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Spa & Resort Techniques

(2.0 credit hours, 45 clock hours)

Spa & Resort Techniques

Spas have become the largest employers of massage therapists in the U.S. Spa techniques combine natural healing traditions with relaxation & restoration for the spa massage client. Spa training prepares the massage or shiatsu therapist to find employment in spa establishments, resorts, hotels, salons, and cruise ships. Bodywork therapists also incorporate spa techniques into private practice without the need for extensive equipment or special “wet room” facilities. The foundation of CenterPoint’s Spa & Resort course is therapeutic. Spa techniques are taught from the healing perspective in addition to comfort and relaxation. These ancient practices have therapeutic benefits for todays massage clients.

In this course students discover historical background for spa and resort massage, and a vast array of spa techniques including wraps, clay application, hydrotherapy, heated stone massage, and much more. Essential Oils and Aromatherapy are introduced and integrated into many of the Spa treatments. Students learn and practice:

  • Safe use of hot and cold stones to bring balance and grounding to clients
  • The art, science, and application of Aromatherapy Exfoliation techniques using salt, sugar and manual brushing
  • Body wraps with various mediums including clay, mud, seaweed, herbs
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Marketing ideas


Spa & Resort Techniques is an excellent way to expand your sessions with clients. You can combine many of the spa techniques with your massage or shiatsu sessions to create just the right treatment. Select this Elective to learn many tools to offer a wide range of services to your clients, both in private practice and in established businesses. This course is recommended for students who wish to work in the Spa industry.

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