Workout Wednesday: Get Trim with TAO

Introducing a new exercise device both compact and high-tech enough to allow you to workout anytime, anywhere. 

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What’s your number one excuse for not working out? No time? The gym is too expensive? You can’t fit the needed equipment into your 400 sq. ft. studio apartment? We feel ya, but April is officially on the outs, which means Memorial Day Weekend (the unofficial summer kickoff) is just a few weeks away. Luckily for those of us who can’t seem to drag ourselves out of bed to exercise (or stick with any of the above excuses–they work, too), TAO Wellness has created a new device ready to revolutionize your fitness routine.

TAO Wellness includes a handheld device, called the TAO WellShell, and an app which you can use on Android and iOS devices. The app is loaded with over 50 isometric exercises, which contract muscles in static positions.  The flexibility of only needing your TAO and your body to perform these motions allows you to work out on YOUR time, which is what we all really need.

Not only does TAO help tell you what to do, but the TAO WellShell monitors your fitness progression as well, even providing feedback. The sensors track heart-rate, sleep and pedometer steps. It also measures pressure, helping you vary your motions even in an isometric exercise.

TAO is an especially useful tool for video game lovers, because the device also works as a controller. TAO will really help you get into your game while providing a suitable core workout at the same time!

Confused? Check out this video and it makes the whole thing way easier to visualize:

Sound intriguing? We certainly think so! This device sounds like the perfect thing to bring on a trip, where it’s always so hard to stay focused on wellness, and a way for those who can’t (or won’t) work out any other way to get some training done at home. TAO was available on Kickstarter earlier this month, but for anyone who missed out, you’ll have to wait a bit to purchase your own device. Keep checking the website for updates!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Our Favorite Spa Treatments For Our Favorite ‘Girls’

Obsessed with ‘Girls’? So are we! We found the perfect $50 spa treatments fit for our favorite characters!

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At this point, who isn’t obsessed with Girls, the hilarious HBO show that chronicles the lives of four twenty-something women navigating love, life and career in the Big Apple. The insanely relatable characters make it nearly impossible not to draw self-comparisons, much in the same way that we remember deciding if we were a Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda during Sex and the City’s epic reign.

Yet, unlike SATC, Girls portrays a far more accurate representation of recent-college grads finding their way in the city that never sleeps – ever so stylishly, we must add. That got us thinking about how Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna always look so flawless on-screen, and we conceded that it simply must be from decadent spa treatments! Here are the treatments we think the Girls characters would love!

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Hannah is the first one to admit that her hair cut, er hack-job, could use some major improvement. While we feel for Hannah, who chopped off her tresses during a bout of hysteria, we agree that her frazzled hair could stand some styling. That’s why we don’t think she would be able to resist these amazing hair treatments that are only $50 during Spa Week!

Marnie

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Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Prim and proper Marnie is always perfectly put together. The hilariously high-maintenance character would never walk out of the house with chipped nails, and we have a funny feeling that she’s not giving herself those flawless manis. A soothing manicure with relaxing components would be a fitting spa treatment for the perpetually wound-up character. Here are some treatments that are so luxurious they could help even Marnie unwind.

Jessa

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Laurence Agron / PR Photos

Having recently been released from rehab, Jessa has surpassed some very stressful situations, indeed. The jet-setter continues to struggle with sobriety, although she has managed to not go missing in recent weeks. An internationally-inspired massage would be the perfect way for Jessa to unwind, while also indulging her love of travel. Here are some $50 Spa Week treatments that fit the bill.

Shoshanna

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Still dealing with her break-up from Ray, Shoshana is feeling like she’s in a bit of a funk. While we don’t think Shoshana needs a makeover by any means, a spray tan could definitely serve as a boost of confidence while she recovers from a broken heart. A lover of micro-minis, Shoshana can strut her stuff with legs so bronzed we doubt Ray could resist! Here are some $50 Spa Week spray tan treatments that serve as Shosh’s fool-proof break-up plan.

There are even more decadent $50 Spa Week treatments in cities nationwide, but appointments are filling up fast! Head over to SpaWeek.com to book yours today!

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

A Journey into Oil Pulling – Part 2

Part two of Hot Mom Angel’s experiment with an interesting new wellness trend.

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Hi again! It’s Angel from Yay Baby! blog checking in with you for an update on my journey into oil pulling.

As you may recall from my previous article, I started oil pulling with organic, unrefined coconut oil almost five weeks ago and although the changes I have noticed so far aren’t earth-shattering, they are obvious and welcomed.

