The Benefits of Spa Water Treatment

Hot tub spa water treatment has long been known to be beneficial for our health. Egyptians used hot baths to invoke relaxation and ease pain as early as 2000 B.C. In Ancient Greece they even used natural hot springs as hospitals. Medical research shows that hot tub therapy does provide safe and effective health benefits, so these ancient cultures really were on to something.

Reduce stress and sleep better

Spa water treatment will help you relax, physically as well as mentally. Invite your family and friends over and have a chilled out chat while the hot tub’s jets give you all a relaxing massage.

How about getting reflexology massage in your own home? Just place your feet in front of the jets in your plunge bath. Your feet contain thousands of nerve endings, and stimulating them can help to improve your overall well-being and mood.

If you’re having trouble sleeping you should get in the hot tub before you go to bed to sleep more soundly. The hot water will help to relax your body and the increase in body temperature will help you fall asleep quicker. If you just have a soak in a regular bath tub, the water will gradually cool down, whereas the water in your hot tub stays warm all the time.

Happy heart and joints

We all know that having a high blood pressure is bad, and although a lot of us want to get better at exercising doing this can often raise our blood pressure as well as out heart rate. Jacuzzi spa water treatment will raise your heart rate to a similar level as physical exercise but without raising your blood pressure. Like aerobic exercise it raises your heart rate and improves blood circulation, but without the sweat and risk of high blood pressure.

The improvement in circulation isn’t just good for your heart but also your joints. People suffering from arthritis could really benefit from regular soaks in a tub of warm water. The buoyancy of the warm water encourages freer movement because it supports and lessens stress on the joints. Key elements to the well-being of arthritis sufferers is warmth and massage, a hot tub provides both.

No need for a masseuse

If you suffer from sore muscles a dip in your Jacuzzi can do you a world of good. Getting a hot tub spa water treatment will make your body release endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemical, also known as a natural opiate. Not only do endorphins make you feel good, they also block pain, which in turn will help you relax and let your body heal if you’ve got sore muscles from exerting your body, along with all of your built up stress. All without the expense of a masseuse or therapist.

Relax while improving your health

You probably already knew a Jacuzzi is great for relaxing, and now that you know about the added health benefits, what are you waiting for? Treat yourself and relax in a hot tub today!

Tips To Select A Spa Vacation

We all live in very stressed times, with so much vying for our attention. Our jobs, family commitment, and other responsibilities lead to a need for spending quality moments with oneself or with loved ones. There are many reasons behind people choosing a spa break. It is a holiday coupled with an avenue to distress, relax and also undergo some healing procedures, which help in alleviating basic health issues. The spa industry has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of the locales, the level of service and treatments being offered as well as the cost effective packages available easily. All these reasons have led to a spike in a niche holiday option popularly referred to as the spa vacation. The following tips are designed to help you in the process of evaluating and selecting the best spa for your relaxed spa vacation.

1 – Locale – If you are looking to combine a vacation with a spa experience, you need to look at options that are located in scenic and beautiful locales. Some of the most popular destination spas are located in either hill resorts, the beach side or amongst lush countryside. The locale is an important factor to be considered while planning your spa break.

2 – Facilites – An ideal spa is designed to offer you a plethora of services suiting your needs and wants. Typically, you may want to consider the balance between the healing facilities and other spa relaxation therapies that are available at the spa. Many good spas offer the complete range from therapies based on a combination of wellness, special treatment based therapy, special detox plans and many more such programs aimed at healing the mind and body. If you go to a spa with multiple options, you are sure to come back highly energized and rejuvenated.

3 – Team – It is important to consider the people running and managing the spa. After all, you will be looking at this break to heal something in your life, so it is important to check if the people behind the spa are professionals who know what they are doing. Having qualified experts in charge of the various therapies is imperative as you will need the right guidance in order to have a successful healing experience. You must check the credentials of the spa’s founders or management team before signing up. Your best bet is a medically supervised spa which is the most effective one.

