Local esthetician promotes massages for health benefits

Published 10:48 am Monday, April 30, 2012

Spas aren’t just about relaxing. They’ve become a place for healing, too.

Liz Ankeny, an esthetician at Essential Life Spa, said spas aren’t all about relaxing and pampering. They’re also a key source for skin treatment.

Estheticians like Ankeny can treat things like acne or sun damage, and one of the biggest things they treat is wrinkles and aging.

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“A lot of people don’t know that that’s out there yet,” Ankeny said. Many people, Ankeny said, would go to a dermatologist first.

When she’s focused more on healing, Ankeny said she uses more products to help heal the skin.

“A treatment is a little bit more aggressive,” she said.

Most customers still prefer the simple relaxing techniques, but Ankeny said they can have both. When treating wrinkles, she said she’ll massage a person’s hands or feet.

“It’s very relaxing at the same time,” she said.

Along with facial treatments, Ankeny said massages are a positive way for people to deal with injuries. Many runners will get massages to ready their muscles for a marathon or to help heal injuries.

“A lot of people see massages as a little getaway or relaxing,” she said.

Massages can be used for fibromyalgia, migraines and even prenatal symptoms.

“It’s kind of that next step before they have to go see a physician or a chiropractor,” she said.