Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Magazine #106

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Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference 2024 2

9 Wellness Trends That Are Changing the Way You Spa 6

pHformula: SYNERGY advanced serum 8

This Time It's Personal 10

Embarking on an African Rainforest Experience at Arabella Spa 12


Spa Advocates: Curating Brand Partnerships 16

Esse Skincare Academy 18

From Tech to Tools, the Next Generation of Beauty 20

Innovation in the Spa Space: A Consultant's Perspective 22

i-Spa Beauty Group 24

Key Questions When Investing into Aesthetic Equipment, with a Budget 24


Biologique Recherche's PROGESKIN Serum 32

DOCTOR BABOR Relaunch 34

Pevonia's No Rinse Body Wraps 36

Spa Industry Insights: Dr Nadine de Freitas 38

Touchless Spa Services 40

The Surging Popularity of Saunas 42

Enhanced Sports Performance and Accelerated Recovery 44

Discover Hypochlorous Acid (HOCLI) with Soopa Skin 46

Wellness Retreats Around the World 48

Intentional Selfcare Strategies for Wellness Professionals 50

Transform Your Business with the Booking.site 52

Editors Welcome

Looking ahead, wellness and spa experiences are influenced by several key trends. Personalization is increasingly sought after, with a growing demand for customized wellness solutions that cater to individual preferences and wellness objectives. Wellness technology continues to evolve, to enhance accessibility and engagement, empowering individuals to manage their well-being more effectively. Environmental sustainability is becoming a cornerstone of spa operations and wellness tourism is on the rise, with travelers seeking immersive experiences at destination spas that combine relaxation with cultural enrichment.

The future of the spa industry hinges on a progressive mindset that embraces innovation, inclusivity, professional expertise, and data-driven strategies. By leveraging cutting-edge technology, promoting inclusivity, valuing expert insights, and emphasizing holistic wellness, spas are poised to meet the evolving expectations of wellness-conscious consumers. Through digital networking and sustainable practices, spas are not only driving industry innovation but also contributing to the broader movement towards holistic well-being, ensuring that wellness remains central to modern lif estyles worldwide.

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Future Wellness Thinking. The future of spas embrace a intertwining of wellness, spa therapies, and business innovation. Anticipate personalized wellness journeys, sustainable practices, holistic therapies and tech-integrated therapies. Spa businesses will evolve into comprehensive wellness hubs, offering curated experiences that go beyond relaxation. Forward-thinking strategies will redefine industry standards, creating a harmonious synergy between mind, body, and business for an enriched spa landscape. Embrace the transformative wave of future spa thinking.

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We look forward to welcoming you to Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference 2024

A must attend event for all spa managers, salon or spa owners, and wellness professionals.

The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference focuses on building capacity, raising benchmarks and adding value to the spa industry, in addition to the infinite networking opportunity. This results in a speaker program that is focused in helping delegates to better understand their business; master industries best practices and directly apply practical lessons in their business.

About Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, South Africa

Les Nouvelles Esthétiques, now published in 26 countries, with head office in Paris, France, has been an international leader in providing up-to-date wellness and spa information for the past 71 years through their international network of magazines, conference and exhibitions. The South African magazine edition of Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Magazine launched in October 2002 and the Spa Conference and Spa Award in 2005 and has grown from strength to strength, as we focus on providing the industry with important information on new trends and up to date knowledge in the world of spas, encompassing all aspects of skincare, bodycare and spa therapies, spa design, spa management and spa lifestyle.

Sunday, 28th July 2024

Spa Conference 2024 MC: Mimmie Lancaster (Founder and Managing Director - Symmetry World)

8.30 – 9.30 Registration

9.30 – 9.40 Welcome – Dr Nadine de Freitas (Managing Editor – Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa)

9.45 - 10.30 Wellness Transformation - Debbie Merdjan (CEO Camelot Spas & Thalgo)

10.30 - 11.00 The Diverse World of Wellness Travel - Ingrid Wood (Publisher YourLuxury Africa)

11.00 - 11.30 Mid Morning Break

11.30 - 12.15 Designing the New Spa Space - Jacoline Wentzel (Founder & Managing Director - The Spa Warehouse)

12.15 - 13.00Elevate your Edge - Marisa Dimitridias (Founder and Managing Director - The Spa Consultants)

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 14.30 Expanding Horizons: Integrative Therapies - Mandy Trollip (Founder of The Soul Khaya)

14.30 - 15.30Panel Discussion: Exploring the ever-evolving Landscape of Wellness Therapies. Chairperson: Ayesha Rajah - Founder Urban Bliss Wellness Spa and CEO Beauty Warriors). Panel: Mandy Trollip (The Soul Khaya), Toni Carroll (Founder - My Beauty Luv), Fatima Aboo Vally Mohamed (Holistic Healthcare Practitioner), Dr. Farhana Nakhooda (Homeopathic Doctor)

15.30 - 16.00The Multifaceted Realm of Spa Talent - Miranda Forrester (MF Spa & Beauty Placements)

Monday, 29th July 2024

8.30 - 9.00 Registration

9.00 - 9.10Welcome - Dr Nadine de Freitas (Managing Editor - Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa

9.10 - 9.30 Understanding Tomorrow's Wellness Client - Sarene Kloren (Travel & Lifestyle Editor - IOL)

9.15 - 9.45Unlock Exceptional Guest Experiences - Lisa Samuels (BABOR Product Expert)

9.45 - 10.30 Engagement Matters: Crafting Narrative Communication Strategies for Spa Successes across Generations - Nthabiseng Shongwe (Narrative Strategist & Director of Marketing Communication: Spiral Aloe Health & Wellness) and Dr Mothomang Diaho (Founder and Medical Director: Spiral Aloe Health & Wellness)

10.30 - 11.00Personalization: Balancing Optimal Efficacy - Alicia Stander (Education Specialist for Esse Skincare)

11.00 - 11.30 Mid Morning Tea Break

11.30 - 12.00Unveiling Biohacking: Elevating Wellness through Science and Innovation - Dr Juanita Kilian (Founder and CEO, DrK Dermal Health)

12.00 - 12.20 Sante Wellness Retreat and Bio-energy Centre: Integrating Technology and Tranquility - Charlotte Strydom (Health Optimizing Clinic Manager)

12.20 - 13.00Panel Discussion. "Wellness Technologies”: Charlotte Strydom (Health Optimizing Clinic Manager), Alicia Stander (Esse Skincare), Payal Singh (Geneticist at Skin Rejuvenation Technologies), Dr Juanita Kilian (DrK Dermal Health)

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 14.45Craf ting Your Future Spa Business Direction: Building Brand Equity - Tzvia Herman (Founder and CEO, The Laser Beautique Group)

14.45 - 15.30From Passion to Purpose: Harnessing Client Insights for Spa Growth - Tebogo Thoka (Founder and CEO, FabuHealth & Co, The Skin Whisperer)

15.30 - 16.00Embracing Gratitude and Human Connection - Esna Colyn (Chairperson of i-BLOOM Beauty)

16.00 Closing & Thank you – Dr Nadine de Freitas (Managing Editor – Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa)

9 Wellness Trends That Are Changing the Way You Spa

Caroline Tell - Sunday Edit

Whether you’ve been a regular spa-goer for years or see it as a special treat, the spa is a form of selfcare for many of us. What makes the experience exciting every time is that the spa industry is constantly pivoting with improvements, advancements, and new trends that promise to reform us from the inside out. The pandemic has created a vast shift in what people look for out of a spa experience, their expectations of facials and bodywork, and their comfort levels in close quarters to strangers. According to experts, here are some of the spa trends you might notice that shift within wellness culture.

A Wider Variety Of Customized Treatments

Gone are the days when you walk into a spa, pick a simple treatment off a menu and leave. According to Denise LaPalm, spas have already been offering a holistic approach to the body and mind, too. And this will only become a deeper part of a spa’s DNA in the coming year. “Personal treatments for guests who feel tired or stressed out, depressed, are fighting an illness, or have aches and pains will help to differentiate spas and make their guests feel more special,” she says.

Quick, No-downtime Treatments

With an increased online presence, enhanced filtering and the need to wear a mask in public, many cut back on the amount of makeup they applied because it wasn’t necessary anymore. However, even with less foundation and cover-up, many still chase after that flawless, perfect complexion, making skincare treatments highly demanding for many spas.

Shawnda Dorantes MSN, APRN, FNP-C has noticed a greater desire for quick, no-downtime treatments. This means the end of ‘musky chemical peels that leave your face sensitive and inflamed’ and the beginning of the ‘spa day on your lunch hour’ crowd. “This is fairly unsurprising as we live in a fast-paced culture centered around immediate gratification,” she notes

This type of treatment could be what Dorantes calls ‘baby Botox’ when younger patients seek this injectible as a preventive measure. “Instead of waiting until they already have fine lines and wrinkles that they want to treat, they are starting the treatment first to prevent those fine lines and wrinkles from forming,” she says. “There’s a heightened demand for this, especially in the eye area, as this area tends to show signs of aging first. In addition, this trend seems to fall under the natural, make-up-free skin trend because as people spend more time makeup free, they’re able to notice any preliminary signs of aging that they want to prevent from worsening.”

An Uptick In Natural Ingredients

With the cost of inflation skyrocketing, more people are turning towards natural sugar scrubs, soaps, and salt polishes, according to Claudine S. Riemer.

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In addition to being generally more affordable, people are also becoming more mindful of what they put in — and on! — their bodies. “The environment is a big player here as well: choosing natural ingredients is a way to take care of the earth by avoiding damaging chemical compounds from being absorbed into our body and washed away into the earth,” she adds. In reaction to this trend, Riemer predicts more spas will want to draw a higher emphasis on where their ingredients come from.

Treatments That Strengthen Muscles

A big trend in medical spas is devices and treatments that work in a whole new way, according to Brian Nourian. So instead of erasing imperfections, why not heal yourself from the inside out? Or giving your face a workout to build strength?

With Emsculpt Neo and Evolve Transform, you can get rid of unwanted fat and build muscle in one treatment. And as Nourian explains, feeling stronger can help people with more than aesthetics.

“In the next few months, there will be a new device called Emface from BTL Aesthetics, and we foresee it taking over because it will also focus on strengthening the facial muscles. This gives faceliftlike results without going under the knife,” he predicts.

“People love pairing them with their already healthy lifestyles of working out and eating healthy. These treatments are a real boost if you add them to your current workout routines since they will speed up your goals.”

Implementing An Element Of Nature

Riemer predicts more spas will offer a natural element as part of their services. “We will see more outdoor type therapies and treatments that involve the ocean, the wild desert or forests, allowing people to reconnect with themselves and mother nature,” she predicts. “Spas will embody more of an ethnobotanical ethos, bringing guests outdoors into open-air treatment facilities that allow an immersion of nature.”

A Resurgence In Bathhouse Culture

Did you know the word ‘spa’ comes from a bathing town in Belgium? It’s an acronym for ‘Salus per aquam,’ which translates to ‘health through water.’

And in the 1990s, when spas gained popularity in the United States, they needed to have a water feature (a Vichy shower, hydrotherapy tub, and so on) to be considered an authentic ‘spa experience,’ according to Lisa Starr.

Though water hasn’t been essential for many years (there are even water-free pedicures!), Starr predicts a resurgence in bathhouse culture. As she explains, the healing powers of water are well-documented, but these new iterations also highlight the element of community.

“Throughout the U.S., there are hot springs locations

where you can enjoy warm thermal waters, alone or with friends, at any time of year, but we are now seeing bathing experiences brought into suburban and even urban environments,” she continues. “Think of a fitness center hot tub experience on steroids.

Pools with cascading streams and jets, warm and hot options, steam rooms, tepidariums, saunas, cold plunges, and loungers to rest on before taking another dip, are popping up all over.”

Higher Demand For Touchless Services

Contactless treatment offers increased due to safety and well, to save on labor costs, according to Vance Soto. These include meditation salt booths, sound baths, LED light bed services, meditation pods, private baths, hydrotherapy, infrared blankets and saunas, float pods — and more! Even as more people are willing to be up-close-and-personal again,

“These services are a win-win all around because the investment is in the equipment but offers the guest a service they want that’s human-less but still enables the guest to maintain their wellness routine,” he says. “These will become more mainstream and part of wellness routines.”

The Downfall Of Niche Centers

Starr says the last decade has seen tremendous specialization in all aspects of business, including beauty and wellness. This might mean a spa that only offers waxing, facials, or massages. And later, only nails, lash extensions, or blow-dry bars. However, in several difficult years for the wellness industry, many consumers have been inspired to rethink their priorities and time management. In other words: Starr doesn’t believe customers will want to have to visit four different places to meet their beauty and wellness needs. Instead, they’ll seek a one-stop shop.

“Expanded treatment menus may have options for face, body, massage, hair, nails, waxing, and even unattended wellness options,” she continues. “You may discover a spa with a juice bar component, movement therapy, or yoga studio incorporating a few spa treatment rooms or meditation rooms. It’s certainly easier to visit one location for more purposes, and you may discover something you didn’t realize you needed in your life.”

Bodywork Becomes A Necessity, Not A Luxury

Believe it or not, Soto says his bodywork business has doubled since before the pandemic. “I think people have realized how important taking care of themself and their body has become,” he continues. “We have more regulars than ever before for massage and bodywork. Guests that once considered it a ‘luxury’ have changed their perspective to view it as more of a necessity.”

