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A growing number of spas are moving beyond providing just relaxation and indulgence and-based on consumer demand-are taking a holistic path.
In broad terms, the word "holistic' means promoting long-term health. More specifically, a holistic spa "is a place of healing for the mind and body," explains Amy McDonald, director of the spa and guest programs at Miraval in Catalina, Arizona. In reference to skincare products, the term is used when formulas contain no caustic or synthetic ingredients that stress the skin or are harmful to the body once absorbed. "The spa world is moving away from spas that are about...

Energy Surge

As the definition of "spa" expands and evolves in the United States, so do treatment menus. Here, we explore some of the alternative modalities that are on the rise.
Acupuncture An alternative therapy that is becoming increasingly popular, acupuncture originated in China more than 5,000 years ago. Licensed acupuncturists treat conditions like fatigue, stress, headaches, anxiety, skin problems, and more. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, the practice of acupuncture in the United States is regulated on a state-by-state basis. Regulating agencies and licensing boards in individual states determine who is allowed to practice acupuncture and the training required. According to Troy Petenbrink, spokesperson for the National Certification Commission for...

Treatment Trends: to relax

Lavender Latte body wrap In a relaxing environment, the Lavender Latte Body Wrap from Channing's Day Spa (Chicago) soothes the senses. The mood is first set by lightly spraying the room and sheets with a lavender mixture. Lavender candles are also lit and soft music played to enhance the $95, 60-minute treatment. Blending 12 ounces of heavy cream and 8 to 12 drops of pure essential lavender oil, the therapist warms the mixture in a microwave for approximately 45 to...

Parental Pampering

With pregnancy treatments becoming standard fare and a growing number of services geared toward parents and even the kids themselves, spa has become a family affair.
In an industry that revolves around the concept of nurturing, it's no wonder that pregnancy treatments have become an essential element at most spas. While commonly filled with a sense of joy, most expectant mothers also experience a great deal of stress and anxiety leading up to the birth of their babies. Add to that the physical changes their bodies are subjected to, and you have an ideal market for relaxing treatments that can also serve to alleviate the discomforts...

The Men's Room

An industry trend takes off, thanks to a growing number of guys who have discovered the splendors of spa.
Nickel Spa for Men (New York City) Philippe Dumont, owner of this men-only spa situated in a former bank in New York's hip Chelsea area, first tried his luck in April of 1996 in his native Paris, and in New York this past October. Why New York? "Because it is the most trendy city in the world, and we wanted to target the right kind of customers," says Dumont. The two-story, 4,500-square-foot day spa features eight treatment rooms and three...

Treatment Trends: Just for him

Mystique Yang Designed specifically for men, the Mystique Yang facial at Spa Mystique (Los Angeles) provides a relaxing experience that helps improve the condition of the skin. Using Skinceuticals products, the $80, 50-minute facial begins with a cleansing of the skin with Simply Clean Cleanser. Next, the skin is exfoliated using the Clarifying Clay Mask. Phytomer's Modeling Massage Cream is then used to massage the face, neck, and chest. A Vitamin C Mask follows. Revitalizing Toner is then used on...

Treatment Trends: Sinus

Shiro-Abyhanga-Nasya Providing allergy relief as well as opening the gateway to consciousness, the Shiro-Abyhanga-Nasya (S.A.N.) at Ayurveda Plus Rejuvenation Center (Portland, OR) helps keep the nasal passages open and increases resistance to foreign substances. According to owner and Ayurvedic consultant Richard Haynes, in Ayurvedic medicine, the nose and olfactory lobe are said to be the gateway to consciousness. The $85, 75-minute Ayurvedic procedure features a vigorous head, neck, and shoulder massage that stimulates facial marma points that relate to the...

Treatment Trends: Hair Removal

Brazilian Bikini The J Sisters salon and day spa (New York City) uses soft pot wax for the Brazilian bikini waxing that they-the seven Brazilian sisters who own the business -are known to have made popular in the United States. To begin, the client lies on the table face-up with nothing on below the waist. She puts the soles of her feet together so legs open at the knees. Powder is applied to the bikini area to absorb any moisture...

All Wet

The Sok Bath This state-of-the-art bath, $85, 50 minutes, is offered at the Kohler Waters Spa (Kohler, WI). "It's like a bath within a bath," explains Jean Kolb, spa director. An infinity bath, the water overflows into a trough and is recirculated. This tranquil bath offers the sensation of cascading water, gentle bubbles, and underwater color light therapy for the ultimate in relaxation. The treatment ends with a Vichy hydro massage and can be combined with a Warm Wrap ($155,...

Catering to Brides

Are you hearing those wedding bells? Some in the industry are and have found that the marriage between a spa and the bride-to-be can be one that's positive, long-lasting, and financially rewarding.
Being a royal bride in Java traditionally entailed receiving soothing and nurturing bodywork each day for the 40 days leading up to her wedding. Today's bride doesn't go to this extreme (although surely it wouldn't take much to convince her!), but she does look into every last detail of her special day-and is willing to pay for it. According to Jerry Monaghan, president of the Association of Bridal Consultants, there are an estimated 2.5 million American weddings per year that...

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