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Recap: Rant & Rave: Spin the Spa Trend

19 Aug

The second #SpaWeekGossip was your chance to rate Spa Week’s Fall 2010 Spa Trends but. . . we mostly raved. Bashful about your bikini? Bordering on Botox? But had to miss the party?

Review & revel in our scorecard recap (and book these treats at West Coast & Chicago Spa Week spas www.spaweek.com now before the appointments are gone!)

1. Allergy Therapies like Breathe Easy Facials, Sinus Massage & Eucalyptus Steams

RAVE! The Endermolift at Smooth Synergy Spa in NYC de-puffed a Spa Week Daily staffer’s allergy eyes and Sinus Massage helped clear our stuffy heads.

2. Lunchtime Botox

TIE! The needlephobes wavered but wrinkles beware as most partygoers said “Botox?, I’m so there.” Including a walk-in Botox brow lift Needleless Botox was deemed bogus compared to the real thing. Though Art of the Spa still prefers her Frownies

3. Sleeping Therapy & Napping During Treatments

SUPER-RAVE! Naptime anyone? Getting some zzzzz’s during facials, massages and more is on everyone’s love list. Spas are even designing treatments to lull us into slumber like the Meditation Calmquest at Westin Kierland – just $50 during Spa Week. Caveat: No snoring allowed.

4. Lash Extensions

TIE! The lash challenged long for these, though one partier thought they may look “crazy”. @StephinToronto suggests doing extensions before a holiday for low fuss flirtyness. Those blessed with lengthy fringe – wished for lash dye & perms to make a comeback.

5. Beautifying your lady parts w/down-there facials & Vatooing

RAVE! Do you Vattoo? Yes please! Vajazzled and Vatooed we’re more bikini confident! Check out @michellejoni having a “Bikini/Bum Facial” live Art of the Spa suggested prettying privates at home with Betty Beauty dye in fun colors like hot pink.

6. Losing inches in a wink

UBER CRAVES! Colon hydrotherapy, ionithermie if it tightens & tones we are in! Check out how @andrebergermd helped @ladyshark66 lose a few inches.

7. Reiki & 8. Acupuncture

TWO THUMBS UP! Proving the practical side of spa, these treats soothe and heal injuries, calm our nerves and soothe our souls. And acupuncture is also an effective face lifter, no need to be nervous about the needles! If you don’t have time to Reiki at the spa try a self guided version.

9. Seaweed Scrubs, Wraps & Facials

RAVE! Spa treats from the sea we want -more please. So much that we often seek out ANY service that includes this ocean potion. @SpaWeek has loads of lit re treats.

10. Hot & Cold Stone Massage

SPAWEEK IT!    @mychicagosalon recommend H&C massages for detoxing. Our Super Spagoers all want to SpaWeek this one! Great spas like Mezzanine in NYC will offer it during Spa Week.

11. Champissage/scalp massage

RAVE! Though champissage began as a family grooming ritual (Hey Mom are you reading this?) it’s our most longed for massage body part. Heads up! For a scalp tingling experience at home, @ArtoftheSpa suggested Head Trip by The Happy Company.

12. Spa Oxygen facials & Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy

TIE! While some of us think Oxygen Facials are fantastic some gave it the side eye.
What else could we clamor for? An integrative approach to spa treatments that addresses our health and the long-term. RAVE!

SpaWeek Daily (Michelle) and Art of the Spa (Candy)

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Indulge in Thai Massage Therapy without going to a Spa in Thailand

17 Nov

Happy Monday everyone!  I’ve been a bit under the weather this weekend and didn’t want to keep you waiting.  So Kelly Kilpatrick kindly contributed this post on Thai massage – yes it is available outside of Thailand.  Enjoy!   Candace 

Thai massage is a fairly recent newcomer to the American massage therapy market.  It is an ancient massage modality that was imported into Thailand from India and has its roots in both Ayurvedic and Chinese traditional medicines.  The modality was reputedly developed by the actual physician of Buddha himself over 2,500 years ago.  

Since those times, Thai massage has undergone several changes, and is now practiced throughout Thailand with distinct variations in regions throughout the country.  Although the Thai government is looking to unify and regulate this ancient massage modality, provincial attitudes remain as to which is the correct expression of the core values and beliefs behind the practice.

There are many things that make Thai massage unique when compared to traditional Western massage modalities.  Participation in Thai massage could be viewed as far more interactive than its counterparts.  Massage patients are fully clothed throughout the entirety of the session, which takes place on a mat on the floor.  Clients are then moved into a variety of yoga-like positions by the therapist and he or she uses their body, including forearms, feet, knees, and hands to apply pressure to various points in the musculature of the client.

owc-massagewaterfallUsing acupressure points in conjunction with deep tissue massage while moving the client into a variety of positions grants many benefits to the client.  Many people feel more centered physically, emotionally, and spiritually after the process.  Increased flexibility and range of motion is experienced by the participant; other benefits such as improved circulation, a decrease in pain, and overall relaxation are also experienced.

For clients, especially those not familiar with massage therapy, Thai massage can evoke mixed emotions.  Some love the interactive nature, positioning and stretching involved in the process and the truly hands-on approach.  Others may simply wish to lie down and relax while their body is worked by a professional.  Obviously if the latter is the case, Thai massage is not what they are looking for.

People who participate in Thai massage come from all walks of life and many go on to learn more about the art of yoga and begin to practice yoga themselves, which only serves to enhance their quality of life.  Thai massage is a great marriage of the healing art of yoga and massage.  If you think Thai massage is something you’d like to try, ask your local spa if they provide this service.

Special thanks to Kelly Kilpatrick our guest writer today.

This post was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of massage therapists. She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24@gmail.com.