Heather Mikesell

South of the Border

Guests find a sacred space and sense of balance at Mexico's stunning Grand Velas Spa.
Located in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, just 15 minutes outside of historic Puerto Vallarta, Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort is helping to transform what is fast-becoming a preferred destination in its own right. Opened in April of 2003, the beachfront resort features one of the largest and most luxurious spas in the area. The mission of Spa Grand Velas...

Software Savvy

Chose the appropriate software package for your spa and learn how it can transform the way you do business, communicate with clients, and utilize gift certificates.
Logistically speaking, giving clients what they want when they want it can be a challenge. There's usually more going on behind the scenes than what meets the eye. The booking process, for example, involves a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration in order to ensure a seamless client experience. From a client's preferred treatment time to therapist and room availability, booking isn't always the open-and-shut case one would think it should be. However, with the right...

Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Kenwood Inn

With grape-inspired products and treatments, this charming spa captures the romance of the surrounding vineyards.
Located in the heart of california wine country, the family-owned Kenwood Inn & Spa (Sonoma, CA) epitomizes true romance with its stunning architecture, which is reminiscent of an Italian villa. An ideal retreat for two, it has served as the romantic setting for numerous proposals. Opened in 1990 by Terrence and Roseann Grimm, the inn recently underwent a $9 million...

Pampering Pedicures

The Perrier Jouët Patio Pedicure The Perrier Jouët Patio Pedicure at the Nob Hill Spa at the Huntington Hotel (San Francisco) offers the ideal way to usher in the summer season. Available May 1 through October 31, the decadent pedicure is set on the spa's sun deck, 30 stories above the city. Enjoying panoramic views of the city skyline, the guest relaxes in a chaise lounge with a glass of Perrier Jouët champagne. The stage is set for the $85,...

Smooth Operator

As clients prepare to bare all in the sultry summer heat, waxing takes on new significance. Fortunately, it's become a more pleasant experience with fruit-scented and more natural-based waxes. We also have a host of enticing orange and yellow products to add a bit of sunshine and help get you and your clients through the dog days of summer. Waxing Poetic A botanical soy-based antimicrobial liquid hair removal system, Nufree Nudesse 98.6º by Equibal leaves skin soft to the touch...

Scalp Service

back from the Beach Where: Thermae Day Spa (Menlo Park, CA) Time: 60 minutes Price: $50 Products: Rene Furterer The Back From the Beach scalp treatment begins with an application of warm Carthame Oil to the head. A therapist massages it into the scalp, where it's left to penetrate for 10 to 15 minutes. A full head, neck, and shoulder massage is provided in that time to help relax the client. The hair is then rinsed and washed with After-sun...

Higher Education

As the spa industry grows, more resources are being devoted to creating programs that prepare professionals with the skills necessary to thrive in a spa environment.
If you find good help is hard to come by, you can look forward to relief: It's certain to become less of a challenge as more spa professionals begin to take advantage of the advanced educational opportunities available and progress is made in establishing a set of skill standards for the industry. Until recently, spa management programs designed for owners, directors, and other managerial positions have been in short supply. Today, that is slowly changing as industry professionals recognize the...

Treatment Trends: Sinus

Shiro-Abyhanga-Nasya Providing allergy relief as well as opening the gateway to consciousness, the Shiro-Abyhanga-Nasya (S.A.N.) at Ayurveda Plus Rejuvenation Center (Portland, OR) helps keep the nasal passages open and increases resistance to foreign substances. According to owner and Ayurvedic consultant Richard Haynes, in Ayurvedic medicine, the nose and olfactory lobe are said to be the gateway to consciousness. The $85, 75-minute Ayurvedic procedure features a vigorous head, neck, and shoulder massage that stimulates facial marma points that relate to the...

Treatment Trends: Just for him

Mystique Yang Designed specifically for men, the Mystique Yang facial at Spa Mystique (Los Angeles) provides a relaxing experience that helps improve the condition of the skin. Using Skinceuticals products, the $80, 50-minute facial begins with a cleansing of the skin with Simply Clean Cleanser. Next, the skin is exfoliated using the Clarifying Clay Mask. Phytomer's Modeling Massage Cream is then used to massage the face, neck, and chest. A Vitamin C Mask follows. Revitalizing Toner is then used on...

Parental Pampering

With pregnancy treatments becoming standard fare and a growing number of services geared toward parents and even the kids themselves, spa has become a family affair.
In an industry that revolves around the concept of nurturing, it's no wonder that pregnancy treatments have become an essential element at most spas. While commonly filled with a sense of joy, most expectant mothers also experience a great deal of stress and anxiety leading up to the birth of their babies. Add to that the physical changes their bodies are subjected to, and you have an ideal market for relaxing treatments that can also serve to alleviate the discomforts...

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