying Complex

This spot treatment effectively manages acneic skin. Helps to dry up blemishes and reduce inflammation, promoting clearer skin. (Vegan)


  • Non-drying formula  and safe for use during pregnancy
  • Helps dry blemishes
  • Reduces inflammation and soothes irritated skin
  • Promotes clearer skin

How to use:

Apply to affected area twice daily. May be used alone or in combination with Avitalin Rebalance Calming Complex.

Key ingredients:

  • Witch hazel: anti-bacterial
  • Green tea extract: provides protection from free radicals
  • Arnica extract: helps to minimize pigmentation from healing acne lesions, prevents scar formation
  • Embryonic phyto complex: stimulates healing and repair processes
  • Calendula, slippery elm and nettle leaf extracts: minimize inflammation and stimulate healing process
  • Salicylic acid: anti-bacterial; drying
  • Oat extract: soothes the skin and helps to reduce redness

Step 3:


Rebalance Calming Complex

This formula contains anti-inflammatory ingredients that promote healing, nourish overly sensitive skin, and help to relieve irritation and redness associated with eczema, dermatitis, and rosacea. (Vegan)


  • Gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin
  • Highly nourishing and moisturizing
  • Soothes and calms the skin
  • Helps to repair dehydrated and irritated skin

How to use:

Apply liberally to cleansed skin, avoiding direct contact with eyes. May be used alone or over prescribed medication.

Key ingredients:

  • Rooibos and green tea extracts: antioxidants
  • Licorice extract: soothes, calms and brightens the skin
  • Oat extract: softens; provides anti-inflammatory effect; reduces redness
  • Calendula: reduces inflammation; promotes healing
  • Embryonic phyto complex: protects from environmental damage; provides vitality
  • Beta glucans: helps stimulate Langerhans cells (skin’s immune cells); stimulates collagen production; has an anti-aging effect



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the plant and animal origin, Avitalin’s revolutionary must- have serum is perfect solution for skin that shows first signs of aging and designed to improve skin renewal process, to restore skin’s vitality, and youthful appearance.



  • Contains both plant and animal sourced stem cells for more powerful results
  • Increases the rebuilding process at a cellular level
  • Revitalizes the skin
  • Restores the youthfulness

How to use:

Apply a few drops to entire face and neck day and night. Allow to dry. To achieve optimum results follow with an application of Avitalin VitalityPhytocell Complex.

Caution: Occasional skin flushing may occur due to high concentration of active ingredients and the increase in a blood flow.
Extra caution is recommended when applied on rosacea or eczema affected skin.

Key ingredients:

  • Placental (lamb) stem cells complex: known to help revive and nourish tired, damaged skin
  • PhytoCellTec™ (apple) stem cell extract: increases the rebuilding process at a cellular level; helps to increase collagen, elastin, and other matrix protein production; improves texture and thickness of skin
  • Edelweiss stem cell extract: protects the longevity of the skin cells; limits collagen degradation; provides high anti-oxidant activity; combats chronological aging



How to Get Rid of Crow’s Feet; Naturally

Published November 07, 2015

If you listen to the cosmetic industry, you might believe wrinkles are a Vancouver_day_spa_cascade_crowsfeet_facials_waxingnatural part of aging but you have a lot more control over the look and feel of your skin than you’ve been led to believe. You don’t need to accept
wrinkles under your eyes or on your forehead, dark circles, lines under your eyes, or hyper-pigmentation. You can regain smooth, clear skin. Let’s look at how…

Causes of Wrinkles, Crow’s Feet, and Fine Lines

Wrinkles happen when your skin dries out and loses body. When your skin gets dry, skin cell metabolism slows because skin cells (all cells, in fact) need moisture to work right. With a slower metabolism they don’t produce as much moisture, they don’t replace old, worn out cells as quickly, and they don’t replace the collagen and elastin that make your skin firm, strong and flexible. Then wrinkles form.

And that’s why the skin around eyes develops crow’s feet and fine lines first. It’s thinner than the rest of the skin on your face and body, and it moves a lot more. Every time you look around, smile, frown, squint and even sleep the skin around your eyes moves. Plus wind and sun exposure speeds how fast it dries out.

