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It's hard to keep up with all the latest spa info - new openings, quirky treatments, best deals - so we'll do our best to keep you informed. We welcome your feedback and inputs - info@spa-ireland.com

 

Spa at the Shelbourne - 09 Dec 2012

Spa at the Shelbourne

Special Treatment

It's always nice to try out a new spa and equally nice when your high expectations are met. Dublin has been missing a great city centre spa with space and luxurious relaxation potential and now we have it with the newly opened Spa at the Shelbourne. Pre or post spa there is an inviting pool to soothe your muscles along with the sauna and steam room but for me, spa is all about the treatment.

Mine was a Pevonia facial, administered by the professional and friendly Alana who knows her stuff and is one of my favourite kinds of therapists - one who works methodically on getting your skin deeply cleansed and at the same time, allowing you enjoy the blissful relaxation time in peace and quiet!

The Pevonia Plantomer Mask facial lasts an hour, costs 125 euro and is one of the most soothing treatments you can imagine. Seaweed is combined with revitalising Propolis (which is rich in natural antibiotics) and Vitamin A. Whilst the mask does its work, you can enjoy a deep tissue neck and shoulder massage and emerge with radiant skin and loose shoulders - just lovely

Post treatment, special kudos to the Shelbourne for their very nice relaxation treat. I chose the Tropical option from their menu and expected a smoothie of some kind. Instead, I got a chilled glass of pineapple juice, delicious coconut sorbet and fresh passion fruit served so beautifully I thought I had been transported to Asia. Paper cones of figs, dates, nuts and healthy eats are also provided along with a selection of beverages and are a generous example of how 5 star Spa should be done.


 

The Science of Spa - 01 Dec 2012

The Science of Spa

SpaFinder spa trends revisited

As we head into budget week here in Ireland with expectations of cuts of all kinds to our health services, a recent update by our friends at SpaFinder.com caught our eye. In 2011, SpaFinder named “The Science of Spa” a top trend, forecasting a new era where more questions about the "proven, medical effectiveness of spa therapies would get asked, leading to new visibility for the growing archive of clinical evidence that exists for approaches like massage, meditation or acupuncture".

SpaEvidence.com was subsequently launched by the Global Spa Summit in mid-2011 and is the world’s first portal to the aggregated medical studies that exists for 21 common spa/wellness approaches. It gives everyone easy access to the “evidence-based medicine” databases that doctors use, so they can search thousands of studies evaluating which spa modalities are proven to work, and for which exact conditions. This represented a big step towards transparency for the spa industry, as the site returns the clinical evidence behind therapies, whether it is positive, inconclusive or negative.

For 2012, SpaFinder names a trend after this breakthrough website "because the “fact” of its appearance so neatly encapsulates a macro shift that is quickening: the continued breakdown of the once separate “silos” of traditional medicine and complementary/spa therapies. And the erosion of these silos, the “Spa Evidence” trend, will take diverse forms in the year ahead…some ongoing, some new". And so back to the start of this note, what's this got to do with the Irish budget and healthcare.

SpaFinder predicts that in 2012, "more hospitals than ever before will incorporate — and more doctors will prescribe — spa and wellness approaches, not only because more new research shows that mind-body treatments can be especially effective for chronic pain, heart disease, sleep disorders and depression/anxiety, etc., but because the sheer global costs of not focusing on prevention have passed the tipping point. (Spending on healthcare amongst OECD and BRIC nations will grow 50 percent-plus from 2010 to 2020. Consider changes underway in the prevention-challenged U.S. healthcare system: A new study reveals that the number of hospitals offering alternative/spa services has tripled since 2000 (from 14 percent of hospitals, to 42 percent today). Roughly two in three of these hospitals now provide massage, three in five offer acupuncture and music/art therapy and one in five provide reiki. Hospitals report footing the bill 44 percent of the time, and at Pritikin (one of the premier weight-loss/heart-health American spa resorts), qualified people now get their trip covered by Medicare.

We wonder when our Health service will mature enough to recognise the power of touch and the positive effects of many spa treatments.


