The Press Is In! (And you could win)

We’re ready for our close-up because the world’s abuzz about Spring Spa Week! From local city guides to celeb sites to blog reviews and giveaways, spa’s the word. Spa Week is your go-to for getting your spa hookup and here are just a handful of the impressions we’ve been making all over the country. Check out some of our recent press and don’t forget to book your $50 spa treatments for April 16-22 because the countdown is on!

Before you relax, hurry up and enter to find yourself with a $50 Spa Week Gift Card from She Finds!

Hotlanta! Atlanta’s on board to get heat up with Spa Week’s $50 spa treatments.

You too can get  the VIP treatment at some of our spa’s with an impressive list of celebrity clientele. Check out which stars are on our spa-dar.

It’s about.com time you went to the spa!

Of course the premiere spa resource Day Spa Magazine is talking about Spa Week.

People’s Style Watch is your source for the top celeb stories and style advice, and also the best spa advice!
“You know your body is worth $50…” says Jonathan Valdez of Orange Juice & Biscuits.
Seattlemet tells you where to go for the hottest spa deals in the northwest.
Beauty High is on a spa high, revealing their top 10 picks for Spa Week in NYC.
Catch up on some seriously needed (and deserved) pampering! Bite Size Wellness gives you more great reasons why you need the spa (as if you needed more!).

Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood (Detroit) is ready to get its rub on.

Philly isn’t missing out on being well with the Spa Week trend.

It’s a Woman’s World and that’s why the world needs spa.

The What’s better than a little $50 spa pampering? A sweet little discount from Popsugar!

We’re grateful that so many people helped us celebrate our Sweet Sixteen! Even before our #SpaWeekSweet16 party, Socially Superlative as well as StyleBistro24-7 StyleKMPBlog and others were serving up virtual cakes and throwing spa confetti in the air. KISSES!

If you’re a blogger and you think your readers ABSOLUTELY need to know about Spa Week, feel free to contact me at Michelle(at)spaweekmedia(dot)com for info, pictures and inside scoop. See you at the spa!

#SpaWeekSweet16 Party Wrap: Trending and SWEET!

WOWOWOW what a party that was!!! We are floating on spa cloud nine. Thank you so much to all our @SPAWEEK partiers – we are overwhelmed with joy over all our friends who celebrated our Sweet Sixteen this afternoon, bearing gift-wrapped tweets and virtual spa dance moves, cutting up the dance floor like you were sixteen again. The Sweet Sixteen invitation got you there… now it’s time for a recap!

The #SpaWeekSweet16 got jumping right away. Within 12 minutes we were the #2 trending topic in New York (we do not count the promoted one)… and within 19 minutes we were the #3 trending topic in the Unites States! Check it:

The party was so popular that we had a slew of party crashers (spammers) raid our sweet celebration, but they couldn’t break our beat. We even found out that @SPAWEEK became the #1 trend in the United States! Check out Trendsmap.com earlier today:

We started off the party with some sweet de-stressing – a bunch of you said journaling helps you stay relaxed – and not surprisingly, blogging helps too! It’s modern day journaling. A LOT of you prefer your relaxation in the form of massages. Things started to get sweaty as we chatted inspirational workouts like intenSati, and our love for steam rooms and saunas. For two hours we raged on about the sweet fountain of youth, favorite skin and body products, sweet feet, not-so-sweet feet, good vibrations, chakras, 16 ear candles, our deep, deep love for sweet, sweet massages, sweet scrubs, and we admitted our sweet tooth guilty pleasure… chocolate! But as it turns out, we don’t have to feel so guilty after all. You shared the beauty routines you can’t live without – thank you for waxing. You fully support Dina’s weekly blowout habit and you’re ready to try something new with your lashes!

Then, @SPAWEEK was sent to #TwitterJail when we reached tweet-capactiy and @MichelleJoni had to sweep in as ringleader, but it didn’t slow us down. You shared all the benefits you’ve reaped from the spa lifestyle – from helping migraines to avoiding surgery. You indulged in 16 sweet spa ingredients. You made new friends that will last a Twitter lifetime. And then, of course, after the party, everyone was zonked in need of a spa day and went to spaweek.com to book their week of Wellness Gone Wild – #50dollartreatments for April 16-22. That is, if you hadn’t already.

None of this would have been possible without the help of our beautiful party co-hosts! @RedDoorSpas, @intenSati, @AgingBackwards, @BiteSzWellness, @WellnessTravel, @WhereIsMyGuru, @SpaTravelGal, @FashionOffice, @GirlsLunchOut, @MomMostTraveled, @CharChronicles, @MommyPosh, @BeehiveBlog and @RachelFerrucci… thank you for helping make our Sweet Sixteen a raging success!

