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Leggett was presented with the prestigious award for her work with military veterans at the Florida State Massage Therapy Association’s Annual Convention
Blythin Leggett, LMT was presented the Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award at this year’s Florida State Massage Therapy Association’s Convention and Trade Show. Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of Bon Vital', Biofreeze, Prossage, TheraBand, Cramer and Thera°Pearl health and wellness products, honors individuals annually in the massage therapy industry for their efforts in improving the welfare of their clients and demonstrating selfless devotion to others. This is the fourteenth year Performance Health and the FSMTA have presented this award.
“We are once again grateful for the opportunity to partner with the FSMTA to honor someone who quietly gives back so much to others,” stated Marshall Dahneke, President, Performance Health. “I love the heart of this profession and of its practitioners, and selecting just one person to honor among so many worthy choices is never easy. However, Blythin is another ‘poster child’ of generosity through her work with our military veterans.
“Blythin cares for and supports the needs of veterans by donating her time and expertise at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL and Quantico, VA. She also provides monthly volunteer support for an award-winning warrior-athlete who is paraplegic as a result of his sacrifice for us, and who is now a world-class jet ski competitor. She supports him and his team as well as other competing warrior-athletes, encouraging and enabling them to compete at their best. It is truly an honor to present Blythin with the 2016 Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award,” concluded Mr. Dahneke.
Blythin Leggett is a life-long learner with a long list of degrees and certifications ranging from museum art education to personal training. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Florida, a member of the FSMTA and has served on the FSMTA Sports Team since 2009.
In addition to honoring Ms. Leggett at the FSMTA convention, Performance Health will donate $1,000 to Special Operations Bionic Warriors.
“I am surprised, honored, humbled and absolutely full of gratitude to be the recipient of the 2016 Performance Health/FSMTA Humanitarian award. I am so fortunate to love my work as much as the people I serve,” Ms. Leggett said. “Although these special operations athletes are physically and emotionally reminded of their sacrifice 24/7, they regain awareness of their self-worth through building supportive relationships and are empowered by their challenge. I believe the Special Operations Bionic
Warriors organization provides the strongest correlation with my mission, and I am pleased to have my award appropriated to them.”
Each winner will receive over $2,000 to pursue their careers in the skincare industry.
Murad LLC and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation are helping five esthetics students pursue their dreams of careers in skincare. The second class of BCL│Murad Esthetic Scholarship winners has been selected by a panel of skincare experts. Each winner will receive a $2,250 tuition scholarship. Winners and their respective esthetics schools are as follows:
- Chelsea Rieu-Torrez, Aveda Institute, Denver, CO
- April McKeeth, Salon Professional Academy, Onalaska, WI
- Nicole Nichols, Penrose Academy, Scottsdale, AZ
- Elizabeth Taylor, Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics, New York, NY
- Ashley Stoltz, Cinta Aveda Institute, San Francisco, CA
Each winner submitted an inspiration board or online video expressing how a career in esthetics will change their lives and the lives of those they serve. Winners’ applications drew on personal experiences battling acne, dealing with skin sensitivities and working in the retail skincare sector. Winners also addressed their dreams of helping others look and feel better. Scholarship recipient Elizabeth Taylor founded True Beauty Brooklyn, a boutique dedicated to natural skincare. “I love that I get out of bed to educate people about my passion for skincare and plant seeds of passion in them. Now I want to take my passion to the next level by obtaining an esthetics license and offering a broader scale of holistic skincare services,” she said.
Announcing the 2015 launch of the scholarship program, Howard Murad, M.D. FAAD stated, “An integral part of my inclusive health approach to health and wellness is esthetics. I have seen the healing power of estheticians in my practice and I truly value the impact their work has on people. I am thrilled to be able to support these scholarship recipients and the incredible potential that can be achieved through a career in beauty.”
BCL Foundation President Lynelle Lynch said the scholarship supports increasing demand for highly educated skincare specialists. “Beauty and luxury lifestyle editors attending ISPA West wanted to learn more about the training involved in preparing skincare professionals. The Murad scholarship demonstrates the support one of the world’s most renowned skincare brands is investing to prepare next-generation skincare professionals,” she stated.
