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Spas Could Lead the Way in the Art and Science of Healing

I am proud to welcome Sara Firman, BSc. MPhil. LMT, to The Psychology of Wellbeing.  She is an independent spa therapist, consultant and writer who shares a her wonderful perspective on spa culture on her Vision Spa Retreat blog. Her unique perspective comes from working in clinical, spa and private settings as both a therapist and a manager in […]

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Science and Spirituality in the Spa

I was recently invited to speak at a symposium on “Redefining the American Spa Experience” for the Washington Spa Alliance, an impressive group of spa and wellness professionals in our nation’s capital.  The theme of the day seemed to be exploring the relationship that spas have with science.  I tried to contribute to the dialogue […]

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Positive Health (but Where is the Voice of Spa?)

Recently a group of MAPP alumni gathered at University of Pennsylvania, to hear the latest and greatest updates on Positive Psychology from Martin Seligman, the Director of the University’s Positive Psychology Center.  I was particularly excited to hear him talk about the progress in discussions on “Positive Health” being funded by a $2.8 million grant […]

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Get Thee to a Spa: Important New Research on the Benefits of Massage

Susie Ellis on Susie’s Spa Blog last week called to my attention a new research study which is to be published this month in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine entitled “A Preliminary Study of the Effects of a Single Session of Swedish Massage on Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal and Immune Function in Normal Individuals.”  The study […]

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