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Regardless of the cause, sore muscles are never fun. Fortunately, you don’t have to let this ailment drag you down for too long. There are many forms of treatment that can have you feeling better in no time at all.

Here are five of the best ways to treat sore muscles:

·      Stretch, stretch, and stretch some more. Yes, it may feel uncomfortable at first, but it will go a long way in providing the relief you’re seeking.

·      Stay hydrated. This is just about as easy as it gets. Make sure you drink enough water and you’re sure to begin feeling better.

·      Ice it. This can be difficult if your entire body is sore, but ice can do wonders for ailing muscles.

·      Use heat as well. If you ice early in the day, treat your muscles with heat later on. You may be surprised at how good it feels.

·      Continue to use the muscles. It’s easy to think your sore muscles need rest – and they do – but you don’t want to go overboard.

By following some or all of these tips you’ll soon realize you don’t have to live with sore muscles for an extended period of time.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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As your day drags on, there’s a good chance you’ll begin to feel a few aches and pains. For many people, the worst aches are in their feet.

While rest typically makes things better, there’s something you need to know: you’ll never find a permanent solution until you know what’s causing your feet to ache.

Here are a few of the top causes of aching feet:

·      Overuse. Are you on your feet all day long? Do you find yourself putting stress on your feet throughout the day? If so, there’s a good chance that overuse is leading to your aches.

·      Obesity. Unfortunately, if you’re overweight it can have a negative impact on many areas of your health, including your feet. Shed a few pounds and you may be surprised to find that your feet feel much better as a result.

·      The wrong shoes. Yes, your shoes could be the reason for your aching feet. For example, if your shoes are too big or too small it could lead to discomfort. The same holds true of shoes that are worn out and no longer providing the support you need.

These aren’t the only causes of aching feet, but they are definitely among the most common.

If you find yourself facing this problem, don’t hesitate to get some rest and schedule a massage. Both of these things can do wonders for you!

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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Regardless of your job title or responsibilities, there may come a time when workplace stress begins to bog you down.

Not only can this make it difficult to get through your day, but it can also impact other areas of your life.

Fortunately, the right approach can go a long way in helping you reduce stress at work. Here are some ideas to consider:

·      Closely track your stressors. Are you stressed out because you have too much work on your plate? Because your coworkers aren’t doing their job? Because you don’t have the right technology in place? Once you understand your stressors you can implement a system for change.

·      Take breaks. Everyone needs a break every now and again. If you push through your day, all without ever resting your mind and body, the stress can take a toll on you. Even a 20 minute break every few hours can go a long way in making life easier on you.

·      Learn what helps you relax. Maybe you need to get a massage once a week to de-stress. Or maybe you need to take a longer lunch so you can give your mind time to refocus. Don’t hesitate to experiment with a variety of stress reduction strategies.

Stress in the workplace is natural, but that doesn’t mean you have to let this remain a big part of your life. These tips can help you reduce stress, thus performing at a higher level in the future.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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A stiff neck, regardless of the cause, has a way of slowing you down. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with this pain and discomfort any longer. There are several treatment strategies you can use to improve your situation once and for all.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

·      Massage. There is no better feeling than getting a massage when suffering from a stiff neck and/or back. Not only does the massage itself feel good, but it can have long lasting effects on your health as well.

·      Use both ice and heat (to see which one works best). Once you find something that works, stick with it for the time being. For example, a warm shower is often a great way to loosen a stiff neck.

·      Stretch in the morning, evening, and throughout the day. This is something that many people overlook, but it’s one of the best ways to relieve discomfort associated with a stiff neck.

·      Change out your mattress and pillow. This may or may not be the cause of your problems, but the only way to know for sure is to make a change. Opt for a special neck pillow accompanied by a firm mattress.

Don’t let your stiff neck keep you down. Instead, experiment with one of these treatment strategies with the hope of finding the one that’s best for you. 

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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It’s hard to imagine that you could become dehydrated, especially if you aren’t taking on extreme heat, but it could happen when you least expect it.

This is a serious health concern that can lead to a variety of problems, so be sure to follow these tips if you find yourself in trouble:

·      Immediately stop what you are doing. There is no point in attempting to push through, as this can take a toll on your body. Stop immediately and do whatever it takes to cool down.

·      Seek shelter. It’s best to find a cool area, out of direct sunlight, as this will give your body the opportunity to cool down as quickly as possible.

·      Drink fluids. If available, it’s imperative to drink water or a sports drink. Adding to this, a drink with electrolytes can go a long way in bringing your body back to normal.

·      Continue to rest. It’s not good enough to stop what you’re doing and take a drink. You need to continue to rest in a cool place, all with the idea of making a full recovery.

