Spa News Stories

HOSPITALS OFFERING MORE CAM SERVICES

The use of complimentary and alternative medicine in a hospital setting has more than doubled in the past four years, recent research shows. A survey of more than 4,800 hospitals conducted by the Chicago-based American Hospital Association (AHA) reveals that more than 15 percent of hospitals are now offering complementary and alternative (CAM) healthcare services. In 1998, 6 percent of hospitals offered CAM services. Patient demand sparked the increase, AHA says. However, 24 percent of the CAM services currently offered come as a result of shifts in hospitals' missions. Other motivators include clinical effectiveness, strategies for attracting new patients and...

AMERICAN WHOLEHEALTH PARTNERS WITH AARP

American WholeHealth Selected by AARP to Provide Alternative Health and Wellness Services American WholeHealth, Inc., the country's leading provider of a nationwide network of Complementary Health and Wellness practitioners, is pleased to announce that it has been selected by AARP as the exclusive provider for AARP's Alternative Health and Wellness Network. AARP members will have access to American WholeHealth's network of practitioners and services, including acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, yoga, personal trainers, spas, fitness centers and more through this program. "We are delighted to enter into this relationship with AARP. This program is important for members, practitioners, and...

FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS INC. TO ACQUIRE THE ORCHID AT MAUNA LANI

TORONTO, Oct 21, 2002 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Strategic Acquisition Highly Complementary to Fairmont's Portfolio of Resorts Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc. ('FHR') (TSX/NYSE: FHR) today announced that it has agreed to acquire The Orchid at Mauna Lani on the Island of Hawaii from an affiliate of Colony Capital LLC. FHR's luxury management company, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts ('Fairmont'), will operate the property, which will be officially flagged 'The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii' in December 2002. The purchase price for the property is approximately $140 million plus closing costs and will be funded with existing credit facilities. The transaction is...

NEW COMPANY SPEARHEADS FIRST-TIME DAY SPA INDUSTRY CONSOLIDATION

New Haven, Conn., Sept. 5, 2002 — For the first time, the day spa industry is undergoing a national consolidation. Stonewater, a newly formed spa management company based in New Haven, Conn., announced today that it is in the process of acquiring existing, successful day spas that are profitable market leaders in their respective regions and consolidating them under the name Stonewater, a new national brand. Stonewater has acquired and currently owns 11 spas and is growing quickly and significantly making it one of the largest day spa companies in the U.S. "The spa industry is a $10 billion a...

SPA FINDER HOSTS FIRST-EVER SPA THERAPIST RETREAT

Retreat at Red Mountain Adventure Spa Gives Therapists Opportunity to Luxuriate in Destination Spa Experience, While Enjoying Educational Sessions New York, NY—September 19, 2002 — Spa Finder ( www.spafinder.com ), the leading spa travel, marketing and publishing company, today announced its first-annual Spa Therapist Retreat. The Retreat is available to massage therapists, aestheticians and spa support staff at the over 1,000 day spas that are members of the Spa Finder Partner Program, an initiative that was developed last year to better realize the synergies between Day and Stay Spas. At the core of the retreat is the desire to give...

MARKETING WELLNESS FROM WITHIN

Ten tips for marketing wellness and inner fitness to your clients. By SpaTrade expert Carole Schor Bowman 1. Offer monthly or weekly presentations by local practitioners on such topics as nutrition, meditation, breathing, the benefits of pregnancy or infant massage, or stress reduction. 2. Establish a referral service with local gyms, yoga studios and holistic health practitioners. Look into the possibility of co-op advertising with these resources. 3. Create a newsletter featuring wellness and fitness tips and articles, as well as treatment and product updates. Hire an expert to do this for you if you do not have the time...

SPA FINDER PARTNERS WITH TRAVEL WEBSITE ORBITZ

Spa Finder, the leading spa information and travel company, has partnered with Orbitz to offer spa packages. The Chicago-based Orbitz, the discount travel web site, has launched the industry's first spa micro-site featuring information, real-time availability and reservation capabilities at more than 250 destination and resort spas. Orbitz is the first major online travel company to offer access to a comprehensive spa vacation package listing with online booking capabilities. The spa micro-site will be accessible by clicking on the Spa Travel link on the Orbitz homepage, and at www.orbitz.com/spatravel . 'Spa travel is booming at an annual growth rate of...

ABMP MEMBERSHIP PASSES 40,000 MARK

Evergreen, CO August 12, 2002. Katie Armitage, Executive Director of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) announced today that ABMP¹s membership grew to 40, 440 by the end of July 2002, wrapping up the strongest seven month membership growth spurt in the organization's history. Growth has occurred in all membership categories, particularly in Certified, Professional and Student memberships. "We thank each of our members for making this announcement possible," said Bob Benson, President of ABMP. One year ago, a Massage Today poll of massage practitioners asked, 'Which association best serves the interests of its membership and the profession?' ABMP was...

COMTA RECOGNIZED BY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) as a specialized accrediting agency for massage therapy and bodywork programs and institutions. COMTA is the only organization recognized by the USDE that focuses solely on education for massage therapy and bodywork professionals. Accreditaion by the USDE ensures that 'education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.' COMTA joins other accrediting agencies for chiropractic, osteopathy and acupuncture that accredit programs related to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). USDE accreditation is an important step towards the expansion and credibility of...

INNOVATIVE SPA PROGRAM AIDS VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Preston Wynne Spa is one of the most relaxing places in the Silicon Valley. Guests visit the award-winning day spa to escape the stress and anxiety of the 'real world' with nurturing body treatments, massage therapy, and expert skin care. Lights are dim, soothing music plays and heavenly aromas fill the air. It's about as far removed from the painful reality of domestic violence as one could get. 'Which is exactly why we've started the Healing Touch Project,' says Peggy Wynne Borgman, founder and director of the 18 year old Saratoga Village spa. Healing Touch is conceived as a way...

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