Category Archives: About Star Brows

Coming Soon CST

I have been casually studying and incorporating CranioSacral Therapy, the work of Dr. Upledger, into my Massage Practice for 20 years. CranioSacral Therapy belongs to a unique family of massage modalities. After my episode with a “frozen shoulder” recently I retired from deep muscle-work and have actively pursued my education in CST.

 Most manual modalities are very technique-oriented. The therapist assesses the situation, and then applies a technique to help address it. This was true for me as well but I have always been interested in the healing arts and the spirit-soul-body connection. I’d say historically speaking I’ve infused western-style massage with a more esoteric, God-centered healing ministry.

While CST can be done as technique, at its core it is much more of a process-oriented modality. The work is about following and supporting the healing process of the client and their inner wisdom.

What I uniquely bring to the treatment session is a faith-based sense of our Creator’s wisdom and how that flows through my hands. How it is received is the work and intention of the client/recipient.

The therapist does this not by doing anything, but by being a witness and being present in the moment with what is happening in the tissue. The therapist acts as a resource to the client’s inner wisdom, and the body heals itself, it was created to do so. CST is much more about being with than it is about doing to.

Dr. Upledger described the ideal therapist as:

​Impartial: They do not take sides, especially between the part of the client that wants to heal and the part that is reluctant to make a change.

​Nonjudgmental: Have no judgment of the client no matter what issues are brought up.

Ego-subordinated: The session is about the client, not the therapist.

​Unconditionally present: Paying attention in the moment, as best one is able.

​Infinitely patient: Release will occur when it is ready, not before.

While I don’t claim to be an “ideal therapist” my intention is to be in the moment, respecting the clients process, and bring who I am gifted to be as an individual to each session with the intention of creating a safe place and of seeing the client receive healing.

Hello Pismo Beach!

Star Brows in now located in the Pismo Beach Business Center at 330 James Way in the Native Beauty Studio Suite 140. Parking can be challenging at times, I park in the Overflow Parking Lot on the map below. It leads down a woodsy path right to our door!

Star Brows has been in the Five Cities area for over 10 years now and our new Pismo location is the best, customers love our little hideaway spot. I offer the same Luxurious Spa Services and Eyebrow Couture as I always have and there are a few perks too! Native Beauty Studio is comprised of 4 industry professionals doing business so you can bring a friend and each get a Facial, Waxing, or Microblading (semi permanent Eyebrow design). I cant wait to see you at the Spa! xo Linda

Welcome DermaQuest

I’ve been using DermaQuest in my Facials for years and now they are on our shelves just for you! Like many of you I’m becoming increasingly aware of the signs of aging on my skin and they are leaders in advanced results-driven formulations.

” Our Philosophy and Mission is to provide physicians and estheticians globally with innovative, relationship-based products and services of the highest quality to support excellence in skincare practices.” Founder & Chemist Sam Dhatt

Attention Locals!! Mention this post and receive a DermaQuest Enhancement with any Facial.

Some of their proprietary ingredients include:

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
An essential hydrator for everyone’s skin! Each molecule of hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its molecular weight in moisture. It is known for its hydrating properties along with its natural delivery into the skin. Being one of the most valuable ingredients in skin care DermaQuest has incorporated this active into 90% of its product line to provide increased smoothness for plump, hydrated skin from the inside out.

Skin Brighteners
The SkinBrite Collection is formulated with some of the most advanced skin brighteners to date! Each formula is uniquely created with many different tyrosinase inhibitors to stop the melanogenesis process in multiple steps giving you the most illumining skin tone results. ChromaBright imparts the latest in skin brightening technology to effectively correct pigmentation and un-even skin tone. DermaQuest has incorporated this innovative ingredient into all the SkinBrite products.

