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I Spa. Do You? A Visit to the International Spa Association Media Event at the Beverly Wilshire

Alexandra Williams, MA

ISPA MEDIA invitationSis and I drove to Beverly Hills last Thursday as invited guests of the ISPA Media Event on behalf of the International Spa Association. Twelve different spas were in attendance, offering a variety of treatments and products to us lucky media people. Since many of you have asked us for spa recommendations, we thought we’d share our experiences and info about the companies that were there.

First of all, two of our long-standing favorite spas were in attendance, Rancho la Puerta and Glen Ivy Hot Springs, which has hosted our Christmas family get-together the past two years. (For more on Rancho la Puerta, read our review from last summer). At Thursday’s event, Glen Ivy Spa had a labyrinth you could walk (I didn’t, as I am terrible at being contemplative), plus they sent me home with lavender honey and a recipe for lavender honey muffins, which were popular with some family members; and not so much with the younger set!!

picture of lavender honey muffins

Lavender Honey Muffins

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group gave me a Calm Mind massage, with a focus on my Chinese dominating element of Flourish. This was perfect timing, as I mentioned I was fighting a bit of light vertigo, so the massage therapist worked to loosen up my very tight neck and jaw. I went away less dizzy, which made me very grateful. According to their recommendations, raspberries are one of my healing foods, which suits me perfectly.

I then had a Vitamin C Infusion mini facial from Massage Envy. They are ubiquitous in California and I was surprised to discover they are only eight years old! The woman who gave me my facial looked about 25, yet mentioned a college-aged daughter. Crikey, after that, I told her to do the same to my skin as she was doing to hers. I wish I had taken her picture, as she really did look 20 years younger than she is.

picture of Sheila Cluff, owner of Oaks at Ojai

Sheila Cluff, owner of The Oaks at Ojai

 

At the Oaks at Ojai booth, I made my very own Italian seasoning, AND met Sheila Cluff, the owner/ founder, who also happens to be a prolific author, fitness icon and ice skater. She’s been in the fitness biz longer than I have! I also stopped at the Matrix booth and test “walked” their latest technology treadmill. I rarely use a treadmill since I love group fitness so much, and find them boring, but this one had lots to keep me occupied, including movies on demand. Mostly I enjoyed chatting with the rep Doug, as he had on crazy blue patterned shoes, mismatched multi-colored socks, and an orange patterned shirt. He said everyone over 50 gets to dress as they please, and age in reverse like Benjamin Button, so I adopted him. A little plug here for fitness – exercise keeps you young. Actually, it can reverse aging in some cases (think dementia, metabolic syndrome, intelligence).

Since fitness is our game, and soccer legs are my, er, legs, I happily hopped on the Travaasa bike and pedaled my way to a kale smoothie. I don’t like chunks in my drinks, so I pedaled till it was smooth. Or till I reached Austin, Texas, where they have a resort! Either way.

Travaasa bike at ISPA Media event

Smooth Ride = Smoothie

New to me was the Sacred Waters massage, which I got from Aspira Spa of Wisconsin. The spa is on a lake considered sacred by its native peoples, and the plants and methods used in the massage were warm and smelled great. The 15 minutes went by way too quickly. I had to feign sleep. They were on to me. Ah, well. Good excuse to visit Wisconsin again.

pic of sacred waters massage at ISPA Media event

Sacred Waters Massage from Aspira Spa

 

 

 

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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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9 Responses to I Spa. Do You? A Visit to the International Spa Association Media Event at the Beverly Wilshire

  1. Yum Yucky June 9, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Ya’ll two girls are basically celebrities. My brain might be slow, yet I’ve finally come to this conclusion.
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  2. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie June 9, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    I wish I could have spa-ed with you! This looks amazing!

  3. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta June 9, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    How fun to meet Sheila! I’m actually surprised that you hadn’t met before seeing as you all are icons of health and fitness. Sounds like a fun event.
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    • AlexandraFunFit June 9, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      I think we saw her years ago when she got an IDEA award, but oddly enough we hadn’t met her in person. Her daughter was there too, and invited us to be guest instructors. Way cool.
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  4. Jody - Fit at 56 June 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    I could use some spa envy right now!!! :) That 20 years younger sounds perfect! Glad you got to enjoy!!!
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  5. Erika Grediaga June 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    I’m soo envious! I love spas and massages… I wish I could have tagged along with you :)
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  6. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A. June 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Well this just sounds perfect! Massages are my jam and I’m super envious I missed this!
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