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Spa News: Judith DeLany, LMT Receives National Distinguished Service Award

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DeLany was recognized for her dedication and commitment to the massage profession and the American Massage Therapy Association.

Performance Health recently announced that Judith DeLany, LMT has been recognized by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) for her dedication and commitment to the massage profession and the American Massage Therapy Association. Ms. DeLany is a long-time supporter of and educator for Performance Health. Ms. DeLany received the AMTA's National Distinguished Service Award at the American Massage Therapy Association National Convention held in Pittsburgh, PA in August.

The award is selected by the AMTA’s National President, Jeff Smoot, and approved by its Executive Committee. Its purpose is to openly honor individuals who have contributed to the massage profession in an outstanding manner and to acknowledge diligent volunteerism done in an altruistic manner.

“We are very proud to have Judith on the Performance Health education team and truly appreciate her devotion to our profession,” stated Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage & Spa, Performance Health. “She sets a high bar for herself, which result in higher industry standards that benefit us all. Thank you, Judith!”

Ms. DeLany is the founder and director of the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies, a certifying body that sets standards for the training of healthcare practitioners in the use of NMT. She is also the Director of the NMT Center, an educational/training organization that produces more than 80 NMT events nationwide and internationally each year for the healthcare industry.

As an internationally recognized speaker on such topics as chronic pain and myofascial dysfunction, Ms. DeLany has served as a presenter and/or keynote speaker at numerous conventions and conferences in various fields of medicine. She is a published author and currently serves as Associate Editor for Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies in addition to being a contributing writer to numerous publications.

“It is an amazing honor to have a spotlight placed on my life work and gratifying to realize that there are those who believe it has made a significant impact,” stated Ms. DeLany. “All the same, I am just a small piece in the big picture. I wholeheartedly share this with the sponsors, office and teaching staff, chapters, companies, and host of others who have supported my projects and educational venues for three decades. Together, with no doubt, we have made a difference.”

CIDESCO Introduces New Entry Requirements for its Beauty & Spa Management Diploma


Diploma no longer requires prior beauty or spa therapy experience.

CIDESCO, a world standard for Beauty and Spa Therapy with accredited schools in over 33 countries worldwide, has revised entry requirements for its Beauty & Spa Management Diploma as a result of growing demand for management training in the beauty and spa industry.

The CIDESCO Beauty & Spa Management Diploma is now a complete training course which does not require the student to have any previous Beauty or Spa Therapy experience. It encompasses all areas of beauty and spa management enabling the graduate to effectively gain employment within a managerial role in the beauty and spa industry. Previously, study for this Diploma was only available postgraduate to students who held the CIDESCO Beauty or Spa Diploma.

Announcing the changes, CIDESCO President, Anna-Cari Gund says “There has been a growing demand for management skills in beauty and spa businesses and a shortage of people to fill these roles. We recognise that it isn’t always necessary for a manager to have beauty or spa therapy skills and, while we still believe this can be an advantage, we wanted to open up our knowledge and training skills to benefit those people who could be business leaders of the future.”

CIDESCO is also celebrating the first anniversary of the launch of its CIDESCO Spa Therapy Diploma. This month see’s the first group of CIDESCO students from schools in South Africa, Indonesia, India and New Zealand qualify with the prestigious accreditation.

The CIDESCO Spa Therapy Diploma is designed as the perfect stepping stone for students to begin their career in the Spa industry. Giving candidates the information and skill-set needed to efficiently and effectively work in Spas worldwide students do not need any previous Beauty or Spa Therapy knowledge to apply or participate, making the Diploma a standalone Spa Therapy education.

Encompassing all areas of spa, the CIDESCO Spa Therapy Diploma fully equips students with the skills needed to confidently enter the spa industry world-wide. Students are required to complete a course of 600 hours with an additional 200 hours of work experience, finally undergoing a practical and theory examination to fully obtain their diploma. Available to both men and women, training can be completed during the evenings and at weekends for those wanting to study alongside a full-time job and those with a less flexible schedule.

