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Valentine Tips for Enhancing Your Relationship

Everyday Changes – The Orinda News Feb. 2014Antique_Valentine_1909
Ask the expert – Tips for enhancing your relationship -

No sooner do the festivities of the holidays pass then we begin to see cupids in flight and we know that Valentine’s Day will soon be here.  While it is fun to commemorate our special relationships on a Valentine’s Day,  I decided to “Ask the Expert” for the best way to nurture and grow relationships everyday.  I was unable to reach Cupid, the ultimate relationship expert.  Instead I will share the advise of notorious cupid surrogate, Dr. Phil.

 Have A Solid Friendship And Set Specific Goals For The Relationship.

“Ask yourself what kind of friend you are being to your mate,” Dr. Phil says. “If you want a good friend, be a good friend,” he suggests.
“Wake up each morning and say, ‘What can I do today to improve the relationship?'” Dr. Phil advises.  “Even small things will accumulate over time and make a difference. Find a quiet moment each day and come up with a specific goal to improve your relationship, whether it’s calling your spouse during the day just to say hi, or telling your mate that you love him or her more often. Make a conscious effort.”

Take Time to Nurture Your Relationship
If I were able to get in touch with Cupid he would no doubt offer up the following advice:  Without regular attention relationships will wither.  Make the commitment to spend regular time relaxing and reconnecting with your loved one. Schedule regular time to nurture your relationship. DualSuiteWeb

And that brings us back to Valentine’s Day.  A day together enjoying massages at a spa is the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day.  Research shows that massage and spa services go beyond pampering — they help relieve stress, anxiety and provide deep relaxation. More and more medical studies are finding that stress can lead to many unwelcome side effects, including high blood pressure, decreased immunity function and reduced energy levels.

Spas are places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.  Is there a better gift to share with your loved one this Valentine’s Day?  Call Changes Salon & Day Spa today and schedule time to rest, relax and reconnect with your someone special.


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Lauren’s Fight for Recovery

Help us raise money and awareness at our “Lauren’s Fight for Recovery” 5k Walk/Run on March 9th in Walnut Creek. 5k starts from the Walnut Creek Library. Registration is at 7 am and the walk starts at 8 am. Entry fee $30 for Adults Join or Donate here.


In December of 2012 our Signature Stylist Lauren was hospitalized and diagnosed with Autoimmune Encephalitis. The team at Changes Salon & Day Spa has come together to put on a 5k Walk/Run to raise money for Lauren who is still unable to return to work and to raise awareness for the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance. Proceeds, to be matched up to $25,000 by an anonymous donor.


Event sponsorship opportunities are still available. Email michelle@changessalon.com for more info.

Lauren Davis our very talented hairstylist…

Lauren Today

Lauren Today

Lauren Davis is a talented stylist and educator at Changes Salon & Day Spa in Walnut Creek, CA. She has worked at Changes for 10 years and mastering her art for over 13 years. She is an outrageous friend to those around her and is well loved by her clients and team mates. In late December 2012 Lauren she saw her doctor thinking she was experiencing anxiety. He put her on medication to help her deal with the anxiety until she could get an appointment for counseling.

Her world took a turn on January 1, 2013 when she had a seizure and was admitted to Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA. Within days she was unable to speak, experienced severe anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, loss of appetite, was unable to sleep and at times catatonic. They did MRI’s, CAT Scans, PET Scans, EEG’s and Lumbar Punctures. On January 17th she was transferred to UCSF while waiting for the test results for anti-NMDA Receptor Autoimmune Encephalitis (referred to as ANMDARAE). She now had a feeding tube and had begun to have severe muscle spasms that her mother described as awful as the worst scenes in “The Exorcist”.

On January 25th ANMDARAE was confirmed and treatment began immediately (IVIG, Steroids, Plasmapherisis and Rituximab). Lauren returned to Kaiser on February 4th where she improved ever so slowly. Two steps forward, one step back (sometimes two steps back). On May 22nd was sent to Kaiser’s rehabilitation center. She came home on June 5th. Her boyfriend, Brian, lives with her and has been by her side since day one. He has not been able to work while supporting Lauren through her ordeal.  Lauren is now in occupational and speech therapy and is working very hard at getting well. Her speech is slowly returning and more words are coming every day.

