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Experience IMAGE Skincare O2 Lift facial

Combining the latest technology in oxygen and stem cell therapies, the company at the forefront of innovation in skincare recently created the ultimate anti-aging spa treatment:  The O2 Lift.

The O2 Lift is a five-step luxury spa treatment that exfoliates and oxygenates the skin while infusing plant-derived stem cells, peptides, and a high concentration of enzymatic botanicals to leave skin glowing and illuminated.

Recipients can expect to leave with noticeably softer, smoother and more radiant skin after just the one treatment.  “Dr. Marc Ronert, European Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and President said “There is no other product on the market like this one. We wanted to bring that same technology to the cosmetic market, and we’re one of the few companies in the world who has been able to harness the power of oxygen in a cosmetic application”

The goal of oxygen therapy is to increase skin cell metabolism. Simply put, the faster your skin cells regenerate the younger you will look. By combining this technology with the latest advances in peptides and stem cells, IMAGE Skincare has created a product that not only feels incredible on the skin, but helps to protect against environmental damage and the effects of aging.

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Enjoy a sweet summer at the Spa at PGA National

PGA National Resort & Spa will be hosting a Sweet Treat Weekend event August eighth through the tenth. Additionally, the Spa at PGA is offering two months of heavenly bliss as well! These specials are perfect to satisfy your gluttonous cravings- without all the calories. It is time to spoil yourself and enjoy a well deserved spa day. The Sweet Re-Treat will be sure to make you feel like you are on Cloud Nine with all the yummy scents in the air.

a chocolate affair-logoThe Chocolate Affair Massage is perfect for the chocoholics out there- it is a Swedish massage with chocolate cream body milk. A perfect treat to enjoy alone, or to share as a couple experience.

Sweet-retreat-LogoThe Sweet Retreat Body Treatment is a blissfully delicious skin remedy. Starts off with a sugar maple scrub exfoliation, then a deep moisturizing body milk massage to make you feel the ultimate relaxation.
berry ice creamBerries Ice Cream Facial contains top antioxidant super-foods of- Goji, Pomegranate, Acai and Bilberry. This facial is super nourishing and packed with vitamin C, proteins and minerals. A creamy mask and vanilla moisturizer will make your skin glow.
shutterstock,dreamstime,123rf,veerThe Cupcake Mani-Pedi is a decadent sweet-cinnamon treatment that is guaranteed to hydrate and soothe your hard working hands and feet. Starts off in a rich soak with a blend of olive fruit and grape seed oils, with a hint of fresh cinnamon. Followed by a sea salt exfoliation, and polished with a white velvet butter cream-scented whipped shea butter massage- then completed with classic mani-pedi steps.

smore-indulgence-logoS’more Indulgence sounds tasty but as a mani-pedi, it joins together the two best things- dessert and pampering. A hot butter Brulee milk soak moisturizes, then a dark chocolate mask is applied with antioxidant rich enzymes. Followed by a sweet cream sea salt exfoliation, caramel body milk massage and classic mani-pedi steps.

These sweet treats won’t last for long or don’t let this special offer melt away. Be sure to visit to learn more.

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The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Orlando, Grande Lakes caters to men & women

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This past week, while visiting the Orlando area, I had the opportunity to visit the Ritz-Carlton Spa. What was very special about the experience was having the chance to bring somebody with me, my husband, David. What I found is men enjoy  the experience of a spa just as much, if not more than woman do.

The Spa: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Orlando, Grande Lakes is a tri-level haven, located on the expansive acreage of the Grande Lakes property in Orlando, Florida.  The perfect retreat for both men and women alike, the property houses both the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott. It was clear to me that the Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando Grande Lakes is everything you could ask for in a spa.

The first floor of the stand alone spa campus houses a fitness room, with a thorough selection of nautilus and cardiovascular equipment, in addition to weights, to keep your body in tip-top shape. Spa guests will also find the Spa Vitale Café, offering up a menu of everything from smoothies, fresh fruit juices, salads, wraps, and even a sirloin burger to choose from.

On the second floor, there are separate facilities that cater to men and women, privately and exclusively. Men can enjoy a big screen TV while they wait for their service. Women get ready in their own secluded area as well. Then on the third floor, there are treatment rooms and a scrub bar where spa guests can customize their own personalized exfoliating process. Plus there is a large co-ed lounge where men and women can join together to relax before or after their treatment.

Treatment: We both experienced the East Indian Lime Scalp and Body Treatment. It’s a signature treatment for the spa, where you get an exotic, full body massage that uses a unique blend of avocado, macadamia, and hazelnut oils blended with wild lime blossom, ginger, and sandalwood. The oil is warmed, and for around 20 minutes, it’s applied to the scalp and hairline. Moving down to the neck, shoulders, arms and legs, the same oil is thoroughly massaged into the body. Hot packs and use of warmed towels enhance the blissful experience.

