We Can’t Get Enough Of This Fragrance

Ambre Blends has released their newest fragrance and we cannot get enough of it! If you haven’t heard of Ambre Blends yet, the only way to truly understand the hype is to come in and experience it for yourself. Here’s a little background info…

Ambre Blends is an independent, women-owned business, based in Indianapolis and they’ve been going strong since 2001. Amber Crockett is the name behind the brand and creator of these truly amazing essences. Ambre Blends products are all made by hand with organic and vegan ingredients.

“The fragrances seriously turn some heads.”

Ambre can be worn by both men and women alike and the fragrances seriously turn some heads. They have products ranging from natural deodorant to oh so heavenly beard tonic. Everyone we know who wears Ambre Blends gets complimented frequently and often by complete strangers!

Another neat thing about Ambre Blends is how environmentally conscious they are. All of their packaging is recyclable and some is made of recycled and biodegradable materials by vendors right here in the good ‘ol US of A. Now, that’s awesome!

Ambre Blends has 5 unique essences, all of which have been inspired by Ambre’s personal journey. Ambre is the original essence (the brown one). There is also Solace (the blue one), Invoke (the green one), and Unmasque (the orange one).

“It evokes fresh, dreamy, earthy feelings…”

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Which brings us to Ahnu…the purple one! It combines sweet tuberose, lotus flower, warm violet leaf, tobacco, and champaca. It evokes fresh, dreamy, earthy feelings and we simply cannot stop gushing about it to our guests.

All of the essences take on a different fragrance as they combine with your body’s natural chemistry to create a unique scent that is all your own. We feel this new one is a perfect addition to a collection of beautiful fragrances. So, what are you waiting for? Come into Transformations and find your essence today!

What do you think about Ahnu? Tell us in the comments!

Thanks for reading! Be well.

July + August Specials

It’s officially summer… Time for bikinis, BBQs, and SPECIALS!

We think you’re really going to love what we have going on. All specials are valid from the beginning of July through the end of August.

Check it out!

 

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Call 317-882-1773 to reserve your appointment! Spots are filling up quickly.

Getting married soon? We have a wide variety of services for you and your bridal party! Just ask for our bridal coordinator, Cassondra.

We offer gift certificates in store or you can click HERE and we’ll e-mail them to you!

 

Happy summer! xoxo

10 Summer Beauty Must Haves

We know how overwhelming it can be to find healthy beauty products that actually work so our girls got together and created a list of our top 10 summer beauty must haves, just for you! We sell all of these products right here at Transformations and the best part is they’re healthy, ethical, and under $40!

  1. glo therapeutics Solar Shade $19
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    Enjoy a youthful glow as you protect your skin! This lightweight blend of natural, mineral sunscreens provides broad spectrum sun protection for sensitive or delicate skin. Right now, we have travel sizes for just $19 but we can order the larger size which is $40. We also carry a tinted moisturizer by glō if you want some color with your SPF. Remember, 90% of aging is due to sun exposure so lather up!
    Cruelty free, free of dyes, fragrance, parabens, gluten, nuts, and soy. .
  2. Norvell Endurance $30.95
    If you still want a beautiful bronze skin tone without all the sun damage, this color boosting skin perfector is for you. It acts as a CC cream – brightening, moisturizing, and firming the skin as you gradually build your color. It’s also a great option if you want to extend your spray tan. Our Norvell bronzing booth sessions are $25!
    Side effects may include: bursting out into a random dance because it’s what they use on the dancers in Dancing With The Stars! Check out this video!
    All Norvell products are cruelty free, vegan, and free of parabens, sulfates and gluten.
  3. Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Collection $30
    If you’re doing a lot of swimming, you’re going to want this system in your shower. Includes shampoo, conditioner, and 4 Swimmers treatments to remove pool chemicals, minerals, and sea salt from the hair. Goodbye, green hair! (Unless you’re into that. Our stylist, Kristi has gorgeous green hair on purpose. But, that’s another story.) It also hydrates, de-tangles, prevents scalp irritation, and adds shine! This stuff is a miracle worker!
    Vegan, paraben free, gluten free, sulfate free, and safe for all ages.
  4. KMS TameFrizz Smoothing Reconstructor $24.99
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    A new favorite among our guests! This mask is perfect for those with extremely damaged, frizzy, or dehydrated hair – a famous result of summer activities and lightening the hair. Leave in for 3-5 minutes and rinse. Great for all hair types. Watch this video to see more!
    Paraben free, mineral oil free, wheat free, dermatologist tested, and free from animal derived ingredients. .
  5. Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub by FarmHouse Fresh $34

