JUN 2019

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IN THE NEWS TOP: © GETTY IMAGES; LEFT: COURTESY SOOTHE 74 @dayspamagazine • June 2019 MOBILE MASSAGE UNDER THE SEA Malignant melanoma can be a particularly dangerous form of cancer, and more therapeutic options are constantly being explored. Now, researchers report in ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters that a bacteria from seawater has inspired promising leads for a new way to treat the disease. In 2014, scientists discovered that seriniquinone, a natural product isolated from a rare marine bacteria, showed potent and selective activity against melanoma cells in a test tube. Even better, it was the fi rst small molecule ever shown to target a particular protein involved in cancer proliferation. In their new work, the researchers identifi ed which structural components were key to seriniquinone's activity, and then modifi ed other parts of the molecule to make it more water soluble and easier to purify (both important for making it suitable as a drug). They're currently refi ning these derivatives to optimize activity against melanoma. The bodywork-on-demand business is booming. Case in point: Since launching its app in Los Angeles in 2014, Soothe has expanded into 70 markets across four countries, and has more than 13,000 professionals in its network. The company also introduced a Soothe Plus subscription plan, offering 20 to 25 percent off standard pricing when customers purchase monthly or yearly memberships, as well as Soothe At Work, which sends therapists to workplaces to stretch and massage employees on a subscription basis. Massage pros are embracing the earning potential and fl exible hours that the mobile business model affords. According to Jeff Bishop, Soothe vice president of operations, the company's top therapists typically take four to fi ve appointments a day, working 28 to 35 hours a week. "Therapists receive an hourly rate, plus tips and commissions, and they can accept work requests and take vacations whenever they wish," he says. "Soothe also offers holiday bonuses for therapists who take multiple appointments during peak times, and our par tnership with Kind Health gives them exclusive access to affordable healthcare, vision and dental plans." To learn more about becoming a par t of the Soothe network of professionals, visit Team Work Strategies, a leading national business management training and coaching company for salons, spas and medspas, has announced its sixth annual Team-Based Pay Conference (TBP19) will take place September 29 and 30 at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta. Open to owners, managers and their teams, TBP19 will feature 30 customized sessions based on attendees' Team-Based Pay experiences, and emphasize actionable game plans that attendees can put into immediate use. Breakout topics will include how to handle price increases, calculating starting pay, front desk strategies, team bonuses, building profi ts, increasing frequency of visits, employee growth paths and Instagram best practices. "This year, we pooled the most pressing issues that our coaches encounter when working with salon/spa owners on a daily basis, and built the entire TBP19 agenda around the solutions to those issues," says Strategies vice president Eric Ducoff. TBP19 will also play host to the fi fth annual Team-Based Pay Awards, highlighting 2019's best and brightest Team-Based Pay salons, spas and medspas across eight categories. For more information, visit

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