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Nutrition

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 Wrtten by Christine-Alice Hartigan

May day! May day! In this month’s blog I’llbe talking about the importance of getting the right nutrients into your body and what to be aware of when selecting your foods!

Why is this important?

The most important element for ensuringgood health is food.  Learningabout thefoodsweput into our bodies and what foods are good for each of us individually is key.Everyperson will ultimately have a different reaction to foods based on DNA make-up and ancestry. Also some people who are finding intolerances to certain foods may not necessarily be intolerancesto the foods they think they are. In some cases, intolerances can be reversed through detoxing, fasting or eliminating the foods causing the reaction. Some people could actually reverse these intolerances with detoxing the body through fasting or reverting to eating foods which do not have these elements within them. 

BE AWARE: Items which can be sold us as “Food” in the shops and advertised to us by brands don’t always providenutritious value to our bodies.

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Men in Spa's

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- Written by Brigita Kliucinskaite - University of Derby

 

 

The Spa industry, valued at 119 billion US dollars in 2018, is a leader in revenue growth in the whole wellness industry with the average annual growth of 9.8% since 2015. However, it still remains to be the industry with the highest gender gap at a surprising share of only 29% of male customers compared to 71% of female customers in the United Kingdom. In addition to that, according to industry research, 80% of all males that decide to use the Spa only choose to come with their romantic partner. Females, on the contrary, prefer to relax with a friend or alone while some men still see relaxing alone in the Spa as a daunting experience. It is more than clear that the female segment today is at the peak of using the Spas or at least anywhere close to that. Conversely, the perspectives of the male targeted segment are still out there to be materialised.

Why men are avoiding Spas?

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Will Technology disrupt the spa industry?

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- Written by Aija Rozenberga - University of Derby

 

We have become an open book for algorithms. Your smart mattress may know more about your health than your GP. If you have a smart kettle that talks to Alexa, it may as well chat to a hacker on the other side of the world. Digitalization is changing the way we do everything at unprecedented speeds across all households, organisations and businesses in the developed world. The spa industry is no exception.

Without a doubt, various innovations allow us to learn better,reach our goals faster,communicate across continents and make fewer mistakes. Official media channels constantly remind us about the benefits of innovations and symbiotic relationships with smart technologies which could take us beyond our wildest dreams. We are expected to merge with technology in the near future, apparently. However, challenges and threats of technological advancement are mostly discussed in scientific circles, behind closed doors, remaining a controversial topic. A growing body of scientific literature documents evidence of non-thermal cellular damage from non-ionizing wireless radiation used in telecommunications. [1]Scientists are warning against growing health concerns related to, for example, 5G technologies needed to facilitate further innovations and the Internet of Things. Thousands of satellites are orbiting planet Earth already. Thousands more will be added to facilitate 5G. Permanent, prolonged exposure to electromagnetic fields have various chemical effects including increased cancer risk, structural and functional changes to the human reproductive system, oxidative stress, and neurological disorders. Radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) negatively impacts serotonin and melatonin levels, leading to declining mental health. Studies have linked RF-EMF to the weakened blood-brain barrier, allowing harmful toxins to accumulate in the brain.[2] 

There are also talks about mental obesity. Due to technology advancements, information, like food, has become nearly unlimited in developed countries. We are struggling to maintain tech balance and become mentally obese. There are certainly many benefits of modern technologies, but it comes with a price tag attached. We are paying with our relationships with loved ones, health, time, physical movement, and connection to nature. 

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Re-branding Spa into Wellness

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- Written by Hannah Briggs - University of Derby

 

 

When you hear the word ‘spa’, what do you think of? I asked a friend, who is not in the industry but is a keen spa goer this question, they answered ‘relaxation, luxury’. When I asked them the same question about wellness, they answered ‘looking after and maintaining my mental and physical state’. Now, thisis just one person’s perception. One consumer of the spa and wellness industry. However, just because it is one person in this instance, doesn’t mean a lot of other consumers aren’t thinking the same thing.

Spas Vs Wellness Centres: Who Dares Wins

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Habia Announces Approval of the National Occupational Standards for Aesthetic Treatments

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Habia/SkillsActive have been working with industry experts and regulators nationwide to develop a suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Aesthetic Treatments. 

