San Francisco: Spas are very popular in US and in San Francisco. Asian spas offering Ayurveda, are the hottest trend.// There are more than 500 spas in San Francisco. Many of them have included Asian methods, such as yoga, tai chi and Japanese shiatsu.
Americans spent $11.2 billion in going to spas in 2003. According to the International Spa Association, 136 million Americans visited spas in the year - nearly one visit for every two residents in the US.
Spas are everywhere, including shopping malls and beauty salons. Kamalaspa in downtown San Francisco, opened in December last year, is an Indian-influenced day spa, offering Ayurveda- influenced massage and body treatments.
Kamalaspa was named from the Indian word kamal, or lotus. Its treatments include Shirodhara, which is an Ayurvedic head massage, and Abhyanga Four Hands, an Ayurvedic body massage with specific herbal oils.
Asian influenced spas are well accepted in San Francisco, partly because more than a third of San Francisco's 744,000 residents are Asians.
Spas in the city have also tried to include new treatment, such as Ayurveda treatment and traditional Thai massage, in an effort to differentiate themselves from mainstream purveyors of European massages and facials.
International Orange, one of San Francisco's popular spas with Western influenced decor located at the trendy Fillmore shopping street, offers four kinds of body treatment.
Among the four, three are Asian style treatments - acupuncture, Thai massage and Japanese ritual-based treatment.
The spa also offers a 90-minute yoga session five times a day.
Spas that specialize solely in Asian theme treatments have also been opened in San Francisco and surrounding area.
One of them is Kabuki Springs and Spa, a Japanese-style spa with burning incense and flute music, as well as Asian decoration with meditation bells and a Buddha statue.
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