Archive for the 'Marti’s Corner' Category

Breathless in Bali

Published on July 2, 2011

A friend of mine sent the following quote to me when he heard I had the opportunity to spend a month in Bali: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but rather by the number of times your breath is taken away.”  By this measure, my last few days in Bali were, well, […]

Why the Global Spa Summit is Important to You!

Published on June 22, 2011

The Global Spa Summit is an invitation only gathering of key decision makers. One of the reasons it has been such an effective organization is that they continue to keep the group very small, allowing for efficient execution on selected initiatives, which results in clear, meaningful outcomes. In other words, they’re lean and get things […]

Evidence Based Medicine Portal for Spa and Wellness Therapies

Published on June 16, 2011

Did you know there is hard science backing the efficacy of spa treatments? Plenty of data exists that will give you the evidence you need to show your clients the medical and healing benefits of the services you are providing to them. The Global Spa Summit has created a new tool that will make it […]

Inspiring Ideas from the Global Spa Summit

Published on June 3, 2011

Marti Morenings The Global Spa Summit (GSS) began with rousing opening remarks by its president, Susie Ellis, as she summarized the accomplishments over the past 12 months and then asked the delegates to think about the future projects that GSS might support.  She energetically stated, “By galvanizing all 80,000+ spas around the world and an even larger […]

Prayers and Blessings at the Padmasana Temple

Published on May 28, 2011

The Balinese often pray as an act of worship and gratitude, and their commitment and sincerity is a beautiful thing to witness.  Most homes and businesses have temples of varying sizes so that their frequent prayer rituals can be respected.  The Padmasana Temple, located on the COMO Shambhala Estate, is primarily for employees and Hindu […]

Three Days of Luxury at COMO Shambhala Estate

Published on May 27, 2011

I had the incredible opportunity to visit the COMO Shambhala Estate for a few days of pre-summit activities with some of the other Global Spa Summit delegates, and during this excursion, I was totally enveloped in 5 star luxury at its best.  Located just a short drive from Ubud, Bali’s cultural hub, the Estate is surrounded […]

Yoga at Desa Seni

Published on May 25, 2011

One of the things I was looking forward to doing in Bali was yoga, and little did I know that I would be staying at a place that provided a serious lineup of yoga classes.   Desa Seni has a beautiful outdoor studio, and their reputation for outstanding yoga classes is a drawing card, not only […]

Motorcycle Jaunt to Seminyak

Published on May 24, 2011

I met with Jay Rohrer, the founder of Ritual Alami™, the authentic Indonesian body care line made right here in Bali.  Since everything in Bali is done on an extremely casual basis, our business meeting was conducted in shorts and flip flops, and Jay picked me up on a motorcycle. We toured the trendy city […]

Trek to the Top of Mount Batur

Published on May 17, 2011

Part of my Indonesian adventure was the hike to the top of Mount Batur, the second highest mountain (about 5,600 ft. above sea level) in Bali and the site of one of several active volcanoes on the island. In order to make the 3 hour trek to the peak for sunrise, I started the climb […]

Desa Seni Village Resort’s Commitment to Community and Environment

Published on May 16, 2011

One of the reasons I chose to visit Desa Seni Village Resort was because of its eco-friendly initiatives. Their mission is, as Gandhi famously said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”  The entire resort was built with recycled, repurposed, and sustainable products from local sources, all without altering the land structure and […]