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  • Press Releases | International Spa Association
    respected research with the release of the ISPA 2010 U S Spa Industry Study Sep 21 ISPA Unveils Smartphone App for 20th Annual Conference Expo Tuesday 21 September 2010 The International SPA Association developed an exclusive ISPA App for Smartphones to coincide with the 20th anniversary ISPA Conference Expo celebration to be held at The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington D C area National Harbor MD from Nov 15 18 Sep 15 New Staff Members Announced at the International SPA Association Wednesday 15 September 2010 The International SPA Association managed by IMG Associations is pleased to introduce two new staff members to the ISPA team The ISPA staff provides its members with educational tools research and networking events Sep 10 The ISPA Foundation Announces 2010 Recipient of the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship Friday 10 September 2010 LEXINGTON Ky The International SPA Association Foundation is pleased to announce University of Houston student Kate Sornson is the 2010 recipient of the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship Sornson is enrolled in the university s spa management program As a beneficiary of the scholarship she will receive 2 500 toward her education as well as a trip to the 2010 ISPA Conference Expo Nov 15 18 at the Gaylord National Resort Convention Center in Washington D C area National Harbor MD We are thrilled to honor Kate Sornson as the third recipient of the Mary Tabacchi scholarship Her passion for the spa industry is evident and she will be a great asset to the spa community said ISPA Foundation President Jeff Kohl We should all take responsibility in serving as a mentor to the next generation of spa industry leaders Upon learning of the honor Sornson said Receiving the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship helped me believe in myself Knowing that others believe in my abilities makes it easier to follow my dreams and exceed my own expectations Sornson s interest in the spa industry began when she found an ad in the newspaper for a spa receptionist position She knew she had found her niche when she started to form relationships with the spa s regular clientele helping them to experience the best treatments customized to their needs Her ultimate goal is to open a destination spa with an addiction rehabilitation center She says I believe the spa industry and recovery are about helping people to help themselves I hope to open the door for greater understanding and acceptance of various addictions With Sornson s passion for learning she s looking forward to the 20th annual ISPA Conference Expo She explains Industry organizations are important because they provide great networking opportunities for students like myself to meet people in the spa industry and learn from their experiences The scholarship is named in honor of industry pioneer and Cornell University Associate Professor Mary H Tabacchi Ph D R D The Mary Tabacchi Scholarship was created by the ISPA Foundation to provide a permanent resource for the growth and sustainability of the spa industry For more

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  • Press Releases | International Spa Association
    Convention Center in Austin Texas Jul 17 ISPA To Recognize Pat Juanita Corbett As Dedicated Contributors Friday 17 July 2009 Two spa industry leaders will be honored during the 2009 International SPA Association s Conference Expo Oct 5 8 at the Hilton Austin and the Austin Convention Center in Austin TX Pat and Juanita Corbett co founders of The Hills Health Ranch Jul 14 New Editor Named For ISPA s Pulse Magazine Tuesday 14 July 2009 The International SPA Association is pleased to announce Rebekah Sellers as the new editor of Pulse and LiveSpa magazines Jul 07 Spa Chefs Prepare You For A Healthy Summer Tuesday 07 July 2009 Strawberries are ripe tomatoes are plump and watermelons are juicy it must be summertime Eating healthy as part of leading a spa lifestyle is easier than you might think Jul 06 IMG Associations Announce Five Year Extension with the International SPA Association Monday 06 July 2009 IMG Associations the association management division of IMG and the International SPA Association have agreed to extend their highly successful management relationship through 2014 Jul 01 ISPA Releases 2009 U S Spa Industry Statistics Wednesday 01 July 2009 The International SPA Association 2009 U S Spa Industry Update reveals a steady increase across the board in overall spa locations revenues and visits While this may seem unexpected Jun 04 THE ISPA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES RECIPIENT OF THE MARY TABACCHI SCHOLARSHIP Thursday 04 June 2009 The International SPA Association Foundation is pleased to announce Cornell University student Alison Harrigan as the second beneficiary of the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship