NEW YORK (AP) — Smells good, tastes good, feels good: The International Spa Association's annual industry show was a feast for the senses.
Spas showed products and treatments that seemed good enough to eat — and a few demonstrations actually did involve edibles. Others at the show held last week in Manhattan offered services inspired by indigenous healing rituals and traditions.
The Spa of the Rockies in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, featured skin products from Eminence Organics in creamy pastel colors with ingredients like strawberry rhubarb and pink grapefruit. The Lodge at Woodloch, in Hawley, Pennsylvania, offered a beer-based hand-and-foot scrub, in addition to an actual edible: Tuscan melon gazpacho with Thai basil and blush-tiger tomatoes.
Chocolate's always on the menu at The Spa at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in the form of chocolate body wraps, facials and scrubs. But at the show, Hershey demonstrated a treatment using chilled Limoges porcelain spoons to soothe puffy eyes.
The Travaasa spa demonstrated handmade sugar scrubs using ingredients like rose petals and lavender, grown on the spa's urban farm in Austin, Texas. Massage Envy Spas, a chain of day spas that just opened its 1,000th franchise in Philadelphia, also showed off a sugar scrub used in foot therapy.
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, demonstrated vegetarian stir-fry cooking to promote its Healthy Living Program. The program offers a class trip to a restaurant to teach participants how to order healthy menu items.