Wednesday, 12 July 2017 20:01

How Technology is Changing Health and Wellness

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The health and wellness industry is always changing. One area that is constantly developing is the technology available to the public. In this article we examine how technology has changed consumer's health and wellness habits.


Every year a new development is created that changes how the public monitors their health and wellness. Where once technology would only give information on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, now it is actively aiding customers in pursuing their goals.


Innovations such as the SmartMat for yoga are taking the information once confined to the gym and putting it into people’s homes. Tech Crunch reported that the SmartMat recognizes when a yoga pose is wrong and can automatically provide the right information to correct it. The advantage of this is that people who are uncomfortable with visiting a gym now have the means to try yoga without paying for a session with an instructor.

Friday, 30 June 2017 15:57

Spa Technology

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Windsor Fitness is excited to announce the new representation of Hydromassage, which specializes in the manufacture and innovation of products that bring comfort, relief and relaxation to people around the world.

Hydromassage is an open massage system, in two formats: bed and lounge, which provides guests with 10-15 minutes of relaxation. It has the most powerful hydromassage units on the market with a touch screen for massage adjustments and multimedia entertainment options in addition to temperature control.

With the demands of work and the increase of the exercise routines, it is very important to take time to rest and to recharge. The benefits of massage are plentiful, but having the Hydromassage equipment in your facility could also provide a quick return on the investment. In addition, your partners and guests will love your facility.



Friday, 30 June 2017 03:02

Spa Review: Mahekal Beach Resort, Mexico

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The Mahekal Beach Resort is located in the town of Playa del Carmen, just steps from the north end of its famous 5th avenue. With 800 feet of beachfront and 196 guest rooms, including individual Palapa style bungalows and premium suites just steps from the water’s edge, the Mayan inspired, Revive Spa at Mahekal Beach Resort is set among lush tropical gardens of the resort. The spa offers a variety of experiences such as body wraps, exfoliations, facials, massages, couples journeys and signature treatments in addition to beauty services and yoga classes. Treatments at Revive Spa incorporate native Mayan culture and indigenous homegrown ingredients like medicinal herbs, aloe and copal incense. Revive Spa is laid out in a round configuration imitating the philosophy of the Mayans.


Encompassing 2,500 square feet, guests are soothed with the sounds of water and wind chimes. Bohemian gypsy designs create a welcoming ambience infused with colorful Mexican accents, antique wood furniture, subtle lighting, louvered windows and a palapa style roof. Above the central elevated platform is a fiber optic lit ceiling, reminiscent of glowing stars, that guests can enjoy as they relax, pre or post treatment in the warm Jacuzzi.

Thursday, 29 June 2017 23:13

Spa Review: Jamaica Inn

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As you arrive at the renowned Jamaica Inn, you are immediately welcomed ‘home’. Whether you are a returning guest or a first time visitor, the staff invite you to feel comfortable in your surroundings, and go out of their way to ensure you do just that during your stay.


The timelessly elegant Jamaica Inn has been in operation since 1950 and has welcomed royalty, politicians and celebrities alike, who enjoy the intimacy and privacy the resort provides. The 48 suites and cottages, decorated and painted in crisp white and Wedgewood blue encircle a small, secluded bay on the outskirts of Ocho Rios (‘Ochy’ to the locals). Each suite is afforded spectacular views of the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea.

Thursday, 29 June 2017 22:51

Spa Review: Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

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The Carillon Miami Wellness Resort sits a on a 750 meter stretch of private beach overlooking the ocean and boasts a multitude of wellness facilities and offerings to suit all activity levels. On arrival at the resort, guests are provided with a activity schedule packed full of wellness related endeavors such as yoga, Pilates, meditation, cycling, zumba, ballet, strength training, kettlebells, TRX, barre, aerobics, rock climbing and pool based fitness classes. I chose to try a rock climbing class in the afternoon and sunrise meditation followed by yoga the next morning. With expert instructors always on hand to provide guidance and ensure safety, guests at the Carillon are always in good hands.


