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June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06

New York City Hosts Spa Expo

By Editorial Staff

The "Spa and Resort Expo and Conference" and the " 'Medi-Spa' Medical Spa Expo and Conference" were held April 27-28 at New York City's Pier 94.

Spa industry data suggest that medical spas are the fastest-growing segment of the spa industry, generating over $455 million dollars per year.

A media roundtable discussion at this year's Medical Spa Expo examined the difficulty in defining the term "medi-spa," a fairly new concept that, until clearly defined, may continue to confuse the public.

The Medical Spa Expo was targeted to dermatologists; plastic surgeons; chiropractors; dentists; and other physicians, as well as naturopaths; acupuncturists; and medical massage therapists.

Dermatologist Nicholas V. Perricone, author of two New York Times' bestsellers, The Wrinkle Cure and The Perricone Prescription, A Physician's 28-Day Program for Total Body and Face Rejuvenation, opened the conference with a keynote address focusing on the future of skin care and the medical spa industry.

Massage therapists who attended the Expo expecting to gather information on hydrotherapy and clinical massage therapy might have been disappointed, since the majority of exhibitors marketed beauty and skin care products and equipment for liposuction; lymphatic drainage; micro-dermabrasion; and phototherapy. Hopefully, future conference organizers will include more exhibits geared toward massage therapy in medical spa settings.

The Spa and Resort Expo and Conference had more exhibits of specific interest to massage therapists, including exhibitors of massage equipment, products and services. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) exhibited as a sponsor. For more information on the 2004 conferences, visit


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