Getting Rid of the Word Spa? The Last Word

10 thoughts on “Getting Rid of the Word Spa? The Last Word

  1. Kathryn Stolle

    I agree completely, Susie! It’s been a slog getting people to recognize it, but now spa is here to stay.

    The challenge, today, is integrating wellness into the spa concept in a way that moves the industry forward. It certainly got a good lift when the Global Spa Summit became the Global Spa and Wellness Summit and hats off to all of you for the foresight to make that change.

    I’d like to offer this definition of spa that Barb Thormley and Dr. Brent Bauer of the Mayo Clinic posed:
    Spas offer a time and place to recharge body, mind and spirit and the opportunity to bring your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves back into alignment.”

    In any case, I vote YES to keeping Spa!!

  2. Bonnie Canavino

    Were they just bored and want to start a controversy? I agree, labels, names, trends and brands have a way of naturally changing due to social identity, generation hipness-etc. Spa is not a 20th Century description its been an identification symbol for centuries. The short of it is…it’s a beautiful word and means so may wonderful things about beauty, health and wellness. Thanks!

  3. Deborah Szekely

    I agree with your not very humble but very accurate and definitive analysis of the word SPA.

    Once and for all that question has been beautifully laid to rest.

    SPA is here to stay!

    Deborah Szekely

  4. Richard Foxx

    I think Peter Rummel ought to go back to Disneyland. He has been infected with the PC bug and it has begun to eat away at this brain.

    Since affluent white women have made my medical spa the success it is, I see no reason to turn my back on them. Sorry, Mr. Rummel.

    Richard Foxx


    The word Spa makes me feel serene because it invokes such a positive mental image and feeling of wellness. This is the feeling that I get when I receive wonderful spa services. I would be interested in hearing what other word might be use to replace the word spa. Possibly there is another word in the english language that would compliment the spa experience like ‘wellness”. I do not know, but I am open to new ideas always.

  6. health spa and resort management institute

    The word Spa makes me feel serene because it invokes such a positive mental image and feeling of wellness.

    thanks for sharing nice post.

  7. Steven Jarris

    I have seen that people commonly use the word spa but I don’t mind it. In New York City, NY, they have done a great job in this department.


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