Higher Education

The Complete Spa Book for Massage Therapists, 1st Edition

  • Steve Capellini
  • ISBN-10: 1418000140  |  ISBN-13: 9781418000141
  • 718 Pages
  • © 2010 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $50.50
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The Complete Spa Book for Massage Therapists is specifically for massage therapy students who want to succeed in the spa industry, whether as an employee or an owner of their own spa. It is the only book that includes extensive information about real-world working conditions in actual spas, with an enormous amount of feedback from working spa directors and owners regarding what they are looking for in employees. Beyond giving explanations and step-by-step instructions regarding a wide range of spa modalities, the book offers an in-depth look at topics that many other resources do not cover.

Features and Benefits

  • Specifically targets massage therapists only.
  • Educational components such as review questions and glossary are customized for this audience to create the optimal learning experience.
  • Shows therapists how to get a job in the spa industry, how to be the best employee, how to effectively retail spa products and how to open and run a small spa.
  • Includes information about real-world “Hydrotherapy for the 21st Century,” Based on feedback from working spa owners and directors at top properties so readers will learn what actual employers want them to know increasing their employability.
  • Offers profiles of real-life professionals in the spa industry.

Table of Contents

Part I. Spa History and Development.
1. In the Beginning—Spas’ Watery Roots.
2. Spas in the Modern Age.
3. Spa Equipment & Facilities.
Part II. Hydrotherapy for the 21st Century: WATER-BASED SPA TREATMENTS.
4. Bath and Shower Techniques.
5. Heat & Cold Applications.
6. Exfoliation.
7. Thalassotherapy.
8. Body Wraps.
9. Spa Massage.
10. Stone Therapy.
11. Aromatherapy.
12. Advanced Modalities.
13. Esthetic Modalities for the LMT.
14. Finding Spa Work.
15. Becoming a Valuable Spa Employee.
16. Spa Retailing for Massage Therapists.
17. Opening a Therapeutic Spa.
18. Spa Operations.
Key Terms.


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Instructor Supplements

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1418000159 | ISBN-13: 9781418000158)

This resource helps students recognize, understand, and retain key concepts while minimizing assistance from the educator.

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Course Management Guide on CD  (ISBN-10: 1418000175 | ISBN-13: 9781418000172)

This is the primary instructor resource to The Complete Spa Book for Massage Therapists. It contains all of the tools educators need to make teaching exceptional and easy and designed to facilitate strong classroom management. This will dramatically increase student interest and understanding.

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Instructor's Support Slides on CD  (ISBN-10: 1439060401 | ISBN-13: 9781439060407)

This CD-ROM provides a chapter-by-chapter outline of important discussion topics in Microsoft PowerPoint with hundreds of slides featuring images that correlate with the text, with the added feature of graphics from the text to capture the visual learner’s interest. Files can be downloaded to the instructor’s computer and amended as desired. The Instructor Support Slides is a saleable only product.

Student Supplements

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1418000159 | ISBN-13: 9781418000158)

The Complete Spa Book for Massage Therapists Workbook contains detailed interactive exercises such as fill-in-the-blank and matching, designed to reinforce learning and increase student comprehension.

List Price = $31.95  | CengageBrain Price = $31.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $25.75

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Steve Capellini

Steve Capellini is a therapist, trainer, traveling consultant and writer. He has successfully organized and trained massage staffs in several cities and leads spa training workshops and seminars across the nation. He has been an instructor at several massage schools and has is own private therapeutic practice in Miami, Florida.