Day one of the International Spa conference kicked off with the enigmatic artist and presenter Erik Wahl. His energy and enthusiasm were infectious as he created works of art right on stage before our eyes. With a clear message to all of us to let our creativity flow in any way we can and to not be stifled by ‘right and wrong’ and the fear of making mistakes, the tone for the conference was set: CREATE: Bold Ideas, Lasting Impact.
The professional development session I attended on Tracking Technologies reinforced many points from the Global Spa and Wellness Summit last month. Celeste Hilling and panel discussed the fact that Technology is rapidly playing a big part in all consumers’ lives and we need to integrate new technology into our guest experience and retail purchasing experience to not be left out of the loop and replaced by other competing industries. The panel discussed the importance of Telomeres, vitamin D levels (which we should all have checked) and gut health.
The expo floor was a buzz of energy as the brands we know and love and newcomers to ISPA welcomed attendees to their booths. Lunch in the expo was accompanied by a beautiful fashion show dance showcasing the stylish spa uniforms of Noel Asmar.
In the afternoon I was fortunate enough to be able to experience a new facial treatment from Clarisonic. With their new Smart Profile hand held cleansing device and range of brushes and hydrating masks, my skin was revitalized for the rest of the day.
Product highlights from day one include:
Wrap up’s new collection of silky soft robes and beach cover up
Private Label Musc MP3 compilations
Mio Skincare’s new Liquid Yoga
June Jacobs’ beautiful new packaging design
Jane Iredale’s Gilded Collection
Comphy’s soft Pillow Cases