Sea Hill Spa will offer Oceanfront’s first full-service spa of its kind. Take a peek inside. – 

VIRGINIA BEACH — From the first step inside of the Sea Hill Spa, the owners of the new spa inside The Cavalier seem focused on being the first full-service spa of it’s kind for both locals and visitors of the Oceanfront.

In addition to offering a full range of salon services and treatments with cutting-edge technology, the Sea Hill Spa’s director, Kelly Lanza, said that the spa was also designed to encourage guests to stay longer than their appointment time.

Earthy tones of browns, grays, and blues blend together throughout the facility whether you visit the salon that can hold 13 people for manicures, blowouts, and a full array for hair services or deeper into the spa treatments rooms or the lounge.

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2018 Successful Hands Grant Program™ to Award over $15,000 in Grants and Product Prizes to Massage Therapy Students

Akron, Ohio – February 16, 2018 – In 2018, Performance Health and Massage Envy will award eight $1,000 grants to massage therapy students as part of the Successful Hands Grant Program™. In addition, each winner’s school will receive a $500 grant and a $500 product package. Since its inception in 2014, this grant program has awarded over $45,000 to students and their schools.

The grant application process requires students to answer the question, “What is your motivation for becoming a massage therapist?” Applications must be received by October 15, 2018 and are accepted online at Winners will be notified no later than December 15, 2018.

“Performance Health is excited to again partner with Massage Envy on this very special program that supports the massage therapy profession. Providing an opportunity to help establish and further the careers of another group of talented and dedicated massage therapy students is an honor and a privilege,” said Craig Hall, Director Sales and Marketing, Massage and Spa, Performance Health. “We can’t wait to read all the great stories from the applicants and learn about their passion for the healing power of massage.”

“Professional massage therapists have incredible power to change lives,” said Joe Magnacca, CEO of Massage Envy Franchising. “Their work helps people feel better, stay well and do more. So it’s an honor to be part of the Successful Hands Grant program and help put the goal of becoming a professional massage therapist within reach for more students.”

“We would also like to recognize and thank our selection committee, which is once again made up of some of the most highly respected names in our industry,” concluded Mr. Hall.

2018 Successful Hands Grant Program Selection Committee Members
 Julie Keller Callaghan, Editor-in- Chief/Publisher, American Spa
 Scott Dartnall, President and CEO, One Concept
 Mae Manacap-Johnson, Editor, The Gospel of Beauty
 Karen Menehan, Editor in Chief, MASSAGE Magazine
 Michelle Medaris, Associate Editor, Massage Today
 Leslie Young, ABMP, Vice President of Communication and Professional Outreach”
Communication materials to aid schools in sharing this program with their students are also available at

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 1,180 franchise locations in 49 states that have together delivered more than 100 million massages and facials.

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!



South Plainfield, NJ – (February 13, 2018) Monarch Cypress, the leading manufacturer and supplier of hotel and spa amenities, is pleased to announce the appointment of Hillary Georges as President of their Hotel Division. Her previous position with the company was Vice President of Sales of the West. As President, Hillary will direct all facets of the ever-growing Hotel Division – including product development, social media presence, and new partnerships.

During her tenure at Monarch, Hillary has been responsible for managing sales of Monarch’s luxurious hotel amenities contributing to a high level of guest satisfaction. Georges maintains a healthy ratio of new business versus repeat business while monitoring customer, market, and competitor activity. She previously worked as an Account Manager with Chadsworth and Haig from 2007 to 2012.

“I am thrilled to take on this position and excited to give a fresh look to our collections while creating new and strengthening current relationships,” said Georges. Monarch’s previous president Karen Faul is an industry leader. She has built an admirable brand, and I’m proud to be following her lead in this role.”

