Bloggers Unite – And Not Just For Self Serving Purposes

18 12 2007

I thought I’d take a moment and participate in the worldwide bloggers unit “Act of Kindness” event. That’s today! I’ve pulled myself, luckily, away from the daily routine and listened to a host of videos and blog entries of people participating in new, different, astounding and just plain straight forward acts of kindness. The recipients being everyone from total strangers to long time neighbors. This is an kindness_2.jpgevent that can reach across the globe and make a difference. As a person who has long worked in the wellness industry, it’s seems that much of what we do is looking for ways to make our lifestyles better, and others feel good. What better way than this? I’ve also long been attracted to humanitarian projects and providing for those who may not have the tools to provide for themselves, including non profits, Fundeico, Domes for the World and Care.

Even better, BlogCatalog is giving away prizes for your participation. If you are someone who has a blog, newsletter, email campaign, or tele seminars, you know the importance of getting return links and collaboration., and getting involved with worth while causes. One way of doing that is getting plenty of backlinks pointing to your . An important search engine optimization technique. And one you can do yourself. One of the ways you can do that is to participate in online activities such as this one with BlogCatalog and post links to the site, or your own “Act of Kindness”. All you need to do is to to do something good offline — an act of kindness — and then post about it on your blogs. Subsequently, post the URL of these posts to Blogger Unite Group to receive your backlinks and start a chance to win attractive prizes such as 8GB of Apple iPod Touch. It’s that simple!

You know, kindness is a strange thing, showing it’s influence in unexpected places or just the right time. That’s why I was so enthusiastic when I got the invitation to participate in this event. It’s a real project that\s been prompted by heart and soul. Bringing together all types for ONE purpose. I’m excited and happy to share my ongoing act of humanity. My promise of kindness, not only today, but tomorrow, and the next. This is dedicated to those who feel they have a deeper purpose and connection, with an inherent unrest that drives lifelong innovation in shifting paradigms for themselves and others. I hope that is you.

I’ve joined with some associates to provide a philanthropic addition to our Costa Rica spa retreats and workshops, provided by Spa College International. Attendees who attend a continuing education workshop or seminar can join us in a local project to build homes for the indigenous people, interact with tribal culture and give a sustainable living option to the community. As volunteers, they can opt to stay for additional time to participate in this project, building, organizing, or anything else that’s needed. boundaries.jpgPulling together support from the wellness community and sponsors we will bring together the people, supplies and support to make this happen and enjoy a side of Costa Rica that many tourists and everyday people never get to see. This is a long term project and we will continually be looking for sponsors and volunteers for building supplies, labor and a lot of kindness! Are you ready? I’ve included some photos of a build site for new homes, and community development, taken on our recent visit to Costa Rica. We had meetings with the local representative of the Fundeico Foundation, meetings with possible sponsors and an invitation to an international meeting with the government to gain support for the ongoing housing problem with the indigenous people and many others. oppositeside.jpg

Please take the time to share your own act, or spread the word about it. Support our human web, pass it on.

Here are some fun, and interesting entires I found today. You can read more here. Feel free to list yours! As always, if you have any questions, concerns or need in the spa, training, and wellness arena, my virtual door is always open.

A Little Piece of Me

Life Cruiser

Pinoy Hood

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Top Ten Spa Tips to Make Your Happy Healthy Holiday Season Last

10 12 2007

Creating a healthy and sustainable lifestyle is becoming a top priority for more and more people and their families. With the stress and hustle of the holidays and the change in sleeping and eating patterns that may come with it, the thing beauty3.jpgpeople can use the most is a reconnect between body and mind. How can a day spa help with that? For starters, they can give you the tools to stay physically and mentally healthy and help you visualize ongoing personal and professional success. “It all begins with a smart spa shopper and some dedicated well trained spa staff.” says Liz Galloway, spa image advisor and spa college international trainer.