Murad, LLC funds two BCL|Murad competitions annually. The Fall 2016 competition opens August 8, 2016. For additional information on BCL scholarship offerings, visit www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships.
IECSC to co-locate with America’s Beauty Show in 2017.
The International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) has announced the launch of its fourth annual spa and wellness event: IECSC Chicago, which will co-locate with America’s Beauty Show by Cosmetologists Chicago from March 25 to 27 2017 at McCormick Place.
Established 25 years ago, the IECSC family of tradeshows and conferences has been serving the spa marketplace by offering quality education, networking and access to leading manufacturers in a professional environment. The IECSC events in New York, Las Vegas and Florida attract more than 40,000 admissions annually.
“We're so excited about this newest addition to the IECSC portfolio,” remarked Kathy Gruttadauria, IECSC's event director. “After 25 years in the spa and wellness industry, each of our existing events in New York, Las Vegas and Florida have continued to grow year-over-year. We have remained at the forefront of the industry by providing turnkey events that feature top-notch education, attendance and exhibit floors. The continued growth and positive feedback from attendees and exhibitors regarding our existing events have secured IECSC as the spa and wellness industry’s market leaders. The Midwestern region is a natural extension of our existing brand, and we look forward to serving that region.”
This year's theme centered on the idea of sparking new ideas and innovations for the future.
Dermalogica recently welcomed more than 140 Senior Instructors, Corporate Trainers and Education Managers representing more than 50 countries to the brand’s 23rd annual week-long International Education Conference held at Dermalogica world headquarters in Carson, CA, May 23rd- May 27th .
The emphasis of this year’s conference - which included more than 40 different presentations, activities and skill workshops - was the importance of sparking new ideas and forging an exciting path to the future through education, innovation and technology. The corporate offices were filled with excitement and passion as educators and distributors from around the world gathered to re-ignite relationships and learn new skin care techniques, enhance their training skills, and learn of new brand concepts. The week began with a welcome breakfast to give attendees the chance to build new relationships and rekindle old ones. Program host, Annet King, Senior Director of Global Education for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, kicked off the week with an enthusiastic presentation on the theme for this year’s conference: Spark! Ignite Ideas, Design the Future. Annet introduced the idea of “spark tanks” or engaging brainstorming sessions where attendees worked together to produce flames for the future. Attendees also heard from Jane Wurwand, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary of Dermalogica, The International Dermal Institute and FITE, who spoke about finding ones purpose in life and sharing it with others. Her powerful presentation left participants thinking “what can they bring to the event”. She then introduced the company’s new CEO, Aurelian Lis. Lis presented on the direction and focus for Dermalogica for 2016 and beyond. He stressed the importance of social media and urged all to engage in the initiative. Lis also spoke about how critical human touch is to the Dermalogica brand.
Other top highlights from the week included presentations by Mathew Divaris, VP of Global Marketing and Creative for Dermalogica, who shared the Dermalogica brand key with the guests and talked about strategies to reach new consumers. Dr. Diana Howard, VP of Research and Development for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, introduced upcoming new products for the brand, including the newly reformulated Age Reversal Eye Complex, and presented on the science behind the innovations. This upgrade makes Age Reversal Eye Complex tougher on fine lines and easier on the eyes as it now uses special microencapsulation technology to help ensure that the highly-active ingredients inside remain stable, maintain their concentration levels and have controlled-release delivery to penetrate deep into skin layers. Attendees learned Dermalogica’s new application face method which will be released along with the next product launch on September 1 at 10:00am. Senior instructors also received a hands-on refresher on IonActive Power Treatment and learned new ways to re-invent education to ensure Dermalogica’s skin therapists worldwide are up-to-date and continue offering their best skills, techniques and treatments to their customers.
For more information, please visit dermalogica.com.
The award-winning actress and makeup artist talks industry success, client relationships, and why you should never over-apologize.