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    This fresh cocktail body polish combines Square One® brand organic vodka, basil, and watermelon seed oils with sugar and rice bran oil – for a luscious and refreshing exfoliation that renews your skin and leaves an absolutely tempting scent in its wake. You can experience this amazing fragrance in our FarmHouse Fresh mani/pedis and body polish treatment July through August!
    Vegan, 97% natural, and paraben and sulfate free. .

  6. glo therapeutics Calming Flower Mist $30
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    This handy spritzer is perfect for sensitive or abused summer skin. Our clients also like to keep it in their bags to refresh their skin and makeup throughout the day. It’s a lightweight toner that provides instant cooling relief to sensitive, irritated skin with a unique blend of soothing essential oils and anti-inflammatories designed to calm and moisturize. We also recommend the Cucumber Recovery Mask for an instant hydration boost. We are using it in our Cucumber Glo Facial July through August!
    Cruelty free, free of dyes, fragrance, parabens, gluten, nuts, and soy.
  7. Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant $36
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    We know what you’re thinking… “Natural deodorants don’t work!” We feel you because we have tried them all. But rest assured that this is THE natural deodorant to top all others. Guys, it really works. Plus, it has a list of ingredients you can actually understand. The great thing about this product is that it allows your body to sweat, which is, after all, a natural function necessary for ridding the body of toxins. It also SMELLS AMAZING. If you’ve ever tried the Ambre Blends roll-on essences, you know how magical the fragrance is. The deodorant is no different. We also carry the roll-on oils for $48 – another summer must have.
    Locally made (Indiana), aluminum and paraben free, 100% natural with certified organic and vegan ingredients, and recyclable packaging.
  8. Fresh Melon Body Milk by FarmHouse Fresh $28
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    It’s the perfect summer moisturizer – not too heavy and lightly scented. And just look at that cute packaging! This delicate moisturizer is infused with rice bran oil which is rich in vitamin E. It has a soft and summery scent with crisp notes of cucumber, melon, and grapefruit. You can also find this product in our FarmHouse Fresh mani/pedis and body polish treatment from July through August!
    Paraben and sulfate free, vegan, gluten free, and 90.5% natural.
  9. Deva Curl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler $28.00

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    Mermaid goals? We can get you pretty close with this product! It defines and controls curly hair and smells like…you guessed it, coconut! This was a no-brainer for our top summer beauty must haves. Come in and pick this up to unleash your inner beach goddess! Watch this video and become a believer.
    Cruelty free, sulfate, paraben, and silicone free.

  10. glo minerals Water Resistant Mascara $20
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    Say goodbye to lackluster lashes and get ready for this triple threat. It’s a water resistant, lengthening, volumizing formulation that delivers high intensity color for long-lasting, dramatic lashes. AND it’s waterproof.
    Talc free, paraben free, and cruelty free.

 

What are your favorite summer beauty products? Tell us below in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Service Spotlight: HydraFacial

If you’re looking for seriously noticeable improvement in your skin, this is the treatment for you. The best thing about the HydraFacial is that it’s perfect for ALL skin types and concerns.

Yep. HydraFacial addresses all skincare needs.