Plant Stem Cells
Advancements with stem cell technology have continued to provide more powerful and effective marine derived and botanical plant stem cells in the skin care market. DermaQuest combines the latest generation of plant stem cells to reduce pigmentation, fine lines, and protect the skin from environmental damages. These plant stem cells contain all the active molecules of the plant to effectively address multiple areas of concern. Sea Fennel, Edelweiss, Gardenia, and Lilac plant stem cells are incorporated into some of the most advanced anti-aging products included in the Stem Cell 3D collection.

Peptides
Made up of essential amino acids, these active ingredients are small yet powerful to drastically change the skin! Peptides are key anti-aging ingredients that reduce fine lines and wrinkles, promote collagen, reduce inflammation and brighten skin tone. With new peptides being discovered every year they are considered to be an active ingredient that will continually change and advance with time.

Vitamin C
Is one of the most essential nutrients for the body and is a key component to maintaining healthy glowing skin. Vitamin C is an active ingredient that brightens and tightens the skin. Keeping up with cutting edge technology we have incorporated the latest lipid soluble form of vitamin C, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, in our superior formulations. The most stable form of vitamin C with three times better penetration than L-Ascorbic acid! Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate can be found throughout the DermaQuest line and is most concentrated in C-Lipoic products.

AHA/BHA
Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids have been around for many years and continue their strong stride in being very effective performance ingredients to treat a wide array of concerns. These key hydroxy acids promote an increased cell turnover to reveal luminous new skin cells at the surface. While providing a quicker cell turnover rate AHA’s/BHA’s impart multi functional qualities to improve skin texture, decrease pore size, reduce congestion, moisturize, and promote collagen.

Minerals
DermaQuest brings you the highest grade micronized minerals in all of our sun protection products. Zinc and Titanium are utilized for their superior UV ray protection and pro-longed broad spectrum coverage. ZinClear SPF 30 offers you clear and tinted versions leaving the skin protected yet covered with a flawless finish. Minerals are safe, effective, reduce inflammation, and are designed to be used on all skin types especially sensitive and acneic!

Antioxidants
Powerful antioxidants generate healthy cell renewal and acts as a cellular bodyguard for our skin. Essential for all skin types they protect our skin from free radical damage that our skin encounters on a daily basis. Co-Enzyme Q10, Idebenone, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Green Tea Extract are widely used in DermaQuest products to give your skin an enhanced safeguard against environmental radicals.

Enzymes
These gentle enzymes act as Pacman on the skin to digest the dead surface skin cells. Papaya-Pineapple and Pumpkin Enzymes provide gentle yet visible results to reveal a more youthful glow. When used in a daily regimen other active ingredients have the ability to penetrate into the skin to provide quicker skin care results.

Billion Dollar Brows – Product Feature – September

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As you know, we love bdb at Star Brows, this “brows only” company was the inspiration for Star Brows when we first moved to Cali!

During September all Billion Dollar Brows’ products will be on double Rewards with 20% back to YOU in service.

Choose from:

Brow Boost: I use this at least 4 times a week, and it really works to keep the brows as thick and full as possible.

Brow Gel: Make-up the perfect brow and then set it so it stays all day! I wouldn’t go without it it – ever.

Universal Brow Pencil: I can use this color for almost all the brows I do. It has a tone that works with almost all hair colors.

These days I also carry Youngblood’s Brow Pencils (they’re new), but before that UBP was it!

Brow Brush: A brow brush is mandatory for applying  Brow Powder and the spoolie on the other end is used for pencil too.

Brow Powder: Great colors, especially Taupe. Also comes in Blond, Brown, and Raven (a nice ashy-dark color).

See you at the spa!

xo Linda “Brow Boss”

Great Waxing Starts with Great Wax

waxWe love our wax at Star Brows! I (Brow Boss) shop for the very best wax money can buy – with YOU in mind.

Our new friend, Aquamarine, joins our wax lineup. If you’ve seen us, you already know and love our French depilatory blue hard wax.

