Spa News Stories

DEMAND FOR MASSAGE THERAPY USE AND ACCEPTANCE INCREASING

According to the "Public Attitudes Towards Massage Study' by Opinion Research Corporation International, massage is becoming increasingly used and accepted. Whereas a decade ago massage was obscure, today medical practitioners and consumers view massage therapy as an effective integrative and complementary modality. • Since 1997, the number of adult Americans who say they had a massage from a massage therapist in the previous 12 months has more than doubled • 17% of the adult U.S. population had a massage in the past • Those who seek massage therapy from a trained professional average 7 visits per year • A total...

FAMILY-FRIENDLY SPAS GAINING POPULARITY

Whereas spas were formely 'kid-free zones,' today more and more day spas and resort spas are accommodating children. 'We are giving a lot more spa treatments to children,' say Debra Chin, General Manager of Aqua Day Spa in Santa Monica, CA. Aqua policy on massaging children is that they be in the presence of an adult. 'It makes the therapist feel more comfortable,' says Chin. 'Resort spas have always courted family business, but now more and more of them are offering a variety of activities that promote physical fitness and well-being for the entire family,' said Susie Ellis of Spafinder,...

WTS OPENS CLIFF HOUSE RESORT SPA

WTS has been selected to provide planning assistance and operational services for The Cliff House Resort Spa in Ogunquit, Maine, which celebrated its Grand Opening on May 17, 2002. The resort is a magnificent 162-room property with picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and a storied tradition. The Spa features 10 treatments rooms, relaxation lounge, 5 manicure and pedicure stations, an indoor lap pool, an outdoor pool with a waterfall and vanishing edge, indoor/outdoor whirlpools, sauna and steam rooms, a Spa dining room and 32 luxury spa suites. It also contains a state of the art fitness center with a...

SPORTS CLUB TO OPEN FITNESS AND SPA COMPLEX IN BEVERLY HILLS

The Sports Club, 90210 LOS ANGELES-- The Sports Club Company Inc. has signed a lease to develop The Sports Club/LA in Beverly Hills, CA. The new Sports Club/LA will be a two-story 40,000 square foot Club at 9601 Wilshire Boulevard in the heart of the Beverly Hills retail and commercial district. 'We have been looking for a Beverly Hills development opportunity for some time and this location at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Camden in the heart of Beverly Hills is ideal. A number of the city's most prominent businesses have expressed their enthusiasm about our new location and...

CONDE NAST RELEASES ANNUAL READERS SPA POLL

The 2002 Condé Nast Readers poll reveals travelers' top spas in North America and the Caribbean. 4,000 Condé Nast reader rated 230 cruise ship spas and destination, resort, and urban hotel spas in North America. Six criteria were used to evaluate destination spas: Location/Setting, Rooms, Diet/Cuisine, Staff/Service, Treatments, Spa Programs/Facilities. Resort spas were also rated on 'Other activities' and Urban Hotel Spas included Workout Facilities and no Room category. Highlights of the poll are as follows: • Hawaii was the most popular destination for resort spas, occupying almost one third of the resort spa choices (9 of the 25 slots)...

RESORT SPA DEVELOPMENT EXPECTED TO SLOW

The resort spa segment is expected to suffer along with the rest of the hotel industry post 9/11. The hotel industry is in a holding pattern; hotel companies and developers are modifying plans or postponing them indefinitely. In a recent article in Meeting News entitled "Hotel development grinds to a near halt," The publication reports, "growth is minimal as hoteliers tightly grasp their cash supplies." "There's no way we're going to see substantial new development now", said Chase Burritt, National Director of the Hospitality Service Group at Ernst and Young: "Lending and equity markets need to see several quarters of...

BOTOX BECOMING POPULAR MEDISPA TREATMENT

Spas considering the addition of medical services are partnering with physicians to offer in-spa Botox treatments. Botox ('botulinum toxin') is a chemical (technically a type of food poisoning) that blocks the stimulation of muscles and thus allows the muscles to relax. It is the most popular cosmetic procedure, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). A million injections were performed in 2000. The number of procedures has risen 2,356% in 5 years, with more than 1.6 million procedures performed in 2001, 89% on women. Each physician-administered Botox treatment consisting of one to several injections takes about 15...

SPA FINDER PARTNER RETREATS HELD AT REKNOWNED DESTINATION SPAS

Spa Finder, the largest spa media and travel company, is causing quite an industry buzz with its Partner Program. The Spa Finder Partner Program is an innovative travel referral program designed to introduce day spa professionals and their clients to the "stay" spa experience. "What started as a program for day spa clientele has become a great employee incentive program," says Nancy Griffin, Director of the Spa Finder Partner Program. "It turns out that Day Spa owners and their staff want to visit spas as much as, if not more, than their clients." Day spas make travel commissions when their...

SPACIFICALLY AND AAEA FORM ALLIANCE

AMERICAN AESTHETICIANS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION TO OFFER SEMINARS AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE & EXPOSITION FOR SPA, RESORT & HOTEL EXECUTIVES New York, NY — The American Aestheticians Education Association and Spacifically, The Conference & Exposition for Spa, Resort & Hotel Executives, announced today that they will create a special seminar program exclusively for aestheticians and skincare specialists at the October 2002 event in Atlanta. 'Spacifically is delighted to be working with Bonnie Day, founder and executive director of the AAEA on this exciting new program for AAEA members and other skincare specialists,' said Karen Crawford, vice president and show director. 'In the...

EXECUTIVE SPA FORUM HOST "WHO'S WHO" OF HOTELS, RESORTS, AND SPAS

Spacifically's Executive Spa Forum hosts the "who's who" of hotels, resorts & spas — Over 30 senior executives signed up, including KSL, Wyndham, Hyatt, Bliss, Sandals and more New York, NY — As of March 1st, more than 30 of the highest-placed senior-level executives in the spa industry had contracted to attend the Executive Spa Forum, the new, invitation-only gathering produced by Spacifically, The Conference & Exposition for Spa, Resort & Hotel Executives. In all, more than forty senior executives from spas, resorts, fitness organizations, medical facilities, hotels and hotel chains will attend. The Forum is scheduled for June 6...

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