Archive for December, 2010
Want to know what workouts and beauty products will be all the rage in the New Year? Well+Good, a website focused on health, beauty, fitness, and well-being, addresses these questions and more. Here, Well+Good founders Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula share New York City’s top 10 wellness trends for the upcoming year.
1. Barre obsession White-hot barre workouts continue to multiply. Established NYC brands Core Fusion and Physique 57 have been joined by the Bar Method, the Nalini Method, Yoga-Works BarWorks, and soon, an outpost of barre3. Gyms are jumping on board by adding “barre” classes to their schedules. We predict an all out barre brawl.
2. Vegan vogue and gluten-free for all New Yorkers are going gluten-free and vegan in greater numbers—either because of food allergies, animal rights, or a general desire for healthier eating habits. We predict an explosion of gourmet offering catering to the health-conscious New Yorkers embracing these formerly fringe diets.
3. Healing workouts The same fitness instructors who want you to feel the burn now want to help your body and mind heal. Look for therapeutic workouts, like Equinox’s “IntenSati,” which uses personal affirmations, and “Thread,” where core work and body-awareness techniques “unlock muscular inhibition.” Also on the horizon: a fascination with supportive aerial yoga and fitness-meets-life-coaching workshops.
4. Small-batch beauty New Yorkers love artisanal foods, and, increasingly, beauty products that are carefully made in small batches. Amanda Walker blends A Perfume Organic by hand; batches of Hope Gillerman’s new HGO Lab preservative-free skincare line will be made every six weeks for freshness; and for quality control. Tata Harper grows many of the ingredients for her eponymous line at her Vermont farm.
5. The non-toxic New York spa Because of a growing demand for “3-free” nail polish, paraben-free skincare, and hair straightening sans formaldehyde, NYC spas are dedicating more of their menus to non-toxic treatments. Expect every spa worth its bath salts to include natural beauty services.
6. Celebrity specialists make supplements It used to be that fitness trainers and holistic doctors sent their clients to the Whole Foods vitamin aisle for supplements to support their health. Now New York City wellness experts, like celebrity fitness trainer David Kirsch and integrative health guru Frank Lipman, MD (Gwyneth Paltrow’s doctor), are rolling out their own branded nutritional supplements aimed at fixing what ails us.
7. Fusion yoga Vigorous vinyasa is currently the city’s most popular style of yoga. And for some New York City yoga teachers, it’s becoming a platform for layering on practices like Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art) and breakdancing. Carlos Rodriguez, who created Caponyasa, and Anya Porter, founder of Breakti, are just two examples of this innovative new school of yoga.
8. Juice couture This year’s juice-cleanse mania creates a thirst for premium juices that has nothing to do with fasting. With ABC Elixir Bar, Jean-Georges Vongerichten proved that a juice joint can be upmarket. One Lucky Duck, Juice Generation, and newcomer Liquid Pump are making quality cold-pressed drinks widely available, while stalwart Organic Avenue plans to open more outposts in 2011.
9. A call to arms Toned arms are the must-have muscle group, thanks to Michelle Obama and Madonna. Try to find a group fitness class that doesn’t seriously salute the guns—spinning classes include a 10-minute arm sequence; barre classes make sure your arms get as jacked as your core. Fitness fashion is changing as a result: arm-baring tanks have completely replaced old school t-shirts.
10. The new New York Mom Moms-to-be can expect seriously upgraded wellness options. Every yogini can now choose from a wide selection of prenatal classes—from gentle to serious Vinyasa—as well as designer maternity apparel to practice in. Prenatal spa menus expand at New York City spas, from SoHo Sanctuary to the Peninsula, thanks to greater demand and greater therapist expertise.
