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The Spa & Wellness Center Opens at The Blake at Taos Ski Valley

WTS International (WTS), the spa, fitness, lifestyle consultancy and management firm, is celebrating the opening of the Spa and Wellness Center at The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, for which it provided design consulting, pre-opening services and now daily management services.

Taos Ski Valley Resort was founded by German skiing pioneer, Ernie Blake, in 1955 and was influenced by Native American culture and Spanish Colonial history. Recognizing the importance of respecting these cultures, WTS collaborated with the hotel design team to incorporate elements of local Pueblo and Navajo tribes’ identities into the new spa’s design and layout.

The property showcases a collection of original art to give a true gallery feel, while original Pueblo pottery is on display in the relaxation lounge.

Mary Lynn Mellinger, Director of Planning and Design at WTS International, said: “There’s a real sense of place at the resort. We were tasked with making suggestions for ways of integrating the rich history of the region into the look and feel of the spa and wellness center. The spa menu’s services and treatments also draw on these traditional influences.”

The spa has four treatment rooms with one functioning as a couples’ room, and a relaxation space and mixed quiet room with a water feature.

An express treatment area offers chair massage sessions for guests who need immediate support after coming off the slopes.

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Innovative treatments developed for the spa include the Intentional Aromatherapy Massage, during which guests are invited to the aroma design bar where they work with an alchemista to create a custom blend of aromatherapy oils for use during the massage.

The choice comes from the finest organic- and therapeutic-grade essential oils from Body Bliss.

The spa also offers the Earth Elements massage during which hand-carved, organic salt stones, are warmed and incorporated into the massage experience to elevate it to another level.

The Earth Elements massage was developed in partnership with Saltability.

Steven Rose, Director of Hospitality at Taos Ski Valley said: “We’re delighted to have WTS International as a collaborative partner at The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, helping us develop our wellness programming, spa treatments, products and amenities.

“The design and feel of the spa is intended to honor and recognize the many cultures that make this region unique,” added Rose.

The fitness center provides equipment to suit guests who come to the region all year round. It also includes specific pieces of equipment designed for skiers’ needs.

Susan Shanmugham, Project Designer for fitness at WTS explained: “At this facility there will be a focus on recovery, to help skiers get back to optimal performance. For example, we’ve included Normatec Pulse Recovery Systems, which are dynamic compression devices to target the muscles which skiers use and to cater for guests who are looking for additional recovery after a day on the slopes.”

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Other key pieces of equipment in the fitness center include a SkiErg, an upright machine which mimics the motion of cross-country skiing and helps build strength and endurance by working the entire body in a rhythmic motion.

EAST-related spa treatments focus on cooling and rehydration, such as the Sole Renewal, while EAST fitness programs revolve around recovery clinics for the mountain sport enthusiast.

The SOUTH is associated with water and purification, with treatments such as Yoga and The Blake Signature Massage, while the WEST is connected to fire and is the most energetic of the directions, with spa treatments and fitness programs which build vitality and energy, such as the Peloton bike workout and the hot salt stone massage.

At the heart of all treatments is the Golden Center, which nourishes and supports the other directions and represents a state of optimum balance. Spa treatments and fitness programs focus on balancing the body’s energies and include small group circuit training and sports massage.

Andrea Dubois, Senior Project Designer for spa at WTS, concluded: “We want guests to sample a piece of Native American culture, even if it’s a ritual incorporated into a treatment. Local customs are very focused on the spiritual world and healing. We want guests who come to the spa and fitness center to experience that healing process.”

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact us at info@wtsinternational.com.

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WTS International Builds on Success of 2016 for an Exceptional 2017

WTS International (WTS), the spa, fitness and lifestyle consultancy and management firm, is reporting a strong forecast for 2017, following a record year in 2016.

Last year was an exceptionally busy one for WTS and saw the firm expand its position as a global leader in the industry, with the delivery of 80 design projects and 22 new spa, wellness, fitness and corporate fitness openings around the world.

