Workout Wednesday: NYHRC Fall Fitness Classes

This Workout Wednesday we previewed the new Fall Fitness Classes at New York Health and Racquet Club – get ready to have some fun while you break a sweat!

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We were invited to a get a sneak peek of the new workout classes that launched this month at New York Health and Racquet Club, and we have to admit we were very impressed! The top-notch gyms across the city are offering a range of creative new classes at various intensity levels, meaning there’s seriously something for everyone!

During our Fall Fitness preview, we got the chance to try out three of NYHRC’s thoughtfully designed classes – all of which we loved. What’s even better is that they all offer a fun way to make your fitness a priority this fall, and keep you looking and feeling your best all year round.

Doonya Abs – If you’ve seen a Bollywood film, you’ve likely noticed the high-energy, free-spirited dancing that originated in India. Led by Priya Pandya and Rohan Sheth, this global fusion class combines cardio, isometrics and “Bollywood Burpies” to engage the core and flatten the belly. Classes are available in a 15-minute or 45-minute format and are held Thursdays at 6pm at 23rd Street.

Inside Out – Taught by experienced dancer Nathan Kosla, this classes is perfect if you want to build a strong, athletic physique. Nathan infuses his signature sense of humor to make the core strengthening, extreme toning techniques bearable, but you should still prepare for those muscles to shake! Classes are held Wednesdays at 12:45pm at 6th Ave, Thursdays at 5:30pm at 45th Street, Fridays at 12:15pm at 50th Street and Saturdays at 4:45pm at 13th Street.

Yin Flow Yoga – Merely being in the presence of instructor Danielle Lee is enough to transport you into a state of total relaxation, especially when combined with deep, powerful stretches. This class embraces the yin yoga technique of holding poses for an extended amount of time to target the connective tissue and open up the joints. If you suffer from hip, lower spin or pelvic problems, this class should be your go-to. Classes are held on Wednesdays at 7:15pm at 76th Street.

There are many more Fitness Classes new to NYHRC this fall! Click here to check them all out. BONUS – NYHRC is participating in the Fall 2014 Spa Week Event, so you can get VIP access for the insanely affordable price of $50! Here’s what they’re offering from October 20 – 26:

  • Choice of Massage Including Swedish, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue or Sports Massage Plus Day Pass to Whitehall Street Gym and Facilities Including Fitness Classes, Saltwater Pools, Saunas and Steam Rooms
  • Pilates Reformer Session with NYHRC Private Trainer Plus Day Pass to Whitehall Street Gym and Facilities Including Fitness Classes, Saltwater Pools, Saunas and Steam Rooms

Click here to go book your NYHRC Spa Week service today because spots are filling up fast!

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

10 Must-Book Spa Week Treatments

Spa Week is back and the $50 treatments are better than ever! Click here to browse and book a spa and wellness service near you!

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Let’s face it, summer can take a serious toll on the skin, hair and nails. Between being slathered in sunscreen, exposed to UV rays and dried out by the heat, we could definitely use some post-warm weather rejuvenation. Luckily, Spa Week is here just in time to prepare for the cold months with some refreshing spa treatments. And thanks to $50 services, you can indulge in as much relaxation and restoration as your heart desires!

With thousands of exceptional spa experiences to choose from, we understand that it can be a bit overwhelming to nail down a decision. So in honor of our ten year anniversary we bring you the Top 10 Must-Book Treatments being offered during Spa Week from October 20 – 26! Check out our favorites below and head to SpaWeek.com to book a spa services in a city near you!

1. Mistral Light Heat Energy Skin Rejuvenation at Chuan Spa at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, CA

Spa Week is the only time you can experience the extraordinary luxuries of a world renowned spa for just $50. The Mistral Light Heat Energy Skin Rejuvenation treatment combines the properties of light and heat to leave the skin looking and feeling flawless. This technology yields similar results to laser treatments, but without the downtime and side effects, and with an original value of $200 this is something you can’t pass up!

