Discover Reiki

Reiki and Chakra Balancing in Melbourne, FLReiki is a Japanese healing technique that uses the “laying on of hands” to facilitate a deep state of relaxation in the body, as well as on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Rei- translates to “universal” or “higher power,” while ki- is “life-force energy.” Energy exists within all things, as Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein proved to be a scientific fact; it can be transferred from one party to the next, but not created nor destroyed. Einstein specifically stated, “Everything is energy, and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you can not help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

Living beings, such as humans, animals, and plants all carry life-force energy within them that carries a vibrational frequency. However this energy does fluctuate, especially when we are facing challenges in our lives. Energy consists of several levels of vibrations, and when we are feeling stressed, fatigued, and sluggish this brings our personal vibration to a lower frequency. These symptoms have the ability to cause significant drain on the human body and put one at risk for further potential health issues. Yet on the contrary, when we are experiencing feelings of joy, awareness, love, and gratitude we are operating on a higher vibration, raising our own frequency of life-force energy. Reiki energy radiates with warmth, compassion, and unconditional love that is so powerful that it affects every aspect of our being and can never do any harm. The energy is highly intuitive and intellectual, knowing exactly what the recipient needs. This is why no two sessions are ever experienced quite the same. Each time you receive a Reiki treatment the energy is going to focus on the precise needs of the client to promote overall well being.

As the Reiki Master-Practitioner, Renee Masse channels this energy and transmits it through the palms of her hands to the client. As the client lays comfortably, Renee uses light touches and transfers the Reiki energy to client along the chakra system, which are the seven primary energy vortices in the body. Starting at the base of your spine is the root chakra that governs our ability to feel secure and stable. Below the naval is the sacral chakra, which connects to our emotions, creativity, and sexuality. Below the diaphragm is the solar plexus that is the center of our being and ability to demonstrate confidence and will. At the center of the chest is the heart chakra that connects us with compassion and unconditional love. At the base of the throat is the throat chakra, which is based on our ability to effectively communicate and speak our personal truth. Slightly above the eyes is the third-eye chakra that provides deep intuition and seeks truth. Finally at the top center of the head is the crown chakra, which connects us to universal wisdom and divine energy. Each chakra has domain over different areas of physicality, as well as emotional states. Using this knowledge and training, Renee has the ability to detect various imbalances within the body’s system, apply Reiki healing energy to them, and promote a more serene state of being so the recipient may heal on a deeper level. As we bring healing energy to our mental/emotional state, this also correlates to a healing effect on the body. The more Reiki treatments an individual receives, the more influence this energy will have on various aspects in one’s life. However, even one treatment will leave you with a deeper sense of serenity, while connecting on a deeper level to your higher self.


Can Massage Alone Get Rid Of Stubborn Knots?

Massage Therapy in Melbourne, FLWe all like massage for its relaxing and calming effect, but what about those deep muscular aches and pains? Some simply won’t respond to even deep tissue massage, despite the touch of a licensed, experienced therapist.

More than just a muscle spasm, Trigger Point Complex is due to a inflammatory reaction from a minor tear in the muscle, fascia or tendons that attach to the muscle. This can produce painful ‘knots’ that won’t seem to go away despite regular massage sessions. Clients can suffer from a myriad of symptoms like; headaches, stiff muscles and pain.

With Trigger Point Therapy, our trained therapists inject the ‘knot’ with an FDA approved medication that can give immediate relief that can last 3-6 months. The treatment is virtually painless and can often resolve the problem even permanently. This service finishes with a 15 minute massage of the injected area.


Master Injector, Brian Benson, PA-C

Master Injector in Melbourne, FLQ: What do you feel makes for a great injector in your field of cosmetic surgery / dermatology?
A: There is no single approach that is right for every patient. Practicing in the field of Neurosurgery for 8 years gave me an in depth understanding of facial anatomy. I feel the KEY to success is a keen clinical skill set, an understanding of both anatomy and form combined with a willingness to listen, get to know one’s client and to always be striving to be better.