His Experience: David said “Cindy, the Massage Therapist was unbelievably informative and helpful.” He had expressed to the therapist his lower back issues and appreciated her insight and wealth of knowledge. The scalp massage focused on every part of
the scalp and according to him, “no part of his scalp was left untouched, even down to specific pressure points down the neck located by the ears.” He said “the oils she used for the scalp treatment and massage was relaxing and featured the enjoyable scents of ginger and lime.” In conclusion, he states “This massage was very precise. Cindy took a lot of time in certain areas that needed more attention. Not only was this one of the most relaxing massages but she absolutely used the perfect amount of pressure to heal my areas of pain.”

Her Experience: I especially enjoyed the warm oil being poured along my hairline and being worked into my long hair and scalp. The treatment at 80 minutes really allowed me to thoroughly relax and recharge my tired, achy muscles during the body massage. Massage Therapist Michelle, took her time to work on all my body parts, including the backs of my arms. She varied pressures throughout the massage based on the body parts and my concern areas. She paid special consideration to my feet and neck area based upon my initial consultation at the beginning of the session, which was appreciated.  The finale of the treatment was a hot towel to the back and feet along with an application of yoga balm to release muscle tension. This spa visit was completely therapeutic for me. My body was full of aches and pains from walking miles the day before and after the massage I felt like that tension has gently been released from my muscles. And as an added bonus, the oil left my hair looking glossy and rich as it acted as a deep conditioning treatment.

Our Experience:
A visit to the co-ed lounge’s cozy sofa after the treatment for a cuddle was delightful after our 80 minutes of bliss. It was great to meet up to discuss how much we enjoyed our separate experiences. Our massages had worked up our appetites so we met in the café for a healthy bite to eat. David enjoyed a roasted eggplant and Portobello mushroom sandwich while I had the Grilled Chicken
Salad wrap. As usual the service was impeccable. Then off for a dip in the infinity edge pool, which was a serene escape from the craziness of the theme parks visited earlier in the week.

The spa pool,  made for a heavenly place to enjoy the sun and has a stunning view of vast green vistas and lakes in the distance. Sun drenched and thirsty, we sipped fresh smoothies and were ready for even more recharge. We decided to spend some down time in the sauna and steam room of our respective private locker rooms next, before rinsing off, getting dressed, and heading out.

We wished our spa day did not have to come to an end and look forward to future visits to the irresistible Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando. The view, the service, and the décor, was nothing less than heavenly from both a man and a woman’s point of view. Visit their website to learn more.

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Nourish your skin with the Honey Butter Wrap at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Spa

This summer head to the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island spa to enjoy the resort’s signature Honey Butter Wrap and all its benefits. First an aromatic scrub is used to exfoliate the entire body in one of their combination deluxe Wet/Dry Deluxe treatment rooms.

The Honey Butter Body Wrap takes place in a Wet/Dry Deluxe treatment rooms

These rooms are specially equipped so that you can enjoy your service without ever having to leave the treatment room. The room is equipped with a Vichy shower to remove all excess scrub after it has been massaged into the body. The Vichy shower will
be used by the Licensed Massage Therapist to remove excess scrub particles with a warm water stream applied directly to your draped body. After your Vichy shower step into a 27-headed shower array and enjoy the amazing experience of water from head to toe shooting from every direction.

Highlights of this treatment include:

  • A full body massage
  • Paraffin hand and foot treatments
  • A Shea butter body massage
  • A skin softening wrap while you receive a warm oil scalp massage along with hand /foot massage

The products used during this treatment are the Epicuren Propolis line, a derivative of real honey.  Propolis is collected and metabolized by bees. They then line their hives with this sticky resin to protect the hive. Bees have no immune system and so their “home” has to be free of contaminants and pollutants. The propolis on the walls of the hive renders it the most sterile environment in nature. It has even actually had great results with burn victims. It is extremely healing and nourishing whether used in the lotion form for the skin or in the other products like the shampoo and conditioner.

Honey has amazing benefits and has been used as a natural home remedy for thousands of years. Promoting overall healing it is a naturally occurring antioxidant and anti-bacterial.

Amelia Island is a great destination getaway for South Floridians to enjoy any time of year.  If you want to Bee soft and supple this summer call the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island Spa and learn more. Call The Spa Concierge at 904.277.1100 for information and appointments. Check out the Amelia Island Surrender Spa Package, which includes a daily $150 spa credit and valet parking, starting at $334 per night

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A purely blissful experience at Pure Bliss Day Spa Jupiter

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After moving this past weekend I was in need of some R & R so I headed over to Pure Bliss Day Spa in Jupiter on Tony Penna Drive. I had the pleasure of experiencing their Pure Bliss Day at the Beach. The experience was a combination of services rolled into one amazingly relaxing treatment all customized with touches of a day at the beach.

The treatment consisted of three phases to include:

1) Exfoliation (30 minutes) – The exfoliation was a thirty minute process that included dry brushing first of the body front and back. Then it lead into a thorough massage using a delightful Coconut Sugar Rub by Pure Fiji. It smelled like the suntan oil you remember growing up with as kid. Kim, my talented Licensed Massage Therapist used long strokes to apply the rub and even added in some ground pumice to make it a more coarse exfoliant.

