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Want that Hollywood glow right here in Cincinnati? Keep watching to learn more about the only medspa in the Queen City that's giving you the glow you've always wanted!

Looking for that Hollywood glow all the celebs are sporting these days? Look no further when you visit Victory Wellness & Medspa’s Halo. 

According to Dr. Kerschner, owner of Victory Wellness & Medspa, Halo is a different kind of laser. 

“It’s different because it’s a hybrid,” she explains. “The older lasers were either too deep or too shallow for what you needed, sometimes leaving you with a peeling face for a month or two.”

But the Halo laser gives you the glow you’re looking for without all the peeling. “The laser can determine how deep or shallow it needs to be,” says Dr. Kerschner. “We customize it to your skin and take measurements so it already knows the exact depth of your skin and won’t cause any harm.”

Each treatment takes about 15 minutes to do. Dr. Kerschner and her team will put some numbing cream on your face before starting the session. 

Dr. Kerschner says that following a Halo treatment you can expect to look a little sunburnt for as many as 3 days, depending on how deep you go during your treatment. There is minimal discomfort and you can put makeup on your face to cover up some of the redness.

“Your face will look like you went to the beach,” adds Dr. Kerschner. “But by day 5 you can expect to start glowing.”

Victory Wellness & Medspa is the only medspa in Cincinnati that owns Halo. “We definitely welcome you to come by and experience a beautiful face, improved skin, increased collagen, better elasticity, and less wrinkles,” says Dr. Kerschner.

Learn more about Halo by visiting victorywellness.com or by calling 513-936-3065.

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Learn about a local yoga and meditation studio with two area locations that specializes in transforming beginners into expert yogis.

 

Pamela Quinn is the Founder of Elemental OM, a yoga and meditation studio in Cincinnati.

Do you want to learn about a place to do yoga in the Cincinnati area? “Elemental OM is a yoga and meditation studio with two locations serving Greater Cincinnati,” Pamela Quinn, Founder of Elemental OM, says.

“We specialize in making yoga and meditation accessible to those who have never tried yoga or feel they are inflexible or suffering from physical or emotional situations.” Elemental OM has been in business for 11 years with locations at 9510 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, Ohio 45242 and 11928 Montgomery Road, Symmes, Ohio 45249, with one employee and 55 independent contractors.

Elemental OM started from a personal injury that Quinn dealt with. “I personally suffered a debilitating back injury and turned to meditation to manage my pain,” she says. Quinn learned how to meditate and learned about yoga and Ayurveda. “I healed physically in a short period of time and became passionate about sharing the teachings with others,” she says.

The name of the business comes from “Elements,” which is based on the five-element theory of Ayurveda. This is a mental-based yoga on the tantric nature of yoga. Then there is Om, “the sacred vibration that created the universe,” Quinn says.

The business offers yoga classes for beginners and those who are more advanced; corporate wellness solutions; massage, Reiki and healing touch; and has certification as a yoga teacher and Holistic Health Educator.

Elemental Om wants to create a safe environment for her clients. The business is about “creating an atmosphere where someone who has never done yoga or who feels it just isn’t for them and falls in love with yoga,” she says.

The yoga studio is an addition to the Cincinnati area where people can relax. The place “offers a place where folks can come in, kick off their shoes, get a hug and relax,” Quinn explains. “Mothers come to exercise, but learn to be more patient with their children. School teachers who come to de-stress and take the teachings back to their pupils. Business people come to relax and learn to connect more intimately into meaningful work and purpose.”

Quinn says other folks come suffering from the emotional pain isolation, loneliness, anxiety, depression and grief and learn the tools to manage and heal.

“Most people come in for exercise, but leave with so much more,” she adds, saying that she loves coming back to work everyday. “Our team and our students are incredible. They light up my every day and make me feel so purposefully,” she says. “I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such talent and love.”

To keep up with what Elemental OM is doing, check out their website, where you can sign up for their newsletter. 

 

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Want to tighten up some troublesome skin? We chat with board certified Dr. Magdalena Kerschner about an advanced technology she recommends.

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and starts to develop wrinkles, fine lines, and areas that aren’t quite as tight as they used to be. Victory Wellness & Medspa wants to help you get rid of those troublesome areas with their skin tightening treatments. 

Currently, Victory Wellness offers two options: radio frequency skin tightening and laser skin tightening.

According to Victory Wellness Owner Dr. Kerschner, these treatments work by heating up your skin upwards of 43 degrees. When the treatments do this, they’re working to increase collagen and elastin production in your body. 

Dr. Kerschner says these treatments are a great option for treating fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, where your skin is extra susceptible to developing aging issues. You can also use radio frequency and/or laser treatments to tighten up your neck, arms, legs, and any parts of the body that has loose skin that can’t be treated by surgery, because there isn’t enough skin to treat. 