In addition to the impressive list of 40+ activities per day, the Carillon boasts an expansive fitness area with ocean view and state of the art equipment including Technogym ARTIS cardio machines and Technogym Kinesis functional training equipment. There are several pools to choose from at The Carillon. Family pools are at ground level while the adults only Atlantic Rooftop Pool provides the perfect setting for a morning aqua fitness class or a relaxing quiet place to spend the day.

Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:58

Customized Spa Scrubs

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With the rising trend in spa treatment customization, an apothecary style scrub selection is an excellent way to make bespoke spa services for your guests, and get them involved in the fun!


Styles of scrubs
Ideally your scrub bar should provide a range of textures and granularities for guests.

• Sugar scrub: choose from course or fine, brown, white or demerara
• Salt: sea salt, or Himalayan, course or fine, there’s a salt for everyone
• Rice: once ground, this fine powder scrub is an excellent exfoliator with anti-inflammatory and absorbent properties
• Coffee grounds: they have a great aroma and are ideal for slimming and invigorating anti-cellulite treatments, mix with sugar for added texture
• Ground Cacao nibs: an excellent choice for spas in Mexico, adding an indigenous ingredient.
• Beans (or corn): Any ground, dry bean can be used as an exfoliator and is a great way to incorporate a sense of place by choosing one local to the area. Perfect for Central and South America
• Oatmeal: perfect for sensitive skin, ground oatmeal is a gentle scrub with anti-inflammatory benefits.
• Beach sand: If you have an abundant source of sand, why not use it?

Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:06

Top 10 Tips To Improve Your Spa Retail

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How often do spa directors get together in your area?Your spas are not in competition with each other!Guests in your resort would not normally visit a spa at a competing resort. Get together, strengthen your community and learn from each other.What sells? What works? What are guests looking for?



It’s likely that up to 80% of your income comes from 20% of your guests.

What do your guests want? What do those top spenders have in common?



When your guests have to get on a plane to go home, they are concerned with weight and space in their luggage. Make it easy for them to try a new line or product with travel sizes or starter kits.

Sunday, 30 April 2017 15:21

Topical Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

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Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the best anti-aging ingredients out there. It’s our all-time favorite due to its ability to instantly hydrate and plump skin, filling fine lines from the inside out and making skin look younger.

HA is naturally occurring in our body and skin, and works to maintain a hydrated “environment” for nutrients, essential for all skin types. HA penetrates the skin and binds skin cells to water, acting like a sponge, infusing all layers of the skin with moisture. In fact, HA can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water.

HA has the ability to maintain the correct moisture balance on the skin even if the humidity of the surrounding air is very low – think dry winter skin! As we age HA decreases in the body, which accounts for a significant loss of hydration and moisture, leading to signs of aging such as skin thinning and wrinkles.

Sunday, 30 April 2017 15:17

Spa Review: Sheraton Grand Los Cabos

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The Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar is home to Cactus Spa, a tranquil retreat in this oceanside resort only eight miles north of Cabo San Lucas in southern Baja of Mexico. This peaceful sanctuary features flickering candles, exquisite wood, expansive windows for natural light and aroma of lavender.


Whether for a single treatment or a day of pampering, this modernistic European-style spa is the place to invigorate and illuminate your body and spirit. Separate men’s and women’s locker rooms have all the amenities: robes, slippers, large fluffy towels, hair dryer, razor, and shower facilities.

Sunday, 30 April 2017 15:07

Spa Review: One & Only Ocean Club Bahamas

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Just a hundred miles from the United States southern coast of Florida, and between the Atlantic and the Caribbean is an archipelago within which is Nassau Paradise Island. Over the centuries this little landfall has sheltered everyone from pirates, rum smugglers, freed slaves, and runaway lovers. Now, under impossibly blue skies and surrounded by the most amazingly clear waters and picture perfect powder sand beaches is a top-class vacation destination that has a growing focus on wellness.

