O'Briens Aveda Institute

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Spa Therapy


(Spa Therapy is not currently offered)



This course of study is a full 1200 clock hour Spa Therapy course. Your schedule will be a full-time day session, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM. You'll learn specialized techniques to purify, balance, and renew the skin with an emphasis on using pure flower and plant essences in treatments. You will also study international trends in makeup using Aveda's remarkable petroleum-free cosmetics.


We use both the Aveda curriculum and the Milady Standard Spa Therapy curriculum, which include chapters on:

  • Facials
  • Practical work & related categories
  • Microdermabrasion, chemical peels/exfoliation/mask therapy
  • Electrical machines used in esthetics
  • Eyebrow arching, hair removal & makeup techniques
  • Sanitary personal health/hygiene, sanitation, sterilization, hazardous substances
  • Anatomy, laws, rules and regulations
  • Massage/bodywork assessment
  • Physiology, theory & applications
  • Pathology, kinesiology & body systems
  • Professional ethics, business & training
  • Practical work and related categories.

In addition to the above listed chapters, students will experience a series of Career Development classes and opportunities to learn from guest speakers. Upon graduating from The Aveda Institute students will be eligible to take Vermont's Esthetics state board exam. Massage is not yet licensed in Vermont. Our Spa Therapy course covers units in both practical and theory application.

Our Spa Therapy program combines world class training in both esthiology and massage therapy.

The cost for enrollment at the O’Briens Aveda Institute for Spa Therapy is: Spa Therapy Gainful Employment Information


Textbooks required

Beck’s Standard Massage Curriculum, Milady’s Esthetics Text, Trail Guide text, and the Aveda Esthetics/Massage Curriculum.



Contact Admissions Today:
Call 802.876.7044 x3 or email