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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, October 08, 2013
The lowdown From its nascent unstructured beginning in the early 90s, the wellness industry in India has evolved rapidly. Improved health awareness and exposure to global beauty and ­fashion trends are driving growth in the wellness space. The need to look and feel good has led to a growing demand for spa ­therapists. Spa therapy focuses on specific areas such as ­aromatherapy, which works on the senses of smell and touch, and ­reflexology, which works on acupressure points on tenzones. It attempts to bring about a balance of the mind, body and soul of the person who is being treated. In the 21st century, spa therapy encompasses holistic therapies, beauty therapy, ­fitness and nutrition. The job prospects are bright in both India as well as abroad. As per a FICCI-PWC 2011 report, the wellness services in India will require 600,000 additional skilled personnel over the next five years. There has been immense growth in the spa ­industry during the past decade. It is, therefore, not ­surprising that spas are facing shortage of skilled and trained personnel, especially trained aestheticians, technicians, cosmetologists, and other experts who ­specialise in beauty treatment

Full time spa therapists work between eight to 10 hours and will find themselves more busy in the evenings than in the ­mornings. Weekends are generally loaded with back-to-back ­therapies
8am: Exercise
9.30am: Head to the workplace
10am: Attend to clients
2.30pm: Lunch
3.00pm: Re-start work
6.30pm: Take a small break
7pm: Hectic work at hand
11pm: Leave for home

The ­payoff
Newly qualified spa therapists may earn around Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 14,000 per month. Therapists with a few years experience can earn between Rs. 14,000 and Rs. 20,000 per month. If they move into ­management, spa therapists may earn Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 80,000 per month or even more

* Tactful and being aware of the needs for client confidentiality
* One should dress and talk smart, be well-groomed and ­follow good personal hygiene 
* Time ­management skills

Getting there
While there are many ­qualifications that one can gain to became a qualified spa therapist/­aesthetician, there are nationally recognised training programmes that offer a good entry point into the spa industry

Institutes and URLs
* Ananda Spa Institute, Hyderabad;
* Ispaa Spa Academy, Cochin;
* Elite International School of Beauty and Spa Therapies, New Zealand;
* Laird Institute of Spa Therapy, United States;

Pros and cons
* Great scope for growth and development
* Decent remuneration
* Flexible working hours
* Expectations are less compared to other professions in this sector
* Fussy clients and bad timings can be a pain

While the importance of professional spa therapists has increased, recruiting trained spa therapists and retaining them remains a challenge -----Divita Kanoria, chief wellness officer, The Vedic Collection