Balanced Therapeutics

Massage and Skin Care Education

Cleaning Vocabulary

March 25, 2020

Day 1 both of Massage School and Esthetician School we talk about cleaning and disinfecting. It’s a theme that is talked about throughout EVERY school program. We are trained to treat everyone as if they have an infection that we don’t want to catch and don’t want to spread. There is also a large emphasis on making sure you as a practitioner are healthy enough to work. When I was a teacher I had many conversations with students about whether they should call out or not. The number one thing I would ask them “Would you want a service from you today?” If I’m already asking that question 99% of the time the answer is no. I’ve noticed a lot of terms being used interchangeably over the last few weeks. There are a few terms out there that can be but not all of them. I would like to clear some of that up and go over the 3 most popular disinfectants.

Let’s clean up some terminology. Pun intended! The #1 thing I would like you to take away from this is please read the back of your cleaning supplies for directions! Many of you are using products wrong and not letting them stay on a surface for long enough!⁣

From the CDC:⁣

Cleaning: removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. ⁣

Disinfecting: kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. ⁣

Sanitizing: lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.⁣

Sterilization: is the killing of all microbial life and requires an autoclave and is mainly used in healthcare.⁣

Barbicide is a disinfectant and probably the most popular product used in studios (quoting my own research here). This kills germs on the surface of objects. This should be used AFTER you clean the item with soap and water. If you are submerging the object in a barbicide solution it needs to stay in for 10 minutes. If you are using barbicide wipes there needs to be 2-3 minutes of MOIST contact for the surface to properly disinfected.

Citrus II® Hospital Germicidal Deodorizing Cleaner- this is another popular product I know many studios use. This product is popular because it does not eat away at the vinyl that covers massage tables! This strong disinfectant will kill HIV, tuberculosis and more. For this to work at maximum efficacy you need to spray it on a surface and leave it for 10 minutes.

70 Proof Alcohol is a popular disinfectant in most medical professions. If you want the science why 70 proof works better than 90 or 100 proof I will gladly geek out with you someday about that. 70 proof is recommended but you also need above 50 proof for it to work as a disinfectant. 70 proof alcohol can kill bacteria in about 10 seconds but it will take up to 5 minutes to kill viruses. Again you need to clean with soap and water first then you can spray, pore or wipe something down with this! This will chew away at plastic and vinyl. 

CBD for Skin Care

January 15, 2020

Reason #1 to use CBD in skincare:

The Endocannabinoid System is one of the body’s 12 systems, controlling the others. It works by talking to the other 11 systems to keep our bodies in homeostasis (internal balance). CBD works as a chemical messenger in this system to improve communication between cells.

Meet the Owner

January 3, 2020

Happy New Year! I would like to introduce myself! I'm Larken the owner and CEO of Balanced Therapeutics. There are so many versions to why I created my massage and skin care practice but here’s the quick story. I was meeting so many clients that were in pain or discomfort but didn’t want to make any HUGE changes. They didn’t want to quit their stressful jobs, stop competing in their sport, or even stop wearing high heels. I started working with each client on what we could add to their life to lives to create a win win situation. Where could we find a balance? This was not a quick fix massage but over time each client saw the therapeutic results they were looking for and were set up to maintain them! Your body and health take commitment but it doesn’t need to be all consuming. Soon I also saw this need in skin care. Making huge skin care routine changes can be overwhelming. At the end of last year I was able to add this to my practice. I love helping people put their best face forward by helping clients make realistic choices for them. So all together this is where Balanced Therapeutics comes from! Thank you for reading!