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Fall Season Whips Up New Blend Of Spa Treatments

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In time for the fall season, a fresh array of rejuvenation trends are emerging, as a number of new treatments and deals are available for avid spa-goers. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

Drinking a smoothie after a spin class can be par for the course.

Blending one on an exercise bike, however, is a totally different spin.

"We have a juicing class that uses a blender bike, and we teach folks how to make one of these smoothies on the bike," says Adam Hawthorne from Travaasa Experiential Resorts. "So, the one we're doing today has kale, carrot, ginger, we do apple and orange juice."

Biking and juicing is just one of the spokes of the "spa trends" wheel, an industry that the International Spa Association reports is on a steady climb with $14 billion in revenue in 2012, a five percent increase from the year before. 

Spa visits have jumped by three percent, with the average guest spending $87 per visit.
"People don’t have a lot of touch in their lives," says Ella Stimpson from the International Spa Association. "We’re always remote, we're connected digitally, but we are not connected one-on-one, and so the touch industry, the spa industry, where you can really, really let go and relax and have someone take care of you, is really more critical now more than ever."
Some of the significant touch points this year are men’s treatments and farm-to-table ingredients becoming farm-to-facial.

"Through that process, they'll use different kinds of ingredients on your skin that are farm fresh, and then they'll talk about it, and then they'll have a tidbit of something to eat that's related to that ingredient," Stimpson says.

Quick refreshers for the time-pressed and membership-based spas are also part of this year's popular touch points.

"So you join like you would a gym, you pay $59 or $69 a month, and you get a massage treatment for that," says CJ Funk from Massage Envy Franchising.

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