Award-winning actress and makeup artist Eva DeVirgilis will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Face & Body Northern California, an annual conference and expo held exclusively for skincare, spa and wellness professionals. DeVirgilis’ keynote presentation - titled, “In My Chair: Makeup Chair Conversations” - will bring conversations with clients to life and will highlight the role that wellness professionals play in encouraging clients to feel confident and beautiful.
Below, DeVirgilis dishes on the importance of loving yourself inside and out, plus her tips for finding success and providing meaningful interactions with your clients.
Tell us a little bit about your mission to end apology in all women.
If you are in the beauty industry then you experience clients apologizing for the way they look the second they see you. “I'm sorry, I know I look like crap," or “I’m sorry, my roots are horrifying,” or "Sorry, I have less hair on one eyebrow.” But it’s not only on the job, the apology has become the new "Hello" among women. I did it for a long time too! So I enacted a "No Apology Rule" for myself and clients. Now, my clients catch themselves doing it, they laugh and say “I never realized how often I apologized!” It’s just about breaking the habit.
Do you have any tips on how to take a compliment and be less critical of yourself?
Just. Say. Thank you. Then close your beautiful lips and smile. It takes vulnerability and a little bit of bravery for another person to give you a compliment, so honor their risk and kindness by just saying thank you, and refrain from saying that you didn't sleep last night, or how cheap your shirt is, or how much weight you've gained. If you absolutely must keep speaking, then pay it forward by giving them a compliment right back.
How can beauty/salon/spa professionals be more memorable with their clients?
Treat them like they are the only person on your schedule that day.
How can professionals be better speakers in front of a master class, group, or convention?
1. Hook 'em! Before you even introduce yourself, the first thing out of your mouth should be something surprising, personal, or funny. Preferably all 3 at the same time. Plenty of time to give them your name later. If you hook them right off the bat then they'll be begging for your name, and your product!
2. Make them FEEL something! "People won't remember what you say but they will always remember how you made them feel." Personal stories are best when bringing home any point. I’m a big fan of the book, Keep it Short and Simple by Dr. Aaron Anderson and David Leong to help with public speaking.
3. Call them to action. Tell them exactly what you want them to do with enthusiasm so it will inspire them to leap out of their seat and go forth and do it.
You have made some incredible leaps in your career. Tell us about your “mess to success” story.
You have no idea where life will take you… A few years ago I called off a wedding and left New York City with just a suitcase in hand. I was a despondent mess after years of hard work. I started my life over in Richmond, VA. I took a full-time job behind a makeup counter at Saks Fifth Ave to pay the bills, which turned out to be the best thing I could have done, because it connected me with their customers who are some of the most successful movers and shakers in the area. You never know who your clients are, so treat them all like they are the most important person in the room. One customer turned out to be a coordinator for TEDx and asked me to pitch a talk about being a makeup artist. I got the gig. Two years later, almost a half million people have seen my talk, In My Chair. I had to leave the makeup counter; I get to go all over the country speaking about the beauty in all of us. The Business School of a major University asked me to teach a public speaking course, (never dreamed that was in the plan), women from all over the world reach out to me and share their story, and I am happy to say I am engaged to an incredible man who loves and supports me endlessly. When I look back and ask myself, "How did this all happen? What made the difference?" I realize that I completely invested in myself - I listened to my gut and ended a relationship that was forcing me to compromise who I was. I got lots of fabulous therapy and read a gazillion self-help books (every human should read You are a Badass by Jen Sincero); I hired a coach to help me reach my goals. It was a lot of hard work but preparation met opportunity and when that one person took a chance on me, I was ready.
Lastly, what are the beauty/makeup products that you can't live without?
- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer for SPF and light coverage on a hot day.
- Giorgio Armani Master Corrector #2 and High Precision Retouch Concealer. It's great for gals like me who have darker under eyes due to genetics. This stuff does not crease despite me piling it on.
- Elf HD Powder. For 6 bucks this stuff does an amazing job, and you get more than a thimble-full, unlike some other brands.
- Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk and Luminous Silk Foundation. It looks perfect on the entire color spectrum of women on the planet earth.
