Your wellness experience

About us

The Durham College Spa is committed to making holistic beauty, health and wellness more accessible for all. Inside our clean and convenient space, we provide affordable massage therapy treatments and makeup application and esthetic services that connect and support our community members and student practitioners.

Massage therapy clinic

The clinic at the Durham College Spa is where students from the college’s intensive Massage Therapy program put their training into practice. While delivering massage therapy treatments to clients under the guidance and supervision of experienced Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) and professors, student practitioners continuously develop their skills and knowledge to meet the professional standards set by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

Cosmetics and esthetics labs

The Durham College Spa is a full-service teaching and learning spa that includes a beauty and skincare retail boutique. All services, treatments and business operations are run by student practitioners, under the guidance of spa manager Leslie Morris and our experienced faculty from the following programs:

What to expect

Massage therapy

Our massage therapy student practitioners provide each treatment under the supervision and guidance of experienced RMTs and professors. As a client of the massage therapy clinic at the Durham College Spa, you will make a valuable contribution to our students’ training and learning.

We ask that you keep in mind throughout your visit that the clinic is a teaching and learning environment. As such, student practitioners seek and receive guidance from their professors as needed while they work. Durham College created the massage therapy clinic to provide students with a modern training ground where they can gain the intensive, hands-on professional experience they need to succeed in their chosen field.

Cosmetics and esthetics

Our student beauty advisors and estheticians provide each treatment and service under the guidance and oversight of our expert faculty. As a client of the Durham College Spa, you will make a valuable contribution to our students’ training and learning.

We ask that you keep in mind throughout your visit that we are a full-service teaching and learning spa. As such, our students seek and receive guidance from their professors as needed while they work. Durham College created the spa to provide students with modern, convenient training grounds where they can gain the intensive hands-on experience needed to succeed in their chosen fields.

Learn more about what to expect for specific services or treatments.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Do you take walk-in appointments?
Walk-in appointments are welcome at the Durham College Spa and will be accommodated around guests who have pre-booked their appointments. Massage therapy patients should note that walk-in appointments may be slightly longer to allow student practitioners time to create and/or review the patient’s file. Please also be sure to refer to our hours of operation before arriving.
May I tip my student practitioner?

Massage therapy student practitioners are not allowed to accept tips.  A referral of friends and family is the best compliment you can offer to our students.

For our cosmetics and esthetics student practitioners, tips are welcome and an encouragement as they continue to hone their skills to meet the highest industry-wide standards. Envelopes are available at the main desk for your convenience.

What are your policies for cancellations and late arrivals?

We understand that life happens and appreciate 24 hours advance notice of cancellation so that we can rebook the time slot with another guest and ensure our students continue to gain the practical experience they need to succeed in their chosen field. Failure to provide advance notice may result in a charge placed on the client’s account.

For late arrivals, services may be modified to meet the remaining time within your appointment at the full price to ensure the next guest’s appointment time is uninterrupted. Walk-in appointments may be accepted in cases where guests arrive more than 10 minutes late for their scheduled appointment.

What differentiates the Durham College Spa as a teaching and learning environment?

All treatment and service spaces within the Durham College Spa are dedicated to providing excellent service to our clients while simultaneously providing excellent training and learning to our student practitioners.

Being a student practitioner includes working under the guidance and oversight of expert faculty, including Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) for our students operating within the massage therapy clinic. We ask clients to keep this in mind throughout their visits, which will often include time dedicated to student practitioners seeking guidance and receiving feedback from their professors as they work.

Clients will also notice a difference in the price of services and treatments offered at the Durham College Spa. Our prices are set to correspond with the developing skill levels of our student practitioners and to make holistic beauty, health and wellness more affordable and accessible for all.

Is parking available?

Yes, complimentary parking is available for all spa clients in the Visitors Lot 2 lot on campus. Please take a ticket from the machine upon entering the lot and bring it to the spa’s welcome desk for validation before or after your treatment/service.

Are gift certificates available?

Yes, gift certificates are available for purchase in any denomination at the spa’s welcome desk.

Read more FAQs specific to massage therapy, cosmetic techniques or esthetics.