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Spa Week Starts Next Week!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Spa Week

Spa Week

Get ready once again for Spa Week! This is the second installment of Spa Week for 2009 and is being held in New York from October 12 to the 18th. The founder of Spa Week, Cheryl Reid, created this special event as a way for New Yorkers to get a bit of quiet relaxation in the frantic world of NYC. Travelers and New Yorkers alike come to unwind, while experiencing the relaxing spa lifestyle at for an affordable price of $50 per service (when normally these treatments would cost $100-$200).

Spas in the New York metro area including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island are participating. Some spas participating include: Jurlique, Clarins Skin Spa, and Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza. Various services offered include: body wraps, massage, facials, pedicures, and laser hair removal at $50 dollars each. Want to test a new treatment, or are you long overdue for your treatment? You can get a great deal on everything spa related during Spa Week. The first day to book appointments was September 11th, and waiting lists are already filling up so make sure to book ahead. For a full article on how to get around Spa Week, take a look at our “Spa Week Splurge” entry here:

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Spa Basics – How to get the most from your Spa Experience

Monday, October 5th, 2009

In today’s hustle and bustle world some people feel the need to rush through their spa treatment. Unfortunately, this happens at all types of spas from the home spa to the day spa to the spa at your gym. Here are a few basic tips that will help you to enjoy your next spa treatment to the fullest:

  1. Make an appointment – If you are going to a day spa or resort, you should book your appointment in advance to avoid unnecessary stress. If you don’t book ahead of time, you might end up waiting hours for an appointment to open up or end up wasting your time because the appointment book is full. In addition, make sure you know where you’re going if you’re visiting a new spa. You don’t  want to miss your appointment because you got lost on your way there. If you are planning on giving yourself a treatment at home, the same can be said. Make sure that you have blocked out a good amount of time to fully enjoy yourself.
  2. Relax – It sounds like common sense, but with all the stress in the world – people can still be tense and anxious when they really should be relaxing. One relaxation technique I personally do is to close my eyes and begin relaxing every muscle in my body, starting at my toes and going all the way up to the top of my head. You can use this technique at any spa.
  3. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind – I recently went for a Thai massage and almost ruined my own experience because I was too shy to ask the masseuse to be gentler or even to avoid my knees all together. When the masseuse was pulling my legs while sitting on my knees I was experiencing a very uncomfortable pain, but didn’t speak up. If I had spoken up the experience would have been a 100% better, but because I didn’t ask the masseuse beforehand, or during the massage to avoid my knees, a portion of the massage was unpleasant. Don’t be afraid to tell the one providing your services what you like or dislike, just do so in a respectful and kind manner.
  4. Drink water – Make sure to drink water before, during and after your spa treatments. Drinking water is especially important when getting a massage, using a steam room or getting a facial. If your spa doesn’t provide water, then bring your own as you will have a much better and healthier experience.
  5. Ask questions – If you are unfamiliar with something or have a question about a treatment just ask. This will help you with tip #3 by speaking up if something makes you uncomfortable or if there’s another technique you would prefer.

Spa Raising Money For The Homeless

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

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As part of the “Hearts at Home” Charity Event, the Blu Water Day Spa in Kensington, Maryland, will be donating all of the proceeds that they make on November 15, 2009 to the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH). The MCCH will also be collecting food items for the homeless the week of November 9-15, 2009. In addition to the food drive, the MCCH has put together a wish list which can be viewed at: MCCH Wish List Donation Drive. If you donate an item your name will be entered in a raffle for spa products, gifts, services etc. Services may be booked online at www.BluWaterdayspa.com. For more information regarding Blu Water Day Spa, please visit www.BluWaterdayspa.com or call 301-984-6245.

A Spa with a Personal Touch

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Lydia Dicello

Lydia Dicello

Lydia DiCello has opened a spa that gives its clientele the most personal touch possible. Your typical spa would make you wait in the lounge until it was time for  your facial. Then when your appointment was up you’d be serviced in a busy room by a spa technician who is just going through the motions as fast as possible so that she can get to her next customer. All in all, a busy spa with little to no personal interaction is no fun, which is why Lydia ‘s Pure Skin & Spa only takes four clients a day.

No need to worry about running over at Pure Skin & Spa because the appointments are scheduled with plenty of space in between so that no one ever feels rushed. The Pure Skin & Spa offers a number of treatments like massages, facials, custom stress relief, back conditioner, skin treatments, waxing and more. The spa has a homey feel to it, and the products are eco-friendly and organic.

