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,...

Secret to a Long Life

Learn tips for a long life from the world's oldest living person
Today we wish a happy birthday to quite possibly the only woman not looking to lie about her age or hide any wrinkles. Misao Okawa proudly turns 117 today and currently holds the Guinness World Records title as the world’s oldest living person. Certainly this wise woman knows how to age gracefully, but in interviews even she wonders about her...

Lash Logistics

Learn about the optimal eyelash length based on science
In the blink of an eye, eyelashes can grab attention and even spur on romance. As effective as it may be, flirting is not the primary purpose of lashes. Eyelashes have been hypothesized as sunshades, dust catchers, and blink-reflex triggers, says David Hu, a mechanical engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta). He adds that until recently there’s been...

All Night Long

Discover an indulgent evening for DC spa-goers
Twilight and late-night spa offerings made the cut for our 2015 Trend Report , and just a couple months into the year even more spas are creating treatments for night owls. One enticing option is available at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Night Spa ($1,800, 3 hours) aims...

Hair-Raising Records

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Learn about crazy hair statistics
Your clients probably know their own hair, what it can and can't do, and the best products to keep it healthy backwards and forwards. They might not know their manes fit in with the rest. Here's an interesting batch of statistics all about hair. Do any of these statistics surprise you?

Rest Easy

Discover new research connecting meditation and good sleep
March is quickly approaching and with it more attention to a good night’s rest, as March is National Sleep Awareness Month. Take note if you and your clients suffer from chronic sleep problems; a new study proves relief may be a moment of meditation away. The clinical trial led by David S. Black, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at...

Food Industry Facts

Check out shocking insight into the obesity epidemic
Spas are a refreshing oasis for nutritious dining options in a culture bombarded with processed, quick faux foods. According to research at the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service have even linked the cheap availability of these unhealthy food products to the subsequent increase in obesity among the average American over the last 30 years. None of these quick, inexpensive meals...

Star-Studded Spas

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Check out our insights on the 2015 Forbes Guide Star Award winners
As a relative newbie to the spa industry everything is truly thrilling, but I don't think my excitement about spa openings and updates will ever subside. The latest update that has me giddy is Forbes Travel Guide list of Star Rating winners from around the world. This year's list includes 18 new Five-Star hotels, seven new Five-Star spas, which brings...

Grey Expectations

Discover Fifty Shades of Grey inspired beauty offerings
Even if you or your clients haven’t read the books, you most certainly have heard of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" phenomenon, starting with a book series three years ago and now turned into a movie. The movie opened in theaters this weekend with a record setting $94.4 million debut. With spending like that, it’s no wonder the beauty and...

Sanitize for Sanity

Check out new research showing the need for clean
Personally, I'm not a clean freak. I think a little dirt won't hurt and believe in the five-second rule, in spite of evidence to the contrary. Even so, I like my spas sparkling and free of all the hidden hazards that pop up when cleanliness isn't top priority. Those invisible germs are all around as I learned from research from...