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I can think of many reasons to visit a spa, including:
• To overhaul the mind/body/spirit.
• To escape stress of the (fill in the blank: economy, marriage,kids, job, relationship).
• To get in shape for the (fill in the blank: wedding, reunion,Oscars, conference, interview).
• To be pampered.
• To indulge in (fill in the blank: yoga, hiking, healthyeating, exercise, beauty treatments, massage).
• To revive, relax, rejuvenate and recover from (fill in theblank: the divorce, an illness, overworking, childbirth, generalindulging).
Whatever the reason, whatever the expectation, you’ll find a spato meet your needs.
According to the International SPA Association report releasedlast month, about 19,900 spas are located in the United States. In2010, U.S. spas counted 338,600 employees, enjoyed about 150million visits, and took in $12.8 billion in revenue (up 4.3percent from 2009).
Germany, where spas are more medically based than in the UnitedStates, claims more than 350 spa towns and more than 1,000 wellnessand beauty hotels — and Germany represents only a tiny fraction ofthe spas in Europe, Asia, Oceania and most points of the globe.
Spa vacations are big business, and the industry is flourishingall over the world, which is both good and bad news.
The good news is that because of competition, spas just keepgetting better, adding programs, perks and special deals to lureclients.
The bad news is that the proliferation of great spas makeschoosing one among the multitude confusing. each spa is unique, andpicking the perfect spa to match your personality and individualneeds is not as easy as one, two, three. but it is as easy as oneto 10.
TEN MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS
1. Type of spa • in industry terms, spas fallinto different categories that include day spas (for use on aday-only basis) and medical spas (operating under licensed medicalprofessionals and integrating spa services with medicaltreatments).
Those wanting to combine a travel and spa experience shouldconcentrate their attention on destination spas (facilitiesoffering accommodations, meals and activities focused on, anddedicated to, wellness and well-being); resort/hotel spas(facilities located within a resort or hotel that offer treatments,sometimes special food, and sometimes dedicated accommodations aspart of the property’s overall amenities); and mineral springs spas(facilities with on-site access to natural mineral water and/orthermal springs offering treatments based on water).
2. Costs • not too many years ago, spas wereconsidered perks for wealthy women. OK, today some still are. TheGolden Door in Escondido, Calif., charges $7,750 for a seven-nightall-inclusive stay. on the other hand, many wonderful spas aregeared toward a variety of budgets. the highly praised Red MountainResort in St. George, Utah, has an all-inclusive-package rate of$230 per night, and the Oaks at Ojai, in Ojai, Calif., often lowersits nightly base rate of $199 with special promotions anddiscounts. Set a budget before doing a spa search and then researchonly the spas that fit your budget.
Consider all aspects when comparing cost. What’s actuallyincluded in the all-inclusive? What are the hidden costs (taxes,services, transfers, activities, single supplement, etc.)? does aspa have a tipping policy? Calculate all costs before comparingspas, because the extras add up quickly.
3. Location • it sort of goes without saying,but think about location when choosing a spa. How much willtransportation costs add to the bill? is the spa isolated,requiring a full vacation day to reach it, or will travel take onlya fraction of your allotted time? How much fun will those outdooractivities be in a desert spa in the middle of summer or mountainspa in a midwinter snowstorm?
4. Personal goals • Make a list of everythingyou want to gain from the spa experience and then researchcarefully to see that the spa has programs and activities to meetyour expectations. Do you want to lose weight? Pick a spa that hasa strong weight-loss program and staff that will help guide theeffort. Do you love massage? Check out the spa’s massage menu. Doyou want the ultimate pampering getaway? Then don’t choose the spathat touts cabins with bunk beds and specializes in survivaltechniques.
5. Perks • I consider alcohol at a spa as aperk but regard coffee a prerequisite. one person’s perk might beanother person’s essential. take nothing for granted. Ask if inaddition to the fitness routines and treatments, the spa offerseducational programs and evening entertainment activities. is therea shop on-site to supply forgotten items? can you use yourcellphone at the spa? can you get a daily newspaper? does the spahave Wi-Fi? does the resort spa offer free access to thesauna/Jacuzzi on day of your visit?
