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5 Reasons To Schedule A Massage This Spring

Posted on: March 5th, 2017

5 reasons to schedule a massage in springThere are many benefits to receiving regular massages but if it has been awhile, Spring time is the perfect time to schedule your next appointment! Winter can take a toll on our bodies and Spring brings more outdoor and physical activities. From muscle recovery to allergy relief, a massage can make all the difference in helping your body get back and keep the best health and wellness shape.

5 Reasons to schedule a massage

  1. Seasonal allergy relief. Massages may help in dealing with allergy symptoms like congestion, puffy eyes, sneezing, coughing and headaches. While massage can’t eliminate the specific allergy, it can be very effective in managing the symptoms. A facial massage has also been known to help with sinus drainage and pressure relief!
  2. Help with injuries. Massage helps relax and soften injured and overused muscles. This helps to increase circulation to shorten recovery time which is necessary for tissue repair.
  3. Pain and stiffness. Spring is the perfect time to start activities outside but these activities can cause muscle fatigue, pain and stiffness. Help keep your body more fluid and active with regular massages.
  4. Brightens mood. Massage increases the levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are both neurotransmitters that help stabilize your mood. So kick those winter blues with a regular massage!
  5. Reduce stress. Experts estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. De-stress and relax with a massage.

As a Chicago area massage therapy school, we believe that true effectiveness and profitability for a massage therapist begins with self discovery, personal growth and understanding the power of touch between therapist and client. Understanding the power from within ensures the most effective, well rounded, therapists upon graduation and it is what sets us apart from other massage schools. Learn more about our nationally accredited massage therapy school and the techniques you will learn in our program!

Massage Therapy School Focusing on MIND, BODY and SPIRIT

Posted on: January 11th, 2017

Here at USTA our nationally accredited massage therapy school program not only teaches how to address the body but we also incorporate the mind and spirit as well. After taking our program, students are well versed in the energies of Eastern approach with techniques from the West. Our massage therapy school educators bring years of practical experience in bodywork as well as a holistic and hands-on approach to massage. In this post, we want to break down our curriculum to show the mind, body and spirit categories and the classes associated with them.


  • Anatomy
  • Contraindications
  • CPR Certification
  • Client Documentation
  • Massage Ethics
  • History & Application
  • Kinesiology
  • Marketing & Business
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pathology
  • Physiology
  • Sanitation
  • Nutrition & Juicing


  • Aryurvedia
  • Body Mechanics
  • Chair Massage
  • Clinical Massage
  • Cupping
  • Deep Tissue
  • Hot Stone
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Lymph Drainage
  • Elderly Massage
  • Disability Massage
  • Pregnancy & Prenatal
  • Reflexology
  • Spa Body Treatments
  • Swedish Massage
  • Sports Massage


  • Aromatherapy
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Meditation
  • Polarity Therapy
  • Reiki
  • Yoga

As a Chicago area massage therapy school, we believe that true effectiveness and profitability for a massage therapist begins with self discovery, personal growth and understanding the power of touch between therapist and client. Students should expect a great return on investment when choosing USTA for their education! Tuition includes the initial massage therapy licensing fee for Illinois and massage table! The classes listed above are included in the tuition along with our popular business and aromatherapy classes. It is our upmost importance to not only offer a great experience while you are a student here, but also prepare you for a career after school.

Our massage therapy classes start January 24th! Day classes (9 month program) and Evening classes (11 month program) are available. Contact us to speak to an admissions representative at 630-968-6800, option 1 or fill out the online contact form here. We look forward to having you start your career with us!