 

Shelbourne Spa Treat - 17 Nov 2012

Shelbourne Spa Treat

Midweek Revival for €120

Yes, The Spa at The Shelbourne really is open and it really is gorgeous and you really can lie and relax and look out onto St Stephen's Green. And you can really try out a great value experience for €120.00.

Try the perfect Elemis treatment duo, a sensational massage combined with a prescribed booster anti-ageing facial. Clients have a choice of two, equally as effective treatments. The unique Re-Energiser is an ‘ice-cool thermal’ massage to relieve stress, tension and ease aching muscles, while the Tranquillity offers a ‘thermal-soothing’ massage to induce a deep level of relaxation from top to toe. This treatment completes with an intensive booster anti-ageing facial, designed to smooth wrinkles and restore youthful radiance. The Elemis Face & Body Sensation is designed to cater to both male and female skins and guests can choose from:

• Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial
• Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial
• Visible Brilliance Facial
• Skin IQ+ Men’s Facial

Complete the pampering experience with a mini luxury manicure including a file, exfoliating hand scrub and paint. Stroll gorgeously down to the lobby and exit like a movie star.

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Spa Relaxation - 01 Nov 2012

Spa Relaxation

The Perfect Book for Your Spa Escape

So this is a shameless piece of near self-promotion but I know Spa Ireland readers will indulge me as I recommend to you a special book to enhance your next spa visit.

Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader has just been published by Picador and is edited by no less than my baby brother, Raymond Bell. Too modest to describe it himself, I share below the Amazon.com blurb and invite you to the launch at Hodges Figgis bookshop, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Thursday 8th November at 6.30pm where both Mr B's -Banville and Bell - will be signing copies of the book.

"The material collected here is a treasure trove, a fine retrospective and a comprehensive guide to the work of Ireland's greatest living novelist, John Banville. Selections are drawn from all of his novels, up to and including 2012's Ancient Light; each piece standing alone, short-story-like, but also resonating with those around it and representing the novel from which it comes. There are radio plays, some published in print for the first time here. There is a judicious selection of his essays and reviews. Perhaps most beguiling of all are the pieces of memoir, the early work (including Banville's first-ever piece of published fiction, from 1966) and the chance to see facsimiles of the handwritten first draft of the opening section of The Infinities. Possessed of a Past is an extraordinary document of the writer's life and work across nearly fifty years of practice, simultaneously offering the perfect introduction to Banville's sublime art and manna to devoted readers."

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Raison d'Etre - 16 Oct 2012

Raison d'Etre

Spa Management Course

Raison d’Etre has been in the spa and wellness business for more than 12 years. The team has worked with more than 100 spas in 60 different countries, created eight of the world’s most known spa brands and educated over a 150 spa managers the past 8 years. They own and operate Grand Hôtel Nordic Spa & Fitness in Stockholm Sweden, which has received numerous awards including being one of 10 Top Spas of in World.

Now, they offer all of their “real life” spa management knowledge in the Spa Management Online Course. This is a very extensive and thoroughgoing spa manager course that relates to current businees needs. Among the lecturers you will find people with leading industry experience, formal Masters degrees from top universities as well as experienced spa educators. For more


 

ESPA - 01 Oct 2012

ESPA

Online Skin Expert

The Ritz-Carlton is one of our most popular spas and recently I was lucky enough to spend the day there with some good friends enjoying the Spa Ireland Exclusive Day. 2 hours of fabulous treatments reminded me of how good ESPA is as a product - it works and all of us left feeling the skin glow that only a great therapist and product can deliver.
Which is why I am so interested in the ESPA online skin expert. Complete the questions using the online prompts and you will get your 'diagnosis' emailed to you. Free advice - we like it!

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Elemis - 01 Sep 2012

Elemis

Think Pink

Every ten minutes one person in the UK is diagnosed with Breast Cancer which is a truly shocking statistic and one that connects with any of us who have lost loved ones to the disease. Being breast aware is important and the spa prodict house, Elemis has long supported Breast Cancer Awareness month each October. Their must have Think Pink Beauty Kit hits the shelves in September. It includes a 15ml limited edition Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust 'Boob Tube'; 30ml Pro-Collagen Marine Cream in limited edition pink jar and a 50ml version of the Quiet Mind Relaxing Bath Elixir. To buy this beauty kit, priced at £32.50 GBP, visit www.timetospa.co.uk or call Elemis Customer Care Centre on +44 117 316 1888.


