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Moana Lani Spa at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki
I’m greeted with a cool glass of iced citrus water as I step into Moana Lani Spa at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki. A unique healing spot blessed by its roots ...

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Nalu Kinetic Spa at Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore Oahu
Every once in while you travel to a place that can quite literally take your breath away. The aroma of relaxation washed over me the moment I entered the famed

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SpaHalekulani at Halekulani, Waikiki
When guests come to the SpaHalekulani at the internationally acclaimed Halekulani Resort in Waikiki, they are welcomed with love. It’s a feeling more like you ...

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Halele’a Spa at the St. Regis Spa, Princeville
Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, which can only mean that at this spa, ancient traditions collide will collide with world renowned therapeutic treatments....

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Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
The Fairmont Kea Lani is a special resort whose very location will instantly heal your soul. From the moment I drove up, I was enveloped in the Aloha spirit. The ...

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Healing Haven – Destination Hawaii
For most of us planning a spa trip or wellness retreat a few destinations come to mind as hot spots for healing...Thailand, Turks & Caicos, or one of many choices ...

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Follow Your Bodily Bliss
The most important rule of thumb when visiting a spa is to be present in the moment, experiencing your state of mind/body/spirit and letting go of all outside influences. ...

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Wave of the Future
The WaveMotion looks like any other table, but it rocks, tilts and even rotates as you experience your spa treatment, giving you a sense of weightlessness. It may ...

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Microdermabrasion 101
Microdermabrasion is a favorite of celebs and the beauty savvy crowd for its ability to reduce scarring and visible damage, diminish wrinkles, encourage collagen ...

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Far Infrared Saunas
Have you ever tried sweating it out in a sauna, only to find that you couldn’t take the heat longer than a few minutes? You’re certainly not alone; a traditional ...

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Ku Nye
I’m a massage therapist’s nightmare. On the table, my inner critic is often muffled, but rarely silenced. Swedish or Shiatsu? I’m mentally assigning my therapist ...

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Inside-Out Beauty
Rubbing a lemon peel all over your body may help exfoliate your skin, but you won’t get a shot of vitamin C unless you squeeze the juice in your mouth. And yet, ...

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Mineral-rich Spa Treatments
Continued from our Retreat & Renew Daily Tip.

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It's in the Minerals
If life originated in an organic soup, you can be sure that some of the minerals on offer at our nation’s spas were in that brew. Minerals are chemical compounds ...

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Coming soon to a spa near you - treatments that delight, detox, and deliver
With money tight, it’s oh so easy to stick with the tried and true spa treatments: deep tissue massage, a steam facial, the quick mani/pedi. But there’s a wealth ...

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Lymphatic Drainage
With regard to exercise and nutrition, Alschuler is in full agreement, explaining that any sort of exercise which causes the large muscles of the legs, abdomen ...

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Flower Power
When it comes to emotional eating, triggers vary from person to person. Whether the root cause is fatigue, depression, stress, or another strong emotion, the end ...

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Modern & Indigenous
If variety is the spice of life, than why do so many of us stick to plain vanilla?

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I tried it: Sound Therapy
Living with a family member with a chronic illness means there is often discord and drama afoot. Things crash regularly and it is easy to lose perspective and become ...

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Stimulate, Rejuvenate, and Detoxify through Dry Brushing
When you wake up on a cold winter morning feeling a bit sluggish and tired, you may be tempted to reach for a cup of coffee. Fortunately if you want a great wake-up ...

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Thaiyurveda - Herbal Massage
"In Thai folk medicine, the Circle of Life is a constant flow between three essences" says Camille Maya Western.

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I tried it: Intuitive Massage
I recently visited one of DC's top eco-spas, Nusta Spa, where I experienced an Interpretive Touch Massage by the therapist who designed the treatment, Brad Drummer. ...

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Earthy Experiences
Mud and clay treatments have been around for a millennia. Uncover the history and the pleasure behind mud therapy.

