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Universal Companies Announces Wellness & Beauty Learning Center Grand Opening Events

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The Torrance, California, center will provide classes and on-site training for wellness and beauty professionals.

Virginia-based spa distributor Universal Companies is planning the Grand Opening for a first-of-its-kind Wellness & Beauty Learning Center, located in Torrance. The Learning Center, which officially opened in October, provides classes and on-site training in the new 6,700 sq. ft. facility. Advanced continuing education and related events are 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.

“Today’s spa-goers are much savvier because of their extensive access to wellness and beauty knowledge,” said Brenda Elliott, CEO of Universal Companies. “Universal Companies’ mission is to help spas develop their businesses, and our Wellness & Beauty Learning Center will help provide them with the tools to keep abreast of the latest trends and advancements in treatments, beauty, and wellness.”

The Grand Opening includes the following six events for different audiences spanning three days, February 22–24, 2016:

Education Open House

  • Monday, February 22, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Students and instructors are invited to this grand opening event that will showcase opportunities for lifelong learning and career development. Spa professionals and their peers will learn about skin care, massage.

Education Partners Event

  • Monday, February 22, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PST)
  • School owners, managers, and administration will be welcomed with a tour and presentations that highlight the opportunity of lifelong learning in the spa industry. The Wellness and Beauty Learning Center is uniquely positioned to be a long-term partner for high-quality continuing education for educators and students. Free valet parking, refreshments, and multiple drawings on the hour for spa products, free classes, and Universal Companies gift certificates.

Ribbon Cutting Event

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (PST)
  • This event will feature speakers, including Marti Morenings, Founder, and Brenda Elliott, CEO, Universal Companies, to commemorate the opening of the Center as the first campus of its kind in the spa industry. Speakers will share the importance for the community of developing a platform for continuing education and the benefits for spa professionals. Free valet parking and refreshments.

Vendor Preview Event

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM (PST)
  • Vendors will get an exclusive first look at the Wellness and Beauty Learning Center, where they can become part of the on-going educational opportunities, product/equipment showroom, events, and unique cooperative marketing opportunities available. The Wellness & Beauty Learning Center will take co-branding to a new level. Refreshments will be provided.

Exclusive Preview Event

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
  • This big event includes the VIP treatment and an exclusive preview of the Wellness and Beauty Learning Center. Attendees will learn more about the many classes and related events being presented at the Learning Center this year. Featured speakers will include Marti Morenings, Founder, and Brenda Elliott, CEO, Universal Companies. Free valet parking, goody bags for all attendees, and multiple drawings on the hour for spa products, free classes, discounts, and Universal Companies gift certificates. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and open bar will be provided.

Open House

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
  • Attendees at this event will learn about the many hands-on classes and exclusive events being presented at the Learning Center this year. Featured speakers will include Marti Morenings, Founder, and Brenda Elliott, CEO, Universal Companies. Free valet parking, plus multiple drawings on the hour for spa products, free classes, discounts, and Universal Companies gift certificates. Open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

In addition to classroom space, the Wellness & Beauty Learning Center will feature two fully equipped spa treatment rooms for live demonstrations and hands on training. A showroom for equipment, professional products, and supplies will also be on site, as well as meeting space for industry events. The new center will not only provide for a wide variety of educational opportunities, but will also provide a venue for after-hours special events where educators, customers, students, industry representatives, and Universal Companies vendor partners can meet and network face-to-face.

For more information about the Wellness & Beauty Learning Center or class information, visit

Stay tuned for more exclusive coverage of the Grand Opening event from Dayspa Magazine!

Performance Health Announces the Performance Health Academy

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The new digital education hub will focus on research-driven content by clinicians, for clinicians.

Performance Health recently announced the Performance Health Academy, a content-rich resource that is built upon the foundation of the highly-respected TheraBand Academy. This new site supports Performance Health’s successful and continued brand growth with a greater variety of content targeted at a broader clinical audience.

The Performance Health Academy provides research, trends and articles targeted primarily to physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, athletic trainers and occupational therapists. It allows all users to gain insight into the best practices for using TheraBand products, such as CLXTM Consecutive Loops and Kinesiology Tape, and Biofreeze, TheraPearl, Cramer and Bon Vital’ products.

