Archive for August, 2011

Como Hotels and Resorts To Offer New Wellness Retreats

Beginning this fall, Como Hotels and Resorts will introduce a week-long Pilates retreat and two yoga retreats. From Oct. 30-Nov. 5, yoga experts Andrea and Christina Curry will host the “Strength and Surrender: A Journey Into Balance by the Curry Sisters” retreat at the COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. During this retreat, guests will embark on a journey to explore beyond physical and mental limits, promoting relaxation and self-awareness. Also during the retreat, the Curry sisters will recommend specific Como Shambhala spa treatments customized to fit each guest’s needs.

From Nov. 6-12 celebrity trainer, author and pilates instructor, Alycea Ungaro will host the “Real Wellness Retreat with Alycea Ungaro” at Parrot Cay in Turks & Caicos. There, Ungaro will offer 15 hours of Pilates instruction and 30 minutes of private assessment. Also at Parrot Cay, from Nov. 13-19, well-known yogi Elena Brower will offer “The Art of Attention with Elena Brower” retreat, which includes daily anusara classes comprising of asana, pranayama, and meditation.

In addition to the yoga and pilates classes, all of the retreats include six nights of accommodations, welcome and farewell dinners, round-trip airport transfers, and tax and service charges. Depending on which retreat is chosen, other meals and amenities are included.

Girls Can Leave the World Behind at Harvest Inn

Last week while perusing Facebook, I came across one of my good friend’s status, which read, “Looking forward to seeing all my friends during my upcoming visit to NYC!” I had no idea she was going to be in town! When I called her later that night to scold her, she said she was having a busy week and didn’t have time to call all of her friends individually, so it was easier to post on Facebook. This lack of interaction is the premise behind the new Wine Country Slumber Party–Unplugged being offered at Harvest Inn in St. Helena, CA. Created to get the girls together for a gadget-free retreat, the weekend begins at check-in, when friends surrender their gadgets and digital devices, which are then stored in a safety box. Next, guests enjoy real face-to-face catch-up time during a private one-hour reception featuring local wines and cheeses. More quality time is spent during a private five-hour wine country tour and tastings, as well as a private picnic lunch at a vineyard. Day two includes a 60-minute massage either in the resort’s therapy room or in an outdoor cabana. And finally, what girls’ getaway would be complete without some shopping at the boutiques on Main Street. Starting at $1,999 for two nights, the package also includes daily breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine, on-site parking, and access to the fitness center. For more information, click here.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver
Introduces Fall Into Football Menu

You don’t have to be a fan of football to enjoy the new Fall Into Football menu debuting at The Ritz Carlton Spa, Denver. The specially priced seasonal menu hikes into town Sept. 1-Dec. 31. The playful menu includes the First Down Facial ($115, 50 minutes), a signature facial with autumn-inspired ingredients; the Heisman Hops and Honey Pedicure ($125, 75 minutes), a one-of-a-kind pedi incorporating real hops; the Touchdown Thai Massage ($165, 75 minutes), a traditional Thai massage; and the Quarterback Sneak ($165, 75 minutes), a sampler package that involves a 25-minute massage, a 25-minute facial, and a 25-minute manicure. Any one of the the treatments are sure to leave guests ready to tackle whatever comes their way.

Signing Off: Virgo

Mercury has entered Virgo’s zodiac sign, and its influence may make them a little scattered. Sleep may not come easily, and their minds may be mulling different options over again. Encourage them to give themselves a break, maybe with a nice deep tissue massage.

Kamma Bothe has a degree from the Thalamus Institute for Psychology and Holistic Medicine in Berlin, Germany. She later continued her education in astrological studies with various well-known experts and has been working for 30 years as an astrological counselor and reader. Bothe ran her own clinic in Germany and is still known there as one of the pre-eminent readers. Now living in Sedona, AZ, she does readings at Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment Resort. You can contact her at or visit

PBA Disaster Relief Fund to Help Hurricane Victims

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which swept through the East Coast this past weekend and caused extensive damage in several states, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) has quickly stepped up and is doing its part to help those in our industry who are impacted. Now, you can help, as well. Donate to the PBA | NCA Disaster Relief Fund to help beauty professionals rebuild after the damage caused by Hurricane Irene. For more information and to make a tax deductible donation and/or request assistance, please visit

Gharieni Gets Imported to America

Gharieni, a leading German manufacturer of high-end spa and medical furniture, treatment beds, and equipment has made its U.S. debut, and its offerings are now available in America. The company’s spa division features a  range of beauty and relaxation couches along with a selection of equipment and furniture. The medical division designs and manufactures examination beds for ENT, podiatry, ultrasound, and more that provide comfortable and optimized positioning for patients. Visit, or learn more in person at SPATEC Fall, which takes place Sept. 7-10 in Dana Point, CA.

Book4Time Chosen as Software Vendor for The Grooming Company

Book4Time was chosen as the central spa software vendor for The Grooming Company and its portfolio of spa brands, which include N.BAR (pictured), Jet Set, 1847, and Tilia & Finn with a combined 19 locations in Dubai and many more planned for 2012 and on. “Book4Time was the clear choice for The Grooming Company to centralize our locations onto one cloud-based platform, enhancing our overall operations through seamless guest service management,” says Namrata Gupta, COO of The Grooming Company. “Reducing hardware and IT costs while providing a cost-effective and scalable solution for our growing business is key to our overall guest management strategy.”

Get Fit and Earn Rewards With Nexercise

Nexercise, a free mobile fitness app that makes healthy lifestyle choices and exercise fun, introduced a number of brand new features. The app will continue to calculate physical activity and reward users with virtual medals, discounts on health food, and free merchandise, but now users can enjoy the challenges of an active lifestyle with new features. These features include visualizing progress, where participants can actually view their progress and monitor their exercise habits with a calendar, and the ability to track friends and family and earn points by working out together or competing against one another. Nexercise has also teamed up with Kiip, a venture-backed company, to provide users with the chance to win fabulous rewards from companies like Sephora and The app has also been redesigned with enhanced graphics and is more user-friendly than ever. “Nexercise was built upon the belief that exercise doesn’t have to be boring,” says Benjamin Young, CEO of Nexercise. “You don’t have to drastically change your lifestyle in order to be healthy. Being healthy is a mindset. More often than not, the missing component to success is sustained and sufficient motivation. Nexercise challenges traditional thought by making physical activity more fun and rewarding through our mobile app.”

The Kahala Spa Offers Guests a Taste of Authentic Hawaiian Healing

One of my favorite memories about my last trip to Hawaii was getting an authentic lomi lomi massage while listening to the sounds of the ocean. The Kahala Spa in Honolulu actually takes relaxation even farther with the introduction of its Island Offerings: Inspiration for the Senses package. The three-hour program begins with a 30-minute consultation with a therapist, along with a mixology lesson to help them create a customized concoction of farm-fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables to be used throughout their treatment. A sea Salt, macadamia nut, or sugar scrub is performed, followed by a yogurt-based body wrap and scalp treatment. Clients then relax in a scented bath before receiving a 90-minute lomi lomi massage. They are also given a refreshing smoothie with fresh Hawaiian fruit to enjoy. After this program, vacationers will feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to enjoy all the island has to offer.

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