The body is rubbed with a vigorous, abrasive scrub, consisting of coarse salt usually mixed with essential oils and water. A salt exfoliation cleanses pores and removes dead skin. It is usually followed by a gentle shower and body moisturizer. 

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Salt Glow (Rub)

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The body is rubbed with a vigorous, abrasive scrub, consisting of coarse salt usually mixed with essential oils and water. Cleanses pores and removes dead skin. It is usually followed by a gentle shower and body moisturizer.

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The use of salt vapor to treat respiratory ailments, skin irritations, and combat mental lethargy.

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Distributing a press release with the launch of a new spa, spa offering, product, community partnership, etc. is key to garnering exposure for your announcement.

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Sauna

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A dry heat treatment (at less than 10% humidity) in a wood-lined room with temperatures of 160-210° Fahrenheit, designed to bring about sweating to cleanse the body of impurities.

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A treatment which includes a thorough cleansing, conditioning and scalp massage that leaves hair shiny and full of body.

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Scotch Hose

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Standing body massage delivered by therapist with high-pressure hoses.

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Exposure to seawater or application of sea products to the body for health or beauty benefits.

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Seaweed (Body) Wrap

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Similar to herbal wraps combined with heat packs, using sea water and seaweed with a balance of the ocean's nutrients; minerals, rare trace elements, vitamins and proteins, which are soaked into the blood stream, to revitalize skin and body.

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Managing one’s retail inventory is a critical part to a spa’s profitability. “Making good inventory decisions should always be based on demand and sales history,” says Linda Mahramnia, retail buyer at Spa Gregorie’s located in Newport Beach, California. “I firmly believe in a product life cycle, like a bell curve. You have to know when to buy, when to maximize and when to decrease product [orders].”

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Topic of Focus - What ISPA Members are Exploring

The ISPA community is continuously seeking new concepts, products and business practices that will keep their offerings fresh and relevant.

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Topic of focus - Marketing Monthly Snapshot Surveys provide ISPA members with a valuable look into the state of the spa industry, spa industry trends and help to identify the needs of spa professionals. Snapshot Surveys are conducted on the third Friday of each month, with full results provided only to respondents two weeks from the release date of the survey. Knowledge is a valuable tool and these quick surveys provide a wealth of information shared by ISPA’s members. The September Snapshot Survey requested information from spa members relating to marketing.      

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Shamanic Healing

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Spiritual and natural healing performed by a medicine man or Shaman.

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Shaving

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To remove hair by cutting it off close to the skin with a razor.

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Shiatsu (Massage)

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Means "finger" (shi) "pressure" (atsu), a cross between acupuncture and massage developed in Japan by Tokujiro Namikoshi in the 1940s.

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Shirodhara

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The pouring of medicated oils on the forehead, a modality used in ayurvedic medicine to eliminate ama (physical impurities).

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Sitz Bath

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A bathtub shaped like a chair in which the hips and lower body are immersed in herbal hot water, followed by cold water, while soaking feet in water alternating from cold to hot to stimulate the immune system.

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Skin Mask (Masque)

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A preparation usually applied to the face and neck to stimulate local circulation, tone, cleanse and tighten pores and remove dry skin. Ingredients are varied to accommodate specific needs of one's skin type and condition.

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Sleep Programs

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Customized and research-based solutions to address the issue of sleep.

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Sound Therapy

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The use of music or sound as a therapeutic modality, to promote physical, emotional, energetic, or spiritual healing.

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