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Spa And Fitness Industries Begin To Think About Accessibility
March 2, 2004

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA--New technology, spurred on by increasing numbers of people with disabilities, are leading directly to changes in the spa and fitness industries, according to an article by AT Journal writer Julie West.

Many companies that design products for these industries are beginning to see the potential for catering to the large numbers of such customers and are designing their products with accessibility in mind.

Recent designs in massage tables, for instance, make transferring from wheelchairs easy. Some of those same tables can transform instantly into manicure/pedicure stations, facial beds and other types of treatment tables.

Even 'spa wear' is changing to accommodate people who use wheelchairs or walkers. One example is the Handi-Robe which can be put on without the wearer having to stand up. The robe's prototype was designed for actors of the TV series "BayWatch" who needed to make quick wardrobe changes in public.

Other products West featured in her article included "barrier free" massage tubs and convenient, disability-friendly soap dispensers.

Related article:
"Accessibility is Redefining the Spa and Fitness Industries" (AT Journal)

http://www.atnet.org/news/2004/mar04/030104.htm

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