Spa News Stories

HYGENIC ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF PERFORMANCE HEALTH, INC.

The Hygenic Corporation (Hygenic), a leading manufacturer and marketer of products and solutions utilized in the healthcare and wellness markets under the Thera-Band®, Dyna-Band®, Parabath® and Hygenic® brands, announces the acquisition of Performance Health, Inc. (PHI), developer and marketer of the Biofreeze® brand of topical analgesics and Prossage brand of warming massage ointment. The acquisition unites two of the most recognized and respected brands in the rehabilitation, therapy, and wellness markets: Thera-Band and Biofreeze. The brands are sold exclusively through specialty distributors to healthcare professionals in physical therapy, chiropractic, occupational therapy, athletic training, podiatry, spa and massage therapy markets. "We...

SPA STRATEGY ANNOUNCES NEWEST PARTNER LEADING SPA AUTHORITY, ELAINE FENARD

Spa Strategy has announced Elaine Fenard as a new partner. Fenard joins the renowned spa consulting firm after four years as vice president of Spa Development and Operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. She will assist Managing Partner Richard Dusseau and Partner Nancy Nemer in their pursuit to create the most innovative, luxurious and profitable spas in the world. Spa Strategy finds its strength in the partners' unique experience in interior design, luxury hotel and spa operations, and menu and service development. "As an entrepreneur at heart, I am thrilled to be joining Spa Strategy," Fenard said. "With their hotel...

CLUBCORP ENGAGES GOLDMAN SACHS

ClubCorp, the world leader in delivering premier golf, private club, and resort experiences, announces it has engaged Goldman Sachs as its exclusive financial advisor to explore strategic options, including the possible sale of the company. 'Our Board has voted to pursue alternatives to realize more value and liquidity for ClubCorp shareholders,' said Bob Dedman, ClubCorp's chairman. 'The market conditions are favorable, the company has a strong management team, and it is well positioned for the future.' In recent years, the company has successfully refocused on its core business of operating private clubs, improved its balance sheet and made strategic capital...

WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTS ON "SPA GADGET" CRAZE

"Expensive new gadgets promise to mimic the results of professional facial and body treatments,' says Tatiana Boncompagni in the Wall Street Journal article " Spa Gadgets Come Home." The growth in the demand for these devices points to the trend in replicating the spa experience at home, and a growing market for high-end anti-aging products. NPD Group reports that sales of facial skin-care creams and lotions expanded from $10 million in 2002 to $40 million in 2005. One of the new hi-tech devices is Wellbox . Making its debut in October, 2005 in New York's Bergdorf Goodman, the $1,600 machine...

WAGEWATCH UPDATES SPA INDUSTRY COMPENSATION STUDY

Updated data for the Spa Industry Compensation Survey is being collected by Scottsdale-based WageWatch, Inc., the leading online compensation and benefits survey company. Preliminary results reveal that there are typically three components of pay for Massage Therapists — pay by the hour, commission pay, and fee for service. Half of the spas reporting data on Massage Therapists pay a combination of hourly pay plus commission or fee for service pay. One fourth of the spas pay commission only, and the other fourth pay fee for service only. The average hourly rate paid to a Massage Therapist is $12. Fee for...

AVON ANNOUNCES THE CLOSURE OF ITS FLAGSHIP NYC DAY SPA

Avon announced that it is closing its salon and spa in Manhattan on June 16, after eight years of operation. Avon's only spa is prominently located in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. The ground floor retail space will also be closing, but no date has been set yet, a spokesman said. Avon is the world's leading direct seller of beauty and beauty-related product. Founded in 1897, the company did $8 billion in sales last year. The New-York based company suffered losses in 2005, however, due to increased competition in the skin care market. Management changes to overcome last year's setback...

PENINSULA HOTELS INTRODUCE COMPREHENSIVE WELLNESS PROGRAM

Exceptional, personalised service, long a tradition at The Peninsula Hotels, is being taken to new levels with the launch of Peninsula Wellness - a lifestyle programme that touches every aspect of a guest's lifestyle, both during their stay and beyond, and which focuses on providing a sanctuary for the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. As well as staying in luxurious hotel accommodations with the finest amenities, guests will now be able to renew themselves in mind, body and spirit through an integrated approach to help them escape stress, and to relax and rejuvenate in a deeply...

MANDARIN ORIENTAL NEW YORK EARNS MOBIL FIVE-STAR STATUS

The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, New York has become the second spa to earn Mobil Travel Guide's five-star status. The 35th-floor, 14,500-square-foot sanctuary overlooking Central Park and the Hudson River features Chinese, Ayurvedic, Balinese, and Thai healing. The spa is known for creating Time Rituals, where guests are encouraged to book blocks of time instead of a particular service. In the guide's third annual hotel spa ratings, Mandarin joins the Spa Montage at the Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach, Calif. Five-star spas offer 'a wow factor that's hard to put into words,' says Shane O'Flaherty, Mobil Travel...

PERFECT BALANCE - AMERICAN SPA EXPO 2006

'A Perfect Balance of Wellness, Body & Business' was the theme for the 2006 American Spa Expo presented April 30-May 2 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Co-located with the International Beauty Show ('IBS'), American Spa Expo is regarded as the premier East Coast event for the spa and skincare industry professionals, attracting more than 50,000 international buyers, owner/operators, educators and journalists in search of educational programs, technology, equipment, amenities, products, services and venues for this rapidly-growing spa industry. Since revenues for medical spas are estimated to reach over $400 million and growing, American Spa debuted a new...

NUMBER OF DENTAL SPAS REVEALED IN FIRST OF ITS KIND STUDY

The International Dental Spa Association reports an initial count of 'dental spas.' Pacific Palisades, CA (PRWEB) April 26, 2006 -- The International Dental Spa Association ( www.internationaldentalspaassociation.org and www.dentalspaassociation.com ) has released a first of its kind study revealing an initial count of the number of dental spas across the United States. The study revealed between 125 to 200 dental spas exist across the nation. These numbers parallel estimates by the International Medical Spa Association. Dr. Lynn Watanabe, IDSA founder, cautioned these numbers depend largely on how they operate as dental spas. She stated, 'We are now seeing an increase...

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