Spa News Stories

Virtuoso Launches a Wellness Travel Community

International luxury travel network Virtuoso has brought together its world-renowned advisors and select preferred partners to create a wellness travel community. This new platform serves to unite travel advisors who serve a health-conscious clientele with hand-picked partners, including hotels, cruise lines, tourism boards, and tour operators for networking, education, and marketing. This month, the wellness community introduced the Virtuoso Wellness Zone at Virtuoso Travel Week, which is a luxury travel premier gatheringin Las Vegas, NV. The inspirational 6,000 square-feet Wellness Zone invited advisors to browse health and wellness products and view demonstrations of services for mind, body, and spirit, including...

Erbaviva Launches Collection Rebrand for 20-Year Anniversary

Erbaviva , an organic personal care product company, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year with a new brand design. Known for its ‘farm to bottle’ techniques and emphasis on high-quality ingredients, Erbaviva’s new look will embody an elegant modern apothecary aesthetic that complements its healthfully formulated therapeutic products. The brand also marks its landmark anniversary with the debut of a new USDA organic facial skincare range and a men’s grooming line, which will launch on Nov. 15. “We are excited to finally launch our new brand design along with two new categories,” says cofounder Robin Brown . “Being one...

World Massage Festival Adds to Hall of Fame

Performance Health recently announced that its CEO Marshall Dahneke , vice president of international commercial operations Bob Poirier , and Bon Vital’ founder Guenter Heidenberger were inducted into the annual World Massage Festival’s Hall of Fame . Established in 2006, the Hall of Fame honors individuals who have furthered the profession of massage therapy. This year’s induction celebrated 24 individuals and took place on Aug. 8 at Harrah’s Resort Waterfront Conference Center (Atlantic City). The World Massage Festival was founded by Mike Hinkle , owner of Pensacola Massage Center (FL), in response to the American Massage Therapy Association’s challenge to...

FarmHouse Fresh Receives 2016 ISPA Innovate Award

FarmHouse Fresh recently received the 2016 ISPA Innovate Award in the philanthropic initiatives category for its creation and launch of an 18-page, hard-cover picture book Is It True They Call You the Dog Bed Fairy? . This book features images of loveable, homeless dogs and retails on the company's website for $10. The company then donates $7 from each book purchased to buy durable, washable dog beds for animal shelters across the country. In the first two months, proceeds from the book donated more than $20,000 in beds, outfitting shelters across the U.S. Now, spas across the country are retailing...

Form Holdings Corp. Plans to Acquire XpresSpa

Form Holdings Corp., a diversified holding company focused on acquiring and developing small to mid-market companies with growth potential, has announced a definitive agreement to acquire XpresSpa , the industry-leading luxury airport spa business. XpresSpa provides massage, reflexology, hair services, nailcare, facials, and waxing to nearly 1 million air travelers each year, as well as an exclusive branded line of products at its 51 locations across 21 major airports. Its Xpress nail, massage, and hair blow-out services are designed specifically for the busy traveler, with treatments completed in 30 minutes or less. "XpresSpa's dominant market share, enormous growth potential, and...

Dermalogica Founder Appointed White House PAGE Ambassador

Dermalogica founder Jane Wurwand was recently recognized as a PAGE (Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship) Entrepreneurial Ambassador by President Barack Obama at the 7th Annual Global Economic Summit in Palo Alto, CA. Wurwand, who has helped thousands of women fund and start their own businesses, was one of the four new ambassadors welcomed into the program. Established in 2014, the PAGE initiative is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between celebrated American entrepreneurs, the White House, the State Department, and the Department of Commerce, to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs both in the U.S. and abroad. The 21 PAGE Ambassadors lend...

Equinox Names New CEO of Hotel Business

Equinox , the high performance lifestyle fitness brand, announced Christopher Norton as CEO of its hotel business. Norton brings more than 28 years of industry experience to his new role. Previously, he was the president of global product and chief operating operator of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts where he oversaw the global hotel operations and defined the brand's future product vision through design and construction. As CEO, Norton will oversee all facets of Equinox's luxury hospitality business and help execute future growth strategy. "The Equinox philosophy of achieving a balanced life resonated with me both personally and professionally," says...

Spafinder Wellness Wins 2016 ISPA Innovate Award

The Wellness App by Spafinder Wellness 365 has been named a winner of the 2016 International Spa Association (ISPA) Innovate Award for “Experiences.” The Wellness App introduces a first-of-its-kind payment platform allowing users to find, book, review, and pay for spa and wellness services from their mobile phones, as well as earn rewards at a global network of wellness providers. To determine the winners, the ISPA members reviewed award submissions from candidates around the globe and cast their votes for the ideas that they found most innovative in four categories—experiences, philanthropic initiatives, products, and treatments. “We are highly honored to...

Arianna Huffington Leaves Huffington Post to Launch a Wellbeing Platform

Arianna Huffington , cofounder and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post , recently announced she will step down from the company to build Thrive Global , a corporate and consumer wellbeing and productivity platform aimed at changing the way we work and live. The New York City-based platform will launch in November and provide research­ based education, e­courses, coaching, and ongoing support based on the latest scientific findings in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, productivity, sports, and sleep. "Since publishing Thrive and then The Sleep Revolution , I've dreamt of taking the next big step to help transform the way we work...

Waxxxpress Launches Heater Exchange Program

Waxxxpress has announced its new promotion The Great Waxxx Heater Exchange , which allows estheticians to trade in their old heater for a new Waxxxpress Big or Mini Dipper Waxxx Heater—free of cost. The Big and Mini Dipper are both easy to clean, heat wax evenly and consistently, as well as offer two protective skirts for hard wax and strip wax set-up and a low temperature setting that can be used to warm sugaring paste. “We’re really excited about this promotion, and salons are literally going nuts for it,” says Waxxxpress founder Lilliane Caron . “Never before have salons been...

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