Heather Mikesell

Sphatika Helps Spa-goers Celebrate Their Birthdays

Find out how one spa encourages pampering during a birthday month.
Earlier today, I received a call from someone at Sphatika (New York City) wishing me an early happy birthday. Although my birthday isn't for another couple of weeks, the call was to let me know that I'm eligible for 20 percent off all treatments and products throughout March, my birthday month. It was a welcome surprise, as I don't even...

Spa Specials Help Guests Put A Leap In Their Step This Month

Want to Make the Most of this Month's Extra Day?
Although Valentine's Day and President's Day are behind us, that doesn't mean February has nothing left to offer. This month, we get an extra day thanks to the fact that 2012 is a leap year. To celebrate the occasion, some spas are offering spa specials on February 29. For instance, VH Spa for Vitality + Health (Scottsdale, AZ) is inviting...

Buccament Bay Resort Tempts Spa-goers to Get in Shape With Luxury Boot Camp

Discover Where Boot Camp and Luxury Mix.
While boot camp is not for everyone, I’ve always been a fan. In fact, I used to regularly skip out on fun Friday lunches with the American Spa girls just so I could take part in a rather brutal boot camp class at my local gym. While there was nothing luxurious about it, I’m sure the Luxury Boot Camp just...

A Heartfelt Reminder

What Spa, Treatment, or Product Gets Your Heart Beating?
While it’s easy to think of today as just another Hallmark holiday, there is no denying the fact that Valentine’s Day helps remind us to celebrate the love in our lives. For those of us involved in the spa industry, there is certainly plenty to love. From a favorite treatment to a beloved therapist, it’s not hard to find something...

The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa Serves Up Nocturnal Nurturing

Spa-goers Love the Nightlife at this After-Hours Spa
Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day fast approaching. And there are few places that inspire romance better than the Maldives. Of course, I wouldn’t really know considering that I was single when I visited the islands and had one of my best friends in tow. Fortunately, she is always a great “date” no matter what the occasion be...

Massage Therapy Is Shown to Help in the Recovery Process of Breast Surgery Patients

What Spa Service Should Hospitals Consider Offering to Some Patients?
While it should come as no surprise to anyone in the industry that massage provides numerous healing benefits, the International SPA Association Foundation recently reported the findings of a new study revealing that massage provides stress relief, relaxation, and pain relief to patients who have undergone breast surgery. Barb Thomley, coordinator of outpatient services in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine...

Well+Good Releases Top Fitness and Wellness Trends for 2012

Find Out What's New In the World of Wellness
I’m often asked about industry trends. And after more than a decade covering the industry, I must admit, it’s not always as easy as it once was to come up with a few. It sometimes seems like it’s all been done before. Then again, perhaps being involved in the industry from its infancy has raised my expectations based on the...

OPI Introduces Six Ballet-Inspired Shades

Could a New Dance-Inspired Shade Give Ballet Slippers a Bit of Competition?
It’s not always easy to be creative on demand. In fact, it’s rarely, if ever, easy. That’s why I’m always impressed by the ingenuity expressed by nailcare companies in naming their new polishes. Looking for inspiration in that department, OPI partnered with the New York City Ballet to create six new additions to its SoftShades collection. New York City Ballet...

Altitude Adjustment

A resort spa in Telluride, CO, encourages spa-goers to play hard and rest easy with a host of mountain-related therapies designed to remedy whatever ails them.
Just the mention of Telluride, CO, conjures up images of snow-capped mountains and outdoor adventure. Providing a home base from which to take advantage of all that the legendary town has to offer, Hotel Madeline Telluride can be found at the foot of the world-renowned ski area. With ski-in and ski-out access, it is the place to stay for adventure...

A Beacon of Bliss

Spa-goers say aloha to Hawaiian healing at this peaceful oasis that has the power to captivate and calm even the most jaded castaway.
Idyllic and inviting, the Garden Island of Kauai paints a picture-perfect setting for relaxation. Capturing Hawaii as it once was—unhurried and unspoiled—Kauai provides the perfect backdrop for Kukui’ula, the island’s newest private club and community in decades. With 1,000 acres on the south shore, the property features a community farm, a private golf course, a plantation-style clubhouse, cottages, and The...

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