Archive for 2009

Luxury Spa Deals From Around the World

Monday, September 21st, 2009
  • If you’ve been wanting to go south of the border, then look no further then the Cabo Azul Resort and Day Spa. We have found a Spa Finder deal from this resort that offers luxury accommodations for 5 days and 4 nights at an extremely reasonable rate. You can choose either 5 days and 4 nights for a weekday retreat (Sunday check-in) or 4 days and 3 nights for a weekend getaway (Thursday check-in).  Your 1,200 square foot one bedroom villa will consist of a private bedroom with king sized bed and spa tub, a spacious bathroom with shower and dual sinks, a fully equipped kitchen with state of the art appliances, a welcoming dining area, relaxing living area with sleeper sofa and full entertainment center, and topped off with a gracious terrace. These packages include two 50 minute signature massages at Paz Spa as well as two 50 minute facials at Paz Spa. Your stay must be before December 17th, 2009, and is only valid for first time visitors.

The retail value of the 4 night package is $1,498

The retail value of the 3 night package is $1,299

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Funny Spa Moments On TV!

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Here are a few of our favorite spa moments from TV:

  1. The first clip is from the famous “Lifeguard On Duty” skit from SNL with Jim Carrey & Will Ferrell.
  2. Clip two is when Elaine is begged by Jerry Seinfeld to see if his girlfriend has had a breast enlargement job while she’s using the gym’s sauna.
  3. Clip three is a Mad TV sketch where a couple is just trying to enjoy their time in a hotel hot tub when an annoying hotel guest ruins their experience.
  4. The next clip is a very funny snippet from a Seinfeld episode where Kramer loses power when he falls asleep in the jacuzzi.
  5. Clip five is one of our favorites, when George from Seinfeld gets a very uncomfortable massage from a male masseuse.
  6. And clip six is a quick clip from The Simpsons.

Most Popular Aromatherapy Scents

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Aromatherapy OilIf you are new to Aromatherapy, you might be wondering which scents are the most popular. We have taken the data from the ThermaSol Aromatherapy Store and compiled a list of the top 5 selling scents. The Portuguese Eucalyptus is by far the most popular scent, so if you’re looking for one oil to try out, then definitely go with this scent.

  1. Portuguese Eucalyptus Essential Oils– 58% purchased
  2. French Lavender Essential Oils– 18% purchased
  3. Italian Bergamot Essential Oils– 6% purchased
  4. Energize Oil Blend– 5% purchased
  5. Madagascar Ylang Ylang Essential Oils– 4% purchased

Other notable scents that are still very nice, yet not as popular as the above:

What is your favorite Aromatherapy scent?

New Virtual Spa Attendant

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Virtual Spa Attendant

In an era that delivers smart appliances that can be programmed to take notes, generate recipe ideas, calculate cooking times and heat food at warp speed, we are always amazed at what manufacturers are able to create to further the technology in the automated home. While many of the innovations have taken place in the kitchen, the bath is getting tech-savvy too.

In the kitchen where the demand for products that speed up the cooking process are created – in the bathroom, it’s all about slowing things down, relaxing and achieving a Zen-like state. Luxury steam shower manufacturer ThermaSol now has a Virtual Spa Attendant which confirms your selections via voice response. This feature now comes with their Serenity Light & Music System as it delivers the ultimate steam shower experience.

When you change a setting or select a new program you now have the option to be notified by your Virtual Spa Attendant. When you are adjusting the temperature of your steam shower, adjusting your music system’s volume, bass, treble, radio station or any other setting, you now have the ability to cycle through these settings with your eyes closed as your Virtual Spa Attendant announces your settings. If you prefer a candle lit steam or having the lights off while you enjoy your color therapy system you will no longer have to worry about turning the lights back on to change your settings as the spa attendant will speak to you to while you adjust your temperature and settings.  The Virtual Spa Attendant can also be programmed to give you voice-automated commands like, “Hot steam activated please be seated,” “10 minutes remaining,” or “Steam system is shutting down.”

Locate a ThermaSol Steam Shower dealer near you.

List of Virtual Spa Attendant’s Responses:

Action Response
Loading User X (1,2) Shower settings user X (1,2)
Steam activation from inside the steam room Hot steam activated please be seated
Steam activation from outside the steam room Hot steam activated
Shutting down steam Steam system is shutting down
PF cycle started Power flush is activated, please leave the shower immediately
Browsing between settings Clock, Light, Music, Time, Temp
Checking current temperature Current Temperature is ZZZ degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius.
Changing the set point temperature to XXX Temperature changed to XXX degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius.
Changing the steam timer to YY minutes Timer changed: YY minutes remaining
Changing type of light Brightness,White, Mood, Chroma-therapy, Custom
Changing type of Chroma-therapy mode Head, Neck, Heart, Stomach, Pelvis, Lower Body,
Browsing though music options Volume, Bass, Min, Treble, Radio, FM, Input 1, Input 2, Voice

The Most Expensive Spa Treatments in America

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Looking for the ultimate luxury indulgence? Look no further with these super-expensive, over-the-top spa treatments:

1)    The Evian Bath Treatment at Spa V at South Beach’s Hotel Victor costs $5,000. It consists of a soak in a tub sprinkled with rose petals and filled with 1,000 bottles of Evian water.

