Archive for January, 2010
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) launched www.massageprofessionals.com, a social networking site open to massage therapists and bodyworkers. The site features blogs, special interest sub-groups, and sponsor information to help create an online community environment that celebrates and strengthens a common interest in massage therapy. “This is the place for all massage and bodywork professionals to connect, get news, network, share, and enjoy professional camaraderie online,” says Les Sweeney, ABMP president and nationally certified massage therapist. “It’s a new way to build community without geographic boundaries or financial expense to therapists.”
Thanks to the volunteer efforts of an amazing group of people, the dream for Healing Arts for Haiti, a New York City spa community charity event, is now a reality. It will be taking place Feb.12, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
This one-of-a-kind event will support the ongoing efforts to benefit the people of Haiti who have been devastated by earthquakes and subsequent tremors. Healing Arts For Haiti is a collaboration bringing together more than 200 professionals from the spa and healing arts community and the health and beauty industry of New York City metro area for an event to bring the art of healing to the act of giving all in one location.
Participants can partake of an extensive array of special services ranging from massages and manicures to yoga and fitness. Also, there will be opportunities to participate in a silent auction and purchase products and services from retailers of specialized health and beauty items. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to UNICEF to benefit efforts to assist the Haitian community to rebuild.
Along with Oasis Day Spa and the Swedish Institute, additional supporting organizations and media partners include: The Grand Hyatt Hotel New York, American Spa magazine, Spa Magazine, Curiosity Works, Reed Exhibitions, SpaFinder, Savoy Professional Magazine, Matis Paris, MD Corrective Care, and What’s Hot.
Every year, my friend Susie and her husband treat themselves to a long weekend at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA. An avid golfer, Brian spends the days on one of the two championship golf courses, while Susie whiles away the afternoon at the renowned Woodlands Spa. By the time night rolls around, they are both relaxed and ready to enjoy a romantic evening together. So, when I recently received an email from the resort about a promotion they are currently offering guests, I immediately dialed her number. Starting at $415 per person based on double occupancy, the Unlimited Woodlands Spa Package includes unlimited spa treatments, overnight accommodations, and a $20 Spa Boutique credit. With a deal like that, Susie can hit the spa like it is her job (when actually it’s mine).
I’ll admit it, despite my protestations to the contrary, I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day. I mean who doesn’t love flowers, chocolate, and whispered sweet nothings? Even when I’m flying solo, I manage to get in the spirit with a fun-filled girlfriend get-together, complete with wine, laughter, and a cheesy romantic comedy. Now spa-goers can get in the mood for love with the Be Our Valentine menu at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver. Available Feb. 1-28, these specially priced cupid-inspired treatments include Cupid’s Cherry Facial ($105, 50 minutes) and the Wine & Rose Manicure and Pedicure ($150, 90 minutes). For those who want to share the day with their own special valentine, there are a host of couples’ packages, such as Love Is In the Air ($550, 3 hours), which includes a 50-minute Couple’s Massage, use of the private relaxation lounge, side-by-side Wine & Roses Mani/Pedis, and chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a season of love.
Offer clients the chance to treat their family and friends to the gift of spa with Smartbox Serenity. This innovative gift card program allows customers to choose a part of the country where they want the spa treatment to take place (including Texas, California, Great Lakes, Southeast, and Northeast), then the recipient of the Smartbox chooses the spa and package from the chosen region’s guidebook. The packages listed in the guidebook are worth the exact amount on the card ($119), so the recipient need not worry about additional costs. It’s the perfect way to think inside the box!
Are you looking to expand your spa career but are overwhelmed by the price of spa management school? Then the International Spa Association (ISPA) has the answer for you. Apply for the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship. Created in 2006 in honor of industry pioneer and Cornell University Associate Professor Mary H. Tabacchi, Ph.D., R.D., the scholarship awards potential spa management students $2,500 towards their education. Applications will be accepted through March 15.
“With spa employment on the rise, it is vital that we provide the best education and opportunities for the next generation of spa industry leaders,” says ISPA Foundation President Jeff Kohl. “The Mary Tabacchi Scholarship does just that, by aiding a student in fulfilling their career goals. The ISPA Foundation is dedicated to providing the best tools and resources for the spa industry leaders of today and tomorrow.”
