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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:




“Addicted To Beauty” Medical Spa TV Show

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Addicted To BeautyThe Oxygen channel has debuted a new reality show which airs Tuesdays at 10pm titled “Addicted to Beauty“. The show features the staff of a medical spa in La Jolla, California Changes Plastic Surgery and Spa and has been dubbed a “dramedy”, part drama, part comedy, on the show’s website.

As the show chronicles the med spa we see this venture unfold between Dianne York-Goldman, a socialite and marketing guru who has teamed up with well-known plastic surgeon Dr. Gilbert Lee; an over-the-top group of employees including Gary, the flamboyant and outspoken receptionist; Ronnie, the eccentric concierge; Natasha, Dianne’s levelheaded assistant; and Shannyn, the whip-cracking spa manager and Dr. Lee’s no-nonsense office manager.

So far the show has not received high marks with its critics, such as the LA Times who is quoted bashing the show:

“Revolving around a La Jolla spa, the Oxygen series can seem less a reality show than an infomercial.”

“If American pop culture had a garage sale, it would look something like Oxygen’s “Addicted to Beauty.””

Negative reviews seem to be the norm for this show early on, but with Oxygen’s large audience of women maybe this type of show will be helpful to women who are looking for real life examples of a Medical Spa.

As we discussed in a previous entry, Medical Spas are a growing trend and yet many are unsure whether they should go to a Medical Spa or a Hospital for their treatment, how to research a Medi Spa, what services these spas provide and how these business are run. Maybe this TV show will answer some of these important questions for the community, while providing an inside look for an emerging industry.

Floating Saunas

Thursday, July 16th, 2009
Kaluga Floating Sauna

Kaluga Floating Sauna

I don’t know where, how or why this new phenomenon began, but it seems like the Floating Sauna just might be the next big trend in spa culture ;-) . Here’s the research that supports my hypothesis:

1) The Kaluga Floating Sauna: This sauna was designed by Finnish architecture firm Rintala Eggertsson for the festival of landscape objects, held in Russia in July 2008. The theme behind the festival was houses built on water. Their floating sauna, they said, could provide shelter for up to six people for several days. The Kaluga did make it down the Ugra river in Russia and later made it into a permanent Museum exhibit, before it reached its final state as a guest house.

SS Silla

SS Silla

2) SS Silla: This impressive floating sauna scored the title of World’s Fastest Floating Sauna at 18 MPH at Match Cup Sweden.

Chunky Monkey

Chunky Monkey

3) Floating Sauna Company: A Canadian based family company that introduced the Chunky Monkey using two surplus fuel tanks from an F-18 fighter for flotation back in 1997. Although Company Owner Don Toporowski’s Floating Saunas have evolved, he still uses the Chunky Monkey. He says, “there is nothing better than taking a hot sauna session and then jumping off the rooftop diving platform into the cool lake water.”

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