Archive for January 3rd, 2011

Signing Off: Capricorn

“Capricorns can derive great benefit from a spa visit, as it affords them an opportunity to relax and unwind, something that those born under this hard-working, goal-driven sign oftentimes need. It can help them recommit to making their personal well-being—rather than just their work and family obligations—a top priority. Because their sign governs the bones, joints, and skin, they may want to pay closer attention to these areas. Prone to rigidity and a highly structured nature, treatments that allow Capricorns to relax their bodies and minds will do wonders for their vitality.”—Stephanie Gailing

Stephanie Gailing, MS, CN, is a professional astrologer and nutritionist with more than 16 years of experience. The author of Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness (Crossing Press, 2009), Gailing writes “Signing Off,” a monthly column for American Spa that gives guidance on using the stars to cater to clientele. To check out Gailing’s blog, click For further Capricorn insights, turn to page 112 of American Spa’s January issue.

MTF Taps Practitioner Case Report Contest Winner

The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) has announced that Rosemary Chunco, LMT, BA, MAc, of Plano, TX, has won the Grand Prize Gold Award in the 2010 Practitioner Case Report Contest with her report, “The Effects of Massage on Pain, Stiffness and Fatigue Levels Associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Case Study.” After focusing on a 47-year old woman with the disease, Chunco concluded in her report that massage has a positive impact in treating the symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis, a disease that affects the joints between the spinal bones and the joints between the spine and pelvis. As the grand prize winner Chunco will receive a $2,500 cash award, an invitation to present her paper at the 2011 AMTA National Convention, and a $1,000 stipend towards traveling expenses. Rosalyn A. Smarr, LMT, of Dayville, Oregon received an honorable mention for her report focusing on the positive effects of massage in the recovery of a shoulder joint injury.

Click here to read the complete case reports, learn more about the winners, and find out how you can enter the 2011 contest. And congratulations to this year’s winners!

Blue Marble Spa Helps Guests Escape the Winter Blahs

For clients who have made wellness a priority in 2011, San Diego’s Blue Marble Spa at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina has a surefire way to help them revitalize their minds and bodies for the year ahead. Throughout January, the spa is featuring two pampering winter rituals that use only organic, natural ingredients. The Winter Ritual Massage ($180, 90 minutes) rejuvenates the body with a cinnamon and clove exfoliation followed by a relaxing muscle massage infused with lavender and peppermint, while the Winter Ritual Facial ($125, 60 minutes) renews the skin by using pear enzymes to peal away dull and dehydrated skin and continues with the application of a concentrated plant cell serum to restore suppleness while protecting it from free radicals. These tantalizing treatments that will help heal guests who need a cure for the wintertime blues.

Dermalogica Appoints New CEO

A new year brings new things at Dermalogica, including the appointment of the skincare company’s new CEO, Dan Ginsberg. With a comprehensive background in branding strategy, marketing, and advertising, Ginsberg’s initial tasks in 2011 include overseeing Dermalogica’s new philanthropic endeavor, Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship (FITE), a program that will create micro-loans to an estimated 25,000 female entrepreneurs in more than 50 countries. Ginsberg’s prior roles include CEO of Red Bull. “Branding is my professional passion,” says Ginsberg. “My expertise has always been to lead creative teams in generating consumer awareness and brand loyalty. I’m excited to lead the globally recognized Dermalogica brand to the next chapter of its long-standing history.”

The Westin New York at Times Square
Says Ahoy to Cruise-Goers

Passengers cruising in and out of New York City can be whipped into ship shape either pre- or post-cruise, thanks to The Westin New York at Times Square. The centrally located hotel is currently offering a Ship to Shore package to help vacationers either prepare for or recover from their days at sea. It includes rates starting from $305 a night (based on availability); a $50 credit toward any spa treatment; Fitness Center access ($15 per day value); one in-room movie viewing; two bottles of water; and late checkout. It’s an ideal option for cruisers looking to set sail for health, wellness, and relaxation.

LA’s Ritz-Carlton Spa Debuts Mid-Week Pricing

The holidays are over, and consumers are likely feeling the sting—and stress—of their post-gift-giving bills. The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles is helping them out in the New Year with its new mid-week pricing, which helps guests chill out while saving them a few bucks. Among the reduced-priced offerings, which are available from Monday to Thursday, are a Swedish Massage ($99, 50 minutes), a Cleansing Facial ($99, 50 minutes), and an Express Mani/Pedi ($75, 60 minutes). For spa lovers who are looking to pinch a few pennies, it’s the perfect post-holiday treat.

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