What if I told you incorporating CBD into your athletic recovery plan for the New Year needs to be at the top of your Resolutions List?
CBD, the non-addictive, non-psychoactive gift from the cannabis plant doesn’t impair your mental cognition or get you high. In fact, it can improve your ability to focus and increase muscle recovery from over exertion or injury.
January 1st is the start of plans to be a new you. We all know getting in shape tops the list of resolutions. Meeting your goals requires a cocktail of adequate sleep (6-8 hours of sound shuteye), hydration, nutrition, consistency and recovery. After an intense workout, your muscles go through a recovery period and need nutrients to help them repair themselves. Recovery is the secret when it comes to reaching your goal.You can recover from a workout with the usual suspects like supplements, foam rolling, stretching and rest … and yes, CBD!
Incorporate CBD into your recovery plan and fitness goals …
I. CBD Reduces Inflammation
Strenuous physical activity causes stress responses in the body, one of which is inflammation. Marc Feldman at Imperial College, London discovered in a lab setting that in the right doses CBD was found to reduce inflammation by a whopping 50 percent.
2. CBD Reduces Pain
CBD has made its name as an analgesic (pain reducer) powerhouse. It helps alleviate one of the most common byproducts of intense training and injuries – pain. Taken internally and/or topically pre and post-workout can deliver drastic reduction in pain. More and more athletes suffering from traumatic injuries or chronic pain are using cannabis-infused lotions and oils for treating muscle and joint pain. For athletes who turn to massage therapists for help, good news! CBD-infused massages are therapeutic for your therapist too.
3. CBD Improves Sleep
Sleep quality has a direct effect on your heart rate and energy level. According to Michael J. Breus, PhD (aka The Sleep Doctor), CBD has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety, which help improve sleep quality. Larger doses of CBD, Breus also suggests it can help improve insomnia. In smaller doses, CBD stimulates alertness and reduces daytime drowsiness, which puts more pep in your step.
4. CBD Speeds Up Weight Loss
Unlike THC and the “munchies;’ CBD doesn’t stimulate the appetite. In fact, it’s a natural appetite suppressor and may help those who want to lose weight. Even better – it stimulates fat metabolism, regulates blood sugar increases and calorie bum rate. I’d definitely suggest people who are prone to, or have Diabetes to consult a CBD expert about their recovery regimen.
Are You Ready?
The best part about using CBD, other than how it helps with your training recovery, is that it helps reduce stress, decrease inflammation, pain and anxiety all of which help your overall health and well-being.
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Is your spa compliant with the ADA? Our laws and our culture recognize the dignity of those with physical, developmental and intellectual challenges, and their right to be free from unlawful discrimination. But as the definition of “disability” continues to expand, employers often must make difficult decisions about protecting their customers and their business without running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The key language is: can the individual perform the essential functions of the job with or without “a reasonable accommodation that does not fundamentally alter the nature of the goods and services provided, or create an undue risk to the individual or others?” If not, then the law allows an employer to “discriminate” by not hiring that person. In determining what is “reasonable,” cost may be taken into consideration, as well as the job in question, industry and physical layout of your facility.
While ultimately the final decision always rests with the employer, by adhering to the following six steps, spa owners can significantly increase their chances of complying with the ADA as well as properly defending themselves if they are ever accused of an ADA violation:
- While it is clearly UNLAWFUL to ask a prospective employee about a disability, once a conditional offer is made, an employer can ask the key question: “Is there anything that would prevent you from performing the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation?”
- If the answer is no, there can be no further inquiry unless there is an obvious situation (a silly example would be a person hired to lead nature hikes who uses a wheelchair). Once you are made aware of the disability, if you have any concerns about the employee’s ability to function with or without an accommodation, you are free to discuss the issue directly with the individual. There is no need to beat around the bush. The key is to phrase all questions in terms of your desire to make a reasonable accommodation and to treat each person individually. Statements such as “we don’t hire people with epilepsy” are a big no-no and will get you in trouble every time.
- If after this conversation you have any concerns, you can insist on speaking with the employee’s health care provider. To do so, the person must give permission to the provider in the form of a written release. If the person refuses to do this, the inquiry is over, and you can refuse to accept the person on the grounds that he/she is refusing to allow you access to the information you need to comply with the law.
- When speaking with the health care provider (if you have an in-house medical staff you should include them in the conversation), be careful not to ask questions such as, “Doctor, do you believe this person can fulfill the requirements of the job?” The reason is simple. First, the doctor will almost never disagree with his patient and 99.9% of the time will give his/her stamp of approval. Second, when it comes to your facility, it is you – not the doctor – who is the expert and who has the final say, and just how a doctor would not ask you a medical question, you should not ask a doctor’s opinion about running a spa. As we know, each business is unique and no one knows it better than you do, and in the end, asking the doctor to decide the ultimate question will provide little guidance while getting you in trouble if you disagree with his/her assessment. Instead of delegating the decision to the doctor, talk about your concerns, and ask questions directed to the job functions, programs, schedules and facilities of your particular spa. Once armed with the answers, you are ready for the next step.
