Spa News Stories

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...

"Fundamentals of Spa Design" Offered at UC Irvine Extension

UC Irvine Extension, the pioneer of the first Spa and Hospitality Management certificate program on the West Coast, announces the program's newest elective course offering — "Fundamentals of Spa Design." Uniquely developed to meet the demands of the burgeoning spa market, the new course addresses the multitude of details involved in the concept, design and construction processes for spa projects. The two-day course will be held May 20 and 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UCI Learning Center in Orange, Calif., with a field trip to Takara Belmont — a recognized leader in design, furnishings and equipment...

Industry News

ISPA Highlights Spa Trends The International Spa Association (ISPA) recently released its findings on consumer and industry spa trends. The research shows that many spa-goers view spa visits as necessary, as an entitlement, and as a place to get health and wellness results, rather than as a treat or a place to be pampered. Many spa-goers consider spas a lifestyle choice—more than two million spa-goers took part in lifestyle classes in 2005. Medical spas are one of the fastest growing segments of the industry, with chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and natural weight-loss treatments such as body wraps, topping the list for...

Brazilian Longevity Center Adds Cutting-Edge Preventive Medicine Treatments

In the forefront of Preventive Medicine in Brazil, the Kurotel — Longevity Center and Spa is adding five new tests and exams using the latest technology to diagnosis potential illness. A new treatment will be available to Kurotel guests every month. The first one to be launched in April is the Gene Personal Guidance (about USD580), a genetic assessment that analyzes cardiovascular disease susceptibility allowing the physician to preventively act in the reversing risk factors. In May, Computadorized Termography (about USD300) allows to assess body temperature premature changes, which can be the first evidences for eventual health injuries. In June,...

NCEA Establishes National Standard on Laser & Light Therapy for Cosmetic Procedures

At the 14th NCEA Meeting held in New Orleans on January 28-29, 2007, a continuing education program for estheticians was established. The 42 Hour Laser & Light Therapy for Cosmetic Procedures curriculum will be part of the NCEA Esthetician Certification Program that is being launched in May of 2007. The curriculum overviews the development of the laser by Einstein, and explores the types of lasers, intense pulsed light, plasma, radio frequency technologies that are now prominent in the cosmetic arena. The curriculum includes: History and overview of laser and light therapy Anatomy and physiology of skin and hair, including the...

New Report from Feedback Research Services Analyzes the $1.7 Billion ''Medical Retail'' Market

In recent years, cosmetic surgery and dermatology practices have quietly and steadily established a "medical retail" market in which skin care and other products are directly sold to patients. Physicians have followed the example set by medical spas, salons, and other spas to expand traditional dispensing options (prescription medications) with 'professional' products, in-house/physician formulas, and private label brands. Between 2005 and 2007, several companies independently published market reports that focus on skin care product revenues generated by medical offices and spas. Market estimates ranged from $870.0 million for U.S. sales in 2006 (Kline & Company) to $1.8 billion worldwide in...

Industry News

American Spa and American Salon Run for a Cure American Spa and American Salon would like to thank all the companies that so generously contributed to the annual end-of-year beauty sale hosted by our magazines. The money raised from the sale went to support staffers from both publications, who joined together to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by running the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon in Phoenix on January 14 as part of the society's Team in Training program. Team in Training, which trains participants for endurance events, including half-marathons, marathons, and 100-mile bike rides, is...

2007 Trends and Predictions from Health Fitness Dynamics

If you are planning to add a new spa or re-position your existing spa, consider some of the following trends that will help your spa be marketable and profitable: 1. Resort-Based "Hybrid" Spa: The hybrid spa is a resort-based spa that attracts a variety of markets in order to maximize its appeal, profitability and yield management potential. It combines the best features of the most popular and marketable types of spas. It is a resort-spa for the conference guest who may only have time for an ala carte treatment, yet it also appeals to the leisure guest who wants to...

ISPA Releases New Spa Industry Data

The International SPA Association (ISPA) has released a new study conducted in 2006 by Association Resource Centre, Inc. Here are some of the major findings of the 2006 spa industry classification study: Number of Spas in the United States: * There were an estimated 13,757 spas in the United States in August of 2006, up from 10,128 spas in April of 2004. This represents an annual growth rate of 16%. Distribution of U.S. Spas By Region: * The Southwest has 3,139 spas, which is 23% of the total spas in the United States. The Southwest includes California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona,...

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