A Note From Mary

Mary Chau

Happy February!

This month is all about LOVE and you know what? We love all of our clients! We want to thank you for your valued business.

Whether you’ll be cuddling up with your significant other, enjoying a night out with friends or simply indulging in some much-needed ‘you’ time this Valentine’s Day, we hope you allow yourself to take time to celebrate – life is too short not to!

Below you’ll find even more amazing treatment packages and gifts we’ve created for you this month!

We’ll see you soon at M.C. Spa & Nail Bar!

~Mary Chau

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5 REASONS YOU SHOULD START MEDITATING THIS MONTH

Stressing out in anticipation for Valentine’s Day? You’re not alone. If you’ve been shopping around for the perfect gift or calling every restaurant to find reservation openings, we know how you feel! It’s no wonder that M.C. Spa & Nail Bar gets booked up by our clients who seek much-needed relaxation!

Even if you’re not worried about a special date night this month, stress seems to always find a way into our daily lives.

Did you know that stress directly affects the skin barrier and its ability to retain moisture? Muscles also become tense which causes skin to lose its healthy glow and makes fine lines and wrinkles become more noticeable.

MeditationAccording to Successories.com:
➢ 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress
➢ 73% regularly experienced psychological symptoms from stress
➢ 48% reported loss of sleep due to stress

Research from the University of Sheffield has proven that meditation and relaxation sessions not only reduce stress but also help those who suffer from psoriasis, eczema and acne. If you can relate with the statistics above, here are a few good reasons why we recommend implementing meditation into your daily life ASAP!

1. Reduces Negative Emotions. It’s no secret that when you look great, you feel great. A radiant, glowing complexion increases your confidence. A study completed by Stanford determined that participants were less anxious and developed more positive thoughts about themselves after two months of regular meditation.

2. Increases Energy Levels. Who wouldn’t like more energy throughout the day? Sure coffee and Red Bull offer a temporary boost but neither are good for you. Meditation offers the healthiest and most natural way to boost both DHEA and growth hormone production, two essential chemicals we need to feel more energetic.

3. Helps You Make Healthier Choices. Meditation allows you to become more intuitive with your daily thoughts and actions. Under stress you may be inclined to have a quick and easy lunch at a local fast food restaurant rather than take the time to pack something healthy for the day. By eliminating stress, you clear your mind of the chaos and bad choices!

4. Helps You Have Better Sleep. Those who practice meditation have been proven to maintain acute mental awareness during lucid dreaming. This can’t be achieved without being in a deep state of REM. Meditation also increases levels of melatonin by about 98%.

5. Slows Down Aging. It’s been proven that women with high levels of perceived stress, including psychological and chronic, have shorter telomeres (nucleotide sequences at the end of our chromosomes that protect them from deterioration). These telomeres have about one decade of additional aging compared to women with low stress! Not only does meditation help maintain low stress levels but it also results in improved overall health!

There’s no one way to meditate. Starting off each day with just a few minutes of deep thought relaxation is all you need to be on your way to lowering stress. Adding essential oils to your routine is a great way to enhance your experience! Add in a regular visit to M.C. Spa & Nail Bar and you’ll feel like you dived head first into the Fountain of Youth. Get started today and start enjoying the widespread benefits that meditation brings to your body, skin and life!

SPA CUISINE

Glazed Salmon & Vegetables

Ingredients

Glaze:
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed or chopped

Salmon:
Two 6-ounce center-cut salmon fillets, skinned
2 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Vegetables:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large or 2 small shallots, thinly sliced
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed or chopped
2 1/2 cups frozen shelled edamame (12 ounces), thawed
2 cups sugar snap peas (6 ounces), halved

Directions

Glaze: In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar, maple syrup, mustard and garlic to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until thick, about 12 minutes. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

Salmon: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees f. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the salmon on the baking sheet. Drizzle both sides of the salmon with the olive oil and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Roast until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Vegetables: In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cook until the shallots are softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add the edamame and snap peas and cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide the vegetable mixture among 2 serving plates. Top with a piece of salmon and drizzle with the glaze.

Enjoy!

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