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Murad and Bellus Academy Team Up for Continuing Education

Murad’s University for Inclusive Health (UIH) partnered with Bellus Academy in San Diego to inspire and teach current and aspiring professionals in the esthetic, medical, and wellness areas. In October, Bellus Academy will begin offering the UIH course program to current students and alumni who want to take learning to the next level. The course outline and content has been developed by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, the founder of UIH and Murad, to educate students on external, internal, and emotional self-care theories based on Dr. Murad’s philosophy of Inclusive Health. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate that identifies them as an Inclusive Health Ambassador, which is considered an elite group in the world of wellness. “The Inclusive Health program at the Bellus Academy provides the latest in educational innovations for the wellness field,” says Lynelle Lynch, president of Bellus Academy. “The Inclusive Health program elevates the services spa professionals can offer their clients, significantly improving overall wellness for all, and continuing to build on Bellus’ tradition of excellence.” To apply,  contact or visit .

ORLY Introduces Fall Nail Color Collection

With the fall season in full swing there is no shortage of bold colors and fabulous prints available in stores for the season. To complement any look this season, Orly has created an array of daring yet sophisticated colors that were inspired by bird feathers from around the globe. The new Birds of a Feather collection, full of iridescent shades, draws its inspiration from this colorful and vibrant species. With hues ranging from deep purple flecked with fuchsia, to shimmering natural beige, the new lacquers are sure to add glamour to any look.

Massage Envy Joins the Fight Against Arthritis

In recognition of World Arthritis Day, which is on October 12, Massage Envy will join together to fight against this chronic and debilitating disease. Each of the 700 Massage Envy clinics across America will partner with the Arthritis Foundation to host Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one-day national event dedicated to building awareness and raising funds for the disease. For every one-hour massage and facial purchased, $10 will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation, an organization whose mission is preventing, controlling, and curing arthritis. Additionally, Murad, Massage Envy’s skincare partner, and Wyndere, Massage Envy’s retail partner, will donate 10 percent of all sales on this day to the cause. “At Massage Envy, we witness the debilitating effects that arthritis can have on our members and guests every day and recognize that more must be done to help raise awareness and find a cure for the 50 million adults and 300,000 children currently suffering,” says David Crisalli, president and COO of Massage Envy. “I encourage everyone to participate in Healing Hands for Arthritis by calling their local Massage Envy today and booking an appointment for this wonderful event.”

Aesthetic VideoSource Releases Men’s Facial Techniques DVD

Aesthetic VideoSource, producer of educational videos for spa professionals, has released a Men’s Facial Techniques DVD. In this instructional video, Rita Page, an award-winning CIDESCO diplomat, demonstrates a complete professional facial tailored specifically for male clients using a combination of an 8-in-1 facial equipment machine and traditional techniques. She also highlights the personal touch throughout, incorporating an extensive facial massage, aromatherapy, and hot towel wrap. Rita offers valuable instructions and expertise throughout this informative video. For more information or to purchase the DVD, visit

Mikal Software Receives Prestigious Innovative Solutions Award

Mikal Software recently won the prestigious 2011 Innovative Solutions Award in the In-Store Customer Touch Point category. Presented by VSR and the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) along with judges from Hospitality Technology magazine and RIS News, the awards honor those companies who truly revolutionize business technology. The judges carefully looked at nearly 100 nominations in seven categories to find the best of the best in the industry. In its 4th year, the Innovative Solutions Awards strive to recognize the companies that make their clients’ business stronger and more efficient. Mikal Software has won for their CyberPreceptionist, a user–friendly software program designed to let employees and clients book appointments with ease. Staff in a day spa or salon can also manage customers using a tablet device that allows the front desk receptionist to become portable by handling client check-in, check-out, updates to client tech and personal information, and checking on real-time activity in the front of the salon, like number of clients waiting, bookings to date, or cancellations. For a closer look at all of the award winners, visit

Como Hotels and Resorts To Offer New Wellness Retreats

Beginning this fall, Como Hotels and Resorts will introduce a week-long Pilates retreat and two yoga retreats. From Oct. 30-Nov. 5, yoga experts Andrea and Christina Curry will host the “Strength and Surrender: A Journey Into Balance by the Curry Sisters” retreat at the COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. During this retreat, guests will embark on a journey to explore beyond physical and mental limits, promoting relaxation and self-awareness. Also during the retreat, the Curry sisters will recommend specific Como Shambhala spa treatments customized to fit each guest’s needs.

From Nov. 6-12 celebrity trainer, author and pilates instructor, Alycea Ungaro will host the “Real Wellness Retreat with Alycea Ungaro” at Parrot Cay in Turks & Caicos. There, Ungaro will offer 15 hours of Pilates instruction and 30 minutes of private assessment. Also at Parrot Cay, from Nov. 13-19, well-known yogi Elena Brower will offer “The Art of Attention with Elena Brower” retreat, which includes daily anusara classes comprising of asana, pranayama, and meditation.

