Archive for January 29th, 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).