The skin on your forehead develops expression lines and wrinkles early for much the same reason. It’s a little thicker than the skin around your eyes, but not much, and it moves a lot and dries out faster.

But, there’s other reasons wrinkles form…

  • Poor sleep and a bad diet weaken your skin.
  • Too much sugar in your diet also accelerates wrinkle formation.
  • Smoking’s another big cause of increased skin aging and a loss of tone and color.
  • Drinking alcohol dehydrates the body, especially the skin.
  • Environmental pollution can force your body to use up antioxidants like vitamin E that it might otherwise use to keep your skin healthy and radiant.

Home Remedies For Wrinkles

Simple and natural home remedies for wrinkles include:

Dump the Sugar from Your Diet


Eliminate sugar from your diet, especially refined sugar. It destroys collagen and makes your skin weak.

Eat Natural, Organic Food

Fruits and vegetables deliver essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And make sure you get enough proteins and amino acids in your diet. If you don’t eat meat or don’t like it, make sure you supplement. Nuts can be a great option since they are rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Your skin needs protein to build collagen and elastin.

Eat ChocolateVancouver_Washington_Cascade_Day_Spa_chocolate

Well, not just chocolate, but dark chocolate (with very little sugar). Cocoa
contains two plant chemicals, epicatechin and catechin, that protect
against UVB sun damage.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Remove dead skin to promote and stimulate skin cell rejuvenation. Make sure to use gentle, organic skin care products instead of harsh chemicals.

MoisturizeDrySkinNaturallyMoisturize Regularly

Look for skin care products that use organic moisturizers and nutrients. Also, avoid skin care products that contain parabens, phthalates, and petroleum products. Cosmetics and lotions like these coat your skin with toxic chemicals that stress and suffocate your skin.

Apply Topical Vitamin C

Your skin needs vitamin C build collagen and maintain its structure. Studies show topical vitamin C reduces fine lines and age lines. [1] In one trial, patients who used topical vitamin C reported 84% higher satisfaction with their treatment than the control group. [2] Vitamin C also protects against the sun’s UVB rays that damage your skin.

5 Natural Skin Care Tips to Reduce Wrinkles

The best skin care moisturizes and nourishes. Here are 5 natural skin care remedies to treat crow’s feet and brighten your skin.vancouver_washington_Day_spa_face_masque

1. Avocado Mask

Avocado oil cleans, protects and moisturizes for soft skin. The oil also promotes absorption of nutrients like vitamin A that slows aging, vitamin C that supports toned, smooth skin, and vitamin E, an important antioxidant for your skin.

An avocado mask is simple to make: Remove the pit and mash up 1 avocado. You can use the inside of the avocado skin to exfoliate, or use your preferred exfoliating rinse. Then apply the mashed avocado on your face and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

2. Cucumber Mask

For this mask, cucumber cools and soothes while yogurt moisturizes and nourishes. Puree together cucumber and yogurt. Gently rub onto your face and leave for 15 minutes.

3. Egg White Mask

Egg whites are loaded with protein for tissue repair, potassium that hydrates, and magnesium that stimulates skin cells for younger looking skin. You can find a number of different egg white masks, but here’s one that will brighten your skin. Beat together one egg white and a teaspoon of organic orange juice. Add a teaspoon of turmeric to soothe skin, calm inflammation, and lighten dark spots.

4. Raw Honey and Yogurt

Raw honey and yogurt offer a few benefits. One benefit of yogurt is that the lactic acid exfoliates. Honey hydrates and cleanses the skin of bacteria. Combine plain yogurt and honey in equal amounts, a tablespoon would do, and apply to your face for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


  1. Raschke T1, Koop U, Düsing HJ, Filbry A, Sauermann K, Jaspers S, Wenck H, Wittern KP. Topical activity of ascorbic acid: from in vitro optimization to in vivo efficacy. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2004 Jul-Aug;17(4):200-6.

Traikovich SS1. Use of topical ascorbic acid and its effects on photodamaged skin topography.

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