4 – Reputed – It is important to select a spa which is reputed and is known to follow the required hygiene norms as well as is transparent on their policies etc. Also, their past references and reviews from guests must be considered to get a balanced perspective.

Maintaining Health and Wellness Naturally

In recent years, there has been an influx of attention being paid to the health and wellness of many people across the globe. This is come about due to the gained knowledge and awareness of what prescription medicine may offer in terms of risk to one’s overall health in time. Since mankind has used natural herbs for maintaining a healthy lifestyle for thousands of years before the introduction of synthetic medicine, a return to this state of being provided by Mother earth is being sought after. When one considers that may synthetic drugs have been designed after chemicals that occur naturally, one can begin to understand that the answer most likely already exists in organic form.

Whenever the Food and Drug Administration starts evaluating certain herbs for their benefit for aiding in the recovery of a medical illness, they usually attempt to isolate the alkaloids that are thought to be the cause for improvement. Whenever these elements are isolated, their chemical structure is also studied for the purpose of creating a “more efficient” product. Although the goal is produce a product that does not vary based off of growing conditions, such as location and quality of soil, there can sometimes be negatives that arrive as a result.

When you consider that humans are organic beings, and herbs are organic as well, you can understand that the two go hand in hand. The human body does not always react well to inorganic substances, even if they react even more intensely and for longer duration within the brain. Sometimes, the conscious mind is not aware of the function being carried out by the drug within the body until a considerable amount of time after. This can significantly hinder the level of wellness one achieves and maintains.

It is of the utmost importance for one to understand what a chemical does within one’s body. Not all doctors are going to be upfront about this. Many truly do not even know, for they base their foundation on medical findings that may not always be able to measure the type of effect that the brain may be undergoing. Sometimes, these long term negative effects are not known until long after a drug has been prescribed for a specific illness. Usually, with a bit of researching, one can find the original alkaloids being imitated and have success with a natural alternative instead of taking the risk of having long term effects like this.

Spas Around the World Add Wellness to Beauty, Pampering and Weight Loss

Unlike American employee-based corporate wellness, some spa wellness programs are beginning to address quality of life topics beyond the physical. Corporate wellness in America has been a mild success as medical information, prevention-based efforts. Unfortunately, most such programs have not been of a positive nature focused largely on an exuberant, joyful life.

Wellness education at certain spas represents an advance from historic roles. Most associate spas with beauty treatments, baths, pampering and self-indulgent foo foo. Spas offer healing and rehabilitation, programs for diet and weight loss, fitness testing and holistic treatments and prescriptions. These functions will not be abandoned, given their popularity and profitability, but they won’t be the focus if spa wellness trends come into full play. Instead, a wellness era will feature lifestyle education for a quality of life-enhancement philosophy, value system and mindset. Real wellness, after all, is a dramatic alternative to doctors, drugs and disease.

The new spa developments are highlighted by a New York-based international organization called Global Spa Summit, or GSS. This group has sponsored and promoted major trend reports for the past three years. GSS-sponsored studies provide resource material for industry leaders and for all others seeking insights on the spa movement worldwide. GSS has demonstrated that wellness beyond risk reduction represents a new market for the spa industry. Such a transformation would promote the general welfare by advancing citizen health status and effectiveness. Thus, while the well-off are advantaged, we might expect some trickle down benefits for the rest of us.

Each year, GSS hosts a grand forum for spa leaders. This annual conference is called the Spa Summit. Last year’s event in Istanbul focused on wellness. The 2011 Summit begins this Sunday in Bali, Indonesia with a theme “Engage the Change: The Customer. The Money. The Future.”

Spa Wellness Around the Globe

* From Sweden – Anna Bjurstam, Managing Director of Raison d’Etre, perceives today’s consumers as more results oriented, interested in advanced lifestyle coaching, nutrition and chemical-free products. Customers recognize that beauty also comes from within. Wellness is the future; the general mindset of the consumer is learning to live a healthier lifestyle. Ms. Bjurstam emphasizes the importance of accurate information, preferably science-based.

