Celebrate #SpaWeekis10 On Instagram!

Remember to share an Instagram pic during Spa Week for a chance to win a $200 Spa & Wellness Gift Card! 

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Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for – Spa Week has officially commenced! The occasion certainly calls for a celebration, after all, when else can you indulge in ridiculously luxurious spa treatments for just $50?! But that’s not the only thing we’re celebrating, because in case you forgot, this spring #SpaWeekis10!

We hope you’re ready to party – at the spa, that is, because from April 21-27 we’re kicking off our 10th Birthday Insta-Contest. While you’re getting pampered during Spa Week at your favorite relaxing retreat, don’t forget to share an Instagram picture so we can all see how you spa. You’ll be happy you did because we’re showing our love by giving away a $200 Spa & Wellness Gift Card! Here’s how to enter to win:

  • Instagram a picture from one of your $50 Spa Week treatments (during April 21-27)
  • Location tag the spa you are in
  • Use the hashtag #SpaWeekis10 and tag @SpaWeek

See you on Instagram, Spa Week-ers!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Spa Week Daily’s Friday Favorites

Check out our Friday Favorites to see what we’re loving this week! 

Friday FavoritesClockwise from Left: Dark Amber Kitten Cat Eye Sunglasses available at chicwish.com, Pinned by Sandra Young via tumblr.com, Weaver Finch Sandals available at anthropologie.com, Pinned by Danielle Maxson via flickr.com, Rose Love Balm available at jurlique.com,  5-Minute Abs (Proven in a Lab!) via self.com, Pinned by Brandy Leann via tumblr.com, Pinned by Jessica Lea Dunn via jossandmain.com, Pinned by Spa Week via yogainspiration.co

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Health Benefits of Prenatal Massage

New science shows just how beneficial prenatal massages are for both mom and baby during pregnancy!

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The benefits of prenatal massage have been explored by experts for years, and recent information has shown just how advantageous the relaxing treatments can be for women who are pregnant. In fact, according to the American Pregnancy Association, “Modern investigation and research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care.”

While science has generally debunked prior ambivalence toward prenatal massage, evidence supporting the benefits continues to grow. “Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health,” the APA explains.

But the perks of prenatal massage don’t stop there, and sessions have been shown to alleviate a multitude of common pregnancy ailments. For instance, swelling of the joints during pregnancy, called edema, has been shown to be improved by prenatal massages because it stimulates soft tissues and promotes circulation. Sciatic nerve pain is another common pregnancy malady, which is a result of the pressure of the uterus causing swelling on nearby muscles. Prenatal massage can effectively target these inflamed muscles, offering almost immediate relief from sciatic nerve pain.

The APA recommends consulting your pregnancy physician before beginning a prenatal massage program. Once approved, it is equally important to ensure that your services are administered by a certified prenatal massage therapist, available at top-notch spas like Elements Massage. Therapists at Elements Massage’s widespread locations are trained to work with expecting moms during the various stages of pregnancy to ensure the most therapeutic experience possible.

If you’re a mother-to-be, treat yourself to a prenatal massage during Spa Week, from April 21-27, for just $50! There are Elements Massage locations across the country, where you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. Not pregnant? Elements Massage has still got you covered with a wide-range of their signature massage services. Find a location near you and book your appointment today!

Arizona

Elements Massage – Chandler Village

  • Choice of Prenatal Massage or Sports Massage
  • Signature Relaxation/Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage

Elements Massage – Gilbert

  • Choice of Therapeutic Prenatal Massage or Therapeutic Sports Massage
  • Signature Therapeutic Swedish Massage
  • Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage

Elements Massage – Peoria Arrowhead

  • Choice of Therapeutic Prenatal Massage or Therapeutic Sports Massage
  • Signature Therapeutic Swedish Massage
  • Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage

Elements Massage – Scottsdale Fountain Hills

  • Choice of Therapeutic Prenatal Massage or Therapeutic Sports Massage
  • Signature Therapeutic Swedish Massage
  • Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage

Elements Massage – Scottsdale Promenade

  • Choice of Prenatal Massage or Sports Massage
  • Signature Relaxation/Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage

Florida

Elements Massage – Pinecrest

  • Choice of Therapeutic Prenatal Massage or Sports Massage
  • Therapeutic Swedish Relaxation Massage
  • Hot Stone Full Body Massage

Illinois

Elements Massage – Western Springs

  • Hot Stone Full Body Massage
  • 80 Min Whole Body Massage

Massachusetts

Elements Massage – Medford

  • Choice of Therapeutic Prenatal Massage or Sports Massage
  • Therapeutic Swedish Relaxation Massage
  • Hot Stone Full Body Massage

Nevada

Elements Massage – Summerlin

  • 80 Min Massage Session

There are even more prenatal massages and other luxurious treatments being offered for just $50 during Spa Week! Head over to SpaWeek.com to book your appointment today!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

The Best Bars To Visit On National Beer Day

To celebrate National Beer Day we scouted out the ultimate beer bars across the country!

