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1. 7 spa treatments for a summer-ready body

ISPA SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Spas around the country are rolling out treatments to get clients' skin into shape for summer. Unusual treatments include The Love Handler, a vacuum-assisted massage that helps trim the waist area, available at Bliss Spa locations nationwide; and the Triad Facial for Feet, a pedicure that incorporates soft laser toning, microdermabrasion and light chemical peeling, available at New York Dermatology Group in New York City. TheFashionSpot (04/29)

2. Miami Beach Edition Hotel offers Power Nap treatment

ISPA SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

Miami Beach Edition Hotel has added the Power Nap to its menu. The treatment is offered as an add-on to massages and is touted as providing four hours' worth of sleep in 20 minutes. The guest is hooked to a machine that emits microcurrents to stimulate the brain. Writer Bee Shapiro found the treatment uncomfortable but wrote that she left the spa feeling rested. Yahoo (04/27)

3. Vogue Nail Spa offers cuticle art in Indianapolis

ISPA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Vogue Nail Spa is the only salon in Indianapolis that offers cuticle art: temporary tattoos applied to the cuticle. The service is available with or without a manicure and ranges from $5 to $30. WISH-TV (Indianapolis) (04/30)

4. Templates to create engaging e-mail newsletters

ISPA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

E-mail newsletters remain one of the top ways to communicate with clients, and these responsive templates demonstrate the versatility and creativity that come with the format. Many templates include coded versions for use with popular management services, such as MailChimp. Vandelay Design Blog (04/23)

5. Spas on Japan's Kyushu island offer sand baths

ISPA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Select spas on the Japanese island of Kyushu offer sand bathing. Guests lay in boxes of heated volcanic sand and rest their heads on wooden pillows. Attendants then cover their bodies with more heated sand. Guests stay in place while the sand cools, which takes about 30 minutes. The treatment itself is reportedly uncomfortable, but it is believed to have therapeutic benefits. Pulse Nigeria (04/24)

6. July launch is planned for 5 Star Salt Caves in Denver

ISPA SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

Markus Bohunovsky and Stephanie Pham plan to launch 5 Star Salt Caves in July. The centerpiece of the Denver spa will be a salt cave made of Himalayan rock salt where guests can enjoy 50-minute halotherapy sessions while reading, meditating or just relaxing. Other amenities planned for the spa include an infrared sauna and ionic foot baths. BusinessDen (Denver) (04/24)

7. Luxury hotels offer small treats to guests more often

ISPA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Luxury hotels are increasing the frequency of small, personalized perks and amenities for guests amid rising room rates. "Five years ago, I hate to say, we did a lot of big fruit bowls that probably went uneaten," says Marcie Lieberman of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, noting the company's move toward more frequent, smaller amenities. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/29)

8. Hand & Stone Spa opens near Cleveland

ISPA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Tom and Pam Dittoe have launched the first Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa franchise in the Cleveland area. The spa features 11 treatment rooms and boasts a month-to-month membership plan. Available treatments include massages, facials, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, aromatherapy, microdermabrasion and wax-free hair removal. Plain Dealer (Cleveland), The (04/27)

9. "Puppet" face-lift gaining popularity in U.K.

ISPA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

The latest nonsurgical cosmetic procedure attracting patients in the U.K. is known as the "puppet" face-lift, which uses needle and thread to pull facial skin tighter. "I always tell people not to research it online first, because it can look quite invasive, but really, it looks worse than it is," said Dr. Joanna Longstaffe of Independent General Practice in Wales. WalesOnline (U.K.) (04/25)

10. The Bastien Pedicure brings out toes' naked beauty

ISPA SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Writer Kathryn Romeyn visited the spa at One&Only Hayman Island at Australia's Great Barrier Reef to experience the Bastien Pedicure. Named for its creator, Paris-based podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez, this specialized treatment is available at only 15 studios worldwide. No water is used in the pedicure, which involves trimming, filing and buffing the nails before callouses are carefully shaved away and a luxurious foot massage administered. Yahoo (04/28)

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