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The Secret to Recovery: Electric Whole-Body Cryotherapy

Whole Body Electric Cryotherapy

What is it?

Electric Whole-Body Cryotherapy is the process of exposing as much skin as possible to extreme low temperatures in a contained, dry, and SAFE chamber. After just 2-3 minutes, your external skin temperature drops by 30-40 degrees. It may sound scary, but this drop creates a response that provides benefits for anyone suffering from lack of energy, poor sleep, aging skin, anxiety and depression, muscle soreness, or migraines. With customizable music and colorful lights, the few minutes of cold becomes a fun experience!

How does it work?

Once our body temperature drops, blood rushes from our extremities to our core, increasing the oxygen and nutrients within the blood to supply our organs with. This process cleans out any toxins in your body and replenishes them with healthy blood. Our bodies are great at self-healing, but things like age, stress, and injuries can slow us down. Cryotherapy “shocks” us back and resets our system!

Is it safe?

Electric Whole-Body Cryotherapy is 100% safe. Unlike Nitrogen Cryotherapy, there are ZERO FDA warnings, 220+ clinical studies on the benefits and science, no ventilation concerns, no asphyxiation or fainting risks, and no forced air burns. Electric Cryotherapy is the clear way to go for safe and comfortable recovery.

I’m ready! Where can I try it?

Our Electric Whole-Body Cryotherapy chamber is coming soon to the Renaissance Day Spa and Wellness Center, and we are so excited to offer this cool service to the Fayetteville/Ft. Bragg, NC area.

To schedule your next Cryotherapy session, please call (910) 484-9922.

We just know it’ll be love at frost sight. 

Squeeze Out the Stress and Recover Faster with Compression Therapy

Compression Therapy

Compression therapy has been pivotal in the fitness industry for many years. Professional athletes and active gym members’ alike have been using compression therapy to speed up their muscle recovery time.

But what makes compression therapy special?

Dynamic air compression effectively mimics the muscle pump of the legs and arms, enhancing the movement of fluid and metabolites out of the limbs after an intense workout. Created by a physician bioengineer, the Normatec compression line combines dynamic air compression with a patented pulse massage pattern that employs three key techniques—pulsing, distal release, and gradients. These techniques help to relieve muscle aches, pain and temporarily increase circulation resulting in increased flexibility and range of motion, injury prevention, and accelerated recovery time.

Compression therapy is not just for athletes and active gym goers. Normatec compression boots have a wide-variety of benefits fit for any lifestyle, including:

  1. Improved Circulation

Normatec compression boots employ a patented pulse technology that comfortably squeezes your limbs at intervals, improving blood circulation and treating venous insufficiencies like pain, swelling, varicose veins and even ulcers. This is perfect for those who sit or stand for long periods of time and pregnant women who suffer from swelling feet.

  1. Decreased Recovery Time

Compression therapy helps your body detox inflammation and eliminates lactic acid from your limbs over the course of one session. A process that usually takes your body several hours or even days to accomplish can be reduced to just a few hours of recovery time, perfect for any active lifestyle, including athletes with intense training regimens.

  1. Enhanced Lymphatic Drainage and Waste Removal

Lactic acid build-up fatigues the muscle pre-maturely, meaning it is important to try and flush lactate from your muscles post-workout. As compression boots improve blood flow and circulation following a workout, lactic acid is removed from the muscle faster. This reduces fatigue of the muscle and improves recovery.

Feel the benefits of compression therapy in as little as 10 minutes! To schedule your next compression therapy session, please call (910) 484-9922.

Why SPF is Your New BFF

Sunscreen: It’s the best kept beauty secret that’s not really a secret. It’s hard to resist the warm weather once summer rolls around, but over-exposure to the sun can result in serious skin damage, so it’s vitally important to make sure you’re protecting your skin with SPF!

The protection shouldn’t stop when summer ends. Even as the weather begins to cool, sunscreen should be incorporated into your skincare routine every day of the year.

What Makes the Sun Rays So Dangerous?

The sun emits UV rays known as UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays have shorter wavelengths penetrating the outer layer of the skin whereas UVA rays have a longer wavelength and reach deeper into the skin. Overexposure to these UV rays can cause sunburn, premature ageing, wrinkles, and in extreme cases – skin cancer. These UV rays are always present, even when the sun may not be, so SPF is essential in keeping your skin healthy all year round.

Best Sunscreen Practices

No matter your skin tone, you should wear sunscreen. Because sunscreens naturally break down over time, make sure that you reapply your sunscreen every two hours. If you’re swimming or sweating, you’ll need to apply it more often. According to the FDA, “water-resistant” sunscreens maintain their SPF for 40 minutes in the water, while “very water-resistant” sunscreens maintain their SPF for 80 minutes. Remember: even the mildest of sunburns can have damaging effects so it is important to protect your skin.

When in Doubt, Apply More than you Need

Believe it or not, most people do not get the full SPF protection advertised on a sunscreen bottle because they don’t apply enough. To cover your entire body adequately, you need to use one ounce of sunscreen. For reference, that’s about the size of a typical shot glass.

Add an Extra Layer of Protection with Makeup

Many sunscreens wear beautifully under makeup, so there’s no reason to skip this essential step. You can streamline your morning skincare routine by using a moisturizer that also has sunscreen in it. Take your sun protection to the next level by using lip balms with SPF and wearing broad-brimmed hats to protect your head and ears.

