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Spa Trends to Look for in 2010

Friday, November 20th, 2009

The International SPA Association has just released their spa trends for 2010. As many people looking to 2010 (so that they can forget 2009), this report has been highly anticipated and will most likely change the way spas do business.

  • Social Media –Perhaps you’ve heard of a little website called Twitter? It’s helped to bust open the doors on a marketing revolution, and spas are leading the way. Now, it’s easier than ever for spas to offer up-to-the-minute deals by tweeting or posting a Facebook message. Cancellations are no longer a problem when you can re-book an appointment instantly.
  • Customer Service –Consumers are more aware of every penny spent, and with that comes higher expectations on the level of service they receive. Spas are responding by providing exceptional service and making each visit a customized experience for the guest. In fact, 87 percent of ISPA member spas are utilizing customer feedback mechanisms to ensure they’re exceeding consumers’ needs. And 48 percent of ISPA member spas have implemented customer loyalty programs, allowing them to offer discounts or rewards while incentivizing frequent visits to the spa.
    • Talk Spas-Customer Service for spas will also spread to social media. Many companies are already using social media (twitter) as an added option for customer service. The majority of users also prefer to use a social networking application for their customer service as well.
  • Spa Sampling Menu –Just like ordering tapas at a Spanish restaurant, now you can order up a sampling of spa treatments to try out. These mini services at lower price points are popular ways to get a taste of treatments offered at many spas. With 46 percent of ISPA member spas seeing an increase in shorter (30 minutes or less) treatment bookings, and 86 percent offering shorter treatments, it’s the perfect recipe for consumers seeking small treats to help lift their spirits.
    • Talk Spas- Smaller, shorter spa treatments have been taking off for years, and packaging these treatments together is a growing trend so you get more treatment in less time.
  • Preventive Care –Wouldn’t you rather go to a spa now to learn how to manage stress then end up in a doctor’s office a few years down the road? According to the World Health Organization, by 2020 the top five diseases will all have the underlying contributing factor of stress. Spa treatments like massage, acupuncture, and meditation have been proven to aid in stress reduction and recovery time for pre and post-op patients.
    • Talk Spas- This is another item we have written about as far as back pain is concerned. Keep an eye out for more spa related preventative health posts!
  • Spa Partnerships –Spas are becoming more accessible through partnerships with established franchises, hotels, and local businesses. Recent pairings like Murad Inc. and Massage Envy will allow consumers to enjoy the benefits of a total spa experience for an affordable price. Forty-six percent of ISPA day spa members partner with local businesses to incorporate spa into their workplace. Popular partnerships include: developing wellness programs at local hospitals, accommodating guests at local hotels without spa facilities, and service discount trades between spas and local business employees.
  • Cell Phone Applications –There’s definitely an app for that! Spa-ing is easier than ever with the convenience of doing it from your cell phone. The Four Seasons’ app allows you to browse spa services and check room availability for your next stay. The Hot Springs and Spa Finder – California app will guide you to road-side soaks, spiritual retreats, and commercial spas. Plan a spa vacation from anywhere with Tripology’s app. The Find a Spa app detects your location and displays search results for spas in your proximity.
  • Giving Back –Spas are offering promotions and free services to people who serve the community such as teachers, hospice workers, and military personnel. Some spas are teaming up with local hospitals and providing wellness education to help educate consumers on the spa lifestyle. Community outreach is a great way to generate business and show how easy it is to incorporate spa into your life.
  • The Millennials Take Over –This group now outnumbers the baby boomers, and they are flocking to the spa. They grew up in a culture where taking care of themselves, learning proper grooming techniques and leading a healthy lifestyle were not options, but the norm. Born during the exercise craze of the 1980s, they were the first generation to watch as their parents began turning to spas through the 1990s, when spas experienced significant growth. Spas are reaching Millennials through social media outlets and they are reaping the benefits.
    • Talk Spas- Don’t be shortsighted! We’ve also written about tweens and teens flocking to spas, so get ready for these new markets too and don’t overlook them.
  • Simplified Spa Menus – Everyone is cutting back and spa menus are no exception. You’ll notice fewer treatment options because spas are focusing on the core of their business—results-oriented treatments. No-frills treatments that offer a return on investment are what the consumer is demanding. The No. 1 spa treatment that people seek out worldwide is massage because of its healing and stress-reducing benefits. And the No. 1 reason people go to the spa is to relieve/reduce stress and relax.
    • Talk Spas- It’s better to do a few things great, then to do a bunch of things badly. Focus on your top treatments and cut the rest.
  • Beauty Rest – Catching some zzz’s has never been harder in our sleep-deprived society. The spa makes rest a priority by offering treatments targeted to get you some shut eye. You can actually book time to sleep at the spa or stay after a treatment to nap when you’re feeling relaxed.
    • Talk Spas- Some spas do well with a low price point, hurried approach. If you are not in that market then adding a sleeping treatment or a less hurried approach the way that Lydia Dicello has with her business.