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I tried it: Iridology
Iridologists study the iris, the colored part of the eye, to diagnose disease in the body.  The premise behind the science is that each organ in the body has a ...

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Spa Etiquette: Making the Most of Treatment
Dear Tanya, What advice would you give to clients trying to make the most of their spa experience?

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Spa Etiquette: Infections
Dear Tanya, I've been recently ill with an acute infection, and my neck and shoulders are tight from fever and bed rest. I'm anxious for a massage but don't want ...

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Spa Etiquette: Massaging Without Clothing
Dear Tanya, I am a frequent international traveler and have become accustomed to receiving massage in the nude. Will spas in the U.S. allow me to decline draping?...

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Tasting the Tropics
Imagine a delicious ice-cold cup of tea infused with pineapple, strawberry, mango, passion fruit, kiwi, and orange peel, now, imagine enjoying this brew at home. ...

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Spa Etiquette: Relationships With Your Therapist
Dear Tanya, I've been a client of the same L.M.T. for almost a year now. Recently, I've found myself attracted to her and I'm interested in pursuing a relationship ...

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Spa Etiquette: Treatments for Grandmothers
Dear Tanya, I want to treat my grandmother to a day at the spa for her 75th birthday. What kinds of treatments would be appropriate?

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Spa Etiquette: Getting the Most for Your Treatment
Dear Tanya, Q: I'm a newcomer to bodywork. How can I get the most from my treatment?

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Water World
Hydrotherapy,the therapy of water, is the essence of the original spa. An acronym, S.P.A. stands for Solus Par Aqua, a Latin phrase meaning health through water. ...

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I tried it: Ashiatsu
A few weeks ago, I awoke with a wrenching pain radiating through my right shoulder and down the right side of my back. The pain is something that I'm unfortunately ...

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Keep 'em Toasty
Post-shower towels are meant to be warm. Spas have known this for ages and have installed towel heaters in the spa and even in some guest rooms; but at home, all ...

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Buying into Spa Living
Architect Robert Henry, whose New York-based firm designed the spas at Wynn Las Vegas, and Potion Lounge in Manhattan, is working with Canyon Ranch Living on a ...

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Spa Addicts Unite!
Are you a spa addict, forever scouting for new places to be rubbed, scrubbed, and pampered? Then check out spa-addicts.com. This website, launched in January 2004, ...

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Spa Etiquette: Lingering
Give yourself a few minutes to breathe deeply and then move slowly as you get off the table and begin to get dressed. Although it would be nice to roll over and ...

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How to Shop for Spa Gifts
But before purchasing a gift certificate, we discovered four things spas generally don't tell you.

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Spa Etiquette: Missed Appointments
Unfortunately, this is one of those lose-lose' situations. You miss your appointment, they miss out on your business. Not knowing the specific details of your situation, ...

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Spa Etiquette: Clothing Removal
Dear Tanya, I'm never sure how much clothing to take off for a spa treatment or massage, any advice?

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Spa Etiquette: Treatments for Men
A: Most spa treatments are appropriate for either sex, but in my experience men opt for massage, facials, and pedicures most frequently. If your guy is active or ...

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Thalassotherapy
Born more than 4,000 years ago in ancient Egypt, thalassotherapy comes from the Greek words for thalasso (sea water) and therapeia (to heal). Thalassa was the Greek ...

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Spa Etiquette: Tipping
By Tanya M. Williams, L.M.B.T.

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Expert's Guide to Aromatic Oils
Continued from our Retreat & Renew Daily Tip. By Kyle Roderick

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Ancient Treatments from the Far East
Historically, TCM and Ayurveda (Sanskrit for “the science of life”) were developed from a quest for wellness, from the desire to treat and prevent disease. ...

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Spa Etiquette: Choosing Your Therapist
Though the industry has boomed in the last decade, there are still many individuals who have never experienced a spa treatment. To those unfamiliar with the environment, ...

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