Spa Montage Laguna Beach Partners with ASTECC & The Vodder School to Offer Continued Education Courses

For the first time, Spa Montage Laguna Beach is opening its acclaimed continued education program to other spa industry practitioners, who may enroll in two sessions that will be held at the oceanfront resort November 9-13 and December 13-18, 2009.

Anne Bramham, president of the American Spa Therapy Education Certification Council (ASTECC), will teach two classes, one basic and one advanced, in Vodder School Manual Lymph Drainage. Spa practitioners who complete a course will be certified with 40 or 50 hours of continued education units respectively.

Space is limited to 14 students per course, so early registration is recommended. Registration deadline is November 2 for the basic class and December 7 for the advanced class.

The classes will be offered at Spa Montage Monday through Friday or Sunday through Friday, depending on the session. For practitioners who live outside the Laguna Beach area, Montage Laguna Beach is offering EXCLUSIVE STUDENT ROOM RATES available for November 8 - 13 and December 12 - 18, 2009. For reservations, please contact Montage toll-free at 1-888-715-6700.

1. BASIC BODY, November 9-13, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., $950 per student
A precise, light-to-the-touch therapy recognized by both the international spa and medical communities, Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is the perfect rejuvenation therapy. Course lectures detail the anatomy and physiology of the lymph vessel system, fluid balance and the body's transportation system along with the effects and contra-indications of MLD. Practical training includes instruction in MLD techniques and protocols for specific body parts. (40 hours)

2. ADVANCED SPA BODY, December 13-18, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., $1,100 per student
Focusing on the specific use of Manual Lymphatic Drainage in leisure and medical spa settings, this course concentrates on treatment protocols for pre- and post-cosmetic surgery, dermatological indications, cellulite, fluid retention, trauma and lifestyle disorders. Prerequisite: Basic Body. (50 hours)

To learn more and to register for your choice of class, please contact Anne Bramham at 1-800-575-0518 or by email, [email protected] You may also visit and download the registration form.

About Anne Bramham, Course Instructor
With more than 25 years of professional experience as consultant, teacher, therapist and designer of spa therapies, Anne Bramham is the founder of ASTECC (American Spa Therapy and Education Certification Council) and the owner of the Bramham Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. An instructor of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) with the Vodder School since 1995, Anne opened the first hospital-based Lymphedema treatment center in South Florida. In recent years Anne has been instrumental in introducing MLD to the spa community as an important aspect of overall wellness. In 2005, she introduced the Vodder -sponsored Spa Body Certification program to serve as a bridge between the medical use of MLD and the world of wellness. The program facilitates the use of MLD in conjunction with spa therapies and rehabilitation from cosmetic surgery and has been adopted by a number of resort spas, including the award-winning Spa Montage.

About Montage Laguna Beach
Montage, set on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific in the heart of the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, offers 30 acres of oceanfront luxury. The 250-room craftsman-style resort features beachfront accommodations; a 20,000-square-foot spa; destination dining at Studio; a wealth of outdoor recreation, including three pools, beach and water sports; a fine art collection; and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. For information and reservations, please contact Montage, toll-free, at 1-888-715-6700; or visit the Web site at

About Montage Hotels & Resorts
Montage Hotels & Resorts is a hotel and resort management company founded in 2002 by Alan Fuerstman. Designed to serve affluent travelers and homeowners, the company features an artistic collection of distinctive hotels, resorts and residences in stunning settings that offer comfortable elegance, a unique sense of place and spirit, impeccable hospitality and memorable culinary, spa and lifestyle experiences. Montage Laguna Beach, the company's flagship oceanfront resort, opened in the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, California, in 2003. Montage Beverly Hills, the company's second hotel, opened in Beverly Hills in 2008 and is the first Gold LEED certified hotel and residences in Southern California. Other properties under development include Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, scheduled to open in 2010, and an oceanfront resort and residences with championship golf course coming soon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.