  • Fine lines + Wrinkles
  • Elasticity + Firmness
  • Even Tone + Vibrancy
  • Skin Texture
  • Brown Spots
  • Oily + Congested Skin + Acne
  • Enlarged Pores

How does it work?

The multi-step treatment cleanses, exfoliates, and extracts – getting rid of impurities and dead skin cells while at the same time quenching skin with vital nutrients like antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. Your esthetician will select one of the award-winning super serums to create a perfectly customized treatment.

The amazing results are both instant and long-lasting.

Check out these before and after photos:

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Amazing, right? And we can offer all of this skin changing power to you right here at Transformations! Are you excited yet?! Give us a call or e-mail guestservices@transformationssalonandspa. It’s time to give your skin what it deserves.

Call 317-882-1773 to reserve your appointment or complimentary skin consultation.

Learn more here.
We recommend watching the video showing how the facial actually works. It will make you want a HydraFacial for your whole body!

Spa Wellness Memberships

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At Transformations, your health and well being are very important to us. We believe that self care is a necessity, not a luxury. From our hair and nail services to our body and skin care, our experts will guide your personal wellness journey. Our Spa Wellness Memberships are a great way to make yourself a priority and save money.

Preferred Membership
$59/month

  • 1 VIP service a month
  • 10% off retail
  • 15% off spa services Monday-Friday
  • 50% off any spa service on your birthday

Platinum Membership
$116/month

  • 2 VIP services a month
  • 15% off retail
  • 20% off spa services Monday-Friday | 10% off on Saturdays
  • 50% off any spa service on your birthday
  • Bring a friend & they will receive your discount on services

Additional benefits are offered throughout the year for Preferred and Platinum members.

VIP Services include:

60 Minute Swedish Massage
Transformations Glo Facial
FarmHouse Fresh Manicure & Pedicure
Express Hydradermie Lift
Dermaplaning with Enzyme Treatment

How to sign up and how payment works:

At your next Transformations visit, you will fill out some paperwork and provide us with the credit card you wish to use for your automatic monthly payment. Each payment is taken out on the 1st of each month. Memberships may be cancelled at any time.

*Please note that Transformations Salon and Spa Wellness Memberships may not be combined with any other form of discount.

Call 317-882-1773 if you have any questions!

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Get Tan The Healthy Way

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could achieve a natural tan without the risk of skin cancer and aging? We have a way! It’s called our Bronzing Booth. You’ll look like you just spent a week in the Keys but with NONE of the sun damage. BONUS: we’ll let you put your jewelry in a cute little seashell while you’re getting a tan. Beach life in the Midwest!

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Right about now, you might be thinking, “But, I don’t want to be orange!” We don’t want that either but we understand your reservations. A lot of people have shied away from spray tanning since it first became popular in the early 2000s and don’t realize how much the tanning formulas have evolved.

At Transformations, we use Norvell, a high quality, natural product that will leave your skin looking naturally bronzed and feeling amazing. Have you ever seen Dancing With The Stars? Norvell is what they use to get their skin looking so fabulous. Their products have won tons of awards and they have really revolutionized the sunless tanning industry.

So, let’s recap. The Bronzing Booth will:
       a. save your skin from the harmful effects of the sun
       b. provide a natural bronzed radiance
       c. provide long lasting moisture

So far, so good! But, there’s one more important thing to cover. At Transformations, your health and wellness are our top priority and we encourage our guests to try healthy beauty alternatives. That’s why we we chose a tanning formula that is paraben/gluten/allergen free and 100% vegan! How awesome is that?!

So, what happens during the Bronzing Booth treatment? First, you will enter our spray tanning booth and one of our skincare experts will administer a perfectly bronze tan using a spray gun. You may wear as much or as little clothing as you desire. You will see immediate effects with the bronzing agents but that color is simply a guideline for the DHA administration and your natural tan will appear shortly after.

