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The Axis of Relaxation

By: Bryan Durocher
Posted: July 23, 2008, from the August 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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My massage therapist was extremely strong and knowledgeable. Thanks to her extensive training and understanding of physiology, she knew exactly what to do when I described my back problems. After 90 minutes, I arose from the massage table with realigned posture, a feeling of restored stability and balance, and a surge of energy. It put me in the perfect mood to head to a dolce vita-style café, where I lunched on the best polpettine con passi e pinoli, or meatballs with raisins and pine nuts, I have ever tasted.

European wellness

The lasting result of my visits to Rome and Berlin was an up-close look at the growing wellness trend in Europe. No longer exclusively dedicated to luxury and pampering—although those remain a primary focus—more and more modern European spas are broadening their approaches to encompass a more holistic attitude in regard to well-being.

Today, in growing numbers, spas seem to be offering solutions for the whole person using results-oriented services and, in many cases, naturally sourced products and ingredients. It’s a direction likely to soundly resonate in the United States and, as a matter of fact, there are many spa leaders already embracing this philosophical and practical direction.