Archive for May, 2010

Spa Customer Service is More Important Than Ever

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I read an interesting post on the NY Times business blog about how a spa owner in Mt. Kisco, NY let negative energy bring down the spa’s atmosphere, and in turn the spa’s sales. It got me thinking about spa services and how they are delivered is so important right now. Spas may seem like a non-essential luxury in these tough economic times, but we have seen that many people actually view a visit to the spa as a more affordable way to treat one’s self as opposed to purchasing large ticket items like a pricey new car. Spa treatments are also a great way to relax and relieve stress in these stressful times.

Spa Customer Service

Exemplary Customer Service

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Winners of the Best Spa Designs at the Middle East Spa Awards

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The Middle East Spa Awards were announced at the Hotel Show 2010 at the Dubai World Trade Center on Wednesday, May 19th where many designs and innovations are revealed and awarded. Take a look at the three winners of the Best Spa Designs and let us know what you think by commenting below.

Winner- Bliss Spa, W Hotel, Doha

Bliss Spa

Bliss Spa

Bliss Spa

Bliss Spa

Bliss Spa Lounge

Bliss Spa Lounge

Just imagine: Carrot and Sesame Body Buff-booking concierges, Hot Milk and Almond Pedicure and wake-up calls, Triple Oxygen Treatment and turndown service-that’s just the start of the brilliant Bliss®/W Doha mix. (more…)

Top 10 Beach Spas

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Summer is upon us and if you’re planning a vacation to a beach resort you should know which ones boast the best spas. Here’s a list of 10 of the most amazing beach spas from around the world from Spa Finder.com!

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa – Hawaii, United States

The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa is located in Maui, Hawaii and offers a gigantic 50,000-square-foot spa, fittingly named Spa Grande. This spa has 40 treatment rooms and is known for its very personal services.

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Waterproof Technology for the Spa

Friday, May 7th, 2010

When you think of spas, showers, and baths you don’t think of an environment that is very friendly to modern technology. But, in fact, you can find a variety of consumer electronics that work perfectly in the spa and in wet conditions, and enable you to watch television, surf the web, make phone calls and listen to music. Here are a few waterproof devices that might enhance your spa experience.

 

 

TrendyDigital WaterGuard Waterproof Case for iPad

Waterproof iPad Case

Waterproof iPad Case

The nice thing about a tablet computer is that you can pretty much take it wherever you go, and that now includes the spa. This waterproof case for the iPad made by TrendyDigital will protect the device and allow you to operate the keyboard and navigation interface while using it in the shower or bathtub. It’s perfect if you want to relax and read a good iBook during your spa experience. The case also comes with an adjustable strap so that you can wear it around your neck or shoulders while you stand in your steam shower.

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Essential oils – Where they come from and common aromatherapy uses

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Essentials oils are, in a word, essential to the practice of aromatherapy. They are great for helping heal ailments and can be used to relax and refresh the body. But where do these oils come from and what gives them their therapeutic qualities?

Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Essential oils are man-made substances that are produced from taking the volatile oils (essences) of plants and exposing them to extraction processes that alter the chemical composition such as steam distillation and solvent extraction. These essences are produced within a plant as a reaction to sunlight – more specifically, the process of photosynthesis. During photosynthesis, plants absorb sunlight and convert it into light energy (glucose). Plant essences are produced when this stored sunlight energy is released. They are called the “life blood” of plants because they perform many important biological functions such as pollination, insect deterrence, and protection from rival plants.

Here’s a list of some essential oils and their therapeutic qualities:

  • Bergamot is refreshing and uplifting with a sweet and spicy scent. It is used in treating acne, boils, chicken pox, colds, cold sores, cystitis, loss of appetite, mouth infections and sore throat.
  • Jasmine is used for treating anxiety, cough, depression, headache, mental tension and sensitive or dry skin. It has relaxing and soothing effects with a warm, floral scent.
  • Rose has a warm and floral scent and is an effective all-purpose oil. It can be used to fight depression, grief, and fear. It is also good for the heart, digestive system, and for treating PMS symptoms. In addition, Rose is one of the best oils to use on dry and sensitive skin.
  • Tea tree is one of the most used essentials oils because of its ability to stimulate the immune system. It fights infections of all kinds, including viruses, bacteria and fungi. It can also help clear the skin. Tea tree has a spicy and pungent smell.
  • Rosemary has a pronounced effect on the brain and central nervous system. It used for stimulating the brain, improving memory and increasing mental awareness. It has a refreshing, woody, herbal scent.
  • Lavender is a calming and relaxing oil and is effective in times of stress and crisis. It relieves tension, depression and nervous exhaustion. Lavender has a floral, sweet, woody and herbal scent.

To learn more about essential oils and aromatherapy simply visit our Aromatherapy Section!


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