With the spring months ahead, there’s a good chance you’ll be spending more time outdoors. You should always be on the lookout for signs of dehydration, as you don’t want to push your body past its limit.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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We’re still a couple months away from spring allergies really picking up, but there’s no better time than now to prepare yourself. By taking the initiative, you may be able to change your ways with the idea of preventing allergies and feeling better as the spring season wears on.

Here are a handful of simple changes you can make:

·      Don’t spend as much time outdoors. When spring allergy season hits its peak, stay indoors as much as possible. This isn’t always easy, but it’s something you should try to do.

·      Wash your clothes regularly. Even though you don’t see it, allergens land on your clothes when you go outdoors. Subsequently, you bring them back inside with you. This is why you should wash your clothes immediately after returning inside (within reason, of course).

·      Turn to natural relief. While there are many allergy medications on the market, you don’t have to rely on one of these. There is natural relief to be had, such as by taking a supplement with ginkgo biloba.

·      Keep your windows closed. Even though you love that fresh air, you don’t want to invite allergens into your home. Rather than use windows, opt for ceiling fans.

There you have it. These tips won’t guarantee that you prevent spring allergies from causing you discomfort, but they can absolutely help.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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If working out is a big part of your life, you may find it hard to take time off. Instead, you’re always pushing yourself to new heights.

However, if you neglect to add rest days to your workout schedule, it could soon take a toll on your mind and body.

Here are three of the best reasons to add rest days to your workout schedule:

·      To prevent injury. You never want to injure yourself when working out, as this can put you on the shelf for an extended period of time. Rest days don’t guarantee you’ll never suffer an injury, but this strategy can definitely help. Remember, your body needs time to recover.

·      To rest your muscles. You need to give your immune system the time necessary to repair and grow your muscle. If you neglect to do so, you’re not getting as much out of each workout session as you could.

·      To keep your mental edge. Your body isn’t the only thing that can wear down when you go too hard for too long. You can also lose your mental edge, thus leading to burnout.

So, there you have it. If you’re the type of person who has avoided rest days in the past, these are some reasons to work them into your schedule in the future.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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Dry, cracked skin can be every bit as uncomfortable as it sounds. If you let this problem persist, it’s only going to worsen with time.

Fortunately, there are several ways to treat cracked skin, some of which could bring you the relief you’ve been searching for.

Here are some ideas to consider:

·      Soak the skin. The key here is that you want to use more than water. For example, add two to three drops of a natural oil, such as almond, as this will heal the skin and provide much needed relief. Also, when showering, don’t use extremely hot water as this can zap your skin of moisture.

·      Moisturize regularly. For example, once you get out of the shower you should pat your skin dry and then apply a high quality moisturizer. Do this a few days in a row and you’ll notice a big change.

·      Use Super Glue. It may sound extreme, but using Super Glue to hold together cracked skin is a great way to promote healing.

Final tip: prevention is the best cure. If you can avoid cracked skin in the first place – such as by using a daily moisturizer – you’ll never have to concern yourself with finding a treatment method that works.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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There are many forms of exercise, all of which can have a positive impact on your body. However, like most, you’ll come to find that some are better suited to you than others.

While some people enjoy walking, running, or lifting weights at the gym, others have come to find that swimming is the perfect type of exercise. Here are some of the many benefits:

·      Less stress on your body. When you run or jog, for instance, you put a lot of stress on your joints. With swimming, you can get the same level of exercise, all without the constant pounding.

·      Helps maintain a healthy weight. If this is important to you – and it should be – you should look into adding swimming to your regular workout schedule. The ability to help you maintain a healthy weight is one of the primary benefits.

·      Build muscle strength and endurance. As the days go by, you’ll find that your swimming regimen is boosting your endurance and making you feel stronger from head to toe.

With so many health benefits, don’t waste another day finding a way to swim more often. Once you find a pool you can regularly use, there’s only one thing left to do: jump in and enjoy yourself!

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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A headache at any time of the year can stop you dead in your tracks. For this reason, it’s important to know the most common causes, as this can help you avoid an uncomfortable situation.

For many people, the winter months are the worst when it comes to headaches. There are many causes of winter headaches, including but not limited to:

·      Dry sinuses. When your sinuses dry out, there’s a greater chance that you will develop a headache. The best way to protect against this is to use a humidifier at home.

·      Lack of vitamin D. Since you’re not spending as much (if any) time outside, there’s a good chance you’re not getting the vitamin D you need. Rather than wait until spring arrives, ask your doctor about taking a vitamin D supplement.

·      Get more sleep. This is a problem at all times of the year, but for many it really comes into play during the winter months. For example, you may find it hard to sleep at night when it’s cold in your home. If you’re not getting enough sleep, there’s always a chance of developing a headache.

