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Spa Types
A spa is a place where you can get spa treatments like massage, facial and body treatments. Spas are devoted to enhancing your overall well-being. But there are many different types of spas:

Day Spa
Destination Spa
Medical Spa
Airport Spa

Day Spa

It offers spa treatments on a day-use basis. Many also offer salon services.

Day spa is someplace you go for the day to get massage, facials, and body treatments, like sea salt scrubs and mud wraps. They’re called day spas because, unlike destination spas, you don’t spend the night. What Day Spas Should Offer:

* a quiet, peaceful atmosphere
* robes and slippers
* a full menu of massage, facials, and body treatments
* professional massage therapists and estheticians
* private treatment rooms with fresh linens
* professional spa products
* a relaxation room with tea
* a scrupulously clean facility
* in large spas, secure lockers, steam room and sauna

Some hair salons call themselves a "spa" when all they have is one massage room off a noisy salon. If you have any doubts, drop in for a tour first.
* Not all spas give manicures and pedicures.
* Very small spas won't have steam, sauna and Jacuzzis. Think about whether that's important for your spa experience.

Destination Spa

A destination spa is a place whose sole purpose is to help individuals develop a healthy lifestyle through:

  • healthy spa cuisine that emphasizes whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and nutritional education
  • a full program of fitness and stress reduction classes
  • therapeutic spa treatments including massage
  • educational lectures that teach you how to bring your healthy habits back home

    Destination spas usually require that you stay at least two or three nights to get the full benefit. Some require a longer stay. Prices at destination spas usually include all meals, classes and some spa treatments.

  • Medical Spa

    A medical spa is a hybrid between a medical clinic and a day spa that operates under the supervision of medical doctor.

    Medical spas can treat facial conditions like brown spots, redness, broken capillaries that cannot be treated at all or as effectively by a traditional esthetician. They also specialize in laser hair removal and Botox and fillers. Medical spa menus vary, but you can usually get medical spa treatments like laser treatments, IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments, microdermabrasion, photo facials, injectables like Botox and fillers, peels and skin tightening.

    Medical spas tend to have a more clinical atmosphere, so they aren't always the first choice for relaxing, but many do also offer massage and body treatments. Some medical spas also have a wellness focus and include services like acupuncture, nutritional counseling and naturopathic doctor consultations.

    One of the biggest questions in choosing a medical spa is to find out whether the doctor is actually on the premises supervising operations and doing treatments, or whether he has lent his name to someone else's enterprise and has relatively little involvement. It's important to find out the qualifications of the people doing the services and how long they've been doing them.

    * Mineral Springs Spa.
    It has natural mineral, thermal or seawater that is used in hydrotherapy treatments.
    *Club Spa.
    A day spa located in a fitness facility or health club.
    * Cruise Ship Spa
    Aboard a cruise ship that provides spa treatments, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine menu choices.

    Airport Spa

    Between the long lines, the heavy bags, and the person sneezing next to you, air travel is stressful. Fortunately, more airports are adding spas geared towards on-the-go travelers. No advance appointment needed!

    Chair Massage -- The most common service is a seated or chair massage. You sit fully clothed in a special chair that cradles you face while the massage therapist works on your back and shoulders. And you can get a chair massage for as short as ten or 15 minutes. It is great for working out kinks before they turn into hard knots! These are sometimes available in small "kiosks" right by the gates.

    * Oxygen Therapy -- You sit in a comfy chair with a two-pronged plastic tube up your nose, usually for 15 minutes, getting oxygen scented with essential oils that help you relax or boost your immune system.

    * Other popular services are manicures and pedicures. Facials are more unusual, but sometimes available. A few places offer full salon services -- cut, color even highlights.

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