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Spa News: Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Receives REAL Certified Distinction

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Destination spa awarded by United States Healthful Food Council for commitment to healthful and sustainable food.

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, a world-renowned destination spa located just north of San Diego, was recently awarded the REAL Certified distinction by the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC). The REAL Certification is emerging as a beacon for consumers seeking healthful and sustainable food.

The USHFC is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting diet-related disease by helping to align the food industry’s financial incentives with consumers’ health interests. In order to qualify as REAL Certified, independent registered dietitians assessed Cal-a-Vie Health Spa’s food practices across a range of nutrition and sustainability criteria, including Responsible (nutrition), Epicurean (preparation), Agricultural (sourcing) and Leadership (going above and beyond). Those that satisfy the stringent necessary requirements are awarded REAL Certification.

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa earned high marks across the board in its assessment, achieving an overall score of 92 percent, including 100 percent compliance in the “Responsible” and “Epicurean” scoring categories.

“We are honored to have Cal-a-Vie Health Spa carry the nationally recognized REAL Certification. This mark of excellence solidifies Cal-a-Vie as a leader in the health and wellness industry and upholds our commitment to helping guests establish healthier relationships with food,” said Cal-a-Vie owner Terri Havens. “Cal-a-Vie’s enticing, healthy menu is prepared with local, sustainable ingredients, modeling that healthy eating can be easily elevated to gourmet status.”

In its score and summary of Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, the USHFC noted the resort’s “food preparation is exceptional, largely in part because of a focus on cooking in-house from scratch, using plant-based oils and incorporating healthy cooking practice.” The USHFC also praised Cal-a-Vie’s “many regionally- and locally-sourced primary food items, cage-free poultry, organic items” and use of sustainable seafood.

Cal-a-Vie is a destination health spa with 32 private villas and a 5:1 staff to guest ratio. Cal-a-Vie combines luxurious European Spa philosophies with the California concepts of fitness, health and nutrition. The French Provencal styled retreat is embellished with historical pieces and antiques from Europe including a 400-year-old Chapel and L’Orangerie from Dijon, France - ideal for destination weddings and events. There is also the Antique Boutique exclusively available to guests. Cal-a-Vie offers three-, four- and seven-night spa vacation packages that include gourmet spa cuisine, fitness classes, hiking, beauty and spa treatments, mind-body awareness programs, lectures on health and nutrition, accommodations, and even provides workout clothes to simplify packing. For more information, please visit

Noel Asmar Selected Among Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada

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Founder and CEO of the Noel Asmar Group recognized for the second straight year on list of the Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada

Noel Asmar, founder and CEO of the Noel Asmar Group, has been recognized for the second straight year on the prestigious list of the Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada awarded by PROFIT and Chatelaine magazines.

Noel Asmar sits on top of an international multi-division corporation that she founded in 2002, currently servicing clients in over 60 countries. Her team of 25+ work from her stylish corporate headquarters just outside of Vancouver, BC. Noel has positioned her company for the future by bringing in a team of key hires from several prestigious companies in apparel, retail and e-commerce. The brand has received international recognition and was recently been featured in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines.

Noel has a genuine interest in the Spa and Wellness Industry as she designs with the desire to make people feel good. She is the founder/originator of, and later went on to design the beautiful resin and precious metal pedicure bowls and accessories found on Her dedication to wellness is enforced by her leadership roles within the industry. Most recently, Noel was selected to sit on the board of ISPA – the International Spa Association is recognized worldwide as the professional organization and voice of the spa industry, representing health and wellness facilities and providers in more than 70 countries. Noel is an invited delegate to the Global Spa and Wellness Summit recently held in Morocco. She is proud to count amongst her clients some of the most prestigious brands in global spa, wellness and hospitality including the Fairmont Group, Four Seasons Resorts, Caesars, MGM, Mayo Clinic, Canyon Ranch, Woodhouse Spas and thousands of other valued clients.

Her love for horses and passion for riding also led her to launch her equestrian apparel division Noel’s sense of style and her “function meets fashion” approach have taken her brand to the top of the industry in less than three years.

Selection criteria for Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs is based on a proprietary formula that considers the size, growth rate and profitability of the entrepreneurs’ companies.