Repêchage hosted its annual Power Lunch event at the its headquarters in Secaucus, NJ. The event was attended by beauty industry professionals, including spa and salon owners and skincare educators, and kicked off with guest speaker Julie Mahoney of Oasis Day Spa (Weymouth, MA), who shared her experiences as an esthetician and owner of a skincare center. Guest speaker Richard Calcasola of Maximus Spa/Salons of Long Island, NY shared the challenges and successes he has found in running a full-service salon and spa and discussed the success of his newly opened salon in Long Island that incorporates FACEbAR to offer Repêchage express services in the salon environment. In addition, Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO of Repêchage presented an in-depth look at the benefits of sea water and sea plant technology, and provided business tips for 2011. The event concluded with a presentation by Shiri Sarfati, executive vice president of Sarkli- Repêchage, which highlighted the Repêchage Sea Spa Lifestyle Collection, set to launch in the first quarter of 2011.
Although I am not a fan of permanent tattoos (don’t ask why), I do enjoy the option of playing around with temporary tattoos, and, apparently, so do celebrities. According to Temptu, a company that offers airbrush makeup and temporary tattoos, here are the top 10 Temptu temporary tattoo looks of the year:
1. Beyoncé, who adorned her entire body for the Fall Deréon 2010 Campaign, which launched a limited edition Temptu and Deréon temporary tattoo collection
2. Martha Stewart, who featured Temptu tattoos her face for the cover of her Halloween issue
3. Victoria’s Secret angel Emanuela de Paulo, who used Temptu temporary tattoos to go tribal for the 2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (shown here)
4. Willow Smith, who sported a Temptu tattoo for her New York City Holiday Toys for Tots concert
5. Marcia Cross, who wore a spider Temptu tattoo for Halloween at a PS Arts Event
6. Kim Cattrall, who showed off a Temptu tattoo in her 80s flashback for Sex and the City II
7 Kat Von D, who brings her look to the masses with a temporary tattoo collection with Temptu and Sephora
8. Stephen Colbert, who regularly wears various Temptu temporary tattoos for the Colbert Report
9. The cast of Green Day’s American Idiot, who wears a variety of Temptu tattoos on Broadway
10. Models during the New York Runways, who got Temptu tatted for Wayne, Odd Molly, Ashton Michael, and Charlotte Ronson
Christmas has yet to come and pass, but I’m already thinking of ways to detox in the New Year. Chances are I’m not the only one. That’s why Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa (Miami Beach, FL) is introducing the Luxury of Wellness package ($45,000), a year-long customized program that helps spa-goers live up to their New Year’s resolutions. Including three five-night stays at the property, monthly follow-up consultations with the medical director, diagnostic testing, spa treatments, and more, the year-long journey is the perfect way to balance healthy living with stress-relieving relaxation. If that’s not enough, the all-inclusive program also features healthy meal options from the award-winning Canyon Ranch Grill, access to the hotel’s Aquavana thermal suites and fitness facilities, and a host of daily fitness classes. As an added incentive, guests who purchase the package will receive a complimentary three-night return stay at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach for the following year.
It’s that time of year when it seems like everyone has the sniffles or a cold. For a germaphobe like me, something as simple as riding the subway to work is pure torture when I am surrounded by people coughing and sneezing. So when I received a sample of Eufora’s Essential Defense Moisturizing Hand Purifier at work, I immediately tried it out. I always carry around hand sanitizer in my bag, but this one actually makes my hands feel softer and look better while killing 99.9 percent of germs for up to 2 hours. The alcohol-free formula contains aloe and essential oils of curry and cinnamon. Needless to say, this is one product that I will stuffing in the stockings of all my friends and family this holiday season. Perhaps your clients would like to do the same.
