TSPA Rochester: Keeping Up With the Community

Here at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Rochester, we love our community and are always willing to show it! It’s a chance to give back, help our community, and have fun. From summers spent exercising Zumba-style to winters warming the needy, we are here for it! Read on to see what we’ve been up to, and future activities we welcome you to attend.

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Previous Happenings

Zumba on the Plaza

In light of fitness and community, we are sponsors of Zumba on the Plaza! In between Zumba sessions, visitors are welcome to get chair massages and free gift cards from us here at TSPA Rochester. It’s an opportunity we’ve welcomed the past two consecutive summers.

First Annual Winter Drive

Last November’s One Warm Coat Drive was the first annual winter drive, also known as The Big 5 Winter Drive. Last year, 127 items were donated: 45 coats, 37 hats, 9 scarves, 18 pairs of gloves, 4 ear covers, 6 pairs of boots, and 8 pairs of snow pants. Donations are then passed over to Christmas Anonymous, to be given to those in need. Be sure to read on for details about this year!

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Women’s Veteran Event

On March 21st, 2018, we teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs, offering shampoos, blowouts, styling, chair massages, and paraffin hand dips to women. There’s nothing like helping fellow hard workers relax.

Back to School Fundraiser

As a school ourselves, we value education! On August 9, 2018, a silent auction was held to raise money for a local school (voted by Facebook users). We got over $200 and supplies like backpacks and notebooks.

Back To School EVENT POLL

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Women’s Fall Expo

On November 3, 2018, we offered nail painting, hand massages, face painting, hair braiding, and make-up touch-ups to women. We love ringing in a new season with a new look. If you missed out on this, read on for upcoming involvement opportunities.

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Upcoming Events

Second Annual Big 5 Winter Drive

Since last year’s Winter Drive was such a success, we came back for more! The fundraiser ran from November 5th to the 16th, 2018, accepting new or gently used winter gear is accepted.

Toys for Tots Drop Off

We are happy to be an official Toys for Tots drop-off location! The drop-ff is located inside our reception area. Donations welcome during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, November 19th to December 19th.

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A Peek Into Next Year

Eagles Cancer Telethon

Like in January 2018, January 2019 is our focus toward fighting cancer. We will be teaming up with Hair Studio 52 and accepting donations for cancer research in exchange for salon services. So stay tuned! If you donate to our telethon, you can get a haircut or massage!

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Why We Give Back

Here at TSPA Rochester, we stay on top of giving back to our thriving community! It is where we feel welcomed, comfortable, and where we can succeed. As a school fortunate enough to have our mentors and educators, professional supplies, and nice establishment, we strive to help other organizations develop and thrive as well. Having fun, making friends, and building a relationships are just bonuses.

A Better School

When a school is kind to their community, you know that as a student, you’ll be treated the same. Students can take comfort in attending our charity-forward school where kindness and sympathy is fostered. If we are a school of people who habitually putting others first, that consideration can extend to each other. We take pride in being more than a beauty school. We are here to inspire and help others succeed, inside and outside our doors. Take a closer look into our community at TSPA Rochester. Meet our educators here!

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Check out more about our previous charities! Get a scoop of last year’s One Warm Coat charity here.

{Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tsparochester.com}

Winter Survival Guide for Your Hair

Winter can be harsh…on you AND your hair! While the cold can cause your hair to crack like icicles or frizz up like mad, this winter hair care survival guide can lead you back to that smooth and sleek mane of your dreams all season long.

Pull Your Hair Back

Ever feel like scarves and heavy coats tangle the hairs at the nape of your neck? Keep the mane tame with sleek buns or quick side braids that get your hair out of the way. Updos also protect from harsh, drying winds and chills that can strip hair of moisture. Bonus: this also gives those strands a nice break from heat tools!

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Maintain Moisture

This is important all year round but crucial in the colder months! Moisture prevents damage and brittleness. Let your regular conditioner sit longer or try applying a deep conditioning treatment once a week. Spritz your hair with a bit of leave-in conditioner after your shower, especially if you plan to go outside. If you need an on-the-go boost, try applying a little coconut oil, argan oil, or shea butter to your ends. A diet rich in vitamin A promotes natural sebum production, supplying hair with natural moisture. Try cooking up some seasonal favorites like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots.