Ms Maya Paranjapye, Principal of the Butic Institute of Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing in Mumbai, India says;

“Our male therapists particularly like this qualification because they do not have to do make-up, manicures, eyebrows and waxing which in their professional work, they never do. The course has 600 hours of training which makes our students much more knowledgeable.”

Ms Maya Paranjapye goes on to comment, “We found the CIDESCO Spa Therapy Diploma was particularly attractive to students who wanted to pursue a career in the spa industry overseas.”

CIDESCO Diplomas include:

  • Beauty Therapy Diploma
  • Post Graduate Beauty Therapy Diploma (available to qualified therapists with a minimum of three year’s professional work experience)
  • Post Graduate Spa Diploma
  • Spa Therapy Diploma
  • Beauty & Spa Management Diploma
  • Post Graduate Aromatherapy Diploma
  • Post Graduate Electrical Epilation (Electrolysis) Diploma
  • Media Make-up Diploma

First Annual Polished Girlz Ball Held at St. Mary's Hospital for Children

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Nonprofit organization Polished Girlz hosts prom-style event for children and teens.

Fifteen-year-old founder Alanna Wall’s dream of creating a prom for patients who may not otherwise get the chance to experience one recently came true. The first annual Polished Girlz Ball was held Monday, September 14th at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside, NY. Approximately 40 patients experienced the pure joy of turning into princes and princesses, complete with donated bow ties, dresses and crowns and some special celebrity faces, including Arzo Anwar from Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat & Tears; and Nia Sioux Frazier from Lifetime TV’s Dance Moms.

A royal court of the nail industry was on hand to give back, including essie’s Gino Trunzo as the fairy godfather, and The Painted Nail’s Katie Cazorla as the fairy godmother. Azature provided Wall with a diamond crown valued at $17 million as well as other jewelry she wore for the ball. Other notables included celebrity manicurists Mr. Luis Nails and Mar y Sol Inzerillo. KB Shimmer was the key sponsor for the event and many industry brands, including Orly International, Sephora and NBC Universal, partnered with the nonprofit for the event.

The girls, once in their chosen dresses and crowns, chose their favorite polishes and got manicures prior to the ball, while the boys were given their bow ties. Everyone walked the red carpet and spent the afternoon dancing to the tunes DJ Remo was playing. Other activities included a photo booth and a nail art station. Cupcakes and lemonade were provided for all and everyone left with a goodie bag that marked the occasion.

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is one of only a handful of organizations around the country that is dedicated to providing intensive rehabilitation, specialized care and education to children with special needs and life-limiting conditions. For more information, please visit

Since founding Polished Girlz in 2010, Wall and her teams have served close to 12,000 girls with special needs or frequent hospitalizations. For more information on Polished Girlz, please visit

Support Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month with the GrandeTEAL Kit from Grande Naturals

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Grande Naturals will donate 50% of its proceeds from the sale of the GrandeTEAL Kit to ovarian cancer organization, T.E.A.L.

In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (September), Grande Naturals is aiming to raise $50,000 by the end of the month for T.E.A.L., Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation. This organization is dear to the brand as Customer Service & Sales Associate Marc Tull’s mother passed away from ovarian cancer in 2003. Marc and his family have supported the cause for several years and Grande Naturals is eager to support the organization and help make a difference in women’s lives.

T.E.A.L.'s mission is to decrease mortality rates by helping women identify signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and urging them to seek medical help at the earliest possible stages. According to the organization, "With ovarian cancer, early is on time, and on time is too late." With this in mind, T.E.A.L.'s main focus remains on prevention, identification, and treatment.

In order to reach their goal of $50,000, Grande Naturals will donate 50% of the proceeds from the sale of the limited edition GrandeTEAL Kit on to T.E.A.L.

The GrandeTEAL Kit includes:

  • GrandeLASH-MD: A safe and proven formula that helps to improve the appearance of eyelashes in length, fullness, thickness and darkness in 4-8 weeks.
  • GrandeMASCARA: A lash boosting formula that gives lashes instant, extreme volume and length plus healthier looking lashes from its peptide blend.
  • GrandeLIPS:(Mini-Size) Provides an instant plumping effect in 3-5 minutes and gives your natural lips the appearance of fuller, more youthful lips in 30 days.

