Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists, 3rd Edition
A Digital Textbook by Anne Williams
Adding a spa program to your massage school is easier than you think. In Spa Bodywork’s 16-year history, thousands of professional therapists and students have used the text to explore the exciting world of spa while staying true to their identities as massage therapists.
In this expanded digital edition, students learn 20 core treatments, including salt glows, body wraps, spa foot treatments, stone massage, ayurvedic bodywork, and more. Step-by-step directions, illustrated with photographs, show students how to position clients, apply and remove products, and transition between the phases of a session. In addition, video demonstrations of some body treatments bring these techniques to life.
Students learn to mix and match techniques through 28 sample sessions with directions for combining core treatments, enhancing treatments, specific products, and smellscapes. The promotional menu descriptions for each sample session make creating a spa bodywork menu a breeze.
When your school adopts Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists for your program, we’ll give you access to a complete modular spa curriculum, including lesson plans, preparation guides, PowerPoint slides, and more. Students demonstrate their progress through reading assignments in the digital textbook by passing lesson quizzes. You’ll be able to view student quiz scores, the number of attempts they made to pass a quiz, and even missed items.
Introduction to the 3rd Edition
Lesson 01: Spa from Past to Present
A Brief History of Spa
Basic Spa Categories
The Spa Client
Spa Into the Future
Lesson 02: Spa Equipment and Products
Dry Room Equipment
Wet Room Equipment
Your Spa Environment
Lesson 03: Spa Hygiene
Diseases and Disease Transmission
Handling Linens Properly
Cleaning Your Session Room
Cleaning Your Wet Room and Special Equipment
Cleaning Common Areas
Lesson 04: Spa Safety
Cautions and Contraindication
Working Safely with the Integumentary System
Common Conditions that Require Caution
Spa Documentation and Critical Thinking
Creating a Safe Environment
Lesson 05: Foundational Spa Skills
Basic Application Techniques
Dry Room Removal Techniques
Wet Room Removal Techniques
Your Spa Massage
A Spa Face Massage Routine
Lesson 06: Water Therapies
The Therapeutic Characteristics of Water
Hydrotherapy and Homeostasis
Hydrotherapy Benefits and Effects
Effects from Specific Temperatures
Effects from Dissolved Substances
Hydrotherapy Specific Cautions and Contraindication
Hydrotherapy Safety Guidelines
Lesson 07: An Introduction to Aromatherapy for Spa
Aromatic Plant Products
Essential Oil Pathways Through the Body
An Overview of Physiological Effects from Aromatherapy
An Overview of Psychological Effects from Aromatherapy
Basic Blending Techniques
Reference: Physiological & Psychological Effects of Essential Oils
Lesson 08: Exfoliation Treatments
Sample Session: The Roman Tonic
The Salt or Sugar Glow
Sample Session: The Dead Sea Salt Glow
Sample Session: The Citrus Sugar Glow
Sample Session: Wine and Roses
The Body Polish and Body Scrub
Sample Session: Sedona Twilight
Sample Session: Botanical Body Bliss
Lesson 09: Body Wraps
Introduction to Body Wraps
The Sheet Wrap Overview
Practice a Sheet Wrap
Sample Session: The Herbal Detox Wrap
Sample Session: Super Green Smoothy
Sample Session: Café Americano
The Cocoon Overview
Practice a Cocoon
Sample Session: European Honey Glaze
Sample Session: Chocolate Decadence
Sample Session: Athlete’s Muscle Recovery
The Tension Wrap
Lesson 10: Spa Foot Treatments
Foot Treatment Overview
Soaking, Cleansing, and Exfoliation
Foot Massage Routine
Reflexology Wellness Routine
Foot Treatment Products
Practice a Spa Foot Treatment
Sample Session: The Beach Feet Tingle
Sample Session: Take a Hike!
Sample Session: The Barefoot Rebel
Lesson 11: Fangotherapy
Get to Know Fango
Sample Session: Baltic Mud Wrap
Sample Session: Less Back Pain is Moor!
