Weight loss and wellness, a race not a marathon

Our amazing Nutritionist, Samantha, is dedicated to delivering personalized care to every one of her clients by providing a non-judgmental and caring service. She understands weight loss can be an intimidating and challenging task for many. Samantha is here to educate and guide you into becoming a healthier version of yourself. Whether you want to lose a significant amount of weight, fit back into your favorite dress, or snap back into shape. She has a solution to help transform yourself. 

Deciding to lose weight is not just about starting a diet; it’s about choosing to embark onwards to a healthy lifestyle. While many of us focus on the physical changes during the time we lose weight, we are also making an impact on our physiology. We change not only the way we manage our weight; we also reduce our risk of developing (or even resolving) illness and disease at the same time.

At Essentials Medispa and Salon, our Nutritionist will assist you through your weight loss progression. Samantha specializes in an alternative approach to weight loss by targeting visceral fat “belly fat.” This dense and highly toxic type of fat causes the release of inflammatory proteins and hormones that put you at risk for developing certain diseases such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and increased cholesterol levels. 

Along with reducing belly fat, healing the gut microbiome is essential to promote better absorption of nutrients and increasing metabolism. A poor diet high in carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods, like the Western Diet we’ve become accustomed to, will cause the leaky gut syndrome. The leaky gut syndrome is another leading cause of inflammation throughout our entire body, which can make it difficult to lose weight. This disruption in the gut microbiome allows trace amounts of toxins to get into the bloodstream and attacks our cells. This can cause a decrease in energy, memory, metabolism, and malabsorption of nutrients. In extreme cases, an unhealed leaky gut can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chron’s disease. 

By working with Essentials Medispa and Salon’s Nutritionist, you will receive the education and guidance necessary to become a happy and healthier person. Samantha will develop and devise a personalized weight loss and wellness plan to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. 

Essentials Medispa and Salon offer additional tools to help promote weight loss. 

Appetite Suppressant – Clinically proven to reduce weight, it decreases your appetite by increasing your metabolism. Therefore it’s easier to choose healthier foods and control portion size.

Lipotropic Injections – Lipotropic injections contain nutrients that contain fat-burning compounds, amino acids, and vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin. This injection aids in increasing your metabolism, reducing appetite, increasing energy, and helping your body to burn fat.

B12 Injections – B12 is an essential vitamin, improving mood, energy, and cognitive function. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by promoting an increased red blood cell count. 

Additional weight loss can be supported by BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormones are the basis for all system regulations in our bodies. As we age, hormones start to decline, wreaking havoc on our body’s natural messaging system. A decline in hormones for both men and women start as early as age 30. Symptoms in women are experiencing energy loss, hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, mood swings, weight gain, and low libido (sex drive). Hormones also affect men who want to lose weight, lost libido, fatigue, stress, energy, muscle mass, and body fat.

BHRT will bring hormones back into balance and improve overall wellness, sense of wellbeing, and increase metabolism. The difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones is unmatched. While synthetic hormones can mimic the effects of endogenous hormones on specific biological pathways, they rarely offer the same effectiveness at a more in-depth, molecular level. Bioidentical hormones mimic the similarity of human endogenous hormones; therefore, they are more effective in a wider variety of biological pathways. The added benefit of bioidentical hormones is that each dose is tailored specifically to your needs, not merely what doses the pharmaceutical company offers. 

At Essentials Medispa and Salon, we offer Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). If you have any of these symptoms, you can feel better. Our physician is board-certified in anti-aging and bioidentical hormone replacement and will tailor a prescription based on your specific needs.

Medical Marijuana and CBD Oil

The cannabis plant has been around for centuries. All around the world, societies consume cannabis, and their reasoning is mostly the same: it makes them feel better. Humans have cannabinoid receptors housed inside the body that bind with cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant to provide therapeutic benefits for a variety of ailments. Medical Marijuana may be the solution to coping with chronic and debilitating conditions through what is considered “compassionate care.”

Many individuals are seeking to learn more about medical marijuana to determine if it is the right choice for themselves or a loved one. There is a variety of medical marijuana pharmaceuticals that treat several conditions from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain to cancer and terminal illness. Based on the medical expertise of Dr. Lesser and his exclusive training, he can prescribe a medical marijuana strength and route that is unique to each patient. 

At Essentials Medispa and Salon, it is our mission to educate and empower our patients to our highest ability, so that each person can make the best decision for themselves and their future. 

IV Drip Therapy

IV Therapy in Melbourne, FL

Here at Essentials Medispa and Salon, we offer customized IV drop therapy, designed to optimize your health and wellness. Our IV nutrient therapy has helped a range of patients with concerns from asthma to immune disorders to heavy metal toxicity and cancer.