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Whether caused by the digital revolution, the pandemic or the dawn of a new decade, more spagoers than ever are asking for uniquely tailored spa experiences, from personalized treatments to fully customized spa packages. Pulse spoke to spa leaders to find out what is driving the trend and how your spa can take advantage of the opportunities afforded by customization and personalization.

Crazy for Customization

Peoples haved changed the way that they world view themselves, their health and their lifestyles. Ask any spa director about market demand right now and you'll hear the same thing: people are crazy for spa. In fact, many spas currently report that the only thing keeping them from smashing any and all revenue records is the industry's profound staffing shortage. A greater appreciation for a customized approach to wellness is at the heart of this renewed interest in living healthier, longer lives; that is, spagoers are coming to spas not just seeking spa experiences, but customized, bespoke spa experiences. In a study of consumer attitudes towards wellness released earlier this year, McKinsey & Company found that “a substantial majority of consumers around the world say they prioritize personalization now more than they did two or three years ago.” In the U.S., more than 88 percent of consumers value personalization more than before; McKinsey & Company also report that customers in Brazil and China are particularly willing to trade privacy for greater personalization.

It's hard not to see consumers' growing valuation of custom experiences as connected to the wearable technology boom. In a world where everyone has a Fitbit or Apple Watch that constantly tracks their personal health in order to make personalized recommendations, why wouldn't consumers expect wellness experiences to also be tailored to them?

It's not that simple, however. Laura Martinez, director of spa at the Four Seasons at the Surf Club, views a proclivity for custom spa experiences as a reaction against technology. “We're so connected and virtual in so many ways,” says Martinez, “but at the end of the day, people still need that physical connection.” Viewed this way, the increasingly digital world in which we live is precisely why consumers are craving physical treatments now more than ever. Todd Shaw, Chief Experience Officer of Fountain Life-an integrated platform for healthcare and wellness-sees these increases as the product of existing organic trends within the industry. “I think we're all just sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Shaw says. “My parents' generation is trying to stay as healthy as long as they can, my generation is trying to be healthier, and the younger generation is making even healthier decisions. It's this movement that's happening organically.” Part of that, adds Shaw, is the realization of how much harm has been done by choices we now know to be deleterious to one's health, such as smoking, alcohol or added sugar: the knowledge of our past sins inspires us to be better in the future.

Diverse Approaches, One Goal

Virtually all spas are now trying to offer more customized, personalized, or bespoke spa experiences with the same goal in mind: a transformative experience. In the past, hotel spas, in particular, often resisted offering customized services out of a desire to present clients with a

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standardized high-quality experience that they could rely on from location to location. Many years ago, says Cecilia Hercik, director of spa and wellness at Sea Island Resort, “We were so focused on consistency and protocols that we did not allow our providers to use their whole toolbox. Now, I think many we have realized that service providers can create very unique, personalized services.”

The picture is different now at Sea Island, which recently launched a variety of self-guided journeys that allow spa-goers to chart their own path through the spa's facilities. Sea Island's four self-guided journeys are designed to draw attention to the spa's communal facilities-including a cascading waterfall pool, an aromatherapy area, and a sound therapy area-some of which may be confusing for customers to find or use without specific direction. Each guest receives a laminated waterproof “menu” that they can carry around which outlines the self-guided journey for them. Through this clever use of spa facilities, Sea Island Resort was able to add an experience that feels tailored to each customer without having to invest significant capital or manpower in its implementation.

Martinez at the Four Seasons at the Surf Club creates custom experiences during the treatment itself through engaged conversations throughout the customer journey. “At the end of the day, it's really about listening to our guests' needs and being interested,” Martinez says. The spa uses every touch points - the initial booking call, the in-person check-in, the conversation with the therapist before the service begins to ask smart questions and listen closely to the answers.

Another popular approach to offer customized spa experiences and tailored treatments combinations is to charge by time, not by service: this is how Tereza Zanchi - a spa with 10 locations in Brazil, provides customized treatment packages. A client can book either a 30-, 45-, 60-, 90- or 120-minute session and combine services a la carte. “A customer could do thirty minutes of shiatsu plus thirty minutes of reflexology, for example,” says Co-Founder Katja Guimaraes. “Charging for the time makes it easy to operate. For a small difference in price, the confusion of charging by the service, isn't worth it.”

Building a Business Case

The business benefits of offering customized services are, for the most part, self-evident. Customized experiences lead to happier spa-goers who are more likely to return to the spa. At the same time, the higher price point attached to more customized and personalized experiences also means greater revenues and bigger profit margins. However, there are benefits that are less intuitive. For example, Hercik notes that customized treatments don't only lead to happier clients: they lead to happier staff, too. Allowing therapists to use their full range of skills to customize services reignites their passion. “The excitement you see on the therapists - they went to school with that inspiration? They had a gift and a passion. Sometimes we clip their wings a little bit too much.”

On the other hand, there are challenges to offering customized services. Staffing is a major obstacle. In order to coordinate customized packages that bridge fitness, massage, aesthetics and more, “you need a qualified individual that understands different areas of the spa,” says Hercik. While that person

can be the spa director or spa manager, taking the lead on customizing treatments can be too timeconsuming to be practical. Timing can also be a sticking point, according to Martinez. “Looking at the provider's perspective, timing is hard,” she says. “How much time do they need to listen to the guest? Some guests open up really quickly. Others, not so much.” Training staff on human psychology and how to ask effective questions can help overcome the timing challenge, but costs both time and money on the front end. Behind the scenes, managing back bar inventory is also made more difficult by customized treatments: it's harder to anticipate product use when offering custom treatments.

Todd Shaw speaks to ways that customization adds to the burden of responsibility, too. This is especially true for Fountain Life, which works with a client on a total healthcare evaluation that includes traditional medicine as well as spa, wellness and fitness. “Right now, a doctor can feel comfortable because they're playing within the standards that have been approved,” says Shaw. At FountainLife, which uses advanced diagnostics in order to proactively measure and improve health, they don't have the luxury of convention, and this adds to their responsibility. While the stakes at a spa might be different. When we create a customized massage or facial, I send it to my therapist and I say, 'No protocols, use your whole toolbox and do whatever is necessary, this allows your spa to offer a customized experience at very little additional cost by eliminating the need to spend time guiding a client to book the correct service at the time of reservation. Hercik adds, “I think sometimes we overthink it by trying to find too many wellness counselors when the practitioner can do all that for you.” Echoing Hercik's advice, Martinez adds that you could also start even smaller by offering an exclusive customized experience to only your spa's most frequent customers.

Getting Started

None of those challenges are insurmountable, though; says Martinez, “At the end of the day, all of this is worth it when you see the guest blown away by their experience.” If your spa wants to implement new ways to customize treatments, there are small but smart ways to start doing so.

One way is to offer a single custom treatment that is sold only in one time length. Allow your therapist to use any methodologies and products that they feel will benefit the client's needs.

If you're hesitant to begin offering fully customized services, you can still make the spa experience more unique by personalizing your services; while the methodologies might be standardized, smaller aspects-like aromatherapy oils, beverage choice, etc. can be altered to suit a client's specific preferences. It's especially impressive if your spa remembers these preferences, says Shaw, by actually attaching them to a client's profile in your spa booking software. The idea of personalization doesn't have to be crazy. Just show people that you care about the details. In providing a customized experience, therapists have to feel comfortable and confident in stepping away from standardized protocols; in doing this, they take even more of the spa-goer's happiness into their own hands.

Embarking on an African Rainforest Experience at Arabella Spa spa

Nestled amidst the serene landscapes of Kleinmond, Arabella Hotel and Spa beckons guests to immerse themselves in an unparalleled African Rainforest Experience, a sanctuary of tranquillity unlike any other.

Boasting luxurious accommodations and worldclass Spa facilities, Arabella Hotel and Spa in the picturesque Kleinmond area offers a serene escape amid stunning natural landscapes. Here, guests can unwind in elegant rooms, indulge in pampering spa treatments, or explore the beauty of the surrounding countryside. With a steadfast commitment to excellence in service and hospitality, Arabella Hotel and Spa ensures an unforgettable retreat for every visitor.

At the heart of the Experience lies a profound reverence for the natural world and its innate ability to heal and rejuvenate. Inspired by the lush beauty of tropical rainforests, this immersive journey is meticulously crafted to evoke a sense of wonder, serenity, and connection with the earth. From the moment guests step foot into the Arabella Spa, you are enveloped in a harmonious blend of sights, sounds, and scents that transport them to a realm of unparalleled tranquillity.

The African Rainforest Experience unfolds over 120 minutes, guiding guests through a symphony of indulgence. A harmonious blend of therapeutic showers, invigorating scrubs, soothing steam treatments, and captivating local fragrances awaits, comprising a meticulously curated program of 13 steps. Each step is carefully designed to enhance

blood flow, improve circulation, and foster tranquillity, peace, and deep relaxation.

Starting with an Exfoliation done with a 'Hammam' twist, then moving into the very intimate Rasul chambers. Before you step into the enveloping steam, apply a Detoxing, Demineralising MMA body mud, and start the removal process with a ladle of cool spring water to refresh the senses (a hop in-hop out experience is great for circulation when in the Rasul). Move onto the refreshing rain forest shower, and then be immersed in a steam experience in the majestically sized Sauna. Once you have been warmed, lay down on a rain bed, and have your senses awakened yet again but the soft rain falling, ranging from warm to cool, whilst you relax and switch your mind off. To invigorate your mind, you then step into the Kneipp therapy foot bath, and once you have had your choice of Thalgo finishing body moisturisers, balms and oils, relax on a day bed that feels it was made for you, whilst sipping on a relaxing Thalgo Serenity infusion.

As guests immerse themselves in the revitalizing essence of the rainforest, they enjoy the restorative benefits, including boosted immunity and restored balance, leaving their bodies feeling as soft and smooth as silk.

Complementing this immersive experience is a 30minute back, neck, and shoulder treatment, further enhancing rejuvenation and relaxation. Whether seeking respite from the rigors of daily life or a revitalizing getaway, the African Rainforest experience offers a sanctuary for the senses.

More than a mere collection of treatments, the African Rainforest Experience is a holistic wellness journey that revitalizes the spirit and nourishes the soul. Guests emerge from this transformative odyssey feeling replenished, rejuvenated, and renewed, their senses awakened, and their spirits uplifted. They carry with them a newfound sense of connection to themselves and the world around them, as well as a deep appreciation for the restorative power of nature.

At Thalgo la Beaute Marine, we are dedicated to creating experiences that transcend the ordinary and leave a lasting impression on those who partake in them.

Thalgo's core Ethos, being Efficacy and Wellbeing, and being born from the Ocean - it ties in perfectly with Arabella Spa's commitments.

Having Thalgo's Body Signature MMA treatment as well as the luxurious Spa Journeys featured in the Spa Menu, really aligns the Brands as a whole. The Rainforest Experience at Arabella Spa is a testament to the transformative potential of spa treatments, offering guests a rare opportunity to reconnect with themselves and the natural world in a meaningful and profound way. In a world filled with stress and uncertainty, it serves as a sanctuary of serenity and renewal, inviting guests to embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

For further information, visit our website www.thalgo.co.za


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Col-Frag Remastered™, the hero to the Pro+ Collagen 3D Architect Collection, acts as a building block and booster for collagen synthesis, and tightens the dermis and epidermis while preventing aging, the exact reason why this range is collectively referred to as 3D Architect, boosting collagen on multiple levels within the skin.

Col-Frag Remastered™ is a special substance that is made by imitating a specific part of human collagen, which is a protein found naturally in our bodies. This imitation is created using a sustainable technology called vertical farming where wild plants are used as "biofactories" to produce this substance.

The important thing about this imitation is that it is made to closely resemble the natural structure of the collagen fragment, including the necessary modifications that make it work efficiently. These modifications are crucial for the effectiveness of the collagen.

This luxurious age-defying skincare collection envelops

the skin in velvety moisture and offers superior skinplumping hydration. At the same time, these premium skincare products help strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and its protective mantle to safeguard against environmental aggressors. It boasts 4 unique preparations that work in synergy to achieve a complexion that appears visibly toned with increased firmness and consists of:

• An age-defying Reconstructing Concentrate serum with Col-Frag Remastered™, Ascorbyl Glucoside 1% and Hyaluronic Acid

An ultra-light age-defying serum featuring the new premium generation active, Col-Frag Remastered™, to rejuvenate the appearance of skin and delay signs of aging.

The perfect boost of Hyaluronic Acid hydration paired with the skin brightening properties of Vitamin C. Not only will it help to improve the overall appearance of the skin, but you can say goodbye to dullness and enjoy the benefits of increased collagen production.

• An age-defying Reconstructing Cream with Col-Frag Remastered™, Squalane and Argan oil

A dual purpose revitalising light textured yet nourishing day and night cream, featuring the new premium generation age-defying active Col-Frag Remastered™ to rejuvenate and help tighten the skin.

This light yet luxurious 2-in-1 treatment cream flaunts Argan Oil and Squalane to help maintain optimum skin functioning, whilst Col-Frag Remastered™ helps improve the appearance of skin suppleness, increase its firmness and boost its elasticity. Target the signs of aging with 1 easy day and night cream preparation formulated to reveal a more radiant, youthful complexion.

