Congratulations to 100 Fountain Spa at the Pillar & Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, for being the leading spa in Canada, according to Spas of America's Top 50 Canada Spas of 2012. The Top 50 include 21 spas from British Columbia, 14 Ontario spas, 8 Quebec spas, 5 Alberta spas, and 2 spas from Saskatchewan. The ranking is based on page views by customers visiting the Spas of America website throughout the year. To view the complete list of winners, visit SpasOfAmerica.com/Canada.
Lipoplasty is the most performed procedure, according to an international study by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Results of the third annual study: Global Study of Aesthetic/Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Performed in 2011, were released in January, with lipoplasty accounting for 19.9 per cent of total surgical procedures and Botox and Dysport representing 38.1 per cent of non-surgical procedures.
Approximately 20,000 plastic surgeons globally were invited to participate, while the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery assisted with the study. Survey results, including comparative results of the previous surveys, are available on the ISAPS website at ISAPS.org.
The Global Spa & Wellness Summit has announced a change in its venue for the 2013 Summit, now being held in New Delhi, India, October 5 to 7, 2013. The venue change is to accommodate the schedules of several high-profile speakers.
The Summit will take place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, located 15 minutes from the Delhi National Airport and voted the world's leading luxury hotel by the World Travel Awards for the second consecutive year.
The GSWS brings together top industry executives and media from around the globe into a collaborative setting. The theme of this year's Summit is "A Defining Moment." One topic to be addressed is the growing importance of wellness and wellness tourism worldwide. GlobalSpaAndWellnessSummit.org
Ontario-based Spas2b Online Spa Management Courses are now available in 61 countries, and are CIBTAC endorsed. CIBTAC (Confederation of International Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology) sets quality standards for training for the spa, aesthetics, and wellness industries.
Spas2b offers two online spa management courses: Spa Start up, Management & Operations, and Spa Management & Operations.
Canadians have a new online tool to connect with more than 20,000 participating spas, medical spas, yoga, pilates, fitness studios and spa retreats, hotels, and resorts worldwide. SpaFinder Wellness launched a Canadian site earlier this year, to tailor services to the enthusiastic Canadian market.
Canadian spas who participate can get listed on the site and featured in reviews, industry trend news, Monthly Top Ten lists and Reader's Choice Awards. SpaFinder.ca
Canadians have a better pulse on the factors affecting their health than our own government seems to, according to a recent Conference Board of Canada study, Health Matters: An Economic Perspective. The study suggests incremental investments in public health today could produce long-term savings for individuals, the health care system, and the economy.
An EKOS Research Associates survey for the Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care showed that 48 per cent of respondents believe daily activities have the greatest impact on the health of the average Canadian. Governments could invest in health promotion to their advantage; health care costs have more than doubled in 11 years. However, in 2011, Canadian governments allocated only approximately 6.2 per cent of health expenditures to public health, giving little recognition to the potential impact of public health and wellness opportunities.
"The collective health of Canadians has implications for the public health care system and for the economy," says Louis Thériault, director, health economics, Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). "Treating health and wellness as a policy priority, rather than focusing so much on health care, could contribute to a healthier population and a wealthier Canada."
The Canadian spa and wellness industry could play a leading role in driving a greater focus on public health. Lifestyle factors are known to significantly affect health outcomes—such as smoking, alcohol consumption, nutrition and dietary patterns, and physical activity, and more Canadians and corporations are turning to the spa and wellness industry for programs and opportunities to address many of these key factors.
A recent study by researchers at the University of British Columbia revealed Canadian obesity rates continue to climb, particularly in the Maritimes and the Territories. The study mapped self-reported obesity rates for adults across Canada since 1998 and estimated that more than 30 per cent of the population of the Maritimes and the two Territories is obese. British Columbia had the lowest obesity levels, with Quebec following second, at less than 24 per cent. The good news—the researchers suggest the obesity rates could be levelling off, having demonstrated less steep percentage increases over the past four years than previously.
Naturopathic doctors across Canada will conduct free events during the week of May 6 to 12, for Naturopathic Medicine Week. Events are scheduled at local book stores, community venues, and clinics. This public outreach will cover topics including a naturopathic doctor's approach to stress, eating for energy and health, pregnancy, peri menopause, digestive issues, and the benefits of naturopathic medicine. Watch for local events to tie into, or perhaps host a free healthy living event at your spa!
