Spa Buzz Events: Plan Now!

Described as always bringing magic and surprise to the Spa Industry event scene – it would be wonderful to have you join us in a new decade!!!

Email now to save a space for one of our wonderful events happening in 2020.  

If you are interested in recommending a colleague or brand that could benefit by gathering with us, you will be entered for an extra night at one of our events. (1 entry for each recommendation)
Gather with us…
Wine CountryVintner’s Inn, Santa Rosa, CA – January 13 + 14
Mystical SedonaAmara Resort, Sedona, AZ – February 3 + 4
The Charming SouthAndaz, Savannah, GA – March 2 + 3
Quirky NorthwestKimpton Hotel Vintage, Portland, OR – April 6 & 7
Mountains of New EnglandMiraval Berkshires, Lenox, MA – June 1 + 2
Genuine MidwestSt. Jane, Chicago, IL – July 13 + 14Spiritual SouthwestMiraval Tucson, Tucson, AZ – Aug. 3 + 4
National EVENT – Keep it WeirdMiraval Austin, Austin, TX – August 31 + Sept. 1
Old School Palm SpringsHoliday House Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA – Dec. 7 & 8
Email: Kristi Konieczny

Most Outrageous Spa and Wellness Experiences

Move over, goat yoga and sake soaks. We’ve got the new trendiest spa packages. Whether it’s a girls’ night in Sonoma County for enzyme bathing or a destination trip to Japan to experience the birthplace of forest bathing, these seven spa experiences will renew your mind, body, and spirit—in untraditional ways. 

Volcanic sand bathing in New Jersey

Start your crazy spa escapade in a decidedly tame location—Edgewater, New Jersey. The city’s SoJo Spa Club offers a volcanic sand bath that uses mineral-rich, volcano-warmed sand to detoxify your skin. Volcanic sand bathing started in Ibusuki, Japan, where underground springs warmed by nearby volcanoes result in heated, naturally alkaline sand. This mineral-rich sand boasts anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for skin, and being covered in it raises body temperature, resulting in sauna-like detoxification. 

SoJo seeks to make the experience as similar to the one you’d have in Ibusuki as possible. When you arrive, you put on a traditional Japanese yukata (cotton robe) and lie down in a large, multi-person pit of sand. (The sand is shipped in from Ibusuki.) An attendant covers your body in the sand and places a parasol by your head to protect your face from the sun. The bathing occurs indoors but there are a lot of windows, so the parasol is actually really helpful. For 10 to 15 minutes, you close your eyes and enjoy the warmth and quiet of the beach-like atmosphere. Afterward, you can enjoy a soak in one of the spa’s therapeutic baths—the Edgewater version of an Ibusuki hot spring soak. 

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10 Fabulous Ways To Celebrate Turning 40

Birthdays can be a big deal for some people. This is especially true if you’re reaching a milestone age like 18, 21, 30, or 40. When you’re turning a special age, you might want to do something really amazing for your birthday. Whether it’s something that you do on just that day, something you do for your entire birthday month, or things that you choose to do through the whole year to celebrate, it’s a good way to reward yourself for a life well lived.

Although there are many people that definitely dread turning 40, it’s a big life stage for a lot of people. Because of this, many people want to celebrate it in a totally fabulous way. If you’re someone that wants to do something completely amazing on your big day or throughout the year to celebrate entering a new decade, you’re in luck.

To see 10 of the most fabulous ways to celebrate turning 40, read on!

7 reasons to relax and unwind on a spa holiday

A Spa break is the perfect way to put your feet up, take a break from your busy life and do literally nothing! You can indulge in as many or as little treatments as you want and make the most of the excellent spa facilities on offer. So, what reasons are there to relax and unwind on the perfect spa holiday? Let’s take a closer look, below.

1. Detox

With our environment being full of toxins, it’s ideal to choose a spa break to have a detox to be cleansed of these toxins that are harmful to us both mentally and physically. Specialists at spas deliver detoxifications by removing these toxins and excess fluids from your body, as they can lead to bloating, constipation and energy loss.

2. Stress Management

Our busy day to day schedules can be full of stress and running from one thing to another, which is why going on the perfect spa holiday to relax and unwind is imperative occasionally. At spas across the country, you can receive a variety of different treatments which all work to relieve you from any stress you may have. From sitting in a sauna, to having a massage or even enjoying a dip in the jacuzzi, you can de-stress and rejuvenate from any stress you have.