Commenting, WTS COO Frank Guengerich said: “Last year we exceeded all our own expectations in terms of design, performance and operations, and the 2017 project pipeline is looking even more robust.”

With some 2,500 members of staff worldwide, a corporate team of 65 employees and an executive committee of 20 people, WTS operates in over 30 countries and currently manages over 100 sites worldwide. It’s currently overseeing design projects in locations as diverse as Dubai, Switzerland, America and India.

With every project, WTS spends time consulting with clients to fully evaluate their needs, ensuring plans are firmly based on the company’s principles of excellence in both service and performance standards. Innovation is a key priority, as Guengerich says: “We approach every project with the aim of being relevant and cutting edge.”

Of the many projects in the pipeline for 2017, Oceana Bal Harbour, Florida, a condominium paradise with unobstructed views of the South Florida beaches, is significant for being the first building in the area to be LEED certified. WTS will manage the on-site spa and fitness facility, ensuring a five-star service to residents and guests.

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The spa and fitness facility at the brand new MGM National Harbor luxury resort on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland features a full-service spa and salon with men’s Barber Lounge and fitness centre. WTS designed the spa concept and handled all the pre-opening and ongoing management.

WTS will also provide ongoing consulting services for the destination and day spa within Trump International Hotel Washington, DC and the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Vancouver, where guests can benefit from signature treatments, as well as full lifestyle programmes. WTS has been involved in the development of the new spa concept for Trump Hotels, and has provided design consulting services throughout the development of both properties.

Other new openings for 2017 include VERDURE, a luxury wellness facility in Amarillo, Texas, for which WTS provided design review services, including operational feasibility, interior design review, equipment sourcing and layout, together with pre-opening services such as finance reviews, staffing, organisation and training, and program development, plus on-going management.

All aspects of the facility’s operations, from its luxurious amenities, exercise equipment and resort-style pools, to its personal training services and world-class spa treatments, are designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing with an uncompromising commitment to service.

The development is also intended to serve as a selling point for prospective residents and a value enhancement for current residents.

Building on over 40 years of spa, leisure and lifestyle consulting and management experience, WTS’s mission is to provide exceptional services to clients, and 2017 will be no exception.

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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WTS Develops New Lifestyle Brand for YOO on the Park

Washington, DC—WTS International (WTS), the spa, fitness and lifestyle consultancy and management firm, has announced its collaboration with The Trillist Companies, Inc., the Atlanta-based development company, to design The Art of Living, a new lifestyle brand.

The Art of Living brand will officially be launched later this year at YOO on the Park, a new luxury apartment complex in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, US.

At the core of the new brand is WTS’s concept for creating an environment that stimulates the senses and inspires community wellness, improving the quality of life for residents of Trillist’s YOO branded apartments, through unique, luxurious and sophisticated design.

The Art of Living is about enhancing the lifestyle of residents who want to live better and smarter, giving them access to the things that bring meaning and balance to their lives, translated into exclusive services and offerings.

This is delivered at YOO on the Park by concierge services and a lifestyle director who connects residents with enriching experiences, such as local cultural events and fitness programmes.

Reward programmes tailored to include local merchants and restaurants mutually benefit both residents and the neighbourhoods in which they live.

The Art of Living experience will also be delivered through personal touches, such as providing a cup or two of a resident’s favourite coffee or tea and having it waiting for them every morning.

WTS President Gary Henkin said: “The high-end residential real estate market is fiercely competitive and developers know that if they want to move their investments quickly, they need to add something special to the mix. The Art of Living is just that – a new concept which will deliver the highest level of lifestyle and luxury to residents, to ensure the success of YOO on the Park.”

Located adjacent to Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, YOO on the Park combines the expertise of Trillist with design visionaries YOO Studio, which was founded in 1999 by property entrepreneur John Hitchcox and world-renowned designer Philippe Starck.

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The apartment complex is conceived as an extension of Piedmont Park, reflecting its greenery with a six-storey living green wall – North America’s largest – on the building’s exterior façade. This will be illuminated at night, creating a new landmark for residents and the wider community.

