Course Description
This Esthetics / Spa Therapy course teaches the fundamentals of Esthetics / Spa Therapy. Students will learn from the Standard Esthetics Fundamentals, The Day Spa Techniques and online videos to perform Esthetic and Spa Therapy services. Including Skin Care Analysis, Facial Treatments, Facial Massage, Facial Machines, Hair Removal and Make Up.
Student will also learn practical applications in: Water and Water Therapies (Uses, Bathing), Underwater Massage, Showers, Touch and Massage, Aromatherapy, Body Treatments, Exfoliation, Mud Treatments, Seaweed Treatments, Spot Treatments and Advanced Treatments.

Mirage is a Registered Trade School with PTIB, Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training.

We use the Internationally Recognized Milady Textbook for this course. Please check with your local governing body to ensure Canadian Credentials are accepted in your area.

Estheticians often perform procedures and treatments that focus not only on the body, but on the mind & spirit as well – therapies such as hot stone massage, mud baths, and aromatherapy. These are popular additions to the repertoire of many estheticians and fall into our Spa Therapy category. This option requires additional training, however, combining our Esthetics program with our Spa Therapy program will allow you to offer the absolute best possible service to your clients.

“Esthetics” is actually a term used to describe a philosophical approach to appreciating things of beauty, reverence and artistry. It’s quite fitting, then, that the practice of skin beautification in the health and wellness industry is also referred to as esthetics- sometimes even going by its original spelling, “aesthetics.”

Estheticians are skincare specialists responsible for performing a variety of facial treatments designed to increase, improve, or maintain the health and appearance of the skin.

Estheticians are trained in skin wellness, most often helping their clients combat complexion problems through a number of therapies and practices. In addition to engaging in therapies that are designed to improve the tone, texture, color, and youthfulness of the skin of the face and neck, estheticians may perform a wide range of other body services such as make up and hair removal.

Waxing, threading, or using depilatories to remove unwanted hair is a common practice for estheticians, as is the application of makeup.

Spa Therapy

Spa treatments are the services that a spa provides. The most popular spa treatment by far, is massage. It has been around for thousands of years and has a number of health benefits.

Other popular spa treatments include body treatments like salt glows and body wraps. Some spas, usually have signature services that might combine several different treatments: a body scrub followed by a massage and a mini-facial, for instance. The two most popular massages are Swedish massage and deep tissue massage. Swedish massage typically covers the whole body with firm strokes but without much deep, focused work. Deep tissue massage will use firmer pressure and also include focused work on areas that are especially tight. Another massage offering on most menus is an aromatherapy massage, which uses essential oils to achieve different purposes, most commonly relaxation.

The basic body scrub exfoliates your outermost, dead skin cells with a salt scrub (rougher), a sugar scrub (gentler) or some other exfoliant, like coffee grounds or fruit enzymes that gently loosen the inter-cellular bonds. A body scrub can be a stand-alone treatment, but it is often combined with a body wrap that is either hydrating (adding moisture to the skin) or detoxifying (anything with clay, mud or seaweed).

Once you’ve been exfoliated and showered off the salt or sugar, you get back up on the table and lay down so the cream, clay, mud or seaweed can be applied. Then you’re wrapped up and kept warm for about 20 minutes, hopefully getting a head massage at the same time. After a quick shower add a massage to this and you feel like you are in heaven.

Esthetics Outline:

Part 1 – Orientation
Chapter 1- Skin Care History and Career Opportunities
Chapter 2 – Life Skills
Chapter 3 – Your Professional Image
Chapter 4 – Communicating for Success
Part 2 – General Sciences
Chapter 5 – Infection Control: Principals and Practices
Chapter 6 – General Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 7 – Basics of Chemistry
Chapter 8 – Basics of Electricity
Chapter 9 – Basics of Nutrition
Part 3 – The Skin Sciences
Chapter 10 – Physiology and Histology of the Skin
Chapter 11 – Skin Disorders and Diseases
Chapter 12 – Skin Analysis
Chapter 13 – Skin Care Products: Chemistry, Ingredients, and Selection
Part 4 – Esthetics
Chapter 14 – The Treatment Room
Chapter 15 – Facial Treatments
Chapter 16 – Facial Massage
Chapter 17 – Facial Machines
Chapter 18 – Hair Removal
Chapter 19 – Advanced Topics and Treatments
Chapter 20 – The World of Makeup
Part 5 – Business Skills
Chapter 21 – Career Planning
Chapter 22 – The skin Care Business
Chapter 23 – Selling Products and Services

Spa Therapy Outline:

Chapter 1 – History From Europe to America
Chapter 2 – Water and Water Therapy
Chapter 3 – Baths and Bathing
Chapter 4 – Showers
Chapter 5 – Touch and Massage
Chapter 6 – Introduction to Aromatherapy
Chapter 7 – Client Preparation and Room Setup
Chapter 8 – Body Treatments and Treatment Development
Chapter 9 – Exfoliation
Chapter 10 Mud Treatments
Chapter 11 Seaweed Treatments
Chapter 12 Other Treatments
Chapter 13 Home Care

Online Procedural training
Part 1: Facial Treatments / Facial Massage / Use of Machines
Part 2: Hair Removal
Part 3: Makeup
Part 4: Water and Water Therapy / Baths and Bathing / Showers / Tub Treatments
Part 5: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
Part 6: Exfoliation and Massage
Part 7: Body Treatments, Hot & Cold / Mud / Clay / Seaweed / Spot Treatments

Registration fee of $250.00 must be paid in advance to hold your seat

Course costs:

Tuition                            $5000.00
Online training fees      $2500.00
Total =                            $7500.00

Payment plan:

$625.00 per month x 12 months (part time)
$833.34 per month x 9 months (full time)

This course does not include any textbooks, tools or products that are required to complete. has pre-made kits for each section for your convenience.

Once enrolled you will be given the link to the book(s) and kit(s) required to complete the specific course. will charge you directly for your books / products. Shipping is through Canada Post and delivery to your door. A signature is required. will charge you directly for associated shipping costs.

Shipping is through Canada Post and delivery to your door. A signature is required.

Payment Options:

This is an online course; you need Internet access.

We recommend finding a salon/spa in your area to apprentice until you are competent in performing your services.

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. We use the Internationally Recognized Milady Textbook for this course. Please check with your local governing body to ensure Canadian Credentials are accepted.

We encourage you to look into various funding options available in your province.

We can’t guarantee individual eligibility with any specific funding agency or financial assistance program; however, below is a list of links that may help provide you direction.

Please check back regularly, as we will be adding to the list as more options become available:

Workers Compensation Benefits – British Columbia

Student Aid British Columbia

Workers Compensation Benefits – Alberta

Use of Registered Plans for Education

First Nations Post-Secondary Funding

Metis Employment and Training British Columbia NW Region

North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society British Columbia

Metis Employment and Training Manitoba

Indian Friendship Center Youth and Employment – Ontario (Crystal Derochie)

Financial Assistance for Apprentices British Columbia

Batchewana Employment and Training Ontario

Metis Nation of Ontario – Barrie (Patricia Graham)

Kagita Mikam Aboriginal Employment and Training – Shannonville, Ontario (Jake Brant)

Work British Columbia – Finance your Education

Work in Alberta

Education and Learning Saskatchewan

Government of Manitoba Educational Assistance

Labor and Advanced Education Nova Scotia

Canada Emergency Student Benefit – Canada Revenue Agency

Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students

Mattagami First Nation – Ontario (Derek McKay)

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