Spa News Stories

Sunscreen SPFs Under Debate

The Food and Drug Administration is in the process of making a final decision about the proposed cap on sun protection factors (SPF). The American Academy of Dermatology continues to argue that capping sunscreens should be avoided, because clients apply a lower concentration than what is used in testing, and sunscreens that prevent UV-induced erythema do not prevent other harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals offers memberships to Canadian massage therapists

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals offers memberships to Canadian massage therapists and bodyworkers. Membership provides liability insurance with combined aggregate coverage in the profession. Other benefits include handbooks, a referral service, and discounts on various services. Email

Business Makeover

The Preston Wynne Success Systems Business Makeover is a thorough analysis of salon and spa operations and their efficiency. The goal is to find opportunities for cost reduction, improved sales, improved client retention and more productive employees. The cost of the service is found in the operations of the salon. Email

EMDA's Top Esthetic Issues

The members of the Esthetics Manufacturers and Distributors Alliance (EMDA) have identified the top issues on consumer health and safety: Ensure continuing, consistent and mandatory licensure. Ensure continued research of sun damage and cancer. Lobby state boards for enforcement of sanitation laws. Monitor investigation of alpha hydroxy acid levels. Provide accurate consumer eduation in proper skin health.


Reprinted with permission from John R. Dent, Editor of HOSPITALITY LITIGATION NEWS. HOSPITALITY LITIGATION NEWS is a publication of Tuttle & Taylor--a law firm specializing in the hospitality industry. An Illinois state appellate court has held that the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is not liable for the sexual misconduct of two masseurs who, in separate incidents, went beyond massaging to inappropriate contact. One of the masseurs was convicted of criminal assault; the other (the spa director) was prosecuted but ultimately prevailed at the trial. The victims of these two incidents sued the hotel. In a 2-to-1 decision, the court held that because...

Monterey Peninsula Hotels Jumping on Spa Bandwagon

Five new luxury spas are scheduled to open in the Monterey and Carmel area within the next two years. The Spa at Pebble Beach, off of the historic 17-Mile Drive, introduced its signature spa in November, 1998. In spring, 1999, the Monterey Plaza Hotel will present its exclusive Mediterranean-style spa. The 10,000 square-foot spa is currently under construction on the rooftop of the landmark hotel. Monterey Bay provides a spectacular backdrop for the outdoor whirlpools and fireplace. In Carmel Valley, Robles del Rio Lodge will undergo a major remodel in the spring, which includes a state-of-the-art health spa, wellness and...


While the whole hospitality industry watches stock prices fall, Patriot American Hospitality's unstable financial situation became more evident in November, when it announced that it would not be distributing third-quarter dividends. This upheaval will likely result in asset sales and changes in corporate structure. Analysts predict an unsteady future for hospitality giant Patriot American Hospitality-owner of the 'mother-spa' Golden Door. Golden Door clones are expected to open at Patriot's flagship properties-including every Grand Bay hotel or resort, and every Carefree Resort (including Carmel Valley Ranch, The Boulders, and The Peaks in Telluride.) The company's stock has fallen more than 75%...


New research out of Harvard University shows that more than half of U.S. medical schools offer courses in alternative medicine or include the fundamental principles of Chinese medicine or Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Research published in a recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that 75 of the nation's 125 medical schools (64 percent) teach acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, therapeutic touch, homeopathy, nutrition and mind-body techniques. Some focus on spirituality and faith, Asian or Native American 'ethnomedicine' or principles of the human potential movement. Dr. Miriam Wetzel , director of curriculum development at Harvard and lead author of the JAMA...

Lasertrolysis of Naples

Lasertrolysis of Naples, the only educational institute providing intensive training in laser hair removal for electrologists and hair removal professionals, has added an alexandrite laser to its training program. "In addition to extensive hands-on with the ruby laser, our program now also includes practice with the alexandrite system,' states president Wallace Roberts. 'The alexandrite is the newest laser for hair removal, and we think it provides excellent results with minimal disruption to the skin.' Because of its high repetition rate, the alexandrite laser treatment is also quicker than treatment with other lasers. More than 10 lasers are currently cleared by...

Chicago Cosmetologists Association, Inc. Elects Officers and Directors

During its recent annual meeting held at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Chicago, the Chicago Cosmetologists Association, Inc. (CCA), elected officers and directors for the upcoming year. The 1998-99 CCA Board of Directors includes the following officers: President, Carol Rio; First Vice President, Graciela Santiler-Nowik; Second Vice President, Vince D'Astice; Secretary, Anthony Santangelo; Treasurer, Barbara Salomone; Immediate Past President, Ron Eilers; Frank Gironda; Jerry Gordon; Alex Ioannou; Kathy Kafka; Robert LaMorte; Willie Patterson; Luz Segovia. The CCA Board of Directors develop and initiate the CCA-owned Midwest Beauty Show, the only professional beauty show owned and operated by salon professionals.