Archive for July, 2009

Open Sesame at Anantara Spa at the
Anantara Resort Golden Triangle, Thailand


A hidden gem in northern Thailand, Anantara Spa at the Anantara Resort Golden Triangle recently introduced Sesame Mania ($114 per individual, $202 per couple), a package that blends pure pleasure with the healing benefits of sesame. After 60 minutes of Hatha yoga, guests are treated to a 30-minute sesame seed body scrub followed by a relaxing aromatic massage. Renowned for its antioxidant and healing powers, this natural grain is a potent source of calcium, copper, and manganese. Guests are then served fresh fruit and a cup of Rosella tea to conclude the experience. Unfortunately, Sesame Mania is only available until Sept. 30. Announces National Pampering Day

If you’ve noticed a sharp increase in spa appointments for Tuesday, you can thank, an online resource for all-things beauty. The site declared this Tuesday, Aug. 4, National Pampering Day, encouraging consumers to call off work and get pampered. Spas, salons, and medical spas across the country are taking part in this “holiday” by offering significant savings to make pampering possible for anyone wishing to indulge in spa treatments. “Neglecting yourself is a mistake no one can afford to make, especially when other investments have proven far less sound,” says Carolyn Brundage, chief executive officer and founder of “It’s so easy to let the craziness of the world make us forget about taking the time to just be good to ourselves.”

For more information or to view special offers for National Pampering Day, visit

Green Goes Grey at Osmosis Day Spa

By Guest Blogger | Jul 30, 2009

pic_garden_1The circle of life has found sanctuary in Osmosis Day Spa (Freestone, CA), a haven of eco-focused healing. Fusing green with grey, the spa has added to its earthy appeal by using its gently-used greywater (water that flows down the drains of sinks, showers, and washing machines) to cultivate its gardens, the first of its kind in Sonoma County. Says Osmosis founder Michael Stusser, “Re-using our greywater for irrigation reconnects spa guests and staff and the gardens to the natural water cycle.” Since the program was instituted, nearly 1,000 gallons of water are reused every day. Way to go grey, Osmosis!

Floating Away at Eau Spa at The Ritz-Carlton,
Palm Beach

Suspended chairs in The Self-Centered Garden

Suspended chairs in The Self-Centered Garden

As the editor of a spa magazine, I pride myself on trying out any and all spa services, no matter how obscure. One thing I’d never experienced until recently, however, was a Sensory Dry-Float Bed. I’ve been hearing news from spas around the globe about treatments that incorporate a nap on these weightlessness-inducing beds, and I’ve been dying to try it. During my recent visit to Eau Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, I was thrilled to discover that one of my scheduled services included it. The Clock Stops ($325, 2 hours 10 minutes) treatment, which included a wrap, a scalp and foot massage, and a full-body massage, also involved a 30-minute snooze in a Sensory Dry-Float Bed. My therapist told me that after my nap, I would feel like I had a full, eight-hour night of sleep. I was a little dubious, since I rarely nod off during spa services, but she was right. After being wrapped in the warm cocoon, and feeling the bed fill with water beneath me, I conked out in a matter of minutes. And when she woke me up 30 minutes later, I felt amazingly well-rested and rejuvenated. I was so relaxed that I spent the rest of the afternoon in the sublime Self-Centered Garden, swinging in a suspended chair, nibbling on an Eau Spa Lunch Box, and reading a book, all the while wondering if it would be possible to replace my bed at home with a Sensory Dry-Float Bed. For more on the treatments, gardens, and other enchanting aspects of this south Florida spa, check out the September issue of American Spa.

Canyon Ranch Launches Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea

canyon_ranch_2Adding to its collection of destination spas, living communities, and multiple hotel SpaClub locations, Canyon Ranch (Tucson, AZ) recently launched Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea, a new division of the famed health and wellness company. Although the company has operated a SpaClub aboard Cunard’s flagship luxury ocean liner Queen Mary 2 since 2004, the company is now expanding its offerings to include new treatments and services. Canyon Ranch SpaClub will debut fleet-wide aboard Oceania Cruises’s Regatta, Insignia, and Nautica in August. The company is also developing a SpaClub aboard Marina, the newest member of Oceania’s fleet, which is set to debut in late 2010. It will feature a wellness and fitness facility complete with 16 treatment rooms, more than 50 pieces of state-of-the-art cardio and strength-training equipment, juice bar, thalassotherapy pool, two whirlpools, a Thermal Suite, and a full-service salon.

Passengers will also get an opportunity to experience Canyon Ranch spa cuisine thanks to corporate chef Scott Uehlein who is working with Cunard’s culinary staff to design nutritious spa menu offerings aboard Queen Mary 2. Oceania will also offer Canyon Ranch-inspired menu selections aboard Regatta, Insignia, and Nautica in April and May, 2010, and aboard Marina later that year.