Liz Galloway recommends these Top 10 Must Know Tips to keep you focused, and healthy throughout your holiday season and beyond.

 

  • Patron spas that you know have high licensing requirements for their therapists and are transparent about their sanitizing policies and procedures. Sometimes they will post this right on the wall. Spas are safe, but they are also intrinsic to a personal environment where viruses and bacteria can be spread. Good procedures and sanitization is a sign of good training and knowledge.

  • Follow up on industry trends before you book your appointment, and know what questions to ask and the results you want from the treatment. Keep in mind your health and wellness is key here. Do you prefer an organic product, are you recovering from an injury, are you willing to try the latest laser or wrap? This can also make first time spa goer’s more comfortable.

  • Book a series of treatments or invest in a product series offer at your day spa. They are usually a better bargain and will keep you committed to long term objectives. This works well with dermabrasion, skin rejuvenation, lipossage, and even massage. Spas and therapists are more than happy to give long term discounts in return for guaranteed income.

  • Coordinate your spa therapies with a nutrition plan for more rapid, satisfying results that will get you into good long term habits. Contact a lifestyle coach that can help you create a project plan for your short and long term goals is all aspects of lifestyle. Incorporate anti oxidant bases, natural energy boosts, and an eating plan that’s right for your body type.

  • Your spa therapies will create an important mind body connection, but that is not the only thing you need to keep healthy. Your financial health is also important. Find the best spa price for your budget. There are spa options that range from $35 -$135 an hour an up. Remember though that the knowledge and training of the therapist and the facility will play a big role in your satisfaction. Sometimes you will be paying a premium for good therapies and well trained people. Your worth it.

  • Keep your self looking younger and stress free through the holidays by getting rid of dull, dry, un even skin tone and helping maintain elasticity even after the holidays are over. Key skincare products and regular facials can help fight off tired stressed out skin. Something that can make us look and feel older. Try products that have antioxidant properties and stimulate our inherent cell growth and skin repair. A big trend is natural skincare, but don’t worry, many have great results driven ingredients.

  • Consider following spa industry and skincare trends by purchasing certified organic and natural based skincare products and spa treatments that support fair trade in other countries, and best practices, that will also create benefit for your own skin. Know the ingredients and read the labels, so you avoid irritations or allergies. Many spas have adopted these practices and can help you understand what’s best for you.

  • Go after a spa trend that incorporates guided imagery in your spa treatments. This is a combination of hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques that can leave your mind feeling fresh and gratified. It gives you a focused path to follow, so you can stop all that mental chatter from your day.

  • Take action for preventative care now. Not tomorrow or the next day. Some of this may include product, therapies, or nutritional elements that require you to try several variations. There is an element of reasonable experimentation to find what’s best. If you have questions about your regimen or needs, ask your spa skincare advisor or spa concierge to educate you. There are many things you can do for a healthy mind and body that you will thank yourself for later.

  • Seek out a pathos driven spa experience, where you follow your emotional needs and your spa of choice appeals to that. This is ultimately a large part of your spa satisfaction just in line with a more ethos driven experience, comfort in knowing your therapist is knowledgeable in their field. To make that happen spas and therapists need to invest in personal and career development.

Consider these tips and tools when booking your spa treatments and making your new year’s goals for lasting health and some stress free happiness through the holidays and beyond. Keep your mind rested and clear for the new year. In need of precision training to ensure that you, your staff and your clients are more than satisfied? Consider bringing in an outside trainer or advisor. Happy spa – ing!

Now setting one on one appointment times for the Day Spa Expo 2008 at the Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas. Book now for free consultation or interview times. Join us for the key business management and operations class at the expo. Feb 5th 11:00, “Make Your Spa a Destination” We will be giving away a destination retreat package in Costa Rica for most competitive participant in the class. Sponsored by Serenitas Spa Sanctuary. Dont’ miss it. RSVP for the class to ensure we have you reserved as our special guest. Purchase one of our essential spa books now available in a paperback manual with workbook and forms. “What Makes You So Special? Spa Career Success” From fundamentals to management. $45.00 How to create, present, market and profit from your spa ideas and treatments. By Liz Galloway and Nicolay Kreidler.





