Spa News Stories

SPA FINDER AND VIRTUOSO TEAM UP TO PROMOTE SPA TRAVEL THROUGH VIRTUOSO'S TRAVEL NETWORK

Virtuoso Selects Spa Finder as the Spa Travel Resource for Its Elite Network of Consultants New York, NY — Spa Finder, Inc., the global spa resource, has formed a strategic agreement with Virtuoso, the upscale network of luxury travel consultants, that makes Spa Finder the spa travel resource for Virtuoso's 6,000+ member consultants. The multifaceted deal will promote Virtuoso's services as well as Virtuoso's preferred spa properties on Spa Finder's leading media outlets, including SpaFinder.com and the Spa Finder Worldwide Directory, which attract millions of spa consumers annually. "We're looking forward to educating Virtuoso's membership on selecting the best spa...

DISPELLING THE MYSTERY OF MARKETING TO MEN

In the spa business we now have access to an entire new market segment that is virtually untapped. One of the fastest growing trends in the spa industry is men's spa services and products created specifically for men. According to ISPA 2005 men now make up over 30% of spa clientele in the United States and that number is expected to increase substantially over the next few years. As the stresses of our world continue to build, men now realize that they need to do everything they can to reduce their stress, stay healthy and live longer, not to mention...

RANCHO LA PUERTA TO LAUNCH SPA COOKING SCHOOL

Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, is to launch a spa cooking school in 2007 called Cocina Que Canta. The 4,500sq ft school will launch in the spring, and be located at the resort's six-acre organic farm, Rancho Tres Esrellas. The cooking school idea was born after spa residents increasingly began to request that the existing cookery classes occurred more often than once a week. The cooking school will offer a series of hands-on classes followed by meals over a four-day period alongside a special a la carte program tailored to individual needs. All recipes and cooking will be rooted...

HOT NEW PROFIT CENTER: SPAS PLUS HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACHING

Getting fit, losing weight, eating well and managing stress are among today's critical health issues. Spa-goers are struggling to find workable, one-stop shopping solutions to these health and wellness issues. People want to be healthy and to live a quality lifestyle. So where are consumers going for wellness information, products and services? According to the National Health, Wellness and Prevention Congress, consumers are getting direct healthcare information from spas, fitness centers and their workplace. Providing spa-goers with wellness information to meet their health challenges is a tremendous new profit opportunity for both destination and day spas. One of the best...

SCRIP MERGES WITH MASSAGE WAREHOUSE & DAY SPA WAREHOUSE

Scrip Chiropractic Supply, Massage Warehouse and Day Spa Warehouse Merge to Provide Largest Product Selection for Doctors of Chiropractic, Massage Therapists and Practitioners in Day Spas. Scrip Inc. is excited to announce that it has merged with Massage Warehouse and Day Spa Warehouse to create a newly formed entity, Scrip Products Corporation. The merger combines the leading product distributors in the chiropractic and massage therapy markets and creates the largest, single source supplier of professional products to Doctors of Chiropractic, massage therapists and practitioners in day spas. Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company, a $475 million healthcare private equity fund, has...

TIPS ON RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL MEDICAL SPA FROM LA SPA & RESORT EXPO

Dr. Bruce Katz In a lecture at the Spa & Resort Expo in Los Angeles, Dr. Bruce Katz, founder of Juva Skin & Laser Center , shares his own experience running a successful cosmetic practice in a medical setting. There were many points that he touched on that apply to all types of spas. One of the first things he asks professionals to remember is that the client is coming to your spa for a reason, and needs to be treated in a respectful and courteous manner. It is important to let the client speak, and to really hear them...

STEINER LEISURE TO BUY UTAH SCHOOL OF MASSAGE THERAPY

The Utah College of Massage Therapy, with seven campuses in Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada, is being sold to Steiner Leisure, a Nassau, Bahamas-based company whose operations include running spas and salons on 120 cruise ships. Steiner also markets more than 250 beauty products and operates 50 resort spas around the world. The company, which generated revenue of $296 million and net income of $29.6 million for the first nine months of 2005, said it will pay $28 million for the Utah business. Steiner plans to operate 14 massage training schools in eight states and be a primary provider of...

RITZ CARLTON PARTNERS WITH PRADA BEAUTY

Prada Beauty, a leader in scientifically advanced skin care, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a name synonymous with luxury and award-winning service, have joined forces to create a unique spa experience. Beginning in January 2006, Prada Beauty treatments will be featured exclusively in all full-service Ritz-Carlton Spas in North America. 'We are delighted to announce this partnership with Prada Beauty at 12 of our spas in North America. This partnership is a perfect fit because both companies share the same high expectations of service and quality,' said Karen Korpi, vice president of spa operations for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. 'Guests...

KERSTIN FLORIAN NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE

Charles L. Mizelle Kerstin Florian International is pleased to announce they have named a new executive to the KFI team. The company has appointed Charles L. Mizelle as Vice President of Corporate Development. In this newly created role, Mizelle will be responsible for sales, Education and Marketing. He will work closely with the president, Kerstin Florian and Vice President, Charlene Florian Baker on Strategic planning. Mizelle was formally National Director of Corporate Development for Sothys U.S.A., where he was responsible for growing the brand's distribution in the national spa locations, multiple door spa accounts and destination spas. Charles Mizelle brings...

JULIE SINCLAIR PROMOTED TO EDITOR OF SPA MAGAZINE

Julie Sinclair Santa Barbara, CA — Spa Publisher Michelle Gamble has announced the promotion of Julie Sinclair to editor for the lifestyle publication. Sinclair previously served as senior editor for the magazine. "Julie is the natural successor for the top spot at Spa," Gamble says. "She, like the magazine, presents a contemporary view of the spa experience and is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration our readers need in pursuing the lifestyle emboldened by a spa visit." Before joining World, Sinclair served as editor-in-chief at American Spa , an industry trade publication. She had also been executive editor for...

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