2. Facial for Deep Cleansing at Ritz-Carlton Spa at Buckhead in Atlanta, GA

Enter this gorgeous spa and you’ll immediately retreat into a de-stressing oasis. The hotel has dedicated an entire floor to their famed wellness sanctuary in order to provide patrons with an exclusive and tranquil experience. Wash away all of the impurities in your skin with a phenomenal deep cleansing facial and you’ll go home feeling invigorated and revived!

3. Facial or Massage Plus $50 Gift Card at Scottsdale Spa & Holistic Massage Therapy @ Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, AZ

One thing we love about Spa Week is that there are so many options, and this spa has no shortage of them! During Spa Week you can choose between FOUR different types of facials or FIVE different types of massages! All of these services usually book for $119-$129, but you indulge in one for just $50 – and that’s not all! In addition to your epic spa treatment, you will also receive a $50 gift card to use at a later date! So go ahead and try the amazing hydrating facial now, and use your gift card to indulge on the hot stone massage later!

4. Energy Lift Treatment with Tourmaline Gemstone Body Wellness Therapy at Ling Skin Care – Union Square in New York, NY

If you’re looking to turn back the clock fast, this treatment is for you! Experience the astounding effects of acupressure that immediately make you look rejuvenated and years younger. Plus, with the original value of $195, you can totally relax knowing you’re getting an exceptional deal!

5. Facial and Spa Pedicure Package at Adara Spa in Boston, MA

Nothing is more relaxing than a full two hour spa session, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with this booking. Cleanse and moisturize your face with a wonderful facial, then prance out of your appointment with perfectly pampered feet. This long and luxurious treatment will leave you feeling totally unwound for days to come.

6. Signature Facial with 24-Karat Gold Infused Serum and Mask at Y Y Beauty Salon in Watchung, NJ

This Spa Week, treat yourself like royalty and settle for nothing but less than the most top-notch treatment. How, you may be wondering? By getting a 24-Karat Gold Infused Facial, of course! Not only will this treatment make you feel like the Queen herself, but the gold in the serum will actually leave your skin glowing and revitalized. This is definitely the kind of lavishness we could get used to!

7. Spa Day Package at Affina Beauty and Spa in New York, NY

Want to experience multiple luxurious spa treatments but don’t have time to book tons of appointments? Affina Beauty and Spa has compiled the perfect combination of offerings all into one $50 bundle! The “Spa Day Package” includes a mini facial with microdermabrasion, an eye treatment AND the choice of a bikini wax or laser hair removal session. With all of these awesome services you’ll look stunning from head to toe!

8. Clear and Brilliant “Ultimate Laser Facial” Treatment at LaserAway, Multiple Locations in California and Arizona

Talk about getting the most bang for your buck – this amazing treatment has a whopping $450 value! The “Ultimate Laser Facial” really delivers age-defying results, and stars like Kim Kardashian and Mel B are LaserAway regulars. Don’t live in San Fran? No problem! This treatment is also offered at their California locations in Sherman Oaks, San Diego, and Lake Forest; and there is a Phoenix, Arizona location as well. We know this option is going to be book up quickly, so make sure you  make your appointment ASAP!

9.  Swedish Massage at Spaahh at Hotel 1000 in Seattle, WA 

What’s better than a fabulous Swedish massage? A fabulous Swedish massage AND free valet parking! Once you arrive at the Spaahh at Hotel 1000 you can check all of your cares and worries at your car door. Enter into this gorgeous Seattle refuge and you’ll see that this isn’t your typical Swedish massage – it also includes a scalp treatment and ‘foot indulgence’ with cardamom amber oil and fig butter cream. This treatment definitely puts the “aahh” is Spaahh!

10. Loofah Body Buff and Scrub at Contour Day Spa in Plantation, FL

Want something different than the typical Spa Week offering? How about getting scrubbed down in a traditional Turkish bath called a Hammam?! This treatment will slough off your summer skin and allow you to totally relax while experiencing the Hammam bathing ritual in an exotic steam room. Prepare to totally unwind and de-stress during this ancient exfoliation adventure.