Why our wax is best

  • Dries fast so it’s more efficient
  • Goes on and comes off so easily that you leave feeling cleaner
  • Provides gentle results because the wax sticks to the hair – not to the skin, like some waxes
  • Formulated with revolutionary patented polymers for flexibility and strength
  • Imported from Europe and developed by renowned inventor Christian des Garets
  • Performs just above skin-temperature, so you’ll never be burned
  • Less sticky than most waxes
  • Formulations include soothing azulene essential oil

blue waxCall us today for your brow, face, or body waxing service!

xo Linda & Kelli

 

 

 

Keep Calm and Pay Your Dues

In this economy, it’s really tempting to complain and panic about the labor and toil of earning a living. I’m not speaking to the masses here. I know there are people who are legitimately experiencing hard times, and I wouldn’t want to minimize their plight.

My husband is launching a new business. He’s never been a solo-entrepreneur and he’s 61! It’s called: Pulcinella Wood-fired Pizza and Catering, so the topic of keeping calm and paying your dues is hot at our house!

I have 42 blog posts on Healthy Aging. That’s more than I have in any other category.  Clearly, for me at least, it’s a priority. For what it’s worth, here’s my take on making a buck along the way:

Find something you are passionate about. I believe each of us has a special calling or skill-set with an innate desire to fulfill it.  Be Alive!

Spend time dreaming about how you could use that passion to earn a living. You may just start out doing it as a hobby, then move to part-time, and so on. And remember: It’s only money.

Be willing to pay your dues. My dad used to wash his ship-mates’ clothes, and polish their shoes for extra money when he was in the Navy. Later, when he wanted to learn the gas-station business , he offered to work for free, and sometime later he bought the place! Now, at 84, he’s the owner of Robert Hall Winery, and he started the vineyard on virgin land when he was 70 years young!

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! It’s only hard when you look at swallowing it whole.

In Minnesota, I used to garden with a Hmong woman. She asked me something one day: “We think differently than Americans. They work a long day so they can enjoy a short evening – five days to enjoy a weekend or a lifetime to enjoy a few years in retirement?” I’ve never forgotten that. Her people, she went on to explain, consider all of their time “life.” They weave work, family, and play into their hours, days, and years. They don’t portion slots of time out to simply endure so they can get on to what they really want to do. Happiness, after all, is a choice…I say Choose Happy!

I paid my dues when I started out in the spa and wellness profession, and every time I start a new venture – or branch out in a new direction – I pay dues again.  Fresh energy needs to be cultivated, fear checked, and the vision nurtured with each new step.

In fact, in the beginning of last month I was bemoaning a new venture into the wedding market. Now just 7 weeks later, I have a great new employee (Aesthetician – Kelli June), we’ve done a very successful event for the Bridal Show at Madonna Inn,  and I’ve been asked to write another article for Skin Deep Magazine about Wedding Services.

Dare to dream, fellow sojourner. Be fearless. You only go around once, and life’s all about the journey.

See you at the spa!

 

Massage at Star Brows

 

I do massage, and I love the work, both the giving and the receiving. 🙂 I have been getting massage since I was 15. My mom used to sneak me into her health club in MN – The European Health Spa. I’d sip smoothies at the bar, lounge in the pool, bake in the steam room, nap by the pool-side, and luxuriate on the massage table.

I’ve been doing massage professionally since 1994. I started out as an employee at a clinic and moved quickly to self employment. I began hiring therapists in 2000 when I went from one treatment room to five.

I guess it’s been a big circle, as today I am a Solo Spa again and life has never been better!