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Keep It Cool

Who doesn’t love a hot shower especially in winter? As good as that steam is for your hair, save the scald for your skin. When it comes time to wash and condition your hair, turn the temperature down as cool as you can bear it! Heat strips hair of moisture, even under water. Cooler temperatures seal the cuticle, lock in shine and moisture, and combat frizz. Worth it!

Split Ends? Gimme a Break!

Unfortunately cold weather can lead to more breakage. Keep hair far away from its breaking point with regular trims. Avoid going outside with wet hair where it can freeze and crack right off! Don’t skip heat protectant. Between wind, rain, and humidity, you just might find yourself using heat more often or more intensely. A protein-rich diet helps keep those strands strong and healthy. Try hearty stews, greens, and eggs.

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Combat Static

Save it for summer sessions on the trampoline. Keep hair up, hydrated, and avoid touching it when you can. Stash dryer sheets in your purse to run through strands anytime of day! Buy a serum to spray on whenever you need the help or even a far-away spritz of static guard will do exactly what it sounds like!

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Let Us Help

No matter your hair concern, we’d love to help! From frizz to humidity, let us treat you to a solution and prepped for winter! Make an appointment at our student salon training area* now!

Want to learn more about hair? Take this quiz to find out if you are ready for cosmetology school!

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

Are You Ready for Cosmetology School?

Are you considering enrolling in cosmetology school? This could be a great way to get started on an exciting future in the beauty industry! Before you get started on enrolling, you need to be prepared. Take our quiz and find out if you are ready for cosmetology school!

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Now that you know whether or not you’re ready to enroll in our cosmetology program, contact us! Even if you aren’t prepared to enroll right away, we can answer your questions and help you navigate your future in cosmetology. Call us or fill out our online form today!

Massage Pressure Points: What Are They and How Can They Relieve Stress?

Feeling stressed out? You’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, most people in The United States are highly stressed out in 2018. Politics, global events, work, family, health concerns, and money are just a few things causing Americans stress these days. While eliminating these stressors is virtually impossible, there are ways to deal with it. A great way to de-stress and cope with stress is through massage. When you visit a massage therapist, they know how to work with the body’s pressure points to relieve muscle tension, increase blood flow, and decrease your stress levels.

What Are Pressure Points?

Pressure points are specific areas on the surface of the body that can relieve pain when stimulated in massage therapy. Acupressure (massaging pressure points) began over 2,000 years ago in traditional Chinese medicine. The human body is a self-healing organism and acupressure activates these healing abilities to treat illness and pain. During an acupressure massage, massage therapists will use their fingers, palms, elbows, or other devices to apply pressure to these acupoints.

Hand pressure point.

Where Are the Main Pressure Points for Stress Relief?

According to Modern Reflexology, there are nine key pressure points to relieve stress and anxiety.

Three mile point:

This is a point located two finger widths below the kneecap and four near the outside of the leg. When pressure is applied here, it can increase and regulate energy flow. When pressure is applied here for about a minute, it can relieve fatigue and increase concentration.

Great rushing:

This point is between the webbing of the big and second toe. Applying pressure here can help maintain a smooth flow of energy through the body’s meridians (energy highways).


This point is located on the side of the inside of the foot, near the base of the big toe. Applying pressure here balances the circulation of energy throughout the body, which can relieve the mind from anxiety and worry.

Inner gate:

Three finger widths above your wrist crease is where you’ll find this point. Applying pressure in this location can protect the heart from stress, encourage deep breathing, and decrease nausea.

Outer gate:

This is located on the back of the arm, near the wrist and between tendons. Stimulating the point can support immune function and increase the body’s energy flow.

Union valley:

You’ll find this point in the webbing between the thumb and index finger. This is a great pressure point for reducing muscle tension and relieving stress.

Central treasury:

This is located two finger widths above where the arms meet the chest. The central treasury pressure point helps with deep, steady breathing, increases blood flow, and helps balance emotions.

Will’s chamber:

You can locate this pressure point at the middle of your waist, three fingers away from the spine. When you stimulate this point it can evenly distribute energy flow, strengthen the body, and help with back tension.

Shoulder well:

The shoulder well is located at the ridge of the shoulder between the shoulder and base of the neck. When stimulated, this point can relieve stress and tension and help with energy flows.

Make a Massage Therapy Appointment

If stress is threatening to get the best of you, don’t let it control your life. Schedule yourself a massage therapy appointment with us at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Rochester. Taking time out for yourself is the best way to cope with stress. We know how to use pressure points and massage techniques to help you feel less tense and more energized.

