State of the Spa Industry

Posted Monday, Oct 24, 2011 by Allen B. Ury

Spa IndustryLike most parts of the American economy, the spa industry took a hit during the Great Recession. Customers retreated. Facilities closed. Revenues declined. But now the industry in showing encouraging signs of growth and renewed prosperity, according to the most recent statistical report issued by the International Spa Association (ISPA), the industry’s main trade organizations. The survey was conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, one of America’s largest accounting firms.

Here some highlights from ISPA’s 2011 U.S. Spa Industry Study:*

Revenue: $12.8 billion (+4.3% from 2010)
Spa Visits: 150 million (+4.7% from 2010)
Locations: 19,900 (-3.3% from 2010)
Employees (Total): 338,600 (+2.0% from May 2010)
(Full-Time): 149,200 (+8.0% from May 2010)
(Part-Time): 134,200 (-2.2% from May 2010)

Overall conclusion: Although the number of spas has declined over the past year, employment opportunities have actually increased, especially for full-time massage therapists.

Become a Spa Specialist at Everest Institute in Tigard, Oregon

If you’d like to become a professional massage therapist and live or work in the southwest Portland, Ore., metro area, you can get the training you need to begin your career at Everest Institute in Tigard. There, Everest offers both a Massage Therapy program as well as Massage Therapy Spa Specialist, which provides additional training in the skill sets required in most modern day spas.

Classes in Everest’s Massage Therapy Spa Specialist program include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Aromatherapy
  • Spa Foot Treatments
  • Buff and Bronze
  • Working with Mud/Clay
  • Eastern Inspired Treatments
  • Swedish Full-Body Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Advanced Massage Techniques
  • Seated Massage (Chair Massage Techniques)

Courses are taught by massage industry professionals. Classes are small to ensure each students gets the attention he/she needs. The program emphasizes hands-on training, and upon graduation, Everest students can get support from the school’s Career Services department, which offers help with everything from resume preparation to identifying and contacting potential employers.

For More Information

For more information about Everest Institute’s Massage Therapy Spa Specialist program at its Tigard campus, contact Everest today!

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at


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