We invite you to learn more about the spa treatments and techniques offered at Blue Creek, and as always, speak to your practitioner about any concerns. Check back often for updated educational materials on Massage, Acupuncture, Skin Care and Waxing treatments.
is the foundation of what most of us consider a traditional massage. The therapist applies firm pressure, using long, gliding strokes, kneading, friction and tapping to initiate relaxation, increase circulation and release connective tissue as well as muscle tension.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
is a more specific massage technique that focuses on the treatment of trigger points. Trigger points are painful points located within tight bands of muscle that may refer pain to other parts of the body. Pressure, which can vary from light to heavy, is applied to these specific locations to create a specific release. Through the softening of these trigger points, there can be a reduction in pain and an increase in range of motion. It is critical that there is open and honest communication between the patient and the practitioner, as ‘deep’ pressure should be therapeutic and not further damaging to the tissue.
Myofascial Release or ‘Myo’
is muscle and ‘fascial’ refers to the fascia or connective tissue that surrounds and attaches to all structures in the body. Fascia is one continuous structure that runs around the whole body like a spider web, where movement or lack of movement in one area affects the movement or lack of movement of the whole system. Trauma (physical, mental and/or emotional), surgery, inflammation, posture and repetitive stress or activity create restriction and decrease in pliability of the fascia which impacts the comfort and function of our bodies. Myofascial Release is the hands-on technique, performed without oils or creams, to optimize overall form and function.
is a bodywork technique designed to increase the immune system as a whole as well as detoxify and dispose of metabolic waste in the body. Using a gentle and specific pressure, lymphatic drainage stimulates the lymphatic system, improving the immune system and our overall health and well-being.
is for a range of ‘athlete’, from the weekend warrior to the professional. It is focused on blending traditional massage techniques and benefits with special attention to issues in the body that come from a particular sport or activity. Overexertion and overuse can make the body susceptible to injury and this massage is designed to reduce the risks of injury, muscle tension, pain, swelling, fatigue and recovery time and increase flexibility, and the capacity for optimal performance.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
is an interactive technique whereby the patient performs isometric contractions as the practitioner offers counter resistance and stretch to release muscles surrounding a joint to increase joint functionality and decrease muscular pain.
originated in Japan, translates as “Rei” meaning ‘universal energy’ and “ki” meaning ‘life force’. Reiki is a technique that involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to patient to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself. This includes the practitioner both touching the patient as well as having their hands hovering over the patient’s body. Specific techniques are used to restore and balance a person’s life force – physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin at strategic points on your body. Widely used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process to maintain and/or bring about homeostasis in the body.
Allergy Elimination Treatment
is a non-invasive treatment for food sensitivities, environmental, or emotional allergies with this safe, drug free, and natural treatment. The process of ‘clearing” or desensitizing an allergen involves gentle stimulation of pressure points along the spine, and then, based on the patient’s preference, acupuncture or acupressure is utilized.
Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture
provides a wide-range of benefits including improved collagen production and muscle tone, reduction of bags and sagging, elimination of fine lines, tightened pores, and increased blood and lymph circulation.
is a non-invasive therapy in which cups (plastic or glass) are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy and blood in order to promote healing, reduce pain, pull toxins from the muscles and more.
is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to stimulate blood flow and healing. Modern research shows that Guasha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Guasha treatment.
is similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips.
utilizes homeopathic formulas, which are completely natural (plant botanical based) and are extremely effective for pain relief throughout the whole body. Injections are administered at acupuncture and/or trigger point sites based on the individual’s condition. A treatment in itself or a perfect combination after a massage or acupuncture treatment!
is more commonly known as pediatric acupuncture, no needles are used and nothing actually penetrates the skin. Shonishin techniques involve rhythmic stroking, rubbing, tapping, and pressing the skin to give different kinds of gentle stimulation.
help to improve the appearance and condition of the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. Chemical peels help:
• reduce fine lines and wrinkles
• improve the appearance of mild scars
• treat certain types of acne
• reduce age spots and dark patches (melasma) from pregnancy and hormonal changes
• improve the overall look, feel and health of your skin
At Blue Creek, we create customized peel treatment using Image and Eminence professional peels. These peels offer unparalleled results for treating specific skin conditions. To maximize results, a series of peels is recommended.
is a form of manual exfoliation similar in theory to microdermabrasion but without the use of a machine. In this treatment, a sterile blade scalpel is used to gently “shave off” dead skin cells from the epidermis (top layer of skin). Dermaplaning also temporarily removes the fine hair of the face (vellus hair), leaving a smooth surface. Dermaplaning helps:
• skin care products to be more effective
• reduce the appearance of fine lines
• even the skin tone
• reduce minor breakouts associated with congested pores
• reduce couperose (tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin)
Why choose dermaplaning over microdermabrasion and/or a chemical peel treatment? Dermaplaning is a good choice for someone with sensitive skin or chronic allergies.
is a treatment that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. At Blue Creek, we use a DiamondTome microdermabrasion machine. With the use of a diamond-encrusted wand, we gently shave the dead skin cells from the surface to help increase cellular turnover, trigger the immune system, increase blood circulation and more! Results may include:
• improved skin tone
• fewer fine lines and wrinkles
• diminished appearance of scars
• refined skin pores
• renewed elasticity
• and an overall healthy glow
Cautions and Contraindications
Although it is impossible to list every potential risk and complication, the following conditions are cautioned and/or contraindicated for Chemical Peels, Dermaplaning and/or Microdermabrasion treatments. If you have any of the below, please ask us what would be the best course of treatment.
• Active acne
• Active infection of any type, such as herpes simplex or flat warts
• Any recent chemical peel procedure
• Chemotherapy or radiation
• Eczema or dermatitis
• Family history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation
• Hormonal therapy that produces thick pigmentation
• Oral blood thinner medications
• Recent use of topical agents such as glycolic acids, alpha-hydroxy acids and Retin-A
• Skin Cancer
• Telangiectasia/erythema may be worsened or brought out by exfoliation
• Thick, dark facial hair
• Uncontrolled diabetes
• Use of Accutane within the last year
• Vascular lesions
Waxing is a great option for keeping your skin smooth and hairless for weeks! At Blue Creek, we use Body Wax Brazil, a premium-quality wax that is 100% Eco Friendly, and created with all-natural ingredients.
How to prep your skin for waxing?
Keep hair long enough for the wax to grip it.
When the hair is too short, the wax can’t pick it up; when it’s too long, it prevents wax from adhering and causes more pain. Two to three weeks of growth is sufficient, or about an eighth to a quarter of an inch.
Gently exfoliate your skin a day or two before your waxing.
Exfoliation helps wax grab hair and not your skin. Avoid harsh scrubs the day of your waxing appointment. A rough washcloth is perfect for gentle exfoliation.
Clean before you wax.
Waxing can leave skin vulnerable to infection, and areas of the body that are normally warm and damp are more prone to bacterial growth.
Inspect your skin.
Look for broken skin or inflammation that needs to heal before you’re ready to wax. If you have moles or beauty marks, point them out so we can be protect the area during the waxing process.
Are you on medications?
Certain medications can sensitize skin to waxing and leave your skin susceptible to injury during waxing. Discontinue retinol-based products for two weeks before waxing. Accutane users should stop taking their medication for a month before waxing. Before making any changes to your prescription medications, talk to your dermatologist.
Avoid moisturizing on the day of your waxing session.
Healthy, well-moisturized skin allows the wax to release more easily, but too much moisturizer could coat the hair and interfere with the wax’s grip.