States are slowly responding to medical spa regulations and while some of it makes sense other parts of medical spa law that is becoming the standard per state does not. The long and short of it is we have estheticians performing services with injectables, Erbium lasers and providing micro liposuction treatments without a physician on site and without the necessary training and licensure to see patients for these advanced and potentially deadly services. SPAA has always urged those in our industry to engage in self-regulation whenever necessary as these laws and regulations are adopted and refined. Read the whole story.

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Energetic therapies are far from being a new spa phenomena. In fact, roughly ten years ago, a client of a well-known destination resort and spa sued the facility because she felt the massage therapist who gave her a treatment while at the resort stole her chi. It became the task of the court system to determine how to handle such a claim until the case was finally settled out of court.

Reiki, Ortho-Bionomy, polarity therapy, Zero-Balancing, and Quantum Touch are just a few of the many healing modalities being routinely practiced throughout the world. However, as more spas begin embracing options like acupuncture, guided imagery, gem stone therapies, and ayurveda, there is a risk that consumers will become lost in the shuffle and all healing arts professionals will suffer from the stigma of a few who misrepresented modalities in their haste to promote the services at their facilities. Read the whole story.

Genetically Modified Organisms are plants and other living organisms derived from modern molecular biotechnology techniques that alter the genetics of the organism. Humans have indirectly changed traits in plants and animals since prehistoric times, but new techniques of molecular biotechnology have resulted in the ability to target specific traits for alteration. Biotechnology has allowed the introduction of proteins, for example, that are not native to a given species. The United States Department of Agriculture defines biotechnology as “the use of biological processes of microbes, and of plants and animal cells for the benefit of humans.” Genetically modified foods were first introduced in 1996. A large portion of the food supply in North and South America is now produced with this technology. In the United States, over one-half of the soybean crop and a large percentage of corn and cotton are genetically modified and have been since the late 1990s. No adverse health effects associated with the consumption of Genetically Modified Organisms have been demonstrated, and these crops may have important benefits to farmers and consumers. For example, plants have been modified to produce soybeans with less saturated fat than conventional soybeans, offer significant consumer health benefits. Read the whole story.

The spa environment is a wonderful breeding ground for empathetic exchange.  The art of empathy requires both self-awareness and the ability to switch from self-attunement from self to “other.”  At the spa this becomes a delicate high-wire act of energy transference in just the right amounts.  Overly empathetic people may lose the ability to know what they want or need.  In a profession that requires so much intimate attention to the client this can quickly lead to burnout for the practitioner.  Feeling cheated of what they really want from a spa experience.  Either way, everyone loses. Read the whole story.

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