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Summer Beauty Trends for 2017

Posted on: May 27th, 2017

summer beauty trends for 2017As school let’s out for the summer or you are getting ready for your much awaited vacation, you’ll want to know the popular Summer beauty trends to stock up on for some fun in the sun! While Spring was filled with Pink shade lips, soft uneven curls, chrome nails and cut-crease make-up, it’s a new season and so the trends have changed!


  • WET HAIR – There are two ways to accomplish this look, the sleek vacation look or casual slick and shiny look. For the vacation vibe, apply oil to damp hair, blow dry straight, part the hair down the middle and straighten back. and use a barrel wave curler making waves setting with spray. For the casual look, simply work tons of styling cream from the roots to the mid-length to get that awesome shine with just a little bit of hold.
  • BRONZE/DEW SHINE– To create sun-kissed skin as you get ready for beach/lake filled fun, you’ll want to bronze your cheeks and eyes, followed by a highlighter that hydrates and glows which will give the dew and glow.
  • NO MAKEUP LOOK– For the Au’ Natural look like you’ve seen Alicia Keys rocking this year, you’ll want to add a very light coat of creamy matte to your skin, followed by a slight taupe shadow on the lids and a pink-nude matte liquid lipstick dabbed on the lips.
  • RETURN OF THE 80’S – All over the runways this spring, we saw models with the pinkish red color applied in a semicircle along the outer corner of their lids, into the temples and the top of the cheekbones. We also saw tons of bright colors – reds, greens, blues and yellows!
  • LINE YOUR EYES – One of the hot trends to be seen all summer long will be a strong dark liner on the lower lash line. This look is quick and easy to achieve complimented with lavender or taupe shadows.

Here at USTA, we are always up to date with popular trends in aesthetics as well as massage therapy. Our nationally accredited program has an upcoming start date for aesthetics on June 19, 2017 followed by Massage Therapy starting up in September! We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today! Every summer has a story, what will yours be?

Too Busy To Meditate? Tips To Stay Mindful

Posted on: May 20th, 2017

Ever feel like you are too busy to meditate? To center yourself and be present in your mind? This article is for you! Usually, the people that express they are too busy to ‘slow down’ are the ones that need it the most. Just as you plug your cell phone in every night, plugging into the present can be a great re-charge for your body and mind.

By definition mindfulness is; the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Tips to stay mindful when you are busy

  1. A 3 minute breathing space. Developed by John Teasdale, Mark Williams and Zindel Segal, the three minute breathing exercise consists of 3 parts:
    • Attend to what is. The first step invites attending broadly to one’s experience, noting it, but without the need to change what is being observed.
    • Focus on the breath. The second step narrows the field of attention to a single, pointed focus on the breath in the body.
    • Attend to the body. The third step widens attention again to include the body as a whole and any sensations that are present.
  2. Change up your routine. Sometimes breaking out of our regular routines help put things in perspective. You can even change up your regular routine by taking on a hobby you have always wanted to do or an activity. For example, if you have always wanted to learn how to ballroom dance DO IT! Adding moments in our regular routines give us life and bursts of excitement and energy.
  3. Be grateful. In moments throughout your day, take a second to pause and be grateful. Even when the world can seem chaotic, there are always things and people to be grateful for.

At Universal Spa Training Academy, we strive to deliver more than just education to our students in our massage therapy and aesthetics program.

The Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

Posted on: May 14th, 2017

After our massage therapy program, students will be well versed in the energies of the Eastern approach and techniques of the West. We do not just teach how to address the body but incorporate the mind and spirit as well. What does the mind and spirit include exactly? In this article, we want to go into more detail about craniosacral therapy specifically (without giving away the goods) and the benefits.

Definition of Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a holistic healing practice that uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body, which includes the bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissues of the cranium and spinal area. The term craniosacral or cranial-sacral are based on the terms cranium and sacrum, a bone of the pelvis which connects the lowest lumbar vertebra to the two hip bones and the tailbone. The goal of this type of therapy is to release compression in those areas which will help alleviate stress and pain. As a light, hands-on approach, craniosacral therapy harmonizes with the body’s natural hydraulic forces and movements. This encourages and enhances the body’s natural healing abilities. This gentle releasing of chronic tensions within the body can effect major changes in both physical and emotional well-being.

The Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

  • Helps to relieve migraines
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Colic
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Scoliosis
  • Stress and tension problems
  • Immune disorders
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • And many more!

We cover this type of therapy among many others in our massage therapy curriculum. Other topics include reiki, polarity therapy, lymph drainage, hydrotherapy, neuromuscular therapy and more. Head to our massage therapy page for more information or call (630) 968-6800, option 1. Only $50 to reserve your seat for the fall program. Classes start this August 2017!

6 Benefits of Aromatherapy

Posted on: May 7th, 2017

Here at our massage and aesthetics school, we include Aromatherapy as a part of the curriculum. Students are taught how to make body care products for personal and professional use. Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. It is sometimes used in combination with massage and other therapeutic techniques as part of a holistic treatment approach. 

6 Benefits of Aromatherapy

  1. Increases circulation and energy levels. The best essential oils for giving yourself an energy boost include cardamom, cinnamon, clove, jasmine, tea tree, black pepper, and sage.
  2. Boosts immune and digestive system. The anti-microbial effects, as well as the anti-fungal and antibacterial effects can protect you from any number of illnesses and infections that could damage your system. Some oils to use are lemon, thieves, peppermint and lavender.
  3. Provides relief from stress. Ahh stress, it can trigger a wide ray of other symptoms such as insomnia and headaches, but using essential oils can eliminate these as well as stress and anger. Some of the most popular oils to use are lemon, lavender, bergamot, peppermint, vetiver, clary sage and ylang ylang.
  4. Natural sleep aid. Some essential oils to help with sleep include lavender, vetiver, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, bergamot, sandalwood and marjoram. The trick here is to find what your body likes and responds to. One of the most popular ways is to put one drop of lavender on the bottom of your feet right before bed.
  5. Reduces and can eliminate headaches. Aromatherapy can be an excellent solution to relieving headaches. Some of the best essential oils that have been connected to reducing headaches and migraines are peppermint, eucalyptus, sandalwood, and rosemary essential oils.
  6. Promotes healing and recovery. Essential oils can increase the body’s oxygen level which in return increase blood flow to wounds to decrease healing time. Some oils that speed up healing processes are clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, lemon and oregano.

Learn more about our programs and our curriculum at USTA here.