Holiday Spa Specials

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Everyone likes to get a good deal during the holidays, and purchasing spa products and services are no exception. Here is a short list of great deals you can find this holiday season on some amazing spa products and services.

Jane Inc. has a luxury line of spa products. Many are made with organic ingredients. During the holidays prices will be slashed by 75+% for first-quality merchandise (most in original packaging).  Jane Inc. has soothing microwavable body wraps, neck wraps and spa booties that normally retail at around $40 but now will be available at the rock bottom prices of $6-$8. If you are looking for something else then they also have hand-knitted covers for hot water bottles (perfect for the cold weather) for $10, sleep pillows filled with lavender for only $6, and other miscellaneous spa merchandise ranging from $1-$20. If you own a spa, you can even get an amazing deal on fragrance oils and essential oils in 5-gallon cans that usually cost as much as $350, will now priced from $5 to $25.  www.janeincproducts.com

The Napa River Inn, in Napa, California is offering a Pumpkin Pie Thanksgiving Getaway. This deal includes a standard room for $189 a night (normally $210) between November 23rd to November 29th plus a free spa treatment at La Pelle Skin Spa & Boutique and a free pumpkin pie. Guests are required to book a two night stay, but if you are in the area and want to get away this Turkey-Day, then this mini-retreat might be perfect for you. For reservations call (877) 251-8500. www.napariverinn.com

The Oasis Day Spa is having a Black Friday sale on November 27th at their two locations in Manhattan and a grand new venue in Westchester New York. For one day only, the Black Friday Sale will be available both in the spa as well as on their website. Specials will include 15% off all gift card purchases (use the promo code BFBS15), a free $20 gift card with every $150 spa boutique purchase (use the promo code BFBS20), a free $50 gift card with every $300 spa boutique purchase (use the promo code BFBS%0), and a free $100 gift card with every $500 spa boutique purchase (use the promo code BFB100). If you are looking for an excellent gift, or just want to get a deal on spa treatments to pamper yourself with then this sale is perfect for you. www.oasisdayspanyc.com

The Chocolate Spa, a part of the Hershey Entertainment & Resort company is having a longer spa sale on their services at their location in Hershey Pennsylvania. Take your pick from either a Holiday Spa Day Package that will include an Incense-Infused Massage, Peppermint Pattie Salt Scrub & Chocolate Fondue Wrap, Peppermint Anti-Aging Facial plus a Lunch in The Oasis for $420. Total spa package length is 4 1/2 hours and is available until January 15th, 2010. You can also get a deal on a Holiday Season Sampler that is available until the end of the year and includes three treatments rolled into one 80 minute experience for $165. With this package you will get a Full Body Exfoliation, Hydrating Spice Wrap and Holiday Spice Massage.

If You Can Dream It

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

This post provided by ThermaSol Steam Showers –ThermaSol.com

When it comes to your home spa, the best thing about it is that there’s no one “best thing.” There are about a million! The convenience, the comfort, the value, the privacy…I dare you to find a downside.

But for me, the ultimate best thing about having a home spa is what I consider the most important quality of any big investment: customization. And there’s nothing more perfect to make your own than your home spa. You want to be surrounded by elements that fit into the unique shape and design of your home, not everyone else’s.

ThermaSol’s steamshowers (http://www.thermasol.com) are about as custom as you can get in your home spa. Entering your home spa’s dimensions in their “Build Your Own Steamshower” online tool generates a base product recommendation for a steamshower unit. From there, the rest is up to you. And I’m not just talking about colors, either! (Although with 14 different finishes available on their control systems, from Polished Chrome to Black Nickel, they pretty much run the gamut of metallic and matte options.) From the light & music packages (all of which incorporate their signature No-Touch In-Shower steamhead and aromatherapy oils) to the temperature control units, the steamshower that you dream of is the steamshower you can have.

