South Essex College students travel to Iceland to look at Spa industry

BEAUTY students from South Essex College visited Iceland to learn about the spa industry.

A group of Level 3 Beauty Therapy students from the College’s Southend and Thurrock campuses spent three days in Reykjavik, Iceland.

They visited the Blue Lagoon to learn about different spa environments and to hear about the natural treatments offered there.

The class got the chance to go on a backstage tour of the lagoon, which included a talk on the science behind the natural healing effects of the water at the site.

Rebecca Maitland, 18, from Hockley said: "I learnt about different massage techniques at the Blue Lagoon. The clients were in suits floating in the water and the masseuse used the water to manipulate relaxation."

Emma Starling, 17, from Shenfield said: "It’s clear that studying beauty opens up loads of different job pathways, especially in the spa industry. It gives you the chance to work abroad. Our tour guide said there were loads of beauty employment opportunities in Iceland."

The group were also treated to a tour of Reykjavik where they visited the Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Iceland plus landmark building the Perlin and the historical Hofdi House.

Students took part in the Golden Circle tour too and saw the only active Geysir in Iceland. They also got the chance to visit the site where two tectonic plates meet, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

The trip has become a yearly course staple so new students applying to study beauty at the College will have the chance to visit Iceland next year.

For more information about the course, visit http://www.southessex.ac.uk/course/beauty-therapy-nvq-level-3-diploma

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