To achieve maximum benefits you are supposed to swish a full tablespoon of oil in your mouth for a minimum of 20 minutes a few times a day.

No way could I do that when I first started out, but I gradually increased the amount of oil and time spent swishing; and I’m proud to proclaim I can now manage to swish that entire tablespoon of oil in my mouth for a whopping 25 minutes! My cheeks and jaw are pretty tired after my final spit but it’s doable.

I swish at night after my daughter has gone to bed because there is no way I could be mute with swishing for 20 minutes with a toddler running around. Sometimes I swish again while she naps, but not every day.

The biggest change I’ve noticed with this regime is remarkably fresher breath in the mornings. I used to have terrible “morning breath” and a bad case of “cotton mouth” when I first woke up. Now, after these past several weeks of oil pulling my mouth feels moister and from my teeth to my tongue, there’s an overall greater feeling of clean. I no longer feel the need to avoid my husband’s good morning kiss until I brush. And he hasn’t complained either.

Also, my lips are getting super moisturized. I haven’t had to use lip balm in weeks. My pucker feels plump and smooth.

Let’s recap:

  1. Fresher breath
  2. Cleaner Mouth
  3. Softer Lips

Sounds like a recipe for a smooch fest if you ask me.

Tune in again next month for my final installment of A Journey into Oil Pulling.

If you haven’t already be sure to check in with Part One of this series for tips on how to start your own oil pulling adventures.

Happy swishing!

Angel-150x150Angel is a stay-at-home mama to a feisty, rambunctious toddler girl named Jacquelyn (aka Jax). A lover of all things adorable, Angel enjoys party-planning, cooking, napping with her daughter and date nights with her husband. You can catch up with Angel at Yay! Baby blog where she muses about motherhood, shares delicious family favorite recipes and offers tips for fabulous entertaining. There’s always reason to shout out loud – Yay Baby!

 

 

Shop and Unlock with MyWellness Rewards

Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Points with your Spa & Wellness Gift Card purchase  

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All year long, Spa Week has massaged, scrubbed, wrapped, waxed, polished and provided pampering however else imaginable to each and everyone one of you who’s enrolled in MyWellness Rewards, our thriving social loyalty program. Now, with the Holiday Season in full swing, we’re giving you even more perks in honor of the busiest shopping month of the year!

When you purchase a Spa & Wellness Gift Card (the premier spa gift card in North America), you’ll receive a special code to unlock your secret reward which can score your anywhere from 25 to 1,000 Bonus Points into your MyWellness Rewards account! Redeem your points towards beauty, health and wellness products including Spa & Wellness Gift Cards – now accepted at over 8,000 spas across North America! With thousands of locations and treatment options to choose from, it’s the perfect time to start racking up points to put towards a relaxing spa visit; there’s no better way to relax and de-stress in the New Year!

Not an existing MyWellness Rewards member? No problem! You’ll be given the option to sign-up right away with your gift card purchase. Start shopping and unlocking now!

Kelly Verdi is the Public Relations Manager at Spa Week Media Group. She loves dogs, 80 minute facials and a good blowout worth bragging about.

Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale

Cyber Monday got you feeling stressed? Keep calm and “spa” on with the gift that keeps on giving (Plus FREE Shipping + Gift Box!)

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The busiest online shopping day of the year is officially here which means that your inbox and social media feeds are probably flooded with e-tailers claiming to have the very best, can’t miss deals. We understand how overwhelming (and stressful) it can be to make the smartest purchase decisions today, so in true Spa Week fashion, we’re offering a discount on the gift that truly never goes out of style: rest and relaxation!

Until midnight tonight, purchase a $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card for just $79.99, or save 20% on all other denominations. PLUS, you’ll receive complimentary shipping and gift box, making it the perfectly packaged present! Click here to purchase.

Spa & Wellness Gift Cards are redeemable year-round at over 8,000 spas and wellness locations across North America and NEVER expire, so recipients have peace of mind knowing that their highly deserved spa visit is well within reach at any time. From your nearest and dearest to coworkers, teachers or even yourself (you deserve it!), they’ll be thankful knowing that you care about their health, well-being and happiness.

Click here to see all of the fabulous spas near you that accept the Spa & Wellness Gift Card, and be sure to sign up for our deal alerts to be in the know on all of our spa-mazing sales year round!

Kelly Verdi is the Public Relations Manager at Spa Week Media Group. She loves dogs, 80 minute facials and a good blowout worth bragging about.