Inside Peek at NYC’s ISPA Event

An inside look into one of the industry’s most important days of the year—and what’s new in the spa world!

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Every summer the spa-elite descend upon NYC to find out what’s new and happening in our beloved industry. This season showed exceptional promise for the future—here’s what’s exciting in the world of wellness!

Beautiful destination spa Mii Amo gave show attendees a taste of some of the spiritual healing guests can experience during a stay. We got to create our own “blessing ties,” which are used in Mii Amo’s newest spa treatment. These blessing ties are created to help people recognize and feel grateful for all of the blessings abundant in life. During the treatment, which includes a body and foot massage, guests will lie above their blessing ties to give gratitude. At the end, each guest releases their blessing. This mind-body treatment is a must-try!

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Eminence Organics, a luxury skincare brand found in many spas, hosted a fun build your own scrub station. We got to use ingredients like sweet orange, rose petals and hibiscus flower to create a scrub base. Then we added oil and some essential oils to create an exfoliating, moisturizing beauty product wonder!

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The Mayo Clinic debuted new healthy food options, which we can say first-hand were absolutely delicious. The vegetarian stir-fry is a perfect recipe to make in bulk! The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental demonstrated meditation and taught guests that it’s possible to achieve a zen state anywhere—even at a busy event!

We can’t wait to see what the next ISPA Event has in store!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

National Relaxation Day Massage Deals

August 15th is National Relaxation Day—take a load off and celebrate with a soothing massage!

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Happy National Relaxation Day! Here at Spa Week, we celebrate relaxation everyday, but we would never miss this opportunity to unwind with the rest of the country. This day, weekend, and hey–how about all month–is the perfect opportunity to treat your body to that relaxing massage its been craving.

You’ll be blown away by the benefits and kicking yourself for putting this off. That’s something we can say with 100% certainty! When you book your treatment on SpaWeek.com, you’ll get a deal that won’t break the bank, either. Now that, my friends, is total relaxation at it’s finest.

Here are 15 massage deals that we highly recommend you book stat, in celebration of this occasion:

$55         60 Min Canyon Falls Relaxation Massage at Canyon Falls Spa & Salon in Scottsdale, AZ

$87 ‘Body Melt’ Full Body Muscle Tension Release Massage with Warm Stone, Peppermint Scalp Massage and Foot Wrap at Indulgence Day & Med Spa in Long Beach, CA

$95         80 Min Customized Massage at The Woodhouse Day Spa in Castle Pines, CO

$145       120 Min ‘Summer Retreat’ Customized Massage at The Spa Room in Washington, DC

$65         80 Min Signature Massage at Medi-Spa of Ocala in Ocala, FL

$65         60 Min Therapeutic Massage at Shanti Spa in Sugar Land, TX

$100       60 Min Honey-Ginger Therapeutic Massage and Ginger Fizz Cocktail at Hotel Valley Ho – VH Spa in Scottsdale, AZ

$110       90 Min Thai Herbal Compress Massage at  Serenity Spa at Holistic Options Healthcare Center in Lake Mary, FL

$50         60 Min Stress Relief Massage at Spade Skin Care & More in Redondo Beach, CA

$100       80 Min Hot Stone Massage at Republic of Wellness in Quincy, MA

$90         50 Min ‘Strawberry-Clementine Cooler’ Massage at vir tú Spa in Moorestown, NJ

$85         60 Min SKN Signature Massage at SKN SPA in New York, NJ

$110       50 Min Deep Tissue Massage at The Woodhouse Day Spa in Franklin, TN

$99         Therapeutic Massage with Manicure and Pedicure at La Ritz Spa & Salon in Conyers, GA

$75         75 Minute Customized Massage at Haven of Wellness in Huntington Beach, CA

Of course, you can also purchase a Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week and treat yourself to any type of relaxation you’d like. What’s not to love?!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

 

Spa Week Staff’s Best Treatment Tips

The Spa Week staff shares insider spa tips so you get the most out of your next treatment – without worry!

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In our pursuit to bring wellness to the masses, we’re always looking out for ways to make the spa more accessible. We know you love getting your $50 treatments during Spa Week, but we bet there are some first or second-timers out there who are a little apprehensive to try a new treatment.

We believe your spa visit should be nothing short of relaxing, which is why we’re taking all the stress out of your next spa experience. We rounded up the best insider advice from the Spa Week staff themselves, so you can rest-assured that your next trip to the spa will be completely worry-free!

Spray Tan TipNails First! 

If you’re getting a spray tan for a special occasion make sure you get a manicure and pedicure BEFORE you get sprayed! Also, wait at least 24 hours before you shower because the color can wash off instead of setting into your skin. – Valarie, Marketing Coordinator

Facial Tip – Bring a Hat

If you have sensitive skin like me, than you’ll likely be a little red and irritated after you get a facial with extractions. I always bring my baseball cap with me just in case. That way, I can camouflage any irritation and protect my face from the sun, which can intensify reactions. – Kaitlin, Senior Account Manager

Massage Tip – Drink Water After

You may not know this, but when you get a massage, toxins are released from the knots in your body. For this reason, it’s important to drink lots of water after, especially if you had a deep-tissue treatment, to flush your system out. – Anne, Loyalty Program Director

