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Spas Cater to Pint-Sized Clients with Customized Services

Apr 11, 2008
With ingredients like chocolate, coconut cream and caramel apple, it sounds more like an ice cream shop, but at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, Michigan, these are just a few of the enticing items found in the spa services offered at Scoops Kids Spa.

Pint-sized clients enjoy a pedicure seated in an oversized ice cream sundae sofa surrounded by whimsical wall murals in this spa where the themed services are matched up with a child's personality. For instance, the girl or boy who loves the outdoors and sports might like to try the Gummy Worm Pedicure or Manicure which features a relaxing treatment of chocolate ice cream fizz with real gummy worms tickling the toes. The interactive Scooops Facial teaches youngsters how to keep their skin healthy with an all-sensitive product line for delicate skin. And included with every spa treatment is a coupon for real ice cream in the Bear Claw Cafe.

It's a growing trend that indicates more and more spas are offering services dedicated to the younger set. According to the International Spa Association, more than half of the nearly 14,000 spas in the United States offer packages for families, teens or kids. This trend may also be in part to mothers who are asking for services and products geared towards themselves as well as their children.

For vacationing families staying at the Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn in Orlando, dreamy decorations and a dedicated spa specialist await young guests at their very own spa. Sugar & Spice Kids Spa is a deluxe space complete with massage chairs and treatments for boys and girls alike. It's also an opportunity for some mother-daughter time.

Girls can relax with treatments like a pretty pastel polish manicure and sparkly topcoat with a Manigirl treatment, or enjoy the Fantasy Facial which uses fresh avocado or an oatmeal scrub, coupled with a cucumber eye lift and a face massage. The spa also features a fun photo shoot with gowns, boas and hats. Rough and tumble boys might dig temporary hand tattoos, finger massage and thumb wrestling offered by the Maniguy Spa Service for Boys. The spa also offers themed party packages complete with dress up and a group photo.

In McLean, Virginia, Eclips Kids is the children-only annex of a salon and day spa, which has been so successful, a separate bigger location opened in nearby Ashburn. Here, custom birthday parties treat the special girl and her friends to abbreviated versions of facials, hair and nail treatments, and clothing-only massages. The spa emphasizes fun, beauty care education and the total spa experience.

In 2003, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio opened The SPAhhhT ("spot") youth spa as a result of clientele who repeatedly asked for spa treatments geared for their children. Customized 25- to 30-minute treatments are offered in rooms housed near Camp Hyatt, the resort's award-winning kid's program. Youth-designed treatments include henna tattoos, Updo's, Mai-Tai party knots for hair, as well as pedis and medis. Clothed massage treatments under the supervision of a parent or guardian are also made available. Youth spa-goers are issued SPAhhhT-logoed robes and slippers and relax in treatment rooms painted in colors scientifically proven to be relaxing and soothing. Youth-inspired retail beauty products are also available for sale at the spa.

In North Carolina at the Pinehurst Resort, teens may while away the afternoon at the resort's exclusive Teen Spa Lounge. Girls sample the hottest product trends in health and beauty while sipping on smoothies. Designed for ages 12 to 17, services include the mineral essential Total Teen Facial and Teen Makeup Application and Lesson. The spa's Teen Tune-Up is appropriate for both girls and boys and features a one-on-one session with a personalized trainer who educates teens on healthy exercising.

The resort also features the Kid Spa for the 12 and under crowd. The Mother and Daughter Re-TREAT package offers a day of pampering with a facial, medi and pedi for both mom and daughter. Additional treatments include parent-supervised massages, facials, and cut and style services.fiuds
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Geologix Inc. manufactures products using a proprietary formula featuring 34 natural minerals contained in the ancient sea water from the famous Michigan Basin -- a concentration of minerals higher than that found in any known body of water in the world. Mineral Essentials focuses on spa, skin care, and massage products to moisturize and provide anti-aging protection for great skin. Mineral Essentials
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