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ROAD TRIP – Glen Ivy Hot Springs and Tom’s Farms in Temescal Canyon

Luxury is playing hooky as an adult and taking a weekday off to spend it relaxing at a day spa. Not any day spa, but Glen Ivy Hot Springs – a location long known to local Native American tribes for the mineral water sources to have spiritual powers to heal the body, mind and spirit. And my partner Richard and I really needed a boost to our bodies, minds and spirits.

Glen Ivy is located in Temescal Canyon about an hour and a half north of central San Diego. For us, it was a day only, the wineries we passed by in Temecula will have to wait for another weekend. And the beauty of taking a weekday trip – no traffic!

When you arrive at Glen Ivy, you’ll be given a map of the resort and a general idea of the best order on how to take the various waters. But since we did have to do a touch of work before hitting the road, we arrived at lunch time and headed first to their onsite restaurant, the Ivy Kitchen, since we were starving. Even though we were “hangry,” we still had leftovers from our fish tacos and grilled chicken quesadilla orders. And you can taste the delicious freshness in the dishes, because although Glen Ivy is known for the mud baths and mineral waters, they practice a strong farm-to-table philosophy. Glen Ivy actually has an onsite orchard growing orange, grapefruit and avocado trees.

Read more: San Diego Community News Group – ROAD TRIP Glen Ivy Hot Springs and Tom s Farms in Temescal Canyon

5 Reasons You Should Consider CoolSculpting

1. It is safe. Cool Sculpting is the first of its kind that will actually freeze fat. Traditional techniques that we have used for fat reduction have been radiofrequency devices. Radiofrequency is great for skin tightening but has not proven to be as effective for fat loss.

These devices would get so hot that clients would be too uncomfortable to tolerate the treatment for the amount of time required to effectively destroy fat cells. Cool Sculpting utilizes cold therapy to break down fat pockets while keeping the skin safe from damage. The cooled area becomes numb making Cool Sculpting very comfortable. Clients typically enjoy our Netflix programs, read or even nap while being treated.

2. It is for everyone. There are few clients who would not benefit from Cool Sculpting. For those who have problem areas that seem to be immune to diet and exercise, Cool Sculpting is an excellent option. For those who are looking for a way to jump-start weight loss and fat loss, Cool Sculpting is often the kick off to better habits.

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Global Wellness Is Booming and Luxury Consumers Want to Travel Well

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar 13, 2019–MVI Marketing (MVI), a market research company specializing in luxury brands and their consumers, has announced the findings from its recent luxury wellness travel study. The online, quantitative research study was completed by nearly 1,200 male and female respondents in the USA, between 25 and 50 years of age, who had household incomes of $75,000 and above, and have recently traveled and/or plan to travel within the next year.

Results showed that 60% of individuals surveyed by MVI think it’s important for venues and destinations to offer wellness options for both pleasure and business travelers. 50% of respondents plan to incorporate wellness/self-care as part of their next trip.

According to the Global Wellness Institute, the Wellness Tourism industry is valued at $639 billion with a projected 6.5% annual growth rate. This projected growth rate is more than twice the total tourism industry overall (3.2%) and is the fastest growing segment of the $4.2 trillion Wellness Marketplace.

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What is the FDA’s Role in Regulating CBD right now?

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As a result of the 2018 Farm Bill, Hemp was officially removed from the Control Substances Act (CSA), defining it as a cultural commodity and no longer being classified a controlled substance like its plant cousin Marijuana.

Following the recent passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement declaring their intention to retain their authority to regulate ingestible and topical products, including those that contain hemp and hemp extracts like Cannabidiol (CBD). To summarize,  the Farm Bill deemed hemp and its extracts like CBD, legal at the federal level, while the FDA wants to ensure product manufacturers are not marketing CBD products as Foods, Dietary Supplements or making such claims that their CBD products will treat, cure or prevent disease.

What Does this Mean?

For a vastly growing industry,  regulation is important. Similar to Food Safety and Human Health organizations, regulatory standards provide manufacturing guidelines, marketing accountability, product traceability and overall, work to elevate the safety standards required for regular human consumption and use. The FDA’s current position is not their final determination and should not be interpreted as the law. The truth is, a recently FDA approved pharmaceutical drug called Epidiolex, (made to treat Epilepsy) named it’s “active ingredient” CBD (Cannabidiol).  Although it is synthetically derived for drug purposes, this is what enables the FDA the authority, to provide regulatory oversight, influencing the industry of CBD and Hemp.

