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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11B Skincc00,',00 benefits healing tcuc00 M. Kate West Staff Writer "Counting school I have worked in the career field of skin care and wellness for a lucky 13 years," said Chester esthetician Laura Semrau, owner-operator of Essential Skincare & Reflexology. "After 30 years in the hospitality business I wanted to make a career change. I was looking to incorporate my talents into a new endeavor and skincare was something absent in our community. A natural path, it was both validating and rewarding to discover I have a knack for touch therapies," she said. In addition to holding a California state esthetician license, Semrau is also certified in reflexology. She actively participates in continuing education and associated research. "You have to keep current; it's an ever-changing industry. I have some clients that want the same service year after year while others want something new. "Schooling is one thing but I also learn from my clients who often bring the most education to my life. They are a constant inspiration and resource for knowledge," Semrau said. Menu of services "My services and products ESSENTIAL SKINCARE & REFLEXOLOGY OWl  :EiUraE e au : : : : :i:A ire SSl ::,135:.Mair tim ::L,:Tu i a S:::aturc ./:$essj )n ;: V aDDonl are customized to care for all skin types, whether the client desires a classic facial or an intensive wrinkle reducer with rapid peel," Semrau said. And while her menu features six different facial services, Semrau prides herself on her knowledge of professional treatments to tailor such Services to meet client's specific needs. She said facial therapies are used to address a variety of skin issues, from acne to the redness of rosacea or the need for a vitamin C infusion to prevent premature aging. Semrau's facial clients have : Chester esthetidan Laura Semrau offers, among her many services, facials, full-service waxing and reflexology. Photo by M. Kate West the added bonus o[ receiving an introduction to a healthy skincare regime as she shares about cleansing and toning; treatment and repair; and the importance of hydrating and protecting. Skincare has a language of its own with interesting words such as clarity, texture, exfoliate, photo damage, enzyme and antioxidant. Understanding the terminology can help a client to use the right products in between facial appointments. Essential Skincare & Reflexology features Murad, a product line for all skin types. Semrau characterizes Murad as active but not reactive. She also offers skin products by local artisans. Among these products are the organic alternatives such as Heaven Sent, from Greenville, by Rosanna Angel. Eagle Peak Herbals and healing products from Modoc County are also featured prominently in her business. "Proceeds from the sale of these products helps to fund Eagle Peak Wildlife Care, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center. I have a real passion for what they do at the rescue," Semrau added. Reflexology "Nature repeats patterns and there is a map of the body on the feet. It is an acupressure method of physically persuading positive changes in the body and activating healing powers of the body," Semrau said. She said among the benefits clients receive from this service are stress reduction and deep relaxation. "Reflexology can improve circulation and energy levels, restore balance to your systems and functions and can help to cleanse the body of toxins and deposits -- all r while creating an incredible feeling of well-being," she added. Success secrets "My definition of success is knowing and practicing the skincare techniques that are important to the Client. "We all walk in our own shoes and I like to think I recognize, through both listening and a sense of knowing, what it is the client both needs and desires. "My clients feel welcomed anti ;alufi. I kYo their' preferences for styles of service. I am thankful for the opportunities to enhance the relaxation and treatment experiences of my clients," Semrau said. Looking forward, she said she is learning daily and expanding her knowledge about essential otis. "Essential oils have been around a long time and many of my clients are interested in this service," she added. " r '.)00sta00inability awal'(]s nominations sougnt, Quincy Earth Days Committee organizers said ' they are excited to announce the seventh Community Sustainability Awards. All community members are invited to nominate local (Plumas County) individuals, students, businesses or groups who contribute to environmental, economic or social/cultural sustahability ................. Nominations can be submitted at Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative or Pangaea Car6 and Pub in Quincy, at Feather River Food Co-op in Portola, at Lupines Natural Foods in Greenville and at Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports in Chester. Nominations can also be completed online at All nominations must be submitted by April 5. A panel that includes students, members from local organizations and other members of the community will choose the recipients. Awards will be announced at the Town Hall Theatre in downtown Quincy on April 23 at 7 p.m. Past winners include Nance Reed, Father River College's Student Environmental Association, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, West End Theatre, Pamela Noel, Alan Morrison's sixth-grade class, Digging In, Ada's Place, Dan Brown, Abby Edwards, Community Connections, Simple Fuels, Quincy Thrift, Plumas Arts, Sierra Park Homes, Feather River Solar Electric, Sierra Valley Farms, Bill and Mel Rockett, Dale Ready, Feather River Coordinated Resource Management, Thompson Valley Ranch, Elizabeth Powell, Wilbur Vaughan, Tiffani Wilson, Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative and Collins Pine. 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