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Shop Til You Drop

Learn about after Thanksgiving skincare deals and spa promotions
I love shopping and adore a sale, but I’ve never felt inclined to battle the inevitable crowds and chaos of Black Friday. I’d much rather relax and spend time with friends and family. I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority considering the number of spectacular promotions and sale previews all around. It’s a good time to take stock of your...

Energy Saver

Discover new ways to save energy and cut costs this winter
The holiday season brings in big business for spas of all sizes, with stressed clients looking for relief with facials, massages, and more. This time of year also brings cold temperatures to most of the country and also new opportunities for cost-cutting. It's true, and here are several simple steps from Kevin Stevens, product market manager at Choose Energy ,...

Dangerous Curves Ahead

Discover how spas can cash in on the booty trend
We talked about the rising trend of fanny facials earlier this summer, a popular option for beachbound clients. Backsides may be covered up for the next few months, but that doesn't mean attention has shifted elsewhere. Thanks to the viral images from the latest Kim Kardashian photo shoot, Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's music video for "Booty," and more, women...

Collegiate Care

Learn about a fanatic skincare line that gives back to the community
If you or your clients are college football fans like myself, you know how important November games can be. There’s still time to recover from lackluster games, or solidify dominance. Thanks to Jennifer Walsh, former owner and founder of The Beauty Bar, there’s another way for fans to show support their favorite college teams with Pride & Glory , her...

Spa Shots

Check out a new product for a burst of energy
More often than not we’re talking about how relaxing and calming the spa experience is. We even have a few stories coming up in the next couple months about treatments geared toward a good night’s rest. That’s all well and good for clients in search of Zen, but sometimes they need a burst of energy or extra oomph to make...

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...