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Successful Hands Will Offer 8 Grants for Massage Therapy Students

The Successful Hands Grant Program, developed through the collaborative efforts of Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa and Bon Vital, supports the professional massage therapy students and their schools. The 2015 program allows students to apply for one of eight $1,000 grants. In addition, each winner’s school will receive a $500 grant and a $500 product package.

“We are very excited to offer this program again, and I’m delighted that we have expanded it from five grants to eight grants this year,” stated CG Funk, Vice President, Industry Relations and Product Development, Massage Envy Spa Franchising. “Based on last year’s inspirational submissions, we know our investment in these grants has and will continue to make an impact. It’s truly gratifying and uplifting to be a co-sponsor of this program.”

The grant application process requires students to complete an essay of 200 words or less on “What being a successful massage therapist means to me.” Applications must be received by October 15, 2015 and are accepted online at

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Spa News: Washington Spa Alliance Marks 5th Annual Symposium with Gathering of Regional Spa Groups

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Washington Spa Alliance is set to celebrate its 5th Anniversary with an Annual Symposium that serves as the first national gathering of representatives from the nation’s regional spa associations. The interactive symposium, whose audience will include local, regional and national leaders, will take place at the National Press Club on Tuesday, March 17th, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

This historic gathering of spa leadership will spark a national conversation designed to inspire the spa community to advance a human agenda of health and well-being. Washington Spa Alliance is a knowledge center, connecting spa professionals in the nation’s greater capital region. The group works to promote the exchange of innovation in the field and t o ensure the highest spa ideals are met through policy and action. Americans increasingly have turned to spas to learn the importance of diet and exercise, the benefits of organic plant-based diets, to redefine ideas of beauty and well-being, and to learn techniques of stress-reduction and preventive medicine.

On March 18th, members of WSPA and the regional organizations represented will visit with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill to address how the spa industry can support the nation’s overall move to a healthier lifestyle.

Attendance is limited. Reservations are being accepted on a first-come basis at Cost is $100 for Washington Spa Alliance members and $175 for non-members ($75 of the non-member rate may be applied to an individual membership in the organization). Members or non-members paying full price may bring guests for $75 apiece (reduced rate excludes the annual membership).

A block of rooms, available on a first come basis, has been secured at Cosmos Club at a favored Symposium rate. Reservations must be made directly to Cosmos Club and marked as WSPA group:; Phone: 202.387.7783; Fax: 202.234.6817. Cosmos Club's historic mansion on Embassy Row at Dupont Circle is located at 2121 Massachussets Avenue, N.W.;

TO REGISTER: For complete updates to the schedule and to register for the Symposium, log onto Washington Spa Alliance is located at 1602 28th St N.W., Washington, D.C., 20007, and can be followed on Facebook and on Twitter @WASpaalliance.

Unique Spa Services: "Buddy and Me" Pet Massages

La Quinta Spa masseur Tom Galligan and "Scampers"

A visit to the spa is all about unwinding, but sometimes it's hard to relax when you have to leave a furry friend at home. If you're a dog owner, you've seen those sad puppy eyes just begging to join you when you walk out the door.

Maybe your guest's dog needs a little pampering too? At La Quinta Spa in Palm Springs, California, visitors and their dogs can enjoy a full-body massage at the same time. Contributing editor Alison Singh Gee took her dachshund Scampers with her to La Quinta where she splurged on the "Buddy and Me" treatment.

Certification Workshop: Beginning Eyelash Extensions Class

Skincare Fundamentals recently announced its upcoming Beginning Eyelash Extensions Class, an extensive 8-hour course designed to help beauty professionals master the technique of applying eyelash extensions. Attendees of this workshop will be awarded a professional certification of completion, and will receive a Standard Kit including everything needed to begin your practice as an eyelash extension technician.

Class Description:
This class covers product knowledge, basic application technique, safety, and after care. Students will have the opportunity to practice applying extensions on a live model under the supervision of the Certified Trainer.

Topics Covered:

  • Overview of Eyelash Extensions
  • Products to Use For Application
  • Health and Safety
  • Preparing the Client
  • Thorough Application Process
  • Lash Selection
  • Lash Solution
  • Lash Bonding & Effective Bonding Tips
  • Lash Framing Troubleshooting
  • Removal Process
  • After Care and Product Knowledge
  • Recommended Cost of Service
  • Marketing Tips & Tools

Class Fee: $595 (includes full standard kit) - Reg. $950
Date: February 8, 2015
Location: Renui Day Spa; 1773 San Pablo Avenue #B2; Pinole, CA 94572

To register, or for more information about this class and the contents of the kit, please visit www., call 888-388-7546, or email at

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Virginia Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Change Day Spa Definition

A bill has been introduced in Virginia that would change the definition of "day spa" to include any establishment that offers barber or cosmetology services. The bill was proposed in order to allow customers of nail and hair salons liquor licenses through a day spa liquor license. The license would only allow for complimentary drinks to be served, not for the sale of alcohol. Guests would be limited to two drinks per spa visit.

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"Cosmetics Queen" Christine Valmy Dies at 88

Christine Valmy (1926-2015)

Esthetics pioneer Christine Valmy died on January 18 at the age of 88. The Romania-born Valmy’s contributions to the development of skincare esthetics earned her the nickname “Cosmetics Queen”, but this versatile achiever also had a law degree from the University of Bucharest in addition to her cosmetology degree from the city’s Medical School.

Valmy’s eponymous “method” focused on revealing healthy skin’s natural beauty, as opposed to concealing flaws, and captured the loyalty of clients in the United States, to which she emigrated in 1961. In 1966, she founded the Christine Valmy International Cosmetics School in New York. Today, that institution is represented in the U.S. and in 17 other countries around the world.

