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The Best of Both Worlds: AIB’s Spa Therapy Program

Staying competitive in the ever-changing beauty and wellness industry is a must! The more education and diverse skill sets you have, the better. One way to set yourself apart is by completing American Institute of Beauty’s innovative Spa Therapy program. This program gives you the unique opportunity to learn two different skill sets, combined into one- Massage Therapy and Skin Care. Becoming a Spa Therapist could allow you to offer a broad range of services to clients, a flexible schedule for work-life balance, and versatile career options!

What is Spa Therapy?

Spa Therapy is a distinctive educational program that combines the areas of Massage Therapy and Esthetics into one. Not only could you become a licensed Massage Therapist, but you will also receive training in skincare, which could give you a competitive skillset for a successful career in the beauty and wellness industry!

Massage therapy student performing neck massage on a guest laying on a massage table

In AIB’s Spa Therapy program, you can learn techniques in Massage Therapy that aid in relaxation and stress reduction and apply these skills in a real-world spa setting on actual guests! These skills include manual techniques such as Swedish and chair massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, hot/cold stone therapy, pre & post-sports event massage, hydrotherapy, and much more. In the Esthetics portion of the program, you can learn how to provide your clients with a comprehensive skin analysis and treatment plan. This includes studying skills and techniques such as European facials, microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, hair removal, skin peels, aromatherapy, and lash & eyebrow tinting, among many more topics!

On top of learning a variety of in-demand skills, you will also work with industry leading brands such as BIOTONE massage products and the Dermalogica skin care line. This can help familiarize you with professional grade products for when you start your career!

How Do I Become a Spa Therapist?

To become a Spa Therapist in the State of Florida, you will first need to meet the requirements to enroll at American Institute of Beauty. Then, you will complete our Spa Therapy program, which is offered at our campus conveniently located in Largo, Florida. After successfully graduating from the program, you will then need to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx), which our course can prepare you for. This exam is necessary in order to become a licensed Massage Therapist. Finally, you will be able to apply for Massage Therapy licensure through the Florida Board of Massage Therapy and your Facial Specialist registration through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). The State of Florida requires you to complete a background screening and submit your fingerprints to a Livescan provider that is approved by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) when submitting your application for Massage Therapy licensure.

For more information on how to apply for a Massage Therapy license, visit the Florida Board of Massage Therapy website here:

How Long Does It Take to Become a Spa Therapist?

The Spa Therapist program at American Institute of Beauty can be completed in as little as 7.5 months*! We offer full-time and part-time day classes for ease and schedule flexibility.

*Approximately. Based on a full-time schedule

What Career Opportunities Do Spa Therapists Have?

Becoming a Spa Therapist truly is the best of both worlds and could open the door to many versatile career opportunities. You can choose to open your own business, whether that be at a storefront location, suite rental, or offer mobile massage and skincare.

Spa Therapists can also be found in:

  • Medi Spas
  • Salons and Day Spas
  • Chiropractor Offices
  • Physical Therapy Offices
  • Oncology Offices
  • Hospitals/Hospices/Nursing Homes
  • Sports Teams
  • Hotels/Resorts
  • Cruise Ships
  • Massage Clinics
  • Franchise Establishments
  • Health Clubs and Fitness Centers
  • Yoga and Meditation Studios
  • Dance Studios
  • And more!

You can also pursue a career as a:

  • Skin Care Consultant
  • Makeup Artist
  • Brow Specialist
  • Lash Artist
  • Freelance Skin Care Professional
  • Skincare Product Creator/Line Owner
  • Beauty Blogger
  • Social Media Influencer
  • Brand Ambassador
  • Educator
  • And more!

Start Your Spa Therapy Program Today!

Are you excited to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Spa Therapist and want to experience them for yourself? In our Spa Therapy program, we cover a variety of different Massage Therapy and Skin Care techniques to help you take the next step in your career. Contact us to learn more about how you can get started. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Largo Campus
3665 East Bay Drive, Suite 164
Largo, Florida 33771

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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2800 34th St. North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

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Saturday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
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