 

Golf Ball Massage - 27 Aug 2012

Golf Ball Massage

Exclusive to the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Dublin is launching an exclusive, first to Ireland, new sports massage Treatment, specifically tailored to golfers and designed with broad appeal; from enthusiasts with single handicaps to those who play more socially, due to launch in September 1, 2012.

The Spa’s award winning therapists use a special, rolling massage devise, with an inner golf ball which allows for deep, smooth and soothing contact between hand and tender muscles. The Treatment offers relief from ‘trigger-point’ pain from small knots in muscles with its steady pressure and gliding abilities and is tailored to the deep massage work required. 70 minutes costs €160, for bookings contact the Spa at the Four Seasons on +353 1 665 4601


 

Ritz-Carlton Accolades - 14 Aug 2012

Ritz-Carlton Accolades

Awards for Top Spa

One of our most popular spas, the Ritz-Carlton in Powerscourt, has won two awards at the recent Irish Tatler ceremony celebrating the best of Irish spa. First up, the spa was named the winner of the Failte Ireland Approved Spa but it has also won the big gong, the coveted Irish Tatler 2012 Overall Winner.

We are not surprised; Spa Ireland recognised the quality of the Ritz by featuring it on our launch page in November 2007. It is hard to believe that 5 years have passed since we - and the Ritz - were born and we wish them continued and deserved success. Check out the Spa Ireland exclusives on our site and also get a hold of their dinky new Treatments Menu brochure which is filled with treatment options to lust after.


 

Ballygarry Bliss - 01 Aug 2012

Ballygarry Bliss

Award Winning Luxury

From the moment you arrive at Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa you will appreciate the warm welcome of the team - this is all about being pampered and looked after. It's a world of open doors, courteous conversation and charming surroundings.

Nadur Spa is well known, multi-award winning and with some of the best therapists in the country. In short, a real haven of peace and relaxation. There is an extensive list of Spa treatments and breaks to choose from and all inclusive breaks from only €149 per person sharing. Choose from Maternity breaks or the popular Girls Night Away, which include accommodation, treatments and access to the Spa Relaxation Room and Thermal Suite with fab outdoor Hot tub. For reservations call 066 7123322.


 

Yoga Balm - 19 Jul 2012

Yoga Balm

The Perfect Gift for Yoga Lovers

Yoga Balm (even the name evokes feelings of comfort and well-being) is founded on three core principles: pure methods of distillation, Fair Trade relationships and zero waste.

The balm itself promotes organic healing through warmth and can be used during exercise as well as during treatments. With an ayurvedic blend of organic oils, the balm is intended to open core levels of healing. Each balm comes in a glass jar presented in a certified organic cotton bag, handspun in Nicaragua, with a soy silk pull and Egyptian cotton embroidery. The simple website is also pretty cool. Yoga Balm


 

Royal News - 25 Jun 2012

Royal News

Specials at Queen Beauty Emporium

I love Queen. The team there are fantastic, normal, brilliant, beautiful people who take you in bedraggled and unkempt and send you at the door looking way better.

Special Summer Packages include Blow-dry & Makeover for €65; Get your Fingers and Toes in Tip-Top Shape for Summer…(File, cuticle tidy, moisturising treatment & polish for €50. And introducing The Smoothing Bar @ Queen - Kink Fix costs €45 (Keratin Treatment Blow-dry), Smooth Talking €175-€250 (Kerastraight 12 week blow-dry plus homecare trio) and for the ultimate Queen treat, Straight Talker costs €175-€250 (Keune permanent blow-dry plus homecare trio).

If you're lucky enough to have been gifted a Spa Ireland gift voucher remember that you can use it at any of our spas - including Queen.


