Archive for April 20th, 2010

A Spa Odyssey in the Maldives

Island hopping in the Maldives is always an adventure. If it’s not the unpredictable weather (I visited at the end of the rainy season) or rough seas, then it’s the various modes of transportation you need (think boats and seaplanes) to reach your final destination. Fortunately, the Maldives is home to a host of tempting spas that are ideal for taking the edge off any travel-related angst. While there, I had the good fortune to visit The Spa at the Hilton Maldives/Iru Fushi Resort & Spa, The Spa Retreat, The Over-Water Spa, and The Ice Cream Spa at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, and Modun Spa at Beach House Maldives, The Waldorf Astoria Collection. Check out our May issue for more on these Maldivian gems.

ISPA Foundation Offers Two Research Opportunities

The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation has recently announced that for the third year, applications for both the Ruth Stricker Spa and Wellness Award and the Dr. Howard Murad Research Grant are available and will be accepted through June 1, 2010.

The Ruth Stricker Spa and Wellness Award offers aid for research in helping spas meet current health care needs, promote wellness, and enhance quality of life. The $2,500 award will support a project that demonstrates a unique or unrecognized benefit of spa in promoting wellness. Entrants with a particular focus in the areas of aging, technological stress, chronic illness, and loneliness will be given extra consideration.

The Dr. Howard Murad Research Grant offers assistance to researchers studying the effects of cultural stress and ways to manage it. The $1,500 grant can be used to research technology overload, overworking and lack of purposeful work, inadequate nutrition, and those suffering from isolation from friends.
To find out more or to fill out an application, click here.

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