* From Brazil – Gustavo Albanesi, President of the Brazilian Spa Association, reported impressive growth attributed to “a new wellness culture searching for increased life quality, especially in big cities.” This culture has changed the way people look at spas, which are becoming part of day-by-day life. The growth of the spa industry in Brazil is also fueled by major upcoming events, particularly the Olympics and World Cup.

* From Europe/Austria – Sha, a spa owner, reports an interest in “Alpine style wellness,” adding, “The spa community in Austria must confront and address the essential needs of our high-performance society.” This latter addresses mental balance and an array of holistic approaches for stress management (particularly burnout-prevention) and the “real life” of a high-speed society. In Austria and around the world, there is a greater recognition of new social responsibilities for the spa community, The key is incorporating mental enhancement via philosophy, science and the art.”

* From Dr. Tamás Várhelyi, a professor in Hungary, came news that Hungarian spas are focused on medical and wellness tourism. He distinguishes between a traditional spa hotel and a wellness hotel-something very few countries do. This is likely a result of Hungary’s long history of thermal bathing. The medical spa concept predominates in this region. Last year was the first year the number of wellness guests was higher than traditional spa hotel guests.

* From Filip Boyen, COO of Orient Express. Updates provided concerning hotel spa operators in Spain, Mexico and South Africa. Plenty of hotels were built in Spain during the recent construction boom, mostly accompanied by wellness areas of attraction. The latter are more favored by tourists than locals, who still seek traditional spas. In Mexico, an abundance of new wellness spas are offered focused on yoga and retreats. In South Africa, medical spas address environmental awareness and other aspects of “going green.” The keys to success will be offering the highest service standards, a clear concept and wellness education of spa staff.

* From Greece – Vivian Patkos, President & Owner of Le Convivial Luxury Suites & Spas, described innovations in that country emphasizing philosophy and imagination. The Greeks, of course, are known for this emphasis, perhaps due to the work of many early Greek real wellness pioneers, such as Epictetus, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Protagorus, Heraclitus, Xenophanes and Thales of Miletus. While none of these legendary thinkers had occasion to keynote a summer gathering of wellness acolytes at the National Wellness Conference, all made their mark on Greek spas and the rest of us everywhere. Asked if it’s true, as the world’s press seemed to suggest, that Greece is “the one and only country responsible for the corruption and collapse of the universe, Ms. Patkos expressed surprise. She expressed surprise at the fact that Greece was so strong, noting that we had not realized they had such influence and power. Greece, she noted, has an “upscale lifestyle but suffers from interior defamation.” For whatever reasons, and many were suggested, “the European Union, democracy and strong labor benefits all seem unable to protect the existing social structure.”

The spa business in Greece consists of “big expensive spas with a minimum of personnel and no clients – this is the reality.” Ms. Patkos wrote:

Spa business suffers from reduced funding, lack of psychological interest, lack of cheap labor, lack of worst case or survival scenario planning, lack of vision. Nobody understands what is going on. Nobody has the solutions. It is long lasting? It is interesting torture. Greeks were always great in dealing with chaos. And this situation makes them feel like home. But finally, how do we survive this crisis? Here are options:

1. Extremely low prices. This is a simple reaction. The most important thing, though, is to make the client plead not guilty when using luxury spa facilities. Prices need to be much lower than those for bed and breakfasts, offered as an absolute gift: a gift to remind them, silently, but explicitly at the same time, of their real status.

2. Alternative experiences. In a much different way from what they were used to, alternative experiences are the master key to release clients from guiltiness. They need new things in a more sophisticated, but not expensive package.

3. Minimize expensive consumption. It should be available but not advertised and not encouraged. Under these circumstances, consumption of expensive items and products seems kitsch-like and provocative.

