wellness

The Omni Grove Park Inn Appoints Ellen McGinnis as Spa Director

The Omni Grove Park Inn (Asheville, NC) has appointed Ellen McGinnis as spa director. With more than 20 years of experience in hospitality, spa and wellness, McGinnis will be responsible for all operations of The Omni Grove Park Inn's spa and wellness programming. She first held the position of spa director at the Blue Ridge Mountain resort in 2011, where she oversaw the initial launch of The Spa. McGinnis comes to The Omni Grove Park Inn from Springs Eternal Spa located at its sister property Omni Bedford Springs Resort (Bedford Springs, PA), where she oversaw the daily operations of the...

Technogym Named Official Fitness Supplier for Rio 2016 Games

Technogym , a leading company supplying products, services, and solutions in wellness and fitness, has signed a supplier contract to be the official fitness equipment supplier for all athletic preparation centers for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games , the first Olympics to take place in South America. ‘Technogym is proud to have been chosen for the sixth time as the official supplier of the Olympic games,” says founder and president Nerio Alessandri. “This important achievement represents a victory for the Technogym team and a strong reference on our products innovation and quality standards. Rio 2016 will also represent a unique...

Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Rebrands to Waldorf Astoria Spa

Spa Palazzo at Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (FL) has rebranded as Waldorf Astoria Spa to reflect its expansion into a broader array of services for overall health and wellness. As an expression of its commitment to encouraging guests to live healthier lives, the resort extended its network earlier this year to include wellness specialists that inspire and influence healthy lifestyle behaviors. Spa-goers can now enjoy the resort’s new Enlightened Living initiative, which features workshops from health gurus; healthy menu options; fitness activities; and consultations with nutritionists and exercise physiologists. For more information, visit www.bocaresort.com .

Former Miraval CEO Joins Hilton Head Health

Hilton Head Health (SC), a weight loss and health resort, has announced the appointment of Michael G. Tompkins, former CEO of Miraval Resort & Spa (Tucson, Arizona), as CEO and general manager. Tompkins joins two other industry leaders who also recently joined Hilton Head Health, Ben Campsey from The Umstead Hotel & Spa (Cary, NC) as chief financial officer and Carol Stratford, who most recently served as the vice president of marketing for Miraval Resort & Spa, as chief marketing officer. Tompkins comes to Hilton Head Health with more than 25 years of experience in the health, wellness, and luxury...

Mio Skincare to Launch at Life Time Fitness

Mio Skincare , a skincare range for women, is gearing up for its retail launch at Life Time Fitness , a chain of North American fitness centers, to support members wanting to transform their bodies. Following previous fitness partnerships, including events with media company Well+Good , apparel company Athleta , and fitness curator The FITiST Collective , Mio Skincare’s No Nasties policy, which assures the company’s products are free of artificial colors, mineral oil, parabens, petrolatum, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, is in alignment with Life Time’s commitment to promote health and wellness. “Having fit skin means your skin’s working at...

Sunlighten Introduces Android-Powered Full-Spectrum Infrared Sauna

Sunlighten , an infrared sauna technology company, has launched its first-ever Android-powered full-spectrum infrared sauna, mPulse series. Powered by an Android application that can customize each sauna session to achieve the desired health benefit, users can control the settings ranging from near-infrared light, which aids in pain and muscle relief; mid-infrared light, which assists in fat burning; and far-infrared light, which helps detoxify by raising core temperature and cause sweating. MPulse features Solocarbon technology, which has been clinically shown to lower blood pressure, increase core temperature, and aid in weight loss. The Android tablet control panel gives users more preferences,...

Pivot Point International and Beauty Changes Lives Announce Endowment Fund

Pivot Point International , provider of hair, tools, and beauty educational solutions, and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation , an organization created by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools to build awareness of career opportunities available in the beauty, wellness, and massage therapy industries, announced the establishment of the Leo Passage Endowment Fund to benefit competition, scholarships, and lifelong learning among students and professionals. The fund, established by the Passage family, honors Leo Passage, founder of Pivot Point, who passed away in 2011. It will be endowed with a $1,000,000 donation from the Passage family, and implemented through the Beauty...

LaVida Massage Opens New Location in South Carolina

LaVida Massage , a national massage franchise, has opened its newest store, LaVida Massage of Hanahan (South Carolina), which is the first—and only—massage center in the area. Specialized modalities include Swedish and relaxation treatments, couples’ sessions, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal, chair massages, corporate massages, oncological-focused therapies, and more. Opening with strong community and charitable ties, the new center welcomed a therapist who recently overcame breast cancer, Mary Jeffries, who worked in the therapeutic massage industry for 12 years, but lost her previous job due to scheduling conflicts while enduring treatments. “Undergoing radiation therapy physically weakened and fatigued me,” says...

Sunlighten Debuts New Infrared Sauna Technology

Sunlighten , an infrared sauna technology company, has introduced an ADA-compliant far infrared sauna featuring solocarbon technology, which has been clinically shown to lower blood pressure, increase core temperature, and aid in weight loss. Available in an industrial-grade design that is 100 percent compliant with the American Disabilities Act , the sauna features an exterior ramp with safety rails and a brushed finish to prevent slipping. Made from eucalyptus wood and with 16-gauge electrical wiring and a non-toxic gauge and waterproof sealant to protect from sweat, the sauna includes removable benches with three different variations for use and acoustic resonance...

Massage Envy Spa Recognizes Therapists and Estheticians for the Year of 2013

Massage Envy Spa , the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians in the U.S., recently awarded 58 Therapists of the Year winners at its Annual Franchise Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. These practitioners, of the company’s estimated 24,000 therapists and estheticians from across the country, attended the conference, where they were honored for their dedication and efforts to the health and wellness industry. The Therapist of the Year program is an annual award recognizing best-in-class service across the network’s more than 980 locations nationwide. Winners are chosen based on their high level of professionalism, client service, and contributions to healing...

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