With recruiting and training for the Oceania fleet already underway, it is expected that the division will employ more than 100 massage therapists, estheticians, hairstylists, and fitness and wellness instructors. Says Sandra Foyil, Canyon Ranch vice president of human resources, “This expansion enables Canyon Ranch to employ a diverse international team of professionals who offer one-of-a-kind experiences for our guests.”

Clarisonic Introduces Summer Spa Contest

By Guest Blogger | Jul 28, 2009

Clarisonic Mia

Now through Aug. 11, spa-lovers looking for an on-the-go glow can enter the Clarisonic Spa Experience Sweepstakes. Each week until the end of the drawing, Clarisonic will give away a free Mia, the company’s new compact sonic skin cleanser that is ideal for travel. But this simple entry form provides participants with more than just a chance to have squeaky-clean skin. By entering to win a Clarisonic Mia, entrants are also up for a chance to win a trip for two to the Canyon Ranch SpaClub in Las Vegas. Enter at

Sonya Dakar Debuts Supplement Line

By Guest Blogger | Jul 27, 2009

sonya-vitaminsBelieving that beautiful skin starts with a healthy body, celebrity skincare specialist Sonya Dakar recently launched her FDA-approved nutritional supplement line to help her clients achieve full-body health, vitality, and harmony. Clients can choose from four specific vitamin boot camps, including Perfect Woman ($98 for a one-month supply) and Perfect Man ($98 for a one-month supply), which are ideal for the overall health, age control, and breakout prevention for men and women; Acid Dophilus Flora ($44, 60 capsules), a natural detoxifier best used to help acne-prone skin and prevent digestive discomfort; and Ultimate Power ($55, approximately 30 shakes), which are fiber- and protein-packed shake snacks that promote weight loss and help build muscle. For more information, visit

The Peninsula Chicago Helps Spa-Goers
Put Their Best Faces Forward

the-peninsula-chicago-peninsulachicagospaDuring these challenging times, stress and anxiety are definite buzzwords that we’re hearing all too often these days. Not only do these added pressures affect people on the inside, but, along with pollutants and seasonal changes, they also leave behind visible signs of distress on the skin. The Peninsula Spa by ESPA at The Peninsula Chicago recently unveiled a handful of relaxing, results-oriented facials that will help its guests reverse the effects of these stressors. For $250, each of the three 90-minute Super Active Advanced Facials, featuring ESPA products, will leave skin rejuvenated and refreshed and guests will enjoy the immediate results. The new services are as follows:

•Super Active Toning, Lifting, and Firming Facial: This anti-aging treatment improves skintone, renews collagen production, and firms the skin.

•Super Active Calming and Soothing Facial: Using ingredients that strengthen capillary walls and improve microcirculation, this facial relieves irritated skin and leaves it looking healthy and hydrated.

•Super Active Repairing and Restoring Facial: Ideal for sensitized skin, this rebalancing treatment, which incorporates products that are rich in plant oils and phyto-active extracts, evens out skintone restores vibrancy and radiance.

For more on The Peninsula Spa by ESPA at The Peninsula Chicago, check out “Such Great Heights,” in the July issue of American Spa magazine.

ISPA Reveals Steady Increase in Spa Industry

spagirlThe International SPA Association (ISPA) 2009 U.S. Spa Industry Update reveals a steady increase in overall spa locations, revenues, and visits. While positive, the findings are from the calendar year of 2008, which doesn’t reflect the impact the economy has had on the spa industry. “We are pleased to report that 2008 was another year of growth for the spa industry, but we know that we have a tough road ahead of us as our industry is not immune to the current economy,” says Lynne McNees, president of ISPA. “Even though the number of spa locations are up, at a per spa level revenues and visits are slightly down and showing the early effects of the economic downfall.”

Key findings of the 2009 Spa Industry Update include:

  • Overall industry revenues continued to grow at an annual rate of 17.8 percent, while at a per spa level revenue experienced a slight decline.
  • Day spas continue to dominate the industry at 79 percent of total spas.
  • When looking at spas by type, the number of medical spas continues to grow at the fastest rate. Since July 2007, the number of medical spas has grown by 85 percent.

For more information on ISPA and the 2009 Spa Industry Update, visit

SpaFinder Gives Spas the Opportunity to Promote
Their Own Instant Online Gift Certificates

CertificateIdea1BMODSpaFinder, a leading spa and wellness marketing and media company, recently introduced a new feature to its SpaBooker management software that allows spas using it to sell their own instant gift certificates on their websites and on The new revenue-generating program gives consumers a chance to personalize their gift certificates by choosing from more than 10 templates and adding a personalized message. “SpaFinder’s new Instant Online Gift Certificate program can help any spa increase revenue and strengthen their relationship with valued customers,” says Peter Ellis, chairman and CEO of SpaFinder. “Now it’s easy for spas to offer their own personalized, attractive gift certificates and make them available where millions of spa customers are searching online.”

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