Photo By Dinner Series via flickr.com

Photo By Dinner Series via flickr.com

It’s National Beer Day, and while many of us need little reason to kick back and relax with a frothy brew, the occasion makes the little indulgence all the more special. Beer is a special thing in the hearts of Americans, reminding of us our days spent cheering on our favorite football team, college nights that got a little bit too crazy and lazy days spent on the beach watching the waves crash without a care in the world.

While we have little desire to revisit the keg stand at a frat party, beer is just as fun to enjoy as an adult thanks to interesting bars dedicated to the beverage. To pay homage to National Beer Day, we selected our favorite beer bars in our favorite cities so you can sip on a brew in the very best setting. And although we know beer provides plenty of relaxation, we say there’s never too much de-stressing to be had. That’s why we paired these beer locales with amazing Spa Week treatments that you can indulge in before or after you unwind at the bar.

The Bier Baron Tavern – Washington, D.C. 

Formerly The Brickskeller, The Bier Baron Tavern is every bit as legendary as its predecessor. Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, this beer bar is always swarming with the in-crowd, and with over 550 beers, it’s no surprise it’s always bustling. If you’re interested in trying rare beers like ancient gruits and black IPAs, than pay this place a visit stat!

Top it off with the Spa Week Stress Melter Body Treatment at Red Door Spa at The Willard InterContinental

Apex – Portland, Oregon 

Portland is home to a bar called Apex, which just happens to have 50 amazing beers on tap. The beer bar is outfitted with communal picnic tables, so whether you hit up the bar with a friend or five you’re guaranteed to have a good time and even meet a fellow beer-loving friend. The Pièce de résistance at Apex is a real-time digital tap menu that gives you all the details on the beers to be tried.

Top it off with a Tre Sorelle Bliss Massage at Tre Sorelle Spa Salon – Bethany

Fountainhead – Chicago, Illinois  

Whether you live in or are visiting Chicago, a visit to Fountainhead is a must. This newcomer to the beer bar scene features 200 beers from all over the world, hand-selected by a pedigreed beer director. While the beer selection may be top-tier, the atmosphere is laid-back and features a rooftop garden that’s perfect to sit back and relax in.

Top it off with a Personalized Full Body Deep Tissue or Swedish Massage with Essential Oil at Heavenly Massage H M Day Spa – Chicago

Bierkraft – Brooklyn, New York

There’s no shortage of breweries and beer gardens in NYC’s neighbor, but Bierkraft stands out as the first of its kind to sell growlers. That means after you tour Bierkraft’s 18-taps you can pick your favorite and bring it home! Another bonus – on Tuesdays free food and beer tastings are offered.

Top it off with an Aromatherapy Massage with Sauna Session at Rosa Beauty Spa

Brewmasters Bar & Grill – Raleigh, North Carolina 

This North Carolina beer bar pays homage to classic beer drinking, with nightly specials like Poker Nights on Tuesdays and Wednesday Homebrew Humpdays. With 66 taps of mostly Carolina-brewed beers, the reasons to visit this old-school bar are seemingly endless, but all equally worthwhile.

Top it off with a Deep Blue Swedish Massage with AVEDA Blue Oil at Lorena Luca Spa

The Great Lost Bear – Portland, Maine 

What goes better with beer than juicy burgers and spicy wings? Not much, in our opinion, which is why The Great Lost Bear makes our list. This beer bar has more than 50 taps featuring brews locale to the Northeast, making it a true American stopping ground.

Top it off with the 20/20/20 Including Scalp Massage, Back Massage and Pedisonic at Skin Health Medi Spa

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Sweaty Saturday

Health and fitness studios across Manhattan will join together to get our hearts pumping for a good cause this weekend. 

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This Saturday, February 22nd, New York City is getting sweaty for a good cause. Despite the unappealing name, Sweaty Saturday is certainly something you NYC-ers will want to participate in. This day, entirely devoted to wellness and fitness brings together health-minded individuals all over our fair city to exercise in the name of charity. What could be better!

This weekend your workout isn’t just benefiting your own personal health. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to The Partnership for a Healthier America (dedicated to ending childhood obesity). All of your favorite exercise studios, including Exhale, Barry’s Boot Camp, CYC, Flywheel, Pure Yoga and many, many more are in on the fun. Check out the schedule here & sign up for your class of choice! Not in NYC and want to help? You can make an independent donation here.

Where will you sweat for the cause this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.