There are tons of other $50 deals for you to book—all across the country! Check out SpaWeek.com to browse and book today.

 Leah Gay is the Editorial Intern of Spa Week Daily. 

Exclusive First Look: Red Door Spa Video

Get an exclusive first look at the luxurious Spa Week treatments Red Door Spa is offering this fall!

The iconic Red Door Spa is a Spa Week fan favorite, and their luxurious $50 treatments are always the first to go! For that reason (among many others!) we decided to give you an exclusive sneak peek inside one of their newest locations, the Red Door Spa in Union Square.

This Spa Week, Red Door is offering three ridiculously relaxing and restorative treatments at the unbeatable price of $50! After you check out the gorgeous space and get a glimpse of the new Youth Restoring Pedicure, head straight to SpaWeek.com to book your appointment because they are filling up fast! Here’s the scoop on all of the amazing treatments you can indulge in at 28 Red Door locations nationwide during Spa Week from October 20 – 26:

  • 50 Minute Spa Week De-Stress Body Treatment – This is Red Door’s most popular treatment, and we totally understand why! You will enter a world free of worry as you experience a dry glove exfoliation, a hydrating aromatherapy body wrap and a scalp and neck massage.
  • 50 Minute Spa Week Facial – Red Door’s famed skincare philosophy is definitely apparent during this treatment that erases every flaw. The facial includes cleansing, exfoliation and hydration – all of which will leave you fresh-faced for fall.
  • 50 Minute Spa Week Youth Restoring Pedicure – This extravagant pedicure is one of the best in the business. It begins with a skin-sloughing exfoliation, followed by the new Lemon Burst Polishing Scrub. After your legs are silky smooth, you can pick the polish and relax as it’s perfectly applied.

Check out the participating Red Door Spa Locations below and follow the link to book your Spa Week service with the click of a button:

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

Pin to Win: Fall In Love With Wellness

Share your favorite wellness tips, tricks and inspiration on our Fall In Love With Wellness Pinterest Board – FIVE winners will win a Spa & Wellness Gift Card!

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In honor of Spa Week, we want you to put your wellness first! Pin your favorite healthy recipes, fitness tips and DIYS to your Fall In Love With Wellness Pinterest board and FIVE winners will be treated to a Spa & Wellness Gift Card! Click here to check out Spa Week’s Pinterest!

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

Introducing: Spa Week’s Fall 2014 Event Sponsors

We are SO excited to announce the Fall 2014 Spa Week Sponsors, and you’re definitely going to love all the amazing giveaways they’re offering!

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Each and every Spa Week season, our favorite brands join forces to sponsor the iconic event behind $50 spa treatments each spring and fall. This year, our sponsors are bigger and better than ever, and they are giving away some incredible prizes exclusively for you! Get to know the luxurious brands below, and then head straight over to SpaWeek.com and enter one (or all!) of the amazing sponsor giveaways!

Exclusive Sunless Tanning Sponsor – Vita Liberata

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Exclusive Sleep Sponsor – Philip Stein

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Exclusive Fashion Sponsor – HauteLook

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Exclusive Book Sponsor – Saving Grave by Jane Green (St. Martin’s Press)

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Exlusive Trade Association Sponsor International Spa Association (ISPA)

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Co-Sponsors Cancer and Careers and CEW

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Don’t forget to head over to SpaWeek.com now to enter all of our amazing Sponsor Giveaways!

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

Spa Week Is Back – Bookings Start NOW!

Spa Week is back and this Fall, and you’re going to want to book your $50 treatments fast because they are more relaxing than ever!

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Do you hear that buzz? That’s the sound of spa lovers across the country rejoicing because Spa Week is officially back and it’s seriously better than ever! Just in time to get fresh for fall, you can start booking your $50 spa treatments NOW, and then prepare to sit back and relax come October 20th – 26th.

