All posts filed under: Spas

Quarantine-Inspired 2020 Holiday Gift Guide For the Most Hated Year

The 2020 holiday season might look different, but is is more important than ever to show how much we care. Choose your gifts carefully and with their health in mind. The year might have sucked, but the gifts don’t have to. Lola’s Apothecary For extra special holiday splendor give them the gift of at-home spa. Lola’s Apothecary is an English brand that puts a ridiculous amount of attention into each product. If your loved one likes to indulge in a luxury bath or take extra special care of their skin, Lola’s Apothecary has you covered. Plus, they can share their love of beautiful skin with their partner or family through massage oils, candle aromatherapy and shower oils. The brand has created special packaging just for the holidays so go ahead and get shopping. Sanara If your gift receiver enjoys the at-home spa experience, and supporting Latin brands, Sanara should be your go-to. Sanara has tapped into botanical ingredients that make very effective body care, especially for those who suffer from dry skin, eczema, or psoriasis. …

The Beauty & Wellness Industry Sounds Off on Coping With The Covid-19 Pandemic

As soon as New York City became the epicenter of America’s Covid-19 crisis, I started to reach out to my contacts within the beauty and wellness industry. This is a community I have become quite fond of. There were times when I leaned on these self-care insiders for support, in more ways than they realize. Ignoring my community at this time would feel very wrong. The confusion of “what do we do?” has set in and founders of businesses have handled the pandemic in various different ways. Let’s state the obvious. The way you handle the unpredictable will vary on case-by-case basis. Some have a monetary cushion to lean on, some are diversifying the way they do business, some are struggling to keep afloat, and some are taking a much-needed break from working all together. What we can do is help each other in whatever way we can. Aiding each other means we survive, and maybe even thrive together. Let’s not allow our community to sink. Aveda has stepped up in helping and made an …

Letter From Editor: Back to Basics and Fighting Stress With The Power of Five Human Senses

Letter From Editor (Paulina Kajankova) Main Image: Thich Nhat Hanh, master and father of mindfulness Our world is going through a powerful shift. We can feel the stress radiating from our very souls. We see and feel it from health care workers, health institutions, our neighbors, our own homes, and radio or the news provides little to no escape. Thich Nhat Hanh said: “strong emotions are like a storm”. Let’s learn to calm them though mindfulness. During this time of Covid-19 pandemic, self discipline and self-care has never been needed more. As a creative individual and depression sufferer, who was used to working from home long before the pandemic, I started to brainstorm new ways to cope and calm the stress. Since I live in New York City and have decided to stay put in the city that I love; my small apartment is my shelter. Many think New York City is a place for the rich. That is far from the truth. Many native New Yorkers make a medium income of 40,000, if that. …

Your Ultimate Guide To Spa Etiquette & Basic Know-How

Whether you are seasoned spa-goer in need of a refresher or a spa virgin, there are certain universal rules to getting the most out of your spa experience. Visiting a spa for the first time can be intimidating. Here is everything you ever wanted to know. Avoid any shyness or mishaps with our must-know spa commandments. BEFORE YOUR ARRIVE Check your spa’s website for their tips, rules and FAQ. Spa Appointments You have an appointment. Now make sure to confirm it. Not only is this a polite way to let the spa know that you intend on keeping your appointment, it is also a good way to make sure there are no appointment mix ups (it happens). Find Out Treatment Details The staff answering your initial call is typically well educated on all spa matters. They can let you know the name of your esthetician or masseur (let them know if you prefer male or female in advance), what amenities the spa provides, and how to prepare for your treatment (ex: if you are getting …

Mind & Body Wellness: Kohler Water Spa Continues to Re-Invent The Spa Experience

Retreat For All Your Senses Frequent spa visits might be a common pastime in Europe but for years now United States has been looking to catch up. As the demand for spa therapy rises, spas in the forefront of it all welcome curious new visitors every year. Kohler Water Spa and its destinations have helped pioneer spa education and the American spa experience. They provide a 5-star retreat. While the name Kohler Water Spa might signal hydrotherapy, Kohler spas do it all. They continue to find the right statistics on guest demands and invent new ways to pamper that guest. One of their newest services include sound meditation. The spa demonstrated the service last summer at iSPA’s Media Event – guests were able to enjoy a manicure treatment while shutting out the world with sound escape. This treatment would resonate with anyone who simply wants to relax without distractions, but especially with those who experience anxiety. We believe everyone deserves to experience the benefits of spa and wellness treatments; Kohler Water Spa is the place …

Spa Therapy & Etiquette 101

Mastering the art of spa is easy and dare I say addictive. Spas are a respite for the body and the mind. From an early age, I have known that wellness is not and should not be a luxury. It should not be reserved for the privileged, but be made widely accessible to all who desire the healing power of spa. The feeling of wellness in a lot of countries with deeply rooted rituals and spa traditions, such as in central Europe, is one of community. Spa living is easily accessible and appreciated on a regular basis. Bath houses and other water therapies are a place to socialize, exercise or slow-down. While growing up in Slovakia, I remember going to spas with my parents and being taught that health is more important than money. In the US, the understanding that spa is not just another word for a hot tub has gotten a lot more prevalent. The power of touch and hydrotherapy is very real and using them properly can enrich your life. There is …

