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Keith & André West-Harrison, longtime co-owners of Albuquerque's Great Face & Body, know what it is like to be hit by a natural disaster. After living though their own experience with Hurricane Katrina (Great Face & Body's first location was in New Orleans), and viewing CNN coverage of May 20's Moore, Oklahoma tornado disaster, the pair was overcome with bad memories of their own experience. So, they created GetWellOK.org to raise money for tornado victims in Oklahoma.
“We spent five weeks living in a basement in Indiana after our evacuation,” Keith recalls. “We know what the fear and shock of a disaster feels like.”
The funds raised by G*FAB (Great Face & Body) will be used to help area wellness, spa and salon professionals receive needed emergency aid for food, housing and support.
“Wellness professionals make their living helping others, but are often not as good at taking care of themselves or asking for help," explains André. "We are asking people to return the favor and help the wellness providers in Oklahoma."
After emergency needs are met, the West-Harrisons plan to use collected money to help everyone overcome the psychological toll of the disaster by purchasing healing services for providers. "We know this will make the long-term recovery easier," notes Keith. "Just $15 can help us provide for the thousands of medical, wellness, beauty and healthcare providers that have been hurt by the tornado."
For more information and to make a donation please visit www.GetWellOK.org or call Keith at 505-514-1800.
Universal Companies recently hired Jeannette Cunniff as Training Manager in Sales and Education. A 25 year industry professional, Jeannette founded and directed Lake Tahoe Massage School, a CA State licensed and nationally certified vocational school, from 1995 to 2006. In 2005, she was recognized by the AMMA (American Medical Massage Association) for providing excellence in training and education. In 2007, Jeannette developed Global Touch Educational Seminars, (NCBTMB #40015-06), Nationally Certified Continuing Education Programs for the Massage Therapist and Healthcare Practitioner. She has worked with the resort spa industry and the California Community College sector creating, implementing, and instructing training programs. Jeannette has researched and developed more than 500 hours of core based curriculum and 200 hours of specific training programs approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) in Craniosacral, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage, Chronic Pain, Spa Therapies, Sports Injuries, Business, and Ethics. For the past 7 years she has taught seminars nationally and internationally in Costa Rica, Egypt, Thailand, and the British Virgin Islands.
As Training Manager, Jeannette is responsible for training field instructors, as well as for scheduling and conducting training programs for Universal Companies customers. She assists in developing and implementing new training models, curriculums, and protocols. She works closely with the Universal Companies team of instructors and the National Account Managers of resorts and vocational schools.
“I am eager to offer new models of interactive training,” Jeannette says. “Universal Companies will continue to support the service provider, schools, and spas by providing excellence in education. Our educational partnerships offer trainings to our resort industry customers in order for them to enhance their guests’ spa experiences, while our vocational school programs offer comprehensive and marketable trainings for their students.” She adds, “I am excited to be working with a well respected and growth oriented company.”
Jeannette holds dual license in esthetics and massage therapy and has been a spa trainer, esthetician, and massage practitioner for several luxury spas in Hawaii, Florida, and the British Virgin Islands.She is approved by the NCBTMB and offers continuing education which can be used for massage re-licensing in 40 states.
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Repêchage is teaming up with the Migraine Research Foundation and spas nationwide to raise funds and awareness in honor of June’s Migraine Awareness Month. Did you know 1 in 10 Americans (10% of population) suffer from migraines? Amazingly, the cause of the disease is still unknown and about half of all migraine sufferers are never diagnosed.
These shocking statistics have motivated Lydia Sarfati, founder & CEO of Repêchage, to create a special treatment called Repêchage “Sweet Relief,” which includes a scalp massage and lymphatic face massage to help relieve pain, boost the immune system and promote the body’s own healing mechanisms. Eager to support the cause, Repêchage spas including Vito Mazza Salon & Spa in Woodbridge, NJ; Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique in Marietta, GA; Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique in Chicago, IL; Lovella Salon in New York, NY; and Christie & Co. Salon & Spa in Flushing, NY are all offering the treatment throughout the month of June and donating at least 10 percent of profits to the Migraine Research Foundation for each treatment received.