On February 24, the Harper government announced Health Canada will strengthen its health warnings about the dangers of tanning beds, through proposed changes to the Radiation Emitting Devices Regulations (RED). The proposed changes would require a health warning label with the following messages be attached to all ultraviolet emitting tanning equipment: "Not recommended for use by those under 18 years of age" and "Tanning Equipment Can Cause Cancer" as well as a bulleted list of other health risks associated with tanning.
The World Health Organization reports that the risk of developing skin melanoma increases 75 per cent when tanning bed usage begins before the age of 35. A 75-day public comment period on Health Canada's draft proposal will be completed in early May, while the proposed regulatory changes are expected to be posted later this year.
The Aveda Institute of Canada will be giving away more than $40,000 in scholarships in 2013. The Born to Style hairstyling scholarships will be awarded to a winner at each of the four Aveda Institute campuses in Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto. Sixteen finalists will be chosen based on submitted videos showing why they were Born to Style, then the public will vote online to send candidates to the final round of competition: a live style-off and runway show in May.
Eminence Organic Skin Care has announced an exciting new commitment to Mother Earth—the Forests For The Future initiative. For every product sold in the active organic or Biodynamic product lines, they will plant a tree. Eminence relies on sustainable farming and green practices to create its products and this new tree planting project takes that commitment one step further.
Spas challenged to hire the best people have a new resource to tap. Beauty Nine to Five is a career website providing qualified candidates to employers in the beauty industry. Employers can post their positions for candidates to apply. As well, a resume database will allow employers to view the best resumes from all fields, pre-screened for either beauty education or experience.
The SpaFinder®Wellness 2012 Readers' Choice Awards were announced with a number of Canadian spas among the winners. Ste. Anne's Spa won the Favourite Spa in Canada for the 7th year in a row, presented to the most-voted spa in Canada by spa-goers across the world. This year's awards tallied a record amount of votes globally, identifying favourite spas regionally and across 27 categories.
Other big Canadian winners included: KurSpa at Sparkling Hill Resort and Wellness Centre, Vernon, BC (Best for Accommodations, Best for Girlfriend Getaway & Bachelorettes, Best for Interior Design, Best for Weddings, Best Pet-Friendly); Spa Eastman Health and Wellness Retreat, Eastman, QC (Best for Affordability, Best Eco-Spa, Best for Going Solo); Sante Spa at Hotel Le Germain, Calgary, AB (Best New Spa of 2012); Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC (Best for Ski & Snow, Best for Outdoor Adventure).
The complete list of winner can be found at spafinder.com/rca
Derma Bright Clinic opened a new location on Vancouver's west side in November, launching with a brand new line of skin care machines, manufactured by Raja Medical. With up to a year waiting list to see a dermatologist in BC, other options to help with skin issues are well-received. Derma Bright offers an acne program, anti-aging options, and a variety of treatments for specific skin issues including sun damage, rosacea, and eye bags.
The 2013 Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) will be held in Jaipur, India, from October 4 to 7. Leaders from 40 countries are expected to participate. As the birthplace of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, India has helped lead the development of the spa and wellness industry worldwide. The GSWS is recognized as a preeminent gathering dedicated to bringing together industry leaders in a collaborative setting and inspiring delegates to impact the future of the industry through innovation and open dialogue.
Nordik Spa-Nature in Chelsea, QC, is a favoured oasis for local clientele and tourists to the region. A continued focus on improvement, on innovation and excellence, ensures Nordik remains a beautiful relaxation haven. In 2012, Nordik invested $4.1 million in a new European-inspired addition, Panorama, making it the biggest spa in North America.
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada recognized that commitment this year with the Deloitte Innovator of the Year Award, part of the Canadian Tourism Awards. The annual awards, recongizing success, leadership and innovation in Canada's tourism industry, were presented at a gala dinner on November 20.
Nordik's innovative spirit rages on, with a exciting new venture: the new Nordik Spa-Nature is set to open its doors this spring in Winnipeg.
Hotel and spa chains are joining forces to help bring clean water to communities without. Six Senses Resort & Spas is spearheading the Hotel Water campaign, and already a number of other hotel chains have joined.
An estimated 1 billion people do not have adequate safe water, 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, and every minute, four children die of water-related disease. But the Hotel Water Campaign could really make a difference.
The concept, already underway since late 2008 at Six Senses, is for hotels to ban imported water onsite and instead, filter and bottle their own in reusable glass bottles for sale to customers. As part of the campaign, 10 per cent of those sales will go to organizations to bring clean water to needy communities.