Steam Shower

Steam Shower

Already have the steamshower and want to turn up the heat? ThermaSol also offers a line of custom cut saunas, featuring their exclusive Finnish heater and western red cedar fit to order. All you provide is the floor! And like their steamshowers, ThermaSol’s saunas are designed to fit into any specific space. (All I hear is “So long basement game room…”)

Your home spa is all about you – and it should only include elements designed for your space. Whether structural or aesthetic, it’s the custom touches that will make your home spa experience all the most amazing.

SpaFinder’s 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

What a great year for spas 2009 has been! This year’s Spa Finder’s Readers’ Choice Award winners are comprised of a diverse group of spas that all have a special something about them that has helped them to stand out amongst the ever growing number of spas. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Visionary Award

SpaFinder’s annual Visionary Award is bestowed on an influential leader in the worlds of spa and wellness. This year’s winner is: Dr. Andrew Weil Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Director of Integrative Health and Healing at Miraval Arizona

Best for Accommodations

Bacara Resort & Spa (California, USA)
California Health & Longevity Institute at Four Four Seasons Westlake Village (California, USA)
The Cloister Spa & Fitness Center at Sea Island (Georgia, USA)
Crown Towers Melbourne (Victoria, Australia)
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo (Costa Rica)
Green Valley Spa & Wellness Center (Utah, USA)
Guerlain Spa at Waldorf Astoria (New York, USA)
The Mayflower Inn & Spa (Connecticut, USA)
The Peninsula Chicago Spa by ESPA (Illinois, USA)
The Peninsula New York Spa by ESPA (New York, USA)
(more…)

How to Install a No Touch Steamhead

Monday, November 16th, 2009

This post provided by ThermaSol Steam Showers –ThermaSol.com

WARNING
Avoid contact with Steamhead! It will burn you! Avoid direct contact with the steam  coming out of the  Steamhead! It is extreamly hot and will burn you! Never put Aroma oil in the Steamhead when the unit is in the ON position, or when steam is emitting from the Steamhead.

Parts Enclosed with Generator:

Steam Shower Head

Steam Shower Head

 

  • NoTouch Steamhead housing

Parts Enclosed with Steamhead Kit:

  • Clear Silicone
  • No Touch Steamhead
  • Aroma Therapy Sample
  • Quick Reference Guide

Materials Needed:

  • 1/2″ drop elbow
  • Solder
  • Flux
  • 1/2″ Copper or Brass Pipe Nipple (in appropriate length)
  • 1/2” Copper Tubing

Tools Needed:

  • 1” deep socket and ratchet
  • 2-1/2” hole cutting tool
  • Other plumbing as required

1. Drill a 2-1/2” diameter hole in the shower wall or wall above the bathtub rim for the steam outlet line. (see Figure 6).

Figure 6

Figure 6

2. Connect a 1/2″ NPT brass pipe or tubing to the steam outlet on the generator running the pipe to the 2-1/2” diameter hole in wall to connect with the Steamhead housing. Use Figure 4 as a guide. It is very important that the pipe is firmly secured to the wall, so that when the Steamhead is installed it doesn’t push the housing back into the wall. The steam line can run up, down, or horizontal; but cannot run down and then up. If it does, a steam trap may be produced at the low point blocking the flow of steam. Install a 1/2” drop elbow on the end of the 1/2” pipe or tubing for the Steamhead housing. For all the connections, use Teflon tape/solder and do not over tighten fittings. DO NOT USE PVC CEMENT.

Figure 4

Figure 4

3. When finalizing installation, install the Steamhead into the housing, making sure that the aromatherapy fill channels are facing upwards; see Figure 5. To ensure that no moisture gets behind the Steamhead and into the wall, place a generous bead of waterproof silicone around the Steamhead, using the machined groove (located on the back of the Steamhead) as a guide. Be sure there isn’t any debris within the housing, and that the two O-rings are in place on the Steamhead. Slide the Steamhead into the housing until the Steamhead is tight against the finished wall. You may need to wipe away any excess silicone. Use Figure 5 as a reference to these steps.

