In an effort to unite the spa industry, the SpaMassage Alliance now offers the A.C.T. Program. The program addresses issues from three perspectives of the spa industry — spa owner, spa therapist and spa massage educator — to present balanced and workable solutions to challenges faced by these professionals. It examines the qualities of a positive, progressive working environment, the necessity of thorough and relevant training and the need for industry standards within the spa/massage discipline.
The first phase of the A.C.T. Program is to create awareness between spa directors, educators and therapists. This includes awareness of the workplace realities faced by spa owners and their spa therapists, and sharing what is found in the schools that educate spa therapists.
The second phase of A.C.T. involves networking between these specific sectors. Leaders in the respective industries will work together to develop standards and materials for cross-education that can be used by all members of the SpaMassage Alliance.
The third phase of A.C.T. is transformation. This involves both a change in the way business is conducted on a daily basis. It involves a change in the way educators present the spa world to their students, the way therapists contribute to their spa workplace and the manner in which spa directors work with their therapists. Continue reading
The quest to look younger than your current age has always existed and is almost innate in every one of us. Although you may dismiss this statement now, once you reach a certain age, you will surely want to look much younger than how old you currently are. Due to this reason of wanting to look younger, many fortunes have been made as well as lost by companies and individuals in their attempt to develop of creams, ointments, lotions, soaps, and health supplements that could help make people look younger. Of course, some of these products are effective to some and some are not so effective.
If you want a truly effective anti-aging solution, then you should look into HGH pills. HGH pills are easily considered as the perfect anti-aging solution thanks to the hormone’s many health properties. If you are not familiar with growth hormones, these are actually the hormones produced by the pituitary gland meant for the growth and development of the body. Aside from this, growth hormones actually have other properties that benefit the body from having them at peak levels. Some of the benefits include increased energy and stamina, better memory and focus, boosted immune system, ability to recover from injury and sickness faster, and the most important of all, cell regeneration which can greatly help in making the overall skin look much younger than it really is. This cell regeneration is actually the anti-aging property that many of us are after and are looking for. Continue reading
When you’re playing team sports — like basketball, soccer, hockey and football — you might be the star of the show, but there’s no show without the rest of the team. So you’d better not let them seeing you strutting your stuff too much. And you’d be wise to spread some of the glory around a bit, because face it — without your teammates, you’d be nowhere.
Sure, you’ve worked hard to get where you are. You’ve got talent and it shows, but no matter how good you are, you’ve got to remember you’re playing a team sport. The key word here is “team.” No matter how good any one individual player is, you cannot succeed at this game without the rest of the players.
On a team, each individual player has a vital role. Each and every person on the team plays an important part toward the game’s ultimate success. All players do not possess the same exact skills or expertise. No one player can cover the entire field alone. The team cannot function cohesively or achieve its goals without every player doing his or her individual part, and each player is trained to perform a particular function or serve a specific need. If the team is going to win, you need all the players — and each must do his or her part well. Continue reading
When I was little, my parents claimed I never stopped moving. From the time I was three I was involved in athletics. By the time I was four I had discovered soccer. From there on out, I was addicted.
As I grew up, I immersed myself in sports. From track and field to soccer to softball, if it was “in season,” I was playing it. Even at a young age, I had the intensity and dedication that would make me a top performer in my teens. I contribute part of it to being a corps brat-until I was 8, my father was in the Marines. As long as I could remember, the military life had influenced my approach to athletics.
The one thing that seemed to stand in between me and reaching my peak was my temper. I easily got upset or frustrated, and as a result, I was never quite able to do my best. None of my coaches questioned it, always preferring to look the other way when I had a temper tantrum. As a result, I became rather arrogant, and accustomed to getting away with virtually anything on the playing field.
Enter Coach Hankins.
Coach Hankins took over my middle school traveling team. He was a collegiate soccer player, who was looking for ways to play during the summer. Unlike my other coaches, he was also a goalie, so he instantly took me under his wing. Continue reading
My snow skis were calling me the other day. Actually, they fell out from behind the water ski and landed me a blow to the forehead as I was heading out on the lake to play. It’s a winter wake up call!
Soon the H20 ski would soon be under the bed collecting dust while they (my Salomon X Screams) would be ripping down the Light Towers at Squaw Valley, Mother Nature willing, of course. While I had hoped that they would have developed a nice rapport over the summer, it seems clear that some animosity had developed between the winter and summer varieties of skis. My guess is that the snow skis had had enough, and decided to remind us that each day is getting a little cooler and that the curtain is quickly setting on the summer of 2000.
It was meant to be the first sign of the changing of seasons, when the mountain bike, ski boat, tent and all the other summer gear that I get a monthly bill for will give way to Sorrell’s, ski equipment, snow shovels and ice scrapers. The thought sent a chill up my spine as I jammed a lime into a bottle of Corona while hanging out at the beach later that day. Even worse, a quick glance at the calendar this morning confirmed my suspicions – winter is just a couple months (or even weeks) . Continue reading