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How to handle panic attacks during a spa experience

How to handle panic attacks during a spa experience

Keeping the peace. By Vivienne O’Keeffe  A big thanks to the many readers who responded with calls and emails to my last article about recognizing clients with menopausal symptoms. Your requests for more information on anxiety and panic attacks got me thinking about the role spas can play with respect to mental wellbeing. My recent work on the Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) Mental Wellness Initiative has made me acutely aware of the many...

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How to recognize clients with menopausal symptoms

How to recognize clients with menopausal symptoms

Managing menopause.  By Vivienne O’Keeffe  As skin care therapists, we all know first-hand the effects of menopause on the skin, such as thinning epidermis, dryness and wrinkles. I want to draw your attention to the mental wellbeing aspect of menopause.   Mental health in menopause You may have seen the signs without recognizing them: nervousness, anxiety, lack of confidence. The mood swings caused by sweeping hormonal changes in a woman going...

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The healing power of nature

The healing power of nature

Implanting happiness: The restorative power of vegetation is enjoying new growth.  By Vivienne O’Keeffe  There’s nothing like a quiet stroll through a forest after a spring rain, is there? As one who lives in a wet climate near a forest, I’m lucky enough to enjoy the stimulating effect regularly.   Nature makes us happier It may be intuitive that connecting to nature makes us happier, but science confirms it. Conservation society Nature Canada...

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Is your spa business ready to go hydrothermal?

Is your spa business ready to go hydrothermal?

By Vivienne O’Keeffe  Growing up in Ireland and being led all over Europe by my parents to the natural waters of places like Lourdes (France) and the stunning Italian Alps, I never doubted the therapeutic benefits of soaking in water. My most memorable demonstration of water’s restorative properties, though, was on New Year’s Day, 2013. I was boating with a group of friends up to Hot Springs Cove in the western Clayoquot Sound region of...

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Spas vs. big E-tail

Spas vs. big E-tail

Don’t let those online giants poach your sales.  By Vivienne O’Keeffe  Considering the worldwide scope of the battle between bricks-and-mortar establishments and online giants like Amazon, the fight for supremacy in spa product sales might seem like a mere skirmish. But with their higher margins than most hands-on services – and in some case higher volumes – off-the-shelf product sales for skin care, hair and other aesthetic needs are, for many...

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5 Innovations in the medispa business

5 Innovations in the medispa business

Medical spas are changing with the times – restructuring the customer journey and bringing in new treatments to attract the younger crowd. By Vivienne O’Keeffe  What’s trending and new today in the medispa business? As a professional spa consultant, I get asked this question a lot. The answer is: lots! U.S. spa revenue hit a record $US 17.5 billion in 2017, up 4.3 per cent according to International Spa Association (ISPA). The medispa industry...

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