Evian Spa Bath

2)    The Dream Girl Diamond Massage consists of $1 million worth of loose diamonds being laid on your back during your massage. Courtesy of Jeweler Hearts on Fire and Spa on Location in Santa Monica, California.

Diamond Massage

3)    If you’re a foodie try “Desert without Calories!” from Aroma-Listic Day Spa and Salon in Agoura Hills, California. This out-of-the-ordinary treatment is a 60-minute pedicure which is preceded by a 70 minute White Chocolate Rasberry Truffle body scrub.

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4)    For something a little more down-to-earth try: “The Art of Indulgence at  Mandarin Oriental–New York – a five-hour treatment consisting of an Oriental Harmony rubdown–during which two aestheticians massage your skin with essential oils like ylang ylang and sweet orange — and an Awaken facial, a reviving treatment that involves an upper-body and facial massage that helps to increase circulation. The session is followed with an exfoliating, paraffin wax manicure and pedicure for the overall sum of $1,034.

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The Steamshower Diet

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Steam Shower DietWhen people talk about weight loss, a few things usually come to mind. Healthy eating, naturally. Exercise – of course. But what about steam? Could your waistline really benefit from stepping inside a shower? As it turns out – absolutely. Welcome to the Steam Shower Diet.

Unlike other weight loss trends, the Steam Shower Diet (catchy name, huh?) doesn’t concentrate on intake or workout. Its focus is purely biological. Fancy that – a diet that works from the inside out, instead of the outside in! And there’s no counting, no scales, no calculators, or charts to maintain. In fact, if you have a home spa, you’re probably already on it! But if you’re still thinking about whether to add that steam shower to the mix, here’s something to ponder. Can you think of any other home fixture that can make you feel relaxed and help you lose weight? Yeah, I didn’t think so Sub-Zero.

The Steam Shower Diet works with two main components of your body’s biology: metabolism and stress. Anyone familiar with the chemistry of weight loss knows how essential metabolism is to shedding the pounds. Slow metabolism can substantially deter weight loss, even when you’re eating sensibly. What’s an antidote to slow metabolism? Steam. Steam has been shown to boost metabolism by opening pores in the skin, allowing increased circulation in cells. The heat of a steam shower has an effect on the body that’s similar to sweating, removing residue and dirt from the skin, and allowing the body to essentially “breathe,” speeding up metabolism. All that from a little evaporated hot water!

Stress can also have a tremendous impact on our weight. When our bodies are anxious, tired, and unrelaxed, we react to the tension by releasing higher levels of cortisol, a chemical usually responsible for that annoying accumulation of weight around our middles. Now this one isn’t rocket science, but it bears explanation. Taking a steam shower = relaxation. Relaxation = less cortisol released by our bodies. Less cortisol released by our bodies = a chance at weight loss! (And this is coming from someone who was never great at math.)

But that’s not all! The Steam Shower Diet also does little things, all of which can directly or indirectly assist in weight loss. Steam acts as a muscle relaxant, which, on top of alleviating stress on your body, can make exercise easier to tackle. And the respiratory benefits of steam can ease breathing, another important component of stress relief and exercise. Sorry, what was that, frozen meal in a box?

So if you’re looking for something a little different and a lot healthy, try the Steam Shower Diet. Ooh, I think I’m gonna diet right now.

Master Bath Recoup

Monday, August 31st, 2009

 

Whirlpool Tub

Whirlpool Tub & Steam Shower

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2008 – 2009 Cost. Vs. Value Report, a bathroom remodel will still recoup up to 75 percent of the cost upon resale – making it a wise renovation investment. So for those who have dreamed of soothing jetted bathtubs, vertical spa showers and a complete steam shower environment it might be wise to implement these amenities into the home and save on repeated trips to the spa.

Another interesting piece of information that Remodeling Magazine cited is that bathrooms are among the easiest remodels to achieve using “green” practices and products, from eco-friendly materials like ceramic tile to luxurious, water-conserving fixtures and low energy-consumption lighting. However, what are some of the most important fixtures to choose for your bathroom remodel? And which ones will prove to be the most attractive to potential buyers in the long run?

According to a recent story in The Orlando Sentinel, features that increase a bathroom’s appeal include larger showers with rain showerheads, steam showers, body sprays, heated floors and hinged glass doors or partial shower walls. Also, soaking tubs instead of Jacuzzis, more windows and skylights to let in sunlight, and more efficient, quieter ventilation. Disappearing is the elaborate decking that raised tubs several steps above the floor, making access difficult and even dangerous. So even if you are waiting to sell until the market improves, a luxury bathroom renovation is something you can enjoy both now and when you get the money back when you sell the home in years to come.

