Steps To Spa Management Success

To be able to run a successful spa business isn’t all fun and games. It takes immense hard work and not to mention a lot of hours, planning, and knowledge. The owners of profitable spas get involved in all areas of the business to ensure they’re maximizing their time and profit. Our IHS Online Spa Management Specialisation Course introduces students to the world of spas, taking a comprehensive look at subjects ranging from the history and cultural development of spas to spa terminology and financial realities.

We have put together a few tips to make sure you’re staying on top of the game and setting yourself up for success.

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1. Provide enough treatment room space

There is no use to feeling claustrophobic, be it if you are the guest or the massage therapist. Massage therapists need enough room in a treatment space to do a yoga standing posture alongside the table, and enough room between themselves and the table to allow them to lean forward with a straight back rather than rounding forward. A minimum guideline is two feet of space around the perimeter of the table, allowing extra room by the head for the face cradle. Three feet or more is even better. Considering you will be performing about 5-6 massages per day for an hour a time, you will want to be as comfortable as humanly possible.

2. Massage tables must be adjustable

It is crucial to have your massage table to be adjustable, your massage therapist needs to be comfortable whilst performing their sessions without any strain whatsoever. Tables need to be adjustable to account for the height of the massage therapist, the size of the client and the type of massage being performed.

3. Limit hours and clients.

Massage therapists are not robots, for them to be efficient they need to limit their work time or their consecutive clients. This will vary amongst massage therapist so always note to ask what your massage therapist will be able to handle.

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4. Encourage staff give-and-take

As an employer do all you can to encourage your spa practioners to exchange massage sessions with each other. This will keep them healthy, they will be able to learn different massage therapy techniques as well as avoid burning out and increase their repertoire with each other.

5. Use sustainable massage techniques

The key here is to train your massage therapists thoroughly on the use of forearms and massage tools to relieve stress on their hands. Especially whilst performing deep-tissue work. A massage therapist who is trained in giving an effortless deep-tissue massage is an asset to any spa.

Using the aforementioned tips, massage therapists can do amazing work with less burnout or injury. This inturn translates to less turnover, more productivity, happier clients and a healthier bottom line.

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Graduates who complete the course receive the IHS Short Course Certificate as well as an AHLEI award, making this one of the most valuable and sought-after courses on offer at our Online Campus. If you would like to enrol or know more about this programme, give us a call on 0861 44 33 00 or email us your query at