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Spa Finder Gift Certificates Popular With Today's Teens This Holiday Season

NEW YORK, NY (December 10, 2002) − You may be surprised to know that the hard-to-please teen on your holiday gift list wants the same thing you want-a spa gift certificate. According to Spa Finder (, spa-going is finding a following among the younger set. "We're seeing more and more spas tailoring treatments and packages to teens. This seems to be a huge trend that has been building over the past few years as teens and their parents realize that the benefits of spa transcend age," say Susie Ellis, VP of Industry Development at Spa Finder, a company that serves spa-goers with its popular spa lifestyle magazine and a website for researching and locating spas.

Ellis noted that this trend is popular among parents and teens alike because both groups can easily recognize the benefits of the spa experience. Parents see it as a way to enhance their teen's overall health and well being, while teens enjoy and appreciate the treatments as a way to deal with traditional teen issues, such as acne, weight problems and stress.

Days spas, which until recently only saw high schoolers for pre-prom-night manicures and pedicures, are now experiencing a year-round influx of teens looking for specialized teen facials and skin care instruction as well as massages and other treatments. Many spas have entire packages devoted to promoting self-esteem and wellness for young spa-goers. The Balance Day Spa (NC), for example, offers a "Teen Dream" package that includes a massage, reflexology session, teen facial and pedicure. Many spas also offer "Teen Spa Nights" - in-home or on-site spa parties such as the one held on Friday nights at the Jacques Dessange Salon and Spa in Pittsburgh. Designed to introduce teens to the spa experience, the spa parties often include treatments and free spa product samples as well as workshops in makeup application, skincare, nutrition and fitness - all usually done to the beat of techno music and accompanied by healthy snacks.

Self-esteem figures largely into the concept of spa-going for teenagers. "It's not about makeup or vanity - it's about learning at a young age that taking time to manage stress is absolutely the best thing you can do for yourself - the rewards are physical as well as mental," says Carol Bartholomew, whose Drench A Skin Care Center Spa (NY) holds facial parties that teach teens that bad skin is not a punishment because they ate chocolate but instead a reflection of improper skincare and stressful living. And many spas, such as the Tiba de Nuhad Khoury Day Spa (TN), are now offering image consultations for young teens gearing up for college or an early career.

With all the interest in spas coming from the next generation, it's not surprising that spa gift certificates have become a popular gift item for teens. "They're a great way for teens to be introduced to the benefits of the spa experience and initiate good health and wellness habits that can last a lifetime," says Ellis.

Spa Finder Gift Certificates are extremely flexible and can be used at nearly 650 leading day spas for the product and/or treatment of the recipient's choice. Additionally, recipients can choose to visit their favorite local spa, give a new spa a try, or-if the giver is extremely generous-use the certificate to travel to a spa destination. Certificates are purchased directly online at or by calling Spa Finder at 1-888-ALL-SPAS and are available for as little as $25 and as much as $10,000.

About Spa Finder, Inc.:

As the world's only integrated spa marketing company, Spa Finder connects millions of consumers to the spa experience each year. In fact, The New York Times cited the 1986 founding of Spa Finder as a milestone in the growth of the worldwide spa industry. Having assembled the world's largest and finest network of spas and the world's largest spa consumer database, Spa Finder connects consumers with their ideal spa experiences-whether they are looking to visit a local day spa or to embark on a vacation or retreat at a stay spa. Spa Finder publishes Spa Finder Magazine and the Spa Enthusiast newsletter, the leading publications devoted to spa travel and healthy lifestyles. The company operates Spa Finder Travel, Spa Finder Gift Certificates and, the most complete Internet source for the spa experience.

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