The Spa Professional

In today's industry of massage therapy, it is more important than ever to have knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career. There are a wide range of opportunities available in today's spa environment, and there are many different potential business relationships that will be encountered throughout a typical career. Learning more about the business world will serve to equip the spa professional with information and tools that will inevitably be required as you begin your career.


The Spa Professional Program

This course provides an overview of the theoretical principles for common massage therapy systems and manual techniques. The course discusses the historical influences from a variety of cultures in order to best understand the massage therapy industry and profession today. In addition, the course overviews selected major cautions and contraindications for giving massage, as well as the effects and benefits of proper massage therapy treatments. The course prepares students with fundamental knowledge about sanitation, and creating an appropriate environment to perform massage therapy services with ethical and professional boundaries. The course also serves to introduce both the theoretical basis as well as the demonstration of fundamental manual techniques in the traditional discipline of Western Massage (i.e. Swedish massage), and the contemporary systems of Myofascial Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Reflexology. This course provides instruction the focuses on the basic knowledge and skills of business and professional development, including writing resumes, goal setting, self-care, and job interview comportment. Students will also have the knowledge and tools for basic entrepreneurship, including marketing for massage therapy. Finally, the course emphasizes utmost professionalism and ethical behavior.


Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will:

  • Comprehend foundational knowledge for understanding and applying massage therapy.
  • Gain insight into the philosophical and historical background of massage therapy.
  • Explain the effects and benefits of massage.
  • Understand clinical applications of massage.
  • Understand general guidelines for giving massage including hygiene, setting up the physical environment, and elements of performance.
  • Understand the basic physiology of trigger points, and explain the manual techniques used to treat trigger points as a massage therapist.
  • Understand the principles of Reflexology and explain the basic techniques used to treat the various systems of the body with the application of manual reflexology methods.
  • Develop career strategies, set goals, and plan for ongoing professional development
  • Navigate the career path with sound business practices and ethical behavior
  • Have the basic knowledge and tools for basic entrepreneurship, including marketing
  • Observe ethical and professional behavior in accordance with ethical codes from the leading professional organizations in the industry
  • Use Microsoft Office


Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.


National Certification

Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.


Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.