Starting A Career In Massage Therapy

Posted on: December 21st, 2016

career in massage therapyAccording to the American Massage Therapy Association, one of the most frequent comments a massage therapists makes about their occupation is “I feel fortunate to have found work I love.” They feel this way because a career in massage therapy allows them to help people in a meaningful way with a high degree of personal contact. Massage therapists graduate with the skills they need to work at spas, hospitals, clinics, or even out of their own in-home massage office. The value of  massage therapy is becoming more widely recognized, and job growth over the next decade is predicted to grow considerably according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Common Massage Therapy Work Places

  • In home office
  • Physicians’ offices and clinics
  • Franchise locations
  • Hospitals and wellness centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Chiropractic offices
  • Health clubs and fitness centers
  • Sports teams and events
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Salons and spas
  • Cruise ships

At Universal Spa Training Academy our beginning classes focus on communication and self awareness. These essential skills are developed through focused activities and exercises, which are the foundation of customer service and a therapists ability to retain clientele and build an income. Our 9 month day or 11 month evening massage therapy programs offer a balanced study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, Eastern energies, Western techniques and professional development. Our curriculum includes Trigger point therapy, Neuromuscular techniques, Polarity Therapy, Swedish massage techniques, and Pregnancy massage. Tuition also includes the initial massage therapy licensing fee for Illinois and a FREE massage table for each student. Our Chicagoland massage therapy school education also provides its students with the business guidance needed to help build a successful private massage therapy practice and the preparation to pass the MBLEx Exam.

So are you ready to get started with a career in Massage Therapy? Classes start in January 2017! Call our admissions office at 630-968-6800, press option 1.

Benefits Of Meditation

Posted on: October 6th, 2016

meditationAt Universal Spa Training Academy, we believe when you meditate, you clear away the information overload that sometimes builds up during the day. You are then able to focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Studies have shown that just a 5 minute session can result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

Benefits of Meditation

  1. Reduces Stress. Research published in the Health Psychology journal stated that meditation is not only associated with feeling less stressed, it’s also linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  2. Visualization. Visualizing where you are and where you want to go is beneficial when starting a new career. This helps to put everything in perspective as you reflect.
  3. Improved concentration. This helps during class times, at work and even those at home tasks.
  4. Encourages a healthy lifestyle. When you are able to calm your mind, it reduces stress not just in your mind but also in your body. This helps gain perspective and seek the need for an overall healthier lifestyle.
  5. Increases happiness. Studies have shown that when you meditate you release endorphins and serotonin, which are your ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain. This makes you happier and less likely to lean towards negativity.
  6. Improves sleep. Do you ever experience those sleepless nights? Meditation helps to calm your mind and body to relax and ultimately catch those z’s.
  7. Increases creativity. If you are more relaxed you can focus on more important tasks. You can accurately prioritize your life and have the mental capacity to get creative.

Our meditation room at USTA is open and free for massage therapy and aesthetic students to use. Meditation sessions are open and non-religious. We just think it makes a well-rounded student and our performance statistics prove it!

3 Ways To De-stress With Yoga

Posted on: August 27th, 2016

When juggling many things like family, work and school it can cause anxiety and stress. Yoga helps to create greater emotional well-being by releasing tension and dissolving the emotional blocks that hold us back from living a happy, healthy life. At Universal Spa Training Academy, the practice of mind, body and spirit is used in everyday life. Yoga also offers natural therapy for stress, because it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of our nervous system responsible for relaxation and rejuvenation. Below are 3 positions that you can do to de-stress.

  1. Dhyana Pose

    Calming Heart Meditation (Dhyana) This pose can be practiced whenever you start to feel overwhelmed or anxious. Breathe deeply and slowly to maintain a calm, meditative state.

  2. Childs Pose (Balasana) Kneel on the floor, touch your toes, lay your torso down between your legs, put your forehead down on the floor and stretch your arms, hands and fingers. Breathe deep and exhale to release any tension. This is a more restful pose and helps to calm the mind and body. Stay in this pose anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes.
  3. Fire Log Pose (Agnistambhasana) Sit indian style on the floor, but pull your right foot on top of your left leg and set it on top of your left knee. Flex your foot so the sole is perpendicular to the floor. This pose stretches the hips and groin where we tend to hold a lot of tightness and tension. Switch legs when you feel fully stretches and relaxed.

Yoga builds greater inner calm, enabling you to deal with pressures and tension in a more constructive way. For many, it has resulted in less stress and a more focused state of mind in the classroom. That is why we offer free access to our yoga studio and classes for our students. So whether you are a part of our aesthetic school or our massage therapy school, take advantage of everything USTA has to offer!