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Spa Therapy

Professional Development/Personal Achievement

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Spa therapy is one of the major success stories of the past ten years, with an increase of almost 200% of new spa developments in this time period. This innovative course will lead you through the knowledge, skills and business awareness required in today’s spa culture to work successfully in a spa or transform your own beauty salon into an oasis of calm renewal. This knowledge will support your plans of opening your own spa business and give you vital information about the purpose of traditional and trend setting therapies and spa equipment and how to use them effectively. You can also benefit from this course if you are a sole trader wanting to learn how to give uplifting and traditional spa therapy to your clients.


  • Lesson One 
    • Introduction
    • The Evolving Spa Culture
      • 21st Century Spas
      • The Need for Spas
      • The Benefits of Spas
  • Lesson Two 
    • Water as the Essential Element
      • Water in the Spa
      • Steam Room
      • Sauna
      • Hammam
      • Rasul
      • Thermal Suite
      • Contra Indications and Precautions
  • Lesson Three 
    • Therapeutic Spa Facilities and Equipment
      • Hot Tubs
      • Hydrotherapy Pools
      • Cold Plunge Pools
      • Ice Rooms
      • Wet Rooms and Wet Areas
      • Watsu Pools
      • Floatation Rooms
      • Dry Floatation Bed
      • Relaxation Space
  • Lesson Four 
    • Therapeutic Spa Facilities and Equipment (Continued)
      • The Changing Room
      • Laundry
      • The Staff Room
      • Manager’s Office
      • The Spa Kitchen and In-House Product Storage
      • Retail Product Storeroom
      • The Multi-purpose Treatment Room
  • Lesson Five 
    • The ‘Customer Journey’
      • Customer Confidence
      • Initiation, Orientation and Completion
    • Spa Lifestyle Consultation
    • Creating a Sense of Ritual
      • Transforming a Spa Experience into a Ritual
      • Preparation Ritual
  • Lesson Six
    • Traditional Spa Treatments
      • Body Wrapping
      • Body Brushing and Body Scrubs
  • Lesson Seven
    • Traditional Spa Treatments (Continued)
      • Mud Wraps
      • Contraindications
      • Aftercare
    • Spa Product Knowledge
      • Detoxifying Ingredients
      • Oils and Lipids
      • Buttersand Fats
  • Lesson Eight
    • Ethically Sourced Products
      • Organic and Wild Crafted Ingredients
    • Signature Product Brands
    • Other Product Brands
      • Combining Different Brands
    • Questions on Lesson Seven
  • Lesson Nine
    • The Treatment Menu
      • Treatment Menu Categories
    • Staffing Your Spa
      • Recruitment and Trade Testing
      • Job Descriptions
      • Contracts and Agreements
  • Lesson Ten 
    • Standard of Performance Manual
    • Marketing and Research
      • The Art of Communication
      • Mystery Shopping
      • The Mission Statement
      • Evaluating Your Spa
      • Image and Style
      • Launching Your Business
      • Ongoing Promotions and Marketing
    • In Conclusion

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.