Archive for March 1st, 2010

Signing Off: Pisces

By Guest Blogger | Mar 1, 2010

“Pisceans (February 19-March 20) like to seek refuge in tranquil environments, making a spa  the perfect destination for Fish. Because they are usually giving much of their compassionate energy to others, taking the time to relax and pamper themselves can be restorative and rejuvenating for Pisceans. With a natural affinity for water, treatments such as hydrotherapy or Watsu, a form of aquatic bodywork, can be especially beneficial for these sensitive souls. And, because they also have sensitive soles, they can derive much pleasure from therapies that treat their feet, making reflexology and pedicures swimmingly great service offerings.”—Stephanie Gailing

Stephanie Gailing, MS, CN, is a professional astrologer and nutritionist with more than 16 years of experience. The author of Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness (Crossing Press, 2009), Gailing writes “Signing Off,” a monthly column for American Spa that gives guidance on using the stars to cater to clientele. To check out Gailing’s blog, click For further Piscean insights, turn to page 112 of American Spa’s March issue.

IECSC New York Starts This Sunday, March 7!

By Guest Blogger | Mar 1, 2010

Entering its 8th year, IECSC New York will once again bring the spa industry to the Jacob Javits Convention Center, March 7-9, 2010. With more than 250 exhibitors, the IECSC New York show floor features some of the industry’s leading manufacturers showcasing the latest trends, techniques and products in the spa industry. Participating companies include Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Universal Companies, Physiodermie Europelab, G.M. Collin Skincare, Éminence Organic Skin Care, Eva’s Esthetics, Sonya Dakar, and Repêchage. The show floor also includes a Medical Spa Pavilion, an exclusive area for attendees to meet face-to-face with the top medical spa companies in the industry. Show floor admission is free to all spa industry members.

Along with a dynamic tradeshow floor, IECSC New York provides attendees with a comprehensive paid conference program. Educational offerings include a Spa Business Conference, which was developed along seven distinct educational tracks; Sole Practitioner / Small Business, DIY Marketing, Wellness, Advanced Spa Management, Medical Aesthetics Business, Medical Aesthetics Procedures and Makeup. This conference allows attendees to gain an invaluable perspective on what it takes to run and maintain a profitable business.

On Monday, March 8th, American Spa’s editor-in-chief Julie Keller will be moderating the panel discussion, “Running a Successful Urban Spa – Case Study: New York City.” This panel of experts from NYC’s hottest urban spas share their secrets of how they have risen to the top in one of the country’s most competitive marketplaces.

ASTECC (American Spa Therapy Education Curriculum Council) and CIDESCO Workshops along with Bryan Durocher’s Advanced Business Seminar will also be offered during the show. Please visit for pricing. In addition, attendees can enjoy more than 40 free manufacturer classrooms–click here for the complete conference program.

For more show information and to register for IECSC New York, please visit

Alyssa Harmon, Marketing Manager, Questex Media

Everything is Coming up Roses at The Spa at The Hotel Hershey

A few years ago, my sister and I started what would become a tradition of visiting The Hotel Hershey (Hershey, PA) during the holidays so her children could enjoy the magic that is Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. If you have never been there, let me assure you, it is quite the experience. There is a drive-through light show featuring more than 600 illuminated Christmas lights, numerous rides for the kids to enjoy, plenty of shopping in Santa’s Village, and, of course, a tour of the famed chocolate factory. After a packed day, we usually retire to our rooms and sleep soundly until the morning, with visions of, well, chocolate, dancing in our heads. Considering my profession, I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I have actually never had an opportunity to visit The Spa at The Hotel Hershey. So, when I recently received an email about The Hershey Rose Garden Collection, six new aromatherapy treatments, I immediately called my sister and told her to get a babysitter. The inspiration for the treatments came from the fact that roses have been a significant part of the Hershey family, as well as chocolate. The offerings include:

Rose Garden Hydrotherapy Bath ($55, 20 minutes) This water-therapy bath soothes aching muscles and joints and improves circulation.

