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Fish Spa Treatments Getting Shut Down

Monday, April 19th, 2010

We’ve written about unusual spa treatments in the past, but this spa treatment is actually not as far out as the snake massage or gold facial, yet is getting a lot more slack than any other treatments we’ve mentioned lately. In a recent story by NPR.org, they discuss how this treatment is being shut down in various states. If you’ve ever sat with your feet in the water of a lake or pond, then you’ll know that if you have a lot of dead skin on your feet, that often little fish will come and tickle your toes with their little nibbles. While it might just seem cute at the time, spas in the United States, China, Japan, South Korea and Turkey began offering this spa treatment in 2008 when this treatment began to boom.

Spas are now being ordered to shut down any fish spa treatments because the cosmetology boards have ruled in over two dozen states because you can’t clean the fish, and every tool that is used on someone needs to be either disinfected or thrown away. We don’t want to see the fish be thrown out, with their last meal being the dead skin from your feet! Some say that there have been no proven cases of foot fungus being passed by these fish, but the possibility that this could occur seems to be quite real, so the fishies have had to go, at least for now.

Fish Spa Gettting Shut Down

Fish Spa

Spas that offer this treatment have warm pools or hot springs that contain cute little fish known as doctor fish. These little fish don’t have their medical degree; they are actually one of two species of fish: Garra rufa or Cyprinion macrostomus. Other nicknames for these little nibblers include: nibble fish, kangal fish, and little dermatologists. These fish are used primarily for foot treatments, but also can be used for facial and body treatments and even to treat various skin diseases such as psoriasis.

When you put your feet in the water, the fish swim up to your feet immediately and nibble off all the affected and dead skin, while leaving the healthy and young skin untouched and unharmed. This treatment is painless and actually tickles a bit, making it a very popular and fun treatment for many people. Now that the spas are being forced to stop this treatment though, you may need to visit your nearest pond or lake to get a similar spa sensation. We have also seen a trend that is beginning to become more popular where people are purchasing their own nibbling fish and setting up their own home fish spas! Talk about a luxurious home spa!

Common Treatments for your Ailments- Inspired by the Spa!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

We all have them from time to time; common, annoying discomforts and ailments that can cause us pain or just make us feel icky. Here is a list of some common things that we suffer with and some simple treatments that you can try next time you are afflicted with one of the following, all which have been inspired by the spa! (Keep in mind that this is not to be taken as medical advice, and is meant to be read for entertainment value only.)

1. Jet Lag | Treatment: Tanning – It has been fairly well documented that one of the only treatments for a bad case of jet lag is to get out in the sun in your new time zone. Many suggest taking part in some type of exercise activity such as walking or running, between the hours of 11:30 am and 2:00 pm on your first day at your new destination, but if you can’t exert yourself, try laying out in the sun. You may also want to try hitting the tanning bed if getting the real thing is not an option.

Tanning Bed

Tanning Bed

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The Tub Experience

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

When creating a sensuous, spa-like bath environment, designers know that every detail counts. Other than the shower experience and all of the accoutrements that are associated with vertical bathing, the tub is the unspoken grande dame of the bathroom. Immersing oneself completely in water remains a sensuous experience unlike any other. What differentiates today’s bathtubs from the old standards are the shapes of the tubs and the materials. You are no longer restricted to porcelain as the only viable option. Stone, teak, copper, even steel are materials now used in tubs. We’ve become intrigued with creative uses of materials like silk, Corian, and polyminerals; all smooth and sensuous, they are redefining the everyday bath experience into something much more. The ‘ahhh factor’ plus the ‘it factor.’ Below are a few tubs from Hastings Bath & Tile. All images provided by Hastings.

