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education Updated: Apr 25, 2012 12:50 IST

The lowdown
Spa therapy is not new to the world. Humans have used water since prehistoric times for its healing properties. This grew to include rituals in some religions, but overall, humanity still utilises water in spa therapy as a cornerstone. Spa therapy focuses on specific areas such as aromatherapy, which works on the senses of smell and touch and reflexology works on acupressure points and on 10 zones. The therapy 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 in the spa industry are bright in both India as well as internationally. 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 that beautify nails, cosmetologists, and other experts who specialise in beauty treatment

Full time spa therapists work between 8-10 hours (maximum 60 hours per week), and will find themselves more tied-up with work in the evenings than in the mornings.

Weekends are generally overloaded with back-to-back therapies
8am: Exercise
9.30am: Head to the workplace
10am: Attend to clients
2.30pm: Lunch
3.00pm: Restart 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 to Rs. 20,000. If they move into management, spa therapists may earn Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 80,000 a month or even more

* Caring attitude
* Good listener
* Tactful and being aware of the needs for client confidentiality
* Should dress and talk smart, be well-groomed and follow good personal hygiene
* Should be aware of health and safety measures
* Should be good with 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
* Vandana Luthra Curls And Curves India Limited (VLCC)
* Ispaa Spa Academy, Cochin

Pros and cons
* Great scope for growth and development
* Pay definitely better than other jobs in the service sector
* Flexible working hours and time for the family
* Great feeling to heal others
* Expectations are less compared to other professions in the service sector
* Fussy clients and bad timings can be a pain

In the 21st century, spa therapy encompasses holistic therapies, beauty therapy, fitness and nutrition Samir Srivastav, business head, Education Division, VLCC