November 2006

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Geothermal spa treatments in Reyjavik, Iceland

In the mood for a geothermal spa treatment? Reykjavik, Iceland, is the place according to Iceland Experience, a division of The Great Canadian Travel Co.

These Icelandic geothermal spa vacation packages are available for just over $1,000 per person (based on double occupancy), including round-trip airfare and three nights’ accommodations. This includes a luxury spa program (hot tubs and deep tissue lava massages). Departures are from Boston, Baltimore and New York.

Prices: the “Iceland’s Spas” package is priced from $1,009 low season (Jan. 1 to Mar. 31/Nov. 1 to Dec. 10), $1,149 shoulder season (Apr. 1 to 30/Oct. 1 to 31) and $1,709 high season (May 1 to Sept. 30/Dec. 11 to 31). For reservations and more information, call 800-661-3830.

Written by Healthy Vacations on November 15th, 2006 with comments disabled.
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The importance of qualifications in medical spas

After reading an interesting LA Times article that raised the question, “when all is stroked and slathered, is it money well spent?” I realize that I have to warn you about the spas I blog about here.

Since my information comes from newspaper articles, magazine articles, and travel books, I just don’t know how qualified the masseuses at say the best spa in Asia or The Breakers in Florida are. Qualifications and training become even more critical when you’re going to a medical spa:

Medical spas are claiming an increasing part of the market, offering services such as Botox, laser hair removal, acupuncture and teeth whitening….Dermatologists cite dangers of scarring, burning and disfigurement from laser and Botox treatments by non-physicians. Some spa operators oppose stricter regulation, saying dermatologists are simply protecting their turf.

The article I link to has some useful advice. For example if you’re going to a medical spa, find out if it is owned by a doctor, check the doctor’s license with the medical board, and find out if a doctor will be performing the treatment. Even at regular spas, it’s a good idea to find out what qualifications the therapists have.

Basically, don’t think you’re getting all the information you need from this blog.

Written by Healthy Vacations on November 6th, 2006 with comments disabled.
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