6. Comforts • Figure out your comfort level andask questions to ensure that the spa will deliver. does the spaconsider itself rustic, luxurious or somewhere in between? are thedestination spa’s rooms well-equipped with self-regulated airconditioning or heat? are rooms made for sharing? are bathroomsprivate? What are the nudity policies? Do you have access tocomputers? What is the staff-to-guest ratio? are accommodationspet-friendly?
7. Companions and fellow guests • A spa offersa great way to travel alone, yet meet similarly minded travelersand feel part of a group. most destination spas make it easy forguests to meet and interact. Resort spas are terrific ways forcouples, with only one member interested in spas, to vacation. Hegets golf; she gets hot stone massages.
8. Programs • Seek destination spas that offera variety of programs and use the programs to help satisfy orexpand your interests. are you allowed to set your own schedule atyour own pace, or do you have to follow a preset regimen? What’sthe average age range of the guests? And are there enoughage-appropriate activities to meet your activity level andinterests?
9. Treatments • I love, crave, adore theAyurvedic four-handed massage, but ice plunge soaks leave meutterly cold. Make sure that the spa you are considering offers thetreatments you fancy. And ask about the treatments, their cost andthe time devoted to them. some spas run like a factory, withtreatments so rigidly timed as to be stressful. can you get atreatment of choice at your time of choice, or do the populartreatments tend to be overbooked? Do you have to book treatments inadvance, or can you sign up when you arrive?
10. Staff • Without question, all techniciansshould be licensed professionals, and it helps if the chef isgifted. All staff, from receptionists to massage therapists, shouldwork to make your experience comfortable. A good spa will havequalified people answering all your questions before you book. Onceon site, staff should provide an orientation and/or an initialconsultation to set up a program and help you to maximize yourstay.
SOME SPECIAL SPAS
Thermes De Spa in Spa, Belgium • once upon atime, someone in the village of Spa, in the southern part of theWalloon region of Belgium, noticed healing properties of thethermal springs flowing in the area. Word spread quickly, and bythe 16th century, Spa had established itself as a major healthresort town where European high society and aristocracy traveledfor “water cures.”
Today’s tourists can experience the healing waters of Spa, atThermes de Spa (thermesdespa.com), a super-sleek contemporaryfacility with indoor and outdoor thermal pools and a variety oftherapeutic and beauty treatments and health services.
Thermes de Spa operates as a day spa, where an adult entrancefee — $26 for three hours and $42 for a full day — lets you use thedressing rooms, indoor and outdoor water facilities, resting areasand café. Treatments are individually priced. Guests staying at theRadisson Blu Palace Hotel enjoy special privileges.
Buckstaff in Hot Springs, Ark. • Europe claimsSpa, but the roots of North America’s spa industry reach toArkansas, where Native Americans and early settlers discoveredhealing aspects of water bubbling forth from 47 mountain springsalong the lower slopes of Hot Springs Mountain.
After the 1803 Louisiana purchase, the area grew into afrontier-rough and rudimentary “health town,” and by 1832, thethermal mineral waters were so prized that our governmentofficially set aside the springs and surrounding land as a”reservation,” our nation’s first federally protected naturalresource.
To dip into history and enjoy an old-fashioned water treatment,head to the Buckstaff (buckstaffbaths.com) on the park’s BathhouseRow, where the big beautiful bathhouses, built in Hot Spring’sheyday to accommodate the elite and well-heeled, still stand.Today, the Traditional Bathing Package, which includes a thermalmineral bath, Swedish massage and Loofa mitt scrub, costs $65.
Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa in Sedona,Ariz. • Mii amo, Enchantment Resort’s spa, sits in apueblo-style adobe building at one edge of the 70-acre resortcomplex and is self-contained, with its own pools, shop, treatmentrooms, fitness center, men’s and women’s lounges, a meditationcenter, a café and a bar (it’s amazing how restorative and relaxingprickly pear margaritas can be).
Intimate and luxurious, the Arizona getaway appeals to the spasavvy, the spiritual (its location in the heart of red rock BoyntonCanyon is believed to be a sacred center radiating healing energy)and Hollywood stars (the resort sometimes inserts gift certificatesin Academy Award presenters’ gift baskets).
