5 Reasons Spa Week is Better than Shark Week

We’re finally in the midst of Shark Week, the second best week of the year. With no offense meant to our shark friends in the sea, we do think the humans up here on land have it a bit better than the sharks for the following 5 reasons.

1. Scaly skin is just temporary. While sharks are stuck with their tough skin forever, you don’t have to live with it – you can get a delightful body scrub (for just $50.)

2. You can decorate your keratin. Shark fins are supported from within by an elastic filament very similar to the keratin found in your hair and nails. However, sharks don’t have the option of decorating their keratin with a mani pedi or a hair service – and you can!

3. Sharks can’t get – or give – massages. I mean, maybe they can receive massages, but do you want to try to give a shark a hot stone massage? Right.

4. Shark Week doesn’t come with Vichy scrubs. You can enjoy the fruit of the sea during Spa Week with a seaweed wrap or salt scrub – and then rinse the stickiness off with a Vichy shower, a luxury sharks don’t get to enjoy.

5. Shark Week comes but once a year – Spa Week comes twice! And it’s coming up this fall from October 15-21. Booking begins September 10!

Updated for August 2012

Celebrity Spa Arrest: The JetBlue Flight Attendant

Celebrity Suspect : Steven Slater

Case: OK, so he’s only been a celebrity for about 48 hours – but JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater needs a day at the spa more than any A-lister out there. While working a flight over the weekend, Slater asked a cranky passenger to stay seated as the plane taxied to the gate at JFK. Passenger reports say that the passenger swore at Steven and slammed the overhead bin door on a corner of his head. Fed up, Slater took control of the intercom, returned the passenger’s invective, thanked the many friendly passengers he’d met over his years in the sky, and concluded with, “I quit.” Then – like you do – he inflated the escape slide and slid down to the tarmac and to freedom.

While Slater’s out on bail, charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, he’s being heralded as a folk hero by many who admire the stylish manner with which he faced the final straw.

Spa Treatment Sentencing: Slater’s got a lot of media attention ahead of him as he finishes up his 15 minutes of fame, so we sentence him to a TV-worthy Vita Deluxe Collagen Facial at VITA Ageless Medical Aesthetics in Roslyn, NY.

Eat, Pray, Love – At the Spa

In Elizabeth Gilbert’s popular memoir Eat, Pray, Love (the movie version, starring Julia Roberts, comes out this Friday!) the author faces a turning point in her life by spending a year in Italy, India, and Bali – in Italy she focused on the small pleasures of life by immersing herself in food and cooking, while in India she devotes herself to her neglected spiritual side. Finally, she ends her journey by falling in love in Bali.

While we can’t provide the money or the year off work for you to jaunt around the globe finding yourself, we have put together a little spa journey so that you can do a little Eat-ing, Pray-ing, and Loving yourself – Spa Week style!

Eat

Gilbert developed an appreciation for the pleasures of fine food in Italy – you can do the same by enjoying a spa treatment that indulges your senses of taste, smell, AND touch!

Verabella Skin Therapy
301 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310.278.4733

Choice of 90 Min Gourmet Facial including Rose and Chocolate Facial, Cool as a Cucumber Facial, Hot Mama Facial, 24 Carrot Facial, Yogurt Cherry Berry Facial or Fall on Your Face Facial for only $125, normally $155


Boston Plastic Surgery Associates
131 ORNAC John Cuming Building, Suite 700
Concord, MA 01742
978.369.4499

Apple Crumble Peel: includes Vitamin C Peel that removes dead skin cells and stimulates Collagen for $60

Pray

While you may not be able to find your center in an ashram in India like Gilbert did, you can get 90 minutes of meditation in with these holistic, spiritual deals.

Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. Health Center & Spa
215 67th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757.437.7202

Choice of 90 Min Hypnotherapy for $105, normally $120, or 60 Min Inner Sound Therapy for $75, normally $85. Hypnosis has been shown to be a safe and effective way to help improve mental and physical well-being and has been endorsed by the American Medical Assocation as a valid Therapeutic Tool since 1958. Inner Sound Therapy is a medium by which sound heals in relation to the body and its systems. The human body can incorporate, and in fact needs to move within, its natural frequency to attain and maintain a state of harmony and health.

Chuan Body + Soul Boston
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110
617.422.5108

90 Min Chuan Harmony Massage. Take a break from the heat and enjoy our most popular treatment at a special price. Designed to stimulate meridian harmony, this unique mind, body and soul experience combines therapeutic elements of Acupressure with various relaxation Massage techniques to induce a deep sense of calm, well-being and relaxation. Special: $150; Originally: $180

Love

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Gilbert ends her journey by finding love on the beaches of Bali. Create your own tropical paradise with these beachy treatments!

Transcend Spa
1116 Sycamore Avenue, Suite B
Vista, CA 92081
760.822.4850

Summer Splendor Package: includes 45 Min Massage with Warm Coconut Oil and 45 Min Facial with Creamy Coconut Mask for $99.

Ciao Bella Day Spa
2559 West Main Street
Littleton, CO 80120
303.997.8491

30 Min Beach Vacation Sugar Scrub: includes Customized Sugar Scrub scented with Sea Spray, Water Lily, Freesia and Sandalwood, followed by a Steam Shower to reveal your body’s healthy glow. Special: $45

Breaking: Snooki’s Been Vajazzled

Finally, Jennifer Love Hewitt is joined by a celebrity of equal stature – Snooki of Jersey Shore fame admitted to a history of Vajazzling.

It’s up to you to decide whether this means Vajazzling is experiencing a second coolness wave or jumping the (dazzly) shark.

Check out Snooki’s confession below. And chin up, Snooki – New Jersey Spa Week’s just around the corner! Do you have any idea how many people got their lady bits crystallized for $50 last time around? (Spa Week’s around the corner for you too, whether you’re closer to Seaside Heights or the OC.)

Ashton and Demi’s Celeb Cleanse

Perhaps because they vowed to be together for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, and through trends and fads, celeb couple Ashton and Demi have embarked on the strict Master Cleanse together. And of course, they’re tweeting every step of the way.

Demi, at least, makes no bones about the cleanse being fun:

And while Ashton seems to be holding strong, it’s unclear on how he’ll make do without popchips – he beat out our resident popchips pop princess Michelle to become their social media director! At least if he slips up, popchips are air-popped.