I just completed a wonderful week working with The Rhode Island chapter of AMTA introducing massage therapists to Dr. Vodder’s MLD Basic Body. I don’t often spend time in the “massage world,” independent of spa and it was great working with them and fascinating to hear their impression of the “spa”world.
During my stay I was engaged in an interesting and ongoing conversation with the Director of the Associate Degree Massage Program at RI Community College and attendees of the workshop about performing massage in a spa setting. The School is often contacted by Spa Directors in need of qualified therapists and the general consensus is that spa is not the ideal place to do Meaningful Work.”
Their impression of spas was that management was more interested in turning the room in a timely fashion and retailing products rather than truly helping their guests. The message I carried away, is that the quality and intention behind a spa therapists’ work is compromised. wow!
As 85% of spa industry income comes from massage, we need to take a serious look at this issue. Are massage schools’ best and brightest being discouraged from entering the spa industry? What is your opinion?