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Biofreeze, Massage Envy and Bon Vital' Announce 2016 Massage Therapy Student Grant Program

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The 3nd Annual Successful Hands Grant Program awards over $15,000 in grants and product prizes.

The Successful Hands Grant Program, developed through the collaborative efforts of Biofreeze, Massage Envy and Bon Vital', aims to support professional massage therapy student and their schools. The 2016 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 know that a big part of Massage Envy’s success relies on the many passionate massage therapists who enter into this industry to help people feel their best,” said Debbie Gonzalez, chief brand officer, Massage Envy. “That’s why we are excited to be able to contribute to and co-sponsor this grant program. We look forward to reviewing the inspirational submissions and helping grow the community with additional talented massage professionals.”

The grant application process requires students to complete an essay of 200 words or less on “What being a successful massage therapist mean to me.” Applications must be received by October 15, 2016 and are accepted online at

The grant funds can be used for program fees, books and supplies, licensing, association membership or to purchase products. A committee of industry representatives will review the submissions to choose the eight winners. Winners will be notified no later than December 1, 2016.

“We recognize that the health, vitality and strength of a profession rest on the skills, passion and experiences of those coming into it, and fortunately, based on last year’s outstanding submissions, our profession is attracting some of the best and brightest,” added Lynda Solien-Wolfe, vice president Massage and Spa, Performance Health. “We encourage all massage therapy students to participate in this program and wish them all the best of luck.”

Communication materials to aid schools in sharing this program with their students are also available at

G.M. Collin Launches New Face Facts Program

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The program will allow skincare professionals greater efficiency through its innovative, step-by-step skin diagnostic system.

Skincare brand G.M. Collin recently announced the launch of its new Face Facts program, an innovative, structured, step-by-step skin diagnostic system. Face Facts will allow estheticians to perform a comprehensive skin analysis while also providing customers with an effective, results-oriented skin care treatment program tailored to their individual needs and concerns.


  • Solidifies estheticians' expertise as a skincare professional
  • Optimizes their time and increases the efficiency of their daily practice
  • Promotes the quality and efficiency of clinical treatments
  • Creates the link between the clinical treatments and home-care products
  • Maximizes customer satisfaction and results
  • Builds a long-term relationship with the customers by increasing their trust and loyalty

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Flora•py Announces Distribution Agreement with Spilo Worldwide

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The agreement will expand distribution to health and beauty professionals.

Flora•py, a new and innovative line of hydrating facial sheet masks that provide ultimate hydration with the restorative powers of flowers and essential oils, recently announced that it has entered into a distributor agreement with Spilo Worldwide, a leading distributor of beauty products for more than 70 years. Spilo will focus on expanding distribution of Flora•py facial sheet masks nationally to beauty professionals, over-the-counter beauty supply stores and re-distributors.

“Partnering with a well-respected distributor such as Spilo allows us to most effectively introduce our brand into the beauty channel nationally,” says Kristen O’Connell, creator and brand manager. “The initial response to our line from consumers visiting our website and ordering product has been has been outstanding. Partnering with Spilo will allow us to make Flora•py available to a much wider range of consumers through beauty store retailers and professionals operating salons and spas. This agreement is a key first step in our strategic plan to broaden distribution in 2016” she adds.

Inspired by the healing powers that blossom in nature, Flora•py therapeutic skincare collection is carefully crafted to create the perfect balance of ingredients to harmonize the skin, mind and body. Its new collection of eight flower therapy facial sheet masks combine flower essences and aromatherapy into a hydrating one-time use face mask. Made from 100% coconut fiber and infused with healing flowers and essential oils, this soft gel-like sheet mask gently adheres to the face, absorbing the hydrating power to help renew and replenish the skin.

“We are thrilled to partner with Flora•py to bring this new line of facial sheet masks to beauty stores and professionals worldwide,” comments Marc Spilo, CEO of Los Angeles based, Spilo Worldwide. “Flora•py’s packaging, product assortment and coconut-based masks speak to today’s hottest beauty trends. Our customers are always looking to expand with innovative products that offer a great value to the end user, like Flora•py. We look forward to significant success with our new partner” Spilo adds.

ISPA To Present Jean Kolb With Dedicated Contributor Award

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Jean Kolb will receive the 2016 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award at the 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo from September 13 – 15, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present Jean Kolb with the 2016 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award at the 26th annual ISPA Conference & Expo from September 13 to 15 at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

“Jean truly embodies dedication, in everything she has done and continues to do for ISPA and the global spa industry,” says ISPA President Lynne McNees.

