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The Most Unique Spa in Las Vegas!

November 4th, 2012 • by Sandy Zimmerman

A Harmony Nail Spa- Enchanted Rainforest setting Foot Massage with Pedicure Massage

I have visited many spas around the world as a travel writer but the most unique spa is right here in Las Vegas!

(Continued- Next Column to the RIGHT.)

Foot Massage with Pedicure


When you look for a Spa, think of your Health first.

June 26th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Dr. Danka Michaels, Director of the Blue Point Medical Spa, explains, “If you maintain a good diet and exercise, than the toxins (Metabolites) will be expelled by themselves and not stored in the tissues.

Probably the most important thing about the Blue Point Medical Spa is that everything is supervised by a physician.

Treatments are coordinated with your medical conditions in mind.

One treatment we recommend, the Ionithermie, is a combination of mud which is applied on the body along with theoretic and galvanic currents to help the exchange between the mud and tissue in order for the tissues to open up and extract all of the toxins.

Our therapists prepare a body mask to apply from underneath the burdocks to the arm pits, underneath the breasts to the thighs, and other areas of the body.

Each treatment lasts 20 minutes with preparation of 10 minutes and a 10 minute clean-up.

You should not eat anything fatty or sugary to help get your body going, and drink a lot.

We have some clients who lost one dress size.

The clay is composed of ivy extract, berries, and mud imported from France.

As evidenced all over the world, in over one million applications annually, the patented body mask contains natural materials such as guarana berry, ivy extracts and 104 trace elements from the sea.

This helps with detoxification and to improve circulation … melting away the root cause of the orange peel problem. Complete clinical studies are available by request.

The Hair Artist

March 16th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“The Hair Artist”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

You will feel so fantastic after relaxing in the traditional Turkish co-ed Hammam.

One of the few spas offering the famous domed, mosaic Hammam baths, a beautiful

reminder of the Ottoman’s Baths of Roxelana, built in 1556.

The Turkish bath cleanses and relaxes the body similar to being in a sauna.

Some of the other indulgences are a wet spa, Jacuzzi, cool dip, steam sauna,

and gym awaiting you at the Primp Salon, by Michael Boychuck, inside the Palms Place Hotel.

Arrive early before your treatment in order to take advantage of all of these extras which are

complimentary with any treatment.

Now you are ready for one of Primp’s talented texture experts, Helsi Maya the Hair Artist.

Helsi analyzes your hair first before making decisions.

“We have to determine the hair’s texture and to choose the product and design for your style.

Is the texture medium or coarse?

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There are ways to control coarse, unmanageable hair, or to add volume to other types of hair,

whatever your hair needs.

Next, I determine the most attractive color for your complexion, eyes, and lifestyle.”

Just like an artist painting a picture, Helsi’s choice of colors is very important.

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AYURVEDA Way of Life

February 5th, 2011 • by admin

“The Ayurveda Way of Life”

By Sandy Zimmerman

Lothar Pirc, the President of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts,

and Managing Director at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Bad Ems, Germany, and his wife

Dr. Karin Pirc, MD, PhD, and Eastern physician, is the Medical Advisor at Lancaster and Medical

Director at their Germany location.

Lothar is a man dedicated to awakening the public to natural Ayurvedac health care.

He travels around the world speaking to heads of government, national health organizations,

business leaders, and physicians groups.

I was happy to have the opportunity to meet Lothar and Karin during my visit to their

Lancaster Ayurveda Health Center.

Lothar described the difference between Eastern and Western medical treatment.

“In the United States, medical doctors are in and out of the examination room for an average

of seven minutes with each patient while eastern physicians, called Vaidyas, spend from one

hour to one-in-a-half hours with each patient during the initial consultation.

In fact, the Vaidya sees the guests every day to monitor the spa treatments and tailor

individual recommendations for their diet and even the ingredients in the massage oils which

would be used.

There are 20 different types of massages and 50 different kinds of oils from India.

One person spends time just preparing all of the massage oils in the Oil Kitchen.”

The Ayurvedac Wet Treatments are very different from the ones we are usually experience in the

United States, like the Vichy Shower.

Lothar explained, “The Pizhichill treatment, also called the Royal Treatment, combines

synchronizing massage with a hot treatment.

Two technicians (therapists) pour two gallons of sesame oil over the client’s entire body.

This treatment is good for back problems, the joints, and is effective for detoxification.

