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Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
Spa Featurette Name:  Marie Burget-Bautista Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: Seven years in the industry as a Licensed Esthetician, Manager and Industry Leader. Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice): The best tip I received was in the form of advice. It was "there's always tomorrow....

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
Spa Featurette Name:  Gary Reyes Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 11 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice): My most memorable tip came from an older client who lives in DC. She and her husband come to our spa two or three times a year. Over th...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
  Spa Featurette Name:  Bebe Ying Liu Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 10 months Licensed Cosmetologist and Massage Therapist. Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice): My most memorable tip was $100 from a musician. But in addition to the money she told the owner how much she enjoye...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
  Spa Featurette Name: Danielle Reick Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 13 years as a Licensed Esthetician & Massage Therapist. Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice): My most memorable tip came from a regular client of mine, mocha. She found this "strong woman "card and wrote a ...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
Spa Featurette   Name: Michael Villanueva Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: Three years in the industry as a Spa Supervisor and Manager. Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice): My most memorable "tip" was in the way of a validation.  I was always considered a leader, which is surpri...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
Spa Featurette Name:  Andrea Cameron Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 1.5 years as Licensed Massage Therapist. Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice): My most memorable tip comes from a client who is a retired diplomat.  He began writing a series of short stories about his late wif...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
    Spa Featurette Name:  Crystal Green Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 10 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice): My most memorable tip was from a guest who started singing the Beyoncé song "Put a ring on it.”  He was super funny. ...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
  Spa Featurette Name:  Lauren Purdin Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 6 years- two years as a receptionist in a chiropractic office and four years as a licensed massage therapist. Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice): My most memorable tip was at the spa I currently work. Th...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
  Spa Featurette Name:  Hedda Schmitt Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 3 years as Salon Receptionist during college and the last 2 years in Salon and Spa management. Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice): My most memorable “tip” came in the way of some advice. It was an ar...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
Spa Featurette Name:  Shaakira Shabazz   Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 2 years as an Esthetician Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice): I had a client who was 9 months pregnant and ready to give birth.  She was fussy and difficult when she first came in.  I really wanted to m...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
Spa Featurette Name:  Eric Ryals Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 1 year Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice): A member of our spa said “Thank you.  You are the shining star of the team.”  He went on to say that he really appreciated that everytime he came in I was always w...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
Spa Featurette Name: Stephanie Nesmith Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 10 years as a Salon Assistant, Spa Concierge and MUA Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice): The best advice I have received was from a variety of sources in this industry. That advice was that “perception is e...

Teamwork makes the Dream work

by Lauren Purdin- Licensed Massage Therapist Philadelphia
Making the Dream work: Battling the Negativity Bias Through Teamwork Dating back from our earliest primate days, humans have focused more on the bad things of life than the good and this is referred to as a “negativity bias.”  This was a boost evolutionary due to it being more important fo...

How to hire the right person for the job

by Eileen Wellner- Human Resource Director
Hiring the right person for any open position needs to be the number one objective each and every time you hire.  How do you identify the right person? How will you go about hiring the right person who will fit into the culture of your business?  There is no perfect answer to the questions ab...

Self Evaluation for Leaders

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
  Self -Evaluation for leaders is a tough task.  What questions to ask and where to find the honest feedback. It’s just as important that the person mentoring the whole salon or spa team receives coaching and feedback as it is for the stylist, therapist and concierge employees. Our experie...

Understanding the Service Cost as it Relates to your Overall Operation Expenses

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
  Are you dialed into the cent on your expenses?  Or are you ball parking the cost of operating your spa or salon?   How do you know what your expenses are to operate your spa or salon?  How much does each of your services cost to provide? from the spa or salon perspective? You may be guess...

