Crystal Massage Therapy

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

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.

chinese-foot-massage

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

How To Transform the Average Bathroom into a Luxurious Spa Retreat

September 24th, 2009

Looking to take your master bath to the next level of luxury? Want to know how to transform your dull bathroom into a peaceful oasis? Below, we list a few ways to take your bathroom from drab to fab.

  • Install a Steam Shower- This might sound like a big project, but you’d be surprised at how much of a transformation your bathroom will go through if you rip out your old, dated shower stall and install a new, luxurious shower enclosure complete with your favorite tile and of course the added luxury of a steam shower generator. Visit www.ThermaSol.com for more information and for all your steam shower needs.

steam-shower

  • Update your Fixtures – Just updating your showerhead and faucet can take your bathroom from a 5 or a 6 to a 9 or a 10. Choose whatever fixtures fit your style from contemporary to traditional to Old English Country. If you really want to take your bath to the next level you can even invest in a faucet complete with Lalique Cristal as seen in the Lalique Collection by THG: View Lalique Collection Here. Be forewarned, however, as these faucets can cost as much as $15,000 a piece (no one said luxury was cheap!)

thg-lalique

  • Install a Sauna – As with a steam shower, installing a sauna may be a major project depending on what you’re looking for, but just imagine having your own indoor sauna. Those with a good amount of square footage can build their sauna into the bathroom itself or they can install a modular sauna room. Below are some ThermaSol saunas. Find more information about installing a new sauna on their website www.ThermaSol.com

sauna

modular-sauna

  • Replace your Toilet – It may sound silly to think that something as simple as a new toilet could make your bathroom feel more luxurious, but it can. The great thing about new toilets is that they are much more water efficient and eco-friendly than older models. The Caroma dual flush toilet (pictured below) saves the average U.S. household about 25 gallons of water per day. The Brisbane toilet is also pictured below: www.CaromaUSA.com

caroma-toilet

  • Add a Bidet – Although the bidet is not a common thing to see in an American bathroom, just the fact that you have one will bring your bathroom up a notch in the luxury department. The ILBAGNOALESSI One Bidet by Laufen is guaranteed to bring a new sense of style to your bathroom.

toilet-bidet

  • Use Decorative Hardware – Consider purchasing decorative accessories in a fun new finish like oil-rubbed bronze or antique copper. A stylized soap dispenser, cabinet pull, towel rack, robe hook, and even a toilet flush lever can make a big difference.

towel-rack

What is Your Favorite Spactivity?

September 23rd, 2009

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Luxury Spa Deals From Around the World

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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Funny Spa Moments On TV!

September 17th, 2009

Here are a few of our favorite spa moments from TV:

  1. The first clip is from the famous “Lifeguard On Duty” skit from SNL with Jim Carrey & Will Ferrell.
  2. Clip two is when Elaine is begged by Jerry Seinfeld to see if his girlfriend has had a breast enlargement job while she’s using the gym’s sauna.
  3. Clip three is a Mad TV sketch where a couple is just trying to enjoy their time in a hotel hot tub when an annoying hotel guest ruins their experience.
  4. The next clip is a very funny snippet from a Seinfeld episode where Kramer loses power when he falls asleep in the jacuzzi.
  5. Clip five is one of our favorites, when George from Seinfeld gets a very uncomfortable massage from a male masseuse.
  6. And clip six is a quick clip from The Simpsons.

Most Popular Aromatherapy Scents

September 14th, 2009

Aromatherapy OilIf you are new to Aromatherapy, you might be wondering which scents are the most popular. We have taken the data from the ThermaSol Aromatherapy Store and compiled a list of the top 5 selling scents. The Portuguese Eucalyptus is by far the most popular scent, so if you’re looking for one oil to try out, then definitely go with this scent.

  1. Portuguese Eucalyptus Essential Oils– 58% purchased
  2. French Lavender Essential Oils– 18% purchased
  3. Italian Bergamot Essential Oils– 6% purchased
  4. Energize Oil Blend– 5% purchased
  5. Madagascar Ylang Ylang Essential Oils– 4% purchased

Other notable scents that are still very nice, yet not as popular as the above:

What is your favorite Aromatherapy scent?

New Virtual Spa Attendant

September 9th, 2009

Virtual Spa Attendant

In an era that delivers smart appliances that can be programmed to take notes, generate recipe ideas, calculate cooking times and heat food at warp speed, we are always amazed at what manufacturers are able to create to further the technology in the automated home. While many of the innovations have taken place in the kitchen, the bath is getting tech-savvy too.

