To most people, spas, and their treatments conjure up thoughts of facials and massages. Yes, these treatments are very much available at a spa, but that’s just scratching the surface. Spas also provide skin care treatments for the whole body, pedicures and manicures, hair removal treatments and also other treatments that are traditionally restricted to a doctor’s office.
Facials include exfoliation, moisturizers, steam, peels, masks and massages. They get rid of dull and dry cells from the surface of the skin; massage the associated muscles to improve circulation, eliminate clogged pores and entirely hydrate the fresh, new skin layer. Some face treatments target particular problematic spots like eye bags, dark circles, anti-aging spots, etc.
Spas offer a plethora of treatments for the whole body: body polishes, aqua therapy, Vichy showers and body wraps. In aqua therapy, you are soaked in aromatherapy oil-enriched aqua-jet tubs. Such soaks enhance blood circulation and hydrate and exfoliate the skin. A body polish is basically a body facial. A salt scrub is a variety of a body polish where sea salt scrubs are used for exfoliation. Post the exfoliation, the body is enwrapped in mud or seaweed to help remove skin impurities and enhance the skin’s texture. Vichy showers are, at times, used to conclude a body wrap or body polish, but can be offered as a separate treatment as well. The showers come with five to eight shower heads, which pour down water on your flat-lying body. These showers help with blood circulation and also skin hydration.
A massage is invariably a spa’s most popular offering, with multiple types on offer. The commonly offered Swedish massage comprises massage oil for smooth, long massaging strokes and covers body portions that are due for a massage. At times, aromatherapy oils are used to further help with relaxation. There are special pregnancy massages performed especially to assist with easing muscle tension in the legs, shoulder, and lower back. Deep-tissue massages incorporate techniques and movements similar to Swedish massages, but there’s increased pressure involved to release muscle knots and tension. Hot-stone massages are also similar and add heated basalt stones to the mix. At times, the therapist leave the stones rested on the back for better therapeutic flow.
Most spas provide both pedicures and manicures, nail services for both the feet and hands. These treatments could be found for a much cheaper price at nail salons than spas. But spas offer much better value for the extra cash you shell out. Besides polishing and shaping nails, professional nail therapists also scrub and soften the skin, apply paraffin, and carry out hot-stone or/and warm cream massages.
At spas, waxing is the most common and traditional hair removal technique. Aestheticians apply warm wax to the area and then place a cloth strip over the wax. After pressing the strip against the wax, the strip is pulled off with the wax arresting the hairs. Waxing can be done to eliminate unwanted body hair from various parts, such as the chest, back, leg, eyebrows, bikini and upper-lip areas. Complete Brazilian waxes are also offered by some spas, wherein all the genital area hair is cleared. Like waxing, sugaring is another technique for hair-removal. The only difference is that a sugar cream paste replaces the wax. Threading is another technique getting popular in Western spas.