Jun 03 LET DAD KICK UP HIS FEET AND RELAX THIS FATHER S DAY Wednesday 03 June 2009 If previous Father s Day gifts have included a My Dad Is 1 T shirt then it s time to start thinking outside of the box May 20 REHEARSALS RECEPTIONS AND RELAXATION Wednesday 20 May 2009 From bluebird skies to blushing brides the busy summer wedding season is upon us again Between the dress the cake and the guest list it s no wonder brides are more frenzied than ever before May 13 Get sun smart at the spa Wednesday 13 May 2009 We ve all made mistakes bell bottoms scrunchies and laying out in the sun without sunscreen All that s in the past Thanks to advances in skin care and advice from experts we now know sun worshipping isn t chic Apr 23 MOM ISPA SPA ESCAPE A HAPPY MOTHER S DAY Thursday 23 April 2009 From banged up knees to broken hearts mom s been there for you since the beginning So why not treat her this Mother s Day to a relaxing nurturing spa experience According to Mom Central Consulting 76 percent of moms who are making cuts in spending are no longer buying items for themselves Apr 21 SPA IT S A LIFESTYLE NOT A LUXURY Tuesday 21 April 2009 Enough is enough For far too long we ve allowed the message of spa to be

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  • Press Releases | International Spa Association
    ISPA Conference Expo will feature more than 75 hours of education 400 booths in the Expo and an estimated 3 000 attendees Jul 14 THE INTERNATIONAL SPA ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES GAYLE BRADY AS A DEDICATED CONTRIBUTOR TO THE SPA INDU Friday 14 July 2006 LEXINGTON Ky A spa and fitness leader who has dedicated more than 20 years to the industry will be honored during the 2006 International SPA Association Conference Expo Nov 6 9 in Las Vegas Nevada United States Gayle Brady director of development for Skin Authority is the recipient of the ISPA 2006 Dedicated Contributor Award Jul 14 THE INTERNATIONAL SPA ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES DR MICHAEL JACOBSON S HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS Friday 14 July 2006 LEXINGTON Ky An advocate for nutrition and health will be honored during the 2006 International SPA Association Conference Expo Nov 6 9 in Las Vegas Nevada United States Dr Michael Jacobson co founder and executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest CSPI is the recipient of the ISPA 2006 Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award Jul 14 THE INTERNATIONAL SPA ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES GAYLE BRADY AS A DEDICATED CONTRIBUTOR TO THE SPA INDU Friday 14 July 2006 LEXINGTON Ky A spa and fitness leader who has dedicated more than 20 years to the industry will be honored during the 2006 International SPA Association Conference Expo Nov 6 9 in Las Vegas Nevada United States Gayle Brady director of development for Skin Authority is the recipient of the ISPA 2006 Dedicated Contributor Award Jun 30 Relax After Your Summer Vacation With A Spa Experience Friday 30 June 2006 LEXINGTON Ky As the season changes ease your body into cooler weather by experiencing the warm colors rich fragrances and seasonal ingredients and treatments that spas are offering this fall After three months of vacationing and spending time in the sun International SPA Association members are stressing the importance of post summer skin care Jun 30 INTERNATIONAL SPA ASSOCIATION MEMBERS HELP SPA GOERS KEEP THEIR COOL THIS SUMMER Friday 30 June 2006 LEXINGTON Ky As spas are seen as places for nurturing and wellness spa professionals are offering special treatments and products this summer that encourage safe skin care The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that more than 90 percent of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure ISPA members want to help lower that percentage Jun 30 THE INTERNATIONAL SPA ASSOCIATION AND THE CANADIAN TOURISM COMMISSION UNVEIL FIRST EVER SPA TRAVELE Friday 30 June 2006 LEXINGTON Ky The International SPA Association and the Canadian Tourism Commission CTC have collaborated for the first time on a groundbreaking new spa traveler study The study titled Identifying the Spa Traveler A Look at U S and Canadian Consumer Attitudes and Motivators for Spa Vacations was released at the Leading Spas of Canada Conference on April 10 in Vancouver British Columbia Jun 30 RELAX AFTER YOUR SUMMER VACATION WITH A SPA EXPERIENCE Friday 30 June 2006 LEXINGTON Ky As the season changes ease your body into cooler weather by experiencing

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  • Wellness Technology | International Spa Association
