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And Relax… We’ve made it!

 ‘The future of Health and Wellbeing is in our own hands’ 

Written by Christine-Alice Hartigan 

 

We are one quarter way through 2019, WE HAVE MADE IT! 

It is March and spring time is here! We have hopefully all recovered from the financial stresses from Christmas and, if you’ve been following the tips from January and February blogs, you will have made some significant changes to your lifestyle - the January Detox completed and February daily exercise routine implemented. 

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It’s a green beauty revolution!

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Written by Lloyd Barker

 

There's been a major shift happening in the beauty industry. Not only are beauty brands stripping out potentially harmful ingredients, millennials, in particular, are demanding cleaner makeup and skin-care alternatives. Kline (US Health & Beauty Market Analysis) for example, predicts the natural cosmetics and skincare market will hit $50 billion this year (2019). 

Although natural beauty brands are nothing new, many of the best-known natural personal care brands — like Burt’s Bees, The Body Shop and Aveda — were founded over 25 years ago. Following the ban on micro-beads, beauty brands are really lifting the lid on natural, organic and eco-friendly products. 

An increase in customer awareness of the chemicals used in everyday cosmetics is the primary driver of the growth of the natural beauty market. “Two decades ago there was very little information,”says Lloyd Baker, MD of Cozmetica, the sole UK distributor for prestigious spa brand GAYLIA KRISTENSEN, it’s USP being the combination of science with plant derived nature – Natural Molecular Cosmetics. Now, there are plenty of websites that provide a comprehensive database of “chemicalfree” ingredients and beauty products. Consumers are more aware of what is in the product and I think it’s the result of knowledgeable beauty journalists and their blogger counterparts. Consumers tend to move along the awareness spectrum, initially with food. They think about what they’re putting in their body, before starting to consider what they are putting on it”. 

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The healing power of nature

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Written By Aija Rozenberga - University of Derby

 

Many of us have a special memory we treasure from time spent outdoors. Perhaps that was a moment when you climbed that mountain with a gentle breeze rustling in your hair and watched the sunset at the summit paint the sky in vibrant colours. Or a warm summer day when you experienced swimming in a remote lake for the first time? It could be a memory about time spent camping, or in meaningful conversations with friends, whilst immersed in the warm glow radiating from a log fire. Maybe after dancing all night at an outdoor festival, you walked barefoot in the green, lush forest moss and your soul was singing because of a revelation - you are never truly alone. You belong. You are part of nature.

Arguably, intuitive knowledge about nature having a healing effect is as old as humanity itself. However, only in the past decades of solid scientific evidence, have various benefits of the natural environment emerged. As reported by Global Wellness Institute, ‘Prescribing Nature’ is one of wellness trends for 2019. Biophilia is a new buzz word and the biophilic concept is successfully used in architecture, design, fitness and wellness industry around the world.

The first who defined biophilia hypothesis was biologist Edward Wilson who proposed that humans are ‘hard-wired’ to be in contact with the natural world and other living entities. He concluded that without connection to the natural environment people can be prone to depression.Austrian biologist, Clemens Arvay claims that forest bathing is good for health as forest air contains chemicals called terpenes which significantly increase the human immune function and boost natural anti- cancer mechanisms. He argues that one day spent in a forest allows the immune system's natural protective cells to multiply by more than 50%.

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Eco Spas: is it worth investing in ecology?

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Written by Brigita Kliucinskaite - University of Derby

 

Living in 2019 is as exciting as it is challenging. The climate change, limited resources and an increasingpressure from today’s millennial society, forces businesses to rethink their strategies and actually ask themselves the question: Is it worth going green? Of course, as the customeris the centreof the spa industry, the real question here is whether the customer appreciates spas being ecological. 

Do customers actually care about being green?

