Water has been used as a source of healing since ancient times.  Ancient Roman public bath houses included baths and steam rooms and was a place where people would relax and socialize, and the mineral springs of  Spa, Belgium became a place of healing and health as early as the 14th century.  Even the word “spa” originates from the Latin phrase “Salvs per aquae” which translates to “healing through water.”  The benefits of bathing in hot springs has been well known for centuries and help us to relax tired muscles, heal skin ailments, and can even be drunk as a tonic to cleanse the body.  Many modern European spas still incorporate water and hydrotherapy as a vital  part of wellness and the spa experience, while in the United States water therapies tend to be viewed as a luxury.  Adding hydrotherapy to your spa is a great way to enhance your spa services and add value to your business.  A relaxing mineral soak, steam treatment, or Swiss shower before a massage treatment helps to relax the muscles for your clients and rid the body of impurities.  Your spa patrons will leave feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated with the addition of these healing therapies.

Let’s a do a quick rundown of  water therapies used in the spa.  The first and most well known are the Greek, Roman, and Turkish bath houses.  In these bath houses patrons would go through steam or sauna rooms with gradually increasing heat, then cool off in a cold room at the end.  They would then receive a massage and scrub down, and relax in a warm room before leaving.  These bath houses were places to socialize and unwind, and were the beginning of today’s modern spa treatments.

Therme Vals Hot Spring in Switzerland

Today the traditional bath house treatments have been reinterpreted into water journeys and wellness resorts.  In a water journey spa-goers travel through pools, steam rooms, saunas, and spa showers with varying temperatures and massage therapies.  They are then treated to the massage of their choice.  Wellness resorts built near hot springs featuring soaking pools and various wellness treatments using natural remedies can be found throughout the world.  They are especially popular in Germany where people escape the daily grind to rejuvenate or seek physical therapy in what they called the “kur”.

Swiss and Vichy showers were developed at the spas near the natural springs in Switzerland and France.  Swiss showers feature and overhead shower and vertical shower heads that alternate warm and cold water for an invigorating experience.  Vichy showers are mounted horizontally above a bed on which the client lays face down and simulates rain fall.  Vichy showers and Swiss showers are gaining popularity in the United States and when done correctly are a fantastic addition to spa services.  Depending on where your spa is located these showers can be used with mineral spring water or warmed sea water to add even more restorative properties to the treatment.

Executive Retreats Vichy Shower in Australia
Executive Retreats Vichy Shower in Australia

The simplest way to add hydrotherapy to your spa is with a soaking tub or whirlpool.  With this simple addition you can create dozens of beneficial treatments.  Herbal baths like the Krauter bath sooth aches and pains, while dips in hot and cold baths cleanse the body and strengthen the immune system.  Spas also  add dead sea salts or mineral salts, and even have entire baths of warm mineral or sea water. Jetted tubs offer the additional benefit of massage to the bathing experience.

Traditional Japanese Ofuro Tub

The health benefits and calming affects of water treatments can’t be denied, and adding hydrotherapy is a great way to add variety to your spa menu.  What great hydrotherapy treatments have you incorporated into your spa?

With hints of fall in the air and mingling thoughts of the English countryside still on my mind, I want to soak up every bit of Tory Burch’s luxe  fall fashion collection. 

Smart, stylish and highly textural with layers of tweed, leather, shearling, knits and silk this yummy collection has inspired my relaxed yet luxurious spa escape to the Calcot Manor and Spa in Gloucestershire, England.

The Calcot Manor’s building dates back to the 14th century, is set over 220 acres and offers guests a relaxing and luxurious experience with modern amenities and tasteful decor.

This idyllic outdoor spa setting is a nod to crisp shorter days and calls for a slowed pace,  thick plush robes and plans for a cozy relaxed evening by a warm fireplace. 

A hot stone massage is definately in order!

The Calcot Manor and Spa is a welcoming country house with  modern details and a twist on tradition.

  Not unlike Tory’s fall collection.  Classic and cool, sporty and feminine, it is a welcome embrace for the season.

My favorite time of year for all things fashion both for the interior and the closet!  Get fall ready with layers upon layers:  throws, pillows, candles…..

A deconstructed jacket perhaps?

http://www.toryburch.com/

Happy Holidays from all of us at Spa Style!  

Masahiro Miyasaka

Wishing you joy, peace, and prosperity in the New Year!

