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Grotta Giusti Announces Pioneering Anti-Ageing Program

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Bargains | 0 comments


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Grotta Giusti Announces Ground-Breaking ‘Longevity’ Program in Tuscany, Guides Guests Towards Optimal Wellness 

Italian Hospitality Collection’s Grotta Giusti, a luxurious and historic spa hotel in Tuscany, is pleased to unveil a week-long Longevity wellness program designed to tackle ageing. Grotta Giusti has been awarded ‘Innovative Medical Spa’ in the ESPA Innovation Awards 2015 due to its pioneering work with this trailblazing program.

The course, which has been developed and perfected over two trial years, is overseen by a team of medical and health professionals. It includes a seven night stay at the hotel and is based on rebalancing the immune, nervous and endocrine systems and strengthening the defence, cell repair and organ systems. The results direct guests towards healthy ageing, whilst reducing the risk of incurring chronic, degenerative diseases at the same time.

The innovative Longevity program includes blood testing, DNA testing, medical consultations, osteopathic consultations, medical-diet consultations and more, over a seven-day period. Daily thermal mud treatments are also carried together with steam baths in the millennial thermal cave; Giuseppe Verdi, the famed 19th century Italian composer, was a regular visitor to the villa and regarded the cave and its healing powers as the eighth wonder of the world.

How The Longevity ProgramWorks:

Longevity begins with a series of medical assessments aimed at outlining the clinical conditions and the genetic susceptibility of each guest partaking in the program, in order to personalize their food regimes and establish the type and duration of the physical and thermal therapies they require.

Based on the results of the nutritional and metabolic assessment, the dieticians at Grotta Giusti create a nutritional plan that is designed to teach individuals how to eat properly, according to their genetic needs identified in the genetic tests. The food regime is provided by a doctor, who administers food supplements that are tailored according to the results of the genomic susceptibility tests. Throughout the program guests are served the best in the Mediterranean cuisine, with fresh, local food prepared according to their individual meal plans.

Thermal mud treatments (47°C) and steam baths (34°C) are enjoyed daily in the thermal cave. The water running through the grotto is rich in salt, sulphate, and alkaline earth and comes out of the ground at around 34°C. Its vapors generate a steam bath that provides effective treatment for troubled skin, respiratory and circulatory complaints and musculo-skeletal pain.

The Grotta Giusti team advises and monitors each guest every day during the physical activity and therapy sessions. The specific exercises offered daily enhance cognitive stimulation for the prevention of cerebral ageing.


Each itinerary is personalised to suit the needs of each and every guest, with activities and tests tailored to the individual. Below is a sample Longevity program outlining the experience guests can anticipate:

Day 1: Upon arrival a welcome meeting and programme briefing is carried out.

Day 2: In the morning guests are booked in for blood tests, a medical consultation, postural consultation, osteopathic consultation, medical-diet consultation and an arm band application measuring an individual’s level of physical activity, energy used and states of sleep. The afternoon is comprised of an osteopathic session, a thermal Grotta mud treatment and fitness activities.

Day 2: In the morning guests are booked in for a cognitive behavioral test and osteopathic session followed by a thermal Grotta mud treatment and fitness activities in the afternoon.

Day 3: In the morning guests are booked in for a medical diet check-up and postural techniques followed by a neuromuscular massage, thermal Grotta mud treatment and fitness activities in the afternoon.

Day 4: In the morning guests are booked in for a genomic and nutrigenetic tests evaluation, cognitive tests and evaluation and osteopathic session followed by a thermal Grotta mud treatment and fitness activities in the afternoon.

Day 5: In the morning guests are booked in for a medical diet check-up and postural techniques followed by a neuromuscular massage, thermal Grotta mud treatment and fitness activities in the afternoon.

Day 6: In the morning guests are booked in for a medical check-up and neuromuscular massage followed by a thermal Grotta mud treatment and fitness activities in the afternoon.

Day 7: Guests receive their ‘blueprint’ and have a departure consultation.


Results and Continuation:

Upon leaving, guests receive a personal “Blueprint” drawn up by the medical team so the food regime, behavior and physical exercise models carried out during the stay at the resort can be followed back at home. This blueprint will be the key to enabling the guest to live a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle following their stay at Grotta Giusti.

