Archive for June, 2011

Separate Spas: Penn and ScarJo Part Ways

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Wellness Men's Day Spa, Manhattan

Wellness Men's Day Spa, Manhattan

Celebrities are a fickle bunch; it was only a few weeks ago that we profiled the romantic spa getaway Hollywood hellraiser Sean Penn and his young lover, Scarlett Johannsen, experienced together at the historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California. Alas, word of their recent and inevitable split has left fans and admirers wondering with whom the two stars will end up in the arms of next. We can only imagine the crash and burn of their whirlwind romance has taken its toll on them, so to prep them to once again be lucky in love, we have separate spa suggestions for each of them. And we’ve even carefully selected spas on two different coasts to avoid the faux pas of Penn and ScarJo running into each other.

For Penn, we’ve chosen the Wellness Men’s Day Spa in Manhattan. New York, with its lively nightlife and beautiful women, is the ideal place for the renowned playboy to get his mind off ScarJo. When he’s not busy partying or sleeping, he can check in to a VIP Room at the Wellness Men’s Day Spa to relax and find balance with some Eastern inspired relaxation therapies. The 60-minute Intense Wellness Treatment utilizes Marine sediments and Green tea to help detoxify, promote weight loss and purify the skin. It’s notable for combating toxins and free radicals in the system. Penn could also opt for a 75-minute Chakra Massage that combines deep-tissue techniques with ancient Ayurvedic philosophy; Ayurveda recognizes seven chakras, or spinning energy centers, along the spine, that contribute to one’s sense of well-being. Afterwards, Penn could treat himself to hot sandwiches, cold salads and wine or beer at the bar. Now that’s a man’s spa getaway!

The Lounge Spa, Los Angeles

The Lounge Spa, Los Angeles

For ScarJo, we’ve selected The Lounge Spa, right in the heart of Los Angeles. The Lounge Spa claims that their “red velvet ropes are open to everyone.” That’s great, but we’re sure ScarJo’s charms will help her get an extra special treatment. The Lounge Spa’s massage treatments mostly have playful cocktail themed names and in light of ScarJo’s recent heartbreak, perhaps their Soothe Your Soles on the Rocks massage is ideal. The 2-minute treatment utilizes heated lava stones that loosen up the soles before being massaged on specific pressure points to ease tension and improve circulation. In order to keep her face looking extra appealing for her next actor-boyfriend, ScarJo could opt for a Citrus Squeeze Facial 
that incorporates pure Vitamin C, lightening ingredients and powerful antioxidants, leaving her skin luminous, healthy and vibrant. The Lounge Spa also offers a private lounge area for VIP parties, so ScarJo could decide to invite her gal friends for the ultimate spa break. Now that’s a spa getaway fit for a starlet!

Breaking up is hard to do, but with a great spa to fall back on, Penn and ScarJo will be back in the game in no time at all.

Spa Theft: Watch Your Credit at the Spa

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

identity-theft

A visit to spa is always one of luxury, pampering and peace of mind. Or at least that’s what we thought. Recent headlines in the news have made it abundantly clear that the spa can be a magnet for unsavory criminals who are seeking to steal from the often well-heeled clientele who pay big dollars for high-end treatments. Often times, it’s the spa owners themselves who are doing the stealing.

It wasn’t long ago that a Granite Bay, California spa owner was arrested on suspicion of identity theft, grand theft and, fraudulent use of an access card. The owner was brought to the attention of authorities by way of forty customers who had filed complaints about double and triple billing after visiting the spa. The owner was also accused of charging customers for products and services using two non-existent companies. Another case of spa theft targeted celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Cher, Anne Hathaway, Melanie Griffith and Liv Tyler – the latter was allegedly hit with $200K-plus in fraudulent spa credit card charges over a five month period. The spa in question was one located in Beverly Hills, California that specifically catered to wealthy celebrities who make prime targets for crooked spa owners. Celebs often have several handlers who comb through their finances and incorrect charges can easily go undetected for months, or even forever.

Celebrity or not, it’s a good idea to do as much research on a spa as possible, utilizing the services of organizations like the Better Business Bureau before heading in for services and offering up your card for payment. And of course, monitor those credit card statements on a regular basis so you don’t end up with $200K in charges like that aforementioned starlet.

The Lukács Baths: Brad & Angie’s Favorite Spa

Monday, June 27th, 2011
The Lukács Baths

The Lukács Baths

Ok, we’ll be honest: we’re not sure that Lukács Baths is the favorite spa retreat of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their adorable brood of international children. However, since we know they’ve all been there and frolicked in the ancient baths, we wouldn’t be surprised if it was.

