Skin Candy Maldives, a local sustainable organic skincare brand, has launched a 'Wellness Training Academy' in the Maldives with the help of internationally renowned Elena Spas. The trailblazing effort aims to educate and empower the current and next generation of wellness therapists from the region's residents and workers.

The training academy, which is set to open in May 2023, will be led by Skin Candy Maldives, with graduating therapists certified at the International CITBAC Level, which is regarded as the gold standard in the spa and wellness business worldwide. Courses will be offered from May to September 2023, with the first session, 'Swedish Massage,' beginning in May. This CIBTAC-certified training is also appropriate for beginners.

Before enrolling in the academy's classes, absolute beginners will need to complete an online Anatomy and Physiology module. All other classes will be delivered in person, with each course certified by CIBTAC. The school offers classes such as beginners' Swedish massage, manual lymphatic drainage, trigger point therapy, myofascial cupping, deep tissue massage, hand and foot reflexology, and deep tissue massage.

Le Meridien Maldives. (Photo/Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa)

The spa & wellness business is in high demand for high-caliber wellness professionals, with spa resorts rapidly growing in the Maldives' tourism scene and travelers giving more attention to wellness. This is an exciting time to work in the thriving industry, and Skin Candy's core goal is to produce graduates who are competent and qualified to function as professional therapists and practitioners in the wellness field. Similarly, it will provide hoteliers and spa operators in the Maldives with the opportunity to upskill their existing wellness teams.

Martina Crkonova, who has significant experience in the field, will facilitate the courses. She has 27 years of experience in integrative and TCM medicine and 15 years as a therapeutic instructor and trainer. The prestigious academy is a fully equipped training facility situated just a 15-minute speed boat ride from Male. Classes will be held in small groups in a relaxed setting, with course costs covering everything from speed boat transfers to onsite lunch and the purchase of training uniforms.

“This initiative will help transform tomorrow’s industry by providing local Maldivians and current resort wellness staff with a level of education and resources, so they don’t necessarily have to travel abroad to expand their professional career. Our passion is sustainability,” said Ms Lubna Zahir Hussain, Founder of Skin Candy Maldives. ‘Our goal is to produce highly trained and knowledgeable wellness professionals with progressive career plans to grow within the wellness industry”.