3. Lose Weight

In addition to stress management, the perfect spa holiday can also help you to lose weight over time. This is due to you not feeling stressed or uptight, which can lead to weight gain. So, by occasionally treating yourself to a spa break, you can feel less stressed and in turn lose weight.

4. Improve Confidence And Self Esteem

Being pampered and treating yourself to a well-deserved break, will help you to have more of a glow about you. Taking time to take care of your body, as well as your mind, will help to improve self-esteem and confidence.

5. Skin Benefits

Spa break holidays offer plenty of skin benefits, as you can enjoy a variety of different facials and body treatments that are beneficial for skin problems. Therefore, as well as relaxing and unwinding, you can also benefit from anti-aging methods too.

6. Manage Pain

As well as choosing a massage technique that can help to release any back pain, there are also many treatments that are great for alleviating pain, including nerve problems and even arthritis. Managing pain is crucial in having an easier lifestyle, as you will feel freer and won’t have continuous pain.

7. Connect With Loved Ones

Although you can take spa breaks as an opportunity to spend time alone and forget about all your worries and problems, it’s also a great chance to connect with your loved ones. Whether you choose to go away with your mum, family or your partner, you can enjoy exploring the destination of the spa break, as well as making the most of the extensive spa facilities the spa and hotel will have on offer. With our lives being so busy and hectic, sometimes we don’t have enough free moments to spend quality time with those that we love. However, spa holidays are the perfect excuse to catch up with each other and for some couples, even rekindle their love.

As you can see, there are so many reasons to relax and unwind on a spa holiday. With there being so many spas and hotels across the US to choose from, get booking your getaway and treat yourself and your loved ones!

Discover the Future of Wellness 2020 Global Wellness Summit, Tel Aviv

Every sector in the $4.5 trillion global wellness economy
is evolving at lightning speed. That means it is crucial to think like a start-up and be ready to meet the changes that lie ahead—whether you’ve been in business for five months or 50 years.   ­

At the 2020 Global Wellness Summit in Tel Aviv, delegates will learn about the unique forces and innovations that are transforming the wellness industry. They will also get to know the leaders who are driving change and experience firsthand Israel’s powerful health and wellness investment landscape.

Read the press releaseand learn more.
Apply to be a delegateorregister to attend

 Experience Israel, the start-up nation, in 2020.
The Global Wellness Summit: where the world’s leading corporations and organizations join together to shape the business of wellness.

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You know what’s healthy? The wellness travel industry

There’s certainly nothing wrong with a fly and flop vacation, and who can argue with an afternoon massage and maybe cocktails at sundown? Relaxing, sure, but today’s travelers are looking for more ways to stay healthy and fit on the road.

Wellness travel — what the Wellness Tourism Association ( defines as “travel that allows the traveler to maintain, enhance or kick-start a healthy lifestyle, and support or increase one’s sense of well-being”— is soaring. It’s now the fastest-growing segment of the travel industry, growing more than twice as fast as tourism overall.

“That shouldn’t be surprising,” says Anne Dimon, president of the Wellness Tourism Association. “We’ve become more proactive with the state of our own health, conscientiously making changes in our daily lives, adopting healthier practices and habits. We want the same when we travel.”

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6 tips for self-care over Christmas

The festive season is crazy-beautiful. It’s the most wonderful time of the year; a welcome opportunity to relax and reconnect with friends and family. But trying to see everyone and do everything can make it one of the most stressful times of the year, too.

Christmas is a time for giving, but it’s just as important to give to yourself in order to be emotionally and physically able to give your best self to others.

Here are six tips to help you practice self-care during the festive season.

1. Pamper yourself

The hardest part is finding a couple of hours to yourself, but once you’re there, an amazing day spa session is worth every single second. Carve out some intentional downtime and give yourself the gift of a massage, facial or healing body treatment; you’ll feel immediately energised and revitalised for all the socialising ahead.

2. Outsource

One of the best gifts you can give yourself is time, and outsourcing tasks is a great way to do that. Doing a lot of entertaining this festive season? There’s nothing wrong with hiring a cleaner once or twice to help ease the load. Use AirTasker or Gumtree to outsource jobs like putting up your Christmas lights or even doing the grocery shopping! Hosting Christmas lunch or a get-together at your place? Ask everyone to bring a plate to share so you’re not stuck with all the cooking.