Don’t miss DeVirgilis’ keynote at Face & Body Northern California, to be held this Aug. 20-22, 2016 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. To register, visit www.faceandbody.com/calif.
Repêchage CEO and Founder, Lydia Sarfati, was on hand to celebrate with the launch of the new Fusion Express Bar & Spa Masks.
Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati joined Three-13 Salon Spa & Boutique and owners Leslie and Lester Crowell to celebrate the salon’s 42nd anniversary and launch the newest professional treatment from Repêchage: Fusion Express Bar and Spa Masks with Nutriceutical Organic Actives.
In addition to taking part in the celebration of Three-13’s 42 years in business, Sarfati also had the opportunity to share exciting news with the spa's 80 staff members: the launch of the newest spa concept from Repêchage, Repêchage Fusion Express Bar and Spa Masks with Nutriceutical Organic Actives. This new facial treatment utilizes Repêchage’s renowned Laminaria digitata seaweed and organic actives of chocolate, matcha (green tea), mixed berries (blueberry, strawberry, and beet root) and vanilla and pumpkin actives to create the four Fusion Facials: Chocofina Fusion, Matchafina Fusion, Berryfina Fusion, and Vanillafina Fusion. As Sarfati presented, this is the perfect spa treatment for ages 8 to 80 as all have intensive anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and leave the skin looking and feeling restored, smooth and hydrated.
Sarfati presented the latest research on health and wellness, as well as providing all the important information on the new FUSION concept. Following the presentation, over 30 Three-13 VIP clients were able to experience Fusion first hand, and have a special meet and greet with the skin care industry expert. Some were even treated to a Fusion Facial by Sarfati herself!
For more information on Repêchage, please visit www.repechage.com.
Grammy nominated artist John Ondrasik will recieve the ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award at the 26th annual ISPA Conference & Expo.
The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present John Ondrasik with the 2016 ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award at the 26th annual ISPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Ondrasik, a Grammy-nominated artist, will also serve as keynote speaker on Sept. 14 with a musical performance.
"John delivers such heartfelt music every time he performs. ISPA loves celebrating those who use their talents to help others. He is the perfect representation of someone that has taken the talents given to him and used them for good," said ISPA President Lynne McNees.
Singer-songwriter Ondrasik, known by his stage name Five for Fighting, exploded onto the music scene with the release of "Superman" in 2000. "Superman" continued to embed itself in the nation's consciousness with the events of 9/11, as Ondrasik joined other superstar musicians for the fundraiser, "The Concert for New York," a 2001 event dedicated to first responders affected by the events of September 11th. Three years later, Ondrasik landed another number one Billboard hit with "100 Years."
"Personally, giving back through charity work has been the most selfish exercise of my life, as I meet such wonderful and inspiring people," Ondrasik explained. "Whether it's the CD for the Troops project or my work with Augie Nieto and ALS, I am continually in awe at the courage and strength of the human spirit."
The Humanitarian Award is named in honor of the late spa pioneer, Alex Szekely. It is designed to recognize an individual who acts as a respected contributor to overall well-being, encouraging the renewal of mind, body and spirit - all of which are characteristics embodied by ISPA members worldwide. The award will be presented to Ondrasik by Szekely's mother, Deborah Szekely.
Past Humanitarian Award recipients include Alice Waters, Jewel, Blake Mycoskie, Lisa Ling and Dr. Maya Angelou. More information about attending the 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo can be found at attendISPA.com.
The company has received certification for the design, manufacture and distribution of Low-Level Light Therapy devices.
BioPhotas, Inc. recently announced that the company has attained ISO 13485:2003 Certification for the design, manufacture and distribution of Low-Level Light Therapy devices. ISO 13485 is an International Quality System Standard for Medical Devices. Attaining such a certification is the hallmark of a global medical device manufacturer.
Commenting on the certification, Patrick Johnson, President & Chief Executive Officer of BioPhotas commented, “Receiving ISO certification is a major milestone in the company’s evolution and serves to distinguish us from other manufacturers of light energy devices, who do not hold themselves to such high standards. We are proud that our products are “made in the USA” and that we are contributing to the local economy, building the company here in Orange County.”
