Spa News Stories

Greater Oversight for Cosmetic Ingredients Expected

Momentum has been building for greater oversight of the chemicals in cosmetics with the European Union and California taking the lead in imposing new rules for monitoring what is in perfumes, creams, nail polish and hair sprays. The California Safe Cosmetics Act, which took effect on Jan. 1, requires cosmetics companies to tell state health authorities if a product contains any chemical on several government lists covering possible cancer-causing agents or substances that may harm the reproductive system. Americans spent about $50 billion last year on cosmetics and toiletries, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. The cosmetics industry is...

Six Leading North American Spas Launch Green Spa Network

Six prominent North America spas announce the formation of a network dedicated to bringing environmentally sustainable operating practices to the burgeoning spa industry. A much-needed resource for the spa community, the Green Spa Network seeks to help spas and spa professionals reap the financial and social benefits from implementing environmentally friendly business practices. The intention of the organization is to synergise greening efforts among network members as a way to support spas in reducing their ecological impact, while improving energy efficiencies and reducing operational costs. With nearly 14,000 facilities generating $9.7 billion in annual revenues, spas are a leading leisure...

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%...

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