Why Cotton Is Essential to an Eco-friendly Salon

You want to be eco-friendly in your practice but you have to use single-use disposables.

This may seem like a predicament, but in reality, it’s not! So throw away those foam toe separators, grab a Toe Rope, and let’s talk about the green alternative. 

At Intrinsics, cotton is queen. Not only is cotton biodegradable, but it is also renewable and sustainable. Not to mention its performance is far superior to other fibers, especially synthetic ones.



Biodegradable: possibly our favorite word. Biodegradability refers to the chemical dissolution of materials by bacteria or other biological means. Since cotton is made by nature, it can be degraded by nature. In case you’re wondering, synthetic fibers are not biodegradable, since they are man-made. These oil-based fibers are polyester, polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene. Yep, the same artificial fibers that make up your feminine hygiene pads, wipes, and clothing. Gross.

How Long Will It Take?

It depends. Cotton is biodegradable both anaerobically and aerobically. Modern landfills are sealed to keep out water and oxygen, making them anaerobic. Cotton will degrade under these conditions, but more slowly than in aerobic conditions (or in a compost heap).

While the speed that cotton degrades depends on the environmental conditions and the construction of the fabric, at least we know it will degrade over time, and not remain the waste stream.


Renewability and Sustainability

There’s no denying that cotton is sustainable. A cotton plant has an eight-to-nine month renewable life cycle. Rayon, on the other hand, comes from mature trees that take 15-20 years to grow. While those trees targeted for rayon are growing, a decade and a half of cotton crops (at minimum) have been harvested.

Farming practices have evolved to be more efficient over the last few decades. Did you know in the last 20 years, water usage, soil loss, and energy used for production have all steadily declined? Most of the US cotton crops are now irrigated exclusively from rain. Roughly 1.6lbs of other useful products are created in the harvesting process, like cottonseed oil, dairy feed, and mulch.


Why Use Cotton in Your Practice?

In the services you provide, using disposable products is not much of a choice. So make the right choice. Our cotton products are made of medical grade cotton, making it the most sanitary option. Intrinsics’ cotton is durable. No more running through tons of generic cotton pads in a single treatment because they just don’t stand up to the job. Most of all, our cotton is soft and comfortable. It attests to the quality of your establishment. Your clients will thank you.

Want to learn more about the many beneficial components of cotton? Our friends at Barnhardt have tons of useful material and research available to the public, including this neat Cotton Library.

Repost from the Intrinsics blog.



What is CBD? Curious about how CBD works?

What is CBD? 

“CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound found in the cannabis plant that is devoid of psychoactive activity, with analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic and chemopreventive activities” (National Cancer Institute).

There are hundreds of natural compounds found in the cannabis plant, most commonly known is the infamous “high” inducing compound THC. Since Dr. Mechoulam’s discovery of CBD and THC over 50 years ago, CBD has gained the spotlight as evidence of its medical benefits continue to grow. Not only can CBD actually counteract the psychoactive effects of THC, but it is a key player in resolving issues related to chronic pain, skin care, cognitive function, and anxiety when dosed responsibly.

Curious about how CBD works? It all relates to our endocannabinoid system (ECS). This natural-occuring biological network regulates numerous physiological processes including our stress response, intestinal functions, and glucose metabolism.

Still curious about the science behind CBD, check out our endocannabinoid blog for more information.

Here are some noteworthy benefits* of CBD….

Promotes Healthy Cognitive Function: CBD assists with memory, headaches, brain fog, focus, and cognitive. 

Promotes Healthy Joint Function: CBD helps decrease chronic joint pain and suppress muscle spasms, allowing for easier mobility. 

Promotes Overall Well-being: CBD is non-psychoactive, yet users experience an overall sense of well-being, calm and relaxation.

Helps Reduce Nausea and Vomiting: CBD activates a neurotransmitter that decreases the sensation of nausea.

Combats Anxiety and Depression: CBD binds to serotonin receptors to elicit an anti-anxiety effect. 

Improves Skin Complexion: CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to protect against free radicals and prevent the build up of dead skin cells. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

CBD and the entourage effect of THC is paving its way through history as more health benefits are discovered with each new study; whether you’re looking to clear up a skin disease or are suffering from chronic pain, CBD can help. However in order to allow CBD to mold into the major health benefactor its capable of becoming, we must end the stigma against cannabis.

We believe “Everyone Deserves the Medicine They Need” therefore, our mission is to educate others about the responsible use and medicinal benefits of cannabis.

Authorized repost of the original “What is CBD? from the Cannaisseur Brands Blog.

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CBD Heart Health for Women

Women – this one’s for you.

Did you know the No. 1 leading cause of death in women is cardiovascular disease? The American Heart Association reported that heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year for women, surpassing the number of deaths caused by breast cancer.

To modify risk factors and improve heart health, doctors often recommend an improvement in diet, increase exercise and avoid smoking.