• An age-defying Intense Sleeping Mask with Col-Frag Remastered™, Bakuchiol and Sodium PCA

An intense rejuvenating and restorative overnight

treatment mask featuring the premium new generation age-defying active Col-Frag Remastered™ paired with Bakuchiol. Wake up with renewed, youthfullooking skin.

Is your skin looking sallow and feeling taut? Swap your night regimen for our overnight mask twice a week and prepare to be amazed. Overnight, this ultra-potent luxurious sleep mask not only provides anti-aging collagen boosting benefits, but Bakuchiol targets lines and spots while Sodium PCA works to keep the skin barrier strong and healthy. Awake with a skin that looks smoother, refreshed, more even and ultra-hydrated. The epitome of beauty sleep!

• An age-defying Reconstructing Eye Treatment cream featuring Col-Frag Remastered™ and Hyaluronic Acid 1%

A luxuriously textured eye treatment cream featuring the premium new generation age-defying active ColFrag Remastered™ and Hyaluronic Acid to help firm and tone the delicate eye contour area.

The delicate and thin skin around the eyes can potentially dehydrate quickly, tends to form fine expression lines and can easily become puffy. Wave goodbye to wrinkles and crow’s feet and plump up the skin with this advanced eye treatment. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and collagen-boosting actives, the light formula helps to stimulate cell renewal, alleviate puffiness and reduce fine lines for a softened, smooth and hydrated eye contour.

This collection further finds itself the highlight of the 75min Pro+ Collagen 3D Architect Facial.

This reconstructing skin-plumping treatment meticulously fuses heavenly textures, advanced formulations and expert FasciaStretch cupping techniques to increase micro-circulation. Optimise the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells, improve skin elasticity, firmness and tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, all while strengthening the skin barrier and enhancing skin brightness for a radiant, luminous and youthful complexion.

For further information, visit our website www.theranaka.co.za

SPA ADVOCATES Curating Brand Partnerships

SPA ADVOCATES is a collaboration between professionals who share a strong desire to support the success and profitability of spas through hard work, attention to detail and passion.

With over 30 years of experience in opening, operating and supplying some of the world's most impressive land and sea-based spas, Samantha Arnold established Spa Advocates, a company dedicated to bringing exclusive and results-oriented international products, treatments and training to Asia and Africa.

With an indisputable passion for product, our current portfolio includes a selection of 10 handpicked brands supplied to over 80 hotels, spas and retail boutiques.

For more information: info@spaadvocates.com

Our Brands


CAROL JOY LONDON is a British-born hair and skincare brand that attributes its success to the best of Swiss skincare manufacturing and German collagen technology, coupled with the unquestionable British drive for excellence that formed the brand's foundations. This powerful combination has led to partnerships with some of the most prestigious spas in the most exclusive destinations worldwide, redefining the boundaries of luxury.

Their expertly curated range of products utilises coveted ingredients including Golden Millet Oil and medically-derived Pure Collagen, as well as a host of earth's finest materials such as diamond dust and botanical actives. Face and body treatments combine these with precious Caviar Algae, 24 Carat Gold Leaf and techniques such as myofascial massage to deliver transformational results.

Carol Joy London provides a complete solution to luxury wellness with a selection of facials, body treatments, massage, hair treatments and shower room amenities. The exciting journey continues for this brand which was recently included as one of 150 leading British brands in Country & Town House's Great British Brands 2019.


SUBTLE ENERGIES creates results-based aromatherapy, natural skincare and wellness solutions founded on authentic Ayurveda principles. The range is created with intent to address multiple skin and body concerns, whilst delivering high performance results empowering one's physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

The brand was founded in 1993 by Farida Irani in Australia as a clinic of natural therapies. The clinic was designed to address a complex range of health concerns using a variety of modalities. This background underpins the cutting- edge clinical research and development of the Subtle Energies brand, allowing authentic pioneering formulas and treatments to be developed.

The Subtle Energies' spa concept provides treatment programs that combine the optimum methods and knowledge found in these respected ancient sciences, with holistic modern techniques. All products are made in Australia following European standards of natural skincare to create safe, ethical and e_ective products. The range has been certified by Cruelty-Free International and does not contain parabens, mineral oils, silicones or artificial fragrances.


KNESKO bridges science and spirituality with revolutionary GEMCLINICAL® skin care technology.

Developed by a team of doctors and company founder Lejla Cas, celebrity aesthetician and a Reiki Master, their seruminfused collagen masks and facial rollers, use the power of precious gemstones and minerals to activate the Chakras and help rejuvenate skin at a cellular level.

The brand takes holistic skin care to the next level by bringing together the latest scientific advances with powerful and positive Reiki energy practices that awaken the body's energy centres. Their gemstone-infused collagen masks contain ground-breaking trade secret formulas and active ingredients to help penetrate and nourish the skin, giving one that deep inner glow.

With KNESKO's innovative range of luxury masks, ancient and modern technologies work as one for transformational results.

LING NEW YORK is a professional skincare brand founded in 1976 by celebrity facialist, Ling Chan. Her renowned resultoriented facials and formulas have garnered a cult following amongst Hollywood legends and supermodels from every decade.

The brand merges state-of-the-art ingredients with Asian beauty secrets for gentle yet e_ective skincare. Each prescription provides a bespoke solution with a selection of clinical grade serums. Their signature WOW Triple Peel Facial uses advanced exfoliation techniques, before a customised infusion of these serums, to deliver instant visible results that will impress any skincare aficionado.

Unique to LING New York is a selection of innovative facial systems, including a patented Energy Lift device for natural face lifting and their newly launched Face & Body CPR (modern cupping rejuvenation) for anti-ageing and wellness therapy.

From East to West, many faces have achieved beautiful, healthy and radiant skin thanks to their impressive facial treatments and simple 5 step home regime.



ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY sources the highest quality, natural ingredients and combines them with latest technologies to bring the ultimate in skin nutrition. Their unique formulations are designed to counteract the damaging effects of ageing, lifestyle and the environment to give instant results.

The brand draws on their twin passion for plant-based beauty and the five element theory - an ancient philosophy that is the cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This theory is the belief that all life is comprised of, and ruled by, the five elements of nature: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

Just as the elements need to work in harmony to achieve a state of perfect equilibrium, they believe that the skin needs a balance of all these, based on skin type, lifestyle and the season.

As such, an Elemental Herbology prescription comprises of a combination of products from their various collections, depending on what the skin needs to achieve balance at a specific point in time.

ZENTS was born out of founder Cord Coen's healing journey to India after a life changing car accident. Produced in Colorado and Canada, the company uses wind energy, recyclable boxes and locally-sourced ingredients to minimise their carbon footprint. The formulations are 98% organic, vegan, gluten-free, dye-free and feature Biodynamic® flower essences.

Their gentle yet sophisticated aromas are beautiful alone or can be combined for a more bespoke fragrance. The UNZENTED body collection is age defying and perfect for those with sensitivities (eczema or psoriasis), those going through serious health challenges (chemo or radiation), or those who are pregnant. This range is best for users wanting e_ective daily body care that doesn't clash with their favourite perfume.

The ZENTS body collection features aromas that are gentle for use in the spa, yet sophisticated enough to wear every day. A Zents' spa treatment o_ers a personalised experience with aromas tailored to each individual. The company provides a perfectly seamless connection from spa treatment, to shower room amenities, to homecare.


Esse Skincare Academy: Empowering Professionals through Education spa innovation

Located amidst the serene landscapes of Richmond, adjacent to Esse's state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, the Esse Academy epitomizes a sanctuary of learning and innovation. Nestled within green spaces and featuring living walls, the academy is a testament to sustainable architecture that seamlessly blends with its natural surroundings, creating an atmosphere conducive to deep learning and professional growth.

A Personalized Educational Experience

The Esse Academy offers more than just education; it provides a personalized journey from the moment visitors arrive. Greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff, guests are welcomed into a tranquil environment that fosters connection and collaboration. For many, it's an opportunity to finally put faces to names of colleagues and industry experts they've interacted with for years, enhancing relationships and camaraderie within the skincare community.

Leading in Microbiome Education

At the forefront of skincare education, the Esse Academy is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the skin microbiome and its profound impact on skin health. Professionals from diverse backgrounds, including dermatologists, medical aestheticians, and skin therapists, engage to explore cutting-edge innovations in biotechnology and probiotic skincare.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Situated next to Esse's advanced manufacturing facilities, the academy provides a unique perspective on the journey from formulation to product application. This proximity allows for a holistic learning experience, where theory meets practical application within a real-world context. Visitors gain insights into Esse's commitment to sustainable practices and ethical production, aligning with the academy's mission of promoting skin health and environmental stewardship.

Continuing Professional Development Accreditation

Esse's commitment to excellence is underscored by its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation from the South African Association of Health and Skincare Professionals (SAASHP). This accreditation ensures that attendees earn CPD points, fulfilling annual professional development requirements and staying abreast of industry advancements.

Trevor Steyn, founder of Esse and a pioneer in advocating for the skin microbiome's significance, emphasizes the pivotal role of education in transforming skincare practices. "For too long, traditional skincare practices have compromised our skin's natural defenses," notes Steyn. "Esse is dedicated to correcting this through robust educational initiatives. We are proud that Esse College and our Microbiome Course have earned CPD accreditation, reinforcing our commitment to accessible and informative skincare education."

Green Spaces and Koop Architecture

Designed with sustainability in mind, the Esse Academy features green spaces and innovative Koop architecture, harmonizing with the natural surroundings of Richmond. This eco-friendly approach not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also reflects Esse's ethos of respecting and preserving the environment. The living walls and natural elements create an inspiring backdrop for learning, encouraging a holistic approach to skincare education rooted in ecological responsibility.

A Global Hub for Learning and Collaboration

Beyond its physical attributes, the Esse Academy serves as a global hub where knowledge meets practice, fostering ongoing dialogue and collaboration among skincare professionals worldwide. It's a place where ideas are exchanged, innovations are born, and new standards in skincare education are set, empowering attendees to drive positive change in the industry.

The Esse Academy represents more than just a place of learning; it embodies a commitment to excellence, sustainability, and innovation in skincare education.

For further information on courses details and upcoming dates, visit our website www.esseskincare.com

From Tech to Tools, the Next Generation of Beauty

These days, technology is about more than the latest social media app. It is the next phase of the $445 billion global beauty market, infiltrating everything from blue light masks and pore vacuums to AI experiences and customized algorithms. Just when you thought you nailed your facial cleansing routine, a new electronically charged appliance that promises to target skincare concerns such as aging, acne and hyperpigmentation comes out. Or just when you finally figured out your ideal foundation tone, now machine learning can figure it out for you, andoffer a lip color to match. But technology is not just about selling products. “The purchase is not the end-game anymore,” L’Oréal’s Chief Retail Officer Marc-Alexandre Risch told WWD last year. “It’s about engagement with the brands, it’s about the lifetime value of your customers.”

Right now, more than 180,000 people are attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and the main event? Beauty. Advances in beauty and wellness technology have you seeing double digit grwoth.

The Tools

Remember how state-of-the art the Clarisonic seemed when it launched back in 2001? The fact that you could utilize a battery-charged bristle brush to get a deeper facial cleanse was mind-blowing. Fastforward a decade or two and now you can perform all facials thanks to the many massagers, steamers, blackhead extractors, at-home microdermabrasion kits and blue light acne masks on the market today.

Do they work? It depends on what you are trying to fix. “For simple at-home solutions, like pore cleansing or exfoliation, some of these devices can work incredibly well,” says Claire Wolinsky, M.D.,a New York-based dermatologist. “However, if you have severe acne issues or deeper fine lines, there’s only so much an at-home device can do before inoffice professional treatment is required.”

Our favorite tech tools? We are currently loving the voice-enabled smart mirrorson the market that adjust lighting or embed cameras to view your skin in microscopic detail. We are also super excited about the Kerastase Hair Coach, the first-ever series of smart hairbrushes and styling tools that can detect damage and dryness from roots to ends. This one was introduced last year at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show and has only grown in popularity.

The Apps

These days you are just one swipe away from a luxury facial, rock star blowout, or from a dermatologist who can prescribe the optimal cream for rosacea. Beauty brands and experts are now utilizing our cell phone addiction to do good in the world, or at least make us look great. Beautylishis an app that features the latest beauty trends and

spa innovation

products as well as professional reviews, peer-topeer tutorials and a custom purchasing system so you never have to leave the app to achieve the look of your dreams.

Meanwhile, Indulge is a nail app that lets you scan and save any color to get its name and brand information. If you are the type to show off that fresh manicure, you can share your new look with anyone in your contacts and keep a record of what shades worked best.

Artificial Intelligence

Merriam-Webster defines Artificial Intelligence as an area of computer science that explores how intelligent behavior is simulated in computers. It also covers how a machine imitates intelligent human behavior.

So, what does that mean in the context of beauty? Various brands are now relying on such “intelligent behavior” to create actionable solutions for consumers. My Beauty Matchesprovides personalized recommendations that help consumers find products for their skin types or haircare colors. Using machine learning is a win/win all around as it drives higher conversion rates online and helps retail partners understand their customers. Beauty.aidetermines how we define the most beautiful people in the world. It analyzes fine lines, facial structure, skin tone and age to determine global winners. L’Oreal-owned ModiFaceuses chatbot technology like Facebook Messenger, which allows users to upload selfies directly into the chat to try on products virtually.

