Saturday, August 16, 2014

Large room/small studio space Bethesda massage, healing arts

There is a lovely 11x14" room available for full time use at the Lavender Gypsy Spa in downtown Bethesda. It's literally one block away from the Bethesda Metro and is a large quiet, peaceful room. If you are a licensed massage therapist, or in the healing arts (let me know what you do) and are looking for an amazing inviting space for your practice than this is it.

Nice waiting room and you manage your own business. The susblease is very reasonable and much lower what regular sq ft costs are around here. Feel free to call me, I'm the owner, my name is Shannon and I'd love to set up a viewing and chat with you.

Thank you and enjoy this lovely day. Be present!

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

How to water an orchid

Alright, so I have woefully remiss in keeping up on this blog. There is more to life than facials, so I am making this a place of ideas, not just optimizing my site with keywords. Yes, you will see them there at the end, but isn't it more fun to create some optimistic thinking than doing the daily grind.

My orchid is blooming, again! This time it is a double shoot. I was thinking about how the orchid I just bought from a grocery store died after a month. A client and I were talking and I realized the problem. Orchids like to breathe and they don't like wet feet. Actually when you water, or when I water an orchid I usually wait until it is yelling at me, hey Shannon, don't let me die today. Then I get a nice big bowl of luke warm water (they don't like cold or hot) and make sure the whole pot is submerged. I usually have to set up a make shift thing with knives or something heavy on the edges to keep it down because the barkdust or wood likes to float. All good potted orchids are in wood. They naturally grown on cliffs of rock and bits of dirt so their air roots can breathe. I let is soak up the water for 20 to 30 minutes, they are slow drinkers.

You cannot see it too well from the picture, but there is a small green plastic container in the clay pot. I do not let the clay get wet to avoid mold. These blooms have been going for 3 weeks now and I expect them to shine for me for another month at least. The one I had to throw away was so compressed in the plastic pot that it never drained properly and the mold grew and killed it. I suspect that most people have that problem. Also the plastic container was a good 2 inches lower than the clay pot it came in at that gives a dark place for mold. So I recommend, room to stretch, a good dunk once in a while, and no wet feet and your orchids will reward you with love and blooms to cherish. Yes, I forgot, a sunny, light filled place to call home.

Lavender Gypsy is a Bethesda day spa that offers organic facials that correct sun spots and rough, dehydrated skin. Visit us today for a luxurious facial that keeps your skin looking young and beautiful, just like you.

Love your day.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to clear up your complexion

Drink two to three liters of pure water a day. It's worth the extra trip to the bathroom! Water is vital for keeping your system clean and your complexion clear. It helps with detoxification and assists bile acids in flushing out toxins. Add some real lemon juice to it.

Organs are often burdened with trying to purify our daily toxic load, often, as a last resort, your body will use your skin (the largest organ in your body) to help get rid of unwanted toxins. The results can be fine bumpy congestion felt on your face or even worse, inflammatory acne.

Who wants that? No one.

And what can I do to avoid it? Simple~To clear up your complexion try to drink as much fresh water as you can and add real lemon juice. It supports your liver and keeps your complexion smooth and clearer. You will feel and look better for it.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How often should I get a facial?

Recently this is a question that has come up quite a bit for my clients. Some new clients wanting to get a facial as often as twice a week (week, really). That's o.k. I understand there is a lot of misinformation there and I wanted to offer you all my point of view.

How often should I get a facial?

The short answer:    Every 3 to 4 wks

The long answer: 

It's subjective. If you have oily, clogged pores or acne prone skin once a week facials are good as long as the skin isn't over stimulated with too much facial massage. Facials can be extremely relaxing, the face, neck, shoulder & hand massage are great for reducing stress, and therefore 1x a week may be approriate as long as the skin isn't over extracted, or over exfoliated. Too much exfoliation disrupts the lipid barrier and skin can become dry and irritated.

For dryer, more mature skin types, facial massage is an excellent way to stimulate circulation and blood blow to the dermal layers. So, naturally you will increase collagen and elastin production.

For sensitive skin types a weekly facial is good as long as it is calming and soothing. The exfoliation has to be kept very light.

For deeply congested, sun damaged skin, a series of weekly Enzyme Peels over the course of 4-6 weeks can work magic to get the skin back in shape. However, a skin analysis should be performed to make sure this would be correct for your skin.