To ensure you get the most out of your spray tanning experience, we have a few recommendations for you:

  • Shave/wax and exfoliate the day before your spray tan. Concentrate on rougher areas like the elbows, knees, hands, and feet with the exfoliation.
  • Do not wear any moisturizer, deodorant, perfume, or makeup before your spray tan. These products can disrupt the integrity of the spray tan formula.
  • Wear loose clothing and minimal jewelry. Clothing or jewelry that are too tight may smudge your tan!
  • Do not shower for 8 hours after treatment. 24 hours is ideal.

After you receive your spray tan, you’ll probably want your color to last as long as possible. That’s why we selected some really effective tan extenders to help you maintain your look. Currently, we offer the Prolong and Endure which we have descriptions of below:

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The last thing we have to mention is our $99 Special. Starting in May, you can receive a full Bronzing Treatment for just $99! So, right now is a great time to try it out.

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We hope you are encouraged to try this amazing and safe alternative to tanning. We can’t wait to see you!

Call 317-882-1773 to request your appointment today!

May + June Specials

Hello, Tranformations darlings! We are SO excited for summer! Are you? We have some amazing things in store for you all. Check it out!

Celebrate Mom and Dad or just celebrate YOU! We have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day specials going on all the way through June so you can find time to treat yourself and loved ones to a special and relaxing day.

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We are also introducing our NEW bronzing booth this year! From May until the end of June, you can get the full bronzing treatment for just $99! Just in time for shorts and bikinis!

Also, all of our Spa Wellness Members will receive a special gift. Enjoy a FREE Hair’s To You scalp treatment with the purchase of any massage or facial.

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Prom in these parts is towards the end of April and beginning of May so we thought we would give our prom specials a mention! Enjoy the specials below April-May!

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10 Skincare Habits You Need To Develop In Your 20s and 30s

A lot is happening in your 20s and 30s. You’re finding out who you are, where you belong, building lifelong relationships, getting your first home, and beginning your career (at least, you’re trying to). It’s also time to start thinking more seriously about the future…of your skin! In your 20s, your skin begins to lose elasticity and show sun damage. EEK! And in your 30s, fine lines and wrinkles become noticeable. DOUBLE EEK!

Simply washing your face every now and then like you did in high school isn’t going to do the trick anymore. If you’re ready to get serious about your skincare routine, read on!

  1. Take off your makeup every night. Leaving makeup on can cause bacteria buildup and stretching of the pores. This is one step you absolutely don’t want to skip!
  2. Exfoliate. Removing dead skin cells (the ones that make your skin look dry and dull) helps your other products to penetrate the skin more deeply. We love the glo Therapeutics Daily Polishing Cleanser for every day exfoliation and deep cleaning. We have also found it does a fantastic job removing makeup (See #1)!
  3. Use SPF every day. Transformations Spa Director and Esthetician, Samantha Vandivier, weighed in on the subject. “This is the most important thing you can do for your skin at any age,” she says. “Sun exposure is the number one cause of aging.” So, lather on that sunscreen if want to keep your skin looking beautiful and wrinkle free, honey!
  4. Find your cleanser BFF. It might take some experimenting but finding the right cleanser is so important. If you haven’t already, now is the time to upgrade your grocery store beauty finds to professional skincare products. Many of the beautiful staff members of Transformations get their bright, glowing faces from glo Therapeutics Purifying Gel Cleanser because it cleanses the skin without stripping its natural moisture and it’s great for all skin types!
  5. Use products with retinol and glycolic acid. These two ingredients will be your little skincare superheroes in the battle against aging. The use of glycolic acid promotes a youthful appearance by removing dead skin cells (See #2) while retinol promotes healthy cell regeneration.
  6. Drink lots of water. Have you noticed how celebrities always have a water bottle in their hand? That’s because their nutritionists know that drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body! It flushes out toxins, promotes weight loss,  increases energy, and…drumroll… hydrates the skin! Our bodies are made up mostly of water and our skin is the largest organ of the body after all. Drinking water is a no brainer! See how much water you should drink according to Harvard Medical School.
  7. Find your magic serum. Serums are all the rage when it comes to anti-aging. That’s because they are very concentrated and pack a real skincare punch. Recently formulas are also more effective and less damaging than they ever have been. Take Renew Serum by glo Therapeutics for example. The salycilic acid is great for keeping acne at bay (which can still be an annoying problem in your 20s) while the glycolic is great for cell turnover, as we mentioned before.
  8. Take your vitamins. Use them and consume them! Put some lemon in your tea every morning to load up on Vitamin C. It will give your immune system a boost and help with collagen production and skin repair which is exactly what your 20 something year old skin needs! Take a good multi vitamin rich in B, D, K, and E! Product wise, we recommend the Skin Protecting Power Duo by glo Therapeutics.
  9. Moisturize. Finding the right moisturizer can actually be kind of tricky. You will really need to pay attention to your skin type when selecting the right one. We have an excellent skin type quiz you can take to find out which products may work best for you! Using eye creams is especially important as the skin in this area is thinner and more delicate. “It’s usually where people start to notice the first signs of aging,” Samantha Vandivier says. We think Cyto-luxe Eye Cream by glo Therapeutics is the queen of all eye creams.
  10. Find a good balance. Using too many products can overwhelm and irritate the skin. Consult with one of our skincare professionals to find a balance that works for you!

