Archive for October 20th, 2009

Spa Montage Teams With ASTECC to Offer Continuing Education Classes

montage_poolTherapists from all over can now reap the benefits of the continuing education program at Spa Montage (Laguna Beach, CA) thanks to a new partnership the spa has formed with the American Spa Therapy Education Certification Council (ASTECC). Anne Bramham, president of ASTECC, will teach two courses, one basic and one advanced, on Vodder School Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) at Spa Montage.

Basic Body
(Nov. 9-13, 8am-4:30pm, $950 per student/40 credits)
Course lectures detail the anatomy and physiology of the lymph vessel system, fluid balance, and the body’s transportation system along with the effects and contra-indications of MLD. Practical training includes instruction in MLD techniques and protocols for specific body parts.

Advanced Spa Body
(Dec. 13-18, 8am-4:30pm, $1,100 per student/50 credits)
Focusing on the specific use of Manual Lymphatic Drainage in leisure and medical spa settings, this class concentrates on treatment protocols for pre- and post-cosmetic surgery, dermatological indications, cellulite, fluid retention, trauma, and lifestyle disorders. Prerequisite: Basic Body.

Practitioners who complete either class will be certified with 40 or 50 hours of continued education credits. Because courses are limited to 14 students, early registration is recommended.

To register or learn more, contact Anne Bramham at (800) 575-0518 or email You may also visit to download the registration form.

Practitioners from outside the Laguna Beach area can take advantage of exclusive student room rates available at Montage Laguna Beach for Nov. 8-13 and Dec. 12-18. For reservations, contact Montage at (888) 715-6700.

Fairmont Sates the Need for Speed—and Spa

fairmontNot only does Sonoma County, CA, offer visitors a chance to slow down and savor the good life but it also allows them to gear up and reach adrenaline-pumping speeds. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa invites guests to enjoy its Speed Meets Spa Package with Jim Russell Racing School. Starting at $5,391 for a three-night stay, guests can enjoy the thrill of formula racing during two days of classes at the Infineon Raceway. After catching a glimpse into the life of a competitive racecar driver, guests can refuel in the lap of luxury at the resort’s 40,000 square foot spa. The package includes two 60-minute treatments, as well as dinner for two at Santé Restaurant and a wine tasting at Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves. This package allows guests to take the fast track to fun and relaxation.

For more spa happenings in Sonoma, keep an eye out for American Spa’s November issue.

SpaQuality Updates Spa Management Standards Manual

4591SpaQuality LLC has released the fifth edition of its quality system management standards for spas, The International Standards of SpaExcellence 2010. The Standards have been reorganized and expanded, and more guidance and examples have been provided. The Standards, now featuring more than 200 pages, are offered in both print and pdf file format, making it even easier for spas to garner the valuable management tips.  Key changes to the 2010 Standards include:

  • A new model of a process-based spa quality system
  • Deletion of the Management section
  • Addition of an Intention and Strategy section
  • Addition of general quality management concepts as they apply to the spa industry
  • Addition of a Leadership section
  • Addition of general leadership concepts as they apply to the spa industry
  • Guidance, examples, and tools have been combined and immediately follow the associated Standard element
  • Addition of an index
  • Addition of a biography of the authors
  • Addition of a resource section
  • Presented both as The Standards alone and as The Standards with Guidance and Examples
  • Tabbed for easy use (print only)

The retail price for the print version is $195, and is shipped only in the U.S. The retail price for the pdf version is $95, and it is emailed globally as an electronic file. For more information, call (302) 426-0274 or visit

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