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Sensory Soakings

Sensory Soakings

I just returned home from teaching for two weeks in my my favorite venue - Hot Springs, North Carolina. I love the mountains, the shades of green and, at this time of year, the brilliant shades of autumn - orange, red, yellow - all perfect in autumn’s glorious beauty....

A Week in the Life of an ASTECC Therapist

A Week in the Life of an ASTECC Therapist

Why do I love what I do?  It’s fascinating, I can never get bored and I love seeing results… So just to give you a breakdown of my current case load… Middle aged woman: A fractured wrist with restricted range of motion, still suffering from nagging pain and discomfort...

E.O. & YOUR ESSENTIAL SELF…..

E.O. & YOUR ESSENTIAL SELF…..

Nowadays it seems as if everyone is jumping onto the ‘essential oil’ bandwagon. From my next door neighbor, to my hairdresser to nutritionists and multi level marketers…E.O. is big business. While it’s probably a good thing I am a little concerned we’re paying little...

Dear Universe,

Dear Universe,

I am so filled with gratitude. Thank you, thank you. On a particularly difficult morning in which I was wrestling with the business side of MLD, I was reminded of the real purpose of my work. I returned home from a gratifying hands-on session with an elderly client...

A Time for Change

A Time for Change

It has been over a year since I launched Earth Matters Apothecary and all is going well. The line has been picked up by a few Spas and I’m really enjoying he online aspect. It has given me the opportunity to meet and correspond with lots of people who, like us, are...

Reflections

Reflections

As another year draws to a close it is time to reflect and once again I find myself dwelling on the profession in which I have spent my adult life. Over the years I have respectfully and proudly used the word ‘Spa’. I respect ‘Spa’s teachings, its heritage and...

Outside The Box… Since 1995.

Outside The Box… Since 1995.

Not long ago I had the opportunity to speak to a group of Spa owners and their managers. Before beginning my talk I asked them what ‘Spa’ meant to them and the words ‘indulgent', ‘pampering', ‘luxury', ‘beauty', ‘cosmetic' and ‘product’ filled the room. Not one person...

It Takes Your Breath Away

It Takes Your Breath Away

As I navigated a challenging mountainous  incline outside of the Montage Deer Valley Resort I found myself struggling for breath.  Back home in Florida I was doing a few miles on the treadmill each morning but this jaunt, at an elevation of 8600 feet, was a very...

Dr. Vodder’s MLD: A Commitment to Excellence

Dr. Vodder’s MLD: A Commitment to Excellence

Anne with Prof Hildegard Wittlinger and Robert Harris at annual teacher review. It has been 20 years since I certified as an instructor for the Dr. Vodder School and over the years I’ve had numerous therapists ask me why they should train with the Vodder School as...

On the Road to Wellness

On the Road to Wellness

Recently, it's been a whirlwind. Today I’m in Deer Valley doing a Thermastone training with ASTECC teacher-in-training, Ashley Jo. Last week I was in Naples, Florida teaching Dr. Vodder’s Basic Body program to a group of therapists associated with the Ritz. Week...

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

We’re excited! Our website has a new look. Check it out here and let us know what you think. The re-do was prompted, in part, by ASTECC Board Members who suggested it was time we share a clearer and more specific message - mmm.. What did they mean??? A lot of the work...

Bathing: The He(art) of Spa

I just returned home after a four week jaunt across Europe - a mix of work and pleasure: Reviewed with the Vodder School, reconnected with family, and managed a few long walks along North England’s wind swept Sewerby’s Cliffs to Flamborough Head. Wild and beautiful...

MLD – The Legacy of Emil Vodder

MLD – The Legacy of Emil Vodder

I’m currently sitting in the train station at Kufstein, Austria having just attended the International Lymphatic Drainage Conference and the annual Vodder School teacher meeting. I feel good. I feel fortunate. At the teacher meeting I was joined by 32 instructors from...

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

MLD (Manual Lymph Drainage) captured my interest the moment I was introduced to the lymphatic system as a college student. In listening to my instructor’s lecture I was immediately fascinated.

650 Unusually Happy People

650 Unusually Happy People

We’re looking forward to hosting a couple of trainings in Hot Springs this coming May. Located in Western North Carolina, just 45 minutes from Asheville (a very hip town), Hot Springs is a thriving metropolis of 650.

Aloha!

Aloha!

Spent the past week training at the beautiful Spa Montage at Kapula Bay in Maui. A great group of therapists and the engaging, hospitable Spa Director Leila Storey made the trip a real pleasure.

Musings & Appreciation At Graduation

After two hundred sixty four classroom hours, 11 components, homework, case studies, practical and written exams, they crossed the proverbial finish line. They had earned ASTECC certification.

Spa Wisdom for A Happy Holiday

Spa Wisdom for A Happy Holiday

As the year winds down and as we prepare for the new one, keep in mind the Seven Timeless Truths of Spa. Reflect on them as you create your own healthy New Year’s resolutions.

Spa Training To The Next Level

Spa Training To The Next Level

ASTECC (Advanced Spa Therapies Education & Certification Council) spa therapists are among the best trained in the world. Receiving 90% more hours of training than most massage therapists.

Spa’s Best-Kept Secret

The practice of heating the body in a sauna or sweat lodge and then jumping into a cold stream or snow drift may be as old as the use of fire, but the first civilization to institutionalize the hot and cold water bathing practice of the modern spa was probably the...

Sharing & Caring with Deborah DeAngelis: An MLD Success Story

Sharing & Caring with Deborah DeAngelis: An MLD Success Story

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Deborah De Angelis regarding the transformation of her private practice in Providence, Rhode Island. A self employed LMT, Deborah certified as a Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymphatic Drainage Spa Wellness practitioner earlier this...

MLD: Coming of Age

MLD: Coming of Age

Just completed a 2 day SBW MLD Review a few weeks ago. In addition to practice, case studies and  reviewing theory we talked about marketing and the discussion apparently bore some fruit. See comments from some of the therapists below. “....in talking with her I told...

No Regrets

ASTECC Board member Kristi Dickinson reflects on her decision to resign as a Spa Director and to follow her bliss I recently read a social media post that listed the top regrets of the dying. Among them was: I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. I wish I had let myself be...

Spa, Wellness & a NY Times State of Mind

Anne’s thoughts on a New York Times article plus the virtues of a Cold Sheet Wrap. Hmmmm. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about a couple of emails that just showed up. One was a link to a NY Times article “Destination Wellness". It chronicled a writer’s search...

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