 

Call 317-882-1773 to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our estheticians. 

 

 

Please note that we are not medical professionals at Transformations Salon and Spa. We simply share information that could prove useful to your health and well being. Always consult with a physician if you have concerns or questions about your diet or exercising!

Essential Oil 101

Let’s talk about essential oils, baby. Let’s talk about their pro-per-ties. OK, but seriously… we’re sure you’re familiar with essential oils but do you know what they are good for other than making your house smell amazing? If you want to learn more, read on!

Lavender
Ah, lavender…a true classic. It’s great for a good night’s rest, nervousness, circulation, respiratory issues, brain fog, and calming fussy babies. It even works well as a bug repellant. We’re talking mosquitos, midges (What are midges by the way?), moths, and even lice. The best part of lavender is that fresh, clean fragrance, making it a popular choice for body care and home cleaning products. Lavender FTW!

Eucalyptus
We created a post dedicated entirely to the benefits of eucalyptus which you can read here.

Lemon
With its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, lemon oil makes for a great cleaner and deodorizer. It has also been shown to increase concentration and promote feelings of well-being. Did you know that you can add a few drops of lemon oil to your conditioner for super shiny hair? Regardless of how you use it, this happy little yellow fruit is sure to add some sparkle to your day.

Peppermint
Like eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil has a natural cooling effect which can help cool the body or even relieve muscular and joint pain if applied topically. Ever chewed peppermint gum or an Altoid? Peppermint’s antimicrobial properties make it ideal for eliminating bad breath. To naturally reduce a fever, especially in children, add a few drops to coconut oil and rub it on the neck and bottom of the feet. The benefits don’t stop there! It’s great for stomachaches, increasing energy and concentration, sinus and allergy issues, and teething your baby. Amazing!
We currently have an all natural Rosemary Mint mineral soak we use in a variety of therapeutic services. Come in and try it out!

Tea Tree
Tea tree oil has natural and very effective anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. You can use tea tree oil mixed with water or coconut oil to naturally fight nail fungus. To help clear up a sinus infection, put a few drops on your shower floor while taking a hot shower (or put a few drops in boiling water) and breathe in the steam. It’s the old Crocodile Dundee trick! Its antibacterial properties also make it great deodorizer. Put it on all of your smelly places to freshen up naturally!

Frankincense
French for “pure incense”, this fragrance of old was once held in very high regard. You’ve no doubt heard of the frankincense and myrrh combination, which was offered to the infant Jesus (Matthew 2:11). It is said to have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-anxiety properties. In fact, a 2008 study reported that frankincense smoke was able to relieve depression and anxiety in mice.

