How Your Generosity, Values, and Growth Impact Tomorrows Success.

Part 5 in the TODAY MATTERS series, talking this time on how generosity, values, and growth effect success.  Everyone wants to have a good day, but not many people know what a good day looks like—much less how to create one. And even fewer people understand how the way you live today impacts your tomorrow. The root of the problem is that most people misunderstand success. Today is either focused on preparing or repairing. With this five short video sessions we embark on a conversation of personal reflection, growth, and discovery where you will be challenged to reflect and take the many small steps that lead to success each and every day of your life.

How Your Finances, Faith, and Relationships Impact Tomorrows Success.

Part 4 in the TODAY MATTERS series, talking this time on how your finances, faith, and relationships effect success.  Everyone wants to have a good day, but not many people know what a good day looks like—much less how to create one. And even fewer people understand how the way you live today impacts your tomorrow. The root of the problem is that most people misunderstand success. Today is either focused on preparing or repairing. Over five short video sessions we are going to embark on a conversation of personal reflection, growth, and discovery where you will be challenged to reflect and take the many small steps that lead to success each and every day of your life.

How Your Family, Thinking, and Commitment Impact Tomorrows Success.

Part 3 in the TODAY MATTERS series, talking this time on how family and relationships effect success.  Everyone wants to have a good day, but not many people know what a good day looks like—much less how to create one. And even fewer people understand how the way you live today impacts your tomorrow. The root of the problem is that most people misunderstand success. Today is either focused on preparing or repairing. Over five short video sessions we are going to embark on a conversation of personal reflection, growth, and discovery where you will be challenged to reflect and take the many small steps that lead to success each and every day of your life.

How your attitude impacts tomorrow’s success

Part two in the TODAY MATTERS series with Mark Wuttke of BABOR.  Everyone wants to have a good day, but not many people know what a good day looks like—much less how to create one. And even fewer people understand how the way you live today impacts your tomorrow. The root of the problem is that most people misunderstand success. Today is either focused on preparing or repairing. Over five short video sessions we are going to embark on a conversation of personal reflection, growth, and discovery where you will be challenged to reflect and take the many small steps that lead to success each and every day of your life.

Being Seen! Cosmedix featured on MyDomaine.com!

Great showcase for COSMEDIX on MyDomaine.com!

Reboot & Restore were featured and photographed on MyDomaine.com in a story titled, “I Flew a Red Eye for the First Time—Here’s What Helped Me Sleep.”

The editor shared that she always travels with a serum and layers it under a mask. “I always travel with a hydrating serum and apply it underneath a mask. This is an overnight serum (Reboot) with probiotics to balance and hydrate the skin while you sleep. I use this every night, and it’s perfect for a red-eye to protect the skin from dry, pressurized cabin air. “

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How does today impact tomorrows success?

Part one in the TODAY MATTERS series with Mark Wuttke of BABOR.  Everyone wants to have a good day, but not many people know what a good day looks like—much less how to create one. And even fewer people understand how the way you live today impacts your tomorrow. The root of the problem is that most people misunderstand success. Today is either focused on preparing or repairing. Over five short video sessions we are going to embark on a conversation of personal reflection, growth, and discovery where you will be challenged to reflect and take the many small steps that lead to success each and every day of your life.

Meet the recent additions to the Living Earth Craft team!

Pilar de la Torre

My career in the spa industry began ten years ago in Cancun, where I noticed that health , wellness and pampering are its three main pillars. As a supplier I learned the importance of showing empathy, conscientiousness and creativity in order to gain my client´s confidence. Once this happens offering a wide range of options in terms of equipment and providing a quality service are key for a successful and long term business relationship.

Having participated in several spa openings mainly in the Riviera Maya, Jamaica and Dominican Republic, gave me a huge perspective of the importance of providing a correct logistics strategy as well as a great customer service!

 

 


Richard Grew

Richard has dedicated the better part of 25 years to the health spa and fitness industries. Working across the Middle East, Europe and Asia he has hands-on approach to his roles within the Wellness industry has afforded him many senior roles within prestigious organisations establishments globally. Working as Project Director for a leading spa company, Richard has developed a unique set of skills in not only opening some of the world’s most exclusive wellness centers he’s has designing projects that are operationally practical and intuitively designed.

Richard is joining the Living Earth Craft team to look after the growing Asia Market and will be based in Thailand. Working with developers and owners Richard will continue the grown relationships within the region, making sure that the clients receive the exception service of the Living Earth Craft brands but also working to create bespoke ranges the exclusive owners and standout properties are looking for.

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The New Science of Beauty: Stem Cells, Telomeres and Glycan

Is worrying about aging giving you wrinkles? Well, worry no longer. There’s a new trend in beauty, and no, it’s not rubbing peanut butter on your face (although that’d be tasty). It’s SCIENCE! Science is advancing faster than you can say stem cells, telomeres, and glycan, and with this new science of beauty comes major advances in skin products and cosmetics.

The Super Star: Stem Cells

Stem cells are the stand out star of progressive skin care.  According to researchers, stem cells work from within and address more than just the wrinkles or the surface effects of aging. They have been known to increase energy, improve muscular strength, and help with hair loss. In other words, stem cells are a one-stop shop for all things youthful.

Suggested products: Capture Totale MultiPerfection by Christian Dior is a popular face cream said to add density to the skin and revitalize the facial contours. If you want to repair the damage you caused your skin from laying in the sun for hours at a time, check out the Absolute Precious Cells line by Lancôme. And fans of this product say you won’t need a snap-chat filter with SVR’s Anti-Aging Serum to make you look ageless.

The Chromosome Security Guard: Telomeres

Let’s say you owned a bank. Chances are, you’d ask a healthy, strong, young security guard to protect it rather than a 90 year old man. Telomeres are caps that act as our chromosome’s security guards. To keep them young and beefed up, researchers suggest eliminating chronic stress, exercising, eating well and getting sleep (easier said than done). Now the beauty industry is developing products to help protect telomeres and slow down their aging process – it’s like a sunscreen for your DNA.

Suggested products: Orlane Absolute Anti-Fatigue Sublimation Treatment is said to watch over the telomere and restores its energy to the skin. Extreme Regenerating Serum, Lierac Premium Anti-Aging promises to prevent the daily wear and tear of telomeres, and Bio-Sève Molecular protects the skin like a mama bear. Lastly, Prodigy Night by Helena Rubinstein is a prodigy itself, fighting off anything that threatens your chromosomes.

Your Cells’ Cell Phone: Glycan

Glycans are like your cell phone: a communication necessity. They are the sugars that get your cells to “talk” with each other. Without glycan, the skin doesn’t get the message to make collagen. No collagen causes your skin to deflate. SPOILER ALERT: that makes you look older. Lucky for you, there are beauty companies that have integrated Glycans into their products. Think of these skin treatments as the ‘Find my iPhone’ app of skincare.

Suggested products: NovExpert Anti-Age will get your cells talking and boosting that collagen. Regain your natural freshness and radiance.Pore Minimizer, Global Perfect from Sisley.

Cue Rod Stewart, because the new science of beauty will make you look and feel “Forever Young.”

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Women Rule the (Spa,Wellness, and Salon) World

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With it being Beyoncé’s birthday month, the tune Girls Rule the World played almost continuously for 24-hours. It got me to thinking about the impact women have on the Spa, Wellness, and Salon industry. Two years ago, I wrote an article reviewing the effects technology had on the hospitality industry and I wanted to add to the initial idea with a focus on women in the sector.

As a DBA/ Ph.D. candidate, yes, I love school, it was said many times until we have our terminal degree we don’t have an opinion and to just restate the facts. I took that message to heart for this piece, the information is not my opinion, but data from well-established organizations.

According to the American Express 2017 State of Women-Owned Business Report, the past 20 years of research revealed a 114% increase in the number of women-owned businesses in the US. What’s even more interesting is the fact the number of Black women-owned businesses grew by 467% in the same time frame, comprising 19% of all women-owned business. The State of Women-Owned Business report also explained, “an estimated 2 million African American women-owned firms employed 398,400 workers and generated $56 billion in revenues.” The numbers are staggering.

It was also noted in the American Express report, “half of all women-owned businesses can be found in three industries – Health Care and Social Assistance, Professional / Scientific / Technical Services, and Other Services. In this instance, “other services” comprised 23% of women-owned businesses, which includes the Spa and Salon sector. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the number of “personal appearance jobs” aka Spa and Salon, are projected to jump 31 percent between 2008 and 2018, nearly three times the rate of growth of total U.S. employment.” The reason for the large influx into the industry is attributed to the lower barrier to entry, with many entry-level positions available to a diverse background and lifelong opportunities to women especially minorities. There are also opportunities for leadership as well as ownership which attracts a larger audience than many other industries.

Delving deeper into the numbers, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) annual report stated: “84% of individuals in personal appearance occupations are women, compared to 47% of employed individuals in the overall U.S. workforce.” In addition, the report went on to explain “twenty-one percent of businesses in the salon industry are Black or African-American-owned.”

Interestingly enough, in a recent Fast Company article listing the job safe from automation, therapists and hairdressers were two of five positions expected to be least impacted in regard to replacing workers with robots. The authors of the article reported in the next 12 years,” one-fifth of the global workforce, 800 million jobs could be lost to technology.” It seems those individuals – with the ability to adapt, customize, and empathize would be least affected by the shift toward automation. So, for now, the Spa, Wellness and Salon sector of hospitality is still safe from total automation and annihilation. There are so many opportunities for entrepreneurship, growth as well as revenue generation for women, especially of color. It is time to share this information with those looking for careers as change agents. The numbers show women, natural nurturers, really do rule the Spa, Wellness, and Salon industry.

Next month I will focus more on the topic of technology, with the intention of not only embracing the changes coming but how utilizing it for new opportunities.

Sherrie Tennessee, CHE, Doctoral Candidate

Director of Education, SpaSOS

www.spasos.com

Author, How to Open a Day Spa:31-Day Guide


 

Rebecca Ramirez de Arellano Receives Massage Therapy Ambassador Scholarship

dayspamagazine – The NHI Massage Therapy Ambassador Scholarship covers the cost for one National Holistic Institute (NHI) senior or graduate to attend the annual American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) National Convention, providing the recipient with access to industry leaders, educational sessions, networking venues and hands-on experience with professional products. Rebecca Ramirez de Arellano, LMT, a 2015 graduate of NHI, received the 2018 scholarship and attended the AMTA National Convention held last month in Washington DC.

Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of Biofreeze Professional, Bon Vital’, Thera°Pearl, Prossage, TheraBand and Cramer health and wellness products, and NHI have presented this scholarship in partnership for eight years.

“Rebecca’s passion for our profession and her belief in its life-transforming power is contagious. It was truly an honor to present this scholarship to her,” said Craig Hall, Director of Sales, Massage & Spa, Performance Health. “I know she made the most of this opportunity and will continue to benefit from the experience for years to come.”

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$8 Million World-Class Spa Opens at St. Andrews Country Club

markets.businessinsider.com – BOCA RATON, Fla.Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Phase II of the $25 million Club Improvement Plan is completed at St. Andrews Country Club and included the complete construction of a brand new 11,000 square foot spa and salon building, a multi-use sports field, lighted basketball and pickleball courts, enhancements to the parking lot, and improvements to landscaping around the property.

The spa and salon at St. Andrews is known for its tranquil environment, peerless service and superior amenities. Originally built in 2007, it has expanded to a standalone building with more privacy, upgraded amenities to better handle high member usage, cutting edge services, state-of-the-art technologies and all new décor, furnishings and finishes.

“After so much hard work and anticipation, we were excited to open our doors to the membership,” said Dawn MacLellan, Director of Spa & Salon at St. Andrews Country Club. “Our mission is to exceed our member’s expectations with every visit while engaging in memorable and sensorial experiences,” MacLellan added.

St. Andrews Country Club teamed with Garcia Stromberg Interior Designs to create a world class spa experience. The brand-new building is be fully equipped with separate men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, lounge areas with water features, showers, sauna, steam room and hot tubs. The Spa & Salon boasts seven treatment rooms including a salt therapy room, six pedicure and manicure chairs, four hair stylist chairs, two hair color processing stations and a private salon suite for special events.

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Dolly Wallace, LMT, BCTMB Receives Florida Chiropractic’s Association’s 2018 LMT of the Year Award

Akron, Ohio – September 5, 2018 – Massage therapist Dolly Wallace was presented with the Florida Chiropractic’s Association (FCA) 2018 LMT of the Year award at The National by FCA held in Orlando, Florida last month. The award was created in 1997 to honor massage therapists who perform outstanding service to the massage and chiropractic professions.

As a native of Muskegon, MI and long-time resident, Ms. Wallace has run her own massage therapy practice for 30 years in addition to working with her husband at the Wallace Chiropractic Center. She is the immediate-past president of the American Massage Therapy Association and has served on its national board of directors multiple times. Ms. Wallace is a campaigner for fair regulation of massage therapy, both nationally and in her state. She was instrumental in establishing licensing of the massage therapy profession in Michigan, is a strong advocate for massage therapy as part of integrative care, and has been published in the Pain Practitioner. Ms. Wallace received AMTA’s National Distinguished Service Award in 2010 and the National Outstanding Volunteer Group Chair Award in 2006.

“I am delighted to extend my congratulations to Dolly, an admired leader in our profession and a friend,” stated Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Performance Health, Vice President, Massage & Spa. “She has made a huge impact across the massage and chiropractic professions through her ability to develop strong relationships and expand the understanding of the benefits of true collaboration.”

“We are so appreciative of Dolly’s support, not only as a leader in the AMTA, but as a regular attendee of The National,” said Debbie Brown, CEO, FCA. “Her chiropractic physician husband maintains an FCA membership even while practicing in Michigan. They come to The National on a regular basis, enjoying the synergy between the massage and chiropractic professions. Dolly appreciates the FCA’s recognition of the valuable role massage plays in effective chiropractic care and the FCA’s efforts to build collaboration between the two professions. In her leadership role, she continually promotes the value of chiropractic-and-massage teamwork to the massage world. This award is a tangible way to thank Dolly for her efforts.”

Upon receiving the award, Ms. Wallace said, “I am both humbled and honored to receive this award from the Florida Chiropractic Association. It is truly awesome to have Doctors of Chiropractic recognize the value of massage therapy.”

About Florida Chiropractic Association
The primary function of the Florida Chiropractic Association is for the protection and welfare of its individual members, regardless of philosophy, as well as education of the public concerning the chiropractic profession. The Florida Chiropractic Association advocates the position that chiropractic is a distinct and separate healing arts science.

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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Sit! Stay! Spa! Pamper Your Pooches with Healthy Wellness Days

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We really don’t deserve dogs. They give us undying, unconditional love and they are there for us no matter what. That’s why spa and wellness days are important for a gal’s best friend. Now at this point you might be rolling your eyes because yes, your favorite furry pal is a dog. However, we’re not talking about putting cucumbers on Fido’s eyes. Instead we are recommending fun, relaxing, healthy excursions that your canine companion will love.

Boarding Is Boring

Traditional boarding is going out of fashion because dog lovers don’t want to see their pups cooped up in cages as they head out on a fabulous vacation. So instead of boarding, treat your dog to a doggie spa getaway.

These puppy pamper palaces can include grooming treatments for dogs with special upgrades like blueberry facials and paw-icures, as well as special walks or field trips to the mountains or the beach. And don’t expect to see a cage anywhere: these special guests enjoy a large playground to roam and sleep together in one big doggie pile every night. Perhaps with a little classical music playing to sooth them.

There are even dog camps for you and your dog that offer everything you loved about summer camp: swimming, hiking and lots of socializing tailored for four-footed guests. Imagine you and your pooch getting healthy playing flyball, Rally-O, dock diving, along with cozy naps in a rustic cabin. In addition, you can even learn new communication skills, canine massage and more. Each camp has its own flavor, style and emphasis so you can choose what’s best for you and your companion.

Fitness for Fido

Dogs aren’t just meant to live in our purses and munch on bacon – dogs are built to work and play hard! There are now doggie experiences that allow your best friend to herd sheep or take a dip in a luxurious puppy pool. Plus there are even canine camps that specialize in helping your dog shed some pounds.

These special camps and outings are meant to exercise not only the dog’s body but also her brain. Since a lot of dogs don’t get the mental exercise they need to maintain healthy relationships, exploring new smells or working with the pack can help keep your pup’s brain active and well.

Some canine fitness fantasies include training so he will come back a better dog. Can you say Sit! Stay! Spa!

Doggie Dye Job

This one is for us rather than our dogs but if you are looking to have a little fun, you might want to consider giving her an awesome dye job. Dog groomers can now dye dogs with totally safe non-toxic hair dye. So while your job might not allow multi-colored unicorn hair, your dog can rock the do on your behalf. (And think of the selfies!)

We recommend checking out Jess Rona Grooming on Instagram to see some awesome doggie dos as well as some fun slow motion footage of pampered pups.[1]

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CareCredit gives your clients the freedom to pay for their treatments over time.

CareCredit works with more than 200,000 providers across a broad range of specialties including medical care and beauty services. By combining insights from those engagements with the company’s deep financial services expertise, CareCredit will help consumers move forward with various cosmetic treatments and aesthetic procedures at spas with the convenience of paying over time. CareCredit offers a simple calculator for consumers to determine payment options and monthly payments amounts, while paying over time for their procedures. The company also gives consumers the ability to avoid accruing interest as long as they pay the complete amount in the promotional period. As medical spas and aesthetic practices continue to add new technology and services to provide the best possible results, it will become even more important for their clients to have a way to fit these new options into their budgets.  CareCredit helps people care for themselves and focus on their overall wellbeing, while also helping small business owners offer more payment options which, in turn, gives them more peace of mind while helping them meet their ambition of growing their business.

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Volume Enhancing Foam from RevitaLash

A breakthrough, unisex, hair enhancer designed to address the needs of fine and thinning hair for men and women.

This transforming hair volume enhancer foam featuring proprietary BioPeptin Complex® boosts the vitality of hair with a breakthrough formula designed to intensify natural volume. Lightweight formula adds shine and body and improves elasticity to help combat breakage and aid in conditioning of the scalp.

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Bill Brown Receives the Performance Health / Massage Therapy Foundation 2018 Humanitarian Award

Akron, Ohio – August 23, 2018 – Bill Brown, Executive Director of the American Massage Therapy Association was presented the 2018 Performance Health / Massage Therapy Foundation Humanitarian Award at the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) National Convention held in Washington, DC 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 (MTF) have presented this award in partnership for ten years.

“The mission of Performance Health is to help people feel good, perform better and live great, and Bill is committed to doing just that,” said Craig Hall, Director of Sales, Massage & Spa, Performance Health.
“Bill has dedicated his life to helping others through the healing power of massage. He’s a true champion for our profession and has been a tremendous supporter of the MTF both personally and professionally. Thank you, Bill!”

Mr. Brown has a degree in Political Studies from the University of Illinois and vast experience in association management as well as industry and government relations. Prior to joining AMTA in 2005, he worked in industry relations for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, as the Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for the International Interior Design Association, and as the Director of State Government Affairs in the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  Bill was named the Executive Director of AMTA in 2013. Under his leadership, he has championed the concept of the nonprofit advantage in professional associations. Since then, AMTA has experienced 50% membership growth over the past five year.

“With more than 20 years of leadership experience in association management and the legislative process, Bill brings a strategic approach to coalition-building by fostering positive volunteer relations and has developed a support staff that sets the industry standard for member services and engagement. Thank you, Bill!” concluded Hall.”

On behalf of the AMTA Board of Directors, AMTA President Joan Nichols said, “We are delighted that the Foundation has recognized Bill for his wonderful contributions to the massage therapy profession. AMTA is very lucky to have him as our Executive Director.”

“Bill’s leadership in the massage therapy industry and his long history of service combined with his extensive background have made an enormous positive impact on the profession. MTF values the relationship with Performance Health and is appreciative of their donation as well as recognizing those in the MT profession who deserve it,” added Doug Nelson, Massage Therapy Foundation President, LMT, BCTMB, CNMT.

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

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!

Apps for Spas

Create an app for spa

You created a place where people can rest and rejuvenate, enjoy special times with loved ones and take care of their bodies and souls. You strive to constantly grow, reach out to new audiences, offer new products and services and make sure potential clients can locate your business and engage with it.

Since you are a beauty and healthcare entrepreneur, the personal touch is important. Maintaining relationships with clients, retaining loyal ones and attracting new ones requires availability and communication. That’s why the best way to go about it is to have your own personal app for iOS and Android phones.

How can an app help grow your Spa business?

Applications are designed to help you simplify the management of your spa or salon and even help with making important decisions. An app makes sure you are always in control of what’s going on in your spa – with an app created on bobile’s platform you can check out orders and appointment schedules, interact with customers, and send push notifications or appointment reminders.

You can even use the app to launch special sales, offer membership plans and distribute catalogs to help grow and develop your business– all using the most available and intuitive tool there is – your smartphone.

All the necessary data at the reach of a finger

A mobile app helps you organize all the information necessary to successfully run your Spa business – inventory, calendars, appointments, client phone numbers, birthdays etc. and gives you the tools to act based on the information (for example sending a birthday card or personal coupon directly through the app). You can even create member clubs through the app and offer exclusive discounts and rewards so that your loyal clients keep coming back.

Mobile app builder for spas – anyone can do it

There are many great things about bobile’s platform, but by far the best one is that you don’t need to be a programmer or even have previous coding experience to use it. You can start creating gorgeous, personally-branded apps right now. No developer teams, no huge budgets.

Why build an app for your spa with bobile?

  • Fully customizable – choose the design and style and add features easily.
  • Easy to use and doesn’t require programming experience.
  • A personally branded application which serves as a promotion tool.
  • The native app, compatible with iOS and Android.
  • Affordable and flexible prices, including a free trial period.

What next? Simply register for bobile’s service and start creating a different Spa app experience.

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SPA INDUSTRY EMBRACES GEMFLEUR HEALING REMEDIES

GEMFLEUR Healing Remedies Address Everyday Concerns using Essential Oils Activated with Sacred Flower Essences and Gemstone Elixirs

San Francisco, Calif. (August 15, 2018)—Leading lifestyle brand Nectar Essences has announced expansion into the spa industry with GEMFLEUR, targeted aromatherapy remedies activated with sacred flower essences and gemstone elixirs. Co-founder and formulator Jenny Pao was inspired after witnessing huge demand for the products at the Green Spa Network Directors Buyer’s Conference. Nectar Essences follows ethical and sustainable practices. Essential oils are GC-MS tested for purity and all products are free of synthetic fragrances, parabens and phthalates.

“I’m so happy we brought on the GEMFLEUR line. It’s just what we were needing. The line hits all the key elements you look for in a product. It’s beautifully packaged so it presents well in the retail space; the scents are lovely, and price point is perfect! The therapists also love it, because the in-room product presentation is easy with the beautiful amber bottles, and the back bar products are easy to identify with the colored labels.”  – Stephanie Decuir, Spa Director at Spa Brezza at Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa.

The line includes seven daily wellness remedies to inhale, rub onto pulse points, or add to the bath:

calm+ Gold gem elixir is the remedy for the modern world

de-stress+ Turquoise gem elixir represents strength and balance

decongest+ Black Tourmaline gem elixir amplifies trust and positivity

energy+ Diamond gem elixir amplifies joy and delight

focus+ Lapis Lazuli gem elixir activates the higher mind and enhances clarity and memory

immunity+ Fire Opal gem elixir enhances intuition

sleep+ Rainbow Moonstone elixir aids in calm sleep and lucid dreaming

In addition to placement of GEMFLEUR Remedies in spa retail boutiques, Pao has developed back bar protocols integrating the products to enhance spa services. Beginning this Fall, Pao plans to personally host events with select spa partners across the country—educating spa directors on the power of aromatherapy activated with flower essences and gemstone infusions.

The spa industry feels like home to Pao, as Nectar Essences was born out of her holistic health practice. Clients kept asking to take home the products she was using in her treatments.

“I am so excited to bring my life’s work to the spa community. I have found my peeps!” says Pao. Spas are just beginning to embrace vibrational therapies such as gem essences, yet they have documented healing properties recognized as far back as the Greek and Egyptian civilizations and the Vedic period in India. The spa is the perfect platform to bring these ancient healing modalities mainstream.”

About Nectar Essences

Nectar Essences was founded with the desire to share the highest quality natural remedies. Our proprietary formulations bridge together scientific research and traditional medicinal practices. The company has three primary lines: ‘breathe me’ for natural grocery and medical, ‘breathe pure’ diffuser line for home use, and GEMFLEUR targeted aromatherapy remedies for spas and resorts. GEMLEUR features a proprietary process infusing flower essences and gemstone elixirs into 100% pure essential oils. The synergistic combination addresses the physical, mental, and emotional components of overall well-being.gemfleur.nectaressences.com

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Sales Contact:

Jenny Pao, co-founder

Nectar Essences

800-277-1961, x700

jenny@nectaressences.com

Media Contact:

Nancy Griffin, principal

Contento Marketing

415.987.0012

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Upcoming education spotlight: Jenasus Growth Factor and Brightening Facial Duo

While you are attending Face & Body Northern California, Aug. 26-27, make sure to attend this education event!

Experience the Jenasus Growth Factor and Brightening facials combined for superior anti-aging and hyperpigmentation results! This unique combination will have your clients ready for the red carpet! Lines and wrinkles will diminish, and hyperpigmentation will fade for a dual benefit that will wow your clients!

Jenasus Growth Factor and Brightening Facial Duo

  • Room: 210 G
  • Session Number: 4051
Sunday, August 26, 2018: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Perfect Glow Ampoules from BABOR

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An Active concentrate for dull skin lacking in radiance. Thoroughly hydrates the skin, while light-reflecting luminizing pigments create a youthful looking glow and help to even out skin tone. With regular use, PerfectionPeptide P3 helps promote natural skin rejuvenation.

Helps to even irregularities, provide intensive moisture, and give the complexion a radiant and “perfect glow”.

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Three steps to become an industry expert

I am often asked how did I get to this point in my career. It hasn’t been a linear route; my first passion has been science and I have used the degree for most of my career even in the spa world. When I transitioned to the spa industry, I wanted to learn all that I could about the topic, just as I did in my research career. I used the information gathered to formulate a plan to open a Spa.  In 2006, my business partner and I opened ReNew Organic Day Spa. The experience taught me many things, one of the most important lessons I learned, though I was a great therapist (Voted Best Massage Therapist, Baltimore Magazine, 2008) I wasn’t a great business owner. When the spa closed in 2009, I decided to go back to school and get my MBA and support those like me with a passion for the industry and assist those individuals in creating successful businesses. It is my desire to share and empower that has kept me motivated and inspired through the years.  Though we all have our own journey to success, here are few tips that I used to reach this point in my sixteen-year tenure in the Spa and Wellness Industry.

Tip #1 – Attend Spa Shows

I made an effort to attend as many Spa Shows I could schedule and afford. It wasn’t until after a few years of attending did I get the courage to apply to be a speaker. I have been to two shows this year and planning for my third. It’s a small industry, Spa Shows provides a great opportunity to learn and network. I love taking in the knowledge shared by the various speakers regarding new trends as well as expanding my network. I have developed lifelong friendships and connections from the simple effort of attending a spa show.

I love the quote “if it feeds you, then you should support it,” this is especially true in the Spa industry. There are countless shows, IECSC, Face and Body Expo, and ISPA to name a few. I suggest doing your due diligence to determine which show is best for you and your location.

Tip # 2 – Write about your industry

We all have a voice, an opinion, and insight to share with the world. A novice therapist to a seasoned Spa Manager both have plenty to say in regard to what’s happening in the industry. Using the information and insight gained at the Spa shows as well as the reading of industry happenings and events. With platforms such as the Spa Industry Association, ISPA’s Pulse, American Spa, Massage magazine and many more, there are plenty of outlets to share. Those organizations listed are the top industry sources and the thought writing for them may send you running in fear. Instead, start write small a blog, an article on your LinkedIn page, daily/weekly social media post. The point is let your voice be heard. Then use that momentum to write a book! It can be a big leap from articles to books, and yet so worth the effort. I hear so many times, “I want to write a book, but I don’t know how.”

As the author of two and a third in the works, there isn’t a magic potion. It simply requires putting in  the effort, to take the thoughts and ideas out of your mind and dreams and put them to paper. The title author and writer takes your subject matter expertise to a whole new level. The residual income book sales are a reminder of the power of words.

Tip #3 Speaking

The role of the expert is to acquire knowledge, the purpose is to share the information gained to compliment others. The thought of standing at the front of the room with everyone looking at you sends most people into a panic attack! Rightfully so, I have been teaching/training/speaking for 16 years. Let me tell you, I still get butterflies in my stomach. It’s the rush of the unknown. I have had attendees’ walk out of my class, others have fallen asleep and everything in between. What keeps me focused on that moment is my passion for sharing information and knowledge. I love looking out and seeing my audience focused on the information presented. I enjoy the conversations after class to discuss the topic and the many emails and calls that follow. The connection is lasting an I get the same when I attend an industry training session. I continue to learn and grow in the industry that I have love. I hope this tips will assist you in becoming an industry expert.

Sherrie Tennessee, CHE, Doctoral Candidate

Director of Education, SpaSOS

www.spasos.com

Author, How to Open a Day Spa:31-Day Guide

 


 

NECTAR ESSENCES EXPANDS IN SPA INDUSTRY TO SATISFY EXPLODING DEMAND FOR WELLNESS RETAIL

GEMFLEUR Healing Remedies Address Everyday Concerns using Essential Oils Activated with Sacred Flower Essences and Gemstone Elixirs

San Francisco, Calif. (August 15, 2018)-Leading lifestyle brand Nectar Essences has announced expansion into the spa industry with GEMFLEUR, targeted aromatherapy remedies activated with sacred flower essences and gemstone elixirs. Co-founder and formulator Jenny Pao was inspired after witnessing huge demand for the products at the Green Spa Network Directors Buyer’s Conference. Nectar Essences follows ethical and sustainable practices. Essential oils are GC-MS tested for purity and all products are free of synthetic fragrances, parabens and phthalates.

“I’m so happy we brought on the GEMFLEUR line. It’s just what we were needing. The line hits all the key elements you look for in a product. It’s beautifully packaged so it presents well in the retail space; the scents are lovely, and price point is perfect! The therapists also love it, because the in-room product presentation is easy with the beautiful amber bottles, and the back bar products are easy to identify with the colored labels.”  – Stephanie Decuir, Spa Director at Spa Brezza at Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa.

The line includes seven daily wellness remedies to inhale, rub onto pulse points, or add to the bath:

calm+ Gold gem elixir is the remedy for the modern world

de-stress+ Turquoise gem elixir represents strength and balance

decongest+ Black Tourmaline gem elixir amplifies trust and positivity

energy+ Diamond gem elixir amplifies joy and delight

focus+ Lapis Lazuli gem elixir activates the higher mind and enhances clarity and memory

immunity+ Fire Opal gem elixir enhances intuition

sleep+ Rainbow Moonstone elixir aids in calm sleep and lucid dreaming

In addition to placement of GEMFLEUR Remedies in spa retail boutiques, Pao has developed back bar protocols integrating the products to enhance spa services. Beginning this Fall, Pao plans to personally host events with select spa partners across the country-educating spa directors on the power of aromatherapy activated with flower essences and gemstone infusions.

The spa industry feels like home to Pao, as Nectar Essences was born out of her holistic health practice. Clients kept asking to take home the products she was using in her treatments.

“I am so excited to bring my life’s work to the spa community. I have found my peeps!” says Pao. Spas are just beginning to embrace vibrational therapies such as gem essences, yet they have documented healing properties recognized as far back as the Greek and Egyptian civilizations and the Vedic period in India. The spa is the perfect platform to bring these ancient healing modalities mainstream.”

About Nectar Essences

Nectar Essences was founded with the desire to share the highest quality natural remedies. Our proprietary formulations bridge together scientific research and traditional medicinal practices. The company has three primary lines: ‘breathe me’ for natural grocery and medical, ‘breathe pure’ diffuser line for home use, and GEMFLEUR targeted aromatherapy remedies for spas and resorts. GEMLEUR features a proprietary process infusing flower essences and gemstone elixirs into 100% pure essential oils. The synergistic combination addresses the physical, mental, and emotional components of overall well-being. gemfleur.nectaressences.com

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Jenny Pao, co-founder

Nectar Essences

800-277-1961, x700

jenny@nectaressences.com

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Youth Transformation Glycolic Mask and Multi Plant Stem Booster Serum from M.A.D. Skincare

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Clients will enjoy the visible benefits of Youth Transformation Glycolic Mask and Multi Plant Stem Booster Serum. This potent glycolic mask promotes skin’s elasticity; and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles leaving skin moist and hydrated. Can be used with Multi Plant Stem Booster Serum, a concentrated combination of plant stem, quickly depositing potent multi plant stem active to the skin, providing additional pronounced therapeutic effect of the mask.

Active Ingredients include:
Prodew 400 is comprised of 8 types of amino acids as well as sodium PCA and lactic acid. In combination, this blend helps protect the skin dryness, it aids in moisturizing the skin and promoting elasticity.
Elderberry Seed Oil is known for its moisturizing properties and rich in essential fatty acids, this natural oil helps enhance and improve the appearance of dry under nourished skin and helps improve skin barrier function, hydration and skin elasticity.

From M.A.D. Skincare

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Lymphatic Massage: Makes Your Tummy Happy, Tames Inflammation & Much More

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spafinder.com – Spa-goers who seek to improve their overall well being will certainly be fans of manual lymph drainage (usually referred to as MLD or lymphatic drainage). It decreases facial puffiness, boosts the immune system, smooths cellulite and soothes sore muscles. Lymphatic drainage massage helps deliver cellular waste to the lymph nodes. Drainage is essential because the lymphatic system lacks a pump of its own to transport lymph through the body and must rely on movement and massage to flush the fluid. Blocked lymphatic systems contribute to acne, constipation and even cellulite. This type of massage is known to reduce swelling, heal acne, relieve fatigue, and help the body detox.

What are habits that contribute to a poor performing lymphatic system?

  • Movement is essential. People who practice little movement, walking or exercise often suffer from a clogged lymphatic system. Proper flow requires movement. It’s suggested to practice exercises just like simple walking in the morning or jumping jacks to stimulate the lymphatic system.
  • Dehydration, the mother of all illness. Drink Water. Unlike wine, people tend to have trouble drinking bottles of water. Hydration is critical to stimulate movement in your intestines. Drink water often.
  • Stress which creates elevated cortisol, sleepless nights and high irritability also creates acidity which leads to lymph congestion.
  • Processed foods introduced in the last century have further created an imbalance in our bodies. Foods that the body does not normally absorb genetically create a sluggish lymphatic system.

While imperative to circulation, the lymphatic system is not commonly discussed. A critical part of the body, twice as much lymph fluid exists in the body as blood. This network of tissues and organs has a sole purpose to rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. People who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other digestive issues will benefit from a visit as part of the goal is to unblock the natural sewage treatment system.

What can you expect during a lymphatic massage?

  • Interview with the masseuse. An experienced masseuse will ask you about your diet, about your circulation and about your digestive system.
  • Lymph nodes are located throughout the body, beneath the breasts, close to the underarms, near the belly, throughout the leg. Lymphatic drainage occurs via perspiration in the armpits or urination. An experienced masseuse will try to move the fluids towards the pelvic area and towards the underarms.
  • Depending on the machine used, the masseuse may hold glass vials with a rounded point to move the fluids in the lymphatic system. Movement in the lower body will steer fluid towards the pelvis. Movement in the upper body will steer fluid towards the underarms.
  • During the massage, you will only feel the light touch of the vials. Slight ringing sound happens where a build up of lymphatic fluid exists but overall this would be considered a light touch massage.
  • The purpose of Lymphatic drainage is to optimize fluid circulation throughout the body. Persist in this practice as it does take more than one massage to see results.

After the massage, drink plenty of water. Dehydration is often discussed during this treatment. Incorporate green foods, especially superfoods, to improve digestion. While these practices have become a little more mainstream today, it is still important to understand that the foods one consumes do reflect on the skin and in the body.

Post-lymphatic results:

  • Improved elimination
  • Improved skin texture
  • Weight reduction
  • Decrease in cellulite

In addition, to keep and maintain a fluid lymphatic system, here are a few tips.

  • Continue with lymphatic massage once a month or more depending on fluidity. Ask your masseuse about methods you can include lymphatic drainage at home with dry scrubbing also.
  • Drink a lot of water. Begin with a gallon a day and increase accordingly.
  • Incorporate green foods into your diet, preferably organic. This will hopefully decrease the amount of processed foods you ingest.

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Take part in World Wellness Weekend, 2018!

WORLD WELLNESS WEEKEND
22 & 23 SEPTEMBER 2018

Want a weekend to relax and revive body, mind & mood? Enjoy near your home, two full days of sensations, surprises, and great deals to take care of yourself, with friends or family!

From Fiji to Hawaii, 50 countries celebrate wellness, with hundreds of spa professionals, beauty salons, thermal springs, fitness, sport and tourism ready to take your breath away. Discover relaxing massages, soothing face treatments, fun yoga / Pilates / dance classes, creative workshops, inspiring conferences, uplifting hikes at no charge…

Book your free pass directly with properties near you, located on the Wellness Map. Join & discover how GREAT if feels to be WELL!

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4 Spa Marketing Tips for the End of Summer

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August is officially upon us. I know that no one ever likes to say it aloud, but… we only have one more full month of summer left. Now, for local beauty businesses like spas, this news can be a little harder to swallow. With the summer comes one of the most profitable times for spas — wedding season. So, the fact that the number of weddings will start to slow down a bit after September can be a little depressing.

However, there is no reason for local spa owners to despair. Even though summer and subsequently wedding season may be only temporary, that doesn’t mean your success has to be. All you need to do is plan ahead with a little bit of marketing. For many small business owners “marketing” can be a daunting term. You don’t have time for it, you don’t really want to do it — we get that. Well, we’re going to make marketing your spa as easy as possible. There are actually tons of spa marketing ideas out there that take minimal time and effort to get off the ground which can actually help yield big time results.

So, let’s get to it! Here are 4 spa marketing tips for local spa owners to use for keeping profits all the way up well after summer has ended.

Spa Marketing Tip #1: Themed Specials / Promotions

What do you think is more compelling? A bland generic promotion or a colorful summer-themed one? Themed promotions are a great way for your specials to stand-out from other boring promotions, and work to really catch a client’s eye. Infusing your promotional ideas with a fun seasonal theme works to make specials you create better resonate with your clients.

Luckily, August presents local spas with a perfect opportunity to give their promotions a fun, compelling theme. There are essentially two directions you can take when creating your theme.

a) Summer Themed: Summer may be halfway over, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t look at the glass half full. Consider giving your specials and discounts summer infused twist. Think bright and radiant colors, “fun in the sun” sort of names, and tons of caricatures that are everything sun, shades, and sand.

b) Back-to-School Theme: Another equally relatable, fun theme you can use with your promotions are a back-to-school theme. Think red/orange fall colors, “back to school” sort of names, and tons of caricatures that are everything notebooks, pencils, and apples.

Spa Marketing Tip #2: Create and Promote Summer Packages

You can’t always reinvent the wheel. Maybe you don’t have any new treatments or services to add to your spa menu this summer – that’s okay! Work with what you have and make something new from that. Think summertime packages.

Consider pairing a service that typically performs well during your summer months with one that might not be as popular. It will help you to drive sales to all your services. Or if you’re looking for an easy slam dunk, pair up all your most popular summer services in one package to generate a lot hype. Hopefully you’ve been keeping organized records so you know what your most popular services and treats are…

Just as with your specials and discounts make your packages summer oriented. Get creative, highlight the beauty of the season, and just have fun with it. An enticing name can sometimes make all the difference when it comes to drawing attention. Additionally, emphasizing that these packages only last for the summer are a great way to bring about a sense of urgency and cause clients to act.

Spa Marketing Tip #3: Implement a Membership Program

During the month of August you should have one goal in mind — implementing a membership program. Membership programs are an easy, effective tool small businesses use all the time to generate repeat business. Setting up your membership program is easy. You can either choose to have one general membership program or separate tiered ones. All you do is set either a certain action, spending amount, or frequency of visits to determine who is eligible to be a member. Then you assign certain perks to your program for motivating clients to complete the necessary requirements for becoming a member.

