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PILATES VS YOGA

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A lot of people wonder what is the difference between pilates and yoga. One of the main differences is that Yoga can be used for improving the flexibility of the body and it will also gradually increase the flexibility of your joints. Whereas Pilates focuses on trying to relax muscles which are tense and provide strengthening of the numerous muscles of the body, it also may be better for recovery after injury, improving posture and for core strength.

One of the biggest difference is the focus in yoga on the spiritual side. Yoga is an integrated system using breath, movement and meditation to unite mind, body and spirit. Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates who was an anatomist and a mechanical genius. It is a physical system that uses very specific targeted exercises to improve strength, flexibility and posture with particular focus on the core. It is a disciplined practice that needs to be done on a regular basis to provide benefit.

So which one is right for you?

The benefits of yoga have been studied extensively. As well as physical and mental benefits, yoga is also believed to have a positive effect on the following medical issues:

Chronic pain

Anxiety & depression

Multiple sclerosis 

Arthritis 

Respiratory conditions

High blood pressure  

Type 2 diabetes

Evidence suggests that Pilates may be beneficial for those with the following conditions: 

Arthritis & joint injuries

Urinary incontinence 

Respiratory conditions

Back pain

We have several brilliant Yoga instructors, Nadia, Dorit, Rita and Dani who cover Aargau, Luzern, Schwyz, Zug and Zurich. In Zurich we also have 2 Pilates instructors, Dan and Viviane.

BEAUTY TRENDS 2020

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While many of us may not be going on the holidays we expected, or to the parties we had planned, we can still follow the trends that we were thinking we’d see in far flung locations or lining the restaurants and bars at home this summer. While the 2010s were all about looking effortless, this new decade is finally making makeup fun again. 2020 is all about celebrating the individual, throw on that glitter, pile of that hair and read on.

Emphasis on the Eyes – neon liners, glitters, pastels; look beyond your usual safe smokey eye and learn to experiment.

Modern French Manicure – forget the classic French that you see with the white tips, think incredibly fine neon tips, bright accents and a manicure firmly rooted in 2020.

Glitter Everywhere – we missed our glitter braids at festivals this summer but instead we got glitter eye makeup! So many options, subtle fine shimmers, bold chunks of glitter, rhinestones – you can’t go wrong!

Fluffy Brows -thankfully the overfilled brows that have invaded Instagram are on the way out, fluffy, more natural brows are here to stay! Opt for a tinted brow gel or a fine brow pencil to get more definition or sweep your brows upwards with brow wax for a more dramatic look.

OUR TOP MASSAGE PICKS FOR AUTUMN EVENINGS

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Is it really already nearly time for cosy evenings in front of the fire? After a long long summer it may be time to cosy up in your dressing gown and treat yourself to some pampering at home. 

Is it crazy to be excited about the cosy evenings? I say there’s nothing crazy about a massage in front of the fire and not having to leave the house afterwards. What better way to finish your massage than in your dressing gown with no need to go anywhere other than the sofa with a good film and a glass of wine.

Have a look below at our top massage picks of the moment.

REFLEXOLOGY

This special massage technique is based on the assumption that the reflex zones on the foot are connected to the various organs of the body. When our therapist massages with specific pressure these stimuli reach the brain and the connected organs through the skin, muscles, nerves, blood and lymphatic systems. This selective stimulation is able to release blockages in the meridians – the energy channels of the body – and to improve blood circulation.

LYMPH DRAINAGE MASSAGE

Manual lymph drainage is a gentle technique aimed at stimulating the lymphatic system and relieving localised swelling by shifting accumulated lymph fluid from the area affected to the corresponding lymph nodes or drainage areas using superficial movement techniques on the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE

Aromatherapy uses the restorative properties of essential oils to activate healing for the mind, body and soul. It’s excellent for relaxation, reducing stress, increasing calmness and reducing anxiety.

POST HOLIDAY BLUES

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Many people who travel on vacation/holiday find themselves experiencing post-vacation blues. This is marked by an overall decrease in well-being and work productivity following a satisfying vacation. Having to get back into the routine of work, school, and daily life in general can be a source of distress, disorientation and discomfort. However unpleasant it may be, though, the post-vacation blues can be overcome with a little determination, some perspective, some insight on lessons learned from vacation, and of course a little self-care.