Career Path Options for Spa/Salon Professionals

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
      How do you get ahead in your salon/spa career path? If you are like many of us, you came out of massage or beauty school bright-eyed and excited to help people look and feel their best, with the hope of making a decent living in the process.  Then, after a few years of perfectin...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette   Name:  Carla Muniz Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 7 years Licensed Massage Therapist and Manager. Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advise): My most memorable tip is also one of the most peculiar. When I was working at a fitness center doing massage I had a first...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette Name:  Julia Jachna Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 10 years Esthetician and Nail Technician Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advise): The most memorable tip happened when I worked at a spa in the suburbs. Most my clients were regular weekly clients.  I saw them al...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette Name:  Joseph Britton Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 12 years as Spa/Salon Management and Leadership. Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advise): My previous general manager, Greg, gave my most memorable tip to me.  He had a knack for getting people to follow him. ...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette Name:  Sunny Nguyen Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 6 years Licensed Cosmetologist Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advise): My most memorable tip was from a salon guest, a regular client of mine. She was always generous with her gratuities. But one particular time ...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette   Name:  Tricia Pollard Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 14 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist & Esthetician. Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advise): My most memorable tip was when I was working at a high end luxury hotel spa in Chiacgo. That spa was unable...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette Name:  Jon Redd Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 7 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advise): My most memorable tip was from a regular client who gave me $100. He came in bi-monthly for therapeutic massage. I believe he gave it to...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Name:  Anne Templeton Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 4 years, Spa/Salon Manager and Retail Manager Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advise): The best and most memorable tip I received was from a previous manager said, "Let them be artist, that’s what they are." I consider that ad...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette Name:  Ausra Kubiliute  Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry:  20 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advise): My most memorable tip was a spa client gave me $80 in cash. It was the least of what I expected.  She was so generous and ...

Walking the Walk

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
  Do you "Walk the Walk" of beauty and wellness? 'Walk the walk' is almost always said in combination with 'talk the talk.'  This is a 20th century American alternative to various old sayings which epitomise the notion that 'talk is cheap', for example 'actions speak louder than words' and 'pra...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
        Spa Featurette: Name: Michelle McOmber  Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 3 years in the beauty and spa industry as MUA and Assistant Spa Director. Most Memorable Tip: My most memorable tip came from a client who was from the industry. She was an executive with Lancôme.  She ...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
    Spa Featurette:   Name: Kristen Mancina Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: Licensed Massage Therapist, 3 years in the industry. Most Memorable Tip: Most memorable tip came in the way of advice from my mentors in Thailand. They taught me to "always set my intention for the greater goo...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette: Name: Debbie Williams Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: I’ve been in the industry for 17 years, as General Manager of Balance Spa & Fitness- New Orleans, and licensed Esthetician. How did you choose a career in the Wellness industry? The main reason I got into the in...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
Spa Featurette: Name: Aimee Sax Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: I’ve been in the industry for eight years as a licensed Esthetician. Most Memorable Tip: My most memorable tip was from a very young guest who was not very experiences receiving facials.  She gave me a big hug and $100 buck...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette:   Name: Mandy Boudreaux Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: In the industry for 10 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Most Memorable Tip: The most memorable tip I received was from a woman who gave me a two-dollar tip upon leaving the spa after her massage. I knew she w...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette: Name: Cathy Ringer Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 7 years as an Esthetician with a B.S. Most Memorable Tip: I've gotten a few $50 tips. But the most memorable tip was a book I received from a client who wrote it. He autographed it with the personal note calling me his ...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
Name: Ashley Penaflore Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 3 years as a Massage Therapist licensed in Florida and Louisiana.  My long-term goal is to become a Spa Director/Manager. You can learn a lot from different experiences in this industry. Taking each lesson with you to the next step, lik...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurettes Name:  Sarah Pacaccio  Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 5 years in the industry. Spa concierge and soon-to-be licensed cosmetologist Most Memorable Tip: The most memorable tip I've ever received was a ring from a guest. I complimented her on it and out of the kindness o...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurettes Name: Brittany Bustamante, Esthetician Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 2 years Most Memorable Tip: My most memorable tip was a $60 personal check from a very quirky client who shared a lot of personal information with me. I think she gave this to me because I listen ...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette: Name: Sharla Martin- Spa Director of Spa at Windsor Court- New Orleans  & MUA Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 15 years Most Memorable Tip: The most memorable tip I received was advice “to embrace the crazy.”  Our industry is filled with high level of reaction a...