In 2011 Monarch acquired Cypress, the premier hotel robe supplier founded by Gene and Karen Faul in 1980.  Faul – who has served as President of the company since 2010-will maintain her role as Director of International Sales

For nearly three decades, Monarch has been a trusted supplier of fine bathrobes, towels and slippers to the worldwide hospitality industry. The company has earned a reputation for providing the finest quality products and unparalleled customer service to prestigious hotels, resorts, spas and cruise lines around the world, as well as medical, corporate and consumer retail markets.

About Monarch/Cypress

At Monarch/Cypress, quality is the common thread that runs throughout the very fabric of our organization. Monarch’s extensive collection of bathrobes and linens combines exacting manufacturing standards with the highest quality materials, and features a wide range of styles and fabrications to complement any property environment. We maintain state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities on every major continent, and use only the highest quality materials available. Our corporate headquarters are in South Plainfield, New Jersey, and our 37,000-sq. ft. facility there warehouses the industry’s largest inventory, as well as an in-house design and embroidery department. For more information, please visit

Five star vision: The Cavalier’s spa director, executive chef on hotel’s top tier quest – 

Cavalier Hotel SeaHill Spa guests will have a European-style sandbox to relax in.

The spa’s German-made quartz table “is essentially like a sandbox,” said spa director Kelly Lanza. Massage recipients lie on a heated table and the sand conforms to the body’s contours. There’s also a salt therapy room.

Lanza’s job is creating a spa experiences that will hopefully earn the hotel a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide.


She’s one of many professionals who are shaping The Cavalier’s approach to business, customer service and amenities ahead of the hotel’s anticipated reopening.

It is scheduled to reopen March 7 after a multi-year $80 million renovation project. The Cavalier first opened in 1927 and is now part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

Lanza will oversee a staff of about 20 at the historic Virginia Beach Oceanfront property.

“To be in a position where I get to open a place and do that, and get that Forbes five-star rating is just an incredible opportunity,” Lanza said. She moved to Virginia Beach from Boca Raton, Florida, to take the spa director position.

Lanza has 15 years of industry experience. She’s been an esthetician and massage therapist.

“One of the things I want to teach and instill in my team is really to look for those genuine moments to create experiences for the guest,” Lanza said. “I think everyone is really excited for the opportunity and really eager to learn as well. And I think that energy is infectious and we’re hoping to really capitalize on it.”

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The carb blocker proven by science to promote weight loss and prevent post-meal slumps – 

A carb blocker is proven by science to promote weight loss and prevent post-meal bloating.

Developed by Polish scientists, Tribitor, which is dissolved in water and consumed 15 minutes before eating high-GI foods, inhibits the absorption of carbs, preventing high insulin levels and the deposition of fat around the midriff, according to Kate Marczak, who was a lead scientist on the supplement’s trials.

Tribitor, which starts from £25 and is available to buy online, also stops blood sugar spikes in the blood, and therefore subsequent energy slumps and sugar cravings, she adds.

In the first phase of one of the supplement’s trials, which had 120 participants, Tribitor was shown to reduce glucose spikes by 45 per cent and insulin spikes by 38 per cent.


As well as weight gain, the consumption, and therefore absorption, of high-GI foods, such as white bread, rice and pasta, has previously been linked to type 2 diabetes and accelerated ageing. 

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Fresh Product Picks for Spas & Wellness at Las Vegas Market!

Discover the Extraordinary at Las Vegas Market, Sunday, January 28 – Thursday, February 1!

Our gift & home tradeshow features 4000+ product lines across our 5+ million sq. ft. campus in downtown Las Vegas. It’s all here: profitable product, priceless networking, amenities galore, and world class accommodations.

Explore personal care, fashion jewelry & accessories, men’s gifts, travel products & more to round out your retail assortment. This gift & home tradeshow is much different (although very complementary!) than spa tradeshows. You will NOT find here professional grade skin care or spa equipment — we feature loads of front of house retail!

Allan Share and Patti Biro of Spa Industry Association warmly welcome you here to shop! They’ve curated a list of unique vendors and suppliers available at Las Vegas Market. As you walk the tradeshow, explore these interesting product lines that fit the spa/wellness, personal care and lifestyle channels.

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