The Lukács Baths are one of the largest thermal baths in Budapest and a favorite of visitors from all over the world. The nearly 6,000 square-foot park is blessed with natural healing springs that have been in use since at least the 12th century when knights of the order of Saint John engaging in caring for the ill settled in the area. The bath continued to operate until the Turks moved in; at this point, the energy of the powerful springs was redirected to produce wheat and grind gunpowder. The property eventually ended up under the control of the government treasury until a private owner purchased it in 1884 and built a hotel, turning the springs into a beloved hydrotherapy spa. From there forward, the Lukács Baths saw steady improvement and refinement with the additions of a drinking cure hall, a hot water mud bath, open-air pools with whirling corridors, underwater effervescence, neck showers, water beam back massagers, whirlpools, geysers and many other advanced spa amenities. It has been said of the waters at Lukács Baths that due to their high sodium, calcium, magnesium, hydrogen carbonate, fluoride ion and nitrate content, that they are highly effective in curing numerous degenerative illnesses including: chronic and semi-acute arthritis, deformations of the vertebral spine, dislocation of the inter-vertebral discs, and certain cases of neuralgia. The waters are also said to infuse the bones with calcium, especially effective for post-injury treatment. The baths offer a daytime outpatient hospital with a complete physiotherapy department for those who wish to receive a highly personalized level of healing treatment.

It was on a break from filming that Brad and Angie brought the kids, including Pax and Zahara, to the Lukács Baths. Pax was having such a good time that he didn’t want to leave. It was also mentioned that the couple took the kids to McDonald’s afterwards; not exactly the most nutritious meal after a winning day in the healing waters of Lukács Baths, but hey, maybe Pax just ain’t down with the Budapestian cuisine.

Spa Fit for a Sultaness: Aman New Delhi

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Aman New Delhi

Aman New Delhi

In Talk Spas’ “Spa Fit for a Sultaness” series, we profile the most luxurious and lavish spas in the world.

To the Westerner, India is about as exotic of a locale as it gets. To the spa enthusiast, India offers a plethora of rejuvenating treatments based on ancient healing traditions like Ayurveda, which create an authentic experience unlike any other available in the world. Aman New Delhi, located in the heart of the capitol city of India, is the ultimate hotel and spa to experience the pleasures of this incredible country’s rejuvenation therapies.

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Spa Trend: Beer Spa

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
Beer Spa

Beer Bath at the Landhotel Moorhof in Austria, Germany

There are interesting spa trends; and then there is plunking down in a tub of yeasty brew to get your therapy on. In the last several years, beer spas have been popping up all over Europe – well, at least the countries that are well known for their beer-swilling cultures like Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. So what’s the point of a beer spa you ask?

No, it’s not the promise of fulfilling your inner frat boy’s (or girl’s) ale-induced dreams to splash in endless amounts of the hop juice. Soaking in a yeasty and aromatic vat of beer actually promotes your health and wellness in a number of ways, according to the ancient Romans as well as some modern-day spa therapists. Potential benefits are derived from the high vitamin (B-complex) and mineral content present within the hops and yeast; such medicinal properties are said to be good for the health of the skin, including hygienically as beer is an effective cleanser, and also for treating certain skin disorders like eczema. Want to feel for yourself what it’s like to plunge into a tub of barley pop? Head to the Landhotel Moorhof in rustic Franking, Austria; they offer what might be the most thorough beer treatment available anywhere. The Moorhof’s cellar features four couple-size wooden tubs filled with their own special brew in which to soak in and relax. Composed of a two percent-alcohol lager from the local Schnaitl Brewery, the therapists fortify the concoction with brewer’s yeast – known for its high nutritional content – malt, two scoops of hops and some pure mineral water. The result: rising bubbles from the bottom of the tub that activate the ingredients, causing a foam to form and turning the Jacuzzi into a giant beer stein. Of course, during the beer spa treatment, you’re not just sitting there twiddling your thumbs; you’re drinking a cold one that is also from the Schnaitl Brewery. Post dunk in the “stein”, you get wrapped in a starch white sheet and led to a bed to roll around in some alfalfa hay and build up a sweat. At the end, you take a dunk in a cool pool and rinse all the hops and other sticky beer residue off yourself. The feeling you will have when you are done is said to be pure bliss. And starting at around $60US for a half-hour treatment, it’s a deal that’s pretty hard to beat.

Differing from the world of vinotherapy – utilizing wine externally to foster health and well-being – that has a predominately female customer base, the beer spas is not dominated by a single sex. Unlike other spa treatments like facials, men have no fears of losing their masculinity when it comes to soaking in beer and a lot of times, women like to go to the beer spa with their husbands or significant others and bond over a brewski, or rather in one.

Ayurvedic Healing: Shirodhara

Monday, June 13th, 2011

 

Shirodhara

Shirodhara

Ayurveda is an ancient healing practice that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. At its core, it’s a comprehensive system of holistic medicine designed to facilitate optimal physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Modern lifestyle leads to numerous health problems and Ayurveda has the answers to address many, if not all of them. While there are literally thousands of different treatment options within Ayurveda, we’re going to focus on one therapy that is well known for its purification and rejuvenation benefits, known as Shirodhara.