The building combines luxury imported finishes from Italy, Germany and Portugal with inventive design and state-of-the-art technology.

The YOO brand is all about designing the unexpected and at YOO on the Park, signature design elements that raise a smile combined with Trillist’s next-generation technology provides innovative lifestyle amenities to residents.

WTS International’s Corporate Operations Director, Roberta Kruse-Fordham, has collaborated with Scott Greenfield, Director of Development Services and Scott Leventhal, President and CEO of Trillist, at every stage of developing the lifestyle programming and concierge services, to ensure The Art of Living brand is delivered consistently throughout.

The result is a luxurious, ultra-modern environment where residents can escape from the outside world and enjoy high quality time with their families and friends. Communal spaces – from the distinctively designed billiards room to the controlled music zones and the theatre – are designed to encourage residents to relax and socialise with their neighbours.

Kruse-Fordham said: “The YOO on the Park project has been unique, exciting and fun. WTS, in collaboration with Trillist, has put a new definition on luxury vertical living and what residents can expect.

Lifestyle and concierge directors will offer a vast, varied menu of options to engage YOO on the Park residents. They will find themselves sipping signature cocktails at YOO on the Park socials, attending personalised fitness sessions in Piedmont Park and having VIP access to cultural happenings.

Residents’ canine friends are also taken into account, with their own signature Pet Respite for bathing and grooming.”

A 24-hour, fully-equipped fitness centre includes an outdoor exercise terrace and yoga area. A variety of classes, ranging from yoga to high intensity interval training, are offered on and off-site, as well as small group training and personal training.

“Brilliantly planned amenities, signature programming and responsive concierge services are designed to make every day satisfying and rewarding for residents of this innovative rental community.

WTS International is committed to helping YOO on the Park residents discover and express their own version of The Art of Living. WTS International signature programmes and events will enable residents to explore their community and beyond, engage positively with neighbours and enjoy all that Midtown Atlanta has to offer,” said Kruse-Fordham.

Residents are expected to start moving in from January 2017. Yoo on the Park is located at 207 13th Street, between Juniper Street and Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. The 25-storey building contains 245 luxury apartments.

Editors’ notes:

Technology
Together with the bold design, a host of innovative lifestyle amenities add value to The Art of LivingSM Brand. Stakeholders have partnered with industry-leading technology providers including Nest Thermostats, Hotwire Communications and Google Fiber to bring next-generation technology to residents at YOO on the Park.

Amenities
YOO on the Park’s public spaces will feature the latest technology and amenities. Residents will be able to play golf in the complex’s indoor golf simulator; iPad Minis will serve as hubs for both TV and Pandora radio; and a resident conference center will offer a large format television, complete with teleconference hardware, allowing residents to speak with colleagues and friends in a professional and private setting.

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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Hotel Business Design: WTS International’s Concepts are Based on Meaningful Experiences

We’re thrilled to share a feature in Hotel Business Design that showcases WTS International’s spa branding and design work for Cachet Hotels.

“After WTS International delivered a completed concept presentation, the Hong Kong-based hospitality company approved the spa brand, called cSPA. It will be developed at Cachet Deluxe’s properties throughout Greater China, Southeast Asia and the Americas. The first cSPAs will debut in Bangkok and Hangzhou, China. Designed for the affluent spa connoisseur, the cSPA concept will be rolled out worldwide following openings in Asia.”

“As WTS sought to find the right notes to hit to make this brand sing and stand out from the others, we knew it was important to truly look at Cachet Hotel Group’s target market and make it our goal to craft the experience around their expectations of luxury,” said Dubois. “In the end, it became clear that, for these guests, thoughtful luxury wasn’t about opulence, but about rich and meaningful experiences.”

Environmentally friendly features are being integrated, based on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. “Cachet Hotel Group has made it clear that each project will be planned with the conscious selection of locally-produced materials, energy-saving lighting methods and more easily maintainable finishings as the means by which each will contribute to the well-being of the environment,” said Dubois.”