So what role may CBD play in the cardiovascular system? Well, among many other benefits, its been known to reduce inflammation, relive anxiety, and help lower blood pressure, which are all associated with heart disease.

Here are just a few ways CBD may work to help your heart:
  • Suppresses irregular heartbeat often induced by exercise, stress, or anxiety, thus reducing heart damage caused by irregular blood flow.
  • Moderates cardiac dysfunction, oxidative stress that increases blood flow, scar tissue, and balances cell death signaling pathways in diabetic cardiomyopathy (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3579247/), which is a blood sugar disorder that directly affects heart health.
  • Protests the heart against drug-induced diseases of the heart muscle by aiding mitochondrial functions and biogenesis, which boosts energy and tissue repair and growth, respectively.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

In a study conducted in 2013, the British Journal of Pharmacology reported that CBD, in rodents, had successfully reduced vascular tension, a condition that causes unnecessary strain in blood vessels.

What about the Endocannabinoid System? 

Our good friend, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), contributes significantly to the overall condition of the heart. A recent study found that deficiencies in the ECS possibly contribute to chronic heart failure, and CBD is very useful in treating endocannabinoid deficiency. Further, the CB1 receptors regulate cardiovascular function in hypertension — high blood pressure.

Ladies, warning signs for heart troubles are difference from those in men. They can include:

  • Nausea
  • Unexplained Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Heavy Chest Pain
  • Radiating Pain
  • Breathlessness

It is important to be aware of all health risks and solutions.

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7 Ways to Be a Better Massage Therapist in 2018 and Beyond

Becoming a great massage therapist will require more than just taking up massage therapy courses and learning the proper techniques. There is more to it than just that. If you want to become a better massage therapist who delivers superb service from start to finish and get return clients, coming up are our seven suggestions.

1. Know Your Numbers

All practitioners can’t get to the next level of their career path without knowing as well as managing their key performance indicators. And this does not just involve the financial basics but also your average service and retail sales, most popular services, the frequency of visits, and your client retention rate.

These numbers are what you’ll use to scale the success of your practice. Moreover, they will help you identify the different opportunities for growth and improvement.

You can begin by having a clear view of where you are now and determine the areas that need improvement. Also, compare where you today with the past couple of years. By closely monitoring your progress, you can work on consistently growing your practice.

2. Plan Ahead

Growing your knowledge and skills will only happen with planning. After knowing your numbers, you can begin to map out your plan for the next six to twelve months. Visualize where you want your career to be by writing things down and creating a plan of action. It is also crucial for you to give yourself a deadline for completing the things you set out to accomplish.

Remember that without a plan, getting more new clients, retail success and professional growth will only be part of your wish list. To reach your goals and develop your skills, be on the lookout for courses, coaches and additional resources.

3. Create a Welcoming Entrance

To become a sought-after massage therapist, you must ensure that your clients are happy the minute they walk into your door. For most people, a massage is their way to escape from the worries they have at work or at home. So it is important for you to create a welcoming ambiance the moment they step into your door. They should be able to relax as well in the waiting area. Make sure that your full marketing collateral exudes the same welcoming and warm feeling.

4. Prioritize Good Communication

Though your technique is important, communication is even more vital when it comes to dealing with clients. So before each massage session, talk to the client to know their goals for the massage and to establish their expectations.

Moreover, communicate with your clients during the massage by asking how a particular pressure feels, how the room temperature feels, and if the music is too soft or too loud. Inform them as well that they can tell you if they want something different any time. However, you should not talk too much as well to avoid interrupting their focus.

After the massage, immediately get their feedback. Determine if you have met their goals. It is also important for you to share several home-care tips so they can feel better and more relaxed in between visits. Getting their feedback can motivate them to return to you since they know that you really care about delivering the best massage possible.

5. Build a Community

Team up with other professionals to expand your knowledge as well as opportunities. Successful massage therapists and other professionals claim that surrounding yourself with great people who counterbalance your  weaknesses is among the keys to becoming a better massage therapist.

6. Keep Learning

The massage therapy field is continuously developing. Thus, you should keep an eye out for different continuing education and professional development opportunities like BTEC training courses. This way, you can stay in tune with the latest findings, practices and trends.

7. Have a Suggestion Box

One of the best ways to get input from clients is to have a suggestion box in the waiting area. If you have encountered dissatisfied or angry customers, do not take this personally. Rather, use these criticisms constructively to improve your practice.

Use the above-mentioned tips to fine-tune your massage therapy knowledge and skills. And be sure to remember that even the little details can make a huge difference in your practice!

Marc Innes is the Owner and Principal of the School of Natural Therapies, a training school for Massage & Holistic Therapies located in London. Marc began his career in the NHS, working in a number of managerial and training roles within the Ambulance Service in London. He spent much of that time educating and coaching medical staff. Over time, he developed an interest in all things complementary to Allopathic Medicine, in particular, Reiki Healing and EFT, which culminated in running a successful teaching and ‘energy healing’ practice. Marc is passionate about the massage and complementary therapy industry.