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Study Massage Therapy

Does your curiosity about pressure points extend past scheduling a massage appointment? Consider studying massage therapy with us! Our program can teach you all about utilizing pressure points in modern massage techniques. Contact us today to learn more about enrollment.

Massage therapy services are provided by students supervised by licensed professionals.

Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tsparochester.com

Why the TSPA and Redken Relationship Matters

At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Rochester, we strive to give our students an excellent educational experience. We want every student who walks through our doors to leave with the skill set they need to work in a modern salon or spa. A focused cosmetology curriculum and exclusive relationship with the Redken brand can create an educational experience that could prepare students for a future in the beauty industry.

What Makes TSPA Rochester Different

We are committed to helping students achieve their goals. The regulations, curriculum, and training exclusive to us as a part of the TSPA franchise can help us create a better educational experience. Choosing to franchise a beauty school means that standards and expectations are set in regards to the quality of education. When you attend TSPA Rochester, the standards, requirements, and expectations have been set by a company that is passionate about student success.

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Our Relationship With Redken

Redken was founded in 1960 with the mission to provide clients and stylists with innovative products and beautiful results. As one of the first brands to be available in the cosmetology education system, Redken has been helping students develop and perfect their skills for decades. We love Redken because they share two of our two greatest passions: beauty and education! Our relationship with Redken can give our staff, educators, and students exclusive access to various possible benefits. These include:

  • Use of the Redken product line
  • The chance to participate in quarterly trainings from Redken stylists
  • Redken Color Fusion products and training
  • The possibility of working with The Fuel Training System created by Redken Artistic Director, Chris Baran

Brunette model with Redken logo.

See the Difference for Yourself

Get your beauty education at a school where the brands and people are invested in your success. TSPA Rochester is dedicated to helping every student achieve their dreams in beauty. Schedule a tour with us today to see the TSPA and Redken difference for yourself!

Read more about why you should choose TSPA Rochester on our blog!

Can I Go to Cosmetology School Without Experience?

Meet The Cosmetology Educators

Becoming a Cosmetologist in Minnesota

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5 Places You Can Work as a Massage Therapist

If you’re interested in learning about human muscle structures and enjoy helping others feel better, massage therapy could be a great career option for you! You may think that as a massage therapist you could only work at a spa or large massage franchise, but there are a variety of other exciting opportunities in the field of massage!

1. Spas and Wellness Centers

When you think of massage therapy, you probably think of a spa or wellness center. These jobs make up the majority of massage therapy jobs, as it’s a great environment for practicing a variety of techniques and building a diverse client base. It can also be a good environment for those who prefer a quiet, calm work atmosphere. Jobs in spas or wellness centers usually have weekend and night hours, so it can be a great option if you have kids or other obligations that would require you to work non-traditional hours.

Brunette woman getting a massage at a spa.

2. Resorts and Vacation Spots

Whether it’s a destination resort or a cruise ship spa, many people want a massage when they’re on vacation. Most of us go on vacation to relax and recharge, so adding in a massage is a great way to practice self-care. If you work as a vacation massage therapist, you could get to work in beautiful, exotic locations and use state-of-the-art equipment. When working with travelers, you won’t have regular clients, but it’s likely you’ll have a steady and dynamic workflow.

Couple getting a massage while at a resort.

3. Medical Office

Hospitals, nursing homes, and sports medicine clinics are just a few of the medical settings where massage therapy is typically offered. If you work in one of these settings, you can help athletes heal from injuries, soothe the elderly’s aching muscles, or help reduce strain and pressure for women who are pregnant. Choosing to do massage therapy in a medical setting can be a great idea for those who are passionate about helping and healing other people. Here in Rochester, we’re lucky enough to live near the Mayo Clinic. As a massage therapist, you could have the opportunity to work at this esteemed clinic.

Client receives a massage in a medical office.

4. Mobile Massage

Don’t want to be stuck in the same place every day? You could be a mobile massage therapist! People are busier than ever, which means they are more stressed, and more prone to muscle tension and aches. As a mobile massage therapist, you can travel to your clients at their convenience. Whether they have you come to their home or office, you’ll get to move around and help others de-stress. Working as a mobile massage therapist can help you quickly develop a diverse client base.

Man getting a massage in a medical setting.