Noel Asmar commented, “I feel so honored to be recognized for the second year in a row amongst all these clever, highly successful women and am truly humbled. I hope to inspire other women to feel empowered to follow their passions and don’t give up – the journey will shape you.”

Repêchage Hosts 17th Annual International Conference for Salon & Spa Professionals

Repechage CEO & Founder, Lydia Sarfati, and Repêchage Chief Operating Officer, David Sarfati

Over 135 people from all over the world attended The Repêchage 17th Annual International Conference in NYC on May 18, 2015.

Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati welcomed over 135 skincare and spa professionals from across the country as well as from Korea, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, Romania, the United Kingdom, Italy and Curacao. Guests gathered at this year’s NYC Conference to hear both science and medical experts speak, as well as to be part of the launch of the new Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐OutTM Facial and at‐home products, the Repêchage Mineral Face Shield, and annual Repêchage President’s Awards.

To kick off the event, Charles Yarish, Ph.D., professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, took the podium to present “The Science of Seaweed.” Yarish was recently appointed to the Repêchage Board of Directors for 2015, and heads one of the leading seaweed science laboratories in the world dedicated to seaweed research and aquaculture. Dr. Yarish shared with guests the many different facets of seaweed – from cultivation to its use, food, fertilizers and most relevant to Conference guests: cosmetics. Dr. Yarish specifically delineated the anti‐wrinkling, anti‐aging and skin regeneration characteristics of specific seaweeds, including Laminaria Digitata and Ascophyllum Nodosum, the two seaweeds predominantly used in Repêchage Professional Skin Care.

Next to take the podium was Karl Richter, partner of Bio‐Gate AG, Germany, for his presentation “Micro Silver: A Newly Patented Ingredient for Dermatological Skin Care.” Richter presented information on Micro Silver, a new found ingredient that Repêchage will be utilizing in the new Repêchage Red‐Out Facial and at‐home products. Specifically, Richter spoke on the science behind Micro Silver and its benefits in skincare and cosmetics, including its antimicrobial action and ability to fight harmful bacteria that can cause inflammation, skin irritations and blemishes. Repêchage will be the first professional skin care company in the United States to utilize this new ingredient in Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out Facial with Micro Silver and Anti‐Oxidants and at‐home products for hypersensitive skin and rosacea.

Before the official introduction of Repêchage Red‐Out, Dr. Samuel Shatkin, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and owner of the Aesthetic Associate Centre for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Medical Skin Care in Buffalo, took the stage. In his presentation, “Rosacea – Causes and Solutions,” Dr. Shatkin discussed the medical findings of what causes this skin condition and solutions for those who suffer from rosacea – a skin condition seen in 16 million people in the US and 45 million people worldwide, according to the Rosacea Society. Dr. Shatkin also reported on his recent clinical study of rosacea patients in his Buffalo, NY practice, revealing dramatic reduction of rosacea symptoms in before and after photographs.

Immediately following was the official premiere of Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out for event attendees, along with the debut of Repêchage Mineral Face Shield. Repêchage CEO & Founder Lydia Sarfati shared with guests the research behind Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out Facial and Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out Calming Cleanser and Red‐Out Serum (patent pending). As Sarfati stated, “This new facial, as well as the two patent‐pending at‐home products, offer real and immediate help to people with all types of skin who suffer from Rosacea and hypersensitivity. In recent trials, 99% of patients saw visible difference in their skin after one Hydra 4 Red‐OutTM Facial, while 89% saw smoother skin after using the Hydra 4 Red‐OutTM Serum for 28 days.“

Sarfati also introduced the much‐anticipated new Repêchage Mineral Face Shield to the enthusiastic audience. This new cream, explained Sarfati, has a luxurious, soufflé‐like texture, providing important anti‐oxidant protection through‐out the day while imparting a flawless, air‐brushed finish.

After a brief break, Dr. Patrick Fratellone took the stage for “The Heart & the Whole Body Connection.” Fratellone presented to guests his insights as a well‐known cardiologist and internist who practices integrative medicine. Dr. Fratellone explained the benefits of a well‐balanced life that included exercise, mediation and good self‐esteem while eliminating unhealthy food choices.

