Florida Spa Association
The Scoop
August 2016

Welcome, August!

As the summer is coming to a close and we look forward to fall and all it has to offer, let's take a moment to think about making a fresh start...beginning with ourselves. Feeling good about yourself is key to happiness and success. I read the following excerpt and felt it was spot on for making a fresh start by loving ourselves. I simply had to share this with you!

"Live intentionally. You will accept and love yourself more, whatever is happening in your life, when you live with purpose and design. Your purpose doesn't have to be crystal clear to you. If your intention is to live a meaningful and healthy life, you will make decisions that support this intention, and feel good about yourself when you succeed in this purpose. You will love yourself more if you see yourself accomplishing what you set out to do. You need to establish your living intentions to do this." -Psychology Today (March 2012)

We are responsible for our own happiness. It starts within and projects outward, affecting our relationships with friends, family, and even our business. You can't have a healthy, thriving business without first achieving a healthy YOU! That's what our "Spa Elegance" event on August 16th is all about. We are excited to share with you how to align your resources for a healthy business...and it all starts with inner love and peace. Keep reading to find out more about this monumental event!

And that's not all! This month, we also have some interesting reads for you...from learning the key to happiness (which all starts with you, by the way) to the important, and historical, uses of cannabis. Yep! You read that correctly! Keep scrolling and get the scoop on these topics of interest...and lots more!

Wishing you an introspective, happy, and very successful August!

Thank you,
Ilana Moses, Founder and CEO of FSA


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The FSA Event at the Breakers is just around the corner!

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A bit about Amy Retay...


Spa Director,
The Spa at The Breakers, Palm Beach

Amy Retay is the Spa Director for the Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach Florida, an Award-Winning, Five Diamond, Italian Renaissance-styled luxury resort on a private beach. Amy was also an integral contributor to the dramatic $8 million spa renovation, which completely transformed the resort's coveted destination for relaxation and personal renewal. In addition, Amy currently sits on the Board of the Florida Spa Association and has been a major supporter of the FSA since its inception in 2009. She became a Board Member in 2013.

Amy is a proficient spa director, having been with the Breakers Hotel in 1998. Amy's passion for the spa industry led into the path of starting as a Front Office Supervisor and working her way up the ladder at the Breakers. She currently oversees and directly manages a large spa and wellness operation of 100+ team members, 25,000 sq. ft. with 17 treatment rooms, nail salon, retail, pool, and multiple fitness facilities and studios.

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Skin Fitness Therapy

An innovative skin care company founded by Christina Church in 1996, Skin Fitness Therapy is the embodiment of Christina's vision to develop a line with natural, green-friendly treatments and scientifically advanced correctives that produce dramatic results using a less invasive methodology. Christina is a pioneer in the manufacturing of skin care products using the research of "Chiral" technology. Her cutting-edge work in the Esthetic Industry has garnered her recognition as an industry leader and respected educator in the specific area of corrective skin care.


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Cannabis is the Most Versatile, Efficacious Plant on Earth

'Efficacious' means effective, or productive, as it regards the desired effect. This is particularly concerned with cannabis biomass (explained soon).

Cannabis is versatile because it has so many uses. Its uses can be traced back to thousands of years before Christ.

Medicine, fuel, paper, food, rope, maps, clothes, nets, lace, soap, sails, shoes, plastics, explosives, caulking, fiberboard, paint, sealant, methanol, gasoline, fiber for fuel, bricks, charcoal, auto bodies, packing mass, lubricants, oil for lighting, oil for fuel, oil for lights, animal food, furniture, mats, varnish, lotions, ointments, lacquer, salad dressings....

There are an estimated 50,000 commercial uses. Until about 100 years ago, almost all of the world's bibles, maps, sails, clothes and books were made out of cannabis. Much of the world's population has survived by eating hemp seed, cooked into a porridge called 'gruel'.

Biomass is the amount of plant material that can be converted to fuel, usually by gasification. Biomass is a biologically produced material. Methanol is a biomass substance. Biomass can be converted into virtually any sort of energy.

World production of biomass has been estimated at 146 billion tons a year.

The thermochemical process that converts organic material to fuel is called pyrolysis. This consists of applying heat with little or no air. It can produce charcoal, gasses, acetone, methanol, and other organic liquids known as pyrolytic fuel oil.

When the biomass of cannabis is converted to fuel, there are no harmful waste products (compare with radioactive sources of energy) and there is no environmental pollution (as with fossil fuels).

The FCDA has produced their 'biomass equation,' which shows that cannabis biomass is the most efficient (and potentially the cheapest and most reliable) way to produce energy.