If you find yourself dealing with one or more of these issues, it’s best to put them to rest as soon as possible. Doing so will go a long way in helping you avoid headaches during the winter season.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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A muscle pull is every bit as painful as it sounds. This injury can happen for many reasons, including but not limited to too much physical exertion, poor flexibility, and neglecting to warm up before working out.

Most people understand that a pulled muscle can cause both pain and discomfort for many days or weeks. Fortunately, by taking the right first aid steps, you can minimize the pain and speed up the healing process.

Here are some things you should do immediately after suffering the injury:

·      Apply ice as quickly as possible as to reduce swelling. As a general rule of thumb, apply ice for 15 minutes every hour for the first day. After that, cut back to 15 minutes every four hours.

·      After three days of ice, you can experiment with heat if you’re still suffering any discomfort.

·      Do your best to completely rest the muscle for a full day following the injury. When doing so, try to keep the muscle above your heart.

·      Don’t jump back into activity too soon, as this increases the likelihood of re-injuring the muscle.

First aid for a muscle pull is not complicated. As long as you stick with ice and rest, you’re putting yourself in position to make the fastest possible recovery.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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As the winter months drag on, you may notice the cold weather taking a toll on your mind and body.

While many people take the time to care for their skin, some forget about their hair and scalp. This isn’t a mistake you want to make.

Here are a few winter hair care tips to keep in mind at all times:

·      Protect your hair when possible, as you don’t want to expose it too often to the cold, wet weather. This can be as simple as wearing a hat or hood.

·      Hydration is essential. Just the same as your skin, you need to keep your hair and scalp hydrated during the winter months.

·      Over-styling can cause discomfort. It may look good, but the more product you add to your hair the more problems you’re causing.

·      When washing your hair, opt for cool or warm water. That scalding hot shower may sound like a good idea, but it’ll zap all the moisture from your hair and scalp (not to mention your skin).

As you can see, it’s easy to follow these winter hair care tips. It may take a change in approach, but most people find that it’s well worth it in the end.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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It’s something we’ve discussed in the past, but it’s well worth tackling again: there are things you can do to prevent the flu.

While there’s no guarantee you won’t find yourself fighting this illness in the near future, there are steps you can take to improve your chance of remaining healthy this winter. Here are five tips to keep in mind at all times:

·      Avoid close contact with anyone who has the flu (if at all possible)

·      Cover your nose and mouth

·      Clean your hands after contact with other people and objects

·      Don’t get into the habit of touching your mouth, nose, or eyes, as this is often how germs are spread

·      Keep good health habits in mind, which can include getting more sleep, disinfecting your home often, and eating healthy

Again, there is no guaranteed way to prevent the flu this winter, but there are always things you can do to improve your odds of success.

By taking these five tips, you may be one of the lucky people who avoid this illness altogether – and there’s no better feeling than that.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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Are you concerned about the health of your skin during the winter months? Are you already beginning to struggle with dryness and cracking? Are you hoping to eliminate dry skin before it becomes too big of a problem?

Preventing dry winter skin is easier said than done, however, there are some tips you can follow to help yourself feel better over the next few months:

·      Moisturize as often as necessary. If nothing else, this is the one thing you need to do. Moisturizing two to three times per day can do wonders for your skin.

·      Use a humidifier at home. It doesn’t matter if you have a whole house humidifier or a portable unit, this can be the difference between dry skin and remaining healthy (and comfortable) this winter.

·      Don’t shower in hot water. This may feel good when the temperature drops, but it’s one of the quickest way to pull the moisture out of your skin. If you’re going to shower in super hot water, make it a quick one.

These three tips don’t guarantee you will never suffer from dry skin this winter, but they can definitely help. Don’t hesitate to use each one to your advantage until the spring months roll around.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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With the cold weather here to stay for a few months, it may be time to adjust your approach to working out.

Rather than hibernate until the weather breaks, there are a few cold weather workout tips you can implement. Here are several that are sure to work in your favor:

·      Get in a good stretch before you do anything. Without this, you’re taking a big risk with the health of your muscles. It only takes 10 minutes to stretch, so make sure you add this to your schedule. You’ll be glad that you did.

·      Begin your workout with light cardio. This can include everything from brisk walking to riding a stationary bike. With this, you can raise your core temperature and ensure that you’re ready to take on anything your workout will throw at you.

·      Dress appropriately. This is a tough one, as it’s cold outside but you’ll be sweating in no time at all. The best thing you can do is dress appropriately for the temperature, as you don’t want to expose yourself to cold weather when you’re soaked in sweat.

There is no denying the fact that cold temperatures can have an impact on your body, such as forcing your muscles to work overtime. Subsequently, it can result in more muscle tissue damage, longer recovery times, and additional soreness.

With all this in mind, you’ll want to follow the tips above at all times. These will ensure that you get the most out of every cold weather workout.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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With 2017 coming to a close, it won’t be long before you turn all your attention to the new year. This means many things to many people, including setting a New Year’s resolution.

