One of the country’s top spas, Marlborough Day Spa, will go on sale this week after owner Kelly Packham decided it was time for a new challenge.
Ms Packham has owned the spa in Renwick for seven years, but said she had achieved her business goal after the spa was voted the country’s top beauty clinic and fourth-best spa by the New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Therapists last year.
“I said in a staff meeting five years ago that I wanted to win an award in Marlborough and a New Zealand award,” she said. “I have done that.”
Ms Packham said the business had shown three years of steady profit and was in a good position for someone with new ideas to grow it.
She said she was looking forward to having some time to devote to her hobbies; she is studying to become a yoga instructor and is also learning deep tissue massage.
“I like to be hands on so I have been there [at the spa] a lot of the time and the rest of the time I was working on the business side, so it would be nice to have some time for me, not running a business.”
Leaving will be hard, but she will still be living close by and said it would be nice to drive past the spa in Inkerman St and see lots of cars outside.
Marlborough Day Spa will be listed for sale with Harcourts Blenheim this week.
– The Marlborough Express
Professional Beauty meets Clare Anderson, founder of Shared Beauty Secrets, the exclusive UK and Europe Lava Shells distributor and international trainer, to catch up on the massage benefits of Lava Shells and the plans for Professional Beauty North.
Founded in 2009, the company supplies the UK’s spas, salons and mobile therapists and some of the world’s most exclusive spa resorts.
PB: Tell us about the popularity of Lava Shells
CA: Lava Shells are by far our most popular product. Since launching them into the market in 2009 we have trained over 1,500 leading Salon’s and Spa’s in our Lava Shell Massage. The Shells have been dubbed “the new hot stones” by Vogue and have received extensive TV coverage and over 200 press reviews. The Lava Shells are innovative, eco and a portable solution to traditional hot massage treatments, as they take only seconds to prepare and once activated, they stay heated for over an hour, allowing the therapist to deliver a seamless massage of heat and touch without breaking contact with the client.
PB: How does Lava Shells massage differentiate from the other massage treatments on the market?
CA: They are unique in the market and provide an alternative to other hot massage treatments such as hot stones. The shape of the shell enables the therapist to deliver a deep massage treatment using the different angles of the shell to mimic the therapist’s hands. This allows the therapist to protect her hands as the shell can deliver a very deep massage. As they are self heating, the Lava Shells are easily portable without the need for any cumbersome heating equipment. They are also non porous so they do not absorb bacteria or oil, making them very easy to clean and extremely hygienic. As recycled shells, they are also a natural tool which has additional energy benefits to the holistic therapist.
PB: What would be the cost to professionals looking to start using Lava Shells?
CA: They are extremely attractive to salons as they cost 10% of sale so there is a 90% profit margin. Although they are very cost effective, it is the repeat business that is helping increase revenue within the salons and spas.
PB: What support do you offer professionals who use your products?
We provide a full programme of training across the face and body plus additional courses for our Glacial Shells. Anyone taking on Lava Shells has to complete at least a one day’s course and we provide the highest level of training. We are also continually updating and introducing new massage skills to our training schedule.
In addition we provide full marketing support to our spas and salons in the form of visuals, posters, point of sale material, strutcards and PR.
PB: Why should salon owners visit your stand at the show?
We’re the only company in the UK who can supply Lava Shells. At this year’s show we will be launching a new Lava Sports Massage specifically for physiotherapists and professional sports therapists. We will also be introducing a Lava Shells massage aimed at men. Throughout the show we will be offering demonstrations of the treatments and have staff on hand to discuss training and individual requirements. There will also be a chance for visitors to our stand to win £350 worth of Lava Shells training.
PB: What tips would you give salon owners looking to introduce a new line into their salon?
Look for something that is cost effective but would appeal to all ages and for all symptons. Find something which makes you stand out from other salons in your area and which isn’t just a fad.
Lava Shell courses are available throughout the UK when the brand will be visiting key areas to assist salons and spas with their marketing and promotion of Lava Shells.
See them on stand A18 at Professional Beauty North. Register today for your FREE ticket and avoid £20 entry fee on the door.
In the volleys of rhetoric regarding resorts vs. small rural towns, I’ve heard no reference to the town’s history, which I believe important. There is the amusing tale of the naming of Calistoga coming from a verbal slip as Sam Brannan announced his intentions of making these warm mineral pools into a spa to become the “Calistoga of Sarafornia” (he meant “Saratoga of California”).
Calistoga has been a spa from its beginning. All the commerce that brought the wherewithal to establish the town resulted from the business of the spa resorts. Early 1-percenters traveled by train to take the waters, some coming for long visits. The house I live in was built originally as a rental place for such bathers.
Except for the spas and the commerce they created, there were no other industries. There are none now. Even Calistoga Water is history.
From those who have spoken so emphatically about the charms of this small town and how vital it is to keep its small-town character, I have heard no word on how we do that.