IV Nutrient Therapy is the fastest, most effective way to optimize your vitamin, nutrient, and mineral levels to replenish your health and revitalize your entire body rapidly. IV nutrient therapy offers a new path to treatment for many patients, whether they have difficulty with oral dosing or suffer from malabsorption of vitamins and minerals. Or they need a quick and large dose of vitamins and nutrients to boost immunity and increase levels of energy. IV nutrient therapy offers improved absorption and bioavailability by increasing nutrient absorption rates from 18% (when taken orally) to 100% (when taken intravenously). This type of treatment has been shown to improve the quality of life and elevate most symptoms in patients struggling with inflammatory responses to allergies, food intolerances, gastric bypass, and gastritis. 

What is Leptin resistance?

Leptin resistance may be a leading cause of weight gain and a primary reason why we have difficulty losing weight.

Leptin is a type of hormone produced by our bodies fat cells. This hormone works with the hypothalamus in our brain to tell us when we’ve had enough to eat to allow our bodies to burn excess calories. The more fat we carry inside our cells, the more leptin they produce which signals your brain to eat less. When our fat cells produce lower levels of leptin, our brain signals us to eat more. It is a type of negative feedback loop system similar to how we breathe, regulate blood pressure, and regulate body temperature.

Naturally, people who are overweight and obese have a lot of body fat stored in their cells. Their levels of leptin hormone are very high. It would make sense that an individual who has excess body fat would limit their food intake because they have plenty of excess calories stored. In this case, leptin signaling (through the negative feedback loop) may not be working. The brain sometimes will not recognize high levels of leptin. This is a condition known as leptin resistance. When your brain doesn’t receive the signals given by leptins your body responds oppositely. Your body is telling you to go into “starvation mode” therefore you start to eat more, and your energy level decreases. This leads to reduced calorie expenditure. Some causes of leptin resistance are obesity, chronic inflammation, poor diet, lack of exercise, or lack of sleep.

If you’re concerned you have leptin resistance, here at Essentials Medispa and Salon, our nutritionist can help you focus on an overall healthy lifestyle to reverse diet-induced leptin resistance. Essentials Medispa and Salon offers nutrition visits in conjunction with (BHRT) Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, our Lypoburn weight loss program, or an overall Wellness plan.

Benefits of CBD Oil

What is CBD Oil?

CBD is the abbreviation used for cannabidiol, which is a compound extracted from the cannabis plant. By diluting the extract with an oil, such as avocado, coconut, or hemp seed, CBD can be used for therapeutic use. Even though CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, it does not contain THC (the psychoactive compound that is found in marijuana). Just as many flower families include several variations, there are different forms of hemp in which these compounds derive. CBD oil can provide therapeutic relief in many ways, with many individuals reporting feeling healthier in areas of sleep, appetite and digestion, mood, immune function, pain, motor control, as well as pleasure and reward centers in the brain.

How Does CBD Oil Work?

After several decades of research, scientists have discovered that the mammalian body and brain house an endocannabinoid system (ECS) with specific receptors located in the brain, central and peripheral nervous systems, digestive tract, immune system, and endocrine system. This is a unique communication system within the body that affect many functions, including how a person may react, think, and move. It is similar to a lock and key model with two primary receptor points. The first primary cannabinoid receptor is CB1 and the second is CB2, both functioning as lock models. CB1 receptors are abundant in the central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are more often found on immune cells, in the gastrointestinal tract, and in the peripheral nervous system. Endocannabinoids are specialized keys that unlock the possibilities of the ECS and strive for optimal balance, or homeostasis, within the body and brain.
Most people don’t know that cannabidiols naturally exist within several systems of the human body.

How Do I Use CBD Oil?

There are multiple methods in which CBD can be administered. Sublingual drops under the tongue and using a vape pen are the most popular among CBD users. These methods have the quickest delivery of symptom relief, due to the high levels of bioavailability. Capsules are also available for oral use; however, the effects may take longer to notice. This is because it is reliant on digestion and absorption factors. Topical application for various skin conditions, as well as chronic pain, and inflammation are becoming more and more popular because the CBD is well absorbed into the skin and tissue.

Among many CBD users have been shown to result in faster relief and relaxation is muscle tissue.

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Alternative Healing with Reiki

For several years we have been awakened to “new age” healing modalities that include essential oils, Himalayan salt, meditation, crystals, nutrition, supplements, and energy work. These practices have been used within several cultures for thousands of years, far from being “new.” However, the Western influence of science and medicine had superseded these alternative methods by leaps and bounds with spectacular discoveries and accomplishments. Subsequently, many of these alternative methods were not being utilized or practiced within our own culture, and for those who did were few and far between. We now can understand and respect the need for both areas of healing, and what they offer for each of us. Complimentary alternative methods are considered to be the most effective, as they incorporate both the scientific and holistic approach to healing.

