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Let the Spa Research begin! (Guess what…it already has.)

Let the Spa Research begin!  (Guess what…it already has.) When it comes to Evidenced Based Medicine (EBM) research studies that support many spa and wellness modalities (such as massage, exercise, meditation, yoga, Reiki, and the like) we need not wait to create them – they already exist. In my previous blog post I wrote about the two Global Spa []

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2) SpaFinder Spa Trend 2010: Year of the Hammam – Revisited

Continuing on with my review of SpaFinder’s 2010 Top 10 Spa Trends (and then evaluating how the trend actually developed), we predicted an increasing popularity of hammams. Admittedly this trend took many people by surprise, in fact, I don’t think anyone really saw this one coming!  (I love it when that happens!)  Our research, however, put this one on our radar.  Having the chance []

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‘Spas’ and ‘Medical Tourism’

‘Spas’ and ‘Medical Tourism’ Two Booming Industries With Strikingly Parallel Paths and Issues By Susie Ellis, President of SpaFinder Inc. – the world’s largest spa media, marketing and gifting company Am currently attending the 3rd annual Medical Tourism Conference in LA.  While I will summarize the very latest information  in an upcoming blog, I thought []

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Tidbits re Medical Travel Brazil through Spa Industry Eyes

Learning from a winner in Medical Tourism – Bumrungrad International Hospital, Thailand Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand is the largest hospital in the world treating international patients. Bumrungrad looks like a 5 star hotel and gives people confidence and super service. (my experience also) Bumrungrad takes care of over 400,000 international patients yearly. Over 1 million []

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Medical Travel, Spas, Wellness Tourism in Brazil

Attended two different events in Sao Paulo, Brazil last week. 1. The Medical Travel Meeting Brazil – where I spoke on Spas and Wellness Tourism 2. Beauty Fair (and spa conference) which I will tell you about in a future blog. I tweeted somewhat comprehensively from the Medical Travel Meeting for those who want the []

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Spa Camp with Massages and Facials? Yes!

Last Thursday I had my first “adult spa camp” experience.  Joan Lunden (of Good Morning America fame) invited my colleague Sallie, COO of SpaFinder, and I to join her and 140 other women at her yearly Camp Reveille in Maine.  I haven’t been to camp since I was 13 or 14, but vaguely remember enjoying []

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Fresh Inspiration for the Spa Industry at GSS

One of the goals of this year’s Global Spa Summit (GSS) , held in Istanbul, Turkey in May, was to look beyond our industry for fresh ideas and inspiration.  So early on, the board of the GSS decided to invite a futurist. Edie Weiner immediately came to mind.  She is a prominent futurist known for “saying []

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Susie’s Spa Blog Update

Anitra Brown, from Spas.About.com emailed me a few days ago saying she noticed I hadn’t been blogging as often lately (or tweeting for that matter) and wondered if everything was ok. Well, the answer is ‘yes’ things are ok – now – and thanks for noticing that I was out-of-action for a while. In brief []

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Insights from the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition Mtg

I was in Bangkok a few weeks ago (when the Red Shirts who were demonstrating still looked more like a Sunday parade) attending the Asia Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition (APSWC).  Since I usually take pretty comprehensive notes at conferences (keeps me awake and alert), I have selected some points I found particularly interesting, surprising, []

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Tokyo Spa: Wowed at Mandarin Oriental

Just returned from a spa trip to Asia.  First stop – Tokyo for a SpaFinder Japan press conference.  Yoriko Soma, our partner in Japan, hosted a lovely event honoring recipients of the Crystal Awards for top spas in Japan. Consumers voted these the top 10: 1. The Peninsula Spa by ESPA Tokyo 2. The Ritz []

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Spa Article in WSJ on Hammams

By Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider Thought you might enjoy this article, “Istanbul’s Booming Spa Culture Is Revisiting Old Turkish Bathhouse Rituals” for your weekend reading! Jayda Uras who is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article just sent me the link and I am delighted to share it with you right away so you will []

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Learned Some New Ways to Look at Medical Tourism

by Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider. Just returned from the Medical Tourism Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Organized by the University of the Incarnate Word, it was well-run, insightful, and I learned a great deal. Dr. David Viquist and his dean are the visionaries behind positioning their university at the forefront of medical tourism research. Before []

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Spa Trend #2: Year of the Hammam

By Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider. Continuing down the list of the top 10 spa trends for 2010 we published a few weeks ago, the second one is what we are calling “the year of the hammam.” This one turned out to be a surprise for many however the reaction has been enthusiastically positive! Here is []

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A Day of Good News for Spas

A Day of Good News for Spasby Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider Peter (my husband and CEO of our company for those who are new to the blog) was in Florida this weekend and stopped by to say hi and congratulations to Paul Lehr, President of Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa. We had recently heard the []

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Walter Cronkite, Spa, Wellness and a Good Life

Walter Cronkite, Spa, Wellness and a Good LifeBy Susie EllisSpaFinder Insider Being “of the moment,” I can’t help but weigh-in on today’s headlines which are all about Walter Cronkite’s life and death. Although I never actually met the man who became the most trusted voice of TV news, I feel somewhat connected to him through []