Spa Week October 12th 18th Story by Ruth J. Katz
growth of the spa industry not only in America, but around the
globe has been overwhelming in the past fifteen-plus years. Today
it is impossible to build a prestigious hotel that does not have a glamorous
and well-designed spa; similarly, spas that were constructed fifteen
and twenty years ago are being transformed into more user-friendly and
up-to-date sybaritic palaces. So, wherever your travels may take you
in October, remember that a spa treatment is but a (hot) stone's throw
away and is, for Spa
Week, affordable, as well.
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It is worth noting, also, that these spa havens of sanctum
for feeling whole and well are not only for "the fairer sex,"
but also for the Y-chromosome set that is to say for anyone
seeking to relieve anxiety and stress, elevate self-awareness and -consciousness,
and boost performance levels. Anyone who wants to indulge in one of
life's greatest joys an afternoon at the spa, during which time
you can be pampered and can also forget the troubles of the day
can happily plunk down the necessary silver to achieve the goal of inner
balance and physical release: What may once have been considered a luxury
is today a necessity.
To make that goal much more achievable and certainly
more palatable on the pocketbook, Spa
Week takes a bite out of traditional spa pricing. A bi-annual event,
this season's celebration of a healthier self is scheduled for October
12th to the 18th, with hundreds of spas, wellness, and fitness facilities
around the country offering premium, full-service treatments at major
discounts! Spa Week was created in 2004 by Spa Week Media Group with
the goal of not only introducing healing and therapeutic spa treatments
to the uninitiated, but also, to make these indulgent and/or wellness
treatments available to all, at prices that aren't off-putting. By heavily
discounting costly spa and wellness services on a national scale, Spa
Week has played a major role in opening the spa world to the masses,
while dispelling the notion that spas are for the privileged only. For
the past eleven years, consumers from diverse demographics have experienced
physical and mental relief and gained tools for healthier living by
taking advantage of a plethora of spa and wellness treatments at affordable
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Many signature treatments will be offered at a special
rate of $50/treatment (normally $100-$500/treatment) at participating
day, medical, and resort spas; yoga and Pilates studios; fitness and
nutrition centers. Millions of spa-goers will look to these treatments
to enrich their personal health and well-being, rather than solely to
pamper themselves. From the most innovative massage and bodywork techniques,
to cutting-edge skincare procedures, to classes focusing on fitness,
nutrition, and mind/body, there's something for everyone on the Spa
Just a few of the highlights from Spa Week's selections
of treatments from disparate locations around the country, all being
offered for $50.
Ling Skin Care (New York City): Fifty-minute charcoal
facial, usually $260.
Hey Gorgeous! Spa and Wellness (San Antonio, TX):
Fifty-minute sea salt/honey-pumpkin scrub and massage, usually $135.
Advanced Laser & Skin Center (Woburn, MA): Standard
hydrafacial/ medical grade, usually $169.
Onsen Spa (Los Angeles, CA): Sixty-minute 24-karat
gold, Japanese facial, usually $245.
That is but a tiny sampling of what will be on the menu
during Spa Week, and it is also important to note that participating
spas (day, medical, and resort), yoga and Pilates studios, fitness and
nutrition centers will be offering gift cards that can ultimately be
used at over 8,000 spas and wellness locations across North America.
Millions of spa-goers will look to experience these treatments to enrich
their personal health and well-being, rather than to merely pamper themselves.
From the most modern massage and bodywork techniques, to cutting-edge
skincare procedures, to classes focusing on fitness, nutrition, and
mind/body synergy, there's something for everyone on the Spa Week menu.
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I road-tested a neighborhood spa, in prep for Spa Week
, and want to report back that I had a lovely experience, for a pittance
of the regular price. I didn't want to stray too far from my nabe, given
that the Pope was in NYC and that Obama was coming, so I chose Yin
Beauty and Arts Spa, near my home. It is a neighborhood place, with
a local clientele, not fancy (a store-front entrance), but clean and
neat and with a very dedicated staff. Julie Kilder took care of me and
was the perfect aesthetician for a deep-cleansing facial.
