Spa Treatment Articles

Making Waves

Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (CA)
A treasured spa gets an update and gives spa enthusiasts yet another reason to take the plunge.
Opened more than 20 years ago, Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (CA) has a long history of captivating savvy spa-goers. With 30 treatment rooms, the 40,000-square-foot spa is the biggest in town and boasts a variety of pools and hot tubs that are fed by local geothermal mineral springs. In fact, it’s one of the few luxury spa resorts in the country with its own source of thermal mineral water. Capitalizing on that fact, the...

The Upper Hand

Massage technique
Add a nice touch to your service menu by including lesser-known massage modalities that are good for your clients’ wellbeing—and your spa’s bottom line.
According to the latest edition of the International Spa Association (ISPA) Foundation’s Consumer Snapshot Initiative conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), massage is, without question, the top treatment at spas today. The study, which was based on the views of consumers from the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia, reveals that 72 percent of spa-goers experienced a massage within the previous year. “Massage is no longer considered a luxury treatment, it’s a necessity for many,” says Lilliane Caron, owner and director of Caronlab...

Saving Face

Effective benefits of retinol
A retinol revolution is taking place, as this tried-and-true anti-ager evolves to deliver more effective benefits without the irritating side effects.
While we’ve yet to find the fountain of youth, retinol certainly comes close. A derivative of vitamin A, it has proven itself to be a true power player in the anti-aging game. “Studies have shown conclusively that retinol helps repair photo-aging in skin,” says Annet King, senior director of global education for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute. “It helps increase collagen production, slow its degradation, boost cell turnover, and improve skintone and discoloration. It also reduces visible wrinkles and...

The Big Chill

Cryotherapy facials
Discover why spa-goers are freezing themselves in below-Arctic temperatures.
People are paying top dollar to expose their bodies to temperatures not found on Earth for one to three bone-chilling minutes while stripped down to their swimwear or birthday suits and sporting gloves, socks, and sometimes other protective accoutrements. In Antarctica, the coldest temperature ever recorded was measured by a satellite at -135.8 degrees F, while liquid-nitrogen-cooled cryochambers range between 150 to 300 degrees below zero. When exposed to such frigid temperatures, we’re thrust into survival mode: the brain sends...

Rock Solid Rituals

Verdura Spa lobby at the Verdura Resort (Italy)
A new organic product line and wellness program raise the bar for Rocco Forte Spas.
With a collection of iconic properties throughout Europe, Rocco Forte Hotels is delving into the world of wellness. This spring, the company launched Rocco Forte Spas, a holistic wellness program that will be incorporated into each of the brand’s seven spas. Overseeing training and development for the hotels, brand manager Irene Forte was also involved in developing the spa program and spearheading the company’s new organic beauty line. Here, she shares how the spas are incorporating the new wellness offerings...

Bag of Tricks

Summer makeup products
Help clients get a handle on the must-have products and makeup trends that can carry them through the summer.
Let’s face it, summer might bring warm weather, but the effects on the skin can be less than hot. From sweat and sunburn to clogged pores and acne, summer skin often needs just as much attention, if not more, than dry winter skin, and simply purchasing new makeup each season isn’t the solution. According to recent statistics from the market research company Lab42, 58 percent of female millennials purchase different makeup products for the summer and winter seasons. While it’s...

The Giving Tree

Neem leaves, seeds, flowers, fruits, and bark
Tap into the skin-nourishing benefits of neem, a popular ingredient in India that has withstood the test of time.
Known as the “Village Pharmacy” in India, the neem tree has long-been considered a source of healing. According to Rahul Koul, co-CEO of Sundãri, it contains more than 140 active compounds that have been isolated from different parts of the tree. “Neem leaves, seeds, flowers, fruits, and bark have been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of inflammation, infection, fever, and skin diseases, as well as dental problems,” he says. While it was once thought to be a cure-all...

Man-Datory Relaxation

Male Spa Treatments
Find out why giving props to your male clientele can help you boost your business.
Women have been frequenting spas for years, but men are catching up. Research shows that more men visit spas today than ever before. According to a study from the ISPA Foundation, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), men represent 47 percent of the spa-going population in the U.S. “Due to the effects of our modern lifestyle, like higher stress levels and environmental toxins, more and more people are understanding the need to actively care for their skin,” says Josanna Gaither, director of...

Innovations to Watch

Innovations to Watch
Some of the industry’s leading experts weigh in on a few of the year’s most promising advances.
Around-the-Clock Repair “Taking the skin’s chronobiology into account is the biggest innovation. Our skin has its own timing: during the day it fights environmental stressors, at night it is all about regeneration. That is why developing actives that consider this internal clock is extremely important.”­— Andrea Weber, head of the Babor Research and Innovation Center ( ) “Seriously effective, natural overnight treatments are vital in our busy modern lives. These multitasking formulas undo the effects of poor sleep, address...

Now Generation Massage

On-Demand Massage
While the verdict is still out on what impact on-demand services will have on the spa industry, consumers are certainly embracing the trend.
Every once in awhile, disrupters emerge and offer such innovative solutions that they render the industry forever changed. On-demand massage, enabled by technology and ubiquitous apps, has made booking a treatment nearly instantaneous, allowing clients to confirm massages within seconds—at almost any time of day. Some on-demand companies provide access to a network of therapists who travel to clients’ homes or offices within the hour, while others offer same-day massages at spas. “As technology has grown, consumers do more and...