Hastings Round Tub- A

Hastings Round Tub- Atmosfere

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Hottest Trends in Home Spas

Monday, March 29th, 2010

We look at many home spas every day, both in person and online and we have noticed that there are some great trends that are really getting hot in the designs of many of these luxury home spas. Here are just a few of our observations:

1. Custom or Designer Tile: As of late custom and designer tile designs for home spas have become very popular. Most of the luxury home spa designs we have seen in the past few months have all included some amazing tile designs. Some of the designs we have seen have been zen-like, while others have been more drastic and bold. Here are just a few designs we have found, all which are available from Hastings Tile & Bath:

Hastings AAB Series WhiteRelief

Hastings AAB Series White Relief

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Asian Inspired Home Spas

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The sound of running water, river rocks, and split granite boulders for sink basins are all elements that bring tranquility to the home spa. When paired with simple lines, balance and harmony, an Asian-inspired sanctuary is born. For those looking to create the Zen bath suite there are a few design tips to keep in mind. First, blend plenty of natural woods, stone and metal to bring nature inside and abound. Secondly, look for bamboo bathroom furnishings such as shelves or storage boxes for added serenity.

Asian Home Spa by Troy Adams

Asian Home Spa by Troy Adams

Rock Border and Bamboo Flooring

Rock Border and Asian Flooring

Here we see a Asian Inspired Home Spa design by Troy Adams Design where a stainless steel soaking tub was placed on rocks, and then a teak bridge over a water-filled pond was created which leads to a glass-enclosed shower.

Yoko Suite Shower

Yoko Suite Shower

THG Yoko Suite

THG Yoko Suite

Yoko Vasque Detail

Yoko Vasque Detail

Inspired by the Japanese bath, this stunning but understated design merges Eastern tranquility with modern features.
Intricate details epitomize the Cristal de Lalique Bambou faucet. A carved bamboo pattern brings a touch of nature to the sleek design. The matte finish of the crystal handles contrasts beautifully with the polished surfaces of the chrome faucet. The slender tub filler anchors the faucet, its geometric lines softened by curved edges. Images provided by THG

Beautiful Home Spa with Steam Shower

Beautiful Home Spa with Steam Shower

Beautiful Home Spa

Beautiful Home Spa

Here is another design that uses more subtle Asian inspired elements to produce a soothing spa-like retreat. This minimalist and elegant bathroom suite was also designed by Troy Adams Design. The bathroom suite has a number of beautiful elements including a shower equipped with a rain shower in addition to a steam shower. The steam shower enclosure also has a top panel that can open to release steam after your steam shower.

Healing Steam – Health Benefits of Steam Bathing

Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Healthy Steam

Healthy Steam

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

The positive effects of steam bathing have been understood for thousands of years – since ancient Greek times when Hippocrates discovered that steam could cure many ailments. Today ThermaSol® reaps on the benefits of steam by creating innovative steam environments which feature excellent healing attributes. With added features like a Serenity Light and Music system with functions that are easily controlled by the Temp-Touch Series baseline control, it’s easy to have a complete therapeutic suite right in the home!


Respiratory Benefits

Home steam baths are great for promoting good respiratory health. Allergy sufferers often indulge in daily steam therapy for symptom relief as steam inhalation supports the respiratory system, and may help sufferers to alleviate their sinus afflictions.

Chakras

Chakras

Skin Benefits

Aestheticians often recommend a good sweat: it creates a beautiful healthy glow by increasing blood circulation to unlock the pores to allow deep-seeded grime and dead cells to be washed away; unveiling healthy skin that glistens.

Pain Relief Benefits

Steam can be a useful tool for managing muscular pain. The heat allows blood vessels to enlarge allowing more oxygen to flow through them and in turn release tension. This has the twofold effect of helping pain reduction and usually improves the healing speed.

Serenity Light and Music

Serenity Light and Music

Relaxation Benefits

The ThermaSol steam shower is an ideal way to unwind and help relieve daily stress. Taking a steam bath before bed allows muscles to loosen, helping achieve a relaxed and calm state which promotes a deeper, more restful sleep. ThermaSol also offers the option of light and music therapy. The Serenity Light & Music System offers a built-in FM receiver and has inputs for devices such as TV, portable CD, DVD, and MP3 players. The combined environment of steam, waterproof speakers for listening enjoyment and a fully adjustable light system with a wide spectrum allows for a daily tranquil experience to which anyone would look forward.

