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Skin Care Packages and Gift Certificates for the Holidays

gift basket “With the holiday season in full swing, this is the time for medical spas to pull out all the stops and focus on selling gift certificates or gift cards for the holidays,” blogged Jeff Russell, executive director of The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine.

Putting a little extra effort into marketing skin care packages and gift certificates during the holidays can be crucial to keeping your medical spa busy through January and February – traditionally slower months for medical spas, Russell said.

Creating great holiday skin care gift packages for both men and women is also a good move, Russell advised. “Make it easy for your clients; create a complete package of skin care products along with a holiday themed gift bag or box,” he explained.

One great suggestion from Russell includes that when creating skin care kits, be sure to focus on your local climate – if you experience a dryer climate in the winter, focus on selling kits with products to address dry skin conditions. If your clientele consists of a lot of skiers, put together a kit and market it as something like a “Skier’s Skin Care Survival Kit.”

Another holiday tip from Russell: this is also a great time to hold a holiday winter skin clinic open house. “Bring together your skin care, mineral makeup and laser reps, put together some great skin care gift packages, and do some aesthetic procedure demonstrations,” he suggested.

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SpaFinder Q&A with Dr. Pratima Raichur

Dr. Pratima Raichur

Dr. Pratima Raichur

Pratima Ayurvedic Skincare Spa Clinic

A bit of background on Dr. Pratima Raichur:
Dr. Raichur began her life’s work at the age of 13, apprenticing with one of India’s foremost Ayurvedic physician’s and later continuing her studies in Mumbai, London and New York City.  Today, she is an expert chemist, botanist, aesthetician, naturopath and Ayurvedic physician.  She has created her own Ayurvedic Skincare line, providing the gift of healing to thousands of men, women and children for over 40 years.  Dr. Raichur is also an international lecturer and the author of best-selling book, Absolute Beauty.

  • Your spa is based upon five principles. Could you expand on those five principles and how they work in partnership?

Ayurveda states that there are 5 elements that comprise all of nature: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.  These 5 elements uniquely combine within each individual to make up what is known as your Dosha.  There are three main doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha.  Ayurveda uses these 5 elements, which can be found in essences such as herbs, roots, flowers and minerals, as well as the 5 senses, the 5 ‘layers’ of the body and the 5 tastes, to balance the three doshas.  Within each therapeutic PRATIMA spa treatment and every pure PRATIMA Skincare product is a consciousness rooted in the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, customizing the individual spa experience and every pure organic skin care formula to thoroughly nurture and balance the intrinsic nature within each individual.   

  • In your opinion, do you think spas should modify themselves to the Ayurvedic philosophy. If so, why?

We believe that true beauty, wellness and joy begins in the level of the thoughts.  There is a valid place for many different types of healing and self-care modalities, however it is essential that you feel you are receiving the best care for YOU.  Our commitment is to work with the laws of nature to deliver authentic and customized therapies that bestow genuine balance, lasting results and peace of mind.  We have already witnessed the growing awareness of Ayurveda and believe there is good reason for this.

  • How do you successfully provide spa-goers with both an internal and external experience?

The PRATIMA Spa experience begins upon entering, where you can remove your shoes and leave the outside world behind.  Our beautiful, nature-inspired sanctuary and bountiful aroma-therapeutic essences immediately greet the senses, [called the ‘roots of our emotions’], as our welcoming staff escorts you to your destination with care.  Within each customized spa treatment, our ayurvedic experts ‘tune-in’ to bring a tranquil and authentic healing touch to each individual.  And as the conscious mind quiets even further, the pure organic PRATIMA Skincare line, interwoven into each therapy, delivers profound healing nutrients that work synergistically with the body, skin and senses to bestow true transformation and visible results.  After your treatment, organic herbal teas and seasonal treats await you in our tranquil samadhi area, where you can savor the sensations of your PRATIMA Spa experience and luxuriate in the deeply layered rejuvenation journey.  
As a side note: PRATIMA Spa also hosts an Ayurvedic wellness clinic where clients can personally meet with Dr. Pratima Raichur to address a number of health concerns, including Anti-Aging, Acne, Allergies, Weight Loss, Lifestyle & Nutrition, Hair Grow Treatment, Menopause,  Emotional Balance, Meditation.
The Soho Building
110 Greene St., Suite 701
New York, NY 10012

Mondays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Retail Only)
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Send Us Your Spa Photos

post photosAre the images on your SpaFinder overview listing up to snuff? If not, it’s your chance to send us new images of your spa.

Update your SpaFinder overview listing with spectacular images that reflect the impressiveness of your resort/hotel spa and offers consumers searching spa listings a glance into your property.

Getaway spas have the opportunity to submit up to 12 images to accommodate their listings. We cannot stress to you the importance of having stunning images that match your overview text.

Send images to, and we’ll get them posted for you – it’s a snap!

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Have yourself a…Holiday Spa Deal!

holiday deals‘Tis the season where consumers are looking for incredible holiday deals and offers! And what better way for them to celebrate than by getting the gift of spa? 