4. Alternative pleasure with minimal cost. Idealism, philosophy, culture and art come back. There are many things we can enjoy for free. It is time to include them in our expensive spa products.

5. Effective management. For Americans this is the best, if not the only, way to survive. Greeks were never good in management. They were, however, good in philosophy and imagination. They trained and educated abroad, faced scientific management and now they use it in combination with philosophy and imagination. We need low-cost, unique, non-comparable offerings with maximum impact, alternative products and services not available elsewhere, along with new tactics to stay side by side with precious clients in this transitional period.

Now, during the economic crisis, investing in Greece seems more promising than ever.

* From Germany – When Dietmar Muller-Elmau rebuilt his family’s castle hotel, he created a spa in Germany along lines he would want to visit. Thus, he centered a destination spa on classical and popular music, fine food and wine, wellness and the education of children in science and applied reason. His innovative spa is called “Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa & Cultural Hideaway.” Asked about changes in the past year, Mr. Muller-Elmau mentioned “less interest in beauty, more in body & mind.” In Germany, investment capital these days in the wellness arena seems to be in “the creation of separate spas to ensure perfect tranquility for adults as well as unrestricted quality time for families with their children.”

* From Japan – Tomonori Maruyama, chief researcher for Mitsui Knowledge Industry, acknowledged the obvious-that the spa industry, like all other sectors in Japan, was rocked by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis. At least 560,000 people cancelled their hotel bookings; the total number of reservations for April-May’s domestic tour packages dropped by as much as half of last year’s bookings. However, an anticipated huge recovery construction program is planned for northeastern Japan. Thus, this is a favorable time for investors in new spa wellness facilities. In a personal message received yesterday, Mr. Maruyama noted that he and the people of Japan “can feel and realize again that they are supported by plenty of love all around the world.”

* From the U.S. – A summary of American spa developments was not part of the global briefings in advance of the Summit, but Jeremy McCarthy, Director, Global Spa Development and Operations for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, submitted “a bird’s eye view of spas around the world” distilled from trends he noticed. “Sleep, food, mood, exercise and other wellness emphases have evolved from being only a physical dimension of health. While the past several decades have focused on food and exercise as the two primary keys to wellness… today’s wellness programs incorporate aspects of psychological well-being, such as emotions and mindsets.”

* From the host country for the Summit, Martha Tilaar summarized wellness spa developments in Indonesia. Concerning changes in the past year, Ms. Tilaar said the people, especially women, are influenced by Western fashions and trends. Wellness seems to fit with a need everyone feels for balance in daily life. Indonesians seem more conscious now about wellness in this modern, fast world. However the industry lacks standardization and competencies.

In addition to the above notes from countries around the world from GSS reports, I also discovered, thanks to Lutz Hertel of the German Wellness Association (Deutschen Wellness Verbands) of developments in the Caribbean. Dr. Abhishek Jain, senior leader at “The BodyHoliday, LeSPORT” in St. Lucia and a board member of the Caribbean Spa and Wellness Association, noted that there is “a paradigm shift from good old ‘pampering’ to finding ‘purpose’, aiming for health ‘prevention’ and ‘promotion’ of a healthier lifestyle.” Dr. Jain believes “customers seek substantive information on well-being, self-development and added meaning and principles that support increased stimulus thresholds via self-efficacy are in demand.”

The 10 Most Influential Spa Evangelists

Putting up a spa entails more than just giving your patrons a massage. This service has grown and spawned an entire multi-million dollar industry-with hundreds of different players offering various services to boot.

So how does one survive or even begin to enter the market?

Well, starting up your own spa (or any business, for that matter) involves a whole lot of determination and hard work. One must be keen on finding new ways to get a leg up on the competition to draw people to his or her establishment, or be left behind in obscurity. Things like new or innovative health and wellness treatment, attractive deals and packages, an accessible location with interiors that are equally enticing and relaxing, and even excellent customer service might be a good mix. Of course, you might want to do a bit
of research yourself to see what’s hot and what’s not.

