I’m excited to announce that I’m teaching part time at Summit Salon Academy. I’m teaching in the skin and nails program. I’m also helping to develop their Massage program which they hope start in January of 2021.

Disney day at the school
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I have made a CEU course for Warm and Cold Shell. It’s a 7 hours hands on course, check out the Education page for more information.


Good Posture hard to come by easy to learn.

The Spa Industry is a very physical job and proper body mechanics can help prevent wear and tear on the body. One key part of body mechanics is good posture. Posture is something that doesn’t come naturally to most people. I have come across a neat device to help training your body to have good posture, this devices name is the Upright Go. I came across the device through social media as I’m always looking for the latest gadgets to share with clients, colleagues and followers.


It’s a small and slim device that sticks to upper back. The adhesive strip didn’t irritate my skin and it comes with extra adhesive strips. The strips remind me of Command Strips that you use to attach hooks to wall. The strips come off easily when you want but stay on securely when you don’t. It comes with a small black case and a charger. See picture for example of the product.


Upright go monitors your vertical posture, are you leaning forward or hunching. It doesn’t monitor every aspect of your posture. But it does a good job of telling you when your slouching and offers a training mode. The training mode vibrates when ever you slouch. The vibration feels and sounds like a vibrating notification from your cell phone. Because of this I wouldn’t recommend doing training mode while giving treatment. As your client may think that you are on your cell phone while you are giving them a massage or facial.

Most massage schools go over body mechanics and how good posture can help you achieve a long career. The terms sky hook and earth hook are often used to describe how you should stand. The Upright go will help you with your sky hook or other terms keeping head up and shoulders back.

It was easy to set up. I charged the device, downloaded the app, sync the app and phone. Then I just stuck it on my back. That’s it.


At first, I hated the app because it showed me how bad my posture was. I slouched 80% of the time of day. I mean really? So, I wasn’t ready for such honesty. But I swallowed my pride and kept using it.

The first couple of days wearing the device the my upper back quickly became sore. Mainly because I was using muscles that had weakened from my poor posture. I ended up getting a massage and doing some stretching of the Trapezius, Pectoral, Rhomboids and all the various neck muscles. This helped to relieve the muscle soreness from the Upright Go. They recommend wearing it every day for a least a week. And then wearing it couple times a week to help keep you in habit of using good posture. I used everyday for three weeks. That is how long it took me to not think about sitting up straight up straight and for me to just do it on my own. I’m not perfect but it has been a huge help in relieving some of my back pain.


The app has two modes Training mode and tracking mode. Both are useful for resource. The data provided by app isn’t an exact science it won’t tell you if your hip is hiked up or if you are leaning more on foot or the other.

When in training mode, the Go will vibrate if you lean forward too much, lightly nudging you to straighten your back and correct your posture. The vibration never jolting just a gentle reminder to sit up straight. I would not recommend having it in training mode for long periods of time because it will drain your cellphone battery very quickly.

Tracking mode doesn’t change much. The thing just won’t vibrate if you hunch past the threshold. Whatever mode you’re in, the device still tracks the time spent straight or stooped, presenting them in colorful, accessible graphs and charts. The app provides all the product information you could want and even built-in chat to get at customer-support staff directly. The data isn’t perfect, but it is a good resource for helping to improve your health.


The upright go website states the following “Poor posture can cause fatigue, all kinds of muscular pain and headaches. It can impact your gait, circulation, breathing and generally accelerate wear and tear on your body. Hunching over and putting pressure on your intestines can slow down your digestive system. It can also sap your energy levels, harm your mood and affect how other people perceive you.

The device I found is not a quick fix it will take a minimum of a couple weeks to truly train your body to have good posture. You do have to commit to use it. Making sure you take it off and charge it at night. I forgot one night that I still had it on, the battery died and had to charge it the next day. Before I could do my training session. To be fair to myself I had busy schedule at spa that day and little sleep night before due to my toddler being sick most of the night.

I think the device would great for spa technicians, students and clients. Really anyone can use it. But being in the spa industry and having taught massage for a couple years. I could see this device being used in massage school to help reinforce good posture while learning the basics of good body mechanics. I could also see this device being sold by chiropractors, physical therapist and massage therapist to help with their client’s treatments for back problems. I believe the Upright Go really can be used for almost anyone.

I recommend you try Upright Go to help improve you posture which in turn can help improve back problems and over all heath.

Upright go is currently having a special on the device with 2 to 3 day shipping. Follow the link to check it out. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did.


Disclaimer: I did receive the Upright Go for free. I was not paid to review the device. My review is my honest feedback and opinion.

Comfy clients equal happy clients

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There is nothing more annoying than laying down to enjoy a massage and the table is rock hard. One way to enhance your clients experience is to have a comfortable to table for clients to lay down on. Having a massage or an aesthetics table that has enough padding is key. No matter how good your facial or massage treatment is if you cheap out on the table clients won’t be able to relax and enjoy their service.

There are several types of tables out there that have extra thick padding. Oak Works and Earthlite are some of my favorite brands. I am also a huge fan of the electric table that adjust the heads and legs as well. There are also padding options that you can add to table. Massage Warehouse and Universal Spa Supplies are two companies that I like to get supplies from so check there if your looking for accessories to add onto your table.

Another nice touch to add to table is a table warmer. The two table warmers that I like the best by Oakworks and Earthlite.

Oakworks Premium Fleece Table Warmer

I like the Oakworks brand because it goes up to 135 degrees, down side for this heater that it turns off every 99 minutes. So, if you have cold treatment room and able to remember to reset the heater this is a good option for you.

oakworks table warmer


Earthlite Deluxe Fleece Table Warmer

The Eartlite table warmer is another good choice it goes up to 122 degrees and this is heater will stay on for up to 10 hours. This heater is great when you have lots of back to back appointments. You can turn it on at the beginning of day and not have to reset it after each client.

earthlite table warmer


Another must have for your treatment table is a water proof sheet that will go over table warmer and padding. That way you can wipe down and disinfect your table between clients. This will also protect your table warmer and padding from getting oil or product on them. You can find these at most spa supplies companies like I mention earlier.

Having a comfy table that is nice and warm is one of the many ways to enhance your treatments. So, if you haven’t laid down own your table in while, do it. See what your clients are feeling and make sure it’s comfortable. This is one way to make your clients have the best experience possible and keep them coming back to you.