Archive for March, 2011
Every year, I struggle with what to give my mom for Mother’s Day. As she always points out every holiday, “I have everything I need.” Well, for those daughters in the same boat as me, Mii amo has come to the rescue. To celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, this award-winning destination spa in Sedona is hosting a special three-night journey to help women connect with their femininity. From May 5-8, moms and their daughters can partake in Celebrating The Feminine Essence (starting at $2,310 per night) and enjoy a weekend of learning, spa-ing, sharing, storytelling, dancing, and more, all while exploring the powerful nature of being a woman and connecting to their feminine roots. According to Leslee Vogal, one of the leaders of the retreat, “The sacred intention for this weekend is that each woman experiences a more authentic expression of herself, combining her relationships as a daughter and a mother with her own essence.” For a complete schedule of the weekend, click here.
While it may be easier to shoot off an email or a quick text, the art of conversation is still valued. And, according to Maribeth Kuzmeski, author of several books, including The Connectors: How the World’s Most Successful Businesspeople Build Relationships and Win Clients for Life (Wiley, 2009) stresses the importance of communicating through actually talking, as opposed to relying on technology. “Conversations are the building blocks of relationships,” says Kuzmeski. “Without them, we form relationships that are devoid of substance. But for anyone who wants to create truly beneficial relationships, you have to stop texting, walk away from the computer, and connection with someone one-on-one through a great conversation.” Here, Kuzmeski offers more tips on why we should talk more:
• It puts quality ahead of speed.
• It’s the glue of great relationships.
• It’s the only way to see what someone is saying.
• It’s an opportunity-making skill.
• It’s a great way to invest in others.
• It is not a requirement to be the most outgoing person in the room.
• It’s the best way to mend a broken relationship.
• It makes life better.
It’s opening day, which marks the beginning of the new Major League Baseball season. While that may not seem a significant date for most spa-goers, those visiting the Ritz-Carlton, Denver, just steps from Coors Field, the famed Colorado Rockies stadium, will find a host of baseball-inspired services as part of the spa’s Take Me Out to the Ballgame menu. The Base Hit Buff & Bronze ($105, 50 minutes) begins with a 25-minute body scrub followed by a Vichy shower and a spray tan to help guests stand out from the crowd. The Seventh-Inning Stretch ($165, 75 minutes) is a massage that blends traditional methods of stretching with a rhythmic and gentle rocking motion. What better way to prepare for the big game? The Triple Play Spa Day ($165, 75 minutes) is a fan favorite thanks to its 25-minute Signature Massage, 25-minute Express Facial, and 25-minute Classic Manicure. Launching April 1 and available throughout the spring season, each of these treatments will leave spa-goers rooting for more. What inspired treatments is your spa offering these days?
People often charge me with having one of the best jobs in the world, and I can’t say I disagree with them. I’ve spent the last decade visiting lavish spas around the world. Over the years, I’ve found myself in some uncomfortable yet laughable situations, such as the time I was in Jordan visiting a popular Turkish bath. There, I found myself in a near panic over the fact that I was convinced I was about to be scrubbed down with someone else’s dirty water. Upon seeing or rather hearing my distressed state, my driver, who was steaming nearby, had to step in to translate. To this day, I’m still unclear as to whether it was re-used water or not. I do know I caused quite the commotion trying to find out. Fortunately, most of my treatments are a bit more blissful. However, I always say, a treatment is only as good as the therapist giving it. What are some of your most memorable spa experiences? We want to hear the good, the bad, and the funny…
This June, Curtain Bluff Resort (Antigua) will host its first-ever Wellness Week (starting at $513 per person, per night). Ideal for those looking to kick off their summers on a healthy note, the week will take place June 9-14 and is chock-full of fitness, spa, and wellness activities. Daily fitness options include a rainforest hike, Beach Boot Camp, Pilates, muscle toning, Yoga, stretch, aqua aerobics, and more. Each participant also gets a complimentary personal training session at the fitness center and a private consultation with a nutritionist, as well as a healthy cooking class led by Chef Christophe Blatz, who will be creating separate wellness menus in the dining room each night. Wellness Week participants will also enjoy a choice of daily spa treatments, including an Ultimate De-stressor Massage, a Moor Mud Wrap, a Classic Facial, a Sabai Hot Stone Massage, and Classic Manicure and Pedicure. For those looking to find their way to wellness, it’s a great place to get started.