Guests will also have an online platform at their disposal which is dedicated to their follow up and includes an area where they can keep in contact with the medical team from home, for any reason or need.

The team:

Grotta Giusti’s multi-disciplined team is coordinated by Doctor Nicola Angelo Fortunati, Spa General Director at IHC Group with 30 years of experience in thermal spa medicine.

The program has been created by Grotta Giusti and a scientific committee spearheaded by Professor Giovanni Scapagnini, a Professor of clinical biochemistry at the University of Molise and the Scientific Secretary of the Società Italiana di Nutriceutica (Italian Society of Nutriceutics). Scapagnini has been carrying out molecular biochemistry research for many years, with particular reference to cerebral ageing processes. He contributed to important research in the fields of biochemistry and nutriceutics with publications in highly-regarded international scientific journals.

The team is complemented by the thermal centre and spa team, made up of medical tutors, dieticians, expert therapists in the field of physical therapy and metabolic fitness, and spa operators who supplement the course with exclusive mud therapy and cave treatments, according to the guests needs.

The seven-day Longevity Program at Grotta Giusti costs €3,137 to €3,934 per person in double room, depending on room type. Nightly rates at Grotta Giusti start from €200 per night in a Comfort Room on a B&B basis. Rates also include wi-fi, access to spa and fitness facilities. For further information please email or call +39 0572 90771


Spa Aboard American Queen: Big Surprise

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in News, Ship Spa, Spa Reviews | 0 comments


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Spa aboard American Queen was big surprise 

I wasn’t expecting much when I booked a massage on the sternwheeler American Queen, cruising the Upper Mississippi in August. I heard that there was only one therapist who provided all the spa services – hair, facials, wraps and massages. How good could this be?  But I hoped the treatment would get the kinks out and release some painful muscles around a knee injury. As long as I didn’t get hurt, what could be the harm?

I couldn’t have been more mistaken. What I got was one of the very best massages of my life, and living in New York with every imaginable modality available, that is saying something. And I have been known to get off the table and end the massage if I felt that the work was wrong or too rough.

Cheron  Molina Adams, American Queen’s therapist, obviously has extensive training, but what she has in addition is fantastic hands. In her light-filled salon and treatment room, after discussing my health issues and sensitivities,  she invited me to let her know during the massage if the pressure she used was too great.  I never had to say a word, although she worked quite deep in some areas. She instinctively went with my body, using  Swedish, deep tissue,  myofascial, Reflexology and some indefinable techniques so seamlessly that after a few minutes I just drifted out with pleasure. When I came back at the end, I had a new body.

My chronic knee pain had all but disappeared, soreness in my back and shoulders vanished and my entire body was integrated. And three days later, the effects are still there,  with uninterrupted sleep at night and practically no stiffness in the mornings.

Adams provides massage in 30-,  60- and 90-minute increments, and the longer treatments are a real bargain. Thirty minutes is $90, 60 is $110 and 90 is $140. River stone fusion massages run $115-4175. She also offers men’s and women’s haircuts for $35, cut with shampoo and blow-dry styling at $65, mustache and beard trims for $5. A 45-minute body scrub is $110. Hourlong microdermabrasion and facials run $100-130 and an express manicure is $35.

Probably not one of American Queen’s passengers had factored in top-notch spa services in booking the cruise. But they should have.




South Florida Spa Month Savings Debuts in Key West

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 in Bargains, Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

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Spa at Pier House

South Florida Spa Month Savings Debuts in Key West

For the first time, the Duval Collection has introduced the South Florida Summer Spa Months to Key West.  To celebrate this time of the year, Top Spa at La Concha Key West and The Spa at Pier House Resort are featuring a special offer for locals and off-season visitors in August and September:

 Classic Massage: Escape and truly relax with a customized massage designed specifically for your needs, combining various massage techniques to accommodate your lifestyle. 50 minute treatment.

 Top Spa at the La Concha – $99 (includes suite) – normally $150  

The Spa at Pier House – $109 – normally $130

Below are details on each spa.

Situated on the top floor of the iconic La Concha Hotel, Top Spa offers breathtaking panoramic views of Key West and its surrounding waters from the highest point in the city.   Surrounded by floor to ceiling windows, guests indulge and relax in their very own private treatment suite designed with a private balcony, personal shower, 55″ flat screen TV, iPod docking station and a mini-fridge stocked with bottled water and fresh juices.

