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.

Micoblading

What is Micoblading?

Microblading is the art of making realistic hair strokes with pigment to create the illusion of fuller brows. This is a semi-permanent procedure, with results that last about one year depending on your skin type. The benefit of microblading vs permanent makeup is it doesn’t go as deep into your skin. This means Microblading artist has more control over the ink making cleaner, crisper and more natural looking hair strokes for your eyebrows. It also will not fade into an undesirable color that permanent makeup does over time.

My Story

I was a victim of the 90’s and over tweezed my brows. For years I tried to grow out my brows and didn’t have any success. I tried various products to help grow my brows out and had a little success but not much on the new growth.

When I went to school for skin care I was introduced to the Microblading when an artist came into my school and gave us a demonstration. I couldn’t save my money fast enough! I wanted to get my brows done that day. After I finished school I researched a couple different Microblading artist in the Tampa bay area. Which lead me to Brent Weed. I followed his account on Instagram for a month or so. I loved all of his before and after photos he posted of his work. His work looks so natural to me with each individual hair stroke he made it gave a soft but full looking brow. I’m amazed how far semi-permanent make has come. The look of marker filled brows are over!

Before Pictures

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The Process

I booked my appointment for a consultation. At the consultation Brent talked about what I should expect from the treatment and he evaluated my skin to see if I was a good candidate for microblading. Luckily I was and then he took about 30 mins to map out my brows. Some may squawk at him taking this much time, but I loved that he took his time and made sure I was going to be happy with the shape of my brows!

 

Did it hurt?

Yes it did, was it so painful that cried out in pain or cried. Nope. If you have ever had extraction work done during a facial that amount of discomfort is a similar comparison as what Microblading felt like. The pain was not that bad. The bed I lay down on was comfy and Brent played music which help distract me.

I am so happy with my results. I am no longer spending so much time on doing my brows in the morning. My everyday make up routine is now down to 10 minutes!

SO here is the before and after shot . . .

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I have absolutely no regrets. I love how my brows turned out. If you are considering doing Microblading. Do your research and find an artist that takes their time. This is one service I do not recommend going to Groupon for. Save your money and get it done right!

 

If you want to go where I got my brows done here is the information:

Flirt Wax Bar

https://www.waxtampa.com/microblade

4004 S Macdill Ave Unit 2

Tampa, Fl 33611

813.835.4929

Brent did my brows and highly recommend him! If you do go to the Flirt Wax Bar, please let them know I referred you.

 

*** I was not paid to do this review or given any compensation.