Better yet, why not get some helpful hints from the experts. Sounds intimidating? Don’t fret as you can find a lot of their work online for the world to view. You can turn to these folks­-some of the world’s influential spa evangelists. These gurus preach the gospel of spa and wellness to those willing to listen. They are:

1. Mary Blackmon (spa-addicts.com/about-us.html)
Mary is the founder of Spa Addicts, an innovative service that offers spa treatment at any of its partner spas and wellness centers at very affordable rates-started at a time when the concept wasn’t even thought of yet.

2. Kristin Gladfelter Johnson (flourish-marketing.com/bio.html)
A veteran in the fields of marketing, public relations, and publishing, Kristin has extensive experience that makes her the perfect person to turn to when you need help in making your spa attractive to clients.

3. Mark A. McKenney (@markthespaman #Spa; #skincare; #wellness)
Mark is a Media Consultant for DERMASCOPE, the most widely-read Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and Spa Therapy for over 40 years. This is the journal that anyone who is keen on staying in the industry for a very long time should be reading. And if you think that he is all talk, you might want to know that Mark is a Spa and Wellness enthusiast himself. So yes, he knows what he’s talking about.

4. Candy Holladay (@artofthespa)
Candy is spokesperson for the successful Art of the Spa and a Founder of the equally front-running Spa4Diabetes. In the Art of the Spa, for instance, she talks about what wellness treatment is all about via such programs as the on-air and on-web Brunch radio show, among others.

5. Susie Ellis (@susieelis; @spafinder)
She is President of SpaFinder Wellness Inc. This hardworking executive doesn’t just sit around or get facials and sign papers every day. On the contrary, Susie is the author of the well-read Susie’s Spa and Wellness Blog as well as the annual Spa Trend Forecast. The Chairman of the Global Spa and Wellness Summit likewise practices what she preaches by regularly working out and eating healthy.

6. Ella Stimpsion (@ispadoyou)
She is the Chairman of the International Spa Association. Apart from this prestigious title-which entails hard work, mind you-Ella is likewise the executive director for spa and salon at Wynn Spa and Salon and Encore Spa and Salon, located at Wynn, Las Vegas. Her prior tours of duty in the US Army have equipped her with more than enough discipline to handle the rigorous demands of her job which, ironically, aims to provide relaxation and wellness to many.

7. Cheryl Reid (@spaweek)
“To bring the spa and wellness experience to the masses by offering treatments, normally costing hundreds of dollars, for just $50 each”-this is the concept behind Spa Week. Its founder, Cheryl, herself understands very well the stresses of living in a hustle and bustle environment such as New York City. And for Chery, what better way to educate more people than by actually allowing them to get a “feel” for it, literally.

8. Ava Roxanne Stritt (@spatravelgal)
She has been quoted in USA Today as well as on Fox News, The LA Times, and many other well-known publications and media channels. We’re referring to Spa Travel gal Ava Roxanne. A freelance writer by day, this spa lover has been called “one of the most influential persons” for spa and luxury travel. Ironically, she believes that spa, travel, and skincare shouldn’t be a luxury but rather, are essential for a healthy body.

9. Shanon Hoffman (@helaigspas)
Shanon is the publisher and owner of Healing Lifestyle and Spa, a regular publication that gives useful information about anything about the service and its varied treatments. A lover of the open waters via a sailboat, she eventually finds herself back at her desk working hard to bring out the best advice and tidbits of data useful for any wellness enthusiast, with a homemade facial mask to boot-to better experience firsthand what she preaches.

10. Anitra Brown (@GuideToSpas)
Anitra not only writes for Guide to Spas for about.com, but is likewise a freelance journalist and spa writer. In fact, this authority on the subject of wellness is as credible as they come-having worked as a spa therapist herself.