What Should Spa Professionals know?

The same legislative advocates behind the 2018 Farm Bill, have urged the FDA’s recent positioning, to alleviate restrictions on Food and Supplement companies that manufacture with CBD, by providing detailed guidelines to follow so standardized safe practices can become an industry “norm.”

Any brands manufacturing products made with CBD or Hemp extracts should NOT be marketed as Foods, Dietary Supplements, and or making claims their products will treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

The retail sale or distribution of CBD products that currently fall under those specific above categories, are at risk for potential FDA scrutiny and or disciplinary action. CBD products made for topical use, without making false marketing claims, using .3% or less THC Industrial Hemp are not targeted objectives for the FDA’s enforcement resources.

Vanessa Marquez

CEO & Founder CBD Care Garden

9 Best Spas in Bali

Indonesia has long been luring us to its tropical island for wellness—hosting us at hillside yoga retreats, overhauling our health through raw food consumption, and relaxing us amidst nature in its fullest glory. It’s not all sun salutations or blessings and chantings à la Eat, Pray, Love though—this is an island where adventure, fitness and forward-thinking beauty treatments await too. Of course, there are dirt-cheap road-side salons which might offer a great-value massage or mani-pedi, but they vary hugely in quality. So, these are our favorite addresses when it comes to quality therapists, charming environments, and remarkable results. Nature is a tonic in itself—all the better that many of Bali’s spas let organic ingredients and beautiful surroundings enhance the wellbeing experience. A spa experience should be an uplifting journey from the moment you’re welcomed to a long-lasting feeling of having left refreshed or finessed.

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Lack of Inclusion in the Beauty/Spa and Wellness Industry

by: Sherrie Tennessee In honor of Black History Month Disney re-released the movie Black Panther in the theater for a free showing all month. I had the opportunity to see the movie again and as not so big Marvel fan that is a huge deal for me and especially my son. Now as we step into Women in History month, the same feeling surfaced. The idea of not only diversity came to mind but the even bigger topic of inclusion, though sometimes used interchangeably the words nor their usage are not the same.

Webster dictionary defines diversity as “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements: variety especially the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.”

Inclusion is defined as “the involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive university promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members”

Interestingly enough, the number of Black-owned business has grown, African Americans owned 19% of all women-owned businesses with the overall number increase sing by 605% between 2007 – 2017, higher than any other demographic, according to American Express Annual State of Women Business report. In addition, a recent Nielsen report stated that African American spend 9x more on hair and beauty products. The money spent by African American consumers exceeded $1.2 trillion annually, with $473 million in total hair care, $127 million grooming aids and $465 million in skin care preparations and we spend a whopping $1.1 billion on beauty annually according to the 2018 Nielsen. So many minorities owning beauty location as well as spending millions of dollars at the location. Why is that not reflected in the leadership in the beauty industry? In an effort to go beyond my experience in the Beauty, Spa, and Wellness industry, I sought the insight of a few power players in the industry and what strategies they would recommend ways to increase diversity in the beauty/spa/wellness industry Patrick Huey, Monique Blake, and Tosh Baker.

Monique Blake is a kindred soul, as a fellow therapist and educator – Monique is the National Director of Body for Red Door Spa. When I asked Monique about what steps can be taken to diversify the leadership in the Beauty/Spa/Wellness industry to better reflect the consumer and owners?

Her answer, of course, focused on education – “as this is always a big part of the answer. Let’s face it, wellness is a need for all people. But every need is unique. Begin by having a better understanding of these unique needs. Another important step is to consciously attract talent that reflects this diversity. Encourage talent to pursue spa management program and jobs.  These decision makers from diverse backgrounds can speak directly to the consumer’s unique needs. People naturally gravitate to messages and wellness/spa programs that speak to them and their personal sense of wellness, beauty. But there are not many of these messages in the mainstream spa industry and that may be in part because there is an opportunity for diversity in the decision makers. The wellness community has a great opportunity to become an ambassador for a more diverse consumer and order to do this we have to understand and attract this consumer on a variety of levels.”

