Spas can pamper you with a range of treatments, from a relaxing massage to an invigorating hydrotherapy session. Here are some of the more popular choices for relaxing and rejuvenating yourself and your skin.
Massage: Because it can help relieve stress, massage is one of the most popular spa treatments. But massage can also reduce pain, improve circulation, battle depression, and lower blood pressure. Most spas offer a range of different massages, from the well-known Swedish and deep-tissue massages, to therapies targeted to the needs of athletes or pregnant women. Talk to your massage therapist about the benefits you hope to gain from the treatment, and he or she can recommend the one that’s right for you.
Body polish: Sometimes called a body scrub, a body polish is a professional exfoliation treatment designed to remove the surface layer of dead cells from your skin, exposing the healthy, glowing skin below. People also find the treatment energizing, and it can improve circulation. Spas often offer body polishes with a variety of scrubs, including sand, salt, sugar, and coffee, blended with oil or cream and often with scent. After your body polish, you’ll shower off or be rinsed off by your technician, and an application of lotion will help you stay moisturized.
Body wrap: This treatment is like a facial mask for your whole body. During a body wrap, sometimes called a body cocoon or a body mask, your technician will cover your body in mud, seaweed, or another substance and then wrap you in plastic, elastic, sheets, or towels to keep you warm and encourage perspiration. While some wraps are claimed to encourage quick weight loss, from the water weight lost through perspiration, most wraps are designed to flush toxins from your body and to soften and moisturize your skin.
Hydrotherapy: The restorative powers of water are used in a range of treatments. Cold water is invigorating, and warm water relaxing, while moving water creates the effect of a massage and can help increase circulation. Among the variety of treatments a spa might offer are a Vichy shower, a Scotch hose, a Swiss shower, infusion tub therapy, whirlpool therapy, and steam therapy.
Aromatherapy: This type of treatment works by harnessing the health benefits of plant-based essential oils. The aromas of the oils influence a part of your brain, and substances in the oils trigger changes in your body. Spas might offer aromatherapy treatments that boost concentration and circulation, help you relax, or alleviate stress, insomnia, and menopausal symptoms. Your therapist might combine two or more essential oils to tailor a treatment to your particular needs or symptoms.
No matter the treatment you choose, your therapist should protect your privacy, having you undress to the level at which you feel comfortable, and draping all but the part of your body he or she is working on. While spa treatments are safe for the most part, talk to your doctor if you have a health condition that might preclude a particular treatment, and mention your spa regimen to your doctor because some treatments can interfere with the efficacy of certain medications.
Whether you’re looking for relief of stress or glowing skin, there’s a spa treatment that can help — and it’ll help you feel great too.