Spa News Stories

Iatria Selected as Day Spa Association's Distinguished Spa of the Year

Erika Mangrum, president of Iatria Day Spa, has announced that Iatria was selected as the Day Spa Association's 2007 Distinguished Spa of the Year during the annual Charity and Award Celebration held in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Day Spa Expo & Business Forum at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas Feb. 21-23. The event is dedicated specifically to day spas and is designed to serve owners, operators and directors. To be considered for the Distinguished Day Spa Award, a spa must be accredited within the Day Spa Association, and submit a synopsis of why they should be...

Preeminent Business Expert Jim Collins to Keynote 2007 ISPA Conference

With his books as fixtures on bestseller lists and his teachings being followed by corporations around the world, Jim Collins now turns his attention to the spa industry. Collins will share his secrets on turning good companies into great ones during the 2007 International SPA Association Conference & Expo , Nov. 12-15 in Kissimmee, Fla., USA. The "Good to Great" author will be the opening keynote speaker on Monday, Nov. 12. "For years, Jim Collins has been at the top of ISPA's keynote speaker 'wish list.' As he only accepts a limited amount of speaking proposals each year, Collins' decision...

ISPA Asia 2007 in China to Feature New Research on the Asia-Pacific Spa Consumer

The International SPA Association's International Spa & Wellness Conference and Exhibition, June 7-9 in Shanghai, China, will deliver high-level networking and educational opportunities, as well as the release of research on the Asia-Pacific consumer in relation to the spa industry. Over three days, the 9th annual event is expected to attract 15,000 visitors. "Following the success of being named 'Spa Event of the Year' in 2006 by the Baccarat AsiaSpa Awards, ISPA Asia 2007 is poised to be the best conference and exhibition to date," said ISPA Director Peter Sng. "It's also notable to point out that the preparation for...

Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) Releases Job Analysis Survey Results

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) is creating a national licensure examination to serve the needs of the regulatory community. To ensure the examination reflects current practice, a Job Task Analysis (JTA) Survey was developed. The Survey was deployed online from October 13, 2006 until February 1, 2007 and responses were received from 7,646 massage, bodywork and somatic professionals. A large majority of respondents (84%) think licensing should be required across the nation. David Quiring, FSMTB Vice President comments, "It is reassuring to learn that the majority of professionals realize the value that regulation has in advancing the...

Massage School Enrollment, Number Of Graduates Declines For First Time In Nearly A Decade

After nearly a decade of growth, massage school student enrollments and graduations have declined from 2004 to 2006, even as the number of training programs for massage therapists grew during that period, according to new research by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) . The biennial research has been conducted by ABMP since 1998. Enrollment has declined 9.8 percent from 73,933 entrants in 2004 to 66,653 in 2006. Graduates from massage therapy programs in 2006 totaled 62,784, versus 71,272 graduates in 2004, a decline of slightly less than 12 percent. "While on the surface these census results may appear troubling...

Spa Magazine Hosts 8th Annual Spring Media Event

Spa Magazine held their 8th Annual Spring Media Event on March 20th at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills. Twenty five spas and spa suppliers showcased their specialties to over 100 top consumer and lifestyle journalists. Presenting Sponsor Bare Escentuals The Fours Seasons Lounge Here's an insider's look at the newest faces, places, products and trends: Destination Spas Four destination spas were represented, Lake Austin Spa , Rancho La Puerta , Red Mountain Spa , and The Oaks at Ojai . Each spa offered attendees experiences and products that represent what is unique to their property and...

Associated Skin Care Professionals Launched to Serve Estheticians in Booming Market

Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP) was launched to address the insurance and business needs of skin care therapists, whose numbers have grown to 145,000 in recent years. ASCP is the nation's first and largest organization devoted solely to insuring and professionally supporting practitioners, instructors, and students in the skin care profession. It is a spinoff of, and sister company to, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) , an organization with a 20-year track record serving massage therapy professionals. "As ABMP, we added skin care therapists to our ranks ten years ago when we learned many massage therapists were gaining additional...

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Releases New Consumer Attitudes Study

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today releases it's 10th Consumer Attitudes Study. The study has been taking the nation's pulse for the past decade, charting the American public's general feelings toward cosmetic surgery in a variety of areas. Following a 10-year trend of increasingly positive results, the study's 2007 edition finds the nation's approval of cosmetic surgery to be at an all-time high. According to the February 2007 report of 1000 Americans aged 18 and above, 62% of respondents are in favor of cosmetic surgery. This marks an 8% increase from 2006, and narrowly edges out the 61.8%...

In Memorium: Linda Brewer

Spa pioneer Linda Brewer passed away in February after a battle with ovarian cancer. An advisory board member of the Day Spa Association, Brewer made an unforgettable mark on the spa industry, helping to found the Look Good—Feel Better program for the American Cancer Society and more recently, the Uniquely-U Organization, a charity offering rehabilitative cosmetology services to people who've suffered from illness, injury or the effects of a natural disaster. Over her 20-year career, Brewer, a resident of Jacksonville, FL, founded one of the first day spas in the state, and consulted in the development and operations of dozens...

Convergence of Beauty Institutes and Spas is Redefining the European Professional Skin Care Market

Steady growth in the European professional skin care market has prompted an important shift in the sales channels for these highly profitable products, according to the latest market study from Kline & Company, a global management consulting and market research firm. The line between traditional beauty institutes and spas is starting to blur, leading to more opportunities for marketers to expand their customer base. 'Beauty institutes have traditionally been viewed as places to go for skin care treatment and advice from professional aestheticians. Typically, you had to visit an upscale spa if you wanted to pamper yourself with a facial...

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