- Discuss any remaining concerns with the employee. What accommodations are you able to make? Or are you unable to make any that are reasonable? Always phrase the discussion in terms of your desire to make this work, if possible, and in terms of the safety of the staff member, his/her co-workers, and your customers. If you agree with an accommodation, make the plan as specific as possible. There is nothing wrong with a “trial period” to see if the plan will work, if it needs adjustments, or if the experiment has failed.
- It is essential that all discussions, whether with a healthcare or employee, focus on the person. In other words, avoid stereotypes. The main thrust of the ADA is that each employee must be treated as an individual rather than as a member of a group.
ADA-related decisions are often difficult. They must balance your personal desire to provide opportunities to individuals with disabilities along with your need to provide a safe environment for customers and staff. By following these steps, you will help shield yourself from a discrimination claim. More importantly, you will likely garner the information you need to make good decisions.
Article is re-posted from the AMSKier blog.
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The recent claims of sexual abuse at Massage Envy locations have been all over the news. As spa owners, therapists and leaders in the industry, it is incredibly important that we pave the way so these types of incidents don’t occur. It’s vital to have a clear, concise, and transparent set of policies and procedures in place to ensure that both guests and therapists are safe from sexual abuse.
The most important policy (which is pretty simple) is that if either party feels uncomfortable in any way, at any time, for any reason they are encouraged and fully supported to terminate the service. Both staff and clients need to know that their well-being is the number one priority and that spa management is 100% supportive of this. There are several ways to make sure this is clearly known. Training for staff is critical and a “training” of sorts for clients is also critical. What I mean by this is that on the company website it is important to address possible concerns clients may have such as draping, male/female therapist requests, customization, comfort and professionalism. We write this into our treatment menus as an eloquent way to reassure potential clients that their safety and comfort is important to us.
Continuing education and an open dialogue is also vital to a spa’s success. Spa Mangers must have the difficult conversations with their teams. At staff meetings I encourage open dialogue, role-playing and the review of policies such as proper draping, modesty and professionalism. Work to button up all protocols so everyone feels comfortable. The fastest and easiest way to address these issues with the team is to be open, start conversations and hold ongoing training.
I believe that as an industry we are still trying to convert a large percentage of the population from non spa-goers to spa-goers. We believe in spa treatments as a necessity, not a luxury, and our mission is to help enhance peoples’ well-being. I think that the ramifications for our industry after the Massage Envy sexual abuse claims can potentially set our new customer conversions back because the non spa-goer is looking to feel comfortable and reassured as they enter the unchartered spa territory; these claims certainly don't help. The last thing we want is our potential client to feel uneasy when they walk through our door. Making guests feel comfortable and reassured comes down to how you train your team and the philosophy you have set for your spa.
Finally, as an industry I believe we should never hire an unlicensed therapist. If your state does not require a license, you as an employer, should require your therapists to be licensed in a neighboring state. As an individual spa, we must follow or set our own
code of conduct. You can use the NCBTMB or ISPA as a guideline: http://www.ncbtmb.org/code-ethics or https://experienceispa.com/membership/code-of- conduct
A warm, comfortable environment for our guests is incredibly important to cultivate lifelong clients and spa enthusiasts. We want our guests to feel they can openly ask questions and voice concerns without feeling awkward. My philosophy has always been to over communicate rather than under, with guests and employees alike. So much falls through the cracks when there is a breakdown in communication; it is our job as leaders in the spa industry to ensure that everyone, clients and staff alike, know the rules and
remain safe when enjoying treatments.
About Julie Pankey
As a Spa Director and Consultant for various brands in the Northeast region for many years, Pankey has developed an extensive network of trusted relationships with some of the most well-known, distinguished spas and resorts in the region. As a thought leader and innovator, Pankey developed The SpaHive Community to connect spa and wellness professionals through a private online community, education sessions, pop up boutiques and special events.
Pankey continues to further the spa industry by collaborating with the consumer and corporate sectors through her newly launched SpaHive Corporate Wellness Programs. She has contributed to the success of such companies as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Spa at Norwich Inn, Marriott, Cliff House Resort and Spa, Catania Hospitality, Pacifica Hotels, Fluhme Beauty, Christopher Drummond Beauty, OSEA Malibu, The Industry Source and many more. Her website is www.jmpankey.com.
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.
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 www.massageenvy.com, or follow us on Twitter @MassageEnvy and Facebook www.facebook.com/MassageEnvy.
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!
Follow the grant program at www.Facebook.com/SuccessfulHandsGrants
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.
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.
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 (lakeharrietvet.com). “There’s more mainstreaming now because of people learning how it can help themselves.”