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Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik to Receive ISPA's Humanitarian Award

John Ondrasik will serve as a keynote speaker and be presented with the 2016 ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award at the 26th annual ISPA Conference & Expo.

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

BioPhotas, Inc. Announces Attainment of ISO 13485:2003 Certification

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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.

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Latest Innovations on Display at the International SPA Association Media Event

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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.

Spas Celebrate World Wellness Day

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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ISPA Foundation Mary Tabacchi Scholarship Recognizes Two Recipients

Scholarship recipients, Kelsey Brink (left) and Margot Mangiarotti (right); images courtesy of ISPA

Students Kelsey Brink and Margot Mangiarotti received the prestigious scholarship and will be honored on stage at the 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo.

The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation has awarded two recipients the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship. Kelsey Brink from Hallstead, PA and Margot Mangiarotti from Locust Valley, NY will be honored onstage during the General Session at the 26th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at The Venetian in Las Vegas, NV from Sept. 13-15, 2016.

Brink attends Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL and will obtain a degree in Resort and Hospitality Management in May 2017. Brink aspires to develop research that proves the positive effects of massage and the healing powers of touch.

Mangiarotti attends Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and will obtain a degree in Hotel Administration in May 2017. Mangiarotti hopes to broaden the spa industry by making it more readily available to consumers.

The ISPA Foundation Mary Tabacchi Scholarship was created in 2006 and named in honor of Mary Tabacchi, Ph.D., RD, Associate Professor, Hospitality Facilities and Operations at Cornell University. Dr. Tabacchi is a beloved spa industry veteran and pioneer in spa education.

"Kelsey and Margot are both outstanding students and individuals dedicated to the spa industry. They each bring different leadership strengths to the ISPA community. After working through a very thoughtful application and interview process, the ISPA Foundation Mary Tabacchi Scholarship committee is honored to be able to recognize them for their achievements and encourage their future endeavors,” said ISPA Foundation Chairman Frank Pitsikalis.

Brink and Mangiarotti will each be awarded $5,000 USD to help counterbalance their educational dues. In addition, they will receive a travel stipend and hotel accommodations to attend the 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo, a one-year ISPA student membership, and will be assigned a one-year mentor to help navigate their career aspirations.

"I am extremely grateful to be chosen as a Mary Tabacchi Scholarship recipient. I am thankful to the scholarship selection committee and the ISPA community for this incredible opportunity, as well as my previous educators, mentors, and especially to my family for inspiring me and supporting all of my big dreams," said Brink.

“I am incredibly honored to have received the 2016 ISPA Foundation Mary Tabacchi Scholarship. Since the fall of my freshman year I have focused my efforts on studying the spa and wellness industry and the ideals it represents. I cannot wait to attend the ISPA Conference in September alongside such exceptional industry leaders as well as receive a mentor and the financial award that will go toward my valued education,” said Mangiarotti.

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

Pevonia Launches New Campaign: Live.Beauty.Full.

Pevonia launches a new wellness campaign to offer tools for a balanced lifestyle.

Pevonia is shining a light on how every day stresses – a crazed schedule, deadlines at the office, or an over-packed social calendar – can have a damaging or even an aging effect on skin, as result of a drained well-being. Pevonia’s new Live.Beauty.Full. campaign encourages people everywhere to give time to themselves,live in balance, and see the results through their rejuvenated and beautiful selves.

Through Pevonia, women and men can find the best in holistic wellness, skin rejuvenation and radiance, and customized solutions with ingredients from the safest source – nature. With the right tools, resources and products from Pevonia, everyone can Live.Beauty.Full. with a fresh perspective and glowing, gorgeous, healthy skin.

Visit and find the latest information and tools from Pevonia on living a balanced lifestyle. The Live.Beauty.Full. Blog offers articles of advice on numerous areas including the relation of stress to the skin, green living, relationship, work and finance advice, and the true definition of beauty. There is also a spa locator to find the nearest prestigious spa offering Pevonia products and treatments to de-stress, restore and rejuvenate. The Live.Beauty.Full. library features all of the skin knowledge and questions you have ever wanted to know such as the causes of hyperpigmentation, an ingredients glossary, and the real meaning behind sunscreen terms. And finally, a listing of upcoming Live.Beauty.Full. spa events which is a great way to enjoy time with friends and family or just to focus on your wellness journey.

