Feels like Spring! Melissa Odabash

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We love Melissa Odabash. The Spa at Four Seasons Hong Kong has her Spring Line ready and waiting!

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Top Ten Beauty Foods-Concierge Talk

Thank you again from my wonderful team at Four Seasons Spa.  They have complied their top ten foods that keep them beautiful!
1.Berries – helps the body to love the signs of aging and keep fit.
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2.Yogurt contains “good bacteria” that help maintain gut health and diminish the incidence of age related intestinal illness, boost immunity , decreases the risk of colon cancer
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3.Turmeric-May have cancer destroying abilities.  Just add 1 to 2 tablespoons to chicken, veggies or rice. turmeric might protect against types of lung damage, skin diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, heart failure, colitis, stomach ulcers, and high cholesterol.
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4.Garlic –This is one of the most important foods provided to us by nature.. It helps prevent cell degeneration, helps keep the blood thin and also prevents heart diseases. It is most beneficial when eaten raw.
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5.Tomato – One powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from environmental damage is lycopene and tomatoes are full of it. Cooked tomatoes contain more lycopene than raw tomatoes.
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6.Sweet potato is a powerful antioxidant and is fat-soluble. Smoother skin after munching on sweet potatoes regularly, as our bodies turn beta-carotene into vitamin A, which helps smooth skin and ward off wrinkles. They are disease-preventing, cancer-fighting, and immune-boosting benefits.
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7.Dark chocolate is good for you! It’s a great source of antioxidants and a potential mood elevator (and we all know that feeling good is a great way to get glowing skin). Chocolate with 80 percent cocoa solids or more to get a hearty dose of antioxidants and avoid excess sugar.
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8.Salmon This fish is rich in long-chain omega-3 essential fatty acids, most beneficial kind. Omega-3s bolster heart health, may fight depression, and  help keep skin young, supple, and radiant. Wild salmon also contains astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
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9.Spinach/Kale / Broccoli Greens contain antioxidants that can reduce the risks of heart disease, protect your eyes, enhance immune response, and help your skin by blocking sunlight-induced inflammation, which can lead to wrinkles and skin cancer
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10.Brown Rice Carbohydrates are long-term energy foods and should never be given up unless you want to invite trouble. Substitute white pasta and rice with whole wheat pasta and brown rice and you will instantly feel the difference in your energy level. Rich in Selenium.  Brown rice is rich in selenium which reduces the risk for developing common illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis.
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LING Launch at Four Seasons Hong Kong

NEWS RELEASE

THE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS ANNOUNCES THIRD NEW PRODUCT LINE TO COMPLETE AN ENTIRELY NEW SPA MENU FOR 2012

Hong Kong-born New Yorker, Ling Chan,
proudly brings her skincare line ‘LING New York’ to her homeland, for the first time.

Thursday, 04 October 2012 – The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong announces the third and final product line to launch in its three-phase menu update at the award-winning, Forbes Five-Star Spa. Complementing the two result-oriented brands launched earlier this year, Spa Director Shoshana Weinberg, now introduces Ling: a skincare line by Hong Kong-born New Yorker Ling Chan.

Available from November 9, 2012, Ling will be launched alongside a new brochure design, to complete the third and final stage of the Spa’s menu overhaul which began in January of this year. Ling was chosen as the ultimate brand to complement the Spa’s two existing lines: Biologique Recherche and The Organic Pharmacy, a French and English brand respectively. Making its debut in Hong Kong, Ling enters the Spa at
Four Seasons with two facials and a luxury body treatment, as well as a full range of retail homecare products. A celebrity favourite in New York City, where Ling herself was based when she established the company, the brand is a blend of both the eastern world where she was born and the western hemisphere where she has traded and practiced most of her life.

The three lines now combine to provide the discerning spa-client with a complete variety of treatments and therapies under the roof of one of Asia’s finest spas. From an array of specialised massage treatments to result-oriented customised facials, to an east-meets-west inspired wellness body treatment, the Spa at Four Seasons meets every mood and every need.

About Ling

Ling grew up in Hong Kong and moved to New York at the age of  21, where she has managed to continually embrace her Chinese culture. Ling trained as an esthetician and has been practicing in New York since 1976. Within a few years of trading, she found
there were no products on the market that delivered what they promised and so she developed her own range in 1983 and became a pioneer in formulating products without known irritants such as oils, lanolin and artificial fragrances. In conjunction with
her new product line, Ling opened her own spa on 57th and 5th avenue in 1984. She developed her signature treatments based on Asian beauty principles of proper exfoliation and hydration to balance the skin in order to prevent and treat skin ailments before they arise. Her success was eminent by a loyal celebrity following of models and film stars whose skin is a fundamental tool for their careers. She is renowned in New York for her superlative results-oriented skincare as well as becoming a facialist to the stars, servicing the likes of Naomi Campbell, Meg Ryan, Alexander Wang, Renee Zellweger and Marisa Tomei with regular facials since making her fame with Madonna in the ‘80s.

