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The Stomach and the Soul

Posted: January 3, 2008, from the January 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Wherever your spa is, you can do something inspired like this. I have so much respect for people who run day spas. You could do a once a month in the kitchen with chef with a local restaurant program versus having food on an ongoing basis. You could partner with a health food store or restaurant to do home delivery of the food after your spa treatment. Something destination spas, do but more appropriate to the location.


INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT: Julie Raistrick, spa director, Montage Resort & Spa, Laguna Beach, CA

The nutritional component of a well balanced body is important and the spa industry needs to address that in some fashion. Each of us do it differently with our own flair—that is a component that we don’t want to miss out on, just like fitness. Through one of our signature programs, we determine our guests’ body type through a variety of different measurements whether they are an endomorph, ectomorph or mesomorph. If you are an endomorph, the chemicals, nutrition, minerals you might be lacking could be hydrogen or nitrogen, you may need to take in more vegetables and fruits because of that. We came up with a body-type smoothie that encourages them to maintain nutritional balance. We can provide this smoothie to address minerals you might be lacking to help bring your body back into balance.

Clients love it. When you have a specific body type, your body will gravitate to smells and tastes. Mesomorphs might love their smoothie and not be excited about what was in the other types’ smoothies. We give them info about different food types to bring them back into balance.