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Expert Skin Advice for Males

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JOHN MORRIS Spa Director Sundaran Inn & Spa Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin My best tip for men is to buy products appropriate for their skin—so many guys use body wash or shampoo as a facial cleanser and then wonder why their skin is dry. Their skin’s biological makeup is different from a woman’s: Men’s skin is thicker but with smaller pores, ...

Key Considerations when offering Hair Removal Services for Males

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Like slathering on hand lotion at bedtime and brandishing a mascara wand in the morning, submitting to professional hair removal is a fact of life for women. For many men, however, the idea of any ritual grooming practice beyond a shave and a haircut—especially one that requires a visit to their local esthetician—is a bitter pill to swallow. Secretly, however, …

Self-care for Massage Therapists’ Career Longevity

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Maybe it’s a twinge in your wrist. Or, perhaps your neck and low back start to hurt midway through your day when before you could practice pain free.  You might notice your thumb hurting, or you can’t work as deeply as you once did. As a massage therapist, your body (and mind) let you know when something isn’t working— and you need to pay attention. Self-care is …

5 Strategies for the New Year

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January is the time to set up your success for the upcoming year. From marketing, to customer service, to making the most of your software, there are several changes you can make as a salon or spa owner to grow your business. A profitable year requires advanced planning, so here are 5 changes you can make to your business to …

BALI BISA Continues to Sponsor Comprehensive Spa Therapist Training for Disadvantaged Young Women

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By Penny Ellis, Founder of the Bali International Spa Academy One of my personal goals when I established Bali BISA in 2006 was to give back to the Indonesian community which is now my adopted home.  Ten years later, it is wonderful to reflect on how welcoming this community has been for our students who come from every corner of …

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My Journey Towards my Dream, Owning a Finishing School for Beauty Therapists

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By Corrie Jacobs, Beauty Therapist I am a South African woman with an incredible passion for beauty and wellness.  Despite my obsession with aesthetic treatments and methods, I didn’t begin any formal training until I was 37.  Short courses eventually led me to become a full-time student at Elizabeth Beauty School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. My enthusiasm for the booming health …

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BALI BISA Delivers Customized Training to Spas Around the World

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Spa owners and managers are increasingly realizing that properly trained therapists are instrumental to long term success.  However, providing professional training is not always easy or affordable. Some spas request that senior therapists formally teach their colleagues without recognizing that expertise in a certain modality does not always equate to the ability to effectively execute training in a group, or …

Spa and Beauty Certification, What are the key differences?

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By Penny Ellis, Founder, Bali International Spa Academy CIBTAC Centre of the Year 2015 and Finalist 2014 The Bali International Spa Academy known as Bali BISA offers our own proprietary BISA courses and programs, plus an array of CIBTAC and VTCT qualifications.   We carefully considered which of the major awarding bodies worldwide to feature in addition to our Bali BISA …

Two Islands, Two Cultures, Two Massages – Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and Balinese Massage. How do they Differ?

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By Penny Ellis, Founder, Bali International Spa Academy CIBTAC Centre of the Year 2015 and Runner-up 2014 The delightfully gorgeous islands of Hawaii and Bali are both steeped in history and culture, at least once one digs deeper than the superficial attributes that are largely responsible for attracting year-round tourists to their shores…. a tropical climate, beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, …