While your New Year’s resolution can be pretty much anything you want, 2018 may be the year for you to focus on your health. If it is, here are three resolutions to consider:

·      Lose weight. Even if you only shed a few pounds in the new year it could go a long way in improving your overall level of health. There’s no better time than January to get moving in the right direction.

·      Get more exercise. It may be something you’ve struggled with in the past, but once it’s part of your daily routine you’ll feel much better about your health and well being. More exercise can be as simple as taking a couple laps around the block at lunch.

·      Quit smoking. A top New Year’s resolution, use the new year to give you the boost you need to put smoking in the past once and for all. By the time 2019 rolls around, this will be a distant memory.

So, there you have it. These are a few of the best New Year’s resolutions for your health. What do you think of these ideas? Are you considering any others?

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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With the holiday season in full swing, it’s only natural to feel a bit of stress every now and again. Of course, if this becomes too much for you to handle, it could begin to have an impact on your daily life.

Knowing the top causes of holiday stress may be able to help you avoid trouble in the days and weeks to come. Here are some things to think about:

·      Financial worries. It goes without saying that you’ll probably need to part with some money during the holiday season. From gifts to hosting people at your home, there’s always money to be spent.

·      Friends and family. Like many, the more time you spend around friends and family the more stress you feel. Don’t be surprised if this doesn’t ramp up during the holidays.

·      Large crowds. Do you find yourself fighting large crowds at local stores? How about on the roadways? Outside of staying home, there isn’t much you can do about this.

These are just some of the many top causes of holiday stress. If you’re having trouble with any of these (or something else), it’s time to search for a solution. After all, you don’t want stress to ruin this wonderful time of the year.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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The cold winter season can impact your health in a number of ways. While many people focus on preventing a cold and the flu, there should be other things on your mind as well.

For example, there are a few winter skin care tips you need to follow until the weather turns. These include the following:

·      Use a moisturizer as necessary. With this, you can slow the loss of water from the skin, thus avoiding a situation in which it becomes itchy and dried out. Get into the habit of applying a moisturizer at least once a day.

·      Protect your skin from harm. Did you know that your skin can burn even when it’s cold outside? This can be the result of the sun reflecting off of snow, for example. If you’ll be outside for an extended period of time, make sure you apply sunscreen.

·      Change your bathing habits. If winter itch has you down in the dumps, it may be time to change your bathing habits until the weather breaks. An example of this would be shortening your showers and turning down the water temperature just a bit. A hot shower may feel good, but it can dry you out in no time.

These aren’t the only winter skin care tips to follow, but they are definitely among the most effective. You should keep these in mind over the months to come.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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For many people, there is nothing more exciting than shopping during the holidays. Conversely, there are people who do whatever it takes to avoid this (although it’s not always possible).

If you’ll be hitting the stores in the days to come, it’s imperative that you keep your health and well being in mind at all times. It’s up to you to do your best to avoid illness and injury. Here are some basic tips to keep in mind:

·      Avoid the rush (if at all possible). For example, if you can shop early in the morning to avoid the largest crowds, do your best to arrive when the doors open. The fewer people you run into the greater chance you have of avoiding illness and injury.

·      Use hand sanitizer often. Think about everything you touch when shopping. Now, think about everything that other people are touching. It’s easy to contract a cold or the flu during this time of the year, so you need to protect yourself.

·      Be careful when driving (and walking). There are more people than usual on the roads during the holiday season. This alone can increase the odds of an accident. Also, not everyone is paying attention when behind the wheel, so pedestrian accidents are also more likely (such as in a shopping mall parking lot). You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Following these tips can’t guarantee that you will avoid illness or injury this shopping season, but they can definitely help.

Final tip: if the stress of the holidays is weighing you down, don’t hesitate to book a massage. This may be just what you need!  

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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There are few things more enjoyable than good food during the holiday season. While you may be looking forward to feeding your face and enjoying every last bite, you don’t want to go overboard.

Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure that you don’t overeat, thus leading to a situation in which you don’t feel your best:

·      Eat smaller meals. It’s tempting to eat big meals – especially on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day – but don’t push yourself past the point of no return. Eating smaller meals gives you time to digest your food.

·      Eat breakfast. Many people “save their appetite” for dinner. When the time finally comes to eat, they scarf down everything in sight. Of course, within a matter of hours, they’re regretting the decision. You can help prevent this by eating a good breakfast.

·      Control your stress. While some people eat because they are hungry and/or simply enjoy food, others do so because they are bogged down by stress. This is common during the holiday season, as you can have a lot going on both in your personal and professional life.

If you’re hoping to avoid overeating this holiday season, don’t hesitate to follow these tips. Doing so will allow you to better enjoy your food!

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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