THE NEW YORK TIMES

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“The outside world is creeping into the sanctuary of spa through television as well.  Some spas are installing flatscreen televisions for patrons who want to tune in to the news or sports before or after treatments.  So as not to distract other guests from relaxing, the Asha Salon Spa at the James Hotel in Chicago provides headsets for the television watchers in relaxation rooms”.

“A lot of people use technology to get their space” from the demands of work, said Kathleen Bucci Bergeron, spa director at the James Hotel’s Asha Salon Spa in Chicago, where she surmises that every “third person” who comes in for a treatment spends some time checking email or browsing the web on some personal device.  In the past, you couldn’t leave your office without work shutting down.  Today you can sit and get a pedicure and be working on your Blackberry.”

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