Not surprisingly, together with a common sense that we must preserve the earth,there are various studies confirming customers actually care. The international study performed significantly outlines that even 95% of individuals feelpersonally concerned about saving the environment. A study found that only a small group of individuals agreed to paying a 5% premium for green products, therefore showing that being eco-friendly is not priority when price was a deciding factor. Still, being green is a significant competitive advantage of when the priceand quality of competitors are similar. Moreover, sustainabilityresearch shows that, in terms of performance, companies investing in being green will be highly recognized over the next few decades. Plus, with a focus merely on the spa industry according to a 2013 American Lives marketing surveys,90% of all wellness customers are environmentally oriented, therefore, such a huge overlap commits thespa industry to look into ecology. 

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Embracing the Generational Change: Keeping the Industry Alive

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 Written by Hannah Briggs - University of Derby

 

Today, in 2019; where the main workforce is millennials, and Generation Z starting to filter into the mix, it is important that employers understand the generational differences between them and generations prior. 

In a world where technology is constantly evolving, millennials and generation Z have learned how to adapt to the fast-paced change. Not only do they expect change, but they make change occur by being the driving force behind technology advances as the consumers demanding them. This can be an extremely beneficial quality of an employee as their innate ability to adapt to change so quickly enables the company they work for to keep up with technological evolution, therefore allowing them more flexibility and better communication in most cases.

Whilst this may be a beneficial quality for various reasons, it could also be a hindrance when the individual goes from being ‘tech-savvy’ to too dependent on their devices, especially in the spa industry or alike as they are guest facing industries. Research shows1that 53% of millennials would rather lose their sense of smell than lose access to some kind of technological gadget and this is when it becomes an issue especially in an industry like spa where all the senses are so important in what we do. For young millennials and Gen Z, it has become the social norm to text, tweet and snapchat to communicate. In an office however, it goes back to the ‘old fashioned’ means of communication like face-to-face or calling someone on the phone. Being a guest facing industry, we know how important the communication between therapists or front of house staff and guests is. 

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The future of Health and Wellbeing is in our own hands

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10 ways to integrate exercise into your day 

Our bodies have been designed to move. Functional body movements which allow us to walk, to climb, to pick things up are integral to our day. Inactivity (even sedentary in blocks) can affect our daily functional movements. We are doing less for longer periods of the day. The computer job and office based work which began in the 80’s has now meant that a high percentage of the population who has stayed with an office based job, has almost been sitting for 8 hours a day/ 5 days per week for 40 years! In this time, we have had an increase of obesity, diabetes and inflammation (pain) from repetitive strain injuries, from lower back pain (causing a weak core sitting at a desk for long periods of the day), “computer slump” shoulders from arching your back at your desk, overused hip flexors (shortening), not to mention other serious illnesses linked to inactivity. A daily routine or repetitive habits are sustained for long periods of the day, this becomes a lifestyle, which unfortunately has been subconsciously forced upon us. 

Workplace wellness is a key topic on the Global Wellness agenda. Research strongly suggests that work life inactivity health imbalance has caused the decline of our activity levels, leading to a more sedentary lifestyle.

As with anything in life, we are determined by what we do. If we sit more than we are active then we are sedentary.

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Active Spa membership with the UK Spa Association (UKSA)

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When it was announced at the Spa Life UK Convention in November that a new Active Spa membership with the UK Spa Association (UKSA) and ukactive was being launched, the overriding response from spa operators was a call for a more joined-up conversation. And that’s exactly the response we needed – confirming this partnership is the way forward for all operators looking to provide a complete wellness offering.

Wellness and what it means is discussed at every turn within both the spa and fitness sectors. Reading a trade spa publication recently, I counted at least four articles covering 360˚ wellness: what it meant, what it included and who was competently delivering it. According to spa professionals well versed in what 360˚ wellness should look like, some overseas resorts are delivering just that – a total wellness package that incorporates emotional health, physical activity and relaxation. Yet here in the UK we are some way behind.

 

Until now, the spa and fitness sectors have operated and networked in very separate professional worlds

 

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Have You Got Your Therapists Back?

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Have You Got Your Therapists Back?

The Spa and Wellness industry has exploded tenfold over the last few years with more and more sites being built almost every month not only in the UK but worldwide.

