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International Massage Week

International Massage Week starts July 15, 2009! This week was launched to give people insight into the benefits of therapeutic massage.

In honor of this special week, we talked to mySpaShop.com Founder and leading spa consultant Kim Matheson.

How did you get started in the spa industry?
Kim Matheson:
I’ve always been interested in health and wellness. I studied Hotel Management in College and landed at the Desert Springs Resort and Spa right out of college. Once I had fulfilled my management training program, I became the Director of Resort Activities then I was lucky enough to be lured to the Spa by mentor Janet Denyer (now the CEO of Gene Juarez) I worked my way up the food chain form Programming Supervisor, to Spa Marketing Manager to Women’s Spa Director. From Marriott I joined CSI (Club Sports International) and helped develop their spa programs within the 80 high end clubs. Ultimately I landed at The Peninsula Spa in NYC. After managing that Spa for several years I joined a consulting firm, Natural Resources Spa Consulting, Inc. then owned by Janet Denyer, which I purchased in 2001 when she left to join Elizabeth Arden Red Door as COO. The Spa industry has always fascinated me, with the depth and breadth of the offerings and the industry had few business professionals when I entered it in the late 80’s. It was a perfect fit for me. I adore exploring the world of well-being and creating a safe and enticing sanctuary for people to explore.

What are some of the lesser-known benefits of massage?
Kim Matheson:
The deep sense of well-being generated by massage is under-rated. I travel constantly and am my computer and phone often, it takes a real toll on my back. Plus I enjoy working out, sometimes a weekend warrior Massage helps keep me going.

Anything you would like to add? Kim Matheson: Find a good massage therapist and create a wellness plan for yourself. There are many proactive things we can do for ourselves, however when working with a professional they can help take you to the next level.

If you want to honor International Massage Week at home, MySpaShop.com is reducing the price of Just Good for You Wild Rose & Jasper Body Oil, a soothing body lotion, by 30% for the month of July!

Thanks to Kim for this great information! Visit mySpaShop.com for great spa products, expert information and more.

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