New yoga, calisthenics and other fitness classes are being taught not on floor mats, but on paddleboards. The thick, stable surfboards come with a long paddle and allow users to do exercises on calm, flat water.
Spa Week specials may be just the ticket for accountants and their clients who are feeling tax-deadline stress. The $50 specials offered at many spas and salons April 16 to 22 are aimed at giving newcomers a taste of the relaxation and wellness treatments provide.
Founders who are willing to learn, close attention to new competitors, having a backup plan to gather capital -- those are among the best predictors of survival for a new company, experts say. Others include picking a big market in a growing field, offering customized service, and choosing established suppliers.
The Cliff House Resort and Spa’s solar thermal system powers the heat and hot water in the resort's 32 guest rooms and the spa's 10 treatment rooms. The Maine resort recently installed the system, the state's largest, to cut down on propane use and greenhouse emissions.
Yoga has moved from a niche offering at hotel spas and retreat centers to a mainstream amenity at hotels, right alongside Wi-Fi and the Internet, experts say. Kimpton Hotels has led the way in the trend, offering free tote bags at front desks, including all necessary yoga props such as mats, straps and exercise bands. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts also has started offering yoga, and other hotels are getting creative with their yoga programs such as the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, which provides a Yoga on the Roof program.