Guests can set themselves on the path to wellness at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, which is offering A New Direction spa package. Guests will enjoy personalized treatment in the lap of luxury with a stay in one of the hotel’s Lifestyle guestrooms, where amenities include a day bed for relaxation and a yoga mat for practice. It’s a great opportunity for guests to rediscover themselves and start their new wellness plan. The package starts at $625 and includes:
• One night stay in a Lifestyle guestroom
• An hour long private yoga, pilates or personal training session
• Choice of an 80-minute spa treatment
• Lunch at the Spa Café
• Unlimited use of the spa thermal facilities
• The Mandarin Oriental’s signature spa bath oil
Empire Education Group announced it has acquired The Westmore Academy. The new Westmore Academy at Empire will operate as an advanced makeup academy for spa, salon, television, motion picture, theatre, runway and session makeup artists at its current location in Burbank, CA. Empire will also rebrand its current advanced makeup academy in New York City under The Westmore Academy at Empire’s moniker while expanding the Westmore programs throughout the country. “The Westmore family is truly the first family of makeup in every sense of the word—they even have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a tribute to four generations’ contributions to their art and craft,” says Franklin K. Schoeneman, chairman and CEO of Empire Education Group. “Together, the Empire family and the Westmore family will provide working makeup artists, as well as Empire’s cosmetology students, with a new level of excellence and experience in makeup education, increasing their career options after graduation.”
It’s no secret it’s a struggle not pack on the pounds around the holidays, so when I came across the Healthy Steps line of portion control kitchen tools from Jokari, I was thrilled. Each tool serves a specific purpose, making it so easy to stay within reasonable portion sizes during meals. For example, the Portion Control Starch Server is a spoon the size of the proper amount of cooked starch such as potatoes or rice, while the Portion Control Vegetable Server is a slotted spoon measuring one-half serving of cooked vegetables. Not only has using them helped me maintain my normal weight over the past few weeks (so far) but these handy tools also make great holiday gifts. Check out the website here.
It’s common knowledge that the holiday season is a time to indulge. Despite doing my best to keep my calorie counts in check, it’s not easy with numerous celebratory cocktail parties and co-workers bearing a limitless supply of cupcakes and cookies. Fortunately, registered nutritionist Linda Illingworth and executive chef Jason Graham of Cal-a-Vie Health Spa (Vista, CA) have teamed up to share 12 Ways to Wellness, helpful holiday tips that serve as a seasonal survival guide.
- Skip the caffeine and start your day with hot water and a lemon wedge to flush out unwanted toxins.
- Be kind to your mind by stretching your body five minutes each day.
- Take the candy out of your cane and use natural agave syrup instead.
- Trim down your eggnog this year with almond or vanilla soy milk.
- Don’t be a glutton—choose gluten free.
- Hydrate with coconut water and boost your electrolytes at the same time.
- Better to butter with Earth Balance or Smart Balance.
- Serve your guests frozen raisins—they taste like caramels.
- Go green and fill your plate with leafy greens.
- Bake your cookies with rice flour or whole wheat pastry flour.
- Keep your cheese for the camera and save loads of calories.
- Craving ice cream? Freeze a banana. It’s yummy and full of potassium.
During the holiday season, I do not deny myself of anything when it comes food and drink, but as soon as January 1st roles around I am overcome with guilt due to an expanded waistline and scrambling to make my New Years resolution. Kamalame Cay, the luxury Bahamian Resort, has the perfect solution for those who have over-indulged this season, with its first ever “Detox Week” program designed by Gaiam and Reebok master trainer Tanja Djelevic and retreat manager Thomas Mikusz. The seven day detox program will put guests on the track to wellness for the New Year. The retreat includes:
- A 30-minute individual lifestyle assessment
- Daily yoga and meditation classes
- Three specially created meals daily with detox juices
- Daily postural and flexibility training and ‘experience your senses’ classes
- Leisure time each day
- One complimentary massage or spa treatment
- Dietary education class and four month free membership on www.loudfitness.com
Kamalame Cay’s “Detox Week” will be held from February 22,-March 1. Rates start at $9,200 per person (single occupancy) for a beach suite and $6,400 per person (double occupancy). For information, visit www.kamalame.com or call 800-790-7971.