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In Memoriam: Spa Industry Leader Lori Hutchinson


Hutchinson was the founder and co-owner of California-based Hutchinson Consulting, and served as an ISPA board member from 2007 to 2010.

The International Spa Association has announced the sad news of its former board member, Lori Hutchinson's passing. “It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we share the news that former ISPA board member Lori Hutchinson has passed away,” said the International Spa Association via social media. “Lori’s energetic spirit was a bright light as she served on countless task forces throughout the years and made an impact on the spa community both personally and professionally. She will be missed immensely and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”

Hutchinson was the founder and co-owner of California-based Hutchinson Consulting, and served as a member of the board for the International Spa Association from 2007 to 2010. Fellow spa industry members, friends and family have taken to social media to share love, thoughts and well-wishes in recent days under the hashtag #lovetolori.

Hutchinson began her career at San Francisco’s Stanford Court Hotel in 1978, and in 1982 she opened Campton Place Hotel as director of human resources. She also worked for Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa before co-founding Hutchinson Consulting – which provides recruitment for hotels, resorts and spas – with her husband Bill in 1993. In addition to her role as ISPA board member, Hutchinson was the chair for the Global Wellness Institute’s Global Careership Initiative.

Repêchage to Host 18th Annual International Conference for Salon & Spa Professionals

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The conference will be followed by a hands-on workshop at the Lydia Sarfati Post Graduate Skin Care Academy.

Repêchage recently announced that the skincare brand will host this year's 18th Annual International Conference for Salon & Spa Professionals on May 2, 2016 at Manhattan's Affinia Hotel. The following day, May 3, 2016, a hands-on workshop will take place at the Lydia Sarfati Post Graduate Skin Care Academy in Secaucus, NJ.

Every year, top salons and spas partake in this two-day event to learn from industry experts. This year's exciting event is no exception, with new professional treatment and product launches, presentations and demonstrations, President's Awards presentation, gifts, and much more!

Spa and salon professionals can register by calling 1-800-248-SKIN (7546).

Dermalogica to Offer Hands-On Electrical Modalities Class

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The "Dermalogica with Professional Technology" course is designed to educate professional skin therapists on the best uses for technology for their clients.

Dermalogica recently announced that the renowned skincare brand will offer a new class for professional skin therapists that will provide hands-on experience with electrical modalities. The "Dermalogica with Professional Technology" workshop is designed to help professional skin therapists become confident selecting and incorporating the best technology and electrical modalities for their clients.

Today's marketplace is flooded with medical and non-invasive skin care treatments, and with so many equipment options and technological advances with electrical modalities, it can be difficult for professionals to determine which devices are best for their skin center and their client’s needs. Dermalogica's new class will allow skin therapists to dive deeper into the science behind ultrasound, microcurrent, microdermabrasion, skin needling and the increasingly popular LED treatments to give them a competitive advantage.

The class will also go through key professional Dermalogica products to use with each modality and how to incorporate them into a skin treatment. Skin therapists will leave this hands-on workshop with advanced treatment protocols that combine the hottest modalities with Dermalogica’s advanced product formulations.

“Dermalogica with Professional Technology” will be offered at The International Dermal Institute (IDI) locations, starting January 2016, free of charge to all Dermalogica accounts and its employees.

Professional skin therapists may register by visiting

The Beverly Hills Hotel Introduces New 9021-OM Yoga Program

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Classes, held by the hotel's iconic pool, will be open to the public.

This week, The Beverly Hills Hotel launched a series of new yoga classes on the pool’s Upper Terrace*, to be held every Wednesday from 6 to 7pm. Celebrated yoga instructor Amy Rose will conduct the hour-long classes, priced at $25** and open to the public. Fresh fruit, juice, water, yoga mats and blocks will be provided complimentary to all participants.

Certified and trained through the American Yoga School in Malibu, California, Amy Rose specializes in vinyasa flow set to soul soothing music. Her instruction is ideal for beginner to advanced levels, with an emphasis on bringing great light and love into her classes. Amy’s focus on building endurance and strength, while at the same time respecting the connection between the body and the mind, allows for a synergistic physical and mental experience.

