Announcements

Global Spa & Wellness Summit Announces 2014 Event Information

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) announced that its eighth annual Summit will be held in Morocco at the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech . The global forum, which attracts government and academic leaders in the wellness, travel and spa industries, will take place from Sept. 10 through Sept. 12. “Morocco is a splendid setting for the 2014 Summit,” says Susie Ellis, GSWS Chairman and CEO. “It has a rich history as a well-being destination with an age-old tradition of beauty, relaxation, and bodycare. The Moroccan hammam, argan oil, and the amazing new anti-aging Barbary fig seed oil are just...

Institut' DERMed Unveils New Website

Institut’ DERMed (Atlanta), a med-spa, a full line of cosmeceutical products, and cosmetics line distributed to spas nationally and internationally, as well as the Institut’ DERMed College of Advanced Aesthetics, unveiled a new look with the brand’s newly designed website: www.idermed.com . The new site offers a fresh look that complements the company’s vision for the future of clinical skincare. In addition to the new layout, the site also presents expanded content, detailed treatment information and pricing options, a frequently answered questions section, improved navigation, and added features such as how-to videos and the ability to book appointments online. Other...

Board Certification Awarded College Credits from Siena Heights University

Board Certificants will now be awarded college credit towards a degree, for the first time. Siena Heights University (Adrian, MI) will recognize Board Certification , a certification originally created by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) to support therapists, as valued at 33 of the 120 total credits required to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in massage therapy. “We are thrilled to further increase the value of Board Certification and continuing education with Siena Heights University,” says Steven Kirin, CEO of NCBTMB. “Through the convenience of online courses, this becomes a national program that...

Universal Companies Expands Educational Offerings

Universal Companies has expanded its education offerings, providing eLearning classes . These interactive training modules allow users to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule. Many of the studies include resume-building training certificates, which are instantly awarded to participants after completing education criterias. Other categories include business and technical skills for spa practitioners, which teaches marketing and leadership skills, and quick presentations designed to help determine whether a specific product line is the right fit. For more information, visit www.universalcompanies.com .

Sam Villa Launches Consumer Website

Sam Villa , also known as the hairdressers hairdresser, launched a new consumer website, www.samvilla.com , devoted to providing tips and looks clients can try at home. The site is also a resource stylists can utilize to grow their relationships, loyalty, and business by adding value to client services. “I’ve been telling stylists to check out the consumer website, learn a new look, create it on a client, and then share the link with the client so they can recreate the look at home, as well as get other styling tips and tricks,” says Villa, founding partner of Sam Villa...

Millennium by Harms Selects New Name

Millennium by Harms Software , business solutions provider for the beauty, medical, and fitness industries, is excited to announce that the company will officially be known as Millennium Systems International (Millennium S.I.), effective immediately. “Over the years, as I saw our company continuing to grow and hire amazingly talented people, it became more and more apparent to me that ‘Harms Software’ was a name I created based on my own last name,” says founder and CEO John Harms. “It represented where we started. It represented me. With the company growing and evolving, I wanted to unify our brand under the...

Spa and Naturopathy Alliance Announced

Anne Bramham, founder of the Advanced Spa Therapy Education & Certification Council (ASTECC), announced an alliance with the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR, to offer training in therapeutic modalities. With the new partnership, naturopathic practitioners can now enroll in an ASTECC Spa Management & Leadership training program. Designed to educate participants in integrative medicine, the program teaches how to successfully work in spa and wellness environments, combining various aspects of spa operations, such as budgeting, facility and equipment management, marketing, and more. “We strongly feel that naturopathic doctors can play a significant role in the spa...

Vision USA Unveils 2014 Catalog

Vision USA a Dentrex company, which provides optical products for eye care, dental, and medical professionals for laboratory and office use, has released their 2014 catalog. The company’s products focus on the specific needs for magnification in the dentistry, dental laboratories, dermatology, veterinary, audiology, and science studies fields. New products are now being introduced in the catalog, which includes LED headlights with waterproof loupes; clamp and desk lamps with magnification; high power reading glasses available in +4.00, +5.00, and +6.00; adjustable LED headband loupes available in 2.5x, 3.0x, 3.5x, and 4.0x; safety glasses with full lens magnification; clip-on loupes up...

Canyon Ranch Ceases Management of Spa at Omni Homestead Resort

Canyon Ranch (Tucson, AZ) recently announced that it will no longer manage the spa at The Omni Homestead Resort (Hot Springs, VA). Last year, Omni Hotels & Resorts purchased The Homestead from KSL Capital Partners , a private equity firm, and has chosen to end its relationship with Canyon Ranch and re-brand the spa. Canyon Ranch is now considering multiple domestic and international opportunities for brand expansion, under the Canyon Ranch , Canyon Ranch SpaClub , and Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea brands.

DermaMed Solutions Joins CarbonFree Partnership Program

DermaMed Solutions has joined the CarbonFree Partnership program to neutralize its carbon footprint by supporting clean-air technology and carbon-reduction projects in the U.S. Operated by Carbonfund.org Foundation, a not-for-profit organization based in Bethesda, MD, the program helps individuals and businesses understand climate change and develop practical and cost-effective solutions to slow, stop, and reduce it. “It’s an important step towards ensuring a healthier earth,” says DermaMed president Mark Pinsley. “DermaMed Solutions chose to partner with Carbonfund.org because we wish we could do more. In our daily operations, we strive to find new ways of packaging and promoting products that are...

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