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Organic beauty: Hip or just for hippies?
GCI Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We've all heard objections before about organics. To be honest, most of these comments, at one time or another, were probably valid. However, a closer look reveals it's a new day in the world of organic beauty, and progressive brands and retail merchants are starting to innovate and differentiate their product offerings by featuring certified organic beauty products in their assortments. More

5 promising spa treatments for sensitive skin care
Skincare-News.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's nothing like relaxing at the spa while enjoying a treatment to help you look and feel better. But for those with sensitive skin, a negative reaction to a beauty treatment — like rash or hives — can be a harsh price to pay for that TLC. Make sure your spa experience is soothing for your mind and body with this guide to five spa treatments that are safe for sensitive skin. Plus, learn about affordable, easy alternatives for pampering at home. More

Spa and the issue of race relations
Ethnic Skin Aficionado    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There exists in our country a serious divide — we are scared to talk to each other. So how does this impact the spa industry? Consider that our primary function as therapists is to make folks feel comfortable, determine what is best for their physical and mental well-being and then provide them with products for home use to continue the feel good environment experienced at the spa. As workers our goal is to build a client base and sell products which generate revenue. More

Study: Looking old could mean heart trouble
ABC via AOL    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief A new study found that it actually really does matter what you look like. "Good Morning America" explains people are 57 percent more likely to have a heart attack if they have three of the following four signs of aging: baldness, a receding hairline, earlobe creases, or fatty deposits around the eyes. HLN reports the study made its debut at a session of the American Heart Association. More

Beauty and the beasts
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Under federal law, the term "personal care products" is divided into "cosmetics" and "drugs." The Food and Drug Administration regulates drugs, but cosmetics including skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, nail polish, makeup, shampoo, hair color, toothpaste and deodorant are not currently subject to FDA approval before reaching the market. However, cosmetic companies do have a legal responsibility for the safety of their products. More

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 Business Briefs


The fiscal cliff explainer: What it is, where it's from, who will pay, and why it matters
The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The end of the election means the most important story in politics is the Fiscal Cliff — a sudden rise in taxes combined with spending cuts scheduled for Jan. 1. But before we get to the policy — and the graphs — let's talk about the term. "Cliff" is an imperfect analogy. It's really more a long, rolling hill. A fiscal slope. Whether you prefer cliffs or loping hillsides for your metaphor, topography is a good analogy for this crisis. It has been forming, as if tectonically, for many years. More

12 surprising signs you could be an entrepreneur
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Don't believe everything others say about you or how they label you. Maybe your supposed liabilities are really your assets. Here are 12 signs many people might consider a liability, but which can actually be indications that you are meant to be an entrepreneur. More

 Marketing 101


11 social media mistakes you don't even know you're making
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Spotting the mistakes of others is easy: The cringe-inducing Facebook status message. The ill-advised "after hours" tweet. Using Foursquare to check-in at an establishment of questionable repute. While social media provides a multitude of opportunities, the flip side is indelicate revelations are always just a click away. We know you would never do that. But there are other social media blunders that are far less egregious you might be committing. More

How online reviews make (or break) your business
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Do online reviews really make a difference? Let's skip right to the punch line here, with an emphatic yes. Consumers absolutely use reviews as part of their online research efforts — and the quality of the reviews materially impacts businesses. So how can you evaluate what's being said about you? Online reviews can generally be categorized in several ways. More



 Teaching Tips


5 competencies for culturally competent teaching and learning
Faculty Focus    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Today's classrooms require that instructors possess competencies for teaching all students. Robust instructional strategies and culturally sensitive curricula are critical, but more important is an instructor who is sensitive and responsive to the unique differences of each student. Recognizing the need to strengthen specific competencies to reach and teach all students requires an understanding of new ideas and a willingness to view instruction through varied cultural lenses. More

The basic audience and benefits of online learning
TeachThought    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the past, getting new job skills meant attending a college or university in pursuit of a diploma or degree, or perhaps taking courses for a certificate in a vocational occupation. Technology, in the form of online learning, has removed the need for physical attendance. Now, with more and more brick-and-mortar colleges and universities joining the independent schools online and offering a wide variety of courses and learning options, online learning has become more accessible than ever. More

 Tuesday 'Toon



 Spa Clinicals


Clinical group supervision in yoga therapy: Model effects and lessons learned
International Journal of Yoga Therapy via PubMed    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Clinical supervision is an integral component of therapist training and professional development because of its capacity for fostering knowledge, self-awareness, and clinical acumen. Individual supervision is part of many yoga therapy training programs and is referenced in the IAYT Standards as "mentoring." Group supervision is not typically used in the training of yoga therapists. We propose that group supervision effectively supports the growth and development of yoga therapists-in-training. We present a model of group supervision for yoga therapist trainees developed by the New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics (The NESIYT Model) that includes the background, structure, format, and development of our inaugural 18-month supervision group.

Pre-and post-supervision surveys and analyzed case notes, which captured key didactic and process themes, are discussed. Clinical issues, such as boundaries, performance anxiety, sense of self efficacy, the therapeutic alliance, transference and counter transference, pacing of yoga therapy sessions, evaluation of client progress, and adjunct therapist interaction are reviewed. The timing and sequence of didactic and process themes and benefits for yoga therapist trainees' professional development, are discussed. The NESIYT group supervision model is offered as an effective blueprint for yoga therapy training programs.


 COA-Approved Continuing Education


Updating your curriculum to reflect the needs of estheticians in their job tasks
Presented by Sherry D. Davis, M.Ed    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This presentation will help you as the educator/facilitator to update your curriculum that meet the needs to the job task analysis of estheticians to make them marketable in today’s industry. State regulations may not reflect more than a 600 hour licensing program, but you can enhance your existing program through beefing up your curriculum and adding an advanced program to your school.

At the conclusion of the presentation the teacher will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the NCEA’s 600 & 1200 job task analysis
  • Examine and evaluate your school’s vision & direction
  • Identify curriculum requirements and needs of school

    To begin the webinar, click here.

    Download the registration form right here.

    View other COA-approved CE webinars.


  •  Political Advocacy Position


    Microdermabrasion Position
    NCEA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It is the position of the NCEA that:

  • Microdermabrasion devices should be used by estheticians.
  • In addition to manufacturer supplied, device specific education, estheticians shall complete a course of study equivalent to that recommended by the NCEA.
  • If estheticians wish to use microdermabrasion devices they should take the necessary licensing education to include theoretical and practical application as part of their core curriculum or as continuing education modules.

    Disclaimer: The NCEA recommends that estheticians abide by federal, state and local regulations.

    Download complimentary powerpoint entitled, "Advocating for your Profession."


  •  Quotable Quote

    A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

    — Maya Angelou



     

                     
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