Did you learn something new today? We hope so! Transformations carries all of the oils mentioned above as well as some specially designed roll-on oil blends that you can wear. Come into Transformations today and see what essential oils can do for you! We are here to help!

What are your favorite ways to use essential oils? Tell us in the comment section below!

 

 

 

 

Please note that we are NOT medically qualified to diagnose or treat any illness at Transformations Salon and Spa. Our goal is simply to share information with you that may prove to be beneficial. Your health, happiness, and well-being are very important to us. You should always contact your physician before changing or adding anything to your health practices. Always use caution when using essential oils as they are extremely concentrated. You know what they say about too much of a good thing!

10 Surprising Benefits of Massage

We all know massages feel great. But what do they actually do? While there still isn’t conclusive evidence on the benefits of massage, there are countless studies that suggest it should be a top priority for many of us. The list goes on and on but we chose 10 benefits that may surprise you.

  1. Posture

    Do people constantly tell you to stand/sit up straight? If so, you may want to listen. Bad posture can lead to weakened muscles and pain over time. Routine massages help to ease muscular tension while also relieving joint pain and pressure. This allows the body to relax and properly align.

  2. Stress/Anxiety

    While receiving a massage, the body releases serotonin and dopamine, two powerful neurotransmitters located in the pleasure center of the brain. Research has also shown that massages can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It is recommended to routinely visit your massage therapist for optimal results.

  3. Fibromyalgia

    Over 5 million people suffer from this mysterious disease and there is currently no cure. However, pain management is still an option and one of the best natural remedies is massage therapy. It helps by easing physical and mental stress, improving muscle tone, and relieving headaches.

  4. Exercise Recovery/Injuries

    Anyone who exercises would be wise to incorporate massage therapy into their wellness routine. It can shorten recovery time and helps to heal injuries. It does these things by eliminating toxic buildup from the body, improves circulation, relaxes the nervous system, and stretches connective tissue.

  5. Insomnia

    Have you ever fallen asleep during a massage? There is a reason for this. We mentioned how massage causes the body to release serotonin. Well, that’s exactly what our bodies need to get a good night’s sleep. Also, we can carry a lot of muscular tension which can make falling asleep a challenge. Put simply, massage promotes relaxation and our bodies and minds must relax in order to fall asleep.

  6. Chronic Fatigue

    Massage is highly recommended to help manage Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Those who suffer from this condition often experience stress, anxiety, and poor sleep quality which can all be improved with regular massage therapy sessions. Those with CFS who are not able to exercise may want to opt for a deep tissue massage as it is great for circulation and muscle stimulation.

  7. Asthma

    Some asthma patients experience bronchial spasms in response to stress or anxiety. Massage literally teaches the body how to relax and promotes easy breathing and reduces stress.

  8. Illness Prevention

    Massage has actually been shown to increase the amount of white blood cells in our bodies (which boosts the immune system). It is also known that people who endure high levels of stress get sick more often and massage takes care of that as well. We recommend massage for individuals to maintain a healthy immune system, not to cure illnesses. Think of having a massage like taking a vitamin.

  9. Digestive Issues

    Massaging the abdominal area or using acupressure can stimulate movement in the digestive tract which can reduce cramping, bloating, gas, and constipation.

  10. Headaches

    Whether you suffer from tension headaches or migraines, massage can definitely help. Have your massage therapist focus on the head, neck, and shoulders to relieve tension. A 10-20 minute chair massage is great quick fix!

There are so many benefits to massage but no treatment is one size fits all. If you’re not sure which type of massage is best for you, our professional massage therapists are here to help. They will happily address your needs and concerns before your massage. We also offer complimentary wellness consultations!

Call 317-882-1773 or click here to book your appointment online!

 

Disclaimer: We are not medical professionals and strongly recommend consulting with your doctor before implementing any new health care practice. Please do not substitute massage therapy for any treatments or medications you have been prescribed.