The One&Only Spa at Ocean Club has achieved a pleasing synergy between historical colonial Bahamas and Balinese-inspired Asian traditions. The Spa’s elegant reception area is housed in the original hotel lobby building, and with its marble floors and white painted wood-paneled walls it is easy to imagine the last 50 years of the world’s rich & famous passing through the heavy teak doors.

Historic Line-Up of Internationally Recognized Doctors: from Dr. Richard Carmona to Dr. Andrew Weil to Dr. Mehmet Oz


The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) announced that an all-star lineup of integrative medicine leaders will present at the 2017 conference: Dr. Richard Carmona (former U.S. Surgeon General), Elissa Epel, PhD (telomeres research pioneer, UCSF), Dr. Paul Limburg (Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic), Dr. Mehmet Oz (Professor of Surgery, Columbia University and host, “The Dr. Oz Show”), Dr. Kenneth Pelletier (Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona and UCSF), Dr. Michael Roizen (Chief Wellness Officer, The Cleveland Clinic) and Dr. Andrew Weil (founder, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and renowned alternative medicine expert).

Together, this heavy-hitter roster of experts has transformed the way the world thinks about both wellness and medicine, leading the charge for more holistic, preventive approaches that - as chronic disease and healthcare costs soar - represent one of the most critical trends in the world today. They span celebrity doctors who have brought the “wellness message” to hundreds of millions of people worldwide to doctors who are spearheading a new focus on wellness and prevention at revered medical institutions like the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics. The 2017 Summit theme is “Living a Well Life”, focusing on how new wellness concepts will impact every aspect of an individual’s life. And these leaders, who impact countless individuals’ lives, will keynote on everything from the latest in mind-body medicine and sleep science to the coming wave of personal biomarker and DNA testing. The 11th-annual conference is being held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from October 9-11, 2017.

"The annual Global Wellness Summit has proven to be the premier convener of health and wellness thought leaders from around the world,” said Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, and 17th Surgeon General of The United States. “This year’s unprecedented meeting in Florida will define the essential role of wellness in a world desperately in need of health innovation and disruption."

“This may be the most influential, inspiring and diverse group of medical-wellness pioneers ever assembled on a conference stage,” noted Susie Ellis, GWS CEO and chairman. “And delegates will have the opportunity to interact with them one-on-one during the many networking sessions, lunches and roundtables where casual discussions take place. It will be unprecedented access, something the Summit is known for.”

More on the presenters:

Richard H. Carmona, MD, M.P.H., FACS, was the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. He is also a combat decorated U.S. Army Special Forces Veteran and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona, with a wide range of training and experience in healthcare management, clinical care and research. He’s currently the Vice Chairman of Canyon Ranch, President of the Canyon Ranch Institute, and serves as Director on several large, publicly traded corporate boards and several private companies.

Elissa Epel, PhD, is Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), with a research focus on how chronic psychological stress accelerates biological aging; the interconnections between emotions, eating, metabolism and weight; and the effects of mindfulness. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, she has won many awards for her research. Epel co-wrote (with Nobel Laureate, Elizabeth Blackburn) “The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger Longer”, a 2017 New York Times bestseller.

Paul Limburg, MD, M.P.H., is Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and consultant in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology. He also holds a joint appointment in the division of preventive, occupational and aerospace medicine and serves as medical director for several business units at Mayo Clinic responsible for defining or delivering health and wellbeing expertise within and beyond the organization.

Mehmet Oz, MD, is Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and has won seven Daytime Emmy® Awards for “The Dr. Oz Show”. He directs the Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital; participates in 50 heart surgeries a year; has authored over 400 publications, including seven New York Times’ bestsellers; has received numerous patents; and hosts the internationally syndicated “Daily Dose” in 134 radio markets and a newspaper column in 175 global markets. He has received numerous global accolades, from being named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” to a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD, is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona and the University of California, San Francisco. At UCSF, he is Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500. He is Chairman of the American Health Association; medical and business consultant to high-profile organizations.


