Give the gift of pampering

By MARG JACKSON

Whether you want to pamper yourself or treat a loved one to some quality ‘me’ time, the professionals at Advanced Skin Care and Massage in Oakdale can help you out.

Located at 202 N. Second Ave., Oakdale, Certified Massage Therapist/Holistic Health Practitioner Michelle Dixon and estheticians Laura Kirby and Lindsay Shatswell are there to help you look and feel your best.

Dixon specializes in deep tissue, shiatsu, reflexology and Swedish massage, and she also does airbrush tanning. Kirby does skin care, facials, waxing and microdermabrasion and Shatswell also offers facials, skin care, waxing and microdermabrasion in addition to make-up application and eyelash extensions.

The business is housed in a converted former private residence, adding to the comfortable, familiar feeling when you walk in, providing a homey touch as opposed to a clinical setting.
Especially during the holiday season, when the hustle and bustle gets turned up a few notches, Dixon said it’s important for people to remember to take time for themselves, even as they think of others.

“I put together a lot of gift baskets for Christmas,” she said. “We offer packages, where you can get a facial and a massage together.”

Items can also be purchased separately, such as providing someone with a massage or a facial, something they can do as their own schedule allows.

The Zum line of products, including a variety of soaps, lotions and bath products along with candles are also good sellers for gift giving as well as throughout the year and Dixon said gift cards for their goods and services are a popular choice right now. They also have Dermalogica skin care products and carry the SkinCeuticals line of products, covering the basics for both preventative care and repair.

Plus, Dixon said she is often called upon to lend her expertise, noting that husbands and boyfriends will get in touch with her looking for some help.

“I ask them how much they want to spend,” she explained of the gift basket/package, “and then I just put it together.”

Keeping mind and body healthy can help keep spirits up as well and that can be important during the shorter, often dreary days of winter.

Being able to open up a holiday gift card and turn it in to a relaxing visit to the downtown Oakdale shop can be the perfect item to make someone’s day.

Dixon said everyone can benefit from massage.

“It’s very relaxing, often therapeutic,” she said. “It’s great for stress relief and it’s really good for people that just want to relax.”

For more information, call 209-840-2560.

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