Initial research began February 2018. Expert working groups of industry professionals reviewed the standards for electrocautery, radio frequency, laser and light, superficial skin peeling, micro needling, micropigmentation and advanced micropigmentation. The wide range of industry experts developed the standards to ensure they meet the needs of employers, educators and learners. 

Habia/SkillsActive initiated a Nationwide Consultation to hear your views of the NOS development, responses were comprehensive and valuable. All feedback received were discussed, analysed and incorporated into the final versions. 

Diane Hey chair of the NOS review said “I wish to extend a huge debt of gratitude for the amount of voluntary contribution that Industry specialists and regulators have come together to provide, ensuring that the suite is compliant with regulations for non-surgical aesthetic procedures” Diane added “there is a widespread desire to confirm the standards of practice expected in these modalities common to all four nations to promote public safety and a pathway for aesthetic practitioners and this suite provides the agreed standards of all relevant parties. 

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Trends to watch in 2019

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- by Brigita Kliucinskaite - University of Derby

 

 

Without any doubt, today’s world is highly overloaded with ‘’trends’’. The millennial world is led, ruled and pushed forward by trends, likes and dislikes. We live in a time when the world is changing at an enormous pace, having new youngest billionaires, success stories and more… Only because it is trendy. The Spa industry is no different. A simple back massage is considered a treat, but is that still the case? There are hundreds and hundreds of trends in the spa industry to look out for, however the real science is to know which trends would actually make a difference for your spa. Therefore, a trend is not only a blinking fashionable toy that will be thrown back to where it came from when the joy fades away. The other and more sustainable side and meaning of trends is to notice how the demand is moving and what clients prefer at that exact point in time – it does not actually matter what people wanted last year, all you need to know is what customers will want in 2019 and use it to benefit your spa.

Indeed, the latest International Spa Association (ISPA) research reveals the Spa visits in the United States being at an all-time high and the only certainty is change. Of course, your target audience still remains the most important factor. Generation X, naturally, do not want to see mobile phones inside the spa, they still want to relax and have the good old simple full body massage. They do not want blinking TV’s, high-tech mobile app or oat milk in their coffee. The most important thing is, generation X go to spas and can afford this pleasure. Their preferences hardly change, and it is easy to keep this type of customer entertained. However, the momentum has passed and no spa will make an actual step ahead of the competition while concentrating on generation X and leaving the trends aside.

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Mental Health and Wellness

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- by  Aija Rozenberga - University of Derby

 

 

Happy people have some things in common. That lightness in their steps or twinkle in eyes, and the glowing aura of optimism.The happiest people in the world walk or cycle to work, swim in cold open waters, they are creative in their work life, regularly meet up with friends, and have strong sense of community and meaningful social interaction. At least that is whatMeik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, seems to think.  

Sadness, in contrary, has many shades and is as unique as our fingerprints, our first childhood memories and most painful experiences. Maybe that’s part of the reason we often fail to notice mental illness in our communities or even when it is close to home.

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Graduate Schemes: who needs ‘em?

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- by Hannah Briggs - University of Derby

 

 

Graduating can be a daunting process. This is when the time finally comes to integrate yourself into the real world and trade in the £1.50 Jäger bombs on a Wednesday night for an early evening viewing of your favourite soap before a nice early night. It sounds delightful really! What is there to worry about? Except for the rest of your life of course…

After you graduate the world really is your oyster. Nowadays, we are so fortunate to have the endless list of opportunities that once did not exist. That’s great, right!? But where on earth do you begin?

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Uniting the movement of an active nation

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- Written by Steve Scales

 

The UKSA's partnership with ukactive continues to develop with the growth of the Active Spa membership for operators with spa and leisure facilities within their business. Steve Scales, ukactive Client Services Director shares his thoughts on the importance of collaboration and partnerships to continue to drive the wellness message. 

 

Working in a wide array of roles in my career, I’ve come across two main types of organisation. The first is unchanging – parroting lethargic and exasperated clichés such as ‘nothing really changes’, remaining stagnant and unresponsive to the world around them. 

