Spa News Stories

SPACIFICALLY 2001 WILL FOCUS ON KEY TRENDS AND MARKET CHANGES

In 1999 a visitor to a spa was most probably a woman. She might have had a facial, a massage, an herbal wrap, a manicure and a pedicure, taken a yoga class and sipped bottled water. At that time, the U.S. spa market was a $5 billion business. Two short years later in 2001, the number of spas in the U.S. has grown from 5,700 to about 7,000 and the industry is projected to surpass $11 billion in 2001. Today's day spa visitor might be a man or a woman sipping anti-oxidant teas handpicked by a tea sommelier, and taking...

IN 2001, U.S. HOTELS STRUGGLE TO MATCH 2000 PROFITABILITY

Atlanta, GA, July 9, 2001 - The Hospitality Research Group (HRG), the research affiliate of PKF Consulting, finds that the average U.S. hotel posted a very healthy 10.1 percent increase in profits in 2000. However, given the current slowdown in the lodging industry, it is estimated that the average U.S. hotel will be less profitable in 2001. The 2000 results are based on the firm's recently completed Trends in the Hotel Industry survey, an annual review of U.S. hotel operations conducted by HRG and its affiliate, PKF Consulting, since 1935. 'The 10.1 percent growth in profits achieved in 2000 is...

HydroCo Australia Announces Major US Presence

Rolling Hills, Calif. HydroCo Australia announces the launch of a major corporate presence in the USA through HydroCo USA. HydroCo is a world leader in the manufacturing of professional hydrotherapy systems. HydroCo USA will support the US market from it's Los Angeles offices, which will feature an education/training centre, customer service and support centre and warehouse. David Andrews, General Manager of HydroCo USA, will head-up the team. In charge of training will be Education Manager for North America, Erin McGowan. 'Our primary goal is to continue to provide our clients with the finest quality Hydrotherapy Equipment in the world,' says...

SpaTrade and ClubMarket Form Partnership

For immediate release: Petaluma, Calif., and Boston, Mass., Nancy Griffin, president of eO2 Corporation, and Al Valente, president of ClubMarket, Inc., today announced that the two companies are forming a strategic partnership. The purpose of the partnership is to leverage the domain expertise of eO2's web site SpaTrade.com-the spa industry's leading business-to-business online community-and ClubMarket.com--the leading business-to-business (B2B) online marketplace for the health, fitness, racquet, sports, and golf club industries. 'Our organizations are philosophically aligned,' says Nancy Griffin, 'Like SpaTrade, whose tag line is 'let's get down to business,' ClubMarket has is committed to the business of business.' In addition...

SYLVIA SEPIELLI TO OPERATE MAUNA LANI'S NEW HAWAIIAN-INSPIRED SPA

KOHALA COAST, Big Island of Hawaii (July 9, 2001) - Mauna Lani Resort's new Hawaiian-inspired indoor/outdoor spa debuted July 1, 2001 under the direction of Sylvia Planning And design (SPAd). Considered one of Hawaii's most unique, Mauna Lani Spa features an outdoor lava rock sauna, lapa'au (healing) garden, relaxation pavilion, and fragrant herb garden. Mauna Lani's is the first spa in the U.S. to be designed and operated by SPAd. Mauna Lani, recognized for offering a unique 'sense of place' with its ancient Hawaiian fishponds, petroglyph fields and Hawaiian preservation sites, selected Sepielli to design the spa because of her...

Klinikzentrum Bad Sulza Introduces New Therapy

Bad Sulza, Germany Klinikzentrum Bad Sulza Introduces Clinic for Colon Clean System TM All day long the stomach tells your head stories Ask a person where feelings and health, emotion and intuition, well-being and suffering can best be found and you will find that, regardless of origin or culture, they point to the centre of their body. Indeed, new scientific investigations call the intestine the 'second brain'. Neurogastroenterologists have discovered that the intestine can be understood more or less as an image of the brain; cell types, receptors, agents are the same. It is a self-sufficient system, which functions without...

Home Spa Trend Here To Stay

Some spa-goers and many potential spa-goers are opting to stay home rather than venture to the spa for treatments. Spas must count among their competition their own clients, who may opt to buy products and take the spa experience home with them. The down-turned economy, concern for sanitation, and the proliferation of professional quality 'home' spa products are just some of the reasons this trend is here to stay. In addition, many feel a loss of intimacy in many of the mega-spas. This feeling leads to intimidation and the need to seek comfort and safety in the familiar. The 'know-how'...

Salon Sanitation Practices Scrutinized

Spa sanitation practices will be 'under the radar' of consumers and health officials. In the first installment of our safety series, 'Safety and The Spa,' The Wellness Resource predicted that spas will be subjected to increasing government scrutiny. The article mentioned the closure of Fancy nails, a Watsonville California discount salon, after an outbreak of infectious disease. The culprit was reported to be suction tubes in the pedicure footbaths harbored the dangerous bacteria. (The same type of pedicure tubs used in many day spas.) Shortly after our story ran, ABC News show 20/20 did a feature on the safety of...

Safety & The Spa: Part II: OSHA Regulations and Employee Safety

This is the second installment of a three-part series entitled Safety & The Spa. Part one tackled the issue of public health. Part III will discuss sanitation issues regarding bodied so water and bathing, including pools, hot tubs, and hydrotherapy equipment. This segment reviews worker safety and health. In the skin care and spa industry, following strict procedures and sterilization techniques is critically important not only for clients but for the protection of professionals. With the increasing popularity of medical esthetic procedures such as microdermabrasion, skin care specialists increasingly come into possible contact body fluids and blood. Strict preventative procedures...

SPA SHIKI ESTABLISHED AS ASTECC TRAINING CENTER

In response to the widespread need for skilled, educated spa therapists and managers, Spa Shiki at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri has become an American Spa Therapy Education and Certification Council (ASTECC)training institute?only the second such facility in the United States. Spa Shiki will work with the Bramham Institute to provide ASTECC certification training and continuing education in specialized modalities. The training effort undertaken by Spa Shiki, the Bramham Institute, and ASTECC will help standardize spa education and raise awareness for quality spa treatments and professionalism in the U. S. Spa Shiki¹s Missouri location provides an...

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