In the kitchen where the demand for products that speed up the cooking process are created – in the bathroom, it’s all about slowing things down, relaxing and achieving a Zen-like state. Luxury steam shower manufacturer ThermaSol now has a Virtual Spa Attendant which confirms your selections via voice response. This feature now comes with their Serenity Light & Music System as it delivers the ultimate steam shower experience.

When you change a setting or select a new program you now have the option to be notified by your Virtual Spa Attendant. When you are adjusting the temperature of your steam shower, adjusting your music system’s volume, bass, treble, radio station or any other setting, you now have the ability to cycle through these settings with your eyes closed as your Virtual Spa Attendant announces your settings. If you prefer a candle lit steam or having the lights off while you enjoy your color therapy system you will no longer have to worry about turning the lights back on to change your settings as the spa attendant will speak to you to while you adjust your temperature and settings.  The Virtual Spa Attendant can also be programmed to give you voice-automated commands like, “Hot steam activated please be seated,” “10 minutes remaining,” or “Steam system is shutting down.”

Locate a ThermaSol Steam Shower dealer near you.

List of Virtual Spa Attendant’s Responses:

Action Response
Loading User X (1,2) Shower settings user X (1,2)
Steam activation from inside the steam room Hot steam activated please be seated
Steam activation from outside the steam room Hot steam activated
Shutting down steam Steam system is shutting down
PF cycle started Power flush is activated, please leave the shower immediately
Browsing between settings Clock, Light, Music, Time, Temp
Checking current temperature Current Temperature is ZZZ degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius.
Changing the set point temperature to XXX Temperature changed to XXX degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius.
Changing the steam timer to YY minutes Timer changed: YY minutes remaining
Changing type of light Brightness,White, Mood, Chroma-therapy, Custom
Changing type of Chroma-therapy mode Head, Neck, Heart, Stomach, Pelvis, Lower Body,
Browsing though music options Volume, Bass, Min, Treble, Radio, FM, Input 1, Input 2, Voice

The Most Expensive Spa Treatments in America

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.

Pedicure-in-White-Chocolate-Rasberry-Truffles

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.

The-Art-of-Indulgence

The Steamshower Diet

September 2nd, 2009

Steam Shower DietWhen people talk about weight loss, a few things usually come to mind. Healthy eating, naturally. Exercise – of course. But what about steam? Could your waistline really benefit from stepping inside a shower? As it turns out – absolutely. Welcome to the Steam Shower Diet.

Unlike other weight loss trends, the Steam Shower Diet (catchy name, huh?) doesn’t concentrate on intake or workout. Its focus is purely biological. Fancy that – a diet that works from the inside out, instead of the outside in! And there’s no counting, no scales, no calculators, or charts to maintain. In fact, if you have a home spa, you’re probably already on it! But if you’re still thinking about whether to add that steam shower to the mix, here’s something to ponder. Can you think of any other home fixture that can make you feel relaxed and help you lose weight? Yeah, I didn’t think so Sub-Zero.

The Steam Shower Diet works with two main components of your body’s biology: metabolism and stress. Anyone familiar with the chemistry of weight loss knows how essential metabolism is to shedding the pounds. Slow metabolism can substantially deter weight loss, even when you’re eating sensibly. What’s an antidote to slow metabolism? Steam. Steam has been shown to boost metabolism by opening pores in the skin, allowing increased circulation in cells. The heat of a steam shower has an effect on the body that’s similar to sweating, removing residue and dirt from the skin, and allowing the body to essentially “breathe,” speeding up metabolism. All that from a little evaporated hot water!

Stress can also have a tremendous impact on our weight. When our bodies are anxious, tired, and unrelaxed, we react to the tension by releasing higher levels of cortisol, a chemical usually responsible for that annoying accumulation of weight around our middles. Now this one isn’t rocket science, but it bears explanation. Taking a steam shower = relaxation. Relaxation = less cortisol released by our bodies. Less cortisol released by our bodies = a chance at weight loss! (And this is coming from someone who was never great at math.)

But that’s not all! The Steam Shower Diet also does little things, all of which can directly or indirectly assist in weight loss. Steam acts as a muscle relaxant, which, on top of alleviating stress on your body, can make exercise easier to tackle. And the respiratory benefits of steam can ease breathing, another important component of stress relief and exercise. Sorry, what was that, frozen meal in a box?

So if you’re looking for something a little different and a lot healthy, try the Steam Shower Diet. Ooh, I think I’m gonna diet right now.


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