And of course… thank you to our prize sponsors. Six winners who helped make our Virtual Sweet Sixteen memorable have scored themselves a $50 @SpaWeekGiftCard, a dozen delicious @GTownCupcakes delivered to your door, a party makeup package from @Topshop and an extra strength anti-aging facial peel from @dgskincare!

CONGRATULATIONS to the WINNERS:

@breaduh for her DIY spa advice! And because she, too went to Twitter jail @breaduh_too

@LifebyCynthia because she REALLY needs the spa (and promises to get a few #50dollartreatments in San Diego this @SPAWEEK! Right???)

@CourtneyLeiva for taking a stand for beauty snobs, and also sharing her #beautycommandments.

@LuckyMel8 because she loves getting the GUNK out of her ears (16 ear candles), and for high-fiving for Dina’s high maintenance weekly blowout habit!

@jztlikehvn because she massages her baby to sleep! (So does @LuckyMel8 above, actually. Baby massage is for winners.)

@momUNblogger because the second she left the party she booked a Spa Week massage! According to one of her other tweets the best part of the massage is “when you are so blissed out you are almost asleep but not quite.” It’s the best!

Winners, please email us at daily(at)spaweekmedia.com within 3 business days and include your mailing address, phone number and Twitter handle. We can’t wait to send you your sweet prizes!

Now everyone, I’m sure you need a break after partying so hard, so make sure you go book your Spa Week treatments ASAP!

Sweet News: Chocolate May Help You Lose Weight

“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.”– Katharine Hepburn

With that tiny waist, who was she kidding? But a new study suggests that Ms. Hepburn may have been on to something because eating chocolate can actually help you stay thin. Researchers at the University of California-San Diego found that people who frequently eat chocolate have lower body-mass indexes than people who don’t. Say what? We’ll repeat that, chocolate can help you lose weight. People in the study, whose ages ranged from 20 to 85, reported eating chocolate an average of twice a week and exercising an average of 3.6 times a week.

 

But hang on there chocolate monster, before you inhale that giant bunny patiently waiting for Easter, everything in moderation. While chocolate is derived from cocoa beans, that doesn’t make that candy bar a vegetable. Chocolate in its purest form, either dark chocolate or cocoa powder, is going to pack the most super powers of the cocoa bean, not its processed counterpart. Chocolate is still high in sugar and calories, so it is suggested to have a small amount regularly in addition to working out. But this is great news to relieve unnecessary guilt from chocoholics when they break down and have “just one piece,” and it’s reason for some of us to go ahead and pick up a chocolate habit.

Chocolate is also one of our favorite Sweet 16 Ingredients that will have you looking and feeling delicious. Check out all our Spa Week spas offering chocolate dipped $50 spa treatments below. Oh chocolate, how sweet it is to (love) and be loved by you.

  • 50 Min Swedish Massage with Cacao Absolute Aromatherapy/50 Min Chocolate Facial with Cacao Absolute Aromatherapy /60 Min Haircut with Chocolate Infused Coconut Hairtini Treatment at Zoe Salon & Spa in McLean & Fairfax, VA
  • 85 Min Chocolate Body Treatment with Swedish Massage at Diva Spa & Salon in Jersey City, NJ
  • 60 Min Cocoa Lotion Swedish Massage at Canary Orchid Retreat in Falls Church, VA
  • 50 Min Red Wine and Chocolate Facial and Glass of Wine at Spa Mystyk in Chicago, IL
  • 50 Min Chocolate Cake Ultimate Pedicure at Bellagio Salon and Day Spa in San Diego, CA
  • 50 Min Chocolate Scented Massage at The Chocolate Day Spa in Costa Mesa, CA,
  • 50 Min Package: Includes Chocolate Body Scrub and Massage at Magnolia European Organic Spa in New York City, NY
  • 75 Min Chocolate and Champagne Pedicure with Exfoliating Hand Treatment and Polish Change at Serenity in the City Salon & Spa in Medford, MA
  • 60 Min Anti-Aging Chocolate Bliss Facial including Brow Wax and Hand, Arm and Shoulder Massage at Pamper Me Skin Care in Wakefield, MA
  • 60 Min Anti-Aging Chocolate and Berry Facial at  CosMedica in Wakefield, MA
  • Chocolate-Rose Pedicure at Spa Butterfly in New York, NY
  • 50 Min Package: Includes Chocolate Body Scrub and Massage at Magnolia European Organic Spa in New York, NY

Happy Sweet Sixteen, Spa Week!