Figure 5

Figure 5

1.Drill a 2-1/2” diameter hole in the shower wall or wall above the bathtub rim for the steam outlet
line. (see Figure 6).
2.Connect a 1/2″ NPT brass pipe or tubing to the steam outlet on the generator running the pipe to
the 2-1/2” diameter hole in wall to connect with the Steamhead housing. Use Figure 4 as a
guide. It is very important that the pipe is firmly secured to the wall, so that when the Steamhead
is installed it doesn’t push the housing back into the wall. The steam line can run up, down, or
horizontal; but cannot run down and then up. If it does, a steam trap may be produced at the low
point blocking the flow of steam. Install a 1/2” drop elbow on the end of the 1/2” pipe or tubing for
the Steamhead housing. For all the connections, use Teflon tape/solder and do not over tighten
fittings. DO NOT USE PVC CEMENT.
3.When finalizing installation, install the Steamhead into the housing, making sure that the
aromatherapy fill channels are facing upwards; see Figure 5. To ensure that no moisture gets
behind the Steamhead and into the wall, place a generous bead of waterproof silicone around the
Steamhead, using the machined groove (located on the back of the Steamhead) as a guide. Be
sure there isn’t any debris within the housing, and that the two O-rings are in place on the
Steamhead. Slide the Steamhead into the housing until the Steamhead is tight against the
finished wall. You may need to wipe away any excess silicone. Use Figure 5 as a reference to
these steps.

FastStart – A Steam Shower Innovation

Friday, November 13th, 2009

This post provided by ThermaSol Steam Showers –ThermaSol.com

Today our world is a fast paced sprint for many. From early morning until late at night we’re getting the kids to school, rushing off to work, whipping up meals, setting and going to appointments, packing up and heading to sports activities, etc, etc, etc. When you finally have a few minutes to relax, the last thing you want are hold-ups. This premise brought about the FastStart technology for your ThermaSol steam shower. Before FastStart, virtually all steam generators took 4 to 8 minutes to produce steam. ThermaSol’s award winning engineers came through for all those hurried souls who’s time is truly precious, and today that’s nearly everyone! Push the start button on any of ThermaSol’s steam shower controls, and in less than 60 seconds you’re engulfed with the soothing warmth of your own personal getaway.

ThermaSol Steam Shower System:

FastStart is standard equipment on all ThermaSol’s 50th Anniversary generators, and holds a worldwide patent. The technology is such that it uses minimal amounts of energy, much like your clock radio, but it allows every unit to steam in less than 1 minute, whether 3.5 kW or 15 kW. There’s no need to wait 4 to 8 minutes for the steamer to ramp-up.

ThermaSol has also addressed environmental concerns of steam showers. If you have a ThermaSol steam shower in your vacation home, or if you’re away for a lengthy period there is a feature that counts down from 700 hours, so if the steam unit is not used within that time frame FastStart will automatically turn off. If the steam unit is used it starts the 700 hour over again before shutting off completely. If you want, you can even disable the FastStart function through the Signature control unit when you go away, so that it shuts off the FastStart function, and then enable it again when you return.

Other Steam Shower Systems:

It’s taken other steam shower systems a few years to bring their versions of FastStart to the market, but it is not a standard feature on these generators. There is a charge of $200 to $300 for the option of having another version of FastStart added to another steam shower system.

Summary:

FastStart, a ThermaSol Engineering innovation.

1. FastStart provides steam in less than a minute, regardless of the kW of the generator.

2. It is energy efficient but can also be turned off as needed.

3. It has a countdown clock that shuts off the FastStart system after 700 hours of non-use.

Top 5 Spa Back Treatments

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Many of us have had to battle with back pain and headaches due to back and neck issues. We have tried many different techniques and treatments, but one treatment still remains the most effective and safe in our minds. Take a look at our list of the top treatments to find out which one is our favorite!

Note: We are not medical professionals and this article is simply an opinion piece, and not to be taken as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using any of these treatments.

5. Chiropractic Adjustments – Many people swear by the relief they receive from Chiropractic Treatments. Personally, however, we are not necessarily fans of this practice, as it is the only really invasive treatment on the list (besides perhaps acupuncture). We feel that we owe it to our readers to include it though, because if all of the other options on this list have been exhausted then it is worth a shot and may work for you.