Product Highlight: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 1970 is the Stinkiest Product You’ll Never Give Up

There is a reason your favorite aestheticians and celebrities make a big stink about Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 Exfoliants. Inserting one of their pungent exfoliants into your routine delivers consistent and glowing results. Since French skincare is known for its reliability, and this brand has been around for a long time, I had to try it for myself. What I discovered is something I already knew. Biologique Recherche has a tendency to linger in some of the most famous routines for a good reason. The results outweigh the scent. Wonderfully fragrant products are not always the best products. Especially if the fragrance ingredient remains a mystery. Biologique Recherche is a luxury skincare brand that has no need for fancy scents, packaging and fuss. It is “the original” cult classic. Instead they rely on clinical results, science, nature and word of mouth reputation. The individual results and places that covet the brand (such as Rescue Spa) speak for themselves. Rescue Spa is also one of the most reliable place to buy the product. You should be …

Wellness Rituals, The Big & Small Ways Essential Oils Improve Your Life

The power of nature has a way of sneaking up on us; making us into believers. While I was in High School I fell in love with aromatherapy and its ability to transform my bath soak into a place of relaxation and ideas. Since then I have forgotten the special and natural power essential oils can insert into our lives. Sure, they appear in the spa meditation rooms or become a tranquil part of our spa treatments, but how do we go about using them in our personal lives? What I found later in life is that using essential oils for personal healing is a wellness experience worth trying. My research on the many different brands available has confirmed what I already knew -transparency and chemical-free ingredients matter above everything else. When chosen and used properly, essential oils can make you go from being a skeptic to devotee. My approach to wellness is balance. While I am a believer in medicine and science, I also believe that natural remedies can give us a helping hand towards …

Cultivating an At-Home Spa, Part III

For our complete At-home Spa Guide read Part 1 and 2. Featured Image, Audrey Hepburn/Breakfast at Tiffany’s  Taking care of the mind, body and soul can seem like a never ending job, however when you immerse yourself in the spa lifestyle, self-care becomes a lot more doable. The trick to cultivating an at-home spa is the set-up and welcomed repeated rituals. Take the hard work out of self-care with regular routines (such as dry brushing, or hanging a eucalyptus in your shower) that eventually become second nature. Think of your body as your temple and your home as your house of worship. From the moment you wake up to the moment you drift off to sleep, devoting time to your wellbeing happens with a decision on the inside. Let us get you practicing more self love with our at-home spa guide. It is time to learn that wellness is not a luxury. It should not be reserved for just the privileged, but be made widely accessible. Whoever you are, wherever you are, know that you …

My Experience at Resorts World Catskills New Crystal Life Spa

The Sullivan Catskills, known as America’s first vacationland, is where, in 1968, my relatives decided to take a nature drive to the mysterious mountains of upstate New York. The trip resulted in a wise purchase: My great-uncle bought a rambling farmhouse and a factory space for wire goods that would employ many upstate wanderers, and he founded an entire bungalow colony nearby that came to be known as the Slovak Country Club. Europeans flocked here because it reminded them of home. As A CHILD IN EUROPE, I felt the peaceful benefits of spending time in nature—meditating to the swaying trees, feeling the warmth of the sun on my face. As irony would have it, Dirty Dancing was quite the iconic movie for me and my sisters while living in Europe. Little did we know that we would end up moving to the very same area in which the movie takes place. Seeing upstate New York anew has made me realize that this second home of mine is once again becoming a desired destination and one worthy of …

American Spa’s Julie Keller Callaghan is Leading The Women In Wellness Empowerment Movement

“I believe in abundance – one woman’s success does not and should not take away from another’s—any woman’s success is only good for us all.”  Empowered women empower other women, who then go on to empower the world. The American Spa’s Women in Wellness Leadership Conference proves that the road to success is paved with networking. After the 2016 election, instead of feeling powerless, Julie Keller Callaghan decided to become a cheerleader for women. The idea for the conference began to hatch. The American Spa Magazine’s editor-in-chief and publisher is an inspiration to women like me; women who are willing to share resources and tips in order to contribute to a greater good. Julie’s initiative to help women lift each other up does not end with the conference. She has created a network of women who support each other all year long, along with a scholarship that provides career assistance for one lucky recipient. My personal takeaway from the first New York City 2018 conference was to take matters into my own hands and make …

Health & The City: Best Places to Find Wellness & Community

Editor Note: For many, the New Year means making resolutions. My mantra is to take it easy on myself and not make promises I might not keep. You should always try your hardest to accomplish what you wish for but be kind to yourself in the process.  If you are looking towards a healthier and happier year, I highly recommend you find a wellness community.  It’s a good starting point. I myself had to accept that in order to begin on a path of wellness I had to be trusting and accept support from others. As a spa and beauty editor, my wellness adventures bring me to places you might not even know exist. The right place and healers could be right under your nose.  Wellness & The City (New York City that is) In the city that never sleeps you can order takeout in the middle of the night, have most things delivered at a snap of your finger, find a speakeasy in the most unusual of places and a “secret” garden might be …