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. 

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.

Enjoy That Extra Hour… At The Spa

Oh, that glorious extra hour! Why can’t we change the clocks back every day? Imagine – waking up every morning and realizing you have an hour more to sleep, to cuddle, to eat breakfast or catch up on the news… I campaign for 25 hour days, indefinitely. But alas, this might get confusing. So, with our one lucky “fall back” day of the year, I say take that extra hour you’ve been blessed with, and use it at the spa.

We’ve got many hour-long spa treatments in our November Spa Deals, and there are many actual proven reasons to use your extra time on the massage table.  TIME just featured “8 Ways to Beat the Daylight Savings Blues,” and much of it resonated with the spa lifestyle:

  • Getting a massage – The country’s most popular spa treatment is also great when the days get shorter and the winter blues set in. According to TIME: “(Massage) can be as effective in treating depression as talk therapy. During massage, levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is often high in depressed people, fall while levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin — the same brain chemical increased by antidepressant medications — rise.”
  • Deep breathing – “Taking slow, deep, relaxing breaths stimulates the vagus nerve, which is responsible for counteracting the stress response,” reports the TIME article. Our yoga expert, Elena Brower, created her Spa Week Daily Challenge around this fact – check out her 5 minute breathing tips. So when your in-laws are in town for the holidays, just remember to take deep breaths!
  • Drinking caffeine - Go ahead and feed your Starbucks addiction, because a recent study showed that women who drank more than four cups of coffee a day had a lower risk of depression. Lattes, here you come!
  • Exercising - Elle Woods said it best: “Exercising gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands!” Exercising repeatedly at the same time each day or days of the week helps create a habit, and the more you repeat that habit, the harder it becomes to let yourself deviate from it.
  • Socializing – It can be difficult to motivate yourself to go out especially during the bitterly cold winters here on the East Coast but, get yourself to the spa (maybe grab a few friends too) and you’ll be doing yourself a service! (Click for the rest of TIME’s tips.)

Here are some great spa deals around the country to fill that 60 minutes of time you’ve been blessed with, and to help you fight off those winter blues:

Bahn Sabai Day Spa in Los Angeles has a choice of 60 Minute Body Massage with 30 Min Facial or 60 Minute Body Massage with 30 Min Foot Massage. Special: $65 Each; Originally: $95 – $120.

Facelogic Spa in Encinitas, California has a 60 Minute Microdermabrasion Facial with Upper Body Massage. Special: $59; Originally: $109.

La Petite Rose in San Francisco has a choice of Luminous Vitamin C Facial or 60 Minute Pure Relaxation Massage. Special: $65 Each.

mySpa at InterContinental Miami has a choice of a 50 Min True Transformation Facial or My Massage, 60 Minute Anti-Cellulite Body Wrap or 95 Min Journey Manicure and Pedicure with choice of Lavender or Ginger. Special: $50 Each.

U-topia Spa in Naples, Florida has a choice of 60 Minute Bliss Massage or Glisten Body Polish. Special: $70 Each.

Newbury Electrology & Skin Care in Boston has a choice of 60 Minute Spa Facial with Enzyme Peel and 15 Min Electrolysis for $55, normally $125, or 60 Minute Deep Pore Cleansing Facial and Eyebrow Wax for $50, normally $95.

Suede Salon, Spa & Body in Marlton, New Jersey has a choice of 45 Min Pomegranate Brightening Peel for $69, normally $104, or 60 Minute Massage for $59, normally $81.

Monty Beauty Spa in Brooklyn, New York has a choice of 60 Minute Aromatherapy Massage with Cupping Therapy, 60 Minute Lava Hot Stone Massage or 90 Min Vitamin C and Seaweed Facial Treatment. Special: $60 Each.

Epiphany Day Spa in Hempstead, New York has a choice of 60 Minute Microdermabrasion or 60 Minute Aromatherapy Massage. Special: $65 Each; Originally: $120.

Serenity Spa in New York has your choice of a Manicure, Pedicure and 60 Minute Massage for $89, normally $119, or Manicure, Pedicure and Deep Cleansing Facial for $99, normally $134.

Water Lily Spa in New York has a choice of 60 Minute Deep Tissue Massage or 60 Minute Swedish Massage. Special: $50 Each.

Yin Beauty & Arts Spa in New York has your choice of a 60 Minute Lymph Detox Massage with Foot Herb Steam Bath for $55, normally $110, or 60 Minute Lipo-Slimming Massage with Body Contouring for $75, normally $150.

I SPA in Astoria, New York allows you to pick two: 60 Minute Facial, 60 Minute Anti-Stress Massage, Slimming Body Wrap, Body Scrub, Microdermabrasion or Brazilian and Underarms Wax. Special: $99.

Click here to see all November Spa Deals.

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Spa Glossary: The Secret of the Stone

By Shelby Jones, ISPA

One of the most popular massage treatments on menus today is a hot stone massage. This deeply relaxing treatment is offered by 90% of spas in the U.S. and is the third most offered type of massage behind deep tissue and Swedish.

This massage uses smooth, flat rocks that are heated and placed at key points on the body. Usually the rocks used are volcanic basalt rocks which are heated in water to 125°F. The heat from the rocks melts into your muscles helping them to relax. As your muscles relax your therapist can apply deeper pressure.

The stones are different sizes and can be placed on your back, between your toes and in the palms of your hands. Therapists are careful to ensure that the rocks are not too warm, but if you feel they are too hot to handle simply let your therapist know.

The heat from the stones also helps to improve circulation and create a sense of relaxation. It’s the perfect treatment if you suffer from back pain, poor circulation or arthritis.

And if you’re keeping up with the latest spa and wellness trends, you’ll know it’s not just hot stones – check out the Hot and Cold Stone Massage on Live Spa TV.

If you want to learn more about different spa treatments visit ISPA’s spa glossary at experienceispa.com.

Shelby Jones is based in Lexington, KY at the ISPA  headquarters, Spa Week’s exclusive trade partner. She has worked as ISPA’s Public Relations Manager for five years where she connects with top media outlets to promote ISPA members and the spa lifestyle. To get in touch with Shelby please email her or follow @ISPADoYou on Twitter. If you’re in the spa industry, we encourage you to become a member of ISPA; weekly e-mails with pointers like these are just one small part of the package to help you succeed!

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Spa Week Media Party Flash Back: Inside the Luxury Media Bags

We only briefly mentioned in our Fall 2011 Spa Week Media Party post that our coveted gift bags were back this year, better and heavier than ever! We’ve heard reports that these chic, reusable Spa Week totes weighed in at OVER 15 POUNDS — seriously. Are you dying to know what health, wellness and beauty products were packed, piled and stacked inside? Check out the products below… [Read more...]