Trend Watch

Farm-to-Treatment-Table Trend Takes Hold of the Industry

What New Trend is Sweeping the Industry?
Although I'm often asked about spa trends, I've found it difficult, lately, to pinpoint any that are truly original. One, however, that has been gaining momentum recently is the farm-to-treatment-table trend. A variation on the farm-to-table concept found at restaurants, it fits well with the industry's efforts to be greener. The Spa at the Omni Mount Washington Resort (Bretton Woods,...

Wax On Wax Off

Learn about the history of hair removal
The return of warm weather certainly means a boost in waxing appointments at your spa as clients think about upcoming beach vacations. We recently attended a timely celebration of Uni K Wax Center 's 21st birthday and its introduction of the Brazilian Wax to the market. There, I learned that waxing is much older and dates back to ancient cultures,...

Express Yourself

Share your spa's insights in our 2014 Industry Insider survey.
I’m excited to let you all know American Spa ’s Industry Insider Survey is live and ready for your expert input. Your insights and experiences in each of your spas help us hone in on the business strategy and tips that will benefit and interest you most in the upcoming year. Our annual poll covers key wellness industry topics including:...

Simply Chic Eyebrows

Discover unique tips to make eyebrows look gorgeous
Eyebrow trends don't always look good on everyone, and many of us have the middle school class photos to prove it. Luckily, spring brows are more about color and contrast than changing the shape, which means it’s time to put down the tweezers. Boom Boom Brow Bar (New York City) is embracing the thick, gorgeous eyebrow look and helping clients...

Community Fitness

Learn how an exercise concierge service can complement your business
One of my favorite things about writing about the spa industry is the convergence of beauty and fitness, where the focus remains overall wellness inside and out. I’ve mentioned my love of exercise here and here , and I had a blast checking out the latest fitness craze in the hospitality industry, Strength in Numbers (SIN) . Founded by fitness...

Breathe Easy

Learn how to destress in mere minutes
Recently I had the pleasure of attending Aveda's Stress-Fix Wellness Workshop, a morning of relaxation tips and tricks with the Stress-Fix line . I enjoyed learning about the extensive process behind selecting essential oils to reduce stress and how to get the most benefits when using them. Here are two quick rituals I experienced that are well worth sharing with...

Healthy Practice

Learn unique wellness tips and benefits of yoga
As I visit more spas and meet more of you, I realize how vital a fitness program is as a complement to spa services for a total mind-body healing experience. There's no better example of that than yoga, which many luxe spas offer with their own creative spin ( on a paddleboard and more ). I'm no yogi myself, though...

Month for Rest

Check out ways to improve health through better sleep
March is National Sleep Month and you and clients are sure to need a fresh reminder of the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Did you know that lavender is an excellent aroma to restore serenity and set the stage for a peaceful slumber. Many skincare and aromatherapy companies use this popular scent in products thanks to its natural ability...

Precious Oils

Rediscover an ancient oral hygiene trick that works
Oils for hair and skin are sky-rocketing in popularity and certainly making a name for themselves in spas. I've adopted an evening ritual of applying a cocktail of oils to my hair and have all but forgotten the words "split ends." I'm not as eager to jump on the latest oil boom in oral hygiene, which has roots in ancient...

Wake Up Call

Learn quick tips on how to get a good night’s sleep
It’s almost time to spring ahead and start Daylight Savings Time. Unfortunately for many, myself included, that means losing a much-needed hour of sleep. Falling short on Z's can lead to a host of health issues, including hypertension, diabetes, depression, cancer, and obesity according to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, so it’s time to get serious about good...

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