“Christine Valmy caused a sensation in March of 1972, when she became the first exhibitor to rent a booth for ‘esthetic skin care’ at the International Beauty Show in New York City,” recalls Joel Gerson, master esthetician/educator, author, and close friend and colleague of Valmy’s. “For three days, crowds of hairdressers and salon owners pressed close to see ‘scientific facial treatments’ with machines being done for the first time. This was the beginning of the concept ‘full service salon’.”

Perhaps the truest indication of Valmy’s impact on the beauty world is reflected in the deep respect she evoked from her skincare colleagues and fellow leaders. “My first impression of Christine Valmy was at the CIDESCO show in 1982 in New York at the Sheraton Hotel,” shares Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO of Repêchage. “She truly exemplified what the beauty professional should be: glamorous, elegant and sophisticated. The industry has lost an icon.”

Unique Spa Services: Astrology, Numerology and Tarot Sessions

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, the award-winning Scottsdale resort, offers a peek into the future with specialized treatments including astrology, numerology, tarot and soul connect at its renowned Sanctuary Spa.

Here is a look at some of the unique services offered:


Astrology is a symbol system calculated to create a map of the heavens reflecting a person’s individual journey. The Astrological Chart is a tool for self-understanding and development, and the better one understands themselves, the more fulfilling their life can be. At least 24-hours before an appointment, guests are asked to give the Spa their place, date and time of birth. A chart will be created that maps out their direction, where they’ve been, where they are now and where they are going, enabling them to recognize change, transformation and growth.


Through Sanctuary’s numerology program, guests can learn the Pythagorean “Life Path System” of numerology. Through calculating a guest’s birth date to a single digit, hidden talents and potential are revealed. Insight into relationships and their personal year is also available through this ancient system. In seeking to fulfill the old adage of “know thyself”, guests will find numerology to be one of the most powerful and simple tools used. Recording of personal sessions is available.


Guests can experience the power and wisdom of the “Hero’s Journey” through this ancient tool of divination. The universal archetypes within the tarot deck provide guidance and insight as the guest’s own unique path unfolds. Recording of personal session is available.

Soul Connect:

Guests can connect with their higher selves and lift their spirits by aligning their physical, emotional and spiritual being. The journey begins by setting guest’s intentions with the help of divinity cards. Guests are then guided into a meditation that will set the tone to connect them with their higher self. Guests will experience an intuitively guided combination of chakra balancing, massage and energy work.

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SpaRitual Partners with Step Up Non-Profit

SpaRitual Partners with Step-Up Non-Profit

Step Up, the non-profit organization, inspires girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused and ready to join the next generation of professional women. To help support Step Up's cause, SpaRitual has created a vibrant orange polish to help raise money. 20% of the profits from the Step Up lacquer will be donated to the non-profit. The Step Up shade captures the vibrant and empowering culture of the organization by choosing this bold, eccentric red-orange combination that matches the brand’s colors.

“As a member of Step Up myself, I am inspired by the organization’s commitment to exposing these girls to what sort of career options are out there. 100% of all of the girls in this program graduate high school and go on to college. At SpaRitual, we are thrilled to celebrate and support the empowerment of young girls,” says SpaRitual founder Shel Pink.

As with all SpaRitual lacquers, Step Up is formulated without DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor.

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Celebrities: Frances O'Connor Wears Cuccio on the Red Carpet

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Golden Globe Nominee Frances O'Connor topped off her recent red carpet look with a subtly sparkly, sophisticated nail look, created with Cuccio Colour. Cuccio's Elaine Watson, who created the look, stated, "I couldn't have had a better client than Frances. It was such an honor to work with someone so kind and generous to everyone around her."

Get the Look:
"Although I was allowed creative freedom when it came to her manicure, the challenge was providing a nail look that would match her dress for the BAFTA Luncheon on Saturday as well as her formal look for the Golden Globes on Sunday," said Watson. "Staying true to classic Hollywood glamour, I selected Cuccio Colour Veneer in Tel-Aviv About It, a creamy nude that matched perfectly to her complexion. I also applied this same hue in polish from Cuccio Colour to her toenails.

"Since she was a nominee, I decided to give her a gold sparkle at the cuticle with a brushed-and-faded application of Cuppa Cuccio from Cuccio Colour. This not only gave the fingernails some dimension but also caught the light when the hand was moved.”

Beauty News: Lydia Sarfati Named Honorary Mentor for Dietl University in Poland

Beauty News: Lydia Sarfati Named Honorary Mentor for Dietl University in Poland

Lauren Streeter, Repêchage Global Educator (far left), Dietl students, Lydia Sarfati (center), and Ryzard Nawrat (far right), Owner of Repêchage Polska, in the new Repêchage training room at Dietl University

Dietl University has named Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage CEO & Founder, as Honorary Mentor for students of  Malopolska Higher Vocational School of J. Dietl.
Repêchage Professional Skin Care partnered with Dietl University in July of 2014, and Repêchage products and treatments have since been incorporated into the curriculum of both the Bachelor's Degree and Master’s Degree Cosmetology programs at Dietl.
Since the partnership, Lydia Sarfati has visited the university on multiple occasions, sharing her personal success story with students, and offering them advice for their esthetic careers.
A native of Poland herself, Sarfati looks forward to serving as a mentor for students, and visiting Dietl more often in 2015. “It is with pleasure that I accept this wonderful position with Dietl. I am always extremely happy to share my success story to inspire others to achieve success in their lives. Knowing that my story can help future estheticians gives me tremendous satisfaction in life,” stated Sarfati.

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