Archive for June, 2009

Top 5 New Getaway Spas

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

This summer many vacationers are treating themselves to nothing but the best rest and relaxation they can afford. Here are some new spas that will allow you to forget your troubles and escape to  more comfortable and magical surroundings. Below are the top 5 new getaway spas with locations all over the world.

1 . Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La – Vancouver, Canada – This is the first spa at a Shangri-La Hotel that exists outside of the Asia Pacific region. It is located in the beautiful Canadian city of Vancouver. The spa’s décor features ornate wooden doors, plenty of votive candles, luxurious wood paneling and its design and treatments incorporate the five elements of Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Chi offers a two hour Element Vitality treatment with sound therapy, a Swedish massage and acupressure. The salon also offers “Chi Journeys,” which is a mix of treatments in one package. There are also saunas, a ginger bar and outdoor pool at the Shangri-La. Shangri-La Spa Vancouver

Shangri-La Vancouver

Shangri-La Vancouver

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The Cultural Progression of the Spa

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Interior of the Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul

Interior of the Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul

The integration of a steam shower is one of the most popular luxury amenities to hit the housing industry. After all, it is a bathing ritual that has been historically practiced from Turkey to Russia, Finland and even by the American Indians.

The Turkish Steam Bath, or Hammam, serves as a social gathering place and ritual cleansing site, as well as an architectural structure. It is a cultural fusion of community, design and the art of relaxation. In a Turkish bath, one relaxes in a warm room and moves to a hotter room, before they conclude the ritual with a splash of cold water.

Similar to the Turkish Hammam, the Russian Banyas (steam houses) usually have three rooms: entrance room, steam room and washing room. The entrance room, called a predbannik or pre-bath, is a room in which to de-robe. Before bathers enter the steam room, a bucket of water is poured over heated rocks in the stove. Bathers often add aromatherapy scents to the water. The washing room features a hot water tap that uses water heated by the steam room stove, as well as a tap for cold water so that it can be mixed to a comfortable temperature for washing.

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New ThermaSol SteamSuite Series

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Steam Suite Plus Controls

Steam Suite Plus Controls

The new ThermaSol SteamSuite Basic Package and ThermaSol SteamSuite Plus Package are new to the market and are affordable steam shower systems that are designed to appeal to all homeowners. The Basic Package includes a Deluxe Steamhead, Time and Temperature Control, and five year “no questions asked” warranty. The price range is $1,099 – $1,760, depending on the size of the shower. The steam generator can be plumbed 50 feet away from the shower enclosure and the system ensures constant steam at a constant rate.

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Recreate the Fitness Club Spa in Your Own Bathroom

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Bring the Spa Bath from your Fitness Club Home

gymAny fitness buff will choose one gym over another because of its amenities and pampering perks. However, who wouldn’t be enticed by the relaxing oases that are being integrated into upscale gyms everyday? From eucalyptus-scented steam rooms to powerful rain canopy showerheads and sunken-in spas with body-contouring jet systems – these luxurious benefits are strategically-placed in gym bathrooms to keep their customers coming back. However, this same serene scene can be recreated in your home bathroom, and will work just as well at easing stress and releasing tension from tight muscles. (more…)

Honey Conditioner Recipes

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

honeyHoney or molasses hair treatments are an easy way to treat and condition dry hair when you are relaxing in your home spa (not recommended for public spas for obvious reasons). These treatments take the natural ingredients of honey (which will lighten your hair slightly so use molasses to avoid this side effect), to condition your hair, its roots and your scalp. If your hair has been damaged through blow drying, curling and hairspray these recipes will give it back its natural color, moisture, body and shine, all while giving you an excuse to relax in your bath or home spa. (more…)

Holistic Spa Therapy – The Chromotherapy Spa Experience

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

CHROMATHERAPY – ILLUMINATE THE SPA  EXPERIENCECHROMATHERAPY

According to the ancient Indian art of the chakras, color therapy has the potential to heal. These days, bathtub, shower and steam shower manufacturers are inspired by this age-old practice to create a multi-color experience focusing in on specific colors to achieve relaxing effects. By using different color spectrum’s on specified body parts, chromatherapy – dictated by the chakras – takes the bathing experience full circle.

To integrate color into the steam experience, systems can be purchased which offer a full color spectrum and features that even change colors to adjust to one’s mood. The technological components are mounted behind a solid brass ceiling grill. Look for systems with a remote control for the ultimate in comfort and convenience.

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Green Spas

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

The phrase green spa sounds like an oxymoron. After all, this is the type of facility that capitalizes from its use of water – be it steam, soaking tubs, elaborate whirlpool baths or saunas. However, these days spas are turning over a new leaf – a new and greener leaf, that is. Here is our sampling of spas that showcase new and innovative ways to conserve water and other precious natural resources:

El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa, Taos, New Mexico

El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa, Taos, New Mexico

New Mexico’s El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa features the “Living Machine,” a water recycling system that is designed to filter waste water through pools that are rich with fish, plants and other natural filters. The end result is reclaimed water that is used to irrigate botanical gardens and landscaping, including herbs, vegetables and exotic fruits that are served at the property’s restaurant.

Titanic Spa in Linthwaite, England – located in Yorkshire, has tackled the serious issues of energy use, water waste, and the building’s carbon footprint. Photovoltaic panels and a biomass generator burning wood chippings from industry waste are topped up if need be with the purchase of 100 percent renewable energy.

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