Students may access the application here.
To qualify, students must be enrolled part- or full-time in a two- or four-year spa-related program, with a demonstrated interest or emphasis in spa management and have a minimum of one year completed at a post-secondary educational institution.
- have a minimum GPA (or international equivalent) of 2.75;
- complete a scholarship application, which includes an essay section describing their skills and qualifications, as well as personal and professional goals;
- submit at least two references, one of which must be from their school advisor, indicating enrollment status, year in school, and emphasis in spa management;
- submit original college transcripts that include evidence of courses taken and GPA (or international equivalent).
For more information regarding the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship, or to make a donation to the scholarship fund please visit the ISPA Foundation Web site.
Every year, I make numerous resolutions, and I’m proud to say, I’m actually pretty good about keeping most of them. This year, I’m determined to take better care of my skin. Although I’m religious when it comes to sunscreen, I do tend to mix and match products and rarely stick to one routine. As a spa and beauty editor, you could say it’s something of an occupational hazard. However, I think it’s time I gave my skin a rest. And that’s apparently what the folks at Elemis thought when they came out with the Elemis Rose & Lavender Recovery Regime (a $230 value for $100). Available this month only, the luxurious set includes Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules, Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator, Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, and Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, all packaged in a metallic purple makeup bag. It’s just what stressed out skin needs to make a full recovery and start the year out right. And for more on the healing power of lavender, check out “Field of Dreams” in our March issue.
“My resolution is to simplify and go back to the basics and the root of who we are. Pinehurst Resort was founded as a health resort. We provide therapies not treatments. Our spa experience is about relaxation, lifestyle change, inner calm, stress reduction, balance, and the healing power of touch. Our 2010 Spa Marketing/Event Calendar is focused on a few very good events and offerings rather than having an extensive monthly lineup. When things change, if you do not change along with them, you will probably not make it.”—Kim Parker, spa director, The Spa at Pinehurst (Village of Pinehurst, NC)
A favorite destination for health-conscious vacationers looking to improve their lives, Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa recently found a new home at Miami’s Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Established in 1975, Pritikin offers guests lifestyle change programs, which are custom-tailored to meet their individual needs and focuses on daily exercise and healthy eating. It was previously located at the Turnberry Isle Marina Yacht Club in Aventura, FL, but due to its incredible popularity (the program has seen a 250 percent growth over the last nine years), a new location was necessary to accommodate an expanded wellness facility and spa, and it now resides amidst 650 acres of beautiful landscapes. “We’re thrilled about our spectacular new private enclave within the glorious Doral Golf Resort,” says Paul Lehr, Pritikin’s president. “It gives us a home where outside beauty and premium service levels are the perfect match for the extraordinary benefits that our guests achieve within.”
It seems that whenever I travel or attend a trade show or event, I run into Deborah Evans and Eva Jensch, two spa professionals who have a combined portfolio of more than 80 spas, resorts, and hotels throughout the world. It’s always great to hear their thoughts on industry news and trends, and I was thrilled to discover that they have decided to merge their collective experience with a new partnership called SpaSense Group.
“We offer valuable solutions to today’s toughest issues,” said Evans. “Eva and I are dedicated, seasoned professionals who bring years of imaginative and proven spa consulting services to each project, whether we are developing new spas or refreshing concepts and operations for existing spas and salons.”
SpaSense Group developed Spa360 Management Services, an innovative program which offers varying degrees of solutions to the multi-faceted challenges of a well-functioning spa. Depending on the program selected, SpaSense Group offers financial analysis, market analysis and feasibility studies, facility planning and conceptual development, staff recruitment and training, operational development, pre-opening and spa management services, green up services, and operational audit and review services. Jensch and Evans also provide partial or complete spa development services internationally.
“One of the most frequent requests we get is to review and refresh concepts for existing spas,” said Jensch. “Our Spa360 Management Services program helps target the specific objective of each client. Needs for a spa will change over time, and SpaSense Group keeps its fingers on the pulse of what is trending in and out, as well as what services specific markets will support. We also see some poorly designed spas – either physically or operationally – that may need to be tweaked or reorganized in order to become financially successful.”
For more information, visit www.spasensegroup.com. And good luck Deborah and Eva — I look forward to hearing about your successes.