  1. Treat yourself to a massage, bring the spa to your home and imagine your’e still on holiday. We have a huge range of different massages to offer you, browse through our website for some inspiration. We highly recommend the Glow Concierge Signature Massage with Andrei.
  2. Do some exercise, ff you’re feeling the blues, it’s likely that you will feel like sitting and staring into space or turning on a show to binge-watch. Before you give in to that, go for a run or book one of our personal trainers to kickstart your body. We offer personal training, pilates and yoga, if you’re terrible at motivating yourself to go to the gym or out for a run then our PT’s are the answer!
  3. How are you feet looking after all that sea and sand? Book a pedicure at home. Have you experienced the Lovaskin that our provider Laura uses? It’s truly a miracle for feet, removing all the dead skin in only 60 seconds leaving your feet baby soft. If you’re really feeling like you deserve it, combine your pedicure with some reflexology. Sofiane is truly a magician when it comes to reflexology.
  4. Do you need to treat your hair to some tender loving care after your holiday? Book an appointment with Erika for a cut, hair mask and blow dry.
  5. Look forward, not backward. Contemplate one thing you would love to happen this year. Not a giant “life goal”—this could be way too daunting – especially in 2020! Think about one thing you would like to happen in 2020 and then make a plan to bring it into being.

AN INTERVIEW WITH OUR FIRST EVER PROVIDERS

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First we have Laura, she offers her services in Zurich City and the surrounding area as well as Canton Aargau.

1. How long have you been working with Glow?
I joined 2 years come September. Since the beginning.

2. What’s your favourite thing about working with Glow
I can add my own schedule and choose when I want to work. If my plans change then I just update my availability.

3. What convinced you to join?
I always wanted to work in the beauty industry and this way I can be flexible with my hours and not always being in one place. It’s nice to travel around to different clients instead of sitting in a salon.

4. What’s your most popular treatment?
I think nails, in particular pedicures, I have this great product from Lovaskin which the clients love, it removes all the dead skin in literally 60 seconds.

5. Is there any advice you would give to anyone thinking of working with Glow? 
Add as much availability as possible, you can always take it out if your plans change, no one can book you if you’re not available online. Especially at the beginning it’s good to be seen and then you get some clients who become regulars. A lot of my clients are referrals from other clients. 

Laura doing a Lash Lift in the Garden last Summer

Andrei also joined us at the very beginning, he works in Zurich Canton, the Eastern part of Canton Aargau and the southern part of Canton Schwyz

1. How long have you been working with Glow?
I started my work with Glow from the beginning, good start, good opportunity to build on my set of skills.

2. What’s your favourite thing about working with Glow
The concept of the company, it’s great that it’s so flexible, and the people I work with.

3. What convinced you to join?
Your online platform attracted me the most. I can take advantage of having an online presence without having to pay for my own website.

4. What’s your most popular treatment?
I don’t have a most popular treatment because all the treatments I do are personalized to each client

5. Is there any advice you would give to anyone thinking of working with Glow? 
If you put passion in your work you will succeed. Be available, be willing to go that extra mile for your clients.

Andrei doing one of his famous Facials for a Client last Week.

GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN YOU!

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Do you already know about our most popular services for men?


1. MANicure – Don’t neglect those cuticles gentlemen. Well-groomed hands are an absolute must, whether at a business meeting or a date.

2. Back Wax – Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there, get that rid of that fluff before you head to the badi, lake or beach.!

3. Facial – Once our clients have had one of Andrei’s facials, they always book more! You have to experience it for yourself.

4. Personal Training – Summer is already upon us and we’ve been overindulging during lockdown. Book a personal training session to get back on track and work on that six pack you have always wanted. No excuses!

5. Pedicure – No one likes looking at neglected feet. NO ONE. So please book one of our pedicures before you take out your flip-flops.

Enjoy those beautiful summer days!

Kennt ihr schon unsere beliebtesten Services für Männer?

1. MANiküre – Vernachlässigt eure Nagelhaut nicht, meine Herren. Gepflegte Hände sind ein absolutes Muss, ob bei einem Geschäftstermin oder einem Date.

2. Rückenwaxing – Nur weil ihr sie nicht sehen könnt, heisst es nicht, dass die Haare nicht da sind. Entfernt den Pelz bevor ihr in die Badi, an den See oder an den Strand geht.

3. Gesichtsbehandlung – Wenn unsere männlichen Kunden einmal eine von Andrejs Gesichtsbehandlungen gehabt haben, buchen sie immer wieder! Das müsst ihr mal selbst erlebt haben.