Spa Week is celebrating its 16th edition of delivering the spa and wellness lifestyle to millions, and we are ready to SPA-rty! We’ve proven that we only get better with age, starting in NYC with just a few spas, and in only 16 Spa Weeks bringing our $50 treatments to just about every major city across the US and Toronto. There’s a reason we’re spa-ing across the country and this will be the sweetest week yet!

This spring, from April 16-22, celebrate Spa Week’s Sweet Sixteen by taking advantage of the SWEET Spa Week price tag. You’ll find a wealth of health, wellness and beauty benefits in the countless treatments to choose from. The hardest part: deciding which spa-cialty is right for you. Study up on our favorite sweet ingredients and their even sweeter benefits so you can pick the right TREAT-ment(s) for you. Get ready to spoil yourself!

Booking begins today on SpaWeek.com – be the first to make your appointments, and have FUN like you’re sixteen again.

16 SWEET Spa Week Ingredients + Their Benefits

1. CHOCOLATE

 

Our skin craves chocolate as much as we do. Chocolate is rich in antioxidants and is high in magnesium, which promotes cell growth, repairs tissues, and absorbs nutrients. The fats in this sweet treat also moisturize and work as anti-inflammatory agents. Have your chocolate cake and cover yourself in it too!

$50 Treatment to try: 50 Min Chocolate Scented Massage from The Chocolate Day Spa in Costa Mesa, CA

2. DIAMONDS

Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend.  Diamond microdermabrasion is a simple and painless way to eliminate wrinkles, acne, age spots, and stretch marks. No chemicals or anesthesia are used in the procedure, which makes it a non-invasive option. Diamonds are forever and can help you feel forever young.

$50 Treatment to try: DiamondTome™ Microdermabrasion at Bella Pelle Medspa & Laser in Lake Geneva, WI

3. HOT STEAM

 

For best results get hot & steamy. Hot steam warms up the muscles for a deeper massage and opens pores to make scrubs more effective. Afterwards, steam helps speed up your body’s ability to release toxins following a massage and gets rid of the lactic acid build-up so your muscles aren’t sore. Now those are some steamy spa secrets to try!

$50 Treatment: 50 Min Body Polishing with Vichy Shower, Steam, & Sauna Treatment at Elizabeth Adam Salon and Day Spa in Chicago, IL

 

4. FLASHING LIGHTS

Flashing lights are all the rave. Spa Rave, that is. This is a very broad category; various light treatments are used for everything from anti-aging remedies and laser hair removal, to the relief of muscle and joint pain. Flashes can minimize fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone, and restore skin’s natural cellular collagen activity.

$50 Treatment to try: 60 Min Natural Face Lift with LED Technology & Plant Stem Cell Serum at Namaste Organic Spa in Ridgewood, NJ

5. CHAMPAGNE

Champagne is perfect for celebrations, but it’s also perfect for pre-toast preparations. Pour a little on your hair for smooth and silky results. It even packs more vitamin C and E than your average toning and anti-aging products. Take a different kind of bubble bath and your favorite champagne can help exfoliate dry, dull skin. We’ll cheers to that!

$50 Treatment to try: 50 Min Luxurious Champagne Facial at V Spa at Hilton Antaloe in Dallas, TX

6. VITAMIN C

We know Vitamin C is good for us, but did you know that Vitamin C is the key to the production of collagen? Vitamin C also helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and it helps your skin repair itself. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that reduces skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Orange you glad we told you?

$50 Treatment to try: 75 Min “Power-C Peel Infusion with Head & Neck Massage at Boston Skin Solutions in Brookline, MA

 

7. NEEDLES

Needless to say, most of us don’t enjoy being stuck with a needle. But the body interprets acupuncture as a positive injury, which in turn stimulates collagen and elastin production, eliminating fine lines and tightens facial pores. Acupuncture also restores overall health and well being. With benefits like that, needles schmeedles.

$50 Treatment to try: 50 Min Acupuncture session at Mar Vista Health Center in Los Angeles, CA.

 

8. ACID

Forget the jeans, get an acid washed face. Glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids are all used as chemical peels to enhance the skin. Glycolic acid exfoliates the skin, improves texture and tone, and is a great anti-aging treatment. Salicylic acid improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes and scarring. And the friendly lactic peel is especially good for first time users or people with sensitive skin.

$50 Treatment to try: Lactic or Jessner Facila Peel at CosMedica in Wakefield, MA

9. GINGER

 

No need being gingerly with this secret ingredient in your beauty routine. Ginger can increase skin’s radiance and decrease inflammation that may contribute to conditions such as psoriasis and acne. Ginger is an antioxidant and improves skin tone, lightens age spots and fights blemishes.

