Why medispas are taking over the world of wellness

Medispa is a word that has slithered into the wellness lexicon and brought a world of confusion. Is it a spa, is it a clinic, is it a hospital – or is it a con? Mostly it simply means a spa with a doctor on call; some have a doctor on site while others have a host of specialists and therapists geared as much to your health and wellbeing as to your relaxation.

Such places are designed to examine every aspect of your body and wellbeing. They will test your blood, heart and lungs; they will decipher your cellular function along with your liver function; they will test your mobility, or check your DNA to help prepare for future illnesses.

Above all, they will give you the most comprehensive medical check-up money can buy. Preventative medicine is the fastest-growing sector in the wellness market.

Frances Geoghegan from Healing Holidays notes there has been a sharp increase in the past 24 months, with those seeking a medispa break up by 40 per cent. ‘In the UK we were very suspicious of what a medispa offered, but suddenly there has been a breakthrough, with people wanting to take more control of their own health,’ she says. This is particularly true of men – a sector which Geoghegan says has increased by 80 per cent in recent years.

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Eco-Friendly Arctic Spa All Set for 2020 Opening

When one thinks of spas, images likely range from a mani-pedi at the local day spa to morning yoga under the desert sun — but a new spa opening in the subarctic Swedish Lapland obliterates those preconceived notions and presents something a whole lot…cooler.

The Arctic Bath is a holistic spa focused on healthy eating, exercise, relaxation, and time in nature. Every element of the spa and surrounding area is designed with these things in mind. Relying solely on products from the all-natural Kerstin Florian product line, treatments here range from facials and body scrubs to massages and pedicures. They even provide swimwear and robes to use during your stay.

Visitors wishing to stay the night (or several) at the Arctic Bath can choose from a variety of lodging options, each offering their own experience. The cabin, elevated above the forest floor, is an apartment that sleeps five in its main floor and loft areas. Even better, it boasts a spiral staircase and vegetation-lined walkways that maximize the guests’ connection to nature.

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The top ten spa therapists in Ireland

Let’s face it! Life can get crazy sometimes, and it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our busy schedules. We often forget to take a moment for ourselves and indulge in a little self-care, so as far as we’re concerned, a day of relaxation and pampering definitely does the soul some good.

If you’re looking to have a day dedicated to wellness, serenity, and self-love – you’re in luck as Ireland has some spectacular options. 

To take the stress out of finding the perfect spa break for you, we took it upon ourselves to be buffed, primed, and polished across the country (hard work, we know) in order to bring you a curated list of the best service, therapists, and properties in Ireland.

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AmSpa Announces Medical Spa Show 2020 Exhibit Hall Is Sold Out

The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) has announced that the exhibit hall for its Medical Spa Show 2020 is sold out. Medical Spa Show 2020 will take place from January 31 – February 2, 2020, at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with pre-show education taking place on Thursday, January 30th and Live Cadaver Training happening during the afternoon of Sunday, February 2nd. The exhibit hall will be open Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1, and will include more than 115 exhibitors presenting a wide variety of medical aesthetic-related products and services.

CHICAGO, Nov. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — “We are very excited to announce that the Medical Spa Show 2020 exhibit hall floor has been sold out for the third year in a row,” says AmSpa CEO and Founder, Alex Thiersch, JD. “Every year, we have expanded the size of the floor to accommodate all of the highest quality and in-demand exhibitors in the medical spa industry, and to provide the best options for attendees, and this year is no exception. The exhibit hall floor is 50% larger than it was last year and features more than 115 of the very best exhibitors in the industry. We can’t wait for attendees to check out the latest trends and techniques from the top companies in the industry, and we are very proud to partner with these incredible vendors!”

A list of the exhibitors that will be attending Medical Spa Show 2020 and a floor plan for the exhibit hall can be found at http://www.MedicalSpaShow.com/exhibitors-sponsors.

