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Brushing Up on Bamboo

Take a look at a tropical spa brand’s creative ingredients
After researching and writing Taking Stalk, our latest In the Mix story focused on bamboo and its many uses in spa I am seeing this awesome ingredient popping up everywhere. So many spas are creatively incorporating it and reaping the eco-friendly benefits. I reached out to Patrick Huey Corporate Spa Director of Red Lane Spa at Sandals Resorts to see...

Get Lovely with Lemons

Try out new DIY spa treatments with citrus
Last Wednesday was national lemonade day, so naturally if you had lemons on hand you knew exactly what to do. Don’t worry if life has given you more lemons today; there are so many other beauty-boosting uses for this tart citrus. Check out a couple recipes below for DIY fruity pampering from Sunkist. 1. Banana & Lemon Foot Massage (good...

Bodycare Business

Get savvy with sales tips for bodycare products.
We checked in with a few skincare professionals to get their top tips for selling the expanding array of bodycare products and services. “Customization is one of the most effective ways to retail bodycare. Body Bliss spa guests are taken through a series of choices until they end up with a unique formulation that addresses their wants and needs and...

Chakra Cheat Sheet

Improve your knowledge of this mind-body philosophy
As a relative newbie to the spa scene, I'm always looking for opportunities to learn more about the industry—what makes it tick, innovative techniques, and the unique philosophies that guide effective relaxation. One ancient philosophy that has definitely experienced a resurgence in recent years is the chakra system. The term chakra is Sanskrit for wheel and the chakra energy centers...

Pup Pampering

Check out how to protect pet's skin
National Dog Day is celebrating its 10th anniversary today and gives spa-goers a reason to pamper their pooches even more! It was originally started to bring attention to the high number of dogs in shelters and encourage adoption, and it has been doing just that ever since. If you or clients are planning on adopting or already have a furry...

Grass is Always Greener

Learn more about bamboo textiles
Bamboo, which is a type of grass, has proven it's worth the hype in spas and especially as an eco-friendly element. Did you know it's also become a popular towel, linen, and robe choice? We checked in with Guniz Alkan, president of A La Turca Textiles , for her thoughts on bamboo fabrics. Why was bamboo chosen as a fabric?...

Business Innovations

Discover a new small-business friendly revenue stream
We talk about how technology can benefit your spas in length and often—check out Remote Control and Social Studies . Usually when we cover tech topics, we're referring to new devices for facials or treatments, software for managing business, or mobile solutions to catch clients everywhere they go. Metamorphosis Day Spa (New York City) has taken a big leap forward...

Something Wonderful

Discover a new spa’s fun cocktail inspired special
What do busy city-dwellers want after a long day at work? There are many answers, but most include some form of kicking back and escaping from the stresses of the day. A new limited-time promotion at Hyatt Times Square (New York City) may offer the perfect combination: handcrafted cocktail and hand massage or manicure. Marilyn Monroe Spa , located on...

Your Skin on Sun

Discover what the skin really looks like after UV exposure
You may think you sound like a broken record, reminding clients again and again to wear sunscreen and protect their skin from the sun. This is especially necessary in the summer when the warm weather brings everyone out of hibernation to catch every last ray, but you know that anytime you’re outside proper sunscreen is a must. Here’s a truly...

Raw Relaxation

Discover a Texas spa's food weekend
A visit to the Southern U.S. usually includes many meals filled with comfort food, roasted meats, creamy side dishes, and rich desserts. That's all lovely once in a while, but spa-goers looking to slim and clean up their eating on vacation want an alternative. Deer Lake Lodge and Spa, a boutique wellness resort and holistic spa, is filling that void...