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February 1, 2013
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  Spa Spotlight 
  • Toronto hotel spas make wellness indulgent
    Whether it's the hammam bath or wine therapy at the Miraj Hammam Spa in Shangri-la Hotel, the co-ed lounge at My Blend Spa by Clarins in The Ritz-Carlton, or the gold facial and manicure at Four Seasons Hotel spa, Toronto spas are offering high-end indulgence in the pursuit of wellness. Another: the Trump International Hotel's Quartz Crystal Spa, where quarts and diamonds are used to exfoliate the skin. The Toronto Star (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 10 best global health-and-wellness retreats
    Meditation in Bali, yoga in New Zealand, and a whole lot of wine therapy in France: Getting well by going global gets a whole lot more fun with this list of 10 top wellness-promotion resorts. The spas on the list range from India's Jiva Grande Spa, where ancient Ayurvedic therapies aim to detoxify, to Rancho La Puerta in Mexico, which offers lessons in cooking, tennis, Pilates and even dream interpretation. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Rundown 
  • Positive thoughts can reduce pain, research shows
    Want to relieve pain, boost pleasure, and even make your dinner taste better? Think positive thoughts. That's the finding of a University of Maryland researcher. In a study involving electric shocks, subjects who thought positively felt less pain and found candy they tasted was sweeter, the study found. DAYSPA magazine (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chinese sales of high-end cosmetic imports surge
    More Chinese consumers are buying luxury cosmetics from overseas companies, a new survey has found, with some 72% saying they've purchased a high-end cosmetic item while traveling abroad. Some 69% of Chinese customers surveyed said they'd pay more for a well-known, top-tier brand. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hospitality Trends 
  Business Best Practices 
  • How to tap your workers' underused talents
    More than six out of 10 American workers surveyed say they feel underutilized in their jobs, but how can bosses uncover their teams' hidden talents and put them to better use? Laura Vanderkam advises spending time getting to know your workers, being more open to the initiatives they suggest and pushing people to take more responsibility for their projects. CBS MoneyWatch (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  • Maintaining your good reputation online
    It's natural to want to defend your business when upset customers post negative comments on social media. But knowing when to respond and when to walk away is key, writes Christopher Null. Sometimes responding will simply encourage stubborn commenters to continue posting. Consider a more positive approach and bury the negative comment with new posts of your own, he writes. PCWorld (1/25), CBS MoneyWatch (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance and Economics 
  • Initial unemployment claims edge up in U.S.
    First-time jobless claims in the U.S. rose 38,000, to 368,000 in the week that ended Jan. 26, the Labor Department said. Economists anticipated 345,000 initial claims. The four-week rolling average viewed by many economists as giving a more accurate picture of labor market conditions rose only 250. Google/Agence France-Presse (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • Poll: Social networking harms at-work privacy
    More than half the people surveyed recently for a report by AVG Technologies say their on-the-job privacy is threatened by the prevalence of social networks and that they're taking action by staying away from them. The respondents complained of embarrassing pictures or videos posted of them by colleagues and some said they've discovered co-workers gossiping about them online. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISPA Info 
  • Feature your must-have products
    The upcoming May issue of Pulse focuses on attracting spa-goers and will highlight favorite brands of consumers. ISPA is interested in telling your story and spotlighting must-have products for spas. Reach out to Courtney Hacker to learn more about opportunities for promotion and inclusion. This is a can't-miss issue for top-selling brands! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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