The August 2019 Snapshot Survey inquired about retail sales, from both the spa and resource partner perspectives.

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Topic of focus - Quarterly Performance

The numbers in this Snapshot Survey continue to paint the picture of the spa industry’s growth. Eighty-three percent of all spa respondents reported an increase in gross revenue change when comparing the first quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2018. This number was even higher for day spa respondents at 85 percent. A smaller percentage of resource partner respondents reported an increase, though still over half at 57 percent.

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Topic of focus - Employee Training

The 2018 ISPA Spa Workforce Study showed employee training as a significant need in the spa industry and finding well trained employees was a top area of concern for spa directors. This Snapshot Survey report dives deeper into the training programs implemented by spa and resource partner members alike to further investigate the current practices, as well as wants and needs of those in the industry.

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Topic of focus - Quarterly Performance

Continuing a trend of growth in the spa industry as seen in the past few Snapshot Surveys on quarterly performance, over half of all spa respondents reported an increase in gross revenue change when comparing the first quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2017, with 78 percent reporting growth. Eighty-five percent of day spa respondents reported a gross revenue change of one percent or more over the same time frame. Similarly, 68 percent of resource partner respondents reported a gross revenue change of one percent or more.

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Topic of focus - Marketing

The most used marketing tactics used by spa respondents include social media (96 percent) and email (89 percent). These were also the top two tactics used in the Day Spa and Resort/Hotel Spa segments. No other tactics listed were used by more than half of spa respondents. The same two tactics, social media (89 percent) and email (85 percent) were used by resource partner respondents, while magazines (53 percent) were also in use by more than half of them.

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Topic of focus - Quarterly Performance

Positive trends continued for both spa and resource partner respondents this quarter as the majority reported an increase in gross revenue change, gross profit change, spa visits and retail performance. The sustained growth in these areas show the spa industry as a whole continues to thrive.

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Abhyanga

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A form of ayurvedic medicine that involves massage of the body with large amounts of warm oil which is often pre-medicated with herbs for specific conditions.

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Acrylic Nails

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A polymer coating used as an extension for natural nails.

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Acupressure

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Finger massage designed to release muscle tension and promote healing by applying pressure to "energy points" or "meridians" in the body.

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Acupuncture

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An ancient oriental healing technique discovered and developed more than three thousand years ago, acupuncture is based on Taoist philosophy.

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Aerobics

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A series of rhythmic exercises. performed to music, based on increasing oxygen intake to stimulate heart and lung activity and burn fat.

Search specific aerobic offerings for more information (i.e. Barre Interval TrainingCross Training, etc.) 

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Affirmation

Glossary Term | Category: Glossary Terms

This technique is used to overcome physical ailments and emotional problems by repeating a positive statement, similar to the therapy of visualization.

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Affirmation Therapy

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This technique is used to overcome physical ailments and emotional problems by repeating a positive statement, similar to the therapy of visualization.

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Affusion

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Pouring or spraying of water onto the body. Water temperature may alternate between hot and cold.

Search specific affusion offerings for more information (i.e. Jacuzzi, Swiss Shower, Scotch Hose, etc.)

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Alexander Technique

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The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination.

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Other Name(s):
Full Body Chemical Peel, Glycolic Body Peel, AHA or BHA Body Exfoliation

Definition of Offering:
Full body method of chemical exfoliation employing the use of Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acids.

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Amma

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This bodywork therapy utilizes traditional Asian medical principles to assess and evaluate imbalances in the energetic system. It aims to restore and maintain optimum health through the treatment of the physical body, the bio-energy, and the emotions, which are all bound into the neuromuscular system.

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Anaerobic

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The opposite of aerobic, anaerobic applies to exercises or movements that do not require blood circulation or delivery of oxygen to the muscles, as in weight lifting and bodybuilding.

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Anthotherapy

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Therapeutic spa treatments, provided either in dry conditions or in hot and humid caves filled with vapors.

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Aerobics workouts performed in a swimming pool. Water resistance is utilized to stretch, strengthen and increase stamina. This activity is also commonly known as aquacize.

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