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Hotel Saranac Introduces Ampersand, a Luxury Spa, Salon and Fitness Center

WTS International (WTS) is thrilled to announce its newest client, the renovated Hotel Saranac on Saranac Lake, New York.

The renovated Hotel Saranac will be a social hub for the residents of Saranac Lake and an elegant base for visitors exploring the Adirondacks. That’s what makes Ampersand, the hotel’s newly introduced spa, so fitting.

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Hotel Saranac

Roedel Companies have partnered with WTS International to create a full service spa, salon and fitness center that will pamper guests staying at the Hotel Saranac as well as residents of the village. Whether it is getting a pedicure/manicure, a full body massage or a haircut in the barber’s chair, Ampersand’s amenities are just right for everything from a special occasion to the daily lifestyles of people in the region.

Ampersand takes its name from the nearby mountain popular with hikers, and its décor reflects that spirit of exploring the Adirondacks. The signature scents and treatments will include indigenous ingredients – pine, birch, maple – and reflect the true outdoor flavor of the region.

Mary Pilch Simpkins, Marketing and Communications Manager for WTS International, explained that Ampersand will be located within the historic retail arcade that makes up the hotel’s ground floor. “Upon completion, there will be a rustic elegance to the spa,” says Simpkins. “It’s very much about the outdoor enthusiast. Ampersand is meant to be a place to recharge and renew for the next day’s adventure.”

WTS International has over four decades of experience providing consulting and management services for over 300 spas, fitness/wellness centers, and leisure and lifestyle facilities worldwide.

From aroma therapy to skin treatments to full hair and makeup, Ampersand will be a place for people to come and feel revitalized. There’s a steam bath, experience shower and a series of massage rooms, including one for couples treatments. There will be a private room for group events that connects to the spa and has a food and beverage option for those special days shared by family and friends.

“The whole idea of this project is to restore the Hotel Saranac as the grand hotel of Saranac Lake. Ampersand is one more way we are doing that,” says Fred B. Roedel III, managing member of the Roedel Companies. “The spa will provide a place for hotel guests and the local community to relax and celebrate all that the Adirondacks have to offer.”

About Roedel Companies:
The Roedel Companies have 45 years of experience developing, constructing, managing and designing hotels. They own and operate nationally branded hotels throughout the eastern United States, including a growing portfolio of nationally branded and independent hotels such as Hilton Garden Inns, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites, Holiday Inns, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, La Quinta Inns & Suites and Courtyard by Marriott.

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Pilch Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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WTS Wins 2015 ISPA Innovation Award

WTS International (WTS), the global spa consultancy and contract operator, has recently been named the recipient of a ISPA 2015 Innovative Award for Experience by the International SPA Association (ISPA).

The ISPA Innovative Awards celebrate ISPA members with creative solutions that were implemented in the last year. This year garnered the most submissions since the inception of the award. Voting by the ISPA membership determined the winners.

WTS submitted the creation and implementation of the “living wall” at Spa Evangeline, located at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, FL, Autograph Collection of Marriott International. Susie Hammer, WTS Vice President of Spa, said, “Our goal was to create a unique spa and culinary experience for guests given the theme of the food-focused Epicurean Hotel. A “living wall” of herbs, creating fresh air and fresh treatment ingredients, seemed like the perfect Chef-to-Treatment solution.”

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Spa Evangeline’s “Living Wall”

WTS and Spa Evangeline selected FarmHouse Fresh, a Texan food-based skincare company, whose products are 99.5% natural, to assist in the development of the “living wall” treatment protocols. This allows guests the opportunity to work with a spa sommelier to create custom products picked from fresh herbs for use in their treatment.

“Innovation is the driving force behind growth in the spa industry,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “Recognizing the innovation that is occurring within ISPA’s membership will encourage and inspire future ideas.”

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Pilch Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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WTS International Commissioned to Create New Luxury Spas for Cachet Hotel Group

WTS International is thrilled to announce its appointment to create a new spa concept for the Cachet Hotel Group in Asia.