So far, the spa has relied on word of mouth alone, and it has worked as Lydia ’s appointment book remains full. Word of mouth has traveled well for Lydia, due to the level of care and time that she takes with her clients and the way she delivers her services. Pure Skin and Day Spa is located at 526 W. University Parkway Suite 304 Baltimore MD 21210, or online at www.pureskindayspa.com

Crystal Massage Therapy

Monday, September 28th, 2009
Amethyst Wand

Amethyst Wand

We’ve all heard of a hot stone massage, but a crystal massage? When browsing through a new age bookstore, I found a book written on this intriguing massage technique, which relays that massaging with crystals combines the relaxing benefits of massage with the healing vibrations of crystals and can result in an experience that relaxes and balances the whole body. Of course when choosing a crystal to use for the massage it is suggested to use smooth crystals like tumble stones, palm stones, spheres or the smooth end of a wand. One of the best crystals to use is Clear Quartz because of its variety of colors which are said to heal at all levels.

Here are some of the different types of crystals used in holistic therapy and their intended results:

  • Rose Quartz: Helps sooth irritated skin.
  • Amethyst: When used around the temples, forehead, and scalp it is said to relieve headaches.
  • Fluorite: When placed around the sides of the nose, temples, forehead and across the eyebrows it is said to relieve cold and sinus problems.
  • Clear Quartz: When used on the shoulders and shoulder blades it is said to reduce stress.

Where to get this type of treatment:

Crystal Massage

Crystalus Massage

Designed exclusively for Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, the Sodashi Crystalus Massage will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and balanced in mind, body and spirit. This uniquely Australian treatment uses ancient healing stones and crystals derived from the heart of Sydney. The tiger iron crystal used in this treatment is one of the most energetically grounding stones and emanates a strong calming flow of life-force energy. The massage crystals work deeply into the muscles to relieve physical tension, while the powerful properties of the crystals have a harmonizing effect that re-balances and relaxes the entire body.

Moya Massage

Moya Massage

The Moya Crystal Massage is a signature treatment at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Sanctuary Spa in Cape Town. The treatment begins with an invigorating full body Ayurvedic salt rub, with specifically formulated essential oil blends, followed by a full body massage with warm crystals and facial drainage with cool crystals, to rebalance and re-energize. Breath-work is practiced to calm and soothe before the massage, then there is the placement of crystals on the seven  major chakras, incorporating both crystal healing and color therapy to balance energies and restore well-being. The body is then massaged with warm tigers’ eye crystals using a blend of Moya oils specifically formulated for the client. This is followed by a stress-relieving massage on the décolleté, crystal face drainage and a hair and scalp treatment. A gentle yet effective back massage includes placing the crystals on the 7 chakras again. Feet are then treated with crystal foot drainage.

At Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville, Michigan their Crystal Balance treatment is an incomparable spa experience.  Prior to your massage you are asked to select an energy stone of your choice that corresponds with the matching vibration oil to be used in your massage. The warmed oil and guided deep breathing, along with a blend of massage techniques and hot basalt stones, release stress and slow down your mind, bringing you back into balance. The massage concludes with a calming, vibration sound used to usher in a deep, peaceful state.

Chinese Foot Massage

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Cfoot-bathhinese foot massage is a very popular massage technique that is also extremely affordable. At the not-so-adventurously named Chinese Foot Massage in Woodland Hills, California you can get a full body massage for an hour for just $25. Even though they refer to it is a foot massage, it is much more than that. They don’t tell you what you are getting and there is no menu of services, but it is well worth the mystery. The treatment begins with a foot bath in a warm mineral soak while the masseuse performs a shoulder massage. You then lie down on a recliner on your back, while you receive a scalp and face massage, and then a full body massage even down to of course – the feet. Chinese Foot Massage is certainly a hole in the wall, and in fact it is just one big room where clients are massaged on their own recliner. However, it is well worth the money given the pressure used during the massage as well as the duration. Clients stay fully clothed in whatever they wore in so dress lightly and causally.

Chinese foot massage originated in China over 5,000 years ago, and its concepts are based on healing by stimulating the acupuncture points based on the principle of reflexology. The treatment combines foot massage pressure points and Chinese herbal medicine. The Chinese believe that when a blockage of blood circulation occurs in the major nerve points, the flow of energy all through out the body is affected. Using this concept, strokes and methods of this foot massage aims to remove the blockage and stimulate the flow of energy. This type of massage is so popular in China now that the Chinese are starting to replace their traditional business meetings with a gathering at the “parlor” instead.

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Some of the proposed benefits of Chinese foot massage include:
– Improved circulation in the limbs
– Reduced stiffness and improved flexibility
– Lowered stress and anxiety
– Improved sleep and less headaches
– Heightened immune system

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

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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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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 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.


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