How To Create a Polished Everyday Makeup Look In Less Than 15 Minutes!

by Stephanie Nesmith- Makeup Artist Balance Spa Philadelphia
I love the creative freedom of being a makeup artist. Letting my imagination run wild allows me to bring these creative ideas to life on a blank canvas- the face. If you are like me, makeup artist or not, you love the idea of getting glammed up!  I also appreciate having a perfectly made up fa...

Tips to Polish your Professionalism

by Megan Linney- Chief Operating Officer Maack Management
5 Simple Steps to Keep Your Professional Image Shiny!     ​http://www.salontoday.com/blogs/editors/Cultivating-Conversation-2499224...    ...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette~ Name: Eva Fried Years as LMT: 30 years How did you choose a career in the Wellness industry? “I was inspired by my Aunt who was an amazing body worker.  She lived a big full life and loved her work.  Experiencing her passion and a lot of other amazing healers effect...

5 Life Lessons to Help Gain a Promotion

by Joseph Britton- Director of Systems and Business Administration
5 Life Lessons to Help Gain a Promotion Working toward a promotion is a prevalent aspect of many careers but can also be an unclear and not so simple task. David Parnell, a legal recruiter and communication coach stated, “It should be no surprise that, in comparison to only a few decades ago, to...

Making the Most of Your Spa/Salon Menu

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
Updating and Editing your Spa Menu Does your spa menu of services represent who you really are or who you wish you were?  Or perhaps your spa menu represents who you think the public wants you to be? Let’s take a look at a few things you should review before printing your next order of menus o...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
    Spa Featurette~   Name:  Jessica Quiles- LMT at SPA Intercontinental Los Angeles Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 3 years How did you choose a career in the Wellness industry? “I was told by a friend that I had “good hands.” After thinking about it, I enrolled into massage the...

Four tips to stay inspired-The importance of self-care for service providers

by Lauren Purdin- Licensed Massage Therapist Balance Spa & Fitness- OMNI Hotel Philadelphia
  The importance of self-care for service providers 4 tips to stay inspired Massage is my passion; helping others is truly what gets me through the day.  Sometimes, though, I wish I could be doing anything but that. Often I’ve placed the blame elsewhere; either on a boss that doesn’t respect ...

Striving for 100% effort 100% of the time

by Megan Linney- Vice President of Spa Standard
  Strive for 100% effort 100% of the time   Does this excite or terrify you?  Does it make you want to create a list and attack?  Or shrink from the overwhelming feelings of pressure?  The normal and honest response is a little of all of it.  The benefits far outweigh the fear.  The ...

The Perfect Garden

by Michael Villanueva- Assistant Spa Director (I) Spa Intercontinental San Francisco
  “The Perfect Garden” Is there such thing as “The Perfect Garden?” If so, what does it consist of? Good soil, water, and lots of sunshine. You’d think it was that easy, but reevaluate. In order to keep your garden alive and fresh, you must do more than the minimal watering.   I...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
  Spa Featurette~ Name: Mariah Weeks- Lead Concierge SPA Intercontinental Los Angeles Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 1.5 years How did you choose a career in the Wellness industry? Initially, I was looking for a change of pace.  Once I started working at the spa I realized what a positi...

Real People in the Spa/Salon Industry

by interviews by Megan Linney
    Spa Featurette~   Name: Agnieszka Lachuev-Spa/Salon Director of SPA Intercontinental Los Angeles Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry: 8 years How did you choose a career in the Wellness industry? “I started my path in the spa industry in San Francisco as a spa receptionis...

Why do you want to own a spa?

by Kelly Maack- CEO of Maack Management
      Why do you want to own a spa? The first thing people usually say when they find out that I own spas is “how relaxing!  I love going to the spa!” I love spas, too, but I can tell you first hand that owning a spa is nothing like relaxing at a spa that you don’t own.  Ownership is...