My Beauty Matches

But, before you go swapping out your brunette mane for platinum, know that getting your dream look is not always seamless in real life. “Often these apps create a digitized experience and tonally it can appear perfect on the screen, but in reality, the science of color doesn’t always work that way,” says Elisabeth Lovell, founder of Brooklyn’s Whiteroom Salon. “In reality, switching out your hair color can be an 8 to 12-hour project, which an app may not always recognize. Also, the picture may not account for hair damage done in the process.”

Augmented Reality

Whether via 3D glasses in-store or on a smartphone at home, consumers are increasingly calling upon augmented reality (AR) to experiment in the beauty or fitness space. In a new study conducted by virtual beauty app Perfect365 and Poshly, 78 percent of millennial customers were found to purchase cosmetics if they could preview them in advance. Similarly, arecent Intagestudy, commissioned by Perfect Corp., found that users of its YouCam Makeup app(which uses 3D face

scanning to apply the product to lips, eyes, brows, and cheeks) are1.6 times more likely to purchase cosmetic products and 2.7 times more likely to spend money on beauty products than non-users.The numbers do not lie, consumers want to preview products virtually before deciding whether to purchase a new highlighter or blush palette. Coty, Inc. just recently that it has developed for its Wella Professionals salons an augmented reality mirror allowing customers to try on a range of hair colors.

Meanwhile, Sally Hansen’s ManiMatchapplies similar technology to fingernails, where the app scans your hand and then lets you choose from any number of Sally Hansen nail products to virtually try on.

In the fitness industry, everyone is speaking about Mirror.It is a connected fitness system that streams live and on-demand classes to users in-home via a sleek responsive display. During class, the instructor will provide real-time comments and even personal shout-outs to keep you motivated. You can sync a Bluetooth heart rate monitor (complimentary with purchase) or Apple Watch to enable competition mode.

Innovation in the Spa Space: A Consultant's Perspective spa innovation

I often get asked how did I become a wellness & spa consultant? I truly can say consultancy chose me. I started out as a distributor in the spa industry and as my company grew and the industry grew, so did the demand from my clients grow for guidance by an expert. Every client requests the best possible advice, and it is imperative that I stay abreast of the trends and innovation within the global industry to advise my clients accordingly.

In the realm of spa equipment, innovation is not just about introducing something new; it's about turning a vision into reality while meeting my client requests, consumer demands, and addressing infrastructure, architectural and budget availability. As a leading consultant in this dynamic industry, my role is to navigate the intersection of innovation, creativity, quality, profitability, and energy-efficiency to deliver solutions that elevate both client satisfaction and business success.

Understanding the Essence of Innovation

Innovation is more than just a buzzword; it's a driving force behind progress and evolution in the spa industry. At its core, innovation encompasses the ability to conceive and implement novel ideas, technologies, or processes that enhance the way spa professionals deliver services and consumers experience treatments. Whether it's pioneering advancements in device technology, introducing groundbreaking treatment modalities, or reimagining the client experience, innovation serves as a catalyst for positive transformation.

Meeting Client Requests / Consumer Demands

One of the primary roles of a consultant is to bridge the gap between client requests and consumer demands. This involves understanding the unique needs and objectives, whether they're seeking to expand the spa's service offerings, improve treatment efficacy, or optimize operational efficiency. By collaborating closely with clients, I strive to identify their pain points, aspirations, and desired outcomes, ensuring that any recommended solutions align seamlessly with their goals.

Simultaneously, consumer demands play a pivotal role in shaping the direction of innovation within the industry. Today's consumers are increasingly discerning, seeking out treatments that deliver visible results. Moreover, there's a growing emphasis on personalized experiences and sustainable practices. As such, I work to anticipate emerging trends and

preferences among consumers, guiding clients towards equipment and technologies that resonate.

Navigating Architectural Logistics

Innovation cannot exist in a vacuum; it must be integrated within the broader framework of infrastructure and architectural logistics. Whether it's a standalone spa, a multi-functional wellness center, or a high-end medical clinic, the physical environment plays a critical role in shaping the efficacy and accessibility of treatments. As a consultant, I collaborate closely with architects, designers, and facility managers to ensure that equipment installations are seamlessly integrated into existing spaces, optimizing workflow efficiency and enhancing the overall client experience.

Moreover, I consider logistical considerations such as space constraints, power requirements, ventilation systems, operational requirements and regulatory compliance. By proactively addressing these factors, I help clients avoid potential pitfalls and streamline the implementation process, enabling them to realize the full potential of their investment in innovative equipment.

Innovation Through Creativity and Quality

Creativity is the lifeblood of innovation, fuelling the development of imaginative solutions that push the boundaries of what's possible in the spa industry. Whether it's conceptualizing cutting-edge treatment protocols, designing intuitive user interfaces, or crafting captivating marketing campaigns, creativity infuses every aspect of the innovation process. As a consultant, I encourage clients to think outside the box, challenge conventional wisdom, and embrace a spirit of experimentation and exploration.

However, innovation must also be underpinned by a commitment to quality, reliability, and profitability. In the fast-paced world of spa equipment, there's no room for compromise when it comes to performance, safety, and durability. That's why I advocate for clients to prioritize reputable manufacturers and suppliers known for their track record of excellence. By selecting equipment that meets rigorous quality standards and undergoes thorough testing and certification, offer reliable warranties, clients can minimize risk and maximize the return on their investment in innovation.

Embracing Energy-Efficiency for Sustainabity

Innovation isn't just about achieving something new; it's also about advancing sustainability and

environmental responsibility. In an era of growing eco-consciousness, energy-efficiency has emerged as a key consideration in the design and operations. From LED light therapy devices to laser systems with advanced cooling mechanisms, there's a myriad of energy-efficient technologies available that not only reduce carbon footprint but also lower operating costs.

As a consultant, I advocate for the adoption of energyefficient practices and technologies as part of a broader commitment to sustainability. Whether it's recommending equipment with low power consumption, optimizing treatment protocols to minimize waste, or implementing eco-friendly disposal methods, using alternative energy sources like solar, I help clients embrace an approach to environmental stewardship. By integrating energy-efficiency into their operations, clients not only contribute to a greener future but also enhance their brand reputation and appeal to eco-conscious consumers.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Innovation

As we look to the future, the landscape of spa equipment innovation continues to evolve at a rapid pace. From advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics to breakthroughs in regenerative medicine and gene therapy, the possibilities are virtually limitless. However, the true measure of innovation lies not just in its novelty but in its ability to deliver tangible benefits and analysis of the guest to professionals and consumers alike.

As a consultant, my commitment to innovation remains unwavering. By staying abreast of emerging trends, technologies, and consumer preferences, I strive to empower clients to embrace the future with confidence and conviction. Whether it's harnessing the power of virtual reality for immersive spa experiences or leveraging data analytics to personalize skincare regimens, or a complete digital detox approach, I'm dedicated to helping clients unlock the full potential of innovation.

In conclusion, innovation is a multifaceted endeavour that requires a delicate balance of creativity, quality, and practicality. By aligning client requests, consumer demands, and infrastructure considerations, while embracing energy-efficiency and sustainability, we can chart a course towards more harmonious, beautiful spa and wellness spaces.

For more information, The Spa Warehouse www.thespawarehouse.co.za

i-Spa Beauty Group spa business

i-Spa Beauty Group is more than a supplier; it's a beacon of excellence in South Africa's vibrant beauty landscape. With an extensive inventory boasting over 3000 meticulously selected products, we offer tailored solutions to every corner of the beauty industry.

Our organization stands as a testament to innovation and dedication, comprising three dynamic divisions:

i-Spa Salon & Spa Supplies

i-Spa Retail

i-Spa Beauty Academy

The Genesis of i-Spa Salon & Spa Supplies

At i-Spa Salon & Spa Supplies, our mission is clear: to simplify your operations and fuel your success. Your triumph is not merely our aspiration; it's our driving force.

The inception of i-Spa Salon & Spa Supplies was rooted in a simple yet profound vision: to revolutionize the journey for beauty salon and spa owners, enabling them to thrive amidst the challenges of their trade.

Drawing from over a decade of firsthand experience in successfully managing multiple day spas and salons, Lizel & Shaun Harris identified a critical gap in the beauty industry - the absence of a superior and central supplier.

Having traversed the highs and lows of small business ownership, from the tireless hours to the intricacies of staff management and customer dynamics, we intimately understand the landscape. Our collective expertise spans fifteen years of immersion in retail and wholesale ventures.

Fueled by this innate understanding and empathy, i-Spa Salon & Spa Supplies was born. Our mission is unequivocal: to alleviate the pain points associated with sourcing beauty essentials. We are committed to surpassing your expectations, whether through personalized in-store experiences, seamless online transactions, or attentive telephonic consultations. Our goal is to streamline the ordering and delivery process, affording you more time to focus on delivering exceptional client experiences. With a keen eye for quality and innovation, we meticulously curate a diverse product range proven to elevate your sales trajectory. Moreover, we offer invaluable

Purlés Exclusively Distributed by i-Spa

Purlés represents the harmonious blend of pioneering biotechnological innovation and the authentic essence of nature, curated by exceptional specialists from French and Spanish laboratories. Our products seamlessly marry the potent efficacy of natural elements with the latest insights from top-tier scientists, yielding transformative results while offering a wholesome alternative to invasive aesthetic procedures. Acknowledging the diversity of individual needs, our laboratories are committed to crafting tools that discern specific requirements, facilitating the formulation of personalized skin therapies. Each product is marked with a unique number, ensuring that every treatment regimen is as unique as a fingerprint, thus crafting a personalized beauty code.

insights and guidance to fortify your journey to prosperity.

In a remarkably short span, i-Spa Salon & Spa Supplies has already etched its mark. The glowing testimonials from our satisfied clientele, featured prominently across platforms such as Google, Facebook, and Hello Peter, serve as a testament to our unwavering commitment. Yet, this is just the beginning; anticipate transformative developments in the months ahead.

Whether you're a budding Salonpreneur venturing into the realm of entrepreneurship, a seasoned proprietor of a beauty salon, nail salon, or day spa, a member of a sprawling franchise network, or an educator at a prestigious training college, i-Spa Salon & Spa Supplies is poised to simplify your journey.

For more information visit: www.i-spa.co.za email: info@i-spa.co.za Tel: 011 954 0304

ORLY Exclusively Distributed by i-Spa

ORLY stands at the forefront of innovation in the nail industry. From pioneering timeless nail aesthetics like the Original French Manicure® to pushing boundaries with cutting-edge colors, treatments, textures, and designs, every creation originates from the passion and ingenuity of the minds at ORLY. As a family-owned business since 1975, ORLY products are meticulously crafted at our headquarters in Los Angeles. Whether embracing the classics or the latest trends, ORLY is steadfast in its commitment to delivering beauty and innovation to your fingertips. ORLY offers a comprehensive line of products and tools that prepare, nourish, protect, enhance shine, ensuring optimal results for every skill level.

Key Questions When Investing into Aesthetic Equipment, with a Budget

When considering an investment in aesthetic equipment, especially with budget constraints, it's crucial to ask yourself several key questions to ensure you make a well-informed decision:

What are my specific goals and objectives? Define your objectives clearly. Are you looking to enhance existing services, expand your treatment offerings, attract new clients, or improve efficiency?

What treatments or services do I want to offer? Identify the specific aesthetic treatments or services you intend to provide. This will help narrow down the type of equipment you need. Easier to sell and market “trending” treatments and procedures

What is my budget? Determine your budget constraints upfront. This will guide your decisionmaking process and help you focus on options that align with your financial resources.

What are the ongoing costs? Consider not only the initial purchase price but also ongoing expenses such as maintenance, servicing, consumables, and training.

What is the potential return on investment (ROI)? Assess the potential revenue generation and profitability of the equipment. Calculate the ROI based on factors such as treatment pricing, demand, and utilization rates.

What are the space and infrastructure requirements? Evaluate whether your facility has adequate space, power supply, ventilation, and other infrastructure necessary to accommodate the equipment.

What are the regulatory and compliance considerations? Ensure that the equipment complies with relevant regulations, certifications, and safety standards. The South African market requires registration with SAHPRA for any energy-based device

What is the reputation and reliability of the manufacturer or supplier? Research the reputation, track record, and customer reviews of the manufacturer or supplier. Opt for reputable brands known for quality, reliability, and after-sales support.

What training and support are provided? Inquire about training programs, user manuals, technical support, and warranties offered by the manufacturer or supplier. Adequate training is essential for safe and effective use of the equipment.

What are the technology and features? Evaluate the technology, features, and capabilities of the equipment. Consider factors such as versatility, ease of use, customizable settings, and compatibility with existing systems. Patient safety and clinical efficacy is most important.

What are the potential risks and limitations? Assess the potential risks, side effects, contraindications, and limitations associated with the equipment and treatments. Mitigate risks by conducting thorough research and seeking expert advice.

Have I compared multiple options? Explore multiple equipment options, brands, models, and suppliers to make an informed comparison. Consider factors such as pricing, features, reputation, and suitability for your specific needs.