An alternative healing modality that is highly effective and has significantly grown in recognition is Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese method of healing that uses a high frequency of energy to help relax the client, balance their energies and to promote healing from within. Many individuals experience deep relaxation that helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and tension throughout the body, as well as develop better sleeping habits. Also, many individuals that experience chronic pain notice reduction of inflammation and pain, as well as better circulation. It is a spectacular service to assist in the balancing of body, mind, and spirit.

Clients that schedule Reiki at Essentials MediSpa & Salon will find it very similar to massage, with the exception that muscle manipulation is not involved with this treatment. Once in the treatment room, the practitioner will allow you time to dress down to your comfort level, advising you that when ready, to lay face up on the heated massage table, beneath the soft blankets. Once the practitioner returns to the treatment room, she will begin by making sure you are comfortable and start the service by using her hands to apply gentle touch at the crown of the head. Reiki energy comes through and will move through the top of the head to other areas of the body that correlate to chakras, meridians, and energy centers. The practitioner uses gentle touch throughout the service over specific energy centers, consistently channeling high vibrational Reiki energy to the client. If the recipient prefers a hands-free treatment, Reiki energy can be transmitted by the practitioner by merely hovering their hands about 4-6 inches from the client’s body. This method is still highly effective. Most individuals receiving Reiki will notice a change in the flow of energy within the body and a feeling of warmth and peacefulness which is the healing energy at work, creating harmony within the mind and body to promote relaxation.

Some quotes from our Reiki clients..

“I have a very stressed life with trying to balancing job and home life. While I was skeptical about Reiki, a friend encouraged me to try it, thinking, what could it hurt? I’m glad I did. I instantly felt a relaxation come over me and whatever was happening, I could feel my body tingling. I highly recommend this therapy, from one skeptic to possibly another.” Leslie M.

“I’ve always wondered about Reiki and decided I would try it. During the session, I felt a very warm sensation come over me, and my eyes started to water, even though I wasn’t crying and didn’t feel sad. It was a very moving experience for me.” Angelique T.

“From personal experience, I am very experienced with Reiki and try to have an ‘alignment’ about once a month. It keeps me grounded and Renee informs me of blocks she senses and how to correct them. It’s a part of my life, and I love it!” Tristen K.

Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain Management

Chronic pain is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. Surveys show that chronic pain affects more people than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. That is an alarming amount of Americans suffering from pain with no hope for relief. What can be done to help alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain?

What options are available for chronic pain management?

Treatment of chronic pain should encompass a variety of approaches which address a person’s body, mind, and spirit. “What the brain perceives is indisputably modifiable by emotions,” notes Judith Scheman, Ph.D., program director of the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. “Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. When we focus only on the sensory aspect, we fail to appreciate the suffering component of the pain, which is important to recognize because pain is not what occurs at the periphery.” That means that people who are fearful of pain, depressed, or anxious may experience pain differently, and perhaps more severely, than someone who has pain but isn’t experiencing those other emotions. (1)

Medication combined with therapy and other pain management options (i.e. meditation, TENS, relaxation techniques, YOGA, massage) is usually the most effective approach.

What medication is available for chronic pain management?

  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), including ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Antidepressants, which can improve sleep and alleviate pain
  • Anti-seizure medications, which can be useful in treating pain related to nerve damage or injury
  • Steroids, like dexamethasone and prednisone, to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Opioids (narcotics) and benzodiazepines (1)
  • Medical Marijuana

How can marijuana treat pain?

Medical marijuana is growing in popularity as an alternative drug treatment for chronic pain. Marijuana contains compounds called cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that interact with cannabinoid receptors in the body. These receptors reduce pain and stimulate the pleasure and reward center in the brain. CBD does not cause a high or have any psychoactive effect. Instead, it interacts with pain receptors in the brain and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Alternatively, THC is a psychoactive drug that produces an elevated state of mind or a “high.” It activates the brain’s reward system and reduces pain levels. (2)

Does marijuana work for chronic pain?

There is insufficient medical evidence and studies to prove the effectiveness of medical marijuana. However, the FDA has approved medications containing synthetic THC cannabinoids for cancer patients. They have also approved medical marijuana for the treatment of two rare and severe forms of epilepsy. Aside from those specific uses, the FDA has not yet approved medical marijuana for pain relief.

Independent research studies show positive results for participants. Marijuana seems especially useful for people suffering from neuropathy (nerve pain), chronic migraines, and cancer treatment. It also appears that using medical marijuana for pain management allowed participants to decrease opioid use significantly.

There is a need for additional research before medical marijuana is a viable option for pain management. It is important to consider the risks associated with using medical marijuana before choosing this option. Schedule a consult at Essentials Medispa & Salon to discuss all your options.