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On the Road: Mani Pedi Cutie!, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

August 1, 2008 | Article

Mani Pedi Cutie! caters to moms and daughters - providing them with their own individual space and needs.

Ritual Renewal

August 1, 2008 | Article

Blame it on Descartes. Modern society fragments our body, mind and spirit into warring entities. In some forms of religious interpretation, the body is portrayed as the enemy, as the source of unholy appetites and base impulses. We feel differently, and embrace the body, even with its occasional sneezes, pimples, hiccups, and cravings for raw cookie-dough, as our most tangible expression and daily experience of the sacred.

Chopra Yoga and Meditation Move to the Spa

August 1, 2008 | Article

Bonnie Waters, founder of the 24-year-old Changes Salon & Day Spa in Walnut Creek, Calif., describes the ambiance as “two worlds under one roof” since her spa and salon fuses beauty and body therapies with what she terms “mind fitness.” In a rare offering for day spas and salons, Changes offers meditation and spiritual yoga instruction inspired by the practices of Dr. Deepak Chopra.

A Moment of Peace — Switching Gears Between Clients

August 1, 2008 | Article

Seeing a steady stream of clients all day can be mentally and physically draining. NAILS asked readers how they take a moment to relax and switch gears between cli-ents. A surprising number found the routine they developed to prepare for their next client has become a soothing ritual.

This Spa Treatment Is a Snooze

August 1, 2008 | Article

Sleep is the latest amenity at Aqua Hotel in Cancun, Mexico.

Secret Ingredient: Seaweed

August 1, 2008 | Article

Algotherapy is the use of seaweed or seaweed extracts in health or beauty treatments.

10 Ways to Make Your Salon More Green

August 1, 2008 | Article

Start a simple green program in your salon, then promote it to your clients.

How Do You Balance Your Business and Personal Lives?

August 1, 2008 | Article

NAILS asked nail care professionals how they manage the juggle of business and personal. Enjoy their practical advice.

Good to Go Greening: Minimize Your Carbon Footprint While Traveling

August 1, 2008 | Article

Vacations are the time to cut loose and kick up our heels, and welcome the break from our usual routine. Just remember to bring the best of your eco-consciousness with you when you prepare to travel.

Plants Are Powerful Medicine

August 1, 2008 | Article

So much more than salad, they nurture, energize, balance, heal us: from dream time forward, plants are powerful medicine.

Secret Ingredient: Pomegranate

July 1, 2008 | Article

Associated with health and rebirth, some scholars even place the pomegranate in the
Garden of Eden, instead of an apple.

A Gift From a Flower to a Garden: Let it Grow on You

July 1, 2008 | Article

Ancient cultures from the polar snows to the equator and everywhere in-between worshipped the sun for its energy and power—especially for its ability to bring food from the earth through photosynthesis. Today, we take care to shield our own skin from the UV rays, but the sun remains essential to our life-force. So enjoy organically grown, energizing fruits and vegetables in season from your local farmers market, or grow your own—even if your garden is only a clay pot set on a sunny balcony.

Caring for the Elderly

June 1, 2008 | Article

Clients ages 8 to 80 enjoy salon services, but how techs handle an 8-year-old client will be different from how they handle her senior counterpart. Techs can develop a reputation for being the go-to girl among this expanding demographic by understanding the needs of an older client — and taking the time to meet those needs.

Turning Belief Into Action

June 1, 2008 | Article

Like the Lotus drawing nourishment from deep roots and reaching upward into the light, the eco-beauty movement is growing.

Secret Ingredient: Green Tea

June 1, 2008 | Article

Green tea extracts are often used in skin care products to restore, protect, and heal skin. How does this secret ingredient work?

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