Steeped in Hollywood history, the pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel has always been home to glamorous starlets, movie icons, and the location for many classic films. In 2013, the pool underwent a thoughtful restoration which included a new expanded Cabana Café and chic redesign of its historic cabanas. A spacious Upper Terrace overlooking the pool was also created to allow for bi-level lounging around the pool.

Health and wellness enthusiasts will also appreciate the hotel’s Spa by La Prairie, located adjacent to the pool area. Open daily from 8am to 9pm, the Spa offers an extensive treatment menu of signature services and remedies that allow clients to experience La Prairie’s one-of-a-kind body therapies.

For additional information and reservations for the new 9021-OM yoga classes, please call 310-887-2006.

For additional information on Spa by La Prairie, please visit

*location may change due to weather conditions
**exclusive of an $8 valet parking charge if complimentary street parking is not utilized

GOCO Hospitality Acquires Historic California Hot Springs Glen Ivy

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GOCO Hospitality plans to elevate wellness destination Glen Ivy.

After a 2-year search for the right opportunity to create a world-class wellness resort, GOCO Hospitality announced its acquisition of the 85- acre Glen Ivy Hot Springs in the Temescal Valley of Southern California. Glen Ivy Hot Springs, one of the oldest and most esteemed hot springs in the United States, celebrated its 155th year in operation in 2015. A mecca for wellness seekers for over a century, Glen Ivy Hot Springs has entered its 156th year better than ever, with thoughtful renovations, expansions and program development that aim to put them as a top destination for tourists and Californians alike. Recognized as one of the best spas in America, Glen Ivy Hot Springs’ tradition of affordable value draws people from every walk of life.

For over 150 years, millions have come to Glen Ivy Hot Springs to relax and renew, to celebrate and socialize, and to feel a deeper sense of wellbeing. Glen Ivy Hot Springs attracts over 160,000 annual visitors, and is within an hour from Los Angeles or San Diego.
GOCO Hospitality CEO, Ingo Schweder, said, “I am delighted to add this historic California landmark to the growing GOCO Hospitality portfolio. We believe that Glen Ivy and the surrounding land offers endless potential, that correlates perfectly with our wellness hospitality philosophy and expansion strategy.”

Acquisition of the 20-acre hot springs and spa includes an adjacent 65-acre plot. GOCO intends to develop a world-class wellness resort community on this land surrounded by organic orchards, Santa Ana Mountains national preserve, and adjacent golf course. GOCO’s immediate investment of $5 million in to the property will be used to enhance the current hot springs spa and set the stage for future expansion. Touching on the hot springs storied past, GOCO intends to create overnight accommodations, as well as allow nighttime access.

Future plans for Glen Ivy Hot Springs include a 90-room GOCO Retreat with a comprehensive wellness center, a Medi-Spa, organic farm and retail village, hiking trails, additional hot springs bathing zones, an education center for holistic medicine and a real estate component with 125 residential units. GOCO Retreat’s integrated wellness programs combine conventional and alternative approaches that address the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health and illness. GOCO Retreats deliver a comprehensive range of services that are rooted in proven best practices that blend Asian traditions with contemporary Western medical science to give guests the ultimate wellness experience.

As Glen Ivy Hot Springs celebrates its 155th year, the corporation’s CEO and President, Jim Root, and all who work and serve at Glen Ivy, honor the spa’s rich history and look forward to a future of serving generations of Glen Ivy guests and providing memorable, meaningful and enjoyable experiences to everyone, every day. Embraced by mountains in this cathedral without walls, the sunlight shines, water flows, the garden thrives, and people enjoy it all and each other. Here both continuity and change are soaked in timeless values. It is Glen Ivy’s deepest nature to be a place of light and life, a warm and welcoming sanctuary where everyone can be who they are.

Performance Health Sponsors Runner in 2016 Boston Marathon

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The spa brand will sponsor TheraBand's Nicole Bucar, with all proceeds to benefit the Massage Therapy Foundation’s Research initiatives.

Performance Health recently announced Nicole Bucar, TheraBand Associate Product Manager, as a member of The Massage Therapy Foundation’s Running for Research Team (TEAM MTF) participating in the 2016 Boston Marathon.

