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Salt Cave!


I was just doing some research on Cystic Fibrosis and came across this link from the UK. It's a website devoted to Salt Caves as a treatment option for various illnesses. Now I am not about to presume this is an effective treatment but Salt Caves did enter the Spa Industry about five years ago.… Continue reading Salt Cave!

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Scabies: What it is, what it is not, and how to treat it


 Definition Scabies is a communicable skin infection caused by the ‘itch mite’ Sarcoptes scabiei. Scabies is classified as a parasitic infection by an arthropod.  In some peer reviewed literature scabies is discussed alongside sexually transmitted infections despite infection being more common among the elderly and infirm who are no longer sexually active. There are two types… Continue reading Scabies: What it is, what it is not, and how to treat it

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New page with peer reviewed articles


Since I have begun doing the early leg work for my capstone class, I decided to share some of my good fortune. I have created a new page that you will see on the left hand side of my blog that contains peer reviewed research articles on some of the most popular CAM therapies like aromatherapy and… Continue reading New page with peer reviewed articles

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Oncology and Esthetics


I just found this wonderful article about a new certification for licensed estheticians dealing with oncology. Wow! This is REAL esthetics in the very best of the Spa tradition and I am duly impressed. I have copy and pasted the original article here and while her venue leaves something to be desired to my mind, I… Continue reading Oncology and Esthetics

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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

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Spa Product Line Spotlight: Kerstin Florian


Here is a post for all you product obsessed junkies out there across the web! A good product line is the backbone of any Spa and I wanted to showcase some of the better offerings available in fine spas. I worked with Kerstin Florian at the Tampa Marriott Waterside in Tampa Florida ten years ago. Time has passed but… Continue reading Spa Product Line Spotlight: Kerstin Florian

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Top Five Aromatherapy Oils Absoutley Everyone Should Have At Home


I love aromatherapy and while I don't eschew traditional medicine, I do keep a few natural inspired products around the house for emergencies. For instance, I have seasonal allergies and there is nothing worse than seasonal allergies in springtime. I keep Eucalyptus around the house to open my nasal passages just so I can breathe! But… Continue reading Top Five Aromatherapy Oils Absoutley Everyone Should Have At Home

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Relax your way to better health


It's no secret that relaxation can lead to better health. But how can you make the most of it and get the most mileage out of your relaxation time? Harvard researchers recently found that 'disease fighting genes' were far more active in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods than in those who had no relaxation practice.… Continue reading Relax your way to better health

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Color Therapy Products and using color at home


I have had so many hits for color therapy products on my blog that I decided to showcase some and provide a few ideas about how to indulge in color therapy at home. The sad part is, that all but one of these products is for sale only in the UK and not the US and… Continue reading Color Therapy Products and using color at home

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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