Before the treatment, the oil was clear with a golden color but after the oil changed to a dark brown


A study indicated that the oil held high concentrations of environmental toxins that were flushed

out of the client’s system. In our Lancaster and Germany health centers, we emphasize the

Panchakarma treatment for detoxification.

There were two kinds of toxins, the water soluble toxins are easy to get rid of by practicing sports,

drinking or fasting.

Then we have the fat soluble toxins stored in the fat tissues- the pesticides, herbicides and heavy

metals which usually stay in the body for 50 years.

Yoga is good for your Health

January 23rd, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Yoga for your Health

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)

After enjoying the luxurious Ayurvedic spa treatments, there is so much more.

I felt like discovering what else the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center had to offer.

Everything is about attempting to improve your health.

Their program includes three delicious organic vegetarian meals a day, accommodations,

DVD’s, lectures on health and the prevention of medical problems, yoga, cooking classes,

and planned activities.

The sign said, “Yoga Tonight” so I walked into the large living room which alternates as a lecture

room, a place for yoga, and a comfortable setting to relax and meet the other guests.

Since I do not have time to exercise in Las Vegas and have not participated in yoga before I

wondered if they had a beginner’s class and was very happy when I found out that Robin, the

instructor, tailors his class to each person.

Robin explained, “We do not use complicated positions or strenuous poses.


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 You only need very light stretching yoga postures.

There are 12 different postures and can be performed easily at home, the best time

is before breakfast.

One is the very unique Sun Salutations.

The Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) posture is great because it tones every major muscle in

your body.  You only practice 5-15 minutes a day.

The Sun Salutation is a complete Ayurvedic exercise that simultaneously

integrates the whole physiology including mind, body and breadth.

It strengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups, lubricates the joints,

blood flow and circulation is increased throughout the body.

It is a cycle of 12 postures performed in a fluid sequence

one right after another.

Each motion should be synchronized with the breath.

By moving smoothly into each pose, breathing fully

and easily through the nostrils,

holding a pose for a minimum of three seconds, each cycle takes

about one minute.

These 12 poses will help you on every level of physiology.

Your mind will be clearer, yoga will increase your vitality, feel balance and more strength.

If you have a problem sleeping at night, yoga can help.

Yoga can also assist in eliminating many superficial imbalances that people have.

Yoga goes along with the Maharishi Ayurvedic program because they want to

the body and mind.

Everything we do at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center is to balance the mind and body.

Yoga compliments the program.”

(Photo: MAHC)






Svendana: Tent Instead of a Sauna

January 12th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Svendana Tent Instead of a Sauna”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

The ancient Ayurvedic (Means the Science of Life) philosophy follows the principals of living a healthier life in order to balance your mind and body.  According to the World Health Organization, Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced system of health-care in the world.

Each of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center’s treatments is unbelievably the ultimate pampering you can experience. Some clients visit the center just for the luxury, the sensations of the treatments. But if you are seeking a way to reduce stress and calm your nerves, this is the place to visit


Svendana (Sway-d-na), Sanskrit for heat therapy, is a sweating treatment designed to open the pores and detoxify the body.  After one of their very pleasurable warm oil massage treatments, you lie naked on your back just covered with a towel as the two technicians (therapists) prepare a pot of boiling specially herbalized liquid for the treatment.

A specially designed, curved wooden-framed tent, or dome, covered with canvas is unfolded and brought to you. In just a few minutes, you are in the Ayurvedic-style sauna. Although the tent covers the entire body, your head and face remain outside. You do not feel anything because the tent is around you but not touching. It is not attached to the table.

The herbal concoction runs through a tube to bring the steam inside the tent. While you are surrounded by the warm steam inside the tent, the technicians are continuously trying to find your comfort level so you are not too hot.  One technician rubs your head with a piece of cold coconut until it melts or places cold towels across your forehead.  The continuous controlled flow of warm steam combined with the cold feels good. The Svendana Treatment seems to be more enjoyable than a usual sauna. After this 20 minute treatment you will be heading for your room to be lulled into a restful sleep.

The Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center’s motto: Prevention . . . Rejuvenation . . . and . . . Relief.  Their other treatments include the Abhyanga, Udvarthana, Pizhichill, Basti, Shirodara, Nasya, Netra Tarpana, Pinda Sveda, and more.  Very seldom do you find a spa health center that specializes in Ayurvedic Treatments.  Each treatment is unique and recommended by the Vaidya (Eastern Ayurvedic physician) for different health problems.