For the Spa Week $50 offerings, there are a few choices:
Deep-cleansing, purifying facial (normally $130,
for the record) or a Microdermbrasion Glow Facial (anywhere from $75
to $95 normally), both about an hour.
Radio Frequency skin tightening (regularly $350),
which supplies RF technology, delivering a sort of non-invasive "face
lift." It stimulates deep collagen production, and with luck,
you'll see a lifting of the eyebrows, tightening of the forehead,
the jaw line, and around the eyes, cheeks, and neck. Say goodbye to
Lipo Cavitation (regularly $200), which is a new
and revolutionary alternative to liposuction using Ultrasound Cavitation
to help breakdown fat cells and reduce cellulite. The released fat
is then metabolized though the body's normal metabolic process. This
treatment is perfect for people with fat deposits on the abdomen,
thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, back and chin areas.
In order to receive information on participating spa
and wellness locations and their $50 services, spa-goers should register
SpaWeek.com as early as possible. The complete directory launched
on September 9th will allow consumers to begin booking their desired
services. It is recommended that spa-goers sign up and book in advance
to ensure they reserve their top treatment choices and thereby
help their minds and bodies emerge from summer's slow-speed mindset
to fall's reinvigorated energy.
Let Ruth know what you think about her traveling adventure.
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Journey to the Bottom of the Globe: Exploring the
White Continent of Antarctica
As a travel journalist I am constantly asked what are
some of my favorite travel experiences. The list is endless. But there is
one destination that seems to raise the most eyebrows. That destination
is a cruise to Antarctica. Sadly, that cruise line I was on is no more,
but today there is a plethora of cruise lines that offer similar packages.
Here's a look back at my Antarctica cruise.
Treasures of Ireland: Food, Fun and Falconry at
Ashford Castle (Dispatch #18)
The Palladian Traveler soars above the crowd with
a gal named Lima, cruises across a lake dotted with hundreds of islands,
and feasts like a king in a regal dining room.
Would You Believe She Can Carry 800 (Yes, 800!)
As she came around the corner we could not believe
how big she was. Massive, and yet incredibly beautiful almost elegant
in fact. Her lines were so symmetrical she seemed to blend into a classic
example of astonishing good looks. The other fact that amazed all of us
was how quiet she was. We felt sure that with the obvious overwhelming power
she evidenced, she'd be extra loud. It's a cliché, but she was as
quiet as a church mouse or "as quiet as dreaming trees."
Highway 49 Revisited: Exploring California's
In the 1840s, the population of California was only
14,000, but by 1850 more than 100,000 settlers and adventurers had arrived
from all over the world and they came for one reason: gold. James
Marshall had discovered the first gold nugget at Sutters Mill in El
Dorado County, creating the largest gold rush in history.
Lake Charles Family-Size Low-Key Mardi Gras
The Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras in Lake Charles,
the second largest in Louisiana, does not need parents there to avert their
childrens eyes. This is family entertainment and children are very
much part of it. The main office of the Lake Charles CVB has costumes from
last years Mardi Gras but it also has figures to fascinate little
ones from country boys fishing for their dinner to alligators who have already
fed and are rubbing their stomachs.
Cedar Hill: Frederick Douglass' Home is as Imposing
as the Man who Lived There
Having recently received a misguided shout-out from
the president during Black History Month Frederick Douglass has done
an amazing job... it seems a good time to revisit the cultural icon's
legitimate place in history. And a visit to his home in Washington, DC
surely a place the current president might want to consider visiting himself
would be a good place to start.
John Nemeth Doubles Down
John Nemeth is a busy guy. He and his band, the Blue Dreamers,
tour constantly and rarely leave the road. But when they do it's just
long enough to feed the heads of their rabid and enthusiastic fan base.
