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What Is Spa Therapy?

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Not sure what spa therapy's about? You can find out a few facts about spa therapy here.

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Or, if you want to read more about our spa therapy course, please see our Diploma in Spa Therapies page.

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 utilises 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.

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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 (this list is not exhaustive):

  • 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

Please also note that we do not offer all these areas in our Diploma in Spa Therapies course. For example, fitness would fall under the appropriate fitness and personal training classes held at other fitness-focussed providers.

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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.

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