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Spas and the issue of race relations
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consider that our primary function as therapists is to make folks feel comfortable, determine what is best for their physical and mental wellbeing and then provide them with products for home use to continue the feel-good environment experienced at the spa. The majority of esthetic schools do not even teach how to care for ethnic skin. Thus begins the disenfranchisement of brown people (Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and bi-racial) in an industry that by its very nature is supposed to be empathetic and nurturing. More

Ancient foot massage technique may ease cancer symptoms
Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A study led by a Michigan State University researcher offers the strongest evidence yet that reflexology — a type of specialized foot massage practiced since the age of pharaohs — can help cancer patients manage their symptoms and perform daily tasks. More

11 weird fashion and beauty trends from around the world
Mental Floss    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you just don’t get the Oliver Twist-esque street urchin look that defines hipster fashion, or the weird, two-tone hair (it's called ombre!) that so many celebrities have, you’ll be downright mystified by these 11 trends from around the globe. More

Salon and spa industry hits lowest level in 4 quarters
Modern Salon    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After experiencing a modest increase in second quarter 2012, the Professional Beauty Association's Salon/Spa Performance Index fell to its lowest level in four quarters. The SSPI registered 101.9 in the third quarter of 2012, a 1 percent decline from second quarter 2012 and the same as third quarter 2011. Furthermore, the Current Situation Index fell 1.8 percent and the Expectations Index declined .2 percent versus second quarter 2012, respectively. More

New plastic 'skin' has self-healing properties
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Human skin is a special material: It needs to be flexible, so that it doesn't crack every time a user clenches his fist. It needs to be sensitive to stimuli like touch and pressure — which are measured as electrical signals, so it needs to conduct electricity. Crucially, if it's to survive the wear and tear it's put through every day, it needs to be able to repair itself. Now, researchers in California may have designed a synthetic version — a flexible, electrically conductive, self-healing polymer. More

A look at the best spa and rejuvenation vacation options in India
The Economic Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Given an individual's hectic lifestyle today, a spa therapy is no longer a luxury but a necessity. However, to feel truly refreshed, one has to move away from the maddening crowds and go on a vacation that revolves around rejuvenation, as opposed to a spa treatment when time permits. The best part is that you can now head to a location that suits your personality, needs and taste in India itself. When you return, you'll have people guessing the reason for the new found calmness to your demeanor. More

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 Business Briefs

The best states for women-owned businesses
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In general, America is a terrific place for women to launch a business. However, some locations are better than others. According to the recently released State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, the states with the fastest growth in the number of women-owned businesses since 1997 are Georgia (98 percent), Nevada (88 percent), and Mississippi (77 percent). More

Infographic: Why a local economy's strength is critical to small business success
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new Bank of America survey underscores just how important the local community is to small businesses. The survey shows that the majority of small business's customers come from the community in which their business is based. The survey of 1,003 small business owners in the U.S. was conducted by Braun Research in September and October. More

 Marketing 101

Is Instagram on the Web worth it for your business?
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Popular photo-sharing app Instagram is becoming more business friendly. In addition to its iOS and Android app, the San Francisco-based image editing and sharing service has added an online tool called Instagram Profiles on the Web. It allows users to display and share photos on mobile phones as well as traditional Web pages. More

5 things your website should do
Small Business Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Your website is the face of your business on the Web. It's what greets your customers when they decide to check you out or get more information. It conveys your message, shows them what you're about, and is often their first point of contact with your brand. So are you using your site effectively? Or are you giving off a tone and impression you may not even be aware of? More

 Teaching Tips

37 ways teachers can use Pinterest in the classroom
Teach Thought    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the newest and best of these online tools is Pinterest, which has quickly become a favorite among educators. Using online "pinboards" teachers can save everything from photos to blog posts in one easily accessible and usable place. Educators who are curious about Pinterest should sign up for an invitation (it's still invite only, but it doesn't take long to get an invitation) and start creating their own amazing collections of pins. Not sure where to start? Check out some of these great ideas on how teachers can use Pinterest. More

Economy affects students' academic performance as well as spending decisions
The Chronicle of Higher Education    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This year's National Survey of Student Engagement reveals that more than a third of seniors and more than a quarter of freshmen did not purchase required academic materials because of the cost. Roughly equal shares, around 60 percent, said they worried about having enough money for day-to-day expenses. And 36 percent of freshmen and 32 percent of seniors reported that financial concerns had interfered with their academic performance. More

 Tuesday 'Toon

 Spa Clinicals

Effects of foot reflexology on fatigue, sleep and pain
Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing via PubMed    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of foot reflexology on fatigue, sleep and pain.

A systematic review and meta-analysis were conducted. Electronic database and manual searches were conducted on all published studies reporting the effects of foot reflexology on fatigue, sleep, and pain. Forty four studies were eligible including 15 studies associated with fatigue, 18 with sleep, and 11 with pain. The effects of foot reflexology were analyzed using Comprehensive Meta-Analysis Version 2.0. The homogeneity and the fail-safe N were calculated. Moreover, a funnel plot was used to assess publication bias.

The effects on fatigue, sleep, and pain were not homogeneous and ranged from 0.63 to 5.29, 0.01 to 3.22, and 0.43 to 2.67, respectively. The weighted averages for fatigue, sleep, and pain were 1.43, 1.19, and 1.35, respectively. No publication bias was detected as evaluated by fail-safe N. Foot reflexology had a larger effect on fatigue and sleep and a smaller effect on pain.

This meta-analysis indicates that foot reflexology is a useful nursing intervention to relieve fatigue and to promote sleep. Further studies are needed to evaluate the effects of foot reflexology on outcome variables other than fatigue, sleep and pain.

 COA-Approved Continuing Education

Manual lymphatic massage — a must-have component of facial procedure education
Presented by Natalia Doran    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The lymphatic system was briefly mentioned by Hippocrates as early as the fifth century BC, this part of the human anatomy has remained a scientific enigma well into the twentieth century. This presentation will explain the anatomy and components of lymphatic system as well as the benefits and appropriate usage of lymphatic massage during facial procedures.

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

  • Explain the anatomical systems affected by facial massage
  • Evaluate the benefits of manual massage
  • Discuss the components of proper technique
  • Identify appropriate use of massage during facial procedures

    To begin the webinar, click here.

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  •  Political Advocacy Position

    Laser & light therapy position
    NCEA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It is the position of the NCEA that:

  • Skin care professionals shall be permitted to use FDA approved energy-based devices & therapies for esthetic procedures
  • Such use shall be within their scope of practice as defined by the regulations of individual states, where such regulations exist
  • Skin care professionals shall meet the training requirements for the use of such devices as defined by their individual licensing board or other regulatory agency

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

    Download complimentary powerpoint entitled, "Advocating for your Profession."
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    Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.

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