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Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Bargains, Resort and Hotel Spas, Tips | 0 comments

Director of Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Offers DIY Beauty Tips

Director of Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Offers DIY Beauty Tips

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Spa treatments can provide therapy for tired hair, rough hands or less-than-perfect skin. But what about all those times when a spa visit just isn’t possible?

Luckily,  there are DIY treatments that you can do at home to handle those problems. Josie Feria, Director of Spa Operations at Lapis, The Spa at Fontainebleau  offers advice on how to maintain skin, hair and hands in great shape without leaving home.

DIY Treatment For A Touchable Face:

  • Prepare pot of boiling water with several bags of chamomile tea – allow tea to steep and release benefits into water
  • Place face over steaming pot and cover head with towel to trap steam.  You are stimulating the benefits of a steam room.
  • Place cucumbers or icy chamomile tea bags well squeezed – on eyes to reduce puffiness
  • Dab off excess moisture and apply scrub cream to face in gentle circular and upward motions to face, neck and chest.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm moist washcloth and apply witch hazel or rose or lavender water with spray or cotton pad
  • Apply moisture lotion or cream in upward, relaxing massage strokes placing slight pressure on temples and under forehead bridge line to release tension and ease pain
  • Instant result is clean, shiny skin with improved texture and appearance

Lapis comparable service: Facial

DIY Treatment For Healthy Hair: 

  • Take lemon juice and warm green tea and mix mixture; apply mixture to scalp with brush or applicator as you separate hair and pour remaining amount through hair
  • Allow mixture to remain on scalp for a few minutes- the tea and lemon work as an astringent to cleanse scalp and hair follicles
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water and apply a combination of plain yogurt and avocado –mix 2 parts fresh avocado and 2 parts yogurt and massage into the hair in circular motions to relax the scalp and stimulate hair growth
  • Gently massage temples and base of scalp line.  Place plastic shower cap on hair and wrap in warm towel for 10 minutes or until towel cools off
  • Rinse thoroughly.  Instant result is hair that’s softer, shinier and improved circulation to scalp which is an aide to healthy hair growth

Lapis comparable service: Rescue My Hair

DIY Treatment For Soft Hands:

  • Buff and moisturize rough skin using a scrub cream and oil or body lotion
  • Mix 4 parts kosher or sea salt with 1 part warm grape seed oil, canola oil or olive oil and mix into a paste
  • Massage into hands in upward strokes and in circular motion
  • Remove with warm/wet towel and follow with nail care by pushing back cuticle using an orange stick and filing rough nail edges with Emory board.  Follow hand massage with body or hand lotion
  • Wrap hands in warm cotton gloves or place in plastic bags and wrap with warm towels – instant result is skin that’s clean, soft and luxurious

Lapis comparable service: Spalicious Manicure

 

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Bargains, Resort and Hotel Spas, Tips | 0 comments

Spa Week: Pamper Yourself for $50

Spa Week: Pamper Yourself for $50

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During Spa Week, many spas offer $50 massages.

During Spa Week, many spas offer $50 massages.

What could be better on a dreary Monday than the prospect of a spa treatment–maybe even a spa getaway–for $50? Not much–and it’s all possible during Spa Week, April 11-17, 2016. So right now, it’s possible to book facials, massages, nail services and more all over the United States for just $50.

And — this is the best part: if you live near a resort property or major hotel (with a pool) that is participating in Spa Week, you can turn that treatment into an entire spa getaway, with a steam/sauna and even a spa lunch (that would be extra).

For example, if you live near Atlantic City, New Jersey, you can book a $50 service (a facial, a De-Stress Body Treatment or a spa pedicure) at the Red Door Spa at Harrah’s Resort, a luxurious retreat with lots of amenities. Heading west, the Red Door Spa at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona offers the same trio of choices along with such amenities as a lap pool,

In San Diego, California, the Blue Marble Spa at the Hyatt Regency Mission offers an organic massage, a facial or a pedicure ritual for $50. The spa has eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, rainfall showers, outdoor pools, a hot tub and complimentary valet parking. (It was named one of the “Top Ten Spas Around the World” by Organic Spa magazine.)

To find a great getaway (or simply a pampering oasis) near you, just go to the Spa Week website, give your zip code or city name and the site will show you which spas are participating in the event and what treatments they offer for $50.

 

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Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Bargains, Health and Wellness, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

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Oil pulling said to achieve whiter teeth, fresher breath and better oral health

Oil pulling, a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for oral health (as well as dozens of systemic ailments) has been used in India and Asia for 3,000 years. It was introduced to the west about 20 years ago as a way to achieve whiter teeth (without chemicals), fresher breath, cavity and gingivitis prevention and less plaque build-up.

How does it work? Each morning, before eating or brushing teeth, swish one tablespoon of natural, food quality oil—safflower, sesame, olive or coconut—in your mouth for  two to three minutes. For optimum results,  the recommendation is to increase the swishing time up to 15 minutes.

After swishing, spit out (do not swallow!) the oil. Rinse mouth thoroughly with warm water, then brush teeth.

The theory behind the treatment is this: As the oil swishes around teeth and gums it ‘pulls’ oil-soluble bacteria and other debris into the oil and so detoxifies the mouth, ridding it of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. The theory also suggests that by cleansing the mouth in this way, inflammation is reduced and overall health is improved.

