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The future of Health and Wellbeing is in our own hands

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All the Christmas treats, all the chocolates, and let’s not to mention all the Prosecco and Champagne!

The beginning of the year is a fantastic opportunity to clean out and start again! It is a great time to cleanse your liver!

The most important purpose of a detox is to allow your liver to cleanse. Detoxing shouldn’t be just about weight loss.  Many people start the year complaining about weight gain and they think they must detox to lose weight. However, the real reason to start a detox is to clear out any toxins and rebalance the acids which may have accumulated during the Christmas break which cause inflammation. However, weight loss may well be a by-product of doing this!

Inflammation: What is Inflammation?

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Skills and Levels within the Industry

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There are numerous excellent training and career opportunities for a people entering the Salon, Spa and Wellness Industry.

Many schools, universities, and colleges offer training courses on a wide variety of levels that will help you expand your career. There are also numerous international shows and seminars that can help to increase your CPD. Once you have obtained the right training, qualifications, and certifications, the career opportunities are only limited by your own imagination.

Certifications and Qualifications

Different levels of certifications and qualifications are required by the various fields of employment.

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Recruitment…What can we do?

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There are now almost 1,400 spas throughout the UK, a total of 6,927 treatment rooms and 33,684 therapists.  Our industry, only in its infancy, is booming.  With wellbeing and mindfulness being on the tip of everyone’s tongue, the top of everyone’s news feed and chattering away into our ears, before us lies the future of spa.

In the key note speech at last year’s Spa Life, we listened how we would soon change tack, from marketing to the well and on to the ‘unwell’ and eventually ‘the sick’.   Even with the most positive of outlooks, we do need to look at the way the population is evolving and how we market to it.

The national recognition… that ‘its ok’ not to be ok, has spearheaded the mindfulness and alternative therapy awareness into spas and wellbeing practitioners.  It’s now acceptable to delve into natural cures, coaching and therapeutic support, the everyday person is far more inquisitive as to what ‘we in the business’ can offer them as their ‘feel better, live better ticket’.

So, this is music to the spa industry’s ears, right?  More demand, more revenue for our booming industry… but what about the recruitment crisis we are having?

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BETTER TOGETHER – UK SPA ASSOCIATION & UKACTIVE ANNOUNCE NEW MEMBERSHIP ALLIANCE

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The UK Spa Association (UKSA) and ukactive have today announced a new partnership, offering a new ‘Active Spa’ membership for businesses which provide both spa and fitness services.

The new membership option comes as a result of the growth of the UK wellness industry, with organisations now increasingly embracing a holistic approach to wellness that includes spa, relaxation and fitness.

‘Active Spa’ will offer members the specialist support of both membership bodies in a single affordable package – ensuring members can benefit from expertise in improving reputation, brand awareness and growth across the spa and physical activity sectors.

Key support services across both organisations in the areas of spa and fitness include: health and safety advice, strategic business growth and counsel, discounts on sector events and networking opportunities, public awareness campaigning, benchmarking and much more.

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Raising your Business Profile

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Planning for the festive season can start as early as the previous Christmas for big high street retailers. Of course not as easy for some of us who run small businesses. There are clients to serve and staff to manage. However foreplanning can reap real rewards.

If you have only just come up for air and realised you need to get into the Christmas jingle.

Here are a few ideas to get your staff and your business singing, “Deck the halls with holly.”

First, let’s start with your goals:

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The Future of Health and Wellbeing is in Our Own Hands

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Why should we learn more about our bodies?

From the beginning of our lives we have learnt the basic essentials of how to survive. Taught to walk, taught to eat and taught to rest. These are the fundamental actions in our daily lives. In our ancestry, pre-historic man would have had to hunt for food, hunt for meat and forage for good vegetables and fruit and then rest, it was our only way for survival.

In today’s world, we have food accessible 24/7 and have ready-meals which eliminate any need for activity like our ancestry which has led to a sedimentary lifestyle. Our energies have been converted to use in on our work, social and family life and we are becoming less active as a result. Those activities rarely require a raised heart beat which is important for our cardio vascular and respiratory systems. Equally now more than ever we are connected to the 24/7 world so it leaves little time for rest and downtime. 

One of the greatest concerns in our life is what we eat! We are eating less nutrient dense foods, which has been replaced by preservatives and man-made additives. Not only does eating less nutrient dense food can lead to physical ill-health but also affects our moods which can lead to weight gain and our ability to be as active.

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Celebrating the Season with a Drink

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Why would you need a Liquor Licence?


Whether you’re creating a promotional evening or just to saying thank you to your existing clients.  Can you do this legally?