“Repêchage is proud to help spread knowledge about migraine as it is a disease that impacts so many people on a daily basis. Massage treatments can really help soothe some of the discomfort associated with these powerful and chronic headaches and planning these fundraising events seemed like the perfect way to bring awareness and relief at the same time,” said Shiri Sarfati, Executive Vice President of Repêchage.
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DePasquale, The Spa, in Morris Plains, New Jersey, announces the launch of The Beauty Bar. In a world where time is hot commodity, The Beauty Bar offers express beauty services and treatments such as brow shaping, waxing, threading, lashes, hair extensions, braids, knots and other make-up trends. Launching this Spring, the beauty bar also features fun tutorials for adults and teens.
For more information visit depasqualethespa.com.
Aveda, a leader in botanical beauty and socially responsible business practices, was named a 2013 AmeriStar Package Award Winner in the Health & Beauty Aids category. Aveda was recognized for its 100% Post-Consumer Recycled High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Bottles.
The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) AmeriStar Awards Competition commemorates the best packages of the year. A primary goal of AVEDA for more than 30 years has been to maximize the use of post-consumer recycled content materials in packaging whenever possible, as well as to develop packages that are easy to recycle. Their 100% post-consumer recycled content HDPE bottles meet both of these goals.
For instance, the Aveda Invati™ and Stress Fix™ bottles are made from 100% post-consumer recycled content HDPE. These bottles utilize a post-consumer recycled content color carrier, allowing Aveda to achieve a long-standing goal of eliminating virgin petro-chemical content.
“With every package we develop, we're mindful of our environmental footprint, and we work to minimize our packaging and maximize our use of recyclable and post-consumer recycled materials,” says Mike Kennedy, vice president, Aveda Global Package Development. “We are proud to be named an AmeriStar Package Award winner and recognized as a true leader in the beauty industry.”
The AmeriStar Awards Ceremony will honor the best in packaging, and recognize the winners for their contributions to the packaging industry, on June 19th during the EastPack Trade Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
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The International SPA Association (ISPA) has announced that Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, will receive the ISPA Humanitarian Award, to be presented at the 23rd annual ISPA Conference & Expo, held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Oct. 21-23, 2013.
The Humanitarian Award is annually bestowed upon an individual recognized as a respected contributor to overall well-being, encouraging the renewal of mind, body and spirit—primary objectives of ISPA members around the world.
“ISPA is honored to present Blake with this very deserving award. Not only does Blake have a philanthropic heart, but he has inspired us all to give back and do our part,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “Blake has created a global movement with TOMS and we are fortunate to have him speak to the ISPA attendees.”
TOMS has given over two million pairs of new shoes to children in need since it began in 2006. The company also recently expanded its unique business model to include TOMS Eyewear, an operation designed to save and restore sight to more than 100,000 people in need.
The ISPA Conference & Expo will kick off with Mycoskie, who's slated as Monday, Oct. 21's keynote speaker. Mycoskie will share with ISPA attendees how they can intertwine philanthropy and success to achieve greatness within their own businesses.
The ISPA Conference & Expo theme for the upcoming annual event is Grow: Limitless Possibilities, with educational offerings designed to reflect this ethos. Attendees can register for the ISPA Conference & Expo by visiting ispa2013.com.
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Aveda provided fashion-forward hairstyling at the showcases for Stella McCartney's Fall/Winter 2013 collection in Tokyo and Hong Kong this week.
The styling team, led by Aveda Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders, created modern tails and androgyny looks for the presentations, which were both attended by VIP media, industry professionals and celebrities.
"Stella was looking for a slicker look than what she normally goes for to match the beautifully tailored masculine/feminine cut of this stunning collection," said Beenders. "Our models had a variety of global hair textures from fine to curly and course, so achieving sleek isn't a given. The beauty is that with a little styling help, the polished look can become anyone's regardless of their hair type or length."
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