WHAT IS SPA THERAPY?
In the 21st century, spa therapy is a large area meant to encompass holistic therapies, beauty therapy, fitness and nutrition. With such a large area for consideration, we focus on the holistic therapies we can use in a beauty therapy context, that is building upon the skills and techniques we have learned to further relax and enhance our clients’ well-being.
Spa therapy is not a new to the world. Humans have used water since prehistoric times for its healing properties. This grew to include rituals in some religions, but overall, humanity still utilizes water in spa therapy as a cornerstone.
Spa therapy sometimes focus on specific areas, i.e. aromatherapy works on the senses of smell and touch. To holistically treat a person, treatments should attempt to balance the client.
WHAT TYPE OF TREATMENTS CAN A SPA THERAPIST PERFORM?
Since there is a wide variety of treatments available under the “spa therapy umbrella”, spa therapists may perform some or all of the following treatments:
- Hydrotherapy treatments
- Vichy shower
- Swiss shower
- Scotch hose
- Hydrotherapy bath
- Steam treatments
- Sauna treatments
- Colour therapy
- Light therapy
- Spa aromatherapy
- Auricular heat therapy (Hopi ear candling)
- Diet & nutrition
- Fitness & exercise
- Massage treatments
- Swedish massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Indian head massage
- On-site massage
- Lomilomi massage
- Lymphatic drainage massage
- Shiatsu massage
- Spa aromatherapy massage
- Spa reflexology massage
- Sports massage
- Thai massage
- Traditional Maori massage
HOW DO YOU BECOME A SPA THERAPIST?
You complete either our Diploma in Beauty Therapy & Applied Aesthetics or an NZQA-Approved Diploma in Massage Therapy and then you can apply to train through us in our Diploma in Spa Therapies.
Our Diploma in Spa Therapies is one of the most (if not the most) comprehensive spa therapies courses in New Zealand, and delves not only into the practical treatments but also the theory behind the treatments.
Some clinics and spas will state they want to train you “in-house”. There are many problems with this, including:
- They are not registered with or approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to teach.
- There may be no set standard by which you learn.
- Once you leave their employment, your skills may not be relevant, adequate or to the level expected in the industry.
Our school and course have undergone vigorous approval processes through not only NZQA but also our international governing bodies, meeting both national and international levels of approval.
If you have any questions about training, or would like to ask further questions, by all means, feel free to contact us.
BENEFITS OF SPA THERAPIES
Spa therapies offer different kinds of benefits.They not only help reduce stress but also offer some other great benefits
- Spa Therapies help De-stress
- Spa Therapies help De-toxify
- Spa Therapies Increase Immunity
- Spa Therapies Enhance Beauty
SPA THERAPIES HELP DE-STRESS
1. Reduce stress that shows up in the form of body aches and muscular pains
Manipulations and pressures of massage therapy break down subcutaneous adhesions and prevent fibrosis. In other words, massage therapy ensures that the tissues of your muscles that are normally separate, stay separate. If they were to start growing together, they could cause complications. Massage also helps reduce pain by promoting circulation of blood and helping in lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage is a process by which pain-inducing toxins that accumulate in the body due to an injury or strenuous exercise are eliminated from the body.
2. Reduce stress that shows up in the form of mental tension and anxiety
Almost everyone experiences mental and emotional stress at some point of time or another during the day. Hours of analysing a report or writing code for software may leave you mentally exhausted. An upcoming presentation or examination can make you feel restless. At other times the Monday-morning syndrome may take over and you may not feel like going to work or participating in any activity for no particular reason. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce mental stress and relax the mind by increasing alertness, lower Depression, lower blood pressure & heartbeat and promoting better sleep.
3. Stress that shows up in the form of physical tiredness and mental fatigue
Research shows that people who received massage therapy showed lower levels of fatigue. Traditional Chinese Medicine explains this phenomenon through the theory of meridians. According to this theory, the body is made up of meridians – invisible pathways or channels through which Qi (or energy) flows within the body. Massage therapies remove fatigue by eliminating blockages in the body’s meridians or invisible energy lines. Therapies are of course no substitute for a good night rest, a hearty laugh or the company of friends to help lower stress. However, when adequate rest and entertainment are coupled with a regular visit to the spa the body relaxes faster, far more easily and stays relaxed for longer periods of time.
SPA THERAPIES HELP DE-TOXIFY
Exposure to pollution, erratic eating habits and frequent consumption of alcohol lead to accumulation of toxins in our body. Accumulated toxins interfere with the body’s metabolism and lead to hormonal imbalance and indigestion. It is therefore important to regularly de-toxify one’s body.
One of the ways in which our body de-toxifies itself is through the skin. Our skin is the largest organ of our body. By promoting sweating through the skin the body de-toxifies itself. Spa therapies like body wraps promote sweating which flushes out toxins that accumulate within the body.
SPA THERAPIES INCREASE IMMUNITY
As our body ages, its immunity – the ability to combat diseases and illnesses effectively – reduces. We see this in the fact that an increasing number of people around us become susceptible to common colds, flu etc. as they grow in age.
SPA THERAPIES ENHANCE BEAUTY
Enhancement of beauty is the fourth major reason why you should visit a spa. Book yourself at a spa if you are looking for either of the following benefits:-
1. Glowing Skin: Spa therapies like facials and body polishes use gentle exfoliation techniques to remove dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth which gives you healthy, glowing skin.
2. Age-Reversal: Body wraps and anti-ageing facials firm up loose skin and treat the unsightly appearance of cellulite, revealing younger-looking skin.