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December 2017
Your monthly peek into the spa industry with exclusive news, resources, tips, recipes and more!
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A Note from Ilana

The Holiday Spirit... One of the Outright Best Feelings in the World.

December has a way of waving its magic humanity wand over the world. It’s the joy of the holidays. I have always immensely loved this time of the year. There is this extreme feeling of joy and contentment within me and all my surroundings. Like they say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” I’m already humming the song in my head, and it feels amazing. The atmosphere just feels so genuine during the holidays with decorated homes, glorious bright lights, the scent of pine trees, the anticipation of Christmas (and Santa!), 8 brilliant Chanukah nights of glowing candles, the enthusiasm of gift giving and gift getting, and celebrations throughout the month that fill the air with excitement. You just can’t avoid the welcoming spirit of love and friendship and so many smiling faces!.
FSA 2018 Coming Your Way!!!


Get ready for an exciting 2018! Memberships are underway. Prepare for the most exciting and productive year ever! Hold onto your hats as we unfold new and unique opportunities for all to experience and enjoy!

We value your partnership with the FSA and plan 2018, a year that will be fruitful, exciting, and fun as we continue to aspire to be the most “resourceful platform” in connecting our Florida spas with our vendor members and creating valuable business opportunities, while building priceless relationships.

Spa Juice

On the Move


Cassandra Sessa, Spa Director, Trump National Doral, Miami

Cheers to Cassandra Sessa on her new position as Spa Director for Trump National Doral Miami in Doral Florida.  Cassandra starts the holiday season directing her spa team at this prominent and unique resort in the heart of South Florida.  Previously Cassandra held the position of Spa Director at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood.  A true professional in every sense, we know that Cassandra will excel in her new journey. 
Congratulations to Cassandra as we wish her luck and success! 


A warm welcome...


May Post,
Southeast Regional Manager, Babor

Let’s welcome May Post who recently joined the BABOR team as the Southeast Regional Manager. Babor is proud to announce that May will manage spa partners in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee. Previously working with L’Oréal as Business Development Manager for Kerastase/Shu Uemura, May managed luxury salons in Chicago and Indiana, as well as overseeing marketing, education, and sales. Her professional background is a sure bet for success and will be of value to the Babor team. We welcome May to Florida and wish her lots of luck!!


A writer is born

Shel Pink

Shel Pink, Founder, SpaRitual and Chief Creative Officer, Orly International

We are excited and honored to announce that Shel Pink has written her first book, SLOW BEAUTY, Rituals and Recipes to Nourish the Body and Feed the Soul, published by Running Press, and is now available on Amazon! Let’s support Shel’s pre-launch campaign and order a copy for yourself, your friends, and family. This book is the perfect holiday gift!! Let’s see what inspired Shel to write this book. Her story...


Catch Up with Amy!

Amy Retay

Amy Retay, Spa Director, The Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach

Our very own Amy opens up to American Spa with a little insight about her inner self! Check out the video.


Let’s get with Attila!

Attila Koronczay

Attila Koronczay, GM at Eminence Organic Skin Care

Getting to know Attila a little better when he lists is favorite “to-do’s” with American Spa.   Check it out!

Spa Spotlight
Jacquee Thompson

Jacquee Thompson, Spa Manager

SiSpa at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

Jacquee Thompson is the spa manager at SiSpa at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, the award-winning seaside sanctuary at the boutique-style resort. With a menu inspired by the natural beauty and healing powers of the ocean, SiSpa offers world-class wellness and pampering to resort guests and residents of Pompano Beach. She oversees operations for the 2,500-square-foot spa overlooking the Atlantic.
Vendor Highlight


For more than 30 years, Aromatherapy Associates has been specializing in wellness, mindfulness, and leading a balanced life. Our founders' vision has remained unchanged for a generation with a simple concept: sharing the power of essential oils and their incredible effects at a therapeutic level.

Past Event

Global Wellness Day Founder, Belgin Aksoy Berkin’s ‘GWD Kids Project’ Presentation at GWS, Miami

“One day can change your whole life!” That is the mission statement for Global Wellness Day, and what a better way than to start with our children. With the hopes of living in wellness, we bring opportunities to expose our children to a healthier lifestyle and better world. The new GWD kids projects that took place in Miami, on November 15th, were just the beginning of what we need to implement to spread well-being into our society.

With the passion, persistence, and drive initiated by Belgin Aksoy Berkin’s determination to spread wellness into our society, Global Wellness Day is now reaching out to the far ends of the world and making an impact in our industry and our society. I am honored to be an Ambassador for this movement, along with the Florida Spa Association and hope to drive this meaning to all our spas in Florida to get involved and participate in spreading the message about well-being to our community and especially to our children. This is our salvation!

Be sure to watch this amazing video to view how far we have come! Cheers to us!!

Wellness Features

Happier Holidays: 10 Ways to Increase Your Seasonal Joy


10 science hacks to increase happiness and decrease stress over the holidays

Fitness Feature

What Is the Feldenkrais Method & How Can It Help with Chronic Pain?

Fitness Feature

If you've ever dealt with chronic pain, you know that there are few things more frustrating than waking up day after day with the same ache, no matter how much physical therapy you're doing or how many yoga classes you're taking. Enter the Feldenkrais Method, a technique created by Israeli engineer Moshe Feldenkrais, designed to help you become more aware of how your body interacts with the world around it.

December Calendar
  • December12 -20th: Chanukah
  • December 25th: Christmas Day
FSA Foodie

Crudité Vegetable Wreath with Ranch Dip


Take your veggies and dip to the next level with this colorful crudité wreath. This vegetable appetizer is a stunner with white cauliflower, red tomatoes and green broccoli, green beans, snap peas, kale and Brussels sprouts. It's also a delicious way to start your celebration with veggies (which there are rarely enough of at parties and holidays). The homemade ranch dip, which uses nonfat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, takes just a few minutes to make, or you can use a healthy store-bought dip.

The Florida Spa Association
Mail  :  Info@FloridaSpaAssociation.com
Phone  :  (561) 413-5843
Florida Spa Association network of spa professionals is unified by the desire to promote Florida as the finest destination for wellness and beauty experiences in the country.
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