 

Global Spa Summit 2012 - 24 Jun 2012

Global Spa Summit 2012

Speaker Sound Bites

We were sorry to miss the Global Spa Summit this year. It's always a top class event that brings together the best minds in the spa industry. Catching up with some of the reports, we thought we'd share some sound bites from the speakers

“True innovation never comes from consumer focus groups. You can’t just give people what they SAY they want, you have to IMAGINE what they would most desire. Disney didn’t invent theme parks by surveys.” – Philippe Bourguignon, vice chair, Revolution Places

“Health care systems are truly sick care systems. The spa industry can be a major player in this space.” – Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General & vice chairman, Canyon Ranch

“Spas need to move from the ‘event-driven’ model and create more sustainable connections and experiences. Spa-goers are on a personal, archetypal journey – they seek a very different kind of ‘service.’” – John Kao, famed innovation expert

“Spas have got to STOP selling a checklist of isolated services” and start offering A TOTAL WAY TO LIVE. When they become more complete and accessible wellness educators and providers, they could go from being mere enclaves, to beachheads of innovation.” – Dr. Joseph Hutter, fellow, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare

“I have started brand-new careers many times since my 60s… Innovation doesn’t even stop at age 90!” – Deborah Szekely, founder, Golden Door and Rancho La Puerta


 

Hilton eforea Brand - 04 Jun 2012

Hilton eforea Brand

European Expansion Plans

We wrote about Hiltons foray into the world of spas back in February so it's good to see that Hilton Hotels & Resorts has opened its first European centre. The 1,500sqm eforea: spa at Hilton Baku in Azerbaijan (could it be any more exotic?) and will use Kerstin Florian products as well as Li'Tya and Vitaman.

The next European eforea to open will be much closer to home at the Hilton London Southbank in the UK, scheduled for this month followed by the Hilton Alvor Portugal in January 2013.


 

Massage Refresher - 27 May 2012

Massage Refresher

Training for Therapists

It's inevitable that massage therapists get a tiny bit tired and in need of refreshing their skills. Which is where Laura Hilliard Brady, Director of Walmer College & Holistic Centre comes in.

A teacher of deep tissue massage & posture to therapist for 20 years her passion for massage is still alive and in her workshops she gets therapists enthusiastic about their massage again. Massage has also helped her connect with many different groups like the ME trust, The Irish Cancer Society and the Rose of Tralee Festival. She has also worked with the Beyonce crew though won't reveal any secrets about her treatments to the stars.

Recently, Laura has begun to go onsite to Spas to update the therapists massage skills. 6-8 therapists work together in a 4 hour workshop keeping spa disruption to a minimum and rejuvenating their love for massage.

For details contact Laura on 0872216101/ 018329645 - laura@walmer.ie


 

Spa Trend Analysis - 01 May 2012

Spa Trend Analysis

How Did The Spa Brandwagon Pan Out in 2011?

We like watching the trends predicted by our favourite spa guru, Susie Ellis at SpaFinder.com, and appreciate the fact that she actually takes the time to look back on the year and see how the trends panned out.

One of the strongest trends in 2011 was the notion of a Spa Brandwagon where instead of independents, we are seeing multiple spas grouped under a common name. It's now at the stage where the spas have consolidated under their brand names and the brands themselves have a need to differentiate their offering.

In the US, consumers will be able to choose from a hip, urban Bliss or Exhale spa, or the eco-friendly “barefoot luxury” vibe of a Six Senses. In addition, people can select from more price-points than ever before: from the over-the-top luxury of a Mandarin Oriental, to the three- and four-star properties now developing spa brands, to a super-affordable, no-frills option like a Massage Envy (800-plus franchises awarded across the U.S.). With 80,000-plus spas worldwide, many consumers will embrace the “know-ability factor,” with spa brands offering them consistent experiences wherever they happen to live or travel.