The kit retails for $84.95 at In addition, Grande Naturals is also a sponsor of the T.E.A.L. Walk/Run on September 12th in Brooklyn, and is hosting fundraisers at local businesses to support the cause.

For more information about T.E.A.L., please visit

See DAYSPA's Publisher Deborah Carver Speak at Repêchage's Champagne Power Lunch

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Don't miss your chance to learn everything you need to know from spa industry experts for your most successful year.

Professional skincare brand Repêchage is hosting its annual Champagne Power Lunch on Monday, December 7, 2015. The networking event, designed to educate, motivate, and celebrate skincare professionals, will feature guest speaker Deborah Carver, publisher of DAYSPA magazine.

Deborah is the CEO and President of Creative Age Publications, Inc. Founded in 1971, the company published innovative medical and technical magazines. Deborah redefined the company’s mission in 1990 with the launch of Nailpro magazine. Now focused solely on the beauty industry, Creative Age publishes Nailpro, Dayspa, Beauty Store Business, Beauty Launchpad, The Colorist, Eye Lash, MedEsthetics and Surgical Aesthetics, along with related events, websites, newsletters, ancillary products and the Inspire line of salon styling books.

In addition, presentations will be given by Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage CEO and Founder, and Dori Soukup, President and CEO at InSPAration Management.

Repêchage's Champagne Power Lunch will be held Monday, December 7, 2015 from 11am to 4pm at Repêchage's headquarters in Secaucus, NJ.

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Spa News: Spa Industry Surpasses $15 Billion Mark

The International SPA Association (ISPA) released its annual findings of spa industry financial indicators, reporting the industry continues to grow.

The International SPA Association (ISPA) released its annual findings of spa industry financial indicators, reporting the industry continues to grow as it surpassed the $15 billion mark.

In its recent report on what is known as "The Big Five" - total revenue, spa visits, spa locations, revenue per visit and number of employees for the United States spa industry - The International SPA Association (ISPA) has announced that as of 2014, total revenue within the spa industry surpassed the $15 billion mark, up from $14.7 billion in 2013 to $15.5 billion in 2014 (5.3 percent increase).

“It is always an exciting time to reveal the Big Five, as these numbers are strong indicators of the future success and growth of the spa industry. As ISPA celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are proud to report this milestone for the spa industry,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees.

The increase in spa revenues was driven by strong growth in the number of spa visits, estimated to have increased to a record high of 176 million in 2014, up from 164 million in 2013 (6.7 percent increase). As the increase in visits outpaced the rise in spa revenues, there was a slight decline in average revenue per visit, from $89 in 2013 to $88 in 2014 (1.3 percent decrease).

The total number of spa locations rose from 20,180 in 2013 to 20,660 in 2014 (2.4 percent increase). Total employment is estimated to have risen to 360,000 as of May 2015, an increase of more than 10,000 on the May 2014 position (2.9 percent increase).

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was commissioned to conduct the study by the ISPA Foundation. "This year's study highlights the strong performance in total revenue and number of spa visits. The growth in these areas shows the US spa industry is buoyant and building on the momentum established in the previous year,” said Colin McIlheney, global research director for PwC.

The complete study will be released in late September 2015.

Spa News: Dermalogica Hosts 2015 Congress in Las Vegas

Founder Jane Wurwand addresses the Dermalogica Congress (Image courtesy of Dermalogica)

Dermalogica's first Congress in seven years drew the world's largest gathering of skincare professionals from over 60 countries.

Dermalogica recently hosted its first Congress in seven years at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two-day summit, themed “Only Connect”, welcomed 2,500 attendees representing more than 60 countries, all of whom are part of the professional skincare industry, including spa and salon owners, distributors, students and staff members.

