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Absolute Values? Professionalism and manifestations of the individual


This is the first post of a four part series on professional development. The series will utilize the terms Massage Therapist, Masseur and Masseuse as a touchstone. Massage Therapy is a growing field of professional endeavor. As the last fifteen years have demonstrated, the creation of civic, secular infrastructure to consolidate and incorporate the profession,… Continue reading Absolute Values? Professionalism and manifestations of the individual

Beauty, Education, Health and Wellness, Massage, Musings, Rambliings, Spa, Uncategorized

Dispelling myths about Professional Massage and Spa


Over the past month, I have been actively involved in protesting thru some online forums where the focus is on Lifetime Networks's upcoming show, The Client List. 99.9% of the emphasis is on educating the public about what Professional Massage Therapy is and is not. But there have also been a few conversations that have occurred that… Continue reading Dispelling myths about Professional Massage and Spa

Art, Education, Health and Wellness, Massage, Philosophy, Spa, Spa Evidence, Spa kids, Syncretism, Uncategorized

Spas acknowledge their mortality and include kids and teens


When Spafinder published their Trends to watch in 2012, I was surprised to hear that kid friendly spas are booming. Resorts such as SpaWorld have broken ground not only in business model design but in making room for the family. In many ways though, I have mixed feelings about it. I love the concept behind Spa World but I remain… Continue reading Spas acknowledge their mortality and include kids and teens

Education, Health and Wellness, Massage, News, Religious Culture Wars, Uncategorized

Breaking News: Resort Spas have been shut down in Maldives by Islamic Fundamentalists


Even high-end resort spas did not escape a recent push toward greater Islamic fundamentalism in the Maldives. Resorts such as Shangri La, Angsana and many other spas have been closed as a threat to public morality. While this will no doubt curtail some unethical activities in other quarters, many Resort spa therapists and spa managers now find themselves unemployed and… Continue reading Breaking News: Resort Spas have been shut down in Maldives by Islamic Fundamentalists

Education, Health and Wellness, Massage

Spa Retrospective and the promise of 2012


When it comes to 2012 I find myself hesitant to look up from my work. I've got forward momentum right now and I don't want to lose it! 2011 is winding down nicely for me. I am pretty certain I made the Deans list at The University of North Alabama for Fall 2011 and my financial… Continue reading Spa Retrospective and the promise of 2012