The Benefits Are Endless

Sunscreen not only protects your skin from sun damages, the leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles, it also contributes to your overall skin health. Essential proteins in the skin like keratin are protected when sunscreen is applied. These proteins are primarily responsible for keeping the skin smooth and healthy both in appearance and function.

How to Pick the Right Sunscreen

It is recommended that your sunscreen should stay between 30 and 50 SPF. The best sunscreens are also “broad spectrum” meaning it will fully protect you from UVA and UVB rays.

Pevonia Hydrating Sunscreen Broad Spectrum is a silky-smooth, greaseless sunscreen that protects your skin from the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays. Enriched with Vitamins E, C, and B, SPF 40 safeguards your skin, counteracts sun damage, and prevents premature aging on your face and body.

Trying to level-up your skincare routine? Book a facial with one of our amazing estheticians and they’ll walk you through your skin’s specific needs. Call (910) 484-9922 to schedule an appointment.

Look Better at the Beach: Prepare and Protect Your Skin All Summer Long

Summer is almost here! Are you ready for sunshine and tan lines? This year, spoil your skin and prepare for summer with a body treatment.

Why are body treatments important? Even though the vast majority of our skin sits below the neck, it’s easy to overlook. Body treatments offer a wide variety of health benefits, especially when our clothes come off and we’re exposed to sunshine all summer long.

Better Texture

Skin cells naturally grow in and shed at their own rate, but they don’t always shed evenly. It is normal for someone to have layers of dead skin, causing uneven textures all over the body. Body scrub treatments exfoliate those cells, remove dullness and increase blood circulation, leaving your skin more vibrant and youthful.

Prevents Body Acne

Just like a facial, an exfoliating body scrub treatment clears away toxins and dirt that can clog pores and feed the bacteria causing blemishes. Body treatments open your skin’s pores, leaving it clean, evenly colored and glowing.

Ready to Tan

Body treatments prime your skin to better absorb moisturizer or moisturizing sun tan lotion. Through exfoliation, the skin comes out smoother without blemishes which is a perfect canvas for a smooth and even tanning application. Real or fake, your tan will absorb more evenly and last much longer.

Post-Tan Treatment

A body treatment prepares your skin for summer while maintaining health during the tanning months. Constant exposure to the sun can wreak havoc on the skin, leaving it tougher, loaded with dead cells and unevenly colored. Routine body exfoliation ensures skin tone stays beautiful, even and soft.

Helps Prevent Cellulite

One overlooked advantage to body treatments is the prevention of cellulite. The uneven appearance of cellulite results from fat expanding and pushing up to the skin’s surface. An exfoliating body treatment, especially one that’s coupled with a massage, stimulates circulation of the blood and lymph vessels, preventing the formation of cellulite.

Body Treatments Available at the Renaissance

Aromatic  Moor Mud

This muscle releasing treatment begins with a deep exfoliation cleansing treatment utilizing aromatherapy salts. Warm aromatic moor mud is then applied to your entire body to relax sore muscles, stimulate circulation and relieve stress. This treatment is perfect for relieving pain from rheumatism and arthritis.

Aromatherapy Salt Glow

Bring back your skin’s radiant glow as this exfoliating sea salt rich in ylang ylang, tangerine and lavender, leaving your skin silky, smooth and mineralized.

Cactus Melon Body Treatment-NEW!

With notes of fresh watermelon, this treatment uses Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Polish to exfoliate the skin while improving elasticity with a Cactus Toning Gel. Finish off the detox with a Harvest Green Shea Butter application leaving you feeling fruity and firm! This body treatment is around for a limited time!

To schedule your next Body Treatment please call (910) 484-9922.

Are You Experiencing the Winter Blues? You Are Not Alone!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. It typically starts in the late fall or early winter and goes away during the spring and summer. Some symptoms of SAD include low energy, hypersomnia, overeating, weight gain, craving carbohydrates, and social withdrawal.

Color Light Therapy, or Chromotherapy, is the science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Chromotherapy helps with SAD by resetting the internal biological clock (Circadian rhythms), helping individuals sleep better and regulate their mood.

Color has been used to treat medical conditions since ancient times! The benefits can help with inflammation, pain relief, accelerated healing, increased range of motion, regulated mood, improved sleeping patterns, anti-aging, and much more!

Here at the Renaissance, we use Chromotherapy lights in our infrared sauna to achieve the wellness benefits of color light therapy.

Feeling the Heat

The heat from our infrared sauna penetrates deep into the skin and muscles to deliver therapeutic healing benefits. The heat increases circulation and metabolism, burns calories, helps break down cellulite, relaxes muscles and boosts your immune response, reduces arthritis pain, joint stiffness, and muscle spasms. It also detoxifies, rids the body of waste, and helps heal cuts, bruises and scars

Our sauna uses infrared heaters to emit infrared light experienced as radiant heat which is absorbed by the surface of the skin. Traditional saunas heat the body primarily by conduction and convection from the heated air and by radiation of the heated surfaces in the sauna room.

In short, our infrared sauna allows heat to deeply penetrate your body in a shorter amount of time and at a much lower, more comfortable temperature than you would see with a traditional sauna.

This is a perfect treatment on its own for some much needed ME time! You choose the temperature! You choose the music!

To schedule your next infrared session please call (910) 484-9922.

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