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The Male Gaze

Discover new spa products that appeal to men
Generally it's considered unhealthy to bring work home, and a solid work/life balance is definitely in line with the philosophies of spas found in the pages of American Spa . I do often notice my work finding its way into my home, but when it's aromatherapy, hair oils, and nutritional supplements or an on-location visit while out of town it's...

Western Energy

Discover a hot facial going bicoastal
A favorite of Manhattanites for years, the Ling Energy Lift Facial at Ling Skincare & Spa New York is now available on the west coast at Ciel Spa at SLS (Los Angeles). Known for its offering of tradition, innovative, and signature spa services, the spa now can add some of Ling’s signature treatments to their roster. For example, the Energy...

Petal Pushers

Check out flower packed products for beautiful skin
Flowers of any kind have an uncanny ability to lift my spirits. I can't help but smile when I get a whiff of fragrant blooms. These sweet petals hold much greater beauty power within and when incorporated in spa treatments. While there is no denying that aromatherapy offers its own form of stress relief, many spas and brands are digging...

Pop Up Subway Spa

Take a peek at NYC's latest spa craze
There's no doubt about the popularity of spa—big, small, luxury, and backwoods. Business is booming and each day we love hearing about your creative ideas to make your relaxation destinations stand out and pamper clients. The latest creative incarnation appeared for a limited engagement on an especially balmy subway platform in New York City. Though it wasn't an outpost of...

Pep in Your Step

Find a new spa-friendly way to enjoy coffee
Each morning I look forward to a freshly brewed cup of coffee and trying new brews from around the world has made it all the more satisfying. If you and your clients are anything like me you'll be happy to hear August is National Coffee Month. The leftover grounds can be put to good use, too. Carolyn Doe, spa director...

Eco-Friendly Exfoliants

Check out natural effective scrubs
Dry skin can plague clients year round, and body scrub treatments provide the relief their parched skin needs most. These services are essential before baring skin on the beach or prepping for a spray-tan. Not all exfoliants are created equal, though, and it’s a worthwhile use of your time to check through your spa’s stock to make sure your treatments...

Mental Muscle

Learn how one luxe spa focuses on the mind
It’s not enough anymore to work just muscles, clients need to keep their noggins in tip-top shape too. They can do just that at the Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort , which has added new programs for a healthy brain. Developed by Karen Janusz , the spa's nutritionist and certified brain fitness facilitator, spa guests...

Exercise for Fun

Discover new fitness research for a more effective routine
I count myself lucky that I consider most workouts fun, and I even look forward to my daily routines. I enjoy challenging myself, seeing progress, and trying new activities. Loving your workout can do much more than put a smile on your face according to recent studies conducted by Carolina Werle, Brian Wansink, and Collin Payne. Researchers found that people...

Purifying Place

Learn how a Philippines spa offers holistic healing in the spirit of Ramadan
In the midst of busy work schedules, social obligations, and family it can be increasingly difficult for clients to find time to tend to their spiritual wellbeing. The Farm at San Benito (Batangas, Philippines) seeks to remedy that with an opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in the spirit of Ramadan, during the Holy Month of Fasting and year round...

Perfect Pout

Discover why lipstick is the cosmetic of choice on National Lipstick Day
I wasn’t always a lipstick lady, but once I embraced a pigmented lip I haven’t looked back. A new shade can do wonders—like a fresh coat of paint on walls—for brightening up a complexion and streamlining a makeup routine. We can all celebrate the power of lipstick today with National Lipstick Day. Here are some fun facts from Mintel’s July...