4. Personal Training – Der Sommer ist bereits in vollem Gange und wir haben uns während des Lockdowns eher wenig bewegt. Bucht also ein Personal Training, um wieder Fahrt aufzunehmen und an dem Sixpack zu arbeiten, das ihr schon immer wolltet. Es gibt keine Ausreden mehr

5. Pediküre – Niemand schaut gerne auf vernachlässigte Füsse. Absolut KEINER! Bucht euch also bitte eine unserer Pediküren, bevor ihr eure Flip-Flops auspackt.

Geniesst diese schönen Sommertage!


HOW TO GET BEACH READY WITHOUT LEAVING THE HOUSE

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The borders are gradually opening again and you are finally allowed to start planning your summer holiday. You don’t have time to go to the salon with all the things you need to get done before going away? No need to worry,  WE COME TO YOU! Go to our website or app, simply put in your postcode, choose the date and provider you want and next thing you know they’ll be at your door ready to pamper you. This saves you the time you probably need for finishing all emails and packing your suitcase before you are finally ready to head to the airport. 

We asked our clients what their beauty routine is before getting on the plane. These are their top 5: 

1. Pedicure – number 1 on our clients’ holiday check list. Baby soft feet and perfectly painted toenails are a must! And guys, also your toenails have to look great in flipflops.

2. Manicure – goes hand in hand with your pre-holiday pedicure, matchy matchy or mix things up with ombre fingernails and neon toenails, you decide!

3. Wax – essential pre-holiday prep! Need we say more?! One of our specials is a back wax for men. And believe us, it doesn’t hurt as much as getting rejected by your summer crush because of a hairy back.

4. Facial – prepare your skin for you holiday, perfectly exfoliated skin is a must for all those make up free days on the beach. 

5. Hair Cut – a fresh cut is essential before the onslaught of salt and sand. 

And the best part? You don’t even have to leave the house and spend hours going to a salon. Have a look at our website or drop us an email if you have a question.

Enjoy your well-deserved summer holiday!

Ready für den Strand, ohne das Haus verlassen zu müssen

Die Grenzen öffnen sich allmählich wieder und du darfst endlich deinen Sommerurlaub planen. Du hast jedoch keine Zeit, um in den Salon zu gehen und all die Dinge zu erledigen, die man vor der Abreise noch typischerweise macht? Kein Grund zur Sorge, WIR KOMMEN ZU DIR! Geh einfach auf unsere Website oder App, gib deine Postleitzahl ein, wähle das gewünschte Datum und den Anbieter, und schon bald klingelt es an der Türe und du wirst verwöhnt. Das erspart dir wertvolle Zeit, die du wahrscheinlich gut brauchen kannst, um beispielsweise die letzten E-Mails zu beantworten und deine Koffer zu packen, bevor es endlich losgeht.

Wir haben unsere Kunden und Kundinnen gefragt, was ihre Beauty-Routine ist, bevor sie ins Flugzeug steigen. Das sind ihre Top 5: 

1. Pediküre – Nummer 1 auf der Urlaubscheckliste unserer Kund*innen. Weiche Füsse und perfekt lackierte Fussnägel sind ein Muss für alle Frauen! Und Männer, auch eure Zehennägel müssen in Flipflops gepflegt aussehen.

2. Maniküre – geht Hand in Hand mit der Pediküre vor dem Urlaub, ihr entscheidet, ob ihr die gleiche Nagellackfarbe oder eine coole Farbkombination möchtet. 

3. Waxing – unverzichtbar für die Urlaubsvorbereitung! Müssen wir noch mehr sagen?! Eines unserer Specials ist übrigens ein Rückenwaxing für Männer. Und Jungs glaubt uns, es tut nicht so sehr weh, wie ein Korb eures Sommerflirts wegen eines zu behaarten Rückens.

4. Gesichtsbehandlung – bereitet eure Haut auf den Urlaub vor! Ein Peeling ist perfekt, um die Make-up freie Zeit am Strand so richtig geniessen zu können. 

5. Haarschnitt – was gibt es besseres als einen frischen Haarschnitt, um eure Haare auf den Ansturm von Meersalz und Sand vorzubereiten? 

Und das Beste daran? Du musst nicht einmal das Haus verlassen und Stunden in einem Beauty-Salon verbringen. Geh einfach auf unsere Website oder schreib uns eine E-Mail, wenn du Fragen hast. Ach übrigens, wir bieten auch Personal Training an, wenn du deiner Bikini-Figur noch den letzten Schliff geben möchtest.