Ling Today

Debuting her line at the Spa at Four Seasons and training therapists in her art, Ling says: “I couldn’t be happier to have an opportunity to launch my New York-founded brand back in my hometown and I am honoured to debut at the exclusive Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Hong Kongers are savvy and demanding customers and we have spent years perfecting the art of results-oriented esthetics and skin care formulas that merge state-of-the-art ingredients with Asian beauty secrets, blending the best of both worlds. With expert therapists at the Spa at Four Seasons, I am confident we will find a whole new following of fans.”

Spa Director Weinberg says she was inspired to work with Ling from the instant they met and that it provides the perfect final touch to her new menu; “After introducing Biologique Recherche and The Organic Pharmacy, I wanted one final treatment and product line that exemplified Hong Kong and with Ling we have definitely found it. With her inherent understanding of the city, its people and its culture, and her
exposure and tenure in New York it was the absolute solution. We want to offer something that hasn’t been offered to Hong Kong before and this line melds the eastern and western worlds so beautifully, which in itself typifies our City.”

Treatments
Forbidden Rice Treatment – 90 minutes

HK$1800 Weekday / HK$2000 Weekend

Designed uniquely for the Spa at Four Seasons, this full-body treatment is the essence of east meets west. A rice and ginger body scrub exfoliates the entire body and is removed without leaving the treatment bed.
This indulgent treatment follows with a two-phase massage; firstly using a rich butter of organic ginger, lotus and fennel which stimulates blood circulation; the second and final phase of the treatment is a lymphatic drainage massage using a warming oil blend of cinnamon, ylang-ylang and black pepper.

The City Peel -90 minutes

HK$1800 Weekday / HK$1950 Weekend

The City Peel is set to be Hong Kong’s most popular facial peel and begins with a glycolic, multi-acid fruit peel. A papaya enzyme peel follows under steam, to extract, exfoliate and remove unhealthy skin cells. This intense facial finishes with an
acid-free rescue peel and is excellent for preventing and detoxifying the skin of clogged pores, resulting in a clearer and smoother complexion. The City Peel provides excellent results for people suffering with acne, uneven skin tone, oily and environmentally damaged skin, and is particularly good to treat men’s tough skin. The treatment is not recommended for sensitive skin and should only be taken once a week at the maximum in the first phase of introduction.

DNA Facial -90 minutes

HK$1950 Weekday / HK$2100 Weekend

An advanced facial designed to defend skin against the signs of aging, Ling’s popular DNA facial means just that: Do Not Age! It aims to reduce premature fine lines, wrinkles and loose facial contours. CACI ultrasonic infusion utilises the high performance vibrations to permeate vital nutrients such as apple stem cell into the skin cell membrane to prevent degeneration, promote rapid rejuvenation and heal.

List of Wellness Icons in the World. Books that must be read. Part 1

I had the question from one of the Four Seasons Management Trainee’s:  “What is my list of authors whom would help me to gain an understanding of information that swarms thru your mind.”

  I had to breathe thru that question.  Where do I begin?  I believe that my knowledge, firstly, comes from experience, and secondly, from so many wonderful teachers that I have encountered in the world.  So this list begins today. Please share, add, and add some more. This list is not static and it will grow, in fact I think I will make this Part 1 and continue a little more each day!  Thank you for the opportunity to write name all of these wonderful teachers!

Spatique on Victoria Harbor-Kashwere

At the Spa at Four Seasons Hong Kong, we love Kashwere.  I has been our biggest seller in our retail area for the past 2 years!  In the summer we use the blankets on our massage tables and the robes in our VIP suites!

So if you have a Spa or you want Spa at home, then you must own something of Kashwere!  See the photos below to entice you!


Why Four Seasons Spa rocks Hong Kong

Just a quick shot out to my team at the Spa at Four Seasons Hong Kong. I was at a wonderful dinner party last night when 5 out of the 10 that were there had been to the Spa and loved thier experience!  I am so proud!

Mexico-Escape

Escape to Punta Mita, Mexico. Next year the Spa at Four Seasons Hong Kong is thinking about doing a promotion with Mexico.  Tequilla treatments here we come! I would love to hear feedback of our guests…are you ready for the healing therapies of Mexico?