Heather Mikesell

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...

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort Entices Spa Newbies with Lifestyle and Wellness Package

Discover How One Couple Found Not Only Health and Wellness But Also Romance at a Popular Costa Rican Spa.
Although my sister won a trip to Costa Rica’s Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort last year, my boyfriend and I turned out to be the real winners. Due to her busy schedule, she was unable to go. Not wanting it to go to waste, she was thoughtful enough to pass on the trip to us. I had never been out...

Keeping it Clean

Put your clients at ease by ensuring your spa footwear is sanitized properly.
While spa slippers and sandals put guests in a more relaxed state, they also serve the important function of keeping the feet healthy. No matter how clean you keep your spa, there is always the potential for foot fungus, especially when you’re dealing with wet areas. That’s why it’s so important to choose your spa’s footwear wisely and to make sure sandals are disinfected regularly between each client. Spa-goers should never have to wonder if they’re getting a “fresh” pair...

Maldives Repeals Spa Ban

It's Still a Spa-Goers Dream in the Island Nation.
No sooner had the ban that would close resort spas in the Maldives taken effect than it was reversed. The stand-off this past week over Islam's role in governing the country is nothing if not dramatic. Fortunately, it looks like it will be business as usual for the spas there. For all those who have yet to experience the Maldive's...

Spas Banned in the Maldives Over Prostitution Claim

Will A Political Standoff in the Maldives Render the Country Spa-less?
Two years ago, I had the good fortune to visit several spas in the Maldives. I feel especially lucky to have gone when I did after hearing the recent news about the government's move to close numerous luxury resort spas. The order came after protests by an Islamist party claiming the spas were a front for prostitution. Although Sim Ibrahim,...

Beauty Boost

Help your clients fight the signs of aging with products and treatments that help increase the production of collagen and elastin.
Evolving from its reputation for 1980s-era exaggerated lip injections, collagen and its dynamic partner elastin have advanced into becoming the go-to duo for restoring skin to its plumpest and healthiest state. Essential collagen provides substance to the deeper level of the skin (the dermis), while elastin fibers are responsible for the skin’s elasticity, says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, M.D., Ph.D., a New York City-based dermatologist. “Healthy skin has thick, abundant collagen fibers, which make up the vast majority of the dermal skin...

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