Insider's Guide to Spas

About Us

Insiders Guide to Spas is a celebration of the people, the places, and the very fundamentals that make up the wonderful world of Spa. Our mission is simple—to keep Spa Culture at the forefront of health and wellbeing.. Think of Insider’s as a watering hole where we gather to share our experiences and ideas and to learn about new treatments and new places to visit. After all, spas grew up around bodies of water—hot springs and lakes and rivers—places where people laid down their weapons to take the waters. Spas have always been places of refuge. Step inside, and let us gently guide you.

About Our Founder

Mary Bemis, Editor and Founder of Insider's Guide to Spas

Mary Bemis, Editorial Director and Founder of
Insider’s Guide to Spas

Mary Bemis is a spa media entrepreneur who specializes in start-ups, having worked as founding Editor-in-Chief for American Spa and co-founder & Editor-in-Chief of Organic Spa magazines, and on the launch teams of Luxury SpaFinder and New Beauty magazines., launched in October 2013, is a highly respected indie publication that won her recognition as one of Folio ’s Top Women in Media. Honored by the International Spa Association with the distinguished ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award, Mary was recently named a “Wonder Woman of Wellness” by American Spa magazine.

A pioneer in sustainable spa and green beauty, Mary has co-curated Cosmoprof North America’s Discover Green exhibit since its inception. She recently served as Strategic Advisor for the Green Spa Network and is a juror for the Women in Wellness Awards, Spafinder’s Wellness Travel Awards, and the Green Spa Network’s Annual Sustainability Awards. She is a founding Board member of the Washington Spa Alliance and an advisor to the non-profit Global Wellness Day. A past Director of the International Spa Association and the New York Spa Alliance, Mary serves on the Advisory Committees of the Balneology Association of North America and (BANA) and the Advanced Spa Therapy Education Certification Council (ASTECC).

A founding Board member of the Washington Spa Alliance, Mary is Symposium Chair Emeritus of WSPA’s respected summit held annually at the National Press Club in DC. She has served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Shape, Spirituality & Health, and Premier Spas magazines, appears on national radio and television programs, and presents at a variety of consumer and trade shows, including the Stanford University-Affiliated Center for Responsible Travel’s Innovators Symposium; The Global Wellness Summit’s Sustainability Initiative; Cosmoprof North America; LOHAS; Natural Products Expo East and West; ISPA; the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference; NYSPA, and elsewhere.

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