The more clients you can get to be members the more loyal customers you have acquired. Once a member, those clients will continue to return to your spa in order to continuously reap the rewards of their membership. So, membership programs are a great tactic to keep that wedding season, summertime surge lasting well into the fall.

Spa Marketing Tip #4: Optimized Business Website

If you want to end summer strong then your spa’s website should be equally strong. Apart from occasional walk-ins, your website is the first thing potential clients will see, and a boring one will not entice them. Again, your website presents you with the perfect opportunity to highlight your summer theme in order to grab searchers attention.

However, you’re going to need more than just looks here. You’re going to need some meat to your website. Important things to always include on your website if you’re trying to attract more clients are:

  • Main telephone number
  • Business address – connected to google maps for easy directions
  • Ongoing and upcoming promotions
  • Calendar/Availability
  • Online booking option

When a new, potential customer lands on your website you want it to be as easy as possible for them to find any and all necessary information needed for persuading them into booking an appointment at your spa. Eliminate as many barriers as you can. Make things easy and seamless.

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A New and Innovative way for Medical Spas to Increase Revenue

As medical spas and aesthetic practices continue to add new technology and services to provide the best possible results, it will become even more important for their clients to have a way to fit these new options into their budgets.  Clients may be more likely to move forward with prescribed treatments if they know that an easy payment option is available. 

The CareCredit offering means spa guests can get relaxation and wellness services they want, whenever they want, without having to worry about cost being a barrier. With CareCredit, spa clients can have greater access to services while spa owners have another tool to help grow and simplify their processing. Spa clients are increasingly seeking solutions for beauty, anti-aging, stress management and genuine self-care. According to the Global Wellness Institute Global Economy Monitor, wellness is a growing trend showing no sign of slowing down.

Reach out to CareCredit here

Being Seen! See where Beyond Yoga has been featured lately!

We always love sharing when our sponsors are being featured across the media!  Beyond Yoga always does a great job in partnering with great influencers and are seen in many great print magazines as well as online!

Here are some of the features and mentions in Well+Good, WhoWhatWear.com, Women’s Health Magazine, Charlize Theron and other Instagrams!

Go see for yourself at beyondyoga.com

Experiencing supplements…for skin

I tried these buzzy skin-care supplements—here’s what happened

Check out this recent post from wellandgood.com about the experience of the author and jane iredale’s skin-boosting supplements!

Here is an excerpt: “As someone with particularly blemish-prone skin, breakouts are a rude reminder that despite my total obsession with wellness, my complexion is the one thing not reaping the benefits from my spinach salad with ACV dressing. Insert record scratch here.

Here’s the gist: I’ve dealt with pretty embarrassing acne since middle school, and though it tapered off a bit with age, I was still dealing with annoyingly lingering blemishes into my mid-20s.

After moving to New York and beginning my love affair with wellness, I tried eating solely organic foods, eliminating entire food groups, and switching to vegan skin-care products in the name of clearing up my skin—but nothing really made a difference. I would still consistently break out on my chin and cheeks, especially around my period.

Naturally, I’m always looking for the newest methods promising clearer skin and tinier pores, so when I heard about jane iredale‘s line of skin-boosting supplements I was intrigued (the before and after photoson their website are pretty stunning).

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Top 5 Reasons Women Benefit More from Meditation

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The Facts, Please

A study conducted by Brown University demonstrates that women who meditate three times a week show greater decreases in emotions like guilt or irritability than men. Moreover, women had greater increases in mindfulness and self-compassion. In addition, meditation kept women from blowing negative feelings out of proportion.[1] One of the study’s authors, Rahil Rojiani, points out that women are more apt to go down a rabbit hole and fixate in response to stress, while men find ways to be distracted. This may be why women have more anxiety and depression. Rojaini believes meditation can help women decrease negative emotions.

Spoiler Alert: Women are Stressed!

Medical and wellness experts agree that chronic stress can cause your body to release cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. Unfortunately, cortisol can cause serious health problems ranging from high blood pressure to decreased immunity and cognitive function.  Because women are often more stressed than men, they can experience greater results from meditation. It’s as simple as saying, “Ohm!”

It’s All about Focus

Here’s another spoiler alert–ha! Women have a lot of distractions and responsibilities.  We may work and care for children at the same time. Or we may care for an aging relative or parent. And if we are stay-at-home-moms, we’re charged with being a full-time parent, chauffeur, camp counselor, chef and overall domestic goddess. According to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience[2], people who consistently practice meditation can improve mental focus and quiet brain activity.

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Global Massage Oil Market 2018 | SWOT Analysis, CAGR, Market Outlook, Market Growth

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The all-encompassing prospects of Global Massage Oil Market are given in the exploration report. The market size of the Massage Oil report over the globe is featured in the exploration report. The Massage Oil report likewise tosses light on drivers, restrictions, dangers, and open doors for the key partners to develop in this market. The Massage Oil industry examination procedure incorporates essential and optional research process for the approval and precision of the information. The present nature and future status of Massage Oil industry are given in the exploration distributions.

Massage Oil Market is reaching out to extend from USD XX Million out of 2018 to USD XX Million performing before the accomplishment of 2023 with a CAGR estimation of CAGR XX.XX%. Toward the begin report deals with the Massage Oil showcase audit, the report portion incorporates definition, gathering and wages updates of the Massage Oil market advertising from 2013 to 2018. In the accompanying resulting part, the Massage Oil industry report gives massive learning on showcase advancement factors, Massage Oil industry changes designs, advertising stream, openings, and troubles looked by newcomers, driving and controlling components to the improvement of the Global business.

Renovations at Stonewall Resort help to complete the complete relaxation experience

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WESTON — For a weekend getaway, a day trip or simply a place to relax and unwind, Stonewall Resort in the heart of North Central West Virginia has something for everyone.

Located in Lewis County just a few miles off Interstate 79, Stonewall Resort offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, on the lake and land, as well as golf. A spa is also located inside the lodge.

The resort just completed a $3 million renovation project that included upgraded guest rooms and lodge, a cottage refresh and a makeover for the resort lounge.

“Our commitment is to provide a top-notch destination and a guest experience that exceeds expectations,” said Andre D’Amour, general manager. “The extensive renovations that have occurred at Stonewall Resort will help us fulfill that commitment, and we can’t wait for guests to experience the changes.”

All 199 lodge rooms were renovated and include new carpeting, window treatments, bedding accents, configuration for more functional space and energy-efficient lighting, D’Amour said.

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Customer Service and Spa Shows

“People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories, and magic” – Seth Godin.

In other words, selling is more than the bottom line. Sales are about relationship building, understanding it takes time and effort to establish trusting relationship for a business owner to invest in a product.

I had the opportunity to attend several major Spa Shows this year. I love seeing the new trends, taking the educational courses offered, connecting with old friends and expanding my network. My experience this past year left me disappointed in the lack of customer service exhibited by many of the vendors at the events. At one table, the company was selling a piece of equipment for $1500. This is a major financial investment for Day Spa owners, which is almost 80% of the twenty-one thousand spas in the US, according to ISPA (International Spa Association). Yet as I watched the interaction, the sales rep sat down the entire interaction, barely making eye contact with the Spa owners, and looking like she wanted to be someplace else. Another booth, when I asked about the active ingredients the rep stated, “lots of good stuff some of which is organic”. I was dumbfounded, the response indicates a true lack of knowledge regarding the products being sold. It would behoove (from my favorite teacher) vendors to learn the art of “small talk”. It starts with seeking to know more about the consumer – asking probing questions – Where is your location?What are you currently using? What are your goals for the next 1, 3, and five years?

In getting to know the consumers and assist in developing ways for vendors to determine ways to help owners solve problems, getting to the desired goal, and increasing revenue for both parties. If Spa Show organizers want spa decision makers to attend their events, the interaction with the vendors needs to be enhanced. It requires basic customer service – standing when someone approaches the booth, making eye contact, acknowledging attendees and putting effort into the interaction. With so many Spa Shows and vendors, spas owners and manager want a memorable and enjoyable interaction at the events and that starts with providing basic customer service.

Image result for sherrie tennesseeSherrie Tennessee, CHE, Doctoral Candidate

Director of Education, SpaSOS

www.spasos.com

Author, How to Open a Day Spa:31-Day Guide

Green Spa Network Gains New Board Leadership and Members

(ATLANTA, GA) June 17, 2018— Green Spa Network (GSN) announced its recent elections for the new leadership positions on the Board of Directors. Those elected are talented individuals who bring depth and experience in practicing sustainability and bringing international reach to the spa industry.
 
Bonnie Baker, Co-founder of Satteva Spa and Wellness Concepts, has been appointed Board President after her tenure as Vice President. Thor Holmes, General Manager for Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, will succeed Ms. Baker as Vice President; he will also serve as Board Finance Chair. One of GSN’s newest board members, Molly Allene, Partner of Alpine Glow Skincare, will serve as Board Secretary.
 
“Green Spa Network is dedicated to leading the spa and wellness industry in creating long term, regenerative, and life-sustaining practices,” said Bonnie Baker, Board President. “With the new leadership team, GSN is evolving to meet the growing interest in sustainability and the need for information, resources, and expertise. GSN is moving towards a curriculum of events, education, and action initiatives designed to stimulate spa professionals into a deeper exploration of the relationship between people and planet.”

Additionally, GSN welcomes Caline Assilian, Executive Director of Intentional Health & Wellness and Mind Body Spa Director for exhale Spa to the Board. Rose Fernandez, CEO of Algenist; Tracie Ridder-Wertz, Corporate Accounts Director for Hydrafacial; Karen Short, President of Universal Companies and previous GSN Board President; and Adar Venyige, Director of Sales for Dazzle Dry and VB Cosmetics will continue as members of the Board.

A full list of the Board of Directors is available on the Green Spa Network website at https://greenspanetwork.org/about/.
 
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

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Joanna Roche
Executive Director
joanna@greenspanetwork.org
413-441-4531

Las Vegas Market Expands Industry Partnerships to Add Education and Networking Opportunities

furnituretoday.com – LAS VEGAS, N.V. – (July 12, 2018) – Las Vegas Market announced today a new partnership with the Home Staging and Redesign Association (HSRA), adding to the available education and networking events at the Summer 2018 Las Vegas Market, running from July 29 to Aug. 2.

During Summer Market, HSRA owner and founder Jana Uselton will present two sessions highlighting residential construction and interiors.

“Power Hour: Design Trends for New Homes” will address key features home builders are incorporating into new homes that impact furniture, art and accessory choices. The session is scheduled for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, in the Pavilions Seminar Room. A question and answer portion will follow the presentation.

“Power Hour: Home Staging & Property Styling Tips & Techniques” will provide insight on how to prepare homes for sale using furniture, art and accessories from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, in the Building C Seminar Room, C174.

The Las Vegas Market will also provide other seminars and special events, including the Las Vegas Market Members’ Club. The Members’ Club is a place for trade association partners to participate in informal chat discussions, meet with buyers or vendors, exchange and provide business information, and educate potential and current members.

“Our trade association, CRAFT, promotes the making, selling and buying of handmade American products, and our members come to Las Vegas Market to find a wide array of textiles, pottery, glass and jewelry, as well as two-dimensional artwork from American makers,” said Diane Sulg, executive director of the CRAFT Retailers’ Association for Tomorrow. “By its nature, handmade work is unique and offers superior craftsmanship. My role is to help the makers of these treasures connect with the buyers who want their inventory to be inventive and distinct. At the Las Vegas Market Members’ Club, our discussions will center on themes that enhance this seller-buyer relationship.”

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COMPHY EXPANDS PROFESSIONAL PRODUCT LINE WITH NEW SPA WRAP AND HEAD WRAP

Leader in Luxury Linens for Spa & Hospitality Offers Stylish & Efficient Solutions for the Treatment Room

Ferndale, Wash. (July 17, 2018) Comphy Co.-the inventor and leader of luxury spa linens-announced the launch of new professional products to enhance spa operations and guest satisfaction. Developed based on customer demand, both the Spa Wrap and Head Wrap enhance any treatment with easy closures and superior comfort. The products are welcome additions to the Professional Products line featuring Comphy’s signature performance fabric-lightweight, breathable, durable and treated for stain release to stand up to hundreds of washings.

The Spa Wrap is made of our soft, luxury microfiber fabric, and has 4 adjustable snaps for an optimal customized fit. This wrap includes 3 layers of fabric in the front that act as a modesty panel. The length is approximately knee-length, and the durable elastic in back delivers added support. Available in both cream and white, Comphy’s Spa Wrap comes in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ for average needs, up to 4XL to ensure that every client has a comfortable, secure fit.

The wide-band, elastic Head Wrap is ideal for facials or protecting hair during massage and body treatment. It is easy-to-adjust with its Velcro closure and, as usual, it’s Comphy soft.
“We are excited to offer the Spa Wrap and Head Wrap to our full range of products, designed to meet all of our clients’ needs,” said Mia Richardson, founder and CEO of Comphy Co. “Our spa partners embrace our professional products not only for their luxury feel, but also for their durability and efficiency. We rely on them to give us ideas for what they need most, as we did in this case.”

About Comphy Co.
There’s nothing more inviting than a Comphy bed. As the leading provider of linens for the spa industry, Comphy understands the importance of a luxurious touch. The highly specialized microfiber fabric is indescribably sumptuous when experienced on a spa bed, a full set of home linens, a comforter, duvet cover…even baby linens. And they’re durable, efficient and sustainable, too. www.comphy.com.

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Jessica Carrington, Director of Sales
Comphy Co.
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Eyelash TLC

We know the paramount importance of a healthy diet, staying active and hydrated, and using good skincare and hair care.  But along the way, we seem to miss paying proper attention to our eyelashes.  Eyelashes need TLC too.
 
Functions of eyelashes and what compromises your eyelashes
The responsibilities of eyelashes are not only to wear mascara and to look pretty, they also form a defense area around the eyes, helping avoid unwanted fragments from entering the eye – a type of protection barrier.
 
Your eyelashes continually fall-out
We lose 1 to 5 lashes a day.  Although naturally restored, the eyelash growth cycle weans as we age.  Eyelashes may become thin, weak and possibly break off.
 
Many times, heavy mascara adds to the weakening of eyelashes.  These are just some of the reasons why it’s so important to keep your lashes healthy, nourished and conditioned.
 
 

How do we keep our eyelashes conditioned, help prevent them from becoming weak, falling out and keep them looking young and full?

Diet is one way.  Eating foods high in: iron (leafy greens, oysters, red meat and turkey), folic acid (milk, whole grains and legumes) and Vitamin B (yeast and vegetables) all promote health eyelashes.

 
Topical application is another.  LashesMD Eyelash Growth Serum contains ingredients to condition eyelashes and help protect them from environmental damage such as breakage and thinning.  LashesMD promotes eyelash strength and nourishment, all while helping eyelashes grow stronger, longer and fuller. We do all of this WITHOUT the use of drugs or prostaglandin analogues…plus, it’s great for brows too!  Some of our ingredients include:
 
  • SymPeptide® XLash helps the appearance of length and thickness of eyelashes
  • Panthenol,a derivative of Vitamin B5, properties include moisturization,  dryness prevention and soothing of the application area
  • Allantoin used to soothe irritated skin, stimulates cell regeneration and moisturizes dry skin
  • Alfalfa Extract is packed with nutrients – including minerals and vitamins – to help nourish and condition
  • Sodium Hyaluronate helps keep water in the skin maintaining and enhancing the moisture necessary for eyelashes to grow in density and strength
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil aids in treating and preventing dry eyelash follicles – healthy follicles are imperative for eyelash growth and helping keep the eye area moist, avoiding irritation and itchy eyes
LashesMD is specially formulated and pH balanced to be non-irritating to eyes – just the right amount of TLC your lashes need.  We love your lashes and want you to love your lashes too!
 
For a full list of LashesMD ingredients and read about LashesMD Science and Safety CLICK HERE
 
Go Ahead, Lash Out!
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SALT Chamber Appoints Liliana Grajales as Vice-President of Business Development for their LATAM/Caribbean/Mexico Division

BOCA RATON, FL – SALT Chamber, one of the world’s leading authorities for educating, consulting, marketing, training, and distributing the best Salt Therapy products and services is pleased to announce the appointment of Liliana Grajales as Vice-President of Business Development for their LATAM/Caribbean/Mexico Division.

Liliana brings close to 25 years of experience working in operations and sales in the spa and wellness industry. In 1994, she began her career in the hospitality department at the Hyatt Grand in Palm Desert, California and soon began learning all facets of operations including human resources, sales, and food and beverage.

Liliana’s experience has led her to work in several management positions in the spa and wellness industry. She has been a Sales and Operations Manager and Executive Spa Director for several Ritz Carlton properties in South Florida, as well as The Biltmore in Coral Gables. Having learned the spa operations side of the industry, Liliana moved on to become the Regional Sales Manager, Product Sales Manager and VP of Sales for several retail lines.

“SALT Chamber is pleased to add Liliana’s expertise, experience, and high-regard within the South American community to our executive team,” said Leo M. Tonkin, CEO. “We are very excited about expanding throughout the LATAM, Caribbean, and Mexico, and Liliana is the perfect fit to join our team. We look forward to working with her as we continue to launch our rapid international expansion efforts to explore, develop, and distribute the highest quality Salt Therapy products.”

In 2017, Liliana founded Spa Wellness Events, a company that brought together spa directors and general managers from the spa and wellness industry in the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Americas with vendors/suppliers to develop mutually beneficial business relationships.

“Liliana’s experience and leadership in building international partnerships and business development strategies will be instrumental in supporting SALT Chamber’s global growth,” added Tonkin. “We welcome her as part of our team as we evaluate strategic initiatives and pursue partnerships.”

Liliana is a native of Latin America. She currently makes her home in Colombia with her husband and three children.

ABOUT SALT CHAMBER, LLC

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, SALT Chamber is the industry leader in educating, consulting, manufacturing, marketing, training, and distributing the most innovative and advanced Dry Salt Therapy products and services around the globe. With decades of combined experience in both the Salt Therapy and Spa industries, SALT Chamber manufactures and distributes Halotherapy equipment, Himalayan salt décor, offers turnkey solution services, and has over 450 installations to date. For more information visit www.saltchamberinc.com

Jane Iredale & Heather Thomson featured on The Good Glow

If you read The Good Glow Blog often, you’ve seen us talk about the Berkshires regularly. It’s not only where the jane iredale headquarters is located. To us, the Berkshires is a part of our lifestyle. From the organic farms to the relaxing hiking paths to the Farmer’s Market, which is held in our parking lot every Saturday, being in Great Barrington seeps into everything we do. That’s why we are so proud to open our very first, standalone, flagship store right on Main Street in our fair town.

As part of our opening celebrations, Jane hosted a party with entrepreneur and Berkshire-native Heather Thomson. You may recognize Heather as an alum of the Real Housewives of New York. The pair mingled with friends in the community, received manicures using natural nail polish from Dazzle Dry, and had their jane iredale makeup touched-up.

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The Spa Mart, American Spa Announce Women in Wellness Scholarships

americanspa.com –  The Spa Mart and American Spa have joined forces to create two scholarships for the Women in Wellness Leadership Conferences in 2019. The scholarships, worth more than $2,500, will each include airfare to the conference, two nights’ hotel accommodations, a pass to the day-long event, and $1,000 to be used toward education. 

The idea for the scholarship came about after the first edition of American Spa’s Women in Wellness Leadership Conference, which took place in New York City in March. Teddy Lester, co-founder of The Spa Mart and a sponsor of the debut event, and Julie Keller Callaghan, founder of the Women in Wellness Conferences and the editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa, had a meeting to discuss ways they could work to further the cause of female empowerment and education. Thus, the idea for the scholarship was born.

 

“I was thrilled when Teddy came to me to ask how he and his company could support Women in Wellness as we grow and expand,” says Keller Callaghan. “The women who attended the first event left empowered and inspired, and I’m so happy we will be able to share the unforgettable experience in 2019 with two deserving women who may not have been able to attend. This is exactly what American Spa’s Women in Wellness Leadership Conference is about, and I’m incredibly grateful for the generosity of The Spa Mart team in supporting our cause.”

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Make Water Your Relaxation Secret

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Water is the key to life. It makes up most of our bodies and the world, and staying hydrated is at the root of every health routine. Water is refreshing and reviving so it’s no wonder that soothing treatments involving water offer massive relaxation potential.

Beyond the bathtub or hot tub, spas have taken water treatments and rituals to a whole new level with unique experiences all surrounding H2O.

Get Your Float On

Spas like âme Spa and Wellness Collective at Turnberry Isle Miami offer special sensory deprivation chambers that provide a chance to turn off… well, everything… and soak in silence. The chambers are filled with salt water that’s perfectly calibrated to allow you to float in body temperature water and pure darkness. As you float, you can switch off your tired brain and meditate. The chambers then calm and relax you, bringing you back to almost a womb like state.

According to wellness experts, isolation chambers offer a wealth of benefits beyond relaxation, from pain reduction to increased creativity to even improved sleep quality.

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Astral Brands Adds Butter London to Portfolio

Astral already owns Aloette, Cosmedix and Pür.

Astral Brands has acquired nail and makeup brand Butter London.

Butter London, backed by Encore Consumer Capital since 2014, is a prestige beauty brand well-known for its nail polish collection. The business also sells makeup, including lip and eye products, as well as blush and bronzer. Butter’s products are sold online through its own site, on Amazon Luxury, and at Ulta Beauty, Kohl’s and Nordstrom.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but industry sources said the brand has about $15 million in sales.

Under Astral, Butter plans to expand its makeup operation, which is focused on eye and lip products. While the brand is best known for its nail polish line, it branched into makeup around three years ago. “We’ve evolved the brand to be more of a color cosmetics line, still having nail as an anchor, because that’s what we’re known for,” said Sarina Godin, president of Butter London.

The Butter team will remain in its Seattle headquarters, but will have access to things like digital and financial resources that come with being part of a larger business, Godin noted. The brand has hit a rough patch in recent years, industry sources indicated.

“We have struggled,” Godin admitted, with “lack of funding to do some of the things the brand needs to do to be competitive, and with the ever-changing beauty industry and trying to keep up, we’ve had some challenges.”

Now, she expects the brand to focus on making investments in things like establishing a field team “to support sell-through strategy,” building out the brand’s digital platform and marketing, she said. Butter, founded in 2005, was initially based on nail polishes that didn’t contain certain ingredients, a premise it has carried over into its makeup products. But that message hasn’t necessarily been clear, Godin noted, and going forward Butter intends to speak more openly about its better-for-you ingredient stance.

For Astral, that ingredient positioning is one of the things that attracted it to Butter, according to Robert Cohen, chairman and chief executive officer of Astral. The business also owns Aloette, a brand focused around Aloe as a hero ingredient, Cosmedix, a clean skin-care brand, and Pür Cosmetics, a mineral makeup business. Industry sources said that with the acquisition of Butter, Astral is likely to approach $100 million in sales for 2018.

According to Cohen, Astral is interested in “clean formulations and performance-based products.”

The business is planning for Butter to leverage its infrastructure, Cohen noted. “We’ve worked for a decade to build infrastructure to reduce and leverage our cost structure so we can put the money back into the marketing, the product, the salespeople — the consumer-facing part of the business,” he said.

In terms of product for Butter, Cohen noted that the plan is to introduce stockkeeping units that are more “retention oriented.”

“The color category has a lot of trend, a lot of fashion, a lot of impulse, so we’re going to try to build a number of additional sku’s that have a deeper repeat customer orientation,” he noted.

Threadstone advised Butter London on the deal.

InterContinental® Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Honored On Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2018 List Of “The Top 100 Hotels In The World” And “The Best Resorts In The South Pacific”

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BORA BORAFrench PolynesiaJuly 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — InterContinental Resorts French Polynesia is pleased to announce that the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa was honored by readers on the esteemed list of “The Top 100 Hotels in World” and was awarded #2 in the category of “The Best Resorts in the South Pacific” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2018.   

“Thank you to the readers of Travel + Leisure for these prestigious accolades,” said Stephane Massarini, General Manager, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. “We are thrilled to be recognized and our resort team looks forward every day to providing our guests with an extraordinary stay in Bora Bora.”

The magazine’s annual readers’ survey reveals the greatest islands, cities, hotels, cruise lines, airports, and more. Hotels and resorts were rated in categories of rooms/facilities, location, service, food, activities, and value. The list of World’s Best Awards winners is available at www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best and in the August issue of Travel + Leisure magazine.

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The Cordish Companies And Live! Casino & Hotel Celebrate The Grand Opening Of World’s First Live! Hotel

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HANOVER, Md., July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Cordish Companies and Live! Casino & Hotel celebrated the Grand Opening of the flagship, luxury Live! Hotel, the first hotel in the world to carry the renowned Live! brand. The Live! Hotel adds 310 rooms, including 52 suites; two new restaurants, a luxury day Spa and Salon, a 4,000-seat Event Center, and Club 21, the only private gaming area in a hotel in Maryland, along with 2,000 new parking spaces, to one of the largest commercial casinos on the East Coast, significantly increasing its competitive edge among other gaming properties in the region.

The Grand Opening Celebration featured lavish red carpet arrivals from celebrity guests, including NBA legends “Dr. J” Julius Irving, Ron Harper, Harvey Grant, and Spud Webb; NFL greats Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, and Brian Mitchell. All seven athletes competed in a charity blackjack tournament at Club 21 prior to the grand opening. David Cordish announced the winner, Spud Webb, who chose the Boys & Girls Club as the recipient of the $5,000 grand prize. The event also included remarks from Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford and a high-flying performance on the side of the hotel tower by the world-renowned vertical dance troupe BANDALOOP. Guests were also treated to specialty cuisine from the new DAVID’S restaurant and enjoyed sweeping views of Baltimore and the surrounding region from CLUB 21, Maryland’s only private gaming room in a hotel, the pinnacle of luxury for gaming enthusiasts.

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10 Must Have Nail Technician Supplies For Your Salon

 

If you are just starting out with a salon or your own nail salon business, it’s important to know your supplies. While much of your job involves talent and training, you should never underestimate the importance of quality nail technician supplies. Even with skills, if your supplies fall short, so will your outcomes. Any type of salon or spa business is highly reliant on your reputation. Happy clients come back to the same salon again and again. Happy clients tell their friends and family when they love your service — and when they don’t. So it’s important that you start out with the best supplies, and that you have everything you need to do the best work possible.

Here is a list of 10 must-have nail technician supplies for your shop or individual business. These are basic tools that you need to have in order to get the job done right.

  1. Quality Nail File Kit

    These are basic supplies and they are necessary. Again, keep an eye on quality. Your clients will notice if you don’t.

  2. Cuticle Exfoliator

    This helps get rid of dead skin and avoid problems with cuticles in the future.

  3. Reusable Nail Forms

    You need these for gels, acrylics and French manicures.

  4. Diamond Nail File

    Who doesn’t love diamonds? This is a tool that helps you give the best results, due to the strong properties of diamonds.

  5. Sable Brush

    A good sable brush is a necessity. Cheap brushes will shed and mess up your work.

  6. Towelettes

    Towelettes are daily use items that you will go through quickly. With that said, don’t skimp on quality here, either. It’s tempting, but you need products that stand up to use and don’t leave fibers all over newly-polished nails.

  7. Toe Separators

    Don’t leave home without these. They are necessary and help eliminate the risk of messed up polish on toes!

  8. Cuticle Oil

    Good cuticle oil helps soften and moisturize, and makes clients feel pampered!

  9. Pedicure Foot File

    Smooth those rough edges with a good foot file.

  10. Nail Cleanser

    A good nail cleanser cleans nails and stops bacterial and fungus growth. Use it every time!

Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list, but it is a list of items you need to have. You are as good as your tools, so do yourself a favor and use the best. Keep stocked up and try different brands out to find your favorites. Don’t underestimate the importance of small items that you use frequently, such as towelettes. You’ll find that there are many nail technician supplies that you will need for your business, but remember, everything you purchase is an investment. As a nail technician, your reputation is your biggest asset. Do good work and you will build that loyal clientele that will ensure that you are a success!

Repost from the Intrinsics blog.

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Why We Love Double Cleansing

Double Cleansing is more than just a current skincare trend, it’s a highly effective beauty ritual practiced for centuries in Korea and Japan. This multi-step cleansing method has since made its way States-side and we couldn’t be bigger fans. And we know, adding yet another step to your morning routine may be the last thing you think about when hitting that snooze button, but we promise it’s worth it.

At first glance, this method might seem like simply washing your face twice with the same cleanser, but the effectiveness of this cleansing method has less to do with the number of times you wash your face, and more to do with what types of cleansers you are using. To effectively target both oil-soluble and water-soluble dirt and impurities, you will need to start with an oil-based cleanser and then, you guessed it, finish off with a water-based cleanser.

We recommend starting your double cleanse with our iconic plant-based oil cleanser HY-ÖL paired with the Phytoactive tailored just for your skin type. Apply four pumps of HY-ÖL and two pumps Phytoactive to dry skin, moisten fingers, massage into skin, then rinse thoroughly. Then complete the process with our best-selling Enzyme Cleanser. Place the enzyme powder in the palm of your hand, add a little warm water and work up a gentle lather. Massage generously into the face then rinse off with plenty of water.

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Dr. Vivian Valenty and the story of Dazzle Dry interview

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Vivian Valenty.

Vivian, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up, I was taught that the best way to make the world a better place was to recognize and use your natural talents. After almost 50 years of being a bio-organic chemist, I am convinced that my talent is in creating products that not only solved problems but did so in a natural, healthy way. Once I discovered the dangers lurking in everyday nail care products, I became determined to create my own line that solves the performance problems of traditional polishes and unhealthy nature of gel polishes, yet free from harmful chemicals, animal byproducts and animal testing.

To this day, Dazzle Dry is the only quick-drying, long-lasting natural nail care system of its kind. It uses a signature four-step system to strengthen nails, protect against abrasion, air dry rock solid in just five minutes, and last up to three weeks. Removal is easy as it wipes off with regular polish remover.

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8 Rich Skin Benefits of Selenium

The skin is the body’s largest organ and your body’s first line of defense against infection. While your diet and vitamin supplements provide some minerals required for optimal health, certain compounds may not be absorbed appropriately through the process of digestion—or worse, may create damaging free radicals and eventual inflammation. Selenium is integral to your health, and recent research reveals that it is best absorbed through the skin.

Dr. Kedar Prasad, Ph.D., is a renowned and preeminent expert on micronutrients, authored Micronutrients in Health and Disease, and is a Nobel Prize Council scientific physician. He and a research partner were the first to show that vitamin E could kill cancer cells in 1979, and his research on micronutrients has since revolutionized modern medicine. Prasad says, “Selenium is an important co-factor for glutathione peroxidase that increases the glutathione level in your skin cells. Glutathione is a very important antioxidant.” Read on to discover the top health benefits of selenium.

Top Selenium Benefits

1. Prevents Signs of Aging: Selenium fights free radicals, minimizes skin damage and inflammation, and may even prevent skin cancer.
2. Reduces Inflammation: Inflammation is caused by ultraviolet rays, stress, poor diet, and lack of minerals. Selenium fights inflammatory cytokines that eventually cause skin damage.
3. Benefits the Immune System: White blood cells are micro-soldiers on the front lines of immune defense. Selenium boosts white blood cell function, preventing both bacterial skin infections and viruses.
4. Promotes Skin Healing and Reduces Acne: Selenium (when paired with Vitamin E) boosts glutathione, which may help heal skin heal. What’s more, selenium can decrease the incidence of acne.
5. Prevents Heart Disease: Fat stores in the body can lead to heart disease over time. Low doses of selenium have been linked to heart failure, as the mineral reduces blood clots and cholesterol oxidation and has been proven to reduce the instance of heart disease.
6. Improves Fertility: Selenium antioxidants aid in male fertility, especially in sperm development, improved sperm mobility, and the fertilization of eggs. What’s more, the nutrient may reduce the risk of birth defects when consumed by women.
7. Regulates Metabolism: Selenium regulates metabolic processes and boosts glucose.
8. Regulates Thyroid: Healthy thyroid function is crucial to regulation of hormones such as Selenium aids in thyroid regulation through conversion of hormones from T3 to T4.

How to Boost Your Selenium Intake

Foods high in selenium content include organ meats such as liver, kidney, brain, heart, and tongue. As many don’t include liverwurst sandwiches, cow tongue, or monkey brains on their menu of desirable meal items, other meats such as grass-fed beef and lamb will help. Organic and pasture-raised fowl such as turkey have high selenium content, as well as salmon, sardines, and Brazil nuts.

While eating foods and supplements rich in selenium may boost intake, the process of digestion may negatively affect how your body absorbs the mineral. The proprietary mixture of micronutrients in Nutrient Body Sculpt includes selenium, as well as various other minerals essential for skin health, and is a revolutionary leap forward for your beauty regimen. Our treatment is the only sculpting product available today that contains micronutrients and minerals. What’s more, Nutrient Body Sculpt will sculpt and tighten your skin while hydrating and refreshing.

Have you seen results after using Nutrient Body Sculpt or eating foods and supplements high in selenium? 

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The salt therapy business model. What options you have for décor.

With over 400+ Himalayan Salt Decor projects, Salt Chamber is the industry leader in salt therapy and decor.

salt room

Your biggest variable expense will be your salt décor. Depending on your preference, concept, style, and theme, your salt décor costs will vary. Keep in mind that you do not need any salt décor to provide effective active salt therapy. The efficacy of halotherapy is provided solely from the halogenerator. Passive salt rooms that don’t have a halogenerator but have a large volume of salt coverage in the room, still need to modify the room and the HVAC. There is no halogenerator expense, however.

 

salt wallHaving a unique or a particular designed environment does add to the customer’s experience and will enhance the overall salt therapy session. Himalayan salt provides additional benefits, especially when heated like bulb-type salt lamps. Some people like a salt cave-like theme, some like a more Zen or Spa-like environment, some are simple, and others have more elaborate décor themes. Some are themed for children and others are geared towards other architectural elements. This is a variable expense that can range from a few thousand dollars per room to the tens of thousands per room.

For example, a 200 square foot salt chamber room with a halogenerator and moderate Himalayan salt décor averages between $12,000 to $20,000. Salt décor ranges by dollars per pound and by square footage.

 

 

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THE BRIEF GUIDE TO MASSAGE’S ROLE IN MEDICAL SPA

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The interrelationship between massage, spa and medicine in the U.S. dates back to the origin of health spas and curative waters.

Massage was an important component in the early days of the American health spa, while therapeutic touch as part of the medical spa movement has taken massage to a new level in spa.

A medical, or med, spa offers spa services, but is first and foremost a medical facility. As such, a medical spa offers challenging and rewarding opportunities to the massage therapists employed there.

While early medical spas had a much more clinical feel to them, most medical spas today have adopted best practices from the hospitality and day spa environment to create a relaxing and supportive environment for guests.

Massage services can play an important role in creating and maintaining a hospitality-driven experience while also providing therapeutic benefit.

The Med Spa Movement

The growth in the popularity of medical spa treatments and procedures is not a trend; it is a movement.

It is estimated that there are more than 4,200 medical spas in the U.S. generating 3.97 billion dollars annually, according to the American Med Spa Association’s report, Medical Spa Industry Overview, 2017.

Today’s medical spa guest is seeking a one-stop facility that can deliver classic spa services as well as effective medical spa services and wellness programs.

This return to a blend of traditional spa services such as massage along with medical treatments offers the savvy physician or medical spa owner an opportunity to expand or enhance their present menu of services.

For the massage therapist this provides a unique employment opportunity that offers the best of both the spa and the medical setting.

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Randy Brown, LMT Receives the 2018 Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award

Akron, Ohio – June 27, 2018 – Randy Brown, LMT was presented the Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award at this month’s FSMTA’s National Convention and Trade Show. Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of Bon Vital®, Biofreeze ®, Prossage ®, TheraBand ™, Cramer ® and Thera°Pearl ® health and wellness products, annually honors individuals in the massage therapy industry for their efforts in improving the welfare of their clients and demonstrating selfless devotion to others. This is the fourteenth year Performance Health and the FSMTA have presented the award.

“I want to thank the FSMTA for giving us this platform to honor so many individuals over the years,” stated Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President Massage and Spa, Performance Health. “Performance Health’s mission is to help people feel good, perform better and live great. The massage industry practices this everyday with their caring hearts and hands.

“It was truly a pleasure to present this year’s Humanitarian Award to yet another amazing humanitarian, Randy Brown,” continued Ms. Solien-Wolfe. “A true humanitarian cares about people they don”t even know and are the first to volunteer their time to help others, without asking for anything in return. They are someone who contributes positively to the human race through their caring nature. Simply put, a humanitarian makes other people’s lives better. Randy embodies these qualities and many more. Thank you, Randy!”

Randy Brown graduated from the Florida School of Massage Therapy in Gainesville, FL and has served on the FSMTA Board. He is currently the president of the North Central Florida chapter. Mr. Brown volunteers for church missions in Columbia where he ministers through massage techniques and active isolated stretching. He also works with the Never Say Never Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with paraplegic athletes and amputates to enhance their performance.

“It is a privilege to work with Performance Health to recognize this year’s Humanitarian Award winner, Randy Brown. Randy truly exemplifies the spirit of giving and volunteering. There are very few people who give so much of their time, energy and money to make such a powerful impact on those less fortunate. I am so proud to have him on my team and in our organization. Congratulations Randy on this well deserved honor and recognition,” added Joyce Prahasky, LMT, FSMTA Executive President/CEO.

“I am very humbled and honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Randy Brown. “My prayer is to be able to continue to give back through the gift that my Heavenly Father has given me through the touch of my hands.” In addition to honoring Mr. Brown at the National Massage Convention, Performance Health will donate $500 to the Never Say Never Foundation and $500 to Ocala United in his name.

About Never Say Never Foundation
Never Say Never Foundation’s mission is to sponsor disabled athletes in a multitude of sports, including extreme sports and to seek funding to allow youth and young adults with disabilities to attend camps, sporting events and to get the prosthetics or other tools they need to thrive.

About Ocala United
Ocala United is a student ministry for middle school, high school, and college-aged students. Their mission is to reach the students that no one else is reaching and to do the things that no one else is doing. In response to that, they approach ministry from a very different perspective and aim much higher than is humanly possible.

About Florida State Massage Therapy Association
The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA), the oldest professional massage therapy association in the country, is the only association that works exclusively for massage therapists in Florida. Since its beginning, the FSMTA has been involved in the legislative process concerning the massage therapy profession. The FSMTA’s mission “To unify the massage therapy profession while creating, representing and promoting standards of excellence in health care” validates the FSMTA’s promise to serve and protect the massage therapist in Florida.

About Performance Health
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Performance Health is a global health, wellness and self-care company. The Performance Health brands include Biofreeze®, TheraBand®, Cramer®, Active Ankle®, Bon Vital®, BVspa™, Perform®, and Thera°Pearl®, all of which collectively create a complementary product offering that has helped professionals, patients and consumers relieve pain, accelerate recovery, grow stronger, and enhance quality of life for nearly 100 years.

5 Ways To Get That Perfect Glow

Step 1:

REST:

Get your Beauty Sleep! Everyone has heard the age-old line, “Get your beauty sleep.” But just how important is sleep to your skincare routine? Very! Sleep deprivation lowers the circulation in your skin, which can cause you to appear pale or washed out. Which is the exact opposite of glowing skin! Since cell renewal occurs during sleep, nighttime is the best time to rejuvenate your skin. It is recommended you get around 7 hours of sleep each night. Not only to feel rested and ready for the day, but so your skin is glowing and rejuvenated too.

Step 2:

CLEANSE:

Use a gentle yet effective oil cleanser made with pure natural plant oils. Try our 2-step oil cleansing system, HY-ÖL & Phytoactive Reactivating, designed specifically to deep cleanse and refresh dry dull skin. This combo works to gently remove both oil-soluble and water-soluble dirt particles, without leaving the skin feeling tight and dry. And contains natural antioxidants helps to counteract negative environmental factors.

