Mueller College of Holistic Studies

Mueller College offers a wide range of holistic health subjects such as massage therapy, hypnotherapy, herbology, reflexology, Reiki, nutrition, and Eastern and Asian modalities.

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Spa Management


A spa is a place people go for professional services that are designed to promote health and well-being for mind, body, and spirit. There are many different types of spas that provide a wide variety of services including day spas, club spas, mineral springs spas, cruise ship spas, resort spas, and medical spas. A visit to a spa is becoming more and more popular as a way to relieve stress and promote health. The growth of alternative medicine and holistic healing methods will foster increased job opportunities for spa management.


Ancient civilizations recognized the value of water therapy to help relieve pain and improve health. The Greeks and Romans used a variety of hot baths for therapeutic purposes. In Europe, baths were often built near natural hot springs or mineral springs since their water was found to be beneficial for healing. Some of these baths, or spas, still exist today in such places as Bath, England and Baden-Baden, Germany. The International Spa Association was established in 1991 to advance the spa industry and promote its benefits.

Current/Future Situation

There are currently more than 9,500 spas in the United States, and the number continues to grow. The baby boomer generation spurred the recent growth in spas, but generations "X" and "Y" are rapidly becoming avid fans. The interest in holistic healing, preventive medicine, and healthy lifestyles is expected to contribute to the growth of spas. The need for relaxation in a stressful world will also continue to make spa management jobs plentiful.

Career Descriptions/Places to Work

Most jobs in spa management require education in hospitality management and business. There are many types of spas that need managers. Day spas provide services such as facials, massages, and saunas. Club spas usually focus on fitness. Cruise ship spas provide the services of a day spa and also feature health and fitness for vacationers on board. Mineral springs spas concentrate on the properties of the healing water treatments. Resort spas cater to their guests' needs for various treatments and services in a luxurious setting.

Spa managers usually work full time. Hours may include evenings and weekends to suit the schedules of their clients.

Day in the Life

A spa manager who works in a resort spa usually has a very busy day with a variety of duties. The day begins with a check on the facilities to make sure everything is ready for the guests. Their comfort and satisfaction is very important to the success of the spa. The manager meets with his staff to make sure everyone knows what is expected for the day. They review the scheduled appointments guests have already made. If someone needs help during the day, the manager will step in and assist. Training new staff may be part of the day. Talking with the resort guests to be sure everything meets their approval is an important part of the manager's day. It is a very rewarding career.

Graduate/Professional Quote

"There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them." - Sylvia Plath

Stat/Fact/Tip of the Day

Training in finance and marketing are helpful tools for spa managers.

To meet the needs of their clients, larger spas offer many different types of services including aromatherapy, reiki, meditation, yoga, personal trainers, life coaching, and nutrition classes.

Good social and communication skills and the desire to help people are necessary to succeed in this career.


International Spa Association website