Michael Roizen, MD: Since 2008, Dr. Roizen has served as Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic, the first such position at a major U.S. healthcare institution. He’s also Chairman of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic; has published 175+ peer-reviewed scientific papers, 100 textbook chapters, and four medical books; received 13 U.S. (and many foreign) patents; and hosted six PBS specials. His “RealAge” and “YOU” series of books have sold millions of copies, have been translated into 44 languages, and resulted in four #1 New York Times’ bestsellers (more than any other physician).

Andrew Weil, MD, is Founder and Director of (and Clinical Professor of Medicine at) the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, the leading global effort to develop a comprehensive curriculum in integrative medicine. He is editorial director of the popular website, Dr.; has appeared in numerous PBS programs; and is founder of the Weil Foundation, Healthy Lifestyle Brands, and True Food Kitchen restaurants. An internationally recognized expert on medicinal plants, alternative medicine, and medical education reform, he’s authored many scientific articles and 15 popular books - and Oxford University Press is currently producing the Weil Integrative Medicine Library, a series for clinicians in various medical specialties.

For more information, contact Beth McGroarty: or (+1) 213-300-0107.

For info on attending the 2017 Summit:

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. The next will be held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from Oct. 9-11, 2017.

Monday, 03 April 2017 18:51

Presenting The Expert Panel

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Adriana Azuara

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Founder and CEO of All4Spas, Adriana works with many recognized hotel chains advising on equipment for spas and wellness centers around Mexico and Central America. Teaching at the University of Tourism’s newly launched “Administration of Spas” Adriana shares her knowledge with new generations. Adriana is a board member for the Latin American Spa Association; key supporter of Global Wellness Day and representative for the GWI Wellness for Cancer initiative.

Sunday, 02 April 2017 21:10

Spa Apothecary

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In recent years there has been a great interest in spas that offer services that are more focused on the specific needs of each client. This has resulted in an exciting world that allows us to explore our alchemical sense and which we now know as spa apothecary. It seeks to take our clients to a true well-being experience where each of their needs will be met with treatments and personalized products. These use natural ingredients –such as vegetable and mineral materials– in their different presentations to create natural handmade products.

For the success of this ambitious project it is necessary to have the maximum amount of raw material that allows us to create as many combinations as possible. Likewise, we need a perfectly trained staff in the areas of cosmetology, aromatherapy and herbalism.

What would be the primary ingredients?

The first element to mention is aromatherapy. Due to its virtues, essential oils are the main ingredients in each creation. It is paramount to have a great diversity of these, ranging from floral, herbal and citrus oils to resins, seeds and bark. Within this section it is very important to mention the hydrolates, since by being more subtle – but equally powerful– they allow aromatherapy to combine with water soluble ingredients.

With the oils and butters, it is equally important to be able to have a carrier to mix the essential oils with other liposoluble ingredients. There are a minimum of ten different oil variants for the face, body and hair, such as sesame, almonds, shea, jojoba, argan, rosehip, marigold and avocado, among others. All these elements will help to create massage oils, creams, butters and balms.

A wide variety of clays and muds are very useful inside the apothecary spa to make various face, hair and body masks.

We will also need dehydrated plants and flowers, such as lavender, chamomile and lemon tea that will be used to make infusions, exfoliants and poultices.

One constituent that should not be missing for its great detoxifying benefits are the salts. The ones that draw my attention to their great properties for health and beauty are the salts of the Himalayas and the Dead Sea. We will use them mainly for purifying baths.

In this interesting alchemy, I love to integrate elements of ancestral medicines. Ayurveda reveals the great benefits of some spices, flours and starches, which allow the creation of amazing performance masks.