By asking these key questions and conducting thorough research, you can make a well-informed decision when investing in aesthetic equipment, even with budget constraints.

Radiant Healthcare is South Africa’s leading medical aesthetics equipment supplier and distributor. Their portfolio includes renowned names such as EndyMed, Syneron, Ellipse, Pharma Hermetic, and more. All brands synonymous with innovation and efficacy. Radiant Healthcare delivers excellence in aesthetic innovation, equipment and training to clients across Southern Africa.

Tel: 011 794 8253

email: sales@radianthealth.co.za www.radianthealthcare.co.za


Introducing the latest advancements in the cosmetic, spa, and wellness world! Explore state-of-the-art skincare formulations, revitalizing spa treatments, and wellness therapies meticulously designed to optimize personal well-being. Innovations range from sophisticated anti-ageing serums to comprehensive holistic relaxation methodologies. With each new innovation, anticipate heightened efficacy in enhancing your wellness regimen. Step into the forefront of spa and wellness innovation today!

Franck Global De-Age Hydration Mask

A luxuriously rich and intense cream mask, meticulously formulated to provide overnight relief for dry, dehydrated skin conditions. Formulated with a blend of superior botanical waxes, lipids, and phytochemicals. This ultra-rich mask effectively locks in moisture to give prolonged hydration for up to 72-hours. It improves signs of dermal fatigue leaving the skin smooth and visibly hydrated.

Key Ingredients include:

PENTAVITIN®: 72-hour moisture retention • 100% natural and plant derived • Specialised skin identical carbohydrate complex • Binds to the skin like a magnet •Immediately reinforces skin barrier

• Actively regulates bacteria responsible for dry and itchy skin

• Boosts the skin’s natural hydrating processes within the skin (NMF)

Castor Oil: Rich in moisturising fatty acids such as ricinoleic (A unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid and a hydroxy acid), linoleic, and stearic acid.

Candelilla Wax: A phytochemical and natural, highly sustainable ingredient

Avocado Oil: Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory • Contains beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E

• Moisturizes an protects your skin from damaging UV rays Increases collagen metabolism

For more information: www.franckglobal.com

MatsiMela Calming Oil

Introducing the MatsiMela Calming Oil, your perfect companion for relaxation. This soothing blend is designed to help you unwind and de-stress. Just a few drops can make all the difference! Added Rosemary will help enhance your focus - making this the perfect companion to be calm and stay focused!

For more info: www.matsimela.co.za

Discover the Power of Whole Body Cryotherapy with Cryo by Coco

Cryo by Coco, a pioneering wellness center, is revolutionizing the South African wellness scene with the introduction of the country's first Whole Body Electric Cryotherapy Chamber. With locations in Bree Street, Cape Town and Wellness Lab, situated in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, Cryo by Coco is at the forefront of natural healing and therapeutic wellness.

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) involves a three-minute exposure to extreme cold dry air, ranging from _85 C to _110 C. This innovative treatment has garnered significant attention in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic care, athletic training, and holistic medicine for its ability to enhance natural healing processes.

WBC is not just a "chilly escapade"-it's a powerful tool for promoting natural healing. The therapy stimulates the body's innate healing abilities, impacting the circulatory system, energy meridians, and the nervous system.

Experts from various fields, including medical practitioners, physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers, and holistic medicine practitioners, have recognized WBC's potential in promoting overall well-being and optimal health. Clinical studies have highlighted its versatility in treating conditions like pain, inflammation, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and sports injuries. It's also effective in postoperative care, skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis, antiaging treatments, weight management, and mental health enhancement.

Sam Divaris, the founder of Cryo by Coco, is a renowned expert with certifications from SAAHSP, CIDESCO, and ITEC. Divaris describes the electric cryotherapy chamber as, "a winter vacation for your body, minus the jetlag. It stands as a testament to the synergy of cutting-edge wellness and natural healing."

Discover enhanced vitality, quicker recovery, and overall well-being with Cryo by Coco's state-of-the-art whole body cryotherapy chambers.

For more information and booking details, please visit the official Cryo by Coco website: https://cryobycoco.co.za/


SKNlogic continues to lead in skincare innovation with its latest offerings designed to address specific skin concerns effectively. Among its standout products, the Arbutin Booster and Peptide Booster exemplify the brand's commitment to advanced formulations and noticeable results.

The Arbutin Booster stands as a targeted solution for hyperpigmentation correction, harnessing the synergistic power of Alpha and Beta Arbutin. Alpha Arbutin acts as a potent inhibitor of tyrosinase, the enzyme pivotal in melanin production, thereby effectively diminishing the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. Complementing this action, Beta Arbutin contributes skin-brightening properties, enhancing overall luminosity. Together, these ingredients deliver comprehensive management of hyperpigmentation issues, fostering a more uniform complexion while ensuring compatibility with diverse skin types due to its well-tolerated nature.

In parallel, the Peptide Booster embodies SKNlogic's commitment to anti-aging and skin revitalization. Formulated with advanced peptides and multi-weight hyaluronic acid, this booster offers a transformative experience for the skin. Peptides, renowned for their ability to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, work diligently to improve skin elasticity and firmness, thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Meanwhile, multi-weight hyaluronic acid deeply penetrates the skin's layers, providing intense hydration, plumping effects, and bolstering moisture retention for a supple and rejuvenated complexion.

Both boosters exemplify SKNlogic's dedication to integrating cuttingedge ingredients with proven efficacy into their skincare arsenal. These formulations not only target specific skin concerns comprehensively but also prioritize the overall health and vitality of the skin. By continuously innovating and refining their products, SKNlogic remains at the forefront of the skincare industry, offering consumers effective solutions that deliver visible and long-lasting results.

Whether used individually or as part of a tailored skincare regimen, the Arbutin Booster and Peptide Booster exemplify SKNlogic's commitment to delivering high-performance skincare solutions that cater to diverse skin needs, ensuring each user achieves their desired skin goals effectively and with confidence in the brand's expertise.

For more info: www.sknlogic.com

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Sothys, rooted in Parisian elegance and expertise, introduces two new cutting-edge professional treatments designed to elevate skincare experiences with advanced technology and luxurious formulations.

The Illuminating Professional Treatment is a meticulously crafted regimen targeting dark spots and uneven skin tone. At its core is organic White nettle extract, derived from Sothys' exclusive Jardins Sothys™ and backed by advanced research (Patent pending France no. 2302520). This 6-step treatment is tailored to provide a triple solution: diminishing dark spots, enhancing hydration levels, and promoting an overall more even complexion. Spanning 1 hour and 30 minutes, the treatment covers the face, neck, décolleté, and hands, offering a comprehensive rejuvenation experience. For optimal results, Sothys recommends a series of 6 treatments, spaced one week apart, ensuring progressive and lasting improvements in skin clarity and radiance.

The Micro Dermobooster Treatment introduces a plumping and radianceregenerating approach, utilizing the Sothys® Micro Dermobooster machine. This treatment incorporates microneedling technology with needles up to 0.35 mm and 0.45 mm in length, adhering to stringent cosmetic safety standards. The procedure, spanning 1 hour per session, enhances skin texture and radiance by stimulating collagen production and improving product penetration. Sothys recommends a course of 3 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, to achieve optimal results.

For more info: www.orleanscosmetics.co.za

New from DermaFix

B3 Boost Has been Super Sized!

Now in 30ml Airless Pump. DermaFix B3 Boost Niacinamide Concentrate, also known as Vitamin B3 or Nicotinamide, that enhances the skin's barrier and functioning by increasing the synthesis of ceramides and free fatty acids within the skin. Clinical trials have shown that niacinamide reduced Trans Epidermal Water Loss by 20% at day 24, while a study concentrating on texture, redness, blotchiness and uneven pigmentation showed an improved appearance within 12 weeks of use.

Hyalu7 Boost is now Bigger and Better!

DermaFix Hyalu7 Boost Hyaluronic Concentrate offers an advanced Hyaluronic acid formulation, incorporating an optimized ratio of 7 unique molecular weights to provide maximum hydration whilst stimulating hyaluronic acid production within the skin for deeper moisturisation and anti-ageing benefits. DermaFix Hyalu7 Boost works to improve skin firmness and elasticity whilst reducing water loss from the first application.

For more information: www.dermafix.co.za

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Biologique Recherche's PROGESKIN Serum

Biologique Recherche continues to push the boundaries of skincare innovation with the introduction of their latest breakthrough, the PROGESKIN serum. This serum represents a significant advancement in anti-aging technology, specifically designed to combat cellular senescence, a fundamental process in the aging of skin cells.

Understanding Cellular Senescence

Cellular senescence is a natural biological phenomenon characterized by the irreversible cessation of cell division while remaining metabolically active. This process plays a crucial role in tissue regeneration and the elimination of damaged cells. However, as we age, the balance between cell renewal and senescence shifts. Accumulation of senescent cells in tissues, including the skin, contributes to a pro-inflammatory environment that accelerates visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and pigmentation irregularities.

The Role of Progerin and Klotho

Biologique Recherche's research has focused on two key proteins central to the senescence process:

Progerin: This abnormal protein accumulates naturally with age and disrupts cellular function and the integrity of the extracellular matrix. Its presence leads to thinning of the skin, loss of elasticity, and the appearance of wrinkles. By targeting Progerin, PROGESKIN serum aims to mitigate these effects, promoting firmer, more resilient skin.

Klotho: Known as the "Youth Protein," Klotho is essential for maintaining cellular health. It enhances the skin's resistance to oxidative stress and supports mechanisms that counteract aging at a metabolic level. By preserving Klotho levels, PROGESKIN helps sustain youthful cellular function and appearance.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that regular use of PROGESKIN serum leads to measurable improvements in skin firmness, elasticity, and overall radiance. Users have reported a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as enhanced hydration and a more even skin tone. These benefits underscore the serum's efficacy in addressing multiple signs of aging simultaneously.

Biologique Recherche's PROGESKIN serum represents a significant advancement in anti-aging skincare, targeting the root causes of cellular senescence with precision and efficacy. By addressing the imbalance created by Progerin accumulation and supporting the protective role of Klotho, the serum offers a comprehensive solution to combat the visible signs of aging and promote long-term skin health.

About Biologique Recherche

Biologique Recherche is renowned for its pioneering approach to skincare, blending scientific rigor with personalized treatments. Founded in the 1970s by Yvan, Josette, and Philippe Allouche, this family-owned brand has earned a global reputation for its effective, results-driven products. Emphasizing a clinical approach, Biologique Recherche utilizes high concentrations of botanical, marine, and biological extracts to formulate its skincare solutions. Each product is meticulously crafted to address specific skin concerns and cater to individual needs, ensuring a bespoke skincare experience. The brand's methodology combines advanced research with a deep understanding of skin biology, resulting in formulations that deliver visible improvements in skin texture, tone, and overall health. With a commitment to excellence and innovation, Biologique Recherche continues to set industry standards and remains a preferred choice among skincare professionals and enthusiasts worldwide.


Unveiling New Formulas and Packaging

DOCTOR BABOR has recently undergone a comprehensive relaunch, introducing significant updates across its product lines with a focus on cleaner packaging, improved scientifically formulated formulations, and cleaner products.

Cleaner Packaging: DOCTOR BABOR has embraced cleaner packaging practices by introducing semi-matte silver jars and semitransparent bottles. These containers are fully recyclable, aligning with the brand's commitment to sustainability. Additionally, the brand has minimized packaging materials by producing smaller product boxes and eliminating foiling, thus reducing its ecological footprint.

Improved Scientifically Formulated Formulations: The relaunched product formulations emphasize scientific advancements and cleaner ingredients. For instance, the

REGENERATION line (formerly REPAIR) now includes BIOGEN plant extract, fermented plants, plant-based proteins, and niacinamide. Other lines like HYDRATION (formerly HYDRO) incorporate hyaluronic acids, polyglutamic acid, hy-3 peptide, and aquaxyl, ensuring both efficacy and safety.

Cleaner Products: Across all ranges, DOCTOR BABOR products are now certified clean and vegan, distinguishing them in the luxury cosmetics market. Ingredients such as salicylic acid, sulphur, and various acids (AHA, BHA, PHA, lactic acid) are carefully selected to enhance efficacy while maintaining a clean profile. The products cater to various skincare needs including sensitivity (SENSITIVE), clarity (CLARIFYING), and antiaging (LIFTING), appealing to a broad consumer base.

This relaunch strategy not only revitalizes the DOCTOR BABOR brand but also underscores its commitment to sustainability, efficacy, and consumer safety. As one of the top-selling treatment lines in professional salons and clinics, DOCTOR BABOR continues to innovate and set benchmarks in the skincare industry as it prepares to celebrate its 70-year anniversary in 2026.

For more information contact BABOR Email: babor.sa@babor.co.za https://za.babor.com/

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Pevonia's Latest Innovation: No Rinse Body Wraps

At Pevonia, our commitment to wellness is deeply intertwined with our dedication to environmental stewardship. We uphold sustainability across all facets of our operations, from responsibly sourced ingredients to the use of recyclable packaging and biodegradable formulations. These practices not only enhance the efficacy of our skincare solutions but also ensure that our impact on the planet is positive and enduring.