The Benefits of Cold Spa Therapy

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Arctic Ice RoomAfter looking at some of the amenities spas offer, I noticed that cold spa treatments are on the rise. When I think of a spa I think of warmth and heat, being a native of Southern California I find anything below 60° F unbearable. Although it sends chills down my spine just thinking about it, cold spa therapies are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. The health benefits of these therapies range from alertness to increased circulation to a stronger immune system. Going from hot to cold is a shock to the nervous system. The initial shock causes blood vessels to constrict and then expand once the body reaches its normal temperature. The process helps to increase circulation, rid the body of toxins, and boost the immune system, which can help fight off colds and allergies. This type of treatment has also been used by athletes for some time now to help reduce swelling and ease aches and pains. Want to try it out for yourself? The Qua Spa in Las Vegas has a room that snows. It’s called the Arctic Ice Room (pictured left) and the temperature is set to a chilly 55° F and the air is infused with the scent of mint, which also has a cooling effect.

The Standard Spa is another spa that offers cold spa threapy. This spa is located in Miami offers Hot + Cold Stone Massage treatments, which helps bring balance to the body and relieve stress. If none of these treatments appeal to you, you can always take a cold shower at home to see if you will like it.

Making Scents – Instant Aromatherapy

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Homemade AromatherapyAromatherapy: the science of smells. It’s a word that’s become as common in spa vernacular as “sauna” or “facial.” But what does it really mean? And more importantly, how can you use it to attain instant relaxation?

While I consider closing my eyes and breathing in the intoxicating smell of maple-syrup-poured-over-a-warm-stack-of-pancakes a form of “aromatherapy,” the art of scents goes far beyond the notion of “smells that we like.” It’s a form of alternative medicine based in the healing and restorative power of essential oils, concentrated liquids extracted from plants, herbs, and flowers that we come in contact with on a daily basis. Basil, lemon, lavender, rose, thyme, cinnamon, citronella … the list is endless, but oh so familiar. Which actually makes everything about aromatherapy all the more appealing and all the more instant: there’s almost no plant, no herb, no essential oil whose primary ingredient you haven’t heard of. Who knew that aromatherapy could be as easy as a trip to your pantry?

Before leaving a world of non-scents for an olfactory nirvana, first figure out what type of oil or fragrant element you want to use (different scents for different gents). Every aroma has a unique and fantastic effect, from alleviating stress and fatigue, to relieving pain and elevating your mood. A quick cheat sheet:

  • For headaches: Basil, Lavender
  • As an aphrodisiac: Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood
  • De-stressors: Lemon oil, Peppermint, Chamomile

With aromatherapy, the options are about as limitless as the fragrances! Purists say that using essential oils is the only true form of aromatherapy, but don’t limit yourself. Candles, incense, bath beads, infused lotions – even grated citrus zest in a bowl – can be part of your aromatherapy experience. Want real instant aromatherapy? Place sachets of herbs or flower petals in the pockets of your bathrobe, or dip cotton balls in your favorite herbal tea and leave them (inconspicuously!) around your bathroom. Doesn’t get much more instant than that.

Essential oils sound more intimidating, but I promise, they’re just as quick and easy to use. My favorite application is to infuse fragrance into my towels with essential oils; there’s nothing better than stepping out of a steam shower and wrapping yourself in terry cloth towel kissed with a hint of lavender. Before you dry your next load of laundry, put some drops of your favorite essential oil on a small washcloth and toss it in with your wet towels for instant aromatherapy! Or add a few drops to water in a spray bottle for the quickest air freshener you’ll ever find. And any unscented candle can become instant aromatherapy when you add a few drops to the hot wax as the candle burns. Just remember: with essential oils, less is more. You’re looking for the essence of rose, not a garden growing out of your steam shower.

Aromatherapy – it’s a big word for a really simple notion: fragrances with restorative powers. And in your home spa, there’s no easier way to make scents.

The Spa has Gone to the Dogs

Monday, August 24th, 2009

C-A Doggie Spa PackThe Spa has gone to the dogs … literally. On a visit to a new groomer I was asked if I wanted the Spa package for my dog. I was somewhat surprised, but with doggie hotels, resorts, even an airline for pets, it was only a matter of time before spas started to cater to our pampered pooches. I have the pleasure of owning a high maintenance dog with sensitive skin so I went for it. She was lathered in an organic botanical shampoo and conditioner, followed by a gentle facial scrub to rejuvenate and remove dead skin cells. Then a paw-dicure consisting of a moisturizing paw rub and nail trim for those rough paw pads and nails. Doggie spas are popping up everywhere. The Ritzy Canine Carriage House in New York specializes in Fascia Released, Hydro & Acupressure Massage. The D Pets Hotel in Hollywood, CA features luxury modern suites and an upscale spa for the ultimate in pampering. For the budget conscious, there are plenty of spa products available for owners to give their dogs a spa treatment at home.

Here are some pictures of our happy dog, back from the spa:

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