For the last portion of the event, Lydia Sarfati presented the President’s Awards, given in various categories to an establishment or person that demonstrates esthetic excellence as well as dedication to the elevation of the industry.

Dr. Samuel Shatkin and Joni Shatkin of Trés Auraé Spa in Buffalo, NY were awarded the Trendsetter of the Year award.

The following day, on May 19, 2015, attendees gathered at the Repêchage Headquarters in Secaucus, NJ for a Hands‐On Workshop. Under the instruction of Repêchage Global Education Leader, Lauren Streeter and Corporate Educator, Natalie Otto, guests spent a full day learning further about rosacea and hypersensitive skin treatment with the new Repêchage Hydra 4® Red‐Out Facial and at‐home products.

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Athena Cosmetics Welcomes Christopher Dove and John Simpson as Brand Spokespersons

Christopher Dove and John Simpson

Athena Cosmetics, Inc., makers of RevitaLash Cosmetics and ReGenesis Hair Enhancing System, announced their partnership with renowned salon experts, Christopher Dove and John Simpson.

Joining Athena Cosmetics as spokespersons, Christopher Dove and John Simpson will develop a curriculum for professional stylists that identifies and communicates the brand approach for fine and thinning hair.

“We want to elevate the ReGenesis Hair Enhancing System as a key player in the anti-aging hair category, says Dove. “It is with great excitement that we announce this partnership and we really believe in the approach that Athena Cosmetics is taking,” adds Simpson.

Developed to defend tresses from aging, breakage and brittleness, the highly advanced ReGenesis system is formulated with the finely-calibrated, proprietary ingredients to intensify the natural volume of hair. In addition to being brand spokespersons, Dove and Simpson will be working to develop the next phase of products for ReGenesis.

"The goal is to lead the category with an all-inclusive approach to fine and thinning hair. It’s not just about the products you are using, it’s also about taking a deeper look into the hair concerns and developing a full professional curriculum for cut, color and style,” shares Sabrina Little, Director of Marketing and Product Development.

Christopher Dove, one of the trade’s most sought-after stylists, has been recognized for his craft and innovations in hair styling for over 20 years. Traveling globally to educate and spread his progressive cutting techniques and styling concepts, Dove has earned prestigious accolades in the hair care industry, including Hair Color USA’s “Hair Colorists of the Year”, “Masters Hairstylists of the Year”, “Most Inspiring Hair Colorists” and the prestigious “Icon Award” by The Professional Beauty Association and The National Cosmetology Association.

John Simpson, a hairstylist veteran with more than 20 years’ experience, aims to encourage all stylists to reclaim their passion for the craft, while spreading his knowledge and the fundamentals of hair coloring, cutting and styling. Winning over top industry judges for his trend-setting color creations, Simpson was honored as the recipient of the “Colorist of the Year” Award. He was also a finalist for the “Mirror Award International Stylist,” and an NAHA Finalist for the Hair Color and Stylist Choice Award for “Favorite Platform Artist and Educator.”

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Alice Waters to Receive ISPA’s Humanitarian Award

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Alice Waters will receive the 2015 ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award at the 2015 ISPA Conference & Expo from October 19-21, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV

The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present Alice Waters with the 2015 ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award at the 25th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV from October 19-21, 2015.

Waters is a chef, author, food activist and owner of Chez Panisse. Waters has been a champion of local, sustainable agriculture for more than four decades.

“ISPA is thrilled to recognize Alice for her many years of hard work in advocating for locally grown fare,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “Alice’s passion for feeding the world is so inspiring and her work impacts so many of us.”

Waters was chosen based on her extensive work as founder of The Edible Schoolyard Project, an innovative model for public education that integrates the growing and cooking of food into the core academic curriculum. The centerpiece of the mission is to promote a free, nutritious and sustainable school lunch for all students, K – 12, and to bring children into a new relationship to food.

Waters’ vision for edible education began 20 years ago with The Edible Schoolyard at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, which today draws visitors from around the world. The online Edible Schoolyard Network gathers and shares lessons and best practices from school gardens, kitchens, and edible education programs worldwide. To date, there are more than 4,000 Edible Schoolyard Network member programs in 54 countries.