Pevonia encourages you to Live.Beauty.Fully. Being beautiful is much more than a pretty face and shapely body. It’s spiritual, mental and emotional wellness. Beauty is a well-rounded characteristic everyone possesses and lives deep within the soul. Pevonia strongly believes this and wants you to see your true beauty and find your balance in life from all of your daily stresses.

For more information on Pevonia’s Live.Beauty.Full. campaign visit

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Lydia Sarfati Brings Repêchage Education to Accra, Ghana

Sarfati with Dzigbordi K. Dosoo, CEO & Founder of Allure Africa; courtesy of Repêchage

Skincare professionals attended a 5-day course complete with demonstrations and hands-on workshops, and were introduced to new Repêchage products.

In collaboration with Allure Spa in the City, Repêchage CEO and Founder, Lydia Sarfati joined Dzigbordi K. Dosoo, CEO & Founder of Allure Africa, on May 16-May 20, 2016 for the launch of the new Repêchage Fusion Express Bar and Spa Masks with Nutriceutical Organic Actives and at-home products, as well as a 5 Day Hands-On Workshop at the American Skin and Body Care Academy.

“Although it can be exhausting, my passion to help other industry professionals inspires me to continue traveling around the world and take part first-hand in our educational programs," said Sarfati. "In our field, hands-on training and continuous education is paramount to our success, and I want to help provide professionals with the tools to be successful.”

Sarfati introduced the new Repêchage Fusion Express Bar and Spa Masks with Nutriceutical Organic Actives and at-home products - which was launched in the U.S. on May 2 at the Repêchage 18th Annual International Conference - to the beauty professionals in Accra. This new spa treatment utilizes Repêchage’s renowned Laminaria digitata seaweed, 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. All have intensive anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and leave the skin looking and feeling restored, smooth and hydrated. To complement the treatment, Sarfati developed two at-home products suitable for all ages: Repêchage Fusion All Natural Face Moisturizer - a rich soufflé of whipped coconut oil combined with aloe vera, chamomile, vanilla and rooibos essence and Laminaria complex, and Repêchage Fusion All Natural Face and Body Wash - a gentle cleanser that combines a blend of coconut and olive oils with the scent of tropical acai berry.

During the 5-day course, attendees also had the opportunity to learn about the many signature Repêchage methods and practices that Sarfati has developed throughout her influential career. Attendees were provided insight into Repêchage’s various treatments and protocols, including the art and science of facial and body massage, featuring the Lydia Sarfati Signature Massage, and a demonstration and hands-on workshop with massage techniques including European Facial Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, and massage with the Repêchage Lamina Lift Mask. Demonstrations and hands-on workshops with Repêchage Clinical Facial treatments, Repêchage Signature Facial Treatments, including the classic Repêchage Four Layer Facial and anti-aging Vita Cura 5 Phase Firming Facial, and Repêchage Signature Body Treatments, including the Waxing is Relaxing Concept, after wax rituals, the Repêchage Anti-Aging Hand Treatment and the Repêchage Thalassotherapy Foot and Leg Treatment, were also highlighted.

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Jurlique Wins 2016 CEW Eco Beauty Award

DAYSPA congratulates Australian natural skincare brand Jurlique on their first Cosmetic Executive Women Beauty Award win in the "Eco Beauty" category for 2016.

The prestigious CEW Eco Beauty Award recognizes and honors beauty brands that have moved further toward the goal of sustainability. Entrants are scored based on a number of science-based sustainability criteria that recognize efforts to reduce the use of environmentally harmful materials and practices and increase consideration for human rights. CEW's more than 6,000 members selected 212 finalists from more than 800 entries. Winners were ultimately chosen by the CEW Board of Governors, along with a select group of beauty industry members. 