Aromatherapy Benefits
ThermaSol’s steam and aromatherapy oils work beautifully together to bring deep relaxation and healing benefits to your mind and body. Combine ThermaSol’s Essential and Precious Reserve Oils with a steam session to surround the bather in blissful, aromatic pleasure that further facilitates the toxin elimination process and provides the most effective therapeutic, holistic treatments available for the mind and body.

How do you define a luxury property? A home spa helps!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010


If you’re looking to buy a luxury home, new or old or transform your existing home into a luxury property there’s one thing that you will surely need to include… a luxurious home spa. I did a quick search the other day and found some amazing luxury homes, all complete with their own spa-like bathroom, each complete with a steam shower. Here are some of my favorites:

Classic Spanish Revival Retreat  |  9 White Water Lane
Previously Offered to $15M
Reserve $6.9M Pre-Sale Estimate $8-11M
Dana Point, California

9 White Water Bath 1

9 White Water Bath 1

Big Spa Steam Shower at 9 White Water

Big Spa Steam Shower at 9 White Water

This amazing house is set just off the water in Dana Point, California. This home has not one amazing spa-like steam shower, but two in its massive 11,000 square foot space. In the smaller bathroom there is a nice, private steam shower with a bench, while the other bath is described as a “spa bath” which is equipped with an oversized steam shower that is finished in stone and tile with glass accents, a private massage area, and fully appointed exercise room. For more details visit the auction site at www.thestrandauction.com

Stunning Architectural Topanga Canyon
List price: $1,499,000
Los Angeles, California, United States

Topaga Home

Topanga Home

Topaga Home

Topanga Home

This beautiful modern home is a bargain compared to the Dana Point home, but this one only has 2,464 square feet compared to the 11k that you will get for $8-11M. This home does qualify as a “luxury property” though, and the steam shower in the master bath does help its cause, even if it looks small in these photographs. More information on redfin.com

Family Home Remodel
Approximately $100,000

Master Bath Before

Master Bath Before

Master Bath After

Master Bath After

A couple called in Interior Designer Candice Olson to make their bathroom a luxury bathroom. While the bathroom was cute before, it wasn’t as luxurious as the couple would’ve liked so Candice spared no luxury by putting in a fantastic shower with a frameless glass enclosure, a rain shower, steam shower, body sprays and a white-quartz bench.  She wanted the room to be calm and refreshing, so she chose cool, watery greens for the color scheme. She selected a small, green marble mosaic tile for the steam shower and for the backsplash for the soaker tub and vanity. The tile matches the green in the solid glass vessel sink and the painted glass in the luxurious shower. Now what was a cute, but very ordinary bathroom is now an extraordinary, refreshing oasis in which Tonia and Francis can retreat from the chaos of everyday life.

Villas at Miraval
$2.25 million to $3.4 million
Tucson, Arizona

Amazing Spa Like Bathroom

Amazing Spa Like Bathroom

The Villas at Miraval are beautiful estates that have between 2,700-3,100 square feet of living space with an equal amount of outdoor space. These Villas have been designed to reflect the region’s earth-friendly architecture which is why they use raw materials like natural stone, cedar and hickory wood and natural materials in their designs, including their home spas which have a hot tub, single-family-sized spa pool and steam shower. Find more information at www.miravalvillas.com

The Art of Stone in the Home Spa

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Individual by nature and illustrious in its final shape, the use of stone in the home spa produces a captivating and tactile experience unmatched by other materials. Earthy, exotic, and sometimes extravagant, there are many beautiful types of stone that fuse effortlessly into home décor. The unique quality of these creations lies in the distinctive patterns created by the colorful veining in each piece of stone. No two pieces are alike – ever. Hand-carved using a hammer and chisel with respect to the nature of each piece, the designers delicately carve each form into a modern masterpiece. Here are just a few of our favorite stone elements that we have seen more and more in the home spa:

Old World Bathtub

Stone Forest Old World Bathtub

Stone Forest Old World Bathtub

Inspired by ancient Roman baths, Stone Forest’s Old World Bathtub in Papiro Cream is a true testament to times past. Carved from a solid block of marble, the bathtub features unique veining and the alluring natural colors of the distinctive stone. The custom tub weighs a stunning 1500 pounds – holding up to 500 pounds of water, and when filled the bather will be comfortably immersed in 17″ of warm water.