My Massage/Bodywork Philosophy:

  • You need to be completely relaxed in order to enjoy a session. That’s why I use the bodyCushion™ and essential oils.
  • Customization of every service I do is essential to a great experience.  I offer Enhancements, which include deep muscle work and a treatment I developed called Star Massage: A facial, neck, and scalp treatment using aesthetic and massage techniques. Clears sinuses, reduces puffiness, and brightens skin tone. The service is customized to each individual skin type to relieve swelling, waste in the tissues, and holding patterns that create tension and lines on the face.
  • Some people want the work so deep that it is actually harmful. While I am able to work deeply into the body’s fascia, I only work as deep as the body itself allows.
  • I studied EsalenCraniosacralMyofascial Release, and Zen Shiatsu. The Shiatsu training was a private apprenticeship with an instructor over an intensive, daily, three month period. It taught me one of the most important lessons that is the hallmark of my practice: The Western therapist and client usually wants neck, shoulder and back work predominately, but the work really needs to be focused on the lower body to achieve real balance.
  • As a former professional dancer and movement educator of twenty plus years I believe that movement is the number one remedy for what ails the physical body. Analyzing how an individual moves and helping them maximize their potential and ease, has been a lifetime study.

 

Here’s what Star Brows clients have said:

“Linda does amazing body work. I have been to many therapists over the years and she is definitely an expert in her field. I would not hesitate to recommend her.” Steve Tullius – Chiropractor

“I received a pre-natal massage that I can still remember almost three years later” Allegra Birtcher Parreira – Workin’ Wife & Mama

“Linda takes a massage experience from the ordinary to the extraordinary! I felt instantly at ease with her the first time we met. She made me feel welcome and comfortable. She spent time asking me where my problem areas were and what concerns I had. Her spa is private, cozy, and warm. Linda’s gifts are her intuitiveness, technique, and knowledge of anatomy. She combines these beautifully and expertly!” Marilyn Rivas Tate – Photographer

See you at the spa!

Count It All Joy!

I am asked all the time, “How’s business?” by clients as well as fellow business people. My answer? “Wonderful!” In hard economic times, when so many business owners and individuals are struggling, how could this be? Am I that special – or just trying to “put on a happy face”? Neither, really. So, what’s up?

The answer is two-fold: I’m not so special – well not more special than anyone else. 🙂 And, my business – ditto. What is true however, is that there are two very doable elements that make me successful and can make you successful too.

1. Be grateful. Eucharisto – this word contains within it three elements: Gratitude, grace, and peace. Being thankful is the single most important element essential to achieving and maintaining happiness. Are things always the way I want them? No. But one act of being thankful when things aren’t going your way, is worth many times more than countless thanks when things are. Thankfulness, then, is a choice – and not a response to your situation.

2. Bring your “best self” to everything you do. Seth Godin, a favorite author/blogger, says this about business: “The extra, bonus part of your business activities that are over-the-top for no good reason, and going out of your way to build that into your brand, make your business remarkable. And today, people are ONLY responding to remarkable.”

Are my services always remarkable? Probably not. But I do bring my best self to every single interaction. Granted, sometimes my best self is just plain not enough, or maybe no matter how good it is, some won’t count it as such. So be it. After all, I do my best work with those who truly value it, and those who don’t will find someone and someplace that gives them what they want.

I moved Star Brows last year to the wonderful town of Grover Beach. I love this town for many reasons, mostly because it is on my beloved Pacific  Ocean. For this, I am beyond grateful. This location sets the stage for a spa-setting extraordinaire. Not only can I take a break and head out for an invigorating, uplifting stroll (instead of feeling grumpy about a no-show client), but it is a free gym where I can work out and clear my head of all negativity, worry, and exhaustion and commune with my Creator and His creation.

My work is fulfilling to me:

I am honored by the people I meet and get to know.

I love the spectacular products I bring to them, like the newest in my lineup: Heather Gardner jewelry.

The services I offer are diverse and gratifying to perform. I can help create beautiful skin, give someone a new look, relax them completely, and provide a place for people to escape. Plus, I make new friends every day. Who could ask for more?

In the end, although the spa business is magical, your business – or for that matter, your life – contains magic, too. The trick is to show up each day looking for it – simply noticing it in the everyday moments.

See you at the spa!