The radio frequency treatment takes approximately 45 minutes while the laser treatment lasts about a half hour. Dr. Kerschner says you can see results within 30 days and can see maximum results in six months. “You typically need three treatments to start with and then one treatment once a year to maintain your results,” she adds.

To see your skin tightening options, learn which treatments are right for you, or to find more information on Victory Wellness & Medspa, visit victorywellness.com.

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The holidays can be busy and stressful. Learn about a local yogi’s upcoming retreat for women to enjoy yoga, friendships, and refreshing relaxation time.

 

Julie Lusk’s Yoga Slumber Party is a bi-annual event that brings women together for yoga, friendship, and relaxation.

Do you want to experience an event with a community of women where you get to feel relaxed? Julie Lusk’s Yoga Slumber Party is “a bi-annual sleepover for women to enjoy yoga, friendships, and refreshing relaxation time,” Lusk, President of Wholesale Resources, says. “It’s a time to get replenished with joyful energy. We have people come with no yoga experience to those who are accomplished yoga teachers.”

Lusk says they started having two per year starting in 2003. “That’s 15 years and 30 yoga slumber parties,” she laughs. With space for only 36 women, the event is happening at the Jesuit Spiritual Center, which is located 17 miles east of Cincinnati in Milford.

“The Jesuit Spiritual Center gives us almost 40 acres of magnificent acreage along the Little Miami River. There is a labyrinth and walking paths to enjoy,” she says. “Our building has a beautiful room for yoga, and a lounge with a fireplace to enjoy. Delicious food is served in the dining hall — they even do dishes for us! Everyone gets their own private bedroom with a sink. It’s perfect!”

Julie Lusk of the Julie Lusk Yoga Slumber Party

Lusk has more than 40 years of expertise in stress relief, yoga, relaxation training, guided imagery and meditation as an international author, recording artist, and workshop leader. She is the author of “Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief, Yoga Meditations, two volumes of 30 Scripts for Complete Relaxation, Imagery, and Inner Healing, and Desktop Yoga®.” She also has several CDs out, including Yoga Nidra Essentials, Wholesome Energizers, Power of Presence, Blue Moon Rising, and many others.

There is a lot that goes into planning the Yoga Slumber Party. “A theme is selected. Then yoga sequences, music, readings, and creative activities are specially planned to complement the theme,” Lusk says. “Taking out time foroneself is always encouraged.” The theme has not yet been selected for the upcoming yoga slumber party for January 27-28, 2018. There will also be another Yoga Slumber Party happening August 11-12, 2018.

For the Yoga Slumber Party, people can expect “a break from one’s routine to gain a new perspective, inspiration and motivation to live life more meaningfully and fully,” she says. The event is great for the community of Cincinnati because it’s nearby,” she adds. “The Yoga Slumber Party is the perfect way to get all the benefits of a retreat without the expense and time needed to travel.”

If you want to register for the Yoga Slumber Party, visit the Wholesome Resources website.

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Feel like you've tried every diet trick in the book without success? We chat with Dr. Kerschner to see why her testing and customized weight loss plans are working for clients when nothing else does.

Struggling with weight issues? Victory Wellness & Medpsa offers weight loss programs to help you get rid of pesky pounds that aren’t going away with dieting. 

As 43% of Americans are battling obesity, Victory Wellness & Mespa works to get to the root of the issue and get their clients on a path of a sustained, healthy weight and lifestyle.

When you visit the office, you’ll find that Dr. Kerschner and the team at Victory Wellness & Mespa will run a metabolic test to determine if there are any underlying issues that have led to your unsuccessful weight loss in the past, such as thyroid problems, non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease, or other imbalances.

Once these labs come back, Dr. Kerschner reviews the results, talks with you about any issues your body may be having, discusses options for treating them, and then custom-creates a weight loss program designed specifically for you that she monitors along the way.

Weight loss is not a one-size-fits-all solution, Dr. Kerschner says, and that’s why they take this personalized approach to analyzing each client and creating a custom weight loss plan that is optimized to work best for them.

Learn more at victorywellness.com or call 513-936-3065. 

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A local yogi is helping new moms, and many others, with her innovative and therapeutic yoga classes. Keep reading for all the details.

 

Becky Morrissey’s love affair with yoga dates back to her first class at a YMCA in 1989. Since then, she has aspired to make her yoga practice a way of life, and has taught yoga classes in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus.

Morrissey currently works as a Sangha Yoga Studio steward in Loveland and offers EMBODIYoga classes in Cincinnati. A lover of the great outdoors, Morrissey earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from The Ohio State University as well as a her masters degree in Mental Health, Substance Abuse Counseling, and wellness from Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont. She also holds 500 level certificates with EMBODIYoga.