In the past, we would openly offer clients a glass of mulled wine, a glass of prosecco without a thought. However, now… Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linkedin are all great ways to promote the festive season.  But, if you advertise your business with a photo of a client drinking in your business or promote a treatment offering a glass of wine (without the relevant license) you could be fined £15,000.00

Promote your business safely

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Christmas Gift Cards

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The Holidays are a magical time for sharing heartfelt wishes with friends and family, gifting presents and enjoying the sound of Christmas carols and the smell of warm gingerbread. However, for spa owners, the Holidays tend to be far more hectic. Throughout most of December, spas are overflowing with appointments, supplies are flying off the shelves and there is hardly any time to exchange warm wishes with every customer.

By now, your spa is already looking festive - the Christmas tree is up, ribbons and baubles are hanging in the windows and Holiday music is playing all day. But when you think about it, your competition is doing the same. What can you do to create a more unique Holiday experience for your spa customers?

The answer is simple - offer festive gift cards. The Versum team has designed a set of ornate, festive-themed gift vouchers, which you can print out and offer to your clients. Besides spreading Holiday cheer, here are some of the benefits you can expect to see from offering them at your spa:

Increased sales

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Guest post: Minimoon spa packages for couples

bath bathroom beauty salon 3188While plenty of spas focus on pre-wedding pampering packages, don’t forget to capitalise on the minimoon trend by offering a package aimed at couples who have just tied the knot. For the last ten years, the minimoon has been rising in popularity, as couples opt for shorter, cheaper breaks due to time and budget constraints. Here’s how to appeal to newlyweds according to wedding experts Guides for Brides.

Time it right

Ideally you’d be able to offer a minimoon package all year round, but if you want to capture the majority of couples, summer is still your peak time. Extending this offer into late summer and early autumn may also pay dividends, as our 2017 bridal survey revealed that more couples are choosing to tie the knot later in the season.

Throw in romantic extras

The key to turning a standard couples package into a minimoon spa package is to add the romantic extras that newlyweds will be looking for. Including free champagne, rose petals in jacuzzi baths, and candlelit treatments will always go down well, and combining with food is a great way to increase the overall package value. 

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Wellness Retreats, are trending what could you learn from them?

A wellness retreat is a special kind of getaway - not quite a vacation, not quite an adventure, and yet likely the most rewarding getaway you’ll ever give yourself. Because that’s exactly what a wellness retreat is - a gift to yourself, a chance to up the ante on your mental and spiritual well-being.

Going on a wellness retreat takes you out of your everyday life in a way just about nothing else can. You can choose your degree of removal, but often the best way to get the most out of the experience is to completely unplug - leave the job behind, shut down your technology, and allow yourself to simply BE.

Here are reasons to even consider this kind of getaway in the first place.

Taking Time for Yourself

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To some this can seem selfish, to

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The future of Health and Wellbeing is in our own hands

Why do we need to start taking care of ourselves?

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Welcome to the busiest and most demanding time of our lives where every day brings additional new challenges, stresses and strains!

 We are now connected to the world 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The internet, smartphone technology, and social media have created an ability to compete and respond instantaneously, but the downside to this is that it means we are all ‘always on’.

There is so much information out there – more than at any other time in human history – and all of it is easily accessed by the touch of a phone screen wherever we happen to be. Each day our minds are bombarded with thousands of images and an immeasurable amount of information is being absorbed by our brains.

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World Wellness Weekend

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The weekend of 22nd and 23rd September was World Wellness weekend, celebrated in over 80 countries around the world. A number of spas, beauty salons, suppliers and industry experts joined in the celebrations this year. Here is a taste of what was on offer this week across the country.

The Cafe Royal did it in style, with Akasha Wellness Weekend. Offering a number of complimentary group sessions. Join our trusted resident wellbeing experts and tutors from Aromatherapy Associates in a number of sessions dedicated to nourishing mind, body and soul.

Shakti Veda Spa London offered a “How to abhyanga massage” via Instagram if you were not able to visit them in the spa for a treatment.

The Balmoral in Edinburgh in collaboration with Tribe Yoga offered three yoga classes over the weekend, to revive yourself post yoga you were treated to smoothie and energy ball.

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Salon & Spa Networking Lunch launches at Professional Beauty North

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On Sunday 21st October, Professional Beauty North will host a dedicated forum for salon and spa professionals to discuss business challenges and share solutions among like-minded colleagues, industry experts and leading brands.

New for 2018, the initiative will take place alongside the leading beauty and spa exhibition at Manchester Central, aiming to help professionals in the industry to improve their businesses through collaborative discussion and problem-solving.

Salon and spa owners and managers, as well as sole traders, are invited to put business-related challenges and questions to the experts in a round-table discussion format. Key topics will include:

Staff management – recruiting and retaining the best talent

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Bridal skincare treatments

Whether it’s a last-minute pamper in the run-up to the big day or a series of targeted treatments to get the glowing skin for the photos, brides are a bath beauty cucumber 3192fantastic audience to target when it comes to skincare treatments, as often women feel more able to invest in premium skincare ahead of their wedding day than at any other time. Here’s how to capture that demographic according to wedding experts Guides for Brides.