Q: Are most of your treatments focused around treating ‘wrinkles’?
A: Today we understand that treating the effects of aging goes far beyond wrinkles. I see both male & female patients with long lists of concerns about beauty. I like to tell them my work is not just about filling and erasing lines; it’s also about bringing back an overall youthful appearance to the face. This entails analyzing the patient and determining which elements are contributing to making him or her look tired and not as fresh. Often wrinkles are a major factor but they are not the only factor. Sunken cheeks, dark circles under the eyes, and facial features that seem to be heading south are equally guilty, as is the loss of facial fat.

Q: Why are many of your non surgical cosmetic treatments often referred to as ‘lunchtime’ procedures?
A: Options available to my patients include everything from Botox®, collagen stimulating treatments, dermal fillers, DermasweepTM, chemical peels, to an array of laser skin services. All of these treatments can be completed in 15-30 minutes with minimal to no discomfort or down time.

Q: Why Botox®?
A: Botox® / Xeomin® / Dysport® (neuromodulators) treatments are one of the most versatile procedures available today, and it has fulfilled people’s demand for instant gratification. This injectable has made people realize that there is no need to wait until their looks fall apart before dabbling in cosmetic procedures. It is also one of the few treatments I offer that is truly preventative in the way it addresses certain aging processes. Dermal fillers work by adding flattering volume to the face and softening wrinkles. With products like Juvederm® / Restylane® / Radiesse® / Sculptra® I am able to restore natural volume to the face and fill in lines and wrinkles instantly.

Q: Why are these procedures appealing?
A: Why have millions of people signed up for these procedures? The answer is actually quite simple: the procedures work!! Over my 16 years I’ve learned that people want the most impact with the least possible commitment of time. They also want little to no recovery time, low risk of adverse effects, minimal discomfort, and ultimately, striking results. I think it is safe to say that these procedures deliver all this.


Understanding The Difference Between Shellac / OPI Gel Polish, Acrylic And Gel

Manicures and Pedicures in Melbourne, FLThe term “Shellac” is mainly used by technicians and clients to describe a gel polish “blend” manicure service…

Essentials offers ONLY OPI Gel Polish, but most clients ask to schedule a Shellac Manicure. ( Shellac is just a Brand of a Gel Polish blend) so Shellac and OPI Gel Polish are the same thing!

CND Shellac/OPI Gel Polish is a blend of gel and nail polish. Because it is like a polish, it can’t be used to extend your nail. Because it is like a gel, however, it does add strength and durability. In the long term, Shellac /OPI Gel polish is much less damaging to nails than traditional Gels (or Acrylics). The main benefit is that it reduces chipping.

Acrylics and Gels are artificial nails placed over your natural nail bed. Both can be made to match the shape of the nail, or to extend it. So, when you want longer nails, you are asking for either Acrylic or Gel extensions. People also get Acrylics and Gels in order to have stronger nails (however, in the long term they actually weaken your natural nail).
Of course, Acrylics and Gels are very different products. Different ingredients, different application techniques, and different pros and cons

Shellac / OPI gel polish vs. Gel Manicure vs Gels…

Many people confuse Gels with Shellac/OPI gel polish. This is because Shellac/OPI gel polish contains gel, so many consumers have mixed up their terminology, asking for a “gel manicure” when what they want is Shellac/OPI Gel POLISH. So gel manicure is sort of a made up name for CND Shellac/OPI gel polish (people in the industry mostly use the term Shellac). Meanwhile, Shellac/OPI Gel Polish and Gels are not the same service. Just as the ingredients, procedures, and results for Acrylics and Gels differ, the same is true about Shellac/OPI Gel polish vs Gels.

On top of regular manicures, Essentials offers the brand OPI gel polish. We chose this brand because we believe it is less damaging to the nail and uses a LED light vs UV light which can cause sun damage to the hands.


Change In Term Agreement

Due to increased cost, please be advised that effective 1/20/17 we are no longer offering discounts on rejuvenation services for our Monthly or VIP memberships. We are, however, accepting the ‘Xperience Program ‘offered via Merz Aesthetics as well as our complimentary $100 Spa Gift card for qualifying purchases. For more information on the Xperience Program, click here.
As always, we appreciate your patronage and your understanding.