ESPA (in over 50 countries) can be credited with first un-riddling how to make the spa brand equation work globally. And now brands are aggressively moving into hot, emerging markets like China and India (i.e., L’Occitane, Woodhouse Day Spas, etc.); brands indigenous to emerging markets are expanding (China’s Dragonfly or Spa Moment chains, etc.); and major hotel brands are busy launching carefully crafted new brand concepts. Newly minted hotel brands charging to market include: Sheraton’s Shine spas (planned for all global properties by 2012), Hilton’s Eforea concept (to be rolled into 80 global properties by 2013), Steiner’s Chevana spas, W’s Away spas, Le Meridien’s Explore spas and a new Iridium spa brand for St. Regis properties. There is even a “no therapist” spa franchise, Planet Beach Contempo Spas, expanding from Australia to South Africa. (Another breed of “brand,” Leading Spas of the World, an organization that curates fine spas worldwide, will help consumers make decisions in a crowded market.)

A Few Additional Brands on the Move: Banyan Tree, 63 locations; Bliss Spas, 21; Blue Mercury, 30; Body Minute, 221; Champneys, 12; Clarins, 136; Dove Spas, 12; Dragonfly, 14; Exhale, 15; Facelogic, 40-plus; Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spas, 30; Mandara, 72; Mandara’s Chavana, 4; Massage Envy Spas, in conjunction with Murad, 600-plus; Massage Heights, 50-plus; Red Door, 32; Red Door’s all-new Simply Face+Body, 1; Sanctuary, 2 (with 4 opening in 2011; Spa L’Occitane, 40-plus; Woodhouse Day Spas, 23. (Note: Each one has significant expansion plans in the works.) So as we always say, let's see how many of these brands surface in Ireland to supplement the strong, and welcome, presence of ESPA.


 

Rose-y Complexions - 03 Apr 2012

Rose-y Complexions

Aromatherapy Associates Rose Facial Cleanser and Triple Rose Moisturiser

Aromatherapy Associates is well established and recognised as one of those product houses that really does harness the finest of plant extracts, pure essential oils, every ounce of goodness from the best organic fruits and vegetables and the most powerful anti-oxidants.

Try out the Aromatherapy Associates Renew Rose Facial Cleanser, a rich wash off cleanser which will infuse the skin with extracts of rose, known to promote circulation for a bright, healthy complexion and uplifts spirits. Jojoba, which is chemically close to the skins natural oil, softens and protects, while Geranium deeply nourishes and aids a healthy circulation. Every ounce of makeup will be gently removed, leaving you with bright, delicately fragrant skin.

Follow that deep cleans with Aromatherapy Associates Triple Rose Moisturiser. "Harnessing the power of 3 different types of skin optimising rose, from Morocco, Bulgaria and Turkey, this moisturiser not only quenches thirsty skin, but also tackles fine lines and wrinkles naturally, with renewing rosehip and toning red ?algae. Other key ingredients include Sandalwood, to soothe sensitive skin, and frankincense, to protect, tone and lock in moisture". Lovely, a gorgeous fresh face just in time for Spring.

Aromatherapy Associates    


 

Linann Yoga - 20 Mar 2012

Linann Yoga

Weekend Break at the Maryborough, Cork

New to the market, Linann Yoga is a based in Cork City, offering yoga weekend breaks throughout the year in selected Spa Hotels in different locations around the country. It's the perfect combination of a gentle activity break with the chance to relax, unwind, and completely focus on some me time. And you get the chance to "omm" in the most gorgeous environments.

During these weekends, Linann Yoga offers a specialized yoga and relaxation programe focusing on relieving stress and discomforts in the body suitable for complete beginners and advanced practitioners. Classes are held early morning to awaken the senses, stimulate the body and kick start the day. Evening classes are designed to wind down and explore imbalances within the body and mind.

Dates for the upcoming weekends are the 23rd – 25th March, and 20th – 22nd of April, both of which will be held at the gorgeous Maryborough Hotel & Spa, Douglas, Cork. For more information, visit www.linannyoga.com, email Linda on linannyoga@hotmail.com, or call 087 9852682.


 

Pevonia - 01 Mar 2012

Pevonia

New Look and New Website

Catering to the needs of both professional spa therapists and individuals who like Pevonia products, www.pevonia.co.uk is a great online resource that blends education, excellence and expertise, giving the user the best possible digital skincare experience.

