By Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider
Thought you might enjoy this article, “Istanbul’s Booming Spa Culture Is Revisiting Old Turkish Bathhouse Rituals” for your weekend reading!
Jayda Uras who is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article just sent me the link and I am delighted to share it with you right away so you will be among the first to know about something that is “sizzling” here in the U.S. (I am a NY Times reader and might not have come across this until later… so thank you to my network for helping keep all of us informed!)
This article titled “Hammam Rejuvenation” will be of particular interest to those who will be attending the Global Spa Summit in Istanbul in May. Many of the hammams mentioned are on the Summit itinerary. However it should also be of interest to others who are connected with the spa and wellness industry.
The market seems to be embracing more of these kinds of fantastic authentic European/Eastern European spa traditions, helping educate consumers and of particular importance stressing the therapeutic value of these experiences. Not only is this great news for the architects and manufacturers of hydro/thermal experiences (note the additional article about the sauna underneath the hammam article) but it also reinforces our industry’s commitment to authenticity.
Oh… and did I mention that one of SpaFinder’s Top 10 Spa Trends for 2010 was “Year of the Hammam?”
I just love it when this happens…
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Believable Tan from a Sunless Spray-Tan Salon or Spa?
by Susie Ellis
So we are heading into New Year’s again and hoping to eradicate memories of last year’s disastrous New Year’s Eve festivities. We went to a country club party here in Palm Desert after which Peter went into severe depression. He thought the whole event seemed like an old-folk’s-home gathering and coupled with the fact that we are both getting older well, he decided that he just isn’t ready for ringing in the New Year at that pace.
True, there are a lot of elderly folks in Palm Desert however there seems to be the “young elderly” and then the “old elderly”. The “old elderly” are the ones who shuffle along the dance floor and celebrate what is called “Chicago New Year’s” which is where you toast at 10:00 p.m. when Chicago celebrates New Year so you still get to bed early. Oh dear.
So this year Peter decided to make other plans and in typical Peter-form swung to the other extreme. We are flying to Las Vegas with several young couples who just love to drink, dance, and party – having dinner, nightclubbing and then flying back in the wee hours of the morning. I hope I survive it.
So now the big question is what to wear. It was easier to find something for last year’s soiree but for Vegas…well, I had to dig into some of the clothes from my past life (as in younger body and no longer age appropriate to wear). I decided on a bright red top with a huge bow in the back and black pants with sequenced accents at the bottom. (It looks better than it sounds.) The only problem…bare shoulders, bare back, bare arms. And that means white shoulders, white back, white arms.
Even though I would like to say that I have completely gotten on board the new Melanoma Awareness initiative which says “Go With Your Own Glow”…I decided to tag along with one of the young sexy girls who is going with us to Las Vegas since she was planning a visit to the tanning salon for a sunless spray-tan this afternoon.
So off we go to SunSational Tanning Salon in LaQuinta where we spent all of 15 minutes and $45 each in a room getting spray painted with something the attendant called “All Organic.” After the woman sprayed every part of my body she directed me to “dry” in front of this fan for about 5 minutes. While I was drying, and she was out of the room, I decided to look at the label on the back of the bottles of tanning liquid. Aloe Vera was the first ingredient but there were probably another 15 with all kinds of unfamiliar chemical sounding names. Hmmm.
It remains to be seen how all this will work out – the tan, the nightclubbing, the staying up past 11:00 p.m. (which is my very latest bedtime after getting on the healthy sleep bandwagon last year) for tomorrow evening’s adventure. But for now I have to admit that getting a very believable tan in 15 minutes for a special event is pretty cool. It sure beats all the time I spent during my youth in the backyard with baby oil and a reflector screen soaking up the rays.
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