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Makeup Consultation

This usually involves learning to apply makeup appropriate for your skin type, look and age. If this is not a spa’s area of expertise, you may be disappointed with the results.

Manaka Tapping

The therapy hammer or ‘tapping’ is a technique used in oriental medicine to trigger acu points and reduce muscle tension in areas of the body. It was developed from a technique used in Japan since the sixteenth century.

Mandi Lulur

A purifying ritual inspired by the royal palaces of Java to restore balance to body and mind.

Mandi Lulur

January 30, 2018

A purifying ritual inspired by the royal palaces of Java to restore balance to body and mind. A Balinese style massage eases muscle tension before a paste of herbs and rice powder is painted on the body and gently rubbed off to reveal soft, smooth skin. Next, a yogurt mask is rubbed into the skin before stepping into a warm bath filled with flower petals. 


A cosmetic treatment of the fingernails, including shaping and polishing.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

A therapeutic massage using a gentle pumping technique to drain away pockets of water retention and trapped toxins. Lymph drainage can be achieved through manual massage, hydro massage, or with aromatherapy massage.

March 2015 Snapshot Survey – Spa Treatment Trends

December 13, 2016

Topic of focus – Spa Treatment Trends

In regards to the types of treatments/services that are included in their spa menus, almost all spa respondents (99 percent) offer facials, followed closely by massages (98 percent) and scrubs (97 percent).

March 2016 Snapshot Survey – Revenue Generating Ideas

December 13, 2016

Topic of focus – Revenue Generating Ideas

When asked whether ISPA spa members had partnered with a local business or organization to generate new revenue, 36 percent of all spa members responded yes.

March 2017 Snapshot Survey – 100th Snapshot Survey

September 6, 2017

Topic of focus – 100th Snapshot Survey: Job Satisfaction and Employee Values

Respondents were asked to rate their satisfaction in their current positions on a five-point scale with one being very unsatisfied, to five being very satisfied. Resource partner respondents had the highest average rating with 4.29 out of five in overall satisfaction. Spa service providers followed with an high 4.08 average and spa leaders had an average rating of 3.72 out of five.

March 2018 Snapshot Survey – Environmental Sustainability

November 27, 2018

Topic of focus – Environmental Sustainability

The last time an ISPA Snapshot Survey focused on environmental sustainability was in March of 2010. At that time, 82 percent of spa respondents promoted recycling within the spa compared to 71 percent in 2018. More spas are using sustainable bags within their retail space (40 percent in 2018 compared to 36 percent in 2010). An uptick in spaces with an LEED certification was also evident among resort/hotel spas with 12 percent holding the certification in 2018 compared to only 4 percent eight years ago.

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