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New Site Provides Evidence to Support the Effectiveness of Spa Treatments

Posted: May 19, 2011

Susie Ellis, board member of the Global Spa Summit, announced the launch of, a portal that consolidates clinical evidence about 22 key spa therapies, including yoga, reflexology and aromatherapy, from four existing databases: Natural Standards, the Cochrane Library, Pub Med and the Trip Database.

The portal has been developed with support from Dr. Ken Pelletier, Dr. Daniel Friedland, Dr. Marc Cohen and Nader Vasseghi.

In announcing the launch, Ellis paid tribute to industry contributors, sponsors and supporters for bringing the portal to fruition over the last year, since the idea was proposed at the Global Spa Summit in Istanbul in 2010.

The portal is available in white label format, so it can be linked to spas' websites to enable operators to present the evidence as part of client engagement program. In addition, it's been designed to be user-friendly for consumers.

Ellis says, "The aim is to present the evidence—good or bad—so decisions can be made in an informed way."