The Benefits Of Body Treatments

Mind and Body Treatments in Melbourne, FL

Ask yourself this: Is your skin smooth and firm? Does it give off a healthy glow? Does your body feel relax? If the answer to any of those questions is no, maybe it’s time to consider a body treatment. Whether you’re being wrapped in mud or massaged with a revitalizing scrub, these soothing treatments don’t simply feel good but more, they offer health and beauty benefits and give you a chance to let out a much-needed ahhh—something we all need from time to time.

Once you’ve chosen a therapy that appeals to you, speak with a reservationist when you book your treatment to share any physical body issues or discomfort you’re experiencing. Let her know if you’re pregnant and tell her about any medications you’re taking; this will help her avoid using ingredients that you might be sensitive to. And if something doesn’t feel right during your treatment, don’t hesitate to speak up.

Benefits of Body Treatments

Body Scrub This treatment is all about exfoliation. Your therapist will vigorously rub you from your shoulders down to your feet (speak up if you’d like her to skip a certain area, like your stomach) with a grainy mixture, often including ingredients like sugar, salt or coffee grounds, which slough off dead skin. The friction also helps improve circulation and leaves you feeling energized. Most body scrubs end with a short massage that includes moisturizing oils, butter or creams that can penetrate more deeply after the exfoliation has done its work.

Tip: Consider forgoing shaving before a scrub as it can irritate freshly shaved skin. Avoid the treatment altogether if you have a sunburn or any open cuts or wounds.

Body Mask Just like a facial mask, a body mask is a thick paste or cream made from minerals, plants, fruits and other natural elements (think: clay or mud) that detoxify and firms your skin by drawing out impurities and absorbing excess oil. It’s generously applied all over your body and left to dry for about 20 to 30 minutes. The mask you choose may feature ingredients designed to address specific concerns; for instance, caffeine, which can increase circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite, may be added to a body mask. Or a treatment might include alpha hydroxy acids, which aid in repairing sun damage and combating the signs of aging.

Tip: Make sure you let the reservationists upon booking know if you have any allergies to shellfish or iodine, as many masks have seaweed or other types of ingredients that you should not partake of.

Body Wrap This treatment is similar to a body mask, with the added step of having your body wrapped in sheets, seaweed, Mylar® or another “cocooning” material after a mask is applied. The idea is to raise your body temperature, which boosts circulation, opens pores and helps the mask to better absorb into your skin.

Tip: If you’re claustrophobic you may want to skip this treatment as it doesn’t allow you to move freely or you can ask to have your arms left out of the wrap, which also helps.

Dry Brushing This ancient technique involves brushing your skin with a natural bristle brush (synthetic materials can be too harsh) without any moisture or water. The brushing removes dead skin, boosts circulation, flushes out toxins and even improves the appearance of cellulite. Your therapist will start at your feet, working up your body and brushing in circular motions towards your heart, which encourages natural lymphatic flow, the body’s system for boosting immunity and keeping fluids in balance. If you’re receiving another treatment that includes water or products—like a body mask, wrap or massage—expect your dry brushing session to come first.

Tip: Learn how to use a dry brush and other devices, like a Supracor bath mitt or Clarisonic body brush.

Massage The health benefits of massage are many, from improving circulation and lymphatic drainage to easing pain and reducing stress. You’re likely to find that a massage will enable you to relax and let go as your therapist works to soothe your muscles and address any specific concerns you’ve shared. There’s no shortage of different types of massage: Keep in mind a relaxation massage like the Ultimate Unwinder (Swedish) is much different that the Elemis Athletic Rub, which is much more deep of a massage. A reservationist can assist you with concerns upon booking.

Tip: Try starting out with the Swedish Relaxation Massage. You can always upgrade to massage to a more firm Deep Tissue type if you like.

DIY Body Treatments

The easiest treatments to do at home are body scrubs. Body wraps are more difficult and probably best to be left for visits to the spa.

Try this recipe:  3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 tablespoon honey

Mix all ingredients together, take into the warm shower with you. Rinse your body first, then scrub in a circular motion all over your body, rinse and pat dry. You can use this scrub 1-2 x per week or as needed.