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European spas respond to local needs
As places of healing and wellness, hotel space usually define themselves by their location. If the environment demands a specific need, or provides a particular benefit, that sense of place is absorbed into the spa's treatments and atmosphere. As examples, cities tend to create wellness needs, while natural areas often contribute to the solutions. The following spas reflect both approaches.
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The latest swim spa technology is good for your mind, body and spirit
The Record
If you're looking for both fitness and relaxation, visit Premium Wholesale Home & Leisure in Kitchener, Ontario, for the most advanced swim spa systems available on the market now. The H2X Series by Master Spas offers the world's first "high-definition" swim spas that perform better than standard spas on the market by a whopping 45 percent.
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Facemapping the future: 3 ways technology is transforming the beauty sector
Marketing Magazine
There are three key ways that technology is already solving the tangibility problem in the beauty industry, says Adriana Coppola, planner at SapientNitro London specializing in beauty and skin care brands.
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Simplified skin care
Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa
Founder of Jenetiqa Christiane Waldron writes: As I get ready to leave my house every morning, I ask my 12-year-old twin daughters the same question: Did you put your sunscreen on today? Unfortunately, I get the same response from them every day: an annoyed look with a dramatic eye roll and a sigh. Their arsenal consists of a moisturizer and a tinted cream with SPF 40. It takes about one minute to apply both. Despite how fast and easy it is, I go through the same exercise every day, which ends with me begging them to wear sunscreen, and reminding them that they will really thank me when they are in their 40s.
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"Estheticians who were once sequestered to facial rooms are now in cosmetic surgery offices, health care institutes and laser centers. Education is paramount in competing for top jobs. NCEA Certification Program has set industry standards."

— Susanne B. Schultz, Munster, Indiana


On the fast track to spa success
AFR Weekend
Some spa directors would have baulked at the challenge. Spa treatments are by definition leisurely experiences that leave you totally relaxed. How can you achieve that result in just 20 minutes? When Lyndall Mitchell, founder of Aurora Spa, was invited to provide spa services in Qantas' First Lounges in Melbourne and Sydney in 2014, she embraced the opportunity to devise a menu of 20-minute treatments.
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Lindsay Madden-Nadeau: Adaptability key to boosting spa returns
Spa Opportunities
Spa managers need to actively court clientele, says Lindsay Madden-Nadeau, FRHI's director of spa integration and operations, and that means last-minute flexibility and openness from the team.
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Engaging empowered customers
Sales & Marketing Management
Today there is a phenomenon known as the "Google" effect. That is — technology advances are producing a society where people expect all their technology interactions to be as accurate, fast and reliable as Google. At the same time, consumers are more empowered than ever before, with the ability to research product reviews in milliseconds and competitors just a click away.
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10 budget-friendly local marketing ideas for small business
Business 2 Community
One tremendous advantage small, local businesses have over chains and e-commerce sites is their distinctive individuality. There is nothing nameless or faceless about your local business — at least as long as you're marketing smartly within your community. Locally-focused businesses have more options than ever to reach out to people in friendly, personal ways using online, traditional and in-person promotional techniques.
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Topical tacrolimus for atopic dermatitis
The Cochrane Library
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects children and adults and has an important impact on quality of life. Topical corticosteroids are the first-line therapy for this condition; however, they can be associated with significant adverse effects when used chronically.

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In sickness and health
Spa Opportunities
Conceived by fashion designer Donna Karen, the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program merges medical and complementary therapies and trains professionals in its own effective style of sickness and preventative care.

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Is your spa safe?
Trinidad Express
The explosion of spas reflects the corresponding growth of spas on a worldwide basis. Now, not all spas are the same, some are beauty salons, some are nail shops, some are massage parlors, some offer general aesthetics, while others, such as medical spas, offer more invasive services.

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Monitoring accommodations for effective learning
By Pamela Hill
Students who receive special education services rely on accommodations to help them learn and to help make learning environments accessible. The accommodations are typically chosen by the special education team during a student's annual or initial Individualized Educational Plan meeting. Accommodations can also be added any time a change is necessary. However, there are also formal measures that should be considered when recommending an accommodation.
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NCEA-sponsored Prep Class — Aug. 24

Face & Body
Northern California Spa Conference & Expo
San Jose, California

NCEA Certified Prep Class
Monday, Aug. 24
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Room TBD

• Members: $125
• Nonmembers: $149

Includes: Complimentary NCEA Certified Records Verification ($175 value)

*Membership status must be current on day of event.

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NETT Teacher Training Long Beach — Sept. 19 — Registration Now Open

National Esthetic Teacher Training
Saturday, September 19
8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Room 203A Long Beach Convention Center

Early bird rate: NCEA members $99; nonmembers $129. Cost increases after Aug. 28.

Click here to for further details about member status and to register.

Upcoming training:
  • Philadelphia Convention Center - Oct. 24

  • To receive registration information, text "NCEA" to 22828.

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    Microcurrent Procedures
    Did you know ... it is the position of the NCEA that:
    1. Microcurrent devices intended to be used to help reduce the visible signs of aging, beautify and improve the appearance of the skin, utilizing low levels of electrical current in conjunction with skin care products, should be performed by estheticians.
    2. Microcurrent procedures performed by estheticians, are not intended to cause a visible contraction of the muscle via the electrical current.
    3. In addition to manufacturer supplied, device specific education, estheticians who wish to perform microcurrent procedures, should take the necessary education to include theoretical and practical application, as part of their core curriculum or as continuing education modules.

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