Spa Pros Reveal How They Encourage Wellness in the Workplace

yoga-wellness“We have a holistic approach to our employees’ wellness that starts with clean products and clean air purified by HEPA and fume-reducing ventilation, full-spectrum lighting to prevent eye strain, adjustable work spaces to aid in posture, and crystal glass decanters with reverse osmosis water for rehydrating. We maintain a drama-free and kindhearted work environment, and staff can attend free yoga classes, receive discounts on relaxing services for themselves and enjoy the occasional team-building outing. Our spa is also decorated with a variety of energy-enhancing crystals and purifying salt lamps.” —Leah Lynch, owner of Beautique Salon & Spa in Newburyport, Massachusetts

“We strive to provide a variety of wellness activities for all employees to enjoy. From daily morning and afternoon yoga sessions to celebrating events like World Bathing Day in June with a 1K swim in our lap pool, our goal is for everybody on our team to thrive, both mentally and physically.” —Christopher Scheel, general manager of Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, California

“Team members are encouraged to utilize the spa at least once a quarter, which allows them to take advantage of all our amenities and exchange services with each other. Associates get discounted treatments all year long. We believe in promoting wellness through education, as well, which has included a body mechanics course to reacquaint service providers with the basics of proper posture and ergonomics to combat the physical demands of their roles. Lastly, we organize group yoga classes for staff as a way to feel rejuvenated and bond.” —Jackie Flory, spa director at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas

“Everyone who works at the property receives a 20 percent discount on all spa services, as well as complimentary gym memberships to our on-site fitness center. Additionally, we give chair massages and ‘Make Your Own Bath Salts’ to the resort staff on Global Wellness Day. We also participate in a Health & Wellness Fair once a year, where we offer chair massages to employees.” —Samantha Rhodes, spa director at Aviara Spa at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California

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