Whether you’re planning a 60-minute visit to a day spa, or a weekend getaway to a resort spa, there are a variety of treatments you may want to consider getting. Although all spas offer popular treatments like massages and facials, some offer treatments you may have never heard of. So before your next spa visit, check out some of the treatments you can get if you’re willing to spend the time and money.
Massages – It’s no surprise massages are huge with the spa crowd, but did you know many spas offer various types of massages? The most popular is the Swedish Massage. This is typically what you’ll receive if you simply request a “massage” or “regular massage.” In a Swedish Massage, you lay nude on a massage table–covered only with a sheet–while a masseuse rubs oil on your body and performs various massage strokes on your neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, legs, and feet. If you’re looking for a more specific massage, here are some of your choices.
- Deep Tissue Massage: Uses the same technique as a Swedish Massage, except with more pressure added.
- Relaxation Massage: Uses the same technique as a Swedish Massage, except with lighter, gentler pressure.
- Aromatherapy Massage: Uses the same technique as a Swedish Massage, except a specific combination of oils are used with the purpose of alleviating pain or changing your mood.
- Hot Stone Massage: Uses a similar technique as a Swedish Massage, except hot, flat stones are placed on various points on the body. The masseuse may also choose to hold the stones while she massages you.
- Thai Massage: If you like the benefits of a Swedish Massage but aren’t comfortable with nudity, a Thai Massage is your best bet since it is done while you’re wearing loose-fitting clothing. Unlike with a Swedish Massage, the masseuse uses her body to stretch and move your body into various yoga-like positions. Acupressure can also be used during a Thai massage.
- Chair Massage: If you’re short on time, or don’t want to undress, this is the massage for you. This massage is performed over your clothes while you sit in a chair, and focuses on your neck, back, shoulders, and arms.
- Reflexology: Instead of massaging your whole body, the masseuse concentrates on reflex points on your head, hands, and feet.
Facials – If you’ve never had a facial performed by a spa esthetician, I can tell you that it differs greatly from the facials you do at home. Besides being way more relaxing, an experienced esthetician will examine your skin to determine your specific skin type, then choose products based on your needs. Most facials include a cleansing, steaming, exfoliation, extraction, massage, and face mask treatment.
Body Scrubs – Think of a body scrub as a facial for your body. A masseuse performs this body treatment by massaging a mixture of sea salt and oil into your skin to exfoliate it. After about 15 minutes you are instructed to shower (without soap) to remove the residue. A body scrub is great on its own, but it’s typically done before a body massage or body wrap.
Body Wraps – Many spas generally offer three types of body wraps that serve three different purposes. Depending on the type of wrap you’re getting you may be wrapped tightly in plastic, cloth, or mylar. Body wraps can be performed by either a massage therapist or esthetician. The benefit of using a massage therapist is that they often incorporate massage into the treatment while an esthetician does not. Most spas offer a body scrub before a body wrap.
- Detoxification body wrap: You’re covered with seaweed, algae, mud, clay, or herbal oil, then wrapped. Its purpose is to remove toxins, purify skin, and stimulate blood circulation.
- Moisturizing body wrap: You’re covered in rich butters, lotions, or creams before being wrapped. Its purpose is to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin.
- Slimming/Cellulite body wrap: You’re typically covered in various herbal products, then wrapped. Its purpose is to aid temporarily in loss of water weight, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and improve arthritis.
Bikini Waxing – Whether you’re bold and free, or slightly more modest, there’s a bikini waxing style that’s just right for you. Although different spas offer many variations on bikini waxes, there are a few basic styles to choose from.
- Classic Bikini Wax: Removes the hair that shows outside the bikini line (the sides and the top).
- Full Bikini Wax: Removes slightly more hair than the classic bikini wax. Typically resembles a triangle.
- French Bikini Wax: Removes almost all hair except for a small “landing strip.”
- Brazilian Bikini Wax: Removes all hair from the front, as well as all hair from the back.