Tim Veitzer Receives the Performance Health / Massage Therapy Foundation Humanitarian Award

Akron, Ohio – September 25, 2017 – Tim Veitzer was presented the 2017 Performance Health / Massage Therapy Foundation Humanitarian Award at the American Massage Therapy Association
(AMTA) National Convention held in Pasadena, CA earlier this month.

Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of Biofreeze ® Professional, Bon Vital® , Thera°Pearl ® , Prossage ® , TheraBand ™ and Cramer ® health and wellness products, and the Massage Therapy Foundation have presented this award in partnership for nine years. Tim Veitzer was honored for his efforts in embracing the power of massage and the mission of the Massage Therapy Foundation to promote
education and research while serving others. Craig Hall, Director of Sales and Marketing/Massage & Spa, Performance Health, had the pleasure of presenting the award to Mr. Veitzer, President and co-owner
of National Holistic Institute.

“Tim has helped set the standard for massage therapy education and is relentless in his advocacy for research in massage therapy and for those in need of the healing power of massage,” stated Craig Hall.
Tim has personally arranged for the National Holistic Institute to donate Student Clinic revenue to the Massage Therapy Foundation and has served on the Massage Therapy Foundation CEO Advisory
Committee for a number of years.

“I was very impressed when I heard that Tim enrolled in NHI’s program as a student when he first joined the organization. He explained that it was important to view the program from the student’s perspective
in order to truly understand what is required to produce qualified and passionate massage therapists,” continued Mr. Hall. “I’m sure it must have been intimidating to be a teacher with your boss sitting in the
class, but knowing Tim, I’m sure he made everyone around him relaxed and comfortable and provided the best possible experience for both the educator and the student.”

“Tim Veitzer is very deserving of the 2017 Humanitarian Award. He has contributed so much to this profession by promoting education and research while serving others,” added Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT,
DC, MPH, PhD, Massage Therapy Foundation President. “Anyone who meets Tim can tell that how passionate and dedicated he is to advancing the massage therapy profession. Thank you, Tim, for
sharing your knowledge, kindness, and generosity. You truly make a difference in many people’s lives.”

“I am deeply honored to receive the Performance Health / Massage Therapy Foundation’s 2017 Humanitarian Award. Performance Health has long been such a wonderful partner to NHI and the
Foundation’s research has been critical to the massage therapy industry’s growth over the years,” added Tim Veitzer. “I look forward to helping spread the word about the efficacy of massage therapy, how it
can and should be a key part of any therapeutic and wellness regimen, and the great career one can have while helping others as a massage therapist.”

Performance Health is making a $2,500 donation to the Massage Therapy Foundation in Mr. Veitzer’s name.

About National Holistic Institute (NHI)
 Since 1979, NHI has been a national leader in massage therapy education while focusing on its mission of “Helping people have work they love”. As the first accredited massage therapy school in
California, NHI currently has 10 campuses throughout the state. NHI is committed to training the highest quality massage therapists through their Core Massage Therapy and Advanced
Neuromuscular Therapy Programs while supporting the integrity and positive growth of the massage therapy industry.

About The Massage Therapy Foundation
The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity, with a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education and community service.

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! 


America’s First Skin Care Company Enlists Top Industry Expert to Launch Patent-pending Technology in the Professional Spa & Medical Markets

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. (Sept. 26, 2017) F.C. Sturtevant, America’s first skin care company, announced that spa industry veteran Melanie Edwards was named Director of Professional and Spa Products Division. Edwards will be leveraging her 25 years of industry experience to launch F.C. Sturtevant’s revolutionary skin care line, Columbia Probiotics, in the spa and medical markets. Columbia Probiotics has received national recognition as the first probiotic complex for topical use. The Professional Products Division includes the Columbia Probiotic Skin Care line, as well as proprietary moisturizers and creams.

“I am very excited to be leading the Columbia Skincare Division of F.C. Sturtevant Company. The emphasis on quality product development and commitment to comprehensive brand support and product training is best in class,” says Edwards. “Columbia Probiotics patent-pending technology is the world’s first strain-specific probiotics created for topical usage. These clinically-proven, multi-functional products for all skin types fill a need that currently does not exist in the spa market.”

Edwards dynamic and diverse experience includes executive management, sales and marketing, training and education, brand development, strategic planning and retail strategies. A licensed esthetician, she excels in product and menu development and is currently developing treatment protocols for Columbia Probiotics signature facials. Former positions include National Director of Spa for Equinox, Senior VP of Spa Development for Puig Prestige Beauty, VP of Spa Development for Decleor USA & Carita USA and board member of the International Spa Association.

“Having the opportunity to bring in such an experienced leader allows us to maintain our position as a global leader in product development while introducing unique and innovative skin care products,” says Gunnar Wilmot, the Company’s Chief Marketing Officer. “With an emphasis on the introduction of new technologies and ingredients, we look to continue to expand our position in the spa and wellness marketplace. With Melanie’s guidance, we will be introducing several new products in the next eight months.”

About The F.C. Sturtevant Company
As America’s first skin care company, F.C. Sturtevant has been manufacturing the Columbia brand since 1871. Our unique products, formulated with natural ingredients, are clinically proven to improve skin’s health and appearance. Columbia Skincare was born out of Francis Crayton Sturtevant’s life work to create medicines to treat infection and belief that fighting infection while preserving “good” bacteria is necessary to balance the body’s ecosystem.

