When most people think of spas and spa treatments, they think of massages and facials, but hotels offer a considerably broader range of services than most people realize. They also include full-body skin treatments, manicures and pedicures, hair removal, and other skin treatments that were previously only available at a doctor’s office.
Exfoliation, steam, moisturizers, masks, peels, and massages are part of a facial treatment. They exfoliate the skin’s surface, massage the muscles to improve circulation, clear clogged pores, and hydrate the new, fresh layer of skin. Some facials are designed to address specific issues, such as puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. Others, such as adding collagen to the skin to tighten it and decrease wrinkles, aid in anti-aging.
Exfoliation and moisturizing aren’t just for the skin on your face. Aquatherapy, body polishes, body wraps, and Vichy showers are just a few skin treatments available at spas. You soak in aqua-jet baths with aromatherapy oils, moisturizers, and exfoliants in aquatherapy. These flows help to increase circulation while also exfoliating and hydrating the skin.
Body polishes are similar to facials for the body. After scrubbing the body to remove dead skin cells and smooth the skin, moisturizers—usually cream—are massaged into the skin to hydrate it. Salt scrubs are the most popular body polishes, in which aestheticians use sea salt scrubs to exfoliate the skin. A salt scrub is frequently used as the first stage in a body wrap. Following exfoliation, the body is wrapped in seaweed or mud to help absorb impurities from the skin and enhance overall skin texture. After removing the wrap, take a shower and apply an additional moisturizer.
Vichy showers are often utilized towards the end of a body polish or wrap, but they can also be enjoyed on their own. Five to seven shower heads spray water on you while you recline on a cushioned table, and they aid in blood circulation and hydration of the skin.
Massages are perhaps the most popular spa services, and there are many different styles to choose from. The most frequent technique is the Swedish massage. The therapist uses massage oil to facilitate long, smooth strokes and drapes a sheet over the regions of the body not being massaged. Aromatherapy is sometimes included in the oils to help with relaxation. Swedish massages are given expressly for a pregnant woman’s lower back, shoulders, and legs are known as pregnancy massages.
Deep-tissue massages employ many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massages, but they apply more severe pressure to relieve muscle tension and knots.
Hot-stone massages use the same long-stroke techniques as Swedish massages, but therapists use heated basalt stones to massage the muscles. The heat from the rocks promotes muscle circulation and aids damage repair. The heated stones are sometimes left on the spine to encourage therapeutic flow.
The feet are the primary focus of a reflexology massage. To remove blockages in the body systems and enhance circulation, the therapist will apply pressure to reflex spots on foot.
Treatments for Nails
Manicures and pedicures, or nail treatments for both hands and feet, are available at most. These same treatments may be purchased at any nail shop for cheaper than spa costs, but spas frequently go above and beyond for manicures and pedicures. Spa nail experts will exfoliate, soften, apply paraffin treatments, and perform warm cream and hot-stone massages in addition to shaping and polishing nails.
Waxing is the most traditional method of hair removal available in spas. Aestheticians first apply heated wax to the skin before pressing a cloth strip into it. They swiftly remove the strip and the hairs caught in the wax. Waxing can remove hair from any part of the body, including the chest, back, eyebrows, leg, upper lip, and bikini area. Some spas even do full Brazilian waxing, which removes all hair from the vaginal area.