5. Private Practice

Interested in self-employment? That’s a possibility with massage therapy! Many people choose to work themselves out of their home or in a rented space. If you want to set your own schedule and work for yourself, this could be your chance. Starting a private practice is tough work, as you’ll need a strong client base, equipment, and resources to be successful. However, if you’ve got the drive and motivation to make it happen, it can be extremely fulfilling!

A massage therapist works from home.

Choose Our Massage Therapy Program

The first step to a future in massage therapy is a solid education. At TSPA Rochester, our massage therapy program can teach you up-to-date massage techniques and help you gain real-world experience. To learn more about the program, contact us today to schedule a tour!

Learn more about massage therapy and our other programs on the blog!

Test Your Massage Therapy Knowledge!

Can I Go to Cosmetology School Without Experience?

Beauty School Enrollment Checklist

Test Your Massage Therapy Knowledge!

If your reading this blog then that means you are interested in a career in massage therapy. That’s so exciting! This could be the very beginning of your interest or maybe you have known for a while that becoming a massage therapist is your end goal. Either way, take our quiz to get a taste of what you can learn when studying to perfect the art of massage therapy. Who knows, maybe you already know some of the answers! Test your knowledge.

Rochester Quiz

Can I Go to Cosmetology School Without Experience?

Yes! You can go to cosmetology school without experience. In fact, no one is expecting you to have experience when you walk into the door of our school. At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Rochester, we’ve designed our cosmetology program so that you can learn and gain experience while you are here! Our goal is that students who graduate from our program are prepared and excited to take on a career in the industry after they’ve become licensed.

While you don’t need any experience to enroll in cosmetology school, there are a few things you do need. If you’re looking to get your start at TSPA Rochester, here’s a few things you can get and do to be prepared for our program.

A High School Diploma or Equivalent

In order to enroll in our cosmetology program, and to be eligible to take the state licensure exam, you must have a high school diploma or GED. If you’re worried about your previous education and are unsure of what may or may not qualify, that’s OK! You don’t have to guess. Contact us! We can talk through your concerns and help determine if what you have will be accepted. You can also consult the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology website for info about what is required.

Have a Passion

Passion is one thing that many of the people in the beauty industry have. This field is fueled by creativity and a love for what you do. Many cosmetologists recall that this is something they’ve wanted to do their whole lives! If you’ve always had a love for hair, makeup, and all things beauty, this might be your career path.

TSPA Rochester can help you harness that passion and turn it into a skill set!

Be Ready to Commit

Cosmetology school requires commitment. Time and creativity are two things you’re going to need to give for your education. Your education is your best investment in yourself. If you want a future in the beauty industry, be ready to give it your all and have a blast doing it!

Don’t worry! Cosmetology school doesn’t mean you’d be committing to time like you would to a four-year degree. At TSPA Rochester you can complete our cosmetology program in as little as 48 weeks.

Put Your Plan Into Motion

After you’ve gotten everything together, contact us! TSPA Rochester is happy to welcome you in for a tour. During that time you can learn even more about preparing for your journey in cosmetology school, including meeting our educators and getting financial aid* information. There’s no better time than the present to take hold of your future!

Ready to Take on Cosmetology School? Read These Blogs First!

“5 Reasons to Become a Cosmetologist”
“Becoming a Cosmetologist in Minnesota”
“Beauty School Enrollment Checklist”

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify. For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tsparochester.com

Beauty School Enrollment Checklist

If you’re thinking about attending beauty school at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Rochester, you need to be prepared ahead of time. There a few steps you need to take before you can begin classes. We’ve created this useful beauty school enrollment checklist so you can make sure you’re 100 percent ready to get started on your education.

A beauty enrollment checklist for starting school at TSPA Rochester.

Do Your Research

The first thing you need to do is figure out which program you want to enroll in. Are you more interested in massage therapy or cosmetology? Choose the program you’re most passionate about and do research about it. This is a great way to make sure you’re prepared before even visiting our school. You also need to make sure you have a high school diploma or equivalency and your high school transcripts, as you’ll need these to be admitted to any of our programs.

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Schedule a Tour

Scheduling a tour of our school is important. This gives you the chance to see the actual location where you would be studying. It’s also a great opportunity to ask admissions representatives and other staff members all your questions in person. There are just some things that are better-discussed face-to-face rather than over the phone or email. Your future is one of them! On a tour, you can see classrooms, the student salon training area, and take a look at at the products you’d be working with. You may also even see current students training with educators.

