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Equipment-based Treatments in 2012

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: December 1, 2011, from the December 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Equipment-based Treatments in 2012

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Heated mattresses are becoming more popular, allowing for client comfort while experiencing a treatment. “There is no need for an additional pre-heating pad since the heat is already built into the mattress,” explains Legut.

Other options for massage tables include chromatherapy built into the table, allowing massage treatments to have colored light add-ons for more service flexibility. “Color can be set to the client’s choice, or can rotate through the spectrum,” he says. Along with color, music and sounds are available as well, helping expand the massage service. “These help relax all the senses, and the music and sound selections can be either provided by the spa or can be the client’s choice,” states Legut.

Other trends to look out for in the coming months include the growing availability of multifunctional beds that can be converted for both massage and facials, and multifunctional equipment for wet treatments, allowing for more flexibility and income-generation for smaller spas with fewer rooms. Also, according to Legut, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant furniture is going to become more available. “This can open the spa up to a new client base and can also provide spas with a tax credit for purchasing the equipment. Of course, owners should always check with their accountant for details about applying for this tax credit before purchasing the furniture,” says Legut.

Microcurrent

Microcurrent as a technology is only in its infancy,” says David Suzuki, president of Bio-Therapeutic, Inc. “As more and more clinical studies are performed to enhance frequency knowledge, technology will evolve to accommodate these new requirements.” And 2012 promises to be a year where microcurrent will become a more accepted results-oriented anti-aging service for clients—thanks to the skills and expertise of the skin care professionals using the devices. “We are going to see greater utilization of microcurrent,” agrees Darren Starwynn, OMD, and president of Eastwestmed, Inc. “More skin care professionals will be using microcurrent in the coming year.”

Along with greater adaptation of this technology, skin care professionals will continue to get more familiar with how frequencies can help improve clients’ appearance with long-term results. “As the technology evolves, there will be more precise techniques. A lot of the early microcurrent education was not that great. There was not a lot of understanding about polarities and frequencies. It still works if used this way, but not as well,” explains Starwynn. “In 2012, more educators are going to be offering more precise, more effective microcurrent knowledge to skin care professionals. Results from microcurrent can range from OK to amazing depending on the skill level of the therapist.”