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Haute Cocoa

Solve the winter blues with a hot cocoa facial at home
On a snowday like today, with transportation limited and snow drifts piled high, there's no need to venture outside for some pampering. Personally I'm enjoying hot drinks (tea, coffee, and cocoa) on this chilly day and planning on an at-home spa treatment like this one from Bliss Spa (New York City) below. All-Natural Chocolate Facial Mask Ingredients: 1/3 cup of...

Skin Benefits of Coffee

Discover new research showing coffee’s cancer-reducing power
I’ve mentioned my love for coffee a few times before. My morning cup—a latte, Americano, or iced brew—is vital to my daily routine, and having a productive day. A new study by the National Institutes for Health- American Association of Retired Persons has added a few more benefits of coffee to the already long list. Higher coffee consumption is linked...

Model Calendar

Check out the creative marketing plan from a Southern wellness retreat
Every year I make sure to get a paper calendar. Maybe it’s a little behind the times but organizing my leisure schedule on a real life calendar, not in the digital world of the cloud, gives events a little more permanence and makes them extra special. That’s why I love the new Hilton Head Health (SC) Look Well Calendar (...

Wellness on the Ranch

Learn about a bodycare line launching with pizzazz
Olive oil is a key addition to most of my meals and an excellent source of healthy fats. I haven't tried the oil-pulling trend, though it too boasts serious health benefits. It makes sense that the leading U.S. producer of certified organic extra virgin olive oil is focused on wellness and offers a bodycare line packed with this nutritious oil...

Heart on Your Sleeve

Get inspired with Valentine's Day manicure ideas
Couples are soon to be swarming spas looking for romantic treatments and quiet time to relax together. The ladies may pop by a bit sooner to get pampered and prepped for Valentine's Day plans. Here's a creative, heart-inspired nail look created by Los Angeles-based manicurist Michelle Saunders perfect for a special date.

Clear Skin Diet

Discover nutrition tips for clear skin
Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S.; and that's not because there's a larger population of teens. No age group is safe from blemishes, but new research suggests some effective ways to fight it. According to Eric Schweiger, M.D., founder of Schweiger Dermatology Group (New York City), foods high on the glycemic index are likely responsible for...

Congressional Calm

Learn how a politician on the rise advocates mindfulness
Mindfulness is getting more votes, and this time it is well outside the yoga studio and spa retreat venues. Mindfulness has found a big advocate on Capitol Hill in Tim Ryan, a fifth term congressman from Ohio. After applying the practice of mindfulness in his own life and seeing a positive change, he has written extensively on yoga and meditation...

In Herbs we Trust

Discover new proof of lavender's power
Earlier this week I shared the unique business benefits of different natural aromas ( Scents of Style ). Aromatherapy is key to creating the right mood in your spa and helping clients reach their relaxation goals. New research shows just how powerful an effect the herb lavender can have on behavior. In a study published this month in the journal...

Wellness on the Road

Discover how spas lure health-seeking visitors from far and wide
It seems the travel bug has was especially contagious last year. It even caught the healthy spa-goer set. Wellness travel grew four times more than expected in the last year, leading hotels to begin offering more stand-out wellness offerings that fit a variety of health and fitness needs, including: Holistic Wellness: From on-site sleep schools to all-encompassing wellness consultations (fitness,...

Trend Forecasting

Check out chart-topping wellness predictions for 2015
Integral to spa design and enduring treatments are traditions from ancient cultures. It provides a deep connection and meaning to the experience, but what keeps guests coming back are modern innovations and trends with a fresh take on tradition. The latest trend list to offer a peek into what clients will crave in 2015 is out from SpaFinder Wellness 365...

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