Curriculum

“Realistically, in terms of performance and guest satisfaction, ASTECC training elevates the practitioner to the top 2% of their profession.” -Anne Bramham

Hydrotherapy

As the foundation of modern spa wellness services, Hydrotherapy workshops explore the mechanical and biochemical principles of water, thermal constancy and the physio-chemical characteristics of mud and clay. Practical sessions include instruction in numerous hydro inspired therapies.

THE PRINCIPLES OF HYDROTHERAPY & THERMALISM

This two day workshop examines the therapeutic benefits of hot and cold applications and the influence of temperature on the circulatory system. Practical training includes instruction in: Sauna, Steam, Whirlpool, Cold Contrast, Vichy Shower, Compress Applications and basic tub treatments.

16 CE HOURS Ⓣ 12 HOURS Ⓔ
THE PRINCIPLES OF MUD & FANGO

Considered the ‘living matter’ of our planet, mineral rich mud and clay are effective in the treatment of common ailments such as rheumatism, arthritis and general detoxification. The program examines the physio-chemical characteristics of mud and clay and the role of temperature and penetrability in treatments. Practical training includes instruction in localized and general treatments plus various wraps.
16 CE HOURS Ⓣ Ⓔ

THALASSOTHERAPY

The principle of thermal constancy and the innumerable health benefits of the marine climate are explored with special emphasis on the use of mineral rich seawater and marine plants in spa treatments. Practical training includes instruction in algae, salt and water treatments including Balneotherapy, Marine Wraps, Salt Glo and local applications.
24 CE HOURS Ⓣ 12 HOURS Ⓔ

THERMASTONE

Utilizing warm and cool river stones to create a deep and penetrating massage, stone therapy promotes tissue integrity, cleansing, deep relaxation and the balancing of energy centers. Training includes instruction in chakras, stone placement and structured routines.
18 CE HOURS Ⓣ Ⓔ

Soft Tissue Therapies

Corresponding to the anatomy and physiology of organ function, trainings focus on analysis and therapeutic treatment skills. Drawing from oriental diagnosis, constitutional analysis and dermatone reflex practices, practical training emphasizes identifying imbalances and corrective protocols.

CONNECTIVE TISSUE

Based on the theory of dermatome reflexes, this Elizabeth Dicke inspired program is particularly effective in addressing circulatory problems (cellulite, spider veins,fluid retention) while promoting regenerative relaxation. Practical training focuses on analysis and treatment skills and includes routines for the abdomen, lower back, and legs.
20 CE Hours Ⓣ 12 Hours Ⓔ

REFLEXOLOGY

A rebalancing technique corresponding to the anatomy and physiology of organ function, reflexology is based on the principle the entire body may be accessed through specific reflexes. Practical instruction emphasizes thumb & finger placement & structured routines for therapeutic treatments.
16 CE Hours Ⓣ 12 Hours Ⓔ

AROMA-REFLEX THERAPY

Drawing from oriental diagnosis and constitutional analysis, this aromatic inspired, light touch therapy explores the connection between the emotional and physical body. Essential oils are introduced as the medium for treatment and re-balancing.
24 CE Hours Ⓣ 18 Hours Ⓔ

Dr. Vodder’s MLD

A precise, light-touch therapy recognized by both the international spa wellness and medical communities, Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is the perfect rejuvenation and rehabilitative therapy. Offered in two components, candidates are awarded Dr. Vodder School Spa Body Wellness or Esthetician Certification.

Dr. Vodder’s MLD is indicated for over 60 different pathologies including: Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Cellulite, Chronic ENT Infections, Burns, Acne, Scars, Constipation, Bells Palsy, Eczema, Psoriasis and Inflammatory Processes.

BASIC BODY

Students are introduced to the anatomy and physiology of the lymph vessel system, the body’s transportation system and fluid balance. Practical training includes instruction in MLD strokes, techniques and protocols for individual body parts.
40 CE Hours Ⓣ Ⓔ

THERAPY 1

Introducing therapeutic applications including special techniques for the joints, head (including intra-oral) and abdomen, the training reviews Basic sequences and fine tunes technique. Advanced theory and current research is discussed. An oral, written and practical exam is given to test the student’s competence in Basic techniques and theory.
40 CE Hours Ⓣ

DR.VODDER CLINICAL WELLNESS

Focusing on the specific use of MLD in both leisure and medical wellness settings, this six day program concentrates on treatment protocols for pre and post cosmetic surgery, dermatological indications, cellulite, fluid retention, trauma, sport injuries and lifestyle disorders. Prerequisite: Basic Body.
50 CE Hours Ⓣ

DR.VODDER’S MLD BASIC NECK & FACE

Easily incorporated into a repertoire of basic skin care, (MLD) encourages the elimination of metabolic waste while accelerating the flow of fresh oxygen and nutrients. Lecture details the basic anatomy and physiology of the lymph vessel system, MLD’s effects, indications and contraindications. Practical training includes instruction in MLD techniques and neck and face routines.
20 Hours Ⓔ

DR.VODDER’S MLD ADVANCED NECK & FACE

Designed to broaden understanding of the lymph vessel system and to introduce specific therapeutic techniques, Advanced Neck & Face focuses on pre and post cosmetic healing, skin regeneration and the treatment of common skin conditions including acne, rosacea, congestion and inflammation.
20 Hours Ⓔ

DR.VODDER’S ADVANCED BODY

Focusing on fine tuning technique and introducing therapeutic specials, Advance Body provides instruction in applications specific to esthetic practice including pre- and post-cosmetic surgery; scar treatment; cellulite; dermatological indications and whole body skin care.
40 Hours Ⓔ

Bio Chemical Elements

Understanding the role of bio-chemical elements of the human body and its relationship to food, environment and climate is an essential component of spa wellness education. Students learn to identify the links between general constitutions and the corresponding elements found in treatments – links which bear considerable influence in the selection and the efficacy of services.

BIO CHEMICAL ELEMENTS

Focusing on the integrative relationship of general constitutions, bio-chemical elements, nutrition and environment, students are taught the skills to identify and develop bio-chemical treatment programs specific to clients constitutional needs.
16 CE Hours Ⓣ 18 Hours Ⓔ

PERSONAL LIFESTYLE PROFILE

Drawing on the ASTECC curriculum and serving as a practical workshop, students evaluate body types, general constitutions and medical histories to determine appropriate spa wellness treatments and home regimes.
24 CE Hours Ⓣ Ⓔ