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OCT 2016

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[ 82 ] • DAYSPA • october 2016 in the news industry headlines TOP & BOTTOM LEFT: © GETTY IMAGES B attling breast cancer is in itself a tremendous challenge, and it doesn't help that treatments for the disease can leave women depleted of energy for up to 10 years afterward. However, researchers at the University of Michigan have recently determined that it's possible to sharply reduce moderate to severe post-treatment fatigue with a self-applied acupressure routine. It was previously discovered that this eff ect could be achieved with acupuncture; however, that isn't always accessible, aff ordable or convenient. The researchers worked with 424 breast cancer survivors, randomly selecting groups to self-perform relaxing or stimulating acupressure techniques, or receive the usual post-treat- ment care, including sleep-management methods. The women giving themselves treatments were taught—in one 15-minute session—key acupressure techniques, and were instructed to use them once a day for six weeks. Results measured at the end of the experiment showed a 27% to 34% reduction in fatigue for the women who did acupressure, with two-thirds of those who practiced relaxing acupressure technique achieving "normal" levels of fatigue. These participants also reported improved sleep and overall quality of life. Study author Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH, added that the team is working toward developing a mobile app that teaches acupressure. N a t u r a l F a t i g u e F i g h t e r Natural Fatigue Fighter M arriott is the latest hotel chain to hop aboard the wellness train. The company has installed special Stay Well rooms, created by wellness real estate fi rm Delos, in six of its properties in the southeastern U.S. The Stay Well room concept was developed in response to the growing demand for healthy travel, says Delos founder and CEO, Paul Scialla. The company drew upon evidence about health benefi ts to incorporate wellness-oriented features into the hotel rooms. For around $30 extra per night, Marriott guests can opt for a Stay Well room and enjoy vitamin C-infused showers, advanced air purifi cation, circadian mood lighting, essential oil aromatherapy and more. A Stay Well mobile app showcases additional offerings to wellness-related programs and tools to help guests cope with jet lag, as well as eat and sleep for optimal health. Dr. Deepak Chopra, founder of The Chopra Foundation, who serves on Delos' advisory board, says, "By infusing wellness into the built environment, Delos has pioneered a new movement, and Marriott will contribute to the outstanding success of Stay Well by offering individuals healthy travel solutions." RESERVING WELLNESS Model Behavior Beauty manufacturer and distributor American International Industries (AII) has announced its acquisition of Model in a Bottle. This latest purchase broadens AII's presence in the thriving cosmetics category, says president Zvi Ryzman, citing his enterprise's "wide distribution and expertise in growing niche brands," which has helped many small companies realize their full potential. Model in a Bottle became a cult favorite after releasing its fi rst product—the Original Makeup Setting Spray— nearly 10 years ago. The company later expanded its line to include eyebrow and lipstick sealers. "Like other brands in our portfolio, Model in a Bottle offers innovative products with a fast-growing and loyal customer base," says Ryzman. To learn more about AII's family of nearly 60 companies, visit aiibeauty.com.

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