Spa Finder Hosts Historic Retreat for Spa Therapists and Staff
Therapists, Estheticians and Staff from Day Spas Throughout the U.S. Gather at Red Mountain Spa for First-Ever 'Spa Therapist Retreat.'

New York, NY- December 4, 2002 - Spa Finder (, the leading spa travel, marketing and publishing company, hosted its first-annual Spa Therapist Retreat last month at Red Mountain Adventure Spa. Attended by massage therapists, estheticians and spa support staff from Spa Finder Partner Day Spas, the retreat was an enormous success. Next year's Spa Therapist Retreat will take place November 9-11 at Red Mountain Spa (St. George, Utah).

The retreat was aimed at giving therapists an opportunity to visit a destination spa, giving them a much-needed break to recharge, refocus and get re-energized. 'Therapists and spa personnel give so much of themselves everyday,' said Susie Ellis, VP of Industry Development. 'We saw this as a chance to care for the care-givers in our industry.' In addition, the retreat featured several educational and networking sessions.

Diedra Strunk, Lead Therapist at Elemis Spa, Aladdin Hotel, said: 'Therapists don't often take time to pamper ourselves-we're too busy pampering others! This retreat gave us a unique opportunity to relax into the complete spa experience in the company of like-minded colleagues.' Attendees, which included support staff (receptionists, managers, etc.), as well as massage and skin care therapists, all remarked that this experience was both personally and professionally enlightening.

Featured speaker, Anne Bramham, a leading spa expert and founder of The Bramham Institute, shared her 'whole body approach' to spa therapy. Next year's Retreat will offer National Certification Units (CEUs).

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As the world's only integrated spa marketing company, Spa Finder connects millions of consumers to the spa experience each year. In fact, The New York Times cited the 1986 founding of Spa Finder as a milestone in the growth of the worldwide spa industry. Having assembled the world's largest and finest network of spas and the world's largest spa consumer database, Spa Finder connects consumers with their ideal spa experiences-whether they are looking to visit a local day spa or to embark on a vacation or retreat at a stay spa. Spa Finder publishes Spa Finder Magazine and the Spa Enthusiast newsletter, the leading publications devoted to spa travel and healthy lifestyles. The company operates Spa Finder Travel, Spa Finder Gift Certificates and, the most complete Internet source for the spa experience.