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22 Sep 2014
New research undertaken to explore benefits and drawbacks of hatha yoga for bipolar sufferers
New research undertaken to explore benefits and drawbacks of hatha yoga for bipolar sufferers   A new research scheme has set out to explore the positive and negative impacts of hatha yoga on those suffering from bipolar disorder, with the investigation being led by the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in the United States. The lead .... More>>
22 Sep 2014
First continental European Neal's Yard Remedies spa opens in Portugal
First continental European Neal's Yard Remedies spa opens in Portugal   The first continental European Neal’s Yard Remedies Spa has opened in what used to be the private home of a 17th Century noble family, now known as the Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda in the Western Algarve, Portugal. Treatments by organic and .... More>>
19 Sep 2014
GSWS 2014 releases Global Wellness Economy Monitor report
GSWS 2014 releases Global Wellness Economy Monitor report   The global spa industry has grown by 58 per cent since 2007 and is now valued at US$94bn (€73bn, £57bn), according to research released at last week’s Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) in Marrakech, Morocco. What’s more, the number of spa facilities worldwide has increased by 47 per cent – from 71,762 facilities in 2007 to 105,591 facilities in 2013. These .... More>>
19 Sep 2014
Medi-spa regulatory update to be hosted by American Med Spa Association
Medi-spa regulatory update to be hosted by American Med Spa Association   The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) is co-hosting a regulatory programme for the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in partnership with the law firm Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker. The one-day programme, on 20 .... More>>
19 Sep 2014
Mission Hills Haikou details neighbouring leisure developments to open in 2015
Mission Hills Haikou details neighbouring leisure developments to open in 2015   Three new leisure developments, spanning 435 acres (176 hectares) will open next to the luxury Chinese golf and hot spring spa retreat Mission Hills Haikou on the island of Hainan in 2015, potentially bringing increased footfall for the wellness .... More>>
18 Sep 2014
Warwick Hotel Dubai unveils Kirana Spa & Health Club
Warwick Hotel Dubai unveils Kirana Spa & Health Club   The Warwick Hotel Dubai, UAE, which opened 14 April earlier this year, has unveiled its new spa and health club, which is bidding to cash in on the city's bustling business sector. Situated within walking distance of the Dubai Financial Centre and .... More>>
18 Sep 2014
Botox may stunt emotional growth in young people: study
Botox may stunt emotional growth in young people: study   Botox injections that induce temporary paralysis of muscles in the upper face – to reduce wrinkling when people frown – could stop young people seeking this treatment from learning how to express emotions fully, according to a study. The research, .... More>>
18 Sep 2014
70,000sq ft hydrotherapy wellness campus planned for Manhattan
70,000sq ft hydrotherapy wellness campus planned for Manhattan   A 70,000sq ft (6,503sq m) European-style hydrotherapy spa is planned for Governors Island in Upper New York Harbour, US, which will feature a number of outdoor therapy pools that look back onto views of Manhattan. The Quadrio Curzio family from .... More>>
18 Sep 2014
Research to explore massage benefits for multiple sclerosis patients
Research to explore massage benefits for multiple sclerosis patients   A British physiotherapist has been awarded a research grant to examine the benefits of abdominal massage for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Doreen McClurg, a reader at Glasgow Caledonian University, received £741,000 (US$1.2m, €937,000) from .... More>>
18 Sep 2014
GSWS 2014 predicts ten future factors to affect the spa industry
GSWS 2014 predicts ten future factors to affect the spa industry   Delegates from over 45 nations gathered at the eighth annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) in Marrakech, Morocco last week, to discuss the future of the US$3.4tn (€2.6tn, £2.1tn) global wellness industry. On the second day of the Summit, 12 September, it was revealed that the GSWS 2015 will be held in .... More>>
17 Sep 2014
Rittenhouse debuts its spa and health club after multimillion dollar revamp
Rittenhouse debuts its spa and health club after multimillion dollar revamp   The Rittenhouse, a Philadelphian luxury hotel, has opened the doors to its brand new spa, health club and salon after a multimillion dollar revitalisation by real estate owners Hersha Hospitality Trust. Measuring 11,000sq ft (1,021sq m) in total .... More>>
17 Sep 2014
Miami's Museum of Science gets US$5m donation for health and wellness
Miami's Museum of Science gets US$5m donation for health and wellness   The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (formerly known as the Miami Science Museum), which is nearing the halfway stage of moving to a new US$275m (€212m, £168.5m) facility in downtown Miami, has received a donation of US$5m (€3.9m, £3.1m) .... More>>
17 Sep 2014
APSWC plans Japanese onsen study tour for 2015
APSWC plans Japanese onsen study tour for 2015   The Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition (APSWC) has issued an update on various projects it is undertaking, including a number of networking and educational events in capital cities around Asia. A Japanese Study Tour is being planned for the end .... More>>
17 Sep 2014
Action brought against US corporate wellness programme
Action brought against US corporate wellness programme   A US energy company based in Wisconsin has been accused of overstepping its bounds by requiring an employee to undergo medical exams and inquiries, which a lawsuit contends were not job-related or consistent with business necessity. The lawsuit, brought by federal body the Equal Employment Opportunity .... More>>
16 Sep 2014
Starwood's Las Alcobas hotel to open in Q4 2015 in California's Wine Country
Starwood's Las Alcobas hotel to open in Q4 2015 in California's Wine Country   Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood in California's Napa Valley, is expected to open in October 2015 once a multimillion renovation is complete. The property is being transformed from the former Grandview Hotel & Spa into a .... More>>
16 Sep 2014
Hot springs resort opens in Philippines as part of spa development plan
Hot springs resort opens in Philippines as part of spa development plan   The Mainit Springs in Barangay Montaneza, within the Philippine municipality called Malabuyoc, has been transformed into a tourist attraction, nine years after the Department of Energy .... More>>
16 Sep 2014
Is Vasper the future of spa fitness offerings?