In related news, BioPhotas also announced that its products, the Celluma PRO and Celluma LITE, have received CE Mark Certification, allowing the product to be sold in the European Union as a medical device. In addition to marketing the Celluma for sale in the EU for all of its current FDA clearances, the Celluma has also been CE-marked as a Dermal Wound Healing device. The Celluma is FDA-cleared for seven separate indications-for-use, including the treatment of acne, muscle and joint pain, muscle and joint stiffness, muscle spasm, arthritis, compromised local blood circulation and facial wrinkles, all in a single product configuration.
Further commenting on the news, Mr. Johnson noted, “From the beginning of its development, we recognized the Celluma’s potential as an effective wound healing device. Accordingly, much of our original clinical research has been in the area of wound healing. In published and peer-reviewed research conducted at the prestigious Beckman Laser Institute at the University of California, Irvine, the Celluma was shown to dramatically accelerate the rate of wound closure. Our intention is for the Celluma to be the first LED panel device to be FDA-cleared for a wound healing indication-for-use.”
BioPhotas plans to start shipping the Celluma to EU nations early in the 3rd quarter of this year.
The Celluma PRO and LITE are now CE-marked under the European Medical Device Directive (93/42/EEC), under Annex II, Full Quality Assurance. The Celluma is Class IIa, per Annex IX, Rule 9.
To learn more, please visit www.biophotas.com.
Nearly a dozen brands showcased their latest products and treatments at the exciting event.
During the recent West Coast International SPA Association (ISPA) Media Event, spas and product companies showcased their latest innovations to the media attendees.
“As the voice of the spa industry, ISPA holds this annual event to share a sneak peek of spa treatments and products and to stay on the forefront of the industry. ISPA represents more than 4,000 members in 77 countries and loves showcasing a sampling of what our members are creating,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees.
The following ISPA members participated in the third annual event:
- Aspira the Spa brought deep relaxation and peace through their massage, The Grandfathers, which pays homage to the stones that are gathered and used in ceremony by native healers.
- Atlantis Casino Resort Spa aided individuals in feeling renewed, relaxed and rejuvenated with a Pantai Revitalizing Foot Ritual that included an invigorating salt scrub and foot massage.
- Bellus Academy showcased the elite service of applying one lash at a time with NovaLash Eye Lash Extensions and Eyebrow Contouring from Anastasia.
- Island Spa Catalina displayed their Citrus with a Twist Body Scrub featuring macadamia oil, lime blossom and fine sugar crystals that leave the skin feeling revitalized and hydrated.
- Jurlique provided a Revitalizing Hand Care Ritual followed by a targeted oil treatment to nourish and condition dry nails and cuticles.
- Kohler Waters Spa helped individuals experience the healing properties of the Highland waters through the experience of their All Things Scotland Body Treatment.
- Massage Envy delivered an Exfoliating Hand Treatment utilizing a sugar scrub in addition to a hand and forearm massage with body butter.
- The Meadowood Spa offered a Foot Scrub and Aromatherapy Experience with luxury vegan and organic products.
- The Oaks at Ojai offered a take away bag of The Oaks new gluten-free granola as part of their initiative to teach consumers how to balance stress, food cravings and attainable fitness.
Two mini treatment sponsors provided opportunities to experience sound therapy from Eastern Vibration and a hydrating eye treatment from Epicuren Discovery.
Media were able to pre-book treatments with the companies through the appointment scheduling software, ResortSuite.
