Spa Treatment Articles

Setting the Mood

Whether you are looking for soothing music for the reception area or relaxing sounds for the treatment rooms, we've got it covered.
Om Mani Padme Hum features poignant chanting interspersed with exotic flute, guitar, udu, and percussion tracks to offer a unique sound intended to cleanse the mind and spirit. This CD was created to help listeners fully appreciate the fact that music is a language older than any tongue. www.realmusic.com . Comfort Music 1 is a collection of songs meant to relax and promote inner peace-a great CD to play in waiting areas to help clients unwind. The soothing sounds of...

Healthy Hair and Scalps

SCALP MASSAGE Where: Aquaterra Spa at the Surf & Sand Resort (Laguna Beach, CA) Time: 25 minutes Price: $60 Products: LA Natural The client lies face-up while a therapist uses feather-light circular motions to knead the face, ears, and forehead. Heated mint-infused oil is massaged into the scalp using short, brisk motions. "Skin on the scalp contains nerve centers that connect with the brain's pleasure hub, contributing to an overall feeling of well-being," says spa director Karl Ring. "Specific strokes...

The New Breed of Nail Spa

Nail spas are taking the concept of the lunchtime manicure to a higher level.
From the cities to the suburbs, the new breed of nail spa offers an environment in which quality of service and decor are impeccable but prices are not improbable. The high standards to which sanitation is held and the new professional status given to nail technicians are helping the modern nail spa gain a respectable reputation and make a lucrative profit. Here, we highlight four nail spas that are raising the bar. Owner Ji Baek in Rescue's relaxation area Rescue...

In Sync with Sound Therapy

Scientists, therapists, and healers alike are finding that the power of vibration can and does affect us on many levels.
Ancient cultures knew that sound and music could profoundly affect our spirits, minds, and bodies. For thousands of years, chanting, drumming, and other forms of sound-making have been an integral part of our most important human rituals, including those involving our quest to connect with the sacred. Think about the Gregorian chants of the early Church, Tibetan Gyoto monks chanting the Heart Sutra, and shamans around the globe using drums, rattles, and bells to carry their spirits to other worlds...

Signature Treatments

THE HERRINGTON MILK & HONEY REVITALIZER Where: The Spa at the Herrington (Geneva, IL) Time: 180 minutes Price: $220 Products: Babor, Farmaesthetics To begin, the client is treated to an aromatic footbath and foot massage, followed by a full-body Milk 'n Honey Body Polish. After the client rinses off, the therapist performs the Herrington Massage, which blends local buttermilk, honey, and chamomile oils and integrates reflexology with Thai stretches and lomi lomi massage strokes. Next, the So Swedish Facial rounds...

The Art of Massage

Scentao (Journey of Sense and Balance) Where: The Spa at Squaw Creek (Olympic Valley, CA) Time: 80 minutes Price: $145 Products: Babor Scentao To cultivate calmness before the client even hops on the massage table, a therapist generously mists Scentao's soothing body splash in the room for an aromatherapy blast. Once the client is on the table, the therapist proceeds to use long, broad Swedish-style massage strokes along with ginseng, ginkgo, and green tea massage oils and hot stones. The...

A Look on the Bright Side

Skin brightening products have hit the American market in a big way, and this is one area where spas can surely reap the benefits.
Decades ago as the bain de soleil model tried to convince us that the epitome of beauty and wealth was achieving a bronze tan while lounging on a yacht, women in Asia favored the luminous beauty of milky white skin. "White or very light skin has been a sign of wealth and extreme beauty in Asian countries for centuries," explains Annet King, training and development manager for Dermalogica at The International Dermal Institute. "Only workers in the fields were tan...

Fresh Facials for Fall

Ultimate Caviar Facial Where: Rancho Las Palmas Marriott Resort & Spa (Rancho Mirage, CA) Time: 90 minutes Price: $174 Products: Kerstin Florian Not only is caviar a delight to the palate, those little fish eggs are packed with vitamins, amino acids, and minerals that are good for the skin as well. The Ultimate Caviar Facial combines the anti-aging benefits of these nutrients and the skin-firming properties of sevruga caviar from the ancient fishing grounds of the Caspian Sea with Bupleurum...

Pampering Pedicures

The Perrier Jouët Patio Pedicure The Perrier Jouët Patio Pedicure at the Nob Hill Spa at the Huntington Hotel (San Francisco) offers the ideal way to usher in the summer season. Available May 1 through October 31, the decadent pedicure is set on the spa's sun deck, 30 stories above the city. Enjoying panoramic views of the city skyline, the guest relaxes in a chaise lounge with a glass of Perrier Jouët champagne. The stage is set for the $85,...

Smooth Operator

As clients prepare to bare all in the sultry summer heat, waxing takes on new significance. Fortunately, it's become a more pleasant experience with fruit-scented and more natural-based waxes. We also have a host of enticing orange and yellow products to add a bit of sunshine and help get you and your clients through the dog days of summer. Waxing Poetic A botanical soy-based antimicrobial liquid hair removal system, Nufree Nudesse 98.6º by Equibal leaves skin soft to the touch...

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