I recently received a sample of GuruNanda Pulling Oil, which contains a proprietary blend of all sunflower, sesame, coconut and peppermint oil, specifically designed for oil pulling, and it harnesses the individual benefits of all three for a more balanced and effective approach.

When using the oil, I found that the peppermint flavor made it easier to swish the oil as directed. However, over a period of time, I found that I was just not able to keep it in my mouth for more than one or two  minutes. I could not imagine working up to 15 or even 10 minutes.

Are my teeth whiter? I can’t tell yet. However, since this is a benign and non-chemical practice using only natural products, I’m willing to keep it as part of my oral hygiene routine for a while, just to see if I can achieve the results that regular oil pullers report.

Many regular oil pullers report that their mouth feels clean and fresh and their teeth are whiter. This is a much better home treatment to whiten teeth than commercial tooth whitening preparations which contain very strong chemicals and are fairly expensive. Users also report having clearer, healthier skin after using this natural treatment as well as feeling mentally invigorated. Many people have said that oil pulling helped to curb their appetites and helped them to lose weight.

To be continued.

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Bargains | 0 comments

Creamy Coconut or Rose Oil?

Creamy Coconut or Rose Oil?

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Creamy coconut or rose oil?

Creamy coconut or rose oil?

Creamy Coconut or Rose Oil? Natural Cleansers for All Skin Types

I understand that a good cleanser is the essential first step in any skincare routine. The problem is, there aren’t that many cleansers around that actually do more than simply remove makeup or surface grime. The right cleanser, however, can do more than just remove dirt and impurities.

And that is why, when I was offered a choice of sample cleansers from Kensington Apothecary, I jumped at the opportunity to try the Creamy Coconut Cleanser. (Yes, the  Rose Oil Cleanser was very tempting, but I love coconut in all its forms.) Both cleansers are formulated in ways that any health-conscious, eco-conscious person would love–with certified organic and non-GMO raw materials, sustainably-harvested ingredients, cruelty-free and conflict-free. How beautiful!

When I received my cleanser, I checked the ingredient information: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Organic Glycerin (plant-sourced), Organic Coconut Pulp, Fig Fruit Extract, Honeysuckle Extract, Japanese Honeysuckle Extract, Xanthan Gum and Citric Acid. No paraben, no phosphate, no sulfate. When I tried the cleanser out, there was no scent, just a smooth creamy feel that left my skin clean and silky smooth. I loved it! According to product information, the honeysuckle extract in the cleanser provides an anti-inflammatory and calming sensation while hydrating and the Aloe vera acts as a protective layer on the skin. The coconut base prevents the cleanser from drying out the skin.

Both the coconut and the rose oil cleansers are sold at some Whole Foods, any spas and online. The price is $24.

 

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Bargains, News | 0 comments

25th Annual ISPA Conference & Expo Wrap-Up

25th Annual ISPA Conference & Expo Wrap-Up

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ISPA Attendees

ISPA Attendees

The International SPA Association (ISPA) hosted spa industry leaders from around the world at the 25th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. from October 19-21, 2015.

The annual event headlined a mix of inspiring keynotes, professional development offerings and an expo floor featuring the newest spa products.

“This milestone year was made even sweeter by having many of the individuals who founded ISPA 25 years ago attend the anniversary event,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “ISPA remains the most recognized voice in the industry and we wouldn’t be where we are today without the dedication of our members and the unwavering support of our generous sponsors and exhibitors.”

A few interesting facts and figures from the ISPA Conference & Expo:

4 days

41 countries represented

43 speakers

243 sponsoring and exhibiting companies

281 ISPA Foundation live and silent auction items

2,500 children received a year of education through the Esperos bags that were provided to attendees.

6,000 bags of product gifts dropped in attendees’ hotel rooms

10,000 dollars in scholarships awarded

A new workshop entitled “Ruth Stricker’s Wise Voices” kicked off the event on Sunday with a presentation from Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D., M.D. (H), author, family physician and co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Foundation.

In line with the year’s theme of “Explore” attendees experienced keynote presentations from Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media; Amy Purdy, American actress, model, world-class snowboarder and 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist; and Scott Harrison, a former club promoter who founded and is the current CEO of the non-profit, charity: water.

Additionally, attendees heard from award recipients Boldijarre Koronczay, president of Éminence Organic Skin Care, 2015 ISPA Visionary Award; Sharilyn Abbajay, senior vice president of operations, brand development and retail concepts for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, 2015 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award; and Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, 2015 Alex Szekely ISPA Humanitarian Award. These awards were presented along with the two 2015 Mary Tabacchi Scholarships to Taylor Toreno and Anne-Liise Verpson.

The opening keynote speaker for the 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo was also announced. Brene Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, New York Times bestselling author, and CEO and chief learning officer of The Daring Way will open the 26th annual ISPA Conference & Expo from September 13 – 15, 2016 at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nev.

More information can be found on the website.

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

Grotta Giusti Announces Pioneering Anti-Ageing Program

Grotta Giusti Announces Pioneering Anti-Ageing Program

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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.

Program:

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 travel@grottagiustispa.com or call +39 0572 90771

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