SEP 2018

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inve [ 52 ] • # dayspamagazine • september 2018 master class Skincare Specialists As an esthetician, your facial services may be second to none. But what more could you be off ering your clientele? Cormier points to microneedling as a skill worth mastering. Typically done with a dermaroller, the minimally invasive procedure punctures the skin with tiny, sterile needles to jumpstart repair, and promote collagen and elastin production. Great for improving overall texture, minimizing acne scars and refi ning pores, the treatment also appeals to guests because recovery time is minimal. Worth noting: Since microneedling depth can vary depending on the issue being addressed (for example, deep acne scars require a longer needle), training requirements also vary. "Shorter-depth microneedling can be done by a licensed esthetician if allowed under their state's scope of practice, while longer-depth microneedling would have to be performed by a doctor or nurse in a medspa setting," says Cormier. Peels also continue to be in-demand and lucrative, says CIDESCO president Anna-Cari Gund. "They can be mechanical, such as microdermabrasion, or chemical, where diff erent acids are used," she notes. "They've been around for some time, but lately they're getting more refi ned and targeted." Gund says that peels are particularly well-suited for clients with acne, dark spots or those who may require some resurfacing to improve texture, but it's the immediate results that make them so popular. "These days, time is of the essence," she remarks. Training courses for both microneedling and chemical peels can take just one day, with tuition fees starting at about $550, and the return on stment (ROI) can be considerable because treatments typically command fees from $100 to as much as $1,000, with multiple sessions often recommended. Bodywork Practitioners According to the American Massage Therapy Assocation (AMTA), the vast majority of massage therapists (92 percent) have taken CE classes—and the AMTA specifi cally requires that its members clock 48 hours of CE every four years. "The ability to diversify your routine and expand your knowledge helps prolong your career, all while delivering the type of service that guests deserve," says Phillip Kolodzie, licensed massage therapist and spa manager at Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles, New York. To determine if a particular type of training is worth your time, Kolodzie notes that it's better to take a cue from what your clients are requesting, rather than trying to be the fi rst to off er the latest trend. Understanding how to protect yourself as a therapist is also important. "If you primarily work with athletes or injury rehab, take courses that will save your body," says Kolodzie. "Body mechanics, stretching, and fi nding ways to save your thumbs will give you the greatest benefi t." Kolodzie also suggests learning active isolated stretching, as well as cupping. "They're fantastic ways to reduce your physical strain, are incredibly simple, can easily be added into any routine, and will prolong your livelihood," he explains. Finally, with the recent rise in lawsuits against massage therapists, an ethics course would also be worthwhile. ab out $5 investment ( R because treatments t yp f rom $100 to as much a s sessions o ft en re comme n y i lit y to ne u a te l es, i i f CLASSES TO CONSIDER: "Massage Cupping Workshop," Go Deep Massage Therapy,; "Understanding Healthy Boundaries," American Massage Therapy Association, © GETTY IMAGES CLASSES TO CONSIDER: "Microneedling & Chemical Peels," Thrive Skin Institute,; "Chemical Peel Training," American Board of Aesthetic Medicine,

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