Archive for April, 2010
Although I didn’t experience my first spa treatment until I was in my 20s, I tend to think that you’re never too young to spa. Recognizing that 7 through 14 year olds might also benefit from some downtime of their own, Capella Telluride (CO) is debuting the Capella KidSpa this summer. This kid-friendly spa will feature a selection of 20-minute treatments ($55), such as the Junior Sports Massage; Little Person, Big Stress Massage; and Fresh Face mini-facial and skincare lesson. An adult guardian must accompany the young spa-goers but he or she is free to take advantage of a relaxing foot massage called Make Mine a Double ($55, 20 minutes). Being a kid just got a bit easier.
Hotel Palomar Westwood (Los Angeles) is helping guests relax and give back at the same time with its Donation Yoga initiative. Led by renowned fitness expert Juliet Kaska, the yoga classes take place throughout the week from 6 AM to 7 AM. Discretionary donations collected will go to different charities including the hotel’s charity partners Dress for Success, Trust for Public Land, L.A. Women’s Shelter, and Friends of Animals, and can be applied directly to a guest’s room folio or paid in cash at the end of the class. “Guests familiar with the Hotel Palomar Westwood know that a stay here is much more than simply that,” says Albert Smith, general manager. “We strive to create an environment of holistic health and balance for our guests during their travels. We are excited to offer this partnership with Juliet to help guests improve their well-being, while also giving back to the community.”
Happy Earth Day! Although we should all be doing our part to help keep the environment clean on a daily basis, we can use today as the ideal time to re-evaluate what we are currently doing to be green and look for ways to continue helping the planet. In our April issue, Green Spa Network’s Rhana Pytell offered some small, but meaningful, ways to green your spa. For example:
• Designate a green team leader to promote sustainability practices and initiatives, research industry trends, and provide ongoing education.
• Replace cleaning items that contain volatile organic compound (VOC) content.
• Choose filtered water over bottled water.
• Review your lighting needs, prepare a plan, and budget to update your lighting to energy-efficient bulbs.
• Reuse plastic gift cards.
• Select products that have been produced without pesticides and herbicides that pollute our water.
• Join an organization that is dedicated to improving the planet.
These are just a few useful tips Pytell shared. To read the full article, click here.
Do you have any unique tips to share on how you keep your spa green?
Murad donated 200 Soothing Skin and Lip Care and Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protectors to patients at The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Cancer Center at California’s Northridge Hospital through Angie’s Spa. Angie’s Spa is a program established to enhance the comfort and spirit of the hospital’s oncology patients and outpatients by offering therapeutic massages and spa experiences. The lip products help moisturize patient’s lips that are usually parched and dry as a side effect to chemotherapy and radiation treatments. “As a company with strong local ties and an Inclusive Health Philosophy, Murad is delighted to work with a hospital that provides extended care services through the Angie’s Spa program,” says Howard Murad, M.D., associate clinical professor of medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad. “I am a strong believer in physical health being positively influenced by increasing mental well-being. In the case of Angie’s Spa, massage offers a perfect vehicle to support stress relief, relaxation, and eventually better health overall for cancer patients.”
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.
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.
As winter comes to a close, your clients are swapping their cold-weather gear for summertime fun, which means it’s time for open-toe shoes and bare legs. Help them get ready for summer by ridding them of unsightly calluses and dry skin in a safe, easy, and effective way with Microplane® Foot Files. No soaking is necessary, and these trusty pedicure tools instantly eliminate thick, callused skin and produce soft, smooth feet with a bi-directional exfoliating system that is guaranteed not to cut the skin. Toss your your unsafe razors in the trash, and treat your clients to a Microplane pedicure experience. For details about this pampering product and to learn how you can help your clients transform their soles, visit Microplane’s booth (#2001) at IECSC Las Vegas.
Seaweed therapy is making a money-saving splash at Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Atlantic City. The spa will be featuring a “Spring Into Summer” promotion May 1 to June 30 that offers discounts of up to 30 percent on therapies employing organic seaweed products from Seaflora, a Vancouver Island, British Columbia-based skincare producer that hand harvests wild and nutrient-rich seaweed from the Pacific Ocean. Among the pleasantly priced options is:
- Qua Ocean Spray Body Renewal & Detoxification Therapy: A full-body treatment including exfoliation with rockweed and sea kelp scrub; an application of a vitamin-rich Alaria Seaweed Body Masque to firm and renew tissues; a relaxing Scalp, Hand and Foot massage; and an application of Therapeutic Firming Seaweed Gel. Spring Into Summer Rates: ($99, 50 minutes—save $41); ($140, 80 minutes—save $30)
- Qua Ocean Spray Organic Body Firming Massage: This Firming Massage utilizes lymph-drainage massage techniques and a Firming Gel to remove and break down fatty tissue deposits and move toxins. Spring Into Summer Rate: ($99, 50 minutes—save $41)
- Qua Ocean Spray Organic Facial: This thorough facial uses foaming Fucus seaweed cleansing concentrate to balance oil, clear blemishes and reduce skin irritants. The healing, antiseptic start is followed with an Iridaea seaweed exfoliating masque to replenish trace elements and vitamins, and an application of nourishing Laminaria oil and sea relief moisturizers to calm and nourish the skin. Spring Into Summer Rate: ($99, 50 minutes—save $41)
It’s the perfect way to dive into summer!
To coincide with Darphin’s launch of Hydraskin Essential, a $50 face cream described as truly luxurious, the company is inviting women to share their favorite $50 luxury at www.50littleluxuries.com. For every tip shared, a donation will be made to the Ideal Providence Farm to purchase school supplies for the children of the women in Ghana that are harvesting the organic shea butter in Hydraskin Essential. Celebrities are also joining in on the act by revealing their favorite $50 luxury, including Emmy Rossum, who treats herself to buying a favorite TV show DVD series and coffee ice cream; Kara DioGuardi, who indulges in an extra long pedicure massage; and Becki Newton, who spoils herself with fresh flowers. What’s more, on April 21, the 50 most creative entries will win a full-size Hydraskin Essential, and a grand prize winner will be treated to a New York City spa getaway for two, complete with transportation to New York City, two nights at the Surrey Hotel, Darphin treatments, and more. Visit www.50littleluxuries.com now to enter.
Although today, April 16, is National Stress Awareness Day, you should be aware of your stress every day and try to minimize it. According to The Health Resource Network, a national non-profit health education organization, stress contributes to heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, as well as aids in the development of alcoholism, obesity, suicide, drug addiction, cigarette addiction, and other harmful behaviors. It also affects the immune system, which protects from many serious diseases. To learn more about the deadly effects of stress, click here.
Need a kick start toward relaxation? Click here to check out some stress-eliminating exercises from the team at Mohonk Mountain House.