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Get Involved: Say Yes to Global Wellness Day!

Easy Ways to Honor Global Wellness Day at Your Property

Global Wellness Day (GWD) is June 13! We encourage you to share the wellness word—and we have easy, insightful tips and tricks to help you do so! Discover ways to honor GWD at your property; learn how to organize a GWD event; encourage your clients and community to participate; spread the love via social media with special hashtags: #ISayYes and #GlobalWellnessDay; get your staff motivated; take your own steps toward wellness with the 7-step manifesto, and more. Let GWD be an inspiring day that can change your whole life!

Additional GWD materials:
Brief intro about GWD
High-Res GWD Logo
Conditions for Participation
How to Organize a GWD Event
Celebration Packs
Ready-to-print files for the “I Say Yes” paddle

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Global Wellness Day: Prepare Your Staff for This Special Day

Global Wellness Day (GWD) is June 13, 2015! Ensure each member of your team—from your spa therapists to your fitness instructors to your hotel staff—knows about this inspiring day, so he or she can share it and speak about it with clientele.

  • Use the next weeks to fuel conversations between departments and see who can come up with fun, new ideas to promote wellness on the job and for guests/clients.
  • Remember that the main point is not just for people to show up on June 13, but to encourage them to come BACK for more…more sensations, more movement, more flexibility, more endorphins, more fun with their BFFs, more life flowing through their veins…

Let’s help make GWD the one day that can change your whole life (Canada partners, click here)!

Additional GWD materials:
Brief intro about GWD
High-Res GWD Logo
Conditions for Participation
How to Organize a GWD Event
Celebration Packs
Ready-to-print files for the “I Say Yes” paddle

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Global Wellness Day: Encourage Your Clients & Community to Participate

Now that you’ve planned exciting, fun, healthy activities to celebrate Global Wellness Day (GWD), June 13, 2015, make sure you promote it with the right audience. Here are some excellent ideas provided by the GWD team.

Global Wellness Day is June 13, 2015Clients

  • Send an email, newsletter, or special letter or card to your VIP guests, or even your entire database
  • A few days prior to GWD, send a text message

Community

  • Encourage businesses in your town or area to join in on celebrating GWD:
    – a restaurant that will promote a savory meal as “brain food” or an “energy meal” in honor of GWD;
    – a juice bar with a creative mixologist to launch a new fruit or veggie cocktail or smoothie;
    – a yoga or Pilates or dance studio nearby that might be excited enough to produce a wellness flash mob to share music, movement, because “if you let it, the search for BALANCE can be a DANCE”;
    – a bookstore that will bring forth a selection of bestsellers in health/fitness/nutrition/self-improvement (and, why not, an author to come for a book signing?)

 Media

  • Since GWD is a non-for-profit initiative, with no budget for global PR, get in touch with YOUR PR manager, reach out to journalists and tell them about your local wellness activities, with the perspective of hundreds of facilities in 34 countries!

Let’s all “say yes!” to GWD!

Additional GWD materials:
Brief intro about GWD
High-Res GWD Logo
Conditions for Participation
How to Organize a GWD Event
Celebration Packs
Ready-to-print files for the “I Say Yes” paddle

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Global Wellness Day: How to Organize an Event at Your Property

Whether it’s a yoga class, meditation instruction, or consultation from a visiting nutritionist, here’s a step-by-step plan to organizing a Global Wellness Day (GWD) event at your property!

Remember, GWD is June 13, 2015! Help share the wellness word (Canada partners, click here)!

Discover more ideas on how to honor GWD.

Additional GWD materials:
Brief intro about GWD
High-Res GWD Logo
Conditions for Participation
How to Organize a GWD Event
Celebration Packs
Ready-to-print files for the “I Say Yes” paddle

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Easy Ways to Honor Global Wellness Day at Your Property

Easy Ways to Honor Global Wellness Day at Your Property

Global Wellness Day (GWD) is June 13! Honor this special day dedicated to reminding people around the world about the importance of living well with these inspired ideas. To help get you started, here’s a brief intro about GWD, conditions for participation, celebration packs, and ready-to-print files for the “I Say Yes” paddle. As well, the GWD team shared some thoughts with us that we’re excited to deliver to you:

  • encourage regular clients to come back to your property, particularly on GWD, to discover something new and exciting about your modalities, programs, and overall commitment to wellness;
  • invite members so they can discover and enjoy some unexpected talents in your staff, or meet a visiting expert, with a twist of exclusivity so they can feel special;
  • attract locals and “spa-virgins” with the opportunity to learn useful tips and experiment new sensations, with some guidance and fun educating facts from your team

Inspire fun, healthy choices with these suggestions to jump start the creative process of your teams:

