Jennifer Barnes

Strawberry Spa Elixir

Learn how to make a healthful seasonal drink
I just learned that May is National Strawberry Month thanks to a special offering at The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, NC). This month spa guests are treated to an invigorating Strawberry Elderflower Elixir concocted by sous chef Colin Archangelis. You don't need to make the trek to the resort to reap the benefits of his seasonal elixir, which combines...

A Step in the Right Direction

Robes and Slippers
The spa experience transports guests from their everyday lives into a zone of relaxation and luxury. Robes and slippers help with the transition and serve to beckon guests into the world of spa, preparing them for treatments and transformation. As such, keeping your robes and slippers in tip-top shape should take precedence and be an important part of your spa’s operations. Upholding high standards of cleanliness for both sandals and robes further promotes health and wellness as top priorities at...

Wilderness Yoga Retreat

Find out how one spa is showing off updates with a yoga weekend
In the spirit of spring rejuvenation, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa (VT) has a new “Breath of Life” Yoga Retreat ($150, one day; $595, five days) scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. This long weekend of wellness is open to guests of all levels of experience to help them renew mind, body, and soul. The goal of the five-day...

Dancing With the Spas

Discover a fun fitness collaboration at a Colorado resort spa
I'm not usually a fan of reality television, but lately I've tuned in religiously each Monday night to watch Dancing With the Stars . In my personal opinion it's been a fabulous season showcasing the talent and hours of hard work of a group of true athletes, and I'm sad to see it come to an end this week. Dance,...

Natural Beauty Meets Social Media

Learn how selfies impact spa expectations
One of the top trends Spafinder Wellness365 announced in its 2014 Spa and Wellness Trends Forecast is probably smacking you in the face, pun intended, on a daily basis. It's the intersection of natural beauty and social media, meaning people are expected to look their absolute best 24/7 in case of a spur-of-the-moment selfie. Easier said than done, but clients...

Beach Body Treatments

Discover creative treatments for beach spa-goers
With beach body season rapidly approaching, it’s time to help clients get their skin in shape. Smooth, glowing skin is the perfect beach accessory and way to show off a toned physique. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spas, Spa Tocarre and Immersion Spa (Atlantic City), are offering three new treatments for the month of May to exfoliate, stimulate, and prepare clients’...

Strong is the New Skinny

Learn about fitness-focused bodycare
I learn about skincare product launches daily, if not hourly, and one I recently came across stood out. Mio High Intensity Bodycare, a new line from the makers of Mama Mio, focuses on caring for as well as improving the fitness of the skin. I hope this is a trend that sticks. I tried it out when I was upping...

Fighting Sleep Wrinkles

The causes of the signs of aging seem to be ever-increasing in number and coming from all directions. The latest to add to clients' worries is sleep wrinkles, which are fine lines and deeper wrinkles that form overnight when the skin is squished against the pillow. So much for relaxing at night. We talked to Goesel Anson, M.D. F.A.C.S., creator of the JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow, who provided more background on the phenomenon and, most importantly, some solutions to offer...

Relaxation to the Rescue

Check out the latest research about spas' top clients
According to SpaFinder Wellness365’s latest research, moms across the country are in dire need of pampering, relaxing, and everything spas do best. While many are proactive about staying healthy and pursing fitness and other wellness activities, stress is extremely high across the board. A whopping 87 percent of mothers feel they suffer more stress today than their own mothers did...

Mother Glows Best

Discover how spas give moms much-deserved pampering
Recent research conducted by SpaFinder Welness365 found that 9 in 10 moms would rather receive an experience than a thing this Mother’s Day. The number one activity requested was none other than a trip to the spa. Luckily this spring they have many options. From the incredible packages and specials offered across the country, you are certainly rolling out the...

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