Lauren is fighting for her recovery from this recently identified form of Encephalitis, known as anti-NMDA Receptor Autoimmune Encephalitis. Only a few thousand people have been diagnosed in the world with ANMDARAE, where cells of the immune system attack the NMDA receptors in the brain. These receptors control emotions, behavior, memory and cognition and the symptoms of the disease include mood changes, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations and psychosis. This is why so many people are misdiagnosed, put on anti-psychotic drugs and often put into mental institutions.

Lauren is one of the lucky ones. . . she was diagnosed early. Many don’t survive this dreadful disease because they don’t receive early treatment. It is so important that we raise awareness of this horrible disease. Learn more about Autoimmune Encephalitis 


Help us raise money and awareness at our “Lauren’s Fight for Recovery” 5k Walk Run on March 9th in Walnut Creek. 5k starts from the Walnut Creek Library. Registration is at 7 am and the walk starts at 8 am. Entry fee $30 for Adults 

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Seasonal Changes, The Curse of Demeter!

The ancient Greeks blamed seasonal changes on the unfortunate marriage between PersephonePersephone, the daughter of the goddess of the harvest, and Hades, the god of the underworld.  For four months out of the year Persephone would travel to the underworld to visit her husband; stricken with grief, her mother Demeter would let the fields grow cold and lifeless.

Although winter in California is not so intensely cursed by Demeter we still experience the toll of seasonal changes on our skin and body.  For the best recommendations for Winter skin and body care,  I have posed the following questions of our resident experts.

Question:  Why do many people experience joint aches and stiffness when the weather changes from warm to cold?

The Expert:  Sergio Casco, Massage Therapist and Certified Yoga InstructorSergio

“There are many possible causes of joint aches and or stiffness .  The most common reasons are:

  • Blood doesn’t circulate to your extremities as readily when it is cold.
  • In cold weather our muscles tighten up.
  • We have a tendency to exercise less when it is cold.

What to Do:  Protect…Eat…Move

Protect:  To eliminate joint aches and stiffness during cold weather the solution is to keep your body and especially your joints warm.  Layer when outdoors and remove layers indoors.

Eat:  A diet containing the proper amount of calcium and vitamin D is important for good bone and joint health.  Enjoy a calcium rich diet by eating foods such as broccoli, kale and figs.   Adequate vitamin D allows calcium from the foods you eat to be readily absorbed.  Moderate sun exposure helps to provide the body with Vitamin D.

Move:  Less movement means slower blood circulation and more stiffness in your joints. Opt for exercises that won’t give your joints a pounding such as gentle yoga and walking. Thai Yoga Massage is excellent for loosening up tight joints and improving circulation.   Add self-massage to your daily routine with a nutrient rich liniment.

These recommendations are no way limited to the winter months.  We would all benefit year around!”

Changes Expert Recommendation: Soothing and healing linament:  Freeflex with MSM, Freeflex Boost

Question: How can I have a fresh, radiant face for Winter?


The Expert:  Holly Fox, Esthetician and Skincare Specialist

Follow these 3 Steps: 1 –  Exfoliate  2 – Brighten   3 – Protect

1.  Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!  Most of us don’t exfoliate enough!   By using an exfoliating  cleanser as little as once a day you will see the benefits almost immediately.

2.  Follow with a serum to lighten hyper-pigmented sun spots lor sun darkened skins. eft over from summer.  .

3.   Even in winter it is important to use sunblock every day!  Select a sunblock that will not clog your pores. it.

Incorporate these three steps into your daily routine for radiant and healthly winter skin!”

Changes Expert  Recommendations: Exfoliate:  Purity Clean by CosMedix – Brightening:  CosMedix Simply Brilliant – Protect: Reflect by CosMedix

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