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Burning the Midnight Oil

Check out creative holiday treatments using healing oils
Clients who celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, are no strangers to the power of oil. However, they may not realize all the skincare benefits these natural elixirs hold. This season, spas are offering a wider variety of treatments to appeal to holiday spa-goers. Those infused with oils offer stressed clients full-body rejuvenation and a connection to many healing traditions...

Barre None

Discover new variations of barre fitness classes
As we're approaching the last week of the year, I'm happy to say I've stuck to my 2014 New Year's Resolution very well. Back in our January issue , each member of the American Spa staff shared their lofty goals for 2014, check them out here . I resolved to try a new workout class each week. Now I haven't...

Sweat to Smile

Learn about the mood boosting power of exercise
I will readily admit that I am addicted to exercise. I think one of the main reasons is that I can count on a sweat session to boost my mood. That feeling is not just in my head either; there are ample scientific studies to back that up. Even though I know it makes me feel better, inside and out,...

Hair Raising Masks

Learn how to make healthy hair products in your kitchen
Nutritious kitchen staples aren't just part of a balanced diet, they're key to a smart beauty routine. Your hair can benefit from whole food concoctions, and this time of year stressed tresses can use as much extra help as they can get. Time-pressed clients can whip up these delectable recipes from Burke Williams Day Spa (multiple locations in California) to...

Warriors for Wellness

Discover what industry pros think about the future of health and wellness
At the ISPA Conference this fall, American Spa ’s editor in chief Julie Keller Callaghan attended an especially moving Alex Szekely Humanitarian Dinner. During the dinner, hostess Deborah Szekely, founder of Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico) and the Golden Door (Escondido, CA), shared her latest endeavor, Wellness Warrior , and encouraged attendees to answer the question: “If there were just...

Sustainable Beauty

Check out the winners of the Sustainable Beauty Awards
Many companies are proving going green is indeed a beautiful endeavor. Here to recognize those that have gone above and beyond in preserving the environment is Organic Monitor with its 2014 Sustainable Beauty Awards . The awards recognize organizations that are pushing the boundaries of sustainability in the beauty industry. This year’s winners include a diverse group of green-leaning companies,...

Holiday Health Tips

Learn how to fight the health hazards this season
Unfortunately it’s a fact: The holidays, from Christmas to New Year’s, are a treacherous time when it comes to our health. According to John Young, M.D., author of Beyond Treatment: Discover how to Build a Cellular Foundation to Achieve Optimal Health , heart attacks and other cardiac issues are more common, the number of pneumonia cases spikes, and more deaths...

Chic Holiday Nails

Get step by step manicure tips to prep clients for parties
Shopping for the holidays started weeks ago, and festive parties got into full swing this weekend. A full social calendar for you and your clients means keeping up beauty appointments, specifically manicures, is especially important. Red tips are always a chic option, but for clients who want to take it up a notch you can offer a sophisticated ruby twist...

Winter Wellness

Stay healthy in the colder months with insider tips
Winter can be a trying time both mentally and physically. The days are darker, colder, and shorter and our bodies become more susceptible to all kinds of winter ailments that can make winter seem longer. I know when the weather is gloomy I feel gloomy. That's no excuse to stay inside and hide away, instead Thann Sanctuary Spa (Tarrytown, NY)...

At the Wellness Source

Learn new ways your spa can profit from the wellness trend
Wellness, in a sense, is never fully achieved or accomplished. Instead, it's a lifelong pursuit and way of life. I love finding new ways to improve my own personal wellbeing, physical fitness, and health. From recent trend reports, wellness is no passing fad and your clients are looking for more ways to boost their wellness too. If your spa’s menu...