Makeup Tips for Special Events

by Michelle McOmber- Makeup Artist & Assistant Spa Director- Spa Windsor Court New Orleans
  Summer Wedding Season is just around the corner. Whether you are a bride-to-be, bridesmaid, or attending someone’s special day, the way you look can affect the way you feel. You should be enjoying these magical moments and not thinking about your makeup.   These special events can be overwhel...

Performance Appraisals – How to do them and why are they important

by Eileen Wellner- Director of Human Resources
  Performance Appraisals – How to do them and why are they important People are our most important assets!  They are the core of the team that we lead.  They perform the functions that can make or break our business.  Leading a professional and successful team takes determination and ha...

Career Path Options for Spa/Salon Receptionists

by Joseph Britton- Director of Systems and Business Administration
Career Path Options for Spa/Salon Receptionists Spa/Salon reception can be both a rewarding and challenging position. They are frequently the hub of communication between the clients, technicians, and management. Spa/Salon reception uses many skills including multi-tasking, customer engagement, and ...

Elevate the spa experience through instant guest rapport

by Megan Linney- Vice President of The Spa Standard
You know that feeling when you just connect with someone.  The term “InstaBFF” exists for a reason.  It’s that exchange of emotions and how it makes us feel that drives us to stay connected.  10 simple steps to establish a rewarding and instant rapport with your spa or salon guests: 1)  M...

How to become a solution focused leader; avoid relationship breakdowns

by Megan Linney- Vice President of The Spa Standard
  Don’t be afraid.  That’s right, it’s that easy.  Don’t be afraid of the problem.  We are so often afraid of mistakes or how people will react to our actions we “live the experience” before it actually happens.  This behavior impedes the ability to allow the other facets t...

Connectedness through communication inspiring motivation

by Megan Linney- Vice President of The Spa Standard
  Communication: Listen with respect Respond to challenges Show encouragement Support Be consistent Connectedness: Be open Lead by example Take action Care about outcome Be fair Motivation: Design incentives Develop opportunity Create magic Offer praise ...

The Importance of Mentorship and Where to find it

by Hedda Schmitt- General Manager of Balance Spa & Fitness- OMNI Hotel Philadelphia
When any young person enters the work force, they are thrown into a dynamic situation and must adapt and learn quickly. If anyone is lucky enough to find a colleague or peer that can mentor them through this transition, it is a relationship that they need to foster. A mentor can come in many forms,...

Staying Stylish-Tips from a Professional Hairstylist

by Senior Stylist Ali Moss - Atelier Emmanuel San Francisco
Do you ever feel like you continue to style your client’s hair the same way over and over? After over 10 years in the beauty industry, I sometimes am challenged with feeling slightly stagnant. The trends with cuts and colors are always changing and that can keep things interesting, but what about...

5 Keys to Using Email Marketing to Help Build Your Business

by Joseph Britton- Director of Systems and Business Administration
Email marketing has many advantages if it is used correctly. These advantages include quick and inexpensive communication, a trackable return on investment, and an ability to target a large group of potential consumers.  According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, almost half of Ameri...

Leaders vs. Managers

by Megan Linney- Vice President of The Spa Standard
  Are you a Manager or a Leader? Managers get the work done yet Leaders decide what work is important enough to do.  The difference is that a manager typically administers tasks, checking things off a list while focusing on follow up vs. a leader who leads by example and inspiration while develop...

Simple and Easy Ways to Market Yourself

by Megan Linney- Vice President of The Spa Standard
While reading a newsletter, have you caught yourself asking, “Why are they always quoted and not me?”  Or “Why am I not more recognized in my field?”  You are an important person in your professional world, you read a lot of newsletter, blog posts or e-blasts touting the importance of you...

Emails, Emails, and more emails~Capturing Contact Information

by Agnieszka Lachuev- Spa Director SPA Intercontinental Los Angeles
Maximize ROI and reach using smart and cost efficient email marketing techniques.   Capturing customer’s email is the most critical piece of information about a client because it allows you to build an email marketing campaign, which drives revenue and builds brand value. Being a spa manager, y...