Geniesse deinen wohlverdienten Sommerurlaub!

SUMMERTIME

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Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to brush up on your summer beauty tips! You may be staying in Switzerland but with all the beautiful lakes and mountains it still feels like a holiday.

1. Choose the right sunscreen. Nothing is more important for summer! Choose the right factor for your skin.

2. Stay moisturized. You may have let up on this a little since winter left the premises, but don’t give it up for good. A solid moisturizing routine can do so many beneficial things for your complexion! Your skin is a barrier that protects you from environmental aggressors like pollution, bacteria and moisture loss, and keeping it moisturized helps keep that barrier working properly. Dry skin is unhappy, damage-prone skin, so apply a light moisturizer to protect it from summertime drying agents like sunburns, salt and chlorine. Treat yourself to a facial at home with one of our specialists to really get your skin glowing.

3. Exfoliate at the right times. Keep in mind that exfoliation reveals new, sensitive skin that could be more prone to burning in the sun. Reserve your exfoliating habits for the evening, or for days when you aren’t heading straight from the shower to the pool. Have you tried our back facial, highly recommended for summer.

4. Don’t wax your bikini line right before the beach. This skin is some of the more sensitive and prone to irritation, so waxing off layers of dead skin cells and then exposing it to harsh sunlight, salt and chlorine? That’s just begging for bumps and ingrown hairs. Be smart; time your hair removal efforts several hours before engaging in summer activities, not seconds before you run out the door.

5. Rock your natural hair! Wild just rolled out of bed messy waves and curls are a totally easy chic look for summer! Scrunch your hair after washing and let it air dry, alternatively book one of our hair stylists for braids to keep your hair off your face and neck and still look stylish.

HAVE YOUR TRIED A BACK FACIAL YET?

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Its exactly what it sounds like! A ‘facial’ for your back…a backcial if you will!
It’s the one place that you can really struggle to get to yourself. Ever tried exfoliating your own back?!
Back facials include the same techniques you would find in a standard facial, including deep cleansing, exfoliation and a purifying mask. Back facials are very popular for treating back acne, but are also good for treating other skin conditions such as oily skin.
This time of year is the perfect time to try this treatment. Get your back ready for bikini season!
At the moment Laura offers this service in Zurich Canton. If you want to try this and you dont live in Zurich then send us a quick email info@glowconcierge.ch and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

FUSSREFLEXZONENMASSAGE ZU HAUSE GENIESSEN MIT GLOWCONCIERGE

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Während die meisten Leute denken, dass Fußreflexzonenmassage nur ein anderes Wort für Fußmassage ist, ist es tatsächlich viel mehr als das… aber was genau ist eine Fussreflexzonenmassage und was kann sie bewirken?

Die Fussreflexzonenmassage kann vielfältige Beschwerden am ganzen Körper lindern. So werden Selbstheilungskräfte aktiviert, die Fussmassage wirkt entspannend und kann Krankheiten lindern.

Die Reflexzonentherapie geht von einem ganzheitlichen Körperbild aus. Alle Körperteile sind der Lehre nach miteinander verbunden. Der menschliche Körper spiegelt sich im Fuss. ( Siehe Foto)  Man kann also sagen, dass der Fuss wie eine kleine Landkarte den Körper repräsentiert. Durch gezielte Druckmassagen an speziellen Stellen am Fuss, können körperliche und seelische Beschwerden im restlichen Körper gelöst werden.

Ursprünglich stammt die Fußreflexzonenmassage von den amerikanischen Ureinwohnern, den Indianern. Diese behandelten seit jeher verschiedenste Formen von Schmerz an bestimmten Punkten der Hände und Füße. Sie vertraten damals schon,  die Ansicht, die Füße seien ein Spiegel sämtlicher Bereiche unseres Körpers. Der amerikanische Arzt William Fitzgerald studierte diese Behandlungsform intensiv und setzte 1917 der Grundstein für die heutige Reflexzonen-Therapie, die er anhand seines medizinischen Wissens weiterentwickelte.

Heute arbeiten hauptsächlich Physiotherapeuten und Masseure mit dieser Therapieform.

Buche Deine Fussreflexzonenmassage mit Glow Concierge und warte gemütlich zu Hause bis Andrei eintrifft und lasse dich in deinen eigenen vier Wänden verwöhnen. Danach kannst Du entspannt zu Hause bleiben und die Wirkung geniessen.

Viel Spass dabei.

Dein Glow Concierge Team