“I am so honored to be receiving this award for the 25th anniversary of ISPA,” said Waters. “I am looking forward to speaking at this important gathering.”

The award is named in honor of the late spa pioneer, Alex Szekely. It is designed to recognize an individual who acts as a respected contributor to overall well-being, encouraging the renewal of mind, body and spirit - all of which are characteristics embodied by ISPA members worldwide.

The award will be presented to Waters by Szekely’s mother, Deborah Szekely. Following will be a keynote presentation from Wednesday's keynote speaker.

"Alice Waters has climbed to the summit of worldwide culinary fame since starting Chez Panisse in a little house on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley,” said Szekely. “Along the way she's done more than any single person to change the world of healthy, sustainable, immensely enjoyable dining as well as cooking at home. She also inspires many thousands of children each year through her Edible Schoolyard project to honor fresh and seasonal, locally sourced, honest simple food and all that it means to lifelong health. I am so proud to be able to call her my friend."

Past Humanitarian Award recipients include Jewel, Blake Mycoskie, Lisa Ling and Dr. Maya Angelou. More information about attending the 2015 ISPA Conference & Expo can be found at

China Glaze Treats Teens Fighting Cancer to a Beverly Hills Spa Mani

China Glaze joined Wish Upon a Teen to brighten the day for teens battling cancer.

It just takes a smile, like the one in the photo above, to make one realize the impact a day of beauty can have. On April 27th at the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic in Beverly Hills, twelve girls were treated to a day of pampering organized by Wish Upon a Teen, a non-profit dedicated to helping teens fighting cancer. During the fourth annual Spa Day, the teenagers, who are oncology patients of the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, received luxurious mini spa treatments with manicures by China Glaze, facials by the Sonya Dakar team and makeup application by Stila.

China Glaze celebrity manicurists Stephanie Stone and Brittni Rae from Nailing Hollywood created custom nail art looks using summer’s brightest hues. The teens selected their favorite polishes from China Glaze’s 2015 spring and summer collections, as well as an assortment of China Glaze’s best selling shades to create a look all their own. Each design was topped off with Fast Forward dry fast top coat for long-lasting shine and durability.

In addition to enjoying a day of pampering, the teens also spent time with celebrities Austin Stowell (Whiplash), Haley Pullos (General Hospital), Halston Sage (Crisis) and singer/songwriter Cailee Rae.

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Successful Hands School Grant Awarded at the 4th Annual American Massage Conference (AMC) School Rally

 left to right - Cortiva Institute instructor Dianna Lynn Jungels; Kray Kibler,

[Left to right ] Cortiva Institute instructor Dianna Lynn Jungels; Kray Kibler, CFO, Scrip Companies; CG Funk, Vice President, Industry Relations and Product Development, Massage Envy Spa Franchising; Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage Therapy and Spa, Performance Health.

The Successful Hands Grant Program supports professional massage therapy students and schools through a collaborative effort with Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa and Bon Vital.

Cortiva Institute instructor Dianna Lynn Jungels was awarded a $750 Successful Hands grant package at the American Massage Conference School Rally on May 1 at Massage Warehouse’s headquarters in Bolingbrook, IL. The Successful Hands Grant Program™, launched through the collaborative efforts of Biofreeze®, Massage Envy Spa® and Bon Vital'®, supports the professional massage therapy student and their schools. ONE Concept, the conference organizer, partnered with Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa and Bon Vital' to promote the grant program during the conference.

“As a relatively new instructor at the Cortiva Institute in Joliet, IL, I attended last week’s AMC conference knowing that it would benefit my teaching career and my personal growth. I truly enjoyed the experience and being surrounded by like-minded people who share my passions—massage for the past 20 years, and now teaching massage classes,” stated Ms. Jungels. “We’re planning to use the grant for an appreciation celebration for the Joliet campus. Everyone there has been such a great help to me in my new career, and they care deeply about the students and the school.” Cortiva Institute is a member of the Steiner Education Group, which is a subsidiary of Steiner Leisure Limited, a global provider of spa services.