 

 

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AmericasMart LIVE celebrity lineup continues to grow

homeaccentstoday.com–  Martha Stewart joins Bethenny Frankel, Trisha Yearwood as headliners

AmericasMart LIVE will have a third celebrity speaker on stage during the July 10-16 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

Acclaimed lifestyle expert Martha Stewart will take the stage on July 11 as part of AmericasMart’s full lineup of events for the summer market. In addition to Stewart, the Main Stage in Building 3 is headlined by business mogul Bethenny Frankel and musician, author, chef and product designer Trisha Yearwood, delivering a rare opportunity for marketgoers to be inspired by stories and strategies from a trifecta of forces in entertainment, design and business.

The July 2018 staging builds on the successful launch of LIVE programming last year when AmericasMart transformed its summer market experience with a new show aesthetic, linking product sourcing and selling, digital engagement and high-profile thought leader interaction.

Additionally, the 2018 ICON Honors now takes place as part of AmericasMart LIVE. In an exclusive presentation, Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and founder and CEO of Thrive Global, imprints a new mark of contemporary cultural thought leadership upon ICON Honors, which from its founding has championed the role of independent business in the global economy.

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The Next Generation Wellness Team at CIVANA Carefree adds another Star!

CIVANA Carefree, the next generation wellness brand which recently launched in March of this year at the former Carefree Inn, continues to grow its next generation wellness executive team with the most recent addition of Justin Cline Macy, former executive Chef of Miraval and co-author of Sweet & Savory Cooking and contributing author of Mindful Eating.

With more than 15 years of culinary experience training under the guidance of legendary spa cuisine innovators Chef Cary Neff, Bill Wavrin and Chad Luethje, Macy’s work has been recognized with several accolades and awards from the industry and longtime guests of Miraval. Justin has also been a repeat guest chef on major networks and featured in several food and spa publications.

The celebrated chef loves experimenting with various food presentations and ingredient combinations to create delicious healthy dishes, which will complement the current offerings at the resort. He describes his cooking style as a fusion of various culinary flavors from different countries. A favorite creation of his is a wasabi potato cake with pan-seared duck breast topped with a cranberry Cajun barbecue sauce.

CIVANA focuses on its four wellness pillars – Healthy Cuisine, Movement & Fitness, Spa’s Healing Arts, and human Discovery & Enrichment. Delivering on that experience is an all-star hospitality wellness team led by former Canyon Ranch General Manager, Kyle Treat. Heading up the wellness division is seasoned spa & wellness professional Sharon Ogawa-Otaguro, from Golden Door and Grand Wailea. “We’re so glad to have Kyle, Sharon and Justin with us to infuse even more vitality into the next generation wellness company that connects individual wellbeing to planetary health. CIVANA understands health and wellness is one interconnected system, or what we refer to as Wellness through Oneness”, says CIVANA CEO Kevin M. Kelly.

About CIVANA Carefree
CIVANA Carefree (formerly the Carefree Resort & Conference Center) is the inaugural property in the portfolio of CIVANA, a hospitality and real estate company grounded in sustainable wellness. CIVANA Carefree began its physical transformation in August of 2017 with a multi-phase, multi-million-dollar renovation that included guest rooms, public space and the conversion of conference space to wellness programming space and facilities which debuted on March 6, 2018. Inviting all who seek the journey to enjoy the four pillars of wellness – Healthy Cuisine, Movement & Fitness, Spa’s Healing Arts, and Discovery/Enrichment, the 184-room CIVANA Carefree located in the Greater Scottsdale, Arizona area, about 45 minutes north of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

About CIVANA, LLC
CIVANA, LLC is a hospitality and real estate company founded in 2017, led by one of the country’s first master-plan sustainable developers, and former President of Canyon Ranch and previous co-owner of the Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort, Kevin Kelly – CIVANA’s Chairman and CEO. CIVANA has built a platform to tether wellness programming, sustainable design and hotel asset/property management to bring a more attainable wellness experience to a larger target market, designed for today’s sophisticated traveler of all ages. The company owners originated the sustainable wellness position by connecting individual wellbeing to the continuum of community and planetary health – “Wellness through Oneness.”

CareCredit Introduces New Way to Pay for Day and Medical Spa Treatments

CareCredit announced recently its expansion into the day and medical spa markets—helping Spa providers drive growth by providing an additional payment option for consumers. The CareCredit credit card is a health, beauty and wellness card dedicated to helping people get the care they want and need.

Participating spas will also become a part of the CareCredit network of qualified providers, which receives more than 850,000 searches per month. CareCredit helps people care for themselves and focus on their overall well-being, while also helping small business owners offer more payment options which, in turn, gives them more peace of mind while helping them meet their ambition of growing their business.

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Industry Educators Showcase featuring Nathalie Cecelia, Jenni Nagle, Sherrie Tennessee, and Craig Ure!

IECSC is coming up at the end of June and these great education events should be on your schedule!  Increasing your industry knowledge and participating in continuing education is one of the most important factors in the success of your business. Regardless of it’s focus: treatment techniques, marketing your business, or business building exercises, finding educators and participating in their events will improve your industry knowledge!

We will be showcasing education partners in upcoming blogs that will be teaching at IECSC, June 23-25.  Check out additional information below and make these world class speakers part of your IECSC plans!

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Nathalie Cecilia
Bon Vital

Upcoming Classes:

Bamboo-Fusion® Therapy featuring Bon Vital’® Massage Products presented by Bon Vital – Discover the numerous benefits of incorporating warm bamboo sticks into many different services. Pioneer of Bamboo massage therapy and educator for Bon Vital’®, Nathalie Cecilia, demonstrates her unique treatments for massage therapists and estheticians combining the beauty of natural bamboo with premium quality Bon Vital’ professional massage therapy/spa products. Nathalie will start with a back massage, continue with a luxurious bamboo facial massage and finish with a foot massage. Attendees will receive Bon Vital’ products.

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Jenni Nagle
Lipstick + Aftershave/Jenni Nagle Aesthetic Marketing

Co-Editor-in-Chief of Lipgloss + Aftershave and Founder of Jenni Nagle Aesthetic Marketing, Jenni has nearly two decades of experience in the skincare industry. She began her career as an esthetician working in all aspects industry: day spas, medical and resort spas.  Jenni always gravitated towards the business and marketing aspect of the spa industry and eventually managed large spas and became the Director of Public and Media Relations for a skincare brand.  Looking for even more opportunity she created her own digital marketing and public relations firm offering consulting services to international skin care brands.

Upcoming Classes:

Organic Beauty: A Growing Trend: Barry Eichner + Jenni Nagle are the Co-Editors In Chief of Lipgloss + Aftershave and have written many articles on organic skincare and body care. Join them for a review of established and emerging brands and trends. You will learn the innovate ingredients and products that many popular brands are adding to their lines. Find out how market expansion is impacting the availability of organic products at the retail level.

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Sherrie Tennessee
SpaSOS
Director of Education

Ms. Tennessee has more than 15 years of experience in the spa industry, including the role of a massage therapist, nail tech, spa owner, speaker, writer, professor and author. In addition, to receiving multiple awards throughout her career, Sherrie’s writings have been published in some highly respected industry outlets, and she has been asked to speak to many public forums. As a professor at Johnson and Wales University, she provided leadership in the development and instruction of the Spa Management course on the topics of marketing, Spa operations and Human Resource Management. Sherrie is completing a Ph.D. and holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and entrepreneurship. Sherrie was the Education Manager for Red Lane Spas. She is the Director of Training for a hospitality company, the Education Director of SpaSOS and is completing her second book.

Upcoming Classes:

Three Tips to Incorporate Wellness into Your Spa: The Global Wellness Summit states the wellness industry generated $3.7T in 2015 and that is just the start. The concept of wellness has become a major factor in the spa industry. With the launch of wellness centers and wellness-focused services, spas must be able to offer the similar experience to guest. This course will explain the concept of wellness and present the most current data on wellness trends, as well as three simple ways to spas can offer wellness-based experiences to clients and employees.

Next Generation of Spa = Wellness and Cannabis: The 2017 ISPA report indicates spas in the US generate $16.8B (US) in revenue, it seems the industry has bounced back. The next logical phase for the spa industry is the incorporation of wellness into menu and products offered. With the spa industry generating $99B in wellness options, and at the forefront of wellness movement is the topic of cannabis. Cannabis sales are expected to reach 6.8B by 2020. With medicinal cannabis use now allowed in a growing number of states, spa owners, managers and therapists need to be able to understand legal ways to capitalize on the next big thing in the industry. The course will present key spa industry data and wellness trends, as well as ways to incorporate wellness into the mission, menu and retail aspects of spas. In addition, Mary’s Nutritionals Educational Director will share an overview cannabis, including benefits, legality and creative uses.

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Craig Ure
ZoomDazzle.com
Chief Massive Action Officer

Craig Ure is the President of ZoomDazzle.com publishing international, a web marketing consultant, speaker, author and social media adviser for many INC 500 offline and online companies. Craig and his father owned and managed 118 fitness/spa properties, 2,987 licensed spa clubs and an international fitness equipment manufacturing company in Europe. Craig has an MBA in marketing and business studies and owns many publishing websites and eCommerce stores selling physical products. He has spent the last 26 years at the school-of-hard-knocks perfecting marketing tactics and proven business-building strategies within the health, beauty and medical industry. Craig is now focused on fixing and providing immediate growth solutions for small and medium-sized businesses leveraging the most advanced internet marketing, eCommerce and proven integrated marketing tactics and strategies.

Upcoming Classes:

Marketing: Learn Seven Proven Growth Hacks to Double Your Profits Quickly: If you want to discover exactly where your business is leaking profits and fix your marketing failure starting today, then attend this fast-paced workshop and learn proven tactics and strategies to increase your business net profits by 50% or more in the next year while stressing less. Including: The five marketing leverage points to exponentially grow your business, lead-generation systems to quadruple-your-conversions, effective follow-up systems to triple-your-profits, proven conversion strategies to capture 30% more sales by default, the ultimate consultation system to skyrocket sales, drip marketing systems to double-your-profits plus real world strategies, tools and resources you can start using immediately to predictably scale your business for success and much more. Don’t miss this one. All marketing worksheets and checklists provided (a $997 value).

Allan Share and Patti Biro will be presenters at NY NOW

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NY Now announced its lineup of seminars set for the Aug. 12-15 show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, with sessions aimed at offering buyers and shop owners insights and content to take their businesses to the next level.

The seminar program will highlight topics that range from marketing during the holiday season, leveraging influencers to boost business and how special events can drive customers in-store, and much more.

“Whether you’re a small shop owner looking for strategies to attract new customer or a designer looking to explore the latest trends, the NY Now seminar program has the right sessions for you,” said Randi Mohr, vice president and NY Now director. “Only at NY Now can you shop the most on-trend products, network with leading trendsetters and visionaries, and take home the most impactful marketing tools and insights possible.”

The list of seminars at NY Now’s 2018 summer market can be found here. Some of this season’s sessions to date include:

  • Marketing Holds the Key to Year-End Success, Barbara Crowhurst – Learn how marketing connects you to the money, your fans and other potential customers.
  • Facebook 2018: Making the Most of Social Media’s Giant, Jennifer Cario – Come and learn how Facebook decides what content to show to its users and how the latest changes and updates can be put to work to expand your reach and your profits.
  • Special Events to Drive Customers to Your Store and Build Profit, Lindsay Anvik – Find new ways to bring people into your space-and learn how to maximize the time you have with them to drive sales.
  • Money Makers for Holidays – Top 5 Strategies for Success, Allan Share and Patti Biro – Get the tips on gift cards, pop-up opportunities, visual merchandising, gifts ready-to-go and special events.

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Global Wellness Day is just around the corner!

Global Wellness Day is an entirely not-for-profit day, a social project dedicated to living well. The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to ask the question, even if for just one day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?”, to direct the thoughts of both individuals and society towards “living well” and to raise awareness.

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CIVANA Launches the Healers Vitality Program

CIVANA, the next generation wellness brand is extending to wellness industry professionals its Friends and Family Rate at its CIVANA Carefree Resortthrough its Healers Vitality Program.

Owned and operated by wellness industry veterans, CIVANA – a mission driven company – seeks to ‘nurture the nurturers’ by offering an affordable rate to spa and wellness practitioners so they can relax, rejuvenate and be nurtured themselves. “In order for our wellness industry to thrive, we need to support the healing professionals who give to others every day. They deserve an affordable respite to recharge and be inspired. CIVANA has honored all of these healers, regardless of where they work, by creating this special program in a welcoming environment they can call their own.” states Kevin Kelly, Chairman and CEO of CIVANA.

The Healers Vitality Program slashes the daily room rates at the CIVANA Carefree Resort by an average of $100 with prices that start at $79/night during the summer season and $99/night in the high season plus an Experience Fee of $25 which includes 8-12 complimentary daily movement and enrichment classes and access to state of the art fitness center, in its 6 studios. CIVANA, with a current 6-room healing arts spa, is developing the 22,000 square foot sustainable Spa CIVANA, complete with 29-treatment rooms, indoor thermal pools, an outdoor Watsu® pool and lap pool, opens later this year. Two healthy dining outlets are also available. Terras, an all-day dining outlet is about “choice”, offering a variety of menu selections that include nutritionally balanced dishes to more traditional plates and indulgent desserts and fine wines. Café Meto’s breakfast and lunch menu is calorically portioned and nutritionally sourced, as well as offering locally roasted coffees, freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices and hand-crafted smoothies. The CIVANA Carefree wellness resort is in Greater Scottsdale surrounded by several mountain ranges ideal for hiking, biking and other outdoor adventures.

The Healers Vitality Program is open to individuals with the health and wellness field specifically spa and wellness center staff, fitness and program instructors, massage therapists, aestheticians, nutritionists, caregivers (senior living, domestic abuse, shelters), nurses and wellness product companies. Those interested in the program can email healers@civanacarefree.com, call the resort directly at 480-653-9002 or sign up directly at https://www.civanacarefree.com/healer-program/. After registering, individuals can book directly with their code.

About CIVANA Carefree
CIVANA Carefree (formerly the Carefree Resort & Conference Center) is the inaugural property in the portfolio of CIVANA, a hospitality and real estate company grounded in sustainable wellness. CIVANA Carefree began its physical transformation in August of 2017 with a multi-phase, multi-million-dollar renovation that included guest rooms, public space and the conversion of conference space to wellness programming space and facilities which debuted on March 6, 2018. Inviting all who seek the journey to enjoy the four pillars of wellness – Healthy Cuisine, Movement, Healing Arts/Spa and Discovery/Enrichment Arts, the 184-room CIVANA Carefree located in the Greater Scottsdale, Arizona area, about 45 minutes north of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Green Spa Network Launches Global Tree Planting Initiative

 Green Spa Network (GSN) is proud to announce its first annual Action Initiative, the GSN Tree Planting Initiative, in partnership with WeForest, to mobilize the spa and wellness industry to plant 1 million trees by Earth Day 2019. This effort is premised on the critical and urgent need to regenerate the earth using trees’ natural abilities to reverse climate change.
 
Existing and new members of GSN are encouraged to pledge to contribute to this effort in any of three ways:

  1. Donate funds to plant new trees through the GSN-WeForest partnership,
  2. Organize or participate in a local tree planting event, or
  3. Continue an existing tree planting partnership.

However contributors choose to be involved, signing up with GSN allows the spa and wellness community to track its overall progress, rally around a common cause, and send a clear message that the industry cares to be recognized as a champion of environmentalism. 
 
“Climate change can no longer be ignored, especially when solutions exit! WeForest is delighted to support GSN in its commitment to transform the spa industry into an actor of change. Delighting customers with trees planted as a result of their business is a simple gesture which will make a huge difference to the local communities that live around the forest we restore in Brazil and help make earth cooler,“ said Marie-Noelle Keijzer, CEO of WeForest. 
 
GSN’s Tree Planting Initiative will contribute specifically to WeForest’s Brazil project to support the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Restoring the forest is extremely vital to safeguard the remaining biodiversity and combat the progressive loss of the world’s species and for our climate as well. The high carbon sequestration potential of second-growth forests in the Latin American tropics means the Atlantic Forest is a key player in the climate change agenda. This project aims to create forest corridors between remaining fragments, increasing tree cover and habitat connectivity for native species. The community-based nurseries, seed collection, and planting activities are under the management of local people who, thanks to this project, are empowered to earn a living while restoring the forest.
 
“Together with WeForest, GSN hopes to elevate tree planting to a global regeneration movement,” said Bonnie Baker, President of the GSN Board
 
More information is available at the initiative website, GreenSpaNetwork.org/GSNPlantsTrees. GSN is using the hashtag #GSNPlantsTrees to follow the Network’s progress and stories.
 
About WeForest:
WeForest’s mission is to leverage corporate and scientific partnerships and empower communities to sustainably advance and implement innovative, high-standard, scalable, and lasting solutions to restore forest landscapes. www.weforest.org
 
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

What’s Going On in the Eucalyptus Oil Market

As you may have recently heard, the supply of eucalyptus oil has been impacted by several external factors over the past few years, causing changing market conditions. One of the industry experts we follow closely is Berje out of New Jersey which provides great monthly market updates on the global eucalyptus market. 

To help us all understand just what’s happening, we’ve compiled answers to our customers most frequently-asked questions. 

Where does eucalyptus oil come from? 
We can’t help but envision koalas and the outback when we first hear the word eucalyptus, but the eucalyptus tree has expanded its reach. In addition to Australia, eucalyptus trees are grown in Brazil, India, and China for the sole purpose of eucalyptus oil production. Eucalyptus oil is made through a process of drying, crushing, and distilling the oval-shaped leaves, to release the essential oil.

The beauty of versatility 
One of the reasons this oil is so popular is because of its versatility. 

Steam Room: Thanks to its decongestive properties, eucalyptus oil is often diffused in steam rooms and facial steamers to help open nasal passages and clear respiratory problems. Additionally, the pleasant, woodsy scent of eucalyptus oil enhances the experience by creating a relaxing, tranquil atmosphere. 

Locker Room: Eucalyptus oil can also be used in locker rooms as a natural odor remover, as well as a disinfectant to help ward off bacterial and viral infections by killing airborne germs. 

Body: The powerful essential oil is also quite popular in lotions as it helps to naturally ease the pain and soreness of muscles post-workout. It is also an important ingredient in many shampoos, conditioners, and body washes, as it acts as a natural, effective treatment for fungus, acne, dandruff, and other common skin conditions.

Is all eucalyptus oil created equal? 
Not exactly; Cineole, a stimulant expectorant, is the main constituent of eucalyptus oil, as well as the indicator of purity. For an essential oil to be pure and effective, it must have a cineole grade of 70% or higher. For example, pharmaceutical grade eucalyptus oil has a cineole content of 80-85% making it 100% pure with no additives or fillers. 80-85% cineole ensures maximum effectiveness for therapeutic applications and uses. ReadyCare uses pharmaceutical grade 80/85 eucalyptus oil in all of our oils, both blended and 100%, which not only ensures that you are receiving the highest grade possible for your guests, but a little goes a long way when using a pure product allowing for savings down the road.

Why has the price of eucalyptus oil been increasing recently? 
The recent surge in the price of products containing eucalyptus oil is largely due to environmental factors; specifically, the effects of climate change on eucalyptus crops in Australia, Brazil, China and India. Additionally, China has recently shut down thousands of factories in an attempt to reduce pollution. Since China is one of the leaders in eucalyptus oil production, this has impacted supply, resulting in the upswing in price.

But wait, what about the future? 
While it is too soon to know whether eucalyptus oil pricing will stabilize, the decrease of supply has forced those involved to take a hard look at ways to preserve this incredible healing tree. As a result, we are seeing a rise in responsible, sustainable farming practices. Eucalyptus farms in India have introduced beehives to better propagate the tree, an innovatice solution that creates an eco-friendly doubling of eucalyptus crops, as well as an increase in our rapidly-dwindling bee supply.

Do I need to choose between quality or affordable eucalyptus options? 
Why choose one when you can have both. ReadyCare watches the market closely, working with our vast network of suppliers to ensure that we offer the highest quality eucalyptus oil products at the best price. For added savings, blended versions are becoming popular; ReadyCare offers blended versions using pharmaceutical grade oils, making ReadyCare the leader in the industry for both savings and quality.

If you have any questions or are interested in the variety of eucalyptus choices that ReadyCare has to offer, please contact your ReadyCare representative or Request Info

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California Senate passes bill to create banks for pot businesses

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The state Senate passed a bill this week to create a state charter for banks to serve California cannabis businesses, which would allow licensed merchants to write checks to pay taxes, fees and vendors — rather than use large amounts of cash, as they currently do.

SB930, by state Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, now heads to the Assembly

Because marijuana is classified by the federal government as a Schedule 1 drug, federally insured financial institutions cannot process cannabis-related transactions without the risk of facing money laundering charges.

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Wellness for Cancer hosts second roundtable at Mayo Clinic

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Attendees at the second Wellness For Cancer roundtable last week identified steps to move the spa industry forward in treating guests who have – or have had – cancer.

The event was held on 4 May, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, US, and brought together representatives from the medical community with those in the spa industry.

Wellness For Cancer hosted its first roundtable last year in London.

Moderated by Dr Brent Bauer, director of integrative medicine at Mayo Clinic; Dr Lisa Corbin, director of executive health from the University of Colorado Cancer Center; and Julie Bach, chair of the Wellness For Cancer (WFC) Initiative, the latest roundtable’s goal was to continue WFC’s role in bridging medical evidence with cancer-aware guidelines for the spa and wellness industry. 

The theme was “teachable moments, fostering healthy behavioural lifestyle choices through the cancer continuum”, and Bach said the event was eight years in the making. At the end of the day-long event, attendees identified three topics to move the industry towards being more cancer-aware. 

Because many hotel brands are reluctant to train their staff in cancer-aware treatments because of perceived liability concerns, WFC will hire a third-party to conduct a risk analysis survey and provide guidelines on how to mitigate risks. 

The initiative will also continue to work with leading wellness brands to enable the industry to better understand this topic as part of a brand’s wellness strategy and not a standalone “disease-oriented or cancer-care menu item,” said Bach.

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Water use beyond the slide helps expand Wisconsin Dells

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WISCONSIN DELLS—The newest ride at Noah’s Ark stands six stories tall, is 335 feet long and allows riders on inner tubes to reach speeds up to 32 mph as they plunge down a 37-foot drop near the ride’s end.

One of the largest of its kind in the U.S., Raja resembles a monstrous cobra with green eyes that will be illuminated at night with LED lights. Once it opens in the coming days on the site of the old bumper boats attraction, the water slide will likely be among the park’s most popular rides along with Scorpion’s Tail, Black Anaconda and Point of No Return.

But on the other side of Lake Delton, away from the acres of concrete, plastic tubes and screams of fun, water has been harnessed for its tranquility.

Set back on a winding road among stands of pines next to Wild Rock Golf Club, one of the signature experiences at Sundara Inn & Spa is a purifying bath ritual. This is where guests, under a rainfall shower, exfoliate their skin with a body polish made from local sandstone. There are steam rooms with aromas of rose and sandalwood, a 102-degree essential oil-infused hot pool and a 72-degree cool plunge pool.

Quiet spaces are prolific and electronic devices are strongly discouraged. There’s a meditation trail through the woods and a hammock retreat. And to further set itself apart from the frenetic pace and over-stimulation of the Dells, no children are allowed.

“This being adult-only is really a part of what makes it a sanctuary,” said Heidi Michel, Sundara’s marketing director. “It’s a different way to experience water.”

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Industry Educators Showcase featuring Douglas Preston, Michael Pugliese, Aryn Sieber, and Dori Soukup

Increasing your industry knowledge and participating in continuing education is one of the most important factors in the succeess of your business. Regardless of it’s focus: treatment techniques, marketing your business, or business building exercises, finding educators and participating in their events will improve your industry knowledge!

We will be showcasing education partners in upcoming blogs that will be teaching at IECSC, June 23-25.  Check out additional information below and make these world class speakers part of your IECSC plans!

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Douglas Preston  from The Inspired Esthetician – President

Douglas Preston’s career spans 35+ years in professional esthetics, spa management and career mentoring. His business articles appear in many of the top trade journals and magazines. He is past-president of Aesthetics International Association, and former committee chairman for The Day Spa Association. Preston was named The Day Spa Association’s “Spa Person of the Year” and voted Favorite Spa Consultant in an American Spa magazine readers’ poll. His recently published book, An Esthetician’s Guide to Growing A Successful Skincare Career, is a top-seller among ambitious working skincare professionals. Preston leads The Inspired Esthetician, a membership-based resource for professional education and career/business mentoring. Preston practices esthetic skincare in his prestigious Los Gatos, CA studio, Preston Skin Center.

Upcoming Classes:

Career Advice for Estheticians Who Plan to Succeed: You plan to be a great esthetics success, but how? Here’s your chance to learn what ingredients lead to true professional achievement from veteran Esthetician and career mentor Douglas Preston. In this lively session, Preston will share with you his best tips for making it in the skincare business, and will take your questions to personally help you in your quest for success.

The Successful Esthetician Employer: What You Need to Know to Get the Most from Your Team:  Many spa/salon owners and physician employing professional estheticians struggle to find the best way to motivate a productive skincare team. Position turnover is often high with client retention and retail sales frequently disappointing. What can an employer do when nothing seems to work to improve team performance? Veteran spa owner, esthetician and business mentor Douglas Preston draws upon his decades of industry experience to share proven methods for improving employee competence and their income earning potential. Himself a former employer of a large esthetics department at his award-winning spa, Preston will reveal key hiring, training and motivational techniques that will help you tap the full power of your own team. Whether you currently employ estheticians in your business or plan to, this class is for you

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Michael Pugliese
Circadia by Dr. Pugliese

Upcoming Classes:

A Physiological Approach to Peels presented by Circadia by Dr. Pugliese: Acids are widely used in professional skincare, but some confusion still exists regarding what acids are and exactly how they affect the physiology of the skin. This comprehensive seminal will address the relationship between PH and the strength of peeling acids. Understanding eh concepts behind percentages, buffering and PK values will take your results to the next level. Dive into the benefits and drawbacks of lactic, glycolic, salicylic, and mandelic acids and their physiological responses.

Pigmentation Disorders Causes and Treatments presented by Circadia by Dr. Pugliese: Hyperpigmentation is a condition faced by many skincare professionals and consumers. This presentation will explore the mechanisms of melanin formation and melanocyte function. Learn why the enzyme tyrosinase, and newly discovered lightening mechanisms such as melanasome transfer (MIT) and melanin stimulating hormones (MSH) inhibitors are key components in melanin formation. Methods to reduce pigmentation by exfoliation and inhibition of melanin formation through enzyme blockage will be presented for treating melasma, inflammatory hyperpigmentation and photo damage.

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Aryn Sieber
Cannaisseur Brands
Founder/CEO

Aryn Sieber, a 9/11 first responder, is the founder of Cannaisseur Brands. He was diagnosed with inoperable stage IV neck and throat cancer thirteen years later. While enduring an aggressive regiment of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Aryn made and used his own blend of infused cannabis topical and tincture oils for relief from the side effects of his treatments. After four-months of treatments, Aryn’s doctors were amazed that his cancer had miraculously disappeared. Given his second chance, Aryn now devotes his time to educating others about the responsible use of cannabis and its medicinal benefits. Using his business acumen and cannabis expertise, Aryn developed and launched CBD Essentials, a line of therapeutic, non-psychoactive CBD infused topical oils, creams, and balms. The Body Cream has since been nominated “Best CBD Product for 2018”.

Upcoming Classes:

Incorporating CBD Infused Topicals into Your Spa

In this session, we will learn about:

  • Endo: What is CBD and how does it work with the bodies naturally occurring Endocannabinoid system?
  • Know your source: What to ask. Learn the differences between CBD infused products
  • The therapeutic benefits of CBD: Learn how CBD can provide for muscle and joint pain relief, inflammation and problematic skin conditions

This presentation will provide answers and insight into frequently asked questions. 

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Dori Soukup
InSPAration Management
Founder & CEO

Dori is the founder and CEO of InSPAration Management, a firm specializing in spa, medi spa and salon business development, advanced education, and BizTools. Over the past 18 years, Dori has contributed to the success of spa companies worldwide. Dori’s passion is developing innovative, effective educational programs and business strategies leading to exponential growth! Her Spa Business Success Library and Leadership seminars are delivered in a clear and concise manner providing spa and salon leaders with implementation blueprints to insuring success. Dori is a sought after global speaker within the spa and wellness industry. She is a published author; her articles and insights are featured in national and international trade publications and you can find her book Spa Business Secrets to Increase Profits on Amazon.

Upcoming Classes:

A Blueprint to Building Your Dream Team: Do you have a team that does just enough to get by? Attend this session and learn how to select, hire and train a high-performance team. Discover the innovative C.L.A.R.I.T.I. hiring system and tips on how to recruit, hire and train your team to set them up for success. This system and tools are guaranteed to positively impact your business and income. Ideal for spa leaders and managers.

Is Your Website Working for You? presented by InSPAration Management – MD Ware: Is your website an online brochure or a money-making site? If you are not generating money, leads, engagement and a lot of traffic from your site, you must attend this session. A website should work for you 24/7. Learn how to create your online revenue stream, generate leads, launch your eCommerce and market your site. You will leave with plenty of strategies to improve and transform your online presence and increase your revenue.

Are You Making Six Figures with Spa or Medi Spa Events? presented by InSPAration Management – MD Ware: If not, you need to attend this session and discover effective secrets to help you plan and host successful events. Learn how to plan and prepare for the event, set goals and increase attendance, create offers and entice your guests to purchase, set up bartering arrangements and mistakes to avoid. You will leave with plenty of strategies to make your next event the best ever.

Seniors and the Benefits of CBD

As we continue to move forward in legalizing and demystifying cannabis, senior citizens are not only the fastest growing demographic for its use but more and more products are being tailored to the aging population. From 2013 to 2014, the number of cannabis users over the age of 55 increased by 53%, and is still on the rise today, according to CBS News (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/seniors-marijuana-use-fastest-growing-pot-users-prescriptions/). The identity of cannabis users is more widespread now than ever; as there is no longer a ‘stoner’ persona lingering over the therapeutic plant. 

But can CBD really improve the quality of life for senior citizens?

CBD, a compound found in the cannabis plant is non-psychoactive with anti-inflammatory properties that welcome the use of seniors without getting them high. From topical creams, ingestible tinctures, to oil vapors, CBD now offers more inviting deliverables while steering away from the traditional smoker or edible consumption. However, its not just about the variety of ways people can consume cannabis but also the variety of ailments that can be improved by, the responsible use of cannabis.

Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research examined a prospective study of nearly 3,000 patients over the age of 65 to research the therapeutic effects of cannabis. While poor sleep quality, pain management and cancer were the most notable reasons for cannabis use, they noted that after six months of treatment 93.7% reported improvement in their condition, in addition to reducing their use of prescription narcotics. Other results included a reduced pain level from a median of 8, on a scale 0-10, to a median of 4. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29398248) Many users mentioned that they actually prefer using cannabis over traditional prescription drugs and believe that it is just as effective, if not more, at managing pain. 

From my personal experience when I visited the closest dispensary to utah for my research, I was truly amazed at the number of customers over the age of 60 using the legal dispensary as well as the life changing success stories each and every customer passionately recited to me.

Reasons Why Seniors Should Use CBD :

Pain Management – Anti-inflammatory agents aid in joint therapy and reduce inflammation to relax muscles

Improved Cognitive Function – Promotes neurogenesis and fights against premature cell death caused by degenerative conditions

Reduce Prescription Medications – Cheaper, easier, and safer to use than many other prescription drugs

Bone Growth – Cannabinoids prevent age-related osteoporosis and promote bone health by regulating CB receptors within the bone marrow

Immune Support – Cannabis regulates the immune system to prevent tissue destruction

Digestive Health – CBD stimulates cells in the gastrointestinal lining 

Heart Health – Moderates cardiac dysfunction, oxidative stress that increases blood flow, scar tissue, and balances cell death signaling pathways in diabetic cardiomyopathy

*These medical statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

“In an age where a physician often prescribes a different medication for each symptom, cannabis, as a comprehensive treatment that affects several symptoms, becomes a desirable therapeutic option,” as stated by researchers. The whole-body homeostasis effects of CBD and its interaction with the endocannabinoid system provides an natural treatment option without the side effects of prescription medications. While CBD can’t reverse side effects of aging, it can encourage a more active lifestyle for seniors while leading to an overall improved quality of life.

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Joy-Filled Caramels from Chuao Chocolatier

Whole, caramelized almonds and thick salted caramel delight in dark chocolate.

In a bubble bath, by a fire, at your desk, or in bed, these salted almond dark chocolate caramels will bring joy anywhere you please. We suggest taking a minute to sit back, relax, and soak up this “me moment” because you, yes you, deserve it.

Great for retailing in your spa, salon or wellness facility!

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Spafinder adds wellness and cryotherapy provider Restore to its gift card network

spabusiness.com – Spafinder — a marketing, gifting, incentives and rewards brand that connects people to spas and beauty salons — has added Restore Hyper-Wellness + Cryotherapy to its gift card network.

Restore is a provider of spa-based cryotherapy and treatments for wellness, chronic pain and injury recovery, anti-ageing and health. Spafinder customers can now use their Spafinder and Spawish gift cards at any Restore location. 

“Complementary medicine and pain-management services are a growing sector of the wellness economy and we’re committed to connecting consumers with the latest trends in the industry,” said Christi Durant, RVP of sales at Spafinder. “By adding Restore to our gift card network, it will be easier for consumers to benefit from nine different wellness modalities at one location.” 

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COLUMBIA SKINCARE PARTNERS WITH SPA INDUSTRY VETERAN JEANNIE FRAZIER

F.C. STURTEVANT, MANUFACTURER OF COLUMBIA SKINCARE, PARTNERS WITH SPA CURATED REPRESENTATION

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

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 9, 2018) F.C. Sturtevant, America’s first skin care company, announced today a collaboration with Spa Curated, a representation firm headed by Jeannie Frazier. Leveraging her 25 years of industry experience, Frazier will introduce F.C. Sturtevant’s revolutionary skin care line, Columbia SkinCare, to the spa and medical markets. Columbia SkinCare has received national recognition as the first probiotic complex for topical use.

“I am very excited to be representing Columbia SkinCare for F.C. Sturtevant Company.” says Frazier. I have been using the products for a few weeks and have fallen in love! Columbia Probiotics patent-pending technology is the world’s first strain-specific probiotics created for topical usage. These clinically-proven, multi-functional products cater to the significant and growing health and wellness market, largely unaddressed by the traditional, cosmetically-focused, luxury skincare category.”

Frazier brings more than 25 years of experience and attendant knowledge and insight to the health, wellness and beauty arenas in the context of luxury spas all over the globe. Her background includes extensive experience in sales, education and business development in luxury spa resorts in the U.S. and Europe. She developed the prestige hair care market in luxury resorts with Rene Furterer and later Bumble and Bumble. Her most recent position was with luxury brand THEMAE Paris, where she served as the Company’s Vice President of Business Development for the Americas. She has also worked with luxury skin care brands Luzerne, Sundari and Australian brand Sodashi.

“Closing a new spa or medical account is satisfying of course, but the real proof of success lies in whether the products leave the shelf. I thrive on setting my clients up for success, through constant communication, creative marketing ideas and support tools,” adds Frazier.

“Having the opportunity to bring in Spa Curated will help us take Columbia SkinCare to the next level,” says Gunnar Wilmot, the Company’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Jeannie’s experience and sales acumen will allow us to find ideal resort, day spa and medical spa partners, as well as provide the ongoing support to ensure long term success. We could not be more pleased with this new addition to our team!”

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About The F.C. Sturtevant Company
As America’s first skin care company, F.C. Sturtevant has been manufacturing the Columbia SkinCare 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 SkinCare

Columbia SkinCare 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 online at www.columbiaprobiotics.com.

Industry Educators Showcase featuring Patti Biro, Barry Eichner, and Felicia Brown

Increasing your industry knowledge and participating in continuing education is one of the most important factors in the succeess of your business. Regardless of it’s focus: treatment techniques, marketing your business, or business building exercises, finding educators and participating in their events will improve your industry knowledge!

We will be showcasing education partners in upcoming blogs that will be teaching at IECSC, June 23-25.  Check out additional information below and make these world class speakers part of your IECSC plans!

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Patti Biro, owner of Patti Biro & Associates

Patti Biro is the owner and founder of Patti Biro and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in creating brand enrichment through special events, retail consulting, and education in the personal products, spa and wellness industry. With over 20 years of experience Patti’s unique approach to enriching your brand and increasing retail and service sales exceptional results for her clients. Her focus creates value and promotes marketing sizzle for clients ranging from medical spa, day spas, boutique hotels, wellness and fitness centers to manufacturers, distributors and educational centers.

Upcoming Classes:

Vision – Revision: Rebooting Your Concept: The business you have today is probably not the business you launched. Your clientele changes, the market and industry changes as well. Trends guide us into the future. Is it time to step back and consider re-booting your concept? How do you do this while continuing to manage and grow your business? No business experiences continued meteoric growth or their honeymoon period. This seminar will help you decide if it is time to revisit your mission, vision and re-position yourself for the future.

The Mobile Medical Spa Trend: Move over Uber and Lyft – the day of the mobile medical spa has arrived. The growth of on demand, concierge and pop up medical spa services has boomed in the last few years. Join Patti Biro, Owner of Patti Biro and Associates, as she explores the variety of mobile options, licensing and regulatory issues, services and operational considerations. Learn how you can bring this unique approach to reach a new and diverse group of guests who are looking for you.

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Barry Eichner
Lipgloss + Aftershave
Co-Founder/Co-Editor-in-Chief

Barry is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Lipgloss + Aftershave, a personal care and lifestyle review web site offering fresh, fun and informative reviews of professional and retail skincare products, make up and hair care, as well as other unique personal care items. Barry began his spa career in 2000 and was a vice president for a chain of medical spas. He has been a consultant to the spa and salon industries for nearly 10 years. Based in Philadelphia, Barry specializes in digital media strategy and content creation for product lines, distributors, spas and salons. He is a published writer for national spa trade publications, a published, editorial photographer and a speaker at various spa industry trade shows. Barry is a graduate of the Sutliff College of Business At Bloomsburg University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a specialization in Marketing. 

Upcoming Classes:

Organic Beauty: A Growing Trend: Barry Eichner + Jenni Nagle are the Co-Editors In Chief of Lipgloss + Aftershave and havewritten many articles on organic skincare and body care. Join them for a review of establishedand emerging brands and trends. You will learn the innovate ingredients and products thatmany popular brands are adding to their lines. Find out how market expansion is impacting theavailability of organic products at the retail level.

Stop Treating Instagram Like Facebook: These two social media platforms are very different. You must have a very defined strategy for each. Treating them the same will ensure that you don’t see optimal success on either. Have you ever wondered why you don’t get as many likes on your Instagram posts as you’d like? 

In this session you will learn:
• How to use Instagram in the manner that has become the norm
• How to curate content that is beautiful, fun and engaging
• Secrets to creating posts that your followers will enjoy
• An understanding of how to leverage hashtags
• Understand how to use the Facebook Ad platform to drive traffic directly to you’re a specific page on a sponsored Instagram post

Earning more revenue and advancing your spa’s brand has never been easier or more accessible. Social media provides so many opportunities to help a small business grow and prosper. 

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Felicia Brown
Spalutions
Business & Marketing Coach

Felicia Brown, LMBT is the owner of Spalutions, a firm which provides business and marketing coaching and consulting for massage, spa and wellness professionals. She is passionate about inspiring others to become successful in all of their endeavors. With appearances at many national and international conferences in the massage, spa and wellness industries, Felicia has become a sought-after speaker and educator. She is the author of six books and has written for many trade publications. Periodically, Felicia also works as an Expert Witness in cases related to the massage and spa industries. Felicia is also a licensed massage therapist as well as the owner of A to Zen Massage, an award-winning wellness spa in Greensboro, NC.

Upcoming Classes:

Reviews, Referrals and Retention: The long-term success of any spa or salon business is highly dependent upon the business’ ability to build strong relationships and repeat visits with happy clients. Happy clients can and should also lead to positive reviews online, strong word-of-mouth marketing, and plenty of referrals. With more than 70% of buying decisions now being informed by online reviews, it’s vital spa and salon professionals be proactive in getting online reviews from their customers and using them as a tool for creating both new referrals improving client retention. Join author and marketing coach Felicia Brown of Spalutions to learn strategies for using online reviews and client testimonials to gain new clients and keep existing ones coming back.