Cleanliness, Friendliness and Efficiency-Allowing your business to thrive

by Megan Linney- Vice President of The Spa Standard
The Top 3 things you CANNOT take for granted in your business When it comes to successful spas and salons a lot has been written on what it takes to keep your guests happy and returning to your business.  Many sources will talk about trends and others will discuss the latest and most popular marke...

Is Hot Stone Massage Good for Arthritis?

by Chicago Spa Staff
The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times and is not only beneficial in terms of helping to relieve insomnia and stress, but is principally meant as a therapeutic aid to relieve sore and injured muscles by promoting a faster healing process. In fact, many people with arthritis wo...

Creating Spa/Salon Services- what to consider

by Megan Linney- Vice President of the Spa Standard
  Creating and presenting Spa and Salon treatment ideas to your Leadership or Owners. Many of our technical spa/salon team members have dreamt about sharing their new spa treatment ideas but not many take the initiative to make the first step.  For those of you who are interested in doing so, the...

Internal Customer Service-Creating a magical work space.

by Megan Linney- Chief Operating Officer Maack Management
  We talk a lot about how important it is to "wow" the guest, pulling out all the stops and making them feel special. We are in the business of giving 100%, 100% of the time.  It is the SHINIEST key to our individual and company wide success.  Yet, we seldom think of our internal customer servic...

Keeping New Year's Resolution

by Megan Linney- Chief Operating Officer Maack Management
If you belong in the 83% of Americans who made a resolution or declared your overall health a priority for 2014...let me help. There are three simple things you can do to kick start your health goals or revive the enthusiasm with which you made that resolution thre weeks ago. 1) Dry body brushing...

Manicures for Nail Biters

by Chicago Spa Staff
Men and women bite their nails for all sorts of reasons ranging from anxiety and nervousness to a fidgety habit borne out of an active mental state. It not only has consequences aesthetically, but can also lead to infections externally and internally. For most people, the aesthetic consideration is ...

Finding Leadership Wherever you Live

by Megan Linney- Chief Operating Officer Maack Management
Leadership- Redefining the Role. In a teamwork/community driven society, why are leaders needed?  To create amazing things it takes people.  For those people to work together for amazing results it takes a shared vision.  And for the shared vision to become a reality it takes a dynamic leader t...

Winter Hair Care Tips for Long Hair

by Chicago Spa Staff
Winters are notoriously harsh on skin and hair of all types so it’s best to have a good regimen to protect your hair in the colder months of the year, While many of the best tips for avoiding hair damage and frizz apply equally to curly hair as straight hair, there are some differences that apply ...

Winter Hair Care Tips for Curly Hair

by Chicago Spa Staff
The harshness of winter weather can take a dramatic toll on curly hair. That means that it’s best to take some extra precautions with curly hair to ensure that it stays supple and healthy. Following are some common sense tips for curly hair in the winter time.   Remember that not all curls are th...

Lighten Up~ keep skin care simple

by Megan Linney- Chief Operating Officer Maack Management
  Happy 2014!  A new year, a new opportunity to love the skin you’re in.  As you start a new skincare routine this year, you may feel like it is “work” and you may not be sure that you can see a difference.  But, once you do “see and feel” the difference or hear compliments from those...

Tips to Keep Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

by Chicago Spa Staff
Millions of people will make fitness resolutions for the New Year and many of them will fail. This is often due to the lack of realistic goals and other factors that need to be part of a plan that does not involve pursuit of drastic overnight changes. Here are a few tips to keep your New Year’s fi...

Spa Treatments to get you Looking Fresh for New Year’s Eve

by Chicago Spa Staff
For many people, New Year’s Eve is not a time of raucous abandon, but a time to experience some elegant fun looking your best as you greet the New Year. Well, maybe a little raucous abandon may be in the cards, but you still want to look and feel your best. Nothing starts the New Year’s evening ...

Sites to See in Chicago Loop During the Holidays

by Chicago Spa Staff
Whether you’re a slightly jaded Chicagoan or an excited visitor to the loop, the holidays can hold some enduring and endearing sites and experiences that will always bring big fun. It only seems fair that during the holidays where spending money is a driving force that we look at sites to see in t...