The technicians even provide instructions so you can to continue some of their treatments at home to keep that wondrous feeling of tranquility. Of course nothing compares to being there! These Ayurvedic experiences are worth the trip!

According to the Lancaster Health Center, “We focus exclusively on the most authentic form of Ayurveda, called Maharishi Ayurveda.  Among its outstanding features are: the high standards of training for our technicians, the purity of products, and authenticity of the treatments. Maharishi Ayurveda gives special emphasis to preventative and rejuvenative approaches that are essential for proper comprehensive health care.  These include stress management, lifestyle and wellness education and dietary recommendations.”

They have thought of everything for your mind and body from eating healthy, taking care of yourself, proper exercise, treatments, and lifestyle.

If you are ready to really be pampered from head to toe, contact the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center.  For information, call: (877)-890- 8600.  They are located at 679 George Hill Road, Lancaster, Massachusetts, just 1 hour from Boston.

(Contact your doctor about your medical condition before taking any treatments.)

The Relaxing Treatment

January 5th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“The Relaxing Treatment”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(PHOTOS: Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center unless indicated.)



the ancient


treatment from

India, is sometimes

called the Relaxing


In Sandscript,  


means “head”

and dhara means “to flow”.

This describes the process of slowly pouring specially blended

herbal oil over the forehead or “Third Eye”, the chakra point

above and between the eyebrows.

The ingredients in the custom prepared oil are prepared in the

Oil Kitchen and depend upon what you need to balance

your body.

With my busy schedule, I was happy to experience the Relaxing


Two technicians (therapists) were waiting for me when I arrived in the

treatment room.

Two technicians really heightened the experience and made me feel like a queen.

A Shirodhara stand is placed behind the massage bed reaching up

around 10” above the client’s head. An arm extends out about 18”

holding a bowl.

I was lying on my back with my eyes closed when I felt a gentle

stream of soothing warm oil dripping on my head.

It flowed down from my

forehead into my hair and felt very

soothing as I drifted into a pleasant state of calmness.

The technician kept the oil flow constant while adjusting the

valve to keep it moving slightly so the oil would reach around the

sides of the face.

This beautiful specifically designed tap allowed accurate control of the flow of

the oil.

It maintains the oil at a certain temperature for the time needed.  

Instead of playing music on CD’s, the Shirodhara treatment is

practiced in silence so the client can be completely relaxed

concentrating on the feeling of the oil touching their skin and


Dr. H. L. Greenberg Cares

December 30th, 2010 • by admin

“Dr. Greenberg Cares”

By Sandy Zimmerman

With the Motto, “For a Healthy and More Beautiful Life,” how can

you do better than that?

Dr. H. L. Greenberg, MD & Dermatologist

at Las Vegas Dermatology, feels, “That is what I am trying to

achieve making everybody’s life happy and hopefully more


If I can help people look better and feel good, they are happier.

Before: Botox

After: Botox

When patients cry in my office saying how happy they are

because their Psoriasis has cleared up,

that their joint pain is gone, and so many other positive things.

It is a great feeling, I love what I do and feel blessed.”

Dr. Greenberg’s specialties include all type of Dermatology from

lasers, surgical, medical, to cosmetic concerns for children and


Lasers are used to remove blood vessels, brown spots, hair, and

for so many other medical problems today.

Many patients do not like to see their blood vessels showing,

which is a personal choice.

When brown spots suddenly appear due to the sun, or aging

without sun exposure, sometimes the options call for

Cryotherapy- liquid nitrogen treatment.

Dr. Greenberg advises, “Here in the desert the sun damages your

skin.  The more sun exposure the more likely that you would get

skin cancer, wrinkles or other signs of aging.

It is very important that you should be sun smart when you are


Wear protective clothing and sun screen.

I examine my patients for skin cancer and like to educate them to

watch for the a-b-c-d’s signs of Melanoma.

Look for a change in the appearance of your skin, a new growth or

sore that will not heal.

If it has an irregular border, many colors, or large diameter

then have it checked.

Protection is the key especially with young children.

Before: Juvederm

AFTER: Juvederm

A Career Instead of a Job

December 25th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Massage therapy is the career of the Millennium not only in spas, but with

doors opening into the health fields to add more avenues to find jobs.

Now more and more chiropractors, medical doctors, hospitals, and fitness

centers hire massage therapists, in fact, physical therapy offices are

required to have massage therapists on staff.