“We are very pleased for this opportunity to support the mission of the Massage Therapy Foundation,” said Marshall Dahneke, Chief Executive Officer, Performance Health. “And we are delighted that Ms. Bucar was selected to be part of their 2016 Running for Research Team. I know she’ll make us all proud when she successfully completes this demanding competition - even prouder than she’s made us already by taking on the challenge.”

“I am thrilled to be representing the Massage Therapy Foundation and grateful for this opportunity to help bring more awareness to the benefits of massage and the need for more massage research funding,” added Nicole Bucar. “As a runner, I know the value that massage therapy brings to my training regimen. Injury prevention, injury treatment, improved flexibility and recovery are reasons I regularly invest in massage therapy. Running is hard on the body, and whether I’m receiving deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy or relaxation massage, the treatments’ benefits are enormous to both my wellbeing and training. I know that massage therapy is just as important to my training as the progressive runs I schedule over a four or five month training bout.” Follow Ms. Bucar’s journey at

“Massage therapists play a big role in the Boston Marathon by helping athletes at all levels prepare and recover from this great event,” said Massage Therapy Foundation Board President, Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD. “We are so grateful to once again be included among the many organizations participating in the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program. The Foundation is also thrilled to have Nicole as part of the team and to be sponsored in partnership with Performance Health.”

In addition to sponsoring Ms. Bucar, Performance Health has provided TheraBand, Biofreeze, Bon Vital' and Thera◦Pearl products to the entire Running for Research Team to enhance their training programs.

CIDESCO Announces 64th World Congress and Exhibition

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The 5-day educational and social event will take place in Dublin, Ireland.

Beauty and spa therapy company CIDESCO has announced open registration for its 64th World Congress which will take place in Dublin, Ireland from September 22nd to September 26th, 2016. Expected to attract delegates from around the world, this prestigious event provides the opportunity to discuss the industry’s most important issues, learn new skills and network.

Organized by CIDESCO Section Ireland, the theme for the congress is "Into the Deep," and will consist of five days of events, including a CIDESCO Examiners’ Meeting, Schools’ Meeting, General Assembly (by invitation only) and two days of Professional Beauty Exhibition & Lecture programs open to trade visitors. Lectures will feature renowned world speakers who will discuss the latest trends, procedures, ingredients, business management skills and financial advice. Exhibitors will also benefit from exposure to the highest concentration of beauty industry decision makers in Ireland, in a forum dedicated to educational excellence.

During the Congress, guests will be able to enjoy the best of Irish hospitality through a program of social events, including a welcome reception, a fun-filled Irish evening at a traditional Irish Pub, and a spectacular Gala Dinner at Dublin’s Doubletree by Hilton where CIDESCO members and guests will celebrate the organization’s 70th anniversary.

Announcing the opening of the CIDESCO World Congress 2016 registration, Sheila Curran, President of Section Ireland says, “Section Ireland is honored to host the CIDESCO International Congress in September 2016. It’s a huge challenge as well as a privilege and the stage is now set for what promises to be an amazing event, with the perfect blend of work and play! 2016 is a key year in Irish history as we celebrate 100 years of Independence. Dublin has never looked so good and the city is alive with the buzz of celebrations. We have been so lucky to be able to tap into this for our congress. A fantastic program has been organized and, in partnering with Professional Beauty for our congress exhibition, it is certain to be a huge success. Our goal is to deliver a dynamic and different CIDESCO World Congress. I am confident that we will achieve this.”

CIDESCO International President, Anna-Cari Gund added, “Dublin, with its warm hospitality and easy access, is the perfect location to be hosting our 64th World Congress and the 70th anniversary of CIDESCO. We are looking forward to seeing many of our members and welcoming new recruits while we work together in ensuring high standards throughout the industry.”

The CIDESCO World Congress has one clear goal: To create a non-biased platform for beauty and skin therapy professionals to have open and informative discussions for the development of the entire industry. It also provides the opportunity to meet CIDESCO members from around the world.

Registration for the 64th CIDESCO World Congress is now open with generous discounts arranged by the CIDESCO Section Ireland. To register, please visit: or

Noel Asmar Selected as Official Apparel Partner of Equine Canada

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The uniform brand will provide outfits for the Canadian Equestrian team at the 2016 Olympics.

