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Spa Week
Spa-La-La:
Spa Week October 12th – 18th

Story by Ruth J. Katz

he 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.


Photo Courtesy of Spa Week Media Group, Ltd

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 prices.


Photo Courtesy of Spa Week Media Group, Ltd

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 Week menu.

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.


Photo Courtesy of Spa Week Media Group, Ltd

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 sagging.

  • 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 on 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.


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