    it is important to monitor and track progress The study also projects that the use of mobile app technology is set to rise from 56 percent to 74 percent by 2016 Will Stein CEO of Philip Stein a Florida based company that manufactures and designs luxury accessories powered by natural frequency technology agrees that self tracking devices such as BewellConnect applications and products that help users monitor their own health will continue to change the health landscape Disconnecting to Connect But the future holds more than just wearable technology that connects There may also be a demand for products that help users to disconnect from the outside world Stein believes that technology s always connected feature may actually work to the spa industry s advantage Because technology keeps us always wired I believe there will be an increased need for spa health and regeneration centers in the future In the process he thinks that this would help create a demand for products that allow guests to reconnect within themselves For instance Philip Stein s watches and bracelets embedded with a proprietary natural frequency technology are designed to enable guests to achieve a relaxed mental and physical state Everything on earth operates ideally when exposed to natural frequencies Stein explains We strive to reconnect people with nature its energy and frequencies When we are in this state of mind our body completely relaxes and a lot of positive things can happen during this stage This is a state where the spa guest is completely open to receiving a treatment and profiting the most from it Our technology is not a replacement for a spa treatment On the contrary it is an adjunct Virtual Fitness The idea of virtual access to data and fitness programs anytime and anywhere is shaking up fitness and health clubs Now with companies like Fitness On Demand which offers video based group fitness classes and workout programs have gone virtual allowing fitness studios to access on demand videos via large on site screens The digital demand has also sparked the reinvention of fitness equipment Treadmills are no longer just for running Now they are also equipped with virtual fitness coaches Technogym has success fully implemented interactive coaching workout suggestions and customized feedback for the user into our equipment designs The ability for a person to step into the gym and have on demand coaching or guidance from its fitness machine is new and exciting and it allows more people to access high quality training programs at any time that their schedule allows Muller says To make exercise interactive virtual competitions are even built into some of the fitness equipment With equipment that can access a vast worldwide network of challenges and courses exercisers have the ability to connect with others at any time and take advantage of the motivation provided by competition Fitness facilities can also utilize virtual competition for a number of effective social initiatives Muller says A good example of such initiative is Technogym s

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  • Member Profile | International Spa Association
    spa brochure saved from his first visit Rivera soon reached out to Ronco with an idea to expand the YeloSpa brand outside New York Combining his hospitality background as experience director for an international luxury hospitality brand and passion for wellness Rivera launched YeloSpa San Juan in 2014 with an initial investment of US 1 5 million In May this year the spa marked its first year anniversary Per Minute Rates As a full service spa YeloSpa San Juan has a total of eight treatment rooms and a couples room The spa takes on a different approach to spa menu streamlining treatments into three main categories massage skin care and napping The Puerto Rican guests love the effectiveness of our no menu policy and the flexibility of our per minute pricing model where they can customize their experience Rivera says Treatments come at a fixed hourly rate and a per minute price is added on for guests who would like to extend beyond the standard one hour treatment For instance a 60 minute power nap costs US 60 but guests have the option to pay a dollar per minute if they intend to sleep beyond a full hour This unique pricing model allows guests to not only customize their spa experience but also tailor the treatment according to their budget YeloSpa San Juan is practically twice in area size compared to the New York location which allows us to add amenities that enhance the day spa experience Rivera says Two of these unique additions are its YeloDry and WetDry areas At its WetDry cave guests can indulge in its salt water Flotarium Rainfall Hallway and VaporRoom According to Rivera the Rainfall Hallway is designed with nine shower heads that spray water with varying temperatures to help stimulate the body s blood flow At the Flotarium 40 000 particles of salt are dissolved into the therapeutic pool which creates a zero gravity sensation similar to floating in the Dead Sea Finally the VaporRoom is infused with a scent of eucalyptus to help reboot the senses Attached to the spa is a YeloDry Blo Bar wherein guests can conveniently have their hair styled or get a mani or pedi after a spa treatment The addition of the blo bar has made the spa attractive to brides to be planning their bachelorette party as it offers the convenience of a one stop place to de stress and get their full party glam on Guests and Demands The majority 60 percent of the spa s guests consists of female spa goers and this was clearly evident during the spa s most successful marketing campaign launched in time for last year s Mother s Day We partnered with Fiat The idea was that when purchasing a gift card for mom the car company would pick her up before and after her treatment It was a great success and increased our sales for the month of May up to 50 percent compared to sales in the