Day Spas and Resort Spas Set a Bad Example When Training is Overlooked

4 12 2007

When spas and resorts overlook needed training and customer relationship’s its a loss for the industry and the client. With our society highly focused on both inner and outer beauty and wellness, it is key that spas and therapists don’t lose sight of the real purpose they are in business. Results based, experiential services and the client. When spas have a lackluster attitude about sub standard training and operations, they are not the only ones hurt. Many spas say they are lacking the clients they need and the wanted exposure to make them successful. Much of that is due to gaps in training and insufficient customer service, because people don’t want to justify the cost for training. That sets a bad precedence for the industry. That is why providing cutting edge training seminars and in depth business reviews are one of the top priorities many industry experts, and foder for industry trend reports.That’s why training is a key focus of leaders like www.thelotuseffects.com .

Most recently Lotus Effects and Spa College International trainers had big success in focused seminars in Costa Rica and Mexico City to address both hands on and theoretical training for spas and individual entrepreneurs. Pulling from business tools and insights from the spa and hospitality industry, along with showing how to access industry’s across the board for resources. The results were positive and client driven. Here are some key touch points to remember when reviewing different training’s and convincing your superiors that it is necessary;

Spa Ambiance – You can’t fake being a good therapist, or giving a good treatment. You need tools and support. And remember that creating your visual and physical atmosphere helps you be competitive.

Client Comfort/Trust – Stop copying what everyone else is doing and raise the bar on client comfort and trust, that in return beget loyalty. That comfort and trust comes with experience and training.

Boomerang Booking – The whole purpose of your business is to entice clients to use your services and return to you for more. Put your time and energy into a focus of getting your existing clients to return. Plan for future outcomes and trends to some degree and create the menu to sell.

Review Client Emotional Base – Build on seed ideas that have given you past enjoyable experiences that reflected your comfort, positive sensory level, therapist interaction, and feeling. Take action on the good points of how that affected your emotional base and transfer it to your spa treatments.

Lifestyle Treatments– Address niche markets and money markets like LOHAS – Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability. Find gaps in the current trends like spa community living, lifestyle coaches, eco movements, and spa concierge services, then improve upon it.

There are plenty more touch points to be aware of, this is a quick example, so you don’t fall into the trap of unwittingly setting a bad example for our industry. We have all heard of less than stellar spa services, maybe even experienced one ourselves. Without the correct training, it can go beyond that, with lack of knowledge of products, contraindications, treatment/client needs or even bordering on ethical and boundary violations, spas can run into trouble. This kills your business and drives a wedge in the seamless flow of what a spa needs and what our industry is trying to portray.

Liz Galloway, who has trained people in several countries says, “It’s almost a universal problem that I continually run into. You can’t expect your staff to perform as needed, or act as your ambassadors without the right career training and support.” She goes on to say, “Invest in training where it counts, so it doesn’t affect your bottom line.”

Don’t let lack of the right training or support of your staff hurt your business. There are many training solutions in the industry, and spas should be consistently monitoring trends and accessing industry professionals to continue to increase standards and create their own trends. Find training solutions at;

The Lotus Effects Precision Training – www.thelotuseffects.com

Santi Spa Management Training – www.frederiqueacademy.com

Cortiva Institute – www.cortiva.com

Steiner Educational Group – www.steinerleisure .com

The next customized seminars from Spa College International will be in Jamaica Antigua and Thailand and include the new training partnerships with Michell Royer, and Angela Martindale bringing an additional 20 years of health, communication, management resolutions, bodywork, fitness and healing energy work into the training curriculum. Want to set a GREAT example? Have boundaries, be passionate, set trends, be authentic and create boomerang booking.

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