Is Vasper the future of spa fitness offerings?   Vasper, a hi-tech training system based on cooling and compression, has been designed to deliver the benefits of anaerobic exercise without the high intensity effort. With organisations including Google and NASA among its admirers, the product has been earmarked as a potentially vital tool for helping savvy spa operators make sure their fitness offering is up to date. .... More>>
16 Sep 2014
MIT Media Lab unveils wellness initiative
MIT Media Lab unveils wellness initiative   The MIT Media Lab, an interdisciplinary research facility, has launched a wellness initiative designed to spark innovation in the area of health and wellbeing, while promoting healthier workplace and lifestyle behaviours. The Robert Wood Johnson .... More>>
15 Sep 2014
What does an unhealthy BMI look like?
What does an unhealthy BMI look like?   Health messages and pictures of what a healthy and unhealthy BMI look like should be combined, according to researchers who believe that as the rest of the global population’s obesity levels rise, we may all lose sight of what a healthy body actually looks like. African American women are not concerned about .... More>>
15 Sep 2014
First L'Occitane spa in the Bahamas to be unveiled
First L'Occitane spa in the Bahamas to be unveiled   The Club Med Columbus Isle resort is preparing to reveal the first and only L’Occitane spa in the Bahamas this November as part of an US$8m (€6m, £4.9m) investment in the resort. The newly-refurbished 36 deluxe rooms and 180 Club Med bedrooms on .... More>>
15 Sep 2014
Victorian Woodhall Spa baths to reopen after 30 years
Victorian Woodhall Spa baths to reopen after 30 years   A plan to reopen the historic Woodhall Spa baths, which gave the Lincolnshire village its name, has been announced by developers after 15 years of attempts to renovate the derelict building – currently considered an eyesore by residents. The Woodhall Spa Pump Room and Baths, which closed in 1983, has been .... More>>
15 Sep 2014
Armenian non-profit group trains blind citizens in massage therapy
Armenian non-profit group trains blind citizens in massage therapy   The Armenian non-profit group Seeing Hands is helping to train and employ blind nationals in massage therapy in the hope that the nation can emulate China and South Korea, where tens of thousands of blind citizens have become massage therapists. A .... More>>
15 Sep 2014
US$3.5bn Baha Mar resort launch delayed until next spring
US$3.5bn Baha Mar resort launch delayed until next spring   Originally scheduled to open in December of this year, the US$3.5 billion (€2.7bn, £2.2bn) Baha Mar resort complex in the Bahamas has delayed its debut until late spring 2015 due to a series .... More>>
12 Sep 2014
Water Palace Spa planned for hotel in Xiamen, China, by A.W. Lake
Water Palace Spa planned for hotel in Xiamen, China, by A.W. Lake   The Urban Resort Concept-operated (URC) PuShang Hotel and Spa in Xiamen, China, is set to open in Q4 of 2016 with a Water Palace Spa, based on the importance of bathing in Chinese culture. The 175-bedroom hotel’s 3,200sq m (34,445sq ft) URSPA will include 12 treatment chambers – two of which are double treatment .... More>>
12 Sep 2014
Thai massage parlours in Australian city mistaken for brothels
Thai massage parlours in Australian city mistaken for brothels   A number of massage parlours are being mistaken by prospective male clients for illegal brothels in the Australian city of Gold Coast in southern Queensland. Every week at the Sabai Traditional Thai Massage and Spa men seek sexual favours causing the business, and other wellbeing facilities in the city, to publish signs on their price menus that say “no sexual .... More>>
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