Taking a spa vacation when the economy was buzzing along was generally about pampering oneself. With the economic downturn in full swing, a spa trip has become more of an investment in one's well-being. Americans are "giving up the fluffy gold and caviar facials," said Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder, "but honing in on core stress busters like therapeutic massage, etc. Especially if the price is right."

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