Of course, cruise ships have always been interested in massage therapists,

for a vacation with pay.

John Teng, Director of the European Massage Therapy School feels, “Many

students seek a massage therapy career because they want to help people.

Just like everything in life, you have to like what you do.

Massage therapy is a very giving career.

If you like helping

people, are good with

your hands,

have a kind heart,

this is probably

a good profession for you.

There is something about a bond between humans when you touch someone

it shows you care.

The massage makes them feel better.

On top of that, you have the techniques to really help your clients

physically, that is the beauty of the massage.

There are so many exciting treatments today, you are learning the latest.

I think it is fun.

You meet all types of people.

If you are a people

person, this is the

career for you.

Even with the bad

economy, people

always have aches

and pains,

they want to feel better and to be healthy.

It is a flexible career.

You can work as much or as little as you want.

Arrange your massage treatments according to your schedule for single

parents, those who have jobs, and if you are attending college.

There is also the possibility of being your own boss.

Massage therapy is not a 9 am- 5 pm job.

Our classes have different times during the day and evening:

Mondays to Thursdays from 9 am-1 pm and 6 to 10 pm.

Massage is not only science but art.

Our instructors teach all of the techniques you need to learn, like a painter

teaches you how to use your brush.

We tell you to create your own style, do what is best for you and for your clients.

John Teng, Director of the European Massage Therapy School

Dining for Your Health

December 22nd, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Dining for Your Health

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos:   Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center)

Food is very important when you are on vacation especially at a

health center.

The Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center coordinates all of the

meals with their guest’s health in mind.

Everything is prepared fresh, never reheated or precooked.

They strive for delicious, healthy organic vegetarian food that

stimulates and satisfies all the senses.

And I really enjoyed the difference!

The tantalizing aromas, the wide variety of selections, and

surprising flavorful tastes made each meal an experience.

Chef Mosa is specially trained in the Ayurvedic- style of cooking.

Usually when we are invited to a cooking class at other

restaurants or hotels, there are just one or two dishes to prepare.

Tonight we


Chef Mosa cook

the entire dinner

for all of the guests

in the health center.

While she was busy cooking, cutting, or mashing all of the

ingredients for each dish,

Chef Mosa discussed her recipes and instructions for preparing

Ayurvedic meals.

She explained, “We believe the food you eat reflects in your

health and our food is part of the treatment.”

Some guests were taking the Ayurvedic program under the

supervision of the Vaidya while others had the option of deciding

for themselves.

Cooking is an art and Chef Mosa creates a healthy menu with just

the right mix of spices that taste good!

Chef Mosa recommended, “We wanted to give our guests the

opportunity to cook this food at their home because it is not


You can still have great taste bringing healthy food into your


Their meals consisted of grains (wheat products), pastas, soup,

nuts (except peanuts), seeds (in small amounts), spices, fruits,

vegetables, legumes, and more.

They do not use onions and garlic but leaks instead.

Some types of cheese are better for digestion and health.

Since cooked food is easier to digest, most of the fruit and

vegetables are cooked in different ways.

The guests took notes about Mosa’s cooking techniques and

received the recipes.

They had previewed the cooking process and finally everyone

walked to the dining room curious about tasting the meal she

had just prepared.

Kim Vo’s Latest Creations

December 22nd, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Kim Vo’s Latest Creations”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Is your hair dull and listless?

Known as the “Blonder to the Stars” (Vogue Magazine), beauty

expert Kim Vo, of the Kim Vo Salon in the Mirage Resort,

suggests a luster glaze for color enhancing with UV protection.

It’s the Ultimate Shine!

Kim has just

used his


magic touch on



hair “Glazification”,

“The shine awakens and brightens your face.

This actually is a glaze we put over the hair to create a patent

leather shine.

Forget color, shine is really the hot thing now.

It is amazing what we have been doing here.”

Kim invented two of the hottest trends right now, the “Hombre

Look” in caramel colors with dark roots fading to light at the tips

and highlights around the face and “American Tailoring”, an

effect with sun kissed highlights.

The “Messed-Up Look” is not the same as the way I look when I

wake up.  Kim explained, “Absolutely, we call that the “Bed Head”,

it’s amazing how much energy, time, and products

it takes to make

your hair look like you just woke up.”

It is very interesting watching some of Kim’s videos at the

entrance to his salon.

He is not only busy making everyone look great, Kim has been

appearing on the Red Carpet interviewing the celebrities at the

MGM’s Country Music Awards, the EMMY’s, and at other Red


Kim arrives early to perform his magic on their hair.