The site includes an Educational & Resource area, Personalised Spa Profile, E-Commerce Shop, Treatment Centre and a Geographical Spa Finder. Plus it has a very nice look and feel and great navigation so gets plus points from us all round. For more, check out Pevonia


 

Fabulous Facials - 18 Feb 2012

Fabulous Facials

Dr Hauschka Magic in Dublin

Having a facial can be a daunting experience; I've walked away from some therapists feeling utterly useless at managing my skincare and wanting to put a bag over my head in case I bumped into anyone I knew, make-up-less and face-naked.

A Christmas gift of a Dr Hauschka facial (thank you Jeannette!) has taught me that truly magical facials do exist. Of course the ingredients are there - Dr H is 100% natural, plant based and designed to work with your skin, rather than on your skin.

Tara O'Rourke was my personal skin magician who calmly looked at my tired, dingy skin, seriously de-hydrated from the ten flights I've flown so far this year, and told me to relax and let her look after it. She began the treatment with a sage based foot bath, which was enough to set me into dream-land on its own, and then moved on to a highly structured yet soothing and cleansing facial ritual. Soft touches, a lot of work on my lymphatic system and a deeply nourishing facial mask combined to make the time pass in a flash of facial bliss. No hard product sell at the end, which always impresses me and in fact makes me more inclined to buy product. My face has never looked cleaner and I'm left with a desire to go easy on the make-up and heavy on the kindness to my skin.

For appointments contact Tara directly at taraniruairc1@gmail.com, T 086 089 9663. And you can buy Dr Hauschka products at an ever increasing number of stockists around the country, see http://drhauschkaireland.ie/index.html.


 

Romantic Weddings - 14 Feb 2012

Romantic Weddings

Heritage Golf & Spa Resort Showcase Event

The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in Killenard, Co. Laois invites all bride and grooms-to-be to come along and experience the world of weddings at its Spring Wedding Showcase which will be held on Sunday, 4th March 2012 from 2pm-5pm. Idyllically situated close to the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort will bring together the very best of bridal professionals under one roof to ensure that you will be spoilt for choice to help you plan your perfect day!

Guests will be greeted upon arrival with the renowned Heritage Golf & Spa Resort red carpet welcome. Representatives from the best wedding suppliers and services will all be in attendance on the day to assist in every way they can. The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort executive chef will also be at hand to tempt you with a decadent assortment of wedding food delights.

“Our Spring Wedding Showcase gives couples the opportunity to see what The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort has to offer as a wedding venue, from our spectacular setting and facilities, to the magnificent ballroom and our Civil Cermony facilities” says Struan Craig, General Manager of The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort. “We have selected a range of the top wedding suppliers, from florists to our Executive Chef Noel Newell, which couples can meet in person on the day. This will allow brides and grooms alike to have personal contact with different wedding specialists and discuss their services and products first hand before making a decision.

Brides can find the dresses of their dreams, tuxes for the groom and hotel accommodations and entertainment for their guests. Additionally, you can order invitations and favors, see photographers' work, sample wedding cake, book a wedding car and wedding planner". Most importantly, from a Spa Ireland perspective anyway - the spa team can assist with wedding make-up and resident hair stylist can discuss potential styles while wine and champagne experts will be there to offer advice and tips.”

For further details contact The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort Wedding team on 057 8645500, email weddings@theheritage.com or visit www.theheritage.com


 

SpaFinder Trends for 2012 - 01 Feb 2012

SpaFinder Trends for 2012

Healthy Feet, Cold and Ice and Online Wellness Gaming

Each year we look forward to hearing the trends predicted by Susie Ellis and her team, largely because we think she has the clearest 'voice' in spa and has an uncanny knack of crystal-balling what's on the way in spa-land. Now in its ninth year, the influential annual report is based on analyses from SpaFinder Research and its team of experts who visit hundreds of spa and wellness businesses around the world every year, as well as interviews with leading industry analysts, and data and feedback collected from SpaFinder’s partnership with over 15,000 spas, yoga, Pilates and fitness studios, wellness practitioners and salons worldwide.

