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Spa Street Smarts

Learn about a creative city spa marketing campaign
We were able to check out the first Manhattan Massage Envy Spa location last week, and more are on the way in other neighborhoods of the city before the end of the year. The expansion of the popular massage clinic franchise is ideal for stressed, time-pressed New Yorkers, who now have a convenient place to focus on their health and...

Sage Advice

Discover the skin healing properties of this savory herb
For the second year in a row I am in charge of roasting the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. My recipe includes a number of fresh herbs, including sage, for extra flavor without slathering it in butter. Fresh sage is also ideal for festive spa treatments this month. Through December, at The Spa at El Encanto at Belmond El Encanto (Santa...

Take a Hike

Celebrate today with a walk in the great outdoors
If anyone tells you to 'take a hike' today, don't be insulted! Today is National Take a Hike Day and a number of spas ideally located near trails and scenic views are celebrating by taking guests exploring in the great outdoors. Hiking is a popular choice for guests looking to connect with nature or lose a couple pounds on their...

Cheery Chocolate

Learn how to whip up healthy chocolate treats
I’m a firm believer in the power of chocolate. Not only is it delicious to eat and delightful in spa treatments, countless scientific studies have provided evidence of cocoa’s healthy benefits. The latest update came last month from a study in the Nature Neuroscience journal. It found a group of healthy middle-aged participants performed better on memory tests after drinking...

Massage Takes Manhattan

Discover how massage boosts the immune system
This week I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the first Manhattan outpost of Massage Envy Spa (multiple locations). I was treated to a quick chair massage; just what my tense shoulders needed after a busy day running around the city. Other offerings included a skin analysis from Murad’s skin scanner—which revealed I’ve been faithfully using my SPF...

Wine and Wellness

Check out a healthy spa collaboration for oenophiles
Wine pairings are a dime a dozen, but the pairing of wine and spa is always a good choice. Grapes and wine offer a host of skincare benefits, even if you don’t go as extreme as bathing in a tub filled with your favorite varietal. Evensong Spa at Heidel House Resort (Green Lake, WI) has teamed up with Vines &...

Clear Skin Ahead

Learn how to effectively get the spots out
Often skincare products and treatments aim to speed up the natural processes associated with a healthy complexion, improving collagen and elastin production and increasing cellular turnover rate for example. Improving and evening skintone is different. A mottled, uneven skintone results from an overproduction of melanin, so slowing that down is top priority. To improve the look of pigmented skin caused...

Java Rejuvenation

Discover new caffeinated spa treatments
Now that the daylight is getting shorter, my morning cup of joe is a non-negotiable. I'm definitely not alone, since about 83 percent of Americans say they drink coffee according to the National Coffee Association's 2013 online survey. The buzz about coffee goes well beyond a morning pick-me-up in the spa industry. Java-infused treatments deliver more than just therapeutic benefits...

Festive Fitness

Discover how a Palms Springs spa focuses on fitness
I’ve already noticed a big influx of sweets and rich foods, and it’s only the first week of November. There’s no time like the present to ramp up the fitness routine to look great at holiday functions and keep off unwanted weight gain during the decadent season. The Riviera Palm Springs (CA) is offering its guests a FIT & PHAB...

Be An Overachiever

Learn more about effective goal setting from John Harms
Through my own experience, I've learned that setting personal goals helps me strive for more than the status quo and at the same time keep tabs on my progress. Setting goals—and working hard to achieve them—plays an even bigger role in businesses, such as the ever-changing and highly competitive hospitality industry. John Harms, founder and CEO of Millennium Systems International,...