Local Yokels

Guest contributor: Shelby Jones, Public Relations Manager, ISPA

Many companies depend upon local business to be successful. In fact, more and more hotel/resort and destination spas are opening their doors to locals. All you need is a driver’s license to prove that you live in town and you can take advantage of some special deals and discounts. The easiest way to find out if the spa resort in your town is offering this kind of deal is to call the spa and ask. You can usually buy one day passes so you can lounge by the pool or work out in the fitness room after your spa treatment.

Check out the following tips to help you increase your local traffic.

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Blog It Out

Guest contributor: Shelby Jones, Public Relations Manager, ISPA

You probably have an array of blogs you read every day (like Spa Week Daily!), but have you considered writing one for your business? Blogs have evolved into powerful marketing and public relations tools. Spas can keep their clients and potential clients informed of their new programs, the latest trends and special offerings.

Keep in mind that blogs take time and you want to ensure your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. These tips can ensure you don’t disappear in the blogosphere.

 

Like what you’re clicking? If you’re in the spa industry, we encourage you to become a member of our partner ISPA, the International Spa Association; weekly e-mails with pointers like these are just one small part of the package to help you succeed!

Lose Weight By Accident: Get the Low Fat Low Down

Guest contributor: Kavita Jhaveri-Patel

I was getting lunch the other day and I ordered a salad, and the lady behind the counter, making my salad, asked me if I’d like low fat or regular dressing. I sat there for a moment, knowing what low-fat meant, and replied “I will have the real stuff, give me the regular.”

It dawned on me in that moment when I saw 4 other women order the low fat dressing that I had to reveal the truth to you about low fat, low calorie, and non-fat crap.

Have you ever wondered how they make it low fat, low calorie, and non-fat? I mean the reality is, real food has calories and certain fats. The definition of calorie straight from wikipedia (the ultimate source, obviously) is a metric of energy. I left out some of the complicated math stuff. But basically it is a unit of energy.

Of course it is energy—that is why we eat food in the first place!

What companies do to market low calorie and low fat products, to you, is they substitute the fat for corn syrup or sugar and they substitute real sugar with artificial sweeteners to make it low or no calorie. Hence, they add chemicals or sugar, so you feel like you won’t gain weight. But the reality is that it can have the opposite effect because you are now eating something not from nature but man made, so who knows how your body is going to react.

Let’s take ranch dressing as an example, they took out vegetable oil and replaced it with corn syrup and other chemicalized sugars to make the Fat Free version.

So, now your body will experience a blood sugar spike, which by the way is the biggest contributor to weight gain. When your blood sugar levels go up and down, your body thinks it is in emergency mode and stores fat.

Another example is Quaker Oatmeal, which you would think is good for you. However look at the ingredients, what they did to make it Lower Sugar is added sucralose, an artificial sweetener which naturally has no calories because it is totally fake.

I will dedicate an entire post to artificial sweetener, but I have to tell you right now if you eat Equal, Sweet n Low, Splenda, or NutraSweet, stop now! This is not from nature to say the least, and additives like this have proven in studies to cause weight gain.

Also look out for these ingredients in packaged foods, such as aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium.

Okay to sum things up, avoid Fat Free, Low Fat and Low Cal crap. Eat the regular stuff; your weight will thank you for it. You will be more satisfied, and your body will know what to do with the real ingredients that you are consuming.

NOTE: Indicated only the first 10 ingredients.

Regular Ranch Dressing:

Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil and/or Soybean Oil), Egg Yolk, Sugar, Salt, Cultured Nonfat Buttermilk, Natural Flavor, Spices, less than 1% of Garlic (Dried), Onion, Vinegar

Fat Free Ranch Dressing:

Water, Corn Syrup, Maltoexrin Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Buttermilk (Adds A Trivial Amount of Cholesterol), Salt, less than 2% of Vinegar, Garlic Puree, Onion, Garlic (Dried), Green Onion (Dried)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal Lower Sugar Maple & Brown Sugar:

Whole Grain Rolled Oats (With Oat Bran), Sugar, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Guar Gum, Caramel Color, Sucralose (Splenda Brand)

Body confidence expert and health and lifestyle speaker Kavita Jhaveri-Patel. She has been featured in Time Out New York, Healthy Style NY, and has been mentioned on FoxLive News. Receive her free report 7 Mistakes Most Women Make When Trying to Lose Weight and How to Avoid Them by clicking here.

Debutante Debut: New Blogger Shares #1 Spa Secret!

Hello spa world, I’m Stephanie- your newest blogging sweetheart.

Even though I hail from the land of white picket fences (Greenwich, CT) – I’m no lacey Deb. I’m a tomboy turned beauty buff; a Division I athlete turned spa manager/publicist. Think of me as the MVP of SPAwesomeness.

I’ve been privileged to work behind closed curtains in the spa industry. I’ve got the inside scoop on products, treatments and trends. I promise to dish every juicy trick and tidbit so you’re a smarty pants spa-goer in no time.

Now that we’ve been formally introduced, I want to share my Number One Spa Secret:

Make friends with your favorite spa’s Receptionist! Here’s why:

  • Many spas have 24-48 hour cancellation policies. If you cancel too late you could get charged 50% of the service you DIDN’T get. If the receptionist knows who you are, they are more likely to let a late cancellation slide the first time.
  • If your technician gets sick/has an emergency when you’re scheduled for a service, it’s the receptionist’s job to take care of you. If she likes you, she’s more likely to call you first. This gives you first dibs when rescheduling. Better still, if you two are BFFs she might even move someone else’s appointment to accommodate you.
  • Sometimes technicians run behind schedule. Before this happens, ask the receptionist to call your cell and give you a heads up. Because you’re already buds, she’s less likely to forget about you. This way you don’t have to hang around the waiting room and waste precious time.

Now that we are friends, use my secret tip to make new friends at the spa!

xo, Stephanie

Sex and The Spa = Better Health

Sexy health alert! Hugging, holding hands, getting a massage and getting busy between the sheets all fall into the same category: HEALTH. Two of America’s favorite touchy pastimes are proven to improve your wellbeing. So, if you spent your days doing nothing but getting massages and having sex (preferably with a partner), it turns out you’d be doing yourself a big service. A story posted on CNN greater supports the evidence noting that a kneading massage or a bedroom romp can lower blood pressure and heart rate, increase immune function and even relieve pain.

Guest Contributor Healing Lifestyles & Spas delivers more healthy nuggets in this review of Stay Young: 10 Proven Steps to Ultimate Health by physicians Mark Anderson and Walter Gaman, and writer Judith Gaman:

No one’s trying to sell you a mythical fountain of youth in this inspiring book, authored by physicians Mark Anderson and Walter Gaman, and writer Judith Gaman. Numerous studies have shown that sex boosts body image and of course increases the bond between partners, but now we’re being told in the book Stay Young that having the Big O may help you live longer and healthier! Part book, part personal journal—with sections to be filled in with personal health and lifestyle information—it’s organized to guide readers through ten steps designed to reduce stress, access inner spirituality, eat healthier and exercise better and more frequently. Our favorite steps? Go to the Spa, and Have Sex Often! Fun Fun! Sex can boost your immune system, reduce stress, and keep you trim and healthy to boot. Studies show that for men, ejaculating more than five times a week can reduce the risk of prostate cancer. “Your sexuality is part of your general health—if you don’t use it, you will lose it,” claims sex educator and internationally best-selling author Lou Paget. So go to the spa, and have sex often!

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