Shirodhara is the culmination of two ideas working in unison: “shiro” meaning head and “dhara”, which means to flow. Conceptually, the idea aims to bring physical and emotional balance to an individual’s being. This is achieved through the use of a steady and focused stream of warm, herbalized oil poured over the client’s forehead – or “third eye” – for an extended period of time. Vasant Lad, a highly accomplished Ayurvedic physician, has stated that oil has similarities to amniotic fluid and has the ability to recreate the feeling of being back in your mother‘s womb. Pouring oil over the “third eye” takes us back to the memory of intrauterine life, which in itself is a profound journey. This technique is traditionally used to calm and restore nerves, release pent up emotions and purify the mind. Shirodhara works exceptionally well in cases of anxiety, fatigue, mental exhaustion, excessive thinking and other problems associated with the fast and detrimental pace of modern life. Additionally, it is beneficial for treating many diseases of the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose and throat, as well as nervous system disorders like facial palsy and paralysis. Perhaps most interestingly, the yogis of India have in the past and continue to utilize shirodhara to achieve higher states of consciousness.

For many common and not so common disorders, Ayurveda holds the key to profound healing; Shirodhara is one of the Ayurvedic tools that when administered regularly, can do wonders.

Spa Fit for a Sultaness: COMO Shambhala Retreat

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
como shambhala aerial

COMO Shambhala Retreat

There are a few places in the world that are so remote, exotic and authentic, that the allure to embark on a journey and visit is simply built in without any salesmanship. The Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, 250 miles south west of India, and composed of 26 atolls, is one of those rare locales. Just getting to the Maldives is part of the adventure, as there are no direct flights from say, Denver to Malé International Airport (MIA) – the gateway to this breathtakingly beautiful destination. However, once you have arrived, paradise is there for the taking; and what could be more paradisiacal than the COMO Shambhala Retreat?

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Game-Changer: ThermaSol Introduces Bluetooth Technology to the Steam Shower

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

steam shower bluetooth

ThermaSol has long been known as an industry leader in advanced steam shower products. They’ve managed to raise the bar again with the release of their game-changing, Bluetooth equipped Serenity Light & Music System.

In true ThermaSol style, they are the first to bring Bluetooth technology to steam shower products and have effectively created the next generation of steam shower technology. With ThermaSol’s new Bluetooth offering, now instead of using a docking station or a hard wire receiver, you can simply enter your bathroom with any Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as smart phones or laptops, and start streaming music at the touch of a button. All ThermaSol Serenity Light & Music Systems will now be Bluetooth-equipped, enabling you to create the ultimate steam shower experience in the home through the harmony of light, music and steam. The Bluetooth technology allows you to wirelessly control the audio in your steam shower from anywhere in the bathroom.

Additionally, with the use of a waterproof case, your devices can be brought directly into the steam shower, allowing you to conveniently customize your experience with whatever audio selections you like. ThermaSol’s Serenity Light & Music System also provides you with the therapeutic benefits of Chromatherapy and music therapy; both are ancient healing practices that are still used in upscale spas today and you can actually have them in your own home steam shower. The system includes an all-in-one, high intensity full spectrum LED light system for the ultimate light therapy session, as well as a high-performance speaker set. The system features a built-in FM receiver and an additional input source for Bluetooth-enabled MP3 players, TVs, cable tuners, stereo receivers or even DVD players.

ThermaSol never ceases to amaze with their technology enhanced and design savvy product offerings. There’s no doubt Bluetooth technology in the steam shower takes the art of steaming to a whole new level.

Summer 2011 Spa Deals

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Summer is almost here and you know what that means: vacation, lounging outside and dinner parties. Moreover, it is a prime time to go to the spa and leave the stress of the year behind. As you decide how you will wind down from another hectic year, consider the deals that these spas are offering.

Deals:

Taj Resort & Spa

Taj Resort and Spa

Taj Resort & Spa

Located on the private Maldive Island, the Taj Resort & Spa is the perfect getaway from the raucous city-life. The island is a 15-minute luxury boat ride away from the rest of civilization, ensuring that its guests are surrounded with tranquility. Its Jiva Grande Spa is known for its “Indian-inspired healing” and soothing design concepts that feature beautiful views of the water throughout the spa. The resort is giving you 30% off all room accommodations as well as a free, 60-minutes spa service with your reservation at Taj Resort & Spa.

Regent Spa

Regent-Spa

Regent Spa, Providenciales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Regent Spa, part of the Regent Palmson Providenciales Island in Turks and Caicos, is another spa you must visit if you love traveling and the tropical atmosphere. The spa’s 150-foot water garden, and multiple reflection pools immerses in a breathtakingly serene environment. If you’re an organic-lover, you would enjoy their Caribbean and herbal inspired treatments such as the Zareeba, which uses hand-picked herbs from the island for a steam cleansing. Regent Spa is offering 20% off all spa services.

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