Top 10 Beach Spas

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

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

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!

Give Your Mom a Spa Gift for Mother’s Day

April 29th, 2010

Chances are your mother has been working hard this year and may not have had the opportunity to indulge herself with a trip to the spa. Carnations are always a nice gift, but she gets to look at them for a few days and then they die. Why not try stepping up your game this Mother’s Day by giving her some spa products that will leave her relaxed, refreshed, and ready to tackle another year of motherhood. Bring the spa to her with these spa-centric gift ideas.

Six Pack of Aromatherapy Essential Oils from ThermaSol

This year you can get your mother a six pack of Aromatherapy Essential Oils that will last her until next year’s Mother’s Day. If you mom has a steam shower, or an essential oil diffuser than this could just be her favorite spa gift of the year! The essential oil six pack includes French Lavender, Portuguese Eucalyptus and Italian Bergamot Madagascar Ylang Ylang, French Rosemary and Egyptian Geranium oils.

Essential Oil Six Pack

Essential Oil Six Pack

The Theramasol Six Pack of Aromatherapy Essential Oils costs $99 at ThermaSol.com

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Summer Spa Deals

April 27th, 2010

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

 

Rio Spa

Rio Spa

This summer the Rio Spa & Salon in Las Vegas will be introducing four new spa packages called “Summer In The City,” to coincide with the release of the much anticipated sequel to the quintessential “girls’ night out” movie. The packages are crafted to tailor to the unique personalities and characteristics of whichever one of the four Manhattanites you most identify with, each package complete with a complimentary Cosmopolitan.

The Fashionista ($220)
* The Stiletto Recovery Pedicure
* Shampoo and Blow Out
* The Age Smart Facial
* 1 Complementary Cosmopolitan

The Executive ($220)
* The Stress Relief 50 Minute Deep Tissue Massage
* The “Wax Much?” Bikini Wax
* Refresher Facial
* 1 Complimentary Cosmopolitan

The Park Avenue Princess ($220)
* French Manicure
* Runners Rescue Callus Eliminator Pedicure
* Thai Yoga Massage
* 1 Complimentary Cosmopolitan

The Cougar ($300)
* Little Black Dress Massage
* Microdermapeel Facial
* Designer Manicure
* 1 Complimentary Cosmopolitan

To book your “Summer In The City” spa package call 702-777-7779

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Fish Spa Treatments Getting Shut Down

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!

Tax Time Increases Trips to the Spa

April 15th, 2010

Although the title “Tax Time Causes More Trips to the Spa” has not been proven in any way, shape or form, it makes sense doesn’t it? Tax time is a stressful time when many people spend the last day possible staying up all night trying to cram through their taxes. Many more people are filing their taxes online, which has led to an easier experience and less of a deadline to worry about, but for those that are spending tonight finishing up their taxes, I suggest you treat yourself to your favorite spa services as a way of celebrating getting your taxes done… even if it IS at the last second.

Tax Angst

Tax Angst

Some of our suggestions for tax day celebratory spa treatments include:

  • Deep tissue massage – Get all that icky tax day stress out with a nice, long, deep tissue massage at your local spa
  • Steam away the stress – Start up the steam shower and steam away all the stress and sweat out all the tax grime that came along with tax day
  • Tax day facial – Put on a new face for 2010 by treating yourself to a facial and look like a different person for the rest of the year
  • Manicure – Now that you’ve broken a nail or two filling out your taxes, it’s time to get them fixed up with a post-tax-day mani

We know that this post may not bring relief to those that still have to spend the night finishing up their taxes, but just think of what you can treat yourself too when the refund comes in!

Transforming a Shower into a Spa with a Steam Shower

April 7th, 2010
Signature Series- Conemporary Control and Steam Head

Signature Series- Conemporary Control and Steam Head

Home design magazines are filled with amazing bathrooms that have been transformed from utilitarian and functional to absolutely fabulous. Gone are the days of the “plain old” bath-and-shower combination, and these days the affluent and design savvy are turning their plain old shower into a luxurious two-person shower with all the extras, amenities and of course: steam.

According to cost vs value reports, bathroom renovations are one of the most cost effective home improvement projects you can undertake. According to the most recent reports by Hanley Wood, homeowners who remodel their bathrooms will still recoup 61 percent to 71 percent of the cost when they sell their homes in today’s still somewhat dreadful market. Now is the time to upgrade the bathroom with an amenity like steam so that you can enjoy the benefits of steam and enhance your overall lifestyle, while hoping the market picks up and your investment actually pays you back!

ThermaSol has a lifestyle brochure which helps consumers to build their ideal steam system for their home. The reader receives a lesson on the power of steam as illustrated by ancient cultures. They also learn the enhanced health benefits of steam therapy as well as specific essential oils which are believed to remedy certain ailments via in-shower aromatherapy. Color therapy and its invigorating and mood-enhancing benefits is also discussed.

Signature Series- Traditional Control and Steam Head

Signature Series- Traditional Control and Steam Head

Amenity Packages For Your Steam Shower!
The Signature Series steam shower control kit is a miniature command center that offers the user precise temperature adjustment, variable session times, sound system volume control, chromatherapy light type intensity and two user presets when used with the Serenity Light and Music System.

The Temp-Touch Series is ThermaSol’s baseline control that offers function for all of their steam bath generators as well as their in-shower Light and Music System. A bar graph details minimum and maximum temperature settings, volume, light type and intensity and there is a 45 minute default session setting.

ThermaSol’s new generation Serenity Light and Music System takes the steam experience to a whole new level. The system includes an all-in-one in-shower, high intensity full spectrum LED type light system for the ultimate in chromatherapy, as well as a high-performance speaker set. The system features built-in FM receiver and two additional input source interfaces. Composite component input can come from portable MP3 players, CDs, DVDs and televisions or just about any audio player device. All ThermaSol steam approved components are mounted behind a 10” diameter solid brass ceiling grill. Also included with the system is the optional RF 2.8 GHz hand-held remote, which is waterproof, durable, and extremely stylized to meet the most discerning consumer requirements. The remote offers complete control over all of the functions from inside the shower and comes in 14 matching finishes.

A Stylized Home Spa:
Both the Signature and Temp-Touch Series’ come in two styles: traditional and contemporary. The Traditional Series control and steamhead feature a beautifully sculpted bezel and match the traditional, classical and palatial trim designs offered by most fixture manufacturers. The Contemporary Series control and steamhead blend seamlessly with modern, Euro-style or transitional fixtures in the bathroom.

Groundbreaking Technology
In addition to the controls and matching steamhead fittings, ThermaSol now offers three specialized generators.  The SteamShower Classic Series features FastStart™ technology, which produces steam in seconds.  It also comes with a PowerFlush inner tank cleaning system that promotes decalcification, reduces sediment build-up and is activated at the generator.  The SteamShower AF Series has an AutoPower Flush inner tank cleaning system, in which all cycles can be activated through the actual shower and it also comes with FastStart™ technology.  Lastly, there is the ProSeries™ which features AutoPower Flush, FastStart™ technology, a custom-fit removable smitty pan and SmartSteam™ technology.  SmartSteam™ technology is the absolute latest in steam control by learning a user’s desired steam room temperature and maintaining it throughout the session with no annoying lags or bursts.

For more information visit www.thermasol.com

Common Treatments for your Ailments- Inspired by the Spa!

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

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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