Laser Hair Removal Tip – Take Advil

This goes true for waxing as well – DEFINITELY take Advil an hour before a laser hair removal or electrolysis treatment. If you are especially sensitive to pain, there’s a gel called Lidocaine (available on Amazon) which you apply 45 minutes before the treatment. Cover the gelled area with saran wrap so the numbing properties can fully set in. – Liora, Lead Graphic Designer

Gel Manicure Tip – DIY Removal

If you want to remove your gel manicure without going to the salon there’s an easy DIY trick you can do at home.  Buy a bottle of acetone from your local beauty store and soak cotton balls with it. Place the cotton balls on each finger, wrap with tin foil, let sit for 3-5 minutes and the manicure will slip right off! – Melissa, Director of Brand Operations

Hairstyle Tip – Clean Hair is Best

Since high school prom I’ve been told not to wash your hair before getting it curled or styled. On a recent trip to Red Door, my hairstylist informed me that this was actually a myth, and clean hair holds style better. Go to your appointment with damp hair so your stylist can properly blowdry your mane to decrease frizz. – Arielle, Associate Editor

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Spa Warning Signs: What to Avoid

The Spa Week staff reveals important insider secrets on what to look out for when trying out a new spa.

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There is no question about it—we love the world of spa and wellness. That being said, not all spas are created equal, and not all spas are places that we would send our loyal Spa Weekers. To keep you safe and satisfied, we’ve created a list of some important red flags to look out for every time you try out a new facility. You know you can trust these tips as they’ve been curated from some of the savviest spa experts around—the staff here at Spa Week!

Is anybody there?

“When you book appointment, be mindful of if your call goes to voicemail during business hours and there is no message pertaining to the spa (Hi, you’ve reached ABC day spa). While this is sometimes common for smaller location, it might be a warning sign that they are not fully staffed, or a legitimate spa.” – Kaitlin, Senior Account Manager

Check the reviews!

“If you don’t trust trying out a new dry cleaner without seeing any Yelp reviews first, how can you not say the same for a spa!? Always do your research beforehand, and if an online/social media presence or reviews are hard to come by, then skip it. No matter how good a deal may seem on paper, it’s not worth risking that toenail fungus you got from your pedicure. Or even worse, a bad haircut. YIKES!” – Kelly, Director of Public Relations

Are they licensed?

“Avoid ‘Med Spa’ services from places that do not have the correct staff on board or licensing (varies from state to state). Don’t be afraid to ask questions when booking your appointment!”–Brynn, Account Manager

Be clear on your service!

“I scheduled a facial a couple weeks ago at my local spa/salon.  I was excited about the crazy discount… until half way into my service I totally realized I was never asked or told what kind of facial I was getting. They had over eight to choose from! I had no idea what was happening to my face…and that is not a sign of professional service. ”—Melissa, Director of Affiliate Sales and Marketing

Is the floor dirty?

“The cleanliness of the floor is something I notice at every business I enter, especially the spa! Whether eating out at a restaurant or going to get my nails done, cleaning up after every client and every service is a must.” –Anne, Loyalty Program Director

Beware of double dipping!

“If you are getting any type of wax (especially bikini) and notice the waxer double-dipping her wand, that’s your cue to hightail it out of there (unless she is using a personal batch of wax for you alone)! That is unsanitary and an easy way to contract infections and even disease.” – Arielle (me!), Associate Editor

Do you have anything to add to our list? Let us know in comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Spa Spotlight: VelaShape III at White Tea Med Spa

White Tea Med Spa now offers VelaShape III, the latest non-invasive body contouring treatment that smooths out cellulite and flushes out fat without surgery!

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The newest non-invasive body contouring treatment has hit NYC at White Tea Med Spa, a relaxing and restorative retreat among the hustle and bustle of Chelsea, New York. While VelaShape gained popularity in 2012 when Real Housewife of New York City, Ramona Singer, had the procedure done on air, the new and improved VelaShape III promises camera-worthy results even faster.

One reason VelaShape is such a popular form of non-invasive body contouring is because it has science to back its claims of a whole dress size reduction. Another advantage? Because VelaShape III is five times stronger than its predecessor, fewer sessions are required to see results, which is a serious perk for busy New Yorkers.

White Tea Med Spa definitely had the typical Manhattanite in mind when it included ‘The 360′ in its spa menu – a one-time, 90 minute treatment that slims down the all-around stomach area for full circumferential reduction.

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There’s also the option to have three to four approximately 30-minute sessions over the course of 10 weeks, which is when best results can be achieved. The state of the art machine incorporates a vacuum, infrared light and bi-polar radio frequency, which combined deeply heat fat cells and the surrounding tissue.

While the suction mimics the pressure one might experience during a deep tissue massage, the intense heat can be a little tough to endure. However, there’s no need to worry because at White Tea Med Spa, technicians are more than happy to adjust the treatment for your personal comfort.

If you’re interested in learning more about the VelaShape III or want to book your treatment today, head over to WhiteTeaMedSpa.com. Here’s what you need to know before and after your non-invasive slim down session:

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After VelaShape III

  • Drink 2 liters of water a day for 3 days prior to treatment
  • Moisturizes treatment area with lotion for 3 days prior
  • Don’t drink alcohol 2 days prior to your treatment
  • Drink a sports drink or 24 ounces water two hours before treatment
  • It’s normal to expect a warm sensation for a few hours after treatment
  • Your skin may be pinkish for a few hours after treatment, depending on sensitivity
  • Drink a lot of water in the days and weeks after treatment to flush out fat cells
  • You can see visible slimming or firming results after the first treatment

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.