Trends & Research

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Common in Pediatric Cancer Patients

The landscape of medicine has been dramatically changing over the past several decades. A survey published in 1994 revealed that over 60% of medical doctors from a variety of specialties recommended CAM to their patients at least once. In addition, 47% of the same doctors reported using CAM themselves. In 1997, Americans spent more than $27 billion on CAM therapies, exceeding out-of-pocket spending for all U.S. hospitalizations. In 1998, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article in which CAM use by the general public was found to have increased from 34% in 1990 to 42% in 1997...

Industry Expected to Grow by 12% According to US Dept. of Labor Despite Down Economy

The beauty industry continues to thrive despite economic woes according to US Dept. of Labor statistics that predict it will grow nationwide by 12 percent, even exceeding the average growth rate for all other occupations by almost 20 percent. To help San Diegans take advantage of the incredible career opportunities, the Bellus Academy (Poway, CA), JE Boutique (El Cajon, CA) and Bay Vista (Chula Vista, CA) beauty schools have partnered with premier Southern California salons and spas for the $1 Million 'We Love Our Jobs' scholarship pledge. Participating salons/spas have the opportunity to sponsor $100,000 each in scholarships to give...

How the Affluents Use the Internet and Social Media

A new trend report finds that affluents are active users of social media and they spend on average more than 4 hours shopping online Unity Marketing has just released a new trend report on the affluent luxury consumer and how they use the Internet and social media in support of their luxury lifestyles. This 59-page trend report, entitled How Affluent Luxury Consumers Use the Internet and Social Media, is based upon a survey of 1,614 affluent consumers (ag. income $239,300). It answers these critical questions for luxury marketers in order to plan their online marketing strategies, including how best to...

Natural Marketing Institute's Top Trends for the New Decade

Getting "Off the Grid" Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. — Ralph Waldo Emerson A new spirit of self-reliance is now the driving force on a very personal level as consumers prioritize their spending and behavior towards what they believe is both purposeful, principled and powerful — what they can control. There is an almost tribal feeling to this shift, a circling of the wagons, as consumers actively pursue ways to become more self sufficient even beyond their spending habits, including household generated energy, water conservation and purification, self-directed...

Luxury hotel spas feel recession's pinch

Luxury spa participants in the Spa STAR performance report continued to show declining performance metrics through the third quarter of 2009, according to data released by STR. Through September year-to-date, the Average Treatment Rate (ATR) for the participating spas was US$146, a decline of 10 percent from the first nine months of 2008. For the same time frame the Average Daily Rate (ADR) for luxury hotels tracked by STR decreased 17 percent to US$240. "As spa and hotel operators in the upper end of the market are looking for the next winning formula and are trying to attract a more...

Acara's Top 10 Aesthetic Medical Predictions for 2010

Francis X. Acunzo, CEO & Founder of Acara, a leading US Aesthetic Medical Practice and Medspa consulting firm offers his vision into what to expect in 2010 in the world of Aesthetic Medicine and Medical Spas. 2010 Predications 1. Dysport will become a strong competitor to Botox. Dysport, Medicis' new entry into the world of botulinum toxin, was launched in the spring of 2009 and has begun to see increased demand as market awareness grows. 2. Non-invasive body contouring will continue to grow in popularity lead by Erchonia's Zerona. 3. Face lifts will continue to drop in demand while liquid...

Plastic Surgery Trends for 2010

The Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery thinks they know what's in store for cosmetic medicine in 2010, from how the newly proposed "Botax" could affect your self-improvement plans to which new products will come to market. Here's what you might see in 2010: Even More Botox-Like Products Will Come to Market First there was Botox Cosmetic; then 2009 brought the Botox alternative Dysport. In 2010, expect to see a few more Botox rivals, including a topical form of the popular wrinkle relaxer and at least one more injectable. A couple of injectable Botox cousins are in development, but PurTox will...

Top 10 Spa Trends for the Past DECADE

While SpaFinder has been predicting spa trends yearly for most of the last decade, this is the first time I've had the opportunity to sum up the top 10 spa trends that developed over the past 10 years. And what a decade it was! From organic to indigenous, social spa-ing to the online spa scene, 'spa' was transformed as the industry met global challenges with innovations that will positively impact us all for years to come. Our list of the decade's 'Top 10' includes trends that we forecast over the years that proved to be the most enduring. However, I...

Intelligent Spas Found Most Reliable Spa Benchmark Company

Intelligent Spas is the most reliable spa benchmark and research company according to an independent review conducted by US-based spa consulting company, Health Fitness Dynamics, Inc. (HFD). The review aimed "to determine if the studies are 'real research' or 'press-release' research, e.g., are they following the best practices for valid, reliable research or are they providing information that get people's attention." Judy Singer, President of HFD stated "there are lots of established, well-known as well as new research and consulting companies that are conducting various types of spa benchmarking studies, but their reputation and expertise in one area does not...

Well and Good's Top 10 NYC Wellness Trends

There's virtually a yoga studio on every block, a spa for every Starbucks, and an acupuncturist for every ailment. And the quickly changing well-being landscape means this year's health innovation is next year's New York Magazine coverline. Everyone's a trend-predicting psychic this time of year, including us. Of course, we think our crystal ball reads pretty accurately, since our trends were divined from hundreds of interviews we've done with the city's top wellness experts. And in addition to working the phones, our front line experience includes vetting yoga classes, trying facials we won't do twice, and giving up food for...

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