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Breathe Easier With Yoga

Research suggests yoga improves lung function
We regularly sing the praises of spas that incorporate fitness options for visitors ( here and here ) and yoga is a popular choice, for good reason. New research from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders, found yoga practice improves lung function for COPD patients, those suffering from chronic bronchitis and or...

Walking in the Woods

Check out the new health benefits from a nature walk
It’s no surprise that the stress inducing holiday season is coming quickly. Juggling parties, more clients , gifts, and travel takes its toll on even the most levelheaded. Unmanaged, this stress can lead to serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. According to Aaron Michelfelder, M.D. professor of family medicine at Loyola University Chicago...

Farm to Facial Firsthand

Check out the benefits of farm fresh treatments
Farm-to-table restaurants regularly top my list of places I want to try because of the fresh flavors, local connection, and seasonal variety. The latest spa variation, the farm-to-facial, brings those benefits and much more to treatment rooms. I was able to try a few offerings recently at Great Jones Spa (New York) and Lovella Salon (New York) and was blown...

Skincare Ingredient Red Flags

Check out the science that debunks these hot ingredients claims
A few weeks ago I attended a special presentation by Diana Howard, Ph.D., International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica vice president of research and development, who shared her thoughts on the latest skincare ingredient trends. Here are a few, according to Howard, to steer clear of at your spa: Hydroquinone is effective for reducing hyperpigmentation but brings a bundle of risks,...

Debunking Facial Cleansing Myths

Improve treatment results with take-home advice for clients
I must confess I’ve fallen for many of the face-washing myths, such as stinging is a sign it’s working, squeaky clean is good clean, and steaming hot water clears pores. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal reminded me of these and how my routine has since improved. Your clients are susceptible too, and, since some mistakes may impede...

Helpful Apps for Small Businesses

Try your hand at small-business boosting apps
In September we talked about how important it is to develop a mobile website for your spa to reach clients wherever they are. Smartphones can be just as beneficial to you by streamlining the business, with a growing number of apps ideal for entrepreneurs. Here's a guide to the best apps to get your phone up to speed from Middlesex...

Kick-Start Holiday Promotions

Find new inspiration for your seasonal menu to ensure cheerful clients
It snowed today, albeit briefly, in the New York area and the floating flakes instantly made me excited for the upcoming holiday season, which is nearly upon us. If your clients are anything like me, they too are eager for holiday cheer. What better way to get it than a festive spa menu. The Huntington Spa at The Langham Huntington...

High Energy Snack Recipe

Get inspired by chia seeds with this nutritious, spa-friendly recipe
We have new mascots here in the American Spa offices, Chia Pets! They are a fun blast from the past that we adopted from the Dermalogica seminar last week and serve as a reminder of all the beauty and health benefits from the little chia seeds. Once a staple in the ancient Aztec diet, chia seeds now have a modern...

Amazing Avocado

Discover new research supporting health benefits of avocados
I am a big avocado advocate; they are simply delicious in smoothies, dips, and sandwiches. Now there's even more reason to love the green The tortilla chip’s trusty companion, guacamole may have a place on many more tables as new research reveals new benefits of avocados. Loma Linda University researchers explored the effects of avocado consumption on healthy overweight adults...

Hydrotherapy Sanitation Solutions

Check out our Q&A with hydrotherapy design expert
In the midst of research for this month’s Water Solutions story, I had the pleasure of interviewing Don Genders, managing director of Design for Leisure, a company specializing in custom concepts and prefabricated elements for wet areas of spa and health resorts. He shared so much helpful information about designing smart hydrotherapy areas in spas, there wasn't space in the...

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