Dedicated to helping heal the mind and body, Morrissey offers somatic-therapeutic yoga as a component within her counseling wellness practices to aid in the treatment of a number of mental health issues.

Becky Morrissey of EMBODIYoga

“I have studied many forms of therapeutic yoga, applying the practices of yoga such as meditation, movement, and breath for understanding management of chronic stress, addiction, and mood,” explains Morrissey. “I find my inspiration from those I have met through workshops and trainings such as Lisa Clark, Amy Weintraub, Doug Keller, Linda Oshins, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and Tom Myers.

According to Morrissey, she offers yoga therapy in classes, workshops, and trainings, all of which allow students to explore the empowerment of their own health and spiritual wellness.

She says that the reward for her work is found both within her students as well as herself. “I find a lot of enthusiasm for spiritual seeking as it weaves a sense of hope, healing, and insightful understanding of personal evolution into yoga teaching,” she adds.

Morrissey’s passion for mental health isn’t the only thing that keeps her going at her yoga studio. She also offers prenatal and postpartum support yoga. Thanks to her Body-Mind Centering approach, Morrissey teaches her students in these classes to explore the relationship between movement and mind.

“Based on the embodiment of anatomical, psychological and developmental movement principles, BMC is an approach to experiencing our living anatomy, a method of movement analysis, and body based knowledge,” she says. “The approach’s uniqueness lies in exploring how each of the body systems can be personally embodied and integrated, early developmental movement states, and their relationship to the inner support and movement of the breath and body systems.”

To learn more about Morrissey and her class offerings, visit https://www.sanghayoga.org/.

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We hear from the pain specialists at St. Elizabeth Healthcare to learn about the most innovative and progressive treatments now available locally.

Dr. Jonathan Grainger, anesthesiology and pain management specialist at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Spine Center, performs a radiofrequency ablation on a patient.

When thinking about back and neck issues, some of the most common diagnoses that typically come to mind are scoliosis, slipped discs and whiplash – to name a few.

Patients in the U.S. spend more than $80 billion each year trying to treat back and neck pain and undergo about 1.2 million spinal surgeries as a result. While acute injuries lead to a significant amount of treatments, the majority of spine-related issues are revealed over an extended period of time.

One example: Osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.

The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Spine Center offers a variety of innovative and progressive treatments

Here are some signs and symptoms that may stem from lingering back and neck issues:

  • Severe pain in the back, legs, arms or head
  • Muscle spasms, stiffness
  • Chronic joint pain (shoulders, hips, knees)
  • Numbness and tingling of thehands, fingers, feet and toes

“Chronic back and neck pain can be debilitating,” said Dr. Jonathan Grainger, anesthesiology and pain management specialist at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Spine Center. “Our goal at the Spine Center is to increase patients’ everyday functionality through a comprehensive approach to pain management and rehabilitation.”

Patients have innovative and progressive treatments available at the Spine Center, including acupuncture, epidural injections, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, spinal cord simulators, radio frequency ablations, kyphoplasty and more.

The Spine Center utilizes state- of-the-art imaging and diagnostics, physical therapy, interventional pain management and surgical therapy. It treats the following acute and chronic spine issues:

  • Cervical radiculopathy: pain and/or neurological symptoms resulting from any type of condition that irritates a nerve in the cervical spine (neck).
  • Compression fractures: a vertebral bone in the spine that has decreased at least 15 to 20 per- cent in height due to fracture.
  • Degenerative disc disease: condition in which a damaged vertebral disc causes chronic pain – either low back pain (and/ or leg pain, sciatica) in the lumbar spine or neck pain (and/or arm pain) in the cervical spine.
  • Spinal stenosis: an abnormal narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal that may occur in any of the regions of the spine
  • Sprains and strains
  • And more

“We see a majority of our patients between the ages of 40 and 65,” Grainger said. “However, modern lifestyles and an increase in physically demanding activities with patients of all ages is starting to shift treatment needs.” For more information about the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Spine Center, visit stelizabeth.com

Editor’s Note: This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by St. Elizabeth Healthcare

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Tired, trouble losing weight, and missing your mojo? Read on and watch as we chat with a local doctor about hormone replacement therapy and its impressive results.


 

Oftentimes, women find that they are unable to sleep at night, feel extra stressed or tired, are seeing more wrinkles, and gain weight in their midsection. But there’s a way to treat these issues!

While you may blame the issues on your environment and the things around you, the real culprit may be your hormones. As we age, our bodies may have trouble producing the same amount of hormones it did when we were, say, in our 20s.

However, Victory Wellness & Medspa’s Dr. Kerschner can help! When you visit her, she can put a small implant in your backside to help give you a continuous dose of hormones – estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

No more remembering to take a pill or go through a daily hormone treatment. The implant will take care of that for you, all while the hormones take care of your body for you!

Learn more about the hormone replacement therapy offered at Victory Wellness & Medspa at victorywellness.com.