In addition to the yoga and pilates classes, all of the retreats include six nights of accommodations, welcome and farewell dinners, round-trip airport transfers, and tax and service charges. Depending on which retreat is chosen, other meals and amenities are included.

Get Fit and Earn Rewards With Nexercise

Nexercise, a free mobile fitness app that makes healthy lifestyle choices and exercise fun, introduced a number of brand new features. The app will continue to calculate physical activity and reward users with virtual medals, discounts on health food, and free merchandise, but now users can enjoy the challenges of an active lifestyle with new features. These features include visualizing progress, where participants can actually view their progress and monitor their exercise habits with a calendar, and the ability to track friends and family and earn points by working out together or competing against one another. Nexercise has also teamed up with Kiip, a venture-backed company, to provide users with the chance to win fabulous rewards from companies like Sephora and The app has also been redesigned with enhanced graphics and is more user-friendly than ever. “Nexercise was built upon the belief that exercise doesn’t have to be boring,” says Benjamin Young, CEO of Nexercise. “You don’t have to drastically change your lifestyle in order to be healthy. Being healthy is a mindset. More often than not, the missing component to success is sustained and sufficient motivation. Nexercise challenges traditional thought by making physical activity more fun and rewarding through our mobile app.”

The Viceroy Bali Offers a Spa and Wellness Package

The Viceroy Bali, which is a luxurious 25-villa retreat located in Ubud, Bali, features stunning views, luxurious accommodations, and excellent service that will help to renew each guest’s body and mind. Now, for the ultimate in pampering, the hotel is offering a Spa & Wellness Package (starting at $1,701), which is focused on overall wellbeing and includes a three-night stay in a luxury pool villa, a one-hour yoga class, a two-hour couples’ spa treatment, and a four-hand harmony massage at the resort’s Lembah Spa. Guests will also enjoy a welcome drink and cool down towel upon arrival, daily breakfast, a delicious three-course dinner for two at the resort’s award-winning CasCades restaurant, and a three-course high tea experience.

Renowned Chef Hosts “Plates and Pilates” Retreat in Italy

Renowned  chef and restaurateur, Kelly Liken, who has appeared on such shows as Bravo’s Top Chef D.C. and the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, is heading to Italy and bringing along her passion for cooking and Pilates. From September 5-11, Liken is inviting guests to join her for the “Plates and Pilates” retreat taking place during the Italian harvest season at the luxurious Cascina Papaveri villa, a small working farm, in Piedmonte, Italy. The week-long retreat offers guests the chance to rejuvenate the mind and the body with Pilates and yoga and embrace their love of cooking. “Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand,” says Liken. “I love food and cooking and it will always be a part of my life. I thought, what better way to bring the two things that I love doing to such a beautiful setting as Italy?”

During the culinary portion of the trip, Liken will lead guests on day trips to the market while introducing them to respected artisans along the way. She will also guide guests on a truffle hunt to enrich their cultural and culinary experience. Every evening she will teach a hands-on cooking class where participants will learn how to make such Italian classics as handmade pasta from scratch. For those guests who truly want to embrace the wellness experience, expert Pilates instructor Elizabeth Sullivan will be on hand to lead Pilates and yoga classes in the state-of-the-art Pilates studio. Sullivan will provide an intimate setting where guests will receive a customized program to fit their goals and lifestyle. Guests can also enjoy such leisure activities as a wine tour in the breathtaking Piedmonte wine region, where they will learn all about food and wine pairings. The villa also offers a private pool where guests can relax and local villages to stroll through and explore.

The JW Marriott Chicago Announces Fall Packages

The JW Marriott Chicago is introducing two new fabulous packages for Fall. The UnWine’d from the Drive package is ideal for those weary guests who have traveled to Chicago by car and are ready for some serious de-stressing. Guests who arrive by car and show a valid identification from a surrounding state will have the opportunity for tailor-made pampering. This package includes luxurious guestroom or suite accommodations, a neck and shoulder massage and foot reflexology at the VALEO Spa, a glass of wine, and a$50 Visa card to put toward shopping or dining.

The Chicago Suite Life Package is for guests who really want to experience Chicago and all the things this wonderful city has to offer. It includes luxury corner suite accommodations, daily breakfast, two tickets to a Chicago professional sporting event, a $100 gift card to Macy’s, a 75-minute couples Clarity Chamber experience at the VALEO Spa, and a glass of wine. To top it off, guests will receive two Chicago Go-Card passes to visit cultural attractions.

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