Sample Session: Parafango Body Boost
Lesson 12: Thalassotherapy
Get to Know Seaweed
Sample Session: Seaweed Slimdown
Sample Session: Mermaid Shimmer
Sample Session: Seaweed Massage
Lesson 13: Stone Massage
Stone Massage Overview
Stone Massage Equipment
Working with Placement Stones
Stone Massage Table Skills
Stone Massage Techniques
Full-Body Stone Massage Procedure
Sample Session: Aromatic Body Stone Therapy
Sample Session: Zen Stone Glow
Sample Session: Sea Stones Detox
Lesson 14: Ayurveda-Inspired Spa Treatments
Introduction to the Subtle Body
The Vata Profile
The Pitta Profile
The Kapha Profile
The Dosha Questionnaire
Ayurveda Body Treatments Overview
Indian Head Massage
Synchronized Abhyanga Routine
An Ayurveda-Inspired Bodywork Menu
Lesson 15: Indonesian-Inspired Spa Treatments
Indonesian Spa Ingredients
Indonesian Spa Treatments Overview
Balinese Massage Techniques
Sample Session: Balinese Massage
Sample Session: Sumatra Spice Polish
Sample Session: Balinese Boreh
Sample Session: Javanese Lulur Ritual
Lesson 16: Your Spa Program
Is Spa a Good Fit for Your Practice?
Finding Inspiration and Exploring Possibilities
Choosing Spa Treatments for Your Program
Designing Individual Sessions
Your Spa Menu
Drape and position clients properly for spa treatments.
Use effective methods for applying and removing spa products like mud, seaweed, and others without expensive wet room equipment.
Learn 20 core spa treatments like salt glows, body wraps, spa foot treatments, mud, and seaweed applications.
Discover stone massage, ayurvedic bodywork, Indonesian bodywork, and reflexology.
Explore spa hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, and enhancing treatments that improve any massage experience.
Plan a balanced spa menu for your massage business.
Create experiences for clients who are curious about spa but don’t want to give up their massages.
Learn to work with wet-room equipment like Swiss showers, Vichy showers, hydrotherapy tubs, and more should you want to open a spa or work at a resort.
Subscription Period: Eighteen Months
Learn 21 Core Spa Treatments: Step-by-step directions with images and diagrams teach students 20 core spa treatments you can deliver in a dry room without expensive wet-room equipment. Mix and match techniques, spa products, and smellscapes for an unlimited number of spa services.
Video Content: Video demonstrations of spa techniques and treatments guide massage students and professionals in learning these fun and artistic methods for the first time.
Text Translation: So long as they use Chrome as their browser, students with English as a second language can instantly translate the text into their native language so that they never miss a concept.
Learn 28 Complete Sessions: Sample sessions give students step-by-step directions for combining core treatments, enhancing treatments, specific products, and smellscapes into satisfying client sessions. Promotional menu descriptions for each sample session make creating a spa menu a breeze.
Visually Stunning: Concepts come alive with striking imagery and appealing graphic design. Printed textbooks are limited by page number and keep visuals to a minimum. In the digital world, more is more when it comes to visual aids. This digital edition boasts 1,154 photos (compared to printed textbooks with around 350 images for the same content).
Easy Navigation: Cleaver web navigation puts an entire textbook a click away and provides an ongoing outline to help students mentally frame the content they are learning.
Check It Off Progress: Oh, the motivating power of a checkmark! Students get a dose of satisfaction when they mark topics and lessons complete and see the progress bar advance.
Resources: Resources for Spa Bodywork include spa health forms and treatment records, a treatment planning form, product suppliers contacts, and others.
Wholesale Prices for Adopting Schools
Adopting schools pay just $19.99 per student for the Spa Bodywork text. To receive wholesale pricing, and view student progress and quiz scores, we’ll set you up with a school account and give you Group Leader status in our system. You’ll purchase textbooks from the textbook catalog located on your massage school dashboard. Login now, and choose “school dashboard” if you are already a Group Leader. To find out more, become a Group Leader, or request review copies, please follow the link below.
When you adopt Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists for your spa training program, we’ll give you access to a complete modular spa program curriculum including lesson plans, preparation guides, PowerPoint slides, and more. Quizzes are included in the digital textbook. You’ll be able to view student quiz scores, the number of attempts they made to pass a quiz, and even missed items. Enjoy the sample sessions including promotional descriptions, supplies, set-up, and dry room and wet room procedural steps. These samples will make creating your own student clinic spa menu a breeze.