Central to our ethos is our partnership with charity: water, an esteemed organization dedicated to improving global access to clean and safe drinking water. Shockingly, 1 in 10 people worldwide lack this fundamental resource crucial for health, sanitation, and overall well-being. Through our collaboration with charity: water, Pevonia actively contributes to addressing this critical issue by funding sustainable water projects around the globe. Whether through constructing wells, installing water filtration systems, or implementing hygiene education programs, these efforts make a tangible difference in communities, promoting dignity and sustainable development.

Our partnership with charity: water resonates deeply with Pevonia's core values of compassion, responsibility, and sustainability. By advocating for clean water access, we not only enhance lives but also empower communities to thrive. This initiative underscores our belief that true beauty emerges from a harmonious relationship with nature and a steadfast commitment to social responsibility.

Innovation in Sustainability: No Rinse Body Wraps

Dr. Christian Jurist, MD, AMS, FS, Pevonia's medical director of global education, defines no rinse body wraps as treatments that operate entirely without water. These treatments do not involve spraying, wetting, or rinsing the skin, though they may incorporate water-based products and the use of humid or steamed towels at certain stages.

Pevonia offers two distinctive no rinse body wrap treatments: the Cactus & Agave and the highly favored Crepe-No-More. Both treatments are celebrated for their anti-aging benefits, with the Crepe-No-More standing out for its remarkable efficacy in rejuvenating body skin and enhancing body contouring results.

Spas and their clientele are increasingly prioritizing sustainable treatment options that minimize environmental impact, especially in regions like South Africa, which have grappled with water shortages and restrictions. Pevonia addresses this critical need with its range of eco-friendly body wraps formulated with 100% absorbable ingredients that require no rinsing. These pioneering treatments effectively reduce water consumption, making them ideal for spas with limited shower facilities or rooms not traditionally equipped for water-based therapies. This adaptability allows spas to seamlessly integrate these eco-conscious treatments into their service offerings and transform any space into a dedicated body treatment room.

In addition to their innovative body wraps, Pevonia has introduced facial treatment protocols designed to minimize water usage throughout sessions. By incorporating sustainable practices into skincare solutions, Pevonia not only meets the rising demand for eco-friendly spa experiences but also sets a benchmark for responsible skincare practices in the industry.

As spas and consumers continue to prioritize sustainability and environmental responsibility, Pevonia remains at the forefront of providing luxurious and effective treatments that promote both skin health and global conservation efforts. Our commitment to innovation in sustainable skincare ensures that every product and partnership we forge contributes positively to a healthier planet and a brighter future for all.

For more information contact Brisan Distributors / Pevonia. Tel: 071 679 4958

Email: info@brisandistributors.co.za www.pevoniasa.com

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Spa Industry Insights:

Monthly Opinion Piece: Dr Nadine de Freitas

The spa industry is undergoing a transformative evolution, driven by a progressive mindset that integrates cutting-edge technology, promotes inclusivity across demographics, values professional insights, and emphasizes data-driven strategies. This forwardthinking approach not only shapes the future of wellness but also underscores the industry's commitment to delivering modern and dynamic spa experiences that cater to diverse needs and expectations.

Integration of Cutting-Edge Technology

Innovation in technology has revolutionized the spa experience, enhancing both operational efficiency and guest satisfaction. Advanced systems such as smart controls in saunas and steam rooms allow for personalized adjustments in temperature, humidity, and lighting, empowering guests to tailor their wellness journey to their preferences. Furthermore, the integration of virtual reality (VR) technology within spa treatments offers immersive experiences that transport guests to serene environments or guide them through mindfulness exercises, amplifying relaxation and mental well-being.

Technology also plays a crucial role behind the scenes, with spas utilizing data analytics to optimize service offerings and operational workflows. From predictive analytics for demand forecasting to personalized customer insights derived from CRM systems, data-driven strategies enable spas to anticipate guest preferences and deliver exceptional experiences tailored to individual needs.

Promoting Inclusivity and Expanding Demographics

The modern spa landscape celebrates inclusivity by embracing diverse demographics and promoting wellness as a universal pursuit. Spas are increasingly accessible to individuals of all backgrounds, abilities, and ages, fostering an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued.

Moreover, the expansion of wellness offerings beyond traditional spa treatments attracts a broader demographic. From wellness retreats that combine yoga and meditation with spa therapies to familyfriendly spa resorts offering activities for children and adults alike, spas are diversifying their offerings to cater to multi-generational guests seeking holistic wellbeing experiences.

Valuing Professional Insights and Expertise

Central to the evolution of the spa industry is the expertise and knowledge of professionals who shape and deliver wellness experiences. Skilled therapists, wellness coaches, nutritionists, and holistic practitioners contribute invaluable insights that inform the development of innovative treatments and wellness programs. Their expertise ensures that spa services not only meet but exceed industry standards, promoting health outcomes and guest satisfaction.

Continuous education and professional development are prioritized within the spa industry, ensuring that practitioners remain abreast of emerging trends, techniques, and scientific advancements in wellness. This commitment to ongoing learning empowers professionals to integrate new methodologies and evidence-based practices into their services, thereby enhancing the efficacy and relevance of spa treatments in promoting holistic wellness.

Networking in the Digital Age

Networking plays a pivotal role in fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing, and industry innovation within the digital landscape of wellness. Through professional networks, forums, and conferences, spa professionals engage in meaningful exchanges of ideas, best practices, and market insights that drive industry advancement.

Digital platforms and social media channels provide avenues for spas to connect with global audiences, promote their unique offerings, and engage with wellness enthusiasts. These digital interactions not only amplify brand visibility but also facilitate direct communication with current and prospective guests, enabling spas to cultivate lasting relationships built on trust and shared wellness values.

Reviewing Trends Shaping the Future of Wellness

Looking ahead, several trends are poised to shape the future of wellness and redefine spa experiences: Personalization: Increasing demand for customized wellness solutions tailored to individual preferences and health goals.

Wellness Technology: Continued integration of wearable devices, AI-driven wellness apps, and telehealth solutions to enhance accessibility and engagement.

Environmental Sustainability: Growing emphasis on eco-friendly practices, from sustainable building materials to carbon-neutral spa operations. Wellness Tourism: Rise of wellness travel and destination spas offering immersive experiences that combine relaxation with cultural enrichment. Mental Health Focus: Greater recognition of mental health as integral to overall wellness, leading to the development of therapies and programs that prioritize emotional well-being.

Reflecting on a Holistic Approach

A holistic approach to wellness encompasses multifaceted dimensions of health, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Spas are increasingly integrating holistic practices such as mindfulness, stress management, and nutrition counseling into their offerings to support comprehensive wellness journeys for guests.

Holistic wellness also emphasizes the interconnectedness of individuals with their environments, promoting practices that foster harmony with nature and community. From organic spa products to wellness retreats set in natural landscapes, spas are embracing sustainability as a core value that enhances both guest experiences and environmental stewardship.

The future of the spa industry is shaped by a progressive mindset that embraces innovation, inclusivity, professional expertise, and a holistic wellness approaches, to meet the expectations of wellness-conscious consumers. As trends continue to evolve, the spa industry remains at the forefront of delivering transformative experiences that nurture the body, mind, and spirit, ensuring that wellness remains a cornerstone of modern lifestyles worldwide.

““Future Wellness Thinking” - Managing Editor, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa Magazine, Southern Africa

Touchless Spa Services: Innovation, Trends,

and Personalization

In the current landscape shaped by heightened hygiene awareness and safety concerns, touchless spa services have emerged as a transformative trend within the wellness industry. These innovative approaches not only cater to evolving consumer preferences but also redefine traditional spa experiences through the integration of advanced technologies and mindful practices.

Enhanced Hygiene and Safety

The rise of touchless spa services is primarily driven by a heightened emphasis on hygiene and safety, particularly in response to global health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers are increasingly conscious of cleanliness and minimizing direct physical contact. Touchless spa treatments address these concerns by reducing or eliminating the need for hands-on interaction between therapists and clients.

Consumer Demand for Privacy and Comfort

Touchless spa services respond to the growing demand for personalized and private wellness experiences. Many clients seek treatments that offer a sense of privacy and comfort without compromising on service efficacy. By minimizing direct physical contact, touchless spas create a more intimate and individualized experience. Clients can relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil environment free from concerns about personal space invasion, enhancing their overall spa experience.

Technological Advancements

Advancements in technology play a pivotal role in the development and adoption of touchless spa services. Innovations such as automated massage chairs, robotic therapy systems, and virtual reality relaxation experiences have revolutionized the delivery of spa treatments. These technologies provide hands-free alternatives and enhance treatment benefits through precise programming and customization based on individual preferences and therapeutic needs.

Adaptation to Changing Consumer Behaviour

Consumer behavior in the wellness industry is evolving towards holistic health practices and a preference for innovative, technology-enabled solutions. Touchless spa services align with these changing preferences by integrating advanced technology and mindful practices that cater to the holistic well-being of clients. This adaptability ensures that spas remain relevant and appealing to a diverse clientele seeking modern, effective, and safe wellness experiences.

Efficiency and Convenience

Automated systems and digital interfaces streamline booking processes, payment transactions, and service delivery, reducing wait times and enhancing overall customer satisfaction. This efficiency allows spas to accommodate more clients while maintaining high standards of service quality and hygiene.

Psychological and Emotional Benefits

Beyond addressing physical health concerns, touchless spa services offer significant psychological and emotional benefits. The serene and controlled

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environment of touchless spas promotes relaxation, stress reduction, and mental well-being. Virtual reality experiences, guided meditation sessions, and ambient soundscapes create immersive atmospheres that amplify the therapeutic effects of treatments, fostering a profound sense of calm and rejuvenation.

Future-Proofing Spa Operations

In a rapidly evolving wellness industry, adopting touchless spa services also future-proofs spa operations against unforeseen challenges and market shifts. By integrating technology-driven solutions and stringent hygiene protocols, spas demonstrate their commitment to health, safety, and innovation. This proactive approach enhances their competitive edge and attracts a discerning clientele seeking modern and forward-thinking wellness experiences.

Most Popular Hydrotherapy Based Touchless Spa Treatments through the World.

Hydrotherapy Pods

Hydrotherapy pods integrate water, heat, and massage jets to provide customizable therapeutic experiences. Clients can adjust settings digitally to control water pressure, temperature, and massage intensity, tailored to their relaxation and muscle relief needs. These pods offer a luxurious touchless spa experience that enhances circulation, promotes relaxation, and relieves muscle tension without requiring direct physical contact from therapists.

Hydro-massage Relaxation Loungers

Hydro-massage loungers utilize water jets strategically placed along a reclined surface to provide targeted massage therapy. Clients relax comfortably while the jets deliver therapeutic benefits such as muscle relaxation, stress reduction, and improved circulation. These loungers often feature adjustable settings to personalize the massage experience, offering a touchless spa treatment that promotes overall well-being.

Aqua Detox Treatments

Aqua detox treatments involve clients immersing their feet in ionized water baths for detoxification and relaxation. The ionized water helps draw out toxins through the feet, promoting cleansing and rejuvenation of the body's systems.

Hydrotherapy Baths

Advanced hydrotherapy baths feature state-of-theart controls that allow clients to customize their bathing experience. These baths can adjust water temperature, pressure, and additional features such as aromatherapy or chromotherapy to enhance relaxation and promote healing. Hydrotherapy baths offer touchless spa treatments that cater to individual preferences, providing benefits such as stress relief, muscle relaxation, and improved sleep quality through therapeutic immersion.

Hydrotherapy Waterfalls

Hydrotherapy waterfalls utilize controlled streams of water at varying temperatures to provide gentle

massage and relaxation. Clients can stand or sit under these waterfalls, adjusting settings for intensity and temperature to suit their preferences.

Rainforest Showers

Rainforest showers simulate tropical rain patterns with adjustable water pressure and temperature settings. These showers provide a refreshing and invigorating touchless spa experience, promoting relaxation and rejuvenation through sensory stimulation. Rainforest showers can include additional features such as aromatherapy or light therapy, enhancing the therapeutic benefits of the water immersion for clients seeking a luxurious spa treatment.

Thalassotherapy Pools

Thalassotherapy pools utilize seawater and marinebased treatments to provide therapeutic benefits. These pools are equipped with specialized jets and features that deliver hydrotherapy massages, promoting detoxification, skin rejuvenation, and overall wellness. Thalassotherapy pools harness the healing properties of seawater, supporting relaxation, improving circulation, and enhancing skin health in a natural and luxurious spa setting.

Cold Plunge Pools

Cold plunge pools offer contrast hydrotherapy by immersing clients in cold water after heat therapy. This touchless spa treatment helps to reduce inflammation, enhance muscle recovery, and improve circulation by stimulating blood flow and promoting vasoconstriction. Cold plunge pools provide invigorating benefits for physical recovery and overall well-being.

Kneipp Therapy Walks

Kneipp therapy walks feature hydrotherapy pathways with alternating hot and cold water baths. Clients walk through these baths to stimulate circulation, improve immune function, and promote vitality. This touchless spa treatment supports overall wellness by invigorating the body's natural healing processes through contrast hydrotherapy and sensory stimulation.