Personally, I've witnessed multiple Nemeth shows in both intimate and
festival settings and not once have I ever seen a patron stagger away
without a face full of grin. So when word came down that a new recording
was in the works, my grin got wider.
Hanging Out in Huntington Beach, California
Huntington Beach is legendary around the world as one
of the best surfing spots. Its waves and beaches are so great, it is also
officially known as "Surf City." But as I learned on a recent
getaway, the town is more than just tasty swells and beautiful white sand;
it also boasts gourmet restaurants, luxury, ocean-front hotels, great
shopping, and tons of California coastal charm.
Seville The Most Gay-Friendly City in Spain
I find it nearly impossible to sleep on airplanes. When
I couldn't sleep on the overnight Delta flight from New York to Andalusia
last September, I scrolled through the movies (blah) and other entertainment
(double blah) until I came across the TV show "Game of Thrones".
I knew of it, that it was bloody and sexy, but had never seen it. I watched
more than heard three episodes before dozing off. As I found out later,
it was the perfect introduction to my visit to Seville, Spain.
Leviticus 20:13 Sent by Tom of Pasadena,
It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and marijuana
was legalized in the last election. Leviticus 20:13 states
"If a man lays with another man, he should be stoned..." We've
been interpreting it wrong all these years!
Love Is Better the Second Time Around (Lake Como)
As our wedding plans came together in the summer of
2007 my fiancée Dorothy and I began to focus on the honeymoon. Hawaii?
New York? London? Paris? Rome? Both of us had travelled to these iconic
places in the past, but in our conversations we quickly realized that neither
one of us had ever had a truly romantic visit to any of these wonderful
destinations. Dot and I had both been in long-term, "complicated"
marriages, where romance had not been on the plate for many, many years.
The Last Place Youd Visit: A Few Days in Europes
Least Visited Country
Im a biased traveler. Having fallen in love with
Europe on my first trip to Italy with my father as a 14 year old, it is
to this continent that my travel plans always seem to lead. I return to
somewhere in Europe now every May to see old friends and favorite cities.
But with each trip, I have a firm goal: to fit in at least one new country
Tahiti and Her Islands
Just their names (pronounce each vowel!) conjure up romantic
images: Tahiti Nui, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Ra'iatea, Taha'a. Her
people are gentle; the air, tiare-perfumed. Warm lagoons, majestic peaks,
tropical fruits from the land and bounty from the sea all tantalize the
senses. Paradise! As near as can be found on planet earth. And, in my
experience, the finest way to explore her is on a ship designed for that
Monte Verità: In the Footsteps of Anarchy
Just as I reach the end of a squiggling, multicolored
path, an acorn plummets from an oak tree above me. It lands at my feet,
just as the path culminates at a mandala of Venetian glass, eight feet in
diameter. On the worn-out front lawn of Monte Verità, the Mountain
of Truth, this path, Chiara's Rainbow, evolves through the colors of the
spectrum red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and finally violet
before arriving at the mosaic mandala where psychic energies supposedly
prevail. The falling acorn brings me to the present moment.
The Impossible Happened: Itís Time to Get to Work
All of us are stunned, across the entire political spectrum,
by the results of this election. Many are both sickened and saddened,
while others are jubilant. I am guardedly optimistic. I think it's too
early to despair, or to celebrate. In my experience nothing is ever as
bad as it seems, or as good. But there is great cause for concern.
Japan: Bullet Trains, Monkey Shows and Whale Steaks
Last month, I went to Japan for three things... Ok,
let me back up a little bit already. The #1 reason I went to Japan was to
visit my girlfriend, Yuki, and she will kill me if I don't say that, so
there it is. Hi Yuki! Anyway, so after that, reasons number 2, 3, and 4
were the following: I wanted to ride a bullet train, go to a monkey show,
and eat a whale steak. That's right. That's right.