As clients seek out travel plans this holiday season, present them with a festive spa deal or package*.  Need a hint on where to begin? Check out these examples from top resort getaway spas, which welcome guests of all types—family vacationers, couples and romantics, and winter enthusiasts—to join the festivities, with packages that include amenities such as sleigh rides, tandem spa treatments, caroling, and decadent meals.  Below that, you’ll find some examples of holiday day spa deals from spas throughout the country – holiday packages galore! 

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town, South Africa, celebrates Christmas with the Santa’s Sleigh Goes Everywhere package; this six-night stay or longer includes roundtrip helicopter transfers from Cape Town International Airport to the hotel’s very own heli-pad, one sunset gazebo spa treatment per couple, and tickets to Carols by Candlelight at the Kirstenbosch Garden with a picnic hamper.
Available: December 1, 2010 – January 5, 2011; from ZAR 13,225 (approximately US$1,896) per night for two adults in a sea-facing suite 

The Grove
Inspired by the opulence of the Romanov dynasty, The Grove indulges holiday guests with a magical Royal Christmas. The 300-acre estate, located near London, features winter wonderland walks, a candlelit carol service at its local church, Christmas meals, and a feast of entertainment including ballet classes, Moscow circus skills workshops, and Cossack dancing.
Two-night packages starting from £415 (approximately US$656) per person, per night 

Dolder Grand
Guests can save up to 20% when they book Dolder Grand’s Christmas Deluxe with Grand Spa Retreat package. The Zurich-based property mirrors a winter wonderland, welcoming guests with a Christmas tree decorated with more than 5,000 ornaments. This offer includes four-night accommodations, a seven-course Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas brunch, and five spa treatments at the Dolder Grand Spa.
Rates start from CHF 5,860/double occupancy in a Junior Suite Deluxe. Valid for four consecutive nights between December 21-28, 2010 (December 24 must be either the first or last night of stay). 

Learn more about the holiday offers your fellow getaway spas are promoting now. Or, if you have a strong day spa client network, you may want to offer day spa specials such as these below: 

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa: You, Me & The Mistletoe Package, which includes a couple’s massage under the mistletoe, along with complimentary hot chocolate and marshmallows (50 mins; $199) 

VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho: The Java Gingersnap Massage and Foot Scrub treatment ends with ginger hot chocolate next to a crackling fire (90 mins; $145) 

Day Spa Holiday Deals: 

Aphrodite Aesthetics in Michigan is marketing some package deals as holiday gift ideas, reminding clients to “give that special someone the gift of relaxation and beauty with Aphrodite Aesthetics,” the deal says. The spa is offering three packages, one of which includes a half-hour Swedish massage, half-hour facial, and manicure and pedicure for $100, a savings of $50 for the holidays! Available Dec. 1, 2010 – January 10, 2011. 

LA Salon and Spa in New Jersey is doing the same thing, advertising its deal as “the perfect gift for a SpaFinder guest!”
The spa’s two holiday packages are the Ultimate Getaway ($170) package, which includes a 1-hour deep-tissue full-body massage, 60-minute spa facial, deluxe pedicure exfoliating treatment and penetrating foot massage, deluxe manicure, and exfoliating treatment. For a smaller package, try the Mini-Escape ($100), which includes a 60-minute massage or spa facial and a spa pedicure and manicure. 

And Facelogic in Mount Kisco, NY, is advertising holiday package specials as well, and integrating gift cards into the mix: $150 massage and facial package or buy $75+ gift card and receive $10 free. Massage clients will also receive a free sugar foot scrub. 

To up the ante, go a step further and feature holiday-themed treatments in your holiday packages, like these seasonal-inspired treatment examples. 

*Forgot how to submit Getaway Spa Deals? It’s simple: Just fill out this Spa Deal form here. You can also post a Group Special for parties of four or more, or if you accept both SpaFinder Gift Certificates and day spa clients, submit a Day Spa Dea for Getaways.To submit a deal for your day spa, just go to your partner page. 

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2010 Favorite Spa Managers

Best Spa ManagersThese winners don’t just come from amazing spas—they’ve also been voted favorite spa manager in SpaFinder’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. Hailing from spas around the globe, everywhere from the U.S. to the Maldives to Australia, these winners prove they’re the coolest kids on the block, er, at the spa.

SpaFinder would like to congratulate and share with you the winners in the favorite spa manager category:

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Cosmetic Bootcamp University Expands Program for 2011

Cosmetic BootcampDue to the popularity and support for of the program by the leaders in the esthetic medicine and surgery industry, Cosmetic Bootcamp, an esthetic specialist training company, is expanding its program for 2011.

Cosmetic Bootcamp is dedicated to providing ongoing training and education to physicians and their staff in the core aesthetic specialties of dermatology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, and plastic surgery, provided educational grants and training to approximately 250 physicians in 2010. Six training seminars were held in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York.

According to Cosmetic Bootcamp Founder Kenneth R. Beer, M.D. FAAD, the popularity of the program validates the concept, as well as the need to provide high level education. “We fulfill an unmet need in medical education,” said Dr. Beer in a release. Attendees at the meetings came from wide geographic areas, often driving or flying for hours to participate.

The goal for 2011 is to train 300 physicians in Cosmetic Bootcamp University, and another 200 at the main Cosmetic Bootcamp Meeting, held in July at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado.

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