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Highbrow Habits

Learn more about the everyday activities of geniuses
In the last year, we've taken extra time to get to know the spa directors behind the beautiful properties featured in the pages of American Spa . You can learn more about your colleagues too by checking out the latest Bright Spots . We've found that many spa directors came upon their initial opportunities in spa and hospitality by chance,...

Essential Elements

Discover a resort spa's customized version of wellness
Wellness has become a very popular buzzword around spas and in everyday life. Depending on when and where the term wellness pops up, it has many different definitions. At Montage Deer Valley (Park City, UT), the resort's newest healthy initiative, The Elements of Wellness (starting at $735 per night) allows guests to customize their own version of wellness with a...

Cobblestone Yoga

Learn about an editor's first outdoor yoga experience
If there's a fitness trend or exercise class available in New York City, I've likely tried it or am on the waitlist for it. I realized that until this week, I hadn't participated in an outdoor yoga class. It's National Yoga Month after all so it was high time to try some alfresco poses. The complimentary fresh air class I...

Source of Inspiration

Discover what inspires you in a new video series
Inspiration is something I see overflowing from the spa and beauty industry. New ideas come from true passion and fulfilling a need. Just saying the word 'inspiration' makes me feel like getting up and doing something so it was very exciting to be part of Moroccanoil's launch event last night for the beauty company's campaign focused on that very idea...

Help Yourself to Health

Discover new ways to improve immunity
Just in time for a batch of seasonal sicknesses to make their way through the office, I stumbled upon a list of surprising habits that improve overall health and immunity from Psychology Today . Complete with research to prove effectiveness, these tips were news to me and, even better, many were already a part of my daily lifestyle. Here's a...

Retail Relaxation

Discover an overnight pop-up spa in Ikea
For most spa-goers, the idea of spending time in the furniture mega-store Ikea is anything but stress-relieving. Last week the Ikea Retreat, a pop-up overnight spa in several locations of the retailer in Europe, attempted to change that notion. For this wellness sleepover, Ikea invited a number of loyal and lucky customers for a night in the showroom. Decked out...

Frozen Facial

Discover the anti-aging effects of crystals
The summer months may be beautiful, but all those sunny days unfortunately take their toll on the skin. On any normal day the skin is already enduring pollution, travel stress, sleep deprivation, and more. It could use a little extra boost. La Prairie , known for its luxury anti-aging products available at five-star hotel spas, has introduced a luxury facial...

Fruitful Fall

Learn more about an antioxidant-rich American harvest
During the last two months I've followed a fairly strict clean-eating plan. Though it was tough giving up many of my favorite snacks, it has helped me realize the incredible flavors and nutrients found in nature. Thankfully I made this nutrition choice in the middle of summer when the produce aisles and farmer's markets are filled with ripe delicacies and...

Month for Poses

Discover new ways to promote yoga this month
The yoga community lost a great leader and teacher last month in B.K.S. Iyengar, who brought the practice of yoga to a wider range of people. He made poses accessible for all and showed how anyone and everyone can benefit from a yoga practice. September, also known as Yoga Month, brings the perfect opportunity to maintain his legacy and introduce...

Red Alert

Discover more effective products for rosacea relief
My face turns a brilliant tomato red during tough workouts, though it quickly disappears. For those with rosacea, it's a very different story. Rosacea affects millions of Americans—16 million to be exact—and causes a range of disruptive side-effects, such as persistent redness and bumps, that take a serious physical and emotional toll. Many of your clients may be enduring symptoms...