Jennifer Barnes

Fitness for Football Fans

Follow these fun moves for a fit fan experience
The Super Bowl is a celebration of some of the greatest and fittest athletes in the NFL. It’s a whole different story for fans, in the stands and at home snacking on comfort food and plenty of alcohol. This year, celebrity trainer Kira Stokes wants to change that with her Super Bowl Workout Game filled with fun, calorie-torching movements straight...

Game Day Glam Specials

Discover how one spa chain is pampering clients during the Super Bowl
Though massage is a proven cure for sore muscles and especially valuable to athletes, the relaxing spa experience is a far cry from the enthusiastic Super Bowl on Sunday. For those more inclined to a treatment than cheering for a touchdown, luxury spas have #gamedayglam on the menu instead. Red Door Spa ElizabethArden (multiple locations) is rewarding spa-goers who bring...

Mane Management

Expand your menu with anti-aging hair remedies to help bring a youthful look to clients and tap into new business opportunities.
Clients often focus on their skin, but aging hair is also responsible for making them look older. A thick, lustrous head of hair can have the same youthful effect as a face free from lines and wrinkles. Thanks to a growing number of anti-aging haircare products, spas today and their clients are well positioned to reap the rewards of offering hair treatments that restore a more youthful look. “As hair ages, it becomes drier and breaks more easily,” says Doris...

Project Runway

Outfit your staff in fashion-forward, functional designs inspired by classic icons and current catwalks.
Bright lights, throbbing music, and avant-garde silhouettes—these defining characteristics of fashion weeks around the world are about as far removed from the expected spa environment as possible, until now. No, the lights and music are staying on the runways, but from the front desk to the treatment room, the silhouettes are inspiring creative uniform designs for spa staff. Says Noel Asmar, president and CEO of Noel Asmar Uniforms, “We love taking modern high fashion and modifying it to work within...

Planning for Profits

Get expert tips on esthetician compensation
A spa's greatest asset is often a skilled staff and naturally the single biggest expense in business operations; employee compensation. In my opinion, even the most effective products and fine-tuned protocols can't make up for a lackluster esthetician, so the expense is worth it. This interesting table from the Global Spa & Wellness Summit shows how much compensation varies around...

Serenity From the Sea

Learn how to find calm as a tourist
While in Atlanta this week for a business trip, I spent a morning in an unexpectedly relaxing tourist attraction; the Georgia Aquarium. Usually packed with visitors, my Monday morning excursion was peaceful and dare I say it, spa-like. I took my time walking around the tanks, staring into the blue waters dotted with bright sea creatures, and learned fun facts...

Raw Food Movement

Teach clients how to incorporate raw food in their diets
The Big Game is less than a week away now and I can’t wait to host a watch party filled with delicious snacks and chili. It’s not the only food themed weekend coming up in February for foodies out there, Deer Lake Lodge and Spa (Montgomery, TX) , a boutique wellness resort and holistic spa, will host a raw food...

Get Fit in the Tropics

Learn how one island resort encourages fitness
Newsflash, it’s freezing across most of the country. Again. The weather is working against all activity resolutions and begging even those of strongest resolve to give in to comfort foods. Gansevoort Turks + Caicos is helping guests get back on track and warm up with the Get Fit package (starting at $925/night). This four-night getaway for two includes exhale core...

Festival Season in the Spa

Bring in more guests with celebratory treatments
Spa-goers in Trinidad can revel in Carnival celebrations without missing a beat in their spa routine. Hyatt Regency Trinidad’s Spa Esencia (Port-of-Spain)is seeing to that with a selection of treatments worthy of the colorful and festive environment. Costumes and a bright beauty look are top priorities at the Carnival scene, and guests can choose from manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyelash extensions,...

Search for Happiness

Learn new satisfaction stats to help your spa
Bliss. Contentment. Serenity. For many spa-goers, it is an ongoing search for happiness that keeps them coming back to your spa. These are the lucky ones, since a majority of people seek happiness through chemical dependencies according to a 2013 Mayo Clinic study, which found more than 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug. Here's a...

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