Kolb joined Kohler Co. in 1978 and retired from the largest plumbing manufacturer in the world in 2015. During her last twenty years at the company, she served as director of wellness, leading the planning, development, and operations of multiple Kohler Waters Spa locations. It was out of her passion for wellness she founded Jean Kolb Well By Choice. This new endeavor allowed Kolb to engage individuals as a professional speaker, educating audiences on the importance of the choices we make. She is also an executive coach providing one-on-one coaching opportunities.

“This is truly an honor, one that comes with great pride and equal humility. One cannot contribute without connecting. Connections are at the heart of the spa industry, whether we are serving our guests, supporting our associates or interacting with industry colleagues,” said Kolb. “I have had the great honor of doing all of this for more than 20 years. Contributions cannot be made alone. I am blessed to be surrounded by the very best-of-the-best professionals who live their passion every day.”

Kolb served three years as chairman of ISPA and held a seat on the board of directors for eight years. Additionally she has and continues to serve on various task forces and as a professional development speaker for the ISPA Conference & Expo throughout the years.

The ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award is given to an active ISPA member who has contributed significantly to the growth of the association. The recipient will have demonstrated leadership and commitment to ISPA and has extensively assisted in the promotion of the association, as well as its mission and vision.

More information about attending the 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo can be found at

Washington Spa Alliance To Host 6th Annual Symposium in Washington DC

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Along with the Green Spa Network and Wellness Warrior, WSPA will focus on "the future of spa."

Washington Spa Alliance (WSPA) will host its 6th Annual Symposium at the National Press Club on Tuesday March 22, 2016 in Washington DC. The symposium will focus on "The New Language of Spa," while inviting conversation on the future of spa alongside the Green Spa Network and Wellness Warrior. The symposium will offer a rare opportunity to meet in an intimate setting with local, regional, national and international leaders to explore the horizons of thought leadership as spas continue to integrate ancient and new practices into their evolving business models.

The following day, GSN and Wellness Warrior will take to the Hill for a second year of meetings with select Senators and Congress men and women to bring the voice of our industry to the floor regarding current legislation being debated in this session like the pro-GMO DARK Act and other proposed bills.

Stay tuned for event coverage from Dayspa Magazine this spring!

Spa Expert Sherrie Tennessee Releases Guide to Spa Ownership

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"How to Open a Day Spa: 31-Day Guide" will serve as a resource for those trying to open a spa, or grow an existing facility.

Spa expert Sherrie Tennessee has authored a new book that will serve as an invaluable resources for those who want to open a spa, as well as spa owners seeking to expand their facility and business. How to Open a Day Spa: 31-Day Guide, currently available as a Kindle eBook, will guide readers on the path to spa management and ownership.

With 15 years in the spa industry, Tennessee is currently the Education Manager for Sandals Red Lane Spas and Education Director of SpaSOS. She took a personal approach when writing the guide. “How to Open a Day Spa: 31-Day Guide is a new take on the business how-to book,” says Tennessee. “The tips are short and derived from my own experiences and knowledge. For each of the 31 days, I incorporate quotes from various business leaders in order to give the book the right mix of tactical and inspirational information.”

Topics range from creating uniqueness early, to maximizing your online presence, and giving back. The guide includes a spa opening checklist as well as a resources listing. “The 31-Day Guide serves as a framework to those in the industry who are seeking additional insight in order to enhance a current business, launch a business in a new location, or start a day spa from scratch,” adds Tennessee, who has had roles as a massage therapist, nail tech and spa owner.

In addition to receiving multiple awards throughout her career, Tennessee’s writings are published in highly respected journals and she speaks at many public forums. As a former professor at Johnson and Wales University, Tennessee provided leadership in the development and instruction of the spa management course on the topics of marketing, spa operations and human resource management. She holds a Masters of Business Administration and is completing her PhD.

To learn more about the 31-Day Guide, visit

Burke Williams Opens Simply Massage Center and Academy of Massage Therapy

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The California-based day spa is continuing its plans for expansion with the new Simply Massage center in Marina del Rey and the Academy of Massage Therapy in Inglewood.

