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Vegas Spa-Goers Get a Hint of Mint
For the Holidays at CityCenter Spas

Last December, I took a trip out to Vegas to visit some friends right around the time the holiday season was in full swing. While I am not necessarily a huge fan of the single-digit temperatures we were experiencing in New York City, something feels unsettling about being in the blazing sun or laying out by the pool while Christmas carols are playing in the background. To try to replicate at least some semblance of holiday fun, two CityCenter spas are offering Vegas visitors  a taste of the holidays while they are relaxing. At Vdara Health & Beauty guests can choose the Candy Cane Scalp Treatment (a $35 add on to any salon treatment), which refreshes and stimulates the scalp with peppermint,  or the Candy Cane Mani-Pedi ($110, 90 minutes), in which clients top off their services with a holiday hue from SpaRitual’s Holiday Glow Collection. Over at The Spa at Aria, guests can indulge in an Herbal Peppermint Pedicure ($130, 50 minutes, which combines a warm peppermint tea bath with a lemongrass and lavender pumice scrub and peppermint-infused mask. After choosing one of these holiday treatments, Sin City spa-goers will be feeling minty fresh.

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 kammastro@gmail.com or visit www.kammastro.com.

The JW Marriott Chicago Announces Fall Packages

The JW Marriott Chicago is introducing two new fabulous packages for Fall. The UnWine’d from the Drive package is ideal for those weary guests who have traveled to Chicago by car and are ready for some serious de-stressing. Guests who arrive by car and show a valid identification from a surrounding state will have the opportunity for tailor-made pampering. This package includes luxurious guestroom or suite accommodations, a neck and shoulder massage and foot reflexology at the VALEO Spa, a glass of wine, and a$50 Visa card to put toward shopping or dining.

The Chicago Suite Life Package is for guests who really want to experience Chicago and all the things this wonderful city has to offer. It includes luxury corner suite accommodations, daily breakfast, two tickets to a Chicago professional sporting event, a $100 gift card to Macy’s, a 75-minute couples Clarity Chamber experience at the VALEO Spa, and a glass of wine. To top it off, guests will receive two Chicago Go-Card passes to visit cultural attractions.

Aji Spa Announces Broadway Summer Spa Day

Aji Spa at The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa (Chandler, AZ) announced its second Broadway Summer Spa Day, presented in partnership with Arizona State University’s ASU Gammage performing arts theater. This event will take place on August 17 and offers guests a day of relaxing spa treatments, arts, and culture. The Summer Spa Day package ($99 per person) includes a 50-minute Swedish Massage, lunch in the Aji Café, use of the spa’s private swimming pool, instructor-led fitness classes, steam room, sauna, and other amenities. Representatives for ASU Gammage will be on-hand to share information on the upcoming 2011-2012 Progressive Broadway Across America Season, which includes such classics as West Side Story, White Christmas, and South Pacific. Attendees will also receive a complimentary Broadway gift box, a peek at the upcoming Broadway season, and the chance to win a season subscription for two ($654 value). For more information or to reserve a space, call (602) 385.5759 and mention promotional code: BROADWAY SPA DAY.

Dr. Murad Offers Ways to Celebrate
National Pampering Day

Today is National Pampering Day (who knew?), and, in light of this “holiday,” Howard Murad, M.D., author of The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger (Wiley, 2010), offers these tips to help you (and your clients) celebrate:

• Consider facials a necessity. Facials not only revitalize the skin but they also relax the mind. A facial that feeds the skin with alpha-hydroxy acids, antioxidants, and peptides, provides a boost to the complexion.

• Enjoy some quiet time. Car horns, loud televisions and iPods, and the constant ringing of cell phones all congest our minds and interrupt thoughts. Quieting the mind will help the body recharge for upcoming busy days ahead. Remember to turn off the TV one hour prior to sleeping and refrain from stressful activities and conversations two hours prior. Meditating is a great way to clear the mind, center the body, and relax after a hectic day.

• Create an exercise routine. While some people don’t equate exercise with pampering, activities such as yoga and hiking are a great way to connect with both your inner voice and nature to calm the mind and body. Exercising regularly nourishes the skin with oxygen while sweating flushes out toxins. It will also improve digestion and increase metabolism and endocrine function so that the entire body is functioning at an optimal level.

• Do something you love. Numerous studies have defined happiness as the pursuit of engaging in meaningful activities. Participating in something you’re passionate about reduces stress, promotes positive self-reflection, and connects people based on similar interests. Enjoying the simple pleasures of life helps promote overall mental and physical health.

• Pay attention to what you eat. Maintaining a balanced, healthy diet can do wonders for a person’s overall appearance and feelings of wellbeing. Eating poorly takes a physical toll on the skin. Try new recipes, and enjoy tempting the senses with aromas and tastes of new ingredients.

Signing Off: Leo

Leos may find themselves buried in work in spite of the spirit of vacation around them. It seems that there are endless details to catch up with and that the whole world rests on their shoulders. Help them to stay focused on their goals, no matter how distracted they feel.

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 kammastro@gmail.com or visit www.kammastro.com.



Relax With the Drum and Journey Circle at the Bishop’s Resort and Spa

Music plays an integral role in changing my mood. When I am practicing yoga or when I am stressed it’s music that helps to relax and soothe my mind. Recognizing the power of music, and drumming in particular, the Bishop’s Lodge and Resort (Santa Fe, NM), is offering its Drum and Journey Circle. Drumming is an ancient practice that is commonly used in many cultures to reduce stress and re-connect by finding peace through the repetitive rhythms of the drum. During this retreat, not only will participants drum, they are also invited to join the journey circle which allows them the opportunity to share their experiences and connect with one another. Participants are asked to bring meaningful items with them such as photos or letters that will be placed in the circle to keep them inspired and in tune. Sage is used at the beginning of each session to set the mood for offerings to the spirits. Participants in the circle will later find peace and serenity. In addition to the Drum and Journey Circle, the Bishop’s Lodge and Resort also offers many activities including hiking, horseback riding, tennis courts, a skeet and trap range, and a variety of spa and wellness amenities at SháNah Spa.

GlyMed Plus Partners with Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas

GlyMed Plus/Advanced Aesthetics has partnered with Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas (multiple locations throughout Illinois) to provide consumers with results-driven, professional skin treatments and homecare regimens. Mario Tricoci will incorporate GlyMed Plus professional-only products into its esthetics services and recommend customized GlyMed Plus homecare regimens to its clientele. Says Christine Heathman, CEO and founder of GlyMed Plus, “This partnership unites GlyMed Plus’s 20 years of producing unprecedented results in the skin with Mario Tricoci’s more than 30 years of affluent status in luxury hair styling and spa services – a combination sure to earn acclaimed and continued success.”

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