Floating Therapy

Floating therapy involves clients floating effortlessly in highly concentrated Epsom salt water tanks. These tanks create a buoyant environment that promotes deep relaxation, relieves joint pain, and enhances mental clarity. Floating therapy offers touchless spa treatments that support stress reduction, pain management, and emotional balance through sensory deprivation and therapeutic water immersion without requiring physical contact.

These hydrotherapy-based touchless spa treatments highlight the diversity and innovation within the spa industry, offering clients luxurious and effective ways to enhance their well-being through therapeutic water immersion and advanced technologies. Each treatment provides unique benefits for relaxation, stress relief, muscle recovery, and overall health, catering to individual preferences and promoting a holistic approach to wellness in a safe and comfortable spa environment.

The Surging Popularity of Saunas spa excellence

The sauna market is growing globally by about 5 percent annually, as per research from GWI and the growth is strongly linked to the megatrend of wellness.

The evolution of saunas and steam rooms within the global spa industry embodies a seamless blend of tradition and innovation, driven by the growing demand for holistic wellness experiences. Across diverse cultural landscapes, spas are revitalizing these age-old practices by integrating cutting-edge technology, adopting sustainable principles, and embracing unique design concepts. This transformative approach not only meets contemporary expectations of relaxation and rejuvenation but also enhances overall well-being through personalized experiences and a commitment to sustainability. As trends continue to evolve, the focus remains steadfast on maximizing health benefits and crafting unforgettable spa journeys that cater to a diverse clientele.

Embracing Diverse Design Concepts

Saunas and steam rooms worldwide are undergoing a renaissance in design, drawing inspiration from cultural traditions and contemporary aesthetics to create distinctive and immersive wellness environments.

1. Scandinavian Simplicity and Naturalism

Scandinavian design principles have profoundly influenced spa architecture, particularly in sauna construction. The emphasis on minimalism, natural materials, and serene atmospheres resonates deeply with the concept of relaxation and connection with nature.

In Finland, the birthplace of the sauna tradition, spas integrate Finnish pine, spruce, and other native woods to create warm and inviting sauna spaces. These designs often feature clean lines, large windows offering views of natural landscapes, and simple, functional layouts that enhance the sauna experience. Sauna-goers immerse themselves in an environment that evokes a sense of tranquility and purity, contributing to both physical and mental relaxation.

2. Japanese Zen and Onsen Influences

Drawing from the centuries-old tradition of Japanese onsens (hot springs), spas around the world incorporate elements of Japanese design to evoke a sense of purification and serenity in steam rooms and baths. Materials such as bamboo, tatami mats, and natural stone are employed to create a harmonious blend of simplicity and elegance.

In these spa settings, guests experience a seamless

transition from the calming heat of the sauna or steam room to the contemplative ambiance of a traditional Japanese soaking tub. The integration of Japanese design principles emphasizes the holistic nature of wellness, promoting relaxation, mindfulness, and the rejuvenation of both body and spirit.

3. Modern Architectural Innovations

Beyond traditional influences, contemporary spas are exploring avant-garde architectural concepts to redefine the sauna and steam room experience. Cutting-edge designs incorporate futuristic elements such as glass panels, LED lighting systems, and sculptural forms that challenge conventional perceptions of spa spaces.

Architects and designers are experimenting with innovative materials and spatial arrangements to create visually striking sauna environments that inspire awe and foster a sense of exploration. These modern interpretations not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of spas but also contribute to a dynamic and immersive wellness journey for guests seeking novelty and sophistication.

Integration of Technology

Modern spas are leveraging technology to enhance the sauna and steam room experience, offering guests greater control and customization: Smart Controls: Advanced systems allow users to adjust sauna temperatures, humidity levels, and lighting through intuitive interfaces such as mobile apps or touch-screen panels.

Virtual Reality (VR): Integrating VR technology into sauna sessions to provide immersive experiences, including guided meditations or virtual landscapes, promoting deeper relaxation and mental wellness.

Integration with Hybrid Wellness Experiences

Saunas and steam rooms are increasingly integrated into comprehensive wellness programs that combine heat therapy with other modalities to optimize health benefits and enhance overall well-being.

Wellness Retreats and Destination Spas

Wellness retreats and destination spas leverage sauna and steam room experiences as integral components of holistic health programs. These venues offer guests immersive retreats that combine daily sauna sessions with activities such as yoga, meditation, nutritional counseling, and fitness classes.

In destinations like Iceland, thermal springs and geothermal baths are incorporated into wellness retreats, providing guests with opportunities to experience the therapeutic benefits of natural hot

springs alongside modern sauna and steam room facilities. This integration allows for a multifaceted approach to wellness, addressing physical, mental, and emotional well-being through a combination of ancient healing traditions and contemporary wellness practices.

Fitness and Recovery Integration

Fitness centers and athletic clubs are recognizing the benefits of sauna and steam room therapies for enhancing athletic performance, promoting muscle recovery, and reducing the risk of injuries. Sauna sessions are often recommended as part of postworkout routines to aid in muscle relaxation and facilitate the removal of metabolic waste products.

Innovative spa facilities within fitness centers offer members access to dedicated sauna and steam rooms equipped with specialized features such as cold plunge pools, contrast showers, and heated loungers. These amenities support comprehensive recovery strategies that optimize physical conditioning and support long-term fitness goals.

The evolution of saunas and steam rooms within the global spa industry reflects a commitment to innovation, sustainability, and cultural authenticity. Through the integration of advanced technology, sustainable design practices, and diverse cultural influences, spas are redefining traditional heat therapy experiences to meet the evolving expectations of wellness-savvy consumers.

By embracing Scandinavian simplicity, Japanese zen aesthetics, and cutting-edge architectural innovations, spas create immersive environments that promote relaxation, rejuvenation, and overall well-being. Integration with hybrid wellness experiences further enhances the therapeutic benefits of saunas and steam rooms, positioning these ancient practices as integral components of modern wellness lifestyles.

As the industry continues to evolve, the focus remains on maximizing health benefits, offering personalized experiences, and promoting sustainability to create memorable spa journeys for a diverse clientele. By embracing diverse design concepts and integrating saunas and steam rooms into hybrid wellness programs, spas are poised to meet the growing demand for holistic wellness experiences.

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Enhanced Sports Performance and Accelerated Recovery

After enduring the challenges, such as the recently held Comrades Marathon, athletes rightly deserve meticulous care and thorough recovery methods to rejuvenate their bodies. One increasingly popular method gaining traction is the Ozone Sauna Treatment.

The Ozone Sauna Treatment presents athletes with a comprehensive strategy for recuperation. By integrating the advantages of ozone therapy with the soothing ambiance of a sauna session, it facilitates healing and revitalization across multiple dimensions.

Athletes can reap many benefits from ozone therapy - both for performance and recovery. It boosts the oxygenation of tissues, while also increasing the production of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. This shortens recovery times from sports injuries and highintensity exercise and increases energy levels. It also assists with sore muscles and slows anaerobic fermentation, which combats the buildup of lactic acid in muscles.

Various studies have been conducted on the use of ozone technology for athletes, and results have shown that sessions can help increase an athlete's endurance, the capacity to build muscle, and even increases brain function. It also increases blood flow to the heart, which reduces the amount of strain your body takes during a workout.

One of the conducted studies showed that male runners who engaged in an average of 12- to 30minute sessions twice a week, immediately after intense running sessions, experienced a 32% increase in the distance they could run before reaching the point of exhaustion.

Another case study showed that a group of athletes who underwent frequent sessions in between training increased their physical fitness by 53.7%, as opposed

to the 11.55% of the group who did not.

These findings underscore the potential of ozone sauna treatment as a valuable adjunct to an athlete's training regimen, offering a range of benefits that contribute to enhanced performance and accelerated recovery.

In addition to its performance-enhancing effects, ozone sauna treatment also holds promise as a means of post-race recovery for athletes, such as those participating in the Comrades Marathon. The combination of ozone therapy and sauna heat creates a synergistic effect that can help alleviate muscle soreness, reduce inflammation, and promote relaxation, enabling athletes to recover more quickly and return to training with renewed vigor.

Lastly, a focused benefit is improved sleep by reducing stress and anxiety, leading to more rest and increased energy & improved performance. As one of Salvagente's clients recently shared her testimony: “Our whole family has been using the ozone steam sauna regularly for the past few weeks. All of us experienced an increase in sleep quality starting after the first session. A session in the sauna is very relaxing and a definite stress-buster!” Thank you! ~ Petra”

The therapeutic effects of ozone therapy are mediated, through several mechanisms:

1. Oxidative Stress: Ozone is a powerful oxidizing agent, meaning it can react with and neutralize harmful substances in the body, including toxins, pathogens, and free radicals. By inducing oxidative stress, ozone therapy may help eliminate these harmful agents and promote detoxification. So facilitating and speeding up the recovery of damaged cells.

2. Immune Modulation: Ozone therapy may

modulate the immune system by stimulating the production of cytokines and other immune mediators. This modulation could enhance the body's natural defense mechanisms and potentially improve immune function.

3. Improved Oxygenation: Ozone therapy may also enhance oxygen delivery to tissues by increasing the release of oxygen from hemoglobin and improving blood flow. This improved oxygenation could benefit various physiological processes, including cellular metabolism and tissue repair. So, accelerating the growth of muscle and tissue, while the higher levels of oxygen in the body increases the energy available for muscles to use.

Furthermore, ozone sauna treatment may aid in detoxification, helping to rid the body of metabolic waste products and environmental toxins accumulated during intense physical activity. By purifying the body at a cellular level, ozone therapy supports optimal physiological function, allowing athletes to perform at their peak and maintain overall health and well-being.

In conclusion, ozone therapy emerges as a promising adjunct to sports therapy, offering athletes a range of potential benefits. Its capacity to reduce inflammation, enhance blood flow, promote healing, and bolster immune function positions it as a valuable tool for optimizing athletic performance and accelerating recovery. However, athletes must approach ozone therapy with diligence, seeking guidance from qualified professionals and weighing potential risks against benefits. With proper oversight, ozone therapy holds the potential to revolutionize sports therapy, empowering athletes to reach new levels of excellence in their athletic pursuits.

For more information contact Salvagente Email: info@salvagente.co.za www.salvagente.co.za

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Discover Hypochlorous Acid (HOCLI) with Soopa Skin

If you've never heard of hypochlorous acid (or HOCLI), you soon will. The ingredient isn't exactly new, it's been around for almost 200 years. It was the French chemist Antoine Jerome Balard (18021876) who first discovered HOCL as the infectionfighting compound found naturally in the white blood cells of the human body. HOCl was used thereafter by armies in World Wars I & II for the treatment of injured soldiers for wound cleaning, wound care and to neutralise chemical and fire burns. Bear in mind, the antibiotic penicillin was only discovered in 1928.

HOCl works to break down the cells that are creating an infection by destroying the cell membrane and it's DNA, thus halting it's replication or growth process. When used to cleanse the skin or to cleanse environment surfaces, HOCl solution works in much the same way.

So it's no surprise that this extremely versatile ingredient is being used in a number of different ways. HOCl has its important place in skin care, but it's also widely used in healthcare, the food industry and the farming industry as just a few examples.

HOCl can be stabilised for a period of about 12 months if stored in the correct packaging, kept below 25C and protected from UV rays. Because of its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, its uses in the clinic and in our homes is almost endless.

Problem Skins and Break-Outs

Because of its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, HOCl is an excellent partner in your usual problem skincare routine. It calms and soothes the skin, while neutralising the p-acnes that causes infection. Its gentle nature means you can spray your skin frequently during the day to keep the

bacteria from repopulating and causing further breakouts. Its wound healing abilities mean your lesions clear up quicker and leave fewer marks on the skin.

Professional use: Spray the skin before and after doing extractions.

Home use: Spray the skin after cleansing, allow to dry, then follow with your usual skincare routine. Spray regularly during the day (every 1-2 hours depending on the severity of the breakout).

Post-Aesthetic Treatments

Slow wound healing and scars can result from prolong inflammation and skin tissue damage. HOCl's anti-inflammatory properties help reduce unwanted swelling and redness resulting in better wound repair. HOCl is also a powerful oxidising agent responsible for killing pathogens that can cause infection and scar formation.

Professional use: Spray on the skin before and after treatments such as chemical peels, laser, dermabrasion, dermaplaning, microneedling, microblading and tattoos.

Home use: Use on a clean skin twice a day and use regularly during the first 1-7 days post-treatment. The mist will cool the skin, keep it free of foreign pathogens, reduce redness and itching, and speed up the healing process.

HOCl for Nail on Hands and Feet

Warmth and moisture in your shoe is the perfect environment for fungal infections such as Athlete's Foot. Spray between your toes and in your shoes to kill the fungus.

Professional use: Spray HOCl on your clients hands or feet to neutralise bacteria or fungus.

Home use: Think frequency over quantity when you use HOCl. Nail fungus or Athlete's Foot can take some time to clear, so keep up your spraying routine, and be sure to spray the whole hand or foot to prevent cross-contamination.

HOCl for Beards and After Shaving

Beards can harbour millions of germs which can cause skin irritations, and possibly be responsible for impetigo for their partners. On average we touch our faces 23 times per hour, transferring germs from our hands to our faces, and potentially causing rashes and break-outs.

Whether you shave your face or shave your legs, we risk tiny cuts and irritations. HOCl will help reduce infection, calm and refresh delicate skin.