Congress provided not only an opportunity for guests to connect with each other, but to hear from 33 guest speaker presentations, including leaders from Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute and other industry experts from around the globe, who shared revolutionary business concepts, retail insights, consumer trends, advances in digital marketing and technology, and new product demonstrations. Based on the high volume of attendees, original content and presentations provided, Dermalogica’s Congress is the world’s largest conference gathering of professional skin therapists hosted by a skincare brand, setting the predication of professional skincare trends across the industry.

Jane Wurwand, founder and chief visionary of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, provided the opening and closing presentations for the two-day summit. Her opening presentation, “Productive Destruction”, gave not only a preview of Congress, but shared insights on how creative disruption is crucial to revolutionizing an industry. Wurwand’s closing presentation, “Only Connect”, emphasized the importance of connecting with the people around us. She explained that with the advancements of technology and smart phones, the idea of connection has never been more essential, and the professional skincare industry has a big role to play in helping people stay connected through the power of human touch.

“The professional skincare industry, although fluid and always changing, is poised to have the greatest impact on our planet of any industry,” said Wurwand. “Because we are really the last industry that reaches out and are literally changing the world with our bare hands. We are touching people with our physical touch, with our emotions and with our kindness.”

Attendees also had an opportunity to hear from Vasiliki Petrou, SVP of Prestige, Unilever, who presented on the future of Dermalogica as a result of its new partnership with Unilever. “The potential we can have together is just unstoppable, unbeatable. This is the unbeatable Tribe,” said Petrou.

Other presenters included Diana Howard, Ph.D., VP of Research & Development, Dermalogica, who presented on the brand’s upcoming new products including Overnight Retinol Repair and Charcoal Masque. Annet King, director of Global Education, Dermalogica, moderated a Q&A with Phillip Picardi, digital editorial director at Teen Vogue, who spoke on how to effectively communicate with the Millennial generation.

Dermalogica’s “Only Connect” Congress, which took two years to plan and was the first of its kind to be held in the United States, welcomed guests who traveled more than 11,000 miles to attend. The international summit’s presentations were translated into 11 languages, including sign language.

For more information on the speakers and presentations that took place at Congress, visit

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Join AHSCP for the 8th Annual Holistic Skin Care Conference

The 8th Annual Holistic Skin Care Conference comes to Kalamazoo, Michigan in October 2015!

The 8th Annual Holistic Skin Care Conference will take place on October 4th & 5th in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Join the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners (AHSCP) for this education-packed event, where you will experience the wisdom of wellness. Speakers include Elina Fedotova, founder of Elina Organics, and Dr. Nina Walsh, a naturopathic physician and East-Asian medicine practitioner, who also runs a wellness retreat.

Topics include:

*Safe & Natural Alternatives to Having a Surgical Facelift
*Using Nutritional Response Testing to Address Problematic Skin
*Kneippism & Dynamism
*Esthetics & Oncology
*Nourish Your Soul
*Enemies and Allies of Beauty
*Holistic Microdermabrasion Using Organic Buffing Grains

For more information and to register call 269-384-2170 or email

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American International Industries Hosts Vietnamese-Focused Nail Training Event

A.I.I. hosted a three-day intensive training event to commemorate Tippi Hedren's contributions to the nail industry.

Forty years ago, 20 women made history by becoming the first Vietnamese nail technicians in the U.S. with the help of actress and model Tippi Hedren. Hedren met the women – mostly wives of high ranking military officials – through her volunteer work at the Hope Valley refugee camp near Sacramento. With the assistance of her personal manicurist and a local beauty school, Hedren helped “The First 20” graduate and find work in Southern California. Since 1975, the number of Vietnamese nail technicians has grown to dominate the U.S. and especially the Southern California area with a staggering 80% of licensed nail techs in the southland being of Vietnamese descent. To commemorate this historical event, American International Industries (A.I.I.) hosted what is being called “The Second 20 (plus 3),” a three-day intensive training for three of the Southern California manufacturer’s top nail brands; ibd, EzFlow and SuperNail.