Michele, Valerie, Georgia, Scott, Amy, and Dana

Dazzle your spa guests this holiday season with thoughtful additions to your decor.  These cozy details will keep your customers coming back, even after the stockings and trees have been packed away!

 

Invite lounging guests to kick their feet up and relax with a bold patterened ottoman.  It’s a simple and afforadable way to add seating, color, and interest to your space. 

Cloud Nine Throw

It’s that time of year when a cozy throw and a hot cup of tea can make even the coldest day feel cheery and warm.  Pamper yourself and your guests to a fluffy, warm throw to snuggle up with.

 

 Add soft touches of color and texture with pillows.  A mixture of patterns, solids  and  stripes give a luxurious and balanced look.

Holiday Inspiration:

Get inspired with these beautiful spa spaces…

The lounge room of the Dolder Grand Spa in Zurich

 

Soaking up the serenity ::  Soaking tubs face a stone wall with cutouts gazing into the frosted forest outside.

 

The Dolder Grand’s modern indoor pool.

 

:: Recipes ::

Warm up with Mulled Apple Cider

What you’ll need:

1 Gallon fresh cider
1 tsp whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp whole allspice
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 square of cheesecloth or a  coffee filter
large stock pot or crock pot
ladle
mugs

1. Pour one gallon of fresh cider into a large pot on the stove or into a crockpot or slow cooker.

2. Add a half cup of brown sugar.

3. Place 1 teaspoon of whole cloves, 1 teaspoon of whole allspice, and 3 cinnamon sticks on a square of cheesecloth or coffee filter and tie up. Add to the pot.

4. Heat the cider to a boil, stirring regularly. Leave the pot uncovered so that you and your family or guests can enjoy the warm, delicious aroma.

5. Once the cider boils, lower the setting to simmer for at least another 15 minutes to allow for thorough infusion of the spices. Stir occasionally.

6. Remove the spices from the pot and ladle hot mulled cider into mugs.  Sip, relax, and enjoy!

 

 

Get the look of an ultra-modern European spa…  Architectural lighting, soft clean colors, and lots of texture are the signature staples of this look.

Check out our inspiration spas below :

Shui Urban Spa

Shui Urban Spa in Shanghai offers a clean white space with swirling sculptural panels.

Agua Spa

Agua Spa is super chic and glammed up!  Shimmery mirrored tiles and patterned panels add tons of texture to this South Beach hot spot.

Silver Rain Spa Lounge

The Silver Rain spa offers a cool color palette in tropical Grand Cayman.  Airy blues and creamy whites are combined with inviting textured rugs and curtains.

Dubai Vases

Display your organics and your good taste with funky modern vases.

Komaki Pouf

Add in texture with pouf pillows and ottomans.

Atom Chaise Lounge

The Atom lounger has clean lines and easy-to-care-for white leather upholstery.

Morning Mist Tile

Frosted glass mosaic tiles add a hint of color and misty texture.

Polar Glass Flooring

Infuse ethereal color into your space through your floor.  The Polar Glass flooring gives the look of water-blue glass tiles without the high installation cost.

It’s easy on the eyes and your feet!

 

It’s the high season for nail salons!  Make your nail spa stand out from the pack with unique finishes and fixtures.   Check out some of our favorite inspirational spaces below!

Charles Worthington Manicure Area

Sleek stainless steel counters are easy to take care of and make this manicure area super modern.  Make your nail polish a focal point with a glowing back-lit panel.  Mirrors help to make this small space feel open.   A tall vase with green grass keeps it fresh.

Le Creme Spa Manicure Polish Display

This quirky shabby chic nail spa uses a long table to display their nail polish.   White washed walls and a sky blue floor leave this room feeling open and airy.

The Intercontinental Spa San Francisco

The Intercontinental combined light woods, glimmering glass tiles, and clean white in their San Francisco spa.  The result is cool and clean but still comfy cozy.

Mandara Spa Pedicure Lounge

Don’t have alot of space for your pedicure area?

Turn any corner into a mini retreat with portable pedicure bowls and a comfy lounge chair.

Sophie Pedicure

Add some glam to your nail salon with a customized pedicure unit! 

www.SpaPedicureBowls.com

Our Inspiration:  The Chi Spa at the Pudong Shangri-La in Shanghai

Couple's Treatment Room at The Chi Spa

This earthy modern zen look is created using natural wood tones with a palette of warm neutrals.  A bolder accent wall in deep, textured red and rich treatment table linens add a hint of color.