Spa Gift Guide for the Holidays

by Chicago Spa Staff
Although the holidays are a time of family, fun and excitement, they can also be a source of stress for the mind and the body. Whether it’s a gift for a loved one or bestie this holiday season or a gift for you to recharge or replenish to make it through the holidays, spa gifts are ideal for the m...

Five Great Dinner Locations Near Balance Spa & Fitness in Chicago Loop

by Chicago Spa Staff
There are few indulgences as satisfying as a great massage followed by an equally wonderful meal when you’re in Chicago, IL. Chicagoans know that one of the best and most inclusive spas in the city’s loop is at Balance Spa & Fitness located within the Palmer House Hotel. If you are visiting ...

Mani Pedi Tips During Pregnancy

by Chicago Spa Staff
There is never a better time to pamper yourself than when you are pregnant, and a Mani Pedi is a great way to go. While the potential dangers of getting a Mani Pedi while you are pregnant are greatly over exaggerated, there are a few tips that can make the experience safer and more enjoyable for pre...

The Artistry of Positive Attitude

by Megan Linney- Chief Operating Officer Maack Management
  Staff Meetings:  The importance of inspiration through communication. Amazing spa experiences do not “JUST HAPPEN.”  They are a combination of skills, personality and perfecting professionalism.  The artistry of attitude is something that needs to be cultivated and coaxed out on a daily b...

So you want to open a spa or salon? Great idea, here's how!

by Megan Linney- Chief Operating Officer Maack Management
When people envision opening a new spa everyone starts at a different point.  Your vision may begin with linen colors and refreshment ideas, or distinctive uniforms and training or perhaps a state-of-the-art facility.  Regardless of where you start or what kind of spa you want to open... everyone...

5 Chicago Loop Restaurants to Combine with a Couples Massage for the Perfect Date

by Chicago Spa Staff
After a wonderful couples massage, here are five of many Chicago Loop restaurants that can cap off a great couples night in the city.   Nothing says love and pampering like a couple’s massage followed by a fantastic dinner at one of the many Chicago Loop restaurants. Whether you’re in town on v...

Five Tips for Anti-Aging Facial Treatments

by Chicago Spa Staff
While Anti-aging facial treatments can do wonders for renewing mature skin, it’s important to work with a qualified and experienced esthetician to help you make the best choice at the right time while also nourishing the body to maintain supple skin.   Although we cannot turn back time to obtain ...

The Art of Daily Operations

by Megan Linney- Chief Operating Officer Maack Management
  “The Art of Daily Operations” When I first started my career as a therapist, I thought that the two words “art” and “operations” should never be in the same sentences without being used in a contrasting manner. Now, years later, I see how one cannot exist without the other. Smooth a...

5 Best Places for Lunch in Chicago Loop Near Our Spa

by Chicago Spa Staff
A great massage can fit into any day at any time. If it’s near the mid-day, you may find yourself feeling a little peckish, so we’ve listed five great lunch locations near Balance Spa & Fitness in Chicago Loop so that you can get your lunch and your massage on. If you love Cajun food and a g...

Simple Couples Massage Techniques to Try at Home

by Chicago Spa Staff
There is nothing that helps relieve the stress of the day and shows your partner how much you love them than a massage. On the days and weeks between going to a massage therapist, couples can engage in a number of simple couples massage techniques at home that will keep their partner relaxed and str...

Swedish Massage vs. Deep Tissue Massage

by Chicago Spa Staff
Although there are a number of different massage techniques, Swedish massage and Deep Tissue massage are two of the most widely known and used. Despite the fact that most types of massages have a number of similarities such as with these two forms, they also can have significant differences. The dif...

The Beginning

by Kelly Maack
Health & wellness were my first true loves, and where I started in my career after graduating with a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion.  Eight years ago, I made a move from Director of a corporate fitness center to the Director of Marketing of a hotel spa.  In looking back, I cou...
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