UC Irvine Extension Explores Online Integrative Wellness Within a Spa Environment

New Online Course Combines Trends of America's Spa Boom and Movement Toward Integrative Wellness

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--University of California, Irvine Extension, the pioneer of the first "Spa and Hospitality Management" certificate program on the West Coast, also the first and only fully-online certificate program of its kind in the United States — announced today a new online elective course, "Integrative Wellness Within a Spa Environment: Rituals of Healing." The course will be taught strictly online for the first time and take place March 31-June 13.

Students will gain a different and broader psychological perspective of the spa experience and be able to identify integrative wellness current trends in spa programs. Potential and existing spa owners, directors and managers will learn to identify the biopsychosocial elements of rituals and their applicability to the modern spa environment.

"This course is designed to provide a deeper level of awareness of ancient traditions, modern innovations and holistic techniques for, and explore archetypal roots of the spa experience in ways that are personally meaningful to every spa-goer," said Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., director, Arts and Humanities at UC Irvine Extension and instructor of the course. "The course will take an in-depth look at the ancient lineage of rituals of healing and integrative mind-body modalities for health promotion and wellness commonly used in spas."

Dr. Rockefeller has combined whole person healthcare, wellness and psychology for more than 30 years, with expertise in guided imagery and relaxation, the expressive arts therapies of dance and authentic movement, yoga, meditation, psychoneuroimmunology, and individual/group rituals of healing. Rockefeller is the author of Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self Doubt, is the co-editor of Psychology, Spirituality and Health, volume three of the 3-volume series, Whole Person Healthcare, is the current editor for The California Psychologist, a bi-monthly publication of the California Psychological Association, and has presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) and the California Psychological Association (CPA).

This unique curriculum is part of UC Irvine Extension's Spa and Hospitality Management certificate program which features in-depth studies taught by esteemed industry professionals from throughout the United States covering everything from business planning and processes to opening a spa, managing day-to-day operations and positioning for managed future growth.

For more information about UC Irvine's Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate Program or to enroll online, please visit www.extension.uci.edu/spa or email Angela Jeantet at [email protected]

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