Spa Hall of The Chi Spa Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai

The hall of The Chi Spa with it’s quiet, understated beauty, was created through the use of architectural elements and spectacular lighting design.

Bantal Floor Lamps

Set the mood with natural bamboo floor lamps with softly illuminated shades.

Wen Lounge Chair

A modern take on a zen-style chair.

Kyoto Glazed Abaca Natural Wallcovering

Grasscloth Wallcovering

Add texture and warmth with natural grasscloth wallcoverings.

 

Merbau Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Create the look of an exotic wood floor without the cost or maintenance.  Amtico vinyl floor is soft underfoot, easy to clean, and made for years of high traffic use.

Bamboo Reed Diffuser with Ciela Frangrance

The Ciela fragrance features subtle and earthy notes of bergamot,  green tea, and pockwood.

Antigua Treatment Table

Pamper your guests with the Antigua spa treatment table.  It has plenty of storage and a fully adjustable top.

Tranquil Afternoon Artwork

Textural modern artwork framed with dark, exotic wood frames complete the room.

More on Spa Design:  Click Here

When it comes to design, you may have heard the adage “lighting is everything”.  In a spa, this couldn’t be more relevant.  Here we are featuring our most intriguing line of lighting – the natural materials and soft diffused glow makes it seem as though each piece was made for the spa environment.  Not only do these precious gems add warmth and beauty, they also add ambiance, cast an enchanting glow, make an artistic statement, and forge a lasting impression.

Artistry, warmth , and beauty are reflected in the stunning design of these pieces.  Each unique fixture is woven of natural material and hand-painted.

The Nala wall sconce has a handcrafted natural fiber shade with a swirling organic pattern.  At 24 inches round, this generously size wall sconce can hold it’s own in larger rooms and corridors.

The undulating shape of these natural fiber tables lamps is accented with a pop of brightly painted floral vines.   Lovely!

Sophisticated and stunning!  Make a statement with bold black and white patterned lamps.

Our new Airbrush lamps cast a soothing glow through intricately woven grass shades.

Organic shape meets artful illumination.  The Serilia counter lamp balances art and light.  The subtle flower pattern creates a unique effect and adds an organic element your your spa’s interior.

Sleek and contemporary with touches of baroque, black is definately back.  Softer and more sophisticated, today’s black has hints of aubergine, olive and chocolate hues.  In direct contrast from the past’s trendy white spaces, bold black makes a strong dramatic statement and offers extravagance and theatrics for a devine spa experience.

Vamp Flooring by Amtico

Today’s black is all about high constrast and lots of darkness.  Interesting lighting is the single most important detail for creating an alluring and comfortable spa environment when designing with black.

Soothing and tranquil, charcoal and ebony create the framework for a renewed water experience.  The Bathhouse is one of my favorate spa escapes!

This is definately NOT your basic black!  Award wining Globe Salon in Las Vegas does black right. 

Caviar Cluster Chandelier

A beautiful chandelier, pendant, or wall sconce adds opulence to a dark space.  The new Caviar Cluster chandelier is the perfect compliment.

Pinstripe Pendant

For classic, refined style look to the Pinstripe Collection.

Stella Wall Sconce

Modern lines are paired with organic iron flowers in the Stella wall sconce.

Welcome back black!

 

Creating a memorable & relaxing atmosphere is an important part of every spa owner’s business, and the spa lunch is no exception.  Whether you offer a few snacks or a full menu, taking a little extra time to prepare a beautiful table setting will make your guests feel extra special and pampered.

From MyHomeIdeas.com

Create a fresh color scheme with napkins, artful vases, bright blossoms, and natural elements.

Intimate Outdoor Dining from Sunset Magazine

If you have an outdoor space available, create an intimate outdoor dining area.  Add drama and sweetness with flickering candle light – and don’t forget the bug repellent!  For a natural alternative to pesticides, try Mosquito Barrier – http://www.mosquitobarrier.com – an all natural garlic spray  (Don’t worry, a few minutes after being sprayed people can no longer smell the garlic!)

Tara Domes

Keep your delectable dishes and desserts safe outdoors with Tara Glass Domes.

Table Setting by Colleen Mullaney

An inspiring table setting by Colleen Mullaney.

If you haven’t already added spa lunches and snacks to your menu, consider introducing catered snacks and lite lunches to your spa packages.

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