Anthropologie Escalates Its Commitment To Wellness With New Section In Palo Alto – 

Anthropologie isn’t entering wellness with a whimper.

The Urban Outfitters Inc.-owned clothing retailer is headed full throttle into the category with a new area at its Palo Alto store containing more than 100 brands and 500 products. Also showcased on its website, the wellness brands populating Anthropologie include Pursoma, Jiya Beauty, Yuni Beauty, Sweat Cosmetics, This Works, Slip, Stoned, Hum Nutrition, Cor Pendant, Keeko, The Organic Pharmacy, WelleCo, Fressko, Plant Apothecary, Happy Spritz, The Beauty Chef, Jane Inc., Matcha Maiden and te+te.

Under the direction of general merchandise manager Catherine Moellering with assistance from buyer Larah Stromberg, Anthropologie has been accelerating its beauty offerings over the past few years and incorporated wellness products in a limited selection prior to the latest upsurge. Sister chains Urban Outfitters and Free People have delved into the budding wellbeing segment in their assortments with products from Sustain Condoms, Yoni Egg and Love Triangle putting Free People on the leading edge of the wellness movement.

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2017 Successful Hands Grant Program™ Winners Announced

Akron, Ohio – January 10, 2018– Biofreeze®, Massage Envy® and Bon Vital’® are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Successful Hands Grant Program™. The program, a collaborative effort between three leading brands in the industry, supports professional massage therapy students by awarding eight $1,000 educational grants. In addition, each winner’s school receives a $1,000 grant package. In February, applicants were asked to complete a 200-word essay on “What being a successful massage therapist means to me.” The submission process brought in over 600 applications before it closed on October 15, 2017.

“We are always grateful for the opportunity to invest in the future of the massage therapy profession, and this program is one of my favorite ways to do so,” said Marshall Dahneke, Chief Commercial Officer, Performance Health. “Once again, we are impressed by the high level of professionalism and passion exhibited by the participating students. I am excited and honored to announce this year’s winners.”

The 2017 program recipients were announced in a video message today on the Successful Hands Grants and Massage Envy Careers Facebook pages and are listed below:

 Desserin Custodio, National Holistic Institute, Studio City, CA
 Paul Howey, Cortiva Institute, Scottsdale, AZ
 Annemarie Juntunen, Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy, Pittsburgh, PA
 Bailey Mathews, National Holistic Institute, Sacramento, CA
 Joanne Nastri, Inland Massage Institute, Spokane, WA
 Cynthia Nelson, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN
 Tresca Pennington, School of Massage at Kneaded Energy, Greensboro, NC
 Annie Seward, Central Florida School of Massage Therapy, Winter Park, FL

“Therapists and their commitment to taking good care of their clients are at the heart of the Massage Envy brand,” said Joe Magnacca, CEO of Massage Envy Franchising. “We work hard to support and elevate the entire profession, which is why we have been a partner in the Successful Hands Grant Program for the past four years.”

“We’re excited to partner with Performance Health to support these students who are dedicating their lives to total body care,” added Rick Boden, Director of Employee Brand Engagement, Massage Envy. “We received so many wonderful submissions; I know it wasn’t easy for our selection committee to choose only eight winners. We’re very grateful for their willingness to serve on the review committee.”

2017 review committee members:
 Scott Dartnall, President and CEO, One Concept
 Mae Manacap-Johnson, Senior Editor, Pulse; International SPA Association
 Karen Menehan, Editor in Chief, MASSAGE Magazine
 Michelle Medaris, Associate Editor, Massage Today
 Leslie Young, ABMP, Vice President Communication.

“We can’t wait to see what the 2017 winners accomplish and we look forward to kicking off the 2018 Successful Hands Grant Program next month,” said Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President Massage and Spa, Performance Health. “Be part of our Facebook community to stay up to date on all the launch details.”

About Massage Envy
Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor and, through its franchise locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage and skincare services, and proprietary assisted stretching service, Total Body Stretch. The Massage Envy franchise system is, collectively, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians, with more than 35,000 dedicated wellness professionals that provide best-in-class service to over 1.65 million members. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has more than 1,170 franchise locations in 49 states that have together delivered more than 100 million massages and facials. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @MassageEnvy and Facebook

About Performance Health
Performance Health is the largest specialty distributor and manufacturer of branded products and solutions for rehabilitation, recovery, and sports medicine in the world. The Performance Health brand family includes the well-known and highly recognized brand names – Bon Vital’®, Biofreeze®, TheraBand®, Cramer®, Active Ankle®, Perform®, and Hygenic®. Performance Health is proud of the ability to serve anyone including those recovering from an injury, to those suffering from pain, to weekend warriors, to elite athletes, to healthcare professionals…and everyone in between. For each person, our purpose is simple: help them feel good, perform better, and live great!
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Sheraton Grand Dubai unveils new spa – 

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai unveils its new Soul Wellness & Spa, a holistic concept that balances mind, body and soul.