“Some of the celebrities are our clients and others I make

comments about them while I am on the red carpet.

I love doing appearing at the red carpet because it really is so


Kim Vo’s Salon is different from all of the others.

He spends time


the colors


for each client.

“It is all custom


and really, really


That is why my clients come to me because they want the

perfect shade for the perfect skin tone.

We definitely do not just squeeze from a bottle or throw

everything together.

Big news for Kim Vo, he recently signed with Mattel

to be named the Barbie Doll’s Official Hairdresser and make

her into a celebrity.

Pizzichili: The Ultimate Indulgence!

December 13th, 2010 • by admin

Pizzichili: The Ultimate Indulgence!

By Sandy Zimmerman

In ancient India, the Maharajas were pampered with spectacular

Ayurvedic wellness treatments but don’t be jealous.

Today these wondrous treatments are NOT ONLY for Maharajas,

they are being enjoyed at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center,

just one hour from Boston.

Pizzichili, one of their unbelievably comforting treatments, is

known as the Royal Treatment and that is the perfect name for it!

The “Wet table” is similar to a Vichy Treatment but without all of

the showers above you.

The two therapists (Ayurvedic technicians) do it all!

It is the personal attention that makes all of their spa

treatments so different!

The technicians entered the treatment room holding glass

pitchers of a specially prepared blend of warm herbalized oil.

With one technician

on each side, they

slowly poured the oil

simultaneously in

perfect harmony as

though they were one


How could the two be so in tune with each other, their

movements synchronized so well?

After I am practically swimming in a warm bath of oil, the table is

a little slippery as I turn each way to let the technicians reach the

areas of my body.

They also used a hose to apply the warm oil for an entirely

different feeling.

The two women spend so much time with a constant flow of oil

for this 90 minute treatment!

Pizzichili is considered a deep massage although it does not hurt


The technicians do not poke and probe your body.

This is a gentle massage with warm oil penetrating deep inside the

skin to balance the body and rid you of the toxins.

The gentle massage includes “marma points” – similar to the

pressure points in reflexology, acupuncture and acupressure.  

Clients choose whether they decide for

themselves which spa treatments they wish or have a

consultation with the Vaidya, an Eastern

Ayurvedic medical practitioner from India, to

recommend a special preparation of warm blended herb oil just

for their medical imbalances.

Health Care Your Way

December 2nd, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Health Care Your Way!

By Sandy Zimmerman

With the high cost of health care and the bad economy, Consumer Direct

Personal Care has the answer.

Laura Coger, Program Manager, explains, “We

specialize in self-directed home care and want people to have home care

their way meaning the days, hours, time, and whatever help is needed to

stay active at home.

When the person is paying privately, we can help with

a wider variety of services, e.g., pet care, playing cards

with dad, companionship, meal prep, assistance with showering and

dressing, transferring in and out of

bed and/or wheelchairs, and all non-medical type of care.

The care plan could be for one hour a day, one-two days a week, or if their

caregiver is a relative or friend who just needs a break.

When a person is in a state program like aging services or Medicade,

they get a care plan which tells what help they are allowed to receive

to stay at home instead of institutional settings.

This is different from

the privately paid


For example, one


girl, 20 years old,

suddenly suffered a stroke and

became fully disabled seven years ago, now she lives in an accessible

apartment and has hired her own care givers.

Being able to stay in their own home and surroundings makes a person feel


A nice friendly person comes in to do whatever is needed.

The folks we talk to have waited so long and are so happy to finally be in

control of their own care.

The traditional way has been to arrange for a care giver to come to

someone’s home without giving the person any choice.

A new care giver shows up to assist them with showering or other personal

help and these folks are on an agency schedule rather than theirs.

We spoke to a lady who had no control over when she took a shower.

That is one of the reasons why she is so happy with our services along with so

many other folks happy

to finally be in control.

With our self-directed

services, you are in

control of hiring, firing,

deciding the times you

want them, etc.

We are a support

system and do the

paperwork, payroll,

and all the rest.

The Ancient Abhyanga Oil Therapy

November 28th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

The Ancient Abhyanga Oil Therapy

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by MAHC unless indicated.)

Visiting the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center was truly an

unforgettable experience of everything from their spa

treatments, the food we ate, and their eastern philosophy of life!

