Spa Samplings

Sponsored by the International Spa Association, a coterie of companies set up temporary stations in New York City's elegant Gotham Hall to show off some of their brand new treatments and procedures.





The HydraFacial device infuses the skin with nourishing serums during exfoliation.

HYDRAFACIAL

Taking microdermabrasion one-step further, the HydroFacial MD applies serums while dead surface cells are removed.  Using a series of HydroPeel tips, the gently pulsating device is moved across the skin to cleanse and exfoliate.  The next step is a mild acid peel which helps loosen dirt and debris from the pores.  An extraction tip uses gentle vortex suction to clean out pores.  Finally hydration and protection serums are applied to nourish and protect the skin.  The half hour process leaves skin glowing and feeling fresh.

Doctors offices, dermatologists, spas and salons offering the treatment can be found through the website. www.hydrafacial.com

BROWN SUGAR MASSAGE

Offering a range of therapeutic and relaxation treatments, Massage Envy demonstrated their brown sugar massage.  After heating my feet with warm towels, gritty brown sugar exfoliated the skin, then a body butter rubbed into my feet left them smooth and glistening.  The Foot Scrub will be an additional $10 added to their menu of treatments.

A membership service can be bought. Massage Envy prices massages at around $59 with membership.  Their website lists three locations in Connecticut. www.MassageEnvy.com     



A foot treatment is part of the Oriental Essence Ceremony at Regent Palms Turks and Caicos  

CARIBBEAN CARE

In a setting of water gardens and tropical flora, the spa at the elegant Regent Palms in Turks and Caicos offers Caribbean and Asian inspired treatments using organically formulated products by Sothy's and Zents.  The foot massage I tried was an abridged form of the hour and a half Oriental Essence Ceremony, a full body treatment, which begins with a cinnamon and ginger infused salt scrub followed by a massage with heated hydrating marula oil.  Balinese pebbles are used to work the unguent into the skin. On site in the Caribbean, the whispering sound of the sea in the waterside treatment rooms adds to the soothing experience; night treatments incorporate a mesmorizing fire feature. www.regenthotels.com



A Dead Sea Salt Soak is part of the Attainable Sleep Treatment at Mohonk Mountain House.

CAPTURE THE ZZZZZZZ's

A luxury soak in Dead Sea salts is a feature of Attainable Sleep, a 90-minute massage and body treatment at Mohonk Mountain House.  Accompanied by an aromatic massage using essential oil blends of lavandin, sage, bergamot and rosewood the procedure promises to help prepare the mind and body for sleep and aids in balancing personal rhythms.

Recently cited as the #2 American Resort Spa in Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 list, health and beauty services offered in 16 treatment rooms are an important attraction to the historic landmark hotel. www.mohonk.com

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