Among the exhibitors at the event are several sponsors who are partnering with AmSpa to help present Medical Spa Show 2020. These include:

  • Crystal Clear (Exclusive Black Opal Sponsor);
  • Allergan (Diamond Sponsor);
  • Galderma Laboratories, L.P. (Diamond Sponsor);
  • Merz Aesthetics (Diamond Sponsor);
  • BTL (Sapphire Sponsor);
  • CareCredit (Sapphire Sponsor);
  • Cynosure (Sapphire Sponsor);
  • DermaConcepts/Environ Skin Care (Sapphire Sponsor);
  • PatientNow (Sapphire Sponsor);
  • Weave (Sapphire Sponsor);
  • Candela (Ruby Sponsor);
  • DefenAge New Skin (Ruby Sponsor); and
  • Epionce (Ruby Sponsor).

The number of sponsors for Medical Spa Show 2020 event represents an 86% increase over the number of sponsors from the 2019 event.

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What are wellness hotels, and why are they becoming so popular?

As I set foot in Sanctuary NYC during a recent trip — after schlepping my luggage on a crowded, muggy subway — I was more than a little disoriented. The Lower East Side hotel had warm hardwood floors, muted earth tones and Indian folk art on the walls, and a nature documentary playing the lobby. I could take yoga classes and sound bath workshops in the studio downstairs. What had I walked into, exactly? Sure, it was a hotel, but it didn’t have the same staid vibe as, say, an Embassy Suites or Marriott. Sanctuary and other spots like it are marketed as “wellness hotels,” but this one felt a little like an ashram, or even a commune.

Our stay at Sanctuary NYC was serendipitous; my partner stumbled on it while searching for affordable hotels in the area. After some digging, I learned it was one of a growing number of “wellness hotels.” These differ from destination spas and wellness retreats, which have existed for years and consist of intensive programming geared toward specific health goals, according to LODGING, the official publication of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Also — let’s be real — most wellness retreats reflect the elitism of the wellness industry overall; they’re generally expensive and not very inclusive, for primarily that reason.

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Luxury Spas Equipment Market Share, Key Players, Growth Forecast- Global Industry Outlook

Luxury Spas Equipment Market report provides an insightful overview of product specification, type and production investigation by considering most significant factors. This report comprises a brief on the trends that assist the industry to understand the market along with strategizing for their business expansion. Furthermore, the report presents an estimation of the forecast from 2019 to 2025 and market history from 2013 to 2018.

Significant Aspects Included in Luxury Spas Equipment Market Research Report:

  • Manufacturing process and technology used in Luxury Spas Equipment market, key developments and trends changing in the development
  • A complete investigation, including an evaluation of the parent market
  • A comprehensive account of market, volume, and forecast based on leading players, product type and end users/applications
  • Environmental spread, pieces of the overall industry, key methodologies, development designs, and different financials systems of Luxury Spas Equipment market
  • Engineering analysis based on upstream raw materials, downstream industry, current market dynamics, and ensuring consumer’s analysis

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Tips for managing and improving your online reputation

Not too long ago, potential patients relied on word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and relatives when selecting a physician, home healthcare agency, medical spa, hospital, and other healthcare providers.

Are medical professionals knowledgeable? Do they show compassion for patients? Is the staff courteous? All valid concerns.

It was and remains an effective way to make these important decisions. Today, however, decisions can be made with a click of a mouse to read reviews or find information about a physician or medical facility. A DUI, a malpractice law suit, or simply a bad review from an angry patient can destroy a practice. It seems as though the same criteria used for selecting a restaurant or a shoe store is being used to choose healthcare providers. And while there are similarities, there are certainly differences, as per this opinion from the American Medical Association:

“Online opinions of physicians should be taken with a grain of salt, and should certainly not be a patient’s sole source of information when looking for a new physician,” the American Medical Association said in a statement. “Choosing a physician is more complicated than choosing a good restaurant, and patients owe it to themselves to use the best available resources when making this important decision.”

Nevertheless, physicians must take their online reputations seriously and acknowledge that this method of selection is critical to managing a healthy, growing practice.

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TREND: PRESCRIBING NATURE

Nature Smart

More and more companies are promoting the outdoor lifestyle. “Nature Smart” brands are educating consumers on the benefits of nature. It used to be that the person who served as the poster child for this idea was more of a modern-day hippie than a corporate CEO. They would literally shout from the mountaintops. All of that continues to change.