About Columbia Probiotics

Columbia Probiotics is the first strain specific probiotic skin care company developed exclusively for topical use. Probiotic Complex is a patent-pending blend of probiotics (“good bacteria”), plant stem cells and peptides clinically-proven to enhance the skin’s natural ability to renew itself. Cell regeneration is one of the most important biological factors in minimizing the effects of aging on skin. Our probiotic ingredients work harmoniously with the body’s endocrine, lymphatic, circulatory, integumentary and immune systems, contributing to overall skin health. Columbia Probiotics is available through professional spa and medical outlets as well as www.columbiaprobiotics.com.


On Monday November 6 2017, spas are invited to join together for the third year to provide free services to those undergoing active treatment for cancer and their caregivers.  For many people, the isolation and alienation experienced through treatment can be eased through the healing touch of trained wellness professionals.  Founded in Chicago, Sparks of Light Day is now reaching international shores with spas in India, Bali and Haiti joining the hundreds participating from around the USA this year.  

“Proudly, three Canyon Ranch locations are partnering with local organizations to invite people into our spas for this event,” said Canyon Ranch Spa Club Executive Spa Director, Deirdre Strunk.  “Unfortunately like so many others, I have first-hand experience dealing with the impact of cancer on a loved one. This event will have an immeasurably positive impact on our guests and our team.  We are offering a variety of gentle services such as massage, facials, manicures and pedicures – whatever pampering, healing offering suits these deserving guests best,”  she added.
Sparks of Light resulted from founder Vicky Weis’ personal 13 month journey caring for her mother. She went on to form ‘Faye’s Light’, offering free spa services to people with cancer at her clinic in Chicago.  Her vision is for the ‘Sparks of Light’ Day to inspire spas everywhere to provide free treatments at least once a year. 
Vicky has developed a turn-key system, and provides participants with email templates for potential guests, treatment protocols and basic guidelines for working with cancer patients.  All that spas need to provide is their time and a selection of simple, healthy refreshments. 

To participate in the Sparks of Light Day and for more information connect with:

Vicky Weis, Founder Faye’s Light

708-431- 3643 | vicky.sparksoflight@gmail.com | www.fayeslight.org.

The Hut Group Acquires Prestigious Spa and Skincare Brand ESPA

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The Hut Group (“THG”, or the “Group”), one of the world’s largest online Health & Beauty retailers and brand owners, announces the acquisition of ESPA, a world-renowned leader in spas and skincare excellence, from affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (“KSL”).
Established in 1993, ESPA is the choice of the world’s leading spas and skincare experts. ESPA products and treatments are sold in over 700 spas across 50 countries in the finest hotels including ESPA Life at The Corinthia London, top destinations of Ritz Carlton, Peninsula, One&Only and the ESPA Life at Gleneagles.

Each spa offers a unique reflection of its environment, ultimately providing a collection of bespoke, opulent destination spas that offer wellbeing experiences for skin, body and mind. Last year, ESPA- trained beauty therapists performed over 5 million treatments globally.

ESPA products are also sold in luxury retail outlets such as John Lewis, Liberty London and Harvey Nichols, and direct to consumers on espaskincare.com.

Working with the best skincare experts, using only the highest quality, purest natural ingredients at their optimal levels, ESPA create unique Tri-Active™ blends of plant actives, marine actives and essential oils to develop the most effective, natural products and treatments. All new product development and manufacturing is done at ESPA’s own facility in the UK.

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Industry Leaders Support Recognition of Sustainable Excellence in the Spa Industry

The Green Spa Network engages industry leaders to judge 6th Annual Sustainability Awards in recognition of sustainable innovation and leadership

Atlanta, GA – September 20, 2017 – The Green Spa Network (GSN) announces its 6th Annual Sustainability Awards, which recognize innovation and leadership by the spa industry in support of a vital planet and vital people. With its annual awards, GSN celebrates the collective contributions to a more sustainable future.
“Proactively caring for the health of our planet and people is what the spa industry has always been about,” says Karen Short, GSN Board President and Senior VP Sales and Marketing, Universal Companies, “by recognizing the achievements in spa and sustainability, GSN elevates the awareness of success stories to inspire other businesses to create positive change.”

Representing both the spa and sustainability industries, along with wellness, hotels, and design, the 2017 GSN Sustainability Awards judges are well-known in the community and have a strong pulse on the change leaders. The independent panel will award winners in four categories: Sustainable Building, Innovative Sustainable Initiative, Leadership in Sustainability by a Day Spa and Resort/Wellness Center, and Sustainable Spa Brand in Beauty, Equipment, and Retail. The GSN Sustainability Awards program also includes a Visionary Award and Tara Grodjesk Dedicated Contributor Award, which are determined by the GSN Board of Directors.
The 2017 GSN Sustainability Judges are Rona Berg (Editor-in-Chief, Organic Spa Magazine), Julie Keller Callaghan (Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, American Spa Magazine), Debra Duneier (Founder, EcoChi), Glenn Hasek (Editor and Publisher, Green Lodging News), and Ulli Peck (Founder and Owner, The Wellness Agency).

Winners will be announced in December 2017 and will be featured at the 10th Anniversary Congress, March 11-14, 2018 at Carmel Valley Ranch. The public is encouraged to submit recommendations for brands and leaders that are practicing sustainable responsibility. Recommendations can be made by clicking here.

About Green Spa Network:
GSN is a non-profit trade association serving the spa industry in support of action for a sustainable future. Their mission is to promote the vital connections between personal wellbeing, economic sustainability and the health of our planet. Through networking, education, and best practices developed with a membership of the nation’s most innovative green spas, GSN is a resource for vital people building a vital planet.  www.greenspanetwork.org

Kate Sornson
Community Manager