A visit to a day spa is thought by many to be the ultimate pampering gift, promoting relaxation in the most luxurious way possible. However, when you are going to visit a spa you can often find yourself wondering exactly what to do there. Should you get a massage or use the pool? Have a light meal in the restaurant? Try one of the spa’s ground-breaking new treatments not found in any others?
[box]Here’s a list of some the most popular spa treatments today to help you to decide; just remember to pick something that you will personally be comfortable with enjoy, not just because it’s recommended![/box]
Popular Spa Treatments
Facials feel wonderful and also have the added bonus of being great for your skin. They can be carefully tailored for any skin type and can also include added extras like neck, arm and shoulder massages. They tend to be somewhat like an elaborate version of your daily skincare routine, with cleansing, toning and moisturising (albeit using a variety of expert spa products). Some anti ageing facials (or those specifically for certain significant skin issues such as acne scarring) contain mild acids and are known as peels, the resulting mask peeling away the dull top layer of skin to reveal the new beneath.
Few people would say no to a massage. They can be great for a number of problems, from muscular aches and pains to stress. Whether you go for full body or simply a quick head, neck and shoulder massage, in the hands of a good masseur this classic spa treatment will leave you feeling amazing.
Manicures & Pedicures
A great treatment to go for if you don’t have time for the full works (although that said some spas do offer some rather luxurious manicures and pedicures). Often including foot or hand massages and sometimes additional spa treatments (for example leg waxing to go with your pedicure), they leave you looking and feeling great.Â Note to men, don’t be afraid to go for a Mani-Pedi, you’ll probably enjoy it.
Body wraps, as their name implies, involves wrapping the body in bandages in order to treat a number of problems. The skin is often cleansed and exfoliated beforehand, and frequently a layer mud (or a similar spa substance) is applied to the skin before the bandages. The wrap is then left on so that it can draw out impurities and otherwise soothe the body before being peeled off and thoroughly removed. The Sanctuary body wrap treatments, among others, can even help you lose a couple of inches due to the treatment’s alleged slimming effects (although results do vary from person to person).
Sue Dale is a spa fanatic; when she’s not visiting one, she’s planning her next trip.