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Apply to the Program

If you’ve done your research and toured our campus, it’s time to apply! Visit our application page to get started. You’ll need to contact us for the current enrollment application, make sure your high school and any post-high school transcripts are sent to the admissions department, and complete the online form. After this, someone will contact you to schedule an admissions interview.

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Plan Your Schedule

Next, you need to decide what type of schedule works best for you. For example,  the cosmetology, massage therapy,  programs are only available full-time. If you’ve got a full-time job, or a family to take care of, part-time classes could be your best option. For those with a little more flexibility, full-time classes can allow you to jump headfirst into your education. Whichever you choose, classes at TSPA Rochester can set you on the path to a beautiful future!

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Figure Out Finances

The next crucial step is figuring out a financial plan. At TSPA Rochester, we offer financial aid to qualifying students who are seeking a long-term future in the beauty industry. We have a variety of scholarship opportunities and grants available to those who qualify. To get started, fill out a quick online form. After this, an admissions representative will contact you to help you navigate through the application process.

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Call Us for More Information

Ready to get started on enrollment? Call TSPA Rochester for more information on how to prepare. You can also call us to set up a tour or learn about financial aid. It’s time to get started on pursuing your future in beauty!

Want to learn more about our programs and all things beauty? Check out these blog posts!

Read: Five Reasons to be a Cosmetologist

Read: Becoming a Cosmetologist in Minnesota

Read: The Different Types of Massage, Explained

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Scholarship qualification and application processes vary, not all will qualify. Contact us today to speak to a financial aid administrator for more information.

5 Reasons to Be a Cosmetologist

Do you want a future where you can be creative and help others feel great? Are you looking for the potential to be independent? If you’ve answered yes, then being a cosmetologist could be a rewarding option for you. Maybe you’ve already considered an education in cosmetology at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Rochester, or maybe it’s a new idea for you. Whatever the case, here are five reasons why a future as a cosmetologist could be right for you.


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1. A Chance for Creative Expression

Many people choose a future in cosmetology because they are creative and have a passion for beauty. As a cosmetologist, you may get the chance to try out new trends, techniques, and products on a daily basis. You have to listen to your clients’ wishes, but you still have the chance to use creativity to help them transform their look. Cosmetology can be a great opportunity to use your passion and technical skills to create something beautiful.

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2. You Can Help Others Feel Great

Working as a cosmetologist can be a great option for social butterflies. If you’re a people person, this job could allow you to not only help others look great but to feel great as well. For many people, looking nice or feeling beautiful can boost confidence. Got a client who’s feeling low? Providing a listening ear while giving them a fresh, new haircut, color, or style could make their day. When you work as a cosmetologist, you’ll have the chance to meet different people every day and even form connections with them. Every person who sits in your chair will have a different personality, background, and personal style.

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3. Opportunity For an Independent Future

If you have always dreamed of owning your own salon, cosmetology education from TSPA Rochester is a great first step. With a cosmetology license, you can start by working in a salon that hires cosmetologists to gain experience and clientele, and then work your way up to renting a booth in an upscale salon. These are valuable experiences if you want to become a salon owner one day. You’ll need technical skills, tactical knowledge, business savvy, and a client-base to achieve career growth.

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4. Working in a Dynamic Environment

Cosmetology is a great option for those who don’t want to be stuck in an office all day. As a cosmetologist, it’s likely that you’ll be on your feet most of the day as you’re styling hair or applying makeup. The hustle and bustle of a salon can keep you moving constantly and keeps the atmosphere lively and fun. From talking with coworkers to engaging with clients, there’s always a conversation going when you’re a cosmetologist. Every client you work with is unique and a salon is typically full of diverse personalities, so every day as a cosmetologist can be different and full of exciting challenges.

Young brunette woman shops for makeup.

5. Doing What You’re Passionate About

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been passionate about beauty forever or just started following trends in the last few years. If you’re choosing an education in cosmetology, it’s likely that you’re passionate about all things beauty. A future in cosmetology is a great way to express what you love on a daily basis. You can use your practical skills and tactical knowledge, but you can also put your enthusiasm for trends and current styles to use. Other people can tell when someone loves what they’re doing. Take your passion and use it to create something beautiful that also makes someone else feel great.

Learn More About Our Cosmetology Program

Ready to create a future in cosmetology? Learn more about our cosmetology program at TSPA Rochester. We know that cosmetology is about more than just cutting hair. It’s about innovative techniques and an overall knowledge of business and marketing strategies. Call us today to schedule a tour or ask any questions.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tsparochester.com