Things wear and must be repaired or replaced. Entropy prevails. None love this charming place more than I, but I believe further discourse must speak of maintenance funds in the very same breath as words of charm.
Sam Gonzalez shares handy guidelines on installing a spa in your backyard.
The finest spa could be waiting for you in your own backyard. If you are looking for better ways to melt away the stress from work, then the answer could be your own backyard spa and private retreat. It’s easier to obtain than you think, and it will make your evenings at home much more enjoyable.
The Versatility of Spas
Spas are more versatile than you think. Available in sizes ranging from tiny ones for two people to large hot tubs that can seat a dozen, it’s easy to find the spa that’s just right for your needs. If you like sitting in the spa and want to share it with your friends, then a round spa that seats more than 8 could be the way to go. If you prefer an intimate experience for you and your spouse, then you might want to consider a smaller version. Either way, you will love relaxing in the spa after a long day at work.
Easier to Install than you Think
Spas are surprisingly easy to install. The hardest part is usually running the dedicated electrical line, and your spa dealer can put you in touch with qualified electricians who can handle the job. Beyond that, you will need a structure that can support the weight of the water filled spa and a garden hose. Once you make the decision to invest in a spa and the line is run, the spa itself only takes a few hours to install and fill.
Invest in the Right Furniture for the Retreat
The right furniture is a necessity when you are investing in a spa. When the weather is nice, you may want to sit outside and dry off a little before going back in the house. Look for furniture with waterproof cushions or mesh seats, so you can sit and relax without worrying about spoiling the furniture. A spa is made for relaxing, so you should include some patio furniture that fits well with the relaxation theme. Look for beautiful chaise longues, gliders, or couches that will invite you to sit back and put your feet up.
Create the Right Atmosphere with Fabric, Light, and Plants
Every fine professional spa has plenty of plants, fabric, and soft lighting. Protect your spa with a luxurious enclosure and then fit it with curtains for privacy and elegance. Drape fabric over a pergola for a sophisticated touch, and invest in a fabric screen in an area where you would like more privacy for the spa. Choose soft lights to cast a welcoming glow that will encourage you to sit back in the spa and let the stress of the day flow away with the water.
You deserve to have a luxurious retreat in your yard, and a luxurious spa can create the perfect oasis. Include the right furniture to maintain the relaxed mood, and carry that theme throughout the area with luxurious linens and soft lighting. Spas are easy to install and maintain, so there’s no reason you cannot enjoy the elegance of one in your own backyard oasis.
About the Author
Sam Gonzalez is a freelance blogger who writes tips for outdoor home design. If you are interested in creating your own backyard spa, you can purchase affordable and quality furniture from outdoor furniture san antonio dealers.
In 2009, Travel and Leisure named the Battle House one of the top 500 hotels in the world, and the spa was listed as one of Shape Magazine’s “Seven Must-Visit Spas.” In 2011 it made the Condé Nast Readers’ Choice List.
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By Stephen M. Krant, MD, FACS
What is a medical spa? Simply put, a medical spa combines the services and ambiance of a day spa with the technology, expertise and supervision of a medical clinic. Here in San Diego, medical spa services often include treatments that are not available at traditional spa venues. However, it is important to consider the following questions before choosing a spa to perform your procedure in order to ensure optimal safety and the best possible results.
Choosing a medical spa
Before selecting a spa, do some research and find out if the facility and technicians are properly licensed and experienced to perform advertised procedures.
- Who is the owner? Depending on where you are, most medical spas must operate under the supervision and ownership of a medical doctor. However, there is no guarantee that said doctor is actually involved in the day-to-day procedures at his or her facility. Look at the spa’s website, call or stop by to find out if the doctor is present or actively engaged in facility operations.
- Who performs procedures? Make sure your technician is properly licensed and trained to perform your selected procedure. Request before and after pictures of their work, and seek out referrals if possible. Many aesthetic procedures, including laser hair removal and cosmetic injections, can be very dangerous if administered by inexperienced technicians. Never leave safety to chance.
- Where does the equipment come from? Only trust the best quality, most up-to-date equipment, especially when it comes to laser and rejuvenation procedures. Find out whether or not your doctor uses the latest equipment for his or her spa, and don’t corners: opt for the best, and you will be more likely to experience good results.
- What is the procedure designed to do? Research before and after photos and testimonials concerning your chosen procedure, and discuss realistic expectations with the spa’s medical doctor. Find out how many procedures will be needed to see results, and ultimately make your final choice based on your own needs and sense of safety and comfort.
At SK Sanctuary, we offer medical and relaxation services under the auspices of SK Clinic, my San Diego plastic surgery center. Backed by our medical experience and stellar reputation, SK Sanctuary provides clients with a safe, comfortable and elegant venue for cosmetic procedures ranging from photofacials and injectable treatments to skin rejuvenation and microdermabrasion. We use only the very best and most up-to-date equipment, and hold all our technicians to the highest medical safety and experience standards. To learn more or discuss a prospective procedure, contact us today: www.ski-sanctuary.com.