At Six Senses, the water is enhanced and energized by VitaJuwel gem stones and classical music, becoming Six Senses Wellness Water. The resort company has eliminated carbon emissions from the transportation of water, and the waste created by plastic bottles.
"Our industry, travel and tourism, is focused on the privileged few; the richest 10 – 20% of the world's population," says Sonu Sivdasani, chairman and CEO, Six Senses Resorts & Spas. "Unfortunately the planet is now too small from the perspective of resources to provide the entire population of the world the luxuries of travel and tourism. Resource scarcity is not just an issue of the future but a present day challenge. Access to fresh and clean water should be the right of all men and women on this planet, but 2 billion people do not have this basic right. The Hotel Water campaign is a perfect opportunity for our industry to change that and together solve the UN's Millennium Goal No. 7."
On the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat's exclusive new treatment soothes the senses with the power of sound. Senior therapist Petrina McInnes developed the spa's new "Australian Spirit of Sound" treatment, which features a combination of massage techniques with live percussion including drums and rainsticks, and Hawaiian basalt rocks all choreographed to carefully selected music. The healing power of vibration is a unique component of this treatment, and is especially beneficial for people with adrenal fatigue, digestive issues, and stress related disorders. Using the art of drumming, the vibration reaches places deep within the body and mind at a cellular level, waking up the cells and the psyche.
Nail lovers can now swap designs, ideas and groovy photos on a new website, itssoeasynails.com. This online nail art community caters to those with a flare for artistic touches to their tips. The It's So Easy website enables fans to create personalized wish lists to have on-hand during their next shopping excursion. The growing How-To page offers quick and easy tutorials to guide visitors down the path from frumpy fingers to delightfully glamourous digits.
Cybex International Inc. received the FIBO Innovation Award 2012 in April for the patented Progressive Stabilization system on its Bravo Press and Bravo Pull strength machines. With this system, the machines are the first multi-function cable training stations that offer the stability and strength of a single-function, fixed-path machine combined with the greater movement options of multi-function cable training systems. "We set out to combine the advantages of isolative strength training equipment with the advantages of cable press and pull equipment, and Progressive Stabilization was born," says Ray Giannelli, senior vice president of research and development for Cybex International.
The Melanoma Network of Canada (MNC) commended the Quebec government for introducing new legislation on May 15 to ban indoor tanning for minors. Mirroring actions underway in other provinces, the bill would also impose strict regulations around advertising for tanning salons, including requirements for the posting of warnings.
"The medical community has been waiting for legislation like this for a long time," says Joël Claveau, dermatologist, Dermatology and Pigmented Lesion Clinic, Hospital Hotel-Dieu de Quebec. "Skin cancer should be taken seriously and all prevention efforts are important."
The second annual FACE Report: a Canadian Reference Guide is available, offering Canadian statistics on how women feel about their skin and overall attitudes about medical aesthetics. Results of a survey of Canadian women ages 30 to 60 conducted by Leger Marketing are included, as well as recent scientific data about medical aesthetics and industry marketing data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It also includes predictions on future medical aesthetics trends, women's feelings about their appearance and how it impacts their emotional wellbeing.
The report demonstrates there has been an increase in understanding about cosmetic treatment options over the past year by Canadian women, but certain knowledge gaps do persist. As many as 70% of women admit they use over the counter anti-aging products, but 63% of them report they don't visibly work. For more of this kind of information, visit faceinstitute.ca
Matis Paris has been providing top-line beauty products since cosmetic formulations chemist Mr. Mavromati created a formulation laboratory in 1936. The company invites everyone to celebrate 75 years of beautiful skincare, with the launch of a vintage collector's case including two delightful products that are reminiscent of yesterday. Using today's technology: Bee Cream and Elastin Firming Activator, or as some have said, the elixir of youth. Happy anniversary Matis!
Spa Eastman was among the winners of the Grand Prix du Tourisme québécois in the "Accomodation—40 to 99 rooms" category. The award recognizes Spa Eastman's focus on innovation, such as the new Health Immersion Wellness program bringing healthcare to the forefront of Quebec tourism; its efforts to maintain a competitive advantage include the opening of new facilities including rooms, a conference room and a large thermotherapy area, Eastman-les-Bains. Finally, the award honours the spa's commitment to sustainable development, particularly Eastman's global reputation for promoting the health of its customers through sustainable practices.
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