In honor of National Honey Month (September), we invited Spa Superhero Julie Tao to fill us in on the singular benefits of raw honey – inside and out. To think of summer is to think of bees humming away from flower to flower, collecting pollen and nectar to take back to the hive. Months later, beekeepers harvest their keeps and pull out panels thick with golden honey in its purest, raw state.
President, Tao Spa Solutions
Julie Raistrick Tao is a 15-year veteran spa management professional with a passion for leading a balanced lifestyle. Her extensive knowledge managing successful luxury spas and executive health clubs has delivered proven results and achievements among both intimate and expansive spa and wellness operations leading to her eventually founding Tao Spa Solutions.
For nine years, Julie was Spa Director at the highly acclaimed Spa Montage Laguna Beach - a luxury resort spa of Montage Hotels & Resorts. Under her management, she helped the spa garner & maintain 5-Star recognition through Mobil & Forbes Travel Guide. Through her tenure with Montage Hotels & Resorts she played an active role in the openings of both Spa Montage Beverly Hills & Deer Valley, consulting on several development projects along with launching and leading their internal Associate focused wellness program.
Her passion for education and mentoring led her to work with University of California at Irvine's Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate Program as both an instructor and Advisory Board member. She also serves on the Executive Board for the Advanced Spa Therapy Education Certification Council (ASTECC) and has been an active member of the International Spa Association serving on several task forces. In 2012, Julie completed Dr. Sear's L.E.A.N. Wellness Institute training and became a certified Health Coach allowing her to offer knowledge & learning to expecting moms and families focusing on setting a solid foundation in lifestyle, exercise, attitude and nutrition.
Superpower: My passion to empower others to find balance in their lives through leadership, healthy choices, and knowledge.
My mission as a Beauty Superhero: To bring awareness to business leaders and consumers on effective yet healthy product choices. I like to be known as the “Organic Superhero.”