LAKE OZARK, Missouri (March 26, 2012):  At The Lodge of Four Seasons’ Spa Shiki, the resort spa’s dedication to staff education and certification ensures that guests receive full wellness and relaxation benefits from their spa treatments. Staying at the forefront of practices in the field, 11 of the Lake Ozark, Missouri spa’s estheticians and massage therapists recently underwent advanced training in either Dr. Vodder MLD or LMT’s aroma-reflex therapy, led by world-renowned spa educator Anne Bramham of the American Spa Therapy Education and Certification Council. Through this advanced training in sought-after services and techniques, the staff at Spa Shiki — the Midwest’s top spa for 2012 as recognized by Spa Magazine — delivers a relaxing, rejuvenating experience and treatments that effectively address guests’ needs. Spa Shiki is located on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, one of the Midwest’s top vacation destinations.

Dr. Vodder MLD (manual lymph drainage) certification requires 20 hours of training, including both theory and hands-on work. Spa Shiki’s Jessica Smith, Lauren Huff, Sarah Sadler and Nancy Gordon completed the course, during which estheticians learned about the anatomy and physiology of the lymph vessel system; the benefits of the MLD method, a process that accelerates the flow of fresh oxygen and nutrients to the skin by eliminating metabolic waste; and how to incorporate MLD into the face-care offerings at Spa Shiki. MLD relieves stress and tension and also treats such skin conditions as acne, rosacea and basic skin irritations.

At Spa Shiki, Dr. Vodder MLD is used in two of the spa’s newest offerings: the brightening + C facial, which addresses skin discoloration, photo damage, acne inflammation and mild scarring through the lightening of epidermal layers and regulation of melanin production; and the environmental defense facial, which soothes and prevents stress-induced skin irritation, inflammation and environmental damage by boosting the body’s natural immune system and cell defense mechanisms. Dr Vodder MLD is also available as a 15-minute add-in to any of Spa Shiki’s facials.

In another of Bramham’s 20-hour courses, Spa Shiki’s Carol Schien, Jami Nulsen, Anita Wiley, Dustin Chance, Sophia Slote, Brandy Skelton and Jane Rothstein learned LMT’s aroma-reflex technique, in which estheticians use intentional touch and essential oils to treat and rebalance the skin. The class, which also featured theory and hands-on instruction, emphasized the importance of oils, acupressure points, reflex and drainage pathways to treat and rejuvenate the face and body. LMT’s aroma-reflex technique is used at Spa Shiki in aroma-balancing massage with reflexology as well as with the spa’s signature Japanese cleansing ritual, a full-body scrub that uses marine body polish to regenerate and remineralize the skin while activating circulation. With its 25-minute hydrotherapy soak in a blend of essential oils, chroma light therapy and aromatherapy massage, the Japanese cleansing ritual is the ultimate in tranquility.

Course instructor Anne Bramham has worked for more than 30 years as a consultant and spa therapies trainer. She’s been an instructor of MLD with the Dr. Vodder School of North America since 1995 and in 2005 introduced the Vodder-sponsored Spa Body Certification Program.

The Lodge of Four Seasons’ Spa Shiki is located on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks and is one of the largest resort spas in the Midwest. All therapists and estheticians are licensed by the state of Missouri and receive advanced education through the ASTECC. Spa Shiki is a member of the International Spa Association. For more information about Spa Shiki, visit www.spashiki.com or call (573) 365-8108. For more information in the ASTECC, visit www.astecc.com.

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