You might think that health spas are all about pampering yourself, and while that is true, they also have more to offer. Don’t overlook the health aspects of spas treatments, including physical therapy, nutrition, stress management and alternative medicine. Spa treatments can address the whole body and inner well-being as well as provide pampering services, such as facials and manicures. Spas are found all over the country in a wide variety of settings, from airports and office buildings to remote resorts.
You can spend anywhere from an hour to a full day at a day spa and choose from a menu of services. Small day spas may offer just a few specialties, such as waxing, pedicures and facials. Larger day spas often have package deals where you don a robe and slippers and move from room to room for a variety of treatments. These spas can give you full body treatments, including body wraps, exfoliation and toning. A variety of facial treatments, aromatherapy, massage and saunas are common services.
A destination spa functions like a spa and hotel in one. Guests stay for a weekend, a week or more and partake in a variety of services, from day spa treatments to organized sports. The focus of destination spas is often on changing lifestyles. There is an emphasis on nutrition, physical activity and healthful living. Personal trainers, counselors and estheticians are all employed by destination spas to provide a well-rounded experience. You can generally choose which activities, treatments and programs to participate in depending on your needs.
A medical spa can sound intimidating, but it’s actually designed to relax and pamper you if you are undergoing a medical procedure. Licensed doctors run medical spas and offer the kinds of procedures you should only get from qualified medical specialists. These can include Botox, chemical peels, collagen injections, cryotherapy and laser vein removal. Dental spas offer a wide range of medical and cosmetic dental treatments. Medical and dental spas offer esthetic services, such as day spas offer, as a complement to the medical procedures.
A mineral spa is built up around a natural mineral spring or hot springs. Hydrotherapy treatments utilizing the springs is the focus of the spa. Mineral springs have higher concentrations of minerals such as magnesium, sulphur, iron and potassium than other sources of water and these are thought to be beneficial to health and in skincare. Natural mineral springs range in temperature from warm to hot and soaking in them is relaxing. Some spas are very basic with bathing done outside in natural pools, while some facilities are elaborate and pipe water to special baths. The spas also tend to offer other services, such as massage, while large resorts have estheticians on staff.
Ayurvedic spas are based on a form of alternative medicine founded in India. Aromatherapy, essential oils and various massage procedures are central to Ayurvedic treatments. Herbal wraps, steam and exfoliants are also used in treatments. Relaxation and health are addressed with ayurvedic treatments and spas are designed to be calming and serene.
The Day Spa Association
International Spa Association
The International Medical Spa Association
The Chopra CenterSpa Magazine