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How Diet Affects Sleep Quality

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How Diet Affects Sleep Quality
By Ellie Porter, managing editor of SleepHelp.org
 
 

Food has a lot of different effects on our body, depending on what type of food we eat. It gives us the energy we need to get out of bed in the morning while also nourishing every part of our body. What you might not realize is that what we put in our bodies has a huge impact on the amount of and quality of sleep we get. If you want to make sure you are eating foods that are good for you and good for your sleep, keep reading!

Some foods and substances, like caffeine or nicotine, can delay your sleep for hours after you use them. Caffeine stays in your system for up to 8 hours after you drink it, so keep your coffee or energy drink intake to the mornings whenever possible.

You can also help yourself regulate when you will feel tired by avoiding foods that are high in sugar, which will cause your blood sugar to rise and fall throughout the day. If you find yourself needing an energy boost in the early afternoon, as we so often do, try doing about 10 minutes of exercise like jumping jacks. This can give you the endorphin rush that you need to get through to the end of the workday and help you to sleep later on.

You will also struggle to sleep if you are hungry.  While eating late at night can cause problems for your digestion,  going to bed hungry isn't a good option for you either. If you need to eat a late night snack, try to make it something that combines dairy and cereal.

Other foods, like foods with spices or acidic ingredients you aren’t used to eating, can cause you to struggle to stay asleep once you’re in bed. Alcohol is also often thought of as something that helps you to get to sleep, and it can.  however, it will also cause you problems when it comes to staying asleep. The more you drink, the more likely you are to need to wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. This will lead to several disruptions of your sleep, leaving you feeling groggy and miserable in the morning.

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‘Being the change we want to see in the world’

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 ‘Being the change we want to see in the world’

BC Softwear was established in 2002 by Barbara Cooke who is Managing Director and founder. Since launch, BC Softwear has committed to developing products that are designed for quality and made to last. The company has a philosophy that promises never to follow fads or fashions, and only manufacturer products that fit a customer need; designed and tested for performance, in a commercial capacity before launch.  

 

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“Cryotherapy - The Hottest and Coolest Trend In Wellness’

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“Cryotherapy - The Hottest and Coolest Trend In Wellness’

Cryotherapy is the hottest trend in wellness, with the market for our products growing at nearly 10% per annum. Demand exceeds supply as more wellness aficionados see celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Daniel Craig and many more, taking cryotherapy as part of their daily routines. As a result, we receive enquiries daily from interested parties. Spas have an opportunity to open up a valuable revenue stream.   

Cryotherapy is a simple 3 minute experience, delivering so many positive benefits to wellbeing. The client enters our unit, stands and listens to their pre-selected music and at the end of the 3 minutes, exits. While in the cryotherapy unit, their body undergoes physiological changes with inflammation and puffiness being reduced, blood being cleansed and enzyme enriched, any pain they may be feeling being reduced. Post-session, they feel an endorphin rush, as well as an upswing in positivity and relaxation. Sleep is improved as stress levels are reduced. An overall wellness treat!

Choosing the right cryotherapy partner and equipment is vitally important for any spa. The wrong choice can lead to damage to both the reputation of your spa and, at worst, be positively dangerous to your clients.

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Dermalogica - Human touch more than skin deep?

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Dermalogica - Human touch more than skin deep?

Lesley Corridan – Dermalogica Education Manager: Trade and Consumer

Skin therapists know instinctively the value of physical contact.  There is something about the energy and emotion that passes from one human to the next when we connect – whether a warm embrace, a simple touch on the arm or a polite handshake. 

Over recent years’ society has sent messages of the dangers of touch, the misconstrued meanings it could give, the lawsuits that could follow.  Understandably, we tend shy away from putting ourselves in a vulnerable position. With the rise of the digital era we have even more reason not to connect with people.  It’s easy to become isolated without consciously deciding to do so.  This is all happening around us despite the overwhelming evidence that human touch is vital for our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Touch is the first sense humans develop in the womb, even in embryos as small as 1.5cm. It is commonly thought of as a single sense, but it is significantly more complex. Our skin possesses nerve endings that recognise itch, vibration, pain, pressure and texture. And one exists solely to recognise a gentle stroking touch.