4. Somatic Exercises- Somatic Exercises, Hanna Somatics or Somatic Education are all a type of treatment that has been generally used to help people who have back, neck or head pain due to accidents.  We feel that this therapy and education should not be limited to those who have chronic pain, but also those who are looking to improve their health. The practice is fairly complex, but put simply it is a way to renew the control of your muscles through use of the voluntary motor system to alleviate pain. Typically one would receive hands on education and training to teach this method, but there are also books and CD’s that help teach how to relieve and heal through this process where people learn to recapture control of their muscles and movements. The brain is the control center for your muscles, so through this process you learn how to unlearn familiar tension habits and unhealthy muscle movements.

3. Swedish, Thai & Deep Tissue Massages – New studies have shown that weekly deep tissue massages have drastically reduced back pain for people who suffer from chronic lower back pain. This is not a new idea, and many doctors have prescribed massage as a treatment for back pain, now the studies are showing that this treatment is proven to be effective.

2. Acupuncture – According to a new study, Acupuncture, the ancient procedure of inserting and manipulating filiform needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes, may be better for relieving back pain then medications or physical therapy. The study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine this past summer and shows how men and women with chronic low back pain who had never had acupuncture before improved greatly compared to the group who didn’t have Acupuncture, or Acupuncture like techniques.

1. Craniosacral Therapy aka Cranial Osteopathy or Craniosacral Therapy- This treatment is an alternative form of medical therapy that is much more popular in Europe and often performed by doctors (osteopaths) as well as by massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. A session begins with the patient laying on their back while the therapist or doctor places their hands on the hands or feet of the patient and begins massaging softly. The doctor then moves to the head of the patient, and massages the back of the skull, relieving any restrictions of the nerve passages and allowing the cerebrospinal fluid to flow back into the spinal cord and be recirculated back through your nervous system. The doctor then works their way all the way down your body, performing this light massage on all of your nerve passages and spinal cord, ensuring that your entire nervous system is replenished and recirculated throughout your body.

Although this treatment is still looked at with speculation, we have personally undergone this treatment and feel it is the best type of treatment when compared with all others. The first time you have the treatment, you feel as though you are floating on your back on the massage table, as all the restrictions in your nervous system are released. It is thought that the body carries stresses in the nervous system from as far back as your birth, causing health problems down the road. This treatment is extremely successful the first time you have it done, but the more often you go the less of an impact the treatment has on your body as your nervous system is not as out of whack the more times you have the treatment. Regardless, we highly recommend this treatment and hope that it helps many of you out there that have back pain, or even just feel out-of-whack.

The Evolution of the Spa

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

 

Antient Bath House

Ancient Bath House

Circa 1700 B.C. – The first mention of a bath dates all the way back to the time of Greek mythology, when the King of Crete built his exquisite palace of Knossos. In this palace, large bathtubs were built, and are the first we see of the tub in history. The bath then became famous due to this myth because it is said that it ended up being the place where the King was killed when the daughter of Cocalus, king of Agrigentum, poured boiling water over him while he was taking a bath.

836 B.C. – A spring is said to be discovered by the British king Bladud in Bath, England. It is often thought that this is the first use of the word “Bath” and is most likely the first indication of a hot spring bath in history. The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level.  The story of these baths was embellished to say that the spring had cured Bladud and his herd of pigs of leprosy through wallowing in the warm mud.

Circa 400 B.C. – It was during this time that in ancient Greece, a little city existed named Epidaurus. It was here that Asclepius, the most important healer god of antiquity, brought prosperity to the city, and with this prosperity large public baths were constructed, among other public monuments.

25 B.C – Emperor Agrippa opened  the first imperial thermae in Rome, with pools, steam rooms, grand halls and libraries.

737 A.D. – Japan’s first onsen (hot spring) complex opens near Izumo. It took centuries before this concept was combined with Japanese traditional inns called ryokan. Today there are more than 2,500 onsen sites that offer their visitors an escape from the daily stresses of life.

1000 A.D. – This was the first appearance of the Finnish Sauna, with saunas appearing along the Baltic, where it was said that pin tar, wine and saunas could cure any illness. Even today many Finns still subscribe to some version of this prescription.

1350 A.D. – It was during the bubonic plague that public baths were shut down throughout Europe to prevent spread of the plague.

