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Elemis unveils double SpaPod in London Luxury British skincare and spa

brand Elemis has launched its first ever double SpaPod within its retail spa concept within the Debenhams department store on Oxford Street in London. The SpaPod was initially launched in 2006 and is designed to enable Elemis therapists to perform treatments on the retail consumer. The launch of a second pod at the Debenhams store will allow the Elemis team to have more flexibility for bookings and walk-in clients. Each pod features Smart Glass Technology, which goes from transparent to frosted at the flick of a button.

Gentlemen's Tonic menu updates Three seasonal treatments have been introduced to male urban spa brand Gentlemen's Tonic. The Spring Awakening combines a facial and Indian head massage; the Summer Tonic incorporates a back tone and foot treatment while the Autumn Uplift includes a steam facial. With three facilities located in the UK – including a site within Selfridges and Co department store on Oxford Street in London – each of the Gentlemen's Tonic sites offer barber stations, treatment rooms and an express room for quick treatments such as waxing.

Global Spa Summit research is unveiled Research released at the recent

Global Spa Summit in Turkey has revealed that the yearly worldwide wellness industry is about to cross the US$2trn (1.61trn euro, £1.37trn) mark. The report, entitled Spas and the Global W

ellness Market, was

conducted by SRI International. It has presented wellness as an integrated industry cluster, which currently features a total of nine core segments.


news & jobs at Spa expansion planned by Bannatyne

Four new sites set to be developed as part of £15m UK investment programme By Sarah Todd

The Bannatyne Group has announced it will create four new spas as part of a £15m investment programme for 2010-11 in the UK. The new developments will

include spa additions to a number of the company's health clubs, as well as a hotel acquisition in the form of the 26-bed Charlton House Spa Hotel in Shepton Mallet, which has recently been bought from the administrators. The hotel will be extended

to increase the number of treatment rooms and introduce a fitness area. Bannatyne also has planning permission to add spas to its Banbury and Broadstairs health clubs,

The Bannatyne Group is eyeing up the development of four spas

taking its UK spa portfolio to 30, while a new spa location has been identified by the company in Shrewsbury; plans for this are thought to be in the early stages. The company is planning to invest in its existing portfolio

of spas with a programme of refurbishments and redesigns across the estate. Most recently, the Ban-

natyne Group has invested £300,000 on its spa facilities in Inverness, Scotland, and Chafford Hundred in Essex.

Brand extension for women-only Sanctuary spas By Sarah Todd

The women-only Sanctuary spa brand is to be extended with a series of 'High Street' day spas opening around the UK. The first in a series of the

High Street spas will open Cambridge's Grand Arcade this month, followed by Hill Rise in Richmond and then Bristol's Cabot Circus in Quaker's Friars. Each facility will offer five

treatment rooms, comprising three multi-purpose treatment

The first High Street site is to open this month in Cambridge

rooms and two Skin Spa/Medi treatment rooms. There will also be two Champagne nail

bar manicure stations as well as a further two mani/pedi stations in the spa area. A relaxation room and a skin diagnostic area with a skin cam- era complete the offering. Treatments will include some

of the most popular signature treatments from the Covent Garden menu as well as new elements such as lava shell massages. A medical spa element will also be offered, to include offering Botox, fillers, endermologies and IPL.

'Good beats' at spas a recipe for a healthy heart

Spas that offer personalised music choices to guests may be onto a winner, according to findings from the University of Maryland Medical Center in the US. A 2008 study led by cardiologist Dr Mike

Miller found that listening to your favourite music may be good for the heart. When study

participants listened to tunes that they knew made them feel good or joyful, the inner lining of their blood vessels expanded to increase blood flow. Most participants selected country music as their favourite and heavy metal as the opposite. (For more details, see p. Vision in Spa Business 10/2)

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