“We have always taken pride in delivering relevant, reliable and research-driven content, and that’s not changing with the launch of this new tool. We will continue to focus on what’s really important and are now able to do so for a wider audience and for more products,” stated Phil Page, Global Director of Research and Education. “At Performance Health, we have a long history of developing products that hold up to the scrutiny of evidence-based research and clinical practice, and we devote considerable resources toward a multi- disciplinary, multi-national research effort. Not merely validating applicable uses for existing products, the research community we support focuses on knowing what works and why. The Academy allows us to share our significant body of research and educate practitioners on the products, exercises, techniques and complete protocols the research yields.”

To kick off the Performance Health Academy launch, the brand has introduced its new TapeTuesday series, which presents kinesiology taping tips from experts in the fields of physical therapy, chiropractic and athletic training, as well as the latest research on the effectiveness of taping.

“With the increasing investment in kinesiology tape advertising and media coverage, patients come into their practitioners’ office with an expectation or hope that taping will be the ‘miracle drug’ they’ve been looking for,” added Page. “And for some, taping will provide benefit, but only when it is applied correctly, either for therapeutic or preventive treatments.

“Like most hot topics in the news, there is a lot of misinformation intermingled with good information out there. The objective of our TapeTuesday series is to get the best information on taping methods and research into the practitioner’s hands in an easily accessible and immediately implementable format,” he continued. “We’re aiming to make this a one-stop resource on kinesiology tape.”

Click here to subscribe to the TapeTuesday series.

In addition to this exciting news, Performance Health has announced its 2016 Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) appointments. The 19 individuals that make up the committee represent five countries, with expertise in physical therapy, chiropractic, exercise science, athletic training, and massage therapy, exemplifying diversity in disciplines and cultures. The SAC meets once a year at its annual TRAC meeting to present research and findings on TheraBand, Biofreeze and Cramer Sports Medicine products.

2016 Scientific Advisory Committee Members:

  • Lacy Alexander, PhD, Penn State University, State College, PA, USA
  • Lars L. Andersen, PhD, National Research Centre for Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • David Behm, PhD, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Barton N. Bishop, DPT, SCS, CSCS, Sport & Spine Rehab, Washington, DC, USA
  • Tony Brosky, PT, DHS, SCS, Bellarmine University, Louisville KY, USA
  • Duane Button, PhD, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Juan Carlos Colado, PhD, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  • Todd S. Ellenbecker, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS, Physiotherapy Associates, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
  • Jeff Forman, PhD, BCTMB, Professor Emeritus, Cupertino, CA, USA
  • Jay Greenstein, DC, Sport & Spine Rehab, Fort Washington, MD, USA
  • Barbara Hoogenboom, EdD, PT, SCS, ATC, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
  • Andre Labbe, PT, Owner, Total Package Performance, LLC, New Orleans, LA, USA
  • Michael Rogers, PhD, CSCS, FACSM, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, USA
  • Mary Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP, CDE, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA
  • Gregory Stewart, MD, Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, New Orleans LA, USA
  • Robert Topp, PhD, RN, University of San Diego, USA
  • Timothy Tyler, MS, PT, ATC, PRO Sports Physical Therapy, Scarsdale, NY, USA
  • Michael Voight, PT, DHSc, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, TP1-3, FAPTA, Belmont University School of Physical Therapy, Nashville, TN, USA
  • Leo Y.L. Wang, PT, MPH, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

“I’m very proud of the distinguished group serving as our advisory committee, now in its eighteenth year. At last year’s annual TRAC meeting, 23 research projects were presented,” stated Page. “In addition to the significant body of research presented, last year’s members published over 21 papers and abstracts, including 11 collaborative projects during a twelve month period.

“Over the past 17 years, we have built tremendous synergy among prominent professionals with varied experiences, training and backgrounds. This diversity ensures a balanced blend of clinical and research data, and exposes different points of view from various disciplines and cultures,” he concluded.

