For National Spa Week: The history of the spa

The modern day Spa has centuries of history built into its structure.

As far back as Greek and Roman times bathing in spa waters was well known for medicinal and healing properties with people often making pilgrimages to help with their ailments. Even further back in time the Egyptians indulged in the taking of baths in healing waters with added oils and remedies. Spirituality played a key role in the importance of cleanliness and healing.

More recently and here in Europe historically, visiting spa towns to heal the body and mind was extremely fashionable in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The wealthy loved visiting the spa towns to rest and recuperate after or during illness as it was much believed to improve the health of the body and the mind.

The history of the spa

It seems as a human race we have for thousands of years enjoyed taking part in indulgent activity we feel improves our health and state of mind and that also has a side effect of making us feel more beautiful.

The modern day spa has developed and branched into a hugely diverse industry. The human need to feel pampered and ‘healed’ in mind and body has expanded. Across the world spas and associated treatments cater for both men and women and almost any treatment imaginable is now available.

The history of the spa

Spas and treatments improve bodily function, combat insomnia, improve skin quality, relax and refresh tired, aching and painful muscles and reduce anxiety and stress. Associated treatments can remove unwanted hair, shape brows, deliver light and heat therapy…..whatever treatment we want there is a spa that provides it. As an expanding industry the spa industry caters for what seems to be a primal need to be ‘touched’, ‘healed’ and generally made to feel better about ourselves.

National Spa Week 2016

Celebrating and promoting the spa industry is National Spa Week from October 31st-November 4th when UK spas and salons are opening their doors to entice new and existing customers to visit, and further promote the work of spas and spa therapists.

Even better, participating salons are invited to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care during the week by donating a percentage of the profit during National Spa Week. So if you have ever considered a hot stone massage, a detox body wrap or an Indian head massage this could be the week to book it in and support a fantastic charity. Looking after our emotional and physical health has never been more important in the hectic lifestyle of this century!

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Supporting The Sanctuary Spa

Having worked with the renowned Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden for several years, we were naturally sad to hear the announcement of its closure this year after 36 years in business. However, we were proud to be invited to provide support for the staff facing redundancy.

Using our in-depth experience of CV writing and interview coaching, we spent the day at The Sanctuary providing one-to-one advice to a wide range of staff to help them progress their careers and move on to pastures new. We were fortunate to find that the staff possess great work ethics and are some of the strongest we’ve come across in the spa sector. Potential employers will do well to pick them up!

We’re working with a couple of key businesses in the spa sector who have expressed an interest in recruiting hard-working, service driven professionals and, on the basis of what we’ve seen, there will be some great matches that will benefit both businesses and candidates.

We wish The Sanctuary Spa staff all the very best for the future.

BABTAC response to Press Statement issued by the Government regarding Cosmetic Interventions

Following a breaking news statement by the Government regarding Cosmetic Interventions, BABTAC gives official response to the media. Standardised training likely outcome to cosmetic interventions review; suggested and supported by BABTAC.
A press release issued on the 1st April, gives an indication of the likely outcome of the Government Review into cosmetic interventions led by Sir Bruce Keogh. Stating that “Cosmetic practitioners such as beauty therapists, and doctors who give dermal filler injections should have to get a formal qualification before they can offer treatments,” the press release suggests that a cross-profession, standardised qualification is likely to be implemented.
Carolyne Cross, BABTAC & CIBTAC Chair responds“We are delighted by this interim press statement which suggests that our recommendation of a cross-profession qualification will work to improve consumer safety, without creating a market monopoly. It is our belief that cosmetic interventions need to be delivered in a safe and standardised way by all providers to enable consumer choice without undermining safety.”

She continues “Many have advocated that a blanket ban across certain professions, including beauty therapists will work to automatically deliver improved standards and protect the consumer. It is our belief that this is misguided and that a standardised qualification working on a recognised prior learning framework will be better for improving safety; medically trained providers will be able to focus on key skills such as aesthetic training, whilst non-healthcare providers including beauty therapists can train in all the disciplines.”

At present, due to the lack of recognisable qualifications, BABTAC do not insure any Dermal Filler or Botulinum Toxin providers, but do represent properly qualified Laser, IPL and Chemical Peel members. It is our belief that some beauty therapists should be able to continue practising minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, as long as they are operating within agreed remits and with proper, nationally-recognised qualifications; it is our belief that not all beauty therapists should be allowed to conduct these procedures, and that agreed training paths should include pre-requisites to ensure minimum practise standards. We recognise that these procedures are not entry-level offerings, but also believe that highly-qualified therapists have the capabilities to learn these skills, and consumers have a demand to receive them. We are sure that the Review will give a balanced overview and that all opinions and professions have been taken into account.

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