Tables for Two

Couples Massage in the Spa Industry

The glow from the fireplace reveals a richly appointed oriental-style room. Fresh flowers adorn the side table, creating a foreground for breathtaking views of New York City. An inviting Chinese Kang bed, steam shower, and tub await as the robed couple enters.

Romantic honeymoon suite in an upscale hotel? No, actually it’s the VIP suite in The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York. In addition to these luxurious furnishings, the VIP suite includes two massage tables and is used primarily for treatments for two.

Wellness Getaways

Taking Time Off in Spas

If your last vacation left you fatigued, bloated, or vowing to disown your relatives, it may be time to revisit the purpose of getting away from it all. While there's some value in simply changing your routine and surroundings, there is such a thing as vacation hangover from eating and drinking like a Roman, going on blister-generating sightseeing excursions, and weighing a bit too heavily on a branch of the family tree. If your vacation pictures make you cringe, it might be time to rethink your leisure time.

The Wellness Factor in Spas

An Ounce of Prevention

Americans have a new perspective on health. Rather than waiting for illness to strike, more of us are taking steps to prevent it. The holistic approach to wellness is about enabling the body to heal itself and maintain homeostasis, and nowhere has that concept been more appropriately implemented than in wellness centers. These facilities come in all shapes and sizes, from coast to coast, running the integrative health gamut from medical centers aligned with spas to resorts offering multi-modal programs.

Who’s Going to the Spa?

News Note

A survey from Les Nouvelles Esthetiques (Dec. 1999) revealed that 85 percent of spa-goers are female. Nearly half are college educated and fit the “boomer” age range of 34-52 years. Married clients account for 63 percent; at least a third have annual incomes of $45,000 to $75,000. And what are they asking for? The International Spa Association reported that Swedish massage and aromatherapy are being ousted by requests for Pilates, Ayurveda, Thai yoga massage and Feldenkrais, according to Dayspa (Nov. 1999).