After reviewing

spas around

the world for

over 25 years,

I suddenly was in the

world of India’s

5,000 year old

classical Ayurvedic

treatments, and best of all,

I did not have to leave

the United States.

The entire Maharishi

Ayurvedic experience was planned to relax,

rejuvenate, and refresh their clients.

I was surprised to see two technicians (therapists) waiting for me

in the treatment room, not just one as in most of the other health

centers.  One professionally skilled technician could create a

feeling of serenity but two, at the same time, are the height of

luxurious indulgence.

I wondered about




oil therapy

treatment the









for me.

He composed the exact formula blend of massage oils

specifically for each client.

These massage oils are composed of carefully chosen organic

herbs, sesame seeds, or other natural ingredients all prepared in

their Oil Kitchen.

Gentle is the word for their treatments!

These are not the usual probing, kneading, intrusive massage.

Just before the treatment, they warm the massage oil to body

temperature in a pan over low heat.

This allows the oil to become more liquid and be able to penetrate

into the skin while the effect continues for hours.

It is important that the oil is not overheated.

First I sat in a chair with my feet on a

warm towel heated by a hot water bag.

The warm massage oil felt soothing as one technician

gently rubbed the oil into my head, then they both

massaged my face, ears, and neck.





AYURVEDA-5,000 Year Old Health Treatments

November 21st, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Eastern method-Three Finger Pulse

Health Treatments from India

 By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated)

Instead of simply choosing one of 1,000’s of destinations for your

next getaway, why not stay at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health

Center for a vacation that could change your life!

This amazing health and wellness center is not like any other I

have ever seen in over 25 years of reviewing spas and wellness

centers.  Everything about the center is different.

They are the only health center in the United States that

specializes in the holistic Ayurveda approach to health and



Western doctors usually

treat medical problems after their patient’s are ill while

Maharishi Ayurveda seeks to balance the body and mind

naturally in order to prevent illness before

there are any symptoms.


In keeping with their philosophy, “Health Begins Within”,

Maharishi Ayurveda’s Vaidya (pronounced “Vigh-dyah”), an

eastern Ayurvedac physician, guides the program of spa health

treatments, meals, meditation, lectures,

and activities individually

created especially for each person.


As every new guest begins their health program by arranging a

consultation with the Vaidya, Vaidya Jagtdish Vaidya,

I entered his office.  He was dressed in traditional long white

Indian clothing. Soft spoken yet well respected in his field,

the Vaidya asked me questions which western doctors usually do

not discuss along with the typical information.

He wanted to know about my occupation, lifestyle, interests,

meals, health problems, where I was born, and more.

Vaidyas study the whole person and all aspects that

affect their life.


The Vaidya took my pulse with three fingers (Nadivigyan

technique), not to count the beats of the

heart as is the common practice in the west.

He felt the Vata, Pitta and Kapha pulse to identify any imbalances

or abnormal states in different parts of the human body.

This is more than just counting the beats.

They feel advance warning signs of medical problems can be

determined from the pulse.


Vaidya Jagtdish explains, “Every person is looking for longevity

and happiness.  Ayurveda means the knowledge and

science of life.


Eastern and Western doctors ultimately are all doing something

about life. We each follow our ancient or traditional knowledge

like custodians.”


In the environment of their beautiful historic hundred year old

mansion, the surrounding 200 acre forest

and friendly staff, you can relax and enjoy

the experience.

Mini-Treatments provide Mega Rewards

September 23rd, 2010 • by admin

“Mini-Treatments provide Mega Rewards”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)

I went to a party at the Spa in the Monte Carlo Hotel and was

invited to indulge in a massage and facial to try their new product

line!  That is the kind of party I like.

It is wonderful how a massage or treatment can make you feel.

I tried Cures by Avance before at another spa and now they are

here at the Monte Carlo.

Sarah Glass, Spa Director, & Dee DeLuca-Mattos, VP Cures by Avance


Sarah Glass, Monte

Carlo Spa Director, gave

her reasons for

choosing Cures by


 Avance, “We wanted to make sure the products were designed for

the specific needs of our guests.

They were personalized and fitting for every treatment we offer

when we decided to go with the line.

Dee DeLuca-Mattos, Vice President of Cures by Avance, feels,

“That is very important for us because our concept always

remains the same.

We focus on creating curative and corrective therapies that really

work on skin conditions, however every spa has their own

unique factors and the

beauty about the Monte

Carlo, they are

smaller, but their unique

factor is that they really

focus on


The treatments are result oriented.

