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Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Bargains, Spa Reviews | 1 comment



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The quintessential day of New York sophistication includes attendance to one of the popular shows on Broadway balanced by the tranquility offered at one of New York’s renowned spas. On Thursday August 18th, I attended the annual ISPA event in New York City’s Gotham Hall — and immediately began to sample the various mini-treatments offered by the 12 spas represented.

Here’s a photo of yours truly having the Chakra Garden Massage at the Aspira Spa booth. For 10 thoroughly relaxing minutes, and with my eyes covered, I was able to tune out the noise of the other attendees.  Flowers were placed at the chakras as my esthetician sought to create balance. (One irreverent — male — attendee said we looked like corpses; I think he was just jealous.)

I sought — and found — more balance at the Kohler Waters Spa, where I experienced 10 minutes of Complete Harmony.

One of my favorite samples was the truly relaxing sample Rockupuncture experience at the Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat located on Australia’s Gold Coast. For this, my eyes were covered and a headphone playing spa music was placed over my ears. Acupuncture needles were placed at strategic points while esthetician Keri Krieger administered a hot rocks mini-massage. I really didn’t want to get up from when my treament was over.

The Blueberry Bordeaux foot massage at the Suite Spa (R) booth was excellent, and the concept here was interesting. Suite Spa is basically a portable spa contained in a stylish well-designed cart, used to service guests of hotels that don’t have a freestanding spa. Curently it’s being used at the Fifth Avenue Andaz Hotel in New York City and other top properties.

At The Spa at Trump, I had the Embrace Light Hand Treatment, which used the Clarisonic brush to clean/exfoliate my hands and then, to diminish age spots,  a treatment with the small Quasar light treatment machine for home use (sold at Trump). Treatment over, I received a sample of one of the Trump Hotel Collections five SpaRitual®nail lacquers that were unveiled at the event. These are eco-friendly, naturally colored, and created with globally sourced Vegan ingredients. The colors were inspired by Trump® Signature Gemstone Treatments and named for TRUMPHOTEL COLLECTION properties: Central Park View bringsto mind Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York’s vistas of the heartof Manhattan; Chicago Cerulean evokes the skies surrounding the Trump International Hotel & Tower®Chicago; Viva Vegas elicits the glitter andexcitement of the city Trump InternationalHotel™ Las Vegas calls home; while SoHi Soiree conjuresthe excitement of dancing the night away in TrumpSoHo® New York’s 46th-floor venue. The name of the fifth color, Ocean Club Coral – a shimmering,opalescent pinkish-orange was created specifically for Ivanka Trump. All five colors will be availableexclusively at The Spa at Trump’s four locations – in Chicago, Las Vegas, SoHo and TrumpInternational Hotel™ Waikiki Beach Walk® –beginning in September. My sample was the glittering silver of Las Vegas — and I can’t wait to try it.

At Skana, The Spa at Turning Stone Resort, I was seated in a very comfortable club chair for The Oneida Peaceful Journey, which had the esthetician performing soothing rituals as she “journeyed” around me; this treatment almost put me to sleep — in spite of surrounding noise!

A number of facials were being offered, but since I couldn’t have more than one, I chose the Ossential Stimulator Peel at the Zo Skin Health (by Zein Obagi, MD). This was a beta/alpha acid peel comprised of salicylic, lactic, and citric acids to enhance cell turnover and boost collagen production, and kojic acid, mulberry, licorice, and bearberry extracts to even skin tone and minimize discoloration. I was given a small hand fan to use while the peel was being done, as the skin will definitely tingle. The esthetician is alert to any serious discomfort, but there was none. When we finished, she applied a tinted but heavy-duty sunblock.

Linda Nelson, Corporate Director of Education and International Trainer for ZO® Skin Health was at the booth; her statement at the event: “We are delighted to share ZO® Skin Health products with the beauty innovators at this meeting,” stated   “This unique range offers effective anti-aging benefits to keep skin youthful and vital.”

I would have liked to try the TAIZ Sensorium, which looked like a science fiction device, from the Miraval Resort & Spa in Arizona — but unfortunately all the 10-minute appointments got booked up fast.

I learned a lot about trends, treatments and products. Also about spa statistics, which I’ll share in my next post.





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