Spa News Stories

ISPA Travel Agent Program Accredited

The International Spa Assocation (ISPA) travel agent training program, 'Becoming a Spa Specialist', has been accredited by the Institute of Certified Travel Agents to serve as an elective in its Certified Travel Associate program. ISPA is the 22nd such program in the non-profit organization's history.

Decline in Enrollement at Cosmetology Schools Contributes to Labor Shortage

Cosmetology enrollment down in the United States according to a recent report. The Annual cosmetology school reports show that enrollment continues to decline each year, as it has over the past five years. The drop in new student enrollment went from 89,000 in 1994 to 71,000 in 1999. This could spell an even greater labor shortage than the spa industry is currently experiencing. Advanced training and employee incentives will be a key to keeping good people working in your spa.

YPB and Leading Hotels of the World form New Venture

Leading Hotels of the World has announced the creation of Leading Marketing Services, a joint venture with Yesawich, Pepperdine & Brown -- one of the most recognized marketing companies in the travel industry. Leading Marketing Services is a full-service marketing, advertising and public relations firm specializing in the development of communications programs targeted at the affluent customer with a highly disposable income. Lori Sachs, Managing Director of Leading Marketing Services, says the new company combines the brand equity of Leading Hotels of the World with the services of YP&B. It offers a long menu of services, including: market research, media...

Canyon Ranch Heads List of Spas Catering to Individuals with Disabilities

The October/November 1999 issue of WE, a magazine catering to the disabled, featured 18 spas that are accesible to the disabled. Canyon Ranch is among the best, actively marketing to individuals with disabilities. Almost all of Canyon Ranch's signature spa treatments are available to the disabled, including all types of massage, facial and body treatments, and certain exercise programs such as Tai Chi and stretching. Their Life Enhancement Center currently has specialty weeks dedicated to clients with diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Other programs offer assistance with smoking cessation, healthy weight and optimal aging. Canyon Ranch also offers therapeutic aquatic...

Karlsbad 2001: "King of Spas"

Prof. Dr. J. Paul De Vierville, Director, Alamo Plaza Spa, San Antonio, Texas, has expanded his KUR SPA COURSES in Europe. Karlsbad 2001: 'King of Spas' takes place in Marienbad, Jáchymov Spas & Prague, Czech Republic May 13th - May 27th, 2001 International Training Institute & Studies in Interdisciplinary Spa Programs, Activities & Services is a two-week intensive, yet relaxing, Classical Kur Spa Experience is for persons interested in destination, resort, amenity, day, adventure, clinical &/or medical Spas that include massage, bodywork, fitness, aesthetics, nutrition, nursing, mindbody and other wellness, preventative, complementary, alternative, and medical health care spa services. An...

Youth embrace spa culture as never before

Spas are increasingly attracting the younger set. Driven by the growth of day spas, the popularity of alternative medicine, and a new generation concerned with taking responsibility for their own health, the average age of spa-goers will continue to decline. Hot new Aqua Day Spa in Santa Monica boasts a stong repeat following of 20-somethings. 'And they are educated about health and wellness, says an Aqua attendant,'One sixteen year old asked me, will I lose fluids during my hydrotherapy treatment.' The spa experience has even may its way into the college experience. The latest campus housing trend is 'health and...

CEW Beauty Awards

Cosmetic Executive Women is looking for A FEW GOOD PRODUCTS to join a host of other amazing new beauty products in skincare, fragrance, hair, sun, body & bath, plus color cosmetics for the annual beauty awards extravaganza! Winners will receive national acclaim & recognition from the media and consumers. Previous winners include fabulous 'must have' products from some of the top brands in the world as well as fresh & innovative newcomers. For deatils on how to enter your product or to recommend one that should be entered, contact the CEW office at 212-717-2415 or log onto their website at...

Spa at Bernardus Lodge

Opening in September 1999, the Spa at Bernardus Lodge is located within Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, California. The Spa is situated on property grounds and is easily accessible. A total of eight rooms are dedicated to specific treatments and include five massage and body treatment rooms, two facial rooms and a private steam room with vichy shower. One of the massage and body treatment rooms, the Vineyard Room, is designed specifically for couples as it offers over-sized treatment tables, a duo shower and an outdoor aromatherapy bath with private Meditation Garden.

Independent licensing

Estheticians in Utah, led by Candace Daly, are making plans for licensing independent from the existing cosmetology license. Letters addressed to the Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing Review Committee should stress the issues that arise for safety and welfare of the public in an environment of inadequate licensure. Connecticut also is pursuing independent licensing for estheticians. A bill, currently in the state's House of Representatives, splits the licensure into three parts: esthetics—a 600-hour license, manicuring and hair dressing. --information courtesy of Annette Hanson, EMDA Director, Legislative Issues/Atelier Esthétique president.

Non-Invasive Facials Banned

The California state assembly recently passed a bill disallowing massage therapists from performing non-invasive facials. The bill may become law only after going through committees and the Senate. --information courtesy of Annette Hanson, EMDA Director, Legislative Issues/Atelier Esthétique president