Spa News Stories

Canyon Ranch Executive Joins ASTECC Board

Diane Trieste, Corporate Spa Treatment Director for Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, has joined the ASTECC (American Spa Therapies Education & Certification Council) Board of Directors. Trieste has a BS in Business Administration, is a licensed massage therapist and is Nationally Certified by NCTMB. She has been in the spa industry for the past nine years involved with management, operations and development. She is a commissioner on COMTA (Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation) and Chairs the Standards Committee. She sits on several advisory boards, provides educational lectures, and has created curriculum for spa massage programs. 'The spa industry is a dynamic...

Spa.com Succumbs to Dot.com Bust

Redwood City, Califoria. Spa.com has become another victim of the dot.com bust. The company has closed its doors and will be filing bankrupcy, leaving their employees among the 50,000 to be layed off as a result of the end of the dot.com mania. The Silicon Valley online reservations company had a promising start, with marketing savvy co-founders Jackie Herman and Junko Io, and a heavy-hitting board of directors. The company never received venture capital funding, but had accomplished a lot with a little. They built up some good will in the industry, but were a no-show at the ISPA conference...

Unique New Hydrotherapy Solutions

'Hydrotherapy treatments offer your spa clients a unique range of healing, soothing, relaxing, enlivening, spiritual treatments. Most spa experts agree that hydrotherapy treatments are an essential component of a complete spa. Two concerns of hydrotherapy treatments are the potentially large amount of water needed and also the purity of the water used in certain treatments. Vichy showers use more water than any other hydrotherapy treatment. A 10 minute vichy shower will use between 100 to 120 gallons of water per treatment and also requires more water to be used to clean the equipment and the wet-room. To minimize this, we...

Preventative Care Program Hit at Spas

Dr. Florence Comite, an associate clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine, has successfully implemented Destinations Health at two major spas. Destinations health is a customized preventative care program for 35-55 year-old women. Available at Noelle Spa and Spa Ojai. Pre-visit questionnaire evaluated at Yale and longevity portfolio is created that makes recommendations in diet, exercise, and stress reduction. The price per participant for the program is $1,800 at Ojai and $1,500 at Noell.

Microdermabrasion Most Popular Skin Treatment in the World

According to the publisher of Aesthetic Buyer's Guide, microdermabrasion has become the most popular and highest volume facial rejuvenation procedure in the world. Microdermabrasion, which was cleared for use in the US in 1996, has become a staple in both day spas and dermatology practices. Although the microdermabrasion crystals are more powerful for medical use, manufacturers are developing 'medical grade' machines for spas that claim equal effectiveness.

"Sustainable Spas" Wave of the Future

Spas catering to environmentally-conscious consumers will be popular into the future, especially with 'cultural creatives' who want to integrate their values with the products and services they buy and use. Designing an environmentally friendly spa saves resources, creates goodwill, and improves the bottom line. The spa industry would benefit from a national energy conservation program similar to the ski industry of America's "Sustainable Slopes" program, a voluntary commitment on the part of all the major ski resorts to protect nature through more efficient use of energy, safer waste disposal and water conservation. Organic food and fiber products is important as...

"Diva of Retail" Hit at ISPA Conference

J'Amy Owens, the "diva of retail" was a favorite keynote speaker at the ISPA Conference last month. As president of The Retail Group, whose client-list reads like a veritable who's who of mass-market success stories (think Gap, Starbucks), Owens drove home this message: "Consumer behavior is very hard to change. We must balance what people really do with global changes." Owens encouraged spa managers to "know thy customer," giving an example of how spas fail at this task. "We know women are vain and insecure, yet spa locker rooms have florescent lights that make people look horrible. Bath them in...

Intention Key to Successful Spas

Intention was a word heard again and again at the keynote speeches, breakout sessions, roundtables, and hallways at the International Spa Association (ISPA) conference in Las Vegas last month. It seems that intention, or integrity of word, thought, and deed, is finally being recognized as a crucial component of the hard, cold bottom line. Founder of Canyon Ranch Mel Zuckerman began the conference with a key-note speech entitled "Intention: The Key to the Spa Experience." He invited the audience to ask themselves, "how can you contribute to a higher purpose." Zuckerman spoke of the media's lack of understanding of the...

Wellness Resource Study Reveals Continued Growth

The Wellness Resource has completed a primary marketing research study on spas in AAA 4 and 5 star Hotels and Resorts. Preliminary results show that 50% of all 4 and 5 star AAA hotels and resorts have a spa. 93% of AAA 4 and 5 star resorts have a spa. Properties were marked as having a spa if the spa is on the grounds of the hotel or resort. Spas were either managed by the hotel/resort or out-sourced to a third party. The Wellness Resource telephoned the front desk of every 4 and 5 star hotel and resort in the...

Pilates Trademarks Overturned

The Pilates method, currently one of the hottest fitness trends in America, was the subject of a landmark decision today in Manhattan's federal district court. In a case pitting Sean Gallagher, owner of the Manhattan-based Pilates Studio, against Balanced Body Inc., a Sacramento-based company and the world's largest manufacturer of Pilates equipment, U.S. District Court Judge Miriam Cedarbaum ruled that Pilates, like yoga and karate, is a type of exercise and not a trademark. The written decision follows an 11-day trial last June. The Court established that 'Pilates' is a generic term. Since 'consumers identify the word 'Pilates' as a...

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