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Sweet Spa Sensations

Celebrate Christmas with sugary seasonal services
White Christmas is one of my favorite classic holiday movies. It’s a sweet reminder of the simple joys of the season—singing, dancing, and snow. Each year I hope for a glistening snow fall to cover everything in white. This year I got my wish by traveling to the Rocky Mountains where I’m guaranteed a winter wonderland. Snow or not, spas...

Detox Salad

Find out how to whip up a healthy salad to balance indulgences
Greens and fresh vegetables are unfortunately few and far between in the winter, unless you’re lucky enough to live in the warmer climates. You and your clients are certainly eager to replenish vitamins and minerals after months of sweets. Here’s a fitting recipe from The Ranch at Live Oak (Malibu, CA) to help you and clients fit in those skinny...

Beauty Through the Decades

Discover the top beauty trends since 1920
From all of us at American Spa we want to wish you a very Happy Holidays! We’re excited to see what the upcoming year has in store in your spas across the country and the world. The start of a new year also gives us a perfect opportunity to look back at how beauty trends have changed. Take a look...

Trend Spotting

Check out a snapshot of the spa trends topping our lists for 2015
I live by my lists. Usually written in bright, colorful ink on sticky notes and scattered around my desk, they help me keep priorities in order. I’m not the only one. The whole American Spa team has kept careful lists during all of our travels and throughout our research over the last year to create our first annual Trend Report...

Spice Up the Spa

Discover how spicy treatments benefit the skin
Aromatic, flavorful spices are integral to the holiday season. It's really not Christmas until you get a whiff of cinnamon sticks and gingerbread, pine trees and peppermint. Adding these aromas to spa treatments makes them extra festive and beneficial for clients too. Many spices have proven skincare benefits and are powerful antioxidants. For example, cloves are an effective cleanser and...

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...