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Congressional Calm

Learn how a politician on the rise advocates mindfulness
Mindfulness is getting more votes, and this time it is well outside the yoga studio and spa retreat venues. Mindfulness has found a big advocate on Capitol Hill in Tim Ryan, a fifth term congressman from Ohio. After applying the practice of mindfulness in his own life and seeing a positive change, he has written extensively on yoga and meditation...

In Herbs we Trust

Discover new proof of lavender's power
Earlier this week I shared the unique business benefits of different natural aromas ( Scents of Style ). Aromatherapy is key to creating the right mood in your spa and helping clients reach their relaxation goals. New research shows just how powerful an effect the herb lavender can have on behavior. In a study published this month in the journal...

Wellness on the Road

Discover how spas lure health-seeking visitors from far and wide
It seems the travel bug has was especially contagious last year. It even caught the healthy spa-goer set. Wellness travel grew four times more than expected in the last year, leading hotels to begin offering more stand-out wellness offerings that fit a variety of health and fitness needs, including: Holistic Wellness: From on-site sleep schools to all-encompassing wellness consultations (fitness,...

Trend Forecasting

Check out chart-topping wellness predictions for 2015
Integral to spa design and enduring treatments are traditions from ancient cultures. It provides a deep connection and meaning to the experience, but what keeps guests coming back are modern innovations and trends with a fresh take on tradition. The latest trend list to offer a peek into what clients will crave in 2015 is out from SpaFinder Wellness 365...

Restart Retreat

Check out how a NY resort rejuvenates guests
With wellness top of mind for many spa-goers, spas can play a big part in helping them press restart this year. Mirbeau Inn & Spa (Skaneateles, NY) is doing just that with a series of Mind, Body & Soul Escapes (starting at $275/person) planned throughout the year in January, May, July, and October. These two-day retreats will help guests take...

Scents of Style

Learn how your spa can tap into the aroma power
The sense of smell is closely linked with memory. For that reason, I took great care in selecting a new perfume to wear on my wedding day, and its fresh, citrusy aroma still brings me back to those special moments. Scent isn’t only about nostalgia; studies have shown that a distinct aroma can make a business more memorable and have...

Cheering with Canapes

Learn how to make gourmet snacks
The busy party season may be behind us, but a few different types of festivities still lie ahead this winter. For those of you who are also football fans with teams in the playoffs (like me) there many reasons to celebrate. Awards season is also just beginning with glamorous red carpets to critique. No watch party is complete without a...

Clean Sweep

Check out the proposed grading system for NY salons
Report cards may be returning to beauty businesses around New York City. Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz, J., and council member Rafael Espinal introduced the legislation this week that would grade such establishments on cleanliness. The system would function similar to that used for restaurants, with grades A, B, C, and D based on evaluations. Most salons and spas keep...

Trendy Sweat

Learn about this year's trendiest workouts
The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to reevaluate what's on your menu and how your spa can improve. It's the business version of a New Year's Resolution, but one that will stick. This may be the year to add new fitness classes to help spa-goers follow through on their own exercise endeavors. The American College of...

Survey of Sales

Get in tune with clients' buying habits with new research results
We've made it through the biggest retail season of the year, but that's no reason to chill out on sales strategies for spa-goers chilling out in the treatment rooms. Knowing what your clients are likely to buy can help keep retail sales booming through the winter lull. A recent TABS Group (a consumer products analytics firm) study surveyed 1000 women...