CBD Infused Massage Therapy: Should You Try It?

The hottest buzz in the spa world is the benefits of infused CBD products and massages. CBD is Non-Psychoactive and Anti-inflammatory. Massage creams and oils infused with CBD, are inherently therapeutic for the mind and the body. Massage therapist and patients alike can reap these soul soothing benefits of an infused massage.  

What role does CBD play in the massage?

The anti-inflammatory and pain relieving agents of CBD reduces inflammation within muscles and joints, allowing the massage therapist to work more effectively. People seek massages as a way to relax and escape stress. For athletes, CBD also has the reputation for accelerating the recovery and healing process of injured connective tissue.

How CBD works?

The CBD receptors (known as CB2) are part of the endocannabinoid system, which is the physiological system that helps the homeostatic functions within the central nervous system. This includes maintenance of bodily functions, pain, inflammation, and the immune system.

CB2 receptors are found in nerve and immune cells in just about every organ. CBD binds to CB2 receptors as well as TRPV1 receptors. Damaged tissues sensitize TRPV1 to its chemical and physical stimuli. Adding massage further benefits the stimulation of TRPV1 activity and has a positive influence on the CB2 receptors, which helps alleviate inflammation and pain.

Will my massage therapist or I get high from this treatment?

No! CBD is the non-psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant. Even with low levels of THC, there is no high and subjects being drug tested after a CBD massage have tested negative for THC which is why professional athletes use these products.

Yes, try a CBD message and experience the benefits!

It’s important to discuss these common questions and misconceptions to further the development of medicinal cannabis and its positive benefits. Relationships such as massage therapy and cannabis are just the beginning of cannabis’s role in our everyday health.

For more information of Cannaisseur Brands and CBD Essentials, visit www.CannaisseurBrands.com

Pevonia announces new account executive for the Ohio and Kentucky areas

Pevonia International would like to introduce Alexander Hamilton, your new Account Executive covering Ohio and Kentucky. 

Alexander has joined our team to provide you with exemplary support. He is a master licensed esthetician and brings extensive Retail Management Experience to the Pevonia family. Alexander most recently worked as a General Manager with both DSW and ULTA Beauty. In addition, his strengths include growing both professional and retail sales for his partners by implementing value added: training, education, retailing, merchandising, events and most importantly, business development and planning. His approach is extremely passionate, conscientious, strategic and customized to fit your individual needs.  

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

Alexander Hamilton
Account Executive OH/KY
(330) 983-6634

Seasoned Hospitality Executive Kate Mearns Joins LIVunLtd as Director of Spa & Wellness

Global Luxury Management and Consulting Firm Adds Former ISPA Chairman to Spa and Wellness Division

New York, N.Y (October 8, 2017). LIVunLtd, the leading global luxury management and consulting firm for concierge, fitness, spa and wellness, announced today the addition of Kate Mearns to their team. As Director of Spa and Wellness, Mearns joins Maureen Fletcher Bankson, Executive Vice President of Spa and Wellness, to grow the company’s spa consulting and management division. Mearns brings 25+ years of spa industry experience in operations, marketing, product development and wellness programs.

“We are excited to welcome Kate to the LIVunLtd team,” says Fletcher Bankson. “Her years of experience as a spa director and consultant enhances our 360-degree solution for spa and wellness services. Her expertise will be instrumental at every stage of our projects, including feasibility, design consulting, brand development, pre-opening and ongoing management.”

As principal of 5 Spa Consulting, Kate has extensive experience in the strategic development, integrative management, and operations of spa and wellness facilities. Corporate experience included an Executive Spa Director at the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg for management company WTS International, progressing to Corporate Operations Director for the Spa Division developing projects across the globe. Mearns is the former Chairman of the International Spa Association and currently a Board Member of the Washington Spa Alliance. Committed to developing a new generation of spa professionals, she is the U.S. Regional Director of the
Global Wellness Summit Mentorship Program.

“I am thrilled to be working with LIVunLtd. The value obtained by each client is supported by depth of resources, years of experience in the personalized service industry, and a genuine dedication to deliver superior results,” said Mearns. “I look forward to adding my knowledge in the spa and wellness field to support the company’s mission.”

Mearns added, “LIVunLtd places a high value on partnerships. It is apparent there is mutual respect, effective collaboration and trust. That makes a wonderful environment to promote wellness.”

LIVunLtd was created from the merger of American Leisure, a legacy firm spa and fitness management and consulting firm, and boutique luxury concierge company Abigail Michaels. The new brand offers a 360-degree service experience in residential and commercial properties, spas and hotels. LIVunLtd is augmenting the spa and wellness division to satisfy growing demand for third party spa management contracts, along with development and operations expertise for new builds and renovations.

