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Ms. Polley

Magnolia Polley

Partner, The Green Team Project

Magnolia Polley was just 16 years old and still attending high school when she won her first recognition for writing articles published in her local newspaper. It came from The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association in 1994, for “Best Education Story”. It was not until she was seated at the award ceremony that she learned that she was the youngest person in Washington State to win an award for journalism.

Majoring in Cultural Anthropology in college and attending a variety of schools in between travel and personal studies,  Ms. Polley became interested in the tradition of oral history among the Native American culture. At the time she was studying with a traditional Indian Medicine Doctor and completing contract classes for college, and because of this exceptional opportunity, she experienced many years of passed down oral history and was given rare permission to record many of these stories.

Ms. Polley travelled with her teacher when time allowed and participated in ceremonies until 1999. Still under the wing of her Native American teacher,  she relocated to Hawaii to experience a culture steeped in traditional healing and completed her education in Massage Therapy in Maui in 2001.

Ms. Polley ran her own massage and body work business in Washington until 2003, when she accepted a job offer in Napa Valley, California, to be on the opening team at the Carneros Inn.  She was selected for the lead position to supervise and train a team of therapists that soon were awarded “Best Spa Massage in the Country” in 2004, with a high mobile rating to follow. It was also in 2004 that The DeBeers Diamond Company scouted her to create and premier her, “Diamond Therapy”, at celebrity and press based events such as the Academy Awards in Hollywood. She promoted herself, the Carneros Inn and DeBeers with her celebrity therapies through 2006.

Her celebrity clients include, Heath Ledger, Jenifer Love-Hewitt, Tyra Banks, Joy Bryant, Nick Lachey, Maggie Gyllenhaul, Angela Bassette, Ted Casablanca, Mike Rowe, Jeremy Piven, Nicollette Sheridon, Teri Hatcher, Amanda Seyfried, and Jerry Bruckheimer, just to name a few. This brought atypical opportunity for Ms. Polley to appear on TV with Demi Moore and Paris Hilton, as well as to perform her therapies for the Discovery Channel, E!, and the Today Show, explaining her new therapies and the healing potential of diamonds.

In 2006, Ms. Polley authored her first book called, “The Diamond Path: A Guide to the Art of Healing”. More recently, Ms. Polley has been involved with independent consulting opportunities for developing resorts and healing facilities. She is currently a CEO and partner on a resort project in Hong Kong that incorporates healing atmospheres with healing foods and includes a cutting edge approach to healing the body from the inside and outside. Ms. Polley is also a Minister, performing alternative and traditional ceremonies. Although her interests vary, she is decribed as a cultural researcher, poet/writer, teacher and healer.

Ms. Polley can be contacted at 509-393-1810 or polleynapa@aol.com

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. 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.