$50 Treatment to try: 60 Min Mango Therapeutic Body Massage with Mango-Ginger Foot Scrub at Calm Studio in Philadelphia, PA

 

10. SEAWEED

Seaweed is the super food of the sea. It restores moisture levels, revitalizes and firms the skin, nourishes, oxygenates and detoxifies the skin, reduces the appearance of cellulite, improves skin texture and tone, and even makes hair shiny. No wonder the Ariel looks so great.

$50 Treatment to try: 60 Min Seaweed Deep Pore Cleansing Facial at O Spa in Brooklyn & Garden City, NY

11. 24K GOLD

Skin like an Egyptian? Cleopatra was said to sleep in a gold face mask every night to preserve luminosity. Gold can retain the collagen within the skin, leading to youthful appearing skin. Gold can even ward off UV damage, tighten lax skin and reduce the appearance of discoloration.

$50 Treatment to try: 60 Min 24 Karat Nano Platinum & Gold Facial by Cosme Proud at Spa Martier in NYC (Don’t miss this famous 24K gold Spa Week deal!)

 

12. LAVA STONES

These hot rocks soothe the body to the core. Used as a specialty massage for treating muscle pain, stone massage is a soothing, relaxing form of massage where the heated stones provide intense relief to tight muscles. They simply rock!

$50 Treatment to try: 60 Min Lava Shell Massage at Carrollton Square Spa just outside of Dallas, TX

13. IONS

If the eyes are the gateway to the soul, maybe your feet are the gateways to your health? A relaxing foot bath with a high level of negative ions utilizes principles of reflexology, ionization and osmosis, creating a positive cellular environment that helps the body eliminate toxins. Negative ions create a positive effect. Isn’t it ionic?

$50 Treatment to try: 50 Min Oxygen Inhalation in Serente’s Zero Gravity Chair & Ion Detox Foot Treatment at Serente Spa in Houston, TX

14. LAVENDER

Good for the mind, body & soul. Lavender works well for acne, eczema, dermatitis, burns and wounds. It makes a refreshing astringent and an effective moisturizer. It can alleviate aches, pains, and support a calm composure and reduce stress. It helps us sleep. We think we could all use a little more lavender in our lives.

$50 Treatment to try: 50 Min AVEDA Lavender & Sage Stress-Fix Massage at Essentials Salon & Spa in Doylestown, PA

15. INFRARED

You are in-far a real boost. The penetrating heat of infrared heat can be used to promote the breakdown of fat under the skin and improve circulation around fat. This allows for detoxification leaving you feeling energetic and refreshed, and best of all – a few pounds lighter!

$50 Treatment to try: 90 Min Sudatonic Infrared Weightloss Wrap at 3 Wrapped in Wellness locations: Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston, TX

 

16. GREEN TEA

Green tea goes more than skin deep. Green tea is a great antioxidant with anti-aging benefits for a beautiful, healthy skin. It can be used as a hydrating facial that will eliminate toxins from the surface of your skin. Its consumption has also been widely recognized to accelerate metabolism. It’s easy being green-tea-beautiful.

$50 Treatment to try: 50 Min Green Tea Purifying Back Facial at Naturally Bare by Deidre in Los Angeles, CA

Happy Sweet Sixteen, Equinox!

The very first Equinox that ever was, on Broadway and 19th street in New York City, is celebrating its 16th anniversary this month. It’s quite an impressive gym as the 3rd largest Equinox in the world: four stories, 40,000 sq. feet and holding over 100 classes a week. In the 1920s it was a Lord and Taylor, and many of the historic architectural design elements still remain, giving this location an added bit of charm. If enormity or charm don’t do it for you… maybe a possible run-in with frequented members Julianne Moore, Lenny Kravitz, Gerard Butler or Nicole Kidman will.

Equinox Fitness Club is renowned for its sleek, state-of-the-art fitness and spa facilities, and for becoming a strong leader in the world of health, exercise and well-being. Their motto, “It’s not fitness. It’s life.” is drawn from the same roots and ideologies as the message we seek to deliver here at SPA WEEK®: It’s not about your trip to the spa, it’s about maintaining a healthy, happy and beautiful lifestyle, everyday.

To help Equinox celebrate, we’ll be singing “Healthy Birthday To You” at their Sweet Sixteen party on Tuesday evening, and they invite YOU to join too:

Sweet Sixteen Party for Equinox Fitness Club, Flatiron location

Where: 897 Broadway (nr 19th street)
When: Tuesday, November 17
5:30 – 9:00 PM
What: Drinks, light appetizers, chair massages, DJ Nepalm spinning, meet with the trainers, tour the gym and enjoy yourself
Special one-day-only offer: Forgo $545 initiation fee and become a member for a sweet $16! *Available at the Flatiron location only
RSVP: Leo: 212-780-9300 or Leonardo.Greenberg@equinoxfitness.com
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