How to treat your body right with a spa visit

The goal of this blog is to share important modeling news, tips and techniques. However, I think it’s important to also share information that can effect your life outside of your modeling career. All the different areas of your life are connected; having a healthy balance of work, play and relaxation is so important to the individual improvement of each part.

We’ve recently joined in partnership with a few local bay area spas that provide discounted services to our members. We’ve had representatives from these spas come in and speak to our staff and clients about the benefits of treating your body with the right wellness treatments. This San Mateo Spa is one of the leaders in their field and, by staying on top of industry news and techniques, have continues to succeed in their businesses.

Below are some of the different treatments we’ve learned about and the benefits they can have. You can also check out this video to see a few treatments in action – also one of our models!

Types of Spa Treatments

Spa Facial Treatments

Facials are designed for the face; the goal is to cleanse, firm, smooth and moisturize the skin. Spa Facials are extremely popular and many people consider them not only as a way to feel relaxed and pampered, but also as a way for creating skin that looks younger and healthier. According to a study in 2014, facials are the third most popular spa treatment. The most popular spa treatments are massages and manicures or pedicures. Here is a good example, La estestica wellness spa, they offer affordable facials; they even do specialty organic mud masks. Remember to always check with your local professional to find out with ingredients are being used as some products can effect your skin.

Wellness Body Wrap

The body wrap is sometimes known as a body mask. This is a treatment typically offered at a wellness center or a wellness spa. The goal in this treatment is to complete cleanse your skin of toxins. During this treatment one is typically wrapped in a mask made of seaweed, mud, clay and lotion for roughly 15-25 minutes. Depending on the facilities, a massage is also included in this procedure – this offers the complete and whole relaxation package.

Body Peels

Body peels are a great way to make sure revitalize the skin. Our skin gets rid of dead skin cells naturally, however, a peel expedites the process while soothing and moisturizing the skin underneath. The main goal of a peel is give the face a smoother, more radiant appearance while to removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells. When this is done correctly, it diminish the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the skin.

Spa Massages

Most people reading this have probably had a spa at some point. Whether its a spa or even at the airport, the massage is America’s most popular relaxation treatment. There are a few different types of massages you can receive, each …

You Asked: Tips For Making Protein Shakes

Since posting our article a few months ago about ‘high protein diets’ we’ve been receiving lots of questions about how to make protein shakes. I guess the picture of the protein shakes in the article really caught your eyes! I’ve been making protein shakes for women, friends and for myself for many years. I actually really enjoy coming up with different combinations.

How to make a protein shake

Your first ingredient will be your base layer, this is some sort of liquid that will effect the texture of your shake. You can really have any sort of liquid you want, from Greek yogurt to water. Water is considered the best and most natural and convenient base layer. But I’ve also used almond milk and juice in the past.

protein shakes for womenThe next step is adding your protein. There are a number of protein powders available to your. I prefer pea protein as I’m a vegetarian and I prefer plant based protein powders. My body can use the protein to do all the necessary repairs quickly. I make a protein shake every morning, as it fills me up perfectly before I head to work. Add what ever protein you like and remember to give it a really good mix.

Check out these sites for more protein powder information.

The third things you’ll need to add are your goodies, this is where the fun begins and you can really start to get creative. I tend you start with berries – strawberries, blueberries, etc. Berries are a really good antioxidant – so they’ll keep your skin looking fresh. Bananas are great for shakes too. They add a lot of texture and a very distinct taste, if you’re a banana person.

Finally, if you need some more texture add ice cubes – you could start to make a smoothie (which is considered a bit thicker than a shake)

Blend it really well for about 30 seconds and enjoy.

Our Favourite Health and Fitness Documentaries

We’ve decided to compile a list of our favourite documentaries that all focus around the same subject of healthy and fitness. Topics range from weight-lifting to using juicing and even the pro’s and con’s of using supplements.

1. Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead

This film looks at how juicing fruits and vegetables can drastically improve your health. The film centres around Joe Cross, a Australian man in his forties, who decided to make a cross-country trip around America while only juicing. Along the way he shares his story with some of the most overweight people in America.

2. BBC’s Panorama Series

Although slightly difficult to find, BBC’s Panorama is one of the finest and longest running documentary series on television. It has a reputation for researching subjects that have a mass market appeal. This show focuses on investigating the sports drink industry, it then moves to protein powders and debates whether these supplements are good for you. If you’re interested in joining the debate or would like to know more about protein powders try this wiki page

3. Pumping Iron

An in depth look at the early, bodybuilding years of movie-star/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film explores bodybuilding in it’s hay-day and the ability to completely transform your body into a super-human level. Forget protein powders and energy bars, this is pure weight lifting at its finest.

4. Food, Inc.

Filmmaker Robert Kenner, gives the audience an in depth looking into the American food industry and the control it has over the consumer and more shockingly the people in charge. Once you learn the truth about where your food comes from, you may not want to enter a supermarket ever again.


Introducing and Maintaining A High Protein Diet.

Today we are discussing diets, how important having a high protein diet can be and the best protein powder for weight-loss.

Protein is an extremely important nutrient to have in your diet. It helps to promote healthy hair and skin and strong nails, all things we want to maintain for as long as possible. Furthermore, protein helps your metabolism, the transportation of oxygen and nutrients in the blood, digestion.

To make sure that your diet plan is crammed with muscle-creating proteins, it is very important to take into account which meals you eat throughout the day – most importantly, how much protein is in each meal. When we say muscle creating proteins we’re not looking to bulk up and lift weights, what we’re saying is we want our bodies to replenish and ‘fuel’ the muscles that have been damaged during your daily routine, workout, etc.

best protein powder for womenIt may not always be easy to gain this protein in a regular day, who really has time to cook a good lunch? For example, when at the gym, one way to get a kick of protein is to add a couple of scoops or whey protein to a drink or protein shake. It’s quick, easy and doesn’t slow you down from getting on with your day. Best of all, you’ll be getting roughly 35 grams of protein into your body exactly at the right time you need it.

Okay, so now you know how easy it is to get protein into your system, so you’re probably wondering how much should you be taking each day? The amount of protein you consume is completely dependent on how much you weigh. As a general rule of thumb, you should take about 1.6 to 1.7 grams of protein for every kilogram of weight.

We’ve compiled a record of some of the most protein-packed food items that you can locate in your regular grocery store.

Peanut butter (2 tbsp) Protein- 8 g Calories- 188 Fat- 16 g

Raw almonds (19 parts) Protein- 7 g Calories- 180 Fat- 14 g

Almond butter (1 tbsp) Protein- 2 g Calories- 101 Fat- nine g

Skinless Chicken breast (1 cup) Protein- 38 g Calories- 258 Fat- 10.4

Ground beef  (90%25 lean, 3 oz) Protein- 23 g Calories- 182 Fat- 9 g

Ground turkey (3 oz) Protein- 22 g Calories- 193 Fat- 11 g

Salmon (half fillet) Protein- 39 g Calories- 367 Fat- 22 g

Tuna (canned, one cup) Protein- 39 g Calories- 179 Fat- 1 g