Traveling can sometimes add a great deal of stress to an already hectic life. For that reason, the InterContinental Suites Hotel (Cleveland) is turning its property into a haven of tranquility. It is the first hotel in the world to introduce the emWave Personal Stress Reliever to its guests as an amenity. The PSR is a heart-rhythm coherence feedback system that reduces stress and increases over-all well-being. Starting April 1, guests will be able to monitor stress levels using this hand-held device that reads heart rhythms and provides instant feedback. Those practicing the Quick Coherence technique while using the emWave PSR can see when their coherence level increase and learn how to manage and control anxiety and negative emotions. The device will also be available for purchase at the wellness shop for those who want enjoy the continued benefits at home. The introduction of the emWave PSR is part of the hotel’s transformation into distinctive environment of wellness. Renovations of the 162 suites are expected to be completed in July.
During the month of April, The Palms Aveda Spa (Miami Beach, FL) will feature a special Earth Month Massage to demonstrate the property’s commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. Guest who book the Earth Month Massage ($210, 80 minutes) will receive a limited-edition soy wax Aveda Light the Way Earth Month Candle, courtesy of the spa. The best part—100% of proceeds from the candles will be donated to Global Greengrants Fund to support clean water projects around the globe. Along with feeling great following this treatment that includes a body mask and a cold stone massage, guests can feel fabulous about helping the planet.
For more of our industry’s eco efforts, be sure to check out American Spa’s April issue, which focuses on all things green. What are you doing to go green for Earth Month and beyond? Share your success stories here.
Anyone who has been touched by cancer knows the devastation it can bring to the patient and his or her loved ones. Ceiba del Mar Beach and Spa Resort is offering guests who have been diagnosed with or undergone cancer treatment a chance to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit with the Living Beyond Cancer Wellness Retreat, which takes place April 18-22. During the retreat, guests will learn the importance of nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and overall well-being from innovative wellness practitioners. The retreat will also offer healthy and delicious cuisine, spa and detox treatments, group sessions, and yoga and meditation. The goal is for guests to get back on the road to health and wellness with a positive outlook.
The all-inclusive retreat also includes three nights’ accommodations; all meals and drinks; unlimited use of land and water sports equipment, fitness center and its hydrotherapy circuit; a special gift upon arrival; airport transfers; and all taxes and gratuities. Rates for the Living Beyond Cancer program start at $2,729. Rates start at $1,305 for non-retreat participants who share a room with a living beyond cancer guest.
“This is the cure after the cure in a serenely beautiful, soul-nurturing setting,” says Brooke Cunningham, an organizer of the retreat and author of an upcoming book on detoxifying the body after rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. “Participants will learn how to eat better, restore the chemistry and balance within their bodies, live without the daily fear and rediscover pure relaxation.”
Clients at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (Avon, CO) can enjoy the majesty and bliss of the Colorado Rocky Mountains this summer with the newly launched outdoor health and wellness experience, “Mountain Spa Mornings,” which provides cardiovascular training and inspired relaxation. Available July through September, the revitalizing outdoor adventure begins at 8:00 a.m. with a 90-minute guided hike through scenic Bachelor Gulch to the historical Anderson’s Cabin. The morning hike is followed by an outdoor private yoga session and culminates with a nurturing 60-minute, outdoor massage that takes place at the guest’s choice of either Anderson’s Cabin or the spa’s nature-inspired Wildflower Zen Garden. Mountain Spa Mornings are sure to give clients a Rocky Mountain High.
As an avid spa-goer for years, I’ve come to develop my fair share of pet peeves when it comes to treatments. One of my biggest is when therapists touch my face immediately after massaging my feet. I’m always listening to hear the sound of running water, so I know that they have washed their hands first. I also get anxious about anyone touching my face when their hands are covered with oil or cream intended for the body rather than the face. Following a deep cleansing facial, I also find it annoying when I leave the treatment room to find myself looking like a cross between Ozzy Osbourne and Tammy Faye Baker with massacred mascara that should have been removed. And finally, I hate when my pleas to leave my cuticles left uncut go unheard, and I have to make a fuss. Of course, these are the exceptions and not the rules when it comes to most of my experiences in the treatment room. I can only imagine the pet peeves that therapists must encounter each and every day. What leaves you anything but relaxed when spa-ing or dealing with clients?