  • a movement class or workshop (yoga, Pilates, dance, tai chi, Feldenkrais, Alexander);
  • physical/fitness activities or challenges (a race in the neighborhood or fun/stimulating indoor activities);
  • a guided relaxation (meditation, creative visualization);
  • a class or workshop on breathing (pranayama), sophrology, chanting or singing;
  • short massage sessions (10 minutes on hands, head, back) so participants can feel the difference between before/after;
  • massage workshop (with loose clothes on) to understand the physiological benefits of massage techniques (petrissage, pummelling, pressure points, TCM) to feel more relaxed or energized and how to give a 10-minute massage to loved ones to share the sensations;
  • nutrition talk/workshop (with a dietician, nutritionist);
  • cooking workshop with your hotel chef;
  • a tea ceremony to understand and savor the benefits of white, green, red, and black teas;
  • a delicious & revitalizing mixology session/class with the hotel  barista;
  • a flash mob (dancing, or moving through standing asanas..)
  • a talk/conference/book signing with an author on health-fitness-nutrition-beauty-wellness) or about confidence, growth, personal development;
  • creativity workshop to write a short poem or create a Zen garden in a frame with sand and rocks;
  • a make-up workshop;
  • or workshops on Corporate Wellness and the prevention of stress repetitive injuries

Help yourself, your staff, your guests, and community “say yes!” to GWD—designed to be the one day that can change your whole life!

And stay tuned for a how-to guide on how to organize a GWD event!

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Last-Chance Marketing Opportunities

Looking to reach your target markets this summer? Spafinder Wellness 365™ offers regionally targeted dedicated eBlasts in the U.S.—own the content of the message and direct our spa-going audiences to your offer of choice. Open dates include 6/3, 6/17, and 7/8! Contact your account director or allyson.archambault@spafinder.com for rates.

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8 Ways Your Property Can Profit from the Spa on Arrival Trend

Spa on Arrival

It used to be that spa treatments were a luxurious add-on while traveling for business or pleasure; now, however, spa treatments and other wellness offerings are being prioritized both en route and on arrival—either to get a head-start on relaxation or to kick-start productivity by shaking off travel fatigue. We named “Spa on Arrival (& En Route)” one of the top 10 trends in our 2015 Global Spa & Wellness Trends Forecast (Canada partners, click here.) Here are eight ways to profit from this trend at your spa or wellness property—and help guests nip jet lag in the bud and hit the ground feeling alert, energized, and relaxed.

  1. Have your reservations department ask guests if they’d like to schedule a spa treatment and/or fitness class at the same time they’re booking a stay.
  2. Upon check in, have the front desk hand guests a spa/fitness menu along with their room key. Or, leave a spa/fitness menu on guest room pillows.
  3. Make spa services or exercise classes/personal training sessions available during extended hours. (Luxury Oberoi Hotels and Resorts chain offers 24-hour spa-ing for their clientele who arrive any time of the day or night.) Or, contemplate keeping your gym open round the clock.
  4. If you’re unable to keep fitness facilities open 24 hours, consider making complimentary online fitness instruction available in guest rooms.
  5. Leave a yoga mat, exercise bands, free weights, or other simple equipment in rooms so guests can work out should they please.
  6. Use in-room aromatherapy that soothes guests following a day of travel.
  7. Allow travelers access to online booking and concierge services that can deliver spa experiences virtually anytime and anywhere.
  8. Tap into the “wellness on arrival” vibe by providing unique touches like tea ceremonies, healthy smoothies, or designated spa therapies for guests upon check in. (For example, Cheval Blank Randheli in the Maldives [operated by LVMH] boasts a complimentary 20-minute Jet Lag Recovery massage for all guests at the start of their stay; Maya Sayang in Bali incorporates a welcome foot massage into the check-in process; and Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Emiliano ushers guests into its full-service spa for a complimentary 15-minute massage.)
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Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® Names New Chief Operating Officer

Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® has appointed John Bevan chief operating officer. The former managing director and vice president of Spafinder® Europe Limited will lead global operations from the company’s Miami headquarters. He will immediately assume responsibility for global sales, digital marketing, advanced technology products and operations and will lead strategic planning and the continued growth of the extensive Spafinder Wellness 365 Network. Learn more (Canadian partners, click here).

The Spafinder Wellness team is also thrilled to announce the promotion of Allyson Archambault to director of sales. In this position, she will spearhead our travel and local team to advance the Spafinder Wellness 365 Network.

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REMINDER: Global Wellness Day is June 13, 2015

Spafinder Wellness 365™ is saying yes to Global Wellness Day (GWD) on June 13, 2015, and we urge our properties to join the effort! GWD is a social movement recognizing the importance of living well.

Here’s how you, yourself, can get involved and “say yes” to GWD:

How can your spa or wellness business take part and “say yes” to GWD? Stay tuned for ideas!

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