Archive for March 25th, 2010

The New Spa Director at The Spa at Norwich Inn Creates Her Own Fairytale Ending

I love a good Cinderella story as much as the next person, which is why I couldn’t resist sharing this one. A native of Long Island, Danielle Knerr joined The Spa at Norwich Inn (CT) as a housekeeper in 1997, initially cleaning rooms on the night shift. In 1998, she was promoted to assistant night housekeeping supervisor and then to housekeeping night supervisor the following year. She then transferred to the spa, where she worked as a spa desk concierge before continuing to work her way up the ladder. In 2000, she was promoted to front desk supervisor, and in 2002, she was made spa operations manager. After becoming a licensed massage therapist in 2005, Knerr was promoted to assistant spa director the next year. Throughout the last few years, she has earned certifications in Reiki, craniosacral, and oncology massage. She also spearheaded the creation and this year’s launch of The Fragile Client, a program that promotes spa services for those living with cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and other chronic illnesses. Proving hard work and dedication can take you where you want to go, Knerr was recently named spa director and now supervises a staff of 100 licensed massage therapists, estheticians, fitness instructors, and support staff.

Guests Can Whet Their Appetites with the New Spa Tapas Menu at Sense, A Rosewood Spa at The Carlyle

Warning: If you ever go out to a restaurant with me, I am the most indecisive person when it comes to ordering. I think it is because a few items on the menu usually sound good to me, and I don’t want to commit to just one. The same is true when I visit a spa and am perusing the menu. And I must not be alone, because I have been seeing a new trend at many spas, where clients are offered a combination of several treatments of their choosing for shorter lengths of time. Jumping on the bandwagon is Sense, A Rosewood Spa at The Carlyle (New York City), which recently launched a Spa Tapas menu. For $180, guests can choose one 30-minute body treatment, one 20-minute massage, and one 20-minute skincare treatment. Options include:

Body Sense (30 minutes)
• Apaisant Exfoliation
• Hammam Clay Wrap
• SentoVital Flow Scrub
• Nature Optimal Boost Therapy

Massage Therapy (20 minutes)
• Aromatherapy Massage
• Swedish Massage
• Deep Tissue Massage
• Carlyle Signature Massage

Essential Skin Care (20 minutes)
• Hommage Gentleman’s Black Diamond Facial
• Sense Signature Facial
• Sisley Hydratation Intense
• Sisley Réparateur

With so many treatments to choose from, spa-goers will experience a customized taste of relaxation in The Big Apple.

Snake Yoga Slithers Into the
Spa at the Sonoma Mission Inn

As you may have read early this week, I’ve most certainly got Wine Country fever. So when I heard about a fun new fitness offering at the Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, I was thrilled to discover another reason to head west again soon. The spa is helping yoga aficionados shed their winter workout blahs with Snake Yoga workshops.

Snake Yoga is a practice that helps strengthen and lengthen the spine and is designed to energize the kundalini, or sacred life force, represented as the serpent in the spine. Le’ema Kathleen Graham, creator of Snake Yoga, will be hosting training sessions on April 24 and May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. for $45 per person. Along with two hours of instruction, guests will also receive all-day spa privileges at the acclaimed resort including access to the indoor signature European-style bathing ritual and outdoor thermal pools.

“It is a great honor to welcome Le’ ema and her Snake Yoga practice to the resort,” says Sheri Claflin, director of spa operations. “The titles of her poses are changed from the traditional Sanskrit/English versions so that they may be seen from a new perspective. These names reflect her connection to snakes as creative beings, as well as to esoteric principles, symbols and myths from various cultures.”

Though I’m not a fan of slithering serpents, this is one fitness solution I think I’d like to sample.

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