Travel with Val: Spa trends
During these stressful economic times, there's a lot of new spa trends that can help keep customers relaxed and calm. YNN's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
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Take a deep breath, because there is one economic stimulus that seems to be working quite well.
"We're really seeing that the driver for the spa explosion continues to be we are more stressed out then we've ever been," says International Spa Association President Lynne McNees.
As a result, spa-goers are rubbing, relaxing, floating like corks and even horsing around with horses to get a leg up on stress.
The hands-on therapeutic program Unbridled Bliss is offered by the Lodge at Woodloch, Pa., at a nearby stable in the Poconos.
"You know when people get tight, their shoulders get tight, their muscles get bunched up -- horses will do the same thing."
"Horses are a reflection of everything we want to be -- strong, beautiful, free-spirited," says Alicia Shook of the Lodge At Woodloch.
Some of the newest spa trends can be some of the oldest, like in TriBeCa, where the European-style Arie bath house offers Greco-Roman pleasures in a 19th-century textile factory.
"If you come here, it's a like a paradise, like an old paradise, like where the oldest Greek and Romans came to take a bath," says Fernando Afan Deridera, Arie Ancient Baths
Arie has a selection of salty, frothy, warm and cold pools with either communal or private massage areas.
Massages might put people to sleep temporarily, but to combat ongoing tossing and turning, there’s the "Attainable Sleep" treatment.
"It's all about assistance and help and support for people who are sleep-deprived," says Nina Smiley of Mohonk Mountain House.
Between all these methods, even the most neurotic New Yorker may find some relief.