3. Focus on giving

Giving to others is good for the soul; making others happy will bring you happiness, too! Rather than last-minute panic-purchases, take some time to ponder the people on your Christmas list and buy thoughtful gifts that you’ll enjoy giving a much as they’ll enjoy receiving. Don’t forget you can give the gift of self-care to others too – a voucher for a relaxing massage or facial is perfect for almost anyone!

4. Eat mindfully

What’s Christmas without all the delicious food? It’s easy to let healthy eating fall by the wayside in the holidays, so while you should definitely give yourself permission to indulge, try to maintain some balance with your normal eating habits. Alternate indulgent meals with smaller, lighter ones. Take your time over meals and enjoy your food, and stop when you’re feeling full.

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Firmenich x Pantone 2020 Color of the Year: Classic Blue

Inspired by Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, 19-4052 Classic Blue, an evocation of stability in disruptive times, Firmenich flavorists created a natural, fresh, blueberry taste, while Firmenich perfumers crafted a unique fragrance symbolizing the meeting of sky and sea. The multisensory additions are included in a box set associated with the Color of the Year announcement.

Perfumer Ashley Balavoine created a scented candle that evokes Classic Blue with notes of “water and sea salt lifted by airy sky,” an accord with notes of “fluffy cloud with waterlily and seaweed absolute,” followed by bottom notes of “blue musk, minerals and ocean timber,” per Firmenich.

Flavorist Eric Tang created a sweet blueberry flavor with green, floral and “Classic Blue notes.” The flavor has been demoed in tea, jam and other products.

It’s no surprise that the Flavor of the Year for 2020 is classic blueberry, based on insights across 5,000 consumers in 16 countries. Firmenich’s research discovered that blueberry flavor was associated with happiness and a sense of comfort.

This isn’t the first time a muti-sensory approach has been taken for the color of the year. For the 2016 Color of the Year, Firmenich created a fragrance, Harmony, that blended the moods of Serenity and Rose Quartz, the colors of the year. The genderless scent comprised rose Centifolia, musks and incense for a weightless effect.

“It’s a pleasure working with Pantone’s Color of the Year, as it gives us yet another opportunity to shape perfumery trends and popular culture,” said Armand de Villoutreys, president, perfumer and ingredients, Firmenich. “Not only did we develop a unique olfactive concept for Classic Blue, but we applied it to one of the industry’s largest growing segments, premium scented candles, to increase wellness and positive emotions in homes and offices everywhere.”

“Familiar and reassuring, blueberry and fresh green notes are a distinctive feature of Classic Blue,” said Emmanuel Butstraen, president of flavors, Firmenich. “Today, with our increasing focus on health and wellness, blueberries are in a real sense becoming rediscovered, and growing to be one of the most relevant flavors in many areas of food and beverages.”

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: The Best Over-the-Top Spa Experiences

An over-the-top spa experience might be the most appreciated, least-expected gift of the season. Even better if it comes with a pair of airline tickets and a hotel reservation. If you’re thinking of ditching the digital shopping cart and instead opting for a day, or weekend of healthy decadence, here are some of the most excellent ways to splurge.

Caesars Palace Go Facial, Caesars Palace (Las Vegas)

Launched to celebrate Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace’s five-year anniversary, the 100-minute Nobu Go Facial combines five luxury spa experiences. Meaning “five” in Japanese, the Go Facial starts with an immersive virtual reality meditation. From there, skin undergoes a “Cinderella Lift”, a hydrating facial featuring a topical version of Botox applied to face and décolletage. Detoxifying masks are placed on the feet, followed by paraffin masks on hands and feet and a gold mask applied to the face. The treatment is completed with a full-body moisturizer application.

Ultra-Fractional Treatment, Skin Laundry (Multiple Locations)

Best known for a signature, no-down-time laser and light facial that takes just 15 minutes, Skin Laundry has recently launched a higher octane Ultra Fractional Treatment. The new laser facial is a non-ablative fractional resurfacing laser that targets pigmentation, reverses sun-damage and improves texture through stimulating collagen. Post-laser, a hydrating, pressurized oxygen is applied to deliver hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides into the skin for deep infusion of anti-aging ingredients and lasting hydration.

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