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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Groundhog Day, Prius, the Superbowl…the Zit List 02.05.10

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Welcome to the Zit List, where we tell you exactly what to think about the week that was.

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Link: Groundhog D-Day
Puxsutawny Phil, our beloved national groundhog, saw his shadow and we’re in for 6 more weeks of winter weather here in the cold states…but our Twitter feed pointed out the bright side: 6 more weeks of frolicking on the slopes for those who ski, snowboard, build igloos, and all that other good, clean, wintry fun. We’ll call it a wash, zit-wise.
Rating: 2.5 zits

Link: Stop! In the Name of Love
Toyota is recalling thousands of their crazily popular hybrid vehicle, the Prius, after the corporation announced on Tuesday that there was a design flaw with the brakes that might result in…well, not being able to stop. No big, right? It’s just the brakes! Ugh. A recall of the 2010 model may be coming soon so buckle your seatbelt and, just maybe, dust off the bike.
Rating: 5 zits

Link: The Most Super Bowl
All of America is geared up for the Superbowl this Sunday. Will the Colts sprint away with the ring, or will the Saints have a last-minute divine intervention? If you don’t care about the game, might we direct your attention to this week’s guide to spa-ing during the Superbowl…and if you do like it, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be up on your feet doing couch potato superbowl exercises! Any way you slice it, the only zit on the Superbowl is that it’s just once a year.
Rating: 1 zit

Breaking News: Groundhog Sees His Shadow!

For those of you who were hoping to break out the breezy tanks and sundresses by the end of this month (or…at least put away the scarf and glove collection that threatens to overwhelm your closet and switch to lighter jackets) I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I have to.

Punxsutawney Phil, that terrible tease of a rodent, saw his shadow this morning…and that means winter will last for 6 more weeks.  But look on the bright side! Here’s an excuse to pick up another winter coat. With 6 more weeks, you basically have to.

Hot Pockets… Check

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Photo Courtesy of Wintercheck Factory

Pockets have been popping up everywhere on scarves – cutesy little pockets just big enough to fit your first two distal phalanges (awkward), and large, decorative knit pockets that make you want to clench your fists and pound down into them, risking a choking incident if the scarf is too short (potentially more awkward).

And then, along came the Julian Scarf, equipped with discreet, useful zipper pockets that create a storage compartment for a world beyond hands. Gloves, iPods, afternoon snacks – you name it, you can wear it around your neck. Winter sportswear companies thought of this years ago, but Kristen Wentrcek of the modern-raw Brooklyn-based Wintercheck Factory has brought this idea to the fashion forefront.

Available in 14 colors. They’re $30 each, but Wintercheck Factory encourages you to create lots of scarf storage space for you and your friends: buy two and receive $5 off, buy four and receive $10 off, etc.

Dry Spell

What I love about winter: the holidays, layering, the various beautiful snow-covered parks around New York City. What I loathe about winter: the absolute number it does on my skin. The wind and bitter cold renders it chapped and dry. The Makeup Divas offer up some winter care products designed to add moisture back to weather-beaten skin. Similarly, Spa Week is giving away a couple of high-end skin moisturizing products. From shampoos to an entire renewal kit — head to toe, we’ve got you covered.