Spa community joins together to provide “hands on” support to aid Haitian recovery

New York – Jan. 29, 2010 — Bringing its own version of love with a holistic twist, Healing Arts For Haiti will provide a “message in the massage” on Feb. 12 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 42nd Street, New York. This one-of-a-kind event will support the ongoing efforts to benefit the people of Haiti who have been devastated by earthquakes and subsequent tremors.

Healing Arts For Haiti is a collaboration bringing together more than 200 professionals from the spa and healing arts community and the health and beauty industry of New York City metro area for an event to bring the art of healing to the act of giving all in one location. Participants in the event can partake of an extensive array of special services ranging from massages and manicures to yoga and fitness. Also, there will be opportunities to participate in the Healing Arts For Haiti silent auction featuring spa treatments, gift items, gift certificates and more and. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit efforts to assist the Haitian community to rebuild.

“This landmark event is taking place on the weekend of Valentine’s Day, and it gives us in the spa community and our health and beauty partners an opportunity to send our love in the form of support and encouragement,” states Bruce Schoenberg, co-founder, Oasis Day Spa and fundraising chair, Healing Arts For Haiti. “All our efforts are voluntary, and we wanted to bring our own special skill set into the fundraising efforts and provide an event that focuses on renewal and positive energy for a good cause.” Along with Oasis Day Spa and Swedish Institute, additional supporting organizations and media partners include: The Grand Hyatt Hotel New York, Spa Magazine, American Spa Magazine, Curiosity Works, Reed Exhibition, SpaFinder, Savoy Professional Magazine, Matis Paris, MD Corrective Care, What’s Hot! and Day Spa Association.

“The outpouring of support from New York state licensed massage therapists has been tremendous so far and there are still opportunities available for other practitioners of the healing arts to embrace the spirit of this event,” comments Meg Darnell, dean of alumni and student services, Swedish Institute, a college of health sciences. “We can touch the world and make a difference.”

UNICEF® is the designated charity for the event because of its international role in aiding children.

Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. The Grand Hyatt Hotel is located at 109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Terminal, New York, New York 10017. For more information and to find out how you can help Healing Arts For Haiti, call (646) 328-1620 or visit