Truly a Key West treasure, The Spa at the Pier House Resort is the island’s only full-service spa experience.  The perfect place to slow down, indulge and pamper, the Spa features a salon, relaxation lounge, locker facilities, steam room and whirlpool.


Improve Your Health With Tea Tree Essential Oil

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments


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Tea tree oil comes from the island continent of Australia where it has been used by the Aborigines for a very long time. The oil is extracted from the leaves of Camella alternifolia, a tree belonging to the family Myrtaceae. You can recognize it by its smell, which is fresh and camphor-like. Aboriginal tribes drank boiled leaves of tea tree and also prepared poultices to treat cuts, skin infections and wounds.

What Does This Mean For Us?

Numerous researches have been done on tea tree oil. There is evidence to show that this oil has strong antibacterial properties which can be harnessed for improving the health of our skin.

Are you eager to know about the health issues it may help you banish? Read below to know more:

Top 3 Uses Of Tea Tree Oil:

The Pesky Pimples

A teenage/ adult problem of acnes can be resolved with the use of tea tree oil. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has found out that for treating acne, 5% tea tree oil is as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide. Tea tree oil doesn’t irritate the skin though the action is slower than benzoyl peroxide. In an another study, tea tree oil was shown to reduce acne symptoms to a significant level, if applied two times in a day for 45 days.

Fungus Fury

Apply tea tree oil when your nails are infected. A study done on the use of tea tree oil showed some promising results: 100% tea tree oil when taken twice a day for 6 months can treat fungal toenail infection in nearly 18% of people. 56% of people noticed a visible change in the appearance of their nails in three months and 60% of patients in six months. This is at par with application of clotrimazole application twice daily.

Athletes’ Foot (Tinea Pedis)

Tea tree oil can cure foot infection. A clinical study showed that 10% tea tree oil brings out similar results as tolnafate 1% cream for curing Athletes foot. These include burning, itching, scaling and inflammation. But 25% or 50% must be used for 4 weeks to cure the infection completely. Also, bathing with a tea tree oil body & soap is good as it helps you stay safe from various infections.

Other Health BeneFits Of Tea Tree Oil

 Lice And Dandruff

Washing hair with warm water and just 2 drops of tea tree oil can prevent lice growth. Using  5% tea tree oil shampoo every day for 4 weeks can minimize greasiness in people with dandruff, itchiness of the scalp and lesions too. A research suggests that lice eggs can be killed by combining tea tree oil with lavender oil. The same practice can reduce lice population too. In addition, it moisturizes skin, lessening chances of dandruff.

Hair Fall

A common problem like this can be subsided with tea tree oil massage. It stimulates blood circulation thus promoting healthy hair growth. Tea tree oil is also useful in preventing premature hair graying.

Scar Removal

Tea tree oil is useful in reducing the scar marks and spots that may be seen after boils, eruptions, pox and acne leave your skin.


Virus form cysts on the body to avert death. Tea tree oil help break the cyst walls to kill the virus and prevent future infection. Some of the viruses it is useful against include measles, mumps, influenza, common cold and small pox.

Open Wounds

Open wounds are at a higher risk of getting infected by microbes like fungi and bacteria. Tea tree oil is the ideal antiseptic. The oil should be applied directly to the wounds like cuts, eruptions, insect bites, stings, boils, sores and more to save them from getting infected. The best part is that there are no side effect.

Immune Booster

It is often used as an essential oil in aromatherapy. It forms a barrier against a large number of microbes and foreign particles. It can be blended with a lot of other oils like almond oil and olive oil.


Oropharyngeal Candidiasis

Patients who do not respond to medications such as flucanazole should try tea tree oil to treat thrush. This is fruitful in the case of people who are suffering from HIV/AIDS. Swishing tea tree oil regularly for 2-4 weeks helps a lot.


Some people may develop a minor allergy to tea tree oil. It should never be consumed as it can cause drowsiness, hallucination, severe rashes, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhoea, general weakness, unsteadiness, confusion and blood cell abnormalities. It should be kept out of the reach of kids and pets.

 And More

Tea tree oil can be added to vinegar to make your own household cleaner. A clean house is also important for a healthy you.