REI (Recreational Equipment, Incorporated) is one of those brands that literally walks the talk. Founded in 1938, REI is an American retail and outdoor recreation services corporation. It is organized as a consumers’ cooperative. REI sells sporting goods, camping gear, travel equipment and clothing.

REI has worked to awaken a lifelong love for the outdoors in their members. Today, nearly 80 years later, the co-op has grown from 23 climbing friends to a community of more than 17 million members.

Each year, they close on Black Friday to ensure that their employees spend time outdoors, all part of their #OptOutside campaign. Even bigger, REI is partnering with the University of Washington to the tune of a $1 million donation to a new academic initiative called “Nature for Health.” The idea is to build a mountain of data surrounding the health benefits of living a life outside.

Green Exercise

There are more exercise classes and indoor programming than ever before, but the big box gyms are not the only game in town. Indoor classes are often costly. Outdoor movement has a new term that is spreading globally: “green exercise.” Green exercise is a term that describes working out in the outdoors. Many find that green exercise lowers blood pressure, increases creativity, decreases depression, and increases blood flow.

Biofit, an organic fitness company based in London, has invested in biophilic design and also teaches many classes outdoors. Most importantly, they educate others on why our bodies are meant to move outdoors.

Some people practice yoga outdoors. The mindful practice of walking or hiking in nature is “yoga for the brain.” Look for more traditional fitness outlets turning their attention outdoors.

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MT SHORTAGE AT SPAS IS AT A “CRITICAL” LEVEL

massage bed by the beach

Many people understand the benefits of regular massage, and massage is increasingly incorporated into health care environments.

Spa marries these two concepts — massage as preventive health care — and offers a plethora of employment opportunities to massage therapists.

But there’s a problem: Spas are in dire need of qualified massage therapists. There are an estimated 38,000 unfilled service provider positions, of which 18,400 are full-time and 19,600 part-time positions. Massage therapists account for the largest number of unfilled positions that spas are currently trying to fill, a total of 19,150, representing almost 50% of all unfilled positions.

The 2018 ISPA U.S. Spa Industry Study showed that 40% of spa employers have an issue with hiring qualified, experienced, passionate professionals. The availability of professionals is not matching the growth of the demand in the industry. Specifically, shortages are reported for massage therapists.  (ISPA’s 2019 survey also collected information on employment-related issues, including unstaffed positions; however, those results were provided only to survey respondents.)

“The shortage is at a critical level in our industry. We need well-trained therapists who want to stay in the industry,” said Allan Share, president of the Spa Industry Association.

Spa-Going Statistics

One way the public experiences massage is while on vacation at spas and health resorts. The spa industry has grown and continues to grow as the health benefits of spa-going are better understood.

Statistics from the International Spa Association (ISPA) show the public increasingly going to spas for their personal well-being. The ISPA 2018 Spa Industry Study reported that total spa revenues for 2017 were estimated at $17.5 billion, increased from $16.8 billion the previous year. The total number of visits to spa establishments is estimated to have risen from 184 million in 2016 to 187 million in 2017.

Most people who visit spas purchase massage services (67%), followed by skin care (35%) and nail services (30%), according to ISPA’s Consumer Snapshot Vol. 1X, released this year.

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The 9 UAE spas that have been named among the best in the world

Dubai is officially the world’s best spa destination. It was one of many titles afforded to the UAE at last week’s World Spa Awards, which saw the country walk away with ten accolades.

It’s hardly surprising, with the number of luxury hotels in the country, but it also won titles such as World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa and World’s Best Private Island Spa.

Five of the award-winning spas are located in the UAE capital, while the other five winners are all located in Dubai. The titles were doled out during a ceremony in Dubai on Monday, October 21. The red-carpet ceremony was hosted at the Armani Hotel Dubai, which took the coveted title of World’s Best Hotel Spa.

Rebecca Cohen, managing director at World Spa Awards, said: “Armani Hotel Dubai has proven a world-class host on what has been a magnificent evening of triumph for the spa and wellness industry. We have had the privilege of recognising the leading organisations from across the world and my congratulations to each of them.”

The awards also saw Australian actress Olivia Newton-John honoured with the title of ‘Wellness Pioneer 2019’, as the co-owner of Gaia Retreat & Spa in Byron Bay.

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