There's nothing like a stressful work or personal email — the kind that leaves you flushed and feeling like a breakout is forming on your face — to make a person feel like they need to make a beeline for a spa. As luck would have it, I got one such email as I was waiting in line to get into Spa Week's preview/media event. The biannual event kicks off April 16 and runs through the April 22 with spas across the country participating, each offering a variety of treatments at a discounted price of $50. Given that the likes of Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Spas are participating, $50 is often a very steep discount.
The Spa Week preview event was held in New York City with a variety of this year's sponsors setting up shop to give makeup touch-ups and dish on their offerings. A room filled with hundreds of women wasn't exactly the setting I felt comfortable getting pampered in, but plenty of attendees did (while I helped myself to chocolate fondue, unfortunately Spa Week did not read this). Then I booked a treatment for next Friday afternoon — coconut body wrap, here I come.
The offerings this season are truly stellar with hundreds of spas (day, medical, and resort), yoga and pilates studies, fitness centers, and other health and wellness practices offering up to three signature treatments. I love that, like Restaurant Week, Spa Week opens up otherwise high-price spots to those on a budget while breaking down the stereotype that spas are reserved for the rich and famous. It was nearly impossible for me to settle on one treatment, but I don't doubt my ability to find a way to justify spending another $50.