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How to Have a Home Spa Party!

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

girls in saunaThere are plenty of reasons to have a Home Spa Party, whether it is a birthday party, bachelorette party, bridal shower or even just a great “Girls Night”.  Here are some easy tips to make sure your spa party is off the “robe” hook:

1. Invite The Right People – One sure way to have a good home spa party is to invite the right people. If you’re inviting all your caddy girlfriends, then don’t invite your grumpy old man neighbor because he might just show up. Also, remember not to invite two people that might end up in a hair pulling confrontation (although the men might like to dream about it). The best way to get the people you want to come to your spa party is to send out invitations. Everyone likes a nice, quality invitation… especially to a spa party! You can even attach little soaps or candles to the invitations if you plan on hand delivering them or if you don’t mind spending a few bucks on shipping.

2. Set Up Well Before Hand – There’s nothing worse for you or your guests to have waited to the last minute to get your home spa ready for your party. It is very uncomfortable for both the host and the hostesses to be subject to a mad dash to throw everything together while people wait, or feel obligated to help.

3. Have Door Prizes – Nothing gives a good first impression like free stuff the minute your guests walk through the door. Even if these prizes are as simple as bath salts or aromatherapy essential oils, your guests will appreciate the thought and the time it took you to go to the trouble to get something nice for them.

4. Decorate for Comfort – Make sure you’ve got the decor to please your guests. Now would be a great time to break out a dozen or so of your favorite candles, and you should also set up a few, small intimate seating areas around tables with hand creams, nail polishes and other mani and pedi tools to use while your guests relax and enjoy your hospitality.

5. Provide Spa Food – Don’t forget to surround your guests with plenty of refreshments including bottles of water (which you could print your own labels for), smoothies, small plates of chocolates and candy, fresh fruit and vegetables with delicious dips, or even some caviar or shrimp cocktail on ice if you want to make your cuisine as luxurious as a top resort spa.

6. Spa Music – You should have some soothing natural sounds or new age music playing in the background. If you need help choosing the right music we have an in depth post about spa music with plenty of top sellers here: http://talkspas.com/2009/07/07/music-for-the-spa/

7. Spa Treatments & Activities – Even though keeping company with a close group of friends will often be enough entertainment for a spa party, it never hurts to have professional treatments! You can hire an esthetician, nail technician or masseuse to come to your spa party. Other fun activities could include spa games such as spa trivia, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, or 80’s name that tune.

8. Kid Control – If you have children, or your guests want to bring their children, then make sure you have a kid friendly area set up away from your spa party. Provide the kids with fun activities that will keep them occupied, and make sure an older kid can supervise or else you should hire a sitter. Nothing will ruin a good spa party quicker then kids!  I have children and love them very much, just not at my spa party ;-)

9. Adult Drinks – It’s entirely up to you whether or not you’re going to provide alcohol, but if you do make sure your guest also have plenty of water. Some spa-friendly drinks include alcoholic smoothies, pina coladas, cosmos and pink daiquiris. We’ve compiled a list of spa cocktail recipes that are perfect for your next spa party: Spa Drinks

10. Don’t Forget About Yourself – Even the host has to take a load off and enjoy her own spa party. Make sure to have some food, chat and just have a good time. Some people need to be reminded to take care of themselves, so consider yourself reminded!

When your spa party is over, the fun doesn’t have to end. Put on a chick flick or get a game of cards going if you want to continue to have fun with your guests after the spa portion of your part has ended.

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.

What is Your Favorite Spactivity?

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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