Archive for March 17th, 2011
Although I generally enjoy working out, I bore easily when it comes to classes. That’s why I eventually cancelled my gym membership and took up taekwon-do. I found the progressive nature of martial arts appealing, as I was constantly being challenged to learn new things. That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to hear that Core Fusion co-creators Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito had recently created a new approach to Core Fusion training with the introduction of Core Fusion Boot Camp. I attended a preview class earlier this week and found myself challenged in numerous ways. The new class accelerates and enhances the strength and flexibility benefits of traditional Core classes by adding power moves that incorporate core balls and weights to the workout. With summer right around the corner, I’m looking forward to incorporating the class into my own workout regime and even more excited about the lean abs and sculpted legs that are sure to follow. There is even a dvd that I can watch from home. Core Fusion Boot Camp is slated to launch in Exhale spas nationwide in late April or early May.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In recognition of this holiday (which, let’s be honest, usually includes the imbibing of alcohol), the International SPA Association (ISPA) has compiled a list of some spas that offer alcohol-themed treatments that clients can enjoy all year round. Here is a sample of some of their treatments:
• The Atlantic Resort & Spa (Ft. Lauderdale, FL): Guests can benefit from the antibacterial and sebum-suppressing benefits of beer yeast with the Citrus Body Treatment ($222, 80 minutes), which includes a hair treatments that contains a beer extract, a six-pack beer bath, and an application of citrus lotion.
• Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (Sonoma, CA): Spa-goers looking for smoother skin can opt for the Chardonnay Olive Oil Sugar Scrub ($129, 45 minutes), which features products that are all handmade in the Sonoma Valley.
• The Spa at Chateau Elan (Braselton, GA): Ideal for smoothing the skin and stimulating circulation, The Chateau Antioxidant Winery Facial ($90, 55 minutes) incorporates antioxidant-loaded grapes.
• VH Spa for Vitality + Health (Scottsdale, AZ): Clients who are looking to hydrate their skin can choose the Whiskey and Black Pepper Facial ($100, 60 minutes), which uses phytomalt, a malt extract from Scotch whiskey that is full of sugars, minerals, and vitamin B6.
“Spas with local vineyards or nearby distilleries are taking advantage of what’s around them to create memorable experiences for their guests,” says ISPA president Lynne McNees. “Many people might not equate the spa with alcohol, but 23 percent of spas are incorporating local or indigenous elements into their treatment menu. Going to the spa is all about customizing your experience to meet your needs, and for some that includes a glass of wine.” Cheers to that!