Heather Mikesell

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...

Canyon Ranch Introduces Workout DVD

Bring the Ranch Home with a New Fitness DVD
I must admit, after seeing Jane Fonda on the red carpet at the recent Golden Globes, I was tempted to dig out my old Jane Fonda workout tapes. She has certainly discovered the fountain of youth. Unfortunately, like my old VCR, I'm sure they're long gone. I was reminded, however, that it's not always necessary to pay a pretty penny...

Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa Gives the Heart a Little Love This February

Discover How One Spa Is Helping Guests Get Heart Healthy
Several years ago my dad went in for a routine checkup. Unfortunately, the physical was deemed about as routine as they come when he was told he would need bypass surgery, one of the most common surgeries performed in the U.S. Considering the fact that heart disease is a leading cause of death, it should come as no surprise that...

Massage Envy Introduces New Year, New You Sweepstakes

Enter to Win a Free Massage
Wanting to start off 2012 right, Massage Envy recently introduced its New Year, New You sweepstakes, which will award five lucky fans a free introductory massage. To participate, fans need only to like Massage Envy's Facebook page , and fill out the entry from before January 27, when the contest ends at 12 PM EST. Winners will be announced shortly...

VH Spa for Vitality + Health Introduces Sunday Fun Day

Discover a New Way to Ease Work Day Woes For Your Spa-goers
While most people spend the better part of their Sundays dreading the upcoming work week, guests at VH Spa for Vitality + Health can put the day to better use with the Spa Party Package. Available through the end of 2012, the package includes 90 minutes of treatment time and a drink for just $99 (regularly priced $190). Guests can...

The Spa at Terranea Introduces the Love Yourself Package in time for Valentine's Day

Discover How Your Spa Can Entice Solo Spa-goers This Valentine's Day
With Valentine’s Day only a mere month away, many spa’s are busy debuting packages that appeal to love-struck couples or those hoping to rekindle the romance. While The Spa at Terranea (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) certainly has its fair share of couple-themed treatments, it is also introducing the Love Yourself Package (starting at $150), which is designed for those on...

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