Professional use: Spray lightly on the area after shaving. Allow to dry.

Home use: Spray the skin after shaving to soothe and purify the skin. Spray the beard area at least 3-4 times a day for bear health

Not all HOCl products are created equal.

Packaging protects the integrity of the solution. Glass or opaque PET bottles with fine mists that don't rust easily, are the best options. The product remains stable for about 12 months, so don't trust claims for more than that. Ask questions: What is the pH, what is the ppm of the chlorine (parts per million) and what is the ORP (Oxygen-Reduction Potential)? How do you quickly tell if the product is fresh? It smells like swimming pool water! But this is a small price to pay for a “miracle in a bottle”.

For more information contact Soopa Skin

Email: hello@soopaskin.co.za www.soopaskin.co.za

Wellness Retreats Around the World for 2024

Wellness retreats have come a long way since the days of austere ashrams and militant-minded boot camps. These days, you can reset your mind and body in five-star resorts that draw on both cutting-edge science and ancient healing practices to leave you feeling renewed. Whether you're craving some serious pampering or a serious detox, you have more options than ever before both close to home and in farflung locales.The newest wellness openings are raising the bar, offering everything from rooms designed for optimal sleep to the latest bio hacks and unbelievably good food.

La Réserve Ramatuelle, France

A Haven of Serenity

Suspended between Heaven and Earth, in Sync with an Exceptional Natural Environment

Nestled a stone's throw away from the iconic village of Saint-Tropez yet secluded from its hustle and bustle lies a haven of tranquility—a vast private domain ensconced in the Provençal garrigue. Here, amidst the song of cicadas and overlooking the breathtaking azure expanse of the Mediterranean Sea, La Réserve Ramatuelle stands as a pinnacle of understated luxury on the French Riviera.

Face to Face with the Mediterranean

La Réserve Ramatuelle offers a retreat into nature, where guests can immerse themselves in the panoramic beauty of one of the most stunning bays along the coast. The setting is both intimate and grandiose, embracing guests with a sense of exclusivity and serenity. The vision behind this extraordinary escape is epitomized by its culinary centerpiece, 'La Voile'—a restaurant celebrated for its exquisite gastronomy and state of the art Wellness Facilities, Spa Nescens, all coupled with indvidual wellness coaches and professionals.

La Voile: Gastronomy Elevated

Under the immaculate white sail shades of 'La Voile', Chef Eric Canino orchestrates a culinary symphony that celebrates purity and flavour. Renowned for his innovative approach to healthy and natural cuisine, Chef Canino has earned accolades for his commitment to wellbeing through gastronomy. "Eric Canino was one of the trailblazers several years ago in the field of healthy and natural cuisine dedicated to wellbeing, a vision with which I have always felt close affinities," remarks La Réserve owner Michel Reybier. This dedication has garnered 'La Voile' its prestigious second Michelin star, solidifying its reputation as a destination for culinary excellence.

Cuisine Attuned to a Magical Place

Inspired by the generosity of the Mediterranean terroir, Chef Eric Canino crafts menus that showcase the freshest local ingredients—from succulent fish and robust olive oil to vibrant fruits, vegetables, and aromatic herbs sourced from La Réserve's own kitchen garden. His culinary artistry transforms these elements into dishes that not only please the palate but also embody a philosophy of balanced nutrition and epicurean delight. Guests indulge in the delicate "all-vegetable" menu, a favorite that encapsulates the essence of Mediterranean flavors with finesse.

The Hotel: Artistic Heritage and Modern Elegance

Perched elegantly between the sky and the sea, La Réserve Ramatuelle pays homage to the artistic chic spirit of the 1950s Côte d’Azur. The recent interior redesign by Jacques Garcia blends sleek lines with authentic materials, creating spaces enriched with signed artworks and bespoke furnishings. Ceramics, terracotta, light-colored woods, and sculptural lighting fixtures evoke a sense of timeless sophistication, while airy textiles dance in the Mediterranean breeze—a accolade to the region’s artistic heritage.

A New Spa Concept for Wellness and Rejuvenation

At Spa Nescens, wellness is redefined amidst an exceptional natural environment that heightens the senses and restores harmony. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the spa offers a sanctuary where guests can embark on transformative journeys of relaxation, rejuvenation, and holistic wellness. The spa’s multi-disciplinary team of therapists delivers advanced treatments and programs designed to enhance health, fitness, and aesthetics, utilizing Nescens cosmeceutical products renowned for their scientific rigour and biologically-active ingredients.

In Essence: A Retreat Beyond Compare

La Réserve Ramatuelle, France, epitomizes a retreat beyond compare—an idyllic fusion of natural beauty, culinary excellence, and holistic wellness. La Réserve Ramatuelle invites guests to unwind amidst the splendor of the French Riviera, where every moment is a celebration of sensory indulgence and refined luxury, serenity and sophistication.

Intentional Selfcare Strategies for Wellness Professionals

By Mandy Trollip - Founder of The Soul Khaya

As a wellness professional, embarking on a journey of intentional self-care and embodied wellness should not be viewed as a personal indulgence, but rather one which is both personally and professionally imperative.

Having spent over three decades dedicated to nurturing and guiding others through their wellness ambitions and intention's, I have learned that the ability to convey the wellness message to my guests unequivocally begins with my own sense of wellbeing.

I do concede that in our fast-paced, demanding, and stressful world it is not always easy, it requires commitment, and the awareness that the primary focus of nurturing and restoration begins from within.

What does intentional selfcare and embodied wellness and mean?

At its core it means feeling safe, being at home, connected and comfortable in your body. Feeling connected to your body allows you to be in the present moment.

The present moment is the only time when we can truly live, experience, and impact our lives. The past is gone, and the future is yet to come. The present is where life happens, it is where we have the power to shape our reality. It is the only moment where we can practice mindfulness, take a deep breath, and truly experience life as it is.

Feeling safe is our most basic human need. When we feel safe, we are open to performing at our best, on every level, but when challenged by threat or adversity our ancient safety mechanism, called the stress response, causes our bodies to shift into a defensive state to deal with the perceived danger.

Your body has one simple response to a threat, it does not differentiate! Your triggers may sometimes be obvious and sometimes not, for example encountering a dangerous situation of being threatened by a hooded stranger, being rejected by a loved one, receiving a message notification on your phone late at night, opening a bill, not making your monthly sales target, receiving a “look” from your boss, smelling a particular fragrance, or feeling a familiar uncomfortable body sensation or pain, all have the same chemical effect in your brain and body.

Here lies the challenge! The pressures of everyday life can feel like stress is your constant state. If your stress becomes relentless, the chemicals which are only intended for short bursts of stress response, begin to cause damage within the very circuits they were designed to balance.

Any threating situations, often before you have even registered them consciously as a threat, set into motion a cascade of physiological processes.

A quick and accessible calming tool to practice when you have been triggered, are feeling stressed or overwhelmed is the STILL method.

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S - Stop and step away from the situation.

T - Temperature. Lower you body temperature, splash cool water onto your face and the back of your neck.

I - Inhale. Just breath, three long slow deep belly breathes.

L - Lay. Find a place to rest for 2 to 5 minutes by either lying or sitting down.

L - Launch - When you feel calm, grounded, and ready, then launch and reengage with the activity or person.

Beyond the basic principles of a healthy lifestyle by ensuring quality nutrition, sufficient sleep, and at the very least moderate fitness, there are diverse strategies and practices we can embrace and implement daily. These bring balance into our internal and external experiences and rewire the central nervous system into a state of safety and calm, ensuring this becomes a default response in challenging times.

It all begins by treating oneself with kindness, compassion and care, the same way in which we strive to treat our guests. It is worth noting too that the positive energies of gratitude, love, happiness, kindness, serenity, awe, and peace are indeed contagious.

As an alternative to our high intensity lifestyles, and to counteract the effects of our demanding industry, active REST could be an ideal solution for wellness professionals with constraints on their time. A careful selection of the below strategies may well manifest restoration and rebalance on every level.

Physical REST

• Sleep - go to bed an hour earlier than normal.

• Nap - take a 20-minute nap during the day on off days/weekends.

• Walk - 20 minutes a day.

• Gentle movement - 3 minutes of gentle body rocking and shaking.

• Hum - A regular daily humming routine can help enhance the parasympathetic nervous system and slow down sympathetic activation.

• Stay well hydrated - essential for every single function in the body.

• Make healthy and nutritious wholefood choices to suit your body and fit into your lifestyle.

Emotional REST

• Set boundaries for yourself and honour them! You do not have to be everything for everyone.

• Set boundaries for the people who form part of your life.

• Practice acceptance. If you cannot accept a situation in your life, make the choice to change it.

• Allow space into each day to unload and release your stress in some way or form.

Mental REST

• Have a daily gratitude practice.

• Take regular breaks during your day.

• Practice a brain dump activity. E.g. Journaling

• Schedule worry time

Sensory REST

• Allow yourself time to be still and quiet with no interruptions.

• Put you phone on DND

• Have a break from screen time /bule light. Especially before bed.

• Use the healing powers of aromatherapy, soak in a warm lavender EO bath, in candlelight, with soothing background music.

• Simply place your feet down on Mother Earth and ground yourself

• Use the healing power of frequency, music, and sound therapy.

Social REST

• Spend time alone

• Spend time with people who have a positive impact on you.

• Make choices which bring happiness and joy into your life.

• Learn to say no

Creative REST

• Engage in a hobby

• Make something without overthinking and being critical of yourself. Just immerse yourself.

• Be in nature and truly allow yourself to BE there.

Spiritual REST

• Pray.

• Meditate.

• Practice breathwork.

Intentional selfcare and embodied wellness practices should become part of the foundation of your basic health practices, they offer the opportunity to return to baseline wellness and safety as part of our everyday life. Ideally these practices should be a lifestyle and not merely reserved for when we encounter threats, triggers, and stresses. Afterall you are a wellness professional, and everyday should be a selfcare day!

About Mandy Trollip: As both a businesswoman and a master holistic practitioner, Mandy has been deeply immersed in the world of conscious wellness for more than 3 decades. Whether engaged in her position as GM of JASMAR, contract manufacturers and curators of personal care products, or immersed in her private holistic therapy practice, The Soul Khaya, She is deeply rooted in the belief that living synergistically and intentionally within the ancient wisdoms of harmony, rhythm, and flow determines the quality of each day, and ultimately life. www.thesolukhaya.com

Transform Your Business with a Dashboard from the Booking.site

In today's competitive spa and salon industry, staying ahead requires more than just offering great servicesit demands keen insights into your business operations and customer preferences. With our advanced interactive dashboard, you can gain immediate clarity on key metrics and make informed decisions to drive growth and profitability.

Key Components and Metrics

Booking Insights

Effortlessly monitor booking volumes and trends to optimize your appointment scheduling and resource allocation. Identify peak booking times, popular services, and booking trends over time to streamline operations and enhance customer satisfaction.

Client Metrics

Track client numbers and retention rates with ease. Understand client on a whole new level with insights into their unique health profile, from blood type to allergies to habits & operations. Measure customer satisfaction and adjust service offerings based on feedback from before, during and after the session to maintain a loyal customer base.

Financial Performance

Assess revenue streams and profitability at a glance. Analyze revenue trends, profit margins, and cost efficiencies across different services and time periods. Identify opportunities for cost savings and revenue growth to maximize your bottom line.

Treatment Analysis

Identify top-performing treatments and their impact on your business's financial health. Determine which services contribute most to your revenue and profitability. Optimize pricing strategies and promotional efforts based on treatment popularity and profitability insights.

Why Choose Our Dashboard?

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Experience simplified business analysis with intuitive data visualization. Our dashboard transforms complex data into clear, actionable insights, making it easy for you to understand your business performance at a glance.

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Stay informed with live data feeds that provide upto-the-minute information on bookings, revenue, and client metrics. Make timely decisions and respond promptly to changing market conditions or operational challenges.

Customizable Views

Tailor your dashboard to focus on what matters most to your business. Customize views and reports based on your unique needs and preferences. Whether you're interested in daily booking trends or annual statements, our dashboard adapts to provide the insights you require.

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Empower your team with actionable insights derived from our interactive dashboard. By leveraging datadriven decisions, you can optimize resource allocation, improve operational efficiency, and enhance customer satisfaction-all contributing to sustainable business growth.

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1. Integrated: Since bookings, payments and client data are all faciliated and intergrated in one system, accurate and comprehensive analytics are generated.

2. Visualization: Utilize interactive charts, graphs, and tables to visualize performance metrics such as revenue trends, booking patterns, and client health profiles.

3. Analysis: Drill down into detailed reports and analysis to uncover hidden opportunities and challenges within your business operations.

4. Actionable Insights: Translate data into actionable insights by identifying trends, predicting customer behavior, and adjusting strategies accordingly.

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Discover the transformative power of data-driven decision-making with our built-in interactive dashboard. No more guessing, our solution is designed to make understanding your business easy to accelerate your path to success.

Why the Booking.site?

theBooking.site is an enterprise level booking system and marketplace for all clinics, spas and salons. Whether you are a single owner-therapist business or a multi location spa group, theBooking.site adds a professional, legal, accounting and medical layer to your operations.

Clients keep control of their health and their information, and data is easily shared with any outlet when making a hassle free booking on the system.

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Email: info@salvagente.co.za


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