The space, formerly operated by Shine Spa, takes its cues from time-honoured Eastern wellness traditions, according to spa consultant Nikolina Jungic, who oversees the facility.

Jungic said: “Soul Wellness & Spa’s person-centred approach involves initiating conversations with the customers to gain a better understanding of their specific situations so that treatments can be tailored accordingly.”

“When clients arrive, we sit with them and discuss how they hope to benefit from the appointment, whether this is by focusing on a specific body area or simply ‘switching off’. We hope that all who visit will leave us feeling relaxed, refreshed and inspired.”

The venue’s decor is meant to soothe, with earthy elements mingling with the scent of Arabian sandalwood in the air. Offering holistic wellness with local relevance, and draped in flowing white curtains, the venue provides a feeling of peace. To boost the therapeutic effect, each treatment is followed by an optional complimentary 10-minute guided meditation experience designed to increase relaxation. This takes place in the spa’s relaxation area, which offers views of Dubai.

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A new gin spa has opened in Scotland and it’s completely dedicated to the spirit – 

The nation’s love affair with gin has reached fever pitch in recent years, with all sorts of products awash with the tipple hitting the shelves. Hands up who had a gin advent calendar? Exactly.

But a gin spa? Now that’s a new one. And we L-O-V-E the idea.

Opening its doors last month, The Gin Spa in Glasgow, Scotland, is a brand new sanctuary dedicated entirely to the fabulous botanicals found in the spirit. If you’re thinking it’s just a case of being handed a glass of gin on arrival, then think again.

Once inside, expect a whole selection of treatments – including facials, manicures, pedicures, back massages and reflexology – with products inspired by the botanicals.

And the best bit is, all the treatments are tailored to your skin type and the way you want to “feel” afterwards.

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When Fido is sick as a dog, more pet owners turn to aromatherapy, massage, even psychics – 

In the Twin Cities, sick pets have a new breed of options for holistic care. 

Brinks wasn’t eating. Although green beans are among his favorite foods, he turned his nose up at two bowls of them placed around the Minnetonka house where the yellow Lab lives.

To help, canine massage therapist Heidi Hesse rubbed Brinks in a specific spot on his ankle, an acupressure point, to soothe his lower back, bladder and kidneys. After an hour of massage with Hesse, Brinks regained his appetite and chowed down on a bowl of the veggies.

Massage is just one of a growing body of alternative therapies that Mary Kelley and Mark Falstad, Brinks’ humans, employ to ease the 10-year-old dog’s stiff joints, jump-start his appetite and soothe his ailing liver. Acupuncture is another.

As people increasingly take a holistic approach to their health, they’re also looking to alternatives to conventional medical care for their nonhuman family members. That’s why a new breed of wellness services for dogs — from chiropractic and aromatherapy to Chinese herbs and psychic communication — is springing up in the Twin Cities.

“It stems from human stuff,” said Dr. Cathy Sinning of Lake Harriet Veterinary (­ “There’s more mainstreaming now because of people learning how it can help themselves.”

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Introducing Your New Pevonia Account Executive

Pevonia International would like to introduce Kathy Meyers, your new Central Florida Account Executive. While we regret to inform you that Karla has moved on to a new venture, we are confident that Kathy will quickly and seamlessly transition to ensure you are supported in the manner that you deserve. 

Kathy Meyers, Pevonia Account ExecutiveKathy joined the Pevonia family a little over a year ago and has been successfully managing and supporting our North Florida market. She brings over 25 years of experience in skincare and retail management. In addition, her strengths include growing both professional and retail sales for her partners by implementing value added; training, education, retailing, merchandising, events and most importantly, business development and planning. Her approach is conscientious, strategic and customized to fit your individual needs.

To ensure a seamless transition, Kathy will be reaching out to you to schedule an appropriate time to meet. Should you have any questions prior, please contact her as you prefer below:

Kathy Meyers
Account Executive North/Central Florida, Alabama & Mississippi
(850) 549-7737

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