The Naked Truth: Protecting Your Spa, Staff and Clients from Sexual Misconduct:

It’s a fact. Incidents, lawsuits and negative publicity related to sexual misconduct and sexual assault in spa and massage businesses has risen visibly over the last few years, with some cases making national news. It’s also a fact that when clients receive personal services behind closed doors, spa owners and managers must trust they’ve done everything possible to create a safe, therapeutic and positive experience for them. But have you? Felicia Brown of Spalutions brings her unique multi-faceted perspective as a massage therapist, spa owner, spa client, business consultant and expert witness to this class. She will discuss how to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening in your spa or salon – and the steps to take if they do.

Safer Pain Relief Summit Delivers the Latest Techniques for Pain Relief and Movement

Akron, Ohio – May 10, 2018 – The Safer Pain Relief Summit, sponsored by Performance Health, is a weekend-long CEU course covering instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, kinesiology taping and therapeutic exercise to restore the human movement system while delivering research-proven pain relief. Hands-on healthcare practitioners—physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and athletic trainers—receive up to 14 CEUs.

“As an industry partner across numerous healthcare professions, we recognize the effort each discipline is making in the fight against opioid addiction,” said Paul Timko, Vice President, Performance Health. “However, we also see an opportunity to advance the cause by bringing a variety of hands-on healthcare professionals together to share successes, best practices and build a broader community. These summits do just that.”

Each of the 3-day summits include a keynote address, overview of Performance Health’s Safer Pain Relief program, and hands-on training with tools that are best used for non-pharmacological pain management. A recent summit held in Phoenix was led by Jay Greenstein, DC; Sue Falsone, PT, ATC; Shawn Burger, PT; and Benny Vaughn, MT, ATC.

“Attendees of the Phoenix summit gained insight on research-proven non-pharmacological pain relief techniques and hands on experience with a variety of tools they can use to position themselves as an expert in movement and pain relief,” concluded Timko.

The next Safer Pain Relief Summits in 2018 are scheduled as follows:
 Baltimore, MD: August 10-12
 Chicago, IL: September 14-16
View course agenda, location-specific instructors and register today at SaferPainRelief.org/summit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn @SaferPainRelief for instant updates about the remaining events.

About Performance Health
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Performance Health is a global health, wellness and self-care company. The Performance Health brands include Biofreeze®, TheraBand®, Cramer®, Active Ankle®, Bon Vital’®, BVspaTM, Perform®, and Thera°Pearl®, all of which collectively create a complementary product offering that has helped professionals, patients and consumers relieve pain, accelerate recovery, grow stronger, and enhance quality of life for nearly 100 years.

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International Wellness Conclave- New Delhi 2018

International Wellness Conclave with a theme of “Excellence in Wellness” is a platform for the global spa and wellness industry to ideate and discuss the possibilities of taking the market to a new height. The wellness industry has surged with many innovations happening every day. The International Wellness Conclave also serves as an ideal meeting point for all the wellness industry experts to ideate and discuss innovations in this dynamic market. The 2018 Conclave is scheduled to happen in New Delhi in the month of September.

PURPOSE OF THE CONCLAVE:
International Wellness Conclave will bring together the experts from health, wellness and beauty segments to share their experiences and give insights on the way forward for this emerging segment as not just patrons but as ‘partners’ of this flourishing business. The event will have an audience which will talk about the prowess of the global partners with which the industry is growing and pave the way for “Excellence in Wellness”.
The Conclave will witness the participation of industry experts, Hoteliers, Health and Fitness Professionals, Innovative Thinkers, Travel &amp; Tourism Promoters, Architects, Trade Practitioners and other inspirational
successful enterprises from across the world.

WHY INDIA:
India is rapidly growing in terms of wellness and is the centre of attraction for many global wellness leaders who are looking at investing in India. Indian wellness industry is set to achieve about Rs. 1.5 trillion by Financial Year 2020 (according to a report published by FICCI) which makes it an ideal venue. India is appreciated as a wellness destination globally and is developing infrastructure rapidly to support it. So, with the idea of promoting wellness in India, the conclave will highlight the different aspects of wellness and insights from Global Leaders of Wellness.

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND IWC?
– Networking opportunity with the wellness experts from different countries and getting an insight about their markets.
– Get to know about the Indian wellness market in details and opportunities available in the market.
– Perfect platform to collaborate with the trade professionals from different countries.
– Gaining an immense knowledge bank on wellness industry.
– Gaining an access to the rapidly growing Indian market.
– An opportunity to interact with HNIs and Wellness Enthusiasts over cocktails to know more about the consumer behaviour.

THE TEAM
The Event is organised by Pinnacle Connect LLP under Globalspa and Wellnessmaters , two of the emerging platforms which are promoting wellness in India. The conclave is also supported by PEAKLIFE, a luxury lifestyle magazine and portal, which is connecting affluent audiences to the brands. The team behind this has played a huge role in promoting wellness and premium lifestyle industry in India for many years.
We look forward to an exciting event in Delhi, as the forum opens a thought-provoking discussion on industry trends, addressing the challenges, and planning for the flourishing future of the wellness industry! For more details and registration to participate, write to us at marketing@pinnacleconnect.in

Tranquility – Bath Soak and Scrub from Kanya

Tranquility Bath Soak & Scrub – a multifunctional exfoliant that can be used as a foot scrub, hand scrub, body scrub and a bath soak. A perfect blend of healing salts (Epsom & Dead Sea), Aloe, virgin shea butter, plant extracts, exfoliate and hydrate your skin resulting in a younger and relaxed you. This scrub effuses a fresh, floral and herbal aroma that relaxes your senses and bestows tranquility. 

From Kanya

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Oncology Massage and CBD

Is the combination of premium infused CBD topicals and oncology massage the ultimate match?

For years it was thought to be taboo to perform massage on clients with cancer. Why? There were concerns that massage might spread cancer, yet others thought massage was appropriate only with a physician’s consent. With so many options, therapists opted not to provide this much needed service.

Today, that’s no longer the case. Incorporating certified oncology massage programs into your practice is one of the hottest new trends in the industry. Established in 2007, new Oncology Massage practices have dawned and now the Society for Oncology Massage and several continuing education providers offer certification programs for therapists to provide this much needed massage therapy safely and with confidence.

This practice is a specialization of traditional massage and is awarded after a therapist has had extensive training for anyone undergoing cancer treatments, in recovery, survivorship, and post treatment. Many of the body’s responses to cancer and its treatment require modifications to traditional massage therapy. While enrolled in an oncology massage program, therapists learn the tools and techniques to work on clients with cancer in any setting.

Therapists certified in oncology massage know how cancer treatments impact the body, as well as the best approach for each client. They know patients are dealing with stress, loss of sleep, nausea, as well as physical side effects of treatments and surgery. And while massage can’t treat cancer it can help reduce the side effects of treatment and improve a person’s quality of life and well-being.

Plant-based CBD brings its own natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory healing properties. When paired with massage, it can make a massage healing session even more powerful. Today, more Oncology Massage Therapists are incorporating CBD massage oils into their treatment sessions.

Can a CBD Oncology Massage help you or someone you know? Search for a trained therapist in your area. If you want to know if your massage therapist in properly trained in oncology massage, ask them these qualifying questions.

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5th International Wellness, Spa & Travel Monitor 2018 launch

Wellness, Spa, Travel – 2018

Welcome to the 5th International Wellness, Spa & Travel Monitor 2018. This is the international benchmark project initiated by The Tourism Observatory for Healing, Health, Wellness and Spa. 

The aim of the survey is to provide a benchmark for the wellness, spa, travel and tourism industry. The survey tool was refined based on the comments from industry partners from the previous years. The results will give you very valuable and unprecedented benchmark information.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IWSTM2017_English & https://resourcesforleisureassets.com/newsdetail.php?id=60

As always we share the results of the partners who participate in the data collection. All information collected is confidential.

For more information about the survey, please contact Laszlo at laszlo@resourcesforleisureassets.com

SmartMud® No Mess Mud Masque from Patchology

patchology mud maskEliminate environmental toxins, dirt and dullness in one clean step with our SmartMud® No Mess Mud Masque. Our mineral-rich volcanic ash combined with our innovative FlexMasque™ Technology gets the purifying properties of mud right where you want them (on your face) and not where you don’t (all over your sink). It’s the neatest way to clear up your complexion and clean out pore­-clogging debris without the dry, tight feel of a traditional mud mask.

You’re left with a healthy, youthful glow.

It’s the mudder of all masques.

Ideal for: Normal, combination and oily skin

Available for retail and backbar!

From Patchology

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Trump agrees to leave state-legal marijuana programs alone

usatoday.com – 

America’s fast-growing marijuana industry could be poised for supercharged expansion after President Trump promised to respect state-legalized pot in a deal with a Colorado senator who had been blocking presidential nominees.

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner on Friday announced he’d received assurances from the president that federal agents would leave alone states like Colorado that have legalized recreational cannabis. Gardner had been blocking nominees to the Department of Justice since January over the issue, and on Friday relented.

“President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all,” Gardner said in a statement.

Gardner didn’t elaborate on what specific legislation Trump said he would support, although Congress is currently considering several bills that would legalize cannabis at the national level.

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Best Day Spa in Every State

msn.com – 

Wellness and self-care are way more than just millennial trends. Taking care of your body with massages, scrubs, and masks is not indulgent, but rather a way to take care of your mental and physical health. Just like we see specialists for our eyes, feet, teeth, and brains, we can see specialists for our skin hair and nails to keep us feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Everybody deserves a spa day!

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Pechanga Resort Casino invites spa enthusiasts to its first-ever ‘Spa-rty’

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Spa Pechanga invites all spa lovers to its first-ever “Spa-rty.”

The Thursday, April 12, event will introduce what’s now one of the largest day spas in the region to those looking for the pinnacle in relaxation luxury.

Guests 21 and older can enjoy and test products, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., from top beauty brands such as Hydrafacial, Intracuticals, Unite, Moroccan Body Oil and more.

Guests will receive product samples, enjoy mini-treatments and meet beauty vendors. Spa Pechanga’s emphasis is on tranquility and relaxation, so also included in the “spa-rty” are hors d’oeuvres and wine.

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Why Eaglewood Resort And Spa Is The Wright Choice For Travelers

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April 9th will mark the 69th anniversary of the death of famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. His designs and philosophies about simplicity and functionality continue to inspire contemporary designers and architects today. It was also the inspiration for the Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, Illinois. This property, just outside of Chicago, offers guests the combination of basic comforts, indulgent spa treatments, natural décor elements and modern technological hospitality.

Eaglewood Resort and Spa has 295 guest rooms and suites, 37,000 square feet of meeting and event space, an 18-hole golf course, full-service wellness spa, fitness rooms and pools, farm-to-table dining, outdoor activities like bocce ball, and even a 6-lane retro bowling alley.

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CareCredit Introduces New Way to Pay for Day and Medical Spa Treatments

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CareCredit announced today its expansion into the day and medical spa markets—helping Spa providers drive growth by providing an additional payment option for consumers. The CareCredit credit card is a health, beauty and wellness card dedicated to helping people get the care they want and need.

As part of this new program, CareCredit has partnered with both the American Med Spa Association and the Spa Industry Association to help Spa industry professionals bring the benefits of CareCredit to their practices. Providers can now offer clients access to more treatments and services while also expanding their potential client base to CareCredit’s 11 million cardholders. Participating spas will also become a part of the CareCredit network of qualified providers, which receives more than 850,000 searches per month.

“Day and medical spas are an attractive growth segment for CareCredit. We’re excited to join this growing market and help spas grow their businesses by offering an easy way to make treatments and services more accessible for their clients,” says Dave Fasoli, CEO, CareCredit. “CareCredit helps people care for themselves and focus on their overall wellbeing, while also helping small business owners offer more payment options which, in turn, gives them more peace of mind while helping them meet their ambition of growing their business.”

“As medical spas and aesthetic practices continue to add new technology and services to provide the best possible results, it will become even more important for their clients to have a way to fit these new options into their budgets,” says Alex R. Thiersch, JD, Founder and Director of the American Med Spa Association. “Clients may be more likely to move forward with prescribed treatments if they know that an easy payment option is available.”

“The CareCredit offering means spa guests can get relaxation and wellness services they want, whenever they want, without having to worry about cost being a barrier,” says Allan Share, President, Spa Industry Association. “With CareCredit, spa clients can have greater access to services while spa owners have another tool to help grow and simplify their processing.”

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Why Cotton Is Essential to an Eco-friendly Salon

You want to be eco-friendly in your practice but you have to use single-use disposables.

This may seem like a predicament, but in reality, it’s not! So throw away those foam toe separators, grab a Toe Rope, and let’s talk about the green alternative. 

At Intrinsics, cotton is queen. Not only is cotton biodegradable, but it is also renewable and sustainable. Not to mention its performance is far superior to other fibers, especially synthetic ones.

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Biodegradability

Biodegradable: possibly our favorite word. Biodegradability refers to the chemical dissolution of materials by bacteria or other biological means. Since cotton is made by nature, it can be degraded by nature. In case you’re wondering, synthetic fibers are not biodegradable, since they are man-made. These oil-based fibers are polyester, polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene. Yep, the same artificial fibers that make up your feminine hygiene pads, wipes, and clothing. Gross.

How Long Will It Take?

It depends. Cotton is biodegradable both anaerobically and aerobically. Modern landfills are sealed to keep out water and oxygen, making them anaerobic. Cotton will degrade under these conditions, but more slowly than in aerobic conditions (or in a compost heap).

While the speed that cotton degrades depends on the environmental conditions and the construction of the fabric, at least we know it will degrade over time, and not remain the waste stream.

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Renewability and Sustainability

There’s no denying that cotton is sustainable. A cotton plant has an eight-to-nine month renewable life cycle. Rayon, on the other hand, comes from mature trees that take 15-20 years to grow. While those trees targeted for rayon are growing, a decade and a half of cotton crops (at minimum) have been harvested.

Farming practices have evolved to be more efficient over the last few decades. Did you know in the last 20 years, water usage, soil loss, and energy used for production have all steadily declined? Most of the US cotton crops are now irrigated exclusively from rain. Roughly 1.6lbs of other useful products are created in the harvesting process, like cottonseed oil, dairy feed, and mulch.

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Why Use Cotton in Your Practice?

In the services you provide, using disposable products is not much of a choice. So make the right choice. Our cotton products are made of medical grade cotton, making it the most sanitary option. Intrinsics’ cotton is durable. No more running through tons of generic cotton pads in a single treatment because they just don’t stand up to the job. Most of all, our cotton is soft and comfortable. It attests to the quality of your establishment. Your clients will thank you.

Want to learn more about the many beneficial components of cotton? Our friends at Barnhardt have tons of useful material and research available to the public, including this neat Cotton Library.

Repost from the Intrinsics blog.

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What is CBD? Curious about how CBD works?

What is CBD? 

“CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound found in the cannabis plant that is devoid of psychoactive activity, with analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic and chemopreventive activities” (National Cancer Institute).

There are hundreds of natural compounds found in the cannabis plant, most commonly known is the infamous “high” inducing compound THC. Since Dr. Mechoulam’s discovery of CBD and THC over 50 years ago, CBD has gained the spotlight as evidence of its medical benefits continue to grow. Not only can CBD actually counteract the psychoactive effects of THC, but it is a key player in resolving issues related to chronic pain, skin care, cognitive function, and anxiety when dosed responsibly.

Curious about how CBD works? It all relates to our endocannabinoid system (ECS). This natural-occuring biological network regulates numerous physiological processes including our stress response, intestinal functions, and glucose metabolism.

Still curious about the science behind CBD, check out our endocannabinoid blog for more information.

Here are some noteworthy benefits* of CBD….

Promotes Healthy Cognitive Function: CBD assists with memory, headaches, brain fog, focus, and cognitive. 

Promotes Healthy Joint Function: CBD helps decrease chronic joint pain and suppress muscle spasms, allowing for easier mobility. 

Promotes Overall Well-being: CBD is non-psychoactive, yet users experience an overall sense of well-being, calm and relaxation.

Helps Reduce Nausea and Vomiting: CBD activates a neurotransmitter that decreases the sensation of nausea.

Combats Anxiety and Depression: CBD binds to serotonin receptors to elicit an anti-anxiety effect. 

Improves Skin Complexion: CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to protect against free radicals and prevent the build up of dead skin cells. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease however if you’re still curious about CBD how it works, the positive and negative affects it can have then it would be wise to do more online research as there are a wealth of CBD reviews online but be mindful and remember that some reviews are peoples personal opinions and cannot always be reliable to be factually correct.

CBD and the entourage effect of THC is paving its way through history as more health benefits are discovered with each new study; whether you’re looking to clear up a skin disease or are suffering from chronic pain, CBD can help. However in order to allow CBD to mold into the major health benefactor its capable of becoming, we must end the stigma against cannabis.

We believe “Everyone Deserves the Medicine They Need” therefore, our mission is to educate others about the responsible use and medicinal benefits of cannabis.

Authorized repost of the original “What is CBD? from the Cannaisseur Brands Blog.

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CBD Heart Health for Women

Women – this one’s for you.

Did you know the No. 1 leading cause of death in women is cardiovascular disease? The American Heart Association reported that heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year for women, surpassing the number of deaths caused by breast cancer.

To modify risk factors and improve heart health, doctors often recommend an improvement in diet, increase exercise and avoid smoking.

So what role may CBD play in the cardiovascular system? Well, among many other benefits, its been known to reduce inflammation, relive anxiety, and help lower blood pressure, which are all associated with heart disease.

Here are just a few ways CBD may work to help your heart:
  • Suppresses irregular heartbeat often induced by exercise, stress, or anxiety, thus reducing heart damage caused by irregular blood flow.
  • Moderates cardiac dysfunction, oxidative stress that increases blood flow, scar tissue, and balances cell death signaling pathways in diabetic cardiomyopathy (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3579247/), which is a blood sugar disorder that directly affects heart health.
  • Protests the heart against drug-induced diseases of the heart muscle by aiding mitochondrial functions and biogenesis, which boosts energy and tissue repair and growth, respectively.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

In a study conducted in 2013, the British Journal of Pharmacology reported that CBD, in rodents, had successfully reduced vascular tension, a condition that causes unnecessary strain in blood vessels.

What about the Endocannabinoid System? 

Our good friend, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), contributes significantly to the overall condition of the heart. A recent study found that deficiencies in the ECS possibly contribute to chronic heart failure, and CBD is very useful in treating endocannabinoid deficiency. Further, the CB1 receptors regulate cardiovascular function in hypertension — high blood pressure.

Ladies, warning signs for heart troubles are difference from those in men. They can include:

  • Nausea
  • Unexplained Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Heavy Chest Pain
  • Radiating Pain
  • Breathlessness

It is important to be aware of all health risks and solutions.

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BEAUTICIANLIST, NEW BEAUTICIAN-DISCOVERY PLATFORM FOR CONSUMERS, SETS NEW INDUSTRY STANDARD, CELEBRATES LICENSED SERVICE PROVIDERS

NEW YORK [March 22, 2018] – BeauticianList, the first online platform to identify licensed beauty specialists, recently announced the launch of its online platform, BeauticianList.com, as well as its free mobile app. Providing verified data about licensed professionals, BeauticianList empowers industry pros to grow their business through a unique online community, while offering beauty enthusiasts an unprecedented way to discover only licensed beauty practitioners.

BeauticianList provides a first-of- its-kind online directory and safe community for beauty specialists that unites them with potential clients who are seeking beauty and nail services. Further validating the need for industry regulation, BeauticianList educates consumers about the dangers associated with unlicensed technicians and salons, including being exposed to sub-standard, unsafe practices. Also, BeauticianList provides industry news, tips, trends, and other relevant information about beauty care and services, including information on proper procedures and state-specific board rules.

How BeauticianList works:
● Beauticians, all of whom must hold a valid license, can register for online membership by providing their name, state, and valid license number, as well as enhance their profiles with further details (i.e. social media profiles, areas of specialty). Additionally, licensed beauticians gain access to an active forum for addressing questions and engaging in discussions.
● Consumers can visit BeauticianList or download the free mobile app, and search for licensed beauticians based on areas of expertise, location, and name. The BeauticianList community enables beauty enthusiasts and specialists, alike, to share photos of services, beauty news, and trends.

Previously, the only way to verify a technician’s current license status was by logging onto a state’s website and trying to find the board of cosmetology’s verification feature. However, as every U.S. state has its own rules and regulations regarding cosmetology certification, there was no unified place to house this information. BeauticianList is the only destination where data can be checked from any U.S. state, conveniently in one place.

“Connecting consumers with verified professionals, BeauticianList enables beauty enthusiasts to find the best local providers in their own neighborhood, as well as when they’re traveling,” said Dasha Minina, BeauticianList founder and CEO, who is also a licensed nail technician.

“More importantly, it helps them discover only licensed professionals who maintain the highest quality of health and safety standards, a huge concern that continues to plague the beauty industry.

About BeauticianList
Based in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, BeauticianList launched in 2017 by entrepreneur Dasha Minina, a licensed nail technician, and serves to support licensed beauty professionals, while advocating for the education and safety of beauty and nail enthusiasts. For more information, visit BeauticianList.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. The free mobile app is now available on Android, as well as iOS.

A great look into how you can live your live with “wellness” included

Our friend Sharon Narduzzi, the Director of Spa and Fitness at the Silverleaf Club was featured on Thrive Global!  We love seeing our friends featured across the media.  Please give it a read…it’s a great look into wellness and our day-to-day lives!

“Wellness’ has become an increasingly saturated and streamlined word rooted in good intention. Webster defines it as ‘the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.’

I believe the true essence of wellness is fluid from person to person and is a holistic reflection of who you are, what you think, what you feel and that for which you choose to surround yourself. We are responsible for our wellbeing and must choose to be active participants in making decisions to better our lives. Below are a few ways to define wellness and integrate those elements into every aspect of our being.”

Read the entire piece here

Books of Discovery now publisher of Ruth Werner’s A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology

Books of Discovery broadens its portfolio of foundational massage therapy textbooks

BOULDER, CO, MARCH 14, 2018 – Books of Discovery, one of the most respected manual therapy publishers, has added to its roster a premier pathology textbook authored by a well-known name in the world of massage therapy — Ruth Werner, former president of the Massage Therapy Foundation. Originally published in 1998 and now in its sixth edition, Werner’s A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology is one of the most sought-after resources for educating massage therapy students about a wide range of diseases and disorders, preparing them to make the best possible decisions for clients living with health problems.

As of February 2018, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology is now published by Books of Discovery. It was previously produced by Wolters Kluwer.

“As our business continues to grow, we keep looking at new opportunities to expand our portfolio with textbooks that further strengthen Books of Discovery’s commitment to helping manual therapy programs achieve outstanding teaching and learning objectives. Bringing A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology into our publishing family helps us achieve that goal,” said Melinda Helmick, president of Books of Discovery.

A cornerstone educational resource of many massage therapy programs, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology sets the standard for pathology instruction. Comprehensive and visually appealing, the text contains detailed information on the etiology, signs, symptoms, and treatment of over 500 diseases and conditions.

“I invite readers into a learning environment that is friendly without being trivial; clear without being simplistic; and sensitive, not only to the struggles that we and our clients may live with, but also to the complexities of the decision that we must make in that context,” Werner says of A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology.

Books of Discovery is well positioned to take Werner’s beloved textbook into the hands of many more massage therapy programs and enhance its global visibility.

“The acquisition brings together under one publishing roof two of the industry’s ‘gold standard’ texts — Trail Guide to the Body and A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology,” said Tim Herbert, VP of Educator Relations. “With more than 850,000 copies of Trail Guide to the Body sold worldwide and our international distribution network, Books of Discovery has the platform to expand the reach of Ruth Werner’s text and give it the support and attention it deserves.”

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About Books of Discovery
A 20-year-old publishing house, Books of Discovery is one of the most respected publishers of foundational manual therapy textbooks in the world, serving more than 2,000 programs in nearly 40 countries. These include programs preparing students for careers in athletic training, massage therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and various other bodywork and healthcare professions.

Books of Discovery is the publisher of the acclaimed Trail Guide to the Body — the industry’s “gold standard” textbook for the instruction of surface anatomy and palpatory techniques — required by nearly 90 percent of massage therapy programs. Connect with Books of Discovery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For more information, contact 1.800.775.9227 or info@booksofdiscovery.com. Or, visit
BooksofDiscovery.com.

7 Ways to Be a Better Massage Therapist in 2018 and Beyond

Becoming a great massage therapist will require more than just taking up massage therapy courses and learning the proper techniques. There is more to it than just that. If you want to become a better massage therapist who delivers superb service from start to finish and get return clients, coming up are our seven suggestions.

1. Know Your Numbers

All practitioners can’t get to the next level of their career path without knowing as well as managing their key performance indicators. And this does not just involve the financial basics but also your average service and retail sales, most popular services, the frequency of visits, and your client retention rate.

These numbers are what you’ll use to scale the success of your practice. Moreover, they will help you identify the different opportunities for growth and improvement.

You can begin by having a clear view of where you are now and determine the areas that need improvement. Also, compare where you today with the past couple of years. By closely monitoring your progress, you can work on consistently growing your practice.

2. Plan Ahead

Growing your knowledge and skills will only happen with planning. After knowing your numbers, you can begin to map out your plan for the next six to twelve months. Visualize where you want your career to be by writing things down and creating a plan of action. It is also crucial for you to give yourself a deadline for completing the things you set out to accomplish.

Remember that without a plan, getting more new clients, retail success and professional growth will only be part of your wish list. To reach your goals and develop your skills, be on the lookout for courses, coaches and additional resources.

3. Create a Welcoming Entrance

To become a sought-after massage therapist, you must ensure that your clients are happy the minute they walk into your door. For most people, a massage is their way to escape from the worries they have at work or at home. So it is important for you to create a welcoming ambiance the moment they step into your door. They should be able to relax as well in the waiting area. Make sure that your full marketing collateral exudes the same welcoming and warm feeling.

4. Prioritize Good Communication

Though your technique is important, communication is even more vital when it comes to dealing with clients. So before each massage session, talk to the client to know their goals for the massage and to establish their expectations.

Moreover, communicate with your clients during the massage by asking how a particular pressure feels, how the room temperature feels, and if the music is too soft or too loud. Inform them as well that they can tell you if they want something different any time. However, you should not talk too much as well to avoid interrupting their focus.

After the massage, immediately get their feedback. Determine if you have met their goals. It is also important for you to share several home-care tips so they can feel better and more relaxed in between visits. Getting their feedback can motivate them to return to you since they know that you really care about delivering the best massage possible.

5. Build a Community

Team up with other professionals to expand your knowledge as well as opportunities. Successful massage therapists and other professionals claim that surrounding yourself with great people who counterbalance your  weaknesses is among the keys to becoming a better massage therapist.

6. Keep Learning

The massage therapy field is continuously developing. Thus, you should keep an eye out for different continuing education and professional development opportunities like BTEC training courses. This way, you can stay in tune with the latest findings, practices and trends.

7. Have a Suggestion Box

One of the best ways to get input from clients is to have a suggestion box in the waiting area. If you have encountered dissatisfied or angry customers, do not take this personally. Rather, use these criticisms constructively to improve your practice.

Use the above-mentioned tips to fine-tune your massage therapy knowledge and skills. And be sure to remember that even the little details can make a huge difference in your practice!

AUTHOR BIO
Marc Innes is the Owner and Principal of the School of Natural Therapies, a training school for Massage & Holistic Therapies located in London. Marc began his career in the NHS, working in a number of managerial and training roles within the Ambulance Service in London. He spent much of that time educating and coaching medical staff. Over time, he developed an interest in all things complementary to Allopathic Medicine, in particular, Reiki Healing and EFT, which culminated in running a successful teaching and ‘energy healing’ practice. Marc is passionate about the massage and complementary therapy industry.

FSMTB Celebrates Job Satisfaction among Practitioners

(OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – March 20) – The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) announces findings from its 2017 Job Task Analysis (JTA). These findings, derived from the survey responses of thousands of massage and bodywork practitioners, indicate that massage and bodywork practitioners are overwhelmingly satisfied with their occupation.

Among significant data observed in the findings are 98 percent of practitioners who cited that they like being a massage therapist. Further, 97 percent of respondents indicated that they are happy that they entered the massage therapy profession. Ninety-seven percent of respondents cited that they are proud to be in the field. When asked about their enthusiasm for their occupation, 96 percent of respondents indicated that they were enthusiastic. Lastly, 94 percent of respondents indicated that they strongly identify with the massage therapy occupation. 
 
“While we know that consumers enjoy many benefits from receiving massage, this is an extraordinarily high amount of positivity and satisfaction exhibited by massage and bodywork professionals,” said FSMTB Executive Director Dr. Debra Persinger. “To be part of a helping and healing profession has intrinsic rewards and we are glad to be able to measure some of the value that massage and bodywork professionals experience.”
 
The Job Task Analysis is undertaken every five to seven years by the FSMTB to ensure that the profession’s sole licensure examination, the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), reflects current practice. The complete 2017 Job Task Analysis will be released once analysis of the data is complete. For more information and to access prior iterations of the Job Task Analysis, please click here.

 

FSMTB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, membership organization composed of massage and bodywork regulatory and licensing boards and agencies from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the territory of Puerto Rico. FSMTB’s mission is to support its member boards in their work to ensure that the practice of massage therapy is provided to the public in a safe and effective manner.

Civana’s flagship resort opens; new wellness team members added

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New wellness hospitality brand Civana has made its debut with the opening of its flagship resort, the Carefree Resort and Conference Center in Carefree, Arizona, US.

The resort features a combination of healthy dining, spa, movement and fitness classes, enrichment programmes and lectures, and is an adaptive re-use of an existing facility. The US$40m renovation incorporates a natural design palette and materials, and energy efficiency has been improved, including the introduction of solar energy in its new spa building. 

Civana is led by Kevin Kelly – who was former Canyon Ranch president and chief branding officer, and most recently was CEO and co-owner of California’s Two Bunch Palms. 

Joining Kelly is Larry Lamy, former VP of finance for Miraval and Canyon Ranch; and spa and wellness brand executive Rianna Riego, who assisted Kelly in the re-branding of Two Bunch Palms. Peter Smith, former COO of Canyon Ranch, is an advisor and senior board member of Civana. 

The company announced its formation and plans to transform Carefree in September 2017

“We believe most of us are on a personal journey towards health, life balance and wellbeing,” said Kelly. “Our mission is to bring that complete wellness experience to a larger travel audience at a more affordable price point. To deliver on this promise, CIVANA has assembled a best-in-class operating team from around the country who seek to be part of an authentic, mission-driven company.” 

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COMPHY INTRODUCES NEW WELLNESS PRODUCTS AND VIBRANT NEW HUE SAPPHIRE

Leader in Luxury Spa Linens Offers More Ways to Pamper Guests with Luxurious Neck Wrap System and Spa Wrap

Comphy Co.-the inventor and leader of luxury spa linens-announced the launch of additional products to enhance spa operations and guest satisfaction. Developed based on dozens of customer requests, the professional-grade neck wrap system includes a sturdy therapeutic neck pillow and hygienic removable, machine-washable cases. Launching later this Spring, the Spa Wrap enhances any treatment with easy closure and superior comfort. The Spa Wrap and Neck Wrap Case feature the signature performance microfiber fabric–lightweight, sustainable, durable, treated for stain release and, of course, Comphy soft.

“2018 is a big year for Comphy with all of our new product releases, and we couldn’t be more excited to be able to offer our clients a larger range of products based on their suggestions and needs,” said Mia Richardson, founder and CEO of Comphy Co. “We are also thrilled with our new shade of Shantung products, specifically for spa. Sapphire is our take on ‘spa blue’, which is on trend right now. Our clients were requesting a rich blue in a shade that wasn’t too light…it took a few versions to perfect.”

Neck Wrap System
The flax-seed filled Neck Wrap System which contains one Neck Wrap Pillow and 10 cases, is designed to complement Comphy’s massage table linens, featuring a heavier weight, high neck, and a design that keeps it from shifting. For heating or cooling, the flax seed pockets are designed to keep the fill consistently dispersed. The fabric and colors of the hygienic removable, machine-washable cases coordinate with linens and have the ability of scent customization by client preference.

The Neck Wrap Case and Neck Wrap Pillow can also be ordered separately.

Sapphire Shantung 
Comphy announces a new vibrant gem joining the shantung offerings: Sapphire! Sleek, bold and on trend, this hue will brighten any treatment room and is available in a variety of our shantung products for spa, including reversible saddle, table skirt , decorative pillows, eye pillow case , blanket, and comforter .

About Comphy Co.
There’s nothing more inviting than a Comphy bed. As the leading provider of linens for the spa industry, Comphy understands the importance of a luxurious touch. The highly specialized duvet cover…even baby linens. These durable, sustainable products are available to customers through the Comphy Retail Program, which creates a great profit-building option for spa retail. Learn more at www.comphy.com.

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The Woodhouse Day Spa opens second location in Georgia at Avalon

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The Woodhouse Day Spa aims to add “a luxurious one-of-a-kind spa component to the exceptional Avalon experience,” beginning when doors open in Alpharetta on March 12.

The full-service spa offers a variety of rejuvenating services, including expert skin care treatments, relaxing massages, full body treatments, nail services and waxing.

Located across from The Hotel at Avalon and Alpharetta Conference Center, Woodhouse Avalon provides an additional amenity to hotel guests, Avalon residents, employees and the greater Alpharetta community.

“We are eager to welcome The Woodhouse Day Spa to The Boulevard and to offer the community access to the best spa in the country right here at Avalon,” said Avalon Marketing Director Carla Cox.

The Woodhouse Day Spa Avalon is the second Georgia location, joining over 60 locations across the United States, since 2001.

It is locally owned by Milton residents, Justin and Kelly Bachtell, who are new to the spa industry as owners, Justin Bachtell describes himself and his wife, Kelly as being “passionate about health and wellness for a long time.”

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Woman hospitalized with foot infection days after getting pedicure at Indiana spa

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — A Noblesville, Indiana woman says a trip to the spa with her daughters ended with a serious infection and a long stay at the hospital.

Jennifer White said she got the pedicure nearly two weeks ago at “Nails and Lounge” in Noblesville.

Over the next two days, White said she noticed her foot start swelling and turning purple and decided to go to the emergency room.

She was admitted to the hospital last Tuesday with a severe infection and she’s been there for nearly a week.

“I was worried I could possibly lose my toe. I could lose my foot,” said White. “I’m out of work … all for that 35 minutes of getting a pedicure.”

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Being Seen! COSMEDIX featured on E! Online!

We love seeing our sponsors showcased in the media!  Check out COSMEDIX and their feature of Opti Crystal!  

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CareCredit Introduces New Way to Pay for Day and Medical Spa Treatments

Synchrony Financial’s Health, Beauty and Wellness Credit Card Now Available in Spas Nationwide; Establishes New Partnerships with American Med Spa Association and Spa Industry Association to Help Drive Growth Among Spa Providers

Costa Mesa, Calif. – March 6, 2018 – CareCredit announced today its expansion into the day and medical spa markets—helping Spa providers drive growth by providing an additional payment option for consumers. The CareCredit credit card is a health, beauty and wellness card dedicated to helping people get the care they want and need.

As part of this new program, CareCredit has partnered with both the American Med Spa Association and the Spa Industry Association to help Spa industry professionals bring the benefits of CareCredit to their practices. Providers can now offer clients access to more treatments and services while also expanding their potential client base to CareCredit’s 11 million cardholders. Participating spas will also become a part of the CareCredit network of qualified providers, which receives more than 850,000 searches per month.

“Day and medical spas are an attractive growth segment for CareCredit. We’re excited to join this growing market and help spas grow their businesses by offering an easy way to make treatments and services more accessible for their clients,” says Dave Fasoli, CEO, CareCredit. “CareCredit helps people care for themselves and focus on their overall wellbeing, while also helping small business owners offer more payment options which, in turn, gives them more peace of mind while helping them meet their ambition of growing their business.”

“As medical spas and aesthetic practices continue to add new technology and services to provide the best possible results, it will become even more important for their clients to have a way to fit these new options into their budgets,” says Alex R. Thiersch, JD, Founder and Director of the American Med Spa Association. “Clients may be more likely to move forward with prescribed treatments if they know that an easy payment option is available.”

“The CareCredit offering means spa guests can get relaxation and wellness services they want, whenever they want, without having to worry about cost being a barrier,” says Allan Share, President, Spa Industry Association. “With CareCredit, spa clients can have greater access to services while spa owners have another tool to help grow and simplify their processing.”

Spa clients are increasingly seeking solutions for beauty, anti-aging, stress management and genuine self-care. According to the Global Wellness Institute Global Economy Monitor, wellness is a growing trend showing no sign of slowing down, having become a $3.4 trillion-dollar global industry as of January 2017. Over the next five years, the medical spa market opportunity is expected to grow at a rate of 8% year over year through 2022.*

*Global Wellness Institute Global Economy Monitor (January 2017)

CareCredit works with more than 200,000 providers across a broad range of specialties including medical care, beauty, dental and veterinary services. By combining insights from those engagements with the company’s deep financial services expertise, CareCredit will help consumers move forward with various cosmetic treatments and aesthetic procedures at spas with the convenience of paying over time.

CareCredit offers a simple calculator for consumers to determine payment options and monthly payments amounts, while paying over time for their procedures. The company also gives consumers the ability to avoid accruing interest as long as they pay the complete amount in the promotional period. To learn more about the CareCredit spa offerings, please visit www.carecredit.com/spa.

About CareCredit®
For 30 years, CareCredit, from Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF), has helped millions of people pay for needed and desired care and health expenses. CareCredit is a health, beauty, wellness and personal care credit card accepted through a national network of more than 200,000 healthcare provider locations and select health-focused retailers. For more information on CareCredit, call 800-300-3046 or visit www.carecredit.com. For more information about Synchrony Financial visit www.synchronyfinancial.com.

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Is your business staying compliant?

Running and operating a business in the spa and wellness industry can keep anyone super busy.  The day-to-day tasks alone are enough to take up most of your valuable time.  When it comes to staying compliant, and knowing what specific rules may apply to your business…sometimes the details and procedure needs can get a little lost in everything else going on.

Here are a few reminders on what you can do with keeping up on being compliant.

Review hiring procedures to ensure they comply with your specific state’s laws. Make certain everyone involved in the hiring process is properly trained and that they know who to approach if they have a question or issue. Remember, some states have strict laws limiting employer inquiries about an applicant’s criminal, credit or salary history.

Create/update job descriptions and make sure that you identify the roles, responsibilities and qualifications for each position. Don’t forget to include reporting structure, exempt/non-exempt status, required skills and essential functions, including any physical requirements. You also need to state that your company reserves the right to change job duties at any time and that the job description is not designed to cover all of the position’s requirements.

Review job classifications to determine whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor according to the proper federal and state tests. Make sure all employees are properly classified as non-exempt (eligible to receive overtime) or exempt (meets job duties, salary basis and minimum threshold tests) according to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime requirements.

Keep current on Department of Labor rules regarding overtime and continue to evaluate your employees’ FLSA status and classifications as exempt/non-exempt.

Create/update your employee handbook. If you don’t have one, create one to help you communicate company policies to employees, set expectations and demonstrate your effort to comply with applicable laws. If you already have one, you should review it annually for any necessary updates.

Make sure you’re complying with the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA regulates employer practices and policies regarding employee rights to work together to improve wages and working conditions. Focus on ensuring your policies don’t infringe on your employees’ Section 7 rights.

Develop/review your performance plan to help you communicate employee goals, assess achievement and reward top performers. At a minimum, you should evaluate employee performance annually.

Review record-keeping practices to ensure your compliance with federal, state and local laws. Some rules require that you store certain records in separate, confidential files, including: Any information reflecting that an employee is a member of a protected group (race, gender, ethnicity or veteran status) • Any document that relates to an employee’s medical condition or overall health

We hope that you find this information helpful.
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Dubai’s annual spa revenue forecasted to reach US$495m in 2019

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Dubai’s annual spa revenue is predicted to reach US$495 million in 2019, according to data released by Colliers International ahead of the 25th edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which will take place at the DWTC from April 22 to 25, 2018.