 

Interior of the Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul

Interior of the Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul

1556 A.D. – The baths of Roxelana, the grandest of the Ottoman Empire, open a Hammam near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The Hammam contained huge domed steam rooms, private washing alcoves and a central massage platform, similar to a Roman bath, but designed to shut out the outside world. Photo Credit: http://www.cagalogluhamami.com.tr

1700’s – During the 1700’s Bath, England became “the premier resort of frivolity and fashion”. It was during the medieval times that Bath fell into disrepair, but during this time period the architect John Woods and his son completely made over the town as a grand Georgian showcase.

1830’s- 1950 – During the Victorian Age Saratoga Springs, New York uses their natural, carbonated mineral waters and luxe hotels to attract luminaries such as Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe and President William Taft. Horse racing and gambling also arrive in Saratoga, and then in the early 1900’s the invention of the automobile allows the wealthy to venture to Saratoga to enjoy the spa town.

1910 – In the 10’s the concept of the day spa was introduced to American women by Elizabeth Arden when she unveiled the Red Door Salon on Fifth Avenue.

1918 – Budapest’s Gellert Baths open and the city becomes Europe’s spa capital. Though Budapest has more than 100 baths and pools, Gellert with it’s amazing Art Nouveau architecture and Turkish inspired thermal pools becomes the place to go.

 

Two Bunch Palms

Two Bunch Palms

1940 – It was around 1940 that destination spas begin to open up in part because of the opening of Rancho La Puerta by Deborah Szekely in Baja California, Mexico. In 1958 Szekely unveiled her Japanese inspired Golden Door Spa in California, which had a more personalized approach to weight loss and fitness, later introducing Jane Fonda to aerobics.

1940’s – The hot springs in the desert of Two Bunch Palms, California becomes a popular hangout for Al Capone who built a hideout here in the 1920’s.  The restaurant and spa become a front for a casino and brothel, and in the 60’s the spa becomes legitimate and lures in Hollywood types. Picture of Palm Springs present day. Photo credit from http://www.twobunchpalms.com/

1957 – Vitabath introduces Original Spring Green Gelee as the first premium, luxury product for the bath and shower.

1958 – In 1958 David Altman designed, built and installed the first minielectric steam bath for home use. The word spread slowly amongst the affluent about this new home amenity. ThermaSol, the company that was founded by David Altman is now the leading manufacturer of Steam Showers.

1970 – The Home Spa becomes more and more popular as Roy Jacuzzi builds on the success of his indoor Jacuzzi bath by unveiling his Whirlpool Spa.

1974 – The fitness spa becomes more popular as the Ashram, in the Santa Monica mountains becomes the first fitness spa designed to provide extremely strenuous exercise with yoga sessions and vegetarian cuisine.

1986 – Spafinder begins as a small travel agency specializing in booking spa vacations, which at the time was a small niche for a travel agency.

1995 – High-end hotels answer the call to add spas to their list of amenities.

 

Medical Spa

Medical Spa

1996 – Bliss helps the day spa phenomenon hit a peak, combining details like turkey feathers and Mongolia lamb’s wool ottomans with their excellent treatments.

1997 – As plastic surgery and botox becomes more popular, dermatologists, surgeons and facial specialists join up to provide Medical Spas.

1999 – This was the first year that the spa industry overtook the amount earned by the ski industry with $5.3 billion in spa services.

2000 – Simultaneous treatments are added to many spa menus so spa-goers can receive a facial and a pedicure/manicure at the same time to save time.

2001 – Interiors of spas become calm and soothing with minimalist designs. Spas begin to hide product, increase privacy and provide private showers.

Future of Spa – The future of spas is uncertain, but it appears that as home spas become more and more popular, the service of having the spas come to you will be the next big step in spas. Soon spas will come directly to your house, as we are seeing with more and more spas offering a “Home Spa Party” package, or in-house treatments. Another example of this can be seen in the plans by the Porta-Spa company, which builds spas for their clientele. Soon Porta-Spa will be offering a Roman decadenza, Japanese grotto or a prefab spa which will be delivered to your home, complete with an aesthetian who will provide your treatments for the day when you purchase a spa.

SmartSteam – Most desired feature in steam bath generators

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

This post provided by ThermaSol Steam Showers –ThermaSol.com

 

Patented Smart Steam is the ultimate in temperature control; only available from ThermaSol.

