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” – 

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 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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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.

AmericasMart LIVE celebrity lineup continues to grow–  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.

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.”