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Ellisons  - Helping to keep your therapists working comfortably and efficiently

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Ellisons  - Helping to keep your therapists working comfortably and efficiently

Behind every great spa is a great team of suppliers. Whether you’re embarking on a major refit or hoping to make some minor improvements. Ellisons will provide unrivalled service, expert advice and a seamless experience for every client.

In the world of wellness and spa it is important to keep up-to-date with all the latest equipment and techniques to keep your therapists working comfortably and efficiently.

With so many spas offering similar brands and treatment menus, we identified the opportunity to provide spas with signature treatment options enabling them to differentiate their offering and improve operating margins.

Ellisons continue to launch innovative treatments and other protocols which enhance our positioning as beauty industry innovators and during the UKSA events, the Spa Partner team will be demonstrating the treatment launches to support the wellbeing of spa therapists and whilst we can't eliminate therapists having to use their hands, we can minimise injury and unnecessary strain by ensuring we provide the best tools for your therapists. We believe it is paramount to maintain the health and well-being of all therapists as they are the backbone to offering professional massage treatments.

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Iiaa - Feed, Fortify and Finish - Empowering Skincare Professionals

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Iiaa - Feed, Fortify and Finish - Empowering Skincare Professionals

The International Institute for Anti-Ageing (iiaa) is an organisation founded on core values of integrity, efficacy and innovation to empower skincare professionals to achieve the best results for their clients. 

The value proposition is based on a 3 step philosophy of Feed, Fortify and Finish which is achieved through the provision of intelligent skin solutions, treatment skills and resource to deliver real results for discerning clients. At the forefront of a fast-moving industry, the iiaa has built its market reputation by supplying exceptional products and  a commitment to long-term education that ensures confidence, relevance, compliance and value added cutting-edge treatment techniques to it’s network of salon professionals.

Now, in operation for over 25 years, the iiaa is a recognised leader in the field, supplying thousands of salons and skin treatment centres in the UK and Ireland with brands and services that deliver results and guarantees to challenge the boundaries of professional beauty. These brands are Advanced Nutrition Programme™( FEED) Environ® skin care ( FORTIFY) and jane iredale® (FINISH) natural cosmetics. All have sound, scientific basis and achieve incredible, proven results through  a programmatic approach to working with the individual physiology of the skin to achieve maximum long term benefits:

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Gerrard International - Finding Our Voice - 27 Years Fighting Breast Cancer

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Gerrard International - Finding Our Voice - 27 Years Fighting Breast Cancer

 

 

For over two and a half decades, beauty company Gerrard International has been helping to fight breast cancer. The first time was when its chairman Susan Gerrard contracted the disease in 1992, just six months after introducing Jessica to the UK market. Since then Susan’s sister, daughter and daughter-in-law have all bravely fought through their own battles with breast cancer.

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Lumity – Why Supermodel Helena Christensen loves Lumity

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Lumity – Why Supermodel Helena Christensen loves Lumity

Our lives are now busier and more stressful than ever. With so much going on it’s key to remember to relax.

When Helena Christensen was shopping at Harrods department store in London, something caught her eye – Lumity’s healthy beauty supplements. She had heard about them working wonders for skin, hair and wellbeing whilst having dinner with an A-list actress friend in Los Angeles, but hadn’t yet had a chance to buy and try them for herself. The supermodel had been taking a variety of different vitamins and her bathroom cabinet at home in Manhattan was stuffed with little tubs packed with zinc, turmeric, Omega 3 oils as well as vitamin D which she took in a bid to cope with the demands of juggling being a busy working mother and a jet-set lifestyle.

After some diligent research into Cambridge University-educated Dr. Sara Palmer Hussey PhD’s clever day and night softgel capsules, the Copenhagen, Denmark-born model decided to stop taking all of the other supplements she had at home and stick with just one regime – Lumity. Christensen was so impressed by the results that she bought them for her mother and father before agreeing to become

 the brand’s first ever global ambassador, saying: "Due to my travel schedule and cross continental lifestyle, getting plenty of sleep and making healthy choices can be a challenge. With Lumity it’s easier to sustain a healthy lifestyle wherever I am.”

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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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