wellness

XpresSpa Celebrates 10 Years of Wellness

Commemorating its 10th anniversary this month, XpresSpa , a full-service spa catering to the needs of everyday travelers, celebrates its continued commitment to bringing wellness to major airports located across the U.S. and Europe. In honor of the company’s anniversary, locations worldwide will be introducing a new look, as well as updated services and products offered throughout. Design elements of the new spas will evoke a sense of tranquility and enlightenment with a ‘Tree of Life’ motif, featuring sleek contemporary elements paired with dark floors and an open floor plan. Next month, XpresSpa will launch a Daytime Anti-Aging Moisturizer and...

FRHI Hotels & Resorts Appoints Andrew Gibson as Vice President

FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI), the parent company of luxury hotel brands Raffles Hotels & Resorts , Fairmont Hotels & Resorts , and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts , has announced the appointment of Andrew Gibson as vice president of spas and wellness. Based out of FRHI's regional office in Dubai, Gibson will be responsible for the development and execution of the company's spa strategy, including defining and implementing spa standards globally across all of the company’s leading hotel and spa brands. "I’m very pleased to be welcoming Andrew to the FRHI team,” says Jennifer Fox, president international of FRHI and...

The Dolder Grand Appoints New Spa Director

The Dolder Grand (Zurich) has appointed Therese Martirena as spa director of the award-winning The Dolder Grand Spa . Martirena will be responsible for overseeing the entire range of services and products offered. She is a Swiss native with an extensive spa background. Martirena completed a commercial apprenticeship at the Wellness & Spa Hotel Ermitage (Schönried, Switzerland). She later became a qualified massage therapist. She comes to The Dolder Grand Spa with years of experience at award-winning properties, including spa manager at the Hilton Barcelona Hotel (Spain). In 2008, the year The Dolder Grand reopened; she took on the role...

Stella Gustafsson Named Spa Director of The Norwich Spa at Foxwoods

Foxwoods Resort Casino , the largest resort casino in North America, announced the appointment of Stella Gustafsson to spa director at The Norwich Spa at Foxwoods . Gustafsson, who brings years of professional experience in the hospitality and health and wellness industries to the spa, is a native of Iceland. She has overseen spa and wellness programs at luxury properties in the U.S., including the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (FL), Crystal Mountain Resort (Michigan), and PGA National Resort and Spa (Palm Beach, FL). Most recently, she was director of the Elemis Spa at Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT). In addition...

Well-Being Travel Announces Speaker Line-Up for Symposium

Well-Being Travel announced the speaker line-up for its first-ever inaugural Well-Being Travel Symposium , which will take place Feb. 18-19 at the MGM Grand Hotel (Las Vegas). Attendees will hear from industry experts, hotel executives, spa directors, and suppliers, with highlights including Anne Marie Moebes, executive vice president of Well-Being Travel, who will provide an overview on what wellness travel is; Anne Dimon, publisher and editor of Travel To Wellness magazine, who will discuss what consumers are looking for in wellness vacations; Mia Kyricos, chief brand officer of Spafinder Wellness 365 and board member of the Global Spa & Wellness...

Body Bliss Launches Aroma Design Bar and Aromatherapy App

Body Bliss , a leading natural product manufacturer, introduced a new Aroma Design Bar, along with the Intentional Aromatherapy App, which allows Body Bliss spa and wellness partners to integrate custom aromatherapy alchemy into spa treatments and retail offerings. “We are so excited to introduce the Aroma Design Bar,” says Ann Patton, spa director at The Boulders, Waldorf Astoria Resort (Carefree, AZ). “The concept is true to our intentions for wellness, and the possibilities for personalization are almost endless—exactly what our guests are looking for.” With the Aromatherapy App, the therapist and the client can collaborate and focus on the...

Massage Heights Opens New Location in Iowa

Massage Heights , a family-owned membership-based massage franchise company, opened its 100th location, Massage Heights Iowa River Landing (Coralville, Iowa). The new location is the 49th body + face concept location to open, bringing the total percentage of locations offering custom dermalogica skincare treatments to almost 50 percent of the total franchise system. “In 2007, we opened our first franchise location outside the state of Texas in Iowa,” says Bret Franson, director of franchise development. “And we are thrilled to celebrate the opening of our 100th location and the growth of the body + face concept in the same state...

The Spa Association Releases 2014 Spa Trends Report

The Spa Association (SPAA) recently published its 2014 Spa Industry Trends Report , which captures the global spa and wellness trends, offering insight to spa, beauty, hospitality, wellness, and travel firms that focus on the spa-goer demographic. “The spa dynamic is spilling over into complementary areas like fitness and food preparation,” says Melinda Minton, executive director of SPAA. “Wellness is an obvious good fit with spa. In fact, many of the elements now seen in the spa demographic are difficult to separate from wellness because they are so naturally blended.” Minton also adds that technology is moving at an exponential...

Global Spa & Wellness Summit Names Winners of Fifth Annual Student Challenge

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) announced the winners of its 2013 Student Challenge , a competition where students from academic institutions create spa and wellness concepts of the future. In this year’s challenge, c ontestants were asked to create a concept that encompassed authentic Indian spa culture. First-place honors were awarded to the Institute of Hotel Management , Aurangabad (IHM-A), for its Arvees Spa Solutions and the Spasthya brand, which means “enlightened health and life" in Hindi . The winning design was created to reach underserved locales and help ordinary people integrate wellness socially by teaching health, hygiene,...

THANN Sanctuary Spa Introduces Private Yoga Classes

Gilbert Baeriswil, general manager of Castle Hotel & Spa (Tarrytown, New York), and Ryoko Ado, spa manager at THANN Sanctuary Spa (multiple locations), announced the introduction of small-personalized yoga classes at the newly opened Wellness Room at THANN Sanctuary. In response to guest requests for more intimate class sizes that will emphasize a more custom one-on-one class, Riverstone Yoga of Tarrytown will offer the specialized classes on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings. According to Baeriswil, the addition of new classes was the ideal choice as they are in harmony with THANN’s approach to spa treatments based on the art of...

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