We highly suggest you browse the luxe offerings on SpaWeek.com ASAP because the best services at the most exclusive resorts and spas always book up fast. From Pumpkin Peel Facials, to Ginger Root Scrubs, and a sensational selection of Ahh-inducing Massages, we know you’re going to be highly impressed by this season’s $50 services.

PS – Don’t forget to keep coming back here to check-in because this season Spa Week is celebrating a decade of wellness with some fabulous festivities! Trust us, you’re not going to want to miss all the ways we’re honoring the occasion!

Scoring a $50 Spa Week treatment is easy! Just go to SpaWeek.com, enter your zip code, and shop the ridiculously relaxing services being offered in your city!

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

Friday Favorites: An Invigorating Face Mask & More

A relaxing  face mask and a yummy candle are a few of our Friday Favorites this week! See what else we’re loving, below:

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Clockwise from Left: Michael Stars ‘Fiesta’ Infinity Scarf available at Nordstrom.com, Mask of Magnanimity available at Lush.com, Travel Quote World Map Art Print available at Etsy.com, Vanilla Chai 3-Wick Candle available at BathandBodyworks.com, Tory Burch for FitBit Silicone Printed Bracelet available at ToryBurch.com, Stop Smile Breath Mug available at StashTea.com, Etched Filigree Dome Studs available at Forever21.com, Vince Nina d-Orsay Flats available at ShopBop.com

Leah Gay is the Editorial Intern of Spa Week Daily. 

Links We Love Roundup, September 11th

Happy Thursday! Just in time for the weekend, here are the must-read stories from around the web this week.

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Do Unflattering Facebook Photos Help You Get in Shape? via Gothamist.com

Eyes are the Windows to Your Health via Glamour.com

31 Healthy and Portable High-Protein Snacks via Greatist.com

Dry vs. Dehydrated skin via TruthInAging.com

Where Do You Wear Your Workout Gear? via IntoTheGloss.com

A Bra for Every Fitness Class via Refinery29.com

NYC Clarins Wellness Event Invitation

You’re invited to the Clarins Wellness Event in NYC, where you can relax and rejuvenate with spa treatments, renowned speakers and more!

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Have you heard the buzz about the Clarins Wellness Event in Boston this Saturday? If you’re not in Bean Town, you may understandably be feeling a tinge of envy, but fortunately for you we’ve got you covered!

Next weekend, on September 21st from 2 – 4 PM, the iconic Bloomingdales in NYC will host ANOTHER Clarins Wellness Event that promises to transform you into your best self ever. With Clarins signature spa treatments, renowned experts revealing their secrets and take home products to take advantage of, spots are definitely going to fill up fast!

Make sure you RSVP fast because an event this relaxing is sure to fill up fast! Simply email your RSVP to reply@spaweekmedia.com and you will automatically be added to the VIP list – it’s that easy! In the meantime, check out the world-class speakers that will help you achieve total wellness.

Dana James HeadshotDana James, Nationally Recognized Nutrition Expert and founder of Food Coach NYC

Dana James is a nutritional therapist, writer and the founder of Food Coach NYC. She holds her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and is trained in nutrition biochemistry, functional medicine and cognitive behavioral therapy. She believes that food should be viewed as nourishing, joyful and fundamental to self-care. Her goal is to help women break their antagonist (and often obsessive) relationship with food and their body. Instead, she strives to embrace the true beauty that stems from grace, dignity and accepting what makes us unique and imperfect. Dana coaches one-on-one, runs workshops in NYC and holds tele-seminars on various topics that help women lead a more beautiful and balanced life.

