WEST PALM BEACH, FL, May 5, 2011: Massage therapists and estheticians seeking advanced training to expand their spa skill sets will benefit from the American Spa Therapy Education and Certification Council’s May and June course offerings: Dr. Vodder’s Advanced Spa Body course and Aroma-Reflex Therapy course. World-renown spa educator Anne Bramham will lead both courses. Bramham holds more than 15 years of experience as a Dr. Vodder’s MLD instructor and is known worldwide for her aromatherapy expertise.

To be held May 18-20 in Palm Beach, Fl., ASTECC’s Aroma-Reflex Therapy course will train therapists on the connections between the emotional and physical body. This subtle, light-to-the-touch therapy draws upon oriental diagnosis and constitutional analysis for proven rejuvenation techniques. Utilizing the skin as the facilitator of change, essential oils and intentional touch combine to serve as the therapeutic medium for treatment and re-balancing. Practical instruction emphasizes the specific application of ‘constitutional’ oils along reflex pathways, acupressure points, drainage pathways and technique protocols for face and body. ASTECC’s Aroma-Reflex Therapy course provides 24 continuing education hours of credit, and tuition is $525 for the three-day course.

Massage therapists will learn Dr. Vodder’s Advanced Spa Body in Palm Beach, May 23-28 and June 5-10 in Beverly Hills, Calif. This 6-day, 50-hour course focuses specifically on the use of Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) in a leisure, medical spa or medical wellness setting. The Advanced Spa Body course concentrates on treatment protocols for pre- and post-cosmetic surgery, dermatological indications, cellulite, fluid retention, trauma and lifestyle disorders. ASTECC’s Basic Body course is a pre-requisite, and tuition is $1100 for the Advanced Spa Body course.

A respected industry mentor with more than 30 years of professional experience as a consultant and trainer of spa therapies, Anne Bramham has been an instructor of Manual Lymph Drainage with the Dr. Vodder School of North America since 1995. In 2005, she introduced the Vodder-sponsored Spa Body Certification program to serve as a bridge between the medical use of MLD and the world of wellness. The program facilitates the use of MLD in conjunction with spa therapies and rehabilitation from cosmetic surgery and has been adopted by a number of resort spas including Mobil’s first-ever 5-Star award-winning Montage Spa in Laguna Beach, Calif. Bramham was also instrumental in introducing Aroma-Reflex Therapy to the esthetic and spa wellness communities. Her therapeutic-inspired ASTECC curriculum is widely regarded as the gold standard for spa and esthetic therapy education.

For more information, visit www.astecc.com or call ASTECC at (877) 900-0086. ASTECC’s May courses will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn (3505 Kyoto Drive) in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Spa Montage (225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif.) will host the June course.


The American Spa Therapy Education and Certification Council, widely regarded as a benchmark for spa therapy education excellence, features a comprehensive, 271-hour, post-graduate spa education curriculum composed of 12 individually certified components, plus an 80-hour esthetician curriculum. Educated in the biochemical components of spa and a wide range of spa modalities, ASTECC’s training is characterized by its integrated and highly individualized approach to the art and science of spa practice and is designed to meet the growing demands of the luxury global spa market. ASTECC partners with resort and destination spas in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. In addition to on-site training, ASTECC offers non-property affiliated therapists a year round schedule of classes in West Palm Beach, Florida, and at participating ASTECC spas around the country.