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Spa Trends for Boomers

Boomers have always been the first to embrace new things aimed at the betterment of body and soul. Mediation, yoga, energy balancing, massage have been part of a rite of passage for some and a way of life for many. Spas aimed at Boomers, from luxury retreats to affordable getaways, incorporate these trends and add a few new ones.

According to SpaFinder, spa trends for 2012 include having exercises directed by a wellness coach; employing therapies that feature the healing techniques of cold and color; and an increasing array of Medi-Spa treatments.

At the upmarket Amanyara Turks & Caicos Resort, rated one of the Top 100 hotels in the world in 2011 by the London Times Travel magazine, and on Conde Nast Travelerís Gold List 2012, guests are guided through the latest holistic treatments best for them by a Master in Residence. The yoga specialist, for example, offers three kinds of yoga for guests, and of course, the spa is an indoor/outdoor blend of water and soothing sounds.

The Grand Velas Resorts, Mexico, are among the few all-inclusive properties to win Five Diamond and Five Star ratings. At the Grand Velas Riviera Maya, a spa journey starts with a series of hot and cold water therapies, including an ice room and a color therapy steam experience. Choose from Mayan inspired rituals (I love the coffee scrub), Hindu foot and scalp treatments and lots more.

Cruises have increasingly expanded their spas and also added Medi-Spa treatments, catering to harried Boomers who want to be sure to come back from their voyage looking good in ways that require more than a tan. Treatments aboard Celebrity, Princess, Carnival, RCI and other ships range from teeth whitening to facial peels, Restylane and Botox injections.

Celebrity was one of the first cruise lines to offer acupuncture at sea. On one voyage I opted for a series of two acupuncture facials. After each one and especially after the second, friends, who didnít know I had the treatments, remarked on how well-rested I looked. Not inexpensive, acupuncture facials still cost much less than surgery and have no recuperative period. I felt good. Alas, the ďresultsĒ donít last nearly as long as surgery but I felt great during my week-long voyage.

Although many spas aim for guests with deep pockets, some cater to those who must consider a budget. Deerfield Spa, East Stroudsburg, PA, was recognized by SpaFinder with a Readersí Choice Award. Deerfield earned a place among the top ten spas for affordability, for solo spa goers and as a facility with a favorite spa manager.

At Deerfield , most rooms have private baths but you can cut costs by sharing a bathroom. You can work out in the gym, swim in the pool or hike trails in the Pocono Mountains. Whether you choose a 2, 3, 5 or 7-night package, youíre likely to come back refreshed.

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