The line is versatile and we can use it in different ways.

We focus on results.”

I had the Reboot Facial, just like we have to reboot my computer.

Dee answered, “Sometimes our body and face gets sluggish, these

are the type of treatments that reboot us and make us look

fresher and more revived.”

I needed a reboot with my busy schedule.

The therapist used Vitamin C.

I know it is good because we drink it in orange juice and take

Vitamin C pills.

You use it in your product.

Dee gave some background, “Vitamin C is an anti oxidant.

The environment and everything around us creates free radicals

which slow down the regeneration and renewal process.

When we use Vitamin C, this helps to regenerate the cells at a

much faster rate.  

The Man with the Midas Touch with Hair

September 20th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

KIM VO, Colorist and Stylist to the Stars (Photo: PR)

“The Man with the Midas touch with Hair”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)

There is a difference in


hair and the difference is


He is similar to an artist

with a paint brush, only

Kim uses his

brush to create a color


with vibrant colors on his

client’s hair.

The famous Hair Stylist of the Stars, Master Colorist Kim Vo

spends time between his four salons in Las Vegas, Beverly Hills,

Laguna Beach, and San Francisco.

I was thrilled to meet him at the Mirage Resort, in Las Vegas and

asked, “What factors are important when you decide which hair

color to use?”  Kim answered, “The difference between a $35 hair

color and a hundred and fifty dollar color is looking at the hues of

the skin, the eye color and the flex of the eye to see how light will

affect them.

The term Makeover is the perfect way to describe Kim’s coloring

style.  I think that is why he is different from all of the thousands

and thousands of other colorists.  Kim feels, “That is one of the

reasons, the other reason is I am an approachable person, people

can talk to me about what they really want in their hair and their

look.  I can give it to them without attitude.

I have done Makeovers and Extreme Makeovers for several years

now.  When I do a Makeover, some people ask for the fantasy

color they always wanted, but have a hard time communicating it

to their stylist, so when they say, ‘I want a Makeover’, I ask, Do

Sandy Zimmerman AFTER her Extreme Makeover

Sandy, your Makeover was a shout!  I also wanted to match the

golden highlights to the flex of your eyes.”

And my hair did change from a whisper of dull reds and dreary

yellows to a shout of vivid golden highlights and a glowing

toasted pecan color.  I realize my red hair was too dark before and

now the combination of new colors brings more light to my face.

I could hardly believe the effect of hair color in the way a person


Westin’s Unique Spa Treatments

September 9th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Westin Casuarina Hotel-Hibiscus Spa-Entrance-(Photo-Westin)

Westin’s Unique Spa Treatments

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated)

Imagine indulging in the most luxurious spa treatments at

the Westin Casuarina Hotel’s Hibiscus Spa!

I was anxious to try the Hibiscus Spa’s 80 minute Paradise

Hydration Wrap because it is not only a wrap, but an elaborate,

AWESOME three treatments in one.  I entered the Vichy wet

treatment room to

lie down on a

special wet

massage bed with


individual shower

heads above me.

First Steve, the

Massage Therapist,

asked which scents

I wanted for each of my three treatments.

You can choose one-two- or- all-three.

These were the wonderful Fiji Island’s pure tropical

lotions and botanicals to heighten the pleasure of their

treatments.  I chose warm herbal coconut oil for the body

treatment, pineapple for the facial and star fruit for my hair.

During the full body sugar scrub, I noticed that it was not harsh

like some of the salt scrubs and it absorbed well into the body.

Now the time finally arrived for the Vichy Shower.  Having the

gentle touch of all of these six showers across my body from all

angles at the same time was invigorating.   It was similar to sitting

under a calm waterfall.

After 20-25 minutes of pure paradise in the Vichy wet treatment

Room, that must be why they call this treatment the Paradise

Hydration Wrap, I was brought to a traditional massage room for

the rest of the treatment.  Steve rubbed the hydrating oil in while

massaging the scalp.

He wrapped my head in a warm towel, shower cap and another

towel keeping the heat inside to absorb into the scalp and hair.

Body butter was applied before the wrap. I have experienced

many body wraps that are too tight and uncomfortable but this

one was different, all Steve needed was a loose wrap to hold in the

heat.  While we were waiting, he applied the scented oil and

massaged my face with cool stones.  Usually Spas use hot stones

but this was a perfect cool feeling on the face and the way Steve

moved them I could not even tell they were stones.  In fact, male

massage therapists usually have a heavy hand but Steve kept the

pressure of the massage and treatments at a comfortable level.