For more information about Performance Health, the Performance Health Academy, or the 2016 Scientific Advisory Committee, please visit

Save the Date: The Face & Body Show is Coming to Chicago

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The annual event for spa and wellness professionals will offer an array of advanced education, innovative products and networking opportunities.

Face & Body Midwest, the annual conference and expo for spa and wellness professionals, is coming to Chicago March 12-13, 2016. Known for its advanced education opportunities and innovative product launches, the Face & Body show brings together spa professionals for a weekend of learning and networking.

This year's exciting two-day event kicks off with the Advanced Education Conference Program, beginning with the opening session, Lotions and Potions — Deciphering Formulation and Chemistry. From 9:00-10:15AM on Saturday, March 12th, attendees can join a panel of chemists as they discuss what goes into making a skin care product and answer questions on ingredients and formulation technologies. Guests will learn what ingredients are necessary and what ingredients may have gotten a bad rap, as well as how to read a product label and what's new on the horizon of ingredient technologies. Designed to better prepare skin and spa professionals for making educated choices when it comes to selecting products for treatments and to recommend to clients, the session will be led by panelists Gina Cosby, Formulating Chemist, Market Development Manager, Glenn Corp.; Kelly Dobos, Formulating Chemist, Technical Manager, Sun Chemical; Tom Lehman, Formulating Chemist, VP, Mansfield-King, LLC; and Perry Romanowski, Formulating Chemist, Consultant, Brains Publishing.

Other sessions within the Advanced Education Conference Program include Susanne Schmaling's Owning the #Multimasking Trend, which will refresh spa professionals of why multitasking works and how to create a signature multimask treatment, all while minding a clean and safe environment; Alexis Ufland's Building a Powerhouse Brand, which will focus on creating a strong, signature voice in order to stand out within the industry; Ann Brown's Himalayan Salt Detox Body Wrap, a guide to maximizing the wellness benefits of Himalayan Salt; and Rebecca Gadberry's GMOs and GMMs: Should You Be Wary or Welcoming? - a course that weighs the possible risks and benefits of these technologies in cosmetics; among many others. See the full list of Advanced Education presentations, here.

In addition to the Advanced Education sessions, Face & Body Midwest will offer an array of Supplier Classes on Sunday, March 13th. These courses are included in every registration package at no additional charge and are seated on a first come, first serve basis with no registration necessary. Attendees will learn about everything from anti-acne, to anti-aging treatments, LED light therapy, waxing techniques, the science of beauty, and so much more. See the full list of Supplier Class presentations, here.

Where: McCormick Place West, Skyline Ballroom - 2301 S Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
When: Saturday, March 12 - Sunday, March 13, 2016
This event is co-located with America's Beauty Show, the premiere show for salon professionals in the Midwest.

Spa and wellness professionals can register for Face & Body Midwest, as well as see a full schedule of events, at

Lydia Sarfati Educates at ISSE Long Beach

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The Repêchage founder and CEO led two classes during the 3-day beauty expo event.

“When it comes to skin care, education IS everything,” says Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage CEO and founder, who traveled across the country to take part in the education portion of this year’s ISSE Long Beach Show.

Serving as Honorary Chairman of CIDESCO USA, Sarfati hosted two classes on behalf of CIDESCO, “The World’s Major International Beauty Therapy Association.” Class attendees were able to join the industry icon as she shared her esthetic knowledge in anti-aging during her first class, “The Aging Skin – Professional and Scientific Solutions.” How environmental exposure, genetics, hormonal and chronological factors affect the skin, including the best natural ingredients for common anti-aging concerns, dark spots and collagen loss, were among the various topics covered during this two-hour class.

For her second class, “Facial Massage – Application and Mastery,” Sarfati discussed new approaches to mastering the art and science of classic facial massage movements including effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction, vibration and Eastern movements, such as shiatsu. Attendees worked directly with Sarfati to learn how to offer clients a sensational facial massage experience during the two-hour class demonstration and hands-on workshop.

This is the first of many educational ventures for Sarfati and Repêchage in 2016! See her and the Repêchage team next at IECSC NY!

To see the educational lineup for Lydia Sarfati and Repêchage, visit or call 1-800-248-SKIN.

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.