Author Bio:

Evie Dawson is a fitness coach and health writer based in Boston, MA. Her passion is to encourage others to rediscover their lifestyle and get inspired for organic living.


Summer Spa Treatments from The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Desert Summer Spa Treatments from The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

As summer temperatures begin to rise, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Spa is offering three new seasonal summer spa treatments that are ideally suited for combating the desert sun.

Drawing inspiration and using indigenous ingredients from the surrounding desert, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage’s citrus-inspired summer spa series hydrates, revitalizes and soothes sun-kissed skin to leave guests feeling both refreshed and rejuvenated. Offered through September 2015, the following summer spa treatments are available to area residents and resort guests.

California Citrus Swedish Massage  A cooling warm-weather treat, the California Sage Swedish Massage uses a refreshing mélange of mint, lemon and sage, applied with medium pressure to help dissolve tension and refresh body and spirit.  The 50-minute massage is offered at $110 USD Mondaythrough Thursday, or $135 USD Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Lemon Sugar Body Cleanse  When skin is stressed by dryness, a restoring, hydrating body treatment can help bring back a youthful glow.  This summer refresher includes cleansing of the body with a delicate lemon and chamomile sugar scrub.  Skin is then conditioned and hydrated with shea butter, aloe and moisture-loving glycerin.  The 50-minute treatment is offered at $110 USD Monday through Thursday, or $135 USD Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  

The Rancho Mirage Hydration Facial – This summer facial provides light cleansing and deep moisture replenishment, leaving skin dewy and soft.  Desert stone crop moisturizer is applied to help combat dryness and damage from the summer sun.  The 50-minute facial is offered at $110 USD Mondaythrough Thursday, or $135 USD FridaySaturday, and Sunday.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Spa

The 25,000 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa lies in the heart of the property’s free-standing two-story spa lifestyle complex which features 15 expansive treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, private whirlpools, rain and Vichy showers, eucalyptus-infused steam and sauna facilities, an outdoor meditation mesa and an outdoor co-ed whirlpool that offer some of the most stunning mountain views.



ISPA Research Extends to United Kingdom, Canada and Australia

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Bargains | 0 comments



Cover of the latest edition of the International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation’s Consumer Snapshot Initiative

Cover of the latest edition of the International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation’s Consumer Snapshot Initiative

The latest edition in the International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation’s Consumer Snapshot Initiative has taken on a global reach for the first time. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was commissioned to conduct Volume VI of the popular survey which provides important consumer insight into the spa industry. The initiative extends beyond the United States and also captures the views of consumers in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

“This research aims to shine a light on spa usage trends and perceptions of the spa industry around the world. The level of interest in the results has been remarkable and builds on the continued success of the previous five volumes. As the first international edition of the series, this volume has been greatly anticipated,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees.

The report looks beyond US borders and highlights what motivates people to visit or, just as importantly, not to visit a spa, as well as gauging wider opinions on the spa industry as a whole.

“This research comes at such a fitting time as ISPA celebrates our 25th anniversary.  A big thank you to our spa and resource partner members for their service to our industry,” said Michael Tompkins, ISPA Chairman. “The quality research ISPA delivers is one of the many ways we serve our members and support the spa industry. ISPA has been the authoritative voice of the spa industry from the beginning and will continue in that rich tradition.  We haven’t changed our focus in strengthening our industry – spa has always been our priority.”

Some of the most interesting findings from the study include:

  • Australia has the lowest percentage of spa-goers within its population as compared to the other countries, but it does boast the highest proportion of male spa-goers among its spa-going population.
  • The majority of spa-goers visit the spa between one and four times per year.
  • British spa-goers place more importance on the social angle of a spa visit, with almost one in five (19%) using their most recent trip to “join a friend or relative at the spa”.
  • When it comes to the most popular treatments, there are only subtle differences across the four countries surveyed. Massage is overwhelmingly the top treatment across the board, with almost three quarters of spa-goers (72%) experiencing one within the last year.

This survey achieved a total of 4,028 responses from a sample of consumers in Australia, Canada, the United States and United Kingdom. The sample was selected based on the most up to date census data to make it representative of the age, income and regional distributions of the population as a whole.

More information on the ISPA Foundation and ISPA’s research can be found on the website.