Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists, 3rd Edition
A Digital Textbook by Anne Williams
Do you want to create with textures, sounds, and aroma? Do you want to offer clients innovative ways to experience wellness? Do you feel inspired by world cultures, natural healing substances, and unique hands-on skills? If you answer, “Yes,” then Spa Bodywork is for you!
You’ll learn more than 20 core spa treatments, including salt glows, body wraps, spa foot treatments, and stone massage. In addition, you’ll find that you can mix and match techniques, spa products, themes, and smellscapes for an unlimited number of original spa sessions. Step-by-step directions, illustrated with photographs, show you how to position clients, apply and remove products, and transition between the phases of a session. Video demonstrations of some spa body treatments bring these techniques to life.
While we discuss wet-room equipment and techniques at various points in the text, the focus is spa treatments in a dry-room setting, emphasizing bodywork. The ability to offer spa services successfully without expensive wet-room equipment opens up several career options in the spa industry. For example, we might decide to work for a luxury spa close to home or overseas. Alternately, we might add bodywork-oriented spa treatments to our massage clinic menus to bring our clients natural products and exceptional services.
We’ll find we can bridge the gap for clients who avoid expensive, overly fussy spa experiences and clients who are curious about spa but don’t want to give up their massages. When you write your spa bodywork menu, review the 28 sample sessions with step-by-step directions for combining core treatments, enhancing treatments, specific products, and smellscapes. The promotional menu descriptions for each sample session make creating your spa bodywork menu a breeze.
You’ll love the stunning visuals in this third edition. Printed textbooks are limited by page number and keep photographs and diagrams to a minimum. However, this digital edition of Spa Bodywork boasts an amazing 1,154 pictures that make it easier to learn.
In the text’s 16-year history, thousands of professional therapists and students in spa programs at massage schools have used Spa Bodywork to explore the exciting spa world while staying true to their identities as massage therapists. We hope Spa Bodywork supports your massage career too.
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: Ongoing access
After Purchase: Once you purchase this course you’ll log into massagemastery.online with your email and password. The course will be waiting for you in the “My Digital Textbooks” area. Click the textbook access button and follow the directions.
Learn 21 Core Spa Treatments: Step-by-step directions with images and diagrams teach you 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.
Learn 28 Complete Sessions: Sample sessions give you 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 your spa menu a breeze.
Create Authentic Smellscapes: A smellscape is the aroma landscape of a session. You’ll learn to combine aromas from natural plant products into sumptuous combinations your clients will love.
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).
Water Therapies: While offering spa treatments in a dry room is the focus, the text outlines wet room treatments and procedures to give you options.
Resources: Resources for Spa Bodywork include spa health forms and treatment records, a treatment planning form, product suppliers contacts, and others.
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