“Our spa team has the ability to leverage our in-house architectural and design team and work collaboratively with the industry’s most accomplished architects, designers and equipment manufacturers. With more than 300 proprietary wellness programs for every demographic, we have the ability to curate one-of-a-kind service experiences in hotel, residential buildings, as well as emerging markets such as country clubs, hospitals and senior care living,” says president Wendy Bosalavage. “LIVunLtd specialized in creating the one of a kind experiences to give every individual a true pathway to wellbeing,”

About LIVunLtd
LIVunLtd is a unique, single-source solution global luxury brand specializing in the management of all 360 degrees of the service experience in residential and commercial properties, spas and hotels. Our concepts, management expertise and hand-tailored service packages are responsible for an impressive global collection of contemporary luxury spas, including Island Spa Catalina, Broken Sound Club and Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman.

Learn How to Take it Easy with Shel Pink’s New Book, Slow Beauty

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Shel Pink is teaching women how to physically, mentally, and spiritually nourish our bodies from the inside out. Slow Beauty: Rituals and Recipes to Nourish the Body and Feed the Soul (Running Press, 2017) is the brain child of SpaRitual founder Shel Pink that is all about carving out a few small moments from each day to practice the kind of mindful self-care and wellness that make us glow. 

In her new book, Pink offers a holistic approach to achieving that coveted outer glow, based on the philosophy that when practiced over time, taking little moments for ourselves each day will add up to big results, making women not only feel healthier and more joyful, but achieve true beauty and timeless aging as well.

“Shel Pink’s Slow Beauty takes us on a fantastic journey,” says Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author, Radical Beauty. “I love the emphasis on self-care, rituals, and connecting back to our authentic and unique beauty through the ultimate beauty practice: meditation.”

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Teen Robbery Ring Hits Spas

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(CBS) — They are young  and armed — thieves on the prowl. Their target? Salons and massage spas in Chicago.

As CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports, surveillance video is proving quite helpful.

Two teens, wearing hoods, enter Happy Feet massage spa in Norwood Park. They go straight to the front desk and start taking money. The receptionist calls out for the owner. When she enters the room, one of the teens pulls a gun on her.

“I say, ‘OK. You can take everything,’” the owner tells CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot. “I’m so scared.”

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Henderson, Nev. (Nov. 3, 2017)-  The Revolutionary O2CHAIR received an overwhelmingly positive response at the Employer Healthcare & Benefits (EHBC) Congress Oct. 2 – 4. Human Resource and C-Level Executives lined up to take “flights” on the O2CHAIR. The vibrant Congress attracted 2,000 attendees and 150 exhibitors, workplace wellness pioneers such as Google, Johnson & Johnson and Zeel. Participants were excited about integrating the O2CHAIR as a clinically-validated wellness tool to decrease employee stress and vital signs such as blood pressure and heart rate, while increasing energy and vitality.

“The O2CHAIR was immensely popular at EHBC – there was a line up at the booth during the entire show. The HR and corporate executives view the O2CHAIR as an essential corporate wellness tool,” said Gianna Denicola, Marketing & Sales Coordinator for Global Healthcare Resources, the producer of EHBC.

Developed in France by inventor Jean-Louis Portales, O2CHAIR was a Gold Medal winner at the 2017 Concours Lépine, France’s most prestigious competition for new inventions since 1901. The O2CHAIR is clinically-validated, FDA-registered and endorsed by world-class athletes. An increase in breathing capacity and oxygen in the body has a host of positive effects.

According to the Global Wellness Institute, Return on Wellness (ROW) is well-documented. Evidence-based research shows wellness at work linked to vital organizational metrics, including a 22% increase in profitability and 10% higher customer satisfaction and up to 65 percent lower employee turnover.

The benefits of the O2Chair have been clinically-validated by prominent Heart Coherence Specialist Dr David O’Hare. Preliminary studies conducted by the Aix – Marseille University Bio Mechanic Laboratory in January 2017 indicate that regular sessions with the O2CHAIR reduced heart rate and blood pressure, while increasing physical energy and athletic performance. By generating a better oxygen supply to the cells, results show an increase in blood circulation and the parasympathetic nervous system-the body’s natural stress-reducer. Eighty-nine percent of respondents reported a reduction in stress and feelings of wellbeing within a few minutes on the O2CHAIR. The top four words used to describe the experience were “relaxation, pleasure, calmness and restfulness.”


Revolutionary O2CHAIR supports optimal breathing for reduced stress and vitality. The Gold-Medal Winning Invention at 2017 at the prestigious Concours Lépine, O2CHAIR is endorsed by Tony Robbins and world-class athletes. Clinically-validated, FDA-registered, and endorsed by world-class athletes, O2CHAIR is embraced by spas and resorts for mindfulness, stress management programs and workplace wellness. O2CHAIR is distributing in North America exclusively by O-4life.

About the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress

The Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (EHBC) is an annual conference attracting industry constituents to discuss the latest trends and developments in the employee benefits industry. Topics include: the national healthcare reform, corporate wellness, voluntary benefits, self-funding employer healthcare, global benefits, and health insurance exchange. The 3-day agenda offers presentations, panel discussions, and information exchange combined with an exhibition and display of key industry players.