"This award is such an honor for Jurlique and our parent company, Pola Orbis Holdings, and we are thrilled to be recognized by CEW for our leadership in the space. Sustainability has been core to the brand's DNA since we were founded 30 years ago and we continue to create products with the environment in mind at all times," says Rose Fernandez, Vice President and General Manager, North America at Jurlique. "Over the last few years, our team has made an extraordinary effort to make our business even more sustainable to significantly reduce our carbon footprint, water usage and waste. For example, we've installed solar panels and a power production system at the Jurlique farm and warehouse, aiming to make us self-sufficient during summer. We reuse water from our factory to irrigate our crops at the farm. And we've switched our iconic Hand Cream range from aluminum to 100% recyclable plastic tubes. This change alone has reduced overall environmental impact by approximately 28% and a reduction of 70% in product waste. Our overall goal is 0% waste to landfill by 2020 at our farm and factory."

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Performance Health Announces 2016 Educators of the Year Award Winners

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Julie Goodwin BA, LMT, and Dale Alexander Ph.D, M.A., BSEd., LMT were this year's award winners.

Performance Health has announced the winners of the 2016 AFMTE, Biofreeze and Bon Vital’ Educators of the Year Award. Julie Goodwin BA, LMT, is the recipient in the teacher category and Dale Alexander Ph.D, M.A., BSEd., LMT, is the recipient in the continuing education category.

Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of Biofreeze and Bon Vital', annually partners with the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) to recognize excellence in massage and bodywork education. The award serves to foster a culture that supports raising the standards of excellence in massage and bodywork education. The recipients are chosen based on their experience, teacher training , and how well they meet the AFMTE Core Competency Standards published in 2013.

Julie Goodwin, BA, LMT, is a graduate of Kent State University and the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts. She operated a private massage practice for nearly thirty years. Her teaching career spans more than twenty years, in academic and technique classes; she retired from Pima Community College in 2016. An Approved CE Provider, Julie is the author of Touch & Movement: Palpation and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists and created the website TxPlanner: Mobile Pathology for Bodyworkers.

Dale G. Alexander, Ph.D, M.A., BSEd., LMT., has been teaching advanced studies in the Massage Therapy profession since 1986. Originally trained as a Biology teacher then as a psychotherapist, he has sought to discover the underlying elements of neuroanatomy and physiology that contribute to and perpetuate chronic somatic dysfunction. His advanced studies with Drs. John Upledger D.O., Jean Pierre Barral D.O., and Richard MacDonald D.O. and Movement, Energetic and Brain studies with Lansing Barrett Gresham laid a rich foundation. From this foundation, decades of clinical experience with clients have led him toward the discovery of common progressions associated with the aging process.

“Julie and Dale truly exemplify the principles on which this award was founded,” said Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage and Spa, Performance Health. “Their lifelong devotion to raise our profession’s educational bar is not only an inspiration to us all, it benefits us all.”

The winners will attend the 2017 Educational Congress in Tucson where they will share the specific ways they demonstrate their commitment to excellence in education. For more details, please visit

Satin Smooth Names Kelley Baker as New Brand Ambassador

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The LA-based brow expert will create "Brows that Wow" with the waxing brand.

Satin Smooth, an industry leader in depilatory waxes, recently named Kelley Baker of Kelley Baker Brows as the company's new brand ambassador. Satin Smooth and Baker will team up to create "Brows that Wow" with Satin Smooth's high-quality, Italian-made waxes and accessories.

Baker is the quintessential California girl - a celebrity makeup and brow artist with a reputation for shaping brows to absolute, eye-framing perfection. Her charisma and stunning brow transformations, combined with her social media savvy, have turned her into an internet sensation with a cult following of over 600,000 fans.

Baker brings a fresh, fun approach to brow shaping, making her a natural choice for Satin Smooth's brand ambassador. "If a brow artist is only as good as their tools, Satin Smooth will help create your masterworks," says Baker.

Find Baker in action at the Satin Smooth booth (#1943) at the Premier Orlando show, June 5th-6th, 2016. For more information on Satin Smooth, please visit