The new brand will be called cSPA and developed at Cachet’s properties throughout greater China, Southeast Asia and the Americas. The first cSPAs will debut in Bangkok, Thailand and Hangzhou, China.

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cSPA Concept Images

The exclusive cSPA concept will be designed for the affluent spa connoisseur and will be rolled out worldwide following the openings in Asia.

The spas will be modern, innovative, sophisticated and will also draw on the values of the Cachet Hotel Group brand, which is designed around elegant, chic and exclusive spaces. Each spa will have a unique sense of place. Environmental features are being integrated into the design, based on LEED Standards.

In bidding for the project, WTS utilized its successful concept development process, starting with a research and data-gathering phase, followed by a concept development phase, then finally delivering a completed concept presentation to the client.

Yvonne Choi, Chief Marketing Officer at Cachet Hotel Group, said: “We think WTS’ innovative health, beauty and wellness experience is complementary to Cachet. Both companies are known for their commitment to lifestyle, service, innovation and design. Both of our customers have similar demographic and psychographic profiles. We look forward to partnering with WTS to scale this concept quickly and to establish a global footprint throughout Asia and the Americas.”

Gary Henkin, President and CEO of WTS International, said: “Our robust approach to concept development has led to the creation of a spa design which will exceed the expectations of Cachet’s discerning customers. It also has the flexibility to deliver a sense of place for local markets, while still enabling Cachet to deploy the concept globally to ensure consistency across its portfolio. Finding this balance was one of the aims at the heart of the concept development process.”

The spa design and ethos aim to inspire Cachet’s clientele to live a healthy, vibrant lifestyle by utilizing its bespoke services, tech-driven influence and exquisite service.

Andrea Dubois, Senior Project Designer at WTS, who led the project, said: “We share Cachet’s commitment to delivering an exemplary guest experience in an environment where people feel at ease, while enjoying culturally-inspired, world class treatments. Finding this balance creates an experience that is both engaging and immersive.”

The concept envisages a modern spa palace with intuitive service and captivating luxury expressed in the context of the local culture. Design will be defined by clean lines and well-appointed treatment beds. The color palette of the spas will incorporate deep grey blue, brown and a touch of gold with other accent colors counterpointed with black. The materials and textures within cSPA spaces will include large textured stone panels, with reflective- and matt-finished brass and bronze, combined with wood and glass.

Choi concluded: “cSPA as a brand will be immersive, bringing unforgettable beauty and wellness experiences to our guests and most of all, our cSPA guests will have fun!”

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Pilch at mpilch@wtsinternational.com.

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WTS International Supports Global Wellness Day

WTS International, the global spa consultancy and management firm, is thrilled to announce its support of Global Wellness Day on June 13th.

Global Wellness Day is a campaign which aims to promote healthy lifestyles. Events are held on the second Saturday in June each year to give members of the public a taste of what spas and wellness centers have to offer and to encourage them to make healthier lifestyle choices.

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WTS Participates in Global Wellness Day

WTS has developed a special program of events for clients in conjunction with Global Wellness Day’s International Coordinator, Jean-Guy de Gabriac. These include special fitness classes, healthy meals and drinks, meditation, workshops and free mini spa services in over 20 WTS-managed properties.

WTS is also running a wellness-related event for its corporate employees, their families and friends on Global Wellness Day, with a 5km walk or run and a celebratory meal in Washington DC.

de Gabriac said: “I’m delighted the WTS team is going to take part in Global Wellness Day in such a wholehearted way, as it’s totally aligned with the WTS philosophy of “Building better Lifestyles” – not just on June 13, but 365 days a year. I’m thrilled so many top-notch properties managed by WTS International are on board,” he continued.

WTS Spas taking part in Global Wellness Day are listed below.

“Global Wellness Day will start at sunrise with beach yoga in Fiji and when the day finishes at sunset in Hawaii, celebrations will have been held in 70 countries and covered all time zones.”