Burke Williams, a premiere California-based day spa, recently announced two new concepts to the brand’s portfolio. The brand’s first Simply Massage center is set to open in Marina del Rey in April 2016, while the flagship Burke Williams Academy of Massage Therapy opened in Inglewood on February 1, 2016. Additionally, Burke Williams opened its tenth day spa location in Woodland Hills in October 2015.

With Simply Massage, Burke Williams has gone back to the basics. Guests will receive all of the benefits of a therapeutic and relaxing massage service, at an affordable price in a convenient location. A Simply Massage membership program will offer guests the opportunity to save more money on massage services while benefiting from the health and well being of a monthly massage. Members will also receive all of the perks of membership at the luxurious Burke Williams Day Spas to enjoy rest, relaxation, skin care services and other signature treatments when time permits.

“While the pace of life just continues to increase, we wanted to bring the benefits of massage therapy to everyone,” said Bill Armour, owner and founder of Burke Williams. “Simply Massage brings the best Burke Williams massage therapists into a convenient and simple environment with all the perks of the relaxing day spa for members when convenient.”

The first Simply Massage center will open in Marina del Rey in April. Additional locations are planned to launch in the California market later in 2016.

Burke Williams unveiled the first Academy of Massage Therapy on February 1 in Inglewood, California. The school is a BPPE approved program and will offer 500 hours toward CAMTC Certification. All massage therapy students will not only have their complete tuition fee waived, but they will be paid for their time learning.

“We constantly hear about staggering student debt. Burke Williams Academy of Massage is a completely unique school concept,” commented Armour. “When you enroll with us, you’re not just a student, you’re already a Burke Williams employee… and a member of our family.”

In addition to the 500 hours of coursework, students will have opportunity to receive 100 additional paid hours of actual training in massage skills and body mechanics to prepare for real work in a spa environment. All Academy instructors are Certified Massage Therapists who have successful careers in the industry and with Burke Williams.

“As our Burke Williams brand continues to grow and expand with new day spa locations and the Simply Massage centers, we want to provide the absolute best massage therapy services available,” said Armour. “What better way to offer those students interested in working in the massage therapy field with the optimum training and work opportunities from the start of their career.”

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Cosmoprof North America Debuts "Discover Green" Program

Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas will include a new "green" section.

Cosmoprof North America announced it will launch DISCOVER GREEN, a new special area for companies dedicated to green, eco-friendly, clean, organic, and/or natural products in beauty, at its upcoming annual event, scheduled to take place July 24-26, 2016 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The decision to include a new “green” section comes on the heels of increased consumer awareness of the environmental impact and ingredient safety from the products purchased. While the focus had been predominately on food the shift towards wellness items in the beauty segment is growing exponentially and DISCOVER GREEN serves to meet this demand. This new section will feature companies that showcase novel ideas in the growing environmentally conscious market. The companies represented will cover both the retail and spa distribution markets and will include small indie brands as well as ever-growing power brands. To that extent, DISCOVER GREEN will not make a distinction between the degree of “green appeal” but rather it will embrace all categories of green and wellness.

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Global Wellness Institute Releases 2016 Future of Wellness at Work Report

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The report includes new findings on what boosts workers' health and productivity, as well as the state of workers' wellness globally.

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) recently released the 2016 Future of Wellness at Work report, along with its companion research piece, "Unlocking the Power of Company Caring." The Future of Wellness at Work offers in-depth analysis of the state of un-wellness in the global workforce, as well as workplace wellness approaches worldwide and in the U.S. The report also forecasts the many ways that work and workplace wellness concepts will change dramatically in the future.

Meanwhile, Unlocking the Power of Company Caring, a white paper on findings from a GWI/Everyday Health survey of full-time American employees, gauges how employees feel about many aspects of their work culture and wellness programs. The overwhelming finding: to understand what has the most powerful impact on employee wellness, you must look well beyond the wellness “program.” Instead, the pivotal factor was whether an employee identified their company as “caring about their health/wellness,” and when they did, their overall health, stress levels and job engagement improved significantly. The report then analyzes the tangible and intangible elements that constitute “company caring,” and have the biggest impact on employee wellness, finding they differ significantly for Millennial, Gen X and Baby Boomer employees.

“The findings surprised us; we saw significant, diverse and positive implications when a company is perceived to care about an employee’s personal wellness, and extremely negative outcomes when it was perceived as a non-caring company,” said Global Wellness Institute Chairman & CEO Susie Ellis. “And we found that caring companies tackle not just ‘tangibles’ like healthy food and work spaces, they address emotional, relational, organizational, intellectual and financial ‘wellness’ at work (whether it’s giving workers more work flexibility or encouraging socializing and friendships).”