The Spa & Wellness report produced by Colliers International for ATM states that Dubai’s spa inventory is expected to grow from 107 in 2017 to 157 in 2021 which is in close correlation with the emirates hotel pipeline.

Recent spa openings include The Spa at Palazzo Versace Dubai and The Bulgari Spa, which will contribute to projected annual spa revenues by 2019, according to Visit Dubai.

ATM senior exhibition director Simon Press said in the statement that the spa industry is dependent on various related trends. “Regionally, the spa sector is multi-faceted and sensitive to events and developments in many other sectors, including global health, beauty and wellness trends. In 2017 we saw focus increase across these areas and Dubai was quick to capitalise and innovate, with the debut of a number of luxury-branded hotel spas,” he added.

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

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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 www.SuccessfulHandsGrants.com. 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 www.SuccessfulHandsGrants.com.

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&#39;®, 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!

The Divine Company was popular at the Indie Beauty Expo!

The Divine Company received an overwhelming level of interest at the Indie Beauty Expo in LA in January with key national retailers and spa chains expressing interest in the collection.  Luxury spa resorts and exclusive natural beauty retailers were among the attendees at the show that expressed interest in the collection.

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MONARCH APPOINTS HILLARY GEORGES AS PRESIDENT OF HOTEL DIVISION

MONARCH APPOINTS SEASONED HOSPITALITY EXECUTIVE HILLARY GEORGES AS PRESIDENT OF HOTEL DIVISION

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 www.monarchrobe.com.

A Comphy Approach to Wellness!

Join Allan Share as he spends a few minutes with longtime friends Mia and Jessica from Comphy!  They cover their thoughts about approaches to wellness, lifestyle, recycling at their company and how it benefits the town they live in…even their local school.

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

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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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Maximum Relaxation with CBD Salt Soaks

The facts about the fizz 
In need of some “me time” without having the time or the money for a spa day? Just take a hot bath! But not just any hot bath – we found something that will take your relaxation to a whole new level.
Cannabinoid-infused salt soak provides a new and elevated experience for you to soothe and soak the stress away. Combining the therapeutic properties of CBD with the mental and physical relief that come from hot baths, your self-care routine will be unstoppable.

How does it help? 
Well, it’s fairly simple. The classic bath bomb created with soaps, glitter, soothing essences, bubbles, and Epsom salts are now becoming infused with concen­trated CBD oils.
CBD topical oil treatments create a unique and positive interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). A full body immersion in salts rich in powerful minerals such as magnesium and potassium with the multiple benefits of CBD enhances your overall relaxation experience and will boost your in-home spa regimen.  

First, CBD has significant anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neuroprotective traits meaning it protects and preserves the skin from free radical damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollutants. The oil then moisturizes and nourishes your skin to prevent aging and fine lines. CBD can also reduce intense pain caused by inflammation in the joints and muscles throughout the body, which is especially useful for highly-active individuals because CBD quickens the healing of injured connective tissue. Finally, CBD is known to treat anxiety disorders, aiding in relief from both physical and mental stress.

Bringing each of these properties into play as supplements to a soothing hot bath can only prove to be a deeply relaxing experience.

Will I get high?

Absolutely not! While you may feel dazed from the over­whelming calmness of the bath, CBD is non-psychoactive and will not get you high. THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that gives the intoxicating effects.
Bathing rituals in ancient times were believed to be an important part of one’s self care. Experience a new all natural way to relieve your mental and physical stress and start your search for a quality CBD Salt Soak
right away! Know your source; only use products that are lab produced and verifiably, third party tested.

Stay tuned for even more amazing CBD discoveries!

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

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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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Four Reasons Why CBD Needs to be a Part of Your New Year’s Resolutions

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.

 

Jennifer Simons

Jennifer Simons

Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, and Holistic Health Coach

Cannaisseur Brands

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ADA Compliance – Six Steps For Your Spa

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:

  1. 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?”
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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Maintaining a Sacred Spa Space

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&#39;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 Escalates Its Commitment To Wellness With New Section In Palo Alto

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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 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 Dubai unveils new spa

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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

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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

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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.”

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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 
KatharineM@Pevonia.com

Pevonia World of Wellness. Natural Formulas. Organic Ingredients. Professional Results.

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa Unveils Coastal-Inspired Reinvention

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C., Dec. 19, 2017 — Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa is excited to unveil its most recent renovations as it invites guests to discover the latest enhancements including the brand new Blue Restaurant & Lounge, and upcoming renovations to its meetings space and lobby.

The opening of the resort’s brand new Blue Restaurant & Lounge ushers in a new era of dining at the resort, including an elegant private dining room and 11 new HDTVs for catching the latest sporting events. The resort lobby sees the addition of a communal table, new check-in and coastal-inspired furnishings with renovations set to be completed first thing in 2018.

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Colgate Announces Acquisition of PCA Skin and EltaMD Skin Care Brands

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Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL), as part of its strategy to focus on its higher-margin oral care, personal care and pet nutrition businesses, today announced that it has agreed to purchase PCA Skin and EltaMD, two of the fastest-growing brands in professional skin care, in two separate transactions. These acquisitions will enable Colgate to enter the highly attractive professional skin care category while complementing its existing global personal care businesses.

PCA Skin is a leader in medical-grade in-office and take-home skin care products, and has strong support from dermatologists, plastic surgeons and aestheticians. EltaMD is a leading physician-dispensed sun care brand with a unique positioning around broad-spectrum, everyday use, physician-dispensed sunscreen.

Estimated 2017 net sales for PCA Skin and EltaMD combined approximate $100 million. Both brands are similar in size and are primarily sold through professional skin care channels and online. They are distributed in the U.S., China and certain other international markets. Colgate plans to continue to operate the brands independently after closing.

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Say ahhh: A Six Senses Spa is opening in Dubai in 2018

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Is it too soon to pre-book our 24k gold facial?

Get excited, spa aficionados: A Six Senses Spa is coming to Dubai.

The ultra-luxurious brand can be found in exotic destinations all over the world, with 11 resorts and 30 spas across 20 countries (you might already be familiar with Six Senses Zighy Bay, the popular honeymoon spot on the Musandam Peninsula).

Now, Dubai residents will be able to experience the five-star bliss for themselves when a Six Senses Spa opens in the new Renaissance Downtown Hotel in February.

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Reinventing the Spa for the 21st Century

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The bad news for spa managers and operators starts with this slap in the face: you don’t know your competition.  

That’s because research shows that the spa product on offer at most destination spas and also the high-end hotel amenity day spas just isn’t what millennials want.

It may not even be what Gen X and Boomers want anymore.

Pampering as an end is no longer good enough. It just isn’t. And yet that is what most spas persist in trying to market.

Find this research in a landmark, provocative presentation by Well + Good founders Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula at the Global Wellness Summit in October. Their PowerPoint is based on the company’s own research and it’s a powerful wake-up call for spa managers.

Personally I have been involved in destination spas for 15 years, essentially since the industry’s beginnings, and I have worked with clients on multiple continents. From that vantage I can say I largely agree with Brue and Gelula. And what they are saying boils down to a bold assertion that we are missing the mark with millennials who of course are the next wave of high-end travelers.

Here’s good news: 66% of millennials say they are planning to go on a wellness retreat in the next 12 months. That’s two in three. That’s a huge potential.

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Kate Sornson Named Associate Manager, Marketing & Communications for Global Wellness Summit (GWS) and Global Wellness Institute (GWI)

Prior to this appointment, Sornson managed social media for both the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) and Global Wellness Institute (GWI). Additionally, Sornson worked for the Green Spa Network, a community of people focused on transforming the spa industry to be more efficient, sustainable, and earth-friendly, as Community Manager and Membership Coordinator.

Sornson formalized her love of spa and wellness as one of the first students to pursue a Spa Management degree at the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston. During her academic career, she also helped create the Houston Spa Association and was awarded the prestigious Mary Tabacchi Scholarship by the ISPA Foundation. Sornson was also the only undergraduate student on the University of Houston’s team to take part in the 2012 Global Spa & Wellness Summit Student Challenge.

“Kate’s experience in the spa world, as well as her social media and marketing expertise, makes her a great fit to bring messages from the Global Wellness Summit and the Global Wellness Institute to an even broader audience,” said Nancy Davis, Chief Creative Officer and Executive Director of both the GWS and GWI. “Kate is smart, warm, energetic and very agile, and we are excited to add her expertise to our team.”

Empire Medical Training Jubilee to Mark 20-Year Milestone With Celebrity Doctors, and CME Aesthetics and Laser Training, Dec. 15-18, 2017, Westin Times Square, NY

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Empire Medical Training, Inc., the premiere physician-led nationwide provider of accredited continuing medical education and training workshops for physicians and healthcare professionals, will hold CME Training courses Dec. 15-18, and a “star-studded” anniversary celebration Dec. 16 that will feature some of the most notable aesthetics physicians in the country.

The celebration is the culmination of a three-day continuing medical education series of workshops open to physicians nationwide. For information on attending the workshops and the gala, contact events@empiremedicaltraining.com, 1.866-366-1576.

Empire’s President and Medical Director Stephen Cosentino, DO, says, “On the occasion of our 20th year milestone, Empire Medical Training is reaffirming our commitment to ensuring quality training programs for physicians and healthcare professionals. We are humbled by the extraordinary nationwide impact that Empire Medical Training has had on the expansive aesthetic enhancement industry.”

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ISPA TO SURVIVE STRESS

By The Trent Trend Spotter, Nancy Trent
President, Trent & Company Marketing Communications

Businesses today have a lot of stressors to deal with from Amazon algorithms to distribution demands, disruptive weather and terror.  The International Spa Association’s annual event (ISPA) was held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas days after the internationally reported mass shooting occurred there.   
 
Lynne McNees, President of ISPA, said, “There was no wavering.  Our show continued full speed ahead; we are an industry of healers and the world needs healing right now.  There is a lack of human interaction and there is no substitute for human touch.”
 
While spas are looked at as a place to relax, reduce stress and invest in one’s health, technology is playing a part in enhancing the overall spa experience.   Emerging technologies and innovations are driving demand for professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills to serve clients in the natural beauty and spa industry.
 
ISPA’s annual U.S. Spa industry study with PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers) showed the sustained growth leading to a wealth of job opportunities.  The study highlights the record-breaking revenue of 16.8 billion USD.  The same report indicated 33,000 vacant positions for service providers. 
 
The professional beauty and spa industries have joined forces to elevate and celebrate careers in the spa industry, launching a nationwide call to action. The “Get Your Dream Job” initiative is a partnership between ISPA and the the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation which will be promoted by spas, salons, clubs and schools coast-to- coast to build awareness of extraordinary career opportunities in the spa sector.
 
“With the spa industry’s continual growth, careers in the spa business offer stability and opportunity. This campaign will spread the message about the benefits of working in spas, salons and clubs to attract job seekers looking for promising careers,” said McNees.
 
A considerable percentage of that 16.8 billion revenue comes from retail.  Spa professionals are starting to pay closer attention to what they are selling in-spa and online. 
 
During ISPA, I held a TED-talk style Q&A with Amazon influencer, Rachel Greer, Partner/Principal Consultant at Cascadia Seller Solutions.  To fight this battle against Amazon, spas need to use what they have.  This means spas need to have whatever Amazon doesn’t.   One thing Amazon doesn’t have is the ability to create an experience.  The show featured a blend of tech and tech-free experiences.

Here are a few trendy experiences spotted on the show floor:
 
Get salted
 
Allergens and pollution are at an all-time high.  Lung and skin conditions are on the rise. Cold and flu season is approaching.   People are looking for prevention and symptom relief.  Dry salt therapy, also called halotherapy, is a time-tested, alternative treatment that is in demand.  You no longer have to travel to salt caves in Eastern Europe to breathe in the benefits of dry salt therapy.  Companies like SALT Chamber for example are bringing dry salt therapy to urban environments across the world.  The company, well-known in the wellness community for its expertise in all things salt, is creating salt experiences everywhere from New York City spas to Hollywood homes.

Slow down

The brainchild of SpaRitual natural products founder and & green beauty pioneer Shel Pink, Slow Beauty is a beautiful, heartfelt book about sustainable beauty rituals, programs and philosophies that explain how to physically, mentally, and spiritually nourish the body from the inside out.  It’s about carving out small moments each day to practice mindful self care that helps with your glow. It’s the most revolutionary beauty book I have seen and is really having an impact on me and everyone I recommend it to.

Tap into your integrity 

Sounds True, an independent multimedia publishing company that embraces the world’s major spiritual traditions, introduced Kelley Kosow’s integrity movement with the launch of her book, “The Integrity Advantage” about owning who you are so you can reach your full potential. 
 
Hideaways that do no harm

The Colorado Yurt Company’s handcrafted yurts, teepees and tents provide a way to experience nature without harming it. If you live, work or play in one of their dwellings you’re inside a structure made with world’s finest fabrics that uses fewer natural resources than a traditional stick built structure. The company prides itself on creating comfortable “no trace” structures—meaning they heavily enrich your
outdoor experience, yet leave a light footprint on the environment.

Aromatherapy anywhere

EuroSpa aromatics is an industry leader responsible for filling homes and businesses with refreshing and impactful scents for more than 30 years. The company uses 100% natural Eucalyptus Oil that contains no toxic or harmful ingredients as foundation of all of their products and pairs it with only the finest ingredients.  From Eucalyptus to Lavender, no matter the scent you choose EuroSpa allows any room to deliver a stimulating spa aromatherapy experience.

Skincare that harnesses the power of probiotics 

 LaFlore skin care harnesses the power of probiotics to allow you to awaken your skin from within. Their products enhance good flora, the microbes that live on the skin, to act as the skin’s defense system to protect it from threats like unwanted bacteria and environmental toxins. These ingredients work together to help strengthen the skin’s immune system at the cellular level, allow it to breathe and restore it to a state of wellness. Give your skin a breath of fresh air with LaFlore.

Jewelry that helps you recharge

Phillip Stein has been responsible for keeping many on time for decades through their high-end time pieces. Now they are disrupting the industry to ensure we get the most out of our sleep and have the energy to power through the day. Embedded with their unique Natural Frequency Technology® the Philip Stein Sleep Bracelet harnesses and channels frequencies to help you sleep better and wake up more refreshed. If fighting the midday slump is your problem, get more balance, increased focus and improved performance with the Philip Stein Horizon Sport Bracelet. Better sleep and more energy…it’s all on the wrist!

No crossed legs, no incense, no gently bubbling fountain, thanks to Budhagirl piece of mind can come from your accessories. These waterproof, weightless, soundless bangles remind you to focus on your intentions.  The chains are made to remind you to pause, breathe and visualize.  All Budhagirl wearable accessories are proven to change your outlook as well as your style by changing your habits and how you think.

Fashion that keeps you moving

With roots in athleisure, the creators of Anatomie took performance wear to the next level – travel specific luxury.  These chic and comfortable clothes are made for traveling light.  You can fit a week of really chic and versatile work and play clothes in something slightly larger than a shoebox.  They are incredibly easy to pack and quick drying to boot.

Health and beauty in one shot

Get head-to- toe beauty in one shot with Aethern®. Put down the cream and pills and pick up a test tube that functions like a cup. Aethern is the only all-natural drinkable food supplement for skin that delivers a beauty vitamin mix that keeps the skin hydrated, radiant and firm. Aethern is all natural, works faster than any pill or powder and has been a go to for Hollywood royalty like Cate Blanchet because it delivers all the critical nutrients women need in one drinkable dose. You can take it directly as a shot or mix it with water or juice. No matter how drink it just make sure to toast daily to better skin with Aethern!

Toxin free skincare

Kanya’s skincare products do more for you than just help skin reach its potential. The company uses virgin, holistic ingredients to make luxurious oils, scrubs and tonics that moisturize and enhance the body’s chakras! Besides working to improve your skin and the state of chakras the brand wants to improve the world. A percentage of Kanya’s profits go to the Indian Dreams Foundation- a charity that works relentlessly toward education, health, and menstrual hygiene awareness in urban slums and rural areas of India.

Certified organic facials with instant and lasting results? You’re awake and Nelly De Vuyst has made this dream a reality with their new Biotense collection. The products in this groundbreaking collection are made with organic ingredients that contain antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids and essential minerals to naturally rebalance and even out the skin complexion. Nelly De Vuyst Biotense has been the go to for skincare professionals for decades, but this line will allow your favorite spa to offer “green” facials that are good for your skin and the planet.

Luzern Swiss skin care is transforming the world of beauty for the better. The luxury skincare line’s Clean | Cold Formulated™ technique ensures ingredient potency and that their products are free of additives, irritants, and toxins. From moisturizers to brow enhancers, while Luzern offers many products they all uphold the brand’s promise of better, purer skin care products and healthier, more beautiful skin without harming the planet.

Esthederm’s patented cellular water mirrors the make-up of the water already in your skin and helps to maintain your youthfulness and enhances the effectiveness of all of our products. Their natural line of skin care products is made with skin-friendly formulas that respect the skin’s integrity provide it with constant protection against ageing, optimize its cellular metabolism and strengthen its ability to adapt and improve its resistance to environmental stressors. Esthederm works just as hard as you do!

The next annual ISPA event will will be held Sept. 24 – 26, 2018 | Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ.

Nancy Trent

Nancy Trent

President, Trent & Company Marketing Communications

Nancy Trent is a writer and speaker, a lifelong health advocate, a globe-trotting trend watcher and the founder and president of Trent &amp; Company, a New York-based marketing communications firm with an office in Los Angeles.  Trent &amp; Company grew out of Nancy’s personal commitment to helping people live longer and healthier lives.  A former journalist for New York magazine, Nancy has written seven books on healthy lifestyles, serves on the editorial boards of several magazines and travels around the world speaking at conferences and trade shows on trends in the marketplace. She is a recognized expert in PR with more than 30 years of experience creating and managing highly successful campaigns. Nancy can be reached at (212) 966-0024 or through e-mail at nancy@trentandcompany.com.  You may also visit http://www.trentandcompany.com.

CARIBBEAN WELLNESS & EDUCATION (WE) 1 ST JAMAICAN EVENT FEELIN’ IRIE

If there’s one thing the home of “one love” can do well it is bring people together in the spirit of harmony! Those who had the opportunity to participate in this year’s Caribbean Wellness & Education (WE) event, are taking away new relationships, professional and personal inspiration, and knowledge on how to integrate their brands and expertise into this ever flourishing region.
The week began with WE’s attendance at the first World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference in the region. The conference was designed to deliver high-level content on jobs and inclusive tourism growth, bringing together diplomats and tourism stake-holders from around the world. Making it a historic meeting for the region and connecting with the core principles of WE’s mission.

A few highlights from the WE Jamaica event series:

  • WE Jamaica hosted their event at the newly opened Jewel Grande Resort & Spa, Montego Bay. This is the home of the sensational Grande Spa that features a 30,000+ square foot indigenously Jamaican spa.  Spa professionals enjoyed personalized meetings allowing for business to happen in an expedited format.  Attendees enjoyed authentic Jamaican experiences including a visit to Fisherman’s Inn on the Luminescence Lagoon and attendance to the Chronixx Reggae concert. Creating memories to forge relationships that will last a lifetime.
  • Local massage therapists attended a course on how to provide safe and effective spa services for clients living with cancer. They were taught by 27-year wellness professional veteran, Christine Ann Clinton, Harvard Medical School wholistic cancer care specialist.  At the training they invited Montego Bay residents living with cancer to be a part of this important training, attesting that compassion
    and quality-of- life are an essential part of the treatment process for patients.
  • Finally, the Jewel’s ‘Grande’ pool transformed into an awesome runway show with top international models from Jamaica and LA wearing resortwear by SITA Couture, Anatomie, and Ala Turca TEXTILES. This show was produced by BESTalent Group and the models faces and nails were done by the eco cosmetic brands: GloBody, HydraFacial, Dazzle Dry and Jane Iredale.  The show proved that comfort and ease are an integrated element of health and wellness, and that toxin free cosmetics really do work!

“Caribbean Wellness & Education (WE) has been an invaluable resource for understanding the potential in delivering the 3.7 trillion dollar growing wellness economy to the region”, said Matt Cooper CMO of Caribbean Hotel & Tourism’s (CHTA), “while focusing on growing tourism collaboratively as a region this year, we are anticipatory of drawing in the high-yield wellness traveler, to enjoy what the World’s Spa has to
offer.”

Now in its second year, Caribbean WE will continue to provide the region with educational programs, wellness development and networking opportunities on their home turf.

Upcoming events:

  • WE Caribbean will create The Wellness Zone at Caribbean Market Place in San Juan, Puerto Rico in conjunction with Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. WE Wellness Zone is a pop-up ‘spa experience’ in the centre of the CHTA Marketplace. Over 30 islands and 200 hotels participate, making Marketplace the largest annual hospitality event in the Caribbean. 
  • The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, presents the 1 st annual “TCI Wellness Week” in partnership with Caribbean Wellness & Education (WE).

About Carribean Wellness & Education (WE):  Founded by spa and wellness insider Stephanie Rest, WE develops wellness and education initiatives that are socially conscience and specific to the environment. WE design our consulting services, events and trainings tailored to the brand and destination. WE have a lifetime of experience in the travel and wellness industry. Caribbean Wellness & Education (WE)  creates paths for enterprises and insist on substance, sustainability, style and sun. More on http://www.caribbeanwe.com/.

Beauty Düsseldorf Trade Fair Returns in March 2018

   BEAUTY DÜSSELDORF, The leading international trade fair for cosmetics, foot, nail, wellness and spa, will return from March 9 – 11, 2018 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. Some 1,500 exhibitors and brands will present a comprehensive market overview to over 55,000 international trade visitor. The ancillary practice-focused program will consist of 130 events with continuous education options.
Expert Program with Fresh Focuses
   There will be some new developments at BEAUTY 2018. “To keep the trade fair as highly attractive as it has been we will inject some new ideas, set new focuses and increasingly pick up on trends in the industry,” explained Michael Degen, Executive Director of Messe Düsseldorf.
   A special feature of BEAUTY is the excellent expert program. The spectrum of topics covered at the Trend Forum will be extended to include the field of Medical SkinCare. High-level expertise from medicine, science and practice will be shared in a compact and informative format and free of charge. “By integrating the medical skincare themes we are adding double value. Visitors have the opportunity to listen to first-class medical lectures while the expert program at BEAUTY will present a wealth of subjects that is unrivalled,” commented Michael Degen. The lectures can be attended without prior registration and admission is included in the trade fair ticket.
   At the Spa & Wellness Meeting Point experts will provide information on current trend themes. In addition, treatment methods, massage techniques and international treatments will be introduced and demonstrated.
New: BEAUTY WEB S@LON
   For the first time BEAUTY will place a special focus on digitalization and social media. At the new “BEAUTY WEB S@LON” in Hall 10, complimentary workshops will be offered covering topics such as the Internet, social media and online marketing. “We offer visitors various levels of training – from creating a website for beginners to targeted online advertising for advanced users, for example. With these high-quality workshops we provide real “development aid” for the sector,” remarked Michael Degen.
Premium Quality and Ambiance
   Key elements of the successful BEAUTY concept are its high-quality and stylish ambience as well as the extensive range of services and trade only policy. This gives industry professionals the ideal venue to network. The clear hall structure of BEAUTY provides easy orientation for the segments Cosmetics “exklusiv Order”, Cosmetics “direct” (C&C), Services, Furnishings and Accessories, Foot, Wellness and Spa as well as Nail and Accessories.
Awards and Championships
   At BEAUTY 2018, two of the most renowned industry awards will be presented:  “A Life of Beauty” and the “Golden Mask for Make-Up Artistry” awards. Make-up and fashion will the focus at the German (“Athleisure Wear” theme) and International Make-Up Championships (“Urban Summer” theme).
   The publishing house KOSMETIK international will award the “German Cosmetic Prize Gloria” to individuals and companies for their achievements and services on March 9, 2018   during a gala in the Düsseldorf Hilton hotel. This industry award is supported by renowned companies from the sector, the Cosmetic Professional Association (VCP) and Messe Düsseldorf.
Three trade fairs held concurrently
   Two industry related trade fairs will be held parallel with BEAUTY DÜSSELDORF 2018: TOP HAIR, Europe’s leading hair styling event (March 10 – 11) and the make-up artist design show (March 10 – 11).

  For further information on visiting or exhibiting at, BEAUTY DÜSSELDORF, TOP HAIR or the make-up artist design show 2018, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail: info@mdna.com; Visit www.beauty-duesseldorf.com and www.mdna.com; Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/Beauty_MDNA

  For hotel and travel information, contact TTI Travel, Inc. at (866) 674-3476; Fax: (212) 674-3477; E-mail: info@ttitravel.netwww.traveltradeint.com

Selling is Influence: What is Selling?

Hi friends, we are beginning a new series that focuses on selling that features my longtime friend Mark Wuttke who now runs Babor Skin Care for the Americas. Mark and I have always talked about our fascination with selling and why it seems so hard and complex for folks to pick up. Well guess what? We’ve simplified it into a 5 part series and short (videos are 3-5 minutes). Here’s part one on “Selling is Influence, What is Selling.

Watch it, you’re going to love it!

Thanks,

Allan Share, President of the Spa Industry Association

Pevonia International would like to introduce Jill Hansbury, your new Account Executive covering Georgia and Tennessee.

Pevonia International would like to introduce Jill Hansbury, your new Account Executive covering Georgia and Tennessee. 

Jill has joined our team to provide you with exemplary support. She is a licensed esthetician and brings extensive skin care experience to the Pevonia family. Jill most recently worked with the Hair Club for men and women in Atlanta, Ga where she was able to help others feel more confident. She loves educating and sharing her passion for skin care. 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 extremely passionate, conscientious, strategic and customized to fit your individual needs. 

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

Jill Hansbury
Account Executive GA/TN
(203) 273-2900 
JillH@Pevonia.com

Judge orders doctor to pay nearly $300,000 in civil penalties related to drug-law violations at medical spa

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A federal judge has ordered a Tulsa doctor to pay nearly $300,000 in fines related to 430 controlled-drug law violations while medical director at a spa.

U.S. District Judge John Dowdell, in an opinion and order issued Sunday, ordered Dr. Darnell E. Blackmon to pay civil fines totaling $296,000 following a nonjury trial held Oct. 26 in Tulsa federal court.

Blackmon had asked the judge to impose no monetary penalty, citing a range of factors that include his assertion that he didn’t willingly violate federal drug laws or profit financially.

 

Dowdell determined that a “significant” monetary penalty was appropriate.

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A “New Look” for Salon Employee Commission Arrangements in California

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A new addition to California law changes the definition of commission pay for licensed employees of beauty salons and barber shops. Under the new law, certain common arrangements, such as agreements to pay stylists on a commission-only basis or on a minimum wage plus commissions basis, are no longer considered to be commission-based pay.

California Senate Bill 490 (SB 490) adds Section 204.11 to the California Labor Code. In short, the new law specifies that wages paid to employees who are licensed and paid to provide services pursuant to the Barbering and Cosmetology Act qualify as commissions (either as a percentage or a flat rate), only if the following requirements are met:

  1. the employee’s base hourly rate is at least two times the state minimum wage in addition to commissions paid; and

  2. the employee’s wages are paid at least twice during each calendar month on days designated in advance by the employer as regular paydays.

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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
AlexanderH@Pevonia.com

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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DEMAND FOR O2CHAIR EXPLODES AT EMPLOYER HEALTHCARE & BENEFITS CONGRESS

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.”

About O2CHAIR

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.

Spas of America Launches the largest Spa and Wellness Travel Website

CHICAGO, October 30, 2017 — Spas of America, the No. 1 spa and wellness travel website, has re-launched www.spasofamerica.com, placing over 750 of the best spas at the fingertips of consumers around the world. Offering beautiful high-resolution images, accurate contact information and descriptions, and dynamic maps, thanks to a partnership with Google, Spas of America delivers on its mission of connecting consumers with the spa and wellness experiences they’re looking for.

“Spas of America took inspiration from the industry’s best print publications,” says founder and managing director Craig Oliver, “to create an exciting and dynamic online resource for spa consumers  as well as
deliver a very targeted audience to our spa partners.”

The Spas of America website caters to a growing number of consumers searching for spa and wellness travel experiences. “The North American spa industry continues to show strong growth,” says International Spa Association president Lynn McNees. “Total industry revenue has reached over $16 billion, and both the number of spa locations and full-time employees in the United States has increased, making a significant contribution to the overall economy.”

The growth of spa and wellness is not only limited to the USA. According to the Susie Ellis, chairman and CEO of Global Wellness Institute, “The global wellness industry was a $3.7 trillion market in 2015.”

Visitors to the site can search and browse spas from across the United States of America, Mexico and Canada, as well as select spas from around the world, including  Europe, South America, Asia and
Australia. They can also search by type of ‘spa experience’ including: Beach, Casino, City, Country, Desert, Health, Lake, Mineral Hot Springs, Mountain, Ocean and Wine.

Spas of America helps build the brands and increase the positioning of its spa partners with the goal of driving traffic, generating bookings and growing revenue. To accomplish this the team works with spa
partners on an integrated marketing partnership that includes content marketing, editorial, social media and lead generation. Spas of America creates customized spa marketing and media partnership solutions
for every partner.

About Spas of America

Spas of America is the largest spa and wellness travel website, showcasing more than 750 of the best resort, hotel and health spas to consumers around the world. We inspire healthy living and travel by
providing consumers with a beautiful, clean, easy-to- use online experience in HD quality. The website allows consumers to search for spas by name, keyword, location or experience, and to browse spas on
an interactive map.

Launched in 2005, Spas of America receives more than one million page views annually. The site’s traffic is very targeted: 90% U.S. and Canada; 70% female; 25-65 years of age (median age 39); college
educated; high household income; and health, wellness and travel oriented. Each year, Spas of America publishes the Top 100 Spas award, one of the industry’s leading awards.

Visit us online at www.spasofamerica.com, and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/spasofamerica and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/spasofamerica.

Lisa Starr to host seminars in South Africa and Mauritius

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Wynne Business senior consultant Lisa Starr is set to present several seminars at two African countries in the coming weeks. 

Optimising Business Success, hosted by Marine Spa Distributors t/a Thalgo SA for spa owners, operators and managers, is a one-day event that will take place on Tuesday 5 September, between 09:00am and 16:00pm, at the Camelot International in Johannesburg. 

The seminar will cover a range of topics including: Financial Management, the Do’s and Don’ts of Spa Retailing, Spa Marketing Concepts and Tactics, and Quality Management Strategies. 

Starr, an accomplished instructor with 30 years experience in the spa and beauty industry, will teach delegates to understand financial statements, utilise performance benchmarks, yield management strategies, stock management, retail trends and how to increase spa revenue through promotions. 

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Canyon Ranch expands aesthetics programme to land-based resorts

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Wellness pioneer Canyon Ranch has expanded its CR Aesthetics programme to the brand’s land-based wellspring resorts, following a year-long pilot throughout its cruise portfolio.

The company launched CR Aesthetics onboard select Celebrity Cruises ships in 2016, marking the first time injectable skin care – including cosmetic fillers – were available to Canyon Ranch guests. 

CR Aesthetics is currently offered on six Celebrity ships, with plans to add further ships in 2018. 

As part of its strategy to expand its offer of non-surgical facial treatments, CR Aesthetics will launch at the brand’s flagship property in Tucson, Arizona, followed by the introduction of the programme at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts. 

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Discover Pevonia’s Latest Pore-Refining Breakthrough Introducing Power Repair® Age Correction Micro-Pores™ Bio-Active Collection

Pore refinement is the #1 Skin concern in women ages 20-35 and approximately 70% of clients experience enlarged pores in the T-Zone! Help your spa guests perfect their skin and reveal a flawless complexion with Pevonia’s latest breakthrough: Power Repair® Age Correction Micro-Pores™ Bio-Active Collection!

Pevonia’s latest innovation presents a NEW Probiotic ingredient, pseudoalteromonas ferment extract: a groundbreaking peptide that contains three skin perfecting amino acids: Glycine, Histidine and Lysine.
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Consumers are raving about ingestible probiotics and now realize what is placed on the skin is just as important. By incorporating probiotics in this collection, Pevonia offers a natural, powerfully effective
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About Pevonia:
Pevonia believes the most powerful ingredients in skincare come from the safest source – nature. For nearly three decades, Pevonia uses highly sustainable processes in line with the company’s stance on environmental conservation, tests only on humans, and has been the leader in delivering natural skincare solutions to the finest spas and professional aestheticians. Pevonia continues to be the leader by delivering outstanding multicultural solutions to nearly 130 countries by restoring, de-aging and revitalizing our largest and most visible organ…our skin! As a multi-award winning brand, Pevonia is coveted by celebrities and beauty/wellness influencers and often featured in leading press worldwide praising our natural solutions for the outstanding instant and long term results they deliver.
For more information, please contact: Danielle Sargeant
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Meet Lynn Halsey-St. Louis, the new Midwest Account Executive for Pevonia!

Pevonia International would like to introduce Lynn Halsey-St. Louis, our new Midwest Account Executive covering MO, MN, NE, KS, IA and S. IL. 

Lynn has joined our team to provide you with exemplary support. Lynn brings over 15 years of experience in skincare and aesthetic education to the Pevonia family. 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. Lynn is also a licensed aesthetician.  Her approach is extremely passionate, conscientious, strategic and customized to fit your individual needs. 

Reach out to her if you are in her area and get to know Pevonia! 

Lynn Halsey-St. Louis
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(651) 470-9373
LynnL@Pevonia.com

New Research on the Booming Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate & Communities Market Released by Global Wellness Institute

Wellness-focused homes/communities are suddenly seeing high consumer demand, high premiums, and an incredible pipeline: from a handful of projects a decade ago, to 600+ built, or in development, around the world today

Palm Beach, FL – October 10, 2017 – Each year the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) produces an in-depth research report on fast-growing wellness segments, and this year the focus is on the wellness lifestyle real estate and communities market. Today, at the Global Wellness Summit taking place at The Breakers-Palm Beach, GWI researchers presented key findings from their report “Build Well To Live Well” – revealing that if the extraordinary consumer spending on “all things wellness” has been slow to come to the places where we live, that’s now changing fast.

Consumer demand for wellness lifestyle real estate and communities is on the rise globally: in the U.S. alone, there are an astonishing 1.3 million potential buyers each year. In addition, homes designed to improve people’s wellness are now commanding 10-25% higher price premiums. And if as recently as the mid-2000s, there were only a dozen projects under development, today there are 600-plus global projects built, partially built, or in the pipeline – each one with a unique “wellness proposition.”

“The home is the last frontier in wellness, and this is the most important research we’ve undertaken, not just because it’s a hot new industry market – but because it’s about where and how we live,” said GWI Sr. Researcher, Katherine Johnston. “Our homes and communities have had a massive, increasingly negative impact on our well-being, as they were designed following templates set up decades ago to meet the health and lifestyle needs of a radically different era. But now we’re at the beginning of a new movement in home and community design that tackles our uniquely modern problems: sedentary lives, unhealthy diets, stress, social isolation and loneliness, pollution, nature-deprivation, etc. – and it’s creating powerful opportunities.”  

KEY FINDINGS:

THE MARKET

Roughly 20% of all consumer spending is on housing (people’s largest, most important investment) – or over $8 trillion globally each year.* In 2017, the GWI pegged the wellness lifestyle real estate and communities market at $119 billion, growing at a fast 9% a year – and estimated that it would jump to $153 billion by 2020. While this is big, wellness real estate is still less than half the size of the green building industry ($260 billion), and less than 2% the size of the global construction industry.

DEFINITIONS

The new research defines wellness lifestyle real estate as “homes and buildings proactively designed and built to support the holistic health of their residents.” A wellness community is “a group of people, living close by, who share common goals, interests and experiences, to pursue wellness in a holistic, multidimensional way.” Wellness real estate does not equal a wellness community; the magic happens when the real estate part provides the foundation that enables the wellness community part to thrive. 

DIFFERENTIATORS

GWI’s research puts a strong focus on the community component because it’s a fundamental human need to connect with other people in this age of loneliness and social alienation. Rebranding real estate developments as “wellness communities” by highlighting a few healthy features/amenities is “well-washing” and confuses consumers. To prevent this, the report highlights several key ingredients that move wellness real estate to a true wellness community.

– From passive to active wellness

Tackling the unhealthy home environment, using materials, technologies and design to improve air, water, sound and lighting, is crucial, if passive, wellness. To achieve active wellness, we need exercise facilities, and many design features (sidewalks, porches, stairways, strategic placement of parking, public space, etc.) that make it a “default” to engage in healthy activities: walking instead of driving, gardening, socializing with other people. Examples: The Interlace (Singapore) or Via Verde (Bronx, NY)

– From hardware to software

The hardware is the building, structure and facilities – the real estate. But a community is a dynamic, living organism. “Soft” infrastructure, including classes, programs, music, arts, and family events (activities that draw people together for a common purpose), is needed to nurture a real culture of wellness. Example: Serenbe, Georgia

– From ME to WE

Wellness real estate can support healthy individual lives, focusing on exercise, sleep, organic food, etc. – but ME-centric living can be a wellness cocoon. WE is the DNA of a wellness community, which is about social connectivity, and a broader awareness that our actions affect other people and our planet. It’s about designing housing and environments that are not only net-zero, but net-positive to the social and physical environment. Example: BedZED, UK

DEMAND

Global surveys (from India to the UK) show fast-rising consumer demand for healthier homes. For instance, American Lives’ recent survey of American households with incomes over $75K revealed that 25% are already “very interested” in living in a wellness community. GWI estimates that this translates into 1.3 million potential buyers in the U.S. who are looking for wellness communities each year…a number greatly exceeding supply.

PRICE PREMIUMS

While many wellness real estate/communities projects are positioned as affordable or market rate, this research is the first to reveal that homes positioned at the middle and upper ends of the market are currently achieving price premiums of 10-25% over comparable regional properties, based on a global cross-sectional analysis of sales prices of fully and partially built wellness-focused developments.

POWERFUL PIPELINE WITH DIZZYING DIVERSITY

The pipeline of wellness living projects has accelerated dramatically and gone global over the last five years: from a handful of developments to over 600 today (and with more announced each month).

Every project is unique. Urban highrises that provide healthy indoor environments and wellness amenities for people living in crowded megacities (Muse Residences – Miami, Afiniti – Malaysia, Serein – India.) Suburban planned communities encourage active lifestyles and connection to nature, with walking/biking paths, organic farms, and extensive social programming (Harvest – Texas, Selandra Rise – Australia). Resort-based real estate gives residents 24/7 access to world-class spa and wellness programs (Canyon Ranch Living – Arizona/Massachusetts, Sangha – China, Tao – Mexico). Some communities integrate healthy residences with innovative wellness/health industry clusters (Lake Nona – Florida, Oceanside – Australia, Llanelli Wellness Village – Wales, WorldCare Wellness Village – Dubai). Some target singles, families, seniors, millennials, or healthy multigenerational living. Some cost millions of dollars while others target low-income people.

“People spend $3.7 trillion on their wellness every year, but they spend $8 trillion on homes that often encourage unhealthy lifestyles. Then we spend another $7.6 trillion on health expenditures to fix those problems. The math doesn’t add up: $20 trillion not working in the same direction: to make us healthier,” noted Ophelia Yeung, GWI Sr. Researcher. “We predict that in the next several decades, building our homes and neighborhoods for human wellness will become the default approach, not simply a trend.” 

FULL REPORT: JANUARY 2018

These highlights were presented today from the 80-plus page report to be released in January at a NYC press event, packed with detailed info including updated market size data (globally and regionally), diverse case studies, full global pipeline info, a dashboard to measure the wellness impacts of these projects – and more.

RESEARCH SPONSORS

The 2018 report, “Build Well to Live Well: Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate and Communities”, was underwritten with support from the following industry leaders: Canyon Ranch, Delos, Herbalife Nutrition, iGetBetter, Lapinha, LightStim, Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort and Spa, Rezilir Health, Seabourn Cruises, Serenbe, Six Senses, The BodyHoliday, Two Bunch Palms and Universal Companies.