Rose Garden Hydrating Body Wrap ($125, 50 minutes) Deeply moisturizing and revitalizing, the service includes an Ayurvedic scalp massage and a wrap to exfoliate the body, leaving it glowing.

Rose Garden Massage ($125, 50 minutes) Fusing Eastern and Western massage techniques, clients experience chakra balancing, spinal pressure, and muscle-tension release to help alleviate stress.

Rose Garden Anti-Aging Facial ($150, 50 minutes; $200, 80 minutes) This facial incorporates the regenerative properties of rose to rehydrate skin and reduce signs of aging.

Rose Garden Hand Treatment ($60, 50 minutes) This indulgent treatment features layers of rich oils, gels, and creams infused with rose to leave hands soft and smooth.

Rose Garden Foot Treatment ($60, 50 minutes) For tired tootsies in need of help, this service starts with a foot exfoliation, followed by a hydrating mask and moisturizers.

Available Mondays through Thursdays, these decadent indulgences are discounted at 20 percent off through the month of March as an introductory promotion. It’s such a great deal that my sister and I plan to take advantage of it and start a new tradition of our own.

Healing Arts for Haiti Raises More than $20,000

Generally, Monday is not my favorite day of the week—knowing there are five full days of work in front of me tends to make me a little depressed. But that trend has changed today—I just got word that Healing Arts for Haiti raised more than $20,000 for UNICEF Haiti Relief Fund for Children, making today an excellent and inspiring start to the week.

The event occurred on Feb. 12 when the spa, wellness, skincare, and beauty industries came together in Manhattan in a grassroots effort to provide relief funds for the children of Haiti. More than 300 volunteers and service providers and more than 100 companies donated their time, services, and products. From noon until 8 p.m., more than 1,000 attendees enjoyed a marathon of massage, facials, skincare, acupuncture, yoga, hair, and makeup services and shopped in the pop-up boutique filled with premium spa and beauty products marked at sample sale prices. All individuals and companies generously donated their time, services and products and 100% of all monies raised went directly to the UNICEF Relief Fund for Children.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful people who got involved. Along with Oasis Day Spa and the Swedish Institute, additional supporting organizations and media partners included: The Grand Hyatt Hotel New York, American Spa magazine, Spa Magazine, Acupuncture Body Work, Affinia Dumont Hotel, Beach Bum Tanning, C2 Media, Cantone Press, Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, Curiosity Works, the Day Spa Association, Eve Pearl Beauty, Reed Exhibitions, SpaFinder, Savoy Professional Magazine, Massage Warehouse, Matis Paris, MD Corrective Care, OnMakeup Magazine, Radiancy, Shecky’s, SpiriPhysical, The Powder Group, Top Massage Tables, and What’s Hot. I’d also like to offer a special thank you to American Spa’s partners who donated products for the retail area and silent auction, including Aetó Botanica, B. Kamins Chemist, Bliss, Cuccio Naturale, Darphin, Dermafile, Dermalogica, Dermaquest, Duri, Éminence Organic Skin Care, Enjoy Hair Care, GliSODin Skin Nutrients, Guinot Paris, HBL Hair Care, Image International Skin Care, Izunami, Jan Marini, NovaLash, OPI, Phytomer, Pevonia, Skin 2 Skin Care, Skinceuticals, Sonya Dakar, Star Nails, TanTowel, Temptu, Yon-Ka Paris, and Youngblood.

The event was a terrific success, and the fundraising will be ongoing. The Facebook fan page has more than 1,000 fans and is growing daily. Sales of donated products will continue, and the word-of-mouth throughout the community of volunteers, sponsors, and patrons of the event will certainly keep the giving spirit alive. My team and I are so grateful to have been a part of this amazing day, and I hope the success of Healing Arts for Haiti inspires everyone in the spa industry to make charity a part of your business.

And if you would still like to contribute, you can  donate to the cause via the organization’s UNICEF page.

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