The Paradise Hydration Scrub is a treatment from head to toe.

Massages and treatments make you feel good but there are also

health benefits as Steve explains, “The Paradise Hydration Wrap

is healthy because it rehydrates the body and skin, moisturizes

your hair and scalp, improves circulation in your face, and is very relaxing.

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Change your Hair and Change Your Personality

August 29th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman


“Change your Hair and

Change Your


By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

The change makes you feel better,

inside and out.  Our wigs can

change your

personality.  A good fit should

make your eyes, lips, and other

features in your face POP out,

which is what we do during the

fitting.  A wig should take away 10

years easily.”  When I heard a

wig would subtract 10 years from

my face, I decided to buy 2 wigs

to take off 20 years!

Pat feels, “A wig provides the perfect look; it does what you want

your hair to do when it just won’t.

We have long, dramatic hair, 

super sexy, short


funky styles, the


look, or others

depending on what you

want we can make it for


You may live a

conservative life but want to become another

person for one night.

Wigs are really


and definitely will

do that for you.


even make you feel

different, it is fun to do.

First we look at the

face, look at the shape, skin color, and tones

than we choose a wig based on that. That is what we do.  If you

have very bright eyes

we select a style that

makes them POP.

With full-figured

women, we want to

have something that


into their cheeks.  We

want to bring out a

woman’s sexiness.

Wigs are really magical in a way because they make you look

perfect when you want that special look.

They are very popular with many of the hotel concierge in Las

Vegas for hair emergencies.  Just call us, we are 911 for hair

emergencies.  Sometimes you go into a beauty salon and are

given the wrong cut or color and the big event is that night.  A wig

will fix that right away.  We make sure it looks completely


You will not leave until we are certain you look just right.  A wig

is ready to go, just shape and wear.”

Pilar Moyette, the Hair for Her store manager, modeled several of

their wigs for this article.  Just to prove that a wig can take you

through many looks, she became sexy, timid, very corporate, and

then quickly changed to appear Asian, and Italian, with a choice

of colors and many, many other styles.  You can see how a style

and color can change your hair and look altogether.







August 8th, 2010 • by admin

Now you can experience the “real” INSIDE Las Vegas with us as Sandy Zimmerman meets the stars backstage to tape interviews backstage in their dressing rooms, cook with the top chefs in their kitchens, learn about unique spa treatments, visit fitness centers, and discuss the latest developments in medicine with doctors.

It is like a REALITY SHOW, but MORE because Sandy covers

ALL of these topics, not just one!

ANY TIME the Public is Invited we will let you know!

WATCH FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS about Las Vegas Openings, Events, Red Carpets, Free Entertainment, Cooking Demonstrations,

Wine Tastings, Openings, Celebrity Appearances, Discounts,

and Specials.

Sandy’s articles are not like any

other publication,

they are written as “in depth

pictorial stories where you feel you

join us in the experience.

Our FOUR website Magazines are

interactive, just ask questions,

make comments, and join the fun!


Each day is different as Sandy covers Las Vegas and produces

travel specials in other countries.

Sandy and her guest Phyllis Diller in the 80's

Sandy Zimmerman is a




published in

Dubai, Japan,

England, South

America, as well as

other countries

and in the United States;  

She is talk show host of

the Las Vegas Today

Show programs

and Discover

the Ultimate Vacation

travel specials taped on

location in Las Vegas


around the world;

Celebrating 29 years as

the longest running talk show host, columnist, and

entertainment reviewer in Las Vegas, Sandy also covers dining

reviews, travel, spas, health and lifestyles;  

Two of Sandy’s programs were named “Program of the Week” by

the Review Journal for her “Marco Polo’s Silk Road Tour of

China” and “Food, Wine and Castles Tour of northwestern



Sandy Zimmerman


Discover the Ultimate, Discover the Ultimate Dining, Discover the Ultimate Health (Spas), Discover the Ultimate Entertainment.

The James Bond Wine Table

May 15th, 2010 • by admin
When you visit Del Friscos, do not miss seeing the most amazing $1.2 million dollar James Bond table. Looking like a normal table at first, Jacque touched her remote control pad and the table suddenly opened to present the James Bond OO7 Films Wine Collection. Eighteen magnums of Cabernet wine from Napa Valley wineries each represent different Bond films. These one- of-a kind bottles are each laser-edged.

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