Heather Mikesell

Higher Education

As the spa industry grows, more resources are being devoted to creating programs that prepare professionals with the skills necessary to thrive in a spa environment.
If you find good help is hard to come by, you can look forward to relief: It's certain to become less of a challenge as more spa professionals begin to take advantage of the advanced educational opportunities available and progress is made in establishing a set of skill standards for the industry. Until recently, spa management programs designed for owners, directors, and other managerial positions have been in short supply. Today, that is slowly changing as industry professionals recognize the...

Treatment Trends: Sinus

Shiro-Abyhanga-Nasya Providing allergy relief as well as opening the gateway to consciousness, the Shiro-Abyhanga-Nasya (S.A.N.) at Ayurveda Plus Rejuvenation Center (Portland, OR) helps keep the nasal passages open and increases resistance to foreign substances. According to owner and Ayurvedic consultant Richard Haynes, in Ayurvedic medicine, the nose and olfactory lobe are said to be the gateway to consciousness. The $85, 75-minute Ayurvedic procedure features a vigorous head, neck, and shoulder massage that stimulates facial marma points that relate to the...

Treatment Trends: Just for him

Mystique Yang Designed specifically for men, the Mystique Yang facial at Spa Mystique (Los Angeles) provides a relaxing experience that helps improve the condition of the skin. Using Skinceuticals products, the $80, 50-minute facial begins with a cleansing of the skin with Simply Clean Cleanser. Next, the skin is exfoliated using the Clarifying Clay Mask. Phytomer's Modeling Massage Cream is then used to massage the face, neck, and chest. A Vitamin C Mask follows. Revitalizing Toner is then used on...

Parental Pampering

With pregnancy treatments becoming standard fare and a growing number of services geared toward parents and even the kids themselves, spa has become a family affair.
In an industry that revolves around the concept of nurturing, it's no wonder that pregnancy treatments have become an essential element at most spas. While commonly filled with a sense of joy, most expectant mothers also experience a great deal of stress and anxiety leading up to the birth of their babies. Add to that the physical changes their bodies are subjected to, and you have an ideal market for relaxing treatments that can also serve to alleviate the discomforts...

Hair Therapy

As consumer demand for spa-inspired haircare products and scalp treatments grows, savvy salon owners are taking note and moving ahead.
Scalp massages, hair analyses, and conditioning treatments have become standard fare in most spas. In fact, today many spas come complete with in-house, full-service salons. And spas aren't alone in recognizing the benefits of offering both hair and body treatments under one roof. One only has to look at the number of celebrated stylists with acclaimed salons branching out with spa treatments or at the growing number of haircare manufacturers developing spa-oriented product lines and treatments to realize that haircare...

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