So, to the sound of fanfare and trumpets, the top four global spa trends for 2012 are:

1.) Healthy Feet Treatments
Spa-goers can now take care of their troubled tootsies with a variety of treatments and classes. Canyon Ranch SpaClub in Las Vegas offers a comprehensive “Healthy Feet” program, with computerized gait analysis and treatments in zero-gravity chairs, while Yamuna's boot camps in New York City teach attendees to improve their posture and strengthen the muscles in their feet. There are even 100% foot-focused med-spas such as California's Stride Wellbeing, which combines podiatric medical care with a menu of foot-pampering treatments. And podiatrist-overseen “medi-pedis” are booming, like those served up at celebrity foot doc Margaret Dabbs’ London centers, or famed French foot doctor Bastien Gonzalez’ signature pedicures at One&Only spa resorts worldwide.

2.) Cold and Ice Treatments
Infrared saunas, which direct radiant heat into the body without heating the air, are becoming more widespread, and more extreme cold and hot/cold-contrast treatments are on the rise. Every ESPA spa in the world now offers ice rubdowns after saunas, while spa-goers at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas can experience falling snow in its Arctic Ice Room. A new Snow Shower from Thermarium will hit the market soon, and for hardcore ice devotees there's cryotherapy, where a person spends 2-3 minutes in a chamber cooled to a mind-numbing -120°C (-184°F). It's a highlight at Canada’s Sparkling Hill Resort and California's US Cryotherapy Center - the first dedicated “cold therapy clinic” which is poised to franchise its full-body, cold-therapy chamber to other locations.

3.) Wellness and Beauty Coaching
Health coach. Sleep coach. Eyebrow coach. Coaching is gathering steam at spas, and with good reason. While isolated treatments have their benefits, spas are in a unique position to help people make the kind of lifestyle changes that lead to long-term health and well-being. With the word "spa" increasingly evoking an entire lifestyle, it is only logical that coaching will become a fundamental part of the spa philosophy. US destination spas like MiiAmo and Canyon Ranch are taking the lead with spa coaching packages followed by post-visit consultations via phone, email, and even Skype. The trend is also hitting the beauty arena, with Clarins officially offering “beauty coaches” at its new flagship spa in Paris. As wellness-related gadgets and apps become more advanced, watch for long-distance wellness and beauty coaching to become even more prevalent.

4.) Online Wellness Gaming
Half a billion people worldwide play online games for at least an hour a day, and gaming's addictive features – points, challenges, rewards, social interaction – are uniquely suited to making healthy lifestyle changes stick. Pioneers in the wellness gaming space include early entries like the meditation game Leela, from mind-body guru Deepak Chopra, and MindBloom's Life Game, which rewards members for achieving well-being goals and has the backing of insurance giant Aetna. While French beauty powerhouse Clarins has dipped its toes into the market with its beauty-centric Facebook game "Spa Life,” the spa industry is well-poised to take the lead in wellness games, as spas already enjoy powerful real-world connections with their customers. The next step is to use gaming to maintain those connections once they return home, offering daily online workouts, using sensors to track progress, and facilitating online encouragement from therapists, friends, and family.


 

New Year, New Skincare - 01 Jan 2012

New Year, New Skincare

A Fresh Regime From Elemis

With the New year comes the urge to detox, particularly after Christmas indulgences, making it the perfect time to improve your skincare regime. For the month of January Elemis have created two Cleanser & Toner duo’s, giving the choice of two award winning cleansers with a complimentary toner. Buy the Harpers Bazaar Hot 100 Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash and receive a complimentary Soothing Apricot Toner or the Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser and receive the Rehydrating Ginseng Toner for the price of £27.60 (worth £47).

Available from 1st -31st January at www.timetospa.co.uk Timetospa.co.uk, spas, salons and selected department stores in the UK. For your nearest stockist or to mail order call Elemis Customer Care on + 44 117 316 1888 or shop for Elemis products at your nearest Spa Ireland Elemis Spa.