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Detox that Makes a Difference

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My body can always tell when my eating has been out of whack. After only a week of processed foods, I can feel my body change, my energy levels decrease, and my skin become oily and full of breakouts. When I cut out these harmful ingredients from my diet, the difference in my body, energy, and skin is astounding. I...

The Next Breakthrough in Healthy Travel

Pursuing a healthy lifestyle is more popular than ever thanks to more wonderful ways to be well all over the world. Getting to those wellness-focused retreats hasn't always been the healthiest, though even that's changing with health-focused airlines, airport spas, and more pampering perks for the journey. We've just scratched the surface of what's possible with wellness, and I think...

Body Oils Under the Tuscan Sun

rosewood castiglion del bosco in tuscany
Spa-goers can get a true taste of Tuscany at The Spa at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco (Italy), courtesy of eight new body oils, each featuring healing local ingredients from southern Tuscany. Made with travelers in mind, the oils enhance many of the resort’s spa treatments by reducing the effects of jet lag, energizing and invigorating the body, and rebalancing the...

Tropical Treat for Honey Month

Pier House Resort Spa in Florida
For a truly decadent treatment, guests can indulge in the recently debuted Royal Coconut & Honey Ritual ($180, 80 minutes) at The Spa at Pier House (Key West, FL). It features an exfoliation with Pure Fiji Coconut Milk and Honey Sugar Rub followed by a wrap and a soothing scalp treatment. An application of Pure Fiji Body Butter leaves skin...

Spas Decrease Election Day Stress

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With about two months to go until Americans head to the polls, studies have shown an overall increase in stress levels from the contentious presidential race. Here are seven destinations where spa-goers can temporarily disconnect from the surge of political news at various spas across the country. From a 144-jet hydrotherapy bath to a spa based on positive affirmations, spas...

Seasonal Soothing Comes to Seattle

The Spa at Cedarbook fall spa treatments
Spa-goers at The Spa at Cedarbrook (Seattle) can prepare their skin for the fall with the spa’s almond, honey, and oats September Special. The following 50-minute specials start at $98 for one, $179 for two, $249 for three, and $319 for four: Oatmeal & Almond Exfoliation pairs one of nature’s best skin-soothers, ground oatmeal, with restorative almond to calm irritated...

How Cryotherapy Came to New York

cryotherapy chamber
I recently took the plunge, I tried the of-the-moment whole-body cryotherapy. When it comes to interesting spa treatments and technology, I'm an eager and optimistic guinea pig, so this trend was no different. I left feeling invigorated and revitalized, ready to face the searing summer heat on the New York City streets. I was also excited to learn more about...

Pose with a View at Loews Hotels

loews hotel san francisco yoga
National Yoga Month is even more exciting this year. According to a recent report from Yoga Alliance, 36.7 million Americans or 15 percent of U.S. adults actively practice yoga. That's a huge jump from the 20.4 million yogis in 2012, and a lot more eager yogis to fit in studios. That's not a problem at all for classes with outdoor...

Get the Scoop on Protein Powder

protein powder benefits
Throughout American Spa ’s 20 th year, we’ve been highlighting a range of anniversaries and milestones across the industry as well (check out Two Bunch Palms , Le Guanahani , and Gharieni ). Next up is sports nutrition company Optimum Nutrition, which is celebrating 30 years with a commemorative edition of its best-selling protein powder in Birthday Cake, proving you...

This is the Brain on Vacation

vacation health benefits
It's getting to that time of year when workers start counting up their remaining vacation days and carefully planning the best ways, and places, to use them. As I spend more years working, I realize how precious those days truly are and how life-giving vacation can be, especially when it includes a healthy dose of spa. Here are more ways...