Learn how 5 spas are celebrating World Wellness Day:
Westin Grand Cayman & Global Wellness Day
Sitting on the widest stretch of the #1 ranked beach in the world by U.S. News Travel on the western shore of Grand Cayman, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is celebrating Global Wellness Day by inspiring guests to live well and motivating them to adopt a healthy mindset that they can take home with them after their vacation. This year, the resort is offering a variety of complimentary wellness activities and experiences, including a Core Strengthen & Stretching Class to promote physical fitness and a Yoga and Meditation Class to instruct individuals on how to improve the quality of their sleep. The resort will also provide instructional sessions on the health benefits of incorporating more plant-based whole foods in diets and the importance and impact of sleeping and skin care. These activities will be complimented by free healthy juices featuring local ingredients and a sampling of vegan organic foods from two well-known restaurants on the island, Vivo and Saucha. The resort will also be spreading good will by partnering with the Humane Society of the Cayman Islands, visiting the animal shelter to dog walks, give baths, and enjoy play-time with the animals. This summer, Westin Grand Cayman is offering families significant savings with the Stay 6, Pay 4 promotion. Book now through December 9th for stays through December 19th (rates start at $220 per room per night, excluding tax, service charges and fees).
Carillon Miami Beach
Home to the most expansive luxury spa in South Florida, The Spa at Carillon at Carillon Miami Beach is planning to offer a community-wide event focused on two of the manifestos of Global Wellness Day – walking for an hour and doing a good deed. The event will begin with sunrise meditation on the beach, followed by a one-hour beach walk led by one of the Fitness Center’s world-class instructors. As the beach walk happens, everyone will be encouraged to pick up trash. This will be open to the community as well as hotel guests, Carillon residents and employees.
Solage Calistoga, Napa Valley
Located in serene Calistoga in the northern portion of Napa Valley, Spa Solage at Solage Calistoga is offeringcomplimentary Global Wellness Day offerings to all travelers visiting on June 11. Guests can enjoy a Guided Awareness Meditation and Movement session with the resort’s Dr. Tim Carl, or Aqua Yoga in the resort’s geothermal mineral pool. There will also be a Workout Around the World class, Wellness Strategies for Everyday Living with a holistic health counselor and a Cleanse 101 seminar, teaching guests how cleanses work and how it may be helpful for you. In addition to these complimentary services, all wellness-related items in the Spa shop will be 20% off.
Eden Roc at Cap Cana
In celebration of Global Wellness Day, from June 15 – October 31, 2016, those seeking revitalization can enjoy an exclusive and impeccable retreat to Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. The five-star Relais & Chateaux property’sVitality Package includes daily yoga, a healthy cooking class, 50-minute Lymphatic Drainage Massage with bottle of Champagne, as well as access to the Eden Roc Beach Club, half-board meal plan, luxury accommodations and round-trip airport transportation. Rates start at $955/night, minimum four-night stay required.
Sunrise Springs Resort
The recently opened Sunrise Springs Resort: A Wellness Oasis blends Eastern and Western therapeutic practices and Native American teachings in a sacred, 70-acre natural springs sanctuary. The resort is doing its part this Global Wellness Day with multiple initiatives listed below:
Saturday June 11 – Global Wellness Day
· Pocket Cards – Sunrise Springs will create pocket cards to give out to guests that list the 7 steps of the Global Wellness Day Manifesto which are as follows – Walk for an hour, drink more water, do not use plastic bottles, eat organic foods, do a good deed, have a family dinner, and sleep at 10:00pm. These are all great daily goals that guests can engage in not just on June 11 but every day.
· Fitness on the Road – Travel can keep guests from the formal aspect of a workout. Guest will have the opportunity to learn stretches and strength exercises to use on the road to relieve tension and support our body as we sit for long periods on planes and in meetings. Functional movement skills are key to physical health. Each participant will receive a piece of resistance tubing.
· Being In Nature – Guests are invited to slow down and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature at Sunrise Springs. Nature bathing is a meditative practice that reduces stress and encourages grounding. Guests will share their thoughts and experiences in their journal to deepen the experience.
· Mindfulness Books – Each guest will receive a 2nd Mindfulness book with a note on June 10th explaining Global Wellness Day and that this gift is to give forward the book to someone to enhance their health.
· Daily Groove for a Vibrant Body & Mind – Guests will learn and discuss techniques and habits for daily use to improve physical, mental, and emotional health. From centering techniques to simple movements and lifestyle upgrades.
· Smoothie Demo – Staff will be invited to a session in Sages to learn how to make and taste smoothies.
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