“We are very grateful for the support that Performance Health and Massage Envy Spa provide year after year. They truly set the bar high for others in our profession,” added Scott Dartnall, President and CEO, ONE Concept. “And please let me use this opportunity to extend an invitation to the next American Massage Conference being held in Tinley Park (Chicago), IL June 11-14, 2015. Please visit to register.”

“This year’s inspirational and educational conference included presentations by CG Funk, Vice President, Industry Relations and Product Development, Massage Envy Spa Franchising; Anne Williams, Education Program Director, Associated Massage and Bodyworks Professionals; Angie Patrick, Director of Business Development, Massage Warehouse; Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron, President, Massage Therapy Foundation board of trustees; and Donna Sarvelllo, Vice President of Educational Support, NCTMB,” said Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage Therapy and Spa, Performance Health. “The conferences’ unique venue—Massage Warehouse’s headquarters—provided additional value and interest. As part of the conference, attendees received a behind-the-scenes peak into product distribution. I’m sure everyone left with a heightened appreciation for our industry’s processes, our profession and each other.

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Unique Spa Services: Migraine Relief

Spas are adding headache and migraine treatments to their spa service menus.

It's hard to relax when you are suffering from a migraine which is why some spas are adding headache and migraine treatment options to their menu of spa services.

Migraines, which have a wide-range of symptoms, affect around 50 million people in the US each year. They can be caused from a variety of triggers including stress, hormones, food allergies, environmental agitation or even a combination. Massage Therapist Kelly Lott developed Migraine Miracle which incorporates marble stones and aromatherapy to offer relief for this painful condition.

At Peaceful Massage in Harrison, Arkansas, Migraine Miracle is used for a headache treatment that begins with attention to pressure points. Next, the client can choose from four Migraine Miracle aromatherapy blends that address different headache root causes. Peaceful Massage owner Marcie Black explains, "I use the cold stones at about 32 degrees and put them on strategic areas of the face."

Learn about more unique spa services here.

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Spa News: NovaLash Invites You to Takes a Bite Out of Lyme

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NovaLash Founder Helps Bring Awareness to Lyme Disease with 2015 Lyme Disease Challenge

For years, Sophy Merszei, Molecular Biologist, Cosmetic Chemist and founder of NovaLash, has been suffering from Lyme Disease and its attendant disorders. Now she is putting the pain aside, and spreading awareness about a little understood disease that affects millions by sharing her story and taking part in the 2015 Lyme Disease Challenge.

“You may know me as the person who introduced eyelash extensions to the world, but you might not know that I have been battling Lyme Disease, Chronic Erlichiosis and Babesiosis for 30 years,” says Merszei. “I didn't get tested early, as a child, because even the best doctors didn't have the right information back then. Still today, most doctors, including my husband, are being taught outdated information on Lyme Disease.

“Yolanda Foster from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has been such an inspiration to me by sharing sick photos of herself alongside photos of herself when she is feeling healthy. She has inspired me to come out of my little ‘Lyme Closet’ and share photos of myself that I was previously embarrassed and ashamed of. If I can help one child get diagnosed early, it's well worth sharing my ugly picture," adds Merszei.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Merszei and NovaLash encourage their Lashionistas to take and share a “Sourpuss Selfie” — suck on a slice of lime, make a face, snap a photo or video, and post to social media platforms (#LymeDiseaseChallenge, #NovaLashtakesabiteoutofLyme) along with a fact about Lyme Disease. Then, go tag and challenge a friend. NovaLash will in turn make a charitable donation and send a free pot of lashes to Certified Stylists with their next order.

“This diseases is caused by insect bites, everyone is susceptible and 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease are reported in the US each year, alone, according to the Center for Disease Control,” says Merszei. “It is treatable if caught early but if left undetected, it is debilitating and extremely painful.”

Facts on Lyme Disease can be found at:

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China Breaks World Record for Most People Receiving Simultaneous Facial Treatments

On Monday, May 4, the Guinness World Record for the most people getting facials simultaneously was broken in Jinan, China.

One thousand people gathered in a football stadium to receive a 30 minute facial, earning the new world record. Anthony Yodice, a spokesperson for Guinness World Records, confirmed that the mass facial beat the previous 2014 record set in India of 287 people receiving facials at the same time.

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