Jennifer Barnes

Healing Harmony

Learn how one big city spa helps guests distress for the New Year
It’s nearly time to say farewell to 2013 and its stresses. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York offers guests a blissful way to transition to 2014. Guests at the luxurious spa can melt away stress with the Ama Releasing Abayanga (starting at $450, 1 hour 50 minutes). This treatment, created especially for the season, creates balance and adjusts the...

Santa Claus Inspired Wellness

Find inspiration from Saint Nick for healthy resolutions
Children around the world stay on their best behavior hoping for a generous visit from Santa Claus, but can the man in red’s habits also inspire healthy habits for you and your clients in 2014? Thomas Cavalieri, Ph.D., dean of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (Stratford, NJ), thinks these habits below are worth checking twice. While late-night snacks...

Sleight of Hand

Think outside of the box when it comes to your spa’s massage offerings to connect with clients.
Almost everyone loves a great massage because the flowing, relaxing strokes and deep tension-releasing pressure can rejuvenate the mind and body in as little as 30 minutes. It should come as no surprise then that massages have become a necessity for some. Unfortunately, many are missing out on the therapeutic benefits found only in spas. According to the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) nationwide survey of massage clients conducted by Harstad Strategic Research last year, most people go to...

Holiday Traditions

Make your spa’s seasonal treatments traditions for clients
This Christmas I’m staying local in New York City and enjoying all the festive decorations and markets with my family. The last few years I started a new tradition of snowboarding on Christmas with family. It was awesome and I hope to continue that tradition in future years, even if it’s not in Colorado. For clients who aren’t as sporty...

Happy Feet

Help clients deck their heels with a nourishing pedicure
I kicked off this week with a holiday manicure and pedicure during a lovely mother-daughter spa afternoon in New York City. Both of our toes and fingers are now painted in bright red and plenty of shimmer. The Spa at Terranea Resort (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) helps clients get in the spirit of the season with festive treatments too. Spa-goers...

Celebrate the Hospitality Industry

Learn how Noel Asmar recognizes spa industry all-stars
My holiday shopping is done and next comes my favorite part, wrapping! I can’t wait to dig into my pile of bows, ribbons, and colorful papers and celebrate. Noel Asmar , a design-driven company that provides uniforms, resort and fitness wear, and spa accessories such as candles and bowls, is taking time to celebrate everyone in the hospitality industry. Hotels,...

Eyelifts Second-Most Popular Facial Surgical Procedure

The eyes tell all, as they say - even your age. Due to the delicate, extremely thin skin around the eye area, eyes are generally the first facial feature to show signs of aging including dark circles, crow’s feet, and bags or swelling. These age-related changes have a huge impact on the appearance, making clients look and feel older and more tired than they really are. It’s no surprise then that Americans are dead set on disguising aging eyes. According...

Decadent Treatments

Check out this beach spa's mouthwatering holiday treatments
Just because your spa is in a tropical locale does not mean it has to miss out on the holiday comforts typical of a white Christmas and winter wonderland. Even beachside spas can create a festive atmosphere with themed treatments. Remède Spa at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort (Nayarit, Mexico) has done just that with the Apple Cinamon Winter...

Roasted Chestnuts in Skincare

Discover the skin-healing powers of chestnut
Not only are chestnuts roasting on an open fire this season, they are also sneaking into skincare. This holiday ingredient tones up tissue to treat and help prevent wrinkles. In addition, the leaf of the chestnut has its own special powers—anti-inflammatory properties that work to prevent various skin irritations. It’s the perfect ingredient to help counteract the effects of winter’s...

Daily Exercise Counteracts Holiday Habits

Learn how daily exercise fights seasonal weight-gain
Since Thanksgiving I’ve put extra effort into my exercise routine thanks to a fun trial membership at a swanky New York City athletic club. After reading a new Journal of Physiology study completed at the University of Bath, I’m so glad I did. Researchers found that daily exercise will counter many of the long-term negative effects of overeating and inactivity,...

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