Spa Treatment Articles

Water Pressures

Hydrotherapy
Throughout history, hydrotherapy has proven itself to be a welcoming experience with multiple therapeutic benefits. Hammams, which are heated chambers that cleanse and purify the skin, are considered one of the original spa experiences, and spa-goers have been bathing in hot springs for centuries to help relax and improve certain skin conditions and muscle pain. Because not all spas have the advantage of an on-site hammam or natural hot springs, many have attempted to create similar experiences with the installation...

Pillars of Pampering

Spa by JW
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has long established itself as a popular luxury brand, with 67 properties in more than 25 countries. Recently, the company debuted a new wellness concept called Spa by JW to “further enhance the travel experience of guests while catering to their passion for wellbeing,” says Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. The brand kicked off in September with the first location opening at the JW Marriott Houston...

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Hyperpigmentation
For many spa-goers, the fight against hyperpigmentation caused by changing hormones can be a lifelong struggle. From the years spent on oral birth control pills to the months of pregnancy to the transition of menopause, hormonal fluctuations—and the ensuing hyperpigmentation that can result—are constant companions. But thanks to innovative products and therapies, spas are becoming ever more equipped to handle the problem. It’s a good thing, too, because an increasing number of people are demanding it. For example, Erica Connor,...

Going to Extremes

Arctic Ingredients
It probably comes as no surprise to learn that many spa-goers would travel to the ends of the earth to achieve healthy and radiant skin. Interestingly enough, it turns out that many skincare companies are doing just that to reap the benefits of plants found in the Arctic, a polar region near the North Pole that can include parts of Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, the U.S. (Alaska), and the Arctic Ocean. While the Arctic may seem...

Good Gourd

Pumpkin
As the leaves begin to change and cooler temperatures take hold, you may want to consider adding some fall favorites to your treatment menu. One ingredient that never disappoints is pumpkin, which is chock-full of alpha- and beta-carotenes, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E, making it as gratifying to skincare as pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving dinner. Ultimate Nourisher According to the National Institute of Health, vitamin E protects against free radicals and helps combat acne. Pumpkin seed oil contains...

Key Notes

Aromatherapy
The use of essential oils to improve physical and emotional wellbeing dates back to ancient times, when they were traditionally used for hygienic, spiritual, and ritualistic purposes. Today, essential oils are popular in spas, as they help calm, balance, and rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. “By using essential oils in professional treatments, you not only receive the benefits of these tiny, complex, and potent oils, which contain vitamins, minerals, and hormones, but also receive a physiological, psychological, sedating, and...

What is Your Most Creative Holiday Promotion?

Holiday Promotions
“The spa’s most creative promotion would be our Chocolate and Peppermint Body Treatment paired with our Chocolate and Peppermint Facial or Pedicure. Guests can delight in the aromatic fragrance of relaxing peppermint all while enjoying the hydrating and moisturizing benefits of chocolate. They can also choose from a chocolate and peppermint martini or peppermint hot chocolate.”—Jennifer Kwiatkowski-Herzog, spa director, The Forest Spa at The Lodge at Glendorn (Bradford, PA) “Kids need to ‘sparkle’ during the holiday season, too. Kids’ parties...

Flying High

XpresSpa (multiple locations)
Commemorating its 10th anniversary this year, XpresSpa (multiple locations) has much to celebrate. The full-service spa provider features locations in major airports worldwide. Launching the first XpresSpa in 2003 at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, founders Marisol and Moreton Binn have since expanded the brand to more than 45 locations in 22 major airports and have 11 new locations in the works. “We have always measured our success by our healthy growth over the past several years,”...

At First Blush

Rosacea
Persistent redness and flushing, bumps and pimples, and visible blood vessels on the face are just a few of the primary symptoms of rosacea—a chronic skin disorder that is common, but often misunderstood. In fact, an estimated 16 million Americans have rosacea, but only a fraction are being treated for the disorder, according to the National Rosacea Society. The number of patients being treated for this condition is on the rise, however, and rosacea is now one of the most...

Body Slam

Bodycare
For some time now, demand for anti-aging products has predominantly focused on the neck and up, but as a growing number of customers recognizes the need for a holistic approach to wellness, more and more skincare companies are answering the call and providing a host of nourishing body-oriented products. “A focus on both internal and external health has helped clients understand that early prevention is critical to taking care of their bodies,” says Angela Eriksen-Stanley, director of education at Phytomer...

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