Mostly, I'd like to say that my true belief is that doing too much to the skin, by going after it aggressively can lead to an imbalance of the microfloral and ph balance of the skins surface. So it is my true belief that facials ever 3 to 4 wks are the way to go for amazing, glowing, and flawless skin.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spa in Bethesda

Name:  Lavender Gypsy spa in Bethesda, Maryland

Type of Spa:  Organic Luxury Spa

The Setting at Lavender Gypsy Spa:  This is a luxury spa in Bethesda that has it all: a gorgeous holistic-inspired spa and beautiful inviting rooms in a welcoming setting. Great shopping is just a ramble away in the eye catching Bethesda row.

The Spa in Bethesda:  Lavender Gypsy is it's own paradise -- a small wellness center in the heart of Bethesda is welcoming and intimate. You will receive one on one attention and care at this relaxing style older home, converted to a healing center. Decorated in relaxing earth tones with no shortage of free parking available by the front door. Enjoy a hot cup of tea and the caring atmosphere our experienced therapists provide. After your treatment, feel free to linger in the waiting room for a peaceful moment of transition. Right down the road are Bethesda shops for a little retail therapy or just a nice walk around.

Signature Treatments at Lavender Gypsy:  The Signature Revitalizing Facial ($115) is a full hour and a half extravaganza. This pampering facial starts with a skin care analysis so that your facial is truly customized to your unique skin care needs. Then a comforting cleansing and exfoliation is followed by a luxurious massage, extractions, masks and moisturizers applied at a deliciously relaxed pace. Wonderful! Ambiance music helps you relax, so will the paraffin hand dip or essential oil footbath. Your choice of one is complementary per facial treatment.

Rates:  Check the website:

What's special at this spa:  The spa itself is unusually welcoming and peaceful, and I was impressed with the quality of the therapists. I also liked the fact that you aren't rushed through your treatment, they really take time to spoil you during the service and later you are not rushed out the door. A great experience at this spa in Bethesda and all of the products used are organic to boot!

Bottom Line:  This spa is for you if you want a tasteful, quiet spa with great treatments and extra pampering.

Contact Info:  Lavender Gypsy Facials, 4641 Montgomery Ave Suite 512 Bethesda, Maryland  20814
Phone: 301-789-5525

Monday, February 6, 2012

Soothe Hand Arthritis

A client was telling me about her hand joint pain and the daily arthritis she has to endure. I am a purist at heart and am always looking for natural ways to help myself and others manage body irritations and issues we may have.

At the begining of a facial treatment at Lavender Gypsy Bethesda Spa a paraffin hand dip is something offered complementary. After the paraffin dip, your hands are gently wrapped in plastic to allow the heat to soothe hand arthritis or just moisturize dry skin. Near the end of your facial, the wax will be removed for a wonderful hand and arm massage. The moist heat therapy of a paraffin hand dip can help alleviate pain, stiffness, and dry skin. Paraffin therapy is one of the most effective methods of applying deep heat in a fast-acting, drug free way.

I hope you enjoy this therapy and also think about great anti-inflammatory things you can do with your diet. Ginger tea and tumeric spice are great ways to start. As always I treat my clients like family, they are dear to me. Take good care of your one and only body and I will see you soon.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

How to Heal Chapped Lips

How to Heal Chapped Lips

It may be more common to suffer from dry lips in the Winter, however it isn't just the cold and wind that poses a problem. For many people, dry lips are a year long reality.

All areas of the body can become dry on occasion, but the lips are particularly vulnerable because, unlike other areas of the skin, they do not have oil and sweat glands to keep things moist. This creates a problem when protective moisture is lacking.

An artificial environment is one of the causes. Going from a cold and windy outside, to an over-heated indoor environment can leave us stripped of our barrier function.

Some things you can do to Heal Chapped Lips:

Drinking more water can prevent dry lips in the first place. Many times lips are dry and cracked due to dehydration so reach for that glass of water. If you’re not a fan of plain water, you can add some fruit juice or a bit of lemon to make it more appealing.

Exfoliate your lips gentle with your facial scrub a couple of times a week. (Avoid using your toothbrush for this because of the germ factor.) Afterwards apply a lip balm.

Use a lip balm rich in emollients that will provide a protective barrier to keep your lips soft, hydrated and protected.

Try Jurlique Love Balm. It protects against moisture loss and provides antioxidant protection.

Olive oil, Safflower seed oil and Beeswax keeps the skin soft supple and nourished. 
Vitamin E and Soybean Oil help to protect skin from dehydration and offer antioxidant protection. Bisabolol helps to soothe skin and reduce redness from irritation.

Loving and healing facials available at Lavender Gypsy DC spa.