Tara Spa Therapy, Tara Donna Grodjesk
Tara Donna Grodjesk, president and owner of Tara Spa Therapy, Inc., has devoted her 27 years of experience in wellness to refining bodywork techniques, creating innovative body treatments and offering a careful selection of high quality natural products for health and the spa market today. Since 1989, Tara has been designing programs for world-class hotels, resorts and day spas as well as providing high-quality, detailed training for their therapists.
Ms. Grodjesk has a B.A. in Psychology with Honors from the University of Michigan. She is a Certified Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Educator. She studied Ayurvedic Medicine for 3 years at the College of Natural Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Tara taught and practiced bodywork for 10 years in California, New Mexico, New York and New Jersey. She taught aerobics and yoga to individuals and to groups numbering up to 400. For 6 years, Tara was Director of Bodywise, The Center for Relaxation and Rejuvenation in New York City and in New Jersey.
Tara is committed to continuing education. Tara participated on the International Spa Professionals Association (ISPA) conference committee recommending educational topics and assisting in the selection of speakers. She served on the ISPA Education Committee to help standardize professional skills and ensure quality standards of service. From 2005-2008, Tara served on the board of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM), a state wide organization dedicated to supporting Ayurvedic students and professionals and to educating the general public on Ayurvedic Medicine.
An ISPA member since its inception, Tara chaired ISPA’s first Taskforce on Greening and Sustainability and currently leads the Resource Partner committee which includes vendors and suppliers to the spa industry. She also serves on the board of the Green Spa Network, whose goal is bringing sustainable operating practices to the spa industry.
Ms. Grodjesk was the first to introduce Ayurvedic treatments to the spa industry, bringing a more integrated approach to healthy lifestyle programs in spas. Her focus is in educating health professionals on Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic principles and other healing modalities. Currently, she heads a team of professionals who provide consulting support, with an emphasis on developing spa menus and customizing spa treatments, making product and equipment recommendations and providing training support for those programs.
Tara’s 18 years of product development and packaging experience includes developing customized signature and private label products for world class spa resorts. Her years of working with top spas has afforded her a broad perspective of successful retail sales and merchandising strategies. Based in Carmel, California, Tara Spa Therapy programs are found in world-class spas nationwide and internationally. Tara has lectured extensively and has written for both the beauty and spa industries. She was consulting editor for The Body Shop’s spa book published in 2003 and composed the forward for Ayurvedic Spa published in 2007.
"I have worked with Tara for the last 15 years at a variety of Spas. She is a visionary in the spa industry, both in the products she creates and in the concepts she develops. Tara's products (neck pillows, Ayurveda and Aromatherapy etc) have been copied by many companies over the years. However, we have remained loyal to Tara's brand because of the integrity of her products - we know that she will deliver quality every time." Lara Davidson – Spa Director, The Spa at Pebble Beach