Swedish massage is − hands-down − the most popular therapy in spas. But we’ve encountered several off-the-beaten-path, indigenous and culturally inspired treatments that have us traveling in our minds. Enjoy some culture!
By Erika Allen Have you always wanted to be in the Guinness Book of World Records? Have you ever dreamed of having a massage in an open lavender field in Australia’s spa Capital, Daylesford? Both of those goals can be accomplished at the end of this month during Daylesford’s upcoming Massage en Masse, during which [...]
Advice from Seasoned Spa Consultants By Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider Judy Singer and Patti Monteson are spa consultants who I have known for almost 20 years. In fact, they were the first spa consultants I ever met. Their company HFD, Heath Fitness Dynamics, is based in Florida. (Sometimes I wonder if they would select the [...]
Spa Related Highlights from a Hospitality Forum: Through my Spa Eyes by Susie Ellis A few things got my attention at yesterday’s 2008 Leadership in Hospitality & Leisure Executive Forum (an Argyle Executive Forum) which was held here in New York. Some of us “spa-types” were in attendance – Judy Singer, Patti Monteson, and Jeff [...]
Spa Lifestyle Real Estate Experiences a Hiccup: Spa Lifestyle Living Still Resonatesby Susie EllisSad news. Canyon Ranch Living Chicago, which was in the design and pre-sale phase, has been cancelled. This article, “End of the Trail”, gives some of the details. From the few mentions I could find on the web, it appears that there [...]
Spas and Sleep Health: A Sizzling Hot Topic in Spas and Beyondby Susie EllisYou know that something is a “hot” topic when it comes to you from many different angles at around the same time. Here are three things that came across my desk in the past 48 hours: 1. “Great Reads: Nonfiction,” People Magazine, [...]
Sleep Health at Vacation Spas May be more Important than Massages, Facials, Manicures/Pedicures, Diet or even Exercise!
Sleep Health at Vacation Spas May be more Important than Massages, Facials, Manicures/Pedicures, Diet, or even Exercise! by Susie Ellis The importance of sleep is something that has been on our SpaFinder top 10 spa trends list for the past two years. In 2007 the focus was on adding sleep health to diet and exercise [...]
SpaFinder’s Hot Spa Trends for 2008!By Susie Ellis Buzz Words: New Spa Gyms, Star Therapists, Wellness, Luxury Detox, Spa Real Estate, Sleep, Spa and Weight-loss, Fertility and Spa, Hydro and Thermal Spa Experiences, Urban Ethnic Spas, Spa and Technology. This week is Trend Week at SpaFinder! We released the findings of our year-long studies on [...]
Yesterday I flew from New York to Palm Springs for a few days of Thanksgiving vacation. I had some time en route to catch up on reading. Mostly I read spa press releases, industry magazines, and articles people brought to my attention. My favorite from yesterday’s batch was this article from the LA Times titled, [...]
There are some places where I just feel like saying, “I’m home.” Brenner’s Park Hotel and Spa in Baden-Baden, Germany is one of those places for me. Living here would probably be the ultimate fantasy. I have fond memories of past visits: When ISPA held their first European Spa Conference in Baden-Baden, when I visited [...]