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Posted: September 10, 2010
spa treatment room at Peninsula Tokyo

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A new Influence of Shiatsu body massage will be added to the spa menu at The Peninsula Tokyo spa by ESPA from September 2010. Designed exclusively for the Japanese hotel spa, the new massage was created in collaboration with shiatsu lecturer and practitioner Rosamunde Jordan and is intended to help enhance the body's Qi, restoring equilibrium.(From

Westin Hotels & Resorts continues the global expansion of its signature spa brand, the Heavenly Spa by Westin, with the debut of a new Heavenly Spas at The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket. Each Heavenly Spa features signature treatments and experiences aimed at mind-body wellness and revitalization, including unique programs that reflect local culture and customs. The Heavenly Spa at the Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket opened its doors Aug. 11, 2010. Six spa treatment rooms and two spa suites are spacious and thoughtfully named after the seven pillars of well-being: beauty, life balance, harmony, aqua, vitality, nature and nutrition. Designed with the very latest in wellness and relaxation therapies and equipment, treatment rooms include Thai style massage beds, Ayurveda wellness rooms, Vichy showers, and custom made treatment beds, incorporating elements of sight and fragrance into the face cradle allowing guests to slip into deeper relaxation. Local products and methods are incorporated into spa treatments like the “Luk Pra Kob,” a steamed Thai herbal ball with bergamot, pandan, tamarind leaf, camphor and turmeric used to relieve muscle tension and stress, as well as virgin coconut oil known for its nourishing properties for the hair and scalp.

A 2,073-square-foot spa has opened at the Porta Hotel in Antigua, Guatemala. The Ceiba spa features a garden-like entrance and treatment rooms with ancient stone. Intended to feel colonial and antique, the spa also includes four treatment rooms, a temazcal patio and infra-red saunas as well as a couple's suite.(From

Following a $46.9 million investment, a luxury new destination health spa is nearing completion in Thorpe Hall manor in Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex, United Kingdom. Called Lifehouse, the facility will be located within 135 acres of grounds, including 12 acres of historic, listed gardens. Lifehouse will open in December 2010 with 100 guest bedrooms as well as 35 treatment rooms. Other facilities comprise a thermal spa area, a swimming pool and an outdoor fitness circuit. Babor products will be used in spa therapies.(From