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A personal journey encouraged a local lady to seek mindfulness through different wellness alternatives. See how her business can bring more health and happiness to you and your family.

 

Healthwell Enterprises aims to help make you healthier through yoga and other alternative wellness practices.

Brenda Raymond-Ball set out to make Cincinnati a healthier place after her own personal health journey.

“Several years ago, I experienced a series of traumatic personal and business situations involving family health issues, and reorganizations that put not only my career and paycheck at risk, but also impacted others around me in a similar way,” she says.

She had been attending yoga classes but couldn’t find the balance that she was looking for. Her health continued to be impacted and she was soon experiencing physical symptoms. “I made the choice to take a deeper dive into wellness alternatives to rediscover some semblance of balance in my life,” she explains. “After months of focus on yoga, mindfulness, acupuncture, and therapeutic massage, I felt better and could focus on moving forward.”

Today, she is the vision and leadership at Healthwell Enterprises, an organization dedicated to helping people making healthy connections simpler through three programs.

“We provide opportunities for consumers to learn about different wellness alternatives and to make connections with local practitioners through in-person events and via digital forums,” says Raymond-Ball. “We offer business coaching for wellness practitioners with a focus on reaching and educating consumers, and I teach yoga to kids, ‘tweens, and teens, directly providing a connection for our future leaders to discover and create healthy habits.”

Raymond-Ball offers wellness alternatives, articles focused on wellness topics, upcoming events, and more, which you can learn about on the Healthwell Enterprises website.

Healthwell Enterprises currently offers Imagination Yoga to kids ages 3-9 as well as Yoga’sup to ‘tweens and teens. She says the kids yoga is adventure-based and includes actual yoga poses but also brings a little imagination into the sessions. They pretend that they’re animals or rocket ships or a bamboo forest. “We also explore concepts such as kindness, concentrations, and calm,” says Raymond-Ball. “It is a way for kids to learn the mind, body, and heart of yoga while having fun and getting some great physical activity.”

The class for ‘tweens and teen focuses on exploring different ways to relax, through mindfulness and music. “The playlists include music that the students recommend and each class includes flow, partner poses, and relaxation,” she says. “The students have different favorites along the way, but most love the relaxation portion.”

Raymond-Ball says that she’s looking for people who are interested in teaching kids yoga as she continues to expand on opportunities for Healthwell Enterprises.

“We are currently in the process of adding the ability for wellness practitioners to submit their information online to be included in a searchable listing for consumers,” says Raymond-Ball. “This listing will help consumers find practitioners for various wellness alternatives, and will be available in the new year.”

In addition to the wellness listing Raymond-Ball wants to add to the website, she also plans to bring a number of new things to Healthwell Enterprises. These include an opportunity to win a free massage by filling out a short survey on their Facebook page, a yoga workshop that includes a brief introduction to the multiple types of yoga for beginners or experienced yogis who want to broaden their horizons, a practitioner meetup scheduled for February that will allow wellness practitioners to network, share ideas, and find synergies to work together, and a workshop in April that will teach you about different wellness alternatives with local practitioners.

To learn more about Healthwell Enterprises, visit https://www.healthwellenterprises.com/. You can also “like” their Facebook page where updates are posted regularly.

 

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Our Editor-in-Chic chats with Dr. Kerschner of Victory Wellness & Medspa to learn about their unique hair removal services and why they’re proving to be more effective.

Victory Wellness & Medspa has more than just weight loss programs and other cosmetic procedures, they also offer hair removal. What makes the hair removal procedure from Victory Wellness & Medspa so unique is that they use a different kind of laser – they use a BBL laser for hair removal.

“The laser in our office uses a more diffused heat than typical laser,” says Dr. Kerschner. “Therefore, the laser is able to target more hair follicles and ultimately gives you better results.”

The hair removal treatment from Victory Wellness & Medspa is also a lot less painful than other procedures like the traditional Brazilian hair removal procedure. “We have had many people come in worried that it will hurt like their previous hair removal procedures, and they have it done in the office and say that it was nothing – not even a discomfort,” she adds. “Even those with the lowest pain tolerance can handle it.”

The main areas people have treated when they come into the office are the face, where there is sometimes hair around the chin, underarms, Brazilian, and legs. Men also come into the office to have hair removed on their chest or back. “Anywhere there is a dark hair, we can treat it,” says Dr. Kerschner.

The procedure can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on what area of the body you’re having treated. Most people typically need 3-5 treatments up front to have the hair removed. Sometimes, says Dr. Kerschner, those are the only treatments you need, but often the hair does come back a little as fine hair so you’ll want to get a touch-up. There is essentially no downtime, so you don’t have to worry about being down and out for any amount of time. 

Find more information on hair removal services from Victory Wellness & Medspa at victorywellness.com.