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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

https://www.uprightpose.com/

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.

xo8 placenta stem cell mask

Earlier this month I was given a mask to try. I always like to try new products and is one of the perks of my job to test products out.
Disclaimer: Rose  Laudisio the CEO and Founder of xo8 Placenta Stem Cell Mask gave me the mask to try for free. I am not being paid to do this review.
The packaging is nice and straight forwards, it talks about the benefits of the mask and the ingredients.

List of the ingredients
The mask, see the tiny gold flakes!

The xo8 website has lots of information about their product,  I have shared some of their information below.

Ingredients

XO8 Placenta Stem Cell Mask uses a cocktail of 14 unique and highly active cosmeceutical-grade ingredients proven extremely effective in rejuvenating the skin. It also includes amino acids, nutrients and antioxidants necessary to fight the signs of aging.

These 14 key natural active ingredients are the driving force behind the XO8 Placenta Stem Cell Mask.

For more information in the ingredients and the mask check out this link

https://xo8mask.com/the-mask/

The Mask

The XO8 Mask Placenta Stem Cell Mask handles your deepest skin concerns with 14 natural ingredients applied directly to the skin. The Mask dramatically brightens, diminishes lines, fades dark spots, hydrates, soothes, nourishes, and tones, giving tired skin a boost and making lovely skin even lovelier.

Our mission is to provide an affordable, high­-end, cosmeceutical-grade product that uses advanced technology to produce incredible skin­-rejuvenating results.

 

Testing out the mask

When I first put the mask on I had a cooling sensation on my face. It has a pleasant fresh scent and not to over powering. The cooling sensation lasted the entire time I left the mask on, which was about 45 mins. 

Not the most flattering photo, but wanted to share what it looks like on

 

The results

Before and After

So I saw a small reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, redness and inflammation was reduced. My skin felt like it drank a full glass of water, nice and hydrated. My lips also felt a little fuller aswell. I’m sorry the before and after photos are not best quality, but if you study the photos you can see the differnece.

Update: This morning (did the mask last night) the lines in my forehead were resuce by almost 50%. Wow!

Comments

  • The mask would be good add-on to a facial, peel or microderm treatment. 
  • Spas and Estheticians could use this for extra revenue for spa services and sell it in retail as take home kits.
  • Downside to the mask is having to lay down. You can’t multi task while wearing the mask at home. 
  • Which is also a benefit because it made me lay down and relax for a bit.
  • I did notice some overall improvements right after using the mask, but not enough to see a huge difference. This maybe because I only did one treatment.
  • The following morning I saw more of difference in my fine lines, so I like that it keeps working after you take it off.
  • Its is not a vegan product since it does have sheep placenta in the mask. So that could be a turn off to some clients.
  • It would be nice if the mask could be used more than once or twice. But most sheet mask like the xo8 are usually one time use. 
  • I would be interested in using a serum with ingredients in the mask as a part of a at home skincare regiment.  At this time I believe xo8 only has the mask to offer clients.



Star Rating

                               *******                                 7 out of 10  (for normal to oily)

      

I would give the mask a 7 out of 10 for myself, I have normal to oily skin and still relatively firm. I would try the mask again and I also would recommend others to try it.

UPDATE:                                                               9 out of 10 ( for dry and mature skin types)

I tried the mask on a client who had very dry and mature skin. It did wonders for her skin a huge reduction in fine lines and the hydration was greatly boosted in her skin.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed the review, I look forward to sharing more products with you in the future.