Ariane Hundt HeadshotAriane Hundt, Fitness Guru & Founder of Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp

Ariane’s love of New York City, combined with her passion for fitness and nutrition, is the inspiration behind the Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp, which she built from the ground up. Today, it is often referred to as “New York City’s toughest workout.” Aside from her epic fitness creation, Ariane has been featured in Lucky Magazine, Shape Magazine and Women’s Health (among many others!), to provide expert advice on fitness and nutrition. Ariane believes in strong bodies and sound minds, and helps her clients achieve these by promoting a healthy lifestyle that consists of balanced nutrition, effective exercise and a positive sense of self. She specializes in fat loss and health conditioning and draws from a diverse background in physical fitness, nutrition, preventative care, hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Leesa Evans, Celebrity Stylist & Costume Designer

Leesa Evans HeadshotLeesa Evans is a true purveyor of style: from her work as a costume designer for film to her dedication as a private stylist for celebrities and professional clients alike. Her personal philosophy and professional inspiration are drawn from a lifelong commitment to fashion, individuality and the art of storytelling. Leesa’s work gives her the ability to nurture her own passion for fabric, color and design, while simultaneously instilling a sense of confidence, ownership, and originality in every actor and private client she dresses. Leesa’s credits include 25 films such as Bridesmaids, for which she was nominated for a Costume Designer Guild Award for Excellence in Contemporary Film. Leesa’s work with celebrities has been seen in such illustrious publications as Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, People, Nylon and In-Style; as well as on the red carpets of events from the Academy Awards® to the Grammys®.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

Workout Wednesday: Mio Fit Skin For Life

This Workout Wednesday we tried out some amazing products from Mio’s skincare line that’s specifically formulated with the fitness lover in mind!

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As you’ve probably noticed, we love trying out the toughest workouts in town, but all that exercise can do a number on your body! That’s why we perked right up when we heard of Mio, a skincare line made with the athlete (or fitness junkie!) in mind.

Mio’s products promise fit skin for life, and we must admit, after trying them ourselves we are total believers. From post-workout products to de-stressors and even skin tightening serum, Mio has no shortage of ah-mazing skincare products that will leave you feeling refreshed and fabulous before OR after your next sweat session.

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Liquid Yoga – Restorative Bath Soak

This was the Mio product that first piqued our interest – yoga in a bottle? Sign us up! If long, luxurious and supremely relaxing baths are your thing than you’re going to want to grab this product fast! Active ingredients like Magnesium-rich Epsom salts and Arnica relieve aches and pains and aid in muscle recovery. Meanwhile, therapeutic herbs and essential oils like spearmint, lavender and chamomile will whisk you away to a state of total relaxation! Available for $40 at mioskincare.com.

Workout WonderWorkout Wonder – Invigorating Muscle Gel

Workout Wonder has received rave reviews, and now we know why! This aptly name product is effective for before and after workouts, and provides an instant coolness that energizes and revives tense muscles. Workout Wonder is formulated with an unbeatable concoction of Arnica, Horse Chestnut, Murumuru Butter, Spearmint and Magnesium, which combined increase circulation and ease inflammation. Available for $33 at mioskincare.com.

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The Activist – Firming Active Body Oil for Dry Skin

Touted as the best body oil in the business, this product is certainly not your average moisturizer. It’s specially formulated to combat the slowdown of oil-producing cells that happens with age, transforming skin into its former springy and radiant state. Omegas and free-radical antioxidants are responsible for the restorative effects, and when applied using deep, upward strokes toward the heart, you can also benefit from improved lymphatic drainage. Available for $48 at mioskincare.com

Skin TightSkin Tight – Tightening Body Serum

We all have those days when the gym just isn’t happening, but Mio has a quick fix solution! Skin Tight, which is a skin firming serum, effectively whips skin into shape. It’s perfect for overstretched skin in trouble spots like the tummies, arms and thighs (AKA the reasons you were going to the gym in the first place!). You can see maximum lifting, tightening and toning results in just 30 days! Plus, Papaya Enzymes, Vitamin C and Green Tea antioxidants deliver a double dose of beauty benefits. Available for $56 at mioskincare.com.

We’re SO excited about these new Mio Skincare products, are you? Let us know which one you would love to try in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.