The first class of the special AEC Training hosted by A.I.I.

A.I.I. has long been committed to developing the next generation of talent in the growing nail industry, hosting educational seminars and classes around the world. July 26-29, 2015, the manufacturer and worldwide distributor further supported that commitment by hosting an A.I.I. Educational Consultant (AEC) Training specifically for the Vietnamese nail professional community. Spearheaded by A.I.I. Key Account Manager Kelvin St. Pham, A.I.I. identified 23 up-and-coming as well as established Vietnamese nail professionals from around the country to attend the three-day intensive training with the expectations that the AECs will be able to provide product knowledge and support to the community. Attendees underwent extensive training specifically focused on EzFlow Acrylics System, ibd Hard Gels and Just Gel Polish, and the overall SuperNail line. The classes covered product knowledge, chemistry, technique and presentation skills. Classes were led by A.I.I.’s Lead Educators Terry Burciaga, Teresa Hamm, Vicki Ornellas and Sreynin Peng.

Ms. Thuan Le, one of the first 20 licensed Vietnamese manicurists in the U.S. with AEC trainees Nhi Le and Amanda Pham.

To mark the end of training, the new AEC’s showcased their talent with a nail art competition on Wednesday, July 29th. The artists competed in three categories that included EzFlow acrylics with a summer theme, ibd gel negative space design, and a mixed media design that represented their hometown using a combination of the three brands’ products. The competition was attended by special guest Ms. Thuan Le, one of the original 20 Vietnamese manicurists, who served as a Competition judge.

    Nail art competition winners [top] Anthony Hoang for Summer Acrylics; [middle] Kevin Phan for Gel Negative Space; and [bottom] Sean Phan for Mixed Media.

Trainees proudly acknowledged their role as the next generation of Vietnamese nail stylists, bonding during the recruitment period via social media and over late night study sessions following each day’s class. Before the last session of the training came to a close, AEC Sean Phan gave special thanks on behalf of the entire class to A.I.I. for the opportunity to participate. The group, via Phan, also gave thanks to Ms. Le for the road she and the other members of “The First 20” paved so they could have the opportunities they do 40 years later. “You (Le) are the Godmother of the Vietnamese nail industry and you will always be in our hearts,” said Phan.

A.I.I. was honored to anniversary this monumental event with this special group of nail industry talent. “An overwhelming percentage of our business is Vietnamese based. The footprint you as nail stylists have on the industry is impressive. You have revolutionized the business and made it what it is today, and we are excited to partner with you to help make it better, make it more profitable and more fun all at the same time,” said Mark Moesta A.I.I. Vice President of Professional Sales, as he addressed the group on the final day of training, recognizing them as ambassadors not only for A.I.I.’s brands and the company as a whole, but for the entire nail industry.

[Images courtesy of A.I.I.]

Spa News: Cuccio Recognizes Jacqueline Yeung for Outstanding Sales and Education

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Yeung was presented with the Best Global Education Team in a Continent (Asia) and Highest Sales Increase for a Continent (Asia) awards during the Consultant Conference Meeting.

Anthony Cuccio, founder of Cuccio International, presented two awards last month during the Consultant Conference Meeting to recognize outstanding sales and education. Both were awarded to Jacqueline Yeung, the brand’s business development director for Asia, for her dedicated and effective efforts.

Best Global Education Team in a Continent (Asia) and Highest Sales Increase for a Continent (Asia) were presented to Yeung at the corporate headquarters on July 8. This is Yeung’s second time being recognized for Highest Sales Increase, as she won the award last year.

Said Yeung, "Even though it's not my first time winning, I am very excited about these awards. I have been with the company since 2008, so that’s seven complete years being trained by Mr. Cuccio. He is the greatest mentor that I have ever had in my life. Although it took me few years to learn how to help our Asian distributors build their business and education teams, everything is great now! Being rewarded is something that encourages me to keep the hard work going. These awards are not only for me but for all of my Cuccio Asia family. I am thankful for Mr. Cuccio; He always gives me the best guidance on how to be my very best.”

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