Guests can stay in one of the resort’s casita-style buildingsand use Mii amo as a day spa by paying a $25 resort fee. Thosewanting to enjoy Mii amo as a destination spa need only book one ofMii amo’s Journey packages (the three-night package starts at$1,990 per person, double occupancy, in low-season), which includesaccommodations in one of 16 guest rooms adjoining the spa building,meals, two daily treatments and all resort and spa activities.
Adler Thermae Spa Resort in Tuscany, Italy •Adler Thermae Spa Resort (adler-thermae.com/en/hotel-adler-thermae)has the feel of both Germany and Italy. the spa is orderly,spotlessly clean and run with medical precision, as in Germany. TheItalians contribute fabulous climate, incredible food and anatmosphere that is happy, charming and pleasure-focused.
Guests can approach the five-acre, 90-room resort spa as theydesire. some seek a medically designed and supervised regimen thatincludes prescribed diets, activities and educational programs.others simply want a wellness-focused vacation in a beautifulsetting complete with great food, a superb wine list and terrificbeauty and health-enhancing treatments.
The property contains its own thermal spring, herb garden andvineyard, all of which not only add to the beauty of the place butalso supply ingredients for medical and beauty treatments (the winetherapy’s Bacchus Ritual is a spirit raiser if there ever wasone).
Daily rate for a room with half board starts at $307, with abase three-night, all-inclusive package listed at $876. Medicalevaluations and programs are priced according to individualneeds.
Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Baja California,Mexico • when Deborah and Edmond Szekely opened theirhealth camp just south of the U.S. border in Tecate, Mexico, in1940, facilities consisted of little more than a dirt-floor hutunder a beautiful mountain and a small garden growing most of thevegetables for meals.
Today, it covers 3,000 acres and is a top runner in lists of”best destination spas in the world.” With a focus on physicalactivity and the outdoors, Rancho La Puerta appeals to women (85percent of the guests) more on a quest to better themselves than tobe pampered in luxury. Guests can choose to stay three, five orseven nights, with lowest summer rate for an all inclusive week(Saturday to Saturday) listed at $2,835 (double occupancy) withoptional treatments costing extra.
Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Ariz. • Today theCanyon Ranch (canyonranch.com) brand covers not only the originaldestination spa that opened in Tucson in 1979, but also afull-destination spa in Lenox, Mass., a “living community spa” andhotel in Miami and several luxury day spas, in Las Vegas and oncruise ships.
I like the Tucson property, which is difficult to fully describebecause it keeps escaping its destination spa pigeonhole. FoundersMel and Enid Zuckerman call it a health resort and vacationdestination dedicated to healthy living. in reality, the propertycan be almost anything a guest’s healthy, wealthy heartdesires.
Spread over 150 acres in the foothills of the Santa CatalinaMountains, the ranch houses up to 240 guests (couples, women whocome solo or in girlfriend groups, assorted celebrities andfamilies) in single-story adobe-style cottages tucked amid flowerand cactus gardens.
Walking paths lead to main buildings, which include an80,000-square-foot spa and fitness complex; the Life EnhancementCenter (a complete spa within the spa); and a medical facilityoffering a variety of services.
To understand the full draw you will have to ante up a baseminimum of $2,340 per person (based on double occupancy in lowestseason) for a four-night “spa sampler,” plus more for extratreatments.
Nowadays, breast enlargement is not just for women but it has also become popular among men who want to have feminine breasts. Although breast enlargement techniques in men are pretty the same with that of women, it is important to take note though that men and women vary in anatomical features thus it is important to find methods that are specifically designed for men.
Breast enlargement techniques for men can range from surgical to non-surgical, but of course, the option of not going under the knife is most probably what you would want, considering the risks and the cost as well. In any method or technique, you would want to use, especially if it concerns surgeries or pills, it is important to be informed about the risks and effects of the procedure.
Here are some of the common breast enlargement techniques and methods used by men in the aim of getting feminine-looking breasts.
Chest Exercises and Massage
Probably the most natural and safe way to enhance the size of your breast is through exercise and massage. Although this technique does not really increase the size of your breasts, it tones the muscles underneath your breast tissues and thus providing a firmer chest and making your breast look bigger. It is said that chest exercises and massage work well by complementing it with good diet and hormone supplements. In some massages, creams and substances that promote firming and toning are also used.
