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A Body of Work: Interview Transcripts and Photos

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: September 26, 2008, from the October 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Small spas should take the plunge. Just try it. We have a menu development team. Any therapist can be on this team who wants to be creative. Let them go … experiment with it. Try it on the entire body, through hair, feet, whatever, just go with it, play with it. You’ll find that you come up with some of the most amazing treatments.

Jennifer Lynn, Spa Director, Qua Baths & Spa, Caesers Palace

Our core philosophy centered around Roman bathing rituals of the past, and part of those are the contrasting treatments room. The Tepidarium is body temperature, the Calidrium is 106 degrees F and the Frigiderium, the cold plunge pool. The concept of the cold is to shock the nervous system and promote a deeper state of relaxation for your muscles. Athletes soak in cold tubs. The Arctic Ice Room, goes back at the contrasting temperatures.

The atmosphere is really great. It snows … and that’s more for the effect. We have an ice fountain which is shaved ice that can be used to cool and exfoliate skin. By ending cold, you’re bringing your core temperature down,and you can restart circuit for more detoxification. It closes pores and stops perspiration.

We saw it as a core philosophy to taking the waters and tapping into the Roman bathing rituals.

Clients love it. It snows everyday in Vegas. I know I like to go and get as much as I can out of it. After the sauna, I need some place to rest, and you’re in a robe and still sweating and trying to get your core temperature back down. If I’m doing the heat treatments, and I get a shower, I’m still hot. Because it’s part of our core philosophy, in all of our literature and on our Web site. It’s garnered a lot of press. We were kind of in the forefront. It’s been a great marketing tool. The men love it too because men love to go into the cold and bring their temperature down.