October 18th, 2015

Make Your Moonlight your Sunlight; Entrepreneurship during Holiday Season


October begins a period when some retailers make as much as 30% of their yearly sales numbers. Last year 7.4 billion dollars was spent on Halloween followed by Thanksgiving and Black Friday which generated over 2.5 billion in revenue. According to Forrester Research, retail e-commerce numbers approached 130 billion across the U.S and Europe.

To gain insight on how savvy entrepreneurs could make this lucrative period work for them, I decided to talk to Norm Bond, author of Make Money Online with Holiday Marketing. Read the rest of this entry »

October 17th, 2015

ISPA Reports Training & Treatments Will Enhance Spa Growth

ISPAAs reported by Skin Inc magazine, The International Spa Association (ISPA) released its annual 2015 U.S. Spa Industry Study yesterday, covering details about the industry’s growth statistics, a picture of U.S. spa facilities and treatments, and a profile of the spa industry. Read the rest of this entry »

October 6th, 2015

Does Your Spa Service Suck?

hijabLast week I traveled to the Middle East to discuss spa training and increasing retail sales with a well-known company. I was impressed by the opulence and beauty of their spa, it was the type of place designed for indulging in luxurious treatments all day with your girlfriends. Read the rest of this entry »

September 29th, 2015

Crazy Two Weeks in Asia

global spa conference_2I haven’t had an opportunity to post about anything related to increasing retail selling or spa training or therapists in the past two weeks because there’s been a lot going on. First we had to go to Laos to take care of our visa renewals. Read the rest of this entry »

September 9th, 2015


Stones and cannabisCannabis aka marijuana prohibition is entering its 78th year in the United States. But attitudes toward the plant are changing. Compared to 1968 when only 12% of the population supported legalizing marijuana, today the majority supports legalization.

Earlier this year I was very surprised to read that spa and wellness authority Spa Finder had listed “Cannabis: New spa and wellness connections” as their number two trend for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

September 1st, 2015


In today’s competitive spa environment just performing a good service may not be enough. All therapists must be fully informed, trained in spa retail and prepared to offer the full range of products and services to make your guest’s experience extraordinary. Retail education and training is critical for ensuring that the correct products are selected.

Dr. Bryan K. Williams of BW Enterprise tells us why sometimes just giving the customer what they want isn’t enough.

August 29th, 2015

Why Massage Therapists Don’t Want to Sell


For many therapists in the spa industry, retail selling has negative connotations.
Some massage therapists consider their vocation to have roots based in spirituality. They don’t think that commerce should enter into the process. “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s….” Others have expressed discomfort with the idea that as health care providers, making a product recommendation may be crossing their line of authority. Want to read more of my blog published on Huffington Post? CLICK HERE

August 26th, 2015

The Shocking Truth About the Global Spa Industry

Bangkok_980x571I haven’t been on this site in a while. My focus has been on creating a training system for the spa community called “Increasing Your Retail Selling“.

So why am I now back on my site? Quite honestly it’s because my husband told me that I was still getting hundreds of views each week  even though I wasn’t actively posting. The need for information about ethnic skin and issues which pertain to people of African descent is not easy to find. I realized this. I never wanted to disregard this site; it was always a labor of love. Read the rest of this entry »

May 31st, 2015

Lasers and Black Skin-2015 Update for Spas

laser“I’ve come close to getting laser treatments three times. The first, when I was in college, was after a friend’s older sister announced that it was “the greatest thing ever.” She explained that hair-removal treatment was expensive but worth every penny, especially since she never had to worry about a messy bikini line ever again. “I’ve read that black people can’t use lasers,” I said, hoping that her esthetician might have mentioned it to her, though I knew that was unlikely because my friend was white. But all she said was, “Yeah, you should look into that first.”

To read the complete article Why Did It Take So Long to Make Lasers for Black Skin? click here>> http://thecut.io/1HZidWA


Linda Harding-Bond is a Philadelphia native, currently living in Bangkok. She is an educator,  author and principal of Moontide Consulting, a spa retail training company which designs bespoke retail training video programs for spas and new product developers. For more information contact her by e-mail, Linda@Moontideconsulting.com

May 16th, 2015

Ten Favorite 90’s Movies Every Fashion Girl Should Watch

robin 2Harper’s Bazaar just released their list of  THE ’90S FILMS THAT EVERY FASHION GIRL SHOULD WATCH.

Now, I’ll admit that I’m not a “fashion person”  per se but as a spa and beauty professional I’ve been influenced for my entire life by the cinema . Also because American cinema is not as readily available to me in Bangkok, I tend to appreciate it more. Read the rest of this entry »

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