Spa News Stories

Caribbean Spa Association Expands to Resort & Spa Market

The Caribbean Spa Association (CSPA) has announced that it is now offering innovative marketing solutions to resorts, spas, educators, travel professionals, and product suppliers in more than 27 countries in the Caribbean. According to Liliana Grajales, cofounder of CSPA, the company plans to introduce their members to new platforms, education, media, and networking opportunities through annual events. "While working at the Regent Palms, Turks and Caicos, I saw a need for proper education, resources, and development,” says Stephanie Rest, cofounder of CSPA. "Global Wellness Tourism is a $450 billion dollar industry projected to grow by almost 10 percent annually—it’s the...

WTS Appoints Kim Matheson as Senior Vice President of International Development

WTS International (WTS), a consulting and management firm for spas, fitness, and leisure facilities, announced the appointment of Kim Matheson as senior vice president of international development. She will be responsible for business development, overseeing key spa accounts, creating new spa concepts, and providing advice to WTS clients on retail sales and marketing. "We’re thrilled to welcome Kim Matheson to WTS to support our global growth,” says Gary Henkin, president of WTS International. “Her deep experience and qualifications in spa and leisure facility design and operations will be a tremendous asset to our clients." Most recently, Matheson was president of...

Mary White Receives Massage Therapy Foundation Humanitarian Award

Mary White, LMT, was presented with the 2014 Performance Health / Massage Therapy Foundation Humanitarian Award at this year’s American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) National Convention held in Denver, Colorado last month for her efforts in the spa and wellness industries. “This is the most humbling experience of my professional career, and now that I have had time to digest it, it is also the highlight of my career,” says White. “To be honored with those that have gone before me as recipients is certainly an honor.” Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of Biofreeze, Bon Vital', Thera°Pearl, Prossage, TheraBand ,...

Farmaesthetics Launches on Preserve Website

Farmaesthetics , a line of herbal skincare products, has launched on Blake Lively’s online endeavor, www.preserve.us . Created by Lively, Preserve features a blend of stories and products, all with the idea that “nurturing a better tomorrow upholds the yesterday we cherish.” “These values are at the heart of our product line and reflected in everything we make and do at Farmaesthetics,” says founder and formulator Brenda Brock. “To have our fine herbal skincare products chosen by Blake Lively and the Preserve team is an honor and testament to the value of upholding traditional herbal formulation in mainstream beauty. It’s...

Spa Week Celebrates 10 Years of Wellness

Commemorating its 10th anniversary, Spa Week , a spa and wellness marketing company, is celebrating 10 years of wellness by offering consumers affordable $50 spa services during its Fall Event. From October 20 to 26, clients can enjoy $50 treatments at spas and wellness facilities, fitness studios, and weight-loss and nutrition centers across the country . “Celebrating a decade of wellness has been remarkable considering that the first Spa Week Event in 2004 included just a few dozen spas in New York City,” says Cheryl Reid, CEO and founder of Spa Week Media Group. “It is an incredibly rewarding achievement...

Universal Companies Publishes Spa Inspiration Book

Universal Companies , supplier of professional spa products and equipment, has introduced The Spa Inspiration Book , a resource guide for professionals. Available on www.universalcompanies.com , the book features an assortment of treatment protocols, which include a menu description, an equipment and supplies checklist, and recommended retail products. “Our hope is that this book serves as a muse rather than just a resource for products,” says Brenda Elliott, CEO of Universal Companies. “In our search for products and solutions for our customers, we are continually inspired by a vast array of ideas and protocols that we are now excited to...

Massage Warehouse Introduces Paraben-Free Formulation

Massage Warehouse , provider of cost-effective massage products, has released its paraben-free line of Massage FX lotions and creams. “Parabens are a concern for both the individual getting a massage and the massage therapist who uses these products every day,” says chief operating officer Kray Kibler. “Our new Massage FX formula eliminates parabens while maintaining the same exceptional performance characteristics of the old formula. This odorless proprietary blend is rich in natural botanicals and vitamins, glides on easily, and is highly workable. Massage FX products enable massage therapists to cut costs without sacrificing quality.” The improved formulation provides essential moisture...

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Unveil Spa by JW

As part of Marriott International ’s luxury portfolio, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has launched Spa by JW. The new spa concept offers guests treatments and products designed to address the company’s four core pillars: Calm , which offers a moment of serenity and downtime to restore balance; Indulge , which features a range of therapeutic treatments to revitalize; Invigorate , which enlivens the body and clarifies the mind; and Renew , which purifies the mind and body so guests feel more centered and focused. Developed in collaboration with JW Marriott brand partner and skincare company Aromatherapy Associates , the...

Spa Industry Report Reveals Strong Growth

The International Spa Association (ISPA) has released new statistics from the 2014 U.S. Spa Industry Study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The annual survey includes data crucial to the spa industry, including revenue, spa visits, number of spa locations, and total employment. "What we are seeing with this year's study is the reflection of continued growth," says Colin McIlheney, global research director of PwC. "With the key indicators, including total revenue and spa visits increasing, this study highlights the positive trend across the board in the industry. The respondents to the survey also expressed confidence that growth will continue in the...

WTS International Collaborates with Coola Suncare and Living Earth Crafts

WTS International (WTS), a consulting and management firm for spas, fitness, and leisure facilities, has teamed up with skincare brand Coola Suncare and spa equipment manufacturer Living Earth Crafts to create the Coola Cart, a mobile retail and point-of-sale trolley. “We saw an opportunity for our spas to grow sales while giving great customer service and approached Coola and Living Earth Crafts with the concept for the cart,” says Alfredo Carvajal, chief operating officer of WTS. Designed to drive business to the spa and increase retail sales, the cart takes spa products poolside to hotel guests. “The purpose of this...

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