There is an abundance of beauty products coming onto the market along with a plethora of new and innovative treatments which sees everyone clambering to get the next great beauty tip, treatment and products.  With this in mind one of the most fundamental asset to any spa and beauty business is your Therapists, without them there would not be a spa or beauty industry; but yet still their health and wellbeing are often forgotten.  They may end up working long hours with very little breaks, carrying out treatments and using products that can have a detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing.

A well-managed spa will have robust health and safety management system in place based on employee requirements, working environment and client safety.  It will include bespoke Risk and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health assessments (COSHH) highlighting the hazards and controls of the working environment, treatments and products that are being used.

Bespoke Risk and COSHH assessments are key for the protection of therapists and the assessments must take into account any special medical matters, whether they are on any medication, have any allergies or a new and expectant mother.

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A New Way to Network for The Wellness Industry

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Wellness Collective Events is a new breed of luxury networking excellence that puts the wellness of all the guests at the heart of its events. 24 – 27 April 2019, sees the first European networking event launch at the Verdura Hotel & Spa Resort in Sicily, where guests have constant access to the site spa and fitness facilities and where they can also take part in daily scheduled activities from meditation and yoga on the beach, to running groups through Sicily’s renowned olive and lemon groves and much more. 

The four-day event seeks to create an environment that gives attendees the time and space they need to properly un-wind, miles away from the pressures of the office so that they can take a step back to work ‘on’ their business rather than ‘in’ their business.

Operators can expect plenty of opportunity to network with peers and keep up with the latest spa specialist brands and trends, while at the same time developing new and practical skills learning through the dynamic and interactive ‘Hot Seat Symposiums’, which feature some of the most prestigious and influential people from the industry – and some exciting brand-new faces too! Operators can rest assured that they will leave this event with new skills and knowledge that will positively impact their bottom line.

Product brands and suppliers can expect to meet spa managers and directors who have been hand-picked to ensure they have budget to spend and authority to spend it.

Exclusive Media partner European Spa Magazine will add further prestige through the co-hosting of a Champagne Lunch, Gala Dinner, and the brand-new Icon Awards.

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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?

“Inflammation is your body's way of protecting itself from infection, illness, or injury. As part of the inflammatory response, your body increases its production of white blood cells, immune cells, and substances called cytokines that help fight infection.”

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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.

There is no specific standard qualification required for all therapists however, most employers are looking for qualifications with these types of certifications and standards:

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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?

I operate Weavers’ House Spa in Suffolk.  A beautiful boutique and bijou day spa nestled into the idyllic village of Lavenham. The spa is busy with clients from far and wide, the team work together to provide a bespoke spa experience and the attention to detail and time we dedicate to our treatments mean that our clients fall in love with the spa.  However, running a small spa in a rural village is a far cry from the ‘big smoke’ and becomes impossible when illness strikes, or a therapist decides to jump jobs.  We are left juggling columns, and me rolling up my sleeves and performing treatments at the drop of a hat, to ensure we don’t disappoint.  This isn’t sustainable, and certainly not a long-term solution, so we needed to come up with a plan - what can we do?

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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:

Bringing awareness of your services and products you retail, raising your business profile business.Rewarding your loyal clients. I like the three “R’s”. Reward, Retain, Renew. There is so much value in your existing client base and it's easy to take them for granted.Increasing your retail sales and customers average spend over the festive season.Gift vouchers are essential at this time of year.

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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

 Contact your local authority and see if you need to apply for a premises licence.

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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

Did you know? Gift cards are one of the most popular stocking stuffers people purchase for their close ones during the Holiday season - and with a colourful and festive design, who can resist getting one? For the undecided present buyer, not knowing what to get for their close one is not a problem, since gift cards can be utilised for any product or service the owner desires. Offering an elegantly designed card at your spa is the safest bet!

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Guest post: Minimoon spa packages for couples

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While 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?

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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

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Why do we need to start taking care of ourselves?

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.

How can we not question the effects on our mental health and wellbeing?

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