Herbs for Bigger Breasts
Another natural way of having feminine-looking breasts is to have a dose of your common herbs. certain herbs are said to help in increasing breast size, though these claims may not be well-supported by research, a number of men and women have gained positive results out of this option. well, aside from being natural and non-surgical, this option may however be a good and safer one also providing other health benefits from the herbs. the most common herbs known to enhance breast size are saw palmetto, fenugreek, wild yam and fennel.
Breasts Enlargement Pills
These are probably the most commonly adopted of the breast enlargement techniques available now. however, most of these pills that are available in the market may be designed for women use but are being used by men too. however, its effectiveness depends largely on choosing the best pill. since most of these readily available pills are made for women, its effect on men may not be as affective. Unlike surgery and implants, the enlargement of the breasts is gradual, and of course, you cannot determine how big it will grow.
Since the female breasts are due to the hormones in a woman’s body, men who want to have bigger breasts often are given large doses of hormones to develop the physical qualities of a woman, including bigger breasts. This however requires doctor’s prescription.
The fastest way for men, and women too, to get those bigger and fuller breasts is to have implants, although there are, indeed, greater risks involved in this option. the most common are silicon and saline implants which are inserted in to the breasts. This is also one of the expensive breast enlargement techniques, thus you must prepare a good amount if you wish to opt for this method.
In today’s society, it’s easy to get stressed. Relaxing is something that I consider to be essential, everyone can do with a bit of relaxation stress relief. There is so much more stress nowadays than there was one or two decades ago. we all rush around trying to get our seemingly endless daily chores done, before we collapse into our beds, in a coma from over kill of the days events. Stress if left, can kill – so its imperative to seek some stress relief before it gets to the point of no return.
So what is the answer, and what can be done to alleviate the stress, the tension headaches, the aching necks and shoulder muscles? the answer is Plenty
You MUST take out time for yourself. Whatever it is that you love to do, incorporate it into your daily routine, without any excuses – take some time out for YOU Here’s some things to consider:
1. Go for a walk
2. Play some sport
3. Go for a Swim
4. do some Meditating
5. have a Massage
6. Stretch your body
As you can see, there are 7 great idea’s off the top of my head. you could probably come up with many more.
Some people find it relaxing to chat with friends, or go see a movie – anything that chills you out. Don’t be too hard on yourself and push yourself to the max. you really aren’t doing yourself or anyone around you any favours by being a hero and trying to do everything yourself.
Be careful not to dismiss any signs of stress. While it is normal to have some stress in our daily lives, it shouldn’t take over to the point of you being anxious or depressed. Anxiety and Depression are debilitating ailments where most sufferers suffer in silence because of the stigma attached. There is mountains of help out there today, you are not alone.
Acupuncture and massage can help!
The unthinkable has happened. you were involved in an auto accident. The full extent of your injuries may not be apparent for several days after the initial impact. you may have whiplash from a rear end collision. you may have low back, hip, leg or knee pain from the force used to apply the brakes. you may have headaches from the muscle spasm resulting from the collision. if this has happened to you, acupuncture and massage can help.
Usually, when you are involved in a car accident you either go to the emergency room or to a medical doctor. These doctors have an important role in giving you a treatment plan, ordering imaging, referrals to other practitioners, and pharmaceutical drugs for pain and muscle relaxation. sometimes, you will be referred for chiropractic care. if your treatment plan stops here, your recovery could be slow and painful.
If you take the treatment plan a step further, you will likely recover more quickly and with a lesser degree of pain. Acupuncture and massage is the next step. The balance method of acupuncture is used to achieve maximum pain relief, click here to read the balance method brochure. Often, within minutes of the insertion of the needles, the pain is decreased to a tolerable level and sometimes alleviated completely. this acupuncture method is useful for any and all symptoms resulting from an auto injury.
Massage is extremely beneficial for treating pain resulting from muscle spasm. The massage also works in conjunction with the acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments to relax the muscles. When the muscles are addressed, the adjustment tends to hold longer between visits.
If you are involved in an automobile accident, these are the steps you should consider taking. First, seek immediate medical care if you even suspect you might be injured. if your injuries are not emergent, consider making an appointment with your primary care physician as soon as possible. this doctor will most likely send you for imaging (xrays, CT scans, etc) and prescribe muscle relaxers and pain medication for symptom relief. These medications do not, however, address the underlying reason for the pain, they just mask the symptoms. Many people stop care here. you can ask this doctor for a referral for acupuncture and massage. With this referral, your PIP insurance will pay for the majority of your acupuncture and massage treatment.