How it works:

 

Smart Steam produces the precise volume of steam required to maintain your desired room temperature while conserving energy and providing a quiet relaxed experience. This is accomplished by metering the output of power; the unit only uses enough power to support your requested temperature; no more, no less. For example: if you have a 10 kW generator and you set the temperature at 100 degrees it will use all 10 kW to get to your set temperature but to maintain your temperature it will scale back the power to only what is needed; perhaps 3kw thereby saving energy. A truly green feature. Smart Steam, the “cruise control” of steam bathing is standard on ThermaSol’s Pro Series generators.

Other Steam Showers:

 

Competitive generators turn on and off to maintain the set temperature, and use plenty of energy in doing so. Additionally, this old method creates both an overshoot in room temperature (a room that is too hot & uncomfortable) and an undershoot (a room too cold & uncomfortable). The old method works but it is akin to driving your car with either full gas or full brakes. By turning the unit on and off to maintain temperature you also add a noise factor not found in Pro Series generators.

Summary:

 

Smart Steam is patented worldwide; only available from ThermaSol.

1. Unmatched in providing uniform temperature; the most enjoyable steam bath available. (never too hot or cold)

2. Quiet as a church mouse. (unlike competitive units it is not continually turning on & off)

3. The most efficient use of energy of any generator. (Patented, hence found nowhere else)

4. Exceedingly reliable since you are not taxing the generator by constantly ramping up and ramping down.

5. ThermaSol Pro Series; your Passport to relaxation!

ThermaSol, the choice of professionals worldwide since 1958.

Easy Ways To Stay Healthy & Look Younger Longer

Monday, November 9th, 2009

BeautyWe all love going to the spa as often as possible, but those age defying treatments are not free so they can soak up your spa funds, as well as your time. There are plenty of things you can do everyday that will help you look and feel younger and healthier. The first thing you can do is moisturize your skin as often as possible. If you moisturize your skin daily or even a few times a day, you will lock in moisture, and alleviate dryness and potential future dryness, itchiness and rashes. To soothe your skin you can use the less expensive moisturizer as long as you apply often. Apply the moisturizer to your face, hands, feet and elbows in order to preserve your skin, keeping it moisturized and looking young.

When you are enjoying a long soak, hot tub or sauna make sure to hydrate yourself. We love the spa, but if you don’t replenish the life blood of your body, water, then you will shrivel up like a dried out raisin. Most people should be drinking at least a few liters of water a day, but to check exactly how much water you should be drinking you can use this excellent water calculator: Click Here For Calculator

In addition to drinking water, you can also drink apple juice for the added benefit of lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Tom Shea, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts feels that there might be a connection in an unknown component of apple juice which may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Apple juice also has a high level of water, and plenty of vitamins and minerals that are also good for your health, so it can’t hurt!

We all love to tan, but the truth of the matter is that it ages your skin, and those that use tanning beds develop skin cancers easier. Natural sunlight is good for you, so if you can find a happy medium between tanning in the sun and self-browning creams, your skin will thank you. The key is to tan in the sun without getting too much sun, and then use self-browning creams to attain that darker brown color. By using this technique your skin will stay looking younger longer, and you will be reducing your risk of skin cancer.

Stress is a leading factor in premature aging, as well as a leading factor in health problems. I know it’s hard, but you’ve got to find a way to relax, and relieve the stress in your life. There are tons of suggestions and ways you can relax, such as through the use of chromatherapy, aromatherapy, Thalassotherpy, sound therapy and much more.

If you are married or in a committed relationship where you cause each other, and also share stress, try relaxing and engaging in relaxation techniques together so that you have this time to bond. In addition to growing closer in moments of relaxation, you will also double the benefits you receive from reducing the stress in your life, causing the stress you cause each other to also be reduced.

If your life is stressful because you don’t even have a second to relax, then you can try chewing gum. It sounds silly, but chewing gum can reduce stress and improve overall performance, leaving you with more time to relax. According to a new study, those who chewed  gum while performing a stress test produced 16% less of the stress causing hormone cortisol. Chewing gum also boosts the blood flow to the jaw and possibly the brain, helping your mental sharpness while leaving you less stressed.

We hope these tips were helpful and will give you a starting point to begin to improve your health and keep you looking younger longer. Until the next time, stay young and healthy!


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