For more information, contact Beth McGroarty: beth.mcgroarty@globalwellnessinstitute.org or (+1) 213-300-0107

*Euromonitor data, 2017

About the Global Wellness Institute: The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a non-profit 501(c)(3), is considered the leading global research and educational resource for the global wellness industry, and is known for introducing major industry initiatives and regional events that bring together leaders to chart the future. GWI positively impacts global health and wellness by advocating for both public institutions and businesses that are working to help prevent disease, reduce stress, and enhance overall quality of life. Its mission is to empower wellness worldwide. www.globalwellnessinstitute.org

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IS MASSAGE THERAPY’S HAPPINESS FACTOR THE KEY TO PUBLIC AWARENESS?

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When wellness experts Lynda Solien-Wolfe, L.M.T., and CG Funk got together a couple of years ago to figure out a way to educate more people about the benefits of massage therapy, they brought to the conversation a combined half-century of experience in the massage and spa fields.

What resulted was the identification of a truth that is powerful in its simplicity: Receiving massage makes people happy.

Now, Wolfe, who is vice president of massage and spa for Performance Health, and Funk, former vice president of industry relations and product development for Massage Envy Spa, have just launched their Massage Makes Me Happy Initiative, sponsored by the Global Wellness Institute, a nonprofit organization that educates the public and private sectors about preventive health and wellness.

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Pevonia Gifts Makeup Artists from Emmy Nominated TV Drama This Is Us

(Daytona Beach, FL – September 19, 2017) Pevonia, the leader in natural botanical skincare, recently gifted Celebrity Makeup Artists from the Emmy Nominated TV Drama This Is Us a Pevonia Botanica gift set for use during filming of the second season of the show. The NBC American Television series follows one family’s story across the decades and reveals how events in our lives impact who we become and how our connections transcend through time. The show stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, and Sterling K. Brown (2017 Emmy Award Winner for This Is Us).

Pevonia Botanica reached out to Celebrity Makeup Artist Elizabeth HoelChang on Social Media, inquiring at the opportunity to gift the Makeup Artist Team for the show. Chang stated: “I’ve used your lovely products before, and it is very kind of you to send [us] some.” She later followed up with Pevonia providing her wish list of products proclaiming: “Thank you for wanting to send product, you are so very kind! I am familiar with Pevonia, and absolutely love your product!! It will come quite useful on the show.”

Chang provided Pevonia’s Gift Set to This Is Us Makeup Department Director Zoe Hay, whom recently mentioned Pevonia on Instagram. Check out the link to Zoe Hay’s post here: http://bit.ly/2xcOzOg
The This Is Us Makeup Artist Team was gifted the following Pevonia skincare products:

• YouthRenew™ Tinted Cream SPF 30
• LipRenew™ Plump & De-Age Treatment
• EyeRenew™ Conceal & De-Age Treatment
• Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30
• Power Repair® Hydrating Cleanser
• RS2 Gentle Lotion
• RS2 Concentrate
• Stem Cells Phyto-Elite® Intensive Serum
• Myoxy-Caviar® Timeless Eye Contour
• Eye Makeup Remover
• BodyRenew™ Body Moisturizer-Pineapple & Coconut

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Pevonia believes the most powerful ingredients in skincare come from the safest source – nature. For nearly three decades, Pevonia uses highly sustainable processes in line with the company’s stance on environmental conservation, tests only on humans, and has been the leader in delivering natural skincare solutions to the finest spas and professional aestheticians. Pevonia continues to be the leader by delivering outstanding multicultural solutions to nearly 130 countries by restoring, de-aging and revitalizing our largest and most visible organ…our skin! As a multi-award winning brand, Pevonia is coveted by celebrities and beauty/wellness influencers and often featured in leading press worldwide praising our natural solutions for the outstanding instant and long term results they deliver.

Introducing Bon Vital´® Complete™ – the latest advancement in dual purpose massage creme

Amazing performance, unmatched versatility and premium ingredients come together in the first ever truly complete™ dual purpose massage creme.

Akron, OH – September 20, 2017– Bon Vital’® is excited to announce the launch of Bon Vital’® Complete™ Massage Creme – a premium, hypoallergenic dual purpose creme that flawlessly combines the features of an oil and lotion, making it extremely versatile and ideal for techniques and modalities ranging from high glide to deep tissue. Formulated with a unique blend of premium ingredients purposefully selected to benefit the therapist and the client, Bon Vital’® Complete™ restores, moisturizes and soothes skin and sore muscles for the ultimate therapeutic, relaxing full body massage.

“The Complete™ story began about two years ago when two simple questions were raised during a Bon Vital´ team strategy session,” says Tim Dunphy, Brand &amp; Category Director at Bon Vital’. “After gathering all the best information available and listening to our experts and partners, we came together to identify unmet needs in the massage therapy industry. It was then that someone asked the questions, “Why does it seem like almost every product has a trade off?” and “Can we make a complete massage lubricant?” That was all it took. We knew immediately what we had to do—make the first ever truly complete™ massage creme. And we did.”

Bon Vital´ Complete™ provides ultimate versatility to enhance the therapist’s touch, utilizes the very best ingredients available, and enables more strokes per ounce than similar crèmes. It is highly moisturizing, hypoallergenic, leaves no greasy feel, is easily washed out, paraben free, unscented and cruelty free. Complete™ is also preferred by therapists and clients.

“The team elected not to launch such a product until all the desired features and capabilities were met. Complete™ means complete™ became our mantra,” continues Dunphy, “After more than 25 formulations, uncountable panel tests with massage therapists, and analysis and evaluation of 500+ ingredients, Bon Vital’
Complete™ is here and we are ecstatic and proud to share this amazing product with the world.”

Bon Vital’ Complete™ Key Ingredients – Formulated with a unique blend of ingredients to benefit the therapist and the client, such as Marula, Olive, Avocado, and Jojoba oils, plus Arnica and Horse Chestnut extracts.

Marula Oil:

• Light in texture, super fast-absorbing, packed with nutrients and fatty acids that fight
environmental aggressors
• 60% more antioxidants than Argan Oil to enhance the appearance of skin firmness and
improve skin health
• Amazingly hydrating

Arnica Extract:

• Positive effects on muscle soreness
• Helps stimulate circulation

Horse Chestnut Extract:

• Antioxidant

“We know that touch is the starting point of wellness, relief and healing, and that touch is where the therapist builds trust and earns respect,” concludes Dunphy. “That is why we created Bon Vital Complete™ – to help complete™ the full potential of your touch.”

“We know that touch is the starting point of wellness, relief and healing, and that touch is where the therapist builds trust and earns respect,” concludes Dunphy. “That is why we created Bon Vital Complete™ – to help complete™ the full potential of your touch.”

Bon Vital´ Complete™ will be available for pre-orders, including special introductory pricing, at www.MassageWarehouse.com before the official national launch date of October 1, 2017. After October 1, Bon Vital´ Complete™ will be available market wide for purchase. Free trial samples of Bon Vital´ Complete™ will be available by request at www.bonvital.com/completesample beginning October 1, 2017.

Bon Vital’ is a proud member of the Performance Health family of brands, a global health, wellness and self-care company.

About Bon Vital’
Bon Vital’ is the #1 choice of Massage Therapists and Spa professionals for a full range of massage therapy
and body care products for in clinic treatments and at home extended care. Bon Vital’ is dedicated to
supporting the global massage therapy and spa community by building strong 1-to- 1 relationships, providing
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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! For more information: www.performancehealth.com

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! 

SPA INDUSTRY VETERAN MELANIE EDWARDS NAMED DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL & SPA PRODUCTS DIVISION FOR F.C. STURTEVANT, MANUFACTURER OF COLUMBIA PROBIOTICS

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.

SPARKS OF LIGHT DAY ILLUMINATES CANCER PATIENTS’ LIVES AROUND THE WORLD

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

kslcapital.com – 

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

Contact: 
Kate Sornson
Community Manager
kate@greenspanetwork.org
800-275-3045

What’s Trending in Spa Product for Fall/Winter 2017

Provided by AmericasMart – 

The idea of spa retreats and self-pampering might seem like a foreign concept in today’s society. The average person is constantly on the go and any “free” time is typically divided between work, family, school or some other pressing obligation. Unfortunately, relaxation, more often than not, takes a backseat to life. However, treating yourself to some much needed peace and serenity is not lost.  

Check out these trending spa and beauty products for Fall/Winter 2017 that will nourish mind, body and soul:

Lemon and Citrus

Citrus fruits have amazing revitalizing properties so it is only natural that many brands are incorporating lemon, lime, grapefruit and verbena into their lines.  Citrus infused fragrances, scents and oils do wonders to boost energy and mood. 

Superfood

The benefits of superfoods are undeniable and lend themselves to amplify a wide variety of spa and beauty products.  Avocado, olive oil, banana and other foods are used to enhance the body and overall wellbeing. 

Honey

Honey is another item featured front and center in many product launches. This soothing and rich ingredient has a wealth of health benefits from aromatherapy to skin moisturization. 

Each spa is as different as its owners and customers, however certain elements tend to transition across specialties to create a welcoming atmosphere and positive experience. Keeping up with new concepts is part of providing a superior customer experience. 

For additional information, visit www.americasmart.com for information on these trends and more.

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AmericasMart

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Organic Skin Care Market Safety, Regulatory Guidelines and Herbal Medicines 2017

technopow.com – 

Global Organic Skin Care Market Research Report 2017 to 2022 presents an in-depth assessment of the Organic Skin Care including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for Organic Skin Care investments from 2017 till 2022.

This study answers several questions for stakeholders, primarily which market segments they should focus upon during the next five years to prioritize their efforts and investments. These stakeholders include Organic Skin Care manufacturers such as, Bare Escentuals, Natura Cosmticos S.A., Burt’s Bee, Kiehl’s, The Body Shop, Estee Lauder, Yves Rocher Amway, Arbonne International, The Hain Celestial Group, Aveda Corp., L’Occitane en Provence.

Primary sources are mainly industry experts from core and related industries, and suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and organizations related to all segments of the industry’s supply chain. The bottom-up approach was used to estimate the global market size of Organic Skin Care based on end-use industry and region, in terms of value. With the data triangulation procedure and validation of data through primary interviews, the exact values of the overall parent market, and individual market sizes were determined and confirmed in this study.

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Medical spa welcomes renowned aesthetician and makeup artist

register-herald.com – 

Vitality Aesthetics and Wellness in Fayetteville has welcomed Rosemarie Hunter, a renowned aesthetician and makeup artist. 

Hunter is working on commercial film shoots while preparing to work with models at New York Fashion Week.

Having worked with multiple professional film and photo studios, Vitality Aesthetics and Wellness employees said she brings world-class skills and products to Fayetteville.

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Breaking: former Canyon Ranch, Miraval, Two Bunch execs form new wellness hospitality company

spabusiness.com – A group spa industry veterans have come together to create a new hospitality and real estate company, Civana, based around sustainable wellness through an affordable travel and lifestyle platform.

Led by Kevin Kelly – who was former Canyon Ranch president and chief branding officer, and most recently was CEO and co-owner of California’s Two Bunch Palms – Civana will bring together wellness programming, sustainable design and hotel asset and property management. 

Joining Kelly is Larry Lamy, former VP of finance for Miraval and Canyon Ranch; and spa and wellness brand executive Rianna Riego, who assisted Kelly in the re-branding of Two Bunch Palms. Peter Smith, former COO of Canyon Ranch, is an advisor and senior board member of Civana. 

Civana will invest US $40m to transform the 189-bedroom Carefree Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, US, which will open in September 2018; the company hopes to have between three and five wellness resorts and communities open within the next five years. 

Civana wellness resorts will focus on sustainable wellness, along with a consumer appetite for a deeper guest experience, social connection, and an affordable health and wellness environment.

“The established wellness immersion resorts target the top 10 per cent of the affluent travellers, leaving 90 per cent of this market underserved,” said Kelly, who is Civana’s chair and CEO. “Civana will bring a more attainable wellness experience to a larger target market, designed for today’s sophisticated traveler of all ages.” 

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Earthlite® Announces Acquisition of Continuum Footspas

Earthlite announced today the acquisition of Continuum Footspas, LLC, a leading pedicure equipment company, enhancing its dominant position in spa equipment.

Vista, California – September 7, 2017 – Earthlite, LLC announced today that it has acquired Continuum Footspas, LLC from its private owners. “We are very pleased Continuum Footspas will become part of the Earthlite family of companies. Continuum has a worldwide reputation of manufacturing the finest pedicure equipment in the industry and we are impressed with the quality of the company’s design portfolio and management team,” according to James Chenevey, Earthlite’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Continuum will join Earthlite, Living Earth Crafts, Stronglite, and Inner Strength in the company’s portfolio.

“We intend to further invest in building Continuum’s proprietary designs and combine our collective sales teams to enhance the company’s sales and marketing efforts,” says Brian Paris, Earthlite’s Executive VP of Sales. “We are very excited about the future of both companies in the nail and pedicure space.”

Joe Galati, long-time industry veteran and former company President, will remain as an advisor to the Continuum Team. Tony Galati will become Continuum’s General Manager. “I couldn’t imagine a more suitable partner than Earthlite and Living Earth Crafts to help facilitate our continued growth in the spa and salon marketplace,” said Mr. Joe Galati. “The combined marketing reach of our organizations will be unprecedented. Additionally, I couldn’t be happier for our Continuum staff. As a direct result of this timely acquisition, all employees, particularly Tony, will help lead Continuum for years to come. This merger creates exceptional opportunities in both companies.” Tony Galati added, “By combining resources we will be able to provide customers with more innovative products, superior service and improved quality.”

About Earthlite – Headquartered in Vista, California with operations on three continents, the award winning Earthlite manufactures the highest quality spa and massage equipment in the world under multiple well-known brands. Founded in 1987, Earthlite maintains an unwavering commitment to producing exceptional quality products with sustainable manufacturing practices and materials.

About Continuum – Based in New Berlin, WI, Continuum Footspas designs and manufactures premium pedicure equipment for many of the world’s finest spas and salons. The founders, John Meyerovich and Joe Galati invented the first pedicure chair in the early 1980’s. Today, Continuum remains one of the most revered brands in spa and salon equipment. For more information on Continuum’s pedicure line, visit the Continuum website at www.mycontinuumpedicure.com or contact the company at 877-255- 3030.

The Hut Group Acquires Prestigious Spa and Skincare Brand ESPA

kslcapital.com – 

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.

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The Woodhouse Day Spa to open in Village of Williamsville

wnypapers.com – 

The Woodhouse Day Spa, the ultimate full-service luxury day spa, is opening in the Village of Williamsville. The spa aims to offer invigorating, rejuvenating and results-oriented spa services to provide the utmost relaxation to its guests.
 
American Spa Magazine voted The Woodhouse Day Spa “Best Day Spa” every year since 2012. It is set to open in the Village of Williamsville in late summer, and will be located at 5933 Main St.
The Woodhouse Day Spa, known for its dedication to wellness and stress relief, will offer guests a chance to relax and renew themselves in its elegant facilities in “their own backyard.” The use of innovative products combined with a serene spa environment and handcrafted spa treatments have made The Woodhouse Day Spa a popular place for a luxurious getaway where guests can enrich the mind and delight the senses.
With a firm belief in the link between health, well-being and beauty, The Woodhouse Day Spa offers more than 70 stress-relieving, soothing services, including The Woodhouse signature minkyti facial, The Woodhouse hydrafacial, Himalayan salt stone massage, in addition to body treatments, sleep treatments, manicures and pedicures.

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Juice bar and spa with ‘float pods’ opens in Mt. Pleasant

themorningsun.com –  Doug and Laurie Perry and their children do a lot together as a family. When they are out and about, Doug, Laurie, daughter Korynne and sons Grant and Mitch have noticed over the years that there aren’t many places to stop for something truly healthy. There are fast food restaurants that offer healthier options than others, but the Perrys wished they could find a place for relaxation, revitalization and pure nutrition. They didn’t find that, so they decided to open their own. Having started business about two weeks ago in Mt. Pleasant, the Perrys own Pure Vitality Juice Bar & Spa at 128 E. Broadway St. downtown.

There, the family gives customers a wide variety of options for relaxing, de-stressing and providing their bodies with fresh, natural juices and smoothies. Juices from a variety of fruits and vegetables are squeezed fresh in front of customers, and smoothies are made to order as well. Using fruits and vegetables that are packed with nutrients like kale, spinach, carrots, broccoli, beets, cucumbers, strawberries, pineapple, apples, oranges, lemons, celery, grapefruit, mangoes, goji berries and blueberries.

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Save Your Skin with CBD

We know that cannabidiol (CBD) has anti-seizure and anti-tumor properties, but its medicinal benefits don’t stop there. Topical CBD treatments can improve your physical health from the outside in. The natural compound has the ability to aid in the improvement of the overall health and appearance of your skin!

How it works:

Topical application of CBD (oil) creates a unique and positive interaction with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which controls and cares for your skin cells. From preservation to prevention, here are some incredible ways CBD can help save your skin from any harmful or irritating agents.

1. Youthful Skin Maintenance

CBD possesses significant anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and neuroprotective traits meaning it protects the skin of any damage from free radicals. These free radicals include UV rays, smoke, and environmental pollutants that can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Fight against these aging factors with the consistent use of our CBD Cream in your daily skin regimen.

2. Oil Control

Who would have thought a CBD moisturizer could control your oil? Suffering from oily skin is no walk in the park, and most people are hesitant to follow the advice of moisturizing their skin for fear of increasing the amount of oil on their skin. When you deprive your skin from moisture, you’re actually encouraging the oil glands to produce excessive oil for your skin. In the case of cannabis, using CBD infused products helps to decrease the over production of oil.

3. Acne Repair

Last but not least, the most common skin issue among all ages – acne. Oil control plays a huge role in managing acne. The oil that creates those blemishes is known as sebum, which excretes rough sebaceous glands. But when dirt and clogged pores get in the way, the sebum mixes with bacteria and becomes a blemish. When put to the test, we discovered that when applying non-psychoactive CBD to the endocannabinoid receptors of the skin, this oil production stopped and acne faded away. Further, when applied on the affected area directly, the production of sebocytes decreased significantly. So your constant search for spot treatments can end right here. Get to the root of your blemishes before they surface.

Your skin is constantly being challenged by environmental and personal skin care issues. Incorporating CBD infused products into your daily routine, may help to relieve some of those problems.

All of CBD Essentials products are sourced from whole flower cannabis plants, non-psychoactive, and are known to have significant therapeutic benefits. To ensure consistency and quality, our topicals are lab formulated, and third party tested.

Cannaisseur Brands and CBD Essentials

Cannaisseur Brands and CBD Essentials

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

Lynda Solien Wolfe, LMT, Receives the William C. “Bill” Lindsey Award at The National by FCA 2017

Akron, Ohio – August 30, 2017 – Performance Health is delighted to announce that Lynda Solien Wolfe received the William C. “Bill” Lindsey Award at last week’s The National by FCA 2017 during the ChiroPAC
reception. The award recognizes a chiropractic layperson for their heroic service to Americans and their commitment to educating the public on the benefits of chiropractic care. Lynda is the Vice President,
Massage &amp; Spa for Performance Health and has worked closely with the FCA for over 20 years.

“I know of very few people without DC after their name that have as much passion as Lynda does for this profession. Above and beyond all that her impressive biography contains, the reason she was selected for
this rare reward is because she is an ambassador for chiropractic wherever she goes, and she goes everywhere,” stated Debbie Brown, FCA Chief Executive Officer. Per the association’s Government Relations Director, Jack Hebert, “Lynda ceaselessly does all that she can to help everyone she encounters experience conservative healthcare thru chiropractic and massage. Thank you, Lynda.”

“I am so honored and grateful to be recognized by the FCA,” added Lynda Solien Wolfe, “As I said in my acceptance speech, I was flabbergasted. I have so much respect for the entire FCA organization and what
they do to raise the bar for chiropractic and conservative care, not only in the state of Florida but throughout the entire country. Thank you!”

“Lynda has always recognized the natural alignment and partnership between the massage and chiropractic professions, and has worked to build bridges and promote both professions for the past two decades,” added Marshall Dahneke, Chief Commercial Officer, Performance Health. “Her outgoing personality and positive outlook make her a very authentic ambassador. I could not be more proud of
Lynda!”

About Florida Chiropractic Association
The primary function of the Florida Chiropractic Association is for the protection and welfare of its individual members, regardless of philosophy, as well as education of the public concerning the chiropractic profession. The Florida Chiropractic Association advocates the position that chiropractic is a distinct and separate healing arts science. The National by FCA 2018 will be held August 16-19. #TheNationalFCA or visit
www.thenationalChiro.com for more information.

About Performance Health
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Performance Health is a global health, wellness and self-care company. The Performance Health brands include Biofreeze®, TheraBand®, Cramer®, Active Ankle®, Bon Vital®, BVspa™, Perform®, and Thera°Pearl®, all of which collectively create a complementary product offering that has helped professionals, patients and consumers relieve pain, accelerate recovery, grow stronger, and enhance quality of life for nearly 100 years.

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The History of Medical Cannabis

Cannabis is a truly ancient medicine. For as long as humanity has cultivated cannabis sativa—and our relationship with cannabis stretches back thousand of years—we’ve been using the plant for its potent medical benefits. Here’s a brief examination of the history of medical cannabis.

China
Some of the earliest references to medical cannabis pop up in China. In 2737 B.C., the Chinese emperor Shen Neng prescribed marijuana tea as a treatment for a wide array of maladies, including malaria, gout, rheumatism and—rather laughably—memory loss. By around 200 B.C., Chinese farmers had successfully cultivated hemp, using it to make everything from clothing to rope and, of course, medicine, according to Psychology Today. In 200 A.D., the Chinese medical book, Shennong Bencaojing, noted that cannabis could be used as an anesthetic. Apparently, the drug could be mixed with wine, and a patient would drink the cannabis-wine prior to surgery. Physicians also used cannabis oil, leaves, and its roots to treat tapeworms, constipation, and blood clots. Cannabis’ popularity as a medicinal drug bloomed in Asia, and eventually over the course of several hundred years, medical cannabis made its way outside of China probably via merchants and traders, spreading into other regions, such as India.

India
Bhang is an Indian drink made from cannabis paste, milk, ghee, and various spices. According to Medical Daily, bhang is referred to in the fourth book of the Vedas as having the ability to “release an individual from anxiety.” It could also boost a person’s mood, sharpen their mental prowess, and “remove wind and phlegm.” Bhang was even used to treat sunstroke and dysentery, as well. From around 1400 B.C. to 1600 B.C., medical cannabis made its way out of Asia and into the Middle East and Africa. Archeologists have found papyrus scrolls dating from around 1500 B.C. that list medical cannabis as a valuable medicine for the treatment of inflammation. Since Islam generally forbids the consumption of alcohol, cannabis became popular both as a recreational drug and as a medicine. Apparently, cannabis did appear in medieval Europe, and physicians sometimes used the plant to treat lung ailments—such as coughs—as well as tumors and jaundice. Medieval physicians though believed that overconsumption of cannabis could cause sterility, so they often warned against excessive use.

The Americas
When the Spanish conquered the New World in the late 1500s, they brought cannabis to South America. However, cannabis never really took hold in the early American colonies—colonial farmers seemed to exclusively grow hemp. The plant was mostly used to make clothes, bags, rope, and paper. Beginning in the early 17th century and moving into the 18th century, American physicians began noting that hemp roots and seeds could be used to treat incontinence, inflammation, and various venereal diseases. An Irish doctor named William O’Shaughnessy helped to increase cannabis’ popularity in both the U.S. and England—he served as a physician with the British East India Company, and he witnessed firsthand how cannabis could be used to treat both rheumatism and nausea. By the early 1900s, pharmaceutical companies often added cannabis to various medicines and food items.

Unfortunately, increased federal regulations on medicinal items—along with anti-immigration fears of cannabis-smoking Central American migrants—helped to shift American public opinion on cannabis in the early 20th century. Eventually, cannabis went from being an important medicinal plant to a feared narcotic—though those fears were truly unfounded. However, as exhibited by cannabis’ rather unique history, physicians across the world have lauded medical cannabis for its health benefits for thousands of years. It’s only a matter of time until public opinion in the U.S. shifts completely, and the entirety of the nation begins to hopefully respect cannabis for the critical medical resource that it is.
*This blog lists the difference.

Sources:
http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1931247,00.html
http://www.medicaldaily.com/brief-history-medical-cannabis-ancient-anesthesia-modern-dispensary-370344

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SPA INDUSTRY VETERAN CATHERINE STRANGE WARREN NAMED NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF SPA AND WELLNESS FOR CARILLON MIAMI WELLNESS RESORT

MIAMI – August 2017 – Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, a world-class wellness property in Miami Beach, today announced the appointment of award-winning spa industry leader Catherine Strange Warren as
Vice President of Spa and Wellness. In her new role, Warren manages a team of over 100 professionals in the property’s integrated spa, fitness, salon and wellness facilities.

“Spas led by Warren receive scores of awards including Forbes Five-Star rating, Conde’ Nast Top 25 Spa in the World and Town & Country Top 15 Spas in the World,” says Managing Director Paul Nash. “Warren
comes to Carillon Miami Wellness Resort during a time of significant renovations and enhancements to the property. We look forward to her leadership taking Carillon Miami’s spa and wellness offerings to a five-star level.”

Warren’s nearly two decades in spa include most recently serving as spa and leisure director for Eau Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Under her direction, Eau Spa received a Forbes Five-Star rating. During previous roles with WTS International and Steiner Leisure Limited, Warren received the inaugural “Innovate Award” from the International SPA Association. She is a popular presenter at conferences led by Yoga Journal, ISPA and IECSC, as well as a community volunteer and speaker throughout South Florida.

Warren adds, “In only a few weeks of being on-site at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, I’ve experienced one of the best teams of my career to date. The passion and experience from our professionals in spa, fitness, wellness and medicine will correlate perfectly with the exciting renovations throughout the resort.”

Set in a luxurious 70,000-square- foot integrated wellness space surrounded by views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Spa at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort offers an empowering approach to treating the mind, body and soul. As the largest luxury spa on Miami Beach, Carillon Miami includes indoor and outdoor spaces, the unique Thermal Experience, an expansive fitness center with 200+ classes weekly, full-service salon, and an integrative wellness center staffed by a team of medical professionals. More on www.carillonhotel.com.

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is within the hospitality portfolio of Z Capital Partners, L.L.C.

About Carillon Miami Wellness Resort – Located along the white sand shores of Miami Beach, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort presents an authentic and specialized approach to health, wellness and complete well-being. Exuding the & luxury of wellness,& the resort focuses on aligning physical, mental and spiritual health by offering the largest spa in the region, a one-of- a-kind Thermal Experience and an integrative medical wellness center. An array of recreational activities are at guests & fingertips, with over 200 fitness classes offered each week, access to the resort & two-story indoor rock wall and four pools located throughout the property. Serving fresh, locally-sourced cuisine, the resort features four dining venues. The resort features 150 spacious one- and two-bedroom suites and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and Leading Spas. For more information, please visit www.carillonhotel.com

Giving Back to Female Entrepreneurs: Amber products announces their support of iFundWomen

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We are excited to announce our support of iFundWomen, a new crowdfunding platform for women-led startups and small businesses. Giving Back to Female Entrepreneurs Their mission is to close the funding gap for female entrepreneurs so they can get their businesses off the ground and we think that is amazing.

The number of women-owned businesses grew 30% from 2007-2012, which means that women are majority owners in roughly 36% of all US businesses.  Despite these amazing gains, women still only receive 2-6% of venture capital funding. Women create companies with 50% less capital and iFundWomen wants to change that.

Amber Products has been working with forward thinking, hard working and talented women entrepreneurs for over 35 years, making iFundWomen a perfect alignment for our company. We believe in supporting women who believe in themselves and their dreams. Amber Products wants to help make those aspirations a reality through the iFundWomen platform. We want to support women who believe in themselves and their dreams and a company that helps them make those dreams a reality.

In a recently published post, iFundWomen CRO, Concetta Rand, admitted, “I never thought female entrepreneurs were any different than just ‘entrepreneurs’ until I joined my first tech startup.” Until that time she had been surrounded by strong female co-workers and mentors and didn’t realize the plight of women struggling to make their own business goals happen.

“As soon as I joined the iFundWomen team, I got the opportunity to speak with hundreds of female founders and business owners, hearing firsthand the obstacles they encounter while getting their businesses off the ground.  When I think about what holds back the potential of female entrepreneurship – access to capital, coaches and mentors, role models to emulate –  iFundWomen addresses each of them individually and holistically.  We offer dedicated coaching services, we have a Slack community full of peer mentors, we publish success stories so aspiring entrepreneurs have role models, and we get money into the hands of women so they can do incredible things.”

No matter what your dream job may be, Amber Products is proud to support your efforts to stand on top of your own mountain.

Learn more about iFundWomen.

If you have specific beauty industry questions for our professional staff, contact us directly and we would love to help!

So you know you’re not alone, check out the You’re Not Crazy video series that is directly linked to iFundWomen. Start with The Confidence Gap below. 

 

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Ventana Big Sur Gets a Makeover

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Glamping anyone? Ventana Big Sur, set in California overlooking the Pacific coastline, announced a multi-million dollar redesign that coincides with a fall 2017 reopening. The 59-room resort is the first North American Property from Alila Hotels and Resorts, the luxury hotel brand that is now recognized as one of the top hospitality brands in the world. 

“We are so excited to once again welcome guests to Ventana Big Sur,” says Kristina Jetton, general manager of Venata Big Sur. “For over 40 years, Ventana has inspired and enchanted travelers the world over. Our new outdoor spaces including the spectacular Ocean Meadow event lawn, transformative guest programming and the debut of a glamping program in our redwood-canopied forest will celebrate the uplifting spirit and mesmerizing energy that have inspired travelers to explore Big Sur for decades.”

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BABOR Presents: DOCTOR BABOR Lifting RX The Needle-Free Face Lift

Do you want to lift and firm your face without any needles, nips, tucks or hefty price tags? DOCTOR BABOR has a solution for you — Lifting RX. DOCTOR BABOR skincare specialists developed the creams in Lifting RX with innovative pr ecision formulas, made in Germany, that promise effective, skincare therapy and a firming cosmetic facelift. Launching November 2017, the Lifting RX range will help firm contours on the neck and chin areas, plump the cheek and forehead areas, and reduce dark circles and puffiness on the eyes.
 
The DOCTOR BABOR Lifting RX range at a glance includes:
 

DUAL FACE LIFT SERUM: (2 x 15 ml; $175.00)

Employs the same mechanisms of action as a facelift – tightening the skin and plumping up the cheeks, with two serums.

  • V-Shape Serum: Visibly firms contours on neck and chin areas. The Lift-up Extract is Edelweiss stem cells that restore mitochondrial dynamics in the skin and strengthen the extracellular matrix.
  • Re-Fill Serum: Focuses on precision plumping, and restoring the forehead and cheek areas to its original plumpness. Contains an innovative lipodipeptide that counteracts sagging tissue by improving skin density and elasticity and stimulating collagen synthesis.

RESULTS: Visibly firm contours on the neck and chin areas, and plumped and restored forehead and cheek areas.

DUAL EYE SOLUTION DAY & NIGHT: (2 x 15ml; $99.00)

Reduces fine lines around the eyes with two creams, specially tailored to the varying needs of the skin at different times of the day.

  • Day Cream: This Day Boost Complex conceals dark rings under the eyes and stimulates microcirculation.
  • Night Cream: The Re-Charge Complex reduces puffiness, promotes generation and strengthens the skin’s natural barrier.
  • Fragrance free.

RESULTS: Reduced fine lines, puffiness and dark rings around the eyes.

LIFT SERUM: (10 ml; $79.00)

An effective alternative to Botox injections.

  • Eases microtensions in the skin by preventing the release of the neurotransmitters responsible for muscle contractions.
  • The peptides and polysaccharides in this product reduce the depth of lines, with measurable results.
  • The roller applicator, made from surgical steel, applies the serum directly onto the fine lines that need treating (e.g. frown lines on the forehead).
  • Fragrance free.

RESULTS: Reduced fine lines and plump skin.

The DOCTOR BABOR Lifting RX range will be available for purchase online at babor.com and in BABOR partner spas, this fall.

Las Vegas Market Sets a Positive Tone for the Second Half of the Year

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LAS VEGAS — AUGUST 8, 2017 — Buyers took advantage of a large number of resources – including significant new product introductions and first-time exhibitors – at the recently concluded Las Vegas Market. Following the close of market last Thursday, International Market Centers officials said that the summer show’s success was tied to key increases in gift buyer attendance, stable home furnishings attendance and burgeoning support from the interior design community.

Home furnishings buyer attendance was on par with last summer. Gift buyer attendance was robust, posting a 6 percent gain over last summer. Attendance included buyers from 50 states and 79 countries, and within the U.S., the highest number of buyers came from California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas and Utah. Leading international countries represented were Canada, Mexico, China, Panama and Colombia.

“Las Vegas Market’s record growth has generated industry attention and advocacy, driving increased interest and turnout from new buyers, as well as repeat attendance by retailers and designers already familiar with the Market,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers. “As the nation’s fastest growing gift market and the leading furniture and home decor market in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is delivering on its promise to create an exceptional customer experience for buyers and suppliers alike. We seek to raise the bar for our customers every market, and this market was no exception.”

Raising the bar included adding 72 new and expanded permanent showrooms, more than 150 first-time exhibitors within Pavilions for a total of 500+ temporary exhibitors, and a record number of nearly 40 buying groups and associations drawing groups of their members to shop the expansive whole home and gift product offering.

Increase in Gift Attendance Good News for the Industry

The gift category continued its growth trajectory for the sixth consecutive summer market, increasing gift buyer attendance by 6 percent from Las Vegas Market summer 2016. The Market continues to gain resources across the full spectrum of gift categories, with the most marked growth in gourmet, toy/children’s products and lifestyle categories.

Retailer Jan Boydstun of Kitchen Kitchen Inc. in Indian Wells, Calif. said that she was surprised by how much the market has grown since her last visit and by the variety of products.

“Las Vegas Market does such a great job getting the perfect mix for so many different categories,” Boydstun said. “I enjoyed the Pavilions so much and found new, fun things and quality products there.”

Both permanent and temporary exhibitors in the home décor and gift categories commented that the Market’s unique access to a broad cross-section of buyers from west coast and western states helped them identify and open new accounts and reacquaint with lapsed accounts.

“Being here is as much about reaching out westward towards our existing customers, as it is about trying to find new accounts, and the Market is effective in this regard,” said first-time exhibitor Jeannett Purdy of AMEICO. “The Mexican and other Central/South American buyers have very sophisticated taste and I’m struck by their enthusiasm here.”

Returning HANDMADE exhibitor John Gupthill of Funky Rock Designs added, “We are seeing all new businesses for us at this show, with 80 percent of our orders placed coming from new customers. Of all the West Coast shows, Las Vegas is the only place to get the customer base from the West Coast and other Western states.”

Allan Share, executive director of the Spa Industry Association from Waconia, Minn., which includes 43,000 members nationally, commented, “If you’re in our spa channel and have not attended, you absolutely need to fix that. Las Vegas Market has an amazing selection of ‘front of the house’ retail items, many of which will return two, three or even four times mark-up from cost.”

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Top Maryland MedSpas Merge to Become Largest MedSpa in Area

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Maryland Plastic Surgery has acquired Effective MedSpa through a business merger, now making it the largest medspa in the entire Maryland region.

Glen Burnie, Maryland — One of the biggest Plastic Surgery and Medical Spas in Maryland has confirmed that they will have another top tier medical spa within the region merge with them. Maryland Plastic Surgery and Pure MedSpa has recently announced the merger with Effective MedSpa making Maryland Plastic Surgery and Pure MedSpa the largest medspa in the Maryland area. As of July 1, 2017, Effective Medspa will be operating as PURE MedSpa at Maryland Plastic Surgery under the direction of award-winning Dr. Adam Summers. In their announcement, they have stated that the merger between the two great businesses is going to expand services available. Some of the new services they offer are laser chemical peel, laser facelift, laser body lift, liquid facelift and cellulite treatment.

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Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa Sees Benefits from Hotel Automation

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When the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa in the Grand Cayman opened this year, it was highly anticipated as a top hotel in the area. It stands out as a modern fixture against a seven-mile beach, and the hotel offers guests waterfront views, specialty villas, luxurious amenities, and traditional aquatic activities. These features are typical of most luxury beach getaways, but setting the Kimpton Seafire apart from its competitors is an incredible and unique in-room experience that puts guests into the ultimate relax mode with the tap of a button. And this same system helps the hotel run more smoothly, with added benefits for management.

When guests arrive, a bellhop directs guests to their room and gives them control of the room’s smart lights and thermostat with a complimentary tablet and simple control keypads throughout the room. These devices are also configured into pre-programmed scenes, which combine their functions for comfort and convenience: Welcome, Daylight, Relax or Good Night slowly dim or brighten multiple light fixtures to create the perfect ambiance for a relaxing afternoon, refreshing morning wake-up or to ease into sleep at the end of the day.

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O2CHAIR DEBUTS IN U.S.- REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS OPTIMAL BREATHING FOR MULTIPLE BENEFITS, INCLUDING REDUCED STRESS & INCREASED VITALITY

Spas Embrace Gold-Medal Winning Invention at 2017 Prestigious Concours Lépine: Endorsed by Tony Robbins and World-Class Athletes
Henderson, Nev. (August 3, 2017)-Luxury spas and resorts are embracing the revolutionary O2CHAIR‘s launch in the U.S. 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. Benefits include a reduction in stress, blood pressure and heart rate, while increasing energy and vitality. Inviting participants to take an active role in conscious, deep breathing, the benefits last long after the treatment.
O2CHAIR is a welcome addition to spa relaxation areas and a valuable tool for encouraging relaxation and mindfulness pre or post treatments, without the cost of a therapist.

“I’m excited about integrating the O2CHAIR into my spa’s mindfulness and stress management programs, both as a standalone service and pre-treatment. The ingenious technology allows spa guests to achieve a deep state of relaxation in a short amount of time,” says Terry Prager, Director of Spa & Wellness at The Estate Yountville, Villagio & Vintage House. “The O2CHAIR is ideal for our clients who are seeking relaxation in the spa, but don’t want to undress and get on a spa table. It is perfect for jet-lag, or guests who have over-indulged in wine tasting.”

An increase in breathing capacity and oxygen in the body has a host of positive effects. O2CHAIR’s specific movement up the spine encourages the “Breathe In” phase, while the “Breathe Out” phase encourages full release of the breath and discharge of toxins. The O2PURE function increases oxygen intake. The tilt and swing of the zero gravity chair improves blood circulation and promotes the “Relaxation Response,” an alpha brain wave state where the mind is confident and fully present. The sensation is said to be similar to the feeling of being ‘naturally high.’

O2Chair is endorsed by world class French athletes, as well as renowned author, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Robbins.

“O2CHAIR is a perfect way to support and promote optimal breathing. I love it, and I think you will too !,” raves Tony Robbins.

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.”

“Many of us don’t even realize how shallow we are breathing, until we take time to focus on breath. “O2CHAIR is an ideal ‘mindfulness hack” for stressed-out spa guests to get a jump start on their mediation practice, sleep better, temper a hangover or get a burst of creative inspiration. People feel better when they breathe better.” says Bob Reznick, CEO of O-4Life, exclusive North American distributor of the O2CHAIR.

About O2CHAIR

O2CHAIR is a revolutionary technology that supports optimal breathing for multiple benefits, including reduced stress and increased vitality. The Gold-Medal Winning Invention at 2017 at 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, in partnership with SpaEquip/Universal Companies.

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3 Design Ideas for Your Spa to Improve Profitability

1) Bigger isn’t better

Determining the actual size of your spa prior to signing a lease or purchasing a property is a critical business decision and can dramatically affect the success of your Spa. You need a business plan that provides the tangible “science” for you to make an informed decision. A clear balance sheet of the number of treatment rooms and their relative income and the expense to design and build-out the space has to pencil out providing reasonable profitability. Having too ambitious a plan that costs too much to build and is underutilized is a hangman’s noose strangling the business with unsustainable expenses. Therefore, finding the balance between your ambition, income and expenses to arrive at a realistic balance sheet is critical to your business success. Before the economic downtown, many “uber” spas were designed providing an abundance of amenity space with limited revenue-generating area. Unsustainable Bigger is no longer better.

