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Ms. Hercik

Cecilia Hercik

Founder & President, C-Spa Consulting

Cecilia Hercik brings over 25 years of experience in resort and spa openings, both nationally and internationally, and has an extensive background in spa management and hospitality operations. She has worked for such companies as Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Aveda-Neill Corporation, Waldorf Astoria Resorts and WTS International Spa Consulting Company. A graduate of the Instituto Metropolitano of Lima, Peru and studies and certifications from the Florida Community College of Jacksonville, Florida; Ms. Hercik is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is also certified by the Global College of Natural Medicine as a Nutritionist Consultant. Ms. Hercik started her career working in various management positions with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in Florida and has been with this company for 12 years, eventually becoming their first Executive Spa Director at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Or-leans. She then spent the next two years as the Corporate Spa Director for Aveda-Neill Corporation overseeing 10 Day Spas before returning back to resort spa operations as the Director of Spa Sales & Operation for Spa Grande at The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. At Spa Grande, Ms. Hercik was responsible for overseeing the 50,000 square foot spa facility with its 200 workers and has been with the company for over 7 years. In September of 2011, she joined WTS International as the Regional Director of Spa Opera-tions for Hawaii responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the award win-ning Kapalua Spa in Maui, a 45,000 square foot Destination Spa, and the Spa at Trump Waikiki Hotel at Oahu, a luxurious Boutique Spa. And now, owner and founder of C-SPA Consulting firm and Managing Partner at Lumeria Crystal Spa located in Lumeria Maui Retreat, Hawaii. Ms. Hercik is a member of the International Spa Association (ISPA) as well as a member and the Board Treasurer for the Hawaii Spa Association (Hi-Spa). She is also a member of Maui's Hui Hoaloha, a dedicated group of successful women who represent a diverse cross section of the community and who continue to impact the lives of others through their philanthropy & Mana'olana Pink Paddlers -Nonprofit Organization against cancer.

Ms. Hercik can be contacted at 808-870-4692 or cecilia@cspaconsulting.com

Coming up in July 2018...

Hotel Spa: Oasis Unplugged

The driving force in current hotel spa trends is the effort to manage unprecedented levels of stress experienced by their clients. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by demanding careers and technology overload, people are craving places where they can go to momentarily escape the rigors of their daily lives. As a result, spas are positioning themselves as oases of unplugged human connection, where mindfulness and contemplation activities are becoming increasingly important. One leading hotel spa offers their clients the option to experience their treatments in total silence - no music, no talking, and no advice from the therapist - just pure unadulterated silence. Another leading hotel spa is working with a reputable medical clinic to develop a “digital detox” initiative, in which clients will be encouraged to unplug from their devices and engage in mindfulness activities to alleviate the stresses of excessive technology use. Similarly, other spas are counseling clients to resist allowing technology to monopolize their lives, and to engage in meditation and gratitude exercises in its place. The goal is to provide clients with a warm, inviting and tranquil sanctuary from the outside world, in addition to also providing genuine solutions for better sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and natural self-care. To accomplish this, some spas are incorporating a variety of new approaches - cryotherapy, Himalayan salt therapy and ayurveda treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Other spas are growing their own herbs and performing their treatments in lush outdoor gardens. Some spa therapists are being trained to assess a client's individual movement patterns to determine the most beneficial treatment specifically for them. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.