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Spa training empowers Balinese jobseekers
A block grant program carried out by the provincial education agency has been successful in giving unemployed people training and access to jobs in the spa industry.
Under the program, the provincial education agency has allocated around Rp 3.4 billion (US$360,400) for training to improve the life skills of around 2,000 participants every year.
The program was targeted at unemployed people who could not afford the training, especially youths from Bali’s villages and remote areas, said Ketut Nasib from the agency’s division for non-formal education.
Particularly for spas, the agency is cooperating with a number of spa training centers by providing the subsidized spa therapist courses.
“Anyone aged between 18 and 45 years of age, who wants to improve their life skills in many fields, including being a spa therapist, can join this program for free. We hope that by joining this program, unemployed people can get a job, and are then able to create job opportunities for others in the future,” Ketut said.
“The final goal is to minimize unemployment and improve people’s welfare,” he stressed, adding that his office continually monitored the progress of participants who had finished the course.
“We hope that this program will open more job opportunities for them, and thus improve their personal and family welfare.”
Jeni Widiyah, head of institution at the Padmastana Spa Training Center in Renon, Denpasar, said that many graduates of the block grant program had been able to significantly improve their lives, by working as spa therapists in star hotels and spa resorts in Bali, with many others working overseas.
She said Padmastana had been in partnership with the provincial education agency for years on the block grant program.
“Almost every year, we have some 30 course participants receiving a subsidy from the agency under this block grant scheme,” she said.
She said that joining a course to become a spa therapist might not be affordable for many people, since they had to pay between Rp 2 million to Rp 8.5 million for the course.
People who are interested in joining spa training are not only fresh graduates from vocational schools, but also those who need to get a job but have no skills.
Many also want to be a therapist in the thriving spa industry.
Besides learning the skills of various spa treatments, they also gain knowledge in concocting many kinds of lulur.
“Graduates from spa training centers are in high demand in the spa industry, so there are wide opportunities to get a job in the spa industry,” Jeni said, adding that around 80 percent of the graduates could get a job.
Although the participants of the block grant program joined the course for free, she insisted that they received similar lessons to those who paid.
Bali has become a leader in luxury spa and wellness tourism in Asia, with almost all of Bali’s top hotels offering world-class spa services, a recent report showed.
According to the Bali Spa and Wellness Association, there are 130 companies registered as members, including spa operators, training centers and product suppliers, but more than 1,000 businesses claim to be “spa” businesses.
Lulu Susiana Widjaya, chairperson of the association, said that demand for skilled spa therapists from Bali had been very high.
“The association receives inquires from spas in South Korea, Singapore, the Maldives and other countries to employ Balinese workers,” she said.
However, spa therapists from Bali must be equipped with professional certificates to enter overseas employment for protection of their profession.
The two businesses will occupy the space formerly leased by Borders, at 2245 South Shore Center, the announcement said. The two-story space connected by an escalator is being converted to separate floors to accommodate the new tenants.
ULTA Beauty, which sells salon products and provides salon services, will occupy a 10,584-square-foot ground-floor space. As of January of this year, ULTA Beauty operated 449 stores in 43 states. The South Shore Center location is scheduled to open in the first half of 2013.
Total Woman Gym Day Spa leased the full, 13,014-square-foot second floor, according to the Jamestown press release. This is the company’s first location in the Bay Area, although it operates 15 spas in other parts of California. A December 2012 opening is planned.
With the addition of these retailers, the 594,000-square-foot, open-air shopping center is now 90 percent leased, the Jamestown announcement said.
DB Shoes and Bright Now! Dental also recently signed leases at South Shore Center totaling nearly 14,500 square feet, Jamestown said.
For more information, visit www.alamedasouthshorecenter.com.
DayDreams Day Spa
No matter what they or the buyer chooses for them, it is an experience that they won’t forget and many end up becoming regular loyal spa clients.
Brandon, FL (PRWEB) May 31, 2012
Father’s Day arrives on June 17, 2012 and local day spa owner Jan Jordan of DayDreams Day Spa is hard at work putting together special spa packages. “There is certainly more demand at Mother’s Day but we also see a significant amount of gift certificates sold around Father’s Day as well.” Jan said.
“Many people look for unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Dad each year and we try to meet that need with special packages as well as standard gift certificates available. We probably won’t see too many of the guys gathered around our Manicure Tables but our massage services are highly popular.”
She mentioned that she is not sure why more men don’t receive manicure and pedicure services since their hands and feet are usually much rougher and in need of maintenance than most women but she certainly encourages it. “Every year we try to push them to try new things. A few take the plunge but many seem to stick with the popular choice of Massage In Brandon Lakeland FL which is where our two spas are located.”
“No matter what they or the buyer chooses for them, it is an experience that they won’t forget and many end up becoming regular loyal spa clients. “
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