Second, contact an attorney that specializes in automobile accidents, especially if you were not at fault. The attorney may have some suggestions about what doctors to see if you do not have one. Be sure to tell the attorney that you are receiving acupuncture and massage treatment. usually, the settlement amount will cover the portion of the treatment the insurance does not. this is one of the benefits of obtaining legal representation.
Thirdly, schedule your appointments for treatment. So far, you have not treated your injuries. you have basically just documented them and masked the symptoms with medication. now is the time to get some pain relief. call me at 239-774-2444, to schedule your initial acupuncture and massage visit with me. following, is the basic treatment plan for an automobile injury.
When you come in for your visit you will be asked to fill out paperwork. The auto insurance and attorneys require this documentation in order to properly proceed with your case. you will tell me about the extent of your injuries and we will get started with the acupuncture. (Please visit my website for more information about acupuncture.) I will ask you about your level of pain after inserting each needle, you should notice a considerable reduction in your pain level at this time. The needles are left in place for about 30 minutes while you relax on the table listening to soft music. The needles will then be removed and the injured area will be massaged for 10-15 minutes. Massage can be given without acupuncture, as needed. At the end of the treatment, you will be given some things to do at home between treatments such as using ice, contrast hydrotherapy, stretching, etc. we will discuss the optional use of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and homeopathics to decrease inflammation, decrease pain, and speed recovery. Next, we will decide if you would benefit from chiropractic care and appropriate referrals will be made. Finally, we will discuss your individual treatment plan. for maximum results, three treatments for the first 2-3 weeks, followed by two treatments per week until considerable improvement is maintained. then a maintenance schedule of once per week weaning down to every other week usually results in optimum recovery and pain relief.
If you have any questions about your particular case and the services we offer, please contact me at or 239-774-2444.
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massage accupuncture meditation dancing therapy reflexology herbalism etc… And where would i go… What College or school to become an "alternative therapist"? Is there a school that has the best program in th u.s. or the world. willing to travel to where the best school of healing arts is. Any help to point me in the right direction is much appreciate. TY
"willing to travel to where the best school of healing arts is"
Well you're spoilt for choice, there are many world class medical schools out there, but it's really a case of they choose you rather than you choose them. Assuming your grades are good enough and you've taken the right subjects (and you can afford it) then do some research and apply to whatever registered and accredited medical you feel best.
Remember that the subjects you've listed in your question are not recognised careers or occupations, i.e. anyone can call themselves a 'herbalist' or 'reflexologist', it means nothing. There's little if any evidence that these things work and perhaps apart from relaxation or a mild placebo effect, have little other use.
If you're going to invest a lot of time, money and effort into making a new career it would be a shame to waste it on something that most consider worthless.
That's ok. Medical science is based on 500 year old science, and has shown no desire to update itself, even with quantum physics, which is well nigh 100 years old. And over 106,000 patients who take properly prescribed medicines properly die every year. A sane society would call that charlatan. MD's have their place like all the other "quacks"–they put broken bodies back together and intervene in an emergency. In the face of chronic conditions, they are frequently (and self-admittedly) of little use. Perhaps Laina wishes to practice healing, not medicine.
To Laina: Whatever you do, do base your work on science, and on what works, not dogma. if you would like to look into some very powerful up-and-coming modalities, check out tatlife.com, thereconnection.com, or quantumtouch.com. I personally have had a large number of life-changing results with the first. the Reconnection is in harmony with the latest science, and the Forward of the book "the Reconnection" is written by two scientists from the University of Arizona. Quantum Touch also looks very interesting, but I'll do my homework on it before I say more.
And goodness, whatever you do, choose something you enjoy, so that you can be genuinely present for your clients when they come and see you.
You don't need a school to teach you to be a con artist, you just need a lack of understanding of science and/or a complete lack of scruples.
That would be what we call we well rounded quack. look on the bright side though, you'll be able to have multiple ways of fleecing the worried well of their money
They are called charlatans.
Choose a valid health care profession.