Vogue Collection

THG Vouge Collection

THG Vogue Collection

THG perfects the delicate combination of crystal and precious stones with their Vogue Collection. A perfect compliment to the exquisite faucets, the luxury bath series offers a range of gemstone inlays for the handles to suit the finest of tastes, including: Turquoise, Chalzedon, Gray Agate, Rose Quartz, Thulite, Cornaline, Smoky Quartz, Rock Crystal, Amethyst and Aragonite. Just imagine having his lav set in your own, luxurious home spa!

Veneto Pedestal Sink in Multi-color Onyx

Stone Forest Veneto

Stone Forest Veneto

Inspired by classic Italian design, Stone Forest’s striking, barrel-shaped vessels are perfectly carved from single blocks of multi-color onyx. To add additional character to their environment, each sculpture includes a cavity in the back that can accommodate a light source to enhance the luminosity of these architectural forms.

Onyx Wabi Vessel

Onyx Wabi Vessel

Onyx Wabi Vessel

Carved from small boulders of rare purple and green onyx, each Stone Forest Onyx Wabi is a one-of-a-kind piece. As in nature, the shape, size and color of each creation is unique, yet the precision and skill of contemporary design remains evident in each piece.

Salt & Oil – “Body Polish” Home Recipe

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

If you’re looking for a new body care product, try a simple Salt & Oil Body polish that you can use to exfoliate your skin, pull out toxins and relax tense muscles (salt) and re-hydrate and nourish skin with fixed oil and essential oils.

Oil Blend Recipe:

– 3 oz of Almond Oil (med) or Sesame Oil (heavy) or Apricot Oil (light)

– 20-50 drops total of your favorite essential oils

Body Polish Directions:

1. Place 3 oz of an OIL BLEND into 8 oz wide-mouthed container.

2. Top with salt. POUR SLOWLY AND mix while pouring. Add enough salt to make your preferred consistency.

Where can I get Good, Therapeutic Sea Salts?

You can purchase pristine Sea Salts from natural salt sources, (i.e. The Dead Sea or the Mediterranean Sea) at SALTWORKS – www.saltworks.com

Please refer to this website to learn about the countless healing benefits of sea salt – internally and externally. Natural Sea Salt is an amazing mineral that we have replaced with synthetic table salt. Sea salts have many minerals that are perfectly balanced -unlike sodium table salt- and are therefore healthy and essential for good health.

We have lost the historic knowledge for the wonders of true, naturally occurring salts. Europe, for instance, has not forgotten and natural salts are a part of Europeans’ daily cuisine and gourmet cooking

Where can I get Epsom Salts?

You can buy Epsom Salt in Bulk at Natural Food Stores.  The beautiful thing about Epsom Salt is its composition; Magnesium Sulfate – a natural muscle relaxant, mild laxative, and detoxification mineral.

 

Luxurious Steam Showers Are Now Not Only for the Rich!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
Enjoying Steam Shower

Enjoying a Steam

The days of the rich being the only ones able to afford the luxuries of having a home spa with a steam shower are over! For years steam showers have been far to expensive for your average family to afford, but now thanks to ThermaSol’s SteamSuite line of affordable steam showers nearly any home owner can now invest in this added luxury without breaking the bank. These steam showers are inexpensive, yet they are still built in the USA, come with a Deluxe steam head, time and tTemperature controls and five year “no questions asked” warranty.

You can find a SteamSuite steam shower generator for between $1,099 – $1,760, depending on the size of the shower stall. The steam generator can be plumbed 50 feet away from the shower enclosure so you can put the generator in a closet, basement or other location that is out of sight. Click on any of the SteamSuite pictures to see a larger version:

SteamSuite Steam Shower Design

SteamSuite Steam Shower Design

SteamSuite Basic Generator

SteamSuite Basic Generator

SteamSuite Plus Generator

SteamSuite Plus Generator


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