3 Ways to Future-Proof Your Spa


The concept of recession-proofing a spa business has gone from fantasy to requirement. From 9-11, to the Great Recession and now a global pandemic, it seems the key to success and longevity in the spa and wellness industry is the planning for worst case scenarios. The keys to recession proofing an organization is the ability to incorporate technology, creativity and community on a continuous basis.


When I say technology, we are not replacing the therapist with technology like the model at Contempo Beach Spa. It is about using technology to complement the customer experience, while also keeping everyone safe.

I spoke with Rosalyn Brown, owner of a Massage Luxe location in Washington, D.C., who has embraced the concept of technology and service enhancement as a fundamental component in the spa.

At her location, text messages are sent to clients an hour prior to arrival to confirm the appointment as well as to get a health update. The clients use iPads to check into the location and to update personal information. Brown also sends a follow-up message and thank you to clients via text message.

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Sherrie Tennessee has almost 20 years of experience in the spa industry including the role of a massage therapist, nail tech, spa owner, speaker, professor, educator and author. She is the founder and education director of SpaSOS. Prior to that, she served as spa director for Mandarin Oriental in Washington D.C. and education manager for Sandals Resorts International-Red Lane Spas.

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