Susie Hammer WTS International’s Vice President of Spa commented: “As a leader in both the spa and fitness industries, everything that we do revolves around wellness. As an international firm, we believe it’s important to embrace Global Wellness Day and set an example for our employees, members, clients and the guests who visit our facilities around the world.”

WTS President and Founder, Gary Henkin, said, “We strive to provide our guests, clients and members not only with a wellness experience but also with knowledge to take home with them so they can incorporate wellness into their daily lives. Global Wellness Day reflects that very philosophy. We’ve invited clients and on-site managers to spread the word and say “YES” to Global Wellness Day and assist them in strategically coordinating their events and offers to ensure we promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle.”

Hammer said: “We want to spread the word about wellness. Although it means different things to different people, on Global Wellness Day, we want everyone to think about two things: how they can personally become more well and how they can help those around them achieve greater levels of wellness.”

About Global Wellness Day

Global Wellness Day was created by Belgin Aksoy three years ago. Aksoy is creative director of Turkish hotel management company, Richmond International, which owns the Richmond Nua Spa. Now, thousands of spa and wellness operators across 55 countries are running activities to promote the initiative.

As a not-for-profit initiative, Global Wellness Day aims to inspire people to adopt a change in their life for one day, with the intention of creating long-term healthy habits.

Suggested changes include:
– Drink more water
– Walk for an hour
– Shop locally and eat organically
– Stop using plastic bottles
– Do a good deed
– Eat a family dinner
– Go to bed at 10pm

WTS International Participation in Global Wellness Day 2015 includes the following properties:

Aura Spa & Salon at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa
Events: A gentle stretch and mindfulness yoga session, followed by a wellness breakfast of fruit, yogurt, grains and fresh juice and infused water. Free mini spa services including Turkish Hand Renewal, Age-Defying Acupressure Facial and Immune Boosting Chair Massage.

Spa Evangeline at the Epicurean Hotel
Event: Five and ten-minute chair massages in the hotel lobby.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
Events: Yoga, pranayama meditation, workshops on making your own sugar and salt scrubs with essential oil, and mini massage sessions.

The Spa at Trump SoHo
Event: Meditation class.

Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa
Events: A group beach walk, yoga class, healthy beverages and 20 per cent off any service booked that day.

Spa Oceana at Loews Don CeSar Hotel
Event: Beach Yoga, Pint Size Picasso’s – children can create a painting with a global wellness theme, Nutrition 101, Kidding Around Yoga for children aged four-years-old to 12, Guided Meditation, Sunset Yoga, Spa tours with a goody bag, Skin Analysis machine use.

Blue Harmony Spa at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach
Event: Yoga class for guests and hotel employees.

The Spa at Trump Las Vegas
Event: Free chair massage, free exercise class. Employee stretching and talk about the benefits of exercise

Spa Aquazul at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Event: Food vendors Quest Bars and Protein Ice Cream to provide healthy samples in the hotel. Green drinks in the fitness center. Employee healthy meals.

The Alluvian Spa
Event: Free yoga and free Barre class with complimentary cosmetic coaching

Blue Harmony Spa at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
Event: Chair massage for guests in the hotel lobby and for the employees of the hotel, they will be posting wellness and meditation tips in the staff break room

MiraBay Club
Event: Free healthy smoothies

Southern Highlands Golf Club
Event: Complimentary personal training, pilates and fascial stretch therapy for members.

mySpa Miami and the InterContinental Miami
Event: Complimentary yoga class

The Spa at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Event: Complimentary fitness classes

The Spa at Trump Waikiki Beach Walk
Event: Fascial stretch therapy demonstrations, NuFace treatment upgrades, Pure Inventions Infused water beverages and healthy snacks on offer

Boar’s Head Inn
Event: Seated chair massage by the lake, guided nature walk on the Boar’s Head Heritage Trail, outdoor yoga sessions and Lumi juice samples to be enjoyed throughout the day

For more information, please contact Mary Pilch at mpilch@wtsinternational.com.

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