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European Med Spa Series #7

October 12th, 2011


According to our survey of medical and lifestyle spas last month, Europeans appear to embrace “Mesotherapy” from Greek mesos, meaning middle and therapy or to treat medically.   These therapies usually employ non-surgical cosmetic medicine treatments.  Mesotherapy consists of a variety of multiple injections in the fat under the skin, using either pharmaceutical and/or a combinations of homeopathic medications, plant extracts and vitamins.

There are published studies reported in Europe and South America on the clinical treatments and effects of these medications and the various combinations. However, the actual clinical research is inconclusive as to the effectiveness of these procedures.   This fact does not seem to dissuade patients from seeking out mesotherapy and contributing to the popularity of it at the spas we visited in France and Switzerland.   As with many of the trendy anti-aging treatments available in America, the marketplace often embraces a product based on slick marketing, rather than hard clinical evidence.

Next time: Swiss Anti-aging Fixes

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European Med Spas: a Series #4

September 26th, 2011

Trendy French Spa Treatments

The traditional French Thermal spa, Les Thermes de Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains  is an institution in the Chamonix Valley that is more than 200 years old.     The hot and healthy thermal water straight from the glacial waters of the Mont Blanc Massif is often described as a real natural serum. The traditional treatments exist in perfect harmony with new products and techniques.

According to Mintel,  the revenue from the skincare market in the five key European markets (France, Italy, Germany, UK and Spain) reached 6.1 billion Euros in 2009 or about $8.7 billion dollars.   France represents more than 36% of this market.

Thermes de Saint-Gervais is typical in its offerings of beauty, wellness and relaxation treatments.  Warm mineral water treatments and beauty therapies include hydro-massage, volcanic clay applications and facial masks, jet showers, sauna and hammam; all combining essential oils, aromatic and medicinal plants.   We toured the new anti-stress and relaxation circuit that is combined with a multi-station outdoor natural spring water pool.

According to our guide, Julie it has been a very successful addition to the property.   The unique spa atmosphere is carefully crafted to achieve maximum relaxation with special attention to lighting, sound and visual cues.   The senses are meant to be calmed before exploring the thermal stations in the outdoor pool.   We were invited to experience the new treatments ourselves, but a busy travel schedule made it impossible this trip.   However, the view from the outdoor mineral pool was stunning, with snow-capped Mont Blanc in almost every direction.

Next: Skincare: a Growing Global Business




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