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Check-In desk at Vdara, Las Vegas shows clear guest circulation to Salon, right and Fitness, left

2) Spa programs should drive the design of your Spa

Knowing who you are, as a Spa and distinguishing yourself from your competition is tantamount to your success. What does your Client base need? What is their “must have” treatment? Once your programs have been decided your building design can begin. Provide a list to your architect/designer of the number and type of treatment rooms that were plugged into your business plan to calculate your revenue projections. List those rooms and provide that to your design professional before they start designing your space. Calculate the percentage of revenue-generating space vs. amenity space. Generally, a minimum of 65% of the total area should be revenue-generating. The other amenity-enhancers and circulation space should not cross over that 35% threshold. The interior materials and décor should reflect the ambiance enhancing the guest experience. The treatment programs must drive the design of your spa.

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Plan of Spa showing 92% of floor area is revenue-generating

3) Retail therapy

Retail and online sales should be making you money in your sleep! A successful retail boutique can animate the guest experience. It must compliment your service offering and should be an important asset to your Spa. Allowing guests to interact, sample and bring home part of the “wellness experience” not only increases sales, but acts as a constant reminder of their delicious experience at your spa.

Clients need to touch, smell and experience your retail offering. If they are exposed to your enticing products (3) separate times, they are more likely to purchase. The first moment is a visual tease or an interactive sample bar, the second time, it’s integrated into the spa treatment, and the 3rd is the check- out soft-sell by a knowledgeable staff member. How about a complimentary small gift bag for your VIP clients?

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Retail therapy with accessible and visually enticing display

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Crabbe leaves Hilton to pursue MBA, launch consulting practice

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After nearly eight years at Hilton, most recently as senior director of global wellness, Ryan Crabbe has left the company.

Next month, Crabbe begins his MBA studies at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and he will also reignite the consulting practice he began in 2006.

In 2006, Crabbe’s practice, Interim Spa Solutions, worked with Ritz-Carlton, Wynn Resorts and other leading hospitality companies, providing on-property consulting and advisory services during leadership transitions and critical points in a spa’s lifecycle. 

Crabbe said his new practice, called Interim Wellness, will primarily advise larger organisations and brands seeking stronger strategies, project architecture, and product management of their existing or future spa and fitness concepts. 

“I’ve been fortunate to gain a unique global perspective on spa and fitness operations, wellness brand management, industry supply relationships, and innovative concept creation,” Crabbe told Spa Opportunities.

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Outside the Box Marketing Ideas for Hair Salons

No business is without areas for improvement. If you can manage to believe it, a well decorated, clean, and warm space is a good marketing idea for your salon! The cleanliness of your space and impression your salon leaves on your customers is the image your brand will retain. By keeping your space well maintained, your employees trained and polite, and your services top-notch, you will be able to keep your customers and gain new clientele.

Promotions and discounts

It doesn’t matter what someone is selling—people are attracted to discounts. However, it’s how you promote those discounts that attract the people to you. Well-designed coupons and fliers are great ways to catch someone’s eye. You can also come to an agreement with
establishments near you to display your fliers at their reception to catch the eye of their clients.  These agreements must also come with conditions such as offering discounts to the establishments employees and patrons. Don’t forget that social media can be a powerful tool
not just in communicating with potential customers, but also in advertising promotions and discounts. Be sure to get those shares, likes, and comments, and let your content be seen!

Create your brand

You have to think about who you want your target market to be. Are they the everyday woman? Family or child-centered? Brides? By thinking of your clients, you can get ideas on how to decorate your space. Salons for children could have toy seats and play areas, and family centered ones could also be reason for you to expand and include a spa in your list of services.  Salons for men could have adjustable leather seats and a rough and rustic design. Aside from decorating your space accordingly, you should also create services that would cater to your target market, such as mother-daughter packages, or a grooming package for men, or even a spa package for a group of ladies with complete with champagne or wine. Not only will your clients be having the time of their life, they will also be bonding with family and friends.

Expose your brand

Not everything has to have profit. A good way to promote your brand is by doing non-profit exposure. Who would resist a free haircut? You could offer free haircuts for the first 30 people to sign up upon opening, or free services to followers on your social media accounts. You could also hold charity events such as grooming for homeless people, haircuts for schoolchildren from poor families to prepare them for school, or how about free haircuts for those people who have hair longer than a foot so you can donate the hair to organizations who make wigs for cancer patients? Other activities you can do unrelated to your industry could be your participation in public service announcements or dissemination of information from the local government.

You don’t have to resort to wild and shocking advertising ideas to get your salon’s brand and
name out there. All you need to do is think outside the box.

Robin Vinz Salvador

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Digital Marketing Manager at Bound for Style

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Ginger McLean of the Bell Tower Salon Spa | Mover & Shaker

Interesting things about you and the business you are in?

Spa/Company Name: Bell Tower Salon Spa

Website: belltowersalonspa.com

How did you end up in the industry? Great interest in wellness from an early age, and focused on fitness and nutrition in college. As the industry evolved, I found myself deeply rooted in the culture and what the spa industry has to offer.

What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?  Traveling, hiking, reading and anything to do with the outdoors.

Recent books or movies you’ve enjoyed? Currently reading Kurt Vonnegut’s, NUDE; and enjoy Mitch Albom’s writings. Love most all movies – anything but horror.

Favorite vacation destination? Any place warm or rich with history.

What trends or interesting changes do you see happening in the spa channel? Definitely trending toward wellness aspects throughout the industry including more technology. Marketing is all about referrals through social media and connecting on an authentic and personal level.

Spa/Facility info:

What best describes your spa? Day Spa and Salon

Total square footage of your facility? 8,000

What new treatments have you added recently? Epicuren: Skin and Body, EmerginC: Skin, Dazzle Dry: Nails, Miriam Quevedo: Hair, Coola: Suncare Retail, Manduka Yoga apparel and Retail

What product lines or categories did you add in the last year? Deva Curl; The Balm make up; ActiveSmile; Revitalash; GlamGlow; UGGS, and several others.

What is your signature treatment? BT Signature services

What is the #1 reason clients come to your facility? Quality

 

Luxury dog boutique and spa – featuring canine jacuzzi bath – set to open in Yarm

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A luxury dog boutique and spa, complete with a jacuzzi bath for your canine companions, is set to open up in Yarm.

The Paw Room and Zibizi pet gift store are set to open up on High Street.

 

And there’s not long to wait either, with the shop set to open above Zibizi baby gift store, later this month.

“This is going to be a gorgeous pet boutique above our existing store, Zibizi – the baby gift store,” said Andy Pemberton, whose wife Bella runs the business.

“With the success of the baby store and the popularity with our personalisation service, we decided to open a store offering a personalisation service for pets also.

“Aimed at dogs, cats and horses, we will be offering many goods including, food, treats, baskets, clothing, leads, blankets, horse numnahs, and more.”

Andy added: “We will also be opening ‘The Paw Room’ spa and grooming business within the premises.

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Oil on towels likely cause of fire

(A good reminder for the business owners to be careful) – SIA note

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Massage oil residue on towels is the likely cause of a laundry room fire that resulted in the evacuation of two Queenstown bars and an apartment block.

The Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to an alarm activation at 1 Athol St, next to the Village Green, at 10.30pm on Saturday.

Firefighters wearing breathing kit found a smoke-filled room on the second floor of the building above Brazz Steakhouse & Bar.

They quickly extinguished a blaze involving a clothes dryer and heat pump in the laundry room of the Nadi Wellness Centre.

No-one was injured.

Business owner Sandi Murphy said it was ”such a shock to receive the call late at night and I’m just really grateful no-one was hurt and nothing happened beyond the small area”.

The yoga studio and wellness centre had a sophisticated fire alarm system, Ms Murphy said.

”The brigade was alerted and the situation was very quickly contained.”

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Drew Brees Joins National Campaign to Promote Safer Alternatives for Pain Management

Akron, OH (July 13, 2017) –  As indicated by The Washington Post in 2015, “America is a nation in pain,” with the National Institutes of Health finding that more than 126 million American adults – or, more than half of all U.S. adults – reported experiencing some form of pain in their everyday life. To help inform Americans about existing, non-prescription solutions for pain relief, Performance Health, makers of Biofreeze Pain Reliever and TheraBand exercise and recovery tools, is proud to announce its new partnership with NFL pro and current New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees. Working together on the national “Safer Pain Relief” campaign, they are joined by healthcare professionals including chiropractor Dr. Jay Greenstein and physical therapist Dr. Kevin Wilk, who treated Brees after he sustained a career-threatening injury.

In his 16-year professional career, Brees has racked up accolades including a Super Bowl win and the game’s MVP, ten Pro Bowl appearances and earning the title of Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year.” During this time, he has also overcome a series of setbacks due to injury, such as when he dislocated his throwing shoulder, tearing his labrum in the process in 2005. With each period of recovery, Brees worked closely with Wilk and a team of medical experts to rehabilitate, who showed him that he did not need to rely on pain medications. His use of targeted, non-addictive pain relief and recovery solutions has allowed Brees to make a healthy and sustained return to the game after every major injury, resulting in more 5,000 yard passing seasons than all other quarterbacks combined.

Championing safe recovery and rehabilitation methods, Brees is joining the “Safer Pain Relief” initiative to speak to the dangers of misusing opioid pain relievers and the opportunity, in many cases, to use alternatives. Under Wilk’s advisement, Brees now incorporates Performance Health products, Biofreeze and TheraBand, into his injury prevention, training and pain management routines. “Fit is critical when you join a team. So is having a shared purpose,” says Performance Health CEO, Mike Orscheln. “We were excited to realize that we share core values and a common purpose with Drew and view him as the embodiment of our recipe for success – using professional care and the brands professionals trust to feel good again after injury, perform better than the year before and live a truly great life.”

From his personal and career-changing experiences, Brees believes in partnering with healthcare professionals and using professional-grade products. An advocate for the versatility and effectiveness of TheraBand in fitness and exercise, as well as a rehab brand, he now incorporates the resistance bands into his everyday regimen, with the next generation TheraBand CLX a personal favorite. Brees will be featured in national television and digital advertisements for Biofreeze called “OverDrewing It,” showcasing the quarterback’s tendency to give 110% in everything he does and overcoming his every day aches, pains and strains with Biofreeze.

”I think the way to get away from opioids is to do it using healthy alternatives. A huge part of me feeling great going into my 17th season has been the resources and mentorship of my physical therapists,” says Brees. “They taught me how to rehab injuries safely and now I’ve got a routine that, once a week, no matter how my body is feeling, I use Biofreeze and TheraBand for preventative maintenance. I want to stay on top of things before they might ever become an issue.”

About Drew Brees

Since 2006, Drew Brees has been the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, leading the team to a Super Bowl XLIV win and the title of MVP in 2009. Starting his career with the San Diego Chargers in 2002, Brees has led the NFL in passing touchdowns four times, made ten Pro Bowl appearances, was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011, and was honored by Sports Illustrated as “Sportsman of the Year” in 2010.

About Performance Health

Wherever physical improvement happens, Performance Health is there. As the largest specialty distributor and manufacturer of branded products and solutions for rehabilitation, recovery and sports medicine in the world, Performance Health products can be found in hospitals, clinics and athletic training rooms, as well as in homes, gym bags, and purses. For each person, whether they are a patient, a consumer, an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, the Performance Health purpose statement is simple: help them feel good, perform better and live great.

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MEDI SPA – A KEY DRIVER FOR WELLNESS TOURISM

drprem.com –   A bird’s eye view:
The Medi spa concept has worked wonders for an all-round boost to the wellness industry.The spas have been playing a pivotal role in fostering growth of global wellness market and with resorts and hotels backing up medical and health services with post treatment spa packages are going to drive the wellness tourism market worldwide.

Conceptually, a Medi-spa is a unique of its kind featuring a medical treatment schedule along with selected spa treatments. These facilities are run with a close monitoring of services by licensed healthcare professionals. The services offered are:

  • Use of lasers for medical treatment.
  • Regular spa services like facials and massages.
  • Other beauty enhancing procedures.

Medi-spas may house physicians, plastic surgeons, gynecologists, dermatologists, dentists, laser therapists and practitioner nurses, assistant physicians, estheticians etc. Patients travelling beyond the border are keen to avail these customized services in the clinics or resorts for fast recovery.

Therefore, it is not surprising that leading medical tourism destinations are gearing up to offer innovative post treatment spa products in synergy with the medical treatments availed by the foreign patients.

The ultimate objective is to provide a highly gratifying health tourism experience not only through quality medical support but also facilitating an overall wellness enhancement of the traveler.

 

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Indiana – New Law Requires Massage Therapists To Be Licensed

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 A new Indiana law could bring an end to those looking to get more than a therapeutic massage.

Massage therapists must now get a license. A law therapist Marhia Ross is excited for because she hopes it cuts out an ugly side to her profession.

“There is nothing worse than having a client come in and thinking that they’re going to get more than a therapeutic massage,” Ross said.

The problem, when parlors use women to go beyond massages. This October, seven Central Indiana businesses were raided after officers investigated women performing sexual acts.

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7 WAYS TO ENJOY MIAMI SPA MONTH

oceandrive.com –   Mark your calendars for some “me” time! Miami Spa Month is back to soothe, restore and recharge your mind, body, and spirit. Here are seven of the best!  

There’s no better time (or excuse) to disconnect than Miami Spa Month (July 1-August 30). From a seaside detox under the stars to Nobu-approved massages to get you from zero to Zen, this is how we spa in the 305.

ACQUALINA SPA BY ESPA
Chakra-LED crystal steam room? Check. House-made lavender cookies? Double check. Himalayan salt lounge and private pool overlooking the ocean? These are just a few of the bounty of amenities that this state-of-the-art spa delights with. Pro tip: book a private suite for you and your honey to escape to nirvana… together. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-918-8000;acqualinaresort.com

BAMFORD HAYBARN SPA AT 1 HOTEL
If you want to feel con- nected to nature, simply head to 1 Hotel where the first Bamford Haybarn spa in the US (from organic pioneer Carole Bamford) will touch your soul, thanks to its intuitive therapist healers and all-natural products. Case in point: the body contouring features a chia-seed and nasturtium scrub, Matcha tea complex, and Kabat-inspired manual practices to get your physique on fleek. 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-1000; 1hotels.com

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Council tightens the rules for massage therapy to combat sale of sex

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Massage therapists bristle at the term “massage parlor.” They believe it denigrates their profession and leaves the erroneous impression that sex is routinely sold at spas that specialize in wellness and therapeutic help.

On Wednesday, the City Council moved to rid the industry of the bad actors who are giving the business a bad name. 

Aldermen approved an ordinance making it tougher and more costly for sex to be sold at spas and massage therapy establishments in a city that sponsoring Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) calls a “national hub for human trafficking.”

The ordinance includes hefty fines and stricter regulations to give police more tools to shut down illicit businesses masquerading as massage parlors.

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Oklahoma Legislature makes massage therapy license mandatory

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Massage Therapy has become a more important career in the health and wellness professions. The number of practitioners entering the field and clients turning to massage therapy for rehabilitation and stress relief continues to increase. To ensure the general safety and well-being of clients, and to promote a consistent level of training and professionalism, the state of Oklahoma now requires that all massage therapists be licensed in order to practice. The passage of this law, enacted in May 2017, added a further requirement for those entering or already practicing in the massage therapy profession.

At present, Clary Sage College, a branch of Community Care College, is the only major institution in the Tulsa-area offering coursework to qualify for licensure. Additionally, Clary Sage is a “NCBTMB Assigned School,” meaning that it has been researched and approved by National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. This distinction is important because it proves the school is legitimate, operates legally, and meets their minimum curriculum requirements.

“Our program includes 820 credit hours and prepares students to take the state Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx),” says Derek Ball, head of the Massage Therapy department at Clary Sage. “Once students complete the course, pass the state required exam and receive their license, they also have enough credit hours to take the test to qualify for national board certification if they wish.”

 

The program at Clary Sage spans 37 weeks and includes both coursework and clinical hours. The $195 cost of taking the state required exam is included in the total cost of the program. Students can enter the program easily since a new class begins every Monday.

Until this year, Oklahoma was one of only five states that did not regulate massage therapists. Legislators cited several reasons for drafting the new law, including:

• Establishing standards of minimum competency

• Ensuring therapists are qualified to represent themselves to the public as licensed therapists

• Helping consumers identify the responsibilities and services unique to a massage therapist

• Enhancing public safety by enforcing disciplinary actions against non-compliant practitioners

• Setting a formal grievance process for consumers

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What’s an experience anyways?

Have you ever walked into a salon or spa and automatically you can tell that they have their stuff together? From the aromatherapy scents that are drifting through the air, to the drinking water that is filled with various fruits, to the clean and spotless environment as well as the soft relaxing music that you can hear? I know I have and I love it. Perhaps you have an appointment to get a massage or skin care service and as you are walking through the hallway, there is a sweet silence and low lighting that gets you mentally prepared to receive the best service from a qualified professional. And after you receive your service, you are then escorted to compensate for your experience? You are so impressed that you sign up for a membership, monthly e-newsletters, and make future appointments. You cannot wait to tell all your friends about your amazing experience.

That my friends is how every customer should feel when they enter and exit your salon or spa. That is a great example of a customer experience. I must ask you, does your organization have a customer experience plan in place? If not, it is certainly not too late to establish one. Here are a few guidelines to help you get started:

1. Make the experience unforgettable. And I mean unforgettable in a great way! It doesn’t have to be expensive or costly, but a lot of businesses forget that people pay for an experience. People no longer want to wait 30 minutes to be seen by their service professional. Be on time and start the appointment at the schedule time.

2. Listen to your guest. It seems that nowadays everyone wants to get a word in and the last word at that. The guest is coming to you to relax, unwind, and relieve some stress. Don’t talk over them. Let them lead the conversation.

3. Exceed their expectations. That’s right! Go above and beyond their expectations. I always ask each of my new guests what their expectations of the appointment is and we go from there. After, I ask, have I exceeded their expectations. If they say no, that gives me an opportunity to address the issue and provide a solution.

There’s nothing like an amazing customer experience that will keep your customers coming back for more! Plus, they will most likely share their positive experience with their friends and family, which will result in more income for you!

A New Lure for Spa Customers? A Salt Cave

www.nytimes.com – Two young women in white chamois robes exited the Himalayan salt sauna at Premier57, a spa in Midtown Manhattan, looking rosy and happily spent.

The salt sauna, lined with burnt orange and yellow blocks of sodium chloride, is a popular destination at the spa, where a day pass is $75 and the tagline urges guests to “immerse, indulge, intrigue.”

Options include an infrared lounge, a meditation room, an igloo room, a gold sauna and a clay sauna, “but we have a lot of guests who just come here for the salt room, especially if they have arthritis,” said the spa’s general manager, Ellis Kim. “It’s very good for arthritis and for regulating blood pressure.”

There’s no scientific proof for such claims. And, despite the assertions by Ms. Kim and her peers, there is also no proof of the power of salt rooms to bring relief to children with asthma, seniors with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and everyone in between with stuffy noses or stress, according to Dr. Norman H. Edelman, a senior science adviser at the American Lung Association.

Nonetheless, salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, a venerable treatment in Central Europe and Asia, is now being offered at spas, resorts and stand-alone facilities in the United States in the form of salt beds, salt rooms and salt booths. Floors and walls that are lined with salt blocks and salt crystals, and zero-gravity chairs (recliners designed to relax the back), are the norm. A device known as a halogenerator grinds sodium chloride into a dry aerosol, then disperses it to mimic the microclimate of a salt cave.

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Sienna Creasy of Palmyra Spa

Interesting things about you and the business you are in?

Spa/Company Name: Palmyra Spa

Website: jewelgrande.com

How did you end up in the industry? I came to Jamaica in the Peace Corps as a Health Educator and Yoga Instructor. I then moved back to the Island to teach Yoga and worked as a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist before I joined the Industry as a Spa director with Chris Blackwell (the founder of Reggae music and creator of Island Records). I have created a trademarked fitness experience called Reggaelates that I have taught at BaliSpirit Festival and Internationally as well as Soul Rebel Yoga at the Wanderlust Festivals. The Palmyra Spa is a world class spa in our Jewel Grande Resort in Montego Bay Jamaica that combines the Indigenous healing ingredients and Ritual of Jamaica with the best product partners and most innovative equipment from around the world.

What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?  Yoga, Pilates, Stand Up Paddleboard and Stand up Paddleboard Yoga, Hiking and Mountain biking, Running and attempting Triathlons, Saving the world one Vegetarian meal at a time, Lunch Libations to support local community fundraisers and Breathing fresh air. Oh yeah and Wine!

Recent books or movies you’ve enjoyed? Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Favorite vacation destination? Chiang Mai Thailand, Ubud Bali, Budapest Hungary

What trends or interesting changes do you see happening in the spa channel?  Science and 3d/4d Spa is Crazy!

Spa/Facility info:

What best describes your spa? Resort/Hotel/Destination

Total square footage of your facility? 30,000

What new treatments have you added recently? Epicuren: Skin and Body, EmerginC: Skin, Dazzle Dry: Nails, Miriam Quevedo: Hair, Coola: Suncare Retail, Manduka Yoga apparel and Retail

What is your signature treatment? Wild Ginger Deep Tissue Massage

What is the #1 reason clients come to your facility? Intention meets Innovation with Island Rituals of Jamaica

 

How Aromatherapy Can Make You Smarter

Are you all jittery, impatience, irritable, and restless? Do you feel like you aren’t making the perfect decisions in particular situations? I, too, underwent through a similar phase last year. While handling workplace and family issues, I was spiraling out of control.

I went through some soul searching and discovered that I needed to take care of myself. I had to ensure I bequeathed myself some pampering. Guess what? The pampering worked! I found that aromatherapy helped me improve my psychological status and hence my overall performance. Let me take you through some tips to getting back your control.

Administering Essential Oils

Aromatherapy works by helping you unwind. The explicit essential oils are extracted from herbal plants. They have powerful properties that need diffusion for uptake by the body. You need to be well informed when choosing a good diffuser.

When reviewing the best oil diffuser, consider various characteristics. You will need to contemplate the relationship between the type of oil and the water capacity. Other important considerations are the diffusers operating time, and timer options. Some even come with a warranty, and automatic shut offs! The more the options you have, the better for you.

How Aromatherapy Works

The pleasant odors from your oils will travel to the brain and have an awesome effect. In the hippocampus of the brain, they will improve long-term memory. Others will travel to the cingulate gyrus and ensure improved attention spans and circulatory system. The chemical processes involved have advanced positive effects on the brain&#39;s mental status. That adds up to better judgment and balanced outputs.

According to documentation by the University of Maryland medical center, lavender stimulates the brain. It also calms you down during those moments of anxiety. Now, don’t you think a calm mind will work smart too?

Essential Oils with Psychological Enhancement Powers

When you are vexed, jumpy, and simply have no motivation, you need to grab some lavender oil. Lavender primarily ensures that you get enough sleep for the rejuvenation of your brain. Enough sleep also plays a large part in mental alertness.

What is better than gold? I would say Frankincense. Since time immemorial, it has been praised for its awesome smell. In addition, Frankincense essential oils can aid you to be less distracted, and increase focus in current matters of concern.

Peppermint counts as a powerful oil that assists in concentration. Is there a better natural substance that can help you stay smarter than that? You will stimulate your mind, and you will perform better when you use peppermint essential oils.

When you encounter shocks in everyday living, Vetiver with its earthy smell will reduce distress and tension. Native to the Indian community, Vetiver is largely used in massage spurs for this effect.

Conclusion

Have you ever thought how calm our ancestors were as they made important scientific discoveries? Greeks, Romans, Chinese among others, used essentials oils in their daily lifestyle. To achieve improved mental, psychological state, you have to try out the wide range of essential oils and settle on your favorite one.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Editor of relaxeveryday

Sarah is the editor of relaxeveryday. Finding aromatherapy in a stressful point in her life made all the difference to her health. She promotes a healthy and relaxed life, and want to help others in their strive for a calmer life.

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Hydrating Mineral Mask

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Tip| Keep on ice and use as a quick ultra-cooling refresher at the beach or poolside!

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How To| Apply liberally on the face (as the final step in your skincare regime) and body. Reapply often. Use daily, rain or shine.

Tip| Rule of thumb, ALWAYS apply 20 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply immediately after swimming. Don’t overlook your ears, nape of your neck, and the tops of your feet!

Heather Linberg

Heather Linberg

Epicuren®’s Skincare Specialist

Heather is a lover of all things health, wellness, and beauty! A leading industry expert, she has been sharing her passion for creative health and beauty solutions for over 10 years. Her extensive knowledge of wellness and skincare has made her an invaluable resource to an impressive list of beauty editors, celebrity makeup artists, and red carpet A-listers! You can contact her at heatherl@epicuren.com.

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Six wellness vacations to take this summer: Get home fitter than before you left

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Catharina Hedberg was ahead of her time. In 1974, fresh off the boat from Sweden, the 29-year-old fell in love with the Santa Monica Mountains and created the Ashram, which at the time was a new idea for Southern California: the wellness retreat. She started out charging $500 for a weeklong, mountaintop program of yoga, meditation and hiking — activities that Swedes did regularly back home but were largely unknown here.

“Back then, fitness and nature and wellness were new for Americans,” Hedberg says. “Today we do four-hour hikes, but back then people could barely hike an hour.” Jane Fonda and a steady trickle of celebrities showed up in Calabasas at the Ashram, but it wasn’t until 1990 that all 12 rooms started to book up regularly.

Today millions do yoga, Pilates and meditation, and “wellness travel” to far-flung resorts from Costa Rica to Bali is booming, with women the primary clients. Closer to home, unique spins on wellness retreats are combining yoga and meditation with surfing, swimming, boot camps and even writing in outdoorsy settings ranging from luxury hotels to dedicated retreats to Yosemite National Park.

“I’m glad it’s caught on,” says Hedberg, now 72, who owns two more Ashrams in Spain and now charges $5,200 a week. “People need a place that stops time, gets them re-centered.”

Here are six unique California wellness programs to help you return from vacation healthier than when you started.

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‘The country’s first spa’: Berkeley Springs today houses spas, shops, great eats and more

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BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — George Washington discovered the “curative powers” of the warm springs here when, at the age of 16, he was a member of a survey party checking out the scenic land claimed by his mentor, British nobleman Lord Fairfax.

Later he bought property here, as did other Revolutionary War generals, Continental Congressmen and signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

And the town has been a popular health resort since.

“We like to say we have more licensed massage therapists than we have lawyers,” chuckled Jeanne Mozier, vice president of the Travel Berkeley Springs convention and visitors board.

The public baths in the Berkeley Springs State Park in the town’s center are open year-around, and the population of this community of about 5,000 permanent residents particularly swells when the weather warms.

It doesn’t hurt that Route 522 through here is a shortcut from central and western Pennsylvania to many points south of Washington, D.C. And it’s only a 90-minute drive from Altoona.

“At least a third of the people who end up visiting us say they’ve driven through several times and always wanted to stop,” Mozier said.

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Hutchinson Consulting Hosts Annual Corporate Retreat to Celebrate Success and Plan for Future Growth

Leading Executive Search Firm Uniquely Positioned to Supply New Generation of Global Hospitality and Wellness Leaders

Sonoma, Calif. (June 7, 2017)-Hutchinson Consulting, the leading executive search firm for hospitality, spa and wellness, hosted their annual corporate retreat April 28 to May 1, at the home office in Sonoma, California. Executive recruiters from across the country convened to celebrate the company’s recent success, and plan for future growth.

“Hutchinson Consulting is experiencing sustainable growth as a result of our stellar team. Demand for qualified hospitality and wellness professionals is at an all-time high, and we are delivering qualified, thoroughly vetted executives,” says Bill Hutchinson, owner and co-founder of Hutchinson. “For the first-time ever, Hutchinson has added wellness titles to its database portfolio, due to an increase in demand for placement of Wellness positions. Our largest areas of growth have been in placing wellness positions, international hospitality candidates and those in the medi-spa space.”

The Hutchinson Consulting team enjoyed the spoils of the Sonoma Valley, while reviewing past successes and brainstorming future opportunities. Recent accomplishments include:

*         Successful Job Placements: Hutchinson placed a record 21 candidates in the first quarter of 2017 in the Hospitality, Spa, Food & Beverage and Wellness industries.

*         New Staff Additions: Executive Recruiter Robin Stewart and Associate Jennifer Copeland joined the Hutchinson team in April. Stewart was formerly COO and Director of Recruitment at two large insurance offices in New York and Los Angeles. Copeland worked previously with Korn Ferry International, the world’s largest provider of executive search.

*         Growth in the Southeast U.S.: Hutchinson expanded its foothold in the Southeast, as Executive Recruiter Sheri Claflin recently relocated to Lexington, Kentucky.

*         Global Expansion: New to Hutchinson is expansion outside of the U.S.-including placements in Mexico, Europe, India and other parts of Asia.

*         Development of New Market Opportunities: Hutchinson has seen significant growth in emerging wellness markets and private estate management sector.
Hutchinson’s future plans include further expansion of new market opportunities, such as private estate management and senior care living, as well as working with their hospitality partners to explore new wellness models in hotels and resorts.

“Wellness is here to stay. The explosion in wellness-oriented experience represents a fundamental shift in consumer demand. Real estate developments, hotels and resorts are incorporating spa and wellness not only in the spa department, but into other aspects of the hotel, such as programming, rooms, meetings, and food and beverage,” says Michael Tompkins, Executive Recruiter at Hutchinson and Immediate Past Chair of the International Spa Association.

About Hutchinson Consulting

Hutchinson Consulting is the leading firm in Hospitality, Spa and Wellness recruiting. With a team of executive recruiters totaling more than a century of experience, Hutchinson Consulting maintains a data base of thousands of top-level executives, hotel managers, resort managers, and spa managers. Our Private Estate Management sector conducts discreet, confidential searches for families of wealth seeking an estate manager or chief of staff. We source, screen, and rigorously reference-check the finest managers in the hospitality and wellness business.  www.hutchinsonconsulting.com.

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CBD and Your Beauty Regimen

CBD is a natural and therapeutic compound found in the cannabis plants and is non-psychoactive. A patent by the U.S. National Institutes of Health shows CBD to possess significant antioxidant and neuroprotective properties.

In our previous posts, we’ve reported on the benefits of CBD for skin conditions of psoriasis and acne, but have you ever considered using cannabidiol (CBD) in your weekly beauty regimen?

A recent clinical trial reported in medicalmarijuanainc.com reported on the effects of a cannabidiol (CBD) facial serum and the feedback was astounding:

  • 100% found an overall improvement in skin appearance following two weeks of treatment
  • 85% of the women reported an improvement after the first seven days of treatment
  • 100% of the women said they noticed an improvement at the end of the 14 days of treatment
  • 80% of the participants specifically noticed an improvement in skin texture
  • 80% of the women reportedly noticed an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.

Closer to home, we found remarkable results with some of our customers. One customer in particular, Carla, used our CBD products and reported a marked improvement in her skin texture. Here is Carla’s account of using our product:

I received a sample of Aryn’s Essentials CBD Whipped Cream and I decided to try something different.  I have chronically oily skin and I used the Whipped Cream as face mask 2-3 times a week.  After about a week, my skin texture and complexion improved dramatically. My skin is no longer visibly oily, and I don’t have to blot my face every few hours to avoid this embarrassing condition. Years ago, I used Accutane for severe acne. One of the side effects from this resulted in chronically dry lips.  I have tried just about every lip product out there and nothing has seemed to heal my dry lips, and in fact left them drier than before.  A few months ago, I began using Aryn’s Essentials CBD lip balm. I started off using it everyday and my lips dramatically improved.  I’m a lifelong believer and advocate of CBD and will be using Aryn’s Essentials for years to come.

Carla

22 years old

Made from premium ingredients, our CBD products are a perfect option to use for your beauty regimen.  With its multiple benefits, it can be used as a daily moisturizer, sunscreen or a weekly face mask! Yes, that’s right, you can pamper yourself!   Just lather it on so it’s thick enough for  a mask and leave it on for 10 minutes and wipe off with a warm washcloth.  You will see and feel the difference immediately!

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ANATOMIE CEO KATE BOYER RECEIVES WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARD

CEO Kate Boyer works tirelessly to make Anatomie the most-loved luxury travel brand in the world. From helping women of all ages find the best pants for their body type to non-stop traveling for trade shows and sales events, she does it all.

On May 18, Kate was honored for her efforts as she received the Women in Business Award from the Commonwealth Institute. This 12th annual luncheon in Miami recognizes the top 50 women-led businesses and top 10 not-for-profit women-led organizations in Florida. The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) is a vibrant nonprofit organization that helps female CEOs, entrepreneurs and senior executives expand their businesses through peer mentoring, education, development and networking.

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Protect Your Salon Or Spa From Ransomware!

“WannaCry” Is Attacking Businesses Around The World. Don’t Let Your Salon Or Spa Be Next!

1. What Is “WannaCry” Ransomware?

bitcoinsWannaCry is a ransomware virus that holds your computers hostage and displays messages demanding that you pay $300 in bitcoin or Ethereum— a type of digital currency widely used online — to unlock your computer. The required payment typically doubles to $600 if the first ransom wasn’t paid within a few days and, after a week of failed action, all files on the infected computer would be destroyed.

The virus has recently made headlines by attacking more than 200,000 businesses in more than 150 countries throughout the world!

With extensive client, sales and inventory data on your business computers, an attack from this virus can be devastating to your salon or spa. Even more terrifying, there’s no guarantee that paying the ransom will actually unlock your files!

2. How Do You Protect Yourself From Ransomware?

Though many first heard about WannaCry last week, Microsoft discovered it earlier this year and released a security update to patch the hole in its system on March 14th. Our experience with computer viruses has shown us that Microsoft is constantly fighting new attacks and pushing updates that continue to make Windows increasingly secure.

However, our experience has also shown us that the majority of our clients do not regularly update their operating systems as suggested! Indeed, many clients’ technical support needs stem from their failure to install critical Microsoft updates.

To protect your salon or spa from a ransomware attack, make sure that your systems are up-to-date. To do this, click the “start” button and search for “windows updates.” You can also check out Microsoft’s website on how to make sure your computer is up to date by clicking HERE.

3. Our Cloud Option Can Help!

Our Transcend Online program is hosted on our secure private cloud that is always up-to-date, protecting you against viruses and psicloud9ransomware.  If constantly updating your software, backing up your data, and having limited access to your management software is slowing you down, check out our cloud option by clicking HERE.

 

Matt Wiggins

Matt Wiggins

VP of Sales at ProSolutions Software

With over 20 years experience in the beauty industry, Matt teaches classes to salon and spa owners on business topics including branding, management, marketing and advertising.

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Echo Pedicure Spa from Continuum Pedicure Spas

The Echo’s captivating lines and distinctive, sophisticated looks highlight a design that is innovative as well as inviting. Continuum’s number one seller, the Echo is equipped with all the features and amenities essential for day spas, resorts and distinguished salons.

Clients enjoy an invigorating foot massage from a powerful dual stream pipe-less magnetic jet. Continuum’s pipe-less jet system ensures a safe and sanitary pedicure by eliminating internal pipes that recirculate water. This whisper quiet jet is compatible with tub liners, making it the convenient solution to pedicure spa sanitation.

From Continuum

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SALT CHAMBER BRINGS SALT THERAPY MAINSTREAM AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE WELLERY OPENING

BOCA RATON, FL May 22, 2017 — On May 11th, Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store in New York City opened the doors to its new 2nd floor renovation, The Wellery. This innovative concept is where fitness meets fashion, and encourages customers to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. There are 22 style and wellness vendors within The Wellery, including a BREATHE Salt Room in partnership with SALT Chamber.

The BREATHE Salt Room will provide shoppers with a one-of- a-kind spa experience, and allow them to enjoy the benefits of Dry Salt Therapy. BREATHE is known for their salt rooms across New York City and Westchester, and brought this concept into The Wellery. The Saks Fifth Avenue location includes four SALT Chamber SALT Booth® Spas and a Multi SALT Booth®. Each SALT Booth® is equipped with a special device, SALT FX® halogenerator that grinds and crushes heated pure-grade sodium chloride (salt) into micronized particles. SALT Chamber also launched the Get Salted™ line of all-natural, 100% Himalayan salt products that are handcrafted for spa, beauty, and home.

“Partnering with BREATHE Salt Rooms in bringing Dry Salt Therapy to the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in their new Wellery is a tremendous opportunity to provide Halotherapy benefits to hundreds of people on a daily basis and raising awareness for the Salt Therapy industry as a whole. Saks Fifth Avenue is truly forward thinking in driving this wellness movement to mainstream America”, says Leo Tonkin, Founder and CEO of SALT Chamber, LLC.

This partnership between SALT Chamber, BREATHE Salt Rooms, and Saks not only enhances the consumer shopping experience, but increases the awareness of the health benefits of Salt Therapy. The Salt Therapy Association (STA) states that, “more recent and current clinical studies have been published showing the efficacy of Dry Salt Therapy and its application to various conditions.” By working with the STA and equipping the BREATHE Salt Room in Saks, S.A.L.T. Chamber hopes to bring and expand the Salt Therapy industry to the mainstream marketplace.

ABOUT SALT CHAMBER: Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, SALT Chamber is the industry leader for educating, consulting, manufacturing, marketing, training and distributing the most innovative and advanced Salt Therapy products and services around the globe. With decades of combined experience in both the Salt Therapy and Spa industries, SALT Chamber manufactures and distributes halotherapy equipment, Himalayan salt décor, offers turnkey solution services, and has over 280 installations to date. For more information visit saltchamberinc.com

ABOUT GET SALTED™: The Get Salted™ product line is handcrafted from pure, 100% Himalayan crystal salt that is hand mined from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Himalayan salt crystals contain up to 84 trace minerals and elements that help replenish and rejuvenate the skin. The Get Salted™ retail line consists of 100% Himalayan salt combined with 100% pure Essential Oils, and products range from Himalayan bath bombs, soap bars, bath salts and body bars. For more information visit get-salted.com.

ABOUT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. As part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks operates 41 full-line stores in 22 states and Canada, five international licensed stores and saks.com, the company’s online store. For more information, kindly visit saks.com, Facebook.com/saks, Instagram.com/saks, Twitter.com/saks, Pinterest.com/saks, and Snapchat.com/saks_official.

DEBRA K AND THE BIOSTATION PARTNER TO IMPROVE OUR NATION’S HEALTH

MAY 2017 – Delray Beach, Fla. – Just over three years ago, Ross Bloom and Keith Foulis, co-founders of the biostation, began offering functional medical services to patients in Delray Beach, Florida.  They were working out of a small room with Dr. Martin G. Bloom, a 30-year practicing cardiologist, who also has extensive training in anti-aging and functional medicine. Today, the biostation is poised to expand their impact through franchising and by establishing partnerships with member-based spas and clubs.

The biostation’s healthy-aging offerings are geared primarily for anyone not feeling optimal, and, as the co-founders say, can be especially beneficial to the aging baby boomer population. In 2030, the baby boomer generation is projected to be 72-million people representing nearly 20 percent of the total U.S. population*. “With this group experiencing more health challenges than previous aging segments, it is important that medical practices provide products and services that focus on the prevention of age-related diseases,” says Ross Bloom, biostation CEO and co-founder.

Bloom further explains how he and the biostation team approach health differently, “We recommend treatments that first attempt to address the root cause of the patient’s issues or concerns, such as vitamin deficiencies, hormone imbalances, carrying too much weight and lifestyle choices. We address these concerns with pharmaceutical-grade supplements, bioidentical hormone therapy and nutritional counseling to help support a person back to a path of optimal wellness.”

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Oakworks Introduces Industry Changing Design Solution, STUDIO, for New Masters’ Collection of Luxury Spa Tables

www.prweb.com – Oakworks® Solutions announces the introduction of STUDIO, an interactive visual online table designing solution that gives clients complete flexibility when designing products. The tool effectively allows clients to design and customize their own spa multi-treatment tables – choosing from thousands of combinations of styles, materials, finishes, and features – and see their creations come to life in real time on-screen.

