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 Spotlight: Body by Melisa in San Francisco, CA


Spa week national wellness giveaway28 spas in 28 regions have whipped up their most decadent day-at-the-spa packages, and in partnership,SPA WEEK® is giving them away to 28 lucky winners across North America. Spa Week Daily will be featuring a spa a day, along with their wellness philosophies and lifestyle tips, until the sweeps ends.


Region: San Francisco


Body by Melisa

4414 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94611

Body by Melisa was a Luxe Award winner in April 2007 for “Best $50.00 Spa Treatment”, their Skin Bella facial treatment. Other fabulous services are their massages, cellulite reduction treatments, far-infrared sauna for skin detox, compression body wraps and more.


Body by Melisa’s mission:
Their website puts it best!

Body by Melisa is here to help you:


-keep your commitment to a healthy mind and body,
-create a balanced lifestyle,
-increase joy, beauty, and energy in your life.

Immerse your senses and emerge more confident, knowing that when you look better, you feel better.


Ultrasound cellulite reduction:

Body by Melisa uses the highest in technology to banish cellulite. The first stage of treatment uses ultrasonic waves to penetrate deep into the skin, breaking up fatty deposits and stimulating circulation. The second stage stretches connective tissue and promotes lymphatic drainage through vibrating and suction techniques. Clients often see results after just one treatment, and the Dermasonic method used usually results in improved contouring and lost inches! Best of all, the treatment reportedly feels like a relaxing massage (much like Velashape.)


90 Min lymphatic drainage full body treatment

60 Min Hand and Foot Reflexology Treatment, including Organic Sugar Scrub

45 Min Far-Infrared Sauna, followed by a warm soothing shower

Lunch in Fluffy Robe & Slippers: Organic Seasonal Fruits & Veggies…Cranberry, Walnut, Crumbled Cheese Green Organic Salad

60 Min Personalized Detoxification Consultation with Certified Nutritionist

60 Min Skinbella Deluxe Facial Treatment

60 Min Hot Stone Massage


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San Fran, Leave Your Stress Behind During Spa Week

Oscar Wilde wisely observed, “It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world.” A native Californian, “SF” has always been an exciting, culturally enriching place for me. Its diverse neighborhoods and rich historical roots mean there’s always someone new to meet and something new to discover.

But, like any bustling city, ‘Frisco can be a big old headache: Lots of tourists, unpredictable Bay-area weather and those hills. Breathe easy, San Franciscans, because Spa Week is near. Starting March 16th check the site for all participating San Francisco area spas that offer 2-3 $50 spa treatments. Or, if you simply can’t wait (and I don’t blame you), click after the jump for a partial list.

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