It is estimated that up to 90% of the energy produced by the use of fossil fuels could be produced from biomass. Hemp can be converted to methane, methanol, or petrol. By ridding ourselves of the pollution factories and the resulting sulfurous smog that is released into the atmosphere, we could dramatically reduce acid rain and begin to reverse the Greenhouse Effect. Henry Ford's first Model T was designed to run on a methanol petrol produced from hemp seeds.


"Corporate Wellness Solutions During Slow Season"


By Debra K, Television Host of Journey into Wellbeing, Author, Entrepreneur, and Natural Health Explorer Co-Chair, FSA Education Committee

If you are a traditional Florida spa, then most likely, you are experiencing a slower time of year. This is the perfect time to work on things that get pushed aside during peak season...things like employee development, property updates, and placing focus on your community.

It is possible to take the healing benefits of spa outside your four walls.

Read On...

Bloom Where You Are Planted

How many times have we thought we will be happier when we make more money, or get a promotion, or find Mr. or Mrs. Right, or a plethora of other reasons we think will make us happy or our lives better?

This month, we share a great message from author Jon Gordon. Jon's message is a powerful reminder about our need to grow where we are planted!

We often think that the grass will be greener somewhere else.

We believe we'll be happier and more successful anywhere but where we are.

So we pursue happiness and chase success, thinking one day we will magically find them. But rarely will we find happiness and success by seeking them.

I've learned if you want success, you can't chase it.

Instead, you must decide to make a difference where you are... and success will find you.

I've learned if you want to find happiness don't seek it.

Instead, decide to work with passion and purpose... and happiness will find you.

Happiness is a byproduct of feeling fulfilled.

The key to experiencing real success and true happiness is to be The Seed and plant yourself.

When you plant yourself where you are with a passionate desire to make a difference, you'll grow into the influencer you were born to be.

When you serve in small ways, you get more opportunity to serve in bigger ways.

Too many people want instant success and gratification! Too many athletes want to be traded because think they'll be more successful on another team. Too many employees complain that their co-workers aren't working hard enough and this affects their own performance. Too many sales people compare themselves to others and become frustrated and disengaged. Too many people worry about what everyone else is doing instead of focusing on what they are doing. Too many people run from challenges instead of developing stronger roots.

If you are like me, you've been one of these people. Most of us have at one time or another. It's human nature, after all.

That's why I want to encourage you to remember that your job is not to worry about things you can't control.

Your job is not to run away from where you are in the hope of finding greener pastures.

Your job is to plant yourself each day and be the best you can be as you bring out the best in others.

Your job is to grow yourself and grow others.

When you do this and allow yourself to be used for a greater purpose, a greater purpose will move through you and bring greater opportunities, greater success, and greater joy and happiness to you.

The greenest pasture is not somewhere else. It's the place where you plant yourself and grow into the leader you were born to be. When you do, you'll produce an abundant harvest filled with real success and true happiness.

Have a great, week unless you choose otherwise.


  • August 3 - CMAA 2016 Summer Conference Series at The Breakers, Palm Beakers
  • August 5 - International Beer Day
  • August 16 - "Spa Elegance" The FSA Event at the Breakers, Palm Beach
  • August 31 - National Dog Day

Midsummer Detox: Superfood Quinoa Bowl

    For the Bowl:
  • 6 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 medium head of broccoli, florets removed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup Blue Diamond Almonds
  • 1 batch Sesame-Soy Vinaigrette (see below)
  • toasted sesame seeds or chia seeds, for garnish
For the Sesame-Soy Vinaigrette Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup neutral-flavored cooking oil (i.e. vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave, to make this vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • pinch of salt and black pepper
  • How to make this recipe

    1. Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil (while the quinoa is cooking in a separate pan). Add broccoli florets and cook for 1-2 minutes until tender and vibrant green. Remove with a slotted spoon, and transfer to a separate plate and set aside. Add shelled edamame to the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to the plate with the broccoli.
    2. Meanwhile, add the kale to a large mixing bowl along with 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Use your hands to massage the vinaigrette into the kale for 1-2 minutes, or until the kale is soft and turns a darker green. Set aside.
    3. Once your quinoa is cooked, portion it out equally among 4 serving bowls. Top each with equal portions of the broccoli and edamame, kale, sliced avocado, and almonds. Then drizzle each equally with the vinaigrette, and sprinkle with sesame seeds or chia seeds for garnish. Serve warm.
    4. I recommend cooking quinoa in chicken or vegetable stock for extra flavor.