To create exfoliants I like to use Walnut shell and apricot kernel for their practicality and excellent results. These can be applied over the face and the body combining them with some honey or oils.

A spa apothecary with all these features will allow you to meet diverse needs. From sunburns to a complete facial program, as well as endless treatments to generate sales by service. It also provides the opportunity to create products for home use, so increasing our retail sales.

Spa apothecary is a extremely extensive topic. It can be deepened as much as one wishes because it converges different trends, both ancient and modern in an environment of health and well-being. For me, it is a pleasure to be able to give you a small introduction of this interesting alternative, and I am hoping to see more and more spas joining this positive trend.

The Global Wellness Summit invites wellness-inspired, entrepreneurial students to pitch the most innovative – and viable – wellness concept; $10,000 in prize money
to be awarded to top three finalists at 2017 conference in Palm Beach, FL, USA (Oct 9-11)


The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), an annual gathering of international leaders to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy, announced submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 “Shark Tank of Wellness” student competition. Last year marked the successful debut of the new Shark Tank-style competition, attracting over 70 entries from 17 countries, all vying to be one of three finalists to compete for a total of $10,000 in prize money.


The contest is open to university students (undergraduate or post-graduate students are eligible) around the world and submissions are being accepted until May 15, 2017. Students are required to submit a written application along with a short video highlighting an innovative concept, product or service for the wellness industry. The top three finalists, and their professors, will be flown to the 2017 GWS at The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL, USA to compete for $10,000 in prize money (1st prize $5,000; 2nd prize $3,000; 3rd prize $2,000). Full rules and regulations can be found on the Global Wellness Summit website here.


Students will be judged on the business viability of their concept, which can serve any aspect of the wellness spectrum – from technology to architecture to spa design – by a panel of real-world wellness experts who will question the students in front of a live audience of over 500 executive business and thought leaders in global wellness.


Returning sponsors of the “Shark Tank of Wellness” competition, include Chiva-Som International Health Resort (Thailand), ESPA (UK), Iredale Mineral Cosmetics (USA) and ResortSuite (Canada). The GWS also welcomes new sponsor, Jacqueline Piotaz Switzerland. Executives from each company will serve as “Wellness Sharks.”


“The success of the inaugural ‘Shark Tank of Wellness’ competition was overwhelming and truly underlined just how has global ‘wellness innovation’ really is,” said Susie Ellis, GWS Chairman and CEO. “Whittling the field down to just three finalists is a huge, but extremely gratifying, challenge – and I know both the GWS team and our “wellness sharks” are looking forward to reviewing this year’s thought-provoking and inspirational entries!”


There is no fee to enter. In addition to the prize money, airfare and hotel accommodations, all three finalists and their professors will attend the three-day conference, including all general sessions, breakout discussions, industry forums and gala social events (a USD $3,080 value; limit one student and one professor per team).


Last year’s top prize of $5,000 was awarded to Shahrin Ali Raivi from North South University, Bangladesh, for Mukto Sanitary Napkin, a concept to make sustainable sanitary napkins accessible to the 80% of women throughout Bangladesh who currently rely on unsanitary and ineffective options, including sand, leaves, mud and unsterilized rags. Shahrin’s concept makes use of left over materials from the country’s cotton industry. Two runner-ups, Regina Tarany and Svejetlana Radakovic, both from IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria, received $2,500 each and their concepts, including “TreatAdvisor” and “Spa Watch.”


The Global Wellness Summit attracts leaders from every sector of the wellness industry: spa, hospitality, tourism, beauty, fitness, nutrition, finance, education, environment, medicine, architecture, workplace wellness, wellness communities and technology.


For more information about the opportunity to support wellness innovation through the sponsorship of the 2017 “Shark Tank of Wellness” competition, contact Michelle Gamble.


To learn more about the 2017 GWS, visit:

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. The next will be held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from Oct. 9-11, 2017.


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