2) Massage (60 minutes) – After taking a quick rinse in the shower to rid myself of any excess scrub I received a honey drizzle massage using warm honey. The honey felt interesting on my back and allowed Kim more traction as she massaged my back, shoulders and neck area. Then she proceeded with a thorough full body massage using swedish techniques and deep tissue massage in the areas that needed it more using a combination of Coconut Milk and Honey Pure Fiji Body Butter as well as Oil.

3) Body Wrap (30 minutes) – Kim drenched my body front and back in a Coconut Milk and then wrapped my body carefully in a couple different layers paying careful attention to leave my arms unbound due to my claustrophic nature. This ultimately allowed me to thoroughly relax while I listened to the sound of ocean waves and music being piped into the treatment suite. At other spas I have visited in the past,  the therapist normally leaves the room while the wrap portion of the treatment takes place, but Kim stayed the entire thirty minutes to give me an invigorating scalp massage plus an enjoyable foot massage! Cooling eye pillows with a warm aromatherapy neck wrap were nice touches and unexpected add-ons.  

Things you should know about Pure Bliss Day Spa:

  • Menu items and services are constantly updated based on trends, hot products or seasonality
  • Things like cooling eye pillows, pure honey drizzle back massages, scalp massages and foot massages are often considered an add-on to your treatment but they include these extras as part of the service. Also
  • Instead of the usual 50 minute treatment time guest enjoy 60 minutes per treatment
  • Whichever treatment you choose you are sure to experience Pure Bliss!

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Heaven in a Hammock at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island

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Nothing says relaxation more than a hammock or a massage and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island have brought both experiences together to create the ultimate spa experience. Imagine the benefits of zero-gravity and massage with Heaven in a Hammock. During this exclusive treatment, created by The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island, the hammock elongates the spine giving the spa goer a sense of weightlessness, while giving the body greater flexibility and range of motion. The hammock moves at a rhythmic, rocking tempo that ranges from comforting to energizing. And your heavenly experience does not have to end with your massage. Head to the private adult spa pool or other luxurious resort amenities and spend the day. 60 minutes/$180

About The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island:

At the luxurious Amelia Island spa located in the Ritz-Carlton guests enjoy floating in hammocks or chilling out on relaxation lounges before or after treatments. The ocean breeze will blow your cares away at this seaside resort spa. Spa guests enjoy access to the adult private spa pool, saunas, and steam rooms with their spa treatment.

Amelia Island is located near Jacksonville, Florida and is a popular vacation destination within driving distance to South Floridians.

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The Lane Spa launches new spa menu and services

One of my favorite local spas in Palm Beach Gardens, The Lane Spa,  recently revamped their spa menu and has added some exciting new additions to the list of treatments they offer.  They have even added some technologically advanced facials that you will see rapid and immediate results with.

Traditional Thai Massage If you are fan of Yoga or Pilates you will love Traditional Thai Masssage. This ancient and effective body treatment is performed on a comfortable Thai Mat on the floor. It is important you wear loose comfortable clothing that covers your body. The Lane Spa massage therapist will stretch you safely beyond your belief. This treatment also includes massage, rhythmic pumping, traction, rocking and soft pressing movements that undoubtedly opens, lengthens and stimulates you from head to toe. 90 min/$139.00

Lomi Lomi MassageBest known as the Hawaiian Healers “Dance of Massage”. This massage utilizes deep tissue techniques, gentle rocking and stretching movements, long gliding rhythmic strokes and a coconut crème foot massage is an added bonus. 60 min/$89.00 or 90 min $125.00

Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Treatment -During this treatment a special machine infuses atomized moisturizers and high powered serums onto the skin using a stream of pressurized oxygen. It will hydrate skin immediately, temporarily diminish fine lines and tiny imperfections while plumping and smoothing the skins surface. Instant gratification guaranteed. For optimum results 6 applications over 6 weeks is recommended. Receive complimentary retail size products with any series purchase. Choose from Rejuvenate which deeply hydrates for visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles with a youthful glow or Opulence,  a super concentrated vitamin C and natural plant extract mixture which safely and naturally treats hyper-pigmentation along with deep hydration. $175 one treatment/Series of 6 $999
*90 minute treatment with microdermabrasion or peel $229

Micro Phototherapy Treatment -This treatment uses light and heat energy that emits gentle pulses of light and heat to create a mild thermal injury beneath the skin’s surface. This leads to production and new collagen formation. Definitely targets sun spots, uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles and smoothes the skin. It also decreases pore size, stimulates collagen and increases skin elasticity. $135.00 per treatment. For optimum results 2 treatments per week are suggested but can be done one time per week./Series of 6 $659.00 includes complimentary retail size product.

Coconut Crème or Tahitian Tropic Deluxe Pedicure – This island treat will leave you feeling like you had a momentary escape to the tropics! Enjoy a Coconut crème or Tahitian Tropic ice cream treat while you are soaking in our organic coconut foot soak. Enjoy expert nail care, heavenly heels exfoliation, and then Coconut or Tahitian Tropic finishing crème is applied during this extended foot and leg massage followed by perfect polish! 75 min/ $75.00

 The Lane Spa is conveniently located off Prosperty Farms Road in Palm Beach Gardens.To give one of these new treatments a try or to learn more call 561.691.0104.

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