Oakworks President, Richard Shuman says, “We set out with a goal to be the solution of choice for Spa Designers and Dealers, and therefore developed a new creative experience to allow them to imagine, design, and create the positioning equipment fitting the spa and designers’ vision for the interior spa design. Whether you want inspiration in materials by choosing from five design spaces or you go directly to a specific table model… STUDIO is a streamlined creative product development tool where you can dress your Oakworks Masters’ Collection table in real time with unique finishes, recycled and responsibly sourced material, colors and designs. It will also become a social media platform to allow sharing of these design ideas across the design team members (architects, spa designers, dealers, Oakworks Solutions Customer Service.)

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Hot Stone Massage Therapy Can Be Very Useful To Deliver Many Benefits Including The Relaxation And Stress Relief

www.sciencetimes.com – People always search for a way to relax after the stressful time and hot stone massage therapy is one such way. This massage therapy has some good benefits.

There are a number of different techniques that a massage therapist can apply to relax the long and skeletal muscles of the body. Various movements like the tapping, circular motions, long strokes and others. But, apart from these, one very beneficial therapy is the hot stone massage therapy.

The massage therapist used hot stones and the regular massage techniques at the time of the hot stone massage therapy. During this massage, the therapist first places the stones in the hot water in order to warm them up. Then these stones are placed onto particular areas of the body, like the feet, the stomach, the hands, the face and the back.

The stones used in the hot stone massage therapy are mainly made of basalt rock. These flat, smooth stones can retain heat for a longer time. According to the Medical News Today, some therapists hold them in the hands and apply them to massage with. This process helps to treat the muscles deeply without using extra pressure and it provides more relaxation.

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5 Mistakes Women With Oily Skin are Probably Making

Women with oily skin struggle day in and day out with a variety of things, large pores, a shiny appearance shortly after washing or applying makeup, being some of the the most common annoyances. Oily skin is hereditary (thanks mom and dad) and is easiest described as an overproduction of sebum (the natural oils your skin produces to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized) and can lead to other issues like breakouts and acne.

There are things you can do and products out there can help, you just need to find the correct ones and use them properly to keep your skin balanced. Here are five mistakes women with oily skin are probably making:

  • Not washing with the correct cleanser is one of the main mistakes people with oily skin make. Oily skin requires a gel based cleanser that has ingredients that don’t strip the skin of its natural moisture barrier. Finding a good cleanser like this is not as easy as it sounds. Drugstores are filled with over the counter products that contain ingredients like alcohol that “work” by drying out your skin, stripping the skin of all its moisture, making it produce more oil to compensate for what it’s lacking.
  • Under and over washing is common too! The perfect combination for oily skin is to wash two times a day, morning and night. If you start to feel dry, then just wash at night and rinse with cool water in the morning.
  • Adding the proper amount of hydration to keep your oily skin balanced is crucial. So many people with oily/breakout prone skin are convinced that their skin needs to be tight and that drying it out is going to stop the oiliness and breakouts from happening but that is far from the truth. As mentioned above, drying your oily skin out produces more oil. What you need to do is rid your skin of the things that cause the breakouts (makeup, environmental bacteria, etc) and then apply a light, corrective moisturizer that balances the PH level of the skin and helps prevent bacteria from going into the pores.
  • Not protecting your skin is big no-no. When you have oily or breakout prone skin, you typically are using products that contain salicylic acid or similiar. Some of these ingredients increase the skins sensitivity to light, which can lead to hyper-pigmentation and other skin issues. It’s best to avoid sun but since that is not always an option, applying SPF or wearing a hat is recommended.
  • Lastly, eating habits. The cleaner you eat, the more balanced your body is. Your skin typically is one of the first organs to start showing signs of an unhealthy diet or imbalance in the body. The best thing you can do for your overall health is to stay active and eat nutrient rich foods. If you still experience breakouts after that, talk to a doctor as it might be unbalanced hormones or an allergy.

Don’t worry, if you are someone that is making these mistakes, it’s ok! Most oily skin people are. It’s not too late to make some adjustments and put your best face forward!

Leona Baisley

Leona Baisley

Vivid Complexion

Leona Baisley Vivid Complexion Having been licensed esthetician for over 8 years, Leona has worked for a variety of spas and wax only salons. She is passionate about skin care, waxing and education for both the professional and the client. She has over 4 years of wax training experience for large organizations and is in the beginning stages of creating her own education classes that will help licensed estheticians and cosmetologists grow their businesses and compete with the top professionals in the industry.

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You have got to see the jane iredale Retail Tower!

Allan Share

Allan Share – President of the SIA

I just finished Spatec in Florida and had the pleasure of doing set up with Jennifer Thompson, Dir. of Business Development US and Caribbean, our very good friend and Diamond Sponsor from jane iredale.

Their newest marketing tool to the trade is amazing! It’s an all-in-one RETAIL TOWER display that has a very tiny foot print and is loaded with all their top sellers on it. Whether you carry jane iredale as back-bar, are doing a wedding or already sell their products in your retail line-up, the new RETAIL TOWER fits anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 5 room or 50 room operation, this add-on RETAIL TOWER fits the bill!

It is designed with much thought as each shelf is color coded for inventory and product selection to instantly engage the shopper. The RETAIL TOWER is so efficient that it won’t require a full-time sales person to manage it. In fact, clients will find it very easy to walk around, make selections and pay on the way out! I love the option of casters, the built-in mirrors (no need to go find one) and its “fit anywhere” design makes it perfect for a 5-star, destination or your day spa! Let’s talk ROI, yes, you can turn up to $7,000 in revenue from the RETAIL TOWER and it makes taking inventory a snap! Kudos to the jane iredale team, they listened and they responded, truly a ‘solution oriented’ design!

Thanks, and I am excited for you to see it! – Allan Share

Here are some details at a glance:

  • All-in-one – Displays top-selling items with testers and retail stock on a small footprint.
  • Easy to use – Smart design makes product and shade selection engaging for the shopper.
  • Efficient – No need for a dedicated staff to work the display. Informative graphic cards educate quickly and the three sides maximize your space.
  • Flexible – Freestanding unit easily moves on casters.
  • Elegant – Artistically crafted with an etched floral mirror that compliments all retail

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Being Seen! Jane Iredale featured in Main Street Magazine!

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“Excited to share this feature in Main Street Magazine (Circ: 10,000), for their Great Barrington edition, featuring an in-depth Q&A with Jane. Titled “Jane Iredale: Cosmetic Entrepreneur,” the piece discusses the business, Jane’s story, mineral makeup and our points of difference, beauty from the inside out, the Louisa Ellis flagship, The Bryant, IMC’s role within the GB community and more.

Main Street Magazine is a monthly, full color publication targeting Southwest MA, NW CT, SE Columbia county, and Duchess county east of the Taconic south to Millbrook. The content of Main Street Magazine focuses on featuring the people, businesses, places, history, curiosities and important local issues within this area. As previously reported, the story is also available online here: http://www.mainstreetmag.com/featured-article/

Great Barrington’s largest employer: Jane Iredale, Cosmetic Entrepreneur

By Christine Bates | christine@mainstreetmag.com

It was a surprise to me that the creator of my favorite brand of mineral makeup was Great Barrington’s largest private employer and also a driving force in the town’s economic development.

How would you describe your business?

We are a comprehensive line of makeup developed with quality minerals and skin care ingredients that are good for the skin. They blur the line between skin care and makeup. All of the jane iredale products adhere to the highest standard of integrity. Each product is subjected to rigorous sensitivity and safety tests to ensure it is as good for the skin as it is beautiful to wear. Our mission statement contains these words, “We pledge to provide a product line that has the utmost integrity and the ability to enhance the lives of women through its effectiveness, simplicity and beauty.”

Rather than center our business in traditional counter sales or department stores, we work largely through aesthetic industry professionals. Our makeup is a top choice of skin care professionals and is recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists worldwide. Our core distribution is through fine spas and salons, resorts, apothecaries, and medical offices.

The aesthetic industry is different from general cosmetics in the sense that products are considered tools in order to help the client achieve results. It isn’t enough to look pretty, they have to perform as well.

We think of ourselves as a wellness company and a large part of that is promoting the health of the skin. The skin is our window into the body and the spirit. So, every product I develop is designed as a true extension of skin care. I have always had one goal in mind – to enhance the lives of women. So products and ingredients are scrutinized to make sure they serve a purpose and contribute to beauty and wellness.

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Why LED Red Light Therapy

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One of the latest beauty trends on the market is red light therapy, and I hope it sticks around forever.

Last winter I was diagnosed with dermatitis, and was also told to restrict myself to very few products on my skin (natural and traditional). Everything that my skin came in contact with, it seemed, caused a reaction.

One thing I noticed was that the warm, summer months seemed to naturally heal my skin. But once the weather got colder, my dermatitis started to flare up again. I kept hearing from others with this condition that traditional tanning (in moderation) works wonders. The thought of exposure to harmful UV rays scared me until I stumbled across the benefits of red light therapy and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did!

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Beauty and the Brain: Global Wellness Summit Explores Neuroscience

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The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced that three leading experts in the field of beauty neuroscience will be keynote speakers at the conference on October 9-11, 2017 in Palm Beach, Florida. Among the speakers will be Anjan Chatterjee, M.D.; Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D.; and Lisa Ishii M.D..

Marketing and Perception

During his keynote presentation, Anjan Chatterjee, M.​D., will be presenting a two-part research project entitled “Beauty2­Wellness.” This study will delve into which marketing terms and concepts resonated the most with consumers. Additionally, the study will analyze whether biases against people with facial disfigurement occur implicitly.

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Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas announces Mario, Make Me A Model 2017 „Road to the Runway”

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CHICAGO, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Executed in three phases, Mario, Make Me a Model reaches hundreds of young people looking for careers in modeling and provides photoshoots, TV appearances and the training needed to launch a career in modeling. 

Phase I: Open Model Calls

CALLING ALL MODEL HOPEFULS

  • Monday, June 5 at 4:00 PM at Mario Tricoci 900 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, Lower Level. 
  • Tuesday, June 6 at Mario Tricoci Oak Brook, IL at Noon and Mario Tricoci Schaumburg, IL at 6 PM.
 

Up to 50 contestants will be selected to move onto the Quarter Finals to be held at The Wit Hotel ROOF on Tuesday June 13 where they will walk an elevated runway in front of judges including representatives from Factor|Chosen Model Management, Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC), Matt Ferguson Photography and Mario Tricoci himself.

SEVEN Semi Finalists will be announced at that event and will start training with Factor|Chosen Model Management and FFC.

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Product Feature – Protein Booster Skin Serum from Jack Black

Advanced anti-aging serum offers a daily-dose of anti-aging defense.

The silky liquid texture is readily absorbed allowing for immediate delivery of the efficacious ingredients below the skin’s surface. Serums are intended to be used with a moisturizer or blended with another product. It is the ideal companion to any of our moisturizers (Line Smoother or Double-Duty) or Post Shave Cooling Gel. Except for customers with oily skin, serums are not intended to provide adequate hydration when used alone.

Peptides are chains of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) that are essential to human life. They function as messengers in the skin, allowing the epidermis and dermis to communicate more efficiently. As we age, communication diminishes within the skin resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Peptides improve cell communication by sending specific signals that affect skin’s response.

A multifunctional product, the Protein Booster Skin Serum quickly turns any regular after-shave routine into a skin-saving solution. The unique serum works two ways: Use it alone or mix the super concentrated formula with your favorite moisturizer, daily sunscreen or post shave gel for an easy, quick boost of clinical strength anti-aging ingredients, essential vitamins and antioxidants. Apply one pump per use to cover the entire face, apply a second pump for the neck area; avoid eye area.

Here’s what’s in it:

  • Matrixyl 3000®: Advanced collagen boosting peptide shows up to 45% less wrinkles in two months.*
  • SYN®-AKE:  Advanced myo-relaxing peptide smoothes expression lines yielding up to a 52% reduction in wrinkles.* Mimics the activity of Walgerin 1, a peptide found in the snake venom of the Temple Viper.
  • Renovage®:  Patented anti-aging ingredient that lessens pigmented spots by up to 56%, increases moisturization up to 58%.*
  • Dynalift®: Natural Sorghum Stalk Juice tightens and smooths skin.
  • Organic Green Tea: A natural antioxidant that counters free-radicals.
  • Organic Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Provides essential fatty acids and proteins to soothe and brighten skin  soothes and brightens skin.

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Offer Clients a De-Stress & De-Age Sensory Oasis with Pevonia’s BodyRenew™ — An Aroma-Therapeutic Body Line

With over 37 Billion Dollars spent on bath & body products annually and more than 50% of female consumers seeking all natural skincare, Pevonia® makes it easier than ever for spas to boost retail and service revenue!

Pevonia Natural Skincare introduces BodyRenew™ Bathing Pleasures! An on-trend aroma-therapeutic body collection of retail and professional products infused with all natural ingredients to: enrich the skin with restorative and de-aging benefits; transform bath time into a spa sensory oasis; de-stress and awaken the senses. BodyRenew™ Bathing Pleasures collections offer: bath salt, bubble bath, and body moisturizer in three blissful natural scents to address specific skin concerns.

BodyRenew™ Bathing Pleasures awaken the senses by offering your clients three blissful scents depending on their desired scent and key skincare concerns: Jasmine & Lavender, Peach & Vanilla, and Pineapple & Coconut, Each natural aroma-therapeutic collection offers three in-demand products: bath salt, bubble bath, and body moisturizer.

In keeping with Pevonia’s green ethos, BodyRenew™ features a unique program…Pevonia Planet Bloom as an extension of our foundational commitment to environmental conservation. BodyRenew™ products include a wildflower seed infused tag that once planted, helps beautify our surroundings for a greener earth.

BodyRenew™ Bathing Pleasures Collections:

Jasmine & Lavender:

Jasmine extract moisturizes, soothes, and visibly smooths the skin. Lavender Extract calms, softens, heals and decongests for an even tone.

  • Bath Salts: Drench the skin with hydrating and soothing anti-stress Jasmine & Lavender essential oils and detoxifying micro minerals. Sea Salt mineralizes the skin providing an infusion of negative ions that neutralize the effects of pollution, stress, and free radicals. It also contains a powerhouse ingredient, Atoligomer, which infuses the skin with 73 minerals to strengthen it.
  • Bubble Bath: The Jasmine & Lavender Bubble Bath is garden scented with flower extracts that calm and soothe the skin and the mind. Lavender’s aromatherapy effect is known for promoting relaxation, and is perfect for bath time; Citric acid smooths and brightens the skin tone. This is ideal for sensitive skin and to relieve dryness.
  • Body Moisturizer: Moisturize, renew, and protect the skin with a body moisturizer that contains high performing aromatic phyto-extracts from Jasmine and Lavender. Ginseng root also works as an anti-oxidant while brightening the skin.

Peach & Vanilla:

Peach Fruit Extract moisturizes and brightens the skin while protecting it from free radicals and stress. Vanilla Fruit Extract is a natural antiseptic that repairs the skin.

  • Bath Salts: The Peach & Vanilla bath salts repair the skin with brightening and hydrating anti-stress essential oils and detoxifying micro minerals. Sea Salt mineralizes the skin providing an infusion of negative ions that neutralize the effects of pollution, stress and free radicals. It also contains a powerhouse ingredient, Atoligomer, which infuses the skin with 73 minerals to help strengthen it.
  • Bubble Bath: The Peach & Vanilla Bubble Bath is scented with an uplifting, smooth, sweet scent. Vanilla extract is used as a natural antiseptic while peach extract moisturizes and brightens skin all while soaking in a therapeutic, relaxing bath.
  • Body Moisturizer: The Peach & Vanilla Body Moisturizer are rich in healthy vitamins such as Vitamin C. They contain a powerhouse full of essential fatty acids that help the skin retain moisture and maintain elasticity. Lutein and Zeaxanthin, two highly active antioxidants in peach extract, reduce inflammation and heal skin lesions. The Vanilla contains Vitamin B to improve the skin circulation and reduce sensitivity. Its antiseptic benefits help control skin breakouts. Chamomile soothes and calms irritation as well.

Pineapple & Coconut:

Pineapple fruit extract is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant. It mineralizes, brightens, and repairs the skin. Coconut fruit extract moisturizes, repairs, protects and improves skin wellness.

  • Bath Salts: Drench the skin with mineralizing and repairing anti-stress Pineapple & Coconut essential oils and detoxifying micro minerals. Sea Salt mineralizes the skin providing an infusion of negative ions that neutralize the effects of pollution, stress and free radicals. It also contains a powerhouse ingredient, Atoligomer, which infuses the skin with 73 minerals to strengthen it.
  • Bubble Bath: Indulge in the pleasure of a fruit scented bubble bath and let stress and tension melt away. Containing fruit extracts that have anti-oxidant benefits and skin restructuring effects, this bubble bath is rejuvenating while de-stressing. It also relieves dryness and irritation while providing a fresh and uplifting scent. It’s great for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczemas.
  • Body Moisturizer: The Pineapple & Coconut Body Moisturizer hydrates, renews, and protects the skin with a rejuvenating and healing formula. Calendula Flower Extract soothes irritation while Aloe Leaf Extract hydrates, heals, and recovers skin damage.

Body Renew

About Pevonia: The most powerful ingredients in skincare come from the safest source – nature. For nearly three decades, Pevonia has been the leader in delivering natural skincare solutions to the finest spas and professional aestheticians worldwide. Pevonia’s multi-award winning products and in-spa treatments are coveted by celebrities, influencers, and consumers worldwide for their aesthetician-proven ability to deliver outstanding skin solutions that restore, rejuvenate, and revitalize all skin types.

For more information, interviews, product trials/photo shoot products, please contact: Danielle Sargeant; Phone: (386) 239-8980, Email: Danielle@pevonia.com

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Top New York Dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler on Everything You Need to Know About Cool Sculpting, a Fat Freezing Laser

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Dr. Amy Wechsler has many titles, from ‘dermatologist’ to ‘Chanel beauty advisor’ to ‘psychiatrist’ and, of course, ‘mom.’ With Mother’s Day fast approaching, the New York City-based skincare guru (who has a long roster of celeb clientele and two teenagers) opens up about her personal beauty routine and how she keeps her skin looking flawless through stressful 10-hour workdays, the skincare challenges moms everywhere are worried about, Cool Sculpting and more.

What is the best beauty or skincare advice you learned from your mom?

One big thing is less is more. That was with everything with her life. She also spent her earlier years worshipping the sun but then did a 180 (thankfully) and is now a poster child for sun protection.

If you could spend all day at the spa for Mother’s Day, what spa would it be and what treatment would you get?

I haven’t been that many places, honestly. In my head, there are places in Japan I would really love to go to. The kids and I went to Amangiri resort last summer and that spa is amazing. I have been there multiple times and it is just so relaxing and calming there.

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EYE GENIUS Brilliant Eye Complex from COSMEDIX

EYE GENIUS 

Brilliant Eye Complex

Tackles three stubborn eye area issues – dark circles, puffiness and fine lines – in one genius formula. Five firming peptides offer immediate firming while Sodium Hyaluronate and Borago Oil soothe and hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes. Light-reflective Mica helps eyes to instantly appear brighter.

From COSMEDIX

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Upcoming Education Feature – IECSC in Las Vegas

Allan Share, president of the Spa Industry Association has said over and over…”educate, educate, educate.”

With that in mind, we are doing some features of many of the educators that you can learn from while at IECSC in Las Vegas!  Make sure to register for IECSC in Las Vegas and we hope to see you there.  In the meantime…check out these educators and their sessions that will be there:


A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD RELATIONSHIP – INTEGRATING MEDICAL AESTHETIC SERVICES IN THE DAY SPA, HOTEL OR RESORT SPA

The interrelationship between spas and medicine is an old one dating back to the origin of health spas and curative waters. Today’s spa guest is seeking a one-stop-shop that can deliver classic spa services, as well as cutting-edge medical spa services and wellness programs. This return to an integration of the spa and medicine offers the savvy spa owner or hospitality venue a unique opportunity to expand or enhance their present menu of services. Key topics include: concept and philosophy, licensing and regulatory considerations, operations and marketing for medical spa treatments, wellness programs and weight loss. click here for more

Spa Director, The Spa at Ballantyne

Jana has over ten years of experience as a spa director at leading hotels and resorts from Key West to San Antonio. Currently she is spa director at The Spa at Ballantyne, Charlotte, a Forbes Four Star recognized property. She came to the Ballantyne from The Éilan Hotel and Spa in San Antonio continuing a career of innovation in  spa and wellness programming. Jana has been instrumental in developing innovative partnerships and collaborations to expand the vision  and integration of  spa services into the health and medical aesthetics arenas. 

Owner, Patti Biro & Associates

Patti Biro is the owner and founder of Patti Biro and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in creating brand enrichment through special events, retail consulting and education in the personal products, spa and wellness industry. With more than 20 years of experience, Patti’s unique approach to enriching your brand and increasing retail and service sales provides exceptional results for her clients. Her focus creates value and promotes marketing sizzle for clients ranging from medical spa, day spas, boutique hotels, wellness and fitness centers to manufacturers, distributors and educational centers.

Owner & Medical Director, McRae MD Medical Laser Spa

Elizabeth is currently board certified in Internal Medicine. She attended the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and completed her residency as part of the LSU Charity Hospital system. She has practiced for 30 years in IM and 20 years with Botox as a solo injector with Platinum Plus status and has headed the McRae MD Medical Laser Spa for more than 10 years. She is published in the American Journal of Laser Medicine and Surgery, January 2013 edition. She is an active contributor on medical laser issues for television on KENS5 and Fox29 in San Antonio and is the presenter of the Ferrari Fashion Week South McRae MD Total Beauty Award. She has been showcased in San Antonio Magazine, The Hill Country Weekly and Vive Magazine as well as other publications. She currently is a guest lecturer for Cutera. Dr. McRae is the innovative originator of The Beauty Bug-her mobile laser spa. 

THE INSPIRED ESTHETICIAN: HOW TO PLAN A SUCCESSFUL SOLO PRACTICE

Join Douglas Preston, 30+ year professional esthetician, author and business mentor as he teaches the smartest approach to starting and succeeding in a solo skincare practice. Whether you’re considering going into a solo practice or are already in one this class will be of tremendous value to your career future. This class can save you years of unnecessary difficulty and earn you far more money in less time than most solo professionals. This session will cover: • What do you want to achieve with your business • Benefits and challenges of working on your own • Renting or leasing a work space • Your esthetics room setup – what’s needed, what’s not • Service menu decisions • Service pricing • Retail planning • Marketing realities – the facts about new client growth • Mistakes many newly solo estheticians make • Making your solo practice a gift, not a hardship – click for more

President, The Inspired Esthetician

Douglas Preston’s career spans 30+years in professional esthetics, spa management and skincare career mentoring. His business articles appear in many of the top trade journals and magazines. He is past-president of Aesthetics International Association, and former committee chairman for The Day Spa Association. Preston was named The Day Spa Association’s “Spa Person of the Year” and voted Favorite Spa Consultant in an American Spa magazine readers’ poll. His recently published book, An Esthetician’s Guide to Growing A Successful Skincare Career, is a top-seller among ambitious working skincare professionals. Preston leads The Inspired Esthetician www.TheInspiredEsthetician.Com, a membership-based resource for professional education and career/business mentoring.

BEAUTY QUICKIES…CREATE A MAKEUP BAR

This class is for the makeup artist, esthetician and business owner. Not all your clients want to spend time, wear a lot of makeup, nor do they want to do many steps to take care of their skin. Create a Makeup Bar in your business for gals who want to look good on the run. Do a quick makeup application or express makeup lesson and sell her what she needs. Three fabulous door prizes will be drawn during the class. Get ready for a fun, educational session. – click for more

Educator/Beauty Therapist/Makeup Artist/Author, noreenyoungpro.com

Noreen Young is a nationally known educator, author of a marketing book Entertaining in Your Salon & Spa and creator of three how-to makeup DVDs. An internationally known professional speaker, makeup artist and skin therapist, she loves to travel the globe for the next big thing and to bring that to the beauty professionals. Her work can be seen in blogs and has been featured in Skin Inc, Modern Salon, Dermascope, American Salon, Skin Deep, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & SPA, Shop Smart Magazine, business journals and newspapers. She is a guest contributing beauty and lifestyle reporter for NBC12 and ABC25 The Chat in Florida. Noreen’s warm and energetic style makes her conference class not to be missed.

GrandeHAIR Kit 2 by Grande Cosmetics

GrandeHAIR Stimulating Laser Comb uses innovative low level laser and LED technology to treat hair loss by stimulating protein production and scalp cell metabolism while reducing the effects of harmful hormones. Our comb is safe and effective for both men and women. It is not painful and there are no side effects. GrandeHAIR Laser Comb is handheld and portable so you can use it anywhere and at anytime. Don’t go through costly hair transplant or unsightly scalp concealing products, use the GrandeHAIR Laser Comb to achieve fuller, thicker, and healthier hair.

GrandeHAIR Formulated with vitamins, peptides and amino acids, GrandeHAIR is a professional strength hair rejuvenation stimulant that revives dormant follicles, strengthens weak hair and thickens your existing hair naturally for a fuller appearance. It helps restores your hair to a natural, healthy condition—with bounce and shine—and helps the hair look thicker and smoother. This is a 3 month supply when used once daily and works best when used with GrandeHAIR Laser Comb.

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MARIJUANA & MASSAGE: ARE CBD PAIN-RELIEF PRODUCTS CAUGHT UP IN NEW DEA RULE?

DEA Issues New Code for Extract

Cannabidiol (CBD) personal-care products include topical products such as patches, salves and oils, and are created from hemp, a cousin to marijuana. Some massage therapists, chiropractors and the general public have embraced CBD products for pain relief.

Now, many people in the cannabis industry are scrambling to interpret a new rule issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Dec. 14 titled “Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract”—and to determine if it could affect manufacturers and distributors of hemp-derived products. The rule is scheduled to take effect Jan 13, 2017.

What has resulted is curiosity on the part of some hemp advocates regarding whether or not the new code will have an effect on the CBD industry.

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Treating Acne with CBD

Acne vulgaris is the most common human skin disease, affecting the quality of life of millions worldwide. In fact, in the United States, acne affects up to 50 million Americans annually according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  The costs associated to treat acne exceed $3 billion.

Acne is characterized by the outbreak of pimples, as well as blackheads, whiteheads, that generally appear on the face, neck and back. These symptoms, whether of genetic, hormonal, or infectious origins, are mainly caused by an excessive secretion of sebum also known as sebocytes.  Typical treatments consist of oral antibiotics which can be taxing on your body, or expensive creams, which can be taxing on your wallet.

Cannabis, specifically, CBD may be the answer to treating acne. While THC is known to increase oil production, CBD has the exact opposite effect. With acne, the body over-produces oil. This oil is known as sebum, and it’s excreted by the sebaceous glands in the skin.

Dr Tamas Biro, a Hungarian scientist, decided to put CBD to the test. He wanted to see how the CBD interacted with the natural endocannabinoids our own bodies produce. Endocannabinoids help regulate hair growth, oil production, and immune response in the skin and play a major role in determining how much sebum is produced in the skin. When Brio applied non-psychoactive CBD to these skin cells, he noticed that oil production stopped.

Another study focused on the impact of cutaneous cannabinoid system and CBD on acne.  The results concluded that when cannabidiol was used on sebaceous glands (which secrete an oily sebum, which can result oily skin and/or obstructed pores), the proliferation of sebocytes decreased significantly. The study further concluded that CBD has potential as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris and exerts universal anti-inflammatory action.

CBD based topicals are the easiest and most cost-effective way to administer CBD for the treatment of acne.  In an era where many mainstream topicals are filled with harmful ingredients such as parabens and sulfites, CBD is plant based with zero side effects.  Cannaisseur Brands offers premium, organic CBD in multiple applications including creams, oils and tinctures. 

Visit www.cannaisseurbrands.com for more information.

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Luxury resort opens two safari lodges in Rwanda

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The move into Rwanda follows the success of One&Only’s first landlocked property; the Australia’s Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. Until Australia and Rwanda, One&Only has been renowned for its ultra-luxe beachside resorts.

One & Only Resorts Ltd is known for developing and operating resorts, hotels, and casinos in many parts of world. Its facilities offer venues for meetings and events, villas, penthouses, guestrooms and suites, sporting and leisure activities, tennis, golf, lagoons, spas, fitness centers, and fine dining services.

It also provides swimming pools and water sports, including sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, fishing, diving, and snorkeling.

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Universal Companies to invest $1.5 million to expand distribution operation in Washington County, Virginia

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ABINGDON, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that Universal Companies, a leading supplier of spa products will invest $1.5 million to expand its distribution operation in Washington County, Virginia. 

The expansion will create new 30 jobs and competed against Tennessee for the project. Founded in 1982, Universal Companies is committed to delivering innovative and complete spa solutions to more than 30,000 customers around the world. Universal not only offers spa products and equipment, but also industry-leading advanced education in the spa and wellness industries.

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What is a Clean Beauty Brand?

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When I started the line almost 25 years ago now, I was hesitant to describe it as “natural” because I didn’t know how to define that word.  What is natural?  A handful of earth from my garden?  Even that will contain heavy metals and probably some acid rain.  Is natural always a good thing?  Poison Ivy is natural, so is Nightshade.  It made more sense to me to describe our line as “clean.”  To me it meant scrubbed of those ingredients that we thought had the potential for harming our skin or our health. Though ingredients play a major role in how we define “clean,” we also believe it is important to be mindful of how we impact the environment and our community.

Mindful Product Formulations

That’s why we’ve found alternative preservative systems to parabens.  We pay close attention to anything that’s credited as an endocrine disrupter. We eliminate talc and synthetic fragrance and ingredients that have the potential for causing irritation.  Although, this can be a challenge since sensitivity can be caused by anything.

For instance, carmine.  It’s a natural colorant that saves the need to use FD&C dyes (soluble dyes approved for food, drugs and cosmetics, mostly derived from petroleum or coal tar), but some people can be very allergic to it.  And since it comes from beetles, it means that vegans and those practicing kosher can’t use it.  This is called a formulator’s dilemma.  We made the decision to move away from carmine as much as possible and substitute it for D&C Lakes – insoluble dyes approved for drugs and cosmetics bonded to a calcium substrate.  It’s a compromise until something better comes along.

Environmentally Conscious

This is the kind of agonizing we go through daily in our efforts to keep our line as clean as possible.  To do it, we have to keep our hearts, minds and bodies as clean as possible, too.  We always ask ourselves what effect our actions are having on animals, our environment, our community.  Furthermore, our gardens continue to be an inspiration for everything we do.  We plant consciously as we try to support our bees, butterflies and birds that are at the mercy of our choices.

Community Advocates

I’ve always believed that we’re only as strong as our weakest link, so we do what we can to support the health of our community which includes sponsoring a farmers’ market for six months of the year.  Farmers and families all benefit from the opportunity of getting close to the bounty of the land.  No pesticides, no GMOs just clean food that tastes great, acts as medicine and brings us all together.  This is what clean means to those of us at jane iredale.

 

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Farm to Skin: Sourcing CBD for Cannabis Infused Topicals

As cannabis infused products are flooding the marketplace – from vape pens to edibles to topicals – it’s important to know the source of the cannabis used in products that you consume.

Lately, there’s an increased incidence of tainted batches of cannabis popping up on the market. Banned pesticides are being used by growers, and as a result, consumers are becoming ill. According to The Globe and Mail, it was reported that a group of veterans are amassing a file of evidence detailing illnesses after exposure to tainted cannabis products. Their symptoms allegedly include becoming bedridden, nausea and breathing difficulties.

In Colorado, for example, companies are supposed to voluntarily destroy tainted cannabis. If they don’t, the state will destroy it, according to a policy statement issued by the Colorado Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, and Revenue. Currently, there are no federal guidelines on pesticide use on cannabis.

Cannaisseur Brands embodies the farm to skin movement in all aspects of our production cycle. Our premium, organic CBD is sourced directly from our strategic growing partners. We have direct access to the farm, workers, and laboratory processing for our CBD.

Furthermore, we undergo strict quality control measures to ensure that all batches of CBD used in our products are tested for pesticides, microbial (yeast, mold, mildew), and residual solvents. Our open door policy affords us the ability to share our lab testing results with anyone!

We guarantee that Aryn’s Essentials is a safe, reliable and therapeutic product that delivers the best cannabis therapy on the market. Our ingredients are naturally derived and we only use premium organic CBD from our growing partners. Because we put our consumers first, and value their experience with our products, we stand by 100% farm to skin traceability in everything that we do.

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JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa offers Staycay 5K fun run/walk

azbigmedia.com – JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa kicks off Staycation season with their first annual Staycay 5K Fun Run/Walk, Saturday, May 13th, 2017, at 7:00 a.m. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network and will stay local to fund critical treatments, healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.  The Staycay 5K Run/Walk will wind through the picturesque Faldo course at Wildfire Golf Club and will conclude with a celebratory and complimentary post-race pancake breakfast.

The Staycation Package starts from $179 per night and includes a luxurious guestroom, complimentary resort fee, complimentary race entry for four registered resort guests, $50 resort credit, free meals for kids under 12 with a paying adult and unlimited golf for four guests after 3 pm the day of arrival. Book your stay using promo code C9W by May 10, 2017, to be included in the 5K. Race registration instructions will be forwarded to you once your room is booked.

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Afraid to Ask: Am I supposed to talk to my massage therapist?

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Don’t feel right asking your massage therapist those difficult questions? That’s OK, we did it for you.

How do I tell my massage therapist to shut up?

“I’d really like to relax and be quiet now.” If they don’t shut up, you can end the session and just pay for that portion.

Do I have to take off all my clothes?

It depends completely on your comfort level. Shiatsu is done fully clothed, so it’s an option. If you’re new to massage, you may want to keep on more, such as underwear and bra. Therapists can accommodate. On the other hand, therapists use a draping technique that exposes only the part of the body they need to work on. If you can’t relax fully, wear clothing. If you can relax fully unclothed, that’s ideal.

What if I pass gas?

It happens a lot. The therapist doesn’t give it a second thought, so don’t worry. But it’s wise to not eat a full meal before massage.

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Hydrating Body Mist from Pure Fiji

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Reward your skin with a refreshing spritz of amazing pure leaf water naturally rich in powerful anti – oxidants. Skin is protected and deeply hydrated by a synergistic blend of fresh tropical leaves.

KEY INGREDIENTS
  • Dilo leaf, Ngi Grass and Coconut Oil
  • Dilo Leaf hydrosol – anti-inflammatory, anti microbial, humectant, skin conditioning, helps to regenerate skin cells.
  • Ngi grass – boosts hydration by increasing cellular water flow as well as moisture holding power for 24 hours.
BENEFITS

Skin is protected and deeply hydrated by a synergistic blend of Dilo leaf hydrosol, ngi grass and Coconut Oil.

From Pure Fiji

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5 Steps to Soft, Fresh, Youthful Lips

OUR LIPS are one of the places on our body that start showing signs of aging first, and are most commonly forgotten in our skin care routine. Here are some simple steps to keep those puckers plump without resorting to cosmetic procedures or injectables.

1. EXFOLIATE them. Your lips don’t have any sweat or sebaceous glands, so they lack the protective layer of sweat and body oils that the rest of the skin on your body has. This causes the lips to become dry and dehydrated easily. Exfoliating them with a gentle sugar scrub once or twice a week will help them shed the dead skin layer and smooth out their texture.

2. APPLY a collagen stimulating lip serum on them twice a day. Look for one that has peptides and hyaluronic acid that draw moisture to your skin, keeping them soft and full.

3. USE SPF daily. It’s just as important to apply a sunscreen right over the top of your lips as it is your face and chest, especially when you will be out in the sun for increased amounts of time.

4. BALM them up at night. Use a natural lip balm at night before bed to keep them hydrated. Some balms have SPF in them so you can use them both morning and night.

5. DRINK water and lots of it. Proper hydration is crucial for overall skin health and has
tremendous anti-aging benefits.

Need to know how to add this into your skin care routine?

Here is your skin and lip care routine:

MORNING:
1. Cleanse face, neck and décolleté.
2. Tone face, neck and décolleté.
3. Treat skin with serums. (Apply Collagen Lip Therapy)
4. Moisturize face, neck and décolleté.
5. Protect skin. (Apply SPF to face, lips, neck, décolleté)

NIGHT:
1. Cleanse face, neck and décolleté.
2. Exfoliate face, lips, neck and décolleté two times a week.
3. Treat skin with serums. (Apply Collagen Lip Therapy)
4. Moisturize face, lips, neck and décolleté. (Use Lip Balm)

BAM.

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Vivid Complexion

Leona Baisley Vivid Complexion Having been licensed esthetician for over 8 years, Leona has worked for a variety of spas and wax only salons. She is passionate about skin care, waxing and education for both the professional and the client. She has over 4 years of wax training experience for large organizations and is in the beginning stages of creating her own education classes that will help licensed estheticians and cosmetologists grow their businesses and compete with the top professionals in the industry.

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South Korea’s skin care and make-up trends decoded

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Fast-paced innovation in facial skin care and make-up and highly engaged consumers drive growth of South Korea’s buoyant beauty market, estimated at just over US$13 billion in 2017. A new research from Mintel shines a spotlight on South Korea’s beauty market, the beauty trends impacting the global beauty industry and the latest innovations in textures, ingredients and product experience.

According to the market research firm, facial skincare accounts for more than half (51%) of the total market share with US$6.5 billion in retail sales and a projected 5.8% CAGR [1] over the next five years to reach US$7.2 billion by 2020. Much of the success of the facial skincare category is in part due to the abundance of new product development and the fact that more than two thirds (68%) of total skincare product launches in South Korea 2015-2016 [2] were facial skincare products, according to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD).

Following facial skincare, colour cosmetics makes up the second largest beauty category in the South Korean market, valued at US$2.3 billion in 2017. Mintel research indicates that the market is supported by an active and engaged consumer base with per capita spend on colour cosmetics in South Korea at US$45 in 2017, compared to US$43 in the UK and US$37 in the US [3], and more than double the global average per capita spend of US$21. With a projected CAGR of 8.1% over the next five years, the market is estimated to reach US$2.8 billion by 2020.

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Privleged babies can now indulge themselves at their very own day spa

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Babies are so lucky. First, they get to eat and sleep all day — now this. 

Proving that life grows crueller with the passing of time, some extra-privileged babies are being pampered in their very own spas now. And they won’t even remember the experience. So unfair. 

Baby Spa Perth is the third “baby spa” in a global franchise that started in South Africa. It’s the first of its kind in Australia, and boy, is it rich. Babies (who, may we remind you, already have it great) get to indulge in hydrotherapy and massage sessions from AUD$85 ($65).  

That means strapping a floatation device under their big heads and setting them afloat on a pond of their fellow babies, all of whom are bopping around in the water like chubby lily pads. 

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My Experience with Cannabis infused Massage Oil

My name is Michelle Rozzen and I’ve been a licensed massage therapist in Los Angeles for over 11 years.

I specialize in modalities such as Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, Thai, Cranio-Sacral, Lomi Lomi and I include Reiki, LED light therapy and Cupping as complimentary services in my practice. My clients range from those in the entertainment industry, athletes, to the sick and injured.

I’m always on the forefront of new therapies to offer to my clients and have been looking for a natural CBD massage oil to use in my practice. I heard about the benefits of a cannabis infused massage, especially ones using CBD (cannabidiol). That’s when I came across Aryn’s Essentials. When I first started using it I tested on myself before using on my clients. I applied it to my arms and hands that were inflamed from working so much and I needed something to reduce pain. After applying Aryn’s Essentials CBD massage oil my hands and my wrists and everything in my arms were so relaxed!

Then I started introducing Aryn’s Essentials to my clients and they saw a reduction in inflammation and aches and pains almost immediately! What I really like about this product is that it not only provides maximum relief to my clients, but it’s emollient and very hydrating. So many of my clients have reported that their skin feels so soft and moisturized for up to 24 hours after the massage.

Another feature that I like about Aryn’s Essentials is that it’s available in a variety of scents using pure essential oils. It’s available in Green Tea and Cucumber, Peppermint, Lavender, and Eucalyptus and Unscented. My favorites are Lavender and Peppermint!

I will continue to use Aryn’s Essentials in my practice and I encourage others to give it a try!

In Love and Light,

Michelle

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