I posed the same question to Toshiana Baker, another fellow educator, therapist, and spa industry consultant. Toshiana’s response focused more on the companies explaining “organizations truly committed to Diversity and Inclusion initiatives should integrate this throughout all levels of its operation. If there is a question of diversity needed in leadership, one should look at all levels of representation in the organization to determine where there may be additional opportunities to diversify teams. Every employee hired should have access and opportunity to leadership development initiatives and shown a career path that includes opportunities for leadership roles.”

I then reached out to my former Director and friend Patrick Huey, currently the Corporate Spa Director at Montage and ISPA (International Spa Association) Board Member. Again, asking the same question of how to increase diversity in the industry. Patrick looked at the topic of not only diversity but also inclusion – The lack of diversity in spa and hospitality leadership positions reflects the lack of diversity in leadership roles across all industries in the US. The same societal and educational forces that inhibit the presence of people of color at top levels of the business hierarchy exist within our industry as well. The unique aspect about the spa is that it may be one of the few industries where the presence of women in leadership roles is seen as normative and, in some ways, expected.

Going beyond the typical offerings I asked – what can be done to create diversity in the product and service offering?

Monique – There are groups of consumers who do not see themselves and their needs reflected in spa product selections or services. The spa industry has to make greater effort to be aware of their marketing and their choice of service and product. Again, this comes down to better education, attracting a more diverse decision maker and considering how to create or customize services and products to make the needs of a diverse consumer.

Toshiana noted there are certainly diverse products and services out there. They just have not been readily accessible as others. Instead of looking at the “tried and true” favorites, those in positions to make decisions to provide exposure to brands should challenge themselves consistently to look beyond the usual. There are innovations being made in products and service offerings that represent all areas of the globe. Consumers are now demanding that the profession provide more information and lead the way in offering products and services that better suit their diverse preferences.

The mindset can be seen in a variety of ways and have led to the consumers to develop their own products instead of waiting on the mainstream companies to fill the void. Case in point – a recent Cosmetic Design article noted the launch of luxury skin care line for women of color, EPARA, developed by Ozohu Aodh and combined sources with Julee Wilson, Beauty Director at Essence magazine. In the words of Julee Wilson – “we deserve luxury products.” Julee like others are making the leap from consumer to beauty product entrepreneurs. In my own backyard, of Washington, DC, longtime friends Kimberly Smith and Amaya Smith had a similar idea and “The Brown Beauty Co-op” for Black and Brown women to ensure the diverse range of products needed are available to consumers.

Finally, I asked the industry experts – what do you think will be the long-term effects of diversity on the growth strategy for Beauty/spa/wellness industry?

For Monique indicated diversity is related in terms of effects is that more spas will have access to these fast-growing and profitable markets. Long term effects are that spas will position themselves as the industry that is invested in the wellness for all types of consumers. Modern medicine has a history of disenfranchising women, people of color, and people for the LGB communities, etc. As more and more consumers seek alternatives to traditional approaches, spas have a unique opportunity to firmly establish ourselves as the wellness and beauty oasis for a more diverse consumer. 

Toshiana believes that the consumer demand will lead the changing tide in diversity. “As the world economy becomes more diverse, so too will the beauty, spa and wellness industries. As long as we each remain committed to providing innovative and quality offerings that meet the needs of all our clientele, enriching their lives regardless of their classification, we will find ourselves expanding our perspectives. It is just as we were once committed to analog methodology and obstinate to change, but all now embrace the digital age.”

Patrick quoted Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg aka The Notorious RBG was once asked how many women a good number for the Supreme Court and she would be stated nine. Similarly, when speaking about issues of diversity in leadership positions, these roles should reflect the society at large. To create more diversity in leadership positions, we have to have people of color in the educational pipeline to fill these positions, and we have to begin the process not in the college and universities, but at the Pre-K and elementary levels, where the habits of learning are established.

It is so important because as Andrew McCaskill, Senior Vice President, Global Communications and Multicultural Marketing, Nielsen stated: “if a company doesn’t have a multicultural strategy, it doesn’t have a growth strategy.” I agree with the statement wholeheartedly, diversity is being achieved in the Beauty/Spa/Wellness. Though there is significant growth in the beauty and wellness industry in diverse communities, the next step in the process is inclusion, getting a seat at the decision-making table to positively impact the diversity seen in the industry.

Sherrie Tennessee, CHE, Doctoral Candidate

Director of Education, SpaSOS

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


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How New Building Designs and Guest Services Transform the Industry

DALLAS—When it comes to designing and building hospitality projects in the United States and on a global scale, architecture and construction firms are breaking the norms.

