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July 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm , by Joy Wingfield
I have three words for instant relaxation: Hot. Stone. Massage. No kidding. One of the best decisions I made during a recent trip to Breezes Bahamas Resort was to put down the rum and pineapple juice and let the masseuse work her magic right there on the beach.
Naturally, I was squeamish about the whole thing — hot rocks simmering on my bare skin? Why would I do that? But the island setting was perfect and I was curious about the claims behind these peculiar little stones.
The first rock was hot. Ouch! Wasn’t expecting that. I exhaled into the next one, a technique I learned in yoga. By the third stone, my body temperature was used to it. Reminded me of the first few toes that go into a steaming hot bath.
Then the masseuse started with a vigorous, full-body oil massage with her hands and continued with two stones that pressed against my back, arms, thighs and legs. After the kneading, she placed five to six freshly hot stones on key areas (including the palms of my hands) to allow for deeper muscle relaxation. Once I stayed in position for several minutes and the heat penetrated through every trigger point in my body, I released an “aaaaah” like never before.
If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend that you do, even in the dog days of summer. Hot stone massage helps relieve pain, reduces chronic stress and increases flexibility in joints.
September 30, 2010 at 11:19 am , by Mandy Hendrix
No? You better hurry! We’re giving away seven amazing prizes, including trips to U.S. and international spa resorts so you can relax and be pampered. Here’s the catch: You must enter by midnight tonight, E.S.T. in order to win.
Fall is one of my favorite times to make a spa appointment, as holiday excitement–and streams of guests–always seems to kick up right after Labor Day. (I assure you that scheduled R&R is the cure.) Here’s some tips from Mayra Ramirez at the YHI Spa in Paradisus Punta Cana, to help ease the summer to fall transition, in case that spa appointment gets bumped for yet another family gathering.
- Get rid of parched summer skin with a sugar body scrub. Follow with a rich moisturizing cream so that skin stays supple.
- Forget the shower and take a warm bath instead. Add a few drops of olive or coconut oil, which helps skin retain moisture.
- Aloe vera isn’t only for sunburns. Use it raw on your face or body or look for it in creams to help reinforce the skin’s natural protective barrier.
- Dry outside air can wreak havoc for your skin. Make sure to cover any exposed body parts when the temperature drops.
September 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm , by Mandy Hendrix
I rarely need a reason to book a massage, but in case you do, here’s a good one. On Tuesday, September 14th, Massage Envy will be donating $15 from every massage to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The best part? A 60-minute massage will only set you back $49. (In the oft-overpriced spa world, that’s practically free.) Book now, as appointments fill up quickly.
August 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm , by Megan Finnegan
LHJ is giving away seven different spa getaway packages to some amazing destinations:
- Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia
- Chocolate Spa at The Hershey Hotel
- Maroma Resort and Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico
- Paradisus Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Westin Diplomat, Hollywood, Florida
- Taheima Wellness Resort & Spa, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
- Joy of Spa
Check out what each spa has to offer and then click here to enter the sweepstakes!