Ellis noted that being a company that “cares” is easier than management may think. And while intangible “work culture” components may seem elusive, the research shows that they are the true drivers of health and productivity – according to employees. Both studies reach the same conclusion: the current, compartmentalized “programmatic” approaches to workplace wellness will disappear in the future, and companies will reorient their wellness strategies around culture-wide “caring,” paying close attention to what that means for their particular workforce.


The Global Worker Is Unwell

Most of the world’s 3.4 billion workers are unwell. They live with serious economic insecurity: 74% make less than $13/day; 45% are in low-skill/manual jobs; 77% are in part-time or unstable jobs. They’re aging at an historic rate: 18% of the workforce will be over 55 by 2030. They’re unhealthy: 52% are overweight/obese, and 76% report they’re struggling with their wellbeing.

Wellness Programs Reach Less Than One In Ten Workers Worldwide
Only 9% of the global workforce has access to some form of wellness program at work. The breakdown in penetration: North America 52% of employees, Europe 23%, Middle East/North Africa 7%, Latin America/Caribbean 5%, Asia 5% and Sub-Saharan Africa 1%. The U.S., where companies pay for employee healthcare, is by far the largest market and innovator, but as chronic disease skyrockets globally, and healthcare costs (paid via taxes) spike in markets like Europe, the GWI predicts significant growth in global workplace wellness spending in the next decade.

Work To Change Radically: From Information To "Wisdom" Economy
The GWI report forecasts the many ways that work will change in the future. Hierarchical management structures will be replaced by models giving employees greater autonomy and accountability. Long-term, stable jobs (at set locations/hours) will give way to an increasingly virtual and “free agent” workforce. As older workers retire later, the workforce will be intensely multigenerational: by 2020 teens and employees over 70 will work side-by-side. The most profound shift: the Information Age will be succeeded by a “Wisdom” or “Human” Age: as robots and Artificial Intelligence coopt many work tasks, qualities not replicable by machines (collaboration, creativity, empathy, constant learning, etc.) will be in high demand. And these qualities demand the highest level of mental and physical wellness.

Read the rest of the Key Findings, as well as the full 2016 Future of Wellness at Work Report, here.

For more information on the Global Wellness Institute, please visit

Justice & Soul Foundation Announces 3rd Annual Fashion SOULstice Event

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The event, which benefits young survivors of sex trafficking, will be held March 19th.

The Justice and Soul Foundation will host the third annual Fashion SOULstice on March 19, 2016 at Lynnwood Convention Center. This event is designed to raise money to benefit young survivors of sex trafficking through the Foundation’s vocational training program in Cambodia.

The Fashion SOULstice fundraiser will feature the creative work of stylists and makeup artists from local salons and cosmetology schools, as well as a silent auction. Runway models will showcase upcoming hair, makeup, and fashion trends, while integrating major themes of the Foundation: hope, restoration, empowerment, and soul.

The evening will also include a brief update on the work in both Cambodia (Kate Korpi Salon and Academy) and the United States, presented by Justice and Soul Foundation Co-­Founder Matthew Fairfax. The Kate Korpi Salon and Academy has been developed and is managed by the non-­profit Justice and Soul Foundation. The teaching salon was established to provide its students with the fundamentals of Western-­style cosmetology (hair, skin, nails, and makeup). Students attending the Academy include survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk for sexual exploitation. They do not pay tuition, but are instead awarded scholarships. The program also includes a compensation plan for the students so that they can begin experiencing sustainable financial independence while learning this valuable trade.

The first annual Fashion SOULstice, held in April 2014, drew 275 guests and raised just over $47,000. Last year’s event, held in March, 2015, had over 600 guests and 200 volunteers, models and artists and raised over $75,000.

“We’ve accomplished so much since the first Fashion SOULstice,” says Justice and Soul Co-­Founder Matthew Fairfax. “We’ve opened the Kate Korpi Salon and Academy, graduated the first class of students from Phase 1 of training, and are now expanding. This third annual event will be an opportunity for us to raise money to further the mission of the Academy, enroll additional students, and encourage salon and spa professionals to consider joining us in Cambodia to help educate our students. We can’t wait to share the news of our accomplishments and plans for the next 12 months.”

Tickets to this year’s event start at $50.00 and can be purchased online at