The move comes from shifting consumer preferences for leisure and business travel accommodations and increasing competition from home-sharing sites such as Airbnb and independent boutiques, according to Bryan Jones and Brian Miller, principals of The Beck Group, an architectural design and construction firm based here.

“We integrate architecture, construction, sustainability and technology to transform how our clients design and build,” said Miller. “We’re one of the few firms in the industry to deliver projects this way and, as a result, it allows us to provide clients with solutions at every stage of their projects.”

The Beck Group’s client, The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, TX, illustrates this profound shift in the industry. “Omni Barton Creek wanted to modernize, expand and enhance its offerings. It was essential to the hotel team, and us, that the new additions feel cohesive and connected to the existing property,” said Miller.

The team studied the architectural language of Barton Creek to ensure the refreshed design is compatible and functional. The hotel team wanted a new destination spa, updated meeting facilities to capitalize on the city’s business conference environment, to refresh existing rooms and to add a new hotel tower to host more guests.

“The resort’s last renovation was nearly 20 years ago, so the spa, pool and fitness facilities were configured in a way that wasn’t relevant to how people enjoy hotel amenities today. The new layout and design had to enhance the guest experience,” said Miller.

Located a short distance from downtown in the Central Texas Hill Country, a connection to the outdoors was also important, so the new spaces aim to enhance how guests experience and navigate the outdoors.

“We highlight the beautiful site through new outdoor balconies and porches off of guestrooms, an event lawn, a new pool configuration and the new Mokara Spa,” said Miller. “The spa features an expansive private pool with sweeping Hill Country vistas from the hotel’s second floor. In addition to being a hotel and resort, Barton Creek is unique in that it is a member’s only country club. We were careful to keep the member experience in mind throughout the design process, as many of the new and refreshed facilities also serve members.”

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Different meditation types train distinct parts of your brain

We are used to hearing that meditation is good for the brain, but now it seems that not just any kind of meditation will do. Just like physical exercise, the kind of improvements you get depends on exactly how you train – and most of us are doing it all wrong.

That the brain changes physically when we learn a new skill, like juggling or playing a musical instrument, has been known for over a decade. Previous studies had suggested that meditation does something similar for parts of the brain involved in focused attention.

Two new studies published in Science Advances suggest that certain kinds of meditation can change social and emotional circuitry, too. The research comes out of the ReSource Project at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, and looked at the effects of three different meditation techniques on the brains and bodies of more than 300 volunteers over 9 months.

One technique was based on mindfulness meditation, and taught people to direct attention to the breath or body. A second type concentrated on compassion and emotional connection via loving kindness meditations and non-judgmental problem-sharing sessions with a partner. A final method encouraged people to think about issues from different points of view, also via a mix of partnered sessions and solo meditation.

In one study, MRI scans taken after each three-month course showed that parts of the cortex involved in the specific skill that was trained grew thicker in comparison with scans from a control group.

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Renewing body and spirit at an eco retreat can be a life-changing experience, one that helps you create a sense of balance within yourself and within your relationship to nature.

(The term eco retreat describes spas and retreat centers that offer nature-based vacations along with environmental education.)

Most spas and retreat centers offer outdoor activities, and many provide nature classes—but an eco retreat should do more than offer guests a natural experience, spa industry experts say. What happens behind the scenes, in terms of healthy environmental practices, is just as important.

Another thing they agree on: Resorts and spas are operating at varying levels of commitment to the environment; so several factors may affect how you choose your next getaway.

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Global Wellness Institute Launches Next Phase of The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease

The Wellness Moonshot Calendar is the Global Wellness Institute’s call to action to create a culture of wellness within organizations and workplaces worldwide. The beautiful hanging calendar, designed by Jessica Jesse, CEO of BuDhaGirl, is a reminder to encourage conversations, programs and actions that support The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease. This worldwide initiative was created to help eradicate preventable, chronic diseases by advocating for multilevel collaboration among the too often siloed forces working to build a healthier world.

The calendar is inspired by the cycles of the full moon, the period of the lunar cycle said to emit the most vibrant energy, encouraging new ideas and habits. Organizations that commit to participating will receive the 2019 calendar along with tangible monthly ideas, tips and information to engage their employees around a particular wellness theme. For example, January focused on awareness, and February on creating a “well heart.”

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