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The Economic Influence

Cathy Christensen March 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
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This industry thrives on trends—the latest and greatest takes on what clients want and need from spas. Multiple spa publications, organizations and Web sites even grandly announce their top 10 lists for what will be big at the beginning of every year.

This year, however, things are different; clients’ needs and wants have changed, and so the trends may not be as catchy or gasp-inducing or exotic beyond belief. This year, clients need and want spas to make skin maintenance and stress reduction accessible and affordable, and a variety of initiatives are taking place to make sure that happens.

Skin maintenance vs. stress reduction

These battling concepts of maintaining skin health and soothing stress from the body are both crucial for clients, especially during this recession. Because of the level of stress that has been stoked by the economic downturn, clients require an escape from their worldly problems now more than ever. But they also need solid results in order to keep spa visits as must-haves in their budgets. “When things are tough, because of the field we’re in, we focus on having a peaceful, serene environment. In stressful times, people need that. When they come here, they don’t want to leave. We have to focus on addressing clients’ needs and looking at their stress levels,” says Sandra Donovan, owner of Donovan’s Serenity & Wellness Spa in Alpena, Michigan.

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