Know your timeframes

As brides are working to a specific countdown to their day, it’s important that you’re aware of the date and what can be achieved in that time. Don’t recommend intensive treatments or facials too close to the day in case of adverse reactions, and be clear and realistic with the bride if she’s looking for targeted results such as fine line or rosacea reduction ahead of the wedding.

Upsell a series

Speaking of targeted treatments, brides are the perfect audience to sell a series to, especially if they start planning in advance. Treatments like microdermabrasion, laser facials and peels work best in a series and are likely to be the kind of thing that brides are after anyway, so use this as an upselling opportunity.

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National Spa Week – Who’s got your back?

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National Spa Week – Who’s got your back?

10th -17th September

Are you ready to benefit from the message of National Spa Week – “more people into more spas more often” A fabulous objective for the industry but what about the practicalities of more people in your spa?

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Summer holidays …

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For many, travel is all about experiencing other cultures, understanding different traditions and learning about a country's rich historical tapestry. It's about throwing yourself out of your comfort zone, exposing your senses to new sights, smells and sounds, and really getting beneath the skin of a place.

Yes, yes that's all well and good, thank you very much, you might be thinking — but what if you just want to head to the sun and partake in some serious self-indulgence? What's so wrong with wanting to lie on a pristine white sand beach, swim in a crystal-clear ocean and head to the spa to be preened and pampered to within an inch of your life?

Nothing at all, we say. Nothing. At. All.

When I return from holiday I often find myself inspired by what I have experienced and seen. One of my most memorable experiences was visiting Six Senses Yao Noi in 2012. My biggest take away from this holiday was the concept of ‘new luxury’. We spend so much of our energy and our lives in the act of doing, chores, tasks, work and those all-consuming emails. We never have a moment of quietude with the 24-hour news cycle, social media and the extended workday due to constant accessibility. At Six Senses there is a real sense of coming back to the centre, switching off and reconnecting with family and loved ones without the distractions listed above. Enjoying the simple life, albeit in the surroundings of absolute luxury, carved out in a natural and understated setting.

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Lavish believe B2B market key to increased spa bookings

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The Lavish spa voucher brand has relaunched with a new look and new ownership and is already helping to increase bookings for their spa partners. Working with a range of properties across the UK, Lavish believes that spas can see real success by not only looking at a consumer audience, but by also targeting deals and awareness into the business market, namely through employee engagement and ‘perk’ platfoms. 

These platforms allow employers to offer employees subscribed to its platform a range of perks, including things like free phone insurance, cinema tickets, and 2 for 1 meal deals when eating out – and spa vouchers through Lavish. 

The spa sector is of interest to employers as employee wellbeing has become marked in importance for many employers. A recent CIPD report showed that two-fifths of employers have a standalone well-being strategy and over half agree that employee well-being is on senior leaders’ agendas. Positive results include boosted employee morale and engagement (44%), a healthier and more inclusive culture (35%) and lower sickness absence (31%) to name just a few. 

The platforms account for an audience for Lavish of over 15 million employees and include platforms such as WeGift, Edenred and Reward Gateway, used by some of the biggest businesses in the World. Lavish believes this opens up a whole new audience for spas and beauty businesses. 

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Wellness Collective Events – Spa Networking Experiences With A Difference

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Max Laurence-Gutteridge reflects on his passion for the spa and wellness industry and the journey that led him to create Wellness Collective Events.

IMG_2069.JPGThroughout my childhood I always wanted to be a Paramedic. The idea of helping people, the fast paced environment, and the opportunity to help save lives was very appealing. 

However, as many of us do, I actually ended up leaving school and heading off to college to study something entirely different. In my case it was business management and event production.

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Keeping Your Cool In The Heatwave!

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Oh yay! It’s summer and yes, it’s oh so hot! Summer is funtime as we get to play outdoors, take a vacation, dig our toes into the sand and enjoy the coolness of a pool, pond or river.

With British summers being the hottest on record we need to find ways to keep cool at home. I have a few tips that I have adapted from the spa industry:

  • Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.

Your body is about 60% water. So keep drinking. Toss a little fruit slice in for some added flavour. My current favourite is a few mint leaves, a dash of lime or a slice of lemon with ice.

Keep the children topping up on water throughout the day. We have had fun making different flavoured ice cubes in fun shapes.

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From Therapist to Spa Manager in Five Years Hannah Swindells of Shrigley Hall tells her inspirational story…

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What made you want to work in the industry? What route did you take in?

Strange as it may seem, from being very young I always wanted to be a chef.  All throughout my education I dedicated most of my time to that career path, since starting to work at the age of 13 in a quaint farm owned Cheshire tearoom. I even went on to do further work experience at a highly reputable Cheshire restaurant.

In my teens, I was so eager to get out into the food industry and work, but it was only when I went to the prospective college ‘show arounds’ that I had a change of heart. It was a discussion with one of the beauty tutors at the college that changed my mind. I could see where a career in spa & beauty could take me, and how I could develop within an industry with great potential for progression and growth and a huge variety of different routes in.

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