Spa uniform favorite Noel Asmar recently announced that the brand has been selected as the official apparel partner of Equine Canada. With this partnership, Noel Asmar will be outfitting the Canadian Equestrian athletes at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Known for dressing iconic spas and hotels around the world, Noel Asmar is proud to be involved in creating a unified look for the national team, and to build a new era in branding for the Canadian Equestrian team.

Universal Companies Awards $8,000 to Beauty Schools

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The scholarships were awarded to Marinello student applicants from the Skin and Body Care Programs, and to Delta Career Education Corporation's scholarship program.

Spa supplier Universal Companies recently presented the BEAUTY FOR LIFE FOUNDATION with $5,000 to benefit Marinello Schools of Beauty students. Five $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Marinello student applicants from the Skin and Body Care Programs. The selection criteria included submitting an original essay about their career/life goals and how they want to contribute to the industry.

Universal Companies also presented $3,000 to Delta Career Education Corporation’s Scholarship Program. Delta Career Education Corporation is an educational services company that operates for-profit post-secondary schools, serving the growing need for career-oriented education in the new service economy. Delta’s schools offer career-focused degree and diploma programs in fields with high employer demand, including business, criminal justice, medical, drafting and design, education, healthcare administration, technology, skilled trades, cosmetology, esthetics, and massage. Delta’s core mission is to provide educational programs that deliver real-life career skills and lead directly to employment upon graduation.

“We are very pleased to give back to our spa community by offering this scholarship money for students pursuing a career in wellness and beauty,” said Terry Russell, Director of Sales – Schools, Distributors, and Franchises for Universal Companies. “Marinello and Delta provide exceptional skin care education and Universal Companies is glad to partner with them as they train our future spa professionals for rewarding careers.”

Joan Yourstone, Vice President of Education & Career Services, Marinello, adds, “We are very thankful for Universal Companies’ contribution to the Beauty for Life Foundation, and I know it will be a great help to our students who choose a path in the beauty industry. We at Marinello feel very lucky to have such supportive industry partners to award assistance to our students, and appreciate Universal Companies’ generosity. They have definitely helped change students’ lives!”

Universal Companies has also opened a first of its kind Wellness & Beauty Learning Center in Southern California. The Company will provide classes and on-site training in the new 8,500 sq. ft. facility located in Torrance, California. Advanced continuing education will be offered for a broad range of wellness and beauty professionals, including spa and med-spa practitioners, estheticians, massage therapists, salon technicians, independent practitioners, and solo-preneurs.

To find out more about the Universal Companies School Partnership Program, please visit

New Dermalogica Learning Loft Opens in Minneapolis

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The educational space will take the place of the former International Dermal Institute facility.

The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica recently announced a new Minneapolis location for skincare professionals, including spa and salon business owners and postgraduate students enhancing their skills as professional skin therapists. Set in Minneapolis’s historic warehouse district, the new Dermalogica Learning Loft replaces the former IDI facility which opened in 2005. Serving approximately 3,500 students per year, the Learning Loft will continue to offer all Dermalogica and IDI curriculum, as well as host undergraduate students, while offering several new technological, operational, and educational additions.

The 1,600-square-foot space is comprised of an open concept floor plan, with a setup designed to accommodate a wider education outreach. A multi-use classroom utilizes the most current technology, offering open-access student WiFi, downloadable student workbooks, and twin interactive touchscreen whiteboards and smart projectors, allowing students to receive emailed copies of board notes. IPads will be available for automated student check-in and registration for future classes.

A new interactive store area with dedicated SkinBar offers product sampling and demonstration, allowing Dermalogica accounts to participate in retail-building training in a live, real-time environment. A wet-chalk area encourages students to express themselves creatively as they share their class takeaway and learning experience.

The new space will also serve as a venue for the brand’s acclaimed Guest Speaker Events, where experts from IDI and the industry at large share their insights and professional expertise, as well as be available for blogger events, account meetings, and national account hub training.

Class offerings range from hands-on treatment training to ingredient technology and business-building tips from both Dermalogica and IDI curriculum, with special monthly classes for undergraduate students. The Dermalogica Learning Loft is located at 800 Washington Avenue North, Suite 206, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

To learn more, or to find classes, please visit