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  • Next Generation | International Spa Association
    by Arnaud Dieutegard spa director at the Four Seasons Bora Bora in Indonesia Future leaders are a project not just an idea but without passion nothing else really matters he says Future leaders also take ownership of challenges and mistakes and resolve them with long term solutions For leaders with good succession plans spotting potential future leaders is something that starts even before a new associate is hired Gaye Steinke general manager of Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Allegria Spa in Beaver Creek Colorado says she specifically looks for potential hires with the ability to take initiative naturally invoke trust and with a sense of compassion to serve others First maintain a ubiquitous search for talent both inside and outside your organization and develop relationships with potential staff before positions are even open says Steinke Second consider using advancements in technology and psychology We use a Predictive Index tool to overlay the talents we seek with the candidates seeking employment to the needs of the position We also use the tool to identify behaviors in the existing work force to promote the right associate into available opportunities throughout the company Focus on Training Spotting that initial leadership ability is perhaps the hard part but just because a business owner may not feel that any of their staff is showing that potential does not mean it isn t there at all Training is a very important next step something that can spark a passion that may not have been previously apparent in a junior staff member Fox Crismond says that having a plan in place to develop train and spot talent is crucial Our training starts on day one When we see potential we challenge that individual and train to achieve promotion Once a candidate is acknowledged a very goal oriented training plan is put into effect Every aspect of the position is carefully dissected and explained to the employee Role playing and hands on training are very important to training leaders As she puts it an employee that displays a thirst for knowledge is someone who needs to be nurtured for future leadership Seeking leadership potential internally is something every spa should consider especially among small day spas wherein the number of workforce may be lean The prospect of hiring externally is often a challenging prospect Owners and managers need to be on the lookout for staff members who show potential not only in how they deal with customers but also in how they deal with stressful situations Four Seasons also has an intensive Manager in Training program in place for future leaders which is designed to give potential leaders the tools they need to accelerate their careers and succeed as future leaders We have a monthly training schedule to develop all employees as well as a web based platform with video and training courses available We also have a mentorship program which is very successful Dieutegard says adding that Four Seasons also conducts an annual review of performance in order

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  • Gossip-Free Zone | International Spa Association
    be impacted says Pappas Understand the impact on team members If you can understand the possible sources of gossip in your business the next step is to consider how that gossip might impact individual team members Carroll says she tries to customize her response to each incident of gossip depending on the people involved and the nature of the complaint We all know that politics and gossip could exist she says so I try to think through each scenario before communicating with the parties involved How I handle issues how I think through each scenario and how I use the correct tone and message helps me to overcome obstacles Decisions made by management whether they are related to gossip and office politics must be clearly and generously communicated in order to prevent further misunderstanding and rumor There is little point in tackling gossip if by doing so the result is a them versus us mentality in the workplace Carroll adds that as managers we have to understand the perception of the audience before delivering the message Our tone approach and style can make a huge difference in our message being a help or a hindrance Tackling negative gossip is important but