Florida Spa Association
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December 2016

An Open Heart in the Heart of the Season!

As we approach "the most wonderful time of year," let's embrace the joy of the season by spending quality time with our loved ones, reveling in an atmosphere full of cheer, and opening our hearts to others. It is a time to reflect on the blessings of the season and to give back in the spirit of the holidays.

We need to keep that spirit in mind when we reflect on last month's unique political nature. Some of us were happy; some of us were upset; and some of us were simply unsatisfied either way. But we must keep in mind that we are all in pursuit of a common goal - no matter if we agree on the method or the path to achieve it.

There is no magic elixir, but true healing can begin through greater communication, understanding, and by being open minded...through social bonding, trust building, and meaningful dialogue. Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality, not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology, but as the domain of awareness where we experience values such as truth, goodness, beauty, and well as intuition, creativity, and focused attention.

Our human compassion binds us to one another, and as human beings, we can only hope that we learn how to turn our common suffering into a hopeful future. Our individuality, our distinctiveness, and various life experiences molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I have faith that we may all challenge ourselves to dig into the deepest recesses of our hearts to nurture an atmosphere of acceptance and kindness. After all, we are all in this life together.

I wish for you a heart that is open to the joy of the season and a future that burns bright with compassion, true understanding, and respect for one another.

Here's to a healthy 2017!

Thank you,
Ilana Moses, Founder and CEO of FSA


In the Spirit of the Holidays?


The Holiday Spirit

This is the time of year when the catchphrase, "Tis The Season," is heard loudly. The holiday season is a time of great activity and expectation for many people, but what is The Holiday Spirit really about? Perhaps one of the greatest benefits and blessings of the season is spending time with those we love. The Holiday Season seems to be the only time that our society truly honors, respects, and expects people to spend time with family.

But for many, the Holiday bustle can bring feelings of stress for countless reasons. We hear so much about holiday stress that it can be easy to lose sight of what the holidays really should be: fun, joyful, and a little magical. Ahh, the Magic of the Holiday Spirit. One of my favorite holiday movies is the classic "It's a Wonderful Life," by Frank Capra. The major theme of the movie is that each person's life touches so many others. Spreading that infectious spirit of joy and happiness - That is the magic.

Do you feel it yet? If you don't - how do you capture the excitement? One way is to think of the holiday itself rather than the preparation for it. Think about getting your hearts ready and open to the joy of possibilities, then create that joy (for ourselves and others) through positive expectations. Expecting good things puts us in a happy and excited mood. When we feel happy and excited, we can actually create the experiences that we desire.

Positive emotions build and grow. That's one reason why the Holiday Spirit is so contagious. When one person is happy, it can lift the spirits of others. They, in turn, pass on this happiness, and the cycle begins prompting a big game of #Happy Tag.

No wonder people say they wish the holiday mood would continue throughout the year. Oh, but it can! Being in a spectacularly awesome mood doesn't mean there must be a spectacular event to look forward to. In fact, it's often the simple things that are the most meaningful and create the most joy for people. The most critical ingredient for creating this spectacularly awesome mood is - Gratitude!

What might make this holiday season special for you, your family, and friends? No - It's not about the gifts we give (or receive) - though, I think my kids would be shocked at that revelation - it's about the gratitude we show.

If you alone were responsible for a singular experience this Holiday Season, what would it be? Fun and Joy? Love and Peace? Sharing and Giving? All of these spring from the well of Gratitude. Gratitude is... the fountain for the exchange of positive energy. Gratitude is... space and the presence that is all inclusive. Gratitude is... unconditional and expands - never detracts, reinforcing gentleness and kindness.

It doesn't matter which holiday you celebrate. This year, I challenge you to create a holiday tradition that gives the gift of the Holiday Spirit - a heart full of gratitude is more valuable than a box full of stuff. And that is a gift that will be re-gifted long after the season is gone.

So, Deck your Halls - It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and while you're at it, give a blanket to the homeless because Baby, it's Cold Outside!

Let there be peace on Earth
and let it begin with me;
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be!

With immense love and Gratitude, by M. Rene


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The FSA jumps into the New Year with the vision of combining Art into Spa and Spa into Art and how these two worlds collide and blossom!

On January 24, 2017, the FSA will provide a unique experience to weave Art and Spa at "The Fine Art of Spa" Event at the Orlando Museum of Art. Our spas will indulge in a sophisticated and distinctive day with spa friends and associates to see what's new for 2017 in a creative, influenced themed event like only the FSA can provide.


A Spa showcase will introduce new and exciting spa products for 2017, a Gourmet Gastro break will offer an afternoon experience with "The Art in Food" cuisine, a featured keynote motivational presentation, a visual peak into the works of Dale Chihuly, guided Art Gallery tours will take place to see extraordinary art collections, and an epicurean cocktail reception in the exquisite Grand Gallery featuring the famous Dale Chihuly Citron & Cobalt Tower Glass Sculpture to end the day with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and quality time networking with spa peers.

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What do you want to learn about spa operations, the spa industry, leadership, vendor relations, wellness...? Each month, we will select one question and experts within the FSA team will share their insights in the upcoming newsletter. Send your questions to

This month's question is:

How do you schedule your team fairly over the holidays? (Our experts respond)


Cucumber, Pomegranate, Goat Cheese Appetizer

  • 10 slices French bread toasted or grilled on both sides
  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil (optional)
  • 2 ounces' goat cheese, softened
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill (or 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh dill)
  • 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 to 1 seedless cucumber (or 1⁄2-1 any slender cucumber, cut into about forty 1/8-inch slices)

How to make this recipe

  • Step 1 - Combine optional olive oil and softened goat or cream cheese. Spread evenly onto toast slices. (Option: You can mix the dill weed into the cheese mixture, but it looks prettier when sprinkled on top.)
  • Step 2 - Sprinkle toasts with pomegranate seeds and gently press them into the cheese on each slice of toast. Sprinkle with dill weed. Arrange approximately 4-6 slices of cucumber (depending on the size of your bread). Or as pictured option: Add pomegranate seeds after the cucumber (but be careful those carpet-staining seeds don't escape).
  • Step 3 - Serve open-faced on a platter.