tackling it in the wrong way can make the problem worse Take gossipers to task Perhaps the single most important method of tackling gossip is to nip it in the bud before it becomes a major headache Easier said than done perhaps but having a plan in place and being able to put it into action are crucial steps Don t start wondering how to deal with it when it happens wonder how to deal with it before it happens We provide positive encouragement in the on boarding procedures As a part of the hiring process we communicate to potential hires that we value reliable and honest teammates with integrity Carroll says adding that all new hires attend the spa s New Teammate Orientation which touches on topics like sexual harassment and employee behavior guidelines Like Carroll Pappas deals with office drama by ensuring that team members are aware of the spa s no gossip policy When a new employee joins our spa I have them sign a contract that includes a commitment to make the spa a no gossip business so everyone is fully aware of the rules from their first day on the job I also tell them clearly that if a problem should come up they are encouraged to talk to me so that we can resolve the matter she says It is also important for managers to set a good example to staff members when it comes to gossip If everyone is working hard toward a positive company culture one that gives guests the kind of welcoming atmosphere they seek in a spa gossip should not be a crippling problem says Cooper By focusing on the things that we can have a positive impact upon we can reduce the impact of anything negative However the

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  • Conversations | International Spa Association
    Yamauchi who treated patients for pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis in Japan using cold cryo procedures His studies indicated he could significantly reduce the soreness and pain his patients felt during manipulation of their joints because the rapid decrease of temperature of the outer layer of skin led to the immediate release of endorphins therefore less sensitivity to pain Scientists in Germany and Poland further developed this method The third cryochamber in the world was developed in Poland in 1989 and further research promoted the commercialization of the cryochamber which then gained popularity among professional athletes The Olympic rehabilitation center in Spala Poland which serves athletes and sport teams around the world opened in May 2000 and has since been offering cryotherapy during training and injury rehabilitation Research in Europe on Whole Body Cryotherapy has been prominent over the last 30 years P How often can guests safely have cryotherapy MDF The treatment lasts one and a half to three minutes Usually two to three sessions per week is adequate to experience the benefits however many people report results after one to two sessions For people undergoing intensive exercise training physical rehabilitation or treatment for rheumatic arthritis and other inflammatory conditions the best therapeutic effects are obtained by using cryotherapy twice a day with at least a three hour interval between procedures over the course of at least two to three weeks Sessions should not exceed three minutes P What are some of the potential benefits of this treatment MDF Whole Body Cryotherapy triggers the release of endorphins which induces analgesia immediate pain relief The immediate effect of skin cooling and analgesia lasts for five minutes but the release of endorphins can have a lasting effect where studies demonstrate that the signs of inflammation in blood tests may remain suppressed for two to three weeks Furthermore if the treatment is combined with physiotherapy the intensity of the therapy can be amplified due to the pain reduction of cryotherapy which can improve long term outcomes as well There are many potential benefits but the most commonly documented by research and patient testimonials include anti inflammation improved mood deep relaxation euphoria muscle and joint pain relief and improved healing of several inflammatory mediated skin conditions such as psoriasis P Are there pieces of evidence that support cryotherapy s health benefits MDF Most of the research on cryotherapy has been done in Japan and Europe and have focused on the benefits for patients with rheumatic arthritis Multiple studies have demonstrated that the short term pain reduction offered by Whole Body Cryotherapy facilitates intensive application of physiotherapy and occupational therapy in patients with inflammatory rheumatic disease and has led to improved outcomes in this patient population Research also suggests a possible role for Whole Body Cryotherapy as a short term adjuvant treatment for mood and anxiety disorders In general most research has involved small groups of patient or athletic populations over short durations of time and more high quality research is needed

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